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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102516/production-of-lovastatin-and-itaconic-acid-by-aspergillus-terreus-a-comparative-perspective
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REVIEW
Tomasz Boruta, Marcin Bizukojc
Aspergillus terreus is a textbook example of an industrially relevant filamentous fungus. It is used for the biotechnological production of two valuable metabolites, namely itaconic acid and lovastatin. Itaconic acid serves as a precursor in polymer industry, whereas lovastatin found its place in the pharmaceutical market as a cholesterol-lowering statin drug and a precursor for semisynthetic statins. Interestingly, their biosynthetic gene clusters were shown to reside in the common genetic neighborhood. Despite the genomic proximity of the underlying biosynthetic genes, the production of lovastatin and itaconic acid was shown to be favored by different factors, especially with respect to pH values of the broth...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102176/synthesis-of-magnetic-cytosine-imprinted-chitosan-nanoparticles
#2
Mei-Hwa Lee, Arti Ahluwalia, Jian-Zhou Chen, Neng-Lang Shih, Hung-Yin Lin
Molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles incorporating magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been investigated for their selective adsorption properties. Here we describe the synthesis and characterization of magnetic cytosine-imprinted chitosan nanoparticles (CIPs) for gene delivery. In particular, CIPs carrying the mammalian expression plasmid of enhanced green fluorescent protein were prepared by the co-precipitation of MNPs, chitosan and a template nucleobase (cytosine). The results show that the selective reabsorption of cytosine to magnetic CIPs was at least double that of non-imprinted polymers and other nucleobases (such as adenine and thymine)...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101458/cationic-liposomes-modified-with-polyallylamine-as-a-gene-carrier-preparation-characterization-and-transfection-efficiency-evaluation
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Reza Kazemi Oskuee, Asma Mahmoudi, Leila Gholami, Alireza Rahmatkhah, Bizhan Malaekeh-Nikouei
Purpose: Cationic polymers and cationic liposomes have shown to be effective non-viral gene delivery vectors. In this study, we tried to improve the transfection efficiency by employing the advantages of both. Methods: For this purpose, modified polyallylamines (PAAs) were synthesized. These modifications were done through the reaction of PAA (15 KDa) with acrylate and 6-bromoalkanoic acid derivatives. Liposomes comprising of these cationic polymers and cationic lipid were prepared and extruded through polycarbonate filters to obtain desired size...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100091/the-effects-of-polyethylenimine-dna-nanoparticle-on-transcript-levels-of-apoptosis-related-genes
#4
Elham Pishavar, Mohammad Shafiei, Soghra Mehri, Mohammad Ramezani, Khalil Abnous
CONTEXT: Polyethylenimine (PEI) is a cationic polymer commonly used in gene transfer. Although numerous investigations have indicated that PEI can induce apoptosis/necrosis but the mechanism of its cytotoxicity is still poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of PEI/DNA complexes on the expression of apoptotic genes in human colon adenocarcinoma cells (HT29). METHODS: HT29 cells were exposed to PEI/DNA complex (C/P = 0...
January 18, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098869/core%C3%A2-shell-lipid-polymer-nanoparticles-for-combined-chemo%C3%A2-and-gene-therapy-of-childhood-head-and-neck-cancers
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Tiesong Zhang, Jing Ma, Chao Li, Ken Lin, Fan Lou, Hongchao Jiang, Yingqin Gao, Yanli Yang, Cheng Ming, Biao Ruan
Pediatric head and neck cancers account for overall 12% of all pediatric cancers. Despite recent advances in therapeutic modalities, children with tumor metastasis have poor prognosis. Therefore, there is an unmet need for new and effective treatment modalities for pediatric head and neck cancers. The present study describes a simple and efficient method for fabrication of cationic lipid‑polymer hybrid nanoparticles (CLPNs) for co‑delivery of cisplatin (CDDP) and DNA (CDDP/DNA CLPNs) for the therapy of childhood head and neck cancers...
January 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095650/bone-tissue-engineering-in-oral-peri-implant-defects-in-preclinical-in-vivo-research-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Siddharth Shanbhag, Nikolaos Pandis, Kamal Mustafa, Jens R Nyengaard, Andreas Stavropoulos
Regeneration and establishment of osseointegration within oral peri-implant bone defects remains a clinical challenge. Bone tissue engineering (BTE) is emerging as a promising alternative to autogenous and/or biomaterial-based bone grafting. The objective of this systematic review was to answer the focused question: in animal models, do cell-based BTE strategies enhance bone regeneration and/or implant osseointegration in experimental peri-implant defects, compared to grafting with autogenous bone or only biomaterial scaffolds? Electronic databases were searched for controlled animal studies reporting on peri-implant defects and implantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) or other cells seeded on biomaterial scaffolds, following PRISMA guidelines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093325/gold-nanostar-polymer-hybrids-for-sirna-delivery-polymer-design-towards-colloidal-stability-and-in-vitro-studies-on-breast-cancer-cells
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Carla Sardo, Barbara Bassi, Emanuela F Craparo, Cinzia Scialabba, Elisa Cabrini, Giacomo Dacarro, Agnese D'Agostino, Angelo Taglietti, Gaetano Giammona, Piersandro Pallavicini, Gennara Cavallaro
To overcome the low bioavailability of siRNA (small interfering RNA) and to improve their transfection efficiency, the use of non-viral delivery carriers is today a feasible approach to transform the discovery of these incredibly potent and versatile drugs into clinical practice. Polymer-modified gold nanoconstructs (AuNCs) are currently viewed as efficient and safe intracellular delivery carriers for siRNA, as they have the possibility to conjugate the ability to stably entrap and deliver siRNAs inside cells with the advantages of gold nanoparticles, which can act as theranostic agents and radiotherapy enhancers through laser-induced hyperthermia...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091870/perspectives-using-polymer-modeling-to-understand-the-formation-and-function-of-nuclear-compartments
#8
REVIEW
N Haddad, D Jost, C Vaillant
Compartmentalization is a ubiquitous feature of cellular function. In the nucleus, early observations revealed a non-random spatial organization of the genome with a large-scale segregation between transcriptionally active-euchromatin-and silenced-heterochromatin-parts of the genome. Recent advances in genome-wide mapping and imaging techniques have strikingly improved the resolution at which nuclear genome folding can be analyzed and have revealed a multiscale spatial compartmentalization with increasing evidences that such compartment may indeed result from and participate to genome function...
January 14, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088691/stability-effect-of-cholesterol-poly-acrylic-acid-in-a-stimuli-responsive-polymer-liposome-complex-obtained-from-soybean-lecithin-for-controlled-drug-delivery
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M G Simões, P Alves, Manuela Carvalheiro, P N Simões
The development of polymer-liposome complexes (PLCs), in particular for biomedical applications, has grown significantly in the last decades. The importance of these studies comes from the emerging need in finding intelligent controlled release systems, more predictable, effective and selective, for applications in several areas, such as treatment and/or diagnosis of cancer, neurological, dermatological, ophthalmic and orthopedic diseases, gene therapy, cosmetic treatments, and food engineering. This work reports the development and characterization of a pH sensitive system for controlled release based on PLCs...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087147/immune-responses-to-in-ovo-vaccine-formulations-containing-inactivated-fowl-adenovirus-8b-with-poly-di-sodium-carboxylatoethylphenoxy-phosphazene-pcep-and-avian-beta-defensin-as-adjuvants-in-chickens
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Mishal Sarfraz, Muhammed Suleman, Suresh K Tikoo, Colette Wheler, Andrew A Potter, Volker Gerdts, Arshud Dar
Inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) is one of the major viral infections causing substantial economic loss to the global poultry industry. The disease is characterized by a sudden onset of mortality (2-30%) and high morbidity (60-70%). IBH is caused by a number of serotypes of fowl adenovirus with substantially low levels of serotype cross protection. Thus far, there is no effective and safe vaccine commercially available in the North America for the control of IBH in chickens. Poly[di(sodium carboxylatoethylphenoxy)]phosphazene (PCEP) is a high molecular weight, biodegradable water soluble polymer that has been well characterized as a safe and effective adjuvant for a number of experimental veterinary vaccines...
January 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076454/a-broad-ph-range-and-processive-chitinase-from-a-metagenome-library
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S S Thimoteo, A Glogauer, H Faoro, E M de Souza, L F Huergo, B M Moerschbacher, F O Pedrosa
Chitinases are hydrolases that degrade chitin, a polymer of N-acetylglucosamine linked β(1-4) present in the exoskeleton of crustaceans, insects, nematodes and fungal cell walls. A metagenome fosmid library from a wastewater-contaminated soil was functionally screened for chitinase activity leading to the isolation and identification of a chitinase gene named metachi18A. The metachi18A gene was subcloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli BL21 and the MetaChi18A chitinase was purified by affinity chromatography as a 6xHis-tagged fusion protein...
January 5, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070687/predicting-chromatin-architecture-from-models-of-polymer-physics
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REVIEW
Simona Bianco, Andrea M Chiariello, Carlo Annunziatella, Andrea Esposito, Mario Nicodemi
We review the picture of chromatin large-scale 3D organization emerging from the analysis of Hi-C data and polymer modeling. In higher mammals, Hi-C contact maps reveal a complex higher-order organization, extending from the sub-Mb to chromosomal scales, hierarchically folded in a structure of domains-within-domains (metaTADs). The domain folding hierarchy is partially conserved throughout differentiation, and deeply correlated to epigenomic features. Rearrangements in the metaTAD topology relate to gene expression modifications: in particular, in neuronal differentiation models, topologically associated domains (TADs) tend to have coherent expression changes within architecturally conserved metaTAD niches...
January 9, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069241/intracellular-triggered-release-of-dna-quaternary-ammonium-polyplex-by-ultrasound
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Wei-Hao Liao, Ming-Yen Hsiao, Chia-Wen Lo, Hui-Shan Yang, Ming-Kuan Sun, Feng-Huei Lin, Yung Chang, Wen-Shiang Chen
2-Methacryloyloxy ethyl trimethyl ammonium chloride (TMA) is a potent polymeric plasma DNA (pDNA) carrier. The present study shows that TMA/pDNA polyplexes could be internalized into cells efficiently, but could not mediate gene transfection on its own. The transfection process of TMA/pDNA polyplexes is turned on only when ultrasound (US) was applied 4-8h after incubating TMA/pDNA polyplexes with target cells (with a gene expression 1000 times that of the immediate US group). US is a widely used physical method for gene delivery; its transfection efficiency can be significantly enhanced when combined with cationic polymer vectors...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067301/fluorine-free-electrolytes-for-all-solid-sodium-ion-batteries-based-on-percyano-substituted-organic-salts
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Anna Bitner-Michalska, Gene M Nolis, Grażyna Żukowska, Aldona Zalewska, Marcin Poterała, Tomasz Trzeciak, Maciej Dranka, Michał Kalita, Piotr Jankowski, Leszek Niedzicki, Janusz Zachara, Marek Marcinek, Władysław Wieczorek
A new family of fluorine-free solid-polymer electrolytes, for use in sodium-ion battery applications, is presented. Three novel sodium salts withdiffuse negative charges: sodium pentacyanopropenide (NaPCPI), sodium 2,3,4,5-tetracyanopirolate (NaTCP) and sodium 2,4,5-tricyanoimidazolate (NaTIM) were designed andtested in a poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) matrix as polymer electrolytes for anall-solid sodium-ion battery. Due to unique, non-covalent structural configurations of anions, improved ionic conductivities were observed...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066819/growth-on-chitin-impacts-the-transcriptome-and-metabolite-profiles-of-antibiotic-producing-vibrio-coralliilyticus-s2052-and-photobacterium-galatheae-s2753
#15
Sonia Giubergia, Christopher Phippen, Kristian Fog Nielsen, Lone Gram
Members of the Vibrionaceae family are often associated with chitin-containing organisms, and they are thought to play a major role in chitin degradation. The purpose of the present study was to determine how chitin affects the transcriptome and metabolome of two bioactive Vibrionaceae strains, Vibrio coralliilyticus and Photobacterium galatheae. We focused on chitin degradation genes and secondary metabolites based on the assumption that these molecules in nature confer an advantage to the producer. Growth on chitin caused upregulation of genes related to chitin metabolism and of genes potentially involved in host colonization and/or infection...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064501/amphiphilic-and-hydrophilic-block-copolymers-from-aliphatic-n-substituted-8-membered-cyclic-carbonates-a-versatile-macromolecular-platform-for-biomedical-applications
#16
Shrinivas Venkataraman, Jeremy P K Tan, Victor W L Ng, Eddy W P Tan, James L Hedrick, Yi Yan Yang
Introduction of hydrophilic components, particularly amines and zwitterions, onto a degradable polymer platform, while maintaining precise control over the polymer composition, has been a challenge. Recognizing the importance of these hydrophilic residues in multiple aspects of the nanobiomedicine field, herein, a straightforward synthetic route to access well-defined amphiphilic and hydrophilic degradable block copolymers from diethanolamine-derived functional eight-membered N-substituted aliphatic cyclic carbonates is reported...
January 9, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063990/efficient-tuning-of-sirna-dose-response-by-combining-mixed-polymer-nanocarriers-with-simple-kinetic-modeling
#17
Chad T Greco, Victoria G Muir, Thomas H Epps Iii, Millicent O Sullivan
: Two of the most prominent challenges that limit the clinical success of siRNA therapies are a lack of control over cargo release from the delivery vehicle and an incomplete understanding of the link between gene silencing dynamics and siRNA dosing. Herein, we address these challenges through the formulation of siRNA polyplexes containing light-responsive polymer mixtures, whose varied compositions and triggered release behavior provide enhanced gene silencing and controlled dose responses that can be predicted by simple kinetic models...
January 4, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063904/a-rational-approach-towards-development-of-amorphous-solid-dispersions-experimental-and-computational-techniques
#18
Paroma Chakravarty, Joseph W Lubach, Jonathan Hau, Karthik Nagapudi
The purpose of this study was to determine the drug-polymer miscibility of GENE-A, a Genentech molecule, and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose-acetate succinate (HPMC-AS), a polymer, using computational and experimental approaches. The Flory-Huggins interaction parameter,χ, was obtained by calculating the solubility parameters for GENE-A and HPMC-AS over the temperature range of 25-100°C to obtain the free energy of mixing at different drug loadings (0-100%) using the Materials Studio modeling and simulation platform (thermodynamic approach)...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061421/low-cost-and-facile-fabrication-of-a-paper-based-capillary-electrophoresis-microdevice-for-pathogen-detection
#19
Jee Won Lee, Dohwan Lee, Yong Tae Kim, Eun Yeol Lee, Do Hyun Kim, Tae Seok Seo
This paper describes the development of a novel paper-based capillary electrophoresis (pCE) microdevice using mineral paper, which is durable, oil and tear resistant, and waterproof. The pCE device is inexpensive (~$1.6 per device for materials), simple to fabricate, lightweight, and disposable, so it is more adequate for point-of-care (POC) pathogen diagnostics than a conventional CE device made of glass, quartz, silicon or polymer. In addition, the entire fabrication process can be completed within 1h without using expensive clean room facilities and cumbersome photolithography procedures...
December 28, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056722/hyaluronic-acid-coating-enhances-biocompatibility-of-pga-unwoven-fiber-scaffold-and-cartilage-formation
#20
Xunxun Lin, Wenbo Wang, Wen Jie Zhang, Zhi-Yong Zhang, Guangdong Zhou, Yilin Cao, Wei Liu
Synthetic polymers such as polyglycolic acid (PGA) fibers are the traditional tissue engineering scaffolds that are widely used for engineering a variety of soft tissues. However, the major disadvantage of this polymer material is its released acidic degradation products that trigger inflammatory response and fibrotic process, which affects the biocompatibility and the quality of the engineered tissues. In this study, the effect of hyaluronic acid (HA) coating on improving PGA biocompatibility was explored...
January 5, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
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