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Samira Fathizadeh, Sohrab Behnia, Javid Ziaei
Molecule-based transistors have attracted most attention due to their exclusive properties. Creating of a molecular transistor as well as engineering its structure have become one of the greatest aims of scientists. We have focused on the environmental dependent behavior of a DNA-templated transistor. Using the statistical distribution of the energy levels, we were able to distinguish the delocalized states of charge carriers and the transition between the localized and delocalized behaviors. On the other hand, we can determine the stability conditions of our quantum dynamical system...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Yanfei Zhu, Aiping Hu, Qunli Tang, Shiying Zhang, Weina Deng, Yanhua Li, Zheng Liu, Binbin Fan, Kuikui Xiao, Jilei Liu, Xiaohua Chen
A novel strategy is proposed to construct a compact-nanobox (CNB) structure composed of irregular nanograins (average diameter ≈ 10 nm), aiming to confine electrode-electrolyte contact area and enhance initial Coulombic efficiency (ICE) of transition metal oxide (TMO) anodes. To demonstrate the validity of this attempt, CoO-CNB is taken as an example which is synthesized via a carbothermic reduction method. Benefiting from the compact configuration, electrolyte can only contact the outer surface of nanobox, keeping the inner CoO nanograins untouched...
February 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Feiyan Liang, Peter Lindblad
The ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP) oxygenation reaction catalyzed by Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) is competing with carboxylation, being negative for both energy and carbon balances in photoautotrophic organisms. This makes RuBisCO one of the bottlenecks for oxygenic photosynthesis and carbon fixation. In this study, RuBisCO was overexpressed in the unicellular cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803. Relative RuBisCO levels in the engineered strains FL50 and FL52 increased 2.1 times and 1...
June 2017: Metabolic Engineering Communications
Wilfredo Falcón, Rich P Baxter, Samuel Furrer, Martin Bauert, Jean-Michel Hatt, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Arpat Ozgul, Nancy Bunbury, Marcus Clauss, Dennis M Hansen
We studied the temperature relations of wild and zoo Aldabra giant tortoises ( Aldabrachelys gigantea ) focusing on (1) the relationship between environmental temperature and tortoise activity patterns ( n  = 8 wild individuals) and (2) on tortoise body temperature fluctuations, including how their core and external body temperatures vary in relation to different environmental temperature ranges (seasons; n  = 4 wild and n  = 5 zoo individuals). In addition, we surveyed the literature to review the effect of body mass on core body temperature range in relation to environmental temperature in the Testudinidae...
February 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Zelong Chen, Chenggong Yan, Shina Yan, Qin Liu, Meirong Hou, Yikai Xu, Rui Guo
Numerous biodegradable hydrogels for cartilage regeneration have been widely used in the field of tissue engineering. However, to non-invasively monitor hydrogel degradation and efficiently evaluate cartilage restoration in situ is still challenging. Methods: A ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO)-labeled cellulose nanocrystal (CNC)/silk fibroin (SF)-blended hydrogel system was developed to monitor hydrogel degradation during cartilage regeneration. The physicochemical characterization and biocompatibility of the hydrogel were evaluated in vitro ...
2018: Theranostics
Cristina Landeta, Dana Boyd, Jon Beckwith
Interest in protein disulfide bond formation has recently increased because of the prominent role of disulfide bonds in bacterial virulence and survival. The first discovered pathway that introduces disulfide bonds into cell envelope proteins consists of Escherichia coli enzymes DsbA and DsbB. Since its discovery, variations on the DsbAB pathway have been found in bacteria and archaea, probably reflecting specific requirements for survival in their ecological niches. One variation found amongst Actinobacteria and Cyanobacteria is the replacement of DsbB by a homologue of human vitamin K epoxide reductase...
March 2018: Nature Microbiology
Matthew D Smith, Hemamala I Karunadasa
With nearly 20% of global electricity consumed by lighting, more efficient illumination sources can enable massive energy savings. However, effectively creating the high-quality white light required for indoor illumination remains a challenge. To accurately represent color, the illumination source must provide photons with all the energies visible to our eye. Such a broad emission is difficult to achieve from a single material. In commercial white-light sources, one or more light-emitting diodes, coated by one or more phosphors, yield a combined emission that appears white...
February 20, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Dan-Ni Pei, Ai-Yong Zhang, Xiao-Qiang Pan, Yang Si, Han-Qing Yu
Noble metals, nano-structured carbon and their hybrids are widely used for electrochemical detection of persistent organic pollutants. However, despite of the rapid detection process and high accuracy, these materials generally suffer from high costs, metallic impurity, heterogeneity, irreversible adsorption and poor sensitivity. Herein, the high-energy {001}-exposed TiO2 single crystals with specific inorganic-framework molecular recognition ability was prepared as the electrode material to detect bisphenol A (BPA), a typical and widely present organic pollutant in the environment...
February 20, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Hongxia Li, Guojun Zheng, Shaozhou Zhu
BACKGROUND: When using the microbial cell factories for green manufacturing, several important issues need to be addressed such as how to maintain the stability of biocatalysts used in the bioprocess and how to improve the synthetic efficiency of the biological system. One strategy widely used during natural evolution is the creation of organelles which can be used for regional control. This kind of compartmentalization strategy has inspired the design of artificial organelle-like nanodevice for synthetic biology and "green chemistry"...
February 20, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Christopher R Vickery, Javier Cardenas, Marianne Bowman, Michael D Burkart, Nancy A Da Silva, Joseph P Noel
Polyketides are attractive compounds for uses ranging from biorenewable chemical precursors to high-value therapeutics. In many cases, synthesis in a heterologous host is required to produce these compounds in industrially relevant quantities. The type III polyketide synthase 2-pyrone synthase (2-PS) from Gerbera hybrida was used for the production of triacetic acid lactone (TAL) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Initial in vitro characterization of 2-PS led to the identification of active site variants with improved kinetic properties relative to wildtype...
February 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
László Kozák, Zoltán Szilágyi, Barbara Vágó, Annamária Kakuk, László Tóth, István Molnár, István Pócsi
The hypocrealean fungus Claviceps paspali is a parasite of wild grasses. This fungus is widely utilized in the pharmaceutical industry for the manufacture of ergot alkaloids, but also produces tremorgenic and neurotoxic indole-diterpene (IDT) secondary metabolites such as paspalitrems A and B. IDTs cause significant losses in agriculture and represent health hazards that threaten food security. Conversely, IDTs may also be utilized as lead compounds for pharmaceutical drug discovery. Current protoplast-mediated transformation protocols of C...
February 19, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Wei Du, Joeri A Jongbloets, Coco van Boxtel, Hugo Pineda Hernández, David Lips, Brett G Oliver, Klaas J Hellingwerf, Filipe Branco Dos Santos
Background: Microbial bioengineering has the potential to become a key contributor to the future development of human society by providing sustainable, novel, and cost-effective production pipelines. However, the sustained productivity of genetically engineered strains is often a challenge, as spontaneous non-producing mutants tend to grow faster and take over the population. Novel strategies to prevent this issue of strain instability are urgently needed. Results: In this study, we propose a novel strategy applicable to all microbial production systems for which a genome-scale metabolic model is available that aligns the production of native metabolites to the formation of biomass...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Minghao Ge, Pengli Bai, Mingli Chen, Jingjing Tian, Jun Hu, Xu Zhi, Huancai Yin, Jian Yin
Here, we utilized the ultrasonic emulsification technique to generate hyaluronic acid microspheres incorporating a fluorescence-based glucose biosensor. We synthesized a novel lanthanide ion luminophore based on Eu3+ . Eu sulfosuccinimidyl dextran (Eu-dextran) and Alexa Fluor 647 sulfosuccinimidyl-ConA (Alexa Fluor 647-ConA) were encapsulated in hyaluronic acid hydrogel to generate microspheres. Glucose sensing was carried out using a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based assay principle. A proportional fluorescence intensity increase was found within a 0...
February 17, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Mengge Liu, Shiyu Li, Qian Zhang, Zhenrui Xu, Jiajia Wang, Hanxiao Sun
In recent years, using genetic engineering and bioengineering techniques, Bifidobacterium as a carrier to express specific functions of the protein or polypeptide, has become a new treatment for disease. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Although the cause of this inflammatory disorder is still unknown, a large amount of evidence suggests that ulcerative colitis is associated with increased activity of reactive oxygen species (ROS), manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is a kind of superoxide dismutase (SOD) has been demonstrated to play a key role in the pathophysiology of colitis...
February 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Jason Dexter, Dariusz Dziga, Jing Lv, Junqi Zhu, Wojciech Strzalka, Anna Maksylewicz, Magdalena Maroszek, Sylwia Marek, Pengcheng Fu
In this report, we establish proof-of-principle demonstrating for the first time genetic engineering of a photoautotrophic microorganism for bioremediation of naturally occurring cyanotoxins. In model cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 we have heterologously expressed Sphingopyxis sp. USTB-05 microcystinase (MlrA) bearing a 23 amino acid N-terminus secretion peptide from native Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 PilA (sll1694). The resultant whole cell biocatalyst displayed about 3 times higher activity against microcystin-LR compared to a native MlrA host (Sphingomonas sp...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Xuanwei Ding, Dong Liu, George Booth, Wei Gao, Yuan Lu
As mimicking natural virus structures, virus-like particles (VLPs) have evolved to become a widely accepted technology used for humans which are safe, highly efficacious and profitable. Several remarkable advantages have been achieved to revolutionize the molecule delivery for diverse applications in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and medicine. Here, we review the rational structure design, manufacturing process, functionalization strategy, and emerging applications of VLPs. The situation and challenges in the VLP engineering, the key development orientation, and future applications have been discussed...
February 17, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Fiyinfoluwa A Adesioye, Thulani P Makhalanyane, Surendra Vikram, Bryan T Sewell, Wolf-Dieter Schubert, Don A Cowan
A hot desert hypolith metagenomic DNA sequence dataset was screened in-silico for genes annotated as acetyl xylan esterases (AcXEs). One of the genes identified encoded a ∼36 kDa protein (Axe1 NaM1 ). The synthesised gene was cloned, expressed and the resulting protein, purified. NaM1 was optimally active at pH 8.5 and 30°C, and functionally stable at salt concentrations up to 5 M. The specific activity and catalytic efficiency were 488.9 Umg -1 and 3.26x10 6 M -1 s -1 , respectively. The crystal structure of wild type NaM1 was solved at a resolution of 2...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Johanna Stern, Sarah Moraïs, Yonit Ben-David, Rachel Salama, Melina Shamshoum, Raphael Lamed, Yuval Shoham, Edward A Bayer, Itzhak Mizrahi
Heterologous display of enzymes on microbial cell surfaces is an extremely desirable approach, since it enables the engineered microbe to interact directly with the plant-wall extracellular polysaccharide matrix. In recent years, attempts have been made to endow non-cellulolytic microbes with genetically engineered cellulolytic capabilities for improved hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass and for advanced probiotics. Thus far, however, owing to the hurdles of secreting and assembling large, intricate complexes on the bacterial cell wall, only free cellulases or relatively simple cellulosome assemblies have been introduced into live bacteria...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Dan F Smelter, Willem J De Lange, Wenxuan Cai, Ying Ge, John C Ralphe
Cardiac myosin binding protein-C (cMyBP-C) is a functional sarcomeric protein that regulates contractility in response to contractile demand, and many mutations in cMyBP-C lead to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). To gain insight into the effects of disease-causing cMyBP-C missense mutations on contractile function, we expressed the pathogenic W792R mutation in mouse cardiomyocytes lacking endogenous cMyBP-C and studied the functional effects using three-dimensional engineered cardiac tissue (mECT) constructs...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Yixiong Ji, Jun Yang, Wei Luo, Linlong Tang, Xiangxing Bai, Chongqian Leng, Chaoyan Ma, Xingzhan Wei, Jing Wang, Jun Shen, Shirong Lu, Kuan Sun, Haofei Shi
Driven by huge demand for flexible opto-electronic devices, high-performance flexible transparent electrodes are continuously sought. In this work, a flexible multilayer transparent electrode with structure of ZnO/Ag/CuSCN (ZAC) is engineered, featuring inorganic solution-processed cuprous thiocyanate (CuSCN) as a hole-transport antireflection coating. The ZAC electrode exhibits an average transmittance of 94% (discounting the substrate) in the visible range, a sheet resistance (Rsh) of 9.7 Ω/sq, a high mechanical flexibility without Rsh variation after bending 10,000 times, a long-term stability of 400 days in ambient environment and scalable fabrication process...
February 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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