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Researchers from University of Crete Provide Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Cellular Structures

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Cellular Structures. According to news reporting originating from Iraklion, Greece, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Biotechnology of microalgae represents a very attractive alternative as a source of energy and substances of high value when compared with plant cultivation. Cell walls of green microalgae have an extraordinary chemical and mechanical resistance and may impede some steps in the biotechnological/industrial exploitation of algae."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Crete, "The aim of the present contribution was to check the presence of polyamines in the cell walls of chlorococcalean green microalgae. Polyamines are nitrogenous compounds synthesized normally in cells and may affect the properties of the cell wall. Our work included strains either forming or not forming the polymer algaenan, allowing us to conclude that algaenan is not a prerequisite for the presence of polyamines in the cell walls. Polyamines were detected in isolated cell walls of Scenedesmus obliquus, Chlorella fusca, Chlorella saccharophila, and Chlorella vulgaris."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Their concentration in isolated cell walls ranged between 0.4 and 8.4 nmol/mg dry weight."

For more information on this research see: Polyamines in Cell Walls of Chlorococcalean Microalgae. Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung Section C-A Journal of Biosciences, 2014;69(1-2):75-80. Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung Section C-A Journal of Biosciences can be contacted at: Verlag Z Naturforsch, Postfach 2645, 72016 Tubingen, Germany (see also Cellular Structures).

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Burczyk, University of Crete, Dept. of Biol, GR-70013 Iraklion, Crete, Greece. Additional authors for this research include M. Zych, N.E. Ioannidis and K. Kotzabasis.

Keywords for this news article include: Greece, Europe, Iraklion, Cell Wall, Polyamines, Cellular Structures

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