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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453437/umbilical-cord-as-human-cell-source-for-mitral-valve-tissue-engineering-venous-vs-arterial-cells
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Axel Malischewski, Ricardo Moreira, Luis Hurtado, Valentine Gesché, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela
Around 2% of the population in developed nations are affected by mitral valve disease and available valvular replacements are not designed for the atrioventricular position. Recently our group developed the first tissue-engineered heart valve (TEHV) specifically designed for the mitral position - the TexMi valve. The valve recapitulates the main components of the native valve, i.e. annulus, asymmetric leaflets and the crucial chordae tendineae. In the present study, we evaluated the human umbilical cord as a clinically applicable cell source for the TexMi valve...
April 28, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448616/abundance-profiling-of-specific-gene-groups-using-precomputed-gut-metagenomes-yields-novel-biological-hypotheses
#2
Konstantin Yarygin, Alexander Tyakht, Andrey Larin, Elena Kostryukova, Sergei Kolchenko, Vilgelm Bitner, Dmitry Alexeev
The gut microbiota is essentially a multifunctional bioreactor within a human being. The exploration of its enormous metabolic potential provides insights into the mechanisms underlying microbial ecology and interactions with the host. The data obtained using "shotgun" metagenomics capture information about the whole spectrum of microbial functions. However, each new study presenting new sequencing data tends to extract only a little of the information concerning the metabolic potential and often omits specific functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447391/transcriptional-response-of-escherichia-coli-to-ammonia-and-glucose-fluctuations
#3
Joana Danica Simen, Michael Löffler, Günter Jäger, Karin Schäferhoff, Andreas Freund, Jakob Matthes, Jan Müller, Ralf Takors
In large-scale production processes, metabolic control is typically achieved by limited supply of essential nutrients such as glucose or ammonia. With increasing bioreactor dimensions, microbial producers such as Escherichia coli are exposed to changing substrate availabilities due to limited mixing. In turn, cells sense and respond to these dynamic conditions leading to frequent activation of their regulatory programmes. Previously, we characterized short- and long-term strategies of cells to adapt to glucose fluctuations...
April 26, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442008/biotransformation-of-rdx-and-hmx-by-anaerobic-granular-sludge-with-enriched-sulfate-and-nitrate
#4
Chunjiang An, Yarong Shi, Yanling He, Guohe Huang, Yonghong Liu, Shucheng Yang
  RDX and HMX are widely used energetic materials and they are recognized as environmental contaminants at numerous locations. The present study investigated the biotransformation of RDX and HMX by anaerobic granular sludge under sulfate- and nitrate-enriched conditions. The results showed that RDX and HMX could be transformed by anaerobic granular sludge when nitrate was present. However, the biotransformation of RDX and HMX was negatively influenced, especially with high nitrate concentrations. Sulfate-enriched conditions were more favorable for the removal of ammunition compounds by anaerobic granular sludge than nitrate-enriched conditions...
May 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440060/a-practical-approach-in-bioreactor-scale-up-and-process-transfer-using-a-combination-of-constant-p-v-and-vvm-as-the-criterion
#5
Sen Xu, Linda Hoshan, Rubin Jiang, Balrina Gupta, Eric Brodean, Kristin O'Neill, T Craig Seamans, John Bowers, Hao Chen
Bioreactor scale-up is a critical step in the production of therapeutic proteins such as monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). With the scale-up criterion such as similar power input per volume or O2 volumetric mass transfer coefficient (kL a), adequate oxygen supply and cell growth can be largely achieved. However, CO2 stripping in the growth phase is often inadequate. This could cascade down to increased base addition and osmolality, as well as residual lactate increase and compromised production and product quality...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439901/biomimetic-strategies-to-recapitulate-organ-specific-microenvironments-for-studying-breast-cancer-metastasis
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REVIEW
Akshay A Narkhede, Lalita A Shevde, Shreyas S Rao
The progression of breast cancer from the primary tumor setting to the metastatic setting is the critical event defining stage IV disease, no longer considered curable. The microenvironment at specific organ sites is known to play a key role in influencing the ultimate fate of metastatic cells; yet microenvironmental mediated-molecular mechanisms underlying organ specific metastasis in breast cancer are not well understood. This review discusses biomimetic strategies employed to recapitulate metastatic organ microenvironments, particularly, bone, liver, lung and brain to elucidate the mechanisms dictating metastatic breast cancer cell homing and colonization...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439766/enhanced-butyric-acid-tolerance-and-production-by-class-i-heat-shock-protein-overproducing-clostridium-tyrobutyricum-atcc-25755
#7
Yukai Suo, Sheng Luo, Yanan Zhang, Zhengping Liao, Jufang Wang
The response of Clostridium tyrobutyricum to butyric acid stress involves various stress-related genes, and therefore overexpression of stress-related genes can improve butyric acid tolerance and yield. Class I heat shock proteins (HSPs) play an important role in the process of protecting bacteria from sudden changes of extracellular stress by assisting protein folding correctly. The results of quantitative real-time PCR indicated that the Class I HSGs grpE, dnaK, dnaJ, groEL, groES, and htpG were significantly upregulated under butyric acid stress, especially the dnaK and groE operons...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437108/design-of-a-toolbox-of-rna-thermometers
#8
Shaunak Sen, Divyansh Apurva, Rohit Satija, Dan Siegal, Richard M Murray
Biomolecular temperature sensors can be used for efficient control of large-volume bioreactors, for spatiotemporal imaging and control of gene expression, and to engineer robustness to temperature in biomolecular circuit design. While RNA-based sensors, called 'thermometers', have been investigated in both natural and synthetic contexts, an important challenge is to design diverse responses to temperature, differing in sensitivities and thresholds. We address this issue by constructing a library of RNA thermometers, based on thermodynamic computations, and experimentally measuring their activities in cell-free biomolecular 'breadboards'...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435849/effects-of-cyclic-compression-on-the-mechanical-properties-and-calcification-process-of-immature-chick-bone-tissue-in-culture
#9
Eijiro Maeda, Masashi Nakagaki, Katsuhisa Ichikawa, Kazuaki Nagayama, Takeo Matsumoto
Contribution of mechanical loading to tissue growth during both the development and post-natal maturation is of a particular interest, as its understanding would be important to strategies in bone tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The present study has been performed to investigate how immature bone responds to mechanical loading using an ex vivo culture system. A slice of the tibia, with the thickness of 3 mm, was obtained from 0-day-old chick. For the ex vivo culture experiment in conjunction with cyclic compressive loading, we developed a custom-made, bioreactor system where both the load and the deformation applied to the specimen was recorded...
June 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433913/simultaneous-partial-nitrification-and-2-fluorophenol-biodegradation-with-aerobic-granular-biomass-reactor-performance-and-microbial-communities
#10
Carlos Ramos, Catarina L Amorim, Daniela P Mesquita, Eugénio C Ferreira, Julián Carrera, Paula M L Castro
An aerobic granular bioreactor was operated for over 4months, treating a synthetic wastewater with a high ammonium content (100mgNL(-1)). The inoculum was collected from a bioreactor performing simultaneous partial nitrification and aromatic compounds biodegradation. From day-56 onwards, 2-fluorophenol (2-FP) (12.4mgL(-1)) was added to the feeding wastewater and the system was bioaugmented with a 2-FP degrading bacteria (Rhodococcus sp. FP1). By the end of operation, complete 2-FP biodegradation and partial nitrification were simultaneously achieved...
March 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433722/high-precision-genome-sequencing-of-engineered-g-oxydans-621h-by-combining-long-nanopore-and-short-accurate-illumina-reads
#11
Angela Kranz, Alexander Vogel, Ursula Degner, Ines Kiefler, Michael Bott, Björn Usadel, Tino Polen
State of the art and novel high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies enable fascinating opportunities and applications in the life sciences including microbial genomics. Short high-quality read data already enable not only microbial genome sequencing, yet can be inadequately to solve problems in genome assemblies and for the analysis of structural variants, especially in engineered microbial cell factories. Single-molecule real-time sequencing technologies generating long reads promise to solve such assembly problems...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433585/scale-up-for-esters-production-from-straw-whiskers-for-biofuel-applications
#12
Agapi Dima, Konstantina Boura, Argyro Bekatorou, Panagiota-Yiolanda Stergiou, Athanasios Foukis, Olga A Gkini, Panagiotis Kandylis, Katerina Pissaridi, Maria Kanellaki, Emmanuel M Papamichael, Athanasios A Koutinas
Delignified wheat straw was fermented by a mixed bacterial anaerobic culture obtained from a UASB reactor to produce organic acids (OAs). Kissiris was used as immobilization carrier in a 2-compartment 82L bioreactor filled with 17L of fermentation broth for the first 7 fermentation batches and up to 40L for the subsequent batches. The amount of straw used was 30g/L and the temperature was set at 37°C for all experiments. The total OAs reached concentrations up to 17.53g/L and the produced ethanol ranged from 0...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433507/use-of-bioreactor-landfill-for-nitrogen-removal-to-enhance-methane-production-through-ex-situ-simultaneous-nitrification-denitrification-and-in-situ-denitrification
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Xiaojie Sun, Hongxia Zhang, Zhaowen Cheng
High concentrations of nitrate-nitrogen (NO3(-)-N) derived from ex situ nitrification phase can inhibit methane production during ex situ nitrification and in situ denitrification bioreactor landfill. A combined process comprised of ex situ simultaneous nitrification-denitrification (SND) in an aged refuse bioreactor (ARB) and in situ denitrification in a fresh refuse bioreactor (FRB) was conducted to reduce the negative effect of high concentrationsof NO3(-)-N. Ex situ SND can be achieved because NO3(-)-N concentration can be reduced and the removal rate of ammonium-nitrogen (NH4(+)-N) remains largely unchanged when the ventilation rate of ARB-A2 is controlled...
April 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432953/new-and-practical-mathematical-model-of-membrane-fouling-in-an-aerobic-submerged-membrane-bioreactor
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Mst Fazana Rahman Zuthi, Wenshan Guo, Huu Hao Ngo, Duc Long Nghiem, Faisal I Hai, Siqing Xia, Jianxin Li, Jixiang Li, Yi Liu
This study aimed to develop a practical semi-empirical mathematical model of membrane fouling that accounts for cake formation on the membrane and its pore blocking as the major processes of membrane fouling. In the developed model, the concentration of mixed liquor suspended solid is used as a lumped parameter to describe the formation of cake layer including the biofilm. The new model considers the combined effect of aeration and backwash on the foulants' detachment from the membrane. New exponential coefficients are also included in the model to describe the exponential increase of transmembrane pressure that typically occurs after the initial stage of an MBR operation...
April 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432949/dominance-of-candidate-saccharibacteria-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-treating-medium-age-landfill-leachate-effects-of-organic-load-on-microbial-communities-hydrolytic-potential-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances
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Nikolaos Remmas, Paraschos Melidis, Ioanna Zerva, Jon Bent Kristoffersen, Sofia Nikolaki, George Tsiamis, Spyridon Ntougias
A membrane bioreactor (MBR), accomplishing high nitrogen removal efficiencies, was evaluated under various landfill leachate concentrations (50, 75 and 100% v/v). Proteinous and carbohydrate extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and soluble microbial product (SMP) were strongly correlated (p<0.01) with organic load, salinity and NH4(+)-N. Exceptionally high β-glucosidase activities (6700-10,100Ug(-1)) were determined during MBR operation with 50% v/v leachate, as a result of the low organic carbon availability that extendedly induced β-glucosidases to breakdown the least biodegradable organic fraction...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430298/an-experimental-numerical-investigation-on-the-effects-of-macroporous-scaffold-geometry-on-cell-culture-parameters
#16
Hadis Eghbali, Michele M Nava, Gabriella Leonardi, Davod Mohebbi-Kalhori, Roberto Sebastiano, Abdolreza Samimi, Manuela T Raimondi
INTRODUCTION: Perfused bioreactors have been demonstrated to be effective in the delivery of nutrients and in the removal of waste products to and from the interior of cell-populated three-dimensional scaffolds. In this paper, a perfused bioreactor hosting a macroporous scaffold provided with a channel is used to investigate transport phenomena and culture parameters on cell growth. METHODS: MG63 human osteosarcoma cells were seeded on macroporous poly​(ε-caprolactone) scaffolds provided with a channel...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425561/creating-homogenous-strain-distribution-within-3d-cell-encapsulated-constructs-using-a-simple-and-cost-effective-uniaxial-tensile-bioreactor-design-and-validation-study
#17
Gayathri Subramanian, Mostafa Elsaadany, Callan Bialorucki, Eda Yildirim-Ayan
Mechanical loading bioreactors capable of applying uniaxial tensile strains are emerging to be a valuable tool to investigate physiologically-relevant cellular signaling pathways and biochemical expression. In this study, we have introduced a simple and cost-effective uniaxial tensile strain bioreactor for the application of precise and homogenous uniaxial strains to 3D cell-encapsulated collagen constructs at physiological loading strains (0-12%) and frequencies (0.01-1 Hz). The bioreactor employs silicone-based loading chambers specifically designed to stretch constructs without direct gripping to minimize stress concentration at the ends of the construct and preserve its integrity...
April 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421401/liquid-marbles-as-bioreactors-for-the-study-of-three-dimensional-cell-interactions
#18
Raja K Vadivelu, Harshad Kamble, Ahmed Munaz, Nam-Trung Nguyen
Liquid marble as a bioreactor platform for cell-based studies has received significant attention, especially for developing 3D cell-based assays. This platform is particularly suitable for 3D in-vitro modeling of cell-cell interactions. For the first time, we demonstrated the interaction of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) with nerve debris and meningeal fibroblast using liquid marbles. As the transplantation of OECs can be used for repairing nerve injury, degenerating cell debris within the transplantation site can adversely affect the survival of transplanted OECs...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419953/exploiting-extracellular-polymeric-substances-eps-controlling-strategies-for-performance-enhancement-of-biological-wastewater-treatments-an-overview
#19
REVIEW
Yahui Shi, Jinhui Huang, Guangming Zeng, Yanling Gu, Yaoning Chen, Yi Hu, Bi Tang, Jianxin Zhou, Ying Yang, Lixiu Shi
Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) are present both outside of the cells and in the interior of microbial aggregates, and account for a main component in microbial aggregates. EPS can influence the properties and functions of microbial aggregates in biological wastewater treatment systems, and specifically EPS are involved in biofilm formation and stability, sludge behaviors as well as sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) granulation whereas they are also responsible for membrane fouling in membrane bioreactors (MBRs)...
April 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419110/cocoa-pulp-in-beer-production-applicability-and-fermentative-process-performance
#20
Cassiane da Silva Oliveira Nunes, Giovani Brandão Mafra de Carvalho, Marília Lordêlo Cardoso da Silva, Gervásio Paulo da Silva, Bruna Aparecida Souza Machado, Ana Paula Trovatti Uetanabaro
This work evaluated the effect of cocoa pulp as a malt adjunct on the parameters of fermentation for beer production on a pilot scale. For this purpose, yeast isolated from the spontaneous fermentation of cachaça (SC52), belonging to the strain bank of the State University of Feira de Santana-Ba (Brazil), and a commercial strain of ale yeast (Safale S-04 Belgium) were used. The beer produced was subjected to acceptance and purchase intention tests for sensorial analysis. At the beginning of fermentation, 30% cocoa pulp (adjunct) was added to the wort at 12°P concentration...
2017: PloS One
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