AddThis ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David [email protected] [email protected] bacteria give biologists a cool new toolRice University synthetic biologists turn protein pathway into reversible photoreceptor HOUSTON – (May 10, 2016) – Photosynthetic bacteria that have lived on Earth for 2.7 billion years are the source of a new and valuable biological regulatory tool being developed by Rice University bioengineers.Synechocystis bacteria produce a protein pathway that senses the presence of UV-violet light and activates a motor protein that moves the single-cell organism into safer surroundings.The pathway responds quickly to UV-violet light, a narrow band in the spectrum that includes long ultraviolet and short violet wavelengths, and is blind to all others. That makes it a perfect addition to the growing optogenetic suite of reversible photoreceptors being developed by researchers in the lab of Rice synthetic biologist Jeffrey Tabor. Tabor and graduate student Prabha Ramakrishnan co-authored a new paper about this research in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Synthetic Biology.“The human eye can see colors that go all the way from violet to red,” Ramakrishnan said. “It turns out that marine algae – especially the bacteria these sensors come from – have evolved to see these and other colors as well.”Optogenetics is a fairly new discipline in which light-activated, genetically encoded photoreceptors are used to sense or control molecular biological processes like the expression of desired proteins. Because light is easy to direct and control, photoreceptors are simpler to use than tools that respond to chemical prompts.The Rice researchers turned the photosynthetic bacterial proteins into photoreversible, transcriptional regulators and installed them in Escherichia coli bacterial for lab testing. They reported exploiting them to program gene-expression signals “with high predictability.”The protein pathway known as UirS-UirR is the only optogenetic tool that responds exclusively to UV-violet light and gives biologists the ability to program circuits with light-activated proteins that won’t interfere with each other, Tabor said. “Biological systems are regulated by numerous interacting genes, and multiple optogenetic tools that don’t optically cross-react are needed to study these networks,” he said.The photoreversible pathway can be turned on by exposure to ultraviolet light and turned off by exposure to green light, or vice versa, depending on how the circuit is designed. Tabor expects they will be useful tools for scientists who design metabolic pathways for drug manufacture and biological sensors.The new sensors offer speed and versatility in circuit design. “We found that light sensors developed by others take more than two hours to switch on or off, and respond to a broad range of wavelengths,” Tabor said. “These aspects are not ideal for studying and controlling bacterial processes.”By contrast, the UV-violet sensor can be switched on or off in 10 minutes, Ramakrishnan said. “That’s good because producing proteins or controlling a biological process can be expensive for cells. Producing something that’s neither necessary for the cell nor to the product you’re trying to synthesize is wasteful.”Because the UV-violet sensor responds to such a narrow wavelength of light – from 380 to 420 nanometers – there’s no crosstalk with the red and green photoreversible tools already developed by the lab. “When these are put together in a single system, the fact that they don’t interact with each other at all and turn on and off rapidly is going to be very useful,” Ramakrishnan said.This could allow for “just-in-time” manufacturing on the cellular level. “There’s been theoretical work that shows that you can model the dynamics and get higher yields of your product by using this approach,” she said. “You turn a process on only when you need it and turn it off once you’re done.“That’s where we see a lot of industrial potential for this type of technology,” she said, “especially for drug design or for producing any sort of plastic intermediate, for example, that requires several different enzymes to make it.”Ramakrishnan said she looks forward to seeing how other labs use the discovery. “Jeff understands the power of developing reliable tools,” she said. “We try to give biologists and scientists well-engineered, well-characterized tools. We want other people to use this.”The National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG13248.jpg” alt=”last_img” />
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That’s between $4,000 and $5,250 less than it will cost to keep the average 2018 gasoline-powered vehicle fueled over a five-year period, based on gas at $2.83 per gallon.More Electric Car Info Compared: Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid And Battery Electric Cars EV 101: How And Where To Charge An Electric Car Top 5 Most Reliable Electric Cars For 2018 Source: Electric Vehicle News In an apples-to-apples comparison, the Ford Focus Electric, which is rated at the electric equivalent of 107 “e-mpg” in combined city/highway driving, is estimated to cost an owner $500 less to run each year than a gas-powered Focus at 28 mpg.The leaders in this regard for 2018, with estimated annual electricity costs of $500, are the Hyundai Ioniq Electric at 150 e-mpg and the Tesla Model 3 at 136 e-mpg. They’re closely followed at $550 annually by the Chevrolet Bolt EV at 128 e-mpg, the Volkswagen e-Golf at 126 e-mpg, and the BMW i3 at 126 e-mpg.Of course, your savings will vary based on local electricity rates and fuel costs. According to a study of energy costs in the 52 largest U.S. cities conducted by Crescent Electric, it’s cheapest to run an EV in New Orleans, LA, while it’s costliest in New York City. At that, the study’s data suggests motorists across the nation can save money by powering their daily commutes with electricity, instead of gasoline.EV INCENTIVESElectric vehicles are eligible for significant tax incentives. The federal government offers EV buyers a one-time $7,500 tax credit, which effectively cuts the $37,495 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s base sticker price to $29,995. A few states give EV buyers an additional break. If you live in Colorado, you’ll get an additional $5,000 state tax credit for purchasing an EV; in California, it’s as much as $4,500.On the downside, federal EV incentives are set to phase out once an automaker sells 200,000 EVs, which is a feat Tesla has already accomplished. The $7,500 credit on new Teslas extends through the end of 2018, but will be phased out in three steps over the course of 2019. General Motors is likewise expected to reach the 200K threshold sometime next year on sales of its Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV models.MAINTENANCE COSTSElectric vehicles enjoy lower long-term maintenance costs than conventional autos. That’s because they eliminate over two-dozen mechanical components that would normally require periodic service. An EV owner avoids having to pay for things like oil changes, cooling system flushes, transmission servicing and replacing the air filter, spark plugs and drive belts.RESALE VALUESOn the downside, electric cars don’t hold their values as well as most conventional models, which eats into their long-term ownership costs. They take a bigger initial hit in depreciation thanks to the above tax credits. Plus, demand for used EVs is still relatively limited, and the longer range of newer EVs is making older models that can’t run as many miles on a charge seem dated.For example, the valuation experts at Kelley Blue Book predict the 2018 Nissan Leaf will be worth only 28 percent of its original value after five years. That means a base sticker price of $33,612 will wither to just $9,358 by 2023. The average vehicle retains 37 percent of its original value after five years.But there’s a wild card in the deck, and that’s the aforementioned tax credits granted to new EV buyers. Taking the one-time $7,500 federal tax credit effectively reduces the Leaf’s original sticker price to $26,112. Based on the above noted resale value, that means the Leaf retains more like a near-average 36 percent of its original MSRP after five years. And it gets better if you live in a state that grants additional tax breaks for buying an EV,EVs from Tesla, on the other hand, tend to hold onto their original values much more tenaciously. According to KBB, a 2013 Model S sedan can be expected to retain as much as 70 percent of its original $59,900 MSRP. This is most likely because the operating range of even the original Model S from 2012 remains competitive at an estimated 265 miles, and its forward-looking styling still seems fresh.USED EV COSTSTrue penny-pinchers can save the most money by choosing a used EV instead of a new one. They’re dirt cheap in the pre-owned market, given their sub-par resale values. For example, used-car listings on MYEV.com show several five-year-old Nissan Leafspriced at around $8,000 or less with average miles on the odometer. Meanwhile, KBB says a similarly sized gas-fueled 2013 Toyota Corolla should go for around $11,000. Plus, the Leaf would still save an owner around $900 a year in energy costs over the Corolla.Source: MYEV.com Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 4, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News