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Xuewen Ni, Kai Wang, Kao Wu, Harold Corke, Katsuyoshi Nishinari, Fatang Jiang
This study aims to investigate the stability, microstructure and rheological properties of konjac glucomannan (KGM)/zein mixed systems in different mixing ratios. A phase diagram was established by centrifugation and visual observation. KGM/zein could form a stable homogeneous dispersion with appropriate mixing formula, and the particle size in mixed systems increased with increasing zein content. During storage, zein particles increased in size but were homogeneously distributed in the continuous phase of KGM without flocculation as observed by confocal light scanning microscopy...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Mas Sahidayana Mokhtar, Wan Safwani Wan Kamarul Zaman, Thamil Selvee Ramasamy
BACKGROUND: Konjac glucomannan (KGM) is a water-soluble dietary fibre extracted from Amorphophallus konjac K. Koch (Araceae). Konjac fibre has been clinically proven as an effective antioxidant agent in weight control but its traditionally known tumour suppression property remains to be explored. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study is to determine the potential anti-proliferative effect of KGM on cancer and normal human liver cell lines, HepG2 and WRL68, respectively...
March 7, 2018: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Praveen Krishna Veerasubramanian, Ponrasu Thangavel, Ramya Kannan, Sudip Chakraborty, Balaji Ramachandran, Lonchin Suguna, Vignesh Muthuvijayan
We have developed a novel hydrogel composed of konjac glucomannan (KGM), human hair proteins (KER), and an ethanolic extract of Avena sativa (OAT) and evaluated its potential as a dressing material for diabetic wounds. KGM is an excellent biocompatible gelling agent that stimulates fibroblast proliferation and immunomodulation. Human hair proteins (KER) are biocompatible, biodegradable, and possess abundant cell adhesion sites. KER also promotes fibroblast attachment and proliferation, keratinocyte migration, and collagen expression, which can accelerate wound healing...
February 13, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Yu Xie, Zeng-Xing Yi, Jian-Xun Wang, Tong-Gang Hou, Qiong Jiang
In this paper, carboxymethyl konjac glucomannan (CMKGM) was obtained by carboxyl modification of konjac glucomannan. Then CMKGM and chitosan (CS) were crosslinked and freeze-dried to prepare CMKGM/CS composite sponges with different proportions. The structure and micromorphology of CMKGM/CS sponges were investigated by FTIR spectroscopy and SEM. The SEM results showed that the pore structure of the composite sponge gradually increased with the increase of CMKGM content. To assess the applicability of CMKGM/CS composite sponges as wound dressing, the swelling behavior, water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), biocompatibility (cytotoxicity and hemolysis) were analyzed...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Lin Wang, Yu Du, Yi Yuan, Ruo-Jun Mu, Jingni Gong, Yongsheng Ni, Jie Pang, Chunhua Wu
Intelligent hydrogels are attractive biomaterials for various applications, however, fabricating a hydrogel with both adequate self-healing ability and mechanical properties remains a challenge. Herein, a series of novel intelligent konjac glucomannan (KGM)/microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) hydrogels were prepared vis the mussel-inspired chemistry. MCC was firstly functionalized by the oxidative polymerization of dopamine, and the intelligent hydrogels were obtained by mixing aqueous solutions of KGM and functionalized MCC (PDMCC)...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Wenkun Zhu, Tao Duan, Zuowen Hu
We have demonstrated there is a significant intermolecular interaction between GO and KGM that results from hydrogen bonding and physical cross-linking by studying the rheological properties of a graphene oxide/konjac glucomannan (GO/KGM) solution. When the addition of GO was 5%, the storage modulus (G') and loss modulus (G″) were only improved by 0.25%. However, G' and G″ were improved by approximately 90% and 73.4%, respectively, when the GO content was increased to 7.5%. The moduli also displayed a relationship between the power function and concentration...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Kegui Zhang, Wenzhong Yang, Bin Xu, Yun Chen, Xiaoshuang Yin, Ying Liu, Huanzhen Zuo
A natural carbohydrate polymer, konjac glucomanan, has been extracted from commercial product and studied as a green corrosion inhibitor for AA5052 aluminium alloy in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution by high-performance gel permeation chromatography (GPC), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, electrochemical measurement and surface characterization techniques. The results of GPC measurements suggest the weight-average molecular weight and the number-average molecular weight of KGM with 98...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Fusheng Zhang, Qiao Fan, Hongyun Li, Hourong Chen, Jiong Zheng
BACKGROUND: In order to improve the compatibility of polysaccharide-protein mixtures and enhance their performance, a response surface methodology (RSM) was used to optimize the preparation conditions of konjac glucomannan (KGM)/casein (CS) blend gel. Moreover, the effects of high-pressure processing (HPP) on the gel properties and structure were also investigated. RESULTS: The optimal preparation parameters were a temperature of 60 °C, a total concentration 40 g kg-1 , and a dietary alkali concentration 5 g kg-1 ...
February 8, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Pirudee Tuntrakool, Suttipun Keawsompong
Endo-1,4-β-mannanase is an enzyme that can catalyze the random hydrolysis of β-1,4-mannosidic linkages in the main chain of mannans, glucomannans and galactomannans and offers many applications in different biotechnology industries. Purification and kinetic properties of the endo-1,4-β-mannanase from recombinant Escherichia coli strain KMAN-3 were examined. Recombinant β-mannanase (KMAN-3) was purified 50.5 fold using Ni-NTA Agarose resin and specific activity of 11900 U/mg protein was obtained. Purified KMAN-3 showed a single band on SDS-PAGE with a molecular weight of 43 kDa...
January 26, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
Pengfeng Luo, Ming Nie, Huigao Wen, Wenyan Xu, Lihong Fan, Qihua Cao
Hydrogel wound dressing is a new type of biomaterial with performance that is better than traditional and biological dressings. It has been extensively researched and the application in the field of biomedicine is common. In this study, we developed a simple and nontoxic method for preparing a new type of composite hydrogel, which formed through the Schiff-base reaction between the aldehyde of oxidized konjac glucomannan (OKGM) and the amino of carboxymethyl chitosan sulfate (CMSS). The chemical structures of this composite hydrogel were characterized by transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Honglei Chen, Guangqian Lan, Luoxiao Ran, Yang Xiao, Kun Yu, Bitao Lu, Fangying Dai, Dayang Wu, Fei Lu
A novel Konjac glucomannan/silver nanoparticle (KGM/AgNP) composite sponge was successfully prepared via a simple 2-step method for biomedical applications as wound-healing materials. First, AgNPs were prepared with green deoxidizer egg white. Then, KGM powder was added to the AgNP solution and stirred vigorously, and the composite sponge was obtained by freeze-drying. The KGM/AgNP composite sponge showed excellent water absorption and water retention, and considerable mechanical properties. KGM/AgNP composite sponges displayed good antibacterial activity against test microorganisms...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Ang-Xin Song, Yu-Heng Mao, Ka-Chai Siu, Jian-Yong Wu
The bifidogenic effects of exopolysaccharide (EPS) of a medicinal fungus (Cordyceps sinensis) and a well-known food polysaccharide konjac glucomannan (KGM) with different molecular weight (MW) ranges were evaluated through in vitro experiments in liquid cultures of Bifidobacteria. Native EPS and KGM were partially degraded with power ultrasound (US) to improve the water solubility, and further hydrolysed with trifluoroacetic acid to much lower MW. The acid-hydrolysed fractions (EPS-AH and KGM-AH) supported the growth of all five tested bifidobacterial species, while the US-degraded high MW fractions, EPS-US and KGM-US, could only slightly supported the growth of some species...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Christine Jackman, Ryan Waddell, Leon Fisher, Michael Ben-Meir, Gabriel Blecher, Gerard S Goh, Katie Walker
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January 12, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Lin Wang, Yi Yuan, Ruo-Jun Mu, Jingni Gong, Yongsheng Ni, Xin Hong, Jie Pang, Chunhua Wu
Three-dimensional nanofibers cryogels (NFCs) with both thermally-tolerant and mechanically-robust properties have potential for wide application in biomedical or food areas; however, creating such NFCs has proven to be extremely challenging. In this study, konjac glucomannan (KGM)/poly (lactic acid) (PLA)-based novel NFCs were prepared by the incorporation of the mussel-inspired protein polydopamine (PDA) via a facile and environmentally-friendly electrospinning and freeze-shaping technique. The obtained KGM/PLA/PDA (KPP) NFCs were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and compressive and tensile test...
December 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Seigo Usuki, Noriko Tamura, Tomohiro Tamura, Katsuyuki Mukai, Yasuyuki Igarashi
Konjac ceramide (kCer) can be prepared by a chemoenzymatic method as previously published (Usuki, S.; Tamura, N.; Sakai, S.; Tamura, T.; Mukai, K.; Igarashi, Y. Biochem. Biophys. Rep. 5, 160-167 (2016)). Thus prepared kCer showed an activation effect on Sema3A signaling pathway to induce phosphorylation of CRMP2 and microtubule depolymerizaion, resulting in opposing NGF-induced neurite outgrowth. In the present study, we have shown that kCer is a potential Sema3A-like ligand that has a competitive effect on Sema3A binding to a cell surface receptor Nrp1, but animal-type ceramides have no effect on Sema3A binding to Nrp1...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Seigo Usuki, Noriko Tamura, Kohei Yuyama, Tomohiro Tamura, Katsuyuki Mukai, Yasuyuki Igarashi
The tuber of the konjac plant is a source enriched with GlcCer (kGlcCer), and has been used as a dietary supplement to improve the dry skin and itching that are caused by a deficiency of epidermal ceramide. Previously, we showed chemoenzymatically prepared konjac ceramide has a neurite-outgrowth inhibitory effect that is very similar to that of Sema3A and is not seen with animal-type ceramides. While, it has been unclear whether kCer may act on Sema3A or TrkA signaling pathway. In the present study, we showed kCer induces phosphorylation of CRMP2 and microtubules depolymerization via Sema3A signaling pathway not TrkA...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Fei Au-Yeung, Elena Jovanovski, Alexandra L Jenkins, Andreea Zurbau, Hoang V T Ho, Vladimir Vuksan
Konjac glucomannan (KGM) is a viscous dietary fibre that can form a solid, low-energy gel when hydrated and is commonly consumed in a noodle form (KGM-gel). Increased meal viscosity from gel-forming fibres have been associated with prolonged satiety, but no studies to date have evaluated this effect with KGM-gel. Thus, our objective was to evaluate subsequent food intake and satiety of KGM-gel noodles when replacing a high-carbohydrate preload, in a dose-response manner. Utilising a randomised, controlled, cross-over design, sixteen healthy individuals (twelve females/four males; age: 26·0 (sd 11·8) years; BMI: 23·1 (sd 3·2) kg/m2) received 325 ml volume-matched preloads of three KGM-gel noodle substitution levels: (i) all pasta with no KGM-gel (1849 kJ (442 kcal), control), half pasta and half KGM-gel (1084 kJ (259 kcal), 50-KGM) or no pasta and all KGM-gel (322 kJ (77 kcal), 100-KGM)...
January 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
C Q Tan, H Q Sun, H K Wei, J J Tan, G Long, S W Jiang, J Peng
The effects of soluble fiber inclusion in gestation diets with varying fermentation characteristics (fermentation kinetics and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA)-profile) on lactational feed intake of sows and their piglet growth over two parities were investigated using an in vitro-in vivo methodology. After breeding, 90 multiparous Landrace sows were randomized to one of three experimental diets: the control (CON) diet, konjac flour (KF) diet or sugar beet pulp (SBP) diet. All diets had similar levels of net energy, CP, insoluble fiber and NDF, but KF and SBP diets had higher soluble fiber levels than the CON diet...
November 29, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Mingrui Chen, Shuyao Wang, Xue Liang, Donghui Ma, Li He, Yaowen Liu
The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary acidolysis-oxidized konjac glucomannan (A-OKGM) (0%, 0.4%, 0.8%, and 1.6%) supplementation on the immunity and expression of immune-related genes in Schizothorax prenanti. After feeding for eight weeks, the serum and guts were used for measurement of biochemical parameters, and immune-related gene expression in the gut were also analyzed by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). C-reactive protein and IgM levels were significantly higher in the A-OKGM fed groups than in the control group, regardless of the dosage...
November 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Liangling Liu, Huigao Wen, Ziqie Rao, Chen Zhu, Meng Liu, Lian Min, Lihong Fan, Shengxiang Tao
In this paper, the microbial transglutaminase (MTGase) was used as a catalyst to graft the collagen peptide (COP) molecules on the amino group of chitosan to obtain water-soluble chitosan-collagen peptide (CS-COP) derivatives. The preparation of composite hydrogel was via the Schiff-base reaction between the amino of CS-COP and the aldehyde of oxidized konjac glucomannan (OKGM). The hydrogels were characterized by various techniques including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
March 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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