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  1. Preparation of Agarose Sulfate and Its Antithrombogenicity

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    JIE Youping; ZHANG Lingmin; CHEN Peng; MAO Xuan; TANG Shunqing


    As one of the seaweed polysaccharide,agarose has received much attention because of its biocompatibility.However,its application in biomedical field was limited with its biological inertia.Modification with some functional groups is needed to obtain agarose derivatives with biological activity and expand its applications.Consequently,agarose was sulfated with chlorosulfonic acid-pyridine with formamide as dispersing agent.The orthogonal test result showed that the optimal reaction condition was the reaction time being 4 h,the reaction temperature 65 ℃,and the ratio of chlorosulfonic acid to agarose 1-4(mL/g).Two kinds of the insoluble agarose sulfate (below 37 ℃) were synthesized with degree of substitution (DS) being 0.17 and 0.43 respectively.Infrared spectroscopy (IR) and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (13C-NMR) spectroscopy results proved that C3-6 in agarose was sulfated.Their hydrophobic property and BSA adsorption capacity rose with increasing DS,while the adsorption of Hb was reduced.The anti-clotting properties of agarose sulfate were significantly improved,and agarose sulfate could protect red blood cells from deformation after adsorption of BSA.These findings demonstrate that the cold-water insoluble agarose sulfate has a promise for applications as heparin-like material in anticoagulation or endothelial regeneration scaffold.

  2. Dynamic pressure transmission through agarose gels

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    Berglund, LJ; An, KN; O'Driscoll, SW


    In biomedical research, agarose gel is widely used in tissue culture systems because it permits growing cells and tissues in a three-dimensional suspension. This is especially important in the application of tissue engineering concepts to cartilage repair because it supports the cartilage phenotype.

  3. Crosslinking of agarose bioplastic using citric acid. (United States)

    Awadhiya, Ankur; Kumar, David; Verma, Vivek


    We report chemical crosslinking of agarose bioplastic using citric acid. Crosslinking was confirmed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The effects of crosslinking on the tensile strength, swelling, thermal stability, and degradability of the bioplastic were studied in detail. The tensile strength of the bioplastic films increased from 25.1MPa for control films up to a maximum of 52.7MPa for citric acid crosslinked films. At 37°C, the amount of water absorbed by crosslinked agarose bioplastic was only 11.5% of the amount absorbed by non-crosslinked controls. Thermogravimetric results showed that the crosslinked samples retain greater mass at high temperature (>450°C) than control samples. Moreover, while the crosslinked films were completely degradable, the rate of degradation was lower compared to non-crosslinked controls.

  4. Composition of agarose substrate affects behavioral output of Drosophila larvae

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    Anthi Aristomenis Apostolopoulou


    Full Text Available In the last decade the Drosophila larva has evolved into a simple model organism offering the opportunity to integrate molecular genetics with systems neuroscience. This led to a detailed understanding of the functional neuronal networks for a number of sensory functions and behaviors including olfaction, vision, gustation and learning and memory. Typically, behavioral assays in use exploit simple Petri dish setups with either agarose or agar as a substrate. However, neither the quality nor the concentration of the substrate is generally standardized across these experiments and there is no data available on how larval behavior is affected by such different substrates. Here, we have investigated the effects of different agarose concentrations on several larval behaviors. We demonstrate that agarose concentration is an important parameter, which affects all behaviors tested: preference, feeding, learning and locomotion. Larvae can discriminate between different agarose concentrations, they feed differently on them, they can learn to associate an agarose concentration with an odor stimulus and crawl faster on a substrate of higher agarose concentration. Additionally, we have investigated the effect of agarose concentration on three quinine based behaviors: preference, feeding and learning. We show that in all cases examined the behavioral output changes in an agarose concentration-dependent manner. Our results suggest that comparisons between experiments performed on substrates differing in agarose concentration should be done with caution. It should be taken into consideration that the agarose concentration can affect the behavioral output and thereby the experimental outcomes per se potentially due to an increased escape response on more rigid substrates.

  5. Agarose encapsulated mesoporous carbonated hydroxyapatite nanocomposites powder for drug delivery. (United States)

    Kolanthai, Elayaraja; Abinaya Sindu, P; Thanigai Arul, K; Sarath Chandra, V; Manikandan, E; Narayana Kalkura, S


    The powder composites are predominantly used for filling of voids in bone and as drug delivery carrier to prevent the infection or inflammatory reaction in the damaged tissues. The objective of this work was to study the synthesis of agarose encapsulation on carbonated hydroxyapatite powder and their biological and drug delivery properties. Mesoporous, nanosized carbonated hydroxyapatite/agarose (CHAp/agarose) powder composites were prepared by solvothermal method and subsequently calcined to study the physico-chemical changes, if it subjected to thermal exposure. The phase of the as-synthesized powder was CHAp/agarose whereas the calcinated samples were non-stoichiometric HAp. The CHAp/agarose nanorods were of length 10-80nm and width 40-190nm for the samples synthesized at temperatures 120°C (ST120) and 150°C (ST150). The calcination process produced spheres (10-50nm) and rods with reduced size (40-120nm length and 20-30nm width). Composites were partially dissolved in SBF solution followed by exhibited better bioactivity than non-stoichiometric HAp confirmed by gravimetric method. Hemo and biocompatibility remained unaffected by presence of agarose or carbonate in the HAp. Specific surface area of the composites was high and exhibited an enhanced amoxicillin and 5-fluorouracil release than the calcined samples. The composites demonstrated a strong antimicrobial activity against E. coli, S. aureus and S. epidermidis. The ST120 showed prolonged drug (AMX and 5-Fcil) release and antimicrobial efficacy than ST150 and calcined samples. This technique would be simple and rapid for composites preparation, to produce high quality crystalline, resorbable, mesoporous and bioactive nanocomposite (CHAp/agarose) powders. This work provides new insight into the role of agarose coated on bioceramics by solvothermal technique and suggests that CHAp/agarose composites powders are promising materials for filling of void in bone and drug delivery applications.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of Chitosan—Agarose Composite Films

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    Zhang Hu


    Full Text Available Nowadays, there is a growing interest to develop biodegradable functional composite materials for food packaging and biomedicine applications from renewable sources. Some composite films were prepared by the casting method using chitosan (CS and agarose (AG in different mass ratios. The composite films were analyzed for physical-chemical-mechanical properties including tensile strength (TS, elongation-at-break (EB, water vapor transmission rate (WVTR, swelling ratio, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and morphology observations. The antibacterial properties of the composite films were also evaluated. The obtained results reveal that an addition of AG in varied proportions to a CS solution leads to an enhancement of the composite film’s tensile strength, elongation-at-break, and water vapor transmission rate. The composite film with an agarose mass concentration of 60% was of the highest water uptake capacity. These improvements can be explained by the chemical structures of the new composite films, which contain hydrogen bonding interactions between the chitosan and agarose as shown by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR analysis and the micro-pore structures as observed with optical microscopes and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The antibacterial results demonstrated that the films with agarose mass concentrations ranging from 0% to 60% possessed antibacterial properties. These results indicate that these composite films, especially the composite film with an agarose mass concentration of 60%, exhibit excellent potential to be used in food packaging and biomedical materials.

  7. Uptake and Recovery of Lead by Agarose Gel Polymers

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    Anurag Pandey


    Full Text Available Problem statement: The uptake and recovery of lead ions were investigated by using agarose gel polymers. Approach: The experimental results showed that the agarose gel were effective in removing Pb (II from solution. Biosorption equilibrium was approached within 4 h. Pseudo second-order was applicable to all the sorption data over the entire time range. Results: The sorption data conformed well to both the Langmuir and the Freundlich isotherm model. The maximum adsorption capacity (qmax onto agarose gel was 115 mg g-1 for Pb (II. The maximum uptake of metal ions was obtained at pH 2.0. At temperature 35°C, the biosorption of metal ions was found to be highest, with increase or decrease in temperature resulted in a decrease in the metal ions uptake capacity. Conclusion: Elution experiments were carried out to remove Pb (II ions from loaded agarose gel and the bound metal ions could be eluted successfully using 0.1 M EDTA solution. The results suggest that agarose gel can be used as a biosorbent for an efficient removal of Pb(II ions from aqueous solution.

  8. Reciclagem de agarose em laboratórios de biologia molecular Recycling agarose in molecular biology laboratories

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    Lia Rejane Silveira Reiniger


    Full Text Available Em laboratórios de biologia molecular, a eletroforese em gel de agarose é usada, rotineiramente, para separar moléculas de ácidos nucléicos. A agarose é um polímero extraído de algas marinhas que apresenta custo elevado. O objetivo do presente trabalho consistiu na otimização de um protocolo de reciclagem deste produto, após proceder a descontaminação de brometo de etídio, possibilitando sua reutilização em eletroforese analítica. O processo, originalmente proposto por PALACIOS et al. (2000, recebeu modificações e consistiu em equilibrar a agarose em água, efetuar sua secagem e transformá-la novamente em pó, em moinho. O produto reciclado assemelhou-se ao original, apresentando grânulos ligeiramente maiores e mais escuros. Os géis foram preparados da mesma maneira que usando o produto original, não requerendo nenhum procedimento adicional. A agarose reciclada ficou disponível para uso imediato, podendo ser armazenada à temperatura ambiente, por longos períodos de tempo e ocupando uma pequena área. Presta-se à elaboração de géis analíticos das mais variadas concentrações e composições de tampão. Além disso, a reciclagem também contribui para a diminuição de resíduos sólidos descartados no meio ambiente e resulta em significativa redução de custos. Os géis com o produto reciclado mostraram desempenho semelhante na eletroforese e possibilitaram uma adequada resolução das bandas.In molecular biology laboratories, the agarose gel electrophoresis is used on a daily basis in order to separate nucleic acid molecules. The agarose is a polimere of elevated cost. The goal of the present work consisted in the optimization of a protocole of agarose recycling, transforming it, once again, into a powdery material similar to the original, after performing the decontamination of Ethidium bromide, allowing its reuse in analitycal electrophoresis. The process, originally proposed by PALACIOS et al. (2000 receveid

  9. Agarose and methylcellulose hydrogel blends for nerve regeneration applications (United States)

    Martin, Benton C.; Minner, Eric J.; Wiseman, Sherri L.; Klank, Rebecca L.; Gilbert, Ryan J.


    Trauma sustained to the central nervous system is a debilitating problem for thousands of people worldwide. Neuronal regeneration within the central nervous system is hindered by several factors, making a multi-faceted approach necessary. Two factors contributing to injury are the irregular geometry of injured sites and the absence of tissue to hold potential nerve guides and drug therapies. Biocompatible hydrogels, injectable at room temperature, that rapidly solidify at physiological temperatures (37 °C) are beneficial materials that could hold nerve guidance channels in place and be loaded with therapeutic agents to aid wound healing. Our studies have shown that thermoreversible methylcellulose can be combined with agarose to create hydrogel blends that accommodate these properties. Three separate novel hydrogel blends were created by mixing methylcellulose with one of the three different agaroses. Gelation time tests show that the blends solidify at a faster rate than base methylcellulose at 37 °C. Rheological data showed that the elastic modulus of the hydrogel blends rapidly increases at 37 °C. Culturing experiments reveal that the morphology of dissociated dorsal root ganglion neurons was not altered when the hydrogels were placed onto the cells. The different blends were further assessed using dissolution tests, pore size evaluations using scanning electron microscopy and measuring the force required for injection. This research demonstrates that blends of agarose and methylcellulose solidify much more quickly than plain methylcellulose, while solidifying at physiological temperatures where agarose cannot. These hydrogel blends, which solidify at physiological temperatures naturally, do not require ultraviolet light or synthetic chemical cross linkers to facilitate solidification. Thus, these hydrogel blends have potential use in delivering therapeutics and holding scaffolding in place within the nervous system.

  10. Preparation and stability of agarose microcapsules containing BCG. (United States)

    Esquisabel, A; Hernandez, R M; Igartua, M; Gascón, A R; Calvo, B; Pedraz, J L


    An emulsification/internal gelation method of preparing small-sized agarose microcapsules containing Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is reported. Agarose microcapsules have been prepared by the emulsification of the hydrogel within a vegetable oil followed by its gelation due to the cooling of the system. Four different oils (sesame, sweet almonds, camomile and jojoba) were assayed. The rheological analysis of the oils showed a Newtonian behaviour, with viscosity values of 37.7, 51.2, 59.3 and 67.1 mPa s for jojoba, camomile, sesame and sweet almonds oil, respectively. The particle size of the microcapsules obtained ranged from 23.1 microm for the microcapsules prepared with sweet almonds oil to 42.6 microm for those prepared with jojoba. The microcapsule particle size was found to be dependent on the viscosity of the oil used in the emulsification step. The encapsulated BCG was identified by the Difco TB stain set K, followed by observation under optical microscopy. Once prepared, microcapsules were freeze-dried using 5% trehalose as cryoprotectant and the stability of the microcapsules was assayed during 12 months storage at room temperature, observing that agarose microcapsules were stable after 12 months storage, since there was no evidence of alteration in the freeze-dried appearance, resuspension rate, observation under microscope, or particle size.

  11. Posing for a picture: vesicle immobilization in agarose gel (United States)

    Lira, Rafael B.; Steinkühler, Jan; Knorr, Roland L.; Dimova, Rumiana; Riske, Karin A.


    Taking a photo typically requires the object of interest to stand still. In science, imaging is potentiated by optical and electron microscopy. However, living and soft matter are not still. Thus, biological preparations for microscopy usually include a fixation step. Similarly, immobilization strategies are required for or substantially facilitate imaging of cells or lipid vesicles, and even more so for acquiring high-quality data via fluorescence-based techniques. Here, we describe a simple yet efficient method to immobilize objects such as lipid vesicles with sizes between 0.1 and 100 μm using agarose gel. We show that while large and giant unilamellar vesicles (LUVs and GUVs) can be caged in the pockets of the gel meshwork, small molecules, proteins and micelles remain free to diffuse through the gel and interact with membranes as in agarose-free solutions, and complex biochemical reactions involving several proteins can proceed in the gel. At the same time, immobilization in agarose has no adverse effect on the GUV size and stability. By applying techniques such as FRAP and FCS, we show that the lateral diffusion of lipids is not affected by the gel. Finally, our immobilization strategy allows capturing high-resolution 3D images of GUVs.

  12. Fabrication of multilayered vascular tissues using microfluidic agarose hydrogel platforms. (United States)

    Kinoshita, Keita; Iwase, Masaki; Yamada, Masumi; Yajima, Yuya; Seki, Minoru


    Vascular tissues fabricated in vitro are useful tools for studying blood vessel-related cellular physiologies and for constructing relatively large 3D tissues. An efficient strategy for fabricating vascular tissue models with multilayered, branched, and thick structures through the in situ hydrogel formation in fluidic channels is proposed. First, an aqueous solution of RGD-alginate containing smooth muscle cells (SMCs) is introduced into channel structures made of agarose hydrogel, forming a cell-embedding Ca-alginate hydrogel layer with a thickness of several hundred micrometers on the channel surface because of the Ca(2+) ions diffused from the agarose hydrogel matrix. Next, endothelial cells (ECs) are introduced and cultured for up to seven days to form hierarchically organized, multilayered vascular tissues. The factors affecting the thickness of the Ca-alginate hydrogel layer, and prepared several types of microchannels with different morphologies are examined. The fabricated vascular tissue models are easily recovered from the channel by simply detaching the agarose hydrogel plates. In addition, the effect of O2 tension (20 or 80%) on the viability and elastin production of SMCs during the perfusion culture is evaluated. This technique would pave a new way for vascular tissue engineering because it enables the facile production of morphologically in vivo vascular tissue-like structures that can be employed for various biomedical applications.

  13. A new preclinical 3-dimensional agarose colony formation assay. (United States)

    Kajiwara, Yoshinori; Panchabhai, Sonali; Levin, Victor A


    The evaluation of new drug treatments and combination treatments for gliomas and other cancers requires a robust means to interrogate wide dose ranges and varying times of drug exposure without stain-inactivation of the cells (colonies). To this end, we developed a 3-dimensional (3D) colony formation assay that makes use of GelCount technology, a new cell colony counter for gels and soft agars. We used U251MG, SNB19, and LNZ308 glioma cell lines and MiaPaCa pancreas adenocarcinoma and SW480 colon adenocarcinoma cell lines. Colonies were grown in a two-tiered agarose that had 0.7% agarose on the bottom and 0.3% agarose on top. We then studied the effects of DFMO, carboplatin, and SAHA over a 3-log dose range and over multiple days of drug exposure. Using GelCount we approximated the area under the curve (AUC) of colony volumes as the sum of colony volumes (microm2xOD) in each plate to calculate IC50 values. Adenocarcinoma colonies were recognized by GelCount scanning at 3-4 days, while it took 6-7 days to detect glioma colonies. The growth rate of MiaPaCa and SW480 cells was rapid, with 100 colonies counted in 5-6 days; glioma cells grew more slowly, with 100 colonies counted in 9-10 days. Reliable log dose versus AUC curves were observed for all drugs studied. In conclusion, the GelCount method that we describe is more quantitative than traditional colony assays and allows precise study of drug effects with respect to both dose and time of exposure using fewer culture plates.

  14. Growth in agarose of human cells infected with cytomegalovirus. (United States)

    Lang, D J; Montagnier, L; Latarjet, R


    After infection by human cytomegalovirus (CMV), human diploid fibroblasts could grow in agarose medium for several generations. Clones of infected cells grew for weeks, although in every case they ultimately underwent lysis owing to the cytopathic effect of the virus. Virus was inoculated at high dilution and after UV irradiation in an effort to derive cells infected with noninfectious defective particles still capable of inducing cell stimulation. Dilute or irradiated virus occasionally yielded large colonies of replicating cells, although permanent transformation was not observed. One clone derived from UV-CMV-infected cells was passaged four times before undergoing lysis. During these passages the cells exhibited alterations in morphology and orientation.

  15. Orientation of the agarose gel matrix in pulsed electric fields.


    Stellwagen, J; Stellwagen, N C


    The technique of transient electric birefringence was used to investigate the effect of pulsed electric fields on the orientation of the agarose gel matrix. Orientation of the gel was observed at all electric field strengths. Very slow, time-dependent effects were observed when pulses of 10-100 V/cm were applied to 1% gels for 0.5-2 seconds, indicating that domains of the matrix were being oriented by the electric field. The sign of the birefringence reversed when the direction of the applied...

  16. [Preparation, characterization and surface-enhanced Raman properties of agarose gel/gold nanoparticles hybrid]. (United States)

    Ma, Xiao-yuan; Liu, Ying; Wang, Zhou-ping


    Agarose gel/gold nanoparticles hybrid was prepared by adding gold nanoparticles to preformed agarose gel. Naniocomposite structures and properties were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-Vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy. Experimental data indicated a uniform distribution of gold nanoparticles adsorbed on agarose gel network And the excellent optical absorption properties were shown. Based on the swelling-contraction characteristics of agarose gel and the adjustable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the gold nanoparticles, the nano-composites were used as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate to detect the Raman signal molecules Nile blue A. Results revealed that the porous structure of the agarose gel provided a good carrier for the enrichment of the gold nanoparticles. The gold nanoparticles dynamic hot-spot effect arising from the agarose gel contraction loss of water in the air greatly enhanced the Raman signal.

  17. Using Linear Agarose Channels to Study Drosophila Larval Crawling Behavior. (United States)

    Sun, Xiao; Heckscher, Ellie S


    Drosophila larval crawling is emerging as a powerful model to study neural control of sensorimotor behavior. However, larval crawling behavior on flat open surfaces is complex, including: pausing, turning, and meandering. This complexity in the repertoire of movement hinders detailed analysis of the events occurring during a single crawl stride cycle. To overcome this obstacle, linear agarose channels were made that constrain larval behavior to straight, sustained, rhythmic crawling. In principle, because agarose channels and the Drosophila larval body are both optically clear, the movement of larval structures labeled by genetically-encoded fluorescent probes can be monitored in intact, freely-moving larvae. In the past, larvae were placed in linear channels and crawling at the level of whole organism, segment, and muscle were analyzed(1). In the future, larvae crawling in channels can be used for calcium imaging to monitor neuronal activity. Moreover, these methods can be used with larvae of any genotype and with any researcher-designed channel. Thus the protocol presented below is widely applicable for studies using the Drosophila larva as a model to understand motor control.

  18. Thermoresponsive chitosan-agarose hydrogel for skin regeneration. (United States)

    Miguel, Sónia P; Ribeiro, Maximiano P; Brancal, Hugo; Coutinho, Paula; Correia, Ilídio J


    Healing enhancement and pain control are critical issues on wound management. So far, different wound dressings have been developed. Among them, hydrogels are the most applied. Herein, a thermoresponsive hydrogel was produced using chitosan (deacetylation degree 95%) and agarose. Hydrogel bactericidal activity, biocompatibility, morphology, porosity and wettability were characterized by confocal microscopy, MTS assay and SEM. The performance of the hydrogel in the wound healing process was evaluated through in vivo assays, during 21 days. The attained results revealed that hydrogel has a pore size (90-400 μm) compatible with cellular internalization and proliferation. A bactericidal activity was observed for hydrogels containing more than 188 μg/mL of chitosan. The improved healing and the lack of a reactive or a granulomatous inflammatory reaction in skin lesions treated with hydrogel demonstrate its suitability to be used in a near future as a wound dressing.

  19. Cloning of DNA fragments: ligation reactions in agarose gel. (United States)

    Furtado, Agnelo


    Ligation reactions to ligate a desired DNA fragment into a vector can be challenging to beginners and especially if the amount of the insert is limiting. Although additives known as crowding agents, such as PEG 8000, added to the ligation mixes can increase the success one has with ligation reactions, in practice the amount of insert used in the ligation can determine the success or the failure of the ligation reaction. The method described here, which uses insert DNA in gel slice added directly into the ligation reaction, has two benefits: (a) using agarose as the crowding agent and (b) reducing steps of insert purification. The use of rapid ligation buffer and incubation of the ligation reaction at room temperature greatly increase the efficiency of the ligation reaction even for blunt-ended ligation.

  20. Growth in Agarose of Human Cells Infected with Cytomegalovirus (United States)

    Lang, David J.; Montagnier, Luc; Latarjet, Raymond


    After infection by human cytomegalovirus (CMV), human diploid fibroblasts could grow in agarose medium for several generations. Clones of infected cells grew for weeks, although in every case they ultimately underwent lysis owing to the cytopathic effect of the virus. Virus was inoculated at high dilution and after UV irradiation in an effort to derive cells infected with noninfectious defective particles still capable of inducing cell stimulation. Dilute or irradiated virus occasionally yielded large colonies of replicating cells, although permanent transformation was not observed. One clone derived from UV-CMV-infected cells was passaged four times before undergoing lysis. During these passages the cells exhibited alterations in morphology and orientation. Images PMID:4367907

  1. A Quick, Cost-Free Method of Purification of DNA Fragments from Agarose Gel

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    Yuan Sun, Kannappan Sriramajayam, Dianzhong Luo, D. Joshua Liao


    Full Text Available In this short communication we report a quick, cost-free method of purification of DNA fragments from agarose gel. Unlike those procedures that involve commercial kits, this method uses glass wool or absorbent cotton to filter agarose gel during a quick spinning-down of DNA, thus significantly simplifying the routine practice of many molecular biologists and decreasing the cost.

  2. Crosslinked agarose encapsulated sorbents resistant to steam sterilization. Preparation and mechanical properties

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    Koning, de Henk W.M.; Chamuleau, Rob A.F.M.; Bantjes, Adriaan


    The application of agarose in hemoperfusion is hampered by the lack of a suitable sterilization method. A technique has been developed for the crosslinking of agarose encapsulated sorbents by the reaction with 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol (DCP) under strong alkaline conditions. A twofold molar excess of

  3. DNA recovery from agarose gels with a simple centrifuge-driven sephadex filtration

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    Niu Chen; Li Yun


    Conventional methods of DNA recovery from agarose gel generally require expensive equipment, extended elution times,or considerable handling of the sample after elution. We developed a simple protocol for a quick and effective recovery of DNA from agarose gels with good yield and quality. Using a Sephadex resin filled spin column, DNA fragments of 500 bp to 6 kb in an agarose gel slice were easily recovered by a 2 min centrifugation. The recovery efficiencies were over 40%-50% and the eluted DNA can be used directly for downstream application, such as polymerase chain reactions (PCR) and restriction enzyme digestion. This method could also be used to recover large DNA fragment (48 kb) without degradation. The use of Sephadex helps to remove small molecular impurities from agarose and it also reduces the chance of clogging the column filter caused by direct contact with agarose.

  4. Synthesis of agarose-metal/semiconductor nanoparticles having superior bacteriocidal activity and their simple conversion to metal-carbon composites

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    K K R Datta; B Srinivasan; H Balaram; M Eswaramoorthy


    Agarose, a naturally occurring biopolymer is used for the stabilization of metal, semiconductor nanoparticles. Ag and Cu nanoparticles stabilized in agarose matrix show excellent antibacterial activity against E. coli bacteria. The well dispersed metal nanoparticles within the agarose composite films can be readily converted to carbon-metal composites of catalytic importance.

  5. Laminin active peptide/agarose matrices as multifunctional biomaterials for tissue engineering. (United States)

    Yamada, Yuji; Hozumi, Kentaro; Aso, Akihiro; Hotta, Atsushi; Toma, Kazunori; Katagiri, Fumihiko; Kikkawa, Yamato; Nomizu, Motoyoshi


    Cell adhesive peptides derived from extracellular matrix components are potential candidates to afford bio-adhesiveness to cell culture scaffolds for tissue engineering. Previously, we covalently conjugated bioactive laminin peptides to polysaccharides, such as chitosan and alginate, and demonstrated their advantages as biomaterials. Here, we prepared functional polysaccharide matrices by mixing laminin active peptides and agarose gel. Several laminin peptide/agarose matrices showed cell attachment activity. In particular, peptide AG73 (RKRLQVQLSIRT)/agarose matrices promoted strong cell attachment and the cell behavior depended on the stiffness of agarose matrices. Fibroblasts formed spheroid structures on the soft AG73/agarose matrices while the cells formed a monolayer with elongated morphologies on the stiff matrices. On the stiff AG73/agarose matrices, neuronal cells extended neuritic processes and endothelial cells formed capillary-like networks. In addition, salivary gland cells formed acini-like structures on the soft matrices. These results suggest that the peptide/agarose matrices are useful for both two- and three-dimensional cell culture systems as a multifunctional biomaterial for tissue engineering.

  6. In vitro culture of hybridoma cells in agarose beads producing antibody secretion for two weeks. (United States)

    Cadic, C; Dupuy, B; Pianet, I; Merle, M; Margerin, C; Bezian, J H


    A new process for embedding cells in agarose is described. Beads were obtained by extruding an ultralow gelling temperature agarose solution in a capillary containing a hydrophobic medium flowthrough. The toxicity of the procedure has been evaluated by monitoring the energy status of agarose-embedded C(6) glioma cells with (31)P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Suspension and microbead cultures of hybridoma cell line were compared. In suspension culture the number of cells and the antibody concentrations increased for 5 days before the stationary phase began, when the cultures were stopped. In agarose bead cultures, the gel provided an enormous support surface area (50 m(2)/ mL of gel). It was possible to seed 20-fold more cells. The gel pressure modified the proliferative process and antibody pattern secretion. In particular, the antibodies could be harvested for two weeks.

  7. Searching for the best agarose candidate from genusGracilaria,Eucheuma,Gelidium and local brands

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    Ferry Efendi; Retno Handajani; Nursalam Nursalam


    Objective:To explore the potential of local agar of genusGracilaria,Eucheuma,Gelidium and local brandsas an alternative for imported agarose forDNA electrophoresis, and to examine their ability related to separation and migration ofDNA fragments inDNA electrophoresis. Methods:Their performance at various concentrations were compared via an experimental study with a specific brand of imported commercial agarose used in molecular biology research. The measured variables were separation and migration during electrophoresis of a DNA fragment. Results: The local agar genusGracilaria gigas,Gelidium, brand "B" and brand "S" could separateDNA fragments at a concentration between 1% and 2%, with an optimum concentration of 2% w/v, as good as a specific brand of imported commercial agarose. Conclusions:Their performance were very close to that of commercial agarose and can still be improved by further agar purification as well as by pH and sulfur control.

  8. Searching for the best agarose candidate from genus Gracilaria, Eucheuma,Gelidium and local brands简

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    Ferry; Efendi; Retno; Handajani; Nursalam; Nursalam


    Objective: To explore the potential of local agar of genus Gracilaria, Eucheuma,Gelidium and local brands as an alternative for imported agarose for DNA electrophoresis, and to examine their ability related to separation and migration of DNA fragments in DNA electrophoresis.Methods: Their performance at various concentrations were compared via an experimental study with a specific brand of imported commercial agarose used in molecular biology research. The measured variables were separation and migration during electrophoresis of a DNA fragment.Results: The local agar genus Gracilaria gigas, Gelidium, brand “B” and brand “S”could separate DNA fragments at a concentration between 1% and 2%, with an optimum concentration of 2% w/v, as good as a specific brand of imported commercial agarose.Conclusions: Their performance were very close to that of commercial agarose and can still be improved by further agar purification as well as by p H and sulfur control.

  9. Agarose gel shift assay reveals that calreticulin favors substrates with a quaternary structure in solution

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    Boelt, Sanne Grundvad; Houen, Gunnar; Højrup, Peter


    Here we present an agarose gel shift assay that, in contrast to other electrophoresis approaches, is loaded in the center of the gel. This allows proteins to migrate in either direction according to their isoelectric points. Therefore, the presented assay enables a direct visualization, separation...... structure. It is also demonstrated that the agarose gel shift assay is useful in the study of other protein interactions and can be used as an alternative method to native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis....

  10. Agarose-based microfluidic device for point-of-care concentration and detection of pathogen. (United States)

    Li, Yiwei; Yan, Xinghua; Feng, Xiaojun; Wang, Jie; Du, Wei; Wang, Yachao; Chen, Peng; Xiong, Liang; Liu, Bi-Feng


    Preconcentration of pathogens from patient samples represents a great challenge in point-of-care (POC) diagnostics. Here, a low-cost, rapid, and portable agarose-based microfluidic device was developed to concentrate biological fluid from micro- to picoliter volume. The microfluidic concentrator consisted of a glass slide simply covered by an agarose layer with a binary tree-shaped microchannel, in which pathogens could be concentrated at the end of the microchannel due to the capillary effect and the strong water permeability of the agarose gel. The fluorescent Escherichia coli strain OP50 was used to demonstrate the capacity of the agarose-based device. Results showed that 90% recovery efficiency could be achieved with a million-fold volume reduction from 400 μL to 400 pL. For concentration of 1 × 10(3) cells mL(-1) bacteria, approximately ten million-fold enrichment in cell density was realized with volume reduction from 100 μL to 1.6 pL. Urine and blood plasma samples were further tested to validate the developed method. In conjugation with fluorescence immunoassay, we successfully applied the method to the concentration and detection of infectious Staphylococcus aureus in clinics. The agarose-based microfluidic concentrator provided an efficient approach for POC detection of pathogens.

  11. Plasticizing effect of choline chloride/urea eutectic-based ionic liquid on physicochemical properties of agarose films

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    Ahmad Adlie Shamsuri


    Full Text Available Agarose films were formed with the addition of 30 to 70 wt% choline chloride/urea eutectic-based ionic liquid (ChCl/Urea. The ChCl/Urea was prepared through complexation at a 1:2 mole ratio. The films were prepared by dissolving ChCl/Urea in distilled water followed by dispersion of the agarose at 95 °C. The solution was gelled at room temperature, and the formed gel was dried in an oven overnight at 70 °C. Mechanical testing indicated that the agarose film containing 60 wt% ChCl/Urea had higher tensile extension and tensile strain at break compared to the pristine agarose film. The addition of ChCl/Urea also reduced the glass transition temperature (Tg of agarose films. Cross-section SEM images of the agarose films showed that surface roughness disappeared with the incorporation of ChCl/Urea. FTIR spectra confirmed the presence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding between agarose and ChCl/Urea. XRD patterns demonstrated that an amorphous phase was obtained when ChCl/Urea was added. Agarose films containing more ChCl/Urea exhibited higher transparency, as measured by a UV-Vis spectrometer. In summary, the physicochemical properties of agarose films were evidently affected by the incorporation of the ChCl/Urea as a plasticizing agent.

  12. Agarose- and alginate-based biopolymers for sample preparation: Excellent green extraction tools for this century. (United States)

    Sanagi, Mohd Marsin; Loh, Saw Hong; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Nazihah; Pourmand, Neda; Salisu, Ahmed; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini; Ali, Imran


    Recently, there has been considerable interest in the use of miniaturized sample preparation techniques before the chromatographic monitoring of the analytes in unknown complex compositions. The use of biopolymer-based sorbents in solid-phase microextraction techniques has achieved a good reputation. A great variety of polysaccharides can be extracted from marine plants or microorganisms. Seaweeds are the major sources of polysaccharides such as alginate, agar, agarose, as well as carrageenans. Agarose and alginate (green biopolymers) have been manipulated for different microextraction approaches. The present review is focused on the classification of biopolymer and their applications in multidisciplinary research. Besides, efforts have been made to discuss the state-of-the-art of the new microextraction techniques that utilize commercial biopolymer interfaces such as agarose in liquid-phase microextraction and solid-phase microextraction.

  13. Enzymatic liquefaction of agarose above the sol-gel transition temperature using a thermostable endo-type β-agarase, Aga16B. (United States)

    Kim, Jung Hyun; Yun, Eun Ju; Seo, Nari; Yu, Sora; Kim, Dong Hyun; Cho, Kyung Mun; An, Hyun Joo; Kim, Jae-Han; Choi, In-Geol; Kim, Kyoung Heon


    The main carbohydrate of red macroalgae is agarose, a heterogeneous polysaccharide composed of D-galactose and 3,6-anhydro-L-galactose. When saccharifying agarose by enzymes, the unique physical properties of agarose, namely the sol-gel transition and the near-insolubility of agarose in water, limit the accessibility of agarose to the enzymes. Due to the lower accessibility of agarose to enzymes in the gel state than to the sol state, it is important to prevent the sol-gel transition by performing the enzymatic liquefaction of agarose at a temperature higher than the sol-gel transition temperature of agarose. In this study, a thermostable endo-type β-agarase, Aga16B, originating from Saccharophagus degradans 2-40(T), was characterized and introduced in the liquefaction process. Aga16B was thermostable up to 50 °C and depolymerized agarose mainly into neoagarooligosaccharides with degrees of polymerization 4 and 6. Aga16B was applied to enzymatic liquefaction of agarose at 45 °C, which was above the sol-gel transition temperature of 1 % (w/v) agarose (∼35 °C) when cooling agarose. This is the first systematic demonstration of enzymatic liquefaction of agarose, enabled by determining the sol-gel temperature of agarose under specific conditions and by characterizing the thermostability of an endo-type β-agarase.

  14. Comparison of viability of adipose-derived Mesenchymal stem cells on agarose and fibrin glue scaffolds

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    Farzaneh Tafvizi


    Full Text Available Background & aim: Utilizing tissue engineering techniques and designing similar structures of the damaged tissues require the use of tools such as scaffolds, cells, and bioactive molecules in vitro. Meanwhile, appropriate cell cultures with the ability to divide and differentiate on the natural scaffolds lacking features like immunogenicity and tumorgenesis is particularly important. Adipose tissue has attracted researchers’ attention due to its abundance of mesenchymal stem cells and its availability through a liposuction. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the reproducibility and viability of the adipose-derived stem cells on natural scaffolds of fibrin glue and agarose. Methods: In the present experimental study, the isolation and identification of the mesenchymal stem cells was performed on tissue obtained from liposuction. The tissues were extensively washed with PBS and were digested with collagenase I, then the mesenchymal stem cells were isolated. The cells were cultured in RPMI medium supplemented with antibiotic. Subsequently, the expression of cell surface markers including CD34, CD44, CD90, and CD105 were analyzed by flow cytometry to confirm the mesenchymal cells. After preparing fibrin glue and agarose scaffolds, the viability and proliferation of the adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells were examined at the period of 24, 48, and 72 hours by MTT and ELISA assays. The obtained results were analyzed by SPSS ver.19. Results: The results of adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells culture on the fibrin glue and agarose scaffolds indicated that cell viability on fibrin glue and agarose scaffold were 68.22% and 89.75% in 24 hrs, 64.04% and 66.97% in 48 hours, 222.87% and 1089.68% in 72 hours respectively. Significant proliferation and viability cells on a synthesized agarose scaffold were seen compared to the fibrin glue scaffold after 72 hrs. The viability of the cells significantly increased on the

  15. Micropatterning of a stretchable conductive polymer using inkjet printing and agarose stamping

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    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Hassager, Ole; Larsen, Niels Bent


    A highly conducting stretchable polymer material has been patterned using additive inkjet printing and by subtractive agarose stamping of a deactivation agent (hypochlorite). The material consisted of elastomeric polyurethane combined in an interpenetrating network with a conductive polymer, poly(3......,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT). The agarose stamping produced 50 μm wide conducting lines with high spatial fidelity. The deactivation agent was found to cause some degradation of the remaining conducting lines, as revealed by a stronger increase in resistance upon straining compared to the pristine polymer material...

  16. Ag-nanoparticle fractionation by low melting point agarose gel electrophoresis

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    Guarrotxena, Nekane, E-mail: [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Polimeros (ICTP) (Spain); Braun, Gary [University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (United States)


    The separation of surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS)-active Ag-multi-nanoparticle (NP) assemblies by low melting point agarose gel electrophoresis was accomplished here by controlling surface charge using NP capping agents, and the pore size of agarose gel matrix. Detailed transmission electron microscopy analysis of excised gel fractions showed dimers and small clusters to have the greatest SERS activity and a mobility in between the monomers and large aggregates. This strategy enables one to: (1) stabilize small multispherical Ag clusters against further aggregation during purification; (2) fractionate and recover spherical assemblies by nuclearity; and (3) analyze SERS-enhancements for each fraction to optimize purification conditions.

  17. Effect of alternation of agar and agarose on the green plant differentiation frequency of calli from wild rice

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    @@ In vitro culture of wild rice was difficult. Recently, we found that high agarose concentration of different media could improve the green plant differentiation frequency of calli from wild rice. We tested the effectiveness of alternation of agar and agarose in different media.

  18. Enhanced Resolution of DNA Separation Using Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Doped with Graphene Oxide (United States)

    Li, Jialiang; Yang, Yushi; Mao, Zhou; Huang, Wenjie; Qiu, Tong; Wu, Qingzhi


    In this work, a novel agarose gel electrophoresis strategy has been developed for separation of DNA fragments by doping graphene oxide (GO) into agarose gel. The results show that the addition of GO into agarose gel significantly improved the separation resolution of DNA fragments by increasing the shift distances of both the single DNA fragments and the adjacent DNA fragments and completely eliminating the background noise derived from the diffusion of the excessive ethidium bromide (EB) dye in the gel after electrophoresis. The improved resolution of DNA fragments in GO-doped agarose gel could be attributed to the successive adsorption-desorption processes between DNA fragments and GO sheets, while the elimination of the background noise could be attributed to the adsorption of the excessive EB dye on the surface of GO sheets and high fluorescence quenching efficiency of GO. These results provide promising potential for graphene and its derivate utilized in various electrophoresis techniques for separation and detection of DAN fragments and other biomolecules.

  19. Drying techniques for the visualisation of agarose-based chromatography media by scanning electron microscopy. (United States)

    Nweke, Mauryn C; Turmaine, Mark; McCartney, R Graham; Bracewell, Daniel G


    The drying of chromatography resins prior to scanning electron microscopy is critical to image resolution and hence understanding of the bead structure at sub-micron level. Achieving suitable drying conditions is especially important with agarose-based chromatography resins, as over-drying may cause artefact formation, bead damage and alterations to ultrastructural properties; and under-drying does not provide sufficient resolution for visualization under SEM. This paper compares and contrasts the effects of two drying techniques, critical point drying and freeze drying, on the morphology of two agarose based resins (MabSelect™/dw ≈85 µm and Capto™ Adhere/dw ≈75 µm) and provides a complete method for both. The results show that critical point drying provides better drying and subsequently clearer ultrastructural visualization of both resins under SEM. Under this protocol both the polymer fibers (thickness ≈20 nm) and the pore sizes (diameter ≈100 nm) are clearly visible. Freeze drying is shown to cause bead damage to both resins, but to different extents. MabSelect resin encounters extensive bead fragmentation, whilst Capto Adhere resin undergoes partial bead disintegration, corresponding with the greater extent of agarose crosslinking and strength of this resin. While freeze drying appears to be the less favorable option for ultrastructural visualization of chromatography resin, it should be noted that the extent of fracturing caused by the freeze drying process may provide some insight into the mechanical properties of agarose-based chromatography media.

  20. A simple immunoblotting method after separation of proteins in agarose gel

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    Koch, C; Skjødt, K; Laursen, I


    A simple and sensitive method for immunoblotting of proteins after separation in agarose gels is described. It involves transfer of proteins onto nitrocellulose paper simply by diffusion through pressure, a transfer which only takes about 10 min. By this method we have demonstrated the existence ...

  1. Impact of saccharides on the drying kinetics of agarose gels measured by in-situ interferometry (United States)

    Mao, Bosi; Divoux, Thibaut; Snabre, Patrick


    Agarose gels are viscoelastic soft solids that display a porous microstructure filled with water at 90% w/w or more. Despite an extensive use in food industry and microbiology, little is known about the drying kinetics of such squishy solids, which suffers from a lack of time-resolved local measurements. Moreover, only scattered empirical observations are available on the role of the gel composition on the drying kinetics. Here we study by in-situ interferometry the drying of agarose gels of various compositions cast in Petri dishes. The gel thinning is associated with the displacement of interference fringes that are analyzed using an efficient spatiotemporal filtering method, which allows us to assess local thinning rates as low as 10 nm/s with high accuracy. The gel thinning rate measured at the center of the dish appears as a robust observable to quantify the role of additives on the gel drying kinetics and compare the drying speed of agarose gels loaded with various non-gelling saccharides of increasing molecular weights. Our work shows that saccharides systematically decrease the agarose gel thinning rate up to a factor two, and exemplifies interferometry as a powerful tool to quantify the impact of additives on the drying kinetics of polymer gels. PMID:28112236

  2. Non-toxic agarose/gelatin-based microencapsulation system containing gallic acid for antifungal application. (United States)

    Lam, P-L; Gambari, R; Kok, S H-L; Lam, K-H; Tang, J C-O; Bian, Z-X; Lee, K K-H; Chui, C-H


    Aspergillus niger (A. niger) is a common species of Aspergillus molds. Cutaneous aspergillosis usually occurs in skin sites near intravenous injection and approximately 6% of cutaneous aspergillosis cases which do not involve burn or HIV-infected patients are caused by A. niger. Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals produced from microparticle-based drug delivery systems have received much attention as microencapsulated drugs offer an improvement in therapeutic efficacy due to better human absorption. The frequently used crosslinker, glutaraldehyde, in gelatin-based microencapsulation systems is considered harmful to human beings. In order to tackle the potential risks, agarose has become an alternative polymer to be used with gelatin as wall matrix materials of microcapsules. In the present study, we report the eco-friendly use of an agarose/gelatin-based microencapsulation system to enhance the antifungal activity of gallic acid and reduce its potential cytotoxic effects towards human skin keratinocytes. We used optimal parameter combinations, such as an agarose/gelatin ratio of 1:1, a polymer/oil ratio of 1:60, a surfactant volume of 1% w/w and a stirring speed of 900 rpm. The minimum inhibitory concentration of microencapsulated gallic acid (62.5 µg/ml) was significantly improved when compared with that of the original drug (>750 µg/ml). The anti-A. niger activity of gallic acid -containing microcapsules was much stronger than that of the original drug. Following 48 h of treatment, skin cell survival was approximately 90% with agarose/gelatin microcapsules containing gallic acid, whereas cell viability was only 25-35% with free gallic acid. Our results demonstrate that agarose/gelatin-based microcapsules containing gallic acid may prove to be helpful in the treatment of A. niger-induced skin infections near intravenous injection sites.

  3. Multiple depositions of Ag nanoparticles on chemically modified agarose films for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (United States)

    Zhai, Wen-Lei; Li, Da-Wei; Qu, Lu-Lu; Fossey, John S.; Long, Yi-Tao


    A facile and cost-effective approach for the preparation of a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate through constructing silver nanoparticle/3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane/agarose films (Ag NPs/APTES/Agar film) on various solid supports is described. The SERS performance of the substrate was systematically investigated, revealing a maximum SERS intensity with four layers of the Ag NP deposition. The enhancement factor of the developed substrate was calculated as 1.5 × 107 using rhodamine 6G (R6G) as the probe molecule, and the reproducibility of the SERS signals was established. A high throughput screening platform was designed, manufactured and implemented which utilised the ability to cast agarose to assemble arrays. Quantitative analysis of 4-aminobenzoic acid (4-ABA) and 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) was achieved over a ~0.5 nM-0.1 μM range.A facile and cost-effective approach for the preparation of a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate through constructing silver nanoparticle/3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane/agarose films (Ag NPs/APTES/Agar film) on various solid supports is described. The SERS performance of the substrate was systematically investigated, revealing a maximum SERS intensity with four layers of the Ag NP deposition. The enhancement factor of the developed substrate was calculated as 1.5 × 107 using rhodamine 6G (R6G) as the probe molecule, and the reproducibility of the SERS signals was established. A high throughput screening platform was designed, manufactured and implemented which utilised the ability to cast agarose to assemble arrays. Quantitative analysis of 4-aminobenzoic acid (4-ABA) and 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) was achieved over a ~0.5 nM-0.1 μM range. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: the chemical structure of agarose, the SEM characterization of the synthesised Ag NPs, the calculation of the EF, the stability of the SERS substrate. See DOI: 10.1039/c1nr10956a

  4. Recovery of DNA from Agarose Gel with Home-made Silica Milk

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    An usefulness of silica milk made with waste ultraviolet light tube for recovery of DNA fragment from agarose gel was represented. The glass milk is a water suspension of 50% fine silica powder prepared by grinding the crushed waste ultraviolet light tube with a porcelain mortar.It was showed that one microliter of the glass milk could bind more than 1 μg of DNA fragment,and DNA fragment in length from 125 bp to 23 kb could be efficiently recovered from agarose gel. The bound DNA could be eluted from the particle of SiO2 in the glass milk with a yield of about 60%-80%.The eluted DNA could be used in all manipulations in molecular cloning.

  5. Preparation and structural characterization of O-acetyl agarose with low degree of substitution

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    Rosangela B. Garcia


    Full Text Available Among the biodegradable polymers, the polysaccharides have been found to be promising carriers for bioactive molecules. From a general standpoint, they present several reactive groups, such as hydroxyl, carboxyl and amine, that can be modified in a number of ways, giving rise to suitable devices for controlled release. In this paper, agarose was submitted to O-acetylation reactions under heterogeneous conditions, using acetic anhydride and pyridine, aiming to observe the effect of acetyl groups on the agarose properties. The products were characterized by Infrared and ¹H NMR spectroscopies. In the range of average acetylation degrees (DA 0.07-0.48, the polymers presented partial solubility in boiling water and in common organic solvents. The ¹H NMR spectra presented evidences of non-homogeneous acetyl group distribution along the chains, as concluded from the solubility of only one of the fractions with DA<0.09, in boiling water .

  6. Hierarchically designed agarose and poly(ethylene glycol) interpenetrating network hydrogels for cartilage tissue engineering. (United States)

    DeKosky, Brandon J; Dormer, Nathan H; Ingavle, Ganesh C; Roatch, Christopher H; Lomakin, Joseph; Detamore, Michael S; Gehrke, Stevin H


    A new method for encapsulating cells in interpenetrating network (IPN) hydrogels of superior mechanical integrity was developed. In this study, two biocompatible materials-agarose and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) diacrylate-were combined to create a new IPN hydrogel with greatly enhanced mechanical performance. Unconfined compression of hydrogel samples revealed that the IPN displayed a fourfold increase in shear modulus relative to a pure PEG-diacrylate network (39.9 vs. 9.9 kPa) and a 4.9-fold increase relative to a pure agarose network (8.2 kPa). PEG and IPN compressive failure strains were found to be 71% ± 17% and 74% ± 17%, respectively, while pure agarose gels failed around 15% strain. Similar mechanical property improvements were seen when IPNs-encapsulated chondrocytes, and LIVE/DEAD cell viability assays demonstrated that cells survived the IPN encapsulation process. The majority of IPN-encapsulated chondrocytes remained viable 1 week postencapsulation, and chondrocytes exhibited glycosaminoglycan synthesis comparable to that of agarose-encapsulated chondrocytes at 3 weeks postencapsulation. The introduction of a new method for encapsulating cells in a hydrogel with enhanced mechanical performance is a promising step toward cartilage defect repair. This method can be applied to fabricate a broad variety of cell-based IPNs by varying monomers and polymers in type and concentration and by adding functional groups such as degradable sequences or cell adhesion groups. Further, this technology may be applicable in other cell-based applications where mechanical integrity of cell-containing hydrogels is of great importance.

  7. High Resolution Microsatellite Marker Analysis of Some Rice Landraces Using Metaphor Agarose Gel Electrophoresis


    K. Kristamtini; T. Taryono; Panjisakti Basunanda; Rudi Hari Murti


    Microsatellite markers or simple sequences repeats are DNA - based molecular techniques that are used to see the different among accessions and inbred lines. There are three methods to analysis the results of the polymerase chain reaction of microsatellite markers namely polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), capillary electroforesis, and Metaphor Agarose Gel Electroforesis (MAGE), and the Use of MAGE assessed more easily and economically the polymorphic pattern of DNA markers...

  8. Quantitation of Alkaline Phosphatase Isoenzymes Using Agarose Containing Wheat Germ Lectin (United States)


    Trizma (50 mmol)/barbital (14 mmol)/sodium barbital (50 mmol) buffer at pH 8.9 is available prepackaged from Sigma (710-1). Dissolve one 10 g vial in...materials. The separation of AP isoenzymes requires that the buffer pH be maintained at 8.9 +0.1. Electrophoresis 53 54 conducted using trizma ...21 Electrophoresis Buffer ........................... 21 AMP-Metal Ion Buffer ............................. 21 Agarose

  9. High throughput generation and trapping of individual agarose microgel using microfluidic approach

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    Shi, Yang


    Microgel is a kind of biocompatible polymeric material, which has been widely used as micro-carriers in materials synthesis, drug delivery and cell biology applications. However, high-throughput generation of individual microgel for on-site analysis in a microdevice still remains a challenge. Here, we presented a simple and stable droplet microfluidic system to realize high-throughput generation and trapping of individual agarose microgels based on the synergetic effect of surface tension and hydrodynamic forces in microchannels and used it for 3-D cell culture in real-time. The established system was mainly composed of droplet generators with flow focusing T-junction and a series of array individual trap structures. The whole process including the independent agarose microgel formation, immobilization in trapping array and gelation in situ via temperature cooling could be realized on the integrated microdevice completely. The performance of this system was demonstrated by successfully encapsulating and culturing adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACCM) cells in the gelated agarose microgels. This established approach is simple, easy to operate, which can not only generate the micro-carriers with different components in parallel, but also monitor the cell behavior in 3D matrix in real-time. It can also be extended for applications in the area of material synthesis and tissue engineering. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

  10. Stability of beating frequency in cardiac myocytes by their community effect measured by agarose microchamber chip

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    Yasuda Kenji


    Full Text Available Abstract To understand the contribution of community effect on the stability of beating frequency in cardiac myocyte cell groups, the stepwise network formation of cells as the reconstructive approach using the on-chip agarose microchamber cell microcultivation system with photo-thermal etching method was applied. In the system, the shapes of agarose microstructures were changed step by step with photo-thermal etching of agarose-layer of the chip using a 1064-nm infrared focused laser beam to increase the interaction of cardiac myocyte cells during cultivation. First, individual rat cardiac myocyte in each microstructure were cultivated under isolated condition, and then connected them one by one through newly-created microchannels by photo-thermal etching to compare the contribution of community size for the magnitude of beating stability of the cell groups. Though the isolated individual cells have 50% fluctuation of beating frequency, their stability increased as the number of connected cells increased. And finally when the number reached to eight cells, they stabilized around the 10% fluctuation, which was the same magnitude of the tissue model cultivated on the dish. The result indicates the importance of the community size of cells to stabilize their performance for making cell-network model for using cells for monitoring their functions like the tissue model.

  11. A rapid sandwich immunoassay for human fetuin A using agarose-3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane modified microtiter plate. (United States)

    Vashist, Sandeep Kumar; Schneider, E Marion; Luong, John H T


    A rapid sandwich immunoassay (IA) with enhanced signal response for human fetuin A (HFA) was developed by modifying the surface of a KOH-treated polystyrene microtiter plate (MTP) with agarose and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES). The agarose-APTES complex binds covalently to the hydroxyl moiety of the MTP plate to serve as a binding platform for bioconjugation of EDC-activated anti-HFA antibody (Ab) via carbodiimide coupling. The one-step kinetics-based sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) enabled the detection of HFA in 30 min with a limit of detection (LOD) and a linear range of 0.02 ng mL(-1) and 1-243 ng mL(-1), respectively. It detected HFA spiked in diluted human whole blood and serum, and HFA in ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-plasma of patients with high precision similar to that of conventional ELISA. The anti-HFA Ab-bound agarose-functionalized MTPs retained their functional activity after 6 weeks of storage in 0.1 M PBS, pH 7.4 at 4 °C.

  12. Method Development for Extraction of Butyrylcholin- esterase using Protein-G Agarose Spin Columns

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    Amruta S. Indapurkar


    Full Text Available Butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE is a biomarker of organophosphate (OP poisoning and can be used as a diagnostic marker to measure exposure to OP compounds. The purpose of this study was to develop a method to extract BuChE from human plasma. BuChE was extracted from plasma using the NAb protein-G Agarose Spin Kit. Factors affecting extraction like incubation time, plasma volume and cross-linking of antibodies to agarose beads were evaluated. All samples were analyzed for BuChE activity using the Ellman’s assay. The incubation times of plasma and anti-BuChE antibodies marginally affected the extraction efficiency of BuChE whereas a decrease in plasma volume increased the extraction efficiency. Cross-linking of anti-BuChE antibodies on agarose increased the extraction efficiency. The NAb protein-G Spin Kit can be used successfully to extract BuChE from human plasma. This extraction technique may be coupled to downstream analytical analyses for diagnosing exposure to OP compounds.

  13. Fenugreek hydrogel–agarose composite entrapped gold nanoparticles for acetylcholinesterase based biosensor for carbamates detection

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    Kestwal, Rakesh Mohan; Bagal-Kestwal, Dipali; Chiang, Been-Huang, E-mail:


    A biosensor was fabricated to detect pesticides in food samples. Acetylcholinesterase was immobilized in a novel fenugreek hydrogel–agarose matrix with gold nanoparticles. Transparent thin films with superior mechanical strength and stability were obtained with 2% fenugreek hydrogel and 2% agarose. Immobilization of acetylcholinesterase on the membrane resulted in high enzyme retention efficiency (92%) and a significantly prolonged shelf life of the enzyme (half-life, 55 days). Transmission electron microscopy revealed that, gold nanoparticles (10–20 nm in diameter) were uniformly dispersed in the fenugreek hydrogel–agarose–acetylcholinesterase membrane. This immobilized enzyme-gold nanoparticle dip-strip system detected various carbamates, including carbofuran, oxamyl, methomyl, and carbaryl, with limits of detection of 2, 21, 113, and 236 nM (S/N = 3), respectively. Furthermore, the fabricated biosensor exhibited good testing capabilities when used to detect carbamates added to various fruit and vegetable samples. - Highlights: • Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) dip-strip biosensor fabricated to detect carbamates. • AChE entrapped in fenugreek hydrogel–agarose matrix with gold nanoparticles (GNPs). • High enzyme retention efficiency (92%) and shelf life (half-life, 55 days). • Detection limits of carbofuran, oxamyl and methomyl: 2, 21 and 113 nM. • The biosensor had good testing capabilities to detect carbamates in food samples.

  14. Agarose gels (United States)


    Discovered in 17th-century Japan, agar is a jelly-like substance obtained by boiling algae, and it is widely used as a gelling agent for desserts in Japanese, Indian, Philippine and Vietnamese cuisine.

  15. Acoustic transfer of protein crystals from agarose pedestals to micromeshes for high-throughput screening

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    Cuttitta, Christina M. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); The City University of New York, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314 (United States); Ericson, Daniel L. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); University at Buffalo, SUNY, 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260 (United States); Scalia, Alexander [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Binghamton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Roessler, Christian G. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Teplitsky, Ella [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5215 (United States); Joshi, Karan [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh (India); Campos, Olven [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33414 (United States); Agarwal, Rakhi; Allaire, Marc [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Orville, Allen M. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States); Sweet, Robert M.; Soares, Alexei S., E-mail: [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States)


    An acoustic high-throughput screening method is described for harvesting protein crystals and combining the protein crystals with chemicals such as a fragment library. Acoustic droplet ejection (ADE) is an emerging technology with broad applications in serial crystallography such as growing, improving and manipulating protein crystals. One application of this technology is to gently transfer crystals onto MiTeGen micromeshes with minimal solvent. Once mounted on a micromesh, each crystal can be combined with different chemicals such as crystal-improving additives or a fragment library. Acoustic crystal mounting is fast (2.33 transfers s{sup −1}) and all transfers occur in a sealed environment that is in vapor equilibrium with the mother liquor. Here, a system is presented to retain crystals near the ejection point and away from the inaccessible dead volume at the bottom of the well by placing the crystals on a concave agarose pedestal (CAP) with the same chemical composition as the crystal mother liquor. The bowl-shaped CAP is impenetrable to crystals. Consequently, gravity will gently move the crystals into the optimal location for acoustic ejection. It is demonstrated that an agarose pedestal of this type is compatible with most commercially available crystallization conditions and that protein crystals are readily transferred from the agarose pedestal onto micromeshes with no loss in diffraction quality. It is also shown that crystals can be grown directly on CAPs, which avoids the need to transfer the crystals from the hanging drop to a CAP. This technology has been used to combine thermolysin and lysozyme crystals with an assortment of anomalously scattering heavy atoms. The results point towards a fast nanolitre method for crystal mounting and high-throughput screening.

  16. Acoustic transfer of protein crystals from agarose pedestals to micromeshes for high-throughput screening. (United States)

    Cuttitta, Christina M; Ericson, Daniel L; Scalia, Alexander; Roessler, Christian G; Teplitsky, Ella; Joshi, Karan; Campos, Olven; Agarwal, Rakhi; Allaire, Marc; Orville, Allen M; Sweet, Robert M; Soares, Alexei S


    Acoustic droplet ejection (ADE) is an emerging technology with broad applications in serial crystallography such as growing, improving and manipulating protein crystals. One application of this technology is to gently transfer crystals onto MiTeGen micromeshes with minimal solvent. Once mounted on a micromesh, each crystal can be combined with different chemicals such as crystal-improving additives or a fragment library. Acoustic crystal mounting is fast (2.33 transfers s(-1)) and all transfers occur in a sealed environment that is in vapor equilibrium with the mother liquor. Here, a system is presented to retain crystals near the ejection point and away from the inaccessible dead volume at the bottom of the well by placing the crystals on a concave agarose pedestal (CAP) with the same chemical composition as the crystal mother liquor. The bowl-shaped CAP is impenetrable to crystals. Consequently, gravity will gently move the crystals into the optimal location for acoustic ejection. It is demonstrated that an agarose pedestal of this type is compatible with most commercially available crystallization conditions and that protein crystals are readily transferred from the agarose pedestal onto micromeshes with no loss in diffraction quality. It is also shown that crystals can be grown directly on CAPs, which avoids the need to transfer the crystals from the hanging drop to a CAP. This technology has been used to combine thermolysin and lysozyme crystals with an assortment of anomalously scattering heavy atoms. The results point towards a fast nanolitre method for crystal mounting and high-throughput screening.

  17. Generation of Multicellular Tumor Spheroids with Microwell-Based Agarose Scaffolds for Drug Testing.

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    Xue Gong

    Full Text Available Three dimensional multicellular aggregate, also referred to as cell spheroid or microtissue, is an indispensable tool for in vitro evaluating antitumor activity and drug efficacy. Compared with classical cellular monolayer, multicellular tumor spheroid (MCTS offers a more rational platform to predict in vivo drug efficacy and toxicity. Nevertheless, traditional processing methods such as plastic dish culture with nonadhesive surfaces are regularly time-consuming, laborious and difficult to provide uniform-sized spheroids, thus causing poor reproducibility of experimental data and impeding high-throughput drug screening. In order to provide a robust and effective platform for in vitro drug evaluation, we present an agarose scaffold prepared with the template containing uniform-sized micro-wells in commercially available cell culture plates. The agarose scaffold allows for good adjustment of MCTS size and large-scale production of MCTS. Transparent agarose scaffold also allows for monitoring of spheroid formation under an optical microscopy. The formation of MCTS from MCF-7 cells was prepared using different-size-well templates and systematically investigated in terms of spheroid growth curve, circularity, and cell viability. The doxorubicin cytotoxicity against MCF-7 spheroid and MCF-7 monolayer cells was compared. The drug penetration behavior, cell cycle distribution, cell apoptosis, and gene expression were also evaluated in MCF-7 spheroid. The findings of this study indicate that, compared with cellular monolayer, MCTS provides a valuable platform for the assessment of therapeutic candidates in an in vivo-mimic microenvironment, and thus has great potential for use in drug discovery and tumor biology research.

  18. Streptavidin Capture and Detection Using Individual Agarose Bead-based Microfluidic Immunoassay Devices

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    Xiaoguang Du


    @@ A single microwell on polycarbonate substratc was fabricated using hot embossing by silicon master.The silicon master (85 μm in top,100 μm in bottom,53 μm in height) and 0.25 mm-thick polycarbonate substrate were sandwiched between two glass plates in hot embossing system.The system was heated to 155-160℃ and pressed with a force of 300 psi for 10-30 s.The single microwell was stampted on polycarbonate substrate.Apply a~0.2 μL aliquot of agarose beads to the single microwell.

  19. The preparation of low electroendosmosis agarose and its physico-chemical property

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    Studies on Gelidium amansii agar fractionations were carried out in this paper. Gelidium amansii agar was fractionated on DEAE-Cellulose, and four fractions were obtained sequentially. The fractions were analyzed on physical and chemical properties, and IR and 13C-NMR spectroscopy applied for elucidating the chemical structure. Among the four fractions obtained, water fraction measured up to the standard of low EEO agarose. The sulfate content, ash content, electroendosmosis and gel strength(1%) of water fraction were 0.16%, 0.34%, 0.12 and 1 130g/cm2 respectively, similar to those of the Sigma products.

  20. Agarose gel investigation of quantum dots conjugated with short ssDNA. (United States)

    Wu, Tsai-Chin; Dutta, Mitra; Stroscio, Michael A


    Herein, we investigate the migration distance of quantum-dot-functionalized complexes in electrophoresis. The quantitative study of these moving particles in an electrophoretic environment is modeled using an extended Smoluchowski equation. An extended Smoluchowski equation is proposed to addressed the D(m) to Ln(N) plot slope variation issue present in previous work and agreement between experiment and theory is found. The procedures underlying this work then discusses the potential of using agarose electrophoresis as a mean of monitoring the composition of nano-complexes consisting of quantum dots functionalized with differing numbers of DNA molecules.

  1. Characterization of agarose as immobilization matrix model for a microbial biosensor

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    Pernetti Mimma


    Full Text Available Microbial biosensors are promising tools for the detection of specific substances in different fields, such as environmental, biomedical, food or agricultural. They allow rapid measurements, no need for complex sample preparation or specialized personnel and easy handling. In order to enhance the managing, miniaturization and stability of the biosensor and to prevent cell leaching, bacteria immobilization is desirable. A systematic characterization procedure to choose a suitable immobilization method and matrix, was proposed in this study. Physical properties, storage stability mass transport phenomena and biocompatibility were evaluated, employing agarose as the model matrix. Preliminary essays with bioluminescent bacteria detecting Tributyltin were also carried out.

  2. Tailor-made cell patterning using a near-infrared-responsive composite gel composed of agarose and carbon nanotubes. (United States)

    Koga, Haruka; Sada, Takao; Fujigaya, Tsuyohiko; Nakashima, Naotoshi; Nakazawa, Kohji


    Micropatterning is useful for regulating culture environments. We developed a highly efficient near-infrared-(NIR)-responsive gel and established a new technique that enables cell patterning by NIR irradiation. As a new culture substratum, we designed a tissue culture plate that was coated with a composite gel composed of agarose and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). A culture plate coated with agarose only showed no response to NIR irradiation. In contrast, NIR laser irradiation induced heat generation by CNTs; this permitted local solation of the CNT/agarose gel, and consequently, selective cell-adhesive regions were exposed on the tissue culture plate. The solation area was controlled by the NIR intensity, magnification of the object lens and CNT concentration in the gel. Furthermore, we formed circular patterns of HeLa cells and linear patterns of 3T3 cells on the same culture plate through selective and stepwise NIR irradiation of the CNT/agarose gel, and we also demonstrated that individual 3T3 cells migrated along a linear path formed on the CNT/agarose gel by NIR irradiation. These results indicate that our technique is useful for tailor-made cell patterning of stepwise and/or complex cell patterns, which has various biological applications such as stepwise co-culture and the study of cell migration.

  3. Poly-lactic acid and agarose gelatin play an active role in the recovery of spinal cord injury

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    Objective To investigate the role of poly-lactic acid and agarose gelatin in promoting the functional recovery of the injured spinal cord. Methods Poly-lactic acid (PLA) or agarose was embedded in the space between two stumps of the hemisectioned spinal cord. Immunohistochemistry was used to show astroglia proliferation and the infiltration of RhoA-positive cells. Locomotor activity recovery was evaluated by testing the function of hindlimbs. Results Astroglias and RhoA labeled non-neuronal cells accumulated in the area adjacent to the implant, while the number of RhoA-positive cells was decreased dramatically in the absence of implant. Animals implanted with agarose gelatin recovered more quickly than those with PLA, concomitant with a higher survival rate of the neurons. Conclusion Both PLA and agarose gelatin benefited the recovery of spinal cord after injury by providing a scaffold for astroglia processes. Modulation of the rigidity, pore size and inner structure of PLA and agarose gelatin might make these biodegradable materials more effective in the regeneration of the central nervous system (CNS).

  4. Utilization of an Ionic Liquid/Urea Mixture as a Physical Coupling Agent for Agarose/Talc Composite Films

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    Rusli Daik


    Full Text Available An ionic liquid, 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BmimCl was blended with urea at 1:1 mole ratio to create a BmimCl/Urea mixture. The agarose/talc composite films containing the BmimCl/Urea mixture were then acquired through a gelation method. The weight ratio of agarose and talc was fixed at 4:1, while the content of BmimCl/Urea was varied from 0 to 10 wt % relative to the overall weight of the composite films. The tensile stress and modulus results showed the optimum BmimCl/Urea content in the composite film lies at 8 wt %. The talc particles are embedded in the agarose matrix and there are no pullouts for the composite films containing BmimCl/Urea as demonstrated by SEM micrographs. The addition of BmimCl/Urea increased the glass transition temperature of the composite films, however, the thermal decomposition temperature decreased drastically. FTIR and FT-Raman spectra indicated the existence of interaction between agarose and talc, which improves their interfacial adhesion. As a conclusion, a BmimCl/Urea mixture can be utilized as a coupling agent for agarose/talc composite films.

  5. Pravastatin Improves Glucose Regulation and Biocompatibility of Agarose Encapsulated Porcine Islets following Transplantation into Pancreatectomized Dogs

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    Lawrence S. Gazda


    Full Text Available The encapsulation of porcine islets is an attractive methodology for the treatment of Type I diabetes. In the current study, the use of pravastatin as a mild anti-inflammatory agent was investigated in pancreatectomized diabetic canines transplanted with porcine islets encapsulated in agarose-agarose macrobeads and given 80 mg/day of pravastatin (n=3 while control animals did not receive pravastatin (n=3. Control animals reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 18, 19, and 32. Pravastatin-treated animals reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 22, 27, and 50. Two animals from each group received a second macrobead implant: control animals remained insulin-free for 15 and 21 days (AUC = 3003 and 5078 mg/dL/24 hr days 1 to 15 and reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 62 and 131. Pravastatin treated animals remained insulin-free for 21 and 34 days (AUC = 1559 and 1903 mg/dL/24 hr days 1 to 15 and reached preimplant insulin requirements on days 38 and 192. Total incidence (83.3% versus 64.3% and total severity (22.7 versus 18.3 of inflammation on tissue surfaces were higher in the control group at necropsy. These findings support pravastatin therapy in conjunction with the transplantation of encapsulated xenogeneic islets for the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

  6. Covalent attachment of lipases on glyoxyl-agarose beads: application in fruit flavor and biodiesel synthesis. (United States)

    Mendes, Adriano A; de Castro, Heizir F; Giordano, Raquel L C


    The aim of this work was to prepare biocatalysts to catalyze the synthesis of butyl butyrate by esterification reaction, and the synthesis of biodiesel by transesterification of palm and babassu oils with ethanol. Lipase preparations Lipolase® (TLL1) and Lipex® 100 L (TLL2) from Thermomyces lanuginosus and Lipase AK from Pseudomonas fluorescens (PFL) were immobilized on glyoxyl-agarose beads prepared by activation with glycidol (Gly) and epichlorohydrin (Epi). The influence of immobilization time, lipase source and activating agents on the catalytic activity of the biocatalysts were evaluated in both aqueous and organic media. TLL1 immobilized on glyoxyl-agarose by 24 h of incubation resulted biocatalysts with high hydrolytic activity (varying from 1347.3 to 1470.0 IU/g of support) and thermal-stability, around 300-fold more stable than crude TLL1 extract. The maximum load of immobilized TLL1 was around 20 mg of protein/g of support. The biocatalyst prepared exhibited high activity and operational stability on the butyl butyrate synthesis by esterification after five successive cycles of 24 h each (conversion around 85-90%). Immobilized TLL1 and PFL were active in the synthesis of biodiesel by transesterification reaction. Maximum transesterification yield (≥98.5% after 48 h of reaction at 45°C) was provided by using palm oil as feedstock.

  7. Modification of a neuronal network direction using stepwise photo-thermal etching of an agarose architecture

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    Jimbo Yasuhiko


    Full Text Available Abstract Control over spatial distribution of individual neurons and the pattern of neural network provides an important tool for studying information processing pathways during neural network formation. Moreover, the knowledge of the direction of synaptic connections between cells in each neural network can provide detailed information on the relationship between the forward and feedback signaling. We have developed a method for topographical control of the direction of synaptic connections within a living neuronal network using a new type of individual-cell-based on-chip cell-cultivation system with an agarose microchamber array (AMCA. The advantages of this system include the possibility to control positions and number of cultured cells as well as flexible control of the direction of elongation of axons through stepwise melting of narrow grooves. Such micrometer-order microchannels are obtained by photo-thermal etching of agarose where a portion of the gel is melted with a 1064-nm infrared laser beam. Using this system, we created neural network from individual Rat hippocampal cells. We were able to control elongation of individual axons during cultivation (from cells contained within the AMCA by non-destructive stepwise photo-thermal etching. We have demonstrated the potential of our on-chip AMCA cell cultivation system for the controlled development of individual cell-based neural networks.

  8. Finite difference time domain model of ultrasound propagation in agarose scaffold containing collagen or chondrocytes. (United States)

    Inkinen, Satu I; Liukkonen, Jukka; Malo, Markus K H; Virén, Tuomas; Jurvelin, Jukka S; Töyräs, Juha


    Measurement of ultrasound backscattering is a promising diagnostic technique for arthroscopic evaluation of articular cartilage. However, contribution of collagen and chondrocytes on ultrasound backscattering and speed of sound in cartilage is not fully understood and is experimentally difficult to study. Agarose hydrogels have been used in tissue engineering applications of cartilage. Therefore, the aim of this study was to simulate the propagation of high frequency ultrasound (40 MHz) in agarose scaffolds with varying concentrations of chondrocytes (1 to 32 × 10(6) cells/ml) and collagen (1.56-200 mg/ml) using transversely isotropic two-dimensional finite difference time domain method (FDTD). Backscatter and speed of sound were evaluated from the simulated pulse-echo and through transmission measurements, respectively. Ultrasound backscatter increased with increasing collagen and chondrocyte concentrations. Furthermore, speed of sound increased with increasing collagen concentration. However, this was not observed with increasing chondrocyte concentrations. The present study suggests that the FDTD method may have some applicability in simulations of ultrasound scattering and propagation in constructs containing collagen and chondrocytes. Findings of this study indicate the significant role of collagen and chondrocytes as ultrasound scatterers and can aid in development of modeling approaches for understanding how cartilage architecture affects to the propagation of high frequency ultrasound.

  9. Fabrication and Optimization of a PAGATA Gel Dosimeter: Increasing the Melting Point of the PAGAT Gel Dosimeter with Agarose Additive

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    Bakhtiar Azadbakht


    Full Text Available Introduction: The PAGAT polymer gel dosimeter melts at 30 ˚C and even at room temperature during the summer, so it needs to be kept in a cool place such as a refrigerator. To increase the stability of the PAGAT gel, different amounts of agarose were added to the PAGAT gel composition and the PAGATA gel was manufactured. Material and Methods: The PAGATA gel vials were irradiated using a Co-60 machine. Then, the samples were evaluated using a 1.5 T Siemens MRI scanner. The ingredients of the PAGATA normoxic gel dosimeter were 4.5% N-N' methylen-bis-acrylamide, 4.5% acrylamide, 4.5% gelatine, 5 mM tetrakis (THPC, 0.01 mM hydroquinone (HQ, 0.5% agarose and 86% de-ionized water (HPLC. Results: Melting point and sensitivity of the PAGAT gel dosimeter with addition of 0.0, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0% of agarose were measured, in which the melting points were increased to 30, 82, 86, 88, 89 and 90°C and their sensitivities found to be 0.113, 0.1059, 0.125, 0.122, 0.115 and 0.2  respectively. Discussion and Conclusions: Adding agarose increased the sensitivity and background R2 of the evaluated samples. The optimum amount of agarose was found to be 0.5% regarding these parameters and also the melting point of the gel dosimeter. A value of 0.5% agarose was found to be an optimum value considering the increase of sensitivity to 0.125 and melting point to 86°C but at the expense of increasing the background R2 to 4.530.

  10. Pluripotential differentiation capability of human adipose-derived stem cells in a novel fibrin-agarose scaffold. (United States)

    Nieto-Aguilar, R; Serrato, D; Garzón, I; Campos, A; Alaminos, M


    The potentiality of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) cultured on 2D systems has been previously established. Nevertheless, very little is known so far about the differentiation potentiality of ASCs in 3D culture systems using biomaterials. In this work, we have evaluated the transdifferentiation capabilities of ASCs cultured within a novel fibrin-agarose biomaterial by histological analysis, histochemistry and immunofluorescence. Our results showed that 3D fibrin-agarose biomaterial is highly biocompatible and supports the transdifferentiation capabilities of ASCs to the osteogenic, chondrogenic, adipogenic, and neurogenic lineages.

  11. Hydrolysis of chickpea proteins with Flavourzyme immobilized on glyoxyl-agarose gels improves functional properties. (United States)

    del Mar Yust, María; del Carmen Millán-Linares, María; Alcaide-Hidalgo, Juan María; Millán, Francisco; Pedroche, Justo


    Chickpea protein isolate was hydrolyzed using Flavourzyme immobilized on glyoxyl-agarose beads by multipoint covalent attachment. This Flavourzyme-glyoxyl derivative, produced after 1 h of immobilization at 4 °C followed by 5.5 h at room temperature, presented approximately 51% of the endoprotease activity of Flavourzyme but was around 700 times more stable than soluble enzyme. Chickpea protein hydrolysates ranging from 1% to 10% degree of hydrolysis were produced and their chemical composition was very close to that of protein isolate used as starting material. Solubility, oil absorption, emulsifying activity and stability, and foaming capacity and stability were determined. All protein hydrolysates showed higher solubility than intact proteins, especially at pHs near isoelectric point of native chickpea proteins. Moreover, all hydrolysates had better functional properties, except emulsifying activity, than the original protein isolate.

  12. Fractionation of SWNT/nucleic acid complexes by agarose gel electrophoresis

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    Vetcher, Alexandre A [Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Srinivasan, Srimeenakshi [Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Vetcher, Ivan A [Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Abramov, Semen M [NanoTech Institute, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Kozlov, Mikhail [NanoTech Institute, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Baughman, Ray H [NanoTech Institute, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Levene, Stephen D [Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States)


    We show that aqueous dispersions of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), prepared with the aid of nucleic acids (NAs) such as RNA or DNA, can be separated into fractions using agarose gel electrophoresis. In a DC electric field, SWNT/NA complexes migrate in the gel in the direction of positive potential to form well-defined bands. Raman spectroscopy as a function of band position shows that nanotubes having different spectroscopic properties possess different electrophoretic mobilities. The migration patterns for SWNT/RNA and SWNT/DNA complexes differ. Parallel elution of the SWNT/NA complexes from the gel during electrophoresis and subsequent characterization by AFM reveals differences in nanotube diameter, length and curvature. The results suggest that fractionation of nanotubes can be achieved by this procedure. We discuss factors affecting the mobility of the nanotube complexes and propose analytical applications of this technique.

  13. Fractionation of SWNT/nucleic acid complexes by agarose gel electrophoresis. (United States)

    Vetcher, Alexandre A; Srinivasan, Srimeenakshi; Vetcher, Ivan A; Abramov, Semen M; Kozlov, Mikhail; Baughman, Ray H; Levene, Stephen D


    We show that aqueous dispersions of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), prepared with the aid of nucleic acids (NAs) such as RNA or DNA, can be separated into fractions using agarose gel electrophoresis. In a DC electric field, SWNT/NA complexes migrate in the gel in the direction of positive potential to form well-defined bands. Raman spectroscopy as a function of band position shows that nanotubes having different spectroscopic properties possess different electrophoretic mobilities. The migration patterns for SWNT/RNA and SWNT/DNA complexes differ. Parallel elution of the SWNT/NA complexes from the gel during electrophoresis and subsequent characterization by AFM reveals differences in nanotube diameter, length and curvature. The results suggest that fractionation of nanotubes can be achieved by this procedure. We discuss factors affecting the mobility of the nanotube complexes and propose analytical applications of this technique.

  14. Kinetic model for whey protein hydrolysis by alcalase multipoint-immobilized on agarose gel particles

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    Sousa Jr R.


    Full Text Available Partial hydrolysis of whey proteins by enzymes immobilized on an inert support can either change or evidence functional properties of the produced peptides, thereby increasing their applications. The hydrolysis of sweet cheese whey proteins by alcalase, which is multipoint-immobilized on agarose gel, is studied here. A Michaelis-Menten model that takes into account competitive inhibition by the product was fitted to experimental data. The influence of pH on the kinetic parameters in the range 6.0 to 11.0 was assessed, at 50ºC. Initial reaction-rate assays in a pHstat at different concentrations of substrate were used to estimate kinetic and Michaelis-Menten parameters, k and K M. Experimental data from long-term batch assays were used to quantify the inhibition parameter, K I. The fitting of the model to the experimental data was accurate in the entire pH range.

  15. Comparison of potassium and sodium binding in vivo and in agarose samples using TQTPPI pulse sequence (United States)

    Schepkin, Victor D.; Neubauer, Andreas; Nagel, Armin M.; Budinger, Thomas F.


    Potassium and sodium specific binding in vivo were explored at 21.1 T by triple quantum (TQ) magnetic resonance (MR) signals without filtration to achieve high sensitivities and precise quantifications. The pulse sequence used time proportional phase increments (TPPI). During simultaneous phase-time increments, it provided total single quantum (SQ) and TQ MR signals in the second dimension at single and triple quantum frequencies, respectively. The detection of both TQ and SQ signals was performed at identical experimental conditions and the resulting TQ signal equals 60 ± 3% of the SQ signal when all ions experience sufficient time for binding. In a rat head in vivo the TQ percentage relative to SQ for potassium is 41.5 ± 3% and for sodium is 16.1 ± 1%. These percentages were compared to the matching values in an agarose tissue model with MR relaxation times similar to those of mammalian brain tissue. The sodium TQ signal in agarose samples decreased in the presence of potassium, suggesting a competitive binding of potassium relative to sodium ions for the same binding sites. The TQTPPI signals correspond to almost two times more effective binding of potassium than sodium. In vivo, up to ∼69% of total potassium and ∼27% of total sodium can be regarded as bound or experiencing an association time in the range of several milliseconds. Experimental data analyses show that more than half of the in vivo total sodium TQ signal could be from extracellular space, which is an important factor for quantification of intracellular MR signals.

  16. Carbon dots rooted agarose hydrogel hybrid platform for optical detection and separation of heavy metal ions. (United States)

    Gogoi, Neelam; Barooah, Mayuri; Majumdar, Gitanjali; Chowdhury, Devasish


    A robust solid sensing platform for an on-site operational and accurate detection of heavy metal is still a challenge. We introduce chitosan based carbon dots rooted agarose hydrogel film as a hybrid solid sensing platform for detection of heavy metal ions. The fabrication of the solid sensing platform is centered on simple electrostatic interaction between the NH3+ group present in the carbon dots and the OH- groups present in agarose. Simply on dipping the hydrogel film strip into the heavy metal ion solution, in particular Cr6+, Cu2+, Fe3+, Pb2+, Mn2+, the strip displays a color change, viz., Cr6+→yellow, Cu2+→blue, Fe3+→brown, Pb2+→white, Mn2+→tan brown. The optical detection limit of the respective metal ion is found to be 1 pM for Cr6+, 0.5 μM for Cu2+, and 0.5 nM for Fe3+, Pb2+, and Mn2+ by studying the changes in UV-visible reflectance spectrum of the hydrogel film. Moreover, the hydrogel film finds applicability as an efficient filtration membrane for separation of these quintet heavy metal ions. The strategic fundamental feature of this sensing platform is the successful capability of chitosan to form colored chelates with transition metals. This proficient hybrid hydrogel solid sensing platform is thus the most suitable to employ as an on-site operational, portable, cheap colorimetric-optical detector of heavy metal ion with potential skill in their separation. Details of the possible mechanistic insight into the colorimetric detection and ion separation are also discussed.

  17. No Evidence of Viral Transmission following Long-Term Implantation of Agarose Encapsulated Porcine Islets in Diabetic Dogs

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    Lawrence S. Gazda


    Full Text Available We have previously described the use of a double coated agarose-agarose porcine islet macrobead for the treatment of type I diabetes mellitus. In the current study, the long-term viral safety of macrobead implantation into pancreatectomized diabetic dogs treated with pravastatin (n=3 was assessed while 2 dogs served as nonimplanted controls. A more gradual return to preimplant insulin requirements occurred after a 2nd implant procedure (days 148, 189, and >652 when compared to a first macrobead implantation (days 9, 21, and 21 in all macrobead implanted animals. In all three implanted dogs, porcine C-peptide was detected in the blood for at least 10 days following the first implant and for at least 26 days following the second implant. C-peptide was also present in the peritoneal fluid of all three implanted dogs at 6 months after 2nd implant and in 2 of 3 dogs at necropsy. Prescreening results of islet macrobeads and culture media prior to transplantation were negative for 13 viruses. No evidence of PERV or other viral transmission was found throughout the study. This study demonstrates that the long-term (2.4 years implantation of agarose-agarose encapsulated porcine islets is a safe procedure in a large animal model of type I diabetes mellitus.

  18. Direct electrochemistry of horseradish peroxidase on Nafion/[bmim]PF(6)/agarose composite film modified glassy carbon electrode. (United States)

    Fan, Da-He; Sun, Jun-Yong; Huang, Ke-Jing


    A new strategy to construct electrochemical biosensor for direct electrochemistry of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) based on Nafion, agarose hydrogel and hydrophobic room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim]PF(6)) composite as sensing platform has been described. [bmim]PF(6) has good conductivity and wide electrochemical windows and agarose can maintain biological activity well. Nafion/[bmim]PF(6)/agarose composite combines the advantages of [bmim]PF(6) and agarose. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV) were used to characterize the composite film, showing that the composite film could be effectively constructed on the GCE surface and greatly enhance the electron transfer between HRP and electrode. The factors influencing the performance of the resulting biosensor were studied in detail. The biosensor responded to H(2)O(2) in the linear range from 2x10(-6) to 1.6x10(-4)M with a detection limit of 1.2x10(-7)M (based on the S/N=3). The studied biosensor exhibited good accuracy and high sensitivity. Moreover, the proposed method was economical and efficient.

  19. Use of biotin-labeled nucleic acids for protein purification and agarose-based chemiluminescent electromobility shift assays. (United States)

    Rodgers, J T; Patel, P; Hennes, J L; Bolognia, S L; Mascotti, D P


    We have employed biotin-labeled RNA to serve two functions. In one, the biotin tethers the RNA to streptavidin-agarose beads, creating an affinity resin for protein purification. In the other, the biotin functions as a label for use in a modified chemiluminescent electromobility shift assay (EMSA), a technique used to detect the formation of protein-RNA complexes. The EMSA that we describe avoids the use not only of radioactivity but also of neurotoxic acrylamide by using agarose as the gel matrix in which the free nucleic acid is separated from protein-nucleic acid complexes. After separation of free from complexed RNA in agarose, the RNA is electroblotted to positively charged nylon. The biotin-labeled RNA is readily bound by a streptavidin-alkaline phosphatase conjugate, allowing for very sensitive chemiluminescent detection ( approximately 0.1-1.0 fmol limit). Using our system, we were able to purify both known iron-responsive proteins (IRPs) from rat liver and assess their binding affinity to RNA containing the iron-responsive element (IRE) using the same batch of biotinylated RNA. We show data indicating that agarose is especially useful for cases when large complexes are formed, although smaller complexes are even better resolved.

  20. Rheological and mechanical behavior of polyacrylamide hydrogels chemically crosslinked with allyl agarose for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. (United States)

    Suriano, R; Griffini, G; Chiari, M; Levi, M; Turri, S


    Two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis currently represents one of the most standard techniques for protein separation. In addition to the most commonly employed polyacrylamide crosslinked hydrogels, acrylamide-agarose copolymers have been proposed as promising systems for separation matrices in 2-D electrophoresis, because of the good resolution of both high and low molecular mass proteins made possible by careful control and optimization of the hydrogel pore structure. As a matter of fact, a thorough understanding of the nature of the hydrogel pore structure as well as of the parameters by which it is influenced is crucial for the design of hydrogel systems with optimal sieving properties. In this work, a series of acrylamide-based hydrogels covalently crosslinked with different concentrations of allyl agarose (0.2-1%) is prepared and characterized by creep-recovery measurements, dynamic rheology and tensile tests, in the attempt to gain a clearer understanding of structure-property relationships in crosslinked polyacrylamide-based hydrogels. The rheological and mechanical properties of crosslinked acrylamide-agarose hydrogels are found to be greatly affected by crosslinker concentration. Dynamic rheological tests show that hydrogels with a percentage of allyl agarose between 0.2% and 0.6% have a low density of elastically effective crosslinks, explaining the good separation of high molecular mass proteins in 2-D gel electrophoresis. Over the same range of crosslinker concentration, creep-recovery measurements reveal the presence of non-permanent crosslinks in the hydrogel network that justifies the good resolution of low molecular mass proteins as well. In tensile tests, the hydrogel crosslinked with 0.4% of allyl agarose exhibits the best results in terms of mechanical strength and toughness. Our results show how the control of the viscoelastic and the mechanical properties of these materials allow the design of mechanically stable hydrogels with improved

  1. Tuning mechanical performance of poly(ethylene glycol) and agarose interpenetrating network hydrogels for cartilage tissue engineering. (United States)

    Rennerfeldt, Deena A; Renth, Amanda N; Talata, Zsolt; Gehrke, Stevin H; Detamore, Michael S


    Hydrogels are attractive for tissue engineering applications due to their incredible versatility, but they can be limited in cartilage tissue engineering applications due to inadequate mechanical performance. In an effort to address this limitation, our team previously reported the drastic improvement in the mechanical performance of interpenetrating networks (IPNs) of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEG-DA) and agarose relative to pure PEG-DA and agarose networks. The goal of the current study was specifically to determine the relative importance of PEG-DA concentration, agarose concentration, and PEG-DA molecular weight in controlling mechanical performance, swelling characteristics, and network parameters. IPNs consistently had compressive and shear moduli greater than the additive sum of either single network when compared to pure PEG-DA gels with a similar PEG-DA content. IPNs withstood a maximum stress of up to 4.0 MPa in unconfined compression, with increased PEG-DA molecular weight being the greatest contributing factor to improved failure properties. However, aside from failure properties, PEG-DA concentration was the most influential factor for the large majority of properties. Increasing the agarose and PEG-DA concentrations as well as the PEG-DA molecular weight of agarose/PEG-DA IPNs and pure PEG-DA gels improved moduli and maximum stresses by as much as an order of magnitude or greater compared to pure PEG-DA gels in our previous studies. Although the viability of encapsulated chondrocytes was not significantly affected by IPN formulation, glycosaminoglycan (GAG) content was significantly influenced, with a 12-fold increase over a three-week period in gels with a lower PEG-DA concentration. These results suggest that mechanical performance of IPNs may be tuned with partial but not complete independence from biological performance of encapsulated cells.

  2. Tuning mechanical performance of poly(ethylene glycol) and agarose interpenetrating network hydrogels for cartilage tissue engineering (United States)

    Rennerfeldt, DA; Renth, AN; Talata, Z; Gehrke, SH; Detamore, MS


    Hydrogels are attractive for tissue engineering applications due to their incredible versatility, but they can be limited in cartilage tissue engineering applications due to inadequate mechanical performance. In an effort to address this limitation, our team previously reported the drastic improvement in the mechanical performance of interpenetrating networks (IPNs) of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEG-DA) and agarose relative to pure PEG-DA and agarose networks. The goal of the current study was specifically to determine the relative importance of PEG-DA concentration, agarose concentration, and PEG-DA molecular weight in controlling mechanical performance, swelling characteristics, and network parameters. IPNs consistently had compressive and shear moduli greater than the additive sum of either single network when compared to pure PEG-DA gels with a similar PEG-DA content. IPNs withstood a maximum stress of up to 4.0 MPa in unconfined compression, with increased PEG-DA molecular weight being the greatest contributing factor to improved failure properties. However, aside from failure properties, PEG-DA concentration was the most influential factor for the large majority of properties. Increasing the agarose and PEG-DA concentrations as well as the PEG-DA molecular weight of agarose/PEG-DA IPNs and pure PEG-DA gels improved moduli and maximum stresses by as much as an order of magnitude or greater compared to pure PEG-DA gels in our previous studies. Although the viability of encapsulated chondrocytes was not significantly affected by IPN formulation, glycosaminoglycan (GAG) content was significantly influenced, with a 12-fold increase over a three-week period in gels with a lower PEG-DA concentration. These results suggest that mechanical performance of IPNs may be tuned with partial but not complete independence from biological performance of encapsulated cells. PMID:23932504

  3. New active site oriented glyoxyl-agarose derivatives of Escherichia coli penicillin G acylase

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    Terreni Marco


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Immobilized Penicillin G Acylase (PGA derivatives are biocatalysts that are industrially used for the hydrolysis of Penicillin G by fermentation and for the kinetically controlled synthesis of semi-synthetic β-lactam antibiotics. One of the most used supports for immobilization is glyoxyl-activated agarose, which binds the protein by reacting through its superficial Lys residues. Since in E. coli PGA Lys are also present near the active site, an immobilization that occurs through these residues may negatively affect the performance of the biocatalyst due to the difficult diffusion of the substrate into the active site. A preferential orientation of the enzyme with the active site far from the support surface would be desirable to avoid this problem. Results Here we report how it is possible to induce a preferential orientation of the protein during the binding process on aldehyde activated supports. A superficial region of PGA, which is located on the opposite side of the active site, is enriched in its Lys content. The binding of the enzyme onto the support is consequently forced through the Lys rich region, thus leaving the active site fully accessible to the substrate. Different mutants with an increasing number of Lys have been designed and, when active, immobilized onto glyoxyl agarose. The synthetic performances of these new catalysts were compared with those of the immobilized wild-type (wt PGA. Our results show that, while the synthetic performance of the wt PGA sensitively decreases after immobilization, the Lys enriched mutants have similar performances to the free enzyme even after immobilization. We also report the observations made with other mutants which were unable to undergo a successful maturation process for the production of active enzymes or which resulted toxic for the host cell. Conclusion The desired orientation of immobilized PGA with the active site freely accessible can be obtained by increasing

  4. Upregulation of matrix synthesis in chondrocyte-seeded agarose following sustained bi-axial cyclic loading

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    Belinda Pingguan-Murphy


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The promotion of extracellular matrix synthesis by chondrocytes is a requisite part of an effective cartilage tissue engineering strategy. The aim of this in vitro study was to determine the effect of bi-axial cyclic mechanical loading on cell proliferation and the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans by chondrocytes in threedimensional cultures. METHOD: A strain comprising 10% direct compression and 1% compressive shear was applied to bovine chondrocytes seeded in an agarose gel during two 12-hour conditioning periods separated by a 12-hour resting period. RESULTS: The bi-axial-loaded chondrocytes demonstrated a significant increase in glycosaminoglycan synthesis compared with samples exposed to uni-axial or no loading over the same period (p<0.05. The use of a free-swelling recovery period prior to the loading regime resulted in additional glycosaminoglycan production and a significant increase in DNA content (p<0.05, indicating cell proliferation. CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate that the use of a bi-axial loading regime results in increased matrix production compared with uni-axial loading.

  5. Stabilization of Candida antarctica Lipase B (CALB Immobilized on Octyl Agarose by Treatment with Polyethyleneimine (PEI

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    Sara Peirce


    Full Text Available Lipase B from Candida antarctica (CALB was immobilized on octyl agarose (OC and physically modified with polyethyleneimine (PEI in order to confer a strong ion exchange character to the enzyme and thus enable the immobilization of other enzymes on its surface. The enzyme activity was fully maintained during the coating and the thermal stability was marginally improved. The enzyme release from the support by incubation in the non-ionic detergent Triton X-100 was more difficult after the PEI-coating, suggesting that some intermolecular physical crosslinking had occurred, making this desorption more difficult. Thermal stability was marginally improved, but the stability of the OCCALB-PEI was significantly better than that of OCCALB during inactivation in mixtures of aqueous buffer and organic cosolvents. SDS-PAGE analysis of the inactivated biocatalyst showed the OCCALB released some enzyme to the medium during inactivation, and this was partially prevented by coating with PEI. This effect was obtained without preventing the possibility of reuse of the support by incubation in 2% ionic detergents. That way, this modified CALB not only has a strong anion exchange nature, while maintaining the activity, but it also shows improved stability under diverse reaction conditions without affecting the reversibility of the immobilization.

  6. Agarose Microchambers for Long-term Calcium Imaging of Caenorhabditis elegans. (United States)

    Turek, Michal; Besseling, Judith; Bringmann, Henrik


    Behavior is controlled by the nervous system. Calcium imaging is a straightforward method in the transparent nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to measure the activity of neurons during various behaviors. To correlate neural activity with behavior, the animal should not be immobilized but should be able to move. Many behavioral changes occur during long time scales and require recording over many hours of behavior. This also makes it necessary to culture the worms in the presence of food. How can worms be cultured and their neural activity imaged over long time scales? Agarose Microchamber Imaging (AMI) was previously developed to culture and observe small larvae and has now been adapted to study all life stages from early L1 until the adult stage of C. elegans. AMI can be performed on various life stages of C. elegans. Long-term calcium imaging is achieved without immobilizing the animals by using short externally triggered exposures combined with an electron multiplying charge-coupled device (EMCCD) camera recording. Zooming out or scanning can scale up this method to image up to 40 worms in parallel. Thus, a method is described to image behavior and neural activity over long time scales in all life stages of C. elegans.

  7. Dense Pellicular Agarose-Glass Beads for Expanded Bed Application: Flow Hydrodynamics and Solid Phase Classifications

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    周鑫; 史清洪; 白姝; 孙彦


    Two dense pellicular agarose-glass matrices of different sizes and densities, i.e., AG-S and AG-L, have been characterized for their bed expansion behavior, flow hydrodynamics and particle classifications in an expanded bed system. A 26 mm ID column with side ports was used for sampling the liquid-solid suspension during expanded bed operations. Measurements of the collected solid phase at different column positions yielded the particle size and density distribution data. It was found that the composite matrices showed particle size as well as density classifications along the column axis, i.e., both the size and density of each matrix decreased with increasing the axial bed height. Their axial classifications were expressed by a correlation related to both the particle size and density as a function of the dimensionless axial bed height. The correlation was found to fairly describe the solid phase classifications in the expanded bed system. Moreover, it can also be applied to other two commercial solid matrices designed for expanded bed applications.

  8. In vivo remineralization of dentin using an agarose hydrogel biomimetic mineralization system (United States)

    Han, Min; Li, Quan-Li; Cao, Ying; Fang, Hui; Xia, Rong; Zhang, Zhi-Hong


    A novel agarose hydrogel biomimetic mineralization system loaded with calcium and phosphate was used to remineralize dentin and induce the oriented densely parallel packed HA layer on defective dentin surface in vivo in a rabbit model. Firstly, the enamel of the labial surface of rabbits’ incisor was removed and the dentin was exposed to oral environment. Secondly, the hydrogel biomimetic mineralization system was applied to the exposed dentin surface by using a custom tray. Finally, the teeth were extracted and evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and nanoindentation test after a certain time of mineralization intervals. The regenerated tissue on the dentin surface was composed of highly organised HA crystals. Densely packed along the c axis, these newly precipitated HA crystals were perpendicular to the underlying dental surface with a tight bond. The demineralized dentin was remineralized and dentinal tubules were occluded by the grown HA crystals. The nanohardness and elastic modulus of the regenerated tissue were similar to natural dentin. The results indicated a potential clinical use for repairing dentin-exposed related diseases, such as erosion, wear, and dentin hypersensitivity.

  9. Purification of prenylated proteins by affinity chromatography on cyclodextrin-modified agarose (United States)

    Chung, Jinhwa A.; Wollack, James W.; Hovlid, Marisa L.; Okesli, Ayse; Chen, Yan; Mueller, Joachim D.; Distefano, Mark D.; Taton, T. Andrew


    Although protein prenylation is widely studied, there are few good methods for isolating prenylated proteins from their non-prenylated relatives. We report that crosslinked agarose (e.g., Sepharose) chromatography media that has been chemically functionalized with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) is extremely effective in affinity chromatography of prenylated proteins. In this study, a variety of proteins with C-terminal prenylation target (“CAAX box”) sequences were enzymatically prenylated in vitro with natural and non-natural prenyl diphosphate substrates. The prenylated protein products could then be isolated from starting materials by gravity chromatography or fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC) on a β-CD-Sepharose column. One particular prenylation reaction—farnesylation of a mCherry-CAAX fusion construct—was studied in detail. In this case, purified farnesylated product was unambiguously identified by electrospray mass spectrometry. In addition, when mCherry-CAAX was prenylated with a non-natural, functional isoprenoid substrate, the functional group was maintained by chromatography on β-CD-Sepharose, such that the resulting protein could be selectively bound at its C terminus to complementary functionality on a solid substrate. Finally, β-CD-Sepharose FPLC was used to isolate prenylated mCherry-CAAX from crude HeLa cell lysate, as a model for purifying prenylated proteins from cell extracts. We propose that this method could be generally useful to the community of researchers studying protein prenylation. PMID:18834849

  10. Penetration Deep into Tissues of Reactive Oxygen Species Generated in Floating-Electrode Dielectric Barrier Discharge (FE-DBD): in Vitro Agarose Gel Model Mimicking an Open Wound

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    Dobrynin, Danil; Friedman, Gary; Fridman, Alexander


    In this manuscript we present an in vitro model based on agarose gel that can be used to simulate a dirty, oily, bloody, and morphologically complex surface of, for example, an open wound. We show this models effectiveness in simulating depth of penetration of reactive species generated in plasma deep into tissue of a rat and confirm the penetration depths with agarose gel model. We envision that in the future such a model could be used to study plasma discharges (and other modalities) and minimize the use of live animals: plasma can be optimized on the agarose gel wound model and then finally verified using an actual wound.

  11. Cross-linked agarose for separation of low molecular weight natural products in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Tan, Tianwei; Su, Zhi-Guo; Gu, Ming; Xu, Jun; Janson, Jan-Christer


    Following its market introduction in 1982, the cross-linked 12% agarose gel media Superose 12 has become widely known as a tool for size exclusion chromatography of proteins and other biological macromolecules. In this review it is shown that, when appropriate mobile phases are used, Superose possesses adsorption properties similar to that of traditional media for hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC). This is illustrated by the separation and purification of low molecular weight compounds such as polyphenols including active components of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs and green tea. Structural features of the cross-linked agarose that likely cause the observed adsorption effects are discussed as well. These are identified as being primarily ether bonds acting as strong hydrogen bond acceptors as well as hydrophobic residues originating from the cross-linking reagents.

  12. Preparation of a novel pH optical sensor using orange (II) based on agarose membrane as support. (United States)

    Heydari, Rouhollah; Hosseini, Mohammad; Amraei, Ahmadreza; Mohammadzadeh, Ali


    A novel and cost effective optical pH sensor was prepared using covalent immobilization of orange (II) indicator on the agarose membrane as solid support. The fabricated optical sensor was fixed into a sample holder of a spectrophotometer instrument for pH monitoring. Variables affecting sensor performance including pH of dye bonding to agarose membrane and dye concentration were optimized. The sensor responds to the pH changes in the range of 3.0-10.0 with a response time of 2.0 min and appropriate reproducibility (RSD ≤ 0.9%). No significant variation was observed on sensor response after increasing the ionic strength in the range of 0.0-0.5M of sodium chloride. Determination of pH using the proposed optical sensor is quick, simple, inexpensive, selective and sensitive in the pH range of 3.0-10.0.

  13. In Situ Observations of Thermoreversible Gelation and Phase Separation of Agarose and Methylcellulose Solutions under High Pressure. (United States)

    Kometani, Noritsugu; Tanabe, Masahiro; Su, Lei; Yang, Kun; Nishinari, Katsuyoshi


    Thermoreversible sol-gel transitions of agarose and methylcellulose (MC) aqueous solutions on isobaric cooling or heating under high pressure up to 400 MPa have been investigated by in situ observations of optical transmittance and falling-ball experiments. For agarose, which undergoes the gelation on cooling, the application of pressure caused a gradual rise in the cloud-point temperature over the whole pressure range examined, which is almost consistent with the pressure dependence of gelling temperature estimated by falling-ball experiments, suggesting that agarose gel is stabilized by compression and that the gelation occurs nearly in parallel with phase separation under ambient and high-pressure conditions. For MC, which undergoes the gelation on heating, the cloud-point temperature showed a slight rise with an initial elevation of pressure up to ∼150 MPa, whereas it showed a marked depression above 200 MPa. In contrast, the gelling temperature of MC, which is nearly identical to the cloud-point temperature at ambient pressure, showed a monotonous rise with increasing pressure up to 350 MPa, which means that MC undergoes phase separation prior to gelation on heating under high pressure above 200 MPa. Similar results were obtained for the melting process of MC gel on cooling. The unique behavior of the sol-gel transition of MC under high pressure has been interpreted in terms of the destruction of hydrophobic hydration by compression.

  14. Templated agarose scaffolds for the support of motor axon regeneration into sites of complete spinal cord transection. (United States)

    Gao, Mingyong; Lu, Paul; Bednark, Bridget; Lynam, Dan; Conner, James M; Sakamoto, Jeff; Tuszynski, Mark H


    Bioengineered scaffolds have the potential to support and guide injured axons after spinal cord injury, contributing to neural repair. In previous studies we have reported that templated agarose scaffolds can be fabricated into precise linear arrays and implanted into the partially injured spinal cord, organizing growth and enhancing the distance over which local spinal cord axons and ascending sensory axons extend into a lesion site. However, most human injuries are severe, sparing only thin rims of spinal cord tissue in the margins of a lesion site. Accordingly, in the present study we examined whether template agarose scaffolds seeded with bone marrow stromal cells secreting Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) would support regeneration into severe, complete spinal cord transection sites. Moreover, we tested responses of motor axon populations originating from the brainstem. We find that templated agarose scaffolds support motor axon regeneration into a severe spinal cord injury model and organize axons into fascicles of highly linear configuration. BDNF significantly enhances axonal growth. Collectively, these findings support the feasibility of scaffold implantation for enhancing central regeneration after even severe central nervous system injury.

  15. Chondrocyte Morphology in Stiff and Soft Agarose Gels and the Influence of Fetal Calf Serum. (United States)

    Karim, Asima; Hall, Andrew C


    Changes to chondrocyte volume/morphology may have deleterious effects on extracellular matrix (ECM) metabolism potentially leading to cartilage deterioration and osteoarthritis (OA). The factors controlling chondrocyte properties are poorly understood, however, pericellular matrix (PCM) weakening may be involved. We have studied the density, volume, morphology, and clustering of cultured bovine articular chondrocytes within stiff (2% w/v) and soft (0.2% w/v) three-dimensional agarose gels. Gels with encapsulated chondrocytes were cultured in Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium (DMEM; fetal calf serum (FCS) 1-10%;380 mOsm) for up to 7 days. Chondrocytes were fluorescently labeled after 1, 3, and 7 days with 5-chloromethylfluorescein-diacetate (CMFDA) and propidium iodide (PI) or 1,5-bis{[2-(di-methylamino)ethyl]amino}-4,8-dihydroxyanthracene-9,10-dione (DRAQ5) to identify cytoplasmic space or DNA and imaged by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Chondrocyte density, volume, morphology, and clustering were quantified using Volocity™ software. In stiff gels after 7 d with 10% FCS, chondrocyte density remained unaffected and morphology was relatively normal with occasional cytoplasmic processes. However, in soft gels by day 1, chondrocyte volume increased (P = 0.0058) and by day 7, density increased (P = 0.0080), along with the percentage of chondrocytes of abnormal morphology (P stiff gels. FCS exacerbated changes to density (P stiffness and/or increased FCS concentrations promoted chondrocyte proliferation and clustering, increased cell volume, and stimulated abnormal morphology, producing similar changes to those occurring in OA. The increased penetration of factors in FCS into soft gels may be important in the development of these abnormal chondrocyte properties. J. Cell. Physiol. 232: 1041-1052, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Glyoxyl-disulfide agarose: a tailor-made support for site-directed rigidification of proteins. (United States)

    Godoy, Cesar A; de las Rivas, Blanca; Grazú, Valeria; Montes, Tamara; Guisán, José Manuel; López-Gallego, Fernando


    A new strategy has been developed for site-directed immobilization/rigidification of genetically modified enzymes through multipoint covalent attachment on bifunctional disulfide-glyoxyl supports. Here the mechanism is described as a two-step immobilization/rigidification protocol where the enzyme is directly immobilized by thiol-disulfide exchange between the β-thiol of the single genetically introduced cysteine and the few disulfide groups presented on the support surface (3 μmol/g). Afterward, the enzyme is uniquely rigidified by multipoint covalent attachment (MCA) between the lysine residues in the vicinity of the introduced cysteine and the many glyoxyl groups (220 μmol/g) on the support surface. Both site-directed immobilization and rigidification have been possible only on these novel bifunctional supports. In fact, this technology has made possible to elucidate the protein regions where rigidification by MCA promoted higher protein stabilizations. Hence, rigidification of vicinity of position 333 from lipase 2 from Geobacillus thermocatenulatus (BTL2) promoted a stabilization factor of 33 regarding the unipunctual site-directed immobilized derivative. In the same context, rigidification of penicillin G acylase from E. coli (PGA) through position β201 resulted in a stabilization factor of 1069. Remarkably, when PGA was site-directed rigidified through that position, it presented a half-life time of 140 h under 60% (v/v) of dioxane and 4 °C, meaning a derivative eight times more stable than the PGA randomly immobilized on glyoxyl-disulfide agarose. Herein we have opened a new scenario to optimize the stabilization of proteins via multipoint covalent immobilization, which may represent a breakthrough in tailor-made tridimensional rigidification of proteins.

  17. IPN hydrogel nanocomposites based on agarose and ZnO with antifouling and bactericidal properties

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    Wang, Jingjing, E-mail:; Hu, Hongkai; Yang, Zhonglin; Wei, Jun; Li, Juan


    Nanocomposite hydrogels with interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) structure based on poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate modified ZnO (ZnO-PEGMA) and 4-azidobenzoic agarose (AG-N{sub 3}) were prepared by a one-pot strategy under UV irradiation. The hydrogels exhibited a highly macroporous spongelike structure, and the pore size decreased with the increase of the ZnO-PEGMA content. Due to the entanglement and favorable interactions between the two crosslinked networks, the IPN hydrogels exhibited excellent mechanical strength and light transmittance. The maximum compressive and tensile strengths of the IPN hydrogels reached 24.8 and 1.98 MPa respectively. The transparent IPN hydrogels transmitted more than 85% of visible light at all wavelengths (400–800 nm). The IPN hydrogels exhibited anti-adhesive property towards Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), and the bactericidal activity increased with the ZnO-PEGMA content. The incorporation of ZnO-PEGMA did not reduce the biocompatibility of the IPN hydrogels and all the IPN nanocomposites showed negligible cytotoxicity. The present study not only provided a facile method for preparing hydrogel nanocomposites with IPN structure but also developed a new hydrogel material which might be an excellent candidate for wound dressings. - Highlights: • IPN hydrogel nanocomposites were prepared by a one-pot strategy. • The maximum compressive and tensile strengths reached 24.8 and 1.98 MPa. • IPN hydrogels displayed excellent antibacterial activity and cytocompatibility. • This study provided a facile method for preparing IPN hydrogel nanocomposites.

  18. Stabilization of a raw starch digesting amylase from Aspergillus carbonarius via immobilization on activated and non-activated agarose gel. (United States)

    Nwagu, Tochukwu N; Okolo, Bartho N; Aoyagi, Hideki


    Applications of raw starch digesting amylases (RSDAs) are limited due to instability, product inhibition of enzyme and contamination. RSDA from Aspergillus carbonarius was stabilized through immobilization on agarose gel by adsorption, spontaneous crosslinking and conjugation using glycidol, glutaraldehyde or polyglutaraldehyde. Effects of immobilization on kinetics, catalytic, storage and operational stability of immobilized enzyme were evaluated. Polyglutaraldehyde activated agarose RSDA (PGAg-RSDA) gave the highest immobilization yield (100%) with expressed activity of 86.7% while that of glycidol activated RSDA (GlyAg-RSDA) was 80.4%. A shift in pH from optimum of 5 for the soluble enzyme to 6 for RSDA adsorbed on agarose followed by crosslinking with glutaraldehyde (AgRSDA-CROSS) and simultaneous adsorption and crosslinking (AgRSDA-RET), and pH 7 for PGAg-RSDA was seen. PGAg-RSDA and AgRSDA-CROSS were most pH stable and retained over 82% of their activities between pH 3.5 and 9 compared to 59% for the soluble enzyme. Thermoinactivation studies showed that immobilized RSDAs with the exception of GAg-RSDA retained over 90% of their activities at 60°C for 120 min while soluble enzyme retained only 76% activity under the same condition. AgRSDA-CROSS, PGAg-RSDA, Gly-RSDA and GAg-RSDA retained approximately 100% of their activities after 30 days storage at 4°C. GlyAg-RSDA retained 99.6%, PGAg-RSDA 94%, AgRSDA-CROSS 90%, GAg-RSDA 86.5% and Ag-RSDA-RET 80% activity after 10 batch reactions. Immobilization stabilized RSDA and permits processing at higher temperatures to reduce contamination.

  19. Agarose gel as biomaterial or scaffold for implantation surgery: characterization, histological and histomorphometric study on soft tissue response. (United States)

    Varoni, Elena; Tschon, Matilde; Palazzo, Barbara; Nitti, Paola; Martini, Lucia; Rimondini, Lia


    Maxillofacial, orthopedic, oral, and plastic surgery require materials for tissue augmentation, guided regeneration, and tissue engineering approaches. In this study, the aim was to develop and characterize a new extrudable hydrogel, based on agarose gel (AG; 1.5% wt) and to evaluate the local effects after subcutaneous implantation in comparison with collagen and hyaluronic acid. AG chemical-physical properties were ascertained through Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and rheological analysis. In vivo subcutaneous implants were performed, and histological and histomorphometric evaluations were done at 1, 4, 12, and 16 weeks. FT-IR confirmed that spectroscopic properties were the same for the baseline agarose and rheological characterization established that AG is a weak hydrogel. Subcutaneous AG implants induced new vessels and fibrous tissue formation rich in neutrophils; the capsule thickness around AG increased until the 12th week but remained thinner than those around hyaluronic acid and collagen. At 16 weeks, the thickness of the capsule significantly decreased around all materials. This study confirmed that 1.5% wt AG possesses some of the most important features of the ideal biocompatible material: safety, effectiveness, costless, and easily obtained with specific chemical and geometrical characters; the AG can represent a finely controllable and biodegradable polymeric system for cells and drug delivery applications.

  20. Supplementation of exogenous adenosine 5'-triphosphate enhances mechanical properties of 3D cell-agarose constructs for cartilage tissue engineering. (United States)

    Gadjanski, Ivana; Yodmuang, Supansa; Spiller, Kara; Bhumiratana, Sarindr; Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana


    Formation of tissue-engineered cartilage is greatly enhanced by mechanical stimulation. However, direct mechanical stimulation is not always a suitable method, and the utilization of mechanisms underlying mechanotransduction might allow for a highly effective and less aggressive alternate means of stimulation. In particular, the purinergic, adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP)-mediated signaling pathway is strongly implicated in mechanotransduction within the articular cartilage. We investigated the effects of transient and continuous exogenous ATP supplementation on mechanical properties of cartilaginous constructs engineered using bovine chondrocytes and human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) encapsulated in an agarose hydrogel. For both cell types, we have observed significant increases in equilibrium and dynamic compressive moduli after transient ATP treatment applied in the fourth week of cultivation. Continuous ATP treatment over 4 weeks of culture only slightly improved the mechanical properties of the constructs, without major changes in the total glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and collagen content. Structure-function analyses showed that transiently ATP-treated constructs, and in particular those based on hMSCs, had the highest level of correlation between compositional and mechanical properties. Transiently treated groups showed intense staining of the territorial matrix for GAGs and collagen type II. These results indicate that transient ATP treatment can improve functional mechanical properties of cartilaginous constructs based on chondrogenic cells and agarose hydrogels, possibly by improving the structural organization of the bulk phase and territorial extracellular matrix (ECM), that is, by increasing correlation slopes between the content of the ECM components (GAG, collagen) and mechanical properties of the construct.

  1. Cross-linked poly(acrylic acids) microgels and agarose as semi-interpenetrating networks for resveratrol release. (United States)

    Tunesi, Marta; Prina, Elisabetta; Munarin, Fabiola; Rodilossi, Serena; Albani, Diego; Petrini, Paola; Giordano, Carmen


    Carbomers, cross-linked poly(acrylic acid) microgels, have been widely used in pharmaceutical formulations as swollen hydrogels. Agarose, whose thermoreversibility may be exploited for drug loading, forms a gel with a mechanism involving coil-helix transition at about 36 °C. In this work carbomer microgels were combined with agarose networks in a semi-interpenetrating polymer network structure, aiming at obtaining suitable delivery systems for the loading and release of molecules with poor bioavailability but high therapeutic interest, like resveratrol. The rheological properties of the formulations and their in vitro cytocompatibility were studied and optimized acting on the neutralizing agent (triethylamine (N,N-diethylethanamine), triethanolamine (tris(2-hydroxyethyl)amine) and sodium hydroxide) and amount of OH donors (1,2-propanediol and glycerol). As a preparation method, autoclaving was introduced to simultaneously obtain heating and sterilising. Among the different neutralizing agents, NaOH was chosen to avoid the use of amines, considering the final application. Without the addition of alcohols as typical OH donors to induce Carbomer gelification, gels with appropriate rheological properties and stability were produced. For this formulation, the release of resveratrol after 7 days was about 80 % of the loaded mass, suggesting it is an interesting approach to be exploited for the development of innovative resveratrol delivery systems.

  2. Detection of mutations using microarrays of poly(C)10-poly(T)10 modified DNA probes immobilized on agarose films

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    Dufva, Hans Martin; Petersen, Jesper; Stoltenborg, M.


    to an agarose film grafted onto unmodified glass. Microarrays of TC-tagged probes immobilized on the agarose film can be used to diagnose Mutations in the human P-globin gene, which encodes the beta-chains in hemoglobin. Although the probes differed widely regarding inciting point temperature (similar to 20...... degrees C), a single stringency wash still gave sufficiently high discrimination signals between perfect match and mismatch probes to allow robust mutation detection. In all, 270 genotypings were performed on patient materials, and no genotype was incorrectly classified. Quality control experiments...

  3. Adsorption of human serum proteins onto TREN-agarose: purification of human IgG by negative chromatography. (United States)

    Bresolin, Igor Tadeu Lazzarotto; Borsoi-Ribeiro, Mariana; Caro, Juliana Rodrigues; dos Santos, Francine Petit; de Castro, Marina Polesi; Bueno, Sonia Maria Alves


    Tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) - a chelating agent used in IMAC - immobilized onto agarose gel was evaluated for the purification of IgG from human serum by negative chromatography. A one-step purification process allowed the recovery of 73.3% of the loaded IgG in the nonretained fractions with purity of 90-95% (based on total protein concentration and nephelometric analysis of albumin, transferrin, and immunoglobulins A, G, and M). The binding capacity was relatively high (66.63 mg of human serum protein/mL). These results suggest that this negative chromatography is a potential technique for purification of IgG from human serum.

  4. Hydrolysis Activities of the Particle of Agarose-Ce4 + Complex for Compounds Containing Phosphodiester or Peptide Bonds

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    YU Lina; WANG Dongfeng; SU Lin; LUO Yi; SUN Liping; XUE Changhu


    Hydrolysis activities of PACC (particle of agarose-Ce4+ complex, newly made through double emulsification) for compounds containing phosphodiester or peptide bonds were studied. The results showed that PACC could hydrolyze organophosphorous pesticides not only in water but also in vegetable juice or tea extract. Hydrolysis rates of methamidophos,omethoate and chlorpyrifos in water are 32.39%, 27.12% and 46.62% respectively, those of chlorpyrifos and methamidophos in mung sprout juice 38.28% and 35.45% respectively, and that of chlorpyrifos in tea extract 59.76%. Hydrolysis rates of BSA (bovine serum albumin) in water and protein in tea extract by PACC increase by 54.30% and 86.46% respectively as compared with the control.

  5. Comparison of three methods of DNA extraction in endocervical specimens for Chlamydia trachomatis infection by spectrophotometry, agarose gel, and PCR. (United States)

    Jenab, Anahita; Roghanian, Rasoul; Golbang, Naser; Golbang, Pouran; Chamani-Tabriz, Leili


    Chlamydia trachomatis is the major cause of sexually transmitted disease in the world. The aim of this study was to determine the best method of DNA extraction for detecting C. trachomatis by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in sexually active women (n = 80) attending Shahid Beheshti Hospital in Isfahan, Iran. Endocervical swabs were collected from 80 women, 22 of whom were asymptomatic and 58 symptomatic. Three different DNA extraction methods were used in this study (phenol-chlorophorm, proteinase K, and boiling). DNA yield was evaluated by spectrophotometry, agarose gel, and PCR. The internal control was assayed by beta-globin primers (PCO4, GH20). The DNA cryptic plasmid was selected as the target for C. trachomatis and samples were examined by PCR using specific KL1 and KL2 primers. It was shown that DNA extraction by boiling was the most sensitive with the highest yield of DNA. Of the 80 samples, 17 (21.25%) showed positivity for C. trachomatis by PCR. The highest rate of C. trachomatis infection was found in the group aged between 35 and 45 years old and those who used withdrawal or an intrauterine device as methods of contraception. It was demonstrated that DNA extraction by boiling was the least expensive and a very rapid method that gave the highest DNA yield. The infection rate in the sexually active women, including symptomatic and asymptomatic, was 21.25%, with a presumably high prevalence compared with other studies done in this field.

  6. Agarose cell block technique as a complementary method in the diagnosis of fungal osteomyelitis in a dog

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    Full Text Available A 7-year-old Labrador Retriever female dog presenting left forelimb lameness for one day was admitted to the Veterinary Hospital (UNESP-Botucatu for clinical evaluation. Several tests, including blood and image analysis, microbiological culture and cytology of lytic areas of affected bone were made in order to establish a diagnosis. Serum biochemical profile revealed increased levels of liver enzymes, plasma globulin, creatine kinase (CK and calcium. Hemogram revealed anemia and leukocytosis; left humerus image analysis revealed an osteolytic lesion and cytology revealed a suppurative periostitis. Differential diagnosis was a nonspecific infectious inflammatory process or osteosarcoma. Since it was not possible to achieve a definitive diagnosis and there was a highly suspicious for an infectious agent, an agarose cell block of the bone marrow fine-needle aspiration was made. The cytological examination of cell block presented similar findings as described previously. However, additional stains including periodic acid-Schiff (PAS were positive for fungal hyphae, which rendered a diagnosis of fungal osteomyelitis due to Aspergillus spp. This case report illustrates an uncommon cause of osteomyelitis for breed that was diagnosed by an underused method in veterinary medicine.

  7. BDNF gene delivery within and beyond templated agarose multi-channel guidance scaffolds enhances peripheral nerve regeneration (United States)

    Gao, Mingyong; Lu, Paul; Lynam, Dan; Bednark, Bridget; Campana, W. Marie; Sakamoto, Jeff; Tuszynski, Mark


    Objective. We combined implantation of multi-channel templated agarose scaffolds with growth factor gene delivery to examine whether this combinatorial treatment can enhance peripheral axonal regeneration through long sciatic nerve gaps. Approach. 15 mm long scaffolds were templated into highly organized, strictly linear channels, mimicking the linear organization of natural nerves into fascicles of related function. Scaffolds were filled with syngeneic bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) secreting the growth factor brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and lentiviral vectors expressing BDNF were injected into the sciatic nerve segment distal to the scaffold implantation site. Main results. Twelve weeks after injury, scaffolds supported highly linear regeneration of host axons across the 15 mm lesion gap. The incorporation of BDNF-secreting cells into scaffolds significantly increased axonal regeneration, and additional injection of viral vectors expressing BDNF into the distal segment of the transected nerve significantly enhanced axonal regeneration beyond the lesion. Significance. Combinatorial treatment with multichannel bioengineered scaffolds and distal growth factor delivery significantly improves peripheral nerve repair, rivaling the gold standard of autografts.

  8. Agarose-chitosan-C18 film micro-solid phase extraction combined with high performance liquid chromatography for the determination of phenanthrene and pyrene in chrysanthemum tea samples. (United States)

    Ng, Nyuk Ting; Sanagi, Mohd Marsin; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Nazihah; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini


    Agarose-chitosan-immobilized octadecylsilyl-silica (C18) film micro-solid phase extraction (μSPE) was developed and applied for the determination of phenanthrene (PHE) and pyrene (PYR) in chrysanthemum tea samples using high performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection (HPLC-UV). The film of blended agarose and chitosan allows good dispersion of C18, prevents the leaching of C18 during application and enhances the film mechanical stability. Important μSPE parameters were optimized including amount of sorbent loading, extraction time, desorption solvent and desorption time. The matrix match calibration curves showed good linearity (r⩾0.994) over a concentration range of 1-500ppb. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed method showed good limits of detection (0.549-0.673ppb), good analyte recoveries (100.8-105.99%) and good reproducibilities (RSDs⩽13.53%, n=3) with preconcentration factors of 4 and 72 for PHE and PYR, respectively.

  9. Culture phases, cytotoxicity and protein expressions of agarose hydrogel induced Sp2/0, A549, MCF-7 cell line 3D cultures. (United States)

    Ravi, Maddaly; Kaviya, S R; Paramesh, V


    Advancements in cell cultures are occurring at a rapid pace, an important direction is culturing cells in 3D conditions. We demonstrate the usefulness of agarose hydrogels in obtaining 3 dimensional aggregates of three cell lines, A549, MCF-7 and Sp2/0. The differences in culture phases, susceptibility to cisplatin-induced cytotoxicity are studied. Also, the 3D aggregates of the three cell lines were reverted into 2D cultures and the protein profile differences among the 2D, 3D and revert cultures were studied. The analysis of protein profile differences using UniProt data base further augment the usefulness of agarose hydrogels for obtaining 3D cell cultures.

  10. Effects of DS-modified agarose gels on neurite extension in 3D scaffold through mechanisms other than changing the pore radius of the gels. (United States)

    Peng, Jin; Pan, Qian; Zhang, Wei; Yang, Hao; Zhou, Xue; Jiang, Hua


    Dermatan sulfate is widely distributed as glycosaminoglycan side chains of proteoglycans, which are the main components of glial scar and inhibit neurite regeneration after nerve injury. However its role in the inhibiting process is not clear. Understanding neurite extension in three-dimensional scaffolds is critical for neural tissue engineering. This study used agarose gels modified with dermatan sulfate as the three-dimensional culture scaffold. We explored structure-function relationship between the three-dimensional scaffold and neurite extension and examined the role of dermatan sulfate on neurite extension in the three-dimensional scaffold. A range of agarose concentrations was used to generate varied gel physical structures and the corresponding neurite extension of embryonic day (E9) chick dorsal root ganglia was examined. We measured gel stiffness and gel pore size to determine whether dermatan sulfate changed the gels' conformation. As gel concentration increased, neurite length and gel pore size decreased, and gel stiffness increased. At 1.00 and 1.25% (wt/vol) concentrations, dermatan sulfates both immobilized with agarose gels and dissolved in culture medium inhibit neurite extension. While at 1.50 and 1.75% (wt/vol) concentrations, only immobilized dermatan sulfate worked. Immobilized dermatan sulfate could modify molecular shape of agarose gels, decrease gel pore size statistically, but did not influence gel stiffness. We have proved that the decrease of gel pore size is insufficient to inhibit neurite extension. These results indicate that dermatan sulfate inhibits neurite extension not through forming a mechanical barrier. Maybe its interaction with neuron membrane is the key factor in neurite extension.

  11. Heterogeneity of human alpha-fetoprotein (HAFP) as revealed by agarose gel electrophoresis and isoelectric focusing in urea-acrylamide gels

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    Lester, E. P.; Miller, J. B.; Yachnin, S.


    HAFP was purified from five patients with hepatoma, one with gastric cancer, and one with an embryonal cell tumor, as well as from fetal liver and a monkey tumor cell line grown in tissue culture. The pattern of microheterogeneity of purified HAFP was defined for each HAFP isolate, and was demonstrated to be present in native sera, using crossed immunoelectrophoresis in agarose gels and isoelectric focusing in polyacrylamide gels containing 8 M urea. Three, and in one case four, species were seen in agarose, and were further resolved to reveal 6 major species with isoelectric focusing which could be correlated with the agarose gel variants. We have demonstrated a relationship between the immunosuppressive potency of certain HAFP preparations and the proportion of specific HAFP isomers which they contain as shown by these techniques. We have desialylated each of our preparations and demonstrated that this does not alter immunosuppressive potency but leaves residual complex microheterogeneity. Desialylated HAFP isolates contain six major HAFP isomers by isoelectric focusing, indicating that HAFP heterogeneity is based upon multiple charge differences in the HAFP molecule, apart from sialic acid content. The nature of these charge differences remain to be determined. We postulate that these charge differences modulate the immunosuppressive potency of HAFP.

  12. Agarose film liquid phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in water. (United States)

    Sanagi, Mohd Marsin; Loh, Saw Hong; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini; Hasan, Mohamed Noor


    Agarose film liquid phase microextraction (AF-LPME) procedure for the extraction and preconcentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in water has been investigated. Agarose film was used for the first time as an interface between donor and acceptor phases in liquid phase microextraction which allowed for selective extraction of the analytes prior to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Using 1-octanol as acceptor phase, high enrichment factors in the range of 57-106 for the targeted analytes (fluorene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene and pyrene) were achieved. Under the optimum extraction conditions, the method showed good linearity in the range of 0.1-200 μgL(-1), good correlation coefficients in the range of 0.9963-0.9999, acceptable reproducibility (RSD 6.1-9.2%, n=3), low limits of detection (0.01-0.04 μgL(-1)) and satisfactory relative recoveries (92.9-104.7%). As the AF-LPME device was non-expensive, reuse or recycle of the film was not required, thus eliminating the possibility of analytes carry-over between runs. The AF-LPME technique is environment-friendly and compatible with the green chemistry concept as agarose is biodegradable polysaccharide extracted from seaweed and the procedure requires small volume of organic solvent and generates little waste. The validated method was successfully applied to the analysis of the four analytes in river water samples.

  13. Biomimetic materials processing: Implementation of molecular imprinting and study of biomineralization through the development of an agarose gel assay (United States)

    Boggavarapu, Sajiv

    agarose gel matrix for studying inhibition and growth as influenced by various organic molecule functionalities. The gel mineralization assay is a novel approach in which quantitative and qualitative data could be generated in a high throughput fashion to determine organic molecule mediation of calcium based crystal growth. Such methods provide an approach for eventually providing control in development of synthetic biocomposites with customized materials properties.

  14. Comparison between a second generation automated multicapillary electrophoresis system with an automated agarose gel electrophoresis system for the detection of M-components. (United States)

    Larsson, Anders; Hansson, Lars-Olof


    During the last decade, capillary electrophoresis (CE) has emerged as an interesting alternative to traditional analysis of serum, plasma and urine proteins by agarose gel electrophoresis. Initially there was a considerable difference in resolution between the two methods but the quality of CE has improved significantly. We thus wanted to evaluate a second generation of automated multicapillary instruments (Capillarys, Sebia, Paris, France) and the high resolution (HR) buffer for serum or plasma protein analysis with an automated agarose gel electrophoresis system for the detection of M-components. The comparison between the two systems was performed with patients samples with and without M-components. The comparison included 76 serum samples with M-components > 1 g/L. There was a total agreement between the two methods for detection of these M-components. When studying samples containing oligoclonal bands/small M-components, there were differences between the two systems. The capillary electrophoresis system detected a slightly higher number of samples with oligoclonal bands but the two systems found oligoclonal bands in different samples. When looking at resolution, the agarose gel electrophoresis system yielded a slightly better resolution in the alpha and beta regions, but it required an experienced interpreter to be able to benefit from the increased resolution. The capillary electrophoresis has shorter turn-around times and bar-code reader that allows positive sample identification. The Capillarys in combination with HR buffer gives better resolution of the alpha and beta regions than the same instrument with the beta1-beta2+ buffer or the Paragon CZE2000 (Beckman) which was the first generation of capillary electrophoresis systems.

  15. A subtle calculation method for nanoparticle’s molar extinction coefficient: The gift from discrete protein-nanoparticle system on agarose gel electrophoresis (United States)

    Zhong, Ruibo; Yuan, Ming; Gao, Haiyang; Bai, Zhijun; Guo, Jun; Zhao, Xinmin; Zhang, Feng


    Discrete biomolecule-nanoparticle (NP) conjugates play paramount roles in nanofabrication, in which the key is to get the precise molar extinction coefficient of NPs. By making best use of the gift from a specific separation phenomenon of agarose gel electrophoresis (GE), amphiphilic polymer coated NP with exact number of bovine serum albumin (BSA) proteins can be extracted and further experimentally employed to precisely calculate the molar extinction coefficient of the NPs. This method could further benefit the evaluation and extraction of any other dual-component NP-containing bio-conjugates.

  16. Aplicação de modelo matemático às propriedades reológicas de géis mistos de agarose e de goma guar Application of a mathematical model to the rheological properties of agarose-guar gum mixed gels

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    Cristina T. Andrade


    Full Text Available Certain biopolymers are capable of forming physically cross-linked gels in aqueous medium, stabilized by forces such as Coulombic, charge transfer, hydrogen bonding, dipole-dipole, van der Waals, and hydrophobic interactions. The mathematical description of these physical networks are difficult, but should contribute to a better understanding of the gelling process. The Clark and Ross-Murphy model was applied to experimental data for agarose-guar gum mixed systems, in which only agarose is the gelling polysaccharide. A computational routine based on the statistical maximum likehood principle was employed to estimate the f, K and a characteristic parameters. Statistical t-test and F-test were used to analyse the set of parameters.

  17. Detection of bacteriophage phi 6 minus-strand RNA and novel mRNA isoconformers synthesized in vivo and in vitro, by strand-separating agarose gels

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    Pagratis, N.; Revel, H.R. (Univ. of Chicago, IL (USA))


    Two urea-free agarose gel protocols that resolve the six individual strands of bacteriophage phi 6 dsRNA were developed and used to analyze phage RNA synthesis in vivo and in vitro. Citrate gels separate strands of the large and medium chromosomes while Tris-borate-EDTA (TBE) gels resolve the medium and small dsRNA segments. Minus strands migrate faster than plus strands on citrate gels but are retarded on TBE gels. A study of electrophoretic conditions showed that pH affects strand resolution on citrate gels, and that voltage gradient, agarose concentration, and ethidium bromide significantly alter strand migration on TBE gels. Analysis of native phi 6 RNA synthesized in vivo and in vitro showed that the large and medium message RNAs comigrate with the corresponding plus strands of denatured virion dsRNA. The small messenger RNA is exceptional. Native small mRNA was detected as three isoconformers in vivo and in vitro. The isoconformers were converted by heat denaturation to a single RNA species that comigrates with the virion s+ strand. Minus strands labeled in vivo were detected only after heat denaturation. Minus strand synthesis was detected also in heat-denatured samples from in vitro phi 6 nucleocapsid RNA polymerase reactions at pH values suboptimal for transcription.

  18. Enhanced Agarose and Xylan Degradation for Production of Polyhydroxyalkanoates by Co-Culture of Marine Bacterium, Saccharophagus degradans and Its Contaminant, Bacillus cereus

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    Shailesh S. Sawant


    Full Text Available Over reliance on energy or petroleum products has raised concerns both in regards to the depletion of their associated natural resources as well as their increasing costs. Bioplastics derived from microbes are emerging as promising alternatives to fossil fuel derived petroleum plastics. The development of a simple and eco-friendly strategy for bioplastic production with high productivity and yield, which is produced in a cost effective manner utilising abundantly available renewable carbon sources, would have the potential to result in an inexhaustible global energy source. Here we report the biosynthesis of bioplastic polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs in pure cultures of marine bacterium, Saccharophagus degradans 2-40 (Sde 2-40, its contaminant, Bacillus cereus, and a co-culture of these bacteria (Sde 2-40 and B. cereus degrading plant and algae derived complex polysaccharides. Sde 2-40 degraded the complex polysaccharides agarose and xylan as sole carbon sources for biosynthesis of PHAs. The ability of Sde 2-40 to degrade agarose increased after co-culturing with B. cereus. The association of Sde 2-40 with B. cereus resulted in increased cell growth and higher PHA production (34.5% of dry cell weight from xylan as a carbon source in comparison to Sde 2-40 alone (22.7% of dry cell weight. The present study offers an innovative prototype for production of PHA through consolidated bioprocessing of complex carbon sources by pure and co-culture of microorganisms.

  19. Enhanced Agarose and Xylan Degradation for Production of Polyhydroxyalkanoates by Co-Culture of Marine Bacterium, Saccharophagus degradans and Its Contaminant, Bacillus cereus

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    Sawant, Shailesh; Salunke, Bipinchandra; Taylor, Larry; Kim, Beom


    Over reliance on energy or petroleum products has raised concerns both in regards to the depletion of their associated natural resources as well as their increasing costs. Bioplastics derived from microbes are emerging as promising alternatives to fossil fuel derived petroleum plastics. The development of a simple and eco-friendly strategy for bioplastic production with high productivity and yield, which is produced in a cost effective manner utilising abundantly available renewable carbon sources, would have the potential to result in an inexhaustible global energy source. Here we report the biosynthesis of bioplastic polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) in pure cultures of marine bacterium, Saccharophagus degradans 2-40 (Sde 2-40), its contaminant, Bacillus cereus, and a co-culture of these bacteria (Sde 2-40 and B. cereus) degrading plant and algae derived complex polysaccharides. Sde 2-40 degraded the complex polysaccharides agarose and xylan as sole carbon sources for biosynthesis of PHAs. The ability of Sde 2-40 to degrade agarose increased after co-culturing with B. cereus. The association of Sde 2-40 with B. cereus resulted in increased cell growth and higher PHA production (34.5% of dry cell weight) from xylan as a carbon source in comparison to Sde 2-40 alone (22.7% of dry cell weight). The present study offers an innovative prototype for production of PHA through consolidated bioprocessing of complex carbon sources by pure and co-culture of microorganisms.

  20. The effects on DNA migration of altering parameters in the comet assay protocol such as agarose density, electrophoresis conditions and durations of the enzyme or the alkaline treatments. (United States)

    Ersson, Clara; Möller, Lennart


    The single cell gel electrophoresis (comet assay) is a popular method for measuring DNA migration as an estimate of DNA damage. No standardised comet assay protocol exists, which make comparisons between studies complicated. In a previous inter-laboratory validation study of the comet assay, we identified important parameters in the protocol that might affect DNA migration. The aim of this study was to assess how different comet assay protocols affect DNA migration. The results in this study suggest that (i) there is a significant linear dose-response relationship between the agarose gel's density and DNA migration and that damaged cells are more sensitive to the agarose gel's density; (ii) incubation with formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase for 10 min is inadequate, whereas 30 min is sufficient; (iii) the typically used 20 min of alkaline treatment might be to short when analysing samples that contain particular alkali-labile sites (ALS) and (iv) the duration of electrophoresis as well as the strength of the electric field applied affects the DNA migration. By using protocol-specific calibration curves, it is possible to reduce the variation in DNA migration caused by differences in comet assay protocols. This does, however, not completely remove the impact of the durations of alkaline treatment and electrophoresis when analysing cells containing ALS that are relatively resistant to high alkaline treatment.

  1. Speciation of lead in seawater and river water by using Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel as a binding agent in the diffusive gradients in thin films technique

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    Pescim, Guilherme Favoreto; Marrach, Gabriela; Vannuci-Silva, Monizze; Souza, Lais Alves; Menegario, Amauri Antonio [Universidade Estadual Paulista, Centro de Estudos Ambientais, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil)


    Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel is proposed as a binding agent for the diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique for determination of Pb in river water and seawater. DGT samplers were assembled with the proposed binding agent (25-mm disk containing 20 %, m/v, S. cerevisiae and 3.0 %, m/v, agarose) and a diffusive layer of cellulose (3MM Chr chromatography paper of 25-mm diameter). The effects of some DGT parameters (e.g., immersion time, ionic strength, and pH) were evaluated. Elution of Pb from the binding agent was effectively done with 1.75 mol L{sup -1} HNO{sub 3}. The deployment curve (between 2 and 24 h) was characterized by a significant uptake of Pb (346 ng Pb h{sup -1}) and good linear regression (R {sup 2} = 0.9757). The experimental results are in excellent agreement with the predicted theoretical curve for mass uptake. Consistent results were found for solutions with ionic strengths of 0.005 mol L{sup -1} or greater and within a pH range of 4.5-8.5. Interferences from Cu (20:1), Mn (20:1), Fe (20:1), Zn (20:1), Ca (250:1), and Mg (250:1) in Pb retention were negligible. Determination of Pb in spiked river water samples (from the Corumbatai and Piracicaba rivers) performed using the proposed device was in agreement with total dissolved Pb, whereas measurements in seawater suggest that of the various species of Pb present in the samples, only cationic Pb species are adsorbed by the agarose-yeast gel disks. The in situ concentration of Pb obtained at two different sites of the Rio Claro stream (Corumbatai basin) were 1.13 {+-} 0.01 and 1.34 {+-} 0.04 {mu}g L{sup -1}. For 72-h deployments, a detection limit of 0.75 {mu}g L{sup -1} was calculated. The combination of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and in situ deployments of DGT samplers during the 72-h period makes possible the determination of labile Pb in river water. (orig.)

  2. Facile preparation of agarose-chitosan hybrid materials and nanocomposite ionogels using an ionic liquid via dissolution, regeneration and sol-gel transition

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    Trivedi, Tushar J; Kumar, Arvind


    We report simultaneous dissolution of agarose (AG) and chitosan (CH) in varying proportions in an ionic liquid (IL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride [C4mim][Cl]. Composite materials were constructed from AG-CH-IL solutions using the antisolvent methanol, and IL was recovered from the solutions. Composite materials could be uniformly decorated with silver oxide (Ag2O) nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to form nanocomposites in a single step by in situ synthesis of Ag NPs in AG-CH-IL sols, wherein the biopolymer moiety acted as both reducing and stabilizing agent. Cooling of Ag NPs-AG-CH-IL sols to room temperature resulted in high conductivity and high mechanical strength nanocomposite ionogels. The structure, stability and physiochemical properties of composite materials and nanocomposites were characterized by several analytical techniques, such as Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), CD spectroscopy, differential scanning colorimetric (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and...

  3. Analysis of branched DNA replication and recombination intermediates from prokaryotic cells by two-dimensional (2D) native-native agarose gel electrophoresis. (United States)

    Robinson, Nicholas P


    Branched DNA molecules are generated by the essential processes of replication and recombination. Owing to their distinctive extended shapes, these intermediates migrate differently from linear double-stranded DNA under certain electrophoretic conditions. However, these branched species exist in the cell at much low abundance than the bulk linear DNA. Consequently, branched molecules cannot be visualized by conventional electrophoresis and ethidium bromide staining. Two-dimensional native-native agarose electrophoresis has therefore been developed as a method to facilitate the separation and visualization of branched replication and recombination intermediates. A wide variety of studies have employed this technique to examine branched molecules in eukaryotic, archaeal, and bacterial cells, providing valuable insights into how DNA is duplicated and repaired in all three domains of life.

  4. Carboxylated Agarose (CA)-Silk Fibroin (SF) Dual Confluent Matrices Containing Oriented Hydroxyapatite (HA) Crystals: Biomimetic Organic/Inorganic Composites for Tibia Repair. (United States)

    Hu, Jing-Xiao; Ran, Jia-Bing; Chen, Si; Jiang, Pei; Shen, Xin-Yu; Tong, Hua


    By in situ combining the dual cross-linking matrices of the carboxylated agarose (CA) and the silk fibroin (SF) with the hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals, the CA-SF/HA composites with optimal physicochemical and biological properties were obtained, which were designed to meet the clinical needs of load-bearing bone repair. With the synergistic modulation of the dual organic matrices, the HA nanoparticles presented sheet and rod morphologies due to the preferred orientation, which successfully simulated the biomineralization in nature. The chemical reactivity of the native agarose (NA) was significantly enhanced via carboxylation, and the CA exhibited higher thermal stability than the NA. In the presence of SF, the composites showed optimal mechanical properties that could meet the standard of bone repair. The degradation of the composites in the presence of CA and SF was significantly delayed such that the degradation rate of the implant could satisfy the growth rate of the newly formed bone tissue. The in vitro tests confirmed that the CA-SF/HA composite scaffolds enabled the MG63 cells to proliferate and differentiate well, and the CA/HA composite presented greater capability of promoting the cell behaviors than the NA/HA composite. After 24 days of implantation, newly formed bone was observed at the tibia defect site and around the implant. Extensive osteogenesis was presented in the rats treated with the CA-SF/HA composites. In general, the CA-SF/HA composites prepared in this work had the great potential to be applied for repairing large bone defects.

  5. Supplementation of Exogenous Adenosine 5′-Triphosphate Enhances Mechanical Properties of 3D Cell–Agarose Constructs for Cartilage Tissue Engineering (United States)

    Gadjanski, Ivana; Yodmuang, Supansa; Spiller, Kara; Bhumiratana, Sarindr


    Formation of tissue-engineered cartilage is greatly enhanced by mechanical stimulation. However, direct mechanical stimulation is not always a suitable method, and the utilization of mechanisms underlying mechanotransduction might allow for a highly effective and less aggressive alternate means of stimulation. In particular, the purinergic, adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP)-mediated signaling pathway is strongly implicated in mechanotransduction within the articular cartilage. We investigated the effects of transient and continuous exogenous ATP supplementation on mechanical properties of cartilaginous constructs engineered using bovine chondrocytes and human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) encapsulated in an agarose hydrogel. For both cell types, we have observed significant increases in equilibrium and dynamic compressive moduli after transient ATP treatment applied in the fourth week of cultivation. Continuous ATP treatment over 4 weeks of culture only slightly improved the mechanical properties of the constructs, without major changes in the total glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and collagen content. Structure–function analyses showed that transiently ATP-treated constructs, and in particular those based on hMSCs, had the highest level of correlation between compositional and mechanical properties. Transiently treated groups showed intense staining of the territorial matrix for GAGs and collagen type II. These results indicate that transient ATP treatment can improve functional mechanical properties of cartilaginous constructs based on chondrogenic cells and agarose hydrogels, possibly by improving the structural organization of the bulk phase and territorial extracellular matrix (ECM), that is, by increasing correlation slopes between the content of the ECM components (GAG, collagen) and mechanical properties of the construct. PMID:23651296

  6. Isolation of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG from water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis placenta by use of Vicia villosa bound agarose affinity chromatography

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    J.F. Beckers


    Full Text Available The present study describes the isolation and characterisation of new PAG molecules extracted from mid- and late-pregnancy placentas in the water buffalo (Bubalis bubalis. After extraction, acid and ammonium sulphate precipitation and DEAE chromatography water buffalo PAG (wbPAG were enriched by Vicia villosa agarose (VVA affininity chromatography. As determined by Western blotting with anti-PAG-sera, apparent molecular masses of immunoreactive bands from VVA peaks ranged from 59.5 to 75.8 kDa and from 57.8 to 80.9 kDa in the mid- and late- pregnancy placenta respectively. Aminoterminal microsequencing of proteins allowed the identification of three distinct wbPAG sequences wich have ben deposed in the SwissProt database: RGSXLTIHPLRNIRDFFYUG (Acc. n. P85048, RGSXLTILPLRNIID (P85049 and RGSXLTHLPLRNI (P85050. Their comparison to those previously identified revealed that two of them were new since they have not been described yet. Our results confirm the suitability of VVA chromatography in enrichment of multiple PAG molecules expressed in buffalo placenta. Productions of specific antisera can be very useful in immonoistochemical and immunocyitochemical studies of PAG expression in fetomaternal interfaces. Purified native PAG are also required for development on specific immoassays (RIA/ELISA currently used for pregnancy diagnosis and physiological investigation in farm animal.

  7. Ionic liquid-impregnated agarose film two-phase micro-electrodriven membrane extraction (IL-AF-μ-EME) for the analysis of antidepressants in water samples. (United States)

    Mohamad Hanapi, Nor Suhaila; Sanagi, Mohd Marsin; Ismail, Abd Khamim; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini; Saim, Nor'ashikin; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Nazihah


    The aim of this study was to investigate and apply supported ionic liquid membrane (SILM) in two-phase micro-electrodriven membrane extraction combined with high performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection (HPLC-UV) for pre-concentration and determination of three selected antidepressant drugs in water samples. A thin agarose film impregnated with 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, [C6MIM] [PF6], was prepared and used as supported ionic liquid membrane between aqueous sample solution and acceptor phase for extraction of imipramine, amitriptyline and chlorpromazine. Under the optimized extraction conditions, the method provided good linearity in the range of 1.0-1000μgL(-1), good coefficients of determination (r(2)=0.9974-0.9992) and low limits of detection (0.1-0.4μgL(-1)). The method showed high enrichment factors in the range of 110-150 and high relative recoveries in the range of 88.2-111.4% and 90.9-107.0%, for river water and tap water samples, respectively with RSDs of ≤7.6 (n=3). This method was successfully applied to the determination of the drugs in river and tap water samples. It is envisaged that the SILM improved the perm-selectivity by providing a pathway for targeted analytes which resulted in rapid extraction with high degree of selectivity and high enrichment factor.

  8. An alternative easy method for antibody purification and analysis of protein-protein interaction using GST fusion proteins immobilized onto glutathione-agarose. (United States)

    Zalazar, L; Alonso, C A I; De Castro, R E; Cesari, A


    Immobilization of small proteins designed to perform protein-protein assays can be a difficult task. Often, the modification of reactive residues necessary for the interaction between the immobilized protein and the matrix compromises the interaction between the protein and its target. In these cases, glutathione-S-transferase (GST) is a valuable tag providing a long arm that makes the bait protein accessible to the mobile flow phase of the chromatography. In the present report, we used a GST fusion version of the 8-kDa protein serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type 3 (SPINK3) as the bait to purify anti-SPINK3 antibodies from a rabbit crude serum. The protocol for immobilization of GST-SPINK3 to glutathione-agarose beads was modified from previously reported protocols by using an alternative bifunctional cross-linker (dithiobis(succinimidyl propionate)) in a very simple procedure and by using simple buffers under physiological conditions. We concluded that the immobilized protein remained bound to the column after elution with low pH, allowing the reuse of the column for alternative uses, such as screening for other protein-protein interactions using SPINK3 as the bait.

  9. Temporal effect of inertial cavitation with and without microbubbles on surface deformation of agarose S gel in the presence of 1-MHz focused ultrasound. (United States)

    Tomita, Y; Matsuura, T; Kodama, T


    Sonoporation has the potential to deliver extraneous molecules into a target tissue non-invasively. There have been numerous investigations of cell membrane permeabilization induced by microbubbles, but very few studies have been carried out to investigate sonoporation by inertial cavitation, especially from a temporal perspective. In the present paper, we show the temporal variations in nano/micro-pit formations following the collapse of inertial cavitation bubbles, with and without Sonazoid® microbubbles. Using agarose S gel as a target material, erosion experiments were conducted in the presence of 1-MHz focused ultrasound applied for various exposure times, Tex (0.002-60 s). Conventional microscopy was used to measure temporal variations in micrometer-scale pit numbers, and atomic force microscopy utilized to detect surface roughness on a nanometer scale. The results demonstrated that nanometer-scale erosion was predominantly caused by Sonazoid® microbubbles and C4F10 gas bubbles for 0.002 scavitation bubbles such as C4F10 gas bubbles and vapor bubbles, increased exponentially with increasing Tex in the range 0.1 scavitation-induced sonoporation can produce various pore sizes in membranes, enabling the delivery of external molecules of differing sizes into cells or tissues.

  10. Effect of Polyethylene Glycol on Properties and Drug Encapsulation-Release Performance of Biodegradable/Cytocompatible Agarose-Polyethylene Glycol-Polycaprolactone Amphiphilic Co-Network Gels. (United States)

    Chandel, Arvind K Singh; Kumar, Chinta Uday; Jewrajka, Suresh K


    We synthesized agarose-polycaprolactone (Agr-PCL) bicomponent and Agr-polyethylene glycol-PCL (Agr-PEG-PCL) tricomponent amphiphilic co-network (APCN) gels by the sequential nucleophilic substitution reaction between amine-functionalized Agr and activated halide terminated PCL or PCL-b-PEG-b-PCL copolymer for the sustained and localized delivery of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. The biodegradability of the APCNs was confirmed using lipase and by hydrolytic degradation. These APCN gels displayed good cytocompatibility and blood compatibility. Importantly, these APCN gels exhibited remarkably high drug loading capacity coupled with sustained and triggered release of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. PEG in the APCNs lowered the degree of phase separation and enhanced the mechanical property of the APCN gels. The drug loading capacity and the release kinetics were also strongly influenced by the presence of PEG, the nature of release medium, and the nature of the drug. Particularly, PEG in the APCN gels significantly enhanced the 5-fluorouracil loading capacity and lowered its release rate and burst release. Release kinetics of highly water-soluble gemcitabine hydrochloride and hydrophobic prednisolone acetate depended on the extent of water swelling of the APCN gels. Cytocompatibility/blood compatibility and pH and enzyme-triggered degradation together with sustained release of drugs show great promise for the use of these APCN gels in localized drug delivery and tissue engineering applications.

  11. Highly selective and sensitive optical sensor for determination of Pb2+and Hg2+ ions based on the covalent immobilization of dithizone on agarose membrane (United States)

    Zargoosh, Kiomars; Babadi, Fatemeh Farhadian


    A highly sensitive and selective optical membrane for determination of Hg2+ and Pb2+ was prepared by covalent immobilization of dithizone on agarose membrane. In addition to its high stability, reproducibility and relatively long lifetime, the proposed optical sensor revealed good selectivity for target ions over a large number of alkali, alkaline earth, transition, and heavy metal ions. The proposed optical membrane displays linear responses from 1.1 × 10-8 to 2.0 × 10-6 mol L-1 and 1.2 × 10-8 to 2.4 × 10-6 mol L-1 for Hg2+ and Pb2+, respectively. The limits of detection (LOD) were 2.0 × 10-9 mol L-1 and 4.0 × 10-9 mol L-1 for Hg2+ and Pb2, respectively. The prepared optical membrane was successfully applied to the determination of Hg2+ and Pb2+ in industrial wastes, spiked tap water and natural waters without any preconcentration step.

  12. Overexpression and secretion of AgaA7 from Pseudoalteromonas hodoensis sp. nov in Bacillus subtilis for the depolymerization of agarose. (United States)

    Ramos, Kristine Rose M; Valdehuesa, Kris Niño G; Cabulong, Rhudith B; Moron, Llewelyn S; Nisola, Grace M; Hong, Soon-Kwang; Lee, Won-Keun; Chung, Wook-Jin


    Interest in agar or agarose-based pharmaceutical products has driven the search for potent agarolytic enzymes. An extracellular β-agarase (AgaA7) recently isolated from Pseudoalteromonas hodoensis sp. nov was expressed in Bacillus subtilis, which was chosen due to its capability to overproduce and secrete functional enzymes. Phenotypic analysis showed that the engineered B. subtilis secreted a functional AgaA7 when fused with the aprE signal peptide (SP) at the amino-terminus. The maximum agarolytic activity was observed during the late logarithmic phase. To further improve the secretion of AgaA7, an expression library of AgaA7 fused to different naturally occurring B. subtilis SPs was created. The amount of AgaA7 secreted by the clones was compared through activity assay, immuno-blot, and purification via affinity chromatography. Although the aprE SP can readily facilitate the secretion of AgaA7, other SPs such as yqgA, pel, and lipA were relatively more efficient. Among these SPs, lipA was the most efficient in improving the secretion of AgaA7.The use of B. subtilis as host for the expression and secretion of agarolytic and other hydrolytic enzymes can be a useful tool in the field of white biotechnology.

  13. A novel thiol-affinity micropipette tip method using zinc(II)-cyclen-attached agarose beads for enrichment of cysteine-containing molecules. (United States)

    Kusamoto, Hiroshi; Shiba, Akio; Koretake, Norinao; Fujioka, Haruto; Hieda, Yuhzo; Kinoshita-Kikuta, Emiko; Kinoshita, Eiji; Koike, Tohru


    Cysteine-containing biomolecules are attractive targets in the study of thiol biology. Here we introduce a novel method for the selective enrichment of thiol-containing molecules using a thiol-capture zinc(II) complex of 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane (Zn(2+)-cyclen). Recognition of N-acetylcysteine amide by Zn(2+)-cyclen has been studied by potentiometric pH titration, revealing formation of a 1:1 thiolate-bound Zn(2+)-cyclen complex with a large thiolate-affinity constant of 10(6.2)M(-1) at 25°C and I=0.10M (NaCl). The Zn(2+)-bound thiolate anion is unexpectedly stable in aqueous solution at pH 7.8 under atmospheric conditions for a few days. These findings have contributed to the development of a convenient method for separation of thiol compounds by using a micropipette tip. A 200μL micropipette tip containing 10μL of hydrophilic cross-linked agarose beads attached to Zn(2+)-cyclen moieties was prepared. All steps for thiol-affinity separation (binding, washing, and eluting) are conducted using aqueous buffers at room temperature. The entire separation protocol requires less than 15min per sample. We demonstrate practical example separations of cysteine-containing molecules. This micropipette tip method would be used preferentially as an alternative to existing tools for reliable enrichment of thiol-containing molecules.

  14. Desorption of Lipases Immobilized on Octyl-Agarose Beads and Coated with Ionic Polymers after Thermal Inactivation. Stronger Adsorption of Polymers/Unfolded Protein Composites

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    Full Text Available Lipases from Candida antarctica (isoform B and Rhizomucor miehei (CALB and RML have been immobilized on octyl-agarose (OC and further coated with polyethylenimine (PEI and dextran sulfate (DS. The enzymes just immobilized on OC supports could be easily released from the support using 2% SDS at pH 7, both intact or after thermal inactivation (in fact, after inactivation most enzyme molecules were already desorbed. The coating with PEI and DS greatly reduced the enzyme release during thermal inactivation and improved enzyme stability. However, using OC-CALB/RML-PEI-DS, the full release of the immobilized enzyme to reuse the support required more drastic conditions: a pH value of 3, a buffer concentration over 2 M, and temperatures above 45 °C. However, even these conditions were not able to fully release the thermally inactivated enzyme molecules from the support, being necessary to increase the buffer concentration to 4 M sodium phosphate and decrease the pH to 2.5. The formation of unfolded protein/polymers composites seems to be responsible for this strong interaction between the octyl and some anionic groups of OC supports. The support could be reused five cycles using these conditions with similar loading capacity of the support and stability of the immobilized enzyme.

  15. 琼脂糖膜固载肌红蛋白催化还原过氧化物的研究%Study on the electrocatalysis of peroxides at myoglobin entrapped in agarose hydrogel film

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    李业梅; 刘慧宏


    用琼脂糖( agarose)将肌红蛋白(Mb)固定在玻碳电极(GCE)表面,制备了Mb-Agarose膜修饰电极.在水-乙醇混合溶液中,包埋在Agarose中的Mb与电极发生直接电子传递,并且能催化还原H2O2过氧化丁酮、氢过氧化叔丁基、氢过氧化异丙基苯等过氧化物和NO.Mb-Agarose膜修饰电极具有较好的稳定性和重现性,可用于上述过氧化物和亚硝酸盐的定量检测.%Myoglobin(Mb) was immobilized on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by agarose film.Mb entrapped in the agarose film underwent a fast direct electron-transfer-reaction in water-ethanol solvent mixtures, and showed electrocatalysis towards peroxides, such as hydrogen peroxide, cumene hydroper-oxide, t- butyl hydroperoxide, 2-butanone peroxide, and nitric oxide. The immobilized Mb had good stability and reproducibility, which could be applied to determination of organic peroxides and nitrites.

  16. Application of urea-agarose gel electrophoresis to select non-redundant 16S rRNAs for taxonomic studies: palladium(II) removal bacteria. (United States)

    Assunção, Ana; Costa, Maria Clara; Carlier, Jorge Dias


    The 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene has been the most commonly used sequence to characterize bacterial communities. The classical approach to obtain gene sequences to study bacterial diversity implies cloning amplicons, selecting clones, and Sanger sequencing cloned fragments. A more recent approach is direct sequencing of millions of genes using massive parallel technologies, allowing a large-scale biodiversity analysis of many samples simultaneously. However, currently, this technique is still expensive when applied to few samples; therefore, the classical approach is still used. Recently, we found a community able to remove 50 mg/L Pd(II). In this work, aiming to identify the bacteria potentially involved in Pd(II) removal, the separation of urea/heat-denatured DNA fragments by urea-agarose gel electrophoresis was applied for the first time to select 16S rRNA-cloned amplicons for taxonomic studies. The major raise in the percentage of bacteria belonging to genus Clostridium sensu stricto from undetected to 21 and 41 %, respectively, for cultures without, with 5 and 50 mg/L Pd(II) accompanying Pd(II) removal point to this taxa as a potential key agent for the bio-recovery of this metal. Despite sulfate-reducing bacteria were not detected, the hypothesis of Pd(II) removal by activity of these bacteria cannot be ruled out because a slight decrease of sulfate concentration of the medium was verified and the formation of PbS precipitates seems to occur. This work also contributes with knowledge about suitable partial 16S rRNA gene regions for taxonomic studies and shows that unidirectional sequencing is enough when Sanger sequencing cloned 16S rRNA genes for taxonomic studies to genus level.

  17. Integrated system for temperature-controlled fast protein liquid chromatography comprising improved copolymer modified beaded agarose adsorbents and a travelling cooling zone reactor arrangement. (United States)

    Müller, Tobias K H; Cao, Ping; Ewert, Stephanie; Wohlgemuth, Jonas; Liu, Haiyang; Willett, Thomas C; Theodosiou, Eirini; Thomas, Owen R T; Franzreb, Matthias


    An integrated approach to temperature-controlled chromatography, involving copolymer modified agarose adsorbents and a novel travelling cooling zone reactor (TCZR) arrangement, is described. Sepharose CL6B was transformed into a thermoresponsive cation exchange adsorbent (thermoCEX) in four synthetic steps: (i) epichlorohydrin activation; (ii) amine capping; (iii) 4,4'-azobis(4-cyanovaleric acid) immobilization; and 'graft from' polymerization of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-N-tert-butylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid-co-N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide). FT-IR, (1)H NMR, gravimetry and chemical assays allowed precise determination of the adsorbent's copolymer composition and loading, and identified the initial epoxy activation step as a critical determinant of 'on-support' copolymer loading, and in turn, protein binding performance. In batch binding studies with lactoferrin, thermoCEX's binding affinity and maximum adsorption capacity rose smoothly with temperature increase from 20 to 50 °C. In temperature shifting chromatography experiments employing thermoCEX in thermally jacketed columns, 44-51% of the lactoferrin adsorbed at 42 °C could be desorbed under binding conditions by cooling the column to 22 °C, but the elution peaks exhibited strong tailing. To more fully exploit the potential of thermoresponsive chromatography adsorbents, a new column arrangement, the TCZR, was developed. In TCZR chromatography, a narrow discrete cooling zone (special assembly of copper blocks and Peltier elements) is moved along a bespoke fixed-bed separation columnfilled with stationary phase. In tests with thermoCEX, it was possible to recover 65% of the lactoferrin bound at 35 °C using 8 successive movements of the cooling zone at a velocity of 0.1mm/s; over half of the recovered protein was eluted in the first peak in more concentrated form than in the feed. Intra-particle diffusion of desorbed protein out of the support pores, and the ratio between the velocities of the cooling

  18. 活体成年小鼠舌黏膜下植入蛋白凝胶颗粒的方法学研究%A mouse model of agarose beads implantation in the tongue

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    李瑞奇; 黄晓峰; 张方明


    Objective:To establish a method in which exogenous agarose beads are implanted under the epithelium of the tongue in adult mouse.Methods:10 male C57BL mice of postnatal 90.5 days old were selected in this study. After anesthetized by injection of pentobarbital sodium, the agarose beads soaked with BSA were implanted under the epithelium of the tongues. 48 hours later, the mice were sacrificed, and the tongues were dissected, fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde, dehydrated with alcohol, embedded in wax and cut into slices for HE and immunohistochemical staining.Results:After 48 hours, all mice were alive, and there were no obvious inflammatory lesions on the tongue mucosa. The histological results showed that the beads were located submucously in the tongue and the implanted protein did not influence the expression of BrdU and PCNA in the lingual epithelium.Conclusion:we successfully established an animal model to implant agarose beads soaked with proteins under the mouse’s epithelium in vivo.%目的:建立活体动物舌黏膜植入外源性蛋白凝胶颗粒的方法。方法:出生后90.5d的C57BL小鼠经戊巴比妥钠麻醉后,于舌黏膜下植入小牛血清(bovine serum albumin,BSA)的凝胶颗粒。实验后48h,取小鼠舌组织固定、脱水、包埋、切片后进行HE染色、 Brdu染色及PCNA染色。结果:实验后48h,小鼠舌黏膜无明显炎性病变,染色结果显示凝胶颗粒的植入对上皮内BrdU和PCNA的表达无影响。结论:本研究成功地建立了舌黏膜下植入蛋白凝胶颗粒的方法,为将来药物和蛋白质诱导活体动物器官局部增殖、分化和凋亡奠定基础。

  19. In situ selective determination of methylmercury in river water by diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) using baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase

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    Tafurt-Cardona, Makenly [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Eismann, Carlos Eduardo; Suárez, Carlos Alfredo [Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Menegário, Amauri Antonio, E-mail: [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Silva Luko, Karen [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); and others


    Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase and polyacrylamide as diffusive layer in the diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) was used for selective determination of methylmercury (MeHg). Deployment tests showed good linearity in mass uptake up to 48 h (3276 ng). When coupling the DGT technique with Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry, the method has a limit of detection of 0.44 ng L{sup −1} (pre concentration factor of 11 for 48 h deployment). Diffusion coefficient of 7.03 ± 0.77 × 10{sup −6} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1} at 23 °C in polyacrylamide gel (pH = 5.5 and ionic strength = 0.05 mol L{sup −1} NaCl) was obtained. Influence of ionic strength (from 0.0005 mol L{sup −1} to 0.1 mol L{sup −1} NaCl) and pH (from 3.5 to 8.5) on MeHg uptake were evaluated. For these range, recoveries of 84–105% and 84–98% were obtained for ionic strength and pH respectively. Potential interference due to presence of Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn was also assessed showing good recoveries (70–87%). The selectivity of the proposed approach was tested by deployments in solutions containing MeHg and Hg(II). Results obtained showed recoveries of 102–115 % for MeHg, while the uptake of Hg(II) was insignificant. The proposed approach was successfully employed for in situ measurements in the Negro River (Manaus-AM, Brazil). - Highlights: • A method for in situ selective determination of MeHg by DGT technique is proposed. • Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel was used as binding agent. • Effects of pH, ionic strength and concomitant ions on uptake of MeHg were evaluated. • DGT device containing polyacrylamide gel as diffusive layer showed better selectivity. • The proposed approach was successfully applied for analysis of river water.

  20. GJB2全序列长链PCR和琼脂糖凝胶电泳方法研究%Long-chain PCR Method and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis for Full Sequence of GJB2 Gene

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    王辉兵; 于飞; 戴朴; 单希征; 袁永一; 张昕; 康东洋; 韩东一


    目的:探讨GJB2全序列长链PCR方法和琼脂糖凝胶电泳方法,以及影响长链PCR和电泳结果的可能因素。方法应用Primer Premier 5.0软件和Oligo 6 Demo软件针对GJB2全序列设计引物,应用DNA聚合酶KOD FX Neo试剂盒进行两步法长链PCR扩增,调整加入DNA模板量、PCR延伸时间、循环次数等影响PCR产物量,通过0.8%琼脂糖凝胶电泳检测PCR产物长度和量,调整加样槽的宽度、加样量、电泳电压、电流、电泳时间得到清晰条带,若PCR产物存在大片段碱基插入或缺失,用限制性内切酶BamHI进行内切酶反应,初步判断插入或缺失的大致位置。结果正向引物F:5’-AGATCGGGACCTCGAAGGGGACTTG-3’;反向引物R:5’-AGGTGGGCACGGGGTTAGGTAGAAA-3’,扩增片段长5887 bp。长链PCR条件为:50μl的反应体系中加入2μl(约40 ng)的基因组DNA,预变性94℃2分钟,变性98℃10秒,68℃延伸5分钟,共32个循环。电泳条件为:加样槽5 mm宽,每槽加样0.8μl PCR产物,电泳电压50 V,电流50 mA,电泳时间140分钟。结论应用DNA聚合酶KOD FX Neo试剂盒进行两步法长链PCR,可进行GJB2全序列扩增,影响PCR的可能因素为引物、DNA模板的质和量、延伸时间、循环次数等。0.8%琼脂糖凝胶电泳可获得较好的分离效果,影响电泳可能的因素为加样槽宽度、加样量、电泳电压、电流、电泳时间等。%Objective To explore the long-chain PCR method and agarose gel electrophoresis for the full sequence of GJB2 gene and to discuss the possible factors affecting the long-chain PCR and electrophoresis results. Methods The primers for the full sequence of GJB2 gene were designed by Primer Premier 5.0 software and Oligo 6 Demo software and the sequence were amplified using DNA polymerase of KOD FX Neo kit by the two-step PCR method. The product amount of PCR was controlled by the amount of the DNA template, the extension time and the

  1. 人工肝脏辅助装置吸附剂的研究Ⅲ.交联琼脂糖包膜活性碳微囊的制备及体外试验%Studies of Absorbents for Hemoperfusion in Artificial Liver Support:Ⅲ. Preparation and in Vitro Studies of Cross-Linked Agarose Coated Activated Charcoal (CAAC-Ⅱ)

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    徐昌喜; 毛秉智; 汤先觉; 卜凤荣; 钮振; 朱新华; 李宗明; 宋静澄; 程少杰; 张肇和; 姚善谦; 刘海川; 楼方定


    @@ 本文报告以交联琼脂糖为膜材、球状活性碳为心材的一种新型血液灌流吸附剂,称为交联琼脂糖包膜活性碳(Cross-Iinked agarose coated activated charcoal)微囊,简称为CAACⅡ,为了有别于作者曾报道的CAAC(1),后者简称为CAAC-I.

  2. 琼脂糖醋酸酯纳米粒子的制备及药物缓释性%Preparation and in Vitro Controlled Release of Drug-Loaded Agarose Acetate Nanoparticles

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    张令辉; 尤玲玲; 张灵敏; 汤顺清; 蔡继业


    In this paper, the preparation of uniform agarose acetate nanoparticles (AA-NPs) by nanoprecipitation was investigated with the following conditions: (1) emulsifier PVA concentration, (2) co-emulsifier isopropanol, (3) AA concentration, (4) the ratio of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to water, (5) the stirring rate, and (6) drug content. The results show that the size of AA-NPs has a close relationship with conditions above. In addition, the drug loading capacity and in vitro drug release of the AA-C-NPs were investigated. The results show that the loading rate and encapsulation efficiency of AA-C-NPs without isopropanol are higher than that with isopropanol. But both of them show a tendency that the loading rate obviously increases but encapsulation efficiency decreases with increasing of initial curcumin concentration. The result of in vitro release shows a burst effect at the beginning stage, a slow and continuous release followed.%通过纳米沉淀法制备了一种粒径均一的琼脂糖醋酸酯纳米粒子,并对影响粒径的相关因素进行了研究。结果表明,纳米粒子分别随着二甲基亚砜(DMSO)与水的比率、姜黄素含量及琼脂糖醋酸酯(AA)的浓度的增加而增大,随转速的增加而下降,异丙醇和聚乙烯醇(PVA)浓度也有一定的影响。同时研究了载体对姜黄素的包载情况及缓释行为。结果显示,无异丙醇组中姜黄素载药率和包封率均比异丙醇组中的高。但两组都表明,随着姜黄素的含量增加,载药粒子的载药率不断增加,包封率不断降低。载药粒子大大延长了姜黄素的缓释时间。获得的琼脂糖醋酸酯纳米粒子可望用于姜黄素的控释。

  3. Preparation,Characterization and Surface-Enhanced Raman Properties of Agarose Gel/Gold Nanoparticles Hybrid%琼脂糖凝胶/纳米金复合结构的制备及其表面增强拉曼性质

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    马小媛; 刘颖; 王周平


    Agarose gel/gold nanoparticles hybrid was prepared by adding gold nanoparticles to preformed agarose gel.Nanocom-posite structures and properties were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM),scanning electron microscopy (SEM)、and UV-Vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy.Experimental data indicated a uniform distribution of gold nanoparticles ad-sorbed on agarose gel network.And the excellent optical absorption properties were shown.Based on the swelling-contraction characteristics of agarose gel and the adjustable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)of the gold nanoparticles,the nano-composites were used as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)substrate to detect the Raman signal molecules Nile blue A. Results revealed that the porous structure of the agarose gel provided a good carrier for the enrichment of the gold nanoparticles. The gold nanoparticles dynamic hot-spot effect arising from the agarose gel contraction loss of water in the air greatly enhanced the Raman signal.%以琼脂糖凝胶为模板,将预先制备好的胶体金颗粒负载在琼脂糖凝胶的网状结构中,制备了琼脂糖凝胶/纳米金复合膜结构,采用透射电子显微镜、扫描电子显微镜、紫外-可见-近红外光谱仪对复合膜的结构和光学性质进行了表征,实验数据表明纳米金颗粒均匀的分散在琼脂糖凝胶膜上,并且呈现出优异的光学吸收特性。基于琼脂糖凝胶的溶胀收缩特性和纳米金颗粒可调的表面等离子体共振吸收特性,将琼脂糖凝胶/纳米金复合膜作为表面增强拉曼(SERS )基底材料,研究了其对拉曼信号分子尼罗蓝 A (NBA )的SERS检测效果。结果表明,琼脂糖凝胶的多孔网状结构为纳米金颗粒的富集提供了良好的载体,随着琼脂糖凝胶在空气中失水收缩,纳米金颗粒间距离逐渐缩短,产生动态的热点效应,对拉曼信号分子具有良好的增强效应。

  4. Determination of Cholesterol in Lipoprotein Fractions by Agarose Gel Electrophoresis%琼脂糖凝胶电泳法测定血清中各种脂蛋白胆固醇

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    鄢盛恺; 任凤琴; 宋耀虹; 林其燧


    对琼脂糖凝胶电泳法同时测定血清极低密度脂蛋白(VLDL)、低密度脂蛋白(LDL)、高密度脂蛋白(HDL)和脂蛋白(a)[LP(a)]的胆固醇[即VLDL-C、LDL-C、HDL-C和LP(a)-C]含量的方法进行评价。方法采用Helena REP全自动快速电泳系统分离血清VLDL、LDL、HDL和LP(a),然后结合胆固醇酶染色法同时测定VLDL-C、LDL-C、HDL-C和LP(a)-C的含量。分析了该法的精密度、准确度和干扰因素,并将该法与传统方法如测定HDL-C的磷钨酸-镁沉淀法(PTA-Mg2+法)、测定LDL-C的聚乙烯硫酸沉淀法(PVS法)及测定LP(a)的免疫透射比浊法(ITA法)进行比较。结果电泳法测定VLDL-C、LDL-C和HDL-C的批内CV分别为5.16%~7.46%、1.26%~3.28%、3.78%~5.86%;批间CV分别为8.35%~11.25%、2.78%~4.08%、4.23%~6.36%。检测线性范围总胆固醇为1.04~10.35 mmol/L,基本不受溶血、黄疸和脂血干扰。VLDL-C、LDL-C和HDL-C的平均回收率分别为90.3%、94.3%和89.6%。电泳法与传统法测定LDL-C、HDL-C的相关系数(r)分别为0.9609、0.9557。电泳法测定LP(a)-C与ITA法测定LP(a)的r为0.9235。以该法检测北京地区98例健康人,HDL-C、VLDL-C、LDL-C、LP(a)-C参考范围分别为0.95~2.10 mmol/L、0.07~0.46mmol/L、1.77~2.87 mmol/L、0~0.22 mmol/L。结论电泳法测定值与传统法一致,电泳法操作简便、快速经济,可同时测定4种脂蛋白胆固醇,适合于临床常规及研究使用。%Objective To evaluate a single step electrophoresis for quantitative determination of cholesterol of high-, low-, very-low-density lipoprotein(HDL, LDL, VLDL) and fast pre-beta lipoprotein [lipoprotein (a), Lp(a)]. Methods Quantification of lipoprotein cholesterol was performed by enzymatic staining of cholesterol in a new agarose gel electrophoresis method that allows the separation of LDL, VLDL, HDL, and Lp(a) by Helena REP system. The results of electrophoresis method were

  5. Application value of SH2020 automatic agarose gel electrophoresis apparatus in screening of thalassemia%SH2020全自动琼脂糖凝胶电泳仪在地中海贫血筛查中的应用价值

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    邓国生; 罗宇迪; 张宁


    目的:探讨SH2020全自动琼脂糖凝胶电泳仪在地中海贫血筛查中的应用价值.方法:采集外周静脉血作血常规,应用SH2020全自动琼脂糖凝胶电泳仪Hb电泳进行地中海贫血筛查,筛查结果阳性者进行基因诊断确诊.结果:对玉林地区人群2 998例进行地中海贫血筛查,筛出α地中海贫血540例,阳性率18.01%,筛出B地中海贫血422例,筛查阳性率14.08%.部分阳性者经GAP-PCR方法和PCR结合反向点杂交(RDB)技术作基因诊断,α地中海贫血阳性者符合率为75.00%,β地中海贫血符合率为82.94%.结论:应用SH2020全自动琼脂糖凝胶电泳仪Hb电泳进行地中海贫血筛查简便易行,检出率较高,适宜推广使用.%Objective: To explore the application value of SH2020 automatic agarose gel electrophoresis apparatus in screening of thalassemia. Methods: The peripheral venous blood samples were abstracted, then hemoglobin electrophoresis was applied for screening of thalassemia by SH2020 automatic agarose gel electrophoresis apparatus, the cases with positive screening results were diagnosed definitely by gene diagnosis. Results: 2 998 cases from Yulin city received screening of thalassemia, 540 cases were diagnosed with α -thalassemia, the positive rate was 18.01%; 422 cases were diagnosed with β - thalassemia, the positive rate was 14. 08%. Partial cases with positive screening results received gene diagnosis by GAP - PCR method and PCR combined with reverse dot - blot technique, the coincidence rates of α -thalassemia and β - thalassemia were 75.00% and 82. 94%, respectively. Conclusion: Hemoglobin electrophoresis with SH2020 automatic agarose gel electrophoresis apparatus is simple and convenient in screening of thalassemia, the detection rate is high, which is worthy to be popularized.

  6. Caracterización de la diversidad genética en naranja y comparación del polimorfismo de microsatélites amplificados al azar (RAMs usando electroforesis de poliacrilamida y azarosa Characterization of the genetic diversity in orange, and comparison of polymorphism in randomly-amplifed microsatellites (RAMs, using polyacrylamide and agarose electrophoresis

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    Ana Cruz Morillo Coronado


    Full Text Available Se compararon las eficiencias de tres métodos de electroforesis en agarosa y poliacrilamida, usando la cámara pequeña de DNA Sequencing System y cámara grande OWL Sequi-Gen Sequencing Cell, en la detección del polimorfismo en 21 accesiones de naranja (Citrus sinensis con empleo del cebador CGA. El gel de poliacrilamida dio mejor resolución de los productos amplificados vía PCR producidos por RAMs. Este permitió una mejor detección de bandas de ADN polimórficas, lo que facilitó la identificación de la variabilidad genética. La electroforesis en agarosa puede ser más conveniente en otras aplicaciones, debido al bajo costo y fácil aplicación. El estudio de diversidad genética en naranja usando microsatélites RAMs diferenció 51 accesiones en siete grupos con 0.75 de similaridad y 0.25 de heterocigosidad, lo que revela bajo polimorfismo genético. La técnica RAMs permitió agrupar las accesiones en Comunes o Blancas, Navel y Pigmentadas o Sanguinas.We compared the efficiency of three methods of agarose and polyacrylamide electrophoresis (using the small tank of the DNA Sequencing System and the large OWL Sequi-Gen Sequencing Cell, for the detection of polymorphism in 21 accessions of orange (Citrus sinensis, using the primer CGA. The polyacrylamide gel gave better resolution of the PCR-amplified RAM products. This method allowed better detection of polymorphic DNA bands, facilitating the identification of genetic variability. The agarose electrophoresis may be more convenient in other applications, due to its low cost and easy implementation. The study of genetic diversity in orange using RAMs separated 51 accessions into seven groups with 0.75 similarity, and 0.25 heterozygosity, revealing low genetic polymorphism. The RAMs technique grouped the accessions into “Common or White”, “Navel” and “Pigmented or “Sanguine”.

  7. 琼脂糖-DEAE离子交换介质的配基密度和孔径对BSA吸附的影响%Influences of ligand density and pore size on BSA adsorption on agarose-based DEAE-ion-exchange resins

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    卢慧丽; 林东强; 姚善泾


    Ion exchange chromatography (IEC) is a common and powerful technique for the purification of proteins. The ligand density and pore size of the resins have significant effects on the separation behaviors of protein. In the present work, three kinds of crossed-linked agarose gel with different agarose concentrations were used as the matrices to represent various pore sizes, and anionic ligand, diethylaminothyl (DEAE), was coupled with different ligand densities. The preparation conditions, including the reaction temperature, time, DEAE concentration and NaOH concentration, were optimized to control the ionic exchange capacity. A series of DEAE resins with different ligand densities and pore sizes were obtained. The adsorption isotherms and kinetics of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were measured on these resins. The saturated adsorption capacity increased with the increasing of ligand densities and the decreasing of pore sizes at the range tested. For the adsorption kinetics, the pore size influenced significantly the effective pore diffusivities. The results demonstrated that both the pore size and ligand density affect the static and dynamic adsorption. The pore size dominates the diffusion and mass transfer of protein, while the ligand density affects the interactions between ligand and protein.%离子交换色谱是蛋白质分离纯化的有效方法之一,配基密度和介质孔径是影响蛋白质吸附的关键因素.采用3种不同琼脂糖浓度的凝胶为基质,具有不同的平均孔径,分别偶联上阴离子交换配基DEAE,通过调控反应条件,包括反应温度、反应时间、碱浓度和DEAE浓度,得到了不同配基密度和介质孔径的系列DEAE离子交换介质.考察了牛血清白蛋白(BSA)的静态和动态吸附性能,发现随配基密度增加或介质孔径减小,BSA饱和吸附容量有所增大;对于吸附动力学,介质孔径显著影响有效扩散系数.结果表明,配基密度和介质孔径共同决定了蛋白

  8. Affinity Pull-Down of Proteins Using Anti-FLAG M2 Agarose Beads (United States)

    Gerace, Erica; Moazed, Danesh


    FLAG is an affinity tag widely used for rapid and highly specific one-step protein purification. Native elution of protein from anti-FLAG antibody resins allows the identification of protein and nucleic acid binding partners and functional analysis using biochemical activity assays. PMID:26096505

  9. Gelation: the role of sugars and polyols on gelatin and agarose. (United States)

    Shimizu, Seishi; Matubayasi, Nobuyuki


    Gelation is enhanced by the addition of sugars and polyols. How, at a microscopic level, do such cosolvents enhance gelation? The following two different hypotheses have been proposed so far to answer this question: (i) enhancement of water structure around the biopolymer induced by cosolvents; (ii) exclusion of cosolvents from biopolymer surfaces. To examine the validity of the above hypotheses, as well as to quantify the driving forces of cosolvent-induced gelation, we have constructed a statistical thermodynamic theory of gelation, by extending our Kirkwood-Buff theory of cosolvency; biopolymer-water and biopolymer-cosolvent interactions can both be determined from thermodynamic data. The exclusion of cosolvents is shown to be the dominant contribution, whereas the hydration change is a minor contribution, which may be important only so far as to mediate the exclusion of cosolvents.

  10. Reversible Immobilization of Lipases on Heterofunctional Octyl-Amino Agarose Beads Prevents Enzyme Desorption

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    Nazzoly Rueda


    Full Text Available Two different heterofunctional octyl-amino supports have been prepared using ethylenediamine and hexylendiamine (OCEDA and OCHDA and utilized to immobilize five lipases (lipases A (CALA and B (CALB from Candida antarctica, lipases from Thermomyces lanuginosus (TLL, from Rhizomucor miehei (RML and from Candida rugosa (CRL and the phospholipase Lecitase Ultra (LU. Using pH 5 and 50 mM sodium acetate, the immobilizations proceeded via interfacial activation on the octyl layer, after some ionic bridges were established. These supports did not release enzyme when incubated at Triton X-100 concentrations that released all enzyme molecules from the octyl support. The octyl support produced significant enzyme hyperactivation, except for CALB. However, the activities of the immobilized enzymes were usually slightly higher using the new supports than the octyl ones. Thermal and solvent stabilities of LU and TLL were significantly improved compared to the OC counterparts, while in the other enzymes the stability decreased in most cases (depending on the pH value. As a general rule, OCEDA had lower negative effects on the stability of the immobilized enzymes than OCHDA and while in solvent inactivation the enzyme molecules remained attached to the support using the new supports and were released using monofunctional octyl supports, in thermal inactivations this only occurred in certain cases.

  11. Direct noninvasive measurement and numerical modeling of depth-dependent strains in layered agarose constructs

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    Griebel, A.J.; Khoshgoftar, M.; Novak, T.; Donkelaar, C.C. van; Neu, C.P.


    Biomechanical factors play an important role in the growth, regulation, and maintenance of engineered biomaterials and tissues. While physical factors (e.g. applied mechanical strain) can accelerate regeneration, and knowledge of tissue properties often guide the design of custom materials with tail

  12. On-bead expression of recombinant proteins in an agarose gel matrix coated on a glass slide. (United States)

    Lee, Kyung-Ho; Lee, Ka-Young; Byun, Ju-Young; Kim, Byung-Gee; Kim, Dong-Myung


    A system for expression and in situ display of recombinant proteins on a microbead surface is described. Biotinylated PCR products were immobilized on microbead surfaces, which were then embedded in a gel matrix and supplied with translation machinery and substrates. Upon the incubation of the gel matrix, target proteins encoded on the bead-immobilized DNA were expressed and captured on the same bead, thus allowing bead-mediated linkage of DNA and encoded proteins. The new method combines the simplicity and convenience of solid-phase separation of genetic information with the benefits of cell-free protein synthesis, such as instant translation of genetic information, unrestricted substrate accessibility and flexible assay configuration design.

  13. Analysis of DAPI and SYBR Green I as Alternatives to Ethidium Bromide for Nucleic Acid Staining in Agarose Gel Electrophoresis (United States)

    Bourzac, Kevin M.; Lavine, Lori J.; Rice, Margaret S.


    DNA electrophoresis and staining is a common procedure in biochemistry laboratories, but the use of ethidium bromide (EB) for DNA detection is worrisome as EB is a mutagen and probable carcinogen. Five alternative stains were evaluated for DNA detection, safety, cost, and ease of use: BlueView, methylene blue, Carolina Blu, DAPI (4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole dihydrochloride:hydrate), and SYBR Green I. BlueView, Carolina Blu, and methylene blue are not sensitive enough to detect the microgram amounts of DNA used in many procedures. However, DAPI and SYBR Green I are good staining alternatives to ethidium bromide in that they have similar sensitivity and are both easy to use. SYBR Green I is more expensive than EB or DAPI; however, the limited safety data suggest that SYBR Green I is the safest stain.

  14. Agarose Gel Electrophoresis System in the Classroom: Detection of DNA Strand Breaks through the Alteration of Plasmid Topology (United States)

    De Mattos, J. C. P.; Dantas, F. J. S.; Caldeira-de-Araujo, A.; Moraes, M. O.


    Good quality scientific teaching depends on the ability of researchers to translate laboratory experiments into high school and undergraduate classes, bridging the advanced and basic science with common knowledge. A fast-growing field in biomedical sciences is oxidative stress, which has been associated to several diseases, including cancer and…

  15. Characterization of the genetic diversity in orange, and comparison of polymorphism in randomly-amplifed microsatellites (rams), using polyacrylamide and agarose electrophoresis


    Morillo Coronado, Ana Cruz; Chagüeza Villarreal, Yamilet; Caicedo Arana, Alvaro; Jaramillo Vásquez, Juan; Muñoz Rivera, Oscar Julian; Arcos, Alba Lucía; Vásquez Amariles, Herney Darío; Muñoz Flores, Jaime Eduardo


    Se compararon las eficiencias de tres métodos de electroforesis en agarosa y poliacrilamida, usando la cámara pequeña de DNA Sequencing System y cámara grande OWL Sequi-Gen Sequencing Cell, en la detección del polimorfismo en 21 accesiones de naranja (Citrus sinensis) con empleo del cebador CGA. El gel de poliacrilamida dio mejor resolución de los productos amplificados vía PCR producidos por RAMs. Este permitió una mejor detección de bandas de ADN polimórficas, lo que facilitó la identificac...

  16. Estimating the DNA strand breakage using a fuzzy inference system and agarose gel electrophoresis, a case study with toothed carp Aphanius sophiae exposed to cypermethrin. (United States)

    Poorbagher, Hadi; Moghaddam, Maryam Nasrollahpour; Eagderi, Soheil; Farahmand, Hamid


    The DNA breakage has been widely used in ecotoxicological studies to investigate effects of pesticides in fishes. The present study used a fuzzy inference system to quantify the breakage of DNA double strand in Aphanius sophiae exposed to the cypermethrin. The specimens were adapted to different temperatures and salinity for 14 days and then exposed to cypermethrin. DNA of each specimens were extracted, electrophoresed and photographed. A fuzzy system with three input variables and 27 rules were defined. The pixel value curve of DNA on each gel lane was obtained using ImageJ. The DNA breakage was quantified using the pixel value curve and fuzzy system. The defuzzified values were analyzed using a three-way analysis of variance. Cypermethrin had significant effects on DNA breakage. Fuzzy inference systems can be used as a tool to quantify the breakage of double strand DNA. DNA double strand of the gill of A. sophiae is sensitive enough to be used to detect cypermethrin in surface waters in concentrations much lower than those reported in previous studies.

  17. Enhanced viability and neural differential potential in poor post-thaw hADSCs by agarose multi-well dishes and spheroid culture. (United States)

    Guo, Xiaoling; Li, Shanyi; Ji, Qingshan; Lian, Ruiling; Chen, Jiansu


    Human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) are potential adult stem cells source for cell therapy. But hADSCs with multi-passage or cryopreservation often revealed poor growth performance. The aim of our work was to improve the activity of poor post-thaw hADSCs by simple and effective means. We describe here a simple method based on commercially available silicone micro-wells for creating hADSCs spheroids to improve viability and neural differentiation potential on poor post-thaw hADSCs. The isolated hADSCs positively expresse d CD29, CD44, CD105, and negatively expressed CD34, CD45, HLA-DR by flow cytometry. Meanwhile, they had adipogenic and osteogenic differentiation capacity. The post-thaw and post-spheroid hADSCs from poor growth status hADSCs showed a marked increase in cell proliferation by CKK-8 analysis, cell cycle analysis and Ki67/P27 quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analysis. They also displayed an increase viability of anti-apoptosis by annexin v and propidium iodide assays and mitochondrial membrane potential assays. After 3 days of neural induction, the neural differentiation potential of post-thaw and post-spheroid hADSCs could be enhanced by qPCR analysis and western blotting analysis. These results suggested that the spheroid formation could improve the viability and neural differentiation potential of bad growth status hADSCs, which is conducive to ADSCs research and cell therapy.

  18. Results concerning the analysis of the reaction products resulting from genomic dna amplification using agarose gel electrophoresis for potatoes studied old varieties

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    Anca BACIU


    Full Text Available The author is currently involved in collecting, making an inventory, evaluation and preservation the old varieties from the Western part of Romania. In this paper 8 potato old varieties collected during 20 years and 2 varieties from National Institute of Research and Development for potato and Sugar Beet Brasov are presented. The preservation was carried out in vivo and in vitro. Important changes were observed during this time. In our work we identified many gaps in the knowledge and understanding of the origin of transformations. We made a comparison between two big areas of potato growth: Apuseni Mountains [5] and the Maramures County [3]. In these areas the potato represents the main food in winter. This work opens opportunities for future researches in the field of political and ethical decisions for potato gene pool conservation. Soon the exchange of genetic resources will be a diplomatic issue.

  19. Binding Enhancement by Dextran-grafting to Protein A Agarose-based Affinity Medium%葡聚糖接枝型Protein A介质的层析性能提升

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    朱凯; 赵岚; 黄永东; 李强; 邱晗; 王启宝; 苏志国; 马光辉


    Sepharose 4FF微球经环氧活化后与葡聚糖溶液反应,得葡聚糖接枝型琼脂糖微球,再经环氧活化和偶联耐碱型ProteinA配基,得葡聚糖接枝型高载量ProteinA介质,测定了介质在线清洗稳定性能,并进行了热力学研究.结果表明,与常规ProteinA介质相比,葡聚糖接枝型Protein A介质的最高流速提高约32%,对抗体hlgG的动态载量为60.6 mg/mL,分别为常规介质和MabSelect SuRe介质载量的123%和95%;经40次清洗后,葡聚糖接枝型Protein A介质动态载量为原始载量的92%,远高于常规介质的84%,与MabSelect SuRe稳定性基本一致.3种介质对抗体的结合均为熵驱动过程,葡聚糖接枝型Protein A介质的吸附热介于MabSelect SuRe和常规Protein A介质之间.

  20. 核酸荧光染料在琼脂糖凝胶电泳中的染色特性%DNA Staining Efficiencies of Different Fluorescent Dyes in Preparative Agarose Gel Electrophoresis:A Comparative Analysis

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    黄庆; 府伟灵; 赵渝徽; 夏涵; 黄君富; 陈斌


    目的 建立比溴化乙锭(EB)更为安全的核酸染色方法. 方法 对SYBR Gold, SYBR Green Ⅰ, GoldView和EB等4种核酸荧光染料在琼脂糖凝胶中的染色特性进行比较分析. 结果 SYBR Gold和SYBR Green Ⅰ可改变核酸的电泳迁移率及相应的DNA大小判断,但二者是比EB更为完全和经济的核酸荧光染料;对于小片段DNA,SYBR Gold的灵敏度高于SYBR Green Ⅰ. 结论 SYBR Gold和SYBR Green Ⅰ是比EB更为完全和经济的核酸荧光染料,适合于分子生物学实验室的常规应用.

  1. Detection of Salmonella enteritidis by Strand Displacement Amplification and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis%肠炎沙门氏菌SDA-琼脂糖凝胶电泳检测技术研究

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    尼秀媚; 魏晓棠


    [目的]建立肠炎沙门氏菌的SDA快速检测方法.[方法]根据肠炎沙门氏菌invA基因片段设计链置换扩增(SDA)引物,建立肠炎沙门氏菌的SDA快速检测方法,并对设计的引物的灵敏度和特异性进行研究.[结果]成功建立了肠炎沙门氏菌的SDA快速检测方法,SDA反应成功扩增了目标序列.建立的SDA检测技术对肠炎沙门氏菌的检测灵敏度达到7.0×103 cfu/ml,且特异性良好.[结论]试验选取的序列和引物具有较高的特异性,可用于肠炎沙门氏菌的特异性检测.

  2. Environ: E00004 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available E00004 Agar (JP16/NF) Crude drug Agarose [CPD:C01399] Gelidium amansii [TAX:2812] Same as: D01032 Gel...idiaceae Gelidium amansii mucous (freeze dry) Major component: Agarose [CPD:C01399] ...

  3. Morphological Instabilities in a Growing Yeast Colony: Experiment and Theory

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    Sams, Thomas; Sneppen, Kim; Jensen, Mogens;


    We study the growth of colonies of the yeast Pichia membranaefaciens on agarose film. The growth conditions are controlled in a setup where nutrients are supplied through an agarose film suspended over a solution of nutrients. As the thickness of the agarose film is varied, the morphology of the ...

  4. Caracterización de la diversidad genética en naranja y comparación del polimorfismo de microsatélites amplificados al azar (RAMs) usando electroforesis de poliacrilamida y azarosa Characterization of the genetic diversity in orange, and comparison of polymorphism in randomly-amplifed microsatellites (RAMs), using polyacrylamide and agarose electrophoresis


    Ana Cruz Morillo Coronado; Yacenia Morillo Coronado; Yamilet Chagüeza Villarreal; álvaro Caicedo Arana; Juan Jaramillo Vásquez; Oscar Julián Muñoz Rivera; Alba Lucía Arcos; Herney Darío Vásquez Amariles; Jaime Eduardo Muñoz Flores


    Se compararon las eficiencias de tres métodos de electroforesis en agarosa y poliacrilamida, usando la cámara pequeña de DNA Sequencing System y cámara grande OWL Sequi-Gen Sequencing Cell, en la detección del polimorfismo en 21 accesiones de naranja (Citrus sinensis) con empleo del cebador CGA. El gel de poliacrilamida dio mejor resolución de los productos amplificados vía PCR producidos por RAMs. Este permitió una mejor detección de bandas de ADN polimórficas, lo que facilitó la identificac...

  5. The application of alkaline phosphatase isoenzyme in the diagnosis of osteporosis by agarose isoeleetricfocusing%琼脂糖等电聚焦法分离碱性磷酸酶同工酶在骨质疏松诊断中的应用

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    邓君; 黄文芳; 洪华


    目的 探讨碱性磷酸酶(ALP)同工酶在骨质疏松诊断中的应用.方法 采用神经氨酸苷酶处理标本,用琼脂糖等电聚焦法(IEF)分离测定50例健康体检者和55例骨质疏松患者血清中的ALP同工酶.结果 经神经氨酸苷酶处理后,用琼脂糖IEF能分离肝和骨ALP.发现骨质疏松患者中31例有一等电点(pI)为6.8的区带,阳性率为56.4%.结论 改良的琼脂糖IEF法能分离ALP同工酶,pI 6.8的区带对骨质疏松的诊断具有一定的价值.

  6. Characterization of an inexpensive, non-toxic and highly sensitive microarray substrate

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    Dufva, Hans Martin; Petronis, Sarunas; Jensen, L. B.;


    was replaced with a wash in 0.1x standard saline citrate (SSC) and 0.5% sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) without decreasing the performance of the produced microarrays. Characterization of the grafted agarose film using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the agarose...

  7. Isolation and characterization of porcine mannan-binding proteins of different size and ultrastructure

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    Storgaard, P; Nielsen, EH; Andersen, Ove


    to mouse and rat MBP-C (41-45% identity). Both pMBPs exhibited Ca2+-dependent binding to D-mannose immobilized on agarose but no significant binding to N-acetyl-D-glucosamine- or fucose-agarose. The results further suggested the presence of a third pMBP which copurified with pMBP-27 but this protein...

  8. DNA Technology in the Classroom. (United States)

    Williamson, John H.; Campbell, A. Malcolm


    Presents a protocol that gives students hands-on experience in generating a meaningful physical map of a circular molecule of DNA. Topics include agarose gel electrophoresis, logic of restriction maps, extracting data from an agarose gel, managing data from gels, experimental protocol, loading gels, electrophoresis, photographing gels, collecting…

  9. Studies on Adsorbents for Hemoperfusion in Artificial Liver Support——Ⅰ.Preparation and in Vitro Studies of Cross-linked Agarose Beads Entrapped Activated Charcoal(CAAC)%人工肝脏辅助装置吸附剂的研究Ⅰ.交联琼脂糖活性碳珠的制备、体外吸附性能及血相容性试验

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    @@ 近年来采用含吸附剂的血液灌流技术,作为外源性有害物质的解毒器、人工肾和人工肝脏辅助装置.1972年张明瑞(1)首次报告用人工细胞原理设计的白蛋白火棉胶活性碳微囊(ACAC)治疗肝性昏迷.此后,用血液灌流治疗急性肝动功能衰竭开始了广泛的研究和临床试用(2~6).

  10. 人工肝脏辅助装置吸附剂的研究Ⅱ.交联琼脂糖活性碳珠重复血液灌流时的生物相容性试验%Studies on Adsorbents for Hemoperfusion in Artificial Liver Support I.Histocompatible Tests at Repeated Hemoperfusion with Cross-linked Agarose Beads Entrapped Activated Charcoal(CAAC)

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    Niu Zhen


    @@ 我院在亲和层析载体琼脂糖凝胶中包入粉末状活性碳,制成一种新型吸附剂交联琼脂糖活性碳珠(简称CAAC),已证明具有较好的吸附性能(1).本文采用CAAC给正常大白鼠进行重复血液灌流,以便更全面地观察其血液相容性.

  11. Hybrid silver nanoparticle/conjugated polyelectrolyte nanocomposites exhibiting controllable metal-enhanced fluorescence (United States)

    Wang, Xiaoyu; He, Fang; Zhu, Xi; Tang, Fu; Li, Lidong


    Metal-enhanced fluorescence of conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPs) is realized using a simple, green hybrid Ag nanocomposite film. Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are pre-prepared by sodium citrate reduction and incorporated into agarose by mixing to form an Ag-containing agarose film (Ag@agarose). Through variation of the amount of Ag NPs in the Ag@agarose film as well as the thickness of the interlayer between CPs and the Ag@agarose film prepared of layer-by-layer assembly of chitosan and sodium alginate, a maximum 8.5-fold increase in the fluorescence of CPs is obtained. After introducing tyrosinase, this system also can be used to detect phenolic compounds with high sensitivity and good visualization under ultraviolet light.

  12. An Efficient Covalent Coating on Glass Slides for Preparation of Optical Oligonucleotide Microarrays

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    Atefeh Pourjahed


    The agarose-PLL microarrays had the highest signal (2546 and lowest background signal (205 in hybridization, suggesting that the prepared slides are suitable in analyzing wide concentration range of analytes.

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    Full Text Available || transcription factor=MyoD || growth protocol=10h in differentiating medium || sample type=ChIP || flag immunoprecipitation...=anti-FLAG M2 agarose resin || 6xhis immunoprecipitation=His-Se

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    Full Text Available sue of origin=skeletal muscle || cell type=myoblasts || transcription factor=Myf5 || sample type=ChIP || flag immunoprecipitation...=anti-FLAG M2 agarose resin || 6xhis immunoprecipitation=His

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    Full Text Available growth protocol=forced to undergo myogenic differentiation by expression of MyoD || sample type=ChIP || flag immunoprecipitation...=anti-FLAG M2 agarose resin || 6xhis immunoprecipitation=His-Select nickel beads http://

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  2. A combined approach of DNA probe and RFLP for family and species identification of larval stages of commercially important aquatic species: A study on the surfclam Spisula solidissima

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    Achuthankutty, C.T.

    by agarose gel electrophoresis indicating that colorimetric detection with a probe is more sensitive than ethidium bromide in the visualization of DNA. Restriction enzymes BtsUI and Aval having different restriction sites were used in RFLP analysis...

  3. Molecular study of the surfclam Spisula solidissima

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    Achuthankutty, C.T.

    by agarose gel electrophoresis indicating that colorimetric detection with a probe is more sensitive than ethidium bromide in the visualization of DNA. Restriction enzymes BtsUI and Aval having different restriction sites were used in RFLP analysis...

  4. Additive/Subtractive Manufacturing Research and Development in Europe (United States)


    details is shown on the right. (Smay et al. 2002) The design of these ink delivery systems is challenging, due in large part to the unusual rheologies alginate , agarose, fibrin, and collagen. This machine, named the 3D Bioplotter™, has now been commercialized and is sold by Envisiontec (see...polylactic and polyglycolic copolymers, polycaprolactone, and hydrogels, including collagen I gel, fibrin, alginate , and agarose. Thus, the

  5. Immobilization of a Commercial Lipase from Penicillium camembertii (Lipase G by Different Strategies

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    Adriano A. Mendes


    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to select the most suitable procedure to immobilize lipase from Penicillium camembertii (Lipase G. Different techniques and supports were evaluated, including physical adsorption on hydrophobic supports octyl-agarose, poly(hydroxybutyrate and Amberlite resin XAD-4; ionic adsorption on the anionic exchange resin MANAE-agarose and covalent attachment on glyoxyl-agarose, MANAE-agarose cross-linked with glutaraldehyde, MANAE-agarose-glutaraldehyde, and epoxy-silica-polyvinyl alcohol composite. Among the tested protocols, the highest hydrolytic activity (128.2 ± 8.10 IU·g−1 of support was achieved when the lipase was immobilized on epoxy-SiO2-PVA using hexane as coupling medium. Lipase immobilized by ionic adsorption on MANAE-agarose also gave satisfactory result, attaining 55.6 ± 2.60 IU·g−1 of support. In this procedure, the maximum loading of immobilized enzyme was 9.3 mg·g−1 of gel, and the highest activity (68.8 ± 2.70 IU·g−1 of support was obtained when 20 mg of protein·g−1 was offered. Immobilization carried out in aqueous medium by physical adsorption on hydrophobic supports and covalent attachment on MANAE-agarose-glutaraldehyde and glyoxyl-agarose was shown to be unfeasible for Lipase G. Thermal stability tests revealed that the immobilized derivative on epoxy-SiO2-PVA composite using hexane as coupling medium had a slight higher thermal stability than the free lipase.

  6. Gel-based optical waveguides with live cell encapsulation and integrated microfluidics. (United States)

    Jain, Aadhar; Yang, Allen H J; Erickson, David


    In this Letter, we demonstrate a biocompatible microscale optical device fabricated from agarose hydrogel that allows for encapsulation of cells inside an optical waveguide. This allows for better interaction between the light in the waveguide and biology, since it can interact with the direct optical mode rather than the evanescent field. We characterize the optical properties of the waveguide and further incorporate a microfluidic channel over the optical structure, thus developing an integrated optofluidic system fabricated entirely from agarose gel.

  7. Invitro Antidiabetic Activities of Agar, Agarosa, and Agaropectin from Gracilaria gigas Seaweed

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    Full Text Available Some types of seaweed are reported to have antidiabet activity in vivo or in vitro, but the activity antidiabet fractions of polysaccharides from seaweed has not been widely reported. Gracilaria gigas is one type of red seaweed that can produce agar and it has two factions, namely agarose and agaropectin. The aim of this study was to obtain an agar extract, agarose fraction, agaropektin fraction of Gracilaria gigas and to determine the α-glucosidase inhibitory activity of extracts and the fractions. Extraction of agar that used an ethanol solution, and to fractionate agarose and agaropektin used dimetilsulfoxide solution. The results showed that the fraction of the agarose having lower sulfate content (0.28% compared with agar (5.91% and agaropektin (6.07%. Types of samples (agar, agarose, and agaropektin and sample doses significantly in inhibiting α-glucosidase enzyme activity. Agarose fraction has IC50 value against α-glucosidase lowest (96.86 ± 4.61 ppm, followed by the extract agar (116.63 ± 5.61 ppm, then the fraction agaropektin (158.34 ± 1.77 ppm.

  8. In vivo imaging demonstrates ATP release from murine keratinocytes and its involvement in cutaneous inflammation after tape stripping. (United States)

    Takahashi, Toshiya; Kimura, Yutaka; Niwa, Kazuki; Ohmiya, Yoshihiro; Fujimura, Taku; Yamasaki, Kenshi; Aiba, Setsuya


    Adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) release from keratinocytes has been observed in various stress models in vitro, but studies demonstrating epidermal ATP release in vivo are limited. To visualize extracellular ATP (eATP) in vivo, we developed enhanced green-emitting luciferase immobilized on agarose beads (Eluc-agarose). Subcutaneous injection of Eluc-agarose together with ATP into the dorsal skin of BALB/c mice following intraperitoneal luciferin injection produced detectable and measurable bioluminescence using an in vivo imaging system. Using Eluc-agarose, we demonstrated in vivo that bright bioluminescence was observed from 1 to 20 minutes after repeated tape stripping of murine skin. This bioluminescence was suppressed by the local administration of apyrase. Eluc-agarose bioluminescence was observed only in tape-stripped skin with transepidermal water loss (TEWL) between 100 and 140 g m(2) h(-1), indicating a loss of bioluminescence with excessive tape stripping (TEWL>140 g m(-2) h(-1)). Histologically, tape-stripped skin with detectable eATP had a viable epidermis and a subepidermal neutrophil infiltrate, and administration of apyrase reduced the inflammatory infiltrate. Neither a viable epidermis nor an upper dermal neutrophil infiltrate was observed after excessive tape stripping. These results suggest that tape stripping prompts ATP release from viable keratinocytes, which facilitates inflammatory cell migration. Eluc-agarose may be useful in the in vivo detection of eATP in murine models of skin diseases.

  9. Chaotropic Etching for Fabricating Microwells for Cell Culture (United States)

    Tamai, Nobuhiro; Moriguchi, Hiroyuki; Takayama, Yuzo; Jimbo, Yasuhiko; Suzuki, Ikuro; Yasuda, Kenji

    Formation of simple neuronal networks in vitro is one of the promising methods to study biological information processing. Agarose microchambers have several advantages to form and maintain simple network structures. Here, in this work, a novel method for fabricating microwells in an agarose-layer is reported. Chaotropic effects of sodium iodide (NaI) is applied for etching agarose films. A conventional glass micropipette filled with NaI solution was aligned and a small amount of NaI was ejected to surface of the film. The agarose was denatured by the soaked NaI. The denatured agarose was washed out by distilled water. The size of the well was determined by the quantity of ejected NaI solution and its diffusion time. Conditions for fabricating wells of 100 to 600 μm diameters were established. Multiple wells up to 100 were formed on a single surface sequentially by programmed movement of the microscope stage. Rat hippocampal neurons were successfully cultured in the wells. Combining this method with microelectrode-array substrates will enable us of recording neuronal activity from simple neuronal networks as well as co-culture systems of heterogeneous tissues.

  10. Probing the Effects of Templating on the UV and Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of Porous Nitrogen-Modified Titania Monoliths for Dye Removal. (United States)

    Nursam, Natalita M; Wang, Xingdong; Tan, Jeannie Z Y; Caruso, Rachel A


    Porous nitrogen-modified titania (N-titania) monoliths with tailored morphologies were prepared using phase separation and agarose gel templating techniques. The doping and templating process were simultaneously carried out in a one-pot step using alcohol amine-assisted sol-gel chemistry. The amount of polymer used in the monoliths that were prepared using phase separation was shown to affect both the physical and optical properties: higher poly(ethylene glycol) content increased the specific surface area, porosity, and visible light absorption of the final materials. For the agarose-templated monoliths, the infiltration conditions affected the monolith morphology. A porous monolith with high surface area and the least shrinkage was obtained when the N containing alkoxide precursor was infiltrated into the agarose scaffolds at 60 °C. The effect of the diverse porous morphologies on the photocatalytic activity of N-titania was studied for the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) under visible and UV light irradiation. The highest visible light activity was achieved by the agarose-templated N-titania monolith, in part due to higher N incorporation. This sample also showed better UV activity, partly because of the higher specific surface area (up to 112 m(2) g(-1)) compared to the phase separation-induced monoliths (up to 103 m(2) g(-1)). Overall, agarose-templated, porous N-titania monoliths provided better features for effectively removing the MB contaminant.

  11. Molecular morphology of cyanobacterial phycobilisomes

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    Siegelman, H.W.; Kycia, J.H.


    Phycobilisomes were isolated from several cyanobacteria following cell lysis with Triton X-100. They were purified by phosphate precipitation and hydrophobic-interaction chromatography. Their phycobiliprotein compositions were quantitatively determined by application of sets of simultaneous absorbance equations to gel chromatographic separations of the chromoproteins. Phycobilisomes purified from several cyanobacteria had characteristic elution times on agarose gel chromatography. Combining electron microscope observations of phycobilisome structure, phycobiliprotein composition, and agarose gel chromatography estimates of molecular weight permitted the calculation of many details of phycobilisome molecular structure. Complementary chromatic adaptation resulted in a change of phycobilisome composition and structure. The polypeptide compositions of phycobilisomes were examined by sodium dodecyl sulfate-agarose gel chromatography and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The phycobilisomes were composed of phycobilipeptides derived from the constituent phycobiliproteins. Higher molecular-weight phycobilipeptide aggregates were also observed. The dominant forces responsible for the maintenance of phycobilisome structure are concluded to be hydropohobic interactions.

  12. Rheological Characterization of Ethanolamine Gel Propellants (United States)

    V. S Jyoti, Botchu; Baek, Seung Wook


    Ethanolamine is considered to be an environmentally friendly propellant system because it has low toxicity and is noncarcinogenic in nature. In this article, efforts are made to formulate and prepare ethanolamine gel systems, using pure agarose and hybrids of paired gelling agents (agarose + polyvinylpyrrolidine (PVP), agarose + SiO2, and PVP + SiO2), that exhibit a measurable yield stress, thixotropic behavior under shear rate ranges of 1-1,000 s-1 and a viscoelastic nature. To achieve these goals, multiple rheological experiments (including flow and dynamic studies) are performed. In this article, results are presented from experiments measuring the apparent viscosity, yield stress, thixotropy, dynamic strain, frequency sweep, and tan δ behaviors, as well as the effects of the test temperature, in the gel systems. The results show that the formulated ethanolamine gels are thixotropic in nature with yield stress between 30 and 60 Pa. The apparent viscosity of the gel decreases as the test temperature increases, and the apparent activation energy is the lowest for the ethanolamine-(PVP + SiO2) gel system. The dynamic rheology study shows that the type of gellant, choice of hybrid gelling materials and their concentration, applied frequencies, and strain all vitally affect the viscoelastic properties of the ethanolamine gel systems. In the frequency sweep experiment, the ethanolamine gels to which agarose, agarose + PVP, and agarose + SiO2 were added behave like linear frequency-dependent viscoelastic liquids, whereas the ethanolamine gel to which PVP + SiO2 was added behaves like a nearly frequency-independent viscoelastic solid. The variation in the tan δ of these gelled propellants as a function of frequency is also discussed.

  13. Development of a hybrid scaffold and a bioreactor for cartilage regeneration

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    LEE Seung-Jae; LEE In Hwan; PARK Jeong Hun; GWAK So-Jung; RHIE Jong-Won; CHO Dong-Woo; KO Tae Jo; KIM Dong Sung


    We developed a hybrid scaffold and a bioreactor for cartilage regeneration. The hybrid scaffold was developed as combination of two components: a biodegradable framework and hydrogel-containing chondrocytes. We performed the MTT cell proliferation assay to compare the proliferation and viability of chondrocytes on three types of scaffolds: an alginate gel, the hybrid scaffold, and an alginate sponge. Cells were encapsulated in 2% agarose gel. The bioreactor consisted of a circulation system and a compression system. We performed dynamic cell culture on these agarose gels in the bioreactor for 3 days.

  14. Stabilization of Penicillin G Acylase from Escherichia coli: Site-Directed Mutagenesis of the Protein Surface To Increase Multipoint Covalent Attachment (United States)

    Abian, Olga; Grazú, Valeria; Hermoso, Juan; González, Ramón; García, José Luis; Fernández-Lafuente, Roberto; Guisán, José Manuel


    Three mutations on the penicillin acylase surface (increasing the number of Lys in a defined area) were performed. They did not alter the enzyme's stability and kinetic properties; however, after immobilization on glyoxyl-agarose, the mutant enzyme showed improved stability under all tested conditions (e.g., pH 2.5 at 4°C, pH 5 at 60°C, pH 7 at 55°C, or 60% dimethylformamide), with stabilization factors ranging from 4 to 11 compared with the native enzyme immobilized on glyoxyl-agarose. PMID:14766616

  15. Purification, characterization, and properties of an aryl aldehyde oxidoreductase from Nocardia sp. strain NRRL 5646.


    Li, T.; Rosazza, J P


    An aryl aldehyde oxidoreductase from Nocardia sp. strain NRRL 5646 was purified 196-fold by a combination of Mono-Q, Reactive Green 19 agarose affinity, and hydroxyapatite chromatographies. The purified enzyme runs as a single band of 140 kDa on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The molecular mass was estimated to be 163 +/- 3.8 kDa by gel filtration, indicating that this enzyme is a monomeric protein. The binding of the enzyme to Reactive Green 19 agarose was Mg2+ de...

  16. Glycidol-modified gels for molecular-sieve chromatography. Surface hydrophilization and pore size reduction. (United States)

    Eriksson, K O


    Divinyl sulfone-crosslinked agarose gels were made hydrophilic by coupling glycidol to the agarose chains. The concentration of glycidol in the reaction mixture determines the pore size of the gels (the glycidol molecules probably form polymers, the degree of polymerization increasing with the glycidol concentration). Gels prepared with moderate glycidol concentrations are still porous enough to be used for separation of proteins and peptides. Gels with a high degree of glycidol polymerization are suited for desalting of low-molecular-weight compounds, for instance peptides.

  17. Direct somatic embryogenesis from protoplasts of Foeniculum vulgare. (United States)

    Miura, Y; Tabata, M


    Protoplasts prepared from an embryogenic cell suspension culture of fennel gave rise to somatic embryoids directly through unequal cell divisions of enlarged, ellipsoidal cells, when embedded in hormone-free LS agarose medium. On the other hand, protoplasts embedded in LS agarose medium containing 2,4-D and kinetin proliferated through unpolarized cell divisions to form calli, which gave somatic embryoids on the surface upon transfer onto the same medium. In either case, somatic embryoids germinated to develop into normal plantlets when cultured on hormone-free LS agar medium under illumination.

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    Full Text Available sue=Embryo|Tissue Diagnosis=Normal 5370997,97.0,1.5,401 GSM1400761: ChIP HA; Homo sapiens; ChIP-Seq source_n...ame=Human Embryonic Stem Cells_HA || chip antibody=Pierce Anti-HA Agarose (Thermo Scientific, 26181) || cell

  19. 21 CFR 866.4900 - Support gel. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Support gel. 866.4900 Section 866.4900 Food and... IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Immunology Laboratory Equipment and Reagents § 866.4900 Support gel. (a) Identification. A support gel for clinical use is a device that consists of an agar or agarose preparation...

  20. Molecular Cloning and Analysis of a DNA Repetitive Element from the Mouse Genome (United States)

    Geisinger, Adriana; Cossio, Gabriela; Wettstein, Rodolfo


    We report the development of a 3-week laboratory activity for an undergraduate molecular biology course. This activity introduces students to the practice of basic molecular techniques such as restriction enzyme digestion, agarose gel electrophoresis, cloning, plasmid DNA purification, Southern blotting, and sequencing. Students learn how to carry…

  1. Quantitative assessment of factors affecting the sensitivity of a competitive immunomicroarray for pesticide detection

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    Belleville, Erik; Dufva, Hans Martin; Aamund, J.,


    the influence of antibody labeling techniques, microarray substrates, and spotting and incubation buffers. The results showed that microarrays immobilized on EasySpot or in-house fabricated agarose substrates printed with Genetix Amine Spotting Solution resulted in optimum results when the arrays were incubated...

  2. The Influences of LuxX in "Escherichia Coli" Biofilm Formation and Improving Teacher Quality through the Bio-Bus Program (United States)

    Robbins, Chandan Morris


    The objectives of this work are: (1) to agarose-stabilize fragile biofilms for quantitative structure analysis; (2) to understand the influences of LuxS on biofilm formation; (3) to improve teacher quality by preparing Georgia's middle school science teachers to integrate inquiry-based, hands-on research modules in the classroom. Quantitative…

  3. Affinity chromatography of serine proteases on the triazine dye ligand Cibacron Blue F3G-A

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    Koch, C; Borg, L; Skjødt, K;


    The interaction between complement component factor B and the triazine dye ligand Cibacron Blue F3G-A coupled to a cross-linked agarose matrix (Blue Sepharose) was found to involve the Bb part of the molecule, and to be inhibited by benzamidine. Human, chicken and rainbow trout factor B which had...

  4. Use of polymerase chain reaction for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Østergaard, Lars; Birkelund, Svend; Christiansen, Gunna


    A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay was developed for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA. From the published sequence of the common C. trachomatis plasmid, two primer sets were selected. Detection of amplified sequences was done by agarose gel electrophoresis of cleaved or uncleaved...

  5. Fluidisation and dispersion behaviour of small high density pellicular expanded bed adsorbents

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    Theodossiou, Irini; Elsner, H.D.; Thomas, Owen R. T.;


    The fluidisation and dispersion properties of various agarose-based expanded bed matrices-small high density stainless steel cored prototypes and standard commercial types-were studied in I-cm diameter expanded bed contactors in which fluid entering the column base is locally stirred. In all cases...

  6. Analysis of the RNA Content of the Yeast "Saccharomyces Cerevisiae" (United States)

    Deutch, Charles E.; Marshall, Pamela A.


    In this article, the authors describe an interconnected set of relatively simple laboratory experiments in which students determine the RNA content of yeast cells and use agarose gel electrophoresis to separate and analyze the major species of cellular RNA. This set of experiments focuses on RNAs from the yeast "Saccharomyces cerevisiae", a…

  7. Gel Electrophoresis--The Easy Way for Students (United States)

    VanRooy, Wilhelmina; Sultana, Khalida


    This article describes a simple, inexpensive, easy to conduct gel-electrophoresis activity using food dyes. It is an alternative to the more expensive counterparts which require agarose gel, DNA samples, purchased chamber and Tris-borate-EDTA buffer. We suggest some learning activities for senior biology students along with comments on several…

  8. Malignant transformation of guinea pig cells after exposure to ultraviolet-irradiated guinea pig cytomegalovirus

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    Isom, H.C.; Mummaw, J.; Kreider, J.W.


    Guinea pig cells were malignantly transformed in vitro by ultraviolet (uv)-irradiated guinea pig cytomegalovirus (GPCMV). When guinea pig hepatocyte monolayers were infected with uv-irradiated GPCMV, three continuous epithelioid cell lines which grew in soft agarose were established. Two independently derived GPCMV-transformed liver cells and a cell line derived from a soft agarose clone of one of these lines induced invasive tumors when inoculated subcutaneously or intraperitoneally into nude mice. The tumors were sarcomas possibly derived from hepatic stroma or sinusoid. Transformed cell lines were also established after infection of guinea pig hepatocyte monolayers with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) or simian virus 40 (SV40). These cell lines also formed colonies in soft agarose and induced sarcomas in nude mice. It is concluded that (i) GPCMV can malignantly transform guinea pig cells; (ii) cloning of GPCMV-transformed cells in soft agarose produced cells that induced tumors with a shorter latency period but with no alteration in growth rate or final tumor size; and (iii) the tumors produced by GPCMV-and HCMV-transformed guinea pig cells were more similar to each other in growth rate than to those induced by SV40-transformed guinea pig cells.

  9. The Influences of LuxX in "Escherichia Coli" Biofilm Formation and Improving Teacher Quality through the Bio-Bus Program (United States)

    Robbins, Chandan Morris


    The objectives of this work are: (1) to agarose-stabilize fragile biofilms for quantitative structure analysis; (2) to understand the influences of LuxS on biofilm formation; (3) to improve teacher quality by preparing Georgia's middle school science teachers to integrate inquiry-based, hands-on research modules in the classroom. Quantitative…

  10. In Vitro Investigations on the Toxicity and Cell Death Induced by Tamoxifen on Two Non-Breast Cancer Cell Types

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    S. K. Majumdar


    protein (EGFP in tamoxifen treated MEL BB-88 cells, a general feature of cells undergoing apoptosis. Tamoxifen treated cells demonstrated internucleosomal damages of the genomic DNA and DNA fragmentations, evidenced by an increase in free nucleosomes, and distinctive DNA smear patterns on the agarose gel.

  11. Directing functional chemistries on micropatterned conducting polymers for all-polymer cell analysis microsystems

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    Lind, Johan Ulrik; Daugaard, Anders Egede; Andresen, Thomas Lars;

    Micrometer scale electrical circuits of PEDOT (poly(3,4-dioxythiophene)) were created by locally oxidizing PEDOT thin films with an agarose stamp containing the oxidizing agent NaOCl. The oxidized PEDOT was removed completely by applying detergents. The process was sufficiently mild that chemical...

  12. Construction of BAC Library for Egyptian Cotton Varieties%埃及棉花品种的BAC文库构建

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    Osama MOMTAZ; Abeer IBRAHIM


    @@ BAC library for the Egyptian cotton Gossypium barbadense Giza 70, Giza 86, and Giza 75varieties have been constructed and characterized. The isolation and purification of high molecular weight DNA from nuclei embedded in agarose microbeads was an essential part of this work.

  13. Isolation of plasmids in Legionella pneumophila and Legionella-like organisms.


    Mikesell, P; Ezzell, J W; Knudson, G B


    Agarose gel electrophoresis was employed to screen nine strains of Legionella-like bacteria and one strain of Legionella pneumophila for the presence of extrachromosomal deoxyribonucleic acid. Cryptic plasmids with molecular weights ranging from 46.6 x 10(6) to 59.8 x 10(6) were found in three of the isolates examined.

  14. Cloning and Expression of Genes for Dengue Virus Type-2 Encoded-Antigens for Rapid Diagnosis and Vaccine Development (United States)


    fractionated by electrophoresis on an agarose gel. The cDNA fragments were cloned at the EcoRl site of pUCI 8 (Vieira and Messing, 1982...the viral RNA species of prototype dengue viruses. Amer. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 29 (1980) 643-652. Vicira, J. and Messing, J.: The pUC plasmids , ain

  15. Human complement component C3

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    Behrendt, N


    The two common genetic variants of human C3, C3 S and C3 F, were purified and characterized by SDS-PAGE, agarose gel electrophoresis, isoelectric focusing and amino acid analysis. The difference in electrophoretic mobility between the two variants was conserved after purification, and by isoelect...

  16. Biotechnology in Sweden (United States)


    polymers were tested, The p-benzoquinone Is more effective including agarose, agar, carrageenan, than oxygen because ir gives a higher alginate , fibrin...project deals with the rheology and flow sechanisjs In a wycejial mash. Mathtamaticalmotleling Is used for Interpretation of experimental results

  17. Isolation of Mallory bodies and an attempt to demonstrate cell mediated immunity to Mallory body isolate in patients with alcoholic liver disease

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    Gluud, C; Hardt, F; Aldershvile, J;


    in haematoxylin-eosin stained smears. Electron microscopy confirmed the presence of Mallory bodies in the isolates. The Mallory body isolate was used as antigen in the agarose leucocyte migration inhibition test in order to test the cell-mediated immunity. No significant difference in leucocyte migration...

  18. A novel inert crystal delivery medium for serial femtosecond crystallography

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    Conrad, Chelsie E.; Basu, Shibom; James, Daniel; Wang, Dingjie; Schaffer, Alexander; Roy-Chowdhury, Shatabdi; Zatsepin, Nadia A.; Aquila, Andrew; Coe, Jesse; Gati, Cornelius; Hunter, Mark S.; Koglin, Jason E.; Kupitz, Christopher; Nelson, Garrett; Subramanian, Ganesh; White, Thomas A.; Zhao, Yun; Zook, James; Boutet, Sébastien; Cherezov, Vadim; Spence, John C. H.; Fromme, Raimund; Weierstall, Uwe; Fromme, Petra


    Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) has opened a new era in crystallography by permitting nearly damage-free, room-temperature structure determination of challenging proteins such as membrane proteins. In SFX, femtosecond X-ray free-electron laser pulses produce diffraction snapshots from nanocrystals and microcrystals delivered in a liquid jet, which leads to high protein consumption. A slow-moving stream of agarose has been developed as a new crystal delivery medium for SFX. It has low background scattering, is compatible with both soluble and membrane proteins, and can deliver the protein crystals at a wide range of temperatures down to 4°C. Using this crystal-laden agarose stream, the structure of a multi-subunit complex, phycocyanin, was solved to 2.5Å resolution using 300µg of microcrystals embedded into the agarose medium post-crystallization. The agarose delivery method reduces protein consumption by at least 100-fold and has the potential to be used for a diverse population of proteins, including membrane protein complexes.

  19. Dynamic experimentation on the confocal laser scanning microscope : application to soft-solid, composite food materials

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    Plucknett, K.P.; Pomfret, S.J.; Normand, V.; Ferdinando, D.; Veerman, C.; Frith, W.J.; Norton, I.T.


    Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) is used to follow the dynamic structural evolution of several phase-separated mixed biopolymer gel composites. Two protein/polysaccharide mixed gel systems were examined: gelatin/maltodextrin and gelatin/agarose. These materials exhibit 'emulsion-like' struc

  20. Integrating-Sphere Measurements for Determining Optical Properties of Tissue-Engineered Oral Mucosa (United States)

    Ionescu, A. M.; Cardona, J. C.; Garzón, I.; Oliveira, A. C.; Ghinea, R.; Alaminos, M.; Pérez, M. M.


    Surgical procedures carried out in the oral and maxillofacial region can result in large tissue defects. Accounting for the shortage of oral mucosa to replace the excised tissues, different models of an organotypic substitute of the oral mucosa generated by tissue engineering have recently been proposed. In this work, the propagation of light radiation through artificial human oral mucosa substitutes based on fibrin-agarose scaffolds (fibrin, fibrin-0.1% agarose, fibrin-0.2%agarose) is investigated, and their optical properties are determined using the inverse adding-doubling (IAD) method based on integrating-sphere measurements. Similar values for the absorption and scattering coefficients between the fibrin and fibrin-0.1% agarose bioengineered tissues and the native oral mucosa were found. These results suggest the adequacy of these biomaterials for potential clinical use in human oral mucosa applications. These optical properties represent useful references and data for applications requiring the knowledge of the light transport through this type of tissues, applications used in clinical practice. It also provides a new method of information analysis for the quality control of the development of the artificial nanostructured oral mucosa substitutes and its comparison with native oral mucosa tissues.

  1. Genomic and gene variation in Mycoplasma hominis strains

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    Christiansen, Gunna; Andersen, H; Birkelund, Svend;


    DNAs from 14 strains of Mycoplasma hominis isolated from various habitats, including strain PG21, were analyzed for genomic heterogeneity. DNA-DNA filter hybridization values were from 51 to 91%. Restriction endonuclease digestion patterns, analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis, revealed no ide...

  2. Nuclear fragmentation and DNA degradation during programmed cell death in petals of morning glory (Ipomoea nil)

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    Yamada, T.; Takatsu, Y.; Kasumi, K.; Ichimura, K.; Doorn, van W.G.


    We studied DNA degradation and nuclear fragmentation during programmed cell death (PCD) in petals of Ipomoea nil (L.) Roth flowers. The DNA degradation, as observed on agarose gels, showed a large increase. Using DAPI, which stains DNA, and flow cytometry for DAPI fluorescence, we found that the num

  3. A Polysaccharide-Degrading Marine Bacterium Flammeovirga sp.MY04 and Its Extracellular Agarase System

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    HAN Wenjun; GU Jingyan; YAN Qiujie; LI Jungang; WU Zhihong; GU Qianqun; LI Yuezhong


    Bacteria of the genus Flammeovirga can digest complex polysaccharides(CPs),but no details have been reported regarding the CP depolymerases of these bacteria.MY04,an agarolytic marine bacterium isolated from coastal sediments,has been identified as a new member of the genus Flammeovirga.The MY04 strain is able to utilize multiple CPs as a sole carbon source and grows well on agarose,mannan,or xylan.This strain produces high concentrations of extracellular proteins (490mgL-1± 18.2 mgL-1liquid culture)that exhibit efficient and extensive degradation activities on various polysaccharides,especially agarose.These proteins have an activity of 310 U mg-1± 9.6 Umg-1 proteins.The extracellular agarase system(EAS)in the crude extracellular enzymes contains at least four agarose depolymerases,which are with molecular masses of approximately 30-70 kDa.The EAS is stable at a wide range of pH values(6.0-11.0),temperatures(0-50℃),and sodium chloride(NaCl)concentrations(0-0.9mol L-1).Two major degradation products generated from agarose by the EAS are identified to be neoagarotetraose and neoagarohexaose,suggesting that β-agarases are the major constituents of the MY04 EAS.These results suggest that the Flammeovirga strain MY04 and its polysaccharide-degradation system hold great promise in industrial applications.

  4. Expression and divalent cation binding properties of the novel chemotactic inflammatory protein psoriasin

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    Vorum, H; Madsen, Peder; Rasmussen, H H;


    in Escherichia coli as a fusion protein containing a hexa His tag and a factor Xa cleavage site in the NH2-terminus. The protein was purified by affinity chromatography on Ni(2+)-nitrilotriacetic acid agarose, digested with factor Xa, further purified by ion-exchange chromatography and characterized by two...

  5. Role of electrostatic interactions on the transport of druglike molecules in hydrogel-based articular cartilage mimics

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    Ye, Fengbin; Baldursdottir, Stefania G.; Hvidt, Søren;


    In the field of drug delivery to the articular cartilage, it is advantageous to apply artificial tissue models as surrogates of cartilage for investigating drug transport and release properties. In this study, artificial cartilage models consisting of 0.5% (w/v) agarose gel containing 0.5% (w/v) ...

  6. A novel inert crystal delivery medium for serial femtosecond crystallography

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    Chelsie E. Conrad


    Full Text Available Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX has opened a new era in crystallography by permitting nearly damage-free, room-temperature structure determination of challenging proteins such as membrane proteins. In SFX, femtosecond X-ray free-electron laser pulses produce diffraction snapshots from nanocrystals and microcrystals delivered in a liquid jet, which leads to high protein consumption. A slow-moving stream of agarose has been developed as a new crystal delivery medium for SFX. It has low background scattering, is compatible with both soluble and membrane proteins, and can deliver the protein crystals at a wide range of temperatures down to 4°C. Using this crystal-laden agarose stream, the structure of a multi-subunit complex, phycocyanin, was solved to 2.5 Å resolution using 300 µg of microcrystals embedded into the agarose medium post-crystallization. The agarose delivery method reduces protein consumption by at least 100-fold and has the potential to be used for a diverse population of proteins, including membrane protein complexes.

  7. Polymer Nanocomposites with Prescribed Morphology: Going Beyond Nanoparticle-Filled Polymers (Preprint) (United States)


    also been observed.100 Pickering emulsions ( emulsions stabilized by solid par- ticles) using nanoparticles also offer interesting possibilities... Pickering emulsions are encountered in various natural and industrial processes such as crude oil recovery, oil separation, cosmetic preparation, and...agarose after assembly of magnetite nanoparticles at the interface.105 Ashby and Binks106 reported Pickering emulsions using laponite. Additionally, N

  8. An improved cell recovery method for iron oxidizing bacterial (IOB) enrichments

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    Yu, Ran; Graf, Joerg; Smets, Barth F.


    Two cell recovery methods for IOB enrichments were evaluated for DNA extraction and further PCR-based 16S rRNA gene clone library creation. One was a published method consisting of heating plus oxalic acid treatment and the other one was a new method based on enzymatic agarose digestion (using β-...

  9. Purification of monoclonal antibodies from whole hybridoma fermentation broth by fluidized bed adsorption. (United States)

    Thömmes, J; Halfar, M; Lenz, S; Kula, M R


    To achive the coarse purification of a monoclonal antibody from whole hybridoma fermentation broth a fluidized bed cation exchange process was used. The procedure consisted of application of the crude sample and washing of the bed in a fluidized mode and elution in a fixed bed mode. A completely clarified eluate was obtained with purification factors between 4 and 8 and a concentration of the desired product (monoclonal antibody) by a factor of more than 3 was achived. Thus, a combination of the three early steps of the downstream process clarification, concentration and coarse purification was possible. Two different materials were tested: a commercially available agarose-based matrix (Stream-line-SP), and a self-derivatized material based on controlled-pore glass (Bioran). Initial experiments were performed to describe the fluidization of the glass material. Comparison with the agarose material showed several differences, the agarose matrix allowing liquid flow closer to plug flow than the glass material. Increased backmixing in the liquid phase was detected when fluidizing the glass adsorbent compared with the agarose-based matrix. Despite this fact, comparison of the two materials with respect to antibody binding and elution demonstrated a similar performance. (c) 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  10. Digital speckle pattern interferometric measurement of diffusion coefficients in hydrogels

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    周金芳; 韩雁; 章献民; 徐坚


    The technique of real-time digital speckle pattern interferometry is proposed to study diffusion of surfactants in hydrogel. The diffusion coefficient is simply and directly determined from the interferograms. An example of diffusion coefficient measurement of surfactant in agarose gel demonstrates the usefulness of the method. The results obtained are compared with the theoretical simulating values.

  11. A biodegradable gel electrolyte for use in high-performance flexible supercapacitors. (United States)

    Moon, Won Gyun; Kim, Gil-Pyo; Lee, Minzae; Song, Hyeon Don; Yi, Jongheop


    Despite the significant advances in solid polymer electrolytes used for supercapacitors, intractable problems including poor ionic conductivity and low electrochemical performance limit the practical applications. Herein, we report a facile approach to synthesize a NaCl-agarose gel electrolyte for use in flexible supercapacitors. The as-prepared agarose hydrogel consists of a three-dimensional chemically interconnected agarose backbone and oriented interparticular submicropores filled with water. The interconnected agarose matrix acts as a framework that provides mechanical stability to the gel electrolyte and hierarchical porous networks for optimized ion transport. The developed pores with the water filler provide an efficient ionic pathway to the storage sites of electrode. With these properties, the gel electrolyte enables the supercapacitor to have a high specific capacitance of 286.9 F g(-1) and a high rate capability that is 80% of specific capacitance obtained in the case of a liquid electrolyte at 100 mV s(-1). In addition, attributed to the simple procedure and its components, the gel electrolyte is highly scalable, cost-effective, safe, and nontoxic. Thus, the developed gel electrolyte has the potential for use in various energy storage and delivery systems.

  12. Use PCR and a Single Hair To Produce a "DNA Fingerprint." (United States)

    Campbell, A. Malcolm; And Others


    Presents a laboratory procedure that involves students extracting their own DNA from a single hair follicle, using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify a polymorphic locus, performing electrophoresis on the PCR products on an agarose gel, and visualizing the alleles to generate a "DNA fingerprint." Discusses theoretical background,…

  13. Isolation of "Caenorhabditis elegans" Genomic DNA and Detection of Deletions in the "unc-93" Gene Using PCR (United States)

    Lissemore, James L.; Lackner, Laura L.; Fedoriw, George D.; De Stasio, Elizabeth A.


    PCR, genomic DNA isolation, and agarose gel electrophoresis are common molecular biology techniques with a wide range of applications. Therefore, we have developed a series of exercises employing these techniques for an intermediate level undergraduate molecular biology laboratory course. In these exercises, students isolate genomic DNA from the…

  14. Sex Determination Using PCR (United States)

    Kima, Peter E.; Rasche, Madeline E.


    PCR has revolutionized many aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology research. In the following exercise, students learn PCR by isolating their own DNA, amplifying specific segments of the X and Y chromosomes, and estimating the sizes of the PCR products using agarose gel electrophoresis. Based on the pattern of PCR products, students can…

  15. Constructing a proton titration curve from ion-step measurements, applied to a membrane with adsorbed protein

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    Eijkel, Jan C.T.; Bosch, Coen; Olthuis, Wouter; Bergveld, Piet


    A new measuring method is described for obtaining a proton titration curve. The curve is obtained from a microporous composite membrane, consisting of polystyrene beads in an agarose matrix, with lysozyme molecules adsorbed to the bead surface. The membrane is incorporated into a sensor system by de

  16. HLA-DPB1 typing with polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism technique in Danes

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    Hviid, T V; Madsen, H O; Morling, N


    endonucleases: RsaI, FokI, ApaI, SacI, BstUI, EcoNI, and DdeI, and the DNA fragments were separated by electrophoresis in agarose gels. Altogether, 71 individuals were investigated and 16 different HLA-DPB1 types were observed in 26 different heterozygotic combinations, as well as five possible homozygotes...

  17. Reinforcement of the bactericidal effect of ciprofloxacin on Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm by hyperbaric oxygen treatment

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    Kolpen, Mette; Mousavi, Nabi; Sams, Thomas


    of O2-depleted biofilms may thus improve susceptibility to ciprofloxacin possibly by restoring aerobic respiration. We tested such a strategy using reoxygenation of O2-depleted P. aeruginosa strain PAO1 agarose-embedded biofilms by hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) (100% O2, 2.8bar), enhancing...

  18. Bioterrorism Preparedness for Infectious Disease (BTPID) Proposal (United States)


    C for 30 s, 52 ◦C for 30 s, nd 72 ◦C for 1 min. PCR products were size fractionated sing ethidium-stained 1.5% agarose gel electrophoresis. xpected...These people believed they had the ‘Tahitian flu’ and chose to treat it with their own herbal remedies. Only 10% of cases reported to a healthcare

  19. Diversity and Biological Activities of Endophytic Fungi Associated with Micropropagated Medicinal Plant Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench (United States)


    Leaves of Centella asiatica : Occur- rence and Potential Interactions within Leaves,” Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Vol. 93, No. 1-2, 2008, pp. 27-36. doi...were run in an M & J Research Gradient Cycler PTC-225. After amplification, an aliquot was analyzed by electrophoresis on a 1% TAE agarose gel

  20. Efficient purification of unique antibodies using peptide affinity-matrix columns

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    Jensen, Liselotte Brix; Riise, Erik; Nielsen, Leif Kofoed;


    -99. Several peptide epitopes were identified and all of them recognised specifically MK16. One peptide, ER6.1, was selected and linked to beaded agarose and demonstrated excellent performance as a peptide affinity chromatography matrix. This epitope matrix was efficient in the purification of MK16 Fab...

  1. Genotyping of the 19-bp insertion/deletion polymorphism in the 5' flank of beta-hydroxylase gene by dissociation analysis of allele-specific PCR products

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    Rasmussen, Henrik Berg; Werge, Thomas


    and a conventional approach based upon agarose gel electrophoresis of amplified fragments revealed complete concordance between the two procedures. The insights obtained in this study may be utilized to develop assays based upon dissociation analysis of PCR products for genotyping of other insertion...

  2. Rapid and specific detection of Lassa virus by reverse transcription-PCR coupled with oligonucleotide array hybridization. (United States)

    Olschläger, Stephan; Günther, Stephan


    To facilitate sequence-specific detection of DNA amplified in a diagnostic reverse transcription (RT)-PCR for Lassa virus, we developed an array featuring 47 oligonucleotide probes for post-PCR hybridization of the amplicons. The array procedure may be performed with low-tech equipment and does not take longer than agarose gel detection.

  3. One-step purification of E. coli elongation factor Tu

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    Knudsen, Charlotte Rohde; Clark, Brian F. C.; Degn, B


    The tuf A gene, encoding the E. coli elongation factor Tu, was cloned in the pGEX gene fusion system. Upon expression EF-Tu is fused to glutathione-S-transferase serving as a purification handle with affinity for glutathione immobilised on agarose. This allows purification of EF-Tu in a one...

  4. Studies of Altered Response to Infection Induced by Thermal Injury. (United States)


    subpopula- *tion with antibody plus complement (C). In the other set of experiments, we positively select by treating the cells with fluo- rescenated... Cordis Lab) at 109 /ml, and with 0.5% agarose then left at 470 C in a water bath. This mixture is poured on a coated slide. These slides are incubated

  5. Three-dimensional imaging analysis of Yersinia ruckeri infected rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) gills by optical projection tomography

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    Otani, Maki; Raida, Martin Kristian

    incubated whole with rabbit anti-Y. ruckeri polyclonal antibody and Alexa Fluor®594 conjugated goat anti-rabbit IgG. After embedding in 1% low melting point agarose, specimens were dehydrated in 100% methanol and cleared in BABB (benzyl alcohol: benzyl benzoate) for OPT scanning. 3D imaging results showed...

  6. Selective labeling of polypeptides using protein farnesyltransferase via rapid oxime ligation. (United States)

    Rashidian, Mohammad; Dozier, Jonathan K; Lenevich, Stepan; Distefano, Mark D


    An aldehyde-containing alternative substrate for protein farnesyltransferase was prepared and shown to be enzymatically incorporated into a peptide and a protein. The protein was subsequently immobilized onto aminooxy-functionalized agarose beads or labeled with a fluorophore. This method for protein modification provides an alternative to the commonly employed Cu(I)-catalyzed click reaction.

  7. A rapid method for the detection of trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen after electrophoretic separation of pancreas extract on polyacrylamide gel

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    Dijkhof, J.; Poort, C.


    Several methods have been described for the visualization of proteolytic activity on electropherograms obtained with starch (1,2), agar and agarose (3–6), paper (7), and cellulose acetate (8–11) as supporting media. In most of these reports casein was used as a (nonspecific) substrate. In only one c

  8. Networks of polysaccharides with hydrophilic and hydrophobic characteristics in the presence of co-solute. (United States)

    Almrhag, Omar; George, Paul; Bannikova, Anna; Katopo, Lita; Kasapis, Stefan


    The present investigation deals with the changing network morphology of agarose and high methoxy pectin when mixed with polydextrose as co-solute at concentrations varying up to high level of solids. Thermomechanical analysis and micro-imaging were performed using small deformation dynamic oscillation in shear, modulated differential scanning calorimetry and environment scanning electron microscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and wide angle X-ray diffraction were practised to examine the nature of interactions between polymer and co-solute, and the extent of amorphicity of preparations. We observed a decline in the mechanical strength of aqueous agarose preparations upon addition of high levels of polydextrose, which should be attributed to reduced enthalpic content of the coil-to-helix transition of the polysaccharide network. Glass transition phenomena were observed at subzero temperatures in condensed preparations, hence further arguing for the formation of a lightly cross-linked agarose network with changing solvent quality. High levels of co-solute induce formation of weak pectin gels at elevated temperatures (even at 95°C), which with lowering temperature exhibit increasing strength. This results in the formation of rubbery pectin gels at ambient temperature, which upon controlled cooling to subzero temperatures convert to a clear glass earlier than the agarose counterparts.

  9. Probing HER2-PUMA and EGFR-PUMA Crosstalks in Aggressive Breast Cancer (United States)


    have high resistance to p53 inducible therapies such as DNA damaging agents, UV, and gamma irradiation among others [19]. However, a number of...Following washes, protein A agarose pellets were dephosphorylated with recombi nant human PTP1B followed by incubation with recombinant human HER2 as

  10. How-To-Do-It: Recombinant DNA Technology in the High School Biology Laboratory. (United States)

    Myers, Richard


    Describes a basic biotechnology investigation that includes restriction and ligation of plasmid DNA, transformation of bacteria and cloning of these bacterial cells. Discusses laboratory procedures and another activity in the identification of unknown plasmids by studying agarose gel electrophoresis photographs. (CW)

  11. Understanding Electrophoresis through the Investigation of Size, Shape, and Charge of pH Indicators (United States)

    Brenner, Ryan K.; Hess, Kenneth R.; Morford, Jennifer L.


    A laboratory experiment was designed for upper-level students in a Chemical Analysis course to illustrate the theoretical and practical applications of 0.8% agarose gel electrophoresis and to reinforce an understanding of weak acids/bases using easy-to-visualize pH indicators. The careful choice of indicators included acid and base types with…

  12. Correlating Whole Brain Neural Activity with Behavior in Head-Fixed Larval Zebrafish. (United States)

    Orger, Michael B; Portugues, Ruben


    We present a protocol to combine behavioral recording and imaging using 2-photon laser-scanning microscopy in head-fixed larval zebrafish that express a genetically encoded calcium indicator. The steps involve restraining the larva in agarose, setting up optics that allow projection of a visual stimulus and infrared illumination to monitor behavior, and analysis of the neuronal and behavioral data.

  13. MRI thermometry in phantoms by use of the proton resonance frequency shift method: application to interstitial laser thermotherapy

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    Olsrud, Johan; Wirestam, Ronnie; Brockstedt, Sara; Persson, Bertil R.R. [Department of Radiation Physics, Lund University Hospital, SE-221 85 Lund (Sweden); Nilsson, Annika M.K. [Department of Physics, Lund Institute of Technology, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Tranberg, Karl-Goeran [Department of Surgery, Lund University Hospital, SE-221 85 Lund (Sweden); Staahlberg, Freddy [Department of Radiation Physics, Lund University Hospital, SE-221 85 Lund (Sweden); Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Lund University Hospital, SE-221 85 Lund (Sweden)


    In this work the temperature dependence of the proton resonance frequency was assessed in agarose gel with a high melting temperature (95 deg. C) and in porcine liver in vitro at temperatures relevant to thermotherapy (25-80 deg. C). Furthermore, an optically tissue-like agarose gel phantom was developed and evaluated for use in MRI. The phantom was used to visualize temperature distributions from a diffusing laser fibre by means of the proton resonance frequency shift method. An approximately linear relationship (0.0085 ppm deg. C{sup -1}) between proton resonance frequency shift and temperature change was found for agarose gel, whereas deviations from a linear relationship were observed for porcine liver. The optically tissue-like agarose gel allowed reliable MRI temperature monitoring, and the MR relaxation times (T{sub 1} and T{sub 2}) and the optical properties were found to be independently alterable. Temperature distributions around a diffusing laser fibre, during irradiation and subsequent cooling, were assessed with high spatial resolution (voxel size = 4.3 mm{sup 3}) and with random uncertainties ranging from 0.3 deg. C to 1.4 deg. C (1 SD) with a 40 s scan time. (author)

  14. Targeting MED1 LxxLL Motifs for Tissue-Selective Treatment of Human Breast Cancer (United States)


    of a distinct band. Finally, we found that running a high percentage of agarose gel (3%) with high amount ethidium bromide provided relatively good...desired target, oligos that bind the non-desired target are often removed from the pool of aptamers through a process called “negative selection,” which

  15. Trace adsorption of positively charged proteins onto Sepharose FF and Sepharose FF-based anion exchangers. (United States)

    Yu, Lin-Ling; Sun, Yan


    Agarose-based matrices have been widely used in ion exchange chromatography (IEC). We have herein observed that positively charged proteins (lysozyme and cytochrome c) are adsorbed on the agarose-based anion-exchangers (Q and DEAE Sepharose FF gels) in a capacity of 10-40 μg/mL. In contrast, negatively charged protein (bovine serum albumin) is not adsorbed to Sepharose FF and SP Sepharose FF gels. Elemental analysis of the gel indicated that the residual anionic sulfate groups in agarose would have worked as the cation exchange groups for the positively charged proteins. The trace adsorption behavior of lysozyme onto Sepharose FF and Sepharose FF-based anion exchangers was studied and the effects of NaCl concentration and cation group density on the adsorption were examined for better understanding of the trace adsorption in chromatographic processes. At NaCl concentrations less than 0.05 mol/L, which is the normal adsorption condition in IEC, the trace adsorption kept at a high level, so this trace adsorption cannot be avoided in the ionic strength range of routine IEC operations. Grafting poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) chain of 60 kDa to a cation group density of 700 mmol/L could reduce the adsorption capacity to about 20 μg/mL, but further reduction was not possible by increasing the cation group density to 1200 mmol/L. Therefore, attentions need to be paid to the phenomenon in protein purification practice using agarose-based matrices. The research is expected to call attentions to the trace adsorption on agarose-based matrices and to the importance in the selection of the suitable solid matrices in the production of high-purity protein products in large-scale bioprocesses.

  16. Sensory arsenal on the stinger of the parasitoid jewel wasp and its possible role in identifying cockroach brains. (United States)

    Gal, Ram; Kaiser, Maayan; Haspel, Gal; Libersat, Frederic


    The parasitoid jewel wasp uses cockroaches as live food supply for its developing larva. To this end, the adult wasp stings a cockroach and injects venom directly inside its brain, turning the prey into a submissive 'zombie'. Here, we characterize the sensory arsenal on the wasp's stinger that enables the wasp to identify the brain target inside the cockroach's head. An electron microscopy study of the stinger reveals (a) cuticular depressions innervated by a single mechanosensory neuron, which are presumably campaniform sensilla; and (b) dome-shaped structures innervated by a single mechanosensory neuron and 4-5 chemosensory neurons, which are presumably contact-chemoreceptive sensilla. Extracellular electrophysiological recordings from stinger afferents show increased firing rate in response to mechanical stimulation with agarose. This response is direction-selective and depends upon the concentration (density) of the agarose, such that the most robust response is evoked when the stinger is stimulated in the distal-to-proximal direction (concomitant with the penetration during the natural stinging behavior) and penetrating into relatively hard (0.75%-2.5%) agarose pellets. Accordingly, wasps demonstrate a normal stinging behavior when presented with cockroaches in which the brain was replaced with a hard (2.5%) agarose pellet. Conversely, wasps demonstrate a prolonged stinging behavior when the cockroach brain was either removed or replaced by a soft (0.5%) agarose pellet, or when stinger sensory organs were ablated prior to stinging. We conclude that the parasitoid jewel wasp uses at least mechanosensory inputs from its stinger to identify the brain within the head capsule of the cockroach prey.

  17. MR thermometry for laser-induced thermotherapy at 1.5 tesla; MR-Thermometrie bei 1,5 Tesla zur thermischen Ablation mittels laserinduzierter Thermotherapie

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    Meister, D.; Huebner, F.; Mack, M.; Vogl, T.J. [Frankfurt Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie


    Purpose: Evaluation of thermometry with fast MR sequences for laser-induced interstitial laser therapy (LITT) and verification of the thermometric results with a fiber-optic thermometer. Method and Materials: In vitro experiments were conducted using an agarose gel mixture and pig liver lobes. MR-guided LITT was performed using a laser power between 3 and 15?watts. Thermometry was performed using longitudinal relaxation time T1 and proton resonance frequency shift (PRF) methods under acquisition of amplitude and phase shift images. PRF was measured with a fast spoiled GRE sequence. Four different sequences were used for T1 thermometry: gradient echo (GE), TrueFISP (TRUFI), Saturation Recovery Turbo-FLASH (SRTF) and Inversion Recovery Turbo-FLASH (IRTF) sequences. The temperature was controlled using a fiber-optic Luxtron device and correlated with the MR temperature. The range of applied and monitored temperatures exceeded 80 degrees Celsius. Results: The temperature dependence showed a good linear relationship up to 60 degrees Celsius. Calibration experiments for the T1 method delivered coefficients of determination from 0.977 to 0.997 for agarose and from 0.958 to 0.995 for the pig liver samples. The IRTF sequence had the highest temperature sensitivity (agarose 0.99, liver 1.19). During LITT the TRUE-FISP sequence exhibited a strong nonlinear relationship. R{sup 2} of this sequence was 0.809 in the agarose experiments. The average temperature errors when heated up to 80 degrees Celsius were 3.86 - 11.38 degrees Celsius for Agarose gel and 5.7 - 12.16 degrees Celsius for the liver tissue. SRTF and IRTF sequences exhibited the most linear relationship with temperature but were more dependent on tissue differences. (orig.)

  18. Immunoaffinity sample purification and MALDI-TOF MS analysis of alpha-Solanine and alpha-chaconine in serum. (United States)

    Driedger, D R; Sporns, P


    A sample purification technique was developed for the detection of potato glycoalkaloids (GAs) in blood serum by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). GAs were extracted from spiked serum (5 mL) using a C(18) solid-phase extraction cartridge. The GAs were then selectively captured on antibody-coated agarose beads. The agarose beads were washed with water and the GAs eluted with 25 microL of methanol. MALDI-TOF MS was used to detect the GAs in the methanol eluent. Immunoaffinity sample purification of the GAs effectively reduced the signal suppression observed during the analysis of unpurified samples. alpha-Chaconine and alpha-solanine were detected in serum spiked with 1 ng/mL of each GA.

  19. REE bound DNA in natural plant

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    王玉琦; 江平; 郭繁清; 张智勇; 孙景信; 许雷; 曹国印


    The binding of rare earth elements (REEs) with nucleic acids in the leaves of fern Dicranopteris dichotoma (DD) has been studied by molecular activation analysis (MAA). The REEs bound DNA (REE-DNA) was obtained from the leaves of DD. The CTAB-based procedure was modified for extraction of total DNA. The purity of DNA was examined by UV spectroscopy. The DNA obtained was separated and determined by agarose gel electrophoresis further. Meanwhile, the contents of eight rare earth elements (La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu,Tb, Yb and Lu) in REE-DNA were detected by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The results showed that REE-DNA with higher purity could be extracted from plant using this method. It was also found that REEs were bound firmly with DNA in the leaves of DD. The molecular weight (MW) of REE-DNA band was about 22 kb in agarose gel electrophoresis.

  20. Dynamic changes of apoptosis in duck embryo fibroblasts induced by new type Gosling viral enteritis virus

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    Shun Chen; Anchun Cheng; Mingshu Wang; Xiaoyue Chen


    The monolayer duck embryo fibroblast (DEF) cells were experimentally infected with new type Gosling viral enteritis virus (NGVEV) and the dynamic changes of apoptosis were detected at different time points after NGVEV infection by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), DNA agarose gel electrophoresis and Annexin V-FITC/PI stained fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS). The result shows that NGVEV can induce infected cells undergoing apoptosis and changing regularly. A series of characteristic apoptotic morphological changes including shrinkage of the cells, chromatin condensation and margination, as well as formation of apoptotic bodies, wereobserved by TEM. The typical ladder pattern of DNA fragmentation was demonstrated by agarose gel electrophoresis. And using flow cytometry analysis of Annexin V-FITC/PI staining, the dead, viable, apoptotic and necrotic cells could be analyzed quantitatively.

  1. Formation of single-walled carbon nanotube thin films enriched with semiconducting nanotubes and their application in photoelectrochemical devices. (United States)

    Wei, Li; Tezuka, Noriyasu; Umeyama, Tomokazu; Imahori, Hiroshi; Chen, Yuan


    Single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) thin films, containing a high-density of semiconducting nanotubes, were obtained by a gel-centrifugation method. The agarose gel concentration and centrifugation force were optimized to achieve high semiconducting and metallic nanotube separation efficiency at 0.1 wt% agarose gel and 18,000g. The thickness of SWCNT films can be precisely controlled from 65 to 260 nm with adjustable transparency. These SWCNT films were applied in photoelectrochemical devices. Photocurrents generated by semiconducting SWCNT enriched films are 15-35% higher than those by unsorted SWCNT films. This is because of reducing exciton recombination channels as a result of the removal of metallic nanotubes. Thinner films generate higher photocurrents because charge carriers have less chances going in metallic nanotubes for recombination, before they can reach electrodes. Developing more scalable and selective methods for high purity semiconducting SWCNTs is important to further improve the photocurrent generation efficiency by using SWCNT-based photoelectrochemical devices.

  2. QNS measurements on water in biological and model systems

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    Trantham, E.C.; Rorschach, H.E.; Clegg, J.C.; Hazlewood, C.F.; Nicklow, R.M.


    Results are presented on the quasi-elastic spectra of 0.95 THz neutrons scattered from pure water, a 20% agarose gel and cysts of the brine shrimp (Artemia) of hydration 1.2 gms H/sub 2/O per gm of dry solids. The lines are interpreted with a two-component model in which the hydration water scatters elastically and the free water is described by a jump-diffusion correlation function. The results for the line widths GAMMA(Q/sup 2/) are in good agreement with previous measurements for the water sample but show deviations from pure water at large Q for agarose and the Artemia cysts that suggest an increased value of the residence time in the jump-diffusion model.

  3. QNS measurements of water in biological and model systems

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    Trantham, E.C.; Rorschach, H.E.; Clegg, J.C.; Hazlewood, C.F.; Nicklow, R.M.


    Results are presented on the quasi-elastic spectra of 0.95 THz neutrons scattered from pure water, a 20% agarose gel and cysts of the brine shrimp (Artemia) of hydration 1.2 gms H/sub 2/O per gm of dry solids. The lines are interpreted with a two-component model in which the hydration water scatters elastically and the free water is described by a jump-diffusion correlation function. The results for the line widths GAMMA(Q/sup 2/) are in good agreement with previous measurements for the water sample but show deviations from pure water at large Q for agarose and the Artemia cysts that suggest an increased value of the residence time in the jump-diffusion model.

  4. Contractile proteins of endothelial cells, platelets and smooth muscle. (United States)

    Becker, C G; Nachman, R L


    In experiments described herein it was observed, by direct and indirect immunofluorescence technics, that rabbit antisera to human platelet actomyosin (thrombosthenin) stained mature megakaryocytes, blood platelets, endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells of arteries and veins, endothelial cells of liver sinusoids and certain capillaries, uterine smooth muscle cells, myoepithelial cells, perineurial cells of peripheral nerves and "fibroblastic" cells of granulation tissue. The specificity of immunohistologic staining was confirmed by appropriate absorption and blocking studies and immunodiffusional analysis in agarose gel. It was also observed by immunodiffusional analysis in agarose gel, electrophoresis of actomyosin fragments in polyacrylamide gels, immune inhibition of actomyosin ATPase activity and immune aggregation of platelets that uterine and platelet actomyosin are partially, but not completely, identical.

  5. Study of calf thymus DNA irradiated in vitro with MeV fluorine ions

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    A study of the fragments of DNA irradiated with MeV ions is important for the understanding of the DNA damage mechanism and the subsequent biological effects (induced by heavy ions). In this experiment, the products of calf thymus DNA (CT DNA) irradiated with MeV fluorine ions were analyzed using agarose gel electrophoresis,modified time-of-flight mass spectrometer (MALDI-TOF), and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).The results showed that the molecular mass of the fragments were concentrated around 831 bp with agarose gel electrophoresis, there was no observable product in the range of 1,000- 30,000 (m/q) using MALDI-TOF, and small biomolecules were separated from the products. The results of this study indicated that the strand breaks of calf thymus DNA induced by MeV fluorine ions were nonrandom.

  6. Partial characterization of the N-linked oligosaccharide structures on Pselectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1)

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    PSGL-1,a specific ligand for P-,E- and L-selectin,was isolated from in vivo [3H]-glucosamine labeled HL-60 cells by a combination of wheat germ agglutinin-agarose and P- or E-selectin-agarose chromatography.N-linked oligosaccharides were released from the purified,denatured ligand molecule by peptide: N-glycosidase F treatment and,following separation by Sephacryl S-200 chromatography,partially characterized using lectin,ion-exchange and size-exclusion chromatography in combination with glycosidase digestions.The data obtained suggest that the N-glycans on PSGL-1 are predominantly core-fucosylated,multiantennary complex type structures with extended,poly-N-acetyllactosamine containing outer chains.A portion of the outer chains appears to be substituted with fucose indicating that the N-glycans,in addition to the O-glycans on PSGL-1,may be involved in selectin binding.

  7. Control of Colloid Surface Chemistry through Matrix Confinement: Facile Preparation of Stable Antibody Functionalized Silver Nanoparticles (United States)

    Skewis, Lynell R.; Reinhard, Björn M.


    Here we describe a simple yet efficient gel matrix assisted preparation method which improves synthetic control over the interface between inorganic nanomaterials and biopolymers and yields stable biofunctionalized silver nanoparticles. Covalent functionalization of the noble metal surface is aided by the confinement of polyethylene glycol acetate functionalized silver nanoparticles in thin slabs of a 1% agarose gel. The gel confined nanoparticles can be transferred between reaction and washing media simply by immersing the gel slab in the solution of interest. The agarose matrix retains nanoparticles but is swiftly penetrated by the antibodies of interest. The antibodies are covalently anchored to the nanoparticles using conventional crosslinking strategies, and the resulting antibody functionalized nanoparticles are recovered from the gel through electroelution. We demonstrate the efficacy of this nanoparticle functionalization approach by labeling specific receptors on cellular surfaces with functionalized silver nanoparticles that are stable under physiological conditions. PMID:20161660

  8. Determination of the cationic amphiphilic drug-DNA binding mode and DNA-assisted fluorescence resonance energy transfer amplification. (United States)

    Yaseen, Zahid; Banday, Abdul Rouf; Hussain, Mohammed Aamir; Tabish, Mohammad; Kabir-ud-Din


    Understanding the mechanism of drug-DNA binding is crucial for predicting the potential genotoxicity of drugs. Agarose gel electrophoresis, absorption, steady state fluorescence, and circular dichroism have been used in exploring the interaction of cationic amphiphilic drugs (CADs) such as amitriptyline hydrochloride (AMT), imipramine hydrochloride (IMP), and promethazine hydrochloride (PMT) with calf thymus or pUC19 DNA. Agarose gel electrophoresis assay, along with absorption and steady state fluorescence studies, reveal interaction between the CADs and DNA. A comparative study of the drugs with respect to the effect of urea, iodide induced quenching, and ethidium bromide (EB) exclusion assay reflects binding of CADs to the DNA primarily in an intercalative fashion. Circular dichroism data also support the intercalative mode of binding. Besides quenching, there is fluorescence exchange energy transfer (FRET) in between CADs and EB using DNA as a template.

  9. Extracellular matrix mediates epithelial effects on chondrogenesis in vitro. (United States)

    Solursh, M; Jensen, K L; Zanetti, N C; Linsenmayer, T F; Reiter, R S


    It has been previously observed that single chick embryonic limb mesenchymal cells can differentiate into chondrocytes without cell-cell interactions when cultured in collagen or agarose gels. In the present study, limb ectoderm, but not dermis, inhibits chondrogenesis when placed on such collagen gel cultures. The inhibitory influence can be transmitted extensive distances in the gel, even when the ectoderm is placed on a porous filter. Collagen gels, preconditioned with limb ectoderms, are also inhibitory to chondrogenesis. On the other hand, chondrogenesis is less inhibited by ectoderm when the mesenchymal cells are placed in agarose. These results suggest that the antichondrogenic effect of limb ectoderm is mediated through alterations of the collagenous extracellular matrix and support the idea that the extracellular matrix must be considered as an organized, functional unit capable of regulating cell differentiation.

  10. Obtaining partial purified xylose reductase from Candida guilliermondii Obtenção de xilose redutase de Candida guilliermondii parcialmente purificada

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    Ester Junko Tomotani


    Full Text Available The enzymatic bioconversion of xylose into xylitol by xylose reductase (XR is an alternative for chemical and microbiological processes. The partial purified XR was obtained by using the following three procedures: an agarose column, a membrane reactor or an Amicon Ultra-15 50K Centrifugal Filter device at yields of 40%, 7% and 67%, respectively.A bioconversão enzimática da xilose em xilitol pela xilose redutase (XR é uma alternativa para as vias química e microbiológica. Avaliouse a purificação parcial da XR, utilizando os três seguintes procedimentos: uma coluna de agarose, um reator com membrana ou tubos de ultracentrifugação Amicon Ultra-15 50K, com rendimento de 40%, 7% ou 67%, respectivamente.

  11. Enhanced sensitivity RNA gel loading buffer that enables efficient RNA separation on native gels. (United States)

    Gregg, Keqin; Zhou, Wenli; Ji, Wan; Davis, Sara


    RNA gel analysis is essential for quality assessment of RNA preparations for subsequent analysis such as microarrays and real-time PCRs. The routinely used standard electrophoresis of RNA through formaldehyde-containing agarose gels is not only labor-intensive and time-consuming, but also involves sizeable quantities of hazardous materials. Above all, it is not sensitive, requiring more than 1 microgram of RNA for the assay. Current gene expression profiling with microarrays and real-time PCR often involves limiting amounts of RNA. It is therefore important to have a more sensitive way to analyze RNA. Here we report an improved ethidium bromide-based RNA gel analysis system with our Superload buffer that increases sensitivity to 12.5 ng of total RNA and allows RNA analysis on a regular native Tris-acetate EDTA (TAE) agarose gel.

  12. An Immunoabsorption Column Conifguration for Hepatitis B Virus

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    Objective To conifgure an immunoabsorption column for hepatitis B virus. Methods Being activated by epichlorohydrin, the human antibody HBsAb-IgG was bound to the carrier of agarose gel. The configuration process was as follows: the synthesis of epoxide matrix, the synthesis and activation of amino matrix, the synthesis of aldehydic matrix, the synthesis of immunoabsorption matrix, the end capping and reduction of unbound aldehydic, the blocking of unbound mass and the iflling of the column. Results The bound rate of activated agarose gel and antibody HBsAb-IgG is 85.07%. By plasma adsorption experiment, it is revealed that the immunoabsorption column can absorb and eliminate 58.97%of HBsAg and 53.1%of hepatitis B virus particles in extracorporeal plasma. Conclusions The immunoabsorption column for hepatitis B virus can absorb and eliminate HBsAg and hepatitis B virus particles in extracorporeal plasma.

  13. Drug: D01032 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available 100 Gelidiaceae Gelidium amansii mucous (freeze dry) Major component: Agarose [CPD:C01399] Therapeutic category of drugs... in Japan [BR:br08301] 5 Crude drugs and Chinese medicine formulations 51 Crude drugs... 510 Crude drugs 5100 Crude drugs D01032 Agar (JP16/NF); Powdered agar (JP16) Crude drugs [BR:br08305] Algae Red algae D01032 Agar PubChem: 7848095 ...

  14. Obstructing Androgen Receptor Activation in Prostate Cancer Cells Through Post-translational Modification by NEDD8 (United States)


    Nonidet P - 40 ). Pre-cleared with 25 µl protein-A/G agarose beads, 700 µg lysate was subjected to immunoprecipitation with 20 µl anti-FLAG antibody...cell growth. REPORTABLE OUTCOMES: 1. Chang, K. H., Hsiao, P .-W. and Chen, J. D. Modulation of Androgen Receptor Activity by Reversible NEDD8...Hsiao, P .-W. and Chen, J. D. Modulation of Androgen Receptor Activity by Reversible NEDD8 Modification. (under revision) 1 Modulation of

  15. DNA Cleavage Promoted by Cu2+ Complex of N,N'-Bis(2-aminoethyl)-2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide

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    LI, Ying; SHENG, Xin; SHAO, Ying; LU, Guo-Yuan


    The interaction of Cu2+ complex of N,N'-bis(2-aminoethyl)-2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide (BAP) with DNA was studied by agarose gel electrophoresis analysis. The results indicate that the BAP-Cu2+ complex can promote the cleavage of phosphodiester bond of supercoiled DNA at physiological condition, which is 3.2×106 times higher than DNA natural degradation. A hydrolytic cleaving mechanism through the cooperation of copper ions and functional amino groups was proposed.

  16. Role of Electrostatic Interactions on the Transport of Druglike Molecules in Hydrogel-Based Articular Cartilage Mimics: Implications for Drug Delivery. (United States)

    Ye, Fengbin; Baldursdottir, Stefania; Hvidt, Søren; Jensen, Henrik; Larsen, Susan W; Yaghmur, Anan; Larsen, Claus; Østergaard, Jesper


    In the field of drug delivery to the articular cartilage, it is advantageous to apply artificial tissue models as surrogates of cartilage for investigating drug transport and release properties. In this study, artificial cartilage models consisting of 0.5% (w/v) agarose gel containing 0.5% (w/v) chondroitin sulfate or 0.5% (w/v) hyaluronic acid were developed, and their rheological and morphological properties were characterized. UV imaging was utilized to quantify the transport properties of the following four model compounds in the agarose gel and in the developed artificial cartilage models: H-Ala-β-naphthylamide, H-Lys-Lys-β-naphthylamide, lysozyme, and α-lactalbumin. The obtained results showed that the incorporation of the polyelectrolytes chondroitin sulfate or hyaluronic acid into agarose gel induced a significant reduction in the apparent diffusivities of the cationic model compounds as compared to the pure agarose gel. The decrease in apparent diffusivity of the cationic compounds was not caused by a change in the gel structure since a similar reduction in apparent diffusivity was not observed for the net negatively charged protein α-lactalbumin. The apparent diffusivity of the cationic compounds in the negatively charged hydrogels was highly dependent on the ionic strength, pointing out the importance of electrostatic interactions between the diffusant and the polyelectrolytes. Solution based affinity studies between the model compounds and the two investigated polyelectrolytes further confirmed the electrostatic nature of their interactions. The results obtained from the UV imaging diffusion studies are important for understanding the effect of drug physicochemical properties on the transport in articular cartilage. The extracted information may be useful in the development of hydrogels for in vitro release testing having features resembling the articular cartilage.

  17. Photoinduced charge separation in an aqueous phase using nanoporous TiO{sub 2} film and a quasi-solid made of natural products

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    Kaneko, Masao; Nomura, Tomoyo; Sasaki, Chie [Faculty of Science, Ibaraki University, 2-1-1 Bunkyo, Mito (Japan)


    Solar cells comprised of nanoparticulate TiO{sub 2} porous film photosensitized with an adsorbing dye have been utilized as photoinduced charge separation systems in aqueous media with the view to forming future artificial photosynthetic systems able to create fuels from solar energy and water. The photoinduced charge separation of the sensitized TiO{sub 2} cell in a quasi-solid, made from agarose or {kappa}-carrageenan, was investigated. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  18. Thermally forced transitions of DNA-CTMA complex microstructure (United States)

    Nizioł, Jacek; Ekiert, Robert; Śniechowski, Maciej; Słomiany, Magdalena; Marzec, Mateusz M.


    DNA complexed with amphiphilic cationic surfactants is a new class of optical material. In this work DNA and its complex with cetyltrimetyl ammonium chloride were thermally annealed. X-ray diffractometry revealed irreversible changes of DNA-CTMA microstructure. The new microstucture that appeared in result of the first heating course was stable, despite the further thermal annealing. Agarose gel electrophoresis indicated fundamental differences between thermally treated native DNA and DNA-CTMA complex.

  19. Evaluation of anti-freeze viscosity modifier for potential external tank applications (United States)

    Lynn, R. O. L.


    Viscosity modifiers and gelling agents were evaluated in combination with ethylene glycol and dimethyl sulfoxide water eutectics. Pectin and agarose are found to gel these eutectics effectively in low concentration, but the anti-freeze protection afforded by these compositions is found to be marginal in simulations of the intended applications. Oxygen vent shutters and vertical metallic surfaces were simulated, with water supplied as a spray, dropwise, and by condensation from the air.

  20. Assay for the specificity of monoclonal antibodies in crossed immunoelectrophoresis

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    Skjødt, K; Schou, C; Koch, C


    A method is described based on crossed immunoelectrophoresis of a complex antigen mixture in agarose gel followed by incubation of the gel with the monoclonal antibody. The bound monoclonal antibody is detected by the use of a secondary enzyme-labelled antibody. Using this technique we have been...... I molecules. In other experiments using the same technique we demonstrated the reaction of a monoclonal antibody specific for chicken Ig light chains. Udgivelsesdato: 1984-Aug-3...

  1. Isolation of Plasmids in Legionella pneumophila and Legionella-Like Organisms (United States)


    INtF1(-r1iN ANt11;MM NITY. St.?? NAI 1 1271 2. Voj . NO .j toNO TES (Isolation of Plasmids in Legionella pneumophila and Legionella -Like Organisms...Agarose gel electrophoresis was employed to screen nine strains of Legionella - like bacteria and one strain of Legionella pneumophila for the presence of...similar to sideration of the ubiquitous nature of plasmid but genetically distinct front Legionella pneumophila elements. These results indicate that

  2. Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis of DNA extracted from Trichuris trichiura (Linnaeus, 1771) eggs and its prospective application to paleoparasitological studies. (United States)

    Martinez, Elaine Machado; Correia, Jorge Antonio Santos; Villela, Erika Verissimo; Duarte, Antonio Nascimento; Ferreira, Luiz Fernando; Bello, Alexandre Ribeiro


    Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis was applied to DNAs extracted from Trichuris trichiura eggs recovered from human fecal samples. Four out of 6 primers tested displayed 18 distinct and well defined polymorphic patterns, ranging from 650 to 3200 base pairs. These results, upon retrieval and DNA sequencing of some of these bands from agarose gels, might help in establishing. T. trichiura specific genetic markers, not available yet, and an important step to design primers to be used in molecular diagnosis approaches.

  3. Sodium citrate and potassium phosphate as alternative adsorption buffers in hydrophobic and aromatic thiophilic chromatographic purification of plasmid DNA from neutralized lysate. (United States)

    Bonturi, Nemailla; Radke, Vanessa Soraia Cortez Oliveira; Bueno, Sônia Maria Alves; Freitas, Sindélia; Azzoni, Adriano Rodrigues; Miranda, Everson Alves


    The number of studies on gene therapy using plasmid vectors (pDNA) has increased in recent years. As a result, the demand for preparations of pDNA in compliance with recommendations of regulatory agencies (EMEA, FDA) has also increased. Plasmid DNA is often obtained through fermentation of transformed Escherichia coli and purification by a series of unit operations, including chromatography. Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) and thiophilic aromatic chromatography (TAC), both using ammonium sulfate buffers, are commonly employed with success. This work was aimed at studying the feasibility of utilizing alternative salts in the purification of pDNA from neutralized lysate with phenyl-agarose (HIC) and mercaptopyrimidine-agarose (TAC) adsorbents. Their selectivity toward sc pDNA was evaluated through adsorption studies using 1.5 mol/L sodium citrate and 2.0 mol/L potassium phosphate as adsorption buffers. Chromatography with mercaptopyrimidine-agarose adsorbent and 1.5 mol/L sodium citrate was able to recover 91.1% of the pDNA with over 99.0% removal of gDNA and endotoxin. This represents a potential alternative for the primary recovery of sc pDNA. However, the most promising result was obtained using 2.0 mol/L potassium phosphate buffer and a mercaptopyrimidine-agarose column. In a single chromatographic step, this latter buffer/adsorbent system recovered 68.5% of the pDNA with 98.8% purity in accordance with the recommendations of regulatory agencies with regard to RNA and endotoxin impurity.

  4. Molecular analysis of multiple isolates of the major serotypes of group B streptococci.


    Fasola, E; Livdahl, C; Ferrieri, P


    Serotyping of clinical isolates is a widely used technique for epidemiologic study of group B streptococcal infections. However, serotyping cannot definitively determine epidemiologically related or unrelated isolates. We investigated the use of restriction endonuclease analysis (REA) with both conventional agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) in 50 isolates of the major serotypes of group B streptococci. Single digestion with HindIII and HaeIII and do...

  5. Use of a Guinea Pig-Specific Transcriptome Array for Evaluation of Protective Immunity against Genital Chlamydial Infection following Intranasal Vaccination in Guinea Pigs. (United States)


    Despite decades of epidemiological studies [3, 4, 5], sexual health programs [6], improved diagnosis [7, 8, 9] and antibiotic treatment regimens [10...produce sera pre- vaccination (day 0) and post-challenge (day 15) as described previously [37]. Microtiter plates were coated with 16105 EB of UV...produced a single product (confirmed by melting temperature and agarose gel electrophoresis) with amplification efficiencies .80%. The primer sequences for

  6. Diversity and bioactive potentials of culturable heterotrophic bacteria from the surficial sediments of the Arabian Sea

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    Anas, A.; Nilayangod, C.; Jasmin, C.; Vinothkumar, S.; Parameswaran, P.S.; Nair, S.

    to a variety of envi- ronmental conditions and are considered as a vast untapped reservoir of metabolic diversity and overwhelming source of novel bioactive compounds. Recent reports of repeated isolation of known metabolites from terrestrial micro... representative isolates were selected and identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Genomic DNA was extracted from overnight grown cultures following standard phenol–chloroform method, and the quality of DNA was checked on 0.8% agarose gel (Sambrook and Russel 2001...

  7. TGF-Beta Antibody for Prostate Cancer: Role of ERK (United States)


    temperature , the antibody and agarose was crosslinked by SS supplied by the kit. Precleared lysate was immunoprecip- ated by the crosslinked antibody and...herbal products have no impact on TGF-β signaling, such as lycopene . Keywords: Dietary components, TGF-β signaling, DNA methylation. Tumor...citrus unshiu (Satsuma mandarian) have no effect on TGF-β production in cancer cells under culture conditions [61, 62]. Further, lycopene is an

  8. Targeting Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription-3 (Stat3) As a Novel Strategy In Sensitizing Breast Cancer To Egfr-Targeted Therapy (United States)


    overnight. Immuno- precipitated complexes were collected by adding salmon sperm DNA/protein A-agarose (Upstate) for 15 min at 4jC. Immunopre- cipitates...activated STAT3 contain high potentials to undergo metastasis (1–5). Stat3 controls cell movement in Zebrafish gastrulation via increasing Zinc transporter...Tumor metastasis: a new twist on epithelial-mesenchymal transitions. Curr Biol 2004;14:R719–21. 13. Hajra KM, Chen DY, Fearon ER. The SLUG zinc -finger

  9. Genomic Integrity Detection of In Vitro Irradiated Banana Using Microsatellite Marker.


    Nina Ratna Djuita; Rita Megia


    Genomic Integrity Detection of In Vitro Irradiated Banana Using Microsatellite Marker. The research aims todetect genomic integrity of in vitro irradiated banana using microsatellite marker. These studies were done on bananacv. Pisang Mas irradiated by 15 Gy of gamma ray. The DNA was isolated from each accesion following Dixie.Amplification of DNA products were done by Perkin Elmer Gene Amp PCR 2400 using ten primers, and thenelectroforesis in agarose 1%. Finally a vertical polyacrylamide gel...

  10. Desenvolvimento das barras imunosorventes de agitação e avaliação das técnicas extração sortiva em barra de agitação, microextração em sorvente empacotado e cromatografia líquida para análise de antidepressivos em amostras de plasma


    Fernanda Zampieri Leandro


    Neste trabalho, os anticorpos policlonais e monoclonais anti-fluoxetina foram produzidos em coelhos e camundongos, respectivamente, por imunização com o conjugado fluoxetina-soroalbumina bovina. Os anticorpos obtidos foram caracterizados em função da especificidade contra o fármaco por ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay) e posteriormente, purificados por afinidade em coluna fluoxetina-agarose labmade. Os anticorpos purificados foram imobilizados covalentemente na superfície vítrea das b...

  11. A New Potent Inhibitor of Thrombin from the Leech Haemendipsa Yanyuanensis

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    Two components of anticoagulant protein were isolated from the leech Haemendipsa yanyuanensis by heparin agarose affinity chromatography and ultracentrifugation. The determination of anticoagulant activity and characterization analysis of the pro tein using the method of chromogenic substrate indicates that the anticoagulant protein is thrombin-specific but not factor Xa-specific. The results lay a foundation for the research of the anticoagulant mechanism and application of anticoagulant protein from H. yanyua nensis.

  12. Targeting Androgen Receptor by Lysosomal Degradation in Prostate Cancer (United States)


    were done as described.13 Protein Sample Preparation and Mass Spectrometry Tandem Affinity Purification of FLAG-His-EWS-Fli-1- Interacting Proteins . Forty...incubated with Ni-NTA agarose (Qiagen), FLAG-His-EWS-Fli-1 and its interacting proteins were collected by centrifugation, washed three times with TN buffer...the lysosome fraction was loaded at 100x compared to the input. ■ RESULTS AND DISCUSSION Proteomic Analysis of the EWS-Fli-1- Interacting Proteins To

  13. Human papillomavirus DNA from warts for typing by endonuclease restriction patterns: purification by alkaline plasmid methods. (United States)

    Chinami, M; Tanikawa, E; Hachisuka, H; Sasai, Y; Shingu, M


    The alkaline plasmid DNA extraction method of Birnboim and Doly was applied for the isolation of human papillomavirus (HPV) from warts. Tissue from common and plantar warts was digested with proteinase K, and the extrachromosomal circular covalently-closed form of HPV-DNA was rapidly extracted by alkaline sodium dodecyl sulphate and phenol-chloroform treatment. Recovery of HPV-DNA from the tissue was sufficient for determination of endonuclease restriction patterns by agarose gel electrophoresis.

  14. Genetic Relationships of two Sonchus Species Collected from two Locations in Khartoum State Using RAPD Markers


    H.H. Elkamali; M.S.M. El-Kheir, R.S. Habeballa, N.B. Hamaza, I.E. Abdalla, E.I. Ahmedani, A.A.S. Mohammed, B.A.A. Abuzaid, M.B. Mohammed and T.Y. Ahmed


    Random amplified polymorphic DNA markers were used to assess genetic diversity in Sonchus oleraceus and Sonchus cornatus (Asteraceae), vulnerable medicinal plants collected from two locations (Shambat and Omdurman) in Khartoum state. The DNA extracted by Cetyltrimethyl ammonim bromide method (CTAB) from the plant sample was amplified by successive PCR cycles. Using 15 random primers, the amplified DNA was subjected to agarose gel electrophoresis. 74 different bands were observed under UV ligh...

  15. (Radio) rocket immunoelectrophoresis a useful screening method for house dust extracts. (United States)

    Wahl, R; Oliver, J D; Hauck, P R; Roig, J


    House dust (HD) extracts prepared from HD collected in households from West Germany, USA, and Spain were investigated by (radio) rocket immunoelectrophoresis. By pouring agarose gels containing different antisera side by side in strips onto a glass plate, the antigen/allergen components of HD extracts could be detected simultaneously in one electrophoretic separation. In addition to mite and animal dander, antigens/allergens of pollens, mold and food (ovalbumin and cow serum) could be detected in most of the extracts.

  16. A Novel and Optimized Method for Electro-focusing and Moving Neutralization Reaction Boundary Formed by HCl and NaOH

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    A novel method is developed for electro-focusing and moving neutralization reaction boundary (MNRB) created with HCl and NaOH. The optimized conditions are screened out. By using this method, the experiments are performed on MNRB formed with HCl and NaOH in agarose gel. The experiments are quantitatively in coincidence with the predictions with the theory of moving chemical reaction boundary (MCRB).

  17. Photoreactivation of pyrimidine dimers in DNA from thyroid cells of the teleost, Poecilia formosa

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    Achey, P.M.; Woodhead, A.D.; Setlow, R.B.


    We have developed and used a simple technique to estimate the quantity of pyrimidine dimers in unlabeled cellular DNA. DNA is extracted from cells, treated with an endonuclease specific for dimers, and its molecular weight estimated by its electrophoretic mobility on alkaline agarose slab gels. The technique is used to show that cells from thyroid tissue of the fish Poecilia formosa have photoreactivating activity towards dimmers in the cellular DNA.

  18. Reflux-free cannula for convection-enhanced high-speed delivery of therapeutic agents (United States)

    Krauze, Michal T.; Saito, Ryuta; Noble, Charles; Tamas, Matyas; Bringas, John; Park, John W.; Berger, Mitchel S.; Bankiewicz, Krystof


    Object Clinical application of the convection-enhanced delivery (CED) technique is currently limited by low infusion speed and reflux of the delivered agent. The authors developed and evaluated a new step-design cannula to overcome present limitations and to introduce a rapid, reflux-free CED method for future clinical trials. Methods The CED of 0.4% trypan blue dye was performed in agarose gel to test cannula needles for distribution and reflux. Infusion rates ranging from 0.5 to 50 μl/minute were used. Agarose gel findings were translated into a study in rats and then in cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) by using trypan blue and liposomes to confirm the efficacy of the reflux-free step-design cannula in vivo. Results of agarose gel studies showed reflux-free infusion with high flow rates using the step-design cannula. Data from the study in rats confirmed the agarose gel findings and also revealed increasing tissue damage at a flow rate above 5-μl/minute. Robust reflux-free delivery and distribution of liposomes was achieved using the step-design cannula in brains in both rats and nonhuman primates. Conclusions The authors developed a new step-design cannula for CED that effectively prevents reflux in vivo and maximizes the distribution of agents delivered in the brain. Data in the present study show reflux-free infusion with a constant volume of distribution in the rat brain over a broad range of flow rates. Reflux-free delivery of liposomes into nonhuman primate brain was also established using the cannula. This step-design cannula may allow reflux-free distribution and shorten the duration of infusion in future clinical applications of CED in humans. PMID:16304999

  19. Soy Food Intake, Tamoxifen Use, Estrogen Receptor Polymorphism, and Breast Cancer Survival (United States)


    Approximately 30.5% of cases 1.5% agarose gel and detected by ethidium bromide staining. PP were missing information on ER status. ER status was not and XX...interactions or other adverse effects. Study results also point to the need to consider feasibility of double blinding when using ginseng or other herbal ...PDRfor herbal medicines (1 st edition. ed.). Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company. Miller, L. G. (1998). Herbal medicinals: selected clinical

  20. Molecular Mechanism for Prostate Cancer Resistance to the Anti-tumor Activity of Vitamin D (United States)


    discussion S11-2. Newall, C. A., Anderson, L.A., Phillipson, J.D. (1996). Herbal Medicines: A guide for health-care professionals. London, Pharmaceutical...separated by electrophoresis through 10% NuPAGE Bis-Tris Gels (Invitrogen) and transferred onto polyvinylidene difluoride membrane. Fresh cell...negative control. PCR products were electrophoresed through 1.5% agarose gels containing 1 Ag/mL of ethidium bromide and visualized by UV. UV irradiation

  1. Transformation of frog embryos with a rabbit beta-globin gene.


    Rusconi, S; Schaffner, W


    In order to study the fate and possible expression of foreign DNA during embryogenesis of the frog Xenopus laevis, we have injected a rabbit beta-globin gene into fertilized Xenopus eggs. Frog embryo DNA was extracted at various stages of development, fractionated by agarose gel electrophoresis, transferred to nitrocellulose filters, and hybridized to labeled beta-globin recombinant plasmid DNA. It was found that the injected DNA replicated extrachromosomally, reaching, at gastrula stage, a l...

  2. Cloning and Expression of Genes for Dengue Virus Type-2 Encoded Antigens for Rapid Diagnosis and Vaccine Development (United States)


    DNA polymerase I, and 10 units/ml of E.coli DNA ligase . The reaction was stopped by the addition of EDTA to 20 mM. The double-stranded cDNA was... DNA ligase . It was then purified by LMP-agarose gel to remove the excess free EcoRI linkers. The cDNA ligated to EcoRl linkers were eluted from the

  3. Molecular Biology and Physiology of Methanogenic Archaebacteria (United States)


    demonstrated that these preparations can be partially repaired by means of DNA ligase treatment, as shown in Figure 2 (J. Bradley, unpublished). A preliminary...breaks can be repaired by DNA ligase (see Figure 2). Figure 2. Denaturing agarose gel electrophoresis of M. thermoautotrophicum strain RTAE-1 DNA. Lane 2...lambda HindIll fragments; 3: DNA as isolated; 4: DNA after repair with DNA ligase . 7 We are now cloning fragments from a chromosomal DNA sample that

  4. Purification and properties of enolase of human erythrocytes

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    Hoorn, R.K.J.; Flikweert, J.P.; Staal, Gerard E.J.


    1. 1. Human erythrocyte enolase (2-phospho-D-glycerate hydrolyase, EC was purified I000-fold. 2. 2. The pH-optimum was at pH 6.5. The molecular weight, estimated by gel filtration, was found to be 95,000 ± 5,000. 3. 3. Electrophoresis on agar-agarose at pH 8.5 and 6.4 showed only one ban

  5. Purification and characterization of protein Z from rabbit liver cytosol. (United States)

    Vincent, S H; Holeman, B; Muller-Eberhard, U


    Protein Z was purified from rabbit liver cytosol by affinity chromatography on oleic acid-agarose and preparative sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. After removal of sodium dodecyl sulfate, the renatured protein was found to bind heme and bilirubin with a Kd of approximately 1 microM which produced large red shifts in their absorption spectra. On isoelectric focusing, rabbit protein Z exhibited two main bands with pI around 6.0.

  6. Callus formation from leaf mesophyll protoplasts of Malus Xdomestica Borkh. cv. Greensleeves. (United States)

    Doughty, S; Power, J B


    Large yields (1.85 × 10(7)/g.f.wt.) of viable protoplasts were obtained from leaves of axenic shoot cultures of Malus Xdomestica Borkh. cv. 'Greensleeves'. Protoplasts cultured in liquid or agarose semi-solidified KM8P medium underwent cell wall regeneration and colony formation.Protoplast-derived cell colonies developed to callus on semi-solid KM8 medium. This is the first report of callus formation from mesophyll protoplasts of apple.

  7. Pneumatic capillary gun for ballistic delivery of microparticles

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    Rinberg, D; Groisman, A; Rinberg, Dmitry; Simonnet, Claire; Groisman, Alex


    A pneumatic gun for ballistic delivery of microparticles to soft targets is proposed and demonstrated. The particles are accelerated by a high speed flow of Helium in a capillary tube. Vacuum suction applied to a concentric, larger diameter tube is used to completely divert the flow of Helium from the gun nozzle and prevent it from hitting the target. Depths of penetration of micron-sized gold particles into agarose gels and their speeds of ejection from the gun nozzle are measured.

  8. Quorum Sensing: A transcriptional Regulatory System Involved in the Pathogenicity of Burkholderia mallei (United States)


    resulting clones were digested with EcoRI (New England Biolabs, Beverly, Mass.) by standard methods (26). Digestion reactions were separated in a 1...agarose gel, and the bands were excised by use of a QIAquick gel extraction kit (Qiagen). Gel-purified amplicons were ligated into EcoRI- digested pBHR1...pathogenic- ity of B. mallei, we employed an acute hamster model of glan- TABLE 3. Blastx searches using the B. mallei QS proteins Proteina % Identity

  9. Nrdp1-Mediated ErbB3 Increase During Androgen Ablation and Its Contribution to Androgen-Independence (United States)


    C for 4 min. The PCR products were separated on a 2% agarose gel and visualized by ethidium bromide staining. Subcellular fractionation: 24-well plates. For collection, each well was incubated with 15 µl of 5 mg/ml 3-[4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2yl]v-2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT... remove the parent plasmid and the remaining mutant plasmid was transformed into bacteria, followed by plasmid isolation. All mutant plasmids

  10. Inhibition of Breast Cancer-lnduced Bone Pain, Metastasis, and Osteolysis in Nude Mice by LOVAZA and DHA Fatty Acids (United States)


    GGTGAAGGTCGGTGTGAACG/CTCGCTCCTGGAAGATGGTG (30 cycles). PCR products were separated on 2% agarose gels containing ethidium bromide and visualized...and bone were removed . The last thoracic ganglion (T13) and the ganglion with the greatest contribution to the sciatic nerve (L4) were identified...closely apposed to the spinal cord. L3-L5 DRG’s were removed , and placed in cold saline solution. DRG’s were then processed either for RT-PCR

  11. Isolation and characterization of bovine plasma prekallikrein (Fletcher factor). (United States)

    Heimark, R L; Davie, E W


    Prekallikrein (Fletcher factor) has been purified from bovine plasma approximately 25 000-fold with an overall yield of 14%. Purification steps included ammonium sulfate fractionation and column chromatography on heparin-agarose, DEAE-Sephadex, CM-Sephadex, benzamidine-agarose, and arginine methyl ester-agarose. The purified protein was homogeneous as judged by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and amino-terminal sequence analysis. Bovine plasma prekallikrein is a glycoprotein with a molecular weight of 82 000 as determined by sedimentation equilibrium centrifugation. It contains 12.9% carbohydrate, including 6.2% hexose, 4.5% N-acetylglucosamine, and 2.2% N-acetylneuraminic acid. Prekallikrein is a single polypeptide chain with an amino-terminal sequence of Gly-Cys-Leu-Thr-Gln-Leu-Tyr-His-Asn-Ile-Phe-Phe-Arg-Gly-Gly. This sequence is homologous to the amino-terminal sequence of human factor XI (plasma thromboplastin antecedent). Both prekallikrein and kallikrein require kaolin to correct Fletcher factor deficient plasma. Kallikrein, however, has a specific activity 3.5 times greater than prekallikrein. Prekallikrein does not correct plasma deficient in factor XII (Hageman factor), factor XI, or high molecular weight kininogen (Fitzgerald factor).

  12. In vitro release studies of insulin from lipid implants in solution and in a hydrogel matrix mimicking the subcutis

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    Jensen, Sabrine S; Jensen, Henrik; Møller, Eva H;


    Widely accepted in vitro methodologies for sustained release parenteral drug formulations remain to be established. Hydrogels have been proposed as a release matrix more closely resembling the in vivo conditions for formulations intended for subcutaneous administration. The perspective of the cur......Widely accepted in vitro methodologies for sustained release parenteral drug formulations remain to be established. Hydrogels have been proposed as a release matrix more closely resembling the in vivo conditions for formulations intended for subcutaneous administration. The perspective...... sustained release of the model protein insulin and investigate the release into 0.5% (w/v) agarose hydrogels, pH7.40, using UV imaging- and a gel sampling-based release testing method. These results were compared to insulin release into well agitated buffer solution. Irrespective of the applied in vitro...... solution was faster as compared to release into agarose hydrogel. This was ascribed to the additional mass transfer resistance provided by the agarose hydrogel. Interestingly, the release profiles of insulin from implants with an initial drug load of 20% (w/w) obtained by the three in vitro methods were...

  13. In-house preparation of hydrogels for batch affinity purification of glutathione S-transferase tagged recombinant proteins

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    Buhrman Jason S


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many branches of biomedical research find use for pure recombinant proteins for direct application or to study other molecules and pathways. Glutathione affinity purification is commonly used to isolate and purify glutathione S-transferase (GST-tagged fusion proteins from total cellular proteins in lysates. Although GST affinity materials are commercially available as glutathione immobilized on beaded agarose resins, few simple options for in-house production of those systems exist. Herein, we describe a novel method for the purification of GST-tagged recombinant proteins. Results Glutathione was conjugated to low molecular weight poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA via thiol-ene “click” chemistry. With our in-house prepared PEGDA:glutathione (PEGDA:GSH homogenates, we were able to purify a glutathione S-transferase (GST green fluorescent protein (GFP fusion protein (GST-GFP from the soluble fraction of E. coli lysate. Further, microspheres were formed from the PEGDA:GSH hydrogels and improved protein binding to a level comparable to purchased GSH-agarose beads. Conclusions GSH containing polymers might find use as in-house methods of protein purification. They exhibited similar ability to purify GST tagged proteins as purchased GSH agarose beads.


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    Physical and chemical agents in the environment, those used in clinical applications, or encountered during recreational exposures to sunlight, induce damages in DNA. Understanding the biological impact of these agents requires quantitation of the levels of such damages in laboratory test systems as well as in field or clinical samples. Alkaline gel electrophoresis provides a sensitive (down to {approx} a few lesions/5Mb), rapid method of direct quantitation of a wide variety of DNA damages in nanogram quantities of non-radioactive DNAs from laboratory, field, or clinical specimens, including higher plants and animals. This method stems from velocity sedimentation studies of DNA populations, and from the simple methods of agarose gel electrophoresis. Our laboratories have developed quantitative agarose gel methods, analytical descriptions of DNA migration during electrophoresis on agarose gels (1-6), and electronic imaging for accurate determinations of DNA mass (7-9). Although all these components improve sensitivity and throughput of large numbers of samples (7,8,10), a simple version using only standard molecular biology equipment allows routine analysis of DNA damages at moderate frequencies. We present here a description of the methods, as well as a brief description of the underlying principles, required for a simplified approach to quantitation of DNA damages by alkaline gel electrophoresis.

  15. Quantification of specific bindings of biomolecules by magnetorelaxometry

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    Steinhoff Uwe


    Full Text Available Abstract The binding reaction of the biomolecules streptavidin and anti-biotin antibody, both labelled by magnetic nanoparticles (MNP, to biotin coated on agarose beads, was quantified by magnetorelaxometry (MRX. Highly sensitive SQUID-based MRX revealed the immobilization of the MNP caused by the biotin-streptavidin coupling. We found that about 85% of streptavidin-functionalised MNP bound specifically to biotin-agarose beads. On the other hand only 20% of antibiotin-antibody functionalised MNP were specifically bound. Variation of the suspension medium revealed in comparison to phosphate buffer with 0.1% bovine serum albumin a slight change of the binding behaviour in human serum, probably due to the presence of functioning (non heated serum proteins. Furthermore, in human serum an additional non-specific binding occurs, being independent from the serum protein functionality. The presented homogeneous bead based assay is applicable in simple, uncoated vials and it enables the assessment of the binding kinetics in a volume without liquid flow. The estimated association rate constant for the MNP-labelled streptavidin is by about two orders of magnitude smaller than the value reported for free streptavidin. This is probably due to the relatively large size of the magnetic markers which reduces the diffusion of streptavidin. Furthermore, long time non-exponential kinetics were observed and interpreted as agglutination of the agarose beads.

  16. Neutrophil crawling in capillaries; a novel immune response to Staphylococcus aureus. (United States)

    Harding, Mark Geoffrey; Zhang, Kunyan; Conly, John; Kubes, Paul


    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), particularly the USA300 strain, is a highly virulent pathogen responsible for an increasing number of skin and soft tissue infections globally. Furthermore, MRSA-induced soft tissue infections can rapidly progress into life-threatening conditions, such as sepsis and necrotizing fasciitis. The importance of neutrophils in these devastating soft tissue infections remains ambiguous, partly because of our incomplete understanding of their behaviour. Spinning disk confocal microscopy was used to visualize the behaviour of GR1-labelled neutrophils in subcutaneous tissue in response to GFP-expressing MRSA attached to a foreign particle (agarose bead). We observed significant directional neutrophil recruitment towards the S. aureus agarose bead but not a control agarose bead. A significant increase in neutrophil crawling within the capillaries surrounding the infectious nidus was noted, with impaired capillary perfusion in these vessels and increased parenchymal cell death. No neutrophils were able to emigrate from capillaries. The crawling within these capillaries was mediated by the β(2) and α(4) integrins and blocking these integrins 2 hours post infection eliminated neutrophil crawling, improved capillary perfusion, reduced cell death and reduced lesion size. Blocking prior to infection increased pathology. Neutrophil crawling within capillaries during MRSA soft tissue infections, while potentially contributing to walling off or preventing early dissemination of the pathogen, resulted in impaired perfusion and increased tissue injury with time.

  17. Isolation and Identification of Virus dsRNA from Strawberry Plants

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    LI He; DAI Hong-yan; ZHANG Zhi-hong; GAO Xiu-yan; DU Guo-dong; ZHANG Xin-yu


    The analysis of virus genome is based on nucleic acid isolation. The aims of this study were to develop a method for isolation and identification of virus double-stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) and to elucidate the nucleotide sequences of strawberry virus. Using the modified method, virus dsRNA was extracted from strawberry virus indicator plants and cultivated strawberry plants and detected using agarose gel electrophoresis with ethidium bromide staining and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The quantity of virus dsRNA varied among strawberry cultivars. The quantity of dsRNA from in vitro plantlets was higher than that from the young leaves of field plants. For the field-grown plants, there was more dsRNA in the young leaves. Virus dsRNA extracted from strawberry plants was resistant to deoxyribonuclease Ⅰ (DNase Ⅰ ), but evidently, it became resistant to ribonuclease A (RNase A) only in the presence of 0.5 M NaCl. Its bands in agarose gel could be readily recycled using an agarose gel DNA purification kit. With RT-PCR, the segments of both strawberry mottle virus and Strawberry mild yellow edge virus genomes were amplified by using the virus dsRNA recycled from gel or treated with DNase Ⅰ /RNase A as templates. The system developed for dsRNA isolation and identification in strawberry plants laid a sound foundation for the work on genome analysis of strawberry virus isolates in China.

  18. Stabilization by multipoint covalent attachment of a biocatalyst with polygalacturonase activity used for juice clarification. (United States)

    Ramírez Tapias, Yuly A; Rivero, Cintia W; Gallego, Fernando López; Guisán, José M; Trelles, Jorge A


    Derivatized-agarose supports are suitable for enzyme immobilization by different methods, taking advantage of different physical, chemical and biological conditions of the protein and the support. In this study, agarose particles were modified with MANAE, PEI and glyoxyl groups and evaluated to stabilize polygalacturonase from Streptomyces halstedii ATCC 10897. A new immobilized biocatalyst was developed using glyoxyl-agarose as support; it exhibited high performance in degrading polygalacturonic acid and releasing oligogalacturonides. Maximal enzyme activity was detected at 5h of reaction using 0.05g/mL of immobilized biocatalyst, which released 3mg/mL of reducing sugars and allowed the highest product yield conversion and increased stability. These results are very favorable for pectin degradation with reusability up to 18 successive reactions (90h) and application in juice clarification. Plum (4.7°Bx) and grape (10.6°Bx) juices were successfully clarified, increasing reducing sugars content and markedly decreasing turbidity and viscosity.

  19. Validation study for using lab-on-chip technology for Coxiella burnetii multi-locus-VNTR-analysis (MLVA) typing: application for studying genotypic diversity of strains from domestic ruminants in France. (United States)

    Prigent, Myriam; Rousset, Elodie; Yang, Elise; Thiéry, Richard; Sidi-Boumedine, Karim


    Coxiella burnetii, the etiologic bacterium of Q fever zoonosis, is still difficult to control. Ruminants are often carriers and involved in human epidemics. MLVA is a promising genotyping method for molecular epidemiology. Different techniques are used to resolve the MLVA band profiles such as electrophoresis on agarose gels, capillary electrophoresis or using the microfluidic Lab-on-Chip system. In this study, system based on microfluidics electrophoresis with Lab-on-Chip technology was assessed and applied on DNA field samples to investigate the genotypic diversity of C. burnetii strains circulating in France. The Lab-on-Chip technology was first compared to agarose gel electrophoresis. Subsequently, the set-up Lab-on-Chip technology was applied on 97 samples collected from ruminants in France using the 17 markers previously described. A discordance rate of 27% was observed between Lab-on-Chip and agarose gel electrophoresis. These discrepancies were checked and resolved by sequencing. The cluster analysis revealed classification based on host species and/or geographic origin criteria. Moreover, the circulation of different genotypic strains within the same farm was also observed. In this study, MLVA with Lab-on-Chip technology was shown to be more accurate, reproducible, user friendly and safer than gel electrophoresis. It also provides an extended data set from French ruminant C. burnetii circulating strains useful for epidemiological investigations. Finally, it raises some questions regarding the standardization and harmonization of C. burnetii MLVA genotyping.

  20. Efficient fabrication of high-capacity immobilized metal ion affinity chromatographic media: The role of the dextran-grafting process and its manipulation. (United States)

    Zhao, Lan; Zhang, Jingfei; Huang, Yongdong; Li, Qiang; Zhang, Rongyue; Zhu, Kai; Suo, Jia; Su, Zhiguo; Zhang, Zhigang; Ma, Guanghui


    Novel high-capacity Ni(2+) immobilized metal ion affinity chromatographic media were prepared through the dextran-grafting process. Dextran was grafted to an allyl-activated agarose-based matrix followed by functionalization for the immobilized metal ion affinity chromatographic media. With elaborate regulation of the allylation degree, dextran was completely or partly grafted to agarose microspheres, namely, completely dextran-grafted agarose microspheres and partly dextran-grafted ones, respectively. Confocal laser scanning microscope results demonstrated that a good adjustment of dextran-grafting degree was achieved, and dextran was distributed uniformly in whole completely dextran-grafted microspheres, while just distributed around the outside of the partly dextran-grafted ones. Flow hydrodynamic properties were improved greatly after the dextran-grafting process, and the flow velocity increased by about 30% compared with that of a commercial chromatographic medium (Ni Sepharose FF). A significant improvement of protein binding performance was also achieved by the dextran-grafting process, and partly dextran-grafted Ni(2+) chelating medium had a maximum binding capacity for His-tagged lactate dehydrogenase about 2.5 times higher than that of Ni Sepharose FF. The results indicated that this novel chromatographic medium is promising for applications in high-efficiency and large-scale protein purification.

  1. A new and improved method based on polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) for the determination of A1298C mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. (United States)

    Machnik, Grzegorz; Zapala, Malgorzata; Pelc, Ewa; Gasecka-Czapla, Monika; Kaczmarczyk, Grzegorz; Okopien, Boguslaw


    Intracellular folate homeostasis and metabolism is regulated by numerous genes. Among them, 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is of special interest because of its involvement in regulation of the homocysteine level in the body as a result of folate metabolism. Moreover, some studies demonstrated that the homocysteine plasma level in individuals may be influenced by polymorphisms present in the MTHFR gene. Two common, clinically relevant mutations have been described: MTHFR C677T and MTHFR A1298C. Although several laboratory techniques allow genotyping of both polymorphisms, PCR-RFLP analysis is simple to perform, relatively cheap, and thus one of the most utilized. In the case of A1298C, the PCR-RFLP technique that utilizes MboII endonuclease class II requires an acrylamide gel electrophoresis, since agarose gel electrophoresis is unable to resolve short deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fragments after restriction digestion. Agarose gel electrophoresis is commonly preferred over that of acrylamide. To resolve this inconvenience, a novel PCR-RFLP, AjuI-based method to genotype A1298C alleles has been developed that can be performed on standard agarose gel.

  2. The significance of gtf genes in caries expression: A rapid identification of Streptococcus mutans from dental plaque of child patients

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    Apurva Mishra


    Full Text Available Aim: Rapid phylogenetic and functional gene (gtfB identification of S. mutans from the dental plaque derived from children. Material and Methods: Dental plaque collected from fifteen patients of age group 7-12 underwent centrifugation followed by genomic DNA extraction for S. mutans. Genomic DNA was processed with S. mutans specific primers in suitable PCR condtions for phylogenetic and functional gene (gtfB identification. The yield and results were confirmed by agarose gel electrophoresis. Results: 1% agarose gel electrophoresis depicts the positive PCR amplification at 1,485 bp when compared with standard 1 kbp indicating the presence of S. mutans in the test sample. Another PCR reaction was set using gtfB primers specific for S. mutans for functional gene identification. 1.2% agarose gel electrophoresis was done and a positive amplication was observed at 192 bp when compared to 100 bp standards. Conclusion: With the advancement in molecular biology techniques, PCR based identification and quantification of the bacterial load can be done within hours using species-specific primers and DNA probes. Thus, this technique may reduce the laboratory time spend in conventional culture methods, reduces the possibility of colony identification errors and is more sensitive to culture techniques.

  3. Visualization of DNA molecules in time during electrophoresis (United States)

    Lubega, Seth


    For several years individual DNA molecules have been observed and photographed during agarose gel electrophoresis. The DNA molecule is clearly the largest molecule known. Nevertheless, the largest molecule is still too small to be seen using a microscope. A technique developed by Morikawa and Yanagida has made it possible to visualize individual DNA molecules. When these long molecules are labeled with appropriate fluorescence dyes and observed under a fluorescence microscope, although it is not possible to directly visualize the local ultrastructure of the molecules, yet because they are long light emitting chains, their microscopic dynamical behavior can be observed. This visualization works in the same principle that enables one to observe a star through a telescope because it emits light against a dark background. The dynamics of individual DNA molecules migrating through agarose matrix during electrophoresis have been described by Smith et al. (1989), Schwartz and Koval (1989), and Bustamante et al. (1990). DNA molecules during agarose gel electrophoresis advance lengthwise thorough the gel in an extended configuration. They display an extension-contraction motion and tend to bunch up in their leading ends as the 'heads' find new pores through the gel. From time to time they get hooked on obstacles in the gel to form U-shaped configurations before they resume their linear configuration.

  4. High ionic strength narrows the population of sites participating in protein ion-exchange adsorption: a single-molecule study. (United States)

    Kisley, Lydia; Chen, Jixin; Mansur, Andrea P; Dominguez-Medina, Sergio; Kulla, Eliona; Kang, Marci K; Shuang, Bo; Kourentzi, Katerina; Poongavanam, Mohan-Vivekanandan; Dhamane, Sagar; Willson, Richard C; Landes, Christy F


    The retention and elution of proteins in ion-exchange chromatography is routinely controlled by adjusting the mobile phase salt concentration. It has repeatedly been observed, as judged from adsorption isotherms, that the apparent heterogeneity of adsorption is lower at more-eluting, higher ionic strength. Here, we present an investigation into the mechanism of this phenomenon using a single-molecule, super-resolution imaging technique called motion-blur Points Accumulation for Imaging in Nanoscale Topography (mbPAINT). We observed that the number of functional adsorption sites was smaller at high ionic strength and that these sites had reduced desorption kinetic heterogeneity, and thus narrower predicted elution profiles, for the anion-exchange adsorption of α-lactalbumin on an agarose-supported, clustered-charge ligand stationary phase. Explanations for the narrowing of the functional population such as inter-protein interactions and protein or support structural changes were investigated through kinetic analysis, circular dichroism spectroscopy, and microscopy of agarose microbeads, respectively. The results suggest the reduction of heterogeneity is due to both electrostatic screening between the protein and ligand and tuning the steric availability within the agarose support. Overall, we have shown that single molecule spectroscopy can aid in understanding the influence of ionic strength on the population of functional adsorbent sites participating in the ion-exchange chromatographic separation of proteins.

  5. Effects of pulse strength and pulse duration on in vitro DNA electromobility. (United States)

    Zaharoff, David A; Yuan, Fan


    Interstitial transport of DNA is a rate-limiting step in electric field-mediated gene delivery in vivo. Interstitial transport of macromolecules, such as plasmid DNA, over a distance of several cell layers, is inefficient due to small diffusion coefficient and inadequate convection. Therefore, we explored electric field as a novel driving force for interstitial transport of plasmid DNA. In this study, agarose gels were used to mimic the interstitium in tissues as they had been well characterized and could be prepared reproducibly. We measured the electrophoretic movements of fluorescently labeled plasmid DNA in agarose gels with three different concentrations (1.0%, 2.0% and 3.0%) subjected to electric pulses at three different field strengths (100, 200 and 400 V/cm) and four different pulse durations (10, 50, 75, 99 ms). We observed that: (1) shorter pulses (10 ms) were not as efficient as longer pulses in facilitating plasmid transport through agarose gels; (2) plasmid electromobility reached a plateau at longer pulse durations; and (3) plasmid electromobility increased with applied electric energy, up to a threshold, in all three gels. These data suggested that both pulse strength and duration needed to be adequately high for efficient plasmid transport through extracellular matrix. We also found that electric field was better than concentration gradient of DNA as a driving force for interstitial transport of plasmid DNA.

  6. How to assess the plasma delivery of RONS into tissue fluid and tissue (United States)

    Oh, Jun-Seok; Szili, Endre J.; Gaur, Nishtha; Hong, Sung-Ha; Furuta, Hiroshi; Kurita, Hirofumi; Mizuno, Akira; Hatta, Akimitsu; Short, Robert D.


    The efficacy of helium (He) and argon (Ar) plasma jets are being investigated for different healthcare applications including wound and cancer therapy, sterilisation and surface disinfections. Current research points to a potential link between the generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) and outcomes in a range of biological and medical applications. As new data accrue, further strengthening this link, it becomes important to understand the controlled delivery of RONS into solutions, tissue fluids and tissues. This paper investigates the use of He and Ar plasma jets to deliver three RONS (hydrogen peroxide—H2O2, nitrite—\\text{NO}2- and nitrate—\\text{NO}3- ) and molecular oxygen (O2) directly into deionised (DI) water, or indirectly into DI water through an agarose target. The DI water is used in place of tissue fluid and the agarose target serves as a surrogate of tissue. Direct plasma jet treatments deliver more RONS and O2 than the through-agarose treatments for equivalent treatments times. The former only deliver RONS whilst the plasma jets are ignited; the latter continues to deliver RONS into the DI water long after the plasmas are extinguished. The He plasma jet is more effective at delivering H2O2 and \\text{NO}2- directly into DI water, but the Ar plasma jet is more effective at nitrating the DI water in both direct and through-agarose treatments. DI water directly treated with the plasma jets is deoxygenated, with the He plasma jet purging more O2 than the Ar plasma jet. This effect is known as ‘sparging’. In contrast, for through-agarose treatments both jets oxygenated the DI water. These results indicate that in the context of direct and indirect plasma jet treatments of real tissue fluids and tissue, the choice of process gas (He or Ar) could have a profound effect on the concentrations of RONS and O2. Irrespective of operating gas, sparging of tissue fluid (in an open wound) for long prolonged periods during direct plasma

  7. Protocol: a rapid and economical procedure for purification of plasmid or plant DNA with diverse applications in plant biology

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    Li Li


    Full Text Available Abstract Research in plant molecular biology involves DNA purification on a daily basis. Although different commercial kits enable convenient extraction of high-quality DNA from E. coli cells, PCR and agarose gel samples as well as plant tissues, each kit is designed for a particular type of DNA extraction work, and the cost of purchasing these kits over a long run can be considerable. Furthermore, a simple method for the isolation of binary plasmid from Agrobacterium tumefaciens cells with satisfactory yield is lacking. Here we describe an easy protocol using homemade silicon dioxide matrix and seven simple solutions for DNA extraction from E. coli and A. tumefaciens cells, PCR and restriction digests, agarose gel slices, and plant tissues. Compared with the commercial kits, this protocol allows rapid DNA purification from diverse sources with comparable yield and purity at negligible cost. Following this protocol, we have demonstrated: (1 DNA fragments as small as a MYC-epitope tag coding sequence can be successfully recovered from an agarose gel slice; (2 Miniprep DNA from E. coli can be eluted with as little as 5 μl water, leading to high DNA concentrations (>1 μg/μl for efficient biolistic bombardment of Arabidopsis seedlings, polyethylene glycol (PEG-mediated Arabidopsis protoplast transfection and maize protoplast electroporation; (3 Binary plasmid DNA prepared from A. tumefaciens is suitable for verification by restriction analysis without the need for large scale propagation; (4 High-quality genomic DNA is readily isolated from several plant species including Arabidopsis, tobacco and maize. Thus, the silicon dioxide matrix-based DNA purification protocol offers an easy, efficient and economical way to extract DNA for various purposes in plant research.

  8. Protocol: a rapid and economical procedure for purification of plasmid or plant DNA with diverse applications in plant biology. (United States)

    Li, Jian-Feng; Li, Li; Sheen, Jen


    Research in plant molecular biology involves DNA purification on a daily basis. Although different commercial kits enable convenient extraction of high-quality DNA from E. coli cells, PCR and agarose gel samples as well as plant tissues, each kit is designed for a particular type of DNA extraction work, and the cost of purchasing these kits over a long run can be considerable. Furthermore, a simple method for the isolation of binary plasmid from Agrobacterium tumefaciens cells with satisfactory yield is lacking. Here we describe an easy protocol using homemade silicon dioxide matrix and seven simple solutions for DNA extraction from E. coli and A. tumefaciens cells, PCR and restriction digests, agarose gel slices, and plant tissues. Compared with the commercial kits, this protocol allows rapid DNA purification from diverse sources with comparable yield and purity at negligible cost. Following this protocol, we have demonstrated: (1) DNA fragments as small as a MYC-epitope tag coding sequence can be successfully recovered from an agarose gel slice; (2) Miniprep DNA from E. coli can be eluted with as little as 5 mul water, leading to high DNA concentrations (>1 mug/mul) for efficient biolistic bombardment of Arabidopsis seedlings, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-mediated Arabidopsis protoplast transfection and maize protoplast electroporation; (3) Binary plasmid DNA prepared from A. tumefaciens is suitable for verification by restriction analysis without the need for large scale propagation; (4) High-quality genomic DNA is readily isolated from several plant species including Arabidopsis, tobacco and maize. Thus, the silicon dioxide matrix-based DNA purification protocol offers an easy, efficient and economical way to extract DNA for various purposes in plant research.

  9. Local Delivery of Fluorescent Dye For Fiber-Optics Confocal Microscopy of the Living Heart

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    Chao eHuang


    Full Text Available Fiber-optics confocal microscopy (FCM is an emerging imaging technology with various applications in basic research and clinical diagnosis. FCM allows for real-time in situ microscopy of tissue at sub-cellular scale. Recently FCM has been investigated for cardiac imaging, in particular, for discrimination of cardiac tissue during pediatric open-heart surgery. FCM relies on fluorescent dyes. The current clinical approach of dye delivery is based on systemic injection, which is associated with high dye consumption and adverse clinical events. In this study, we investigated approaches for local dye delivery during FCM imaging based on dye carriers attached to the imaging probe. Using three-dimensional confocal microscopy, automated bench tests, and FCM imaging we quantitatively characterized dye release of carriers composed of open-pore foam only and foam loaded with agarose hydrogel. In addition, we compared local dye delivery with a model of systemic dye delivery in the isolated perfused rodent heart. We measured the signal-to-noise ratio of images acquired in various regions of the heart. Our evaluations showed that foam-agarose dye carriers exhibited a prolonged dye release versus foam-only carriers. Foam-agarose dye carriers allowed reliable imaging of 5-9 lines, which is comparable to 4-8 min of continuous dye release. Our study in the living heart revealed that the SNR of FCM images using local and systemic dye delivery is not different. However, we observed differences in the imaged tissue microstructure with the two approaches. Structural features characteristic of microvasculature were solely observed for systemic dye delivery. Our findings suggest that local dye delivery approach for FCM imaging constitutes an important alternative to systemic dye delivery. We suggest that the approach for local dye delivery will facilitate clinical translation of FCM, for instance, for FCM imaging during pediatric heart surgery.

  10. Phenotype and polarization of autologous T cells by biomaterial-treated dendritic cells. (United States)

    Park, Jaehyung; Gerber, Michael H; Babensee, Julia E


    Given the central role of dendritic cells (DCs) in directing T-cell phenotypes, the ability of biomaterial-treated DCs to dictate autologous T-cell phenotype was investigated. In this study, we demonstrate that differentially biomaterial-treated DCs differentially directed autologous T-cell phenotype and polarization, depending on the biomaterial used to pretreat the DCs. Immature DCs (iDCs) were derived from human peripheral blood monocytes and treated with biomaterial films of alginate, agarose, chitosan, hyaluronic acid, or 75:25 poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), followed by co-culture of these biomaterial-treated DCs and autologous T cells. When autologous T cells were co-cultured with DCs treated with biomaterial film/antigen (ovalbumin, OVA) combinations, different biomaterial films induced differential levels of T-cell marker (CD4, CD8, CD25, CD69) expression, as well as differential cytokine profiles [interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-12p70, IL-10, IL-4] in the polarization of T helper (Th) types. Dendritic cells treated with agarose films/OVA induced CD4+CD25+FoxP3+ (T regulatory cells) expression, comparable to untreated iDCs, on autologous T cells in the DC-T co-culture system. Furthermore, in this co-culture, agarose treatment induced release of IL-12p70 and IL-10 at higher levels as compared with DC treatment with other biomaterial films/OVA, suggesting Th1 and Th2 polarization, respectively. Dendritic cells treated with PLGA film/OVA treatment induced release of IFN-γ at higher levels compared with that observed for co-cultures with iDCs or DCs treated with all other biomaterial films. These results indicate that DC treatment with different biomaterial films has potential as a tool for immunomodulation by directing autologous T-cell responses.

  11. Experimental Assays to Assess the Efficacy of Vinegar and Other Topical First-Aid Approaches on Cubozoan (Alatina alata Tentacle Firing and Venom Toxicity

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    Angel A. Yanagihara


    Full Text Available Despite the medical urgency presented by cubozoan envenomations, ineffective and contradictory first-aid management recommendations persist. A critical barrier to progress has been the lack of readily available and reproducible envenomation assays that (1 recapitulate live-tentacle stings; (2 allow quantitation and imaging of cnidae discharge; (3 allow primary quantitation of venom toxicity; and (4 employ rigorous controls. We report the implementation of an integrated array of three experimental approaches designed to meet the above-stated criteria. Mechanistically overlapping, yet distinct, the three approaches comprised (1 direct application of test solutions on live tentacles (termed tentacle solution assay, or TSA with single image- and video-microscopy; (2 spontaneous stinging assay using freshly excised tentacles overlaid on substrate of live human red blood cells suspended in agarose (tentacle blood agarose assays, or TBAA; and (3 a “skin” covered adaptation of TBAA (tentacle skin blood agarose assay, or TSBAA. We report the use and results of these assays to evaluate the efficacy of topical first-aid approaches to inhibit tentacle firing and venom activity. TSA results included the potent stimulation of massive cnidae discharge by alcohols but only moderate induction by urine, freshwater, and “cola” (carbonated soft drink. Although vinegar, the 40-year field standard of first aid for the removal of adherent tentacles, completely inhibited cnidae firing in TSA and TSBAA ex vivo models, the most striking inhibition of both tentacle firing and subsequent venom-induced hemolysis was observed using newly-developed proprietary formulations (Sting No More™ containing copper gluconate, magnesium sulfate, and urea.

  12. Investigation of T-cell receptor-γ gene rearrangement in gastrointestinal lymphomas by PCR-SSCP analysis

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    Xi-Qun Han; Li He; Lan-Ying Shong; Hui-Yong Jiang; Mei-Gang Zhu; Tong Zhao


    AIM: To analyze the characterization of T-cell receptor-γ (TCR-γ) gene rearrangement in the gastrointestinal lymphomas and evaluate the value of PCR-SSCP analysis in gastrointestinal lymphomas investigation.METHODS: TCR-γgene rearrangement segments of gastrointestinal lymphomas were cloned and sequenced.Single clone plasmid and mixed clone plsamids were subsequently submitted to PCR-SSCP analysis to investigate the relationship between the number of amplified clones and band patterns of the amplified products. The PCR products of TCR-γgene rearrangement of 40 gastrointestinal lymphomas were electrophoresed on agarose gels and the positive cases on agarose gels were studied by SSCP analysis.RESULTS: The sequencing showed that TCR-γ gene rearrangement of the gastrointestinal lymphomas included functional gene and pseudogene with extensive variety in the junctional regions. In SSCP analysis, the number of the single-stranded bands was about two times of the number of amplified clones, and double-stranded band became broad with the increased number of the amplified clones. Thirteen of the 25 B-cell gastrointestinal lymphomas and 14 of the 15 gastrointestinal T-cell lymphomas were positive detected on agarose gel electrophoresis. Of the positive cases detected by SSCP analysis, 3 B-cell lymphomas and 13 T-cell lymphomas showed positive bands. The other cases showed only smears. The rearranged pattern included 13 monoallelic gene rearrangements and 3 biallelic or oligoclonal gene rearrangements.CONCLUSION: The pattern of TCR-γ, gene rearrangement in gastrointestinal lymphomas are similar to that of the nodular lymphomas. PCR-SSCP analysis for TCR-γ gene rearrangement can be applied both for adjuvant diagnosis of gastrointestinal lymphomas and analysis of the gene rearrangement pattern. The ratio of TCR-γ gene rearrangements occurred in T-cell gastrointestinal lymphomas is significantly higher than that in B-cell gastrointestinal lymphomas. The gene rearrangement

  13. Scaffold-free approach produces neocartilage tissue of similar quality as the use of HyStem™ and Hydromatrix™ scaffolds. (United States)

    Ylärinne, Janne H; Qu, Chengjuan; Lammi, Mikko J


    Numerous biomaterials are being considered for cartilage tissue engineering, while scaffold-free systems have also been introduced. Thus, it is important to know do the scaffolds improve the formation of manufactured neocartilages. This study compares scaffold-free cultures to two scaffold-containing ones. Six million bovine primary chondrocytes were embedded in HyStem™ or HydroMatrix™ scaffolds, or suspended in scaffold-free chondrocyte culture medium, and then loaded into agarose gel supported culture well pockets. Neocartilages were grown in the presence of hypertonic high glucose DMEM medium for up to 6 weeks. By the end of culture periods, the formed tissues were analyzed by histological staining for proteoglycans (PGs) and type II collagen, gene expression measurements of aggrecan, Sox9, procollagen α1(II), and procollagen α2(I) were performed using quantitative RT-PCR, and analyses of PG contents and structure were conducted by spectrophotometric and agarose gel electrophoretic methods. Histological stainings showed that the PGs and type II collagen were abundantly present in both the scaffold-free and the scaffold-containing tissues. The PG content gradually increased following the culture period. However, the mRNA expression levels of the cartilage-specific genes of aggrecan, procollagen α1(II) and Sox9 gradually decreased following culture period, while procollagen α2(I) levels increased. After 6-week-cultivations, the PG concentrations in neocartilage tissues manufactured with HyStem™ or HydroMatrix™ scaffolds, and in scaffold-free agarose gel-supported cell cultures, were similar to native cartilage. No obvious benefits could be seen on the extracellular matrix assembly in HyStem™ or HydroMatrix™ scaffolds cultures.

  14. Effective chemotherapy induce apoptosis in vivo in patients with leukemia

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    岑溪南; 朱平; 虞积仁; 石永进; 马明信


    Objective To investigate apoptosis in vivo in patients with leukemia at different stages of the first cycle of chemotherapy.Methods We detected apoptosis of HL-60 cells and peripheral blood leukemia cells in 17 patients at different stages, using in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) fluorescence measurement and DNA electrophoresis. Results When HL-60 cells were incubated with 0.02 mg/L harringtonine for 0 to 48 hours, agarose gel electrophoresis showed that DNA ladder patterns became evident only at 12 hour into the treatment. In situ TdT assay showed that apoptotic cells occurred after one hour of the treatment. Apoptotic cells were few (0-3.3%) before chemotherapy, but increased substantially (11.4%-87.5%) during chemotherapy in patients with complete remission (CR) or partial remission (PR). Apoptotic cells were few (0-6.1%) during chemotherapy in ten patients with no remission (NR). DNA ladder cannot be detected by agarose gel electrophoresis either before, during or after chemotherapy. Wilcoxon signed rank test shows: P=0.0012<0.01, apoptotic cells during chemotherapy were present in greater quantity than prior to chemotherapy. Wilcoxon rank sum test shows: P=0.0011<0.01, with the median of apoptotic cells during chemotherapy in patients with CR or PR more than with NR.Conclusions TdT assay can be used to detect apoptotic cells earlier and more sensitively than DNA agarose gel electrophoresis. In situ TdT assay is useful to detect apoptosis in vivo in the initial phase of chemotherapy for immediate modification of the chemotherapy regimen, whereas electrophoretic analysis is not sensitive enough to detect apoptotic cell in vivo. Where the median of apoptotic cells during chemotherapy in patients with CR or PR were greater than with NR, only effective drug therapy could induce apoptosis.

  15. Local delivery of fluorescent dye for fiber-optics confocal microscopy of the living heart. (United States)

    Huang, Chao; Kaza, Aditya K; Hitchcock, Robert W; Sachse, Frank B


    Fiber-optics confocal microscopy (FCM) is an emerging imaging technology with various applications in basic research and clinical diagnosis. FCM allows for real-time in situ microscopy of tissue at sub-cellular scale. Recently FCM has been investigated for cardiac imaging, in particular, for discrimination of cardiac tissue during pediatric open-heart surgery. FCM relies on fluorescent dyes. The current clinical approach of dye delivery is based on systemic injection, which is associated with high dye consumption, and adverse clinical events. In this study, we investigated approaches for local dye delivery during FCM imaging based on dye carriers attached to the imaging probe. Using three-dimensional confocal microscopy, automated bench tests, and FCM imaging we quantitatively characterized dye release of carriers composed of open-pore foam only and foam loaded with agarose hydrogel. In addition, we compared local dye delivery with a model of systemic dye delivery in the isolated perfused rodent heart. We measured the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of images acquired in various regions of the heart. Our evaluations showed that foam-agarose dye carriers exhibited a prolonged dye release vs. foam-only carriers. Foam-agarose dye carriers allowed reliable imaging of 5-9 lines, which is comparable to 4-8 min of continuous dye release. Our study in the living heart revealed that the SNR of FCM images using local and systemic dye delivery is not different. However, we observed differences in the imaged tissue microstructure with the two approaches. Structural features characteristic of microvasculature were solely observed for systemic dye delivery. Our findings suggest that local dye delivery approach for FCM imaging constitutes an important alternative to systemic dye delivery. We suggest that the approach for local dye delivery will facilitate clinical translation of FCM, for instance, for FCM imaging during pediatric heart surgery.

  16. Cloning, Expression, and Biochemical Characterization of a Novel Acidic GH16 β-Agarase, AgaJ11, from Gayadomonas joobiniege G7. (United States)

    Jung, Subin; Jeong, Byeong-Chul; Hong, Soon-Kwang; Lee, Chang-Ro


    A novel β-agarase AgaJ11 belonging to the glycoside hydrolase (GH) 16 family was identified from an agar-degrading bacterium Gayadomonas joobiniege G7. AgaJ11 was composed of 317 amino acids (35 kDa), including a 26-amino acid signal peptide, and had the highest similarity (44 % identity) to a putative β-agarase from an agarolytic marine bacterium Agarivorans albus MKT 106. The agarase activity of purified AgaJ11 was confirmed by zymogram analysis. The optimum pH and temperature for AgaJ11 activity were determined to be 4.5 and 40 °C, respectively. Notably, AgaJ11 is an acidic β-agarase that was active only at a narrow pH range from 4 to 5, and less than 30 % of its enzymatic activity was retained at other pH conditions. The K m and V max of AgaJ11 for agarose were 21.42 mg/ml and 25 U/mg, respectively. AgaJ11 did not require metal ions for its activity, but severe inhibition by several metal ions was observed. Thin layer chromatography and agarose-liquefying analyses revealed that AgaJ11 is an endo-type β-agarase that hydrolyzes agarose into neoagarohexaose, neoagarotetraose, and neoagarobiose. Therefore, this study shows that AgaJ11 from G. joobiniege G7 is a novel GH16 β-agarase with an acidic enzymatic feature that may be useful for industrial applications.

  17. Novel synthesis strategies for natural polymer and composite biomaterials as potential scaffolds for tissue engineering. (United States)

    Ko, Hsu-Feng; Sfeir, Charles; Kumta, Prashant N


    Recent developments in tissue engineering approaches frequently revolve around the use of three-dimensional scaffolds to function as the template for cellular activities to repair, rebuild and regenerate damaged or lost tissues. While there are several biomaterials to select as three-dimensional scaffolds, it is generally agreed that a biomaterial to be used in tissue engineering needs to possess certain material characteristics such as biocompatibility, suitable surface chemistry, interconnected porosity, desired mechanical properties and biodegradability. The use of naturally derived polymers as three-dimensional scaffolds has been gaining widespread attention owing to their favourable attributes of biocompatibility, low cost and ease of processing. This paper discusses the synthesis of various polysaccharide-based, naturally derived polymers, and the potential of using these biomaterials to serve as tissue engineering three-dimensional scaffolds is also evaluated. In this study, naturally derived polymers, specifically cellulose, chitosan, alginate and agarose, and their composites, are examined. Single-component scaffolds of plain cellulose, plain chitosan and plain alginate as well as composite scaffolds of cellulose-alginate, cellulose-agarose, cellulose-chitosan, chitosan-alginate and chitosan-agarose are synthesized, and their suitability as tissue engineering scaffolds is assessed. It is shown that naturally derived polymers in the form of hydrogels can be synthesized, and the lyophilization technique is used to synthesize various composites comprising these natural polymers. The composite scaffolds appear to be sponge-like after lyophilization. Scanning electron microscopy is used to demonstrate the formation of an interconnected porous network within the polymeric scaffold following lyophilization. It is also established that HeLa cells attach and proliferate well on scaffolds of cellulose, chitosan or alginate. The synthesis protocols reported in this

  18. An Efficient, Recyclable, and Stable Immobilized Biocatalyst Based on Bioinspired Microcapsules-in-Hydrogel Scaffolds. (United States)

    Zhang, Shaohua; Jiang, Zhongyi; Shi, Jiafu; Wang, Xueyan; Han, Pingping; Qian, Weilun


    Design and preparation of high-performance immobilized biocatalysts with exquisite structures and elucidation of their profound structure-performance relationship are highly desired for green and sustainable biotransformation processes. Learning from nature has been recognized as a shortcut to achieve such an impressive goal. Loose connective tissue, which is composed of hierarchically organized cells by extracellular matrix (ECM) and is recognized as an efficient catalytic system to ensure the ordered proceeding of metabolism, may offer an ideal prototype for preparing immobilized biocatalysts with high catalytic activity, recyclability, and stability. Inspired by the hierarchical structure of loose connective tissue, we prepared an immobilized biocatalyst enabled by microcapsules-in-hydrogel (MCH) scaffolds via biomimetic mineralization in agarose hydrogel. In brief, the in situ synthesized hybrid microcapsules encapsulated with glucose oxidase (GOD) are hierarchically organized by the fibrous framework of agarose hydrogel, where the fibers are intercalated into the capsule wall. The as-prepared immobilized biocatalyst shows structure-dependent catalytic performance. The porous hydrogel permits free diffusion of glucose molecules (diffusion coefficient: ∼6 × 10(-6) cm(2) s(-1), close to that in water) and retains the enzyme activity as much as possible after immobilization (initial reaction rate: 1.5 × 10(-2) mM min(-1)). The monolithic macroscale of agarose hydrogel facilitates the easy recycling of the immobilized biocatalyst (only by using tweezers), which contributes to the nonactivity decline during the recycling test. The fiber-intercalating structure elevates the mechanical stability of the in situ synthesized hybrid microcapsules, which inhibits the leaching and enhances the stability of the encapsulated GOD, achieving immobilization efficiency of ∼95%. This study will, therefore, provide a generic method for the hierarchical organization of (bio

  19. In vitro release studies of insulin from lipid implants in solution and in a hydrogel matrix mimicking the subcutis. (United States)

    Jensen, Sabrine S; Jensen, Henrik; Møller, Eva H; Cornett, Claus; Siepmann, Florence; Siepmann, Jürgen; Østergaard, Jesper


    Widely accepted in vitro methodologies for sustained release parenteral drug formulations remain to be established. Hydrogels have been proposed as a release matrix more closely resembling the in vivo conditions for formulations intended for subcutaneous administration. The perspective of the current work was to investigate the feasibility of developing UV imaging-based in vitro methods enabling visualization and characterization of drug release and transport of protein therapeutics intended for subcutaneous administration. Specifically, the objectives were to prepare lipid implants providing sustained release of the model protein insulin and investigate the release into 0.5% (w/v) agarose hydrogels, pH7.40, using UV imaging- and a gel sampling-based release testing method. These results were compared to insulin release into well agitated buffer solution. Irrespective of the applied in vitro release method, the insulin release from Sterotex implants with a drug load of 20% (w/w) was faster as compared to the release from implants with a load of 10% (w/w), most likely due to the higher porosity of the implants with increasing drug load. Insulin release from 10% (w/w) implants into agitated solution was faster as compared to release into agarose hydrogel. This was ascribed to the additional mass transfer resistance provided by the agarose hydrogel. Interestingly, the release profiles of insulin from implants with an initial drug load of 20% (w/w) obtained by the three in vitro methods were relatively similar. The gel-based methods, in particular UV imaging, enable monitoring local drug concentrations in the vicinity of the implant over time thereby facilitating assessment of, e.g., sink conditions. The study highlights that the selection of the in vitro release method should take into account various factors including mass transport, drug stability, data analysis and simplicity of the methodology.

  20. Near net shape forming processes for chemically prepared zinc oxide varistors.

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    Lockwood, Steven John; Voigt, James A.; Tuttle, Bruce Andrew; Bell, Nelson Simmons


    Chemically prepared zinc oxide powders are fabricated for the production of high aspect ratio varistor components. Colloidal processing in water was performed to reduce agglomerates to primary particles, form a high solids loading slurry, and prevent dopant migration. The milled and dispersed powder exhibited a viscoelastic to elastic behavioral transition at a volume loading of 43-46%. The origin of this transition was studied using acoustic spectroscopy, zeta potential measurements and oscillatory rheology. The phenomenon occurs due to a volume fraction solids dependent reduction in the zeta potential of the solid phase. It is postulated to result from divalent ion binding within the polyelectrolyte dispersant chain, and was mitigated using a polyethylene glycol plasticizing additive. Chemically prepared zinc oxide powders were processed for the production of high aspect ratio varistor components. Near net shape casting methods including slip casting and agarose gelcasting were evaluated for effectiveness in achieving a uniform green microstructure achieving density values near the theoretical maximum during sintering. The structure of the green parts was examined by mercury porisimetry. Agarose gelcasting produced green parts with low solids loading values and did not achieve high fired density. Isopressing the agarose cast parts after drying raised the fired density to greater than 95%, but the parts exhibited catastrophic shorting during electrical testing. Slip casting produced high green density parts, which exhibited high fired density values. The electrical characteristics of slip cast parts are comparable with dry pressed powder compacts. Alternative methods for near net shape forming of ceramic dispersions were investigated for use with the chemically prepared ZnO material. Recommendations for further investigation to achieve a viable production process are presented.

  1. Degradation Effect of Gossypol on the Lymphocyte Apoptosis and Nucleic Acid of Duolang Sheep%棉酚对多浪羊淋巴细胞凋亡及其对核酸降解的研究

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    刘书东; 左文斌; 贺艳艳; 潘辉; 徐丽君; 顾海洋; 杨威华; 李莲瑞


    In this study, the effects of gossypol on Duolang sheep lymphocyte apoptosis and degradation of nucleic acid on were studied by culturing lymphocytes in RPMI 1640 medium, Wright-Giemsa staining, DNA and RNA gel electrophoresis. The results showed that; lymphocyte appeared apoptotic bodies after Wright-Giemsa stained for 4 h; DNA and RNA were detected by Agarose Gel Electrophoresis. The DNA agarose gel electrophoresis showed the typical DNA ladder of apoptosis. The RNA agarose gel electrophoresis appeared 18S rRNA began to degrade at 4th hours. It was concluded that after treated by 1. 35μmol/L of gossypol for 4 h, the lymphocytes could inhibit lymphocyte proliferation of Duolang sheep , and promote apoptosis and degradation of nucleic acid.%主要通过使用RPMI 1640培养基培养淋巴细胞、瑞氏一吉姆萨染色、DNA和RNA电泳等方法来研究棉酚对多浪羊淋巴细胞的凋亡效应和对淋巴细胞核酸影响.研究结果表明,经瑞氏一吉姆萨染色4h淋巴细胞出现凋亡小体;DNA和RNA通过琼脂糖凝胶电泳检测在4h分别出现梯状条带和18S降解.可见,当细胞培养液中棉酚浓度为1.35 umol/L,培养淋巴细胞4h后,可抑制多浪羊淋巴细胞的增殖,并且促进凋亡及其核酸的降解.

  2. Multilocus DNA fingerprinting in paternity analysis: a Chilean experience


    Cifuentes O. Lucía; Armanet B. Leonor; Aguirre A. Raúl; Vargas B. Juana; Acuña P. Mónica


    DNA polymorphism is very useful in paternity analysis. The present paper describes paternity studies done using DNA profiles obtained with the (CAC)5 probe. All of the subjects studied were involved in nonjudicial cases of paternity. Genomic DNA digested with HaeIII was run on agarose gels and hybridized in the gel with the (CAC)5 probe labeled with 32P. The mean number of bands larger than the 4.3 kb per individual was 16.1. The mean proportion of bands shared among unrelated individuals was...

  3. Progress in Development of Improved Ion-Channel Biosensors (United States)

    Nadeau, Jay L.; White, Victor E.; Maurer, Joshua A.; Dougherty, Dennis A.


    Further improvements have recently been made in the development of the devices described in Improved Ion-Channel Biosensors (NPO-30710), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 10 (October 2004), page 30. As discussed in more detail in that article, these sensors offer advantages of greater stability, greater lifetime, and individual electrical addressability, relative to prior ion-channel biosensors. In order to give meaning to a brief description of the recent improvements, it is necessary to recapitulate a substantial portion of the text of the cited previous article. The figure depicts one sensor that incorporates the recent improvements, and can be helpful in understanding the recapitulated text, which follows: These sensors are microfabricated from silicon and other materials compatible with silicon. Typically, the sensors are fabricated in arrays in silicon wafers on glass plates. Each sensor in the array can be individually electrically addressed, without interference with its neighbors. Each sensor includes a well covered by a thin layer of silicon nitride, in which is made a pinhole for the formation of a lipid bilayer membrane. In one stage of fabrication, the lower half of the well is filled with agarose, which is allowed to harden. Then the upper half of the well is filled with a liquid electrolyte (which thereafter remains liquid) and a lipid bilayer is painted over the pinhole. The liquid contains a protein that forms an ion channel on top of the hardened agarose. The combination of enclosure in the well and support by the hardened agarose provides the stability needed to keep the membrane functional for times as long as days or even weeks. An electrode above the well, another electrode below the well, and all the materials between the electrodes together constitute a capacitor. What is measured is the capacitive transient current in response to an applied voltage pulse. One notable feature of this sensor, in comparison with prior such sensors, is a

  4. Self-Assembly of Large-Scale Shape-Controlled DNA Nano-Structures (United States)


    centrilligation for 3 min at 10,000 r.p.m. at room temperature using ’Freeze’ N Squeeze’ DNA Gel Extraction spin columns (Bio-Rad). Recovered DNA -modified gold...were purified by 2% native agarose gel electrophoresis (SYBR safe purchased froin Invitrogen, freeze ’N Squeeze DNA gel extraction spin room temperature using "Freeze ’N Squeeze" DNA Gel Extraction spin columns (Bio-Rad). Recovered DNA molds were stored at 4°C in dark for further

  5. One-stop genomic DNA extraction by salicylic acid-coated magnetic nanoparticles. (United States)

    Zhou, Zhongwu; Kadam, Ulhas S; Irudayaraj, Joseph


    Salicylic acid-coated magnetic nanoparticles were prepared via a modified one-step synthesis and used for a one-stop extraction of genomic DNA from mammalian cells. The synthesized magnetic particles were used for magnetic separation of cells from the media by nonspecific binding of the particles as well as extraction of genomic DNA from the lysate. The quantity and quality were confirmed by agarose gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reaction. The entire process of extraction and isolation can be completed within 30 min. Compared with traditional methods based on centrifugation and filtration, the established method is fast, simple, reliable, and environmentally friendly.

  6. Molecular Analysis of Neurotoxin-Induced Apoptosis (United States)


    C.J. Meininger, R. Forough, G . Wu, M.H. Wu, H.J. Granger, Eph B4 receptor signaling mediates endothelial cell migra- tion and proliferation via the...for 30min. ProteinA / G -agarose beadswere added to themixture, and further incubation was carried out at 4 °C overnight. After incuba- tion, beads were...the sampleswere centrifuged at 12,000 rpm for 10min. The resulting pellets were resuspended in 50l of Tris/EDTAbuffer containing proteinase K (300 g

  7. Supported Molecular Matrix Electrophoresis. (United States)

    Matsuno, Yu-Ki; Kameyama, Akihiko


    Mucins are difficult to separate using conventional gel electrophoresis methods such as SDS-PAGE and agarose gel electrophoresis, owing to their large size and heterogeneity. On the other hand, cellulose acetate membrane electrophoresis can separate these molecules, but is not compatible with glycan analysis. Here, we describe a novel membrane electrophoresis technique, termed "supported molecular matrix electrophoresis" (SMME), in which a porous polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane filter is used to achieve separation. This description includes the separation, visualization, and glycan analysis of mucins with the SMME technique.

  8. Influence of gelling additives in the green properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} bodies obtained by aqueous gel casting

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    Millan, A.J. [IUT, Caracas (Venezuela). Dept. Materiales; Baudin, C.; Moreno, R.; Nieto, M.I. [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid (Spain). Ist. de Ceramica y Vidrio


    The use of gelling additives, as polysaccharides, in colloidal processing provides adequate mechanical properties to the green bodies to be handled. In this work, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} gel casting is studied by using agar, agarose and carrageenan as gelling additives. The rheological behaviour of the gel casting slurries on cooling is studied. The green characteristics of the gel cast bodies prepared at different conditions are characterised in terms of density, microstructure and mechanical behaviour (bend strength, elastic modulus) at room temperature. A correlation between the obtained results is established and the best compositions and processing conditions are discussed. (orig.)

  9. RNA of tobacco etch virus contains poly(A)

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    Hari, V.; Siegel, A.; Rozek, C.; Timberlake, W.E.


    The RNA of tobacco etch virus was extracted and found to have a molecular weight of 3.2 x 10/sup 6/ based on an extrapolation from polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis mobility. The RNA from the virus could be separated into two classes, one containing and one lacking polyadenylate isostichs of sufficient length to bind to polyuridylic-acid-agarose. The two classes were present in variable amounts depending on the batch of virus used for isolation of RNA and both classes were infectious.

  10. Affinity chromatography with an immobilized RNA enzyme.


    Vioque, A; Altman, S


    M1 RNA, the catalytic subunit of Escherichia coli RNase P, has been covalently linked at its 3' terminus to agarose beads. Unlike M1 RNA, which is active in solution in the absence of the protein component (C5) of RNase P, the RNA linked to the beads is active only in the presence of C5 protein. Affinity chromatography of crude extracts of E. coli on a column prepared from the beads to which the RNA has been crosslinked results in the purification of C5 protein in a single step. The protein h...

  11. Genotoxic and Cytotoxic Safety Evaluation of Papain (Carica papaya L. Using In Vitro Assays

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    Claudia R. da Silva


    This work evaluated the toxic and mutagenic potential of papain and its potential antioxidant activity against induced-H2O2 oxidative stress in Escherichia coli strains. Cytotoxicity assay, Growth inhibition test, WP2-Mutoxitest and Plasmid-DNA treatment, and agarose gel electrophoresis were used to investigate if papain would present any toxic or mutagenic potential as well as if papain would display antioxidant properties. Papain exhibited negative results for all tests. This agent presented an activity protecting cells against H2O2-induced mutagenesis.

  12. Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Activity of an Intramolecular Stacking Zinc(Ⅱ) Complex

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    GAO, Enjun; LIU, Lei; ZHU, Mingchang; WU, Qiong


    The synthesis, crystallographic analysis and spectroscopic study of a zinc(Ⅱ) complex [Zn(bipy)(pmal)(H2O)]· 2H2O (bipy=2,2'-bipyfidine, pmal=phenylmalonic acid) were carded out. The complex has been investigated by the methods of X-ray crystallography, elemental analysis and IR spectra. The binding ability of the Zn(Ⅱ) complex to calf thymus (CT-DNA) was characterized by measuring the effects on the UV spectroscopy and fluorescence spectra of DNA. The agarose gel electrophoresis experimental results suggest that the ligand planaxity of complex has a significant effect on cleaving the pBR322 plasmid DNA.

  13. An Effective Method for Extracting Total RNA from Young Embryo of Seedless Litchi%一种有效提取无核荔枝幼胚总RNA的方法

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    刘兴地; 郑学勤


    A total RNA extraction method for young embryo of seedless litchi was introduced.CRAB,Phenol(saturated with water),chloroform,Guanidine isothiecyanate were used as main extraction reagents.Polyphenolic compounds were removed effectively by added PVP into the extraction buffer solution.RNA was purified intensively by phenol,chloroform extraction,and ethanol deposition after deposited by LiCl.Both the results of formaldehyde denatured agarose gel electrophoresis and ultraviolet spectrophotometer analysis showed high integrity and purity of RNA.So the quality of extracted RNA could meet the demand of most molecular biology experiments that require higher quality RNA.

  14. Identification of cAMP-dependent phosphorylated proteins involved in the formation of environment-resistant resting cysts by the terrestrial ciliate Colpoda cucullus

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    Y Sogame


    Full Text Available In the terrestrial ciliate Colpoda cucullus, an elevation of the intracellular cAMP concentration was reported to be involved in environment-resistant resting cyst formation. In the present study, cAMP-dependently phosphorylated proteins of encystment-induced C. cucullus were isolated with Phos-tag agarose phosphate-affinity beads and subsequent SDS-PAGE. In a liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry analysis of these phosphoproteins, 27-, 37- and 43-kDa proteins (p27, p37 and p43 were identified as Rieske iron-sulfur protein, histone H4 (hyperacetylated form, and actin, respectively.

  15. Monoclonal triiodothyronine (T/sub 3/)-binding immunoglobulins in a euthyroid woman

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    de Baets, M.; Sels, J.; Elewaut, A.; Vermeulen, A. (Ghent Rijkuniversiteit (Belgium). Akademisch Ziekenhuis); van Breda Vriesman, P.; Willems, P.; Coenegracht, J. (Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, Maastricht (Netherlands))


    Serum from a euthyroid woman, without apparent thyroid disease, was tested by agarose electrophoresis, which revealed an abnormal thyroid hormone-binding protein that interfered with the radioimmunoassay for triiodothyronine. Further characterization of this substance by immunoelectrophoresis and isoelectric focusing revealed its identity as a monoclonal antibody that specifically bound to T/sub 3/, compared to the polyclonal antibodies produced experimentally in the rabbit. Scatchard plot analysis of the purified immunoglobulin fraction from her serum revealed a single population of high affinity antibodies with a low binding capacity.

  16. Isolation and functional property of mRNAs coding for human interleukin 2. (United States)

    Beck, H P; Schneider, E M; Wallenfels, B; Lipps, H J; Schott, H; Sonneborn, H; Wernet, P


    Interleukin 2 (IL 2) is a lymphokine with specific growth promoting properties for activated T cells. The isolation and purification of specific mRNAs coding for this protein is reported. The analysis of total poly A + containing RNA from PHA stimulated T lymphocytes on agarose gels reveals the existence of at least two different IL-2 mRNAs. Isolated RNAs have been microinjected separately into Xenopus laevis oocytes for translation and consecutively the synthesized proteins were tested for activity on alloactivated T cell lines which were dependent on IL-2 for growth. Both RNAs coded for a protein which displayed clearly detectable IL-2 activity.


    Kudan, Ye V; Pereira, F D A S; Parfenov, V A; Kasyanov, V A; Khesuani, Yu D; Bulanova, Ye A; Mironov, V A


    Tissue spheroids biofabricated from primary human fibroblasts using non-adhesive agarose forms, were placed by 3D bioprinter on the surface of microfibrous electrospun matrix. It was demonstrated that tissue spheroids attached to the surface of matrix during several hours and then gradually spread for several days which indicates high level of biocompatibiity of electrospun microfibrous polyurethane matrix. During this activity, human fibroblasts used processes of leading cell borders for initial step of attachment to matrix filaments. Tissue constructions formed during spreading of tissue spheroids on the surface of electrospun microfibrous polyurethane matrix seem to be a perspective technology platform for development of new methods of biofabrication and 3D bioprinting.

  18. Immunoblotting techniques with picogram sensitivity in cerebrospinal fluid protein detection. (United States)

    Nespolo, A; Bianchi, G; Salmaggi, A; Lazzaroni, M; Cerrato, D; Malesani Tajoli, L


    Agarose isoelectric focusing followed by blotting with nitrocellulose, nylon or polyvinylidene difluoride membranes, and immunochemical detection of cerebrospinal fluid IgG with various combinations of antisera, was evaluated. Polyvinylidene difluoride proved to be an easy-to-handle and reliable membrane for protein blotting. Among immunochemical visualization reactions, the most sensitive employed biotinylated goat anti-human IgG followed by streptavidin colloidal gold conjugate and silver enhancement in 20% w/v urea, allowing a sensitivity of less then 1 picogram IgG/band.

  19. Purification and characterization of a poly(A)-binding protein from chickpea (Cicer arietinum) epicotyl. (United States)

    Cheriyath, V; Balasubrahmanyam, A; Kapoor, H C


    A poly(A)-binding protein (PABP) with mol wt 72,000 has been purified from chickpea (Cicer arietinum) epicotyls by ammonium sulfate fractionation, Cibacron blue F3-GA and poly(A) agarose chromatography. The binding properties and the specificity of binding show that the purified protein is an analogue of PABPs in other eukaryotes. This PABP is highly susceptible to proteolysis and upon degradation forms a polypeptide fragment of mol wt 21,000 which has an independent poly(A) binding activity.

  20. Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis of DNA extracted from Trichuris trichiura (Linnaeus, 1771 eggs and its prospective application to paleoparasitological studies

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    Elaine Machado Martinez


    Full Text Available Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis was applied to DNAs extracted from Trichuris trichiura eggs recovered from human fecal samples. Four out of 6 primers tested displayed 18 distinct and well defined polymorphic patterns, ranging from 650 to 3200 base pairs. These results, upon retrieval and DNA sequencing of some of these bands from agarose gels, might help in establishing T. trichiura specific genetic markers, not available yet, and an important step to design primers to be used in molecular diagnosis approaches.

  1. A comparison of the sensitivity of three gel electrophoresis methods for the RFLP analysis of mycobacterial heat shock protein 65 gene%三种凝胶电泳分析分枝杆菌热休克蛋白65基因酶切片段的灵敏度比较

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    张彩萍; 王洪生; 冯雨苗; 林麟; 崔盘根; 陈敏; 吴勤学


    Objective To compare the performance of 2% (w/v) agarose gel,2% (w/v) Metaphor agarose gel and 10%(w/v) nondenaturating polyacrylamide gel in the PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis of mycobacterial heat shock protein 65 (hsp65) gene.Methods This study included 8 Mycobacteria strains,including clinical isolates and standard strains of Mycobacteria tuberculosis and Mycobacterium intracellulare.Bacterialsuspension of these strains was prepared with the concentration of bacterial cells varying from 10 to 106per milliliter.PCR was performed to amplify the hsp65 gene with a pair of universal primers followed by the digestion of amplicons with two restriction endonucleases,BstE Ⅱ and Hae Ⅲ.Then,the restriction enzyme-digested fragments were subjected to electrophoresis in 2% agarose gel,2% Metaphor agarose gel and 10% nondenaturating polyacrylamide gel respectively.Results As analysis of variance showed,the three gel electrophoresis methods were statistically different in sensitivity for the RFLP analysis of mycobacterial hsp65 gene (F =36.379,P < 0.01).Least significance difference (LSD) procedure revealed that the 2% agarose gel-based electrophoresis was less sensitive than the 2% Metaphor agarose gel-and 10% non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel-based electrophoresis (both P < 0.01),and no significant differences were observed between the 2% Metaphor agarose gel-and 10% non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel-based electrophoresis (P > 0.05).Conclusion The 2% Metaphor agarose gel-and 10%nondenaturating polyacrylamide gel-based electrophoresis methods appear to be more sensitive than the 2% agarose gel-based electrophoresis method for the PCR-RFLP analysis of mycobacterial hsp65 gene.%目的 比较2%(w/v)琼脂糖凝胶、2% (w/v)Metaphor琼脂糖凝胶和10%(w/v)非变性聚丙烯酰胺凝胶分析分枝杆菌热休克蛋白65(hsp65)基因酶切片段的灵敏度.方法 分枝杆菌8株,分别制成106~101

  2. Avaliação espectroscópica de corantes orgânicos submetidos a raios-X: aplicação em dosimetria de radiação ionizante


    BENEVIDES, Clayton Augusto


    Esta tese teve o objetivo de entender como ocorre a degradação de determinados corantes orgânicos fluorescentes quando irradiados e avaliar quantitativamente esta degradação. Os experimentos foram feitos utilizando uma concentração específica para os dois corantes: Rodamina 6G e Fluoresceína em gel de agarose e NaCl. NaCl foi utilizado a fim aumentar a taxa de degradação dos fluoróforos. Uma vez estabelecidos os sistemas químicos, as irradiações foram executadas sob um feixe ...

  3. Solid-phase plate-reader quantification of specific PCR products by measurement of band-specific ethidium bromide fluorescence. (United States)

    McCarthy, Michael T; O'Callaghan, Christopher A


    Real-time PCR is widely employed to quantify PCR products across a range of applications. However, accurate real-time PCR is not always technically feasible, and alternative methods for PCR product quantification can be expensive and time consuming to validate. We have developed an inexpensive, rapid, and immediately accessible protocol to quantify PCR products, by measuring ethidium bromide fluorescence of PCR products excised from agarose gels. This protocol has relevance to a broad range of methods in molecular biology where quantification of PCR products is necessary.

  4. Binding assays with streptavidin-functionalized superparamagnetic nanoparticles and biotinylated analytes using fluxgate magnetorelaxometry

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    Heim, Erik [TU Braunschweig, Institut fuer Elektrische Messtechnik und Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik, Hans-Sommer-Str. 66, 38106 Braunschweig (Germany)], E-mail:; Ludwig, Frank; Schilling, Meinhard [TU Braunschweig, Institut fuer Elektrische Messtechnik und Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik, Hans-Sommer-Str. 66, 38106 Braunschweig (Germany)


    Binding assays based on the magnetorelaxation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles as markers are presented utilizing a differential fluxgate system. As ligand and receptor, streptavidin and biotin, respectively, are used. Superparamagnetic nanoparticles are functionalized with streptavidin and bound to two types of biotinylated analytes: agarose beads and bovine serum (BSA) proteins. The size difference of the two analytes causes a different progress of the reaction. As a consequence, the analysis of the relaxation signal is carried out dissimilarly for the two analytes. In addition, we studied the reaction kinetics of the two kinds of analytes with the fluxgate system.

  5. Efficient purification of unique antibodies using peptide affinity-matrix columns

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    Jensen, Liselotte Brix; Riise, Erik; Nielsen, Leif Kofoed;


    Phage display technology was used to identify peptide ligands with unique specificity for a monoclonal model antibody, MK16, that recognises the human multiple sclerosis associated MHC class II molecule DR2 in complex with a myelin basic protein (MBP)-derived peptide corresponding to residue 85......-99. Several peptide epitopes were identified and all of them recognised specifically MK16. One peptide, ER6.1, was selected and linked to beaded agarose and demonstrated excellent performance as a peptide affinity chromatography matrix. This epitope matrix was efficient in the purification of MK16 Fab...

  6. Ce4+-Induced Apoptosis of Taxus cuspidata Cells in Suspension Culture

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    葛志强; 元英进; 王艳东; 马振毅; 胡宗定


    The standard detection hallmarks of apoptosis of Taxus cuspidata cells in suspension culture with Ce4+ were studied. The condensation and margination of chromatin were observed under the electron microscopy. DNA fragmentation ranged "DNA ladder" on agarose gel electrophoresis. TdT-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) analysis of the cells reveals that the nuclear DNA strand breaks can be identified by labeling free 3′-OH termini. These results suggest that Ce4+ can induce apoptosis of Taxus cuspidata cells and also indicate that there is a certain relationship between apoptosis and secondary metabolite product-Taxol.

  7. Biotransformation of 2,6-diaminopurine nucleosides by immobilized Geobacillus stearothermophilus. (United States)

    De Benedetti, Eliana C; Rivero, Cintia W; Britos, Claudia N; Lozano, Mario E; Trelles, Jorge A


    An efficient and green bioprocess to obtain 2,6-diaminopurine nucleosides using thermophilic bacteria is herein reported. Geobacillus stearothermophilus CECT 43 showed a conversion rate of 90 and 83% at 2 h to obtain 2,6-diaminopurine-2'-deoxyriboside and 2,6-diaminopurine riboside, respectively. The selected biocatalyst was successfully stabilized in an agarose matrix and used to produce up to 23.4 g of 2,6-diaminopurine-2'-deoxyriboside in 240 h of process. These nucleoside analogues can be used as prodrug precursors or in antisense oligonucleotide synthesis.

  8. Biosynthesis of anti-HCV compounds using thermophilic microorganisms. (United States)

    Rivero, Cintia W; De Benedetti, Eliana C; Sambeth, Jorge E; Lozano, Mario E; Trelles, Jorge A


    This work describes the application of thermophilic microorganisms for obtaining 6-halogenated purine nucleosides. Biosynthesis of 6-chloropurine-2'-deoxyriboside and 6-chloropurine riboside was achieved by Geobacillus stearothermophilus CECT 43 with a conversion of 90% and 68%, respectively. Furthermore, the selected microorganism was satisfactorily stabilized by immobilization in an agarose matrix. This biocatalyst can be reused at least 70 times without significant loss of activity, obtaining 379mg/L of 6-chloropurine-2'-deoxyriboside. The obtained compounds can be used as antiviral agents.

  9. Identification of goose (Anser anser) and mule duck (Anasplatyrhynchos x Cairina moschata) foie gras by multiplex polymerase chain reaction amplification of the 5S RDNA gene. (United States)

    Rodríguez, M A; García, T; González, I; Asensio, L; Fernández, A; Lobo, E; Hernández, P E; Martín, R


    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of the nuclear 5S rDNA gene has been used for the identification of goose and mule duck foie gras. Two species-specific reverse primers were designed and used in a multiplex reaction, together with a forward universal primer, to amplify specific fragments of the 5S rDNA in each species. The different sizes of the species-specific amplicons, separated by agarose gel electrophoresis, allowed clear identification of goose and mule duck foie gras samples. This genetic marker can be useful for detecting fraudulent substitution of the duck liver for the more expensive goose liver.

  10. Quantitative detection and differentiation of free-living amoeba species using SYBR green-based real-time PCR melting curve analysis. (United States)

    Behets, Jonas; Declerck, Priscilla; Delaedt, Yasmine; Verelst, Lieve; Ollevier, Frans


    Real-time polymerase chain reaction melting curve analysis (MCA) allows differentiation of several free-living amoebae species. Distinctive characteristics were found for Naegleria fowleri, N. lovaniensis, N. australiensis, N. gruberi, Hartmanella vermiformis, and Willaertia magna. Species specificity of the amplicons was confirmed using agarose gel electrophoresis and sequence-based approaches. Amplification efficiency ranged from 91% to 98%, indicating the quantitative potential of the assay. This MCA approach can be used for quantitative detection of free-living amoebae after cultivation but also as a culture-independent detection method.

  11. [Procedure for purifying RNA polymerase II from human placenta]. (United States)

    Kandyba, L V; Matsanova, V R; Shamovskiĭ, I V; Raĭt, V K


    DNA-dependent RNA polymerase IIB having a specific activity of 320 u./mg has been isolated from the term placenta homogenate using extraction performed at 4-6 degrees C in the presence of 75 mM ammonium sulfate and 1.5% nonidet P40, fractionation on DEAE-cellulose DE 23, desalting and heparin-agarose chromatography, resulting in 330-fold purification and a 18% yield. Technical details have been determined which are of crucial importance for reproducibility of affinity chromatography. The possibility of proteolysis of the IIc subunit during enzyme purification has been demonstrated.

  12. Biological and biochemical properties of Nonidet P40-solubilized and partially purified tumor-specific antigens of the transplantation type from plasma membranes of a methylcholanthrene-induced sarcoma. (United States)

    Natori, T; Law, L W; Appella, E


    Tumor-specific transplantation antigen (TSTA) was solubilized from cell membranes of sarcoma Meth-A with non-ionic detergent Nonidet P40. Soluble TSTA was partially characterized by chromatographic separation and electrophoresis. The antigen responsible for tumor rejection activity had a molecular weight of approximately 70,000 daltons in the presence of detergent and an electrophoretic mobility of alpha-globulin. TSTA was well separated from mouse histocompatibility antigen H-2 by a sequence of procedures, including gel filtration, lectin affinity chromatography, column electrophoresis, and rechromatography on agarose, showed only three major bands on polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. TSTA was specific for sarcoma Meth-A.

  13. Characterization of materials for optimal near-infrared and x-ray imaging of the breast. (United States)

    Michaelsen, Kelly; Krishnaswamy, Venkataramanan; Pogue, Brian W; Brooks, Ken; Defreitas, Ken; Shaw, Ian; Poplack, Steven P; Paulsen, Keith D


    Development of a detector case for complete co-registration of images in a non-fiber-based combined near-infrared spectral tomography and digital breast tomosynthesis, required analysis to find materials that could support a breast under full mammographic compression without affecting the x-ray images or the quality of the near infrared measurements. Several possible solutions were considered, and many types of plastics were tested in the development of the detector case. Light channeling within the detector case changed the data obtained in resin and agarose phantoms, lowering recovered absorption values. Additional developments focusing on blocking stray light were successful and permitted a normal subject imaging exam.

  14. Soroepidemiologia da brucelose canina causada por Brucella canis e Brucella abortus na cidade de Alfenas, MG Seroepidemiology of canine brucellosis caused by Brucella canis and Brucella abortus in Alfenas, MG, Brazil

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    A.C. Almeida


    Full Text Available The prevalence of canine brucellosis was evaluated in the city of Alfenas, MG through the technique of agarose gel imunodifusion for Brucella canis and slow serum agglutination test with 2-mercaptoetanol for Brucella abortus. The prevalence was of 14.2% and 2.8%, respectively, for B. canis and B. abortus. The positives, characterized by animals above one year of age (77.8%, and mongrel dogs (56.2%, showed a prevalence of 50 and 48% for males and females, respectively. The canine brucellosis was prevalent in the city principally in dogs of outskirts.

  15. Plasmid profiles of Moraxella bovis isolates. (United States)

    McDonald, T J; Pugh, G W


    Two-hundred isolates of Moraxella bovis were selected at random and examined for the presence of plasmid DNA by a rapid alkaline-detergent lysis method. All isolates contained from 1 to 6 plasmids, with varying agarose-gel electrophoretic migration patterns. Most (80%) isolates carried 2 to 4 plasmids, which ranged in molecular weight from 2.6 to 80 megadaltons. Seemingly, plasmid profiles can be used as a simple, reliable epizootiologic tool to establish a strain identification scheme for M bovis.

  16. Neutron scattering studies of the dynamics of biopolymer-water systems using pulsed-source spectrometers

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    Middendorf, H.D. [Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom); Miller, A. [Stirling Univ., Stirling (United Kingdom)


    Energy-resolving neutron scattering techniques provide spatiotemporal data suitable for testing and refining analytical models or computer simulations of a variety of dynamical processes in biomolecular systems. This paper reviews experimental work on hydrated biopolymers at ISIS, the UK Pulsed Neutron Facility. Following an outline of basic concepts and a summary of the new instrumental capabilities, the progress made is illustrated by results from recent experiments in two areas: quasi- elastic scattering from highly hydrated polysaccharide gels (agarose and hyaluronate), and inelastic scattering from vibrational modes of slightly hydrated collagen fibers.

  17. A Targeted Multifunctional Platform for Imaging and Treatment of Breast Cancer and Its Metastases Based on Adenoviral Vectors and Magnetic Nanoparticles (United States)


    MNPs ) added to HeLa and MDA-MB-435 cancer cells Sample # Vector (MOI 5000 vp/cell) MNP (volume added per well) 1 - - 2 - 0.2 uL 3 - 2 uL 4 - 20...modified set-up. We analyzed cells incubated with Ad vectors and/or MNPs resuspended in low-melting agarose rather than adhered to the bottom Lab-Tek...converting enzyme (9B9), which is a membrane-bound ectopeptidase expres- sed on pulmonary vascular endothelium. For transcrip- tional targeting, the

  18. South African Herbal Extracts as Potential Chemopreventive Agents: Screening for Anticancer Splicing Activity. (United States)

    Dlamini, Zodwa; Mbita, Zukile; Bates, David O; Bates, David


    RT-PCR is an invaluable tool for the detection and characterization of mRNA. Cancer cell lines are treated with crude plant extracts and RNA is extracted and purified with DNase prior to RT-PCR. RT-PCR first-strand cDNA synthesis is done using random primers and can be refrigerated at 4 °C. PCR from the stored cDNA is performed using transcript-specific primers and electrophoresed on a molecular grade agarose gel to separate the splice variants.

  19. Hepatocyte Growth Factor and Interleukin-6 in Prostate Cancer Bone Metastasis (United States)


    herbal compound PC-SPES: identification of activity pathways in prostate carcinoma. Cancer Res 62, 3920-4. (2002). 10. Rutter, M.M. et al...anti-IGFBP5 were used as a negative control. 40 µg total protein or immunoprecipitated proteins were analyzed on 12% NuPAGE or 4-12% Bis-Tris Gels ...right panel) in HS27a grown in 10% FCS. A 292 base fragment with in the AR mRNA (panel A) is amplified by PCR and detected by agarose gel

  20. Effect of Tinospora cordifolia on the reduction of ultraviolet radiation-induced cytotoxicity and DNA damage in PC12 cells


    Masuma, Runa; Okuno, Tsutomu; Choudhuri, Mohammad Shahabuddin Kabir; Saito, Takeshi; Kurasaki, Masaaki


    The safety of Tinospora cordifolia and its potential to protect against ultraviolet radiation-induced cytotoxicity and DNA damage in PC12 cells were investigated. To evaluate the safety of T. cordifolia, cell viability and agarose gel electrophoresis were carried out using PC12 cells treated with 0 to 100g mL(-1) of methanol extract of T. cordifolia. T. cordifolia extracts did not show cytotoxicity ranging 0 to 100g mL(-1). In addition, T. cordifolia extracts significantly increased cell viab...

  1. Effects of chloroquine, mefloquine and quinine on natural killer cell activity in vitro. An analysis of the inhibitory mechanism

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    Pedersen, B K; Bygbjerg, I C; Theander, T G;


    Natural killer (NK) cell activity against K 562 target cells was inhibited by pharmacological concentrations of chloroquine, mefloquine and quinine. The most potent were mefloquine and quinine. The drug-induced inhibition of the NK cell activity was abolished by addition of alpha-interferon (IF...... NK cell enriched populations in a single cell agarose assay, it was shown that the inhibitory effects of mefloquine, but not of chloroquine and quinine were due to an inhibition of the formation of effector/target cell conjugates....

  2. Crossed radio-immunoisoelectric focusing as a method of identifying isoallergens: identification of isoallergens in rat urine extracts

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    Longbottom, J.L. (Cardiothoracic Institute, London (UK). Dept. of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)


    A method of 2-dimensional radio-immunoelectrophoresis to detect directly the presence of 'isoallergens' in complex allergenic (skin test) extracts is described. This procedure, in which the components are separated by isoelectric focusing in agarose gel in the first dimension is therefore basically similar to that of crossed radio-immunoelectrophoresis, and hence has been termed crossed radio-immunoisoelectric focusing. The method has been applied to the allergens present in rat urine and has verified the presence of the cross-reacting ..cap alpha../sub 2/-euglobulin and prealbumin components in (at least) 3 and 2 isoallergenic forms respectively.

  3. Isolation by restriction endonuclease digestion and base-specific affinity chromatography of rat-embryo DNA sequences disproportionately enriched in virogenic bromodeoxyuridine. (United States)

    Schwartz, S A


    Control and bromodeoxyuridine-containing rat-embryo-cell DNA were digested by the restriction endonucleases Hpa II and Msp I and were subsequently analyzed by agarose-gel electrophoresis as well as DNA-affinity chromatography. By the former technique, it appeared that no substantial differences existed between the two DNA samples with respect to the amount or distribution of methylcytosine. On the other hand, it was obvious following base-specific DNA chromatography that the virogenic analog was markedly concentrated in particular nucleotide sequences which demonstrated a proportionately greater affinity for the (A-T)-specific adsorbent irrespective of digestion by either restriction endonuclease.

  4. Heparin/heparan sulfates bind to and modulate neuronal L-type (Cav1.2) voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels

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    Garau, Gianpiero; Magotti, Paola; Heine, Martin


    M), integrating their enthalpic and entropic binding contributions. Interaction between heparin and recombinant as well as native full-length neuronal Cav1.2α1 channels was confirmed using the heparin–agarose pull down assay. Whole cell patch clamp recordings in HEK293 cells transfected with neuronal Cav1...... rate and led to appearance of long-lasting bursts in the same manner as treatment with the inhibitor of L-VDCC diltiazem. Thus, heparan sulfate proteoglycans may bind to and regulate L-VDCC inactivation and network activity....

  5. Enzymatic Ligation Creates Discrete Multi-Nanoparticle Building Blocks for Self-Assembly

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    Claridge, Shelley A.; Mastroianni, Alexander J.; Au, Yeung B.; Liang, Huiyang W.; Micheel, Christine M.; Frechet, Jean M.J.; Alivisatos, A. Paul


    Enzymatic ligation of discrete nanoparticle?DNA conjugates creates nanoparticle dimer and trimer structures in which the nanoparticles are linked by single-stranded DNA, rather than double-stranded DNA as in previous experiments. Ligation is verified by agarose gel and small-angle X-ray scattering. This capability is utilized in two ways: first to create a new class of multiparticle building blocks for nanoscale self-assembly; second to develop a system which can amplify a population of discrete nanoparticle assemblies.

  6. New Enzyme Prodrug and Methionine-Depletion Combination Therapy of Breast Cancer Designed for Effective Delivery to the Tumor (United States)


    enzyme and T4 DNA ligase were purchased from New Eng- land Biolabs (Ipswich, MA). HAAE-1 endothel ial cells were from Coriell Cell RepositOJies (Camden...igested with BamHI restriction enzyme, and pu1ified with the same kit. The pure, d igested genes were ligated using T4 DNA ligase and run on an agarose...obtained from EM.D Chemicals (Gibbstown. NJ). BamHI restriction enzyme and T4 DNA ligase were purchased from New England Biolabs (Ipswich, MA

  7. Specific detection of the toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 gene using the polymerase chain reaction. (United States)

    Jaulhac, B; Prevost, G; Piemont, Y


    A rapid and specific assay for toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 gene (tst gene) detection in Staphylococcus aureus was developed using the polymerase chain reaction. A two-primer set and an oligonucleotide detection probe were synthesized. After 40 cycles of amplification, detection of a 160-bp amplified DNA fragment was carried out by agarose gel electrophoresis and Southern blot hybridization. This assay was sensitive since it was able to detect 1-10 bacteria. It was also specific since no amplification was documented with DNAs from enterotoxigenic S. aureus or Gram-negative bacteria devoid of the tst gene.

  8. Hydroxyl capped silver-gold alloy nanoparticles: characterization and their combination effect with different antibiotics against Staphylococcus aureus


    Katayon Bahrami; Pardis Nazari; Mahshid Nabavi; Marjan Golkar; Ali Almasirad; Ahmad Reza Shahverdi


      Objective(s): Metal nanoparticles (NPs) offer a wide variety of potential applications in pharmaceutical sciences due to the unique advances in nanotechnology research. In this work, bimetal Ag-Au alloy NPs were prepared and their combinations with other antibiotics were tested against Staphylococcus aureus .   Materials and Methods: Firstly, Ag-Au alloy NPs with Au/Ag molar ratio of 1:1 was fabricated and was purified by agarose gel electrophoresis system. The morphology and size of the pu...

  9. Effects of Aflatoxin B1 and Fumonisin B1 on the Viability and Induction of Apoptosis in Rat Primary Hepatocytes (United States)

    Ribeiro, Deise H. B.; Ferreira, Fabiane L.; da Silva, Valéria N.; Aquino, Simone; Corrêa, Benedito


    The present study evaluated the effect of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) and fumonisin B1 (FB1) either alone, or in association, on rat primary hepatocyte cultures. Cell viability was assessed by flow cytometry after propidium iodine intercalation. DNA fragmentation and apoptosis were assessed by agarose gel electrophoresis and acridine orange and ethidium bromide staining. At the concentrations of AFB1 and FB1 used, the toxins did not decrease cell viability, but did induce apoptosis in a concentration and time-dependent manner. PMID:20480051

  10. Isolation from Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus cell walls of specific receptors for sugarcane glycoproteins, which act as recognition factors. (United States)

    Blanco, Y; Arroyo, M; Legaz, M E; Vicente, C


    Glycoproteins from sugarcane stalks have been isolated from plants field-grown by size-exclusion chromatography. Some of these glycoproteins, previously labelled with fluorescein isothiocyanate, are able to bind to the cell wall of the sugarcane endophyte, N2-fixing Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus, and largely removed after washing the bacterial cells with sucrose. This implies that sugarcane glycoproteins use beta-(1-->2)-fructofuranosyl fructose domains in their glycosidic moiety to bind to specific receptors in the bacterial cell walls. These receptors have been isolated by affinity chromatography on a sugarcane glycoprotein-agarose matrix, desorbed with sucrose and characterized by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophresisand capillary electrophoresis (CE).

  11. Surfactant free fractions of metallic and semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes via optimised gel chromatography

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    Lukaszczuk, Pawel, E-mail: [West Pomeranian University of Technology, Institute of Chemical and Environment Engineering, ul. Pulaskiego 10, 70-322 Szczecin (Poland); Ruemmeli, Mark H.; Knupfer, Martin [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Kalenczuk, Ryszard J.; Borowiak-Palen, Ewa [West Pomeranian University of Technology, Institute of Chemical and Environment Engineering, ul. Pulaskiego 10, 70-322 Szczecin (Poland)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The application of gel permeation chromatography technique in a field of SWCNT separation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Non-commercial agarose gel used as a column filling. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Purification route is presented, quality and quantity estimation is shown. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Process is ready for high-scale separation of SWCNTs. -- Abstract: We report the procedure of sorting/purification of carbon nanotubes by electronic type using chromatographic column with sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) and sodium deoxycholate (DOC) solutions as the eluents. The non-commercial agarose gel in different concentrations has been tested in the process. It was found that in optimal gel concentration the fractionation resulted in {approx}96.2% yield of semiconducting species. Importantly, to get surfactant-free fractions the post-separation purification procedure has been carried out. The UV-vis-NIR and Raman spectroscopy have been utilised for the samples analysis. High resolution transmission microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis allowed to study the sample morphology and purity, respectively.

  12. In vitro effects of chitosan nanoparticles on proliferation of human gastric carcinoma cell line MGC803 cells

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    Li-Feng Qi; Zi-Rong Xu; Yan Li; Xia Jiang; Xin-Yan Han


    AIM: To investigate the effects of chitosan nanoparticles on proliferation of human gastric carcinoma cell line MGC803 in vitro and the possible mechanisms involved.METHODS: Chitosan nanoparticles were characterized by particle size, zeta potential, and morphology. After treatment with various concentrations of chitosan nanoparticles (25, 50, 75, 100 μg/mL) at various time intervals, cell proliferation, ultrastructural changes, DNA fragmentation, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP),cell cycle phase distribution and apoptotic peaks of MGC803 cells were analyzed by MTT assay, electron microscopy,DNA agarose gel electrophoresis, and flow cytometry.RESULTS: Chitosan nanoparticles exhibited a small particle size as 65 nm and a high surface charge as 52 mV.Chitosan nanoparticles markedly inhibited cell proliferation of MGC803 cells with an IC50 value of 5.3 μg/mL 48 h after treatment. After treatment with chitosan nanoparticles,the typical necrotic cell morphology was observed by electron microscopy, a typical DNA degradation associated with necrosis was determined by DNA agarose electrophoresis.Flow cytometry showed the loss of MMP and occurrence of apoptosis in chitosan nanoparticles-treated cells.CONCLUSION: Chitosan nanoparticles effectively inhibit the proliferation of human gastric carcinoma cell line MGC803 in vitro through multiple mechanisms, and may be a beneficial agent against human carcinoma.

  13. Collagen Micro-Flow Channels as an for In vitro Blood-Brain Barrier Model (United States)

    Shibata, Katsuya; Terazono, Hideyuki; Hattori, Akihiro; Yasuda, Kenji


    An in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) model is useful for drug discovery and efficacy measurements because it is a simple and convenient model of the in vivo BBB. However, the conventional in vitro BBB model does not account for shear stress to endotherial cell (EC) layers although in vivo ECs are exposed by shear stress. To improve this deficiency, we applied a microfluidics technique to a conventional in vitro BBB model and constructed a new in vitro BBB model. First, we confirmed that ECs can survive and proliferate on a cross-linked collagen gel and on an agarose including microbeads decorated with collagen type IV (CIV). In addition, we found that the cross-linker 1-ethyl-3carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) with N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) is less effective for EC proliferation than glutaraldehyde (GA), ethyleneglycol diglycidyl ether (EGDE), and agarose with microbeads. Applying a focused infrared laser, we fabricated microtunnels within the collagen gel, and we successfully cultured ECs on the inner tunnel wall. The results indicate the potential of gel microstructures for a microfluidic in vitro BBB model.

  14. Measurement of oxidatively-induced clustered DNA lesions using a novel adaptation of single cell gel electrophoresis (comet assay). (United States)

    Georgakilas, Alexandros G; Holt, Stewart M; Hair, Jessica M; Loftin, Charles W


    The two basic groups of complex DNA damage are double-strand breaks (DSBs) and non-DSB oxidatively-induced clustered DNA lesions (OCDLs). The single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) or comet assay has been widely used for the detection of low levels of various types of DNA lesions including single-strand breaks (SSBs), DSBs, and oxidized bases per individual cell. There are limited data on the use of the comet assay for the detection of non-DSB clustered DNA lesions using different repair enzymes as enzymatic probes. This unit discusses a novel adaptation of the comet assay used to measure these unique types of lesions. Until now OCDL yields have been measured using primarily pulsed-field agarose gel electrophoresis. The advantages offered by the current approach are: (1) measurement of OCDL levels per individual cell; (2) use of a small number of cells (∼10,000) and relatively low doses of ionizing radiation (1 to 2 Gy) or low levels of oxidative stress, which are not compatible with standard agarose gel electrophoresis; and finally, (3) the assay is fast and allows direct comparison with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis results.

  15. Hydrogen production from biopolymers by Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus and stabilization of the system by immobilization

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    Ivanova, Galina [Department of Biotechnology, University of Szeged, Szeged (Hungary); Rakhely, Gabor; Kovacs, Kornel L. [Department of Biotechnology, University of Szeged, Szeged (Hungary); Institute of Biophysics, Biological Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged (Hungary)


    The biopolymers agarose and alginic acid, and hemicellulose-rich pine tree wood shavings, frequently discarded as waste, proved to be utilized as energy sources for hydrogen production by the extreme thermophilic bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus. The addition of 0.5% (w/v) pine wood shavings to the growth medium yielded a 14-fold increase in hydrogen production over a period of 55 days relative to cultures grown in the same medium without wood shavings (average rate was about 0.45 ml H{sub 2} ml culture{sup -1} day{sup -1}). The shavings were also shown to be degraded by C. saccharolyticus in the absence of any other carbohydrate source. A study on storage of the cells at 42 C in the presence of either agarose or alginic acid cultures immobilized on granulated activated carbon, wood shavings or perlite revealed that the immobilization improved both the storability and hydrogen evolving capacity of the cells. From these carriers the soft wood shavings showed the best performance. The relevance of these findings for biohydrogen production is discussed. (author)

  16. Development of a Novel Optical Biosensor for Detection of Organophoshorus Pesticides Based on Methyl Parathion Hydrolase Immobilized by Metal-Chelate Affinity

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    Wensheng Lan


    Full Text Available We have developed a novel optical biosensor device using recombinant methyl parathion hydrolase (MPH enzyme immobilized on agarose by metal-chelate affinity to detect organophosphorus (OP compounds with a nitrophenyl group. The biosensor principle is based on the optical measurement of the product of OP catalysis by MPH (p-nitrophenol. Briefly, MPH containing six sequential histidines (6× His tag at its N-terminal was bound to nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA agarose with Ni ions, resulting in the flexible immobilization of the bio-reaction platform. The optical biosensing system consisted of two light-emitting diodes (LEDs and one photodiode. The LED that emitted light at the wavelength of the maximum absorption for p-nitrophenol served as the signal light, while the other LED that showed no absorbance served as the reference light. The optical sensing system detected absorbance that was linearly correlated to methyl parathion (MP concentration and the detection limit was estimated to be 4 μM. Sensor hysteresis was investigated and the results showed that at lower concentration range of MP the difference got from the opposite process curves was very small. With its easy immobilization of enzymes and simple design in structure, the system has the potential for development into a practical portable detector for field applications.

  17. Differentiation of the sibling species Biomphalaria occidentalis and Biomphalaria tenagophila by the electrophoretic patterns of their hemoglobin

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    James B. Bailey


    Full Text Available A simple and rapid method for differentialing the sibling species Biomphalaria tenagophila and Biomphalaria occidentalis by agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE is described. Snail hemolymph is used as the test sample and the red colaration of the hemoglobin fraction permits visualization of the migration patterns without resorting to specific stains. Moreover, hemolymph samples may be obtained without killing the snail, thus permitting its use for other studies for breeding.É descrito um método simples e rápido para distinguir as espécies crípticas Biomphalaria tenagophila e B. occidentalis por eletroforese em gel de agarose. A prova é feita com hemolinfa do molusco, permitindo a cor vermelha da fração hemoglobina visualizar os padrões de migração sem necessidade de recorrer a colorações específicas. Além disso, as amostras de hemolinfa podem ser obtidas sem sacrificar o molusco, que poderá ser usado para outros estudos ou para criação.

  18. Interactions of hemoglobin in live red blood cells measured by the electrophoresis release test. (United States)

    Su, Yan; Gao, Lijun; Ma, Qiang; Zhou, Lishe; Qin, Liangyi; Han, Lihong; Qin, Wenbin


    To elucidate the protein-protein interactions of hemoglobin (Hb) variants A and A(2), HbA was first shown to bind with HbA(2) in live red blood cells (RBCs) by diagonal electrophoresis and then the interaction between HbA and HbA(2) outside the RBC was shown by cross electrophoresis. The starch-agarose gel electrophoresis of hemolysate, RBCs, freeze-thawed RBCs and the supernatant of freeze-thawed RBCs showed that the interaction between HbA and HbA(2) was affected by membrane integrity. To identify the proteins involved in the interaction, protein components located between HbA and HbA(2) in RBCs (RBC HbA-HbA(2)) and hemolysate (hemolysate HbA-HbA(2)) were isolated from the starch-agarose gel and separated by 5-12% SDS-PAGE. The results showed that there was a ≈22 kDa protein band located in the RBC HbA-HbA(2) but not in hemolysate HbA-HbA(2). Sequencing by LC/MS/MS showed that this band was a protein complex that included mainly thioredoxin peroxidase B, α-globin, δ-globin and β-globin. Thus, using our unique in vivo whole blood cell electrophoresis release test, Hbs were proven for the first time to interact with other proteins in the live RBC.

  19. Attempt to run urinary protein electrophoresis using capillary technique. (United States)

    Falcone, Michele


    The study of urinary protein has a predominant place in the diagnosis of kidney disease. The most common technique is agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE). For several years, the technique of choice applied to the analysis of serum proteins has been CE, a system that uses capillary fused silica, subjected to high voltage to separate and measure serum proteins. The purpose of this paper was to perform capillary electrophoresis on urinary proteins which, at present, are not interpretable due to the many nonspecific peaks visible when using gel electrophoresis. In order to carry out our research, we used a capillary V8 analyzer together with an agarose gel system from the same company. AGE was taken as the reference method, for which urine was used without any pretreatment. For the V8 system, urine was subjected to purification on granular-activated carbon and then inserted into the V8 analyzer, selecting a program suitable for liquids with low protein content. We examined 19 urine samples collected over 24 hrs from both hospitalized and external patients with different types of proteinuria plus a serum diluted 1/61 considered as a control to recognize the bands. Both methods showed the same protein fractions and classified the proteinuria in a similar way.

  20. Hemolytic activity in Flavobacterium psychrophilum is a contact-dependent, two-step mechanism and differently expressed in smooth and rough phenotypes. (United States)

    Högfors-Rönnholm, Eva; Wiklund, Tom


    The hemolytic activity of cells of smooth and rough phenotypic variants of the Gram-negative fish pathogen Flavobacterium psychrophilum was investigated in two different assays, a microplate and an agarose hemolysis assay, using rainbow trout erythrocytes. The smooth cells showed a high and the rough cells a negligible, concentration dependent, hemolytic activity in the microplate assay. Both smooth and rough cells showed a rather weak hemolytic activity, with two distinct hemolytic patterns, in the agarose assay. The hemolytic activity of the cells was not regulated by iron availability and cell-free extracellular products did not show any hemolytic activity. The smooth cells, in contrast to the rough cells, showed a high ability to agglutinate erythrocytes and both hemagglutination and hemolytic activity was impaired by treatment of the cells with sialic acid. The hemolytic activity was furthermore reduced after proteolytic and heat treatment of the cells. The results from the present study suggest that the hemolytic activity in F. psychrophilum is highly expressed in the smooth phenotype, and that it is a contact-dependent and two-step mechanism that is initiated by the binding of the bacterial cells to the erythrocytes through sialic acid-binding lectins and then executed by thermolabile proteinaceous hemolysins.

  1. Confined Flocculation of Ionic Pollutants by Poly(L-dopa)-Based Polyelectrolyte Complexes in Hydrogel Beads for Three-Dimensional, Quantitative, Efficient Water Decontamination. (United States)

    Yu, Li; Liu, Xiaokong; Yuan, Weichang; Brown, Lauren Joan; Wang, Dayang


    The development of simple and recyclable adsorbents with high adsorption capacity is a technical imperative for water treatment. In this work, we have successfully developed new adsorbents for the removal of ionic pollutants from water via encapsulation of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) made from positively charged poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and negatively charged poly(l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) (PDopa), obtained via the self-polymerization of l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (l-Dopa). Given the outstanding mass transport through the hydrogel host matrixes, the PDopa-PAH PEC guests loaded inside can effectively and efficiently remove various ionic pollutants, including heavy metal ions and ionic organic dyes, from water. The adsorption efficiency of the PDopa-PAH PECs can be quantitatively correlated to and tailored by the PDopa-to-PAH molar ratio. Because PDopa embodies one catechol group, one carboxyl group, and one amino group in each repeating unit, the resulting PDopa-PAH PECs exhibit the largest capacity of adsorption of heavy metal ions compared to available adsorbents. Because both PDopa and PAH are pH-sensitive, the PDopa-PAH PEC-loaded agarose hydrogel beads can be easily and completely recovered after the adsorption of ionic pollutants by adjusting the pH of the surrounding media. The present strategy is similar to the conventional process of using PECs to flocculate ionic pollutants from water, while in our system flocculation is confined to the agarose hydrogel beads, thus allowing easy separation of the resulting adsorbents from water.

  2. Growth Inhibition, Induction of Apoptosis by Green Tea Constituent (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate in Cultured Rabbit Lens Epithelial Cells

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    Wenyong Huang; Shaozhen Li; Junwen Zeng; Yizhi Liu; Mingxing Wu; Ming Zhang


    Purpose: To evaluate effect of green tea extract (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)in cultured rabbit lens epithelial cells in order to pave a new way to postcapsular opacity (PCO) prevention.Methods: Cell survival rate was measured by 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) coloimetric assay. Cell apoptosis was detected by electron microscopy, Hochest 33258 stain and flow cytometer. DNA fragment was detected using agarose gel electrophoresis.Result: Proliferation of the cultured rabbit lens epithelia cells was inhibited by EGCG in a dose and time dependent manner. Morphologic study showed that the cells became shrunk, round shaped with their nuclei condensed and broken. Apoptotic bodies were also seen under electron microscope and in Hochest 33258 stain assay 24 hours after EGCG was added to the medium. DNA ladders were shown in agarose gel eletrophoresis.In flow cytometry assay, apoptosis peak was also evident.Conclusion: Green Tea Constituent(-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate could inhibit cultured rabbit lens epithelial cells proliferation by inducing their apoptosis in the concentration used by us, which indicates that it is possible to prevent PCO by using herb extract.


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    Rodrigo Rocha Latado


    Full Text Available Este trabalho descreve uma metodologia para a regeneração de plantas de tangerina 'Cleópatra' e limão 'Cravo', a partir do cultivo de protoplastos de suspensão celular. Para tal, calos nucelares foram induzidos em meio contendo BAP e cultivados em meio sem reguladores de crescimento. Protoplastos foram isolados de suspensões celulares e cultivados em gotas de agarose, com densidade de 2 X 105 O meio MT, contendo ácido giberélico e água de coco, foi eficiente na germinação de embriões somáticos. Os métodos de aclimatação de plantas testados apresentaram baixa eficiência. Como resultado final, 17 plantas adaptadas de tangerina e 8 de limão foram obtidas.The present research describes the regeneration of 'Cleópatra' mandarin and 'Rangpur' lime plants from cell suspension protoplasts. Nucelar calli were induced on a medium containing BAP and maintained on growth regulator free medium. Protoplasts were isolated from embryogenic suspension and plated at a concentration of 2 X 105, on agarose droplets. The MT medium with gibberellic acid and coconut water was efficient to stimulate somatic embryo conversion. Rooted plants acclimation had low efficiency. Seventeen mandarin plants and eight lime plants were obtained.

  4. Hybrid microscaffold-based 3D bioprinting of multi-cellular constructs with high compressive strength: A new biofabrication strategy (United States)

    Tan, Yu Jun; Tan, Xipeng; Yeong, Wai Yee; Tor, Shu Beng


    A hybrid 3D bioprinting approach using porous microscaffolds and extrusion-based printing method is presented. Bioink constitutes of cell-laden poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) porous microspheres with thin encapsulation of agarose-collagen composite hydrogel (AC hydrogel). Highly porous microspheres enable cells to adhere and proliferate before printing. Meanwhile, AC hydrogel allows a smooth delivery of cell-laden microspheres (CLMs), with immediate gelation of construct upon printing on cold build platform. Collagen fibrils were formed in the AC hydrogel during culture at body temperature, improving the cell affinity and spreading compared to pure agarose hydrogel. Cells were proven to proliferate in the bioink and the bioprinted construct. High cell viability up to 14 days was observed. The compressive strength of the bioink is more than 100 times superior to those of pure AC hydrogel. A potential alternative in tissue engineering of tissue replacements and biological models is made possible by combining the advantages of the conventional solid scaffolds with the new 3D bioprinting technology. PMID:27966623

  5. Characterization and comparison of mitochondrial DNAs and rRNAs from Penicillium urticae and P. chrysogenum. (United States)

    Sekiguchi, J; Ohsaki, T; Yamamoto, H; Koichi, K; Shida, T


    Mitochondrial DNA (mt DNA) from a patulin producer, Penicillium urticae (synonym P. griseofulvum), was 27.8 kb +/- 0.6 kb in size by electron microscopy and 27.2 kb by agarose gel electrophoresis. Restriction endonuclease maps for nine restriction enzymes were constructed, and eleven fragments which covered the total range of the mt DNA were cloned into the Escherichia coli plasmid vector pUC19. Southern analysis of the native genomes of P. urticae and P. chrysogenum with six of the cloned fragments as probes indicated similar genome arrangements as well as similar restriction maps. Both the large and small rRNA genes of P. urticae and P. chrysogenum were located on these restriction maps using Southern hybridization, and the result also supported the similar arrangement. Agarose/formaldehyde gel electrophoresis indicated that the small rRNA was 1.5 kb in size in both species; but, surprisingly, the large rRNA was 4.2 kb in size for P. urticae and 3.5 kb for P. chrysogenum. These sizes were, respectively, 1.1 kb and 0.4 kb larger than those from the very closely related Aspergillus nidulans.

  6. Functional and physical outcomes following use of a flexible CO2 laser fiber and bipolar electrocautery in close proximity to the rat sciatic nerve with correlation to an in vitro thermal profile model. (United States)

    Robinson, A M; Fishman, A J; Bendok, B R; Richter, C-P


    This study compared functional and physical collateral damage to a nerve when operating a Codman MALIS Bipolar Electrosurgical System CMC-III or a CO2 laser coupled to a laser, with correlation to an in vitro model of heating profiles created by the devices in thermochromic ink agarose. Functional damage of the rat sciatic nerve after operating the MALIS or CO2 laser at various power settings and proximities to the nerve was measured by electrically evoked nerve action potentials, and histology of the nerve was used to assess physical damage. Thermochromic ink dissolved in agarose was used to model the spatial and temporal profile of the collateral heating zone of the electrosurgical system and the laser ablation cone. We found that this laser can be operated at 2 W directly above the nerve with minimal damage, while power settings of 5 W and 10 W resulted in acute functional and physical nerve damage, correlating with the maximal heating cone in the thermochromic ink model. MALIS settings up to 40 (11 W) did not result in major functional or physical nerve damage until the nerve was between the forceps tips, correlating with the hottest zone, localized discretely between the tips.

  7. Cartilage tissue engineering application of injectable gelatin hydrogel with in situ visible-light-activated gelation capability in both air and aqueous solution. (United States)

    Lin, Hang; Cheng, Anthony Wai-Ming; Alexander, Peter G; Beck, Angela M; Tuan, Rocky S


    Chondroprogenitor cells encapsulated in a chondrogenically supportive, three-dimensional hydrogel scaffold represents a promising, regenerative approach to articular cartilage repair. In this study, we have developed an injectable, biodegradable methacrylated gelatin (mGL)-based hydrogel capable of rapid gelation via visible light (VL)-activated crosslinking in air or aqueous solution. The mild photocrosslinking conditions permitted the incorporation of cells during the gelation process. Encapsulated human-bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) showed high, long-term viability (up to 90 days) throughout the scaffold. To assess the applicability of the mGL hydrogel for cartilage tissue engineering, we have evaluated the efficacy of chondrogenesis of the encapsulated hBMSCs, using hBMSCs seeded in agarose as control. The ability of hBMSC-laden mGL constructs to integrate with host tissues after implantation was further investigated utilizing an in vitro cartilage repair model. The results showed that the mGL hydrogel, which could be photopolymerized in air and aqueous solution, supports hBMSC growth and TGF-β3-induced chondrogenesis. Compared with agarose, mGL constructs laden with hBMSCs are mechanically stronger with time, and integrate well with native cartilage tissue upon implantation based on push-out mechanical testing. VL-photocrosslinked mGL scaffold thus represents a promising scaffold for cell-based repair and resurfacing of articular cartilage defects.

  8. Synthesis, characterization, in vitro and in vivo studies of dextrin-coated zinc-iron ferrite nanoparticles (Zn0.5Fe0.5Fe2O4) as contrast agent in MRI (United States)

    Zare, T.; Lotfi, M.; Heli, H.; Azarpira, N.; Mehdizadeh, A. R.; Sattarahmady, N.; Abdollah-dizavandi, M. R.; Heidari, M.


    Iron oxide nanoparticles, such as ferrites, offer some attractive possibilities in biomedicine, especially in MRI applications. The objective of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of dextrin-coated zinc-iron ferrite nanoparticles (IFNPs) as an MRI contrast agent in in vivo and in vitro media. IFNPs were synthesized by an aqueous precipitation method in the presence of dextrin. An agarose phantom with different concentrations of dextrin-coated IFNPs was performed on a 1.5-T MRI. For in vivo MRI studies, implanted melanoma tumors in mice were immediately scanned after intra-tumoral injection of dextrin-coated IFNPs. Microscopic studies showed that the average diameter of dextrin-coated IFNPs was 12 ± 2.4 nm and the saturation magnetization for IFNPs was 31.5 emu g-1; r 1 and r 2 relaxivities of these ultrasmall superparamagnetic IFNPs in agarose phantom were obtained as 0.99 and 17.4 mmol L-1 s-1, respectively. The relaxivity measurements revealed that the dextrin-coated IFNPs can serve as a negative contrast agent. In vivo MRI showed that the dextrin-coated IFNPs can be used for tumor detection. The dextrin-coated IFNPs were suggested to be applied for lymph node and targeted imaging.

  9. Two-stage method for purification of ceruloplasmin based on its interaction with neomycin. (United States)

    Sokolov, A V; Kostevich, V A; Romanico, D N; Zakharova, E T; Vasilyev, V B


    A two-stage chromatography that yields highly purified ceruloplasmin (CP) from human plasma and from rat and rabbit serum is described. The isolation procedure is based on the interaction of CP with neomycin, and it provides a high yield of CP. Constants of inhibition by gentamycin, kanamycin, and neomycin of oxidase activity of CP in its reaction with p-phenylenediamine were assayed. The lowest K(i) for neomycin (11 µM) corresponded to the highest specific adsorption of CP on neomycin-agarose (10 mg CP/ml of resin). Isolation of CP from 1.4 liters of human plasma using ion-exchange chromatography on UNO-Sphere Q and affinity chromatography on neomycin-agarose yields 348 mg of CP with 412-fold purification degree. Human CP preparation obtained with A(610)/A(280) ~ 0.052 contained neither immunoreactive prothrombin nor active thrombin. Upon storage at 37°C under sterile conditions, the preparation remained stable for two months. Efficient preparation of highly purified CP from rat and rabbit sera treated according to a similar protocol suggests the suitability of our method for isolation of CP from plasma and serum of other animals. The yield of CP in three separate purifications was no less than 78%.

  10. Study of complex matrix effect on solid phase microextraction for biological sample analysis. (United States)

    Jiang, Ruifen; Xu, Jianqiao; Zhu, Fang; Luan, Tiangang; Zeng, Feng; Shen, Yong; Ouyang, Gangfeng


    Solid phase microextraction (SPME) has become a useful tool for in vivo monitoring the behavior of environmental organic pollutants in biological species due to its simplicity, relatively non-invasive, and cost-effective manner. However, the complex matrices in biological samples could significantly influence the extraction kinetic, and bias the quantification result. In this study, we investigated the effect of complex matrix on the extraction kinetic of SPME for biological sample analysis. Two sample matrices, phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and agarose gel with BSA were used to simulate the biological fluid and tissue. Results showed that the addition of BSA significantly enhanced the mass transfer of organic compounds onto SPME fiber in both PBS buffer and gel sample. Enhancement factors ranging from 1.3 to 27, and 2.0 to 80 were found for all selected polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in PBS buffer and agarose gel with BSA concentration of 0.1-5%, respectively. Then, an improved theoretical model was applied to quantify the observed enhancement effect, and the result showed that the predicted sampling time constant agreed well with the experimental one in complex matrix. Furthermore, a simplified equation was proposed for the real biological sample analysis.

  11. Three-dimensional shear wave imaging based on full-field laser speckle contrast imaging with one-dimensional mechanical scanning. (United States)

    Chao, Pei-Yu; Li, Pai-Chi


    The high imaging resolution and motion sensitivity of optical-based shear wave detection has made it an attractive technique in biomechanics studies with potential for improving the capabilities of shear wave elasticity imaging. In this study we implemented laser speckle contrast imaging for two-dimensional (X-Z) tracking of transient shear wave propagation in agarose phantoms. The mechanical disturbances induced by the propagation of the shear wave caused temporal and spatial fluctuations in the local speckle pattern, which manifested as local blurring. By mechanically moving the sample in the third dimension (Y), and performing two-dimensional shear wave imaging at every scan position, the three-dimensional shear wave velocity distribution of the phantom could be reconstructed. Based on comparisons with the reference shear wave velocity measurements obtained using a commercial ultrasound shear wave imaging system, the developed system can estimate the shear wave velocity with an error of less than 6% for homogeneous phantoms with shear moduli ranging from 1.52 kPa to 7.99 kPa. The imaging sensitivity of our system makes it capable of measuring small variations in shear modulus; the estimated standard deviation of the shear modulus was found to be less than 0.07 kPa. A submillimeter spatial resolution for three-dimensional shear wave imaging has been achieved, as demonstrated by the ability to detect a 1-mm-thick stiff plate embedded inside heterogeneous agarose phantoms.

  12. Social motility in african trypanosomes.

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    Michael Oberholzer


    Full Text Available African trypanosomes are devastating human and animal pathogens that cause significant human mortality and limit economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Studies of trypanosome biology generally consider these protozoan parasites as individual cells in suspension cultures or in animal models of infection. Here we report that the procyclic form of the African trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei engages in social behavior when cultivated on semisolid agarose surfaces. This behavior is characterized by trypanosomes assembling into multicellular communities that engage in polarized migrations across the agarose surface and cooperate to divert their movements in response to external signals. These cooperative movements are flagellum-mediated, since they do not occur in trypanin knockdown parasites that lack normal flagellum motility. We term this behavior social motility based on features shared with social motility and other types of surface-induced social behavior in bacteria. Social motility represents a novel and unexpected aspect of trypanosome biology and offers new paradigms for considering host-parasite interactions.

  13. Stability and kinetic behavior of immobilized laccase from Myceliophthora thermophila in the presence of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate. (United States)

    Fernández-Fernández, María; Moldes, Diego; Domínguez, Alberto; Sanromán, M Ángeles; Tavares, Ana Paula M; Rodríguez, Oscar; Macedo, Eugénia A


    The use of ionic liquids (ILs) as reaction media for enzymatic reactions has increased their potential because they can improve enzyme activity and stability. Kinetic and stability properties of immobilized commercial laccase from Myceliophthora thermophila in the water-soluble IL 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ([emim][EtSO4 ]) have been studied and compared with free laccase. Laccase immobilization was carried out by covalent binding on glyoxyl-agarose beads. The immobilization yield was 100%, and the activity was totally recovered. The Michaelis-Menten model fitted well to the kinetic data of enzymatic oxidation of a model substrate in the presence of the IL [emim][EtSO4 ]. When concentration of the IL was augmented, the values of Vmax for free and immobilized laccases showed an increase and slight decrease, respectively. The laccase-glyoxyl-agarose derivative improved the laccase stability in comparison with the free laccase regarding the enzymatic inactivation in [emim][EtSO4 ]. The stability of both free and immobilized laccase was slightly affected by small amounts of IL (<50%). A high concentration of the IL (75%) produced a large inactivation of free laccase. However, immobilization prevented deactivation beyond 50%. Free and immobilized laccase showed a first-order thermal inactivation profile between 55 and 70°C in the presence of the IL [emim][EtSO4 ]. Finally, thermal stability was scarcely affected by the presence of the IL.

  14. Characterization of a novel alkaline arylsulfatase from Marinomonas sp. FW-1 and its application in the desulfation of red seaweed agar. (United States)

    Wang, Xueyan; Duan, Delin; Xu, Jiachao; Gao, Xin; Fu, Xiaoting


    A bacterial strain capable of hydrolyzing sulfate ester bonds of p-nitrophenyl sulfate (pNPS) and agar was isolated from the coast area of Qingdao, China. It was identified as Marinomonas based on its 16S rRNA gene sequence and named as Marinomonas sp. FW-1. An arylsulfatase with a recovery of 13 % and a fold of 12 was purified to a homogeneity using ion exchange and gel filtration chromatographies. The enzyme was composed of a single polypeptide chain with the molecular mass of 33 kDa estimated using SDS-PAGE. The optimal pH and temperature of arylsulfatase were pH 9.0 and 45, respectively. Arylsulfatase was stable over pH 8-11 and at temperature below 55 °C. The K m and V max of this enzyme for the hydrolysis of pNPS were determined to be 13.73 and 270.27 μM/min, respectively. The desulfation ratio against agar from red seaweed Gelidium amansii and Gracilaria lemaneiformis were 86.11 and 89.61 %, respectively. There was no difference between the DNA electrophoresis spectrum on the gel of the arylsulfatase-treated G. amansii agar and that of the commercial agarose. Therefore, this novel alkaline arylsulfatase might have a great potential for application in enzymatic conversion of agar to agarose.

  15. Investigations on gel forming media for use in low gravity bioseparations research (United States)

    Todd, Paul; Szlag, David C.; Plank, Lindsay D.; Delcourt, Scott G.; Kunze, M. Elaine; Kirkpatrick, Francis H.; Pike, Roland G.

    Microgravity research includes investigations designed to gain insight on methods of separating living cells. During a typical separation certain real-time measurements can be made by optical methods, but some materials must also be subjected to subsequent analyses, sometimes including cultivation of the separated cells. In the absence of on-orbit analytical or fraction collecting procedures, some means is required to ``capture'' cells after separation. The use of solutions that form gels was therefore investigated as a means of maintaining cells and/or macromolecules in the separated state after two types of simple ground-based experiments. Microgravity electrophoresis experiments were simulated by separating model cell types (rat, chicken, human and rabbit erythrocytes) in a vertical density gradient containing low-conductivity buffer, 1.7%-6.5% Ficoll, 6.8-5.0% sucrose, and 1% SeaPrep low-melting temperature agarose and demonstrating that, upon cooling, a gel formed in the column, and cells could be captured in the positions to which they had migrated. Two-phase extraction experiments were simulated by choosing two-polymer solutions in which phase separation occurs in normal saline at temperatures compatible with cell viability and in which one or both phases form a gel upon cooling. Suitable polymers included commercial agaroses (1-2%), maltodextrin (5-7%) and gelatin (5-20%).

  16. Removal of PCR error products and unincorporated primers by metal-chelate affinity chromatography.

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    Indhu Kanakaraj

    Full Text Available Immobilized Metal Affinity Chromatography (IMAC has been used for decades to purify proteins on the basis of amino acid content, especially surface-exposed histidines and "histidine tags" genetically added to recombinant proteins. We and others have extended the use of IMAC to purification of nucleic acids via interactions with the nucleotide bases, especially purines, of single-stranded RNA and DNA. We also have demonstrated the purification of plasmid DNA from contaminating genomic DNA by IMAC capture of selectively-denatured genomic DNA. Here we describe an efficient method of purifying PCR products by specifically removing error products, excess primers, and unincorporated dNTPs from PCR product mixtures using flow-through metal-chelate affinity adsorption. By flowing a PCR product mixture through a Cu(2+-iminodiacetic acid (IDA agarose spin column, 94-99% of the dNTPs and nearly all the primers can be removed. Many of the error products commonly formed by Taq polymerase also are removed. Sequencing of the IMAC-processed PCR product gave base-calling accuracy comparable to that obtained with a commercial PCR product purification method. The results show that IMAC matrices (specifically Cu(2+-IDA agarose can be used for the purification of PCR products. Due to the generality of the base-specific mechanism of adsorption, IMAC matrices may also be used in the purification of oligonucleotides, cDNA, mRNA and micro RNAs.

  17. 3D-printed microwell arrays for Ciona microinjection and timelapse imaging.

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    Clint Gregory

    Full Text Available Ascidians such as Ciona are close chordate relatives of the vertebrates with small, simple embryonic body plans and small, simple genomes. The tractable size of the embryo offers considerable advantages for in toto imaging and quantitative analysis of morphogenesis. For functional studies, Ciona eggs are considerably more challenging to microinject than the much larger eggs of other model organisms such as zebrafish and Xenopus. One of the key difficulties is in restraining the eggs so that the microinjection needle can be easily introduced and withdrawn. Here we develop and test a device to cast wells in agarose that are each sized to hold a single egg. This injection mold is fabricated by micro-resolution stereolithography with a grid of egg-sized posts that cast corresponding wells in agarose. This 3D printing technology allows the rapid and inexpensive testing of iteratively refined prototypes. In addition to their utility in microinjection, these grids of embryo-sized wells are also valuable for timelapse imaging of multiple embryos.

  18. Crystal growth of proteins, nucleic acids, and viruses in gels. (United States)

    Lorber, Bernard; Sauter, Claude; Théobald-Dietrich, Anne; Moreno, Abel; Schellenberger, Pascale; Robert, Marie-Claire; Capelle, Bernard; Sanglier, Sarah; Potier, Noëlle; Giegé, Richard


    Medium-sized single crystals with perfect habits and no defect producing intense and well-resolved diffraction patterns are the dream of every protein crystallographer. Crystals of biological macromolecules possessing these characteristics can be prepared within a medium in which mass transport is restricted to diffusion. Chemical gels (like polysiloxane) and physical gels (such as agarose) provide such an environment and are therefore suitable for the crystallisation of biological macromolecules. Instructions for the preparation of each type of gel are given to urge crystal growers to apply diffusive media for enhancing crystallographic quality of their crystals. Examples of quality enhancement achieved with silica and agarose gels are given. Results obtained with other substances forming gel-like media (such as lipidic phases and cellulose derivatives) are presented. Finally, the use of gels in combination with capillary tubes for counter-diffusion experiments is discussed. Methods and techniques implemented with proteins can also be applied to nucleic acids and nucleoprotein assemblies such as viruses.

  19. Studying biomolecule localization by engineering bacterial cell wall curvature.

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    Lars D Renner

    Full Text Available In this article we describe two techniques for exploring the relationship between bacterial cell shape and the intracellular organization of proteins. First, we created microchannels in a layer of agarose to reshape live bacterial cells and predictably control their mean cell wall curvature, and quantified the influence of curvature on the localization and distribution of proteins in vivo. Second, we used agarose microchambers to reshape bacteria whose cell wall had been chemically and enzymatically removed. By combining microstructures with different geometries and fluorescence microscopy, we determined the relationship between bacterial shape and the localization for two different membrane-associated proteins: i the cell-shape related protein MreB of Escherichia coli, which is positioned along the long axis of the rod-shaped cell; and ii the negative curvature-sensing cell division protein DivIVA of Bacillus subtilis, which is positioned primarily at cell division sites. Our studies of intracellular organization in live cells of E. coli and B. subtilis demonstrate that MreB is largely excluded from areas of high negative curvature, whereas DivIVA localizes preferentially to regions of high negative curvature. These studies highlight a unique approach for studying the relationship between cell shape and intracellular organization in intact, live bacteria.

  20. Diffusive properties of water in Artemia cysts as determined from quasi-elastic neutron scattering spectra. [Artemia shrimp

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    Trantham, E.C.; Rorschach, H.E.; Clegg, J.S.; Hazlewood, C.F.; Nicklow, R.M.; Wakabayashi, N.


    Results have been obtained on the quasi-elastic spectra of neutrons scattered from pure water, 20% agarose gel (hydration four grams H/sub 2/O per gram of dry solid) and cysts of the brine shrimp Artemia for hydrations between 0.10 and 1.2 grams H/sub 2/O per gram of dry solids. The spectra were interpreted using a two-component model that included contributions from the covalently bonded protons and the hydration water, and a mobile water fraction. The mobile fraction was described by a jump-diffusion correlation function for the translation motion and a simple diffusive orientational correlation function. The results for the line widths ..gamma..(Q/sup 2/) for pure water were in good agreement with previous measurements. The agarose results were consistent with NMR measurements that show a slightly reduced translational diffusion for the mobile water fraction. The Artemia results show that the translational diffusion coefficient of the mobile water fraction was greatly reduced from that of pure water. The line width was determined mainly by the rotational motion, which was also substantially reduced from the pure water value as determined from dielectric relaxation studies. The translational and rotational diffusion parameters were consistent with the NMR measurements of diffusion and relaxation. Values for the hydration fraction and the mean square thermal displacement as determined from the Q-dependence of line areas were also obtained.

  1. Effect of heparin on apoptosis in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma CNE2 cells

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    In order to study the mechanism of the effect of heparin on apoptosis in carcinoma cells, the nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell line CNE2 was used to identify the effect of heparin on apoptosis associated with the expression of c-myc, bax, bcl-2 proteins by use of Hoechst 33258 staining, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL), agarose gel electrophoresis, and flow cytometry, as well as Western blot analysis. The results showed that heparin induced apoptosis of CNE2 cells including the morphologic changes such as reduction in the volume, and the nuclear chromatin condensation, as well as the “ladder pattern” revealed by agarose gel electrophoresis of DNA in a concentration-dependent manner.The number of TUNEL-positive cells was dramatically increased to 33.6±1.2% from 2.8±0.3% by treat ment with heparin in different concentrations (10~40 kU/L). The apoptotic index was increased to 32.5% from 3.5% by detecting SubG1 peaks on flow cytometry. Western blot analysis showed that levels of bcl-2,bax and c-myc were significantly overexpressed by treatment with the increase of heparin concentrations.These results suggest that heparin induces apoptosis of CNE2 cells, which may be regulated by differential expression of apoptosis-related genes.

  2. Rapid plasmid library screening using RecA-coated biotinylated probes. (United States)

    Rigas, B; Welcher, A A; Ward, D C; Weissman, S M


    A method for the rapid physical isolation of recombinant plasmids of interest from a mixture of plasmids such as a plasmid cDNA library is presented. This method utilizes the ability of RecA protein to form stable complexes between linear single-stranded and circular double-stranded DNA molecules sharing sequence homology, and procedures allowing isolation of biotinylated nucleic acid. Biotinylated linear DNA probes coated with RecA have been used to screen reconstituted plasmid libraries consisting of two plasmid species, one homologous and the other heterologous to the probe. When the link between biotin and the nucleotide base could be cleaved by reducing agents, the complex was purified by streptavidin-agarose chromatography and the recovered plasmid was propagated in Escherichia coli. When the link was not cleavable the complex was bound to avidin in solution and purified by cupric iminodiacetic acid-agarose chromatography. The complex was then dissociated and the plasmids were propagated in E. coli. With either protocol, homologous plasmid recovery was between 10% and 20%, and enrichment was between 10(4)- and 10(5)-fold. Potential applications and extensions of this method, such as plasmid, cosmid, and phage library screening and facilitation of physical mapping of macroregions of mammalian genomes are presented and discussed.

  3. Multispectroscopic DNA-binding studies of a terbium(III) complex containing 2,2'-bipyridine ligand. (United States)

    Aramesh-Boroujeni, Zahra; Khorasani-Motlagh, Mozhgan; Noroozifar, Meissam


    Agarose gel electrophoresis, absorption, fluorescence, viscosity, and circular dichroism (CD) have been used in exploring the interaction of terbium(III) complex, [Tb(bpy)2Cl3(OH2)] where bipy is 2,2'-bipyridine, with Fish salmon DNA. Agarose gel electrophoresis assay, along with absorption and fluorescence studies, reveal interaction between the corresponding complex and FS-DNA. Also, the binding constants (Kb) and the Stern-Volmer quenching constants (Ksv) of Tb(III) complex with FS-DNA were determined. The calculated thermodynamic parameters suggested that the binding of mentioned complex to FS-DNA was driven mainly by hydrophobic interactions. A comparative study of this complex with respect to the effect of iodide-induced quenching, ionic strength effect, and ethidium bromide exclusion assay reflects binding of explicit to the FS-DNA primarily in a groove fashion. CD and viscosity data also support the groove binding mode. Furthermore, Tb(III) complex have been simultaneously screened for their antibacterial and antifungal activities.

  4. Construction of pEGFP-ChEgTrp as DNA model for multi-epitope vaccine against Echinococcus granulosus

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    M. Ahmadzadeh


    Full Text Available Background: Infection with Echinococcus granulosus causes hydatidosis in human and ruminants. With regards to the high prevalence of hydatidosis in Iran, dealing with this disease is important in terms of public health. Objective: The aim of this study was to construct pEGFP-ChEgTrp as DNA model for multi-epitope vaccine against Echinococcus granulosus Methods: This experimental study was conducted in the Razi Vaccine & Serum Research Institute, Karaj in 2013. Initially, epitopes stimulating the host immune response were predicted by IEDB Database and the coding sequences were made. The sequences were amplified by PCR. The PCR products were cloned into pEGFP-N1 vector after digestion with XhoI restriction enzyme. The bacteria containing recombinant plasmid were evaluated using Colony PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis and sequencing methods. Findings: Four peptides with 10 linear epitopes were predicted in EgTrp antigen. The nucleotide sequence coding ChEgTrp was amplified by PCR using specific primers and a 270 bp fragment was obtained. This fragment was cloned into pEGFP-N1 vector and the recombinant plasmid was confirmed by Colony PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis. For final confirmation, the recombinant plasmid was sequenced and the pEGFP-ChEgTrp was constructed. Conclusion: The ChEgTrp was successfully cloned into the pEGFP-N1 vector and this plasmid can be used to design DNA vaccines.

  5. Convective polymer assembly for the deposition of nanostructures and polymer thin films on immobilized particles (United States)

    Richardson, Joseph J.; Björnmalm, Mattias; Gunawan, Sylvia T.; Guo, Junling; LiangPresent Address: Csiro Process Science; Engineering, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia, Kang; Tardy, Blaise; SekiguchiPresent Address: Graduate School Of Chemical Sciences; Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, Shota; Noi, Ka Fung; Cui, Jiwei; EjimaPresent Address: Institute Of Industrial Science, The University Of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Hirotaka; Caruso, Frank


    We report the preparation of polymer particles via convective polymer assembly (CPA). Convection is used to move polymer solutions and cargo through an agarose gel that contains immobilized template particles. This method both coats and washes the particles in a process that is amenable to automation, and does not depend on passive diffusion or electrical currents, thus facilitating incorporation of fragile and nanoscale objects, such as liposomes and gold nanoparticles, into the thin polymer films. Template dissolution leads to the formation of stable polymer particles and capsules.We report the preparation of polymer particles via convective polymer assembly (CPA). Convection is used to move polymer solutions and cargo through an agarose gel that contains immobilized template particles. This method both coats and washes the particles in a process that is amenable to automation, and does not depend on passive diffusion or electrical currents, thus facilitating incorporation of fragile and nanoscale objects, such as liposomes and gold nanoparticles, into the thin polymer films. Template dissolution leads to the formation of stable polymer particles and capsules. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed experimental/instrumental information and supporting figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04348k

  6. The Polymorphism of Exon 2 of GOLA-DRB3 Gene in Nadushan Goat Using PCR-RFLP

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    E Abbaszadeh


    Full Text Available This study was conducted to determine polymorphism of GOLA-DRB3 in Nadushan goat using PCR-RFLP. Blood samples were randomly taken from 100 goats. DNA was extracted from the blood samples using DIAtom DNA prep Kit. Spectrophotometer and 1% agarose gel were used for determining its quantities and qualities. Exon 2 of DRB 3.2 gene encompassing 285 bp was amplified with heminested-PCR method in two rounds and PCR products were digested with TaqI. Digested PCR products were electrophoresed in 10% Acryl Amide gel or 2% Agarose gel and gels stained with ethidium bromide. Digested PCR products with TaqI included 2 fragments at 122bp and 163bp (T restriction pattern or undigested fragment at 285bp (t restriction pattern. Population was in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (p>0.05. Shanon index, Nei index, observed and expected heterozygosity were 0.68, 0.49, 0.55 and 0.49, respectively. With regard to results of this study, GOLA-DRB3 marker has good efficiency for genetic diversity determining. Using results of this study and former studies and records and quantitative information of locus in this population, we can perform determining and identifying QTL

  7. Purification and characterization of a 43.5 kDa keratinolytic metalloprotease from Microsporum canis. (United States)

    Brouta, F; Descamps, F; Fett, T; Losson, B; Gerday, C; Mignon, B


    A keratinolytic protease secreted by a feline clinical isolate of Microsporum canis cultivated in a broth containing feline keratin as the sole nitrogen source was purified from the culture filtrate by affinity chromatography on bacitracin-agarose and by hydrophobic chromatography on octyl-agarose. The enzyme had an apparent molecular mass of 43.5 kDa and the pI was 7.7. It had a significant activity against keratin azure, elastin-Congo red and denatured type I collagen (azocoll). Using the latter substrate, the optimum pH was around 8 and the apparent optimum temperature around 50 degrees C. The protease was strongly inhibited by 1,10-phenanthroline, phosphoramidon and EDTA. The first 13 N-terminal amino acid sequence showed a 61% homology with that of the extracellular metalloprotease of Aspergillus fumigatus and with the neutral protease I of A. oryzae, confirming that this 43.5 kDa keratinase is a metalloprotease. This keratinolytic metalloprotease could be a virulence-related factor involved in pathophysiological mechanisms of M. canis dermatophytosis.

  8. Real-time UV imaging of piroxicam diffusion and distribution from oil solutions into gels mimicking the subcutaneous matrix. (United States)

    Ye, Fengbin; Larsen, Susan Weng; Yaghmur, Anan; Jensen, Henrik; Larsen, Claus; Østergaard, Jesper


    A novel real-time UV imaging approach for non-intrusive investigation of the diffusion and partitioning phenomena occurring during piroxicam release from medium chain triglyceride (MCT) solution into two hydrogel matrices is described. Two binary polymer/buffer gel matrices, 0.5% (w/v) agarose and 25% (w/v) Pluronic F127, were applied as simple models mimicking the subcutaneous tissue. The evolution of the absorbance maps as a function of time provided detailed information on the piroxicam release processes upon the exposure of the gel matrices to MCT. Using calibration curves, the concentration maps of piroxicam in the UV imaging area were determined. Regression of the longitudinal concentration-distance profiles, which were obtained using expressions derived from Fick's second law, provided the diffusivity and the distribution coefficients of piroxicam penetrated into the gels. The obtained MCT-agarose (pH 7.4) distribution coefficient of 1.4 was identical to the MCT-aqueous (pH 7.4) distribution coefficient determined by the shake-flask method whereas that of the MCT-Pluronic F127 system was four times less. The experimental data show that UV imaging may have considerable potential for investigating the transport properties of drug formulations intended for the subcutaneous administration.

  9. Drug release into hydrogel-based subcutaneous surrogates studied by UV imaging

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    Ye, Fengbin; Larsen, Susan Weng; Yaghmur, Anan;


    of the performance of drug delivery systems based on in vitro experiments. The objective of this study was to evaluate a UV imaging-based method for real-time characterization of the release and transport of piroxicam in hydrogel-based subcutaneous tissue mimics/surrogates. Piroxicam partitioning from medium chain...... triglyceride (MCT) into 0.5% (w/v) agarose or 25% (w/v) F127-based hydrogels was investigated by monitoring the concentration profiles of the drug in the gels. The effect of pH on piroxicam distribution and diffusion coefficients was studied. For both hydrogel systems, the diffusion of piroxicam in the gels...... was not affected significantly by the pH change from 4.0 to 7.4 but a considerable change in the oil-gel distribution coefficients was found (24 and 34 times less at pH 7.4 as compared those observed at pH 4.0 for F127 and agarose gels, respectively). In addition, the release and transport processes of piroxicam...

  10. An innovative method for quality control of conjugated Haemophilus influenzae vaccines: A short review of two-dimensional nanoparticle electrophoresis. (United States)

    Tietz, Dietmar


    This article provides an overview of a 2D agarose electrophoretic procedure for the characterization of semi-synthetic Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis vaccines that were prepared for the immunization of small children. The analysis of such vaccines has been particularly challenging because the vaccine particles (i) are highly negatively charged, (ii) are as large as or even larger than intact viruses, and (iii) have a continuous (polydisperse) size distribution because of randomizing steps in the vaccine production (sonification and crosslinking). As a result of these characteristics, 1D electrophoresis of the vaccines produced smears without discernable peaks, but with a second dimension of separation a characteristic vaccine fingerprint was obtained. Whereas O'Farrell gels can accomplish a 2D separation according to size and charge for samples with protein-sized particles, nondenaturing 2D agarose electrophoresis achieves a similar result for much larger virus-sized particles. The separation principle, however, is different. Even though the 2D electrophoretic method was developed from 1983 to 1995, it remains a promising tool for vaccine quality control and for predicting vaccine effectiveness. Modern technology makes the analysis significantly more practical and affordable than it was more than 10 years ago, and the method is applicable to a variety of conjugated vaccines and complex mixtures of virus-sized particles.

  11. A multi-channel bioluminescent bacterial biosensor for the on-line detection of metals and toxicity. Part I: design and optimization of bioluminescent bacterial strains

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    Charrier, Thomas; Durand, Marie-Jose; Jouanneau, Sulivan; Thouand, Gerald [UMR CNRS 6144 GEPEA, CBAC, Nantes University, PRES UNAM, Campus de la Courtaisiere-IUT, La Roche-sur-Yon cedex (France); Dion, Michel [UMR CNRS 6204, Nantes University, PRES UNAM, Biotechnologie, Biocatalyse, Bioregulation, 2, Rue de la Houssiniere, BP 92208, Nantes cedex 3 (France); Pernetti, Mimma; Poncelet, Denis [ONIRIS-ENITIAA, UMR CNRS GEPEA, Rue de la Geraudiere, BP 82225, Nantes cedex 3 (France)


    This study describes the construction of inducible bioluminescent strains via genetic engineering along with their characterization and optimization in the detection of heavy metals. Firstly, a preliminary comparative study enabled us to select a suitable carbon substrate from pyruvate, glucose, citrate, diluted Luria-Bertani, and acetate. The latter carbon source provided the best induction ratios for comparison. Results showed that the three constructed inducible strains, Escherichia coli DH1 pBzntlux, pBarslux, and pBcoplux, were usable when conducting a bioassay after a 14-h overnight culture at 30 C. Utilizing these sensors gave a range of 12 detected heavy metals including several cross-detections. Detection limits for each metal were often close to and sometimes lower than the European standards for water pollution. Finally, in order to maintain sensitive bacteria within the future biosensor-measuring cell, the agarose immobilization matrix was compared to polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Agarose was selected because the detection limits of the bioluminescent strains were not affected, in contrast to PVA. Specific detection and cross-detection ranges determined in this study will form the basis of a multiple metals detection system by the new multi-channel Lumisens3 biosensor. (orig.)

  12. Study on AFLP Technical Protocol for Antagonistic Strains of Streptomyces%拮抗链霉菌AFLP分析技术体系的研究

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    金来武; 刘伟成; 潘争艳; 裘季燕; 刘学敏


    [Objective] The aim of this study was to investigate the preparation method and amplification system of antagonistic streptomyces DNA templates based on AFLP assays, and also provide a basis for the application of AFLP technology in the analysis of streptomyces or even actinomyces. [Method] The DNAs were extracted by the modified CTAB method and amplified by the Pst Ⅰ/Mse Ⅰ AFLP kit and its reaction system. The amplified products were analyzed by the denatured polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. [Result] The genomic DNAs of ten antagonistic strains of Streptomyces were extracted and tested. The result of 0.8% agarose gel electrophoresis showed that the major DNA bands were clear without degradation and RNA residue, with the fragment sizes ranging from 37.64 to 40.86 Kb. By ultraviolet spectrophotometry, the OD260/OD280 values varying from 1.625 to 1.833 were obtained. Furthermore, the agarose gel electrophoresis of DNA products digested by Pst Ⅰ/Mse Ⅰ presented the dispersed fluorescent long band, which indicated that the enzymatic hydrolysis was fully carried out. The amplified bands of DNA templates by the screened three pairs of primers were clear with rich polymorphism. [Conclusion] The preparation method and amplification system of DNA template established in this study can be used in the AFLP analysis of Streptomyces.

  13. A novel gigaporous GSH affinity medium for high-speed affinity chromatography of GST-tagged proteins. (United States)

    Huang, Yongdong; Zhang, Rongyue; Li, Juan; Li, Qiang; Su, Zhiguo; Ma, Guanghui


    Novel GSH-AP (phenoxyl agarose coated gigaporous polystyrene, Agap-co-PSt) microspheres were successfully prepared by introducing GSH ligand into hydrophilic AP microspheres pre-activated with 1,4-butanediol diglycidyl ether. The gigaporous structure and chromatographic properties of GSH-AP medium were evaluated and compared with commercial GSH Sepharose FF (GSH-FF) medium. The macropores (100-500nm) of gigaporous PSt microspheres were well maintained after coating with agarose and functionalized with GSH ligand. Hydrodynamic experiments showed that GSH-AP column had less backpressure and plate height than those of GSH-FF column at high flow velocity, which was beneficial for its use in high-speed chromatography. The presence of flow-through pores in GSH-AP microspheres also accelerated the mass transfer rate of biomolecules induced by convective flow, leading to high protein resolution and high dynamic binding capacity (DBC) of glutathione S-transferase (GST) at high flow velocity. High purity of GST and GST-tagged recombinant human interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (rhIL-1RA) were obtained from crude extract with an acceptable recovery yield within 1.5min at a velocity up to 1400cm/h. GSH-AP medium is promising for high-speed affinity chromatography for the purification of GST and GST-tagged proteins.

  14. Purification and identification of the fusicoccin binding protein from oat root plasma membrane (United States)

    de Boer, A. H.; Watson, B. A.; Cleland, R. E.


    Fusicoccin (FC), a fungal phytotoxin, stimulates the H(+) -ATPase located in the plasma membrane (PM) of higher plants. The first event in the reaction chain leading to enhanced H(+) -efflux seems to be the binding of FC to a FC-binding protein (FCBP) in the PM. We solubilized 90% of the FCBP from oat (Avena sativa L. cv Victory) root PM in an active form with 1% octyl-glucoside. The FCBP was stabilized by the presence of protease inhibitors. The FCBP was purified by affinity chromatography using FC-linked adipic acid dihydrazide agarose (FC-AADA). Upon elution with 8 molar urea, two major protein bands on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyaerylamide gel electrophoresis with molecular weights of 29,700 and 31,000 were obtained. Successive chromatography on BBAB Bio-Gel A, hexyl agarose, and FC-AADA resulted in the same two bands when the FC-AADA was eluted with sodium dodecyl sulfate. A direct correlation was made between 3H-FC-binding activity and the presence of the two protein bands. The stoichiometry of the 29,700 and 31,000 molecular weight bands was 1:2. This suggests that the FCBP occurs in the native form as a heterotrimer with an apparent molecular weight of approximately 92,000.

  15. Heavy ion induced double strand breaks in bacteria and bacteriophages (United States)

    Micke, U.; Schäfer, M.; Anton, A.; Horneck, G.; Bücker, H.

    DNA damage induced by heavy ions in bacterial cells and bacteriophages such as Bacillus subtilis, E. coli and Bacteriophage Tl were investigated by analyzing the double strand breaks in the chromosomal DNA. This kind of lesion is considered as one of the main reasons for lethal events. To analyze double strand breaks in long molecules of DNA - up to some Mbp in length - the technique of pulse field agarose gel electrophoresis has been used. This allows the detection of one double strand break per genome. Cell lysis and DNA isolation were performed in small agarose blocks directly. This procedure secured minimum DNA destruction by shearing forces. After running a gel, the DNA was stained with ethidium bromide. The light intensity of ethidium bromide fluorescence for both the outcoming (running) DNA and the remaining intact DNA were measured by scanning. The mean number of double strand breaks was calculated by determining the quotient of these intensities. Strand break induction after heavy ion and X-ray irradiation was compared.

  16. Propagating the missing bacteriophages: a large bacteriophage in a new class

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    Hardies Stephen C


    Full Text Available Abstract The number of successful propagations/isolations of soil-borne bacteriophages is small in comparison to the number of bacteriophages observed by microscopy (great plaque count anomaly. As one resolution of the great plaque count anomaly, we use propagation in ultra-dilute agarose gels to isolate a Bacillus thuringiensis bacteriophage with a large head (95 nm in diameter, tail (486 × 26 nm, corkscrew-like tail fibers (187 × 10 nm and genome (221 Kb that cannot be detected by the usual procedures of microbiology. This new bacteriophage, called 0305φ8-36 (first number is month/year of isolation; remaining two numbers identify the host and bacteriophage, has a high dependence of plaque size on the concentration of a supporting agarose gel. Bacteriophage 0305φ8-36 does not propagate in the traditional gels used for bacteriophage plaque formation and also does not produce visible lysis of liquid cultures. Bacteriophage 0305φ8-36 aggregates and, during de novo isolation from the environment, is likely to be invisible to procedures of physical detection that use either filtration or centrifugal pelleting to remove bacteria. Bacteriophage 0305φ8-36 is in a new genomic class, based on genes for both structural components and DNA packaging ATPase. Thus, knowledge of environmental virus diversity is expanded with prospect of greater future expansion.

  17. Hormone induced changes in lactase glycosylation in developing rat intestine. (United States)

    Chaudhry, Kamaljit Kaur; Mahmood, Safrun; Mahmood, Akhtar


    Lactase exists in both soluble and membrane-bound forms in suckling rat intestine. The distribution of lactase and its glycosylated isoforms in response to thyroxine or cortisone administration has been studied in suckling rats. 75% of lactase activity was detected, associated with brush borders, compared to 24% in the soluble fraction of 8-day-old rats. Thyroxine treatment enhanced soluble lactase activity to 34%, whereas particulate fraction was reduced to 67% compared to controls. Cortisone administration reduced soluble lactase activity from 24% in controls to 12% with a concomitant increase in membrane-bound activity to 89%. Western blot analysis revealed lactase signal, corresponding to 220 kDa in both the soluble and membrane fractions, which corroborated the enzyme activity data. The elution pattern of papain solubilized lactase from agarose-Wheat Germ agglutinin, or Concanavalin A or Jacalin agglutinin columns was different in the suckling and adult rat intestines. Also the elution profile of lactase activity from agarose-lectin columns was modulated in cortisone, thyroxine, and insulin injected pups, which suggests differences in glycosylated isoforms of lactase under these conditions. These findings suggest the role of these hormones in inducing changes in lactase glycosylation during postnatal development of intestine, which may contribute to adult-type hypolactasia in rats.

  18. A microfluidic pump/valve inspired by xylem embolism and transpiration in plants.

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    Li Jingmin

    Full Text Available In plants, transpiration draws the water upward from the roots to the leaves. However, this flow can be blocked by air bubbles in the xylem conduits, which is called xylem embolism. In this research, we present the design of a biomimetic microfluidic pump/valve based on water transpiration and xylem embolism. This micropump/valve is mainly composed of three parts: the first is a silicon sheet with an array of slit-like micropores to mimic the stomata in a plant leaf; the second is a piece of agarose gel to mimic the mesophyll cells in the sub-cavities of a stoma; the third is a micro-heater which is used to mimic the xylem embolism and its self-repairing. The solution in the microchannels of a microfluidic chip can be driven by the biomimetic "leaf" composed of the silicon sheet and the agarose gel. The halting and flowing of the solution is controlled by the micro-heater. Results have shown that a steady flow rate of 1.12 µl/min can be obtained by using this micropump/valve. The time interval between the turning on/off of the micro-heater and the halt (or flow of the fluid is only 2∼3 s. This micropump/valve can be used as a "plug and play" fluid-driven unit. It has the potential to be used in many application fields.

  19. Robust and versatile pectin-based drug delivery systems. (United States)

    Marras-Marquez, T; Peña, J; Veiga-Ochoa, M D


    Pectin-based resistant, interactive and versatile hydrogel vehicles for oral administration have been prepared. These systems are thought to be versatile enough to allow the inclusion of substances (such as the surfactants tested: Pluronic, Tween, Na Lauryl sulphate) that may contribute to tailor the drug release patterns. Tolbutamide, that shows a discrete and pH-dependent solubility in water, has been employed as a model drug to test the capability of these matrices to overcome such drug-imposed restraints. The incorporation of different surfactants produced pectin-based hydrogels of difficult manipulation. In order to improve this drawback, two different strategies have been developed: blending with agarose or freeze-drying. The presence of agarose yields robust systems that can be handled and tested as prepared, in the fresh state. Freeze-drying not only allows to shape pure pectin and blend systems, but also generates a porous structure whose microstructure, determined by the different components included, influences on the drug release behavior. Tolbutamide release kinetics from freshly prepared matrices can be fitted to the Higuchi model while the freeze-dried ones adjust to the Korsmeyer-Peppas model; hence the hydrogel chains rearrangement processes rule the release during the rehydration process.

  20. Some AFLP amplicons are highly conserved DNA sequences mapping to the same linkage groups in two F2 populations of carrot

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    Santos Carlos A.F.


    Full Text Available Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP is a fast and reliable tool to generate a large number of DNA markers. In two unrelated F2 populations of carrot (Daucus carota L., Brasilia x HCM and B493 x QAL (wild carrot, it was hypothesized that DNA 1 digested with the same restriction endonuclease enzymes and amplified with the same primer combination and 2 sharing the same position in polyacrylamide gels should be conserved sequences. To test this hypothesis AFLP fragments from polyacrylamide gels were eluted, reamplified, separated in agarose gels, purified, cloned and sequenced. Among thirty-one paired fragments from each F2 population, twenty-six had identity greater than 91% and five presented identity of 24% to 44%. Among the twenty-six conserved AFLPs only one mapped to different linkage groups in the two populations while four of the five less-conserved bands mapped to different linkage groups. Of eight SCAR (sequence characterized amplified regions primers tested, one conserved AFLP resulted in co-dominant markers in both populations. Screening among 14 carrot inbreds or cultivars with three AFLP-SCAR primers revealed clear and polymorphic PCR products, with similar molecular sizes on agarose gels. The development of co-dominant markers based on conserved AFLP fragments will be useful to detect seed mixtures among hybrids, to improve and to merge linkage maps and to study diversity and phylogenetic relationships.

  1. Effects of cyclodextrins on the structure of LDL and its susceptibility to copper-induced oxidation. (United States)

    Ao, Meiying; Gan, Chaoye; Shao, Wenxiang; Zhou, Xing; Chen, Yong


    Cyclodextrins (CDs) have long been widely used as drug/food carriers and were recently developed as drugs for the treatment of diseases (e.g. Niemann-Pick C1 and cancers). It is unknown whether cyclodextrins may influence the structure of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), its susceptibility to oxidation, and atherogenesis. In this study, four widely used cyclodextrins including α-CD, γ-CD, and two derivatives of β-CD (HPβCD and MβCD) were recruited. Interestingly, agarose gel electrophoresis (staining lipid and protein components of LDL with Sudan Black B and Coomassie brilliant blue, respectively but simultaneously) shows that cyclodextrins at relatively high concentrations caused disappearance of the LDL band and/or appearance of an additional protein-free lipid band, implying that cyclodextrins at relatively high concentrations can induce significant electrophoresis-detectable lipid depletion of LDL. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) detected that MβCD (as a representative of cyclodextrins) induced size decrease of LDL particles in a dose-dependent manner, further confirming the lipid depletion effects of cyclodextrins. Moreover, the data from agarose gel electrophoresis, conjugated diene formation, MDA production, and amino group blockage of copper-oxidized LDL show that cyclodextrins can impair LDL susceptibility to oxidation. It implies that cyclodextrins probably help to inhibit atherogenesis by lowering LDL oxidation.

  2. D-glucose derived novel gemini surfactants: synthesis and study of their surface properties, interaction with DNA, and cytotoxicity. (United States)

    Kumar, Vikash; Chatterjee, Amrita; Kumar, Nupur; Ganguly, Anasuya; Chakraborty, Indranil; Banerjee, Mainak


    Four new D-glucose derived m-s-m type gemini surfactants with variable spacer and tail length have been synthesized by a simple and efficient synthetic methodology utilizing the free C-3 hydroxy group of diisopropylidene glucose. The synthetic route to these gemini surfactants with a quaternary ammonium group as polar head group involves a sequence of simple reactions including alkylation, imine formation, quaternization of amine etc. The surface properties of the new geminis were evaluated by surface tension and conductivity measurements. These gemini surfactants showed low cytotoxicity by MTT assay on HeLa cell line. The DNA binding capabilities of these surfactants were determined by agarose gel electrophoresis, fluorescence titration, and DLS experiments. The preliminary studies by agarose gel electrophoresis indicated chain length dependent DNA binding abilities, further supported by ethidium bromide exclusion experiments. Two of the D-glucose derived gemini surfactants showed effective binding with pET-28a plasmid DNA (pDNA) at relatively low N/P ratio (i.e., cationic nitrogen/DNA phosphate molar ratio).

  3. A Three-Dimensional (3D) Environment to Maintain the Integrity of Mouse Testicular Can Cause the Occurrence of Meiosis

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    CHU Zhi-li; LIU Chao; BAI Yao-fu; ZHU Hai-jing; HU Yue; HUA Jin-lian


    Adhesions between different cells and extracellular matrix have been studied extensively in vitro, but little is known about their functions in testicular tissue counterparts. Spermatogonia and their companion somatic cells maintain a close association throughout spermatogenesis and this association is necessary for normal spermatogenesis. In order to keep the relative integrity of the testicular tissues, and to detect the development in vitro, culture testicular tissues in a three-dimensional (3D) agarose matrix was examined. Testicular tissues isolated from 6.5 d postpartum (dpp) mouse were cultured on the top of the matrix for 26 d with a medium height up to 4/5 of the 3D agarose matrix. The results showed that in this 3D culture environment, each type of testicular cells kept the same structure, localization and function as in vivo and might be more biologically relevant to living organisms. After culture, germ cell marker VASA and meiosis markers DAZL and SCP3 showed typical positive analysed by immunofluorescence staining and RT-PCR. It demonstrated that this 3D culture system was able to maintain the number of germ cells and promote the meiosis initiation of male germ cells.

  4. Hybrid hydrogel photonic barcodes for multiplex detection of tumor markers. (United States)

    Xu, Yueshuang; Zhang, Xiaoping; Luan, Chengxin; Wang, Huan; Chen, Baoan; Zhao, Yuanjin


    Barcodes-based suspension array have for demonstrated values in multiplex assay of tumor markers. Photonic barcodes which are encoded by their characteristic reflection peaks are the important supports for suspension array due to their stable code, low fluorescent background and high surface-volume ratio. Attempts to develop this technology tend to improve the function of the photonic barcodes. Here, we present a new type of hybrid hydrogel photonic barcodes for efficient multiplex assays. This photonic barcodes are hybrid inverse opal hydrogel composed of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEG-DA) and agarose. The polymerized PEG-DA hydrogel could guarantee the stabilities of the inverse opal structure and its resultant code, while the agarose could offer active chemical groups for the probe immobilization and homogeneous water surrounding for the bioassay. In addition, the interconnected pores inverse opal structure could provide channels for biomolecules diffusing and reaction into the voids of barcodes. These features imparted the hybrid hydrogel photonic barcodes with limits of detection (LOD) of 0.78ng/mL for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and 0.21ng/mL for α-fetoprotein (AFP), respectively. It was also demonstrated that the proposed barcodes showed acceptable accuracy and detection reproducibility, and the results were in acceptable agreement with those from common clinic method for the detections of practical clinical samples. Thus, our technique provides a new platform for simultaneous multiplex immunoassay.

  5. [Study on the cell apoptosis induced by intracellular hyperthermia in human lung adenocarcinoma SPC-A1 cells]. (United States)

    Ma, Yongjie; Li, Hong; Yan, Zhubing; Gu, Hongchen


    This is a comparative study on the efficacy of differential cell apoptosis induced by three methods (intracellular hyperthermia, with water bath hyperthermia and extracellular hyperthermia) in human lung adenocarcinoma SPC-A1 cells in vitro. The effects of hyperthermia on cell apoptosis were determined by Transmission electron microscopy(TEM), agarose gel electrophoresis and flow cytometry methods, respectively. The intracellular effect of particle heating was compared with that of water bath hyperthermia and extracellular hyperthermia; significant differences between these heating methods were detected, the rate of apoptosis being 36.59%, 5.66%, 7.78% respectively. When treated with intracellular hyperthermia, the SPC-A1 cells manifested typical morphological characters of apoptosis by TEM observation, and the SPC-A1 cell DNA was degraded into large fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis assay. Our results showed that amino-silane Fe3O4 induced intracellular hyperthermia was superior to water bath hyperthermia and extracellular hyperthermia. It is mainly the interaction between intracellular nanoparticles and cell that induced apoptosis. Therefore, the aminosilane-coated Fe3O4 may be used in hyperthermia or chemotherapeutics on cancer cells for further clinical application.

  6. Manipulation and imaging of Kryptolebias marmoratus embryos. (United States)

    Mourabit, Sulayman; Kudoh, Tetsuhiro


    The self-fertilizing mangrove killifish, Kryptolebias marmoratus, is an upcoming model species for a range of biological disciplines. To further establish this model in the field of developmental biology, we examined several techniques for embryonic manipulation and for imaging that can be used in an array of experimental designs. These methodological approaches can be divided into two categories: handling of embryos with and without their chorionic membrane. Embryos still enclosed in their chorion can be manipulated using an agarose bed or a methyl cellulose system, holding them in place and allowing their rotation to more specific angles and positions. Using these methods, we demonstrate microinjection of embryos and monitoring of fluorescent yolk syncytial nuclei (YSN) using both stereo and compound microscopes. For higher magnification imaging using compound microscopes as well as time-lapse analyses, embryos were dechorionated and embedded in low-melting-point agarose. To demonstrate this embedding technique, we further examined fluorescent YSN and also analyzed the yolk surface of K. marmoratus embryos. The latter was observed to provide an excellent imaging platform for study of the behavior and morphology of cells during embryonic development, for various types of cells. Our data demonstrate that K. marmoratus is an excellent model species for research in developmental biology, as methodological approaches for the manipulation and imaging of embryos are efficient and readily available.

  7. Polymeric macroporous formulations for the control release of mosquitocidal Bacillus sphaericus ISPC-8. (United States)

    Tripathi, Anuj; Hadapad, Ashok B; Hire, Ramesh S; Melo, Jose S; D'Souza, Stanislaus F


    Bio-polymeric mosquitocidal formulations were developed for the control release of Bacillus sphaericus ISPC-8 by the immobilization of its spore-crystal complex onto the macroporous polymeric matrices. The biodegradable formulations were synthesized at sub-zero temperature using natural polymeric substrates like agarose, alginate, cellulose, non-adsorbent cotton, wooden cork powder and also magnetite nanoparticles. The obtained polymeric matrices were morphologically characterized, which showed 85-90% porosity, uniform pores distribution, high permeability and controlled degradation (19-30%) in 4 weeks depending upon the composition of formulations. Further, the polymeric macroporous formulations were tested for persistence of mosquitocidal activity against Culex quinquefasciatus larvae. Unformulated B. sphaericus ISPC-8 spores retained 54% of larvicidal activity after 7 days, which completely reduced after 35 days of treatment. However, the immobilized B. sphaericus spores in agarose-alginate formulations showed high larvicidal activity on day 7 and retained about 45% activity even after 35 days of treatments. Studies on UV-B and pH dependent inactivation of toxins and spore viability showed that these formulations were significantly protecting the spores as compared to the unformulated spores, which suggest its potential application for the mosquito control program.

  8. Comparison of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Labeling Efficiency between Poly-L-Lysine and Protamine Sulfate for Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Quantitative Analysis Using Multi-Echo T2 Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Suh, Ji Yeon; Lee, Jeong Hyun; Lee, Chang Kyung; Shin, Ji Hoon; Choi, Choong Gon; Kim, Jeong Kon [Dept. of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To quantify in vitro labeling efficiency of protamine sulfate (PS) and poly-L-lysine (PLL) for labeling of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) with superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) using multi-echo T2 magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 4.7 T. The hMSCs were incubated with SPIO-PS or SPIO-PLL complexes. Their effects on the cell metabolism and differentiation capability were evaluated, respectively. The decrease of iron concentrations in the labeled cells were assessed immediately, and at 4 d after labeling using multi-echo T2 MR imaging at 4.7 T. The results were compared with those of Prussian blue colorimetry. The hMSCs were labeled more efficiently by SPIO-PLL than SPIO-PS without any significant effect on cell metabolism and differentiation capabilities. It was feasible to quantify the iron concentrations in SPIO-agarose-phantoms and in agarose mixture with the labeled cells from T2 maps obtained from multi-echo T2 MRI. However, the iron concentration of the labeled cells was significantly higher by T2-maps than the results of Prussian blue colorimetry. The hMSCs can be effectively labeled with SPIO-PLL complexes more than with SPIO-PS without significant change in cell metabolism and differentiation. In vitro quantification of the iron concentrations of the labeled is feasible from multi-echo T2 MRI, but needs further investigation.

  9. Examination of uropathogenic Escherichia coli strains conferring large plasmids

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    Full Text Available Suhartono (2010 Examination of uropathogenic Escherichia coli strains conferring large plasmids. Biodiversitas 11: 59-64. Of major uropathogens, Escherichia coli has been widely known as a main pathogen of UTIs globally and has considerable medical and financial consequences. A strain of UPEC, namely E. coli ST131, confers a large plasmid encoding cephalosporinases (class C β-lactamase or AmpC that may be disseminated through horizontal transfer among bacterial populations. Therefore, it is worth examining such large plasmids by isolating, purifying, and digesting the plasmid with restriction enzymes. The examination of the large plasmids was conducted by isolating plasmid DNA visualized by agarose gel electrophoresis as well as by PFGE. The relationship of plasmids among isolates was carried out by HpaI restriction enzyme digestion. Of 36 isolates of E. coli ST 131, eight isolates possessed large plasmids, namely isolates 3, 9, 10, 12, 17, 18, 26 and 30 with the largest molecular size confirmed by agarose gel electrophoresis and PFGE was ~42kb and ~118kb respectively. Restriction enzyme analysis revealed that isolates 9, 10, 12, 17 and 18 have the common restriction patterns and those isolates might be closely related.

  10. Exploring a direct injection method for microfluidic generation of polymer microgels. (United States)

    Wang, Yihe; Tumarkin, Ethan; Velasco, Diego; Abolhasani, Milad; Lau, Willie; Kumacheva, Eugenia


    Microfluidics (MFs) offers a promising method for the preparation of polymer microgels with exquisite control over their dimensions, shapes and morphologies. A challenging task in this process is the generation of droplets (precursors for microgels) from highly viscous polymer solutions. Spatial separation of MF emulsification and gelation of the precursor droplets on chip can address this challenge. In the present work, we explored the application of the "direct injection" method for the preparation of microgels by adding a highly concentrated polymer solution or a gelling agent directly into the precursor droplets. In the first system, primary droplets were generated from a dilute aqueous solution of agarose, followed by the injection of the concentrated agarose solution directly in the primary droplets. The secondary droplets served as precursors for microgels. In the second system, primary droplets were generated from the low-viscous solution of methyl-β-cyclodextrin and poly(ethylene glycol) end-terminated with octadecyl hydrophobic groups. Addition of surfactant directly into the primary droplets led to the binding of methyl-β-cyclodextrin to the surfactant, thereby releasing hydrophobized poly(ethylene glycol) to form polymer microgels. Our results show that, when optimized, the direct injection method can be used for microgel preparation from highly viscous liquids and thus this method expands the range of polymers used for MF generation of microgels.

  11. High Expression of Insulin-like Growth Factor H (IGF-Ⅱ) Using Bac-to-Bac Expression System

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    Objective In order to obtain mature insulin-like growth factor- Ⅱ ( IGF- Ⅱ ), we used Bac-to-Bac baculovirus expression system. Methods Firstly the IGF- Ⅱ cDNA was cloned into a donor plasmid pFastBac1 and the recombinant pFastBac1 was then introduced into competent cells DH 10Bac. Recombinant bacmids were constructed by transposing a mini-Tn7 element from a donor plasmid pFastBac1 to the mini-attTn7 attachment site on the bacmid where the Tn7 transposition functions were provided in trans by a helper plasmid, and then used to transfect Sf9 insect cells to get recombinant baculovirus. The recombinant baculovirus was used to infect insect cells. Results Agarose gel analysis showed that recombinant donor plasmid pFastBac1 was constructed successfully; Agarose gel analysis of PCR products confirmed recombinant bacmid ; SDS-PAGE and Western Blotting showed that a 7KD protein band appeared. Conclusion The mature IGF- Ⅱ with immunogenecity has been expressed and produced by using Bac-to-Bac expression system.

  12. Growth conditions determine the DNF2 requirement for symbiosis.

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    Fathi Berrabah

    Full Text Available Rhizobia and legumes are able to interact in a symbiotic way leading to the development of root nodules. Within nodules, rhizobia fix nitrogen for the benefit of the plant. These interactions are efficient because spectacularly high densities of nitrogen fixing rhizobia are maintained in the plant cells. DNF2, a Medicago truncatula gene has been described as required for nitrogen fixation, bacteroid's persistence and to prevent defense-like reactions in the nodules. This manuscript shows that a Rhizobium mutant unable to differentiate is not sufficient to trigger defense-like reactions in this organ. Furthermore, we show that the requirement of DNF2 for effective symbiosis can be overcome by permissive growth conditions. The dnf2 knockout mutants grown in vitro on agarose or Phytagel as gelling agents are able to produce nodules fixing nitrogen with the same efficiency as the wild-type. However, when agarose medium is supplemented with the plant defense elicitor ulvan, the dnf2 mutant recovers the fix- phenotype. Together, our data show that plant growth conditions impact the gene requirement for symbiotic nitrogen fixation and suggest that they influence the symbiotic suppression of defense reactions in nodules.

  13. Physisorption of DNA molecules on chemically modified single-walled carbon nanotubes with and without sonication. (United States)

    Umemura, Kazuo; Ishibashi, Yu; Oura, Shusuke


    We investigated the physisorption phenomenon of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules onto two types of commercially available chemically functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and agarose gel electrophoresis. We found that DNA molecules can adsorb on the water-soluble SWNT surfaces without sonication, although sonication treatment has been used for hybridization of DNA and SWNTs in many previous studies. Using our method, damage of DNA molecules by sonication can be avoided. On the other hand, the amount of DNA molecules adsorbed on SWNT surfaces increased when the samples were sonicated. This fact suggests that the sonication is effective not only at debundling of SWNTs, but also at assisting DNA adsorption. Furthermore, DNA adsorption was affected by the types of functionalized SWNTs. In the case of SWNTs functionalized with polyethylene glycol (PEG-SWNT), physisorption of ssDNA molecules was confirmed only by agarose-gel electrophoresis. In contrast, amino-terminated SWNTs (NH2-SWNTs) showed a change in the height distribution profile based on AFM observations. These results suggest that DNA molecules tended to adsorb to NH2-SWNT surfaces, although DNA molecules can also adsorb on PEG-SWNT surfaces. Our results revealed fundamental information for developing nanobiodevices using hybrids of DNA and SWNTs.

  14. Effects of Sterigmatocystin, Deoxynivalenol and Aflatoxin G1 on Apoptosis of Human Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes in vitro

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    Objective To explore the effects of Sterigmatocystin (ST), Deoxynivalenol (DON) and Aflatoxin G1 (AFG1) on apoptosis of human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBLs) in vitro and thus to further elucidate the putative roles of these three mycotoxins on human immunosystem. Methods The effects of ST, DON and AFG1 on apoptosis of HPBLs were studied with cell culture, flow cytometric (FCM) DNA analysis and DNA agarose gel electrophoresis. Results DNA agarose gel electrophoresis results showed the characteristic "ladder" pattern of apoptosis in HPBLs treated with ST, DON and AFG1. Flow cytometric DNA analysis revealed that typical subdiploid peaks of apoptosis in DNA histogram could be seen in all groups treated with the three mycotoxins. Significant time-effect and dose-effect relationships were found between the apoptosis rates and treatment time as well as concentrations of the three mycotoxins. Conclusion ST, DON and AFG1 can induce apoptosis of HPBLs in vitro and may have some negative effects on human immunosystem.

  15. Modeling the impact of granular embedding media, and pulling versus pushing cells on growing cell clones (United States)

    Drasdo, Dirk; Hoehme, Stefan


    In this paper, we explore how potential biomechanical influences on cell cycle entrance and cell migration affect the growth dynamics of cell populations. We consider cell populations growing in free, granular and tissue-like environments using a mathematical single-cell-based model. In a free environment we study the effect of pushing movements triggered by proliferation versus active pulling movements of cells stretching cell-cell contacts on the multi-cellular kinetics and the cell population morphotype. By growing cell clones embedded in agarose gel or cells of another type, one can mimic aspects of embedding tissues. We perform simulation studies of cell clones expanding in an environment of granular objects and of chemically inert cells. In certain parameter ranges, we find the formation of invasive fingers reminiscent of viscous fingering. Since the simulation studies are highly computation-time consuming, we mainly study one-cell-thick monolayers and show that for selected parameter settings the results also hold for multi-cellular spheroids. Finally, we compare our model to the experimentally observed growth dynamics of multi-cellular spheroids in agarose gel.

  16. Determination of the Mutagenicity Potential of Supermint Herbal Medicine by Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis in Rat Hepatocytes

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    Zivar Amanpour


    Full Text Available Purpose: The increasing use of herbal drugs and their easy availability have necessitated the use of mutagenicity test to analyze their toxicity and safety. The aim of this study was to evaluate the genotoxicity of Supermint herbal medicine in DNA breakage of rat hepatocytes in comparison with sodium dichromate by single cell gel electrophoresis technique or comet assay. Methods: Hepatocytes were prepared from male wistar rats and were counted and kept in a bioreactor for 30 minutes. Then cells were exposed to the Supermint herbal medicine at doses of 125, 250 and 500 μl/ml. Buffer 4 (incubation buffer and sodium dichromate were used as negative and positive control for one hour respectively. Then cell suspension with low melting point agarose were put on precoated slides and covered with agarose gel. Then lysing, electrophoresis, neutralization and staining were carried out. Finally the slides were analyzed with fluorescence microscope. The parameter under this analysis was the type of migration which was determined according to Kobayashi pattern. Results: With increased dose of Supermint herbal medicine the DNA damage was slightly increased (P<0001. Conlusion: In overall compared to the positive control significant differences is observed which convinced that the crude extract of Supermint in vitro did not have mutagenic effect.

  17. Rapid Detection of Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 Activity in Mouse Sperm Using Fluorescent Gel Shift Electrophoresis

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    Hoseok Choi


    Full Text Available Assaying the glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3 activity in sperm is of great importance because it is closely implicated in sperm motility and male infertility. While a number of studies on GSK3 activity have relied on labor-intensive immunoblotting to identify phosphorylated GSK3, here we report the simple and rapid detection of GSK3 activity in mouse sperm using conventional agarose gel electrophoresis and a fluorescent peptide substrate. When a dye-tethered and prephosphorylated (primed peptide substrate for GSK3 was employed, a distinct mobility shift in the fluorescent bands on the agarose was observed by GSK3-induced phosphorylation of the primed peptides. The GSK3 activity in mouse testes and sperm were quantifiable by gel shift assay with low sample consumption and were significantly correlated with the expression levels of GSK3 and p-GSK3. We suggest that our assay can be used for reliable and rapid detection of GSK3 activity in cells and tissue extracts.

  18. Bioprinting Organotypic Hydrogels with Improved Mesenchymal Stem Cell Remodeling and Mineralization Properties for Bone Tissue Engineering. (United States)

    Duarte Campos, Daniela Filipa; Blaeser, Andreas; Buellesbach, Kate; Sen, Kshama Shree; Xun, Weiwei; Tillmann, Walter; Fischer, Horst


    3D-manufactured hydrogels with precise contours and biological adhesion motifs are interesting candidates in the regenerative medicine field for the culture and differentiation of human bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). 3D-bioprinting is a powerful technique to approach one step closer the native organization of cells. This study investigates the effect of the incorporation of collagen type I in 3D-bioprinted polysaccharide-based hydrogels to the modulation of cell morphology, osteogenic remodeling potential, and mineralization. By combining thermo-responsive agarose hydrogels with collagen type I, the mechanical stiffness and printing contours of printed constructs can be improved compared to pure collagen hydrogels which are typically used as standard materials for MSC osteogenic differentiation. The results presented here show that MSC not only survive the 3D-bioprinting process but also maintain the mesenchymal phenotype, as proved by live/dead staining and immunocytochemistry (vimentin positive, CD34 negative). Increased solids concentrations of collagen in the hydrogel blend induce changes in cell morphology, namely, by enhancing cell spreading, that ultimately contribute to enhanced and directed MSC osteogenic differentiation. 3D-bioprinted agarose-collagen hydrogels with high-collagen ratio are therefore feasible for MSC osteogenic differentiation, contrarily to low-collagen blends, as proved by two-photon microscopy, Alizarin Red staining, and real-time polymerase chain reaction.

  19. Cloning of NHE-1 gene fragment from human lung cancer cells and construction of its antisense expression vector

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    WU Guo-ming; HUANG Gui-jun; QIAN Gui-sheng


    To clone the partial sequence of Na+/H+ exchanger-1 (NHE-1) gene of human lung cancer cells and insert it reversely into the multiclone site of pLXSN in order to construct an antisense expression vector for tumor gene therapy in vivo. Methods: With use of the upstream and downstream primers containing Bam H I and EcoR I in their 5' ends respectively, a partial sequence of the first exon of NHE-1 gene was cloned in a length of 454 bp from genomic DNA of human lung cancer cell A549 with PCR method. The product was then directionally and reversely insert into the multiclone site of pLXSN. Finally, the constructed recombinant was identified with agarose gel electrophoresis and DNA sequencing. Results: The cloned fragment was 461 bp in length and successfully ligated to pLXSN with the identification by agarose gel electrophoresis. DNA sequencing confirmed that the fragment cloned and inserted into the vector was identical with the targeted one. Conclusion: The targeted fragment is successfully cloned and reversely inserted into pLXSN in our experiment. The antisense expression vector ofNHE-1, pNHE- 1, was constructed successfully.

  20. Functional and Physical Outcomes following Use of a Flexible CO2 Laser Fiber and Bipolar Electrocautery in Close Proximity to the Rat Sciatic Nerve with Correlation to an In Vitro Thermal Profile Model

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    A. M. Robinson


    Full Text Available This study compared functional and physical collateral damage to a nerve when operating a Codman MALIS Bipolar Electrosurgical System CMC-III or a CO2 laser coupled to a laser, with correlation to an in vitro model of heating profiles created by the devices in thermochromic ink agarose. Functional damage of the rat sciatic nerve after operating the MALIS or CO2 laser at various power settings and proximities to the nerve was measured by electrically evoked nerve action potentials, and histology of the nerve was used to assess physical damage. Thermochromic ink dissolved in agarose was used to model the spatial and temporal profile of the collateral heating zone of the electrosurgical system and the laser ablation cone. We found that this laser can be operated at 2 W directly above the nerve with minimal damage, while power settings of 5 W and 10 W resulted in acute functional and physical nerve damage, correlating with the maximal heating cone in the thermochromic ink model. MALIS settings up to 40 (11 W did not result in major functional or physical nerve damage until the nerve was between the forceps tips, correlating with the hottest zone, localized discretely between the tips.

  1. Apoptosis in Raji cell line induced by influenza A virus

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    李虹; 肖丽英; 李华林; 李婉宜; 蒋中华; 张林; 李明远


    Objective To study the apoptotic effects of influenza A virus on the Raji cell line. Methods Cultured Raji cells were infected with influenza A virus at a multiplicity of infection (m.o.i) of 20 and the effects of apoptosis were detected at different time points post infection using the following methods: electron microscope, DNA agarose gel electrophoresis, PI stained flow cytometry (FCM) and Annexin-V FITC/PI stained FCM.Results Raji cells infected with influenza A virus showed changes of morphology apoptotis, DNA agarose electrophoresis also demonstrated a ladder-like pattern of DNA fragments in a time-dependent manner. PI stained FCM showed "apoptosis peak" and FITC/PI stained FCM showed apoptotic cells. Quantitative analysis indicated that the percentage of apoptotic Raji cells increased after infection, and cycloheximide (CHX), an eukaryotic transcription inhibitor, could effectively inhibit the apoptotic effects of influenza A virus in vitro.Conclusions Influenza A virus can induce apoptosis in Raji cell line suggesting that it may lead to a potential method for tumor therapy.


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    王虹; 张月清; 劳为德; 吴赵永


    Five restriction endonucleases were used to digest genomic DNA from 5 isolates of Trichinella spiralis obtained from Changchun,Tianjin,Xian,Henan and Yunnan.All the isolates were secured from pigs ex-cept the Changchun strain which came from dog.The DNA fragments digested by endonuclease were sepa-mted by agarose gel electrophoesis.The DNA fragments digested by endonuclease were sepa-rated by agarose gel electrophoresis.The Changchun is olate had a EcoRI band at 1.12kb and a Dral band at 1.97kb which were unique to this isolate.A cloned specific repetitive DNA sequence(1.12kb) from the Changchun strain was selected to prepare a probe for the Southern blotting of EcoRI restriction DNA frag-ments for the 5 isolates.The 1.12kb hybridizing band did not appear except in the Changchun isolate.These results seem to indicate that there are differences between the isolates obtained from hosts in differ-ent geographical regions.

  3. Effects of Pinus massoniana bark extract on cell proliferation and apoptosis of human hepatoma BEL-7402 cells

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    Ying-Yu Cui; Heng Xie; Kang-Biao Qi; Yan-Ming He; Jin-Fa Wang


    AIM: To study the effects of Pinus massoniana bark extract (PMBE) on cell proliferation and apoptosis of human hepatoma BEL-7402 cells and to elucidate its molecular mechanism.METHODS: BEL-7402 cells were incubated with various concentrations (20-200 μg/mL) of PMBE for different periods of time. After 48 h, cell proliferation was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethyl-thiazolyl-2)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Apoptosis was evaluated by morphological observation, agarose gel electrophoresis,and flow cytometry analysis. Possible molecular mechanisms were primarily explored through immunohistochemical staining.RESULTS: PMBE (20-200 μg/mL) significantly suppressed BEL-7402 cell proliferation in a time- and dose-dependent manner. After treatment of BEL-7402 cells with 160 μg/mL PMBE for 24, 48, or 72 h, a typical apoptotic "DNA ladder"was observed using agarose gel electrophoresis. Nuclear condensation and boundary aggregation or split, apoptotic bodies were seen by fluorescence and electron microscopy.Sub-G1 curves were displayed by flow cytometry analysis.PMBE decreased the expression levels of Bcl-2 protein in a time-dependent manner after treatment of cells with 160 μg/mL PMBE.CONCLUSION: PMBE suppresses proliferation of BEL-7402 cells in a time- and dose-dependent manner and induces cell apoptosis by possibly downregulating the expression of the bcl-2 gene.

  4. Nano-cerium-element-doped titanium dioxide induces apoptosis of Bel 7402 human hepatoma cells in the presence of visible light

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    AIM: To investigate the apoptotic effect of photoexcited titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles in the presence of visible light on human hepatoma cell line (Bel 7402) and to study the underlying mechanism.METHODS: Cerium-element-doped titanium dioxide nanoparticles were prepared by impregnation method.Bel 7402 human hepatoma cells were cultured in RPMI 1640 medium in a humidified incubator with 50 mL/L CO2 at 37℃. A 15 W fluorescent lamp with continuous wavelength light was used as light source in the photocatalytic test. Fluorescence morphology and agarose gel eletrophoresis pattern were performed to analyze apoptotic cells.RESULTS: The Ce (Ⅳ)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles displayed their superiority, The adsorption edge shifted to the 400-450 nm region. With visible light illuminated for 10 min, 10 μg/cm3 Ce (Ⅳ)-doped TiO2 induced micronuclei and significant apoptosis in 4 and 24 h,respectively. Hochest 33258 staining of the fixed cells revealed typical apoptotic structures (apoptotic bodies),agarose gel electrophoresis showed typical DNA ladder pattern in treated cells but not in untreated ones.CONCLUSION: Ce (Ⅳ) doped TiO2 nanoparticles can induce apoptosis of Bel 7402 human hepatoma cells in the presence of visible light.

  5. Influence of experimental conditions on data variability in the liver comet assay. (United States)

    Guérard, M; Marchand, C; Plappert-Helbig, U


    The in vivo comet assay has increasingly been used for regulatory genotoxicity testing in recent years. While it has been demonstrated that the experimental execution of the assay, for example, electrophoresis or scoring, can have a strong impact on the results; little is known on how initial steps, that is, from tissue sampling during necropsy up to slide preparation, can influence the comet assay results. Therefore, we investigated which of the multitude of steps in processing the liver for the comet assay are most critical. All together eight parameters were assessed by using liver samples of untreated animals. In addition, two of those parameters (temperature and storage time of liver before embedding into agarose) were further investigated in animals given a single oral dose of ethyl methanesulfonate at dose levels of 50, 100, and 200 mg/kg, 3 hr prior to necropsy. The results showed that sample cooling emerged as the predominant influence factor, whereas variations in other elements of the procedure (e.g., size of the liver piece sampled, time needed to process the liver tissue post-mortem, agarose temperature, or time of lysis) seem to be of little relevance. Storing of liver samples of up to 6 hr under cooled conditions did not cause an increase in tail intensity. In contrast, storing the tissue at room temperature, resulted in a considerable time-dependent increase in comet parameters.

  6. 夏枯草提取物对人T淋巴瘤Jurkat细胞增殖的影响及机制探讨%The effects and mechanism of action of Prunella vulgaris L extract on Jurkat human T lymphoma cell proliferation

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    Changying Chen; Gang Wu; Mingzhi Zhang


    Objective: The aim of this study was to observe the effect of the Prunella vulgaris L extract on the Jurkat human T lymphoma cell line. Methods: Jurkat cells were cultivated with different concentrations of the extract from Prunella vulgaris L. The MTT assay and flow cytometry were employed to determine the cells' proliferation inhibition ratio and the apoptosis rates, respectively. Agarose gel electrophoresis was used to observe cellular DNA fragmentation, and westem blotting was used to observe changes in Bcl-2 and Bax protein expression. Results: The Prunella vulgaris L extract remarkably inhibited the proliferation of Jurkat cells. This inhibition exhibited dose dependence, with an IC50 of 20.23 + 0.31 IJg/mL. Agarose gel electrophoresis showed that the apoptosis strap became wider and brighter, and flow cytometry showed that the apoptosis rate increased in a concentration-dependent manner. Western blotting showed that Bcl-2 protein was down-regulated and Bax protein was up-regulated during apoptosis. Conclusion: The extract from Prunella vulgaris L induced apoptosis of Jurkat cells by down-regulating Bcl-2 protein and up-regulating Bax protein. These actions inhibited the growth of Jurkat ceils.

  7. 3D Printing Facilitated Scaffold-free Tissue Unit Fabrication (United States)

    Tan, Yu; Richards, Dylan J.; Trusk, Thomas C.; Visconti, Richard P.; Yost, Michael J.; Kindy, Mark S.; Drake, Christopher J.; Argraves, William Scott; Markwald, Roger R.; Mei, Ying


    Tissue spheroids hold great potential in tissue engineering as building blocks to assemble into functional tissues. To date, agarose molds have been extensively used to facilitate fusion process of tissue spheroids. As a molding material, agarose typically requires low temperature plates for gelation and/or heated dispenser units. Here, we proposed and developed an alginate-based, direct 3D mold-printing technology: 3D printing micro-droplets of alginate solution into biocompatible, bio-inert alginate hydrogel molds for the fabrication of scaffold-free tissue engineering constructs. Specifically, we developed a 3D printing technology to deposit micro-droplets of alginate solution on calcium containing substrates in a layer-by-layer fashion to prepare ring-shaped 3D hydrogel molds. Tissue spheroids composed of 50% endothelial cells and 50% smooth muscle cells were robotically placed into the 3D printed alginate molds using a 3D printer, and were found to rapidly fuse into toroid-shaped tissue units. Histological and immunofluorescence analysis indicated that the cells secreted collagen type I playing a critical role in promoting cell-cell adhesion, tissue formation and maturation. PMID:24717646

  8. Molecular analysis of RAPD DNA based markers: their potential use for the detection of genetic variability in jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis L Schneider). (United States)

    Amarger, V; Mercier, L


    We have applied the recently developed technique of random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) for the discrimination between two jojoba clones at the genomic level. Among a set of 30 primers tested, a simple reproducible pattern with three distinct fragments for clone D and two distinct fragments for clone E was obtained with primer OPB08. Since RAPD products are the results of arbitrarily priming events and because a given primer can amplify a number of non-homologous sequences, we wondered whether or not RAPD bands, even those of similar size, were derived from different loci in the two clones. To answer this question, two complementary approaches were used: i) cloning and sequencing of the amplification products from clone E; and ii) complementary Southern analysis of RAPD gels using cloned or amplified fragments (directly recovered from agarose gels) as RFLP probes. The data reported here show that the RAPD reaction generates multiple amplified fragments. Some fragments, although resolved as a single band on agarose gels, contain different DNA species of the same size. Furthermore, it appears that the cloned RAPD products of known sequence that do not target repetitive DNA can be used as hybridization probes in RFLP to detect a polymorphism among individuals.

  9. Animal Species Identification by PCR – RFLP of Cytochrome b

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    Tomáš Minarovič


    Full Text Available An alternative DNA detection system is based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR amplification of a segment of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Subsequent cleavage by a restriction enzymes gives rise to a specie-specific pattern on an agarose gel. We used five animal species (Mustela vison, Mustela putorius furo, Sus scrofa domesticus, Oryctolagus cuninculus, Anser anser. Length of PCR product was 359 bp and we used universal primers. Restriction fragment length polymorphism was analyzed by using the restriction endonuclease AluI. Results of cleavage were visualized by using electrophoresis and UV transiluminator. Every animal specie has a unique combination of restriction fragments i.e. Mustela vison 81 bp, 109 bp and 169 bp, Mustela putorius furo 169 bp and 190 bp, Sus scrofa domesticus 115 bp and 244 bp, Oryctolagus cunninculus is not cleaved by AluI so it has whole 359 bp fragment on agarose gel, Anser anser 130 bp and 229 bp. The results suggest that the method of PCR - RFLP is rapid and simple method for identification of species. PCR – RFLP can reliably identify chosen species. Application of genetic methods is very useful for breeding of livestock and protection of biodiversity.

  10. Comparison and suitability of gel matrix for entrapping higher content of enzymes for commercial applications

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    Mahajan R


    Full Text Available To check the suitability of enzyme entrapped beads for use in pharmaceutical industry, amylase enzyme was entrapped in agar/agarose, polyacrylamide gels and calcium alginate beads. Sodium alginate of 1% concentration was found to be best with respect to immobilization efficiency and calcium alginate beads so obtained were not much susceptible to breakage. When sodium alginate- amylase mixture was added from a height of about 20-30 cm. into CaCl 2 solution, size of beads was large at higher alginate concentration due to the increase in the size of droplet formation before entering into CaCl 2 solution. Enzyme entrapped polyacrylamide and agar/agarose gels were fragile and could not withstand repeated use whereas enzyme entrapped in large calcium alginate beads was used successfully for 50 cycles for the conversion of starch into product without much damage to the beads under stirring conditions. Amylase preparation was also mixed with urease, lysozyme and coimmobilized in large sized calcium alginate beads. These beads were used for 10 repeated cycles to check the conversion of substrates into their products by their respective enzymes and we concluded that an enzyme or mixture of two or three enzymes can be immobilized in the same large sized calcium alginate beads. This will save the additional cost of bioreactor, manpower, maintenance conditions required for the conversion of one drug into another using enzyme/s entrapped in large sized beads.

  11. Electrophoretic High Molecular Weight DNA Purification Enables Optical Mapping (United States)

    Maydan, Jason; Thomas, Matthew; Tabanfar, Leyla; Mai, Laura; Poon, Hau-Ling; Pe, Joel; Hahn, Kristen; Goji, Noriko; Amoako, Kingsley; Marziali, Andre; Hanson, Dan


    Optical mapping generates an ordered restriction map from single, long DNA molecules. By overlapping restriction maps from multiple molecules, a physical map of entire chromosomes and genomes is constructed, greatly facilitating genome assembly in next generation sequencing projects, comparative genomics and strain typing. However, optical mapping relies on a method of preparing high quality DNA >250 kb in length, which can be challenging from some organisms and sample types. Here we demonstrate the ability of Boreal Genomics' Aurora instrument to provide pure, high molecular weight (HMW) DNA 250-1,100 kb in length, ideally suited for optical mapping. The Aurora performs electrophoretic DNA purification within an agarose gel in reusable cartridges, protecting long DNA molecules from shearing forces associated with liquid handling steps common to other purification methods. DNA can be purified directly from intact cells embedded and lysed within an agarose gel, preserving the highest molecular weight DNA possible while achieving exceptional levels of purity. The Aurora delivers DNA in a buffer solution, where DNA can be condensed and protected from shearing during recovery with a pipette. DNA is then returned to its regular coiled state by simple dilution prior to optical mapping. Here we present images showing HMW DNA purification taking place in the Aurora and subsequent images of single DNA molecules on OpGen's Argus® Optical Mapping System. Future work will focus on further optimizing Aurora HMW DNA purification to bias DNA recovery in favor of only the longest molecules in a sample, maximizing the benefits of optical mapping.

  12. Isolation of a mannose/N-acetylglucosamine receptor from rabbit lung

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    Lennartz, M.R.; Wileman, T.E.; Stahl, P.D.


    The presence of a mannose receptor on alveolar macrophages was first described in 1978 and later extended to other macrophage populations. Recently the novel ligand, mannose-conjugated lactoperoxidase, was used to identify this receptor as a 175kD protein. A 175kD protein exhibiting mannose and N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc)-binding properties was isolated from rabbit lung membranes. Membranes were washed with high salt, mannose and EDTA to remove endogenously bound ligand and were subsequently extracted with 1% Triton-X 100. The extract was subjected to affinity chromatography on Mannose-Sepharose followed by GlcNAc-Agarose. Triton was exchanged for 1% CHAPS while the protein was bound to GlcNAc-Agarose, allowing the eluate to be concentrated without denaturation. The eluted protein bound (/sup 125/I)mannose-BSA in a mannan-inhibitable fashion. Microgram quantities of protein were isolated in this fashion. SDS-PAGE revealed a major protein band at 175kD. Amino acid analysis indicates low concentrations of methionine. Results from concanavalin A binding studies and endoglycosidase F digestion suggest that the mannose receptor is a glycoprotein containing N-linked oligosaccharides.

  13. Force spectroscopy predicts thermal stability of immobilized proteins by measuring microbead mechanics. (United States)

    Gregurec, Danijela; Velasco-Lozano, Susana; Moya, Sergio E; Vázquez, Luis; López-Gallego, Fernando


    Optimal immobilization of enzymes on porous microbeads enables the fabrication of highly active and stable heterogeneous biocatalysts to implement biocatalysis in synthetic and analytical chemistry. However, empirical procedures for enzyme immobilization still prevail over rational ones because there is an unmet need for more comprehensive characterization techniques that aid to understand and trace the immobilization process. Here, we present the use of atomic force spectroscopy (AFS) as an innovative solution to indirectly characterize immobilized proteins on porous materials and monitor the immobilization process in real time. We investigate the mechanical properties of porous agarose microbeads immobilizing proteins by indenting a colloidal probe (silica microparticle) into a single bead. AFS demonstrates that the binding of proteins to the solid matrix of an agarose microbead alters its stiffness. Interestingly, we discovered that irreversible and multivalent immobilizations that make microbeads stiffer also stabilize the immobilized proteins against the temperature. Hence, we propose atomic force spectroscopy as a useful technique to indirectly unravel the stability of the immobilized enzymes investigating the mechanics of the heterogenous biocatalysts as a solid biomaterial beyond the intrinsic mechanics of the proteins.

  14. Strategies for the crystallization of viruses: using phase diagrams and gels to produce 3D crystals of Grapevine fanleaf virus. (United States)

    Schellenberger, Pascale; Demangeat, Gérard; Lemaire, Olivier; Ritzenthaler, Christophe; Bergdoll, Marc; Oliéric, Vincent; Sauter, Claude; Lorber, Bernard


    The small icosahedral plant RNA nepovirus Grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV) is specifically transmitted by a nematode and causes major damage to vineyards worldwide. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the recognition between the surface of its protein capsid and cellular components of its vector, host and viral proteins synthesized upon infection, the wild type GFLV strain F13 and a natural mutant (GFLV-TD) carrying a Gly₂₉₇Asp mutation were purified, characterized and crystallized. Subsequently, the geometry and volume of their crystals was optimized by establishing phase diagrams. GFLV-TD was twice as soluble as the parent virus in the crystallization solution and its crystals diffracted X-rays to a resolution of 2.7 Å. The diffraction limit of GFLV-F13 crystals was extended from 5.5 to 3 Å by growth in agarose gel. Preliminary crystallographic analyses indicate that both types of crystals are suitable for structure determination. Keys for the successful production of GFLV crystals include the rigorous quality control of virus preparations, crystal quality improvement using phase diagrams, and crystal lattice reinforcement by growth in agarose gel. These strategies are applicable to the production of well-diffracting crystals of other viruses and macromolecular assemblies.

  15. Characterizing Thermal Augmentation of Convection-Enhanced Drug Delivery with the Fiberoptic Microneedle Device

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    R. Lyle Hood


    Full Text Available Convection-enhanced delivery (CED is a promising technique leveraging pressure-driven flow to increase penetration of infused drugs into interstitial spaces. We have developed a fiberoptic microneedle device for inducing local sub-lethal hyperthermia to further improve CED drug distribution volumes, and this study seeks to quantitatively characterize this approach in agarose tissue phantoms. Infusions of dye were conducted in 0.6% (w/w agarose tissue phantoms with isothermal conditions at 15 °C, 20 °C, 25 °C, and 30 °C. Infusion metrics were quantified using a custom shadowgraphy setup and image-processing algorithm. These data were used to build an empirical predictive temporal model of distribution volume as a function of phantom temperature. A second set of proof-of-concept experiments was conducted to evaluate a novel fiberoptic device capable of generating local photothermal heating during fluid infusion. The isothermal infusions showed a positive correlation between temperature and distribution volume, with the volume at 30 °C showing a 7-fold increase at 100 min over the 15 °C isothermal case. Infusions during photothermal heating (1064 nm at 500 mW showed a similar effect with a 3.5-fold increase at 4 h over the control (0 mW. These results and analyses serve to provide insight into and characterization of heat-mediated enhancement of volumetric dispersal.

  16. Controlled immobilisation of active enzymes on the cowpea mosaic virus capsid (United States)

    Aljabali, Alaa A. A.; Barclay, J. Elaine; Steinmetz, Nicole F.; Lomonossoff, George P.; Evans, David J.


    Immobilisation of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and glucose oxidase (GOX) via covalent attachment of modified enzyme carbohydrate to the exterior of the cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) capsid gave high retention of enzymatic activity. The number of enzymes bound per virus was determined to be about eleven for HRP and 2-3 for GOX. This illustrates that relatively large biomacromolecules can be readily coupled to the virus surface using simple conjugation strategies. Virus-biomacromolecule hybrids have great potential for uses in catalysis, diagnostic assays or biosensors.Immobilisation of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and glucose oxidase (GOX) via covalent attachment of modified enzyme carbohydrate to the exterior of the cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) capsid gave high retention of enzymatic activity. The number of enzymes bound per virus was determined to be about eleven for HRP and 2-3 for GOX. This illustrates that relatively large biomacromolecules can be readily coupled to the virus surface using simple conjugation strategies. Virus-biomacromolecule hybrids have great potential for uses in catalysis, diagnostic assays or biosensors. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Alternative conjugation strategies, agarose gel electrophoresis of CPMV and CPMV-HRP conjugates, UV-vis spectrum of HRP-ADHCPMV, agarose gel electrophoresis of GOX-ADHCPMV particles and corresponding TEM image, calibration curves for HRP-ADHCPMV and GOX-ADHCPMV, DLS data for GOX-ADHCPMV are made available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr31485a

  17. 人珠蛋白MAR序列的克隆与表达载体pCAT-MAR的构建%Cloning of the human β-globin MAR and construction of the pCAT-MAR expression vector

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    王天云; 张慧珍


    目的克隆人β-珠蛋白核基质结合区(matrix attachment regions, MAR),构建包含MAR及报告基因CAT的哺乳动物载体pCAT-MAR.方法酚/氯仿抽提、乙醇沉淀提取人基因组DNA,根据GenBank报道的序列设计引物PCR扩增人β-MAR,琼脂糖凝胶电泳鉴定,测序,软件分析其序列特征.限制酶酶切,连接至pCAT3-control载体上构建pCAT-MAR载体.结果琼脂糖凝胶电泳PCR扩增出770bp 条带,序列和报道的序列相似性为99.9%,克隆的DNA片段具备典型的MAR特征.酶切及琼脂糖凝胶电泳证明所构建的pCAT-MAR载体正确.结论 PCR克隆了人-β珠蛋白MAR序列,成功构建了包含MAR的表达载体pCAT-MAR.%Objective To clone the human β-globin matrix attachment region(MAR) and construct the mammalian animal expression vector pCAT-MAR, which contains the MAR and CAT reporter gene.Methods The human genomic DNA was extracted through phenol/chloroform and precipitated with ethanol, followed the MAR was amplified through PCR using the primers designed according to the GenBank sequence. After identified by agarose gel electrophoresis, sequenced and analyzed by the software, the PCR products were cut with restriction enzymes and ligated into the pCAT3-control vector to construct the pCAT-MAR vector. Results About 770bp band appeared in the agarose gel electrophoresis, the similarly compared with the published MAR sequence was 99.9%, the DNA fragment has the MAR typical features. The pCAT-MAR vector was demonstrated to be right through digestion with the corresponding enzymes and agarose gel electrophoresis. Conclusion The humanβ-globin MAR is cloned through PCR, and the expression vector pCAT-MAR containing the MAR is successfully constructed.

  18. Genotyping of Bacillus anthracis strains based on automated capillary 25-loci Multiple Locus Variable-Number Tandem Repeats Analysis

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    Ciervo Alessandra


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The genome of Bacillus anthracis, the etiological agent of anthrax, is highly monomorphic which makes differentiation between strains difficult. A Multiple Locus Variable-number tandem repeats (VNTR Analysis (MLVA assay based on 20 markers was previously described. It has considerable discrimination power, reproducibility, and low cost, especially since the markers proposed can be typed by agarose-gel electrophoresis. However in an emergency situation, faster genotyping and access to representative databases is necessary. Results Genotyping of B. anthracis reference strains and isolates from France and Italy was done using a 25 loci MLVA assay combining 21 previously described loci and 4 new ones. DNA was amplified in 4 multiplex PCR reactions and the length of the resulting 25 amplicons was estimated by automated capillary electrophoresis. The results were reproducible and the data were consistent with other gel based methods once differences in mobility patterns were taken into account. Some alleles previously unresolved by agarose gel electrophoresis could be resolved by capillary electrophoresis, thus further increasing the assay resolution. One particular locus, Bams30, is the result of a recombination between a 27 bp tandem repeat and a 9 bp tandem repeat. The analysis of the array illustrates the evolution process of tandem repeats. Conclusion In a crisis situation of suspected bioterrorism, standardization, speed and accuracy, together with the availability of reference typing data are important issues, as illustrated by the 2001 anthrax letters event. In this report we describe an upgrade of the previously published MLVA method for genotyping of B. anthracis and apply the method to the typing of French and Italian B. anthracis strain collections. The increased number of markers studied compared to reports using only 8 loci greatly improves the discrimination power of the technique. An Italian strain belonging to the

  19. High index glass thin film processing for photonics and photovoltaic (PV) applications (United States)

    Ogbuu, Okechukwu Anthony

    To favorably compete with fossil-fuel technology, the greatest challenge for thin film solar-cells is to improve efficiency and reduce material cost. Thickness scaling to thin film reduces material cost but affects the light absorption in the cells; therefore a concept that traps incident photons and increases its optical path length is needed to boost absorption in thin film solar cells. One approach is the integration of low symmetric gratings (LSG), using high index material, on either the front-side or backside of 30 um thin c-Si cells. In this study, Multicomponent TeO2--Bi2O 3--ZnO (TBZ) glass thin films were prepared using RF magnetron sputtering under different oxygen flow rates. The influences of oxygen flow rate on the structural and optical properties of the resulting thin films were investigated. The structural origin of the optical property variation was studied using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that TBZ glass thin film is a suitable material for front side LSG material photovoltaic and photonics applications due to their amorphous nature, high refractive index (n > 2), broad band optical transparency window, low processing temperature. We developed a simple maskless method to pattern sputtered tellurite based glass thin films using unconventional agarose hydrogel mediated wet etching. Conventional wet etching process, while claiming low cost and high throughput, suffers from reproducibility and pattern fidelity issues due to the isotropic nature of wet chemical etching when applied to glasses and polymers. This method overcomes these challenges by using an agarose hydrogel stamp to mediate a conformal etching process. In our maskless method, agarose hydrogel stamps are patterned following a standard soft lithography and replica molding process from micropatterned masters and soaked in a chemical etchant. The micro-scale features on the stamp are

  20. Simple method for Shiga toxin 2e purification by affinity chromatography via binding to the divinyl sulfone group.

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    Hideyuki Arimitsu

    Full Text Available Here we describe a simple affinity purification method for Shiga toxin 2e (Stx2e, a major causative factor of edema disease in swine. Escherichia coli strain MV1184 transformed with the expression plasmid pBSK-Stx2e produced Stx2e when cultivated in CAYE broth containing lincomycin. Stx2e bound to commercial D-galactose gel, containing α-D-galactose immobilized on agarose resin via a divinyl sulfone linker, and was eluted with phosphate-buffered saline containing 4.5 M MgCl2. A small amount of Stx2e bound to another commercial α-galactose-immobilized agarose resin, but not to β-galactose-immobilized resin. In addition, Stx2e bound to thiophilic adsorbent resin containing β-mercaptoethanol immobilized on agarose resin via a divinyl sulfone, and was purified in the same manner as from D-galactose gel, but the Stx2e sample contained some contamination. These results indicate that Stx2e bound to D-galactose gel mainly through the divinyl sulfone group on the resin and to a lesser extent through α-D-galactose. With these methods, the yields of Stx2e and attenuated mutant Stx2e (mStx2e from 1 L of culture were approximately 36 mg and 27.7 mg, respectively, and the binding capacity of the D-galactose gel and thiophilic adsorbent resin for Stx2e was at least 20 mg per 1 ml of resin. In addition, using chimeric toxins with prototype Stx2 which did not bind to thiophilic adsorbent resin and some types of mutant Stx2e and Stx2 which contained inserted mutations in the B subunits, we found that, at the least, asparagine (amino acid 17 of the B subunits was associated with Stx2e binding to the divinyl sulfone group. The mStx2e that was isolated exhibited vaccine effects in ICR mice, indicating that these methods are beneficial for large-scale preparation of Stx2e toxoid, which protects swine from edema disease.

  1. Biochemical characterization of a novel cold-adapted GH39 β-agarase, AgaJ9, from an agar-degrading marine bacterium Gayadomonas joobiniege G7. (United States)

    Jung, Subin; Lee, Chang-Ro; Chi, Won-Jae; Bae, Chang-Hwan; Hong, Soon-Kwang


    Gayadomonas joobiniege G7 is an agar-degrading marine bacterium belonging to a novel genus. Genomic sequencing of G. joobiniege revealed that AgaJ9 (formerly YjdB) belonging to the glycoside hydrolase (GH) 39 family. It showed the highest similarity (47% identity) to a putative β-agarase from Catenovulum agarivorans DS-2, an agar-degrading marine bacterium sharing the highest similarity in the nucleotide sequence of 16s rRNA gene with G. joobiniege G7. The agaJ9 gene encodes a protein (134 kDa) of 1205 amino acids, including a 23-amino acid signal peptide. The agarase activity of purified AgaJ9 was confirmed by zymogram analysis. The optimum pH and temperature for AgaJ9 activity were determined as 5 and 25 °C, respectively. Notably, AgaJ9 is a cold-adapted β-agarase retaining more than 80% of its activity even at a temperature of 5 °C. In addition, gel filtration chromatography revealed that AgaJ9 exists as two forms, dimer and monomer. Although the two forms had similar enzymatic properties, their kinetic parameters were different. The K m and V max of dimeric AgaJ9 for agarose was 0.68 mg/ml (5.7 × 10(-6) M) and 17.2 U/mg, respectively, whereas the monomeric form had a K m of 1.43 mg/ml (1.2 × 10(-5) M) and V max of 10.7 U/mg. Thin-layer chromatography and agarose-liquefying analyses revealed that AgaJ9 is an endo-type β-agarase that hydrolyzes agarose into neoagarotetraose and neoagarobiose. This study is the first report of a GH39 β-agarase with a cold-adapted enzymatic feature, a unique attribute, which may be useful for industrial applications.

  2. Standardizing electrophoresis conditions: how to eliminate a major source of error in the comet assay.

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    Gunnar Brunborg


    Full Text Available In the alkaline comet assay, cells are embedded in agarose, lysed, and then subjected to further processing including electrophoresis at high pH (>13. We observed very large variations of mean comet tail lengths of cell samples from the same population when spread on a glass or plastic substrate and subjected to electrophoresis. These variations might be cancelled out if comets are scored randomly over a large surface, or if all the comets are scored. The mean tail length may then be representative of the population, although its standard error is large. However, the scoring process often involves selection of 50 – 100 comets in areas selected in an unsystematic way from a large gel on a glass slide. When using our 96-sample minigel format (1, neighbouring sample variations are easily detected. We have used this system to study the cause of the comet assay variations during electrophoresis and we have defined experimental conditions which reduce the variations to a minimum. We studied the importance of various physical parameters during electrophoresis: (i voltage; (ii duration of electrophoresis; (iii electric current; (iv temperature; and (v agarose concentration. We observed that the voltage (V/cm varied substantially during electrophoresis, even within a few millimetres of distance between gel samples. Not unexpectedly, both the potential ( V/cm and the time were linearly related to the mean comet tail, whereas the current was not. By measuring the local voltage with microelectrodes a few millimetres apart, we observed substantial local variations in V/cm, and they increased with time. This explains the large variations in neighbouring sample comet tails of 25% or more. By introducing simple technology (circulation of the solution during electrophoresis, and temperature control, these variations in mean comet tail were largely abolished, as were the V/cm variations. Circulation was shown to be particularly important and optimal conditions

  3. R2* and R2 mapping for quantifying recruitment of superparamagnetic iron oxide-tagged endothelial progenitor cells to injured liver: tracking in vitro and in vivo

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    Full Text Available Qingguo Wang, Kangan Li, Qimeng Quan, Guixiang ZhangDepartment of Radiology, Shanghai Jiaotong University Affiliated First People’s Hospital, Hongkou District, Shanghai, People’s Republic of ChinaObjective: To evaluate clinical 3.0T magnetic resonance for tracking and quantifying superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO–labeled endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs in vitro and homing to liver with acute injury in vivo.Methods: The bone marrow-derived EPCs were isolated and cultured for 4 days and examined in vitro for lineage markers. Then the cultured cells were labeled with a ferumoxides-protamine sulfate complex. Iron uptake was analyzed with an electron microscope and Prussian blue staining. Agarose gel phantoms containing different amounts of EPCs (0–2.5 × 106 cells per milliliter of 1.0% agarose gel were analyzed with 3.0T R2 and R2* relaxometry. For in vivo tracking, liver injury was induced in healthy C57 mice (female, 6 weeks old, weight 19–20 g by administration of carbon tetrachloride by single intraperitoneal injection. The R2* and R2 mapping of injured and normal livers of C57 mice were conducted by using 3.0T magnetic resonance on Days 0, 1, 4, and 8 after intravenous SPIO-tagged cells transplantation.Results: Electron microscope and Perls Prussian blue stain revealed the efficiency of SPIO particles uptake was more than 95% and no structural changes of labeled cells were found compared with control group. R2 and R2* values were linearly correlated with the number of iron-loaded cells in the agarose gel phantoms, and R2* values were significantly greater than R2 (P<0.01. R2* values in all groups were obviously greater than R2 (P<0.01. The R2* values of the injured livers were greater than normal on Days 1 and 4 (P<0.01. No significant difference of R2 values could be found among the three groups.Conclusion: Quantitative R2* mapping provides a useful method for quantifying intravascular administered SPIO-tagged EPCs homing to

  4. Use of dual priming oligonucleotide system-based multiplex RT-PCR combined with high performance liquid chromatography assay for simultaneous detection of five enteric viruses associated with acute enteritis. (United States)

    Fan, Wen-Lu; Wang, Zi-Wei; Qin, Yue; Sun, Chao; Liu, Zhong-Mei; Jiang, Yan-Ping; Qiao, Xin-Yuan; Tang, Li-Jie; Li, Yi-Jing; Xu, Yi-Gang


    In this study, a specific and sensitive method for simultaneous detection of human astrovirus, human rotavirus, norovirus, sapovirus and enteric adenovirus associated with acute enteritis was developed, based on the specific dual priming oligonucleotide (DPO) system and the sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. The DPO system-based multiplex reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) combined with HPLC assay was more sensitive than agarose gel electrophoresis analysis and real-time SYBR Green PCR assay, and showed a specificity of 100% and sensitivity of 96%-100%. The high sensitivity and specificity of the assay indicates its great potential to be a useful tool for the accurate diagnosis of enteric virus infections.

  5. Identification of a haptoglobin-hemoglobin complex in the Alaskan Least Cisco (Coregonus sardinella). (United States)

    Wahl, S M; Boger, J K; Michael, V; Duffy, L K


    The hemoglobin and a hemoglobin binding protein have been characterized in the Arctic fish (Coregonus sardinella). The evolutionary significance of the hemoglobin and plasma protein differences between fish and mammals is still unresolved. Blood samples from the Alaskan Least Cisco were separated into plasma and hemoglobin fractions and the proteins in these fractions were analyzed both by alkaline agarose gel electrophoresis, by isolelectric focusing, and by capillary electrophoresis. Staining the plasma proteins gels with o-dianisidine revealed hemoglobin containing protein complexes. A hemoglobin-containing band was observed in hemolyzed plasma which did not migrate with free hemoglobin, and is believed to be hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex. Size exclusion chromatography further characterized the hemoglobin as disassociating freely into dimers, and hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex having a molecular weight greater then 200,000 daltons.

  6. Overproduction, purification and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of a sulfotransferase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv

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    Tanaka, Shotaro; Moriizumi, Yuuji; Kimura, Makoto; Kakuta, Yoshimitsu, E-mail: [Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Graduate School, Kyushu University, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan)


    A sulfotransferase from M. tuberculosis was crystallized and preliminarily analyzed using X-ray diffraction. Sulfotransferase STF1 from the Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv genome was overproduced in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystals diffract to 1.5 Å resolution using synchrotron radiation at SPring-8. The crystals are monoclinic and belong to space group P2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 40.86, b = 95.76, c = 48.04 Å, β = 106.43°. The calculated Matthews coefficient is approximately 2.1 Å{sup 3} Da{sup −1} assuming the presence of one molecule of STF1 in the asymmetric unit. A substrate-binding assay using a PAP–agarose column suggests that STF1 exhibits sulfotransferase activity.

  7. Gender identification of Grasshopper Sparrows comparing behavioral, morphological, and molecular techniques (United States)

    Ammer, F.K.; Wood, P.B.; McPherson, R.J.


    Correct gender identification in monomorphic species is often difficult especially if males and females do not display obvious behavioral and breeding differences. We compared gender specific morphology and behavior with recently developed DNA techniques for gender identification in the monomorphic Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum). Gender was ascertained with DNA in 213 individuals using the 2550F/2718R primer set and 3% agarose gel electrophoresis. Field observations using behavior and breeding characteristics to identify gender matched DNA analyses with 100% accuracy for adult males and females. Gender was identified with DNA for all captured juveniles that did not display gender specific traits or behaviors in the field. The molecular techniques used offered a high level of accuracy and may be useful in studies of dispersal mechanisms and winter assemblage composition in monomorphic species.

  8. Progress towards sugar beet improvement through somatic hybridization I. Inactivation of nuclei and cytoplasm in donor and recipient protoplasts

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    Elżbieta Jażdżewska


    Full Text Available The isolation and culture of suspension-derived protoplasts from two sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L. genotypes are described. Immobilization of protoplasts in agarose resulted in high frequency divisions and microcallus regeneration, with plating efficiency (PE being clearly genotype-dependent. In further studies towards asymmetric fusion experiments, the effect of different doses of ultraviolet radiation (UV and iodoacetic acid (IA on protoplast physiology was assessed. Viability of both treated (UV, IA and untreated protoplasts (control was determined by FDA staining, and the biological effect was evaluated by testing the ability of protoplasts to divide and to form calli. The results are discussed in terms of the applicability of the methods for the production of asymmetric protoplasts suitable for somatic hybridization within the genus Beta.

  9. Octaarginine-modified chitosan as a nonviral gene delivery vector: properties and in vitro transfection efficiency (United States)

    Zhao, Xiaoli; Li, Zhaoyang; Liu, Wenguang; Lam, Wingmoon; Sun, Peng; Kao, Richard Y. T.; Luk, Keith D. K.; Lu, William W.


    Protein transduction domains (PTD) have been identified to have the capacity to facilitate molecular cargo to translocate through cell membrane. This study aims to utilize the cell membrane penetrating ability of octaarginine oligopeptide, a simplified prototype of the PTD, to enhance the transfection efficiency of chitosan. Octaarginine-modified chitosan (R8-CS) was synthesized as a gene transfer carrier by carbodiimide chemistry. The structure and composition of R8-CSs were characterized using FTIR and 1H NMR. Agarose gel electrophoresis assay showed that R8-CS could efficiently condense the DNA. The particle size of R8-CS/DNA complexes were determined to be around 100-200 nm. The nanoparticle complexes exhibited a spherical and compact morphology. R8-CS demonstrated higher transfection activity and lower cytotoxicity as compared to the unmodified chitosan and also showed good serum resistance.

  10. Programmed cell death of Ulmus pumila L. seeds during aging

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    Yulan ZHANG; Ming ZHANG; Fang LI; Xiaofeng WANG


    The programmed cell death (PCD) character-istics of Ulmus pumila L. seeds were investigated. The seeds were treated at a high temperature of 37℃ and 100% relative humidity for six days. DAPI (4'6-diami-dino-2-phenylindole) staining revealed that the aging treatment induced condensation and margination of chro-matin, as well as the formation of apoptotic bodies. DNA electrophoresis results of U. pumila seeds on an agarose gel showed a characteristic "ladder" pattern. Levels of electrolyte leakage of seed cells showed that membranes retained their integral form during almost the entire aging time. There was an immediate increase in the production rate of superoxide anion (O2-) and in the amount of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which remained at a μmol level. All of these common characteristics indicate that seed aging can be classified as PCD.

  11. Purification and characterization of a Ca2+ -dependent/calmodulin-stimulated protein kinase from moss chloronema cells

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    Jacinta S D’souza; Man Mohan Johri


    We have demonstrated the presence of a Ca2+-dependent/calmodulin-stimulated protein kinase (PK) in chloronema cells of the moss Funaria hygrometrica. The kinase, with a molecular mass of 70,000 daltons (PK70), was purified to homogeneity using ammonium sulphate fractionation, DEAE-cellulose chromatography, and calmodulin (CaM)-agarose affinity chromatography. The kinase activity was stimulated at a concentration of 50 M free Ca2+, and was further enhanced 3–5-fold with exogenously added 3–1000 nm moss calmodulin (CaM). Autophosphorylation was also stimulated with Ca2+ and CaM. Under in vitro conditions, PK70 phosphorylated preferentially lysine-rich substrates such as HIIIS and HVS. This PK shares epitopes with the maize Ca2+-dependent/calmodulin-stimulated PK (CCaMK) and also exhibits biochemical properties similar to the maize, lily, and tobacco CCaMK. We have characterized it as a moss CCaMK.

  12. International Clostridium difficile animal strain collection and large diversity of animal associated strains

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    Janezic, Sandra; Zidaric, Valerija; Pardon, Bart


    Background: Clostridium difficile is an important cause of intestinal infections in some animal species and animals might be a reservoir for community associated human infections. Here we describe a collection of animal associated C. difficile strains from 12 countries based on inclusion criteria...... of one strain (PCR ribotype) per animal species per laboratory. Results: Altogether 112 isolates were collected and distributed into 38 PCR ribotypes with agarose based approach and 50 PCR ribotypes with sequencer based approach. Four PCR ribotypes were most prevalent in terms of number of isolates...... animal associated C. difficile strains worldwide. The widespread dissemination of toxigenic C. difficile and the considerable overlap in strain distribution between species furthers concerns about interspecies, including zoonotic, transmission of this critically important pathogen....


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    Sheng Bi; De-sheng Wang; Guo-lin Li; Shang-ha Pan


    Objective To identify an interaction between the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist gene polymorphism and risk of Alzheimer's disease.Methods The study included 117 healthy controls, 85 patients with Alzheimer's disease in a Northeastern Chinese population of Han nationality. Genotypes were determined by a polymerase chain reaction amplification of the intron 2 fragment,harbouring a variable number of short tandem nucleotide sequences. Amplification products were separated on a 2% agarose gel.Results The allele 2 frequency was 27% in healthy controls, and 21% in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Thus for allele 2 as well as for all other alleles, genotypes, or carriage rates, no significant differences compared with controls.Conclusions No association ofinterleukin-1 receptor antagonist gene polymorphism with Alzheimer's disease was identified in this population. It is also possible that the increased risk and disease modifying effects are caused by linkage disequilibrium with other genomic variants in other nearby genes.

  14. Variety of molecular conformation of plasmid pUC18 DNA and solenoidally supercoiled DNA

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    黄熙泰; 王照清; 吴永文; 樊廷玉; 王树荣; 王勖焜


    The plasmid pUC18 DNA isolated from Escherichia coli HB101 were analyzed by two-dimensional agarose gel electrophoresis and hybridization. The results show that the DNA sample can be separated into six groups of different structural components. The plectonemically and solenoidally supercoiled pUC18 DNA coexist in it. These two different conformations of supercoiled DNA are interchangeable with the circumstances (ionic strength and type, etc.). The amount of solenoidally supercoiled pUC18 DNA in the samples can be changed by treatment of DNA topoisome rases. Under an electron microscope, the solenoidal supercoiling DNA has a round shape with an average diameter of 45 nm. The facts suggest that solenoidaUy supercoiled DNA be a structural entity independent of histones. The polymorphism of DNA structure may be important to packing of DNA in vivo.

  15. Glucose-lowering Activity of Amino Acid-N-phosphonic Acid Oxovanadium Complexes and Its Interaction with DNA

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    LIU, Ju-Tao; FAN, Sheng-Di; LI, Chuan-Bi; LI, De-Qian


    Vanadium has well-documented lowering glucose properties both in vitro and in vivo. The design of new oxovanadium(Ⅳ) coordination compounds, intended for use as insulin-enhancing agents in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, can potentially benefit from a synergistic approach, in which the whole complex has more than an additive effect from its component parts. Biological testing with oxovanadium(Ⅳ) organic phosphonic acid, for insulin-enhancing potential included acute administration, by oral gavage in streptozotocin (STZ) diabetic rats. The complexes of oxovanadium(Ⅳ) amino acid-N-phosphonic acid exhibit higher lowering glucose activity in vivo. The interaction of the complexes of oxovanadium(Ⅳ) amino acid-N-phosphonic acid with DNA was investigated by agarose gel electrophoresis. The results indicated that these complexes have strong interaction with DNA.

  16. Characterization of the Genetic Diversity of Trachemys dorbigni and Phrynops hilarii

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    AMAVET Patricia Susana


    The utilization of RAPD and ISSR molecular markers is proposed to initiate studies of genetic variability in Phrynops hilarii (Chelidae) and Trachemys dorbigni (Emydidae), two species of fresh water turtles distributed in South America. Three primers of RAPD and four of ISSR were selected and the ampliifed products of these markers were evaluated by electrophoretic runs in agarose and polyacrylamide gels. The levels of heterozygosity, Shannon index and different allele numbers were slightly higher in P. hilarii for both types of markers. Levels of polymorphism were also higher in P. hilarii than T. dorbigni and both were elevated compared to those recorded for other species. The fact that similar results were obtained with both types of markers for all estimates of diversity highlights the usefulness and validity of the RAPD technique. The molecular markers used were found potentially useful for analysing future temporal and spatial distribution of genetic diversity in both species, expanding scales work.

  17. Molecular identification of the light brown apple moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in California using a polymerase chain reaction assay of the internal transcribed spacer 2 locus. (United States)

    Barr, N B; Ledezma, L A; Vasquez, J D; Epstein, M; Kerr, P H; Kinnee, S; Sage, O; Gilligan, T M


    A molecular protocol using a hemi-nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the internal transcribed spacer region 2 (ITS2) is reported for the diagnosis of light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), in California. This protocol distinguishes the light brown apple moth from other moths in California based on size differences of PCR amplicons that are visualized on agarose gels. The molecular diagnostic tool generated no false negatives based on analysis of 337 light brown apple moths collected from California, Hawaii, England, New Zealand, and Australia. Analysis of a data set including 424 moths representing other tortricid species generated correct identification for >95% of the samples and only two false positives. Of the 761 moths tested only fourteen produced no PCR amplicons and five generated inconclusive data.

  18. HIV-1 p17 matrix protein interacts with heparan sulfate side chain of CD44v3, syndecan-2, and syndecan-4 proteoglycans expressed on human activated CD4+ T cells affecting tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 2 production. (United States)

    De Francesco, Maria A; Baronio, Manuela; Poiesi, Claudio


    HIV-1 p17 contains C- and N-terminal sequences with positively charged residues and a consensus cluster for heparin binding. We have previously demonstrated by affinity chromatography that HIV-1 p17 binds strongly to heparin-agarose at physiological pH and to human activated CD4(+) T cells. In this study we demonstrated that the viral protein binds to heparan sulfate side chains of syndecan-2, syndecan-4, and CD44v3 purified from HeLa cells and that these heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) co-localize with HIV-1 p17 on activated human CD4(+) T cells by confocal fluorescence analysis. Moreover, we observed a stimulatory or inhibitory activity when CD4(+) T cells were activated with mitogens together with nanomolar or micromolar concentrations of the matrix protein.

  19. Discrimination of Shark species by simple PCR of 5S rDNA repeats

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    Danillo Pinhal


    Full Text Available Sharks are suffering from intensive exploitation by worldwide fisheries leading to a severe decline in several populations in the last decades. The lack of biological data on a species-specific basis, associated with a k-strategist life history make it difficult to correctly manage and conserve these animals. The aim of the present study was to develop a DNA-based procedure to discriminate shark species by means of a rapid, low cost and easily applicable PCR analysis based on 5S rDNA repeat units amplification, in order to contribute conservation management of these animals. The generated agarose electrophoresis band patterns allowed to unequivocally distinguish eight shark species. The data showed for the first time that a simple PCR is able to discriminate elasmobranch species. The described 5S rDNA PCR approach generated species-specific genetic markers that should find broad application in fishery management and trade of sharks and their subproducts.

  20. Simulating microbiologically influenced corrosion by depositing extracellular biopolymers on mild steel surfaces

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    Roe, F.L.; Lewandowski, Z.; Funk, T. [Montana State Univ., Bozeman, MT (United States). Center for Biofilm Engineering


    Electrochemical properties of corroding mild steel (MS) surfaces were measured in real time using three closely spaced microelectrodes. Dissolved oxygen, pH, and ion currents were mapped simultaneously and noninvasively above a MS coupon partially coated with biopolymer gels. Calcium alginate (Ca-Alg [an extracellular biopolymer containing carboxylate functional groups]) and agarose (one without carboxylate functional groups) were tested. Corrosion occurred at approximately the same rate under the two biopolymer spots on the same coupon. Corrosion rates under these biopolymers were {approx} 4 mpy in a weak saline solution. Results suggested corrosion was not influenced by chemical properties of the biopolymer but possibly was controlled by oxygen reduction in noncoated regions of the coupon (i.e., a differential aeration cell).