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REVIEW
Anne Sofie Lærke Hansen, Rebecca M Lennen, Nikolaus Sonnenschein, Markus J Herrgård
There is an urgent need to significantly accelerate the development of microbial cell factories to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable feedstocks in order to facilitate the transition to a biobased society. Methods commonly used within the field of systems biology including omics characterization, genome-scale metabolic modeling, and adaptive laboratory evolution can be readily deployed in metabolic engineering projects. However, high performance strains usually carry tens of genetic modifications and need to operate in challenging environmental conditions...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319719/year-round-phytofiltration-lagoon-assessment-using-pistia-stratiotes-within-a-pilot-plant-scale-biorefinery
#2
Eugenia J Olguín, Daniel A García-López, Ricardo E González-Portela, Gloria Sánchez-Galván
Phytofiltration lagoons are phytoremediation technologies suitable for tropical and sub-tropical regions requiring cost-effective and echo-friendly technologies. A biorefinery of fourth generation has been implemented at pilot plant level in Xalapa, Mexico, and the phytofiltration lagoon, being the first module for provision of treated water and plant biomass for biofuel production plays a key role. The aim of this work was to evaluate the performance of such phytofiltration lagoon with a working volume of 13,000 L for the removal of nutrients from an urban river polluted with domestic wastewater and the biomass productivity of the macrophyte Pistia stratiotes, during five different experimental periods, comprising 42 days each one...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319371/expression-of-heterologous-sigma-factor-expands-the-searchable-space-for-biofuel-tolerance-mechanisms
#3
Timothy A Tomko, Mary J Dunlop
Microorganisms can produce hydrocarbons that can serve as replacements or additions to conventional liquid fuels for use in the transportation sector. However, a common problem in the microbial synthesis of biofuels is that these compounds often have toxic effects on the cell. In this study, we focused on mitigating the toxicity of the bio-jet fuel precursor pinene on Escherichia coli. We used genomic DNA from Pseudomonas putida KT2440, which has innate solvent-tolerance properties, to create transgenic libraries in an E...
March 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318826/modelling-pollutant-emissions-in-diesel-engines-influence-of-biofuel-on-pollutant-formation
#4
Zvonimir Petranović, Tibor Bešenić, Milan Vujanović, Neven Duić
In order to reduce the harmful effect on the environment, European Union allowed using the biofuel blends as fuel for the internal combustion engines. Experimental studies have been carried on, dealing with the biodiesel influence on the emission concentrations, showing inconclusive results. In this paper numerical model for pollutant prediction in internal combustion engines is presented. It describes the processes leading towards the pollutant emissions, such as spray particles model, fuel disintegration and evaporation model, combustion and the chemical model for pollutant formation...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317006/proteomic-data-on-enzyme-secretion-and-activity-in-the-bacterium-chitinophaga-pinensis
#5
Johan Larsbrink, Tina R Tuveng, Phillip B Pope, Vincent Bulone, Vincent G H Eijsink, Harry Brumer, Lauren S McKee
The secretion of carbohydrate-degrading enzymes by a bacterium sourced from a softwood forest environment has been investigated by mass spectrometry. The findings are discussed in full in the research article "Proteomic insights into mannan degradation and protein secretion by the forest floor bacterium Chitinophaga pinensis" in Journal of Proteomics by Larsbrink et al. ([1], doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2017.01.003). The bacterium was grown on three carbon sources (glucose, glucomannan, and galactomannan) which are likely to be nutrient sources or carbohydrate degradation products found in its natural habitat...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314665/bioflocculation-an-alternative-strategy-for-harvesting-of-microalgae-an-overview
#6
Sabeela Beevi Ummalyma, Edgard Gnansounou, Rajeev K Sukumaran, Raveendran Sindhu, Ashok Pandey, Dinabandhu Sahoo
Microalgae based research has been extensively progressed for the production of value added products and biofuels. Potential application of microalgae for biofuel is recently gained more attention for possibilities of biodiesel and other high value metabolites. However, high cost of production of biomass associated with harvesting technologies is one of the major bottleneck for commercialization of algae based industrial product. Based on the operation economics, harvesting efficiency, technological possibilities, flocculation of algal biomass is a superior method for harvesting microalgae from the growth medium...
February 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303649/transforming-sugars-into-fat-lipid-biosynthesis-using-different-sugars-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
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Piotr Hapeta, Magdalena Rakicka, Remi Dulermo, Heber Gamboa-Meléndez, Anne-Marie Crutz-Le Coq, Jean-Marc Nicaud, Zbigniew Lazar
In an era of ever-increasing energy demands, a promising technology is being developed: the use of oleaginous microorganisms such as Yarrowia lipolytica to convert waste materials into biofuels. Here, we constructed two Y. lipolytica strains that displayed both increased lipid accumulation and a more efficient use of biomass-derived sugars, including glucose, fructose, galactose, and inulin. The first strain, Y. lipolytica YLZ150, was derived from the French wild-type strain W29. It had inhibited triacylglycerol mobilization (∆tgl4) and β-oxidation (∆pox1-6), and it overexpressed GPD1, DGA2, HXK1, the native Leloir pathway, SUC2 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and INU1 from Kluyveromyces marxianus...
March 17, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303457/lipid-metabolism-and-potentials-of-biofuel-and-high-added-value-oil-production-in-red-algae
#8
REVIEW
Naoki Sato, Takashi Moriyama, Natsumi Mori, Masakazu Toyoshima
Biomass production is currently explored in microalgae, macroalgae and land plants. Microalgal biofuel development has been performed mostly in green algae. In the Japanese tradition, macrophytic red algae such as Pyropia yezoensis and Gelidium crinale have been utilized as food and industrial materials. Researches on the utilization of unicellular red microalgae such as Cyanidioschyzon merolae and Porphyridium purpureum started only quite recently. Red algae have relatively large plastid genomes harboring more than 200 protein-coding genes that support the biosynthetic capacity of the plastid...
April 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303295/sugarcane-biorefinery
#9
Sílvio Vaz
Concepts such as biorefinery and green chemistry focus on the usage of biomass, as with the oil value chain. However, it can cause less negative impact on the environment. A biorefinery based on sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) as feedstock is an example, because it can integrate into the same physical space, of processes for obtaining biofuels (ethanol), chemicals (from sugars or ethanol), electricity, and heat.The use of sugarcane as feedstock for biorefineries is dictated by its potential to supply sugars, ethanol, natural polymers or macromolecules, organic matter, and other compounds and materials...
March 17, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303294/sustainability-evaluation
#10
Heinz Stichnothe
The long-term substitution of fossil resources can only be achieved through a bio-based economy, with biorefineries and bio-based products playing a major role. However, it is important to assess the implications of the transition to a bio-based economy. Life cycle-based sustainability assessment is probably the most suitable approach to quantify impacts and to identify trade-offs at multiple levels. The extended utilisation of biomass can cause land use change and affect food security of the most vulnerable people throughout the world...
March 17, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302170/identification-of-residues-important-for-the-activity-of-aldehyde-deformylating-oxygenase-through-investigation-into-the-structure-activity-relationship
#11
Qing Wang, Luyao Bao, Chenjun Jia, Mei Li, Jian-Jun Li, Xuefeng Lu
BACKGROUND: Aldehyde-deformylating oxygenase (ADO) is a key enzyme involved in the biosynthetic pathway of fatty alk(a/e)nes in cyanobacteria. However, cADO (cyanobacterial ADO) showed extreme low activity with the k cat value below 1 min(-1), which would limit its application in biofuel production. To identify the activity related key residues of cADO is urgently required. RESULTS: The amino acid residues which might affect cADO activity were identified based on the crystal structures and sequence alignment of cADOs, including the residues close to the di-iron center (Tyr39, Arg62, Gln110, Tyr122, Asp143 of cADO-1593), the protein surface (Trp 178 of cADO-1593), and those involved in two important hydrogen bonds (Gln49, Asn123 of cADO-1593, and Asp49, Asn123 of cADO-sll0208) and in the oligopeptide whose conformation changed in the absence of the di-iron center (Leu146, Asn149, Phe150 of cADO-1593, and Thr146, Leu148, Tyr150 of cADO-sll0208)...
March 16, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300661/high-efficiency-extracellular-release-of-free-fatty-acids-from-aspergillus-oryzae-using-non-ionic-surfactants
#12
Koichi Tamano, Ai Miura, Hideaki Koike, Yasushi Kamisaka, Myco Umemura, Masayuki Machida
Free fatty acids (FFAs) are useful for generating biofuel compounds and functional lipids. Microbes are increasingly exploited to produce FFAs via metabolic engineering. However, in many microorganisms, FFAs accumulate in the cytosol, and disrupting cells to extract them is energy intensive. Thus, a simple cost-effective extraction technique must be developed to remove this drawback. We found that FFAs were released from cells of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus oryzae with high efficiency when they were cultured or incubated with non-ionic surfactants such as Triton X-100...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300180/systems-level-understanding-of-ethanol-induced-stresses-and-adaptation-in-e-coli
#13
Huansheng Cao, Du Wei, Yuedong Yang, Yu Shang, Gaoyang Li, Yaoqi Zhou, Qin Ma, Ying Xu
Understanding ethanol-induced stresses and responses in biofuel-producing bacteria at systems level has significant implications in engineering more efficient biofuel producers. We present a computational study of transcriptomic and genomic data of both ethanol-stressed and ethanol-adapted E. coli cells with computationally predicated ethanol-binding proteins and experimentally identified ethanol tolerance genes. Our analysis suggests: (1) ethanol damages cell wall and membrane integrity, causing increased stresses, particularly reactive oxygen species, which damages DNA and reduces the O2 level; (2) decreased cross-membrane proton gradient from membrane damage, coupled with hypoxia, leads to reduced ATP production by aerobic respiration, driving cells to rely more on fatty acid oxidation, anaerobic respiration and fermentation for ATP production; (3) the reduced ATP generation results in substantially decreased synthesis of macromolecules; (4) ethanol can directly bind 213 proteins including transcription factors, altering their functions; (5) all these changes together induce multiple stress responses, reduced biosynthesis, cell viability and growth; and (6) ethanol-adapted E...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300096/biofuel-blending-reduces-particle-emissions-from-aircraft-engines-at-cruise-conditions
#14
Richard H Moore, Kenneth L Thornhill, Bernadett Weinzierl, Daniel Sauer, Eugenio D'Ascoli, Jin Kim, Michael Lichtenstern, Monika Scheibe, Brian Beaton, Andreas J Beyersdorf, John Barrick, Dan Bulzan, Chelsea A Corr, Ewan Crosbie, Tina Jurkat, Robert Martin, Dean Riddick, Michael Shook, Gregory Slover, Christiane Voigt, Robert White, Edward Winstead, Richard Yasky, Luke D Ziemba, Anthony Brown, Hans Schlager, Bruce E Anderson
Aviation-related aerosol emissions contribute to the formation of contrail cirrus clouds that can alter upper tropospheric radiation and water budgets, and therefore climate. The magnitude of air-traffic-related aerosol-cloud interactions and the ways in which these interactions might change in the future remain uncertain. Modelling studies of the present and future effects of aviation on climate require detailed information about the number of aerosol particles emitted per kilogram of fuel burned and the microphysical properties of those aerosols that are relevant for cloud formation...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296150/history-of-adaptation-determines-short-term-shifts-in-performance-and-community-structure-of-hydrogen-producing-microbial-communities-degrading-wheat-straw
#15
Idania Valdez-Vazquez, Ana L Morales, Ana E Escalante
This study addresses the question of ecological interest for the determination of structure and diversity of microbial communities that degrade lignocellulosic biomasses to produce biofuels. Two microbial consortia with different history, native of wheat straw (NWS) and from a methanogenic digester (MD) fed with cow manure, were contrasted in terms of hydrogen performance, substrate disintegration and microbial diversity. NWS outperformed the hydrogen production rate of MD. Microscopic images revealed that NWS acted on the cuticle and epidermis, generating cellulose strands with high crystallinity, while MD degraded deeper layers, equally affecting all polysaccharides...
March 14, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295166/engineering-oxidative-stress-defense-pathways-to-build-a-robust-lipid-production-platform-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
#16
Peng Xu, Kangjian Qiao, Gregory Stephanopoulos
Microbially-derived lipids have recently attracted renewed interests due to their broad applications in production of green diesels, cosmetic additives and oleochemicals. Metabolic engineering efforts have targeted a large portfolio of biosynthetic pathways to efficiently convert sugar to lipids in oleaginous yeast. In the engineered overproducing strains, endogenous cell metabolism typically generates harmful electrophilic molecules that compromise cell fitness and productivity. Lipids, particularly unsaturated fatty acids, are highly susceptible to oxygen radical attack and the resulting oxidative species are detrimental to cell metabolism and limit lipid productivity...
March 14, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294227/raman-spectroscopy-compatible-pdms-droplet-microfluidic-culture-and-analysis-platform-towards-on-chip-lipidomics
#17
Hyun Soo Kim, Sergio C Waqued, Dawson T Nodurft, Timothy P Devarenne, Vladislav V Yakovlev, Arum Han
Lipids produced by microalgae are viewed as a potential renewable alternative to fossil fuels, however, significant improvements in productivity are required for microalgal biofuels to become economically feasible. Here we present a method that allows for the use of Raman spectroscopy with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) droplet microfluidic devices, which not only overcomes the high Raman background of PDMS, but also achieves pairing of the high-throughput single-cell resolution advantages of droplet microfluidics with the direct, chemically specific, label-free, and non-destructive nature of Raman spectroscopy...
March 15, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293292/evaluation-of-environmental-bacterial-communities-as-a-factor-affecting-the-growth-of-duckweed-lemna-minor
#18
Hidehiro Ishizawa, Masashi Kuroda, Masaaki Morikawa, Michihiko Ike
BACKGROUND: Duckweed (family Lemnaceae) has recently been recognized as an ideal biomass feedstock for biofuel production due to its rapid growth and high starch content, which inspired interest in improving their productivity. Since microbes that co-exist with plants are known to have significant effects on their growth according to the previous studies for terrestrial plants, this study has attempted to understand the plant-microbial interactions of a duckweed, Lemna minor, focusing on the growth promotion/inhibition effects so as to assess the possibility of accelerated duckweed production by modifying co-existing bacterial community...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293290/nitrogen-starvation-induced-cellular-crosstalk-of-ros-scavenging-antioxidants-and-phytohormone-enhanced-the-biofuel-potential-of-green-microalga-acutodesmus-dimorphus
#19
Kaumeel Chokshi, Imran Pancha, Arup Ghosh, Sandhya Mishra
BACKGROUND: Microalgae accumulate a considerable amount of lipids and carbohydrate under nutrient-deficient conditions, which makes them one of the promising sustainable resources for biofuel production. In the present study, to obtain the biomass with higher lipid and carbohydrate contents, we implemented a short-term nitrogen starvation of 1, 2, and 3 days in a green microalga Acutodesmus dimorphus. Few recent reports suggest that oxidative stress-tolerant microalgae are highly efficient for biofuel production...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293289/novel-acinetobacter-parvus-handi-309-microbial-biomass-for-the-production-of-n-acetyl-%C3%AE-d-glucosamine-glcnac-using-swollen-chitin-substrate-in-submerged-fermentation
#20
Tae Il Kim, Kwang Seok Ki, Dong Hyun Lim, Mayakrishnan Vijayakumar, Seong Min Park, Sun Ho Choi, Ki Young Kim, Seok Ki Im, Beom Young Park
BACKGROUND: N-acetyl-β-d-glucosamine (GlcNAc)6 is extensively used as an important bio-agent and a functional food additive. The traditional chemical process for GlcNAc production has some problems such as high production cost, low yield, and acidic pollution. Therefore, to discover a novel chitinase that is suitable for bioconversion of chitin to GlcNAc would be of great value. RESULTS: Here, we describe the complete isolation and functional characterization of a novel exo-chitinase from Acinetobacter parvus HANDI 309 for the conversion of chitin...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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