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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032194/in-situ-mucoadhesive-thermosensitive-liposomal-gel-as-a-novel-vehicle-for-nasal-extended-delivery-of-opiorphin
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Paola Mura, Natascia Mennini, Cristina Nativi, Barbara Richichi
Previous studies proved the effectiveness of an intravenous PEGylated liposomal formulation of opiorphin (1 mg/mL) in protecting the drug from enzymatic degradation, and improving intensity and duration of its painkilling effect. Therefore, considering the advantages of nasal administration, the aim of this work was the development of a liposomal mucoadhesive thermo-sensitive in situ gel for the extended nasal delivery of opiorphin. With this purpose, the potential of a series of combinations of different polymers (i...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030301/biodegradable-zwitterionic-sulfobetaine-polymer-and-its-conjugate-with-paclitaxel-for-sustained-drug-delivery
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Haotian Sun, Michael Yu Zarng Chang, Wei-I Cheng, Qing Wang, Alex Commisso, Meghan Capeling, Yun Wu, Chong Cheng
A fully biodegradable zwitterionic polymer and the corresponding conjugate with paclitaxel (PTX) were synthesized as promising biomaterials. Allyl-functionalized polylactide (PLA) was employed as the precursor of polymer backbones. UV-induced thiol-ene reaction was conducted to conjugate thiol-functionalized sulfobetaine (SB) with the PLA-based backbone. The resulting zwitterionic polymer did not exhibit considerable cytotoxicity. A polymer-drug conjugate was also obtained by thiol-ene reaction of both thiol-functionalized SB and PTX with allyl-functionalized PLA...
October 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986983/enzymatic-synthesis-of-chiral-amino-alcohols-by-coupling-transketolase-and-transaminase-catalyzed-reactions-in-a-cascading-continuous-flow-microreactor-system
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Pia Gruber, Filipe Carvalho, Marco P C Marques, Brian O'Sullivan, Fabiana Subrizi, Dragana Dobrijevic, John Ward, Helen C Hailes, Pedro Fernandes, Roland Wohlgemuth, Frank Baganz, Nicolas Szita
Rapid biocatalytic process development and intensification continues to be challenging with currently available methods. Chiral amino-alcohols are of particular interest as they represent key industrial synthons for the production of complex molecules and optically pure pharmaceuticals. (2S,3R)-2-amino-1,3,4-butanetriol (ABT), a building block for the synthesis of protease inhibitors and detoxifying agents, can be synthesized from simple, non-chiral starting materials, by coupling a transketolase- and a transaminase-catalyzed reaction...
October 7, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976432/the-efficiency-of-bone-marrow-aspiration-for-the-harvest-of-connective-tissue-progenitors-from-the-human-iliac-crest
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Thomas E Patterson, Cynthia Boehm, Chizu Nakamoto, Richard Rozic, Esteban Walker, Nicolas S Piuzzi, George F Muschler
BACKGROUND: The rational design and optimization of tissue engineering strategies for cell-based therapy requires a baseline understanding of the concentration and prevalence of osteogenic progenitor cell populations in the source tissues. The aim of this study was to (1) define the efficiency of, and variation among individuals in, bone marrow aspiration as a means of osteogenic connective tissue progenitor (CTP-O) harvest compared with harvest from iliac cancellous bone, and (2) determine the location of CTP-Os within native cancellous bone and their distribution between the marrow-space and trabecular-surface tissue compartments...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962879/identification-and-characterization-of-a-thermostable-endolytic-%C3%AE-agarase-aga2-from-a-newly-isolated-marine-agarolytic-bacteria-cellulophaga-omnivescoria-w5c
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Kristine Rose M Ramos, Kris Niño G Valdehuesa, Grace M Nisola, Won-Keun Lee, Wook-Jin Chung
Research on the enzymatic breakdown of seaweed-derived agar has recently gained attention due to the progress in green technologies for marine biomass utilization. The enzymes known as agarases catalyze the cleavage of glycosidic bonds within the polysaccharide. In this study, a new β-agarase, Aga2, was identified from Cellulophaga omnivescoria W5C. Aga2 is one of four putative agarases from the W5C genome which belong to the glycoside hydrolase 16 family. It was shown to be exclusive to the Cellulophaga genus...
September 26, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961225/graphene-quantum-dots-electrochemistry-and-sensitive-electrocatalytic-glucose-sensor-development
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Sanju Gupta, Tyler Smith, Alexander Banaszak, John Boeckl
Graphene quantum dots (GQDs), derived from functionalized graphene precursors are graphene sheets a few nanometers in the lateral dimension having a several-layer thickness. They are zero-dimensional materials with quantum confinement and edge site effects. Intense research interest in GQDs is attributed to their unique physicochemical phenomena arising from the sp²-bonded carbon nanocore surrounded with edged plane functional moieties. In this work, GQDs are synthesized by both solvothermal and hydrothermal techniques, with the optimal size of 5 nm determined using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, with additional UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, revealing electronic band signatures in the blue-violet region...
September 29, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942312/evaluation-of-benefits-and-risks-associated-with-the-agricultural-use-of-organic-wastes-of-pharmaceutical-origin
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Mirko Cucina, Chiara Tacconi, Anna Ricci, Daniela Pezzolla, Simone Sordi, Claudia Zadra, Giovanni Gigliotti
Industrial fermentations for the production of pharmaceuticals generate large volumes of wastewater that can be biologically treated to recover plant nutrients through the application of pharmaceutical-derived wastes to the soil. Nevertheless, benefits and risks associated with their recovery are still unexplored. Thus, the aim of the present work was to characterize three potential organic residues (sludge, anaerobic digestate and compost) derived from the wastewater generated by the daptomycin production process...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923765/preparation-and-investigation-of-p28gst-loaded-plga-microparticles-for-immunomodulation-of-experimental-colitis
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T H Hoang Thi, P A Priemel, Y Karrout, V Driss, M Delbeke, A Dendooven, M P Flament, M Capron, J Siepmann
The aim of this work was to prepare and characterize (in vitro and in vivo) PLGA-based microparticles loaded with an enzymatic protein derived from the helminth parasite Schistosoma haematobium: glutathione S-transferase P28GST (P28GST). This protein is not only a promising candidate vaccine against schistosomiasis, it also exhibits interesting immunomodulating effects, which can be helpful for the regulation of inflammatory diseases. Helminths express a regulatory role on intestinal inflammation, and immunization by P28GST has recently been shown to be as efficient as infection to reduce inflammation in a murine colitis model...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915417/lc-ms-ms-quantification-of-7%C3%AE-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one-c4-in-rat-and-monkey-plasma
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Lijuan Kang, Thomas M Connolly, Naidong Weng, Wenying Jian
7α-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one (C4) is an oxidative enzymatic product of cholesterol metabolism via cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase, an enzyme also known as cholesterol 7-alpha-monooxygenase or cytochrome P450 7A1 (CYP7A1). C4 is a stable intermediate in the rate limiting pathway of bile acid biosynthesis. Previous studies showed that plasma C4 levels correlated with CYP7A1 enzymatic activity and could serve as a biomarker for bile acid synthesis. Here we developed and qualified a simple and robust high-throughput method using liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to quantify C4 in rat and monkey plasma...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914766/development-of-a-sensitive-electrochemical-enzymatic-reaction-based-cholesterol-biosensor-using-nano-sized-carbon-interdigitated-electrodes-decorated-with-gold-nanoparticles
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Deepti Sharma, Jongmin Lee, Junyoung Seo, Heungjoo Shin
We developed a versatile and highly sensitive biosensor platform. The platform is based on electrochemical-enzymatic redox cycling induced by selective enzyme immobilization on nano-sized carbon interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) decorated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Without resorting to sophisticated nanofabrication technologies, we used batch wafer-level carbon microelectromechanical systems (C-MEMS) processes to fabricate 3D carbon IDEs reproducibly, simply, and cost effectively. In addition, AuNPs were selectively electrodeposited on specific carbon nanoelectrodes; the high surface-to-volume ratio and fast electron transfer ability of AuNPs enhanced the electrochemical signal across these carbon IDEs...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900508/direct-macromolecular-drug-delivery-to-cerebral-ischemia-area-using-neutrophil-mediated-nanoparticles
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Chun Zhang, Cheng-Li Ling, Liang Pang, Qi Wang, Jing-Xin Liu, Bing-Shan Wang, Jian-Ming Liang, Yi-Zhen Guo, Jing Qin, Jian-Xin Wang
Delivery of macromolecular drugs to the brain is impeded by the blood brain barrier. The recruitment of leukocytes to lesions in the brain, a typical feature of neuroinflammation response which occurs in cerebral ischemia, offers a unique opportunity to deliver drugs to inflammation sites in the brain. In the present study, cross-linked dendrigraft poly-L-lysine (DGL) nanoparticles containing cis-aconitic anhydride-modified catalase and modified with PGP, an endogenous tripeptide that acts as a ligand with high affinity to neutrophils, were developed to form the cl PGP-PEG-DGL/CAT-Aco system...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884522/development-of-a-high-throughput-microscale-cell-disruption-platform-for-pichia-pastoris-in-rapid-bioprocess-design
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Benjamin A F Bláha, Stephen A Morris, Olotu W Ogonah, Vincenzo Crescente, William Rosenberg, Sophie Maucourant, Tarit K Mukhopadhyay
The time and cost benefits of miniaturized fermentation platforms can only be gained by employing complementary techniques facilitating high-throughput at small sample volumes. Microbial cell disruption is a major bottleneck in experimental throughput and is often restricted to large processing volumes. Moreover, for rigid yeast species such as Pichia pastoris, no effective high-throughput disruption methods exist. This study describes the development of an automated, miniaturized, high-throughput, non-contact, scalable platform based on Adaptive Focused Acoustics (AFA) to disrupt P...
September 7, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867957/synthesis-of-the-galactosyl-derivative-of-gluconic-acid-with-the-transglycosylation-activity-of-%C3%AE-galactosidase
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Aleksandra Wojciechowska, Robert Klewicki, Michał Sójka, Elżbieta Klewicka
Bionic acids are bioactive compounds demonstrating numerous interesting properties. They are widely produced by chemical or enzymatic oxidation of disaccharides. This paper focuses on the galactosyl derivative of gluconic acid as a result of a new method of bionic acid synthesis which utilises the transglycosylation properties of β-galactosidase and introduces lactose as a substrate. Products obtained in such a process are characterised by different structures (and, potentially, properties) than those resulting from traditional oxidation of disaccharides...
June 2017: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801072/irinotecan-chemotherapy-induced-intestinal-oxidative-stress-underlying-causes-of-disturbed-mucosal-water-and-electrolyte-transport
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Kaïs Rtibi, Slimen Selmi, Dhekra Grami, Hichem Sebai, Mohamed Amri, Lamjed Marzouki
Irinotecan, a chemotherapy drug, can cause acute diarrhea immediately after administration. Hence, the present study was designed to investigate the gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances after an intraperitoneal (IP) administration of irinotecan in rats.Twenty Wistar rats were separated into two groups of ten. Group A was considered as a control group (NaCl, 0.9%). Group B was treated with irinotecan at a single dose of 200mgkg(-1). The rats were observed for defecation. For the enteropooling test, the animals were sacrificed by decapitation 1h post-treatment...
July 23, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772699/tracing-the-bioavailability-of-three-dimensional-graphene-foam-in-biological-tissues
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Tanveer A Tabish, Sakineh Chabi, Muhammad Ali, Yongde Xia, Farhat Jabeen, Shaowei Zhang
Graphene-based materials with a three-dimensional (3D) framework have been investigated for a variety of biomedical applications because of their 3D morphology, excellent physiochemical properties, volume stability, and their controllable degradation rate. Current knowledge on the toxicological implications and bioavailability of graphene foam (GF) has major uncertainties surrounding the fate and behavior of GF in exposed environments. Bioavailability, uptake, and partitioning could have potential effects on the behavior of GF in living organisms, which has not yet been investigated...
March 24, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699919/towards-sensitive-high-throughput-biomolecular-assays-based-on-fluorescence-lifetime
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Anastasia Ioanna Skilitsi, Timothé Turko, Damien Cianfarani, Sophie Barre, Wilfried Uhring, Ulrich Hassiepen, Jérémie Léonard
Time-resolved fluorescence detection for robust sensing of biomolecular interactions is developed by implementing time-correlated single photon counting in high-throughput conditions. Droplet microfluidics is used as a promising platform for the very fast handling of low-volume samples. We illustrate the potential of this very sensitive and cost-effective technology in the context of an enzymatic activity assay based on fluorescently-labeled biomolecules. Fluorescence lifetime detection by time-correlated single photon counting is shown to enable reliable discrimination between positive and negative control samples at a throughput as high as several hundred samples per second...
September 22, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667376/sexually-divergent-effect-of-comt-val-met-genotype-on-subcortical-volumes-in-schizophrenia
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Irene Bollettini, Marco Spangaro, Sara Poletti, Cristina Lorenzi, Adele Pirovano, Benedetta Vai, Enrico Smeraldi, Roberto Cavallaro, Francesco Benedetti
Structural and functional alterations of subcortical areas have been observed in schizophrenia. COMT Val108/158Met has been associated with schizophrenia and implicated in different cognitive and neurofunctional alterations. Recent studies suggested that COMT genotype influences neuronal growth. Genetic variations in COMT were associated with sexually dimorphic effects on enzymatic activity, brain anatomy and behavior suggesting that gender might be crucial in interpreting COMT-dependent effects. Based on these data, we investigated possible effects of the interaction between COMT Val108/158Met genotype and gender on subcortical volumes among 79 patients with schizophrenia...
June 30, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612562/-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction-and-apoptosis-induced-by-elevated-free-fatty-acids-synergize-with-hyperglycemia
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Hui-Wen Tan, Nai-Qian Zhao, Ye-Rong Yu, Li-Na Han, Xiang-Xun Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To analysis the effects of glucoxicity and lipotoxicity on the function and apoptosis of pancreatic β-cells. METHODS: The levels of circulating glucose and free fat acids (FFAs) were elevated by infusion dextrose and fat emulsion in high-fat obese rats. The insulin resistance model obese rats were divided into four gourp: obese group with saline infusion (OB-NS group, n=7), obese group with glucose infusion (OB-GS group, n=9), obese group with Lipid emulsion infusion (OB-FFA group, n=8), obese group with glucose and lipid emulsion infusion (OB-FG group, n=9)...
January 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594350/micro-electromechanical-affinity-sensor-for-the-monitoring-of-glucose-in-bioprocess-media
#19
Lorenz Theuer, Micha Lehmann, Stefan Junne, Peter Neubauer, Mario Birkholz
An affinity-viscometry-based micro-sensor probe for continuous glucose monitoring was investigated with respect to its suitability for bioprocesses. The sensor operates with glucose and dextran competing as binding partner for concanavalin A, while the viscosity of the assay scales with glucose concentration. Changes in viscosity are determined with a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) in the measurement cavity of the sensor probe. The study aimed to elucidate the interactions between the assay and a typical phosphate buffered bacterial cultivation medium...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555028/study-of-zns-nanostructures-based-electrochemical-and-photoelectrochemical-biosensors-for-uric-acid-detection
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Yao Zhao, Xueyong Wei, Niancai Peng, Jiuhong Wang, Zhuangde Jiang
Uric acid (UA) is a kind of purine metabolism product and important in clinical diagnosis. In this work, we present a study of ZnS nanostructures-based electrochemical and photoelectrochemical biosensors for UA detection. Through a simple hydrothermal method and varying the ratio of reaction solvents, we obtained ZnS nanomaterials of one-dimensional to three-dimensional morphologies and they were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). To fabricate the UA biosensor and study the effect of material morphology on its performance, ZnS nanomaterials were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass and then coated with uricase by physical absorption...
May 28, 2017: Sensors
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