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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141192/impact-of-the-cultivation-strategy-on-resveratrol-production-from-glucose-in-engineered-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#1
Adelaide Braga, Joana Oliveira, Rita Silva, Patricia Ferreira, Isabel Rocha, Nicolai Kallscheuer, Jan Marienhagen, Nuno Faria
The health benefits of polyphenols such as stilbenes and flavonoids for humans are increasingly attracting attention. Resveratrol is a well-characterized naturally-occurring stilbene and potent anti-oxidant, which is used as food supplement and cosmetic ingredient. Several microorganisms including Corynebacterium glutamicum were engineered for resveratrol production from glucose. Based on the cultivation of a resveratrol-producing C. glutamicum strain in shake flasks, different strategies for improving production under controlled conditions at bioreactor scale were tested...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141120/biotinylated-photopolymers-for-3d-printed-unibody-lab-on-a-chip-optical-platforms
#2
Caterina Credi, Gianmarco Griffini, Marinella Levi, Stefano Turri
The present work reports the first demonstration of straightforward fabrication of monolithic unibody lab-on-a-chip (ULOCs) integrating bioactive micrometric 3D scaffolds by means of multimaterial stereolithography (SL). To this end, a novel biotin-conjugated photopolymer is successfully synthesized and optimally formulated to achieve high-performance SL-printing resolution, as demonstrated by the SL-fabrication of biotinylated structures smaller than 100 µm. By optimizing a multimaterial single-run SL-based 3D-printing process, such biotinylated microstructures are incorporated within perfusion microchambers whose excellent optical transparency enables real-time optical microscopy analyses...
November 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141102/statistically-optimized-ceftriaxone-sodium-biotransformation-through-achromobacter-xylosoxidans-strain-cef6-an-unusual-insight-for-bioremediation
#3
Ahmed Anan, Khaled M Ghanem, Amira M Embaby, Ahmed Hussein, Moustafa Y El-Naggar
The present study underlines a unique promising approach toward efficient biotransformation of ceftriaxone sodium (Ceftx), a highly frequent prescribed cephalosporin antibiotic, by a newly bacterium namely Achromobacter xylosoxidans strain Cef6 isolated from Ceftx contaminated raw materials in pharmaceutical industries. A three step sequential statistical-mathematical approach (Plackett-Burman design [PBD], Central Composite Design [CCD], and ridge-canonical analyses) was anticipated to optimize the biotransformation process...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140963/when-the-momentum-has-gone-what-will-be-the-role-of-extracorporeal-lung-support-in-the-future
#4
Darryl Abrams, Matthew Bacchetta, Daniel Brodie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There has been expanding interest in and use of extracorporeal support in respiratory failure concurrent with technological advances and predominantly observational data demonstrating improved outcomes. However, until there is more available data from rigorous, high-quality randomized studies, the future of extracorporeal support remains uncertain. RECENT FINDINGS: Outcomes for patients supported with extracorporeal devices continue to show favorable trends...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140792/a-bayesian-hierarchical-model-for-identifying-significant-polygenic-effects-while-controlling-for-confounding-and-repeated-measures
#5
Christopher McMahan, James Baurley, William Bridges, Chase Joyner, Muhamad Fitra Kacamarga, Robert Lund, Carissa Pardamean, Bens Pardamean
Genomic studies of plants often seek to identify genetic factors associated with desirable traits. The process of evaluating genetic markers one by one (i.e. a marginal analysis) may not identify important polygenic and environmental effects. Further, confounding due to growing conditions/factors and genetic similarities among plant varieties may influence conclusions. When developing new plant varieties to optimize yield or thrive in future adverse conditions (e.g. flood, drought), scientists seek a complete understanding of how the factors influence desirable traits...
November 15, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140689/tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloprotease-2-timp-2-bioprocess-development-physicochemical-biochemical-and-biological-characterization-of-highly-expressed-recombinant-protein
#6
Ananda Chowdhury, Robert G Brinson, Beiyang Wei, William G Stetler-Stevenson
Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloprotease -2 (TIMP-2) is a secreted 21 kDa multifunctional protein first described as an endogenous inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) that prevents breakdown of the extracellular matrix often observed in chronic diseases. TIMP-2 diminishes growth factor-mediated cell proliferation in vitro, as well as neoangiogenesis and tumor growth in vivo independent of its MMP-inhibitory activity, . These physiological properties make TIMP-2 an excellent candidate for further pre-clinical development as a biologic therapy of cancer...
November 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140482/estimating-autoantibody-signatures-to-detect-autoimmune-disease-patient-subsets
#7
Zhenke Wu, Livia Casciola-Rosen, Ami A Shah, Antony Rosen, Scott L Zeger
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by highly specific immune responses against molecules in self-tissues. Different autoimmune diseases are characterized by distinct immune responses, making autoantibodies useful for diagnosis and prediction. In many diseases, the targets of autoantibodies are incompletely defined. Although the technologies for autoantibody discovery have advanced dramatically over the past decade, each of these techniques generates hundreds of possibilities, which are onerous and expensive to validate...
November 13, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140345/optimized-optical-coupling-to-silica-clad-photonic-crystal-waveguides
#8
Yosuke Terada, Kenji Miyasaka, Keisuke Kondo, Norihiro Ishikura, Takuya Tamura, Toshihiko Baba
Silica-clad silicon photonic crystal waveguides (PCWs) are promising components for various applications because of their simple fabrication and generation of slow light. However, an optical loss higher than 4 dB occurs when they are simply coupled to input/output silicon wire waveguides. To reduce the optical loss, we proposed a junction structure in which light in the waveguide is first coupled to a high-group-velocity radiation mode at an expanded core and subsequently converted to the slow-light mode in a tapered core of the PCW...
November 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140300/novel-strategies-on-personalized-medicine-for-breast-cancer-treatment-an-update
#9
REVIEW
Carmen W H Chan, Bernard M H Law, Winnie K W So, Ka Ming Chow, Mary M Y Waye
Breast cancer is the most common cancer type among women worldwide. With breast cancer patients and survivors being reported to experience a repertoire of symptoms that are detrimental to their quality of life, the development of breast cancer treatment strategies that are effective with minimal side effects is therefore required. Personalized medicine, the treatment process that is tailored to the individual needs of each patient, is recently gaining increasing attention for its prospect in the development of effective cancer treatment regimens...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140274/an-efficient-approach-for-lipase-catalyzed-synthesis-of-retinyl-laurate-nutraceutical-by-combining-ultrasound-assistance-and-artificial-neural-network-optimization
#10
Shang-Ming Huang, Hsin-Ju Li, Yung-Chuan Liu, Chia-Hung Kuo, Chwen-Jen Shieh
Although retinol is an important nutrient, retinol is highly sensitive to oxidation. At present, some ester forms of retinol are generally used in nutritional supplements because of its stability and bioavailability. However, such esters are commonly synthesized by chemical procedures which are harmful to the environment. Thus, this study utilized a green method using lipase as a catalyst with sonication assistance to produce a retinol derivative named retinyl laurate. Moreover, the process was optimized by an artificial neural network (ANN)...
November 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140157/case-study-body-composition-periodization-in-an-olympic-level-female-middle-distance-runner-over-a-9-year-career
#11
Trent Stellingwerff
This case-study features an Olympic-level female middle-distance runner implementing a science-based approach to body composition periodization. Data is emerging to suggest that it is not sustainable from a health and/or performance perspective to be at peak body composition year-round, so body composition needs to be strategically periodized. Anthropometric (n=44), hematological, other health measures and 1500m race performances (n=83) were periodically assessed throughout a 9-year career. General preparation phase (September to April) featured the athlete at ~2 to 4% over ideal competition phase body weight (BW) and body fat (%) with optimal energy availability being prioritized...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139524/computational-modelling-of-the-redistribution-of-copper-isotopes-by-proteins-in-the-liver
#12
Alexander Tennant, Arvi Rauk, Michael E Wieser
Changes in the stable isotope composition of copper in blood serum as a result of biological processes in the liver were quantified as coupled equilibrium fractionation processes. The model used calculated reduced partition function ratios corresponding to interactions involving individual proteins using Density Functional Theory. This quantified the effect that each process had on the redistribution of copper isotopes in the liver. It was not possible to calculate the reduced partition function of CTR1 as a high resolution crystal structure of its copper binding domains are unavailable at the time of writing, and an optimization process was used to estimate the reduced partition function of CTR1 and constrain the possible isotopic fractionation associated with interactions involving CTR1 independent of direct DFT calculations and assumptions of its structure...
November 15, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139395/three-dimensional-architecture-hybrid-perovskite-solar-cells-using-cds-nanorod-arrays-as-an-electron-transport-layer
#13
Zihang Song, Guoqing Tong, Huan Li, Guopeng Li, Shuai Ma, Shimeng Yu, Qian Liu, Yang Jiang
Three-dimensional (3-D) architecture perovskite solar cells (PSCs) using CdS nanorod arrays as electron transport layer were designed and prepared by layer-by-layer via a physical-chemical vapor deposition process (P-CVD). The CdS NRs not only provided a scaffold to perovskite film, but also increased the interfacial contact between the perovskite film and electron transport layer. As an optimized result, a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.46% with a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 19.88 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 1...
November 15, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139267/-preparation-of-nanosuspension-of-quercetin-with-a-miniaturized-milling-method
#14
Xiao Liu, Juan Liu, Jian-Yun Pang, Bao-de Shen, Cheng-Ying Shen, Wang-Quan Lian, Xiao-Fang Li, Hai-Long Yuan
The nanosuspension of quercetin (QT-NS) was prepared by a miniaturized milling method, and the process was optimized by Box-Behnken response surface method. Then the accumulative release rate of QT-NS in vitro was determined. The results showed that the optimal process parameters were as follows: ZrO2 4.5 mL, milling speed 690 r•min⁻¹ and milling time 1.5 h; the particle size of QT-NS was (169±5) nm, polydispersity index of 0.204±0.006 and stability index of 0.827±0.014, respectively. There was a little deviation between the theoretically predicted value and the measured value, indicating that this model had a good prediction effect...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138907/integrating-metabolic-modeling-and-population-heterogeneity-analysis-into-optimizing-recombinant-protein-production-by-komagataella-pichia-pastoris
#15
REVIEW
Chrispian W Theron, Julio Berrios, Frank Delvigne, Patrick Fickers
The methylotrophic yeast Komagataella (Pichia) pastoris has become one of the most utilized cell factories for the production of recombinant proteins over the last three decades. This success story is linked to its specific physiological traits, i.e., the ability to grow at high cell density in inexpensive culture medium and to secrete proteins at high yield. Exploiting methanol metabolism is at the core of most P. pastoris-based processes but comes with its own challenges. Co-feeding cultures with glycerol/sorbitol and methanol is a promising approach, which can benefit from improved understanding and prediction of metabolic response...
November 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138248/usp1-uaf1-deubiquitinase-complex-stabilizes-tbk1-and-enhances-antiviral-responses
#16
Zhongxia Yu, Hui Song, Mutian Jia, Jintao Zhang, Wenwen Wang, Qi Li, Lining Zhang, Wei Zhao
Optimal activation of TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) is crucial for initiation of innate antiviral immunity and maintenance of immune homeostasis. Although several E3 ubiquitin ligases have been reported to regulate TBK1 activation by mediating its polyubiquitination, the functions of deubiquitinase on TBK1 activity remain largely unclear. Here, we identified a deubiquitinase complex, which is formed by ubiquitin specific peptidase 1 (USP1) and USP1-associated factor 1 (UAF1), as a viral infection-induced physiological enhancer of TBK1 expression...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137993/characterization-of-cold-adapted-and-ethanol-tolerant-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-bacillus-cellulosilyticus-and-its-application-for-directed-hydrolysis-of-cellobiose-to-ethanol
#17
Jian Wu, Alei Geng, Rongrong Xie, Hongcheng Wang, Jianzhong Sun
A β-glucosidase gene from Bacillus cellulosilyticus was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 and characterized. The recombinant enzyme (BcBgl1A) showed the optimal activity at 40°C, and the half-life of BcBgl1A activity at 40 °C was 24 h. BcBgl1A was sensitive to heat and exhibited obvious cold-adapted activity, retained 27.2% and 46.5% of the optimal activity at 4 and 20°C, respectively. The best activity was observed at pH 7.0 and stable over the range of pH 6.0-8.0. The activity was significantly enhanced by Fe(2+), Fe(3+) and Mn(2+), also showed a high level of NaCl tolerance...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137964/oral-glucose-tolerance-test-and-continuous-glucose-monitoring-to-assess-diabetes-development-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#18
María Clemente León, Laura Bilbao Gassó, Antonio Moreno-Galdó, Ariadna Campos Martorrell, Silvia Gartner Tizzano, Diego Yeste Fernández, Antonio Carrascosa Lezcano
INTRODUCTION: Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) undergo a slow and progressive process toward diabetes. Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is recommended to diagnose impaired glucose levels in these patients. Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) measures glucose profiles under real-life conditions. OBJECTIVE: To compare OGTT and CGM results in CF patients. METHODS: Paired OGTT and 6-day CGM profiles (146.2±9.1h/patient) were performed in 30 CF patients aged 10-18 years...
November 11, 2017: Endocrinología, diabetes y nutrición
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137788/ultrasonic-assisted-manufacturing-of-new-hydrogel-nanocomposite-biosorbent-containing-calcium-carbonate-nanoparticles-and-tragacanth-gum-for-removal-of-heavy-metal
#19
Shadpour Mallakpour, Amir Abdolmaleki, Farbod Tabesh
This article reports the first incorporation of calcium carbonate nanoparticles (CC NPs) into tragacanth gum (TG) to prepare a new hydrogel nanocomposite (HNC) system using a green, safe, and eco-friendly method, ultrasound irradiation as an efficient biosorbent of heavy metal ions from wastewater. Morphological studies revealed that the surface of obtained HNCs is rough, homogeneous, and porous-like due to the embedding of CC NPs as well as sonication in comparison to the neat TG which has a smooth surface...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137757/improved-crystallization-of-ammonium-sulphate-using-ultrasound-assisted-approach-with-comparison-with-the-conventional-approach
#20
Ashish V Mohod, Parag R Gogate
In chemical processing industries, crystallization is one of the most important operations to obtain solid products with desired purity and characteristics. With distinct processing problems for the conventional approaches for crystallization, research into alternate approaches such as ultrasound assisted crystallization has been on the forefront. The present work deals with comparison of the conventional approach and ultrasound assisted approach for crystallization of ammonium sulphate followed by detailed understanding into the effect of important operating parameters (initial concentration, pH, agitation speed, depth of horn, and cooling approach) on the metastable zone width and average crystal size...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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