About us

This year, we will focus on how to identify the antioxidant capacity of antioxidants.. Antioxidants has been widely used in foods, Health products and cosmetic. But is there any measure way to know which antioxidant is better?

Measure ways before us

1. Most of the current detection methods for antioxidant properties are based on chemical assays, which has limited value for us since the redox reaction in vivo is quite different from that in vitro.
2. Others also consider to transfer redox reactions to the intracellular environment by adding H2O2 and different antioxidants in order, through observing whether the yeast died or not, they could know which antioxidant would work better. However, people still looking forward a more gentle way of representation.

What we are trying to do

We are going to modified yeast to identify the antioxidant capacity of antioxidants. Single-cell eukaryotic yeasts have a similar apoptotic process as animal cells, and due to S. cerevisiae have advantages, Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an important model organism for studying apoptosis.

how to achieve that

To achieve that goal, our project will be separate into 4 parts:
1. Regulate
Firstly, we will over express gene ndi1 (which may express ubiquinone oxidoreductase, transfers electrons from NADH to ubiquinone in the respiratory chain. It has been proved that over express ndi1 could accumulate ROS. [1]) to accumulate ROS (Reactive oxygen species). Besides, through knocking out gene yca1 (also known as MCA1, may expresses Ca(2+)-dependent cysteine protease MCA1. MCA1 could regulate apoptosis upon H2O2 treatment. Once knock it out, yeast may survive from high oxidative stress. [2]) we will improve the tolerance of ROS, which means our yeast will stay alive during the whole process of detection.
2. Feedback
To ensure our yeast won’t die from large accumulation of ROS, we need to promptly turn off the expression of ROS. At the same time, this will also meet the detection range of ro-GFP.
3. Input
after that, we will add different antioxidants into the medium, we will standardize the externally added antioxidants to make the results more feasible.
4. Output
We will express orp-ro-GFP in our yeast to sense the ROS remaining, (it's a kind of Fusion protein, which will become oxidized and turn into orp-ox-GFP once react with ROS, and when the amount of ROS drop, it will back to orp-ro-GFP. Its two different states correspond to different wavelengths of excitation light, which has been described and used in Cornell University 2017 ) to know the residual amount of yeast endogenous ROS in different states, so that we can compare the performance of different antioxidants, and conclude which antioxidant is better.