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See detailFunction of the chloroplastic NAD(P)H dehydrogenase Nda2 for H(2) photoproduction in sulphur-deprived Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
Mignolet, Emmanuel; Lecler, Renaud; Ghysels, Bart ULg et al

in Journal of biotechnology (2012), 162(1), 81-8

The relative contributions of the PSII-dependent and Nda2-dependent pathways for H(2) photoproduction were investigated in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii after suphur-deprivation. For this ... [more ▼]

The relative contributions of the PSII-dependent and Nda2-dependent pathways for H(2) photoproduction were investigated in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii after suphur-deprivation. For this purpose, H(2) gas production was compared for wild-type and Nda2-deficient cells with or without DCMU (a PSII-inhibitor) in the same experimental conditions. Nda2-deficiency caused a 30% decrease of the maximal H(2) photoevolution rate observed shortly after the establishment of anoxia, and an acceleration of the decline of H(2) photoevolution rate with time. DCMU addition to Nda2-deficient cells completely inhibited H(2) photoproduction, showing that the PSII-independent H(2) photoproduction relies on the presence of Nda2, which feeds the photosynthetic electron transport chain with electrons derived from oxidative catabolism. Nda2-protein abundance increased as a result of sulphur deprivation and further during the H(2) photoproduction process, resulting in high rates of non-photochemical plastoquinone reduction in control cells. Nda2-deficiency had no significant effect on photosynthetic and respiratory capacities in sulphur-deprived cells, but caused changes in the cell energetic status (ATP and NADPH/NADP+ ratio). The rapid decline of H(2) photoevolution rate with time in Nda2-deficient cells revealed a more pronounced inhibition of H(2) photoproduction by accumulated H(2) in the absence of non-photochemical plastoquinone reduction. Nda2 is therefore important for linking H(2) photoproduction with catabolism of storage carbon compounds, and seems also involved in regulating the redox poise of the photosynthetic electron transport chain during H(2) photoproduction. [less ▲]

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See detailFinding the bottleneck: a research strategy for improved biomass production
Bassi, Roberto; Cardol, Pierre ULg; Choquet, Yves et al

in Posten, Clemens; Walter, Christian (Eds.) Microalgal Biotechnology: integration and economy (2012)

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See detailUne brève histoire des centres réactionnels de la photosynthèse
Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2012), 81

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See detailScreening for a low-cost Haematococcus pluvialis medium reveals an unexpected impact of a low N:P ratio on vegetative growth
Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Fratamico, Anthony ULg; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Journal of Applied Phycology (2012), 24(3), 365-373

Haematococcus pluvialis is the current better source of natural astaxanthin, a high-value carotenoid. Traditionally, the production process of astaxanthin by this algae is achieved by a two-stage system ... [more ▼]

Haematococcus pluvialis is the current better source of natural astaxanthin, a high-value carotenoid. Traditionally, the production process of astaxanthin by this algae is achieved by a two-stage system: during the first stage, vegetative “green” cells are produced and then converted, in the second stage, into cysts that accumulate astaxanthin. In this work, a medium screening strategy based on the mixing of a 3-component hydroponic fertilizer was applied to identify a new formulation optimized for the vegetative stage. A maximal and high cell density of 2 x 106 cells mL−1 was obtained in a medium containing a high level of phosphate relative to nitrate, resulting in a N:P ratio much lower than commonly used media for H. pluvialis. In this medium, cells remained at the vegetative and motile stage during a prolonged period of time. Both high cell density culture and motile stage persistence was proved to be related to the N:P feature of this medium. We conclude that the macrozoid stage of H. pluvialis is favored under high-P and low-N supply and that low-cost hydroponic fertilizers can be successfully used for achieving high density cultures of vegetative cells of H. pluvialis. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of the pigment optical density of an algal cell: filling the gap between photosynthetic productivity in the laboratory and in mass culture
Formighieri, Cinzia; Franck, Fabrice ULg; Bassi, Roberto

in Journal of Biotechnology (2012), 162

An increasing number of investors is looking at algae as a viable source of biofuels, beside Q3 cultivation for human/animal feeding or to extract high-value chemicals and pharmaceuticals. However ... [more ▼]

An increasing number of investors is looking at algae as a viable source of biofuels, beside Q3 cultivation for human/animal feeding or to extract high-value chemicals and pharmaceuticals. However, present biomass productivities are far below theoretical estimations implying that a large part of the available photosynthetically active radiation is not used in photosynthesis. Light utilisation inefficiency and rapid light attenuation within a mass culture due to high pigment optical density of wild type strains have been proposed as major limiting factors reducing solar-to-biomass conversion efficiency. Analysis of growth yields of mutants with reduced light-harvesting antennae and/or reduced overall pigment concentration per cell, generated by either mutagenesis or genetic engineering, could help understanding limiting factors for biomass accumulation in photobioreactor. Meanwhile, studies on photo-acclimation can provide additional information on the average status of algal cells in a photobioreactor to be used in modellingbased predictions. Identifying limiting factors in solar-to-biomass conversion efficiency is the first step for planning strategies of genetic improvement and domestication of algae to finally fill the gap between theoretical and industrial photosynthetic productivity. [less ▲]

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See detailFunction of the chloroplastic NADP(H) dehydrogenase NDA2 for the H2 photoproduction in sulphur-deprived Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Mignolet, Emmanuel ULg; Lecler, Renaud ULg; Ghysels, Bart ULg et al

in Journal of Biotechnology (2012), 162

The relative contributions of the PSII-dependent and Nda2-dependent pathways for H2 photoproduction were investigated in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii after suphur-deprivation. For this ... [more ▼]

The relative contributions of the PSII-dependent and Nda2-dependent pathways for H2 photoproduction were investigated in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii after suphur-deprivation. For this purpose, H2 gas production was compared for wild-type and Nda2-deficient cells with or without DCMU (a PSII-inhibitor) in the same experimental conditions. Nda2-deficiency caused a 30 % decrease of the maximal H2 photoevolution rate observed shortly after the establishment of anoxia, and an acceleration of the decline of H2 photoevolution rate with time. DCMU addition to Nda2-deficient cells completely inhibited H2 photoproduction, showing that the PSII-independent H2 photoproduction relies on the presence of Nda2, which feeds the photosynthetic electron transport chain with electrons derived from oxidative catabolism. Nda2-protein abundance increased as a result of sulphur deprivation and further during the H2 photoproduction process, resulting in high rates of non-photochemical plastoquinone reduction in control cells. Nda2-deficiency had no significant effect on photosynthetic and respiratory capacities in sulphur-deprived cells, but caused changes in the cell energetic status (ATP and NADPH/NADP+ ratio). The rapid decline of H2 photoevolution rate with time in Nda2-deficient cells revealed a more pronounced inhibition of H2 photoproduction by accumulated H2 in the absence of non-photochemical plastoquinone reduction. Nda2 is therefore important for linking H2 photoproduction with catabolism of storage carbon compounds, and seems also involved in regulating the redox poise of the photosynthetic electron transport chain during H2 photoproduction. [less ▲]

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See detailInterplay between non-photochemical plastoquinone reduction and re-oxidation in pre-illuminated Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: a chlorophyll fluorescence study
Houyoux, Pierre-Alain; Ghysels, Bart ULg; Lecler, Renaud ULg et al

in Photosynthesis Research (2011), 110

In photosynthetic eukaryotes, the redox state of the plastoquinone (PQ) pool is an important sensor for mechanisms that regulate the photosynthetic electron transport. In higher plants, a multimeric ... [more ▼]

In photosynthetic eukaryotes, the redox state of the plastoquinone (PQ) pool is an important sensor for mechanisms that regulate the photosynthetic electron transport. In higher plants, a multimeric nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) (NAD(P))H dehydroge- nase (NDH) complex and a plastid terminal oxidase (PTOX) are involved in PQ redox homeostasis in the dark. We recently demonstrated that in the microalgae Chla- mydomonas reinhardtii, which lacks the multimeric NDH complex of higher plants, non-photochemical PQ reduction is mediated by a monomeric type-II NDH (Nda2). In this study, we further explore the nature and the importance of non-photochemical PQ reduction and oxidation in relation to redox homeostasis in this alga by recording the ‘dark’ chlorophyll fluorescence transients of pre-illuminated algal samples. From the observation that this fluorescence tran- sient is modified by addition of propyl gallate, a known inhibitor of PTOX, and in a Nda2-deficient strain we conclude that it reflects post-illumination changes in the redox state of PQ resulting from simultaneous PTOX and Nda2 activity. We show that the post-illumination fluo- rescence transient can be used to monitor changes in the relative rates of the non-photochemical PQ reduction and reoxidation in response to different physiological situa- tions. We study this fluorescence transient in algae acclimated to high light and in a mutant deficient in mitochondrial respiration. Some of our observations indi- cate that the chlororespiratory pathway participates in redox homeostasis in C. reinhardtii. [less ▲]

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See detailInsertional mutagenesis to select mutants for modified hydrogen photoproduction in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Godaux, Damien ULg; Emonds-alt, Barbara; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2011, September 18)

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has evolved the ability to redirect electrons from the photosynthetic chain to drive hydrogen production via chloroplast oxygen-sensitive hydrogenases ... [more ▼]

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has evolved the ability to redirect electrons from the photosynthetic chain to drive hydrogen production via chloroplast oxygen-sensitive hydrogenases. This process occurs under anaerobic conditions and provides a biological basis for solar-driven hydrogen production. Nevertheless, the yield is a major limitation for an economic viability and fundamental knowledge is still needed in order to have a better understanding of the process. In 2000, Melis and co-worker defined a protocol allowing a sustainable hydrogen production in sulfur deprivation condition. By adjustment of an existent protocol called the Winkler test, we are trying to isolate mutants with an attenuated photosynthesis to respiration capacity ratio (P/R ratio). This kind of mutants could be able to reach anoxia needed for hydrogenases activity without the stressful impact of sulfur deprivation. An insertional mutagenesis of Chlamydomonas has been carried out with an hygromycin resistance cassette and about 2500 transformants have generated and screened by the adapted Winkler test. We have isolated several oxygen-consuming mutants and the most promising one is subject to functional, molecular and genetic characterization. [less ▲]

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See detailInsertional mutagenesis to select mutants for modified hydrogen photoproduction in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Godaux, Damien ULg; Emonds-Alt, Barbara ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 17)

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has evolved the ability to redirect electrons from the photosynthetic chain to drive hydrogen production via chloroplast oxygen-sensitive hydrogenases ... [more ▼]

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has evolved the ability to redirect electrons from the photosynthetic chain to drive hydrogen production via chloroplast oxygen-sensitive hydrogenases. This process occurs under anaerobic conditions and provides a biological basis for solar-driven hydrogen production. Nevertheless, the yield is a major limitation for an economic viability and fundamental knowledge is still needed in order to have a better understanding of the process. In 2000, Melis and co-worker defined a protocol allowing a sustainable hydrogen production in sulfur deprivation condition. By adjustment of an existent protocol called the Winkler test, we are trying to isolate mutants with an attenuated photosynthesis to respiration capacity ratio (P/R ratio). This kind of mutants could be able to reach anoxia needed for hydrogenases activity without the stressful impact of sulfur deprivation. An insertional mutagenesis of Chlamydomonas has been carried out with an hygromycin resistance cassette and about 2500 transformants have generated and screened by the adapted Winkler test. We have isolated several oxygen-consuming mutants and the most promising one is subject to functional, molecular and genetic characterization. To discover new genes involved in hydrogenases activity, we are also planning to screen the same insertional library for mutants with attenuated levels of hydrogen photoproduction, using sensitive chemochromic sensor films which turn in blue in presence of hydrogen. We are currently making the chemochromic sensor WO3 films by dip-coating which is on the brink of being useable. [less ▲]

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See detailA Chlamydomonas mutant locked in anaerobiosis
Ghysels, Bart ULg; Matagne, René-Fernand ULg; Franck, Fabrice ULg

Conference (2011, May)

The soil dwelling microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii most likely encounters transient periods of anaerobiosis in its natural environment, for instance at night time or when photosynthesis is turned down ... [more ▼]

The soil dwelling microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii most likely encounters transient periods of anaerobiosis in its natural environment, for instance at night time or when photosynthesis is turned down in response to macronutrient limitation. Anoxic conditions trigger state I to state II transition in C.r. and the induction of a chloroplast hydrogenase., which ability to accept electrons from reduced Fd results in a transient light driven H2 evolution. We present evidence that hydrogenase induction and state transitions are required for the induction of photosynthesis in anaerobiosis and therefore critical for this alga in order to survive transient anaerobic periods in the dark. In an anaerobic metabolic context the induction of photosynthesis is severely slowed down. The highly reduced state of the NAD(P) pools and the absence of O2 as electron sink hamper light driven reoxydation of the intersystem electron carriers while CO2 assimilation by the Calvin cycle is inhibited by ATP deficiency. We have seen that gradual increase of hydrogenase activity during anaerobiosis restores a PSI acceptor pool and leads to a reduction of the induction lag of oxygenic photosynthesis. A mutant HydEF devoid of hydrogenase maturation genes typically shows 3 to 4 times longer lag phases that the WT. State transitions provide another mechanism by which photosynthetic electron transport can be unlocked in anaerobic conditions. A state II conformation is known to stimulate photo-phosphorylation, and may therefore restore Calvin cycle activity in an ATP depleted metabolic context. We observed that an anaerobically adapted stt7 mutant locked in state I is only able to induce oxygenic photosynthesis upon hydrogenase expression. We therefore constructed a double mutant Stt7HydEF impaired of state transition ability and hydrogenase activity and found it to have lost the capacity of inducing photosynthesis in anaerobic conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of hydrogen photoproduction in respiratory-deficient mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Lecler, Renaud ULg; Godaux, Damien ULg; Vigeolas, Hélène ULg et al

in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2011), 36

In this paper, mitochondrial mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii defective for respiratory complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase), complex III (ubiquinol cytochrome c oxidoreductase) and both ... [more ▼]

In this paper, mitochondrial mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii defective for respiratory complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase), complex III (ubiquinol cytochrome c oxidoreductase) and both complexes I and III were analyzed for H2 photoproduction. Several parameters were followed during the S-deficiency stage and the anaerobic stage leading to H2 photoproduction. At the early aerobic S-deficiency stage, starch and neutral lipids accumulated in all strains but their amount was significantly decreased in mutants compared to wild type. During the H2 photoproduction process, whereas starch content strongly decreased in all strains, neutral lipid amount remained nearly unchanged, suggesting that starch degraded by glycolysis is the preferential substrate for energy production during anaerobiosis. The mutants displayed a decrease in H2 photoproduction correlating to the number of active mitochondrial proton-pumping sites lost in the strains. Our results thus highlight the critical role of oxidative phosphorylation during the first (aerobic) stage of S-starvation when carbon resources are accumulated. [less ▲]

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See detailLa réponse photosynthétique d'une algue verte à la carence en soufre
de Marchin, Thomas ULg; Ghysels, Bart ULg; Franck, Fabrice ULg

Book published by Editions universitaires europeennes (2010)

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii possède la capacité de produire de l'hydrogène à la lumière en absence d'oxygène. Cette condition peut être obtenue en cultivant les algues dans un milieu carencé en soufre. La ... [more ▼]

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii possède la capacité de produire de l'hydrogène à la lumière en absence d'oxygène. Cette condition peut être obtenue en cultivant les algues dans un milieu carencé en soufre. La carence en soufre entraîne une forte diminution de l'activité du photosystème II tout en maintenant une respiration élevée, ce qui provoque un passage de cultures fermées en anoxie et induit la production d'hydrogène. Dans cette étude, nous avons caractérisé la réponse photosynthétique à la carence en soufre chez la souche sauvage et la souche déficiente en oxydase alternative mictochondriale (AOX) dans des milieux contenant de l'ammonium ou du nitrate comme source d'azote. L'AOX, inductible par le nitrate, fait partie de la chaîne de transport d'électrons mitochondriale et catalyse l'oxydation de l'ubiquinol en transférant directement ses électrons à l'oxygène. Ainsi l'AOX entre en compétition avec le complexe III et est impliquée dans une voie de dissipation du pouvoir réducteur en excès. [less ▲]

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See detailAlternative photosynthetic electron pathways in different clades of Symbiodinium: the Mehler reaction
Roberty, Stéphane ULg; Poulicek, Mathieu ULg; Franck, Fabrice ULg

Poster (2010, December)

The high productivity of coral reef ecosystems is largely attributed to the mutualistic symbiosis between reef-building corals and their intracellular dinoflagellate in the genus Symbiodinium commonly ... [more ▼]

The high productivity of coral reef ecosystems is largely attributed to the mutualistic symbiosis between reef-building corals and their intracellular dinoflagellate in the genus Symbiodinium commonly referred to as zooxanthellae. These photosynthetic algae translocate a majority of their photosynthetically fixed carbon to the host and contribute greatly to their metabolic needs (Muscatine, 1990) and the calcification process (Gattuso, 1999). In the natural environment the holobiont have to cope with significant daily variations in light intensities that sometimes exceed Symbiodinium photosynthetic capacity. Fortunately, photosynthetic organisms possess regulatory features that help to ensure that high light intensities can be endured without the accumulation of photodamage. Thus, the regulation of photosynthesis can be viewed as a dynamic balance between photosynthetic efficiency (photochemical quenching) and photoprotection processes (i.e. non-photochemical quenching). Among them, the role of O2 as an alternative electron acceptor within the chloroplast could play a critical role (Ort & Baker, 2002). Under particular environmental conditions when sinks for photosynthetic electrons are scarce, the direct reduction of oxygen by the PSI could sustain significant levels of photosynthetic electron flux by initiating the ΔpH formation and of NPQ, regulating the ratio of ATP/NADPH to match the requirements of carbon reduction. However, this process leads to the formation of reactive oxygen species that are rapidly detoxified by superoxide dismutase and ascorbate peroxidase. An additional electron flux associated with this oxygen pathway is directed to the reduction of monodehydroascorbate (MDA), which is generated as a result of peroxide reduction by ascorbate (Asada, 2000). The present study aimed to highlight the existence of alternative photosynthetic electron pathways and more especially the Mehler ascorbate peroxidase pathway in different clades of Symbiodinium, cultivated at low and high light intensities. -Muscatine L (1990) The role of symbiotic algae in carbon and energy flux in reef corals. In: Dubinsky Z(ed) Ecosystems of the world: coral reefs. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp 1-9. -Gattuso JP, Allemand D and M Frankignoulle (1999) Photosynthesis and calcification at cellular, organismal and community levels in coral reefs: A review on interactions and control by carbonate chemistry. American Zoologist 39(1): 160-183. -Ort, D. R. and N. R. Baker (2002). A photoprotective role for O2 as an alternative electron sink in photosynthesis? Current Opinion in Plant Biology 5(3): 193-198. -Asada, K. (2000) The water-water cycle as alternative photon and electron sinks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 355(1402): 1419–1431. [less ▲]

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See detail(Functionnal) analysis of hydrogen production in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mitochondrial mutants
Lecler, Renaud ULg; Godaux, Damien ULg; Hamilton, Christopher ULg et al

Poster (2010, June 27)

Mitochondrial Chlamydomonas mutants for respiratory complexes present a decreased dark respiration and apparent yield of photosynthetic linear electron flow. They accumulate reducing power such as NAD(P)H ... [more ▼]

Mitochondrial Chlamydomonas mutants for respiratory complexes present a decreased dark respiration and apparent yield of photosynthetic linear electron flow. They accumulate reducing power such as NAD(P)H and show lower levels of ATP. Under restrictive conditions, like sulfur depletion and anoxia, Chlamydomonas is able to produce hydrogen towards the activation of a chloroplatic O2-sensitive Fe-hydrogenase which catalyses the reduction of electrons to H2. In this study we used an adapted Melis protocol to analyse hydrogen evolution of mitochondrial mutants. For this aim a simple-flask system was built with gaz collecting tubes. A parallel flask was used for GC analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of pH on glucose and starch fermentation in batch and sequenced-batch mode with a recently isolated strain of hydrogen-producing Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009
Masset, Julien ULg; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Hamilton, Christopher ULg et al

in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2010), 35(8), 3371-3378

This paper reports investigations carried out to determine the optimum culture conditions for the production of hydrogen with a recently isolated strain Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009. The production ... [more ▼]

This paper reports investigations carried out to determine the optimum culture conditions for the production of hydrogen with a recently isolated strain Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009. The production rates and yields were investigated at 30 °C in a 2.3 l bioreactor operated in batch and sequenced-batch mode using glucose and starch as substrates. In order to study the precise effect of a stable pH on hydrogen production, and the metabolite pathway involved, cultures were conducted with pH controlled at different levels ranging from 4.7 to 7.3 (maximum range of 0.15 pH unit around the pH level). For glucose the maximum yield (1.7 mol H2 mol-1 glucose) was measured when the pH was maintained at 5.2. The acetate and butyrate yields were 0.35 mol acetate mol-1 glucose and 0.6 mol butyrate mol-1 glucose. For starch a maximum yield of 2.0 mol H2 mol-1 hexose, and a maximum production rate of 15 mol H2 mol-1 hexose h-1 were obtained at pH 5.6 when the acetate and butyrate yields were 0.47 mol acetate mol-1 hexose and 0.67 mol butyrate mol-1 hexose. [less ▲]

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