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Qiong Wang, Cheng-Yu Chung, Sandra Chough, Michael J Betenbaugh
As a key parameter impacting functional and structural heterogeneity, protein glycosylation is a critical quality attribute for antibody biotherapeutic manufacturing. The glycan patterns on recombinant antibodies, particularly on the conserved fragment crystallizable (Fc) region, can have significant effects on an antibody's functional activities including clearance rate, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC), complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) and anti-inflammatory activity. In this review, we examined specific glycan attachments (fucosylation, sialylation, galactosylation, oligo-mannose and bisecting glycans) and their importance to antibody properties...
February 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Junyuan Guo, Yuling Zhou, Shilin Jiang, Cheng Chen
In this study, a multi soil layering (MSL) bioreactor was constructed to treat synthetic domestic wastewater. Effects of hydraulic loading rate (HLR) on the performance of the MSL bioreactor for synthetic domestic wastewater treatment were investigated. Results showed that the MSL bioreactor exhibited a strong adaptability on the variation of HLR, when the HLR was adjusted to 400 L·m-2 ·d-1 , average removal efficiencies of chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammonia, total nitrogen (TN), and total phosphorus (TP) reached 93...
February 19, 2018: Environmental Technology
Heba A El-Bialy, Ola A A Khalil, Ola M Gomaa
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) is a common persistent pesticide in soil, its persistence generates toxicity in the environment. PCP degradation by soil indigenous bacteria represents a practical and cost-effective solution. In the present study, bacteria isolated from paddy soil was investigated and the role of electron shuttling in the PCP degradation process was assessed. Two strains demonstrated the highest PCP degradation of 93.5% and 94.88% in the presence of citrate, and were identified using 16S rRNA phylogenetic analysis as Pseudomonas chengduensis and Pseudomonas plecoglossicida, respectively...
February 19, 2018: Environmental Technology
Latifa Azzouz, Nouara Boudjema, Fares Aouichat, Mohamed Kherat, Nabil Mameri
This study focuses on the treatment of both organic and metallic pollution in the Staoueli landfill leachate. This leachate contains a large amount of organic and inorganic matter and it must imperatively be treated before being released into the environment. Our work presents a comparative study between two membrane sequenced batch bioreactors (B2 contains indigenous leachate bacteria and B1 contains activated sludge). The purpose is to assess the best treatment to use, one that allows the reduction of the polluting load of the leachate and a reduction of membrane fouling...
February 13, 2018: Waste Management
Ke Zhang, Yihao Liu, Qiang Chen, Hongbing Luo, Zhanyuan Zhu, Wei Chen, Jia Chen, You Mo
Two bacterial strains designated as Arthrobacter sp. SLG-4 and Rhodococcus sp. SLG-6, capable of utilizing di-n-octyl phthalate (DOP) as sole source of carbon and energy, were isolated from activated sludge. The analysis of DOP degradation intermediates indicated Arthrobacter sp. SLG-4 could completely degrade DOP. Whereas DOP could not be mineralized by Rhodococcus sp. SLG-6 and the final metabolic product was phthalic acid (PA). The proposed DOP degradation pathway by Arthrobacter sp. SLG-4 was that strain SLG-4 initially transformed DOP to PA via de-esterification pathway, and then PA was metabolized to protocatechuate acid and eventually converted to tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle through meta-cleavage pathway...
February 15, 2018: Biodegradation
Andrea Fotticchia, Emrah Demirci, Cristina Lenardi, Y Liu
There is lack of investigation capturing the complex mechanical interaction of tissue engineered IVD (intervertebral disc) constructs in physiologically-relevant environmental conditions. In this study, mechanical characterisation of anisotropic eletrospinning (ES) substrates made of polycaprolactone (PCL) was carried out in wet and dry conditions and viability of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) seeded within double layers of ES PCL was also studied. Cyclic compression of IVD-like constructs composed of an agarose core confined by ES PCL double-layers was implemented using a bioreactor and the cellular response to the mechanical stimulation was evaluated...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Miaomiao Wang, Jing Wu, Dan Wu
BACKGROUND: Kojibiose as a prebiotic and inhibitor of α-glucosidase exhibits potential for a wide range of applications in the food and medicine fields; however, large-scale separation and extraction of kojibiose from nature is difficult. Sucrose phosphorylase (SPase) can be used for the production of kojibiose, and currently, SPase is only heterologously expressed in E. coli, making it unsuitable for use in the food industry. However, Bacillus subtilis is generally considered to be a safe organism potentially useful for SPase expression...
February 15, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Guobin Jiang, Dan Liu, Weiming Chen, Qibin Li, Guangti Li, Yue Qi
To achieve a uniform water distribution and to promote the stabilization of bioreactor landfills, the effects of different density on the transport and hydraulic characteristics of recirculated leachate were studied in a Li + tracer experiment. The landfill density was related negatively to the maximum production rate of leachate, the percentage of Li + tracer solution and the cumulative amount of Li + that washed out in the first recirculation round. The cumulative amount of Li + that was washed out accounted for 92...
February 16, 2018: Environmental Technology
Lisendra Marbelia, Marie-Aline Hernalsteens, Shazia Ilyas, Basak Öztürk, Anthony Szymczyk, Dirk Springael, Ivo Vankelecom
The influence of membrane surface charge on biofouling community composition during activated sludge filtration in a membrane bioreactor was investigated in this study using polyacrylonitrile-based membranes. Membranes with different surface properties were synthesized by phase inversion followed by a layer-by-layer modification. Various characterization results showed that the membranes differed only in their surface chemical composition and charge, ie two of them were negative, one neutral and one positive...
February 15, 2018: Biofouling
Xiaoye Song, Wenhai Luo, James McDonald, Stuart J Khan, Faisal I Hai, William E Price, Long D Nghiem
In this study, a direct contact membrane distillation (MD) unit was integrated with an anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) to simultaneously recover energy and produce high quality water for reuse from wastewater. Results show that AnMBR could produce 0.3-0.5L/g COD added biogas with a stable methane content of approximately 65%. By integrating MD with AnMBR, bulk organic matter and phosphate were almost completely removed. The removal of the 26 selected trace organic contaminants by AnMBR was compound specific, but the MD process could complement AnMBR removal, leading to an overall efficiency from 76% to complete removal by the integrated system...
February 12, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Tahir Rasheed, Muhammad Bilal, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Hongbo Hu, Wei Wang, Xuehong Zhang
Owing to the ever-increasing environmental and health impacts associated with the discharge of dye-based effluents, effective remediation of industrial waste has become a top priority for the industrialists and environmental fraternity, around the world. In this context, plant-based peroxidases represent a suitable bio-remediating agent for the effective treatment of original dyes or dye-based colored wastewater effluents. In the present study, horseradish peroxidase was entrapped on a polyacrylamide gel and investigated its potential for the degradation and detoxification of an azo dye, methyl orange...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Eun-Jae Chung, Hyung Woo Ju, Yeung Kyu Yeon, Ji Seung Lee, Young Jin Lee, Ye Been Seo, Park Chan Hum
Current treatments of oesophageal diseases, such as carcinoma, congenital abnormality or trauma, require surgical intervention and oesophageal reconstruction with the stomach, jejunum or colon. However, serious side effects are possible with each treatment option. Despite tissue engineering promising to be an effective regenerative strategy, no functional solution currently exists for oesophageal reconstruction. Here, we developed an omentum-cultured oesophageal scaffold reinforced by a 3D-printed ring. The nano-structured scaffolds were wrapped into the omentum of rats and orthotopically transplanted for the repair of circumferential oesophageal defects two weeks later...
February 15, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Derek A Nichols, Inderbir S Sondh, Steven R Litte, Paolo Zunino, Riccardo Gottardi
Bioreactors are systems that can be used to monitor the response of tissues and cells to candidate drugs. Building on the experience developed in the creation of an osteochondral bioreactor, we have designed a new 3D printed system, which allows optical access to the cells throughout testing for in line monitoring. Because of the use of 3D printing, the fluidics could be developed in the third dimension, thus maintaining the footprint of a single well of a typical 96 well plate. This new design was optimized to achieve the maximum fluid transport through the central chamber, which corresponds to optimal nutrient or drug exposure...
February 14, 2018: Biomedical Microdevices
Argang Kazemzadeh, Cynthia Elias, Melih Tamer, Farhad Ein-Mozaffari
The hydrodynamics of gas-liquid two-phase flow in a single-use bioreactor were investigated in detail both experimentally and numerically. Electrical resistance tomography (ERT) and dynamic gas disengagement (DGD) combined with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) were employed to assess the effect of the volumetric gas flow rate and impeller speed on the gas-liquid flow field, local and global gas holdup values, and Sauter mean bubble diameter. From the results obtained from DGD coupled with ERT, the bubble sizes were determined...
February 14, 2018: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Randall W Renshaw, Jennifer Griffing, Jaime Weisman, Lisa M Crofton, Melissa A Laverack, Robert P Poston, Gerald E Duhamel, Edward J Dubovi
Four out of eleven affected dogs died despite aggressive treatment during a 2015 focal outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis following a stay in a pet housing facility. Routine diagnostic investigations failed to identify a specific cause. Virus isolation from fresh necropsy tissues yielded a calicivirus with sequence homology to a vesivirus within the group colloquially known as the 2117 strains that were originally identified as contaminants in CHO cell bioreactors. In situ hybridization and reverse transcription-PCR assays of tissues from the four deceased dogs confirmed the presence of canine vesivirus (CaVV) nucleic acids that localized to endothelial cells of arterial and capillary blood vessels...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Melva Suarez Muñoz, Davide Confalonieri, Heike Walles, Elisabeth M W M van Dongen, Gudrun Dandekar
Tissue engineering is a promising field, focused on developing solutions for the increasing demand on tissues and organs regarding transplantation purposes. The process to generate such tissues is complex, and includes an appropriate combination of specific cell types, scaffolds, and physical or biochemical stimuli to guide cell growth and differentiation. Microcarriers represent an appealing tool to expand cells in a three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment, since they provide higher surface-to volume ratios and mimic more closely the in vivo situation compared to traditional two-dimensional methods...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Geert Cremers, Lavinia Gambelli, Theo van Alen, Laura van Niftrik, Huub J M Op den Camp
With the emergence of Next Generation Sequencing, major advances were made with regard to identifying viruses in natural environments. However, bioinformatical research on viruses is still limited because of the low amounts of viral DNA that can be obtained for analysis. To overcome this limitation, DNA is often amplified with multiple displacement amplification (MDA), which may cause an unavoidable bias. Here, we describe a case study in which the virome of a bioreactor is sequenced using Ion Torrent technology...
2018: PeerJ
Haolin Fang, Xianzhou Li, Haiming Shen, Buwei Sun, Haijun Teng, Pei Li
BACKGROUND: Disc degeneration is correlated with mechanical load. Osteogenic protein-1 (OP-1) is potential to regenerate degenerative disc. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether OP-1 can protect against high magitude compression-induced nucleus pulposus (NP) cell apoptosis and NP matrix catabolism, and its potential mechanism. METHODS: Porcine discs were cultured in a bioreactor and compressed at a relatively high-magnitude mechanical compression (1...
February 13, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Yanina Soledad Bogliotti, Jun Wu, Marcela Vilarino, Daiji Okamura, Delia Alba Soto, Cuiqing Zhong, Masahiro Sakurai, Rafael Vilar Sampaio, Keiichiro Suzuki, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Pablo Juan Ross
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are derived from the inner cell mass of preimplantation blastocysts. From agricultural and biomedical perspectives, the derivation of stable ESCs from domestic ungulates is important for genomic testing and selection, genome engineering, and modeling human diseases. Cattle are one of the most important domestic ungulates that are commonly used for food and bioreactors. To date, however, it remains a challenge to produce stable pluripotent bovine ESC lines. Employing a culture system containing fibroblast growth factor 2 and an inhibitor of the canonical Wnt-signaling pathway, we derived pluripotent bovine ESCs (bESCs) with stable morphology, transcriptome, karyotype, population-doubling time, pluripotency marker gene expression, and epigenetic features...
February 9, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Joo Shun Tan, Sahar Abbasiliasi, Saeid Kadkhodaei, Yew Joon Tam, Teck-Kim Tang, Yee-Ying Lee, Arbakariya B Ariff
BACKGROUND: Demand for high-throughput bioprocessing has dramatically increased especially in the biopharmaceutical industry because the technologies are of vital importance to process optimization and media development. This can be efficiently boosted by using microtiter plate (MTP) cultivation setup embedded into an automated liquid-handling system. The objective of this study was to establish an automated microscale method for upstream and downstream bioprocessing of α-IFN2b production by recombinant Escherichia coli...
January 4, 2018: BMC Microbiology
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