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  1. Interaction between Hanseniaspora uvarum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae during alcoholic fermentation.

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    Wang, Chunxiao; Mas, Albert; Esteve-Zarzoso, Braulio

    2015-08-03

    During wine fermentation, Saccharomyces clearly dominate over non-Saccharomyces wine yeasts, and several factors could be related to this dominance. However, the main factor causing the reduction of cultivable non-Saccharomyces populations has not yet been fully established. In the present study, various single and mixed fermentations were performed to evaluate some of the factors likely responsible for the interaction between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Hanseniaspora uvarum. Alcoholic fermentation was performed in compartmented experimental set ups with ratios of 1:1 and 1:9 and the cultivable population of both species was followed. The cultivable H. uvarum population decreased sharply at late stages when S. cerevisiae was present in the other compartment, similarly to alcoholic fermentations in non-compartmented vessels. Thus, cell-to-cell contact did not seem to be the main cause for the lack of cultivability of H. uvarum. Other compounds related to fermentation performance (such as sugar and ethanol) and/or certain metabolites secreted by S. cerevisiae could be related to the sharp decrease in H. uvarum cultivability. When these factors were analyzed, it was confirmed that metabolites from S. cerevisiae induced lack of cultivability in H. uvarum, however ethanol and other possible compounds did not seem to induce this effect but played some role during the process. This study contributes to a new understanding of the lack of cultivability of H. uvarum populations during the late stages of wine fermentation.

  2. Evolutionary relationships between the former species Saccharomyces uvarum and the hybrids Saccharomyces bayanus and Saccharomyces pastorianus; reinstatement of Saccharomyces uvarum (Beijerinck) as a distinct species.

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    Nguyen, Huu-Vang; Gaillardin, Claude

    2005-02-01

    Analysis of the nucleotide sequence of the GDH1 homologues from Saccharomyces bayanus strain CBS 380T and S. pastorianus strains showed that they share an almost identical sequence, SuGDH1*, which is a diverged form of the SuGDH1 from the type strain of the former species S. uvarum, considered as synonym of S. bayanus. SuGDH1* is close to but differs from SuGDH1 by the accumulation of a high number of neutral substitutions designated as Multiple Neutral Mutations Accumulation (MNMA). Further analysis carried out with three other markers, BAP2, HO and MET2 showed that they have also diverged from their S. uvarum counterparts by MNMA. S. bayanus CBS 380T is placed between S. uvarum and S. pastorianus sharing MET2, CDC91 sequences with the former and BAP2, GDH1, HO sequences with the latter. S. bayanus CBS 380T has been proposed to be a S. uvarum/S. cerevisiae hybrid and this proposal is confirmed by the presence in its genome a S. cerevisiae SUC4 gene. Strain S. bayanus CBS 380T, with a composite genome, is genetically isolated from strains of the former S. uvarum species, thus justifying the reinstatement of S. uvarum as a distinct species.

  3. Molecular and enological characterization of a natural Saccharomyces uvarum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae hybrid.

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    Pérez-Torrado, Roberto; González, Sara Susana; Combina, Mariana; Barrio, Eladio; Querol, Amparo

    2015-07-02

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae plays a main role in the winemaking process, although other species, like Saccharomyces uvarum or Saccharomyces paradoxus, have been associated with must fermentations. It has been reported in recent years, that yeast hybrids of different Saccharomyces species might be responsible for wine productions. Although S. cerevisiae×Saccharomyces kudriavzevii hybrids have been well studied, very little attention has been paid to S. cerevisiae×S. uvarum hybrids. In this work we characterized the genomic composition of S6U, a widely used commercial S. cerevisiae×S. uvarum yeast hybrid isolated in wine fermentations containing one copy of the genome of each parental species, which suggests a relatively recent hybridization event. We also studied its performance under diverse enological conditions. The results show enhanced performance under low temperature enological conditions, increased glycerol production, lower acetic acid production and increased production of interesting aroma compounds. We also examined the transcriptomic response of the S6U hybrid strain compared with the reference species under enological conditions. The results show that although the hybrid strain transcriptome is more similar to S. uvarum than to S. cerevisiae, it presents specifically regulated genes involved in stress response, lipids and amino acid metabolism. The enological performance and aroma profile of this S. cerevisiae×S. uvarum hybrid makes it a good candidate for participating in winemaking, especially at low temperatures.

  4. Saccharomyces eubayanus and Saccharomyces uvarum associated with the fermentation of Araucaria araucana seeds in Patagonia.

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    Rodríguez, M Eugenia; Pérez-Través, Laura; Sangorrín, Marcela P; Barrio, Eladio; Lopes, Christian A

    2014-09-01

    Mudai is a traditional fermented beverage, made from the seeds of the Araucaria araucana tree by Mapuche communities. The main goal of the present study was to identify and characterize the yeast microbiota responsible of Mudai fermentation as well as from A. araucana seeds and bark from different locations in Northern Patagonia. Only Hanseniaspora uvarum and a commercial bakery strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were isolated from Mudai and all Saccharomyces isolates recovered from A. araucana seed and bark samples belonged to the cryotolerant species Saccharomyces eubayanus and Saccharomyces uvarum. These two species were already reported in Nothofagus trees from Patagonia; however, this is the first time that they were isolated from A. araucana, which extends their ecological distribution. The presence of these species in A. araucana seeds and bark samples, led us to postulate a potential role for them as the original yeasts responsible for the elaboration of Mudai before the introduction of commercial S. cerevisiae cultures. The molecular and genetic characterization of the S. uvarum and S. eubayanus isolates and their comparison with European S. uvarum strains and S. eubayanus hybrids (S. bayanus and S. pastorianus), allowed their ecology and evolution us to be examined.

  5. Tolerance to winemaking stress conditions of Patagonian strains of Saccharomyces eubayanus and Saccharomyces uvarum.

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    Origone, A C; Del Mónaco, S M; Ávila, J R; González Flores, M; Rodríguez, M E; Lopes, C A

    2017-08-01

    Evaluating the winemaking stress tolerance of a set of both Saccharomyces eubayanus and Saccharomyces uvarum strains from diverse Patagonian habitats. Yeast strains growth was analysed under increasing ethanol concentrations; all of them were able to grow until 8% v/v ethanol. The effect of different temperature and pH conditions as well as at SO2 and hexose concentrations was evaluated by means of a central composite experimental design. Only two S. uvarum strains (NPCC 1289 and 1321) were able to grow in most stress conditions. Kinetic parameters analysed (μmax and λ) were statistically affected by temperature, pH and SO2 , but not influenced by sugar concentration. The obtained growth model was used for predicting optimal growth conditions for both strains: 20°C, 0% w/v SO2 and pH 4·5. Strains from human-associated environments (chichas) presented the highest diversity in the response to different stress factors. Two S. uvarum strains from chichas demonstrated to be the most tolerant to winemaking conditions. This work evidenced the potential use of two S. uvarum yeast strains as starter cultures in wines fermented at low temperatures. Saccharomyces eubayanus was significantly affected by winemaking stress conditions, limiting its use in this industry. © 2017 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  6. Mitochondrial inheritance and fermentative : oxidative balance in hybrids between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces uvarum.

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    Solieri, Lisa; Antúnez, Oreto; Pérez-Ortín, Josè Enrique; Barrio, Eladio; Giudici, Paolo

    2008-07-01

    Breeding between Saccharomyces species is a useful tool for obtaining improved wine yeast strains, combining fermentative features of parental species. In this work, 25 artificial Saccharomyces cerevisiae x Saccharomyces uvarum hybrids were constructed by spore conjugation. A multi-locus PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) analysis, targeting six nuclear gene markers and the ribosomal region including the 5.8S rRNA gene and the two internal transcribed spacers, showed that the hybrid genome is the result of two chromosome sets, one coming from S. cerevisiae and the other from S. uvarum. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) typing showed uniparental inheritance in all hybrids. Furthermore, sibling hybrids, obtained by repeated crosses between the same parental strains, showed the same mtDNA, suggesting that the mitochondrial transmission is not stochastic or species-specific, but dependent on the parental strains. Finally four hybrids, two of which with S. cerevisiae mtDNA and two with S. uvarum mtDNA, were subjected to transcriptome analysis. Our results showed that the hybrids bearing S. cerevisiae mtDNA exhibited less expression of genes involved in glycolysis/fermentation pathways and in hexose transport compared to hybrids with S. uvarum mtDNA. Respiration assay confirmed the increased respiratory activity of hybrids with the S. cerevisiae mtDNA genome. These findings suggest that mtDNA type and fermentative : respiratory performances are correlated in S. cerevisiae x S. uvarum hybrids and the mtDNA type is an important trait for constructing new improved hybrids for winemaking.

  7. Effects of ultraviolet radiation on saccharomyces uvarum metabolism

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    Luciano, J.Z.; Hix, C.

    1987-04-01

    The objective of this study was to measure the effect of UV radiation on the metabolism of Saccharomcyes uvarum in wort used in beer production. Pure yeast cultures were exposed to a Westinghouse G8T5 germicidal lamp for 10, 20, 30 and 40 minutes and added to fresh wort. The cultures were allowed to ferment for 96 hours at 130 C and fermentation products were assayed at 24 hour intervals and analyzed on a SCABA BEER ANALYZER. Metabolic parameters measured were balling, alcohol and cell count. Percent alcohol (V/V %) increased significantly at all exposures, but as the UV dosage increased, alcohol levels showed a significant decline with longer exposures. The assimilation of sugars or balling levels dropped at each exposure level among samples. The ability for the yeast to assimilate sugars decreased as UV exposure was increased although pitching rates fluctuated. (Pitching rates are the cell count readings at inoculation). None of the samples showed a logarithmic growth pattern, except for the controls which did not exhibit a lag phase. All other samples decreased cell counts as exposure levels increased, without peaks. Substrate availability was not a factor in the metabolism of Saccharomyces uvarum. Cell count levels at each exposure could have possibly affected the metabolic parameters because of excessive cell killing. Viabilities at the exposure levels studied show that the number of live cells available for nutrient uptake was lower at each level. However, the peak levels of the parameters measured were very close to the controls. Although the availability of cells was low, metabolic rates could have been altered by the UV light.

  8. Redox interactions between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces uvarum in mixed culture under enological conditions.

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    Cheraiti, Naoufel; Guezenec, Stéphane; Salmon, Jean-Michel

    2005-01-01

    Wine yeast starters that contain a mixture of different industrial yeasts with various properties may soon be introduced to the market. The mechanisms underlying the interactions between the different strains in the starter during alcoholic fermentation have never been investigated. We identified and investigated some of these interactions in a mixed culture containing two yeast strains grown under enological conditions. The inoculum contained the same amount (each) of a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and a natural hybrid strain of S. cerevisiae and Saccharomyces uvarum. We identified interactions that affected biomass, by-product formation, and fermentation kinetics, and compared the redox ratios of monocultures of each strain with that of the mixed culture. The redox status of the mixed culture differed from that of the two monocultures, showing that the interactions between the yeast strains involved the diffusion of metabolite(s) within the mixed culture. Since acetaldehyde is a potential effector of fermentation, we investigated the kinetics of acetaldehyde production by the different cultures. The S. cerevisiae-S. uvarum hybrid strain produced large amounts of acetaldehyde for which the S. cerevisiae strain acted as a receiving strain in the mixed culture. Since yeast response to acetaldehyde involves the same mechanisms that participate in the response to other forms of stress, the acetaldehyde exchange between the two strains could play an important role in inhibiting some yeast strains and allowing the growth of others. Such interactions could be of particular importance in understanding the ecology of the colonization of complex fermentation media by S. cerevisiae.

  9. Simultaneous Saccharification and fermentation of cellulose to ethanol using Penicillium funiculosum cellulose and free or immobilized Saccharomyces uvarum cells

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    Deshpa V.; Sivaraman, H.; Rao, M.

    1983-06-01

    This communication discusses the compatibility of Penicillium funiculosum cellulase with Saccharomyces uvarum cells and the results on the combined hydrolysis and fermentation of cellulose to ethanol using a system of S. uvarum cells immobilized in an open pore gelatin matrix described earlier from the same laboratory. (Refs. 10).

  10. Saccharomyces uvarum is responsible for the traditional fermentation of apple chicha in Patagonia.

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    Rodríguez, Maria E; Pérez-Través, Laura; Sangorrín, Marcela P; Barrio, Eladio; Querol, Amparo; Lopes, Christian A

    2017-01-01

    Apple chicha is a fresh low alcoholic beverage elaborated by aboriginal communities of Andean Patagonia (Argentina and Chile). In the present work, we identified the yeast microbiota associated with this fermentation, and characterized genetically those belonging to the genus Saccharomyces. Both Saccharomyces cerevisiae and S. uvarum were found in the analyzed fermentations. Phylogenetic and population structure analyses based on genes sequence analysis were carried out for both S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum strains obtained in this study and a set of additional strains from diverse origins. The results demonstrate that S. cerevisiae strains from apple chicha belong to the big group of wine/European strains of this species, while S. uvarum strains were included in the Holartic population of this species. Additionally, some S. uvarum strains from chichas evidenced as an admixture of both pure Holartic and pure South American populations. Our results suggest that Holartic strains could have been introduced in South America together with the domestication of apple trees by Mapuche communities. This Holartic population suffered admixis with the naturally present South American population of this species, originating strains bearing genetic features from the two populations, detectable in both chichas and natural habitats.

  11. Exploration of genetic and phenotypic diversity within Saccharomyces uvarum for driving strain improvement in winemaking.

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    Verspohl, Alexandra; Solieri, Lisa; Giudici, Paolo

    2017-03-01

    The selection and genetic improvement of wine yeast is an ongoing process, since yeast strains should match new technologies in winemaking to satisfy evolving consumer preferences. A large genetic background is the necessary starting point for any genetic improvement programme. For this reason, we collected and characterized a large number of strains belonging to Saccharomyces uvarum. In particular, 70 strains were isolated from cold-stored must samples: they were identified and compared to S. uvarum strains originating from different collections, regarding fermentation profile, spore viability and stress response. The results demonstrate a large biodiversity among the new isolates, with particular emphasis to fermentation performances, genotypes and high spore viability, making the isolates suitable for further genetic improvement programmes. Furthermore, few of them are competitive with Saccharomyces cerevisiae and per se, suitable for wine fermentation, due to their resistance to stress, short lag phase and fermentation by-products.

  12. A Gondwanan imprint on global diversity and domestication of wine and cider yeast Saccharomyces uvarum.

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    Almeida, Pedro; Gonçalves, Carla; Teixeira, Sara; Libkind, Diego; Bontrager, Martin; Masneuf-Pomarède, Isabelle; Albertin, Warren; Durrens, Pascal; Sherman, David James; Marullo, Philippe; Hittinger, Chris Todd; Gonçalves, Paula; Sampaio, José Paulo

    2014-06-02

    In addition to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the cryotolerant yeast species S. uvarum is also used for wine and cider fermentation but nothing is known about its natural history. Here we use a population genomics approach to investigate its global phylogeography and domestication fingerprints using a collection of isolates obtained from fermented beverages and from natural environments on five continents. South American isolates contain more genetic diversity than that found in the Northern Hemisphere. Moreover, coalescence analyses suggest that a Patagonian sub-population gave rise to the Holarctic population through a recent bottleneck. Holarctic strains display multiple introgressions from other Saccharomyces species, those from S. eubayanus being prevalent in European strains associated with human-driven fermentations. These introgressions are absent in the large majority of wild strains and gene ontology analyses indicate that several gene categories relevant for wine fermentation are overrepresented. Such findings constitute a first indication of domestication in S. uvarum.

  13. A Gondwanan Imprint on Global Diversity and Domestication of Wine and Cider Yeast Saccharomyces uvarum

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    Almeida, Pedro; Gonçalves, Carla; Teixeira, Sara; Libkind, Diego; Bontrager, Martin; Masneuf-Pomarède, Isabelle; Albertin, Warren; Durrens, Pascal; Sherman, David; Marullo, Philippe; Hittinger, Chris Todd; Gonçalves, Paula; Sampaio, José Paulo

    2016-01-01

    In addition to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the cryotolerant yeast species S. uvarum is also used for wine and cider fermentation but nothing is known about its natural history. Here we use a population genomics approach to investigate its global phylogeography and domestication fingerprints using a collection of isolates obtained from fermented beverages and from natural environments on five continents. South American isolates contain more genetic diversity than that found in the Northern Hemisphere. Moreover, coalescence analyses suggest that a Patagonian sub-population gave rise to the Holarctic population through a recent bottleneck. Holarctic strains display multiple introgressions from other Saccharomyces species, those from S. eubayanus being prevalent in European strains associated with human-driven fermentations. These introgressions are absent in the large majority of wild strains and gene ontology analyses indicate that several gene categories relevant for wine fermentation are overrepresented. Such findings constitute a first indication of domestication in S. uvarum. PMID:24887054

  14. A Gondwanan imprint on global diversity and domestication of wine and cider yeast Saccharomyces uvarum

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    Almeida, Pedro; Gonçalves, Carla; Teixeira, Sara; Libkind, Diego; Bontrager, Martin; Masneuf-Pomarède, Isabelle; Albertin, Warren; Durrens, Pascal; Sherman, David James; Marullo, Philippe; Todd Hittinger, Chris; Gonçalves, Paula; Sampaio, José Paulo

    2014-06-01

    In addition to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the cryotolerant yeast species S. uvarum is also used for wine and cider fermentation but nothing is known about its natural history. Here we use a population genomics approach to investigate its global phylogeography and domestication fingerprints using a collection of isolates obtained from fermented beverages and from natural environments on five continents. South American isolates contain more genetic diversity than that found in the Northern Hemisphere. Moreover, coalescence analyses suggest that a Patagonian sub-population gave rise to the Holarctic population through a recent bottleneck. Holarctic strains display multiple introgressions from other Saccharomyces species, those from S. eubayanus being prevalent in European strains associated with human-driven fermentations. These introgressions are absent in the large majority of wild strains and gene ontology analyses indicate that several gene categories relevant for wine fermentation are overrepresented. Such findings constitute a first indication of domestication in S. uvarum.

  15. Biosorption of water-soluble dyes on magnetically modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae subsp. uvarum cells.

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    Safaríková, M; Ptácková, L; Kibriková, I; Safarík, I

    2005-05-01

    Brewer's yeast (bottom yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae subsp. uvarum) cells were magnetically modified using water based magnetic fluid stabilized with perchloric acid. Magnetically modified yeast cells efficiently adsorbed various water soluble dyes. The dyes adsorption can be described by the Langmuir adsorption model. The maximum adsorption capacity of the magnetic cells differed substantially for individual dyes; the highest value was found for aniline blue (approx. 220 mg per g of dried magnetic adsorbent).

  16. Physiological characterization of Saccharomyces uvarum and Saccharomyces eubayanus from Patagonia and their potential for cidermaking.

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    González Flores, Melisa; Rodríguez, María Eugenia; Oteiza, Juan Martín; Barbagelata, Raúl Jorge; Lopes, Christian Ariel

    2017-05-16

    A diversity of yeast strains belonging to the cryotolerant fermentative species S. uvarum and S. eubayanus have been recovered from natural habitats and traditional fermentations in North Patagonia. The aim of this work was to evaluate the most relevant physiological features in a set of Patagonian strains belonging to S. uvarum and S. eubayanus, in order to analyze their potentiality to be used as starter cultures for cidermaking elaborated at low temperature. We evidenced that S. uvarum strains isolated from natural habitats (Araucaria araucana bark) showed similar physiological features to S. eubayanus strains obtained from the same habitat, and different from S. uvarum strains from fermentative environments (apple chichas). We also confirm the capacity of S. uvarum to produce high glycerol levels, low acetic acid and elevated production of the higher alcohol 2-phenylethanol and 2-phenylethyl acetate and demonstrated similar properties in S. eubayanus. Finally, we evidenced for the first time the antagonistic activity of S. eubayanus and selected three strains (two S. uvarum and one S. eubayanus) bearing the best combination of features to be used as a starter culture in cidermaking. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Saccharomyces kudriavzevii and Saccharomyces uvarum differ from Saccharomyces cerevisiae during the production of aroma-active higher alcohols and acetate esters using their amino acidic precursors.

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    Stribny, Jiri; Gamero, Amparo; Pérez-Torrado, Roberto; Querol, Amparo

    2015-07-16

    Higher alcohols and acetate esters are important flavour and aroma components in the food industry. In alcoholic beverages these compounds are produced by yeast during fermentation. Although Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most extensively used species, other species of the Saccharomyces genus have become common in fermentation processes. This study analyses and compares the production of higher alcohols and acetate esters from their amino acidic precursors in three Saccharomyces species: Saccharomyces kudriavzevii, Saccharomyces uvarum and S. cerevisiae. The global volatile compound analysis revealed that S. kudriavzevii produced large amounts of higher alcohols, whereas S. uvarum excelled in the production of acetate esters. Particularly from phenylalanine, S. uvarum produced the largest amounts of 2-phenylethyl acetate, while S. kudriavzevii obtained the greatest 2-phenylethanol formation from this precursor. The present data indicate differences in the amino acid metabolism and subsequent production of flavour-active higher alcohols and acetate esters among the closely related Saccharomyces species. This knowledge will prove useful for developing new enhanced processes in fragrance, flavour, and food industries. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  18. Volatile flavour profile of reduced alcohol wines fermented with the non-conventional yeast species Metschnikowia pulcherrima and Saccharomyces uvarum.

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    Varela, C; Sengler, F; Solomon, M; Curtin, C

    2016-10-15

    Production of quality wines with decreased alcohol concentration continues to be one of the major challenges facing wine producers. Therefore, there is considerable interest in the isolation or generation of wine yeasts less efficient at transforming grape sugars into ethanol. We recently demonstrated that Metschnikowia pulcherrima AWRI1149 and Saccharomyces uvarum AWRI2846 were both able to produce reduced alcohol wine when used in sequential inoculation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This effect is additive when both strains are co-inoculated in grape must. Here we describe the volatile flavour profile of Chardonnay and Shiraz wines produced with these two strains. Wines fermented with M. pulcherrima showed concentrations of ethyl acetate likely to affect negatively wine aroma. Wines fermented with S. uvarum and with a combination of M. pulcherrima and S. uvarum were characterised by increased concentrations of 2-phenyl ethanol and 2-phenylethyl acetate, both associated with positive sensory attributes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. The Oenological Potential of Hanseniaspora uvarum in Simultaneous and Sequential Co-fermentation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Industrial Wine Production

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    Tristezza, Mariana; Tufariello, Maria; Capozzi, Vittorio; Spano, Giuseppe; Mita, Giovanni; Grieco, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    In oenology, the utilization of mixed starter cultures composed by Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts is an approach of growing importance for winemakers in order to enhance sensory quality and complexity of the final product without compromising the general quality and safety of the oenological products. In fact, several non-Saccharomyces yeasts are already commercialized as oenological starter cultures to be used in combination with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, while several others are the subject of various studies to evaluate their application. Our aim, in this study was to assess, for the first time, the oenological potential of H. uvarum in mixed cultures (co-inoculation) and sequential inoculation with S. cerevisiae for industrial wine production. Three previously characterized H. uvarum strains were separately used as multi-starter together with an autochthonous S. cerevisiae starter culture in lab-scale micro-vinification trials. On the basis of microbial development, fermentation kinetics and secondary compounds formation, the strain H. uvarum ITEM8795 was further selected and it was co- and sequentially inoculated, jointly with the S. cerevisiae starter, in a pilot scale wine production. The fermentation course and the quality of final product indicated that the co-inoculation was the better performing modality of inoculum. The above results were finally validated by performing an industrial scale vinification The mixed starter was able to successfully dominate the different stages of the fermentation process and the H. uvarum strain ITEM8795 contributed to increasing the wine organoleptic quality and to simultaneously reduce the volatile acidity. At the best of our knowledge, the present report is the first study regarding the utilization of a selected H. uvarum strain in multi-starter inoculation with S. cerevisiae for the industrial production of a wine. In addition, we demonstrated, at an industrial scale, the importance of non-Saccharomyces in

  20. Reducing diacetyl production of wine by overexpressing BDH1 and BDH2 in Saccharomyces uvarum.

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    Li, Ping; Guo, Xuewu; Shi, Tingting; Hu, Zhihui; Chen, Yefu; Du, Liping; Xiao, Dongguang

    2017-08-31

    As a byproduct of yeast valine metabolism during fermentation, diacetyl can produce a buttery aroma in wine. However, high diacetyl concentrations generate an aromatic off-flavor and poor quality in wine. 2,3-Butanediol dehydrogenase encoded by BDH1 can catalyze the two reactions of acetoin from diacetyl and 2,3-butanediol from acetoin. BDH2 is a gene adjacent to BDH1, and these genes are regulated reciprocally. In this study, BDH1 and BDH2 were overexpressed in Saccharomyces uvarum to reduce the diacetyl production of wine either individually or in combination. Compared with those in the host strain WY1, the diacetyl concentrations in the recombinant strains WY1-1 with overexpressed BDH1, WY1-2 with overexpressed BDH2 alone, and WY1-12 with co-overexpressed BDH1 and BDH2 were decreased by 39.87, 33.42, and 46.71%, respectively. BDH2 was only responsible for converting diacetyl into acetoin, but not for the metabolic pathway of acetoin to 2,3-butanediol in S. uvarum. This study provided valuable insights into diacetyl reduction in wine.

  1. Many interspecific chromosomal introgressions are highly prevalent in Holarctic Saccharomyces uvarum strains found in human-related fermentations.

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    Warren, Albertin; Maria, Chernova; Pascal, Durrens; Erwan, Guichou; David, Sherman; Isabelle, Masneuf-Pomarede; Marullo, Philippe

    2017-08-05

    In the last two decades, the massive genome sequencing of strains belonging to the Saccharomyces genus revealed the complex reticulated evolution of this group. Among the various evolutionary mechanisms described, the introgression of large chromosomal regions resulting from interspecific hybridization has recently shed light on the Saccharomyces uvarum species. In this work we provide the de novo assembled genomes of four S. uvarum strains presenting more than 712 kb of introgressed loci inherited from both S. eubayanus and S. kudriavzevii species. In order to study the prevalence of such introgressions in a large population, we designed multiplexed PCR- markers able to survey the inheritance of 8 chromosomal regions. Our data confirm that introgressions are widely disseminated in Holarctic S. uvarum population and are more frequently found in strains isolated from human-related fermentations. According to the origin of the strains (nature, cider or wine related process) some loci are overrepresented suggesting their positive selection by human activity. Except one locus located on chromosome 7, the introgressions present a low level of heterozygozity similar to that observed for nine neutral markers (microsatellites). Finally, most of these loci tested showed an expected Mendelian segregation after meiosis and can recombined with their chromosomal counterpart in S. uvarum. Embank accession number: SAMN07178572 to SAMN07178575. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  2. Sensory profile and volatile aroma composition of reduced alcohol Merlot wines fermented with Metschnikowia pulcherrima and Saccharomyces uvarum.

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    Varela, C; Barker, A; Tran, T; Borneman, A; Curtin, C

    2017-07-03

    Strategies for production of wines containing lower alcohol concentrations are in strong demand, for reasons of quality, health, and taxation. Development and application of wine yeasts that are less efficient at transforming grape sugars into ethanol has the potential to allow winemakers the freedom to make lower alcohol wines from grapes harvested at optimal ripeness, without the need for post-fermentation processes aimed at removing ethanol. We have recently shown that two non-conventional wine yeast species Metschnikowia pulcherrima and Saccharomyces uvarum were both able to produce wine with reduced alcohol concentration. Both species produced laboratory-scale wines with markedly different volatile aroma compound composition relative to Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This work describes the volatile composition and sensory profiles of reduced-alcohol pilot-scale Merlot wines produced with M. pulcherrima and S. uvarum. Wines fermented with M. pulcherrima contained 1.0% v/v less ethanol than S. cerevisiae fermented wines, while those fermented with S. uvarum showed a 1.7% v/v reduction in ethanol. Compared to S. cerevisiae ferments, wines produced with M. pulcherrima showed higher concentrations of ethyl acetate, total esters, total higher alcohols and total sulfur compounds, while wines fermented with S. uvarum were characterised by the highest total concentration of higher alcohols. Sensorially, M. pulcherrima wines received relatively high scores for sensory descriptors such as red fruit and fruit flavour and overall exhibited a sensory profile similar to that of wine made with S. cerevisiae, whereas the main sensory descriptors associated with wines fermented with S. uvarum were barnyard and meat. This work demonstrates the successful application of M. pulcherrima AWRI3050 for the production of pilot-scale red wines with reduced alcohol concentration and highlights the need for rigorous evaluation of non-conventional yeasts with regard to their sensory impacts

  3. Viable and culturable populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Hanseniaspora uvarum and Starmerella bacillaris (synonym Candida zemplinina) during Barbera must fermentation.

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    Wang, Chunxiao; Esteve-Zarzoso, Braulio; Cocolin, Luca; Mas, Albert; Rantsiou, Kalliopi

    2015-12-01

    The present study analyzed the viable and/or culturable populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Hanseniaspora uvarum and Starmerella bacillaris (synonym Candida zemplinina) during laboratory grape must fermentation, in order to investigate the interaction between the three species considered. Firstly, population dynamics during wine fermentation were followed by culture-dependent techniques, and non-Saccharomyces yeast became non-culturable at late stages of fermentation when S. cerevisiae dominated. Four different culture-independent techniques were further applied to detect viable yeast cells at the late stage of fermentation. Both quantitative PCR techniques applied, namely ethidium monoazide bromide (EMA)-qPCR and Reverse Transcription (RT)-qPCR, detected H. uvarum and Starm. bacillaris at a concentration of 10(5) to 10(6)cells/mL. These non-culturable cells had membranes impermeable to EMA and stable rRNA. The background signals from dead cells did not interfere with the quantification of viable cells in wine samples by EMA-qPCR technique. As a qualitative culture-independent technique, DGGE technique was coupled with EMA treatment (EMA-PCR-DGGE) or with RT (RT-PCR-DGGE). With EMA-PCR-DGGE non-Saccharomyces species during fermentation were detected although it was limited by the predominance of S. cerevisiae. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Characterization of Saccharomyces uvarum (Beijerinck, 1898) and related hybrids: assessment of molecular markers that predict the parent and hybrid genomes and a proposal to name yeast hybrids.

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    Nguyen, Huu-Vang; Boekhout, Teun

    2017-03-03

    The use of the nuclear-DNA re-association technique has led taxonomists to consider Saccharomyces uvarum a synonym of S. bayanus. The latter, however, is not a species but a hybrid harbouring S. eubayanus (Seu) and S. uvarum (Su) sub-genomes with a minor DNA contribution from S. cerevisiae (Sc). To recognize genetically pure lines of S. uvarum and putative interspecies hybrids among so-called S. bayanus strains present in public culture collections, we propose the use of four markers that were defined from the S. bayanus CBS 380T composite genome, namely SeuNTS2 (rDNA), ScMAL31, MTY1 and SuMEL1. S. carlsbergensis CBS 1513 was found similar to S. bayanus except that it carries the SeuMEL1 allele. Different marker combinations revealed that among 33 strains examined only few strains were similar to CBS 380T, but many pure S. uvarum lines and putative Su/Seu-related hybrids occurred. Our results demonstrated that these hybrids were erroneously considered authentic S. bayanus and therefore the varietal state "Saccharomyces bayanus var. uvarum comb. nov. Naumov" is not valid. Our markers constitute a tool to get insights into the genomic makeup of Saccharomyces interspecies hybrids. We also make a proposal to name those hybrids that may also be applicable to other fungal hybrids.

  5. Differential attraction of drosophilids to banana baits inoculated with Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Hanseniaspora uvarum within a Neotropical forest remnant

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    Batista, Marcos R.D.; Uno, Fabiana; Chaves, Rafael D.; Tidon, Rosana; Rosa, Carlos A.

    2017-01-01

    Background Yeasts are a necessary requisite in the diet of most Drosophila species that, in turn, may vector their dispersal in natural environments. Differential attractiveness experiments and the isolation of yeasts consumed by Drosophila may be informative for characterizing this association. Hanseniaspora uvarum is among the most common yeast species isolated from Drosophila crops, with high attractiveness to drosophilids. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been widely used to collect flies, and it allows broad sampling of almost all local Drosophila species. Pronounced differences in the field concerning Drosophila attractivity to baits seeded with these yeast species have been previously reported. However, few explicit generalizations have been set. Since late fifties, no field experiments of Drosophila attractivity were carried out in the Neotropical region, which is facing shifts in abiotic and biotic factors. Our objective is to characterize preference behavior that mediates the interaction in the wild among Neotropical Drosophila species and yeasts associated with them. We want to set a broad generalization about drosophilids attracted to these yeasts. Here we present the results of a differential attractiveness experiment we carried out in a natural Atlantic Rainforest fragment to assess the preferences of Drosophila species groups to baits inoculated with H. uvarum and S. cerevisiae. Methods Both yeast species were cultured in GYMP broth and separately poured in autoclaved mashed banana that was left fermenting. In the field, we collected drosophilids over five arrays of three different baits: non-inoculated autoclaved banana and banana inoculated with each yeast. In the laboratory the drosophilids were sorted to five sets according to their external morphology and/or genitalia: tripunctata; guarani; willistoni; exotic; and the remaining flies pooled in others. Results and Conclusions Uninoculated banana baits attracted virtually no flies. We found

  6. Differential attraction of drosophilids to banana baits inoculated with Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Hanseniaspora uvarum within a Neotropical forest remnant.

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    Batista, Marcos R D; Uno, Fabiana; Chaves, Rafael D; Tidon, Rosana; Rosa, Carlos A; Klaczko, Louis B

    2017-01-01

    Yeasts are a necessary requisite in the diet of most Drosophila species that, in turn, may vector their dispersal in natural environments. Differential attractiveness experiments and the isolation of yeasts consumed by Drosophila may be informative for characterizing this association. Hanseniaspora uvarum is among the most common yeast species isolated from Drosophila crops, with high attractiveness to drosophilids. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been widely used to collect flies, and it allows broad sampling of almost all local Drosophila species. Pronounced differences in the field concerning Drosophila attractivity to baits seeded with these yeast species have been previously reported. However, few explicit generalizations have been set. Since late fifties, no field experiments of Drosophila attractivity were carried out in the Neotropical region, which is facing shifts in abiotic and biotic factors. Our objective is to characterize preference behavior that mediates the interaction in the wild among Neotropical Drosophila species and yeasts associated with them. We want to set a broad generalization about drosophilids attracted to these yeasts. Here we present the results of a differential attractiveness experiment we carried out in a natural Atlantic Rainforest fragment to assess the preferences of Drosophila species groups to baits inoculated with H. uvarum and S. cerevisiae. Both yeast species were cultured in GYMP broth and separately poured in autoclaved mashed banana that was left fermenting. In the field, we collected drosophilids over five arrays of three different baits: non-inoculated autoclaved banana and banana inoculated with each yeast. In the laboratory the drosophilids were sorted to five sets according to their external morphology and/or genitalia: tripunctata; guarani; willistoni; exotic; and the remaining flies pooled in others. Uninoculated banana baits attracted virtually no flies. We found significant departures from random distribution over

  7. Differences in Enzymatic Properties of the Saccharomyces kudriavzevii and Saccharomyces uvarum Alcohol Acetyltransferases and Their Impact on Aroma-Active Compounds Production

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    Stribny, Jiri; Querol, Amparo; Pérez-Torrado, Roberto

    2016-01-01

    Higher alcohols and acetate esters belong to the most important yeast secondary metabolites that significantly contribute to the overall flavor and aroma profile of fermented products. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, esterification of higher alcohols is catalyzed mainly by the alcohol acetyltransferases encoded by genes ATF1 and ATF2. Previous investigation has shown other Saccharomyces species, e.g., S. kudriavzevii and S. uvarum, to vary in aroma-active higher alcohols and acetate esters formation when compared to S. cerevisiae. Here, we aimed to analyze the enzymes encoded by the ATF1 and ATF2 genes from S. kudriavzevii (SkATF1, SkATF2) and S. uvarum (SuATF1, SuATF2). The heterologous expression of the individual ATF1 and ATF2 genes in a host S. cerevisiae resulted in the enhanced production of several higher alcohols and acetate esters. Particularly, an increase of 2-phenylethyl acetate production by the strains that harbored ATF1 and ATF2 genes from S. kudriavzevii and S. uvarum was observed. When grown with individual amino acids as the nitrogen source, the strain that harbored SkATF1 showed particularly high 2-phenylethyl acetate production and the strains with introduced SkATF2 or SuATF2 revealed increased production of isobutyl acetate, isoamyl acetate, and 2-phenylethyl acetate compared to the reference strains with endogenous ATF genes. The alcohol acetyltransferase activities of the individual Atf1 and Atf2 enzymes measured in the cell extracts of the S. cerevisiae atf1 atf2 iah1 triple-null strain were detected for all the measured substrates. This indicated that S. kudriavzevii and S. uvarum Atf enzymes had broad range substrate specificity as S. cerevisiae Atf enzymes. Individual Atf1 enzymes exhibited markedly different kinetic properties since SkAtf1p showed c. twofold higher and SuAtf1p c. threefold higher Km for isoamyl alcohol than ScAtf1p. Together these results indicated that the differences found among the three Saccharomyces species during the

  8. Yeast population dynamics reveal a potential 'collaboration' between Metschnikowia pulcherrima and Saccharomyces uvarum for the production of reduced alcohol wines during Shiraz fermentation.

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    Contreras, A; Curtin, C; Varela, C

    2015-02-01

    The wine sector is actively seeking strategies and technologies that facilitate the production of wines with lower alcohol content. One of the simplest approaches to achieve this aim would be the use of wine yeast strains which are less efficient at transforming grape sugars into ethanol; however, commercial wine yeasts have very similar ethanol yields. We recently demonstrated that Metschnikowia pulcherrima AWRI1149 was able to produce wine with reduced alcohol concentration when used in sequential inoculation with a wine strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here, different inoculation regimes were explored to study the effect of yeast population dynamics and potential yeast interactions on the metabolism of M. pulcherrima AWRI1149 during fermentation of non-sterile Shiraz must. Of all inoculation regimes tested, only ferments inoculated with M. pulcherrima AWRI1149 showed reduced ethanol concentration. Population dynamics revealed the presence of several indigenous yeast species and one of these, Saccharomyces uvarum (AWRI 2846), was able to produce wine with reduced ethanol concentration in sterile conditions. Both strains however, were inhibited when a combination of three non-Saccharomyces strains, Hanseniaspora uvarum AWRI863, Pichia kluyveri AWRI1896 and Torulaspora delbrueckii AWRI2845 were inoculated into must, indicating that the microbial community composition might impact on the growth of M. pulcherrima AWRI1149 and S. uvarum AWRI 2846. Our results indicate that mixed cultures of M. pulcherrima AWRI1149 and S. uvarum AWRI2846 enable an additional reduction of wine ethanol concentration compared to the same must fermented with either strain alone. This work thus provides a foundation to develop inoculation regimes for the successful application of non-cerevisiae yeast to the production of wines with reduced alcohol.

  9. Monitoring of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Hanseniaspora uvarum, and Starmerella bacillaris (synonym Candida zemplinina) populations during alcoholic fermentation by fluorescence in situ hybridization.

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    Wang, Chunxiao; Esteve-Zarzoso, Braulio; Mas, Albert

    2014-11-17

    Various molecular approaches have been applied as culture-independent techniques to monitor wine fermentations over the last decade. Among them, those based on RNA detection have been widely used for yeast cell detection, assuming that RNA only exists in live cells. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) targeting intracellular rRNA is considered a promising technique for the investigation of wine ecology. For the present study, we applied the FISH technique in combination with epifluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry to directly quantify populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Hanseniaspora uvarum, and Starmerella bacillaris during alcoholic fermentations. A new specific probe that hybridizes with eight species of Hanseniaspora genus and a second probe specific for Starm. bacillaris were designed, and the conditions for their application to pure cultures, mixed cultures, and wine samples were optimized. Single and mixed fermentations were performed with natural, concentrated must at two different temperatures, 15 °C and 25 °C. The population dynamics revealed that the Sacch. cerevisiae population increased to 10(7)-10(8)cells/ml during all fermentations, whereas H. uvarum and Starm. bacillaris tended to increase in single fermentations but remained at levels similar to their inoculations at 10(6)cells/ml in mixed fermentations. Temperature mainly affected the fermentation duration (slower at the lower temperature) but did not affect the population sizes of the different species. The use of these probes in natural wine fermentations has been validated.

  10. Role of non-Saccharomyces yeasts in Korean wines produced from Campbell Early grapes: potential use of Hanseniaspora uvarum as a starter culture.

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    Hong, Young-Ah; Park, Heui-Dong

    2013-05-01

    Several yeasts were isolated from Campbell Early grapes (Vitis labrusca cultivar Campbell Early), the major grape cultivar in Korea, grown in two different regions. PCR-RFLP analysis of the ITS I-5.8S-ITS II region showed that 34 isolates out of a total of 40 were in the same group. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the major strain belonged to one species, Hanseniaspora uvarum, although they displayed some nucleotide mismatches between them. During spontaneous alcohol fermentation at 20 °C, the two grape musts containing 24 °Brix sugar exhibited similar fermentation patterns with differences in final alcohol production and yeast viable counts. PCR analysis of the yeasts randomly isolated during the fermentation using an intron splice site primer showed changes in yeast flora between 8 and 10 days of fermentation. We found that the dominant yeasts displaying various PCR patterns using the primer remained the same throughout the early stages of fermentation, as determined by molecular typing of their ITS regions using PCR-RFLP, and these yeasts were identical to those isolated from grape berries. Among the isolates, the strain designated SS6 was selected based on its potassium metabisulfite resistance, alcohol production (distillation method), and flavor (by sniffing test) of grape juice. When Campbell Early grape must was inoculated with H. uvarum SS6 cells, no differences in fermentation pattern were observed compared with that inoculated with cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae W-3, an industrial wine yeast strain. However, SS6 wine showed higher levels of organic acid (especially lactic acid), aldehydes, and minor alcohols (except n-propyl alcohol), as well as a higher score in sensory evaluation, compared to those of W-3 wine. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Oral Intake of Carboxymethyl-Glucan (CM-G) from Yeast (Saccharomyces uvarum) Reduces Malondialdehyde Levels in Healthy Men.

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    Araújo, Vilma Barbosa da Silva; de Melo, Adma Nadja Ferreira; de Souza, Neyrijane Targino; da Silva, Vânia Maria Barboza; Castro-Gomez, Raul H; Silva, Alexandre Sérgio; de Souza, Evandro Leite; Magnani, Marciane

    2015-08-14

    Carboxymethyl-glucan (CM-G) is a water-soluble derivative of β(1 → 3)(1 → 6) glucan, a well-known immunostimulant and antioxidant compound. In this experimental, randomized and placebo-controlled study, the effects of oral CM-G intake over a 60-day period on the peripheral blood, cholesterol, glycemic index and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels of healthy men was assessed. The CM-G was obtained from spent brewer's yeast (S. uvarum) with DS 0.8 and molecular weight of 2.2 × 10(5) Da. Following CM-G administration, no changes were observed in red and white blood cell, hematocrit, hemoglobin and platelet counts, or in cholesterol and glycemic indices. After 30 days of CM-G administration, the MDA levels decreased significantly (p ≤ 0.05) in men receiving CM-G. The results showed for the first time that CM-G may act as an adjuvant in preventing oxidative damage in healthy humans.

  12. Hanseniaspora uvarum from Winemaking Environments Show Spatial and Temporal Genetic Clustering

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    Albertin, Warren; Setati, Mathabatha E.; Miot-Sertier, Cécile; Mostert, Talitha T.; Colonna-Ceccaldi, Benoit; Coulon, Joana; Girard, Patrick; Moine, Virginie; Pillet, Myriam; Salin, Franck; Bely, Marina; Divol, Benoit; Masneuf-Pomarede, Isabelle

    2016-01-01

    Hanseniaspora uvarum is one of the most abundant yeast species found on grapes and in grape must, at least before the onset of alcoholic fermentation (AF) which is usually performed by Saccharomyces species. The aim of this study was to characterize the genetic and phenotypic variability within the H. uvarum species. One hundred and fifteen strains isolated from winemaking environments in different geographical origins were analyzed using 11 microsatellite markers and a subset of 47 strains were analyzed by AFLP. H. uvarum isolates clustered mainly on the basis of their geographical localization as revealed by microsatellites. In addition, a strong clustering based on year of isolation was evidenced, indicating that the genetic diversity of H. uvarum isolates was related to both spatial and temporal variations. Conversely, clustering analysis based on AFLP data provided a different picture with groups showing no particular characteristics, but provided higher strain discrimination. This result indicated that AFLP approaches are inadequate to establish the genetic relationship between individuals, but allowed good strain discrimination. At the phenotypic level, several extracellular enzymatic activities of enological relevance (pectinase, chitinase, protease, β-glucosidase) were measured but showed low diversity. The impact of environmental factors of enological interest (temperature, anaerobia, and copper addition) on growth was also assessed and showed poor variation. Altogether, this work provided both new analytical tool (microsatellites) and new insights into the genetic and phenotypic diversity of H. uvarum, a yeast species that has previously been identified as a potential candidate for co-inoculation in grape must, but whose intraspecific variability had never been fully assessed. PMID:26834719

  13. Glycolytic functions are conserved in the genome of the wine yeast Hanseniaspora uvarum and pyruvate kinase limits its capacity for alcoholic fermentation.

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    Langenberg, Anne-Kathrin; Bink, Frauke J; Wolff, Lena; Walter, Stefan; von Wallbrunn, Christian; Grossmann, Manfred; Heinisch, Jürgen J; Schmitz, Hans-Peter

    2017-09-08

    Hanseniaspora uvarum (anamorph Kloeckera apiculata) is a predominant yeast on wine grapes and other fruits and has a strong influence on wine quality, even when Saccharomyces cerevisiae starter cultures are employed. In this work we sequenced and annotated approximately 93% of the H. uvarum genome. Southern and synteny analyses were employed to construct a map of the seven chromosomes present in a type strain. Comparative determinations of specific enzyme activities within the fermentative pathway in H. uvarum and S. cerevisiae indicated that the reduced capacity for ethanol production of the former yeast is primarily caused by an approximately ten-fold lower activity of the key glycolytic enzyme pyruvate kinase. Heterologous expression of the encoding gene HuPYK1 and the two genes encoding the phosphofructokinase subunits, HuPFK1 and HuPFK2, in the respective deletion mutants of S. cerevisiae confirmed their functional homology.IMPORTANCEHanseniaspora uvarum is a predominant yeast species on grapes and other fruits. It contributes significantly to the production of desired as well as unfavorable aroma compounds and thus determines the final product quality, especially in wine. Despite this obvious importance, knowledge on its genetics is scarce. As a basis for targeted metabolic modifications, we here provide the results of a genomic sequencing approach, including the annotation of 3010 protein coding genes, e.g. encoding the entire sugar fermentation pathway, key components of stress-response signaling pathways, and enzymes catalyzing the production of aroma compounds. Comparative analyses suggest that the low fermentative capacity of H. uvarum as compared to Saccharomyces cerevisiae can be attributed to a low pyruvate kinase activity. The data reported here are expected to aid in establishing H. uvarum as a non-Saccharomyces yeast in starter cultures for wine and cider fermentations. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Microbiology.

  14. Increase of medium-chain fatty acid ethyl ester content in mixed H. uvarum/S. cerevisiae fermentation leads to wine fruity aroma enhancement.

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    Hu, Kai; Jin, Guo-Jie; Mei, Wen-Chao; Li, Ting; Tao, Yong-Sheng

    2018-01-15

    Medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) ethyl esters, as yeast secondary metabolites, significantly contribute to the fruity aroma of foods and beverages. To improve the MCFA ethyl ester content of wine, mixed fermentations with Hanseniaspora uvarum Yun268 and Saccharomyces cerevisiae were performed. Final volatiles were analyzed by gas solid phase microextraction-chromatography-mass spectrometry, and aroma characteristics were quantitated by sensory analysis. Results showed that mixed fermentation increased MCFA ethyl ester content by 37% in Cabernet Gernischt wine compared to that obtained by pure fermentation. Partial least-squares regression analysis further revealed that the improved MCFA ethyl esters specifically enhanced the temperate fruity aroma of wine. The enhancement of MCFA ethyl esters was attributed to the increased contents of MCFAs that could be induced by the presence of H. uvarum Yun268 in mixed fermentation. Meanwhile, the timing of yeast inoculations significantly affected the involving biomass of each strain and the dynamics of ethanol accumulation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. 2μ plasmid in Saccharomyces species and in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Strope, Pooja K.; Kozmin, Stanislav G.; Skelly, Daniel A.; Magwene, Paul M.; Dietrich, Fred S.; McCusker, John H.

    2015-01-01

    We determined that extrachromosomal 2μ plasmid was present in 67 of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae 100-genome strains; in addition to variation in the size and copy number of 2μ, we identified three distinct classes of 2μ. We identified 2μ presence/absence and class associations with populations, clinical origin and nuclear genotypes. We also screened genome sequences of S. paradoxus, S. kudriavzevii, S. uvarum, S. eubayanus, S. mikatae, S. arboricolus and S. bayanus strains for both integrated and extrachromosomal 2μ. Similar to S. cerevisiae, we found no integrated 2μ sequences in any S. paradoxus strains. However, we identified part of 2μ integrated into the genomes of some S. uvarum, S. kudriavzevii, S. mikatae and S. bayanus strains, which were distinct from each other and from all extrachromosomal 2μ. We identified extrachromosomal 2μ in one S. paradoxus, one S. eubayanus, two S. bayanus and 13 S. uvarum strains. The extrachromosomal 2μ in S. paradoxus, S. eubayanus and S. cerevisiae were distinct from each other. In contrast, the extrachromosomal 2μ in S. bayanus and S. uvarum strains were identical with each other and with one of the three classes of S. cerevisiae 2μ, consistent with interspecific transfer. PMID:26463005

  16. 2μ plasmid in Saccharomyces species and in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Strope, Pooja K; Kozmin, Stanislav G; Skelly, Daniel A; Magwene, Paul M; Dietrich, Fred S; McCusker, John H

    2015-12-01

    We determined that extrachromosomal 2μ plasmid was present in 67 of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae 100-genome strains; in addition to variation in the size and copy number of 2μ, we identified three distinct classes of 2μ. We identified 2μ presence/absence and class associations with populations, clinical origin and nuclear genotypes. We also screened genome sequences of S. paradoxus, S. kudriavzevii, S. uvarum, S. eubayanus, S. mikatae, S. arboricolus and S. bayanus strains for both integrated and extrachromosomal 2μ. Similar to S. cerevisiae, we found no integrated 2μ sequences in any S. paradoxus strains. However, we identified part of 2μ integrated into the genomes of some S. uvarum, S. kudriavzevii, S. mikatae and S. bayanus strains, which were distinct from each other and from all extrachromosomal 2μ. We identified extrachromosomal 2μ in one S. paradoxus, one S. eubayanus, two S. bayanus and 13 S. uvarum strains. The extrachromosomal 2μ in S. paradoxus, S. eubayanus and S. cerevisiae were distinct from each other. In contrast, the extrachromosomal 2μ in S. bayanus and S. uvarum strains were identical with each other and with one of the three classes of S. cerevisiae 2μ, consistent with interspecific transfer. © FEMS 2015. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  17. Molecular Analysis of the Genes Involved in Aroma Synthesis in the Species S. cerevisiae, S. kudriavzevii and S. bayanus var. uvarum in Winemaking Conditions

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    Gamero, Amparo; Belloch, Carmela; Ibáñez, Clara; Querol, Amparo

    2014-01-01

    The Saccharomyces genus is the main yeast involved in wine fermentations to play a crucial role in the production and release of aromatic compounds. Despite the several studies done into the genome-wide expression analysis using DNA microarray technology in wine S. cerevisiae strains, this is the first to investigate other species of the Saccharomyces genus. This research work investigates the expression of the genes involved in flavor compound production in three different Saccharomyces species (S. cerevisiae, S. bayanus var. uvarum and S. kudriavzevii) under low (12°C) and moderate fermentation temperatures (28°C). The global genes analysis showed that 30% of genes appeared to be differently expressed in the three cryophilic strains if compared to the reference strain (mesophilic S. cerevisiae), suggesting a very close cold adaptation response. Remarkable differences in the gene expression level were observed when comparing the three species, S. cerevisiae, S. bayanus var. uvarum and S. kudriavzevii, which will result in different aroma profiles. Knowledge of these differences in the transcriptome can be a tool to help modulate aroma to create wines with the desired aromatic traits. PMID:24854353

  18. Truncation of Gal4p explains the inactivation of the GAL/MEL regulon in both Saccharomyces bayanus and some Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine strains.

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    Dulermo, Rémi; Legras, Jean-Luc; Brunel, François; Devillers, Hugo; Sarilar, Véronique; Neuvéglise, Cécile; Nguyen, Huu-Vang

    2016-09-01

    In the past, the galactose-negative (Gal(-)) phenotype was a key physiological character used to distinguish Saccharomyces bayanus from S. cerevisiae In this work, we investigated the inactivation of GAL gene networks in S. bayanus, which is an S. uvarum/S. eubayanus hybrid, and in S. cerevisiae wine strains erroneously labelled 'S. bayanus'. We made an inventory of their GAL genes using genomes that were either available publicly, re-sequenced by us, or assembled from public data and completed with targeted sequencing. In the S. eubayanus/S. uvarum CBS 380(T) hybrid, the GAL/MEL network is composed of genes from both parents: from S. uvarum, an otherwise complete set that lacks GAL4, and from S. eubayanus, a truncated version of GAL4 and an additional copy of GAL3 and GAL80 Similarly, two different truncated GAL4 alleles were found in S. cerevisiae wine strains EC1118 and LalvinQA23. The lack of GAL4 activity in these strains was corrected by introducing a full-length copy of S. cerevisiae GAL4 on a CEN4/ARS plasmid. Transformation with this plasmid restored galactose utilisation in Gal(-) strains, and melibiose fermentation in strain CBS 380(T) The melibiose fermentation phenotype, formerly regarded as characteristic of S. uvarum, turned out to be widespread among Saccharomyces species. © FEMS 2016. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Weissella uvarum sp. nov., isolated from wine grapes.

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    Nisiotou, Aspasia; Dourou, Dimitra; Filippousi, Maria-Evangelia; Banilas, Georgios; Tassou, Chrysoula

    2014-11-01

    Two bacterial strains (B18BM42(T) and B18NM6) were recovered during a study of bacterial diversity on wine grapes (Vitis vinifera L.) from the Nemea region in Greece. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences placed the two strains within the genus Weissella, and found them to be most closely related to Weissella minor NRIC 1625(T) followed by Weissella viridescens NRIC 1536(T) (99.1 and 98.9% sequence similarity, respectively). The level of DNA-DNA relatedness between strains B18NM42(T) and W. minor NRIC 1625(T) or W. viridescens NRIC 1536(T) was 31.9 and 35.0%, respectively. The two novel strains could be genetically differentiated from their closest relatives by REA-PFGE (restriction enzyme analysis-pulse field gel electrophoresis), RAPD (randomly amplified polymorphic DNA) and rep-PC R analyses (repetitive sequence-based PCR). Physiological examination showed that the novel strains can be distinguished from phylogenetically related species by their ability to grow at 42 °C and by certain carbohydrate fermentations. Based on the evidence above, the affiliation of the two strains to a novel species with the proposed name Weissella uvarum sp. nov. is suggested. The type strain is B18NM42(T) ( =DSM 28060(T) =NCCB 100484(T)). © 2014 IUMS.

  20. Aspergillus uvarum sp. nov., an uniseriate black Aspergillus species isolated from grapes in Europe.

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    Perrone, Giancarlo; Varga, János; Susca, Antonia; Frisvad, Jens C; Stea, Gaetano; Kocsubé, Sándor; Tóth, Beáta; Kozakiewicz, Zofia; Samson, Robert A

    2008-04-01

    A novel species, Aspergillus uvarum sp. nov., is described within Aspergillus section Nigri. This species can be distinguished from other black aspergilli based on internal transcribed spacers (ITS), beta-tubulin and calmodulin gene sequences, by AFLP analysis and by extrolite profiles. Aspergillus uvarum sp. nov. isolates produced secalonic acid, common to other Aspergillus japonicus-related taxa, and geodin, erdin and dihydrogeodin, which are not produced by any other black aspergilli. None of the isolates were found to produce ochratoxin A. The novel species is most closely related to two atypical strains of Aspergillus aculeatus, CBS 114.80 and CBS 620.78, and was isolated from grape berries in Portugal, Italy, France, Israel, Greece and Spain. The type strain of Aspergillus uvarum sp. nov. is IMI 388523T=CBS 127591T=ITEM 4834T=IBT26606T.

  1. Optimization of air-blast drying process for manufacturing Saccharomyces cerevisiae and non-Saccharomyces yeast as industrial wine starters.

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    Lee, Sae-Byuk; Choi, Won-Seok; Jo, Hyun-Jung; Yeo, Soo-Hwan; Park, Heui-Dong

    2016-12-01

    Wine yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae D8) and non-Saccharomyces wine yeasts (Hanseniaspora uvarum S6 and Issatchenkia orientalis KMBL5774) were studied using air-blast drying instead of the conventional drying methods (such as freeze and spray drying). Skim milk-a widely used protective agent-was used and in all strains, the highest viabilities following air-blast drying were obtained using 10% skim milk. Four excipients (wheat flour, nuruk, artichoke powder, and lactomil) were evaluated as protective agents for yeast strains during air-blast drying. Our results showed that 7 g lactomil was the best excipient in terms of drying time, powder form, and the survival rate of the yeast in the final product. Finally, 7 types of sugars were investigated to improve the survival rate of air-blast dried yeast cells: 10% trehalose, 10% sucrose, and 10% glucose had the highest survival rate of 97.54, 92.59, and 79.49% for S. cerevisiae D8, H. uvarum S6, and I. orientalis KMBL5774, respectively. After 3 months of storage, S. cerevisiae D8 and H. uvarum S6 demonstrated good survival rates (making them suitable for use as starters), whereas the survival rate of I. orientalis KMBL5774 decreased considerably compared to the other strains. Air-blast dried S. cerevisiae D8 and H. uvarum S6 showed metabolic activities similar to those of non-dried yeast cells, regardless of the storage period. Air-blast dried I. orientalis KMBL5774 showed a noticeable decrease in its ability to decompose malic acid after 3 months of storage at 4 °C.

  2. Interspecies hybridization and recombination in Saccharomyces wine yeasts.

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    Sipiczki, Matthias

    2008-11-01

    The ascomycetous yeasts traditionally referred to as the Saccharomyces sensu stricto complex are a group of closely related species that are isolated by a postzygotic barrier. They can easily hybridize; and their allodiploid hybrids propagate by mitotic divisions as efficiently as the parental strains, but can barely divide by meiosis, and thus rarely produce viable spores (sterile interspecies hybrids). The postzygotic isolation is not effective in allotetraploids that are able to carry out meiosis and produce viable spores (fertile interspecies hybrids). By application of molecular identification methods, double (Saccharomyces cerevisiae x Saccharomyces uvarum and S. cerevisiae x Saccharomyces kudriavzevii) and triple (S. cerevisiae x S. uvarum x S. kudriavzevii) hybrids were recently identified in yeast populations of fermenting grape must and cider in geographically distinct regions. The genetic analysis of these isolates and laboratory-bred hybrids revealed great variability of hybrid genome structures and demonstrated that the alloploid genome of the zygote can undergo drastic changes during mitotic and meiotic divisions of the hybrid cells. This genome-stabilization process involves loss of chromosomes and genes and recombination between the partner genomes. This article briefly reviews the results of the analysis of interspecies hybrids, proposes a model for the mechanism of genome stabilization and highlights the potential of interspecies hybridization in winemaking.

  3. Hybridization within Saccharomyces Genus Results in Homoeostasis and Phenotypic Novelty in Winemaking Conditions.

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    da Silva, Telma; Albertin, Warren; Dillmann, Christine; Bely, Marina; la Guerche, Stéphane; Giraud, Christophe; Huet, Sylvie; Sicard, Delphine; Masneuf-Pomarede, Isabelle; de Vienne, Dominique; Marullo, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Despite its biotechnological interest, hybridization, which can result in hybrid vigor, has not commonly been studied or exploited in the yeast genus. From a diallel design including 55 intra- and interspecific hybrids between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and S. uvarum grown at two temperatures in enological conditions, we analyzed as many as 35 fermentation traits with original statistical and modeling tools. We first showed that, depending on the types of trait--kinetics parameters, life-history traits, enological parameters and aromas -, the sources of variation (strain, temperature and strain * temperature effects) differed in a large extent. Then we compared globally three groups of hybrids and their parents at two growth temperatures: intraspecific hybrids S. cerevisiae * S. cerevisiae, intraspecific hybrids S. uvarum * S. uvarum and interspecific hybrids S. cerevisiae * S. uvarum. We found that hybridization could generate multi-trait phenotypes with improved oenological performances and better homeostasis with respect to temperature. These results could explain why interspecific hybridization is so common in natural and domesticated yeast, and open the way to applications for wine-making.

  4. Hybridization within Saccharomyces Genus Results in Homoeostasis and Phenotypic Novelty in Winemaking Conditions

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    Dillmann, Christine; Bely, Marina; la Guerche, Stéphane; Giraud, Christophe; Huet, Sylvie; Sicard, Delphine; Masneuf-Pomarede, Isabelle; de Vienne, Dominique; Marullo, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Despite its biotechnological interest, hybridization, which can result in hybrid vigor, has not commonly been studied or exploited in the yeast genus. From a diallel design including 55 intra- and interspecific hybrids between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and S. uvarum grown at two temperatures in enological conditions, we analyzed as many as 35 fermentation traits with original statistical and modeling tools. We first showed that, depending on the types of trait – kinetics parameters, life-history traits, enological parameters and aromas –, the sources of variation (strain, temperature and strain * temperature effects) differed in a large extent. Then we compared globally three groups of hybrids and their parents at two growth temperatures: intraspecific hybrids S. cerevisiae * S. cerevisiae, intraspecific hybrids S. uvarum * S. uvarum and interspecific hybrids S. cerevisiae * S. uvarum. We found that hybridization could generate multi-trait phenotypes with improved oenological performances and better homeostasis with respect to temperature. These results could explain why interspecific hybridization is so common in natural and domesticated yeast, and open the way to applications for wine-making. PMID:25946464

  5. The Interaction between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Non-Saccharomyces Yeast during Alcoholic Fermentation Is Species and Strain Specific.

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    Wang, Chunxiao; Mas, Albert; Esteve-Zarzoso, Braulio

    2016-01-01

    The present study analyzes the lack of culturability of different non-Saccharomyces strains due to interaction with Saccharomyces cerevisiae during alcoholic fermentation. Interaction was followed in mixed fermentations with 1:1 inoculation of S. cerevisiae and ten non-Saccharomyces strains. Starmerella bacillaris, and Torulaspora delbrueckii indicated longer coexistence in mixed fermentations compared with Hanseniaspora uvarum and Metschnikowia pulcherrima. Strain differences in culturability and nutrient consumption (glucose, alanine, ammonium, arginine, or glutamine) were found within each species in mixed fermentation with S. cerevisiae. The interaction was further analyzed using cell-free supernatant from S. cerevisiae and synthetic media mimicking both single fermentations with S. cerevisiae and using mixed fermentations with the corresponding non-Saccharomyces species. Cell-free S. cerevisiae supernatants induced faster culturability loss than synthetic media corresponding to the same fermentation stage. This demonstrated that some metabolites produced by S. cerevisiae played the main role in the decreased culturability of the other non-Saccharomyces yeasts. However, changes in the concentrations of main metabolites had also an effect. Culturability differences were observed among species and strains in culture assays and thus showed distinct tolerance to S. cerevisiae metabolites and fermentation environment. Viability kit and recovery analyses on non-culturable cells verified the existence of viable but not-culturable status. These findings are discussed in the context of interaction between non-Saccharomyces and S. cerevisiae.

  6. The Interaction between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Non-Saccharomyces Yeast during Alcoholic Fermentation Is Species and Strain Specific

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    Wang, Chunxiao; Mas, Albert; Esteve-Zarzoso, Braulio

    2016-01-01

    The present study analyzes the lack of culturability of different non-Saccharomyces strains due to interaction with Saccharomyces cerevisiae during alcoholic fermentation. Interaction was followed in mixed fermentations with 1:1 inoculation of S. cerevisiae and ten non-Saccharomyces strains. Starmerella bacillaris, and Torulaspora delbrueckii indicated longer coexistence in mixed fermentations compared with Hanseniaspora uvarum and Metschnikowia pulcherrima. Strain differences in culturability and nutrient consumption (glucose, alanine, ammonium, arginine, or glutamine) were found within each species in mixed fermentation with S. cerevisiae. The interaction was further analyzed using cell-free supernatant from S. cerevisiae and synthetic media mimicking both single fermentations with S. cerevisiae and using mixed fermentations with the corresponding non-Saccharomyces species. Cell-free S. cerevisiae supernatants induced faster culturability loss than synthetic media corresponding to the same fermentation stage. This demonstrated that some metabolites produced by S. cerevisiae played the main role in the decreased culturability of the other non-Saccharomyces yeasts. However, changes in the concentrations of main metabolites had also an effect. Culturability differences were observed among species and strains in culture assays and thus showed distinct tolerance to S. cerevisiae metabolites and fermentation environment. Viability kit and recovery analyses on non-culturable cells verified the existence of viable but not-culturable status. These findings are discussed in the context of interaction between non-Saccharomyces and S. cerevisiae. PMID:27148191

  7. Efficient engineering of marker-free synthetic allotetraploids of Saccharomyces.

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    Alexander, William G; Peris, David; Pfannenstiel, Brandon T; Opulente, Dana A; Kuang, Meihua; Hittinger, Chris Todd

    2016-04-01

    Saccharomyces interspecies hybrids are critical biocatalysts in the fermented beverage industry, including in the production of lager beers, Belgian ales, ciders, and cold-fermented wines. Current methods for making synthetic interspecies hybrids are cumbersome and/or require genome modifications. We have developed a simple, robust, and efficient method for generating allotetraploid strains of prototrophic Saccharomyces without sporulation or nuclear genome manipulation. S. cerevisiae×S. eubayanus, S. cerevisiae×S. kudriavzevii, and S. cerevisiae×S. uvarum designer hybrid strains were created as synthetic lager, Belgian, and cider strains, respectively. The ploidy and hybrid nature of the strains were confirmed using flow cytometry and PCR-RFLP analysis, respectively. This method provides an efficient means for producing novel synthetic hybrids for beverage and biofuel production, as well as for constructing tetraploids to be used for basic research in evolutionary genetics and genome stability. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Effects of pH, temperature and SO2 on the formation of pyranoanthocyanins during red wine fermentation with two species of Saccharomyces.

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    Morata, A; Gómez-Cordovés, M C; Calderón, F; Suárez, J A

    2006-02-01

    The formation of vitisins A and B, p-coumaroyl and acetyl derivatives during the fermentation of red wine with two species of Saccharomyces was examined. One species, Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain 7VA was selected for its high production of acetaldehyde and pyruvic acid (7VA). The other (control) species, Saccharomyces uvarum strain S6U is used commercially for wine production. The final vitisins A and B concentrations produced with S. cerevisiae were, respectively, twice and three times that produced with S. uvarum. Models for the formation and accumulation of these vitisins are proposed. This is the first report that the formation of a vinylphenolic derivative of anthocyanin, malvidin-3-O-glucoside-4-vinylguaiacol, can be favored by fermentation with certain yeasts, possibly those with cinnamoyl decarboxylase activity. The effect of SO2, pH and temperature on the formation of pyranoanthocyanins during fermentation with S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum was also analyzed using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)/Photodiode Array Detection. The identification of these compounds was confirmed using HPLC/Electrospray Ionization-Mass Spectrometry.

  9. Sequential Inoculation of Native Non-Saccharomyces and Saccharomyces cerevisiae Strains for Wine Making

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    Padilla, Beatriz; Zulian, Laura; Ferreres, Àngela; Pastor, Rosa; Esteve-Zarzoso, Braulio; Beltran, Gemma; Mas, Albert

    2017-01-01

    The use of non-Saccharomyces yeast for wine making is becoming a common trend in many innovative wineries. The application is normally aimed at increasing aromas, glycerol, reducing acidity, and other improvements. This manuscript focuses on the reproduction of the native microbiota from the vineyard in the inoculum. Thus, native selected yeasts (Hanseniaspora uvarum, Metschnikowia pulcherrima, Torulaspora delbrueckii, Starmerella bacillaris species and three different strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae) were inoculated sequentially, or only S. cerevisiae (three native strains together or one commercial) was used. Inoculations were performed both in laboratory conditions with synthetic must (400 mL) as well as in industrial conditions (2000 kg of grapes) in red winemaking in two different varieties, Grenache and Carignan. The results showed that all the inoculated S. cerevisiae strains were found at the end of the vinifications, and when non-Saccharomyces yeasts were inoculated, they were found in appreciable populations at mid-fermentation. The final wines produced could be clearly differentiated by sensory analysis and were of similar quality, in terms of sensory analysis panelists’ appreciation. PMID:28769887

  10. Sequential Fermentation with Selected Immobilized Non-Saccharomyces Yeast for Reduction of Ethanol Content in Wine.

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    Canonico, Laura; Comitini, Francesca; Oro, Lucia; Ciani, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    The average ethanol content of wine has increased over the last two decades. This increase was due to consumer preference, and also to climate change that resulted in increased grape maturity at harvest. In the present study, to reduce ethanol content in wine, a microbiological approach was investigated, using immobilized selected strains of non-Saccharomyces yeasts namely Starmerella bombicola, Metschnikowia pulcherrima, Hanseniaspora osmophila, and Hanseniaspora uvarum to start fermentation, followed by inoculation of free Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells. The immobilization procedures, determining high reaction rates, led a feasible sequential inoculation management avoiding possible contamination under actual winemaking. Under these conditions, the immobilized cells metabolized almost 50% of the sugar in 3 days, while S. cerevisiae inoculation completed all of fermentation. The S. bombicola and M. pulcherrima initial fermentations showed the best reductions in the final ethanol content (1.6 and 1.4% v/v, respectively). Resulting wines did not have any negative fermentation products with the exception of H. uvarum sequential fermentation that showed significant amount of ethyl acetate. On the other hand, there were increases in desirable compounds such as glycerol and succinic acid for S. bombicola, geraniol for M. pulcherrima and isoamyl acetate and isoamyl alcohol for H. osmophila sequential fermentations. The overall results indicated that a promising ethanol reduction could be obtained using sequential fermentation of immobilized selected non-Saccharomyces strains. In this way, a suitable timing of second inoculation and an enhancement of analytical profile of wine were obtained.

  11. Sequential Fermentation with Selected Immobilized Non-Saccharomyces Yeast for Reduction of Ethanol Content in Wine

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    Canonico, Laura; Comitini, Francesca; Oro, Lucia; Ciani, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    The average ethanol content of wine has increased over the last two decades. This increase was due to consumer preference, and also to climate change that resulted in increased grape maturity at harvest. In the present study, to reduce ethanol content in wine, a microbiological approach was investigated, using immobilized selected strains of non-Saccharomyces yeasts namely Starmerella bombicola, Metschnikowia pulcherrima, Hanseniaspora osmophila, and Hanseniaspora uvarum to start fermentation, followed by inoculation of free Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells. The immobilization procedures, determining high reaction rates, led a feasible sequential inoculation management avoiding possible contamination under actual winemaking. Under these conditions, the immobilized cells metabolized almost 50% of the sugar in 3 days, while S. cerevisiae inoculation completed all of fermentation. The S. bombicola and M. pulcherrima initial fermentations showed the best reductions in the final ethanol content (1.6 and 1.4% v/v, respectively). Resulting wines did not have any negative fermentation products with the exception of H. uvarum sequential fermentation that showed significant amount of ethyl acetate. On the other hand, there were increases in desirable compounds such as glycerol and succinic acid for S. bombicola, geraniol for M. pulcherrima and isoamyl acetate and isoamyl alcohol for H. osmophila sequential fermentations. The overall results indicated that a promising ethanol reduction could be obtained using sequential fermentation of immobilized selected non-Saccharomyces strains. In this way, a suitable timing of second inoculation and an enhancement of analytical profile of wine were obtained. PMID:27014203

  12. Effect of Temperature on the Prevalence of Saccharomyces Non cerevisiae Species against a S. cerevisiae Wine Strain in Wine Fermentation: Competition, Physiological Fitness, and Influence in Final Wine Composition.

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    Alonso-Del-Real, Javier; Lairón-Peris, María; Barrio, Eladio; Querol, Amparo

    2017-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the main microorganism responsible for the fermentation of wine. Nevertheless, in the last years wineries are facing new challenges due to current market demands and climate change effects on the wine quality. New yeast starters formed by non-conventional Saccharomyces species (such as S. uvarum or S. kudriavzevii) or their hybrids (S. cerevisiae x S. uvarum and S. cerevisiae x S. kudriavzevii) can contribute to solve some of these challenges. They exhibit good fermentative capabilities at low temperatures, producing wines with lower alcohol and higher glycerol amounts. However, S. cerevisiae can competitively displace other yeast species from wine fermentations, therefore the use of these new starters requires an analysis of their behavior during competition with S. cerevisiae during wine fermentation. In the present study we analyzed the survival capacity of non-cerevisiae strains in competition with S. cerevisiae during fermentation of synthetic wine must at different temperatures. First, we developed a new method, based on QPCR, to quantify the proportion of different Saccharomyces yeasts in mixed cultures. This method was used to assess the effect of competition on the growth fitness. In addition, fermentation kinetics parameters and final wine compositions were also analyzed. We observed that some cryotolerant Saccharomyces yeasts, particularly S. uvarum, seriously compromised S. cerevisiae fitness during competences at lower temperatures, which explains why S. uvarum can replace S. cerevisiae during wine fermentations in European regions with oceanic and continental climates. From an enological point of view, mixed co-cultures between S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus or S. eubayanus, deteriorated fermentation parameters and the final product composition compared to single S. cerevisiae inoculation. However, in co-inoculated synthetic must in which S. kudriavzevii or S. uvarum coexisted with S. cerevisiae, there were fermentation

  13. Effect of Temperature on the Prevalence of Saccharomyces Non cerevisiae Species against a S. cerevisiae Wine Strain in Wine Fermentation: Competition, Physiological Fitness, and Influence in Final Wine Composition

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    Alonso-del-Real, Javier; Lairón-Peris, María; Barrio, Eladio; Querol, Amparo

    2017-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the main microorganism responsible for the fermentation of wine. Nevertheless, in the last years wineries are facing new challenges due to current market demands and climate change effects on the wine quality. New yeast starters formed by non-conventional Saccharomyces species (such as S. uvarum or S. kudriavzevii) or their hybrids (S. cerevisiae x S. uvarum and S. cerevisiae x S. kudriavzevii) can contribute to solve some of these challenges. They exhibit good fermentative capabilities at low temperatures, producing wines with lower alcohol and higher glycerol amounts. However, S. cerevisiae can competitively displace other yeast species from wine fermentations, therefore the use of these new starters requires an analysis of their behavior during competition with S. cerevisiae during wine fermentation. In the present study we analyzed the survival capacity of non-cerevisiae strains in competition with S. cerevisiae during fermentation of synthetic wine must at different temperatures. First, we developed a new method, based on QPCR, to quantify the proportion of different Saccharomyces yeasts in mixed cultures. This method was used to assess the effect of competition on the growth fitness. In addition, fermentation kinetics parameters and final wine compositions were also analyzed. We observed that some cryotolerant Saccharomyces yeasts, particularly S. uvarum, seriously compromised S. cerevisiae fitness during competences at lower temperatures, which explains why S. uvarum can replace S. cerevisiae during wine fermentations in European regions with oceanic and continental climates. From an enological point of view, mixed co-cultures between S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus or S. eubayanus, deteriorated fermentation parameters and the final product composition compared to single S. cerevisiae inoculation. However, in co-inoculated synthetic must in which S. kudriavzevii or S. uvarum coexisted with S. cerevisiae, there were fermentation

  14. Lactobacillus uvarum sp. nov.--a new lactic acid bacterium isolated from Spanish Bobal grape must.

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    Mañes-Lázaro, Rosario; Ferrer, Sergi; Rosselló-Mora, Ramón; Pardo, Isabel

    2008-12-01

    Five strains isolated from grape musts in Spain in 1997, have been characterized by several molecular techniques, and three of them have been identified as pertaining to a new species. All strains are Gram-positive rods, aerotolerant and homofermentative bacteria that do not exhibit catalase activity. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences placed these strains within the genus Lactobacillus, closely related to Lactobacillus mali. DNA-DNA hybridization experiments confirmed that strain 71 belongs to the lately described species L. satsumensis, strain 88 belongs to L. mali and the other three isolates have an independent status at species level. Restriction analysis of the amplified 16S rRNA gene (16S-ARDRA), internal spacer region (ISR) analysis, random amplified polymorphism DNA (RAPD) and ribotyping were performed in order to establish genotypic similarities and differences between the new species and their closest species. The three isolates can be genetically differentiated from their closest relatives by RAPD analysis and ribotyping. Phenotypically, they can be distinguished by several traits such as their ability to grow at pH 3.3 and NaCl 5% (w/v) and by certain carbohydrate fermentations. The name L. uvarum sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is 8T (=DSM 19971T = colección española de cultivos tipo (CECT) 7335T).

  15. Combined effect of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae lag phase and the non-Saccharomyces consortium to enhance wine fruitiness and complexity.

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    Albertin, Warren; Zimmer, Adrien; Miot-Sertier, Cécile; Bernard, Margaux; Coulon, Joana; Moine, Virginie; Colonna-Ceccaldi, Benoit; Bely, Marina; Marullo, Philippe; Masneuf-Pomarede, Isabelle

    2017-09-14

    Non-Saccharomyces (NS) species that are either naturally present in grape must or added in mixed fermentation with S. cerevisiae may impact the wine's chemical composition and sensory properties. NS yeasts are prevailing during prefermentation and early stages of alcoholic fermentation. However, obtaining the correct balance between S. cerevisiae and NS species is still a critical issue: if S. cerevisiae outcompetes the non-Saccharomyces, it may minimize their impact, while conversely if NS take over S. cerevisiae, it may result in stuck or sluggish fermentations. Here, we propose an original strategy to promote the non-Saccharomyces consortium during the prefermentation stage while securing fermentation completion: the use of a long lag phase S. cerevisiae. Various fermentations in a Sauvignon Blanc with near isogenic S. cerevisiae displaying short or long lag phase were compared. Fermentations were performed with or without a consortium of five non-Saccharomyces yeasts (Hanseniaspora uvarum, Candida zemplinina, Metschnikowia spp., Torulaspora delbrueckii, and Pichia kluyveri), mimicking the composition of natural NS community in grape must. The sensorial analysis highlighted the positive impact of the long lag phase on the wine fruitiness and complexity. Surprisingly, the presence of NS modified only marginally the wine composition but significantly impacted the lag phase of S. cerevisiae. The underlying mechanisms are still unclear, but it is the first time that a study suggests that the wine composition can be affected by the lag phase duration per se. Further experiments should address the suitability of the use of long lag phase S. cerevisiae in winemaking.

  16. Saccharomyces boulardii

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    ... of bowel movements in people with Crohn’s disease. Cystic fibrosis. Early research shows that taking Saccharomyces boulardii by ... infections in the digestive tract of people with cystic fibrosis. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Early research suggests that ...

  17. Povalibacter uvarum gen. nov., sp. nov., a polyvinyl-alcohol-degrading bacterium isolated from grapes.

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    Nogi, Yuichi; Yoshizumi, Masaki; Hamana, Koei; Miyazaki, Masayuki; Horikoshi, Koki

    2014-08-01

    Polyvinyl-alcohol-degrading bacteria were isolated from the fruit of a grape in Yokosuka, Japan. The isolated strain, Zumi 37(T), was a Gram-stain-negative, rod-shaped, motile, non-spore-forming and strictly aerobic chemo-organotroph, showing optimal growth at pH 7.5, 30 °C and 0.1% (w/v) NaCl. The major respiratory quinone was Q-8. The predominant fatty acids were iso-C(15 : 0), C(16 : 0) and C(16 : 1)ω7c. The major polyamines were homospermidine and putrescine. The predominant polar lipids were diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylglycerol and phosphatidylethanolamine. The DNA G+C content of the novel strain was 64.2 mol%. 16S rRNA gene sequence comparison revealed that strain Zumi 37(T) belongs to the family Sinobacteraceae within the class Gammaproteobacteria. Steroidobacter denitrificans DSM 18526(T) was the most closely related species with a validly published name, with 98.0% similarity based on 16S rRNA gene sequence comparison (and showed less than 87.5% sequence similarity to members of the genera Alkanibacter, Fontimonas, Hydrocarboniphaga, Nevskia and Solimonas with known 16S rRNA gene sequences). Phenotypes for growth under aerobic conditions and on complex media and major fatty acid composition, differed greatly from those of with comparatively high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity. Based on phylogenetic, phenotypic and chemotaxonomic evidence, it is proposed that strain Zumi 37(T) represents a novel species in a new genus for which the name Povalibacter uvarum gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain of the type species is Zumi 37(T) ( = JCM 18749(T) = DSM 26723(T)). © 2014 IUMS.

  18. Anaerobic organic acid metabolism of Candida zemplinina in comparison with Saccharomyces wine yeasts.

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    Magyar, Ildikó; Nyitrai-Sárdy, Diána; Leskó, Annamária; Pomázi, Andrea; Kállay, Miklós

    2014-05-16

    Organic acid production under oxygen-limited conditions has been thoroughly studied in the Saccharomyces species, but practically never investigated in Candida zemplinina, which seems to be an acidogenic species under oxidative laboratory conditions. In this study, several strains of C. zemplinina were tested for organic acid metabolism, in comparison with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces uvarum and Candida stellata, under fermentative conditions. Only C. stellata produced significantly higher acidity in simple minimal media (SM) with low sugar content and two different nitrogen sources (ammonia or glutamic acid) at low level. However, the acid profile differed largely between the Saccharomyces and Candida species and showed inverse types of N-dependence in some cases. Succinic acid production was strongly enhanced on glutamic acid in Saccharomyces species, but not in Candida species. 2-oxoglutarate production was strongly supported on ammonium nitrogen in Candida species, but remained low in Saccharomyces. Candida species, C. stellata in particular, produced more pyruvic acid regardless of N-sources. From the results, we concluded that the anaerobic organic acid metabolisms of C. zemplinina and C. stellata are different from each other and also from that of the Saccharomyces species. In the formation of succinic acid, the oxidative pathway from glutamic acid seems to play little or no role in C. zemplinina. The reductive branch of the TCA cycle, however, produces acidic intermediates (malic, fumaric, and succinic acid) in a level comparable with the production of the Saccharomyces species. An unidentified organic acid, which was produced on glutamic acid only by the Candida species, needs further investigation.

  19. On the complexity of the Saccharomyces bayanus taxon: hybridization and potential hybrid speciation.

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    Pérez-Través, Laura; Lopes, Christian A; Querol, Amparo; Barrio, Eladio

    2014-01-01

    Although the genus Saccharomyces has been thoroughly studied, some species in the genus has not yet been accurately resolved; an example is S. bayanus, a taxon that includes genetically diverse lineages of pure and hybrid strains. This diversity makes the assignation and classification of strains belonging to this species unclear and controversial. They have been subdivided by some authors into two varieties (bayanus and uvarum), which have been raised to the species level by others. In this work, we evaluate the complexity of 46 different strains included in the S. bayanus taxon by means of PCR-RFLP analysis and by sequencing of 34 gene regions and one mitochondrial gene. Using the sequence data, and based on the S. bayanus var. bayanus reference strain NBRC 1948, a hypothetical pure S. bayanus was reconstructed for these genes that showed alleles with similarity values lower than 97% with the S. bayanus var. uvarum strain CBS 7001, and of 99-100% with the non S. cerevisiae portion in S. pastorianus Weihenstephan 34/70 and with the new species S. eubayanus. Among the S. bayanus strains under study, different levels of homozygosity, hybridization and introgression were found; however, no pure S. bayanus var. bayanus strain was identified. These S. bayanus hybrids can be classified into two types: homozygous (type I) and heterozygous hybrids (type II), indicating that they have been originated by different hybridization processes. Therefore, a putative evolutionary scenario involving two different hybridization events between a S. bayanus var. uvarum and unknown European S. eubayanus-like strains can be postulated to explain the genomic diversity observed in our S. bayanus var. bayanus strains.

  20. On the Complexity of the Saccharomyces bayanus Taxon: Hybridization and Potential Hybrid Speciation

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    Pérez-Través, Laura; Lopes, Christian A.; Querol, Amparo; Barrio, Eladio

    2014-01-01

    Although the genus Saccharomyces has been thoroughly studied, some species in the genus has not yet been accurately resolved; an example is S. bayanus, a taxon that includes genetically diverse lineages of pure and hybrid strains. This diversity makes the assignation and classification of strains belonging to this species unclear and controversial. They have been subdivided by some authors into two varieties (bayanus and uvarum), which have been raised to the species level by others. In this work, we evaluate the complexity of 46 different strains included in the S. bayanus taxon by means of PCR-RFLP analysis and by sequencing of 34 gene regions and one mitochondrial gene. Using the sequence data, and based on the S. bayanus var. bayanus reference strain NBRC 1948, a hypothetical pure S. bayanus was reconstructed for these genes that showed alleles with similarity values lower than 97% with the S. bayanus var. uvarum strain CBS 7001, and of 99–100% with the non S. cerevisiae portion in S. pastorianus Weihenstephan 34/70 and with the new species S. eubayanus. Among the S. bayanus strains under study, different levels of homozygosity, hybridization and introgression were found; however, no pure S. bayanus var. bayanus strain was identified. These S. bayanus hybrids can be classified into two types: homozygous (type I) and heterozygous hybrids (type II), indicating that they have been originated by different hybridization processes. Therefore, a putative evolutionary scenario involving two different hybridization events between a S. bayanus var. uvarum and unknown European S. eubayanus-like strains can be postulated to explain the genomic diversity observed in our S. bayanus var. bayanus strains. PMID:24705561

  1. The evolutionary history of Saccharomyces species inferred from completed mitochondrial genomes and revision in the 'yeast mitochondrial genetic code'.

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    Sulo, Pavol; Szabóová, Dana; Bielik, Peter; Poláková, Silvia; Šoltys, Katarína; Jatzová, Katarína; Szemes, Tomáš

    2017-06-15

    The yeast Saccharomyces are widely used to test ecological and evolutionary hypotheses. A large number of nuclear genomic DNA sequences are available, but mitochondrial genomic data are insufficient. We completed mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing from Illumina MiSeq reads for all Saccharomyces species. All are circularly mapped molecules decreasing in size with phylogenetic distance from Saccharomyces cerevisiae but with similar gene content including regulatory and selfish elements like origins of replication, introns, free-standing open reading frames or GC clusters. Their most profound feature is species-specific alteration in gene order. The genetic code slightly differs from well-established yeast mitochondrial code as GUG is used rarely as the translation start and CGA and CGC code for arginine. The multilocus phylogeny, inferred from mtDNA, does not correlate with the trees derived from nuclear genes. mtDNA data demonstrate that Saccharomyces cariocanus should be assigned as a separate species and Saccharomyces bayanus CBS 380T should not be considered as a distinct species due to mtDNA nearly identical to Saccharomyces uvarum mtDNA. Apparently, comparison of mtDNAs should not be neglected in genomic studies as it is an important tool to understand the origin and evolutionary history of some yeast species. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Kazusa DNA Research Institute.

  2. Deciphering the Hybridisation History Leading to the Lager Lineage Based on the Mosaic Genomes of Saccharomyces bayanus Strains NBRC1948 and CBS380T

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    Nguyen, Huu-Vang; Legras, Jean-Luc; Neuvéglise, Cécile; Gaillardin, Claude

    2011-01-01

    Saccharomyces bayanus is a yeast species described as one of the two parents of the hybrid brewing yeast S. pastorianus. Strains CBS380T and NBRC1948 have been retained successively as pure-line representatives of S. bayanus. In the present study, sequence analyses confirmed and upgraded our previous finding: S. bayanus type strain CBS380T harbours a mosaic genome. The genome of strain NBRC1948 was also revealed to be mosaic. Both genomes were characterized by amplification and sequencing of different markers, including genes involved in maltotriose utilization or genes detected by array-CGH mapping. Sequence comparisons with public Saccharomyces spp. nucleotide sequences revealed that the CBS380T and NBRC1948 genomes are composed of: a predominant non-cerevisiae genetic background belonging to S. uvarum, a second unidentified species provisionally named S. lagerae, and several introgressed S. cerevisiae fragments. The largest cerevisiae-introgressed DNA common to both genomes totals 70kb in length and is distributed in three contigs, cA, cB and cC. These vary in terms of length and presence of MAL31 or MTY1 (maltotriose-transporter gene). In NBRC1948, two additional cerevisiae-contigs, cD and cE, totaling 12kb in length, as well as several smaller cerevisiae fragments were identified. All of these contigs were partially detected in the genomes of S. pastorianus lager strains CBS1503 (S. monacensis) and CBS1513 (S. carlsbergensis) explaining the noticeable common ability of S. bayanus and S. pastorianus to metabolize maltotriose. NBRC1948 was shown to be inter-fertile with S. uvarum CBS7001. The cross involving these two strains produced F1 segregants resembling the strains CBS380T or NRRLY-1551. This demonstrates that these S. bayanus strains were the offspring of a cross between S. uvarum and a strain similar to NBRC1948. Phylogenies established with selected cerevisiae and non-cerevisiae genes allowed us to decipher the complex hybridisation events linking S

  3. Alternative Glycerol Balance Strategies among Saccharomyces Species in Response to Winemaking Stress

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    Pérez-Torrado, Roberto; Oliveira, Bruno M.; Zemančíková, Jana; Sychrová, Hana; Querol, Amparo

    2016-01-01

    Production and balance of glycerol is essential for the survival of yeast cells in certain stressful conditions as hyperosmotic or cold shock that occur during industrial processes as winemaking. These stress responses are well-known in S. cerevisiae, however, little is known in other phylogenetically close related Saccharomyces species associated with natural or fermentation environments such as S. uvarum, S. paradoxus or S. kudriavzevii. In this work we have investigated the expression of four genes (GPD1, GPD2, STL1, and FPS1) crucial in the glycerol pool balance in the four species with a biotechnological potential (S. cerevisiae; S. paradoxus; S. uvarum; and S. kudriavzevii), and the ability of strains to grow under osmotic and cold stresses. The results show different pattern and level of expression among the different species, especially for STL1. We also studied the function of Stl1 glycerol symporter in the survival to osmotic changes and cell growth capacity in winemaking environments. These experiments also revealed a different functionality of the glycerol transporters among the different species studied. All these data point to different strategies to handle glycerol accumulation in response to winemaking stresses as hyperosmotic or cold-hyperosmotic stress in the different species, with variable emphasis in the production, influx, or efflux of glycerol. PMID:27064588

  4. Persistence of Two Non-Saccharomyces Yeasts (Hanseniaspora and Starmerella) in the Cellar

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    Grangeteau, Cédric; Gerhards, Daniel; von Wallbrunn, Christian; Alexandre, Hervé; Rousseaux, Sandrine; Guilloux-Benatier, Michèle

    2016-01-01

    Different genera and/or species of yeasts present on grape berries, in musts and wines are widely described. Nevertheless, the community of non-Saccharomyces yeasts present in the cellar is still given little attention. Thus it is not known if the cellar is a real ecological niche for these yeasts or if it is merely a transient habitat for populations brought in by grape berries during the winemaking period. This study focused on three species of non-Saccharomyces yeasts commonly encountered during vinification: Starmerella bacillaris (synonymy with Candida zemplinina), Hanseniaspora guilliermondii and Hanseniaspora uvarum. More than 1200 isolates were identified at the strain level by FT-IR spectroscopy (207 different FTIR strain pattern). Only a small proportion of non-Saccharomyces yeasts present in musts came directly from grape berries for the three species studied. Some strains were found in the must in two consecutive years and some of them were also found in the cellar environment before the arrival of the harvest of second vintage. This study demonstrates for the first time the persistence of non-Saccharomyces yeast strains from year to year in the cellar. Sulfur dioxide can affect yeast populations in the must and therefore their persistence in the cellar environment. PMID:27014199

  5. Enological characterization of Spanish Saccharomyces kudriavzevii strains, one of the closest relatives to parental strains of winemaking and brewing Saccharomyces cerevisiae × S. kudriavzevii hybrids.

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    Peris, D; Pérez-Través, L; Belloch, C; Querol, A

    2016-02-01

    Wine fermentation and innovation have focused mostly on Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains. However, recent studies have shown that other Saccharomyces species can also be involved in wine fermentation or are useful for wine bouquet, such as Saccharomyces uvarum and Saccharomyces paradoxus. Many interspecies hybrids have also been isolated from wine fermentation, such as S. cerevisiae × Saccharomyces kudriavzevii hybrids. In this study, we explored the genetic diversity and fermentation performance of Spanish S. kudriavzevii strains, which we compared to other S. kudriavzevii strains. Fermentations of red and white grape musts were performed, and the phenotypic differences between Spanish S. kudriavzevii strains under different temperature conditions were examined. An ANOVA analysis suggested striking similarity between strains for glycerol and ethanol production, although a high diversity of aromatic profiles among fermentations was found. The sources of these phenotypic differences are not well understood and require further investigation. Although the Spanish S. kudriavzevii strains showed desirable properties, particularly must fermentations, the quality of their wines was no better than those produced with a commercial S. cerevisiae. We suggest hybridization or directed evolution as methods to improve and innovate wine. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Tandem repeat-tRNA (TRtRNA) PCR method for the molecular typing of non-Saccharomyces subspecies.

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    Barquet, Marianne; Martín, Valentina; Medina, Karina; Pérez, Gabriel; Carrau, Francisco; Gaggero, Carina

    2012-01-01

    There is a worldwide trend to understand the impact of non-Saccharomyces yeast species on the process of winemaking. Although the predominant species at the end of the fermentation is Saccharomyces cerevisiae, several non-Saccharomyces species present during the first days of the process can produce and/or release aromas that improve the bouquet and complexity of the final wine. Since no genomic sequences are available for the predominant non-Saccharomyces species selected from grapes or musts (Hanseniaspora uvarum, Hanseniaspora vineae, Hanseniaspora opuntiae, Metschnikowia pulcherrima, Candida zemplinina), a reproducible PCR method was devised to discriminate strains at the subspecies level. The method combines different oligonucleotides based on tandem repeats with a second oligonucleotide based on a conserved tRNA region, specific for ascomycetes. Tandem repeats are randomly dispersed in all eukaryotic genomes and tRNA genes are conserved and present in several copies in different chromosomes. As an example, the method was applied to discriminate native M. pulcherrima strains but it could be extended to differentiate strains from other non-Saccharomyces species. The biodiversity of species and strains found in the grape ecosystem is a potential source of new enzymes, fungicides and/or novel sustainable methods for biological control of phytopathogens.

  7. Synteny analysis provides a route to design genus-specific PCR primers for rapid identification of all Saccharomyces species.

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    Sharpe, Ben; Hulin, Michelle; Thorne-Wallis, James; Wheals, Alan

    2014-05-01

    The genus Saccharomyces comprises seven single-genome species (S. arboricola, S. cerevisiae, S. eubayanus, S. kudriavzevii, S. mikatae, S. paradoxus and S. uvarum) and two hybrid species - S. pastorianus (S. cerevisiae plus S. eubayanus) and S. bayanus (mostly S. uvarum plus S. eubayanus). Species-specific primers have already been developed for the identification of each of the single-genome species, and these primers can usually detect both genomes in hybrids. It would be advantageous if a single reaction could detect any member of the clade. We have investigated three potentially generic approaches to design genus-specific primers. Two methods that both use sequence alignment differences for primer design were only partly successful. A third method used synteny data to identify 136 target genes that are potentially present only in all species of the Saccharomyces clade. HSP30 (YCR021C) was fully successful; different primer pairs were developed with high G+C content for use at 63 °C. In < 3 h, using a robust colony-PCR followed by gel electrophoresis, the method can reliably detect any member of the genus. This novel approach still uses conventional sequence alignment mismatches but relies principally on the presence of the target gene only within the genus Saccharomyces. © 2013 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Molecular and oenological characterization of Touriga Nacional non-Saccharomyces yeasts.

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    Teixeira, A; Caldeira, I; Duarte, F L

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate non-Saccharomyces yeasts isolated from spontaneous fermenting musts of Touriga Nacional (TN), one of the most important Portuguese red grape variety, to improve and diversify TN wines. Two hundred and seventy nine isolates were assigned to 11 yeast species by conventional molecular and growth tests. Starmerella bacillaris was the most frequently detected yeast species, followed by Hanseniaspora guilliermondii and Hanseniaspora uvarum. Twenty-three isolates from 10 species were selected for oenological study, namely fermentation performance, physicochemical and quantitative descriptive sensory analysis of the wines produced. A significant species effect was observed for most of the variables evaluated, some species generating wines with quite interesting aromas. Candida diversa and S. bacillaris isolates produced wines with higher overall quality, higher balance and more intense and diverse aroma. Furthermore, S. bacillaris isolates generated wines with enhanced TN typical aroma, such as bergamot, violet and rock-rose, and were thus regarded as the most promising for improving TN wines. This study revealed the diversity of wine aroma profiles generated by non-Saccharomyces yeast isolates. This knowledge is particularly important given the growing trend from industry to use non-Saccharomyces yeasts as a tool for improving and diversifying the sensory characteristics of wine. © 2014 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  9. Differences in the glucose and fructose consumption profiles in diverse Saccharomyces wine species and their hybrids during grape juice fermentation.

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    Tronchoni, Jordi; Gamero, Amparo; Arroyo-López, Francisco Noé; Barrio, Eladio; Querol, Amparo

    2009-09-15

    Yeasts with a high fructose consumption capability are very important for winemakers to solve problems associated with sluggish or stuck fermentations causing undesirable sweetness in wines. In the present study, we analyze the kinetics of glucose and fructose consumption during wine fermentations performed at low (12 degrees C) and high (28 degrees C) temperatures by twelve different yeast strains belonging to the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae, S. bayanus var. uvarum, S. kudriavzevii as well as interspecific Saccharomyces hybrids. Different mathematical equations (sigmoid, exponential and linear decay functions) were used to fit, by means of linear and nonlinear regressions, the sugar degradation along the fermentative process. Temperature had an important influence on glucose and fructose consumption, and clearly different degradation profiles were observed at 12 and 28 degrees C. From the obtained equations, times to consume half and total of the initial glucose and fructose concentrations present in the must were calculated, allowing a quantitative comparison among yeasts in order to select the fastest fermentative yeast according to the fermentation temperature. In general, all yeasts assayed showed a slightly higher preference for glucose than fructose at both temperatures, confirming the glucophilic character of Saccharomyces wine yeasts. However, at low temperatures, some Saccharomyces yeasts showed a fructophilic character at the beginning of fermentation. This kind of studies can be very useful for the wine industry to select yeast strains with different glucose/fructose preferences.

  10. Quantifying the individual effects of ethanol and temperature on the fitness advantage of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Salvadó, Z; Arroyo-López, F N; Barrio, E; Querol, A; Guillamón, J M

    2011-09-01

    The presence of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in grape berries and fresh musts is usually very low. However, as fermentation progresses, the population levels of this species considerably increase. In this study, we use the concept of fitness advantage to measure how increasing ethanol concentrations (0-25%) and temperature values (4-46 °C) in wine fermentations affects competition between S. cerevisiae and several non-Saccharomyces yeasts (Hanseniaspora uvarum, Torulaspora delbrueckii, Candida zemplinina, Pichia fermentans and Kluyveromyces marxianus). We used a mathematical approach to model the hypothetical time needed for S. cerevisiae to impose itself on a mixed population of the non-Saccharomyces species described above. This approach also took into consideration the influence of environmental factors and the initial population levels of S. cerevisiae (0.1, 1.0 and 10.0%). Our results suggest that Saccharomyces niche construction via ethanol production does not provide a clear ecological advantage (at least not until the ethanol concentration exceeds 9%), whereas a temperature rise (above 15 °C) does give S. cerevisiae a considerable advantage. The initial frequency of S. cerevisiae considerably influences the time it needs to impose itself (until it reaches a final frequency of 99% in the mixed culture), the lowest time values being found at the highest initial frequency. In light of these results, the application of low temperatures in the wine industry could favor the growth and survival of non-Saccharomyces species for a longer period of time.

  11. Diversity of Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts in three red grape varieties cultured in the Serranía de Ronda (Spain) vine-growing region.

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    Clavijo, Almudena; Calderón, Isabel L; Paneque, Patricia

    2010-10-15

    For the first time, an ecological survey of wine yeasts present in grapes growing in two vineyards located in the region of "Serranía de Ronda" (Málaga, southern Spain) has been carried out. During the 2006 and 2007 vintages, grapes from different varieties were aseptically collected and allowed to ferment spontaneously in the laboratory. From a total of 1586 colonies isolated from microvinifications, 1281 were identified according to ITS polymorphisms and their identity confirmed by sequencing of the D1/D2 region of 26S rDNA. Most of the isolates (84%) corresponded to thirteen different non-Saccharomyces species with Kluyveromyces thermotolerans, Hanseniaspora guilliermondii, Hanseniaspora uvarum and Issatchenkia orientalis accounting for 42.7% of the total. Mitochondrial DNA restriction analysis from the Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolates revealed a low diversity since only eleven different profiles were found, nine of them corresponding to local strains and two to commercial ones that had been used in different campaigns and that very likely were disseminated from the winery to the adjacent vineyard. A different distribution of strains was found in the three grape varieties studied.

  12. Phenotypic characterisation of Saccharomyces spp. for tolerance to 1-butanol.

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    Zaki, A M; Wimalasena, T T; Greetham, D

    2014-11-01

    Biofuels are expected to play a role in replacing crude oil as a liquid transportation fuel, and research into butanol has highlighted the importance of this alcohol as a fuel. Butanol has a higher energy density than ethanol, butanol-gasoline blends do not separate in the presence of water, and butanol is miscible with gasoline (Szulczyk, Int J Energy Environ 1(1):2876-2895, 40). Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used as a fermentative organism in the biofuel industry producing ethanol from glucose derived from starchy plant material; however, it typically cannot tolerate butanol concentrations greater than 2 % (Luong, Biotechnol Bioeng 29 (2):242-248, 27). 90 Saccharomyces spp. strains were screened for tolerance to 1-butanol via a phenotypic microarray assay and we observed significant variation in response with the most tolerant strains (S. cerevisiae DBVPG1788, S. cerevisiae DBVPG6044 and S. cerevisiae YPS128) exhibiting tolerance to 4 % 1-butanol compared with S. uvarum and S. castelli strains, which were sensitive to 3 % 1-butanol. Response to butanol was confirmed using traditional yeast methodologies such as growth; it was observed that fermentations in the presence of butanol, when using strains with a tolerant background, were significantly faster. Assessing for genetic rationale for tolerance, it was observed that 1-butanol-tolerant strains, when compared with 1-butanol-sensitive strains, had an up-regulation of RPN4, a transcription factor which regulates proteasome genes. Analysing for the importance of RPN4, we observed that a Δrpn4 strain displayed a reduced rate of fermentation in the presence of 1-butanol when compared with the BY4741 background strain. This data will aid the development of breeding programmes to produce better strains for future bio-butanol production.

  13. Diversity and evolution of non-Saccharomyces yeast populations during wine fermentation: effect of grape ripeness and cold maceration.

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    Hierro, Núria; González, Angel; Mas, Albert; Guillamón, Jose M

    2006-01-01

    We have evaluated the effect of grape maturity and cold maceration prior to fermentation on the yeast ecology during wine fermentation. Non-Saccharomyces strains were selectively isolated and identified using two rapid PCR techniques, namely enterobacterial repetitve intergenic consensus-PCR and PCR-intron splice sites, in various wine fermentation conditions. These identifications were further complemented and confirmed by restriction fragment length poymorphism and sequencing analysis of the 5.8S-ITS and D1/D2 ribosomal regions, respectively. Eleven species belonging to five genera were identified. Candida stellata, Hanseniaspora uvarum and Hanseniaspora osmophila were the dominant species, representing almost 90% of the isolates. Minor strains presented different species of the genera Candida, Issatchenkia, Zygoascus and Zygosaccharomyces. Selective isolation made it possible to isolate some species that were hardly related to the wine-making process, such as Issatchenkia hanoiensis, a new species that has only been described recently.

  14. New Hybrids between Saccharomyces Sensu Stricto Yeast Species Found among Wine and Cider Production Strains

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    Masneuf, Isabelle; Hansen, Jørgen; Groth, Casper; Piskur, Jure; Dubourdieu, Denis

    1998-01-01

    Two yeast isolates, a wine-making yeast first identified as a Mel+ strain (ex. S. uvarum) and a cider-making yeast, were characterized for their nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. Electrophoretic karyotyping analyses, restriction fragment length polymorphism maps of PCR-amplified MET2 gene fragments, and the sequence analysis of a part of the two MET2 gene alleles found support the notion that these two strains constitute hybrids between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces bayanus. The two hybrid strains had completely different restriction patterns of mitochondrial DNA as well as different sequences of the OLI1 gene. The sequence of the OLI1 gene from the wine hybrid strain appeared to be the same as that of the S. cerevisiae gene, whereas the OLI1 gene of the cider hybrid strain is equally divergent from both putative parents, S. bayanus and S. cerevisiae. Some fermentative properties were also examined, and one phenotype was found to reflect the hybrid nature of these two strains. The origin and nature of such hybridization events are discussed. PMID:9758815

  15. New hybrids between Saccharomyces sensu stricto yeast species found among wine and cider production strains.

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    Masneuf, I; Hansen, J; Groth, C; Piskur, J; Dubourdieu, D

    1998-10-01

    Two yeast isolates, a wine-making yeast first identified as a Mel+ strain (ex. S. uvarum) and a cider-making yeast, were characterized for their nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. Electrophoretic karyotyping analyses, restriction fragment length polymorphism maps of PCR-amplified MET2 gene fragments, and the sequence analysis of a part of the two MET2 gene alleles found support the notion that these two strains constitute hybrids between Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces bayanus. The two hybrid strains had completely different restriction patterns of mitochondrial DNA as well as different sequences of the OLI1 gene. The sequence of the OLI1 gene from the wine hybrid strain appeared to be the same as that of the S. cerevisiae gene, whereas the OLI1 gene of the cider hybrid strain is equally divergent from both putative parents, S. bayanus and S. cerevisiae. Some fermentative properties were also examined, and one phenotype was found to reflect the hybrid nature of these two strains. The origin and nature of such hybridization events are discussed.

  16. Fermentative capabilities and volatile compounds produced by Kloeckera/Hanseniaspora and Saccharomyces yeast strains in pure and mixed cultures during Agave tequilana juice fermentation.

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    González-Robles, Ivonne Wendolyne; Estarrón-Espinosa, Mirna; Díaz-Montaño, Dulce María

    2015-09-01

    The fermentative and aromatic capabilities of Kloeckera africana/Hanseniaspora vineae K1, K. apiculata/H. uvarum K2, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae S1 and S2 were studied in pure and mixed culture fermentations using Agave tequila juice as the culture medium. In pure and mixed cultures, Kloeckera/Hanseniaspora strains showed limited growth and sugar consumption, as well as low ethanol yield and productivity, compared to S. cerevisiae, which yielded more biomass, ethanol and viable cell concentrations. In pure and mixed cultures, S. cerevisiae presented a similar behaviour reaching high biomass production, completely consuming the sugar, leading to high ethanol production. Furthermore, the presence of S. cerevisiae strains in the mixed cultures promoted the production of higher alcohols, acetaldehyde and ethyl esters, whereas Kloeckera/Hanseniaspora strains stimulated the production of ethyl acetate and 2-phenyl ethyl acetate compounds.

  17. A New System for Comparative Functional Genomics of Saccharomyces Yeasts

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    Caudy, Amy A.; Guan, Yuanfang; Jia, Yue; Hansen, Christina; DeSevo, Chris; Hayes, Alicia P.; Agee, Joy; Alvarez-Dominguez, Juan R.; Arellano, Hugo; Barrett, Daniel; Bauerle, Cynthia; Bisaria, Namita; Bradley, Patrick H.; Breunig, J. Scott; Bush, Erin; Cappel, David; Capra, Emily; Chen, Walter; Clore, John; Combs, Peter A.; Doucette, Christopher; Demuren, Olukunle; Fellowes, Peter; Freeman, Sam; Frenkel, Evgeni; Gadala-Maria, Daniel; Gawande, Richa; Glass, David; Grossberg, Samuel; Gupta, Anita; Hammonds-Odie, Latanya; Hoisos, Aaron; Hsi, Jenny; Hsu, Yu-Han Huang; Inukai, Sachi; Karczewski, Konrad J.; Ke, Xiaobo; Kojima, Mina; Leachman, Samuel; Lieber, Danny; Liebowitz, Anna; Liu, Julia; Liu, Yufei; Martin, Trevor; Mena, Jose; Mendoza, Rosa; Myhrvold, Cameron; Millian, Christian; Pfau, Sarah; Raj, Sandeep; Rich, Matt; Rokicki, Joe; Rounds, William; Salazar, Michael; Salesi, Matthew; Sharma, Rajani; Silverman, Sanford; Singer, Cara; Sinha, Sandhya; Staller, Max; Stern, Philip; Tang, Hanlin; Weeks, Sharon; Weidmann, Maxwell; Wolf, Ashley; Young, Carmen; Yuan, Jie; Crutchfield, Christopher; McClean, Megan; Murphy, Coleen T.; Llinás, Manuel; Botstein, David; Troyanskaya, Olga G.; Dunham, Maitreya J.

    2013-01-01

    Whole-genome sequencing, particularly in fungi, has progressed at a tremendous rate. More difficult, however, is experimental testing of the inferences about gene function that can be drawn from comparative sequence analysis alone. We present a genome-wide functional characterization of a sequenced but experimentally understudied budding yeast, Saccharomyces bayanus var. uvarum (henceforth referred to as S. bayanus), allowing us to map changes over the 20 million years that separate this organism from S. cerevisiae. We first created a suite of genetic tools to facilitate work in S. bayanus. Next, we measured the gene-expression response of S. bayanus to a diverse set of perturbations optimized using a computational approach to cover a diverse array of functionally relevant biological responses. The resulting data set reveals that gene-expression patterns are largely conserved, but significant changes may exist in regulatory networks such as carbohydrate utilization and meiosis. In addition to regulatory changes, our approach identified gene functions that have diverged. The functions of genes in core pathways are highly conserved, but we observed many changes in which genes are involved in osmotic stress, peroxisome biogenesis, and autophagy. A surprising number of genes specific to S. bayanus respond to oxidative stress, suggesting the organism may have evolved under different selection pressures than S. cerevisiae. This work expands the scope of genome-scale evolutionary studies from sequence-based analysis to rapid experimental characterization and could be adopted for functional mapping in any lineage of interest. Furthermore, our detailed characterization of S. bayanus provides a valuable resource for comparative functional genomics studies in yeast. PMID:23852385

  18. A new system for comparative functional genomics of Saccharomyces yeasts.

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    Caudy, Amy A; Guan, Yuanfang; Jia, Yue; Hansen, Christina; DeSevo, Chris; Hayes, Alicia P; Agee, Joy; Alvarez-Dominguez, Juan R; Arellano, Hugo; Barrett, Daniel; Bauerle, Cynthia; Bisaria, Namita; Bradley, Patrick H; Breunig, J Scott; Bush, Erin; Cappel, David; Capra, Emily; Chen, Walter; Clore, John; Combs, Peter A; Doucette, Christopher; Demuren, Olukunle; Fellowes, Peter; Freeman, Sam; Frenkel, Evgeni; Gadala-Maria, Daniel; Gawande, Richa; Glass, David; Grossberg, Samuel; Gupta, Anita; Hammonds-Odie, Latanya; Hoisos, Aaron; Hsi, Jenny; Hsu, Yu-Han Huang; Inukai, Sachi; Karczewski, Konrad J; Ke, Xiaobo; Kojima, Mina; Leachman, Samuel; Lieber, Danny; Liebowitz, Anna; Liu, Julia; Liu, Yufei; Martin, Trevor; Mena, Jose; Mendoza, Rosa; Myhrvold, Cameron; Millian, Christian; Pfau, Sarah; Raj, Sandeep; Rich, Matt; Rokicki, Joe; Rounds, William; Salazar, Michael; Salesi, Matthew; Sharma, Rajani; Silverman, Sanford; Singer, Cara; Sinha, Sandhya; Staller, Max; Stern, Philip; Tang, Hanlin; Weeks, Sharon; Weidmann, Maxwell; Wolf, Ashley; Young, Carmen; Yuan, Jie; Crutchfield, Christopher; McClean, Megan; Murphy, Coleen T; Llinás, Manuel; Botstein, David; Troyanskaya, Olga G; Dunham, Maitreya J

    2013-09-01

    Whole-genome sequencing, particularly in fungi, has progressed at a tremendous rate. More difficult, however, is experimental testing of the inferences about gene function that can be drawn from comparative sequence analysis alone. We present a genome-wide functional characterization of a sequenced but experimentally understudied budding yeast, Saccharomyces bayanus var. uvarum (henceforth referred to as S. bayanus), allowing us to map changes over the 20 million years that separate this organism from S. cerevisiae. We first created a suite of genetic tools to facilitate work in S. bayanus. Next, we measured the gene-expression response of S. bayanus to a diverse set of perturbations optimized using a computational approach to cover a diverse array of functionally relevant biological responses. The resulting data set reveals that gene-expression patterns are largely conserved, but significant changes may exist in regulatory networks such as carbohydrate utilization and meiosis. In addition to regulatory changes, our approach identified gene functions that have diverged. The functions of genes in core pathways are highly conserved, but we observed many changes in which genes are involved in osmotic stress, peroxisome biogenesis, and autophagy. A surprising number of genes specific to S. bayanus respond to oxidative stress, suggesting the organism may have evolved under different selection pressures than S. cerevisiae. This work expands the scope of genome-scale evolutionary studies from sequence-based analysis to rapid experimental characterization and could be adopted for functional mapping in any lineage of interest. Furthermore, our detailed characterization of S. bayanus provides a valuable resource for comparative functional genomics studies in yeast.

  19. Dynamic study of yeast species and Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains during the spontaneous fermentations of Muscat blanc in Jingyang, China.

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    Wang, Chunxiao; Liu, Yanlin

    2013-04-01

    The evolution of yeast species and Saccharomyces cerevisiae genotypes during spontaneous fermentations of Muscat blanc planted in 1957 in Jingyang region of China was followed in this study. Using a combination of colony morphology on Wallerstein Nutrient (WLN) medium, sequence analysis of the 26S rDNA D1/D2 domain and 5.8S-ITS-RFLP analysis, a total of 686 isolates were identified at the species level. The six species identified were S. cerevisiae, Hanseniaspora uvarum, Hanseniaspora opuntiae, Issatchenkia terricola, Pichia kudriavzevii (Issatchenkia orientalis) and Trichosporon coremiiforme. This is the first report of T. coremiiforme as an inhabitant of grape must. Three new colony morphologies on WLN medium and one new 5.8S-ITS-RFLP profile are described. Species of non-Saccharomyces, predominantly H. opuntiae, were found in early stages of fermentation. Subsequently, S. cerevisiae prevailed followed by large numbers of P. kudriavzevii that dominated at the end of fermentations. Six native genotypes of S. cerevisiae were determined by interdelta sequence analysis. Genotypes III and IV were predominant. As a first step in exploring untapped yeast resources of the region, this study is important for monitoring the yeast ecology in native fermentations and screening indigenous yeasts that will produce wines with regional characteristics.

  20. Aroma Profile of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Wine Fermented by Single and Co-culture Starters of Autochthonous Saccharomyces and Non-saccharomyces Yeasts

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    Tofalo, Rosanna; Patrignani, Francesca; Lanciotti, Rosalba; Perpetuini, Giorgia; Schirone, Maria; Di Gianvito, Paola; Pizzoni, Daniel; Arfelli, Giuseppe; Suzzi, Giovanna

    2016-01-01

    Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a native grape variety of Vitis vinifera L., grown in central Italy and used for production of high quality red wines. Limited studies have been carried out to improve its enological characteristics through the use of indigenous strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The main objective of the present work was to test two indigenous strains of S. cerevisiae (SRS1, RT73), a strain of Starmerella bacillaris (STS12), one of Hanseniaspora uvarum (STS45) and a co-culture of S. cerevisiae (SRS1) and S. bacillaris (STS12), in an experimental cellar to evaluate their role in the sensory characteristic of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine. A S. cerevisiae commercial strain was used. Fermentations were conducted under routine Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine production, in which the main variables were the yeast strains used for fermentation. Basic winemaking parameters, some key chemical analysis and aroma compounds were considered. S. cerevisiae strain dynamics during fermentation were determined by molecular methods. The musts inoculated with the co-culture were characterized by a faster fermentation start and a higher content of glycerol after 3 days of fermentation, as well as the musts added with strains S. bacillaris (STS12) and H. uvarum (STS45). At the end of fermentation the parameters studied were quite similar in all the wines. Total biogenic amines (BA) content of all the wines was low. Ethanolamine was the predominant BA, with a concentration ranging from 21 to 24 mg/l. Wines were characterized by esters and alcohols. In particular, 2-phenylethanol, 3-methylbut-1-yl methanoate, and ethyl ethanoate were the major aroma volatile compounds in all wines. Statistical analysis highlighted the different role played by aroma compounds in the differentiation of wines, even if it was impossible to select a single class of compounds as the most important for a specific yeast. The present study represents a further step toward the use of tailored

  1. Enhancing the Bioconversion of Winery and Olive Mill Waste Mixtures into Lignocellulolytic Enzymes and Animal Feed by Aspergillus uvarum Using a Packed-Bed Bioreactor.

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    Salgado, José Manuel; Abrunhosa, Luís; Venâncio, Armando; Domínguez, José Manuel; Belo, Isabel

    2015-10-28

    Wineries and olive oil industries are dominant agro-industrial activities in southern European regions. Olive pomace, exhausted grape marc, and vine shoot trimmings are lignocellulosic residues generated by these industries, which could be valued biotechnologically. In the present work these residues were used as substrate to produce cellulases and xylanases through solid-state fermentation using Aspergillus uvarum MUM 08.01. For that, two factorial designs (3(2)) were first planned to optimize substrate composition, temperature, and initial moisture level. Subsequently, the kinectics of cellulolytic enzyme production, fungal growth, and fermented solid were characterized. Finally, the process was performed in a packed-bed bioreactor. The results showed that cellulase activity improved with the optimization processes, reaching 33.56 U/g, and with the packed-bed bioreactor aeration of 0.2 L/min, reaching 38.51 U/g. The composition of fermented solids indicated their potential use for animal feed because cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and phenolic compounds were partially degraded 28.08, 10.78, 13.3, and 28.32%, respectively, crude protein was increased from 8.47 to 17.08%, and the mineral contents meet the requirements of main livestock.

  2. Major sulfonate transporter Soa1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and considerable substrate diversity in its fungal family

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    Holt, Sylvester; Kankipati, Harish; De Graeve, Stijn; Van Zeebroeck, Griet; Foulquié-Moreno, Maria R.; Lindgreen, Stinus; Thevelein, Johan M.

    2017-01-01

    Sulfate is a well-established sulfur source for fungi; however, in soils sulfonates and sulfate esters, especially choline sulfate, are often much more prominent. Here we show that Saccharomyces cerevisiae YIL166C(SOA1) encodes an inorganic sulfur (sulfate, sulfite and thiosulfate) transporter that also catalyses sulfonate and choline sulfate uptake. Phylogenetic analysis of fungal SOA1 orthologues and expression of 20 members in the sul1Δ sul2Δ soa1Δ strain, which is deficient in inorganic and organic sulfur compound uptake, reveals that these transporters have diverse substrate preferences for sulfur compounds. We further show that SOA2, a S. cerevisiae SOA1 paralogue found in S. uvarum, S. eubayanus and S. arboricola is likely to be an evolutionary remnant of the uncharacterized open reading frames YOL163W and YOL162W. Our work highlights the importance of sulfonates and choline sulfate as sulfur sources in the natural environment of S. cerevisiae and other fungi by identifying fungal transporters for these compounds. PMID:28165463

  3. Effects of particulate materials and osmoprotectants on very-high-gravity ethanolic fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Thomas, K C; Hynes, S H; Ingledew, W M

    1994-01-01

    The effects of osmoprotectants (such as glycine betaine and proline) and particulate materials on the fermentation of very high concentrations of glucose by the brewing strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae (uvarum) NCYC 1324 were studied. The yeast growing at 20 degrees C consumed only 15 g of the sugar per 100 ml from a minimal medium which initially contained 35% (wt/vol) glucose. Supplementing the medium with a mixture of glycine betaine, glycine, and proline increased the amount of sugar fermented to 30.5 g/100 ml. With such supplementation, the viability of the yeast cells was maintained above 80% throughout the fermentation, while it dropped to less than 12% in the unsupplemented controls. Among single additives, glycine was more effective than proline or glycine betaine. On incubating the cultures for 10 days, the viability decreased to only 55% with glycine, while it dropped to 36 and 27%, respectively, with glycine betaine and proline. It is suggested that glycine and proline, known to be poor nitrogen sources for growth, may serve directly or indirectly as osmoprotectants. Nutrients such as tryptone, yeast extract, and a mixture of purine and pyrimidine bases increased the sugar uptake and ethanol production but did not allow the population to maintain the high level of cell viability. While only 43% of the sugar was fermented in unsupplemented medium, the presence of particulate materials such as wheat bran, wheat mash insolubles, alumina, and soy flour increased sugar utilization to 68, 75, 81, and 82%, respectively. PMID:8017934

  4. Effects of particulate materials and osmoprotectants on very-high-gravity ethanolic fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Thomas, K C; Hynes, S H; Ingledew, W M

    1994-05-01

    The effects of osmoprotectants (such as glycine betaine and proline) and particulate materials on the fermentation of very high concentrations of glucose by the brewing strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae (uvarum) NCYC 1324 were studied. The yeast growing at 20 degrees C consumed only 15 g of the sugar per 100 ml from a minimal medium which initially contained 35% (wt/vol) glucose. Supplementing the medium with a mixture of glycine betaine, glycine, and proline increased the amount of sugar fermented to 30.5 g/100 ml. With such supplementation, the viability of the yeast cells was maintained above 80% throughout the fermentation, while it dropped to less than 12% in the unsupplemented controls. Among single additives, glycine was more effective than proline or glycine betaine. On incubating the cultures for 10 days, the viability decreased to only 55% with glycine, while it dropped to 36 and 27%, respectively, with glycine betaine and proline. It is suggested that glycine and proline, known to be poor nitrogen sources for growth, may serve directly or indirectly as osmoprotectants. Nutrients such as tryptone, yeast extract, and a mixture of purine and pyrimidine bases increased the sugar uptake and ethanol production but did not allow the population to maintain the high level of cell viability. While only 43% of the sugar was fermented in unsupplemented medium, the presence of particulate materials such as wheat bran, wheat mash insolubles, alumina, and soy flour increased sugar utilization to 68, 75, 81, and 82%, respectively.

  5. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Shuttle vectors.

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    Gnügge, Robert; Rudolf, Fabian

    2017-01-10

    Yeast shuttle vectors are indispensable tools in yeast research. They enable cloning of defined DNA sequences in Escherichia coli and their direct transfer into Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells. There are three types of commonly used yeast shuttle vectors: centromeric plasmids, episomal plasmids and integrating plasmids. In this review, we discuss the different plasmid systems and their characteristic features. We focus on their segregational stability and copy number and indicate how to modify these properties. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Fast method for identifying inter- and intra-species Saccharomyces hybrids in extensive genetic improvement programs based on yeast breeding.

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    Solieri, L; Verspohl, A; Bonciani, T; Caggia, C; Giudici, P

    2015-07-01

    The present work proposes a two-step molecular strategy to select inter- and intra-species Saccharomyces hybrids obtained by spore-to-spore mating, one of the most used methods for generating improved hybrids from homothallic wine yeasts. As low spore viability and haplo-selfing are the main causes of failed mating, at first, we used colony screening PCR (csPCR) of discriminative gene markers to select hybrids directly on dissection plate and discard homozygous diploid colonies arisen from one auto-diploidized progenitor. Then, pre-selected candidates were submitted to recursive streaking and conventional PCR in order to discriminate between the hybrids with stable genomic background and the false-positive admixtures of progenitor cells both undergone haplo-selfing. csPCRs of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) 1 or 2, and the subsequent digestion with diagnostic endonucleases HaeIII and RsaI, respectively, were efficient to select six new Saccharomyces cerevisiae × Saccharomyces uvarum hybrids from 64 crosses. Intragenic minisatellite regions in PIR3, HSP150, and DAN4 genes showed high inter-strain size variation detectable by cost-effective agarose gel electrophoresis and were successful to validate six new intra-species S. cerevisiae hybrids from 34 crosses. Both protocols reduce significantly the number of massive DNA extractions, prevent misinterpretations caused by one or both progenitors undergone haplo-selfing, and can be easily implemented in yeast labs without any specific instrumentation. The study provides a method for the marker-assisted selection of several inter- and intra-species yeast hybrids in a cost-effective, rapid and reproducible manner. © 2015 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  7. Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).

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    Hooykaas, Paul J J; den Dulk-Ras, Amke; Bundock, Paul; Soltani, Jalal; van Attikum, Haico; van Heusden, G Paul H

    2006-01-01

    The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the best characterized eukaryotic organisms. This species has enabled a detailed study of the (genetic) requirements for Agrobacterium-mediated DNA transformation. For instance research with this yeast has led to the recognition that the transforming DNA molecules integrate into the eukaryotic chromosomes either by homologous recombination, which is the preferred pathway in S. cerevisiae, or by nonhomologous end-joining. Based on the protocol for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of S. cerevisiae methodology has been developed for the transformation of many other yeast and fungal species.

  8. Analysis of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae pan-genome reveals a pool of copy number variants distributed in diverse yeast strains from differing industrial environments

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    Dunn, Barbara; Richter, Chandra; Kvitek, Daniel J.; Pugh, Tom; Sherlock, Gavin

    2012-01-01

    Although the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is arguably one of the most well-studied organisms on earth, the genome-wide variation within this species—i.e., its “pan-genome”—has been less explored. We created a multispecies microarray platform containing probes covering the genomes of several Saccharomyces species: S. cerevisiae, including regions not found in the standard laboratory S288c strain, as well as the mitochondrial and 2-μm circle genomes–plus S. paradoxus, S. mikatae, S. kudriavzevii, S. uvarum, S. kluyveri, and S. castellii. We performed array-Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) on 83 different S. cerevisiae strains collected across a wide range of habitats; of these, 69 were commercial wine strains, while the remaining 14 were from a diverse set of other industrial and natural environments. We observed interspecific hybridization events, introgression events, and pervasive copy number variation (CNV) in all but a few of the strains. These CNVs were distributed throughout the strains such that they did not produce any clear phylogeny, suggesting extensive mating in both industrial and wild strains. To validate our results and to determine whether apparently similar introgressions and CNVs were identical by descent or recurrent, we also performed whole-genome sequencing on nine of these strains. These data may help pinpoint genomic regions involved in adaptation to different industrial milieus, as well as shed light on the course of domestication of S. cerevisiae. PMID:22369888

  9. Saccharomyces cerevisiae aldolase mutants.

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    Lobo, Z

    1984-01-01

    Six mutants lacking the glycolytic enzyme fructose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolase have been isolated in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae by inositol starvation. The mutants grown on gluconeogenic substrates, such as glycerol or alcohol, and show growth inhibition by glucose and related sugars. The mutations are recessive, segregate as one gene in crosses, and fall in a single complementation group. All of the mutants synthesize an antigen cross-reacting to the antibody raised against yeast aldolase. The aldolase activity in various mutant alleles measured as fructose 1,6-bisphosphate cleavage is between 1 to 2% and as condensation of triose phosphates to fructose 1,6-bisphosphate is 2 to 5% that of the wild-type. The mutants accumulate fructose 1,6-bisphosphate from glucose during glycolysis and dihydroxyacetone phosphate during gluconeogenesis. This suggests that the aldolase activity is absent in vivo. PMID:6384192

  10. PT and INR Test

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    ... fibrillation ) The presence of artificial heart valves Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) Antiphospholipid syndrome Occasionally, in heart attacks with certain risk factors The PT test may be used along with ...

  11. PT-symmetric strings

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    Amore, Paolo; Fernández, Francisco M.; Garcia, Javier; Gutierrez, German

    2014-04-15

    We study both analytically and numerically the spectrum of inhomogeneous strings with PT-symmetric density. We discuss an exactly solvable model of PT-symmetric string which is isospectral to the uniform string; for more general strings, we calculate exactly the sum rules Z(p)≡∑{sub n=1}{sup ∞}1/E{sub n}{sup p}, with p=1,2,… and find explicit expressions which can be used to obtain bounds on the lowest eigenvalue. A detailed numerical calculation is carried out for two non-solvable models depending on a parameter, obtaining precise estimates of the critical values where pair of real eigenvalues become complex. -- Highlights: •PT-symmetric Hamiltonians exhibit real eigenvalues when PT symmetry is unbroken. •We study PT-symmetric strings with complex density. •They exhibit regions of unbroken PT symmetry. •We calculate the critical parameters at the boundaries of those regions. •There are exact real sum rules for some particular complex densities.

  12. PT quantum mechanics.

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    Bender, Carl M; DeKieviet, Maarten; Klevansky, S P

    2013-04-28

    PT-symmetric quantum mechanics (PTQM) has become a hot area of research and investigation. Since its beginnings in 1998, there have been over 1000 published papers and more than 15 international conferences entirely devoted to this research topic. Originally, PTQM was studied at a highly mathematical level and the techniques of complex variables, asymptotics, differential equations and perturbation theory were used to understand the subtleties associated with the analytic continuation of eigenvalue problems. However, as experiments on PT-symmetric physical systems have been performed, a simple and beautiful physical picture has emerged, and a PT-symmetric system can be understood as one that has a balanced loss and gain. Furthermore, the PT phase transition can now be understood intuitively without resorting to sophisticated mathematics. Research on PTQM is following two different paths: at a fundamental level, physicists are attempting to understand the underlying mathematical structure of these theories with the long-range objective of applying the techniques of PTQM to understanding some of the outstanding problems in physics today, such as the nature of the Higgs particle, the properties of dark matter, the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe, neutrino oscillations and the cosmological constant; at an applied level, new kinds of PT-synthetic materials are being developed, and the PT phase transition is being observed in many physical contexts, such as lasers, optical wave guides, microwave cavities, superconducting wires and electronic circuits. The purpose of this Theme Issue is to acquaint the reader with the latest developments in PTQM. The articles in this volume are written in the style of mini-reviews and address diverse areas of the emerging and exciting new area of PT-symmetric quantum mechanics.

  13. Pt redistribution during Ni(Pt) silicide formation

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    Demeulemeester, J.; Smeets, D.; Vantomme, A.; Van Bockstael, C.; Detavernier, C.; Comrie, C. M.; Barradas, N. P.; Vieira, A.

    2008-12-29

    We report on a real-time Rutherford backscattering spectrometry study of the erratic redistribution of Pt during Ni silicide formation in a solid phase reaction. The inhomogeneous Pt redistribution in Ni(Pt)Si films is a consequence of the low solubility of Pt in Ni{sub 2}Si compared to NiSi and the limited mobility of Pt in NiSi. Pt further acts as a diffusion barrier and resides in the Ni{sub 2}Si grain boundaries, significantly slowing down the Ni{sub 2}Si and NiSi growth kinetics. Moreover, the observed incorporation of a large amount of Pt in the NiSi seeds indicates that Pt plays a major role in selecting the crystallographic orientation of these seeds and thus in the texture of the resulting Ni{sub 1-x}Pt{sub x}Si film.

  14. Yeasts: What's in a name? A brief reconnaissance and sampling of literature

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    Scientific names (including authors) are provided for certain yeasts used by vintners and brewers: Saccharomyces cerevisiae Meyen ex E.C. Hansen, Saccharomyces bayanus var. uvarum (Beij.) G.I. Naumov (synonym Saccharomyces uvarum Beij.), Saccharomyces pastorianus Reess ex E.C. Hansen (synonym Saccha...

  15. Xe adsorption site distributions on Pt(111), Pt(221) and Pt(531)

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    Gellman, Andrew J.; Baker, L.; Holsclaw, B. S.

    2016-04-01

    The ideal structures of the Pt(111), Pt(221) and Pt(531) surfaces expose adsorption sites that can be qualitatively described as terrace sites on Pt(111), both step and terrace sites on Pt(221), and kink sites on Pt(531). The real surface structures of these surfaces can be complicated by imperfections such as misorientation, reconstruction and thermal roughening, all of which will influence their distributions of adsorption sites. Xe adsorption sites on the Pt(111), Pt(221) and Pt(531) surfaces have been probed using both photoemission of adsorbed Xe (PAX) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) of Xe. Both PAX and Xe TPD are sensitive to the adsorption sites of the Xe and serve as complementary means of assessing the distributions of adsorption sites on these three Pt surfaces. The adsorption of Xe is sufficiently sensitive to detect the presence of residual steps on the Pt(111) surface at a density of 1.5% step atoms per Pt atom. On the Pt(221) surface, PAX and Xe TPD reveal adsorption at both terrace and step sites simultaneously. Although the ideal structure of the Pt(531) surface has no well-defined steps or terraces, Xe adsorption indicates that its adsorption sites are best described as a distribution of both step and kink sites with roughly twice as many steps sites as kinks.

  16. PT-symmetric kinks

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    Souza Dutra, A. de; Santos, V. G. C. S. dos; Amaro de Faria, A. C. Jr.

    2007-06-15

    Some kinks for non-Hermitian quantum field theories in 1+1 dimensions are constructed. A class of models where the soliton energies are stable and real are found. Although these kinks are not Hermitian, they are symmetric under PT transformations.

  17. Pt, Co-Pt and Fe-Pt alloy nanoclusters encapsulated in virus capsids

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    Okuda, M.; Eloi, J.-C.; Jones, S. E. Ward; Verwegen, M.; Cornelissen, J. J. L. M.; Schwarzacher, W.

    2016-03-01

    Nanostructured Pt-based alloys show great promise, not only for catalysis but also in medical and magnetic applications. To extend the properties of this class of materials, we have developed a means of synthesizing Pt and Pt-based alloy nanoclusters in the capsid of a virus. Pure Pt and Pt-alloy nanoclusters are formed through the chemical reduction of [PtCl4]- by NaBH4 with/without additional metal ions (Co or Fe). The opening and closing of the ion channels in the virus capsid were controlled by changing the pH and ionic strength of the solution. The size of the nanoclusters is limited to 18 nm by the internal diameter of the capsid. Their magnetic properties suggest potential applications in hyperthermia for the Co-Pt and Fe-Pt magnetic alloy nanoclusters. This study introduces a new way to fabricate size-restricted nanoclusters using virus capsid.

  18. /Pt RRAM device

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    Yuan, Fang; Zhang, Zhigang; Wang, Jer-Chyi; Pan, Liyang; Xu, Jun; Lai, Chao-Sung

    2014-08-01

    The total ionizing dose (TID) effects of 60Co γ ray radiation on the resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices with the structure of Ag/AlO x /Pt were studied. The resistance in low resistance state (LRS), set voltage, and reset voltage are almost immune to radiation, whereas the initial resistance, resistance at high resistance state (HRS), and forming voltage were significantly impacted after radiation due to the radiation-induced holes. A novel hybrid filament model is proposed to explain the radiation effects, presuming that holes are co-operated with Ag ions to build filaments. In addition, the thermal coefficients of the resistivity in LRS can support this hybrid filament model. The Ag/AlO x /Pt RRAM devices exhibit radiation immunity to a TID up to 1 Mrad(Si) and are highly suitable for radiation-hard electronics applications.

  19. PT symmetry in optics

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    Christodoulides, Demetrios

    2015-03-01

    Interest in complex Hamiltonians has been rekindled after the realization that a wide class of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians can have entirely real spectra as long as they simultaneously respect parity and time reversal operators. In non-relativistic quantum mechanics, governed by the Schrödinger equation, a necessary but not sufficient condition for PT symmetry to hold is that the complex potential should involve real and imaginary parts which are even and odd functions of position respectively. As recently indicated, optics provides a fertile ground to observe and utilize notions of PT symmetry. In optics, the refractive index and gain/loss profiles play the role of the real and imaginary parts of the aforementioned complex potentials. As it has been demonstrated in several studies, PT-symmetric optical structures can exhibit peculiar properties that are otherwise unattainable in traditional Hermitian (conservative) optical settings. Among them, is the possibility for breaking this symmetry through an abrupt phase transition, band merging effects and unidirectional invisibility. Here we review recent developments in the field of -symmetric optics.

  20. Characterization of azo dyes on Pt and Pt/polyaniline/dispersed Pt electrodes

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    Molina, J.; Fernández, J.; del Río, A. I.; Bonastre, J.; Cases, F.

    2012-06-01

    The electrochemical characterization of two organic dyes (amaranth and procion orange MX-2R) has been performed on Pt electrodes and Pt electrodes coated with polyaniline and dispersed Pt. Electrodes with different Pt loads have been synthesized and characterized obtaining that a load of 300 μg cm-2 was the optimum one. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to observe the distribution and morphology of the Pt nanoparticles. The electroactivity of the electrodes has also been characterized by means of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). The chemical characterization of Pt dispersed Pani coated Pt electrodes (Pt-Pani-Pt) was performed by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrochemical characterization of the dyes has been performed by means of cyclic voltammetry. Voltammograms have shown that the presence of the dyes diminishes characteristic Pt oxidation and reduction peaks. However, redox processes due to the dyes, appeared in the voltammograms. The different species responsible of these redox processes were generated in the vicinity of the electrode and were not adsorbed on the electrode surface since after stirring, the different redox processes disappeared. Characterization with different scan rates showed that redox processes of both dyes were controlled by diffusion.

  1. The compressibility of nanocrystalline Pt

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    Mikheykin, A. S.; Dmitriev, V. P.; Chagovets, S. V.; Kuriganova, A. B.; Smirnova, N. V.; Leontyev, I. N.

    2012-10-01

    High-pressure behavior of carbon supported Pt nanoparticles (Pt/C) with an average particle size of 10.6 nm was investigated by in situ high-pressure synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction up to 14 GPa at ambient temperature. Our results show that the compressibility of Pt/C nanoparticles decreases substantially as the particle size decreases. An interpretation based upon the available mechanisms of structural compliance in nanoscale vs bulk materials was proposed.

  2. Selected non-Saccharomyces wine yeasts in controlled multistarter fermentations with Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Comitini, Francesca; Gobbi, Mirko; Domizio, Paola; Romani, Cristina; Lencioni, Livio; Mannazzu, Ilaria; Ciani, Maurizio

    2011-08-01

    Non-Saccharomyces yeasts are metabolically active during spontaneous and inoculated must fermentations, and by producing a plethora of by-products, they can contribute to the definition of the wine aroma. Thus, use of Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts as mixed starter cultures for inoculation of wine fermentations is of increasing interest for quality enhancement and improved complexity of wines. We initially characterized 34 non-Saccharomyces yeasts of the genera Candida, Lachancea (Kluyveromyces), Metschnikowia and Torulaspora, and evaluated their enological potential. This confirmed that non-Saccharomyces yeasts from wine-related environments represent a rich sink of unexplored biodiversity for the winemaking industry. From these, we selected four non-Saccharomyces yeasts to combine with starter cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in mixed fermentation trials. The kinetics of growth and fermentation, and the analytical profiles of the wines produced indicate that these non-Saccharomyces strains can be used with S. cerevisiae starter cultures to increase polysaccharide, glycerol and volatile compound production, to reduce volatile acidity, and to increase or reduce the total acidity of the final wines, depending on yeast species and inoculum ratio used. The overall effects of the non-Saccharomyces yeasts on fermentation and wine quality were strictly dependent on the Saccharomyces/non-Saccharomyces inoculum ratio that mimicked the differences of fermentation conditions (natural or simultaneous inoculated fermentation). Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Growth of Pt Clusters from Mixture Film of Pt-C and Dynamics of Pt Clusters

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    Shintaku, Masayuki; Kumamoto, Akihito; Suzuki, Hitoshi; Kaito, Chihiro

    2007-06-01

    A complete mixture film of carbon and platinum produced by coevaporation in a vacuum was directly heated in a transmission electron microscope. It was found that the diffusion and crystal growth of Pt clusters in the mixture film take place at approximately 500 °C. Pt clusters with a size of 2-5 nm were connected with each other in a parallel orientation or twin-crystal configuration in the mixture film. The growth of onion-like carbon with a hole at the center also occurred. The grown Pt clusters with twin-crystal structures appeared on and in the carbon film. The diffusion of Pt atoms in carbon was discussed as the problem of elusion in fuel cells. Direct observation of the movement of Pt clusters on and in the carbon film was carried out. The movement difference of Pt clusters in and on carbon film has been directly presented.

  4. {PT}-symmetric optical superlattices

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    Longhi, Stefano

    2014-04-01

    The spectral and localization properties of {PT}-symmetric optical superlattices, either infinitely extended or truncated at one side, are theoretically investigated, and the criteria that ensure a real energy spectrum are derived. The analysis is applied to the case of superlattices describing a complex ( {PT}-symmetric) extension of the Harper Hamiltonian in the rational case.

  5. Homogeneous Pt-bimetallic Electrocatalysts

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    Wang, Chao; Chi, Miaofang; More, Karren Leslie; Markovic, Nenad; Stamenkovic, Vojislav

    2011-01-01

    Alloying has shown enormous potential for tailoring the atomic and electronic structures, and improving the performance of catalytic materials. Systematic studies of alloy catalysts are, however, often compromised by inhomogeneous distribution of alloying components. Here we introduce a general approach for the synthesis of monodispersed and highly homogeneous Pt-bimetallic alloy nanocatalysts. Pt{sub 3}M (where M = Fe, Ni, or Co) nanoparticles were prepared by an organic solvothermal method and then supported on high surface area carbon. These catalysts attained a homogeneous distribution of elements, as demonstrated by atomic-scale elemental analysis using scanning transmission electron microscopy. They also exhibited high catalytic activities for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), with improvement factors of 2-3 versus conventional Pt/carbon catalysts. The measured ORR catalytic activities for Pt{sub 3}M nanocatalysts validated the volcano curve established on extended surfaces, with Pt{sub 3}Co being the most active alloy.

  6. Metabolic Engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Ostergaard, Simon; Olsson, Lisbeth; Nielsen, Jens

    2000-01-01

    Comprehensive knowledge regarding Saccharomyces cerevisiae has accumulated over time, and today S. cerevisiae serves as a widley used biotechnological production organism as well as a eukaryotic model system. The high transformation efficiency, in addition to the availability of the complete yeast genome sequence, has facilitated genetic manipulation of this microorganism, and new approaches are constantly being taken to metabolicially engineer this organism in order to suit specific needs. In this paper, strategies and concepts for metabolic engineering are discussed and several examples based upon selected studies involving S. cerevisiae are reviewed. The many different studies of metabolic engineering using this organism illustrate all the categories of this multidisciplinary field: extension of substrate range, improvements of producitivity and yield, elimination of byproduct formation, improvement of process performance, improvements of cellular properties, and extension of product range including heterologous protein production. PMID:10704473

  7. Chromosome Duplication in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Bell, Stephen P.; Labib, Karim

    2016-01-01

    The accurate and complete replication of genomic DNA is essential for all life. In eukaryotic cells, the assembly of the multi-enzyme replisomes that perform replication is divided into stages that occur at distinct phases of the cell cycle. Replicative DNA helicases are loaded around origins of DNA replication exclusively during G1 phase. The loaded helicases are then activated during S phase and associate with the replicative DNA polymerases and other accessory proteins. The function of the resulting replisomes is monitored by checkpoint proteins that protect arrested replisomes and inhibit new initiation when replication is inhibited. The replisome also coordinates nucleosome disassembly, assembly, and the establishment of sister chromatid cohesion. Finally, when two replisomes converge they are disassembled. Studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae have led the way in our understanding of these processes. Here, we review our increasingly molecular understanding of these events and their regulation. PMID:27384026

  8. Pyruvate metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Pronk, J T; Yde Steensma, H; Van Dijken, J P

    1996-12-01

    In yeasts, pyruvate is located at a major junction of assimilatory and dissimilatory reactions as well as at the branch-point between respiratory dissimilation of sugars and alcoholic fermentation. This review deals with the enzymology, physiological function and regulation of three key reactions occurring at the pyruvate branch-point in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae: (i) the direct oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate to acetyl-CoA, catalysed by the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, (ii) decarboxylation of pyruvate to acetaldehyde, catalysed by pyruvate decarboxylase, and (iii) the anaplerotic carboxylation of pyruvate to oxaloacetate, catalysed by pyruvate carboxylase. Special attention is devoted to physiological studies on S. cerevisiae strains in which structural genes encoding these key enzymes have been inactivated by gene disruption.

  9. Postreplication repair in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Resnick, M.A.; Boyce, J.; Cox, B.

    1981-04-01

    Postreplication events in logarithmically growing excision-defective mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were examined after low doses of ultraviolet light. Pulse-labeled deoxyribonucleic acid had interruptions, and when the cells were chased, the interruptions were no longer detected. Since the loss of interruptions was not associated with an exchange of pyrimidine dimers at a detection level of 10 to 20% of the induced dimers, it was concluded that postreplication repair in excision-defective mutants does not involve molecular recombination. Pyrimidine dimers were assayed by utilizing the ultraviolet-endonuclease activity in extracts of Micrococcus luteus and newly developed alkaline sucrose gradient techniques, which yielded chromosomal-size deoxyribonucleic acid after treatment of irradiated cells.

  10. Glucose repression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Kayikci, Ömur; Nielsen, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Glucose is the primary source of energy for the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Although yeast cells can utilize a wide range of carbon sources, presence of glucose suppresses molecular activities involved in the use of alternate carbon sources as well as it represses respiration and gluconeogenesis. This dominant effect of glucose on yeast carbon metabolism is coordinated by several signaling and metabolic interactions that mainly regulate transcriptional activity but are also effective at post-transcriptional and post-translational levels. This review describes effects of glucose repression on yeast carbon metabolism with a focus on roles of the Snf3/Rgt2 glucose-sensing pathway and Snf1 signal transduction in establishment and relief of glucose repression. PMID:26205245

  11. Nucleosome Positioning in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Jansen, An; Verstrepen, Kevin J.

    2011-01-01

    Summary: The DNA of eukaryotic cells is spooled around large histone protein complexes, forming nucleosomes that make up the basis for a high-order packaging structure called chromatin. Compared to naked DNA, nucleosomal DNA is less accessible to regulatory proteins and regulatory processes. The exact positions of nucleosomes therefore influence several cellular processes, including gene expression, chromosome segregation, recombination, replication, and DNA repair. Here, we review recent technological advances enabling the genome-wide mapping of nucleosome positions in the model eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We discuss the various parameters that determine nucleosome positioning in vivo, including cis factors like AT content, variable tandem repeats, and poly(dA:dT) tracts that function as chromatin barriers and trans factors such as chromatin remodeling complexes, transcription factors, histone-modifying enzymes, and RNA polymerases. In the last section, we review the biological role of chromatin in gene transcription, the evolution of gene regulation, and epigenetic phenomena. PMID:21646431

  12. Lifetime measurements in 180Pt

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    Chen, Q. M.; Wu, X. G.; Chen, Y. S.; Li, C. B.; Gao, Z. C.; Li, G. S.; Chen, F. Q.; He, C. Y.; Zheng, Y.; Hu, S. P.; Zhong, J.; Wu, Y. H.; Li, H. W.; Luo, P. W.

    2016-04-01

    Lifetimes of the yrast states in 180Pt have been measured from 4+ to 8+ using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique in the coincidence mode. These states were populated by the reaction 156Gd(28Si,4 n )180Pt at a beam energy of 144 MeV. The differential decay curve method was applied to determine the lifetimes from experimental coincidence data. The B (E 2 ) values extracted from lifetimes increase with increasing spin, implying rotor behavior, but do not show the typical shape coexistence where the B (E 2 ) values present a rapid increase at very low spins. Calculations based on the triaxial projected shell model were performed for the yrast states in 180Pt and the results of both energies and E 2 transition probabilities reproduce the experimental data very well. The result also shows that a better description of the yrast band in 180Pt requires consideration of the γ degree of freedom.

  13. Integrable discrete PT symmetric model.

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    Ablowitz, Mark J; Musslimani, Ziad H

    2014-09-01

    An exactly solvable discrete PT invariant nonlinear Schrödinger-like model is introduced. It is an integrable Hamiltonian system that exhibits a nontrivial nonlinear PT symmetry. A discrete one-soliton solution is constructed using a left-right Riemann-Hilbert formulation. It is shown that this pure soliton exhibits unique features such as power oscillations and singularity formation. The proposed model can be viewed as a discretization of a recently obtained integrable nonlocal nonlinear Schrödinger equation.

  14. Key Residues and Phosphate Release Routes in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pho84 Transceptor

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    Van der Veken, Jeroen; Van Zeebroeck, Griet; Persson, Bengt L.

    2016-01-01

    Pho84, a major facilitator superfamily (MFS) protein, is the main high-affinity Pi transceptor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Although transport mechanisms have been suggested for other MFS members, the key residues and molecular events driving transport by Pi:H+ symporters are unclear. The current Pho84 transport model is based on the inward-facing occluded crystal structure of the Pho84 homologue PiPT in the fungus Piriformospora indica. However, this model is limited by the lack of experimental data on the regulatory residues for each stage of the transport cycle. In this study, an open, inward-facing conformation of Pho84 was used to study the release of Pi. A comparison of this conformation with the model for Pi release in PiPT revealed that Tyr179 in Pho84 (Tyr150 in PiPT) is not part of the Pi binding site. This difference may be due to a lack of detailed information on the Pi release step in PiPT. Molecular dynamics simulations of Pho84 in which a residue adjacent to Tyr179, Asp178, is protonated revealed a conformational change in Pho84 from an open, inward-facing state to an occluded state. Tyr179 then became part of the binding site as was observed in the PiPT crystal structure. The importance of Tyr179 in regulating Pi release was supported by site-directed mutagenesis and transport assays. Using trehalase activity measurements, we demonstrated that the release of Pi is a critical step for transceptor signaling. Our results add to previous studies on PiPT, creating a more complete picture of the proton-coupled Pi transport cycle of a transceptor. PMID:27875295

  15. Study on the preparation of Pt nanocapsules

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    Zhang, Yi-fan; Ji, Zhen; Chen, Ke; Liu, Bo-wen; Jia, Cheng-chang; Yang, Shan-wu

    2017-01-01

    Ag@Pt core-shell nanoparticles (Ag@Pt NPs) were prepared by a co-reduction method. Pt nanocapsules with diameters of less than 10 nm were obtained by an electrochemical method. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) scanning was used to cavitate the Ag@Pt NPs, and the morphology, structure, and cavitation conditions were studied. The results indicate that the effective cavitation conditions to obtain Pt nanoparticles from Ag@Pt NPs are a scanning voltage of 0 to 0.8 V and continuous CV scanning over 2 h. This cavitation method is also applicable for the syntheses of Ir, Ru, and Ru-Pt nanocapsules.

  16. [Thermoresistance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeasts].

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    Kaliuzhin, V A

    2011-01-01

    Under natural conditions, yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae reproduce, as a rule, on the surface of solid or liquid medium. Thus, life cycle of yeast populations is substantially influenced by diurnal changes in ambient temperature. The pattern in the response of unrestricted yeast S. cerevisiae culture to changes in the temperature of cultivation is revealed experimentally. Yeast population, in the absence of environmental constraints on the functioning of cell chemosmotic bioenergetic system, demonstrates the ability of thermoresistance when the temperature of cultivation switches from the range of 12-36 degrees C to 37.5-40 degrees C. During the transient period that is associated with the temperature switching and lasts from 1 to 4 turnover cycles, yeast reproduction rate remains 1.5-2 times higher than under stationary conditions. This is due to evolutionary acquired adaptive activity of cell chemosmotic system. After the adaptive resources exhausting, yeast thermoresistance fully recovers at the temperature range of 12-36 degrees C within one generation time under conditions of both restricted and unrestricted nourishment. Adaptive significance of such thermoresistance seems obvious enough--it allows maintaining high reproduction rate in yeast when ambient temperature is reaching a brief maximum shortly after noon.

  17. PET genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Tzagoloff, A; Dieckmann, C L

    1990-01-01

    We describe a collection of nuclear respiratory-defective mutants (pet mutants) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae consisting of 215 complementation groups. This set of mutants probably represents a substantial fraction of the total genetic information of the nucleus required for the maintenance of functional mitochondria in S. cerevisiae. The biochemical lesions of mutants in approximately 50 complementation groups have been related to single enzymes or biosynthetic pathways, and the corresponding wild-type genes have been cloned and their structures have been determined. The genes defined by an additional 20 complementation groups were identified by allelism tests with mutants characterized in other laboratories. Mutants representative of the remaining complementation groups have been assigned to one of the following five phenotypic classes: (i) deficiency in cytochrome oxidase, (ii) deficiency in coenzyme QH2-cytochrome c reductase, (iii) deficiency in mitochondrial ATPase, (iv) absence of mitochondrial protein synthesis, and (v) normal composition of respiratory-chain complexes and of oligomycin-sensitive ATPase. In addition to the genes identified through biochemical and genetic analyses of the pet mutants, we have cataloged PET genes not matched to complementation groups in the mutant collection and other genes whose products function in the mitochondria but are not necessary for respiration. Together, this information provides an up-to-date list of the known genes coding for mitochondrial constituents and for proteins whose expression is vital for the respiratory competence of S. cerevisiae. PMID:2215420

  18. Dissection of Saccharomyces cerevisiae asci.

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    Morin, Audrey; Moores, Adrian W; Sacher, Michael

    2009-05-19

    Yeast is a highly tractable model system that is used to study many different cellular processes. The common laboratory strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae exists in either a haploid or diploid state. The ability to combine alleles from two haploids and the ability to introduce modifications to the genome requires the production and dissection of asci. Asci production from haploid cells begins with the mating of two yeast haploid strains with compatible mating types to produce a diploid strain. This can be accomplished in a number of ways either on solid medium or in liquid. It is advantageous to select for the diploids in medium that selectively promotes their growth compared to either of the haploid strains. The diploids are then allowed to sporulate on nutrient-poor medium to form asci, a bundle of four haploid daughter cells resulting from meiotic reproduction of the diploid. A mixture of vegetative cells and asci is then treated with the enzyme zymolyase to digest away the membrane sac surrounding the ascospores of the asci. Using micromanipulation with a microneedle under a dissection microscope one can pick up individual asci and separate and relocate the four ascopores. Dissected asci are grown for several days and tested for the markers or alleles of interest by replica plating onto appropriate selective media.

  19. Translational thermotolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Hallberg, Elizabeth M.; Hallberg, Richard L.

    1996-01-01

    While protein synthesis is rapidly inactivated in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, cells shifted from log growth at 30°C to 43°C, a 1-h 37°C treatment given to cells just prior to the shift to 43°C partially blocks this inactivation. By contrast, such a pre-heat shock treament has no protective effect on translational inactivation at 45°C or higher. Cells allowed to approach stationary phase not only develop an enhanced thermotolerance relative to log cells but also exhibit a pronounced resistance to inactivation of protein synthesis at 43°C as well as at 45°C. We have found that this ‘translational thermotolerance’ can also be induced in S. cerevisiae by briefly treating log phase cells at 30°C with cycloheximide. Using such a procedure to induce stabilization of protein synthesis at 43°C, we have been able to show that heat shock-induced proteins are not responsible for the establishment of this protective effect. This work shows that enhanced thermotolerance can be induced in log cells even after a shift to 43°C, as long as a prior translational thermotolerance has been established. Futhermore, we show that the capacity of plateau cells to maintain translation at 43°C contributes significantly to their state of enhanced thermotolerance. PMID:9222591

  20. Lead toxicity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Van der Heggen, Maarten; Martins, Sara; Flores, Gisela; Soares, Eduardo V

    2010-12-01

    The effect of Pb on Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell structure and function was examined. Membrane integrity was assessed by the release of UV-absorbing compounds and by the intracellular K(+) efflux. No leakage of UV(260)-absorbing compounds or loss of K(+) were observed in Pb (until 1,000 μmol/l) treated cells up to 30 min; these results suggest that plasma membrane seems not to be the immediate and primary target of Pb toxicity. The effect of Pb on yeast metabolism was examined using the fluorescent probe FUN-1 and compared with the ability to reproduce, evaluated by colony-forming units counting. The exposition of yeast cells, during 60 min to 1,000 μmol/l Pb, induces a decrease in the ability to process FUN-1 although the cells retain its proliferation capacity. A more prolonged contact time (120 min) of yeast cells with Pb induces a marked (> 50%) loss of yeast cells metabolic activity and replication competence through a mechanism which most likely requires protein synthesis.

  1. Proteomics of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Organelles*

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    Wiederhold, Elena; Veenhoff, Liesbeth M.; Poolman, Bert; Slotboom, Dirk Jan

    2010-01-01

    Knowledge of the subcellular localization of proteins is indispensable to understand their physiological roles. In the past decade, 18 studies have been performed to analyze the protein content of isolated organelles from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here, we integrate the data sets and compare them with other large scale studies on protein localization and abundance. We evaluate the completeness and reliability of the organelle proteomics studies. Reliability depends on the purity of the organelle preparations, which unavoidably contain (small) amounts of contaminants from different locations. Quantitative proteomics methods can be used to distinguish between true organellar constituents and contaminants. Completeness is compromised when loosely or dynamically associated proteins are lost during organelle preparation and also depends on the sensitivity of the analytical methods for protein detection. There is a clear trend in the data from the 18 organelle proteomics studies showing that proteins of low abundance frequently escape detection. Proteins with unknown function or cellular abundance are also infrequently detected, indicating that these proteins may not be expressed under the conditions used. We discuss that the yeast organelle proteomics studies provide powerful lead data for further detailed studies and that methodological advances in organelle preparation and in protein detection may help to improve the completeness and reliability of the data. PMID:19955081

  2. Sterol methylation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    McCammon, M T; Hartmann, M A; Bottema, C D; Parks, L W

    1984-01-01

    Various nystatin-resistant mutants defective in S-adenosylmethionine: delta 24-sterol-C-methyltransferase (EC 2.1.1.41) were shown to possess alleles of the same gene, erg6. The genetic map location of erg6 was shown to be close to trp1 on chromosome 4. Despite the single locus for erg6, S-adenosylmethionine: delta 24-sterol-C-methyltransferase enzyme activity was found in three separate fractions: mitochondria, microsomes, and the "floating lipid layer." The amount of activity in each fraction could be manipulated by assay conditions. The lipids and lipid synthesis of mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae defective in the delta 24-sterol-C-methyltransferase were compared with a C5(6) desaturase mutant and parental wild types. No ergosterol (C28 sterol) could be detected in whole-cell sterol extracts of the erg6 mutants, the limits of detection being less than 10(-11) mol of ergosterol per 10(8) cells. The distribution of accumulated sterols by these mutants varied with growth phase and between free and esterified fractions. The steryl ester concentrations of the mutants were eight times higher than those of the wild type from exponential growth samples. However, the concentration of the ester accumulated by the mutants was not as great in stationary-phase cells. Whereas the head group phospholipid composition was the same between parental and mutant strains, strain-dependent changes in fatty acids were observed, most notably a 40% increase in the oleic acid content of phosphatidylethanolamine of one erg6 mutant, JR5. PMID:6363386

  3. Facile activation of dihydrogen by a phosphinito-bridged Pt(I)-Pt(I) complex.

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    Mastrorilli, Piero; Latronico, Mario; Gallo, Vito; Polini, Flavia; Re, Nazzareno; Marrone, Alessandro; Gobetto, Roberto; Ellena, Silvano

    2010-04-07

    The phosphinito-bridged Pt(I) complex [(PHCy(2))Pt(mu-PCy(2)){kappa(2)P,O-mu-P(O)Cy(2)}Pt(PHCy(2))](Pt-Pt) (1) reversibly adds H(2) under ambient conditions, giving cis-[(H)(PHCy(2))Pt(1)(mu-PCy(2))(mu-H)Pt(2)(PHCy(2)){kappaP-P(O)Cy(2)}](Pt-Pt) (2). Complex 2 slowly isomerizes spontaneously into the corresponding more stable isomer trans-[(PHCy(2))(H)Pt(mu-PCy(2))(mu-H)Pt(PHCy(2)){kappaP-P(O)Cy(2)}](Pt-Pt) (3). DFT calculations indicate that the reaction of 1 with H(2) occurs through an initial heterolytic splitting of the H(2) molecule assisted by the phosphinito oxygen with breaking of the Pt-O bond and hydrogenation of the Pt and O atoms, leading to the formation of the intermediate [(PHCy(2))(H)Pt(mu-PCy(2))Pt(PHCy(2)){kappaP-P(OH)Cy(2)}](Pt-Pt) (D), where the two split hydrogen atoms interact within a six-membered Pt-H...H-O-P-Pt ring. Compound D is a labile intermediate which easily evolves into the final dihydride complex 2 through a facile (9-15 kcal mol(-1), depending on the solvent) hydrogen shift from the phosphinito oxygen to the Pt-Pt bond. Information obtained by addition of para-H(2) on 1 are in agreement with the presence of a heterolytic pathway in the 1 --> 2 transformation. NMR experiments and DFT calculations also gave evidence for the nonclassical dihydrogen complex [(PHCy(2))(eta(2)-H(2))Pt(mu-PCy(2))Pt(PHCy(2)){kappaP-P(O)Cy(2)}](Pt-Pt) (4), which is an intermediate in the dehydrogenation of 2 to 1 and is also involved in intramolecular and intermolecular exchange processes. Experimental and DFT studies showed that the isomerization 2 --> 3 occurs via an intramolecular mechanism essentially consisting of the opening of the Pt-Pt bond and of the hydrogen bridge followed by the rotation of the coordination plane of the Pt center with the terminal hydride ligand.

  4. PT3. [SITE 2002 Section].

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    Thompson, Mary, Ed.; Price, Jerry, Ed.

    This document contains 142 papers on PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology) from the SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) 2002 conference. Topics covered include: a technology in urban education summit; student professional development; meeting NCATE (National Council of Teachers of English) standards;…

  5. Surface termination of CePt5/Pt (111 ): The key to chemical inertness

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    Praetorius, C.; Zinner, M.; Held, G.; Fauth, K.

    2015-11-01

    The surface termination of CePt5/Pt (111 ) is determined experimentally by LEED-IV. In accordance with recent theoretical predictions, a dense Pt terminated surface is being found. Whereas the CePt5 volume lattice comprises Pt kagome layers, additional Pt atoms occupy the associated hole positions at the surface. This finding provides a natural explanation for the remarkable inertness of the CePt5 intermetallic. Implications of the structural relaxations determined by LEED-IV analysis are discussed with regard to observations by scanning tunneling microscopy and electron spectroscopies.

  6. Enzymatic activities produced by mixed Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces cultures: relationship with wine volatile composition.

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    Maturano, Yolanda Paola; Assof, Mariela; Fabani, María Paula; Nally, María Cristina; Jofré, Viviana; Rodríguez Assaf, Leticia Anahí; Toro, María Eugenia; Castellanos de Figueroa, Lucía Inés; Vazquez, Fabio

    2015-11-01

    During certain wine fermentation processes, yeasts, and mainly non-Saccharomyces strains, produce and secrete enzymes such as β-glucosidases, proteases, pectinases, xylanases and amylases. The effects of enzyme activity on the aromatic quality of wines during grape juice fermentation, using different co-inoculation strategies of non-Saccharomyces and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeasts, were assessed in the current study. Three strains with appropriate enological performance and high enzymatic activities, BSc562 (S. cerevisiae), BDv566 (Debaryomyces vanrijiae) and BCs403 (Candida sake), were assayed in pure and mixed Saccharomyces/non-Saccharomyces cultures. β-Glucosidase, pectinase, protease, xylanase and amylase activities were quantified during fermentations. The aromatic profile of pure and mixed cultures was determined at the end of each fermentation. In mixed cultures, non-Saccharomyces species were detected until day 4-5 of the fermentation process, and highest populations were observed in MSD2 (10% S. cerevisiae/90% D. vanrijiae) and MSC1 (1% S. cerevisiae/99% C. sake). According to correlation and multivariate analysis, MSD2 presented the highest concentrations of terpenes and higher alcohols which were associated with pectinase, amylase and xylanase activities. On the other hand, MSC1 high levels of β-glucosidase, proteolytic and xylanolytic activities were correlated to esters and fatty acids. Our study contributes to a better understanding of the effect of enzymatic activities by yeasts on compound transformations that occur during wine fermentation.

  7. Highly active Pt3Pb and core-shell Pt3Pb-Pt electrocatalysts for formic acid oxidation.

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    Kang, Yijin; Qi, Liang; Li, Meng; Diaz, Rosa E; Su, Dong; Adzic, Radoslav R; Stach, Eric; Li, Ju; Murray, Christopher B

    2012-03-27

    Formic acid is a promising chemical fuel for fuel cell applications. However, due to the dominance of the indirect reaction pathway and strong poisoning effects, the development of direct formic acid fuel cells has been impeded by the low activity of existing electrocatalysts at desirable operating voltage. We report the first synthesis of Pt(3)Pb nanocrystals through solution phase synthesis and show they are highly efficient formic acid oxidation electrocatalysts. The activity can be further improved by manipulating the Pt(3)Pb-Pt core-shell structure. Combined experimental and theoretical studies suggest that the high activity from Pt(3)Pb and the Pt-Pb core-shell nanocrystals results from the elimination of CO poisoning and decreased barriers for the dehydrogenation steps. Therefore, the Pt(3)Pb and Pt-Pb core-shell nanocrystals can improve the performance of direct formic acid fuel cells at desired operating voltage to enable their practical application. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  8. Tangential Ultrafiltration of Aqueous "Saccharomyces Cerevisiae" Suspensions

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    Silva, Carlos M.; Neves, Patricia S.; Da Silva, Francisco A.; Xavier, Ana M. R. B.; Eusebio, M. F. J.

    2008-01-01

    Experimental work on ultrafiltration is presented to illustrate the practical and theoretical principles of this separation technique. The laboratory exercise comprises experiments with pure water and with aqueous "Saccharomyces cerevisiae" (from commercial Baker's yeast) suspensions. With this work students detect the characteristic phenomena…

  9. Fatal Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Aortic Graft Infection

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    Meyer, Michael (Technical Monitor); Smith, Davey; Metzgar, David; Wills, Christopher; Fierer, Joshua

    2002-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a yeast commonly used in baking and a frequent colonizer of human mucosal surfaces. It is considered relatively nonpathogenic in immunocompetent adults. We present a case of S. cerevisiae fungemia and aortic graft infection in an immunocompetent adult. This is the first reported case of S. cerevisiue fungemia where the identity of the pathogen was confirmed by rRNA sequencing.

  10. Fatal Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Aortic Graft Infection

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    Meyer, Michael (Technical Monitor); Smith, Davey; Metzgar, David; Wills, Christopher; Fierer, Joshua

    2002-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a yeast commonly used in baking and a frequent colonizer of human mucosal surfaces. It is considered relatively nonpathogenic in immunocompetent adults. We present a case of S. cerevisiae fungemia and aortic graft infection in an immunocompetent adult. This is the first reported case of S. cerevisiue fungemia where the identity of the pathogen was confirmed by rRNA sequencing.

  11. Regulation of Mitotic Exit in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Baro, Bàrbara; Queralt, Ethel; Monje-Casas, Fernando

    2017-01-01

    The Mitotic Exit Network (MEN) is an essential signaling pathway, closely related to the Hippo pathway in mammals, which promotes mitotic exit and initiates cytokinesis in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here, we summarize the current knowledge about the MEN components and their regulation.

  12. Mechanisms of Ethanol Tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a superb ethanol producer, yet is also sensitive to higher ethanol concentrations especially under high gravity or very high gravity fermentation conditions. Ethanol tolerance is associated with interplay of complex networks at the genome level. Although significant eff...

  13. Tangential Ultrafiltration of Aqueous "Saccharomyces Cerevisiae" Suspensions

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    Silva, Carlos M.; Neves, Patricia S.; Da Silva, Francisco A.; Xavier, Ana M. R. B.; Eusebio, M. F. J.

    2008-01-01

    Experimental work on ultrafiltration is presented to illustrate the practical and theoretical principles of this separation technique. The laboratory exercise comprises experiments with pure water and with aqueous "Saccharomyces cerevisiae" (from commercial Baker's yeast) suspensions. With this work students detect the characteristic phenomena…

  14. A halotolerant mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Gaxiola, R; Corona, M; Zinker, S

    1996-01-01

    FRD, a nuclear and dominant spontaneous mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae capable of growing in up to 2 M NaCl, was isolated. Compared with parental cells, the mutant cells have a lower intracellular Na+/K+ ratio, shorter generation times in the presence of 1 M NaCl, and alterations in gene expression. PMID:8631691

  15. Pt-Mg, Pt-Ca, and Pt-Zn Lantern Complexes and Metal-Only Donor-Acceptor Interactions.

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    Baddour, Frederick G; Hyre, Ariel S; Guillet, Jesse L; Pascual, David; Lopez-de-Luzuriaga, José Maria; Alam, Todd M; Bacon, Jeffrey W; Doerrer, Linda H

    2017-01-03

    Pt-based heterobimetallic lantern complexes of the form [PtM(SOCR)4(L)] have been shown previously to form intermolecular metallophilic interactions and engage in antiferromagnetic coupling between lanterns having M atoms with open shell configurations. In order to understand better the influence of the carboxylate bridge and terminal ligand on the electronic structure, as well as the metal-metal interactions within each lantern unit, a series of diamagnetic lantern complexes, [PtMg(SAc)4(OH2)] (1), [PtMg(tba)4(OH2)] (2), [PtCa(tba)4(OH2)] (3), [PtZn(tba)4(OH2)] (4), and a mononuclear control (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5) have been synthesized. Crystallographic data show close Pt-M contacts enforced by the lantern structure in each dinuclear case. (195)Pt-NMR spectroscopy of 1-4, (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5), and several previously reported lanterns revealed a strong chemical shift dependence on the identity of the second metal (M), mild influence by the thiocarboxylate ligand (SOCR; R = CH3 (thioacetate, SAc), C6H5 (thiobenzoate, tba)), and modest influence from the terminal ligand (L). Fluorescence spectroscopy has provided evidence for a Pt···Zn metallophilic interaction in [PtZn(SAc)4(OH2)], and computational studies demonstrate significant dative character. In all of 1-4, the short Pt-M distances suggest that metal-only Lewis donor (Pt)-Lewis acceptor (M) interactions could be present. DFT and NBO calculations, however, show that only the Zn examples have appreciable covalent character, whereas the Mg and Ca complexes are much more ionic.

  16. Tuning magnetic properties of non-collinear magnetization configuration in Pt/[Pt/Co]6/Pt/Co/Pt multilayer structure

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    Kalaycı, Taner; Deger, Caner; Akbulut, Salih; Yildiz, Fikret

    2017-08-01

    In this study, effects of Pt spacer and Co reference layers thickness in [Co/Pt]6/Pt/Co multilayer have been revealed to tailor magnetization directions in non-collinear configuration. Magneto-optic Kerr effect and ferromagnetic resonance techniques were employed to investigate magnetic properties. Bilinear coupling between [Co/Pt]6 and Co layers and anisotropy constants were determined by a micromagnetic simulation based on metropolis algorithm. 3 nm spacer causes ferromagnetic coupling while the samples have 4 and 5 nm spacer are coupled anti-ferromagneticaly. Also, tuning magnetic anisotropy of [Co/Pt]6 layer was accomplished by Co reference layer. It is revealed that controlling of non-collinear states in such systems is possible by variation of thickness of spacer and reference layers and [Co/Pt]6/tPt/tCo trilayer system can be used in multilayered magnetic systems.

  17. PT AND PT/NI "NEEDLE" ELETROCATALYSTS ON CARBON NANOTUBES WITH HIGH ACTIVITY FOR THE ORR

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    Colon-Mercado, H.

    2011-11-10

    Platinum and platinum/nickel alloy electrocatalysts supported on graphitized (gCNT) or nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes (nCNT) are prepared and characterized. Pt deposition onto carbon nanotubes results in Pt 'needle' formations that are 3.5 nm in diameter and {approx}100 nm in length. Subsequent Ni deposition and heat treatment results in PtNi 'needles' with an increased diameter. All Pt and Pt/Ni materials were tested as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The Pt and Pt/Ni catalysts showed excellent performance for the ORR, with the heat treated PtNi/gCNT (1.06 mA/cm{sup 2}) and PtNi/nCNT (0.664 mA/cm{sup 2}) showing the highest activity.

  18. Reversibility of Pt-Skin and Pt-Skeleton Nanostructures in Acidic Media.

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    Durst, Julien; Lopez-Haro, Miguel; Dubau, Laetitia; Chatenet, Marian; Soldo-Olivier, Yvonne; Guétaz, Laure; Bayle-Guillemaud, Pascale; Maillard, Frédéric

    2014-02-06

    Following a well-defined series of acid and heat treatments on a benchmark Pt3Co/C sample, three different nanostructures of interest for the electrocatalysis of the oxygen reduction reaction were tailored. These nanostructures could be sorted into the "Pt-skin" structure, made of one pure Pt overlayer, and the "Pt-skeleton" structure, made of 2-3 Pt overlayers surrounding the Pt-Co alloy core. Using a unique combination of high-resolution aberration-corrected STEM-EELS, XRD, EXAFS, and XANES measurements, we provide atomically resolved pictures of these different nanostructures, including measurement of the Pt-shell thickness forming in acidic media and the resulting changes of the bulk and core chemical composition. It is shown that the Pt-skin is reverted toward the Pt-skeleton upon contact with acid electrolyte. This change in structure causes strong variations of the chemical composition.

  19. [Effects of overexpression of NADH kinase gene on ethanol fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae].

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    Wang, Han; Zhang, Liang; Shi, Guiyang

    2014-09-01

    Glycerol is the main byproduct in ethanol production by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In order to improve ethanol yield and the substrate conversion, a cassette about 4.5 kb for gene homologous recombination, gpd2Δ::PGK1(PT)-POS5-HyBR, was constructed and transformed into the haploid strain S. cerevisiae S1 (MATa) to replace the GPD2 gene by POS5 gene. The NADH kinase gene POS5 was successfully over expressed in the recombinant strain S. cerevisiae S3. Comparing with the parent strain, the recombinant strain S. cerevisiae S3 exhibited an 8% increase in ethanol production and a 33.64% decrease in glycerol production in the conical flask fermentation with an initiatory glucose concentration of 150 g/L. Overexpression of NADH kinase gene seems effective in reducing glycerol production and increasing ethanol yield.

  20. The Role of Pt Complex on the Synthesis of FePt by Polyol Process

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    Aizawa, S.; Tohji, K.; Jeyadevan, B.

    2008-02-25

    Target materials in this experiment were FePt alloy nanoparticles with face-centered tetragonal structure, narrow size distribution, and the size of 6-8 nm. This type of materials was expected to have high recording-density of 1 Tbit/inch{sup 2} with high magnetic anisotropy. In this study, a detailed investigation was carried out to understand the reduction characteristics of Pt complexes, and FePt alloy nanoparticles with diameters larger than 6 nm was try to synthesize. For the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles by using polyol process, three kinds of Pt complexes, namely, H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}, Pt(EDTA), and Pt(acac){sub 2} was used. The size of Pt metal nanoparticles was only few nm in the case of single Pt complex, while it was increased to 7-10 nm in the case of mixed Pt complex and adjusting the reaction temperature increasing ratio. FePt alloy nanoparticles with the diameter of 7-8 nm, distorted shape, and narrow size distribution were successfully synthesized. However, composition ratio of the particle was Fe{sub 12-21}Pt{sub 79-88}, nevertheless the ratio of a Fe:Pt in the original solution was 2:1.

  1. The neglected Pt-N(sulfonamido) bond in Pt chemistry. New fluorophore-containing Pt(II) complexes useful for assessing Pt(II) interactions with biomolecules.

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    Christoforou, Anna Maria; Marzilli, Patricia A; Marzilli, Luigi G

    2006-08-21

    Treatment of cis-Pt(Me2SO)2Cl2 with DNSH-tren afforded [Pt(DNSH-tren)Cl]Cl and with DNSH-dienH, under increasingly more basic conditions, led to Pt(DNSH-dienH)Cl(2), Pt(DNSH-dien)Cl, and Pt(DNS-dien). (DNSH = 5-(dimethylamino)naphthalene-1-sulfonyl, linked via a sulfonamide group to tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (DNSH-tren) and diethylenetriamine (DNSH-dienH); the H's in DNSH-dienH designate protons sometimes lost upon Pt binding, i.e., sulfonamide NH for the dienH moiety and H8 for the DNSH moiety). Respectively, the three neutral DNSH-dienH-derived complexes are difunctional, monofunctional, and nonfunctional and exhibit decreasing fluorescence in this order as the dansyl group distance to Pt decreases. 2D NMR data establish that Pt(DNS-dien) has a Pt-C8 bond and a Pt-N(sulfonamido) bond. Pt(DNSH-dien)Cl and [Pt(DNSH-tren)Cl]Cl bind to N7 of 6-oxopurines (e.g., 5'-GMP, 3'-IMP, and 9-ethylguanine) and sulfur of methionine (met). Competition and challenge reactions for Pt(II) with met and 5'-GMP typically reveal that met binding is favored kinetically but that 5'-GMP binding is favored thermodynamically. This common type of behavior was found for [Pt(DNSH-tren)Cl]Cl. In contrast, Pt(DNSH-dien)Cl had reduced kinetic selectivity for met. This unusual behavior undoubtedly arises as a consequence of the bound Pt-N(sulfonamido) group, which donates strongly to Pt (as indicated by relatively upfield dien NH signals) and which places the bulky DNSH moiety close to the monofunctional reaction site. The decrease in the relatively upfield shifts of the DNSH group signals indicates that this group stacks with the purine. This stacking could explain the unprecedented, relatively low reactivity of a Pt complex bearing a dien-type ligand toward met vs 5'-GMP.

  2. Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces Competition during Microvinification under Different Sugar and Nitrogen Conditions

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    Lleixà, Jessica; Manzano, Maria; Mas, Albert; Portillo, María del C.

    2016-01-01

    The inoculation of wines with autochthonous yeast allows obtaining complex wines with a peculiar microbial footprint characteristic from a wine region. Mixed inoculation of non-Saccharomyces yeasts and S. cerevisiae is of interest for the wine industry for technological and sensory reasons. However, the interactions between these yeasts are not well understood, especially those regarding the availability of nutrients. The aim of the present study was to analyze the effect of nitrogen and sugar concentration on the evolution of mixed yeast populations on controlled laboratory-scale fermentations monitored by density, plate culturing, PCR-DGGE and sugar and nitrogen consumption. Furthermore, the effect of the time of inoculation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae respect the initial co-inoculation of three non-Saccharomyces yeasts was evaluated over the evolution of fermentation. Our results have shown that S. cerevisiae inoculation during the first 48 h conferred a stabilizing effect over the fermentations with non-Saccharomyces strains tested and, generally, reduced yeast diversity at the end of the fermentation. On the other hand, nitrogen limitation increased the time of fermentation and also the proportion of non-Saccharomyces yeasts at mid and final fermentation. High sugar concentration resulted in different proportions of the inoculated yeast depending on the time of S. cerevisiae inoculation. This work emphasizes the importance of the concentration of nutrients on the evolution of mixed fermentations and points to the optimal conditions for a stable fermentation in which the inoculated yeasts survived until the end. PMID:27994585

  3. Low Pt content direct methanol fuel cell anode catalyst: nanophase PtRuNiZr

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    Narayanan, Sekharipuram R. (Inventor); Whitacre, Jay F. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method for the preparation of a metallic material having catalytic activity that includes synthesizing a material composition comprising a metal content with a lower Pt content than a binary alloy containing Pt but that displays at least a comparable catalytic activity on a per mole Pt basis as the binary alloy containing Pt; and evaluating a representative sample of the material composition to ensure that the material composition displays a property of at least a comparable catalytic activity on a per mole Pt basis as a representative binary alloy containing Pt. Furthermore, metallic compositions are disclosed that possess substantial resistance to corrosive acids.

  4. Direct Determination of the Ionization Energies of PtC, PtO, and PtO2 with VUVRadiation

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    Citir, Murat; Metz, Ricardo B.; Belau, Leonid; Ahmed, Musahid

    2008-07-21

    Photoionization efficiency curves were measured for gas-phase PtC, PtO, and PtO2 using tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at the Advanced Light Source. The molecules were prepared by laser ablation of a platinum tube, followed by reaction with CH4 or N2O and supersonic expansion. These measurements providethe first directly measured ionization energy for PtC, IE(PtC) = 9.45 +- 0.05 eV. The direct measurement also gives greatly improved ionization energies for the platinum oxides, IE(PtO) = 10.0 +- 0.1 eV and IE(PtO2) = 11.35 +- 0.05 eV. The ionization energy connects the dissociation energies of the neutral and cation, leading to greatly improved 0 K bond dissociation energies for the neutrals: D0(Pt-C) = 5.95 +- 0.07 eV, D0(Pt-O)= 4.30 +- 0.12 eV, and D0(OPt-O) = 4.41 +- 0.13 eV, as well as enthalpies of formation for the gas-phase molecules Delta H0 f,0(PtC(g)) = 701 +- 7 kJ/mol, Delta H0f,0(PtO(g)) = 396 +- 12 kJ/mol, and Delta H0f,0(PtO2(g)) = 218 +- 11 kJ/mol. Much of the error in previous Knudsen cell measurements of platinum oxide bond dissociation energies is due to the use of thermodynamic second law extrapolations. Third law values calculated using statistical mechanical thermodynamic functions are in much better agreement with values obtained from ionization energies and ion energetics. These experiments demonstrate that laser ablation production with direct VUV ionization measurements is a versatile tool to measure ionization energies and bond dissociation energies for catalytically interesting species such as metal oxides and carbides.

  5. Genomic Insights into the Saccharomyces sensu stricto Complex

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    Borneman, Anthony R.; Pretorius, Isak S.

    2015-01-01

    The Saccharomyces sensu stricto group encompasses species ranging from the industrially ubiquitous yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to those that are confined to geographically limited environmental niches. The wealth of genomic data that are now available for the Saccharomyces genus is providing unprecedented insights into the genomic processes that can drive speciation and evolution, both in the natural environment and in response to human-driven selective forces during the historical “domestication” of these yeasts for baking, brewing, and winemaking. PMID:25657346

  6. The Saccharomyces Genome Database Variant Viewer

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    Sheppard, Travis K.; Hitz, Benjamin C.; Engel, Stacia R.; Song, Giltae; Balakrishnan, Rama; Binkley, Gail; Costanzo, Maria C.; Dalusag, Kyla S.; Demeter, Janos; Hellerstedt, Sage T.; Karra, Kalpana; Nash, Robert S.; Paskov, Kelley M.; Skrzypek, Marek S.; Weng, Shuai; Wong, Edith D.; Cherry, J. Michael

    2016-01-01

    The Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD; http://www.yeastgenome.org) is the authoritative community resource for the Saccharomyces cerevisiae reference genome sequence and its annotation. In recent years, we have moved toward increased representation of sequence variation and allelic differences within S. cerevisiae. The publication of numerous additional genomes has motivated the creation of new tools for their annotation and analysis. Here we present the Variant Viewer: a dynamic open-source web application for the visualization of genomic and proteomic differences. Multiple sequence alignments have been constructed across high quality genome sequences from 11 different S. cerevisiae strains and stored in the SGD. The alignments and summaries are encoded in JSON and used to create a two-tiered dynamic view of the budding yeast pan-genome, available at http://www.yeastgenome.org/variant-viewer. PMID:26578556

  7. "Malonate uptake and metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae".

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    Chen, Wei Ning; Tan, Kee Yang

    2013-09-01

    Malonyl-CoA plays an important role in the synthesis and elongation of fatty acids in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Malonyl-CoA is at a low concentration inside the cell and is produced mainly from acetyl-CoA through the enzyme acetyl-CoA carboxylase. It would be beneficial to find an alternative source of malonyl-CoA to increase its intracellular concentration and overall synthesis of the fatty acids. MatB gene from the bacteria Rhizobium leguminosarium bv. trifolii encodes for a malonyl-CoA synthetase which catalyzes the formation of the malonyl-CoA directly from malonate and CoA. However, results from high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) proved that Saccharomyces cerevisiae itself does not contain enough cytoplasmic malonate within them and is unable to uptake exogenously supplied malonate in the form of malonic acid. A dicarboxylic acid plasma membrane transporter with the ability to uptake exogenous malonic acid was identified from another species of yeast known as Schizosaccharomyces pombe and the gene encoding this transporter is identified as the mae1 gene. From the experiments thus far, the mae1 gene had been successfully cloned and transformed into Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The expression and functional ability of the encoded plasma membrane dicarboxylic acid transporter were also demonstrated and verified using specialized technologies such as RT-PCR, yeast immunofluorescence, HPLC, and LC-MS.

  8. PT-symmetric slowing down of decoherence

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    Gardas, Bartlomiej; Deffner, Sebastian; Saxena, Avadh Behari

    2016-10-27

    Here, we invesmore » tigate PT-symmetric quantum systems ultraweakly coupled to an environment. We find that such open systems evolve under PT-symmetric, purely dephasing and unital dynamics. The dynamical map describing the evolution is then determined explicitly using a quantum canonical transformation. Furthermore, we provide an explanation of why PT-symmetric dephasing-type interactions lead to a critical slowing down of decoherence. This effect is further exemplified with an experimentally relevant system, a PT-symmetric qubit easily realizable, e.g., in optical or microcavity experiments.« less

  9. Scattering in PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

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    Cannata, Francesco . E-mail: Francesco.Cannata@bo.infn.it; Dedonder, Jean-Pierre . E-mail: dedonder@paris7.jussieu.fr; Ventura, Alberto . E-mail: Alberto.Ventura@bologna.enea.it

    2007-02-15

    A general formalism is worked out for the description of one-dimensional scattering in non-hermitian quantum mechanics and constraints on transmission and reflection coefficients are derived in the cases of P, T or PT invariance of the Hamiltonian. Applications to some solvable PT-symmetric potentials are shown in detail. Our main original results concern the association of reflectionless potentials with asymptotic exact PT symmetry and the peculiarities of separable kernels of non-local potentials in connection with Hermiticity, T invariance and PT invariance.

  10. High-performance core-shell PdPt@Pt/C catalysts via decorating PdPt alloy cores with Pt

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    Wu, Yan-Ni; Liao, Shi-Jun; Liang, Zhen-Xing; Yang, Li-Jun; Wang, Rong-Fang

    A core-shell structured low-Pt catalyst, PdPt@Pt/C, with high performance towards both methanol anodic oxidation and oxygen cathodic reduction, as well as in a single hydrogen/air fuel cell, is prepared by a novel two-step colloidal approach. For the anodic oxidation of methanol, the catalyst shows three times higher activity than commercial Tanaka 50 wt% Pt/C catalyst; furthermore, the ratio of forward current I f to backward current I b is high up to 1.04, whereas for general platinum catalysts the ratio is only ca. 0.70, indicating that this PdPt@Pt/C catalyst has high activity towards methanol anodic oxidation and good tolerance to the intermediates of methanol oxidation. The catalyst is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The core-shell structure of the catalyst is revealed by XRD and TEM, and is also supported by underpotential deposition of hydrogen (UPDH). The high performance of the PdPt@Pt/C catalyst may make it a promising and competitive low-Pt catalyst for hydrogen fueled polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) or direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) applications.

  11. PT-symmetric mode-locking.

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    Longhi, S

    2016-10-01

    Parity-time (PT) symmetry is one of the most important accomplishments in optics over the past decade. Here the concept of PT mode-locking (ML) of a laser is introduced, in which active phase-locking of cavity axial modes is realized by asymmetric mode coupling in a complex time crystal. PT ML shows a transition from single- to double-pulse emission as the PT symmetry breaking point is crossed. The transition can show a turbulent behavior, depending on a dimensionless modulation parameter that plays the same role as the Reynolds number in hydrodynamic flows.

  12. The effect of Pt content on NiPtAl coatings

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    Haynes, James A; Pint, Bruce A; Zhang, Ying; Wright, Ian G

    2008-01-01

    This study investigated the impact of Pt content on the coating composition and subsequent oxidation behavior of gamma/gamma-prime NiPtAl coatings. Gamma/gamma-prime diffusion coatings were fabricated by vacuum annealing electroplated Pt on single-crystal and directionally-solidified superalloy substrates. Specimens with 7 and 12 m thickness Pt were annealed at 1100 or 1175oC. Coating compositions were characterized to evaluate distribution of Pt and Al as a function of annealing temperature and Pt thickness. Selected coatings fabricated from 7 and 12 m Pt were evaluated in cyclic oxidation at 1100 and 1150oC. Coatings with higher Pt contents showed improvements in spallation resistance at both 1100 and 1150oC, particularly on superalloys with higher Hf and S contents.

  13. Structure and magnetic property of the FePt/CrPt bilayer.

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    Wang, Xiaoyu; Wang, Hai; Jiang, Hongwei; Wang, Peijie; Wang, Jinliang

    2012-02-01

    In this work we have studied the growth sequence of L10-CrPt antiferromagnetic layer effects on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt/CrPt bilayer. The microstructure characteristics were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and the magnetic properties were measured at room temperature by using a vibrating sample magnetometer. Structural analysis showed that the low-temperature ordering and the in-plane orientation of the FePt layer with the CrPt underlayer were promoted due to lattice mismatch optimized after annealing at 350 degrees. Meanwhile, magnetic analysis also revealed that the FePt/CrPt bilayer had much larger exchange bias (H(E)) and higher coercivity (Hc) when the CrPt layer was as the underlayer after annealing at 350 degrees.

  14. Atomic scale deposition of Pt around Au nanoparticles to achieve much enhanced electrocatalysis of Pt

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    Xi, Zheng; Lv, Haifeng; Erdosy, Daniel P.; ...

    2017-05-07

    Here, we report an electrochemical method to deposit atomic scale Pt on a 5 nm Au nanoparticle (NP) surface in N2-saturated 0.5 M H2SO4. Furthermore, Pt is provided by the Pt wire counter electrode via one-step Pt wire oxidation, dissolution, and deposition realized by controlled electrochemical scanning. Scanning from 0.6–1.0 V (vs. RHE) for 10 000 cycles gives Au98.2Pt1.8, which serves as an excellent catalyst for the formic acid oxidation reaction, showing 41 times higher specific activity (20.19 mA cm-2) and 25 times higher mass activity (10.80 A mgPt-1) with much better CO-tolerance and stability than commercial Pt. This workmore » demonstrates a unique strategy to minimize the use of Pt as a catalyst for electrochemical reactions.« less

  15. The ecology and evolution of non-domesticated Saccharomyces species

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    Boynton, Primrose J; Greig, Duncan

    2014-01-01

    Yeast researchers need model systems for ecology and evolution, but the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is not ideal because its evolution has been affected by domestication. Instead, ecologists and evolutionary biologists are focusing on close relatives of S. cerevisiae, the seven species in the genus Saccharomyces. The best-studied Saccharomyces yeast, after S. cerevisiae, is S. paradoxus, an oak tree resident throughout the northern hemisphere. In addition, several more members of the genus Saccharomyces have recently been discovered. Some Saccharomyces species are only found in nature, while others include both wild and domesticated strains. Comparisons between domesticated and wild yeasts have pinpointed hybridization, introgression and high phenotypic diversity as signatures of domestication. But studies of wild Saccharomyces natural history, biogeography and ecology are only beginning. Much remains to be understood about wild yeasts' ecological interactions and life cycles in nature. We encourage researchers to continue to investigate Saccharomyces yeasts in nature, both to place S. cerevisiae biology into its ecological context and to develop the genus Saccharomyces as a model clade for ecology and evolution. © 2014 The Authors. Yeast published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. PMID:25242436

  16. Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanopeanuts

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    Zhang, Xuemei; Xia, Zengzilu; Huang, Yingzhou; Jia, Yunpeng; Sun, Xiaonan; Li, Yu; Li, Xueming; Wu, Rui; Liu, Anping; Qi, Xueqiang; Wang, Shuxia; Wen, Weijia

    2016-08-01

    Exploring the novel shape of Pt nanoparticles is one of the most useful ways to improve the electrocatalytic performance of Pt in fuel cells. In this work, the Pt nanopeanuts consisting of two nanospheres grown together have been fabricated through a two-step polyol method. The high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectrum collected at adjacent part point out the Pt nanopeanut is apparently different from the two physical attached nanospheres. To understand the growth mechanism of this nanopeanut, the final products in different synthesis situations are studied. The results indicate the interesting morphology of Pt nanopeanuts mainly benefit from the chemical reagent (FeCl3) while the size and homogeneity are greatly affected by the temperature. Furthermore, the electrocatalytic activity of the Pt nanopeanuts has also been demonstrated here. Our two-step synthesis of Pt nanopeanuts not only enlarges the group of Pt nanoparticles, but also provides a beneficial strategy for the synthesis of novel metal nanoparticles.

  17. AN ANIMAL MODEL OF PLATINUM (PT) HYPERSENSITIVITY

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    Exposure to Pt salts has been associated with occupational asthma. Pt, the most active component and widely used metal in catalytic converters, is released in automobile exhaust and is a proposed diesel fuel additive. Thus, with the potential for widespread environmental distrib...

  18. Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanopeanuts

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    Zhang, Xuemei; Xia, Zengzilu; Huang, Yingzhou; Jia, Yunpeng; Sun, Xiaonan; Li, Yu; Li, Xueming; Wu, Rui; Liu, Anping; Qi, Xueqiang; Wang, Shuxia; Wen, Weijia

    2016-01-01

    Exploring the novel shape of Pt nanoparticles is one of the most useful ways to improve the electrocatalytic performance of Pt in fuel cells. In this work, the Pt nanopeanuts consisting of two nanospheres grown together have been fabricated through a two-step polyol method. The high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectrum collected at adjacent part point out the Pt nanopeanut is apparently different from the two physical attached nanospheres. To understand the growth mechanism of this nanopeanut, the final products in different synthesis situations are studied. The results indicate the interesting morphology of Pt nanopeanuts mainly benefit from the chemical reagent (FeCl3) while the size and homogeneity are greatly affected by the temperature. Furthermore, the electrocatalytic activity of the Pt nanopeanuts has also been demonstrated here. Our two-step synthesis of Pt nanopeanuts not only enlarges the group of Pt nanoparticles, but also provides a beneficial strategy for the synthesis of novel metal nanoparticles. PMID:27528078

  19. Nonlinear waves in PT -symmetric systems

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    Konotop, Vladimir V.; Yang, Jianke; Zezyulin, Dmitry A.

    2016-07-01

    Recent progress on nonlinear properties of parity-time (PT )-symmetric systems is comprehensively reviewed in this article. PT symmetry started out in non-Hermitian quantum mechanics, where complex potentials obeying PT symmetry could exhibit all-real spectra. This concept later spread out to optics, Bose-Einstein condensates, electronic circuits, and many other physical fields, where a judicious balancing of gain and loss constitutes a PT -symmetric system. The natural inclusion of nonlinearity into these PT systems then gave rise to a wide array of new phenomena which have no counterparts in traditional dissipative systems. Examples include the existence of continuous families of nonlinear modes and integrals of motion, stabilization of nonlinear modes above PT -symmetry phase transition, symmetry breaking of nonlinear modes, distinctive soliton dynamics, and many others. In this article, nonlinear PT -symmetric systems arising from various physical disciplines are presented, nonlinear properties of these systems are thoroughly elucidated, and relevant experimental results are described. In addition, emerging applications of PT symmetry are pointed out.

  20. AN ANIMAL MODEL OF PLATINUM (PT) HYPERSENSITIVITY

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    Exposure to Pt salts has been associated with occupational asthma. Pt, the most active component and widely used metal in catalytic converters, is released in automobile exhaust and is a proposed diesel fuel additive. Thus, with the potential for widespread environmental distrib...

  1. Metrology with PT-Symmetric Cavities: Enhanced Sensitivity near the PT-Phase Transition.

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    Liu, Zhong-Peng; Zhang, Jing; Özdemir, Şahin Kaya; Peng, Bo; Jing, Hui; Lü, Xin-You; Li, Chun-Wen; Yang, Lan; Nori, Franco; Liu, Yu-Xi

    2016-09-09

    We propose and analyze a new approach based on parity-time (PT) symmetric microcavities with balanced gain and loss to enhance the performance of cavity-assisted metrology. We identify the conditions under which PT-symmetric microcavities allow us to improve sensitivity beyond what is achievable in loss-only systems. We discuss the application of PT-symmetric microcavities to the detection of mechanical motion, and show that the sensitivity is significantly enhanced near the transition point from unbroken- to broken-PT regimes. Our results open a new direction for PT-symmetric physical systems and it may find use in ultrahigh precision metrology and sensing.

  2. Structure and magnetic properties of electrodeposited CoPtP/Pt multilayer nanowires

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    Agarwal, Shivani; Hashmi, S. A.; Nandan, Bhanu; Patra, Ajit Kumar; Singh, Ravi Prakash; Chelvane, J. Arout; Khatri, Manvendra Singh

    2017-09-01

    CoPtP/Pt multilayered nanowires were fabricated by pulse electrodeposition technique into the AAO templates. The electrolyte was based on CoSO4·7H2O, H2PtCl6 and NaHPO2. The morphology and structure of nanowires was studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The CoPtP/Pt multilayer nanowires exhibit hard magnetic properties with a coercivity of 1.16 kOe, when the applied field is parallel to axis of nanowires. The increase in coercivity is primarily associated with presence of phosphorous, which controls the grain size of nanowires.

  3. Optical second harmonic generation from Pt nanowires

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    Hayashi, N.; Aratake, K.; Okushio, R.; Iwai, T.; Sugawara, A.; Sano, H.; Mizutani, G.

    2007-09-01

    We have measured optical second harmonic intensity from arrays of Pt nanowires of 20 nm and 9 nm average widths, as a function of the incident and output light polarizations, the azimuthal angle, and the excitation photon energy. The nanowires were fabricated through shadow deposition on self-organized NaCl(1 1 0) faceted templates. The anisotropy of the SH intensity from the Pt nanowires was found to be stronger than that from the Au nanowires reported previously. The effective nonlinear susceptibility element χ222(2), with the suffix 2 indicating the direction [1 1¯ 0], was observed for Pt nanowires, although it was not observed for Au nanowires. This difference is suggested to be due to the weaker suppression of the incident fundamental fields by the depolarization field in the Pt nanowires and the larger anisotropy in the nonlinearity of Pt nanowires due to the thinner widths.

  4. Saccharomyces cerevisiae oesophagitis in a patient with oesophageal carcinoma.

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    Kliemann, Dimas Alexandre; Antonello, Vicente Sperb; Severo, Luis Carlos; Pasqualotto, Alessandro Comarú

    2011-07-04

    Saccharomyces species are emerging opportunistic fungal pathogens that can cause bloodstream infections in humans. These infections have often been associated with the ingestion of probiotics. Saccharomyces oesophagitis is a rare condition which has been described so far in only two publications. Here we report the case of a patient who was diagnosed with Saccharomyces oesophagitis. The clinical picture was indistinguishable from that of Candida oesophagitis. The Saccharomyces isolate was shown to be susceptible to fluconazole by both CLSI M27-A and disk diffusion methods. In contrast to cases of fungaemia, Saccharomyces oesophagitis does not seem to follow probiotic use. Due to the potential for antifungal resistance among emerging fungal pathogens, proper mycological identification at the species level is essential.

  5. Surface-effect enhanced magneto-electric coupling in FePt/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructures

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    Yang, Y. T.; Li, J.; Peng, X. L.; Hong, B.; Wang, X. Q.; Ge, H. L.; Wang, D. H.; Du, Y. W.

    2017-05-01

    A series of FePt films with different film thickness are deposited on Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) substrates. A standard symmetric `Butterfly' shaped Δ M /M -Ed c loops is obtained in 8 nm FePt/PMN-PT heterostrucuture via strain mediated magnetoelectric coupling. For the 3 nm FePt/PMN-PT heterostructure, the loop-like in-plane magnetization (M) -E curve shares a similar shape with the electric polarization of PMN-PT as a function of electric field. The value of MS shows a dramatic change of 30.9% with Edc changing from 0 to 8 kV/cm, this giant magnetoelectric effect in 3 nm FePt/PMN-PT heterostructure results from the remnant polarization induced charge on FePt/PMN-PT interface via the screening charge effect. The enhanced magnetoelectric coupling in thin magnetic/ferroelectric heterostructures opens a promising avenue for the design of ultralow power magnetoelectric devices and information storage devices.

  6. Electrochemical study of the Pt and Pt-Ni upon multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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    Mohammed, Norani Muti; Mumtaz, Asad; Ansari, Muhammad Shahid; Ahmad, Riaz

    2016-11-01

    Direct methanol fuel cells have attracted great interest in the recent development of portable devices. New routes are being developed for synthesizing the catalysts used in the methanol oxidation. In this work, the electrochemical behavior of the Pt and Pt-Ni upon multiwalled carbon nanotubes, synthesized via a new modified route, has been studied. The results showed that Pt-Ni 10% has the comparable current density to the Pt 20%-loading which is nearly 3 times greater than 10% Pt loading. The transfer of the polarization curve of Pt-Ni 10% towards lower polarization region following the catalyst with 20% Pt loading indicates the higher activity of the nano-electro-catalysts in the alkaline media. Also the long term efficiency and activity of the Pt-Ni with 10% loading is nearly reaching the 20% Pt-loading which is almost 10 folds greater than the 10% Pt loading. The study revealed that Ni in Pt-based nanoalloy impart not only an enhanced activity but also better durability of catalyst in direct methanol fuel cell applications.

  7. Tailoring Curie temperature and magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films

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    Parakkat, Vineeth Mohanan; Ganesh, K. R.; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2016-05-15

    The dependence of perpendicular magnetization and Curie temperature (T{sub c}) of Pt/Co/Pt thin films on the thicknesses of Pt seed (Pt{sub s}) and presence of Ta buffer layer has been investigated in this work. Pt and Co thicknesses were varied between 2 to 8 nm and 0.35 to 1.31 nm (across the spin reorientation transition thickness) respectively and the T{sub c} was measured using SQUID magnetometer. We have observed a systematic dependence of T{sub c} on the thickness of Pt{sub s}. For 8 nm thickness of Pt{sub s} the Co layer of 0.35 nm showed ferromagnetism with perpendicular anisotropy at room temperature. As the thickness of the Pt{sub s} was decreased to 2 nm, the T{sub c} went down below 250 K. XRD data indicated polycrystalline growth of Pt{sub s} on SiO{sub 2}. On the contrary Ta buffer layer promoted the growth of Pt(111). As a consequence Ta(5 nm)/Pt(3 nm)/Co(0.35 nm)/Pt(2 nm) had much higher T{sub c} (above 300 K) with perpendicular anisotropy when compared to the same stack without the Ta layer. Thus we could tune the ferromagnetic T{sub c} and anisotropy by varying the Pt{sub s} thickness and also by introducing Ta buffer layer. We attribute these observations to the micro-structural evolution of Pt{sub s} layer which hosts the Co layer.

  8. Replicative and chronological aging in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Longo, Valter D; Shadel, Gerald S; Kaeberlein, Matt; Kennedy, Brian

    2012-07-03

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae has directly or indirectly contributed to the identification of arguably more mammalian genes that affect aging than any other model organism. Aging in yeast is assayed primarily by measurement of replicative or chronological life span. Here, we review the genes and mechanisms implicated in these two aging model systems and key remaining issues that need to be addressed for their optimization. Because of its well-characterized genome that is remarkably amenable to genetic manipulation and high-throughput screening procedures, S. cerevisiae will continue to serve as a leading model organism for studying pathways relevant to human aging and disease.

  9. Biotechnological implications of filamentation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Ceccato-Antonini, Sandra Regina

    2008-07-01

    The genetics governing the morphological switch from round or ovoid cells to filamentous growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has received significant interest in relation to sensing and signaling pathways as well as the control of cell processes including budding, elongation and adhesion. Little is known about the environmental signals which trigger these morphological changes from a biotechnological point of view. This review aims to highlight the main causes of filamentous growth in S. cerevisiae in its industrial setting with the purpose of stimulating additional studies within this field.

  10. [Engineering Saccharomyces cerevisiae for sclareol production].

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    Yang, Wei; Zhou, Yongjin; Liu, Wujun; Shen, Hongwei; Zhao, Zongbao K

    2013-08-01

    Sclareol is a member of labdane type diterpenes mostly used as fragrance ingredient. To enable microbial production of sclareol, synthetic pathways were constructed by incorporating labdenediol diphosphate synthase (LPPS) and terpene synthase (TPS) of the plant Salvia sclarea into Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It was found that sclareol production could be benefited by overexpression of key enzyme for precursor biosynthesis, construction of fusion protein for substrate channeling, and removal of signal peptides from LPPS and TPS. Under optimal shake flask culture conditions, strain S6 produced 8.96 mg/L sclareol. These results provided useful information for development of heterologous hosts for production of terpenoids.

  11. Mitochondrial fission facilitates mitophagy in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Mao, Kai; Klionsky, Daniel J

    2013-11-01

    As a highly dynamic organelle, mitochondria undergo constitutive fusion and fission as well as biogenesis and degradation. Mitophagy, selective mitochondrial degradation through autophagy, is a conserved cellular process used for the elimination of excessive and damaged mitochondria in eukaryotes. Despite the significance of mitophagy in cellular physiology and pathophysiologies, the underlying mechanism of this process is far from clear. In this report, we studied the role of mitochondrial fission during mitophagy, and uncover a direct link between the fission complex and mitophagy machinery in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

  12. Components of microtubular structures in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Pillus, L; Solomon, F

    1986-01-01

    Most studies of cytoskeletal organelles have concentrated on molecular analyses of abundant and biochemically accessible structures. In many of the classical cases, however, the nature of the system chosen has precluded a concurrent genetic analysis. The mitotic spindle of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one example of an organelle that can be studied by both classical and molecular genetics. We show here that this microtubule structure also can be examined biochemically. The spindle can be isolated by selective extractions of yeast cells by using adaptations of methods successfully applied to animal cells. In this way, microtubule-associated proteins of the yeast spindle are identified. Images PMID:3517870

  13. Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Korbekandi, Hassan; Mohseni, Soudabeh; Mardani Jouneghani, Rasoul; Pourhossein, Meraj; Iravani, Siavash

    2016-01-01

    The objectives of this study were the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (NPs) by biotransformations using Saccharomyces cerevisiae and analysis of the sizes and shapes of the NPs produced. Dried and freshly cultured S. cerevisiae were used as the biocatalyst. Dried yeast synthesized few NPs, but freshly cultured yeast produced a large amount of them. Silver NPs were spherical, 2-20 nm in diameter, and the NPs with the size of 5.4 nm were the most frequent ones. NPs were seen inside the cells, within the cell membrane, attached to the cell membrane during the exocytosis, and outside of the cells.

  14. Fatty Acid Synthetase of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Klein, Harold P.; Volkmann, Carol M.; Chao, Fu-Chuan

    1967-01-01

    A light particle fraction of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, obtained from the crude ribosomal material, and containing the fatty acid synthetase, consisted primarily of 27S and 47S components. This fraction has a protein-ribonucleic acid ratio of about 13. Electron micrographs showed particles ranging in diameter between 100 and 300 A in this material. By use of density gradient analysis, the fatty acid synthetase was found in the 47S component. This component contained particles which were predominantly 300 A in diameter and which were considerably flatter than ribosomes, and it consisted almost entirely of protein. Images PMID:6025308

  15. Reduction of Pt2+ species in model Pt-CeO2 fuel cell catalysts upon reaction with methanol

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    Neitzel, Armin; Johánek, Viktor; Lykhach, Yaroslava; Skála, Tomáš; Tsud, Nataliya; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Matolín, Vladimír; Libuda, Jörg

    2016-11-01

    The stability of atomically dispersed Pt2+ species on the surface of nanostructured CeO2 films during the reaction with methanol has been investigated by means of synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy and resonant photoemission spectroscopy. The isolated Pt2+ species were prepared at low Pt concentration in Pt-CeO2 film. Additionally, Pt2+ species coexisting with metallic Pt particles were prepared at high Pt concentration. We found that adsorption of methanol yields similar decomposition products regardless of Pt concentration in Pt-CeO2 films. A small number of oxygen vacancies formed during the methanol decomposition can be replenished in the Pt-CeO2 film with low Pt concentration by diffusion of oxygen from the bulk. In the presence of supported Pt particles, a higher number of oxygen vacancies leads to a partial reduction of the Pt2+ species. The isolated Pt2+ species are reduced under rather strongly reducing conditions only, i.e. during annealing under continuous exposure to methanol. Reduction of isolated Pt2+ species results in the formation of ultra-small Pt particles containing around 25 atoms per particle or less. Such ultra-small Pt particles demonstrate excellent stability against sintering during annealing of Pt-CeO2 film with low Pt concentration under reducing conditions.

  16. Thermotolerant Kluyveromyces marxianus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains representing potentials for bioethanol production from Jerusalem artichoke by consolidated bioprocessing.

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    Hu, Nan; Yuan, Bo; Sun, Juan; Wang, Shi-An; Li, Fu-Li

    2012-09-01

    Thermotolerant inulin-utilizing yeast strains are desirable for ethanol production from Jerusalem artichoke tubers by consolidated bioprocessing (CBP). To obtain such strains, 21 naturally occurring yeast strains isolated by using an enrichment method and 65 previously isolated Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains were investigated in inulin utilization, extracellular inulinase activity, and ethanol fermentation from inulin and Jerusalem artichoke tuber flour at 40 °C. The strains Kluyveromyces marxianus PT-1 (CGMCC AS2.4515) and S. cerevisiae JZ1C (CGMCC AS2.3878) presented the highest extracellular inulinase activity and ethanol yield in this study. The highest ethanol concentration in Jerusalem artichoke tuber flour fermentation (200 g L(-1)) at 40 °C achieved by K. marxianus PT-1 and S. cerevisiae JZ1C was 73.6 and 65.2 g L(-1), which corresponded to the theoretical ethanol yield of 90.0 and 79.7 %, respectively. In the range of 30 to 40 °C, temperature did not have a significant effect on ethanol production for both strains. This study displayed the distinctive superiority of K. marxianus PT-1 and S. cerevisiae JZ1C in the thermotolerance and utilization of inulin-type oligosaccharides reserved in Jerusalem artichoke tubers. It is proposed that both K. marxianus and S. cerevisiae have considerable potential in ethanol production from Jerusalem artichoke tubers by a high temperature CBP.

  17. Synthetic Ubiquinones Specifically Bind to Mitochondrial Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel 1 (VDAC1) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Mitochondria.

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    Murai, Masatoshi; Okuda, Ayaka; Yamamoto, Takenori; Shinohara, Yasuo; Miyoshi, Hideto

    2017-01-31

    The role of the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) as a metabolic gate of the mitochondrial outer membrane has been firmly established; however, its involvement in the regulation of mitochondrial permeability transition (PT) remains extremely controversial. Although some low-molecular-weight chemicals have been proposed to modulate the regulatory role of VDAC in the induction of PT, direct binding between these chemicals and VDAC has not yet been demonstrated. In the present study, we investigated whether the ubiquinone molecule directly binds to VDAC in Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondria through a photoaffinity labeling technique using two photoreactive ubiquinones (PUQ-1 and PUQ-2). The results of the labeling experiments demonstrated that PUQ-1 and PUQ-2 specifically bind to VDAC1 and that the labeled position is located in the C-terminal region Phe221-Lys234, connecting the 15th and 16th β-strand sheets. Mutations introduced in this region (R224A, Y225A, D228A, and Y225A/D228A) hardly affected the binding affinity of PUQ-1. PUQ-1 and PUQ-2 both significantly suppressed the Ca(2+)-induced mitochondrial PT (monitored by mitochondrial swelling) at the one digit μM level. Thus, the results of the present study provided, for the first time to our knowledge, direct evidence indicating that the ubiquinone molecule specifically binds to VDAC1 through its quinone-head ring.

  18. Axisymmetric photonic structures with PT-symmetry

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    Ahmed, Waqas W.; Herrero, Ramon; Botey, Muriel; Staliunas, Kestutis

    2016-09-01

    PT-symmetric structures in photonic crystals, combining refractive index and gain-loss modulations is becoming a research field with increasing interest due to the light directionality induced by these particular potentials. Here, we consider PT-symmetric potentials with axial symmetry to direct light to the crystal central point obtaining a localization effect. The axial and PT-symmetric potential intrinsically generates an exceptional central point in the photonic crystal by the merge of both symmetries. This particular point in the crystal lattice causes field amplitude gradients with exponential slopes around the crystal center. The field localization strongly depends on the phase of the central point and on the complex amplitude of the PT-potential. The presented work analyzes in a first stage 1D linear PT-axisymmetric crystals and the role of the central point phase that determines the defect character, i.e. refractive index defect, gain-loss defect or a combination of both. The interplay of the directional light effect induced by the PT-symmetry and the light localization around the central point through the axial symmetry enhances localization and allows higher field concentration for certain phases. The linearity of the studied crystals introduces an exponential growth of the field that mainly depends on the complex amplitude of the potential. The work is completed by the analysis of 2D PT-axisymmetric potentials showing different spatial slopes and growth rates caused by symmetry reasons.

  19. Biaxially strained PtPb/Pt core/shell nanoplate boosts oxygen reduction catalysis

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    Bu, Lingzheng; Zhang, Nan; Guo, Shaojun; ...

    2016-12-16

    Compressive surface strains have been necessary to boost oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity in core/shell M/Pt catalysts (where M can be Ni, Co, Fe). We report a class of PtPb/Pt core/shell nanoplate catalysts that exhibit large biaxial tensile strains. The stable Pt (110) facets of the nanoplates have high ORR specific and mass activities that reach 7.8 milliampere per centimeter square and 4.3 ampere per milligram of platinum at 0.9 volts versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), respectively. Density functional theory calculations revealed that the edge-­Pt and top (bottom)-Pt (110) facets undergo large tensile strains that help optimize the Pt-­Omore » bond strength. The intermetallic core and uniform 4 layers of Pt shell of the PtPb/Pt nanoplates appear to underlie the high endurance of these catalysts, which can undergo 50,000 voltage cycles with negligible activity decay and no apparent structure and composition changes.« less

  20. Biaxially strained PtPb/Pt core/shell nanoplate boosts oxygen reduction catalysis

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    Bu, Lingzheng; Zhang, Nan; Guo, Shaojun; Zhang, Xu; Li, Jing; Yao, Jianlin; Wu, Tao; Lu, Gang; Ma, Jing-Yuan; Su, Dong; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2016-12-16

    Compressive surface strains have been necessary to boost oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity in core/shell M/Pt catalysts (where M can be Ni, Co, Fe). We report a class of PtPb/Pt core/shell nanoplate catalysts that exhibit large biaxial tensile strains. The stable Pt (110) facets of the nanoplates have high ORR specific and mass activities that reach 7.8 milliampere per centimeter square and 4.3 ampere per milligram of platinum at 0.9 volts versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), respectively. Density functional theory calculations revealed that the edge-­Pt and top (bottom)-Pt (110) facets undergo large tensile strains that help optimize the Pt-­O bond strength. The intermetallic core and uniform 4 layers of Pt shell of the PtPb/Pt nanoplates appear to underlie the high endurance of these catalysts, which can undergo 50,000 voltage cycles with negligible activity decay and no apparent structure and composition changes.

  1. Biaxially strained PtPb/Pt core/shell nanoplate boosts oxygen reduction catalysis.

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    Bu, Lingzheng; Zhang, Nan; Guo, Shaojun; Zhang, Xu; Li, Jing; Yao, Jianlin; Wu, Tao; Lu, Gang; Ma, Jing-Yuan; Su, Dong; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2016-12-16

    Compressive surface strains have been necessary to boost oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity in core/shell M/platinum (Pt) catalysts (where M can be nickel, cobalt, or iron). We report on a class of platinum-lead/platinum (PtPb/Pt) core/shell nanoplate catalysts that exhibit large biaxial strains. The stable Pt (110) facets of the nanoplates have high ORR specific and mass activities that reach 7.8 milliampere (mA) per centimeter squared and 4.3 ampere per milligram of platinum at 0.9 volts versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), respectively. Density functional theory calculations reveal that the edge-Pt and top (bottom)-Pt (110) facets undergo large tensile strains that help optimize the Pt-O bond strength. The intermetallic core and uniform four layers of Pt shell of the PtPb/Pt nanoplates appear to underlie the high endurance of these catalysts, which can undergo 50,000 voltage cycles with negligible activity decay and no apparent structure and composition changes. Copyright © 2016, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  2. Fermentation studies using Saccharomyces diastaticus yeast strains

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    Erratt, J.A.; Stewart, G.G.

    1981-01-01

    The yeast species, Saccharomyces diastaticus, has the ability to ferment starch and dextrin, because of the extracellular enzyme, glucoamylase, which hydrolyzes the starch/dextrin to glucose. A number of nonallelic genes--DEX 1, DEX 2, and dextrinase B which is allelic to STA 3--have been isolated, which impart to the yeast the ability to ferment dextrin. Various diploid yeast strains were constructed, each being either heterozygous or homozygous for the individual dextrinase genes. Using 12 (sup 0) plato hopped wort (30% corn adjunct) under agitated conditions, the fermentation rates of the various diploid yeast strains were monitored. A gene-dosage effect was exhibited by yeast strains containing DEX 1 or DEX 2, however, not with yeast strains containing dextrinase B (STA 3). The fermentation and growth rates and extents were determined under static conditions at 14.4 C and 21 C. With all yeast strains containing the dextrinase genes, both fermentation and growth were increased at the higher incubation temperature. Using 30-liter fermentors, beer was produced with the various yeast strains containing the dextrinase genes and the physical and organoleptic characteristics of the products were determined. The concentration of glucose in the beer was found to increase during a 3-mo storage period at 21 C, indicating that the glucoamylase from Saccharomyces diastaticus is not inactivated by pasteurization. (Refs. 36).

  3. Metabolic Engineering of Probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii

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    Liu, Jing-Jing; Kong, In Iok; Zhang, Guo-Chang; Jayakody, Lahiru N.; Kim, Heejin; Xia, Peng-Fei; Kwak, Suryang; Sung, Bong Hyun; Sohn, Jung-Hoon; Walukiewicz, Hanna E.; Rao, Christopher V.

    2016-01-01

    Saccharomyces boulardii is a probiotic yeast that has been used for promoting gut health as well as preventing diarrheal diseases. This yeast not only exhibits beneficial phenotypes for gut health but also can stay longer in the gut than Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Therefore, S. boulardii is an attractive host for metabolic engineering to produce biomolecules of interest in the gut. However, the lack of auxotrophic strains with defined genetic backgrounds has hampered the use of this strain for metabolic engineering. Here, we report the development of well-defined auxotrophic mutants (leu2, ura3, his3, and trp1) through clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-Cas9-based genome editing. The resulting auxotrophic mutants can be used as a host for introducing various genetic perturbations, such as overexpression or deletion of a target gene, using existing genetic tools for S. cerevisiae. We demonstrated the overexpression of a heterologous gene (lacZ), the correct localization of a target protein (red fluorescent protein) into mitochondria by using a protein localization signal, and the introduction of a heterologous metabolic pathway (xylose-assimilating pathway) in the genome of S. boulardii. We further demonstrated that human lysozyme, which is beneficial for human gut health, could be secreted by S. boulardii. Our results suggest that more sophisticated genetic perturbations to improve S. boulardii can be performed without using a drug resistance marker, which is a prerequisite for in vivo applications using engineered S. boulardii. PMID:26850302

  4. Metabolic Engineering of Probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii.

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    Liu, Jing-Jing; Kong, In Iok; Zhang, Guo-Chang; Jayakody, Lahiru N; Kim, Heejin; Xia, Peng-Fei; Kwak, Suryang; Sung, Bong Hyun; Sohn, Jung-Hoon; Walukiewicz, Hanna E; Rao, Christopher V; Jin, Yong-Su

    2016-04-01

    Saccharomyces boulardiiis a probiotic yeast that has been used for promoting gut health as well as preventing diarrheal diseases. This yeast not only exhibits beneficial phenotypes for gut health but also can stay longer in the gut than Saccharomyces cerevisiae Therefore, S. boulardiiis an attractive host for metabolic engineering to produce biomolecules of interest in the gut. However, the lack of auxotrophic strains with defined genetic backgrounds has hampered the use of this strain for metabolic engineering. Here, we report the development of well-defined auxotrophic mutants (leu2,ura3,his3, and trp1) through clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-Cas9-based genome editing. The resulting auxotrophic mutants can be used as a host for introducing various genetic perturbations, such as overexpression or deletion of a target gene, using existing genetic tools forS. cerevisiae We demonstrated the overexpression of a heterologous gene (lacZ), the correct localization of a target protein (red fluorescent protein) into mitochondria by using a protein localization signal, and the introduction of a heterologous metabolic pathway (xylose-assimilating pathway) in the genome ofS. boulardii We further demonstrated that human lysozyme, which is beneficial for human gut health, could be secreted by S. boulardii Our results suggest that more sophisticated genetic perturbations to improveS. boulardii can be performed without using a drug resistance marker, which is a prerequisite for in vivo applications using engineeredS. boulardii. Copyright © 2016, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  5. Regenerating Pt-3d-Pt model electrocatalysts through oxidation-reduction cycles monitored at atmospheric pressure

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    Menning, Carl A.; Chen, Jingguang G.

    The interchange between the Pt-Ni-Pt and Ni-Pt-Pt bimetallic configurations in O 2 and H 2 is confirmed experimentally at atmospheric pressure using in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The subsurface Pt-3d-Pt structure, a desirable configuration as cathode electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cells, is found to be preferred in the reducing environment of H 2 whereas the surface 3d-Pt-Pt configuration is preferred in O 2. This process has been found to be reversible, providing useful insights into the maintenance and regeneration of the desirable subsurface structure.

  6. Monoterpene alcohols release and bioconversion by Saccharomyces species and hybrids.

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    Gamero, A; Manzanares, P; Querol, A; Belloch, C

    2011-01-31

    Terpene profile of Muscat wines fermented by Saccharomyces species and hybrid yeasts was investigated. The amount of geraniol decreased in most wines with respect to the initial must except for Saccharomyces bayanus wines. On the other hand, alpha-terpineol amount was higher in wines fermented by Saccharomyces cerevisiae and hybrid yeasts. The amount of linalool was similar in all wines and comparable to the amount in the initial must. Lower levels of beta-D-glucosidase activity were found in the hybrid yeasts with respect to S. cerevisiae. Moreover, no relationship between beta-D-glucosidase activity and terpenes profile in Muscat wines fermented with Saccharomyces species and hybrids was found. Growth of yeasts on minimum medium supplemented with geraniol showed bioconversion of geraniol into linalool and alpha-terpineol. Percentages of geraniol uptake and bioconversion were different between Saccharomyces species and hybrids. Strains within S. bayanus, Saccharomyces kudriavzevii and hybrids showed higher geraniol uptake than S. cerevisiae, whereas the percentage of produced linalool and alpha-terpineol was higher in S. cerevisiae and hybrid yeasts than in S. bayanus and S. kudriavzevii. The relationship between geraniol uptake and adaptation of Saccharomyces species to grow at low temperature is discussed.

  7. Nanosecond Dynamics in Pt Nanoparticles

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    Vila, F. D.; Moore, J. M.; Rehr, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    Understanding the physical and chemical behavior of supported catalysts is of fundamental and technological importance. However, due to the complex nature of their structure and dynamics at operando temperatures, their nanoscale behavior remains poorly understood. We have shown that DFT/MD calculations provide fundamental insight into the few ps dynamic structure of the nanoparticles, but such methods can be very computationally intensive.[2,3] In order to examine relaxation dynamics in the ns regime here we present finite temperature MD simulations based on a modified Sutton-Chen (SC) model potential, supplemented with Lennard-Jones potentials for the interaction with the support. We find that bulk SC parameters tend to produce nanoparticles with less fluxional dynamics than those in ab initio simulations. To address this issue, we have determined modified SC parameters that capture the DFT dynamics. Nanosecond simulations reveal regimes controlled by internal particle melting and activation of surface mobility. The approach is illustrated for nano-catalysts of Pt/ γ-alumina and compared with ab initio DFT/MD results. Supported in part by DOE grant DE-FG02-03ER15476 (F.D.V and J.J.R) and by NSF grant PHY-1262811, REU Site: University of Washington Physics (J.M.M.), with computer support from DOE - NERSC.

  8. Dependence of Curie temperature on Pt layer thickness in Co/Pt system

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    Koyama, T.; Obinata, A.; Hibino, Y.; Hirohata, A.; Kuerbanjiang, B.; Lazarov, V. K.; Chiba, D.

    2015-03-01

    The Pt thickness dependence of the Curie temperature of perpendicularly magnetized ultra-thin (Pt/)Co/Pt films has been investigated by magnetization measurements. The Curie temperature and the saturation magnetic moment increase with the Co layer thickness and even with the Pt layer thickness. The Curie temperature is found to have linear dependence on the total magnetic moment of the system and the coefficients of the linear fits are almost identical, regardless of whether the thicknesses of the ferromagnetic Co layer or the Pt layer are varied. The Curie temperature also increases with the magnetic anisotropy, but no systematic dependence is observed. These results suggest that the magnetic moment induced in the Pt layer by the ferromagnetic proximity effect plays a significant role in determining the Curie temperatures of such two-dimensional ferromagnetic systems.

  9. Active Pt3Ni (111) Surface of Pt3Ni Icosahedron for Oxygen Reduction.

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    Zhu, Jianbing; Xiao, Meiling; Li, Kui; Liu, Changpeng; Zhao, Xiao; Xing, Wei

    2016-11-09

    Highly active, durable oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) electrocatalysts are extremely important for fuel cell applications. Herein, we provide an efficient way to synthesis of activity Pt3M icosahedra by the one-pot hydrothermal method in the presence of glucosamine which can well adjust the reduction rate of Pt(4+) and efficiently control the morphology of final catalysts. Compared to Pt/C, the Pt3Ni icosahedra show 32-fold and 12-fold enhancement in specific and mass activity, respectively. Furthermore, robust durability was also observed in the accelerated durability test. Thus, this Pt3Ni icosahedron is found among the best Pt-based ORR catalysts, moreover, the findings also demonstrate how to mimic active extended surfaces in nanoscale.

  10. Colloidally prepared Pt nanowires versus impregnated Pt nanoparticles: comparison of adsorption and reaction properties.

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    Haghofer, Andreas; Sonström, Patrick; Fenske, Daniela; Föttinger, Karin; Schwarz, Sabine; Bernardi, Johannes; Al-Shamery, Katharina; Bäumer, Marcus; Rupprechter, Günther

    2010-11-02

    Ligand-capped Pt nanowires, prepared by colloidal synthesis and deposited on a high surface area γ-Al(2)O(3) support, were subjected to surface characterization by electron microscopy and FTIR spectroscopy using CO as a probe molecule. The structural, adsorption, and catalytic reaction properties of the colloidal Pt nanowires were compared to those of conventional, impregnated Pt nanoparticles on the same Al(2)O(3) support. In situ FTIR spectroscopy indicated ligand effects on the CO resonance frequency, irreversible CO-induced surface roughening upon CO adsorption, and a higher resistance of colloidal catalysts toward oxidation (both in oxygen and during CO oxidation), suggesting that the organic ligands might protect the Pt surface. Elevated temperature induced a transformation of Pt nanowires to faceted Pt nanoparticles. The colloidal catalyst was active for hydrodechlorination of trichloroethylene (TCE), but no ligand effect on selectivity was obtained.

  11. Pt Diffusion Dynamics for the Formation Cr-Pt Core-Shell Nanoparticles.

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    Gupta, G; Iqbal, P; Yin, F; Liu, J; Palmer, R E; Sharma, S; Leung, K Cham-Fai; Mendes, P M

    2015-06-23

    Layered core-shell bimetallic Cr-Pt nanoparticles were prepared by the formation and later reduction of an intermediate Pt-ion-containing supramolecular complex onto preformed Cr nanoparticles. The resultant nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. The results are consistent with the presence of Pt diffusion during or after bimetallic nanoparticle formation, which has resulted in a Pt/Cr-alloyed core and shell. We postulate that such Pt diffusion occurs by an electric-field-assisted process according to Cabrera-Mott theory and that it originates from the low work function of the preformed oxygen-defective Cr nanoparticles and the rather large electron affinity of Pt.

  12. Inferring ethanol tolerance of Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts by progressive inactivation.

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    Pina, Cristina; Couto, José António; António, José; Hogg, Tim

    2004-10-01

    The kinetics of cell inactivation in the presence of ethanol at 20, 22.5% and 25% (v/v), was measured by progressive sampling and viable counting, and used as an inference of the ethanol resistance status of five non-Saccharomyces strains and one strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The capacity of standard inocula of the same strains to establish growth at increasing initial ethanol concentrations was employed as a comparison. The effect of various different pre-culture conditions on the ethanol resistance of the 6 strains was analysed by the cell inactivation method and by the cell growth method. Exposing cells to 25% (v/v) ethanol for 4 min enabled the differentiation of the yeasts in terms of their resistance to ethanol. The results suggest that the two methods are generally concordant and that the cell inactivation method can, thus, be used to infer ethanol resistance of yeast strains.

  13. Effects of Fusariotoxin T-2 on Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces carlsbergensis

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    Schappert, Keith T.; Khachatourians, George G.

    1983-01-01

    A Fusarium metabolite, T-2 toxin, inhibits the growth of Saccharomyces carlsbergensis and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The growth inhibitory concentrations of T-2 toxin were 40 and 100 μg/ml, respectively, for exponentially growing cultures of the two yeasts. S. carlsbergensis was more sensitive to the toxin and exhibited a biphasic dose-response curve. Addition of the toxin at 10 μg/ml of S. carlsbergensis culture resulted in a retardation of growth as measured turbidimetrically, after only 30 to 40 min. This action was reversible upon washing the cells free of the toxin. The sensitivity of the yeasts to the toxin was dependent upon the types and concentrations of carbohydrates used in the growth media. The sensitivity of the cells to the toxin decreased in glucose-repressed cultures. These results suggest that T-2 toxin interferes with mitochondrial functions of these yeasts. Images PMID:16346249

  14. Epitaxial oxide bilayer on Pt (001) nanofacets

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    Hennessy, Daniel; Komanicky, Vladimir; Iddir, Hakim; Pierce, Michael S.; Menzel, Andreas; Chang, Kee-Chul; Barbour, Andi; Zapol, Peter; You, Hoydoo

    2012-01-01

    We observed an epitaxial, air-stable, partially registered (2 × 1) oxide bilayer on Pt (001) nanofacets [V. Komanicky, A. Menzel, K.-C. Chang, and H. You, J. Phys. Chem. 109, 23543 (2005)]. The bilayer is made of two half Pt layers; the top layer has four oxygen bonds and the second layer two. The positions and oxidation states of the Pt atoms are determined by analyzing crystal truncation rods and resonance scattering data. The positions of oxygen atoms are determined by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Partial registry on the nanofacets and the absence of such registry on the extended Pt (001) surface prepared similarly are explained in DFT calculations by strain relief that can be accommodated only by nanoscale facets.

  15. Epitaxial oxide bilayer on Pt(001) nanofacts.

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    Hennessy, D.; Komanicky, V.; Iddir, H.; Pierce, M. S.; Menzel, A.; Chang, K-C.; Barbour, A.; Zapol, P.; You, H.

    2012-01-01

    We observed an epitaxial, air-stable, partially registered (2 x 1) oxide bilayer on Pt (001) nanofacets [V. Komanicky, A. Menzel, K.-C. Chang, and H. You, J. Phys. Chem. 109, 23543 (2005)]. The bilayer is made of two half Pt layers; the top layer has four oxygen bonds and the second layer two. The positions and oxidation states of the Pt atoms are determined by analyzing crystal truncation rods and resonance scattering data. The positions of oxygen atoms are determined by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Partial registry on the nanofacets and the absence of such registry on the extended Pt (001) surface prepared similarly are explained in DFT calculations by strain relief that can be accommodated only by nanoscale facets.

  16. Heavy Lift & Propulsion Technology (HL&PT)

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    Cris Guidi delivers a presentation from the Heavy Lift & Propulsion Technology (HL&PT) study team on May 25, 2010, at the NASA Exploration Enterprise Workshop held in Galveston, TX. The purpose of ...

  17. PT symmetric interpretation of effective potentials

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    Sarkar, Sarben

    2017-07-01

    Conventional systems in equilibrium should have convex effective potentials. PT symmetry applies to systems which are in between open and closed systems. A PT symmetric interpretation can allow some non-convex effective potentials to be entirely physical. The oneloop effective potentials of the Higgs field in the Standard Model and the gravitino condensate in dynamically broken supergravity are conventionally unstable at large field values. In the specially simple case of space-independent and time-independent fields, the effective potentials are governed by PT-symmetric quantum mechanics. The PT-symmetric reinterpretation of these models at a quantum-mechanical level eliminates these instabilities and involves unusual semi-classical analysis involving many Riemann sheets. This interpretation is based on a combination of numerical analysis and semi-classical asymptotics.

  18. Magnetic moments in chemically ordered mass-selected CoPt and FePt clusters

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    Dupuis, V.; Khadra, G.; Linas, S.; Hillion, A.; Gragnaniello, L.; Tamion, A.; Tuaillon-Combes, J.; Bardotti, L.; Tournus, F.; Otero, E.; Ohresser, P.; Rogalev, A.; Wilhelm, F.

    2015-06-01

    By combining high photon flux and chemical selectivity, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) have been used to study the magnetism of CoPt and FePt clusters before and after their transition to the chemically ordered L10-like phase. Compared to the bulk, we find larger magnetic spin and orbital moments of Fe, Co and Pt atoms in nanoalloys.

  19. Sperrylite (PtAs2) as a 190Pt-4He geochronometer

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    Yakubovich, O. V.; Mochalov, A. G.; Sluzhenikin, S. F.

    2015-05-01

    The high stability of radiogenic He in natural conductive nonmetals is firstly shown for the example of sperrylite (PtAs2). The urgency of its study is explained by the abundance of Pt sulfarsenides, in particular, sperrilite in many PGE deposits. The 190Pt-4He age of sperrylite from the famous Kondyor (AyanMaya region) and Oktyabrsky (Norilsk region) PGE deposits was determined for the first time: 122 ± 6 and 242 ± 12 Ma, respectively.

  20. Adsorption of formaldehyde and formyl intermediates on Pt, PtRu-, and PtRuMo-alloy surfaces: A density functional study

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    Cahyanto, Wahyu Tri; Shukri, Ganes; Agusta, Mohammad Kemal; Kasai, Hideaki

    2013-02-01

    Stable binding configuration for formaldehyde (H2CO) and formyl (HCO) adsorption on Pt, PtRu, and PtRuMo are studied within the frame of density functional theory (DFT). We address this study to investigate the role of Ru and Mo on the binding characteristic of formaldehyde and formyl adsorption with respect to interaction strength and charge analysis. Several binding conformation on all possible surface adsorption sites are considered in determining the most stable adsorption geometry on three surfaces. Our results show that the presence of Ru in PtRu and Mo in PtRuMo stabilize the formaldehyde and formyl, which are indicated by stronger bond strength. Further electronic structure analysis shows that the addition of Ru in PtRu and Mo in PtRuMo modifies the electronic structure of Pt's surface significantly. The presence of both impurities shifted the derived anti-bonding state - which is originally located below the fermi level in pure Pt surface - to be above the fermi level in PtRu and PtRuMo systems. This fact explains the stronger adsorption found on PtRu & PtRuMo as compared to pure Pt surface.

  1. Superior long-term activity for a Pt-Re alloy compared to Pt in methanol oxidation reactions

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    Duke, Audrey S.; Xie, Kangmin; Monnier, John R.; Chen, Donna A.

    2017-03-01

    Pt-Re bimetallic catalysts have shown enhanced activity compared to pure Pt for reactions involving oxidation, but the origins of this improved activity are not fully understood. Methanol oxidation on a Pt-Re alloy surface and pure Pt foil was studied in a microreactor coupled to an ultrahigh vacuum chamber. For reaction at 60 °C, the Pt-Re alloy surface exhibits superior long-term activity over a 24 h reaction period compared to pure Pt. The initial activity of Pt is 10-15% higher than on Pt-Re; however, the Pt surface gradually loses activity after 10 h online, whereas the activity of Pt-Re does not diminish. Post-reaction XPS shows that more carbon accumulates on the Pt than on Pt-Re, and the improved long-term activity is attributed to a greater ability of Pt-Re to oxidize the carbonaceous intermediates that eventually poison active sites. Both Pt and Pt-Re surfaces have almost no activity for methanol oxidation until a minimum coverage of oxygen is achieved from O2 dissociation. A comparison with methanol oxidation studies on Pt and Pt-Re in a pressure regime that is 150 times lower than in this work demonstrates that more carbon and less oxygen accumulate on the surfaces during reaction at the lower pressures.

  2. The CO/Pt(111) Puzzle

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    FEIBELMAN,PETER J.; HAMMER,B.; NORSHOV,J.K.; WAGNER,F.; SCHEFFLER,M.; STUMPF,R.; DUMESIC,J.; WATWE,R.

    2000-07-12

    Notwithstanding half a dozen theoretical publications, well-converged density-functional calculations, whether based on a local or generalized-gradient exchange-correlation potential, whether all-electron or employing pseudopotentials underestimate CO's preference for low-coordination binding sites on Pt(111) and vicinals to it. For example, they imply that CO should prefer hollow- to atop-site adsorption on Pt(111), in apparent contradiction to a host of low temperature experimental studies.

  3. Gains and Losses of Transcription Factor Binding Sites in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces paradoxus.

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    Schaefke, Bernhard; Wang, Tzi-Yuan; Wang, Chuen-Yi; Li, Wen-Hsiung

    2015-07-27

    Gene expression evolution occurs through changes in cis- or trans-regulatory elements or both. Interactions between transcription factors (TFs) and their binding sites (TFBSs) constitute one of the most important points where these two regulatory components intersect. In this study, we investigated the evolution of TFBSs in the promoter regions of different Saccharomyces strains and species. We divided the promoter of a gene into the proximal region and the distal region, which are defined, respectively, as the 200-bp region upstream of the transcription starting site and as the 200-bp region upstream of the proximal region. We found that the predicted TFBSs in the proximal promoter regions tend to be evolutionarily more conserved than those in the distal promoter regions. Additionally, Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains used in the fermentation of alcoholic drinks have experienced more TFBS losses than gains compared with strains from other environments (wild strains, laboratory strains, and clinical strains). We also showed that differences in TFBSs correlate with the cis component of gene expression evolution between species (comparing S. cerevisiae and its sister species Saccharomyces paradoxus) and within species (comparing two closely related S. cerevisiae strains). © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

  4. Facile synthesis of Pt-Pd alloy nanocages and Pt nanorings by templating with Pd nanoplates

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    Wang, Xue; Luo, Ming; Huang, Hongwen; Chi, Miaofang; Howe, Jane; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Xia, Younan

    2016-09-06

    We report a facile method for the synthesis of Pt-Pd nanocages and Pt nanorings by conformally coating Pd nanoplates with Pt-based shells using polyol- and water-based protocols, respectively, followed by selective removal of the Pd cores. For the polyol-based system, Pd nanoplates were conformally coated with Pt-Pd alloy shells due to the use of a high reaction temperature of 200 °C and a slow injection rate for the Pt precursor. In comparison, Pt shells were formed on Pd nanoplates (with a larger thickness on the side face than on the top/bottom face) in the water-based system due to the use of a low reaction temperature of 80 °C and the presence of twin boundaries on the side face. As such, the Pd@Pt nanoplates prepared using the polyol- and water-based protocols evolved into Pt-Pd nanocages and Pt nanorings, respectively, when the Pd templates in the cores were selectively removed by wet etching. As a result, the wall thickness of the nanocages and the ridge thickness of the nanorings could be reduced down to 1.1 nm and 1.8 nm, respectively, without breaking the hollow structures.

  5. Facile synthesis of Pt-Pd alloy nanocages and Pt nanorings by templating with Pd nanoplates

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    Wang, Xue; Luo, Ming; Huang, Hongwen; ...

    2016-09-06

    We report a facile method for the synthesis of Pt-Pd nanocages and Pt nanorings by conformally coating Pd nanoplates with Pt-based shells using polyol- and water-based protocols, respectively, followed by selective removal of the Pd cores. For the polyol-based system, Pd nanoplates were conformally coated with Pt-Pd alloy shells due to the use of a high reaction temperature of 200 °C and a slow injection rate for the Pt precursor. In comparison, Pt shells were formed on Pd nanoplates (with a larger thickness on the side face than on the top/bottom face) in the water-based system due to the usemore » of a low reaction temperature of 80 °C and the presence of twin boundaries on the side face. As such, the Pd@Pt nanoplates prepared using the polyol- and water-based protocols evolved into Pt-Pd nanocages and Pt nanorings, respectively, when the Pd templates in the cores were selectively removed by wet etching. As a result, the wall thickness of the nanocages and the ridge thickness of the nanorings could be reduced down to 1.1 nm and 1.8 nm, respectively, without breaking the hollow structures.« less

  6. Exchange coupled L10-FePt/fcc-FePt nanomagnets: Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties

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    Srivastava, Sachchidanand; Gajbhiye, Namdeo S.

    2016-03-01

    We report synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of exchange-coupled L10-FePt/fcc-FePt nanomagnets. Structural and morphological characterization of exchange-coupled L10-FePt/fcc-FePt was carried out by powder X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction pattern has been used to quantify L10-FePt and fcc-FePt phases present in samples. Room temperature Mössbauer spectroscopy showed sextets of both L10-FePt and fcc-FePt phases with their respective hyperfine interaction parameters. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM and HRTEM) images confirmed nanocrystalline nature of exchange-coupled nanomagnets with particle size ranges from 15 nm to 50 nm after annealing for different time at 700 °C. Room temperature magnetic studies showed ferromagnetic nature of nanomagnets and maximum energy product (BH)max~10.92 MGOe was obtained for sample containing 89.0% volume fraction of L10-FePt phase.

  7. Role of Pt during hydrodeoxygenation of biomass pyrolysis vapors over Pt/HBEA

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    Yung, Matthew M.; Foo, Guo Shiou; Sievers, Carsten

    2017-03-27

    1.3 wt% Pt/HBEA and HBEA were studied as catalysts for the hydrodeoxygenation of pine pyrolysis vapors at 500 °C. Both catalysts showed high initial conversion of oxygenated pyrolysis products into aromatic hydrocarbons, while Pt/HBEA showed higher stability in terms of hydrocarbon productivity and deferred breakthrough of oxygenated compounds. Among 1-, 2- and 3-ring aromatic hydrocarbons, Pt/HBEA had a significantly higher selectivity than HBEA towards unalkylated aromatics (e.g., benzene) as compared to the corresponding alkylated aromatics (e.g., toluene and xylene). Additionally, Pt addition to HBEA decreased coke deposition and improved resistance to pore and acid site blockage as determined by TPO,more » N2 physisorption, and NH3 TPD. The ability of Pt to promote cleavage and hydrogenation of methoxy and methyl groups was observed by increased methane production over Pt/HBEA relative to HBEA. A progressive decrease in the methane production over Pt/HBEA correlated with deactivation in terms of reduced benzene formation, breakthrough of oxygenated products, and increased formation of polynuclear aromatics and their degree of substitution, which indicate coke formation. In conclusion, the increased methane yield and suppressed coke formation with the addition of Pt is attributed to hydrogen spillover, through which hydrogen activated on Pt can subsequently migrate to the HBEA support to reverse the coke-forming hydrogen abstraction reaction.« less

  8. Facile synthesis of Pt-Pd alloy nanocages and Pt nanorings by templating with Pd nanoplates

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    Wang, Xue; Luo, Ming; Huang, Hongwen; Chi, Miaofang; Howe, Jane; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Xia, Younan

    2016-09-06

    We report a facile method for the synthesis of Pt-Pd nanocages and Pt nanorings by conformally coating Pd nanoplates with Pt-based shells using polyol- and water-based protocols, respectively, followed by selective removal of the Pd cores. For the polyol-based system, Pd nanoplates were conformally coated with Pt-Pd alloy shells due to the use of a high reaction temperature of 200 °C and a slow injection rate for the Pt precursor. In comparison, Pt shells were formed on Pd nanoplates (with a larger thickness on the side face than on the top/bottom face) in the water-based system due to the use of a low reaction temperature of 80 °C and the presence of twin boundaries on the side face. As such, the Pd@Pt nanoplates prepared using the polyol- and water-based protocols evolved into Pt-Pd nanocages and Pt nanorings, respectively, when the Pd templates in the cores were selectively removed by wet etching. As a result, the wall thickness of the nanocages and the ridge thickness of the nanorings could be reduced down to 1.1 nm and 1.8 nm, respectively, without breaking the hollow structures.

  9. Dependence of Magnetic Properties of Co/Pt Multilayers on Deposition Temperature of Pt Buffer Layers

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    Shiomi, Shigeru; Nishimura, Tomotaka; Kobayashi, Tadashi; Masuda, Morio

    1993-04-01

    A 15-nm-thick Pt buffer layer was deposited on a glass slide at temperature Ts(Ptbuf) ranging from 30 to 300°C by e-gun evaporation. Following the cooling in vacuum to ambient temperature, Co and Pt layers have been alternately deposited on it. Very large perpendicular anisotropy and coercivity have been obtained at Ts(Ptbuf) higher than 200°C. The (111) preferred orientation of the Co/Pt multilayer as well as the Pt buffer layer became more pronounced with elevating Ts(Ptbuf), to which the enhancement of perpendicular anisotropy with elevating Ts(Ptbuf) might be ascribable.

  10. PT -symmetric model of immune response

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    Bender, Carl M.; Ghatak, Ananya; Gianfreda, Mariagiovanna

    2017-01-01

    The study of PT -symmetric physical systems began in 1998 as a complex generalization of conventional quantum mechanics, but beginning in 2007 experiments began to be published in which the predicted PT phase transition was clearly observed in classical rather than in quantum-mechanical systems. This paper examines the classical PT phase transition in dynamical-system models that are moderately accurate representations of antigen-antibody systems. A surprising conclusion that can be drawn from these models is that it might be possible treat a serious disease in which the antigen concentration grows out of bounds (and the host dies) by injecting a small dose of a second (different) antigen. In this case a PT -symmetric analysis shows there are two possible favorable outcomes. In the unbroken-PT -symmetric phase the disease becomes chronic and is no longer lethal, while in the appropriate broken-PT -symmetric phase the concentration of lethal antigen goes to zero and the disease is completely cured.

  11. Nanoparticulate CoPt Thin Films

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    Barekatain, Yasaman; Hadjipanayis, George; Magnetics bLab Team

    Equiatomic FePt and CoPt alloys are very attractive for application in high density recording media because of the high magnetocrystalline anisotropy K of their fct(L10) structure with values exceeding 2MJ/m3.The aim of this study is to fabricate a nanoparticulate CoPt film consisting of CoPt nanoparticles embedded in a matrix. To obtain this we have used co-sputtering of CoPt with different materials M = BN,C, Cu and SiO2. Our first experiments were done on CoPt films with thickness of 200 nm. The as-sputtered films had the fcc structure and a coercivity of 150 Oe. Annealing at 700 oC for 30 min led to an increase in coercivity to 4 kOe. Optimization studies are under way to find the optimum sputtering conditions to obtain a fully ordered tetragonal structure with the highest value of coercivity which can then be used in the nanoparticulate composites. Work supported by DOE BES- FG02-04ERU4612 DOE DE-FG02-04ERU4612.

  12. CO2 hydrogenation on Pt, Pt/SiO2 and Pt/TiO2: Importance of synergy between Pt and oxide support

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    Kattel, Shyam; Yan, Binhang; Chen, Jingguang G.; ...

    2016-01-27

    In this paper we combined density functional theory (DFT), kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations and experimental measurements to gain insight into the mechanisms of CO2 conversion by hydrogen on the Pt nanoparticle (NP). The results show that in spite of the presence of active, low-coordinated sites, Pt NP alone is not able to catalyze the reaction due to the weak CO2 binding on the catalyst. Once CO2 is stabilized, the hydrogenation of CO2 to CO via the reverse-water–gas shift (RWGS) reaction is promoted; in contrast, the enhancement for further *CO hydrogenation to CH4 is less significant and no CH3OH ismore » observed. The selectivity to CO is mainly determined by CO binding energy and the energetics of *CO hydrogenation to *HCO, while that for CH4 and CH3OH is determined by the competition between hydrogenation and C–O bond scission reactions of the *H2COH species. Using SiO2 and TiO2 as the support, Pt NP is able to promote the overall CO2 conversion, while the impact on the selectivity is rather small. The theoretically predicted trend in activity and selectivity is in good agreement with the experimental results. Finally, the enhanced activity of Pt/oxide over Pt is originated from the sites at the Pt–oxide interface, where the synergy between Pt and oxide plays an important role.« less

  13. Modeling of PEM fuel cell Pt/C catalyst degradation

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    Bi, Wu; Fuller, Thomas F.

    Pt/C catalyst degradation remains as one of the primary limitations for practical applications of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Pt catalyst degradation mechanisms with the typically observed Pt nanoparticle growth behaviors have not been completely understood and predicted. In this work, a physics-based Pt/C catalyst degradation model is proposed with a simplified bi-modal particle size distribution. The following catalyst degradation processes were considered: (1) dissolution of Pt and subsequent electrochemical deposition on Pt nanoparticles in cathode; (2) diffusion of Pt ions in the membrane electrode assembly (MEA); and (3) Pt ion chemical reduction in membrane by hydrogen permeating through the membrane from the negative electrode. Catalyst coarsening with Pt nanoparticle growth was clearly demonstrated by Pt mass exchange between small and large particles through Pt dissolution and Pt ion deposition. However, the model is not adequate to predict well the catalyst degradation rates including Pt nanoparticle growth, catalyst surface area loss and cathode Pt mass loss. Additional catalyst degradation processes such as new Pt cluster formation on carbon support and neighboring Pt clusters coarsening was proposed for further simulative investigation.

  14. Sporulation in the Budding Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Neiman, Aaron M.

    2011-01-01

    In response to nitrogen starvation in the presence of a poor carbon source, diploid cells of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae undergo meiosis and package the haploid nuclei produced in meiosis into spores. The formation of spores requires an unusual cell division event in which daughter cells are formed within the cytoplasm of the mother cell. This process involves the de novo generation of two different cellular structures: novel membrane compartments within the cell cytoplasm that give rise to the spore plasma membrane and an extensive spore wall that protects the spore from environmental insults. This article summarizes what is known about the molecular mechanisms controlling spore assembly with particular attention to how constitutive cellular functions are modified to create novel behaviors during this developmental process. Key regulatory points on the sporulation pathway are also discussed as well as the possible role of sporulation in the natural ecology of S. cerevisiae. PMID:22084423

  15. Social wasps are a Saccharomyces mating nest.

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    Stefanini, Irene; Dapporto, Leonardo; Berná, Luisa; Polsinelli, Mario; Turillazzi, Stefano; Cavalieri, Duccio

    2016-02-23

    The reproductive ecology of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is still largely unknown. Recent evidence of interspecific hybridization, high levels of strain heterozygosity, and prion transmission suggest that outbreeding occurs frequently in yeasts. Nevertheless, the place where yeasts mate and recombine in the wild has not been identified. We found that the intestine of social wasps hosts highly outbred S. cerevisiae strains as well as a rare S. cerevisiae×S. paradoxus hybrid. We show that the intestine of Polistes dominula social wasps favors the mating of S. cerevisiae strains among themselves and with S. paradoxus cells by providing a succession of environmental conditions prompting cell sporulation and spores germination. In addition, we prove that heterospecific mating is the only option for European S. paradoxus strains to survive in the gut. Taken together, these findings unveil the best hidden secret of yeast ecology, introducing the insect gut as an environmental alcove in which crosses occur, maintaining and generating the diversity of the ascomycetes.

  16. Viruses and prions of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Wickner, Reed B; Fujimura, Tsutomu; Esteban, Rosa

    2013-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been a key experimental organism for the study of infectious diseases, including dsRNA viruses, ssRNA viruses, and prions. Studies of the mechanisms of virus and prion replication, virus structure, and structure of the amyloid filaments that are the basis of yeast prions have been at the forefront of such studies in these classes of infectious entities. Yeast has been particularly useful in defining the interactions of the infectious elements with cellular components: chromosomally encoded proteins necessary for blocking the propagation of the viruses and prions, and proteins involved in the expression of viral components. Here, we emphasize the L-A dsRNA virus and its killer-toxin-encoding satellites, the 20S and 23S ssRNA naked viruses, and the several infectious proteins (prions) of yeast.

  17. Progress in metabolic engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Nevoigt, Elke

    2008-09-01

    The traditional use of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in alcoholic fermentation has, over time, resulted in substantial accumulated knowledge concerning genetics, physiology, and biochemistry as well as genetic engineering and fermentation technologies. S. cerevisiae has become a platform organism for developing metabolic engineering strategies, methods, and tools. The current review discusses the relevance of several engineering strategies, such as rational and inverse metabolic engineering, evolutionary engineering, and global transcription machinery engineering, in yeast strain improvement. It also summarizes existing tools for fine-tuning and regulating enzyme activities and thus metabolic pathways. Recent examples of yeast metabolic engineering for food, beverage, and industrial biotechnology (bioethanol and bulk and fine chemicals) follow. S. cerevisiae currently enjoys increasing popularity as a production organism in industrial ("white") biotechnology due to its inherent tolerance of low pH values and high ethanol and inhibitor concentrations and its ability to grow anaerobically. Attention is paid to utilizing lignocellulosic biomass as a potential substrate.

  18. [The ABC transporters of Saccharomyces cerevisiae].

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    Wawrzycka, Donata

    2011-01-01

    The ABC transporters (ATP Binding Cassette) compose one of the bigest protein family with the great medical, industrial and economical impact. They are found in all organism from bacteria to man. ABC proteins are responsible for resistance of microorganism to antibiotics and fungicides and multidrug resistance of cancer cells. Mutations in ABC transporters genes cause seriuos deseases like cystic fibrosis, adrenoleucodystrophy or ataxia. Transport catalized by ABC proteins is charged with energy from the ATP hydrolysis. The ABC superfamily contains transporters, canals, receptors. Analysis of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome allowed to distinguish 30 potential ABC proteins which are classified into 6 subfamilies. The structural and functional similarity of the yeast and human ABC proteins allowes to use the S. cerevisiae as a model organism for ABC transporters characterisation. In this work the present state of knowleadge on yeast S. cerevisiae ABC proteins was summarised.

  19. Transformation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and other fungi

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    Kawai, Shigeyuki; Hashimoto, Wataru

    2010-01-01

    Transformation (i.e., genetic modification of a cell by the incorporation of exogenous DNA) is indispensable for manipulating fungi. Here, we review the transformation methods for Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Candida albicans, Pichia pastoris and Aspergillus species and discuss some common modifications to improve transformation efficiency. We also present a model of the mechanism underlying S. cerevisiae transformation, based on recent reports and the mechanism of transfection in mammalian systems. This model predicts that DNA attaches to the cell wall and enters the cell via endocytotic membrane invagination, although how DNA reaches the nucleus is unknown. Polyethylene glycol is indispensable for successful transformation of intact cells and the attachment of DNA and also possibly acts on the membrane to increase the transformation efficiency. Both lithium acetate and heat shock, which enhance the transformation efficiency of intact cells but not that of spheroplasts, probably help DNA to pass through the cell wall. PMID:21468206

  20. Social wasps are a Saccharomyces mating nest

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    Stefanini, Irene; Dapporto, Leonardo; Berná, Luisa; Polsinelli, Mario; Turillazzi, Stefano; Cavalieri, Duccio

    2016-01-01

    The reproductive ecology of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is still largely unknown. Recent evidence of interspecific hybridization, high levels of strain heterozygosity, and prion transmission suggest that outbreeding occurs frequently in yeasts. Nevertheless, the place where yeasts mate and recombine in the wild has not been identified. We found that the intestine of social wasps hosts highly outbred S. cerevisiae strains as well as a rare S. cerevisiae×S. paradoxus hybrid. We show that the intestine of Polistes dominula social wasps favors the mating of S. cerevisiae strains among themselves and with S. paradoxus cells by providing a succession of environmental conditions prompting cell sporulation and spores germination. In addition, we prove that heterospecific mating is the only option for European S. paradoxus strains to survive in the gut. Taken together, these findings unveil the best hidden secret of yeast ecology, introducing the insect gut as an environmental alcove in which crosses occur, maintaining and generating the diversity of the ascomycetes. PMID:26787874

  1. Microautophagy in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Uttenweiler, Andreas; Mayer, Andreas

    2008-01-01

    Microautophagy involves direct invagination and fission of the vacuolar/lysosomal membrane under nutrient limitation. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae microautophagic uptake of soluble cytosolic proteins occurs via an autophagic tube, a highly specialized vacuolar membrane invagination. At the tip of an autophagic tube vesicles (autophagic bodies) pinch off into thevacuolar lumen for degradation. Formation of autophagic tubes is topologically equivalent to other budding processes directed away from the cytosolic environment, e.g., the invagination of multivesicular endosomes, retroviral budding, piecemeal microautophagy of the nucleus and micropexophagy. This clearly distinguishes microautophagy from other membrane fission events following budding toward the cytosol. Such processes are implicated in transport between organelles like the plasma membrane, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and the Golgi. Over many years microautophagy only could be characterized microscopically. Recent studies provided the possibility to study the process in vitro and have identified the first molecules that are involved in microautophagy.

  2. Glycerol production of various strains of saccharomyces

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    Radler, F.; Schuetz, H.

    1982-01-01

    The quantity of glycerol as principal by-product of the alcoholic fermentation depends to a large extent on the yeast strain. Different strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were found to form amounts of glycerol varying between 4.2 to 10.4 g/L. The formation of glycerol is regarded as a result of the competition between alcohol dehydrogenase and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase that compete for the reduced coenzyme NADH/sub 2/. High and low glycerol forming yeast strains showed large differences in the activity of glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and only small variation in the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase. The total amount of glycerol formed was also influenced by amino acids. In thiamine deficient media a decrease in glycerol formation was observed. Experiments indicate a correlation between the formation of acetaldehyde and glycerol and the production of cell mass that may be of practical interest. (Refs. 12).

  3. [Urinary infection by Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Emerging yeast?].

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    Elkhihal, B; Elhalimi, M; Ghfir, B; Mostachi, A; Lyagoubi, M; Aoufi, S

    2015-12-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a commensal yeast of the digestive, respiratory and genito-urinary tract. It is widely used as a probiotic for the treatment of post-antibiotic diarrhea. It most often occurs in immunocompromised patients frequently causing fungemia. We report the case of an adult diabetic patient who had a urinary tract infection due to S. cerevisiae. The disease started with urination associated with urinary frequency burns without fever. The diagnosis was established by the presence of yeasts on direct examination and positivity of culture on Sabouraud-chloramphenicol three times. The auxanogramme gallery (Auxacolor BioRad(®)) allowed the identification of S. cerevisiae. The patient was put on fluconazole with good outcome. This observation points out that this is an opportunistic yeast in immunocompromised patients. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  4. Cell Wall Assembly in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Lesage, Guillaume; Bussey, Howard

    2006-01-01

    An extracellular matrix composed of a layered meshwork of β-glucans, chitin, and mannoproteins encapsulates cells of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This organelle determines cellular morphology and plays a critical role in maintaining cell integrity during cell growth and division, under stress conditions, upon cell fusion in mating, and in the durable ascospore cell wall. Here we assess recent progress in understanding the molecular biology and biochemistry of cell wall synthesis and its remodeling in S. cerevisiae. We then review the regulatory dynamics of cell wall assembly, an area where functional genomics offers new insights into the integration of cell wall growth and morphogenesis with a polarized secretory system that is under cell cycle and cell type program controls. PMID:16760306

  5. Saccharomyces cerevisiae metabolism in ecological context.

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    Jouhten, Paula; Ponomarova, Olga; Gonzalez, Ramon; Patil, Kiran R

    2016-11-01

    The architecture and regulation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae metabolic network are among the best studied owing to its widespread use in both basic research and industry. Yet, several recent studies have revealed notable limitations in explaining genotype-metabolic phenotype relations in this yeast, especially when concerning multiple genetic/environmental perturbations. Apparently unexpected genotype-phenotype relations may originate in the evolutionarily shaped cellular operating principles being hidden in common laboratory conditions. Predecessors of laboratory S. cerevisiae strains, the wild and the domesticated yeasts, have been evolutionarily shaped by highly variable environments, very distinct from laboratory conditions, and most interestingly by social life within microbial communities. Here we present a brief review of the genotypic and phenotypic peculiarities of S. cerevisiae in the context of its social lifestyle beyond laboratory environments. Accounting for this ecological context and the origin of the laboratory strains in experimental design and data analysis would be essential in improving the understanding of genotype-environment-phenotype relationships.

  6. Synchronization of the Budding Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Foltman, Magdalena; Molist, Iago; Sanchez-Diaz, Alberto

    2016-01-01

    A number of model organisms have provided the basis for our understanding of the eukaryotic cell cycle. These model organisms are generally much easier to manipulate than mammalian cells and as such provide amenable tools for extensive genetic and biochemical analysis. One of the most common model organisms used to study the cell cycle is the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This model provides the ability to synchronise cells efficiently at different stages of the cell cycle, which in turn opens up the possibility for extensive and detailed study of mechanisms regulating the eukaryotic cell cycle. Here, we describe methods in which budding yeast cells are arrested at a particular phase of the cell cycle and then released from the block, permitting the study of molecular mechanisms that drive the progression through the cell cycle.

  7. Viruses and prions of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Wickner, Reed B.; Fujimura, Tsutomu; Esteban, Rosa

    2014-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been a key experimental organism for the study of infectious diseases, including dsRNA viruses, ssRNA viruses and prions. Studies of the mechanisms of virus and prion replication, virus structure and structure of the amyloid filaments that are the basis of yeast prions have been at the forefront of such studies in these classes of infectious entities. Yeast has been particularly useful in defining the interactions of the infectious elements with cellular components: chromosomally encoded proteins necessary for or blocking the propagation of the viruses and prions, and proteins involved in expression of viral components. Here we emphasize the L-A dsRNA virus and its killer-toxin-encoding satellites, the 20S and 23S ssRNA naked viruses, and the several infectious proteins (prions) of yeast. PMID:23498901

  8. Integral Membrane Protein Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Boswell-Casteel, Rebba C; Johnson, Jennifer M; Stroud, Robert M; Hays, Franklin A

    2016-01-01

    Eukaryotic integral membrane proteins are challenging targets for crystallography or functional characterization in a purified state. Since expression is often a limiting factor when studying this difficult class of biological macromolecules, the intent of this chapter is to focus on the expression of eukaryotic integral membrane proteins (IMPs) using the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae. S. cerevisiae is a prime candidate for the expression of eukaryotic IMPs because it offers the convenience of using episomal expression plasmids, selection of positive transformants, posttranslational modifications, and it can properly fold and target IMPs. Here we present a generalized protocol and insights based on our collective knowledge as an aid to overcoming the challenges faced when expressing eukaryotic IMPs in S. cerevisiae.

  9. Disseminated infection with Saccharomyces kluyveri in a patient with AIDS.

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    Pynka, M; Wnuk, A; Bander, D; Syczewska, M; Boroń, A; Prost, B; Wrzecion, S

    1998-01-01

    A 47-year-old man with acquired immune deficiency syndrome was found to have disseminated Saccharomyces kluyveri infection. The yeast was isolated from blood and cerebro-spinal fluid. An autopsy revealed the presence of the microorganism in many organs including liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lung, and brain. The case confirms a potential pathogenicity of yeasts of the genus Saccharomyces in patients with profound immune deficiency, especially in advanced HIV infection.

  10. Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii fungemia following probiotic treatment.

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    Appel-da-Silva, Marcelo C; Narvaez, Gabriel A; Perez, Leandro R R; Drehmer, Laura; Lewgoy, Jairo

    2017-12-01

    Probiotics are commonly prescribed as an adjuvant in the treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. We report the case of an immunocompromised 73-year-old patient on chemotherapy who developed Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii fungemia in a central venous catheter during treatment of antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis with the probiotic Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii. Fungemia was resolved after interruption of probiotic administration without the need to replace the central venous line.

  11. Pt and PtRu catalyst bilayers increase efficiencies for ethanol oxidation in proton exchange membrane electrolysis and fuel cells

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    Altarawneh, Rakan M.; Pickup, Peter G.

    2017-10-01

    Polarization curves, product distributions, and reaction stoichiometries have been measured for the oxidation of ethanol at anodes consisting of Pt and PtRu bilayers and a homogeneous mixture of the two catalysts. These anode structures all show synergies between the two catalysts that can be attributed to the oxidation of acetaldehyde produced at the PtRu catalyst by the Pt catalyst. The use of a PtRu layer over a Pt layer produces the strongest effect, with higher currents than a Pt on PtRu bilayer, mixed layer, or either catalyst alone, except for Pt at high potentials. Reaction stoichiometries (average number of electrons transferred per ethanol molecule) were closer to the values for Pt alone for both of the bilayer configurations but much lower for PtRu and mixed anodes. Although Pt alone would provide the highest overall fuel cell efficiency at low power densities, the PtRu on Pt bilayer would provide higher power densities without a significant loss of efficiency. The origin of the synergy between the Pt and PtRu catalysts was elucidated by separation of the total current into the individual components for generation of carbon dioxide and the acetaldehyde and acetic acid byproducts.

  12. Pt skin coated hollow Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles with high catalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Fu, Tao; Huang, Jianxing; Lai, Shaobo; Zhang, Size; Fang, Jun; Zhao, Jinbao

    2017-10-01

    The catalytic activity and stability of electrocatalyst is critical for the commercialization of fuel cells, and recent reports reveal the great potential of the hollow structures with Pt skin coat for developing high-powered electrocatalysts due to their highly efficient utilization of the Pt atoms. Here, we provide a novel strategy to prepare the Pt skin coated hollow Ag-Pt structure (Ag-Pt@Pt) of ∼8 nm size at room temperature. As loaded on the graphene, the Ag-Pt@Pt exhibits a remarkable mass activity of 0.864 A/mgPt (at 0.9 V, vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE)) towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), which is 5.30 times of the commercial Pt/C catalyst, and the Ag-Pt@Pt also shows a better stability during the ORR catalytic process. The mechanism of this significant enhancement can be attributed to the higher Pt utilization and the unique Pt on Ag-Pt surface structure, which is confirmed by the density functional theory (DFT) calculations and other characterization methods. In conclusion, this original work offers a low-cost and environment-friendly method to prepare a high active electrocatalyst with cheaper price, and this work also discloses the correlation between surface structures and ORR catalytic activity for the hollow structures with Pt skin coat, which can be instructive for designing novel advanced electrocatalysts for fuel cells.

  13. Coating Pt-Ni Octahedra with Ultrathin Pt Shells to Enhance the Durability without Compromising the Activity toward Oxygen Reduction.

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    Park, Jinho; Liu, Jingyue; Peng, Hsin-Chieh; Figueroa-Cosme, Legna; Miao, Shu; Choi, Sang-Il; Bao, Shixiong; Yang, Xuan; Xia, Younan

    2016-08-23

    We describe a new strategy to enhance the catalytic durability of Pt-Ni octahedral nanocrystals in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) by conformally depositing an ultrathin Pt shell on the surface. The Pt-Ni octahedra were synthesized according to a protocol reported previously and then employed directly as seeds for the conformal deposition of ultrathin Pt shells by introducing a Pt precursor dropwise at 200 °C. The amount of Pt precursor was adjusted relative to the number of Pt-Ni octahedra involved to obtain Pt-Ni@Pt1.5L octahedra of 12 nm in edge length for the systematic evaluation of their chemical stability and catalytic durability compared to Pt-Ni octahedra. Specifically, we compared the elemental compositions of the octahedra before and after treatment with acetic and sulfuric acids. We also examined their electrocatalytic stability toward the ORR through an accelerated durability test by using a rotating disk electrode method. Even after treatment with sulfuric acid for 24 h, the Pt-Ni@Pt1.5L octahedra maintained their original Ni content, whereas 11 % of the Ni was lost from the Pt-Ni octahedra. After 10 000 cycles of ORR, the mass activity of the Pt-Ni octahedra decreased by 75 %, whereas the Pt-Ni@Pt1.5L octahedra only showed a 25 % reduction. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. The Mitochondrial Genome Impacts Respiration but Not Fermentation in Interspecific Saccharomyces Hybrids

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    Rigoulet, Michel; Salin, Benedicte; Masneuf-Pomarede, Isabelle; de Vienne, Dominique; Sicard, Delphine; Bely, Marina; Marullo, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    In eukaryotes, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has high rate of nucleotide substitution leading to different mitochondrial haplotypes called mitotypes. However, the impact of mitochondrial genetic variant on phenotypic variation has been poorly considered in microorganisms because mtDNA encodes very few genes compared to nuclear DNA, and also because mitochondrial inheritance is not uniparental. Here we propose original material to unravel mitotype impact on phenotype: we produced interspecific hybrids between S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum species, using fully homozygous diploid parental strains. For two different interspecific crosses involving different parental strains, we recovered 10 independent hybrids per cross, and allowed mtDNA fixation after around 80 generations. We developed PCR-based markers for the rapid discrimination of S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum mitochondrial DNA. For both crosses, we were able to isolate fully isogenic hybrids at the nuclear level, yet possessing either S. cerevisiae mtDNA (Sc-mtDNA) or S. uvarum mtDNA (Su-mtDNA). Under fermentative conditions, the mitotype has no phenotypic impact on fermentation kinetics and products, which was expected since mtDNA are not necessary for fermentative metabolism. Alternatively, under respiratory conditions, hybrids with Sc-mtDNA have higher population growth performance, associated with higher respiratory rate. Indeed, far from the hypothesis that mtDNA variation is neutral, our work shows that mitochondrial polymorphism can have a strong impact on fitness components and hence on the evolutionary fate of the yeast populations. We hypothesize that under fermentative conditions, hybrids may fix stochastically one or the other mt-DNA, while respiratory environments may increase the probability to fix Sc-mtDNA. PMID:24086452

  15. Key Residues and Phosphate Release Routes in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pho84 Transceptor: THE ROLE OF TYR179 IN FUNCTIONAL REGULATION.

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    Samyn, Dieter R; Van der Veken, Jeroen; Van Zeebroeck, Griet; Persson, Bengt L; Karlsson, Björn C G

    2016-12-16

    Pho84, a major facilitator superfamily (MFS) protein, is the main high-affinity Pi transceptor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Although transport mechanisms have been suggested for other MFS members, the key residues and molecular events driving transport by Pi:H(+) symporters are unclear. The current Pho84 transport model is based on the inward-facing occluded crystal structure of the Pho84 homologue PiPT in the fungus Piriformospora indica However, this model is limited by the lack of experimental data on the regulatory residues for each stage of the transport cycle. In this study, an open, inward-facing conformation of Pho84 was used to study the release of Pi A comparison of this conformation with the model for Pi release in PiPT revealed that Tyr(179) in Pho84 (Tyr(150) in PiPT) is not part of the Pi binding site. This difference may be due to a lack of detailed information on the Pi release step in PiPT. Molecular dynamics simulations of Pho84 in which a residue adjacent to Tyr(179), Asp(178), is protonated revealed a conformational change in Pho84 from an open, inward-facing state to an occluded state. Tyr(179) then became part of the binding site as was observed in the PiPT crystal structure. The importance of Tyr(179) in regulating Pi release was supported by site-directed mutagenesis and transport assays. Using trehalase activity measurements, we demonstrated that the release of Pi is a critical step for transceptor signaling. Our results add to previous studies on PiPT, creating a more complete picture of the proton-coupled Pi transport cycle of a transceptor. © 2016 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  16. Copper dusting effects on perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Pt/Co/Pt tri-layers

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    Parakkat, Vineeth Mohanan; Ganesh, K. R.; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of Cu dusting on perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of sputter grown Pt/Co/Pt stack in which the Cu layer is in proximity with that of Co is investigated in this work. We used magneto optic Kerr effect microscopy measurements to study the variation in the reversal mechanisms in films with Co thicknesses below 0.8nm by systematically varying their perpendicular magnetic anisotropy using controlled Cu dusting. Cu dusting was done separately above and below the cobalt layer in order to understand the role of bottom and top Pt layers in magnetization reversal mechanisms of sputtered Pt/Co/Pt stack. The introduction of even 0.3nm thick Cu layer below the cobalt layer drastically affected the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy as evident from the nucleation behavior. On the contrary, even a 4nm thick top Cu layer had little effect on the reversal mechanism. These observations along with magnetization data was used to estimate the role of top and bottom Pt in the origin of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy as well as magnetization switching mechanism in Pt/Co/Pt thin films. Also, with an increase in the bottom Cu dusting from 0.2 to 0.4nm there was an increase in the number of nucleation sites resulting in the transformation of domain wall patterns from a smooth interface type to a finger like one and finally to maze type.

  17. Tunneling magnetoresistance of FePt/NaCl/FePt(001)

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    Tao, L. L.; Liu, D. P.; Liang, S. H.; Han, X. F.; Guo, Hong

    2014-03-01

    We propose and theoretically investigate an interesting and potentially very attractive magnetic tunnel junction FePt/NaCl/FePt(001) for spintronics. It is attractive because the strain at the FePt/NaCl interface is relatively small and, as a result, spin injection from the FePt metal to the NaCl barrier is significant and thus a potentially large TMR ratio can be obtained. The electronic bands with the \\Delta_{1} symmetry of L10 FePt cross the Fermi level for both the majority-spin and minority-spin channels, and the evanescent state with the \\Delta_{1} symmetry dominates the electron transmission through the fcc NaCl barrier. Very respectable values of the tunnel magnetoresistance ratio are predicted. The microscopic physics of quantum transport in this system is systematically analyzed and understood.

  18. In situ construction of Ir@Pt/C nanoparticles in the cathode layer of membrane electrode assemblies with ultra-low Pt loading and high Pt exposure

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    Dang, Dai; Zhang, Lei; Zeng, Xiaoyuan; Tian, Xinlong; Qu, Chong; Nan, Haoxiong; Shu, Ting; Hou, Sanying; Yang, Lijun; Zeng, Jianhuang; Liao, Shijun

    2017-07-01

    A novel membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) with ultra-low Pt loadings and high Pt exposure in the cathode layer is prepared by spraying Ir/C catalyst ink on the membrane surface to form a substrate layer, followed by in situ pulse electrochemical deposition of a Pt shell layer on the Ir core nanoparticles in the substrate layer. It makes the Pt loadings on cathode lower to 0.044 mg/cm2. In our system, the MEA with our novel cathode exhibits excellent performance in a H2/air single fuel cell, which is comparable to that of the MEA prepared with commercial Pt/C catalyst (Johnson Matthey 40% Pt) with Pt loadings of 0.1 mg/cm2. The electrode with core-shell structured catalysts is characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, EDS line-scan, and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Based on the characterization results, it is found that the Pt is highly dispersed on the Ir NPs, and the electronic feature of Pt at shell layer can be tuned by the Ir core particle. Furthermore, the DFT calculation results also reveal the interaction between Pt at shell layer and Ir core. This work may provide a novel pathway to realize low Pt and high Pt utilization in low temperature fuel cells.

  19. Efficient oxygen reduction catalysis by subnanometer Pt alloy nanowires.

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    Jiang, Kezhu; Zhao, Dandan; Guo, Shaojun; Zhang, Xu; Zhu, Xing; Guo, Jun; Lu, Gang; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2017-02-01

    The common knowledge is that Pt and Pt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) less than 2 nm are not desirable for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). However, whether the same trend is expected in Pt-based nanowires (NWs) and nanoplates remains questionable because there is no scalable approach to make such Pt nanostructures. We report a general approach for preparing subnanometer Pt alloy NWs with a diameter of only 4 to 5 atomic layer thickness, ranging from monometallic Pt NWs to bimetallic PtNi and PtCo NWs and to trimetallic PtNiCo NWs. In a sharp contrast to Pt alloy NPs, the subnanometer Pt alloy NWs demonstrate exceptional mass and specific activities of 4.20 A/mg and 5.11 mA/cm(2) at 0.9 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), respectively, 32.3 and 26.9 times higher than those of the commercial Pt/C. Density functional theory simulations reveal that the enhanced ORR activities are attributed to the catalytically active sites on high-density (111) facets in the subnanometer Pt alloy NWs. They are also very stable under the ORR condition with negligible activity decay over the course of 30,000 cycles. Our work presents a new approach to maximize Pt catalytic efficiency with atomic level utilization for efficient heterogeneous catalysis and beyond.

  20. Efficient oxygen reduction catalysis by subnanometer Pt alloy nanowires

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    Jiang, Kezhu; Zhao, Dandan; Guo, Shaojun; Zhang, Xu; Zhu, Xing; Guo, Jun; Lu, Gang; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2017-01-01

    The common knowledge is that Pt and Pt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) less than 2 nm are not desirable for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). However, whether the same trend is expected in Pt-based nanowires (NWs) and nanoplates remains questionable because there is no scalable approach to make such Pt nanostructures. We report a general approach for preparing subnanometer Pt alloy NWs with a diameter of only 4 to 5 atomic layer thickness, ranging from monometallic Pt NWs to bimetallic PtNi and PtCo NWs and to trimetallic PtNiCo NWs. In a sharp contrast to Pt alloy NPs, the subnanometer Pt alloy NWs demonstrate exceptional mass and specific activities of 4.20 A/mg and 5.11 mA/cm2 at 0.9 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), respectively, 32.3 and 26.9 times higher than those of the commercial Pt/C. Density functional theory simulations reveal that the enhanced ORR activities are attributed to the catalytically active sites on high-density (111) facets in the subnanometer Pt alloy NWs. They are also very stable under the ORR condition with negligible activity decay over the course of 30,000 cycles. Our work presents a new approach to maximize Pt catalytic efficiency with atomic level utilization for efficient heterogeneous catalysis and beyond. PMID:28275723

  1. Electrodeposition and electrocatalytic activity of Pt and Pt-alloy nanoparticles and thin films on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG)

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    Lu, Guojin

    Pt and Pt-based alloy catalysts were synthesized by electrodeposition on HOPG. The nucleation and growth, morphology, composition and crystal structure, and electrocatalytic activity (towards relevant reactions in the frame of PEMFCs and DMFCs) of these model electrodes were systematically investigated. The presence of chlorides inhibits the Pt reduction processes. There is a transition from progressive to instantaneous nucleation with increasing overpotential for the deposition from 1 mM H2PtCl6 electrolytes. The possibility of instantaneous nucleation at large overpotential by using electrolytes with large chloride concentration is advantageous for the growth of small, well dispersed nanoparticles. The electrochemical data were confirmed by AFM and SEM imaging studies. Relatively narrow size distributed nanoparticles can be obtained from the current system. While MOR activity decreases with decreasing particle size, the HER and HOR activity of deposited Pt particles increases with decreasing deposition period. The ORR activity first increases then decreases with increasing deposition time. Interactions between Pt and Ru, or Ni or Co are observed and they form solid solution as verified by XRD. Underpotential deposition occurs for Pt-Ni or Pt-Co co-electrodeposition. Pt-Ru deposition can be described as progressive nucleation at low overpotential and instantaneous nucleation at high overpotentials. Through direct morphological observations, the Pt-Ni or Pt-Co nucleation can be approximately described as progressive. Pt-Ru deposits are superior to Pt towards MOR. The optimum Ru content is about 50 at.%. Pt-Ni and Pt-Co deposits are more active than Pt for ORR. The optimum content is about 30 at.% Ni or 50 at.% Co. Dealloying of Pt-Ru and Pt-Ni or Pt-Co electrodeposit is observed after electrochemical characterization. The extent of dealloying increases with the content of the alloying element.

  2. Surface chemistry of aromatic reactants on Pt- and Mo-modified Pt catalysts

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    Robinson, Allison M.; Mark, Lesli; Rasmussen, Mathew J.; ...

    2016-11-01

    Supported catalysts containing an oxophilic metal such as Mo and a noble metal such as Pt have shown promising activity and selectivity for deoxygenation of biomass-derived compounds. Here, we report that PtMo catalysts also promote hydrogenolysis of the model compound benzyl alcohol, while decarbonylation is most prevalent over unmodified Pt. A combination of single crystal surface science studies, density functional theory (DFT) calculations, and vapor phase upgrading experiments using supported catalysts was carried out to better understand the mechanism by which Mo promotes deoxygenation. Molybdenum was deposited in submonolayer quantities on a Pt(111) surface and reduced at high temperature. Temperature-programmedmore » desorption (TPD) experiments using benzyl alcohol as a reactant showed greatly enhanced yields of the deoxygenation product toluene at moderate Mo coverages. To understand how the interaction of the aromatic group with the surface influenced this reactivity, we investigated the adsorption of toluene as a probe molecule. We found that the addition of Mo to Pt(111) resulted in a significant decrease in toluene decomposition. DFT calculations indicated that this decrease was consistent with decreased aromatic adsorption strengths that accompany incorporation of Mo into the Pt subsurface. The weaker aromatic-surface interaction on Pt/Mo surfaces led to a tilted adsorption geometry for benzyl alcohol, which presumably promotes hydrogenolysis to produce toluene instead of decarbonylation to produce benzene and CO. Alumina-supported Pt and PtMo catalysts were also tested for benzyl alcohol deoxygenation. PtMo catalysts had a higher rate of toluene production and lower rates of benzene and benzaldehyde production. Additionally, when benzaldehyde was used as the reactant to measure decarbonylation activity the mass-normalized rate of benzene production was 2.5 times higher on Pt than PtMo. Altogether, the results of TPD, DFT, and supported catalyst

  3. Surface chemistry of aromatic reactants on Pt- and Mo-modified Pt catalysts

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    Robinson, Allison M.; Mark, Lesli; Rasmussen, Mathew J.; Hensley, Jesse E.; Medlin, J. Will

    2016-11-01

    Supported catalysts containing an oxophilic metal such as Mo and a noble metal such as Pt have shown promising activity and selectivity for deoxygenation of biomass-derived compounds. Here, we report that PtMo catalysts also promote hydrogenolysis of the model compound benzyl alcohol, while decarbonylation is most prevalent over unmodified Pt. A combination of single crystal surface science studies, density functional theory (DFT) calculations, and vapor phase upgrading experiments using supported catalysts was carried out to better understand the mechanism by which Mo promotes deoxygenation. Molybdenum was deposited in submonolayer quantities on a Pt(111) surface and reduced at high temperature. Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) experiments using benzyl alcohol as a reactant showed greatly enhanced yields of the deoxygenation product toluene at moderate Mo coverages. To understand how the interaction of the aromatic group with the surface influenced this reactivity, we investigated the adsorption of toluene as a probe molecule. We found that the addition of Mo to Pt(111) resulted in a significant decrease in toluene decomposition. DFT calculations indicated that this decrease was consistent with decreased aromatic adsorption strengths that accompany incorporation of Mo into the Pt subsurface. The weaker aromatic-surface interaction on Pt/Mo surfaces led to a tilted adsorption geometry for benzyl alcohol, which presumably promotes hydrogenolysis to produce toluene instead of decarbonylation to produce benzene and CO. Alumina-supported Pt and PtMo catalysts were also tested for benzyl alcohol deoxygenation. PtMo catalysts had a higher rate of toluene production and lower rates of benzene and benzaldehyde production. Additionally, when benzaldehyde was used as the reactant to measure decarbonylation activity the mass-normalized rate of benzene production was 2.5 times higher on Pt than PtMo. Altogether, the results of TPD, DFT, and supported catalyst

  4. PMN-PT nanostructures for energy scavenging

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    Wu, Fan; Yao, Nan

    2017-06-01

    Piezoelectric nanocrystals have been used for self-powered nanosystems, implantable biodevices, wireless sensors and portable/wearable electronics. A profound way to increase the output voltage (or power) of the piezoelectric devices is to utilize a material with higher piezoelectric constants. (1 - x)Pb (Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 - x PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) has been considered as the piezoelectric material of the next generation due to the high piezoelectric constant. The high flexibility, sensitivity and strain tolerance of PMN-PT nanostructures make them ideal for self-powered nanosystems. This article reviews the fabrication and structural characterization of different PMN-PT nanostructures, and their applications in various devices.

  5. Multi-enzyme production by pure and mixed cultures of Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts during wine fermentation.

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    Maturano, Y Paola; Rodríguez Assaf, Leticia A; Toro, M Eugenia; Nally, M Cristina; Vallejo, Martha; Castellanos de Figueroa, Lucía I; Combina, Mariana; Vazquez, Fabio

    2012-04-02

    Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts release enzymes that are able to transform neutral compounds of grape berries into active aromatic compounds, a process that enhances the sensory attributes of wines. So far, there exists only little information about enzymatic activity in mixed cultures of Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces during grape must fermentations. The aim of the present work was to determine the ability of yeasts to produce extracellular enzymes of enological relevance (β-glucosidases, pectinases, proteases, amylases or xylanases) in pure and mixed Saccharomyces/non-Saccharomyces cultures during fermentation. Pure and mixed cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae BSc562, Hanseniaspora vinae BHv438 and Torulaspora delbrueckii BTd259 were assayed: 1% S. cerevisiae/99% H. vinae, 10% S. cerevisiae/90% H. vinae, 1% S. cerevisiae/99% T. delbrueckii and 10% S. cerevisiae/90% T. delbrueckii. Microvinifications were carried out with fresh must without pressing from Vitis vinifera L. c.v. Pedro Jiménez, an autochthonous variety from Argentina. Non-Saccharomyces species survived during 15-18days (BTd259) or until the end of the fermentation (BHv438) and influenced enzymatic profiles of mixed cultures. The results suggest that high concentrations of sugars did not affect enzymatic activity. β-Glucosidase and pectinase activities seemed to be adversely affected by an increase in ethanol: activity diminished with increasing fermentation time. Throughout the fermentation, Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces isolates assayed produced a broad range of enzymes of enological interest that catalyze hydrolysis of polymers present in grape juice. Vinifications carried out by a pure or mixed culture of BTd259 (99% of T. delbrueckii) showed the highest production of all enzymes assayed except for β-glucosidase. In mixed cultures, S. cerevisiae outgrew H. vinae, and T. delbrueckii was only detected until halfway the fermentation process. Nevertheless, their secreted

  6. Detecting broken \\mathbf{\\mathsf{PT}} -symmetry

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    Weigert, Stefan

    2006-08-01

    A fundamental problem in the theory of \\mathbf{\\mathsf{PT}} -invariant quantum systems is to determine whether a given system 'respects' this symmetry or not. If not, the system usually develops non-real eigenvalues. It is shown in this contribution how to algorithmically detect the existence of complex eigenvalues for a given PT-symmetric matrix. The procedure uses classical results from stability theory which qualitatively locate the zeros of real polynomials in the complex plane. The interest and value of the present approach lies in the fact that it avoids diagonalization of the Hamiltonian at hand.

  7. Tailoring Curie temperature and magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films

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    Parakkat, Vineeth Mohanan; Ganesh, K. R.; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2016-05-01

    The dependence of perpendicular magnetization and Curie temperature (Tc) of Pt/Co/Pt thin films on the thicknesses of Pt seed (Pts) and presence of Ta buffer layer has been investigated in this work. Pt and Co thicknesses were varied between 2 to 8 nm and 0.35 to 1.31 nm (across the spin reorientation transition thickness) respectively and the Tc was measured using SQUID magnetometer. We have observed a systematic dependence of Tc on the thickness of Pts. For 8nm thickness of Pts the Co layer of 0.35nm showed ferromagnetism with perpendicular anisotropy at room temperature. As the thickness of the Pts was decreased to 2nm, the Tc went down below 250K. XRD data indicated polycrystalline growth of Pts on SiO2. On the contrary Ta buffer layer promoted the growth of Pt(111). As a consequence Ta(5nm)/Pt(3nm)/Co(0.35nm)/Pt(2nm) had much higher Tc (above 300K) with perpendicular anisotropy when compared to the same stack without the Ta layer. Thus we could tune the ferromagnetic Tc and anisotropy by varying the Pts thickness and also by introducing Ta buffer layer. We attribute these observations to the micro-structural evolution of Pts layer which hosts the Co layer.

  8. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance study of the electrodeposition of Co, Pt and Pt-Co alloy

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    Martín, A. J.; Chaparro, A. M.; Daza, L.

    The electrochemical deposition of Co, Pt and Pt-Co alloy are studied with the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) on a gold substrate. Co is deposited from acidic sulphate bath containing boric acid. Different processes are identified in this bath. Electrodeposition of Co on Au substrate is observed at potentials above redox potential, underpotential deposition, most probably due to formation of a Co-Au alloy. At more cathodic potentials, below -0.5 V, metallic Co is formed. The film is completely dissolved at positive potentials during the anodic scan, probably mediated by Co(OH) 2. The electrodeposition of platinum from acidic PtCl 6 2- bath occurs below the thermodynamic potential (0.74 V) with almost 100% efficiency. At potentials negative from 0.0 V the efficiency decreases due to parallel water reduction. The codeposition of Co and Pt is also studied in acidic bath. Here, the decrease of pH due to water reduction on Pt deposits gives rise to precipitation of Co(OH) 2, together with the deposition of metallic Pt and Co. The films contain as major component the Pt 3Co alloy.

  9. Sintering of Pt nanoparticles via volatile PtO2: Simulation and comparison with experiments

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    Plessow, Philipp N.; Abild-Pedersen, Frank

    2016-09-23

    It is a longstanding question whether sintering of platinum under oxidizing conditions is mediated by surface migration of Pt species or through the gas phase, by PtO2(g). Clearly, a rational approach to avoid sintering requires understanding the underlying mechanism. A basic theory for the simulation of ripening through the vapor phase has been derived by Wynblatt and Gjostein. Recent modeling efforts, however, have focused entirely on surface-mediated ripening. In this work, we explicitly model ripening through PtO2(g) and study how oxygen pressure, temperature, and shape of the particle size distribution affect sintering. On the basis of the available data onmore » α-quartz, adsorption of monomeric Pt species on the support is extremely weak and has therefore not been explicitly simulated, while this may be important for more strongly interacting supports. Our simulations clearly show that ripening through the gas phase is predicted to be relevant. Assuming clean Pt particles, sintering is generally overestimated. This can be remedied by explicitly including oxygen coverage effects that lower both surface free energies and the sticking coefficient of PtO2(g). Additionally, mass-transport limitations in the gas phase may play a role. Using a parameterization that accounts for these effects, we can quantitatively reproduce a number of experiments from the literature, including pressure and temperature dependence. Lastly, this substantiates the hypothesis of ripening via PtO2(g) as an alternative to surface-mediated ripening.« less

  10. Pt +-mediated activation of methane: theory and experiment

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    Heinemann, Christoph; Wesendrup, Ralf; Schwarz, Helmut

    1995-06-01

    A combined theoretical and experimental study on the Pt +-mediated activation of methane is presented. Dehydrogenation of CH 4 by thermalized Pt + cations (Pt + + CH 4 ← PtCH 2+ + H 2) proceeds along a doublet ground state potential energy surface and is found to be reversible under the conditions of Fourier transform ion-cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. The recently reported oxidation of the cationic platinum carbene PtCH 2+ by O 2 produces electronically excited Pt + cations, which are detected in the 4F9/2 state by means of charge-transfer bracketing experiments.

  11. Pt-Ni and Pt-Co Catalyst Synthesis Route for Fuel Cell Applications

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    Firdosy, Samad A.; Ravi, Vilupanur A.; Valdez, Thomas I.; Kisor, Adam; Narayan, Sri R.

    2013-01-01

    Oxygen reduction reactions (ORRs) at the cathode are the rate-limiting step in fuel cell performance. The ORR is 100 times slower than the corresponding hydrogen oxidation at the anode. Speeding up the reaction at the cathode will improve fuel cell efficiency. The cathode material is generally Pt powder painted onto a substrate (e.g., graphite paper). Recent efforts in the fuel cell area have focused on replacing Pt with Pt-X alloys (where X = Co, Ni, Zr, etc.) in order to (a) reduce cost, and (b) increase ORR rates. One of these strategies is to increase ORR rates by reducing the powder size, which would result in an increase in the surface area, thereby facilitating faster reaction rates. In this work, a process has been developed that creates Pt-Ni or Pt-Co alloys that are finely divided (on the nano scale) and provide equivalent performance at lower Pt loadings. Lower Pt loadings will translate to lower cost. Precursor salts of the metals are dissolved in water and mixed. Next, the salt mixtures are dried on a hot plate. Finally, the dried salt mixture is heattreated in a furnace under flowing reducing gas. The catalyst powder is then used to fabricate a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for electrochemical performance testing. The Pt- Co catalyst-based MEA showed comparable performance to an MEA fabri cated using a standard Pt black fuel cell catalyst. The main objective of this program has been to increase the overall efficiencies of fuel cell systems to support power for manned lunar bases. This work may also have an impact on terrestrial programs, possibly to support the effort to develop a carbon-free energy source. This catalyst can be used to fabricate high-efficiency fuel cell units that can be used in space as regenerative fuel cell systems, and terrestrially as primary fuel cells. Terrestrially, this technology will become increasingly important when transition to a hydrogen economy occurs.

  12. Disentangling interface and bulk contributions to the anisotropic magnetoresistance in Pt/Co/Pt sandwiches

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    Kobs, André; Oepen, Hans Peter

    2016-01-01

    We report on interfacial contributions to the anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) in Co layers sandwiched between Pt. Utilizing the Fuchs-Sondheimer formalism interface contributions can be separated from bulklike AMR. We demonstrate that for all-metal systems interfacial AMR is also present when varying the magnetization within the film plane. This interfacial in-plane AMR is two times smaller than the contribution that arises when the magnetization is varied within the plane perpendicular to the current direction. This finding is in contrast to the spin Hall MR found for ferromagnetic insulator/Pt bilayers revealing the existence of different MR effects at the interfaces of Pt with conducting and insulating ferromagnets.

  13. Impact of oxygenation on the performance of three non-Saccharomyces yeasts in co-fermentation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Shekhawat, Kirti; Bauer, Florian F; Setati, Mathabatha E

    2017-03-01

    The sequential or co-inoculation of grape must with non-Saccharomyces yeast species and Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine yeast strains has recently become a common practice in winemaking. The procedure intends to enhance unique aroma and flavor profiles of wine. The extent of the impact of non-Saccharomyces strains depends on their ability to produce biomass and to remain metabolically active for a sufficiently long period. However, mixed-culture wine fermentations tend to become rapidly dominated by S. cerevisiae, reducing or eliminating the non-Saccharomyces yeast contribution. For an efficient application of these yeasts, it is therefore essential to understand the environmental factors that modulate the population dynamics of such ecosystems. Several environmental parameters have been shown to influence population dynamics, but their specific effect remains largely uncharacterized. In this study, the population dynamics in co-fermentations of S. cerevisiae and three non-Saccharomyces yeast species: Torulaspora delbrueckii, Lachancea thermotolerans, and Metschnikowia pulcherrima, was investigated as a function of oxygen availability. In all cases, oxygen availability strongly influenced population dynamics, but clear species-dependent differences were observed. Our data show that L. thermotolerans required the least oxygen, followed by T. delbrueckii and M. pulcherrima. Distinct species-specific chemical volatile profiles correlated in all cases with increased persistence of non-Saccharomyces yeasts, in particular increases in some higher alcohols and medium chain fatty acids. The results highlight the role of oxygen in regulating the succession of yeasts during wine fermentations and suggests that more stringent aeration strategies would be necessary to support the persistence of non-Saccharomyces yeasts in real must fermentations.

  14. Cell wall construction in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Klis, Frans M; Boorsma, Andre; De Groot, Piet W J

    2006-02-01

    In this review, we discuss new insights in cell wall architecture and cell wall construction in the ascomycetous yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Transcriptional profiling studies combined with biochemical work have provided ample evidence that the cell wall is a highly adaptable organelle. In particular, the protein population that is anchored to the stress-bearing polysaccharides of the cell wall, and forms the interface with the outside world, is highly diverse. This diversity is believed to play an important role in adaptation of the cell to environmental conditions, in growth mode and in survival. Cell wall construction is tightly controlled and strictly coordinated with progression of the cell cycle. This is reflected in the usage of specific cell wall proteins during consecutive phases of the cell cycle and in the recent discovery of a cell wall integrity checkpoint. When the cell is challenged with stress conditions that affect the cell wall, a specific transcriptional response is observed that includes the general stress response, the cell wall integrity pathway and the calcineurin pathway. This salvage mechanism includes increased expression of putative cell wall assemblases and some potential cross-linking cell wall proteins, and crucial changes in cell wall architecture. We discuss some more enzymes involved in cell wall construction and also potential inhibitors of these enzymes. Finally, we use both biochemical and genomic data to infer that the architectural principles used by S. cerevisiae to build its cell wall are also used by many other ascomycetous yeasts and also by some mycelial ascomycetous fungi.

  15. Functional profiling of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome.

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    Giaever, Guri; Chu, Angela M; Ni, Li; Connelly, Carla; Riles, Linda; Véronneau, Steeve; Dow, Sally; Lucau-Danila, Ankuta; Anderson, Keith; André, Bruno; Arkin, Adam P; Astromoff, Anna; El-Bakkoury, Mohamed; Bangham, Rhonda; Benito, Rocio; Brachat, Sophie; Campanaro, Stefano; Curtiss, Matt; Davis, Karen; Deutschbauer, Adam; Entian, Karl-Dieter; Flaherty, Patrick; Foury, Francoise; Garfinkel, David J; Gerstein, Mark; Gotte, Deanna; Güldener, Ulrich; Hegemann, Johannes H; Hempel, Svenja; Herman, Zelek; Jaramillo, Daniel F; Kelly, Diane E; Kelly, Steven L; Kötter, Peter; LaBonte, Darlene; Lamb, David C; Lan, Ning; Liang, Hong; Liao, Hong; Liu, Lucy; Luo, Chuanyun; Lussier, Marc; Mao, Rong; Menard, Patrice; Ooi, Siew Loon; Revuelta, Jose L; Roberts, Christopher J; Rose, Matthias; Ross-Macdonald, Petra; Scherens, Bart; Schimmack, Greg; Shafer, Brenda; Shoemaker, Daniel D; Sookhai-Mahadeo, Sharon; Storms, Reginald K; Strathern, Jeffrey N; Valle, Giorgio; Voet, Marleen; Volckaert, Guido; Wang, Ching-yun; Ward, Teresa R; Wilhelmy, Julie; Winzeler, Elizabeth A; Yang, Yonghong; Yen, Grace; Youngman, Elaine; Yu, Kexin; Bussey, Howard; Boeke, Jef D; Snyder, Michael; Philippsen, Peter; Davis, Ronald W; Johnston, Mark

    2002-07-25

    Determining the effect of gene deletion is a fundamental approach to understanding gene function. Conventional genetic screens exhibit biases, and genes contributing to a phenotype are often missed. We systematically constructed a nearly complete collection of gene-deletion mutants (96% of annotated open reading frames, or ORFs) of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. DNA sequences dubbed 'molecular bar codes' uniquely identify each strain, enabling their growth to be analysed in parallel and the fitness contribution of each gene to be quantitatively assessed by hybridization to high-density oligonucleotide arrays. We show that previously known and new genes are necessary for optimal growth under six well-studied conditions: high salt, sorbitol, galactose, pH 8, minimal medium and nystatin treatment. Less than 7% of genes that exhibit a significant increase in messenger RNA expression are also required for optimal growth in four of the tested conditions. Our results validate the yeast gene-deletion collection as a valuable resource for functional genomics.

  16. Regulation of Phosphatidylcholine Biosynthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Waechter, Charles J.; Lester, Robert L.

    1971-01-01

    Evidence is presented which indicates that the biosynthesis of phosphatidylcholine by the methylation pathway in growing cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is repressed by the presence of choline in the growth medium. This result, obtained previously for glucose-grown cells, was also observed for lactate-grown cells, of which half of the phosphatidylcholine is mitochondrial. A respiration-deficient mutant of the parent wild-type strain has been studied, and its inability to form functional mitochondria cannot be due to an impaired methylation pathway, as it has been shown to incorporate 14C-CH3-methionine into all of the methylated glycerophosphatides. The incorporation rate is depressed by the inclusion of 1 mm choline in the growth medium, suggesting a regulatory effect similar to that demonstrated for the wild-type strain. The effects of choline on the glycerophospholipid composition of lactate and glucose-grown cells is presented. The repressive effects of the two related bases, mono- and dimethylethanolamine, were examined, and reduced levels of 14C-CH3-methionine incorporation were found for cells grown in the presence of these bases. The effect of choline on the methylation rates is reversible and glucosegrown cells regain the nonrepressed level of methylation activity in 60 to 80 min after removal of choline from the growth medium. Images PMID:5547992

  17. Acetylation dynamics and stoichiometry in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Weinert, Brian T; Iesmantavicius, Vytautas; Moustafa, Tarek; Schölz, Christian; Wagner, Sebastian A; Magnes, Christoph; Zechner, Rudolf; Choudhary, Chunaram

    2014-01-01

    Lysine acetylation is a frequently occurring posttranslational modification; however, little is known about the origin and regulation of most sites. Here we used quantitative mass spectrometry to analyze acetylation dynamics and stoichiometry in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We found that acetylation accumulated in growth-arrested cells in a manner that depended on acetyl-CoA generation in distinct subcellular compartments. Mitochondrial acetylation levels correlated with acetyl-CoA concentration in vivo and acetyl-CoA acetylated lysine residues nonenzymatically in vitro. We developed a method to estimate acetylation stoichiometry and found that the vast majority of mitochondrial and cytoplasmic acetylation had a very low stoichiometry. However, mitochondrial acetylation occurred at a significantly higher basal level than cytoplasmic acetylation, consistent with the distinct acetylation dynamics and higher acetyl-CoA concentration in mitochondria. High stoichiometry acetylation occurred mostly on histones, proteins present in histone acetyltransferase and deacetylase complexes, and on transcription factors. These data show that a majority of acetylation occurs at very low levels in exponentially growing yeast and is uniformly affected by exposure to acetyl-CoA.

  18. A biochemically structured model for Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Lei, F; Rotbøll, M; Jørgensen, S B

    2001-07-12

    A biochemically structured model for the aerobic growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on glucose and ethanol is presented. The model focuses on the pyruvate and acetaldehyde branch points where overflow metabolism occurs when the growth changes from oxidative to oxido-reductive. The model is designed to describe the onset of aerobic alcoholic fermentation during steady-state as well as under dynamical conditions, by triggering an increase in the glycolytic flux using a key signalling component which is assumed to be closely related to acetaldehyde. An investigation of the modelled process dynamics in a continuous cultivation revealed multiple steady states in a region of dilution rates around the transition between oxidative and oxido-reductive growth. A bifurcation analysis using the two external variables, the dilution rate, D, and the inlet concentration of glucose, S(f), as parameters, showed that a fold bifurcation occurs close to the critical dilution rate resulting in multiple steady-states. The region of dilution rates within which multiple steady states may occur depends strongly on the substrate feed concentration. Consequently a single steady state may prevail at low feed concentrations, whereas multiple steady states may occur over a relatively wide range of dilution rates at higher feed concentrations.

  19. Saccharomyces cerevisiae metabolism in ecological context

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    Jouhten, Paula; Ponomarova, Olga; Gonzalez, Ramon; Patil, Kiran R.

    2016-01-01

    The architecture and regulation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae metabolic network are among the best studied owing to its widespread use in both basic research and industry. Yet, several recent studies have revealed notable limitations in explaining genotype–metabolic phenotype relations in this yeast, especially when concerning multiple genetic/environmental perturbations. Apparently unexpected genotype–phenotype relations may originate in the evolutionarily shaped cellular operating principles being hidden in common laboratory conditions. Predecessors of laboratory S. cerevisiae strains, the wild and the domesticated yeasts, have been evolutionarily shaped by highly variable environments, very distinct from laboratory conditions, and most interestingly by social life within microbial communities. Here we present a brief review of the genotypic and phenotypic peculiarities of S. cerevisiae in the context of its social lifestyle beyond laboratory environments. Accounting for this ecological context and the origin of the laboratory strains in experimental design and data analysis would be essential in improving the understanding of genotype–environment–phenotype relationships. PMID:27634775

  20. Cold Osmotic Shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Patching, J. W.; Rose, A. H.

    1971-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC 366 is susceptible to cold osmotic shock. Exponentially growing cells from batch cultures grown in defined medium at 30 C, after being suspended in 0.8 m mannitol containing 10 mm ethylenedia-minetetraacetic acid and then resuspended in ice-cold 0.5 mm MgCl2, accumulated the nonmetabolizable solutes d-glucosamine-hydrochloride and 2-aminoisobutyrate at slower rates than unshocked cells; shocked cells retained their viability. Storage of unshocked batch-grown cells in buffer at 10 C led to an increase in ability to accumulate glucosamine, and further experiments were confined to cells grown in a chemostat under conditions of glucose limitation, thereby obviating the need for storing cells before use. A study was made of the effect of the different stages in the cold osmotic shock procedure, including the osmotic stress, the chelating agent, and the cold Mg2+-containing diluent, on viability and solute-accumulating ability. Growth of shocked cells in defined medium resembled that of unshocked cells; however, in malt extract-yeast extract-glucose-peptone medium, the shocked cells had a longer lag phase of growth and initially grew at a slower rate. Cold osmotic shock caused the release of low-molecular-weight compounds and about 6 to 8% of the cell protein. Neither the cell envelope enzymes, invertase, acid phosphatase and l-leucine-β-naphthylamidase, nor the cytoplasmic enzyme, alkaline phosphatase, were released when yeast cells were subjected to cold osmotic shock. PMID:5001201

  1. [Recent advances in Saccharomyces boulardii research].

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    Im, E; Pothoulakis, C

    2010-09-01

    This review summarizes the probiotic mechanisms of action of Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii) against inflammatory and non-inflammatory diarrheal conditions. S. boulardii is distributed in lyophilized form in many countries and used for the prevention of diarrhea in children and adults, including Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) associated infection. The main mechanisms of action of S. boulardii include inhibition of activities of bacterial pathogenic products, trophic effects on the intestinal mucosa, as well as modification of host signaling pathways involved in inflammatory and non-inflammatory intestinal diseases. S. boulardii inhibits production of pro-inflammatory cytokines by inhibiting main regulators of inflammation, including nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAP kinases), ERK1/2 and p38, but stimulates production of anti-inflammatory molecules such as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ). Moreover, S. boulardii suppresses bacterial infection by inhibiting adhesion and/or overgrowth of bacteria, produces a serine protease that cleaves C. difficile toxin A, and stimulates antibody production against this toxin. Furthermore, S. boulardii may interfere with pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) by acting on T cells and acts in diarrheal conditions by improving the fecal biostructure in patients with diarrhea. These diverse mechanisms exerted by S. boulardii provide molecular clues for its effectiveness in diarrheal diseases and intestinal inflammatory conditions with an inflammatory component. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Mechanisms of ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Ma, Menggen; Liu, Z Lewis

    2010-07-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a superb ethanol producer, yet is also sensitive to higher ethanol concentrations especially under high gravity or very high gravity fermentation conditions. Ethanol tolerance is associated with interplay of complex networks at the genome level. Although significant efforts have been made to study ethanol stress response in past decades, mechanisms of ethanol tolerance are not well known. With developments of genome sequencing and genomic technologies, our understanding of yeast biology has been revolutionarily advanced. More evidence of mechanisms of ethanol tolerance have been discovered involving multiple loci, multi-stress, and complex interactions as well as signal transduction pathways and regulatory networks. Transcription dynamics and profiling studies of key gene sets including heat shock proteins provided insight into tolerance mechanisms. A transient gene expression response or a stress response to ethanol does not necessarily lead to ethanol tolerance in yeast. Reprogrammed pathways and interactions of cofactor regeneration and redox balance observed from studies of tolerant yeast demonstrated the significant importance of a time-course study for ethanol tolerance. In this review, we focus on current advances of our understanding for ethanol-tolerance mechanisms of S. cerevisiae including gene expression responses, pathway-based analysis, signal transduction and regulatory networks. A prototype of global system model for mechanisms of ethanol tolerance is presented.

  3. Methylamine and ammonia transport in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Roon, R J; Even, H L; Dunlop, P; Larimore, F L

    1975-01-01

    Methylamine (methylammonium ion) entered Saccharomyces cerevisiae X2180-A by means of a specific active transport system. Methylamine uptake was pH dependent (maximum rate between pH 6.0 and 6.5) and temperature dependent (increasing up to 35 C) and required the presence of a fermentable or oxidizable energy source in the growth medium. At 23 C the vmax for methylamine transport was similar 17 nmol/min per mg of cells (dry weight) and the apparent Km was 220 muM. The transport system exhibited maximal activity in ammonia-grown cells and was repressed 60 to 70 percent when glutamine or asparagine was added to the growth medium. There was no significant derepression of the transport system during nitrogen starvation. Ammonia (ammonium ion) was a strong competitive inhibitor of methylamine uptake, whereas other amines inhibited to a much lesser extent. Mutants selected on the basis of their reduced ability to transport methylamine (Mea-R) simultaneously exhibited a decreased ability to transport ammonia. PMID:236281

  4. Synthesis of Morphinan Alkaloids in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Fossati, Elena; Narcross, Lauren; Ekins, Andrew; Falgueyret, Jean-Pierre; Martin, Vincent J J

    2015-01-01

    Morphinan alkaloids are the most powerful narcotic analgesics currently used to treat moderate to severe and chronic pain. The feasibility of morphinan synthesis in recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae starting from the precursor (R,S)-norlaudanosoline was investigated. Chiral analysis of the reticuline produced by the expression of opium poppy methyltransferases showed strict enantioselectivity for (S)-reticuline starting from (R,S)-norlaudanosoline. In addition, the P. somniferum enzymes salutaridine synthase (PsSAS), salutaridine reductase (PsSAR) and salutaridinol acetyltransferase (PsSAT) were functionally co-expressed in S. cerevisiae and optimization of the pH conditions allowed for productive spontaneous rearrangement of salutaridinol-7-O-acetate and synthesis of thebaine from (R)-reticuline. Finally, we reconstituted a 7-gene pathway for the production of codeine and morphine from (R)-reticuline. Yeast cell feeding assays using (R)-reticuline, salutaridine or codeine as substrates showed that all enzymes were functionally co-expressed in yeast and that activity of salutaridine reductase and codeine-O-demethylase likely limit flux to morphine synthesis. The results of this study describe a significant advance for the synthesis of morphinans in S. cerevisiae and pave the way for their complete synthesis in recombinant microbes.

  5. Limited proteolysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase.

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    Herrera, L; Encinas, M V; Jabalquinto, A M; Cardemil, E

    1993-08-01

    Incubation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase with trypsin under native conditions cases a time-dependent loss of activity and the production of protein fragments. Cleavage sites determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and sequence analyses identified protease-sensitive peptide bonds between amino acid residues at positions 9-10 and 76-77. Additional fragmentation sites were also detected in a region approximately 70-80 amino acids before the carboxyl end of the protein. These results suggest that the enzyme is formed by a central compact domain comprising more than two thirds of the whole protein structure. From proteolysis experiments carried out in the presence of substrates, it could be inferred that CO2 binding specifically protects position 76-77 from trypsin action. Intrinsic fluorescence measurements demonstrated that CO2 binding induces a protein conformational change, and a dissociation constant for the enzyme CO2 complex of 8.2 +/- 0.6 mM was determined.

  6. Stationary phase in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Werner-Washburne, M; Braun, E; Johnston, G C; Singer, R A

    1993-01-01

    Growth and proliferation of microorganisms such as the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae are controlled in part by the availability of nutrients. When proliferating yeast cells exhaust available nutrients, they enter a stationary phase characterized by cell cycle arrest and specific physiological, biochemical, and morphological changes. These changes include thickening of the cell wall, accumulation of reserve carbohydrates, and acquisition of thermotolerance. Recent characterization of mutant cells that are conditionally defective only for the resumption of proliferation from stationary phase provides evidence that stationary phase is a unique developmental state. Strains with mutations affecting entry into and survival during stationary phase have also been isolated, and the mutations have been shown to affect at least seven different cellular processes: (i) signal transduction, (ii) protein synthesis, (iii) protein N-terminal acetylation, (iv) protein turnover, (v) protein secretion, (vi) membrane biosynthesis, and (vii) cell polarity. The exact nature of the relationship between these processes and survival during stationary phase remains to be elucidated. We propose that cell cycle arrest coordinated with the ability to remain viable in the absence of additional nutrients provides a good operational definition of starvation-induced stationary phase. PMID:8393130

  7. Progress in Metabolic Engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Nevoigt, Elke

    2008-01-01

    Summary: The traditional use of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in alcoholic fermentation has, over time, resulted in substantial accumulated knowledge concerning genetics, physiology, and biochemistry as well as genetic engineering and fermentation technologies. S. cerevisiae has become a platform organism for developing metabolic engineering strategies, methods, and tools. The current review discusses the relevance of several engineering strategies, such as rational and inverse metabolic engineering, evolutionary engineering, and global transcription machinery engineering, in yeast strain improvement. It also summarizes existing tools for fine-tuning and regulating enzyme activities and thus metabolic pathways. Recent examples of yeast metabolic engineering for food, beverage, and industrial biotechnology (bioethanol and bulk and fine chemicals) follow. S. cerevisiae currently enjoys increasing popularity as a production organism in industrial (“white”) biotechnology due to its inherent tolerance of low pH values and high ethanol and inhibitor concentrations and its ability to grow anaerobically. Attention is paid to utilizing lignocellulosic biomass as a potential substrate. PMID:18772282

  8. A Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant with increased virulence.

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    Wheeler, Robert T; Kupiec, Martin; Magnelli, Paula; Abeijon, Claudia; Fink, Gerald R

    2003-03-04

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae, bakers' yeast, is not a pathogen in healthy individuals, but is increasingly isolated from immunocompromised patients. The more frequent isolation of S. cerevisiae clinically raises a number of questions concerning the origin, survival, and virulence of this organism in human hosts. Here we compare the virulence of a human isolate, a strain isolated from decaying fruit, and a common laboratory strain in a mouse infection model. We find that the plant isolate is lethal in mice, whereas the laboratory strain is avirulent. A knockout of the SSD1 gene, which alters the composition and cell wall architecture of the yeast cell surface, causes both the clinical and plant isolates to be more virulent in the mouse model of infection. The hypervirulent ssd1 Delta/ssd1 Delta yeast strain is a more potent elicitor of proinflammatory cytokines from macrophages in vitro. Our data suggest that the increased virulence of the mutant strains is a consequence of unique surface characteristics that overstimulate the proinflammatory response.

  9. Killer systems of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Nesterova, G.F.

    1989-01-01

    The killer systems of Saccharomyces cerevisiae are an unusual class of cytoplasmic symbionts of primitive eukaryotes. The genetic material of these symbionts is double-stranded RNA. They are characterized by the linearity of the genome, its fragmentation into a major and a minor fraction, which replicate separately, and their ability to control the synthesis of secretory mycocin proteins possessing a toxic action on closely related strains. The secretion of mycocins at the same time ensures acquiring of resistance to them. Strains containing killer symbionts are toxigenic and resistant to the action of their own toxin, but strains that are free of killer double-stranded RNAs are sensitive to the action of mycocins. The killer systems of S. cerevisiae have retained features relating them to viruses and are apparently the result of evolution of infectious viruses. The occurrences of such systems among monocellular eukaryotic organisms is an example of complication of the genome by means of its assembly from virus-like components. We discuss the unusual features of replication and the expression of killer systems and their utilization in the construction of vector molecules.

  10. Three-dimensional Structure of Saccharomyces Invertase

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    Sainz-Polo, M. Angela; Ramírez-Escudero, Mercedes; Lafraya, Alvaro; González, Beatriz; Marín-Navarro, Julia; Polaina, Julio; Sanz-Aparicio, Julia

    2013-01-01

    Invertase is an enzyme that is widely distributed among plants and microorganisms and that catalyzes the hydrolysis of the disaccharide sucrose into glucose and fructose. Despite the important physiological role of Saccharomyces invertase (SInv) and the historical relevance of this enzyme as a model in early biochemical studies, its structure had not yet been solved. We report here the crystal structure of recombinant SInv at 3.3 Å resolution showing that the enzyme folds into the catalytic β-propeller and β-sandwich domains characteristic of GH32 enzymes. However, SInv displays an unusual quaternary structure. Monomers associate in two different kinds of dimers, which are in turn assembled into an octamer, best described as a tetramer of dimers. Dimerization plays a determinant role in substrate specificity because this assembly sets steric constraints that limit the access to the active site of oligosaccharides of more than four units. Comparative analysis of GH32 enzymes showed that formation of the SInv octamer occurs through a β-sheet extension that seems unique to this enzyme. Interaction between dimers is determined by a short amino acid sequence at the beginning of the β-sandwich domain. Our results highlight the role of the non-catalytic domain in fine-tuning substrate specificity and thus supplement our knowledge of the activity of this important family of enzymes. In turn, this gives a deeper insight into the structural features that rule modularity and protein-carbohydrate recognition. PMID:23430743

  11. Synthesis of Morphinan Alkaloids in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Fossati, Elena; Narcross, Lauren; Ekins, Andrew; Falgueyret, Jean-Pierre; Martin, Vincent J. J.

    2015-01-01

    Morphinan alkaloids are the most powerful narcotic analgesics currently used to treat moderate to severe and chronic pain. The feasibility of morphinan synthesis in recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae starting from the precursor (R,S)-norlaudanosoline was investigated. Chiral analysis of the reticuline produced by the expression of opium poppy methyltransferases showed strict enantioselectivity for (S)-reticuline starting from (R,S)-norlaudanosoline. In addition, the P. somniferum enzymes salutaridine synthase (PsSAS), salutaridine reductase (PsSAR) and salutaridinol acetyltransferase (PsSAT) were functionally co-expressed in S. cerevisiae and optimization of the pH conditions allowed for productive spontaneous rearrangement of salutaridinol-7-O-acetate and synthesis of thebaine from (R)-reticuline. Finally, we reconstituted a 7-gene pathway for the production of codeine and morphine from (R)-reticuline. Yeast cell feeding assays using (R)-reticuline, salutaridine or codeine as substrates showed that all enzymes were functionally co-expressed in yeast and that activity of salutaridine reductase and codeine-O-demethylase likely limit flux to morphine synthesis. The results of this study describe a significant advance for the synthesis of morphinans in S. cerevisiae and pave the way for their complete synthesis in recombinant microbes. PMID:25905794

  12. Oxygen dissociation at close-packed Pt terraces, Pt steps, and Ag-covered Pt steps studied with density functional theory

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    Šljivančanin, Ž.; Hammer, B.

    2002-08-01

    Using density functional theory we have characterized O 2 dissociation on flat and stepped Pt(1 1 1) surfaces. The reactivity of the steps is significantly higher than that of the flat terraces. Inclusion of Ag monoatomic chains along the Pt steps modifies the reactivity of the Pt steps towards that of the flat Pt terraces. Our investigations reveal the reaction energetics and the geometries for the molecular precursor states (MPS), transition states (TS) and final states of the dissociating oxygen. Both the MPS and TS geometries on stepped Pt involve oxygen species at the top of the step with no oxygen atoms diffusing onto the lower terrace. We further find that the Ag chains mainly modify the adsorption and reaction bond strengths while they leave the MPS and TS geometries essentially unchanged. The high reactivity of the Pt steps is explained in terms of the coordinative unsaturation of the Pt step atoms which cause a highlying valence 5d-electron system.

  13. PT L 3 near edge structure of halogen-bridged mixed-valence pt complexes and pd-pt mixed-metal complexes

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    Tanino, H.; Oyanagi, H.; Yamashita, M.; Kobayashi, K.

    1985-03-01

    X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) of halogen-bridged mixed-valence Pt complexes and halogen-bridged Pd-Pt mixed-metal complexes have been measured using synchrotron radiation with a high energy resolution. In Pd-Pt mixed metal complexes, we demonstrate that the degree of the valence is estimated from the intensity of the white line at the Pt L 3 edge. In the mixed-valence complexes, the electron system is proved to be the Peierls insulator with a charge density wave of renormalized d electrons of Pt, where the total valence of Pt IV- and Pt 11 is conserved without excess electrons from ligands or anions.

  14. Preparation of onion-like Pt-terminated Pt-Cu bimetallic nano-sized electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells

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    Lim, Taeho; Kim, Ok-Hee; Sung, Yung-Eun; Kim, Hyun-Jong; Lee, Ho-Nyun; Cho, Yong-Hun; Kwon, Oh Joong

    2016-06-01

    Onion-like Pt-terminated Pt-Cu bimetallic nano-sized electrocatalysts (Pt/Cu/Pt/C) were synthesized by using an electroless deposition method. The synthesized Pt/Cu/Pt/C consisted of a Pt-enriched shell, a sandwiched Pt-Cu alloy layer, and a Pt core. The Pt/Cu/Pt/C showed higher electrocatalytic activity toward oxygen reduction reaction in half-cell test than that of commercial Pt/C due to an electronic structure change in the Pt-enriched shell, resulting from the sandwiched Pt-Cu alloy layer underneath. The stability of the Pt/Cu/Pt/C was examined by using both half-cell and single-cell degradation tests. In both tests, the Pt/Cu/Pt/C exhibited stronger resistance to catalyst degradation than that of the commercial Pt/C. It is notable that cell performance with the Pt/Cu/Pt/C was fully recovered by N2 purging after single-cell degradation testing, indicating there was no permanent damage to the electrocatalyst during the test. It is suggested that thermodynamically-stable structure of the Pt/Cu/Pt/C contributed to the improved stability.

  15. Efficient Pt catalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Fournier, J.; Gaubert, G.; Tilquin, J.Y.

    1996-12-31

    Commercialization of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) requires an important decrease in their production cost. Cost reduction for the electrodes principally concerns the decrease in the amount of Pt catalyst necessary for the functioning of the PEFC without affecting cell performance. The first PEFCs used in the Gemini Space Program had a loading of 4-10 mg pt/cm{sup 2}. The cost of the electrodes was drastically reduced when pure colloidal Pt was replaced by Pt supported on carbon (Pt/C) with a Pt content of 0.4 Mg/cm{sup 2}. Since the occurrence of that breakthrough, many studies have been aimed at further lowering the Pt loading. Today, the lowest loadings reported for oxygen reduction are of the order of 0.05 mg pt/cm{sup 2}. The carbon support of commercial catalysts is Vulcan XC-72 from Cabot, a carbon black with a specific area of 254 m{sup 2}/g. Graphites with specific areas ranging from 20 to 305 m{sup 2}/g are now available from Lonza. The first aim of the present study was to determine the catalytic properties for 02 reduction of Pt supported on these high specific area graphites. The second aim was to use Pt inclusion synthesis on these high area graphites, and to measure the catalytic performances of these materials. Lastly, this same Pt-inclusion synthesis was extended even for use with Vulcan and Black Pearls as substrates (two carbon blacks from Cabot). All these catalysts have been labelled Pt-included materials to distinguish them from the Pt-supported ones. It will be shown that the reduced Pt content Pt-included materials obtained with high specific area substrates a are excellent catalysts for oxygen reduction, especially at high currents. Therefore, Pt inclusion synthesis appears to be a new method to decrease the cathodic Pt loading.

  16. Synthesis and composition evolution of bimetallic Pd Pt alloy nanoparticles

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    Ren, Guoqiang; Shi, Honglan; Xing, Yangchuan

    2007-09-01

    This paper reports a study on the synthesis of Pd-Pt alloy nanoparticles and composition evolution of the alloys. The synthesis involves Pd and Pt acetylacetonate as the metal precursors and trioctylphosphine (TOP) as the solvent. Thermal decomposition of the Pd-TOP complex resulted in Pd nanoparticles, while substitution of Pt in the Pt-TOP complex by Pd allowed formation of the Pd-Pt alloys. It was observed that the Pd-Pt nanoparticles formed at the very beginning in the synthesis process are Pd rich with various nanoparticle sizes ranging from 1.5 to 25 nm in diameter. These nanoparticles averaged out through a digestive ripening process and reached a final size of 3.5 nm in about 10 min. The alloy compositions evolved throughout the synthesis process and only reached the preset Pd to Pt ratio of the precursors in 120 min. It was found that Pt acetylacetonate alone in TOP cannot produce Pt nanoparticles, which was attributed to the formation of a Pt-TOP complex and a strong coordination of Pt to the phosphine. This observation led us to propose an atomic exchange process between the Pt-TOP complex and the Pd atoms at the nanoparticle surface. As a result, the alloy formation process is limited by a substitution and diffusion rate of the Pt atoms at the surface of the alloy nanoparticles.

  17. Biotechnology of non-Saccharomyces yeasts--the ascomycetes.

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    Johnson, Eric A

    2013-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae and several other yeast species are among the most important groups of biotechnological organisms. S. cerevisiae and closely related ascomycetous yeasts are the major producer of biotechnology products worldwide, exceeding other groups of industrial microorganisms in productivity and economic revenues. Traditional industrial attributes of the S. cerevisiae group include their primary roles in food fermentations such as beers, cider, wines, sake, distilled spirits, bakery products, cheese, sausages, and other fermented foods. Other long-standing industrial processes involving S. cerevisae yeasts are production of fuel ethanol, single-cell protein (SCP), feeds and fodder, industrial enzymes, and small molecular weight metabolites. More recently, non-Saccharomyces yeasts (non-conventional yeasts) have been utilized as industrial organisms for a variety of biotechnological roles. Non-Saccharomyces yeasts are increasingly being used as hosts for expression of proteins, biocatalysts and multi-enzyme pathways for the synthesis of fine chemicals and small molecular weight compounds of medicinal and nutritional importance. Non-Saccharomyces yeasts also have important roles in agriculture as agents of biocontrol, bioremediation, and as indicators of environmental quality. Several of these products and processes have reached commercial utility, while others are in advanced development. The objective of this mini-review is to describe processes currently used by industry and those in developmental stages and close to commercialization primarily from non-Saccharomyces yeasts with an emphasis on new opportunities. The utility of S. cerevisiae in heterologous production of selected products is also described.

  18. Exploring the northern limit of the distribution of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces paradoxus in North America.

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    Charron, Guillaume; Leducq, Jean-Baptiste; Bertin, Chloé; Dubé, Alexandre K; Landry, Christian R

    2014-03-01

    We examined the northern limit of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces paradoxus in northeast America. We collected 876 natural samples at 29 sites and applied enrichment methods for the isolation of mesophilic yeasts. We uncovered a large diversity of yeasts, in some cases, associated with specific substrates. Sequencing of the ITS1, 5.8S and ITS2 loci allowed to assign 226 yeast strains at the species level, including 41 S. paradoxus strains. Our intensive sampling suggests that if present, S. cerevisiae is rare at these northern latitudes. Our sampling efforts spread across several months of the year revealed that successful sampling increases throughout the summer and diminishes significantly at the beginning of the fall. The data obtained on the ecological context of yeasts corroborate what was previously reported on Pichiaceae, Saccharomycodaceae, Debaryomycetaceae and Phaffomycetaceae yeast families. We identified 24 yeast isolates that could not be assigned to any known species and that may be of taxonomic, medical, or biotechnological importance. Our study reports new data on the taxonomic diversity of yeasts and new resources for studying the evolution and ecology of S. paradoxus.

  19. Intracellular Signal Triggered by Cholera Toxin in Saccharomyces boulardii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Brandão, Rogelio L.; Castro, Ieso M.; Bambirra, Eduardo A.; Amaral, Sheila C.; Fietto, Luciano G.; Tropia, Maria José M.; Neves, Maria José; Dos Santos, Raquel G.; Gomes, Newton C. M.; Nicoli, Jacques R.

    1998-01-01

    As is the case for Saccharomyces boulardii, Saccharomyces cerevisiae W303 protects Fisher rats against cholera toxin (CT). The addition of glucose or dinitrophenol to cells of S. boulardii grown on a nonfermentable carbon source activated trehalase in a manner similar to that observed for S. cerevisiae. The addition of CT to the same cells also resulted in trehalase activation. Experiments performed separately on the A and B subunits of CT showed that both are necessary for activation. Similarly, the addition of CT but not of its separate subunits led to a cyclic AMP (cAMP) signal in both S. boulardii and S. cerevisiae. These data suggest that trehalase stimulation by CT probably occurred through the cAMP-mediated protein phosphorylation cascade. The requirement of CT subunit B for both the cAMP signal and trehalase activation indicates the presence of a specific receptor on the yeasts able to bind to the toxin, a situation similar to that observed for mammalian cells. This hypothesis was reinforced by experiments with 125I-labeled CT showing specific binding of the toxin to yeast cells. The adhesion of CT to a receptor on the yeast surface through the B subunit and internalization of the A subunit (necessary for the cAMP signal and trehalase activation) could be one more mechanism explaining protection against the toxin observed for rats treated with yeasts. PMID:9464394

  20. Growth of non-Saccharomyces yeasts affects nutrient availability for Saccharomyces cerevisiae during wine fermentation.

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    Medina, Karina; Boido, Eduardo; Dellacassa, Eduardo; Carrau, Francisco

    2012-07-02

    Yeast produces numerous secondary metabolites during fermentation that impact final wine quality. Although it is widely recognized that growth of diverse non-Saccharomyces (NS) yeast can positively affect flavor complexity during Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine fermentation, the inability to control spontaneous or co-fermentation processes by NS yeast has restricted their use in winemaking. We selected two NS yeasts from our Uruguayan native collection to study NS-S. cerevisiae interactions during wine fermentation. The selected strains of Hanseniaspora vineae and Metschnikowia pulcherrima had different yeast assimilable nitrogen consumption profiles and had different effects on S. cerevisiae fermentation and growth kinetics. Studies in which we varied inoculum size and using either simultaneous or sequential inoculation of NS yeast and S. cerevisiae suggested that competition for nutrients had a significant effect on fermentation kinetics. Sluggish fermentations were more pronounced when S. cerevisiae was inoculated 24h after the initial stage of fermentation with a NS strain compared to co-inoculation. Monitoring strain populations using differential WL nutrient agar medium and fermentation kinetics of mixed cultures allowed for a better understanding of strain interactions and nutrient addition effects. Limitation of nutrient availability for S. cerevisiae was shown to result in stuck fermentations as well as to reduce sensory desirability of the resulting wine. Addition of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and a vitamin mix to a defined medium allowed for a comparison of nutrient competition between strains. Addition of DAP and the vitamin mix was most effective in preventing stuck fermentations.

  1. 21 CFR 866.5785 - Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  2. 21 CFR 866.5785 - Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae... Immunological Test Systems § 866.5785 Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test systems. (a) Identification. The Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test system is...

  3. 21 CFR 866.5785 - Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae... Immunological Test Systems § 866.5785 Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test systems. (a) Identification. The Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test system is...

  4. 21 CFR 866.5785 - Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae... Immunological Test Systems § 866.5785 Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test systems. (a) Identification. The Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) antibody (ASCA) test system is...

  5. PT-symmetric quantum electrodynamics and unitarity.

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    Milton, Kimball A; Abalo, E K; Parashar, Prachi; Pourtolami, Nima; Wagner, J

    2013-04-28

    More than 15 years ago, a new approach to quantum mechanics was suggested, in which Hermiticity of the Hamiltonian was to be replaced by invariance under a discrete symmetry, the product of parity and time-reversal symmetry, PT. It was shown that, if PT is unbroken, energies were, in fact, positive, and unitarity was satisfied. Since quantum mechanics is quantum field theory in one dimension--time--it was natural to extend this idea to higher-dimensional field theory, and in fact an apparently viable version of PT-invariant quantum electrodynamics (QED) was proposed. However, it has proved difficult to establish that the unitarity of the scattering matrix, for example, the Källén spectral representation for the photon propagator, can be maintained in this theory. This has led to questions of whether, in fact, even quantum mechanical systems are consistent with probability conservation when Green's functions are examined, since the latter have to possess physical requirements of analyticity. The status of PT QED will be reviewed in this paper, as well as the general issue of unitarity.

  6. PT3 Papers. [SITE 2001 Section].

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    Pierson, Melissa, Ed.; Thompson, Mary, Ed.; Adams, Angelle, Ed.; Beyer, Evelyn, Ed.; Cheriyan, Saru, Ed.; Starke, Leslie, Ed.

    This document contains the papers on the PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology) program from the SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) 2001 conference. Topics covered include: modeling instruction with modern information and communications technology; transforming computer coursework for preservice teachers;…

  7. Adsorption of hydrogen on Pt(111) and Pt(100) surfaces and its role in the HOR.

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    Strmcnik, D.; Tripkovic, D.; van der Vliet, D.; Stamenkovic, V.; Markovic, N. M.; Materials Science Division

    2008-10-01

    Hydrogen adsorption isotherms, evaluated by combination of cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry, are reported on Pt(1 1 1) and Pt(1 0 0) surfaces in 0.1 M HClO{sub 4}. We found that at E > 0.05 V Pt(1 1 1) and Pt(1 0 0) are only partially covered by the adsorbed hydrogen (H{sub ad}). On both surfaces, a full monolayer of the adsorbed hydrogen is completed at -0.1 V, i.e. the adsorption of atomic hydrogen is observed in the hydrogen evolution potential region. We also found, that the activity of the hydrogen oxidation reaction is mirrored by the shape of the hydrogen adsorption isotherms, implying that H{sub ad} is in fact a spectator in the HOR.

  8. Efficient decomposition of formaldehyde at room temperature over Pt/honeycomb ceramics with ultra-low Pt content.

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    Nie, Longhui; Zheng, Yingqiu; Yu, Jiaguo

    2014-09-14

    Pt/honeycomb ceramic (Pt/HC) catalysts with ultra-low Pt content (0.005-0.055 wt%) were for the first time prepared by an impregnation of honeycomb ceramics with Pt precursor and NaBH4-reduction combined method. The microstructures, morphologies and textural properties of the resulting samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The obtained Pt/HC catalysts were used for catalytic oxidative decomposition of formaldehyde (HCHO) at room temperature. It was found that the as-prepared Pt/HC catalysts can efficiently decompose HCHO in air into CO2 and H2O at room temperature. The catalytic activity of the Pt/HC catalysts increases with increasing the Pt loading in the range of 0.005-0.013 wt%, and the further increase of the Pt loading does not obviously improve catalytic activity. From the viewpoint of cost and catalytic performance, 0.013 wt% Pt loading is the optimal Pt loading amount, and the Pt/HC catalyst with 0.013 wt% Pt loading also exhibited good catalytic stability. Considering practical applications, this work will provide new insights into the low-cost and large-scale fabrication of advanced catalytic materials for indoor air purification.

  9. Surface structure and chemistry of Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) near surface alloy model catalyst in CO

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    Zeng, Shibi; Nguyen, Luan; Cheng, Fang; Liu, Lacheng; Yu, Ying; Tao, Franklin (Feng)

    2014-11-01

    Near surface alloy (NSA) model catalyst Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) was prepared on Pt(1 1 1) through a controlled vapor deposition of Cu atoms. Different coordination environments of Pt atoms of the topmost Pt layer with the underneath Cu atoms in the subsurface result in different local electronic structures of surface Pt atoms. Surface structure and chemistry of the NAS model catalyst in Torr pressure of CO were studied with high pressure scanning tunneling microscopy (HP-STM) and ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS). In Torr pressure of CO, the topmost Pt layer of Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) is restructured to thin nanoclusters with size of about 1 nm. Photoemission feature of O 1s of CO on Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) suggests CO adsorbed on both edge and surface of these formed nanoclusters. This surface is active for CO oxidation. Atomic layers of carbon are formed on Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) at 573 K in 2 Torr of CO.

  10. Industrial Relevance of Chromosomal Copy Number Variation in Saccharomyces Yeasts

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    Gorter de Vries, Arthur R.; Pronk, Jack T.

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT Chromosomal copy number variation (CCNV) plays a key role in evolution and health of eukaryotes. The unicellular yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an important model for studying the generation, physiological impact, and evolutionary significance of CCNV. Fundamental studies of this yeast have contributed to an extensive set of methods for analyzing and introducing CCNV. Moreover, these studies provided insight into the balance between negative and positive impacts of CCNV in evolutionary contexts. A growing body of evidence indicates that CCNV not only frequently occurs in industrial strains of Saccharomyces yeasts but also is a key contributor to the diversity of industrially relevant traits. This notion is further supported by the frequent involvement of CCNV in industrially relevant traits acquired during evolutionary engineering. This review describes recent developments in genome sequencing and genome editing techniques and discusses how these offer opportunities to unravel contributions of CCNV in industrial Saccharomyces strains as well as to rationally engineer yeast chromosomal copy numbers and karyotypes. PMID:28341679

  11. Irreversible modification of magnetic properties of Pt/Co/Pt ultrathin films by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kisielewski, J.; Dobrogowski, W.; Kurant, Z.; Stupakiewicz, A.; Tekielak, M.; Maziewski, A.; Kirilyuk, A.; Kimel, A.; Rasing, Th.; Baczewski, L. T.; Wawro, A.

    2014-02-07

    Annealing ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films with single femtosecond laser pulses leads to irreversible spin-reorientation transitions and an amplification of the magneto-optical Kerr rotation. The effect was studied as a function of the Co thickness and the pulse fluence, revealing two-dimensional diagrams of magnetic properties. While increasing the fluence, the creation of two branches of the out-of-plane magnetization state was found.

  12. Hydrogen-induced ferromagnetism in two-dimensional Pt dichalcogenides

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    Manchanda, P.; Enders, A.; Sellmyer, D. J.; Skomski, R.

    2016-09-01

    Electronic, structural, and magnetic properties of Pt dichalcogenide monolayers are investigated using first-principle calculations. We find that hydrogenation lifts the spin degeneracy in narrow antibonding Pt 5 d subband electrons and transforms the nonmagnetic semiconductors Pt X2(X =S ,Se ,Te ) into ferromagnetic metals, Pt X2 -1H; neither strain nor thin-film edges are necessary to support the transition. The trend towards ferromagnetism is most pronounced for X =S , decreasing with increasing atomic weight of the chalcogens.

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of the ordered FePt{sub 3}, FePt and Fe{sub 3}Pt nanoparticles

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    Liu, Yang; Jiang, Yuhong; Zhang, Xiaolong; Wang, Yaxin; Zhang, Yongjun; Liu, Huilian; Zhai, Hongju; Liu, Yanqing; Yang, Jinghai; Yan, Yongsheng

    2014-01-15

    The Fe{sub x}Pt{sub 100−x} nanoparticles (NPs) with different nominal atomic rations (30≤x≤80) were synthesized at 700 °C by the sol–gel method. The structure, morphology and magnetic properties of the samples were investigated. When the Fe content in the Fe–Pt alloy NPs was 30 at%, FePt{sub 3} NPs were successfully synthesized. With the increase in Fe content up to 50 at%, it was found that the superlattice reflections (0 0 1) and (1 1 0) appeared, which indicated the formation of the L1{sub 0}-FePt phase. Meanwhile, the FePt{sub 3} fraction was reduced. When the Fe content increased to 60 at%, single-phase L1{sub 0}-FePt NPs were synthesized. The coercivity (Hc), saturation magnetization (Ms) and chemical order parameter S for Fe{sub 60}Pt{sub 40} NPs were as high as 10,200 Oe, 17.567 emu/g and 0.928, respectively. With the further increase of the Fe content to 80 at%, only Fe{sub 3}Pt phase existed and the Hc of the Fe{sub 3}Pt NPs decreased drastically to 360 Oe. - Graphical abstract: Fe{sub 3}Pt, FePt and FePt{sub 3} nanoparticles was obtained by sol–gel method. The effect of iron and platinum content on structural and magnetic properties of the FePt nanoparticles was investigated. Display Omitted - Highlights: • L1{sub 2}-FePt{sub 3}, L1{sub 0}-FePt and L1{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}Pt NPs were synthesized by sol–gel method. • The chemical order parameter S affects the magnetic properties of the Fe–Pt alloy. • Structural and magnetic properties of the Fe–Pt alloy NPs were studied. • The synthetic route in this study will open up the possibilities of practical use.

  14. Modification of Pt/Co/Pt film properties by ion irradiation

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    Avchaciov, K. A.; Ren, W.; Djurabekova, F.; Nordlund, K.; Sveklo, I.; Maziewski, A.

    2015-09-01

    We studied the structural modifications of a Pt/Co/Pt trilayer epitaxial film under Ga+ 30-keV ion irradiation by means of classical molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations. The semiclassical tight-binding second-moment approximation potential was adjusted to reproduce the enthalpies of formation, the lattice constants, and the order-disorder transition temperatures for Co-Pt alloys. We found that during irradiation, the sandwich-type Pt(fcc)/Co(hcp)/Pt(fcc) film structure underwent a transition to the new solid solution α -Co /Pt (fcc ) phase. Our analysis of the short-range order indicates the formation, within a nanosecond time scale, of a homogeneous chemically disordered solution. The longer time-scale simulations employing a Monte Carlo algorithm demonstrated that the transition from the disordered phase to the ordered L 10 and L 12 phases was also possible but not significant for the changes in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) observed experimentally. The strain analysis showed that the Co layer was under tensile strain in the lateral direction at the fluences of 1.5 ×1014-3.5 ×1014ionscm -2 ; this range of fluences corresponds to the appearance of PMA. This strain was induced in the initially relaxed hcp Co layer due to its partial transformation to the fcc phase and to the influence of atomic layers with larger lattice constants at upper/lower interfaces.

  15. The Mechanism of Direct Formic Acid Fuel Cell Using Pd, Pt and Pt-Ru

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    Kamiya, Nobuyuki; Liu, Yan; Mitsushima, Shigenori; Ota, Ken-Ichiro; Tsutsumi, Yasuyuki; Ogawa, Naoya; Kon, Norihiro; Eguchi, Mika

    The electro-oxidation of formic acid, 2-propanol and methanol on Pd black, Pd/C, Pt-Ru/C and Pt/C has been investigated to clear the reaction mechanism. It was suggested that the formic acid is dehydrogenated on Pd surface and the hydrogen is occluded in the Pd lattice. Thus obtained hydrogen acts like pure hydrogen supplied from the outside and the cell performance of the direct formic acid fuel cell showed as high as that of a hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell. 2-propanol did not show such dehydrogenation reaction on Pd catalyst. Platinum and Pt-Ru accelerated the oxidation of C-OH of 2-propanol and methanol. Slow scan voltammogram (SSV) and chronoamperometry measurements showed that the activity of formic acid oxidation increased in the following order: Pd black > Pd 30wt.%/C > Pt50wt.%/C > 27wt.%Pt-13wt.%Ru/C. A large oxidation current for formic acid was found at a low overpotential on the palladium electrocatalysts. These results indicate that formic acid is mainly oxidized through a dehydrogenation reaction. For the oxidation of 2-propanol and methanol, palladium was not effective, and 27wt.%Pt-13wt.%Ru/C showed the best oxidation activity.

  16. Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 in different clinical conditions.

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    Dinleyici, Ener Cagri; Kara, Ates; Ozen, Metehan; Vandenplas, Yvan

    2014-11-01

    Saccharomyces boulardii is a well-known probiotic worldwide, and there are numerous studies including experimental and clinical trials in children and adults by the use of S. boulardii. The objective of the present report is to provide an update on the evidence for the efficacy of S. boulardii CNCM I-745 in different clinical conditions. Saccharomyces boulardii is one of the best-studied probiotics in acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and is shown to be safe and to reduce the duration of diarrhea and hospitalization by about 1 day. Saccharomyces boulardii is one of the recommended probiotics for AGE in children by European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Saccharomyces boulardii is also a recommended probiotic for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD), and a recent study showed promising results for the treatment of AAD in children. There is insufficient evidence to recommend the long-term use of S. boulardii in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Although some clinical studies showed positive effects of S. boulardii on inflammation, there is no clinical evidence that S. boulardii is useful in inflammatory bowel disease. Saccharomyces boulardii could be used in patients needing Helicobacter pylori eradication because the S. boulardii improves compliance, decreases the side effects and moderately increases the eradication rate. There are new promising results (improving feeding tolerance, shorten the course of hyperbilirubinemia), but we do still not recommend the routine use of S. boulardii in newborns. Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 is a good example for the statement that each probiotic needs to be taxonomically characterized and its efficacy and safety should be documented individually in different clinical settings.

  17. HREM study of structure of supported Pt catalysts

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    Yao, Ming-Hui; Smith, David J.; Kalakkad, Dinesh; Datye, Abhaya K.

    1993-03-01

    The surface structure and morphology of Pt catalysts supported on various oxides were studied by HREM profile imaging. An unstable Ti oxide overlayer and a stable crystalline monolayer on TiO2 supported Pt particles were observed after HTR at 923K. The overlayers could explain the SMSI in Pt/TiO2.

  18. Preparation of Pt Nanocatalyst on Carbon Materials via a Reduction Reaction of a Pt Precursor in a Drying Process.

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    Lee, Jae-Young; Lee, Woo-Kum; Rim, Hyung-Ryul; Joung, Gyu-Bum; Weidner, John W; Lee, Hong-Ki

    2016-06-01

    Platinum (Pt) nanocatalyst for a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) was prepared on a carbon black particle or a graphite particle coated with a nafion polymer via a reduction of platinum(II) bis(acetylacetonate) denoted as Pt(acac)2 as a Pt precursor in a drying process. Sublimed Pt(acac)2 adsorbed on the nafion-coated carbon materials was reduced to Pt nanoparticles in a glass reactor at 180 degrees C of N2 atmosphere. The morphology of Pt nanoparticles on carbon materials was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the distribution of Pt nanoparticles was done by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The particle size was estimated by analyzing the TEM image using an image analyzer. It was found that nano-sized Pt particles were deposited on the surface of carbon materials, and the number density and the average particle size increased with increasing reduction time.

  19. Reactivity of atomically dispersed Pt(2+) species towards H2: model Pt-CeO2 fuel cell catalyst.

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    Lykhach, Yaroslava; Figueroba, Alberto; Camellone, Matteo Farnesi; Neitzel, Armin; Skála, Tomáš; Negreiros, Fabio R; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Tsud, Nataliya; Prince, Kevin C; Fabris, Stefano; Neyman, Konstantin M; Matolín, Vladimír; Libuda, Jörg

    2016-03-21

    The reactivity of atomically dispersed Pt(2+) species on the surface of nanostructured CeO2 films and the mechanism of H2 activation on these sites have been investigated by means of synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy and resonant photoemission spectroscopy in combination with density functional calculations. Isolated Pt(2+) sites are found to be inactive towards H2 dissociation due to high activation energy required for H-H bond scission. Trace amounts of metallic Pt are necessary to initiate H2 dissociation on Pt-CeO2 films. H2 dissociation triggers the reduction of Ce(4+) cations which, in turn, is coupled with the reduction of Pt(2+) species. The mechanism of Pt(2+) reduction involves reverse oxygen spillover and formation of oxygen vacancies on Pt-CeO2 films. Our calculations suggest the existence of a threshold concentration of oxygen vacancies associated with the onset of Pt(2+) reduction.

  20. Alloy Cu₃Pt nanoframes through the structure evolution in Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction.

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    Han, Lin; Liu, Hui; Cui, Penglei; Peng, Zhijian; Zhang, Suojiang; Yang, Jun

    2014-09-18

    Noble metal nanoparticles with hollow interiors and customizable shell compositions have immense potential for catalysis. Herein, we present an unique structure transformation phenomenon for the fabrication of alloy Cu₃Pt nanoframes with polyhedral morphology. This strategy starts with the preparation of polyhedral Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction upon the anisotropic growth of Pt on multiply twinned Cu seed particles, which are subsequently transformed into alloy Cu₃Pt nanoframes due to the Kirkendall effect between the Cu core and Pt shell. The as-prepared alloy Cu₃Pt nanoframes possess the rhombic dodecahedral morphology of their core-shell parents after the structural evolution. In particular, the resulting alloy Cu₃Pt nanoframes are more effective for oxygen reduction reaction but ineffective for methanol oxidation reaction in comparison with their original Cu-Pt core-shell precursors.

  1. PT restoration via increased loss and gain in the PT-symmetric Aubry-André model

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    Liang, Charles H.; Scott, Derek D.; Joglekar, Yogesh N.

    2014-03-01

    In systems with "balanced loss and gain," the PT symmetry is broken by increasing the non-Hermiticity or the loss-gain strength. We show that finite lattices with oscillatory, PT-symmetric potentials exhibit unexpected PT-symmetry breaking and restoration. We obtain the PT phase diagram as a function of potential periodicity, which also controls the location complex eigenvalues in the lattice spectrum. We show that the sum of PT potentials with nearby periodicities leads to PT-symmetry restoration, where the system goes from a PT-broken state to a PT-symmetric state as the average loss-gain strength is increased. We discuss the implications of this transition for the propagation of a light in an array of coupled waveguides.

  2. Alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes through the structure evolution in Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction

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    Han, Lin; Liu, Hui; Cui, Penglei; Peng, Zhijian; Zhang, Suojiang; Yang, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles with hollow interiors and customizable shell compositions have immense potential for catalysis. Herein, we present an unique structure transformation phenomenon for the fabrication of alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes with polyhedral morphology. This strategy starts with the preparation of polyhedral Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction upon the anisotropic growth of Pt on multiply twinned Cu seed particles, which are subsequently transformed into alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes due to the Kirkendall effect between the Cu core and Pt shell. The as-prepared alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes possess the rhombic dodecahedral morphology of their core-shell parents after the structural evolution. In particular, the resulting alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes are more effective for oxygen reduction reaction but ineffective for methanol oxidation reaction in comparison with their original Cu-Pt core-shell precursors. PMID:25231376

  3. Regulation of Cation Balance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Cyert, Martha S.; Philpott, Caroline C.

    2013-01-01

    All living organisms require nutrient minerals for growth and have developed mechanisms to acquire, utilize, and store nutrient minerals effectively. In the aqueous cellular environment, these elements exist as charged ions that, together with protons and hydroxide ions, facilitate biochemical reactions and establish the electrochemical gradients across membranes that drive cellular processes such as transport and ATP synthesis. Metal ions serve as essential enzyme cofactors and perform both structural and signaling roles within cells. However, because these ions can also be toxic, cells have developed sophisticated homeostatic mechanisms to regulate their levels and avoid toxicity. Studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae have characterized many of the gene products and processes responsible for acquiring, utilizing, storing, and regulating levels of these ions. Findings in this model organism have often allowed the corresponding machinery in humans to be identified and have provided insights into diseases that result from defects in ion homeostasis. This review summarizes our current understanding of how cation balance is achieved and modulated in baker’s yeast. Control of intracellular pH is discussed, as well as uptake, storage, and efflux mechanisms for the alkali metal cations, Na+ and K+, the divalent cations, Ca2+ and Mg2+, and the trace metal ions, Fe2+, Zn2+, Cu2+, and Mn2+. Signal transduction pathways that are regulated by pH and Ca2+ are reviewed, as well as the mechanisms that allow cells to maintain appropriate intracellular cation concentrations when challenged by extreme conditions, i.e., either limited availability or toxic levels in the environment. PMID:23463800

  4. Kinetics of phosphomevalonate kinase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Garcia, David E; Keasling, Jay D

    2014-01-01

    The mevalonate-based isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway is responsible for producing cholesterol in humans and is used commercially to produce drugs, chemicals, and fuels. Heterologous expression of this pathway in Escherichia coli has enabled high-level production of the antimalarial drug artemisinin and the proposed biofuel bisabolane. Understanding the kinetics of the enzymes in the biosynthetic pathway is critical to optimize the pathway for high flux. We have characterized the kinetic parameters of phosphomevalonate kinase (PMK, EC 2.7.4.2) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a previously unstudied enzyme. An E. coli codon-optimized version of the S. cerevisiae gene was cloned into pET-52b+, then the C-terminal 6X His-tagged protein was expressed in E. coli BL21(DE3) and purified on a Ni²⁺ column. The KM of the ATP binding site was determined to be 98.3 µM at 30°C, the optimal growth temperature for S. cerevisiae, and 74.3 µM at 37°C, the optimal growth temperature for E. coli. The K(M) of the mevalonate-5-phosphate binding site was determined to be 885 µM at 30°C and 880 µM at 37°C. The V(max) was determined to be 4.51 µmol/min/mg enzyme at 30°C and 5.33 µmol/min/mg enzyme at 37°C. PMK is Mg²⁺ dependent, with maximal activity achieved at concentrations of 10 mM or greater. Maximum activity was observed at pH = 7.2. PMK was not found to be substrate inhibited, nor feedback inhibited by FPP at concentrations up to 10 µM FPP.

  5. Combinatorial Cis-regulation in Saccharomyces Species.

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    Spivak, Aaron T; Stormo, Gary D

    2016-01-15

    Transcriptional control of gene expression requires interactions between the cis-regulatory elements (CREs) controlling gene promoters. We developed a sensitive computational method to identify CRE combinations with conserved spacing that does not require genome alignments. When applied to seven sensu stricto and sensu lato Saccharomyces species, 80% of the predicted interactions displayed some evidence of combinatorial transcriptional behavior in several existing datasets including: (1) chromatin immunoprecipitation data for colocalization of transcription factors, (2) gene expression data for coexpression of predicted regulatory targets, and (3) gene ontology databases for common pathway membership of predicted regulatory targets. We tested several predicted CRE interactions with chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments in a wild-type strain and strains in which a predicted cofactor was deleted. Our experiments confirmed that transcription factor (TF) occupancy at the promoters of the CRE combination target genes depends on the predicted cofactor while occupancy of other promoters is independent of the predicted cofactor. Our method has the additional advantage of identifying regulatory differences between species. By analyzing the S. cerevisiae and S. bayanus genomes, we identified differences in combinatorial cis-regulation between the species and showed that the predicted changes in gene regulation explain several of the species-specific differences seen in gene expression datasets. In some instances, the same CRE combinations appear to regulate genes involved in distinct biological processes in the two different species. The results of this research demonstrate that (1) combinatorial cis-regulation can be inferred by multi-genome analysis and (2) combinatorial cis-regulation can explain differences in gene expression between species. Copyright © 2016 Spivak and Stormo.

  6. Combinatorial Cis-regulation in Saccharomyces Species

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    Spivak, Aaron T.; Stormo, Gary D.

    2016-01-01

    Transcriptional control of gene expression requires interactions between the cis-regulatory elements (CREs) controlling gene promoters. We developed a sensitive computational method to identify CRE combinations with conserved spacing that does not require genome alignments. When applied to seven sensu stricto and sensu lato Saccharomyces species, 80% of the predicted interactions displayed some evidence of combinatorial transcriptional behavior in several existing datasets including: (1) chromatin immunoprecipitation data for colocalization of transcription factors, (2) gene expression data for coexpression of predicted regulatory targets, and (3) gene ontology databases for common pathway membership of predicted regulatory targets. We tested several predicted CRE interactions with chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments in a wild-type strain and strains in which a predicted cofactor was deleted. Our experiments confirmed that transcription factor (TF) occupancy at the promoters of the CRE combination target genes depends on the predicted cofactor while occupancy of other promoters is independent of the predicted cofactor. Our method has the additional advantage of identifying regulatory differences between species. By analyzing the S. cerevisiae and S. bayanus genomes, we identified differences in combinatorial cis-regulation between the species and showed that the predicted changes in gene regulation explain several of the species-specific differences seen in gene expression datasets. In some instances, the same CRE combinations appear to regulate genes involved in distinct biological processes in the two different species. The results of this research demonstrate that (1) combinatorial cis-regulation can be inferred by multi-genome analysis and (2) combinatorial cis-regulation can explain differences in gene expression between species. PMID:26772747

  7. Structural Evolution of Solid Pt Nanoparticles to a Hollow PtFe Alloy with a Pt-Skin Surface via Space-Confined Pyrolysis and the Nanoscale Kirkendall Effect.

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    Wang, Qingmei; Chen, Siguo; Shi, Feng; Chen, Ke; Nie, Yao; Wang, Yao; Wu, Rui; Li, Jia; Zhang, Yun; Ding, Wei; Li, Yang; Li, Li; Wei, Zidong

    2016-12-01

    A space-confined interfacial conversion approach is developed to directly transform 3 nm solid Pt nanoparticles into a 5 nm hollow PtFe alloy featuring a Pt-skin surface. The approach presented for the structural evolution from solid Pt NPs to hollow PtFe alloy with controlled size, structure, and composition can be applied to other multimetallic electrocatalysts.

  8. PtMo Alloy and MoOx@Pt Core-Shell Nanoparticles as Highly CO-Tolerant Electrocatalysts

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    Liu, Z.; Hu, J; Wang, Q; Gaskell, K; Frenkel, A; Jackson, G; Eichhorm, B

    2009-01-01

    PtMo alloy and MoOx Pt core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully synthesized by a chemical coreduction and sequential chemical reduction method, respectively. Both the carbon-supported alloy and core-shell NPs show substantially higher CO tolerance, compared to the commercialized E-TEK PtRu alloy and Pt catalyst. These novel nanocatalysts can be potentially used as highly CO-tolerant anode electrocatalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  9. Concave Pd-Pt Core-Shell Nanocrystals with Ultrathin Pt Shell Feature and Enhanced Catalytic Performance.

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    Zhang, Ying; Bu, Lingzheng; Jiang, Kezhu; Guo, Shaojun; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2016-02-10

    One-pot creation of unique concave Pd-Pt core-shell polyhedra has been developed for the first time using an efficient approach. Due to the concave feature and ultrathin Pt shell, the created Pd-Pt core-shell polyhedra exhibit enhanced catalytic performance in both the electrooxidation of methanol and hydrogenation of nitrobenzene, as compared with commercial Pt black and Pd black catalysts. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Effects of Ni Substitution for Pt on the Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Hongli; Zhang, Yong; Yunhe, Huang; Hadjipanayis, George

    2004-03-01

    FePt and CoPt-type magnetic nanoparticle arrays have been considered as one of the most promising candidates for future high-density magnetic recording media. However, a fundamental problem exists because the arrays are destroyed after the required annealing to convert the fcc phase to the high anisotropy fct phase. In this paper, we have tried to reduce the transformation temperature of the FePt-based nanoparticles by substituting some of Pt with Ni in Fe(Pt0.7Ni0.3), Fe40(Pt0.7Ni0.3)60 and Fe60(Pt0.7Ni0.3)40. The nanoparticles have been produced following the procedure used by Sun et al. (1). For all the samples studied, the as-made particles have the disordered fcc structure and are superparamagnetic with a particle size of 4-5 nm as shown by TEM and HREM images. M vs T and M vs H/T curves show a blocking temperature around 35 K. Further annealing transforms the disordered fcc structure to the ordered fct structure and leads to a coercivity of 15 kOe for the Ni-free particles. The coercivity is slightly decreased ( Hc=13 kOe) in the Ni-substituted particles. However, Ni substitution for Pt was found to reduce the transformation temperature from the fcc to the fct structure. For Fe60(Pt0.7Ni0.3)40 , the transformation temperature decreased to 450 oC compared with the 650 oC in the sample without Ni. Self-assembled arrays have been obtained by depositing FePt hexane dispersions on an amorphous carbon copper grid and evaporating the hexane at room temperature. Work supported by NSF DMR 0302544 (1) Shouheng Sun, Simone Anders, Thomas Thomson, J.E.E. Baglin, Mike F. Tony, Hendrik F. Hamann, C. B. Murry and Bruce D. Terris, J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 5419-5425.

  11. One-Step Synthesis of Pt/Graphene Composites from Pt Acid Dissolved Ethanol via Microwave Plasma Spray Pyrolysis

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    Jo, Eun Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Kim, Sun Kyung; Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Park, Su-Ryeon; Lee, Chong Min; Jang, Hee Dong

    2016-01-01

    Pt nanoparticles-laden graphene (Pt/GR) composites were synthesized in the gas phase from a mixture of ethanol and Pt precursor by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. The morphology of Pt/GR composites has the shape of wrinkled sheets of paper, while Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) that are less than 2.6 nm in the mean diameter are uniformly well deposited on the surface of GR sheets stacked in only three layers. The Pt/GR composite prepared with 20 wt% of Pt had the highest specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of up to 402 m2 g−1 and 77 m2 g−1 (Pt), respectively. In addition, the composite showed superior electrocatalytic activity compared with commercial Pt-carbon black. The excellent electrocatalytic activity was attributed to the high specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of the Pt/GR composite directly produced by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. Thus, it is clearly expected that the Pt/GR composite is a promising material for DMFC catalysts. PMID:27622908

  12. Granular nanostructures and magnetic characteristics of FePt-TiO2/FePt-C stacked granular films

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    Ono, Takuya; Moriya, Tomohiro; Hatayama, Masatoshi; Kikuchi, Nobuaki; Okamoto, Satoshi; Kitakami, Osamu; Shimatsu, Takehito

    2014-05-01

    To realize a granular film composed of L10-FePt grains with high uniaxial magnetic anisotropy energy, Ku, and segregants for heat-assisted magnetic recording, the FePt-TiO2/FePt-C stacked film was investigated. The FePt-TiO2/FePt-C stacked film has well-isolated granular structure with average grain size of 6.7 nm because the FePt-TiO2 film follows the FePt-C template film in microstructural growth. However, the Ku value is quite low for total thickness of 9 nm: 5 × 106 erg/cm3. Exploration of the thickness dependence of L10-FePt(001) peaks in XRD spectra and cross-sectional TEM images suggest that degradation of the L10 ordering appears near the middle of the FePt-TiO2 layer. The EDX-STEM mapping reveals that Ti atoms exist within the FePt grains in addition to the grain boundary. This indicates the possibility that TiO2 tends to be incorporated into the FePt grains and that it prevents L10-ordering of the FePt grains along the normal-to-plane direction.

  13. Surface enrichment of Pt in Ga2O3 films grown on liquid Pt/Ga alloys

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    Grabau, Mathias; Krick Calderón, Sandra; Rietzler, Florian; Niedermaier, Inga; Taccardi, Nicola; Wasserscheid, Peter; Maier, Florian; Steinrück, Hans-Peter; Papp, Christian

    2016-09-01

    The formation of surface Ga2O3 films on liquid samples of Ga, and Pt-Ga alloys with 0.7 and 1.8 at.% Pt was examined using near-ambient pressure (NAP) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thickness, composition and growth of the oxide films were deduced as a function of temperature and Pt content of the alloys, in ultra-high vacuum and at oxygen pressures of 3 × 10- 7, 3 × 10- 3 and 1 mbar. We examined oxide layers up to a thickness of 37 Å. Different growth modes were found for oxidation at low and high pressures. The formed Ga2O3 oxide films showed an increased Pt content, while the pristine GaPt alloy showed a surface depletion of Pt at the examined temperatures. Upon growth of Ga2O3 on Pt/Ga alloys a linear increase of Pt content was observed, due to the incorporation of 3.6 at.% Pt in the Ga2O3. The Pt content in Ga2O3, at the examined temperatures and bulk Pt concentrations is found to be independent of pressure, temperature and the nominal Pt content of the metallic alloy.

  14. Investigation of the electrocatalysis for oxygen reduction reaction by Pt and binary Pt alloys: an XRD, XAS and electrochemical study

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    Mukerjee, S.; McBreen, J.; Srinivasan, S.

    1995-12-31

    Electrocatalysis for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) on five binary Pt alloy electrocatalysts (PtCr/C, PtMn/C, PtFe/C, PtCo/C and PtNi/C) supported on carbon have been investigated. The electrochemical characteristics for ORR in a proton conducting fuel cell environment has been correlated with the electronic and structural parameters determined under in situ conditions using XANES and EXAFS technique respectively. Results indicate that all the alloys possess higher Pt 5d band vacancies as compared to Pt/C. There is also evidence of lattice contraction in the alloys (supported by XRD results). Further, the Pt/C shows increase in Pt 5 d band vacancies during potential transitions from 0.54 to 0.84 V vs. RHE, which has been ration@ on the basis of OH type adsorption. In contrast to this, the alloys do not exhibit such an enhancement. Detailed EXAFS analysis supports the presence of OH species on Pt/C and its relative absence in the alloys. Correlation of the electrochemical results with bond distances and d-band vacancies show a volcano type behavior with the PtCr/C on top of the curve.

  15. Granular nanostructures and magnetic characteristics of FePt-TiO{sub 2}/FePt-C stacked granular films

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    Ono, Takuya Moriya, Tomohiro; Hatayama, Masatoshi; Kikuchi, Nobuaki; Okamoto, Satoshi; Kitakami, Osamu; Shimatsu, Takehito

    2014-05-07

    To realize a granular film composed of L1{sub 0}-FePt grains with high uniaxial magnetic anisotropy energy, K{sub u}, and segregants for heat-assisted magnetic recording, the FePt-TiO{sub 2}/FePt-C stacked film was investigated. The FePt-TiO{sub 2}/FePt-C stacked film has well-isolated granular structure with average grain size of 6.7 nm because the FePt-TiO{sub 2} film follows the FePt-C template film in microstructural growth. However, the K{sub u} value is quite low for total thickness of 9 nm: 5 × 10{sup 6} erg/cm{sup 3}. Exploration of the thickness dependence of L1{sub 0}-FePt(001) peaks in XRD spectra and cross-sectional TEM images suggest that degradation of the L1{sub 0} ordering appears near the middle of the FePt-TiO{sub 2} layer. The EDX-STEM mapping reveals that Ti atoms exist within the FePt grains in addition to the grain boundary. This indicates the possibility that TiO{sub 2} tends to be incorporated into the FePt grains and that it prevents L1{sub 0}-ordering of the FePt grains along the normal-to-plane direction.

  16. One-Step Synthesis of Pt/Graphene Composites from Pt Acid Dissolved Ethanol via Microwave Plasma Spray Pyrolysis.

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    Jo, Eun Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Kim, Sun Kyung; Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Park, Su-Ryeon; Lee, Chong Min; Jang, Hee Dong

    2016-09-13

    Pt nanoparticles-laden graphene (Pt/GR) composites were synthesized in the gas phase from a mixture of ethanol and Pt precursor by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. The morphology of Pt/GR composites has the shape of wrinkled sheets of paper, while Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) that are less than 2.6 nm in the mean diameter are uniformly well deposited on the surface of GR sheets stacked in only three layers. The Pt/GR composite prepared with 20 wt% of Pt had the highest specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of up to 402 m(2) g(-1) and 77 m(2) g(-1) (Pt), respectively. In addition, the composite showed superior electrocatalytic activity compared with commercial Pt-carbon black. The excellent electrocatalytic activity was attributed to the high specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of the Pt/GR composite directly produced by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. Thus, it is clearly expected that the Pt/GR composite is a promising material for DMFC catalysts.

  17. One-Step Synthesis of Pt/Graphene Composites from Pt Acid Dissolved Ethanol via Microwave Plasma Spray Pyrolysis

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    Jo, Eun Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Kim, Sun Kyung; Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Park, Su-Ryeon; Lee, Chong Min; Jang, Hee Dong

    2016-09-01

    Pt nanoparticles-laden graphene (Pt/GR) composites were synthesized in the gas phase from a mixture of ethanol and Pt precursor by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. The morphology of Pt/GR composites has the shape of wrinkled sheets of paper, while Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) that are less than 2.6 nm in the mean diameter are uniformly well deposited on the surface of GR sheets stacked in only three layers. The Pt/GR composite prepared with 20 wt% of Pt had the highest specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of up to 402 m2 g‑1 and 77 m2 g‑1 (Pt), respectively. In addition, the composite showed superior electrocatalytic activity compared with commercial Pt-carbon black. The excellent electrocatalytic activity was attributed to the high specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of the Pt/GR composite directly produced by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. Thus, it is clearly expected that the Pt/GR composite is a promising material for DMFC catalysts.

  18. Pt skin on Pd-Co-Zn/C ternary nanoparticles with enhanced Pt efficiency toward ORR

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    Xiao, Weiping; Zhu, Jing; Han, Lili; Liu, Sufen; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Lei, Wen; Xuan, Cuijuan; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Deli

    2016-08-01

    Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Herein, a highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation-reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition-activity volcano curve for the Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8 : 1 : 1 is the optimal composition. Compared with pure Pd/C, the Pd8CoZn/C nanoparticles show a substantial enhancement in both the catalytic activity and the durability toward the ORR. Moreover, the durability and activity are further enhanced by forming a Pt skin on Pd8CoZn/C nanocatalysts. Interestingly, after 10 000 potential cycles in N2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution, Pd8CoZn@Pt/C shows improved mass activity (2.62 A mg-1Pt) and specific activity (4.76 A m-2total), which are about 1.4 and 4.4 times higher than the initial values, and 37.4 and 5.5 times higher than those of Pt/C catalysts, respectively. After accelerated stability testing in O2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution for 30 000 potential cycles, the half-wave potential negatively shifts about 6 mV. The results show that the Pt skin plays an important role in enhancing the activity as well as preventing degradation.Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Herein, a highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation-reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition-activity volcano curve for the Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8

  19. Salmonella enteritidis PT6: another egg-associated salmonellosis?

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    Evans, M. R.; Lane, W.; Ribeiro, C. D.

    1998-01-01

    Salmonella Enteritidis phage type 6 (PT6) increased dramatically in the United Kingdom during 1997. The sharp rise suggests that PT6 contamination has spread rapidly throughout a basic food commodity; however, the source and food vehicle remain unknown. We present evidence from three outbreaks suggesting a possible link between PT6 and eggs. Poor documentation of the egg supply network continues to pose problems for public health investigators. Thorough investigation of all future PT6 outbreaks and case-control studies of sporadic infections are needed to confirm the etiology of PT6 infection. PMID:9866747

  20. Determination of intrinsic spin Hall angle in Pt

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    Wang, Yi; Deorani, Praveen; Qiu, Xuepeng; Kwon, Jae Hyun; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2014-10-13

    The spin Hall angle in Pt is evaluated in Pt/NiFe bilayers by spin torque ferromagnetic resonance measurements and is found to increase with increasing the NiFe thickness. To extract the intrinsic spin Hall angle in Pt by estimating the total spin current injected into NiFe from Pt, the NiFe thickness dependent measurements are performed and the spin diffusion in the NiFe layer is taken into account. The intrinsic spin Hall angle of Pt is determined to be 0.068 at room temperature and is found to be almost constant in the temperature range of 13–300 K.

  1. Surface composition of ordered intermetallic compounds PtBi and PtPb

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    Blasini, D. R.; Rochefort, D.; Fachini, E.; Alden, L. R.; DiSalvo, F. J.; Cabrera, C. R.; Abruña, H. D.

    2006-07-01

    The surface composition of bulk electrodes made from the ordered intermetallic phases PtBi and PtPb has been studied by ex-situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) after being subjected to various electrochemical treatments. Analysis of the freshly polished surfaces showed that in the surface and near surface regions the less-noble metals; Bi and Pb are oxidized to a significant extent (28% and 41%, respectively). Upon cycling to increasingly positive potentials, the fraction of oxidized to metallic forms of Bi and Pb decreased gradually to reach the minimal values of 7% and 6% at +400 mV vs. Ag/AgCl (saturated KCl). The observed decrements are due to leaching of surface oxides; Bi 2O 3 on PtBi and PbCO 3 or Pb(OH) 2 on PtPb. When the potential sweep was extended to more positive values, there was a linear decrease in the surface concentration of the less-noble metal, along with a slight increase in the amount of the species in their oxidized state (Bi 2O 3 for PtBi and PbSO 4 for PtPb). Leaching of Bi from the electrode surface occurs in accordance to the Pourbaix diagram for elemental bismuth, indicating no significant increase in stability arising from the formation of an intermetallic phase with platinum. In the case of PtPb, however, the Pb starts to dissolve away at potentials significantly more positive (+800 mV) than what was anticipated from the Pourbaix diagram. The results obtained here are in accord with our previous observations on the effects of electrochemical pre-treatment on these intermetallic phases for the electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid and other potential fuel cell fuels.

  2. Pt skin on Pd–Co–Zn/C ternary nanoparticles with enhanced Pt efficiency toward ORR

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    Xiao, Weiping; Zhu, Jing; Han, Lili; ...

    2016-07-15

    Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). A highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd–Co–Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation–reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition–activity volcano curve for the Pd–Co–Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8 : 1 : 1 is the optimal composition. Compared with pure Pd/C, the Pd8CoZn/C nanoparticles show a substantial enhancement in both themore » catalytic activity and the durability toward the ORR. Moreover, the durability and activity are further enhanced by forming a Pt skin on Pd8CoZn/C nanocatalysts. Interestingly, after 10 000 potential cycles in N2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution, Pd8CoZn@Pt/C shows improved mass activity (2.62 A mg-1Pt) and specific activity (4.76 A m-2total), which are about 1.4 and 4.4 times higher than the initial values, and 37.4 and 5.5 times higher than those of Pt/C catalysts, respectively. After accelerated stability testing in O2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution for 30 000 potential cycles, the half-wave potential negatively shifts about 6 mV. Our results show that the Pt skin plays an important role in enhancing the activity as well as preventing degradation.« less

  3. Pt skin on Pd-Co-Zn/C ternary nanoparticles with enhanced Pt efficiency toward ORR.

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    Xiao, Weiping; Zhu, Jing; Han, Lili; Liu, Sufen; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Lei, Wen; Xuan, Cuijuan; Xin, Huolin L; Wang, Deli

    2016-08-21

    Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Herein, a highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation-reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition-activity volcano curve for the Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8 : 1 : 1 is the optimal composition. Compared with pure Pd/C, the Pd8CoZn/C nanoparticles show a substantial enhancement in both the catalytic activity and the durability toward the ORR. Moreover, the durability and activity are further enhanced by forming a Pt skin on Pd8CoZn/C nanocatalysts. Interestingly, after 10 000 potential cycles in N2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution, Pd8CoZn@Pt/C shows improved mass activity (2.62 A mg(-1)Pt) and specific activity (4.76 A m(-2)total), which are about 1.4 and 4.4 times higher than the initial values, and 37.4 and 5.5 times higher than those of Pt/C catalysts, respectively. After accelerated stability testing in O2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution for 30 000 potential cycles, the half-wave potential negatively shifts about 6 mV. The results show that the Pt skin plays an important role in enhancing the activity as well as preventing degradation.

  4. Pt skin on Pd–Co–Zn/C ternary nanoparticles with enhanced Pt efficiency toward ORR

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    Xiao, Weiping; Zhu, Jing; Han, Lili; Liu, Sufen; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Lei, Wen; Xuan, Cuijuan; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Deli

    2016-07-15

    Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). A highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd–Co–Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation–reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition–activity volcano curve for the Pd–Co–Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8 : 1 : 1 is the optimal composition. Compared with pure Pd/C, the Pd8CoZn/C nanoparticles show a substantial enhancement in both the catalytic activity and the durability toward the ORR. Moreover, the durability and activity are further enhanced by forming a Pt skin on Pd8CoZn/C nanocatalysts. Interestingly, after 10 000 potential cycles in N2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution, Pd8CoZn@Pt/C shows improved mass activity (2.62 A mg-1Pt) and specific activity (4.76 A m-2total), which are about 1.4 and 4.4 times higher than the initial values, and 37.4 and 5.5 times higher than those of Pt/C catalysts, respectively. After accelerated stability testing in O2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution for 30 000 potential cycles, the half-wave potential negatively shifts about 6 mV. Our results show that the Pt skin plays an important role in enhancing the activity as well as preventing degradation.

  5. Pt skin on Pd–Co–Zn/C ternary nanoparticles with enhanced Pt efficiency toward ORR

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    Xiao, Weiping; Zhu, Jing; Han, Lili; Liu, Sufen; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Lei, Wen; Xuan, Cuijuan; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Deli

    2016-07-15

    Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). A highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd–Co–Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation–reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition–activity volcano curve for the Pd–Co–Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8 : 1 : 1 is the optimal composition. Compared with pure Pd/C, the Pd8CoZn/C nanoparticles show a substantial enhancement in both the catalytic activity and the durability toward the ORR. Moreover, the durability and activity are further enhanced by forming a Pt skin on Pd8CoZn/C nanocatalysts. Interestingly, after 10 000 potential cycles in N2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution, Pd8CoZn@Pt/C shows improved mass activity (2.62 A mg-1Pt) and specific activity (4.76 A m-2total), which are about 1.4 and 4.4 times higher than the initial values, and 37.4 and 5.5 times higher than those of Pt/C catalysts, respectively. After accelerated stability testing in O2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution for 30 000 potential cycles, the half-wave potential negatively shifts about 6 mV. Our results show that the Pt skin plays an important role in enhancing the activity as well as preventing degradation.

  6. Direct determination of the ionization energies of PtC, PtO, and PtO2 with VUV radiation.

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    Citir, Murat; Metz, Ricardo B; Belau, Leonid; Ahmed, Musahid

    2008-10-02

    Photoionization efficiency curves were measured for gas-phase PtC, PtO, and PtO2 using tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at the Advanced Light Source. The molecules were prepared by laser ablation of a platinum tube, followed by reaction with CH4 or N2O and supersonic expansion. These measurements provide the first directly measured ionization energy for PtC, IE(PtC) = 9.45 +/- 0.05 eV. The direct measurement also gives greatly improved ionization energies for the platinum oxides, IE(PtO) = 10.0 +/- 0.1 eV and IE(PtO2) = 11.35 +/- 0.05 eV. The ionization energy connects the dissociation energies of the neutral and cation, leading to greatly improved 0 K bond dissociation energies for the neutrals: D0(Pt-C) = 5.95 +/- 0.07 eV, D0(Pt-O) = 4.30 +/- 0.12 eV, and D0(OPt-O) = 4.41 +/- 0.13 eV, as well as enthalpies of formation for the gas-phase molecules DeltaH(0)(f,0)(PtC(g)) = 701 +/- 7 kJ/mol, DeltaH(0)(f,0)(PtO(g)) = 396 +/- 12 kJ/mol, and DeltaH(0)(f,0)(PtO2(g)) = 218 +/- 11 kJ/mol. Much of the error in previous Knudsen cell measurements of platinum oxide bond dissociation energies is due to the use of thermodynamic second law extrapolations. Third law values calculated using statistical mechanical thermodynamic functions are in much better agreement with values obtained from ionization energies and ion energetics. These experiments demonstrate that laser ablation production with direct VUV ionization measurements is a versatile tool to measure ionization energies and bond dissociation energies for catalytically interesting species such as metal oxides and carbides.

  7. Integrability of PT-symmetric dimers

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    Pickton, J.; Susanto, H.

    2013-12-01

    The coupled discrete linear and Kerr nonlinear Schrödinger equations with gain and loss describing transport on dimers with parity-time (PT)-symmetric potentials are considered. The model is relevant among others to experiments in optical couplers and proposals on Bose-Einstein condensates in PT-symmetric double-well potentials. It is known that the models are integrable. Here, the integrability is exploited further to construct the phase portraits of the system. A pendulum equation with a linear potential and a constant force for the phase difference between the fields is obtained, which explains the presence of unbounded solutions above a critical threshold parameter. The behavior of all solutions of the system, including changes in the topological structure of the phase plane, is then discussed.

  8. Transforming AdaPT to Ada

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    Goldsack, Stephen J.; Holzbach-Valero, A. A.; Waldrop, Raymond S.; Volz, Richard A.

    1991-01-01

    This paper describes how the main features of the proposed Ada language extensions intended to support distribution, and offered as possible solutions for Ada9X can be implemented by transformation into standard Ada83. We start by summarizing the features proposed in a paper (Gargaro et al, 1990) which constitutes the definition of the extensions. For convenience we have called the language in its modified form AdaPT which might be interpreted as Ada with partitions. These features were carefully chosen to provide support for the construction of executable modules for execution in nodes of a network of loosely coupled computers, but flexibly configurable for different network architectures and for recovery following failure, or adapting to mode changes. The intention in their design was to provide extensions which would not impact adversely on the normal use of Ada, and would fit well in style and feel with the existing standard. We begin by summarizing the features introduced in AdaPT.

  9. Scattering from a PT symmetric standing wave

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    Yuce, C.

    2012-09-01

    We study the Kapitza-Dirac diffraction of a free beam particle in the presence of a PT symmetric standing wave. We discuss that the momentum and total probability are not conserved in the non-Hermitian scattering process. We show that the average momentum gain/loss does not vanish over a period even if the non-Hermitian optical potential changes periodically in time. We give the resonance conditions at which large momentum transfer is produced.

  10. Solitons in PT-symmetric nonlinear lattices

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    Abdullaev, Fatkhulla Kh.; Konotop, Vladimir V.; Zezyulin, Dmitry A.; Kartashov, Yaroslav V.

    2011-04-15

    The existence of localized modes supported by the PT-symmetric nonlinear lattices is reported. The system considered reveals unusual properties: unlike other typical dissipative systems, it possesses families (branches) of solutions, which can be parametrized by the propagation constant; relatively narrow localized modes appear to be stable, even when the conservative nonlinear lattice potential is absent; and finally, the system supports stable multipole solutions.

  11. PT symmetric Aubry-Andre model

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    Yuce, C.

    2014-06-01

    PT symmetric Aubry-Andre model describes an array of N coupled optical waveguides with position-dependent gain and loss. We show that the reality of the spectrum depends sensitively on the degree of quasi-periodicity for small number of lattice sites. We obtain the Hofstadter butterfly spectrum and discuss the existence of the phase transition from extended to localized states. We show that rapidly changing periodical gain/loss materials almost conserve the total intensity.

  12. XAS and XMCD studies of magnetic properties modifications of Pt/Co/Au and Pt/Co/Pt trilayers induced by Ga⁺ ions irradiation.

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    Mazalski, Piotr; Sveklo, Iosif; Kurant, Zbigniew; Ollefs, Katharina; Rogalev, Andrei; Wilhelm, Fabrice; Fassbender, Juergen; Baczewski, Lech Tomasz; Wawro, Andrzej; Maziewski, Andrzej

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic and magneto-optical properties of Pt/Co/Au and Pt/Co/Pt trilayers subjected to 30 keV Ga(+) ion irradiation are compared. In two-dimensional maps of these properties as a function of cobalt thickness and ion fluence, two branches with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) for Pt/Co/Pt trilayers are well distinguished. The replacement of the Pt capping layer with Au results in the two branches still being visible but the in-plane anisotropy for the low-fluence branch is suppressed whereas the high-fluence branch displays PMA. The X-ray absorption spectra and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectra are discussed and compared with non-irradiated reference samples. The changes of their shapes and peak amplitude, particularly for the high-fluence branch, are related to the modifications of the local environment of Co(Pt) atoms and the etching effects induced by ion irradiation. Additionally, in irradiated trilayers the XMCD measurements at the Pt L2,3-edge reveal an increase of the magnetic moment induced in Pt atoms.

  13. Fabrication of monometallic (Co, Pd, Pt, Au) and bimetallic (Pt/Au, Au/Pt) thin films with hierarchical architectures as electrocatalysts

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    Qiu, Cuicui; Zhang, Jintao; Ma, Houyi

    2010-05-01

    Co thin films with novel hierarchical structures were controllably fabricated by simple electrochemical deposition in the absence of hard and soft templates, which were used as sacrificial templates to further prepare noble metal (Pd, Pt, Au) hierarchical micro/nanostructures via metal exchange reactions. SEM characterization demonstrated that the resulting noble metal thin films displayed hierarchical architectures. The as-prepared noble metal thin films could be directly used as the anode catalysts for the electro-oxidation of formic acid. Moreover, bimetallic catalysts (Pt/Au, Au/Pt) fabricated based on the monometallic Au, Pt micro/nanostructures exhibited the higher catalytic activity compared to the previous monometallic catalysts.

  14. Exponentially Fragile PT Symmetry in Lattices with Localized Eigenmodes

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    Bendix, Oliver; Fleischmann, Ragnar; Kottos, Tsampikos; Shapiro, Boris

    2009-07-17

    We study the effect of localized modes in lattices of size N with parity-time (PT) symmetry. Such modes are arranged in pairs of quasidegenerate levels with splitting deltaapproxexp{sup -N/x}i where xi is their localization length. The level 'evolution' with respect to the PT breaking parameter gamma shows a cascade of bifurcations during which a pair of real levels becomes complex. The spontaneous PT symmetry breaking occurs at gamma{sub PT}approxmin(delta), thus resulting in an exponentially narrow exact PT phase. As N/xi decreases, it becomes more robust with gamma{sub PT}approx1/N{sup 2} and the distribution P(gamma{sub PT}) changes from log-normal to semi-Gaussian. Our theory can be tested in the frame of optical lattices.

  15. Highly durable graphene nanoplatelets supported Pt nanocatalysts for oxygen reduction

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    Shao, Yuyan; Zhang, Sheng; Wang, Chong M.; Nie, Zimin; Liu, Jun; Wang, Yong; Lin, Yuehe

    2010-06-01

    We report graphene nanoplatelets (GNP), which exhibit the advantages of both single-layer graphene and highly graphitic carbon, as a durable alternative support material for Pt nanoparticles for oxygen reduction in fuel cells. Pt nanoparticles are deposited on poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)(PDDA)-coated GNP, and characterized with transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, and electrochemical tests. Pt/GNP exhibits greatly enhanced electrochemical durability (2-3 times that of Pt/CNT and commercial Etek Pt/C). These are attributed to the intrinsic high graphitization degree of GNP and the enhanced Pt-carbon interaction in Pt/GNP. If considering that GNP can be easily mass produced from graphite, GNP is a promising, low-cost, and durable electrocatalyst support for oxygen reduction in fuel cells.

  16. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F−, Cl−, Br−). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs. PMID:27184228

  17. Chemically synthesized FePt nanoclusters

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    Velasco, Victor; Abel, Frank; Hu, Xiaocao; Crespo, Patricia; Hadjipanayis, George

    2014-03-01

    FePt nanoparticles (NPs) are being widely investigated due to their high potential applications in magnetic recording media and biomedicine. These NPs are expected to be ideal candidates due to their excellent magnetic properties, such as high K and high Ms together with a high chemical stability. In this work, the FePt NPs have been synthesized by chemical routes according to the method reported by M. Chen et al.[2] At high temperature, surfactants together with iron pentacarbonyl are added to the solution and thermally decomposed. By controlling the injection temperature and the heating rate, we have been able to obtain homogeneous spherical clusters with an average size of 38 +/- 10 nm formed by 5 nm-FePt NPs. These clusters are found to be superparamagnetic above Tb of 55 K whereas at 5 K exhibit a coercive field of 1.2 kOe. Furthermore, these NPs seem to be highly stable in water after replacing the surfactants by TMAOH. These clusters appear to be good candidates for MRI and hyperthermia applications. This work was supported by NSF DMR-0302544.

  18. Synthesis of ribosomes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Warner, J R

    1989-01-01

    The assembly of a eucaryotic ribosome requires the synthesis of four ribosomal ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules and more than 75 ribosomal proteins. It utilizes all three RNA polymerases; it requires the cooperation of the nucleus and the cytoplasm, the processing of RNA, and the specific interaction of RNA and protein molecules. It is carried out efficiently and is exquisitely sensitive to the needs of the cell. Our current understanding of this process in the genetically tractable yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is reviewed. The ribosomal RNA genes are arranged in a tandem array of 100 to 200 copies. This tandem array has led to unique ways of carrying out a number of functions. Replication is asymmetric and does not initiate from every autonomously replicating sequence. Recombination is suppressed. Transcription of the major ribosomal RNA appears to involve coupling between adjacent transcription units, which are separated by the 5S RNA transcription unit. Genes for many ribosomal proteins have been cloned and sequenced. Few are linked; most are duplicated; most have an intron. There is extensive homology between yeast ribosomal proteins and those of other species. Most, but not all, of the ribosomal protein genes have one or two sites that are essential for their transcription and that bind a common transcription factor. This factor binds also to many other places in the genome, including the telomeres. There is coordinated transcription of the ribosomal protein genes under a variety of conditions. However, the cell seems to possess no mechanism for regulating the transcription of individual ribosomal protein genes in response either to a deficiency or an excess of a particular ribosomal protein. A deficiency causes slow growth. Any excess ribosomal protein is degraded very rapidly, with a half-life of 1 to 5 min. Unlike most types of cells, yeast cells appear not to regulate the translation of ribosomal proteins. However, in the case of ribosomal protein L32

  19. Social wasps promote social behavior in Saccharomyces spp.

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    This commentary provides background and an evaluation of a paper to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in which social wasps were found to harbor significant populations of two species of the yeast genus Saccharomyces. Apparently, the yeasts were acquired during feed...

  20. Saccharomyces cerevisiae engineered for xylose metabolism exhibits a respiratory response

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    Yong-Su Jin; Jose M. Laplaza; Thomas W. Jeffries

    2004-01-01

    Native strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae do not assimilate xylose. S. cerevisiae engineered for D-xylose utilization through the heterologous expression of genes for aldose reductase ( XYL1), xylitol dehydrogenase (XYL2), and D-xylulokinase ( XYL3 or XKS1) produce only limited amounts of ethanol in xylose medium. In recombinant S. cerevisiae expressing XYL1, XYL2,...

  1. Molecular mechanisms of ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a superb ethanol producer, yet sensitive to ethanol at higher concentrations especially under high gravity or very high gravity fermentation conditions. Although significant efforts have been made to study ethanol-stress response in past decades, molecular mecha...

  2. Thermal resistance of Saccharomyces yeast ascospores in beers.

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    Milani, Elham A; Gardner, Richard C; Silva, Filipa V M

    2015-08-03

    The industrial production of beer ends with a process of thermal pasteurization. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces pastorianus are yeasts used to produce top and bottom fermenting beers, respectively. In this research, first the sporulation rate of 12 Saccharomyces strains was studied. Then, the thermal resistance of ascospores of three S. cerevisiae strains (DSMZ 1848, DSMZ 70487, Ethanol Red(®)) and one strain of S. pastorianus (ATCC 9080) was determined in 4% (v/v) ethanol lager beer. D60 °C-values of 11.2, 7.5, 4.6, and 6.0 min and z-values of 11.7, 14.3, 12.4, and 12.7 °C were determined for DSMZ 1848, DSMZ 70487, ATCC 9080, and Ethanol Red(®), respectively. Lastly, experiments with 0 and 7% (v/v) beers were carried out to investigate the effect of ethanol content on the thermal resistance of S. cerevisiae (DSMZ 1848). D55 °C-values of 34.2 and 15.3 min were obtained for 0 and 7% beers, respectively, indicating lower thermal resistance in the more alcoholic beer. These results demonstrate similar spore thermal resistance for different Saccharomyces strains and will assist in the design of appropriate thermal pasteurization conditions for preserving beers with different alcohol contents.

  3. Improving biomass sugar utilization by engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    The efficient utilization of all available sugars in lignocellulosic biomass, which is more abundant than available commodity crops and starch, represents one of the most difficult technological challenges for the production of bioethanol. The well-studied yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has played a...

  4. Analysis of the RNA Content of the Yeast "Saccharomyces Cerevisiae"

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    Deutch, Charles E.; Marshall, Pamela A.

    2008-01-01

    In this article, the authors describe an interconnected set of relatively simple laboratory experiments in which students determine the RNA content of yeast cells and use agarose gel electrophoresis to separate and analyze the major species of cellular RNA. This set of experiments focuses on RNAs from the yeast "Saccharomyces cerevisiae", a…

  5. Stoichiometric network constraints on xylose metabolism by recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Yong-Su Jin; Thomas W. Jeffries

    2004-01-01

    Metabolic pathway engineering is constrained by the thermodynamic and stoichiometric feasibility of enzymatic activities of introduced genes. Engineering of xylose metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has focused on introducing genes for the initial xylose assimilation steps from Pichia stipitis, a xylose-fermenting yeast, into S. cerevisiae, a yeast raditionally...

  6. Analysis of the RNA Content of the Yeast "Saccharomyces Cerevisiae"

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    Deutch, Charles E.; Marshall, Pamela A.

    2008-01-01

    In this article, the authors describe an interconnected set of relatively simple laboratory experiments in which students determine the RNA content of yeast cells and use agarose gel electrophoresis to separate and analyze the major species of cellular RNA. This set of experiments focuses on RNAs from the yeast "Saccharomyces cerevisiae", a…

  7. Effect of nitrogen upon structural and magnetic properties of FePt in FePt/AlN multilayer structures

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    Gao, Tenghua Zhang, Cong; Sannomiya, Takumi; Muraishi, Shinji; Nakamura, Yoshio; Shi, Ji

    2014-09-01

    This paper investigates the effect of the addition of nitrogen in FePt layers for ultrathin FePt/AlN multilayer structures. X-ray diffraction results reveal that a compressive stress relaxation occurs after annealing owing to the release of interstitial nitrogen atoms in the FePt layers. The introduction of nitrogen also induces a large in-plane compressive strain during grain growth not seen in FePt deposited without nitrogen. This strain is considered to decrease the driving force for (111) grain growth and FePt ordering.

  8. Pt skin on AuCu intermetallic substrate: a strategy to maximize Pt utilization for fuel cells.

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    Wang, Gongwei; Huang, Bing; Xiao, Li; Ren, Zhandong; Chen, Hao; Wang, Deli; Abruña, Héctor D; Lu, Juntao; Zhuang, Lin

    2014-07-09

    The dependence on Pt catalysts has been a major issue of proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Strategies to maximize the Pt utilization in catalysts include two main approaches: to put Pt atoms only at the catalyst surface and to further enhance the surface-specific catalytic activity (SA) of Pt. Thus far there has been no practical design that combines these two features into one single catalyst. Here we report a combined computational and experimental study on the design and implementation of Pt-skin catalysts with significantly improved SA toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Through screening, using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, a Pt-skin structure on AuCu(111) substrate, consisting of 1.5 monolayers of Pt, is found to have an appropriately weakened oxygen affinity, in comparison to that on Pt(111), which would be ideal for ORR catalysis. Such a structure is then realized by substituting the Cu atoms in three surface layers of AuCu intermetallic nanoparticles (AuCu iNPs) with Pt. The resulting Pt-skinned catalyst (denoted as Pt(S)AuCu iNPs) has been characterized in depth using synchrotron XRD, XPS, HRTEM, and HAADF-STEM/EDX, such that the Pt-skin structure is unambiguously identified. The thickness of the Pt skin was determined to be less than two atomic layers. Finally the catalytic activity of Pt(S)AuCu iNPs toward the ORR was measured via rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry through which it was established that the SA was more than 2 times that of a commercial Pt/C catalyst. Taking into account the ultralow Pt loading in Pt(S)AuCu iNPs, the mass-specific catalytic activity (MA) was determined to be 0.56 A/mg(Pt)@0.9 V, a value that is well beyond the DOE 2017 target for ORR catalysts (0.44 A/mg(Pt)@0.9 V). These findings provide a strategic design and a realizable approach to high-performance and Pt-efficient catalysts for fuel cells.

  9. The role of the cationic Pt sites in the adsorption properties of water and ethanol on the Pt4/Pt(111) and Pt4/CeO2(111) substrates: A density functional theory investigation

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    Seminovski, Yohanna; Tereshchuk, Polina; Kiejna, Adam; Da Silva, Juarez L. F.

    2016-09-01

    Finite site platinum particles, Ptn, supported on reduced or unreduced cerium oxide surfaces, i.e., CeO2-x(111) ( 0 < x < /1 2 ), have been employed and studied as catalysts for a wide range of applications, which includes hydrogen production using the ethanol steam reforming processes. Our atomic-level understanding of the interaction of Pt with CeO2-x has been improved in the last years; however, the identification of the active sites on the Ptn/CeO2-x(111) substrates is still far from complete. In this work, we applied density functional theory based calculations with the addition of the on-site Coulomb interactions (DFT+U) for the investigation of the active sites and the role of the Pt oxidation state on the adsorption properties of water and ethanol (probe molecules) on four selected substrates, namely, Pt(111), Pt4/Pt(111), CeO2(111), and Pt4/CeO2(111). Our results show that water and ethanol preferentially bind in the cationic sites of the base of the tetrahedron Pt4 cluster instead of the anionic lower-coordinated Pt atoms located on the cluster-top or in the surface Ce (cationic) and O (anionic) sites. The presence of the Pt4 cluster contributes to increase the adsorption energy of both molecules on Pt(111) and CeO2(111) surfaces; however, its magnitude increases less for the case of Pt4/CeO2(111). Thus, the cationic Pt sites play a crucial role in the adsorption properties of water and ethanol. Both water and ethanol bind to on-top sites via the O atom and adopt parallel and perpendicular configurations on the Pt(111) and CeO2(111) substrates, respectively, while their orientation is changed once the Pt4 cluster is involved, favoring H binding with the surface sites.

  10. The role of the cationic Pt sites in the adsorption properties of water and ethanol on the Pt4/Pt(111) and Pt4/CeO2(111) substrates: A density functional theory investigation.

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    Seminovski, Yohanna; Tereshchuk, Polina; Kiejna, Adam; Da Silva, Juarez L F

    2016-09-28

    Finite site platinum particles, Ptn, supported on reduced or unreduced cerium oxide surfaces, i.e., CeO2-x(111) (0Pt with CeO2-x has been improved in the last years; however, the identification of the active sites on the Ptn/CeO2-x(111) substrates is still far from complete. In this work, we applied density functional theory based calculations with the addition of the on-site Coulomb interactions (DFT+U) for the investigation of the active sites and the role of the Pt oxidation state on the adsorption properties of water and ethanol (probe molecules) on four selected substrates, namely, Pt(111), Pt4/Pt(111), CeO2(111), and Pt4/CeO2(111). Our results show that water and ethanol preferentially bind in the cationic sites of the base of the tetrahedron Pt4 cluster instead of the anionic lower-coordinated Pt atoms located on the cluster-top or in the surface Ce (cationic) and O (anionic) sites. The presence of the Pt4 cluster contributes to increase the adsorption energy of both molecules on Pt(111) and CeO2(111) surfaces; however, its magnitude increases less for the case of Pt4/CeO2(111). Thus, the cationic Pt sites play a crucial role in the adsorption properties of water and ethanol. Both water and ethanol bind to on-top sites via the O atom and adopt parallel and perpendicular configurations on the Pt(111) and CeO2(111) substrates, respectively, while their orientation is changed once the Pt4 cluster is involved, favoring H binding with the surface sites.

  11. Pd surface and Pt subsurface segregation in Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys.

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    De Clercq, A; Giorgio, S; Mottet, C

    2016-02-17

    The structure and chemical arrangement of Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys with the icosahedral and face centered cubic symmetry are studied using Monte Carlo simulations with a tight binding interatomic potential fitted to density-functional theory calculations. Pd surface segregation from the lowest to the highest coordinated sites is predicted by the theory together with a Pt enrichment at the subsurface, whatever the structure and the size of the nanoparticles, and which subsists when increasing the temperature. The onion-shell chemical configuration is found for both symmetries and is initiated from the Pd surface segregation. It is amplified in the icosahedral symmetry and small sizes but when considering larger sizes, the oscillating segregation profile occurs near the surface on about three to four shells whatever the structure. Pd segregation results from the significant lower cohesive energy of Pd as compared to Pt and the weak ordering tendency leads to the Pt subsurface segregation. The very weak size mismatch does not prevent the bigger atoms (Pt) from occupying subsurface sites which are in compression whereas the smaller ones (Pd) occupy the central site of the icosahedra where the compression is an order of magnitude higher.

  12. Pd surface and Pt subsurface segregation in Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys

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    De Clercq, A.; Giorgio, S.; Mottet, C.

    2016-02-01

    The structure and chemical arrangement of Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys with the icosahedral and face centered cubic symmetry are studied using Monte Carlo simulations with a tight binding interatomic potential fitted to density-functional theory calculations. Pd surface segregation from the lowest to the highest coordinated sites is predicted by the theory together with a Pt enrichment at the subsurface, whatever the structure and the size of the nanoparticles, and which subsists when increasing the temperature. The onion-shell chemical configuration is found for both symmetries and is initiated from the Pd surface segregation. It is amplified in the icosahedral symmetry and small sizes but when considering larger sizes, the oscillating segregation profile occurs near the surface on about three to four shells whatever the structure. Pd segregation results from the significant lower cohesive energy of Pd as compared to Pt and the weak ordering tendency leads to the Pt subsurface segregation. The very weak size mismatch does not prevent the bigger atoms (Pt) from occupying subsurface sites which are in compression whereas the smaller ones (Pd) occupy the central site of the icosahedra where the compression is an order of magnitude higher.

  13. Highly durable Pt/graphene oxide and Pt/C hybrid catalyst for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

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    Jung, Ju Hae; Park, Hyang Jin; Kim, Junbom; Hur, Seung Hyun

    2014-02-01

    We report a highly durable hybrid catalyst composed of Pt/graphene oxide (GO) and Pt/C catalyst for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). The accelerated durability tests in half-cell and full cell systems shows that the addition of small amount of Pt/GO catalyst significantly enhances the durability of commercial Pt/C catalyst without sacrificing initial electrochemical active surface area (ECSA). The XRD and TEM analysis reveal that the GO not only exhibits the high resistance to Pt agglomeration but also prevents the Pt agglomeration in Pt/C catalyst by providing the anchoring sites of eluted metal ions. We believe that this simple and effective approach can open a new way to fabricate highly durable electrocatalyst for the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles.

  14. First principles calculations of the effect of Pt on NiAl surfaceenergy and the site preference of Pt

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    Yu, Rong; Hou, Peggy Y.

    2007-03-08

    Pt-modified NiAl is widely used as a coating material in industry. In this study, the surface energies of NiAl with and without Pt are investigated using first-principles calculations. The presence of Pt in NiAl takes the surface electronic states to higher energies, resulting in an increased surface energy, which explains some of the beneficial effects of Pt on the oxidation resistance of NiAl. The electronic structure of NiAl-Pt alloys is also analyzed in terms of the site preference of Pt in NiAl. Results show that Pt bonds strongly to Al, giving its site preference on the Ni site.

  15. Engineering of the anisotropy and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction energies in Pt-Co and Pt-Co-Cu heterostructures

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    Schlotter, Sarah; Beach, Geoffrey

    It has previously been shown that perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is increased in Pt-Co-Pt structures by placing a Cu spacer between the top, diffuse Co-Pt interface. However, including a spacer layer increases interfacial asymmetry in the system: a prerequisite for a strong Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) which governs helical spin structures such as skyrmions and chiral domain walls. We show that the increased asymmetry significantly enhances DMI strength in Pt-Co-Cu-Pt heterostructures as compared to corresponding Pt-Co-Pt systems. We further show that one can control the characteristic length scales governing domain width by engineering the magnetostatic, anisotropy, and DMI energies in heavy-metal/ferromagnet heterostructures. These structures may provide insight into engineering the size of skyrmions in spintronic devices.

  16. Introducing a New Breed of Wine Yeast: Interspecific Hybridisation between a Commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae Wine Yeast and Saccharomyces mikatae

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    Bellon, Jennifer R.; Schmid, Frank; Capone, Dimitra L.; Dunn, Barbara L.; Chambers, Paul J.

    2013-01-01

    Interspecific hybrids are commonplace in agriculture and horticulture; bread wheat and grapefruit are but two examples. The benefits derived from interspecific hybridisation include the potential of generating advantageous transgressive phenotypes. This paper describes the generation of a new breed of wine yeast by interspecific hybridisation between a commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine yeast strain and Saccharomyces mikatae, a species hitherto not associated with industrial fermentation environs. While commercially available wine yeast strains provide consistent and reliable fermentations, wines produced using single inocula are thought to lack the sensory complexity and rounded palate structure obtained from spontaneous fermentations. In contrast, interspecific yeast hybrids have the potential to deliver increased complexity to wine sensory properties and alternative wine styles through the formation of novel, and wider ranging, yeast volatile fermentation metabolite profiles, whilst maintaining the robustness of the wine yeast parent. Screening of newly generated hybrids from a cross between a S. cerevisiae wine yeast and S. mikatae (closely-related but ecologically distant members of the Saccharomyces sensu stricto clade), has identified progeny with robust fermentation properties and winemaking potential. Chemical analysis showed that, relative to the S. cerevisiae wine yeast parent, hybrids produced wines with different concentrations of volatile metabolites that are known to contribute to wine flavour and aroma, including flavour compounds associated with non-Saccharomyces species. The new S. cerevisiae x S. mikatae hybrids have the potential to produce complex wines akin to products of spontaneous fermentation while giving winemakers the safeguard of an inoculated ferment. PMID:23614011

  17. Introducing a new breed of wine yeast: interspecific hybridisation between a commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine yeast and Saccharomyces mikatae.

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    Bellon, Jennifer R; Schmid, Frank; Capone, Dimitra L; Dunn, Barbara L; Chambers, Paul J

    2013-01-01

    Interspecific hybrids are commonplace in agriculture and horticulture; bread wheat and grapefruit are but two examples. The benefits derived from interspecific hybridisation include the potential of generating advantageous transgressive phenotypes. This paper describes the generation of a new breed of wine yeast by interspecific hybridisation between a commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine yeast strain and Saccharomyces mikatae, a species hitherto not associated with industrial fermentation environs. While commercially available wine yeast strains provide consistent and reliable fermentations, wines produced using single inocula are thought to lack the sensory complexity and rounded palate structure obtained from spontaneous fermentations. In contrast, interspecific yeast hybrids have the potential to deliver increased complexity to wine sensory properties and alternative wine styles through the formation of novel, and wider ranging, yeast volatile fermentation metabolite profiles, whilst maintaining the robustness of the wine yeast parent. Screening of newly generated hybrids from a cross between a S. cerevisiae wine yeast and S. mikatae (closely-related but ecologically distant members of the Saccharomyces sensu stricto clade), has identified progeny with robust fermentation properties and winemaking potential. Chemical analysis showed that, relative to the S. cerevisiae wine yeast parent, hybrids produced wines with different concentrations of volatile metabolites that are known to contribute to wine flavour and aroma, including flavour compounds associated with non-Saccharomyces species. The new S. cerevisiae x S. mikatae hybrids have the potential to produce complex wines akin to products of spontaneous fermentation while giving winemakers the safeguard of an inoculated ferment.

  18. Pt/Co/oxide and oxide/Co/Pt electrodes for perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Nistor, L. E.; Rodmacq, B.; Auffret, S.; Dieny, B.

    2009-01-01

    This letter presents a study of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in oxide/Co/Pt structures, which could constitute the upper magnetic electrode of magnetic tunnel junctions. The growth of cobalt layers on SiO2 substrates shows that all 0.6 nm thick Co films are superparamagnetic, whereas perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is obtained for 1.5 nm films after annealing. Co layers grown on various Al and Mg oxides prepared by sputtering also exhibit perpendicular magnetic anisotropy after annealing. Combined with inverse Pt/Co(CoFeB)/oxide stackings, these structures allow preparing tunnel junctions with thicker magnetic electrodes and much better thermal stability than those based on standard Pt/Co multilayers.

  19. Alcohol electrooxidation at Pt and Pt-Ru sputtered electrodes under elevated temperature and pressurized conditions

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    Umeda, Minoru; Sugii, Hiromasa; Uchida, Isamu

    2008-05-01

    The electrooxidation properties of methanol and 2-propanol, which are both promising candidates for direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFCs), have been studied under elevated temperature and pressurized conditions. Sputter-deposited Pt and Pt-Ru electrodes were well-characterized and utilized for the electrochemical measurement of the alcohol oxidation at 25-100 °C. The Pt electrode prepared at 600 °C had a flat surface, and the Pt-Ru formed an alloy. The electrochemical measurements were carried out in a gas-tight cell under elevated temperature, which accompanies the pressurized condition. This is a representative example of the DAFC rising temperature operation. As a result, at 25 °C, the onset potential of the 2-propanol oxidation is about 400 mV more negative than that of the methanol oxidation, and current density of the 2-propanol oxidation exceeds that of the methanol oxidation. Conversely, at 100 °C, the methanol oxidation current density overcomes that of 2-propanol, and the onset potentials of the two are almost the same. The highest current density for the methanol oxidation is obtained at the Pt:Ru = 50:50 electrode, whereas at the Pt:Ru = 35:65 for the 2-propanol oxidation. A Tafel plot analysis was employed to investigate the reaction mechanism. For the methanol oxidation, the number of electrons transferred during the rate-determining process is estimated to be 1 at 25 °C and 2 at 100 °C. This suggests that the methanol reaction mechanism differs at 25 and 100 °C. In contrast, the rate-determining process of the 2-propanol oxidation at 25 and 100 °C was expected to be 1-electron transfer which accompanies the proton-elimination reaction to produce acetone. Consequently, it is deduced that methanol and 2-propanol have an advantage under the rising temperature and room temperature operation, respectively.

  20. The homoepitaxial growth of Pt on Pt(111) studied with STM

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    Bott, Michael; Michely, Thomas; Comsa, George

    The homoepitaxial growth of Pt on Pt(111) has been investigated by STM and the results have been compared to recent thermal He scattering (TEAS) data obtained on the same system. Additional information on the growth modes is obtained and the real space aspect of the growing surface, which results in TEAS and RHEED oscillations is evidenced. The three different growth modes, including the reentrant layer-by-layer growth at low temperatures, are confirmed. The limited diffusion along the adatom island edges, which causes their fractal aspect with dendritic structures, appears to play a significant role in the appearance of the low temperature layer-by-layer growth.

  1. Magnetic field and temperature control over Pt/Co/Ir/Co/Pt multistate magnetic logic device

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    Morgunov, R.; Hamadeh, A.; Fachec, T.; Lvovaa, G.; Koplak, O.; Talantsev, A.; Mangin, S.

    2017-04-01

    Magnetic configurations in Pt/Co/Ir/Co/Pt synthetic ferrimagnet bilayer of strong perpendicular anisotropy have been systematically studied. Magnetization versus field hysteresis loops have been measured for different temperatures ranging from 5 to 300 K. The applied field - temperature (H-T) magnetization switching diagram has been constructed by extracting the different switching fields as a function of temperature. This switching diagram can be well explained by considering the competition between energy barrier of layer's magnetization reversal, interlayer exchange coupling, and Zeeman energy.

  2. The mechanism of charge density wave in Pt-based layered superconductors: SrPt2As2 and LaPt2Si2

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    Kim, Sooran; Kim, Kyoo; Min, B. I.

    2015-01-01

    The intriguing coexistence of the charge density wave (CDW) and superconductivity in SrPt2As2 and LaPt2Si2 has been investigated based on the ab initio density functional theory band structure and phonon calculations. We have found that the CDW instabilities for both cases arise from the q-dependent electron-phonon coupling with quasi-nesting feature of the Fermi surface. The band structure obtained by the band-unfolding technique reveals the sizable q-dependent electron-phonon coupling responsible for the CDW instability. The local split distortions of Pt atoms in the [As-Pt-As] layers play an essential role in driving the five-fold supercell CDW instability as well as the phonon softening instability in SrPt2As2. By contrast, the CDW and phonon softening instabilities in LaPt2Si2 occur without split distortions of Pt atoms. The phonon calculations suggest that the CDW and the superconductivity coexist in [X-Pt-X] layers (X = As or Si) for both cases. PMID:26449877

  3. Study on the failure temperature of Ti/Pt/Au and Pt5Si2–Ti/Pt/Au metallization systems

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    Zhang, Jie; Han, Jianqiang; Yin, Yijun; Dong, Lizhen; Niu, Wenju

    2017-09-01

    The Ti/Pt/Au metallization system has an advantage of resisting KOH or TMAH solution etching. To form a good ohmic contact, the Ti/Pt/Au metallization system must be alloyed at 400 °C. However, the process temperatures of typical MEMS packaging technologies, such as anodic bonding, glass solder bonding and eutectic bonding, generally exceed 400 °C. It is puzzling if the Ti/Pt/Au system is destroyed during the subsequent packaging process. In the present work, the resistance of doped polysilicon resistors contacted by the Ti/Pt/Au metallization system that have undergone different temperatures and time are measured. The experimental results show that the ohmic contacts will be destroyed if heated to 500 °C. But if a 20 nm Pt film is sputtered on heavily doped polysilicon and alloyed at 700 °C before sputtering Ti/Pt/Au films, the Pt5Si2–Ti/Pt/Au metallization system has a higher service temperature of 500 °C, which exceeds process temperatures of most typical MEMS packaging technologies. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61376114).

  4. Outlining a future for non-Saccharomyces yeasts: selection of putative spoilage wine strains to be used in association with Saccharomyces cerevisiae for grape juice fermentation.

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    Domizio, Paola; Romani, Cristina; Lencioni, Livio; Comitini, Francesca; Gobbi, Mirko; Mannazzu, Ilaria; Ciani, Maurizio

    2011-06-30

    The use of non-Saccharomyces yeasts that are generally considered as spoilage yeasts, in association with Saccharomyces cerevisiae for grape must fermentation was here evaluated. Analysis of the main oenological characteristics of pure cultures of 55 yeasts belonging to the genera Hanseniaspora, Pichia, Saccharomycodes and Zygosaccharomyces revealed wide biodiversity within each genus. Moreover, many of these non-Saccharomyces strains had interesting oenological properties in terms of fermentation purity, and ethanol and secondary metabolite production. The use of four non-Saccharomyces yeasts (one per genus) in mixed cultures with a commercial S. cerevisiae strain at different S. cerevisiae/non-Saccharomyces inoculum ratios was investigated. This revealed that most of the compounds normally produced at high concentrations by pure cultures of non-Saccharomyces, and which are considered detrimental to wine quality, do not reach threshold taste levels in these mixed fermentations. On the other hand, the analytical profiles of the wines produced by these mixed cultures indicated that depending on the yeast species and the S. cerevisiae/non-Saccharomyces inoculum ratio, these non-Saccharomyces yeasts can be used to increase production of polysaccharides and to modulate the final concentrations of acetic acid and volatile compounds, such as ethyl acetate, phenyl-ethyl acetate, 2-phenyl ethanol, and 2-methyl 1-butanol.

  5. Pt-content-controlled synthesis of Pd nanohollows/Pt nanorods core/shell composites with enhanced electrocatalytic activities for the methanol oxidation reaction

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    Lai, Shiqin; Fu, Chenglin; Chen, Yongxiang; Yu, Xiang; Lai, Xuandi; Ye, Cui; Hu, Jianqiang

    2015-01-01

    Pd nanohollows/Pt nanorods (PdNHs/PtNRs) core/shell composites have been synthesized by a multistep crystalline growth method, in which Pt NRs grow on the exterior surface of hollow Pd nanospheres in order. Moreover, the size and quantity of the Pt NRs in the PdNHs/PtNRs can be easily tailored and thus ameliorate Pt utilization efficiency through varying H2PtCl6 concentrations. By comparing with Pt NPs and commercial Pt/C (JM), the PdNHs/PtNRs prepared using 2.50 mL 0.02 M H2PtCl6 have larger surface area, better anti-CO poisoning ability and more excellent catalytic performance. Moreover, the catalytic properties of the PdNHs/PtNRs can be well tunable by modifying the Pt contents. Our studies indicate that the PdNHs/PtNRs prepared using 2.50 mL 0.02 M H2PtCl6, in which Pd NHs are nearly completely covered with Pt NRs, have the largest surface area, best antitoxic ability and most excellent catalytic performance, indicative of high Pt utilization efficiency of the PdNHs/PtNRs relative to Pt/C (JM), Pt NPs and other PdNHs/PtNRs prepared using other H2PtCl6 concentrations. Therefore, the strategy to the size and content control of the PdNHs/PtNRs nanocomposites can facilitate optimized design of Pt-based catalysts for direct methanol fuel cells.

  6. Nanoporous PtAg and PtCu alloys with hollow ligaments for enhanced electrocatalysis and glucose biosensing.

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    Xu, Caixia; Liu, Yunqing; Su, Fa; Liu, Aihua; Qiu, Huajun

    2011-09-15

    Nanoporous silver (NPS) and copper (NPC) obtained by dealloying AgAl and CuAl alloys, respectively, were used as both three-dimensional templates and reducing agents for the fabrication of nanoporous PtAg (NPS-Pt) and PtCu (NPC-Pt) alloys with hollow ligaments by a simple galvanic replacement reaction with H(2)PtCl(6). Electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction characterizations demonstrate that NPS and NPC with similar ligament sizes (30-50 nm) have different effects on the formed hollow nanostructures. For NPS-Pt, the shell of the hollow ligament is seamless. However, the shell of NPC-Pt is comprised of small pores and alloy nanoparticles with a size of ∼3 nm. The as-prepared NPS-Pt and NPC-Pt exhibit remarkably improved electrocatalytic activities towards the oxidation of ethanol and H(2)O(2) compared with state-of-the-art Pt/C catalyst, and can be used for sensitive electrochemical sensing applications. The hierarchical nanoporous structure also provides a good microenvironment for enzymes. After immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx), the enzyme modified nanoporous electrode can sensitively detect glucose in a wide linear range (0.6-20 mM). Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Exchange interaction in L10-ordered FePt and CoPt from first-principles

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    Liu, X. B.; Altounian, Z.

    2011-04-01

    The exchange interactions have been studied from a first-principles density functional calculation in FePt and CoPt with the tetragonal L10-type structure. For FePt, the effective exchange parameters of Fe at the sites 1a and 1c, JFe1a and JFe1c, have the same negative value (-1.40 mRy) while that between Fe (1a) and Fe (1c), JFe1a -1c, have a large positive value (8.29 mRy) and JFe-Pt also has a positive value (1.20 mRy). Similarly, for CoPt, the exchange parameters are JCo1a = JCo1c = -0.86 mRy, JCo1a -1c = 8.47 mRy and JCo-Pt = 1.30 mRy. The estimated mean fields TC are about 802 K and 870 K for FePt and CoPt, respectively, in good agreement with the experiments. TC shows peak value at c/a = 1 in FePt and CoPt, respectively, resulting from the interplay between negative and positive exchange interactions.

  8. Diffusion and solid state reactions in Fe/Ag/Pt and FePt/Ag thin-film systems

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    Katona, G. L.; Safonova, N. Y.; Ganss, F.; Mitin, D.; Vladymyrskyi, I. A.; Sidorenko, S. I.; Makogon, Iu N.; Beddies, G.; Albrecht, M.; Beke, D. L.

    2015-05-01

    Depth profiles of tri-layered Fe(15 nm)/Ag(10 nm)/Pt(15 nm)/SiO2(100 nm)/Si(1 0 0) and bi-layered Fe50Pt50(15 nm)/Ag(7.5 nm)/SiO2(100 nm)/Si(1 0 0) thin films after different heat treatments were investigated by secondary neutral mass spectrometry. Isotherm annealing of the tri-layered samples was carried out between 245 and 390 °C up to several hours, while isochrone thermal annealing was performed between 600 and 900 °C for 30 s. Composition profiles, obtained after isotherm heat treatment, show that initially there was a strong intermixing between Ag and Pt, resulting most likely in the formation of an AgxPt1-x reaction layer. Furthermore, the intermixing process was much faster in the Ag layer accompanied by the segregation of Ag to the substrate/Pt interface. Later on the Pt, which diffused through the Ag layer, started to penetrate into the Fe grain boundaries. This process led to the formation of the FePt reaction product. At the same time as the Pt diffused into the Fe layer, reducing the amount of Pt in the AgxPt1-x layer, the Ag appeared to ‘move’ towards the substrate. Finally, an almost fully homogeneous FePt alloy layer formed with some FePt present in the grain boundaries of the remaining Ag. This behavior was compared to both types of samples subjected to isochrone thermal annealing. High temperature treatments resulted in similar results and eventually in the formation of a homogeneous L10 ordered FePt alloy with randomly distributed Ag in the grain boundaries and at the free surface.

  9. Multiquanta breather model for PtCl

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    Voulgarakis, N. K.; Kalosakas, G.; Bishop, A. R.; Tsironis, G. P.

    2001-07-01

    We study the many-quanta problem of an intramolecular vibrational excitation interacting with optical phonons, that may represent the nonlinearity from intrinsic electron-lattice interactions. In the adiabatic limit we calculate numerically the ground-state energy and the corresponding wave functions for N vibrational quanta. In the one-dimensional case we find strong redshifts in the overtone spectra and an increasing spatial localization as the number of quanta increases. Through model parameter fitting we achieve very good quantitative agreement with experimental resonant Raman scattering measurements in the quasi-one-dimensional charge transfer solid PtCl. Accurate analytical expressions for the redshifts are also obtained.

  10. Surface diffusion of xenon on Pt(111)

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    Meixner, D. Laurence; George, Steven M.

    1993-06-01

    The surface diffusion of xenon on the Pt(111) surface was investigated using laser induced thermal desorption (LITD) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) techniques. The surface diffusion coefficient at 80 K decreased dramatically from D=8×10-7 cm2/s at θ=0.05θs to approximately D=2×10-8 cm2/s at θ=θs, where θs denotes the saturation coverage at 85 K, corresponding to a commensurate monolayer coverage of 5.0×1014 xenon atoms/cm2. This coverage dependence was consistent with attractive interactions between the adsorbed xenon atoms and the existence of two-dimensional condensed phases of xenon on Pt(111). The kinetic parameters for surface diffusion at θ=θs were Edif=1.3±0.1 kcal/mol and D0=1.1×10-4±0.2 cm2/s. The magnitude of Edif at θ=θs represented the combined effect of the intrinsic corrugation of the adsorbate-surface potential and attractive interactions between the adsorbed xenon atoms. LITD experiments at θ=0.25 θs revealed diffusion kinetic parameters of Edif=1.2±0.2 kcal/mol and D0=3.4×10-4±0.5 cm2/s. The constant Edif at low and high coverage was attributed to the ``breakaway'' of xenon atoms from the edges of condensed phase xenon islands. The coverage dependence of the surface diffusion coefficient for Xe/Pt(111) was explained by a multiple site diffusion mechanism, where collisions with xenon islands limit diffusional motion. Thermal desorption kinetics for xenon on Pt(111) were determined using TPD experiments. Using the variation of heating rates method, the desorption parameters were Edes=6.6±0.2 kcal/mol and νdes=1.3×1013±0.4 s-1, in good agreement with previous studies. The xenon TPD peak shifted to higher temperature versus initial coverage at a fixed heating rate, providing further evidence for attractive interactions between the adsorbed xenon atoms.

  11. Opposite effects of Cu and Pt atoms on graphene edges

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    Kano, Emi; Hashimoto, Ayako; Takeguchi, Masaki

    2017-02-01

    Metal atoms at graphene edges are important because they can modify the structure and properties of graphene; however, there are very few reports on their direct observation. We performed electron microscopy to investigate the stability and dynamics of Cu and Pt atoms at graphene edges. We found that Cu atoms mended graphene edges, while Pt atoms etched them, and these transformations were promoted by electron irradiation. Cu and Pt atoms formed different atomic configurations at graphene edges.

  12. Enhanced spin-orbit torque by engineering Pt resistivity in Pt /Co /Al Ox structures

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    Lee, Jae Wook; Oh, Young-Wan; Park, Seung-Young; Figueroa, Adriana I.; van der Laan, Gerrit; Go, Gyungchoon; Lee, Kyung-Jin; Park, Byong-Guk

    2017-08-01

    The magnetization direction in heavy-metal (HM)/ferromagnet bilayers can be electrically controlled by spin-orbit torque (SOT); however, the efficiency of the SOT which depends on the spin-orbit coupling of the HM layer or its spin-Hall angle has to be improved further for actual applications. In this study, we report a significant enhancement of the spin-Hall effect of Pt and resultant SOT in Pt /Co /Al Ox structures by controlling the Pt resistivity. We observed that the effective spin-Hall angle increases about three times as the resistivity of Pt layer is increased 1.6 times by changing the Ar deposition pressure from 3 to 50 mTorr. This enhancement in effective spin-Hall angle is confirmed by the reduction in the critical current for SOT-induced magnetization switching. Furthermore, x-ray absorption spectroscopy analysis reveals a non-negligible contribution of the interfacial spin-orbit coupling to the effective spin-Hall angle. Our result, the efficient control of effective spin Hall angle by controlling the HM resistivity, paves the way to improved switching efficiency in SOT-active devices.

  13. Multiband superconductivity in CePt3Si without inversion symmetry: 195Pt-NMR study

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    Mukuda, H.; Nishide, S.; Harada, A.; Yashima, M.; Kitaoka, Y.; Tsujino, M.; Takeuchi, T.; Bauer, E.; Settai, R.; Onuki, Y.

    2009-03-01

    We report on novel superconducting characteristics of the heavy fermion (HF) superconductor CePt3Si without inversion symmetry through 195Pt-NMR study on a high quality single crystal with Tc = 0.46 K that is lower than Tc ~ 0.75 K for polycrystals. The observation of short and long components in a nuclear relaxation time T1 has revealed the presence of inhomogeneities of superconducting characteristics even in a single crystal. By discriminating the clean domain from the disordered domains, we show that the intrinsic superconducting characteristics inherent to CePt3Si can be understood in terms of the unconventional strong-coupling state with a line-node gap below Tc = 0.46 K. Furthermore, it was found that in some disordered domains that are inevitably contained in regardless of polycrystals or single crystals a conventional BCS s-wave superconducting state is realized below Tc ~ 0.75 K. We propose that these unusual superconducting and magnetic characteristics of CePt3Si can be described by a multiband model on the basis of the experimental facts.

  14. Factors affecting the spontaneous adsorption of Bi(III) onto Pt and PtRu nanoparticles

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    Sawy, Ehab N. El; Khan, M. Akhtar; Pickup, Peter G.

    2016-02-01

    The influence of Bi(III) concentration and pH on the spontaneous adsorption of Bi species onto Pt nanoparticles has been systematically investigated in order to identify the adsorbing species, determine whether the nature of the adsorbing species changes, and investigate whether the activities of the resulting Bi decorated particles for formic acid oxidation can be influenced. The adsorption of Bi follows a Temkin-type isotherm, with a pH dependence indicating that the adsorbing species is [Bi6O4(OH)4]6+. Activities of Bi decorated Pt nanoparticles for formic acid oxidation are strongly influenced by the Bi coverage, with a maximum enhancement of a factor of ca. 60 at a coverage of 70%, but not by the Bi(III) concentration or pH used to adsorb the Bi species, other than through their influence on Bi coverage. These results support the conclusion that the adsorbing species is [Bi6O4(OH)4]6+ under all conditions investigated. Adsorbed Bi also activates PtRu nanoparticles for formic acid oxidation, although the effect is not as strong as for Pt. The maximum enhancement observed was only a factor of ca. 7. This has been attributed to attenuation of the effects of Bi adatoms that are adsorbed at Ru sites.

  15. Jarzynski equality in PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

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    Deffner, Sebastian; Saxena, Avadh

    2015-04-13

    We show that the quantum Jarzynski equality generalizes to PT -symmetric quantum mechanics with unbroken PT -symmetry. In the regime of broken PT -symmetry the Jarzynski equality does not hold as also the CPT -norm is not preserved during the dynamics. These findings are illustrated for an experimentally relevant system – two coupled optical waveguides. It turns out that for these systems the phase transition between the regimes of unbroken and broken PT -symmetry is thermodynamically inhibited as the irreversible work diverges at the critical point.

  16. Thermochemistry of Pt-fullerene complexes: semiempirical study.

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    Voityuk, Alexander A

    2009-10-29

    Modified Neglect of Differential Overlap (MNDO) and MNDO/d based semiempirical methods are widely employed to explore structure and thermochemistry of molecular systems. In this work, the AM1/d method has been parametrized for systems containing platinum. The proposed scheme delivers excellent performance for binding energies of Pt complexes with ethylene and large pi conjugated hydrocarbons. The estimated bond energies accurately reproduce the results of MP4(SDQ) calculations and show significant improvement over DFT (B3LYP and M05) data. We apply the AM1/d scheme to explore the structure and thermochemistry of several Pt compounds with C(60) and C(70). The calculated binding energies of bare Pt atoms and [Pt(PH(3))(2)] units to the fullerenes are 75 and 45 kcal/mol, respectively. We find that coordination of a single metal center to C(60) activates the fullerene cage making subsequent coordination of Pt more favorable. The bond energy [C(60)-PtC(60)] is calculated to be 65 kcal/mol. The estimated reaction enthalpies are useful for exploring the stability of Pt(x)C(60) polymer systems and their interaction with phosphines. AM1/d predicts a very low barrier to rotation of the coordinated fullerenes in [Pt(C(60))(2)]. The AM1/d scheme is computationally very efficient and can be employed to obtain fast quantitative estimates for binding energies and structural parameters of Pt complexes with large pi conjugated systems like fullerenes and carbon nanotubes.

  17. Jarzynski Equality in PT-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics.

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    Deffner, Sebastian; Saxena, Avadh

    2015-04-17

    We show that the quantum Jarzynski equality generalizes to PT-symmetric quantum mechanics with unbroken PT symmetry. In the regime of broken PT symmetry, the Jarzynski equality does not hold as also the CPT norm is not preserved during the dynamics. These findings are illustrated for an experimentally relevant system-two coupled optical waveguides. It turns out that for these systems the phase transition between the regimes of unbroken and broken PT symmetry is thermodynamically inhibited as the irreversible work diverges at the critical point.

  18. Predictions of the Pt(8)Ti phase in unexpected systems.

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    Taylor, Richard H; Curtarolo, Stefano; Hart, Gus L W

    2010-05-19

    The binary A(8)B phase (prototype Pt(8)Ti) has been experimentally observed in 11 systems. A high-throughput search over all the binary transition intermetallics, however, reveals 59 occurrences of the A(8)B phase: Au(8)Zn(dagger), Cd(8)Sc(dagger), Cu(8)Ni(dagger), Cu(8)Zn(dagger), Hg(8)La, Ir(8)Os(dagger), Ir(8)Re, Ir(8)Ru(dagger), Ir(8)Tc, Ir(8)W(dagger), Nb(8)Os(dagger), Nb(8)Rh(dagger), Nb(8)Ru(dagger), Nb(8)Ta(dagger), Ni(8)Fe, Ni(8)Mo(dagger)*, Ni(8)Nb(dagger)*, Ni(8)Ta*, Ni(8)V*, Ni(8)W, Pd(8)Al(dagger), Pd(8)Fe, Pd(8)Hf, Pd(8)Mn, Pd(8)Mo*, Pd(8)Nb, Pd(8)Sc, Pd(8)Ta, Pd(8)Ti, Pd(8)V*, Pd(8)W*, Pd(8)Zn, Pd(8)Zr, Pt(8)Al(dagger), Pt(8)Cr*, Pt(8)Hf, Pt(8)Mn, Pt(8)Mo, Pt(8)Nb, Pt(8)Rh(dagger), Pt(8)Sc, Pt(8)Ta, Pt(8)Ti*, Pt(8)V*, Pt(8)W, Pt(8)Zr*, Rh(8)Mo, Rh(8)W, Ta(8)Pd, Ta(8)Pt, Ta(8)Rh, V(8)Cr(dagger), V(8)Fe(dagger), V(8)Ir(dagger), V(8)Ni(dagger), V(8)Pd, V(8)Pt, V(8)Rh, and V(8)Ru(dagger) ((dagger) = metastable, * = experimentally observed). This is surprising for the wealth of new occurrences that are predicted, especially in well-characterized systems (e.g., Cu-Zn). By verifying all experimental results while offering additional predictions, our study serves as a striking demonstration of the power of the high-throughput approach. The practicality of the method is demonstrated in the Rh-W system. A cluster-expansion-based Monte Carlo model reveals a relatively high order-disorder transition temperature.

  19. Defect-induced loading of Pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes

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    Kim, Sung Jin; Park, Yong Jin; Ra, Eun Ju; Kim, Ki Kang; An, Kay Hyeok; Lee, Young Hee; Choi, Jae Young; Park, Chan Ho; Doo, Seok Kwang; Park, Min Ho; Yang, Cheol Woong

    2007-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes-supported Pt nanoparticles were loaded using a microwave oven on the defective carbon nanotubes generated by an additional oxidant during acid treatment. The authors' Raman spectra and x-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated that defects created during oxidation and microwave treatment acted as nucleation seeds for Pt adsorption. The generated Pt nanoparticles had the size distributions of 2-3nm and were uniformly distributed on the defects of carbon nanotubes. The authors' density functional calculations showed that the adsorption of Pt atom on the vacancy of nanotube was significantly stronger by s-p hybridization with carbon atoms near the defect site.

  20. Adhesion to the yeast cell surface as a mechanism for trapping pathogenic bacteria by Saccharomyces probiotics.

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    Tiago, F C P; Martins, F S; Souza, E L S; Pimenta, P F P; Araujo, H R C; Castro, I M; Brandão, R L; Nicoli, Jacques R

    2012-09-01

    Recently, much attention has been given to the use of probiotics as an adjuvant for the prevention or treatment of gastrointestinal pathology. The great advantage of therapy with probiotics is that they have few side effects such as selection of resistant bacteria or disturbance of the intestinal microbiota, which occur when antibiotics are used. Adhesion of pathogenic bacteria onto the surface of probiotics instead of onto intestinal receptors could explain part of the probiotic effect. Thus, this study evaluated the adhesion of pathogenic bacteria onto the cell wall of Saccharomyces boulardii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains UFMG 905, W303 and BY4741. To understand the mechanism of adhesion of pathogens to yeast, cell-wall mutants of the parental strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae BY4741 were used because of the difficulty of mutating polyploid yeast, as is the case for Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces boulardii. The tests of adhesion showed that, among 11 enteropathogenic bacteria tested, only Escherichia coli, Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Typhi adhered to the surface of Saccharomyces boulardii, Saccharomyces cerevisiae UFMG 905 and Saccharomyces cerevisiae BY4741. The presence of mannose, and to some extent bile salts, inhibited this adhesion, which was not dependent on yeast viability. Among 44 cell-wall mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae BY4741, five lost the ability to fix the bacteria. Electron microscopy showed that the phenomenon of yeast-bacteria adhesion occurred both in vitro and in vivo (in the digestive tract of dixenic mice). In conclusion, some pathogenic bacteria were captured on the surface of Saccharomyces boulardii, Saccharomyces cerevisiae UFMG 905 and Saccharomyces cerevisiae BY4741, thus preventing their adhesion to specific receptors on the intestinal epithelium and their subsequent invasion of the host.

  1. Immobilization of acetylcholinesterase on Pt(II) and Pt(IV) attached nanoparticles for the determination of pesticides.

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    Hasanoğlu Özkan, E; Yetim, N Kurnaz; Tümtürk, H; Sarı, N

    2015-10-14

    Pt(ii) and Pt(iv)-tagged nanoparticles have been synthesized according to the template method for the identification of pesticides. Their morphologies have been investigated using scanning electron microscopy and characterized by means of spectral measurements. Then, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) was immobilized onto the nanoparticles. The AChE immobilized Pt(ii) and Pt(iv)-tagged nanomaterials show high reusability and storage capacity. The catalytic activity of AChE followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Assays for enzyme activity measurements demonstrate that the nanospheres tagged with Pt(ii) have a much better performance than those with Pt(iv). Furthermore, whether or not there was any interaction between the immobilized enzyme and 1-naphthyl-N-methylcarbamate, which is a carbamate insecticide, was examined.

  2. The role of surface Pt on the coadsorption of hydrogen and CO on Pt monolayer film modified Ru(0001) surfaces

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    Diemant, T.; Hartmann, H.; Bansmann, J.; Behm, R. J.

    2016-10-01

    We have investigated the impact and role of the Pt surface modification on the coadsorption of hydrogen and CO on structurally well defined bimetallic Pt monolayer island/film modified Ru(0001) surfaces with Pt contents up to a complete Pt layer, employing temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS). Kinetic limitations in the surface diffusion are shown to play an important role for adsorption at 90 K, and lead to profound effects of the dosing sequence on the adsorption and desorption characteristics. Furthermore, they are responsible for spill-over effects during the TPD measurements, where COad becomes mobile and can spill-over from weakly bonding Pt monolayer areas to strongly bonding Pt-free Ru(0001) areas, which displaces Dad from these surface areas. The present findings are discussed in comparison with previous results on related metallic and bimetallic adsorption and coadsorption systems.

  3. Controlled synthesis of FePt-Au hybrid nanoparticles triggered by reaction atmosphere and FePt seeds.

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    Zhu, Jinghan; Wu, Jiajia; Liu, Fei; Xing, Ruijun; Zhang, Chenzhen; Yang, Ce; Yin, Han; Hou, Yanglong

    2013-10-07

    We report an effective and facile method for synthesis of FePt-Au hybrid nanoparticles (HNPs). The typical secondary growth of Au proceeded in the presence of FePt seeds in organic solvents under a specific atmosphere. Interestingly, the type of atmosphere (Ar or Ar-H₂) and the size of selected FePt seeds were two major parameters determining the final morphology of FePt-Au HNPs. Enhancement of catalytic activity and stability of FePt-Au HNPs in methanol oxidation were achieved owing to interactions between Au and FePt. The optical properties of the resulting products can be steadily tuned which sheds light on their potential application in optical devices and bioimaging. The novel synthetic strategy offers an important tool towards multifunctional nanomaterials with designed architectures.

  4. Origin of Multiple Peaks in the Potentiodynamic Oxidation of CO Adlayers on Pt and Ru-Modified Pt Electrodes

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    Wang, Hongsen; Abruña, Héctor D.

    2015-05-21

    The study of the electrooxidation mechanism of COad on Pt based catalysts is very important for designing more effective CO-tolerant electrocatalysts for fuel cells. We have studied the origin of multiple peaks in the cyclic voltammograms of CO stripping from polycrystalline Pt and Ru modified polycrystalline Pt (Pt/Ru) surfaces in both acidic and alkaline media by differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS), DFT calculations, and kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations. A new COad electrooxidation kinetic model on heterogeneous Pt and Pt/Ru catalysts is proposed to account for the multiple peaks experimentally observed. In this model, OH species prefer to adsorb at low-coordination sites or Ru sites and, thus, suppress CO repopulation from high-coordination sites onto these sites. Therefore, COad oxidation occurs on different facets or regions, leading to multiplicity of CO stripping peaks. This work provides a new insight into the CO electrooxidation mechanism and kinetics on heterogeneous catalysts.

  5. Spin Hall magnetoresistance in Co2FeSi/Pt thin films: dependence on Pt thickness and temperature

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    Huang, Xiufeng; Dai, Zhiwen; Huang, Lin; Lu, Guangduo; Liu, Min; Piao, Hongguang; Kim, Dong-Hyun; Yu, Seong-cho; Pan, Liqing

    2016-11-01

    We have investigated the temperature and the Pt layer thickness dependence of the magnetoresistances (MRs) in Co2FeSi/Pt thin films. Based on the field dependent measurements, it can be seen that the spin-current-induced spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) plays the dominant role in the MRs in the Co2FeSi/Pt bilayers in the whole temperature range. Meanwhile, a quite small part of anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) existed in the MRs. It proved to be originated from magnetic proximity effect (MPE) by measuring the Pt thickness and temperature dependence of the AMR. Moreover, the Co2FeSi layer thickness has much weaker effect on the SMR and AMR compared to the Pt layer thickness. These results indicate that the Co2FeSi/Pt interface is beneficial to be used in the spin-current-induced physical phenomena.

  6. Higgs bosons at high pT

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    Neumann, Tobias; Williams, Ciaran

    2017-01-01

    We present a calculation of H +j at next-to-leading order including the effect of a finite top mass. Where possible we include the complete dependence on mt . This includes the leading order amplitude, the infrared poles of the two-loop amplitude and the real radiation amplitude. The remaining finite piece of the virtual correction is considered in an asymptotic expansion in mt , which is accurate to mt-4 . By successively including more mt-exact pieces, the dependence on the asymptotic series diminishes and we find convergent behavior for pT ,H>mt for the first time. Our results justify rescaling by the mt-exact leading-order (LO) cross section to model top-mass effects in effective field theory results up to pT of 250 to 300 GeV. We show that the error made by using the LO rescaling becomes comparable to the next-to-next-to-leading-order scale uncertainty for such large energies. We implement our results into the Monte Carlo code mcfm.

  7. [Investigation of coagulation time: PT and APTT].

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    Ramakers, Christian; van der Heul, Cees; van Wijk, Eduard M

    2012-01-01

    The first case report describes an extremely prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) in a patient with no history of increased bleeding tendency. Heparin use was excluded. The APTT mixing study combined with the medical history suggests a deficiency in one of the non-essential coagulation factors. This was confirmed by factor XII activity of <1%. The second case report describes a prolonged APTT in a patient with no history of increased bleeding tendency. The negative bleeding tendency in combination with a failure of the mixing study to correct the coagulation assay results suggests a factor inhibitor, most probably lupus anticoagulant. Indeed, the lupus anticoagulant was positive and the anti-cardiolipin antibody titre was also positive. Aberrations in the process of haemostasis can be efficiently screened using a platelet count, an APTT, a PT and a thorough physical examination combined with a thorough medical history taking. Common causes of prolonged PT and/or APTT are the use of oral anticoagulants or heparin, vitamin K deficiency and liver disease. Other causes include coagulation factor deficiencies, coagulation factor inhibitors and diffuse intravascular coagulation.

  8. Surface reconstruction of Pt(001) quantitatively revisited

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    Hammer, R.; Meinel, K.; Krahn, O.; Widdra, W.

    2016-11-01

    The complex hexagonal reconstructions of the (001) surfaces of platinum and gold have been under debate for decades. Here, the structural details of the Pt(001) reconstruction have been quantitatively reinvestigated by combining the high resolving power of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spot profile analysis low energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED). In addition, LEED simulations based on a Moiré approach have been applied. Annealing temperatures around 850 °C yield a superstructure that approaches a commensurable c (26.6 ×118 ) substrate registry. It evolves from a Moiré-like buckling of a compressed hexagonal top layer (hex) where atomic rows of the hex run parallel to atomic rows of the square substrate. Annealing at 920 °C stimulates a continuous rotation of the hex where all angles between ±0.7° are simultaneously realized. At temperatures around 1080 °C, the nonrotated hex coexists with a hex that is rotated by about 0.75°. Annealing at temperatures around 1120 °C yield a locking of the hex in fixed rotation angles of 0.77°, 0.88°, and 0.94°. At temperatures around 1170 °C, the Pt(001)-hex-R 0.94° prevails as the energetically most favored form of the rotated hex.

  9. ULTRAVIOLET MICROSCOPY OF THE VACUOLE OF SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE DURING SPORULATION

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    Svihla, G.; Dainko, J. L.; Schlenk, F.

    1964-01-01

    Svihla, G. (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill.), J. L. Dainko, and F. Schlenk. Ultraviolet microscopy of the vacuole of Saccharomyces cerevisiae during sporulation. J. Bacteriol. 88:449–456. 1964.—Normal cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and cells containing, in their vacuoles, large quantities of S-adenosylmethionine were induced to sporulate. In the latter case, the strong ultraviolet absorption of the compound permitted photomicrographic observation of cytological detail. Chromatographic and spectrophotometric analyses of cell extracts supplemented the cytological studies. The vacuole is abolished at the onset of sporulation, and its contents may be observed temporarily in the intersporular space. As sporulation progresses, the material is discharged into the culture medium. Sporulation of both types of cells also leads to a release of nucleic acid fragments into the culture medium. Images PMID:14203363

  10. The reference genome sequence of Saccharomyces cerevisiae: then and now.

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    Engel, Stacia R; Dietrich, Fred S; Fisk, Dianna G; Binkley, Gail; Balakrishnan, Rama; Costanzo, Maria C; Dwight, Selina S; Hitz, Benjamin C; Karra, Kalpana; Nash, Robert S; Weng, Shuai; Wong, Edith D; Lloyd, Paul; Skrzypek, Marek S; Miyasato, Stuart R; Simison, Matt; Cherry, J Michael

    2014-03-20

    The genome of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was the first completely sequenced from a eukaryote. It was released in 1996 as the work of a worldwide effort of hundreds of researchers. In the time since, the yeast genome has been intensively studied by geneticists, molecular biologists, and computational scientists all over the world. Maintenance and annotation of the genome sequence have long been provided by the Saccharomyces Genome Database, one of the original model organism databases. To deepen our understanding of the eukaryotic genome, the S. cerevisiae strain S288C reference genome sequence was updated recently in its first major update since 1996. The new version, called "S288C 2010," was determined from a single yeast colony using modern sequencing technologies and serves as the anchor for further innovations in yeast genomic science.

  11. Saccharomyces Genome Database: the genomics resource of budding yeast

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    Cherry, J. Michael; Hong, Eurie L.; Amundsen, Craig; Balakrishnan, Rama; Binkley, Gail; Chan, Esther T.; Christie, Karen R.; Costanzo, Maria C.; Dwight, Selina S.; Engel, Stacia R.; Fisk, Dianna G.; Hirschman, Jodi E.; Hitz, Benjamin C.; Karra, Kalpana; Krieger, Cynthia J.; Miyasato, Stuart R.; Nash, Rob S.; Park, Julie; Skrzypek, Marek S.; Simison, Matt; Weng, Shuai; Wong, Edith D.

    2012-01-01

    The Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD, http://www.yeastgenome.org) is the community resource for the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The SGD project provides the highest-quality manually curated information from peer-reviewed literature. The experimental results reported in the literature are extracted and integrated within a well-developed database. These data are combined with quality high-throughput results and provided through Locus Summary pages, a powerful query engine and rich genome browser. The acquisition, integration and retrieval of these data allow SGD to facilitate experimental design and analysis by providing an encyclopedia of the yeast genome, its chromosomal features, their functions and interactions. Public access to these data is provided to researchers and educators via web pages designed for optimal ease of use. PMID:22110037

  12. Bioethanol production from sweet potato using Saccharomyces diastaticus

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    Abdullah, Suryani, Irma; Pradia Paundradewa, J.

    2015-12-01

    Sweet potato contains about 16 to 40% dry matter and about 70-90% of the dry matter is a carbohydrate made up of starch, sugar, cellulose, hemicellulose and pectin so suitable for used as raw material for bioethanol. In this study focused on the manufacture of bioethanol with changes in temperature and concentration variations of yeast with sweet potato raw materials used yeast Saccharomyces diastaticus. Operating variables used are at a temperature of 30°C; 31,475°C; 35°C; 38,525°C; and 40°C with a yeast concentration of 25.9%; 30%; 40%; 50% and 54.1%. The experimental results obtained, the optimum conditions of ethanol fermentation with yeast Saccharomyces diastaticus on 36,67 °C temperature and yeast concentration of 43,43 % v / v.

  13. Genome annotation of a Saccharomyces sp. lager brewer's yeast.

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    De León-Medina, Patricia Marcela; Elizondo-González, Ramiro; Damas-Buenrostro, Luis Cástulo; Geertman, Jan-Maarten; Van den Broek, Marcel; Galán-Wong, Luis Jesús; Ortiz-López, Rocío; Pereyra-Alférez, Benito

    2016-09-01

    The genome of lager brewer's yeast is a hybrid, with Saccharomyces eubayanus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae as sub-genomes. Due to their specific use in the beer industry, relatively little information is available. The genome of brewing yeast was sequenced and annotated in this study. We obtained a genome size of 22.7 Mbp that consisted of 133 scaffolds, with 65 scaffolds larger than 10 kbp. With respect to the annotation, 9939 genes were obtained, and when they were submitted to a local alignment, we found that 53.93% of these genes corresponded to S. cerevisiae, while another 42.86% originated from S. eubayanus. Our results confirm that our strain is a hybrid of at least two different genomes.

  14. SOME FACTORS AFFECTING STEROL FORMATION IN SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE1

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    Starr, Patricia R.; Parks, L. W.

    1962-01-01

    Starr, Patricia R. (Oregon State University, Corvallis) and L. W. Parks. Some factors affecting sterol formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J. Bacteriol. 83:1042–1046. 1962.—A wild-type diploid strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was used in a study of factors that influence sterol synthesis. Maltose, glucose, sodium acetate, and ethanol were shown to be readily available for sterol synthesis in growing cultures of yeast. In cells grown anaerobically and then exposed to various substrates in aerobic resting-cell suspension, only glucose and ethanol stimulated ergosterol formation. Under these conditions, sterol synthesis was directly proportional to the amount of glucose provided. Sulfanilamide decreased the yield of sterol in growing cells, but had no effect on sterol synthesis by resting cultures. PMID:13916377

  15. Exploring Protein Function Using the Saccharomyces Genome Database.

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    Wong, Edith D

    2017-01-01

    Elucidating the function of individual proteins will help to create a comprehensive picture of cell biology, as well as shed light on human disease mechanisms, possible treatments, and cures. Due to its compact genome, and extensive history of experimentation and annotation, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an ideal model organism in which to determine protein function. This information can then be leveraged to infer functions of human homologs. Despite the large amount of research and biological data about S. cerevisiae, many proteins' functions remain unknown. Here, we explore ways to use the Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD; http://www.yeastgenome.org ) to predict the function of proteins and gain insight into their roles in various cellular processes.

  16. REPRESSIBLE ACID PHOSPHOMONOESTERASE AND CONSTITUTIVE PYROPHOSPHATASE OF SACCHAROMYCES MELLIS1

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    Weimberg, Ralph; Orton, William L.

    1963-01-01

    Weimberg, Ralph (Northern Regional Research Laboratory, Peoria, Ill.), and William L. Orton. Repressible acid phosphomonoesterase and constitutive pyrophosphatase of Saccharomyces mellis. J. Bacteriol. 86:805–813. 1963.—Saccharomyces mellis produces a nonspecific acid phosphomonoesterase (pH optimum of 5.5 to 6.0) when grown in a medium devoid of phosphate. Only minimal amounts of this enzyme are present in cells harvested from media containing phosphate. The enzyme requires no cofactors. It is inhibited by such anions as phosphate, arsenate, molybdate, and borate. S. mellis also contains an inorganic pyrophosphatase with a pH optimum of 7.5. The properties of this enzyme are distinctly different from those of the acid phosphomonoesterase. The pyrophosphatase requires Mg++ for activity. This enzyme is constitutive, since it is present in cells regardless of the phosphate content of the growth medium. PMID:14066478

  17. The Reference Genome Sequence of Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Then and Now

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    Engel, Stacia R.; Dietrich, Fred S.; Fisk, Dianna G.; Binkley, Gail; Balakrishnan, Rama; Costanzo, Maria C.; Dwight, Selina S.; Hitz, Benjamin C.; Karra, Kalpana; Nash, Robert S.; Weng, Shuai; Wong, Edith D.; Lloyd, Paul; Skrzypek, Marek S.; Miyasato, Stuart R.; Simison, Matt; Cherry, J. Michael

    2014-01-01

    The genome of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was the first completely sequenced from a eukaryote. It was released in 1996 as the work of a worldwide effort of hundreds of researchers. In the time since, the yeast genome has been intensively studied by geneticists, molecular biologists, and computational scientists all over the world. Maintenance and annotation of the genome sequence have long been provided by the Saccharomyces Genome Database, one of the original model organism databases. To deepen our understanding of the eukaryotic genome, the S. cerevisiae strain S288C reference genome sequence was updated recently in its first major update since 1996. The new version, called “S288C 2010,” was determined from a single yeast colony using modern sequencing technologies and serves as the anchor for further innovations in yeast genomic science. PMID:24374639

  18. Resolving Sulfur Oxidation and Removal from Pt and Pt3Co Electrocatalysts Using in Situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Ramaker, D.; Gatewood, D; Korovina, A; Garsany, Y; Swider-Lyons, K

    2010-01-01

    Adsorbed sulfur is a poison to the Pt catalysts used in proton exchange membrane fuel cells, but it can be removed by potential cycling. This process is studied for S{sub x}-poisoned nanoscale Pt- and Pt{sub 3}Co- on Vulcan carbon (Pt/VC and Pt{sub 3}Co/VC) in perchloric acid electrolyte using the {Delta}{mu} adsorbate isolation technique for in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The {Delta}{mu} technique is modified to better distinguish the {Delta}{mu} signatures for H, O, and Sx on Pt. The resulting {Delta}{mu} analysis suggests that SO{sub 2} on nanoscale Pt is oxidized to bisulfate or sulfate species in two regions, near 1.05 V on the cluster edges of the Pt nanoparticle, and at higher potentials from the Pt(111) faces where oxygen is less strongly bound. The bisulfate or sulfate species desorb from the Pt surface at high potentials due to O(OH) adsorption/replacement and at low potentials due to loss of the Coulomb attraction between the bisulfate anion and the Pt. A similar oxidation process occurs for S{sub x}-poisoned Pt{sub 3}Co/VC, but at lower potentials because a ligand effect coming from Co shifts the oxidization potential of adsorbed SO{sub 2} to lower potentials while pushing OH adsorption to higher potentials. The spectroscopic results give insights into cyclic voltammetry data and are consistent with electrochemical cycling procedures for removing the sulfur.

  19. A global topology map of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae membrane proteome

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    Kim, Hyun; Melén, Karin; Österberg, Marie; von Heijne, Gunnar

    2006-07-01

    The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is, arguably, the best understood eukaryotic model organism, yet comparatively little is known about its membrane proteome. Here, we report the cloning and expression of 617 S. cerevisiae membrane proteins as fusions to a C-terminal topology reporter and present experimentally constrained topology models for 546 proteins. By homology, the experimental topology information can be extended to 15,000 membrane proteins from 38 fully sequenced eukaryotic genomes. membrane proteins | membrane proteomics | yeast

  20. Species Identification and Virulence Attributes of Saccharomyces boulardii (nom. inval.)

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    McCullough, Michael J.; Clemons, Karl V.; McCusker, John H.; Stevens, David A.

    1998-01-01

    Saccharomyces boulardii (nom. inval.) has been used for the treatment of several types of diarrhea. Recent studies have confirmed that S. boulardii is effective in the treatment of diarrhea, in particular chronic or recurrent diarrhea, and furthermore that it is a safe and well-tolerated treatment. The aim of the present study was to identify strains of S. boulardii to the species level and assess their virulence in established murine models. Three strains of S. boulardii were obtained from commercially available products in France and Italy. The three S. boulardii strains did not form spores upon repeated testing. Therefore, classical methods used for the identification of Saccharomyces spp. could not be undertaken. Typing by using the restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) of the PCR-amplified intergenic transcribed spacer regions (including the 5.8S ribosomal DNA) showed that the three isolates of S. boulardii were not separable from authentic isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with any of the 10 restriction endonucleases assessed, whereas 9 of the 10 recognized species of Saccharomyces could be differentiated. RFLP analysis of cellular DNA with EcoRI showed that all three strains of S. boulardii had identical patterns and were similar to other authentic S. cerevisiae isolates tested. Therefore, the commercial strains of S. boulardii available to us cannot be genotypically distinguished from S. cerevisiae. Two S. boulardii strains were tested in CD-1 and DBA/2N mouse models of systemic disease and showed intermediate virulence compared with virulent and avirulent strains of S. cerevisiae. The results of the present study show that these S. boulardii strains are asporogenous strains of the species S. cerevisiae, not representatives of a distinct and separate species, and possess moderate virulence in murine models of systemic infection. Therefore, caution should be advised in the clinical use of these strains in immunocompromised patients until

  1. Saccharomyces cerevisiae vaginitis: microbiology and in vitro antifungal susceptibility.

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    Echeverría-Irigoyen, María Julia; Eraso, Elena; Cano, Josep; Gomáriz, María; Guarro, Josep; Quindós, Guillermo

    2011-09-01

    Genitourinary infections by Saccharomyces cerevisiae are rare. Here, we describe eight S. cerevisiae vulvovaginitis episodes where molecular (Affirm VPIII) and conventional microbiological methods (culture and carbohydrate assimilation) have proven to be inadequate for diagnostic purposes. DNA sequencing allowed the correct identification of the pathogen. All isolates were susceptible to most antifungal agents, with two of them also found to be susceptible-dose-dependent to itraconazole.

  2. Efficient Extraction of Thioreodoxin from Saccharomyces cerevisiae by Ethanol▿

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    Inoue, Yoshiharu; Nomura, Wataru; Takeuchi, Yoko; Ohdate, Takumi; Tamasu, Shogo; Kitaoka, Atsushi; Kiyokawa, Yoshifumi; Masutani, Hiroshi; Murata, Kazuo; Wakai, Yoshinori; Izawa, Shingo; Yodoi, Junji

    2007-01-01

    Thioredoxin, an antioxidant protein, is a promising molecule for development of functional foods because it protects the gastric mucosa and reduces the allergenicity of allergens. To establish a method for obtaining an ample amount of yeast thioredoxin, we found here that thioredoxin is released from Saccharomyces cerevisiae by treatment with 20% ethanol. We also found that Japanese sake contains a considerable amount of thioredoxin. PMID:17209065

  3. First-principles study on surface structure, thickness and composition dependence of the stability of Pt-skin/Pt3Co oxygen-reduction-reaction catalysts

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    Escaño, Mary Clare Sison; Kasai, Hideaki

    2014-02-01

    The stability of Pt-skin on Pt3Co alloy against Co and Pt dissolution with respect to Pt-skin thickness, surface structure and composition is investigated using density functional theory calculations. It is found that, even under oxygen environment, Co migration to the surface is suppressed by the thicker Pt-skin (2-3 Pt atomic layers), confirming experiments. However, the instability of single Pt layer is attributed to the electronic effect of oxygen. The adsorbed oxygen redistributes charge from Pt-Co region to Pt-O region, weakening the Pt-Co bond and facilitating Co migration to surface via Co-O bond formation. We further note that in this system, the Co migrates easier in (111) surface than in (100), attributed to the difference in the oxygen adsorption sites (fcc vs bridge). A minimal negative electrode potential shift of 0.06-0.09 V for Pt dissolution is noted for thicker Pt-skin systems, indicating stability close to pure Pt. The Pt-skin composition is varied by introducing different Migration Barrier Layers (MBLs) = Ru, Rh, Pd, Os, Ir, in the mid-Pt-skin region and found that when MBL is Os or Pd, a novel low-cost composition and more stable MBL-substituted Pt-skin/Pt3Co ORR catalyst emerges.

  4. Malo-ethanolic fermentation in Saccharomyces and Schizosaccharomyces.

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    Volschenk, H; van Vuuren, H J J; Viljoen-Bloom, M

    2003-09-01

    Yeast species are divided into the K(+) or K(-) groups, based on their ability or inability to metabolise tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediates as sole carbon or energy source. The K(-) group of yeasts includes strains of Saccharomyces, Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Zygosaccharomyces bailii, which is capable of utilising TCA cycle intermediates only in the presence of glucose or other assimilable carbon sources. Although grouped together, these yeasts have significant differences in their abilities to degrade malic acid. Typically, strains of Saccharomyces are regarded as inefficient metabolisers of extracellular malic acid, whereas strains of Sch. pombe and Z. bailii can effectively degrade high concentrations of malic acid. The ability of a yeast strain to degrade extracellular malic acid is dependent on both the efficient transport of the dicarboxylic acid and the efficacy of the intracellular malic enzyme. The malic enzyme converts malic acid into pyruvic acid, which is further metabolised to ethanol and carbon dioxide under fermentative conditions via the so-called malo-ethanolic (ME) pathway. This review focuses on the enzymes involved in the ME pathway in Sch. pombe and Saccharomyces species, with specific emphasis on the malate transporter and the intracellular malic enzyme.

  5. Sequence diversity, reproductive isolation and species concepts in Saccharomyces.

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    Liti, Gianni; Barton, David B H; Louis, Edward J

    2006-10-01

    Using the biological species definition, yeasts of the genus Saccharomyces sensu stricto comprise six species and one natural hybrid. Previous work has shown that reproductive isolation between the species is due primarily to sequence divergence acted upon by the mismatch repair system and not due to major gene differences or chromosomal rearrangements. Sequence divergence through mismatch repair has also been shown to cause partial reproductive isolation among populations within a species. We have surveyed sequence variation in populations of Saccharomyces sensu stricto yeasts and measured meiotic sterility in hybrids. This allows us to determine the divergence necessary to produce the reproductive isolation seen among species. Rather than a sharp transition from fertility to sterility, which may have been expected, we find a smooth monotonic relationship between diversity and reproductive isolation, even as far as the well-accepted designations of S. paradoxus and S. cerevisiae as distinct species. Furthermore, we show that one species of Saccharomyces--S. cariocanus--differs from a population of S. paradoxus by four translocations, but not by sequence. There is molecular evidence of recent introgression from S. cerevisiae into the European population of S. paradoxus, supporting the idea that in nature the boundary between these species is fuzzy.

  6. Genomics and Biochemistry of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Wine Yeast Strains.

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    Eldarov, M A; Kishkovskaia, S A; Tanaschuk, T N; Mardanov, A V

    2016-12-01

    Saccharomyces yeasts have been used for millennia for the production of beer, wine, bread, and other fermented products. Long-term "unconscious" selection and domestication led to the selection of hundreds of strains with desired production traits having significant phenotypic and genetic differences from their wild ancestors. This review summarizes the results of recent research in deciphering the genomes of wine Saccharomyces strains, the use of comparative genomics methods to study the mechanisms of yeast genome evolution under conditions of artificial selection, and the use of genomic and postgenomic approaches to identify the molecular nature of the important characteristics of commercial wine strains of Saccharomyces. Succinctly, data concerning metagenomics of microbial communities of grapes and wine and the dynamics of yeast and bacterial flora in the course of winemaking is provided. A separate section is devoted to an overview of the physiological, genetic, and biochemical features of sherry yeast strains used to produce biologically aged wines. The goal of the review is to convince the reader of the efficacy of new genomic and postgenomic technologies as tools for developing strategies for targeted selection and creation of new strains using "classical" and modern techniques for improving winemaking technology.

  7. Effect of the state of distribution of supported Pt nanoparticles on effective Pt utilization in polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

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    Uchida, Makoto; Park, Young-Chul; Kakinuma, Katsuyoshi; Yano, Hiroshi; Tryk, Donald A; Kamino, Takeo; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Masahiro

    2013-07-21

    In polymer electrolyte fuel cells, it is essential to minimize Pt loading, particularly at the cathode, without serious loss of performance. From this point of view, we will report an advanced concept for the design of high performance catalysts and membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs): first, the evaluation of Pt particle distributions on both the interior and exterior walls of various types of carbon black (CB) particles used as supports with respect to the "effective surface (ES)"; second, control of both size and location of Pt particles by means of a new preparation method (nanocapsule method); and finally, a new evaluation method for the properties of MEAs based on the Pt utilization (UPt), mass activity (MA), and effectiveness of Pt (EfPt), based on the ES concept. The amounts of Pt catalyst particles located in the CB nanopores were directly evaluated using the transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and corresponding three-dimensional images. By use of the nanocapsule method and optimization of the ionomer, increased MA and EfPt values for the MEA were achieved. The improvement in the cathode performance can be attributed to the sharp particle-size distribution for Pt and the highly uniform dispersion on the exterior surface of graphitized carbon black (GCB) supports.

  8. Pt and Pt-Ru/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites Synthesized in Supercritical Fluid as Electrocatalysts for Low-Temperature Fuel Cells

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    Lin, Yuehe; Cui, Xiaoli; Wang, Jun; Yen, Clive; Wai, Chien M.

    2006-06-01

    In recent years, the use of supercritical fluids (SCFs) for the synthesis and processing of nanomaterials has proven to be a rapid, direct, and clean approach to develop nanomaterials and nanocomposites. The application of supercritical fluid technology can result in products (and processes) that are cleaner, less expensive, and of higher quality than those that are produced using conventional technologies and solvents. In this work, carbon nanotube (CNT)-supported Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles catalysts have been synthesized in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). The experimental results demonstrate that Pt, Pt-Ru/CNT nanocomposites synthesized in supercritical carbon dioxide are effective electrocatalysts for low-temperature fuel cells.

  9. High Pt utilization PEMFC electrode obtained by alternative ion-exchange/electrodeposition.

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    Chen, Siguo; Wei, Zidong; Li, Hua; Li, Li

    2010-12-14

    High Pt utilization PEMFC electrodes were prepared by an alternative ion-exchange/electrodeposition (AIEE) technique. The results demonstrated that the MEA employing an AIEE electrode with a Pt loading of 0.014 mg Pt cm(-2) exhibits performance approximately 2.2 times larger than that employing a conventional Nafion-bonded Pt/C electrode with a same Pt loading.

  10. Monitoring volatile compounds production throughout fermentation by Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces strains using headspace sorptive extraction.

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    Morales, M L; Fierro-Risco, J; Callejón, R M; Paneque, P

    2017-02-01

    Currently, there is a growing interest in the use of non-Saccharomyces yeast to enhance the aromatic quality of wine, with pure or mixed cultures, as well as sequential inoculation. Volatile components of wines were closely related to their sensory quality. Hence, to study the evolution of volatile compounds during fermentation was of great interest. For this, sampling methods that did not alter the volume of fermentation media were the most suitable. This work reports the usefulness of headspace sorptive extraction as non-invasive method to monitor the changes in volatile compounds during fermentation. This method allowed monitoring of 141 compounds throughout the process of fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Lachancea thermotolerans strains. Both strains showed a similar ability to ferment a must with high sugar content. The S. cerevisiae strain produced higher amount of volatile compounds especially esters that constitutes fruity aroma than L. thermotorelans.

  11. Correlation between ethanol stress and cellular fatty acid composition of alcohol producing non-Saccharomyces in comparison with Saccharomyces cerevisiae by multivariate techniques.

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    Archana, K M; Ravi, R; Anu-Appaiah, K A

    2015-10-01

    Wine production is a complex process both from biochemical and microbiological point of view in which yeast plays a central role. The use of the wine yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and non- Saccharomyces yeasts as mixed starter cultures for wine fermentations is of increasing interest to enhance the quality of wine.The most common stress, yeast cells encounter during wine fermentation is the increase in ethanol concentration.To enhance ethanol tolerance, alteration in the cellular lipid composition is one of its defence mechanism. Ethanol tolerance and cellular fatty acid composition of alcohol producing non Saccharomyces forms were compared with enological strains of Sacccharomyces cerevisiae. Saccharomyces cerevisiae used for the study, tolerated 15 % of ethanol and the non Saccharomyces strains such as, Issatchenkia occidentalis and Issatchenkia orientalis tolerated 10 % of ethanol. On exposure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ethanol stress, the proportion of monounsaturated fatty acids increased with concomitant decrease in saturated fatty acids. Decrease in monounsaturated fatty acids, exhibited by non-Saccharomyces yeasts when exposed to ethanol stress, could be one of the reasons for their inability to withstand more than 10 % of alcohol. Multivariate techniques of data analysis - principal component analysis and linear discriminant analysis were employed in order to establish differentiation criteria as function of yeast strains, alcohol stress and their fatty acid profile. Based on the data, Chemometrics, such as principal component analysis and discriminant function analysis, can be successfully applied to fatty acid data to categorize the yeast.

  12. Exclusion of Saccharomyces kudriavzevii from a wine model system mediated by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Arroyo-López, F Noé; Pérez-Través, Laura; Querol, Amparo; Barrio, Eladio

    2011-06-01

    This study investigated the competition and potential hybrid generation between the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae and S. kudriavzevii in a wine-model environment. Our main goal was to understand why S. kudriavzevii has not been found in wine fermentations whilst their hybrids are present. Auxotrophic mutants (Ura(-) and Lys(-)) were used to favour the selection of hybrids and to specifically differentiate the two species in mixed fermentations carried out at different temperatures (17 °C, 24 °C and 31 °C). Both yeasts showed a reduction in their maximum specific growth rates in mixed fermentations, indicating a clear antagonistic effect between the two microorganisms. Temperature played an important role in this competition. In this way, S. kudriavzevii was less affected at 17 °C, but S. cerevisiae was clearly the best competitor at 31 °C, preventing the growth of S. kudriavzevii. Population levels of S. kudriavzevii always significantly decreased in the presence of S. cerevisiae. Ethanol was measured throughout the fermentations and in all cases S. kudriavzevii growth was arrested when ethanol levels were < 5 g/l, indicating that this compound did not influence the competitive exclusion of S. kudriavzevii. Killer factors were also discarded due to the K(-) R(-) phenotype of both strains. Finally, no prototrophic interspecific hybrids were isolated in small-scale fermentations at any temperature assayed. Our results show that the lack of competitiveness exhibited by S. kudriavzevii, especially at high temperatures, explains the absence of this species in wine fermentations, suggesting that natural S. cerevisiae × S. kudriavzevii hybrids most likely originated in wild environments rather than in industrial fermentations.

  13. Quantitative comparison of transient growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces kluyveri, and Kluyveromyces lactis.

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    Herwig, Christoph; Von Stockar, Urs

    2003-03-30

    A multitude of metabolic regulations occur in yeast, particularly under dynamic process conditions, such as under sudden glucose excess. However, quantification of regulations and classification of yeast strains under these conditions have yet to be elucidated, which requires high-frequency and consistent quantification of the metabolic response. The present study aimed at quantifying the dynamic regulation of the central metabolism of strains Saccharomyces cerevisiae, S. kluyveri, and Kluyveromyces lactis upon sudden glucose excess, accomplished by a shift-up in dilution rate inside of the oxidative region using a small metabolic flux model. It was found that, under transient growth conditions, S. kluyveri behaved like K. lactis, while classification using steady-state conditions would position S. kluyveri close to S. cerevisiae. For transient conditions and based on the observation whether excess glucose is initially used for catabolism (energy) or anabolism (carbon), we propose to classify strains into energy-driven, such as S. cerevisiae, and carbon-driven, such as S. kluyveri and K. lactis, strains. Furthermore, it was found that the delayed onset of fermentative catabolism in carbon-driven strains is a consequence of low catabolic flux and the initial shunt of glucose in non-nitrogen-containing biomass constituents. The MFA model suggests that energy limitation forced the cell to ultimately increase catabolic flux, while the capacity of oxidative catabolism is not sufficient to process this flux oxidatively. The combination of transient experiments and its exploitation with reconciled intrinsic rates using a small metabolic model could corroborate earlier findings of metabolic regulations, such as tight glucose control in carbon-driven strains and transient changes in biomass composition, as well as explore new regulations, such as assimilation of ethanol before glucose. The benefit from using small metabolic flux models is the richness of information and the

  14. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and non-Saccharomyces yeasts in grape varieties of the São Francisco Valley

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    de Ponzzes-Gomes, Camila M.P.B.S.; de Mélo, Dângelly L.F.M.; Santana, Caroline A.; Pereira, Giuliano E.; Mendonça, Michelle O.C.; Gomes, Fátima C.O.; Oliveira, Evelyn S.; Barbosa, Antonio M.; Trindade, Rita C.; Rosa, Carlos A.

    2014-01-01

    The aims of this work was to characterise indigenous Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains in the naturally fermented juice of grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo used in the São Francisco River Valley, northeastern Brazil. In this study, 155 S. cerevisiae and 60 non-Saccharomyces yeasts were isolated and identified using physiological tests and sequencing of the D1/D2 domains of the large subunit of the rRNA gene. Among the non-Saccharomyces species, Rhodotorula mucilaginosa was the most common species, followed by Pichia kudriavzevii, Candida parapsilosis, Meyerozyma guilliermondii, Wickerhamomyces anomalus, Kloeckera apis, P. manshurica, C. orthopsilosis and C. zemplinina. The population counts of these yeasts ranged among 1.0 to 19 × 105 cfu/mL. A total of 155 isolates of S. cerevisiae were compared by mitochondrial DNA restriction analysis, and five molecular mitochondrial DNA restriction profiles were detected. Indigenous strains of S. cerevisiae isolated from grapes of the São Francisco Valley can be further tested as potential starters for wine production. PMID:25242923

  15. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and non-Saccharomyces yeasts in grape varieties of the São Francisco Valley.

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    de Ponzzes-Gomes, Camila M P B S; de Mélo, Dângelly L F M; Santana, Caroline A; Pereira, Giuliano E; Mendonça, Michelle O C; Gomes, Fátima C O; Oliveira, Evelyn S; Barbosa, Antonio M; Trindade, Rita C; Rosa, Carlos A

    2014-01-01

    The aims of this work was to characterise indigenous Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains in the naturally fermented juice of grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo used in the São Francisco River Valley, northeastern Brazil. In this study, 155 S. cerevisiae and 60 non-Saccharomyces yeasts were isolated and identified using physiological tests and sequencing of the D1/D2 domains of the large subunit of the rRNA gene. Among the non-Saccharomyces species, Rhodotorula mucilaginosa was the most common species, followed by Pichia kudriavzevii, Candida parapsilosis, Meyerozyma guilliermondii, Wickerhamomyces anomalus, Kloeckera apis, P. manshurica, C. orthopsilosis and C. zemplinina. The population counts of these yeasts ranged among 1.0 to 19 × 10(5) cfu/mL. A total of 155 isolates of S. cerevisiae were compared by mitochondrial DNA restriction analysis, and five molecular mitochondrial DNA restriction profiles were detected. Indigenous strains of S. cerevisiae isolated from grapes of the São Francisco Valley can be further tested as potential starters for wine production.

  16. Magnetocrystalline anisotropy of L10 FePt nanoparticles

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    Kabir, Alamgir; Hu, Jun; Turkowski, Volodymyr; Wu, Ruqian; Rahman, Talat S.

    2014-03-01

    We perform theoretical investigation of Magneto Crystalline Anisotropy (MCA) of L10 FePt nanoparticles. Structural relaxation and magnetic moment of the clusters are evaluated using spin polarized ab initio density functional theory, and the MAE is calculated by using two approaches: (i) self-consistent inclusion of spin-orbit coupling and (ii) the torque method. The clusters studied have 3(4) planes of Fe and 2(3) plane of Pt atoms and vice versa. We find an enhancement of MCA for the FePt clusters as compared to that of pure Fe nanoparticles and of bulk L10 FePt. We trace this enhancement to the increased spin and orbital moment of Pt atoms which raises the spin-orbit coupling. We also find that nanoparticles with Pt atoms in the central layer have larger MCA than the corresponding ones whose central layer is Fe. This is due to the fact that when Pt atom is the central layer it has more Fe atoms around so it more strongly hybridized resulting in higher orbital moments then Pt atoms on other layers. Detailed investigation of electronic structure of atoms on the clusters is also performed. Our finding can give useful insight to experimentalist for their studies of high density magnetic recording media. Work Supported by DOE under Grant No. DOE-DE-FG02 -07ER46354.

  17. Radiolytic preparation of nanosized Pt particles in sodium zeolite A

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    Vijayalakshmi, R.; Kapoor, S.; Kulshreshtha, S. K.

    2002-04-01

    Nanosized platinum metal particles in zeolite NaA have been prepared by four different methods, namely, (I) γ-radiolysis of zeolite A sample exchanged with [Pt(NH 3) 4] 2+, (II) γ-radiolysis of precursor gel containing Pt 2+ ions followed by hydrothermal crystallisation to form zeolite A, (III) hydrogen reduction of Pt 2+ ions containing precursor gel followed by hydrothermal crystallisation and (IV) impregnation of zeolite A with H 2PtCl 6 solution followed by reduction at 200 °C in hydrogen flow. The size of Pt metal particles has been evaluated from X-ray line broadening and TEM and is found to be in the range of 5-15 nm for samples II, III and IV. Based on catalytic activity of these samples for hydrogenation of ethylene and cyclohexene, it is inferred that for sample I, Pt metal particles are confined to the pores of zeolite A. Unlike this, the Pt metal particles are randomly distributed in the zeolite matrix for samples II and III. For sample IV, the Pt metal particles are present over the surface of zeolite A.

  18. Charge optimized many body (COMB) potentials for Pt and Au

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    Antony, A. C.; Akhade, S. A.; Lu, Z.; Liang, T.; Janik, M. J.; Phillpot, S. R.; Sinnott, S. B.

    2017-06-01

    Interatomic potentials for Pt and Au are developed within the third generation charge optimized many-body (COMB3) formalism. The potentials are capable of reproducing phase order, lattice constants, and elastic constants of Pt and Au systems as experimentally measured or calculated by density functional theory. We also fit defect formation energies, surface energies and stacking fault energies for Pt and Au metals. The resulting potentials are used to map a 2D contour of the gamma surface and simulate the tensile test of 16-grain polycrystalline Pt and Au structures at 300 K. The stress-strain behaviour is investigated and the primary slip systems {1 1 1}<1 \\bar{1}  0> are identified. In addition, we perform high temperature (1800 K for Au and 2300 K for Pt) molecular dynamics simulations of 30 nm Pt and Au truncated octahedron nanoparticles and examine morphological changes of each particle. We further calculate the activation energy barrier for surface diffusion during simulations of several nanoseconds and report energies of 0.62+/- 0.16 eV for Pt and 1.44+/- 0.06 eV for Au. This initial parameterization and application of the Pt and Au potentials demonstrates a starting point for the extension of these potentials to multicomponent systems within the COMB3 framework.

  19. Thermochemistry of Pt-Fullerene Complexes: Semiempirical Study

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    Voityuk, Alexander A.

    2009-07-01

    Modified Neglect of Differential Overlap (MNDO) and MNDO/d based semiempirical methods are widely employed to explore structure and thermochemistry of molecular systems. In this work, the AM1/d method has been parametrized for systems containing platinum. The proposed scheme delivers excellent performance for binding energies of Pt complexes with ethylene and large π conjugated hydrocarbons. The estimated bond energies accurately reproduce the results of MP4(SDQ) calculations and show significant improvement over DFT (B3LYP and M05) data. We apply the AM1/d scheme to explore the structure and thermochemistry of several Pt compounds with C60 and C70. The calculated binding energies of bare Pt atoms and [Pt(PH3)2] units to the fullerenes are 75 and 45 kcal/mol, respectively. We find that coordination of a single metal center to C60 activates the fullerene cage making subsequent coordination of Pt more favorable. The bond energy [C60-PtC60] is calculated to be 65 kcal/mol. The estimated reaction enthalpies are useful for exploring the stability of PtxC60 polymer systems and their interaction with phosphines. AM1/d predicts a very low barrier to rotation of the coordinated fullerenes in [Pt(C60)2]. The AM1/d scheme is computationally very efficient and can be employed to obtain fast quantitative estimates for binding energies and structural parameters of Pt complexes with large π conjugated systems like fullerenes and carbon nanotubes.

  20. Controlled Synthesis and Assembly of FePt Nanoparticles

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    Toney, Michael F

    2003-06-20

    Monodisperse 4 nm FePt magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by superhydride reduction of FeCl{sub 2} and Pt(acac){sub 2} at high temperature, and thin assemblies of FePt nanoparticles with controlled thickness were formed through polymer mediated self-assembly. Adding superhydride (LiBEt{sub 3}H) to the organic solution of FeCl{sub 2} and Pt(acac){sub 2} in the presence of oleic acid, oleylamine and 1,2-hexadecanediol at 200 C, followed by refluxing at 263 C led to monodisperse 4 nm FePt nanoparticles. The initial molar ratio of the metal precursors was retained during the synthesis; and the final FePt composition of the particles was readily tuned. Alternatively absorbing a layer of polyethylenimine (PEI) and the FePt nanoparticles onto a solid substrate resulted in nanoparticle assemblies with tunable thickness. Chemical analysis of the assemblies revealed that more iron oxide was present in the thinner assemblies annealed at lower temperature or for shorter time. Thermal annealing induced the internal particle structure change from chemically disordered fee to chemically ordered fct and transformed the thin assembly from superparamagnetic to ferromagnetic. This controlled synthesis and assembly can be used to fabricate FePt nanoparticle-based functional devices for future nanomagnetic applications.

  1. Modifying exchange-spring behavior of CoPt/NiFe bilayer by inserting a Pt or Ru spacer

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    Hsu, Jen-Hwa Tsai, C. L.; Lee, C.-M.; Saravanan, P.

    2015-05-07

    We herein explore the possibility of obtaining tunable tilted magnetic anisotropy in ordered-CoPt (5 nm)/NiFe(t{sub NiFe}) bilayers through modifying their exchange spring behavior by inserting Pt and Ru-spacers. The tuning process of tilt angle magnetization of NiFe-layer was systematically investigated by varying the Pt or Ru thickness (t{sub Pt} or t{sub Ru}) from 0 to 8 nm at different thicknesses of NiFe (t{sub NiFe} = 1.5, 4.0, and 6.0 nm). Polar magneto-optic Kerr effect (p-MOKE) studies reveal that the bilayers grown in absence of spacers exhibit almost a rectangular hysteresis loop. With the insertion of Pt-spacer, the loop becomes more and more tilted as t{sub Pt} increases; whereas, in the case of Ru-spacer, the nature of the loops is not simply changing in one direction. The estimated SQR{sub ⊥} (= θ{sub r}/θ{sub s}) values from the p-MOKE loops are found to monotonically decrease with increasing t{sub Pt} when t{sub Pt} ≦ 4 nm. In contrast, in the case of Ru-spacer, an oscillatory behavior for the SQR{sub ⊥} values is apparent when t{sub Ru} ≦ 4 nm. As a result, an oscillatory tilted angle of NiFe spin configuration was obtained in the case of Ru-spacer; while a decoupling effect was prominent for the Pt-spacer. The results of present study reveal that the insertion of Pt and Ru-spacers as an appropriate means for realizing tunable tilted magnetic anisotropy in the CoPt/NiFe exchange springs.

  2. Status of Genesis Mo-Pt Foils

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    Nishiizumi, K.; Allton, J. H.; Burnett, D. S.; Butterworth, A. L.; Caffee, M. W.; Clark, B.; Jurewicz, A. J. G.; Komura, K.; Westphal, A. J.; Welten, K. C.

    2005-01-01

    A total of 8,000 sq cm of Mo-coated Pt foils were exposed to solar wind for 884 days by the Genesis mission. Solar wind ions were captured in the surface of the Mo. Our objective is the measurement of long-lived radionuclides, such as Be-10, Al-26, Cl-36, and Mn-53, and short-lived radionuclides, such as Na-22 and Mn-54, in the captured sample of solar wind. The expected flux of these nuclides in the solar wind is 100 atom/sq cm yr or less. The hard landing of the SRC (Sample Return Capsule) at UTTR (Utah Test and Training Range) has resulted in contaminated and crumpled foils. Here we present a status report and revised plan for processing the foils.

  3. Pt/ZnO nanowire Schottky diodes

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    Heo, Y.W.; Tien, L.C.; Norton, D.P.; Pearton, S.J.; Kang, B.S.; Ren, F.; LaRoche, J.R.

    2004-10-11

    Pt Schottky diodes were formed on single ZnO nanowires grown by site-selective molecular-beam epitaxy and then transferred to SiO{sub 2}-coated Si substrates. The diodes exhibit excellent ideality factors of 1.1 at 25 deg. C and very low (1.5x10{sup -10} A, equivalent to 2.35 A cm{sup -2}, at -10 V) reverse currents. The nanowire diodes show a strong photoresponse, with the current-voltage characteristics becoming ohmic under ultraviolet illumination (366 nm light). The on-off current ratio of the diodes at 0.15/-5 V was {approx}6. These results show the ability to manipulate the electron transport in nanoscale ZnO devices.

  4. Anomalous Structural Disorder in Supported Pt Nanoparticles

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    Vila, Fernando D.; Rehr, John J.; Nuzzo, Ralph G.; ...

    2017-07-02

    Supported Pt nanocatalysts generally exhibit anomalous behavior, including negative thermal expansion and large structural disorder. Finite temperature DFT/MD simulations reproduce these properties, showing that they are largely explained by a combination of thermal vibrations and low-frequency disorder. We show in this paper that a full interpretation is more complex and that the DFT/MD mean-square relative displacements (MSRD) can be further separated into vibrational disorder, “dynamic structural disorder” (DSD), and long-time equilibrium fluctuations of the structure dubbed “anomalous structural disorder” (ASD). We find that the vibrational and DSD components behave normally, increasing linearly with temperature while the ASD decreases, reflecting themore » evolution of mean nanoparticle geometry. Finally, as a consequence the usual procedure of fitting the MSRD to normal vibrations plus temperature-independent static disorder results in unphysical bond strengths and Grüneisen parameters.« less

  5. Ferroelectric Properties of Pt/Pb5Ge3O11/Pt and Pt/Pb5Ge3O11/HfO2/Si Structures

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    Ohara, Shuichiro; Aizawa, Koji; Ishiwara, Hiroshi

    2005-09-01

    The ferroelectric properties of metal-ferroelectric-metal (MFM) capacitors with a Pt/Pb5Ge3O11(PGO)/Pt structure and metal-ferroelectric-insulator-semiconductor (MFIS) diodes with a Pt/PGO/HfO2/Si structure were investigated. C-axis-oriented PGO thin films were formed on both Pt/SiO2/Si and HfO2 (6 nm)/Si structures by a sol-gel method. Typical values of remanent polarization (2Pr), coercive field (2Ec), and dielectric constant in the MFM capacitors were 5.7 μC/cm2, 63 kV/cm, and 50, respectively, and the remanent polarization gradually increased with the switching pulses for up to 1 × 1010 cycles. It was also found that the memory window in the MFIS diodes with a 340-nm-thick PGO film was as large as 1.3 V.

  6. Fine grains ceramics of PIN-PT, PIN-PMN-PT and PMN-PT systems: drift of the dielectric constant under high electric field.

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    Pham-Thi, M; Augier, C; Dammak, H; Gaucher, P

    2006-12-22

    Lead-based ferroelectric ceramics with (1-x)Pb(B1 B2)O3-xPbTiO3 formula have emerged as a group of promising materials for various applications like ultrasonic sonars or medical imaging transducers. (1-x)PMN-xPT, (1-x)PIN-xPT and ternary solutions xPIN-yPMN-zPT ceramics are synthesised using the solid state reaction method. Our objective is to achieve higher structural transition temperatures than those of PMN-PT ceramics with as good dielectric, piezoelectric and electromechanical properties. Ceramics capacitance and loss tangent are measured when the ac field of measurement increases up to E=500 V/mm. Behaviours of these materials under ac field are related to their coercive field and Curie temperature.

  7. Synthesis of PtCo3 polyhedral nanoparticles and evolution to Pt3Co nanoframes

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    Becknell, Nigel; Zheng, Cindy; Chen, Chen; Yu, Yi; Yang, Peidong

    2016-06-01

    Bimetallic nanoframes have great potential for achieving new levels of catalytic activity in various heterogeneous reactions due to their high surface area dispersion of expensive noble metals on the exterior and interior surfaces of the structure. PtCo3 nanoparticles with polyhedral shapes were synthesized by a hot-injection method. Scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) showed that these nanoparticles demonstrated elemental segregation of platinum to the edges of the polyhedron, forming the basis for a framework nanostructure. The process of preferential oxidative leaching which removed cobalt from the interior of the framework was tracked by EDS and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. This evolution procedure left the platinum-rich edges intact to form a Pt3Co nanoframe. This is the first reported synthesis of a platinum-cobalt nanoframe and could have potential applications in catalytic reactions such as oxygen reduction.

  8. Spin-orbit torque in Pt/CoNiCo/Pt symmetric devices

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    Yang, Meiyin; Cai, Kaiming; Ju, Hailang; Edmonds, Kevin William; Yang, Guang; Liu, Shuai; Li, Baohe; Zhang, Bao; Sheng, Yu; Wang, Shouguo; Ji, Yang; Wang, Kaiyou

    2016-02-01

    Current induced magnetization switching by spin-orbit torques offers an energy-efficient means of writing information in heavy metal/ferromagnet (FM) multilayer systems. The relative contributions of field-like torques and damping-like torques to the magnetization switching induced by the electrical current are still under debate. Here, we describe a device based on a symmetric Pt/FM/Pt structure, in which we demonstrate a strong damping-like torque from the spin Hall effect and unmeasurable field-like torque from Rashba effect. The spin-orbit effective fields due to the spin Hall effect were investigated quantitatively and were found to be consistent with the switching effective fields after accounting for the switching current reduction due to thermal fluctuations from the current pulse. A non-linear dependence of deterministic switching of average Mz on the in-plane magnetic field was revealed, which could be explained and understood by micromagnetic simulation.

  9. Spin-orbit torque in Pt/CoNiCo/Pt symmetric devices

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    Yang, Meiyin; Cai, Kaiming; Ju, Hailang; Edmonds, Kevin William; Yang, Guang; Liu, Shuai; Li, Baohe; Zhang, Bao; Sheng, Yu; Wang, Shouguo; Ji, Yang; Wang, Kaiyou

    2016-01-01

    Current induced magnetization switching by spin-orbit torques offers an energy-efficient means of writing information in heavy metal/ferromagnet (FM) multilayer systems. The relative contributions of field-like torques and damping-like torques to the magnetization switching induced by the electrical current are still under debate. Here, we describe a device based on a symmetric Pt/FM/Pt structure, in which we demonstrate a strong damping-like torque from the spin Hall effect and unmeasurable field-like torque from Rashba effect. The spin-orbit effective fields due to the spin Hall effect were investigated quantitatively and were found to be consistent with the switching effective fields after accounting for the switching current reduction due to thermal fluctuations from the current pulse. A non-linear dependence of deterministic switching of average Mz on the in-plane magnetic field was revealed, which could be explained and understood by micromagnetic simulation. PMID:26856379

  10. Magnetic phases in Pt/Co/Pt films induced by single and multiple femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kisielewski, J. Kurant, Z.; Sveklo, I.; Tekielak, M.; Maziewski, A.; Wawro, A.

    2016-05-21

    Ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt trilayers with initial in-plane magnetization were irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses. In this way, an irreversible structural modification was introduced, which resulted in the creation of numerous pulse fluence-dependent magnetic phases. This was particularly true with the out-of-plane magnetization state, which exhibited a submicrometer domain structure. This effect was studied in a broad range of pulse fluences up to the point of ablation of the metallic films. In addition to this single-pulse experiment, multiple exposure spots were also investigated, which exhibited an extended area of out-of-plane magnetization phases and a decreased damage threshold. Using a double exposure with partially overlapped spots, a two-dimensional diagram of the magnetic phases as a function of the two energy densities was built, which showed a strong inequality between the first and second incoming pulses.

  11. Biofunctionalized ferromagnetic CoPt3/polymer nanocomposites

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    Martins, M. A.; Neves, M. C.; Esteves, A. C. C.; Girginova, P. I.; Guiomar, A. J.; Amaral, V. S.; Trindade, T.

    2007-05-01

    Magnetic latexes were prepared by the encapsulation of organically capped CoPt3 nanoparticles via miniemulsion in situ radical polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate (tBA). This is the first example of a CoPt3 based polymer nanocomposite showing ferromagnetic behaviour at room temperature. Each nanocomposite particle contains a magnetic core composed of CoPt3 nanoparticles (d~7 nm, a0 = 3.848 Å) encapsulated by poly(t-butyl acrylate). The CoPt3/PtBA latexes contain polyester groups that can be readily hydrolysed, rendering the surface with carboxylic functionalities and hence allowing bioconjugation. Complementary to such surface modification experiments, we report that bovine IgG antibodies can bind to the magnetic latexes, and the potential of the nanocomposites for in vitro specific bioapplications is discussed.

  12. Anomalous Hall effect in YIG|Pt bilayers

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    Meyer, Sibylle Schlitz, Richard; Geprägs, Stephan; Opel, Matthias; Huebl, Hans; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Gross, Rudolf

    2015-03-30

    We measure the ordinary and the anomalous Hall effect in a set of yttrium iron garnet|platinum (YIG|Pt) bilayers via magnetization orientation dependent magnetoresistance experiments. Our data show that the presence of the ferrimagnetic insulator YIG leads to an anomalous Hall effect like voltage in Pt, which is sensitive to both Pt thickness and temperature. Interpretation of the experimental findings in terms of the spin Hall anomalous Hall effect indicates that the imaginary part of the spin mixing conductance G{sub i} plays a crucial role in YIG|Pt bilayers. In particular, our data suggest a sign change in G{sub i} between 10 K and 300 K. Additionally, we report a higher order Hall effect contribution, which appears in thin Pt films on YIG at low temperatures.

  13. Bifunctional electrocatalysis in pt-ru nanoparticle systems.

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    Roth, C; Benker, N; Theissmann, R; Nichols, R J; Schiffrin, D J

    2008-03-04

    Pt-Ru alloys are prominent electrocatalysts in fuel cell anodes as they feature a very high activity for the oxidation of reformate and methanol. The improved CO tolerance of these alloys has been discussed in relation to the so-called ligand and bifunctional mechanisms. Although these effects have been known for many years, they are still not completely understood. A new approach that bridges the gap between single crystals and practical catalysts is presented in this paper. Nanoparticulate model systems attached to an oxidized glassy carbon electrode were prepared by combining both ligand-stabilized and spontaneously deposited Pt and Ru nanoparticles. These electrodes showed very different voltammetric responses for CO and methanol oxidation. The cyclic voltammograms were deconvoluted into contributions attributed to Pt, Ru, and Pt-Ru contact regions to quantify the contribution of the latter to the bifunctional mechanism. Scanning transmission electron microscopy confirmed the proximity of Pt and Ru nanoparticles in the different samples.

  14. Fabrication of a nanosize-Pt-embedded membrane electrode assembly to enhance the utilization of Pt in proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

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    Choe, Junseok; Kim, Doyoung; Shim, Jinyong; Lee, Inhae; Tak, Yongsug

    2011-08-01

    A procedure to locate the Pt nanostructure inside the hydrophilic channel of a Nafion membrane was developed in order to enhance Pt utilization in PEMFCs. Nanosize Pt-embedded MEA was constructed by Cu electroless plating and subsequent Pt electrodeposition inside the hydrophilic channels of the Nafion membrane. The metallic Pt nanostructure fabricated inside the membrane was employed as an oxygen reduction catalyst for a PEMFC and facilitated effective use of the hydrophilic channels inside the membrane. Compared to the conventional MEA, a Pt-embedded MEA with only 68% Pt loading showed better PEMFC performance.

  15. Shape-selective enantioselective hydrogenation on Pt nanoparticles.

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    Schmidt, Erik; Vargas, Angelo; Mallat, Tamas; Baiker, Alfons

    2009-09-02

    The structure sensitivity of enantioselective hydrogenations on chirally modified metals was investigated using Pt nanoparticles of different shapes. All three samples had an average particle size of 10 nm, but the fraction of dominantly cubic, cubooctahedral, and octahedral particles varied with decreasing {100} and increasing {111} faces in the same order. In the absence of chiral modifier the hydrogenation of ethyl pyruvate was independent of the shape of the Pt nanoparticles; variation of the specific reaction rates did not exceed the experimental error on all self-prepared catalysts and on a commercial Pt/Al(2)O(3) used as reference. Addition of cinchonidine or quinine induced a significant rate enhancement by a factor of 4-15, and the rate was always higher with quinine. Also, 72-92% ees were achieved, and the reaction was shape selective: both the rate and the ee increased with increasing Pt{111}/Pt{100} ratio. A similar correlation in the hydrogenation of ketopantolactone confirmed that decarbonylation or aldol-type side reactions of ethyl pyruvate were not the reason for structure sensitivity. A combined catalytic and theoretical study revealed that the probable origin of the particle shape dependency of enantioselective hydrogenation is the adsorption behavior of the cinchona alkaloid. DFT studies of cinchonidine interacting with Pt(100) and Pt(111) terraces indicated a remarkably stronger interaction on the former crystallographic face by ca. 155 kJ/mol. The higher adsorption strength on Pt(100) was corroborated experimentally by the faster hydrogenation of the homoaromatic ring of the alkaloid, which fragment interacts the strongest with Pt during its adsorption. Thus, an ideal catalyst for the hydrogenation of activated ketones contains dominantly Pt{111} terraces, which crystallographic face is more active and affords higher enantioselectivity, combined with the higher stability of the modifier.

  16. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy and Induced Magnetic Structures of Pt Layers in the Fe/Pt Multilayers Investigated by Resonant X-ray Magnetic Scattering

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    Lee, Mihee; Takechi, Ryota; Hosoito, Nobuyoshi

    2017-02-01

    Depth distribution of the magnetization induced in the paramagnetic Pt layers of Fe/Pt multilayers was investigated by resonant X-ray magnetic scattering (RXMS) near the Pt L3 absorption edge. Two samples with different perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) were chosen for RXMS measurements. The magnetic depth profile of the Pt layer was determined in the magnetic saturation state of the Fe magnetization with the sample of weak PMA. The magnetization process of the Pt layer was investigated with the sample of moderate PMA. It is found that the Pt atoms near the interface region have a perpendicular component of the induced magnetization even in the saturation state of the Fe magnetization, suggesting that the PMA of Fe/Pt multilayers originates from the Pt atoms near the interface region. Concerning the magnetization process, the induced Pt magnetization is not proportional to the Fe magnetization. This implies a complicated magnetizing mechanism of the Pt layer by the Fe magnetization.

  17. Identification of furfural resistant strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces paradoxus from a collection of environmental and industrial isolates.

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    Field, Sarah J; Ryden, Peter; Wilson, David; James, Stephen A; Roberts, Ian N; Richardson, David J; Waldron, Keith W; Clarke, Thomas A

    2015-01-01

    Fermentation of bioethanol using lignocellulosic biomass as a raw material provides a sustainable alternative to current biofuel production methods by utilising waste food streams as raw material. Before lignocellulose can be fermented, it requires physical, chemical and enzymatic treatment in order to release monosaccharides, a process that causes the chemical transformation of glucose and xylose into the cyclic aldehydes furfural and hydroxyfurfural. These furan compounds are potent inhibitors of Saccharomyces fermentation, and consequently furfural tolerant strains of Saccharomyces are required for lignocellulosic fermentation. This study investigated yeast tolerance to furfural and hydroxyfurfural using a collection of 71 environmental and industrial isolates of the baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and its closest relative Saccharomyces paradoxus. The Saccharomyces strains were initially screened for growth on media containing 100 mM glucose and 1.5 mg ml(-1) furfural. Five strains were identified that showed a significant tolerance to growth in the presence of furfural, and these were then screened for growth and ethanol production in the presence of increasing amounts (0.1 to 4 mg ml(-1)) of furfural. Of the five furfural tolerant strains, S. cerevisiae National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) 3451 displayed the greatest furfural resistance and was able to grow in the presence of up to 3.0 mg ml(-1) furfural. Furthermore, ethanol production in this strain did not appear to be inhibited by furfural, with the highest ethanol yield observed at 3.0 mg ml(-1) furfural. Although furfural resistance was not found to be a trait specific to any one particular lineage or population, three of the strains were isolated from environments where they might be continually exposed to low levels of furfural through the ongoing natural degradation of lignocelluloses, and would therefore develop elevated levels of resistance to these furan compounds. Thus

  18. Effect of interfacial intermixing on the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in Pt/Co/Pt

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    Wells, Adam W. J.; Shepley, Philippa M.; Marrows, Christopher H.; Moore, Thomas A.

    2017-02-01

    We study the effect of sputter-deposition conditions, namely, substrate temperature and chamber base pressure, upon the interface quality of epitaxial Pt/Co/Pt thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Here we define interface quality to be the inverse of the sum in quadrature of roughness and intermixing. We find that samples with the top Co/Pt layers grown at 250 ∘C exhibit a local maximum in roughness intermixing and that the interface quality is better for lower or higher deposition temperatures, up to 400 ∘C,above which the interface quality degrades. Imaging the expansion of magnetic domains in an in-plane field using wide-field Kerr microscopy, we determine the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) in films in the deposition temperature range 100 ∘C to 300 ∘C . We find that the net DMI increases as the difference between top and bottom Co interface quality increases. Furthermore, for sufficiently low base pressures, the net DMI increases linearly with the deposition temperature, indicating that fine-tuning of the DMI may be achieved via the deposition conditions.

  19. Magnetic CoPt (60-70 wt%Pt) microstructures fabricated by the electrochemical method

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    Cortés, M.; Gómez, E.; Vallés, E.

    2012-05-01

    CoPt microstructures, in the form of both discontinuous layers and patterned arrays, of 60-70 wt% Pt and nanometric thickness have been grown by electrodeposition through a resist mask prepared directly onto a glass/ITO substrate. This substrate was selected because its conductive ITO layer permits the electrodeposition process but does not show magnetic response. The lack of magnetic response of the substrate enables the magnetic properties of the microstructures deposited over it to be measured directly. Test microstructures of the different aspect ratio were successfully prepared, which confirms the suitability of the used bath; a good definition of both has been attained in spite of the significant hydrogen co-evolution. The deposition conditions have been adjusted to obtain a highly distorted hcp crystalline structure. Differences in the magnetic behaviour of the microstructures were observed depending on the orientations of the magnetic field applied. This work demonstrates the capability of the electrodeposition method to grow well-defined nanometric thick microstructures of hcp magnetic CoPt alloy with modulable magnetic properties as a function of the orientation of the applied magnetic field, microstructures which could be directly incorporated in magnetic microelectromechanical systems.

  20. Impact of buffer layer and Pt thickness on the interface structure and magnetic properties in (Co/Pt) multilayers

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    Bersweiler, M.; Dumesnil, K.; Lacour, D.; Hehn, M.

    2016-08-01

    The influence of Pt thickness on the interface structure (roughness / intermixing) and magnetic properties has been investigated for (Co / Pt) multilayers sputtered on a Pt or a thin oxide (MgO or AlO x ) buffer layer. When Pt thickness increases from 1.2 nm-2.2 nm, we observe that the effective anisotropy increases with the Pt thickness, simultaneously with the decrease of roughness, i.e. the occurrence of sharper interfaces. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is still achieved on the oxide buffer layers, but with a lower effective anisotropy correlated to more perturbed interfaces. The detailed analysis of the saturation magnetization shows that: (i) M s is significantly enhanced in the case of rough/intermixed interfaces, which is attributed to and discussed in the framework of Pt induced polarization, (ii) the change in volume dipolar anisotropy is the main factor responsible for the reduction of K eff for systems grown on oxides. Beyond the major role of volume dipolar contribution that reduces PMA, a supplemental positive contribution promoting PMA can be invoked for rough interfaces and large M s (deposit on oxide). This contribution is consistent with a dipolar surface anisotropy term and increases for rough interfaces, in contrast to the Néel surface anisotropy. These opposite variations may interestingly lead to an enhanced anisotropy in (Co / Pt) stackings grown on oxides compared to systems deposited on Pt, i.e. with sharper interfaces.

  1. Impact of buffer layer and Pt thickness on the interface structure and magnetic properties in (Co/Pt) multilayers.

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    Bersweiler, M; Dumesnil, K; Lacour, D; Hehn, M

    2016-08-24

    The influence of Pt thickness on the interface structure (roughness / intermixing) and magnetic properties has been investigated for (Co / Pt) multilayers sputtered on a Pt or a thin oxide (MgO or AlO x ) buffer layer. When Pt thickness increases from 1.2 nm-2.2 nm, we observe that the effective anisotropy increases with the Pt thickness, simultaneously with the decrease of roughness, i.e. the occurrence of sharper interfaces. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is still achieved on the oxide buffer layers, but with a lower effective anisotropy correlated to more perturbed interfaces. The detailed analysis of the saturation magnetization shows that: (i) M s is significantly enhanced in the case of rough/intermixed interfaces, which is attributed to and discussed in the framework of Pt induced polarization, (ii) the change in volume dipolar anisotropy is the main factor responsible for the reduction of K eff for systems grown on oxides. Beyond the major role of volume dipolar contribution that reduces PMA, a supplemental positive contribution promoting PMA can be invoked for rough interfaces and large M s (deposit on oxide). This contribution is consistent with a dipolar surface anisotropy term and increases for rough interfaces, in contrast to the Néel surface anisotropy. These opposite variations may interestingly lead to an enhanced anisotropy in (Co / Pt) stackings grown on oxides compared to systems deposited on Pt, i.e. with sharper interfaces.

  2. Twofold PT symmetry in nonlinearly damped dynamical systems and tailoring PT regions with position-dependent loss-gain profiles

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    Karthiga, S.; Chandrasekar, V. K.; Senthilvelan, M.; Lakshmanan, M.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the remarkable role of position-dependent damping in determining the parametric regions of symmetry breaking in nonlinear PT -symmetric systems. We illustrate the nature of PT -symmetry preservation and breaking with reference to a remarkable integrable scalar nonlinear system. In the two-dimensional cases of such position-dependent damped systems, we unveil the existence of a class of twofold-PT -symmetric systems which have twofold PT symmetries. We analyze the dynamics of these systems and show how symmetry breaking occurs, that is, whether the symmetry breaking of the two PT symmetries occurs in pair or occurs one by one. The addition of linear damping in these nonlinearly damped systems induces competition between the two types of damping. This competition results in a PT phase transition in which the PT symmetry is broken for lower loss or gain strength and is restored by increasing the loss or gain strength. We also show that by properly designing the form of the position-dependent damping, we can tailor the PT -symmetric regions of the system.

  3. Low Pt-content ternary PdCuPt nanodendrites: an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Fu, Shaofang; Zhu, Chengzhou; Song, Junhua; Zhang, Peina; Engelhard, Mark H.; Xia, Haibing; Du, Dan; Lin, Yuehe

    2017-01-01

    Dendritic nanostructures are capturing increasing attentions in electrocatalysis owing to their unique structural features and low density. Herein, we report for the first time bromide ions mediated synthesis of low-Pt-content PdCuPt ternary nanodendrites via galvanic replacement reaction between Pt precursor and PdCu template in aqueous solution. The experimental results show that the ternary PdCuPt nanodendrites present enhanced electrocatalytic performance for oxygen reduction reaction in acid solution compared with commercial Pt/C as well as some state-of-the-art catalysts. In details, the mass activity of the PdCuPt catalyst with optimized composition is 1.73 A/mgPt at 0.85 V vs RHE, which is 14 times higher than that of commercial Pt/C catalyst. Moreover, the long-term stability test demonstrates its better durability in acid solution. After 5k cycles, there is still 70% electrochemical surface area maintained. This method provides an efficient way to synthesize trimetallic alloys with controllable composition and specific structure for oxygen reduction reaction.

  4. Crystalline Control of {111} Bounded Pt3Cu Nanocrystals: Multiply-Twinned Pt3Cu Icosahedra with Enhanced Electrocatalytic Properties.

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    Sun, Xiuhui; Jiang, Kezhu; Zhang, Nan; Guo, Shaojun; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2015-07-28

    Despite that different facets have distinct catalytic behavior, the important role of twin defects on enhancing the catalytic performance of metallic nanocrystals is largely unrevealed. The key challenge in demonstrating the importance of twin defects for catalysis is the extreme difficulties in creating nanostructures with the same exposed facets but tunable twin defects that are suitable for catalytic investigations. Herein, we show an efficient synthetic strategy to selectively synthesize {111}-terminated Pt3Cu nanocrystals with controllable crystalline features. Two distinct {111}-bounded shapes, namely, multiply-twinned Pt3Cu icosahedra and single-crystalline Pt3Cu octahedra, are successfully prepared by simply changing the types of Cu precursors with the other growth parameters unchanged. Electrocatalytic studies show that the {111}-terminated Pt3Cu nanocrystals exhibit the very interesting crystalline nature-dependent electrocatalytic activities toward both the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) with multiply-twinned Pt3Cu icosahedra demonstrating enhanced electrocatalytic activities compared to the single-crystalline Pt3Cu octahedra due to their additional yet important effect of twin defect. As a result, under the multiple tuning conditions (alloy, shape, and twin effects), the multiply-twinned Pt3Cu icosahedra exhibit much enhanced electrocatalytic activities in both ORR and MOR with respect to the Pt black. The present work highlights the importance of twin defects in enhancing electrocatalytic activities of metallic nanocrystals.

  5. Laser-excited luminescence and absorption study of mixed valence for K 2Pt(CN) 4—K 2Pt(CN) 6 crystals

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    Kasi Viswanath, A.; Smith, Wayne L.; Patterson, H.

    1982-04-01

    Crystals of K 2Pt(CN) 6 doped with Pt(CN) 2-4 show an absorption band at 337 nm which is assigned as a mixed-valence (MV) transition from Pt (II) to Pt(IV). From a Hush model analysis, the absorption band is interpreted to be class II in the Day—Robin scheme. When the MV band is laser excited at 337 nm, emmision is observed from Pt(CN) 2-4 clusters.

  6. A Selective Blocking Method To Control the Overgrowth of Pt on Au Nanorods

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    2013-01-01

    A method for the preparation of smooth deposits of Pt on Au nanorods is described, involving sequential deposition steps with selective blocking of surface sites that reduces Pt-on-Pt deposition. The Au–Pt nanorods prepared by this method have higher long-term stability than those prepared by standard Pt deposition. Electrochemical data show that the resulting structure has more extended regions of Pt surface and enhanced activity toward the carbon monoxide oxidation and oxygen reduction reactions. PMID:23594230

  7. Composition-Mediated Order-Disorder Transformation in FePt Nanoparticles

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    Johnston-Peck, Aaron C.; Cullen, David A.; Tracy, Joseph B.

    2013-07-08

    Thumbnail image of graphical abstract Heat-treated alloy FePt nanoparticles transform into L10 FePt and mixed L10/L12 FePt3 intermetallic phases. Enrichment in Pt in some nanoparticles, rather than intrinsic thermodynamic effects, drives phase segregation. FePt nanoparticles of uniform, equimolar composition are expected to transform into phase-pure, highly ordered L10 FePt nanoparticles.

  8. Artificial domain structures realized by local gallium focused Ion-beam modification of Pt /Co/Pt trilayer transport structure

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    Aziz, A.; Bending, S. J.; Roberts, H.; Crampin, S.; Heard, P. J.; Marrows, C. H.

    2005-12-01

    We demonstrate that a high-resolution Ga focused ion beam can be used to introduce artificial domain structures in Pt(1.6nm )/Co(0.5nm)/Pt(3.5nm) trilayer transport structures. We have used thin SiO2 overlayers to control the effective energy and dose of Ga ions at the Pt /Co interface. The extraordinary Hall effect (EHE) was used to characterize the magnetic properties of the patterned films. Using 30keV Ga ions and SiO2 overlayer thicknesses in the range of 0-24nm, we achieve complete control of the coercive field of our Pt /Co/Pt trilayer structures. The magnetization reversal mechanism for an artificial domain of size of 3×0.5μm2 is investigated using EHE.

  9. Effects of toluene and benzoic acid on the kinetics of ferrous oxidation on Pt and nafion-coated Pt electrodes

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    Ye, J.H.; Fedkiw, P.S. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

    1994-06-01

    The electrochemical kinetics of Fe[sup 2+] oxidation to Fe[sup 3+] have been investigated by cyclic and ring disk electrode voltammetry in the absence and presence of the contaminants toluene (7 mM, saturated solution) or benzoic acid (16 mM) in 1M H[sub 2]SO[sub 4] electrolyte on (1) smooth Pt electrodes, (2) Nafion-coated smooth Pt electrodes, and (3) Pt electrodes electrodeposited within a Nafion film coated onto a glassy carbon (GC) substrate. On uncoated Pt, the kinetics are adversely affected by these two organics: both the anodic transfer coefficient and the apparent standard rate constant are decreased. A 3.7 [mu]m Nafion coating, however, effectively buffers the smooth Pt electrode from toluene, but, nevertheless, benzoic acid still affects the reaction rate. In contrast, the transfer coefficient and rate constant for Fe[sup 2+] oxidation on the Pt/Nafion/GC electrode are essentially unaffected by either toluene or benzoic acid. Qualitative features of the voltammograms also indicate that the Nafion film protects the Pt from contamination by these aromatics: two current plateaus are observed using an uncoated Pt electrode in the presence of toluene or benzoic acid with a ratio which increased with rotation rate; with the Nafion coating on a smooth Pt electrode and in the presence of toluene, however, there is only one current plateau; in the presence of benzoic acid, two current plateaus remain, but the ratio is nearer unity and less sensitive to rotation rate. In contrast, only a single plateau current is observed using the Pt/Nafion/GC electrode. The Nafion coating is apparently an effective buffer layer against these two aromatics, but concurrently affects a decrease in the mass-transfer limited current due to the diffusional resistance of the film.

  10. Description of Saccharomyces turicensis sp. nov., a new species from kefyr.

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    Wyder, M T; Meile, L; Teuber, M

    1999-09-01

    The new species Saccharomyces turicensis sp. nov. isolated from different kefyr grains is described. Although its morphological properties differ, its physiological characteristics come close to those of Saccharomyces bayanus Saccardo and Saccharomyces pastorianus Reess ex E. C. Hansen. However, electrophoretic karyotyping and restriction fragment length polymorphism of the internal transcribed spacer region yield clear differences. Sequences (270 nucleotides) of the D2 domain at the 5'-terminal end of the large subunit ribosomal RNA gene reveal 98.0% identity with Saccharomyces exiguus. Since strains of a particular yeast species usually show less than 1% substitution in the D2 domain, the yeast in question is considered to be a new species. The name Saccharomyces turicensis is proposed indicating the place Zürich (Turicum in Latin) where the yeast had been isolated.

  11. Construction of Killer Industrial Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Hau-1 and its Fermentation Performance

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    Bajaj, Bijender K.; Sharma, S.

    2010-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae HAU-1, a time tested industrial yeast possesses most of the desirable fermentation characteristics like fast growth and fermentation rate, osmotolerance, high ethanol tolerance, ability to ferment molasses, and to ferment at elevated temperatures etc. However, this yeast was found to be sensitive against the killer strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In the present study, killer trait was introduced into Saccharomyces cerevisiae HAU-1 by protoplast fusion with Saccharomyces cerevisiae MTCC 475, a killer strain. The resultant fusants were characterized for desirable fermentation characteristics. All the technologically important characteristics of distillery yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae HAU-1 were retained in the fusants, and in addition the killer trait was also introduced into them. Further, the killer activity was found to be stably maintained during hostile conditions of ethanol fermentations in dextrose or molasses, and even during biomass recycling. PMID:24031519

  12. Design criteria for stable Pt/C fuel cell catalysts

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    Katsounaros, Ioannis; Witte, Jonathon; Bongard, Hans J; Topalov, Angel A; Baldizzone, Claudio; Mezzavilla, Stefano; Schüth, Ferdi

    2014-01-01

    Summary Platinum and Pt alloy nanoparticles supported on carbon are the state of the art electrocatalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. To develop a better understanding on how material design can influence the degradation processes on the nanoscale, three specific Pt/C catalysts with different structural characteristics were investigated in depth: a conventional Pt/Vulcan catalyst with a particle size of 3–4 nm and two Pt@HGS catalysts with different particle size, 1–2 nm and 3–4 nm. Specifically, Pt@HGS corresponds to platinum nanoparticles incorporated and confined within the pore structure of the nanostructured carbon support, i.e., hollow graphitic spheres (HGS). All three materials are characterized by the same platinum loading, so that the differences in their performance can be correlated to the structural characteristics of each material. The comparison of the activity and stability behavior of the three catalysts, as obtained from thin film rotating disk electrode measurements and identical location electron microscopy, is also extended to commercial materials and used as a basis for a discussion of general fuel cell catalyst design principles. Namely, the effects of particle size, inter-particle distance, certain support characteristics and thermal treatment on the catalyst performance and in particular the catalyst stability are evaluated. Based on our results, a set of design criteria for more stable and active Pt/C and Pt-alloy/C materials is suggested. PMID:24605273

  13. Surface Modification and Heat Generation of FePt Nanoparticles

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    Wei, Da-Hua; Pan, Ko-Ying; Tong, Sheng-Kai

    2017-01-01

    The chemical reduction of ferric acetylacetonate (Fe(acac)3) and platinum acetylacetonate (Pt(acac)2) using the polyol solvent of phenyl ether as an agent as well as an effective surfactant has successfully yielded monodispersive FePt nanoparticles (NPs) with a hydrophobic ligand and a size of approximately 3.8 nm. The present FePt NPs synthesized using oleic acid and oleylamine as the stabilizers under identical conditions were achieved with a simple method. The surface modification of FePt NPs by using mercaptoacetic acid (thiol) as a phase transfer reagent through ligand exchange turned the NPs hydrophilic, and the FePt NPs were water-dispersible. The hydrophilic NPs indicated slight agglomeration which was observed by transmission electron microscopy images. The thiol functional group bond to the FePt atoms of the surface was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra. The water-dispersible FePt NPs employed as a heating agent could reach the requirement of biocompatibility and produce a sufficient heat response of 45 °C for magnetically induced hyperthermia in tumor treatment fields. PMID:28772541

  14. Ag–Pt compositional intermetallics made from alloy nanoparticles

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    Pan, Yung -Tin; Yan, Yuqi; Shao, Yu -Tsun; ...

    2016-09-07

    Intermetallics are compounds with long-range structural order that often lies in a state of thermodynamic minimum. They are usually considered as favorable structures for catalysis due to their high activity and robust stability. However, formation of intermetallic compounds is often regarded as element specific. For instance, Ag and Pt do not form alloy in bulk phase through the conventional metallurgy approach in almost the entire range of composition. Herein, we demonstrate a bottom-up approach to create a new Ag–Pt compositional intermetallic phase from nanoparticles. By thermally treating the corresponding alloy nanoparticles in inert atmosphere, we obtained an intermetallic material thatmore » has an exceptionally narrow Ag/Pt ratio around 52/48 to 53/47, and a structure of interchangeable closely packed Ag and Pt layers with 85% on tetrahedral and 15% on octahedral sites. This rather unique stacking results in wavy patterns of Ag and Pt planes revealed by scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). Finally, this Ag–Pt compositional intermetallic phase is highly active for electrochemical oxidation of formic acid at low anodic potentials, 5 times higher than its alloy nanoparticles, and 29 times higher than the reference Pt/C at 0.4 V (vs RHE) in current density.« less

  15. Electronic Structure and Phase Stability of PdPt Nanoparticles.

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    Ishimoto, Takayoshi; Koyama, Michihisa

    2016-03-03

    To understand the origin of the physicochemical nature of bimetallic PdPt nanoparticles, we theoretically investigated the phase stability and electronic structure employing the PdPt nanoparticles models consisting of 711 atoms (ca. 3 nm). For the Pd-Pt core-shell nanoparticle, the PdPt solid-solution phase was found to be a thermodynamically stable phase in the nanoparticle as the result of difference in surface energy of Pd and Pt nanoparticles and configurational entropy effect, while it is well known that the Pd and Pt are the immiscible combination in the bulk phase. The electronic structure of nanoparticles is conducted to find that the electron transfer occurs locally within surface and subsurface layers. In addition, the electron transfer from Pd to Pt at the interfacial layers in core-shell nanoparticles is observed, which leads to unique geometrical and electronic structure changes. Our results show a clue for the tunability of the electronic structure of nanoparticles by controlling the arrangement in the nanoparticles.

  16. Macromolecular Pt(IV) Prodrugs from Poly(organo)phosphazenes

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    Banfić, Jelena; Theiner, Sarah; Körner, Wilfried; Brüggemann, Oliver; Berger, Walter; Keppler, Bernhard K.; Heffeter, Petra; Teasdale, Ian

    2016-01-01

    The preparation of novel macromolecular prodrugs via the conjugation of two platinum(IV) complexes to suitably functionalized poly(organo)phosphazenes is presented. The inorganic/organic polymers provide carriers with controlled dimensions due to the use of living cationic polymerization and allow the preparation of conjugates with excellent aqueous solubility but long-term hydrolytic degradability. The macromolecular Pt(IV) prodrugs are designed to undergo intracellular reduction and simultaneous release from the macromolecular carrier to present the active Pt(II) drug derivatives. In vitro investigations show a significantly enhanced intracellular uptake of Pt for the macromolecular prodrugs when compared to small molecule Pt complexes, which is also reflected in an increase in cytotoxicity. Interestingly, drug-resistant sublines also show a significantly smaller resistance against the conjugates compared to clinically established platinum drugs, indicating that an alternative uptake route of the Pt(IV) conjugates might also be able to overcome acquired resistance against Pt(II) drugs. In vivo studies of a selected conjugate show improved tumor shrinkage compared to the respective Pt(IV) complex. PMID:27169668

  17. Electronic and structural properties of binary Pt-Ni nanoclusters

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    Pérez, Luis A.; Garzón, Ignacio L.

    2007-03-01

    The lowest energy structures of binary (PtNi3)n, (Pt3Ni)n, and (PtNi)m nanoclusters, with n=3-10 and m=3-20, modeled by the many-body Gupta potential, were obtained by using a genetic-symbiotic algorithm. These structures were further relaxed with DFT-GGA. In agreement with the experimental evidence, segregation is observed in these clusters, where the Ni atoms are mainly found in the cluster core and the Pt atoms on the cluster surface. Furthermore, it has been experimentally found that the (Pt3Ni)n nanoalloys present a higher catalytic activity for the N2O + H2 reaction at low temperatures than the other compositions [1], while the contrary trend is observed in the case of the oxidation of carbon monoxide in the presence of hydrogen, where the (PtNi3)n nanoparticles present a higher catalytic activity than the other ones. In order to understand these tendencies in the catalytic activity, we performed an analysis of the surface electronic structure of the bimetallic Pt-Ni nanoclusters with the mentioned compositions, by means of first-principles density functional calculations. Acknowledgments: This work was supported by CONACyT No. 43414-F. [1] Arenas-Alatorre J, Avalos-Borja M, Diaz G J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 2371 (2005).

  18. Nontrivial anomalous Hall effect in ultrathin Pt/permalloy bilayers

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    Zhang, Yanqing; Shan, Rong

    2015-03-01

    Anomalous Hall effect of Pt (2.5 nm)/permalloy bilayers with the thickness tPy = 0.6 ~10 nm; Pt/permalloy (2.2 nm) bilayers with the thickness tPt = 1.5 ~10 nm and Pt (2.5 nm)/permalloy (2.2 nm) bilayers with the post-annealing temperature 100 ~500° grown on MgO (001) substrates are investigated. The Pt/permalloy bilayer shows distinguished performance from the single permalloy layer due to the interfacial influence. Effective magnetic anisotropy of the bilayer with tPy <2.2 nm turns to be perpendicular to the film plane and it increases with decreasing measured temperature. More interestingly, the anomalous Hall effect is also greatly enhanced in these Pt/permalloy bilayers, comparing with that in bulk permalloy. The parameters presenting skew scattering, side jump and intrinsic contribution become extremely large, indicating a strong influence of spin orbit coupling coming from Pt/permalloy interface on the anomalous Hall effect.

  19. Curie temperatures of CoPt ultrathin continuous films

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    Cai, Wupeng; Muraishi, Shinji; Shi, Ji; Nakamura, Yoshio; Liu, Wei; Yu, Ronghai

    2012-06-01

    The effects of layer thickness and thermal annealing on Curie temperature have been studied for CoPt ultrathin continuous layers in AlN/CoPt multilayer structures. It is found that there exists a critical thickness below which Curie temperature rapidly decreases due to the loss of spin-spin interactions in the vicinity of interface. After high temperature annealing, the in-plane lattice constant of CoPt film is increased and the exchange coupling parameter is decreased. Consequently, Curie temperatures decrease for some films with large thickness, compared with as-deposited state. Upon annealing at 600 ∘C, CoPt undergoes ordering transformation, which also contributes to the degradation of the Curie temperature. However, when the CoPt film thickness is below 2 nm, the Curie temperature is increased after annealing. Especially for 1 nm thick film, the Curie temperature is strikingly increased from 173 ∘C to 343 ∘C after annealing at 600 ∘C. This effect is attributed to the out-of-plane lattice deformation of CoPt thin layers in AlN/CoPt multilayer structures.

  20. Efficacy of saccharomyces boulardii with antibiotics in acute amoebiasis

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    Mansour-Ghanaei, Fariborz; Dehbashi, Najaf; Yazdanparast, Kamyar; Shafaghi, Afshin

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To compare the efficacy of antibiotics therapy alone with antibiotics and saccharomyces boulardii in treatment of acute amebiasis. METHODS: In a double blind, random clinical trial on patients with acute intestinal amoebiasis, 57 adult patients with acute amoebiasis, diagnosed with clinical manifestations (acute mucous bloody diarrhea) and amebic trophozoites engulfing RBCs found in stool were enrolled in the study. Regimen 1 included metronidazole (750 mg Tid) and iodoquinol (630 mg Tid) for 10 days. Regimen 2 contained capsules of lyophilized saccharomyces boulardii (250 mg Tid) orally in addition to regimen 1. Patients were re-examined at two and four weeks after the treatment, and stool examination was performed at the end of week 4. Student’s t-test, χ2 and McNemar’s tests were used for statistical analysis. RESULTS: Three patients refused to participate. The other 54 patients were randomized to receive either regimen 1 or regimen 2 (Groups 1 and 2 respectively, each with 27 patients). The two groups were similar regarding their age, sex and clinical manifestations. In Group 1, diarrhea lasted 48.0 ± 18.5 hours and in Group 2, 12.0 ± 3.7 hours (P < 0.0001). In Group 1, the durations of fever and abdominal pain were 24.0 ± 8.8 and 24.0 ± 7.3 hours and in Group 2 they were 12.0 ± 5.3 and 12.0 ± 3.2 hours, respectively (P < 0.001). Duration of headache was similar in both groups. At week 4, amebic cysts were detected in 5 cases (18.5%) of Group 1 but in none of the Group 2 (P < 0.02). CONCLUSION: Adding saccharomyces boulardii to antibiotics in the treatment of acute amebiasis seems to decrease the duration of clinical symptoms and cyst passage. PMID:12918131

  1. Biotechnology of non-Saccharomyces yeasts-the basidiomycetes.

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    Johnson, Eric A

    2013-09-01

    Yeasts are the major producer of biotechnology products worldwide, exceeding production in capacity and economic revenues of other groups of industrial microorganisms. Yeasts have wide-ranging fundamental and industrial importance in scientific, food, medical, and agricultural disciplines (Fig. 1). Saccharomyces is the most important genus of yeast from fundamental and applied perspectives and has been expansively studied. Non-Saccharomyces yeasts (non-conventional yeasts) including members of the Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes also have substantial current utility and potential applicability in biotechnology. In an earlier mini-review, "Biotechnology of non-Saccharomyces yeasts-the ascomycetes" (Johnson Appl Microb Biotechnol 97: 503-517, 2013), the extensive biotechnological utility and potential of ascomycetous yeasts are described. Ascomycetous yeasts are particularly important in food and ethanol formation, production of single-cell protein, feeds and fodder, heterologous production of proteins and enzymes, and as model and fundamental organisms for the delineation of genes and their function in mammalian and human metabolism and disease processes. In contrast, the roles of basidiomycetous yeasts in biotechnology have mainly been evaluated only in the past few decades and compared to the ascomycetous yeasts and currently have limited industrial utility. From a biotechnology perspective, the basidiomycetous yeasts are known mainly for the production of enzymes used in pharmaceutical and chemical synthesis, for production of certain classes of primary and secondary metabolites such as terpenoids and carotenoids, for aerobic catabolism of complex carbon sources, and for bioremediation of environmental pollutants and xenotoxicants. Notwithstanding, the basidiomycetous yeasts appear to have considerable potential in biotechnology owing to their catabolic utilities, formation of enzymes acting on recalcitrant substrates, and through the production of unique primary

  2. Prion Variants and Species Barriers Among Saccharomyces Ure2 Proteins

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    Edskes, Herman K.; McCann, Lindsay M.; Hebert, Andrea M.; Wickner, Reed B.

    2009-01-01

    As hamster scrapie cannot infect mice, due to sequence differences in their PrP proteins, we find “species barriers” to transmission of the [URE3] prion in Saccharomyces cerevisiae among Ure2 proteins of S. cerevisiae, paradoxus, bayanus, cariocanus, and mikatae on the basis of differences among their Ure2p prion domain sequences. The rapid variation of the N-terminal Ure2p prion domains results in protection against the detrimental effects of infection by a prion, just as the PrP residue 129 Met/Val polymorphism may have arisen to protect humans from the effects of cannibalism. Just as spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy prion variant is less impaired by species barriers than is sheep scrapie, we find that some [URE3] prion variants are infectious to another yeast species while other variants (with the identical amino acid sequence) are not. The species barrier is thus prion variant dependent as in mammals. [URE3] prion variant characteristics are maintained even on passage through the Ure2p of another species. Ure2p of Saccharomyces castelli has an N-terminal Q/N-rich “prion domain” but does not form prions (in S. cerevisiae) and is not infected with [URE3] from Ure2p of other Saccharomyces. This implies that conservation of its prion domain is not for the purpose of forming prions. Indeed the Ure2p prion domain has been shown to be important, though not essential, for the nitrogen catabolism regulatory role of the protein. PMID:19124570

  3. Pt(IV) complexes as prodrugs for cisplatin.

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    Shi, Yi; Liu, Shu-An; Kerwood, Deborah J; Goodisman, Jerry; Dabrowiak, James C

    2012-02-01

    The antitumor effects of platinum(IV) complexes, considered prodrugs for cisplatin, are believed to be due to biological reduction of Pt(IV) to Pt(II), with the reduction products binding to DNA and other cellular targets. In this work we used pBR322 DNA to capture the products of reduction of oxoplatin, c,t,c-[PtCl(2)(OH)(2)(NH(3))(2)], 3, and a carboxylate-modified analog, c,t,c-[PtCl(2)(OH)(O(2)CCH(2)CH(2)CO(2)H)(NH(3))(2)], 4, by ascorbic acid (AsA) or glutathione (GSH). Since carbonate plays a significant role in the speciation of platinum complexes in solution, we also investigated the effects of carbonate on the reduction/DNA-binding process. In pH 7.4 buffer in the absence of carbonate, both 3 and 4 are reduced by AsA to cisplatin (confirmed using ((195))Pt NMR), which binds to and unwinds closed circular DNA in a manner consistent with the formation of the well-known 1, 2 intrastrand DNA crosslink. However, when GSH is used as the reducing agent for 3 and 4, ((195))Pt NMR shows that cisplatin is not produced in the reaction medium. Although the Pt(II) products bind to closed circular DNA, their effect on the mobility of Form I DNA is different from that produced by cisplatin. When physiological carbonate is present in the reduction medium, ((13))C NMR shows that Pt(II) carbonato complexes form which block or impede platinum binding to DNA. The results of the study vis-à-vis the ability of the Pt(IV) complexes to act as prodrugs for cisplatin are discussed. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Expression of acylphosphatase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae enhances ethanol fermentation rate

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    Raugei, G.; Modesti, A.; Magherini, F.

    1996-06-01

    Previous experiments in vitro have demonstrated the ability of acylphosphatase to increase the rate of glucose fermentation in yeast. To evaluate the possibility of increasing fermentation in vivo also, a chemically synthesized DNA sequence coding for human muscle acylphosphatase was expressed at high level in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Ethanol production was measured in these engineered strains in comparison with a control. Acylphosphatase expression strongly increased the rate of ethanol production both in aerobic and anaerobic culture. This finding may be potentially important for the development of more efficient industrial fermentation processes. 20 refs., 5 figs.

  5. Evolution and variation of the yeast (Saccharomyces) genome.

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    Mortimer, R K

    2000-04-01

    In this review we describe the role of the yeast Saccharomyces in the development of human societies including the use of this organism in the making of wine, bread, beer, and distilled beverages. We also discuss the tremendous diversity of yeast found in natural (i.e., noninoculated) wine fermentations and the scientific uses of yeast over the past 60 years. In conclusion, we present ideas on the model of "genome renewal" and the use of this model to explain the mode by which yeast has evolved and how diversity can be generated.

  6. Flocculation of industrial and laboratory strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Sieiro, C; Reboredo, N M; Villa, T G

    1995-06-01

    A comparative study has been made of different laboratory and industrial wild-type strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in relation to their flocculation behavior. All strains were inhibited by mannose and only one by maltose. In regard to the stability of these characters in the presence of proteases and high salt concentrations, a relevant degree of variation was found among the strains. This was to such an extent that it did not allow their inclusion in the Flo1 or NewFlo phenotypes. Genetic characterization of one wild-type strain revealed that the flocculation-governing gene was allelic to FLO1 found in genetic strains.

  7. Isobutanol production from D-xylose by recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Brat, Dawid; Boles, Eckhard

    2013-03-01

    Simultaneous overexpression of an optimized, cytosolically localized valine biosynthesis pathway together with overexpression of xylose isomerase XylA from Clostridium phytofermentans, transaldolase Tal1 and xylulokinase Xks1 enabled recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells to complement the valine auxotrophy of ilv2,3,5 triple deletion mutants for growth on D-xylose as the sole carbon source. Moreover, after additional overexpression of ketoacid decarboxylase Aro10 and alcohol dehydrogenase Adh2, the cells were able to ferment D-xylose directly to isobutanol. © 2013 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. High-throughput expression in microplate format in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Holz, Caterina; Lang, Christine

    2004-01-01

    We have developed a high-throughput technology that allows parallel expression, purification, and analysis of large numbers of cloned cDNAs in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The technology is based on a vector for intracellular protein expression under control of the inducible CUP1 promoter, where the gene products are fused to specific peptide sequences. These N-terminal and C-terminal epitope tags allow the immunological identification and purification of the gene products independent of the protein produced. By introducing the method of recombinational cloning we avoid time-consuming re-cloning steps and enable the easy switching between different expression vectors and host systems.

  9. A waterbath method for preparation of RNA from Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Li, Jing; Liu, Juan; Wang, Xin; Zhao, Lei; Chen, Qiang; Zhao, Weiming

    2009-01-01

    We have developed a simple and efficient method for the preparation of total RNA from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast cells were incubated at 65 degrees C for 5 min in yeast RNA isolation buffer (10 mM EDTA, 50mM Tris-HCl, 5% SDS, pH 6.0), and the RNA was isolated and purified. The yield and quality of the isolated RNA was consistently high, and the isolated RNA was suitable for downstream applications, such as Northern blot hybridization and reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR).

  10. [Purification and properties of intercellular inorganic pyrophosphatase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae].

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    Gou, P; Yang, S

    1998-06-01

    An inorganic pyrophosphatase (EC3.6.1.1) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae was purified to PAGE homogeneity by sonication disruption, (NH4)2SO4 fractionation and DEAE-cellulose column chromatography. The optimum pH and temperature of the enzyme were 7.4-7.8 and 60 degrees C, respectively. The Km was 19.3 mmol/L. The enzyme required Mg2+ as a cofactor for hydrolysis of pyrophosphate and was inhibited by Ca2+, Hg2+, Pb2+, Mn2+.

  11. Immobilized cell cross-flow reactor. [Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Chotani, G.K.; Constantinides, A.

    1984-01-01

    A cross-current flow reactor was operated using sodium alginate gel entrapped yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) under growth conditions. Micron-sized silica, incorporated into the biocatalyst particles (1 mm mean diameter) improved mechanical strength and internal surface adhesion. The process showed decreased productivity and stability at 35/sup 0/C compared to the normal study done at 30/sup 0/C. The increased number of cross flows diminish the product inhibition effect. The residence time distribution shows that the cross-flow bioreactor system can be approximated to either a train of backmixed fermentors in series or a plug flow fermentor with moderate axial dispersion.

  12. Improved anaerobic use of arginine by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Martin, Olga; Brandriss, Marjorie C; Schneider, Gisbert; Bakalinsky, Alan T

    2003-03-01

    Anaerobic arginine catabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae was genetically modified to allow assimilation of all four rather than just three of the nitrogen atoms in arginine. This was accomplished by bypassing normal formation of proline, an unusable nitrogen source in the absence of oxygen, and causing formation of glutamate instead. A pro3 ure2 strain expressing a PGK1 promoter-driven PUT2 allele encoding Delta(1)-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase lacking a mitochondrial targeting sequence produced significant cytoplasmic activity, accumulated twice as much intracellular glutamate, and produced twice as much cell mass as the parent when grown anaerobically on limiting arginine as sole nitrogen source.

  13. Identification of the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Hildyard, John C W; Halestrap, Andrew P

    2003-01-01

    Mitochondrial pyruvate transport is fundamental for metabolism and mediated by a specific inhibitable carrier. We have identified the yeast mitochondrial pyruvate carrier by measuring inhibitor-sensitive pyruvate uptake into mitochondria from 18 different Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants, each lacking an unattributed member of the mitochondrial carrier family (MCF). Only mitochondria from the YIL006w deletion mutant exhibited no inhibitor-sensitive pyruvate transport, but otherwise behaved normally. YIL006w encodes a 41.9 kDa MCF member with homologous proteins present in both the human and mouse genomes. PMID:12887330

  14. Serotypes in Saccharomyces telluris: Their relation to source of isolation

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    Hasenclever, H.F.; Kocan, R.M.

    1973-01-01

    Three serotypes have been characterized with three reference strains of Saccharomyces telluris and designated as A, B, and C. One reference strain of Torpulopsis bovina, the imperfect form of S. telluris, belonged to serotype B. Strains of S. telluris isolated from four columbid species were serotyped. All 98 strains of this yeast isolated from Columba livia belonged to serotype B. Three other columbid species, C. leucocephala, C. fasciata, and Zenaidura macroura harbored strains of serotype C only. Serotype A was not isolated from any of the avian species.

  15. Fluid-phase endocytosis in yeasts other than Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Fernandez, N; Puente, P; Leal, F

    1990-05-01

    A FITC-dextran internalization assay with Saccharomyces cerevisiae as positive control was used to determine whether fluid-phase endocytosis is a general characteristic of yeasts. Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Pichia polymorpha, Kluyveromyces phaseolosporus, Yarrowia lipolytica and Candida albicans were clearly positive, whereas results obtained with Debaryomyces marama were inconclusive. In all cases internalized FITC-dextran was found to be localized in the vacuoles and the process was always time- and temperature-dependent. Lower eucaryotes, particularly yeasts, appear to have the ability to incorporate substances from the extracellular medium through fluid-phase endocytosis.

  16. Development of a PtSn bimetallic catalyst for direct fuel cells using bio-butanol fuel.

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    Puthiyapura, V K; Brett, D J L; Russell, A E; Lin, W F; Hardacre, C

    2015-09-07

    Pt and PtSn catalysts were studied for n-butanol electro-oxidation at various temperatures. PtSn showed a higher activity towards butanol electro-oxidation compared to Pt in acidic media. The onset potential for n-butanol oxidation on PtSn is ∼520 mV lower than that found on Pt, and significantly lower activation energy was found for PtSn compared with that for Pt.

  17. Bound states of PT-symmetric separable potentials

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    Bender, Carl M.; Jones, Hugh F.

    2011-09-15

    All of the PT-symmetric potentials that have been studied so far have been local. In this paper, nonlocal PT-symmetric separable potentials of the form V(x,y)=i{epsilon}[U(x)U(y)-U(-x)U(-y)], where U(x) is real, are examined. Two specific models are examined. In each case, it is shown that there is a parametric region of the coupling strength {epsilon} for which the PT symmetry of the Hamiltonian is unbroken and the bound-state energies are real. The critical values of {epsilon} that bound this region are calculated.

  18. Non-Hermitian quantum Hamiltonians with PT symmetry

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    Jones-Smith, Katherine; Mathur, Harsh

    2010-10-15

    We formulate quantum mechanics for non-Hermitian Hamiltonians that are invariant under PT, where P is the parity and T denotes time reversal, for the case that time-reversal symmetry is odd (T{sup 2}=-1), generalizing prior work for the even case (T{sup 2}=1). We discover an analog of Kramer's theorem for PT quantum mechanics, present a prototypical example of a PT quantum system with odd time reversal, and discuss potential applications of the formalism.

  19. Inverse spin Hall effect in Pt/(Ga,Mn)As

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    Nakayama, H.; Chen, L.; Chang, H. W.; Ohno, H.; Matsukura, F.

    2015-06-01

    We investigate dc voltages under ferromagnetic resonance in a Pt/(Ga,Mn)As bilayer structure. A part of the observed dc voltage is shown to originate from the inverse spin Hall effect. The sign of the inverse spin Hall voltage is the same as that in Py/Pt bilayer structure, even though the stacking order of ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic layers is opposite to each other. The spin mixing conductance at the Pt/(Ga,Mn)As interface is determined to be of the order of 10{sup 19 }m{sup −2}, which is about ten times greater than that of (Ga,Mn)As/p-GaAs.

  20. Surface morphology after low coverage Pt deposition on Cu(110)

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    Hugenschmidt, Markus B.; de Beauvais, Christophe

    1994-04-01

    The morphology of a Cu(110) surface after low coverage Pt atom deposition from the vapour phase is studied with thermal energy atom scattering (TEAS) in the temperature range of 200-800 K. Both cross section measurements and diffraction analysis reveal different structures. At low temperatures, isolated defects containing a metal adatom are observed. Between 350 and 650 K, experimental results suggest that these aggregates are dissociated, leaving behind them an almost flat surface patch with an incorporated Pt atom. Above 650 K, bulk dissolution of Pt occurs.

  1. Mesoporous Trimetallic PtPdRu Spheres as Superior Electrocatalysts.

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    Jiang, Bo; Ataee-Esfahani, Hamed; Li, Cuiling; Alshehri, Saad M; Ahamad, Tansir; Henzie, Joel; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2016-05-17

    Mesoporous Trimetallic PtPdRu Spheres with well-defined spherical morphology and uniformly sized pores were synthesized in an aqueous solution using ascorbic acid as the reducing agent and triblock copolymer F127 as the pore directing agent. These mesoporous PtPdRu spheres exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity compared to commercial Pt black, resulting in a ∼4.9 times improvement in mass activity for the methanol oxidation reaction. The excellent electrocatalytic activity and stability are due to the unique mesoporous architecture and electronic landscape between different elements.

  2. Giant Goos-Hänchen shift using PT symmetry

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    Ziauddin; Chuang, You-Lin; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2015-07-01

    Influence of PT symmetry on the Goos-Hänchen (GH) shift in the reflected light is presented for an ensemble of atomic medium in a cavity, in the configuration of four-level N -type (87Rb atoms) systems driving by two copropagating strong laser fields and a weak probe field. The atom-field interaction follows the realization of PT symmetry by adjusting the coupling field detunings [J. Shenget al., Phys. Rev. A 88, 041803(R) (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevA.88.041803]. A giant enhancement for the GH shift in the reflected light is revealed when the PT -symmetry condition is satisfied.

  3. Pt3 Co Octapods as Superior Catalysts of CO2 Hydrogenation.

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    Khan, Munir Ullah; Wang, Liangbing; Liu, Zhao; Gao, Zehua; Wang, Shenpeng; Li, Hongliang; Zhang, Wenbo; Wang, Menglin; Wang, Zhengfei; Ma, Chao; Zeng, Jie

    2016-08-08

    As the electron transfer to CO2 is a critical step in the activation of CO2 , it is of significant importance to engineer the electronic properties of CO2 hydrogenation catalysts to enhance their activity. Herein, we prepared Pt3 Co nanocrystals with improved catalytic performance towards CO2 hydrogenation to methanol. Pt3 Co octapods, Pt3 Co nanocubes, Pt octapods, and Pt nanocubes were tested, and the Pt3 Co octapods achieved the best catalytic activity. Both the presence of multiple sharp tips and charge transfer between Pt and Co enabled the accumulation of negative charges on the Pt atoms in the vertices of the Pt3 Co octapods. Moreover, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy confirmed that the high negative charge density at the Pt atoms in the vertices of the Pt3 Co octapods promotes the activation of CO2 and accordingly enhances the catalytic activity.

  4. Modulated magnetism in PrPtAl

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    Abdul-Jabbar, Gino; Sokolov, Dmitry A.; O'Neill, Christopher D.; Stock, Christopher; Wermeille, Didier; Demmel, Franz; Krüger, Frank; Green, Andrew G.; Lévy-Bertrand, Florence; Grenier, Béatrice; Huxley, Andrew D.

    2015-04-01

    The transition between paramagnetism and ferromagnetism is the paradigm for a continuous phase transition at finite temperature. When such a transition is tuned to zero temperature in clean materials, the growth of low-energy zero-point fluctuations potentially drives an array of phenomena, including the formation of novel states such as non-conventional superconductivity. Experimentally, the growth of the fluctuations, however, is curtailed and the transition becomes discontinuous as its temperature is reduced. This is understood to arise from non-analytic corrections to the free energy that always occur. In a recent theory, changes of the excitation spectrum are self-consistently considered alongside the ground state. This analysis reveals that a transition to a new state may be an alternative outcome. As the excitation spectrum (the `disorder’) is pivotal to promoting the new `order’ this mechanism is referred to as `order by disorder’. Here, we report the discovery of modulated order in PrPtAl, consistent with complex spirals, at the boundary between paramagnetism and ferromagnetism, giving the first clear experimental realization of such a state.

  5. The sixth spectrum of platinum (Pt VI)

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    Azarov, Vladimir I.; Gayasov, Robert R.

    2017-05-01

    The spectrum of platinum was observed in the (300-2100) Å wavelength region. The (5d5 + 5d4 6 s) - 5d4 6 p transition array of five times ionized platinum, Pt VI, has been investigated and 1390 spectral lines have been classified in the region of (399-1564) Å. The analysis has led to the determination of the 5d5, 5d4 6 s and 5d4 6 p configurations. All 37 theoretically possible 5d5 levels, 46 of 63 possible 5d4 6 s levels and 167 of 180 possible 5d4 6 p levels have been established. The orthogonal operators technique was used to calculate the level structure and transition probabilities. The energy parameters have been determined by the least squares fit to the observed levels. Calculated transition probability and energy values, as well as LS-compositions obtained from the fitted parameters are presented. The uncertainties of the established energy levels and calculated (Ritz) wavenumbers are included.

  6. Electrosorbed carbon monoxide monolayers on Pt(111).

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    Chang, K.-C.; Menzel, A.; Komanicky, V.; You, H.; Materials Science Division; Paul Scherrer Inst.; Slovakia Sci. Acad. Sci.

    2007-05-10

    We review structures of high-density CO monolayers on Pt(1 1 1) surfaces in CO-saturated electrolytes or in gaseous CO at near atmospheric pressure, using surface X-ray scattering (SXS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). In electrolytes, we confirmed the well-known (2 x 2)-3CO and ({radical}19 x {radical}19)-13CO structures and were able to study the transition between them. For gas-phase studies, we were able to stabilize extremely well-ordered CO monolayers by emersion transfer from an electrochemical cell. We found that the hexagonal close-packed (2 x 2)-3CO structure is the equilibrium phase at room temperature in {approx}1 atm CO gas pressure. This commensurate (C) phase transforms continuously to an incommensurate (IC) phase at elevated temperature (a second-order phase transition). We also confirm that the ({radical}19 x {radical}19)-13CO structure is stable at lower CO partial pressure. This C phase transforms discontinuously to an IC phase (a first-order phase transition). A tentative phase diagram and a brief review of structure details of the (2 x 2)-3CO and ({radical}19 x {radical}19)-13CO phases will be presented.

  7. Enhancement of perpendicular coercivity for CoPt top layer in CoPt/AlN multilayer structure

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    Yu, Youxing; Shi, Ji; Nakamura, Yoshio

    2010-07-01

    The magnetic behavior of sputter deposited AlN20 nm/[CoPt2 nm/AlN2 nm]5/CoPt(x) (x as the thickness of the top CoPt layer) multilayer structure has been studied. It has been found that the magnetic anisotropy of the structure strongly depends on thermal annealing. With increasing the annealing temperature, the film changes from the in-plane magnetic anisotropy to the perpendicular anisotropy. Especially, for the top CoPt layer, the perpendicular coercivity increases much rapidly compared with that of the CoPt layers inside the base multilayer, when increasing the annealing temperature to 500 °C or above. The coercivity difference between the top CoPt layer and the base multilayer caused in this way results in an antiparallel alignment state during the magnetization process. The perpendicular magnetization and the coercivity enhancement for the CoPt top layer are correlated with the change in the residual stress inside this layer.

  8. Monolayer PtSe 2 , a New Semiconducting Transition-Metal-Dichalcogenide, Epitaxially Grown by Direct Selenization of Pt

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    Wang, Yeliang; Li, Linfei; Yao, Wei; ...

    2015-05-21

    For single-layer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) receive significant attention due to their intriguing physical properties for both fundamental research and potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, catalysis, and so on. Here, we demonstrate the epitaxial growth of high-quality single-crystal, monolayer platinum diselenide (PtSe2), a new member of the layered TMDs family, by a single step of direct selenization of a Pt(111) substrate. We found that a combination of atomic-resolution experimental characterizations and first-principle theoretic calculations reveals the atomic structure of the monolayer PtSe2/Pt(111). Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements confirm for the first time the semiconducting electronic structure of monolayer PtSe2 (in contrastmore » to its semimetallic bulk counterpart). The photocatalytic activity of monolayer PtSe2 film is evaluated by a methylene-blue photodegradation experiment, demonstrating its practical application as a promising photocatalyst. Moreover, circular polarization calculations predict that monolayer PtSe2 has also potential applications in valleytronics.« less

  9. Monolayer PtSe₂, a New Semiconducting Transition-Metal-Dichalcogenide, Epitaxially Grown by Direct Selenization of Pt.

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    Wang, Yeliang; Li, Linfei; Yao, Wei; Song, Shiru; Sun, J T; Pan, Jinbo; Ren, Xiao; Li, Chen; Okunishi, Eiji; Wang, Yu-Qi; Wang, Eryin; Shao, Yan; Zhang, Y Y; Yang, Hai-tao; Schwier, Eike F; Iwasawa, Hideaki; Shimada, Kenya; Taniguchi, Masaki; Cheng, Zhaohua; Zhou, Shuyun; Du, Shixuan; Pennycook, Stephen J; Pantelides, Sokrates T; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2015-06-10

    Single-layer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) receive significant attention due to their intriguing physical properties for both fundamental research and potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, catalysis, and so on. Here, we demonstrate the epitaxial growth of high-quality single-crystal, monolayer platinum diselenide (PtSe2), a new member of the layered TMDs family, by a single step of direct selenization of a Pt(111) substrate. A combination of atomic-resolution experimental characterizations and first-principle theoretic calculations reveals the atomic structure of the monolayer PtSe2/Pt(111). Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements confirm for the first time the semiconducting electronic structure of monolayer PtSe2 (in contrast to its semimetallic bulk counterpart). The photocatalytic activity of monolayer PtSe2 film is evaluated by a methylene-blue photodegradation experiment, demonstrating its practical application as a promising photocatalyst. Moreover, circular polarization calculations predict that monolayer PtSe2 has also potential applications in valleytronics.

  10. Enhancement of perpendicular coercivity for CoPt top layer in CoPt/AlN multilayer structure

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    Yu, Youxing; Shi, Ji; Nakamura, Yoshio

    2010-07-15

    The magnetic behavior of sputter deposited AlN20 nm/[CoPt2 nm/AlN2 nm]{sub 5}/CoPt(x) (x as the thickness of the top CoPt layer) multilayer structure has been studied. It has been found that the magnetic anisotropy of the structure strongly depends on thermal annealing. With increasing the annealing temperature, the film changes from the in-plane magnetic anisotropy to the perpendicular anisotropy. Especially, for the top CoPt layer, the perpendicular coercivity increases much rapidly compared with that of the CoPt layers inside the base multilayer, when increasing the annealing temperature to 500 deg. C or above. The coercivity difference between the top CoPt layer and the base multilayer caused in this way results in an antiparallel alignment state during the magnetization process. The perpendicular magnetization and the coercivity enhancement for the CoPt top layer are correlated with the change in the residual stress inside this layer.

  11. Origin of high oxygen reduction reaction activity of Pt12 and strategy to obtain better catalyst using sub-nanosized Pt-alloy clusters

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    Miyazaki, Kasumi; Mori, Hirotoshi

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, methods to enhance the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of sub-nanosized Pt clusters were investigated in a theoretical manner. Using ab initio molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations based on density functional theory, we have succeeded in determining the origin of the superior ORR activity of Pt12 compared to that of Pt13. That is, it was clarified that the electronic structure of Pt12 fluctuates to a greater extent compared to that of Pt13, which leads to stronger resistance against catalyst poisoning by O/OH. Based on this conclusion, a set of sub-nanosized Pt-alloy clusters was also explored to find catalysts with better ORR activities and lower financial costs. It was suggested that Ga4Pt8, Ge4Pt8, and Sn4Pt8 would be good candidates for ORR catalysts. PMID:28349985

  12. Origin of high oxygen reduction reaction activity of Pt12 and strategy to obtain better catalyst using sub-nanosized Pt-alloy clusters

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    Miyazaki, Kasumi; Mori, Hirotoshi

    2017-03-01

    In the present study, methods to enhance the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of sub-nanosized Pt clusters were investigated in a theoretical manner. Using ab initio molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations based on density functional theory, we have succeeded in determining the origin of the superior ORR activity of Pt12 compared to that of Pt13. That is, it was clarified that the electronic structure of Pt12 fluctuates to a greater extent compared to that of Pt13, which leads to stronger resistance against catalyst poisoning by O/OH. Based on this conclusion, a set of sub-nanosized Pt-alloy clusters was also explored to find catalysts with better ORR activities and lower financial costs. It was suggested that Ga4Pt8, Ge4Pt8, and Sn4Pt8 would be good candidates for ORR catalysts.

  13. Preparation and characterization of Pt-CeO2/C and Pt-TiO2/C electrocatalysts with improved electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation

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    Hameed, R. M. Abdel; Amin, R. S.; El-Khatib, K. M.; Fetohi, Amani E.

    2016-03-01

    Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C electrocatalysts were synthesized by solid state reaction of TiO2/C and CeO2/C powders using intermittent microwave heating, followed by chemical reduction of platinum ions using mixed reducing agents of ethylene glycol and sodium borohydride. The crystal structure, surface morphology and chemical composition of prepared electrocatalysts were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). The phase angle values of different Pt diffraction planes in Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C were shifted in the positive direction relative to those in Pt/C. Pt particles with diameter values of 3.06 and 2.78 nm were formed in Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C, respectively. The electrochemical performance of prepared electrocatalysts was examined using cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Pt-CeO2/C showed an enhanced oxidation current density when compared to Pt/C. Long time oxidation test at Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C revealed their improved stability. Lower charge transfer resistance values were estimated at Pt-metal oxide/C electrocatalysts.

  14. In-vivo analysis of the human planum temporale (PT): does the definition of PT borders influence the results with regard to cerebral asymmetry and correlation with handedness?

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    Zetzsche, T; Meisenzahl, E M; Preuss, U W; Holder, J J; Kathmann, N; Leinsinger, G; Hahn, K; Hegerl, U; Möller, H J

    2001-08-25

    The aim of our study was to examine whether the degree of planum temporale (PT) asymmetry and the possible correlation of morphological PT asymmetries with handedness are influenced by the definition of PT borders. For this reason, we applied three different anatomical PT definitions formerly used in the literature. The PT total (with the end of the Sylvian fissure (SF) as its posterior border) was separated into anterior and posterior regions. The border between anterior and posterior PT was set according to the following definitions: at the end of Heschl's gyrus (1st definition); at the start of the ascending SF ramus according to the 'knife-cut' method (2nd definition); and at the bifurcation of the SF (3rd definition). Thirty right-handed healthy men were recruited. MRI data sets analyzed with the software program BRAINS were used for in vivo PT volumetry. The Edinburgh Handedness Inventory (EHI) and the Hand Dominance Test were used to determine the degree of handedness. In summary, we detected that the type and the degree of asymmetry between left and right PT were strongly dependent on the definition used for PT borders: a left>right asymmetry was found in all PT regions, except a right>left asymmetry of the anterior PT according to our 1st PT definition (lateral to Heschl's gyrus) and a symmetry of the posterior PT according to our 3rd PT definition (posterior to SF bifurcation). In addition, a significant correlation was found between the degree of handedness measured by the EHI and the right posterior PT (3rd definition). We conclude that the influence of the definition of PT borders on the investigated variables may explain some of the variances between former investigations on PT asymmetry and handedness. The possible implications of the correlation between handedness and the extension of the right parietal PT are discussed and have to be elucidated by further studies.

  15. Asymmetric magnetic bubble expansion under in-plane field in Pt/Co/Pt: Effect of interface engineering

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    Lavrijsen, R.; Hartmann, D. M. F.; van den Brink, A.; Yin, Y.; Barcones, B.; Duine, R. A.; Verheijen, M. A.; Swagten, H. J. M.; Koopmans, B.

    2015-03-01

    We analyze the impact of growth conditions on the asymmetric magnetic bubble expansion under an in-plane field in ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films. Specifically, using sputter deposition, we vary the Ar pressure during the growth of the top Pt layer. This induces a large change in the interfacial structure as evidenced by a factor three change in the effective perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Strikingly, a discrepancy between the current theory for domain-wall propagation based on a simple domain-wall energy density and our experimental results is found. This calls for further theoretical development of domain-wall creep under in-plane fields and varying structural asymmetry.

  16. Modification of magnetic properties of Pt/Co/Pt trilayers driven by nanosecond pulses of extreme ultraviolet irradiation

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    Sveklo, I.; Kurant, Z.; Bartnik, A.; Klinger, D.; Sobierajski, R.; Wawro, A.; Kisielewski, J.; Tekielak, M.; Maziewski, A.

    2017-01-01

    An irreversible rotation of magnetization from in-plane to an out-of-plane direction was induced in Pt/Co/Pt epitaxial trilayers by single and multiple pulses of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) irradiations. The radial dependence of remanence, coercivity and saturation fields across the irradiated spots was studied with the help of magneto-optical techniques for the samples with various Co and Pt buffer layer thicknesses. The sample surface and magnetic ordering were investigated using atomic force and magnetic force microscopies. Based on magnetic and morphological changes, the residual stress after thermoplastic deformation in the spot area is discussed as a reason for the observed transformation.

  17. Crystallographic parameters of compounds and solid solutions in binary systems Cu-Pt and Ga-Pt

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    Potekaev, Alexandr; Probova, Svetlana; Klopotov, Anatolii; Vlasov, Viktor; Markov, Tatiana; Klopotov, Vladimir

    2015-10-27

    The study establishes that the packing index in compounds of the system Cu-Pt is close to the value 0.74 against a slight deviation from the Zen law of atomic volumes. The compounds in the system Ga-Pt have the highest values of the packing index in the range of the equiatomic composition, which greatly exceed ψ for close-packed structures based on FCC and HCP lattices for compounds made of the same kind of atoms. A correlation between singular points on the phase diagram of the system Ga-Pt and high values of the packing index in compounds is established.

  18. Effects of low-intensity ultrasound on the growth, cell membrane permeability and ethanol tolerance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Dai, Chunhua; Xiong, Feng; He, Ronghai; Zhang, Weiwei; Ma, Haile

    2017-05-01

    Effects of low-intensity ultrasound (at different frequency, treatment time and power) on Saccharomyces cerevisiae in different growth phase were evaluated by the biomass in the paper. In addition, the cell membrane permeability and ethanol tolerance of sonicated Saccharomyces cerevisiae were also researched. The results revealed that the biomass of Saccharomyces cerevisiae increased by 127.03% under the optimum ultrasonic conditions such as frequency 28kHz, power 140W/L and ultrasonic time 1h when Saccharomyces cerevisiae cultured to the latent anaphase. And the membrane permeability of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in latent anaphase enhanced by ultrasound, resulting in the augment of extracellular protein, nucleic acid and fructose-1,6-diphosphate (FDP) contents. In addition, sonication could accelerate the damage of high concentration alcohol to Saccharomyces cerevisiae although the ethanol tolerance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was not affected significantly by ultrasound.

  19. Coarsening of carbon black supported Pt nanoparticles in hydrogen.

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose Bredmose; Wang, Yan; Jensen, Jens Oluf; Zhang, Wenjing

    2017-10-06

    This study addresses coarsening mechanisms of Pt nanoparticles supported on carbon black in hydrogen. By means of in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Pt nanoparticle coarsening was monitored in 6 mbar 20 % H2/Ar while ramping up the temperature to almost 1000 °C. Time-resolved TEM images directly reveal that separated ca. 3 nm sized Pt nanoparticles in a hydrogen environment are stable up to ca. 800 °C at a heating rate of 10 °C/min. The coarsening above this temperature is dominated by the particle migration and coalescence mechanism. However, for agglomerated Pt nanoparticles, coalescence events were observed already above 200 °C. The temperature-dependency of particle sizes and the observed migration distances are described and found to be consistent with simple early models for the migration and coalescence. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  20. Thermoelectric effect in very thin film Pt/Au thermocouples

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    Salvadori, M.C.; Vaz, A.R.; Teixeira, F.S.; Cattani, M.; Brown,I.G.

    2006-01-10

    The thickness dependence of the thermoelectric power of Pt films of variable thickness on a reference Au film has been determined for the case when the Pt film thickness, t, is not large compared to the charge carrier mean free path, {ell}, that is, t/{ell}. Pt film thicknesses down to 2.2 nm were investigated. We find that {Delta}S{sub F} = S{sub B}-S{sub F} (where S{sub B} and S{sub F} are the thermopowers of the Pt bulk and film, respectively) does not vary linearly as 1/t as is the case for thin film thermocouples when the film thickness is large compared to the charge carrier mean free path.