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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636078/microbial-lipopeptide-production-and-purification-bioprocesses-current-progress-and-future-challenges
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François Coutte, Didier Lecouturier, Krasimir Dimitrov, Jean-Sébastien Guez, Frank Delvigne, Pascal Dhulster, Philippe Jacques
Lipopeoptides are amphiphilic compounds combining interesting physicochemical properties and biological activities. Due to their high foaming capacity in aerated bioreactor, the development of scalable bioprocesses for their production is a major bottleneck. In addition, the genes involved in the biosynthesis of these lipopeptides are mainly regulated by the quorum sensing, a global regulatory mechanism depending on cell density and known to be activated in biofilms. Several approaches have thus been considered in literature taking into account two criteria, on one side, to favor, control or avoid foam formation and on the other side, to use planktonic or immobilized (biofilm) cells...
June 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635132/the-fabrication-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-nanofiber-composites-by-electrospinning-and-their-applications-in-tissue-engineering
#2
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Chris J Mortimer, Chris J Wright
This paper reviews the use of iron oxide nanoparticle-nanofiber composites in tissue engineering with a focus on the electrospinning technique. Electrospinning is an established method of scaffold fabrication offering a number of key advantages which include its facile nature, with electrospun materials offering a high surface area to volume ratio, potential for the release of drugs and antimicrobials, controllable fiber diameters and high porosity and permeability. A number of different techniques for the preparation of iron oxide nanoparticles including their functionalization are discussed along with their applications in the biomedical field...
June 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632332/microscale-disruption-of-microorganisms-for-parallelized-process-development
#3
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Cornelia Walther, Astrid Dürauer
Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Pichia pastoris are the standard platforms for biopharmaceutical production with 40% of all between 2010 to 2014 approved protein drugs produced in those microbial hosts. Typically, products overexpressed E. coli and S. cerevisiae remain in the cytosol or are secreted into the periplasm. Consequently, efficient cell disruption is essential for high product recovery during microbial production. Process development platforms at microscale are essential to shorten time to market...
June 20, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544815/fabrication-of-viable-and-functional-pre-vascularized-modular-bone-tissues-by-coculturing-mscs-and-huvecs-on-microcarriers-in-spinner-flasks
#4
Songjie Zhang, Min Zhou, Zhaoyang Ye, Yan Zhou, Wen-Song Tan
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Slow vascularization often impedes the viability and function of engineered bone replacements. Prevascularization is a promising way to solve this problem. In this study, a new process was developed by integrating microcarrier culture and coculture to fabricate pre-vascularized bone microtissues with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and human umbilical vein endotheli-al cells (HUVECs). METHODOLOGY: Initially, coculture medium and cell ratio between MSCs and HUVECs were optimized in tissue culture plates concerning cell proliferation, osteogenesis and angiogenesis...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544779/a-brief-review-of-extrusion-based-tissue-scaffold-bio-printing
#5
REVIEW
Liqun Ning, Xiongbiao Chen
Extrusion-based bio-printing has great potential as a technique for manipulating biomaterials and living cells to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds for damaged tissue repair and function restoration. Over the last two decades, advances in both engineering techniques and life sciences have evolved extrusion-based bio-printing from a simple technique to one able to create diverse tissue scaffolds from a wide range of biomaterials and cell types. However, the complexities associated with synthesis of materials for bio-printing and manipulation of multiple materials and cells in bio-printing pose many challenges for scaffold fabrication...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544731/taking-control-over-microbial-populations-current-approaches-for-exploiting-biological-noise-in-bioprocesses
#6
REVIEW
Frank Delvigne, Jonathan Baert, Hosni Sassi, Patrick Fickers, Alexander Grünberger, Christian Dusny
Phenotypic plasticity of microbial cells has attracted much attention and several research efforts have been dedicated to the description of methods aiming at characterizing phenotypic heterogeneity and its impact on microbial populations. However, different approaches have also been suggested in order to take benefit from noise in a bioprocess perspective, e.g. by increasing the robustness or productivity of a microbial population. This review is dedicated to outline these controlling methods. A common issue, that has still to be addressed, is the experimental identification and the mathematical expression of noise...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544628/production-of-microbial-biosurfactants-status-quo-of-rhamnolipid-and-surfactin-towards-large-scale-production
#7
Marius Henkel, Mareen Geissler, Fabiola Weggenmann, Rudolf Hausmann
Surfactants are an important class of industrial chemicals. Nowadays oleochemical surfactants such as alkyl polyglycosides (APGs) become increasingly important. This trend towards the utilization of renewable resources continues and consumers increasingly demand for environmentally friendly products. Consequently, research in microbial surfactants has drastically increased in the last years. While for mannosylerythritol lipids and sophorolipids established industrial processes exist, an implementation of other microbially derived surfactants has not yet been achieved...
May 23, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514082/universal-label-free-in-process-quantification-of-influenza-virus-like-particles
#8
Sofia B Carvalho, Mafalda G Moleirinho, David Wheatley, John Welsh, René Gantier, Paula M Alves, Cristina Peixoto, Manuel J T Carrondo
Virus-like particles (VLPs) are becoming established as vaccines, in particular for influenza pandemics, increasing the interest in the development of VLPs manufacturing bioprocess. However, for complex VLPs, the analytical tools used for quantification are not yet able to keep up with the bioprocess progress. Currently, quantification for Influenza relies on traditional methods: hemagglutination assay or Single Radial Immunodiffusion. These analytical technologies are time-consuming, cumbersome, and not supportive of efficient downstream process development and monitoring...
May 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504349/polysome-profiling-of-mab-producing-cho-cell-lines-links-translational-control-of-cell-proliferation-and-recombinant-mrna-loading-onto-ribosomes-with-global-and-recombinant-protein-synthesis
#9
Charlotte L Godfrey, Emma J Mead, Olalekan Daramola, Sarah Dunn, Diane Hatton, Ray Field, Gary Pettman, C Mark Smales
mRNA translation is a key process determining growth, proliferation and duration of a Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell culture and influences recombinant protein synthesis rate. During bioprocessing, CHO cells can experience stresses leading to reprogramming of translation and decreased global protein synthesis. Here we apply polysome profiling to determine reprogramming and translational capabilities in host and recombinant monoclonal antibody-producing (mAb) CHO cell lines during batch culture. Recombinant cell lines with the fastest cell specific growth rates were those with the highest global translational efficiency...
May 15, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497573/simplex-based-optimization-of-numerical-and-categorical-inputs-in-early-bioprocess-development-case-studies-in-ht-chromatography
#10
Spyridon Konstantinidis, Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Ajoy Velayudhan
Bioprocess development studies often involve the investigation of numerical and categorical inputs via the adoption of Design of Experiments (DoE) techniques. An attractive alternative is the deployment of a grid compatible Simplex variant which has been shown to yield optima rapidly and consistently. In this work, the method is combined with dummy variables and it is deployed in three case studies wherein spaces are comprised of both categorical and numerical inputs, a situation intractable by traditional Simplex methods...
May 12, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497498/cryoprotection-and-banking-of-living-cells-in-a-3d-multiple-emulsion-based-carrier
#11
Ewa Dluska, Zhanfeng Cui, Agnieszka Markowska-Radomska, Agata Metera, Konrad Kosicki
This paper addresses the problem of the low viability of cells during traditional cryopreservation by developing multiple emulsion-based carriers for the encapsulation and cryopreservation of cells. Multiple emulsions are hierarchically structured dispersed systems of "droplets in drops", which allow bioactive ingredients to be encapsulated. The problem of low survival rates refers to the stage of their freezing-thawing in traditional suspensions. During freezing-thawing processes, irreversible damage to cells occurs due to the formation of ice crystals, cell dehydration, and cryoprotectants' toxicity...
May 12, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488793/atomic-force-microscopy-studies-of-bioprocess-engineering-surfaces-imaging-interactions-and-mechanical-properties-mediating-bacterial-adhesion
#12
REVIEW
Sean A James, Nidal Hilal, Chris J Wright
The detrimental effect of bacterial biofilms on process engineering surfaces is well documented. Thus, interest in the early stages of bacterial biofilm formation; in particular bacterial adhesion and the production of anti-fouling coatings has grown exponentially as a field. During this time, Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has emerged as a critical tool for the evaluation of bacterial adhesion. Due to its versatility AFM offers not only insight into the topographical landscape and mechanical properties of the engineering surfaces, but elucidates, through direct quantification the topographical and biomechnical properties of the foulants The aim of this review is to collate the current research on bacterial adhesion, both theoretical and practical, and outline how AFM as a technique is uniquely equipped to provide further insight into the nanoscale world at the bioprocess engineering surface...
May 10, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488758/engineered-humicola-insolens-cutinase-for-efficient-cellulose-acetate-deacetylation
#13
Abhijit N Shirke, Glenn L Butterfoss, Rakhi Saikia, Aditya Basu, Leonardo de Maria, Allan Svendsen, Richard A Gross
Cutinases comprise a family of esterases with broad hydrolytic activity for chain and pendant ester groups. This work aimed to identify and improve an efficient cutinase for cellulose acetate (CA) deacetylation. The development of a mild method for CA fiber surface deacetylation will result in improved surface hydrophilicity and reactivity while, when combined with cellulases, a route to the full recycling of CA to acetate and glucose. In this study, the comparative CA deacetylation activity of four homologous wild-type (wt) fungal cutinases from Aspergillus oryzae (AoC), Thiellavia terrestris (TtC), Fusarium solani (FsC), and Humicola insolens (HiC) was determined by analysis of CA deacetylation kinetics...
May 10, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481000/conscious-coupling-the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-cascading-enzymatic-microreactors
#14
REVIEW
Pia Gruber, Marco P C Marques, Brian O'Sullivan, Frank Baganz, Roland Wohlgemuth, Nicolas Szita
The continuous production of high value or difficult to synthesize products is of increasing interest to the pharmaceutical industry. Cascading reaction systems have already been employed for chemical synthesis with great success, allowing a quick change in reaction conditions and addition of new reactants as well as removal of side products. A cascading system can remove the need for isolating unstable intermediates, increasing the yield of a synthetic pathway. Based on the success for chemical synthesis, the question arises how cascading systems could be beneficial to chemo-enzymatic or biocatalytic synthesis...
May 8, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449226/an-integrated-network-analysis-identifies-how-arcab-enables-metabolic-oscillations-in-the-nitric-oxide-detoxification-network-of-escherichia-coli
#15
Sarah A Sacco, Kristin J Adolfsen, Mark P Brynildsen
The virulences of many pathogens depend on their abilities to detoxify the immune antimicrobial nitric oxide (NO•). The functions of bacterial NO• detoxification machinery depend on oxygen (O2 ), with O2 inhibiting some enzymes, whereas others use it as a substrate. Previously, Escherichia coli NO• detoxification was found to be highly attenuated under microaerobic conditions and metabolic oscillations were observed. The oscillations in [NO•] and [O2 ] were found to result from the inhibitory action of NO• on aerobic respiration, the catalytic inactivation of NO• by Hmp (an NO• dioxygenase), and an imbalanced competition for O2 between Hmp and cytochrome terminal oxidase activity...
April 27, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439989/using-size-controlled-multicellular-spheroids-of-murine-adenocarcinoma-cells-to-efficiently-establish-pulmonary-tumors-in-mice
#16
Tomoko Nishikawa, Yutaro Tanaka, Kosuke Kusamori, Narumi Mizuno, Yuya Mizukami, Yuka Ogino, Kazunori Shimizu, Satoshi Konishi, Yuki Takahashi, Yoshinobu Takakura, Makiya Nishikawa
Previous studies demonstrated that multicellular spheroids developed using polydimethylsiloxane-based microwells exhibited superior functions, such as insulin secretion from pancreatic cells, over suspended cells. To successfully apply these spheroids, the effect of spheroid size on cellular functions must be determined. In this study, using murine adenocarcinoma colon26 cells, the authors examined whether such spheroids were useful for developing tumor-bearing animal models, which requires the efficient and stable engraftment of cancer cells at implanted sites and/or metastatic sites...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430399/targeting-conformational-activation-of-cdk2-kinase
#17
Morgan Pellerano, Sergey Tcherniuk, Corine Perals, Thi Nhu Ngoc Van, Elsa Garcin, Florence Mahuteau-Betzer, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, May C Morris
Cyclin-dependent kinases constitute attractive pharmacological targets for cancer therapeutics, yet inhibitors in clinical trials target the ATP-binding pocket of the CDK and therefore suffer from limited selectivity and emergence of resistance. The more recent development of allosteric inhibitors targeting conformational plasticity of protein kinases offers promising perspectives for therapeutics. In particular tampering with T-loop dynamics of CDK2 kinase would provide a selective means of inhibiting this kinase, by preventing its conformational activation...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429856/glycosyltransferase-cascades-for-natural-product-glycosylation-use-of-plant-instead-of-bacterial-sucrose-synthases-improves-the-udp-glucose-recycling-from-sucrose-and-udp
#18
Alexander Gutmann, Alexander Lepak, Margo Diricks, Tom Desmet, Bernd Nidetzky
Natural product glycosylations by Leloir glycosyltransferases (GTs) require expensive nucleotide-activated sugars as substrates. Sucrose synthase (SuSy) converts sucrose and uridine 5'-diphosphate (UDP) into UDP-glucose. Coupling of SuSy and GT reactions in one-pot cascade transformations creates a UDP cycle, which regenerates the UDP-glucose continuously and so makes it an expedient donor for glucoside production. Here we compare SuSys with divergent kinetic characteristics for UDP-glucose recycling in the synthesis of the natural C-glucoside nothofagin...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429845/following-nature-s-roadmap-folding-factors-from-plasma-cells-led-to-improvements-in-antibody-secretion-in-s-cerevisiae
#19
Essi V Koskela, Jorg C de Ruijter, Alexander D Frey
Therapeutic protein production in yeast is a reality in industry with an untapped potential to expand to more complex proteins, such as full-length antibodies. Despite numerous engineering approaches, cellular limitations are preventing the use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae as the titers of recombinant antibodies are currently not competitive. Instead of a host specific approach, the possibility of adopting the features from native producers of antibodies, plasma cells, to improve antibody production in yeast...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418108/metabolic-characterization-and-transformation-of-the-non-dairy-lactococcus-lactis-strain-kf147-for-production-of-ethanol-from-xylose
#20
Kia Vest Petersen, Jianming Liu, Jun Chen, Jan Martinussen, Peter Ruhdal Jensen, Christian Solem
The non-dairy lactic acid bacterium Lactococcus lactis KF147 can utilize xylose as the sole energy source. To assess whether KF147 could serve as a platform organism for converting second generation sugars into useful chemicals, the authors characterized growth and product formation for KF147 when grown on xylose. In a defined medium KF147 was found to co-metabolize xylose and arginine, resulting in bi-phasic growth. Especially at low xylose concentrations, arginine significantly improved growth rate. To facilitate further studies of the xylose metabolism, the authors eliminated arginine catabolism by deleting the arcA gene encoding the arginine deiminase...
April 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
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