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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528299/selective-targeting-and-therapy-of-metastatic-and-multidrug-resistant-tumors-using-a-long-circulating-podophyllotoxin-nanoparticle
#1
Aniruddha Roy, Yucheng Zhao, Yang Yang, Andras Szeitz, Tara Klassen, Shyh-Dar Li
Treatment options for metastatic and multidrug resistant (MDR) tumors are limited, and most of the chemotherapeutic drugs exhibit low efficacy against MDR cancers. An anti-tubulin agent podophyllotoxin (PPT) displays high potency against MDR tumor cells. However, due to its poor solubility and non-specificity, PPT cannot be used systemically. We have developed a self-assembling nanoparticle dosage form for PPT (named Celludo) by covalently conjugating PPT and polyethylene glycol (PEG) to acetylated carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Ac) via ester linkages...
May 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528086/cellulosic-ethanol-status-and-innovation
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REVIEW
Lee R Lynd, Xiaoyu Liang, Mary J Biddy, Andrew Allee, Hao Cai, Thomas Foust, Michael E Himmel, Mark S Laser, Michael Wang, Charles E Wyman
Although the purchase price of cellulosic feedstocks is competitive with petroleum on an energy basis, the cost of lignocellulose conversion to ethanol using today's technology is high. Cost reductions can be pursued via either in-paradigm or new-paradigm innovation. As an example of new-paradigm innovation, consolidated bioprocessing using thermophilic bacteria combined with milling during fermentation (cotreatment) is analyzed. Acknowledging the nascent state of this approach, our analysis indicates potential for radically improved cost competitiveness and feasibility at smaller scale compared to current technology, arising from (a) R&D-driven advances (consolidated bioprocessing with cotreatment in lieu of thermochemical pretreatment and added fungal cellulase), and (b) configurational changes (fuel pellet coproduction instead of electricity, gas boiler(s) in lieu of a solid fuel boiler)...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527999/nanocellulose-collagen-apatite-composite-associated-with-osteogenic-growth-peptide-bone-regeneration
#3
Sybele Saska, Lucas Novaes Teixeira, Larissa Moreira Spinola de Castro Raucci, Raquel Mantuaneli Scarel-Caminaga, Leonardo Pereira Franchi, Raquel Alves Dos Santos, Silvia Helena Santagneli, Marisa Veiga Capela, Paulo Tambasco de Oliveira, Catarina Satie Takahashi, Ana Maria Minarelli Gaspar, Younès Messaddeq, Sidney José Lima Ribeiro, Reinaldo Marchetto
Despite advances in the field of biomaterials for bone repair/regeneration, some challenges for developing an ideal bone substitute need to be overcome. Herein, this study synthesized and evaluated in vitro a nanocomposite based on bacterial cellulose (BC), collagen (COL), apatite (Ap) and osteogenic growth peptide (OGP) or its C-terminal pentapeptide [OGP(10-14)] for bone regeneration purposes. The BC-COL nanocomposites were successfully obtained by carbodiimide-mediated coupling as demonstrated by spectroscopy analysis...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527863/over-production-of-fermentable-sugar-for-bioethanol-production-from-carbohydrate-rich-malaysian-food-waste-via-sequential-acid-enzymatic-hydrolysis-pretreatment
#4
Halimatun Saadiah Hafid, Abdul Rahman Nor 'Aini, Mohd Noriznan Mokhtar, Ahmad Tarmezee Talib, Azhari Samsu Baharuddin, Md Shah Umi Kalsom
In Malaysia, the amount of food waste produced is estimated at approximately 70% of total municipal solid waste generated and characterised by high amount of carbohydrate polymers such as starch, cellulose, and sugars. Considering the beneficial organic fraction contained, its utilization as an alternative substrate specifically for bioethanol production has receiving more attention. However, the sustainable production of bioethanol from food waste is linked to the efficient pretreatment needed for higher production of fermentable sugar prior to fermentation...
May 17, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527827/in%C3%A2-vitro-bioconversion-of-chitin-to-pyruvate-with-thermophilic-enzymes
#5
Kohsuke Honda, Keisuke Kimura, Pham Huynh Ninh, Hironori Taniguchi, Kenji Okano, Hisao Ohtake
Chitin is the second most abundant organic compound on the planet and thus has been regarded as an alternative resource to petroleum feedstocks. One of the key challenges in the biological conversion of biomass-derived polysaccharides, such as cellulose and chitin, is to close the gap between optimum temperatures for enzymatic saccharification and microbial fermentation and to implement them in a single bioreactor. To address this issue, in the present study, we aimed to perform an in vitro, one-pot bioconversion of chitin to pyruvate, which is a precursor of a wide range of useful metabolites...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527360/liposomes-coated-with-hydrophobically-modified-hydroxyethyl-cellulose-influence-of-hydrophobic-chain-length-and-degree-of-modification
#6
Gro Smistad, Bo Nyström, Kaizheng Zhu, Marthe Karoline Grønvold, Anne Røv-Johnsen, Marianne Hiorth
Nanoparticulate systems with an uncharged hydrophilic surface may have a great potential in mucosal drug delivery. In the present study liposomes were coated with hydrophobically modified hydroxyethyl cellulose (HM-HEC) to create a sterically stabilized liposomal system with an uncharged surface. The aim was to clarify the influence of the amount of hydrophobic modification of HEC and the length of the hydrophobic moiety, on the stability of the system and on the release properties. HM-HEC with different degrees of hydrophobic modification (1 and 2mol%) and hydrophobic groups with different chain lengths (C8, C12, C16) were included in the study, as well as fluid phase and gel phase liposomes...
May 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527139/exploration-of-an-innovative-draw-solution-for-a-forward-osmosis-membrane-distillation-desalination-process
#7
Nguyen Cong Nguyen, Shiao-Shing Chen, Shubham Jain, Hau Thi Nguyen, Saikat Sinha Ray, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Ngoc Tuan Lam, Hung Cong Duong
Forward osmosis (FO) has emerged as a viable technology to alleviate the global water crisis. The greatest challenge facing the application of FO technology is the lack of an ideal draw solution with high water flux and low reverse salt flux. Hence, the objective of this study was to enhance FO by lowering reverse salt flux and maintaining high water flux; the method involved adding small concentrations of Al2(SO4)3 to a MgCl2 draw solution. Results showed that 0.5 M MgCl2 mixed with 0.05 M of Al2(SO4)3 at pH 6...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526350/designing-novel-bioconjugates-of-hydroxyethylcellulose-and-salicylates-for-potential-pharmaceutical-and-pharmacological-applications
#8
Khawar Abbas, Muhammad Amin, Muhammad Ajaz Hussain, Muhammad Sher, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari, Ibrahim Jantan, Kevin J Edgar
The present study deals with fabrication of macromolecular prodrugs (MPDs) of salicylic acid (SA) and aspirin (ASP) based on a hydrophilic cellulose ether, hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC). Degrees of substitution (DS) of SA and ASP per HEC repeating unit (HEC-RU) were achieved ranging from 0.60-2.18 and 0.53-1.50, respectively. The amphiphilic HEC-SA conjugate 2 assembled into nanowire-like structures, while HEC-ASP conjugate 6 formed nanoparticles (diameter 300-700nm) at a water/DMSO interface. After oral administration in rabbit models, conjugates 2 and 6 showed plasma half-life of 6...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526344/the-promise-of-a-specially-designed-graft-copolymer-of-acrylic-acid-onto-cellulose-as-selective-sorbent-for-heavy-metal-ions
#9
Hisham A Essawy, Magdy F Mohamed, Nabila S Ammar, Hanan S Ibrahim
A specially-designed graft copolymer of acrylic acid onto in-situ formed cellulose-fulvate hybrid showed privileged tendency for uptake of Pb(II) during competitive removal from a mixture containing Cd(II) and Ni(II) within 5min at pH 5. This novel trend is attributed mainly to the crowded high content of coordinating centers within the designed graft copolymer along with the acquired superabsorbency. This provides an outstanding tool to separate some metal ions selectively from mixtures containing multiple ions on kinetic basis...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526343/tannin-immobilized-cellulose-hydrogel-fabricated-by-a-homogeneous-reaction-as-a-potential-adsorbent-for-removing-cationic-organic-dye-from-aqueous-solution
#10
Ying Pei, Shan Chu, Yue Chen, Zhidong Li, Jin Zhao, Shuqi Liu, Xingjun Wu, Jie Liu, Xuejing Zheng, Keyong Tang
Tannin-immobilized cellulose (CT) hydrogels were successfully fabricated by homogeneous immobilization and crosslinking reaction via a simple method. The structures and properties of hydrogels were characterized by SEM and mechanical test. Methlyene Blue (MB) was selected as a cationic dye model, and the adsorption ability of CT hydrogel was evaluated. Tannins immobilized acted as adsorbent sites which combined MB by electrostatic attraction, resulting in the attractive adsorption ability of CT hydrogel. Adsorption kinetics could be better described by the pseudo-second-order model, and the absorption behaviors were in agreement with a Langmuir isotherm...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526342/ph-controlled-drug-delivery-with-hybrid-aerogel-of-chitosan-carboxymethyl-cellulose-and-graphene-oxide-as-the-carrier
#11
Ren Wang, Dan Shou, Ouyang Lv, Yong Kong, Linhong Deng, Jian Shen
Hybrid aerogels of chitosan (CS), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and graphene oxide (GO) are successfully prepared by using calcium ion (Ca(2+)) as the crosslinker. The resultant hybrid aerogels, CS/CMC/Ca(2+)/GO, are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Due to the pH sensitivity of CS and CMC, pH-controlled drug delivery with CS/CMC/Ca(2+)/GO as the carrier is investigated using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), an effective chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of cancers, as the model drug...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525726/characterization-of-an-ionic-liquid-tolerant-%C3%AE-xylosidase-from-a-marine-derived-fungal-endophyte
#12
Anindita Sengupta, Angela Zabala, Si Yu Tan, Arthur Broadstock, T S Suryanarayanan, Venkat Gopalan
Ionic liquids (ILs) are used in lignocellulosic biomass (LCB) pretreatment due to their ability to disrupt the extensive hydrogen-bonding network in cellulose and hemicellulose, and thereby decrease LCB recalcitrance to subsequent enzymatic degradation. However, this approach necessitates development of a cellulases and hemicellulases that can tolerate ~20% (w/v) IL, an amount that either co-precipitates with the sugar polymers after the initial pretreatment or is typically used in single-pot biomass deconstructions...
May 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524080/cereus-sinensis-polysaccharide-and-its-immunomodulatory-properties-in-human-monocytic-cells
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Junwen Wu, Xuefei Zhou, Min Zhang, Yun Yao, Juanjuan Han, Kehai Liu
In this study, the extraction conditions of the crude polysaccharide from Cereus sinensis were optimized by response surface methodology. The optimum extraction conditions were: a ratio of raw material to water volume of 1:80 (g/mL); an extraction temperature of 72 °C; and an extraction time of 3 h. Then, a purified polysaccharide named Cereus sinensis polysaccharide-1 (CSP-1) was obtained from the crude polysaccharide by the Diethylaminoethyl cellulose-52 (DEAE-52) cellulose chromatography column and Sephadex G-100 column...
May 18, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523077/enhanced-biomethane-production-rate-and-yield-from-lignocellulosic-ensiled-forage-ley-by-in-situ-anaerobic-digestion-treatment-with-endogenous-cellulolytic-enzymes
#14
Jutta Speda, Mikaela A Johansson, Anna Odnell, Martin Karlsson
BACKGROUND: Enzymatic treatment of lignocellulosic material for increased biogas production has so far focused on pretreatment methods. However, often combinations of enzymes and different physicochemical treatments are necessary to achieve a desired effect. This need for additional energy and chemicals compromises the rationale of using enzymes for low energy treatment to promote biogas production. Therefore, simpler and less energy intensive in situ anaerobic digester treatment with enzymes is desirable...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523076/metaproteomics-guided-selection-of-targeted-enzymes-for-bioprospecting-of-mixed-microbial-communities
#15
Jutta Speda, Bengt-Harald Jonsson, Uno Carlsson, Martin Karlsson
BACKGROUND: Hitherto, the main goal of metaproteomic analyses has been to characterize the functional role of particular microorganisms in the microbial ecology of various microbial communities. Recently, it has been suggested that metaproteomics could be used for bioprospecting microbial communities to query for the most active enzymes to improve the selection process of industrially relevant enzymes. In the present study, to reduce the complexity of metaproteomic samples for targeted bioprospecting of novel enzymes, a microbial community capable of producing cellulases was maintained on a chemically defined medium in an enzyme suppressed metabolic steady state...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522716/first-insights-into-the-genome-sequence-of-the-cellulolytic-bacterium-clostridium-hungatei-dsm-14427
#16
Anja Poehlein, Katrina Funkner, Miriam A Schüler, Rolf Daniel
Clostridium hungatei is an obligate anaerobic and spore-forming bacterium, which was isolated from soil. It ferments carbohydrates, such as cellulose or d-glucose. C. hungatei is able to fix nitrogen. The draft genome consists of 1 chromosome (4.902 Mb) with 4,246 predicted protein-coding genes.
May 18, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522426/polymer-coated-mucoadhesive-liposomes-intended-for-the-management-of-xerostomia
#17
Małgorzata I Adamczak, Ørjan G Martinsen, Gro Smistad, Marianne Hiorth
The aim of this work was to prepare and test different pharmaceutical formulations in respect of their potential in relieving dry mouth symptom. Since many of the products available on the market provide only temporary relief to the patients, there is need for new formulations able to retain on the oral mucosa. The prolonged moisture protection could be achieved by combining mucoadhesive materials, such as polymers containing hydrogen bonding groups, with vesicles capable of releasing hydration medium from the inner compartment...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522397/cellulose-acetate-poly-lactic-acid-coaxial-wet-electrospun-scaffold-containing-citalopram-loaded-gelatin-nanocarriers-for-neural-tissue-engineering-applications
#18
Mahdi Naseri-Nosar, Majid Salehi, Shahriar Hojjati-Emami
The current study aimed to develop a biodegradable three-dimensional drug-loaded scaffold with the core-shell structured fibrils using coaxial wet-electrospinning for neural tissue engineering application. Poly lactic acid was wet-electrospun as the core, whereas cellulose acetate was fabricated into the fibril's shell. The scaffold then was coated with citalopram-loaded gelatin nanocarriers (CGNs) produced by nanoprecipitation. Scanning electron microscope observation revealed that the fibrils formed a nonwoven structure with the average diameter of ∼950nm...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522005/biocompatible-microcrystalline-cellulose-particles-from-cotton-wool-and-magnetization-via-a-simple-in-situ-co-precipitation-method
#19
Mehnaz Rashid, Mohammad Abdul Gafur, Mostafa Kaiyum Sharafat, Hideto Minami, Mohd Abdul Jalil Miah, Hasan Ahmad
This investigation describes the preparation of magnetically doped degradable microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) nanocomposite particles with application potential in biotechnology, solid support for biomolecule/water purification, oil recovery from water and beyond. MCC was first extracted from cotton wool, the most abundant biocompatible polymer, by sulfuric acid hydrolysis and the effect of acid strength was examined. The size of the elongated fiber structure was reduced with increasing acid strength. MCC particles extracted by treatment with 70% sulfuric acid were used to prepare magnetic MCC nanocomposite particles...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521991/nmr-characterization-of-cellulose-acetate-mole-fraction-of-monomers-in-cellulose-acetate-determined-from-carbonyl-carbon-resonances
#20
Hiroyuki Kono, Chinatsu Oka, Ryota Kishimoto, Sayaka Fujita
Cellulose acetate (CA) samples with varying degrees of substitution were prepared via homogeneous acetylation in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([BMIM]Cl) and by the acid-hydrolysis of cellulose triacetate in acetic acid. Quantitative analysis of the (13)C NMR spectra facilitated the assignment of the carbonyl carbon shifts of the 2-mono-, 3-mono-, 6-mono-, 2,3-di-, 2,6-di-, 3,6-di-, and 2,3,6-tri-substituted anhydroglucose units (AGUs), and the determination of the mole fraction of 7 AGUs and unsubstituted AGU in the CA chains...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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