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  1. AraC-like transcriptional activator CuxR binds c-di-GMP by a PilZ-like mechanism to regulate extracellular polysaccharide production.

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    Schäper, Simon; Steinchen, Wieland; Krol, Elizaveta; Altegoer, Florian; Skotnicka, Dorota; Søgaard-Andersen, Lotte; Bange, Gert; Becker, Anke

    2017-06-13

    Cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP) has emerged as a key regulatory player in the transition between planktonic and sedentary biofilm-associated bacterial lifestyles. It controls a multitude of processes including production of extracellular polysaccharides (EPSs). The PilZ domain, consisting of an N-terminal "RxxxR" motif and a β-barrel domain, represents a prototype c-di-GMP receptor. We identified a class of c-di-GMP-responsive proteins, represented by the AraC-like transcription factor CuxR in plant symbiotic α-proteobacteria. In Sinorhizobium meliloti, CuxR stimulates transcription of an EPS biosynthesis gene cluster at elevated c-di-GMP levels. CuxR consists of a Cupin domain, a helical hairpin, and bipartite helix-turn-helix motif. Although unrelated in sequence, the mode of c-di-GMP binding to CuxR is highly reminiscent to that of PilZ domains. c-di-GMP interacts with a conserved N-terminal RxxxR motif and the Cupin domain, thereby promoting CuxR dimerization and DNA binding. We unravel structure and mechanism of a previously unrecognized c-di-GMP-responsive transcription factor and provide insights into the molecular evolution of c-di-GMP binding to proteins.

  2. c-di-GMP and its Effects on Biofilm Formation and Dispersion: a Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Review.

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    Ha, Dae-Gon; O'Toole, George A

    2015-04-01

    Since its initial discovery as an allosteric factor regulating cellulose biosynthesis in Gluconacetobacter xylinus, the list of functional outputs regulated by c-di-GMP has grown. We have focused this article on one of these c-di-GMP-regulated processes, namely, biofilm formation in the organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The majority of diguanylate cyclases and phosphodiesterases encoded in the P. aeruginosa genome still remain uncharacterized; thus, there is still a great deal to be learned about the link between c-di-GMP and biofilm formation in this microbe. In particular, while a number of c-di-GMP metabolizing enzymes have been identified that participate in reversible and irreversible attachment and biofilm maturation, there is a still a significant knowledge gap regarding the c-di-GMP output systems in this organism. Even for the well-characterized Pel system, where c-di-GMP-mediated transcriptional regulation is now well documented, how binding of c-di-GMP by PelD stimulates Pel production is not understood in any detail. Similarly, c-di-GMP-mediated control of swimming, swarming and twitching also remains to be elucidated. Thus, despite terrific advances in our understanding of P. aeruginosa biofilm formation and the role of c-di-GMP in this process since the last version of this book (indeed there was no chapter on c-di-GMP!) there is still much to learn.

  3. Responses to Elevated c-di-GMP Levels in Mutualistic and Pathogenic Plant-Interacting Bacteria

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    Pérez-Mendoza, Daniel; Aragón, Isabel M.; Prada-Ramírez, Harold A.; Romero-Jiménez, Lorena; Ramos, Cayo; Gallegos, María-Trinidad; Sanjuán, Juan

    2014-01-01

    Despite a recent burst of research, knowledge on c-di-GMP signaling pathways remains largely fragmentary and molecular mechanisms of regulation and even c-di-GMP targets are yet unknown for most bacteria. Besides genomics or bioinformatics, accompanying alternative approaches are necessary to reveal c-di-GMP regulation in bacteria with complex lifestyles. We have approached this study by artificially altering the c-di-GMP economy of diverse pathogenic and mutualistic plant-interacting bacteria and examining the effects on the interaction with their respective host plants. Phytopathogenic Pseudomonas and symbiotic Rhizobium strains with enhanced levels of intracellular c-di-GMP displayed common free-living responses: reduction of motility, increased production of extracellular polysaccharides and enhanced biofilm formation. Regarding the interaction with the host plants, P. savastanoi pv. savastanoi cells containing high c-di-GMP levels formed larger knots on olive plants which, however, displayed reduced necrosis. In contrast, development of disease symptoms in P. syringae-tomato or P. syringae-bean interactions did not seem significantly affected by high c-di-GMP. On the other hand, increasing c-di-GMP levels in symbiotic R. etli and R. leguminosarum strains favoured the early stages of the interaction since enhanced adhesion to plant roots, but decreased symbiotic efficiency as plant growth and nitrogen contents were reduced. Our results remark the importance of c-di-GMP economy for plant-interacting bacteria and show the usefulness of our approach to reveal particular stages during plant-bacteria associations which are sensitive to changes in c-di-GMP levels. PMID:24626229

  4. Cohesive Properties of the Caulobacter crescentus Holdfast Adhesin Are Regulated by a Novel c-di-GMP Effector Protein

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    Kathrin S. Sprecher

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available When encountering surfaces, many bacteria produce adhesins to facilitate their initial attachment and to irreversibly glue themselves to the solid substrate. A central molecule regulating the processes of this motile-sessile transition is the second messenger c-di-GMP, which stimulates the production of a variety of exopolysaccharide adhesins in different bacterial model organisms. In Caulobacter crescentus, c-di-GMP regulates the synthesis of the polar holdfast adhesin during the cell cycle, yet the molecular and cellular details of this control are currently unknown. Here we identify HfsK, a member of a versatile N-acetyltransferase family, as a novel c-di-GMP effector involved in holdfast biogenesis. Cells lacking HfsK form highly malleable holdfast structures with reduced adhesive strength that cannot support surface colonization. We present indirect evidence that HfsK modifies the polysaccharide component of holdfast to buttress its cohesive properties. HfsK is a soluble protein but associates with the cell membrane during most of the cell cycle. Coincident with peak c-di-GMP levels during the C. crescentus cell cycle, HfsK relocalizes to the cytosol in a c-di-GMP-dependent manner. Our results indicate that this c-di-GMP-mediated dynamic positioning controls HfsK activity, leading to its inactivation at high c-di-GMP levels. A short C-terminal extension is essential for the membrane association, c-di-GMP binding, and activity of HfsK. We propose a model in which c-di-GMP binding leads to the dispersal and inactivation of HfsK as part of holdfast biogenesis progression.

  5. Gauging and visualizing c-di-GMP levels in pseudomonas aeruginosa using fluorescence-based biosensors

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    Rybtke, Morten; Chua, Song Lin; Yam, Joey Kuok Hoong

    2017-01-01

    developed a collection of fluorescence-based c-di-GMP biosensors capable of gauging the c-di-GMP level in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and closely related bacteria. Here, we describe protocols for the use of these biosensors in gauging and visualizing cellular c-di-GMP levels of P. aeruginosa both in in vitro...

  6. The Oxidative Stress Agent Hypochlorite Stimulates c-di-GMP Synthesis and Biofilm Formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Nikola Strempel

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is able to survive under a variety of often harmful environmental conditions due to a multitude of intrinsic and adaptive resistance mechanisms, including biofilm formation as one important survival strategy. Here, we investigated the adaptation of P. aeruginosa PAO1 to hypochlorite (HClO, a phagocyte-derived host defense compound and frequently used disinfectant. In static biofilm assays, we observed a significant enhancement in initial cell attachment in the presence of sublethal HClO concentrations. Subsequent LC-MS analyses revealed a strong increase in cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP levels suggesting a key role of this second messenger in HClO-induced biofilm development. Using DNA microarrays, we identified a 26-fold upregulation of ORF PA3177 coding for a putative diguanylate cyclase (DGC, which catalyzes the synthesis of the second messenger c-di-GMP – an important regulator of bacterial motility, sessility and persistence. This DGC PA3177 was further characterized in more detail demonstrating its impact on P. aeruginosa motility and biofilm formation. In addition, cell culture assays attested a role for PA3177 in the response of P. aeruginosa to human phagocytes. Using a subset of different mutants, we were able to show that both Pel and Psl exopolysaccharides are effectors in the PA3177-dependent c-di-GMP network.

  7. Endo-S-c-di-GMP Analogues-Polymorphism and Binding Studies with Class I Riboswitch

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    Herman O. Sintim

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available C-di-GMP, a cyclic guanine dinucleotide, has been shown to regulate biofilm formation as well as virulence gene expression in a variety of bacteria. Analogues of c-di-GMP have the potential to be used as chemical probes to study c-di-GMP signaling and could even become drug leads for the development of anti-biofilm compounds. Herein we report the synthesis and biophysical studies of a series of c-di-GMP analogues, which have both phosphate and sugar moieties simultaneously modified (called endo-S-c-di-GMP analogues. We used computational methods to predict the relative orientation of the guanine nucleobases in c-di-GMP and analogues. DOSY NMR of the endo-S-c-di-GMP series showed that the polymorphism of c-di-GMP can be tuned with conservative modifications to the phosphate and sugar moieties (conformational steering. Binding studies with Vc2 RNA (a class I c-di-GMP riboswitch revealed that conservative modifications to the phosphate and 2'-positions of c-di-GMP dramatically affected binding to class I riboswitch.

  8. C-di-GMP regulates antimicrobial peptide resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Chua, Song Lin; Tan, Sean Yang-Yi; Rybtke, Morten Theil

    2013-01-01

    the expression of proteins required for the virulence and development of antimicrobial peptide resistance in P. aeruginosa. In accordance, P. aeruginosa cells with low c-di-GMP levels were found to be more resistant to colistin than P. aeruginosa cells with high c-di-GMP levels. This contradicts the current...

  9. c-di-GMP induction of Dictyostelium cell death requires the polyketide DIF-1.

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    Song, Yu; Luciani, Marie-Françoise; Giusti, Corinne; Golstein, Pierre

    2015-02-15

    Cell death in the model organism Dictyostelium, as studied in monolayers in vitro, can be induced by the polyketide DIF-1 or by the cyclical dinucleotide c-di-GMP. c-di-GMP, a universal bacterial second messenger, can trigger innate immunity in bacterially infected animal cells and is involved in developmental cell death in Dictyostelium. We show here that c-di-GMP was not sufficient to induce cell death in Dictyostelium cell monolayers. Unexpectedly, it also required the DIF-1 polyketide. The latter could be exogenous, as revealed by a telling synergy between c-di-GMP and DIF-1. The required DIF-1 polyketide could also be endogenous, as shown by the inability of c-di-GMP to induce cell death in Dictyostelium HMX44A cells and DH1 cells upon pharmacological or genetic inhibition of DIF-1 biosynthesis. In these cases, c-di-GMP-induced cell death was rescued by complementation with exogenous DIF-1. Taken together, these results demonstrated that c-di-GMP could trigger cell death in Dictyostelium only in the presence of the DIF-1 polyketide or its metabolites. This identified another element of control to this cell death and perhaps also to c-di-GMP effects in other situations and organisms. © 2015 Song et al. This article is distributed by The American Society for Cell Biology under license from the author(s). Two months after publication it is available to the public under an Attribution–Noncommercial–Share Alike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0).

  10. c-di-GMP heterogeneity is generated by the chemotaxis machinery to regulate flagellar motility.

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    Kulasekara, Bridget R; Kamischke, Cassandra; Kulasekara, Hemantha D; Christen, Matthias; Wiggins, Paul A; Miller, Samuel I

    2013-12-17

    Individual cell heterogeneity is commonly observed within populations, although its molecular basis is largely unknown. Previously, using FRET-based microscopy, we observed heterogeneity in cellular c-di-GMP levels. In this study, we show that c-di-GMP heterogeneity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa is promoted by a specific phosphodiesterase partitioned after cell division. We found that subcellular localization and reduction of c-di-GMP levels by this phosphodiesterase is dependent on the histidine kinase component of the chemotaxis machinery, CheA, and its phosphorylation state. Therefore, individual cell heterogeneity in c-di-GMP concentrations is regulated by the activity and the asymmetrical inheritance of the chemotaxis organelle after cell division. c-di-GMP heterogeneity results in a diversity of motility behaviors. The generation of diverse intracellular concentrations of c-di-GMP by asymmetric partitioning is likely important to the success and survival of bacterial populations within the environment by allowing a variety of motility behaviors. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.01402.001.

  11. Reduced Intracellular c-di-GMP Content Increases Expression of Quorum Sensing-Regulated Genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Song Lin Chua

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP is an intracellular secondary messenger which controls the biofilm life cycle in many bacterial species. High intracellular c-di-GMP content enhances biofilm formation via the reduction of motility and production of biofilm matrix, while low c-di-GMP content in biofilm cells leads to increased motility and biofilm dispersal. While the effect of high c-di-GMP levels on bacterial lifestyles is well studied, the physiology of cells at low c-di-GMP levels remains unclear. Here, we showed that Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells with high and low intracellular c-di-GMP contents possessed distinct transcriptome profiles. There were 535 genes being upregulated and 432 genes downregulated in cells with low c-di-GMP, as compared to cells with high c-di-GMP. Interestingly, both rhl and pqs quorum-sensing (QS operons were expressed at higher levels in cells with low intracellular c-di-GMP content compared with cells with higher c-di-GMP content. The induced expression of pqs and rhl QS required a functional PqsR, the transcriptional regulator of pqs QS. Next, we observed increased production of pqs and rhl-regulated virulence factors, such as pyocyanin and rhamnolipids, in P. aeruginosa cells with low c-di-GMP levels, conferring them with increased intracellular survival rates and cytotoxicity against murine macrophages. Hence, our data suggested that low intracellular c-di-GMP levels in bacteria could induce QS-regulated virulence, in particular rhamnolipids that cripple the cellular components of the innate immune system.

  12. Reduced intracellular c-di-GMP content increases expression of quorum sensing-regulated genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Chua, Song Lin; Liu, Yang; Li, Yingying

    2017-01-01

    cells leads to increased motility and biofilm dispersal. While the effect of high c-di-GMP levels on bacterial lifestyles is well studied, the physiology of cells at low c-di-GMP levels remains unclear. Here, we showed that Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells with high and low intracellular c-di-GMP contents......-di-GMP content compared with cells with higher c-di-GMP content. The induced expression of pqs and rhl QS required a functional PqsR, the transcriptional regulator of pqs QS. Next, we observed increased production of pqs and rhl-regulated virulence factors, such as pyocyanin and rhamnolipids, in P. aeruginosa...

  13. c-di-GMP enhances protective innate immunity in a murine model of pertussis.

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    Shokrollah Elahi

    Full Text Available Innate immunity represents the first line of defense against invading pathogens in the respiratory tract. Innate immune cells such as monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, NK cells, and granulocytes contain specific pathogen-recognition molecules which induce the production of cytokines and subsequently activate the adaptive immune response. c-di-GMP is a ubiquitous second messenger that stimulates innate immunity and regulates biofilm formation, motility and virulence in a diverse range of bacterial species with potent immunomodulatory properties. In the present study, c-di-GMP was used to enhance the innate immune response against pertussis, a respiratory infection mainly caused by Bordetella pertussis. Intranasal treatment with c-di-GMP resulted in the induction of robust innate immune responses to infection with B. pertussis characterized by enhanced recruitment of neutrophils, macrophages, natural killer cells and dendritic cells. The immune responses were associated with an earlier and more vigorous expression of Th1-type cytokines, as well as an increase in the induction of nitric oxide in the lungs of treated animals, resulting in significant reduction of bacterial numbers in the lungs of infected mice. These results demonstrate that c-di-GMP is a potent innate immune stimulatory molecule that can be used to enhance protection against bacterial respiratory infections. In addition, our data suggest that priming of the innate immune system by c-di-GMP could further skew the immune response towards a Th1 type phenotype during subsequent infection. Thus, our data suggest that c-di-GMP might be useful as an adjuvant for the next generation of acellular pertussis vaccine to mount a more protective Th1 phenotype immune response, and also in other systems where a Th1 type immune response is required.

  14. The anti-cancerous drug doxorubicin decreases the c-di-GMP content in Pseudomonas aeruginosa but promotes biofilm formation

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    Groizeleau, Julie; Rybtke, Morten; Andersen, Jens Bo

    2016-01-01

    for their potential c-di-GMP-lowering effect using a recently developed c-di-GMP biosensor strain. Our screen identified the anti-cancerous drug doxorubicin as a potent c-di-GMP inhibitor. In addition, the drug decreased the transcription of many biofilm-related genes. However, despite its effect on the c...... formation in many clinically relevant bacteria. It is hypothesized that drugs lowering the intracellular level of c-di-GMP will force biofilm bacteria into a more treatable planktonic lifestyle. To identify compounds capable of lowering c-di-GMP levels in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, we screened 5000 compounds......-di-GMP content in P. aeruginosa, doxorubicin was unable to inhibit biofilm formation or disperse established biofilms. On the contrary, the drug was found to promote P. aeruginosa biofilm formation, possibly through release of extracellular DNA from a subpopulation of killed bacteria. Our findings emphasize...

  15. C-di-GMP regulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa stress response to tellurite during both planktonic and biofilm modes of growth

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    Chua, Song Lin; Sivakumar, Krishnakumar; Rybtke, Morten Levin

    2015-01-01

    tellurite (TeO3(2-)) exposure induced the intracellular content of the secondary messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Two diguanylate cyclases (DGCs), SadC and SiaD, were responsible for the increased intracellular content of c-di-GMP. Enhanced c-di-GMP levels by TeO3(2-) further...

  16. High-throughput screening for compounds that modulate the cellular c-di-GMP level in bacteria

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    Groizeleau, Julie; Andersen, Jens Bo; Givskov, Michael

    2017-01-01

    . The secondary messenger c-di-GMP is a positive regulator of biofilm formation in many clinically relevant bacteria, and it is assumed that drugs that lower the intracellular level of c-di-GMP will force biofilm bacteria into a more treatable planktonic lifestyle. We describe a protocol for high......-throughput screening of chemical libraries for compounds that lower the c-di-GMP level in bacteria, and potentially can serve as lead compounds in the development of novel biofilm dismantling drugs....

  17. Complex regulatory network encompassing the Csr, c-di-GMP and motility systems of Salmonella Typhimurium.

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    Jonas, Kristina; Edwards, Adrianne N; Ahmad, Irfan; Romeo, Tony; Römling, Ute; Melefors, Ojar

    2010-02-01

    Bacterial survival depends on the ability to switch between sessile and motile lifestyles in response to changing environmental conditions. In many species, this switch is governed by (3'-5')-cyclic-diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP), a signalling molecule, which is metabolized by proteins containing GGDEF and/or EAL domains. Salmonella Typhimurium contains 20 such proteins. Here, we show that the RNA-binding protein CsrA regulates the expression of eight genes encoding GGDEF, GGDEF-EAL and EAL domain proteins. CsrA bound directly to the mRNA leaders of five of these genes, suggesting that it may regulate these genes post-transcriptionally. The c-di-GMP-specific phosphodiesterase STM3611, which reciprocally controls flagella function and production of biofilm matrix components, was regulated by CsrA binding to the mRNA, but was also indirectly regulated by CsrA through the FlhDC/FliA flagella cascade and STM1344. STM1344 is an unconventional (c-di-GMP-inactive) EAL domain protein, recently identified as a negative regulator of flagella gene expression. Here, we demonstrate that CsrA directly downregulates expression of STM1344, which in turn regulates STM3611 through fliA and thus reciprocally controls motility and biofilm factors. Altogether, our data reveal that the concerted and complex regulation of several genes encoding GGDEF/EAL domain proteins allows CsrA to control the motility-sessility switch in S. Typhimurium at multiple levels.

  18. Use of Nonradiochemical DNAse Footprinting to Analyze c-di-GMP Modulation of DNA-Binding Proteins.

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    Baraquet, Claudine; Harwood, Caroline S

    2017-01-01

    The transition of bacteria from a planktonic lifestyle to a collaborative, sessile biofilm lifestyle is a regulated process orchestrated by the intracellular second-messenger c-di-GMP (bis-(3'-5')-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate). To modulate this transition, c-di-GMP acts at the transcriptional, posttranscriptional, and posttranslational levels. In this chapter, we describe a method to study of how a transcriptional regulator modulates gene expression in response to c-di-GMP binding. DNase I footprinting is a valuable tool for use in analyzing how regulatory proteins bind to DNA, the location of their binding sites or how c-di-GMP affects their binding to DNA. This chapter describes a protocol for nonradiochemical DNase I footprinting experiments using a capillary electrophoresis method based on the interaction of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa FleQ protein with the promoter regions of biofilm-related genes.

  19. Cellular levels and binding of c-di-GMP control subcellular localization and activity of the Vibrio cholerae transcriptional regulator VpsT.

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    Nicholas J Shikuma

    Full Text Available The second messenger, cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP, regulates diverse cellular processes in bacteria. C-di-GMP is produced by diguanylate cyclases (DGCs, degraded by phosphodiesterases (PDEs, and receptors couple c-di-GMP production to cellular responses. In many bacteria, including Vibrio cholerae, multiple DGCs and PDEs contribute to c-di-GMP signaling, and it is currently unclear whether the compartmentalization of c-di-GMP signaling components is required to mediate c-di-GMP signal transduction. In this study we show that the transcriptional regulator, VpsT, requires c-di-GMP binding for subcellular localization and activity. Only the additive deletion of five DGCs markedly decreases the localization of VpsT, while single deletions of each DGC do not impact VpsT localization. Moreover, mutations in residues required for c-di-GMP binding, c-di-GMP-stabilized dimerization and DNA binding of VpsT abrogate wild type localization and activity. VpsT does not co-localize or interact with DGCs suggesting that c-di-GMP from these DGCs diffuses to VpsT, supporting a model in which c-di-GMP acts at a distance. Furthermore, VpsT localization in a heterologous host, Escherichia coli, requires a catalytically active DGC and is enhanced by the presence of VpsT-target sequences. Our data show that c-di-GMP signaling can be executed through an additive cellular c-di-GMP level from multiple DGCs affecting the localization and activity of a c-di-GMP receptor and furthers our understanding of the mechanisms of second messenger signaling.

  20. Synthesis of c-di-GMP analogs with thiourea, urea, carbodiimide, and guanidinium linkages.

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    Gaffney, Barbara L; Jones, Roger A

    2014-01-03

    The first syntheses of neutral thiourea, urea, and carbodiimide analogs, along with two guanidinium analogs, of the bacterial signaling molecule cyclic diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) are reported. The key intermediate, obtained in nine steps, is a 3'-amino-5'-azido-3',5'-dideoxy derivative. The 5'-azide serves as a masked amine from which the amine is obtained by Staudinger reduction, while the 3'-amine is converted to an isothiocyanate that, while stable to chromatography, and Staudinger conditions, nevertheless reacts well with the 5'-amine.

  1. Differential regulation of c-di-GMP metabolic enzymes by environmental signals modulates biofilm formation in Yersinia pestis

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    Gai-Xian eRen

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP is essential for Yersinia pestis biofilm formation, which is important for flea-borne blockage-dependent plague transmission. Two diguanylate cyclases (DGCs, HmsT and HmsD and one phosphodiesterase (PDE, HmsP are responsible for the synthesis and degradation of c-di-GMP in Y. pestis. Here, we systematically analyzed the effect of various environmental signals on regulation of the biofilm phenotype, the c-di-GMP levels, and expression of HmsT, HmsD and HmsP in Y. pestis. Biofilm formation was higher in the presence of nonlethal high concentration of CaCl2, MgCl2, CuSO4, sucrose, sodium dodecyl sulfonate, or dithiothreitol, and was lower in the presence of FeCl2 or NaCl. In addition, we found that HmsD plays a major role in biofilm formation in acidic or redox environments. These environmental signals differentially regulated expression of HmsT, HmsP and HmsD, resulting in changes in the intracellular levels of c-di-GMP in Y. pestis. Our results suggest that bacteria can sense various environmental signals, and differentially regulates their DGCs and PDEs to coordinately regulate and adapt metabolism of c-di-GMP and biofilm formation to changing environments.

  2. Genetic Modulation of c-di-GMP Turnover Affects Multiple Virulence Traits and Bacterial Virulence in Rice Pathogen Dickeya zeae.

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    Yufan Chen

    Full Text Available The frequent outbreaks of rice foot rot disease caused by Dickeya zeae have become a significant concern in rice planting regions and countries, but the regulatory mechanisms that govern the virulence of this important pathogen remain vague. Given that the second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP is associated with modulation of various virulence-related traits in various microorganisms, here we set to investigate the role of the genes encoding c-di-GMP metabolism in the regulation of the bacterial physiology and virulence by construction all in-frame deletion mutants targeting the annotated c-di-GMP turnover genes in D. zeae strain EC1. Phenotype analyses identified individual mutants showing altered production of exoenzymes and phytotoxins, biofilm formation and bacterial motilities. The results provide useful clues and a valuable toolkit for further characterization and dissection of the regulatory complex that modulates the pathogenesis and persistence of this important bacterial pathogen.

  3. Genetic Modulation of c-di-GMP Turnover Affects Multiple Virulence Traits and Bacterial Virulence in Rice Pathogen Dickeya zeae.

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    Chen, Yufan; Lv, Mingfa; Liao, Lisheng; Gu, Yanfang; Liang, Zhibin; Shi, Zurong; Liu, Shiyin; Zhou, Jianuan; Zhang, Lianhui

    2016-01-01

    The frequent outbreaks of rice foot rot disease caused by Dickeya zeae have become a significant concern in rice planting regions and countries, but the regulatory mechanisms that govern the virulence of this important pathogen remain vague. Given that the second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is associated with modulation of various virulence-related traits in various microorganisms, here we set to investigate the role of the genes encoding c-di-GMP metabolism in the regulation of the bacterial physiology and virulence by construction all in-frame deletion mutants targeting the annotated c-di-GMP turnover genes in D. zeae strain EC1. Phenotype analyses identified individual mutants showing altered production of exoenzymes and phytotoxins, biofilm formation and bacterial motilities. The results provide useful clues and a valuable toolkit for further characterization and dissection of the regulatory complex that modulates the pathogenesis and persistence of this important bacterial pathogen.

  4. c-di-GMP turn-over in Clostridium difficile is controlled by a plethora of diguanylate cyclases and phosphodiesterases.

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    Eric Bordeleau

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Clostridium difficile infections have become a major healthcare concern in the last decade during which the emergence of new strains has underscored this bacterium's capacity to cause persistent epidemics. c-di-GMP is a bacterial second messenger regulating diverse bacterial phenotypes, notably motility and biofilm formation, in proteobacteria such as Vibrio cholerae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Salmonella. c-di-GMP is synthesized by diguanylate cyclases (DGCs that contain a conserved GGDEF domain. It is degraded by phosphodiesterases (PDEs that contain either an EAL or an HD-GYP conserved domain. Very little is known about the role of c-di-GMP in the regulation of phenotypes of Gram-positive or fastidious bacteria. Herein, we exposed the main components of c-di-GMP signalling in 20 genomes of C. difficile, revealed their prevalence, and predicted their enzymatic activity. Ectopic expression of 31 of these conserved genes was carried out in V. cholerae to evaluate their effect on motility and biofilm formation, two well-characterized phenotype alterations associated with intracellular c-di-GMP variation in this bacterium. Most of the predicted DGCs and PDEs were found to be active in the V. cholerae model. Expression of truncated versions of CD0522, a protein with two GGDEF domains and one EAL domain, suggests that it can act alternatively as a DGC or a PDE. The activity of one purified DGC (CD1420 and one purified PDE (CD0757 was confirmed by in vitro enzymatic assays. GTP was shown to be important for the PDE activity of CD0757. Our results indicate that, in contrast to most Gram-positive bacteria including its closest relatives, C. difficile encodes a large assortment of functional DGCs and PDEs, revealing that c-di-GMP signalling is an important and well-conserved signal transduction system in this human pathogen.

  5. A c-di-GMP effector system controls cell adhesion by inside-out signaling and surface protein cleavage.

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    Peter D Newell

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available In Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf0-1 the availability of inorganic phosphate (Pi is an environmental signal that controls biofilm formation through a cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP signaling pathway. In low Pi conditions, a c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase (PDE RapA is expressed, depleting cellular c-di-GMP and causing the loss of a critical outer-membrane adhesin LapA from the cell surface. This response involves an inner membrane protein LapD, which binds c-di-GMP in the cytoplasm and exerts a periplasmic output promoting LapA maintenance on the cell surface. Here we report how LapD differentially controls maintenance and release of LapA: c-di-GMP binding to LapD promotes interaction with and inhibition of the periplasmic protease LapG, which targets the N-terminus of LapA. We identify conserved amino acids in LapA required for cleavage by LapG. Mutating these residues in chromosomal lapA inhibits LapG activity in vivo, leading to retention of the adhesin on the cell surface. Mutations with defined effects on LapD's ability to control LapA localization in vivo show concomitant effects on c-di-GMP-dependent LapG inhibition in vitro. To establish the physiological importance of the LapD-LapG effector system, we track cell attachment and LapA protein localization during Pi starvation. Under this condition, the LapA adhesin is released from the surface of cells and biofilms detach from the substratum. This response requires c-di-GMP depletion by RapA, signaling through LapD, and proteolytic cleavage of LapA by LapG. These data, in combination with the companion study by Navarro et al. presenting a structural analysis of LapD's signaling mechanism, give a detailed description of a complete c-di-GMP control circuit--from environmental signal to molecular output. They describe a novel paradigm in bacterial signal transduction: regulation of a periplasmic enzyme by an inner membrane signaling protein that binds a cytoplasmic second messenger.

  6. A near-infrared light responsive c-di-GMP module-based AND logic gate in Shewanella oneidensis.

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    Hu, Yidan; Wu, Yichao; Mukherjee, Manisha; Cao, Bin

    2017-01-31

    A novel, biofilm-based AND logic gate was constructed in Shewanella oneidensis through a near-infrared (NIR) light responsive c-di-GMP module. The logic gate was demonstrated in microbial fuel cells with isopropyl β-d-thiogalactoside (IPTG) and NIR light as the inputs and electrical signals as the output.

  7. Selective binding of 2'-F-c-di-GMP to Ct-E88 and Cb-E43, new class I riboswitches from Clostridium tetani and Clostridium botulinum respectively.

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    Luo, Yiling; Zhou, Jie; Wang, Jingxin; Dayie, T Kwaku; Sintim, Herman O

    2013-06-01

    C-di-GMP is a second messenger in bacteria and partly regulates bacterial physiology by binding to class I and II riboswitches. Four class I c-di-GMP riboswitch aptamer candidates, Ct-E88, Cb-17B, Cb-E43 and Cd-630 RNAs, selected from a GEMM RNA sequence motif in the Rfam database, were expressed and experimentally verified to bind to c-di-GMP. The two newly characterized c-di-GMP riboswitches, Ct-E88 and Cb-E43, bound c-di-GMP with nanomolar Kd whereas the affinities of Cb-17B and Cd-630 for c-di-GMP were at least a 100-fold weaker. Interestingly, whereas the three riboswitches (Vc2, Et-E88 and Cb-E43) bound c-di-GMP with similar Kd values, 2'-modified analogs of c-di-GMP differentially bound to these three class I aptamers. For example, 2'-F-c-di-GMP bound Vc2 with a Kd value of 102 nM whereas the Kd value of 2'-F-c-di-GMP-Ct-E88 is 43 μM (422× higher than that for Vc2 RNA), revealing that there are differences in the binding sites of functional class I c-di-GMP riboswitches.

  8. The exopolysaccharide gene cluster Bcam1330-Bcam1341 is involved in Burkholderia cenocepacia biofilm formation, and its expression is regulated by c-di-GMP and Bcam1349

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    Fazli, Mustafa; McCarthy, Yvonne; Givskov, Michael

    2013-01-01

    evidence that cellulose and type-I fimbriae are not involved in B. cenocepacia biofilm formation in flow chambers, and we identify a novel Bcam1349/c-di-GMP-regulated exopolysaccharide gene cluster which is essential for B. cenocepacia biofilm formation. Overproduction of Bcam1349 in trans promotes wrinkly...... matrix exopolysaccharide and to be essential for flow-chamber biofilm formation. We demonstrate that Bcam1349 binds to the promoter region of genes in the Bcam1330-Bcam1341 cluster and that this binding is enhanced by the presence of c-di-GMP. Furthermore, we demonstrate that overproduction of both c......-di-GMP and Bcam1349 leads to increased transcription of these genes, indicating that c-di-GMP and Bcam1349 functions together in regulating exopolysaccharide production from the Bcam1330-Bcam1341 gene cluster. Our results suggest that the product encoded by the Bcam1330-Bcam1341 gene cluster is a major...

  9. C-di-GMP hydrolysis by Pseudomonas aeruginosa HD-GYP phosphodiesterases: analysis of the reaction mechanism and novel roles for pGpG.

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    Valentina Stelitano

    Full Text Available In biofilms, the bacterial community optimizes the strategies to sense the environment and to communicate from cell to cell. A key player in the development of a bacterial biofilm is the second messenger c-di-GMP, whose intracellular levels are modulated by the opposite activity of diguanylate cyclases and phosphodiesterases. Given the huge impact of bacterial biofilms on human health, understanding the molecular details of c-di-GMP metabolism represents a critical step in the development of novel therapeutic approaches against biofilms. In this study, we present a detailed biochemical characterization of two c-di-GMP phosphodiesterases of the HD-GYP subtype from the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, namely PA4781 and PA4108. Upstream of the catalytic HD-GYP domain, PA4781 contains a REC domain typical of two-component systems, while PA4108 contains an uncharacterized domain of unknown function. Our findings shed light on the activity and catalytic mechanism of these phosphodiesterases. We show that both enzymes hydrolyse c-di-GMP in a two-step reaction via the linear intermediate pGpG and that they produce GMP in vitro at a surprisingly low rate. In addition, our data indicate that the non-phosphorylated REC domain of PA4781 prevents accessibility of c-di-GMP to the active site. Both PA4108 and phosphorylated PA4781 are also capable to use pGpG as an alternative substrate and to hydrolyse it into GMP; the affinity of PA4781 for pGpG is one order of magnitude higher than that for c-di-GMP. These results suggest that these enzymes may not work (primarily as genuine phosphodiesterases. Moreover, the unexpected affinity of PA4781 for pGpG may indicate that pGpG could also act as a signal molecule in its own right, thus further widening the c-di-GMP-related signalling scenario.

  10. Regulation of Burkholderia cenocepacia biofilm formation by RpoN and the c-di-GMP effector BerB

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    Fazli, Mustafa; Rybtke, Morten Levin; Steiner, Elisabeth

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    Knowledge about the molecular mechanisms that are involved in the regulation of biofilm formation is essential for the development of biofilm-control measures. It is well established that the nucleotide second messenger cyclic diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a positive regulator of biofilm...... formation in many bacteria, but more knowledge about c-di-GMP effectors is needed. We provide evidence that c-di-GMP, the alternative sigma factor RpoN (σ54), and the enhancer-binding protein BerB play a role in biofilm formation of Burkholderia cenocepacia by regulating the production of a biofilm......-stabilizing exopolysaccharide. Our findings suggest that BerB binds c-di-GMP, and activates RpoN-dependent transcription of the berA gene coding for a c-di-GMP-responsive transcriptional regulator. An increased level of the BerA protein in turn induces the production of biofilm-stabilizing exopolysaccharide in response to high...

  11. Homologs of the LapD-LapG c-di-GMP Effector System Control Biofilm Formation by Bordetella bronchiseptica.

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    Full Text Available Biofilm formation is important for infection by many pathogens. Bordetella bronchiseptica causes respiratory tract infections in mammals and forms biofilm structures in nasal epithelium of infected mice. We previously demonstrated that cyclic di-GMP is involved in biofilm formation in B. bronchiseptica. In the present work, based on their previously reported function in Pseudomonas fluorescens, we identified three genes in the B. bronchiseptica genome likely involved in c-di-GMP-dependent biofilm formation: brtA, lapD and lapG. Genetic analysis confirmed a role for BrtA, LapD and LapG in biofilm formation using microtiter plate assays, as well as scanning electron and fluorescent microscopy to analyze the phenotypes of mutants lacking these proteins. In vitro and in vivo studies showed that the protease LapG of B. bronchiseptica cleaves the N-terminal domain of BrtA, as well as the LapA protein of P. fluorescens, indicating functional conservation between these species. Furthermore, while BrtA and LapG appear to have little or no impact on colonization in a mouse model of infection, a B. bronchiseptica strain lacking the LapG protease has a significantly higher rate of inducing a severe disease outcome compared to the wild type. These findings support a role for c-di-GMP acting through BrtA/LapD/LapG to modulate biofilm formation, as well as impact pathogenesis, by B. bronchiseptica.

  12. STING activator c-di-GMP enhances the anti-tumor effects of peptide vaccines in melanoma-bearing mice.

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    Wang, Zili; Celis, Esteban

    2015-08-01

    Therapeutic vaccines to induce anti-tumor CD8 T cells have been used in clinical trials for advanced melanoma patients, but the clinical response rate and overall survival time have not improved much. We believe that these dismal outcomes are caused by inadequate number of antigen-specific CD8 T cells generated by most vaccines. In contrast, huge CD8 T cell responses readily occur during acute viral infections. High levels of type-I interferon (IFN-I) are produced during these infections, and this cytokine not only exhibits anti-viral activity but also promotes CD8 T cell responses. The studies described here were performed to determine whether promoting the production of IFN-I could enhance the potency of a peptide vaccine. We report that cyclic diguanylate monophosphate (c-di-GMP), which activates the stimulator of interferon genes, potentiated the immunogenicity and anti-tumor effects of a peptide vaccine against mouse B16 melanoma. The synergistic effects of c-di-GMP required co-administration of costimulatory anti-CD40 antibody, the adjuvant poly-IC, and were mediated in part by IFN-I. These findings demonstrate that peptides representing CD8 T cell epitopes can be effective inducers of large CD8 T cell responses in vaccination strategies that mimic acute viral infections.

  13. The CRP/FNR family protein Bcam1349 is a c-di-GMP effector that regulates biofilm formation in the respiratory pathogen Burkholderia cenocepacia

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    Fazli, Mustafa; O'Connell, Aileen; Nilsson, Martin

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    of a number of components, including cellulose and fimbriae. It was demonstrated that the Bcam1349 protein binds to the promoter region of the cellulose synthase genes, and that this binding is enhanced by the presence of c-di-GMP. The bcam1349 mutant showed reduced virulence in a Galleria mellonella wax moth...

  14. Differential control of Yersinia pestis biofilm formation in vitro and in the flea vector by two c-di-GMP diguanylate cyclases.

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    Full Text Available Yersinia pestis forms a biofilm in the foregut of its flea vector that promotes transmission by flea bite. As in many bacteria, biofilm formation in Y. pestis is controlled by intracellular levels of the bacterial second messenger c-di-GMP. Two Y. pestis diguanylate cyclase (DGC enzymes, encoded by hmsT and y3730, and one phosphodiesterase (PDE, encoded by hmsP, have been shown to control biofilm production in vitro via their opposing c-di-GMP synthesis and degradation activities, respectively. In this study, we provide further evidence that hmsT, hmsP, and y3730 are the only three genes involved in c-di-GMP metabolism in Y. pestis and evaluated the two DGCs for their comparative roles in biofilm formation in vitro and in the flea vector. As with HmsT, the DGC activity of Y3730 depended on a catalytic GGDEF domain, but the relative contribution of the two enzymes to the biofilm phenotype was influenced strongly by the environmental niche. Deletion of y3730 had a very minor effect on in vitro biofilm formation, but resulted in greatly reduced biofilm formation in the flea. In contrast, the predominant effect of hmsT was on in vitro biofilm formation. DGC activity was also required for the Hms-independent autoaggregation phenotype of Y. pestis, but was not required for virulence in a mouse model of bubonic plague. Our results confirm that only one PDE (HmsP and two DGCs (HmsT and Y3730 control c-di-GMP levels in Y. pestis, indicate that hmsT and y3730 are regulated post-transcriptionally to differentially control biofilm formation in vitro and in the flea vector, and identify a second c-di-GMP-regulated phenotype in Y. pestis.

  15. In vitro and in vivo generation and characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm-dispersed cells via c-di-GMP manipulation

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    Chua, Song Lin; Hultqvist, Louise D; Yuan, Mingjun

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    biofilms by reducing the intracellular c-di-GMP content through modulation of phosphodiesterases (PDEs). Unlike conventional protocols that demonstrate biofilm dispersal by biomass quantification, our protocols enable physiological characterization of the dispersed cells. Biomarkers of dispersed cells...

  16. E88, a new cyclic-di-GMP class I riboswitch aptamer from Clostridium tetani, has a similar fold to the prototypical class I riboswitch, Vc2, but differentially binds to c-di-GMP analogs.

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    Luo, Yiling; Chen, Bin; Zhou, Jie; Sintim, Herman O; Dayie, T Kwaku

    2014-03-04

    C-di-GMP has emerged as a ubiquitous second messenger, which regulates the transition between sessile and motile lifestyles and virulence factor expression in many pathogenic bacteria using both RNA riboswitches and protein effectors. We recently showed that two additional class I c-di-GMP riboswitch aptamers (Ct-E88 and Cb-17B) bind c-di-GMP with nanomolar affinity, and that Ct-E88 RNA binds 2'-F-c-di-GMP 422 times less tightly than class I Vc2 RNA. Based on sequence comparison, it was concluded that the global folds of Ct-E88 and Vc2 RNAs were similar and that differences in ligand binding were probably due to differences in binding site architectures. Herein, we utilized EMSA, aptamer sensing spinach modules, SAXS and 1D NMR titration to study the conformational transitions of Ct-E88. We conclude that whereas the global folds of the bound states of Vc2 and Ct-E88 RNAs are similar, the unbound states are different and this could explain differences in ligand affinities between these class I c-di-GMP riboswitches.

  17. Characterization of the Xylella fastidiosa PD1671 gene encoding degenerate c-di-GMP GGDEF/EAL domains, and its role in the development of Pierce's disease.

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    Cursino, Luciana; Athinuwat, Dusit; Patel, Kelly R; Galvani, Cheryl D; Zaini, Paulo A; Li, Yaxin; De La Fuente, Leonardo; Hoch, Harvey C; Burr, Thomas J; Mowery, Patricia

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    Xylella fastidiosa is an important phytopathogenic bacterium that causes many serious plant diseases including Pierce's disease of grapevines. X. fastidiosa is thought to induce disease by colonizing and clogging xylem vessels through the formation of cell aggregates and bacterial biofilms. Here we examine the role in X. fastidiosa virulence of an uncharacterized gene, PD1671, annotated as a two-component response regulator with potential GGDEF and EAL domains. GGDEF domains are found in c-di-GMP diguanylate cyclases while EAL domains are found in phosphodiesterases, and these domains are for c-di-GMP production and turnover, respectively. Functional analysis of the PD1671 gene revealed that it affected multiple X. fastidiosa virulence-related phenotypes. A Tn5 PD1671 mutant had a hypervirulent phenotype in grapevines presumably due to enhanced expression of gum genes leading to increased exopolysaccharide levels that resulted in elevated biofilm formation. Interestingly, the PD1671 mutant also had decreased motility in vitro but did not show a reduced distribution in grapevines following inoculation. Given these responses, the putative PD1671 protein may be a negative regulator of X. fastidiosa virulence.

  18. Activation and polar sequestration of PopA, a c-di-GMP effector protein involved in Caulobacter crescentus cell cycle control

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    Ozaki, Shogo; Schalch-Moser, Annina; Zumthor, Ludwig

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    When Caulobacter crescentus enters S-phase the replication initiation inhibitor CtrA dynamically positions to the old cell pole to be degraded by the polar ClpXP protease. Polar delivery of CtrA requires PopA and the diguanylate cyclase PleD that positions to the same pole. Here we present evidence...... that PopA originated through gene duplication from its paralogue response regulator PleD and subsequent co-option as c-di-GMP effector protein. While the C-terminal catalytic domain (GGDEF) of PleD is activated by phosphorylation of the N-terminal receiver domain, functional adaptation has reversed signal......A to the cell pole in response to c-di-GMP binding. In agreement with the divergent activation and targeting mechanisms, distinct markers sequester PleD and PopA to the old cell pole upon S-phase entry. Together these data indicate that PopA adopted a novel role as topology specificity factor to help recruit...

  19. Cellulose production is coupled to sensing of the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway via c-di-GMP production by the DgcQ protein of Escherichia coli.

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    Rossi, Elio; Motta, Sara; Aliverti, Alessandro; Cossu, Federica; Gourlay, Louise; Mauri, Pierluigi; Landini, Paolo

    2017-09-11

    Production of cellulose, a stress response-mediated process in enterobacteria, is modulated in Escherichia coli by the activity of the two pyrimidine nucleotide biosynthetic pathways, namely, the de novo biosynthetic pathway and the salvage pathway, which relies on the environmental availability of pyrimidine nitrogenous bases. We had previously reported that prevalence of the salvage over the de novo pathway triggers cellulose production via synthesis of the second messenger c-di-GMP by the DgcQ (YedQ) diguanylate cyclase. In this work, we show that DgcQ enzymatic activity is enhanced by UTP, whilst being inhibited by N-carbamoyl-aspartate, an intermediate of the de novo pathway. Thus, direct allosteric control by these ligands allows full DgcQ activity exclusively in cells actively synthesizing pyrimidine nucleotides via the salvage pathway. Inhibition of DgcQ activity by N-carbamoyl-aspartate appears to be favoured by protein-protein interaction between DgcQ and PyrB, a subunit of aspartate transcarbamylase, which synthesizes N-carbamoyl-aspartate. Our results suggest that availability of pyrimidine bases might be sensed, somehow paradoxically, as an environmental stress by E. coli. We hypothesize that this link might have evolved since stress events, leading to extensive DNA/RNA degradation or lysis of neighbouring cells, can result in increased pyrimidine concentrations and activation of the salvage pathway. © 2017 Society for Applied Microbiology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. Characterization of the Xylella fastidiosa PD1671 Gene Encoding Degenerate c-di-GMP GGDEF/EAL Domains, and Its Role in the Development of Pierce’s Disease

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    Cursino, Luciana; Athinuwat, Dusit; Patel, Kelly R.; Galvani, Cheryl D.; Zaini, Paulo A.; Li, Yaxin; De La Fuente, Leonardo; Hoch, Harvey C.; Burr, Thomas J.; Mowery, Patricia

    2015-01-01

    Xylella fastidiosa is an important phytopathogenic bacterium that causes many serious plant diseases including Pierce’s disease of grapevines. X. fastidiosa is thought to induce disease by colonizing and clogging xylem vessels through the formation of cell aggregates and bacterial biofilms. Here we examine the role in X. fastidiosa virulence of an uncharacterized gene, PD1671, annotated as a two-component response regulator with potential GGDEF and EAL domains. GGDEF domains are found in c-di-GMP diguanylate cyclases while EAL domains are found in phosphodiesterases, and these domains are for c-di-GMP production and turnover, respectively. Functional analysis of the PD1671 gene revealed that it affected multiple X. fastidiosa virulence-related phenotypes. A Tn5 PD1671 mutant had a hypervirulent phenotype in grapevines presumably due to enhanced expression of gum genes leading to increased exopolysaccharide levels that resulted in elevated biofilm formation. Interestingly, the PD1671 mutant also had decreased motility in vitro but did not show a reduced distribution in grapevines following inoculation. Given these responses, the putative PD1671 protein may be a negative regulator of X. fastidiosa virulence. PMID:25811864

  1. Genetic Analysis of Agrobacterium tumefaciens Unipolar Polysaccharide Production Reveals Complex Integrated Control of the Motile-to-Sessile Switch

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    Xu, Jing; Kim, Jinwoo; Koestler, Benjamin J.; Choi, Jeong-Hyeon; Waters, Christopher M.; Fuqua, Clay

    2013-01-01

    Summary Many bacteria colonize surfaces and transition to a sessile mode of growth. The plant pathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens produces a unipolar polysaccharide (UPP) adhesin at single cell poles that contact surfaces. Here we report that elevated levels of the intracellular signal cyclic diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) lead to surface-contact-independent UPP production and a red colony phenotype due to production of UPP and the exopolysaccharide cellulose, when A. tumefaciens is incubated with the polysaccharide stain Congo Red. Transposon mutations with elevated Congo Red staining identified presumptive UPP negative regulators, mutants for which were hyperadherent, producing UPP irrespective of surface contact. Multiple independent mutations were obtained in visN and visR, activators of flagellar motility in A. tumefaciens, now found to inhibit UPP and cellulose production. Expression analysis in a visR mutant and isolation of suppressor mutations, identified three diguanylate cyclases inhibited by VisR. Null mutations for two of these genes decrease attachment and UPP production, but do not alter cellular c-di-GMP levels. However, analysis of catalytic site mutants revealed their GGDEF motifs are required to increase UPP production and surface attachment. Mutations in a specific presumptive cyclic diguanosine monophosphate phosphodiesterase also elevate UPP production and attachment, consistent with c-di-GMP activation of surface-dependent adhesin deployment. PMID:23829710

  2. Roles of Pel and Psl in very early biofilm development

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    Cooley, B. J.; Thatcher, Travis; L'Her, Guillaume; Reed, Erin; Stuart, Jamie; Kissinger, April; Gordon, Vernita

    2012-02-01

    Biofilms are dynamic, multicellular communities of unicellular organisms. Biofilms cause many chronic infections; an important case is the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Bacteria in biofilms produce an extracellular matrix that binds bacteria to each other and to a surface. The two primary extracellular matrix components produced by P. aeruginosa are the polysaccharides Pel and Psl. Here we examine the roles of Pel and Psl in the very early stages of biofilm development, just after initial surface attachment. We use high-throughput automated tracking and analysis to compare wild-type bacteria with mutants incapable of producing Pel, Psl, or both. We examine motion on a surface as well as inter-bacterial interactions. These results quantify the unique roles played by Pel and Psl and show an unexpected relationship between Pel expression and adhesion to a surface.

  3. Polysaccharides serve as scaffold of biofilms formed by mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Yang, Liang; Hengzhuang, Wang; Wu, Hong

    2012-01-01

    Chronic lung infection by mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the major pathologic features in patients with cystic fibrosis. Mucoid P. aeruginosa is notorious for its biofilm forming capability and resistance to immune attacks. In this study, the roles of extracellular polymeric substances...... from biofilms formed by mucoid P. aeruginosa were investigated. Alginate is not an essential structure component for mucoid P. aeruginosa biofilms. Genetic studies revealed that Pel and Psl polysaccharides serve as essential scaffold and mediate macrocolony formation in mucoid P. aeruginosa biofilms....... The Psl polysaccharide is more important than Pel polysaccharide in mucoid P. aeruginosa biofilm structure maintenance and phagocytosis resistance. The polysaccharides were further found to protect mucoid P. aeruginosa strain from host immune clearance in a mouse model of acute lung infection....

  4. Characterization of the exopolygalacturonate lyase PelX of Erwinia chrysanthemi 3937.

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    Shevchik, V E; Kester, H C; Benen, J A; Visser, J; Robert-Baudouy, J; Hugouvieux-Cotte-Pattat, N

    1999-03-01

    Erwinia chrysanthemi 3937 secretes several pectinolytic enzymes, among which eight isoenzymes of pectate lyases with an endo-cleaving mode (PelA, PelB, PelC, PelD, PelE, PelI, PelL, and PelZ) have been identified. Two exo-cleaving enzymes, the exopolygalacturonate lyase, PelX, and an exo-poly-alpha-D-galacturonosidase, PehX, have been previously identified in other E. chrysanthemi strains. Using a genomic bank of a 3937 mutant with the major pel genes deleted, we cloned a pectinase gene identified as pelX, encoding the exopolygalacturonate lyase. The deduced amino acid sequence of the 3937 PelX is very similar to the PelX of another E. chrysanthemi strain, EC16, except in the 43 C-terminal amino acids. PelX also has homology to the endo-pectate lyase PelL of E. chrysanthemi but has a N-terminal extension of 324 residues. The transcription of pelX, analyzed by gene fusions, is dependent on several environmental conditions. It is induced by pectic catabolic products and affected by growth phase, oxygen limitation, nitrogen starvation, and catabolite repression. Regulation of pelX expression is dependent on the KdgR repressor, which controls almost all the steps of pectin catabolism, and on the global activator of sugar catabolism, cyclic AMP receptor protein. In contrast, PecS and PecT, two repressors of the transcription of most pectate lyase genes, are not involved in pelX expression. The pelX mutant displayed reduced pathogenicity on chicory leaves, but its virulence on potato tubers or Saintpaulia ionantha plants did not appear to be affected. The purified PelX protein has no maceration activity on plant tissues. Tetragalacturonate is the best substrate of PelX, but PelX also has good activity on longer oligomers. Therefore, the estimated number of binding subsites for PelX is 4, extending from subsites -2 to +2. PelX and PehX were shown to be localized in the periplasm of E. chrysanthemi 3937. PelX catalyzed the formation of unsaturated digalacturonates by

  5. PEL Staff Together for the First Time | Poster

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    By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer John-Paul Denson and Troy Taylor of the Protein Expression Laboratory (PEL) used to pack liters of Escherichia coli lysates on ice, put them in the back of a microvan, and drive across campus to deliver the samples for protein purification. Now that all PEL staff members are working under the same roof at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), transferring samples is just a walk down the hall. Staff members were previously spread out in five buildings across the Fort Detrick campus.

  6. Key practices for implementing geospatial technologies for a planning and environment linkages (PEL) approach

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    This report presents three case studies that illustrate how geographic information systems (GIS) have been used to implement the Federal Highway Administrations (FHWA) Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) approach. The PEL approach provides inf...

  7. DIE INVLOED VAN VERSKILLENDE PElLE ENERGIE EN ...

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    DIE INVLOED VAN VERSKILLENDE PElLE ENERGIE EN PROTEIEN IN DIE. RANTSOEN OP DRAGTIGE KARAKOELOOIE EN DIE PELSE VAN HUL. PASGEBORE LAMMERS. SUMMAR Y: THE INFLUENCE OF DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ENERGY AND PROTEIN IN THE RATION ON PREGNANT KARAKUL. EWES AN D ...

  8. Pectate lyase PelI of Erwinia chrysanthemi 3937 belongs to a new family.

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    Shevchik, V E; Robert-Baudouy, J; Hugouvieux-Cotte-Pattat, N

    1997-12-01

    Erwinia chrysanthemi 3937 secretes five major isoenzymes of pectate lyases encoded by the pel4, pelB, pelC, pelD, and pelE genes and a set of secondary pectate lyases, two of which, pelL and pelZ, have been already identified. We cloned the pelI gene, encoding a ninth pectate lyase of E. chrysanthemi 3937. The pelI reading frame is 1,035 bases long, corresponding to a protein of 344 amino acids including a typical amino-terminal signal sequence of 19 amino acids. The purified mature PelI protein has an isoelectric point of about 9 and an apparent molecular mass of 34 kDa. PelI has a preference for partially methyl esterified pectin and presents an endo-cleaving activity with an alkaline pH optimum and an absolute requirement for Ca2+ ions. PelI is an extracellular protein secreted by the Out secretory pathway of E. chrysanthemi. The PelI protein is very active in the maceration of plant tissues. A pelI mutant displayed reduced pathogenicity on chicory leaves, but its virulence did not appear to be affected on potato tubers or Saintpaulia ionantha plants. The pelI gene constitutes an independent transcriptional unit. As shown for the other pel genes, the transcription of pelI is dependent on various environmental conditions. It is induced by pectic catabolic products and affected by growth phase, oxygen limitation, temperature, nitrogen starvation, and catabolite repression. Regulation of pelI expression appeared to be dependent on the three repressors of pectinase synthesis, KdgR, PecS, and PecT, and on the global activator of sugar catabolism, cyclic AMP receptor protein. A functional KdgR binding site was identified close to the putative pelI promoter. Analysis of the amino acid sequence of PelI revealed high homology with a pectate lyase from Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora (65% identity) and low homology with pectate lyases of the phytopathogenic fungus Nectria haematococca (Fusarium solani). This finding indicates that PelI belongs to pectate lyase class

  9. Expression of bvg-repressed genes in Bordetella pertussis is controlled by RisA through a novel c-di-GMP signaling pathway

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    The BvgAS two component system of Bordetella pertussis controls virulence factor expression. In addition, BvgAS controls expression of the bvg-repressed genes through the action of the repressor, BvgR. The transcription factor RisA is inhibited by BvgR, and when BvgR is not expressed RisA induces th...

  10. Di-Adenosine Tetraphosphate (Ap4A) Metabolism Impacts Biofilm Formation by Pseudomonas fluorescens via Modulation of c-di-GMP-Dependent Pathways▿

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    Monds, Russell D.; Newell, Peter D.; Wagner, Jeffrey C.; Schwartzman, Julia A.; Lu, Wenyun; Rabinowitz, Joshua D.; O'Toole, George A.

    2010-01-01

    Dinucleoside tetraphosphates are common constituents of the cell and are thought to play diverse biological roles in organisms ranging from bacteria to humans. In this study we characterized two independent mechanisms by which di-adenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) metabolism impacts biofilm formation by Pseudomonas fluorescens. Null mutations in apaH, the gene encoding nucleoside tetraphosphate hydrolase, resulted in a marked increase in the cellular level of Ap4A. Concomitant with this increase...

  11. Enzymatic Modifications of Polysaccharides

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    Polysaccharides are often modified chemically in order to improve its properties or to impart specific characteristics. Indeed quite a few commercial products are based on modified polysaccharides. In this talk, I shall describe a new set of modified polysaccharides based on enzymatic reactions. ...

  12. Characterization of the pelL gene encoding a novel pectate lyase of Erwinia chrysanthemi 3937.

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    Lojkowska, E; Masclaux, C; Boccara, M; Robert-Baudouy, J; Hugouvieux-Cotte-Pattat, N

    1995-06-01

    Erwinia chrysanthemi 3937 secretes five major isoenzymes of pectate lyases encoded by the pelA, pelB, pelC, pelD and pelE genes. Recently, a new set of pectate lyases was identified in E. chrysanthemi mutants deleted of those pel genes. We cloned the pelL gene, encoding one of these secondary pectate lyases of E. chrysanthemi 3937, from a genomic bank of a strain deleted of the five major pel genes. The nucleotide sequence of the region containing the pelL gene was determined. The pelL reading frame is 1275 bases long, corresponding to a protein of 425 amino acids including a typical amino-terminal signal sequence of 25 amino acids. Comparison of the amino acid sequences of PelL and the exo-pectate lyase PelX of E. chrysanthemi EC16 revealed a low homology, limited to 220 residues of the central part of the proteins. No homology was detected with other bacterial pectinolytic enzymes. Regulation of pelL transcription was analysed using gene fusion. As shown for the other pel genes, the transcription of pelL is dependent on various environmental conditions. It is induced by pectic catabolic products and affected by growth phase, temperature, iron starvation, osmolarity, anaerobiosis, nitrogen starvation and catabolite repression. Regulation of pelL expression appeared to be independent of the KdgR repressor, which controls all the steps of pectin catabolism. In contrast, the pecS gene, which is involved in regulation of the synthesis of the major pectate lyases and of cellulase, also appeared to be involved in pelL expression. The PelL protein is able to macerate plant tissue. This enzyme has a basic isoelectric point, presents an endo-cleaving activity on polygalacturonate or partially methylated pectin, with a basic pH optimum and an absolute requirement for Ca2+. The pelL mutant displayed a reduced virulence on potato tubers and Saintpaulia ionantha plants, demonstrating the important role of this enzyme in soft-rot disease.

  13. Susceptibility of KSHV-Infected PEL Cell Lines to the Human Complement System.

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    Yoo, Seung-Min; Jeon, Hyungtaek; Lee, Suhyuk; Lee, Myung-Shin

    2016-03-01

    Pleural effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a rare B-cell lymphoma that has a very poor prognosis with a median survival time of around 6 months. PEL is caused by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, and is often co-infected with the Epstein Barr virus. The complement system is fundamental in the innate immune system against pathogen invasion and tumor development. In the present study, we investigated the activation of the complement system in PEL cells using human serum complements. Interestingly, two widely used PEL cell lines, BCP-1 and BCBL-1, showed different susceptibility to the complement system, which may be due to CD46 expression on their cell membranes. Complement activation did not induce apoptosis but supported cell survival considerably. Our results demonstrated the susceptibility of PEL to the complement system and its underlying mechanisms, which would provide insight into understanding the pathogenesis of PEL.

  14. Redisseny de llit articulat motoritzat pel mercat hospitalari

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    Monterde Milian, Mónica

    2000-01-01

    El projecte consisteix en el redisseny d'un llit articulat per a l'ubicació de malalts en un hospital. Les prestacions a,b els que es redissenya el llit i la sèrie a fabricar vindran determinades per l'empresa fabricant del model anterior, que estava destinat a l'utilització en residències geriàtriques i domiclis particulars. El nom d'aquesta empresa és Industrials FPD. Francisco Pons S.L. i les raons pel redisseny són que desitja introduir-se en el mercat hospitalari. En aquest sentit, es de...

  15. Películas activas para el envasado de alimentos

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    Gende, Liesel Brenda; Neira Hazime, Laura Margarita; Alvarez, Brenda Soledad; Eguaras, Martin Javier; Ruseckaite, Roxana Alejandra; Martucci, Josefa Fabiana

    2015-01-01

    El articulo describe el estado del arte de las películas activas para envasado de alimentos en términos de divulgación, incluyendo algunos resultados propios de nuestro grupo de trabajo. Se analizó la composición cuali y cuantitativa de aceites esenciales obtenidos de plantas de la zona como orégano, canela, tomillo y sus ppios activos, y se evaluó su actividad antioxidante y antimicrobiana frente a patógenos alimentarios como la S. coli y S Aureus. Asimismo, se contrastaron los resultados ob...

  16. Películas biodegradables con propiedades bioactivas

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    Adriana Isabel Montes Hernández

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    Full Text Available El envasado pasivo como barrera física entre el alimento y su entorno no permite posibles interacciones beneficiosas. Por otro lado, la acumulación del material plástico derivado del petróleo usado en el envasado es una problemática mundial, por causa de su naturaleza contaminante. En razón de lo anterior, el desarrollo de nuevos materiales para envasado que ofrezcan nuevas funcionalidades, menos impacto ambiental, y además, beneficio económico, actualmente es una necesidad. En esta revisión se recopiló información ampliamente disponible sobre avances en la elaboración de películas biodegradables, especialmente las basadas en almidón, que pueden ser consideradas como envases activos por la incorporación de aditivos antimicrobianos y/o antioxidantes. En líneas generales, las investigaciones se orientan a sistemas de envasado antimicrobiano y/o con actividad antioxidante con un enfoque en películas biodegradables elaboradas con polisacáridos y otros materiales.

  17. Electrospinning of Xanthan Polysaccharide

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    Shekarforoush, Elhamalsadat; Faralli, Adele; Ndoni, Sokol

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    Electrospun pure xanthan polysaccharide nanofibers are prepared using formic acid as a solvent. Morphological studies by scanning electron microscopy show that uniform fibers with average diameters ranging from 128 ± 36.7 to 240 ± 80.7 nm are formed depending on the polysaccharide concentration (0.......5 to 2.5 wt/vol%). The correlation between the concentration and the rheological properties of xanthan solutions, with the morphology of the nanofibers is investigated. At the polysaccharide concentrations where nanofiber formation is observed, an increase of the elastic modulus and first normal stress...... formic acid reacts with the pyruvic acid groups of xanthan. Hence, formate groups neutralize the pyruvic charges which in turn stabilize the helical conformation of xanthan. The results obtained from size-exclusion chromatography reveal a small difference in the molecular weight of the polysaccharide...

  18. Uronic polysaccharide degrading enzymes.

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    Garron, Marie-Line; Cygler, Miroslaw

    2014-10-01

    In the past several years progress has been made in the field of structure and function of polysaccharide lyases (PLs). The number of classified polysaccharide lyase families has increased to 23 and more detailed analysis has allowed the identification of more closely related subfamilies, leading to stronger correlation between each subfamily and a unique substrate. The number of as yet unclassified polysaccharide lyases has also increased and we expect that sequencing projects will allow many of these unclassified sequences to emerge as new families. The progress in structural analysis of PLs has led to having at least one representative structure for each of the families and for two unclassified enzymes. The newly determined structures have folds observed previously in other PL families and their catalytic mechanisms follow either metal-assisted or Tyr/His mechanisms characteristic for other PL enzymes. Comparison of PLs with glycoside hydrolases (GHs) shows several folds common to both classes but only for the β-helix fold is there strong indication of divergent evolution from a common ancestor. Analysis of bacterial genomes identified gene clusters containing multiple polysaccharide cleaving enzymes, the Polysaccharides Utilization Loci (PULs), and their gene complement suggests that they are organized to process completely a specific polysaccharide. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Using polysaccharides against cancer

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    E. Azarnoosh

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    Full Text Available Background and objectives: Nowadays cancer is one of the most important concerns of the society. The adverse effects of common therapeutics and resistance of some cancerous cells to treatment have brought the necessity of new approaches towards the issue. Polysaccharides are a group of carbohydrates found in natural sources. In the present article, our goal was to show the positive effects of carbohydrates (especially polysaccharides in cancer treatment, based on literature review. Methods: The literature review was carried out between 1990 and 2017 inclusive using the following search terms: cancer, carbohydrate and polysaccharide and was performed with use of Google scholar, Medline, Scopus, PubMed, Elsevier and other similar data banks, related to medicine and pharmaceutical fields. Results: Plants like Lyceum barbarum, Astragalus membrannceous, Panax ginseng, and Antrodia camphorate have been studied with promising effects in combating cancerous cells. The polysaccharides from these plants have benefits with numerous mechanisms such as apoptosis, inhibition of angiogenesis, anti-proliferation, immunomodulation, tumor suppression, and increase in macrophage activity. Other studies showed over 200 mushrooms with anticancer effects, especially basidiomycetes (e.g. Ganoderma lucidum. Sulfated polysaccharides found in sea and animals or even a few bacteria like E. coli showed to be useful in cancer. Conclusion: Scientists are realizing the importance of natural drugs and polysaccharide as good and available sources that could give a bright future for prevention, cure and palliative therapy in cancer.

  20. Membrane-anchored MucR mediates nitrate-dependent regulation of alginate production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Wang, Yajie

    2015-04-29

    Alginates exhibit unique material properties suitable for medical and industrial applications. However, if produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, it is an important virulence factor in infection of cystic fibrosis patients. The alginate biosynthesis machinery is activated by c-di-GMP imparted by the inner membrane protein, MucR. Here, it was shown that MucR impairs alginate production in response to nitrate in P. aeruginosa. Subsequent site-specific mutagenesis of MucR revealed that the second MHYT sensor motif (MHYT II, amino acids 121–124) of MucR sensor domain was involved in nitrate sensing. We also showed that both c-di-GMP synthesizing and degrading active sites of MucR were important for alginate production. Although nitrate and deletion of MucR impaired alginate promoter activity and global c-di-GMP levels, alginate yields were not directly correlated with alginate promoter activity or c-di-GMP levels, suggesting that nitrate and MucR modulate alginate production at a post-translational level through a localized pool of c-di-GMP. Nitrate increased pel promoter activity in the mucR mutant while in the same mutant the psl promoter activity was independent of nitrate. Nitrate and deletion of mucR did not impact on swarming motility but impaired attachment to solid surfaces. Nitrate and deletion of mucR promoted the formation of biofilms with increased thickness, cell density, and survival. Overall, this study provided insight into the functional role of MucR with respect to nitrate-mediated regulation of alginate biosynthesis. © 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

  1. Escherichia coli BdcA controls biofilm dispersal in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Rhizobium meliloti

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    Wood Thomas K

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previously we showed that BdcA controls Escherichia coli biofilm dispersal by binding the ubiquitous bacterial signal cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP; upon reducing the concentration of c-di-GMP, the cell shifts to the planktonic state by increasing motility, decreasing aggregation, and decreasing production of biofilm adhesins. Findings Here we report that BdcA also increases biofilm dispersal in other Gram-negative bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Rhizobium meliloti. BdcA binds c-di-GMP in these strains and thereby reduces the effective c-di-GMP concentrations as demonstrated by increases in swimming motility and swarming motility as well as by a reduction in extracellular polysaccharide production. We also develop a method to displace existing biofilms by adding BdcA via conjugation from E. coli in mixed-species biofilms. Conclusion Since BdcA shows the ability to control biofilm dispersal in diverse bacteria, BdcA has the potential to be used as a tool to disperse biofilms for engineering and medical applications.

  2. Pedro Peláez, líder del clero filipino

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    Blanco Andrés, Roberto

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This article provides new information on the creole Filipino, Fr. Pedro Pablo Peláez, who, together with Fr. José Burgos, was the most outstanding clergyman in the nineteenth-century Philippines. It discusses Father Peláez’s previously unknown activities in the cabildo of the Manila Cathedral, where he was its most distinguished member. It analyzes his reformist ideas, and explains his work and strategy to defend the Filipino secular clergy, whose rights were being violated by the royal orders of 1848 and 1861. Against the reactionary religious orders, Peláez had a detailed modus operandi to defend the legitimacy of native priests’ control of parishes. Although his activities were cut short by his unexpected death in the earthquake of June 1863, Peláez served as an inspiration to be emulated.

    En este trabajo se intentan aportar algunas claves y datos inéditos sobre la biografía del presbítero criollo filipino Pedro Pablo Peláez, que es, junto con el P. José Burgos, el eclesiástico más destacado de la iglesia de Filipinas del siglo XIX. El trabajo aborda la totalmente desconocida actividad del P. Peláez en el cabildo de la catedral de Manila, donde acabaría siendo con el tiempo su hombre más insigne. Igualmente se analiza el espíritu e ideario reformista de Peláez y sus trabajos y estrategia para defender al clero secular filipino, cuyos derechos estaban siendo vulnerados por una serie de Reales Órdenes (1848 ó 1861 y la actitud reaccionaria de un sector de las órdenes religiosas. Peláez supo articular un modus operandi minucioso y muy efectivo en torno a la legitimidad de los curas filipinos en la dirección de las parroquias del país. Aunque sus actividades cesaron con su inesperada muerte en el terremoto de junio de 1863, Peláez se convirtió en una inspiración y un modelo a seguir.

  3. Systematic analysis of a xenograft mice model for KSHV+ primary effusion lymphoma (PEL.

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    Full Text Available Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus is the causative agent of primary effusion lymphoma (PEL, which arises preferentially in the setting of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV. Even with standard cytotoxic chemotherapy, PEL continues to cause high mortality rates, requiring the development of novel therapeutic strategies. PEL xenograft models employing immunodeficient mice have been used to study the in vivo effects of a variety of therapeutic approaches. However, it remains unclear whether these xenograft models entirely reflect clinical presentations of KSHV(+ PEL, especially given the recent description of extracavitary solid tumor variants arising in patients. In addition, effusion and solid tumor cells propagated in vivo exhibit unique biology, differing from one another or from their parental cell lines propagated through in vitro culture. Therefore, we used a KSHV(+ PEL/BCBL-1 xenograft model involving non-obese diabetic/severe-combined immunodeficient (NOD/SCID mice, and compared characteristics of effusion and solid tumors with their parent cell culture-derived counterparts. Our results indicate that although this xenograft model can be used for study of effusion and solid lymphoma observed in patients, tumor cells in vivo display unique features to those passed in vitro, including viral lytic gene expression profile, rate of solid tumor development, the host proteins and the complex of tumor microenvironment. These items should be carefully considered when the xenograft model is used for testing novel therapeutic strategies against KSHV-related lymphoma.

  4. Gumbinio pelėžirnio (Lathyrus tuberosus l.) paplitimas Lietuvoje

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    2014-01-01

    Gumbinis pelėžirnis (Lathyrus tuberosus L.) – adventyvinės floros elementas Lietuvoje. Manoma, kad į šalies teritoriją jis pateko su javų arba pievų žolių sėklomis. Vienų autorių teigimu, šis augalas Lietuvoje retas, kitų – labai retas. Gumbinio pelėžirnio paplitimui Lietuvoje įvertinti buvo naudotasi herbariumų ir „Genofondo“ projekto ekspedicijoje surinktais duomenimis. Ištyrus herbariumuose nuo 1826 m. iki 2005 m. surinktą medžiagą, nustatytos 27 gumbinio pelėžirnio radavietės, esančios 12...

  5. vPELS: An E-Learning Social Environment for VLSI Design with Content Security Using DRM

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    Dewan, Jahangir; Chowdhury, Morshed; Batten, Lynn

    2014-01-01

    This article provides a proposal for personal e-learning system (vPELS [where "v" stands for VLSI: very large scale integrated circuit])) architecture in the context of social network environment for VLSI Design. The main objective of vPELS is to develop individual skills on a specific subject--say, VLSI--and share resources with peers.…

  6. Pel promotes symmetric, short-ranged surface attachment in P. aeruginosa

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    Cooley, B. J.; Thatcher, Travis; Hashmi, Sara; L'Her, Guillaume; Touhami, Ahmed; Provenzano, Daniele; Gordon, Vernita

    2013-03-01

    Bacterial biofilms are surface mounted, multicellular communities of interacting bacteria that are often associated with chronic infections that resist antibiotics and damage host tissue. Bacteria in a biofilm are bound in a matrix of polymeric materials that adhere the bacteria to the surface, give the system spatial structure, and cluster the bacteria near each other. The opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is widely studied as a model biofilm-forming organism. The polymeric matrix of P. aeruginosa strain PAO1 biofilms is dominated by two bacteria-produced extracellular polymers, Pel and Psl. We use both optical and atomic force microscopy to examine the roles of these polymers in very early biofilm development, in the hours after initial surface attachment. In agreement with other researchers, we find that Psl mediates strong attachment to a glass surface. Unexpectedly, we find that Pel promotes symmetric attachment, in the form of the rod-shaped bacteria lying flat on the surface, independently of permanent attachment to the surface. Further, the presence of Pel makes adhesion forces more short-ranged than they are with Psl alone. We suggest that these effects may result through synergistic interactions of Pel and Psl in the polymeric matrix.

  7. Películas del ciclo: La vanguardia histórica y el surrealismo americano

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    Angulo, Jesús; Izar, Iñaki; Perez Perucha, Julio

    1990-01-01

    Angulo, J.; Izar, I.; Perez Perucha, J. (1990). Películas del ciclo: La vanguardia histórica y el surrealismo americano. Nosferatu. Revista de cine. (3):62-85. http://hdl.handle.net/10251/40758. 62 85 3

  8. Iodine-Catalyzed Polysaccharide Esterification

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    A review is provided of the recent reports to use iodine-catalyzed esterification reaction to produce esters from polysaccharides. The process entails reaction of the polysaccharide with an acid anhydride in the presence of a catalytic level of iodine, and in the absence of additional solvents. T...

  9. Polysaccharides and bacterial plugging

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    Fogler, H.S.

    1991-11-01

    Before any successful application of Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery process can be realized, an understanding of the cells' transport and retentive mechanisms in porous media is needed. Cell transport differs from particle transport in their ability to produce polysaccharides, which are used by cells to adhere to surfaces. Cell injection experiments have been conducted using Leuconostoc cells to illustrate the importance of cellular polysaccharide production as a transport mechanism that hinders cell movement and plugs porous media. Kinetic studies of the Leuconostoc cells, carried out to further understand the plugging rates of porous media, have shown that the cells' growth rates are approximately equal when provided with monosaccharide (glucose and fructose) or sucrose. The only difference in cell metabolism is the production of dextran when sucrose is supplied as a carbon source. Experimentally it has also been shown that the cells' growth rate is weakly dependent upon the sucrose concentration in the media, and strongly dependent upon the concentration of yeast extract. The synthesis of cellular dextran has been found to lag behind cell generation, thus indicating that the cells need to reach maturity before they are capable of expressing the detransucrase enzyme and synthesizing insoluble dextran. Dextran yields were found to be dependent upon the sucrose concentration in the media. 10 refs., 9 figs., 9 tabs.

  10. Improving extracellular production of Serratia marcescens lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase CBP21 and Aeromonas veronii B565 chitinase Chi92 in Escherichia coli and their synergism.

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    Yang, Yalin; Li, Juan; Liu, Xuewei; Pan, Xingliang; Hou, Junxiu; Ran, Chao; Zhou, Zhigang

    2017-09-07

    Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) can oxidize recalcitrant polysaccharides and boost the conversion of the second most abundant polysaccharide chitin by chitinase. In this study, we aimed to achieve the efficient extracellular production of Serratia marcescens LPMO CBP21 and Aeromonas veronii B565 chitinase Chi92 by Escherichia coli. Twelve signal peptides reported with high secretion efficiency were screened to assess the extracellular production efficiency of CBP21 and Chi92, with glycine used as a medium supplement. The results showed that PelB was the most productive signal peptide for the extracellular production of CBP21 and Chi92 in E. coli. Furthermore, CBP21 facilitated the degradation of the three chitin substrates (colloidal chitin, β-chitin, and α-chitin) by Chi92. This study will be valuable for the industrial production and application of the two enzymes for chitin degradation.

  11. Evaluación del comportamiento de películas comestibles de quitosano almacenadas bajo condiciones controladas

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    Valderrama Bohórquez, Nathalia

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    El objetivo del presente trabajo de investigación fue obtener y caracterizar películas de quitosano, evaluando el efecto combinado con la inclusión de aceites esenciales de romero y tomillo sobre las propiedades de las películas durante el almacenamiento bajo condiciones controladas. Las películas obtenidas fueron almacenadas a temperaturas de 5, 20, 33°C y humedades relativas de 60, 75, 93% durante cuatro semanas. La adición de aceites esenciales y las condiciones de almacenamiento modificar...

  12. El Nacionalismo polaco a través de la película Kanal

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    Begoña GUTIÉRREZ SAN MIGUEL

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    Full Text Available La película Kanal fue dirigida por Andrzej Wajda en el año 1957, basándose en un guión de Jerzy Stefan Stawinski y una interpretación a cargo de actores poco conocidos como Teresa Izewska Stokrotka (Daisy, Tadeusz Janczar Korab/Jacek Wienczyslaw Glinski Zabra, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski Kula (Bullet,Stanislaw Mikuldski Smukly (Slim, Emil Karewicz Madry (Wise, Wladyslaw Sheybal Michal Teresa Berezowska Halinka.

  13. La restauración digital de películas

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    Catanese, Rossella

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo trata sobre la conservación y la restauración de películas con tecnologías digitales. Las películas, como expresión de la memoria colectiva, forman parte del patrimonio común de la humanidad, y merecen ser preservadas y difundidas. Por eso, la cuestión de la preservación de los materiales cinematográficos está ganando peso, sobre todo si tenemos en cuenta la fragilidad estructural y la corta duración del stock de películas. El estado actual del medio audiovisual es de transición: poco a poco el elemento analógico y fotoquímico es sustituido por el sistema digital. Lo cual influye mucho en las prácticas de producción y distribución del cine, y también en los debates teóricos sobre el medio: los criterios de archivo y los procesos de restauración no son una excepción a esta lógica.Aquest article tracta sobre la conservació i la restauració de pel·lícules amb tecnologies digitals. Les pel·lícules, com a expressió de la memòria col·lectiva, formen part del patrimoni comú de la humanitat, i mereixen ser preservades i difoses. Per això, la qüestió de la preservació dels materials cinematogràfics està guanyant pes, sobretot si tenim en compte la fragilitat estructural i la curta durada de l'estoc de pel·lícules. L'estat actual del mitjà audiovisual és de transició: a poc a poc l'element analògic i fotoquímic és substituït pel sistema digital. I això influeix molt en les pràctiques de producció i distribució del cinema, i també en els debats teòrics sobre el mitjà: els criteris d'arxivament i els processos de restauració no són una excepció a aquesta lògica.This article focuses on the issues of conservation and restoration of films through digital technologies. Films, as an expression of collective memory, become part of the common heritage of humankind, which deserves to be safeguarded and disseminated. As a consequence of this awareness, the issue of preserving cinematic

  14. La restauració digital de pel·lícules

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    Catanese, Rossella

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Aquest article tracta sobre la conservació i la restauració de pel·lícules amb tecnologies digitals. Les pel·lícules, com a expressió de la memòria col·lectiva, formen part del patrimoni comú de la humanitat, i mereixen ser preservades i difoses. Per això, la qüestió de la preservació dels materials cinematogràfics està guanyant pes, sobretot si tenim en compte la fragilitat estructural i la curta durada de l'estoc de pel·lícules. L'estat actual del mitjà audiovisual és de transició: a poc a poc l'element analògic i fotoquímic és substituït pel sistema digital. I això influeix molt en les pràctiques de producció i distribució del cinema, i també en els debats teòrics sobre el mitjà: els criteris d'arxivament i els processos de restauració no són una excepció a aquesta lògica.Este artículo trata sobre la conservación y la restauración de películas con tecnologías digitales. Las películas, como expresión de la memoria colectiva, forman parte del patrimonio común de la humanidad, y merecen ser preservadas y difundidas. Por eso, la cuestión de la preservación de los materiales cinematográficos está ganando peso, sobre todo si tenemos en cuenta la fragilidad estructural y la corta duración del stock de películas. El estado actual del medio audiovisual es de transición: poco a poco el elemento analógico y fotoquímico es sustituido por el sistema digital. Lo cual influye mucho en las prácticas de producción y distribución del cine, y también en los debates teóricos sobre el medio: los criterios de archivo y los procesos de restauración no son una excepción a esta lógica.This article focuses on the issues of conservation and restoration of films through digital technologies. Films, as an expression of collective memory, become part of the common heritage of humankind, which deserves to be safeguarded and disseminated. As a consequence of this awareness, the issue of preserving cinematic

  15. Rheologically interesting polysaccharides from yeasts

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    Petersen, G. R.; Nelson, G. A.; Cathey, C. A.; Fuller, G. G.

    1989-01-01

    We have examined the relationships between primary, secondary, and tertiary structures of polysaccharides exhibiting the rheological property of friction (drag) reduction in turbulent flows. We found an example of an exopolysaccharide from the yeast Cryptococcus laurentii that possessed high molecular weight but exhibited lower than expected drag reducing activity. Earlier correlations by Hoyt showing that beta 1 --> 3, beta 2 --> 4, and alpha 1 --> 3 linkages in polysaccharides favored drag reduction were expanded to include correlations to secondary structure. The effect of sidechains in a series of gellan gums was shown to be related to sidechain length and position. Disruption of secondary structure in drag reducing polysaccharides reduced drag reducing activity for some but not all exopolysaccharides. The polymer from C. laurentii was shown to be more stable than xanthan gum and other exopolysaccharides under the most vigorous of denaturing conditions. We also showed a direct relationship between extensional viscosity measurements and the drag reducing coefficient for four exopolysaccharides.

  16. Differential expression of pectolytic enzyme genes in Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri and demonstration that pectate lyase Pel3 is required for the formation of citrus canker.

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    Chang, Shih-Chieh; Deng, Wen-Ling; Huang, Hsiou-Chen; Chung, Kuang-Ren; Tzeng, Kuo-Ching

    2016-11-01

    Bacterial canker, caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc), is one of the most destructive diseases of citrus. The pectolytic enzymes produced by phytobacteria are important virulence factors involved in tissue maceration, electrolyte loss and cell death of host plants. In this study, the promoter activity of the pectolytic enzyme genes pel1, pel2, pel3, pglA, and peh-1 were investigated in Xcc XW19 strain using the β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene as a reporter. GUS activity expressed under the control of the pel1, pel3, pglA, and peh-1 gene promoters positively correlated with bacterial growth. These gene promoters displayed high GUS activity in the presence of sodium polypectate. In addition, the four genes were induced in XVM2 minimal medium. However, only pel1 was subjected to catabolite repression by glucose. GUS activity was significantly enhanced in the XW19-derived reporter strains after they were inoculated into the leaves of Mexican lime and grapefruit, suggesting the involvement of the pel1, pel3, pglA, and peh-1 genes in XW19 pathogenesis. The pel3 promoter produced the highest GUS activity under all test conditions, whereas no GUS activity was detected using the pel2 promoter in vitro and in planta. In comparison with wild type Xcc, a pel3 mutant generated from Xcc XW19 using unmarked mutagenesis displayed reduced growth and induced smaller canker lesions on the leaves of Mexican lime, demonstrating that Pel3 of Xcc strain XW19 is a virulence factor. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier GmbH.

  17. Estudio de películas compuestas de polipirrol/platino

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    Tiffany Marín Restrepo; Calderón Gutiérrez, Jorge A.; Franklin Jaramillo Isaza

    2010-01-01

    Actualmente se buscan alternativas con igual o mejor eficiencia a la de los metales empleados en los electrodos de celdas de combustible y un ejemplo de estos son los materiales compuestos de matriz polimérica conductora. En este trabajo se reporta la obtención de películas compuestas de polipirrol/ platino (PPy/Pt) mediante técnicas electroquímicas, y el estudio de sus propiedades morfológicas, propiedades térmicas y composición estructural mediante microscopía electrónica de barrido, micros...

  18. Franco, un dictador de película: nuevas aportaciones a Raza

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    Crusells, Magí

    2011-01-01

    Actas del Segundo Congreso Internacional de Historia y Cine organizado por el Instituto de Cultura y Tecnología Miguel de Unamuno y celebrado del 9 al 11 de septiembre de 2010 en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Raza (1941) es probablemente la más representativa película de propaganda sobre la Guerra Civil española realizada durante el franquismo. El guión está basado en una novela escrita por Francisco Franco, utilizando el seudónimo de Jaime de Andrade. La mayor parte de la trama ofre...

  19. "Acompanyats pel vent": Creant entorns educatius que afavoreixin el treball col·laboratiu

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    Toni Olives

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Presentem un projecte que ofereix un nou entorn educatiu complementari a l’activitat de les aules: Aprendre navegant pel mar en un veler. Aprendre a través de l’experiència directa valors transversals com, el treball col•laboratiu en equip, la solidaritat, la convivència, el coneixement de sí mateix i de l’altre, la responsabilitat i, ocupant un lloc especial: el respecte. Aprendre deixant-se acompanyar, afavorint que aflori el millor de cada un d’ells i elles. Està destinat originalment a adolescents en risc d’exclusió social, encara que en la pràctica s’ha ampliat el ventall de possibilitats. La principal característica és l’oferta d’un eix atractiu de motivació pels joves. Incidint especialment en la prevenció. Apropant als nois i noies a la natura i fomentant la idea de que, abans d’una relació educativa, és convenient una relació afectiva.

  20. Immune Recognition of Fungal Polysaccharides

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    Brendan D. Snarr

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The incidence of fungal infections has dramatically increased in recent years, in large part due to increased use of immunosuppressive medications, as well as aggressive medical and surgical interventions that compromise natural skin and mucosal barriers. There are relatively few currently licensed antifungal drugs, and rising resistance to these agents has led to interest in the development of novel preventative and therapeutic strategies targeting these devastating infections. One approach to combat fungal infections is to augment the host immune response towards these organisms. The polysaccharide-rich cell wall is the initial point of contact between fungi and the host immune system, and therefore, represents an important target for immunotherapeutic approaches. This review highlights the advances made in our understanding of the mechanisms by which the immune system recognizes and interacts with exopolysaccharides produced by four of the most common fungal pathogens: Aspergillus fumigatus, Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Histoplasma capsulatum. Work to date suggests that inner cell wall polysaccharides that play an important structural role are the most conserved across diverse members of the fungal kingdom, and elicit the strongest innate immune responses. The immune system senses these carbohydrates through receptors, such as lectins and complement proteins. In contrast, a greater diversity of polysaccharides is found within the outer cell walls of pathogenic fungi. These glycans play an important role in immune evasion, and can even induce anti-inflammatory host responses. Further study of the complex interactions between the host immune system and the fungal polysaccharides will be necessary to develop more effective therapeutic strategies, as well as to explore the use of immunosuppressive polysaccharides as therapeutic agents to modulate inflammation.

  1. La inocencia cuestionada. Representaciones sociales, valores y jerarquías en películas animadas infantiles

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    Martínez, Alejandra

    2015-01-01

    En este escrito presentamos los principales resultados de un trabajo de investigación realizado entre 2010 y 2012, que tuvo como uno de sus objetivos centrales analizar las representaciones de las condiciones objetivas de existencia asignadas a personajes de películas animadas infantiles. Se trabajó con tres producciones de gran consumo en el mercado mundial. El análisis realizado nos permite señalar que, a pesar de los cambios sociales que se produjeron a lo largo de casi 40 años, las pelícu...

  2. Desarrollo de películas a partir de nanocompuestos polipropileno/talco para liberación de aromas

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    Constanza Genovese; Yanela Alonso; Luciana Castillo; Silvia Barbosa

    2016-01-01

    Se estudia la liberación de aceite esencial de limón (aroma modelo) en películas sopladas de nanocompuestos a base de polipropileno (PP) conteniendo 5% p/p de partículas de talco. En tal sentido, se utilizaron tres técnicas independientes y complementarias para estudiar dicho fenómeno físico, tales como: gravimetría, termogravimetría y espectroscopía infrarroja con transformada de Fourier. Los resultados obtenidos demostraron que las películas de nanocompuestos liberaron el aceite esencial de...

  3. Ravished Armenia (1919) desde la mirada de Walter Benjamin. Reflexiones acerca de una película-prueba

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    Garibian, Sévane

    2015-01-01

    "Ravished Armenia, llamada alternativamente Auction of Souls, es una película única, basada en el testimonio de la joven Aurora Mardiganian (nombre verdadero Arshaluys Mardigian), sobreviviente del genocidio armenio quien llega a Estados Unidos en 1917, a los 16 años de edad. Esta película muda (1919) se estructura alrededor de un guión escrito por los editores de las memorias de Aurora. Producida por un pionero del cine estadounidense para el American Committe for Armenian and Syrian Relief,...

  4. Cellulose degradation by polysaccharide monooxygenases.

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    Beeson, William T; Vu, Van V; Span, Elise A; Phillips, Christopher M; Marletta, Michael A

    2015-01-01

    Polysaccharide monooxygenases (PMOs), also known as lytic PMOs (LPMOs), enhance the depolymerization of recalcitrant polysaccharides by hydrolytic enzymes and are found in the majority of cellulolytic fungi and actinomycete bacteria. For more than a decade, PMOs were incorrectly annotated as family 61 glycoside hydrolases (GH61s) or family 33 carbohydrate-binding modules (CBM33s). PMOs have an unusual surface-exposed active site with a tightly bound Cu(II) ion that catalyzes the regioselective hydroxylation of crystalline cellulose, leading to glycosidic bond cleavage. The genomes of some cellulolytic fungi contain more than 20 genes encoding cellulose-active PMOs, suggesting a diversity of biological activities. PMOs show great promise in reducing the cost of conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars; however, many questions remain about their reaction mechanism and biological function. This review addresses, in depth, the structural and mechanistic aspects of oxidative depolymerization of cellulose by PMOs and considers their biological function and phylogenetic diversity.

  5. Anthranilate deteriorates the structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms and antagonizes the biofilm-enhancing indole effect.

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    Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Park, Ha-Young; Lee, Joon-Hee

    2015-04-01

    Anthranilate and indole are alternative degradation products of tryptophan, depending on the bacterial species. While indole enhances the biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, we found that anthranilate, the tryptophan degradation product of P. aeruginosa, had an opposite effect on P. aeruginosa biofilm formation, in which anthranilate deteriorated the mushroom structure of biofilm. The anthranilate effect on biofilm formation was differentially exerted depending on the developmental stage and the presence of shear force. Anthranilate slightly accelerated the initial attachment of P. aeruginosa at the early stage of biofilm development and appeared to build more biofilm without shear force. But anthranilate weakened the biofilm structure in the late stage, deteriorating the mushroom structure of biofilms with shear force to make a flat biofilm. To investigate the interplay of anthranilate with indole in biofilm formation, biofilms were cotreated with anthranilate and indole, and the results showed that anthranilate antagonized the biofilm-enhancing effect of indole. Anthranilate was able to deteriorate the preformed biofilm. The effect of anthranilate and indole on biofilm formation was quorum sensing independent. AntR, a regulator of anthranilate-degrading metabolism was synergistically activated by cotreatment with anthranilate and indole, suggesting that indole might enhance biofilm formation by facilitating the degradation of anthranilate. Anthranilate slightly but significantly affected the cyclic diguaniylate (c-di-GMP) level and transcription of major extracellular polysaccharide (Psl, Pel, and alginate) operons. These results suggest that anthranilate may be a promising antibiofilm agent and antagonize the effect of indole on P. aeruginosa biofilm formation. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  6. Migración molecular en frutos carnosos (drupas) envasados en película biodegradable

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    Berrocal Martínez, Isabel Jesús

    2015-01-01

    En la investigación, se cumplió el objetivo de; determinar la migración molecular de los componentes bioquímicos en frutos carnosos (Drupas) envasados en pelicula biodegradable. Para lo cual, se elaboró y caracterizó la película biodegradable de Kiwicha envasando las drupas (cereza, durazno y ciruela) en tiempos de 15, 30 y 45 días a temperaturas 15°C y 5°C y a través de la cromatografía de gases se consideró siete componentes volátiles para cada drupa observándose comportamientos de migració...

  7. Polysaccharide-Based Micelles for Drug Delivery

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    Nan Zhang

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Delivery of hydrophobic molecules and proteins has been an issue due to poor bioavailability following administration. Thus, micelle carrier systems are being investigated to improve drug solubility and stability. Due to problems with toxicity and immunogenicity, natural polysaccharides are being explored as substitutes for synthetic polymers in the development of new micelle systems. By grafting hydrophobic moieties to the polysaccharide backbone, self-assembled micelles can be readily formed in aqueous solution. Many polysaccharides also possess inherent bioactivity that can facilitate mucoadhesion, enhanced targeting of specific tissues, and a reduction in the inflammatory response. Furthermore, the hydrophilic nature of some polysaccharides can be exploited to enhance circulatory stability. This review will highlight the advantages of polysaccharide use in the development of drug delivery systems and will provide an overview of the polysaccharide-based micelles that have been developed to date.

  8. Efecto del aceite esencial de Cymbopogon citratus sobre propiedades fisicoquímicas en películas de quitosano

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    María del Carmen Vázquez - Briones

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Se investigó el efecto de la incorporación de aceite esencial de zacate limón ( Cymbopogon citratus , en concentraciones de 0, 200 y 400 ppm, en las propiedades fisicoquímicas (espesor, humedad, solubilidad, permeabilidad al vapor de agua, color, transparencia y mecánicas (resistencia a la tensión y elongación de películas de quitosano a dos concentraciones (1 y 3%. Los resultados mostraron un efecto significativo (p ≤ 0,05 en los valores del espesor de las películas a las dos concentraciones de quitosano. Se observó un efecto significativo (p ≤ 0,05 en los valores de humedad a concentraciones de 0, 200 y 400 ppm de aceite esencial. La adición de aceite esencial en películas de quitosano mostró un efecto significativo (p ≤ 0,05 en los valores de permeabili dad al vapor de agua. La concentración de quitosano mostró un efecto significativo (p ≤ 0,05 en transparencia y en los parámetros de color L* , a* , b* . Al variar la concentración de quitosano se observó un incremento significativo (p ≤ 0,05 en los valores de resistencia a la tensión de las películas de quitosano.

  9. Advances on Bioactive Polysaccharides from Medicinal Plants.

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    Xie, Jian-Hua; Jin, Ming-Liang; Morris, Gordon A; Zha, Xue-Qiang; Chen, Han-Qing; Yi, Yang; Li, Jing-En; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Gao, Jie; Nie, Shao-Ping; Shang, Peng; Xie, Ming-Yong

    2016-07-29

    In recent decades, the polysaccharides from the medicinal plants have attracted a lot of attention due to their significant bioactivities, such as anti-tumor activity, antioxidant activity, anticoagulant activity, antidiabetic activity, radioprotection effect, anti-viral activity, hypolipidemic and immunomodulatory activities, which make them suitable for medicinal applications. Previous studies have also shown that medicinal plant polysaccharides are non-toxic and show no side effects. Based on these encouraging observations, most researches have been focusing on the isolation and identification of polysaccharides, as well as their bioactivities. A large number of bioactive polysaccharides with different structural features and biological effects from medicinal plants have been purified and characterized. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent developments in physiochemical, structural features and biological activities of bioactive polysaccharides from a number of important medicinal plants, such as polysaccharides from Astragalus membranaceus, Dendrobium plants, Bupleurum, Cactus fruits, Acanthopanax senticosus, Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels, Aloe barbadensis Miller, and Dimocarpus longan Lour. Moreover, the paper has also been focused on the applications of bioactive polysaccharides for medicinal applications. Recent studies have provided evidence that polysaccharides from medicinal plants can play a vital role in bioactivities. The contents and data will serve as a useful reference material for further investigation, production, and application of these polysaccharides in functional foods and therapeutic agents.

  10. Quantitative NMR assessment of polysaccharides in complex food matrices

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    Velzen, van E.J.J.; Dauwan, S.; Roo, de N.; Grün, C.H.; Westphal, Y.; Duynhoven, van J.P.M.

    2015-01-01

    Polysaccharides are a critical component of many food stuffs owing to their stable rheological properties. Food polysaccharides show great structural diversity. These characteristics, together with strong matrix interactions, complicate the quantitative assessment of polysaccharides in complex

  11. Bioactive polysaccharides and gut microbiome (abstract)

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    Many polysaccharides have shown the ability to reduce plasma cholesterol or postprandial glycemia. Viscosity in the small intestine seems to be required to slow glucose uptake. Cereal mixed linkage beta-glucans, psyllium, glucomannans, and other polysaccharides also seem to require higher molecula...

  12. Extraction optimization and characterization of polysaccharide ...

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    characterization and antioxidant activity of sulfated polysaccharide from the red seaweed Gracilaria birdiae. Food Hydrocolloid 2012; 27(27): 287-292. 22. Wang JL, Zhang J, Wang XF, Zhao BT, Wu YQ, Yao J. A comparison study on microwave-assisted extraction of. Artemisia sphaerocephala polysaccharides with.

  13. APPLICATION OF A POLYSACCHARIDE DERIVED FROM ...

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    A hydrophilic polysaccharide obtained from Treculia africana fruit was employed as a release matrix for theophylline hydrate tablets. The polysaccharide was employed at concentration levels of 0-30%w/w and tablets were formulated using the wet granulation method. There was a relatively prolonged release of ...

  14. Solution NMR spectroscopy of food polysaccharides

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    Many polysaccharides are allowed for direct food use, where they serve a number of useful functions. In addition to possibly being a source of calories, a food polysaccharide may be a dietary fiber, bulking agent, crystallization inhibitor, thickener, encapsulant, gelling agent, foam and emulsion s...

  15. In vitro prebiotic effects of seaweed polysaccharides

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    Chen, Xiaolin; Sun, Yuhao; Hu, Linfeng; Liu, Song; Yu, Huahua; Xing, Rong'e.; Li, Rongfeng; Wang, Xueqin; Li, Pengcheng

    2017-09-01

    Although prebiotic activities of alginate and agar oligosaccharides isolated from seaweeds have been reported, it remains unknown whether seaweed polysaccharides have prebiotic activity. In this study, we isolated polysaccharides from four species of seaweeds, such as Grateloupia filicina (GFP), Eucheuma spinosum (ESP), Ulva pertusa (UPP), and Ascophyllum nodosum (ANP), and characterized their structures and prebiotic effects in vitro. The results showed that these polysaccharides were different in total sugar and sulfate contents as well as monosaccharide composition. GFP and ESP significantly promoted bifidobacterium proliferation and 0.1% ESP and 0.4% GFP resulted in the highest proliferation rates of beneficial bacteria, whereas UPP and ANP inhibited the growth of beneficial bacteria at all tested concentrations (0.1%-0.5%). The different behaviors of the four seaweed-originated polysaccharides might be reflected by differences in monosaccharide composition and structure. Therefore, polysaccharides isolated from GFP and ESP could be utilized as prebiotics. However, more studies must be carried out in vivo.

  16. Películas amorfas de SixCyN depositadas mediante ECR-PECVD

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    Barbadillo, L.

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available ECR-PECVD processes with several activators and diluent gases were performed to obtain films with carbon and nitrogen at low temperatures. In all cases methane and nitrogen were used as precursors of C and N species. The characterization of the samples was done using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and spectroscopic ellipsometry. The FTIR measurements show that the presence of little amounts of silane in the plasma substantially alters the composition of the films, while the addition of hydrogen has no appreciable effects in their formation. Moreover, the use of argon or neon as diluent of the gas precursors is closely related to the degree of activation of the methane molecule, as observed in the optical emission spectra recorded in every process. The application of rf fields during depositions only changes the growth rates.

    Se han realizado procesos de plasma de resonancia ciclotrón electrónica (ECR con diferentes activadores y diluyentes gaseosos para obtener películas con carbono y nitrógeno a bajas temperaturas. En todos los casos se emplearon metano y nitrógeno como precursores de especies de C y N. La caracterización de las muestras se realizó mediante espectroscopía de infrarrojos por transformada de Fourier y elipsometría espectroscópica. Las medidas de espectroscopía de infrarrojos muestran que la presencia de pequeñas cantidades de silano en el plasma altera sustancialmente la composición de las películas, mientras que la adición de hidrógeno no tiene efectos apreciables en la formación de las mismas. Por otra parte, la utilización de argón o neón como diluyentes de los precursores gaseosos está estrechamente relacionada con el grado de activación de las moléculas de metano, según se observa en los espectros de emisión óptica registrados en cada proceso. La aplicación de campos de radiofrecuencia durante los depósitos únicamente varía las velocidades de crecimiento.

  17. Películas fluorescentes azules basadas en derivados de poli-2,7-fluorenofenilideno

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    Mallavia, R.

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Quaternization of poly-(9,9-bis(6’-bromohexylfluorenephenylene by treatment with trimethylamine gas was used to obtain a water soluble ammonium salt copolymer. The neutral copolymer containing fluorene/phenylene alternating repeating units was obtained by a palladiumcatalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction. This strategy could be applied to prepare water soluble conjugated polymers with the ability to change the charge functionality. The polymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC, 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The neutral polymer was stable to over 300ºC, while the cationic polymer begins to degrade at 120ºC with a progressive loss of mass at 290ºC. The optical properties of the polymers were investigated in solution and solid phases by UV/VIS and fluorescent spectroscopy. Mesoporous silica thin films were prepared as a host matrix for the fluorescent copolymers.

    La cuaternización del poli-(9,9-bis(6’-bromohexilofluorenofenileno por tratamiento de trimetilamina gaseosa se emplea para obtener una sal de amonio del copolímero precursor soluble en agua. El copolímero neutro contiene unidades alternantes repetitivas de fluoreno/ fenilideno obtenidas mediante una acoplamiento de Suzuki con Pd (II. Los polímeros se caracterizaron por cromatografía de permeación (GPC, espectroscopia RMN de 1H y 13C , espectroscopia IR transformada de Fourier y análisis termogravimétrico (ATG. El polímero neutro mantiene la estabilidad hasta los 300ºC, mientras el derivado catiónico comienza a descomponer a 120ºC, con una progresiva perdida de masa hasta los 290ºC. Las propiedades ópticas de los polímeros se estudiaron en disolución y en películas mediante espectroscopias UV/VIS y de fluorescencia. Las películas delgadas de sílice mesoporosa se prepararon como materiales receptores de los copolímeros fluorescentes.

  18. La inocencia cuestionada. Representaciones sociales, valores y jerarquías en películas animadas infantiles

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    Alejandra Martínez

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available En este escrito presentamos los principales resultados de un trabajo de investigación realizado entre 2010 y 2012, que tuvo como uno de sus objetivos centrales analizar las representaciones de las condiciones objetivas de existencia asignadas a personajes de películas animadas infantiles. Se trabajó con tres producciones de gran consumo en el mercado mundial. El análisis realizado nos permite señalar que, a pesar de los cambios sociales que se produjeron a lo largo de casi 40 años, las películas infantiles tienden a recuperar modos de representación históricamente legitimadas, que coadyuvan a la reproducción de sentidos y jerarquías dominantes.

  19. Las elecciones ocupacionales en la película “El hijo de la novia”

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    Rodríguez Bailón, M

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    Full Text Available Resumen: El cine puede ser un instrumento de análisis y reflexión acerca de la ocupación humana y de los aspectos que hacen emergerla y mantenerla.Objetivo y método: Análisis descriptivo-interpretativo del rol ocupacional del protagonista de la película “El hijo de la Novia” desde la visión fenomenológica del Modelo de Ocupación Humana.Conclusiones: “El hijo de la novia” demuestra la elección de roles ocupacionales motivados por los valores propios de la persona, sus intereses y su sentido de eficacia e influenciados por el ambiente.AbstractCinema may be a good tool for the analysis and reflection about human occupation and the aspects which make its emergency and maintenance.Objective and Method: Descriptive-interpretative analysis of the occupational roles of the film characters in "Son of the bride" from the phenomenologic viewpoint of Model of Human Occupation.Conclusions: The film of "Son of the bride" shows the choice of occupational roles run by the individual's values, and their interests, and efficiency influenced by environment.

  20. Reseña Película: Parched, una primavera para las mujeres

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    María Isabel Menéndez Menéndez

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    Full Text Available Directora: Leena Yadav.                  Productora: Ashlee Films, Blue Waters Motion Pictures. Guión: Supratik Sen, Leena Yadav.       La película de la directora india Leena Yadav es un retrato coral sobre la vida femenina y la desigualdad en que viven las mujeres en sociedades altamente patriarcales y misóginas como la India rural contemporánea. A través de la interacción entre cuatro personajes, el filme se convierte en una crítica social sobre las diferentes formas de violencia que sufren las mujeres: desde el matrimonio forzado de niñas al maltrato conyugal pasando por las agresiones sexuales. Las vidas entrelazadas de la viuda Rani, la maltratada Lajjo, la artista prostituta Bijli y la mujer niña casada a la fuerza, Janiki, realizan un retrato demoledor sobre la sociedad india. Se trata, no obstante, de un filme luminoso, con una excepcional fotografía, iluminación, guión, ritmo, trabajo actoral y banda sonora; un juego musical, visual y emocional que en ningún momento pierde su carácter de denuncia social y que pone en primer plano el valor esencial de la amistad femenina.

  1. Alginato de sodio en el desarrollo de películas comestibles

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    Daniel Alexander Méndez Reyes

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Alginato, es un término que se refiere a un grupo de polisacáridos presentes en las algas pardas, los cuales cuentan con una importancia especial para diferentes industrias (alimentaria, textil, farmacéutica, cosmética, entre otras, atribuida a su capacidad para formar geles fuertes en presencia de cationes calcio (Ca+2. El alginato de sodio es la forma más comercializada de alginato y sus aplicaciones en la industria alimentaria hoy en día están generando avances en el desarrollo de nuevos e innovadores biomateriales con características únicas, tales como, propiedades de barrera contra la pérdida de humedad causada por la deshidratación en alimentos de alto contenido de humedad, soporte para el transporte de compuestos antimicrobianos y probioticos entre otros, para mantener la calidad de productos alimentarios en almacenamiento. En este trabajo se recopiló información referente a la incidencia de diferentes polímeros, biocompuestos, aditivos y del proceso de gelificación en la producción de películas comestibles destinadas a la ingeniería del empaque.

  2. PELS (Planetary Environmental Liquid Simulator): a new type of simulation facility to study extraterrestrial aqueous environments.

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    Martin, Derek; Cockell, Charles S

    2015-02-01

    Investigations of other planetary bodies, including Mars and icy moons such as Enceladus and Europa, show that they may have hosted aqueous environments in the past and may do so even today. Therefore, a major challenge in astrobiology is to build facilities that will allow us to study the geochemistry and habitability of these extraterrestrial environments. Here, we describe a simulation facility (PELS: Planetary Environmental Liquid Simulator) with the capability for liquid input and output that allows for the study of such environments. The facility, containing six separate sample vessels, allows for statistical replication of samples. Control of pressure, gas composition, UV irradiation conditions, and temperature allows for the precise replication of aqueous conditions, including subzero brines under martian atmospheric conditions. A sample acquisition system allows for the collection of both liquid and solid samples from within the chamber without breaking the atmospheric conditions, enabling detailed studies of the geochemical evolution and habitability of past and present extraterrestrial environments. The facility we describe represents a new frontier in planetary simulation-continuous flow-through simulation of extraterrestrial aqueous environments.

  3. Extraction and bioactivity of polygonatum polysaccharides.

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    Jiang, Qunguang; Lv, Yunxia; Dai, Weidong; Miao, Xiongying; Zhong, Dewu

    2013-03-01

    The present study is to explore the optimal extraction parameters and liver protective effect of the polygonatum polysaccharides in vivo. The order of factor effects on polysaccharides production was found to be extraction time (min, A)>ratio of solvent to solid (C)>extraction temperature (°C, B)>extraction number (D). The results show that the effects of extraction time (min, A) and ratio of solvent to solid (C) were more significant than those of the other factors. Optimal extraction parameters were as followings: extraction time 120 min, extraction temperature 100 °C, ratio of solvent to solid 5, and extraction number 4. Polygonatum polysaccharides was administered orally at doses of 150, 300 and 450 mg/(kg day) to carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4))-treated rats. Results showed that administration of polygonatum polysaccharides could increase rats' final body weight, liver antioxidant enzymes activities (superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and glutathione reductase (GR)), decrease serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activities and liver malondialdehyde (MDA) level. The liver sections obtained from animals supplemented with polygonatum polysaccharides extract demonstrated reduced pathological damages, supporting that polygonatum polysaccharides extract could effectively decrease the toxicity of CCl(4). It can be concluded that polygonatum polysaccharides treatment may prevent CCl(4)-induced liver oxidative injury in experimental rats. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. An exocellular polysaccharide and its interactions with proteins

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    Tuinier, R.

    1999-01-01

    In the food industry polysaccharides are used as thickening or gelling agents. Polysaccharides are usually extracted from plants. Micro-organisms are also capable of excreting polysaccharides: exocellular polysaccharides (EPSs). In some cases EPSs are produced in-situ in food products,

  5. Desarrollo de películas a partir de nanocompuestos polipropileno/talco para liberación de aromas

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    Constanza Genovese

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Se estudia la liberación de aceite esencial de limón (aroma modelo en películas sopladas de nanocompuestos a base de polipropileno (PP conteniendo 5% p/p de partículas de talco. En tal sentido, se utilizaron tres técnicas independientes y complementarias para estudiar dicho fenómeno físico, tales como: gravimetría, termogravimetría y espectroscopía infrarroja con transformada de Fourier. Los resultados obtenidos demostraron que las películas de nanocompuestos liberaron el aceite esencial de manera más lenta y prolongada en comparación con las del PP. Las partículas de talco actuaron como "retén" del aceite esencial por su carácter absorbente. Además, obstaculizaron el pasaje de las moléculas aromáticas a través de la película por la disposición espacial que alcanzan en la matriz polimérica y por el incremento del grado de cristalinidad que inducen en el PP, debido al carácter nucleante de estas partículas.

  6. Study on extraction process and activity of plant polysaccharides

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    Ma, Xiaogen; Wang, Xiaojing; Fan, Shuangli; Chen, Jiezhong

    2017-10-01

    Recent studies have shown that plant polysaccharides have many pharmacological activities, such as hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory and tumor inhibition. The pharmacological activities of plant polysaccharides were summarized. The extraction methods of plant polysaccharides were discussed. Finally, the extraction process of Herba Taraxaci polysaccharides was optimized by ultrasonic assisted extraction. Through single factor experiments and orthogonal experiment to optimize the optimum extraction process from dandelion polysaccharide, optimum conditions of dandelion root polysaccharide by ultrasonic assisted extraction method for ultrasonic power 320W, temperature 80°C, extraction time 40min, can get higher dandelion polysaccharide extract.

  7. Polysaccharides: The “Click” Chemistry Impact

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    Romain Lucas

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Polysaccharides are complex but essential compounds utilized in many areas such as biomaterials, drug delivery, cosmetics, food chemistry or renewable energy. Modifications and functionalizations of such polymers are often necessary to achieve molecular structures of interest. In this area, the emergence of the “click” chemistry concept, and particularly the copper-catalyzed version of the Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between terminal acetylenes and azides, had an impact on the polysaccharides chemistry. The present review summarizes the contribution of “click” chemistry in the world of polysaccharides.

  8. Estudio del efecto de una película antimicrobiana en la vida útil del queso Costeño

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    Margarita Rosa Arteaga Márquez

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió el efecto de una película antimicrobiana en la vida útil del queso Costeño elaborado a diferentes concentraciones de cloruro de sodio (2,5 % p/p sin cubrimiento de película; 2,5 y 3,0 % p/p cubierto con película antimicrobiana, almacenado (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 y 30 días a temperaturas de 12 ± 1 ºC y 28 ± 2 ºC. El principio activo fue nisina (16 mg/100 mL de solución. Se realizaron análisis químicos (pH, acidez titulable, materia grasa y humedad, microbiológicos (recuentos de coliformes, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus coagulasa positiva, detección de Salmonella y recuento de mohos y levaduras y sensoriales (pruebas de ordenación por atributos y de escala hedónica. Los resultados mostraron que para los quesos almacenados a 12 ± 1 ºC, no hubo diferencias estadísticas significativas en el comportamiento del pH, y para la acidez se encontraron diferencias estadísticas significativas los días 15, 20, 25 y 30. Respecto al contenido de cloruro de sodio se obtuvo mayor pérdida de humedad y aumento en el contenido de materia grasa con diferencias estadísticas significativas los días 30 y 5 para los quesos almacenados a 12 ± 1 ºC y 28 ± 2 ºC, respectivamente. La temperatura a 12 ± 1 ºC fue el factor más influyente en la conservación del queso. Los tratamientos con cubrimiento de película fueron aceptados sensorialmente durante los 30 días de estudio y hubo diferencia respecto al sabor los días 20 al 30. El tratamiento control presentó crecimiento visible de mohos y levaduras el día 15. La película antimicrobiana ejerció un efecto inhibitorio sobre Staphyloccocus aureus coagulasa positiva en los quesos.

  9. Extracellular polysaccharide production by Thraustochytrid protists

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    Jain, R.; Raghukumar, S.; Tharanathan, R.; Bhosle, N.B.

    Four strains of marine stramenopilan protists, the thraustochytrids, were studied for their ability to produce extracellular polysaccharides (EPSs). Observations by light and scanning electron microscopy revealed the production of a matrix of EPS...

  10. NMR analysis of compositional heterogeneity in polysaccharides

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    Many copolysaccharides are compositionally heterogeneous, and the composition determined by the usual analytical or spectroscopic methods provides only an average value. For some polysaccharides, the NMR data contain copolymer sequence information, such as diad, triad, and tetrad sequence intensiti...

  11. Autoridades invisibles y autorizaciones visibles en la película argentina Rompecabezas de Natalia Smirnoff

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    Mullaly, Laurence H.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In the Argentinian cinema of the end of the 90’s and beginning of the 21st century, the representations of femininity and masculinity have become richer thanks to alternative visions, most frequently proposed by female directors. Natalia Smirnoff’s film Rompecabezas (Puzzle is a perfect example. It tells the story of an ordinary woman whose psychosexual awakening shakes up the invisible forces that had dictated her life up to that point. Rompecabezas explores the everlasting effect and influence on the patriarchal structures in constructing identity. The aim of this work, rooted in a gender perspective, is to study in what way both hierarchy and symbolic systems operate and to what extent Natalia Smirnoff provides us with a powerful (revision of transformation for women.En el cine argentino de finales de los años 90 y principios del siglo actual, las representaciones de la feminidad y la masculinidad se están enriqueciendo gracias a las visiones alternativas que nos ofrecen en su mayoría directoras. La película de Natalia Smirnoff, que se centra en la trayectoria de una mujer ordinaria cuyo despertar psicosexual choca con las autoridades invisibles que hasta ahora regían su vida, da testimonio de ello. Rompecabezas (Puzzle explora la permanencia y la influencia de las estructuras patriarcales en la construcción de las identidades. A partir de una perspectiva de género, el presente trabajo pretende analizar de qué manera opera el conjunto de las jerarquías y de los sistemas simbólicos y en qué medida Natalia Smirnoff nos proporciona una (revisión transformadora de las mujeres.

  12. Candida albicans Ethanol Stimulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa WspR-Controlled Biofilm Formation as Part of a Cyclic Relationship Involving Phenazines

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    Okegbe, Chinweike; Harty, Colleen E.; Golub, Yuriy; Thao, Sandy; Ha, Dae Gon; Willger, Sven D.; O'Toole, George A.; Harwood, Caroline S.; Dietrich, Lars E. P.; Hogan, Deborah A.

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    In chronic infections, pathogens are often in the presence of other microbial species. For example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common and detrimental lung pathogen in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) and co-infections with Candida albicans are common. Here, we show that P. aeruginosa biofilm formation and phenazine production were strongly influenced by ethanol produced by the fungus C. albicans. Ethanol stimulated phenotypes that are indicative of increased levels of cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP), and levels of c-di-GMP were 2-fold higher in the presence of ethanol. Through a genetic screen, we found that the diguanylate cyclase WspR was required for ethanol stimulation of c-di-GMP. Multiple lines of evidence indicate that ethanol stimulates WspR signaling through its cognate sensor WspA, and promotes WspR-dependent activation of Pel exopolysaccharide production, which contributes to biofilm maturation. We also found that ethanol stimulation of WspR promoted P. aeruginosa colonization of CF airway epithelial cells. P. aeruginosa production of phenazines occurs both in the CF lung and in culture, and phenazines enhance ethanol production by C. albicans. Using a C. albicans adh1/adh1 mutant with decreased ethanol production, we found that fungal ethanol strongly altered the spectrum of P. aeruginosa phenazines in favor of those that are most effective against fungi. Thus, a feedback cycle comprised of ethanol and phenazines drives this polymicrobial interaction, and these relationships may provide insight into why co-infection with both P. aeruginosa and C. albicans has been associated with worse outcomes in cystic fibrosis. PMID:25340349

  13. Candida albicans ethanol stimulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa WspR-controlled biofilm formation as part of a cyclic relationship involving phenazines.

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    Annie I Chen

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In chronic infections, pathogens are often in the presence of other microbial species. For example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common and detrimental lung pathogen in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF and co-infections with Candida albicans are common. Here, we show that P. aeruginosa biofilm formation and phenazine production were strongly influenced by ethanol produced by the fungus C. albicans. Ethanol stimulated phenotypes that are indicative of increased levels of cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP, and levels of c-di-GMP were 2-fold higher in the presence of ethanol. Through a genetic screen, we found that the diguanylate cyclase WspR was required for ethanol stimulation of c-di-GMP. Multiple lines of evidence indicate that ethanol stimulates WspR signaling through its cognate sensor WspA, and promotes WspR-dependent activation of Pel exopolysaccharide production, which contributes to biofilm maturation. We also found that ethanol stimulation of WspR promoted P. aeruginosa colonization of CF airway epithelial cells. P. aeruginosa production of phenazines occurs both in the CF lung and in culture, and phenazines enhance ethanol production by C. albicans. Using a C. albicans adh1/adh1 mutant with decreased ethanol production, we found that fungal ethanol strongly altered the spectrum of P. aeruginosa phenazines in favor of those that are most effective against fungi. Thus, a feedback cycle comprised of ethanol and phenazines drives this polymicrobial interaction, and these relationships may provide insight into why co-infection with both P. aeruginosa and C. albicans has been associated with worse outcomes in cystic fibrosis.

  14. In vivo anti-radiation activities of the Ulva pertusa polysaccharides and polysaccharide-iron(III) complex.

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    Shi, Jinming; Cheng, Cuilin; Zhao, Haitian; Jing, Jing; Gong, Ning; Lu, Weihong

    2013-09-01

    Polysaccharides with different molecular weights were extracted from Ulva pertusa and fractionated by ultrafiltration. Iron(III) complex of the low molecular-weight U. pertusa polysaccharides were synthesized. Atomic absorption spectrum showed that the iron content of iron(III)-polysaccharide complex was 27.4%. The comparison between U. pertusa polysaccharides and their iron(III) complex showed that iron chelating altered the structural characteristics of the polysaccharides. The bioactivity analysis showed that polysaccharide with low molecular weight was more effective than polysaccharide with high molecular weight in protecting mice from radiation induced damages on bone marrow cells and immune system. Results also proved that the anti-radiation and anti-oxidative activity of iron(III) complex of low molecular-weight polysaccharides were not less than that of low molecular-weight polysaccharides. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Structural analysis of cell wall polysaccharides using PACE

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    Mortimer, Jennifer C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Joint BioEnergy Institute

    2017-01-01

    The plant cell wall is composed of many complex polysaccharides. The composition and structure of the polysaccharides affect various cell properties including cell shape, cell function and cell adhesion. Many techniques to characterize polysaccharide structure are complicated, requiring expensive equipment and specialized operators e.g. NMR, MALDI-MS. PACE (Polysaccharide Analysis using Carbohydrate gel Electrophoresis) uses a simple, rapid technique to analyze polysaccharide quantity and structure (Goubet et al. 2002). Whilst the method here describes xylan analysis, it can be applied (by use of the appropriate glycosyl hydrolase) to any cell wall polysaccharide.

  16. Tratamiento Quirúrgico de la Degeneración Marginal Pelúcida de la Córnea

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    Ernesto J. Otero Leongómez

    2009-06-01

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    Objetivo

    Revisar el tratamiento quirúrgico de la degeneración marginal pelúcida de la córnea en la Clínica Barraquer durante los últimos 10 años, evaluando los diferentes métodos de tratamiento, sus características y los resultados a largo plazo.

    Diseño del Estudio

    Serie de casos, retrospectivo no comparativo.

    Métodos:

    Una revisión retrospectiva de las historias clínicas de 12 ojos de 10 pacientes con diagnóstico de degeneración marginal pelúcida de la córnea (DMPC sometidos a tratamiento quirúrgico en la Clínica Barraquer en los diez años comprendidos entre 1996 y 2007. El diagnóstico de DMPC se realizó basado en hallazgos clínicos y/o topografía corneal en los casos en que esta se encontraba disponible. Se revisaron distintos parámetros como edad, género, agudeza visual pre y post-operatoria, tipo de tratamiento quirúrgico y tiempo de seguimiento.

    Resultados

    Se identificaron 12 ojos de 10 pacientes con degeneración marginal pelúcida sometidos a tratamiento quirúrgico en la Clínica Barraquer. El 48% de los pacientes fueron del sexo femenino. El seguimiento promedio fue de 50 meses. La agudeza visual mejor corregida (BSCVA pre-operatoria fue de 0.17. En el post-operatorio la BSCVA mejoró a 0.70 en promedio. El equivalente esférico pre-operatorio fue de –10.83 dioptrias (D y se redujo en el post-operatorio a –4.73D.

    Conclusiones

    El tratamiento quirúrgico de la degeneración marginal pelúcida es efectivo y seguro para la disminución del astigmatismo irregular inducido por el adelgazamiento periférico de la córnea. Esto se traduce en una mayor corrección de la agudeza visual mejor corregida, en una óptima reconstrucción anatómica y en una mejor tolerancia de los distintos procedimientos de corrección óptica del astigmatismo residual post-quirúrgico.

  17. La pesquería de peces pelágicos pequeños en Ecuador durante 2008

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    De Prado, M

    2009-01-01

    Se realizó el seguimiento a los desembarques de peces pelágicos pequeños en la costa ecuatoriana durante el 2008, los cuales se incrementaron en un 11 % con relación al 2007. Las especies que aumentaron fueron chuhueco (Cetengraulis ringens), sardina redonda (Etrumeus teres), y pinchagua (Opisthonema spp) en un 96 %, 80 % y 56 %, respectivamente, mientras disminuyeron los desembarques de macarela (Scomber japonicus) en un 50 % y anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) en un 25 %, mientras que botell...

  18. Cómo hacer cine hoy en Cuba: prostitución y coproducción en “La película de Ana”

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    Karen Genschow

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available La película de Ana de Daniel Díaz Torres (2012 trata en primer lugar del jineterismo en Cuba, fenómeno que ha determinado ampliamente el contacto entre extranjeros y cubanos desde la apertura al turismo en masas. En la película esto conlleva una reflexión de las relaciones visuales tanto en términos de género como en términos postcoloniales. Mediante la construcción de una película intradiegética ("la película de Ana" se cuestiona la diferencia entre "autenticidad" y puesta en escena y se sugiere, además, que Cuba entera se ha convertido en una especie de "zona de contacto", donde entran en contacto la lógica capitalista y la nostalgia postsoviética y donde lo "auténticamente" cubano aparece como un espectáculo montado para los extranjeros. Al mismo tiempo la película articula una autorreflexión en el sentido de que estas relaciones de poder se evidencian también en las posibilidades de hacer cine hoy en Cuba, que abarcan esencialmente la coproducción con diferentes países europeos.

  19. Pelēko kāpu veģetācijas struktūra dabas liegumā "Pāvilostas pelēkā kāpa".

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    2009-01-01

    Bakalaura darba mērķis bija novērtēt Pāvilostas pelēkās kāpas augāja struktūras sugu daudzveidību, izdalīt augu sabiedrības un pētīt sukcesijas gaitu. Pētījumā konstatētas 53 augu sugas: 25 vaskulāro augu 20 ķērpju un 8 sūnu sugas. Ar programmas PC-ORD statiskās analīzes metodi TWINSPAN tika izdalītas 6 augu sabiedrības, kuras pieder pie klasēm Koelerio-Corynephoretea un Calluno-Ulicetea. Pāvilostas pelēkajām kāpām raksturīga horizontāla veģetācijas struktūra – vizuāli labi izšķirami no...

  20. Ice nucleation activity of polysaccharides

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    Bichler, Magdalena; Felgitsch, Laura; Haeusler, Thomas; Seidl-Seiboth, Verena; Grothe, Hinrich

    2015-04-01

    Heterogeneous ice nucleation is an important process in the atmosphere. It shows direct impact on our climate by triggering ice cloud formation and therefore it has much influence on the radiation balance of our planet (Lohmann et al. 2002; Mishchenko et al. 1996). The process itself is not completely understood so far and many questions remain open. Different substances have been found to exhibit ice nucleation activity (INA). Due to their vast differences in chemistry and morphology it is difficult to predict what substance will make good ice nuclei and which will not. Hence simple model substances must be found and be tested regarding INA. Our work aims at gaining to a deeper understanding of heterogeneous ice nucleation. We intend to find some reference standards with defined chemistry, which may explain the mechanisms of heterogeneous ice nucleation. A particular focus lies on biological carbohydrates in regards to their INA. Biological carbohydrates are widely distributed in all kingdoms of life. Mostly they are specific for certain organisms and have well defined purposes, e.g. structural polysaccharides like chitin (in fungi and insects) and pectin (in plants), which has also water-binding properties. Since they are widely distributed throughout our biosphere and mostly safe to use for nutrition purposes, they are well studied and easily accessible, rendering them ideal candidates as proxies. In our experiments we examined various carbohydrates, like the already mentioned chitin and pectin, as well as their chemical modifications. Lohmann U.; A Glaciation Indirect Aerosol Effect Caused by Soot Aerosols; J. Geoph. Res.; Vol. 24 No.4; pp 11-1 - 11-4; 2002 Mishchenko M.I., Rossow W.B., Macke A., Lacis A. A.; Sensitivity of Cirrus Cloud Albedo, Bidirectional Reflectance and Optical Thickness Retrieval Accuracy to Ice Particle Shape, J. Geoph. Res.; Vol. 101, No D12; pp. 16,973 - 16,985; 1996

  1. Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases from Myceliophthora thermophila C1

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    Frommhagen, Matthias

    2017-01-01

    Current developments aim at the effective enzymatic degradation of plant biomass polysaccharides into fermentable monosaccharides for biofuels and biochemicals. Recently discovered lytic polysaccharide monooxgygenases (LPMOs) boost the hydrolytic breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass, especially

  2. Designing microcapsules based on protein fibrils and protein - polysaccharide complexes

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    Hua, K.N.P.

    2012-01-01

    Keywords: encapsulation, microcapsule, protein, fibril, protein-polysaccharide complex, controlled release, interfacial rheology, lysozyme, ovalbumin This thesis describes the design of encapsulation systems using mesostructures from proteins and polysaccharides. The approach was to first

  3. Synthesis and interfacial behavior of polystyrene-polysaccharide diblock copolymers

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    Bosker, W.T.E.; Ágoston, K.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Norde, W.; Timmermans, J.W.; Slaghek, T.M.

    2003-01-01

    Linear block copolymers of polystyrene and polysaccharide were synthesized using a block synthesis method with amino-terminated polystyrene and sodium cyanoborohydride as reducing agent. Different types of polysaccharides, dextrans, and maltodextrins with various molecular weights were used. IR

  4. Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A capsular polysaccharide acetyltransferase, methods and compositions

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    Stephens, David S [Stone Mountain, GA; Gudlavalleti, Seshu K [Kensington, MD; Tzeng, Yih-Ling [Atlanta, GA; Datta, Anup K [San Diego, CA; Carlson, Russell W [Athens, GA

    2011-02-08

    Provided are methods for recombinant production of an O-acetyltransferase and methods for acetylating capsular polysaccharides, especially those of a Serogroup A Neisseria meningitidis using the recombinant O-acetyltransferase, and immunogenic compositions comprising the acetylated capsular polysaccharide.

  5. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine - what you need to know

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    ... taken in its entirety from the CDC Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ ... statements/ppv.html CDC review information for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide VIS: Page last reviewed: April 24, 2015 Page ...

  6. Structural characterization of Lytic Polysaccharide MonoOxygenases

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    Frandsen, Kristian Erik Høpfner

    Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are a new class of copper-containingmetalloenzymes that have been found to oxidatively degrade polysaccharides (and recently alsooligosaccharides). They dependent on redox partners to provide them with electrons and they utilizemolecular oxygen to cleave...

  7. Capsular Polysaccharide Expression in Commensal Streptococcus Species

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    Skov Sørensen, Uffe B; Yao, Kaihu; Yang, Yonghong

    2016-01-01

    Expression of a capsular polysaccharide is considered a hallmark of most invasive species of bacteria, including Streptococcus pneumoniae, in which the capsule is among the principal virulence factors and is the basis for successful vaccines. Consequently, it was previously assumed that capsule...... biosynthesis (cps) loci in all strains tested. Truncated cps loci were detected in three strains of S. pseudopneumoniae, in 26% of S. mitis strains, and in a single S. oralis strain. The level of sequence identities of cps locus genes confirmed that the structural polymorphism of capsular polysaccharides in S....... pneumoniae evolved by import of cps fragments from commensal Streptococcus species, resulting in a mosaic of genes of different origins. The demonstrated antigenic identity of at least eight of the numerous capsular polysaccharide structures expressed by commensal streptococci with recognized serotypes of S...

  8. [Serology with polysaccharides of Entamoeba histolytica].

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    Isibasi, A; Sanchez Marquez, N; García Tamayo, F; Kumate, J

    1978-01-01

    The immunochemical activity of a polysaccharidic antigen derivated from E. histolytica was studied. This polysaccharide was tested by means of counterimmunoelectrophoresis (CIE) and radial immunodiffusion (IDR) against sera from patients with diagnosis of intestinal and hepatic amebiasis. In order to perform a test most significative to the problem sera, these were submitted previously to passive hemagglutination, CIE and IDR with total ameba antigen. In hepatic amebiasis it can be observed that the CIE done with commercial antigen is practically negative in all cases; incontrast, the test performed with total antigen was positive in almost all the cases. Passive hemagglutination with sheep red blood cells, tanned and sensibilized with total ameba antigen gave very high titers when the problem was amebic hepatic abscess, and very low when the problem was intestinal amebiasis. Counterimmunoelectrophoresis and radial diffusion were negative with polysaccharidic antigen in all the studied sera.

  9. Macrophage immunomodulatory activity of polysaccharides isolated from Opuntia polyacantha

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    Schepetkin, Igor A.; Xie, Gang; Kirpotina, Liliya N.; Klein, Robyn A.; Jutila, Mark A.; Quinn, Mark T.

    2008-01-01

    Opuntia polyacantha (prickly pear cactus) has been used extensively for its nutritional properties; however, less is known regarding medicinal properties of Opuntia tissues. In the present study, we extracted polysaccharides from O. polyacantha and used size-exclusion chromatography to fractionate the crude polysaccharides into four polysaccharide fractions (designated as Opuntia polysaccharides C-I to C-IV). The average Mr of fractions C-I through C-IV was estimated to be 733, 550, 310, and ...

  10. El folclore y mitología japoneses en las películas de Studio Ghibli. Los casos de 'El viaje de Chihiro' y 'Mi vecino Totoro'

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    Rubio Prats, Laia

    2015-01-01

    En aquest treball s'ha elaborat una anàlisi de la cultura i la mitologia japonesos presents en la traducció o doblatge de les pel·lícules "El viatge de Chihiro" i "El meu veí Totoro". S'ha intentat realitzar no només una anàlisi comparativa de la traducció d'ambdues pel·lícules de Studio Ghibli, sinó també del rerefons cultural que es mostra i com s'ha traduït i s'ha reflectit en la versió anglesa i espanyola. Tot i que a primera vista semblin pel·lícules senzilles per a nens, mostren una gra...

  11. El uso de películas comerciales para comprender los principios bioéticos en la investigación clínica

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    Magí FARRÉ

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Las películas comerciales se han empleado para ilustrar temas difíciles de comprender totalmente en las clases teóricas. Nuestra hipótesis se basa en que la bioética aplicada a la investigación clínica puede comprenderse mejor si los estudiantes observan situaciones reales o ficticias en películas comerciales. Diseñamos un estudio aleatorizado y paralelo para comparar la eficacia de dos películas, Miss Evers’ Boys (El experimento Tuskegee y Extreme Measures (Al cruzar el límite, para mejorar el conocimiento de los principios bioéticos en estudiantes de Biología humana. Se les asignó de forma aleatoria a cada grupo experimental y completaron un cuestionario para establecer su mejora subjetiva en el conocimiento de los principios bioéticos aplicados a la investigación clínica. Participaron 94 estudiantes, de los que 50 fueron asignados a Extreme Measures y 44 a Miss Evers’ boys. Los estudiantes consideraron ambas películas como útiles para aprender bioética en investigación clínica. Los principios de justicia y de autonomía se comprendieron mejor que los de beneficencia y no maleficencia. No se observaron diferencias significativas entre ambas películas para ninguna pregunta. Concluimos que la elección de las películas es un elemento crítico en educación y que una lista de preguntas preparadas por los profesores puede ayudar en ocasiones a centrar la atención de los estudiantes en los puntos más importantes.

  12. Leyes cohesivas en uniones adhesivas: ensayo de desgarro/pelado para la caracterización de películas adhesivas delgadas

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    Suárez Bermejo, Juan Carlos; Miguel Alonso, Santiago; Lopez Martin, Francisco; Herreros Sierra, Miguel Angel

    2010-01-01

    Para poder predecir la resistencia de una unión adhesiva de manera precisa es necesario disponer de información adecuada sobre las propiedades mecánicas del adhesivo. Por tanto, es fundamental desarrollar métodos de ensayo fiables para determinar el comportamiento constitutivo de las capas adhesivas. En su uso más habitual, los adhesivos se disponen en películas delgadas. Un adhesivo trabajando en una película delgada se comporta de manera muy diferente de como lo haría el mismo adhesivo en m...

  13. La traducción del humor audiovisual. El caso de la película de animación El Espantatiburones (Shark Tale)

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    Navarro Brotons, María Lucía

    2017-01-01

    En el presente trabajo nos disponemos a hacer un análisis del doblaje al español de la película de dibujos animados El Espantatiburones, cuyo título original es Shark Tale. El análisis consistirá en estudiar los recursos humorísticos del texto origen, ver el tipo de problemas que presentan a la hora de realizar su doblaje para, por último, analizar cómo ha actuado el traductor ante los mismos. La elección de esta película no es fortuita, pues se trata de un film que ofrece diferentes dificult...

  14. El español de las películas norteamericanas : problemas en el doblaje de 'Las ventajas de ser un marginado'

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    Cabrera López, Núria

    2015-01-01

    En este trabajo se pretende analizar el lenguaje del doblaje en español de la película norteamericana Las ventajas de ser un marginado, dirigida por Stephen Chbosky y estrenada en Estados Unidos en 2012. Dedicaremos un capítulo, el tercero, a aclarar qué se entiende por doblaje, un término ambiguo y, en ocasiones, confuso. Hablaremos también de sus fases, así como de los problemas que suelen darse en las películas dobladas del inglés. El cuarto capítulo es el que corresponde al análisis del d...

  15. Polysaccharide charge density regulating protein adsorption to air/water interfaces by protein/polysaccharide complex formation

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    Ganzevles, R.A.; Kosters, H.; Vliet, T. van; Stuart, M.A.C.; Jongh, H.H.J. de

    2007-01-01

    Because the formation of protein/polysaccharide complexes is dominated by electrostatic interaction, polysaccharide charge density is expected to play a major role in the adsorption behavior of the complexes. In this study, pullulan (a non-charged polysaccharide) carboxylated to four different

  16. Polysaccharides: Candidates of promising vaccine adjuvants.

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    Li, Pingli; Wang, Fengshan

    2015-04-01

    Aluminium-based adjuvants remain the only adjuvants approved for human use in the USA for over 80 years because of alum's simplicity, tolerability, safety and cost-efficiency. Recent development of vaccines, especially the increasing applications of recombinant subunit and synthetic vaccines, makes aluminium adjuvants cannot stimulate enough immunity to the antigens, since aluminium adjuvants can only induce Th2 type immune responses. So, novel adjuvants are urgent to make up the disadvantages of aluminium adjuvants. However, some major hurdles need to be overcome, not only the scientific knowledge of adjuvants but also unacceptable side-effects and toxicity. A number of carbohydrate-based polysaccharides from plant, bacterial, yeast and synthetic sources can act as pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and recognize pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) on immune cells, followed by triggering innate immunity and regulating adaptive immunity. What is more, polysaccharides are safe and biodegradable without tissue deposits as observed in aluminium adjuvants. Therefore, polysaccharide-based compounds and formulations are potential vaccine adjuvant candidates. Here, we mainly review polysaccharide-based adjuvants investigated in recent years.

  17. Lycium barbarum polysaccharide attenuates cisplatin- induced ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the effect of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) on apoptosis of ovary granulose cells (GCs), as well as its underlying mechanism. Methods: GCs were isolated from Sprague Dawley (SD) rats and divided into three groups: control group, model group (DDP) and LBP group. Cell morphology was ...

  18. Preparation and antidiabetic activity of polysaccharide from ...

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    STORAGESEVER

    2009-02-18

    Feb 18, 2009 ... ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) leaves on lipid peroxidation levels and antioxidant enzyme activities in streptozotocin diabetic rats. J. Ethnopharmacol. 98: 245-250. Li HY, Wang XS (2005). A study on extracting method of polysaccharide from porculata oleracea. J. Branch Campus First Military Med.

  19. Isolation and Structural Characterisation of Okara Polysaccharides

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    Bo Li

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Okara is a byproduct generated during tofu or soymilk production processes. Crude polysaccharide (yield 56.8% was isolated by removing fat, protein and low molecular weight carbohydrates from initial okara. Crude okara polysaccharide was further divided into four soluble fractions and an insoluble residue fraction by extracting with 0.05 M EDTA + NH4 oxalate, 0.05 M NaOH, 1 M NaOH and 4 M NaOH, with yields of 7.7%, 3.6%, 20.7%, 16.0% and 27.9%, respectively. Arabinose, galactose, galacturonic acid, xylose and glucose (only for the insoluble fraction were the major constituent sugars. The primary sugar residues of okara polysaccharides were 1,4-linked β-galactopyranose, 1,5- and 1,3-linked α-arabinofuranose, 1,5-linked α-xylofuranose, 1,2-linked, 1,2,4-linked and terminal α-rhamnopyranose (or fucopyranose, and 1,4-linked β-glucopyranose (only for the insoluble fraction, indicating okara polysaccharides might contain galactan, arabinan, arabinogalactan, xylogalacturonan, rhamnogalacturonan, xylan, xyloglucan and cellulose.

  20. Bacillus subtilis biofilm induction by plant polysaccharides.

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    Beauregard, Pascale B; Chai, Yunrong; Vlamakis, Hera; Losick, Richard; Kolter, Roberto

    2013-04-23

    Bacillus subtilis is a plant-beneficial Gram-positive bacterium widely used as a biofertilizer. However, relatively little is known regarding the molecular processes underlying this bacterium's ability to colonize roots. In contrast, much is known about how this bacterium forms matrix-enclosed multicellular communities (biofilms) in vitro. Here, we show that, when B. subtilis colonizes Arabidopsis thaliana roots it forms biofilms that depend on the same matrix genes required in vitro. B. subtilis biofilm formation was triggered by certain plant polysaccharides. These polysaccharides served as a signal for biofilm formation transduced via the kinases controlling the phosphorylation state of the master regulator Spo0A. In addition, plant polysaccharides are used as a source of sugars for the synthesis of the matrix exopolysaccharide. The bacterium's response to plant polysaccharides was observed across several different strains of the species, some of which are known to have beneficial effects on plants. These observations provide evidence that biofilm genes are crucial for Arabidopsis root colonization by B. subtilis and provide insights into how matrix synthesis may be triggered by this plant.

  1. Polysaccharide coating of human corneal endothelium

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    Schroder, H D; Sperling, S

    1977-01-01

    Electron microscopy revealed the presence of a 600-1500 A thick layer of polysaccharide on the surface of human corneal endothelial cells. The surface layer was visualized by combined fixation and staining in a mixture of ruthenium red and osmium tetroxide. The coating material was stable...

  2. Characterisation of polysaccharides from the fern Platycerium ...

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    Platycerium bifurcatum, a widely growing fern was collected and the phytochemical analysis of the powdered plant showed that polysaccharides were present in appreciable quantity. It was found that 4.0 % sodium hydroxide solution was required for optimum extraction and then precipitated using 99.0 % ethanol in an ...

  3. Optimization of extracellular polysaccharide production in ...

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    sunny

    2014-11-26

    Nov 26, 2014 ... The present study was conducted to optimize the media composition through response surface methodology (RSM) for extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) production in Halobacillus trueperi AJSK strain isolated from the salt pan. Halobacillus trueperi was i d e n t i f i e d with morphological, biochemical ...

  4. Raw rehmannia radix polysaccharide can effectively release ...

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    Background: Duck viral hepatitis (DVH), caused by duck hepatitis A virus (DHAV), is a fatal contagious infectious disease which spreads rapidly with high morbidity and high mortality, and there is no effective clinical drug against DVH. Materials and Methods: Raw Rehmannia Radix Polysaccharide (RRRP), Lycii Fructus ...

  5. Antioxidant properties of polysaccharides from Laetiporus ...

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    Intracellular polysaccharides (IPS) and exopolysaccharides (EPS) are isolated respectively from mycelia and filtrates of submerged culture by Laetiporus sulphureus in a 20-L stirred tank bioreactor with corresponding antioxidant properties investigated. Effective productions of IPS and EPS by submerged cultures of L.

  6. Antioxidative potential of polysaccharide fractions produced from ...

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    Cordyceps jiangxiensis, also called 'CaoMuWang', is a medicinal entomopathogenic macrofungus native to eastern China. Polysaccharide fractions from cultured C. jiangxiensis exhibited potent antitumor activity via the induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptotic pathway. Antioxidant pathway is also one action of ...

  7. Extraction optimization and characterization of polysaccharide ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the optimum extraction conditions of polysaccharides from Pinellia Rhizoma (PRP) and their antioxidant activities. Methods: Response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to optimize the water extraction conditions of PRP by Box-Benhnken design (BBD). A high performance liquid ...

  8. Preparation and antidiabetic activity of polysaccharide from ...

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    Extraction parameters of polysaccharide from Portulaca oleracea L. (POP) and antidiabetic activity of POP on alloxan induced diabetic mice were studied. Better extraction parameters of POP were obtained by the single factor test, as follows: extraction temperature 95°C, extraction time 5 h, and ratio of solvent to raw ...

  9. Optimization of extracellular polysaccharide production in ...

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    The present study was conducted to optimize the media composition through response surface methodology (RSM) for extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) production in Halobacillus trueperi AJSK strain isolated from the salt pan. Halobacillus trueperi was identified with morphological, biochemical characteristics as well as ...

  10. Modulation of Porphyridium aerugineum polysaccharide rheology ...

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    A stock (0.5% w/v) aqueous solution of the polysaccharide of the microalga Porphyridium aerugineum was further diluted using (i) deionized water and (ii) an aqueous (0.2% w/v) solution of a new, garden soil extract. The viscosity of the resultant solution was higher by about 23% (5 samples) where the soil extract was used ...

  11. Anticoagulant property of sulphated polysaccharides extracted from ...

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    The marine brown algae: Sargassum tenerrimum, Sargassum wightii, Turbinaria conoides, Turbinaria ornata and Padina tetrastromatica were collected from Mandapam Island, India. The crude sulphated polysaccharides (SPS) were extracted using hot water and examined for anticoagulation activity. The sugar, sulphate ...

  12. Non-starch polysaccharides in pig feeding

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    Bakker, G.C.M.; Dekker, R.A.; Jongbloed, A.W.

    1998-01-01

    In pigs and humans, the nutrients starch, protein, fat and some minerals need to be digested prior to the terminal ileum for optimal use of these nutrients. In contrast, the non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) are mainly fermented by microbes in the hindgut. Results of experiments in pigs showed that

  13. Enzymatic production of hyaluronan oligo- and polysaccharides

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    Kooy, F.K.

    2010-01-01

    Hyaluronan oligo- and polysaccharides are abundant in the human body. Depending on the chain length, hyaluronan is an important structural component or is involved in influencing cell responses during embryonic development, healing processes, inflammation and cancer. Due to these diverse roles of

  14. Polysaccharides from Polygonatum odoratum strengthen antioxidant ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the potential effects of polysaccharides isolated from Polygonatum odoratum (PPO) on oxidative stress induced by forced swimming exercise in mice. Methods: Mice were randomly divided into four groups: one control group and three PPO groups. The mice in the control group were administered ...

  15. Improved coupling of bacterial polysaccharides to macromolecules and solid supports

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    2013-01-01

    The invention relates to a method of producing a polysaccharide-carrier conjugate comprising coupling a polysaccharide to a carrier, said polysaccharide comprising at least one monosaccharide unit comprising a keto-carboxy group according to the formula -C(=O)COOR, where R is either hydrogen or C1......-alkoxyamine group of the carrier with a keto-carboxy group of said polysaccharide to form a covalent amide bond between the carrier and the polysaccharide. Another aspect of the present invention relates to a compound or solid surface obtained when performing the method of the present invention. A third aspect...

  16. Organization and polysaccharides of sponge aggregation factor.

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    Humphreys, S; Humphreys, T; Sano, J

    1977-01-01

    Aggregation factor, the macromolecular complex which mediates species-specific aggregation of dissociated sponge cells, was isolated from several species, partially characterized, and visualized by electron microscopy. All factors were large fibrous complexes with a backbone and side chains or arms. In some factors, the backbone is linear. In others it is circular and the complex appears as a sunburst with arms extending like rays from the circle. The size and location of the polysaccharide chains have been studied using purified preparations of Microciona prolifera. "Sunbursts" treated with ethylenediaminetraacetate (EDTA) for 4 weeks at 0 degrees C dissociate into 3 protein- and polysaccharide-containing components. Sodium dodecyl sulfate does not cause the sunburst to dissociate nor does it inhibit dissociation in the presence of EDTA suggesting that dissociation is not due to hydrolytic enzymes. The dissociation products were fractionated on a 977-A pore size micropore glass column. Fifteen percent of the material is excluded and appears in the electron microscope as the central circle of the sunburst. Digestion of the circles with 10(-3) M dithiothreitol (DTT) and 0.5 mg/ml proteinase K for 72 h at 37 degrees C produces 2 polysaccharide chains of 65,000 and 6,000 daltons as fractionated and sized on a 233-A pore size micropore glass column using Pharmacia dextrans as standards. The included fractions of the EDTA-treated material are subunits of the arms which contain 70% of the polysaccharide. A single polysaccharide of 6,000 daltons as measured on 233-A size glass beads and Sephadex G-75 is released from these subunits by proteinase digestion. Pharmacia dextrans are used as standard on both columns. We calculate that there would be four 65,000-dalton chains and one hundred 6,000-dalton chains per circle and fifty 6,000-dalton chains per arm. The third component of the EDTA-treated preparation is partially included on the column. It appears as linear fibrils

  17. Clips de películas que ilustran la perspectiva del paciente en una entrevista médica

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    Ashley R. WATSON

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Un elemento importante en la atención al paciente es la necesidad de reconocer la perspectiva de éste por medio de una entrevista médica. En nuestra facultad de medicina nos hemos percatado de que los estudiantes a menudo tienen dificultades para conocer y comprender las circunstancias del paciente. Aquí se presentan seis extractos de películas que se centran en dicha comunicación médico?paciente. Estos fragmentos presentan tres facetas de la perspectiva del paciente (antecedentes, manifestaciones, reconocimiento que pueden ser utilizadas para plantear un debate con los estudiantes y que se pueden integrar fácilmente en un programa de comunicación clínica.

  18. Control no Lineal Robusto de una Máquina para Fabricación de Películas Delgadas

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    Héctor Huerta; René Osorio; Nimrod Vázquez

    2017-01-01

    Resumen: En este artículo se presenta un esquema de control para una máquina utilizada para fabricación de películas delgadas, con un motor de corriente directa sin escobillas, basada en el método de centrifugación. Se incluye el modelo no lineal del motor sin escobillas, que corresponde a una máquina síncrona trifásica, con los flujos del rotor y las corrientes en el estator, como las dinámicas eléctricas, además de la velocidad en el rotor, como la dinámica mecánica. El objetivo de control ...

  19. Evaluación in vivo mediante microscopia confocal del efecto protector de la película barrera no irritante 3M Cavilon sobre la piel perilesional

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    Segovia Gómez, Teresa; Morán, José Antonio; González, Salvador

    2008-01-01

    ... y tróficos en la misma, muchos de ellos de causa iatrogénica, y donde el uso de la película barrera no irritante 3M Cavilon puede ser un pilar importante para una buena respuesta al tratamiento...

  20. A Unique Case of Malignant Pleuropericardial Effusion: HHV-8-Unrelated PEL-Like Lymphoma—A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Farhan Mohammad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL or body cavity lymphoma is a rare type of extra nodal lymphoma of B-cell origin that presents as lymphomatous effusion(s without any nodal enlargement or tumor masses. It belongs to the group of AIDS related non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. First described in 1996 in HIV infected individuals who were coinfected with Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV or HHV-8 virus, it was included as a separate entity in WHO classification of tumors of hematopoietic and lymphoid tissue in the year 2001. The definition included association with HHV-8 virus as a mandatory diagnostic criterion. However, cases were later reported where PEL-like disease process was diagnosed in HHV-8 negative patients. This was eventually recognized as a rare but distinct entity termed as “HHV-8-unrelated PEL-like lymphoma”. Herein, we are reporting a case of an elderly patient who presented with a large pleuropericardial effusion and was eventually diagnosed with this entity. Till date, only around 50 cases of HHV-8-unrelated PEL-like lymphoma have been reported and our case being EBV, HIV, and Hepatitis C negative makes it very unique and rare occurrence. We are also presenting a review of relevant literature focused mainly on comparing outcomes in patients treated with and without chemotherapy.

  1. Estudio de la conservación de la papaya (Carica papaya L. asociado a la aplicación de películas comestibles

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    Alessandra Almeida Castro

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Brasil es un importante productor de papaya, pero sólo una pequeña parte se exporta. Esta fruta es altamente perecedera, por lo que el control de la maduración es esencial para aumentar la vida útil, tanto para el mercado interno como para la exportación. Una alternativa que ha cobrado impulso en el mercado es el uso de películas comestibles biodegradables, entre ellas la película producida a partir de almidón de yuca. En este estudio se evaluó el efecto de una película de almidón de yuca (2 % sobre la papaya almacenadas a temperatura ambiental (25 ± 2 ºC y a 8 °C, y 82 % de humedad relativa durante 6 días de almacenamiento. Se realizaron análisis de pérdida de peso, color, pH, acidez, carotenoides totales, vitamina C y sólidos solubles totales, cada tres días de almacenamiento. La película comestible de almidón de yuca resultó ser una buena alternativa para la preservación de la papaya durante seis días de almacenamiento, en relación a los parámetros pH, grados Brix, acidez y carotenoides.

  2. The cost of conserving livestock diversity? Incentive measures and conservation options for maintaining indigenous Pelón pigs in Yucatan, Mexico.

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    Pattison, J; Drucker, A G; Anderson, S

    2007-06-01

    In the Mexican state of Yucatan the Pel6n pig breed has been identified as being endangered. The gradual disappearance of this indigenous breed that is able to survive well in an extreme environment and under low-input conditions undermines food and livestock security for Yucatan's rural poor. This study uses contingent valuation to identify those backyard pig producers who require least compensation to conserve the Pel6n breed. Understanding the conditions under which livestock keepers most committed to the use of the indigenous breed would be willing to participate in different conservation scenarios allows for a comparative analysis of alternate conservation schemes, in terms of cost and breed population growth. The findings suggest that establishing a community-based conservation scheme could be sufficient to ensure that the Pel6n pig reaches a 'not at risk' extinction status. Alternatively, establishing open-nucleus breeding schemes would result in a higher effective population size, but at relatively greater cost. We conclude that for the specific case of the Pel6n pig in Yucatan, Mexico, if effectively designed, the cost of conservation and sustainable use strategies may be little more than the cost of facilitating access to the animal genetic resource for those most reliant upon it.

  3. Hypolipidemic effects of crude green tea polysaccharide on rats, and structural features of tea polysaccharides isolated from the crude polysaccharide.

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    Nakamura, Michiko; Miura, Sayaka; Takagaki, Akiko; Nanjo, Fumio

    2017-05-01

    Crude tea polysaccharide (crude TPS) was prepared from instant green tea by ethanol precipitation followed by ultrafiltration membrane treatment and its effects on blood lipid, liver lipid, and fecal lipid levels were examined with Sprague-Dawley rats fed a high-fat diet. Although crude TPS showed no effects on the serum lipid levels, it suppressed the liver lipid accumulation and increased the fecal excretion of dietary fat. Then, the structural features of crude TPS were investigated. After separation of crude TPS by DEAE-cellulose and gel-filtration column chromatography, two kinds of neutral tea polysaccharides (NTPS-LP and NTPS-HH) and an acidic polysaccharide (ATPS-MH) were obtained. According to monosaccharide composition, methylation, and NMR analyses, NTPS-LP, NPTS-HH, and ATPS-MH were presumed to be starch, arabinogalactan with β-1,3-linked galactosyl backbone blanched at position 6 and with 1,5-linked arabinofuranosyl residues, and α-1,4-linked galacturonic acid backbone with arabinogalactan region, respectively.

  4. Polysaccharide structure of tetrasporic red seaweed Tichocarpus crinitus.

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    Byankina Barabanova, A O; Sokolova, E V; Anastyuk, S D; Isakov, V V; Glazunov, V P; Volod'ko, A V; Yakovleva, I M; Solov'eva, T F; Yermak, I M

    2013-10-15

    Sulfated polysaccharide isolated from tetrasporic plants of Tichocarpus crinitus was investigated. The polysaccharide was isolated by two methods: with water extraction at 80 °C (HT) and with a mild alkaline extraction (AE). The extracted polysaccharides were presented by non-gelling ones only, while galactose and 3,6-AG were the main monosaccharides, at the same time amount of 3,6-AG in AE polysaccharides was the similar to that of HT. According to methods of spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, the polysaccharide from tetrasporic T. crinitus contains main blocks of 1,3-linked β-D-galactopyranosyl-2,4-disulfates and 1,4-linked 3,6-anhydro-α-D-galactopyranosyl while 6-sulfated 4-linked galactopyranosyl resudies are randomly distributed along the polysaccharide chain. The alkaline treatment of HT polysaccharide results in obtaining polysaccharide with regular structure that composed of alternating 1,3-linked β-D-galactopyranosyl-2,4-disulfates and 1,4-linked 3,6-anhydro-α-D-galactopyranosyl residues. Native polysaccharide (HT) possessed both high anticoagulant and antiplatelet activity measured by fibrin clotting and platelet aggregation induced by collagen. This activity could be connected with peculiar chemical structure of HT polysaccharide which has high sulfation degree and contains also 3,6-anhydrogalactose in the polymer chain. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Effects of selenizing angelica polysaccharide and selenizing garlic polysaccharide on immune function of murine peritoneal macrophage.

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    Gao, Zhenzhen; Liu, Kuanhui; Tian, Weijun; Wang, Hongchao; Liu, Zhenguang; Li, Youying; Li, Entao; Liu, Cui; Li, Xiuping; Hou, Ranran; Yue, Chanjuan; Wang, Deyun; Hu, Yuanliang

    2015-07-01

    The effects of two selenizing polysaccharides (sCAP2 and sGPS6) on immune function of murine peritoneal macrophages taking two non-selenizing polysaccharides (CAP and GPS) and modifier Na2SeO3 as control. In vitro test, the changes of selenizing polysaccharides, non-selenizing polysaccharides and Na2SeO3 on murine macrophages function were evaluated by phagocytosis and nitric oxide (NO) secretion tests. In vivo test, the mice were injected respectively with 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 mg of sCAP2, sGPS6, CAP and GPS, or Na2SeO3 80 μg or normal saline 0.4 mL. The peritoneal macrophages were collected and cultured to determine the contents of TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-10 in supernatants by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The results showed that sCAP2 and sGPS6 could significantly promote the phagocytosis and secretion of NO and three cytokines of macrophages in comparison with CAP and GPS. sCAP2 possessed the strongest activity. This indicates that selenylation modification can further improve the immune-enhancing activity of polysaccharide, and sCAP2 could be as a new immunopotentiator. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. POLYPEPTIDE AND POLYSACCHARIDE PROCESSING IN HYPERTHERMOPHILIC MICROORGANISMS

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    KELLY, ROBERT M.

    2008-12-22

    This project focused on the microbial physiology and biochemistry of heterotrophic hyperthermophiles with respect to mechanisms by which these organisms process polypeptides and polysaccharides under normal and stressed conditions. Emphasis is on two model organisms, for which completed genome sequences are available: Pyrococcus furiosus (growth Topt of 98°C), an archaeon, and Thermotoga maritima (growth Topt of 80°C), a bacterium. Both organisms are obligately anaerobic heterotrophs that reduce sulfur facultatively. Whole genome cDNA spotted microarrays were used to follow transcriptional response to a variety of environmental conditions in order to identify genes encoding proteins involved in the acquisition, synthesis, processing and utilization of polypeptides and polysaccharides. This project provided new insights into the physiological aspects of hyperthermophiles as these relate to microbial biochemistry and biological function in high temperature habitats. The capacity of these microorganisms to produce biohydrogen from renewable feedstocks makes them important for future efforts to develop biofuels.

  7. Electrospinning of food proteins and polysaccharides

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    Mendes, Ana Carina Loureiro; Boutrup Stephansen, Karen; Chronakis, Ioannis S.

    2017-01-01

    Nano-microfibrous structures of biopolymers with a wide range of compositions, morphologies, mechanical properties and bioactivities could be developed using electrospinning technology. This review focuses on the processing, properties, functionalization and potential applications of electrospun ...... biopolymers. Biopolymers include proteins (gelatin, collagen, elastin, silk, soy zein, gliadin, hordein, amaranth, casein, wheat, whey, marine sources proteins), and polysaccharides (chitosan, starch, alginate, cellulose and cellulose derivatives, pullulan, dextran, cyclodextrins)....

  8. Pneumococcal capsular polysaccharide structure predicts serotype prevalence.

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    Daniel M Weinberger

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available There are 91 known capsular serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae. The nasopharyngeal carriage prevalence of particular serotypes is relatively stable worldwide, but the host and bacterial factors that maintain these patterns are poorly understood. Given the possibility of serotype replacement following vaccination against seven clinically important serotypes, it is increasingly important to understand these factors. We hypothesized that the biochemical structure of the capsular polysaccharides could influence the degree of encapsulation of different serotypes, their susceptibility to killing by neutrophils, and ultimately their success during nasopharyngeal carriage. We sought to measure biological differences among capsular serotypes that may account for epidemiological patterns. Using an in vitro assay with both isogenic capsule-switch variants and clinical carriage isolates, we found an association between increased carriage prevalence and resistance to non-opsonic neutrophil-mediated killing, and serotypes that were resistant to neutrophil-mediated killing tended to be more heavily encapsulated, as determined by FITC-dextran exclusion. Next, we identified a link between polysaccharide structure and carriage prevalence. Significantly, non-vaccine serotypes that have become common in vaccinated populations tend to be those with fewer carbons per repeat unit and low energy expended per repeat unit, suggesting a novel biological principle to explain patterns of serotype replacement. More prevalent serotypes are more heavily encapsulated and more resistant to neutrophil-mediated killing, and these phenotypes are associated with the structure of the capsular polysaccharide, suggesting a direct relationship between polysaccharide biochemistry and the success of a serotype during nasopharyngeal carriage and potentially providing a method for predicting serotype replacement.

  9. The effect of polysaccharide-degrading wine yeast transformants on the efficiency of wine processing and wine flavour.

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    Louw, C; La Grange, D; Pretorius, I S; van Rensburg, P

    2006-10-01

    Commercial polysaccharase preparations are applied to winemaking to improve wine processing and quality. Expression of polysaccharase-encoding genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae allows for the recombinant strains to degrade polysaccharides that traditional commercial yeast strains cannot. In this study, we constructed recombinant wine yeast strains that were able to degrade the problem-causing grape polysaccharides, glucan and xylan, by separately integrating the Trichoderma reesei XYN2 xylanase gene construct and the Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens END1 glucanase gene cassette into the genome of the commercial wine yeast strain S. cerevisiae VIN13. These genes were also combined in S. cerevisiae VIN13 under the control of different promoters. The strains that were constructed were compared under winemaking conditions with each other and with a recombinant wine yeast strain expressing the endo-beta-1,4-glucanase gene cassette (END1) from B. fibrisolvens and the endo-beta-1,4-xylanase gene cassette (XYN4) from Aspergillus niger, a recombinant strain expressing the pectate lyase gene cassette (PEL5) from Erwinia chrysanthemi and the polygalacturonase-encoding gene cassette (PEH1) from Erwinia carotovora. Wine was made with the recombinant strains using different grape cultivars. Fermentations with the recombinant VIN13 strains resulted in significant increases in free-flow wine when Ruby Cabernet must was fermented. After 6 months of bottle ageing significant differences in colour intensity and colour stability could be detected in Pinot Noir and Ruby Cabernet wines fermented with different recombinant strains. After this period the volatile composition of Muscat d'Alexandria, Ruby Cabernet and Pinot Noir wines fermented with different recombinant strains also showed significant differences. The Pinot Noir wines were also sensorial evaluated and the tasting panel preferred the wines fermented with the recombinant strains.

  10. Characterization and antitumor activity of pollen polysaccharide.

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    Yang, Xiaoping; Guo, Dayong; Zhang, Jinming; Wu, Moucheng

    2007-04-01

    The polysaccharide LBPP was extracted and isolated from the pollen of brassica napus L., and the antitumor activity was evaluated on Sarcoma 180-bearing mice and B16 melanoma-bearing mice through transplantable animal tumor. Mice were treated with three doses of the polysaccharide LBPP (50, 100 and 200 mg/kg body weight) for 10 days. Tumor weight, relative spleen and thymus weight, lymphocyte proliferation, natural killer cell activity, delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH), phagocytic function of monocyte, serum hemolysis antibody and peripheral blood of tumor-bearing mice were studied. At the doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg, a significant decrease (P<0.01) in tumor formation, a significant increase (P<0.05) in relative spleen and thymus weight, natural killer cell activity, phagocytic function of monocyte, lymphocyte proliferation, and serum hemolysis antibody, and a significant improvement of peripheral blood abnormality (P<0.05) and anemia (P<0.01) were observed. Results of these studies demonstrated that the polysaccharide LBPP had anti-tumor activity, which was mediated by immunomodulation and leukogenic and antianemic actions.

  11. Iron oxyhydroxide mineralization on microbial extracellular polysaccharides

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    Chan, Clara S.; Fakra, Sirine C.; Edwards, David C.; Emerson, David; Banfield, Jillian F.

    2010-06-22

    Iron biominerals can form in neutral pH microaerophilic environments where microbes both catalyze iron oxidation and create polymers that localize mineral precipitation. In order to classify the microbial polymers that influence FeOOH mineralogy, we studied the organic and mineral components of biominerals using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), micro X-ray fluorescence ({mu}XRF) microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). We focused on iron microbial mat samples from a creek and abandoned mine; these samples are dominated by iron oxyhydroxide-coated structures with sheath, stalk, and filament morphologies. In addition, we characterized the mineralized products of an iron-oxidizing, stalk-forming bacterial culture isolated from the mine. In both natural and cultured samples, microbial polymers were found to be acidic polysaccharides with carboxyl functional groups, strongly spatially correlated with iron oxyhydroxide distribution patterns. Organic fibrils collect FeOOH and control its recrystallization, in some cases resulting in oriented crystals with high aspect ratios. The impact of polymers is particularly pronounced as the materials age. Synthesis experiments designed to mimic the biomineralization processes show that the polysaccharide carboxyl groups bind dissolved iron strongly but release it as mineralization proceeds. Our results suggest that carboxyl groups of acidic polysaccharides are produced by different microorganisms to create a wide range of iron oxyhydroxide biomineral structures. The intimate and potentially long-term association controls the crystal growth, phase, and reactivity of iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticles in natural systems.

  12. Marine Origin Polysaccharides in Drug Delivery Systems

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    Matias J. Cardoso

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Oceans are a vast source of natural substances. In them, we find various compounds with wide biotechnological and biomedical applicabilities. The exploitation of the sea as a renewable source of biocompounds can have a positive impact on the development of new systems and devices for biomedical applications. Marine polysaccharides are among the most abundant materials in the seas, which contributes to a decrease of the extraction costs, besides their solubility behavior in aqueous solvents and extraction media, and their interaction with other biocompounds. Polysaccharides such as alginate, carrageenan and fucoidan can be extracted from algae, whereas chitosan and hyaluronan can be obtained from animal sources. Most marine polysaccharides have important biological properties such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, and anti-inflammatory activity, as well as adhesive and antimicrobial actions. Moreover, they can be modified in order to allow processing them into various shapes and sizes and may exhibit response dependence to external stimuli, such as pH and temperature. Due to these properties, these biomaterials have been studied as raw material for the construction of carrier devices for drugs, including particles, capsules and hydrogels. The devices are designed to achieve a controlled release of therapeutic agents in an attempt to fight against serious diseases, and to be used in advanced therapies, such as gene delivery or regenerative medicine.

  13. Marine Origin Polysaccharides in Drug Delivery Systems.

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    Cardoso, Matias J; Costa, Rui R; Mano, João F

    2016-02-05

    Oceans are a vast source of natural substances. In them, we find various compounds with wide biotechnological and biomedical applicabilities. The exploitation of the sea as a renewable source of biocompounds can have a positive impact on the development of new systems and devices for biomedical applications. Marine polysaccharides are among the most abundant materials in the seas, which contributes to a decrease of the extraction costs, besides their solubility behavior in aqueous solvents and extraction media, and their interaction with other biocompounds. Polysaccharides such as alginate, carrageenan and fucoidan can be extracted from algae, whereas chitosan and hyaluronan can be obtained from animal sources. Most marine polysaccharides have important biological properties such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, and anti-inflammatory activity, as well as adhesive and antimicrobial actions. Moreover, they can be modified in order to allow processing them into various shapes and sizes and may exhibit response dependence to external stimuli, such as pH and temperature. Due to these properties, these biomaterials have been studied as raw material for the construction of carrier devices for drugs, including particles, capsules and hydrogels. The devices are designed to achieve a controlled release of therapeutic agents in an attempt to fight against serious diseases, and to be used in advanced therapies, such as gene delivery or regenerative medicine.

  14. Polysaccharide Nanosystems for Future Progress in Cardiovascular Pathologies

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    Silva, Amanda Karine Andriola; Letourneur, Didier; Chauvierre, Cédric

    2014-01-01

    Natural polysaccharides have received a lot of attention in the biomedical field. Indeed, sources of polysaccharides, extracted or produced from plants, bacteria, fungi or algae, are diverse and renewable. Moreover, recent progresses in polysaccharide chemistry and nanotechnologies allow elaborating new dedicated nanosystems. Polysaccharide-based nanosystems may be designed for interacting in several biological processes. In particular, the atherothrombotic pathology is highly concerned by polysaccharide-mediated recognition. Atherothrombotic diseases, regardless of the anatomical localization, remain the main causes of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world. This review intends to provide an overview on polysaccharide-based nanosystems as drug delivery systems and targeted contrast agents for molecular imaging with an emphasis on the treatment and imaging of cardiovascular pathologies. PMID:24723980

  15. Antibacterial and antiviral study of dialdehyde polysaccharides

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    Song, Le

    Concerns for microbial contamination and infection to the general population, especially the spread of drug-resistant microorganisms, have greatly increased. Polymeric biocides have been found to be a feasible strategy to inactivate drug-resistant bacteria. However, current polymeric biocide systems involve multi-step chemical reactions and they are not cost-effective. Desirable antimicrobial systems need to be designed to be environmentally friendly, broad-spectrum effective against microorganisms, flexible for various delivery methods and economically affordable. We demonstrated that dialdehyde polysaccharides (including dialdehyde starch and dialdehdye cellulose) were broad-spectrum polymeric biocides against gram-positive/negative bacteria, bacteriophages and human virus. These polymers can be easily converted from starch and cellulose through one-step periodate oxidation. Destructions of microorganism by dialdehyde polysaccharides have been achieved in aqueous suspension or by solid surface contact. The dialdehdye functions of dialdehdye polysaccharides were found to be the dominant action against microorganism. The reactivity of the dialdehyde functionality was found to be pH-dependent as well as related to the dispersion of dialdehyde polysaccharides. Degradation of dialdehyde starch during cooking was confirmed. Degradation of dialdehyde starch was more liable in alkaline condition. Carboxylic acid and conjugated aldehyde functionalities were the two main degradation products, confirmed from the spectroscopic studies. The pH effect on the polysaccharide structure and the corresponding antimicrobial activity was very complicated. No decisive conclusions could be obtained from this study. Liner inactivation kinetics was found for dialdehyde starch aqueous suspension against bacteria. This linear inactivation kinetics was derived from the pseudo-first chemical reaction between the dialdehyde starch and the bacteria. The established inactivation kinetics was

  16. Recombinant expression of Streptococcus pneumoniae capsular polysaccharides in Escherichia coli.

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    Kay, EJ; Yates, LE; Terra, VS; Cuccui, J.; Wren, BW

    2016-01-01

    Currently, Streptococcus pneumoniae is responsible for over 14 million cases of pneumonia worldwide annually, and over 1 million deaths, the majority of them children. The major determinant for pathogenesis is a polysaccharide capsule that is variable and is used to distinguish strains based on their serotype. The capsule forms the basis of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) that contains purified capsular polysaccharide from 23 serotypes, and the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (...

  17. Evaluation of Phosphorylated Psyllium Seed Polysaccharide as a Release Retardant.

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    Rao, Monica R P; Warrier, Deepa U; Rao, Shivani H

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to modify psyllium seed polysaccharide and evaluate the modified polysaccharide as release retardant in tablets employing ciprofloxacin hydrochloride as model drug. Studies on polysaccharide from psyllium husk has been reported but no work has been reported on characterization and modification of the polysaccharide present in the psyllium (Plantago ovata) seed and the use of the modified polysaccharide as a release retardant in tablets. In this study, the seed gum was modified using sodium trimetaphosphate as crosslinking agent. Sustained release matrix tablets of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride were prepared by wet granulation using various drug-polymer ratios. The polymers investigated were psyllium polysaccharide, phosphorylated psyllium polysaccharide and widely used release retardant hydroxypropyl methylcellulose K100M. The tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, drug content, swelling profile and in vitro dissolution studies. The matrix tablets containing 1:3 proportion of drug-phosphorylated psyllium polysaccharide was found to have higher hardness as compared to tablets containing 1:1 and 1:2 proportions. The results of swelling behavior in water showed that the tablets containing 1:3 drug:phosphorylated psyllium polysaccharide ratio had swelling comparable to that of tablets containing 1:3 drug:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose ratio. The in vitro dissolution studies shows that the dissolution rate was retarded from 98.41 to 37.6% in 6 h with increase in concentration of phosphorylated psyllium polysaccharide from 100 to 300 mg. Formulations containing psyllium polysaccharide showed complete drug release in 8 h whereas those formulated with phosphorylated psyllium polysaccharide exhibited extended drug release over the 12 h period. Drug release kinetic studies revealed that drug release followed Korsmeyer-Peppas model.

  18. Life cycle assessment of polysaccharide materials: a review

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    Shen, L; Patel, M.K.

    2008-01-01

    Apart from conventional uses of polysaccharide materials, such as food, clothing, paper packaging and construction, new polysaccharide products and materials have been developed. This paper reviews life cycle assessment (LCA) studies in order to gain insight of the environmental profiles of polysaccharide products (e.g. viscose or natural fibre polymer composites) in comparison with their conventional counterparts (e.g. cotton or petrochemical polymers). The application areas covered are text...

  19. Modified polysaccharides as alternative binders for foundry industry

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    K. Kaczmarska; B. Grabowska; D. Drożyński; A. Bobrowski; Ż. Kurleto; Ł. Szymański

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    Polysaccharides constitute a wide group of important polymers with many commercial applications, for example food packaging, fibres, coatings, adhesives etc. This review is devoted to the presentation of polysaccharide application in foundry industry. In this paper the selected properties of foundry moulding sand and core sand containing modified polysaccharides as binders are presented according to foreign literature data. Also, author’s own research about effect of using moulding sand binde...

  20. Characterization and Antitumor Activity of a Polysaccharide from Sarcodia ceylonensis

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    Yijun Fan; Mengchuan Lin; Aoshuang Luo; Ze Chun; Aoxue Luo

    2014-01-01

    A water-soluble polysaccharide from Sarcodia ceylonensis was obtained by using the method of water-extraction and ethanol-precipitation. The polysaccharide was further purified by chromatography on AB-8 and ADS-7 columns, yielding a pure polysaccharide termed SCP-60. The molecular weight (Mw) of SCP-60 was calculated to be 50.0 kDa, based on the calibration curve obtained with a series of Dextran T standards. The results of FT-IR indicated that the polysaccharide contains the α-configuration ...

  1. Efecto del tipo y contenido de aceites esenciales sobre las propiedades mecánicas y barrera de películas comestibles basadas en zeína

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    Marzo Rojas, Irene

    2010-01-01

    Las películas comestibles basadas en zeína presentan importantes aplicaciones potenciales para su utilización en alimentos. Sin embargo, la necesidad de añadir aditivos como los plastificantes para mejorar sus propiedades provocan cambios en las propiedades físicas de las películas. Un complemento al uso de plastificantes puede ser el empleo de aceites esenciales pues su aplicación en las películas comestibles es por el momento limitada y además aportaría ya conocidas propie...

  2. [Chemistry of polysaccharide Lzps-1 from Ganoderma lucidum spore and anti-tumor activity of its total polysaccharides].

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    Jiang, Yan; Wang, Hao; Lü, Long; Tian, Geng-yuan

    2005-04-01

    To study the structure and anti-tumor activity of polysaccharide from Ganoderma lucidum spore treated with microwave. DEAE-cellulose and Sephadex G-50 column chromatography were used to isolate and purify the polysaccharide whose structure was characterized by using chemical and spectral methods. One polysaccharide, named Lzps-1 was obtained from the water extract, with its molecular weight estimated by HPGPC to be 8000. Its structure was investigated to be glucan. The total polysaccharides, Lzps processed antitumor activity against sarcoma 180 and Lewis lung cancer in mice and enhanced the NK cell activity. Lzps-1 is obtained for the first time from Ganoderma spore Lzps has anti-tumor activity.

  3. CytR Homolog of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum Controls Air-Liquid Biofilm Formation by Regulating Multiple Genes Involved in Cellulose Production, c-di-GMP Signaling, Motility, and Type III Secretion System in Response to Nutritional and Environmental Signals

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    M. M. Haque

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum [Pcc (formerly Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora] PC1 causes soft-rot disease in a wide variety of plant species by secreting multiple pathogenicity-related traits. In this study, regulatory mechanism of air-liquid (AL biofilm formation was studied using a cytR homolog gene deletion mutant (ΔcytR of Pcc PC1. Compared to the wild type (Pcc PC1, the ΔcytR mutant produced fragile and significantly (P < 0.001 lower amounts of AL biofilm on salt-optimized broth plus 2% glycerol (SOBG, yeast peptone dextrose adenine, and also on King’s B at 27°C after 72 h incubation in static condition. The wild type also produced significantly higher quantities of AL biofilm on SOBGMg– (magnesium deprived containing Cupper (Cu2+, Zinc (Zn2+, Manganese (Mn2+, Magnesium (Mg2+, and Calcium (Ca2+ compared to the ΔcytR mutant. Moreover, the wild type was produced higher amounts of biofilms compared to the mutant while responding to pH and osmotic stresses. The ΔfliC (encoding flagellin, flhD::Tn5 (encoding a master regulator and ΔmotA (a membrane protein essential for flagellar rotation mutants produced a lighter and more fragile AL biofilm on SOBG compared to their wild counterpart. All these mutants resulted in having weak bonds with the cellulose specific dye (Calcofluor producing lower quantities of cellulose compared to the wild type. Gene expression analysis using mRNA collected from the AL biofilms showed that ΔcytR mutant significantly (P < 0.001 reduced the expressions of multiple genes responsible for cellulose production (bcsA, bcsE, and adrA, motility (flhD, fliA, fliC, and motA and type III secretion system (hrpX, hrpL, hrpA, and hrpN compared to the wild type. The CytR homolog was therefore, argued to be able to regulate the AL biofilm formation by controlling cellulose production, motility and T3SS in Pcc PC1. In addition, all the mutants exhibited poorer attachment to radish sprouts and AL biofilm cells of the wild type was resistant than stationary-phase and planktonic cells to acidity and oxidative stress compared to the same cells of the ΔcytR mutant. The results of this study therefore suggest that CytR homolog is a major determinant of Pcc PC1’s virulence, attachment and its survival mechanism.

  4. Immunomodulatory dietary polysaccharides: a systematic review of the literature

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    Nelson Erika D

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A large body of literature suggests that certain polysaccharides affect immune system function. Much of this literature, however, consists of in vitro studies or studies in which polysaccharides were injected. Their immunologic effects following oral administration is less clear. The purpose of this systematic review was to consolidate and evaluate the available data regarding the specific immunologic effects of dietary polysaccharides. Methods Studies were identified by conducting PubMed and Google Scholar electronic searches and through reviews of polysaccharide article bibliographies. Only articles published in English were included in this review. Two researchers reviewed data on study design, control, sample size, results, and nature of outcome measures. Subsequent searches were conducted to gather information about polysaccharide safety, structure and composition, and disposition. Results We found 62 publications reporting statistically significant effects of orally ingested glucans, pectins, heteroglycans, glucomannans, fucoidans, galactomannans, arabinogalactans and mixed polysaccharide products in rodents. Fifteen controlled human studies reported that oral glucans, arabinogalactans, heteroglycans, and fucoidans exerted significant effects. Although some studies investigated anti-inflammatory effects, most studies investigated the ability of oral polysaccharides to stimulate the immune system. These studies, as well as safety and toxicity studies, suggest that these polysaccharide products appear to be largely well-tolerated. Conclusions Taken as a whole, the oral polysaccharide literature is highly heterogenous and is not sufficient to support broad product structure/function generalizations. Numerous dietary polysaccharides, particularly glucans, appear to elicit diverse immunomodulatory effects in numerous animal tissues, including the blood, GI tract and spleen. Glucan extracts from the Trametes versicolor

  5. Modificaciones físicas, químicas y enzimáticas y sus efectos sobre las propiedades de las películas de quitosano

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    Valderrama,N.; Albarracín,W.

    2014-01-01

    Las recientes investigaciones en el campo de biopolímeros han intentado brindar soluciones tecnológicas a los retos en el campo de la ciencia y la tecnología de los materiales. En los últimos años, se han llevado a cabo investigaciones con el objetivo de modificar las propiedades de películas empleando tratamientos enzimáticos y físicos, tales como la aplicación de radiaciones, pulsos eléctricos, plasma, tratamientos térmicos, uso de fluidos supercríticos, así como la conformación de película...

  6. Representaciones femeninas en el cine: poder y género en la película Rosario Tijeras

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    Azul Kikey Castelli-Olvera

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se sostiene que la película Rosario Tijeras es un filme que puede considerarse feminista pues, Rosario Tijeras es una mujer empoderada que cuenta su propia historia. Lo anterior en consideración a que el empoderamiento enfocado desde el movimiento feminista y la perspectiva de género implica que las mujeres accedan en igual medida a los bienes materiales, intelectuales e ideológicos que permitan que tomen decisiones sobre sus cuerpos y sus vidas, se entiende que no en todos los casos el empoderamiento se da de manera positiva sino que puede manifestarse como confrontación con la propia estructura social. En este sentido desempeña un papel fundamental el contexto. Rosario Tijeras vive en un contexto definido por hombres, pero durante el desarrollo de la historia va asumiendo decisiones sobre su cuerpo y sobre su vida aún a costa de su propia seguridad, convirtiéndose en una transgresora. El análisis se realiza a partir de: 1. la propuesta de Scott, quien desagrega los elementos que constituyen la identidad de género y que en este trabajo funcionan como categorías; el análisis semiótico partiendo de Cirlot y Tresidder; y 2. El análisis formal a través de la descripción de antecedentes y uso del lenguaje cinematográfico

  7. La imagen de la España tardofranquista en las películas de Manolo Escobar

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    E Pérez Morán

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Nos acercamos al cine popular del tardofranquismo, del que estudiamos las 200 películas más taquilleras. Para este artículo analizamos, bajo técnicas cualitativas, el ciclo de filmes protagonizados entre 1966 y 1975 por el actor y cantante Manolo Escobar, al ser el más rentable económicamente y el más explícito en cuanto a sus mensajes. Pretendemos estudiar la transmisión de valores, ideas y creencias en este tipo de cine, que a priori se esconde bajo la fórmula del entretenimiento pero que en el fondo es un vehículo ideológico, como quedará demostrado. La preeminencia del macho, el servilismo de las mujeres, la explotación de otros tópicos celtibéricos del momento o el ensalzamiento de lo español hacia lo foráneo son algunas de las constantes de estas comedias musicales cuyos finales tranquilizadores concluían que el éxito estaba al alcance de cualquiera que acatara los códigos de conducta imperantes en la España tardofranquista.

  8. Polysaccharides and bacterial plugging. [Leuconostoc mesenteroides

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    Fogler, H.S.

    1993-02-01

    Bacterial products such as biogasses, surfactants, and organic acids are all metabolic products that can enhance oil recovery during flooding. Exploiting the ability of the cells to produce these products is typically called Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery or MEOR. Accompanying cellular generation of these beneficial metabolites is biomass which includes both cell and polysaccharide production. The biomass can induce the permeability of the reservoir. This permeability reduction can be detrimental if it occurs at the well face, but can be beneficial if it occurs in the high permeable, water-swept zones. Under these latter conditions, the biomass acts as a water diverting agent during flooding. To achieve diversion, however understanding and predicting the transport and retention of cells within a reservoir is important Therefore, the objective of this research is to determine the conditions under which proper placement of the cells into the reservoir and adequate biomass production (i.e., cell growth and polymer production) occurs. In the following sections, results from experimental work demonstrate the importance of polysaccharides, a cellular polymer used by cells for adhesion to surfaces and for nutrient storage, for controlling cell transport. It is shown that cellular production of polysaccharides rather than just cell growth reduces the permeability of porous media. In addition, transport of polymer-free versus polymer-producing cells are compared under conditions of varying ionic strength of transport solutions. Finally, the kinetics for cell growth, substrate utilization, and polymer production are determined experimentally to support development of models to describe the production of biomass. This information will be used to develop a model to predict plugging of porous media.

  9. Cuantificación de la retención de Carvacrol y Eugenol durante la formación de películas comestibles activas

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    Garde Izquierdo, Gaizka

    2013-01-01

    La aplicación más innovadora de las películas y recubrimientos comestibles es su empleo como matrices portadoras de distintos aditivos funcionales como los agentes antimicrobianos capaces de aumentar la seguridad, vida comercial y calidad de los alimentos. Actualmente, en la industria agroalimentaria existe una fuerte tendencia a seleccionar formulaciones basadas en compuestos naturales con el fin de satisfacer las demandas de los consumidores de alimentos saludables y libres de aditivos q...

  10. Novel and established applications of microbial polysaccharides.

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    Sutherland, I W

    1998-01-01

    Microbial exopolysaccharides such as xanthan and dextran have been commercial products for many years; the search for new gelling agents has yielded gellan. Exopolysaccharides have many other novel properties to offer, and the discovery of immune modulation and tumouristasis by beta-D-glucans, and the use of bacterial cellulose in audio membranes and of hyaluronic acid in cosmetics provide some novel applications. Semisynthetic polymers and polysaccharides as sources of oligosaccharides and as enzyme substrates in the determination of enzyme specificity should further increase the interest in these macromolecules.

  11. Methods of saccharification of polysaccharides in plants

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    Howard, John; Fake, Gina

    2014-04-29

    Saccharification of polysaccharides of plants is provided, where release of fermentable sugars from cellulose is obtained by adding plant tissue composition. Production of glucose is obtained without the need to add additional .beta.-glucosidase. Adding plant tissue composition to a process using a cellulose degrading composition to degrade cellulose results in an increase in the production of fermentable sugars compared to a process in which plant tissue composition is not added. Using plant tissue composition in a process using a cellulose degrading enzyme composition to degrade cellulose results in decrease in the amount of cellulose degrading enzyme composition or exogenously applied cellulase required to produce fermentable sugars.

  12. Películas biodegradables a base de almidón: propiedades mecánicas, funcionales y biodegradación

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    Rafael Antonio Oropeza González

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available El envasado es la principal fuente de desechos plásticos contaminantes. Del volumen total de desechos plásticos en el mundo, la mayor parte corresponde al envasado de alimentos. Las películas biodegradables han sido utilizadas en numerosas aplicaciones con diferentes aspectos debido a la versatilidad de sus propiedades y por factores medioambientales. El interés se ha incrementado en la búsqueda de materiales para envasado proveniente de fuentes renovables. Entre los polímeros utilizados, el almidón reviste el mayor interés por su abundancia en la naturaleza, biodegradabilidad, ser renovable y de bajo costo. Por sus limitaciones, permanentemente se llevan a cabo investigaciones que evalúan la mezcla del almidón con diversos componentes en el desarrollo de nuevas películas biodegradables. La literatura al respecto es considerable y en este trabajo parte de ella fue revisada y compilada, para dar una idea del estatus de las películas a base de almidón, con énfasis en las propiedades mecánicas.

  13. Efectos del fenómeno "El Niño 1997-98" sobre los principales recursos pelágicos en la costa peruana

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    Miguel Ñiquen

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available En el período abril 1997 setiembre 1998 fueron realizados 5 cruceros de evaluación de los recursos pelágicos en la costa peruana, éstos permitieron observar cambios en la composición por especies, distribución, estructura por tamaño, reproducción y niveles poblacionales de los principales recursos pelágicos. Estos cambios guardan similitud con los observados en los eventos El Niño 1972-73 y 1982-83, especialmente en cuanto a la disminución de la biomasa de anchoveta y el incremento de otras especies pelágicas. En el período post-Niño se observó cambios notables en la estructura por tallas de anchoveta, mientras que la sardina, samas a y caballa coincidieron en mostrar buenos reclutamientos. La actividad reproductiva también se incrementó, inclusive en tallas juveniles, destacando la incidencia de sardinas sexualmente maduras con longitudes de 18-20 cm, situación que no había sido antes registrada.

  14. El cine como recurso para el conocimiento de las personas con discapacidad: Veinticinco películas de la última década

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    Mª Inés MONJAS CASARES

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Es indudable el poder del cine para transmitir informaciones, para provocar emociones y para estimular la empatía con los personajes y sus situaciones. Por ese motivo se propone la utilización de películas con protagonistas con discapacidad para favorecer la “visibilidad”, la normalización y el acercamiento a la realidad y a la situación de las personas con discapacidad. Para ello se han seleccionado veinticinco películas de la última década con protagonistas con discapacidad intelectual, física, motora, visual, auditiva y con trastornos del espectro autista. Los resultados más relevantes del análisis efectuado muestran que los problemas físicos, de autismo y de discapacidad intelectual son los más considerados, que los protagonistas con discapacidad son en gran medida jóvenes y adultos varones, que se presentan una gran variedad de temas (personales, interpersonales y afectivo-sexuales, familiares, médicos…, siendo los aspectos familiares los que tienen mayor relevancia y que se evidencia la presencia de actores con discapacidad. Asimismo es preciso constatar que la imagen de las personas con discapacidad en estas películas es mucho más ajustada a la realidad y más positiva que lo que habitualmente ocurría en la filmografía de décadas anteriores.

  15. Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases from Myceliophthora thermophila C1

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    Frommhagen, Matthias

    2017-01-01

    Current developments aim at the effective enzymatic degradation of plant biomass polysaccharides into fermentable monosaccharides for biofuels and biochemicals. Recently discovered lytic polysaccharide monooxgygenases (LPMOs) boost the hydrolytic breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass, especially cellulose, due to their oxidative mechanism. At the beginning of this thesis, only few LPMOs were characterized and many aspects related to their catalytic performance were unknown. Hence, in this thes...

  16. Anti-viral activity of red microalgal polysaccharides against retroviruses

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    Huleihel Mahmoud M

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Red microalgal polysaccharides significantly inhibited the production of retroviruses (murine leukemia virus- MuLV and cell transformation by murine sarcoma virus(MuSV-124 in cell culture. The most effective inhibitory effect of these polysaccharides against both cell transformation and virus production was obtained when the polysaccharide was added 2 h before or at the time of infection. Although, addition of the polysaccharide post-infection significantly reduced the number of transformed cells, but its effect was less marked than that obtained when the polysaccharide was added before or at the time of infection.The finding that the inhibition of cell transformation by MuSV-124 was reversible after removal of the polysaccharide suggested that microalgal polysaccharides inhibited a late step after provirus integration into the host genome. In conclusion, our findings could support the possibility that the polysaccharide may affect early steps in the virus replication cycle, such as virus absorption into the host cells, in addition to its effect on a late step after provirus integration.

  17. Enzymatic synthesis of oligo- and polysaccharide fatty acid esters

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    Broek, van den L.A.M.; Boeriu, C.G.

    2013-01-01

    Amphiphilic oligo- and polysaccharides (e.g. polysaccharide alkyl or alkyl-aryl esters) form a new class of polymers with exceptional properties. They function as polymeric surfactants, whilst maintaining most of the properties of the starting polymeric material such as emulsifying, gelling, and

  18. Production of heterologous storage polysaccharides in potato plants

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    Huang, X.; Vincken, J.P.; Visser, R.G.F.; Trindade, L.M.

    2011-01-01

    Starch is the most important storage polysaccharide in higher plants. This polysaccharide is used in many industrial applications as it is abundant, renewable and biodegradable and it can be modified into a wide range of products used in food, animal feed, pharmaceuticals and industry. With the

  19. Characterisation of cell wall polysaccharides in bilberries and black currants

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    Hilz, H.

    2007-01-01

    During berry juice production, polysaccharides are released from the cell walls and cause thickening and high viscosity when the berries are mashed. Consequences are a low juice yield and a poor colour. This can be prevented by the use of enzymes that degrade these polysaccharides. To use these

  20. Modulating surface rheology by electrostatic protein/polysaccharide interactions

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    Ganzevles, R.A.; Zinoviadou, K.; Vliet, T. van; Stuart, M.A.C.; Jongh, H.H.J. de

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    There is a large interest in mixed protein/polysaccharide layers at air-water and oil-water interfaces because of their ability to stabilize foams and emulsions. Mixed protein/polysaccharide adsorbed layers at air-water interfaces can be prepared either by adsorption of soluble protein/

  1. Anti-Tumor Effect of Cactus Polysaccharides on Lung Squamous ...

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    Background: Cactus polysaccharides are the active components of Opuntia dillenii which have been used extensively in folk medicine. In this study, we investigate the anti-tumor effect of cactus polysaccharides on lung squamous carcinoma cells SK-MES-1. Materials and Methods: The inhibitory effect of Cactus ...

  2. Life cycle assessment of polysaccharide materials: a review

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    Shen, L.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/310872022; Patel, M.K.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/18988097X

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    Apart from conventional uses of polysaccharide materials, such as food, clothing, paper packaging and construction, new polysaccharide products and materials have been developed. This paper reviews life cycle assessment (LCA) studies in order to gain insight of the environmental profiles of

  3. In vitro antioxidant activity of polysaccharide from Gardenia jasminoides ellis

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    Fan, Y.; Ge, Z.; Luo, A.

    2011-01-01

    A water-soluble polysaccharide, GP, was isolated from Gardenia jasminoides Ellis through hot water extraction followed by ethanol precipitation. The in vitro free radicals scavenging tests exhibited that GP has significant scavenging abilities especially for ABTS, DPPH, and hydroxyl radicals, which suggests that the polysaccharide GP is a novel antioxidant. ?? 2011 Academic Journals.

  4. Iodophilic polysaccharide synthesis, acid production and growth in oral streptococci

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    Houte, J. van; Winkler, K.C.; Jansen, H.M.

    The relation between iodophilic polysaccharide formation, acid production and growth in α-haemolytic streptococci, isolated from human dental plaque, was studied. In experiments with resting cell suspensions, or with cells growing at a low rate, all strains synthesizing iodophilic polysaccharide

  5. Inhibitory Effects of Various Ratios of Polysaccharides/Alkaloids from ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the inhibitory effects of various ratios of polysaccharides/ alkaloids from the rhizome of Coptis chinensis Franch (RCC) on α-glucosidase. Methods: The polysaccharides (PSD) and alkaloids (ALK) from RCC were prepared using the water extraction and alcohol precipitation method and Reinecke's ...

  6. Macrophage immunomodulatory activity of polysaccharides isolated from Opuntia polyacantha.

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    Schepetkin, Igor A; Xie, Gang; Kirpotina, Liliya N; Klein, Robyn A; Jutila, Mark A; Quinn, Mark T

    2008-10-01

    Opuntia polyacantha (prickly pear cactus) has been used extensively for its nutritional properties; however, less is known regarding medicinal properties of Opuntia tissues. In the present study, we extracted polysaccharides from O. polyacantha and used size-exclusion chromatography to fractionate the crude polysaccharides into four polysaccharide fractions (designated as Opuntia polysaccharides C-I to C-IV). The average M(r) of fractions C-I through C-IV was estimated to be 733, 550, 310, and 168 kDa, respectively, and sugar composition analysis revealed that Opuntia polysaccharides consisted primarily of galactose, galacturonic acid, xylose, arabinose, and rhamnose. Analysis of the effects of Opuntia polysaccharides on human and murine macrophages demonstrated that all four fractions had potent immunomodulatory activity, inducing production of reactive oxygen species, nitric oxide, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and interleukin 6. Furthermore, modulation of macrophage function by Opuntia polysaccharides was mediated, at least in part, through activation of nuclear factor kappaB. Together, our results provide a molecular basis to explain a portion of the beneficial therapeutic properties of extracts from O. polyacantha and support the concept of using Opuntia polysaccharides as an immunotherapeutic adjuvant.

  7. Anti-tumor effect of polysaccharides isolated from Taraxacum ...

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    Optimization for ultrasound-assisted extraction of polysaccharides with antioxidant activity in vitro from the aerial root of Ficus microcarpa. Carbohydr Polym 2014;. 110: 10-17. 13. Chen J, Zhang T, Jiang B, Mu W, Miao M. Characterization and antioxidant activity of Ginkgo biloba exocarp polysaccharides 2012; 87(1): 40-45.

  8. Anti-tumor effect of polysaccharides from rhizome of Curculigo ...

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    polysaccharides (ABP) extraction from the fruiting bodies of Agaricus blazei Murill using response surface methodology (RSM). Carbohydr Polym 2009; 78(4):704-. 709. 19. Sun YX, Liu JC, Kennedyb JF. Extraction optimization of antioxidant polysaccharides from the fruiting bodies of. Chroogomphis rutilus (Schaeff.

  9. Modified polysaccharides as alternative binders for foundry industry

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    K. Kaczmarska

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Polysaccharides constitute a wide group of important polymers with many commercial applications, for example food packaging, fibres, coatings, adhesives etc. This review is devoted to the presentation of polysaccharide application in foundry industry. In this paper the selected properties of foundry moulding sand and core sand containing modified polysaccharides as binders are presented according to foreign literature data. Also, author’s own research about effect of using moulding sand binder consisting of modified polysaccharide (modified starch or its composition with non-toxic synthetic polymers are discussed. Based on technologies taken under consideration in this paper, it could be concluded that polysaccharides are suitable as an alternative for use as binder in foundry moulding applications.

  10. Recent Advances in Marine Algae Polysaccharides: Isolation, Structure, and Activities.

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    Xu, Shu-Ying; Huang, Xuesong; Cheong, Kit-Leong

    2017-12-13

    Marine algae have attracted a great deal of interest as excellent sources of nutrients. Polysaccharides are the main components in marine algae, hence a great deal of attention has been directed at isolation and characterization of marine algae polysaccharides because of their numerous health benefits. In this review, extraction and purification approaches and chemico-physical properties of marine algae polysaccharides (MAPs) are summarized. The biological activities, which include immunomodulatory, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant, and hypolipidemic, are also discussed. Additionally, structure-function relationships are analyzed and summarized. MAPs' biological activities are closely correlated with their monosaccharide composition, molecular weights, linkage types, and chain conformation. In order to promote further exploitation and utilization of polysaccharides from marine algae for functional food and pharmaceutical areas, high efficiency, and low-cost polysaccharide extraction and purification methods, quality control, structure-function activity relationships, and specific mechanisms of MAPs activation need to be extensively investigated.

  11. Characterization of polysaccharides from Ganoderma spp. using saccharide mapping.

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    Wu, Ding-Tao; Xie, Jing; Hu, De-Jun; Zhao, Jing; Li, Shao-Ping

    2013-09-12

    Polysaccharides from Ganoderma spp. and their adulterants were firstly investigated and compared using saccharide mapping, enzymatic (endo-1,3-β-D-glucanase and pectinase) digestion followed by polysaccharide analysis using carbohydrate gel electrophoresis analysis. The results showed that both 1,3-β-D-glucosidic and 1,4-α-D-galactosiduronic linkages were existed in Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum and Ganoderma sinense), and the similarity of polysaccharides from G. lucidum and G. sinense was high, which may contribute to rational use of Lingzhi. Different species of Ganoderma and their adulterants can be differentiated based on the saccharide mapping, which is helpful to well understand the structural characters of polysaccharides from different species of Ganoderma and to improve the quality control of polysaccharides in Lingzhi. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Structural Features and Healthy Properties of Polysaccharides Occurring in Mushrooms

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    Eva Guillamón

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Polysaccharides from mushrooms have attracted a great deal of attention due to the many healthy benefits they have demonstrated, such as immunomodulation, anticancer activity, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, antiviral and antimicrobial effects, among others. Isolation and purification of polysaccharides commonly involve several steps, and different techniques are actually available in order to increase extraction yield and purity. Studies have demonstrated that the molecular structure and arrangement significantly influence the biological activity; therefore, there is a wide range of analytical techniques for the elucidation of chemical structures. Different polysaccharides have been isolated from mushrooms, most of them consisting of β-linked glucans, such as lentinan from Lentinus edodes, pleuran from Pleurotus species, schizophyllan from Schizophyllum commune, calocyban from Calocybe indica, or ganoderan and ganopoly from Ganoderma lucidum. This article reviews the main methods of polysaccharide isolation and structural characterization, as well as some of the most important polysaccharides isolated from mushrooms and the healthy benefits they provide.

  13. EXTRACELLULAR POLYSACCHARIDES OF POTATO RING ROT PATHOGEN

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    Shafikova Т.N.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Many bacteria, including phytopathogenic ones produce extracellular polysaccharides or exopolysaccharides which are universal molecules. Causal agent of potato ring rot, Clavibacter michiganensis subspecies sepedonicus, secretes exopolysaccharides which role in pathogenesis is poorly investigated. The aim of our research is to ascertain the composition and structure of Clavibacter michiganensis subspecies sepedonicus exopolysaccharides. Exopolysaccharides of Clavibacter michiganensis subspecies sepedonicus are determined to consist of 4-6 anionic and neutral components which have molecular weights from 700 kDa. Glucose is a major monomer of polysaccharides and arabinose, rhamnose and mannose are minor monomers. Glucose is present in α-Dglucopyranose and β-D-glucopyranose configurations. Calcium is determined to be a component of exopolysaccharides. Components of exopolysaccharides of potato ring rot pathogen are probably capableto associate via calcium ions and other ionic interactions that may result in a change of their physiological activity. Further studies of Clavibacter michiganensis subspecies sepedonicus exopolysaccharides composition and structure can serve a base for the synthesis of their chemical analogues with elicitor action.

  14. Bacterial Extracellular Polysaccharides Involved in Biofilm Formation

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    Elena P. Ivanova

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS produced by microorganisms are a complex mixture of biopolymers primarily consisting of polysaccharides, as well as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and humic substances. EPS make up the intercellular space of microbial aggregates and form the structure and architecture of the biofilm matrix. The key functions of EPS comprise the mediation of the initial attachment of cells to different substrata and protection against environmental stress and dehydration. The aim of this review is to present a summary of the current status of the research into the role of EPS in bacterial attachment followed by biofilm formation. The latter has a profound impact on an array of biomedical, biotechnology and industrial fields including pharmaceutical and surgical applications, food engineering, bioremediation and biohydrometallurgy. The diverse structural variations of EPS produced by bacteria of different taxonomic lineages, together with examples of biotechnological applications, are discussed. Finally, a range of novel techniques that can be used in studies involving biofilm-specific polysaccharides is discussed.

  15. Polysaccharides for colon targeted drug delivery.

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    Chourasia, M K; Jain, S K

    2004-01-01

    Colon targeted drug delivery has the potential to deliver bioactive agents for the treatment of a variety of colonic diseases and to deliver proteins and peptides to the colon for their systemic absorption. Various strategies, currently available to target the release of drugs to colon, include formation of prodrug, coating of pH-sensitive polymers, use of colon-specific biodegradable polymers, timed released systems, osmotic systems, and pressure controlled drug delivery systems. Among the different approaches to achieve targeted drug release to the colon, the use of polymers especially biodegradable by colonic bacteria holds great promise. Polysaccharidases are bacterial enzymes that are available in sufficient quantity to be exploited in colon targeting of drugs. Based on this approach, various polysaccharides have been investigated for colon-specific drug release. These polysaccharides include pectin, guar gum, amylose, inulin, dextran, chitosan, and chondroitin sulphate. This family of natural polymers has an appeal to drug delivery as it is comprised of polymers with a large number of derivatizable groups, a wide range of molecular weights, varying chemical compositions, and, for the most part, low toxicity and biodegradability yet high stability. The most favorable property of these materials is their approval as pharmaceutical excipients.

  16. Nanoengineering of vaccines using natural polysaccharides.

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    Cordeiro, Ana Sara; Alonso, María José; de la Fuente, María

    2015-11-01

    Currently, there are over 70 licensed vaccines, which prevent the pathogenesis of around 30 viruses and bacteria. Nevertheless, there are still important challenges in this area, which include the development of more active, non-invasive, and thermo-resistant vaccines. Important biotechnological advances have led to safer subunit antigens, such as proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids. However, their limited immunogenicity has demanded potent adjuvants that can strengthen the immune response. Particulate nanocarriers hold a high potential as adjuvants in vaccination. Due to their pathogen-like size and structure, they can enhance immune responses by mimicking the natural infection process. Additionally, they can be tailored for non-invasive mucosal administration (needle-free vaccination), and control the delivery of the associated antigens to a specific location and for prolonged times, opening room for single-dose vaccination. Moreover, they allow co-association of immunostimulatory molecules to improve the overall adjuvant capacity. The natural and ubiquitous character of polysaccharides, together with their intrinsic immunomodulating properties, their biocompatibility, and biodegradability, justify their interest in the engineering of nanovaccines. In this review, we aim to provide a state-of-the-art overview regarding the application of nanotechnology in vaccine delivery, with a focus on the most recent advances in the development and application of polysaccharide-based antigen nanocarriers. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Research of polysaccharide complexes from asteraceae family plants

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    Світлана Михайлівна Марчишин

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim of research. Depth study of polysaccharides in some little-known plant species of Asteraceae family is pressing question, considering that polysaccharides are important biologically active compounds widely used in pharmaceutical and medical practice as remedies and preventive medications. The aim of research was to determinate both quantitative content and monomeric composition of polysaccharide complexes from Asteraceae family plant species – Tagetes genus, Arnica genus, and Bellis genus.Materials and methods. Determination of polysaccharides was carried out by the precipitation reaction, using 96 % ethyl alcohol P and Fehling's solution after acid hydrolysis; quantitative content of this group of compounds was determined by gravimetric analysis. On purpose to identify the monomeric composition hydrolysis under sulfuric acid conditions was conducted. Qualitative monomeric composition of polysaccharides after hydrolysis was carried out by paper chromatography method in n-Butanol – Pyridine – Distilled water P (6:4:3 system along with saccharides reference samples.Results. Polysaccharide complexes from Tagetes erecta, Tagetes patula, Tagetes tenuifolia, Arnica montana, Arnica foliosa, wild and cultivated Bellis perennis herbs were studied. Water-soluble polysaccharides and pectin fractions were isolated from studied objects; their quantitative content and monomeric composition were determined.Conclusion. The highest amount of water-soluble polysaccharides was found in cultivated Bellis perennis herb (10,13 %, the highest amount of pectin compounds – in Tagetes tenuifolia herb (13,62 %; the lowest amount of water-soluble polysaccharides and pectin compounds was found in Arnica montana herb (4,61 % and Tagetes patula herb (3,62 %, respectively. It was found that polysaccharide complexes from all studied species include glucose and arabinose

  18. Calidad de melón cantaloupe ( Cucumis melo cubierto con una película comestible de alginato - hpmc - parafina

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    Ma Concepción Reyes-Avalos

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introducción : El melón es un fruto que tiene un corto periodo de almacenamiento. Una alternativa para extender este periodo es el uso de películas comestibles. En el presente estudio se evaluó el efecto de la aplicación de una película comestible de alginato de sodio - hidroxipropilmetilcelulosa - parafina (ALG - HPMC - PAR, sobre la calidad de melón Cantaloupe durante dos tipos de almacenamiento. Método : Frutos de melón Cantaloupe se cubrieron con una película comestible de alginato - hidroxipropilmetil celulosa - parafina (ALG - HPMC - PAR, y no cubiertos (CONTROL. Los melones se almacenaron por 21 días a 5ºC y 95% de humedad relativa (Hr. Cada siete días, los frutos se sometieron a análisis de índice de daños por frío, pérdida de peso, textura, y concentración de CO 2 y etileno d e la atmósfera interna del fruto. Además, para simular manejo comercial, al término de cada periodo de siete días en refrigeración, una muestra de melones era extraída del frigorífico y expuesta a condiciones ambientales de temperatura y humedad relativa ( 25ºC y 21 - 25% respectivamente durante tres días (almacenamiento combinado, y medidos los parámetros anteriormente mencionados. Resultados : La aplicación de la película comestible provocó que los frutos cubiertos tuvieran una mayor concentración de CO 2 y menor concentración de etileno en la atmósfera interna del fruto, contribuyendo a que los melones cubiertos mantuvieron su calidad por un mayor tiempo de almacenamiento, manteniéndose más firmes, con menor pérdida de peso y sufrir menor índice de daños por frío con respecto los frutos control. Discusión : Los resultados demuestran la factibilidad de la aplicación de películas comestibles para mantener la calidad del melón Cantaloupe almacenado en refrigeración y en almacenamiento combinado.

  19. Ciencia de superficies e ingeniería de películas de diamante: de las propiedades morfológicas a las ópticas

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    Miguel Apátiga

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Para efectuar la caracterización morfológica y óptica en películas de diamante se utilizó la microscopía de barrido electrónico (MBE y espectroscopias de transformada de Fourier infrarroja (TFI y Raman. Para esto se depositaron diversas películas de diamante usando la flama de un soplete de oxígeno-acetileno a una temperatura del substrato de 800°C y en atmósfera abierta. Las micrografías MBE muestran que la morfología y espesor de las películas varían según las condiciones empleadas en su obtención. También hay información detallada acerca de la estructura en la superficie del diamante obtenida por espectroscopia infrarroja. De esta manera, se analiza la naturaleza de las especies químicamente absorbidas durante el proceso de crecimiento como resultado de la reacción química: C2H2 + O2 Æ 2CO + H2, llevada a cabo en los primeros instantes de la deposición. Además, se estudió la calidad de las películas mediante espectroscopia Raman, una de las técnicas más sensibles y poderosas, ya que permite distinguir las diferentes fases del carbón. Con esta técnica se obtuvo una banda en 1332 cm-1 que es característica de la estructura sp3 del diamante, la ausencia de señales alrededor de 1560 cm-1 es característico de las películas de diamante de buena calidad. Se presenta también una breve discusión del papel que juegan las especies químicamente absorbidas en los primeros instantes en que se produce la deposición del diamante y durante su proceso de crecimiento

  20. Polysaccharide components from the scape of Musa paradisiaca: main structural features of water-soluble polysaccharide component.

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    Anjaneyalu, Y V; Jagadish, R L; Raju, T S

    1997-06-01

    Polysaccharide components present in the pseudo-stem (scape) of M. paradisiaca were purified from acetone powder of the scape by delignification followed by extraction with aqueous solvents into water soluble polysaccharide (WSP), EDTA-soluble polysaccharide (EDTA-SP), alkali-soluble polysaccharide (ASP) and alkali-insoluble polysaccharide (AISP) fractions. Sugar compositional analysis showed that WSP and EDTA-SP contained only D-Glc whereas ASP contained D-Glc, L-Ara and D-Xyl in approximately 1:1:10 ratio, respectively, and AISP contained D-Glc, L-Ara and D-Xyl in approximately 10:1:2 ratio, respectively. WSP was further purified by complexation with iso-amylalcohol and characterized by specific rotation, IR spectroscopy, Iodine affinity, ferricyanide number, blue value, hydrolysis with alpha-amylase and glucoamylase, and methylation linkage analysis, and shown to be a amylopectin type alpha-D-glucan.

  1. Control no Lineal Robusto de una Máquina para Fabricación de Películas Delgadas

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    Héctor Huerta

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: En este artículo se presenta un esquema de control para una máquina utilizada para fabricación de películas delgadas, con un motor de corriente directa sin escobillas, basada en el método de centrifugación. Se incluye el modelo no lineal del motor sin escobillas, que corresponde a una máquina síncrona trifásica, con los flujos del rotor y las corrientes en el estator, como las dinámicas eléctricas, además de la velocidad en el rotor, como la dinámica mecánica. El objetivo de control es la regulación de la velocidad del rotor. Se utilizó la técnica de control por bloques y así obtener una variedad deslizante. Se eligió la técnica de control por modos deslizantes para garantizar que la variedad elegida sea atractiva y obtener robustez en lazo cerrado. Para completar el esquema de control se incluye un observador para estimar los estados no medibles, en este caso, los flujos del rotor. Se implementó el esquema de control propuesto en la máquina para fabricación de películas delgadas, además de un controlador basado en un PID con ganancias programadas, lo anterior para realizar la comparación de ambas técnicas. El esquema de control por modos deslizantes propuesto presenta ventajas sobre el controlador PID, ya que se obtiene la regulación de la velocidad del rotor, sin error en estado estacionario, considerando variaciones paramétricas. Abstract: This paper presents a control scheme for a machine used to make thin films, with a brushless direct current motor, based on the spin-coating method. The nonlinear brushless motor model is included, which corresponds to a three-phase synchronous machine, with rotor flux linkages and stator currents, as the electric dynamics, and the rotor speed, as the mechanical dynamics. In order to achieve the speed regulation, the block control technique was used to obtain a sliding manifold. The sliding mode control technique was applied to ensure that the chosen manifold is

  2. New polysaccharide-based polymer electrolytes; Nouveaux electrolytes polymeres a base de polysaccharides

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    Velasquez-Morales, P.; Le Nest, J.F.; Gandini, A. [Ecole Francaise de Papeterie et des Industries Graphique, 38 - Saint Martin d`Heres (France)

    1996-12-31

    Polysaccharides like cellulose and chitosan are known for their filmic properties. This paper concerns the synthesis and the study of chitosan-based polymer electrolytes. A preliminary work concerns the study of glucosamine reactivity. The poly-condensation of chitosan ethers (obtained by reaction with ethylene oxide or propylene oxide) with bifunctional and monofunctional oligo-ethers leads to the formation of thin lattices (10 {mu}m) having excellent mechanical properties. The presence of grafted polyether chains along the polysaccharide skeleton allows to modify the vitreous transition temperature and the molecular disorder of the system. Two type of polymer electrolytes have been synthesized: electrolytes carrying a dissolved alkaline metal salt and ionomers. The analysis of their thermal, dynamical mechanical, nuclear magnetic relaxation, electrical, and electrochemical properties shows that this new class of polymer electrolytes has the same performances as ethylene poly-oxide based amorphous lattices plus the advantage of having good filmic properties. Abstract only. (J.S.)

  3. Polysaccharide production by kefir grains during whey fermentation.

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    Rimada, P S; Abraham, A G

    2001-11-01

    Fermentation of deproteinised whey with kefir grains CIDCA AGK1 was studied focusing on polysaccharide production from lactose. Kefir grains were able to acidify whey at different rates depending on the grain/whey ratio. During fermentation, kefir grains increased their weight and a water-soluble polysaccharide was released to the media. Exopolysaccharide concentration increased with fermentation time, reaching values of 57.2 and 103.4 mg/l after 5 days of fermentation in cultures with 10 and 100 g kefir grains/l, respectively. The polysaccharide fraction quantified after fermentation corresponded to the soluble fraction, because part of the polysaccharide became a component of the grain. Weight of kefir grains varied depending on the time of fermentation. Polysaccharide production was affected by temperature. Although the highest concentration of polysaccharide in the media was observed at 43 degrees C at both grain/whey ratios, the weight of the grains decreased in these conditions. In conclusion, kefir grains were able to acidify deproteinised whey, reducing lactose concentration, increasing their weight and producing a soluble polysaccharide.

  4. The immunostimulating role of lichen polysaccharides: a review.

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    Shrestha, Gajendra; St Clair, Larry L; O'Neill, Kim L

    2015-03-01

    The immune system has capacity to suppress the development or progression of various malignancies including cancer. Research on the immunomodulating properties of polysaccharides obtained from plants, microorganisms, marine organisms, and fungi is growing rapidly. Among the various potential sources, lichens, symbiotic systems involving a fungus and an alga and/or a cyanobacterium, show promise as a potential source of immunomodulating compounds. It is well known that lichens produce an abundance of structurally diverse polysaccharides. However, only a limited number of studies have explored the immunostimulating properties of lichen polysaccharides. Published studies have shown that some lichen polysaccharides enhance production of nitrous oxide (NO) by macrophages and also alter the production levels of various proinflammatory and antiinflammatory cytokines (IL-10, IL-12, IL-1β, TNF-α, and IFN-α/β) by macrophages and dendritic cells. Although there are only a limited number of studies examining the role of lichen polysaccharides, all results suggest that lichen polysaccharides can induce immunomodulatory responses in macrophages and dendritic cells. Thus, a detailed evaluation of immunomodulatory capacity of lichen polysaccharides could provide a unique opportunity for the discovery of novel therapeutic agents. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. Antibiofilm activity of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae serotype 5 capsular polysaccharide.

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    Michael T Karwacki

    Full Text Available Cell-free extracts isolated from colony biofilms of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae serotype 5 were found to inhibit biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, but not by A. pleuropneumoniae serotype 5 itself, in a 96-well microtiter plate assay. Physical and chemical analyses indicated that the antibiofilm activity in the extract was due to high-molecular-weight polysaccharide. Extracts isolated from a mutant strain deficient in the production of serotype 5 capsular polysaccharide did not exhibit antibiofilm activity. A plasmid harboring the serotype 5 capsule genes restored the antibiofilm activity in the mutant extract. Purified serotype 5 capsular polysaccharide also exhibited antibiofilm activity against S. aureus. A. pleuropneumoniae wild-type extracts did not inhibit S. aureus growth, but did inhibit S. aureus intercellular adhesion and binding of S. aureus cells to stainless steel surfaces. Furthermore, polystyrene surfaces coated with A. pleuropneumoniae wild-type extracts, but not with capsule-mutant extracts, resisted S. aureus biofilm formation. Our findings suggest that the A. pleuropneumoniae serotype 5 capsule inhibits cell-to-cell and cell-to-surface interactions of other bacteria. A. pleuropneumoniae serotype 5 capsular polysaccharide is one of a growing number of bacterial polysaccharides that exhibit broad-spectrum, nonbiocidal antibiofilm activity. Future studies on these antibiofilm polysaccharides may uncover novel functions for bacterial polysaccharides in nature, and may lead to the development of new classes of antibiofilm agents for industrial and clinical applications.

  6. Enzymatic method for improving the injectability of polysaccharides. [US Patent Application

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    Griffith, W.L.; Compere, A.L.; Holleman, J.W.

    A method for enhancing the ability of polysaccharides in aqueous solution to flow through a porous medium comprises contacting the polysaccharides with an endoenzyme capable of hydrolyzing at least one of the linkages of the sugar units of the polysaccharides and maintaining the polysaccharides in contact with the enzyme under hydrolysis conditions for a time sufficient to decrease the tendency of the polysaccharides to plug the porous medium yet insufficient to decrease the viscosity of the aqueous polysaccharides by more than 25%. The partially hydrolyzed polysaccharides are useful as thickening agents for flooding water used to recover oil from oil-containing subterranean formations.

  7. NMR studies of polysaccharides from brown seaweeds

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    Noseda, M.D.; Tisher, C.A.; Gorin, P.A.J.; Duarte, M.E.R. [Parana Univ., Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Bioquimica; Cerezo, A.S. [Buenos Aires Univ. Nacional (Argentina). Dept. de Quimica Organica

    1997-12-31

    Alginic acid is the major intercellular polysaccharide serving as matrix in the brown algae and is comprised of an unbranched chain of (1->4)-linked {beta}-D-mannuronic acid (M) and {alpha}-L-guluronic acid (G), arranged in a blockwise fashion. The composition of the monomer residues and the block structure varies depending on the source of the polymer. The selective binding of cations to alginate accounts for its ability to form gels, which is dependent on the number and lenght of the G-blocks. They are widely used industrially for their ability to retain water, and for their gelling, viscosifying and stabilizing properties (Smidsrod and draget, 1996). In this study, alginate composition and block structure in Sargassum stenophyllum has been determined by chemical methods and NMR spectroscopic analysis. (author) 4 refs., 3 figs.

  8. Enzymatic Modification of Plant Cell Wall Polysaccharides

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    Øbro, Jens; Hayashi, Takahisa; Mikkelsen, Jørn Dalgaard

    2011-01-01

    Plant cell walls are intricate structures with remarkable properties, widely used in almost every aspect of our life. Cell walls consist largely of complex polysaccharides and there is often a need for chemical and biochemical processing before industrial use. There is an increasing demand...... for sustainable processes that replace chemical treatments with white biotechnology. Plants can contribute significantly to this sustainable process by producing plant or microbialenzymes in planta that are necessary for plant cell wall modification or total degradation. This will give rise to superior food...... fibres, hydrocolloids, paper,textile, animal feeds or biofuels. Classical microbial-based fermentation systems could in the future face serious competition from plant-based expression systems for enzyme production. Plant expressed enzymes can either be targeted to specific cellular compartments...

  9. Comparison of polysaccharides from different Dendrobium using saccharide mapping.

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    Xu, J; Guan, J; Chen, X J; Zhao, J; Li, S P

    2011-07-15

    Multiple species of Dendrobium are widely used as Shihu, a well known Chinese herb, for medicinal purpose in China. Small molecules such as phenols, alkaloids and coumarins are obviously varied in different species of Dendrobium. But there are few reports on polysaccharides, one of major active components, from Dendrobium. In this study, polysaccharides from different species or locations of Dendrobium were compared using saccharide mapping. The results showed that polysaccharides of Dendrobium from different species or locations were obviously varied in spite of they had some similar characters, which is helpful to control the quality of Dendrobium. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Chemical Structures and Bioactivities of Sulfated Polysaccharides from Marine Algae

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    H. Stephen Ewart

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Sulfated polysaccharides and their lower molecular weight oligosaccharide derivatives from marine macroalgae have been shown to possess a variety of biological activities. The present paper will review the recent progress in research on the structural chemistry and the bioactivities of these marine algal biomaterials. In particular, it will provide an update on the structural chemistry of the major sulfated polysaccharides synthesized by seaweeds including the galactans (e.g., agarans and carrageenans, ulvans, and fucans. It will then review the recent findings on the anticoagulant/antithrombotic, antiviral, immuno-inflammatory, antilipidemic and antioxidant activities of sulfated polysaccharides and their potential for therapeutic application.

  11. Campylobacter Polysaccharide Capsules: Virulence and Vaccines

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    Guerry, Patricia; Poly, Frédéric; Riddle, Mark; Maue, Alexander C.; Chen, Yu-Han; Monteiro, Mario A.

    2012-01-01

    Campylobacter jejuni remains a major cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide and is associated with numerous sequelae, including Guillain Barré Syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, reactive arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. C. jejuni is unusual for an intestinal pathogen in its ability to coat its surface with a polysaccharide capsule (CPS). These capsular polysaccharides vary in sugar composition and linkage, especially those involving heptoses of unusual configuration and O-methyl phosphoramidate linkages. This structural diversity is consistent with CPS being the major serodeterminant of the Penner scheme, of which there are 47 C. jejuni serotypes. Both CPS expression and expression of modifications are subject to phase variation by slip strand mismatch repair. Although capsules are virulence factors for other pathogens, the role of CPS in C. jejuni disease has not been well defined beyond descriptive studies demonstrating a role in serum resistance and for diarrhea in a ferret model of disease. However, perhaps the most compelling evidence for a role in pathogenesis are data that CPS conjugate vaccines protect against diarrheal disease in non-human primates. A CPS conjugate vaccine approach against this pathogen is intriguing, but several questions need to be addressed, including the valency of CPS types required for an effective vaccine. There have been numerous studies of prevalence of CPS serotypes in the developed world, but few studies from developing countries where the disease incidence is higher. The complexity and cost of Penner serotyping has limited its usefulness, and a recently developed multiplex PCR method for determination of capsule type offers the potential of a more rapid and affordable method. Comparative studies have shown a strong correlation of the two methods and studies are beginning to ascertain CPS-type distribution worldwide, as well as examination of correlation of severity of illness with specific CPS types. PMID:22919599

  12. Campylobacter polysaccharide capsules: virulence and vaccines

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    Patricia eGuerry

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Campylobacter jejuni remains a major cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide and is associated with numerous sequelae, including Guillain Barre Syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, reactive arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. C. jejuni is unusual for an intestinal pathogen in its ability to coat its surface with a polysaccharide capsule (CPS. These capsular polysaccharides vary in sugar composition and linkage, especially those involving heptoses of unusual configuration and O-methyl phosphoramidate linkages. This structural diversity is consistent with CPS being the major serodeterminant of the Penner scheme, of which there are 47 C. jejuni serotypes. Both CPS expression and expression of modifications are subject to phase variation by slip strand mismatch repair. Although capsules are virulence factors for other pathogens, the role of CPS in C. jejuni disease has not been well defined beyond descriptive studies demonstrating a role in serum resistance and for diarrhea in a ferret model of disease. However, perhaps the most compelling evidence for a role in pathogenesis are data that CPS conjugate vaccines protect against diarrheal disease in non-human primates. A CPS conjugate vaccine approach against this pathogen is intriguing, but several questions need to be addressed, including the valency of CPS types required for an effective vaccine. There have been numerous studies of prevalence of CPS serotypes in the developed world, but few studies from developing countries where the disease incidence is higher. The complexity and cost of Penner serotyping has limited its usefulness, and a recently developed multiplex PCR method for determination of capsule type offers the potential of a more rapid and affordable method. Comparative studies have shown a strong correlation of the two methods and studies are beginning to ascertain CPS-type distribution worldwide, as well as examination of correlation of severity of illness with specific CPS types.

  13. Utilization of polysaccharides by radiation processing

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    Kume, Tamikazu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment

    2000-03-01

    Radiation treatment has been applied for improvement or pasteurization of agro-resources to recycle the resources and to reduce the pollution of environment. By using the radiation effect for pasteurization, upgrading of cellulosic wastes of oil palm to animal feeds and mushroom has been studied under the bilateral research cooperation between JAERI and MINT (Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research). The necessary dose for pasteurization of oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB), which is a main cellulosic by-product of palm oil industry, was determined as 10 kGy. After pasteurization, the EFB substrate was inoculated with Pleurotus sajor-caju and fermented for 1 month. The digestibility and nutritional value of fermented products were evaluated as ruminant feeds and the mushroom can be produced as by-product. For the improvement of resources, radiation effects on polysaccharides such as chitosan, sodium alginate, carrageenan, cellulose, pectin have been investigated to induce the biological activities. These carbohydrates were easily degraded by irradiation and induced various kinds of biological activities. The anti-bacterial activity and elicitor activity of chitosan were induced by irradiation. The induction of phytoalexins was also observed by irradiated pectin but the higher elicitor activity for pisatin was obtained by chitosan than pectin. For the plant growth promotion, alginate derived from brown marine algae, chitosan and ligno-cellulosic extracts show a strong activity. carrageenan derived from red marine algae can promote growth of rice and the highest effect was obtained with kappa carrageenan irradiated at 100 kGy. Furthermore, some radiation degraded polysaccharides suppressed the damage of environmental stress on plants. (author)

  14. Reconstitution of emulsifying activity of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus BD4 emulsan by using pure polysaccharide and protein.

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    Kaplan, N; Zosim, Z; Rosenberg, E

    1987-01-01

    Acinetobacter calcoaceticus BD4 and BD413 produce extracellular emulsifying agents when grown on 2% ethanol medium. For emulsifying activity, both polysaccharide and protein fractions were required, as demonstrated by selective digestion of the polysaccharide with a specific bacteriophage-borne polysaccharide depolymerase, deproteinization of the extracellular emulsifying complex with hot phenol, and reconstitution of emulsifier activity with pure polysaccharide and a polysaccharide-free prot...

  15. Multiple Genes in a Single Host: Cost-Effective Production of Bacterial Laccase (cotA, Pectate Lyase (pel, and Endoxylanase (xyl by Simultaneous Expression and Cloning in Single Vector in E. coli.

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    Full Text Available This study attempted to reduce the enzyme production cost for exploiting lignocellulosic materials by expression of multiple genes in a single host. Genes for bacterial laccase (CotA, pectate lyase (Pel and endoxylanase (Xyl, which hold significance in lignocellulose degradation, were cloned in pETDuet-1 vector containing two independent cloning sites (MCS. CotA and xyl genes were cloned in MCS1 and MCS 2, respectively. Pel gene was cloned by inserting complete cassette (T7 promoter, ribosome binding site, pel gene, His tag and complete gene ORF preceded by cotA open reading frame in the MCS1. IPTG induction of CPXpDuet-1 construct in E. coli BL21(DE3 resulted in expression of all three heterologous proteins of ~65 kDa (CotA, ~45 kDa (Pel and ~25 kDa (Xyl, confirmed by SDS-PAGE and western blotting. Significant portions of the enzymes were also found in culture supernatant (~16, ~720 and ~370 IU/ml activities of CotA, Pel and Xyl, respectively. Culture media optimization resulted in 2, 3 and 7 fold increased secretion of recombinant CotA, Pel and Xyl, respectively. Bioreactor level optimization of the recombinant cocktail expression resulted in production of 19 g/L dry cell biomass at OD600nm 74 from 1 L induced culture after 15 h of cultivation, from which 9, 627 and 1090 IU/ml secretory enzyme activities of CotA, Xyl and Pel were obtained, respectively. The cocktail was also found to increase the saccharification of orange peel in comparison to the xylanase alone. Thus, simultaneous expression as well as extra cellular secretion of these enzymes as cocktail can reduce the enzyme production cost which increases their applicability specially for exploiting lignocellulosic materials for their conversion to value added products like alcohol and animal feed.

  16. Studies of polysaccharides from three edible species of Nostoc (cyanobacteria) with different colony morphologies : structural characterization and effect on the complement system of polysaccharides from Nostoc commune

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    Brüll, L.P.; Huang, Z.; Thomas-Oates, J.E.; Smestad-Paulsen, B.; Cohen, E.H.; Michaelsen, T.E.

    2000-01-01

    The cyanobacterium Nostoc commune Vaucher produces quite complex extracellular polysaccharides. The cyanobacterium is nitrogen fixing, and on growing the cyanobacterium in media with and without nitrogen, different types of extracellular polysaccharides were obtained. These were also different from

  17. El cine creador de conocimiento: “ORIANA”, la película venezolana en la enseñanza de la orientación familiar

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    María Campo-Redondo

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEl objetivo de este artículo es deliberar sobre la necesidad de introducir tecnologías y materiales didácticos que generen conocimiento sobre orientación familiar en Venezuela. Se presenta una reflexión crítica en torno a la importanciade utilizar al cine en la educación. Se propone un método de enseñanza grupal, y para ello se documenta un estudio de caso, en el que se utilizó la película venezolana “Oriana” dirigida por Fina Torres, en un curso de postgrado de orientación familiar. La proyección y posterior discusión de la película sirvió como “medio-recurso” para facilitar y generar conocimientos sobre la dinámica familiar venezolana. La metodología utilizada estuvo basada en los principios de la cinemaeducación y del aprendizaje en acción. Se diseñó un conjunto de actividades que culminaron con la realización de una guía didáctica por parte de los cursantes del seminario que sirvió para entrelazar los conceptos teóricos de la cátedra con los expuestos en la película. También se documentan algunas de las vivencias de los participantes en cuanto a la utilización del cine en el salón de clase. Se con

  18. Another brick in the whole: estrategias de adaptación, remediación y transmediación en LEGO Batman: La Película

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    Sergio ALBALADEJO-ORTEGA

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available El estreno en 2014 de La Lego Película (The Lego Movie, Phil Lord y Chris Miller supuso un importante hito en la historia de la empresa danesa LEGO, erigiendo el filme como pieza clave de la estrategia transmediática que empezaba a tomar forma en el ámbito cinematográfico. Aquel filme, en el que el personaje de Batman gozaba de un especial protagonismo, ha dado paso a un particular spin-off que, bajo el título LEGO Batman: La Película (The LEGO Batman Movie, Chris McKay, 2017, repite algunas de las fórmulas puestas en práctica en La Lego Película e introduce otras nuevas de igual o mayor interés desde un punto de vista intertextual. Este artículo se aproxima al largometraje del superhéroe de DC Comics atendiendo a las particulares estrategias de adaptación, remediación y transmediación que lleva a cabo. A través del análisis de los componentes narrativos que constituyen la propuesta del filme, así como de su puesta en relación con los presentes en los textos impresos, audiovisuales y videolúdicos pertenecientes a la franquicia LEGO Batman, se estudian las distintas estrategias que posibilitan la interconexión entre ellos y moldean el ‘macrorrelato’ (Scolari, 2009 que, de manera paradigmática, toma forma en la narrativa transmediática resultante.

  19. A valid measure to eliminate the influence of polysaccharides and ...

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    Mike

    2015-07-22

    . Here, a valid combination measure (β-mercaptoethanol, PVP40 and PVPP were used at different stages) was created to eliminate the influence of polysaccharides and polyphenols in recalcitrant longan during DNA.

  20. Characterization and immunomodulating activities of polysaccharide from Lentinus edodes.

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    Zheng, Ruan; Jie, Su; Hanchuan, Dai; Moucheng, Wu

    2005-05-01

    The polysaccharide L-II was isolated and purified from the fruiting body of Lentinus edodes, which consisted of d-glucopyranose and had the molecular weight of 2.03 x 10(5) Da. We evaluated the effects of the polysaccharide L-II on the cellular immune response of Sarcoma 180-bearing mice. Mice were treated with three doses of the polysaccharide L-II (1, 5, and 10 mg/kg body weight) for 10 days. Tumor weight, relative spleen and thymus weight, delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) response, phagocytosis of macrophage, splenocytes proliferation were studied. Concentration of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and interleukin-2 (IL-2) in mice serum were measured in control and polysaccharide groups. At the dose of 1, 5 and 10 mg/kg, a significant increase (psarcoma 180 was mediated by immunomodulation in inducing T-cells and macrophage-dependent immune system responses.

  1. Antiobesity properties of mushroom polysaccharides – A Review

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    Mushrooms are widely consumed for their nutritional and health benefits. To stimulate broader interest in the reported health-promoting properties of bioactive mushroom polysaccharides, this presentation will survey the chemistry (isolation and structural characterization) and reported antiobesity ...

  2. Red microalgal cell-wall polysaccharides: biotechnological aspects.

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    Arad, Shoshana Malis; Levy-Ontman, Oshrat

    2010-06-01

    The area of sugars and glycosylation is not as well developed as other fields in cell biology owing to biotechnological constraints. However, the biotechnological potential of sugars, including polysaccharides, is the driving force pushing research efforts to meet the challenge. Algae produce cell-wall sulfated polysaccharides, with those of the red unicells, which dissolve into the medium, having unique characteristics-structure, composition, fluid dynamics, and extreme stability. These characteristics, combined with polysaccharide bioactivities, offer a vast range of potential applications. Research has thus been directed toward an in-depth understanding of the molecular structure, biosynthesis, and characteristics of the red microalgal sulfated polysaccharides and to the development of molecular-genetic tools, aiming at large-scale production for applications that can benefit humanity. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Mapping the polysaccharide degradation potential of Aspergillus niger

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    Andersen, Mikael Rørdam; Giese, Malene; de Vries, Ronald P.

    2012-01-01

    Background: The degradation of plant materials by enzymes is an industry of increasing importance. For sustainable production of second generation biofuels and other products of industrial biotechnology, efficient degradation of non-edible plant polysaccharides such as hemicellulose is required...... of a given fungus for polysaccharide degradation. Results: Through the compilation of information from 203 articles, we have systematized knowledge on the structure and degradation of 16 major types of plant polysaccharides to form a graphical overview. As a case example, we have combined this with a list...... of 188 genes coding for carbohydrate-active enzymes from Aspergillus niger, thus forming an analysis framework, which can be queried. Combination of this information network with gene expression analysis on mono-and polysaccharide substrates has allowed elucidation of concerted gene expression from...

  4. Structural Characterization and Enzymatic Modification of Soybean Polysaccharides

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    Pierce, Brian; Wichmann, Jesper

    investigations utilized TrCel61A, an AA9 LPMO from Trichoderma reesei. This enzyme showed no oxidative activity on native soybean polysaccharides; however, significant oxidative degradation was observed on NaOH pretreated soybean polysaccharides. The oxidation products were evaluated using HPAEC and MS......, with the results showing oxi-dation at both the C1 and C4 positions of cellulose. In addition, a synergistic effect between TrCel61A and a GH5 endo-β-1,4-glucanase was discovered, boosting the glucose release from NaOH pretreated soybean polysaccha-rides. Building upon these observations, twenty-three additional...... LPMOs from seven fungal sources were evaluated (using TrCel61A as a benchmark), with none showing oxidative activity on native soybean polysaccharides. However, NaOH pretreatment of the raw material was shown to improve the enzymatic accessibility of the soybean cellulose through the removal of non...

  5. Cooperation of Aspergillus nidulans enzymes increases plant polysaccharide saccharification

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    Tramontina, Robson; Robl, Diogo; Maitan-Alfenas, Gabriela Piccolo; de Vries, Ronald P

    2016-01-01

    Efficient polysaccharide degradation depends on interaction between enzymes acting on the main chain and the side chains. Previous studies demonstrated cooperation between several enzymes, but not all enzyme combinations have been explored. A better understanding of enzyme cooperation would enable

  6. Oligo- and polysaccharide synthesis by Rhizobium leguminosarum and Rhizobium meliloti

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    Breedveld, M.W.

    1992-01-01

    Rhizobium and Agrobacterium species are capable of synthesizing a variety of extracellular and cellular oligo- and polysaccharides. Changes in environmental conditions may all affect the composition, physical properties, and relative amounts of

  7. Visualization of capsular polysaccharide induction in Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans

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    Bellenberg, S.; Leon Morales, C.F.; Sand, W.; Vera, M.

    2012-01-01

    Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) are of fundamental importance for attachment to metal sulfides, biofilm formation and leaching efficiency of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. In this work we have visualized the capsular polysaccharides (CPS) of A. ferrooxidans ATCC 23270 using the

  8. Comparison of Polysaccharides from Two Species of Ganoderma

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    Yu-Ping Tang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Ganoderma lucidum and Ganoderma sinense, known as Lingzhi in Chinese, are commonly used Chinese medicines with excellent beneficial health effects. Triterpenes and polysaccharides are usually considered as their main active components. However, the content of triterpenes differs significantly between the two species of Ganoderma. To date, a careful comparison of polysaccharides from the two species of Ganoderma has not been performed. In this study, polysaccharides from fruiting bodies of two species of Lingzhi collected from different regions of China were analyzed and compared based on HPSEC-ELSD and HPSEC-MALLS-RI analyses, as well as enzymatic digestion and HPTLC of acid hydrolysates. The results indicated that both the HPSEC-ELSD profiles and the molecular weights of the polysaccharides were similar. Enzymatic digestion showed that polyshaccharides from all samples of Lingzhi could be hydrolyzed by pectinase and dextranase. HPTLC profiles of their TFA hydrolysates colored with different reagents and their monosaccharides composition were also similar.

  9. Interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels based on polysaccharides for biomedical applications

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    Pescosolido, L.

    2011-01-01

    The main theme of this thesis is the development and the characterization of interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels (IPNs) based on biodegradable and biocompatible polysaccharides, in particular alginate, hyaluronic acid and dextran. The suitability of these novel systems as pharmaceutical and

  10. El control documental de películas en los sistemas de información documental en televisión

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    Caldera-Serrano,Jorge; Polo-Carrión, Juan-Antonio; Póveda-López, Inés del Carmen

    2009-01-01

    Se describe el desarrollo de una Base de Datos para documentación cinematográfica inserta en los departamentos de información de las televisiones; para ello se explican las áreas y campos que lo componen y como se interrelaciona con la base de datos de información audiovisual de programas informativos, con el fin de interrelacionar por medio de bases de datos relacionadas, dos tipos documentales tan diferentes como son las películas y la información generada en los programas informativos. ...

  11. Fabricación y caracterización de películas de SiOzNy aplicaciones de enfriamiento por radiación

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    Rodríguez Rodríguez, Juan Martín

    1996-01-01

    En esta tesis se reportan las propiedades ópticas, composicionales y estructurales de oxinitruros de silicio (SixOyNz). Los oxinitruros de silicio son obtenidos por dos técnicas de fabricación: - Depósito por Haz de electrones (e-Beam). - Depósito Químico de Vapor Repotenciado con Plasma (P.E.C.V.D). La composición atómica de las películas fue determinada por Espectrometría de retrodispersión de Rutherford (RBS) Los modos vibracionales fueron determinados utilizando espec...

  12. Cine Como Espejo Social: El Análisis De La Narrativa De La Película La Casa De Las Dagas Voladoras De Zhang Yimou

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    Xin WANG

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available El cine de artes marciales, que mezcla y armoniza tanto artes marciales y óperas tradicionales como literatura, se asemeja al género de western en el cine de Estados Unidos. Muy delimitado en China se constituye en un importante género nacional del cine narrativo. En el siglo XXI las películas de artes marciales, basadas en las culturas tradicionales, introducen innovaciones importantes en cuanto a las formas de presentación y estilos narrativos, logrando una importante repercusión tanto comercial como artística.

  13. Análisis molecular, proteómico y filogenético de lazona pelúcida de mamíferos

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    Moros Nicolás, Carla

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCCIÓN La zona pelúcida (ZP) es una matriz traslúcida, glicoproteica y acelular que rodea los ovocitos de los mamíferos implicada en importantes procesos durante la fecundación. Se ha considerado que la ZP estaba constituida por tres glicoproteínas (ZP1, ZP2 y ZP3) teniendo en cuenta estudios realizados en el ratón. Sin embargo, estudios posteriores demostraron que la ZP de cerda y de vaca también presentaba tres glicoproteínas, pero no estando presente en estos casos ZP1, siendo la...

  14. La fisiología en las películas: Coma, CO y la comprensión del intercambio gaseoso

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    Josep?E BAÑOS; Enric SAMSÓ SABE; Magí FARRÉ

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    [ES]El presente artículo analiza la película Coma dirigida por Michael Chricton en 1978 e inspirada en la novela del mismo nombre de Robin Cook. Bajo el formato de thriller médico, muestra una serie de casos de coma que suceden en pacientes jóvenes y sanos sometidos a intervenciones quirúrgicas menores. La protagonista descubre que los afectados son traslados a una institución donde se les extraen los órganos para su comercio ilegal. También investiga la causa del coma, consecuencia de la int...

  15. Utilidad de las películas para debatir temas complejos: política, religión y ciencia en Ágora

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    José Aramburu

    Full Text Available Introducción. Las películas comerciales han constituido un método docente de demostrada eficacia en entornos educativos de ciencias de la salud. En el presente artículo se describe la utilidad de Ágora para presentar las complejas relaciones entre ciencia, política y religión, las cuales afectan a diversas situaciones biomédicas en la actualidad. Materiales y métodos. La actividad consistió en la proyección de la película y posterior debate, al final del cual los estudiantes cumplimentaron, de forma anónima y voluntaria, un cuestionario de diez preguntas sobre los temas tratados y los vinculados con los objetivos educativos preestablecidos. Después se les solicitó que enviaran voluntariamente un informe personal sobre los aspectos más relevantes de la película. Resultados. Cincuenta y dos estudiantes (96,3% de los asistentes respondieron el cuestionario de evaluación. Consideraron que Ágora tenía un interés notable para describir un ejemplo de conflicto entre ciencia y poderes sociales, y manifestaron que tales situaciones aún podían persistir hoy. En los informes personales realizados por 49 estudiantes (90,7% destacaron la consideración de tales conflictos, las barreras impuestas al conocimiento nuevo, la discriminación de la mujer en la sociedad y en la ciencia, así como las dificultades que entraña el respeto por el pensamiento individual. Conclusiones. Ágora puede ser una película de interés para analizar y debatir las difíciles relaciones entre ciencia, religión y política. A pesar de su ambientación clásica, plantea situaciones aún identificables en nuestra sociedad y que los estudiantes deberían conocer.

  16. Películas y recubrimientos comestibles: una alternativa favorable en la conservación poscosecha de frutas y hortalizas

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    Daybelis Fernández Valdés; Silvia Bautista Baños; Dayvis Fernández Valdés; Arturo Ocampo Ramírez; Annia García Pereira; Alejandro Falcón Rodríguez

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    El creciente interés de los consumidores hacia productos sanos, nutritivos, naturales y que beneficiosos para la salud, ha orientado y motivado investigaciones hacia el desarrollo de películas y recubrimientos comestibles aplicados a productos hortofrutícolas, como una alternativa para cubrir estas necesidades. Estos se aplican con el objetivo de extender la vida útil de los alimentos y proveen la posibilidad de mejorar la seguridad del producto mediante la limitación de transferencia de hume...

  17. Determinación de la vida de anaquel del chocolate de mesa sin azúcar en una película de polipropileno biorientado

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    Chica Cardona, Bibiana Andrea; Osorio Saldarriaga, Sandra Liliana

    2003-01-01

    El presente trabajo tuvo como objetivo determinar la durabilidad del chocolate de mesa sin azúcar, empacado en una película de polipropileno biorientado a diferentes condiciones de almacenamiento (dos temperaturas y dos humedades relativas), aplicando vida de anaquel acelerada al producto. Se determinaron los parámetros cinéticos (n, K, Ko y Ea) y por medio del modelo de Arrhenius se halló el tiempo de vida útil del chocolate. Paralelamente se obtuvieron las curvas de adsorción del choc...

  18. Resonancia de plasmones superficiales (SPR) en películas delgadas de oro y plata detectadas por interrogación de longitud de onda

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    Yarlequé Medina, Manuel Augusto

    2015-01-01

    En el presente trabajo de tesis se desarrolla un sistema de detección de resonancia de plasmones superficiales en películas delgadas de oro y plata por interrogación de ángulo. Con este propósito, en esta tesis se explica los fundamentos físicos para la generación de superficies plasmónicas, revisando conceptos básicos como incidencia oblicua, reflexión total interna y onda evanescente. Es importante conocer y establecer que los metales a frecu...

  19. La maternidad contemporánea entre la catástrofe y el sacrificio. Un análisis de la película "Lo imposible"

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    Bernardez Rodal, Asunción; Moreno Segarra, Ignacio

    2017-01-01

    Este texto analiza, con las herramientas de los Cultural Studies y la historiografía del cine, la figura de la madre como un elemento clave en la película de Lo imposible (2012) dirigida por Juan Antonio Bayona. Su enorme éxito de público (cuarenta y dos millones de euros de recaudación) se explica a través del trasfondo de la crisis económica y social que padecemos, que favorece la aparición de expresiones culturales conservadoras.

  20. Vinculando teoría y práctica a partir de la película: “Pan y rosas”

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    Iglesias Onofrio, Marcela

    2016-01-01

    Guía con la descripción de una actividad práctica grupal basada en el análisis teórico de una problemática sociolaboral que se presenta en la película “Pan y Rosas” (2000, Director: Ken Loach). En el documento se ofrecen las pautas para el desarrollo de la actividad, su objetivo, los conocimientos a adquirir y las competencias a desarrollar, los recursos didácticos, la metodología, y la forma de evaluación.

  1. Vinculando teoría y práctica a partir de la película: “El Método”

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    Iglesias Onofrio, Marcela

    2016-01-01

    Guía con la descripción de una actividad práctica grupal basada en el análisis teórico de una problemática sociolaboral que se presenta en la película “El Método” (2005, Director: Marcelo Piñeyro). En el documento se ofrecen las pautas para el desarrollo de la actividad, su objetivo, los conocimientos a adquirir y las competencias a desarrollar, los recursos didácticos, la metodología, y la forma de evaluación.

  2. Vinculando teoría y práctica a partir de la película: “Pago Justo”

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    Iglesias Onofrio, Marcela

    2016-01-01

    Guía con la descripción de una actividad práctica grupal basada en el análisis teórico de una problemática sociolaboral que se presenta en la película “Pago Justo” (2010, Director: Nigel Cole). En el documento se ofrecen las pautas para el desarrollo de la actividad, su objetivo, los conocimientos a adquirir y las competencias a desarrollar, los recursos didácticos, la metodología, y la forma de evaluación.

  3. POLYSACCHARIDES TUSSILAGOFARFARA L. REDUCE MYELOSUPPRESSION INDUCED BY CISPLATIN AND ETOPOSIDE

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    E. A. Safonova

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of polysaccharides Tussilagofarfara L. on erythroid sprout hematopoiesis, tumor growth and metastasis in mice with Lung cancer-67 during therapy with cisplatin and etoposide. It was found that the use of polysaccharides reduces myelosuppression induced by cytostatics of erythroidal sprout hematopoiesis and leads to increase anti-tumor and anti-metastatic effect of chemotherapy.

  4. Polysaccharide-Based Membranes in Food Packaging Applications

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    Ana R. V. Ferreira; Alves, Vítor D.; Isabel M. Coelhoso

    2016-01-01

    Plastic packaging is essential nowadays. However, the huge environmental problem caused by landfill disposal of non-biodegradable polymers in the end of life has to be minimized and preferentially eliminated. The solution may rely on the use of biopolymers, in particular polysaccharides. These macromolecules with film-forming properties are able to produce attracting biodegradable materials, possibly applicable in food packaging. Despite all advantages of using polysaccharides obtained from d...

  5. Characterization and antitumor activity of a polysaccharide from Sarcodia ceylonensis.

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    Fan, Yijun; Lin, Mengchuan; Luo, Aoshuang; Chun, Ze; Luo, Aoxue

    2014-07-25

    A water-soluble polysaccharide from Sarcodia ceylonensis was obtained by using the method of water-extraction and ethanol-precipitation. The polysaccharide was further purified by chromatography on AB-8 and ADS-7 columns, yielding a pure polysaccharide termed SCP-60. The molecular weight (Mw) of SCP-60 was calculated to be 50.0 kDa, based on the calibration curve obtained with a series of Dextran T standards. The results of FT-IR indicated that the polysaccharide contains the α-configuration of sugar units. GC-MS analysis revealed that SCP-60 was mainly composed of galactose and glucose. NMR spectroscopy revealed SCP-60 had the backbone consisting of → 6)-α-Manp-(1 →, α-D-Glcp-(1 →, → 6)-α-D-Glcp-(1 → and → 6)-α-Galp-(1 →. In order to evaluate the antitumor activity in vivo of the polysaccharide, a sarcoma 180 model was used. The results showed SCP-60 had strong antitumor ability, meanwhile, SCP-60 at a high dose (100 mg/kg) could significantly increase the thymic and splenic indices of S180 mice, and strongly promote the secretion of IL-2, TNF-α and IFN-γ, increase the SOD activities and reduce the concentrations of MDA in blood. Therefore the polysaccharide SCP-60 should be explored as a novel potential antitumor drug.

  6. Characterization and Antitumor Activity of a Polysaccharide from Sarcodia ceylonensis

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    Yijun Fan

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A water-soluble polysaccharide from Sarcodia ceylonensis was obtained by using the method of water-extraction and ethanol-precipitation. The polysaccharide was further purified by chromatography on AB-8 and ADS-7 columns, yielding a pure polysaccharide termed SCP-60. The molecular weight (Mw of SCP-60 was calculated to be 50.0 kDa, based on the calibration curve obtained with a series of Dextran T standards. The results of FT-IR indicated that the polysaccharide contains the α-configuration of sugar units. GC-MS analysis revealed that SCP-60 was mainly composed of galactose and glucose. NMR spectroscopy revealed SCP-60 had the backbone consisting of →6-α-Manp-(1→, α-d-Glcp-(1→, →6-α-d-Glcp-(1→ and →6-α-Galp-(1→. In order to evaluate the antitumor activity in vivo of the polysaccharide, a sarcoma 180 model was used. The results showed SCP-60 had strong antitumor ability, meanwhile, SCP-60 at a high dose (100 mg/kg could significantly increase the thymic and splenic indices of S180 mice, and strongly promote the secretion of IL-2, TNF-α and IFN-γ, increase the SOD activities and reduce the concentrations of MDA in blood. Therefore the polysaccharide SCP-60 should be explored as a novel potential antitumor drug.

  7. Antitumorpharmacological mechanism of the oral liquid of Poriacocos polysaccharide.

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    Shi, Chunyu; Ma, Qinhai; Ren, Mengyue; Liang, Dedong; Yu, Qingtian; Luo, Jiabo

    2017-09-14

    The liquid oral formulation of Poria cocos polysaccharides is composed of polysaccharides of Lentinusedodes, Ganodermalucidum and Poria cocos(1:1:2), which are all fungi used in traditional Chinese medicine. Polysaccharides extracted from these fungi have been reported to exhibit an antitumor effect by modulating the immune system. The present study aimed to clarify the antitumor mechanism of an orally administered liquid containing Poriacocos and to further provide clinical guidance. In this study, the effects of an orally administered liquid containing Poriacocos polysaccharides on the solid tumors formed from sarcoma 180 cells in mice were evaluated. The protein expression of Bcl-2, caspase-3, and caspase-9in the thymus, spleen and liver tissues in the mice was determined by Western blot analysis. In addition, hematoxylin-eosin(H&E)staining and immunohistochemistry were performed on thymus, spleen and liver tissue and the positive staining rate was calculated for the three protein expression. The liquid oral formulation of Poriacocos polysaccharides reduced Bcl-2 protein levels and increased caspase-3 and -9 protein levels in sarcoma 180 cells. The mechanism underlying the antitumor effects of the oral liquid formulation of Poriacocos polysaccharides involved inhibition of Bcl-2 expression and activation of caspase-9 expression in sarcoma 180 cells. Furthermore, the downstream caspase-3 promoter cascade was activated and cell apoptosis was activated in sarcoma 180 cells. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Mapping the polysaccharide degradation potential of Aspergillus niger

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    Background The degradation of plant materials by enzymes is an industry of increasing importance. For sustainable production of second generation biofuels and other products of industrial biotechnology, efficient degradation of non-edible plant polysaccharides such as hemicellulose is required. For each type of hemicellulose, a complex mixture of enzymes is required for complete conversion to fermentable monosaccharides. In plant-biomass degrading fungi, these enzymes are regulated and released by complex regulatory structures. In this study, we present a methodology for evaluating the potential of a given fungus for polysaccharide degradation. Results Through the compilation of information from 203 articles, we have systematized knowledge on the structure and degradation of 16 major types of plant polysaccharides to form a graphical overview. As a case example, we have combined this with a list of 188 genes coding for carbohydrate-active enzymes from Aspergillus niger, thus forming an analysis framework, which can be queried. Combination of this information network with gene expression analysis on mono- and polysaccharide substrates has allowed elucidation of concerted gene expression from this organism. One such example is the identification of a full set of extracellular polysaccharide-acting genes for the degradation of oat spelt xylan. Conclusions The mapping of plant polysaccharide structures along with the corresponding enzymatic activities is a powerful framework for expression analysis of carbohydrate-active enzymes. Applying this network-based approach, we provide the first genome-scale characterization of all genes coding for carbohydrate-active enzymes identified in A. niger. PMID:22799883

  9. Phosphorylation of psyllium seed polysaccharide and its characterization.

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    Rao, Monica R P; Warrier, Deepa U; Gaikwad, Snehal R; Shevate, Prachi M

    2016-04-01

    Psyllium is widely used as a medicinally active natural polysaccharide for treating conditions like constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and colon cancer. Studies have been performed to characterize and modify the polysaccharide obtained from psyllium seed husk and to evaluate its use as a pharmaceutical excipient, but no studies have been performed to evaluate the properties of the polysaccharide present in psyllium seeds. The present study focuses on phosphorylation of psyllium seed polysaccharide (PPS) using sodium tri-meta phosphate as the cross-linking agent. The modified phosphorylated psyllium seed polysaccharide was then evaluated for physicochemical properties, rheological properties, spectral analysis, thermal analysis, crosslinking density and acute oral toxicity studies. The modified polysaccharide (PhPPS) has a high swelling index due to which it can be categorized as a hydrogel. The percent increase in swelling of PhPPS as compared to PPS was found to be 90.26%. The PPS & PhPPS mucilages of all strengths were found to have shear thinning properties. These findings are suggestive of the potential use of PhPPS as gelling & suspending agent. PhPPS was found to have a mucoadhesive property which was comparable with carbopol. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Aloe arborescens Polysaccharides: In Vitro Immunomodulation and Potential Cytotoxic Activity.

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    Nazeam, Jilan A; Gad, Haidy A; Esmat, Ahmed; El-Hefnawy, Hala M; Singab, Abdel-Naser B

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    Different polysaccharides were isolated from the leaves of Aloe arborescens using the gradient power of hydrogen followed by antitumor and immunomodulatory assay. The total polysaccharide content of different fractions, water-soluble polysaccharide (WAP), acid-soluble polysaccharide (ACP), and alkaline-soluble polysaccharide (ALP), was estimated using a phenol-sulfuric acid spectrophotometric method. WAP possessed a higher content of mannose and glucose than either ACP or ALP. In vitro antitumor activity was investigated in three different cancer cell lines, and in vitro immunomodulatory potential was assessed through phagocytosis and lymphocyte transformation assay. The results showed that WAP and ALP exhibited the most significant cytotoxicity against HepG2 human liver cancer cells, with IC 50 values of 26.14 and 21.46 μg/mL, respectively. In contrast, ALP was able to enhance lymphocyte transformation, whereas WAP had the most potent phagocytic activity. Molecular weight, total sugar and uronic acid content, Fourier transform-infrared analysis, and linkage type of bioactive polysaccharides were investigated. These findings revealed that the potential antitumor activity of the natural agents WAP and ALP was through an immunomodulation mechanism, which verifies the use of the plant as adjuvant supplement for cancer patients suffering immunosuppression during chemotherapy.

  11. Health benefits of algal polysaccharides in human nutrition.

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    Mišurcová, Ladislava; Škrovánková, Soňa; Samek, Dušan; Ambrožová, Jarmila; Machů, Ludmila

    2012-01-01

    The interest in functional food, both freshwater and marine algal products with their possible promotional health effects, increases also in regions where algae are considered as rather exotic food. Increased attention about algae as an abundant source of many nutrients and dietary fiber from the nutrition point of view, as well as from the scientific approaches to explore new nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, is based on the presence of many bioactive compounds including polysaccharides extracted from algal matter. Diverse chemical composition of dietary fiber polysaccharides is responsible for their different physicochemical properties, such as their ability to be fermented by the human colonic microbiota resulted in health benefit effects. Fundamental seaweed polysaccharides are presented by alginates, agars, carrageenans, ulvanes, and fucoidans, which are widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industry and also in other branches of industry. Moreover, freshwater algae and seaweed polysaccharides have emerged as an important source of bioactive natural compounds which are responsible for their possible physiological effects. Especially, sulfate polysaccharides exhibit immunomodulatory, antitumor, antithrombotic, anticoagulant, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral activities including anti-HIV infection, herpes, and hepatitis viruses. Generally, biological activity of sulfate polysaccharides is related to their different composition and mainly to the extent of the sulfation of their molecules. Significant attention has been recently focused on the use of both freshwater algae and seaweed for developing functional food by reason of a great variety of nutrients that are essential for human health. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Correlation Between Chain Architecture and Hydration Water Structure in Polysaccharides.

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    Grossutti, Michael; Dutcher, John R

    2016-03-14

    The physical properties of confined water can differ dramatically from those of bulk water. Hydration water associated with polysaccharides provides a particularly interesting example of confined water, because differences in polysaccharide structure provide different spatially confined environments for water sorption. We have used attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy to investigate the structure of hydration water in films of three different polysaccharides under controlled relative humidity (RH) conditions. We compare the results obtained for films of highly branched, dendrimer-like phytoglycogen nanoparticles to those obtained for two unbranched polysaccharides, hyaluronic acid (HA), and chitosan. We find similarities between the water structuring in the two linear polysaccharides and significant differences for phytoglycogen. In particular, the results suggest that the high degree of branching in phytoglycogen leads to a much more well-ordered water structure (low density, high connectivity network water), indicating the strong influence of chain architecture on the structuring of water. These measurements provide unique insight into the relationship between the structure and hydration of polysaccharides, which is important for understanding and exploiting these sustainable nanomaterials in a wide range of applications.

  13. Marine Derived Polysaccharides for Biomedical Applications: Chemical Modification Approaches

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    Paola Laurienzo

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Polysaccharide-based biomaterials are an emerging class in several biomedical fields such as tissue regeneration, particularly for cartilage, drug delivery devices and gelentrapment systems for the immobilization of cells. Important properties of the polysaccharides include controllable biological activity, biodegradability, and their ability to form hydrogels. Most of the polysaccharides used derive from natural sources; particularly, alginate and chitin, two polysaccharides which have an extensive history of use in medicine, pharmacy and basic sciences, and can be easily extracted from marine plants (algae kelp and crab shells, respectively. The recent rediscovery of poly-saccharidebased materials is also attributable to new synthetic routes for their chemical modification, with the aim of promoting new biological activities and/or to modify the final properties of the biomaterials for specific purposes. These synthetic strategies also involve the combination of polysaccharides with other polymers. A review of the more recent research in the field of chemical modification of alginate, chitin and its derivative chitosan is presented. Moreover, we report as case studies the results of our recent work concerning various different approaches and applications of polysaccharide-based biomaterials, such as the realization of novel composites based on calcium sulphate blended with alginate and with a chemically modified chitosan, the synthesis of novel alginate-poly(ethylene glycol copolymers and the development of a family of materials based on alginate and acrylic polymers of potential interest as drug delivery systems.

  14. Polysaccharide based nanogels in the drug delivery system: Application as the carrier of pharmaceutical agents.

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    Debele, Tilahun Ayane; Mekuria, Shewaye Lakew; Tsai, Hsieh-Chih

    2016-11-01

    Polysaccharide-based nanoparticles have fascinated attention as a vesicle of different pharmaceutical agents due to their unique multi-functional groups in addition to their physicochemical properties, including biocompatibility and biodegradability. The existence of multi-functional groups on the polysaccharide backbone permits facile chemical or biochemical modification to synthesize polysaccharide based nanoparticles with miscellaneous structures. Polysaccharide-based nanogels have high water content, large surface area for multivalent bioconjugation, tunable size, and interior network for the incorporation of different pharmaceutical agents. These unique properties offer great potential for the utilization of polysaccharide-based nanogels in the drug delivery systems. Hence, this review describes chemistry of certain common polysaccharides, several methodologies used to synthesize polysaccharide nanoparticles and primarily focused on the polysaccharide (or polysaccharide derivative) based nanogels as the carrier of pharmaceutical agents. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. An extracellular Staphylococcus epidermidis polysaccharide: relation to Polysaccharide Intercellular Adhesin and its implication in phagocytosis

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    2012-01-01

    Background The skin commensal and opportunistic pathogen Staphylococcus epidermidis is a leading cause of hospital-acquired and biomaterial-associated infections. The polysaccharide intercellular adhesin (PIA), a homoglycan composed of β-1,6-linked N-acetylglucosamine residues, synthesized by enzymes encoded in icaADBC is a major functional factor in biofilm accumulation, promoting virulence in experimental biomaterial-associated S. epidermidis infection. Extracellular mucous layer extracts of S. epidermidis contain another major polysaccharide, referred to as 20-kDa polysaccharide (20-kDaPS), composed mainly out of glucose, N-acetylglucosamine, and being partially sulfated. 20-kDaPS antiserum prevents adhesion of S. epidermidis on endothelial cells and development of experimental keratitis in rabbits. Here we provide experimental evidence that 20-kDaPS and PIA represent distinct molecules and that 20-kDaPS is implicated in endocytosis of S. epidermidis bacterial cells by human monocyte-derived macrophages. Results Analysis of 75 clinical coagulase-negative staphylococci from blood-cultures and central venous catheter tips indicated that 20-kDaPS is expressed exclusively in S. epidermidis but not in other coagulase-negative staphylococcal species. Tn917-insertion in various locations in icaADBC in mutants M10, M22, M23, and M24 of S. epidermidis 1457 are abolished for PIA synthesis, while 20-kDaPS expression appears unaltered as compared to wild-type strains using specific anti-PIA and anti-20-kDaPS antisera. While periodate oxidation and dispersin B treatments abolish immuno-reactivity and intercellular adhesive properties of PIA, no abrogative activity is exerted towards 20-kDaPS immunochemical reactivity following these treatments. PIA polysaccharide I-containing fractions eluting from Q-Sepharose were devoid of detectable 20-kDaPS using specific ELISA. Preincubation of non-20-kDaPS-producing clinical strain with increasing amounts of 20-kDaPS inhibits

  16. Immunomodulatory Polysaccharide from Chlorophytum borivilianum Roots.

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    Thakur, Mayank; Connellan, Paul; Deseo, Myrna A; Morris, Carol; Dixit, Vinod K

    2011-01-01

    Chlorophytum borivilianum Santapau & Fernandes (Liliaceae) is an ayurvedic Rasayana herb with immunostimulating properties. The polysaccharide fraction (CBP) derived from hot water extraction of C. borivilianum (CB), comprising of ∼31% inulin-type fructans and ∼25% acetylated mannans (of hot water-soluble extract), was evaluated for its effect on natural killer (NK) cell activity (in vitro). Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), isolated from whole blood on a Ficoll-Hypaque density gradient, were tested in the presence or absence of varying concentrations of each C. borivilianum fraction for modulation of NK cell cytotoxic activity toward K562 cells. Preliminary cytotoxicity evaluation against P388 cells was performed to establish non-cytotoxic concentrations of the different fractions. Testing showed the observed significant stimulation of NK cell activity to be due to the CBP of C. borivilianum. Furthermore, in vivo evaluation carried out on Wistar strain albino rats for humoral response to sheep red blood cells (SRBCs) and immunoglobulin-level determination using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), exhibited an effectiveness of C. borivilianum aqueous extract in improving immune function. Present results provide useful information for understanding the role of CBP in modulating immune function.

  17. Animal lectins: potential receptors for ginseng polysaccharides

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    So Hee Loh

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Panax ginseng Meyer, belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae, is known for its human immune system-related effects, such as immune-boosting effects. Ginseng polysaccharides (GPs are the responsible ingredient of ginseng in immunomodulation, and are classified as acidic and neutral GPs. Although GPs participate in various immune reactions including the stimulation of immune cells and production of cytokines, the precise function of GPs together with its potential receptor(s and their signal transduction pathways have remained largely unknown. Animal lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins that are highly specific for sugar moieties. Among many different biological functions in vivo, animal lectins especially play important roles in the immune system by recognizing carbohydrates that are found exclusively on pathogens or that are inaccessible on host cells. This review summarizes the immunological activities of GPs and the diverse roles of animal lectins in the immune system, suggesting the possibility of animal lectins as the potential receptor candidates of GPs and giving insights into the development of GPs as therapeutic biomaterials for many immunological diseases.

  18. Filtration Behaviour and Fouling Mechanisms of Polysaccharides

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    Jamal, Sondus; Chang, Sheng; Zhou, Hongde

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated filtration behaviors of polysaccharides solutions, both alone and in mixture with proteins, in the short-time constant flux filtration with the focus on factors affecting the transmembrane pressure (TMP) increase rate, the irreversible filtration resistance, and the membrane rejection behavior. The results showed that the TMP increase rates in the short-time constant flux filtration of alginate solutions were significantly affected by the calcium addition, alginate concentration, and flux. Although the addition of calcium resulted in a decrease in the TMP increase rate, it was found that the irreversible fouling developed during the filtration increased with the calcium addition, implying that the double-sided effect of calcium on membrane filtration and that the TMP increase rate observed in the filtration does not always reflect the irreversible membrane fouling development. It was also found that for the filtration of solutions containing mixed alginate and BSA, alginate exerted a dominant effect on the TMP increase rate and the membrane exhibited a reduced rejection to both alginate and BSA molecules compared to that in the filtration of the pure alginate or BSA. PMID:25007243

  19. Filtration Behaviour and Fouling Mechanisms of Polysaccharides

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    Sondus Jamal

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated filtration behaviors of polysaccharides solutions, both alone and in mixture with proteins, in the short-time constant flux filtration with the focus on factors affecting the transmembrane pressure (TMP increase rate, the irreversible filtration resistance, and the membrane rejection behavior. The results showed that the TMP increase rates in the short-time constant flux filtration of alginate solutions were significantly affected by the calcium addition, alginate concentration, and flux. Although the addition of calcium resulted in a decrease in the TMP increase rate, it was found that the irreversible fouling developed during the filtration increased with the calcium addition, implying that the double-sided effect of calcium on membrane filtration and that the TMP increase rate observed in the filtration does not always reflect the irreversible membrane fouling development. It was also found that for the filtration of solutions containing mixed alginate and BSA, alginate exerted a dominant effect on the TMP increase rate and the membrane exhibited a reduced rejection to both alginate and BSA molecules compared to that in the filtration of the pure alginate or BSA.

  20. Immunomodulatory Polysaccharide from Chlorophytum borivilianum Roots

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    Mayank Thakur

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlorophytum borivilianum Santapau & Fernandes (Liliaceae is an ayurvedic Rasayana herb with immunostimulating properties. The polysaccharide fraction (CBP derived from hot water extraction of C. borivilianum (CB, comprising of ~31% inulin-type fructans and ~25% acetylated mannans (of hot water-soluble extract, was evaluated for its effect on natural killer (NK cell activity (in vitro. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs, isolated from whole blood on a Ficoll-Hypaque density gradient, were tested in the presence or absence of varying concentrations of each C. borivilianum fraction for modulation of NK cell cytotoxic activity toward K562 cells. Preliminary cytotoxicity evaluation against P388 cells was performed to establish non-cytotoxic concentrations of the different fractions. Testing showed the observed significant stimulation of NK cell activity to be due to the CBP of C. borivilianum. Furthermore, in vivo evaluation carried out on Wistar strain albino rats for humoral response to sheep red blood cells (SRBCs and immunoglobulin-level determination using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA, exhibited an effectiveness of C. borivilianum aqueous extract in improving immune function. Present results provide useful information for understanding the role of CBP in modulating immune function.

  1. Nutraceutical functionalities of polysaccharides from marine invertebrates.

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    Choi, Byeong-Dae; Choi, Yeung Joon

    2012-01-01

    Many researchers are seeking functional materials from marine resources. These marine resources can be used as traditional food additives, and specifically, these are based on polysaccharides. To date, there is a big opportunity to develop new high-value added products with indispensable functional characteristics, which can be used in nutraceuticals either as additives or supplements. Also, a crossover in the pharmaceutical market may be established. Some glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) mimetic-type molecules are already being utilized in the field of nutrition as well as in the cosmetics industry. This chemical is used as a dietary supplement to maintain the structure and function of cartilages, for the relief of pain caused by osteoarthritic joints, and can also be used as an anti-inflammatory agent. Recently, in relation to the prevalence of mad cow disease and avian influenza, the production of GAGs from marine invertebrates offers new market opportunities as compared with that obtained from bovine or avian livestock. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Caracterización estructural y morfológica de películas de ZnO crecidas sobre sustratos de vidrio

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    LUIS MORENO MONTOYA

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Utilizando la técnica PAPVD (Plasma Assisted Physical Vapor Deposition por arco pulsado se crecieron películas delgadas de ZnO sobre sustratos de vidrio. Las películas fueron crecidas variando el voltaje de la descarga, la presión del gas y el número de descargas. Las propiedades estructurales tales como: cristalinidad, microestructura y rugosidad superficial fueron investigadas por Difracción de Rayos X, Microscopía Electrónica de Barrido en Ambiente y Microscopía de Fuerza Atómica. Se encontró que el material depositado es efectivamente ZnO, con una estructura cristalina hexagonal, una orientación preferencial en la dirección (002, alta textura cristalográfica, parámetros de red promedio de a = 3,250495 Å y c =5,21608 Å, espesores con valores del orden de los cientos de nanómetros, tamaño de grano promedio del orden de 0,529 µm y rugosidad promedio de 98,6 Å, además, se detectó la presencia de irregularidades, grietas y microgotas en la superficie de las mismas.

  3. Comportamiento hidrodinámico de un reactor electroquímico para recuperar residuos en la fabricación de películas semiconductoras

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    Luis Adrián Echeverri Holguin

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    Full Text Available En el laboratorio de optoelectrónica adscrito a la Universidad del Quindío se encuentra implementada la técnica Epitaxia en fase líquida, utilizada para elaborar películas semiconductoras de GaInAsSb, la cual genera, en promedio, un desecho de 1457 mg, constituido, en mayor proporción, por galio, indio y antimonio, que pueden ser recuperados por procesos electroquímicos. El propósito de este estudio fue reciclar y cristalizar estos metales puros a bajo costo, con cero productos de desechos metálicos en la fabricación de películas semiconductoras. Los estudios se llevaron a cabo en un reactor electroquímico de compartimentos separados, inyectando una solución trazadora de NaCl en el compartimento catódico, determinándose la conductividad a la entrada y a la salida del reactor, y describiendo con ello un modelo matemático del comportamiento hidrodinámico, mediante la distribución de tiempos de residencia (DTR, y así aplicarlo para la recuperación de estos metales, operando el equipo a intensidad constante (modo galvanostático y a potencial constante (modo potenciostático.

  4. Effects of Protein Level and Mangosteen Peel Pellets (Mago-pel in Concentrate Diets on Rumen Fermentation and Milk Production in Lactating Dairy Crossbreds

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    T. Norrapoke

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Four, lactating dairy crossbreds (50%×50% Holstein Friesian×Native Zebu cattle were randomly assigned according to a 2×2 factorial arrangement (two protein levels and two levels of mangosteen peel pellets (Mago-pel in a 4×4 Latin square design to receive four dietary treatments. All cows received concentrate at a proportion of 1 kg concentrate per 2 kg of milk yield, and urea-treated 5% rice straw (UTRS was given ad libitum. It was found that total dry matter intakes, nutrient digestibility, ruminal pH and NH3-N concentrations were not affected (p>0.05 by treatments. Concentrations of ruminal pH and NH3-N were not affected by dietary treatments although the concentration of BUN varied significantly (p0.05; however, the population of protozoa was decreased (p0.05 among dietary treatments (p>0.05; however, copy numbers of Ruminococcus flavefaciens was increased when protein level increased (p0.05 milk composition except solids-not-fat which was higher in cows fed the diet with 19% CP. Therefore, feeding a concentrate containing 16% CP together with 300 g/hd/d Mago-pel supplementation results in changes in rumen fermentation and microbial population and improvements in milk production in lactating dairy crossbreds fed on UTRS.

  5. La fisiología en las películas: Coma, CO y la comprensión del intercambio gaseoso

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    Josep?E BAÑOS

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo analiza la película Coma dirigida por Michael Chricton en 1978 e inspirada en la novela del mismo nombre de Robin Cook. Bajo el formato de thriller médico, muestra una serie de casos de coma que suceden en pacientes jóvenes y sanos sometidos a intervenciones quirúrgicas menores. La protagonista descubre que los afectados son traslados a una institución donde se les extraen los órganos para su comercio ilegal. También investiga la causa del coma, consecuencia de la intoxicación homicida con monóxido de carbono mientras los pacientes se encuentran en quirófano. La película tiene el interés docente de estimular la comprensión de los fenómenos de transporte de oxígeno por la hemoglobina, así como su afinidad por diversos gases, como el dióxido de carbono y el monóxido de carbono. Los estudiantes deben aplicar sus conocimientos fisiológicos para comprender cómo se realiza la intoxicación y sus características clínicas, así como las bases de su tratamiento.

  6. Antioxidant properties of cell wall polysaccharides of Stevia rebaudiana leaves

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    Mediesse Kengne Francine

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To examine the total phenolic and protein contents, and the antioxidant activities of cell wall polysaccharide fractions of Stevia rebaudiana leaves. Methods: Three different polysaccharide-enriched fractions, namely FPE (extract with 50 mmol/ L ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid, FPK (extract with 0.05 mol/L KOH and FH (extract with 4 mol/L KOH were extracted from Stevia rebaudiana leaves. The antioxidant activity of these fractions was evaluated based on their ability to scavenge DPPH (1, 1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl free radical, to reduce ferric power, to chelate ferrous ion and to protect human DNA. Results: The results indicated that protein content was found to be higher in FPK polysaccharide enriched fraction (47.48 µg per mg of FPK. Furthermore, the phenolic compound analysis according to the Folin-Ciocalteu method was higher in FPK (17.71 µg ferulic acid. The DPPH maximal inhibition percentage of the three polysaccharide-enriched fractions at 400 µg/mL was 27.66%, 59.90% and 23.21% respectively for FPE, FPK and FH. All the polysaccharide fractions exhibited a ferric reducing power except the FH one. The three fractions also exhibited lipid peroxidation inhibition, and they completely reverted the DNA damage induced by H2O2/FeCl2. FPK showed the strongest scavenging activity against the DPPH radical, the best chelating ability and lipid peroxidation inhibition. Conclusions: Stevia cell wall polysaccharide fractions are potent protective agents against oxidative stress. The analysis revealed major differences in the antioxidant activity in the three polysaccharides fractions. However, the 0.05 mol/L KOH pectin fraction (FPK showed better antioxidant activity.

  7. Influencia del tiempo de hidrólisis en la obtención de película híbrida con adición de iones cerio para la protección de aceros galvanizados

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    Sandra R. Kuns

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Las películas hibridas actúan como una barrera entre el substrato y el medio, reduciendo la velocidad de entrada del agua, electrolito, oxígeno y la penetración deiones agresivos hasta el metal, disminuyendo la velocidad de corrosión del substrato. Los principales factores que influyen en la resistencia a la corrosión de las películas híbridas son: el tiempo de curado, la concentración del baño, el pH de la solución de hidrólisis y el tiempo de hidrólisis. En este trabajo, se realizaron las pruebas con cuatro diferentes tiempos de hidrólisis (1, 3, 24 y 48 horas, el acero galvanizado fue revestido con una película híbrida obtenida a partir de un sol constituido por los precursores alcohoxidos 3-(trimetoxisililpropil metacrilato (TMSPMA y Tetraetoxisilano (TEOS con adición de nitrato de cerio [0,01 M]. La caracterización de las películas fue realizada por MEB, perfilometria, ángulo de contacto, polarización y espectroscopia de impedancia electroquímica. Los resultados muestran que el tiempo de hidrólisis interfiere en la obtención de la película híbrida y consecuentemente en las propiedades protectoras de la película.

  8. A Pterin-Dependent Signaling Pathway Regulates a Dual-Function Diguanylate Cyclase-Phosphodiesterase Controlling Surface Attachment in Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

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    Feirer, Nathan; Xu, Jing; Allen, Kylie D; Koestler, Benjamin J; Bruger, Eric L; Waters, Christopher M; White, Robert H; Fuqua, Clay

    2015-06-30

    The motile-to-sessile transition is an important lifestyle switch in diverse bacteria and is often regulated by the intracellular second messenger cyclic diguanylate monophosphate (c-di-GMP). In general, high c-di-GMP concentrations promote attachment to surfaces, whereas cells with low levels of signal remain motile. In the plant pathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens, c-di-GMP controls attachment and biofilm formation via regulation of a unipolar polysaccharide (UPP) adhesin. The levels of c-di-GMP in A. tumefaciens are controlled in part by the dual-function diguanylate cyclase-phosphodiesterase (DGC-PDE) protein DcpA. In this study, we report that DcpA possesses both c-di-GMP synthesizing and degrading activities in heterologous and native genetic backgrounds, a binary capability that is unusual among GGDEF-EAL domain-containing proteins. DcpA activity is modulated by a pteridine reductase called PruA, with DcpA acting as a PDE in the presence of PruA and a DGC in its absence. PruA enzymatic activity is required for the control of DcpA and through this control, attachment and biofilm formation. Intracellular pterin analysis demonstrates that PruA is responsible for the production of a novel pterin species. In addition, the control of DcpA activity also requires PruR, a protein encoded directly upstream of DcpA with a predicted molybdopterin-binding domain. PruR is hypothesized to be a potential signaling intermediate between PruA and DcpA through an as-yet-unidentified mechanism. This study provides the first prokaryotic example of a pterin-mediated signaling pathway and a new model for the regulation of dual-function DGC-PDE proteins. Pathogenic bacteria often attach to surfaces and form multicellular communities called biofilms. Biofilms are inherently resilient and can be difficult to treat, resisting common antimicrobials. Understanding how bacterial cells transition to the biofilm lifestyle is essential in developing new therapeutic strategies. We have

  9. Degradación de las propiedades ópticas de películas semiconductoras amorfas de nitruro de silicio a-SiN producidas por pulverización catódica de radiofrecuencia

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    Zegarra Sierra, Katia

    2015-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se encuentran compilados el estudio de propiedades ópticas y vibracionales de películas delgadas amorfas de nitruro de silicio depositadas bajo diferentes presiones de trabajo. Las películas han sido preparadas mediante la técnica de pulverización catódica de radiofrecuencia en los laboratorios de la Sección de la PUCP usando un objetivo de silicio cristalino en una atmosfera de nitrógeno y argón. Se ha investigado el efecto de oxidación bajo dos puntos de vista: primer...

  10. Efecto de la adición, tipo y concentracion de nanoarcilla sobre las propiedades mecánicas y de barrera de películas biodegradables basados en quitosano

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    Garde Izquierdo, Gaizka

    2014-01-01

    La aplicación más innovadora de las películas y recubrimientos biodegradables es su empleo como matrices portadoras de distintos aditivos funcionales capaces de aumentar la seguridad, vida comercial y calidad de los alimentos. La efectividad este tipo de películas reside en el control de la migración de sus agentes activos hacia la superficie de los productos sobre los que se disponen, ayudando a la dosificación del aditivo y al mantenimiento de las concentraciones efectivas lo...

  11. Películas de harinas de arroz y plátano reforzadas con nanopartículas de montmorillonita de sodio: caracterización fisicoquímica, funcional y molecular

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    Rodríguez Marín, María Luisa

    2015-01-01

    Los empaques a base d epolímeros sintéticos han contribuido a la contaminación ambiental , debido a su uso intensivo y que sus residuos son resientess al atque microbiano y/o degradación ambiental. Se han utilizado polisacáridos, proteínas y lípídos para la elaboración de películas biodegradables. Las harinas son una mezcla natural de esras macromoléculas y representan una alternativa para obetner este tipo de materiales. Actualmente, la tendencia para mejorar las caracteristicas de las pelíc...

  12. Caracterización química de la película plateada del café (coffea arábica) en variedades colombia y caturra

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    Diego Sánchez; Cecilia Anzola

    2012-01-01

    La película plateada del café es un residuoque se produce en gran volumendurante los procesos de trilla y torrefacciónde este. En la actualidad no se le daningún tipo de uso, a excepción de servircomo abono o combustible, aunque seríade gran utilidad para mejorar el contenidode fibra en alimentos y así facilitar el procesodigestivo, y también como un potencialantioxidante para mejorar su calidad.En el presente estudio se trabajó con dosmuestras de película plateada provenientesde dos variedad...

  13. Marine Polysaccharide Networks and Diatoms at the Nanometric Scale

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    Tea Mišić Radić

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Despite many advances in research on photosynthetic carbon fixation in marine diatoms, the biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of extracellular polysaccharide production remain significant challenges to be resolved at the molecular scale in order to proceed toward an understanding of their functions at the cellular level, as well as their interactions and fate in the ocean. This review covers studies of diatom extracellular polysaccharides using atomic force microscopy (AFM imaging and the quantification of physical forces. Following a brief summary of the basic principle of the AFM experiment and the first AFM studies of diatom extracellular polymeric substance (EPS, we focus on the detection of supramolecular structures in polysaccharide systems produced by marine diatoms. Extracellular polysaccharide fibrils, attached to the diatom cell wall or released into the surrounding seawater, form distinct supramolecular assemblies best described as gel networks. AFM makes characterization of the diatom polysaccharide networks at the micro and nanometric scales and a clear distinction between the self-assembly and self-organization of these complex systems in marine environments possible.

  14. Antitumor, genotoxicity and anticlastogenic activities of polysaccharide from Curcuma zedoaria.

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    Kim, K I; Kim, J W; Hong, B S; Shin, D H; Cho, H Y; Kim, H K; Yang, H C

    2000-08-31

    The antitumor effect of the partially purified polysaccharide from Curcuma zedoaria was studied in mice transplanted with sarcoma 180 cells. The polysaccharide fraction, CZ-1-III, at dose of 6.25 mg/kg/d showed 50% inhibition in solid tumor growth. When mice were injected with fractions, CZ-1 and CZ-1-III, at the dose of 100.0 mg/kg, 91.6% and 97.1% of tumor growth were inhibited, respectively, indicating that the cytotoxic effect of polysaccharide on sarcoma 180 cells increases upon increasing the amount of polysaccharide administered. To assess the genotoxicity of CZ-1-III fraction, several classical toxicological tests were performed. In Ames test, CZ-1-III did not show any transformation of revertant with or without S-9 metabolic activating system, indicating the lack of mutagenic effect of the compound. To assess clastogenic effect, micronucleus and chromosomal aberration assays were performed using Chinese hamster lung (CHL) fibroblast cells. However, up to 259.0 microg/ml concentration of CZ-1-III, neither micronucleus formation nor chromosomal aberration was induced regardless of the presence of S-9 metabolic activating system. Inhibition of CZ-1-III on micronucleus formation induced by mitomycin C was exhibited in a dose-dependent manner, maximally up to 52.0%. These results strongly suggest that CZ-1-III, the polysaccharide fraction from C. Zedoaria, decreases tumor size of mouse and prevents chromosomal mutation.

  15. Masquerading microbial pathogens: Capsular polysaccharides mimic host-tissue molecules

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    Cress, Brady F.; Englaender, Jacob A.; He, Wenqin; Kasper, Dennis; Linhardt, Robert J.; Koffas, Mattheos A. G.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Bacterial pathogens bearing capsular polysaccharides identical to mammalian glycans benefit from an additional level of protection from host immune response. The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria portends an impending post-antibiotic age, characterized by diminishing efficacy of common antibiotics and routine application of multifaceted, complementary therapeutic approaches to treat bacterial infections, particularly multidrug-resistant organisms. The first line of defense for most bacterial pathogens consists of a physical and immunological barrier known as the capsule, commonly composed of a viscous layer of carbohydrates that are covalently bound to the cell wall in Gram-positive bacteria or often to lipids of the outer membrane in many Gram-negative bacteria. Bacterial capsular polysaccharides are a diverse class of high molecular weight polysaccharides contributing to virulence of many human pathogens in the gut, respiratory tree, urinary tract, and other host tissues, by hiding cell-surface components that might otherwise elicit host immune response. This review highlights capsular polysaccharides that are structurally identical or similar to polysaccharides found in mammalian tissues, including polysialic acid and glycosaminoglycan capsules hyaluronan, heparosan, and chondroitin. Such non-immunogenic coatings render pathogens insensitive to certain immune responses, effectively increasing residence time in host tissues and enabling pathologically relevant population densities to be reached. Biosynthetic pathways and capsular involvement in immune system evasion are described providing a basis for potential therapies aimed at supplementing or replacing antibiotic treatment. PMID:24372337

  16. Polysaccharide depolymerization from TEMPO-catalysis: Effect of TEMPO concentration.

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    Spier, Vivian C; Sierakowski, Maria Rita; Reed, Wayne F; de Freitas, Rilton A

    2017-08-15

    Polysaccharide TEMPO-oxidation was monitored using automatic continuous online monitoring of polymerization reactions (ACOMP). The products of oxidation, obtained at different pHs (9, 7 and 5) and different concentrations of catalyst TEMPO, were evaluated by Automatic Continuous Mixing (ACM) and Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC). The degree of oxidation was higher at pH 9 and polysaccharide degradation was observed under different pH conditions, but was much higher without catalyst TEMPO. The rate constant (k) was dependent on reaction pH and TEMPO concentration. The amount of -COOH per g of polysaccharide, at pH 9, in the presence and absence of TEMPO was different, 0.215 and 0.395mmolg -1 , respectively. This suggested a secondary and non-selective polysaccharide oxidation occurring at a lower rate in the absence of catalyst. TEMPO protects the polysaccharide from degradation caused by secondary oxidant species, acting as a catalyst and "sacrificial molecule" at higher concentrations. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Molecular size analysis of capsular polysaccharide preparations from Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Bednar, B; Hennessey, J P

    1993-04-23

    Purified capsular polysaccharide preparations from Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes 4, 6B, 9V, 14, 18C, 19F, and 23F were analyzed by high performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) with multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS), specific viscosity (SV), and refractive index (RI) detection to determine the molecular size and molar mass of each of the pneumococcal (Pn) polysaccharides. The Mw's of the polysaccharides ranged from a low of 606 kg/mol for Pn4 to a high of 1145 kg/mol for Pn9V, and the z-average radii of gyration ranged from 59 nm for Pn14 to 72 nm for Pn18C. Estimations of molar mass of the highly anionic polysaccharides (all but Pn14) by the universal calibration approach were unsuccessful, resulting in a 27-53% overestimate of the Mw's though application of Mark-Houwink-Sakurada coefficients calculated from the HPSEC-MALLS/SV/RI data resulted in estimates of Mw that were in agreement with the MALLS estimates for all but the Pn4 preparation. These results emphasize the need for direct measurement of both molecular size and intrinsic viscosity distributions for definitive characterization of the molar mass, hydrodynamic volume, rigidity, and drainage of complex biological polymers such as the pneumococcal polysaccharides.

  18. A small lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase from Streptomyces griseus targeting α‐ and β‐chitin

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    Nakagawa, Yuko S; Kudo, Madoka; Loose, Jennifer S. M; Ishikawa, Takahiro; Totani, Kazuhide; Eijsink, Vincent G. H; Vaaje‐Kolstad, Gustav

    2015-01-01

    The lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases ( LPMO s) have received considerable attention subsequent to their discovery because of their ability to boost the enzymatic conversion of recalcitrant polysaccharides...

  19. Quantification of the catalytic performance of C1-cellulose-specific lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases

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    Frommhagen, Matthias; Westphal, Adrie H.; Hilgers, Roelant; Koetsier, Martijn J.; Hinz, Sandra W.A.; Visser, Jaap; Gruppen, Harry; Berkel, van Willem J.H.; Kabel, Mirjam A.

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    Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) have recently been shown to significantly enhance the degradation of recalcitrant polysaccharides and are of interest for the production of biochemicals and bioethanol from plant biomass. The copper-containing LPMOs utilize electrons, provided by reducing

  20. Structure and boosting activity of a starch-degrading lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase

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    Lo Leggio, Leila; Simmons, Thomas J.; Poulsen, Jens-Christian Navarro

    2015-01-01

    Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are recently discovered enzymes that oxidatively deconstruct polysaccharides. LPMOs are fundamental in the effective utilization of these substrates by bacteria and fungi; moreover, the enzymes have significant industrial importance. We report here...

  1. An Inhibitor-Based Method to Measure Initial Decomposition of Naturally Occurring Polysaccharides in Sediments

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    Boschker, H.T.S.; Bertilsson, S.A.

    1995-01-01

    A method that can be used to measure the initial decomposition rates of polysaccharides in sediment samples was developed. It uses toluene to specifically inhibit microbial uptake of carbohydrates without affecting extracellular hydrolysis of polysaccharides. Accumulating carbohydrates were

  2. Biocatalytic cross-linking of pectic polysaccharides for designed food functionality

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    Zaidel, Dayang Norulfairuz Abang; Meyer, Anne S.

    2012-01-01

    Recent research has demonstrated how cross-linking of pectic polysaccharides to obtain gel formation can be promoted by enzymatic catalysis reactions, and provide opportunities for functional upgrading of pectic polysaccharides present in agro-industrial sidestreams. This review highlights...

  3. Fermentation of plant cell wall derived polysaccharides and their corresponding oligosaccharides by intestinal bacteria

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    Laere, van K.M.J.; Hartemink, R.; Bosveld, M.; Schols, H.A.; Voragen, A.G.J.

    2000-01-01

    New types of nondigestible oligosaccharides were produced from plant cell wall polysaccharides, and the fermentation of these oligosaccharides and their parental polysaccharides by relevant individual intestinal species of bacteria was studied. Oligosaccharides were produced from soy

  4. Recombinant plants provide a new approach to the production of bacterial polysaccharide for vaccines

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    Smith, Claire M; Fry, Stephen C; Gough, Kevin C; Patel, Alexandra J F; Glenn, Sarah; Goldrick, Marie; Roberts, Ian S; Whitelam, Garry C; Andrew, Peter W

    2014-01-01

    Bacterial polysaccharides have numerous clinical or industrial uses. Recombinant plants could offer the possibility of producing bacterial polysaccharides on a large scale and free of contaminating bacterial toxins and antigens...

  5. Caracterización de la adhesión en películas delgadas mediante nanoindentación

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    Elizalde, M. R.

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Cross sectional nanoindentation (CSN is a technique recently developed to study thin film interface decohesion in a microscopic scale. Controlled interfacial microcracks are induced at the interfaces of interest by indenting in a cross section of a multilayer thin film structure. The correlation between the observed cracking phenomena and the corresponding load vs. indenter tip displacement curves is discussed. An additional benefit of the CSN technique is the low scatter of results obtained for the mean interfacial crack lengths produced by identical tests. The observation of the interfacial crack front by scanning electron microscopy shows clear differences between the interfacial fracture micro-mechanisms present in samples with good and bad adhesion behaviour.

    Este trabajo presenta una nueva técnica de nanoindentación en sección transversal desarrollada para el estudio a escala microscópica de los fenómenos de descohesión en intercaras de películas delgadas. El ensayo consiste en generar grietas en las intercaras de interés a partir de una indentación realizada sobre la sección transversal de una estructura multicapa de películas delgadas. La técnica se aplicó a dos muestras con tres películas delgadas (SiO2/Al-Cu/SiO2 depositadas sobre una oblea de silicio monocristalino que presentaban buena y mala adhesión. Se discute la correlación entre el agrietamiento observado y las correspondientes curvas carga aplicada frente a desplazamiento de la punta del indentador registradas durante el ensayo. Una ventaja de esta técnica es la baja dispersión de la longitud de las grietas obtenida en ensayos realizados en idénticas condiciones. Finalmente, la observación mediante MEB del frente de la grieta interfacial muestra claras diferencias en los micromecanismos de fractura presentes entre las muestras con mala y buena adhesión.

  6. Efecto del sorbitol sobre la relajación estructural en películas de gelatina en estado vítreo

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    Paulo Díaz-Calderón

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar el efecto del sorbitol sobre la cinética de relajación estructural de películas de gelatina almacenadas bajo la temperatura de transición vítrea (Tg. Películas de gelatina de bovino y sorbitol fueron preparadas mediante casting en frío. El sorbitol fue agregado en fracciones en peso (Qs de 0,0, 0,06 y 0,10. Las películas fueron acondicionadas en un ambiente de humedad relativa constante (44% utilizando una solución saturada de carbonato de potasio, obteniéndose fracciones de contenido de humedad en peso (Qw de 0,18, 0,16 y 0,18 respectivamente. La entalpía de relajación (∆H fue determinada mediante Calorimetría Diferencial de Barrido (DSC. Las muestras utilizadas en este estudio presentaron valores de Tg de 48ºC (Qs=0,0, 35ºC (Qs=0,06 y 30ºC (Qs=0,10. Luego de eliminar el historial térmico (30ºC sobre Tg, 15min, las muestras fueron almacenadas isotérmicamente a 10ºC bajo Tgonset entre 2 y 80 horas. La adición de sorbitol produjo una reducción signifi cativa (p<0,05 en la cinética de relajación estructural. La linealización del valor de entalpía de relajación (∆H en función del logaritmo del tiempo de almacenamiento mostró una reducción de la pendiente en las muestras plastifi cadas con sorbitol. La reducción en la cinética de relajación estaría relacionada con el efecto de empaquetamiento molecular asociado a la presencia de polioles en matrices en estado vítreo recientemente reportada mediante espectroscopía de positrones (PALS

  7. Immune cell activation and cytokine release after stimulation of whole blood with pneumococcal C-polysaccharide and capsular polysaccharides.

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    Sundberg-Kövamees, Marianne; Grunewald, Johan; Wahlström, Jan

    2016-11-01

    Streptococcus pneumonia is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children and adults worldwide. Lack of fully effective pneumococcal vaccines is a problem. Streptococcus pneumoniae exposes on its surface C-polysaccharide (cell wall polysaccharide, CWPS) and serospecific capsular polysaccharides, used in pneumococcal vaccines. We investigated the effect of CWPS and individual capsular polysaccharides, with regard to activation of subsets of immune cells of healthy controls. Three different capsular polysaccharides, CWPS and LPS were used for in vitro stimulation of whole blood. Cell activation (CD69 expression) was assessed in CD4+ and CD4- T cells, NK-like T cells, NK cells and monocytes by flow cytometry. Cytokine levels in supernatants were quantified by Cytometric Bead Array (CBA). CWPS and the capsules activated immune cell subsets, but to different degrees. NK cells and NK-like T cells showed the strongest activation, followed by monocytes. Among the three capsules, capsule type 23 induced the strongest activation and cytokine release, followed by type 9 and type 3. This study increases the understanding of how the human immune system reacts to pneumococcal vaccine components. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  8. The Selenylation Modification of Epimedium Polysaccharide and Isatis Root Polysaccharide and the Immune-enhancing Activity Comparison of Their Modifiers.

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    Li, Xiuping; Hou, Ranran; Yue, Chanjuan; Liu, Jie; Gao, Zhenzhen; Chen, Jin; Lu, Yu; Wang, Deyun; Liu, Cui; Hu, Yuanliang

    2016-05-01

    Epimedium polysaccharide (EPS) and isatis root polysaccharide (IRPS) were extracted, purified, and selenizingly modified by nitric acid-sodium selenite method to obtain nine selenizing EPSs (sEPSs), sEPS1-sEPS9 and nine selenizing IRPSs (sIRPSs), sIRPS1-sIRPS9, respectively. Their effects on chicken peripheral lymphocyte proliferation in vitro were compared by MTT assay. The results showed that selenium polysaccharides at appropriate concentration could promote lymphocyte proliferation more significantly than unmodified polysaccharides, sEPS5 and sIRPS5 with stronger actions were picked out and injected into the chickens vaccinated with Newcastle disease vaccine in vivo tests. The peripheral lymphocyte proliferation and serum antibody titer were determined. The results showed that sEPS5 and sIRPS5 could elevate serum antibody titer and promote lymphocyte proliferation more significantly than unmodified polysaccharides, sEPS5 possessed the strongest efficacy. These results indicate that selenylation modification can significantly enhance the immune-enhancing activity of EPS and IRPS, and sEPS5 can be as a new-type immunopotentiator of chickens.

  9. Impregnation of silver nanoparticles into polysaccharide substrates and their properties.

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    Hassabo, Ahmed G; Nada, Ahmed A; Ibrahim, Hassan M; Abou-Zeid, N Y

    2015-05-20

    A method to impregnate silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) into different polysaccharides substrates (cellulose powder (CP), microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and chitosan (Chit)) by using glucose as reducing agent, is presented. X-ray diffraction analyses of polysaccharides coated with AgNPs showed the formation of silver particle sizes in the range of 3.7-5.6 nm and have almost spherical shape. The entire prepared composite shows antimicrobial effect. The antibacterial activity of polysaccharides loaded with silver nanoparticles was evaluated against Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. The results suggest excellent antibacterial activity. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Preparation and characterization of mucilage polysaccharide for biomedical applications.

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    Archana, G; Sabina, K; Babuskin, S; Radhakrishnan, K; Fayidh, Mohammed A; Babu, P Azhagu Saravana; Sivarajan, M; Sukumar, M

    2013-10-15

    In the present investigation, the polysaccharide/mucilage from waste of Abelmoscus esculentus by modification in hot extraction using two different solvents (Acetone, Methanol) were extracted, characterized and further compared with seaweed polysaccharide for their potential applications. The percentage yield, emulsifying capacity and swelling index of this mucilage were determined. The macro algae and okra waste, gave high % yield (22.2% and 8.6% respectively) and good emulsifying capacity (EC%=52.38% and 54.76% respectively) with acetone, compared to methanol (11.3% and 0.28%; EC%=50%) (PH=7) while swelling index was greater with methanol than acetone extracts respectively. The infrared (I.R.) spectrum of the samples was recorded to investigate the chemical structure of mucilage. Thermal analysis of the mucilage was done with TGA (Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer) and DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter) which showed both okra and algal polysaccharide were thermostable hydrogels. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Polysaccharides of higher fungi: Biological role, structure, and antioxidative activity

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    Kozarski Maja S.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Fungal polysaccharides attract a lot of attention due to their multiple challenging biological properties, such as: anti-tumor, anti-viral, anticomplementary, anticoagulant, hypolipidemic and immunomodulatory and immune-stimulatory activities, which all together make them suitable for application in many quite distinctive areas, such as food industry, biomedicine, cosmetology, agriculture, environmental protection and waste water management. This article presents results with respect to biological properties, structure and procedures related to the isolation and activation of polysaccharides of higher fungi. It is considered and presented along with a review of the critical antioxidative activity and possible influence of the structural composition of polysaccharide extracts (isolated from these higher fungi upon their antioxidative properties.

  12. Reviews on Mechanisms of In Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Polysaccharides

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    Wang, Junqiao; Hu, Shuzhen; Nie, Shaoping; Yu, Qiang; Xie, Mingyong

    2016-01-01

    It is widely acknowledged that the excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) or reactive nitrogen species (RNS) induced oxidative stress will cause significant damage to cell structure and biomolecular function, directly or indirectly leading to a number of diseases. The overproduction of ROS/RNS will be balanced by nonenzymatic antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes. Polysaccharide or glycoconjugates derived from natural products are of considerable interest from the viewpoint of potent in vivo and in vitro antioxidant activities recently. Particularly, with regard to the in vitro antioxidant systems, polysaccharides are considered as effective free radical scavenger, reducing agent, and ferrous chelator in most of the reports. However, the underlying mechanisms of these antioxidant actions have not been illustrated systematically and sometimes controversial results appeared among various literatures. To address this issue, we summarized the latest discoveries and advancements in the study of antioxidative polysaccharides and gave a detailed description of the possible mechanisms. PMID:26682009

  13. Marine Polysaccharides from Algae with Potential Biomedical Applications

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    de Jesus Raposo, Maria Filomena; de Morais, Alcina Maria Bernardo; de Morais, Rui Manuel Santos Costa

    2015-01-01

    There is a current tendency towards bioactive natural products with applications in various industries, such as pharmaceutical, biomedical, cosmetics and food. This has put some emphasis in research on marine organisms, including macroalgae and microalgae, among others. Polysaccharides with marine origin constitute one type of these biochemical compounds that have already proved to have several important properties, such as anticoagulant and/or antithrombotic, immunomodulatory ability, antitumor and cancer preventive, antilipidaemic and hypoglycaemic, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, making them promising bioactive products and biomaterials with a wide range of applications. Their properties are mainly due to their structure and physicochemical characteristics, which depend on the organism they are produced by. In the biomedical field, the polysaccharides from algae can be used in controlled drug delivery, wound management, and regenerative medicine. This review will focus on the biomedical applications of marine polysaccharides from algae. PMID:25988519

  14. Modulation of surgical fibrosis by microbial zwitterionic polysaccharides

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    Ruiz-Perez, Begonia; Chung, Doo R.; Sharpe, Arlene H.; Yagita, Hideo; Kalka-Moll, Wiltrud M.; Sayegh, Mohamed H.; Kasper, Dennis L.; Tzianabos, Arthur O.

    2005-11-01

    Bacterial carbohydrates have long been considered T cell-independent antigens that primarily induce humoral immune responses. Recently, it has been demonstrated that bacterial capsules that possess a zwitterionic charge motif can activate CD4+ T cells after processing and presentation by antigen-presenting cells. Here we show that these zwitterionic polysaccharides can prevent T helper 1-mediated fibrosis by signaling for the release of IL-10 from CD4+ T cells in vivo. IL-10 production by these T cells and their ability to prevent fibrosis is controlled by the inducible costimulator (ICOS)-ICOS ligand pathway. These data demonstrate that the interaction of the zwitterionic polysaccharides with T cells results in modulation of surgical fibrosis in vivo and suggest a previously undescribed approach to "harnessing" T cell function to prevent inflammatory tissue disorders in humans. IL-10 | microbial polysaccharides | inducible costimulator

  15. Bioactivity and Applications of Sulphated Polysaccharides from Marine Microalgae

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    Rui Manuel Santos Costa de Morais

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Marine microalgae have been used for a long time as food for humans, such as Arthrospira (formerly, Spirulina, and for animals in aquaculture. The biomass of these microalgae and the compounds they produce have been shown to possess several biological applications with numerous health benefits. The present review puts up-to-date the research on the biological activities and applications of polysaccharides, active biocompounds synthesized by marine unicellular algae, which are, most of the times, released into the surrounding medium (exo- or extracellular polysaccharides, EPS. It goes through the most studied activities of sulphated polysaccharides (sPS or their derivatives, but also highlights lesser known applications as hypolipidaemic or hypoglycaemic, or as biolubricant agents and drag-reducers. Therefore, the great potentials of sPS from marine microalgae to be used as nutraceuticals, therapeutic agents, cosmetics, or in other areas, such as engineering, are approached in this review.

  16. Progress in the research and application of polysaccharide hemostatic materials

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    Yi JIANG

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Local hemostasis is the first step in wound treatment, and effective hemostatic methods could reduce the number of unnecessary casualties. Hemostatic materials need to have good hemostatic properties, excellent biocompatibility, no toxic side effects, no irritation and easy to prepare. The polysaccharide has many advantages, including rich source, simple structures, absorbable and biodegradable, excellent biocompatibility. At present, it has been found that polysaccharide is easy to modify in structure and recombine. This paper summarizes the characteristics and products of polysaccharide hemostatic materials including celluloses, chitosans, alginate, hyaluronic acid, and starch in order to offer the indications for clinical application and further study. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2014.12.16

  17. Bioactivity and Applications of Sulphated Polysaccharides from Marine Microalgae

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    de Jesus Raposo, Maria Filomena; de Morais, Rui Manuel Santos Costa; de Morais, Alcina Maria Miranda Bernardo

    2013-01-01

    Marine microalgae have been used for a long time as food for humans, such as Arthrospira (formerly, Spirulina), and for animals in aquaculture. The biomass of these microalgae and the compounds they produce have been shown to possess several biological applications with numerous health benefits. The present review puts up-to-date the research on the biological activities and applications of polysaccharides, active biocompounds synthesized by marine unicellular algae, which are, most of the times, released into the surrounding medium (exo- or extracellular polysaccharides, EPS). It goes through the most studied activities of sulphated polysaccharides (sPS) or their derivatives, but also highlights lesser known applications as hypolipidaemic or hypoglycaemic, or as biolubricant agents and drag-reducers. Therefore, the great potentials of sPS from marine microalgae to be used as nutraceuticals, therapeutic agents, cosmetics, or in other areas, such as engineering, are approached in this review. PMID:23344113

  18. Marine Polysaccharides from Algae with Potential Biomedical Applications

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    Maria Filomena de Jesus Raposo

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available There is a current tendency towards bioactive natural products with applications in various industries, such as pharmaceutical, biomedical, cosmetics and food. This has put some emphasis in research on marine organisms, including macroalgae and microalgae, among others. Polysaccharides with marine origin constitute one type of these biochemical compounds that have already proved to have several important properties, such as anticoagulant and/or antithrombotic, immunomodulatory ability, antitumor and cancer preventive, antilipidaemic and hypoglycaemic, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, making them promising bioactive products and biomaterials with a wide range of applications. Their properties are mainly due to their structure and physicochemical characteristics, which depend on the organism they are produced by. In the biomedical field, the polysaccharides from algae can be used in controlled drug delivery, wound management, and regenerative medicine. This review will focus on the biomedical applications of marine polysaccharides from algae.

  19. Polysaccharide-Based Membranes in Food Packaging Applications

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    Ana R. V. Ferreira

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Plastic packaging is essential nowadays. However, the huge environmental problem caused by landfill disposal of non-biodegradable polymers in the end of life has to be minimized and preferentially eliminated. The solution may rely on the use of biopolymers, in particular polysaccharides. These macromolecules with film-forming properties are able to produce attracting biodegradable materials, possibly applicable in food packaging. Despite all advantages of using polysaccharides obtained from different sources, some drawbacks, mostly related to their low resistance to water, mechanical performance and price, have hindered their wider use and commercialization. Nevertheless, with increasing attention and research on this field, it has been possible to trace some strategies to overcome the problems and recognize solutions. This review summarizes some of the most used polysaccharides in food packaging applications.

  20. Analyses of Aloe polysaccharides using carbohydrate microarray profiling

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    Isager Ahl, Louise; Grace, Olwen M; Pedersen, Henriette Lodberg

    2018-01-01

    As the popularity of Aloe vera extracts continues to rise, a desire to fully understand the individual polymer components of the leaf mesophyll, their relation to one another and the effects they have on the human body are increasing. Polysaccharides present in the leaf mesophyll have been...... identified as the components responsible for the biological activities of Aloe vera, and they have been widely studied in the past decades. However, the commonly used methods do not provide the desired platform to conduct large comparative studies of polysaccharide compositions as most of them require...... a complete or near-complete fractionation of the polymers. The objective for this study was to assess whether carbohydrate microarrays could be used for the high-throughput analysis of cell wall polysaccharides in Aloe leaf mesophyll. The method we chose is known as Comprehensive Microarray Polymer Profiling...

  1. Polysaccharide-Based Membranes in Food Packaging Applications

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    Ferreira, Ana R. V.; Alves, Vítor D.; Coelhoso, Isabel M.

    2016-01-01

    Plastic packaging is essential nowadays. However, the huge environmental problem caused by landfill disposal of non-biodegradable polymers in the end of life has to be minimized and preferentially eliminated. The solution may rely on the use of biopolymers, in particular polysaccharides. These macromolecules with film-forming properties are able to produce attracting biodegradable materials, possibly applicable in food packaging. Despite all advantages of using polysaccharides obtained from different sources, some drawbacks, mostly related to their low resistance to water, mechanical performance and price, have hindered their wider use and commercialization. Nevertheless, with increasing attention and research on this field, it has been possible to trace some strategies to overcome the problems and recognize solutions. This review summarizes some of the most used polysaccharides in food packaging applications. PMID:27089372

  2. Carrageenan: a natural seaweed polysaccharide and its applications.

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    Prajapati, Vipul D; Maheriya, Pankaj M; Jani, Girish K; Solanki, Himanshu K

    2014-05-25

    Polysaccharides have been gaining interesting and valuable applications in the food and pharmaceutical fields. As they are derived from the natural source, they are easily available, non-toxic, cheap, biodegradable and biocompatible. Carrageenan is one among them, which fulfills the criteria of polysaccharide; it is a natural carbohydrate (polysaccharide) obtained from edible red seaweeds. The name Carrageenan is derived from the Chondrus crispus species of seaweed (Rhodophyceace) known as Carrageen Moss or Irish Moss, and Carraigin. A demand based on its application has been widely increasing in food and pharmaceutical sectors. Carrageenan has gained wide applications in experimental medicine, pharmaceutical formulations, cosmetics, and food industries. Through keen references of the reported literature on carrageenan, in this review, we have described about carrageenan, its properties, extraction and refining, and its food and pharmaceutical applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Polysaccharides from Probiotics: New Developments as Food Additives

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    Philippe Michaud

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Microbial polysaccharides with nutraceutical potential and bioactive properties have been investigated in detail during the last few decades. There is an increasing demand in food industries for live microbes or polysaccharides produced by them which assert health benefits other than dietetic constituents. Although there are a large number of exopolysaccharide (EPS-producing bacteria, the titers are low for commercialization. This manuscript deals with the polysaccharides produced by probiotic strains, with major emphasis on the EPSs, their properties, applications and some of the strategies adopted which would be helpful in better understanding of the process in the near future. Research on the improved EPS biosynthesis is essential for obtaining high yields. Therefore, to reach commercialization, metabolic engineering must be applied.

  4. Mapping the polysaccharide degradation potential of Aspergillus niger

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    Andersen Mikael R

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The degradation of plant materials by enzymes is an industry of increasing importance. For sustainable production of second generation biofuels and other products of industrial biotechnology, efficient degradation of non-edible plant polysaccharides such as hemicellulose is required. For each type of hemicellulose, a complex mixture of enzymes is required for complete conversion to fermentable monosaccharides. In plant-biomass degrading fungi, these enzymes are regulated and released by complex regulatory structures. In this study, we present a methodology for evaluating the potential of a given fungus for polysaccharide degradation. Results Through the compilation of information from 203 articles, we have systematized knowledge on the structure and degradation of 16 major types of plant polysaccharides to form a graphical overview. As a case example, we have combined this with a list of 188 genes coding for carbohydrate-active enzymes from Aspergillus niger, thus forming an analysis framework, which can be queried. Combination of this information network with gene expression analysis on mono- and polysaccharide substrates has allowed elucidation of concerted gene expression from this organism. One such example is the identification of a full set of extracellular polysaccharide-acting genes for the degradation of oat spelt xylan. Conclusions The mapping of plant polysaccharide structures along with the corresponding enzymatic activities is a powerful framework for expression analysis of carbohydrate-active enzymes. Applying this network-based approach, we provide the first genome-scale characterization of all genes coding for carbohydrate-active enzymes identified in A. niger.

  5. An Ecological Network of Polysaccharide Utilization Among Human Intestinal Symbionts

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    Rakoff-Nahoum, Seth; Coyne, Michael J.; Comstock, Laurie E.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Background: The human intestine is colonized with trillions of microorganisms important to health and disease. There has been an intensive effort to catalog the species and genetic content of this microbial ecosystem. However, little is known of the ecological interactions between these microbes, a prerequisite to understanding the dynamics and stability of this host-associated microbial community. Here we perform a systematic investigation of public goods-based syntrophic interactions among the abundant human gut bacteria, the Bacteroidales. Results: We find evidence for a rich interaction network based on the breakdown and use of polysaccharides. Species that utilize a particular polysaccharide (producers) liberate polysaccharide breakdown products (PBP) that are consumed by other species unable to grow on the polysaccharide alone (recipients). Cross-species gene addition experiments demonstrate that recipients can grow on a polysaccharide if the producer-derived glycoside hydrolase, responsible for PBP generation, is provided. These producer-derived glycoside hydrolases are public goods transported extracellularly in outer membrane vesicles allowing for the creation of PBP and concomitant recipient growth spatially distant from the producer. Recipients can exploit these ecological interactions and conditionally outgrow producers. Finally, we show that these public good-based interactions occur among Bacteroidales species co-resident within a natural human intestinal community. Conclusions: This study examines public-goods based syntrophic interactions between bacterial members of the critically important gut microbial ecosystem. This polysaccharide-based network likely represents foundational relationships creating organized ecological units within the intestinal microbiota, knowledge of which can be applied to impact human health. PMID:24332541

  6. Characterization of the Kingella kingae polysaccharide capsule and exopolysaccharide.

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    Kimberly F Starr

    Full Text Available Recent evidence indicates that Kingella kingae produces a polysaccharide capsule. In an effort to determine the composition and structure of this polysaccharide capsule, in the current study we purified capsular material from the surface of K. kingae strain 269-492 variant KK01 using acidic conditions to release the capsule and a series of steps to remove DNA, RNA, and protein. Analysis of the resulting material by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry revealed N-acetyl galactosamine (GalNAc, 3-deoxy-D-manno-oct-2-ulosonic acid (Kdo, and galactose (Gal. Further analysis by NMR demonstrated two distinct polysaccharides, one consisting of GalNAc and Kdo with the structure →3-β-GalpNAc-(1→5-β-Kdop-(2→ and the other containing galactose alone with the structure →5-β-Galf-(1→. Disruption of the ctrA gene required for surface localization of the K. kingae polysaccharide capsule resulted in elimination of GalNAc and Kdo but had no effect on the presence of Gal in bacterial surface extracts. In contrast, deletion of the pamABCDE locus involved in production of a reported galactan exopolysaccharide eliminated Gal but had no effect on the presence of GalNAc and Kdo in surface extracts. Disruption of ctrA and deletion of pamABCDE resulted in a loss of all carbohydrates in surface extracts. These results establish that K. kingae strain KK01 produces a polysaccharide capsule with the structure →3-β-GalpNAc-(1→5-β-Kdop-(2→ and a separate exopolysaccharide with the structure →5-β-Galf-(1→. The polysaccharide capsule and the exopolysaccharide require distinct genetic loci for surface localization.

  7. Immunochemistry of the Group-Specific Polysaccharide of Nocardia brasiliensis

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    Estrada-Parra, Sergio; Zamora, Abel; Bojalil, L. F.

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    Estrada-Parra, Sergio (Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, México, D.F., México), Abel Zamora, and L. F. Bojalil. Immunochemistry of the group-specific polysaccharide of Nocardia brasiliensis. J. Bacteriol. 90:571–574. 1965.—The group-specific polysaccharide of Nocardia brasiliensis was further purified, yielding an amorphous white material with the following characteristics: [α]D20 = + 48; nitrogen, 0.5%; phosphorus, 0.1%; and ash as sodium, 0.8%. The polymer is made of d-arabinose and d-galactose in a molar ratio of 3:1, and no other sugars were detected. Mild hydrolysis liberates mainly arabinose. The polysaccharide consumes 3.46 μmoles of periodate per mg of polymer in 15 days at 4 C (this value remains constant after 4 more days). Oxidation results in destruction of two of the arabinose, with the formation of two glycerols after borohydride reduction and hydrolysis. The polysaccharide oxidized by periodate and reduced under mild acid hydrolysis at 20 C yields glycerol and a polymer formed by galactose and arabinose (in a ratio of 1:1) which is resistant to a second oxidation. Therefore, the polysaccharide is probably formed by a main chain of glactose linked 1,3 and arabinose linked 1,2 or 1,3 or both, and nonreducing side chains of arabofuranose residues. The intact polysaccharide cross-reacts with sera from patients with active tuberculosis, and this, as well as the homologous reaction, is abolished by oxidation with periodate. PMID:16562050

  8. Application of gamma irradiation for the enhanced physiological properties of polysaccharides from seaweeds

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    Choi, Jong-il; Kim, Hyun-Joo; Kim, Jae-Hun; Byun, Myung-Woo [Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup 580185 (Korea, Republic of); Soo Chun, Byeong; Hyun Ahn, Dong [Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Pukyong National University, Busan 608737 (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Young-Jeong [Division of Food Science, Jinju International University, Jinju 660759 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Duk-Jin [Division of Food Engineering and Nutrition, Daegu University, Daegu 712714 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Gwang Hoon [Department of Biology, Kongju National University, Chungnam 314701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Ju-Woon [Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup 580185 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: sjwlee@kaeri.re.kr

    2009-07-15

    Polysaccharides from seaweeds, fucoidan and laminarin, were irradiated with gamma rays, and their structural changes and anti-oxidative activities were investigated. The gamma irradiation decreased the average molecular weights of polysaccharides, and UV spectra of irradiated polysaccharides showed increases in the numbers of carboxyl and carbonyl groups and double bonds. DPPH radical scavenging ability and reducing power of the gamma irradiated polysaccharides were significantly higher than those non-irradiated.

  9. Processing of Polymer Nanocomposites Reinforced with Polysaccharide Nanocrystals

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    Alain Dufresne

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Aqueous suspensions of polysaccharide (cellulose, chitin or starch nanocrystals can be prepared by acid hydrolysis of biomass. The main problem with their practical use is related to the homogeneous dispersion of these nanoparticles within a polymeric matrix. Water is the preferred processing medium. A new and interesting way for the processing of polysaccharide nanocrystals-based nanocomposites is their transformation into a co-continuous material through long chain surface chemical modification. It involves the surface chemical modification of the nanoparticles based on the use of grafting agents bearing a reactive end group and a long compatibilizing tail.

  10. Synthesis of Oligosaccharide Fragments of the Pectic Polysaccharide Rhamnogalacturonan I

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    Zakharova, Alexandra

    Pectin is a highly heterogeneous polysaccharide of plant origin. It is found in the primary cell wall and contributes to various cell functions, including support, defense, signaling, and cell adhesion. Pectin also plays important role as a food additive, serving as stabilizing and thickening agent...... in products such as jams, yoghurts and jellies. Rhamnogalacturonan I is one of the structural classes of pectic polysaccharides, along with homogalacturonan and rhamnogalacturonan II. The chemical structure of rhamnogalacturonan I is complex having a backbone consisting of alternating -linked L...

  11. Safety Assessment of Microbial Polysaccharide Gums as Used in Cosmetics.

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    Fiume, Monice M; Heldreth, Bart; Bergfeld, Wilma F; Belsito, Donald V; Hill, Ronald A; Klaassen, Curtis D; Liebler, Daniel C; Marks, James G; Shank, Ronald C; Slaga, Thomas J; Snyder, Paul W; Andersen, F Alan

    2016-07-01

    The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel assessed the safety of 34 microbial polysaccharide gums for use in cosmetics, finding that these ingredients are safe in cosmetic formulations in the present practices of use and concentration. The microbial polysaccharide gums named in this report have a variety of reported functions in cosmetics, including emulsion stabilizer, film former, binder, viscosity-increasing agent, and skin-conditioning agent. The Panel reviewed available animal and clinical data in making its determination of safety. © The Author(s) 2016.

  12. Role of polysaccharides in food, digestion, and health

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    Lovegrove, A.; Edwards, C. H.; De Noni, I.; Patel, H.; El, S. N.; Grassby, T.; Zielke, C.; Ulmius, M.; Nilsson, L.; Butterworth, P. J.; Ellis, P. R; Shewry, P. R.

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    ABSTRACT Polysaccharides derived from plant foods are major components of the human diet, with limited contributions of related components from fungal and algal sources. In particular, starch and other storage carbohydrates are the major sources of energy in all diets, while cell wall polysaccharides are the major components of dietary fiber. We review the role of these components in the human diet, including their structure and distribution, their modification during food processing and effects on functional properties, their behavior in the gastrointestinal tract, and their contribution to healthy diets. PMID:25921546

  13. Produção secundária e aspectos reprodutivos de copépodes pelágicos ao largo de Ubatuba (SP, Brasil)

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    Mauro de Melo Júnior

    2009-01-01

    O presente estudo avalia como a estrutura e a produção da comunidade de copépodes pelágicos da plataforma interna ao largo de Ubatuba (SP, Brasil) responderam às variações ambientais durante o período de julho de 2005 a junho de 2008. Durante estes três anos, a produção secundária dos copépodes foi estudada por meio da aplicação de modelos empíricos de crescimento e de estimativas de crescimento peso-específico obtidas através de experimentos de produção de ovos. Aspectos reprodutivos de 16 e...

  14. Estudio in vitro e in situ de algunos factores que influyen en la formación de la película adquirida.

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    Francia, Catalina Melchora

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    Objetivo. El propósito de este estudio fue investigar la influencia de factores físicos, físico-químicos y químicos sobre la formación de película adquirida, bajo condiciones in vitro e in situ. Materiales y Métodos. Se llevó a cabo un estudio experimental en dos fases. En la primera de ellas (in vitro) se incubaron a 37°C por 90 min. una mezcla de hidroxiapatita y sobrenadante de saliva mixta, para determinar la influencia de la disponibilidad de proteínas, el pH, el agregado-sustracción d...

  15. La utilización del intertexto shakesperiano en la película El sueño de una noche de San Juan.

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    Full Text Available En la película de animación dirigida por Ángel de la Cruz y Manolo Gómez El sueño de una noche de San Juan, pensada, sobre todo, para ser vista por el público infantil, se utilizan personajes y elementos argumentales de la producción dramatúrgica de William Shakespeare (especialmente de El sueño de una noche de verano en una historia de la que se desprende una crítica a la sociedad de consumo y a las nefastas consecuencias que puede llegar a tener una actitud negligente por parte de un gobernante. En este estudio, desarrollaremos estas ideas y analizaremos algunos de los recursos de los que se ha servido el largometraje para mostrar su interpretación de los textos shakesperianos, como el tratamiento de los espacios naturales o la inclusión de un villano

  16. Los protagonistas de las películas colombianas 1990-2003.The stars of the Colombian films 1990-2003

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    Jerónimo León Rivera Betancur

    Full Text Available ResumenEl cine colombiano es el objeto de estudio de este artículo, que parte de los resultados de la investigación “Personajes, acciones y escenarios en el cine colombiano de 1970-2005”, realizada en la Universidad de Medellín (Colombia entre 2005 y 2007. Se trata de un artículo de revisión en el que se hace un análisis narrativo de la representación de personajes protagónicos en las películas colombianas de la década de 1990 hasta 2003 (año de la puesta en marcha de la ley del cine en Colombia. Se abordan algunas películas de la muestra y en cada una se hace un análisis de los personajes más representativos.AbstractThe Colombian cinema is the object of study of this article, which departs from the results of the research "Prominent figures, actions and scenes in the Colombian cinema of 1970-2005 ", realized in the University of Medellin (Colombia from 2005 to 2007. It is an article of review a narrative analysis of the representation of leading prominent figures in the Colombian movies of the decade of 1990 until 2003 (year of the putting in march of the law of the cinema in Colombia. Some movies of the sample are approached and in each one there is done an analysis of the most representative prominent figures.

  17. Presencia de agregaciones reproductivas pelágicas del poliqueto Platynereis australis (Schmarda, 1861 (Nereididae en aguas someras subantárticas de Magallanes, Chile

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    Juan I Cañete

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    Full Text Available Se reporta la presencia de agregaciones masivas nocturnas constituidas por individuos epítocos (heteronereidos del poliqueto Platynereis australis asociados a praderas de Macrocystis pyrifera en varias localidades (7 en la zona de canales magallánicos y fueguinos, sur de Chile (53°-55°S, 67°-73°W, en 2006 y 2007. Los especímenes adultos presentaron cambios morfológicos en 2/3 de la parte posterior del cuerpo, presentando parapodios modificados y grandes ojos coalescentes. La región pre-natatoria consiste de 19 a 22 segmentos, mientras que la zona epítoca se compone de 60 a 90 segmentos setígeros. Los especímenes se encontraban sexualmente maduros y las hembras presentaron huevos de tamaño entre 135 y 155 µm de diámetro, indicando una madurez simultánea en la cavidad celómica de cada segmento epítoco. Las agregaciones pelágicas fueron observadas en todos los lugares visitados en primavera. Observaciones efectuadas durante otoño indicaron la presencia de heteronereidos en tubos adheridos a frondas de Macrocystis, situación que podría constituir una etapa intermedia entre la fase bentónica y pelágica. Sin embargo, se requieren mayores estudios para clarificar dicho comportamiento. Se discute la estrecha asociación entre Platynereis y los bosques de M. pyrifera en las diferentes etapas de su ciclo de vida.

  18. Revisión histórica del sexismo en el cine español. El extraño caso de la película 'Amanece que no es poco'

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    Pedro Vázquez Miraz

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    Full Text Available Se presenta en esta investigación una revisión sistémica de artículos científicos relacionados con películas españolas que abordan situaciones de violencia hacia las mujeres y/o que tratan a éstas bajo el prisma tradicional de los roles sexuales, permitiendo que esos actos agresivos se enmarquen, de forma exclusiva, en el ámbito doméstico. De forma sorprendente, en todos los artículos y revisiones de películas que se centran en el papel de la mujer y/o de la violencia que ésta sufre, la célebre película de José Luis Cuerda Amanece, que no es poco, ni siquiera es nombrada como simple ejemplo de película española donde la violencia de género es evidente.

  19. Determinación de tartrazina en alimentos mediante análisis de inyección secuencial con detección voltamperométrica sobre electrodos de película de antimonio

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    Rodríguez, José Antonio; Barrado, Enrique

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    El presente trabajo evalúa el uso de electrodos de película de antimonio en la determinación voltamperométrica de tartrazina en alimentos utilizando un sistema análisis por inyección secuencial. Junta de Castilla y León Proyecto VA171U14

  20. The Formation of Biofilms by Pseudomonas aeruginosa: A Review of the Natural and Synthetic Compounds Interfering with Control Mechanisms

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    Tsiry Rasamiravaka

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available P. aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogenic bacterium responsible for both acute and chronic infections. Beyond its natural resistance to many drugs, its ability to form biofilm, a complex biological system, renders ineffective the clearance by immune defense systems and antibiotherapy. The objective of this report is to provide an overview (i on P. aeruginosa biofilm lifestyle cycle, (ii on the main key actors relevant in the regulation of biofilm formation by P. aeruginosa including QS systems, GacS/GacA and RetS/LadS two-component systems and C-di-GMP-dependent polysaccharides biosynthesis, and (iii finally on reported natural and synthetic products that interfere with control mechanisms of biofilm formation by P. aeruginosa without affecting directly bacterial viability. Concluding remarks focus on perspectives to consider biofilm lifestyle as a target for eradication of resistant infections caused by P. aeruginosa.

  1. Estudio mediante difracción de rayos X de las tensiones residuales producidas durante el depósito de películas delgadas de TiN sobre sustratos metálicos

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    Mónica Monsalve

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se analizó la influencia que tiene el espesor de la película y el tipo de sustrato en el nivel y tipo de esfuerzos residuales generados en recubrimientos de TiN obtenidos por dos técnicas de deposición física en fase vapor: pulverización catódica con magnetrón e implantación iónica. Los sustratos utilizados fueron un acero inoxidable AISI 304 y un acero de herramientas AISI M2. Las tensiones residuales, las fases presentes y la orientación cristalográfica de las películas depositadas fueron obtenidas mediante análisis de difracción de rayos X por incidencia rasante. Se encontró que los esfuerzos residuales fueron mayores en las películas depositadas por la técnica de pulverización catódica con magnetrón que en las depositadas por la técnica de implantación iónica. En ambos casos estos esfuerzos son de compresión y disminuyen en la medida que aumenta el espesor de la película. Esto se debe a la forma como se entrega la energía, la capa en crecimiento y el momentum de las partículas ionizadas, lo que influye directamente en la microestructura y aumento o disminución de los esfuerzos residuales. En cuanto al tipo de sustrato se obtuvieron esfuerzos mayores en las películas depositadas sobre el acero AISI 304 que en las depositadas sobre el acero AISI M2, lo cual se debe posiblemente a que este último acero tiene un menor coeficiente de expansión térmica.

  2. Ultrasound assisted extraction of polysaccharides from hazelnut skin.

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    Yılmaz, Tuncay; Tavman, Şebnem

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    In this study ultrasound assisted extraction (UAE) of polysaccharides from hazelnut skin has been studied. Optimum sonication time has been evaluated depending on responses such as amount of carbohydrate and dried sample and thermogravimetric analysis. Chemical and structural properties of extracted material have been determined by Fourier transform spectroscopy attenuated-total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) spectroscopy. Pretreated hazelnut skin powders were extracted in distilled water. Mixture was sonicated by ultrasonic processor probe for 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, and 120 min. The results of UAE showed that maximum ethanol insoluble extracts in 60 min and the highest dry matter content could be obtained in 120 min extraction. Although total carbohydrate content of ethanol insoluble dry extract decreased with time, total carbohydrate in ethanol soluble fraction increased. Polysaccharides extracted from hazelnut skin were assumed to be pectic polysaccharide according to the literature survey of FTIR analysis result. Application time of UAE has an important effect on extraction of polysaccharide from hazelnut skin. This affect could be summarized by enhancing extraction yield up to critical level. Decrease of the yield in ethanol insoluble part could be explained by polymer decomposition. Most suitable model was hyperbolic model by having the lowest root mean square error and the highest R(2) values. © The Author(s) 2015.

  3. A Valid Measure to Eliminate the Influence of Polysaccharides and ...

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    The yield and quality of the resulting DNA were satisfactory and suitable for PCR analysis and digestion with a restriction enzyme. Here, a valid combination measure (β-mercaptoethanol, PVP40 and PVPP were used at different stages) was created to eliminate the influence of polysaccharides and polyphenols in ...

  4. Mapping the polysaccharide degradation potential of Aspergillus niger

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    Andersen, M.R.; Giese, M.; De Vries, R.P.; Nielsen, J.

    2012-01-01

    Background The degradation of plant materials by enzymes is an industry of increasing importance. For sustainable production of second generation biofuels and other products of industrial biotechnology, efficient degradation of non-edible plant polysaccharides such as hemicellulose is required. For

  5. Rheological properties of polysaccharides from Dioscorea opposita Thunb.

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    Ma, Fanyi; Zhang, Yun; Liu, Nanhua; Zhang, Jie; Tan, Gaixiu; Kannan, Balan; Liu, Xiuhua; Bell, Alan E

    2017-07-15

    This study investigated the chemical components and rheological properties of polysaccharides from Dioscorea opposita Thunb. Graded alcohol precipitation was used to extract Dioscorea opposita polysaccharide samples (S1, S2, S3 and S4). The monosaccharides, amino acid content and molecular weight of each sample were measured and compared. The rheological properties of the polysaccharide samples at different concentrations, temperatures and pH values were studied. The rheological properties of S1, S2 and S3 exhibited pseudoplastic properties and "gel-like" behaviour. The viscosity of S1 was improved with rising temperatures, especially temperatures higher than 80°C, which may be caused by the starch gelatinisation. The acidic and basic environments may break the structures of S3 and S4. However, the extreme conditions improved the viscosity of S1. This work was a basic investigation of the Dioscorea opposita polysaccharides, contributing to the function of yam products and applications of natural thickeners in the food industry. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  6. Polysaccharides isolated from Morinda officinalis How roots inhibits ...

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    China). D-glucose standard agent was purchased from the National Institute for the. Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological. Products (Beijing, China). All other chemicals and reagents used in this study were all of analytical grade (AR). Isolation of polysaccharides from roots of M. officinalis. The dried roots of M. officinalis ...

  7. Optimization of polysaccharides extracted from Verbena officinalis L ...

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    CRC in the future. Keywords: Polysaccharides, Colorectal cancer, Verbena officinalis, SW480 cell lines, Cell invasion, ... radiotherapy, has been widely used for the ... officinalis and their inhibitory effects on invasion and metastasis of CRC cells were investigated, in order to determine their prospects in the treatment of CRC.

  8. Thermal decomposition of natural polysaccharides: Chitin and chitosan

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    Kuchina Yu.A.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The results of the thermal analysis of shrimp’s chitin and chitosan have been presented (samples of polysaccharide differed by the deacetylation degree have been studied. The thermal analysis has been carried out by differential thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry. Activation energy of process of chitin and chitosan thermal destruction has been calculated

  9. Kinetics of metal ion binding by polysaccharide colloids

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    Rotureau, E.; Leeuwen, van H.P.

    2008-01-01

    The dynamics of metal sorption by a gel-like polysaccharide is investigated by means of the electrochemical technique of stripping chronopotentiometry (SCP). The measured response reflects the diffusive flux properties of the metallic species in the dispersion. The colloidal ligand studied here is a

  10. Antitumor effect and mechanism of action of polysaccharides ...

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    Conclusion: RSM analysis is an appropriate method to optimize PSDP extraction. The results also indicate that PSDP has significant anti-tumor effect against A549 cells, most likely via inducing mitochondria-mediated apoptosis. Keywords: Polygonum perfoliatum, Polysaccharides, Anti-tumor effect, Human lung carcinoma, ...

  11. A valid measure to eliminate the influence of polysaccharides and ...

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    Mike

    2015-07-22

    Jul 22, 2015 ... from polysaccharides and polyphenols. The poly- saccharides settle in the bottom with NaCl while the precipitated DNA remains suspended in the upper isopropanol layer. The quality of the extracted DNA was observed by 1% agarose gel electrophoresis (Figure 1). The purity, quality and intactness of the ...

  12. Effect of Lycii fructus polysaccharides on ovulation failure in rats

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    Purpose: To investigate the effect of Lycii Fructus polysaccharides (LFPS) on ovulation failure. Methods: A rat model of ovulation ... Rats with ovulation failure then received LFPS via oral administration at doses of 100, 200, or 400 mg/kg. The body, uterus and ..... Rizzuto I, Behrens R, Smith LA. Risk of ovarian cancer in.

  13. Reaction kinetics of bioactive glass and a resorbable polysaccharide

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    Thompson, I.; Hench, L.L. [Imperial Coll. of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials

    2001-07-01

    The kinetics of bioactive glass systems has been well documented. The addition of a resorpable polysaccharide, dextran, has improved the handling properties of particulate glass. This paper describes the methodology that has shown the Bioglass {sup trademark} putty system increases the crystallisation of the amorphous calcium hydroxide layer by just 5 hours when compared to Bioglass {sup trademark} particles alone. (orig.)

  14. Immunological and biochemical characterization of extracellular polysaccharides of mucoralean moulds

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    Ruiter, de G.A.

    1993-01-01

    In this thesis the characterization is described of the antigenic determinants (epitopes) of the extracellular polysaccharides (EPSs) from moulds belonging to the order of Mucorales. Detailed knowledge of the structure of these epitopes allows for further development of a new generation of

  15. Synthesis and reduction of 2-nitroalkyl polysaccharide ethers

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    Heeres, A.; Spoelma, F.F.; Doren, H.A. van; Gotlieb, K.F.; Bleeker, I.P.; Kellogg, R.M.

    2000-01-01

    Several 2-nitroalkyl polysaccharide ethers (from pullulan (1), guar (2), agarose (3), inulin (4), cellulose (5), Na-α-polyglucuronate (6) and hydroxyethyl cellulose (7)) were synthesized by reaction with 2-nitro-1-alkenes (2-nitro-1-propene and 2-nitro-1-butene) formed in situ from 2-nitroalkyl

  16. Structure and immunological activity of a novel polysaccharide from ...

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    The water-soluble polysaccharide (GLP) was obtained from the spores of Ganoderma lucidum by hot water extraction and gel chromatography. The molecular weight was estimated to be 143 KD determined by using HPGPC. Structure features of GLP were investigated by a combination of chemical and instrumental ...

  17. Reduced-molecular-weight derivatives of frost grape polysaccharide

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    A new Type II arabinogalactan was recently described as an abundant gum exudate from stems of wildfrost grape (Vitus riparia Michx.). The purpose of the current study is to more thoroughly characterize the physical properties of this frost grape polysaccharide (FGP), and develop methods to modify th...

  18. Protein/polysaccharide complexes at air/water interfaces

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    Ganzevles, R.A.

    2007-01-01

    KEYWORDS:protein, polysaccharide,Anti-tumor activity of polysaccharides extracted from Senecio ...

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    Purpose: To optimize the extraction conditions of polysaccharides from the root of Senecio scandens Buch,-Ham. (PRS) and evaluate its anti-tumor effect on hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods: Response surface methodology (RSM) applied with a Box-Behnken design (BBD, three levels and three factors) was employed to ...

  19. Electrostatic Self-Assembly of Polysaccharides into Nanofibers

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    Mendes, Ana Carina Loureiro; Strohmenger, Timm; Goycoolea, Francisco

    2017-01-01

    In this study, the anionic polysaccharide Xanthan gum (X) was mixed with positively charged Chitosan oligomers (ChO), and used as building blocks, to generate novel nanofibers by electrostatic self-assembly in aqueous conditions. Different concentrations, ionic strength and order of mixing of both...

  1. Afzelia africana , A Novel Non Starch Polysaccharide, Raised ...

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    The effects o vegetable flour prepared from indigenous plant Afzelia africana, a legume, on the fasting plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels of rats were investigated. Chemical analysis indicated that Afzelia flour contained significant amount of non-starch polysaccharides (NSP). The flour of Afzelia was incorporated ...

  2. In vitro antioxidant properties of polysaccharides from Armillaria ...

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    Antioxidant properties of exopolysaccharides (EPS) and intracellular polysaccharides (IPS) obtained respectively from mycelia and filtrates of submerged culture by Armillaria mellea in a 20-L stirred tank bioreactor were investigated. Effective production of EPS and IPS is available by submerged culture of A. mellea with ...

  3. Optimization of polysaccharides extracted from Verbena officinalis L ...

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    Purpose: To investigate polysaccharides (PEV) extracted from the aerial part of Verbena officinalis L. and their inhibitory effects on the invasion and metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. Methods: PEV was extracted by water and the optimization of extraction conditions was performed using a Box-Benhnken design ...

  4. Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases - Studies of Fungal Secretomes and Enzyme Properties

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    Nekiunaite, Laura

    enough to degrade it. The recently discovered lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are crucial enzymes employed in biomass breakdown in nature owing to their ability to boost activity of other biomass degrading hydrolases. Filamentous fungi are known to be significant players in plant biomass...

  5. Anti-tumor effect of polysaccharides from rhizome of Curculigo ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the anti-tumor effects of polysaccharides from Curculigo orchioides (PDC) on cervical cancer and the possible mechanisms involved. Methods: A Box–Behnken design (BBD) was employed to optimize extraction conditions for PDC. The anti-tumor effect of PDC on cervical cancer was investigated in ...

  6. Inhibitory effect of saponins and polysaccharides from Radix ...

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    The effects of different Radix ranunculi ternati extracts on human gastric cancer BGC823 cells were investigated, different methods were used to extract the saponins and polysaccharides from Radix ranunculi ternati, and MTT assay and colony formation assay were used to observe the effects of saponins and ...

  7. Inhibitory Effect of Polysaccharides from Scutellaria barbata D. Don ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the inhibitory effect of polysaccharides from Scutellaria barbata (PSB) on invasion and metastasis of lung cancer, and study the possible mechanism. Methods: PSB was extracted with water and by alcohol precipitation, and purified by DEAE-52 column chromatography. A highly invasive and ...

  8. Antitumor effect and mechanism of action of polysaccharides ...

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    Purpose: To optimize the extraction conditions of polysaccharides from Polygonum perfoliatum L. (PSDP) and to evaluate their anti-tumor activities on A549 cell line. Methods: Extraction of PSDP was optimized using Box-Behnken design (BBD). Three factors of response surface methodology (RSM) including extraction time ...

  9. Seasonal and genotypic variation of water-soluble polysaccharide ...

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    Cyclocarya paliurus (Batal) Iljinskaja is an important medicinal woody plant due to numerous bioactive natural products in its leaves. As an important bioactive natural product, water-soluble polysaccharides (WSP) in leaves of C. paliurus possess diverse biological activities, such as hypoglycemic, anticancer and ...

  10. Polysaccharides isolated from Morinda officinalis How roots inhibits ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the optimum parameters for extracting polysaccharides from Morinda officinalis How (MOP), and explore their inhibitory effects on leukopenia in mice. Methods: Orthogonal design was performed to investigate the optimum parameters for extracting MOP. A leukopenia mouse model was established ...

  11. Impact of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide on apoptosis in ...

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    Purpose: To evaluate the effect of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) on apoptosis in. Mycoplasma-infected splenic lymphocytes (SLs), and the underlying mechanisms. Methods: SLs isolated from C57BL/6J mice were infected with Mycoplasma. The infected SLs were administered at different concentrations of LBP for ...

  12. Effects of polysaccharide from Lycium barbarum in alloxan-induced ...

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    A study was undertaken to evaluate the effects of polysaccharide from Lycium barbarum (LBP) in alloxan-induced diabetic mice. The various parameters studied included body weight, fasting blood glucose levels, total cholesterol (TC) and triglyceride (TG) in diabetic and normal mice. LBP treatment (20, 40 mg/ kg body ...

  13. Synthesis and reduction of 2-nitroalkyl polysaccharide ethers

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    Heeres, A; Spoelma, FF; van Doren, HA; Gotlieb, KF; Bleeker, IP; Kellogg, RM

    Several 2-nitroalkyl polysaccharide ethers (from pullulan (1), guar (2), agarose (3), inulin (4), cellulose (5), Na-alpha-polyglucuronate (6) and hydroxyethyl cellulose (7)) were synthesized by reaction with 2-nitro-1-alkenes (2-nitro-1-propene and 2-nitro-1-butene) formed in situ from 2-nitroalkyl

  14. Viscofying properties of corn fiber gum with various polysaccharides

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    The effect of corn fiber gum (CFG) on the aqueous solutions of a series of widely-used commercial polysaccharides has been studied by rheological techniques using stress synergism index to evaluate its viscosifying action. Though CFG solution exhibited Newtonian fluid behaviour with a very low vis...

  15. Antitumor effect and mechanism of action of polysaccharides ...

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    Phloretin induces apoptosis of non-small cell lung carcinoma A549 cells via JNK1/2 and p38 MAPK pathways. Oncol 2015; 34: 2871-2879. 15. Fan T, Hu J, Fu L, Zhang L. Optimization of enzymolysis- ultrasonic assisted extraction of polysaccharides from. Momordica charabtia L. by response surface methodology.

  16. Biochemical evaluation of antioxidant activity and polysaccharides fractions in seaweeds

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    A. Tariq

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study ethanol and water extracts of 15 seaweeds, Dictyota dichotoma var. velutricata, Dictyota indica, Iyengaria stellata, Padina pavonia, Sargassum swartzii, Sargassum variegatum, Stoechospermum marginatum, Stokeyia indica, Jolyna laminarioides, Caulerpa taxifolia, Halimeda tuna, Ulva fasciata, Ulva lactuca, Solieria robusta, and Melanothamnus afaqhusainii, were evaluated for their antioxidant potential by ABTS or 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid, superoxide and total antioxidant capacity (TAC assays.  The activity was concentration dependent and the variation in antioxidant potential was also observed by different assays in both extracts.  Ethanol extract of D. dichotoma var. velutricata, D. indica and S. marginatum demonstrated highest activity by TAC assay.  The antioxidant potential in organic solvent fractions of seaweeds namely P. pavonia, S. swartzii, S. marginatum and M. afaqhusainii was also determined and chloroform fraction of all the four seaweeds showed highest activity by superoxide assay.  Antioxidant activity of extracted fractions of polysaccharides from S. indica, C. taxifolia and D. dichotoma var. velutricata was also evaluated by superoxide method.  Polysaccharide fractions of S. indica obtained from HCl (at 700C and room temperature and water extract demonstrated highest activity respectively.  All the polysaccharide fractions of C. taxifolia showed excellent activity except CaClF70°C. Polysaccharide fractions of D. dichotoma var. velutricata also exhibited very good activity.

  17. Investigation of Parietal Polysaccharides from Retama raetam Roots ...

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    The monosaccharidic composition of water soluble extracts determined by gas liquid chromatography (GLC) and completed by infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of hemicellulosic shows the presence of xylose as a major monosaccharide in the non-cellulose polysaccharides (47.8% for young roots and 59.5% for adult roots).

  18. Study on the effect of polysaccharides from Solanum nigrum linne ...

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    ... H22 solid tumours, improved the survival time of tumour-bearing mice, increased the proliferation of lymphocytes, elevated the levels of IL-2, and increased the concentration of calcium ions in the lymphocytes. Polysaccharides from Solanum nigrum Linne have certain anti-tumour effect, which is related with the cellular ...

  19. Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher ...

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    Anti-tumor activity of mushroom fruit bodies and mycelial extracts evaluated using different cancer cell lines. These polysaccharide extracts showed potent antitumor activity against sarcoma 180, mammary adenocarcinoma 755, leukemia L-1210 and a host of other tumors. The antitumor activity was mainly due to indirect ...

  20. Biologically active polysaccharides of Agaricus brasiliensis: Isolation and structural characterization

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    Synytsya, A.; Blafková, P.; Míčková, K.; Jablonský, I.; Spěváček, Jiří; Čopíková, J.

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 9, 3 & 4 (2007), s. 357 ISSN 1521-9437. [International Medicinal Mushroom Conference /4./. 23.09.2007/27.09.2007, Ljubljana] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA525/05/0273 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polysaccharides * mushroom Agaricus brasiliensis * isolation Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  1. Hygienic quality and pectin polysaccharide characteristics of dried ...

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    Hygienic quality of dried mango pulp chips and structural characteristics of pectin polysaccharides of a Togolese variety of mango “mangovi” were studied for check pectin production or other final product. Results of microbiological analysis showed that mesophilic total microbes, yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae and ...

  2. Method for remodeling cell wall polysaccharide structures in plant

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    Ulvskov, P.; Schols, H.A.; Visser, R.; Borkhardt, B.; Sorensen, S.O.; Oomen, R.; Vincken, J.P.

    2001-01-01

    Methods for providing transgenic plants and parts hereof that, relative to the wild type state, is modified in a complex cell wall polysaccharide structure including pectins and hemicelluloses, the modification being in the overall glycosidic linkage pattern or the monosaccharide profile, comprising

  3. Structure of pectic polysaccharides from sunflower salts-soluble fraction

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    The manuscript discusses the structural features of pectin polysaccharides extracted from seedless sunflower head residues. The analysis using 1H, 13C and two-dimensional gHSQC NMR showed various numbers of methyl and hydroxyl groups attached to the anomeric carbons in the pectin backbone at differe...

  4. The isolation and characterization of an immunomodulatory and anti-tumor polysaccharide preparation from Flammulina velutipes.

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    Leung, M Y; Fung, K P; Choy, Y M

    1997-01-01

    Alkaline-soluble antitumor polysaccharide was prepared from the cell wall of the mushroom Flammulina velutipes. The backbones) of the polysaccharide is mainly composed of beta-(1-->3)-D-linked glucose and its molecular weight was estimated to be about 200 kD. The polysaccharide was found to be non-toxic by brine shrimp assay. When injected into mice intraperitoneally, the polysaccharide triggered proliferation of splenic lymphocytes and also vascular dilation and hemorrhage (VDH) response. The polysaccharide exhibited potent anti-tumor activity against sarcoma SC-180 in vivo but not in vitro.

  5. Chemical characteristic and anticoagulant activity of the sulfated polysaccharide isolated from Monostroma latissimum (Chlorophyta).

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    Mao, Wenjun; Li, Hongyan; Li, Yi; Zhang, Huijuan; Qi, Xiaohui; Sun, Haihong; Chen, Yin; Guo, Shoudong

    2009-01-01

    A polysaccharide was isolated from marine green algae Monostroma latissimum, and its chemical characteristic and anticoagulant activity were investigated. The results demonstrated that the polysaccharide was high rhamnose-containing sulfated polysaccharide, and was mainly composed of 1,2-linked l-rhamnose residues with sulfate groups substituted at positions C-3 and/or C-4. The sulfated polysaccharide exhibited high anticoagulant activities by assays of the activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and thrombin time (TT). The anticoagulant property of the sulfated polysaccharide was mainly attributed to powerful potentiation thrombin by heparin cofactor II.

  6. Physicochemical characteristics and biological activities of polysaccharide fractions from Phellinus baumii cultured with different methods.

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    Li, Tingting; Yang, Yan; Liu, Yanfang; Zhou, Shuai; Yan, Meng Qiu; Wu, Di; Zhang, Jingsong; Tang, Chuanhong

    2015-11-01

    Nine polysaccharide fractions were obtained from the fruiting bodies, submerged mycelia, and solid state fermented products of Phellinus baumii using different concentrations of ethanol precipitation. The chemical characteristics and in vitro immunological activities of the nine polysaccharide fractions were compared and studied. Results indicated that the fractions precipitated with 50% ethanol had higher yields of polysaccharides and submerged mycelia contributed to high extraction yields of polysaccharides and possessed higher polysaccharide contents. HPSEC-MALLS-RI analysis showed that the molecular weight (Mw) of polysaccharide fractions from these three materials decreased with the increasing of precipitated ethanol concentration. The Mw of fruiting body polysaccharide fractions ranged from 1.98×10(4)Da to 1.89×10(6)Da. Large-molecular-weight polysaccharides (from 2.11×10(6)Da to 2.01×10(7)Da) were found in submerged mycelia. Some lower-molecular-weight polysaccharide components were found in solid fermented products. Different culture methods contributed to significant differences in monosaccharide components and molar ratios. The 50% ethanol precipitated fractions exhibited more complexity on monosaccharide compositions comparing with fractions precipitated with 30% and 70% ethanol. Polysaccharide fractions derived from submerged mycelia exhibited higher macrophages stimulation activities. Submerged culture was found to be a suitable method to prepare active polysaccharides because of its short culture span and reasonable cost. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Comparison of antioxidant and antiproliferation activities of polysaccharides from eight species of medicinal mushrooms.

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    Chen, Peiying; Yong, Yangyang; Gu, Yifan; Wang, Zeliang; Zhang, Shizhu; Lu, Ling

    2015-01-01

    Polysaccharides from mushrooms including Pleurotus eryngii, P. ostreatus, P. nebrodensis, Lentinus edodes, Hypsizygus marmoreus, Flammulina velutipes, Ganoderma lucidum, and Hericium erinaceus were isolated by water extraction and alcohol precipitation. Our results suggest that all tested polysaccharides have the significant antioxidant capacities of scavenging free radicals (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl and hydroxyl radicals). Among them, the H. erinaceus polysaccharide exhibits the highest 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical-scavenging activity, whereas the L. edodes polysaccharide shows the strongest scavenging ability for hydroxyl radicals. Furthermore, using the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line and HeLa cells, all 8 selected polysaccharides are able to inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells, but the strength of inhibition varied depending on the mushroom species and the concentration used. Notably, G. lucidum polysaccharide shows the highest inhibition activity on MCF-7 cells. By comparison, H. erinaceus polysaccharide has the strongest inhibitory effect on HeLa cells. Moreover, high-performance liquid chromatography with a carbohydrate analysis column showed significant differences in polysaccharide components among these mushrooms. Thus our data suggest that the different species of mushrooms have the variable functions because of their own specific polysaccharide components. The 8 mushroom polysaccharides have the potential to be used as valuable functional food additives or sources of therapeutic agents for antioxidant and cancer treatments, especially polysaccharides from H. erinaceus, L. edodes, and G. lucidum.

  8. Nitrogen Effect on Water-Soluble Polysaccharide Accumulation in Streblonema sp. (Ectocarpales, Phaeophyceae).

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    Skriptsova, Anna V

    2017-08-01

    The water-soluble polysaccharides of brown algae attract the increasing attention of researchers as an important class of polymeric materials of biotechnological interest. The sole source for production of these polysaccharides has been large brown seaweeds such as members of Laminariales and Fucales. A new source of water-soluble polysaccharides is suggested here: it is a filamentous brown alga Streblonema sp., which can be cultivated under controlled conditions in photobioreactors that allow obtaining algal biomass with reproducible content and quality of polysaccharides. The accumulation of water-soluble polysaccharides can be stimulated by macronutrient limitation. In response to nitrogen deficiency, Streblonema sp. accumulated water-soluble polysaccharides (WSPs) rich in laminaran. WSP accumulation started after 3-4 days following nitrate depletion and reached a plateau at around day 7. Polysaccharide accumulation was related to cellular nitrogen content. The critical internal N level that triggered the onset of polysaccharide accumulation was 2.3% dry weight (DW); at a cellular N concentration less than 1.4% DW, the polysaccharide synthesis stopped. Upon nitrate re-supply, mobilization of WSP occurred after 3 days. These results suggest that a two-stage cultivation process could be used to obtain large algal biomass with high water-soluble polysaccharide production: a first cultivation stage using nitrate-supplemented medium to accumulate algal biomass followed by a second cultivation stage in a nitrate-free medium for 3 to 7 days to enhance polysaccharide content in the alga.

  9. Classification of fungal and bacterial lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases.

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    Busk, Peter K; Lange, Lene

    2015-05-09

    Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases are important enzymes for the decomposition of recalcitrant biological macromolecules such as plant cell wall and chitin polymers. These enzymes were originally designated glycoside hydrolase family 61 and carbohydrate-binding module family 33 but are now classified as auxiliary activities 9, 10 and 11 in the CAZy database. To obtain a systematic analysis of the divergent families of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases we used Peptide Pattern Recognition to divide 5396 protein sequences resembling enzymes from families AA9 (1828 proteins), AA10 (2799 proteins) and AA11 (769 proteins) into subfamilies. The results showed that the lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases have two conserved regions identified by conserved peptides specific for each AA family. The peptides were used for in silico PCR discovery of the lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases in 79 fungal and 95 bacterial genomes. The bacterial genomes encoded 0-7 AA10s (average 0.6). No AA9 or AA11 were found in the bacteria. The fungal genomes encoded 0-40 AA9s (average 7) and 0-15 AA11s (average 2) and two of the fungi possessed a gene encoding a putative AA10. The AA9s were mainly found in plant cell wall-degrading asco- and basidiomycetes in agreement with the described role of AA9 enzymes. In contrast, the AA11 proteins were found in 36 of the 39 ascomycetes and in only two of the 32 basidiomycetes and their abundance did not correlate to the degradation of cellulose and hemicellulose. These results provides an overview of the sequence characteristics and occurrence of the divergent AA9, AA10 and AA11 families and pave the way for systematic investigations of the of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases and for structure-function studies of these enzymes.

  10. An alternative polysaccharide uptake mechanism of marine bacteria

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    Reintjes, Greta; Arnosti, Carol; Fuchs, Bernhard M; Amann, Rudolf

    2017-01-01

    Heterotrophic microbial communities process much of the carbon fixed by phytoplankton in the ocean, thus having a critical role in the global carbon cycle. A major fraction of the phytoplankton-derived substrates are high-molecular-weight (HMW) polysaccharides. For bacterial uptake, these substrates must initially be hydrolysed to smaller sizes by extracellular enzymes. We investigated polysaccharide hydrolysis by microbial communities during a transect of the Atlantic Ocean, and serendipitously discovered—using super-resolution structured illumination microscopy—that up to 26% of total cells showed uptake of fluorescently labelled polysaccharides (FLA-PS). Fluorescence in situ hybridisation identified these organisms as members of the bacterial phyla Bacteroidetes and Planctomycetes and the gammaproteobacterial genus Catenovulum. Simultaneous membrane staining with nile red indicated that the FLA-PS labelling occurred in the cell but not in the cytoplasm. The dynamics of FLA-PS staining was further investigated in pure culture experiments using Gramella forsetii, a marine member of Bacteroidetes. The staining patterns observed in environmental samples and pure culture tests are consistent with a ‘selfish’ uptake mechanisms of larger oligosaccharides (>600 Da), as demonstrated for gut Bacteroidetes. Ecologically, this alternative polysaccharide uptake mechanism secures substantial quantities of substrate in the periplasmic space, where further processing can occur without diffusive loss. Such a mechanism challenges the paradigm that hydrolysis of HMW substrates inevitably yields low-molecular-weight fragments that are available to the surrounding community and demonstrates the importance of an alternative mechanism of polysaccharide uptake in marine bacteria. PMID:28323277

  11. Polysaccharides from Traditional Chinese Medicines: Extraction, Purification, Modification, and Biological Activity

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM has been used to treat diseases in China for thousands of years. TCM compositions are complex, using as their various sources plants, animals, fungi, and minerals. Polysaccharides are one of the active and important ingredients of TCMs. Polysaccharides from TCMs exhibit a wide range of biological activities in terms of immunity- modifying, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-tumor properties. With their widespread biological activities, polysaccharides consistently attract scientist's interests, and the studies often concentrate on the extraction, purification, and biological activity of TCM polysaccharides. Currently, numerous studies have shown that the modification of polysaccharides can heighten or change the biological activities, which is a new angle of polysaccharide research. This review highlights the current knowledge of TCM polysaccharides, including their extraction, purification, modification, and biological activity, which will hopefully provide profound insights facilitating further research and development.

  12. Anti-tumor polysaccharide from the mycelium of liquid-cultured Agaricus blazei mill.

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    Mizuno, M; Minato, K; Ito, H; Kawade, M; Terai, H; Tsuchida, H

    1999-04-01

    Anti-tumor active polysaccharide against Sarcoma 180 was isolated by DEAE-Sepharose CL-6B and Sepharose 4B column chromatography from the hot-water soluble fraction of the mycelium of liquid-cultured Agaricus blazei mill. This polysaccharide did not react with antibodies of anti-tumor polysaccharides such as lentinan, gliforan, and FIII-2-b which is one of anti-tumor polysaccharides from Agaricus blazei. Moreover, the analyses of 13C-NMR and GC-MS suggested that this polysaccharide was preliminarily glucomannan with a main chain of beta-1,2-linked D-mannopyranosyl residues and beta-D-glucopyranosyl-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl residues as a side chain. This polysaccharide was completely different from the anti-tumor polysaccharide from fruiting body of Agaricus blazei, beta-1,6-glucan.

  13. Effect of Porphyridium sp. polysaccharide on malignant cell transformation by Moloney murine sarcoma virus.

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    Huleihel, M; Arad, S

    2001-01-01

    The polysaccharide produced by the red microalga Porphyridium sp. was highly inhibitory for cell transformation of mouse fibroblast cells by an MSV-124 virus stock. This inhibition was most effective if the polysaccharide was added 2 h before or at the time of infection. The finding that the inhibition of cell transformation by MuSV-124 was reversible after removal of the polysaccharide suggested that Porphyridium sp. polysaccharide inhibited a late step after provirus integration into the host genome. Addition of the polysaccharide post-infection significantly reduced the number of transformed cells, but its effect was less marked than that obtained when the polysaccharide was added before or at the time of infection. These findings support the possibility that the polysaccharide may affect early steps in virus replication cycle, such as virus absorption into the host cells, in addition to its effect on a late step after provirus integration.

  14. Extraction, purification and antioxidant activities of the polysaccharides from maca (Lepidium meyenii).

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    Zha, Shenghua; Zhao, Qingsheng; Chen, Jinjin; Wang, Liwei; Zhang, Guifeng; Zhang, Hong; Zhao, Bing

    2014-10-13

    Water-soluble polysaccharides were separated from maca (Lepidium meyenii) aqueous extract (MAE). The crude polysaccharides were deproteinized by Sevag method. During the preparation process of maca polysaccharides, amylase and glucoamylase effectively removed starch in maca polysaccharides. Four Lepidium meyenii polysaccharides (LMPs) were obtained by changing the concentration of ethanol in the process of polysaccharide precipitation. All of the LMPs were composed of rhamnose, arabinose, glucose and galactose. Antioxidant activity tests revealed that LMP-60 showed good capability of scavenging hydroxyl free radical and superoxide radical at 2.0mg/mL, the scavenging rate was 52.9% and 85.8%, respectively. Therefore, the results showed that maca polysaccharides had a high antioxidant activity and could be explored as the source of bioactive compounds. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. [Analyze and compare activities of polysaccharide form rhizoma chuanxiong and radix paeoniae rubra].

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    Zhang, Wei-Jie; Wang, Peng; Yang, Ming-Jun; Wang, Yong-Gang; Ju, Ying; Du, Rui-Hu

    2011-10-01

    To explore the difference of biological activities between two Chinese Herbs polysaccharides. Extracted two kinds of Chinese Herbs Polysaccharides by hot water, and determined the content of Polysaccharides. Determined the antibacterial activity with turbidimetry. Explored antioxidant activity using an in vitro antioxidant analysis, probed into the effects on cell growth with MTT colorimetric analysis. The two polysaccharides both showed activities on the antibacterial, anti-oxidation and promotion of cell growth but different in degree. The Radix Paeoniae Rubra polysaccharide was stronger than Rhizoma Chuanxiong in antioxidant and antimicrobial activities, and weaker in promotion of cell growth activity. Activity differences exist between the two polysaccharides and the activities show some complementary effects. The differences provide important value in research on polysaccharide compound.

  16. Non-cellulosic polysaccharides from cotton fibre are differently impacted by textile processing

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    Runavot, Jean-Luc; Guo, Xiaoyuan; Willats, William George Tycho

    2014-01-01

    Cotton fibre is mainly composed of cellulose, although non-cellulosic polysaccharides play key roles during fibre development and are still present in the harvested fibre. This study aimed at determining the fate of non-cellulosic polysaccharides during cotton textile processing. We analyzed non......-cellulosic cotton fibre polysaccharides during different steps of cotton textile processing using GC-MS, HPLC and comprehensive microarray polymer profiling to obtain monosaccharide and polysaccharide amounts and linkage compositions. Additionally, in situ detection was used to obtain information on polysaccharide...... localization and accessibility. We show that pectic and hemicellulosic polysaccharide levels decrease during cotton textile processing and that some processing steps have more impact than others. Pectins and arabinose-containing polysaccharides are strongly impacted by the chemical treatments, with most being...

  17. Capas de SiGe policristalino hidrogenado y su aplicación en transistores de película delgada

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    Rodríguez, A.

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available The hydrogenation of polycrystalline SiGe layers, obtained by solid phase crystallization, by an electron ciclotron resonance hydrogen plasma and the influence of this hydrogenation process on the electrical characteristics of thin film transistors fabricated using this material as active layer have been studied. The hydrogenation processes were carried out at 150 and 250 ºC for several times, up to 11 hours. Infrared transmission spectra of these samples show only the absorption bands corresponding to Si-H bonds, indicating that hydrogen atoms are bonded mainly to silicon atoms. Ultraviolet reflectance measurements show that the surface damage caused by the plasma exposure increases as the Ge content of the film does. The transistors fabricated using polycrystalline SiGe films as active layer show a degradation phenomenon, consisting of a progressive decrease of the drain current at constant gate and drain bias. The degradation slows down as the hydrogenation time increases at constant temperature.

    En este trabajo se ha caracterizado el proceso de hidrogenación en un plasma generado por resonancia ciclotrónica de electrones de capas de SiGe policristalino obtenidas mediante cristalización en fase sólida y el efecto de la hidrogenación en las características eléctricas de transistores de película delgada fabricados usando dicho material. Los procesos de hidrogenación se realizaron a 150 y 250 ºC, con duraciones de hasta 11 horas. Los espectros de transmitancia en infrarrojo muestran solamente las bandas de absorción características de los enlaces Si-H. Estas bandas indican que el hidrógeno se incorpora al material enlazándose principalmente con los átomos de silicio. Las medidas de reflectancia en el ultravioleta indican que se crea daño en la superficie de la muestra y que éste aumenta a medida que lo hace el contenido en Ge. Los transistores de película delgada con capa activa de SiGe policristalino muestran un fen

  18. [Quantitive variation of polysaccharides and alcohol-soluble extracts in F1 generation of Dendrobium officinale].

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    Zhang, Xiao-Ling; Liu, Jing-Jing; Wu, Ling-Shang; Si, Jin-Ping; Guo, Ying-Ying; Yu, Jie; Wang, Lin-Hua

    2013-11-01

    Using phenol-sulfuric acid method and hot-dip method of alcohol-soluble extracts, the contents of polysaccharides and alcohol-soluble extracts in 11 F1 generations of Dendrobium officinale were determined. The results showed that the polysaccharides contents in samples collected in May and February were 32.89%-43.07% and 25.77%-35.25%, respectively, while the extracts contents were 2.81%-4.85% and 7.90%-17.40%, respectively. They were significantly different among families. The content of polysaccharides in offspring could be significantly improved by hybridization between parents with low and high polysaccharides contents, and the hybrid vigor was obvious. Cross breeding was an effective way for breeding new varieties with higher polysaccharides contents. Harvest time would significantly affect the contents of polysaccharides and alcohol-soluble extracts. The contents of polysaccharides in families collected in May were higher than those of polysaccharides in families collected in February, but the extracts content had the opposite variation. The extents of quantitative variation of polysaccharides and alcohol-soluble extracts were different among families, and each family had its own rules. It would be significant in giving full play to their role as the excellent varieties and increasing effectiveness by studying on the quantitative accumulation regularity of polysaccharides and alcohol-soluble extracts in superior families (varieties) of D. officinale to determine the best harvesting time.

  19. Biosynthesis and assembly of capsular polysaccharides in Escherichia coli.

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    Whitfield, Chris

    2006-01-01

    Capsules are protective structures on the surfaces of many bacteria. The remarkable structural diversity in capsular polysaccharides is illustrated by almost 80 capsular serotypes in Escherichia coli. Despite this variation, the range of strategies used for capsule biosynthesis and assembly is limited, and E. coli isolates provide critical prototypes for other bacterial species. Related pathways are also used for synthesis and export of other bacterial glycoconjugates and some enzymes/processes have counterparts in eukaryotes. In gram-negative bacteria, it is proposed that biosynthesis and translocation of capsular polysaccharides to the cell surface are temporally and spatially coupled by multiprotein complexes that span the cell envelope. These systems have an impact on both a general understanding of membrane trafficking in bacteria and on bacterial pathogenesis.

  20. Ganoderma lucidum Polysaccharide Peptide (GLPP for the Cancer Treatment

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    Imam Rasjidi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Ganoderma lucidum mushroom (also known as Ling Zhi in China, Mannetake /Reishi in Japan has been widely used for thousands of years to prevent and treat various diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes mellitus, viral infection, and cancer. Polysaccharides from Ganoderma lucidum has been extensively investigated for free radical scavenging activity. Both in vivo and in vitro studies suggest that G. lucidum have anti-tumor effects, which mediated by its immunomodulatory, anti-angiogenesis, and cytotoxic effects. Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide peptide (GLPP which extracted from Ganoderma lucidum mycelium tissue culture, give the best quality of β-D-Glucans bioactive compounds. These biologically active glucans interact with receptors on the surface of immune cells such as macrophage and natural killer cell (NK cell to induce immunomodulatory and tumoricidal effects. However, many studies still need to answer those mechanisms.

  1. Recovery and purification of polysaccharides from microbial broth.

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    Johns, M R; Noor, E

    1991-04-01

    Current industrial practice to recover extracellular microbial polysaccharides from the broth usually requires dilution to permit cell removal followed by precipitation, typically using alcohol. This paper presents a discussion on the solvent precipitation of xanthan and the results of research performed to investigate the behaviour of xanthan solutions during membrane processing using a microporous membrane. Using crossflow microfiltration, flux rates of up to 120 L/m2h were achieved for pure xanthan solutions, with complete rejection of the polysaccharide by the membrane. The thin film model underpredicted flux for xanthan solutions. In fact, flux was independent of xanthan concentration up to 20-25 g/L, and strongly dependent on crossflow velocity. Considerable benefits in terms of purification and reduced solvent requirements can be obtained by the use of an intermediate crossflow microfiltration step during xanthan recovery.

  2. Extracellular Polysaccharides Produced by Yeasts and Yeast-Like Fungi

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    van Bogaert, Inge N. A.; de Maeseneire, Sofie L.; Vandamme, Erick J.

    Several yeasts and yeast-like fungi are known to produce extracellular polysaccharides. Most of these contain D-mannose, either alone or in combination with other sugars or phosphate. A large chemical and structural variability is found between yeast species and even among different strains. The types of polymers that are synthesized can be chemically characterized as mannans, glucans, phosphoman-nans, galactomannans, glucomannans and glucuronoxylomannans. Despite these differences, almost all of the yeast exopolysaccharides display some sort of biological activity. Some of them have already applications in chemistry, pharmacy, cosmetics or as probiotic. Furthermore, some yeast exopolysaccharides, such as pullulan, exhibit specific physico-chemical and rheological properties, making them useful in a wide range of technical applications. A survey is given here of the production, the characteristics and the application potential of currently well studied yeast extracellular polysaccharides.

  3. Fate of mucilage cell wall polysaccharides during coffee fermentation.

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    Avallone, S; Guiraud, J P; Guyot, B; Olguin, E; Brillouet, J M

    2001-11-01

    Effects of a 20-h fermentation on cell wall polysaccharides from the mucilage of pulped coffee beans were examined and compared to those of unfermented beans, on alcohol insoluble residues (AIRs), their hot-water-soluble crude pectic substances (PECTs), and their hot-water-insoluble residues (RESs). Yields and compositions were very similar: AIRs, which consisted of approximately 30% highly methylated pectic substances, approximately 9% cellulose, and approximately 15% neutral noncellulosic polysaccharides, exhibited no apparent degradation. However, PECTs from fermented beans were shown to have undergone a slight reduction of their intrinsic viscosity and weight-average molecular weight by capillary viscosimetry and high-performance size-exclusion chromatography. After fermentation, hot-water-insoluble pectic substances of RES exhibited partial de-esterification. Removal of coffee bean mucilage by natural fermentation seems to result from a restricted pectolysis, the mechanism of which remains to be elucidated.

  4. Kinetics of metal ion binding by polysaccharide colloids.

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    Rotureau, Elise; van Leeuwen, Herman P

    2008-08-07

    The dynamics of metal sorption by a gel-like polysaccharide is investigated by means of the electrochemical technique of stripping chronopotentiometry (SCP). The measured response reflects the diffusive flux properties of the metallic species in the dispersion. The colloidal ligand studied here is a functionalized carboxymethyldextran. Its complexation with Pb(II) reveals a time dependence that identifies strong differences in the dynamic nature of the successive metal complexes formed. Apparently, the formation of intramolecular bidentate complexes requires a slow conformational reorganization of the macromolecule that becomes the rate-limiting step in the complexation reaction. The relevant parameters for metal binding and release kinetics are computed and thus provide knowledge of the time-dependent stability and lability of metal polysaccharide complexes.

  5. Engineering of routes to heparin and related polysaccharides.

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    Bhaskar, Ujjwal; Sterner, Eric; Hickey, Anne Marie; Onishi, Akihiro; Zhang, Fuming; Dordick, Jonathan S; Linhardt, Robert J

    2012-01-01

    Anticoagulant heparin has been shown to possess important biological functions that vary according to its fine structure. Variability within heparin's structure occurs owing to its biosynthesis and animal tissue-based recovery and adds another dimension to its complex polymeric structure. The structural variations in chain length and sulfation patterns mediate its interaction with many heparin-binding proteins, thereby eliciting complex biological responses. The advent of novel chemical and enzymatic approaches for polysaccharide synthesis coupled with high throughput combinatorial approaches for drug discovery have facilitated an increased effort to understand heparin's structure-activity relationships. An improved understanding would offer potential for new therapeutic development through the engineering of polysaccharides. Such a bioengineering approach requires the amalgamation of several different disciplines, including carbohydrate synthesis, applied enzymology, metabolic engineering, and process biochemistry.

  6. Tomato Derived Polysaccharides for Biotechnological Applications: Chemical and Biological Approaches

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    Barbara Nicolaus

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Recent studies concerning the isolation and purification of exopolysaccharides from suspension-cultured tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L. var. San Marzano cells and the description of a simple, rapid and low environmental impact method with for obtaining polysaccharides from solid tomato-processing industry wastes are reported. Their chemical composition, rheological properties and partial primary structure were determined on the basis of spectroscopic analyses (UV, IR, GC-MS, 1H-, 13C-NMR. Moreover, the anticytotoxic activities of exopolysaccharides obtained from cultured tomato cells were tested in a brine shrimp bioassay and the preparation of biodegradable film by chemical processing of polysaccharides from solid tomato industry waste was also reported.

  7. Isolation, purification and antioxidant activities of polysaccharides from Grifola frondosa.

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    Chen, Gui-tang; Ma, Xue-mei; Liu, Sheng-to; Liao, Yan-li; Zhao, Guo-qang

    2012-06-05

    The crude polysaccharides (GFP) were isolated from the fruiting bodies of Grifola frondosa and purified by DEAE cellulose-52 chromatography and Sephadex G-100 size-exclusion chromatography in that order. Three main fractions, GFP-1, GFP-2 and GFP-3, were obtained through the isolation and purification steps. Then the antioxidant activities of these three fractions were investigated in vitro. The results showed that GFP-1, GFP-2 and GFP-3 possessed significant inhibitory effects on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical, hydroxyl radical and superoxide radical; their reducing power, ferrous ions chelating effect and the inhibition ability of the rat liver lipid oxidation where also strong. These results suggest that G. frondosa polysaccharides could be a suitable natural antioxidant and may be the functional foods for humans. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Modification of cell wall polysaccharides during retting of cassava roots.

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    Ngolong Ngea, Guillaume Legrand; Guillon, Fabienne; Essia Ngang, Jean Justin; Bonnin, Estelle; Bouchet, Brigitte; Saulnier, Luc

    2016-12-15

    Retting is an important step in traditional cassava processing that involves tissue softening of the roots to transform the cassava into flour and various food products. The tissue softening that occurs during retting was attributed to the degradation of cell wall pectins through the action of pectin-methylesterase and pectate-lyase that possibly originated from a microbial source or the cassava plant itself. Changes in cell wall composition were investigated during retting using chemical analysis, specific glycanase degradation and immuno-labelling of cell wall polysaccharides. Pectic 1,4-β-d-galactan was the main cell wall polysaccharide affected during the retting of cassava roots. This result suggested that better control of pectic galactan degradation and a better understanding of the degradation mechanism by endogenous endo-galactanase and/or exogenous microbial enzymes might contribute to improve the texture properties of cassava products. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Development of drilling fluids based on polysaccharides and natural minerals

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    Zhanar Nurakhmetova

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The technology of oil well drilling in complex geological conditions by applying the drilling muds based on the polysaccharides – gellan, xanthan and their mixture which potentially possess a good flocculation properties and the ability to reversible sol-gel transition in dependence of temperature and concentration of low molecular weight cations in water has been justified in this work. For the preparation of drilling muds, gellan and xanthan were used, these polymers were obtained from biomass by an aerobic fermentation using microorganisms Sphingomonas elodea and Xanthomonas campestris. Bentonite was used as a natural mineral. Physical and chemical characteristics of aqueous and aqueous-salt solutions of natural polysaccharide gellan including: density, intrinsic and effective viscosity, static shear stress, dynamic shear stress, sedimentation stability and other parameters were determined while varying polymer compositions and concentrations, ionic strength of the solution, nature of low molecular weight salts, concentration of dispersion phase, pH of the medium and temperature.

  10. Fermentation of polysaccharides by Klebsiella and other facultative bacilli

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    Ochuba, G.U.; Von Riesen, V.L.

    1980-05-01

    Fermentations of 10 polysaccharides by species of the family Enterobacteriaceae were examined. Algin, guar, karaya, xanthan, and xylan were not fermented by any of the strains tested. Most of the activity was found in the tribe Klebsielleae. Klebseilla oxytoca fermented amylopectin (97% of the strains studied), carrageenan (100%), inulin (68%), polypectate (100%), and tragacanth (100%). Klebsiella pneumoniae fermented amylopectin (91%), carrageenan (100%), and tragacanth (86%). Carraggeenan was also fermented by Enterobacter aerogenes (100%), Enterobacter agglomerans (63%), Enterobacter cloacae (95%), and pectobacterium (38%). pectobacterium shared polypectate fermentation (100%) with K. oxytoca. With one exception, Serratia strains were negative on all polysaccharides. These results, along with other evidence, indicate that (i) the genus Klebsiella is biochemically the most versatile genus of the tribe, (ii) because of its distinct characteristics, K. oxytoca warrants species designation separate from K. pneumoniae, and (iii) some food additives generally considered indigestible can be metabolized by a few species of facultative bacilli, whereas others appear to be resistant.

  11. The Bacterial Second Messenger Cyclic di-GMP Regulates Brucella Pathogenesis and Leads to Altered Host Immune Response.

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    Khan, Mike; Harms, Jerome S; Marim, Fernanda M; Armon, Leah; Hall, Cherisse L; Liu, Yi-Ping; Banai, Menachem; Oliveira, Sergio C; Splitter, Gary A; Smith, Judith A

    2016-12-01

    Brucella species are facultative intracellular bacteria that cause brucellosis, a chronic debilitating disease significantly impacting global health and prosperity. Much remains to be learned about how Brucella spp. succeed in sabotaging immune host cells and how Brucella spp. respond to environmental challenges. Multiple types of bacteria employ the prokaryotic second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) to coordinate responses to shifting environments. To determine the role of c-di-GMP in Brucella physiology and in shaping host-Brucella interactions, we utilized c-di-GMP regulatory enzyme deletion mutants. Our results show that a ΔbpdA phosphodiesterase mutant producing excess c-di-GMP displays marked attenuation in vitro and in vivo during later infections. Although c-di-GMP is known to stimulate the innate sensor STING, surprisingly, the ΔbpdA mutant induced a weaker host immune response than did wild-type Brucella or the low-c-di-GMP guanylate cyclase ΔcgsB mutant. Proteomics analysis revealed that c-di-GMP regulates several processes critical for virulence, including cell wall and biofilm formation, nutrient acquisition, and the type IV secretion system. Finally, ΔbpdA mutants exhibited altered morphology and were hypersensitive to nutrient-limiting conditions. In summary, our results indicate a vital role for c-di-GMP in allowing Brucella to successfully navigate stressful and shifting environments to establish intracellular infection. Copyright © 2016, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  12. Structural Basis of Differential Ligand Recognition by Two Classes of bis-(3-5)-cyclic Dimeric Guanosine Monophosphate-binding Riboswitches

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    K Smith; C Shanahan; E Moore; A Simon; S Strobel

    2011-12-31

    The bis-(3'-5')-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) signaling pathway regulates biofilm formation, virulence, and other processes in many bacterial species and is critical for their survival. Two classes of c-di-GMP-binding riboswitches have been discovered that bind this second messenger with high affinity and regulate diverse downstream genes, underscoring the importance of RNA receptors in this pathway. We have solved the structure of a c-di-GMP-II riboswitch, which reveals that the ligand is bound as part of a triplex formed with a pseudoknot. The structure also shows that the guanine bases of c-di-GMP are recognized through noncanonical pairings and that the phosphodiester backbone is not contacted by the RNA. Recognition is quite different from that observed in the c-di-GMP-I riboswitch, demonstrating that at least two independent solutions for RNA second messenger binding have evolved. We exploited these differences to design a c-di-GMP analog that selectively binds the c-di-GMP-II aptamer over the c-di-GMP-I RNA. There are several bacterial species that contain both types of riboswitches, and this approach holds promise as an important tool for targeting one riboswitch, and thus one gene, over another in a selective fashion.

  13. A systematic analysis of the role of GGDEF-EAL domain proteins in virulence and motility in Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola.

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    Wei, Chao; Jiang, Wendi; Zhao, Mengran; Ling, Junjie; Zeng, Xin; Deng, Jun; Jin, Dongli; Dow, John Maxwell; Sun, Wenxian

    2016-04-07

    The second messenger c-di-GMP is implicated in regulation of various aspects of the lifestyles and virulence of Gram-negative bacteria. Cyclic di-GMP is formed by diguanylate cyclases with a GGDEF domain and degraded by phosphodiesterases with either an EAL or HD-GYP domain. Proteins with tandem GGDEF-EAL domains occur in many bacteria, where they may be involved in c-di-GMP turnover or act as enzymatically-inactive c-di-GMP effectors. Here, we report a systematic study of the regulatory action of the eleven GGDEF-EAL proteins in Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola, an important rice pathogen causing bacterial leaf streak. Mutational analysis revealed that XOC_2335 and XOC_2393 positively regulate bacterial swimming motility, while XOC_2102, XOC_2393 and XOC_4190 negatively control sliding motility. The ΔXOC_2335/XOC_2393 mutant that had a higher intracellular c-di-GMP level than the wild type and the ΔXOC_4190 mutant exhibited reduced virulence to rice after pressure inoculation. In vitro purified XOC_4190 and XOC_2102 have little or no diguanylate cyclase or phosphodiesterase activity, which is consistent with unaltered c-di-GMP concentration in ΔXOC_4190. Nevertheless, both proteins can bind to c-di-GMP with high affinity, indicating a potential role as c-di-GMP effectors. Overall our findings advance understanding of c-di-GMP signaling and its links to virulence in an important rice pathogen.

  14. Signaling factor interactions with polysaccharide aggregates of bacterial biofilms.

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    DeSalvo, Stephen C; Liu, Yating; Choudhary, Geetika Sanjay; Ren, Dacheng; Nangia, Shikha; Sureshkumar, Radhakrishna

    2015-02-17

    Biofilms are surface-attached colonies of bacteria embedded in an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS). Inside the eukaryotic hosts, bacterial biofilms interact with the host cells through signaling factors (SFs). These signaling processes play important roles in the interaction between bacteria and host cells and the outcome of infections and symbiosis. However, how host immune factors diffuse through biofilms is not well understood. Here, we describe synergistic molecular dynamics and experimental approaches for studying the translocation of signaling factors through polysaccharide chain aggregates present in the extracellular matrix of bacterial biofilms. The effect of polysaccharide chain degradation on the energetics of SF-EPS interactions was examined by simulating an EPS consisting of various polysaccharide chain lengths. It is shown that the SF stabilization energy, defined as the average potential of mean force difference between the environments outside and within the matrix, increases linearly with decreasing chain length. This effect has been explained based on the changes in the polysaccharide configurations around the SF. Specifically, shorter chains are packed tightly around the SF, promoting favorable SF-EPS interactions, while longer chains are packed loosely resulting in screening of interactions with neighboring chains. We further investigated the translocation of SFs through the host cell membrane using molecular dynamics simulations. Further, simulations predict the existence of energy barriers greater than 1000 kJ mol(-1) associated with the translocation of the signaling factors necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) across the lipid bilayer. The agreement of computational and experimental findings motivates future computational studies using a more detailed description of the EPS aimed at understanding the role of the extracellular matrix on biofilm drug resistance.

  15. Photoluminescent polysaccharide-coated germanium(IV) oxide nanoparticles

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    Lobaz, Volodymyr; Rabyk, Mariia; Pánek, Jiří; Doris, E.; Nallet, F.; Štěpánek, Petr; Hrubý, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 294, č. 7 (2016), s. 1225-1235 ISSN 0303-402X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7AMB14FR027; GA ČR(CZ) GA13-08336S; GA MZd(CZ) NV15-25781A Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : germanium oxide nanoparticles * polysaccharide coating * photoluminescent label Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.723, year: 2016

  16. High molecular weight polysaccharide that binds and inhibits virus

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    Konowalchuk, Thomas W

    2014-01-14

    This invention provides a high molecular weight polysaccharide capable of binding to and inhibiting virus and related pharmaceutical formulations and methods on inhibiting viral infectivity and/or pathogenicity, as well as immunogenic compositions. The invention further methods of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and of ameliorating a symptom of aging. Additionally, the invention provides methods of detecting and/or quantifying and/or isolating viruses.

  17. High molecular weight polysaccharide that binds and inhibits virus

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    Konowalchuk, Thomas W.; Konowalchuk, Jack

    2017-07-18

    This invention provides a high molecular weight polysaccharide capable of binding to and inhibiting virus and related pharmaceutical formulations and methods of inhibiting viral infectivity and/or pathogenicity, as well as immunogenic compositions. The invention further includes methods of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and of ameliorating a symptom of aging. Additionally, the invention provides methods of detecting and/or quantifying and/or isolating viruses.

  18. Effect of ginseng root polysaccharides on cutaneous wound repair in ...

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    Purpose: To evaluate the healing activity of water ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) polysaccharide (WGP) in vivo. Methods: Mice were divided into four groups: group 1 was the control, and groups 2–4 were treated with WGP (15 mg or 30 mg) or mouse epidermal growth factor (mEGF, 0.1 mL, 2000 IU/mL), respectively.

  19. Effect of ginseng root polysaccharides on cutaneous wound repair in ...

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    Purpose: To evaluate the healing activity of water ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) polysaccharide. (WGP) in vivo. Methods: Mice were divided into four groups: group 1 was the control, and groups 2–4 were treated with WGP (15 mg or 30 mg) or mouse epidermal growth factor (mEGF, 0.1 mL, 2000 IU/mL), respectively.

  20. Complete structure of the polysaccharide from Streptococcus sanguis J22

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    Abeygunawardana, C.; Bush, C.A. (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (USA)); Cisar, J.O. (National Institute of Dental Research, Bethesda, MD (USA))

    1990-01-09

    The cell wall polysaccharides of certain oral streptococci such as Streptococcus sanguis strains 34 and J22, although immunologically distinct, act as receptors for the fimbrial lectins of Actinomyces viscosus T14V. The authors report the complete covalent structure of the polysaccharide from S. sanguis J22 which is composed of a heptasaccharide subunit linked by phosphodiester bonds. The repeating subunit, which contains {alpha}-GalNAc, {alpha}-rhamnose, {beta}-rhamnose, {beta}-glucose, and {beta}-galactose all in the pyranoside form and {beta}-galactofuranose, is compared with the previously published structure of the polysaccharide from strain 34. The structure has been determined almost exclusively by high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance methods. The {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR spectra of the polysaccharides from both strains 34 and J22 have been completely assigned. The stereochemistry of pyranosides was assigned from J{sub H-H} values determined from phase-sensitive COSY spectra, and acetamido sugars were assigned by correlation of the resonances of the amide {sup 1}H with the sugar ring protons. The {sup 13}C spectra were assigned by {sup 1}H-detected multiple-quantum correlation (HMQC) spectra, and the assignments were confirmed by {sup 1}H-detected multiple-bond correlation (HMBC) spectra. The positions of the glycosidic linkages were assigned by detection of three-bond {sup 1}H-{sup 13}C correlation across the glycosidic linkage in the HMBC spectra. The positions of the phosphodiester linkages were determined by splittings observed in the {sup 13}C resonances due to {sup 31}P coupling and also by {sup 1}H-detected {sup 31}P correlation spectroscopy.

  1. Characterization of diferuloylated pectic polysaccharides from quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa WILLD.).

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    Wefers, Daniel; Gmeiner, Bianca M; Tyl, Catrin E; Bunzel, Mirko

    2015-08-01

    In plants belonging to the order of Caryophyllales, pectic neutral side chains can be substituted with ferulic acid. The ability of ferulic acid to form intra- and/or intermolecular polysaccharide cross-links by dimerization was shown by the isolation and characterization of diferulic acid oligosaccharides from monocotyledonous plants. In this study, two diferulic acid oligosaccharides were isolated from the enzymatic hydrolyzate of seeds of the dicotyledonous pseudocereal quinoa by gel permeation chromatography and preparative HPLC and unambiguously identified by LC-MS(2) and 1D/2D NMR spectroscopy. The isolated oligosaccharides are comprised of 5-5- and 8-O-4-diferulic acid linked to the O2-position of the nonreducing residue of two (1→5)-linked arabinobioses. To get insight into the structure and the degree of phenolic acid substitution of the diferuloylated polysaccharides, polymeric sugar composition, glycosidic linkages, and polysaccharide-bound monomeric phenolic acids and diferulic acids were analyzed. This study demonstrates that diferulic acids are involved into intramolecular and/or intermolecular cross-linking of arabinan chains and may have a major impact on cell wall architecture of quinoa and other dicotyledonous plants of the order of Caryophyllales. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Suppression of umami aftertaste by polysaccharides in soy sauce.

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    Imamura, Miho; Matsushima, Kenichiro

    2013-08-01

    Umami is one of 5 basic tastes that make foods savory and palatable. The umami aftertaste is a long-lasting taste sensation that is important for Japanese broth (dashi) utilized for various Japanese foods. Soy sauce is usually added when making dashi-based dishes; however, different soy sauces produce distinct effects on the umami aftertaste. In this study, we attempted to identify the substances that cause the suppression of the umami aftertaste in soy sauce by combining sensory analysis, size fractionation, chemical analysis, and enzymatic treatment. The suppressive substance was revealed to be polysaccharides with molecular weights between 44900 and 49700. The results of acid hydrolysis and enzymatic treatment suggested that the polysaccharides were cellulose. These results indicate that a type of water-soluble cellulose derived from soybean, wheat, or microorganisms has a suppressive effect on the umami aftertaste of soy sauce. Future studies should focus on developing a strategy that regulates the amount of these polysaccharides generated during soy sauce production, to maintain or enhance the umami aftertaste. © 2013 Institute of Food Technologists®

  3. Characterization and anti-tumor activity of pollen polysaccharide.

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    Yang, Xiaoping; Guo, Dayong; Zhang, Jinming; Wu, Moucheng

    2007-03-01

    The polysaccharide LBPP was extracted and isolated from the pollen of Brassica napus L., and the anti-tumor activity was evaluated on Sarcoma 180-bearing mice and B16 melanoma-bearing mice through transplantable animal tumor. Mice were treated with three doses of the polysaccharide LBPP (50, 100 and 200 mg/kg body weight) for 10 days. Tumor weight, relative spleen and thymus weight, lymphocyte proliferation, natural killer cell activity, delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH), phagocytic function of monocyte, serum hemolysis antibody and peripheral blood of tumor-bearing mice were studied. At the doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg, a significant decrease (P<0.01) in tumor formation, a significant increase (P<0.05) in relative spleen and thymus weight, natural killer cell activity, phagocytic function of monocyte, lymphocyte proliferation, and serum hemolysis antibody, and a significant improvement of peripheral blood abnormality (P<0.05) and anemia (P<0.01) were observed. Results of these studies demonstrated that the polysaccharide LBPP had anti-tumor activity, which was mediated by immunomodulation and leukogenic and antianemic actions.

  4. O-acetylation of Plant Cell Wall Polysaccharides

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    Sascha eGille

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Plant cell walls are composed of structurally diverse polymers, many of which are O-acetylated. How plants O-acetylate wall polymers and what its function is remained elusive until recently, when two protein families were identified in the model plant Arabidopsis that are involved in the O-acetylation of wall polysaccharides – the reduced wall acetylation (RWA and the trichome birefringence-like (TBL proteins. This review discusses the role of these two protein families in polysaccharide O-acetylation and outlines the differences and similarities of polymer acetylation mechanisms in plants, fungi, bacteria and mammals. Members of the TBL protein family had been shown to impact pathogen resistance, freezing tolerance, and cellulose biosynthesis. The connection of TBLs to polysaccharide O-acetylation thus gives crucial leads into the biological function of wall polymer O-acetylation.From a biotechnological point understanding the O-acetylation mechanism is important as acetyl-substituents inhibit the enzymatic degradation of wall polymers and released acetate can be a potent inhibitor in microbial fermentations, thus impacting the economic viability of e.g. lignocellulosic based biofuel production.

  5. Purification, Characterization and Biological Activity of Polysaccharides from Dendrobium officinale

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    Kaiwei Huang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Polysaccharide (DOPA from the stem of D. officinale, as well as two fractions (DOPA-1 and DOPA-2 of it, were isolated and purified by DEAE cellulose-52 and Sephacryl S-300 chromatography, and their structural characteristics and bioactivities were investigated. The average molecular weights of DOPA-1 and DOPA-2 were 394 kDa and 362 kDa, respectively. They were mainly composed of d-mannose, d-glucose, and had a backbone consisting of 1,4-linked β-d-Manp and 1,4-linked β-d-Glcp with O-acetyl groups. Bioactivity studies indicated that both DOPA and its purified fractions (DOPA-1 and DOPA-2 could activate splenocytes and macrophages. The D. officinale polysaccharides had stimulatory effects on splenocytes, T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes, promoting the cell viability and NO production of RAW 264.7 macrophages. Furthermore, DOPA, DOPA-1 and DOPA-2 were found to protect RAW 264.7 macrophages against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2-induced oxidative injury by promoting cell viability, suppressing apoptosis and ameliorating oxidative lesions. These results suggested that D. officinale polysaccharides possessed antioxidant activity and mild immunostimulatory activity.

  6. Characterization and immunomodulatory activity of polysaccharides derived from Dendrobium tosaense.

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    Yang, Li-Chan; Lu, Ting-Jang; Hsieh, Chang-Chi; Lin, Wen-Chuan

    2014-10-13

    Dendrobium tosaense is a medicinal Dendrobium species widely used in traditional medicine. This study demonstrated some structural characterizations and immunomodulatory activity of the water-soluble polysaccharides derived from the stem of D. tosaense (DTP). DTP was fractioned using DEAE-650 M anion-exchange gel filtration chromatography, producing one neutral polysaccharide fraction (DTP-N), which was investigated for its structural characteristics, using HPAEC-PAD, HP-SEC, GC-MS, and NMR spectroscopy. DTP and DTP-N consisted of galactose, glucose, and mannose in ratios of 1:9.1:150.7 and 1:12.2:262.5, respectively. DTP-N comprised (1 → 4)Man as its main backbone, and its average molecular weight was 220 kDa. We also investigated the immunomodulatory effects of DTP administered orally to BALB/c mice for 3 weeks. DTP substantially boosted the population of splenic natural killer (NK) cells, NK cytotoxicity, macrophage phagocytosis, and cytokine induction in splenocytes. This is the first study to demonstrate the structural characteristics of an active polysaccharide derived from D. tosaense and its immunopharmacological effects in vivo. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Recent Advances in Nanocomposite Materials of Graphene Derivatives with Polysaccharides

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    Terzopoulou, Zoi; Kyzas, George Z.; Bikiaris, Dimitrios N.

    2015-01-01

    This review article presents the recent advances in syntheses and applications of nanocomposites consisting of graphene derivatives with various polysaccharides. Graphene has recently attracted much interest in the materials field due to its unique 2D structure and outstanding properties. To follow, the physical and mechanical properties of graphene are then introduced. However it was observed that the synthesis of graphene-based nanocomposites had become one of the most important research frontiers in the application of graphene. Therefore, this review also summarizes the recent advances in the synthesis of graphene nanocomposites with polysaccharides, which are abundant in nature and are easily synthesized bio-based polymers. Polysaccharides can be classified in various ways such as cellulose, chitosan, starch, and alginates, each group with unique and different properties. Alginates are considered to be ideal for the preparation of nanocomposites with graphene derivatives due to their environmental-friendly potential. The characteristics of such nanocomposites are discussed here and are compared with regard to their mechanical properties and their various applications. PMID:28787964

  8. Structure versus anticoagulant and antithrombotic actions of marine sulfated polysaccharides

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    Vitor Hugo Pomin

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Marine sulfated polysaccharides (MSP, such as sulfated fucans (SF, sulfated galactans (SG and glycosaminoglycans (GAG isolated from either algae or invertebrate animals, are highly anionic polysaccharides capable of interacting with certain cationic proteins, such as (co-factors of the coagulation cascade during clotting-inhibition processes. These molecular complexes between MSP and coagulation-related proteins might, at first glance, be assumed to be driven mostly by electrostatic interactions. However, a systematic comparison using several novel sulfated polysaccharides composed of repetitive oligosaccharides with clear sulfation patterns has shown that these molecular interactions are regulated essentially by the stereochemistry of the glycans (which depends on a conjunction of anomericity, monosaccharide, conformational preference, and glycosylation and sulfation sites, rather than just a simple consequence of their negative charge density (mainly the number of sulfate groups. Here, we present an overview of the structure-function relationships of MSP, correlating their structures with their potential anticoagulant and antithrombotic actions, since pathologies related to the cardiovascular system are one of the major causes of illness and mortality in the world.

  9. Extraction of Opuntia dillenii Haw. Polysaccharides and Their Antioxidant Activities

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    Heng Li

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Use of natural polysaccharides in medicine and food has wide interest in research. In this study, we extracted and purified some polysaccharides from cactus Opuntia dillenii Haw. (ODP. Some preliminary functions of these products were characterized. Under the optimal purification conditions, the yield of ODP extracted from the 2–4 month-old Opuntia dillenii Haw. (T-ODP was 30.60% ± 0.40%, higher than that of ODP from the 5–10 month-old materials (O-ODP (18.97% ± 0.58%. The extracted ODP was purified by DEAE sepharose fast flow anion exchange and Sephacryl S-400 chromatography with four fractions obtained (ODP-Ia, ODP-Ib, ODP-IIa and ODP-IIb. Analysis with UV-vis chromatography indicated that ODP-Ia and ODP-IIa were relatively homogeneous molecules with a molecular weight of 339 kD and 943 kD, respectively. Results of infrared spectroscopy indicated that ODP, ODP-Ia, and ODP-IIa were acidic polysaccharides. Further, the antioxidant activity against DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical, hydroxyl radicals, and superoxide radical in vitro demonstrated that the T-ODP exhibited higher antioxidant activity than the O-ODP, and the purified fraction (ODP-Ia was superior to the ODP. These results will offer a theoretical basis for further research on the structure-function relationship of ODP and the rational utilization of Opuntia dillenii Haw.

  10. Extraction of Opuntia dillenii Haw. Polysaccharides and Their Antioxidant Activities.

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    Li, Heng; Yuan, Qingxia; Zhou, Xianjiao; Zeng, Fuhua; Lu, Xiangyang

    2016-11-24

    Use of natural polysaccharides in medicine and food has wide interest in research. In this study, we extracted and purified some polysaccharides from cactus Opuntia dillenii Haw. (ODP). Some preliminary functions of these products were characterized. Under the optimal purification conditions, the yield of ODP extracted from the 2-4 month-old Opuntia dillenii Haw. (T-ODP) was 30.60% ± 0.40%, higher than that of ODP from the 5-10 month-old materials (O-ODP) (18.97% ± 0.58%). The extracted ODP was purified by DEAE sepharose fast flow anion exchange and Sephacryl S-400 chromatography with four fractions obtained (ODP-Ia, ODP-Ib, ODP-IIa and ODP-IIb). Analysis with UV-vis chromatography indicated that ODP-Ia and ODP-IIa were relatively homogeneous molecules with a molecular weight of 339 kD and 943 kD, respectively. Results of infrared spectroscopy indicated that ODP, ODP-Ia, and ODP-IIa were acidic polysaccharides. Further, the antioxidant activity against DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical, hydroxyl radicals, and superoxide radical in vitro demonstrated that the T-ODP exhibited higher antioxidant activity than the O-ODP, and the purified fraction (ODP-Ia) was superior to the ODP. These results will offer a theoretical basis for further research on the structure-function relationship of ODP and the rational utilization of Opuntia dillenii Haw.

  11. Characterisation of extracellular polysaccharides produced by Crypthecodinium cohnii.

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    de Swaaf, M E; Grobben, G J; Eggink, G; de Rijk, T C; van der Meer, P; Sijtsma, L

    2001-10-01

    The valuable polyunsaturated fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid, can be produced by cultivation of the heterotrophic microalga, Crypthecodinium cohnii. During batch growth of C. cohnii on glucose, sea salt and yeast extract for 5 days, so far unreported extracellular polysaccharides were produced. These caused an increased viscosity and a strong drop in the maximum oxygen transfer. The viscosity increased most markedly as cells entered the stationary phase. The polysaccharides varied in size (from 6 kDa to >1,660 kDa) and monomer distribution. A high molecular mass fraction (from 100 kDa to >1,660 kDa) and a medium molecular mass fraction (6-48 kDa) were prepared. The high molecular mass fraction contained (on a molar basis) 71.7% glucose, 13.1% galactose and 3.8% mannose, whereas the medium molecular mass fraction contained 37.7% glucose, 19.8% galactose and 28.1% mannose. Other monomers present in both fractions were fucose, uronic acid and xylose. Monomers were coupled mainly via alpha-(1-3) links. Increased viscosity due to polysaccharide production complicates the development of commercial, high cell-density processes for the production of docosahexaenoic acid.

  12. Immunomodulatory activity and partial characterisation of polysaccharides from Momordica charantia.

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    Deng, Yuan-Yuan; Yi, Yang; Zhang, Li-Fang; Zhang, Rui-Fen; Zhang, Yan; Wei, Zhen-Cheng; Tang, Xiao-Jun; Zhang, Ming-Wei

    2014-08-29

    Momordica charantia Linn. is used as an edible and medicinal vegetable in sub-tropical areas. Until now, studies on its composition and related activities have been confined to compounds of low molecular mass, and no data have been reported concerning the plant's polysaccharides. In this work, a crude polysaccharide of M. charantia (MCP) fruit was isolated by hot water extraction and then purified using DEAE-52 cellulose anion-exchange chromatography to produce two main fractions MCP1 and MCP2. The immunomodulatory effects and physicochemical characteristics of these fractions were investigated in vitro and in vivo. The results showed that intragastric administration of 150 or 300 mg·kg-·d⁻¹ of MCP significantly increased the carbolic particle clearance index, serum haemolysin production, spleen index, thymus index and NK cell cytotoxicity to normal control levels in cyclophosphamide (Cy)-induced immunosuppressed mice. Both MCP1 and MCP2 effectively stimulated normal and concanavalin A-induced splenic lymphocyte proliferation in vitro at various doses. The average molecular weights of MCP1 and MCP2, which were measured using high-performance gel permeation chromatography, were 8.55×10⁴ Da and 4.41×10⁵ Da, respectively. Both fractions exhibited characteristic polysaccharide bands in their Fourier transform infrared spectrum. MCP1 is mainly composed of glucose and galactose, and MCP2 is mainly composed of glucose, mannose and galactose. The results indicate that MCP and its fractions have good potential as immunotherapeutic adjuvants.

  13. Gelation of soybean protein and polysaccharides delays digestion.

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    Hu, Bing; Chen, Qing; Cai, Qimeng; Fan, Yun; Wilde, Peter J; Rong, Zhen; Zeng, Xiaoxiong

    2017-04-15

    Xanthan gum and carrageenan, representing the medium and highly negatively charged polysaccharides, were heated respectively together with soybean protein isolate (SPI) at different biopolymer ratios. Upon mixing with simulated stomach juice (SSJ), the xanthan-SPI and carrageenan-SPI at biopolymer ratios higher than 0.01 leads to self-assembled gelation immediately. Stronger gel is formed under higher biopolymer ratios. Highly negatively charged carrageenan forms a stronger gel than that composed with xanthan gum. SDS-PAGE results show the digestibility of SPI is delayed after incorporation with the polysaccharides, which is enhanced with the increase of the biopolymer mass ratios. And the polysaccharide with higher negative charge has stronger potential in delaying the digestion of SPI. Furthermore, the microstructure of the xanthan-SPI and carrageenan-SPI gel before and after simulated stomach digestion was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), which also confirms that the gel delays the digestion of soybean protein. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Immunomodulatory Activity and Partial Characterisation of Polysaccharides from Momordica charantia

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    Yuan-Yuan Deng

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Momordica charantia Linn. is used as an edible and medicinal vegetable in sub-tropical areas. Until now, studies on its composition and related activities have been confined to compounds of low molecular mass, and no data have been reported concerning the plant’s polysaccharides. In this work, a crude polysaccharide of M. charantia (MCP fruit was isolated by hot water extraction and then purified using DEAE-52 cellulose anion-exchange chromatography to produce two main fractions MCP1 and MCP2. The immunomodulatory effects and physicochemical characteristics of these fractions were investigated in vitro and in vivo. The results showed that intragastric administration of 150 or 300 mg·kg−·d−1 of MCP significantly increased the carbolic particle clearance index, serum haemolysin production, spleen index, thymus index and NK cell cytotoxicity to normal control levels in cyclophosphamide (Cy-induced immunosuppressed mice. Both MCP1 and MCP2 effectively stimulated normal and concanavalin A-induced splenic lymphocyte proliferation in vitro at various doses. The average molecular weights of MCP1 and MCP2, which were measured using high-performance gel permeation chromatography, were 8.55 × 104 Da and 4.41 × 105 Da, respectively. Both fractions exhibited characteristic polysaccharide bands in their Fourier transform infrared spectrum. MCP1 is mainly composed of glucose and galactose, and MCP2 is mainly composed of glucose, mannose and galactose. The results indicate that MCP and its fractions have good potential as immunotherapeutic adjuvants.

  15. Influence of Temperature on the Extractibility of Polysaccharides in Barley

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    Rodica Căpriţă

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Barley contains substantial amounts of both soluble and insoluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSP. The main watersoluble NSP in barley are highly viscous β-glucans. Monogastric animals, including humans and birds, cannotsynthesize β-glucanase, and the amount of β-glucanase derived from barley grain and bacteria in the gastrointestinaltract is insufficient to completely hydrolyze β-glucans. In the present investigation, we have studied the influence oftemperature and heating time on the extractibility of soluble polysaccharides in barley. Heating the barley samples at60°C and 80°C before extraction has the effect of lowering the soluble fraction of the polysaccharides. The dynamicviscosity values of water extracts from barley decreased up to 21.68% when heating at 60ºC for 15 minutes, and upto 25.30% when heating at 80ºC for 15 minutes, when the determinations were made immediately after extractseparation. Heating the barley samples for 15 minutes at 80°C deactivates the endogenous hydrolytic enzymes.

  16. Sulfated Seaweed Polysaccharides as Multifunctional Materials in Drug Delivery Applications.

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    Cunha, Ludmylla; Grenha, Ana

    2016-02-25

    In the last decades, the discovery of metabolites from marine resources showing biological activity has increased significantly. Among marine resources, seaweed is a valuable source of structurally diverse bioactive compounds. The cell walls of marine algae are rich in sulfated polysaccharides, including carrageenan in red algae, ulvan in green algae and fucoidan in brown algae. Sulfated polysaccharides have been increasingly studied over the years in the pharmaceutical field, given their potential usefulness in applications such as the design of drug delivery systems. The purpose of this review is to discuss potential applications of these polymers in drug delivery systems, with a focus on carrageenan, ulvan and fucoidan. General information regarding structure, extraction process and physicochemical properties is presented, along with a brief reference to reported biological activities. For each material, specific applications under the scope of drug delivery are described, addressing in privileged manner particulate carriers, as well as hydrogels and beads. A final section approaches the application of sulfated polysaccharides in targeted drug delivery, focusing with particular interest the capacity for macrophage targeting.

  17. Composition and bioactivity of polysaccharides from Inula britannica flower.

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    Hong, Tie; Zhao, Jing; Dong, Man; Meng, Yixiao; Mu, Jiaye; Yang, Zhen

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, the composition and biological activities of polysaccharides from Inula britannica flower IBP obtained by water extraction were investigated. The properties and chemical compositions of IBP were analyzed with HPLC and IR methods. The results showed that IBP consisted of two kinds of polysaccharides with the molecular weight of 3500 Da, 700 Da. IBP consisted of mannose, glucuronic acid, rhamnose, galacturonic acid, glucose, galactose, arabinose with a molar ratio of 4.1:1:1.4:2.7:14.6:6.3:7.9. The IR spectrum of IBP revealed the typical characteristics of polysaccharides and protein. IBP was administered orally at three doses [100, 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight] for 14 days to the diabetic mice induced by alloxan. The body weight, plasma glucose, serum triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and liver glycogen were evaluated in normal and alloxan-induced diabetic mice. IBP could dose-dependently significantly increase the body weight of diabetic mice, and reverse the decrease of plasma glucose, glycogen and the decrease of blood lipid of diabetic mice as compared to those in control group. These results indicated that IBP could be developed to a potential anti-diabetic drug in the future. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Mucoadhesive polysaccharides modulate sodium retention, release and taste perception.

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    Cook, Sarah L; Woods, Samuel; Methven, Lisa; Parker, Jane K; Khutoryanskiy, Vitaliy V

    2018-02-01

    The mucoadhesion between polymeric substances and mucosal membranes, widely exploited in the pharmaceutics industry to prolong drug residence, has been investigated as a means of retaining taste or aroma molecules in the oral cavity. This study shows that the mucoadhesive properties of carboxymethyl cellulose, a commonly used polysaccharide in the food and pharmaceutics industry, can modify retention, release and perception of sodium over time. A three-part study was designed coupling in vitro retention using ex vivo porcine tongue, sensory perception with a trained panel and in vivo retention of sodium ions in human volunteers. The findings suggest that although salt perception is stunted in samples containing a random coil, ionic, mucoadhesive thickener, the retention of sodium ions in the mouth is prolonged due to the mucoadhesive nature of the polysaccharide. Not only has this study-investigated mucoadhesion of liquid formulations in the oral cavity but it is also the first to link the mucoadhesive nature of a commonly used polysaccharide to the organoleptic properties of a food. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  19. Electrophoretic approaches to the analysis of complex polysaccharides.

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    Volpi, Nicola; Maccari, Francesca

    2006-04-13

    Complex polysaccharides, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), are a class of ubiquitous macromolecules exhibiting a wide range of biological functions. They are widely distributed as sidechains of proteoglycans (PGs) in the extracellular matrix and at cellular level. The recent emergence of enhanced analytical tools for their study has triggered a virtual explosion in the field of glycomics. Analytical electrophoretic separation techniques, including agarose-gel, capillary electrophoresis (HPCE) and fluorophore-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis (FACE), of GAGs and GAG-derived oligosaccharides have been employed for the structural analysis and quantification of hyaluronic acid (HA), chondroitin sulfate (CS), dermatan sulfate (DS), keratan sulfate (KS), heparan sulfate (HS), heparin (Hep) and acidic bacterial polysaccharides. Furthermore, recent developments in the electrophoretic separation and detection of unsaturated disaccharides and oligosaccharides derived from GAGs by enzymatic or chemical degradation have made it possible to examine alterations of GAGs with respect to their amounts and fine structural features in various pathological conditions, thus becoming applicable for diagnosis. In this paper, the electromigration procedures developed to analyze and characterize complex polysaccharides are reviewed. Moreover, a critical evaluation of the biological relevance of the results obtained by these electrophoresis approaches is presented.

  20. Polysaccharide-coated PCL nanofibers for wound dressing applications.

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    Croisier, Florence; Atanasova, Ganka; Poumay, Yves; Jérôme, Christine

    2014-12-01

    Polysaccharide-based nanofibers with a multilayered structure are prepared by combining electrospinning (ESP) and layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition techniques. Charged nanofibers are firstly prepared by electrospinning poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) with a block-copolymer bearing carboxylic acid functions. After deprotonation of the acid groups, the layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolyte polysaccharides, notably chitosan and hyaluronic acid, is used to coat the electrospun fibers. A multilayered structure is achieved by alternating the deposition of the positively charged chitosan with the deposition of a negatively charged polyelectrolyte. The construction of this multilayered structure is followed by Zeta potential measurements, and confirmed by observation of hollow nanofibers resulting from the dissolution of the PCL core in a selective solvent. These novel polysaccharide-coated PCL fiber mats remarkably combine the mechanical resistance typical of the core material (PCL)-particularly in the hydrated state-with the surface properties of chitosan. The control of the nanofiber structure offered by the electrospinning technology, makes the developed process very promising to precisely design biomaterials for tissue engineering. Preliminary cell culture tests corroborate the potential use of such system in wound healing applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. ¿Por qué es necesario realizar una educación mediática? Un análisis de caso con la película Cobardes

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    María Marcos Ramos

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo pretende demostrar la necesidad de incorporar al currículo la educación mediática para que los alumnos puedan aplicarla cuando consuman contenidos mediáticos. Así, se ha utilizado para la investigación realizada una película dirigida al público adolescente, Cobardes (Juan Cruz y José Corbacho, 2008 y se ha analizado su mensaje en relación a la violencia. Mediante una encuesta realizada y analizando los resultados con la ayuda de la estadística, se ha podido demostrar que, a pesar de que es una película recomendada para mayores de 13 años, es necesario un visionado con mediación parental o escolar.

  2. Fabricación de películas delgadas de CU2 S mediante una reacción de sustitución iónica

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    Gerardo Gordillo Guzmán

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Se formaron películas delgadas de sulfuro cuproso (CU2S topotaxialmente sobre películas delgadas de sulfuro de cadmio (CdS mediante una reacción de intercambio de iones de Cu (I provenientes de una solución de CuCI con Iones de Cd (lI de la red de sulfuro de cadmio. Dos tipos diferentes de soluciones de CuCI fueron investigados y los resultados experimentales se evaluaron por medio de medidas de la característica corriente- voltaje (I-V de las celdas solares de CU2 S/CdS obtenidas. Eficiencias de conversión de 4.5% se lograron con dichas celdas solares.

  3. Revisión histórica del sexismo en el cine español. El extraño caso de la película 'Amanece que no es poco'

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    Pedro Vázquez Miraz

    2017-01-01

    Se presenta en esta investigación una revisión sistémica de artículos científicos relacionados con películas españolas que abordan situaciones de violencia hacia las mujeres y/o que tratan a éstas bajo el prisma tradicional de los roles sexuales, permitiendo que esos actos agresivos se enmarquen, de forma exclusiva, en el ámbito doméstico. De forma sorprendente, en todos los artículos y revisiones de películas que se centran en el papel de la mujer y/o de la violencia que ésta sufre, la céleb...

  4. Evaluación de películas comestibles de almidón de yuca y proteína aislada de soya en la conservación de fresas

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    Saavedra, Nataly; Algecira, Néstor A

    2010-01-01

    A partir de diferentes proporciones de almidón de yuca y proteína aislada de soya, se elaboraron películas comestibles por el método de casting, las cuales se caracterizaron a través de pruebas mecánicas, térmicas y morfológicas. Se evaluó el desempeño de las películas como recubrimiento sobre las fresas variedad ventana mediante la determinación de propiedades sensoriales y fisicoquímicas: color, apariencia, aroma, sabor, textura, pH, acidez titulable y sólidos solubles totales a temperatura...

  5. Fabricación de películas delgadas de CU2 S mediante una reacción de sustitución iónica

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    Gerardo Gordillo Guzmán

    1990-01-01

    Full Text Available Se formaron películas delgadas de sulfuro cuproso (CU2S topotaxialmente sobre películas delgadas de sulfuro de cadmio (CdS mediante una reacción de intercambio de iones de Cu (I provenientes de una solución de CuCI con Iones de Cd (lI de la red de sulfuro de cadmio. Dos tipos diferentes de soluciones de CuCI fueron investigados y los resultados experimentales se evaluaron por medio de medidas de la característica corriente- voltaje (I-V de las celdas solares de CU2 S/CdS obtenidas. Eficiencias de conversión de 4.5% se lograron con dichas celdas solares.

  6. Interculturalidad, cine y enseñanza de español: propuesta didáctica para el visionado de películas en la Secundaria

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    Santiago Bretanha Freitas

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo tiene por objetivo trazar un panorama de las principales reflexiones acerca de la didáctica intercultural para el trabajo con cine en las clases de español (E, bien como, en segundo plano, esbozar una propuesta didáctica para el visionado de películas en las clases de lengua española de la enseñanza secundaria, tomando por referencia el enfoque por tareas y la enseñanza de E como Segunda Lengua (E/L2. Para tanto, nos hemos fundamentado teóricamente en la perspectiva de la interculturalidad crítica y de la didáctica intercultural (CANDAU, 2012; WALSH, 2010; STREET, 2007, en los referenciales sobre los Temas Transversales (BRASIL, 1997, en las investigaciones sobre el abordaje de las relaciones de género, de sexualidad y de cuerpo en la escuela (LOURO, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2010, bien como en los estudios acerca del trabajo con cine en el aula de idiomas (AMBRÓS; BREU, 2007; MANZANERA, 2013. Dicha propuesta está organizada en un proyecto de enseñanza de treinta horas dirigido al alumnado de los Cursos Técnico Integrado en edificaciones del IFSul - campus Yaguarón (RS/BR, frontera con Río Branco (CL/UY; la propuesta está pensada para el nivel B1.

  7. Representación de género. Las películas españolas contemporáneas de adolescentes (2009-2014 

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    C Álvarez-Hernández

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. El presente estudio partió de los múltiples informes sobre los elevados índices de Desigualdad de Género en nuestra sociedad y de la gran influencia del relato audiovisual para la configuración de la misma. Nos planteamos si los largometrajes contemporáneos de producción española y de adolescentes reproducían esa imagen de género desigual. Metodología. Se estudió a los protagonistas de las películas más vistas con un elenco de adolescentes de más del 50% entre los años 2009-2014, analizando el número de personajes masculinos y femeninos en ellos y la reproducción de ocho estereotipos de género. Resultados. Los resultados manifestaron la reproducción de una imagen de género desigual, con estereotipos argumentales y de definición de personajes y roles que no hacen sino alimentar la creación y continuación de una imagen colectiva en los espectadores adolescentes sobre cómo son los hombres y las mujeres, contribuyendo a perpetuar la desigualdad de género.

  8. Integration of the blaNDM-1 carbapenemase gene into Proteus genomic island 1 (PGI1-PmPEL) in a Proteus mirabilis clinical isolate.

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    Girlich, Delphine; Dortet, Laurent; Poirel, Laurent; Nordmann, Patrice

    2015-01-01

    To decipher the mechanisms and their associated genetic determinants responsible for β-lactam resistance in a Proteus mirabilis clinical isolate. The entire genetic structure surrounding the β-lactam resistance genes was characterized by PCR, gene walking and DNA sequencing. Genes encoding the carbapenemase NDM-1 and the ESBL VEB-6 were located in a 38.5 kb MDR structure, which itself was inserted into a new variant of the Proteus genomic island 1 (PGI1). This new PGI1-PmPEL variant of 64.4 kb was chromosomally located, as an external circular form in the P. mirabilis isolate, suggesting potential mobility. This is the first known description of the bla(NDM-1) gene in a genomic island structure, which might further enhance the spread of the bla(NDM-1) carbapenemase gene among enteric pathogens. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. Graphene-containing carbon aerogel prepared using polyethyleneimine (PEl)-modified graphene oxide (GO) for supercapacitor: effect of polyethyleneimine-modified GO content.

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    Lee, Yoon Jae; Lee, Joongwon; Kim, Gil-Pyo; Lee, Eo Jin; Yi, Jongheop; Song, In Kyu

    2014-11-01

    Graphene-containing carbon aerogel was prepared by a sol-gel polymerization of resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) method using polyethyleneimine (PEL)-modified chemically exfoliated graphene oxide (GO), and its electrochemical performance as an electrode for supercapacitor was examined. The effect of PEI-modified GO content on the physicochemical and electrochemical properties of graphene-containing carbon aerogel was investigated. For comparison, graphene-free carbon aerogel was also prepared. Among the samples, graphene-containing carbon aerogel prepared using 45 wt% PEI-modified GO solution (CA(45PG)) showed the highest BET surface area (784 m2/g) and the largest pore volume (1.71 cm3/g) with well-developed porous structure. Electrochemical properties of graphene-containing carbon aerogel and graphene-free carbon aerogel electrodes were measured by cyclic voltammetry, charge/discharge test, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 6 M KOH electrolyte. Various electrochemical measurements revealed that CA(45PG) showed the highest specific capacitance (261 F/g), the lowest equivalent series resistance (0.16 Ω), and superior capacitive behavior. It is concluded that PEI-modified GO content served as an important factor determining the physicochemical properties and supercapacitive electrochemical performance of graphene-containing carbon aerogel.

  10. Las películas folclóricas como manifestaciones más características del cine musical en España

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    Inmaculada Sánchez

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available El cine musical producido en España incluye manifestaciones de vanguardia, como las películas de Carlos Saura. Sin embargo, los ejemplos más importantes de este género son los que tienen una finalidad comercial. El cine folclórico de temática andaluza es la manifestación más específica del musical español. En este artículo se establece primero un panorama general de la evolución experimentada por el género cinematográfico musical en España. Luego se analizan los rasgos narrativos más sobresalientes del cine folclórico durante su época de esplendor, entre mediados de los años treinta y principios de los sesenta. Por último, se trata de Pena, penita, pena (Miguel Morayta, 1953, protagonizada por una de las grandes estrellas del musical folclórico, Lola Flores, porque se trata de una coproducción concebida también para el mercado latinoamericano.

  11. Marine Polysaccharides: A Source of Bioactive Molecules for Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering

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    Anne-Marie Fischer

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The therapeutic potential of natural bioactive compounds such as polysaccharides, especially glycosaminoglycans, is now well documented, and this activity combined with natural biodiversity will allow the development of a new generation of therapeutics. Advances in our understanding of the biosynthesis, structure and function of complex glycans from mammalian origin have shown the crucial role of this class of molecules to modulate disease processes and the importance of a deeper knowledge of structure-activity relationships. Marine environment offers a tremendous biodiversity and original polysaccharides have been discovered presenting a great chemical diversity that is largely species specific. The study of the biological properties of the polysaccharides from marine eukaryotes and marine prokaryotes revealed that the polysaccharides from the marine environment could provide a valid alternative to traditional polysaccharides such as glycosaminoglycans. Marine polysaccharides present a real potential for natural product drug discovery and for the delivery of new marine derived products for therapeutic applications.

  12. Gut microbiota fermentation of marine polysaccharides and its effects on intestinal ecology: An overview.

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    Shang, Qingsen; Jiang, Hao; Cai, Chao; Hao, Jiejie; Li, Guoyun; Yu, Guangli

    2018-01-01

    The gut microbiota that resides in the mammalian intestine plays a critical role in host health, nutrition, metabolic and immune homeostasis. As symbiotic bacteria, these microorganisms depend mostly on non-digestible fibers and polysaccharides as energy sources. Dietary polysaccharides that reach the distal gut are fermented by gut microbiota and thus exert a fundamental impact on intestinal ecology. Marine polysaccharides contain a class of dietary fibers that are widely used in food and pharmaceutical industries (e.g., agar and carrageenan). In this regard, insights into fermentation of marine polysaccharides and its effects on intestinal ecology are of vital importance for understanding the beneficial effects of these glycans. Here, in this review, to provide an overlook of current advances and facilitate future studies in this field, we describe and summarize up-to-date findings on how marine polysaccharides are metabolized by gut microbiota and what effects these polysaccharides have on intestinal ecology. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Isolation, structures and bioactivities of the polysaccharides from jujube fruit (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.): A review.

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    Ji, Xiaolong; Peng, Qiang; Yuan, Yuepeng; Shen, Jing; Xie, Xueying; Wang, Min

    2017-07-15

    Jujube (Ziziphus Jujuba Mill.) has been eaten as a fruit and nutraceutical food in China for thousands of years. Recent phytochemical and pharmacological studies have shown that the polysaccharides are one of major biologically active components of the jujube fruit and have various biological effects, including immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antitumor, hepatoprotective, and hypoglycemic activities, and gastrointestinal-protective effects. Although the extraction and purification of jujube polysaccharides are tedious processes, including different steps of liquid- and solid-phase separation, the polysaccharides have been structurally characterized. However, the relationships between the structures and activities of the jujube polysaccharides are not well established. The purpose of the present review is to appraise the previous and current literature on the extraction, purification, structural characterization, and biological activities of jujube polysaccharides. This review should provide a useful bibliography for the further investigation, production, and application of jujube polysaccharides in functional foods and therapeutic agents. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Improvement of antioxidant and moisture-preserving activities of Sargassum horneri polysaccharide enzymatic hydrolyzates.

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    Shao, Ping; Chen, Xiaoxiao; Sun, Peilong

    2015-03-01

    In the previous study, we have found that polysaccharides isolated from Sargassum horneri exhibited bioactivities. The aim of this study was to investigate the antioxidant and moisture-preserving activities of molecular weight alteration of Sargassum horneri polysaccharide in vitro. For this purpose, the homogeneous active polysaccharide SHP was isolated from Sargassum horneri, and response surface methodology was employed to optimize the enzymatic degradation conditions to get SHP-derived fragments with different molecular weight. Results proved that the polysaccharide is capable of scavenging both ABTS and DPPH radicals in vitro. The study revealed that the polysaccharides had strong moisture-absorption and -retention capacities as compared to propanediol and glycerin. Furthermore, these data demonstrated that molecular weight had a certain effect on antioxidant activities and strong moisture-retention capacities of the polysaccharide from Sargassum horneri. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Efeito da aplicação de película de fécula de mandioca na conservação pós-colheita de tomate

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    Damasceno Simone

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar a qualidade e a vida útil pós-colheita de frutos de Tomate (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill utilizando recobrimento com película de fécula de mandioca. Após a seleção os frutos foram mergulhados em suspensões a 2 e 3% de fécula de mandioca, secos ao ar e armazenados em condição ambiente, onde a temperatura e a umidade relativa do período variaram de 16 a 21ºC e 51 a 91%, respectivamente. O experimento foi constituído de dois lotes de frutos, sendo o primeiro o grupo não-destrutivo (avaliação de perda de massa. O segundo lote de frutos, constituiu o grupo destrutivo no qual analisou-se textura, pH e sólidos solúveis totais. Os frutos foram avaliados aos 0, 4, 8, 11, 14, 18 e 22 dias. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, com cinco repetições para o primeiro grupo e três repetições para o grupo destrutivo. Os dados experimentais obtidos foram submetidos à analise de variância e as médias comparadas através do teste de Tukey ao nível de 5% de probabilidade. Os tratamentos não influenciaram significativamente a perda de massa e a textura. Entretanto, os frutos recobertos com película a 3% apresentaram melhor aparência do que os frutos testemunha e com película a 2%. O efeito das películas portanto, não foi prejudicial, apenas estético.

  16. Pertinencia del análisis de la película «Contagio» (2011 en el aprendizaje de la metodología clínica y epidemiológica en medicina

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    Nina MÉNDEZ DOMÍNGUEZ

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Las películas son un recurso didáctico útil que se han empleado ampliamente para facilitar el aprendizaje en las ciencias de la salud y particularmente en medicina. En este estudio se presenta la experiencia del empleo de la película Contagio (2011 en la asignatura de métodos clínicos y epidemiológicos. Objetivo: Identificar si los objetivos de aprendizaje propuestos con la actividad que involucra a la película se cumplen y describir el modo en el que los alumnos expresan los aprendizajes obtenidos y sus percepciones acerca de la actividad. Participantes: Los alumnos del cuarto grado de la carrera de médico cirujano de la Universidad Marista de Mérida. Métodos: Se realizó un análisis de contenido de los ensayos de los alumnos de dos generaciones. Resultados: Después de analizar 96 ensayos se observó que los alumnos lograron comprender mejor la aplicación real de la materia, incorporaron nuevos conceptos y los reforzaron mediante revisiones adicionales, a la vez que obtuvieron una visión amplia sobre la interrelación de la metodología clínica y la epidemiológica. Conclusión: El análisis de la película Contagio es una actividad apropiada y útil para la materia de métodos clínicos y epidemiológicos, de acuerdo a lo expresado por los alumnos y que se cumplieron los objetivos planteados.

  17. Systematic Identification of Cyclic-di-GMP Binding Proteins in Vibrio cholerae Reveals a Novel Class of Cyclic-di-GMP-Binding ATPases Associated with Type II Secretion Systems.

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    Kevin G Roelofs

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    Full Text Available Cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP is a ubiquitous bacterial signaling molecule that regulates a variety of complex processes through a diverse set of c-di-GMP receptor proteins. We have utilized a systematic approach to identify c-di-GMP receptors from the pathogen Vibrio cholerae using the Differential Radial Capillary Action of Ligand Assay (DRaCALA. The DRaCALA screen identified a majority of known c-di-GMP binding proteins in V. cholerae and revealed a novel c-di-GMP binding protein, MshE (VC0405, an ATPase associated with the mannose sensitive hemagglutinin (MSHA type IV pilus. The known c-di-GMP binding proteins identified by DRaCALA include diguanylate cyclases, phosphodiesterases, PilZ domain proteins and transcription factors VpsT and VpsR, indicating that the DRaCALA-based screen of open reading frame libraries is a feasible approach to uncover novel receptors of small molecule ligands. Since MshE lacks the canonical c-di-GMP-binding motifs, a truncation analysis was utilized to locate the c-di-GMP binding activity to the N-terminal T2SSE_N domain. Alignment of MshE homologs revealed candidate conserved residues responsible for c-di-GMP binding. Site-directed mutagenesis of these candidate residues revealed that the Arg9 residue is required for c-di-GMP binding. The ability of c-di-GMP binding to MshE to regulate MSHA dependent processes was evaluated. The R9A allele, in contrast to the wild type MshE, was unable to complement the ΔmshE mutant for the production of extracellular MshA to the cell surface, reduction in flagella swimming motility, attachment to surfaces and formation of biofilms. Testing homologs of MshE for binding to c-di-GMP identified the type II secretion ATPase of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA14_29490 as a c-di-GMP receptor, indicating that type II secretion and type IV pili are both regulated by c-di-GMP.

  18. Controlling the burst release of amorphous drug-polysaccharide nanoparticle complex via crosslinking of the polysaccharide chains.

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    Nguyen, Minh-Hiep; Tran, The-Thien; Hadinoto, Kunn

    2016-07-01

    High-payload amorphous drug-polysaccharide nanoparticle complex (or nanoplex in short) represents a new class of supersaturating drug delivery systems intended for bioavailability enhancement of poorly-soluble drugs. Not unlike other nanoscale amorphous formulations, the nanoplex exhibits fast dissolution characterized by a burst drug release pattern. While the burst release is ideal for supersaturation generation in the presence of crystallization inhibitor, it is not as ideal for passive targeting drug delivery applications in which the nanoplex must be delivered by itself. Herein we developed nanoplex exhibiting controlled release via crosslinking of the polysaccharide chains onto which the drug molecules were electrostatically bound to. Curcumin and chitosan were used, respectively, as the drug and polysaccharide models with amine-reactive disuccinimidyl tartrate as the crosslinking agent. The crosslinked nanoplex exhibited improved morphology (i.e. smaller size, more spherical, and higher uniformity) that signified its more condensed structure. A twenty-fold reduction in the initial burst release rate with a threefold reduction in the overall dissolution rate was obtained after crosslinking. The slower dissolution was attributed to the more condensed structure of the crosslinked nanoplex that enhanced its dissociation stability in phosphate buffered saline. The reduction in the dissolution rate was proportional to the degree of crosslinking that was governed by the crosslinker to amine ratio. The crosslinking caused slight reductions in the payload and zeta potential of the nanoplex, but with no adverse effect on the cytotoxicity. This proof-of-concept study successfully demonstrated the use of polysaccharide crosslinking to control the drug release from high-payload amorphous drug nanoplex. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Metabolic engineering of microbes for oligosaccharide and polysaccharide synthesis

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    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Metabolic engineering has recently been embraced as an effective tool for developing whole-cell biocatalysts for oligosaccharide and polysaccharide synthesis. Microbial catalysts now provide a practical means to derive many valuable oligosaccharides, previously inaccessible through other methods, in sufficient quantities to support research and clinical applications. The synthesis process based upon these microbes is scalable as it avoids expensive starting materials. Most impressive is the high product concentrations (up to 188 g/L achieved through microbe-catalyzed synthesis. The overall cost for selected molecules has been brought to a reasonable range (estimated $ 30–50/g. Microbial synthesis of oligosaccharides and polysaccharides is a carbon-intensive and energy-intensive process, presenting some unique challenges in metabolic engineering. Unlike nicotinamide cofactors, the required sugar nucleotides are products of multiple interacting pathways, adding significant complexity to the metabolic engineering effort. Besides the challenge of providing the necessary mammalian-originated glycosyltransferases in active form, an adequate uptake of sugar acceptors can be an issue when another sugar is necessary as a carbon and energy source. These challenges are analyzed, and various strategies used to overcome these difficulties are reviewed in this article. Despite the impressive success of the microbial coupling strategy, there is a need to develop a single strain that can achieve at least the same efficiency. Host selection and the manner with which the synthesis interacts with the central metabolism are two important factors in the design of microbial catalysts. Additionally, unlike in vitro enzymatic synthesis, product degradation and byproduct formation are challenges of whole-cell systems that require additional engineering. A systematic approach that accounts for various and often conflicting requirements of the synthesis holds

  20. Productions of Intracellular Melanoidin-decolorizing Enzyme and Extracellular Antitumor Polysaccharide by Coriolus sp. No.20

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    Hayashida, Shinsaku; Watanabe, Yoshio

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    Coriolus sp. No. 20 produced an intracellular enzyme that could decolorize the darkness of melanoidin and 4.04g/liter of extracellular polysaccharide in the medium containing 10 % glucose and 1 % ammonium sulfate as carbon and nitrogen sources. The crude preparation of enzyme decolorized 1 % melanoidin to the extent of 72 %, at pH 1.5, 30℃ as optimal conditions. Maximum production of extracellular polysaccharide was obtained between 15 and 20 days incubation. This polysaccharide consisted of ...

  1. The Pseudomonas aeruginosa PSL polysaccharide is a social but noncheatable trait in biofilms

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    Irie, Yasuhiko; Roberts, Aled E.L.; Kragh, Kasper N.

    2017-01-01

    Extracellular polysaccharides are compounds secreted by microorganisms into the surrounding environment, and they are important for surface attachment and maintaining structural integrity within biofilms. The social nature of many extracellular polysaccharides remains unclear, and it has been...... suggested that they could function as either cooperative public goods or as traits that provide a competitive advantage. Here, we empirically tested the cooperative nature of the PSL polysaccharide, which is crucial for the formation of biofilms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We show that (i) PSL...

  2. An Inhibitor-Based Method To Measure Initial Decomposition of Naturally Occurring Polysaccharides in Sediments

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    Boschker, H.; Bertilsson, S. A.; DEKKERS, E.; Cappenberg, T.E.

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    A method that can be used to measure the initial decomposition rates of polysaccharides in sediment samples was developed. It uses toluene to specifically inhibit microbial uptake of carbohydrates without affecting extracellular hydrolysis of polysaccharides. Accumulating carbohydrates were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. Field-sampled litter from the common reed (Phragmites australis), which contains cellulose and arabinoxylan as its main polysaccharides, was used as a ...

  3. Structural characteristics of polysaccharides that induce protection against intra-abdominal abscess formation.

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    Tzianabos, A O; Onderdonk, A B; Zaleznik, D F; Smith, R S; Kasper, D L

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    Bacteroides fragilis is the anaerobe most commonly isolated from clinical cases of intra-abdominal sepsis. In a rodent model of this disease process, intraperitoneal injection of the capsular polysaccharide complex (CPC) from B. fragilis provokes abscess formation, while subcutaneous administration of this complex confers protection against B. fragilis-induced intra-abdominal abscesses. The CPC consists of two discrete polysaccharides, polysaccharides A and B (PS A and PS B), each possessing ...

  4. Some Physical Properties of Protein Moiety of Alkali-Extracted Tea Polysaccharide Conjugates Were Shielded by Its Polysaccharide

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    Xiaoqiang Chen

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    Full Text Available Polysaccharide conjugates were alkali-extracted from green tea (TPC-A. Although it contained 11.80% covalently binding proteins, TPC-A could not bind to the Coomassie Brilliant Blue dyes G250 and R250. TPC-A had no expected characteristic absorption peak of protein in the UV-vis spectrum scanning in the range of 200–700 nm. The UV-vis wavelength of 280 nm was not suitable to detect the presence of the protein portion of TPC-A. The zeta potential of TPC-A merely presented the negative charge properties of polysaccharides instead of the acid–base property of its protein section across the entire pH range. Furthermore, TPC-A was more stable when the pH of solution exceeded 4.0. In addition, no precipitation or haze was generated in the TPC-A/(−-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG mixtures during 12 h storage. TPC-A has emulsifying activity, which indicated that its protein moiety formed hydrophobic groups. Thus, it was proposed that some physical properties of TPC-A protein were shielded by its olysaccharide, since the protein moiety was wrapped by its polysaccharide chains.

  5. The Cyclic AMP-Vfr Signaling Pathway in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Is Inhibited by Cyclic Di-GMP

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    Almblad, Henrik; Harrison, Joe J; Rybtke, Morten

    2015-01-01

    as a direct result of elevated c-di-GMP content. Overproduction of c-di-GMP causes a decrease in the transcription of virulence factor genes that are regulated by the global virulence regulator Vfr. The low level of Vfr-dependent transcription is caused by a low level of its coactivator, cyclic AMP (cAMP...... infection give rise to rugose small colony variants (RSCVs), which are hyper-biofilm-forming mutants that commonly possess mutations that increase production of the biofilm-promoting secondary messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP). We show that RSCVs display a decreased production of acute virulence factors......), which is decreased in response to a high level of c-di-GMP. Mutations that cause reversion of the RSCV phenotype concomitantly reactivate Vfr-cAMP signaling. Attempts to uncover the mechanism underlying the observed c-di-GMP-mediated lowering of cAMP content provided evidence that it is not caused...

  6. The structure of mushroom polysaccharides and their beneficial role in health.

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    Huang, Xiaojun; Nie, Shaoping

    2015-10-01

    Mushroom is a kind of fungus that has been popular for its special flavour and renowned biological values. The polysaccharide contained in mushroom is regarded as one of the primary bioactive constituents and is beneficial for health. The structural features and bioactivities of mushroom polysaccharides have been studied extensively. It is believed that the diverse biological bioactivities of polysaccharides are closely related to their structure or conformation properties. In this review, the structural characteristics, conformational features and bioactivities of several mushroom polysaccharides are summarized, and their beneficial mechanisms and the relationships between their structure and bioactivities are also discussed.

  7. Capsular Polysaccharide Expression in Commensal Streptococcus Species: Genetic and Antigenic Similarities to Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Skov Sørensen, Uffe B; Yao, Kaihu; Yang, Yonghong; Tettelin, Hervé; Kilian, Mogens

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    Expression of a capsular polysaccharide is considered a hallmark of most invasive species of bacteria, including Streptococcus pneumoniae, in which the capsule is among the principal virulence factors...

  8. Scutellaria polysaccharide inhibits the infectivity of Newcastle disease virus to chicken embryo fibroblast.

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    Xiaona, Zhao; Jianzhu, Liu

    2014-03-15

    To select the antiviral active site of Scutellaria polysaccharide (SPS), safe concentrations of crude total Scutellaria polysaccharide (SPS(t)) and fractional polysaccharide SPS₅₀, SPS₆₀, SPS₇₀ and SPS₈₀ on chicken embryo fibroblast (CEF) were first compared using the MTT method. Then, SPS(t), SPS₅₀, SPS₆₀, SPS₇₀, and SPS₈₀ at five concentrations within the safe concentration, together with Newcastle disease virus (NDV), were added to the cultivating system of CEF in three models: pre-addition of polysaccharide, post-addition of polysaccharide, and simultaneous addition of polysaccharides and NDV after mixing. The effects of SPS on the cellular infectivity of NDV (A₅₇₀ value and the highest viral inhibitory rate) were compared using the MTT method. At appropriate concentrations, the five polysaccharides could significantly inhibit the infectivity of NDV on CEF. Among the five polysaccharide groups, the SPS₈₀ group exhibited the highest viral inhibitory rate in the three sample-addition modes. This finding indicates that SPS₈₀ possesses the best efficacy as a component of antiviral polysaccharide drug. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry.

  9. Activation of intrinsic apoptotic signaling pathway in cancer cells by Cymbopogon citratus polysaccharide fractions.

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    Thangam, Ramar; Sathuvan, Malairaj; Poongodi, Arasu; Suresh, Veeraperumal; Pazhanichamy, Kalailingam; Sivasubramanian, Srinivasan; Kanipandian, Nagarajan; Ganesan, Nalini; Rengasamy, Ramasamy; Thirumurugan, Ramasamy; Kannan, Soundarapandian

    2014-07-17

    Essential oils of Cymbopogon citratus were already reported to have wide ranging medical and industrial applications. However, information on polysaccharides from the plant and their anticancer activities are limited. In the present study, polysaccharides from C. citratus were extracted and fractionated by anion exchange and gel filtration chromatography. Two different polysaccharide fractions such as F1 and F2 were obtained, and these fractions were found to have distinct acidic polysaccharides as characterized by their molecular weight and sugar content. NMR spectral analysis revealed the presence of (1→4) linked b-d-Xylofuranose moiety in these polysaccharides. Using these polysaccharide fractions F1 and F2, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities were evaluated against cancer cells in vitro and the mechanism of action of the polysaccharides in inducing apoptosis in cancer cells via intrinsic pathway was also proposed. Two different reproductive cancer cells such as Siha and LNCap were employed for in vitro studies on cytotoxicity, induction of apoptosis and apoptotic DNA fragmentation, changes in mitochondrial membrane potential, and profiles of gene and protein expression in response to treatment of cells by the polysaccharide fractions. These polysaccharide fractions exhibited potential cytotoxic and apoptotic effects on carcinoma cells, and they induced apoptosis in these cells through the events of up-regulation of caspase 3, down-regulation of bcl-2 family genes followed by cytochrome c release. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Marine polysaccharide-based nanomaterials as a novel source of nanobiotechnological applications.

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    Manivasagan, Panchanathan; Oh, Junghwan

    2016-01-01

    Research on marine polysaccharide-based nanomaterials is emerging in nanobiotechnological fields such as drug delivery, gene delivery, tissue engineering, cancer therapy, wound dressing, biosensors, and water treatment. Important properties of the marine polysaccharides include biocompatibility, biodegradability, nontoxicity, low cost, and abundance. Most of the marine polysaccharides are derived from natural sources such as fucoidan, alginates, carrageenan, agarose, porphyran, ulvan, mauran, chitin, chitosan, and chitooligosaccharide. Marine polysaccharides are very important biological macromolecules that widely exist in marine organisms. Marine polysaccharides exhibit a vast variety of structures and are still under-exploited and thus should be considered as a novel source of natural products for drug discovery. An enormous variety of polysaccharides can be extracted from marine organisms such as algae, crustaceans, and microorganisms. Marine polysaccharides have been shown to have a variety of biological and biomedical properties. Recently, research and development of marine polysaccharide-based nanomaterials have received considerable attention as one of the major resources for nanotechnological applications. This review highlights the recent research on marine polysaccharide-based nanomaterials for biotechnological and biomedical applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Method to conjugate polysaccharide antigens to surfaces for the detection of antibodies

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    Boas, Ulrik; Lind, Peter; Riber, Ulla

    2014-01-01

    A new generic method for the conjugation of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-derived polysaccharide antigens from gram-negative bacteria has been developed using Salmonella as a model. After removal of lipid A from the LPS by mild acidolysis, the polysaccharide antigen was conjugated to polystyrene...... against Salmonella typhimurium and Salmonella dublin. The presented method was compared with a similar method for conjugation of Salmonella polysaccharide antigens to surfaces. Here, the new method showed higher antigen coupling efficiency by detecting low concentrations of antibodies. Furthermore......, the polysaccharide-conjugated beads showed preserved bioactivity after 1 year of use....

  12. Competitive Adsorption of Plasma Proteins on Polysaccharide-Modified Silicon Surfaces

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    Ombelli, Michela; Costello, Lauren B; Meng, Qing C; Composto, Russell J; Eckmann, David M

    2005-01-01

    .... Polysaccharides are the main components of the endothelial cell glycocalyx and have the ability to reduce nonspecific protein adsorption and cell adhesion and, therefore, are generally coupled...

  13. Composition and properties of biologically active pectic polysaccharides from leek (Allium porrum).

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    Kratchanova, Maria; Nikolova, Mariana; Pavlova, Elena; Yanakieva, Irina; Kussovski, Veselin

    2010-09-01

    Leek (Allium porrum) is very commonly used vegetable in Bulgaria and is distinctive with high content of bioactive components. Previously we obtained five crude pectic polysaccharides from leek through consecutive extraction. Some of them appeared to be good stimulators of the immune system. Schols and Voragen investigated the composition of modified hairy regions of pectic polysaccharides isolated from leek cell walls. Samuelson et al. identified the polysaccharide structures encountered in hairy regions as bioactive. The aim of this work was to study the isolation, composition and biological activities of pectic polysaccharides from leek. Two pectic polysaccharides from leek were isolated through consecutive water and acid extraction. The water extractable pectin had higher polyuronic content, higher protein content and lower neutral sugar content. It was found that next to galacturonic acid they also contain glucuronic acid in ratio 9:1 for the water- and 3:1 for the acid-extractable polysaccharide. The main neutral sugar was galactose. The water-extractable pectic polysaccharide had higher molecular weight (10(6) Da) and homogeneity. It was shown that the pectic polysaccharides from leek have considerable immunostimulating activities. Leek polysaccharides have relatively high galacturonic and glucuronic acid content and are distinguished with high biological activity. Copyright 2010 Society of Chemical Industry.

  14. Elaboration in type, primary structure, and bioactivity of polysaccharides derived from mollusks.

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    Wang, Ling Chong; Di, Liu Qing; Li, Jun Song; Hu, Li Hong; Cheng, Jian Ming; Wu, Hao

    2017-10-17

    Over the past decades, numerous Mollusca species have received more attention in development and utilization as valuable bio-resources. Many efforts have been focused on investigating mollusk polysaccharides because of their rich content, ease of extraction, diversified sorts, specific structure, various biofunctions and potent activities. To date, many mollusks, especially species of gastropods, bivalves, or cephalopods, have been reported containing polysaccharide compounds in tissues with abundant amount, and most of polysaccharides are obtainable through combining techniques of extraction, separation and purification. The polysaccharides isolated from mollusks appeared with various structural and physicochemical characteristics, ranged from neutral polysaccharides and sulfated polysaccharides, to GAGs series (including Hep/HS, CS/DS, HA and similarities), even to heterogeneous glycan with high molecular weight. This review article provides comprehensive knowledge of recent researches on type classification, tissue origins and possible biofunctions of various polysaccharides from mollusks. The highlights were placed in structure variation including molecular weight, sulfation pattern, linkages and monomer compositions for repeating unit, and primary molecular construction of the mollusks polysaccharides. In addition, this article covers general information on exhibition of mollusks polysaccharide extracts or preparations in the various bioactivities, such as anticoagulant, antiatherogenic, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, antivirus and antitumor activities, which would reveal their possible potentials in medical application. Furthermore, the article presents a brief overview on several challenges and future scope in this field.

  15. Screening of natural polysaccharides extracted from the fruits of Pithecellobium dulce as a pharmaceutical adjuvant.

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    S, Preethi; A, Mary Saral

    2016-11-01

    Polysaccharides were extracted from the dried fruiting bodies of Pithecellobium dulce with 20% ethanol by microwave-assisted extraction. The polysaccharides were isolated by ion exchange chromatography and afford three water-soluble polysaccharides PDP-1, PDP-2, and PDP-3. These isolated compounds were subjected to acid hydrolysis, methylation, IR and GC-MS for its compositional analysis and revealed that all the three fractions are heteropolysaccharides. PDP-1 was found to be composed of xylose, mannose, galactose and Rhamnose. PDP-2 and PDP-3 composed of xylose, Rhamnose, glucose, ribose, galactose, and mannose. The micromeretic properties of the extracted polysaccharides possessed a bulk density of 0.69g/ml, 0.65g/ml and 0.71g/ml for PDP-1, PDP-2, and PDP-3 respectively. The Hausner's ratio and Carr's index confirm the good flow property and compressibility of the polysaccharides. The polysaccharides extracted from Pithecellobium dulce fruits were tested for its application as a pharmaceutical adjuvant. The in vitro drug release study suggests that the extracted polysaccharides are potential candidates as a pharmaceutical adjuvant. Furthermore, the three isolated polysaccharides were subjected to its radical scavenging activity using DPPH, phospho molybdenum assay and reducing power assay. The results exhibited that the polysaccharides can be explored as a novel natural antioxidant and can be recommended as a functional food. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. [Relativity among starch quantity, polysaccharides content and total alkaloid content of Dendrobium loddigesii].

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    Zhu, Hua; Teng, Jianbei; Cai, Yi; Liang, Jie; Zhu, Yilin; Wei, Tao

    2011-12-01

    To find out the relativity among starch quantity, polysaccharides content and total alkaloid content of Dendrobium loddigesii. Microscopy-counting process was applied to starch quantity statistics, sulfuric acid-anthrone colorimetry was used to assay polysaccharides content and bromocresol green colorimetry was used to assay alkaloid content. Pearson product moment correlation analysis, Kendall's rank correlation analysis and Spearman's concordance coefficient analysis were applied to study their relativity. Extremely significant positive correlation was found between starch quantity and polysaccharides content, and significant negative correlation between alkaloid content and starch quantity was discovered, as well was between alkaloid content and polysaccharides content.

  17. Occurrence of Cyclic di-GMP-Modulating Output Domains in Cyanobacteria: an Illuminating Perspective

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    Agostoni, Marco; Koestler, Benjamin J.; Waters, Christopher M.; Williams, Barry L.; Montgomery, Beronda L.

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Microorganisms use a variety of metabolites to respond to external stimuli, including second messengers that amplify primary signals and elicit biochemical changes in a cell. Levels of the second messenger cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP) are regulated by a variety of environmental stimuli and play a critical role in regulating cellular processes such as biofilm formation and cellular motility. Cyclic di-GMP signaling systems have been largely characterized in pathogenic bacteria; however, proteins that can impact the synthesis or degradation of c-di-GMP are prominent in cyanobacterial species and yet remain largely underexplored. In cyanobacteria, many putative c-di-GMP synthesis or degradation domains are found in genes that also harbor light-responsive signal input domains, suggesting that light is an important signal for altering c-di-GMP homeostasis. Indeed, c-di-GMP-associated domains are often the second most common output domain in photoreceptors—outnumbered only by a histidine kinase output domain. Cyanobacteria differ from other bacteria regarding the number and types of photoreceptor domains associated with c-di-GMP domains. Due to the widespread distribution of c-di-GMP domains in cyanobacteria, we investigated the evolutionary origin of a subset of genes. Phylogenetic analyses showed that c-di-GMP signaling systems were present early in cyanobacteria and c-di-GMP genes were both vertically and horizontally inherited during their evolution. Finally, we compared intracellular levels of c-di-GMP in two cyanobacterial species under different light qualities, confirming that light is an important factor for regulating this second messenger in vivo. PMID:23943760

  18. Analytical Model for Electronic Transport in Semiconductor Thin Films Modelo analítico para el transporte electrónico en películas delgadas semiconductoras

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    M Torres-Luengo

    2013-11-01

    ás, la teoría de tunelamiento cuántico de portadores a través de la barrera de potencial. Dado que la estructura de las películas delgadas de trióxido de Molibdeno (MoO3 obtenidas por atomización pirolítica es de tipo granular y de tamaño nanométrico, el modelo analítico explica el comportamiento de la característica Corriente - Voltaje (I-V de las películas. 

  19. Efecto de la temperatura sobre películas de un aislado proteico del suero bovino (WPI adsorbidas sobre la interfase aceite-agua

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    Rodríguez Patino, Juan M.

    2002-09-01

    ómetro dinámico de gota, en unión de la observación microscópica y posterior análisis de la imagen de una gota que tiene adsorbida a la proteína sobre su superficie. Las variables estudiadas fueron la temperatura (en el intervalo comprendido entre 20 y 80 ºC y la concentración de proteína en el seno de la fase acuosa (en el intervalo comprendido entre 1.10-1 y 1.10-5% en peso. Durante el tratamiento térmico, (a la película de WPI presenta un comportamiento viscoelástico, con un ángulo de fase distinto de cero, (b se incrementa el carácter elástico de la interfase, (c se produce un incremento del módulo dilatacional superficial (E y (d una disminución de la tensión interfacial. La variación de E con el tiempo puede cuantificarse mediante ecuaciones de primer orden que pueden relacionarse con dos mecanismos cinéticos, asociados con la gelificación de WPI sobre la interfase aceite-agua. El tratamiento térmico produce cambios irreversibles en la película de WPI adsorbida sobre la interfase. Se han observado cambios significativos en las características interfaciales y en la imagen de la gota a concentraciones de proteína tan bajas como 1.10-5% en peso.

  20. PLAYHIST: Jugando con la Historia. Transformación de película interactiva en juego histórico para el aprendizaje

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    Pablo Aguirrezabal

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    Full Text Available Dentro de los espacios museísticos y centros de interpretación, una de cuyas funciones principales es la preservación y divulgación de los recursos históricos, es importante conectar con el público visitante con unas formas de comunicación modernas, accesibles, interesantes y con las que esté familiarizado. Con este objetivo, la introducción de nuevas tecnologías que faciliten las tareas de ilustrar, enseñar, interesar al visitante es clave. A través del experimento PLAYHIST, Tecnalia pretende la transformación de una película interactiva sobre la Antigua Grecia en un juego serio histórico multijugador, que sobre el mismo entorno del Tholos en el Hellenic Cosmos de Atenas (Grecia, tratará de demostrar que el aprendizaje por parte de los visitantes en museos y centros culturales puede incrementarse a través de la introducción del concepto de gamificación de los contenidos históricos. Dentro de este experimento se definirán una serie de métricas que afectan tanto al servicio, como a la experiencia de usuario y el aprendizaje. Estas métricas se recogerán tanto con los componentes software del juego como a través de cuestionarios a los propios visitantes. El análisis posterior de los datos recogidos dará una pista sobre si el concepto de “Learning by playing” es válido en este tipo de centros culturales.

  1. Degeneração marginal pelúcida da córnea: diagnóstico e tratamento Pellucid marginal degeneration: diagnosis and treatment

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    Rafael Vidal Mérula

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A degeneração marginal pelúcida da córnea caracteriza-se por afilamento estromal progressivo do segmento inferior da córnea, estendendo-se na posição de 4 horas às 8 horas, em forma de crescente. A área de adelgaçamento corneal mede entre 1 mm e 2 mm de largura e é separada do limbo corneoescleral por uma área de tecido corneal normal. Como no ceratocone, o tratamento inicial consiste na correção óptica com óculos ou lentes de contato rígidas. Entretanto, quando a doença apresenta-se em estágio avançado, inviabiliza-se a correção visual por meio de recursos ópticos, sendo necessária a utilização de procedimentos cirúrgicos, como a ressecção em cunha, ressecção lamelar em crescente, a ceratoplastia penetrante, a ceratoplastia lamelar, epiceratoplastia, e mais recentemente os implantes de anéis corneais intra-estromais.Pellucid marginal degeneration is characterized by a progressive stromal thinning of the inferior corneal segment, between 4 and 8 o'clock, with a crescentic shape. The area of corneal thinning has a width of about 1 to 2 mm, and it is separated from the corneoscleral limbus by an area of normal corneal tissue. The initial treatment consists of optical correction. However, when the disease progresses to advanced stages, surgical procedures are necessary such as wedge resection, lamellar crescentic resection, penetrating keratoplasty, lamellar keratoplasty, epikeratoplasty and, recently, intracorneal segments.

  2. El cine como laboratorio en el aula: una revisión semiótica de la película La lengua de las mariposas

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    Otto Roberto Yela Fernández

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available El estudio aborda el cine como recurso para la reconstrucción de pro- cesos históricos a partir de la hermenéutica audiovisual barthesiana, con la finalidad de ser utilizado en la educación universitaria de materias referentes al tema. Se ha queri- do delimitar de manera histórica y geográfica el área a trabajar, a una película, «La len- gua de las mariposas» (España, 1999, en el contexto de la Guerra Civil Española, por tratarse del hecho histórico más importante del siglo XX para este país. Se hizo una investigación fílmica cualitativa con base en los postulados teórico-metodológicos pro- puestos por Roland Barthes, que tienen que ver con la subdivisión del filme a partir de unidades significantes soporte-morfema (SM, para luego establecer los recorridos de significación por medio de la agrupación de estas unidades en Lexias significantes. Luego se analizó el espacio fílmico a partir de los 5 códigos de significación barthesia- nos: Hermenéutico, proairético, sémico, simbólico y cultural o referencial. Palabras clave: Cine, Guerra civil española, Semiótica, Educación, Motivación. 

  3. Comportamiento de películas delgadas de níquel y óxido de níquel en NaCl al 3 %

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    Magaña, C. R.

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to study the behaviour of both: a nickel thin film deposited on steel AISI 1018 (UNS G 10180 and a superior nickel oxide electrochemically obtained on the film; with the purpose of decreasing the corrosion rate of low carbon steel immersed in a solution of NaCl 3% wt, thus efficient anticorrosive protection could be obtained. Two film deposition techniques were used: electrochemical and magnetron DC sputtering; and the protective properties of deposited films exposed to the aggressive media, were evaluated. The characterization of different films was carried out by using electrochemical techniques: polarization curves and electrochemical impedance.

    Este trabajo se enfoca al comportamiento que presenta una película delgada de níquel depositada sobre acero al carbón AISI 1018 (UNS G 10180 y un óxido superior del mismo níquel, con el propósito de disminuir la velocidad de corrosión del acero cuando se expone a una solución de NaCl al 3 % y obtener así una protección anticorrosiva alternativa eficaz. En este trabajo se comparan dos técnicas de depósito: electroquímico y decapado catódico o Magnetron DC Sputtering, y se evalúa la protección a la corrosión de cada depósito frente al medio agresivo. La caracterización de los diferentes depósitos se realizó a través de técnicas electroquímicas, (curvas de polarización y espectroscopia de impedancia.

  4. Propriedades físicas de painéis aglomerados de madeira produzidos com adição de película de polipropileno biorientado

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    Laurenn B. de Macedo

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available No Brasil, as últimas décadas foram marcadas pela crescente produção de paineis de madeira seguida pelo aumento do consumo nacional; isto descreve o quão promissora é a área devido à sua grande potencialidade quanto ao desenvolvimento de novos produtos e tecnologias; como exemplo disto existe a possibilidade de mistura entre materiais lignocelulósicos e os diversos resíduos produzidos pela sociedade. Entre tais resíduos o plástico é o que apresenta maior abundância nos descartes domésticos. Neste contexto, o presente trabalho objetivou determinar propriedades físicas de paineis aglomerados homogêneos confeccionados com partículas de madeira de Eucalyptus sp e Pinus sp e de embalagens de película de polipropileno biorientado tendo, como adesivo, a resina poliuretana à base de óleo de mamona. Foram avaliadas as propriedades: inchamento em espessura e absorção de água, com corpo de prova com e sem impermeabilização, e massa específica. Concluiu-se que, dos fatores investigados, apenas o uso do impermeabilizante foi significativo. De acordo com a ANSI A208.1 (ANS, 1999 os paineis produzidos são classificados como de alta massa específica (H. Relativamente ao inchamento em espessura por 2 h, os paineis atenderam ao exigido pela NBR 14810 (ABNT, 2013 para espessura de 8 a 13 mm.

  5. Polysaccharide-based aerogel microspheres for oral drug delivery.

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    García-González, C A; Jin, M; Gerth, J; Alvarez-Lorenzo, C; Smirnova, I

    2015-03-06

    Polysaccharide-based aerogels in the form of microspheres were investigated as carriers of poorly water soluble drugs for oral administration. These bio-based carriers may combine the biocompatibility of polysaccharides and the enhanced drug loading capacity of dry aerogels. Aerogel microspheres from starch, pectin and alginate were loaded with ketoprofen (anti-inflammatory drug) and benzoic acid (used in the management of urea cycle disorders) via supercritical CO2-assisted adsorption. Amount of drug loaded depended on the aerogel matrix structure and composition and reached values up to 1.0×10(-3) and 1.7×10(-3) g/m(2) for ketoprofen and benzoic acid in starch microspheres. After impregnation, drugs were in the amorphous state in the aerogel microspheres. Release behavior was evaluated in different pH media (pH 1.2 and 6.8). Controlled drug release from pectin and alginate aerogel microspheres fitted Gallagher-Corrigan release model (R(2)>0.99 in both cases), with different relative contribution of erosion and diffusion mechanisms depending on the matrix composition. Release from starch aerogel microspheres was driven by dissolution, fitting the first-order kinetics due to the rigid starch aerogel structure, and showed different release rate constant (k1) depending on the drug (0.075 and 0.160 min(-1) for ketoprofen and benzoic acid, respectively). Overall, the results point out the possibilities of tuning drug loading and release by carefully choosing the polysaccharide used to prepare the aerogels. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Direct Measurement of Forces Between Linear Polysaccharides Xanthan and Schizophyllan

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    Rau, Donald C.; Parsegian, V. Adrian

    1990-09-01

    Direct osmotic stress measurements have been made of forces between helices of xanthan, an industrially important charged polysaccharide. Exponentially decaying hydration forces, much like those already measured between lipid bilayer membranes or DNA double helices, dominate the interactions at close separation. Interactions between uncharged schizophyllans also show the same kind of hydration force seen between xanthans. In addition to the practical possibilities for modifying solution and suspension properties through recognition and control of molecular forces, there is now finally the opportunity for theorists to relate macroscopic properties of a polymer solution to the microscopic properties that underlie them.

  7. Nonstarch polysaccharides in wheat flour wire-cut cookie making.

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    Guttieri, Mary J; Souza, Edward J; Sneller, Clay

    2008-11-26

    Nonstarch polysaccharides in wheat flour have significant capacity to affect the processing quality of wheat flour dough and the finished quality of wheat flour products. Most research has focused on the effects of arabinoxylans (AX) in bread making. This study found that water-extractable AX and arabinogalactan peptides can predict variation in pastry wheat quality as captured by the wire-cut cookie model system. The sum of water-extractable AX plus arabinogalactan was highly predictive of cookie spread factor. The combination of cookie spread factor and the ratio of water-extractable arabinose to xylose predicted peak force of the three-point bend test of cookie texture.

  8. Medicinal benefits of sulfated polysaccharides from sea vegetables.

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    Kim, Se-Kwon; Li, Yong-Xin

    2011-01-01

    The cell walls of sea vegetables or marine algae are rich in sulfated polysaccharides (SPs) such as fucoidans in brown algae, carrageenans in red algae, and ulvans in green algae. These SPs exhibit various biological activities such as anticoagulant, antiviral, antioxidative, and anticancer activities with potential health benefits. Therefore, SPs derived from sea vegetables have great potential in further development as nutraceuticals and medicinal foods. This chapter presents an overview of biological activities and potential medicinal benefits of SPs derived from sea vegetables. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Radical scavenging activity of crude polysaccharides from Camellia sinensis

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    Yang Fan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A preparation of crude polysaccharides (TPS was isolated from Camellia sinensis by precipitation and ultrafiltration. TPS1, TPS2, and TPS3 had molecular weights of 240, 21.4, and 2.46 kDa, respectively. The radical scavenging activities of TPS were evaluated by DPPH free radical, hydroxyl radical and superoxide radical scavenging. These results revealed that TPS exhibited strong radical scavenging activity in a concentration-dependent manner. TPS3 with lowest molecular weight showed a higher radical scavenging activity.

  10. Utilization of Glycosyltransferases for the Synthesis of a Densely Packed Hyperbranched Polysaccharide Brush Coating as Artificial Glycocalyx

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    van der Vlist, Jeroen; Schonen, Iris; Loos, Katja; Schönen, Iris

    2011-01-01

    Densely packed polysaccharide brushes consisting of alpha-D-glucose residues were grafted from modified silicon substrates. Potato phosphorylase was herein used to grow linear polysaccharide chains from silicon tethered maltoheptaose oligosaccharides using glucose-1-phosphate as donor substrate. The

  11. A comparative study on the activity of fungal lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases for the depolymerization of cellulose in soybean spent flakes

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    Pierce, Brian; Wittrup Agger, Jane; Zhang, Zhenghong

    2017-01-01

    Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are copper-dependent enzymes capable of the oxidative breakdown of polysaccharides. They are of industrial interest due to their ability to enhance the enzymatic depolymerization of recalcitrant substrates by glycoside hydrolases. In this paper, twenty-...

  12. [Antigenic polysaccharides of bacteria: 41. Structures of the O-specific polysaccharides of Shigella dysenteriae types 4 and 5 revised by NMR spectroscopy].

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    Perepelov, A V; Senchenkova, S N; Shashkov, A S; Knirel', Iu A; Liu, B; Feng, L; Wang, L

    2008-01-01

    The earlier established structures of the acidic O-specific polysaccharides from two typical strains of the Shigella dysenteriae bacterium were revised using modern NMR spectroscopy techniques. In particular, the configurations of the glycosidic linkages of GlcNAc (S. dysenteriae type 4) and mannose (S. dysenteriae type 5) residues were corrected. In addition, the location of the sites of nonstoichiometric O-acetylation in S. dysenteriae type 4 was determined: the lateral fucose residue was shown to be occasionally O-acetylated; also, the position of the O-acetyl group present at the stoichiometric quantity in S. dysenteriae type 5 was corrected. The revised structures of the polysaccharides studied are shown below. The known identity of the O-specific polysaccharide structures of S. dysenteriae type 5 and Escherichia coli O58 was confirmed by 13C NMR spectroscopy and, hence, the structure of the E. coli O58 polysaccharide should be revised in the same manner. [Formula: see text].

  13. [Gravity resistance, another graviresponse in plants--function of anti-gravitational polysaccharides].

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    Hoson, Takayuki; Wakabayashi, Kazuyuki; Soga, Kouichi

    2003-08-01

    The involvement of anti-gravitational polysaccharides in gravity resistance, one of two major gravity responses in plants, was discussed. In dicotyledons, xyloglucans are the only cell wall polysaccharides, whose level, molecular size, and metabolic turnover were modified under both hypergravity and microgravity conditions, suggesting that xyloglucans act as anti-gravitational polysaccharides. In monocotyledonous Poaceae, (1-->3),(1-->4)-beta glucans, instead of xyloglucans, were shown to play a role as anti-gravitational polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are also involved in plant responses to other environmental factors, such as light and temperature, and to some phytohormones, such as auxin and ethylene. Thus, the type of anti-gravitational polysaccharides is different between dicotyledons and Poaceae, but such polysaccharides are universally involved in plant responses to environmental and hormonal signals. In gravity resistance, the gravity signal may be received by the plasma membrane mechanoreceptors, transformed and transduced within each cell, and then may modify the processes of synthesis and secretion of the anti-gravitational polysaccharides and the cell wall enzymes responsible for their degradation, as well as the apoplastic pH, leading to the cell wall reinforcement. A series of events inducing gravity resistance are quite independent of those leading to gravitropism.

  14. Characterisation of antioxidant and antiproliferative acidic polysaccharides from Chinese wolfberry fruits

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    He, N.W.; Yang, X.B.; Jiao, Y.D.; Tian, L.; Zhao, Y.

    2012-01-01

    Wolfberry fruit polysaccharides (WFPs) were isolated by hot-water extraction and ethanol precipitation. With HPLC analysis, WFPs were for the first time identified as acidic polysaccharides with galacturonic acid being the main component monosaccharide (24.9%), followed by galactose (21.3%),

  15. Targeted and non-targeted effects in cell wall polysaccharides from transgenetically modified potato tubers

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    Huang, J.H.

    2016-01-01

    The plant cell wall is a chemically complex network composed mainly of polysaccharides. Cell wall polysaccharides surround and protect plant cells and are responsible for the stability and rigidity of plant tissue. Pectin is a major component of primary cell wall and the middle lamella of plants.

  16. Polysaccharides Isolated from Açaí Fruit Induce Innate Immune Responses

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    Holderness, Jeff; Schepetkin, Igor A.; Freedman, Brett; Kirpotina, Liliya N.; Quinn, Mark T.; Hedges, Jodi F.; Jutila, Mark A.

    2011-01-01

    The Açaí (Acai) fruit is a popular nutritional supplement that purportedly enhances immune system function. These anecdotal claims are supported by limited studies describing immune responses to the Acai polyphenol fraction. Previously, we characterized γδ T cell responses to both polyphenol and polysaccharide fractions from several plant-derived nutritional supplements. Similar polyphenol and polysaccharide fractions are found in Acai fruit. Thus, we hypothesized that one or both of these fractions could activate γδ T cells. Contrary to previous reports, we did not identify agonist activity in the polyphenol fraction; however, the Acai polysaccharide fraction induced robust γδ T cell stimulatory activity in human, mouse, and bovine PBMC cultures. To characterize the immune response to Acai polysaccharides, we fractionated the crude polysaccharide preparation and tested these fractions for activity in human PBMC cultures. The largest Acai polysaccharides were the most active in vitro as indicated by activation of myeloid and γδ T cells. When delivered in vivo, Acai polysaccharide induced myeloid cell recruitment and IL-12 production. These results define innate immune responses induced by the polysaccharide component of Acai and have implications for the treatment of asthma and infectious disease. PMID:21386979

  17. Polysaccharides isolated from Açaí fruit induce innate immune responses.

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    Jeff Holderness

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The Açaí (Acai fruit is a popular nutritional supplement that purportedly enhances immune system function. These anecdotal claims are supported by limited studies describing immune responses to the Acai polyphenol fraction. Previously, we characterized γδ T cell responses to both polyphenol and polysaccharide fractions from several plant-derived nutritional supplements. Similar polyphenol and polysaccharide fractions are found in Acai fruit. Thus, we hypothesized that one or both of these fractions could activate γδ T cells. Contrary to previous reports, we did not identify agonist activity in the polyphenol fraction; however, the Acai polysaccharide fraction induced robust γδ T cell stimulatory activity in human, mouse, and bovine PBMC cultures. To characterize the immune response to Acai polysaccharides, we fractionated the crude polysaccharide preparation and tested these fractions for activity in human PBMC cultures. The largest Acai polysaccharides were the most active in vitro as indicated by activation of myeloid and γδ T cells. When delivered in vivo, Acai polysaccharide induced myeloid cell recruitment and IL-12 production. These results define innate immune responses induced by the polysaccharide component of Acai and have implications for the treatment of asthma and infectious disease.

  18. Navicula sp. Sulfated Polysaccharide Gels Induced by Fe(III): Rheology and Microstructure.

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    Fimbres-Olivarría, Diana; López-Elías, José Antonio; Carvajal-Millán, Elizabeth; Márquez-Escalante, Jorge Alberto; Martínez-Córdova, Luis Rafael; Miranda-Baeza, Anselmo; Enríquez-Ocaña, Fernando; Valdéz-Holguín, José Eduardo; Brown-Bojórquez, Francisco

    2016-07-30

    A sulfated polysaccharide extracted from Navicula sp. presented a yield of 4.4 (% w/w dry biomass basis). Analysis of the polysaccharide using gas chromatography showed that this polysaccharide contained glucose (29%), galactose (21%), rhamnose (10%), xylose (5%) and mannose (4%). This polysaccharide presented an average molecular weight of 107 kDa. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs showed that the lyophilized Navicula sp. polysaccharide is an amorphous solid with particles of irregular shapes and sharp angles. The polysaccharide at 1% (w/v) solution in water formed gels in the presence of 0.4% (w/v) FeCl₃, showing elastic and viscous moduli of 1 and 0.7 Pa, respectively. SEM analysis performed on the lyophilized gel showed a compact pore structure, with a pore size of approximately 150 nm. Very few studies on the gelation of sulfated polysaccharides using trivalent ions exist in the literature, and, to the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to describe the gelation of sulfated polysaccharides extracted from Navicula sp.

  19. A polysaccharide utilization locus from an uncultured Bacteroidetes phylotype suggests ecological adaptation and substrate versatility

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    Mackenzie, A.K.; Naas, A.E.; Kracun, Stjepan Kresimir

    2015-01-01

    Recent metagenomic analyses have identified uncultured bacteria that are abundant in the rumen of herbivores and that possess putative biomass-converting enzyme systems. Here we investigate the saccharolytic capabilities of a polysaccharide utilization locus (PUL) that has been reconstructed from...... against a mixture of abundantly available polysaccharides supports the dominance of SRM-1 in the Svalbard reindeer rumen microbiome....

  20. Antiviral activity of polysaccharide extract from Laminaria japonica against respiratory syncytial virus.

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    Cao, Yin-Guang; Hao, Yu; Li, Zhi-Hui; Liu, Shun-Tao; Wang, Le-Xin

    2016-12-01

    This study was designed to investigate the inhibition activity of polysaccharide extract from Laminaria japonica against RSV. The polysaccharide from Laminaria japonica was isolated by ethanol precipitation. HEK293 cells were infected with RVS, and the antiviral activity of polysaccharide extract against RSV in host cells was tested. By using ELISA and western blot assay, the expression level of IFN-α and IRF3 and their functional roles in polysaccharide-mediated antiviral activity against RSV were investigated. The polysaccharide extract from Laminaria japonica had low toxicity to HEK293 cell. The TC50 to HEK293 cells was up to 1.76mg/mL. Furthermore, the EC50 of polysaccharide extract to RSV was 5.27μg/mL, and TI was 334. The polysaccharide extract improved IRF-3 expression which promoted the level of IFN-α. Polysaccharide extract from Laminaria japonica elicits antiviral activity against RSV by up-regulation of IRF3 signaling-mediated IFN-α production. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.