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Gut bacteria that regulates cholesterol

Gut bacteria that regulates cho...
A subset of bacteria called Bacteroides help to regulate cholesterol levels in the blood by producing cholesterol sulfate, according to postdoctoral researchers Henry Le and Ming-Ting Lee at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, co-first authors of the study (1).

Though more study is needed, early clues reveal cholesterol sulfate acts as a signaling molecule for a slew of biological pathways, according to a study published August 18 in Nature Microbiology and reported by (1).

National Institute of Health says cholesterol sulfate is metabolized in different pathways. While it’s function of remains an enigma, cholesterol sulfate has emerged as a regulatory molecule, and serves an important stabilizing role (2).



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Microbe found to generate electricity

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A sediment organism Geobacter sulfurreducens, first found along the Potomac River, has been discovered to generate an electrical charge, according to a February 2020 article in BigThink.

The microbe a member of the Geobacter genus, a group known as “electrigens” for their known ability to generate an electrical charge. “It was UMass Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley who found and wrote about the microbe in the late 80s,” according to Big Think.

He found that the microbe produces electrically conductive protein nanowires, and his lab recently developed a new Geobacter strain that could produce them more rapidly and inexpensively. Lovely worked together with electrical engineer Jun Yao, also of UMass Amherst, to create a device they call “ air-gen”, creating “electricity out of thin air.” The Air-gen generates clean energy 24/7. “It’s the most amazing and exciting application of protein nanowires yet,” he’s quoted saying in BigThink.

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