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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448835/continuous-production-of-polymer-nanoparticles-using-a-membrane-based-flow-cell
#1
Zhengnan Yang, Dona Foster, Ali Dhinojwala
We demonstrate the surfactant-free production of polymer nanoparticles using a continuous membrane-based tangential flow cell. Co-current streams of water and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/acetone/water solution were separated by a porous regenerated cellulose (RC) membrane. The water concentration in the PMMA solution was adjusted so that as additional water diffused through the RC membrane, the PMMA solution composition crossed the two phase boundary to precipitate PMMA nanoparticles. The size of these nanoparticles varied with the concentration of the PMMA feed and the amount of water diffusing across the membrane...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448629/structure-and-function-of-a-novel-gh8-endoglucanase-from-the-bacterial-cellulose-synthase-complex-of-raoultella-ornithinolytica
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Sandra Mara Naressi Scapin, Flavio Henrique Moreira Souza, Leticia Maria Zanphorlin, Thamyres Silva de Almeida, Youssef Bacila Sade, Alexander Machado Cardoso, Guilherme Luiz Pinheiro, Mario Tyago Murakami
Cellulose synthesis in bacteria is a complex process involving the concerted action of several enzymes whose genes are often organized in operons. This process influences many fundamental physiological aspects such as bacteria and host interaction, biofilm formation, among others. Although it might sound contradictory, the participation of cellulose-degrading enzymes is critical to this process. The presence of endoglucanases from family 8 of glycosyl hydrolases (GH8) in bacterial cellulose synthase (Bcs) complex has been described in different bacteria, including the model organism Komagataeibacter xylinus; however, their role in this process is not completely understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448112/real-time-imaging-of-2d-and-3d-temperature-distribution-coating-of-metal-ion-intercalated-organic-layered-composites-with-tunable-stimuli-responsive-properties
#3
Machi Takeuchi, Hiroaki Imai, Yuya Oaki
Organic layered materials have intercalation and dynamic properties. The dynamic properties are tuned by the intercalation of the guests. In general, howevver, it is not easy to achieve homogeneous and thin coating of the layered materials on substrates with complex shapes because of the two-dimentional anisotropic structures. In the present work, the layered organic composites were homogeneously coated on a variety of substrates for application to practical devices. The metal-ion-intercalated layered polydiacetylene (PDA-Mn+) with tunable stimuli-responsive color-change properties was coated on substrates, such as paper and cotton consisting of cellulose fibers...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448014/an-efficient-and-flexible-cell-aggregation-method-for-3d-spheroid-production
#4
Sarah M Maritan, Eric Y Lian, Lois M Mulligan
Monolayer cell culture does not adequately model the in vivo behavior of tissues, which involves complex cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture techniques are a recent innovation developed to address the shortcomings of adherent cell culture. While several techniques for generating tissue analogues in vitro have been developed, these methods are frequently complex, expensive to establish, require specialized equipment, and are generally limited by compatibility with only certain cell types...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447935/host-selected-mutations-converging-on-a-global-regulator-drive-an-adaptive-leap-by-bacteria-to-symbiosis
#5
Molly Sabrina Pankey, Randi L Foxall, Ian M Ster, Lauren A Perry, Brian M Schuster, Rachel A Donner, Matthew Coyle, Vaughn S Cooper, Cheryl A Whistler
Host immune and physical barriers protect against pathogens but also impede the establishment of essential symbiotic partnerships. To reveal mechanisms by which beneficial organisms adapt to circumvent host defenses, we experimentally evolved ecologically distinct bioluminescent Vibrio fischeri through Euprymna scolopes squid light organs. Serial squid passaging of bacteria produced eight distinct mutations in the binK sensor kinase gene that conferred an exceptional selective advantage demonstrated through both empirical and theoretical analysis...
April 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447389/outer-membrane-vesicles-from-fibrobacter-succinogenes-s85-contain-an-array-of-carbohydrate-active-enzymes-with-versatile-polysaccharide-degrading-capacity
#6
Magnus Ø Arntzen, Anikó Várnai, Roderick I Mackie, Vincent G H Eijsink, Phillip B Pope
Fibrobacter succinogenes is an anaerobic bacterium naturally colonizing the rumen and cecum of herbivores where it utilizes an enigmatic mechanism to deconstruct cellulose into cellobiose and glucose, which serve as carbon sources for growth. Here, we illustrate that outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) released by F. succinogenes are enriched with carbohydrate-active enzymes and that intact OMVs were able to depolymerize a broad range of linear and branched hemicelluloses and pectin, despite the inability of F. succinogenes to utilize non-cellulosic (pentose) sugars for growth...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447030/screening-and-optimizing-antimicrobial-peptides-by-using-spot-synthesis
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REVIEW
Paula M López-Pérez, Elizabeth Grimsey, Luc Bourne, Ralf Mikut, Kai Hilpert
Peptide arrays on cellulose are a powerful tool to investigate peptide interactions with a number of different molecules, for examples antibodies, receptors or enzymes. Such peptide arrays can also be used to study interactions with whole cells. In this review, we focus on the interaction of small antimicrobial peptides with bacteria. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) can kill multidrug-resistant (MDR) human pathogenic bacteria and therefore could be next generation antibiotics targeting MDR bacteria. We describe the screen and the result of different optimization strategies of peptides cleaved from the membrane...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446635/a-motif-and-amino-acid-bias-bioinformatics-pipeline-to-identify-hydroxyproline-rich-glycoproteins
#8
Kim L Johnson, Andrew M Cassin, Andrew Lonsdale, Antony Bacic, Monika Susanne Doblin, Carolyn J Schultz
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are functional proteins that lack a well-defined three dimensional structure. The study of IDPs is a rapidly growing area as the crucial biological functions of more of these proteins are uncovered. In plants, IDPs are implicated in plant stress responses, signalling and regulatory processes. A superfamily of cell wall proteins, the hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins (HRGPs), have characteristic features of IDPs. Their protein backbones are rich in the disordering amino acid proline, they contain repeated sequence motifs and extensive post-translational modifications (glycosylation) and have been implicated in many biological functions...
April 26, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445626/fabrication-and-characterization-of-chitosan-polyvinylpyrrolidone-and-cellulose-nanowhiskers-nanocomposite-films-for-wound-healing-drug-delivery-application
#9
Abshar Hasan, Gyan Waibhaw, Sakshi Tiwari, K Dharmalingam, I Shukla, Lalit M Pandey
This study describes the preparation of composite film using chitosan (CS) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) with incorporated cellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs) for drug delivery application. CNWs were prepared by acid hydrolysis of cellulose with sulfuric acid. Field emission scanning electron microscopy studies revealed nanofibrous morphology of CNWs with 20-30 nm diameter and 200-250 nm in length. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed highly crystalline nature of CNWs with 92.81% crystallinity. Incorporation of CNWs enhanced the thermal and mechanical properties of films...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444599/study-of-enzymatic-saccharification-of-agave-leaves-biomass-to-yield-fermentable-sugars
#10
Miguel A Medina-Morales, Oscar Soto-Cruz, Juan C Contreras-Esquivel, Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera, Heliodoro De la Garza-Toledo, Cristóbal N Aguilar
Agave is a good source of polysaccharides for the production of fermentable sugars as sustainable bioenergy feedstock solutions for semi-arid and arid lands. This plant grows in arid areas, which correspond to a large territory in northern Mexico. Having lignocellulose as the polysaccharide of interest, the information for the enzymatic saccharification of this kind of material is limited. Agave cell walls have a unique recalcitrant nature, but having a high cellulose content, makes this plant material an interesting research subject...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444598/synergistic-effect-of-thermostable-%C3%AE-glucosidase-tn0602-and-cellulase-on-cellulose-hydrolysis
#11
Zhaoye Zhang, Man Wang, Renjun Gao, Xiaoxiao Yu, Guang Chen
Thermophilic enzymes have many potential benefits in industrial production with increased flexibility related to process configurations. A thermostable β-glucosidase from Thermotoga naphthophila RUK-10 was found to possess catalytic activity for cellobiose hydrolysis with a high potential for application in biomass conversion. The aggregation of cellobiose often has an inhibitory effect on cellobiohydrolases and endoglucanases during cellulose hydrolysis. The presence of β-glucosidases has a significant effect on reducing inhibition from hydrolytic products by hydrolysing the intermedia cellobiose...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444073/antibacterial-activity-of-standard-and-n-doped-titanium-dioxide-coated-endotracheal-tubes-an-in-vitro-study
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Valentina Caratto, Lorenzo Ball, Elisa Sanguineti, Angelo Insorsi, Iacopo Firpo, Stefano Alberti, Maurizio Ferretti, Paolo Pelosi
Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa of two nanoparticle endotracheal tube coatings with visible light-induced photocatalysis. Methods: Two types of titanium dioxide nanoparticles were tested: standard anatase (TiO2) and N-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2). Nanoparticles were placed on the internal surface of a segment of commercial endotracheal tubes, which were loaded on a cellulose acetate filter; control endotracheal tubes were left without a nanoparticle coating...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443922/friction-lubrication-and-in-situ-mechanics-of-poroelastic-cellulose-hydrogels
#13
G K Dolan, G E Yakubov, M R Bonilla, P Lopez-Sanchez, J R Stokes
The tribology between biphasic materials is challenging to predict and interpret due to the interrelationship between mechanical properties, microstructure and movement of the fluid phase contained within. A new approach is presented to deconvolute these effects for cellulose hydrogels, which have a fibrous network that is akin to the microstructure of articular cartilage and plant cell walls. This is achieved by developing a tribo-rheological technique that uniquely incorporates in situ mechanical characterisation (compression-relaxation and small amplitude oscillatory shear) immediately prior to measuring the tribological response between pairs of hydrogels...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443615/the-plant-cell-wall-enzyme-atxth3-catalyses-covalent-cross-linking-between-cellulose-and-cello-oligosaccharide
#14
Naoki Shinohara, Naoki Sunagawa, Satoru Tamura, Ryusuke Yokoyama, Minoru Ueda, Kiyohiko Igarashi, Kazuhiko Nishitani
Cellulose is an economically important material, but routes of its industrial processing have not been fully explored. The plant cell wall - the major source of cellulose - harbours enzymes of the xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolase (XTH) family. This class of enzymes is unique in that it is capable of elongating polysaccharide chains without the requirement for activated nucleotide sugars (e.g., UDP-glucose) and in seamlessly splitting and reconnecting chains of xyloglucan, a naturally occurring soluble analogue of cellulose...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443295/data-for-discriminating-dead-live-bacteria-in-homogenous-cell-suspensions-and-the-effect-of-insoluble-substrates-on-turbidimetric-measurements
#15
Kwabena O Duedu, Christopher E French
Estimation of bacterial growth by rapid traditional methods such as spectrophometric measurements at 600 nm (OD600) is not applicable for cultures containing insoluble particles in the growth media. Colony counts are the only suitable alternative but these are laborious and not high-throughput. The data presented in this article is related to the research article entitled "Two-colour fluorescence fluorimetric analysis for direct quantification of bacteria and its application in monitoring bacterial growth in cellulose degradation systems" (Duedu and French, 2017) [1]...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443069/long-term-enrichment-of-stress-tolerant-cellulolytic-soil-populations-following-timber-harvesting-evidenced-by-multi-omic-stable-isotope-probing
#16
Roland C Wilhelm, Erick Cardenas, Hilary Leung, András Szeitz, Lionel D Jensen, William W Mohn
Soil management is vital for maintaining the productivity of commercial forests, yet the long-term impact of timber harvesting on soil microbial communities remains largely a matter of conjecture. Decomposition of plant biomass, comprised mainly of lignocellulose, has a broad impact on nutrient cycling, microbial activity and physicochemical characteristics of soil. At "Long-term Soil Productivity Study" sites in California dominated by Ponderosa pine, we tested whether clear-cut timber harvesting, accompanied by varying degrees of organic matter (OM) removal, affected the activity and structure of the cellulose-degrading microbial populations 16 years after harvesting...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442110/ethanolic-extracts-of-babandotan-leaves-ageratum-conyzoides-l-prevents-inflammation-and-proteoglycan-degradation-by-inhibiting-tnf-%C3%AE-and-mmp-9-on-osteoarthritis-rats-induced-by-monosodium-iodoacetate
#17
Anton Bahtiar, Mutiara Nurazizah, Tirza Roselina, Anita Paulina Tambunan, Ade Arsianti
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effects of Ageratum conyzoides L. on the monosodium iodoacetate induced osteoarthritis rats. METHODS: Thin layer chromatography was performed to analyze the constituents of the babandotan extract leaves. White male Sprague-Dawley rats used in this study were divided into 6 groups: normal control and negative control groups, both given 0.5% carboxymethyl cellulose; the positive control group that was given glucosamine and chondroitin suspension (486 mg/200 g B...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441870/protein-nanocellulose-interactions-in-paper-filters-for-advanced-separation-applications
#18
Simon Johan Gustafsson, Levon Manukyan, Albert Mihranyan
Protein-based pharmaceutics are widely explored for healthcare applications, and six out of ten best selling drugs today are biologicals. The goal of this work was to evaluate the protein nanocellulose interactions in paper filter for advanced separation applications such as virus removal filtration and bioprocessing. The protein recovery was measured for bovine serum albumin (BSA), γ-Globulin and Lysozyme using biuret total protein reagent and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), and the throughput was characterized in terms of flux values from fixed volume filtrations at various protein concentrations and under worst-case experimental conditions...
April 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441866/interactions-of-insoluble-residue-from-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-brewer-s-spent-grain-with-intestinal-microbiota-in-mice
#19
Johanna Maukonen, Anna-Marja Aura, Piritta Niemi, Gulam Shere Raza, Klaus Niemela, Jaroslaw Walkowiak, Ismo Mattila, Kaisa Poutanen, Johanna Buchert, Karl-Heinz Herzig
Brewer's spent grain (BSG) is the major side-stream from brewing. As BSG is rich in dietary fiber and protein, it could be used in more valuable applications, such as nutritional additives for foods. Our aim was to elucidate whether a insoluble lignin-rich fraction (INS) from BSG is metabolized by mice gut microbiota and how it affects the microbiota. Our results indicated that lignin was partially degraded by the gut microbiota, degradation products were absorbed, and finally excreted in urine. Therefore, they contribute to the phenolic pool circulating in the mammalian body, and may have systemic effects on health...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440915/unravelling-the-impact-of-lignin-on-cell-wall-mechanics-a-comprehensive-study-on-young-poplar-trees-downregulated-for-cinnamyl-alcohol-dehyrogenase-cad
#20
M Özparpucu, M Rüggeberg, N Gierlinger, I Cesarino, R Vanholme, W Boerjan, I Burgert
Lignin engineering is a promising tool to reduce the energy input and the need of chemical pre-treatments for the efficient conversion of plant biomass into fermentable sugars for downstream applications. At the same time, lignin engineering can offer new insight into structure-function relationships of plant cell walls by combined mechanical, structural and chemical analyses. Here, such a comprehensive approach was applied on poplar trees (Populus tremula x Populus alba) downregulated for CINNAMYL ALCOHOL DEHYDROGENASE (CAD) for gaining insight into the impact of lignin reduction on mechanical properties...
April 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
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