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Anja Kuenz, Susan Krull
Itaconic acid is one of the basic chemicals for the polymer industry, which can be produced on the basis of renewable raw materials. Since the middle of the twentieth century, itaconic acid has been produced industrially using the filamentous fungus Aspergillus terreus. But the demand for the organic acid is low due to the high production costs compared to alternative petrochemical manufactured raw materials. The high production costs are based on a low final titer, low productivities, and the usage of pure sugars, purified molasses, or starch hydrolysates, since the fungus reacts very sensitively to impurities in a culture medium...
March 13, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Gonçalo Marcelo, Inês C Ferreira, Raquel Viveiros, Teresa Casimiro
A novel class of molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) based on Itaconic acid:Ethylene glycol dimethacrylate were developed as a potential body-friendly oral drug delivery system for metronidazole (MZ), a pH-independent drug, simulating a real environment. Itaconic acid-based copolymers were synthesized with two different molar ratios of template:monomer:crosslinker (T:M:C), 1:5:25 and 1:5:50, in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2 ) in high yields. Further, impregnation of MZ was performed in scCO2 environment...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Sharmila Nair, Jeremy P Huynh, Vicky Lampropoulou, Ekaterina Loginicheva, Ekaterina Esaulova, Anshu P Gounder, Adrianus C M Boon, Elizabeth A Schwarzkopf, Tara R Bradstreet, Brian T Edelson, Maxim N Artyomov, Christina L Stallings, Michael S Diamond
Immune-Responsive Gene 1 (Irg1) is a mitochondrial enzyme that produces itaconate under inflammatory conditions, principally in cells of myeloid lineage. Cell culture studies suggest that itaconate regulates inflammation through its inhibitory effects on cytokine and reactive oxygen species production. To evaluate the functions of Irg1 in vivo, we challenged wild-type (WT) and Irg1 -/- mice with Mycobacterium tuberculosis ( Mtb ) and monitored disease progression. Irg1 -/- , but not WT, mice succumbed rapidly to Mtb , and mortality was associated with increased infection, inflammation, and pathology...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Juliana Cunha da Cruz, Aline Machado de Castro, Eliana Flávia Camporese Sérvulo
The itaconic acid (IA) world market is expected to exceed 216 million of dollars by 2020 as a result of an increasing demand for bio-based chemicals. The potential of this organic acid produced by fermentation mainly with filamentous fungi relies on the vast industrial applications of polymers derived from it. The applications may be as a superabsorbent polymer for personal care or agriculture, unsaturated polyester resin for the transportation industry, poly(methyl methacrylate) for electronic devices, among many others...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
Silio Lima Moura, Laura Martinez Fajardo, Leonardo Dos Anjos Cunha, Maria Del Pilar Taboada Sotomayor, Francisco Bolivar Correto Machado, Luiz Fernando Araújo Ferrão, Maria Isabel Pividori
This study addresses the rational design of a magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer (magnetic-MIP) for the selective recognition of the hormone levothyroxine. The theoretical study was carried out by the density functional theory (DFT) computations considering dispersion interaction energies, and using the D2 Grimme's correction. The B97-D/def2-SV(P)/PCM method is used not only for studying the structure of the template the and monomer-monomer interactions, but also to assess the stoichiometry, noncovalent binding energies, solvation effects and thermodynamics properties such as binding energy...
January 31, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Niamh C Williams, Luke A J O'Neill
Metabolism in immune cells is no longer thought of as merely a process for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, biosynthesis, and catabolism. The reprogramming of metabolic pathways upon activation is also for the production of metabolites that can act as immune signaling molecules. Activated dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages have an altered Krebs cycle, one consequence of which is the accumulation of both citrate and succinate. Citrate is exported from the mitochondria via the mitochondrial citrate- carrier...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Nahid Poorgholy, Bakhshali Massoumi, Marjan Ghorbani, Mehdi Jaymand, Hamed Hamishehkar
This article evaluates the anticancer drug delivery performances of two nanohydrogels composed of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-itaconic anhydride) [P(NIPAAm-co-IA)], poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), and Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles. For this purpose, the magnetite nanohydrogels (MNHGs) were loaded with doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) as a universal anticancer drug. The morphologies and magnetic properties of the DOX-loaded MNHGs were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating-sample magnetometer (VSM), respectively...
February 16, 2018: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Tzu-Cheng Sung, Hsing-Fen Li, Akon Higuchi, Qing-Dong Ling, Jia-Sin Yang, Yeh-Chia Tseng, Chih-Hsien Pan Pan, Abdullah A Alarfaj, Murugan A Munusamy, Suresh Kumar, Shih-Tien Hsu, Kadarkarai Murugan
The effect of physical cues, such as the stiffness of biomaterials on the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells, has been investigated by several researchers. However, most of these investigators have used polyacrylamide hydrogels for stem cell culture in their studies. Therefore, their results are controversial because those results might originate from the specific characteristics of the polyacrylamide and not from the physical cue (stiffness) of the biomaterials. Here, we describe a protocol for preparing hydrogels, which are not based on polyacrylamide, where various stem, cells including human embryonic stem (ES) cells and human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, can be cultured...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Javier Adrián Calles, Maria Julia Mora, Renée Onnainty, Luis Ignacio Tartara, Gladys Ester Granero, Marcela Raquel Longhi, Yolanda Diebold, Enrique Marcelo Vallés, Santiago Daniel Palma
AIM: This work aimed to design and characterize cross-linked hyaluronic acid-itaconic acid films loaded with acetazolamide-hydroxypropyl β cyclodextrin-triethanolamine complexes. MATERIALS & METHODS: Films were cross-linked with itaconic acid and poly(ethyleneglycol)-diglycidylether. Biopharmaceutical properties were assessed by evaluating in vitro drug release rate, biocompatibility in a human corneal epithelial cell line, bioadhesiveness with pig gastric mucin, in vivo bioadhesion and efficacy...
February 1, 2018: Therapeutic Delivery
Claudia J Stocks, Mark A Schembri, Matthew J Sweet, Ronan Kapetanovic
Macrophages are linchpins of innate immunity, responding to invading microorganisms by initiating coordinated inflammatory and antimicrobial programs. Immediate antimicrobial responses, such as NADPH-dependent reactive oxygen species (ROS), are triggered upon phagocytic receptor engagement. Macrophages also detect and respond to microbial products through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), such as TLRs. TLR signaling influences multiple biological processes including antigen presentation, cell survival, inflammation, and direct antimicrobial responses...
January 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Allison Yaguchi, Michael Spagnuolo, Mark Blenner
Realizing the economic benefits of alternative substrates for commodity chemical bioproduction typically requires significant metabolic engineering of common model organisms, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A growing toolkit is enabling engineering of non-conventional yeast that have robust native metabolism for xylose, acetate, aromatics, and waste lipids. Scheffersomyces stipitis was engineered to produce itaconic acid from xylose. Yarrowia lipolytica produced lipids from dilute acetate at over 100g/L. Cutaneotrichosporon oleaginosus was engineered to produce omega-3 fatty acids and recently was shown to accumulate nearly 70% lipids when grown on aromatics as a carbon source...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
Meilin Zhao, Xinyao Lu, Hong Zong, Jinyang Li, Bin Zhuge
Itaconic acid, 2-methylidenebutanedioic acid, is a precursor of polymers, chemicals, and fuels. Many fungi can synthesize itaconic acid; Aspergillus terreus and Ustilago maydis produce up to 85 and 53 g l-1, respectively. Other organisms, including Aspergillus niger and yeasts, have been engineered to produce itaconic acid. However, the titer of itaconic acid is low compared with the analogous major fermentation product, citric acid, for which the yield is > 200 g l-1. Here, we review two types of pathway for itaconic acid biosynthesis as well as recent advances by metabolic engineering strategies and process optimization to enhance itaconic acid productivity in native producers and heterologous hosts...
January 3, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
Qimeng Li, Ji Wu, Ming Hua, Guang Zhang, Wentao Li, Chendong Shuang, Aimin Li
In this research, a series of permanent magnetic anion exchange resins (MAERs) were prepared by polymerizing glycidyl methacrylate monomer and crosslinking diallyl itaconate (DAI) and divinylbenzene. The properties and performances of these novel MAERs were systematically characterized and evaluated for humic acid (HA) adsorption by batch experiments. With the increase of DAI content from 0 to 15%, the moisture of MAERs was elevated from 50.23% to 68.53%, along with the adsorption capacity increasing from 2...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Thiemo Zambanini, Sandra K Hartmann, Lisa M Schmitz, Linda Büttner, Hamed Hosseinpour Tehrani, Elena Geiser, Melanie Beudels, Dominik Venc, Georg Wandrey, Jochen Büchs, Markus Schwarzländer, Lars M Blank, Nick Wierckx
Background: Ustilago maydis is known for its natural potential to produce a broad range of valuable chemicals, such as itaconate, from both industrial carbon waste streams and renewable biomass. Production of itaconate, and many other secondary metabolites, is induced by nitrogen limitation in U. maydis . The clustered genes responsible for itaconate production have recently been identified, enabling the development of new expression tools that are compatible with biotechnological processes...
2017: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology
Myung Hyun Noh, Hyun Gyu Lim, Sung Hwa Woo, Jinyi Song, Gyoo Yeol Jung
Utilization of abundant and cheap carbon sources can effectively reduce the production cost and enhance the economic feasibility. Acetate is a promising carbon source to achieve cost-effective microbial processes. In this study, we engineered an Escherichia coli strain to produce itaconic acid from acetate. As acetate is known to inhibit cell growth, we initially screened for a strain with a high tolerance to 10 g/L of acetate in the medium, and the W strain was selected as the host. Subsequently, the WC strain was obtained by overexpression of cad (encoding cis-aconitate decarboxylase) using a synthetic promoter and 5' UTR...
March 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Sukriti Chaudhary, Jitender Sharma, Balbir S Kaith, Satender Yadav, Ashish Kumar Sharma, Aayushi Goel
The present work highlights the synthesis of the adsorbent based on Gum xanthan-psyllium hybrid backbone graft co-polymerized with polyacrylic acid-co-polyitaconic acid chains for the rapid sequestration of auramine-O (Aur-O) and eriochrome black-T (EBT) dyes from the aqueous fluid. The excellent dye removal efficiency of 90.53% for EBT and 95.63% for Aur-O was found at initial dye concentration of 30mgL(-1) (EBT) and 15 mgL(-1) (Aur-O) 40mL(-1) with an adsorbent dose of 600mg within time duration of 5h and 323K temp...
November 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Jayabrata Maity, Samit Kumar Ray
With an objective to improve the adsorption properties of a synthetic hydrogel, potato starch (PS) was incorporated in the ter-copolymer (TP) of acrylic acid (AA), acrylamide (AM), and bicarboxylic itaconic acid (IA) during polymerization of the monomers. The resulting TP-PS composite hydrogels were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX), and rheological properties...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Badal C Saha, Gregory J Kennedy
Itaconic acid (IA) is a building block platform chemical that is currently produced industrially from glucose by fermentation with Aspergillus terreus. However, lignocellulosic biomass has the potential to serve as low cost source of sugars for production of IA. Previously, 100 A. terreus strains were evaluated for production of IA from pentose sugars in shake-flasks. Six selected strains were then investigated for IA production in shake-flasks. But none of the strains grew and produced IA using biomass hydrolyzates...
January 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Vinod Kumar Gupta, Swadeep Sood, Shilpi Agarwal, Adesh K Saini, Deepak Pathania
Tragacanth gum-cl-poly (lactic acid-co-itaconic acid) (TG-cl-p(LA-co-IA)) hydrogel is synthesized through graft copolymerization reaction using microwave assisted technique. The synthesized hydrogel was characterised using various analytical and characterization techniques such as FTIR, FESEM, XRD, TGA, TEM and SEM. It was observed that, the maximum percentage swelling (Ps) of the hydrogel was 311.61% after 6h at room temperature and 298.06% after 3h at 60°C and TG-cl-p(LA-co-IA) exhibited highest Amoxicillin loading (73%) in double distilled waterafter 24h...
October 28, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Michael A Reid, Jihye Paik, Jason W Locasale
Nearly 3% of the human population carries bi-allelic loss-of-function variants in the gene encoding CLYBL. While largely healthy, these individuals exhibit reduced circulating vitamin B12 levels. In this issue of Cell, Shen and colleagues uncover the metabolic role of CLYBL, linking its function to B12 metabolism and the immunomodulatory metabolite, itaconate.
November 2, 2017: Cell
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