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  1. Cross-Linked Hyaluronan Gel Reduces the Acute Rectal Toxicity of Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer

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    Wilder, Richard B.; Barme, Greg A.; Gilbert, Ronald F.; Holevas, Richard E.; Kobashi, Luis I.; Reed, Richard R.; Solomon, Ronald S.; Walter, Nancy L.; Chittenden, Lucy; Mesa, Albert V.; Agustin, Jeffrey; Lizarde, Jessica; Macedo, Jorge; Ravera, John; Tokita, Kenneth M.

    2010-07-01

    Purpose: To prospectively analyze whether cross-linked hyaluronan gel reduces the mean rectal dose and acute rectal toxicity of radiotherapy for prostate cancer. Methods and Materials: Between September 2008 and March 2009, we transperitoneally injected 9mL of cross-linked hyaluronan gel (Hylaform; Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge, MA) into the anterior perirectal fat of 10 early-stage prostate cancer patients to increase the separation between the prostate and rectum by 8 to 18mm at the start of radiotherapy. Patients then underwent high-dose rate brachytherapy to 2,200cGy followed by intensity-modulated radiation therapy to 5,040cGy. We assessed acute rectal toxicity using the National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events v3.0 grading scheme. Results: Median follow-up was 3 months. The anteroposterior dimensions of Hylaform at the start and end of radiotherapy were 13 {+-} 3mm (mean {+-} SD) and 10 {+-} 4mm, respectively. At the start of intensity-modulated radiation therapy, daily mean rectal doses were 73 {+-} 13cGy with Hylaform vs. 106 {+-} 20cGy without Hylaform (p = 0.005). There was a 0% incidence of National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events v3.0 Grade 1, 2, or 3 acute diarrhea in 10 patients who received Hylaform vs. a 29.7% incidence (n = 71) in 239 historical controls who did not receive Hylaform (p = 0.04). Conclusions: By increasing the separation between the prostate and rectum, Hylaform decreased the mean rectal dose. This led to a significant reduction in the acute rectal toxicity of radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

  2. Microfabrication of Photo-Cross-Linked Hyaluronan Hydrogels by Single- and Two-Photon Tyramine Oxidation.

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    Loebel, Claudia; Broguiere, Nicolas; Alini, Mauro; Zenobi-Wong, Marcy; Eglin, David

    2015-09-14

    Photo-cross-linking of tyramine-substituted hyaluronan (HA-Tyr) hydrogels is demonstrated for the first time. HA-Tyr hydrogels are fabricated via a rapid photosensitized process using visible light illumination. Nontoxic conditions offer photoencapsulation of human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) with high viability. Macroscopic gels can be formed in less than 10 s, and one- and two-photon photopatterning enable 2D and 3D microfabrication. Different degrees of cross-linking induce different swelling/shrinking, allowing for light-induced microactuation. These new tools are complementary to the previously reported horseradish peroxidase/hydrogen peroxide cross-linking and allow sequential cross-linking of HA-Tyr matrices. PMID:26222128

  3. Deformation and fracture of cross-linked polymer gels

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    Lin, Wei-Chun

    Because soft materials, particularly polymer gels, are playing a greater role in industrial and biotechnological applications today, the exploration of their mechanical behavior over a range of deformations is becoming more relevant in our daily lives. Understanding these properties is therefore necessary as a means to predict their response for specific applications. To address these concerns, this dissertation presents a set of analytic tools based on flat punch probe indentation tests to predict the response of polymer gels from a mechanical perspective over a large range of stresses and at failure. At small strains, a novel technique is developed to determine the transport properties of gels based on their measured mechanical behavior. Assuming that a polymer gel behaves in a similar manner as a porous structure, the differentiation of solvent flow from viscoelasticity of a gel network is shown to be possible utilizing a flat, circular punch and a flat, rectangular punch under oscillatory conditions. Use of the technique is demonstrated with a poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (pNIPAM) hydrogel. Our results indicate that solvent flow is inhibited at temperatures above the critical solution temperature of 35°C. At high stresses and fracture, the flat probe punch indentation geometry is used to understand how the structure and geometry of silicone based gels affect their mechanical properties. A delayed failure response of the gels is observed and the modes of failure are found to be dependent on the geometry of the system. The addition of a sol fraction in these gels was found to toughen the network and play an important role at these large deformations. Potential mechanisms of fracture resistance are discussed, as is the effect of geometric confinement as it relates to large scale deformation and fracture. These results lay the groundwork for understanding the mechanical response of other highly, deformable material systems utilizing this particular geometry.

  4. Photo-initiated cross-linked polyacrylamide gels for microdevice electrophoresis 

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    Agrawal, Shilpa

    2005-08-29

    Photo-polymerized cross-linked polyacrylamide gels are becoming increasingly important for use in micro-fabricated DNA electrophoresis systems because they allow a concentrated sieving matrix to be precisely positioned at any location within a...

  5. Enzymatically cross-linked gelatin/chitosan hydrogels: tuning gel properties and cellular response.

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    da Silva, Marcelo A; Bode, Franziska; Drake, Alex F; Goldoni, Silvia; Stevens, Molly M; Dreiss, Cécile A

    2014-06-01

    This work investigates the effect of combining physical and chemical gelation processes in a biopolymer blend: chitosan and tilapia fish gelatin. Chemical (C) gels are obtained by cross-linking with the microbial enzyme transglutaminase at 37?°C. Hybrid physical-co-chemical (PC) gels are cross-linked at 21?°C, below gelatin gelation temperature. These protocols provide two microenvironments for the gelation process: in C gels, both gelatin and chitosan are present as single strands; in PC gels, cross-linking proceeds within a transient physical gel of gelatin, filled by chitosan strands. The chitosan/gelatin chemical networks generated in PC gels show a consistently higher shear modulus than pure C gels; they are also less turbid than their C gels counterparts, suggesting a more homogeneous network. Finally, chitosan enhances the gels' shear modulus in all gels. Proliferation assays show that MC3T3 cells proliferate in these mixed, hybrid gels and better so on PC gels than in C mixed gels. PMID:24550134

  6. Thermoreversible physical gels of poly(dimethylsiloxane) without cross-links or functionalization.

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    Dahan, Elianne; Sundararajan, Pudupadi R

    2013-07-01

    The preparation of gels of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) reported in the literature so far involves catalysts and chemical cross-links (chemical gels) or functionalization with organogelators. We report that thermoreversible physical gels of PDMS, without cross-links or functionalization, can be made with propylamine or hexylamine as a solvent. The gels consist of spherical domains as small as 20 nm. We show that these spherical domains are part of a network. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), optical microscopy, and rheology show that the gel is thermoreversible. With the DSC experiments, we have devised a procedure to achieve thermoreversibility with very similar gel-sol transition endotherms in the first and second heating cycles. PMID:23799797

  7. Cross-linking cellulose nanofibrils for potential elastic cryo-structured gels

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    Syverud, Kristin; Kirsebom, Harald; Hajizadeh, Solmaz; Chinga-Carrasco, Gary

    2011-12-01

    Cellulose nanofibrils were produced from P. radiata kraft pulp fibers. The nanofibrillation was facilitated by applying 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxyl-mediated oxidation as pretreatment. The oxidized nanofibrils were cross-linked with polyethyleneimine and poly N-isopropylacrylamide- co-allylamine- co-methylenebisacrylamide particles and were frozen to form cryo-structured gels. Samples of the gels were critical-point dried, and the corresponding structures were assessed with scanning electron microscopy. It appears that the aldehyde groups in the oxidized nanofibrils are suitable reaction sites for cross-linking. The cryo-structured materials were spongy, elastic, and thus capable of regaining their shape after a given pressure was released, indicating a successful cross-linking. These novel types of gels are considered potential candidates in biomedical and biotechnological applications.

  8. Robust cross-links in molluscan adhesive gels: Testing for contributions from hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions

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    Smith, A.M.; Robinson, T. M.; Salt, M. D.; Hamilton, K. S.; Silvia, B. E.; Blasiak, R.

    2009-01-01

    The cross-linking interactions that provide cohesive strength to molluscan adhesive gels were investigated. Metal-based interactions have been shown to play an important role in the glue of the slug Arion subfuscus (Draparnaud), but other types of interactions may also contribute to the glue's strength and their role has not been investigated. This study shows that treatments that normally disrupt hydrophobic or electrostatic interactions have little to no effect on the slug glue. High salt concentrations and non-ionic detergent do not affect the solubility of the proteins in the glue or the ability of the glue proteins to stiffen gels. In contrast, metal chelation markedly disrupts the gel. Experiments with gel filtration chromatography identify a 40 kDa protein that is a central component of the cross-links in the glue. This 40 kDa protein forms robust macromolecular aggregations that are stable even in the presence of high concentrations of salt, non-ionic detergent, urea or metal chelators. Metal chelation during glue secretion, however, may block some of these cross-links. Such robust, non-specific interactions in an aqueous environment are highly unusual for hydrogels and reflect an intriguing cross-linking mechanism. PMID:18952190

  9. Collagen telopeptides (cross-linking sites) play a role in collagen gel lattice contraction

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    Woodley, D. T.; Yamauchi, M.; Wynn, K. C.; Mechanic, G.; Briggaman, R. A.

    1991-01-01

    Solubilized interstitial collagens will form a fibrillar, gel-like lattice when brought to physiologic conditions. In the presence of human dermal fibroblasts the collagen lattice will contract. The rate of contraction can be determined by computer-assisted planemetry. The mechanisms involved in contraction are as yet unknown. Using this system it was found that the rate of contraction was markedly decreased when collagen lacking telopeptides was substituted for native collagen. Histidinohydroxylysinonorleucine (HHL) is a major stable trifunctional collagen cross-link in mature skin that involves a carboxyl terminal, telopeptide site 16c, the sixteenth amino acid residue from the carboxy terminal of the telopeptide region of alpha 1 (I) in type I collagen. Little, if any, HHL was present in native, purified, reconstituted, soluble collagen fibrils from 1% acetic acid-extracted 2-year-old bovine skin. In contrast, HHL cross-links were present (0.22 moles of cross-link per mole of collagen) in lattices of the same collagen contracted by fibroblasts. However, rat tail tendon does not contain HHL cross-links, and collagen lattices made of rat tail tendon collagen are capable of contraction. This suggests that telopeptide sites, and not mature HHL cross-links per se, are essential for fibroblasts to contract collagen lattices. Beta-aminopropionitrile fumarate (BAPN), a potent lathyrogen that perturbs collagen cross-linking by inhibition of lysyl oxidase, also inhibited the rate of lattice cell contraction in lattices composed of native collagen. However, the concentrations of BAPN that were necessary to inhibit the contraction of collagen lattices also inhibited fibroblast growth suggestive of cellular toxicity. In accordance with other studies, we found no inhibition of the rate of lattice contraction when fibronectin-depleted serum was used. Electron microscopy of contracted gels revealed typical collagen fibers with a characteristic axial periodicity. The data provide evidence that collagen telopeptide sites play a role in collagen gel lattice contraction.

  10. Preparation of single or double-network chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) gel films through selective cross-linking method

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    A selective cross-linking method was developed to create single or double network chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) gel films. The cross-linking is based on the hydrogen bonding between PVA and borate and the strong electrostatic interaction between chitosan and tripolyphosphate. The resultant gel films ...

  11. Phase diagram of selectively cross-linked block copolymers shows chemically microstructured gel.

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    von der Heydt, Alice; Zippelius, Annette

    2015-02-01

    We study analytically the intricate phase behavior of cross-linked AB diblock copolymer melts, which can undergo two main phase transitions due to quenched random constraints. Gelation, i.e., spatially random localisation of polymers forming a system-spanning cluster, is driven by increasing the number parameter ? of irreversible, type-selective cross-links between random pairs of A blocks. Self-assembly into a periodic pattern of A/B-rich microdomains (microphase separation) is controlled by the AB incompatibility ? inversely proportional to temperature. Our model aims to capture the system's essential microscopic features, including an ensemble of random networks that reflects spatial correlations at the instant of cross-linking. We identify suitable order parameters and derive a free-energy functional in the spirit of Landau theory that allows us to trace a phase diagram in the plane of ? and ?. Selective cross-links promote microphase separation at higher critical temperatures than in uncross-linked diblock copolymer melts. Microphase separation in the liquid state facilitates gelation, giving rise to a novel gel state whose chemical composition density mirrors the periodic AB pattern. PMID:25662662

  12. Oxidation increases mucin polymer cross-links to stiffen airway mucus gels.

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    Yuan, Shaopeng; Hollinger, Martin; Lachowicz-Scroggins, Marrah E; Kerr, Sheena C; Dunican, Eleanor M; Daniel, Brian M; Ghosh, Sudakshina; Erzurum, Serpel C; Willard, Belinda; Hazen, Stanley L; Huang, Xiaozhu; Carrington, Stephen D; Oscarson, Stefan; Fahy, John V

    2015-02-25

    Airway mucus in cystic fibrosis (CF) is highly elastic, but the mechanism behind this pathology is unclear. We hypothesized that the biophysical properties of CF mucus are altered because of neutrophilic oxidative stress. Using confocal imaging, rheology, and biochemical measures of inflammation and oxidation, we found that CF airway mucus gels have a molecular architecture characterized by a core of mucin covered by a web of DNA and a rheological profile characterized by high elasticity that can be normalized by chemical reduction. We also found that high levels of reactive oxygen species in CF mucus correlated positively and significantly with high concentrations of the oxidized products of cysteine (disulfide cross-links). To directly determine whether oxidation can cross-link mucins to increase mucus elasticity, we exposed induced sputum from healthy subjects to oxidizing stimuli and found a marked and thiol-dependent increase in sputum elasticity. Targeting mucin disulfide cross-links using current thiol-amino structures such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) requires high drug concentrations to have mucolytic effects. We therefore synthesized a thiol-carbohydrate structure (methyl 6-thio-6-deoxy-?-D-galactopyranoside) and found that it had stronger reducing activity than NAC and more potent and fast-acting mucolytic activity in CF sputum. Thus, oxidation arising from airway inflammation or environmental exposure contributes to pathologic mucus gel formation in the lung, which suggests that it can be targeted by thiol-modified carbohydrates. PMID:25717100

  13. Oxidation increases mucin polymer cross-links to stiffen airway mucus gels

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    Yuan, Shaopeng; Hollinger, Martin; Lachowicz-Scroggins, Marrah E.; Kerr, Sheena C.; Dunican, Eleanor M.; Daniel, Brian M.; Ghosh, Sudakshina; Erzurum, Serpel C.; Willard, Belinda; Hazen, Stanley L.; Huang, Xiaozhu; Carrington, Stephen D.; Oscarson, Stefan; Fahy, John V.

    2015-01-01

    Airway mucus in cystic fibrosis (CF) is highly elastic, but the mechanism behind this pathology is unclear. We hypothesized that the biophysical properties of CF mucus are altered because of neutrophilic oxidative stress. Using confocal imaging, rheology, and biochemical measures of inflammation and oxidation, we found that CF airway mucus gels have a molecular architecture characterized by a core of mucin covered by a web of DNA and a rheological profile characterized by high elasticity that can be normalized by chemical reduction. We also found that high levels of reactive oxygen species in CF mucus correlated positively and significantly with high concentrations of the oxidized products of cysteine (disulfide cross-links). To directly determine whether oxidation can cross-link mucins to increase mucus elasticity, we exposed induced sputum from healthy subjects to oxidizing stimuli and found a marked and thiol-dependent increase in sputum elasticity. Targeting mucin disulfide cross-links using current thiol-amino structures such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) requires high drug concentrations to have mucolytic effects. We therefore synthesized a thiol-carbohydrate structure (methyl 6-thio-6-deoxy-?-D-galactopyranoside) and found that it had stronger reducing activity than NAC and more potent and fast-acting mucolytic activity in CF sputum. Thus, oxidation arising from airway inflammation or environmental exposure contributes to pathologic mucus gel formation in the lung, which suggests that it can be targeted by thiol-modified carbohydrates. PMID:25717100

  14. Cross-linking patterns and their images in swollen and deformed gels

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    Sergey Panyukov; Yitzhak Rabin

    2015-07-10

    Using the theory of elasticity of polymer gels we show that large-scale cross-link density patterns written into the structure of the network in the melt state, can be revealed upon swelling by monitoring the monomer density patterns. We find that while isotropic deformations in good solvent yield magnified images of the original pattern, anisotropic deformations distort the image (both types of deformation yield affinely stretched images in $\\theta$ solvents). We show that in ordinary solids with spatially inhomogeneous profile of the shear modulus, isotropic stretching leads to distorted density image of this profile under isotropic deformation. Using simple physical arguments we demonstrate that the different response to isotropic stretching stems from fundamental differences between the theory of elasticity of solids and that of gels. Possible tests of our predictions and some potential applications are discussed.

  15. Using response surface methodology to optimize process parameters and cross-linking agents for production of combined-cross-linked bovine serum albumin gels.

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    Gan, Chee-Yuen; Alkarkhi, Abbas F M; Easa, Azhar Mat

    2009-04-01

    D-optimal design was employed to optimize the mixture of cross-linking agents formulation: microbial transglutaminase (MTGase) and ribose, and the processing parameters (i.e. incubation and heating time) in the mixture in order to obtain combined-cross-linked bovine serum albumin gels that have high gel strength, pH close to neutral and yet medium in browning. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed that the contribution of quadratic term to the model over the linear was significant for pH and L* value, whereas linear model was significant for gel strength. Optimization study using response surface methodology (RSM) was performed to the mixture components and process variables and the optimum conditions obtained were: MTGase of 1.34-1.43 g/100 mL, ribose of 1.07-1.16 g/100 mL, incubation time of 5 h at 40 degrees C and heating time of 3 h at 90 degrees C. PMID:19332294

  16. Enzymatic cross-linking of soy proteins within non-fat set yogurt gel.

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    Soleymanpuori, Rana; Madadlou, Ashkan; Zeynali, Fariba; Khosrowshahi, Asghar

    2014-08-01

    Soy proteins as the health-promoting ingredients and candidate fat substitutes in dairy products are good substrates for the cross-linking action of the enzyme transglutaminase. Non-fat set yogurt samples were prepared from the milks enriched with soy protein isolate (SPI) and/or treated with the enzyme transglutaminase. The highest titrable acidity was recorded for the yogurt enriched with SPI and treated with the enzyme throughout the cold storage for 21 d. SPI-enrichment of yogurt milk increased the water holding capacity. Although enrichment with SPI did not influence the count of Streptococcus themophilus, increased that of Lactobacillus bulgaricus ?3 log cycles. The enzymatic treatment of SPI-enriched milk however, suppressed the bacteria growth-promoting influence of SPI due probably to making the soy proteins inaccessible for Lactobacillus. SPI-enrichment and enzymatic treatment of milk decreased the various organic acids content in yoghurt samples; influence of the former was more significant. The cross-linking of milk proteins to soy proteins was confirmed with the gel electrophoresis results. PMID:25052439

  17. Measurement of nonlinear rheology of cross-linked biopolymer gels Chase P. Broedersz,ab

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    of shear thickening or thinning. By contrast, the nonlinear response of reconstituted cross-linking and stress generation. At a larger scale, most tissue cells are not viable when suspended in a fluid, exhibiting both a pronounced elastic stiffening2­12 and large, negative normal stress under applied shear.13

  18. Topical diclofenac in hyaluronan gel for the treatment of solar keratoses.

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    Gebauer, Kurt; Brown, Pam; Varigos, George

    2003-02-01

    This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessed the efficacy and safety of a topical gel containing 3% diclofenac in 2.5% hyaluronan in 150 patients with solar keratoses (SK). The active treatment was compared with the vehicle only, hyaluronan gel, as placebo over a 12-week period. Patients in both groups applied the active treatment or placebo to a targeted area of skin (0.25 g b.d.). At 12 weeks the mean lesion-count reduction in the targeted area was not significantly different between treatments. However, at post-termination follow up (16 weeks), there was a highly significant decrease in the number of lesions, 6.2 +/- 7.5 standard deviations (SD) (56.1% reduction) in the active treatment group compared with 2.4 +/- 4.3 SD (23.6% reduction) in the placebo group (P < 0.001). Other efficacy measures (complete lesion resolution, >50% lesion reduction) were also significantly different (P < 0.01) between treatments at 16 weeks. In conclusion, topical 3% diclofenac in 2.5% hyaluronan gel was effective and well tolerated in this study, suggesting a role for this therapy in the treatment of SK. PMID:12581080

  19. Fabrication of Collagen Gel Hollow Fibers by Covalent Cross-Linking for Construction of Bioengineering Renal Tubules.

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    Shen, Chong; Zhang, Guoliang; Wang, Qichen; Meng, Qin

    2015-09-01

    Collagen, the most used natural biomacromolecule, has been extensively utilized to make scaffolds for cell cultures in tissue engineering, but has never been fabricated into the configuration of a hollow fiber (HF) for cell culture due to its poor mechanical properties. In this study, renal tubular cell-laden collagen hollow fiber (Col HF) was fabricated by dissolving sacrificial Ca-alginate cores from collagen shells strengthened by carbodiimide cross-linking. The inner/outer diameters of the Col HF were precisely controlled by the flow rates of core alginate/shell collagen solution in the microfluidic device. As found, the renal tubular cells self-assembled into renal tubules with diameters of 50-200 ?m post to the culture in Col HF for 10 days. According to the 3D reconstructed confocal images or HE staining, the renal cells appeared as a tight tubular monolayer on the Col HF inner surface, sustaining more 3D cell morphology than the cell layer on the 2D flat collagen gel surface. Moreover, compared with the cultures in either a Transwell or polymer HF membrane, the renal tubules in Col HF exhibited at least 1-fold higher activity on brush border enzymes of alkaline phosphatase and ?-glutamyltransferase, consistent with their gene expressions. The enhancement occurred similarly on multidrug resistance protein 2 and glucose uptake. Such bioengineered renal tubules in Col HF will present great potential as alternatives to synthetic HF in both clinical use and pharmaceutical investigation. PMID:26280545

  20. Cross-Linking the Fibers of Supramolecular Gels Formed from a Tripodal Terpyridine Derived Ligand with d-Block Metal Ions.

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    Kotova, Oxana; Daly, Ronan; dos Santos, Cidália M G; Kruger, Paul E; Boland, John J; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur

    2015-08-17

    The tripodal terpyridine ligand, L, forms 1D helical supramolecular polymers/gels in H2O-CH3OH solution mediated through hydrogen bonding and ?-? interactions. These gels further cross-link into 3D supramolecular metallogels with a range of metal ions (M) such as Fe(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), and Ru(III); the cross-linking resulting in the formation of colored or colorless gels. The fibrous morphology of these gels was confirmed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM); while the self-assembly processes between L and M were investigated by absorbance and emission spectroscopy from which their binding constants were determined by using a nonlinear regression analysis. PMID:26222397

  1. A Study of Cross-linked Regions of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Gels by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Lawrence, Mathias B.; Desa, J. A. E.; Aswal, V. K.

    2011-07-01

    A poly(vinyl alcohol)-borax cross-linked hydrogel has been studied by Small Angle Neutron Scattering as a function of borax concentration in the wave-vector transfer (Q) range of 0.017 Å-1 to 0.36 Å-1. It is found that as the concentration of borax increases, so does the intensity of scattering in this range. Beyond a borax concentration of 2 mg/ml, the increase in cross-linked PVA chains leads to cross-linked units larger than 150 Å as evidenced by a reduction in intensity in the lower Q region.

  2. Application of the Temperature-Ramped Holographic Relaxation Spectroscopy in the Investigation of Physically Cross-Linked Gels

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    Wu, Chi

    melting temperature, and the gel structure. Using a gelatin gel as an example, we correlated gelatin chains inside a gelatin gel, and the results were comparable to those from dynamic light scattering. It has also been shown that the diffusion of various probes inside the gelatin network studied

  3. CO2/light gas separation performance of cross-linked poly(vinylimidazolium) gel membranes as a function of ionic liquid loading and cross-linker content

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    Carlisle, TK; Nicodemus, GD; Gin, DL; Noble, RD

    2012-04-15

    A series of cross-linked poly(vinylimidazolium)-RTIL gel membranes was synthesized and evaluated for room-temperature, ideal CO2/N-2, CO2/CH4, and CO2/H-2 separation performance. The membranes were formed by photo-polymerization of oligo(ethylene glycol)-functionalized cross-linking (i.e., di-functional) and non-cross-linking (i.e., mono-functional) vinylimidazolium RTIL monomers with nonpolymerizable, "free RTIL." The effect of free RTIL ([emim][Tf2N]) loading on CO2 separation performance was evaluated by varying RTIL loading at three levels (45, 65, and 75 wt.%). The effect of cross-linker content on CO2 separation performance was also evaluated by varying the copolymer composition of cross-linked membranes from 5 to 100 mol% di-functional monomer. The substituent on the monofunctional RTIL monomer was also varied to investigate the effect of substituent structure and chemistry on CO2 separation performance. CO2 permeability was dramatically increased with higher loading of free RTIL. Increased RTIL loading had no effect on CO2/N-2 or CO2/CH4 permeability selectivity, but significantly improved CO2/H-2 permeability selectivity. Reducing the cross-linking monomer concentration generally improved CO2 permeability. However, anomalous permeability and selectivity behavior was observed below critical concentrations of cross-linker. The effect of the substituent on the monofunctional monomer on CO2 separation performance was minimal compared to the effects of RTIL loading and copolymer composition. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. A fractal analysis approach to viscoelasticity of physically cross-linked barley beta-glucan gel networks.

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    Kontogiorgos, Vassilis; Vaikousi, Hariklia; Lazaridou, Athina; Biliaderis, Costas G

    2006-05-01

    The structure and gelation kinetics of mixed linkage barley beta-glucans of varying Mw have been investigated. The fractal concept has been applied to describe the structure development of barley beta-glucan gels using a scaling model and dynamic rheometry data. The model supports that the gel structure consists of fractal clusters that upon aggregation lead to a three-dimensional network. The analysis showed that with increasing Mw a denser (more packed) network is formed as indicated by the corresponding fractal dimension (df) values. The microelastic parameter of the model, alpha, showed that all gel structures were in the transition regime implying structural reordering upon ageing. The description of the microstructure as a fractal network seems to be able to explain syneresis and other observations from large deformation testing of such systems. The molecular treatment of the gelation kinetics suggests that the gelling behavior is governed by the probability of collision of chain fragments with consecutive cellotriosyl units. This is greater for small chains due to their higher diffusion rates, for chains having lower amounts of cellulose like fragments and finally for those showing smaller degree of intrachain interactions. As a result, the faster gelling systems exhibit lower fractal dimensionality (more disordered systems) something that is in accordance with current kinetic theories. PMID:16621469

  5. Agarose and Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis Methods for Molecular Mass Analysis of 5–500 kDa Hyaluronan

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    Bhilocha, Shardul; Amin, Ripal; Pandya, Monika; Yuan, Han; Tank, Mihir; LoBello, Jaclyn; Shytuhina, Anastasia; Wang, Wenlan; Wisniewski, Hans-Georg; de la Motte, Carol; Cowman, Mary K.

    2011-01-01

    Agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis systems for the molecular mass-dependent separation of hyaluronan (HA) in the size range of approximately 5–500 kDa have been investigated. For agarose-based systems, the suitability of different agarose types, agarose concentrations, and buffers systems were determined. Using chemoenzymatically synthesized HA standards of low polydispersity, the molecular mass range was determined for each gel composition, over which the relationship between HA mobility and logarithm of the molecular mass was linear. Excellent linear calibration was obtained for HA molecular mass as low as approximately 9 kDa in agarose gels. For higher resolution separation, and for extension to molecular masses as low as approximately 5 kDa, gradient polyacrylamide gels were superior. Densitometric scanning of stained gels allowed analysis of the range of molecular masses present in a sample, and calculation of weight-average and number-average values. The methods were validated for polydisperse HA samples with viscosity-average molecular masses of 112, 59, 37, and 22 kDa, at sample loads of 0.5 µg (for polyacrylamide) to 2.5 µg (for agarose). Use of the methods for electrophoretic mobility shift assays was demonstrated for binding of the HA-binding region of aggrecan (recombinant human aggrecan G1-IGD-G2 domains) to a 150 kDa HA standard. PMID:21684248

  6. Gel electrophoretic studies of photochemical cross-linking of type I collagen with brominated 1,8-naphthalimide dyes and visible light

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    Judy, Millard M.; Fuh, L.; Matthews, James Lester; Lewis, David E.; Utecht, Ronald E.

    1994-09-01

    Insoluble Type I collagen from bovine Achilles tendon (Sigma C9879) was suspended in a 3 mM solution of the dye diEd66Br dissolved in Cremophor ELR (BASF) to give a molecular concentration ratio. Fifty-microliter aliquots in 5-mm-diameter wells were exposed to 458 J/cm2 (225 mW/cm2, 1800 sec) of 457.9-nm light from an argon ion laser; similar aliquots with and without dye were kept in the dark to serve as controls. Following pelleting of the collagen by centrifugation and 3x washing in phosphate-buffered saline, aliquots of light-treated and control sample pellets were (1) digested in collagenase (Sigma C9891) or (2) extracted in 0.5 M acetic acid, followed by centrifugative ultrafiltration (10-kd cutoff) in 0.01 M acetic acid. Aliquots of the supernatant of the acid-extracted collagen also were digested in pepsin. Electrophoretic protein migration in 8% to 25% gradient polyacrylamide gels following SDS solubilization disclosed numerous, densely packed, essentially contiguous protein bands. These studies indicate that the dye and light treatment of insoluble Type I collagen (1) results in cross-linking of collagen molecules and (2) does not denature the trimer conformation sufficiently to enable significant digestion by pepsin.

  7. Corneal cross-linking.

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    Randleman, J Bradley; Khandelwal, Sumitra S; Hafezi, Farhad

    2015-01-01

    Since its inception in the late 1990s, corneal cross-linking has grown from an interesting concept to a primary treatment for corneal ectatic disease worldwide. Using a combination of ultraviolet-A light and a chromophore (vitamin B2, riboflavin), the cornea can be stiffened, usually with a single application, and progressive thinning diseases such as keratoconus arrested. Despite being in clinical use for many years, some of the underlying processes, such as the role of oxygen and the optimal treatment times, are still being worked out. More than a treatment technique, corneal cross-links represent a physiological principle of connective tissue, which may explain the enormous versatility of the method. We highlight the history of corneal cross-linking, the scientific underpinnings of current techniques, evolving clinical treatment parameters, and the use of cross-linking in combination with refractive surgery and for the treatment of infectious keratitis. PMID:25980780

  8. Chemical cross-linking of Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Birkelund, S; Lundemose, A G; Christiansen, G

    1988-01-01

    Purified elementary bodies (EBs) of Chlamydia trachomatis serovar L2 were analyzed by chemical cross-linking with disuccinimidyl selenodipropionate. The effect of the cross-linking was analyzed by immunoblotting sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis-separated components which were reacted with monoclonal antibodies against major outer membrane protein (MOMP) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). It was shown that in EBs, MOMP was cross-linked to the LPS component of the outer membrane. Migration analysis of the cross-linked components showed that with extensive cross-linking, most of the MOMP became cross-linked to LPS, changing the migration rate from 40 to 42.5 kilodaltons. A small fraction of MOMP associated with LPS was shown to be present in bands with migration rates of 100 and 110 kilodaltons. No association of MOMP or LPS to other proteins, or to dimer or multimer forms of MOMP without LPS, was observed. A totally different membrane structure must be present in reticulate bodies, since there, MOMP was so heavily cross-linked that it did not enter the polyacrylamide gel and thus became impossible to analyze. Furthermore, the monoclonal antibody, which reacted with LPS associated with MOMP in the cross-linked EBs, did not react with reticulate bodies. Images PMID:2449399

  9. Highly Conductive Ionic-Liquid Gels Prepared with Orthogonal Double Networks of a Low-Molecular-Weight Gelator and Cross-Linked Polymer.

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    Kataoka, Toshikazu; Ishioka, Yumi; Mizuhata, Minoru; Minami, Hideto; Maruyama, Tatsuo

    2015-10-21

    We prepared a heterogeneous double-network (DN) ionogel containing a low-molecular-weight gelator network and a polymer network that can exhibit high ionic conductivity and high mechanical strength. An imidazolium-based ionic liquid was first gelated by the molecular self-assembly of a low-molecular-weight gelator (benzenetricarboxamide derivative), and methyl methacrylate was polymerized with a cross-linker to form a cross-linked poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) network within the ionogel. Microscopic observation and calorimetric measurement revealed that the fibrous network of the low-molecular-weight gelator was maintained in the DN ionogel. The PMMA network strengthened the ionogel of the low-molecular-weight gelator and allowed us to handle the ionogel using tweezers. The orthogonal DNs produced ionogels with a broad range of storage elastic moduli. DN ionogels with low PMMA concentrations exhibited high ionic conductivity that was comparable to that of a neat ionic liquid. The present study demonstrates that the ionic conductivities of the DN and single-network, low-molecular-weight gelator or polymer ionogels strongly depended on their storage elastic moduli. PMID:26426303

  10. Radiation cross-linked carboxymethyl sago pulp hydrogels loaded with ciprofloxacin: Influence of irradiation on gel fraction, entrapped drug and in vitro release

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    Lam, Yi Lyn; Muniyandy, Saravanan; Kamaruddin, Hashim; Mansor, Ahmad; Janarthanan, Pushpamalar

    2015-01-01

    Carboxymethyl sago pulp (CMSP) with 0.4 DS, viscosity 184 dl/g and molecular weight 76,000 g/mol was synthesized from sago waste. 10 and 20% w/v solutions of CMSP were irradiated at 10-30 kGy to form hydrogels and were characterized by % gel fraction (GF). Irradiation of 20% CMSP using 25 kGy has produced stable hydrogels with the highest % GF and hence loaded with ciprofloxacin HCl. Drug-loaded hydrogels were produced by irradiating the mixture of drug and 20% CMSP solution at 25 kGy. After irradiation, the hydrogels were cut into circular discs with a diameter of 6±1 mm and evaluated for physicochemical properties as well as drug release kinetics. The ciprofloxacin loading in the disc was 14.7%±1 w/w with an entrapment efficiency of 73.5% w/w. The low standard deviation of drug-loaded discs indicated uniform thickness (1.5±0.3 mm). The unloaded discs were thinner (1±0.4 mm) and more brittle than the drug-loaded discs. FESEM, FT-IR, XRD, DSC and TGA analysis revealed the absence of polymer-drug interaction and transformation of crystalline to amorphous form of ciprofloxacin in the discs. The disc sustained the drug release in phosphate buffer pH 7.4 over 36 h in a first-order manner. The mechanism of the drug release was found to be swelling controlled diffusion and matrix erosion. The anti-bacterial effect of ciprofloxacin was retained after irradiation and CMSP disc could be a promising device for ocular drug delivery.

  11. Hyaluronan in human malignancies

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    Sironen, R.K.; Department of Pathology, Kuopio University Hospital, P.O. Box 1777, FI-70211 Kuopio ; Tammi, M.; Tammi, R.; Auvinen, P.K.; Anttila, M.; Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Kuopio University Hospital, P.O. Box 1777, FI-70211 Kuopio ; Kosma, V-M.

    2011-02-15

    Hyaluronan, a major macropolysaccharide in the extracellular matrix of connective tissues, is intimately involved in the biology of cancer. Hyaluronan accumulates into the stroma of various human tumors and modulates intracellular signaling pathways, cell proliferation, motility and invasive properties of malignant cells. Experimental and clinicopathological evidence highlights the importance of hyaluronan in tumor growth and metastasis. A high stromal hyaluronan content is associated with poorly differentiated tumors and aggressive clinical behavior in human adenocarcinomas. Instead, the squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas tend to have a reduced hyaluronan content. In addition to the stroma-cancer cell interaction, hyaluronan can influence stromal cell recruitment, tumor angiogenesis and epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Hyaluronan receptors, hyaluronan synthases and hyaluronan degrading enzymes, hyaluronidases, are involved in the modulation of cancer progression, depending on the tumor type. Furthermore, intracellular signaling and angiogenesis are affected by the degradation products of hyaluronan. Hyaluronan has also therapeutic implications since it is involved in multidrug resistance.

  12. Microrheology of cross-linked polyacrylamide networks.

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    Dasgupta, Bivash R; Weitz, D A

    2005-02-01

    Experiments investigating the local viscoelastic properties of a chemically cross-linked polymer are performed on polyacrylamide solutions in the sol and the gel regimes using polystyrene beads of varying sizes and surface chemistry as probes. The thermal motions of the probes are measured to obtain the elastic and viscous moduli of the sample. Probe dynamics are measured using two different dynamic light scattering techniques, diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS) and quasielastic light scattering (QELS) as well as video-based particle tracking. Diffusing wave spectroscopy probes the short-time dynamics of the scatterers while QELS measures the dynamics at larger times. Video-based particle tracking provides a way to investigate the local environment of the individual probe particles. A combination of all the techniques results in a larger range of frequencies that can be probed compared to conventional bulk measurements while providing local information at the level of individual probes. A modified algebraic form of the generalized Stokes-Einstein equation is used to calculate the frequency-dependent moduli. A comparison of microrheological measurements with bulk rheology exhibits striking similarity, confirming the applicability of microrheology for chemically cross-linked polymeric systems. PMID:15783330

  13. Microrheology of cross-linked polyacrylamide networks

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    Dasgupta, Bivash R.; Weitz, D. A.

    2005-02-01

    Experiments investigating the local viscoelastic properties of a chemically cross-linked polymer are performed on polyacrylamide solutions in the sol and the gel regimes using polystyrene beads of varying sizes and surface chemistry as probes. The thermal motions of the probes are measured to obtain the elastic and viscous moduli of the sample. Probe dynamics are measured using two different dynamic light scattering techniques, diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS) and quasielastic light scattering (QELS) as well as video-based particle tracking. Diffusing wave spectroscopy probes the short-time dynamics of the scatterers while QELS measures the dynamics at larger times. Video-based particle tracking provides a way to investigate the local environment of the individual probe particles. A combination of all the techniques results in a larger range of frequencies that can be probed compared to conventional bulk measurements while providing local information at the level of individual probes. A modified algebraic form of the generalized Stokes-Einstein equation is used to calculate the frequency-dependent moduli. A comparison of microrheological measurements with bulk rheology exhibits striking similarity, confirming the applicability of microrheology for chemically cross-linked polymeric systems.

  14. Hyaluronan: A Matrix Component

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    Rügheimer, Louise

    2008-09-01

    The glucosaminoglycan hyaluronan is a key component of the extracellular matrix. It is a large, negatively charged molecule that can act as an ion exchange reservoir for positive ions. Hyaluronan is involved in renomedullary water handling through its water-binding capacity. In the renal medulla, the main source for hyaluronan production is the renomedullary interstitial cells. Hyaluronan synthases are found in the inner part of the plasma membrane and polymerize hyaluronan chains which are extruded into the extracellular space. Hyaluronidases are a family of enzymes involved in the degradation of hyaluronan. They have a wide range of properties, including differences in size, inhibitor sensitivities, catalytic mechanisms, substrate specificities and pH optima.

  15. Electrospinning formaldehyde cross-linked zein solutions

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    In order to develop zein fibers with improved physical properties and solvent resistance, formaldehyde was used as the cross-linking reagent before spinning. The cross-linking reaction was carried out in either acetic acid or ethanolic-HCl where the amount of cross-linking reagent was between 1 and...

  16. Molecular structure of citric acid cross-linked starch films.

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    Menzel, Carolin; Olsson, Erik; Plivelic, Tomás S; Andersson, Roger; Johansson, Caisa; Kuktaite, Ramune; Järnström, Lars; Koch, Kristine

    2013-07-01

    The effect of citric acid (CA) on starch films has been examined. A new method to detect cross-linking of starch by CA in solution-cast films by molecular weight measurements is described. Furthermore, we managed to distinguished between free, mono- and di-esterified CA and quantify di-ester content within starch films by using a modification in the method of complexometric titration with copper(II)-sulfate. Cross-linking of starch by CA occurred at low temperature, 70°C, which we assumed is so far the lowest temperature reported where cross-linking reaction occurred. This is essential for starch coating applications within paper industry since no high temperatures for curing will be required. However, curing at 150°C and high CA concentrations, 30 pph, increased cross-linking reaction. Furthermore, the physical properties like water solubility, gel content and glass transition temperature, were highly reflected by changes in the molecular structure i.e. cross-linking and hydrolysis, as well as CA content and curing temperature. PMID:23688480

  17. Cross-linking of dark-adapted frog photoreceptor disk membranes. Evidence for monomeric rhodopsin.

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    Downer, N W

    1985-01-01

    A model for random cross-linking of identical monomers diffusing in a membrane was formulated to test whether rhodopsin's cross-linking behavior was quantitatively consistent with a monomeric structure. Cross-linking was performed on rhodopsin both in intact retinas and in isolated rod outer segment (ROS) membranes using the reagent glutaraldehyde. The distribution of covalent oligomers formed was analyzed by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and compared to predictions for the random model. A similar analysis was made for ROS membranes cross-linked by diisocyanatohexane and retinas cross-linked by cupric ion complexed with o-phenanthroline. Patterns of cross-linking produced by these three reagents are reasonably consistent with the monomer model. Glutaraldehyde was also used to cross-link the tetrameric protein aldolase in order to verify that cross-linking of a stable oligomer, under conditions comparable to those used for ROS, yielded the pattern predicted for a tetrameric protein having D2 symmetry. This pattern is markedly different from the one for a random-collision model. Moreover, a comparison of rates showed that aldolase cross-linking with glutaraldehyde is significantly faster than cross-linking of membrane-bound rhodopsin. It is concluded that rhodopsin is monomeric in dark-adapted photoreceptor membranes and that the observed cross-linking results from collisions between diffusing rhodopsin molecules. PMID:3919779

  18. Porous Cross-Linked Polyimide-Urea Networks

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    Meador, Mary Ann B. (Inventor); Nguyen, Baochau N. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Porous cross-linked polyimide-urea networks are provided. The networks comprise a subunit comprising two anhydride end-capped polyamic acid oligomers in direct connection via a urea linkage. The oligomers (a) each comprise a repeating unit of a dianhydride and a diamine and a terminal anhydride group and (b) are formulated with 2 to 15 of the repeating units. The subunit was formed by reaction of the diamine and a diisocyanate to form a diamine-urea linkage-diamine group, followed by reaction of the diamine-urea linkage-diamine group with the dianhydride and the diamine to form the subunit. The subunit has been cross-linked via a cross-linking agent, comprising three or more amine groups, at a balanced stoichiometry of the amine groups to the terminal anhydride groups. The subunit has been chemically imidized to yield the porous cross-linked polyimide-urea network. Also provided are wet gels, aerogels, and thin films comprising the networks, and methods of making the networks.

  19. Porous Cross-Linked Polyimide Networks

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    Meador, Mary Ann B. (Inventor); Guo, Haiquan (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Porous cross-linked polyimide networks are provided. The networks comprise an anhydride end-capped polyamic acid oligomer. The oligomer (i) comprises a repeating unit of a dianhydride and a diamine and terminal anhydride groups, (ii) has an average degree of polymerization of 10 to 50, (iii) has been cross-linked via a cross-linking agent, comprising three or more amine groups, at a balanced stoichiometry of the amine groups to the terminal anhydride groups, and (iv) has been chemically imidized to yield the porous cross-linked polyimide network. Also provided are porous cross-linked polyimide aerogels comprising a cross-linked and imidized anhydride end-capped polyamic acid oligomer, wherein the oligomer comprises a repeating unit of a dianhydride and a diamine, and the aerogel has a density of 0.10 to 0.333 g/cm.sup.3 and a Young's modulus of 1.7 to 102 MPa. Also provided are thin films comprising aerogels, and methods of making porous cross-linked polyimide networks.

  20. Highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers

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    Steckle, Jr., Warren P. (Los Alamos, NM); Apen, Paul G. (Los Alamos, NM); Mitchell, Michael A. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1997-01-01

    Condensation polymerization followed by a supercritical extraction step can be used to obtain highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers with high surface area, controlled pore sizes and rigid structural integrity. The invention polymers are useful for applications requiring separation membranes.

  1. Highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers

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    Steckle, Jr., Warren P. (Los Alamos, NM); Apen, Paul G. (Los Alamos, NM); Mitchell, Michael A. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1998-01-01

    Condensation polymerization followed by a supercritical extraction step can be used to obtain highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers with high surface area, controlled pore sizes and rigid structural integrity. The invention polymers are useful for applications requiring separation membranes.

  2. Polyimide Aerogels with Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure

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    Panek, John

    2010-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels with three-dimensional cross-linked structure are made using linear oligomeric segments of polyimide, and linked with one of the following into a 3D structure: trifunctional aliphatic or aromatic amines, latent reactive end caps such as nadic anhydride or phenylethynylphenyl amine, and silica or silsesquioxane cage structures decorated with amine. Drying the gels supercritically maintains the solid structure of the gel, creating a polyimide aerogel with improved mechanical properties over linear polyimide aerogels. Lightweight, low-density structures are desired for acoustic and thermal insulation for aerospace structures, habitats, astronaut equipment, and aeronautic applications. Aerogels are a unique material for providing such properties because of their extremely low density and small pore sizes. However, plain silica aerogels are brittle. Reinforcing the aerogel structure with a polymer (X-Aerogel) provides vast improvements in strength while maintaining low density and pore structure. However, degradation of polymers used in cross-linking tends to limit use temperatures to below 150 C. Organic aerogels made from linear polyimide have been demonstrated, but gels shrink substantially during supercritical fluid extraction and may have lower use temperature due to lower glass transition temperatures. The purpose of this innovation is to raise the glass transition temperature of all organic polyimide aerogel by use of tri-, tetra-, or poly-functional units in the structure to create a 3D covalently bonded network. Such cross-linked polyimides typically have higher glass transition temperatures in excess of 300 400 C. In addition, the reinforcement provided by a 3D network should improve mechanical stability, and prevent shrinkage on supercritical fluid extraction. The use of tri-functional aromatic or aliphatic amine groups in the polyimide backbone will provide such a 3D structure.

  3. Encapsulation of volatiles by homogenized partially-cross linked alginates.

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    Inguva, Pavan K; Ooi, Shing Ming; Desai, Parind M; Heng, Paul W S

    2015-12-30

    Cross-linked calcium alginate gels are too viscous to be efficaciously incorporated into spray dried formulations. Thus, viscosity reduction is essential to ensure the processability of calcium alginate gels to be sprayed. Viscosity reduction by high pressure homogenization can open new formulation possibilities. Presently, testing of microcapsule integrity is also limited because either single particle tests neglect collective particle behaviours in bulk or bulk testing methods are often associated with single compressions which may not fully characterize individual particle strengths. The aim of this study was sub-divided into three objectives. First objective was to evaluate the impact of high pressure homogenization on gel viscosity. Second objective was to explore the use of the homogenized gels with modified starch for microencapsulation by spray drying. The final objective was to develop a stamping system as microcapsule strength tester that can assess microcapsules in bulk and evaluate the impact of multiple compressions. Collectively, this study would lead towards developing a pressure-activated patch of microcapsules with encapsulated volatiles and the method to assess the patch efficacy. The alginate gels largely experienced an exponential decay in viscosity when homogenized. Furthermore, the homogenized gels were successfully incorporated in spray drying formulations for microencapsulation. The custom-designed microcapsule strength tester was successfully used and shown to possess the required sensitivity to discern batches of microcapsules containing volatiles to have different release profiles. Addition of homogenized gels strengthened the microcapsules only at high wall to core ratios with low mass-load alginate gels. High mass-load gels weaken the microcapsules, exhibiting a higher release at low stamping pressures and wrinkling on the microcapsules surface. PMID:26581772

  4. Modified gum arabic cross-linked gelatin scaffold for biomedical applications.

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    Sarika, P R; Cinthya, Kuriakose; Jayakrishnan, A; Anilkumar, P R; James, Nirmala Rachel

    2014-10-01

    The present work deals with development of modified gum arabic cross-linked gelatin scaffold for cell culture. A new biocompatible scaffold was developed by cross-linking gelatin (Gel) with gum arabic, a polysaccharide. Gum arabic was subjected to periodate oxidation to obtain gum arabic aldehyde (GAA). GAA was reacted with gelatin under appropriate pH to prepare the cross-linked hydrogel. Cross-linking occurred due to Schiff's base reaction between aldehyde groups of oxidized gum arabic and amino groups of gelatin. The scaffold prepared from the hydrogel was characterized by swelling properties, degree of cross-linking, in vitro degradation and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Cytocompatibility evaluation using L-929 and HepG2 cells confirmed non-cytotoxic and non-adherent nature of the scaffold. These properties are essential for generating multicellular spheroids and hence the scaffold is proposed to be a suitable candidate for spheroid cell culture. PMID:25175214

  5. Hyaluronan and Stone Disease

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    Asselman, Marino

    2008-09-01

    Kidney stones cannot be formed as long as crystals are passed in the urine. However, when crystals are retained it becomes possible for them to aggregate and form a stone. Crystals are expected to be formed not earlier than the distal tubules and collecting ducts. Studies both in vitro and in vivo demonstrate that calcium oxalate monohydrate crystals do not adhere to intact distal epithelium, but only when the epithelium is proliferating or regenerating, so that it possesses dedifferentiated cells expressing hyaluronan, osteopontin (OPN) and their mutual receptor CD44 at the apical cell membrane. The polysaccharide hyaluronan is an excellent crystal binding molecule because of its negative ionic charge. We hypothesized that the risk for crystal retention in the human kidney would be increased when tubular cells express hyaluronan at their apical cell membrane. Two different patient categories in which nephrocalcinosis frequently occurs were studied to test this hypothesis (preterm neonates and kidney transplant patients). Hyaluronan (and OPN) expression at the luminal membrane of tubular cells indeed was observed, which preceded subsequent retention of crystals in the distal tubules. Tubular nephrocalcinosis has been reported to be associated with decline of renal function and thus further studies to extend our knowledge of the mechanisms of retention and accumulation of crystals in the kidney are warranted. Ultimately, this may allow the design of new strategies for the prevention and treatment of both nephrocalcinosis and nephrolithiasis in patients.

  6. 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate hydrogels with gradient of cross-link density

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    Kadlubowski, Slawomir; Matusiak, Malgorzata; Adamus, Agnieszka; Olejniczak, Magdalena N.; Kozanecki, Marcin

    2016-01-01

    Electron beam irradiation of 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate mixtures leads to the formation of cross-linked structures that exhibit a gradient of cross-link density, as demonstrated by gel fraction, swelling and Differential Scanning Calorimetry analysis. The reason for observed phase separation is formation of the high molecular weight clusters and its precipitation before gelation dose. This effect can be controlled/influenced by absorbed dose and cross-linker concentration.

  7. Cross-linked structure of network evolution

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    Bassett, Danielle S.; Wymbs, Nicholas F.; Grafton, Scott T.; Porter, Mason A.; CABDyN Complexity Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 1HP ; Mucha, Peter J.; Department of Applied Physical Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

    2014-03-15

    We study the temporal co-variation of network co-evolution via the cross-link structure of networks, for which we take advantage of the formalism of hypergraphs to map cross-link structures back to network nodes. We investigate two sets of temporal network data in detail. In a network of coupled nonlinear oscillators, hyperedges that consist of network edges with temporally co-varying weights uncover the driving co-evolution patterns of edge weight dynamics both within and between oscillator communities. In the human brain, networks that represent temporal changes in brain activity during learning exhibit early co-evolution that then settles down with practice. Subsequent decreases in hyperedge size are consistent with emergence of an autonomous subgraph whose dynamics no longer depends on other parts of the network. Our results on real and synthetic networks give a poignant demonstration of the ability of cross-link structure to uncover unexpected co-evolution attributes in both real and synthetic dynamical systems. This, in turn, illustrates the utility of analyzing cross-links for investigating the structure of temporal networks.

  8. Electrospinning covalently cross-linking biocompatible hydrogelators

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    Schultz, Kelly M.; Campo-Deaño, Laura; Baldwin, Aaron D.; Kiick, Kristi L.; Clasen, Christian; Furst, Eric M.

    2012-01-01

    Many hydrogel materials of interest are homogeneous on the micrometer scale. Electrospinning, the formation of sub-micrometer to micrometer diameter fibers by a jet of fluid formed under an electric field, is one process being explored to create rich microstructures. However, electrospinning a hydrogel system as it reacts requires an understanding of the gelation kinetics and corresponding rheology near the liquid-solid transition. In this study, we correlate the structure of electrospun fibers of a covalently cross-linked hydrogelator with the corresponding gelation transition and kinetics. Polyethylene oxide (PEO) is used as a carrier polymer in a chemically cross-linking poly(ethylene glycol)-high molecular weight heparin (PEG-HMWH) hydrogel. Using measurements of gelation kinetics from multiple particle tracking microrheology (MPT), we correlate the material rheology with the the formation of stable fibers. An equilibrated, cross-linked hydrogel is then spun and the PEO is dissolved. In both cases, microstructural features of the electrospun fibers are retained, confirming the covalent nature of the network. The ability to spin fibers of a cross-linking hydrogel system ultimately enables the engineering of materials and microstructural length scales suitable for biological applications. PMID:23459473

  9. Highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers

    DOEpatents

    Steckle, W.P. Jr.; Apen, P.G.; Mitchell, M.A.

    1998-01-20

    Condensation polymerization followed by a supercritical extraction step can be used to obtain highly cross-linked nanoporous polymers with high surface area, controlled pore sizes and rigid structural integrity. The invention polymers are useful for applications requiring separation membranes. 1 fig.

  10. Cross-linked structure of network evolution.

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    Bassett, Danielle S; Wymbs, Nicholas F; Porter, Mason A; Mucha, Peter J; Grafton, Scott T

    2014-03-01

    We study the temporal co-variation of network co-evolution via the cross-link structure of networks, for which we take advantage of the formalism of hypergraphs to map cross-link structures back to network nodes. We investigate two sets of temporal network data in detail. In a network of coupled nonlinear oscillators, hyperedges that consist of network edges with temporally co-varying weights uncover the driving co-evolution patterns of edge weight dynamics both within and between oscillator communities. In the human brain, networks that represent temporal changes in brain activity during learning exhibit early co-evolution that then settles down with practice. Subsequent decreases in hyperedge size are consistent with emergence of an autonomous subgraph whose dynamics no longer depends on other parts of the network. Our results on real and synthetic networks give a poignant demonstration of the ability of cross-link structure to uncover unexpected co-evolution attributes in both real and synthetic dynamical systems. This, in turn, illustrates the utility of analyzing cross-links for investigating the structure of temporal networks. PMID:24697374

  11. Electrospinning covalently cross-linking biocompatible hydrogelators.

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    Schultz, Kelly M; Campo-Deaño, Laura; Baldwin, Aaron D; Kiick, Kristi L; Clasen, Christian; Furst, Eric M

    2013-01-01

    Many hydrogel materials of interest are homogeneous on the micrometer scale. Electrospinning, the formation of sub-micrometer to micrometer diameter fibers by a jet of fluid formed under an electric field, is one process being explored to create rich microstructures. However, electrospinning a hydrogel system as it reacts requires an understanding of the gelation kinetics and corresponding rheology near the liquid-solid transition. In this study, we correlate the structure of electrospun fibers of a covalently cross-linked hydrogelator with the corresponding gelation transition and kinetics. Polyethylene oxide (PEO) is used as a carrier polymer in a chemically cross-linking poly(ethylene glycol)-high molecular weight heparin (PEG-HMWH) hydrogel. Using measurements of gelation kinetics from multiple particle tracking microrheology (MPT), we correlate the material rheology with the the formation of stable fibers. An equilibrated, cross-linked hydrogel is then spun and the PEO is dissolved. In both cases, microstructural features of the electrospun fibers are retained, confirming the covalent nature of the network. The ability to spin fibers of a cross-linking hydrogel system ultimately enables the engineering of materials and microstructural length scales suitable for biological applications. PMID:23459473

  12. Supermacroporous chemically cross-linked poly(aspartic acid) hydrogels.

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    Gyarmati, Benjámin; Mészár, E Zsuzsanna; Kiss, Lóránd; Deli, Mária A; László, Krisztina; Szilágyi, András

    2015-08-01

    Chemically cross-linked poly(aspartic acid) (PASP) gels were prepared by a solid-liquid phase separation technique, cryogelation, to achieve a supermacroporous interconnected pore structure. The precursor polymer of PASP, polysuccinimide (PSI) was cross-linked below the freezing point of the solvent and the forming crystals acted as templates for the pores. Dimethyl sulfoxide was chosen as solvent instead of the more commonly used water. Thus larger temperatures could be utilized for the preparation and the drawback of increase in specific volume of water upon freezing could be eliminated. The morphology of the hydrogels was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and interconnectivity of the pores was proven by the small flow resistance of the gels. Compression tests also confirmed the interconnected porous structure and the complete re-swelling and shape recovery of the supermacroporous PASP hydrogels. The prepared hydrogels are of interest for several biomedical applications as scaffolding materials because of their cytocompatibility, controllable morphology and pH-responsive character. PMID:25922304

  13. Enzymatically cross-linked alginic-hyaluronic acid composite hydrogels as cell delivery vehicles.

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    Ganesh, Nitya; Hanna, Craig; Nair, Shantikumar V; Nair, Lakshmi S

    2013-04-01

    An injectable composite gel was developed from alginic and hyaluronic acid. The enzymatically cross-linked injectable gels were prepared via the oxidative coupling of tyramine modified sodium algiante and sodium hyaluronate in the presence of horse radish peroxidase (HRP) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The composite gels were prepared by mixing equal parts of the two tyraminated polymer solutions in 10U HRP and treating with 1.0% H2O2. The properties of the alginate gels were significantly affected by the addition of hyaluronic acid. The percentage water absorption and storage modulus of the composite gels were found to be lower than the alginate gels. The alginate and composite gels showed lower protein release compared to hyaluronate gels in the absence of hyaluronidase. Even hyaluronate gels showed only approximately 10% protein release after 14 days incubation in phosphate buffer solution. ATDC-5 cells encapsulated in the injectable gels showed high cell viability. The composite gels showed the presence of enlarged spherical cells with significantly higher metabolic activity compared to cells in hyaluronic and alginic acid gels. The results suggest the potential of the composite approach to develop covalently cross-linked hydrogels with tuneable physical, mechanical, and biological properties. PMID:23357799

  14. Method of Cross-Linking Aerogels Using a One-Pot Reaction Scheme

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    Meador, Ann B.; Capadona, Lynn A.

    2008-01-01

    A document discusses a new, simplified method for cross-linking silica and other oxide aerogels, with a polymeric material to increase strength of such materials without adversely affecting porosity or low density. This innovation introduces the polymer precursor into the sol before gelation either as an agent, which co-reacts with the oxide gel, or as soluble polymer precursors, which do not interact with the oxide gel in any way. Subsequent exposure to heat, light, catalyst or other method of promoting polymerization causes cross-linking without any additional infiltration steps.

  15. Transglutaminase catalyzed cross-linking of sodium caseinate improves oxidative stability of flaxseed oil emulsion.

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    Ma, Hairan; Forssell, Pirkko; Kylli, Petri; Lampi, Anna-Maija; Buchert, Johanna; Boer, Harry; Partanen, Riitta

    2012-06-20

    Sodium caseinate was modified by transglutaminase catalyzed cross-linking reaction prior to the emulsification process in order to study the effect of cross-linking on the oxidative stability of protein stabilized emulsions. The extent of the cross-linking catalyzed by different dosages of transglutaminase was investigated by following the ammonia production during the reaction and using SDS-PAGE gel. O/W emulsions prepared with the cross-linked and non-cross-linked sodium caseinates were stored for 30 days under the same conditions. Peroxide value measurement, oxygen consumption measurement, and headspace gas chromatography analysis were used to study the oxidative stability of the emulsions. The emulsion made of the cross-linked sodium caseinate showed an improved oxidative stability with reduced formation of fatty acid hydroperoxides and volatiles and a longer period of low rate oxygen consumption. The improving effect of transglutaminase catalyzed cross-linking could be most likely attributed to the enhanced physical stability of the interfacial protein layer against competitive adsorption by oil oxidation products. PMID:22655797

  16. Arabinosylation Plays a Crucial Role in Extensin Cross-linking In Vitro

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    Chen, Yuning; Dong, Wen; Tan, Li; Held, Michael A; Kieliszewski, Marcia J

    2015-01-01

    Extensins (EXTs) are hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins (HRGPs) that are structural components of the plant primary cell wall. They are basic proteins and are highly glycosylated with carbohydrate accounting for >50% of their dry weight. Carbohydrate occurs as monogalactosyl serine and arabinosyl hydroxyproline, with arabinosides ranging in size from ~1 to 4 or 5 residues. Proposed functions of EXT arabinosylation include stabilizing the polyproline II helix structure and facilitating EXT cross-linking. Here, the involvement of arabinosylation in EXT cross-linking was investigated by assaying the initial cross-linking rate and degree of cross-linking of partially or fully de-arabinosylated EXTs using an in vitro cross-linking assay followed by gel permeation chromatography. Our results indicate that EXT arabinosylation is required for EXT cross-linking in vitro and the fourth arabinosyl residue in the tetraarabinoside chain, which is uniquely ?-linked, may determine the initial cross-linking rate. Our results also confirm the conserved structure of the oligoarabinosides across species, indicating an evolutionary significance for EXT arabinosylation. PMID:26568683

  17. Cross-linked carbon nanotube heat spreader

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    Konesky, Gregory

    2014-09-01

    Isolated individual carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have shown exceptional thermal conductivity along their axis, but have poor thermal transfer between adjacent CNTs. Thick bundles of aligned CNTs have been used as heat pipes, but the thermal input and output areas are the same, providing no heat spreading effect. Energetic argon ion beams are used to join, or cross-link overlapping CNTs in a thick film to form an interpenetrating network with an isotropic thermal conductivity of 2150 W/m-K. Such thick films may be used as heat spreaders to enlarge the thermal footprint of various electronic and semiconductor devices, laser diodes and CPU chips, for example, to enhance cooling.

  18. Tea Derived Galloylated Polyphenols Cross-Link Purified Gastrointestinal Mucins

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    Georgiades, Pantelis; Pudney, Paul D. A.; Rogers, Sarah; Thornton, David J.; Waigh, Thomas A.

    2014-01-01

    Polyphenols derived from tea are thought to be important for human health. We show using a combination of particle tracking microrheology and small-angle neutron scattering that polyphenols acts as cross-linkers for purified gastrointestinal mucin, derived from the stomach and the duodenum. Both naturally derived purified polyphenols, and green and black tea extracts are shown to act as cross-linkers. The main active cross-linking component is found to be the galloylated forms of catechins. The viscosity, elasticity and relaxation time of the mucin solutions experience an order of magnitude change in value upon addition of the polyphenol cross-linkers. Similarly small-angle neutron scattering experiments demonstrate a sol-gel transition with the addition of polyphenols, with a large increase in the scattering at low angles, which is attributed to the formation of large scale (>10 nm) heterogeneities during gelation. Cross-linking of mucins by polyphenols is thus expected to have an impact on the physicochemical environment of both the stomach and duodenum; polyphenols are expected to modulate the barrier properties of mucus, nutrient absorption through mucus and the viscoelastic microenvironments of intestinal bacteria. PMID:25162539

  19. Covalently Cross-Linked Arabinoxylans Films for Debaryomyces hansenii Entrapment.

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    González-Estrada, Ramsés; Calderón-Santoyo, Montserrat; Carvajal-Millan, Elizabeth; Ascencio Valle, Felipe de Jesús; Ragazzo-Sánchez, Juan Arturo; Brown-Bojorquez, Francisco; Rascón-Chu, Agustín

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, wheat water extractable arabinoxylans (WEAX) were isolated and characterized, and their capability to form covalently cross-linked films in presence of Debaryomyces hansenii was evaluated. WEAX presented an arabinose to xylose ratio of 0.60, a ferulic acid and diferulic acid content of 2.1 and 0.04 µg?mg(-1) WEAX, respectively and a Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FT-IR) spectrum typical of WEAX. The intrinsic viscosity and viscosimetric molecular weight values for WEAX were 3.6 dL?g(-1) and 440 kDa, respectively. The gelation of WEAX (1% w/v) with and without D. hansenii (1 × 10(7) CFU?cm(-2)) was rheologically investigated by small amplitude oscillatory shear. The entrapment of D. hansenii decreased gel elasticity from 1.4 to 0.3 Pa, probably by affecting the physical interactions between WEAX chains. Covalently cross-linked WEAX films containing D. hansenii were prepared by casting. Scanning electron microscopy images show that WEAX films containing D. hansenii were porous and consisted of granular-like and fibre microstructures. Average tensile strength, elongation at break and Young's modulus values dropped when D. hansenii was present in the film. Covalently cross-lined WEAX containing D. hansenii could be a suitable as a functional entrapping film. PMID:26102070

  20. Biology and biotechnology of hyaluronan.

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    Viola, Manuela; Vigetti, Davide; Karousou, Evgenia; D'Angelo, Maria Luisa; Caon, Ilaria; Moretto, Paola; De Luca, Giancarlo; Passi, Alberto

    2015-05-01

    The hyaluronan (HA) polymer is a critical component of extracellular matrix with a remarkable structure: is a linear and unbranched polymer without sulphate or phosphate groups. It is ubiquitous in mammals showing several biological functions, ranging from cell proliferation and migration to angiogenesis and inflammation. For its critical biological functions the amount of HA in tissues is carefully controlled by different mechanisms including covalent modification of the synthetic enzymes and epigenetic control of their gene expression. The concentration of HA is also critical in several pathologies including cancer, diabetes and inflammation. Beside these biological roles, the structural properties of HA allow it to take advantage of its capacity to form gels even at concentration of 1 % producing scaffolds with very promising applications in regenerative medicine as biocompatible material for advanced therapeutic uses. In this review we highlight the biological aspects of HA addressing the mechanisms controlling the HA content in tissues as well as its role in important human pathologies. In the second part of the review we highlight the different use of HA polymers in the modern biotechnology. PMID:25971701

  1. Biology of hyaluronan: Insights from genetic disorders of hyaluronan metabolism

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    Triggs-Raine, Barbara; Natowicz, Marvin R

    2015-01-01

    Hyaluronan is a rapidly turned over component of the vertebrate extracellular matrix. Its levels are determined, in part, by the hyaluronan synthases, HAS1, HAS2, and HAS3, and three hyaluronidases, HYAL1, HYAL2 and HYAL3. Hyaluronan binding proteins also regulate hyaluronan levels although their involvement is less well understood. To date, two genetic disorders of hyaluronan metabolism have been reported in humans: HYAL1 deficiency (Mucopolysaccharidosis IX) in four individuals with joint pathology as the predominant phenotypic finding and HAS2 deficiency in a single person having cardiac pathology. However, inherited disorders and induced mutations affecting hyaluronan metabolism have been characterized in other species. Overproduction of hyaluronan by HAS2 results in skin folding and thickening in shar-pei dogs and the naked mole rat, whereas a complete deficiency of HAS2 causes embryonic lethality in mice due to cardiac defects. Deficiencies of murine HAS1 and HAS3 result in a predisposition to seizures. Like humans, mice with HYAL1 deficiency exhibit joint pathology. Mice lacking HYAL2 have variably penetrant developmental defects, including skeletal and cardiac anomalies. Thus, based on mutant animal models, a partial deficiency of HAS2 or HYAL2 might be compatible with survival in humans, while complete deficiencies of HAS1, HAS3, and HYAL3 may yet be recognized. PMID:26322170

  2. Biology of hyaluronan: Insights from genetic disorders of hyaluronan metabolism.

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    Triggs-Raine, Barbara; Natowicz, Marvin R

    2015-08-26

    Hyaluronan is a rapidly turned over component of the vertebrate extracellular matrix. Its levels are determined, in part, by the hyaluronan synthases, HAS1, HAS2, and HAS3, and three hyaluronidases, HYAL1, HYAL2 and HYAL3. Hyaluronan binding proteins also regulate hyaluronan levels although their involvement is less well understood. To date, two genetic disorders of hyaluronan metabolism have been reported in humans: HYAL1 deficiency (Mucopolysaccharidosis IX) in four individuals with joint pathology as the predominant phenotypic finding and HAS2 deficiency in a single person having cardiac pathology. However, inherited disorders and induced mutations affecting hyaluronan metabolism have been characterized in other species. Overproduction of hyaluronan by HAS2 results in skin folding and thickening in shar-pei dogs and the naked mole rat, whereas a complete deficiency of HAS2 causes embryonic lethality in mice due to cardiac defects. Deficiencies of murine HAS1 and HAS3 result in a predisposition to seizures. Like humans, mice with HYAL1 deficiency exhibit joint pathology. Mice lacking HYAL2 have variably penetrant developmental defects, including skeletal and cardiac anomalies. Thus, based on mutant animal models, a partial deficiency of HAS2 or HYAL2 might be compatible with survival in humans, while complete deficiencies of HAS1, HAS3, and HYAL3 may yet be recognized. PMID:26322170

  3. Chicken corneocyte cross-linked proteome.

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    Rice, Robert H; Winters, Brett R; Durbin-Johnson, Blythe P; Rocke, David M

    2013-02-01

    Shotgun proteomic analysis was performed of epidermal scale, feather, beak and claw from the domestic chicken. To this end, the samples were separated first into solubilized and particulate fractions, the latter enriched in isopeptide cross-linking, by exhaustive extraction in sodium dodecyl sulfate under reducing conditions. Among the 205 proteins identified were 17 keratins (types ? and ?), 51 involved in protein synthesis, 8 junctional, 8 histone, 5 heat shock, and 5 14-3-3 proteins. Considerable overlap among the beak, claw, feather, and scale samples was observed in protein profiles, but those from beak and claw were the most similar. Scale and feather profiles were the most distinctive, each exhibiting specific proteins. Less than 20% of the proteins were found only in the detergent-solubilized fraction, while 34-57% were found only in the particulate fraction, depending on the source, and the rest in both fractions. The results provide the first comprehensive analysis of the content of these cornified structures, reveal the efficient use of available proteins in conferring mechanical and chemical stability to them, and emphasize the importance of isopeptide cross-linking in avian epithelial cornification. PMID:23256538

  4. Corneal collagen cross-linking: A review

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    O’Brart, David P.S.

    2014-01-01

    The aim was to review the published literature on corneal collagen cross-linking. The emphasis was on the seminal publications, systemic reviews, meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials. Where such an evidence did not exist, selective large series cohort studies, case controlled studies and case series with follow-up preferably greater than 12 months were included. Riboflavin/Ultraviolet A (UVA) corneal collagen cross-linking appears to be the first treatment modality to halt the progression of keratoconus and other corneal ectatic disorders with improvement in visual, keratometric and topographic parameters documented by most investigators. Its precise mechanism of action at a molecular level is as yet not fully determined. Follow-up is limited to 4–6 years at present but suggests continued stability and improvement in corneal shape with time. Most published data are with epithelium-off techniques. Epithelium-on studies suggest some efficacy but less than with the epithelium-off procedures and long-term data are not currently available. The use of Riboflavin/UVA CXL for the management of infectious and non-infectious keratitis appears very promising. Its use in the management of bullous keratopathy is equivocal. Investigation of other methodologies for CXL are under investigation. PMID:25000866

  5. Interactions between colloids induced by a soft cross-linked polymer substrate

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    Lorenzo Di Michele; Taiki Yanagishima; Anthony R. Brewer; Jurij Kotar; Seth Fraden; Erika Eiser

    2011-06-20

    Using video-microscopy imaging we demonstrate the existence of a short-ranged equilibrium attraction between heavy silica colloids diffusing on soft surfaces of cross-linked polymer gels. The inter-colloid potential can be tuned by changing the gel stiffness or by coating the colloids with a polymer layer. On sufficiently soft substrates, the interaction induced by the polymer matrix leads to large-scale colloidal aggregation. We correlate the in-plane interaction with a colloid-surface attraction.

  6. Reaction of nucleic acids with cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II): interstrand cross-links

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    Rahmouni, A.; Leng, M.

    1987-11-17

    In the reaction of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cis-DDP) with double-helical (dC-dG)/sub 4/-(dC-dG)/sub 4/ or (dC-dG)/sub 5/-(dC-dG)/sub 5/, intrastrand and interstrand cross-links between two guanine residues are formed. This is shown by gel electrophoresis in denaturing conditions of the reaction products and by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of the products digested with nuclease P1. In the reaction of cis-DDP and poly(dG-dC)-poly(dG-dC), at relatively low levels of platination, it is mainly interstrand cross-links between two guanine residues that are formed. This is shown by HPLC analysis of the nuclease P1 digest and by gel electrophoresis in denaturing and nondenaturing conditions of the platinated polymer after cleavage with the restriction enzyme HhaI. Moreover, the antibodies to platinated poly(dG-dC)-poly(dG-dC) cross-react with the interstrand cross-linked (dC-dG)/sub 4/ or (dC-dG)/sub 5/ but not with the intrastrand cross-linked (dG-dC)/sub 4/ or (dC-dG)/sub 5/. These antibodies cross-react with platinated natural DNA. The amount of interstrand cross-links deduced from radioimmunoassays (0.5% of the total bound platinum) is lower than that (2%) deduced by gel electrophoresis in denaturing conditions of a platinated DNA restriction fragment. By gel electrophoresis, it is also shown that in vitro the isomer trans-DDP is more efficient in forming interstrand cross-links than cis-DDP.

  7. Solid stress facilitates spheroid formation: potential involvement of hyaluronan.

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    Koike, C; McKee, T D; Pluen, A; Ramanujan, S; Burton, K; Munn, L L; Boucher, Y; Jain, R K

    2002-03-18

    When neoplastic cells grow in confined spaces in vivo, they exert a finite force on the surrounding tissue resulting in the generation of solid stress. By growing multicellular spheroids in agarose gels of defined mechanical properties, we have recently shown that solid stress inhibits the growth of spheroids and that this growth-inhibiting stress ranges from 45 to 120 mmHg. Here we show that solid stress facilitates the formation of spheroids in the highly metastatic Dunning R3327 rat prostate carcinoma AT3.1 cells, which predominantly do not grow as spheroids in free suspension. The maximum size and the growth rate of the resulting spheroids decreased with increasing stress. Relieving solid stress by enzymatic digestion of gels resulted in gradual loss of spheroidal morphology in 8 days. In contrast, the low metastatic variant AT2.1 cells, which grow as spheroids in free suspension as well as in the gels, maintained their spheroidal morphology even after stress removal. Histological examination revealed that most cells in AT2.1 spheroids are in close apposition whereas a regular matrix separates the cells in the AT3.1 gel spheroids. Staining with the hyaluronan binding protein revealed that the matrix between AT3.1 cells in agarose contained hyaluronan, while AT3.1 cells had negligible or no hyaluronan when grown in free suspension. Hyaluronan was found to be present in both free suspensions and agarose gel spheroids of AT2.1. We suggest that cell-cell adhesion may be adequate for spheroid formation, whereas solid stress may be required to form spheroids when cell-matrix adhesion is predominant. These findings have significant implications for tumour growth, invasion and metastasis. PMID:11953828

  8. Corneal cross-linking treatment of keratoconus

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    Farjadnia, Mahgol; Naderan, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Keratoconus as the most common cause of ectasia is one of the leading cause of corneal transplants worldwide. The current available therapies do not modify the underlying pathogenesis of the disease, and none of the available approaches but corneal transplant hinder the ongoing ectasia. Several studies document Crosslink defect between collagen fibrils in the pathogenesis of keratoconus. Collagen cross link is a relatively new approach that with the application of the riboflavin and ultraviolet A, new covalent bands reform. Subjective and objective results following this method seem to be promising. Endothelial damage besides other deep structural injury, which is the major concern of this technique have not yet been reported, when applying the standard method.

  9. Synthesis and Properties of Cross-Linked Polyamide Aerogels

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    Williams, Jarrod C.; Meador, Mary Ann; McCorkle, Linda

    2015-01-01

    We report the first synthesis of cross-linked polyamide aerogels through step growth polymerization using a combination of diamines, diacid chloride and triacid chloride. Polyamide oligomers endcapped with amines are prepared as stable solutions in N-methylpyrrolidinone from several different diamine precursors and 1,3-benzenedicarbonyl dichloride. Addition of 1,3,5-benzenetricarbonyl trichloride yields gels which form in under five minutes according to the scheme shown. Solvent exchange of the gels into ethanol, followed by drying using supercritical CO2 extraction gives colorless aerogels with densities around 0.1 to 0.2 gcm3. Thicker monolithes of the polyamide aerogels are stiff and strong, while thin films of certain formulations are highly flexible, durable, and even translucent. These materials may have use as insulation for deployable space structures, rovers, habitats or extravehicular activity suits as well as in many terrestrial applications. Strucure property relationships of the aerogels, including surface area, mechanical properties, and thermal conductivity will be discussed.

  10. In situ forming chitosan hydrogels prepared via ionic/covalent co-cross-linking.

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    Moura, M José; Faneca, H; Lima, M Pedroso; Gil, M Helena; Figueiredo, M Margarida

    2011-09-12

    In situ forming chitosan hydrogels have been prepared via coupled ionic and covalent cross-linking. Thus, different amounts of genipin (0.05, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.20% (w/w)), used as a chemical cross-linker, were added to a solution of chitosan that was previously neutralized with a glycerol-phosphate complex (ionic cross-linker). In this way, it was possible to overcome the pH barrier of the chitosan solution, to preserve its thermosensitive character, and to enhance the extent of cross-linking in the matrix simultaneously. To investigate the contributions of the ionic cross-linking and the chemical cross-linking, separately, we prepared the hydrogels without the addition of either genipin or the glycerol-phosphate complex. The addition of genipin to the neutralized solution disturbs the ionic cross-linking process and the chemical cross-linking becomes the dominant process. Moreover, the genipin concentration was used to modulate the network structure and performance. The more promising formulations were fully characterized, in a hydrated state, with respect to any equilibrium swelling, the development of internal structure, the occurrence of in vitro degradability and cytotoxicity, and the creation of in vivo injectability. Each of the hydrogel systems exhibited a notably high equilibrium water content, arising from the fact that their internal structure (examined by conventional SEM, and environmental SEM) was highly porous with interconnecting pores. The porosity and the pore size distribution were quantified by mercury intrusion porosimetry. Although all gels became degraded in the presence of lysozyme, their degradation rate greatly depended on the genipin load. Through in vitro viability tests, the hydrogel-based formulations were shown to be nontoxic. The in vivo injection of a co-cross-linking formulation revealed that the gel was rapidly formed and localized at the injection site, remaining in position for at least 1 week. PMID:21774479

  11. Gauging and Tuning Cross-Linking Kinetics of Catechol-PEG Adhesives via Catecholamine Functionalization.

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    Paez, Julieta I; Ustahüseyin, Oya; Serrano, Cristina; Ton, Xuan-Anh; Shafiq, Zahid; Auernhammer, Günter K; d'Ischia, Marco; Del Campo, Aránzazu

    2015-12-14

    The curing time of an adhesive material is determined by the polymerization and cross-linking kinetics of the adhesive formulation and needs to be optimized for the particular application. Here, we explore the possibility of tuning the polymerization kinetics and final mechanical properties of tissue-adhesive PEG gels formed by polymerization of end-functionalized star-PEGs with catecholamines with varying substituents. We show strong differences in cross-linking time and cohesiveness of the final gels among the catecholamine-PEG variants. Installation of an electron-withdrawing but ?-electron donating chloro substituent on the catechol ring resulted in faster and more efficient cross-linking, while opposite effects were observed with the strongly electron-withdrawing nitro group. Chain substitution slowed down the kinetics and hindered cross-linking due either to chain breakdown (?-OH group, in norepinephrine) or intramolecular cyclization (?-carboxyl group, in DOPA). Interesting perspectives derive from use of mixtures of catecholamine-PEG precursors offering further opportunities for fine-tuning of the curing parameters. These are interesting properties for the application of catecholamine-PEG gels as tissue glues or biomaterials for cell encapsulation. PMID:26583428

  12. Cross-Link Guided Molecular Modeling with ROSETTA

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    Leitner, Alexander; Rosenberger, George; Aebersold, Ruedi; Malmström, Lars

    2013-01-01

    Chemical cross-links identified by mass spectrometry generate distance restraints that reveal low-resolution structural information on proteins and protein complexes. The technology to reliably generate such data has become mature and robust enough to shift the focus to the question of how these distance restraints can be best integrated into molecular modeling calculations. Here, we introduce three workflows for incorporating distance restraints generated by chemical cross-linking and mass spectrometry into ROSETTA protocols for comparative and de novo modeling and protein-protein docking. We demonstrate that the cross-link validation and visualization software Xwalk facilitates successful cross-link data integration. Besides the protocols we introduce XLdb, a database of chemical cross-links from 14 different publications with 506 intra-protein and 62 inter-protein cross-links, where each cross-link can be mapped on an experimental structure from the Protein Data Bank. Finally, we demonstrate on a protein-protein docking reference data set the impact of virtual cross-links on protein docking calculations and show that an inter-protein cross-link can reduce on average the RMSD of a docking prediction by 5.0 Å. The methods and results presented here provide guidelines for the effective integration of chemical cross-link data in molecular modeling calculations and should advance the structural analysis of particularly large and transient protein complexes via hybrid structural biology methods. PMID:24069194

  13. Cross-Linking Aromatic Polymers With Ionizing Radiation

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    Bell, Vernon L.; Havens, Stephen J.

    1987-01-01

    Resistance to heat and solvents increased. Certain aromatic polymers containing radiation-sensitive methylene groups cross-linked through methylene groups upon exposure to ionizing radiation. Cross-linked polymers resistant to most organic solvents and generally more resistant to high temperatures, with less tendency to creep under load. No significant embrittlement of parts fabricated from these polymers when degree of cross-linking, as controlled by irradiation dose, kept at moderate level.

  14. Structural Analysis and Mechanical Characterization of Hyaluronic Acid-Based Doubly Cross-Linked Networks

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    Jha, Amit K.; Hule, Rohan A.; Jiao, Tong; Teller, Sean S.; Clifton, Rodney J.; Duncan, Randall L.; Pochan, Darrin J.; Jia, Xinqiao

    2009-01-01

    We have created a new class of hyaluronic acid (HA)-based hydrogel materials with HA hydrogel particles (HGPs) embedded in and covalently cross-linked to a secondary network. HA HGPs with an average diameter of ?900 nm and narrow particle size distribution were synthesized using a refined reverse micelle polymerization technique. The average mesh size of the HGPs was estimated to be approximately 5.5 to 7.0 nm by a protein uptake experiment. Sodium periodate oxidation not only introduced aldehyde groups to the particles but also reduced the average particle size. The aldehyde groups generated were used as reactive handles for subsequent cross-linking with an HA derivative containing hydrazide groups. The resulting macroscopic gels contain two distinct hierarchical networks (doubly cross-linked networks, DXNs): one within individual particles and another among different particles. Bulk gels (BGs) formed by direct mixing of HA derivatives with mutually reactive groups were included for comparison. The hydrogel microstructures were collectively characterized by microscopy and neutron scattering techniques. Their viscoelasticity was quantified at low frequencies (0.1?10 Hz) using a controlled stress rheometer and at high frequencies (up to 200 Hz) with a home-built torsional wave apparatus. Both BGs and DXNs are stable elastic gels that become stiffer at higher frequencies. The HA-based DXN offers unique structural hierarchy and mechanical properties that are suitable for soft tissue regeneration. PMID:20046226

  15. Multi-Scale Modeling of Cross-Linked Nanotube Materials

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    Frankland, S. J. V.; Odegard, G. M.; Herzog, M. N.; Gates, T. S.; Fay, C. C.

    2005-01-01

    The effect of cross-linking single-walled carbon nanotubes on the Young's modulus of a nanotube-reinforced composite is modeled with a multi-scale method. The Young's modulus is predicted as a function of nanotube volume fraction and cross-link density. In this method, the constitutive properties of molecular representative volume elements are determined using molecular dynamics simulation and equivalent-continuum modeling. The Young's modulus is subsequently calculated for cross-linked nanotubes in a matrix which consists of the unreacted cross-linking agent. Two different cross-linking agents are used in this study, one that is short and rigid (Molecule A), and one that is long and flexible (Molecule B). Direct comparisons between the predicted elastic constants are made for the models in which the nanotubes are either covalently bonded or not chemically bonded to the cross-linking agent. At a nanotube volume fraction of 10%, the Young's modulus of Material A is not affected by nanotube crosslinking, while the Young's modulus of Material B is reduced by 64% when the nanotubes are cross-linked relative to the non-cross-linked material with the same matrix.

  16. Cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol films as alkaline battery separators

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    Sheibley, D. W.; Manzo, M. A.; Gonzalez-Sanabria, O. D.

    1982-01-01

    Cross-linking methods were investigated to determine their effect on the performance of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films as alkaline battery separators. The following types of cross-linked PVA films are discussed: (1) PVA-dialdehyde blends post-treated with an acid or acid periodate solution (two-step method) and (2) PVA-dialdehyde blends cross-linked during film formation (drying) by using a reagent with both aldehyde and acid functionality (one-step method). Laboratory samples of each cross-linked type of film were prepared and evaluated in standard separator screening tests. The pilot-plant batches of films were prepared and compared to measure differences due to the cross-linking method. The pilot-plant materials were then tested in nickel oxide - zinc cells to compare the two methods with respect to performance characteristics and cycle life. Cell test results are compared with those from tests with Celgard.

  17. Cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol films as alkaline battery separators

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    Sheibley, D. W.; Manzo, M. A.; Gonzalez-Sanabria, O. D.

    1983-01-01

    Cross-linking methods have been investigated to determine their effect on the performance of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films as alkaline battery separators. The following types of cross-linked PVA films are discussed: (1) PVA-dialdehyde blends post-treated with an acid or acid periodate solution (two-step method) and (2) PVA-dialdehyde blends cross-linked during film formation (drying) by using a reagent with both aldehyde and acid functionality (one-step method). Laboratory samples of each cross-linked type of film were prepared and evaluated in standard separator screening tests. Then pilot-plant batches of films were prepared and compared to measure differences due to the cross-linking method. The pilot-plant materials were then tested in nickel oxide-zinc cells to compare the two methods with respect to performance characteristics and cycle life. Cell test results are compared with those from tests with Celgard.

  18. Cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol and method of making same

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    Hsu, L. C.; Sheibley, D. W.; Philipp, W. H. (inventors)

    1981-01-01

    A film-forming polyvinyl alcohol polymer is mixed with a polyaldehyde-polysaccharide cross-linking agent having at least two monosaccharide units and a plurality of aldehyde groups per molecule, perferably an average of at least one aldehyde group per monosaccharide units. The cross-linking agent, such as a polydialdehyde starch, is used in an amount of about 2.5 to 20% of the theoretical amount required to cross-link all of the available hydroxyl groups of the polyvinyl alcohol polymer. Reaction between the polymer and cross-linking agent is effected in aqueous acidic solution to produce the cross-linked polymer. The polymer product has low electrical resistivity and other properties rendering it suitable for making separators for alkaline batteries.

  19. Fabrication of cross-linked polyethyleneimine microfibers by reactive electrospinning with in situ photo-cross-linking by UV radiation.

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    Xu, Xiaoming; Zhang, Jian-Feng; Fan, Yuwei

    2010-09-13

    The objective of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of fabrication of cross-linked polyethyleneimine microfibers by a reactive photo-electrospinning technology. Linear polyethyleneimine (L-PEI) has been grafted with cross-linkable methacrylate moiety by reaction with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), enabling the polymer to cross-link upon UV exposure. The photo-cross-linking reaction was characterized by a photo-rheometer. Neat L-PEI or methacrylated L-PEI tends to aggregate rendering it very difficult to electrospin into microfibers. A high molecular weight polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is an efficient chain entanglement enhancer for both L-PEI and methacrylated L-PEI and helpful to maintain fibrous structure. An optimized composition consisted of 10% methacrylated L-PEI (less than 14.8% methacrylation of total L-PEI) combined with 2% PVP and 1% photoinitiator in ethanol was successfully electrospun into smooth cross-linked microfibers using the reactive electrospinning device. Diameters of cross-linked fibers can be controlled from 419 nm to 2 ?m depending on methacrylation degree and UV irradiation intensity. The resultant cross-linked L-PEI microfibers have demonstrated significantly improved solvent resistance, thermal stability, and mechanical properties. The distinguished characteristics of this novel reactive electrospinning technology are the high cross-linking efficiency and minimal toxic chemical residues in the products. The stability of the fibers can be readily modified and controlled by the cross-linking degree, which is of great importance for biomedical applications. PMID:20690594

  20. Elasticity of cross-linked semiflexible biopolymers under tension

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    von der Heydt, Alice; Wilkin, Daniel; Benetatos, Panayotis; Zippelius, Annette

    2013-09-01

    Aiming at the mechanical properties of cross-linked biopolymers, we set up and analyze a model of two weakly bending wormlike chains subjected to a tensile force, with regularly spaced inter-chain bonds (cross-links) represented by harmonic springs. Within this model, we compute the force-extension curve and the differential stiffness exactly and discuss several limiting cases. Cross-links effectively stiffen the chain pair by reducing thermal fluctuations transverse to the force and alignment direction. The extra alignment due to cross-links increases both with growing number and with growing strength of the cross-links, and is most prominent for small force f. For large f, the additional, cross-link-induced extension is subdominant except for the case of linking the chains rigidly and continuously along their contour. In this combined limit, we recover asymptotically the elasticity of a weakly bending wormlike chain without constraints, stiffened by a factor of 4. The increase in differential stiffness can be as large as 100% for small f or large numbers of cross-links.

  1. Chemoselective cross-linking and functionalization of alginate via Staudinger ligation

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    Gattás-Asfura, Kerim M.; Stabler, Cherie L.

    2010-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate the applicability of functionalized alginate to serve as a platform for the covalent cross-linking or immobilization of complimentary phosphine functionalized groups via the chemoselective Staudinger ligation scheme. Azide groups were covalently linked to alginate through a heterobifunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG) linker and carbodiimide. Degree of azide functionalization was varied as a function of carbodiimide concentration and determined by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) and infrared spectroscopy. Spontaneous and covalently cross-linked alginate-PEG gels were generated via the Staudinger ligation scheme upon incubation of the azide functionalized alginate with PEG chains having 1-methyl-2-diphenylphosphino-terephthalate (MDT) as end groups. Modulation of the MDT to N3 ratio resulted in variability of gel characteristics. In addition, azide functionalized alginate retained its capacity to instantaneously form hydrogels via electrostatic interaction with multivalent cations such as Ca2+ and Ba2+. Subsequently, covalent linkage of phosphine functionalized agents post-gelation of the alginate was feasible, as illustrated via linkage of MDT-PEG-carboxyfluorescein. Capitalization of the chemoselective and cell compatible Staudinger ligation scheme for covalent cross-linking of alginate hydrogels may enhance the utility of this polymer for the stable encapsulation of various cell types, in addition to their use in the immobilization of labeling agents, proteins, and other bioactive molecules. PMID:19848408

  2. Cross-linked carbon nanotubes buckygel actuators: an in-depth study

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    Gendron, David; Bubak, Grzegorz; Ceseracciu, Luca; Ansaldo, Alberto; Ricci, Davide

    2015-04-01

    Recently, materials that can convert electrical energy into mechanical work have drawn great attention. Applications in robotics, tactile or optical displays and microelectrochemical systems are currently investigated. Likewise, interest in actuators devices is increasing toward applications where low voltage and low weight properties are required. One way to achieve such prerequisites is to combine the mechanical and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with the stability and conductivity of ionic liquids. Indeed, the CNTs can be dispersed in ionic liquids to form hybrid composites also named bucky gels, thanks to the non-covalent (?-? stacking and cation-?) interactions. In our previous studies, we demonstrated an improvement in actuator performance whilst using cross-linked CNTs. Indeed, our preliminary results showed an increase in the capacitance together with a faster response of the actuator. At the time, these results were explained by an actuation mechanism model. Herein, we designed new experiments in order to allow us to get a deeper insight in the effect the crosslinking process on the carbon nanotubes properties. Thus, we present a set of electromechanical and electrochemical data that shed light on the chemical modification of the CNTs, the different cross-linking strategies and also on the uses of cross-linked CNTS polymer blends. Finally, corresponding bucky gels actuators performances will also be discussed.

  3. Dynamic Role of Cross-Linking Proteins in Actin Rheology

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    Kim, Taeyoon

    We develop a computational model to compare the relative importance of unbinding and unfolding of actin cross-linking proteins (ACPs) in the dynamic properties of the actin cytoskeleton. We show that in the strain-stiffening ...

  4. Large Scale Chemical Cross-linking Mass Spectrometry Perspectives.

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    Zybailov, Boris L; Glazko, Galina V; Jaiswal, Mihir; Raney, Kevin D

    2013-02-01

    The spectacular heterogeneity of a complex protein mixture from biological samples becomes even more difficult to tackle when one's attention is shifted towards different protein complex topologies, transient interactions, or localization of PPIs. Meticulous protein-by-protein affinity pull-downs and yeast-two-hybrid screens are the two approaches currently used to decipher proteome-wide interaction networks. Another method is to employ chemical cross-linking, which gives not only identities of interactors, but could also provide information on the sites of interactions and interaction interfaces. Despite significant advances in mass spectrometry instrumentation over the last decade, mapping Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs) using chemical cross-linking remains time consuming and requires substantial expertise, even in the simplest of systems. While robust methodologies and software exist for the analysis of binary PPIs and also for the single protein structure refinement using cross-linking-derived constraints, undertaking a proteome-wide cross-linking study is highly complex. Difficulties include i) identifying cross-linkers of the right length and selectivity that could capture interactions of interest; ii) enrichment of the cross-linked species; iii) identification and validation of the cross-linked peptides and cross-linked sites. In this review we examine existing literature aimed at the large-scale protein cross-linking and discuss possible paths for improvement. We also discuss short-length cross-linkers of broad specificity such as formaldehyde and diazirine-based photo-cross-linkers. These cross-linkers could potentially capture many types of interactions, without strict requirement for a particular amino-acid to be present at a given protein-protein interface. How these shortlength, broad specificity cross-linkers be applied to proteome-wide studies? We will suggest specific advances in methodology, instrumentation and software that are needed to make such a leap. PMID:25045217

  5. Cross-linking and the molecular packing of corneal collagen

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    Yamauchi, M.; Chandler, G. S.; Tanzawa, H.; Katz, E. P.

    1996-01-01

    We have quantitatively characterized, for the first time, the cross-linking in bovine cornea collagen as a function of age. The major iminium reducible cross-links were dehydro-hydroxylysinonorleucine (deH-HLNL) and dehydro-histidinohydroxymerodesmosine (deH-HHMD). The former rapidly diminished after birth; however, the latter persisted in mature animals at a level of 0.3 - 0.4 moles/mole of collagen. A nonreducible cross-link, histidinohydroxylysinonorleucine (HHL), previously found only in skin, was also found to be a major mature cross-link in cornea. The presence of HHL indicates that cornea fibrils have a molecular packing similar to skin collagen. However, like deH-HHMD, the HHL content in corneal fibrils only reaches a maximum value with time about half that of skin. These data suggest that the corneal fibrils are comprised of discrete filaments that are internally stabilized by HHL and deH-HHMD cross-links. This pattern of intermolecular cross-linking would facilitate the special collagen swelling property required for corneal transparency.

  6. ??? Cross-Links Increase Fibrin Fiber Elasticity and Stiffness

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    Helms, Christine C.; Ariëns, Robert A.S.; Uitte de Willige, S.; Standeven, Kristina F.; Guthold, Martin

    2012-01-01

    Fibrin fibers, which are ?100 nm in diameter, are the major structural component of a blood clot. The mechanical properties of single fibrin fibers determine the behavior of a blood clot and, thus, have a critical influence on heart attacks, strokes, and embolisms. Cross-linking is thought to fortify blood clots; though, the role of ?–? cross-links in fibrin fiber assembly and their effect on the mechanical properties of single fibrin fibers are poorly understood. To address this knowledge gap, we used a combined fluorescence and atomic force microscope technique to determine the stiffness (modulus), extensibility, and elasticity of individual, uncross-linked, exclusively ?–? cross-linked (?Q398N/Q399N/K406R fibrinogen variant), and completely cross-linked fibrin fibers. Exclusive ?–? cross-linking results in 2.5× stiffer and 1.5× more elastic fibers, whereas full cross-linking results in 3.75× stiffer, 1.2× more elastic, but 1.2× less extensible fibers, as compared to uncross-linked fibers. On the basis of these results and data from the literature, we propose a model in which the ?-C region plays a significant role in inter- and intralinking of fibrin molecules and protofibrils, endowing fibrin fibers with increased stiffness and elasticity. PMID:22225811

  7. Thermogelling and Chemoselectively Cross-Linked Hydrogels with Controlled Mechanical Properties and Degradation Behavior.

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    Boere, Kristel W M; van den Dikkenberg, Joep; Gao, Yuan; Visser, Jetze; Hennink, Wim E; Vermonden, Tina

    2015-09-14

    Chemoselectively cross-linked hydrogels have recently gained increasing attention for the development of novel, injectable biomaterials given their limited side reactions. In this study, we compared the properties of hydrogels obtained by native chemical ligation (NCL) and its recently described variation termed oxo-ester-mediated native chemical ligation (OMNCL) in combination with temperature-induced physical gelation. Triblock copolymers consisting of cysteine functionalities, thermoresponsive N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) units and degradable moieties were mixed with functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) cross-linkers. Thioester or N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) functionalities attached to PEG reacted with cysteine residues of the triblock copolymers via either an NCL or OMNCL pathway. The combined physical and chemical cross-linking resulted in rapid network formation and mechanically strong hydrogels. Stiffness of the hydrogels was highest for thermogels that were covalently linked via OMNCL. Specifically, the storage modulus after 4 h reached a value of 26 kPa, which was over a 100 times higher than hydrogels formed by solely thermal physical interactions. Endothelial cells showed high cell viability of 98 ± 2% in the presence of OMNCL cross-linked hydrogels after 16 h of incubation, in contrast to a low cell viability (13 ± 7%) for hydrogels obtained by NCL cross-linking. Lysozyme was loaded in the gels and after 2 days more than 90% was released, indicating that the cross-linking reaction was indeed chemoselective as the protein was not covalently grafted to the hydrogel network. Moreover, the degradation rates of these hydrogels under physiological conditions could be tailored from 12 days up to 6 months by incorporation of a monomer containing a hydrolyzable lactone ring in the thermosensitive triblock copolymer. These results demonstrate a high tunability of mechanical properties and degradation rates of these in situ forming hydrogels that could be used for a variety of biomedical applications. PMID:26237583

  8. Enzymatically cross-linked bovine lactoferrin as injectable hydrogel for cell delivery.

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    Amini, Ashley A; Kan, Ho-Man; Cui, Zhanwu; Maye, Peter; Nair, Lakshmi S

    2014-11-01

    Lactoferrin (LF), a 78?kDa glycoprotein, has recently been recognized as an effector molecule in the skeleton due to its ability to decrease osteoclastogenesis and increase osteoblast proliferation, survival, and differentiation. The objective of the study is to investigate the feasibility of developing an injectable hydrogel from bovine lactoferrin (bLF) as a cell delivery vehicle. The study demonstrated the feasibility of cross-linking tyramine substituted bLF in the presence of horse radish peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The gel presented a mild environment to maintain mouse bone marrow-derived stromal cell (mBMSC) viability and proliferation. Stromal cells derived from multiple gene reporter transgenic mouse (Ibsp-Topaz/Dmp1-mCherry) line showed the ability of the cells to undergo osteogenic differentiation in the hydrogel when cultured in mineralization media. The cross-linked gel supported protein phosphorylation/de-phosphorylation in the encapsulated MC3T3-E1 cells. bLF and bLF gel also showed the ability to modulate growth factor production in mBMSCs. PMID:24802947

  9. Enzymatically Cross-Linked Bovine Lactoferrin as Injectable Hydrogel for Cell Delivery

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    Amini, Ashley A.; Kan, Ho-Man; Cui, Zhanwu; Maye, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Lactoferrin (LF), a 78?kDa glycoprotein, has recently been recognized as an effector molecule in the skeleton due to its ability to decrease osteoclastogenesis and increase osteoblast proliferation, survival, and differentiation. The objective of the study is to investigate the feasibility of developing an injectable hydrogel from bovine lactoferrin (bLF) as a cell delivery vehicle. The study demonstrated the feasibility of cross-linking tyramine substituted bLF in the presence of horse radish peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The gel presented a mild environment to maintain mouse bone marrow-derived stromal cell (mBMSC) viability and proliferation. Stromal cells derived from multiple gene reporter transgenic mouse (Ibsp-Topaz/Dmp1-mCherry) line showed the ability of the cells to undergo osteogenic differentiation in the hydrogel when cultured in mineralization media. The cross-linked gel supported protein phosphorylation/de-phosphorylation in the encapsulated MC3T3-E1 cells. bLF and bLF gel also showed the ability to modulate growth factor production in mBMSCs. PMID:24802947

  10. Collagen/elastin hydrogels cross-linked by squaric acid.

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    Skopinska-Wisniewska, J; Kuderko, J; Bajek, A; Maj, M; Sionkowska, A; Ziegler-Borowska, M

    2016-03-01

    Hydrogels based on collagen and elastin are very valuable materials for medicine and tissue engineering. They are biocompatible; however their mechanical properties and resistance for enzymatic degradation need to be improved by cross-linking. Up to this point many reagents have been tested but more secure reactants are still sought. Squaric acid (SqAc), 3,4-dihydroxy 3-cyclobutene 1,2-dione, is a strong, cyclic acid, which reacts easily with amine groups. The properties of hydrogels based on collagen/elastin mixtures (95/5, 90/10) containing 5%, 10% and 20% of SqAc and neutralized via dialysis against deionized water were tested. Cross-linked, 3-D, transparent hydrogels were created. The cross-linked materials are stiffer and more resistant to enzymatic degradation than those that are unmodified. The pore size, swelling ability and surface polarity are reduced due to 5% and 10% of SqAc addition. At the same time, the cellular response is not significantly affected by the cross-linking. Therefore, squaric acid would be regarded as a safe, effective cross-linking agent. PMID:26706512

  11. Spectroscopic characterization of collagen cross-links in bone

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    Paschalis, E. P.; Verdelis, K.; Doty, S. B.; Boskey, A. L.; Mendelsohn, R.; Yamauchi, M.

    2001-01-01

    Collagen is the most abundant protein of the organic matrix in mineralizing tissues. One of its most critical properties is its cross-linking pattern. The intermolecular cross-linking provides the fibrillar matrices with mechanical properties such as tensile strength and viscoelasticity. In this study, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and FTIR imaging (FTIRI) analyses were performed in a series of biochemically characterized samples including purified collagen cross-linked peptides, demineralized bovine bone collagen from animals of different ages, collagen from vitamin B6-deficient chick homogenized bone and their age- and sex-matched controls, and histologically stained thin sections from normal human iliac crest biopsy specimens. One region of the FTIR spectrum of particular interest (the amide I spectral region) was resolved into its underlying components. Of these components, the relative percent area ratio of two subbands at approximately 1660 cm(-1) and approximately 1690 cm(-1) was related to collagen cross-links that are abundant in mineralized tissues (i.e., pyridinoline [Pyr] and dehydrodihydroxylysinonorleucine [deH-DHLNL]). This study shows that it is feasible to monitor Pyr and DHLNL collagen cross-links spatial distribution in mineralized tissues. The spectroscopic parameter established in this study may be used in FTIRI analyses, thus enabling the calculation of relative Pyr/DHLNL amounts in thin (approximately 5 microm) calcified tissue sections with a spatial resolution of approximately 7 microm.

  12. Self-Consistent Field Approach for Cross-Linked Copolymer Materials

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    Schmid, Friederike

    2013-07-01

    A generalized self-consistent field approach for polymer networks with a fixed topology is developed. It is shown that the theory reproduces the localization of cross-links, which is characteristic for gels. The theory is then used to study the order-disorder transition in regular networks of end-linked diblock copolymers. Compared to diblock copolymer melts, the transition is shifted towards lower values of the incompatibility parameter ? (the Flory- Huggins parameter). Moreover, the transition becomes strongly first order already at the mean-field level. If stress is applied, the transition is further shifted and finally vanishes in a critical point.

  13. Cross-link governed dynamics of biopolymer networks

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    Chase P. Broedersz; Martin Depken; Norman Y. Yao; Martin R. Pollak; David A. Weitz; Frederick C. MacKintosh

    2010-07-05

    Cytoskeletal networks of biopolymers are cross-linked by a variety of proteins. Experiments have shown that dynamic cross-linking with physiological linker proteins leads to complex stress relaxation and enables network flow at long times. We present a model for the mechanical properties of transient networks. By a combination of simulations and analytical techniques we show that a single microscopic timescale for cross-linker unbinding leads to a broad spectrum of macroscopic relaxation times, resulting in a weak power-law dependence of the shear modulus on frequency. By performing rheological experiments, we demonstrate that our model quantitatively describes the frequency behavior of actin network cross-linked with $\\alpha$-Actinin-$4$ over four decades in frequency.

  14. Cigarette smoke blocks cross-linking of elastin in vitro.

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    Laurent, P; Janoff, A; Kagan, H M

    1983-02-01

    Water-soluble components of the gas phase of filtered cigarette smoke inhibit formation of covalent desmosine cross-links during conversion of tropoelastin to elastin in vitro. These same smoke components also suppress lysyl-oxidase-catalyzed oxidation of lysine epsilon-amino groups in tropoelastin (the chemical step preceding formation of all elastin cross-links, including desmosine) in a dose-dependent fashion. However, gas phase smoke does not block the oxidation of diaminopentane by lysyl oxidase. Thus, gas phase cigarette smoke may possess substrate-directed (rather than enzyme-directed) inhibitory components capable of interfering with elastin cross-linking in vitro. Similar effects occurring in smokers' lungs could impede elastin repair and contribute to the development of pulmonary emphysema. PMID:6830036

  15. 21 CFR 878.3540 - Silicone gel-filled breast prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...breast prosthesis is a silicone rubber shell made of...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, filler, and stabilizers...shell and a silicone rubber outer shell, both...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, fillers, and...

  16. 21 CFR 878.3540 - Silicone gel-filled breast prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...breast prosthesis is a silicone rubber shell made of...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, filler, and stabilizers...shell and a silicone rubber outer shell, both...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, fillers, and...

  17. 21 CFR 878.3540 - Silicone gel-filled breast prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...breast prosthesis is a silicone rubber shell made of...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, filler, and stabilizers...shell and a silicone rubber outer shell, both...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, fillers, and...

  18. 21 CFR 878.3540 - Silicone gel-filled breast prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...breast prosthesis is a silicone rubber shell made of...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, filler, and stabilizers...shell and a silicone rubber outer shell, both...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, fillers, and...

  19. 21 CFR 878.3540 - Silicone gel-filled breast prosthesis.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...breast prosthesis is a silicone rubber shell made of...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, filler, and stabilizers...shell and a silicone rubber outer shell, both...cross-linked polymerized silicone gel, fillers, and...

  20. Cross-Linked Nanotube Materials with Variable Stiffness Tethers

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    Frankland, Sarah-Jane V.; Odegard, Gregory M.; Herzog, Matthew N.; Gates, Thomas S.; Fay, Catherine C.

    2004-01-01

    The constitutive properties of a cross-linked single-walled carbon nanotube material are predicted with a multi-scale model. The material is modeled as a transversely isotropic solid using concepts from equivalent-continuum modeling. The elastic constants are determined using molecular dynamics simulation. Some parameters of the molecular force field are determined specifically for the cross-linker from ab initio calculations. A demonstration of how the cross-linked nanotubes may affect the properties of a nanotube/polyimide composite is included using a micromechanical analysis.

  1. Alginate-hyaluronan composite hydrogels accelerate wound healing process.

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    Catanzano, O; D'Esposito, V; Acierno, S; Ambrosio, M R; De Caro, C; Avagliano, C; Russo, P; Russo, R; Miro, A; Ungaro, F; Calignano, A; Formisano, P; Quaglia, F

    2015-10-20

    In this paper we propose polysaccharide hydrogels combining alginate (ALG) and hyaluronan (HA) as biofunctional platform for dermal wound repair. Hydrogels produced by internal gelation were homogeneous and easy to handle. Rheological evaluation of gelation kinetics of ALG/HA mixtures at different ratios allowed understanding the HA effect on ALG cross-linking process. Disk-shaped hydrogels, at different ALG/HA ratio, were characterized for morphology, homogeneity and mechanical properties. Results suggest that, although the presence of HA does significantly slow down gelation kinetics, the concentration of cross-links reached at the end of gelation is scarcely affected. The in vitro activity of ALG/HA dressings was tested on adipose derived multipotent adult stem cells (Ad-MSC) and an immortalized keratinocyte cell line (HaCaT). Hydrogels did not interfere with cell viability in both cells lines, but significantly promoted gap closure in a scratch assay at early (1 day) and late (5 days) stages as compared to hydrogels made of ALG alone (p<0.01 and 0.001 for Ad-MSC and HaCaT, respectively). In vivo wound healing studies, conducted on a rat model of excised wound indicated that after 5 days ALG/HA hydrogels significantly promoted wound closure as compared to ALG ones (p<0.001). Overall results demonstrate that the integration of HA in a physically cross-linked ALG hydrogel can be a versatile strategy to promote wound healing that can be easily translated in a clinical setting. PMID:26256201

  2. Advanced Corneal Cross-Linking System with Fluorescence Dosimetry

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    Friedman, Marc D.; Pertaub, Radha; Usher, David; Sherr, Evan; Kamaev, Pavel; Muller, David

    2012-01-01

    Purpose. This paper describes an advanced system that combines corneal cross-linking with riboflavin with fluorescence dosimetry, the ability to measure riboflavin diffusion within the cornea both before and during UVA treatment. Methods and Results. A corneal cross-linking system utilizing a digital micromirror device (DMD) was assembled and used to measure diffusion coefficients of 0.1% riboflavin in 20% dextran in porcine eyes. A value of (3.3 ± 0.2) × 10?7?cm2/s was obtained for the stroma. Diffusion coefficients for the transepithelial formulation of 0.1% riboflavin in 0.44% saline and 0.02% BAK were also measured to be 4.7 ± 0.3 × 10?8?cm2/s for epithelium only and (4.6 ± 0.4) × 10?7?cm2/s for stroma only. Riboflavin consumption during a UVA treatment was also demonstrated. Conclusion. A new advanced corneal cross-linking system with fluorescence dosimetry of riboflavin has been demonstrated. It is hoped that this method may play a significant role in determining the underlying mechanisms of corneal cross-linking and assist with the development of additional riboflavin formulations. Moreover, dosimetry may prove valuable in providing a method to account for the biological differences between individuals, potentially informing cornea-specific UVA treatment doses in real time. PMID:22792444

  3. Cross-Linked Protein Crystals for Vaccine Delivery

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    St. Clair, Nancy; Shenoy, Bhami; Jacob, Lawrence D.; Margolin, Alexey L.

    1999-08-01

    The progress toward subunit vaccines has been limited by their poor immunogenicity and limited stability. To enhance the immune response, subunit vaccines universally require improved adjuvants and delivery vehicles. In the present paper, we propose the use of cross-linked protein crystals (CLPCs) as antigens. We compare the immunogenicity of CLPCs of human serum albumin with that of soluble protein and conclude that there are marked differences in the immune response to the different forms of human serum albumin. Relative to the soluble protein, crystalline forms induce and sustain over almost a 6-month study a 6- to 10-fold increase in antibody titer for highly cross-linked crystals and an approximately 30-fold increase for lightly cross-linked crystals. We hypothesize that the depot effect, the particulate structure of CLPCs, and highly repetitive nature of protein crystals may play roles in the enhanced production of circulating antibodies. Several features of CLPCs, such as their remarkable stability, purity, biodegradability, and ease of manufacturing, make them highly attractive for vaccine formulations. This work paves the way for a systematic study of protein crystallinity and cross-linking on enhancement of humoral and T cell responses.

  4. Femtosecond laser collagen cross-linking without traditional photosensitizers

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    Guo, Yizang; Wang, Chao; Celi, Nicola; Vukelic, Sinisa

    2015-03-01

    Collagen cross-linking in cornea has the capability of enhancing its mechanical properties and thereby providing an alternative treatment for eye diseases such as keratoconus. Currently, riboflavin assisted UVA light irradiation is a method of choice for cross-link induction in eyes. However, ultrafast pulsed laser interactions may be a powerful alternative enabling in-depth treatment while simultaneously diminishing harmful side effects such as, keratocyte apoptosis. In this study, femtosecond laser is utilized for treatment of bovine cornea slices. It is hypothesized that nonlinear absorption of femtosecond laser pulses plays a major role in the maturation of immature cross-links and the promotion of their growth. Targeted irradiation with tightly focused laser pulses allows for the absence of a photosensitizing agent. Inflation test was conducted on half treated porcine cornea to identify the changes of mechanical properties due to laser treatment. Raman spectroscopy was utilized to study subtle changes in the chemical composition of treated cornea. The effects of treatment are analyzed by observing shifts in Amide I and Amide III bands, which suggest deformation of the collagen structure in cornea due to presence of newly formed cross-links.

  5. Molecular mechanisms in deformation of cross-linked hydrogel nanocomposite.

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    Mathesan, Santhosh; Rath, Amrita; Ghosh, Pijush

    2016-02-01

    The self-folding behavior in response to external stimuli observed in hydrogels is potentially used in biomedical applications. However, the use of hydrogels is limited because of its reduced mechanical properties. These properties are enhanced when the hydrogels are cross-linked and reinforced with nanoparticles. In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is applied to perform uniaxial tension and pull out tests to understand the mechanism contributing towards the enhanced mechanical properties. Also, nanomechanical characterization is performed using quasi static nanoindentation experiments to determine the Young's modulus of hydrogels in the presence of nanoparticles. The stress-strain responses for chitosan (CS), chitosan reinforced with hydroxyapatite (HAP) and cross-linked chitosan are obtained from uniaxial tension test. It is observed that the Young's modulus and maximum stress increase as the HAP content increases and also with cross-linking process. Load displacement plot from pullout test is compared for uncross-linked and cross-linked chitosan chains on hydroxyapatite surface. MD simulation reveals that the variation in the dihedral conformation of chitosan chains and the evolution of internal structural variables are associated with mechanical properties. Additional results reveal that the formation of hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interactions is responsible for the above variations in different systems. PMID:26652360

  6. Viscoelastic Nanomechanics of Ionically Cross-linked Polyelectrolyte Networks

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    Han, Biao; Lee, Daeyeon; Han, Lin

    2015-03-01

    Understanding the mechanics of ionic polyelectrolyte networks is critical for applications where nm-to-um mechanics is the key to success. This study aims to reveal the roles of ionic cross-links and fixed charges in the viscoelasticity of layer-by-layer poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/poly(acrylic acid) microfilms, PAH/PAA, a complex held by pH-sensitive amine-carboxyl links. AFM-nanoindentation and force relaxation (tip R =12.5um) was performed at ionic strength(IS) =0.01-1.0M, pH =5.5-2.0 (pKa of PAA =2.3). When pH changes from 5.5 to 2.0, the films swell for 4x from densely linked, net neutral state to loosely linked, positively charged one. A >100x reduction in indentation modulus was observed at all IS, suggesting the dominance of decrease in cross-link density. In most states, more than 90% force relaxation was observed, where cross-link breaking/reformation likely dominates viscoelasticity. However, at pH =2.5 and IS =0.01M, when electrical double layer repulsion is important (Debye length =3nm), relaxation was about 60%, highlighting the contribution of fixed charges. In summary, this study revealed unique viscoelastic behaviors of PAH/PAA due to the pH- and IS-dependent cross-link and charge densities.

  7. Corneal Collagen Cross-linking: A Review of Clinical Applications.

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    Xu, Kunyong; Chan, Tommy C Y; Vajpayee, Rasik B; Jhanji, Vishal

    2015-01-01

    Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) has been shown to slow down or stop the progression of keratoconus. In addition, CXL has been applied in cases of corneal ectasia. Recent reports of the use of CXL in cases of infectious keratitis have generated further interest in this treatment modality. This review discusses the principle, clinical uses, and complications associated with CXL. PMID:26381468

  8. 21 CFR 177.2420 - Polyester resins, cross-linked.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Polyester resins, cross-linked. 177.2420 Section 177.2420 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: POLYMERS Substances for Use Only as Components of Articles Intended for...

  9. 21 CFR 177.2420 - Polyester resins, cross-linked.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Polyester resins, cross-linked. 177.2420 Section 177.2420 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: POLYMERS Substances for Use Only as Components of Articles Intended for...

  10. Antisense inhibition of hyaluronan synthase-2 in human osteosarcoma cells inhibits hyaluronan retention and tumorigenicity

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    Nishida, Yoshihiro . E-mail: ynishida@med.nagoya-u.ac.jp; Knudson, Warren; Knudson, Cheryl B.; Ishiguro, Naoki

    2005-07-01

    Osteosarcoma is a common malignant bone tumor associated with childhood and adolescence. The results of numerous studies have suggested that hyaluronan plays an important role in regulating the aggressive behavior of various types of cancer cells. However, no studies have addressed hyaluronan with respect to osteosarcomas. In this investigation, the mRNA expression copy number of three mammalian hyaluronan synthases (HAS) was determined using competitive RT-PCR in the osteoblastic osteosarcoma cell line, MG-63. MG-63 are highly malignant osteosarcoma cells with an abundant hyaluronan-rich matrix. The results demonstrated that HAS-2 is the predominant HAS in MG-63. Accumulation of intracellular hyaluronan increased in association with the proliferative phase of these cells. The selective inhibition of HAS-2 mRNA in MG-63 cells by antisense phosphorothioate oligonucleotides resulted in reduced hyaluronan accumulation by these cells. As expected, the reduction in hyaluronan disrupted the assembly of cell-associated matrices. However, of most interest, coincident with the reduction in hyaluronan, there was a substantial decrease in cell proliferation, a decrease in cell motility and a decrease in cell invasiveness. These data suggest that hyaluronan synthesized by HAS-2 in MG-63 plays a crucial role in osteosarcoma cell proliferation, motility, and invasion.

  11. Cross-linking of apoproteins in high density lipoprotein by dimethylsuberimidate inhibits specific lipoprotein binding to membranes

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    Chacko, G.K.; Mahlberg, F.H.; Johnson, W.J.

    1988-03-01

    Apoprotein E-free high density lipoproteins (HDL) bind to various cells and cell membrane preparations with properties typical of ligand-receptor interactions. This specific binding can be inhibited by treatment of HDL with tetranitromethane (TNM). During treatment of HDL with TNM, in addition to the expected nitration of tyrosine residues, cross-linking of lipids to apoproteins and of apoproteins to each other occurs. We have recently shown that cross-linking of phospholipids to apoproteins is not responsible for the inhibition of binding. To determine the role of cross-linking of apoproteins to each other in the inhibition, we used the bifunctional reagent dimethylsuberimidate (DMS) to cross-link the apoproteins in HDL3. Over 80% of apoproteins in DMS-HDL3 were cross-linked, as analyzed by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. DMS-HDL3 was similar to control HDL3 in its lipid composition. Gel filtration chromatography did not reveal any significant difference in size between DMS-HDL3 and control HDL3. As determined by competitive binding with 125I-labeled HDL3, DMS-HDL3 was almost completely unable to bind specifically to rat liver plasma membranes and human skin fibroblasts. It is concluded from these results that TNM inhibits the specific binding of HDL3 to membranes by a mechanism that involves cross-linking of apoproteins to each other in HDL3 particles. This observation implies that the specific binding of HDL3 to cells may depend on the native quaternary structure of apoproteins in the HDL particle. Because of its reduced ability to bind to the specific binding sites, DMS-HDL3 may be useful for studies related to the functional aspects of HDL binding sites.

  12. Chromatin structure and methylation of rat rRNA genes studied by formaldehyde fixation and psoralen cross-linking.

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    Stancheva, I; Lucchini, R; Koller, T; Sogo, J M

    1997-01-01

    By using formaldehyde cross-linking of histones to DNA and gel retardation assays we show that formaldehyde fixation, similar to previously established psoralen photocross-linking, discriminates between nucleosome- packed (inactive) and nucleosome-free (active) fractions of ribosomal RNA genes. By both cross-linking techniques we were able to purify fragments from agarose gels, corresponding to coding, enhancer and promoter sequences of rRNA genes, which were further investigated with respect to DNA methylation. This approach allows us to analyse independently and in detail methylation patterns of active and inactive rRNA gene copies by the combination of Hpa II and Msp I restriction enzymes. We found CpG methylation mainly present in enhancer and promoter regions of inactive rRNA gene copies. The methylation of one single Hpa II site, located in the promoter region, showed particularly strong correlation with the transcriptional activity. PMID:9108154

  13. Hydration and swelling of amorphous cross-linked starch microspheres.

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    Wojtasz, Joanna; Carlstedt, Jonas; Fyhr, Peter; Kocherbitov, Vitaly

    2016-01-01

    Hydration of cross-linked starch microspheres, commercially available as a medical device, was investigated using a multi-method approach. We found that the uptake of water is accompanied by substantial swelling and changes of the polymer structure. Sorption calorimetry provided information about thermodynamics of water sorption, revealed presence of isothermal glass transition and absence of hydration-induced crystallization, observed in non-cross linked starch material. The changes in the surface and bulk properties of microspheres at different water-starch concentrations were investigated using synchrotron radiation X-ray scattering and analyzed using concept of fractals. The obtained information, combined with the results of differential scanning calorimetry, was used to construct a phase diagram of the studied material. Finally, hydration induced evolution of polymer structure revealed by the X-ray scattering was linked to the changes observed during swelling with optical microscopy. PMID:26453872

  14. Transparent Humidity Sensor Using Cross-Linked Polyelectrolyte Membrane

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    Zhang, Q.; Smith, James R.; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Hua, Feng

    2009-07-02

    This paper describes the fabrication of a porous cross-linked polyelectrolyte membrane and the characterization of its humidity sensitivity performance. Electrostatic self-assembly, combined with acid treatment, and post-deposition annealing produced the membrane. The fabrication process offers the ability to control the thickness of the membrane, as well as enabling the engineering of the humidity sensitivity properties. A transparent humidity sensor was fabricated by integrating the membrane between two parallel electrodes. In order to improve the moisture absorption and diffusion, both the polyelectrolyte layer and the electrode were made porous. The membrane was cross-linked to enhance the durability in high humid environments. Such a polyelectrolyte membrane showed high sensitivity to relative humidity variation over a range of 25%–99%. The see-through property of the structure adds extra features and benefits to the sensor.

  15. Estimating the Degree of Cross-Linking in Rubber

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    Fedors, R. F.

    1983-01-01

    Degree of cross-linking or network chain concentration of rubber estimated with aid of new method. Quantity is needed in studies of mechanical behavior of rubber. New method is based on finding rubber follows different stress/ strain relationships in extension and retraction. When rubber specimen is stretched to given extension ration and released. Stress-vs-strain curve follows two paths: one for extension and other for retraction.

  16. Reversible PH Lability of Cross-Linked Vault Nanocapsules

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    Yu, M.; Ng, B.C.; Rome, L.H.; Tolbert, S.H.; Monbouquette, H.G.

    2009-05-28

    Vaults are ubiquitous, self-assembled protein nanocapsules with dimension in the sub-100 nm range that are conserved across diverse phyla from worms to humans. Their normal presence in humans at a copy number of over 10 000/cell makes them attractive as potential drug delivery vehicles. Toward this goal, bifunctional amine-reactive reagents are shown to be useful for the reversible cross-linking of recombinant vaults such that they may be closed and opened in a controllable manner.

  17. Cytokines and growth factors cross-link heparan sulfate

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    Migliorini, Elisa; Thakar, Dhruv; Kühnle, Jens; Sadir, Rabia; Dyer, Douglas P.; Li, Yong; Sun, Changye; Volkman, Brian F.; Handel, Tracy M.; Coche-Guerente, Liliane; Fernig, David G.; Lortat-Jacob, Hugues; Richter, Ralf P.

    2015-01-01

    The glycosaminoglycan heparan sulfate (HS), present at the surface of most cells and ubiquitous in extracellular matrix, binds many soluble extracellular signalling molecules such as chemokines and growth factors, and regulates their transport and effector functions. It is, however, unknown whether upon binding HS these proteins can affect the long-range structure of HS. To test this idea, we interrogated a supramolecular model system, in which HS chains grafted to streptavidin-functionalized oligoethylene glycol monolayers or supported lipid bilayers mimic the HS-rich pericellular or extracellular matrix, with the biophysical techniques quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). We were able to control and characterize the supramolecular presentation of HS chains—their local density, orientation, conformation and lateral mobility—and their interaction with proteins. The chemokine CXCL12? (or SDF-1?) rigidified the HS film, and this effect was due to protein-mediated cross-linking of HS chains. Complementary measurements with CXCL12? mutants and the CXCL12? isoform provided insight into the molecular mechanism underlying cross-linking. Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2), which has three HS binding sites, was also found to cross-link HS, but FGF-9, which has just one binding site, did not. Based on these data, we propose that the ability to cross-link HS is a generic feature of many cytokines and growth factors, which depends on the architecture of their HS binding sites. The ability to change matrix organization and physico-chemical properties (e.g. permeability and rigidification) implies that the functions of cytokines and growth factors may not simply be confined to the activation of cognate cellular receptors. PMID:26269427

  18. Homogeneous UVA system for corneal cross-linking treatment

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    Ayres Pereira, Fernando R.; Stefani, Mario A.; Otoboni, José A.; Richter, Eduardo H.; Ventura, Liliane

    2010-02-01

    The treatment of keratoconus and corneal ulcers by collagen cross-linking using ultraviolet type A irradiation, combined with photo-sensitizer Riboflavin (vitamin B2), is a promising technique. The standard protocol suggests instilling Riboflavin in the pre-scratched cornea every 5min for 30min, during the UVA irradiation of the cornea at 3mW/cm2 for 30 min. This process leads to an increase of the biomechanical strength of the cornea, stopping the progression, or sometimes, even reversing Keratoconus. The collagen cross-linking can be achieved by many methods, but the utilization of UVA light, for this purpose, is ideal because of its possibility of a homogeneous treatment leading to an equal result along the treated area. We have developed a system, to be clinically used for treatment of unhealthy corneas using the cross-linking technique, which consists of an UVA emitting delivery device controlled by a closed loop system with high homogeneity. The system is tunable and delivers 3-5 mW/cm2, at 365nm, for three spots (6mm, 8mm and 10mm in diameter). The electronics close loop presents 1% of precision, leading to an overall error, after the calibration, of less than 10% and approximately 96% of homogeneity.

  19. Fiber optic immunosensor for cross-linked fibrin concentration

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    Moskowitz, Samuel E.

    2000-08-01

    Working with calcium ions in the blood, platelets produce thromboplastin which transforms prothrombin into thrombin. Removing peptides, thrombin changes fibrinogen into fibrin. Cross-linked insoluble fibrin polymers are solubilized by enzyme plasmin found in blood plasma. Resulting D-dimers are elevated in patients with intravascular coagulation, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, multiple trauma, cancer, impaired renal and liver functions, and sepsis. Consisting principally of a NIR 780 nm GaAlAs laser diode and a 800 nm avalanche photodiode (APD), the fiber-optic immunosensor can determined D-dimer concentration to levels <0.1 ng/ml. A capture monoclonal antibody to the antigen soluble cross-linked fibrin is employed. Immobilized at the tip of an optical fiber by avidin-biotin, the captured antigen is detected by a second antibody which is labeled with NN 382 fluorescent dye. An evanescent wave traveling on an excitation optical fiber excites the antibody-antigen fluorophore complex. Concentration of cross-linked fibrin is directly proportional to the APD measured intensity of fluorescence. NIR fluorescence has advantages of low background interference, short fluorescence lifetime, and large difference between excitation and emission peaks. Competitive ELISA test for D-dimer concentration requires trained personnel performing a time consuming operation.

  20. Ion exchange selectivity for cross-linked polyacrylic acid

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    May, C. E.; Philipp, W. H.

    1983-01-01

    The ion separation factors for 21 common metal ions with cross-linked polyacrylic acid were determined as a function of pH and the percent of the cross-linked polyacrylic acid neutralized. The calcium ion was used as a reference. At a pH of 5 the decreasing order of affinity of the ions for the cross-linked polyacrylic acid was found to be: Hg++, Fe+++, Pb++, Cr+++, Cu++, Cd++, Al+++, Ag+, Zn++, Ni++, Mn++, Co++, Ca++, Sr++, Ba++, Mg++, K+, Rb+, Cs+, Na+, and Li+. Members of a chemical family exhibited similar selectivities. The Hg++ ion appeared to be about a million times more strongly bound than the alkali metal ions. The relative binding of most of the metal ions varied with pH; the very tightly and very weakly bound ions showed the largest variations with pH. The calcium ion-hydrogen ion equilibrium was perturbed very little by the presence of the other ions. The separation factors and selectivity coefficients are discussed in terms of equilibrium and thermodynamic significance.

  1. Cross linking molecular systems to form ultrathin dielectric layers

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    Feng, Danqin

    Dehydrogenation leads to cross linking of polymer or polymer like formation in very different systems: self-assembled monolayers and in closo -carboranes leading to the formation of semiconducting and dielectric boron carbide. We find evidence of intermolecular interactions for a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed from a large molecular adsorbate, [1,1';4',1"-terphenyl]-4,4"-dimethanethiol, from the dispersion of the molecular orbitals with changing the wave vector k and from the changes with temperature. With the formation self assembled molecular (SAM) layer, the molecular orbitals hybridize to electronic bands, with indications of significant band dispersion of the unoccupied molecular orbitals. Although organic adsorbates and thin films are generally regarded as "soft" materials, the effective Debye temperature, indicative of the dynamic motion of the lattice normal to the surface, can be very high, e.g. in the multilayer film formed from [1,1'-biphenyl]-4,4'-dimethanethiol (BPDMT). Depending on molecular orientation, the effective Debye temperature can be comparable to that of graphite due to the 'stiffness' of the benzene rings, but follows the expected Debye-Waller behavior for the core level photoemission intensities with temperature. This is not always the case. We find that a monomolecular film formed from [1,1';4',1"-terphenyl]-4,4"-dimethanethiol deviates from Debye-Waller temperature behavior and is likely caused by temperature dependent changes in molecular orientation. We also find evidence for the increase in dielectric character with polymerization (cross-linking) in spite of the decrease in the HOMO-LUMO gap upon irradiation of TPDMT. The changes in the HOMO-LUMO gap, with cross-linking, are roughly consistent with the band dispersion. The decomposition and cross-linking processes are also accompanied by changes in molecular orientation. The energetics of the three isomeric carborane cage compounds [ closo-1,2-orthocarborane, closo-1,7-metacarborane, closo-1,12-paracarborane (C2B10H12)] decomposition are investigated. Thermodynamic Born-Haber cycles are constructed for neutral and ionic species in an attempt to systemically characterize closo-carborane decomposition process. The decomposition processes are in favor of lower energy decomposition processes. Among the ionic species the photon induced decomposition is dominated by BH+ and BH 2+ fragment loss, and associated with core to bound excitations. It has been observed that dehydrogenation of the closo-carboranes leads to possible cross-linking and formation of a boron rich semiconductor with good dielectric properties.

  2. Viscoelastic Properties of Hyaluronan in Physiological Conditions

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    Cowman, Mary K.; Schmidt, Tannin A.; Raghavan, Preeti; Stecco, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    Hyaluronan (HA) is a high molecular weight glycosaminoglycan of the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is particularly abundant in soft connective tissues. Solutions of HA can be highly viscous with non-Newtonian flow properties. These properties affect the movement of HA-containing fluid layers within and underlying the deep fascia. Changes in the concentration, molecular weight, or even covalent modification of HA in inflammatory conditions, as well as changes in binding interactions with other macromolecules, can have dramatic effects on the sliding movement of fascia. The high molecular weight and the semi-flexible chain of HA are key factors leading to the high viscosity of dilute solutions, and real HA solutions show additional nonideality and greatly increased viscosity due to mutual macromolecular crowding. The shear rate dependence of the viscosity, and the viscoelasticity of HA solutions, depend on the relaxation time of the molecule, which in turn depends on the HA concentration and molecular weight. Temperature can also have an effect on these properties. High viscosity can additionally affect the lubricating function of HA solutions. Immobility can increase the concentration of HA, increase the viscosity, and reduce lubrication and gliding of the layers of connective tissue and muscle. Over time, these changes can alter both muscle structure and function. Inflammation can further increase the viscosity of HA-containing fluids if the HA is modified via covalent attachment of heavy chains derived from Inter-?-Inhibitor. Hyaluronidase hydrolyzes HA, thus reducing its molecular weight, lowering the viscosity of the extracellular matrix fluid and making outflow easier. It can also disrupt any aggregates or gel-like structures that result from HA being modified. Hyaluronidase is used medically primarily as a dispersion agent, but may also be useful in conditions where altered viscosity of the fascia is desired, such as in the treatment of muscle stiffness. PMID:26594344

  3. Enzymatically cross-linked injectable alginate-g-pyrrole hydrogels for neovascularization.

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    Devolder, Ross; Antoniadou, Eleni; Kong, Hyunjoon

    2013-11-28

    Microparticles capable of releasing protein drugs are often incorporated into injectable hydrogels to minimize their displacement at an implantation site, reduce initial drug burst, and further control drug release rates over a broader range. However, there is still a need to develop methods for releasing drug molecules over extended periods of time, in order to sustain the bioactivity of drug molecules at an implantation site. In this study, we hypothesized that a hydrogel formed through the cross-linking of pyrrole units linked to a hydrophilic polymer would release protein drugs in a more sustained manner, because of an enhanced association between cross-linked pyrrole groups and the drug molecules. To examine this hypothesis, we prepared hydrogels of alginate substituted with pyrrole groups, alginate-g-pyrrole, through a horse-radish peroxidase (HRP)-activated cross-linking of the pyrrole groups. The hydrogels were encapsulated with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles loaded with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The resulting hydrogel system released VEGF in a more sustained manner than Ca(2+) alginate or Ca(2+) alginate-g-pyrrole gel systems. Finally, implantations of the VEGF-releasing HRP-activated alginate-g-pyrrole hydrogel system on chicken chorioallantoic membranes resulted in the formation of blood vessels in higher densities and with larger diameters, compared to other control conditions. Overall, the drug releasing system developed in this study will be broadly useful for regulating release rates of a wide array of protein drugs, and further enhance the quality of protein drug-based therapies. PMID:23886705

  4. Decellularized porcine pulmonary arteries cross-linked by carbodiimide

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    Xu, Xiu-Fang; Guo, Hai-Ping; Gong, Da; Ma, Jin-Hui; Xu, Zhi-Wei; Wan, Ju-Yi; Wang, Zhuo-Guang; Zhou, Zi-Fan; Li, Wen-Bin; Xin, Yi

    2013-01-01

    The physical properties of the tissues are weakened after decellularization, and the exposed collagen fibers are prone to thrombogenesis. Several studies have proven that the use of carbodiimide (EDC) as a cross-linking agent can improve the properties of decellularized xenogeneic scaffold materials. We adopted EDC for the treatment of porcine pulmonary arteries in an effort to improve the physical properties of these arteries following decellularization. Twenty porcine pulmonary arteries were randomly divided into 3 groups. The control group (group A) consisted of fresh porcine pulmonary arteries with no further processing; group B was treated with trypsin and the detergent Triton X-100 to remove cells; and group C was cross-linked with EDC after trypsin and Triton X-100 treatment, as in group B. The pulmonary arteries were assessed based on water content, thickness, tensile strength, and thermal shrinkage temperature, to evaluate the physical properties of all of the samples. The scaffolds were then subcutaneously embedded in rabbits. These constructs were removed after 4 weeks and checked. The cells and matrix components of the arterial walls were removed and the fibrous scaffolds were retained. In group B, the moisture content of the pulmonary arterial walls was increased; and the thickness of the walls and the tensile strength of the pulmonary arteries were decreased in comparison with group A. In subcutaneous embedding of the group B samples in rabbits, after 4 weeks, fibroblasts had grown into the scaffolds and regenerated the tissue. The water content was decreased in the pulmonary arterial walls, there was an increase in the tensile strength and the thermal shrinkage temperature in group C compared with group B. The EDC-based cross-linking procedure can enhance the tensile strength of decellularized pulmonary arteries and decrease scaffold rejection and degradation and promote tissue regeneration in vivo. PMID:23936590

  5. Modeling formalin fixation and antigen retrieval with bovine pancreatic RNase A II. Interrelationship of cross-linking, immunoreactivity, and heat treatment

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    Rait, Vladimir K; Xu, Lixin; O’Leary, Timothy J; Mason, Jeffrey T

    2006-01-01

    In this study, gel electrophoresis and capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were used to assess the effect of formaldehyde treatment on the structural and immunological properties of bovine pancreatic ribonuclease A (RNase A). Prolonged incubation of RNase A in a 10% formalin solution leads to the formation of extensive intra- and intermolecular cross-links. However, these formaldehyde cross-links do not completely eliminate the recognition of RNase A by a polyclonal antibody. Comparative immunotitration of monomers, dimers, and oligomers greater than pentamers isolated from formalin-treated RNase A demonstrated that reduction of immunoreactivity due to intramolecular modifications prevails over the excluded volume effect of intermolecular cross-links. The latter only becomes important for intermolecular cross-links involving four or more molecules. The restoration of RNase A immunoreactivity during heating correlates with the reversal of formaldehyde cross-links if the incubation temperature does not exceed the denaturation temperature of the formalin-treated RNase A preparation. We conclude that formaldehyde cross-links stabilize antigens against the denaturing effects of high temperature, but the reversal of these cross-links is necessary for the restoration of immunoreactivity. PMID:14767483

  6. LET dependence of DNA-protein cross-links

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    Blakely, E.A.; Chang, P.Y.; Bjornstad, K.A.

    1995-08-01

    We have preliminary data indicating a fluence-dependent yield of particle-induced protein cross-links (DPC`s) with a dependency on LET and particle residual energy. Our data indicate that the DPC yield for hamster fibroblasts in vitro irradiated at 32 keV/{mu}m is similar to that reported for hamster cells irradiated with cobalt-60 gamma rays. At 100-120 keV/{mu}m there is some evidence for an enhanced DPC yield with increasing particle fluence, but there are differences in the yields that are dependent on particle track structure.

  7. Genipin-cross-linked poly(L-lysine)-based hydrogels: synthesis, characterization, and drug encapsulation.

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    Wang, Steven S S; Hsieh, Ping-Lun; Chen, Pei-Shan; Chen, Yu-Tien; Jan, Jeng-Shiung

    2013-11-01

    Genipin-cross-linked hydrogels composed of biodegradable and pH-sensitive cationic poly(L-lysine) (PLL), poly(L-lysine)-block-poly(L-alanine) (PLL-b-PLAla), and poly(L-lysine)-block-polyglycine (PLL-b-PGly) polypeptides were synthesized, characterized, and used as carriers for drug delivery. These polypeptide hydrogels can respond to pH-stimulus and their gelling and mechanical properties, degradation rate, and drug release behavior can be tuned by varying polypeptide composition and cross-linking degree. Comparing with natural polymers, the synthetic polypeptides with well-defined chain length and composition can warrant the preparation of the hydrogels with tunable properties to meet the criteria for specific biomedical applications. These hydrogels composed of natural building blocks exhibited good cell compatibility and enzyme degradability and can support cell attachment/proliferation. The evaluation of these hydrogels for in vitro drug release revealed that the controlled release profile was a biphasic pattern with a mild burst release and a moderate release rate thereafter, suggesting the drug molecules were encapsulated inside the gel matrix. With the versatility of polymer chemistry and conjugation of functional moieties, it is expected these hydrogels can be useful for biomedical applications such as polymer therapeutics and tissue engineering. PMID:23872465

  8. Biosensor for the determination of phenols based on cross-linked enzyme crystals (CLEC) of laccase.

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    Roy, J Jegan; Abraham, T Emilia; Abhijith, K S; Kumar, P V Sujith; Thakur, M S

    2005-07-15

    Cross-linked enzyme crystals (CLECs) are a versatile form of biocatalyst that can also be used for biosensor application. Laccase from Trametes versicolor (E.C.1.10.3.2) was crystallized, cross-linked and lyophilized with beta-cyclodextrin. The CLEC laccase was found to be highly active towards phenols like 2-amino phenol, guaiacol, catechol, pyrogallol, catechin and ABTS (non-phenolic). The CLEC laccase was embedded in 30% polyvinylpropylidone (PVP) gel and mounted into an electrode to make the sensor. The biosensor was used to detect the phenols in 50-1000 micromol concentration level. Phenols with lower molecular weight such as 2-amino phenol, catechol and pyrogallol gave a short response time where as the higher molecular weight substrates like catechin and ABTS had comparatively a long response time. The optimum pH of the analyte was 5.5-6.0 when catechol was used as substrate. The CLEC laccase retained good activity for over 3 months. PMID:15967371

  9. Atomic force spectroscopy of thermoresponsive photo-cross-linked hydrogel films.

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    Junk, Matthias J N; Berger, Rüdiger; Jonas, Ulrich

    2010-05-18

    Responsive hydrogel thin films are interesting materials as responsive adhesives or as an active matrix in actuators and sensing applications, and thus, knowledge about their structural and micromechanical properties is of high relevance. Using atomic force spectroscopy, temperature-induced structural and adhesive changes of thermoresponsive hydrogel layers with micrometer thickness based on photo-cross-linked N-isopropylacrylamide (NiPAAm) were investigated in the temperature range of 18-50 degrees C. Grafted onto flat surfaces, these hydrogel layers are restricted to a highly anisotropic swelling and deswelling predominantly perpendicular to the substrate surface, which was monitored and evaluated by force spectroscopy during vertical tip approach and retraction. Analyses of the tip penetration depth yielded quantitative information about the degree of swelling. As a second feature, the critical temperature was found to decrease with increasing cross-linking density. Temperature-dependent measurements with hydrophobic and hydrophilic atomic force microscopy (AFM) tips revealed a strong adhesion to the hydrogel layer in the swollen state, which was reduced upon the layer volume collapse. These observations on the micrometer-thick gel network layers are in contrast to previous reports on ultrathin pNiPAAm brushes and monolayers, which show no adhesion in the swollen state but only in the collapsed state. Furthermore, it was found that the hydrophobicity of the hydrogel probed with a hydrophobic tip continuously increases with temperature over a broad range of at least 30 K. PMID:20163151

  10. Hybrid hydrogels cross-linked by genetically engineered coiled-coil block proteins.

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    Wang, C; Kopecek, J; Stewart, R J

    2001-01-01

    Hybrid hydrogels of hydrophilic synthetic polymers cross-linked by protein modules undergo externally triggered volume transitions as a result of protein conformational changes. To investigate the influence of coiled-coil protein structure and stability on hydrogel volume transition, a series of block proteins containing interspersed naturally derived recombinant coiled-coils was synthesized. Proteins were characterized using circular dichroism, size exclusion chromatography, gel electrophoresis, and analytical ultracentrifugation. The block proteins formed self-associating oligomers and displayed thermal unfolding profiles indicative of a hierarchic higher-order structure. Hybrid hydrogels were assembled from an N-(2-hydroxypropyl)-methacrylamide (HPMA) copolymer and His-tagged block proteins through metal complexation. A temperature-induced decrease in hydrogel swelling was observed, and the onset temperature of the volume transition corresponded to the onset temperature of protein unfolding. We conclude that stimuli-responsive properties of hybrid hydrogels can be tailored by engineering the structure and properties of protein cross-links. PMID:11710049

  11. Gelatin hydrogels cross-linked with bis(vinylsulfonyl)methane (BVSM): 1. The chemical networks.

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    Hellio-Serughetti, Dominique; Djabourov, Madeleine

    2006-09-26

    This paper deals with chemical gelation of gelatin in the presence of a cross-linker, bis(vinylsulfonyl)methane (BVSM), which is able to create covalent C-N bonds with amine groups. The investigation is performed at 40 degrees C, where no triple helices are present. Gelatin is in random coil conformation. The influence of various parameters (gelatin concentration, cross-linker concentration, and pH (number of reacting sites along the gelatin chain)) was examined. Gel formation was followed by rheological and thermodynamic measurements (microcalorimetry) versus time (kinetic measurements). Furthermore, the storage moduli were compared to the number of links formed in the course of gelation. The experiments show that, within the experimental range investigated, a fully homogeneous network is not reached; the chemical gels, even upon completion of the reactions, are still in the critical domain, near the threshold. A power law behavior was put in evidence for the shear modulus versus the distance to the gel point, expressed as the concentration of links per gelatin chain. The exponent (f = 3.4 +/- 0.3) is close to that expected for the vulcanization of long chains. The storage moduli can be superposed on a single curve where the abscissa is the product of the number of C-N links per unit volume and the gelatin concentration at an exponent equal to -0.76 +/- 0.03. This exponent suggests the role of entanglements for interchain cross-linking. PMID:16981770

  12. [Analysis of the TNF receptor in KYM cells by affinity cross-linking].

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    Watanabe, N; Sone, H; Neda, H; Yamauchi, N; Umetsu, T; Niitsu, Y; Urushizaki, I

    1986-08-01

    We investigated the identity of the TNF receptor on the KYM cell membrane by cross-linking 125I-TNF and the presumed receptor site with DSS, and subjecting the TNF-receptor complex to electrophoresis. Four specific bands were observed at 145 K, 50 K, 35 K, and 17 K, and those at 50 K, 35 K and 17 K being consistent with trimers, dimers and monomers of TNF, respectively. The 145 K band disappeared after addition of excess unlabelled TNF or anti-human recombinant TNF monoclonal antibody (IV3-E), which quenched the cytotoxic activity of TNF and inhibited the TNF binding to the receptor. The molecular weight of native TNF as estimated by gel filtration was 45 K and this observation showed that native TNF existed only as the TNF trimer. These results confirmed that 95K, i.e., the difference between 145 K and 50 K, is the molecular size of the TNF receptor. PMID:3017231

  13. One-step electrospinning of cross-linked chitosan fibers.

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    Schiffman, Jessica D; Schauer, Caroline L

    2007-09-01

    Chitin is a nitrogen-rich polysaccharide that is abundant in crustaceans, mollusks, insects, and fungi and is the second most abundant organic material found in nature next to cellulose. Chitosan, the N-deacetylated derivative of chitin, is environmentally friendly, nontoxic, biodegradable, and antibacterial. Fibrous mats are typically used in industries for filter media, catalysis, and sensors. Decreasing fiber diameters within these mats causes many beneficial effects such as increased specific surface area to volume ratios. When the intrinsically beneficial effects of chitosan are combined with the enhanced properties of nanofibrous mats, applications arise in a wide range of fields, including medical, packaging, agricultural, and automotive. This is particularly important as innovative technologies that focus around bio-based materials are currently of high urgency, as they can decrease dependencies on fossil fuels. We have demonstrated that Schiff base cross-linked chitosan fibrous mats can be produced utilizing a one-step electrospinning process that is 25 times faster and, therefore, more economical than a previously reported two-step vapor-cross-linking method. These fibrous mats are insoluble in acidic, basic, and aqueous solutions for 72 h. Additionally, this improved production method results in a decreased average fiber diameter, which measures 128 +/- 40 nm. Chemical and structural analyses were conducted utilizing Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, solubility studies, and scanning electron microscopy. PMID:17696400

  14. Optimization model for UV-Riboflavin corneal cross-linking

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    Schumacher, S.; Wernli, J.; Scherrer, S.; Bueehler, M.; Seiler, T.; Mrochen, M.

    2011-03-01

    Nowadays UV-cross-linking is an established method for the treatment of keraectasia. Currently a standardized protocol is used for the cross-linking treatment. We will now present a theoretical model which predicts the number of induced crosslinks in the corneal tissue, in dependence of the Riboflavin concentration, the radiation intensity, the pre-treatment time and the treatment time. The model is developed by merging the difussion equation, the equation for the light distribution in dependence on the absorbers in the tissue and a rate equation for the polymerization process. A higher concentration of Riboflavin solution as well as a higher irradiation intensity will increase the number of induced crosslinks. However, performed stress-strain experiments which support the model showed that higher Riboflavin concentrations (> 0.125%) do not result in a further increase in stability of the corneal tissue. This is caused by the inhomogeneous distribution of induced crosslinks throughout the cornea due to the uneven absorption of the UV-light. The new model offers the possibility to optimize the treatment individually for every patient depending on their corneal thickness in terms of efficiency, saftey and treatment time.

  15. Thermoset-cross-linked lignocellulose: a moldable plant biomass.

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    Karumuri, Sriharsha; Hiziroglu, Salim; Kalkan, A Kaan

    2015-04-01

    The present work demonstrates a high biomass content (i.e., up to 90% by weight) and moldable material by controlled covalent cross-linking of lignocellulosic particles by a thermoset through epoxide-hydroxyl reactions. As an example for lignocellulosic biomass, Eastern redcedar was employed. Using scanning fluorescence microscopy and vibrational spectroscopy, macroscopic to molecular scale interactions of the thermoset with the lignocellulose have been revealed. Impregnation of the polymer resin into the biomass cellular network by capillary action as well as applied pressure results in a self-organizing structure in the form of thermoset microrods in a matrix of lignocellulose. We also infer permeation of the thermoset into the cell walls from the reaction of epoxides with the hydroxyls of the lignin. Compression tests reveal, at 30% thermoset content, thermoset-cross-linked lignocellulose has superior mechanical properties over a commercial wood plastic composite while comparable stiffness and strength to bulk epoxy and wood, respectively. The failure mechanism is understood to be crack propagation along the particle-thermoset interface and/or interparticle thermoset network. PMID:25734539

  16. Matrix cross-linking–mediated mechanotransduction promotes posttraumatic osteoarthritis

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    Kim, Jin-Hong; Lee, Gyuseok; Won, Yoonkyung; Lee, Minju; Kwak, Ji-Sun; Chun, Churl-Hong; Chun, Jang-Soo

    2015-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is characterized by impairment of the load-bearing function of articular cartilage. OA cartilage matrix undergoes extensive biophysical remodeling characterized by decreased compliance. In this study, we elucidate the mechanistic origin of matrix remodeling and the downstream mechanotransduction pathway and further demonstrate an active role of this mechanism in OA pathogenesis. Aging and mechanical stress, the two major risk factors of OA, promote cartilage matrix stiffening through the accumulation of advanced glycation end-products and up-regulation of the collagen cross-linking enzyme lysyl oxidase, respectively. Increasing matrix stiffness substantially disrupts the homeostatic balance between chondrocyte catabolism and anabolism via the Rho–Rho kinase–myosin light chain axis, consequently eliciting OA pathogenesis in mice. Experimental enhancement of nonenzymatic or enzymatic matrix cross-linking augments surgically induced OA pathogenesis in mice, and suppressing these events effectively inhibits OA with concomitant modulation of matrix degrading enzymes. Based on these findings, we propose a central role of matrix-mediated mechanotransduction in OA pathogenesis. PMID:26170306

  17. Mechanical properties of tough hydrogels synthesized with a facile simultaneous radiation polymerization and cross-linking method

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    Jiang, Fangzhi; Wang, Xuezhen; He, Changcheng; Saricilar, Sureyya; Wang, Huiliang

    2015-01-01

    Radiation-induced polymerization and cross-linking method has been applied to hydrogel preparations for decades, but less attention has been paid to the mechanical properties of the hydrogels. In this work, we provide a systematic study on the mechanical properties of hydrogels synthesized with the simultaneous radiation polymerization and cross-linking method. The prepared polyacrylamide (PAAm) had very good mechanical properties, namely high compressive strengths (several to more than 10 MPa), high tensile strengths (up to 260 kPa), high fracture strains (up to 12) and high fracture energies (10-160 J/m2). Absorbed dose and monomer concentration were the two important factors affecting the mechanical properties of the gels. The compressive strength and elastic modulus of the gels increased with increasing absorbed dose and monomer concentration, while the tensile strength, fracture strain and fracture energy of the gels decreased with increasing absorbed dose. The gels also showed excellent elastic recovery property, as indicated by the low stress-strain hysteresis ratios in cyclic tensile tests as well as the small loss factors measured with dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA).

  18. Ingested hyaluronan moisturizes dry skin

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    2014-01-01

    Hyaluronan (HA) is present in many tissues of the body and is essential to maintain moistness in the skin tissues, which contain approximately half the body’s HA mass. Due to its viscosity and moisturizing effect, HA is widely distributed as a medicine, cosmetic, food, and, recently marketed in Japan as a popular dietary supplement to promote skin moisture. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study it was found that ingested HA increased skin moisture and improved treatment outcomes for patients with dry skin. HA is also reported to be absorbed by the body distributed, in part, to the skin. Ingested HA contributes to the increased synthesis of HA and promotes cell proliferation in fibroblasts. These effects show that ingestion of HA moisturizes the skin and is expected to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from dry skin. This review examines the moisturizing effects of dry skin by ingested HA and summarizes the series of mechanisms from absorption to pharmacological action. PMID:25014997

  19. New Aptes Cross-linked Polymers from Poly(ethylene oxide)s and Cyanuric Chloride for Lithium Batteries

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    Tigelaar, Dean M.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Kinder, James D.; Bennett, William R.

    2005-01-01

    A new series of polymer electrolytes for use as membranes for lithium batteries are described. Electrolytes were made by polymerization between cyanuric chloride and diamino-terminated poly(ethylene oxide)s, followed by cross-linking via a sol-gel process. Thermal analysis and lithium conductivity of freestanding polymer films were studied. The effects of several variables on conductivity were investigated, such as length of backbone PEO chain, length of branching PEO chain, extent of branching, extent of cross-linking, salt content, and salt counterion. Polymer films with the highest percentage of PEO were found to be the most conductive, with a maximum lithium conductivity of 3.9 x 10(exp -5) S/cm at 25 C. Addition of plasticizer to the dry polymers increased conductivity by an order of magnitude.

  20. Studies on N-vinylformamide cross-linked copolymers

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    ?wider, Joanna; T?ta, Agnieszka; Soko?owska, Katarzyna; Witek, Ewa; Proniewicz, Edyta

    2015-12-01

    Copolymers of N-vinylformamide (NVF) cross-linked with three multifunctional monomers, including divinylbenzene (DVB), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA), and N,N?-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) were synthetized by a three-dimensional free radical polymerization in inverse suspension using 2,2?-azobis(2-methylpropionamide) dihydrochloride (AIBA) as an initiator. Methyl silicon oil was used as the continuous phase during the polymerization processes. Fourier-transform adsorption infrared (FT-IR) spectra revealed the presence of silicone oil traces and suggested that silicone oil strongly interacted with the copolymers surface. Purification procedure allowed to completely remove the silicon oil traces from P(NVF-co-DVB) only. The morphology and the structure of the investigated copolymers were examined by optical microscopy, FT-IR, and FT-Raman (Fourier-transform Raman spectroscopy) methods.

  1. Cross-linked polyethylenimine–tripolyphosphate nanoparticles for gene delivery

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    Huang, Xianzhang; Shen, Sujing; Zhang, Zhanfeng; Zhuang, Junhua

    2014-01-01

    The high transfection efficiency of polyethylenimine (PEI) makes it an attractive potential nonviral genetic vector for gene delivery and therapy. However, the highly positive charge of PEI leads to cytotoxicity and limits its application. To reduce the cytotoxicity of PEI, we prepared anion-enriched nanoparticles that combined PEI with tripolyphosphate (TPP). We then characterized the PEI-TPP nanoparticles in terms of size, zeta potential, and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, and assessed their transfection efficiency, cytotoxicity, and ability to resist deoxyribonuclease (DNase) I digestion. The cellular uptake of PEI-TPP with phosphorylated internal ribosome entry site–enhanced green fluorescent protein C1 or FAM (fluorouracil, Adriamycin [doxorubicin] and mitomycin)-labeled small interfering ribonucleic acids (siRNAs) was monitored by fluorescence microscopy and confocal laser microscopy. The efficiency of transfected delivery of plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and siRNA in vitro was 1.11- to 4.20-fold higher with the PEI-TPP particles (7.6% cross-linked) than with the PEI, at all N:P ratios (nitrogen in PEI to phosphorus in DNA) tested. The cell viability of different cell lines was more than 90% at the chosen N:P ratios of PEI-TPP/DNA complexes. Moreover, PEI-TPP nanoparticles resisted digestion by DNase I for more than 2 hours. The time-dependent absorption experiment showed that 7.6% of cross-linked PEI-TPP particles were internalized by 293T cells within 1 hour. In summary, PEI-TPP nanoparticles effectively transfected cells while conferring little or no toxicity, and thus have potential application in gene delivery. PMID:25342902

  2. Effect of modified starch and nanoclay particles on biodegradability and mechanical properties of cross-linked poly lactic acid.

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    Shayan, M; Azizi, H; Ghasemi, I; Karrabi, M

    2015-06-25

    Mechanical properties and biodegradation of cross-linked poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/maleated thermoplastic starch (MTPS)/montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposite were studied. Crosslinking was carried out by adding di-cumyl peroxide (DCP) in the presence of triallyl isocyanurate (TAIC) as coagent. At first, MTPS was prepared by grafting maleic anhydride (MA) to thermoplastic starch in internal mixer. Experimental design was performed by using Box-Behnken method at three variables: MTPS, nanoclay and TAIC at three levels. Results showed that increasing TAIC amount substantially increased the gel fraction, enhanced tensile strength, and caused a decrease in elongation at break. Biodegradation was prevented by increasing TAIC amount in nanocomposite. Increasing MTPS amount caused a slight increase in gel fraction and decreased the tensile strength of nanocomposite. Also, MTPS could increase the elongation at break of nanocomposite and improve the biodegradation. Nanoclay had no effect on the gel fraction, but it improved tensile strength. PMID:25839817

  3. Doubling the cross-linking interface of a rationally designed beta roll peptide for calcium-dependent proteinaceous hydrogel formation.

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    Dooley, Kevin; Bulutoglu, Beyza; Banta, Scott

    2014-10-13

    We have rationally engineered a stimulus-responsive cross-linking domain based on a repeats-in-toxin (RTX) peptide to enable calcium-dependent formation of supramolecular hydrogel networks. The peptide isolated from the RTX domain is intrinsically disordered in the absence of calcium. In calcium rich environments, the peptide binds Ca(2+) ions and folds into a beta roll (?-roll) secondary structure composed to two parallel ?-sheet faces. Previously, we mutated one of the faces to contain solvent exposed leucine side chains which are localized only in the calcium-bound ?-roll conformation. We demonstrated the ability of this mutant peptide to self-assemble into hydrogels in the presence of calcium with the aid of additional peptide-based cross-linking moieties. Here, we have expanded this approach by engineering both ?-roll faces to contain leucine residues, thereby doubling the cross-linking interface for each monomeric building block. These leucine rich surfaces impart a hydrophobic driving force for self-assembly. Extensive characterization was performed on this double-faced mutant to ensure the retention of calcium affinity and subsequent structural rearrangement similar to that of the wild type domain. We genetically fused an ?-helical leucine zipper capable of forming tetrameric coiled-coil bundles to the peptide and the resulting chimeric protein self-assembles into a hydrogel only in calcium rich environments. Since this new mutant peptide enables cross-linking on both surfaces simultaneously, a higher oligomerization state was achieved. To further investigate the cross-linking capability, we constructed concatemers of the ?-roll with maltose binding protein (MBP), a monomeric globular protein, without the leucine zipper domains. These concatemers show a similar sol-gel transition in response to calcium. Several biophysical techniques were used to probe the structural and mechanical properties of the mutant ?-roll domain and the resulting supramolecular networks including circular dichroism, fluorescence resonance energy transfer, bis-ANS binding, and microrheology. These results demonstrate that the engineered ?-roll peptides can mediate calcium-dependent cross-linking for protein hydrogel formation without the need for any other cross-linking moieties. PMID:25226243

  4. Cross-linking with bifunctional reagents and its application to the study of the molecular symmetry and the arrangement of subunits in hexameric protein oligomers.

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    Azem, Abdussalam; Tsfadia, Yossi; Hajouj, Omar; Shaked, Isabella; Daniel, Ezra

    2010-04-01

    Cross-linking with a bifunctional reagent and subsequent SDS gel electrophoresis is a simple but effective method to study the symmetry and arrangement of subunits in oligomeric proteins. In this study, theoretical expressions for the description of cross-linking patterns were derived for protein homohexamers through extension of the method used for tetramers by Hajdu et al. (1976). The derived equations were used for the analysis of cross-linking by glutardialdehyde of four protein hexamers: beef liver glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), jack bean urease, hemocyanin from the spiny lobster Panulirus pencillatus (PpHc), Escherichia coli glutamate decarboxylase (GDC) and for analysis of published data on the cross-linking of hexameric E. coli rho by dimethyl suberimidate. Best fit models showed that the subunits in the first four proteins are arranged according to D(3) symmetry in two layers, each subunit able to cross-link to three neighboring subunits for GDH and urease, or to four for PpHc and GDC. The findings indicate a dimer-of-trimers eclipsed arrangement of subunits for GDH and urease and a trimer-of-dimers staggered one for PpHc and GDC. In rho, the subunits are arranged according to D(3) symmetry in a trimer-of-dimers ring. The conclusions from cross-linking of GDH and GDC, PpHc and rho are consistent with results from X-ray crystal structure, those for urease with findings from electron microscopy. PMID:20005307

  5. Tailoring Elastic Properties of Silica Aerogels Cross-Linked with Polystyrene

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    Nguyen, Baochau N.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Tousley, Marissa E.; Shonkwiler, Brian; McCorkle, Linda; Scheiman, Daniel A.; Palczer, Anna

    2009-01-01

    The effect of incorporating an organic linking group, 1,6-bis(trimethoxysilyl)hexane (BTMSH), into the underlying silica structure of a styrene cross-linked silica aerogel is examined. Vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) is used to provide a reactive site on the silica backbone for styrene polymerization. Replacement of up to 88 mol 1 of the silicon from tetramethoxyorthosilicate with silicon derived from BTMSH and VTMS during the making of silica gels improves the elastic behavior in some formulations of the crosslinked aerogels, as evidenced by measurement of the recovered length after compression of samples to 251 strain. This is especially true for some higher density formulations, which recover nearly 100% of their length after compression to 251 strain twice. The compressive modulus of the more elastic monoliths ranged from 0.2 to 3 MPa. Although some of these monoliths had greatly reduced surface areas, changing the solvent used to produce the gels from methanol to ethanol increased the surface area in one instance from 6 to 220 sq m2/g with little affect on the modulus, elastic recovery, porosity, or density.

  6. Novel magnetic cross-linked lipase aggregates for improving the resolution of (R, S)-2-octanol.

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    Liu, Ying; Guo, Chen; Liu, Chun-Zhao

    2015-03-01

    Novel magnetic cross-linked lipase aggregates were fabricated by immobilizing the cross-linked lipase aggregates onto magnetic particles with a high number of -NH2 terminal groups using p-benzoquinone as the cross-linking agent. At the optimal fabrication conditions, 100% of immobilization efficiency and 139% of activity recovery of the magnetic cross-linked lipase aggregates were achieved. The magnetic cross-linked lipase aggregates were able to efficiently resolve (R, S)-2-octanol, and retained 100% activity and 100% enantioselectivity after 10?cycles of reuse, whereas the cross-linked lipase aggregates only retained about 50% activity and 70% enantioselectivity due to insufficient cross-linking. These results provide a great potential for industrial applications of the magnetic cross-linked lipase aggregates. PMID:25482205

  7. Validation of Effective Time Translational Invariance and Linear Viscoelasticity of Polymer Undergoing Cross-linking Reaction

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    Joshi, Yogesh Moreshwar

    in the effective time domain. I. INTRODUCTION In a cross-linking reaction, the molecular weight of polymer as a function of time.2 Consequently materials undergoing cross-linking reaction do not obey time translational of time-resolved rheometry is employed, wherein the polymeric compounds undergoing cross-linking reaction

  8. Water photolysis with a cross-linked titanium dioxide nanowire anode Mingzhao Liu,a

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    Walsworth, Ronald L.

    Water photolysis with a cross-linked titanium dioxide nanowire anode Mingzhao Liu,a Nathalie deb We report efficient water photolysis using a cross-linked TiO2 nanowire anode containing mixed surface area architecture afforded by the cross-linked TiO2 nanowires enables both long optical path

  9. Characterization of rat leydig cell gonadotropin receptor structure by affinity cross-linking

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    Zhang, Q.Y.; Hwang, J.; Menon, K.M.J.

    1986-05-01

    The gonadotropin receptor from rat leydig cell has been characterized with respect to binding kinetics and physiological regulation. The present study was intended to examine the structure of the receptor. Leydig cell suspension was prepared by either collagenase digestion or by mechanical disruption of the testis. The cells were incubated with /sup 125/I-hCG and the unreacted hCG was removed by centrifugation. The /sup 125/I-hCG was then covalently linked to the cell surface receptor using cleavable (dithiobis (succinimidyl propionate)) and non-cleavable (disuccinimidyl suberate) cross-linking reagents. The extracted cross-linked membrane proteins were resolved on SDS-polyacrylamide gels under reducing and non-reducing conditions and subjected to autoradiographic analysis. Under non-reducing conditions, two labeled species with M/sub r/ = 87,000 and 120,000 were detected. However, only one labeled band was detected under reducing conditions with M/sub r/ = 64,000. The binding of /sup 125/I-hCG to the receptor was inhibited by hCG and LH, but not by a number of peptides and proteins. The data suggest that hCG receptor in leydig cell is an oligomeric complex consisting of four subunits, ..cap alpha cap alpha beta gamma... The ..beta.. and ..gamma.. subunits are each linked to an ..cap alpha.. subunit through disulfide linkage and the hormone binds to each ..cap alpha.. subunit. The two dimers formed (..cap alpha beta cap alpha gamma..) are associated by noncovalent interactions.

  10. An Investigation of Siloxane Cross-linked Hydroxyapatite-Gelatin/Copolymer Composites for Potential Orthopedic Applications†

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    Dyke, Jason Christopher; Knight, Kelly Jane; Zhou, Huaxing; Chiu, Chi-Kai; Ko, Ching-Chang; You, Wei

    2012-01-01

    Causes of bone deficiency are numerous, but biomimetic alloplastic grafts provide an alternative to repair tissue naturally. Previously, a hydroxyapatite-gelatin modified siloxane (HAp-Gemosil) composite was prepared by cross-linking (N, N?-bis[(3-trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ethylene diamine (enTMOS) around the HAp-Gel nanocomposite particles, to mimic the natural composition and properties of bone. However, the tensile strength remained too low for many orthopedic applications. It was hypothesized that incorporating a polymer chain into the composite could help improve long range interaction. Furthermore, designing this polymer to interact with the enTMOS siloxane cross-linked matrix would provide improved adhesion between the polymer and the ceramic composite, and improve mechanical properties. To this end, copolymers of L-Lactide (LLA), and a novel alkyne derivatized trimethylene carbonate, propargyl carbonate (PC), were synthesized. Incorporation of PC during copolymerization affects properties of copolymers such as molecular weight, Tg, and % PC incorporation. More importantly, PC monomers bear a synthetic handle, allowing copolymers to undergo post-polymerization functionalization with graft monomers to specifically tailor the properties of the final composite. For our investigation, P(LLA-co-PC) copolymers were functionalized by an azido-silane (AS) via copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) through terminal alkyne on PC monomers. The new functionalized polymer, P(LLA-co-PC)(AS) was blended with HAp-Gemosil, with the azido-silane linking the copolymer to the silsesquioxane matrix within the final composite. These HAp-Gemosil/P(LLA-co-PC)(AS) composites were subjected to mechanical and biological testing, and the results were compared with those from the HAp-Gemosil composites. This study revealed that incorporating a cross-linkable polymer served to increase the flexural strength of the composite by 50%, while maintaining the biocompatibility of HAp-Gemosil ceramics. PMID:23139457

  11. Profile of Microbial Keratitis after Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

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    Shetty, Rohit; Kaweri, Luci; Nuijts, Rudy M. M. A.; Nagaraja, Harsha; Arora, Vishal; Kumar, Rajesh S.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. To report the profile of microbial keratitis occurring after corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in keratoconus patients. Methods. A retrospective analysis of 2350 patients (1715 conventional CXL, 310 transepithelial CXL, and 325 accelerated CXL) over 7 years (from January 2007 to January 2014) of progressive keratoconus, who underwent CXL at a tertiary eye care centre, was performed. Clinical findings, treatment, and course of disease of four eyes that developed postprocedural moxifloxacin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MXRSA) infectious keratitis are highlighted. Results. Four eyes that underwent CXL (0.0017%) had corneal infiltrates. All eyes that developed keratitis had conventional CXL. Corneal infiltrates were noted on the third postoperative day. Gram's stain as well as culture reported MXRSA as the causative agent in all cases. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in each case was positive for eubacterial genome. All patients were treated with fortified antibiotic eye drops, following which keratitis resolved over a 6-week period with scarring. All these patients were on long-term preoperative oral/topical steroids for chronic disorders (chronic vernal keratoconjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, and chronic eczema). Conclusion. The incidence of infectious keratitis after CXL is a rare complication (0.0017%). MXRSA is a potential organism for causing post-CXL keratitis and should be identified early and treated aggressively with fortified antibiotics. PMID:25302296

  12. Cross-linking of polytetrafluoroethylene during room-temperature irradiation

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    Pugmire, David L; Wetteland, Chris J; Duncan, Wanda S; Lakis, Rollin E; Schwartz, Daniel S

    2008-01-01

    Exposure of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to {alpha}-radiation was investigated to detennine the physical and chemical effects, as well as to compare and contrast the damage mechanisms with other radiation types ({beta}, {gamma}, or thermal neutron). A number of techniques were used to investigate the chemical and physical changes in PTFE after exposure to {alpha}-radiation. These techniques include: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and fluorescence spectroscopy. Similar to other radiation types at low doses, the primary damage mechanism for the exposure of PTFE to {alpha}-radiation appears to be chain scission. Increased doses result in a change-over of the damage mechanism to cross-linking. This result is not observed for any radiation type other than {alpha} when irradiation is performed at room temperature. Finally, at high doses, PTFE undergoes mass-loss (via smallfluorocarbon species evolution) and defluorination. The amount and type of damage versus sample depth was also investigated. Other types of radiation yield damage at depths on the order of mm to cm into PTFE due to low linear energy transfer (LET) and the correspondingly large penetration depths. By contrast, the {alpha}-radiation employed in this study was shown to only induce damage to a depth of approximately 26 {mu}m, except at very high doses.

  13. Zinc cross-linked hydroxamated alginates for pulsed drug release

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    Raut, Neha S; Deshmukh, Prasad R; Umekar, Milind J; Kotagale, Nandkishor R

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Alginates can be tailored chemically to improve solubility, physicochemical, and biological properties and its complexation with metal ion is useful for controlling the drug release. Materials And Methods: Synthesized N,O-dimethyl, N-methyl, or N-Benzyl hydroxylamine derivatives of sodium alginate were subsequently complexed with zinc to form beads. Hydroxamation of sodium alginate was confirmed by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Results: The synthesized polymeric material exhibited reduced aqueous, HCl and NaOH solubility. The hydroxamated derivatives demonstrated pulsed release where change in pH of the dissolution medium stimulated the atenolol release. Conclusion: Atenolol loaded Zn cross-linked polymeric beads demonstrated the sustained the plasma drug levels with increased half-life. Although the synthesized derivatives greatly altered the aqueous solubility of sodium alginate, no significant differences in in vitro and in vivo atenolol release behavior amongst the N,O-dimethyl, N-methyl, or N-Benzyl hydroxylamine derivatives of sodium alginate were observed. PMID:24350039

  14. Exercise increases pyridinoline cross-linking and counters the mechanical effects of concurrent lathyrogenic treatment.

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    McNerny, Erin M B; Gardinier, Joseph D; Kohn, David H

    2015-12-01

    The collagen cross-link profile of bone, associated with bone strength and fracture toughness, is tightly regulated (affecting cross-link quantity, type, lysine hydroxylation and maturity) and may contribute to the improvements in bone quality during exercise. We hypothesized that 1) exercise promotes mature cross-link formation, 2) increased mature cross-linking is accompanied by shifts in lysine hydroxylation, and 3) these changes in collagen cross-link profile have positive effects on mechanical properties. Growing male C57Bl6 mice were treated with 30min/day of running exercise, 350mg/kg/day ?-aminopropionitrile (BAPN) injected subcutaneously to inhibit enzymatic collagen cross-linking, or both exercise and BAPN, from 5 to 8weeks of age. Bone collagen cross-linking profile, mechanical properties, morphology, and mineralization were measured from the tibiae. Cross-link measures, including immature, pyridinoline, pyrrole and pentosidine cross-links, ratios reflecting cross-link maturity and hydroxylation, and mineralization were tested for their importance to mechanical properties across 8week groups through correlation analyses and step-wise linear regressions. BAPN treatment significantly reduced lysylpyridinoline, pyrrole, hydroxylysinorleucine, and total mature collagen cross-linking, resulting in decreased bone elastic modulus and increased yield strain despite a marginal increase in TMD. Exercise caused a shift toward pyridinoline cross-linking, with increased hydroxylysylpyridinoline and decreased pyrrole cross-linking resulting in total mature cross-linking and estimated tissue level mechanical properties matching sedentary control levels. Exercise superimposed on BAPN treatment increased total mature cross-linking from BAPN to control levels, but did so by increasing pyridinoline, not pyrrole, cross-links. Exercise also counteracted the BAPN effects on modulus and strain, without a change in TMD. Pyrrole cross-linking was the strongest correlate of modulus (r=0.470, p<0.01) and yield strain (r=-0.467, p<0.01). Cross-links with similar levels of telopeptide lysine hydroxylation to pyrrole (lysylpyridinoline and hydroxylysinorleucine) also correlated with modulus and strain to a lesser extent. In conclusion, exercise in growing mice promotes pyridinoline collagen cross-linking in bone, the resulting increase in total mature cross-linking is sufficient to counteract the mechanical effects of concurrent cross-link inhibition, and this responsiveness to loading is a potential means by which exercise might improve bone quality in diseased or otherwise compromised bone. PMID:26211995

  15. Viscoelastic properties of a high temperature cross-linked water shut-off polymeric gel

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    Hussein, Ibnelwaleed A.

    -Araghi, 2000). Rheological testing of water Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 55 (2007) 56­66 www.elsevier.com/locate/petrol and Development Center, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran 31311, Saudi Arabia b Department of Chemical Engineering, King Fahd.A. Hussein). 0920-4105/$ - see front matter © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. doi:10.1016/j.petrol

  16. Reentrant phase diagram and pH effects in cross-linked gelatin gels

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    T. Abete; E. Del Gado; L. de Arcangelis; D. Hellio Serughetti; M. Djabourov

    2008-10-02

    Experimental results have shown that the kinetics of bond formation in chemical crosslinking of gelatin solutions is strongly affected not only by gelatin and reactant concentrations but also by the solution pH. We present an extended numerical investigation of the phase diagram and of the kinetics of bond formation as a function of the pH, via Monte Carlo simulations of a lattice model for gelatin chains and reactant agent in solution. We find a reentrant phase diagram, namely gelation can be hindered either by loop formation, at low reactant concentrations, or by saturation of active sites of the chains via formation of single bonds with crosslinkers, at high reactant concentrations. The ratio of the characteristic times for the formation of the first and of the second bond between the crosslinker and an active site of a chain is found to depend on the reactant reactivity, in good agreement with experimental data.

  17. Ionically cross-linked alginate hydrogels as tissue engineering scaffolds

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    Kuo, Catherine Kyleen

    Generation of living tissues through tissue engineering can be achieved via incorporation of cells into synthetic scaffolds designed to facilitate new tissue formation. Necessary characteristics of a scaffold include biocompatibility, high porosity with controllable pore size and interconnectivity, moldability, chemical and mechanical stability, and structural homogeneity. Hydrogels often possess many of the necessary characteristics and thus are favorable candidates for scaffolding. Alginate hydrogels are commonly made by ionically crosslinking with calcium ions from CaCl2 or CaSO4. These hydrogels are favored for their mild gel formation, however the gelation rate is rapid and uncontrollable (fast-gelation), resulting in varying crosslinking density throughout the gel. In this work, structurally homogeneous calcium alginate hydrogels were formed via a slow-gelation system that utilizes uniform mixing of CaCO3 with sodium alginate solution, and the addition of slowly hydrolyzing D-gluconic acid lactone to slowly release calcium ions for crosslinking. Homogeneity and mechanical properties of these hydrogels were shown to be superior to those of fast-gelled hydrogels. Gelation rate was controlled through the incorporation of CaSO4, and by varying total calcium content, polymer concentration and gelation temperature. Control over mechanical properties and diffusivity was demonstrated in the homogeneous hydrogels by adjusting compositional variables. Consistent control over solute diffusivity through gel discs reflected the structural homogeneity of the gels. To overcome the instability of ionically crosslinked gels in tissue culture medium, a method was developed to control the hydrogel dimensions by adjusting the ionic concentration of the medium. Stability of the hydrogels in this controlled environment was characterized through swelling experiments and mechanical testing. To provide for scaffold degradation and thereby promote tissue growth, alginate lyase was incorporated into the system induce enzymatically controlled alginate degradation. This alginate hydrogel system is novel in that cells are directly and uniformly incorporated into a hydrogel with controlled gelation rate and material properties. The injectable alginate hydrogels can be molded into complex shapes or injected into the body to avoid invasive surgery. Further, the ability to tailor their gelation rate, material properties and degradation enable these alginate hydrogels to be used for a variety of biomedical applications including drug or biofactor delivery.

  18. Chitosan-hyaluronan/nano chondroitin sulfate ternary composite sponges for medical use.

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    Anisha, B S; Sankar, Deepthi; Mohandas, Annapoorna; Chennazhi, K P; Nair, Shantikumar V; Jayakumar, R

    2013-02-15

    In this work chitosan-hyaluronan composite sponge incorporated with chondroitin sulfate nanoparticle (nCS) was developed. The fabrication of hydrogel was based on simple ionic cross-linking using EDC, followed by lyophilization to obtain the composite sponge. nCS suspension was characterized using DLS and SEM and showed a size range of 100-150 nm. The composite sponges were characterized using SEM, FT-IR and TG-DTA. Porosity, swelling, biodegradation, blood clotting and platelet activation of the prepared sponges were also evaluated. Nanocomposites showed a porosity of 67% and showed enhanced swelling and blood clotting ability. Cytocompatibility and cell adhesion studies of the sponges were done using human dermal fibroblast (HDF) cells and the nanocomposite sponges showed more than 90% viability. Nanocomposite sponges also showed enhanced proliferation of HDF cells within two days of study. These results indicated that this nanocomposite sponges would be a potential candidate for wound dressing. PMID:23399178

  19. Measuring the formaldehyde Protein-DNA cross-link reversal rate.

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    Kennedy-Darling, Julia; Smith, Lloyd M

    2014-06-17

    Protein-DNA binding interactions play critical roles in important cellular processes such as gene expression, cell division, and chromosomal organization. Techniques to identify and characterize these interactions often utilize formaldehyde cross-linking for stabilization of the complexes. Advantages of formaldehyde as a cross-linking reagent include cell permeability, relatively fast cross-linking kinetics, and short cross-linker length. In addition, formaldehyde cross-links are reversible, which has the advantage of allowing complexes to be dissociated if desired but may also present a problem if undesired dissociation occurs in the course of an experiment. While the kinetics of formaldehyde cross-link formation have been well-established in numerous studies, there have been no reports of the rate of cross-link dissociation, even though it is clearly a critical variable when developing a biochemical protocol involving formaldehyde cross-linking. We present here a method for measurement of the rate of formaldehyde cross-link reversal based upon the Formaldehyde-Assisted Isolation of Regulatory Elements (FAIRE) procedure and use it to determine the rate of cross-link reversal for cross-linked protein-DNA complexes from yeast cell lysate. The half-life of the protein-DNA cross-links varies from 179 h at 4 °C to 11.3 h at 47 °C, with a rate that increases exponentially with temperature and is independent of salt concentration. PMID:24848408

  20. Measuring the Formaldehyde Protein–DNA Cross-Link Reversal Rate

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    2015-01-01

    Protein–DNA binding interactions play critical roles in important cellular processes such as gene expression, cell division, and chromosomal organization. Techniques to identify and characterize these interactions often utilize formaldehyde cross-linking for stabilization of the complexes. Advantages of formaldehyde as a cross-linking reagent include cell permeability, relatively fast cross-linking kinetics, and short cross-linker length. In addition, formaldehyde cross-links are reversible, which has the advantage of allowing complexes to be dissociated if desired but may also present a problem if undesired dissociation occurs in the course of an experiment. While the kinetics of formaldehyde cross-link formation have been well-established in numerous studies, there have been no reports of the rate of cross-link dissociation, even though it is clearly a critical variable when developing a biochemical protocol involving formaldehyde cross-linking. We present here a method for measurement of the rate of formaldehyde cross-link reversal based upon the Formaldehyde-Assisted Isolation of Regulatory Elements (FAIRE) procedure and use it to determine the rate of cross-link reversal for cross-linked protein–DNA complexes from yeast cell lysate. The half-life of the protein–DNA cross-links varies from 179 h at 4 °C to 11.3 h at 47 °C, with a rate that increases exponentially with temperature and is independent of salt concentration. PMID:24848408

  1. Corneal cross-linking in 9 horses with ulcerative keratitis

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    2013-01-01

    Background Corneal ulcers are one of the most common eye problems in the horse and can cause varying degrees of visual impairment. Secondary infection and protease activity causing melting of the corneal stroma are always concerns in patients with corneal ulcers. Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL), induced by illumination of the corneal stroma with ultraviolet light (UVA) after instillation of riboflavin (vitamin B2) eye drops, introduces crosslinks which stabilize melting corneas, and has been used to successfully treat infectious ulcerative keratitis in human patients. Therefore we decided to study if CXL can be performed in sedated, standing horses with ulcerative keratitis with or without stromal melting. Results Nine horses, aged 1 month to 16 years (median 5 years) were treated with a combination of CXL and medical therapy. Two horses were diagnosed with mycotic, 5 with bacterial and 2 with aseptic ulcerative keratitis. A modified Dresden-protocol for CXL could readily be performed in all 9 horses after sedation. Stromal melting, diagnosed in 4 horses, stopped within 24 h. Eight of nine eyes became fluorescein negative in 13.5 days (median time; range 4–26 days) days after CXL. One horse developed a bacterial conjunctivitis the day after CXL, which was successfully treated with topical antibiotics. One horse with fungal ulcerative keratitis and severe uveitis was enucleated 4 days after treatment due to panophthalmitis. Conclusions CXL can be performed in standing, sedated horses. We did not observe any deleterious effects attributed to riboflavin or UVA irradiation per se during the follow-up, neither in horses with infectious nor aseptic ulcerative keratitis. These data support that CXL can be performed in the standing horse, but further studies are required to compare CXL to conventional medical treatment in equine keratitis and to optimize the CXL protocol in this species. PMID:23803176

  2. Encoding Hydrogel Mechanics via Network Cross-Linking Structure

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    2015-01-01

    The effects of mechanical cues on cell behaviors in 3D remain difficult to characterize as the ability to tune hydrogel mechanics often requires changes in the polymer density, potentially altering the material’s biochemical and physical characteristics. Additionally, with most PEG diacrylate (PEGDA) hydrogels, forming materials with compressive moduli less than ?10 kPa has been virtually impossible. Here, we present a new method of controlling the mechanical properties of PEGDA hydrogels independent of polymer chain density through the incorporation of additional vinyl group moieties that interfere with the cross-linking of the network. This modification can tune hydrogel mechanics in a concentration dependent manner from <1 to 17 kPa, a more physiologically relevant range than previously possible with PEG-based hydrogels, without altering the hydrogel’s degradation and permeability. Across this range of mechanical properties, endothelial cells (ECs) encapsulated within MMP-2/MMP-9 degradable hydrogels with RGDS adhesive peptides revealed increased cell spreading as hydrogel stiffness decreased in contrast to behavior typically observed for cells on 2D surfaces. EC-pericyte cocultures exhibited vessel-like networks within 3 days in highly compliant hydrogels as compared to a week in stiffer hydrogels. These vessel networks persisted for at least 4 weeks and deposited laminin and collagen IV perivascularly. These results indicate that EC morphogenesis can be regulated using mechanical cues in 3D. Furthermore, controlling hydrogel compliance independent of density allows for the attainment of highly compliant mechanical regimes in materials that can act as customizable cell microenvironments. PMID:26082943

  3. Integrated Cryogenic Satellite Communications Cross-Link Receiver Experiment

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    Romanofsky, R. R.; Bhasin, K. B.; Downey, A. N.; Jackson, C. J.; Silver, A. H.; Javadi, H. H. S.

    1995-01-01

    An experiment has been devised which will validate, in space, a miniature, high-performance receiver. The receiver blends three complementary technologies; high temperature superconductivity (HTS), pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (PHEMT) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC), and a miniature pulse tube cryogenic cooler. Specifically, an HTS band pass filter, InP MMIC low noise amplifier, HTS-sapphire resonator stabilized local oscillator (LO), and a miniature pulse tube cooler will be integrated into a complete 20 GHz receiver downconverter. This cooled downconverter will be interfaced with customized signal processing electronics and integrated onto the space shuttle's 'HitchHiker' carrier. A pseudorandom data sequence will be transmitted to the receiver, which is in low Earth orbit (LEO), via the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) on a 20 GHz carrier. The modulation format is QPSK and the data rate is 2.048 Mbps. The bit error rate (BER) will be measured in situ. The receiver is also equipped with a radiometer mode so that experiment success is not totally contingent upon the BER measurement. In this mode, the receiver uses the Earth and deep space as a hot and cold calibration source, respectively. The experiment closely simulates an actual cross-link scenario. Since the receiver performance depends on channel conditions, its true characteristics would be masked in a terrestrial measurement by atmospheric absorption and background radiation. Furthermore, the receiver's performance depends on its physical temperature, which is a sensitive function of platform environment, thermal design, and cryocooler performance. This empirical data is important for building confidence in the technology.

  4. Investigation of anisotropic thermal transport in cross-linked polymers

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    Simavilla, David Nieto

    Thermal transport in lightly cross-linked polyisoprene and polybutadine subjected to uniaxial elongation is investigated experimentally. We employ two experimental techniques to assess the effect that deformation has on this class of materials. The first technique, which is based on Forced Rayleigh Scattering (FRS), allows us to measure the two independent components of the thermal diffusivity tensor as a function of deformation. These measurements along with independent measurements of the tensile stress and birefringence are used to evaluate the stress-thermal and stress-optic rules. The stress-thermal rule is found to be valid for the entire range of elongations applied. In contrast, the stress-optic rule fails for moderate to large stretch ratios. This suggests that the degree of anisotropy in thermal conductivity depends on both orientation and tension in polymer chain segments. The second technique, which is based on infrared thermography (IRT), allows us to measure anisotropy in thermal conductivity and strain induced changes in heat capacity. We validate this method measurements of anisotropic thermal conductivity by comparing them with those obtained using FRS. We find excellent agreement between the two techniques. Uncertainty in the infrared thermography method measurements is estimated to be about 2-5 %. The accuracy of the method and its potential application to non-transparent materials makes it a good alternative to extend current research on anisotropic thermal transport in polymeric materials. A second IRT application allows us to investigate the dependence of heat capacity on deformation. We find that heat capacity increases with stretch ratio in polyisoprene specimens under uniaxial extension. The deviation from the equilibrium value of heat capacity is consistent with an independent set of experiments comparing anisotropy in thermal diffusivity and conductivity employing FRS and IRT techniques. We identify finite extensibility and strain-induced crystallization as the possible causes explaining our observations and evaluate their contribution making use of classical rubber elasticity results. Finally, we study of the role of evaporation-induced thermal effects in the well-know phenomena of the tears of wine. We develop a transport model and support its predictions by experimentally measuring the temperature gradient present in wine and cognac films using IRT. Our results demonstrate that the Marangoni flow responsible for wine tears results from both composition and temperature gradients, whose relative contribution strongly depends on the thermodynamic properties of ethanol-water mixtures. The methods developed here can be used to obtain a deeper understanding of Marangoni flows, which are ubiquitous in nature and modern technology.

  5. Characterization of Interstrand DNA-DNA Cross-Links Using the ?-Hemolysin Protein Nanopore.

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    Zhang, Xinyue; Price, Nathan E; Fang, Xi; Yang, Zhiyu; Gu, Li-Qun; Gates, Kent S

    2015-12-22

    Nanopore-based sensors have been studied extensively as potential tools for DNA sequencing, characterization of epigenetic modifications such as 5-methylcytosine, and detection of microRNA biomarkers. In the studies described here, the ?-hemolysin protein nanopore embedded in a lipid bilayer was used for the detection and characterization of interstrand cross-links in duplex DNA. Interstrand cross-links are important lesions in medicinal chemistry and toxicology because they prevent the strand separation that is required for read-out of genetic information from DNA in cells. In addition, interstrand cross-links are used for the stabilization of duplex DNA in structural biology and materials science. Cross-linked DNA fragments produced unmistakable current signatures in the nanopore experiment. Some cross-linked substrates gave irreversible current blocks of >10 min, while others produced long current blocks (10-100 s) before the double-stranded DNA cross-link translocated through the ?-hemolysin channel in a voltage-driven manner. The duration of the current block for the different cross-linked substrates examined here may be dictated by the stability of the duplex region left in the vestibule of the nanopore following partial unzipping of the cross-linked DNA. Construction of calibration curves measuring the frequency of cross-link blocking events (1/?on) as a function of cross-link concentration enabled quantitative determination of the amounts of cross-linked DNA present in samples. The unique current signatures generated by cross-linked DNA in the ?-HL nanopore may enable the detection and characterization of DNA cross-links that are important in toxicology, medicine, and materials science. PMID:26563913

  6. Structure-Property Relationships in Porous 3-D Nanostructures as a Function of Preparation Conditions: Isocyanate Cross-Linked Silica Aerogels

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Capadona, Lynn A.; McCorkle, Linda; Papadopoulos, Demetrios S.; Leventis, Nicholas

    2007-01-01

    Sol-gel derived silica aerogels are attractive candidates for many unique thermal, optical, catalytic, and chemical applications because of their low density and high mesoporosity. However, their inherent fragility has restricted use of aerogel monoliths to applications where they are not subject to any load. We have previously reported cross-linking the mesoporous silica structure of aerogels with di-isocyanates, styrenes or epoxies reacting with amine decorated silica surfaces. These approaches have been shown to significantly increase the strength of aerogels with only a small effect on density or porosity. Though density is a prime predictor of properties such as strength and thermal conductivity for aerogels, it is becoming clear from previous studies that varying the silica backbone and size of the polymer cross-link independently can give rise to combinations of properties which cannot be predicted from density alone. Herein, we examine the effects of four processing parameters for producing this type of polymer cross-linked aerogel on properties of the resulting monoliths. We focus on the results of 13C CP-MAS NMR which gives insight to the size and structure of polymer cross-link present in the monoliths, and relates the size of the cross-links to microstructure, mechanical properties and other characteristics of the materials obtained.

  7. Structure-Property Relationships in Porous 3-D Nanostructures as a Function of Preparation Conditions: Isocyanate Cross-Linked Silica Aerogels

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Capadona, Lynn A.; McCorkle, Linda; Padadopoulos, Demetrios S.; Leventis, Nicholas

    2007-01-01

    Sol-gel derived silica aerogels are attractive candidates for many unique thermal, optical, catalytic, and chemical applications because of their low density and high mesoporosity. However, their inherent fragility has restricted use of aerogel monoliths to applications where they are not subject to any load. We have previously reported cross-linking the mesoporous silica structure of aerogels with di-isocyanates, styrenes or epoxies reacting with amine decorated silica surfaces. These approaches have been shown to significantly increase the strength of aerogels with only a small effect on density or porosity. Though density is a prime predictor of properties such as strength and thermal conductivity for aerogels, it is becoming clear from previous studies that varying the silica backbone and size of the polymer cross-link independently can give rise to combinations of properties which cannot be predicted from density alone. Herein, we examine the effects of four processing parameters for producing this type of polymer cross-linked aerogel on properties of the resulting monoliths. We focus on the results of C-13 CP-MAS NMR which gives insight to the size and structure of polymer cross-link present in the monoliths, and relates the size of the cross-links to microstructure, mechanical properties and other characteristics of the materials obtained.

  8. Isocyanate Cross-Linked Silica: Structurally Strong Aerogels

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    Leventis, Nicholas; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Zhang, Guo-Hui; Rawashdeh, Abdel-Monem M.

    2002-01-01

    Molecular-level synergism between the silica nanoparticles of pre-formed monoliths and molecular cross-linkers inverts the relative host-guest roles in glass-polymer composites, leading to new strong low-density materials. Attempts to load gels with variable amounts of polyurethane precursors such as di-ISO and diol end-capped polybutylene adipate followed by heat treatment, washing, and supercritical drying led to opaque materials, somewhat stronger than silica but still quite brittle and much inferior to the materials described above. Direct mixing of a diisocyanate and an alcohol-free sol has been attempted recently by Yim et al. Reportedly, that procedure leads to week-long gelation times and requires an at least equally long aging period. In our attempt to add various amounts of di-ISO in a base-catalyzed sol in PC, we also noticed a week-long gelation time. The resulting aerogels were translucent but no less brittle than native silica. According to more recent studies, if propylene carbonate is replaced with acetone, it leads not only to shorter processing times, but also to much stronger gels that can tolerate loads in excess of 40 kg in the arrangement presented. We attribute that behavior to the lower viscosity of acetone, that allows faster diffusion of the di-ISO solution within the pores before di-ISO has time to react with the surface of silica. Further studies are underway to vary the chemical identity of the diisocyanate, as well as the composition and density of silica.

  9. IQGAP1, a Rac- and Cdc42-binding Protein, Directly Binds and Cross-links Microfilaments

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    Bashour, Anne-Marie; Fullerton, Aaron T.; Hart, Matthew J.; Bloom, George S.

    1997-01-01

    Activated forms of the GTPases, Rac and Cdc42, are known to stimulate formation of microfilament-rich lamellipodia and filopodia, respectively, but the underlying mechanisms have remained obscure. We now report the purification and characterization of a protein, IQGAP1, which is likely to mediate effects of these GTPases on microfilaments. Native IQGAP1 purified from bovine adrenal comprises two ?190-kD subunits per molecule plus substoichiometric calmodulin. Purified IQGAP1 bound directly to F-actin and cross-linked the actin filaments into irregular, interconnected bundles that exhibited gel-like properties. Exogenous calmodulin partially inhibited binding of IQGAP1 to F-actin, and was more effective in the absence, than in the presence of calcium. Immunofluorescence microscopy demonstrated cytochalasin D–sensitive colocalization of IQGAP1 with cortical microfilaments. These results, in conjunction with prior evidence that IQGAP1 binds directly to activated Rac and Cdc42, suggest that IQGAP1 serves as a direct molecular link between these GTPases and the actin cytoskeleton, and that the actin-binding activity of IQGAP1 is regulated by calmodulin. PMID:9199170

  10. Radiation cross-linking of small electrical wire insulator fabricated from NR/LDPE blends

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    Siri-Upathum, Chyagrit; Punnachaiya, Suvit

    2007-12-01

    A low voltage, radiation-crosslinked wire insulator has been fabricated from blends of natural rubber block (STR-5L) and LDPE with phthalic anhydride (PA) as a compatibilizer. Physical properties of the NR/LDPE blend ratios of 50/50 and 60/40 with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 wt% PA were evaluated. The gel content increased as the radiation dose increased. Tensile at break exhibited a maximum value of 12 MPa at 120 kGy for 1.0 and 1.5 wt% PA of both blend ratios. A higher PA content yielded a higher modulus for the same blend ratio. Blends of 60/40 ratio with 1.0 wt% PA and 0.8 wt% antimony oxide flame retardant gave the highest limiting oxygen index (LOI) of >30% at above 150 kGy. Other electrical properties of the wire insulator were investigated. It was found that an insulator fabricated from a PA content of 1.0 wt% in the NR/LDPE blend ratio of 50/50, after gamma ray cross-linked at a dose of 180 kGy in low vacuum (1 mm Hg), met the Thai Industrial Standard 11-2531 for low voltage wire below 1.0 kV. To comply with the standard for vertical flame test, a more suitable flame retardant was needed for the insulator.

  11. Size Matters: Molecular Weight Specificity of Hyaluronan Effects in Cell Biology

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    Cyphert, Jaime M.; Trempus, Carol S.; Garantziotis, Stavros

    2015-01-01

    Hyaluronan signaling properties are unique among other biologically active molecules, that they are apparently not influenced by postsynthetic molecular modification, but by hyaluronan fragment size. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the generation of hyaluronan fragments of different size and size-dependent differences in hyaluronan signaling as well as their downstream biological effects. PMID:26448754

  12. Corneal changes following collagen cross linking and simultaneous topography guided photoablation with collagen cross linking for keratoconus

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    Padmanabhan, Prema; Radhakrishnan, Aishwaryah; Venkataraman, Abinaya Priya; Gupta, Nidhi; Srinivasan, Bhaskar

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the outcome of Collagen cross-linking (CXL) with that following topography-guided customized ablation treatment (T-CAT) with simultaneous CXL in eyes with progressive keratoconus. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective, non-randomized single centre study of 66 eyes with progressive keratoconus. Of these, 40 eyes underwent CXL and 26 eyes underwent T-CAT + CXL. The refractive, topographic, tomographic and aberrometric changes measured at baseline, 1, 3 and 6 months post-operatively were compared between both groups. Results: After a mean follow-up of 7.7 ± 1.3 months, the mean retinoscopic cylinder decreased by 1.02 ± 3.16 D in the CXL group (P = 0.1) and 2.87 ± 3.22 D in the T-CAT + CXL group (P = 0.04). The Best corrected visual acuity increased by 2 lines or more in 10% of eyes in the CXL group and in 23.3% of eyes in the T-CAT + CXL group. The mean steepest-K reduced by 0.40 ± 3.71 D (P = 0.77) in the CXL group and by 2.91 ± 2.01D (P = 0.03) in the T-CAT + CXL group. The sag factor and surface asymmetry index showed no significant change in the CXL group but reduced by 3.59 ± 5.94 D (P = 0.01) and 0.72 ± 1.18 (P = 0.02) respectively in the T-CAT + CXL group. There was a significant increase in the highest posterior corneal elevation in both groups (9.57 ± 14.93 ? in the CXL group and 7.85 ± 9.25 ? in the T-CAT + CXL group, P ? 0.001 for both). There was significantly greater reduction of mean coma (P < 0.001) and mean higher-order aberrations (P = 0.01) following T-CAT + CXL compared to CXL. Conclusions: CAT + CXL is an effective approach to confer biomechanical stability and to improve the corneal contour in eyes with keratoconus and results in better refractive, topographic and aberrometric outcomes than CXL alone. PMID:23619500

  13. Cross-linked Polymer-Blend Gate Dielectrics through Thermal Click Chemistry.

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    Li, Shengxia; Tang, Wei; Zhang, Weimin; Guo, Xiaojun; Zhang, Qing

    2015-12-01

    New cross-linking reagents were synthesized and mixed with polystyrene (PS) in solution to form a blend. Thin-films were spin-coated from the blend and then cross-linked by thermal activation at relatively low temperature (100?°C) to form cross-linked gate dielectrics. This new method is compatible with plastic substrates in flexible electronics. The azide and alkyne cross-linking reagents are kinetically stable at room temperature, so any premature cross-linking is avoided during processing. This method also significantly improved the dielectric performances of PS thin films. Solution-processed top-gate organic field-effect transistor devices with indacenodithiophene-benzothiadiazole copolymer as semiconductor layer and the cross-linked PS blend as dielectric layer showed improved performances with lower gate leakages and higher operation stabilities than devices with neat PS film as dielectric layer. PMID:26477514

  14. Peroxidase induced oligo-tyrosine cross-links during polymerization of ?-lactalbumin.

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    Dhayal, Surender Kumar; Sforza, Stefano; Wierenga, Peter A; Gruppen, Harry

    2015-12-01

    Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) induced cross-linking of proteins has been reported to proceed through formation of di-tyrosine cross-links. In the case of low molar mass phenolic substrates, the enzymatic oxidation is reported to lead to polymerization of the phenols. The aim of this work was to investigate if during oxidative cross-linking of proteins oligo-tyrosine cross-links are formed in addition to dityrosine. To this end, ?-lactalbumin (?-LA) was cross-linked using horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and hydrogen peroxide (H?O?). The reaction products were acid hydrolysed, after which the cross-linked amino acids were investigated by LC-MS and MALDI-MS. To test the effect of the size of the substrate, the cross-linking reaction was also performed with L-tyrosine, N-acetyl L-tyrosinamide and angiotensin. These products were analyzed by LC-MS directly, as well as after acid hydrolysis. In the acid hydrolysates of all samples oligo-tyrosine (Yn, n=3-8) was found in addition to di-tyrosine (Y2). Two stages of cross-linking of ?-LA were identified: a) 1-2 cross-links were formed per monomer until the monomers were converted into oligomers, and b) subsequent cross-linking of oligomers formed in the first stage to form nanoparticles containing 3-4 cross-links per monomer. The transition from first stage to the second stage coincided with the point where di-tyrosine started to decrease and more oligo-tyrosines were formed. In conclusion, extensive polymerization of ?-LA using HRP via oligo-tyrosine cross-links is possible, as is the case for low molar mass tyrosine containing substrates. PMID:26282909

  15. Covalent cross-links in polyampholytic chitosan fibers enhances bone regeneration in a rabbit model.

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    Ghosh, Paulomi; Rameshbabu, Arun Prabhu; Das, Dipankar; Francis, Nimmy K; Pawar, Harpreet Singh; Subramanian, Bhuvaneshwaran; Pal, Sagar; Dhara, Santanu

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan fibers were prepared in citric acid bath, pH 7.4 and NaOH solution at pH 13, to form ionotropically cross-linked and uncross-linked fibers, respectively. The fibers formed in citric acid bath were further cross-linked via carbodiimide chemistry; wherein the pendant carboxyl moieties of citric acid were used for new amide bond formation. Moreover, upon covalent cross-linking in the ionically gelled citrate-chitosan fibers, incomplete conversion of the ion pairs to amide linkages took place resulting in the formation of a dual network structure. The dual cross-linked fibers displayed improved mechanical property, higher stability against enzymatic degradation, hydrophobicity and superior bio-mineralization compared to the uncross-linked and native citrate cross-linked fibers. Additionally, upon cyclic loading, the ion pairs in the dual cross-linked fibers dissociated by dissipating energy and reformed during the relaxation period. The twin property of elasticity and energy dissipation mechanism makes the dual cross-linked fiber unique under dynamic mechanical conditions. The differences in the physico-chemical characteristics were reflected in protein adsorption, which in turn influenced the cellular activities on the fibers. Compared to the uncross-linked and ionotropically cross-linked fibers, the dual cross-linked fibers demonstrated higher proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of the MSCs in vitro as well as better osseous tissue regeneration in a rabbit model. PMID:25483844

  16. Effect of cross-linking and enzymatic hydrolysis composite modification on the properties of rice starches.

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    Xiao, Huaxi; Lin, Qinlu; Liu, Gao-Qiang

    2012-01-01

    Native rice starch lacks the versatility necessary to function adequately under rigorous industrial processing, so modified starches are needed to meet the functional properties required in food products. This work investigated the impact of enzymatic hydrolysis and cross-linking composite modification on the properties of rice starches. Rice starch was cross-linked with epichlorohydrin (EPI) with different concentrations (0.5%, 0.7%, 0.9% w/w, on a dry starch basis), affording cross-linked rice starches with the three different levels of cross-linking that were named R?, R?, and R?, respectively. The cross-linked rice starches were hydrolyzed by ?-amylase and native, hydrolyzed, and hydrolyzed cross-linked rice starches were comparatively studied. It was found that hydrolyzed cross-linked rice starches showed a lower the degree of amylase hydrolysis compared with hydrolyzed rice starch. The higher the degree of cross-linking, the higher the capacity to resist enzyme hydrolysis. Hydrolyzed cross-linked rice starches further increased the adsorptive capacities of starches for liquids and decreased the trend of retrogradation, and it also strengthened the capacity to resist shear compared to native and hydrolyzed rice starches. PMID:22772809

  17. Molybdate sorption by cross-linked chitosan beads: Dynamic studies

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    Guibal, E.; Milot, C.; Roussy, J.

    1999-01-01

    Recent trends in environmental monitoring have induced increasing development of new wastewater treatment techniques. Membrane processes, electrochemical techniques, or ion-exchange systems are widely used, but biosorption has been recognized in the last 30 years as a promising way to reduce the contamination of surface water issued from industrial effluent. Chitosan, a biopolymer extracted from crustacean shells, exhibits high sorption capacities for metal ion recovery. Sorption efficiency and removal rates are controlled by several diffusion mechanisms. Chitosan gel beads have been prepared and have shown enhanced sorption performance in batch systems. This study shows that, in continuous systems, sorption capacities can reach 700 mg/g, a level close to that obtained in batch studies. The effects of metal concentration, flow velocity, and column size are investigated and demonstrate that, because of diffusion mechanisms, the optimum concentration range is approximately 50 to 100 mg/L. In column systems, the Biot number, though greater than 1, is lower than the Biot number obtained in batch systems, indicating that external mass transfer influences mass transfer at the low superficial velocity investigated in this work.

  18. Gamma-irradiated cross-linked LDPE foams: Characteristics and properties

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    Cardoso, E. C. L.; Scagliusi, S. R.; Parra, D. F.; Lugão, A. B.

    2013-03-01

    Foamed polymers are future materials, as they are increasingly considered "green materials" due to their interesting properties at very low consumption of raw materials. They can be used to improve appearance of insulation structures, thermal and acoustic insulation, core materials for sandwich panels, fabrication of furniture and flotation materials or to reduce costs involving materials. Low-density polyethylene is widely used because of its excellent properties, such as softness, elasticity, processibility and insulation. In general, cross-linking is often applied to improve the thermal and mechanical properties of polyethylene products, due to the formation of a three-dimensional network. In particular for the production of PE foams, cross-linking is applied prior the expansion to control bubble formation, cell characteristics and final properties of the foam. However, the usual production process of PE foams is a process in which a gaseous blowing agent is injected into a melted thermoplastic polymer, under pressure, to form a solution between blowing agent and melted polymer. An extrusion system is provided for foaming the polymer, supplied to an extruder and moving through a rotating screw. The pressure must be high enough to keep the gas blowing agent (or foaming agent) in the solution with the melt. The foaming agent is then diffused and dissolved in the molten material to form a single-phase solution. In the present work carbon dioxide was used as the bowing agent, a chemically stable and non-toxic gas, with good diffusion coefficient; gas pressure used varied within a 20-40 bar range. Some requirements for physical foaming are required, as low friction heat generation, homogeneous melt temperature distribution, melt temperature at die exit just above crystallization temperature (die) and high melt strength during expansion. This work studied foams properties gamma-irradiated within 0, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 kGy, from a LDPE exhibiting 2.6 g/10 min Melt Index. Accomplished tests: DSC, gel-fraction, swelling ratio in various solvents, rheological measurements, infra-red spectroscopy and melt strength. It was verified that within a given radiation dose range; the material exhibited an optimization in viscoelastic properties, providing the desired melt strength range for obtaining foams.

  19. pH-induced metal-ligand cross-links inspired by mussel yield self-healing polymer networks with near-covalent elastic moduli.

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    Holten-Andersen, Niels; Harrington, Matthew J; Birkedal, Henrik; Lee, Bruce P; Messersmith, Phillip B; Lee, Ka Yee C; Waite, J Herbert

    2011-02-15

    Growing evidence supports a critical role of metal-ligand coordination in many attributes of biological materials including adhesion, self-assembly, toughness, and hardness without mineralization [Rubin DJ, Miserez A, Waite JH (2010) Advances in Insect Physiology: Insect Integument and Color, eds Jérôme C, Stephen JS (Academic Press, London), pp 75-133]. Coordination between Fe and catechol ligands has recently been correlated to the hardness and high extensibility of the cuticle of mussel byssal threads and proposed to endow self-healing properties [Harrington MJ, Masic A, Holten-Andersen N, Waite JH, Fratzl P (2010) Science 328:216-220]. Inspired by the pH jump experienced by proteins during maturation of a mussel byssus secretion, we have developed a simple method to control catechol-Fe(3+) interpolymer cross-linking via pH. The resonance Raman signature of catechol-Fe(3+) cross-linked polymer gels at high pH was similar to that from native mussel thread cuticle and the gels displayed elastic moduli (G') that approach covalently cross-linked gels as well as self-healing properties. PMID:21278337

  20. Formation and characterization of superparamagnetic cross-linked high amylose starch

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    Ryan, Dominic

    Formation and characterization of superparamagnetic cross-linked high amylose starch V. Veigaa , D cross-linked high amylose starch matrix with magnetic properties was synthesized via in situ formation reserved. Keywords: Amylose; X-ray diffractograms; Mo¨ssbauer spectra 1. Introduction Starch is one

  1. Cross-linked telopeptides of type I and III collagens in malignant ovarian tumours in vivo

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    Kauppila, S; Bode, M K; Stenbäck, F; Risteli, L; Risteli, J

    1999-01-01

    Malignant tumours often induce a fibroproliferative response in the adjacent stroma, characterized by increased expression of type I and type III procollagens. In normal tissues, fibrillar collagens normally undergo extensive intermolecular cross-linking that provides tensile strength to the tissue. Here we set out to characterize collagen cross-linking in human ovarian carcinoma tissue in vivo. Biochemical and immunochemical methods were used for cross-linked telopeptides of type I and III collagens in samples of benign and malignant serous tumours. The locations and staining patterns of these proteins were visualized immunohistochemically. The contents of both total collagen and the cross-linked type I and type III collagens in the malignant samples were only about 20% of those in the benign tumours. The cross-linked telopeptide antigens derived from the collagens were smaller and more heterogeneous in size in the malignant than in the benign tumours, indicating a defective cross-linking process scarcely leading to the formation of mature cross-links in the collagen fibres in malignancy. Immunostaining revealed disorganized type I and type III collagen bundles in carcinomas. These findings suggest that the collagen cross-linking process is aberrant in malignant tumours, possibly resulting in increased susceptibility of tumour collagens for the proteolysis often associated with tumour invasion. © 1999 Cancer Research Campaign PMID:10574251

  2. Post-Self-Assembly Cross-Linking of Molecular Nanofibers for Oscillatory Hydrogels

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    Epstein, Irving R.

    Post-Self-Assembly Cross-Linking of Molecular Nanofibers for Oscillatory Hydrogels Ye Zhang, Ning in water to form molecular nanofibers, post-self-assembly cross-linking allows the catalyst of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction to be attached to the nanofibers, resulting in a hydrogel that exhibits concentration

  3. Post-Self-Assembly Cross-Linking to Integrate Molecular Nanofibers with Copolymers in Oscillatory Hydrogels

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    Epstein, Irving R.

    Post-Self-Assembly Cross-Linking to Integrate Molecular Nanofibers with Copolymers in Oscillatory Information ABSTRACT: We study the use of post-self-assembly cross- linking to combine molecular nanofibers. The formation of nanofibers from designed hydrogelators provides multiple polymerizable sites for copolymerizing

  4. Microwave Absorption of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes/Soluble Cross-Linked Polyurethane Composites

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    Gao, Hongjun

    (EMI) shielding and radar cross section (RCS) reduction applications with both commercial and defenseMicrowave Absorption of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes/Soluble Cross-Linked Polyurethane Composites composites of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with soluble cross-linked polyurethane (SCPU) were

  5. PREPARATION OF NOVEL METALLIC AND BIMETALLIC CROSS-LINKED POLY (VINYL ALCOHOL) NANOCOMPOSITES UNDER MICROWAVE IRRADIATION

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    A facile method utilizing microwave irradiation is described that accomplishes the cross-linking reaction of PVA with metallic and bimetallic systems. Nanocomposites of PVA-cross-linked metallic systems such as Pt, Cu, and In and bimetallic systems such as Pt-In, Ag-Pt, Pt-Fe, Cu...

  6. NOVEL METALLIC AND BIMETALLIC CROSS-LINKED POLY (VINYL ALCOHOL) NANOCOMPOSITES PREPARED UNDER MICROWAVE IRRADIATION

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    A facile microwave irradiation approach that results in a cross-linking reaction of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with metallic and bimetallic systems is described. Nanocomposites of PVA cross-linked metallic systems such as Pt, Cu, and In and bimetallic systems such as Pt-In, Ag-P...

  7. Characterization of Aziridinylbenzoquinone DNA Cross-links by LC-IRMPD-MS

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    Pierce, Sarah E.; Guziec, Lynn J.; Guziec, Frank S.; Brodbelt, Jennifer S.

    2010-01-01

    DNA cross-linking was evaluated by LC-MS/MS to determine the relative cross-linking abilities of two aziridinylbenzoquinones. Reactivities of RH1 (2,5-diaziridinyl-3-[hydroxymethyl]-6-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone), a clinically studied anti-tumor cross-linking agent, and an analog containing a phenyl group (PhRH1) rather than a methyl group was compared. The bulky phenyl substituent was added to determine the impact of steric hindrance on the formation of cross-links within a double helical structure. Cross-links formed by RH1 and PhRH1 (2,5-diaziridinyl-3-[hydroxymethyl]-6-phenyl-1,4-benzoquinone) were observed at 5’-dGNC sites as well as 5’-dGAAC/dGTTC sites. RH1 was more effective at forming cross-links than PhRH1 for a variety of duplexes. Infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) and collision induced dissociation (CID) results confirmed the presence and the location of the cross-links within the duplexes, and IRMPD was used to identify the dissociation pathways of the cross-linked duplexes. PMID:20369834

  8. Lamb and Cow Performance when Fed Corn Silage that has Reduced Ferulate Cross Linking

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    Ferulate-mediated lignin/hemicellulose cross linking in grasses reduces in vitro NDF digestibility (IVNDFD). Impact of ferulate cross linking on animal performance was examined in lamb digestibility and dairy cow performance trials using the seedling ferulate ester (sfe) corn mutant that reduces cro...

  9. Cross-Linking the Surface of Cured Polydimethylsiloxane via Hyperthemal Hydrogen Projectile Bombardment.

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    Bao, Chao; Xu, Ke-Qin; Tang, Chang-Yu; Lau, Woon-ming; Yin, Cong-Bin; Zhu, Yan; Mei, Jun; Lee, Jonathan; Hui, David; Nie, Heng-Yong; Liu, Yu

    2015-04-29

    Cross-linking of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is increasingly important with recent focus on its top surface stiffness. In this paper, we demonstrate that hyperthermal hydrogen projectile bombardment, a surface sensitive cross-linking technology, is superior in enhancing the mechanical properties of a cured PDMS surface without significantly degrading its hydrophobicity. Both water contact angle measurements and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry are used to investigate the variations in surface chemistry and structure upon cross-linking. Using nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy, we confirm that the thickness of the cross-linked PDMS is controllable by the bombardment time, which opens opportunities for tuning cross-linking degree in compliance with arising requirements from the practice. PMID:25849306

  10. Mechanical characterization of electrospun gelatin scaffolds cross-linked by glucose.

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    Siimon, Kaido; Siimon, Hele; Järvekülg, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Nanofibrous gelatin scaffolds were prepared by electrospinning from aqueous acetic acid and cross-linked thermally by glucose. The effect of the amount of glucose used as cross-linking agent on the mechanical properties of gelatin fibres was studied in this paper. The elastic modulus of gelatin fibres cross-linked by glucose was determined by modelling the behaviour of the meshes during tensile test. The model draws connections between the elastic moduli of a fibrous mesh and the fibre material and allows evaluation of elastic modulus of the fibre material. It was found that cross-linking by glucose increases the elastic modulus of gelatin fibres from 0.3 GPa at 0 % glucose content to 1.1 GPa at 15 % glucose content. This makes fibrous gelatin scaffolds cross-linked by glucose a promising material for biomedical applications. PMID:25578715

  11. Collagen cross-linking of skin in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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    Ono, S.; Yamauchi, M.

    1992-01-01

    Collagen cross-links of skin tissue (left upper arm) from 11 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and 9 age-matched control subjects were quantified. It was found that patients with ALS had a significant reduction in the content of an age-related, stable cross-link, histidinohydroxylysinonorleucine, that was negatively correlated with the duration of illness. The contents of sodium borohydride-reducible labile cross-links, dehydro-hydroxylysinonorleucine and dehydro-histidinohydroxymerodesmosine, were significantly increased and were positively associated with the duration of illness (r = 0.703, p less than 0.05 and r = 0.684, p less than 0.05, respectively). The results clearly indicate that during the course of ALS, the cross-linking pathway of skin collagen runs counter to its normal aging, resulting in a "rejuvenation" phenomenon of skin collagen. Thus, cross-linking of skin collagen is affected in ALS.

  12. Comparison of chitosan/starch composite film properties before and after cross-linking.

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    Li, Haihong; Gao, Xiaochen; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Xiaobo; Tong, Zhiwei

    2013-01-01

    Unmodified and cross-linked chitosan/starch composite films were prepared using the solvent evaporation method. The properties of the films were studied to obtain useful information about the possible applications of composite films. FT-IR, SEM, and swelling property investigations show that the cross-linking agent glutaraldehyde reacts in the chitosan and starch blend. The compatibility of chitosan and starch blends before and after cross-linking was studied by UV-vis spectroscopy. The compatibility of the blends deteriorated after cross-linking. This finding was confirmed by the results of mechanical properties. The films show improved water barrier performance after cross-linking. The use of trace concentrations of glutaraldehyde in chitosan/starch films allows for possible application in the biomedical field. PMID:23107802

  13. A silver complex of hyaluronan-lipoate (SHLS12): Synthesis, characterization and biological properties.

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    Sacco, Pasquale; Sechi, Alessandra; Trevisan, Antonia; Picotti, Fabrizio; Gianni, Rita; Stucchi, Luca; Fabbian, Matteo; Bosco, Marco; Paoletti, Sergio; Marsich, Eleonora

    2016-01-20

    In this study we present a novel silver complex of hyaluronan-lipoate (SHLS12) in a gel-state form. NMR analysis, conductometry and elemental analysis demonstrated stable non-covalent interactions between silver ions and the polysaccharide-lipoate backbone, whereas rheological investigations confirmed its gel-like physical-chemical behavior. Biological studies showed the ability of SHLS12 to exert a straightforward activity against different bacterial strains grown in sessile/planktonic state. The biocompatibility was also proved toward two eukaryotic cell lines. By considering both its ability to preserve antibacterial properties when exposed to the serum protein BSA and its low susceptibility to be degraded by hyaluronidase enzyme, this novel complex may be considered as a promising biomaterial for future in vivo applications. PMID:26572372

  14. Alkaline battery containing a separator of a cross-linked copolymer of vinyl alcohol and unsaturated carboxylic acid

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    Hsu, L. C.; Philipp, W. H.; Sheibley, D. W.; Gonzalez-Sanabria, O. D. (inventors)

    1985-01-01

    A battery separator for an alkaline battery is described. The separator comprises a cross linked copolymer of vinyl alcohol units and unsaturated carboxylic acid units. The cross linked copolymer is insoluble in water, has excellent zincate diffusion and oxygen gas barrier properties and a low electrical resistivity. Cross linking with a polyaldehyde cross linking agent is preferred.

  15. Cancer Microenvironment and Inflammation: Role of Hyaluronan

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    Nikitovic, Dragana; Tzardi, Maria; Berdiaki, Aikaterini; Tsatsakis, Aristidis; Tzanakakis, George N.

    2015-01-01

    The role of inflammation in the development of cancer was described as early as the nineteenth century. Abundant evidence supports the preposition that various cancers are triggered by infection and chronic inflammatory disease whereas, evading immune destruction has been proposed as one of the new “hallmarks of cancer.” Changes of the tumor microenvironment have been closely correlated to cancer-mediated inflammation. Hyaluronan (HA), an important extracellular matrices component, has become recognized as an active participant in inflammatory, angiogenic, fibrotic, and cancer promoting processes. This review discusses how HA and specific HA-binding proteins participate in and regulate cancer-related inflammatory processes. PMID:25926834

  16. Carbodiimide cross-linking of amniotic membranes in the presence of amino acid bridges.

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    Lai, Jui-Yang

    2015-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the carbodiimide cross-linking of amniotic membrane (AM) in the presence of amino acid bridges. The biological tissues were treated with glycine, lysine, or glutamic acid and chemically cross-linked to examine the role of amino acid types in collagenous biomaterial processing. Results of zeta potential measurements showed that the use of uncharged, positively and negatively charged amino acids dictates the charge state of membrane surface. Tensile strength and water content measurements demonstrated that the addition of lysine molecules to the cross-linking system can increase the cross-linking efficiency and dehydration degree while the introduction of glutamic acid in the AM samples decreases the number of cross-links per unit mass of chemically modified tissue collagen. The differences in the cross-linking density further determined the thermal and biological stability by differential scanning calorimetry and in vitro degradation tests. As demonstrated in matrix permeability studies, the improved formation of covalent cross-linkages imposed by lysine facilitated construction of stronger cross-linking structures. In contrast, the added glycine molecules were insufficient to enhance the resistances of the proteinaceous matrices to thermal denaturation and enzymatic degradation. The cytocompatibility of these biological tissue membranes was evaluated by using human corneal epithelial cell cultures. Results of cell viability, metabolic activity, and pro-inflammatory gene expression level showed that the AM materials cross-linked with carbodiimide in the presence of different types of amino acids are well tolerated without evidence of detrimental effect on cell growth. In addition, the amino acid treated and carbodiimide cross-linked AM implants had good biocompatibility in the anterior chamber of the rabbit eye model. Our findings suggest that amino acid type is a very important engineering parameter to mediate carbodiimide cross-linking of AM collagen. PMID:25842104

  17. Protein cross-linking and oligomerization through dityrosine formation upon exposure to ozone

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    Liu, Fobang; Kampf, Christopher; Reinmuth-Selzle, Kathrin; Berkemeier, Thomas; Shiraiwa, Manabu; Pöschl, Ulrich

    2015-04-01

    Air pollution is a potential factor for the increasing prevalence of allergic diseases. Airborne allergenic proteins can be directly exposed to air pollution promoting post-translational modifications, which can enhance the allergenic potential of proteins. The formation of dimers or oligomers of allergenic proteins has been reported to result in an enhanced allergenicity. However, the oligomerization process for proteins at atmospherically relevant concentration of O3 is still largely unknown. In this study, the kinetics and reaction mechanism of protein oligomerization upon ozone exposure were studied at atmospherically relevant ozone concentrations and relative humidity (RH) in coated-wall flow tube experiments. Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) was used as a model protein. Protein ozone exposure was studied for different protein phase-states, i.e. amorphous solid (45% RH experiments), semi-solid (96% RH experiments) and liquid (bulk solution experiments) to account for the differences of phase in atmospheric particulates, e.g., aerosol particles and cloud droplets. Product analysis was performed using a size exclusion chromatography-high performance liquid chromatography-diode array detector (SEC-HPLC-DAD). We demonstrate that protein cross-linking upon ozone exposure can be attributed to the formation of covalent intermolecular dityrosine species by gel electrophoretic and fluorescence spectroscopic methods. The exposure experiments indicate that in addition to ozone concentration, the oligomerization process was depending on the phase-state of protein. In liquid-phase experiments, dimer formation was significantly enhanced, thus indicating a potential relevance of in-cloud processes for protein oligomerization. The reactive turnover is higher at 96% RH compared to 45% RH, indicating a higher bulk diffusion coefficient at high RH, which is explicitly resolved by kinetic modeling. Further, the reactive turnover showed a strong correlation to particle surface-to-volume ratio, confirming the bulk diffusion limitation.

  18. Differences between binding of one-chain and two-chain tissue plasminogen activators to non-cross-linked and cross-linked fibrin clots

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    Husain, S.S.; Hasan, A.A.; Budzynski, A.Z. )

    1989-08-15

    Interaction of tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) with fibrin plays a key role in regulation of plasminogen activation and clot dissolution. Previous investigations of t-PA-fibrin interaction, using incorporation of t-PA into polymerizing fibrin clots, have suggested that no significant differences exist in the binding of one-chain or two-chain t-PA to non-cross-linked or cross-linked fibrin. In the present study, binding of 125I-labeled and affinity-purified one-chain and two-chain forms of t-PA to preformed non-cross-linked or cross-linked, sonicated suspension of fibrin was investigated. Interaction of one-chain t-PA with cross-linked fibrin involved a single type of binding site with dissociation constant (kd) of 0.58 mumol/L and a stoichiometry (n) of 1.5. Interaction of one-chain t-PA with non-cross-linked fibrin, however, involved two classes of binding sites with dissociation constants of 0.32 and 1.5 mumol/L and corresponding number of binding sites equal to 0.57 and 2.0, respectively. In contrast to the binding of one-chain t-PA to cross-linked fibrin by a limited number of sites, two-chain t-PA appeared to involve a considerably greater number of sites (minimum six) whose dissociation constant was 3.2 mumol/L. Interaction of two-chain t-PA with non-cross-linked fibrin also showed the presence of many binding sites (minimum seven) with approximate dissociation constant of 6.4 mumol/L, as well as a few (n = 0.012) high-affinity sites with a kd of 0.011 mumol/L epsilon-Aminocaproic acid did not completely reverse the binding of either one-chain t-PA or two-chain t-PA to fibrin. The present findings suggest that the fibrin-binding properties of t-PA undergo considerable changes on proteolytic conversion from one-chain to two-chain t-PA, catalyzed under physiologic conditions by plasmin.

  19. Highly efficient copper(II) ion sorbents obtained by calcium carbonate mineralization on functionalized cross-linked copolymers.

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    Mihai, Marcela; Bunia, Ion; Doroftei, Florica; Varganici, Cristian-Dragos; Simionescu, Bogdan C

    2015-03-23

    A new type of Cu(II) ion sorbents is presented. These are obtained by CaCO3 mineralization from supersaturated solutions on gel-like cross-linked polymeric beads as insoluble templates. A divinylbenzene-ethylacrylate-acrylonitrile cross-linked copolymer functionalized with weakly acidic, basic, or amphoteric functional groups has been used, as well as different initial inorganic concentrations and addition procedures for CaCO3 crystal growth. The morphology of the new composites was investigated by SEM and compared to that of the unmodified beads, and the polymorph content was established by X-ray diffraction. The beads, before and after CaCO3 mineralization, were tested as sorbents for Cu(II) ions. The newly formed patterns on the bead surface after Cu(II) sorption were observed by SEM, and the elemental distribution on the composites and the chemical structure of crystals after interaction with Cu(II) were investigated by EDAX elemental mapping and by FTIR-ATR spectroscopy, respectively. The sorption capacity increased significantly after CaCO3 crystals growth on the weak anionic bead surface (up to 1041.5?mg Cu(II) /g sample) compared to that of unmodified beads (491.5?mg Cu(II) /g sample). PMID:25675892

  20. The RecQ helicase RECQL5 participates in psoralen-induced interstrand cross-link repair

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    Bohr, Vilhelm A.

    2013-01-01

    Interstrand cross-links (ICLs) are very severe lesions as they are absolute blocks of replication and transcription. This property of interstrand cross-linking agents has been exploited clinically for the treatment of cancers and other diseases. ICLs are repaired in human cells by specialized DNA repair pathways including components of the nucleotide excision repair pathway, double-strand break repair pathway and the Fanconi anemia pathway. In this report, we identify the role of RECQL5, a member of the RecQ family of helicases, in the repair of ICLs. Using laser-directed confocal microscopy, we demonstrate that RECQL5 is recruited to ICLs formed by trioxalen (a psoralen-derived compound) and ultraviolet irradiation A. Using single-cell gel electrophoresis and proliferation assays, we identify the role of RECQL5 in the repair of ICL lesions. The domain of RECQL5 that recruits to the site of ICL was mapped to the KIX region between amino acids 500 and 650. Inhibition of transcription and of topoisomerases did not affect recruitment, which was inhibited by DNA-intercalating agents, suggesting that the DNA structure itself may be responsible for the recruitment of RECQL5 to the sites of ICLs. PMID:23715498

  1. Hyaluronan and synovial joint: function, distribution and healing

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    2013-01-01

    Synovial fluid is a viscous solution found in the cavities of synovial joints. The principal role of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilages of synovial joints during movement. The presence of high molar mass hyaluronan (HA) in this fluid gives it the required viscosity for its function as lubricant solution. Inflammation oxidation stress enhances normal degradation of hyaluronan causing several diseases related to joints. This review describes hyaluronan properties and distribution, applications and its function in synovial joints, with short review for using thiol compounds as antioxidants preventing HA degradations under inflammation conditions. PMID:24678248

  2. Determination of protein conformation by isotopically labelled cross-linking and dedicated software

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    Nielsen, Tina; Thaysen-Andersen, Morten; Larsen, Nanna; Jørgensen, Flemming S.; Houen, Gunnar; Højrup, Peter

    2007-12-01

    Chemical cross-linking in conjunction with mass spectrometry (MS) can be used for sensitive and rapid investigation of the three-dimensional structure of proteins at low resolution. However, the resulting data are very complex, and on the bioinformatic side, there still exists an urgent need for improving computer software for (semi-) automated cross-linking data analysis. In this study, we have developed dedicated software for rapid and confident identification and validation of cross-linked species using an isotopic labelled cross-linker approach in combination with MS. Deuterated (+4 Da) and non-deuterated (+0 Da) bis(sulfosuccinimidyl)suberate, BS3, was used as homobifunctional cross-linker to tag the cross-linked regions. Peptides generated from proteolysis were separated using high performance liquid chromatography, and peptide mass fingerprinting was obtained for the individual fractions using matrix-assisted laser-desorption ionisation time-of-flight (MALDI TOF) MS. The resulting peptide mass lists were combined and transferred to the program, ProteinXXX, which generated the theoretical mass values of all combinations of cross-linked peptides and dead-end cross-links and compared this to the obtained mass lists. In addition, screening for 4 Da-separated signals aided the identification of potential cross-linked species. Sequence information of these candidates was then obtained using MALDI TOF TOF. The cross-linked peptides could then be validated based on the match of the fragmentation pattern and the theoretical values produced by ProteinXXX. This semi-automated interpretation provided a high analysis speed of cross-linking data, with efficient and confident identification of cross-linked species. Four experiments using different conditions showed a high degree of reproducibility as only 1 and 2 cross-links out of 36 identified was not observed in two experiments. The method was tested using human placenta calreticulin (CRT). Based on the identified cross-links, a few corrections to a model of calreticulin obtained by homology modelling using calnexin as template can be suggested. Furthermore, the cross-links show that the C-terminal of the protein continues along the core region opposite the P-domain for at least 11 residues beyond the known structure. In addition, it was observed that the conformation of CRT does not change significantly in the presence or absence of the divalent ions, Ca2+ and Zn2+.

  3. Preparation and characterization of a magneto-polymeric nanocomposite: Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles in a grafted, cross-linked and plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) matrix

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    Rodríguez-Fernández, Oliverio S.; Rodríguez-Calzadíaz, C. A.; Yáñez-Flores, Isaura G.; Montemayor, Sagrario M.

    In this work two kind of materials: (1) grafted, cross-linked and plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) "plastic films" and (2) magnetic plastic films "magneto-polymeric nanocomposites" were prepared. Precursor solutions or "plastisols" used to obtain the plastic films were obtained by mixing PVC (emulsion grade) as polymeric matrix, di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DOP) as plasticizer, a thermal stabilizer based in Ca/Zn salts, and a cross-linking agent, 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) or 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (ATES), at several concentrations. Flexible films were obtained from the plastisols using static casting. The stress-strain behavior and the gel content (determined by Soxhlet extraction with boiling THF) of the flexible films were measured in order to evaluate the effect of the cross-linking agent and their content on the degree of cross-linking. The magneto-polymeric nanocomposites were obtained by mixing the optimum composition of the plastisols (analyzed previously) with magnetite (Fe 3O 4)-based ferrofluid and DOP. Later, flexible films were obtained by static casting of the plastisol/ferrofluid systems. The magnetic films were characterized by the above-mentioned techniques and X-ray diffraction, vibrating sample magnetometry and thermogravimetrical analysis.

  4. Novel antimicrobial superporous cross-linked chitosan/pyromellitimide benzoyl thiourea hydrogels.

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    Mohamed, Nadia A; El-Ghany, Nahed A Abd; Fahmy, Mona M

    2016-01-01

    In this work, chitosan (CS) was cross-linked with different amounts of pyromellitimide benzoyl thiourea moieties. The structure of the cross-linked CS was confirmed by elemental analyses, FTIR and (1)H- NMR spectroscopy. The cross-linking process proceeds via reacting of the amino groups of CS with the isothiocyanate groups of the N,N'-bis [4-(isothiocyanate carbonyl)phenyl] pyromellitimide cross-linker. The amount of the cross-linker was varied with respect to CS to produce four new pyromellitimide benzoyl thiourea cross-linked CS (PIBTU-CS) hydrogels designated as PIBTU-CS-1, PIBTU-CS-2, PIBTU-CS-3, and PIBTU-CS-4 of increasing cross-linking degree percent of 11, 22, 44 and 88%, respectively. The scanning electron microscopy observation indicates the extremely porous structure of the hydrogels. XRD results showed that the crystallinity of CS was decreased upon cross-linking. The four hydrogels exhibit a higher antibacterial activity on Bacillus subtilis and Streptococcus pneumoniae as Gram positive bacteria and against Escherichia coli as Gram negative bacteria and higher antifungal activity on Aspergillus fumigatus, Syncephalastrum racemosum and Geotricum candidum than that of the parent CS as shown from their higher inhibition zone diameters and their lower MIC values. The swell ability of the hydrogel as well as their antimicrobial activity increased with increasing cross-linking density. PMID:26388182

  5. Shell and core cross-linked poly(L-lysine)/poly(acrylic acid) complex micelles.

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    Hsieh, Yi-Hsuan; Hsiao, Yung-Tse; Jan, Jeng-Shiung

    2014-12-21

    We report the versatility of polyion complex (PIC) micelles for the preparation of shell and core cross-linked (SCL and CCL) micelles with their surface properties determined by the constituent polymer composition and cross-linking agent. The negatively and positively charged PIC micelles with their molecular structure and properties depending on the mixing weight percentage and polymer molecular weight were first prepared by mixing the negatively and positively charged polyions, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(L-lysine) (PLL). The feasibility of preparing SCL micelles was demonstrated by cross-linking the shell of the negatively and positively charged micelles using cystamine and genipin, respectively. The core of the micelles can be cross-linked by silica deposition to stabilize the assemblies. The shell and/or core cross-linked micelles exhibited excellent colloid stability upon changing solution pH. The drug release from the drug-loaded SCL micelles revealed that the controllable permeability of the SCL micelles can be achieved by tuning the cross-linking degree and the SCL micelles exhibited noticeable pH-responsive behavior with accelerated release under acidic conditions. With the versatility of cross-linking strategies, it is possible to prepare a variety of SCL and CCL micelles from PIC micelles. PMID:25357089

  6. Lysyl hydroxylase 2 induces a collagen cross-link switch in tumor stroma

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    Chen, Yulong; Terajima, Masahiko; Yang, Yanan; Sun, Li; Ahn, Young-Ho; Pankova, Daniela; Puperi, Daniel S.; Watanabe, Takeshi; Kim, Min P.; Blackmon, Shanda H.; Rodriguez, Jaime; Liu, Hui; Behrens, Carmen; Wistuba, Ignacio I.; Minelli, Rosalba; Scott, Kenneth L.; Sanchez-Adams, Johannah; Guilak, Farshid; Pati, Debananda; Thilaganathan, Nishan; Burns, Alan R.; Creighton, Chad J.; Martinez, Elisabeth D.; Zal, Tomasz; Grande-Allen, K. Jane; Yamauchi, Mitsuo; Kurie, Jonathan M.

    2015-01-01

    Epithelial tumor metastasis is preceded by an accumulation of collagen cross-links that heighten stromal stiffness and stimulate the invasive properties of tumor cells. However, the biochemical nature of collagen cross-links in cancer is still unclear. Here, we postulated that epithelial tumorigenesis is accompanied by changes in the biochemical type of collagen cross-links. Utilizing resected human lung cancer tissues and a p21CIP1/WAF1-deficient, K-rasG12D-expressing murine metastatic lung cancer model, we showed that, relative to normal lung tissues, tumor stroma contains higher levels of hydroxylysine aldehyde–derived collagen cross-links (HLCCs) and lower levels of lysine aldehyde–derived cross-links (LCCs), which are the predominant types of collagen cross-links in skeletal tissues and soft tissues, respectively. Gain- and loss-of-function studies in tumor cells showed that lysyl hydroxylase 2 (LH2), which hydroxylates telopeptidyl lysine residues on collagen, shifted the tumor stroma toward a high-HLCC, low-LCC state, increased tumor stiffness, and enhanced tumor cell invasion and metastasis. Together, our data indicate that LH2 enhances the metastatic properties of tumor cells and functions as a regulatory switch that controls the relative abundance of biochemically distinct types of collagen cross-links in the tumor stroma. PMID:25664850

  7. Optimization of Formaldehyde Cross-Linking for Protein Interaction Analysis of Non-Tagged Integrin ?1

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    Klockenbusch, Cordula; Kast, Juergen

    2010-01-01

    Formaldehyde cross-linking of protein complexes combined with immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry analysis is a promising technique for analysing protein-protein interactions, including those of transient nature. Here we used integrin ?1 as a model to describe the application of formaldehyde cross-linking in detail, particularly focusing on the optimal parameters for cross-linking, the detection of formaldehyde cross-linked complexes, the utility of antibodies, and the identification of binding partners. Integrin ?1 was found in a high molecular weight complex after formaldehyde cross-linking. Eight different anti-integrin ?1 antibodies were used for pull-down experiments and no loss in precipitation efficiency after cross-linking was observed. However, two of the antibodies could not precipitate the complex, probably due to hidden epitopes. Formaldehyde cross-linked complexes, precipitated from Jurkat cells or human platelets and analyzed by mass spectrometry, were found to be composed of integrin ?1, ?4 and ?6 or ?1, ?6, ?2, and ?5, respectively. PMID:20634879

  8. Anomalous normal stresses in biopolymer networks with compliant cross-links

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    Chen, P.

    2014-02-01

    Cross-linked biopolymer filament networks that constitute the cytoskeleton in living cells show rich mechanical response including large strain stiffening and negative normal stresses. Here, we have studied these phenomena in the case where the cross-links act as flexible worm-like chain springs. We find that in contrast to the well-studied case of sparse networks with rigid cross-links that display negative normal stresses when subject to shear loading, flexible cross-links give rise to positive normal stresses during early stages of deformation. With increased loading, we observe a transition where the normal stresses become negative. In this regime, the ratio of the normal stresses to the shear stress is found to increase with increase in the density of cross-links, in distinct contrast to the behavior observed for rigid cross-links. We show that these anomalous properties can be understood by considering the way in which the applied load is shared by the extension of the cross-links and the bending and stretching of the filaments.

  9. Characterization of protein cross-links via mass spectrometry and an open-modification search strategy.

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    Singh, Pragya; Shaffer, Scott A; Scherl, Alexander; Holman, Carol; Pfuetzner, Richard A; Larson Freeman, Theodore J; Miller, Samuel I; Hernandez, Patricia; Appel, Ron D; Goodlett, David R

    2008-11-15

    Protein-protein interactions are key to function and regulation of many biological pathways. To facilitate characterization of protein-protein interactions using mass spectrometry, a new data acquisition/analysis pipeline was designed. The goal for this pipeline was to provide a generic strategy for identifying cross-linked peptides from single LC/MS/MS data sets, without using specialized cross-linkers or custom-written software. To achieve this, each peptide in the pair of cross-linked peptides was considered to be "post-translationally" modified with an unknown mass at an unknown amino acid. This allowed use of an open-modification search engine, Popitam, to interpret the tandem mass spectra of cross-linked peptides. False positives were reduced and database selectivity increased by acquiring precursors and fragments at high mass accuracy. Additionally, a high-charge-state-driven data acquisition scheme was utilized to enrich data sets for cross-linked peptides. This open-modification search based pipeline was shown to be useful for characterizing both chemical as well as native cross-links in proteins. The pipeline was validated by characterizing the known interactions in the chemically cross-linked CYP2E1-b5 complex. Utility of this method in identifying native cross-links was demonstrated by mapping disulfide bridges in RcsF, an outer membrane lipoprotein involved in Rcs phosphorelay. PMID:18947195

  10. Microencapsulation of protein into biodegradable matrix: a smart solution cross-linking technique.

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    Bejugam, Naveen K; Gayakwad, Sanjay G; Uddin, Akm N; D'Souza, Martin J

    2013-01-01

    Sustained-release albumin microspheres (MSs) can be obtained by chemically cross-linking albumin. However, a significant challenge is preventing the cross-linking of the active pharmaceutical (protein or small molecule) ingredient (API) with the MS matrix. To prevent cross-linking of the API with the albumin matrix, a smart "solution cross-linking-microencapsulation" method was developed which involves cross-linking albumin solution with glutaraldehyde first, neutralizing any excess glutaraldehyde with sodium bisulphite, followed by the addition of API and finally spray drying. Using lysozyme as model API, MS formulations FL1 and FL2 were prepared and characterized. Physicochemical characterization using FT-IR and bioactivity evaluation indicate that microencapsulated API did not undergo any significant change in its native structure and the bioactivity was preserved during the formulation processing. Preliminary immunogenicity potential of the cross-linked albumin matrix determined by in vivo studies did not show any significant increase in antigen-specific serum-IgG levels, implying safety and biocompatibility of the cross-linked albumin matrix. PMID:23098577

  11. Proteome-wide profiling of protein assemblies by cross-linking mass spectrometry.

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    Liu, Fan; Rijkers, Dirk T S; Post, Harm; Heck, Albert J R

    2015-12-01

    We describe an integrated workflow that robustly identifies cross-links from endogenous protein complexes in human cellular lysates. Our approach is based on the application of mass spectrometry (MS)-cleavable cross-linkers, sequential collision-induced dissociation (CID)-tandem MS (MS/MS) and electron-transfer dissociation (ETD)-MS/MS acquisitions, and a dedicated search engine, XlinkX, which allows rapid cross-link identification against a complete human proteome database. This approach allowed us to detect 2,179 unique cross-links (1,665 intraprotein cross-links at a 5% false discovery rate (FDR) and 514 interprotein cross-links at 1% FDR) in HeLa cell lysates. We validated the confidence of our cross-linking results by using a target-decoy strategy and mapping the observed cross-link distances onto existing high-resolution structures. Our data provided new structural information about many protein assemblies and captured dynamic interactions of the ribosome in contact with different elongation factors. PMID:26414014

  12. Formation of DNA?Protein Cross-Links Between ?-Hydroxypropanodeoxyguanosine and EcoRI

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    2008-01-01

    The toxicity of acrolein, an ?,?-unsaturated aldehyde produced during lipid peroxidation, is attributable to its high reactivity toward DNA and cellular proteins. The major acrolein?DNA adduct, ?-hydroxypropano-2?-deoxyguanosine (?-HOPdG), ring opens to form a reactive N2-oxopropyl moiety that cross-links to DNA and proteins. We demonstrate the ability of ?-HOPdG in a duplex oligonucleotide to cross-link to a protein (EcoRI) that specifically interacts with DNA at a unique sequence. The formation of a cross-link to EcoRI was dependent on the intimate binding of the enzyme to its ?-HOPdG-modified recognition site. Interestingly, the cross-link did not restrict the ability of EcoRI to cleave DNA substrates. However, stabilization of the cross-link by reduction of the Schiff base linkage resulted in loss of enzyme activity. This work indicates that the ?-HOPdG?EcoRI cross-link is in equilibrium with free oligonucleotide and enzyme. Reversal of cross-link formation allows EcoRI to effect enzymatic cleavage of competitor oligonucleotides. PMID:18690724

  13. Polypeptide Grafted Hyaluronan: Synthesis and Characterization

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    Wang, Xiaojun; Messman, Jamie M; Mays, Jimmy; Baskaran, Durairaj

    2010-01-01

    Poly(L-leucine) grafted hyaluronan (HA-g-PLeu) has been synthesized via a Michael addition reaction between primary amine terminated poly(L-leucine) and acrylate-functionalized HA (TBAHA-acrylate). The precursor hyaluronan was first functionalized with acrylate groups by reaction with acryloyl chloride in the presence of triethylamine in N,N-dimethylformamide. 1H NMR analysis of the resulting product indicated that an increase in the concentration of acryloylchoride with respect to hydroxyl groups on HA has only a moderate effect on functionalization efficiency, f. A precise control of stoichiometry was not achieved, which could be attributed to partial solubility of intermolecular aggregates and the hygroscopic nature of HA. Michael addition at high [PLeu- NH2]/[acrylate]TBAHA ratios gave a molar grafting ratio of only 0.20 with respect to the repeat unit of HA, indicating grafting limitation due to insolubility of the grafted HA-g-PLeu. Soluble HA-g-PLeu graft copolymers were obtained for low grafting ratios (<0.039) with <8.6% by mass of PLeu and were characterized thoroughly using light scattering, 1H NMR, FT-IR, and AFM techniques. Light scattering experiments showed a strong hydrophobic interaction between PLeu chains, resulting in aggregates with segregated nongrafted HA segments. This yields local networks of aggregates, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy. Circular dichroism spectroscopy showed a -sheet conformation for aggregates of poly(L-leucine).

  14. Aliphatic beta-nitro alcohols for non-enzymatic collagen cross-linking of scleral tissue.

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    Paik, David C; Wen, Quan; Airiani, Suzanna; Braunstein, Richard E; Trokel, Stephen L

    2008-09-01

    The success of riboflavin photochemical cross-linking of the cornea in treating keratoconus and post-surgical keratectasia has prompted interest in cross-linking scleral tissue with a potential application to stabilize myopic progression. Applying an UVA light source to the sclera is difficult, particularly in the posterior region. An alternate pharmacologic approach to scleral cross-linking may be possible. The present study was undertaken in order to identify nitrite related compounds capable of inducing scleral tissue cross-linking and to gain information regarding the possible chemical mechanisms involved. 8x4 mm strips of porcine and human sclera were incubated in various concentrations of nitrite related agents (1-100mM) at 37 degrees C. pH 7.4 was used for all experiments except those involving NaNO(2). Following a 24-96 h incubation period, the samples were tested for cross-linking effects using thermal shrinkage temperature (T(s)) analysis. Several compounds were studied including NaNO(2), 2-nitroethanol, 2-nitro-1-propanol, 3-nitro-2-pentanol, 2-nitrophenol, 2-nitroethane, 2-aminoethanol, isopentyl nitrite, DPTA/NO, DETA/NO, and urea, a nitrous acid trap. The results indicate that short chain aliphatic beta-nitro alcohols (2-nitroethanol, 2-nitro-1-propanol, and 3-nitro-2-pentanol) are particularly effective cross-linking agents at pH 7.4, showing both time and concentration dependent effects. Furthermore, nitrosation does not appear to induce tissue cross-linking. In conclusion, aliphatic beta-nitro alcohols can cross-link scleral tissue at physiologic pH and temperature. Since beta-nitro alcohols are known to have reasonable toxicity profiles, these agents could find utility as pharmacologic cross-linking agents for scleral thinning disease. PMID:18616942

  15. Quantification of protein-protein interactions with chemical cross-linking and mass spectrometry.

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    Chavez, Juan D; Liu, Neal L; Bruce, James E

    2011-04-01

    Chemical cross-linking in combination with mass spectrometry has largely been used to study protein structures and protein-protein interactions. Typically, it is used in a qualitative manner to identify cross-linked sites and provide a low-resolution topological map of the interacting regions of proteins. Here, we investigate the capability of chemical cross-linking to quantify protein-protein interactions using a model system of calmodulin and substrates melittin and mastoparan. Calmodulin is a well-characterized protein which has many substrates. Melittin and mastoparan are two such substrates which bind to calmodulin in 1:1 ratios in the presence of calcium. Both the calmodulin-melittin and calmodulin-mastoparan complexes have had chemical cross-linking strategies successfully applied in the past to investigate topological properties. We utilized an excess of immobilized calmodulin on agarose beads and formed complexes with varying quantities of mastoparan and melittin. Then, we applied disuccinimidyl suberate (DSS) chemical cross-linker, digested and detected cross-links through an LC-MS analytical method. We identified five interpeptide cross-links for calmodulin-melittin and three interpeptide cross-links for calmodulin-mastoparan. Using cross-linking sites of calmodulin-mastoparan, we demonstrated that mastoparan also binds in two orientations to calmodulin. We quantitatively demonstrated that both melittin and mastoparan preferentially bind to calmodulin in a parallel fashion, which is opposite to the preferred binding mode of the majority of known calmodulin binding peptides. We also demonstrated that the relative abundances of cross-linked peptide products quantitatively reflected the abundances of the calmodulin peptide complexes formed. PMID:21222489

  16. Kinetically controlled patterning of highly cross-linked phosphonium photopolymers using simple anion exchange.

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    Guterman, Ryan; Gillies, Elizabeth R; Ragogna, Paul J

    2015-05-12

    A phosphonium salt possessing three methacrylate groups has been incorporated into a photopolymeric system to generate highly cross-linked polyelectrolyte networks. Emergent chemical and physical properties in the polymers were observed and attributed to the tandem increase in cross-link density and ion-content upon incorporation of the self-cross-linking cation. Anion-exchange with bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide or dodecylbenzenesulfonate resulted in significant differences in wettability and ion-exchange behavior. The passivating effects of dodecylbenzenesulfonate were utilized to selectively pattern fluorescein dye into the polymer network, highlighting a new patterning procedure using ionic-bond forming reactions. PMID:25896478

  17. Order-disorder transitions in cross-linked block copolymer networks

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    Hahn, Hyeok; Eitouni, Hany; Balsara, Nitash

    2003-03-01

    Novel solids were prepared by randomly cross-linking the polyisoprene chains of a disordered polystyrene-polyisoprene block copolymer. A remarkable feature is that block copolymer chains, composed of hundreds of repeat units, can undergo reversible order-disorder transitions despite the quenched randomness that arises due to the attachment of one of the blocks to a cross-linked network. We will discuss detailed characterization of the order-disorder transition of these responsive solids and the delicate interplay between the cross-link density and the nature of the ordered state using small angle X-ray scattering, local birefringence, and rheology.

  18. Radiation cross-linking in ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene for orthopaedic applications

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    Oral, Ebru; Muratoglu, Orhun K.

    2007-01-01

    The motivation for radiation cross-linking of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is to increase its wear resistance to be used as bearing surfaces for total joint arthroplasty. However, radiation also leaves behind long-lived residual free radicals in this polymer, the reactions of which can detrimentally affect mechanical properties. In this review, we focus on the radiation cross-linking and oxidative stability of first and second generation highly cross-linked UHMWPEs developed in our laboratory. PMID:19050735

  19. HcRed, a Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Binary Cross-Linking Agent for Cross-Linking of Mitochondrial ATP Synthase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Gong, Lan; Ramm, Georg; Devenish, Rodney J.; Prescott, Mark

    2012-01-01

    Genetically encoded fluorescent cross-linking agents represent powerful tools useful both for visualising and modulating protein interactions in living cells. The far-red fluorescent protein HcRed, which is fluorescent only in a dimer form, can be used to promote the homo-dimerisation of target proteins, and thereby yield useful information about biological processes. We have in yeast cells expressed HcRed fused to a subunit of mitochondrial ATP synthase (mtATPase). This resulted in cross-linking of the large multi-subunit mtATPase complex within the inner-membrane of the mitochondrion. Fluorescence microscopy revealed aberrant mitochondrial morphology, and mtATPase complexes isolated from mitochondria were recovered as fluorescent dimers under conditions where complexes from control mitochondria were recovered as monomers. When viewed by electron microscopy normal cristae were absent from mitochondria in cells in which mATPase complexes were cross-linked. mtATPase dimers are believed to be the building blocks that are assembled into supramolecular mtATPase ribbons that promote the formation of mitochondrial cristae. We propose that HcRed cross-links mATPase complexes in the mitochondrial membrane hindering the normal assembly/disassembly of the supramolecular forms of mtATPase. PMID:22496895

  20. Collagen VI and Hyaluronan: The Common Role in Breast Cancer

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    Karousou, Evgenia; D'Angelo, Maria Luisa; Kouvidi, Katerina; Vigetti, Davide; Viola, Manuela; Passi, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    Collagen VI and hyaluronan are widely distributed extracellular matrix macromolecules that play a crucial role in tissue development and are highly expressed in cancers. Both hyaluronan and collagen VI are upregulated in breast cancer, generating a microenvironment that promotes tumour progression and metastasis. A growing number of studies show that these two molecules are involved in inflammation and angiogenesis by recruiting macrophages and endothelial cells, respectively. Additionally, collagen VI induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition that is correlated to increased synthesis of hyaluronan in mammary cells. Hyaluronan has also a specific role in cellular functions that depends mainly on the size of the polymer, whereas the effect of collagen VI in tumour progression may be the result of the intact molecule or the C5 peptide of ?3(VI) chain, known as endotrophin. Collectively, these findings strongly support the parallel role of these molecules in tumour progression and suggest that they may be used as prognostic factors for the breast cancer treatment. PMID:25126569

  1. Structural Investigation of Supertough Polymer Gels by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Measurement

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    Shibayama, Mitsuhiro

    2009-04-01

    Various types of supertough polymer gels capable of high recoverable deformability and/or with high shear/compressive moduli are investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and mechanical measurements. These gels have unique structures, such as sliding cross-links (slide-ring gels), plane cross-links by clay platelets (nanocomposite gels; NC gels), and tetrahedral networks (tetra-PEG gels). One of the common features of these gels is that frozen inhomogeneities inherent to polymer gels are negligible. This fact, observed by SANS measurements, indicates that cross-links are introduced very effectively. Hence, the mechanical properties of these gels are expected to be well predicted by the theories of rubber elasticity. In this review, we discuss the relationship between the structure and mechanical properties of supertough polymer gels. Furthermore, we address the necessary conditions for high-performance polymer gels in the analogy of rubber.

  2. Cytocompatible in situ forming chitosan/hyaluronan hydrogels via a metal-free click chemistry for soft tissue engineering.

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    Fan, Ming; Ma, Ye; Mao, Jiahui; Zhang, Ziwei; Tan, Huaping

    2015-07-01

    Injectable hydrogels are important cell scaffolding materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Here, we report a new class of biocompatible and biodegradable polysaccharide hydrogels derived from chitosan and hyaluronan via a metal-free click chemistry, without the addition of copper catalyst. For the metal-free click reaction, chitosan and hyaluronan were modified with oxanorbornadiene (OB) and 11-azido-3,6,9-trioxaundecan-1-amine (AA), respectively. The gelation is attributed to the triazole ring formation between OB and azido groups of polysaccharide derivatives. The molecular structures were verified by FT-IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis, giving substitution degrees of 58% and 47% for chitosan-OB and hyaluronan-AA, respectively. The in vitro gelation, morphologies, equilibrium swelling, compressive modulus and degradation of the composite hydrogels were examined. The potential of the metal-free hydrogel as a cell scaffold was demonstrated by encapsulation of human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) within the gel matrix in vitro. Cell culture showed that this metal-free hydrogel could support survival and proliferation of ASCs. A preliminary in vivo study demonstrated the usefulness of the hydrogel as an injectable scaffold for adipose tissue engineering. These characteristics provide a potential opportunity to use the metal-free click chemistry in preparation of biocompatible hydrogels for soft tissue engineering applications. PMID:25839124

  3. Effect of cross-link density on carbon dioxide separation in polydimethylsiloxane-norbornene membranes

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    Hong, Tao; Niu, Zhenbin; Hu, Xunxiang; Gmernicki, Kevin; Cheng, Shiwang; Fan, Fei; Johnson, J. Casey; Hong, Eunice; Mahurin, Shannon; Jiang, De -en; Long, Brian; Mays, Jimmy; Sokolov, Alexei; Saito, Tomonori

    2015-11-02

    The development of high performance materials for CO2 separation and capture will significantly contribute to a solution for climate change. In this work, (bicycloheptenyl) ethyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMSPNB) membranes with varied cross-link densities were synthesized via ring-opening metathesis polymerization. The developed polymer membranes show higher permeability and better selectivity than those of conventional cross-linked PDMS membrane. The achieved performance (CO2 permeability ~ 6800 Barrer and CO2/N2 selectivity ~ 14) is very promising for practical applications. The key to achieving this high performance is the use of an in-situ cross-linking method of the difunctional PDMS macromonomers, which provides lightly cross-linked membranes. By combining positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, broadband dielectric spectroscopy and gas solubility measurements, we have elucidated the key parameters necessary for achieving their excellent performance.

  4. Cross-linking proteins with bimetallic tetracarboxylate compounds of transition metals

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    Kostic, Nenad M. (Ames, IA); Chen, Jian (Ames, IA)

    1991-03-05

    Stable cross-linked complexes of transition-metal tetracarboxylates and proteins are formed. The preferred transition-metal is rhodium. The protein may be collagen or an enzyme such as a proteolytic enzyme.

  5. Tau protein is cross-linked by transglutaminase in P301L tau transgenic mice

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    Halverson, Robyn A.; Lewis, Jada; Frausto, Shanti; Hutton, Mike; Muma, Nancy A.

    2005-02-02

    filaments and NFTs in tauopathies remain unclear. Several lines of evidence suggest that transglutaminase may cross-link tau into stable, insoluble aggregates, leading to the formation of NFTs in Alzheimer's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy...

  6. Inverted bulk-heterojunction solar cell with cross-linked hole-blocking layer

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    Udum, Yasemin; Denk, Patrick; Adam, Getachew; Apaydin, Dogukan H.; Nevosad, Andreas; Teichert, Christian; S. White, Matthew.; S. Sariciftci, Niyazi.; Scharber, Markus C.

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a hole-blocking layer for bulk-heterojunction solar cells based on cross-linked polyethylenimine (PEI). We tested five different ether-based cross-linkers and found that all of them give comparable solar cell efficiencies. The initial idea that a cross-linked layer is more solvent resistant compared to a pristine PEI layer could not be confirmed. With and without cross-linking, the PEI layer sticks very well to the surface of the indium–tin–oxide electrode and cannot be removed by solvents used to process PEI or common organic semiconductors. The cross-linked PEI hole-blocking layer functions for multiple donor–acceptor blends. We found that using cross-linkers improves the reproducibility of the device fabrication process. PMID:24817837

  7. Inverted bulk-heterojunction solar cell with cross-linked hole-blocking layer.

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    Udum, Yasemin; Denk, Patrick; Adam, Getachew; Apaydin, Dogukan H; Nevosad, Andreas; Teichert, Christian; S White, Matthew; S Sariciftci, Niyazi; Scharber, Markus C

    2014-05-01

    We have developed a hole-blocking layer for bulk-heterojunction solar cells based on cross-linked polyethylenimine (PEI). We tested five different ether-based cross-linkers and found that all of them give comparable solar cell efficiencies. The initial idea that a cross-linked layer is more solvent resistant compared to a pristine PEI layer could not be confirmed. With and without cross-linking, the PEI layer sticks very well to the surface of the indium-tin-oxide electrode and cannot be removed by solvents used to process PEI or common organic semiconductors. The cross-linked PEI hole-blocking layer functions for multiple donor-acceptor blends. We found that using cross-linkers improves the reproducibility of the device fabrication process. PMID:24817837

  8. Effect of cross-link density on carbon dioxide separation in polydimethylsiloxane-norbornene membranes

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    Hong, Tao; Niu, Zhenbin; Hu, Xunxiang; Gmernicki, Kevin; Cheng, Shiwang; Fan, Fei; Johnson, J. Casey; Hong, Eunice; Mahurin, Shannon; Jiang, De -en; et al

    2015-11-02

    The development of high performance materials for CO2 separation and capture will significantly contribute to a solution for climate change. In this work, (bicycloheptenyl) ethyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMSPNB) membranes with varied cross-link densities were synthesized via ring-opening metathesis polymerization. The developed polymer membranes show higher permeability and better selectivity than those of conventional cross-linked PDMS membrane. The achieved performance (CO2 permeability ~ 6800 Barrer and CO2/N2 selectivity ~ 14) is very promising for practical applications. The key to achieving this high performance is the use of an in-situ cross-linking method of the difunctional PDMS macromonomers, which provides lightly cross-linked membranes.more »By combining positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, broadband dielectric spectroscopy and gas solubility measurements, we have elucidated the key parameters necessary for achieving their excellent performance.« less

  9. Effect of Cross-Link Density on Carbon Dioxide Separation in Polydimethylsiloxane-Norbornene Membranes.

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    Hong, Tao; Niu, Zhenbin; Hu, Xunxiang; Gmernicki, Kevin; Cheng, Shiwang; Fan, Fei; Johnson, J Casey; Hong, Eunice; Mahurin, Shannon; Jiang, De-En; Long, Brian; Mays, Jimmy; Sokolov, Alexei; Saito, Tomonori

    2015-11-01

    The development of high-performance materials for carbon dioxide separation and capture will significantly contribute to a solution for climate change. Herein, (bicycloheptenyl)ethyl-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMSPNB) membranes with varied cross-link densities were synthesized via ring-opening metathesis polymerization. The developed polymer membranes show higher permeability and better selectivity than those of conventional cross-linked PDMS membrane. The achieved performance (CO2 permeability?6800?Barrer; CO2 /N2 selectivity?14) is very promising for practical applications. The key to achieving this high performance is the use of an in?situ cross-linking method for difunctional PDMS macromonomers, which provides lightly cross-linked membranes. By combining positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, broadband dielectric spectroscopy, and gas solubility measurements, key parameters necessary for achieving excellent performance have been elucidated. PMID:26482115

  10. A Review of Collagen Cross-Linking in Cornea and Sclera

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    Zhang, Xiao; Tao, Xiang-chen; Zhang, Jian; Li, Zhi-wei; Xu, Yan-yun; Wang, Yu-meng; Zhang, Chun-xiao; Mu, Guo-ying

    2015-01-01

    Riboflavin/UVA cross-linking is a technique introduced in the past decades for the treatment of keratoconus, keratectasia, and infectious keratitis. Its efficacy and safety have been investigated with clinical and laboratory studies since its first clinical application by Wollensak for the treatment of keratoconus. Although its complications are encountered during clinical practice, such as infection inducing risk, minimal invasion merits a further investigation on its future application in clinical practice. Recently, collagen cross-linking in sclera shows a promising prospect. In present study, we summarized the representative studies describing the clinical and laboratory application of collagen cross-linking published in past decades and provided our opinion on the positive and negative results of cross-linking in the treatment of ophthalmic disorders. PMID:25922758

  11. Transcription Inhibition by Platinum DNA Cross-links in Live Mammalian Cells

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    Ang, Wee Han

    We have investigated the processing of site-specific Pt?DNA cross-links in live mammalian cells to enhance our understanding of the mechanism of action of platinum-based anticancer drugs. The activity of platinum drugs ...

  12. In Vivo Oxidative Stability Changes of Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene Bearings: An Ex Vivo Investigation.

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    Rowell, Shannon L; Reyes, Christopher R; Malchau, Henrik; Muratoglu, Orhun K

    2015-10-01

    The development of highly cross-linked UHMWPEs focused on stabilizing radiation-induced free radicals as the sole precursor to oxidative degradation. However, secondary in vivo oxidation mechanisms have been discovered. After a preliminary post-operative analysis, we subjected highly cross-linked retrievals with 1-4 years in vivo durations and never-implanted controls to accelerated aging to predict the extent to which their oxidative stability was compromised in vivo. Lipid absorption, oxidation, and hydroperoxides were measured using infrared spectroscopy. Gravimetric swelling was used to measure cross-link density. After aging, all retrievals, except vitamin E-stabilized components, regardless of initial lipid levels or oxidation, showed significant oxidative degradation, demonstrated by subsurface oxidative peaks, increased hydroperoxides and decreased cross-link density, compared to their post-operative material properties and never-implanted counterparts, confirming oxidative stability changes. PMID:26048729

  13. Mechanism of Calponin Stabilization of Cross-Linked Actin Networks Mikkel Herholdt Jensen,

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    in single-filament mechanics. We propose a model in which calponin stabilizes actin networks against shear system of cross-linked reconstituted actin networks from human platelets. Similar actin model systems

  14. Cross-linking proteins with bimetallic tetracarboxylate compounds of transition metals

    DOEpatents

    Kostic, N.M.; Chen, J.

    1991-03-05

    Stable cross-linked complexes of transition-metal tetracarboxylates and proteins are formed. The preferred transition-metal is rhodium. The protein may be collagen or an enzyme such as a proteolytic enzyme. No Drawings

  15. Cross-linking of gelatin capsules with formaldehyde and other aldehydes: an FTIR spectroscopy study.

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    Tengroth, Charbel; Gasslander, Ulla; Andersson, Fredrik O; Jacobsson, Sven P

    2005-01-01

    Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) has been used to study cross-linking in hard gelatin capsules induced by exposure to formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and propionaldehyde. These aldehydes are known to cause cross-linking between the amino acid chains of gelatin. Using FTIR spectroscopy, it is possible to analyze the cross-linking mechanisms by studying changes in the vibrational bands of the gelatin spectrum. The FTIR spectrum changes over time when the capsules are left in an aldehyde-rich environment. Analysis of the spectra shows that the early observed spectral changes conform to reaction intermediates proposed in previous work based on nuclear magnetic resonance experiments, specifically, the formation of amine methyl alcohol of arginine and lysine residues. Further spectral changes appear to be mostly from unreacted aldehydes absorbed to the gelatin, although a minor shift of the amide II peak is attributed to cross-link formation. PMID:16176021

  16. Intra-molecular cross-linking of acidic residues for protein structure studies.

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    Kruppa, Gary Hermann; Young, Malin M.; Novak, Petr; Schoeniger, Joseph S.

    2005-03-01

    Intra-molecular cross-linking has been suggested as a method of obtaining distance constraints that would be useful in developing structural models of proteins. Recent work published on intra-molecular cross-linking for protein structural studies has employed commercially available primary amine selective reagents that can cross-link lysine residues to other lysine residues or the amino terminus. Previous work using these cross-linkers has shown that for several proteins of known structure, the number of cross-links that can be obtained experimentally may be small compared to what would be expected from the known structure, due to the relative reactivity, distribution, and solvent accessibility of the lysines in the protein sequence. To overcome these limitations we have investigated the use of cross-linking reagents that can react with other reactive sidechains in proteins. We used 1-Ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) to activate the carboxylic acid containing residues, aspartic acid (D), glutamic acid (E), and the carboxy terminus (O), for cross-linking reactions. Once activated, the DEO sidechains can react to form 'zero-length' cross-links with nearby primary amine containing resides, lysines (K) and the amino terminus (X), via the formation of a new amide bond. We also show that the EDC-activated DEO sidechains can be cross-linked to each other using dihydrazides, two hydrazide moieties connected by an alkyl cross-linker ann of variable length. Using these reagents, we have found three new 'zero-length' cross-links in ubiquitin consistent with its known structure (M1-E16, M1-E18, and K63-E64). Using the dihydrazide cross-linkers, we have identified 2 new cross-links (D21-D32 and E24-D32) unambiguously. Using a library of dihydrazide cross-linkers with varying arm length, we have shown that there is a minimum arm length required for the DEO-DEO cross-links of 5.8 angstroms. These results show that additional structural information can be obtained by exploiting new cross-linker chemistry, increasing the probability that the protein target of choice will yield sufficient distance constraints to develop a structural model.

  17. Hyperglycemia-Induced Changes in Hyaluronan Contribute to Impaired Skin Wound Healing in Diabetes: Review and Perspective

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    Shakya, Sajina; Wang, Yan; Mack, Judith A.; Maytin, Edward V.

    2015-01-01

    Ulcers and chronic wounds are a particularly common problem in diabetics and are associated with hyperglycemia. In this targeted review, we summarize evidence suggesting that defective wound healing in diabetics is causally linked, at least in part, to hyperglycemia-induced changes in the status of hyaluronan (HA) that resides in the pericellular coat (glycocalyx) of endothelial cells of small cutaneous blood vessels. Potential mechanisms through which exposure to high glucose levels causes a loss of the glycocalyx on the endothelium and accelerates the recruitment of leukocytes, creating a proinflammatory environment, are discussed in detail. Hyperglycemia also affects other cells in the immediate perivascular area, including pericytes and smooth muscle cells, through exposure to increased cytokine levels and through glucose elevations in the interstitial fluid. Possible roles of newly recognized, cross-linked forms of HA, and interactions of a major HA receptor (CD44) with cytokine/growth factor receptors during hyperglycemia, are also discussed. PMID:26448756

  18. Sorption of substituted indoles on highly cross-linked polystyrene from water-acetonitrile solutions

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    Shafigulin, R. V.; Myakishev, A. A.; Il'Ina, E. A.; Il'in, M. M.; Davankov, V. A.; Bulanova, A. V.

    2011-07-01

    The sorption of first synthesized indole derivatives by highly cross-linked polystyrenes from water-acetonitrile solutions was studied by high-performance liquid chromatography. The retention factors and differences in the Gibbs energy of adsorption from infinite diluted solutions were calculated, and the applicability of the Snyder-Soczewinski and Scott-Kucera models for describing the chromatographic retention of sorbates on a polymer network of highly cross-linked polystyrene was shown.

  19. The Equation of State of a Gaussian Phantom Network with Defined Cross Link Functionality

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    Benjamin Paul; Michael Schulz; Harry L. Frisch

    1998-12-24

    A phantom network of Gaussian chains far from the point of gelation can be described as a gas of interacting particles represented by the cross links. The type of particles varies with the network functionality, whereas the type of interaction depends on the properties of the connecting chains. In a mean field approximation the Equation of State can be calculated using Mayer's cluster expansion. The resulting isothermal compressibility is compared for different cross link functionalities.

  20. Computational exploration of polymer nanocomposite mechanical property modification via cross-linking topology

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    Lacevic, N; Gee, R; Saab, A; Maxwell, R

    2008-04-24

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed in order to study the effects of nanoscale filler cross-linking topologies and loading levels on the mechanical properties of a model elastomeric nanocomposite. The model system considered here is constructed from octa-functional polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) dispersed in a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) matrix. Shear moduli, G, have been computed for pure and for filled and unfilled PDMS as a function of cross-linking density, POSS fill loading level, and polymer network topology. The results reported here show that G increases as the cross-linking (covalent bonds formed between the POSS and the PDMS network) density increases. Further, G is found to have a strong dependence on cross-linking topology. The increase in shear modulus, G, for POSS filled PDMS is significantly higher than that for unfilled PDMS cross-linked with standard molecular species, suggesting an enhanced reinforcement mechanism for POSS. In contrast, in blended systems (POSS/PDMS mixture with no cross-linking) G was not observed to significantly increase with POSS loading. Finally, we find intriguing differences in the structural arrangement of bond strains between the cross-linked and the blended systems. In the unfilled PDMS the distribution of highly strained bonds appears to be random, while in the POSS filled system, the strained bonds form a net-like distribution that spans the network. Such a distribution may form a structural network 'holding' the composite together and resulting in increases in G compared to an unfilled, cross-linked system. These results are of importance for engineering of new POSS-based multifunctional materials with tailor-made mechanical properties.

  1. Bifunctional electrophiles cross-link thioredoxins with redox relay partners in cells.

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    Naticchia, Matthew R; Brown, Haley A; Garcia, Francisco J; Lamade, Andrew M; Justice, Samantha L; Herrin, Rachelle P; Morano, Kevin A; West, James D

    2013-03-18

    Thioredoxin protects cells against oxidative damage by reducing disulfide bonds in improperly oxidized proteins. Previously, we found that the baker's yeast cytosolic thioredoxin Trx2 undergoes cross-linking to form several protein-protein complexes in cells treated with the bifunctional electrophile divinyl sulfone (DVSF). Here, we report that the peroxiredoxin Tsa1 and the thioredoxin reductase Trr1, both of which function in a redox relay network with thioredoxin, become cross-linked in complexes with Trx2 upon DVSF treatment. Treatment of yeast with other bifunctional electrophiles, including diethyl acetylenedicarboxylate (DAD), mechlorethamine (HN2), and 1,2,3,4-diepoxybutane (DEB), resulted in the formation of similar cross-linked complexes. Cross-linking of Trx2 and Tsa1 to other proteins by DVSF and DAD is dependent on modification of the active site Cys residues within these proteins. In addition, the human cytosolic thioredoxin, cytosolic thioredoxin reductase, and peroxiredoxin 2 form cross-linked complexes to other proteins in the presence of DVSF, although each protein shows different susceptibilities to modification by DAD, HN2, and DEB. Taken together, our results indicate that bifunctional electrophiles potentially disrupt redox homeostasis in yeast and human cells by forming cross-linked complexes between thioredoxins and their redox partners. PMID:23414292

  2. Bifunctional Electrophiles Cross-Link Thioredoxins with Redox Relay Partners in Cells

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    Naticchia, Matthew R.; Brown, Haley A.; Garcia, Francisco J.; Lamade, Andrew M.; Justice, Samantha L.; Herrin, Rachelle P.; Morano, Kevin A.; West, James D.

    2013-01-01

    Thioredoxin protects cells against oxidative damage by reducing disulfide bonds in improperly oxidized proteins. Previously, we found that the baker's yeast cytosolic thioredoxin Trx2 undergoes cross-linking to form several protein-protein complexes in cells treated with the bifunctional electrophile divinyl sulfone (DVSF). Here, we report that the peroxiredoxin Tsa1 and the thioredoxin reductase Trr1, both of which function in a redox relay network with thioredoxin, become cross-linked in complexes with Trx2 upon DVSF treatment. Treatment of yeast with other bifunctional electrophiles, including diethyl acetylenedicarboxylate (DAD), mechlorethamine (HN2), and 1,2,3,4-diepoxybutane (DEB), resulted in the formation of similar cross-linked complexes. Cross-linking of Trx2 and Tsa1 to other proteins by DVSF and DAD is dependent on modification of the active site Cys residues within these proteins. In addition, the human cytosolic thioredoxin, cytosolic thioredoxin reductase, and peroxiredoxin 2 form cross-linked complexes to other proteins in the presence of DVSF, although each protein shows different susceptibilities to modification by DAD, HN2, and DEB. Taken together, our results indicate that bifunctional electrophiles potentially disrupt redox homeostasis in yeast and human cells by forming cross-linked complexes between thioredoxins and their redox partners. PMID:23414292

  3. Dynamic OCT measurements of corneal biomechanical properties after UV cross-linking in the rabbit

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    Twa, Michael D.; Li, Jiasong; Manapuram, Ravi K.; Menodiado, Floredes M.; Singh, Manmohan; Aglyamov, Salavat; Emelianov, Stanislav; Larin, Kirill V.

    2013-03-01

    Structural properties of the cornea determine the shape and optical quality of the eye. Keratoconus, a structural degeneration of the cornea, is often treated with UV-induced collagen cross-linking to increase tissue resistance to further deformation and degeneration. Optimal treatments would be customized to the individual and consider preexisting structural properties as well as the effects induced by treatment and this requires the capability to noninvasively measure tissue properties. The purpose of this study is to use novel methods of optical elastography to study the effects of UV-induced corneal collagen cross-linking in the rabbit eye. Low-amplitude (<1?m) elastic flexural waves were generated using focused air-pulse stimulation. Elastic wave propagation was measured over a 10x10mm area using Phase Stabilized Swept Source Optical Coherence Elastography (PhS-SSOCE) with a sensitivity of ~ 10 nm. Wave amplitude and velocity were computed and compared in tissues before and after UV cross-linking. Wave amplitude was decreased by the cross-linking treatment, while wave velocity was greater in cross-linked tissue than it was in the untreated cornea. Decreased wave amplitude and increased wave velocity after cross-linking is consistent with increased tissue stiffness. This was confirmed by conventional mechanical tension testing. These results demonstrate that the combination of the PhS-SSOCE and focused air pulse stimulation is capable of measuring low amplitude tissue motion and quantifying corneal stiffness.

  4. Bi-functional cross-linking reagents efficiently capture protein-DNA complexes in Drosophila embryos

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    Aoki, Tsutomu; Wolle, Daniel; Preger-Ben Noon, Ella; Dai, Qi; Lai, Eric C; Schedl, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) is widely used for mapping DNA-protein interactions across eukaryotic genomes in cells, tissues or even whole organisms. Critical to this procedure is the efficient cross-linking of chromatin-associated proteins to DNA sequences that are in close proximity. Since the mid-nineties formaldehyde fixation has been the method of choice. However, some protein-DNA complexes cannot be successfully captured for ChIP using formaldehyde. One such formaldehyde refractory complex is the developmentally regulated insulator factor, Elba. Here we describe a new embryo fixation procedure using the bi-functional cross-linking reagents DSG (disuccinimidyl glutarate) and DSP (dithiobis[succinimidyl propionate). We show that unlike standard formaldehyde fixation protocols, it is possible to capture Elba association with insulator elements in 2–5 h embryos using this new cross-linking procedure. We show that this new cross-linking procedure can also be applied to localize nuclear proteins that are amenable to ChIP using standard formaldehyde cross-linking protocols, and that in the cases tested the enrichment was generally superior to that achieved using formaldehyde cross-linking. PMID:24135698

  5. Dimethyl suberimidate cross-linked pericardium tissue: Raman spectroscopic and atomic force microscopy investigations

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    Jastrzebska, Maria; Zalewska-Rejdak, Justyna; Wrzalik, Roman; Kocot, Antoni; Barwi?ski, Bogdan; Mróz, Iwona; Cwalina, Beata

    2005-06-01

    Chemically stabilized pericardium tissue is widely used as a tissue-derived biomaterial for the preparation of bioprostheses such as heart valves or vascular grafts. The bifunctional imidoester dimethyl suberimidate (DMS) belongs to the wide class of the cross-linking reagents and is often used to cross-link a variety of proteins, including collagen matrices and collagen-based tissues. Raman spectroscopy in the wide frequency range 200-4000 cm -1 and contact mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) have been employed to investigate the structural changes and chemical bonds in DMS cross-linked porcine pericardium tissue. It has been found, that in addition to the commonly accepted reaction with the ?-amine groups of lysine or hydroxylysine residues, DMS may interact also with the carbonyl CO and amide NH groups of the peptide bond in collagen. Our paper presents for the first time spectral evidence for the peptide contribution to the formation of DMS-collagen cross-links. The results confirm also possible competition between the hydrolysis of the free imidoester group and cross-linking reaction. Products of the partial alkaline hydrolysis of DMS have been found in the spectra. The observed changes in the surface topography of the fibrils as well as in their spatial organization in the tissue support the formation of both intra- and interfibrillar cross-links in DMS-stabilized tissue.

  6. Collagen Cross-Linking Using Riboflavin and Ultraviolet-A for Corneal Thinning Disorders

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    Pron, G; Ieraci, L; Kaulback, K

    2011-01-01

    Executive Summary Objective The main objectives for this evidence-based analysis were to determine the safety and effectiveness of photochemical corneal collagen cross-linking with riboflavin (vitamin B2) and ultraviolet-A radiation, referred to as CXL, for the management of corneal thinning disease conditions. The comparative safety and effectiveness of corneal cross-linking with other minimally invasive treatments such as intrastromal corneal rings was also reviewed. The Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS) evidence-based analysis was performed to support public financing decisions. Subject of the Evidence-Based Analysis The primary treatment objective for corneal cross-linking is to increase the strength of the corneal stroma, thereby stabilizing the underlying disease process. At the present time, it is the only procedure that treats the underlying disease condition. The proposed advantages for corneal cross-linking are that the procedure is minimally invasive, safe and effective, and it can potentially delay or defer the need for a corneal transplant. In addition, corneal cross-linking does not adversely affect subsequent surgical approaches, if they are necessary, or interfere with corneal transplants. The evidence for these claims for corneal cross-linking in the management of corneal thinning disorders such as keratoconus will be the focus of this review. The specific research questions for the evidence review were as follows: Technical: How technically demanding is corneal cross-linking and what are the operative risks? Safety: What is known about the broader safety profile of corneal cross-linking? Effectiveness - Corneal Surface Topographic Affects: What are the corneal surface remodeling effects of corneal cross-linking? Do these changes interfere with subsequent interventions, particularly corneal transplant known as penetrating keratoplasty (PKP)? Effectiveness -Visual Acuity: What impacts does the remodeling have on visual acuity? Are these impacts predictable, stable, adjustable and durable? Effectiveness - Refractive Outcomes: What impact does remodeling have on refractive outcomes? Effectiveness - Visual Quality (Symptoms): What impact does corneal cross-linking have on vision quality such as contrast vision, and decreased visual symptoms (halos, fluctuating vision)? Effectiveness - Contact lens tolerance: To what extent does contact lens intolerance improve after corneal cross-linking? Vision-Related QOL: What is the impact of corneal cross-linking on functional visual rehabilitation and quality of life? Patient satisfaction: Are patients satisfied with their vision following the procedure? Disease Process: What impact does corneal cross-linking have on the underling corneal thinning disease process? Does corneal cross-linking delay or defer the need for a corneal transplant? What is the comparative safety and effectiveness of corneal cross-linking compared with other minimally invasive treatments for corneal ectasia such as intrastromal corneal rings? Clinical Need: Target Population and Condition Corneal ectasia (thinning) disorders represent a range of disorders involving either primary disease conditions, such as keratoconus (KC) and pellucid marginal corneal degeneration, or secondary iatrogenic conditions, such as corneal thinning occurring after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) refractive surgery. Corneal thinning is a disease that occurs when the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge or forward protrusion in response to the normal pressure of the eye. The thinning occurs primarily in the stroma layers and is believed to be a breakdown in the collagen process. This bulging can lead to irregular astigmatism or shape of the cornea. Because the anterior part of the cornea is responsible for most of the focusing of the light on the retina, this can then result in loss of visual acuity. The reduced visual acuity can make even simple daily tasks, such as driving, watching television or reading, difficult to perform. Keratoconus is the most common form of cor

  7. Hyaluronan oligosaccharides promote excisional wound healing through enhanced angiogenesis.

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    Gao, Feng; Liu, Yiwen; He, Yiqing; Yang, Cuixia; Wang, Yingzhi; Shi, Xiaoxing; Wei, Guo

    2010-03-01

    The biological roles of hyaluronan (HA) fragments in angiogenesis acceleration have been investigated recently. Studies have confirmed that oligosaccharides of HA (o-HA) are capable of stimulating neovascularization in vitro and promoting blood flow or angiogenesis in animal models. However, few laboratories have studied the function of o-HA as an exogenous treatment in injured tissue repair in vivo. It is thought that o-HA may lose its activities when used topically in vivo due to its small size, which may be absorbed quickly by the surrounding tissues. In this study, we prepared a special slow-releasing gel that contains a mixture of defined size of o-HA and studied the healing effects of o-HA by topical application to an acute wound model. We report that o-HA complex promotes the repair of tissue injury of a murine excisional dermal wound. The therapy by o-HA was compared with high molecular weight HA (HMW-HA) and the known angiogenesis stimulator, VEGF. At days 6 to 8 after treatment, significant differences were seen in wound closure rates between o-HA and control or HMW-HA groups, in which o-HA showed an increased wound recovery. Histological analysis revealed that increased neo-blood and lymph vessels were formed in wounded tissues treated by o-HA. In addition, treatments of wounds with o-HA resulted in more granulation production, collagen deposition, and fibroblast proliferation. Analysis of gene expression by real-time RT-PCR demonstrated a significant up-regulation of some cytokines or adhesion molecules in o-HA-treated wounds, which corresponds with the increased granulation tissue in these wounds. Our findings suggested that o-HA therapy may be useful in acute wound repair. PMID:19913615

  8. Solid-state photocrosslinking of hyaluronan microfibres.

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    Bobula, Tomáš; B??ák, Ji?í; Buffa, Radovan; Moravcová, Martina; Klein, Pavel; Židek, Ond?ej; Chadimová, Veronika; Pospíšil, Robert; Velebný, Vladimír

    2015-07-10

    Hyaluronan (HA) was chemically modified to a photocurable derivative by the acylation with a mixed anhydride of trans-cinnamic acid and characterized by UV, IR and 2D NMR spectroscopy. Photocurable HA was processed to a microfibrous structure by wet-spinning technology. Water solubility of otherwise water-soluble HA microfibres was reduced significantly by the solid-state photocrosslinking. We also investigated that the nature of polymer structure had a great impact to a final crosslink ratio. The analysis of the mechanical properties showed higher ultimate tensile strength and increased rigidity of the photocrosslinked fibres in comparison to the untreated ones. Moreover all tested materials are regarded as biocompatible according to the tests of cell viability, phototoxicity and enzymatic degradability, which make them suitable candidates for numerous biomedical applications. PMID:25857970

  9. Hyaluronan, a Crucial Regulator of Inflammation

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    Petrey, Aaron C.; de la Motte, Carol A.

    2014-01-01

    Hyaluronan (HA), a major component of the extracellular matrix (ECM), plays a key role in regulating inflammation. Inflammation is associated with accumulation and turnover of HA polymers by multiple cell types. Increasingly through the years, HA has become recognized as an active participant in inflammatory, angiogenic, fibrotic, and cancer promoting processes. HA and its binding proteins regulate the expression of inflammatory genes, the recruitment of inflammatory cells, the release of inflammatory cytokines, and can attenuate the course of inflammation, providing protection against tissue damage. A growing body of evidence suggests the cell responses are HA molecular weight dependent. HA fragments generated by multiple mechanisms throughout the course of inflammatory pathologies, elicit cellular responses distinct from intact HA. This review focuses on the role of HA in the promotion and resolution of inflammation. PMID:24653726

  10. Alternate Structural Conformations of Streptococcus pneumoniae Hyaluronan Lyase: Insights into Enzyme

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    de Groot, Bert

    Alternate Structural Conformations of Streptococcus pneumoniae Hyaluronan Lyase: Insights Chemistry, Am Faßberg 11 37077 Go¨ttingen, Germany Streptococcus pneumoniae hyaluronan lyase is a surface. Structural studies together with flexibility analyses of two streptococcal enzymes, from S. pneumoniae

  11. Protein structure prediction guided by cross-linking restraints - A systematic evaluation of the impact of the cross-linking spacer length

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    Hofmann, Tommy; Meiler, Jens; Kalkhof, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Recent development of high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS) instruments enables chemical cross-linking (XL) to become a high-throughput method for obtaining structural information about proteins. Restraints derived from XL-MS experiments have been used successfully for structure refinement and protein-protein docking. However, one formidable question is under which circumstances XL-MS data might be sufficient to determine a protein's tertiary structure de novo? Answering this question will not only include understanding the impact of XL-MS data on sampling and scoring within a de novo protein structure prediction algorithm, it must also determine an optimal cross-linker type and length for protein structure determination. While a longer cross-linker will yield more restraints, the value of each restraint for protein structure prediction decreases as the restraint is consistent with a larger conformational space. In this study, the number of cross-links and their discriminative power was systematically analyz...

  12. Radiation cross-linking of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer functionalized with m-isopropenyl-[alpha],[alpha]-dimethyl benzyl isocyanate

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    Ekman, K.B.; Naesman, J.H. . Lab. of Polymer Technology)

    1993-10-10

    An ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer was functionalized with m-isopropenyl-[alpha],[alpha]-dimethyl benzyl isocyanate using reactive processing in a mixer. The functionalization introduces pendant unsaturation to the polymer, which allows radiation cross-linked to gel contents >70% at radiation doses below 100 kGy. Unfunctionalized ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer, on the other hand, forms no gel upon irradiation. The functionalization was completed within a few minutes of reactive mixing, which was confirmed with both FTIR and [sup 13]C-NMR measurements. The oxygen permeability of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer increased with increasing degree of functionalization, and irradiation of the samples formed trapped radicals, which act as oxygen scavengers. Consequently no oxygen permeability was detected. However, radical activity was inhibited by annealing the samples at 110 C resulting in a 24% higher oxygen permeability value for the irradiated unfunctionalized copolymer. The oxygen permeability values of the irradiated functionalized samples were approximately 13% lower. Laminates of m-isopropenyl-[alpha],[alpha]-dimethyl benzyl isocyanate functionalized ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer and m-isopropenyl-[alpha],[alpha]-dimethyl benzyl isocyanate functionalized ethylene hydroxyethyl methacrylate copolymer acquired improved adhesive strength both at dry and wet conditions as well as at elevated temperature upon exposure to radiation.

  13. Pharmacologic Alternatives to Riboflavin Photochemical Corneal Cross-Linking: A Comparison Study of Cell Toxicity Thresholds

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    Kim, MiJung; Takaoka, Anna; Hoang, Quan V.; Trokel, Stephen L.; Paik, David C.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. The efficacy of therapeutic cross-linking of the cornea using riboflavin photochemistry (commonly abbreviated as CXL) has caused its use to become widespread. Because there are known chemical agents that cross-link collagenous tissues, it may be possible to cross-link tissue pharmacologically. The present study was undertaken to compare the cell toxicity of such agents. Methods. Nine topical cross-linking agents (five nitroalcohols, glyceraldehyde [GLYC], genipin [GP], paraformaldehyde [FA], and glutaraldehyde [GLUT]) were tested with four different cell lines (immortalized human corneal epithelial cells, human skin fibroblasts, primary bovine corneal endothelial cells, and immortalized human retinal pigment epithelial cells [ARPE-19]). The cells were grown in planar culture and exposed to each agent in a range of concentrations (0.001 mM to 10 mM) for 24 hours followed by a 48-hour recovery phase. Toxicity thresholds were determined by using the trypan blue exclusion method. Results. A semiquantitative analysis using five categories of toxicity/fixation was carried out, based on plate attachment, uptake of trypan blue stain, and cellular fixation. The toxicity levels varied by a factor of 103 with the least toxic being mononitroalcohols and GLYC, intermediate toxicity for a nitrodiol and nitrotriol, and the most toxic being GLUT, FA, GP, and bronopol, a brominated nitrodiol. When comparing toxicity between different cell lines, the levels were generally in agreement. Conclusions. There are significant differences in cell toxicity among potential topical cross-linking compounds. The balance between cross-linking of tissue and cell toxicity should be borne in mind as compounds and strategies to improve mechanical tissue properties through therapeutic tissue cross-linking continue to develop. PMID:24722697

  14. Mapping the cofilin binding site on yeast G-actin by chemical cross-linking

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    Grintsevich, Elena E.; Benchaar, Sabrina A.; Warshaviak, Dora; Boontheung, Pinmanee; Halgand, Frédéric; Whitelegge, Julian P.; Faull, Kym F.; Ogorzalek Loo, Rachel R.; Sept, David; Loo, Joseph A.

    2009-01-01

    Cofilin is a major cytoskeletal protein that binds to both monomeric (G-) and polymeric (F-) actin and is involved in microfilament dynamics. Although an atomic structure of the G-actin-cofilin complex does not exist, models of the complex have been built using molecular dynamics simulations, structural homology considerations, and synchrotron radiolytic footprinting data. The hydrophobic cleft between actin subdomains 1 and 3 and, alternatively, the cleft between actin subdomains 1 and 2 have been proposed as possible high affinity cofilin binding sites. In this study, the proposed binding of cofilin to the subdomain 1/3 region on G-actin has been probed using site-directed mutagenesis, fluorescence labeling, and chemical cross-linking with yeast actin mutants containing single reactive cysteines in the actin hydrophobic cleft and cofilin mutants carrying reactive cysteines in the regions predicted to bind to G-actin. Mass spectrometric analysis of the cross-linked complex revealed that cysteine 345 in subdomain 1 of mutant G-actin was cross-linked to native cysteine 62 on cofilin. A cofilin mutant that carried a cysteine substitution in the ?3 helix (residue 95) formed a cross-link with residue 144 in actin subdomain 3. Distance constraints imposed by these cross-links provide experimental evidence for cofilin binding between actin subdomains 1 and 3 and fit a corresponding, docking-based structure of the complex. The cross-linking of the N-terminal region of recombinant yeast cofilin to actin residues 346 and 374 with dithio-bis-maleimidoethane (DTME, 12.4 Å) and via disulfide bond formation was also documented. This set of cross-linking data confirms the important role the N-terminal segment of cofilin in the interactions with G-actin. PMID:18258262

  15. A comparative cross-linking strategy to probe conformational changes in protein complexes

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    Schmidt, Carla; Robinson, Carol V.

    2014-01-01

    Chemical cross-linking, together with mass spectrometry, is established as a powerful combination for probing subunit interactions within static protein assemblies. To probe conformational changes in response to stimuli we have developed a comparative cross-linking strategy, employing lysine-specific deuterated and non-deuterated BS3 cross-linking reagents. Here we describe the experimental procedures as well as the data analysis, validation and interpretation. Briefly the protocol involves first assigning cross-linked peptides in the complex without ligand binding, or with post-translational modifications (PTMs) at natural abundance, using a standard procedure employing labeled cross-linkers, proteolysis and subsequent assignment of cross-linked peptides following LC-MS/MS and database searching. An aliquot of the protein complex is then exposed to the stimulus, either ligand binding, or incubation with a phosphatase or kinase to bring about changes in PTMs. Two solutions, one containing the apo/untreated complex the other the enzymatically modified/ligand-bound complex, are then cross-linked independently. Typically non-deuterated BS3-d0 is used or the untreated complex and deuterated BS3-d4 is used for the experiment. The two aliquots are then incubated at equal concentration, digested and processed as before. The ratios of labeled and unlabeled cross-linked peptides then provide a direct readout of the effect of the stimulus. We exemplify our method by quantifying changes in subunit interactions induced by dephosphorylation of an ATP synthase. The protocol is however widely applicable for determining conformational changes in protein complexes induced by various stimuli including ligand/drug binding, oligomerization and other PTMs. Application of the established protocol takes ~9 days, including protein complex purification. PMID:25144272

  16. Comparison of corneal keratocytes before and after corneal collagen cross-linking in keratoconus patients.

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    Aminifard, Mohammad-Naeim; Khallaghi, Hoda; Mohammadi, Mahdi; Jafarzadeh, Reza

    2015-12-01

    Keratoconus is a bilateral and asymmetric corneal ectasia. Cross-linking uses ultra-violate rays to enhance corneal tissue. The purpose of this study was to use in vivo confocal microscopy to quantitatively analyze microstructural changes over time, after corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in keratoconus patients. In this before-and-after study, a total of 45 keratoconic eyes were selected for cross-linking among patients referred to Al-Zahra ophthalmology clinic during 2013-2014. All patients underwent complete ophthalmologic examinations. Keratocytes and the present of activated keratocytes were calculated preoperatively and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively using confocal microscopy. One year after CXL, best corrected and best uncorrected visual acuity was increased significantly (p < 0.001). Spherical equivalent and spherical refractive errors reduced significantly (p < 0.001). The reduction in density of anterior and mid-stromal keratocytes was significant initially (p < 0.001). During follow-up, the density of keratocytes increased significantly in all layers reaching near normal values by 12 months. The percentage of activated keratocytes showed a significant increase 1 month after cross-linking (p < 0.001) albeit this percent reduced as the corneal healing proceeded by month 12. The endothelial cells showed no significant reduction during the follow-up. Collagen cross-linking-induced significant reduction in keratocyte density. The percent of activated keratocytes increased significantly after cross-linking which showed reduction with improvement of corneal healing. After collagen cross-linking, hyper-reflective structures were observed consistent with the stromal collagen structures. Further studies are needed to assess possible changes on corneal biomechanics. The consistency in corneal endothelium numbers proves the safety of this technique. PMID:25649258

  17. Cross-linking methionine and amine residues with reactive halogen species.

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    Ronsein, Graziella E; Winterbourn, Christine C; Di Mascio, Paolo; Kettle, Anthony J

    2014-05-01

    Irreversible cross-links are increasingly being recognized as important posttranslational oxidative protein modifications that contribute to tissue injury during oxidative stress and inflammation. They also have a structural function in extracellular matrix proteins such as collagen IV. Likely contenders for forming such cross-links are the reactive halogen species that are generated by neutrophils and eosinophils, including hypochlorous acid, hypobromous acid, and their related haloamines. Methionine residues are kinetically preferred targets for these oxidants and oxidation can potentially result in sulfilimine (>S=N-) bonds with amines. Therefore, we investigated whether oxidation of methionine in the model peptide formyl-Met-Leu-Phe-Lys (fMLFK) produces cross-links with lysine residues, using mass spectrometry to characterize the products. As expected, the sulfoxide was the major product with each reactive halogen species. However, intra- and intermolecular cross-linked products were also formed. Isomers of an intramolecular sulfilimine were readily produced by hypobromous acid and bromamines, with hypochlorous acid forming lesser amounts. The predominant cross-link with chloramines was an intermolecular bond between the sulfur of fMLFK and the amine derived from the chloramine. Reactive halogen species also formed these sulfilimine cross-links in other peptides that contain methionine. We propose that protein cross-links involving methionine and amine residues will form via this mechanism when granulocytes are activated at sites of inflammation. Our results also support the proposal that reactive halogen species generated by the peroxidase peroxidasin could be responsible for the sulfilimine bonds that are integral to the structure of collagen IV. PMID:24486343

  18. Photoinduced cross-linking of star vector for improvement of gene transfer efficiency.

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    Nemoto, Yasushi; Zhou, Yue-Min; Tatsumi, Eisuke; Nakayama, Yasuhide

    2008-12-01

    This study aimed to investigate the effect of cross-linking of a cationic nonviral gene carrier on gene expression. As a precursor for photo-cross-linking, a star-shaped, six-branched cationic polymer of poly(N,N-dimethylaminopropylacrylamide) (six-branched star vector, SV), which was previously designed as a gene carrier, was synthesized by iniferter-based living radical polymerization. Upon UV irradiation, the number-average molecular weight (Mn) of the SV increased from ca. 28 kDa to ca. 32 kDa (irradiation time, 180 min) and ca. 46 kDa (240 min) with broadness of the polydispersity due to the coupling reaction between the polymer radicals generated at the terminal ends of each branch of the SVs, resulting in the preparation of cross-linked SVs (CSVs) without the use of any chemical cross-linking agents. Irrespective of cross-linking, all the SVs were able to interact with and condense luciferase-encoding plasmid DNA to yield relatively stable polymer/DNA complexes (polyplexes) of approximate diameter 150 nm with zeta-potential of ca. 20 mV. However, a transfection study using several types of cell lines, HeLa, Hep G2, 293, and COS-1, showed that by cross-linking of SVs the luciferase activity increased drastically. The activity with CSV (Mn=ca. 46 kDa) was increased by at least 1 order of magnitude in the original SV (Mn=ca. 28 kDa), which was several-fold that in the SV with the same molecular weight in all cells. In all SVs, no significant cellular cytotoxicity was observed even at a high charge ratio of 45. The SV-based gene transfection was significantly enhanced by the cross-linking of the SVs. PMID:19007107

  19. Visible-Light Photocatalyzed Cross-Linking of Diacetylene Ligands by Quantum Dots to Improve Their Aqueous Colloidal Stability

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    2015-01-01

    Ligand cross-linking is known to improve the colloidal stability of nanoparticles, particularly in aqueous solutions. However, most cross-linking is performed chemically, in which it is difficult to limit interparticle cross-linking, unless performed at low concentrations. Photochemical cross-linking is a promising approach but usually requires ultraviolet (UV) light to initiate. Using such high-energy photons can be harmful to systems in which the ligand–nanoparticle bond is fairly weak, as is the case for the commonly used semiconductor quantum dots (QDs). Here, we introduce a novel approach to cross-link thiolated ligands on QDs by utilizing the photocatalytic activity of QDs upon absorbing visible light. We show that using visible light leads to better ligand cross-linking by avoiding the problem of ligand dissociation that occurs upon UV light exposure. Once cross-linked, the ligands significantly enhance the colloidal stability of those same QDs that facilitated cross-linking. PMID:25036275

  20. Gel barrier formation in unsaturated porous media

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    Kim, Meejeong; Corapcioglu, M. Yavuz

    2002-05-01

    The gel barrier formation by a gelling liquid (Colloidal Silica) injection in an unsaturated porous medium is investigated by developing a mathematical model and conducting numerical simulations. Gelation process is initiated by adding electrolytes such as NaCl, and the gel phase consisting of cross-linked colloidal silica particles grows as the gelation process proceeds. The mathematical model describing the transport and gelation of Colloidal Silica (CS) is based on coupled mass balance equations for the gel mixture (the sol phase plus the gel phase), gel phase (cross-linked colloidal silica particles plus water captured between cross-linked particles), and colloidal silica particles (discrete and cross-linked) and NaCl in the sol (suspension of discrete colloidal silica particles in water) and gel phases. The solutions in terms of volumetric fraction of the gel phase yield the gel mixture viscosity via the dependency on the volumetric fraction of gel phase. This dependency is determined from a kinetic gelation model with time-normalized viscosity curves. The proposed model is verified by comparing experimentally and numerically determined hydraulic conductivities of gel-treated soil columns at different CS injection volumes. The numerical experiments indicate that an impermeable gel layer is formed within the time period twice the gel-point in a one-dimensional flow system. At the same normalized time corresponding to twice the gel-point, the CS solutions with lower NaCl concentrations result in further migration and poor performance in plugging the pore space. The viscosity computation proposed in this study is compared with another method available in the literature. It is observed that the other method estimates the viscosity at the mixing zone higher than the one proposed by the authors. The proposed model can simulate realistic injection scenarios with various combinations of operating parameters such as NaCl concentration and NaCl mixing time, and thus providing guidelines in performing this technology on site.

  1. Gel barrier formation in unsaturated porous media.

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    Kim, Meejeong; Corapcioglu, M Yavuz

    2002-05-01

    The gel barrier formation by a gelling liquid (Colloidal Silica) injection in an unsaturated porous medium is investigated by developing a mathematical model and conducting numerical simulations. Gelation process is initiated by adding electrolytes such as NaCl, and the gel phase consisting of cross-linked colloidal silica particles grows as the gelation process proceeds. The mathematical model describing the transport and gelation of Colloidal Silica (CS) is based on coupled mass balance equations for the gel mixture (the sol phase plus the gel phase), gel phase (cross-linked colloidal silica particles plus water captured between cross-linked particles), and colloidal silica particles (discrete and cross-linked) and NaCl in the sol (suspension of discrete colloidal silica particles in water) and gel phases. The solutions in terms of volumetric fraction of the gel phase yield the gel mixture viscosity via the dependency on the volumetric fraction of gel phase. This dependency is determined from a kinetic gelation model with time-normalized viscosity curves. The proposed model is verified by comparing experimentally and numerically determined hydraulic conductivities of gel-treated soil columns at different CS injection volumes. The numerical experiments indicate that an impermeable gel layer is formed within the time period twice the gel-point in a one-dimensional flow system. At the same normalized time corresponding to twice the gel-point, the CS solutions with lower NaCl concentrations result in further migration and poor performance in plugging the pore space. The viscosity computation proposed in this study is compared with another method available in the literature. It is observed that the other method estimates the viscosity at the mixing zone higher than the one proposed by the authors. The proposed model can simulate realistic injection scenarios with various combinations of operating parameters such as NaCl concentration and NaCl mixing time, and thus providing guidelines in performing this technology on site. PMID:12076024

  2. Effective-medium approach for stiff polymer networks with flexible cross-links C. P. Broedersz,1

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    MacKintosh, F.C.

    Effective-medium approach for stiff polymer networks with flexible cross-links C. P. Broedersz,1 C remain poorly understood. Here we describe an effective- medium theory of flexibly cross-linked stiff polymer networks. We argue that the response of the cross-links can be fully attributed to entropic

  3. Thermally reversible cross-links in a healable polymer: Estimating the quantity, rate of formation, and effect on viscosity

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    Nemat-Nasser, Sia

    Thermally reversible cross-links in a healable polymer: Estimating the quantity, rate of formation with thermally reversible DielseAlder cross-links, is modeled. A processing method is developed to create small of the mono- mers is determined to be inadequate to obtain a maximum level of cross-linking. Viscosity measure

  4. Database Search Algorithm for Identification of Intact Cross-Links in Proteins and Peptides Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Tsai, Ming-Daw

    Database Search Algorithm for Identification of Intact Cross-Links in Proteins and Peptides Using for identification of intact cross-links in proteins and peptides from tandem mass spectrometric data. Using confidence. The algorithm was tested using BS3 (bis[sulfosuccinimidyl] suberate) cross-linked Cytochrome C

  5. Isotope-Coded and Affinity-Tagged Cross-Linking (ICATXL): An Efficient Strategy to Probe Protein Interaction Surfaces

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    Craik, Charles S.

    Isotope-Coded and Affinity-Tagged Cross-Linking (ICATXL): An Efficient Strategy to Probe Protein, we present a novel cross-linking strategy termed ICATXL (isotope-coded and affinity-tagged cross-linking) that relies on the use of affinity-tagged cross-linkers and isotope coding on the cross

  6. Mechanical and biocompatible characterization of a cross-linked collagen-hyaluronic acid wound dressing

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    Kirk, James F; Ritter, Gregg; Finger, Isaac; Sankar, Dhyana; Reddy, Joseph D; Talton, James D; Nataraj, Chandra; Narisawa, Sonoko; Millán, José Luis; Cobb, Ronald R

    2013-01-01

    Collagen scaffolds have been widely employed as a dermal equivalent to induce fibroblast infiltrations and dermal regeneration in the treatment of chronic wounds and diabetic foot ulcers. Cross-linking methods have been developed to address the disadvantages of the rapid degradation associated with collagen-based scaffolds. To eliminate the potential drawbacks associated with glutaraldehyde cross-linking, methods using a water soluble carbodiimide have been developed. In the present study, the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) hyaluronic acid (HA), was covalently attached to an equine tendon derived collagen scaffold using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl aminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC) to create ntSPONGE™. The HA was shown to be homogeneously distributed throughout the collagen matrix. In vitro analyses of the scaffold indicated that the cross-linking enhanced the biological stability by decreasing the enzymatic degradation and increasing the thermal denaturation temperature. The material was shown to support the attachment and proliferation of mouse L929 fibroblast cells. In addition, the cross-linking decreased the resorption rate of the collagen as measured in an intramuscular implant model in rabbits. The material was also shown to be biocompatible in a variety of in vitro and in vivo assays. These results indicate that this cross-linked collagen-HA scaffold, ntSPONGE™, has the potential for use in chronic wound healing. PMID:23896569

  7. Polyimide aerogels with amide cross-links: a low cost alternative for mechanically strong polymer aerogels.

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    Meador, Mary Ann B; Alemán, Christian R; Hanson, Katrina; Ramirez, Nakaira; Vivod, Stephanie L; Wilmoth, Nathan; McCorkle, Linda

    2015-01-21

    Polyimide aerogels combine high porosity, low thermal conductivity, flexibility, and low density with excellent mechanical properties. However, previously used cross-linkers, such as 1,3,5-triaminophenoxybenzene (TAB), 2,4,6-tris(4-aminophenyl)pyridine (TAPP), or octa(aminophenoxy)silsesquioxane (OAPS), either are not commercially available or are prohibitively expensive. Finding more cost efficient cross-linkers that are commercially available to synthesize these aerogels is crucial for making large scale manufacturing attractive. Herein, we describe an approach to making polyimide aerogels starting with amine capped oligomers that are cross-linked with 1,3,5-benzenetricarbonyl trichloride (BTC). BTC is a lower cost, commercially available alternative to TAB, TAPP, or OAPS. Aerogels made in this way have the same or higher modulus and higher surface area compared to those previously reported with either TAB or OAPS cross-links at the same density. While the cross-link structure is an amide, the thermal stability is not compromised most likely because the cross-link is only a small part of the composition of the aerogel. Onset of decomposition depends primarily on the backbone chemistry with 4,4'-oxidianiline (ODA) being more thermally stable than 2,2'-dimethylbenzidine (DMBZ), similar to those previously reported with other cross-links. PMID:25564878

  8. Usage of polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography for investigation of collagen cross-linking

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    Ju, Myeong Jin; Tang, Shuo

    2015-04-01

    To investigate morphological alternation in corneal stroma induced by collagen cross-linking (CXL) treatment, polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) capable of providing scattering, phase retardation, and degree of polarization uniformity (DOPU) images were employed on fresh bovine cornea. Significant corneal thickness reduction was observed after the CXL procedure, and its variation was quantitatively analyzed. From the scattering contrast, a hyperscattering region was observed in the anterior of the cornea immediately after the CXL procedure and its range increased with time. Within the scattering region, a slow increase was observed in the phase retardation image, and a discriminable characteristic was found in the DOPU image. A global threshold value was empirically determined from the averaged DOPU depth profile in order to locate the effective cross-linking depth. In addition to the standard protocol, an accelerated CXL procedure shortening the treatment time with higher intensity of ultraviolet-A (UV-)A power was also performed. From the measurement results after the two different CXL protocols, different cross-linking aspects were found and their difference was discussed in terms of the effectiveness of cross-linking. Based on this study, we believe that PS-OCT could be a promising optical imaging modality to evaluate the progression and effectiveness of the riboflavin/UV-A induced corneal collagen cross-linking.

  9. Availability of fluorescence spectroscopic in the accompaniment of formation of corneal cross-linking

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    Costa, M. M.; Kurachi, C.; Bagnato, V. S.; Faria e Sousa, S. J.; Ventura, L.

    2010-02-01

    The corneal cross-linking is a method that associates riboflavin and ultraviolet light to induce a larger mechanical resistance at cornea. This method has been used for the treatment of Keratoconus. Since cross-linking is recent as treatment, there is a need to verify the effectiveness of the method. Therefore, the viability of the fluorescence spectroscopy technique to follow the cross-linking formation at cornea was studied. Corneas were divided in two measuring procedures: M1 (cornea + riboflavin), and M2 (cornea + riboflavina + light irradiation, 365nm). For fluorescence measurements, a spectrofluorimeter was used, where several wavelengths were selected (between 320nm and 370nm) for cornea excitation. Several fluorescence spectra were collected, at 10 min-interval, during 60 min. Spectra allowed one to observe two very well defined bands of fluorescence: the first one at 400nm (collagen), and the second one at 520nm (riboflavin). After spectra analyses, a decrease of collagen fluorescence was observed for both groups. For riboflavin, on the other hand, there was a fluorescence increase for M1, and a decrease for M2. Thus, it is possible to conclude that it this technique is sensitive for the detection of tissue structural changes during cross-linking treatment, encouraging subsequent studies on quantification of cross-linking promotion in tissue.

  10. F actin bundles in Drosophila bristles. I. Two filament cross-links are involved in bundling

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    1995-01-01

    Transverse sections though Drosophila bristles reveal 7-11 nearly round, plasma membrane-associated bundles of actin filaments. These filaments are hexagonally packed and in a longitudinal section they show a 12-nm periodicity in both the 1.1 and 1.0 views. From earlier studies this periodicity is attributable to cross-links and indicates that the filaments are maximally cross-linked, singed mutants also have 7-11 bundles, but the bundles are smaller, flattened, and the filaments within the bundles are randomly packed (not hexagonal); no periodicity can be detected in longitudinal sections. Another mutant, forked (f36a), also has 7-11 bundles but even though the bundles are very small, the filaments within them are hexagonally packed and display a 12-nm periodicity in longitudinal section. The singed-forked double mutant lacks filament bundles. Thus there are at least two species of cross-links between adjacent actin filaments. Hints of why two species of cross-links are necessary can be gleaned by studying bristle formation. Bristles sprout with only microtubules within them. A little later in development actin filaments appear. At early stages the filaments in the bundles are randomly packed. Later the filaments in the bundles become hexagonally packed and maximally cross-linked. We consider that the forked proteins may be necessary early in development to tie the filaments together in a bundle so that they can be subsequently zippered together by fascin (the singed gene product). PMID:7622563

  11. Orientation birefringence of cross-linked rubber containing low-mass compound

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    Kiyama, Ayumi; Nobukawa, Shogo; Yamauchi, Masayuki

    2015-05-01

    Molecular orientation of low-mass compounds (LMCs) in a cross-linked rubber is studied in order to obtain the basic information on the dynamics of LMC molecules in a polymer beyond the glass transition temperature. A small amount of LMCs such as 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB), tricresylphosphate (TCP), and styrene-based tackifier (TF) is added into polybutadiene rubber (BR). After cross-linking reaction, the sheet samples are used to evaluate the orientation birefringence during stretching and stress relaxation. The rectangular films, cut out from the cross-linked sheets, are set in a uniaxial stretching machine equipped with an optical system to measure both birefringence and tensile stress simultaneously. It is confirmed that orientation birefringence is proportional to the stress for not only pure cross-linked BR, but also cross-linked BR containing an LMC in a wide range of strain. Even after stretching, the birefringence does not change as far as the sample is kept at a constant strain. The results suggest that the LMC molecules are forced to orient with polymer chains by the strong intermolecular orientation correlation. Because of the LMC orientation, the stress-optical coefficient CR is enhanced by the addition of 5CB and TCP, but depressed by TF. Therefore, the LMC doping can be used to control the birefringence of a retardation film.

  12. Reversible Inter- and Intra-Microgel Cross-Linking using Disulfides

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    Gaulding, Jeffrey C.; Smith, Michael H.; Hyatt, John S.; Fernandez-Nieves, Alberto; Lyon, L. Andrew

    2012-01-01

    Thermoresponsive hydrogel nanoparticles composed of poly(N-isopropylmethacrylamide) (pNIPMAm) and the disulfide-based cross-linker N,N’-bis(acryloyl)cystamine (BAC) have been prepared using a redox-initiated, aqueous precipitation polymerization approach, leading to improved stability of the disulfide bond compared to traditional thermally-initiated methods. The resultant particles demonstrate complete erosion in response to reducing conditions or thiol competition. This stands in contrast to the behavior of thermally-initiated particles, which retain a cross-linked network following disulfide cleavage due to uncontrolled chain-branching and self-cross-linking side reactions. The synthetic strategy has also been combined with the non-degradable cross-linker N,N-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) to generate “co-cross-linked” pNIPMAm-BAC-BIS microgels. These particles are redox-responsive, swell upon BAC cross-link scission and present reactive thiols. This pendant thiol functionality was demonstrated to be useful for conjugation of thiol-reactive probes and in reversible network formation by assembling particles cross-linked by disulfide linkages. PMID:22287810

  13. Cross-linking connectivity in bone collagen fibrils: the COOH-terminal locus of free aldehyde

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    Otsubo, K.; Katz, E. P.; Mechanic, G. L.; Yamauchi, M.

    1992-01-01

    Quantitative analyses of the chemical state of the 16c residue of the alpha 1 chain of bone collagen were performed on samples from fetal (4-6-month embryo) and mature (2-3 year old) bovine animals. All of this residue could be accounted for in terms of three chemical states, in relative amounts which depended upon the age of the animal. Most of the residue was incorporated into either bifunctional or trifunctional cross-links. Some of it, however, was present as free aldehyde, and the content increased with maturation. This was established by isolating and characterizing the aldehyde-containing peptides generated by tryptic digestion of NaB3H4-reduced mature bone collagen. We have concluded that the connectivity of COOH-terminal cross-linking in bone collagen fibrils changes with maturation in the following way: at first, each 16c residue in each of the two alpha 1 chains of the collagen molecule is incorporated into a sheet-like pattern of intermolecular iminium cross-links, which stabilizes the young, nonmineralized fibril as a whole. In time, some of these labile cross-links maturate into pyridinoline while others dissociate back to their precursor form. The latter is likely due to changes in the molecular packing brought about by the mineralization of the collagen fibrils. The resultant reduction in cross-linking connectivity may provide a mechanism for enhancing certain mechanical characteristics of the skeleton of a mature animal.

  14. Cross-Linking Poly(lactic acid) Film Surface by Neutral Hyperthermal Hydrogen Molecule Bombardment.

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    Du, Wangli; Shao, Hong; He, Zhoukun; Tang, Changyu; Liu, Yu; Shen, Tao; Zhu, Yan; Lau, Woon-Ming; Hui, David

    2015-12-16

    Constructing a dense cross-linking layer on a polymer film surface is a good way to improve the water resistance of poly(lactic acid) (PLA). However, conventional plasma treatments have failed to achieve the aim as a result of the unavoidable surface damage arising from the charged species caused by the uncontrolled high energy coming from colliding ions and electrons. In this work, we report a modified plasma method called hyperthermal hydrogen-induced cross-linking (HHIC) technology to construct a dense cross-linking layer on PLA film surfaces. This method produces energy-controlled neutral hyperthermal hydrogen, which selectively cleaves C-H bonds by molecule collision from the PLA film without breaking other bonds (e.g., C-C bonds in the polymer backbone), and results in subsequent cross-linking of the carbon radicals generated from the organic molecules. The formation of a dense cross-linking layer can serve as a barrier layer to significantly improve both the hydrophobicity and water vapor barrier property of the PLA film. Because of the advantage of selective cleavage of C-H bonds by HHIC treatment, the original physical properties (e.g., mechanical strength and light transmittance) of the PLA films are well-preserved. PMID:26594874

  15. Cross-linked collagen sponges loaded with plant polyphenols with inhibitory activity towards chronic wound enzymes.

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    Antonio, Francesko; Guillem, Rocasalbas; Sonia, Touriño; Clara, Mattu; Piergiorgio, Gentile; Valeria, Chiono; Gianluca, Ciardelli; Tzanov, Tzanko

    2011-10-01

    Collagen sponges loaded with polyphenols from Hamamelis virginiana were investigated as active materials for chronic wound dressings, evaluating in vitro the inhibition of two major enzymes that impair the wound healing process - myeloperoxidase (MPO) and collagenase. Prior to polyphenols loading, collagen was cross-linked with genipin to improve its biostability. The effect of genipin cross-linking and polyphenol concentration in the development of mechanically and enzymatically stable sponges was studied. The tensile strength of the cross-linked collagen increased with the increase of the cross-linking degree, coupled to decrease in the elongation and the swelling capacity of the sponges. The stability of the sponges to collagenase digestion reached maximum when 1 mM genipin was used. However, the biostability decreased more than 10-fold after loading the sponges with polyphenols (0.5 mg/mL), nevertheless, this effect was partially overcome using higher concentration of polyphenols (1 and 2 mg/mL) to inhibit collagenase. Moreover, the polyphenols released from the sponges were sufficient for complete inhibition of MPO activity. No considerable cytotoxicity of the genipin cross-linked collagen loaded with polyphenols was observed evaluating the NIH 3T3 fibroblasts viability. PMID:21805643

  16. Effects of partial hydrolysis and subsequent cross-linking on wheat gluten physicochemical properties and structure.

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    Wang, Kaiqiang; Luo, Shuizhong; Cai, Jing; Sun, Qiaoqiao; Zhao, Yanyan; Zhong, Xiyang; Jiang, Shaotong; Zheng, Zhi

    2016-04-15

    The rheological behavior and thermal properties of wheat gluten following partial hydrolysis using Alcalase and subsequent microbial transglutaminase (MTGase) cross-linking were investigated. The wheat gluten storage modulus (G') and thermal denaturation temperature (Tg) were significantly increased from 2.26kPa and 54.43°C to 7.76kPa and 57.69°C, respectively, by the combined action of partial hydrolysis (DH 0.187%) and cross-linking. The free SH content, surface hydrophobicity, and secondary structure analysis suggested that an appropriate degree of Alcalase-based hydrolysis allowed the compact wheat gluten structure to unfold, increasing the ?-sheet content and surface hydrophobicity. This improved its molecular flexibility and exposed additional glutamine sites for MTGase cross-linking. SEM images showed that a compact 3D network formed, while SDS-PAGE profiles revealed that excessive hydrolysis resulted in high-molecular-weight subunits degrading to smaller peptides, unsuitable for cross-linking. It was also demonstrated that the combination of Alcalase-based partial hydrolysis with MTGase cross-linking might be an effective method for modifying wheat gluten rheological behavior and thermal properties. PMID:26616937

  17. Synthesis of surface protein-imprinted nanoparticles endowed with reversible physical cross-links.

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    Yang, Chongchong; Yan, Xianming; Guo, Hao; Fu, Guoqi

    2016-01-15

    Researches on protein molecularly imprinted polymers have been challenged by the difficulties in facilitating biomacromolecular transfer, in particular upon the template removal step, and enhancing their recognition performance. Addressing these issues, herein we report synthesis of core–shell structured surface protein-imprinted nanoparticles with reversible physical cross-links formed in the imprinted nanoshells. The imprinted layers over nanoparticle supports are fabricated via aqueous precipitation polymerization (PP) of di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (MEO2MA), a thermo-responsive monomer bearing no strong H-bond donor, and other functional and cross-linking monomers. During polymerization, physical cross-links together with chemical cross-links are in site produced within the imprinted shells based on hydrophobic association among the PMEO2MA, favoring formation of high-quality imprints. While cooled appropriately below the polymerization temperature, these physical cross-links can be dissociated rapidly, thus facilitating removal of the embedded template. For proof of this concept, lysozyme-imprinted nanoparticles were synthesized at 37 °C over the nanoparticles functionalized with carboxylic and vinyl groups. The template removal from the imprinted nanoparticles was readily achieved by washing with a dilute acidic detergent solution at 4 °C. As-prepared imprinted nanoparticles showed greatly higher imprinting factor and specific rebinding than obtained with the same recipe but by solution polymerization (SP). Moreover, such imprinted nanomaterials exhibited satisfactory rebinding selectivity, kinetics and reusability. PMID:26313422

  18. Enhanced multiparametric hyaluronan degradation for production of molar-mass-defined fragments.

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    Holubova, Lucie; Korecka, Lucie; Podzimek, Stepan; Moravcova, Veronika; Rotkova, Jana; Ehlova, Tereza; Velebny, Vladimir; Bilkova, Zuzana

    2014-11-01

    Hyaluronic acid (HA) is known to serve as a dynamic mediator intervening in many physiological functions. Its specific effect has been repeatedly confirmed to be strongly influenced by the molecular size of hyaluronan fragments. However common technological approaches of HA fragments production have their limitations. In many cases, the final products do not meet the strict pharmaceutical requirements, specifically due to size polydispersity and reaction contaminants. We present novel methodology based on combination of unique incidental ability of the plant-derived protease papain to split the glycosidic bonds and an indispensable advantages of biocompatible macroporous material with incorporated ferrous ions serving as carrier for covalent papain fixation. This atypical and yet unpublished highly efficient multiparametric approach allows enhanced HA fragmentation for easily and safely producing molar-mass-defined HA fragments with narrow size distribution. Native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and size exclusion chromatography/multi-angle light scattering (SEC-MALS) confirmed the effectiveness of our multiparametric approach. PMID:25129744

  19. The Role of Hyaluronan and Hyaluronan Binding Proteins in Human Asthma

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    Liang, Jiurong; Jiang, Dianhua; Jung, Yoosun; Xie, Ting; Ingram, Jennifer; Church, Tony; Degan, Simone; Leonard, Maura; Kraft, Monica; Noble, Paul W.

    2011-01-01

    Background The characteristics of human asthma are chronic inflammation and airway remodeling. Hyaluronan (HA), a major extracellular matrix component, accumulates during inflammatory lung diseases including asthma. Hyaluronan fragments stimulate macrophages to produce inflammatory cytokines. We hypothesized that HA and its receptors would play a role in human asthma. Objective To investigate the role of HA and HA binding proteins in human asthma. Methods Twenty-one subjects with asthma and 25 normal control subjects underwent bronchoscopy with endobronchial biopsy and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). Fibroblasts were cultured, HA and HA synthase expression was determined at baseline and after exposure to several mediators relevant to asthma pathobiology. The expression of HA binding proteins, CD44, TLR2 and TLR4 on BAL macrophages was determined by flow cytometry. IL-8 production by macrophages in response to HA fragment stimulation was compared. Results Airway fibroblasts from asthma patients produced significantly increased concentrations of lower molecular weight HA compared to those of normal fibroblasts. Hyaluronan synthase 2 mRNA was markedly increased in asthmatic fibroblasts. Asthmatic macrophages showed a decrease in cell surface CD44 expression and an increase in TLR2 and TLR4 expression. Macrophages from asthmatic subjects showed an increase in responsiveness to low molecular weight HA stimulation, as demonstrated by increased IL-8 production. Conclusions HA homeostasis is deranged in asthma with increased production by fibroblasts and decreased CD44 expression on alveolar macrophages. Upregulation of TLR2 and TLR4 on macrophages with increased sensitivity to HA fragments suggests a novel pro-inflammatory mechanism by which persistence of HA fragments could contribute to chronic inflammation and airway remodeling in asthma. PMID:21570715

  20. Enzymatic fragments of hyaluronan inhibit adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes.

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    Park, Byong-Gon; Lee, Chang Won; Park, Joo Woong; Cui, Yuan; Park, Yoon-Sun; Shin, Woon-Seob

    2015-11-27

    Hyaluronan has diverse biological activities depending on its molecular size. High molecular weight hyaluronan (2000 kDa) is a major component of extracellular matrix, and has been used in wounding healing, extracellular matrix regeneration, and in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Hyaluronan fragments can stimulate inflammation or induce loss of extracellular matrix. Hyaluronan is expressed during adipocyte differentiation, and down regulation of hyaluronan synthesis can reduce adipogenic differentiation. However, the direct effects of hyaluronan fragments on adipocyte differentiation have not been elucidated. Therefore, we prepared hyaluronan fragments by enzymatic digestion, and examined the inhibitory effects of these hyaluronan fragments on the accumulation of lipid droplets and on adipogenic gene mRNA expression in differentiating 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes. Medium sized hyaluronan fragments (50 kDa) decreased lipid droplet accumulation in a dose-dependent manner. However, high molecular weight hyaluronan did not inhibit lipid droplet accumulation when used at a concentration of 600 ?g/ml. Two or 4 day treatments with medium molecular weight of hyaluronan resulted in similar inhibitory levels of lipid accumulation as did treatment for 8 days. Medium sized hyaluronan inhibited the differentiation of 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes during the early stages of adipogenesis. When 3T3-L1 cells were treated with 180 ?g/ml of medium sized hyaluronan, the mRNAs for the master adipogenic transcription factors PPAR-? and C/EBP-? were inhibited. Additionally, medium molecular weight hyaluronan suppressed mRNA expression of PPAR-? target genes, including aP2 and FAS. This study is the first to report that medium molecular weight hyaluronan fragments can inhibit adipocyte differentiation. PMID:26525853

  1. Spray assembled, cross-linked polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes for salt removal.

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    Cho, Kwun Lun; Lomas, Hannah; Hill, Anita J; Caruso, Frank; Kentish, Sandra E

    2014-07-29

    The present study reports the synthesis of spray-coated cross-linked polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes. Membrane cross-linking was performed using alkyne-azide "click" chemistry, where alkyne and azide functional groups were used to modify the poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and the poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH) polyelectrolytes. The results demonstrate that deposition at lower ionic strength produced smoother and denser membrane structures. Pore size analysis using neutral poly(ethylene glycol) revealed a decrease in the membrane pore size as the degree of cross-linking was increased, resulting in the membrane rejecting divalent CaCl2 at levels of up to 80%, and 50% rejection of monovalent NaCl. When poly(sodium-4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) was combined with small amounts of cross-linkable PAA, significant flux increases were observed in the multilayer membranes with no observable reduction in ion rejection. PMID:25036367

  2. Preparation of cross-linked maize (Zea mays L.) starch in different reaction media.

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    Hong, Jung Sun; Gomand, Sara V; Delcour, Jan A

    2015-06-25

    Granular normal maize starch was reacted with sodium trimetaphosphate in deionized water ( [Formula: see text] ), aqueous sodium sulfate solution ( [Formula: see text] ), aqueous ethanol (MSethanol) or aqueous acetone (MSacetone) under otherwise identical reaction conditions. Analysis of the resultant starches by Rapid Visco Analysis (RVA) showed that the starch was cross-linked to a higher degree in aqueous ethanol or aqueous acetone than in water or sodium sulfate solution, and with minimal starch leaching. While MSacetone and MSethanol had incorporated similar levels of phosphorous, RVA analysis and microscopic analysis showed that MSacetone granules were more effectively stabilized by cross-linking than MSethanol granules. Cross-linking in aqueous acetone is believed to either contain the greater numbers of distarch monophosphate (versus monostarch monophosphate), or occur more intensively at the granule outer layers than that in aqueous ethanol and, at the same time, to account for the greater granular strength of MSethanol than that of MSacetone. PMID:25839824

  3. [Cross-Linking in Keratoconus: "Epi-off" or "Epi-on"?].

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    Raiskup, F; Veliká, V; Veselá, M; Spörl, E

    2015-12-01

    Corneal cross-linking can halt the progression of keratoconus, but what is the best approach for treatment? There are a number of treatment options for keratoconus, but only corneal cross-linking (CXL) appears to halt the progression of the disease. To guarantee effective cross-linking, CXL treatment involves removal of the corneal epithelium prior to riboflavin application and ultraviolet light illumination - "epi-off" CXL. Several methods of "epi-on" (transepithelial) CXL have been proposed, such as keeping the corneal epithelium intact which should be less painful and help avoid other CXL-associated adverse events. The evidence so far is that epi-off CXL remains the most effective method of strengthening the cornea and slowing keratoconus progression - but transepithelial methods are gaining ground. PMID:26678902

  4. Three-dimensional multimodal microscopy of rabbit cornea after cross-linking treatment

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    Krüger, A.; Hovakimyan, M.; Ramírez, D. F.; Lorbeer, R.-A.; Kröger, M.; Stachs, O.; Wree, A.; Guthoff, R. F.; Lubatschowski, H.; Heisterkamp, A.

    2010-02-01

    Cross-linking of stromal collagen with Riboflavin and UVA radiation is an alternative treatment of keratoconus. After the cross-linking a wound healing process starts with the regeneration of the abraded epithelial layer and the stromal keratocyte-network. To clarify possible side effects by visualization we established an imaging platform for the multimodal three-dimensional imaging of the cornea and looked for differences between normal and cross-linked rabbit corneae. The microscopy system utilizes femtosecond laser light for two photon excitation of autofluorescent metabolic compounds, second harmonic imaging in forward and backward direction for the study of stromal collagen-I structure and confocal detection of the backscattered femtosecond laser light for cell detection. Preliminary results show signatures of treatment 5 weeks after the intervention in all imaging modalities.

  5. Pinpointing RNA-Protein Cross-Links with Site-Specific Stable Isotope-Labeled Oligonucleotides.

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    Lelyveld, Victor S; Björkbom, Anders; Ransey, Elizabeth M; Sliz, Piotr; Szostak, Jack W

    2015-12-16

    High affinity RNA-protein interactions are critical to cellular function, but directly identifying the determinants of binding within these complexes is often difficult. Here, we introduce a stable isotope mass labeling technique to assign specific interacting nucleotides in an oligonucleotide-protein complex by photo-cross-linking. The method relies on generating site-specific oxygen-18-labeled phosphodiester linkages in oligonucleotides, such that covalent peptide-oligonucleotide cross-link sites arising from ultraviolet irradiation can be assigned to specific sequence positions in both RNA and protein simultaneously by mass spectrometry. Using Lin28A and a let-7 pre-element RNA, we demonstrate that mass labeling permits unambiguous identification of the cross-linked sequence positions in the RNA-protein complex. PMID:26583201

  6. xiNET: Cross-link Network Maps With Residue Resolution*

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    Combe, Colin W.; Fischer, Lutz; Rappsilber, Juri

    2015-01-01

    xiNET is a visualization tool for exploring cross-linking/mass spectrometry results. The interactive maps of the cross-link network that it generates are a type of node-link diagram. In these maps xiNET displays: (1) residue resolution positional information including linkage sites and linked peptides; (2) all types of cross-linking reaction product; (3) ambiguous results; and, (4) additional sequence information such as domains. xiNET runs in a browser and exports vector graphics which can be edited in common drawing packages to create publication quality figures. Availability: xiNET is open source, released under the Apache version 2 license. Results can be viewed by uploading data to http://crosslinkviewer.org/ or by downloading the software from http://github.com/colin-combe/crosslink-viewer and running it locally. PMID:25648531

  7. Carbon Nanofiber Incorporated Silica Based Aerogels with Di-Isocyanate Cross-Linking

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    Vivod, Stephanie L.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Capadona, Lynn A.; Sullivan, Roy M.; Ghosn, Louis J.; Clark, Nicholas; McCorkle, Linda

    2008-01-01

    Lightweight materials with excellent thermal insulating properties are highly sought after for a variety of aerospace and aeronautic applications. (1) Silica based aerogels with their high surface area and low relative densities are ideal for applications in extreme environments such as insulators for the Mars Rover battery. (2) However, the fragile nature of aerogel monoliths prevents their widespread use in more down to earth applications. We have shown that the fragile aerogel network can be cross-linked with a di-isocyanate via amine decorated surfaces to form a conformal coating. (3) This coating reinforces the neck regions between secondary silica particles and significantly strengthens the aerogels with only a small effect on density or porosity. Scheme 1 depicts the cross-linking reaction with the di-isocyanate and exhibits the stages that result in polymer cross-linked aerogel monoliths.

  8. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Cross-linked Graphene-Epoxy Nanocomposites

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    Rahman, R

    2011-01-01

    This paper focuses on molecular dynamics (MD) modeling of graphene reinforced cross-linked epoxy (Gr-Ep) nanocomposite. The goal is to study the influence of geometry, and concentration of reinforcing nanographene sheet (NGS) on interfacial properties and elastic constants such as bulk Young's modulus, and shear modulus of Gr-Ep nanocomposites. The most typical cross-linked configuration was obtained in order to use in further simulations. The mechanical properties of this cross-linked structure were determined using MD simulations and the results were verified with those available in literatures. Graphene with different aspect ratios and concentrations (1%, 3% and 5%) were considered in order to construct amorphous unit cells of Gr-Ep nanocomposites. The Gr-Ep nanocomposites system undergoes NVT (constant number of atoms, volume and temperature) and NPT (constant number of atoms, pressure and temperature) ensemble with applied uniform strain field during MD simulation to obtain bulk Young's modulus and shear...

  9. Optimizing end-group cross-linking polymer electrolytes for fuel cell applications

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    Kim, Yu Seung; Lee, Kwan Soo; Jeong, Myung - Hwan; Lee, Jae - Suk

    2009-01-01

    This paper demonstrates the optimization of proton conductivity and water uptake for cross-linkable polymer electrolytes through synthesis and characterization of end-group cross-linkable sulfonated poly(arylene ether) copolymers (ESF-BPs). The extent of reaction of cross-linking was controlled by reaction time resulting in a series of polymers with two, independent tunable parameters, degree of sulfonation (DS) and degree of cross-linking (DC). For the polymers presented, cross-linking improved proton conductivity while reducing water uptake, an uncommon trend in polymer electrolytes where water is critical for proton conduction. Other trends relating to changes are reported and the results yield insight into the role of DS and DC and how to optimize electrochemical properties and performance of polymer electrolytes through these tunable parameters. Select polymer electrolytes were tested in fuel cells where performance and durability with accelerated relative humidity cycling were compared with Nafion{reg_sign}.

  10. Enzymatic cross-linking of human recombinant elastin (HELP) as biomimetic approach in vascular tissue engineering.

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    Bozzini, Sabrina; Giuliano, Liliana; Altomare, Lina; Petrini, Paola; Bandiera, Antonella; Conconi, Maria Teresa; Farè, Silvia; Tanzi, Maria Cristina

    2011-12-01

    The use of polymers naturally occurring in the extracellular matrix (ECM) is a promising strategy in regenerative medicine. If compared to natural ECM proteins, proteins obtained by recombinant DNA technology have intrinsic advantages including reproducible macromolecular composition, sequence and molecular mass, and overcoming the potential pathogens transmission related to polymers of animal origin. Among ECM-mimicking materials, the family of recombinant elastin-like polymers is proposed for drug delivery applications and for the repair of damaged elastic tissues. This work aims to evaluate the potentiality of a recombinant human elastin-like polypeptide (HELP) as a base material of cross-linked matrices for regenerative medicine. The cross-linking of HELP was accomplished by the insertion of cross-linking sites, glutamine and lysine, in the recombinant polymer and generating ?-(?-glutamyl) lysine links through the enzyme transglutaminase. The cross-linking efficacy was estimated by infrared spectroscopy. Freeze-dried cross-linked matrices showed swelling ratios in deionized water (?2500%) with good structural stability up to 24 h. Mechanical compression tests, performed at 37°C in wet conditions, in a frequency sweep mode, indicated a storage modulus of 2/3 kPa, with no significant changes when increasing number of cycles or frequency. These results demonstrate the possibility to obtain mechanically resistant hydrogels via enzymatic crosslinking of HELP. Cytotoxicity tests of cross-linked HELP were performed with human umbilical vein endothelial cells, by use of transwell filter chambers for 1-7 days, or with its extracts in the opportune culture medium for 24 h. In both cases no cytotoxic effects were observed in comparison with the control cultures. On the whole, the results suggest the potentiality of this genetically engineered HELP for regenerative medicine applications, particularly for vascular tissue regeneration. PMID:21993611

  11. Increasing Thermal Stability of Gelatin by UV-Induced Cross-Linking with Glucose

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    Masutani, Evan M.; Kinoshita, Christopher K.; Tanaka, Travis T.; Ellison, Andrew K. D.; Yoza, Brandon A.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of ultraviolet (254?nm) radiation on a hydrated gelatin-glucose matrix were investigated for the development of a physiologically thermostable substrate for potential use in cell scaffold production. Experiments conducted with a differential scanning calorimeter indicate that ultraviolet irradiation of gelatin-glucose hydrogels dramatically increases thermal stability such that no melting is observed at temperatures of at least 90°C. The addition of glucose significantly increases the yield of cross-linked product, suggesting that glucose has a role in cross-link formation. Comparisons of lyophilized samples using scanning electron microscopy show that irradiated materials have visibly different densities. PMID:24963297

  12. Dynamically vulcanized biobased polylactide/natural rubber blend material with continuous cross-linked rubber phase.

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    Chen, Yukun; Yuan, Daosheng; Xu, Chuanhui

    2014-03-26

    We prepared a biobased material, dynamically vulcanized polylactide (PLA)/natural rubber (NR) blend in which the cross-linked NR phase owned a continuous network-like dispersion. This finding breaks the traditional concept of a sea-island morphology formed after dynamic vulcanization of the blends. The scan electron microscopy and dissolution/swell experiments provided the direct proof of the continuous cross-linked NR phase. This new biobased PLA/NR blend material with the novel structure is reported for the first time in the field of dynamic vulcanization and shows promise for development for various functional applications. PMID:24621374

  13. Characterization of Interstrand DNA-DNA Cross-Links Derived from Abasic Sites Using Bacteriophage ?29 DNA Polymerase.

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    Yang, Zhiyu; Price, Nathan E; Johnson, Kevin M; Gates, Kent S

    2015-07-14

    Interstrand cross-links in cellular DNA are highly deleterious lesions that block transcription and replication. We recently characterized two new structural types of interstrand cross-links derived from the reaction of abasic (Ap) sites with either guanine or adenine residues in duplex DNA. Interestingly, these Ap-derived cross-links are forged by chemically reversible processes, in which the two strands of the duplex are joined by hemiaminal, imine, or aminoglycoside linkages. Therefore, understanding the stability of Ap-derived cross-links may be critical in defining the potential biological consequences of these lesions. Here we employed bacteriophage ?29 DNA polymerase, which can couple DNA synthesis and strand displacement, as a model system to examine whether dA-Ap cross-links can withstand DNA-processing enzymes. We first demonstrated that a chemically stable interstrand cross-link generated by hydride reduction of the dG-Ap cross-link completely blocked primer extension by ?29 DNA polymerase at the last unmodified nucleobase preceding cross-link. We then showed that the nominally reversible dA-Ap cross-link behaved, for all practical purposes, like an irreversible, covalent DNA-DNA cross-link. The dA-Ap cross-link completely blocked progress of the ?29 DNA polymerase at the last unmodified base before the cross-link. This suggests that Ap-derived cross-links have the power to block various DNA-processing enzymes in the cell. In addition, our results reveal ?29 DNA polymerase as a tool for detecting the presence and mapping the location of interstrand cross-links (and possibly other lesions) embedded within regions of duplex DNA. PMID:26103998

  14. The effects of different crossing-linking conditions of genipin on type I collagen scaffolds: an in vitro evaluation.

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    Zhang, Xiujie; Chen, Xueying; Yang, Ting; Zhang, Naili; Dong, Li; Ma, Shaoying; Liu, Xiaoming; Zhou, Mo; Li, Baoxing

    2014-12-01

    The purpose of this paper is to analyze the properties of fabricating rat tail type I collagen scaffolds cross-linked with genipin under different conditions. The porous genipin cross-linked scaffolds are obtained through a two step freeze-drying process. To find out the optimal cross-link condition, we used different genipin concentrations and various cross-linked temperatures to prepare the scaffolds in this study. The morphologies of the scaffolds were characterized by scanning electron microscope, and the mechanical properties of the scaffolds were evaluated under dynamic compression. Additionally, the cross-linking degree was assessed by ninhydrin assay. To investigate the swelling ratio and the in vitro degradation of the collagen scaffold, the tests were also carried out by immersion of the scaffolds in a PBS solution or digestion in a type I collagenase respectively. The morphologies of the non-cross-linked scaffolds presented a lattice-like structure while the cross-linked ones displayed a sheet-like framework. The morphology of the genipin cross-linked scaffolds could be significantly changed by either increasing genipin concentration or the temperature. The swelling ratio of each cross-linked scaffold was much lower than that of the control (non-cross-linked).The ninhydrin assay demonstrated that the higher temperature and genipin concentration could obviously increase the cross-linking efficiency. The in vitro degradation studies indicated that genipin cross-linking can effectively elevate the biostability of the scaffolds. The biocompatibility and cytotoxicity of the scaffolds was evaluated by culturing rat chondrocytes on the scaffold in vitro and by MTT. The results of MTT and the fact that the chondrocytes adhered well to the scaffolds demonstrated that genipin cross-linked scaffolds possessed an excellent biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity. Based on these results, 0.3 % genipin concentrations and 37 °C cross-linked temperatures are recommended. PMID:24442821

  15. Lipid Raft-Mediated Regulation of Hyaluronan–CD44 Interactions in Inflammation and Cancer

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    Murai, Toshiyuki

    2015-01-01

    Hyaluronan is a major component of the extracellular matrix and plays pivotal roles in inflammation and cancer. Hyaluronan oligomers are frequently found in these pathological conditions, in which they exert their effects via association with the transmembrane receptor CD44. Lipid rafts are cholesterol- and glycosphingolipid-enriched membrane microdomains that may regulate membrane receptors while serving as platforms for transmembrane signaling at the cell surface. This article focuses on the recent discovery that lipid rafts regulate the interaction between CD44 and hyaluronan, which depends largely on hyaluronan’s size. Lipid rafts regulate CD44’s ability to bind hyaluronan in T cells, control the rolling adhesion of lymphocytes on vascular endothelial cells, and regulate hyaluronan- and CD44-mediated cancer cell migration. The implications of these findings for preventing inflammatory disorders and cancer are also discussed. PMID:26347743

  16. Sulfur-Containing Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Gel Compositions and Aerogels

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    Evans, Owen R. (Inventor); Dong, Wenting (Inventor); Deshpande, Kiranmayi (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Methods and materials are described for preparing organic-inorganic hybrid gel compositions where a sulfur-containing cross-linking agent covalently links the organic and inorganic components. The gel compositions are further dried to provide porous gel compositions and aerogels. The mechanical and thermal properties of the dried gel compositions are also disclosed.

  17. DNA Cross-linking, Double-Strand Breaks, and Apoptosis in Corneal Endothelial Cells after a Single Exposure to Mitomycin C

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    Roh, Danny S.; Cook, Amanda L.; Rhee, Steven S.; Joshi, Amar; Kowalski, Regis; Dhaliwal, Deepinder K.; Funderburgh, James L.

    2010-01-01

    PURPOSE To investigate the cellular effects of mitomycin C (MMC) treatment on corneal endothelial (CE) cells at clinically relevant applications and dosages. METHODS Radial and posterior diffusion of MMC was determined by an Escherichia coli growth inhibition bioassay. A modified version of the comet assay (single cell gel electrophoresis) was used to detect DNA cross-linking. Immunostaining detected the nuclear phosphorylated histone variant H2AX (?-H2AX) indicating DNA double-strand breaks. Apoptosis in MMC-treated cells was detected with annexin V staining. RESULTS Topical application of 0.02% MMC to intact goat globes resulted in MMC in the CE at 0.37 µg/mL and produced a significant increase in CE DNA cross-linking with as little as 6 seconds of topical MMC treatment. DNA cross-linking was also demonstrated in cultured CE cells by using MMC exposures similar to those detected in CE of intact eyes. Such MMC treatment of CE produced elevated and persistent ?-H2AX-positive cells indicative of DNA double-strand breaks. Similarly, there was an increase in the proportion of apoptotic CE cells, evidenced by positive annexin V staining. CONCLUSIONS The results demonstrate that exposure to MMC at times and concentrations commonly used in refractive surgery produces cross-linking of corneal endothelial DNA, persistent DNA damage, and endothelial death via apoptosis. Current practices of MMC application during refractive surgeries may increase the potential for long-term and permanent deleterious effects on the health of the corneal endothelium. PMID:18658091

  18. Interaction of Hyaluronan with Cationic Nanoparticles.

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    Bano, Fouzia; Carril, Mónica; Di Gianvincenzo, Paolo; Richter, Ralf P

    2015-08-01

    The polysaccharide hyaluronan (HA) is a main component of peri- and extracellular matrix, and an attractive molecule for materials design in tissue engineering and nanomedicine. Here, we study the morphology of complexes that form upon interaction of nanometer-sized amine-coated gold particles with this anionic, linear, and regular biopolymer in solution and grafted to a surface. We find that cationic nanoparticles (NPs) have profound effects on HA morphology on the molecular and supramolecular scale. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) shows that depending on their relative abundance, cationic NPs promote either strong compaction or swelling of films of surface-grafted HA polymers (HA brushes). Transmission electron and atomic force microscopy reveal that the NPs do also give rise to complexes of distinct morphologies-compact nanoscopic spheres and extended microscopic fibers-upon interaction with HA polymers in solution. In particular, stable and hydrated spherical complexes of single HA polymers with NPs can be prepared when balancing the ionizable groups on HA and NPs. The observed self-assembly phenomena could be useful for the design of drug delivery vehicles and a better understanding of the reorganization of HA-rich synthetic or biological matrices. PMID:26146006

  19. Hyaluronan, Inflammation, and Breast Cancer Progression

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    Schwertfeger, Kathryn L.; Cowman, Mary K.; Telmer, Patrick G.; Turley, Eva A.; McCarthy, James B.

    2015-01-01

    Breast cancer-induced inflammation in the tumor reactive stroma supports invasion and malignant progression and is contributed to by a variety of host cells including macrophages and fibroblasts. Inflammation appears to be initiated by tumor cells and surrounding host fibroblasts that secrete pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines and remodel the extracellular matrix (ECM) to create a pro-inflammatory “cancerized” or tumor reactive microenvironment that supports tumor expansion and invasion. The tissue polysaccharide hyaluronan (HA) is an example of an ECM component within the cancerized microenvironment that promotes breast cancer progression. Like many ECM molecules, the function of native high-molecular weight HA is altered by fragmentation, which is promoted by oxygen/nitrogen free radicals and release of hyaluronidases within the tumor microenvironment. HA fragments are pro-inflammatory and activate signaling pathways that promote survival, migration, and invasion within both tumor and host cells through binding to HA receptors such as CD44 and RHAMM/HMMR. In breast cancer, elevated HA in the peri-tumor stroma and increased HA receptor expression are prognostic for poor outcome and are associated with disease recurrence. This review addresses the critical issues regarding tumor-induced inflammation and its role in breast cancer progression focusing specifically on the changes in HA metabolism within tumor reactive stroma as a key factor in malignant progression. PMID:26106384

  20. Regulated Hyaluronan Synthesis by Vascular Cells

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    Viola, Manuela; Karousou, Evgenia; D'Angelo, Maria Luisa; Caon, Ilaria; De Luca, Giancarlo; Passi, Alberto; Vigetti, Davide

    2015-01-01

    Cellular microenvironment plays a critical role in several pathologies including atherosclerosis. Hyaluronan (HA) content often reflects the progression of this disease in promoting vessel thickening and cell migration. HA synthesis is regulated by several factors, including the phosphorylation of HA synthase 2 (HAS2) and other covalent modifications including ubiquitination and O-GlcNAcylation. Substrate availability is important in HA synthesis control. Specific drugs reducing the UDP precursors are able to reduce HA synthesis whereas the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway (HBP) increases the concentration of HA precursor UDP-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) leading to an increase of HA synthesis. The flux through the HBP in the regulation of HA biosynthesis in human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) was reported as a critical aspect. In fact, inhibiting O-GlcNAcylation reduced HA production whereas increased O-GlcNAcylation augmented HA secretion. Additionally, O-GlcNAcylation regulates HAS2 gene expression resulting in accumulation of its mRNA after induction of O-GlcNAcylation with glucosamine treatments. The oxidized LDLs, the most common molecules related to atherosclerosis outcome and progression, are also able to induce a strong HA synthesis when they are in contact with vascular cells. In this review, we present recent described mechanisms involved in HA synthesis regulation and their role in atherosclerosis outcome and development. PMID:26448750

  1. Hypotheses on the evolution of hyaluronan: A highly ironic acid

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    Csoka, Antonei B; Stern, Robert

    2013-01-01

    Hyaluronan is a high-molecular-weight glycosaminoglycan (GAG) prominent in the extracellular matrix. Emerging relatively late in evolution, it may have evolved to evade immune recognition. Chondroitin is a more ancient GAG and a possible hyaluronan precursor. Epimerization of a 4-hydroxyl in N-acetylgalactosamine in chondroitin to N-acetylglucosamine of hyaluronan is the only structural difference other than chain length between these two polymers. The axial 4-hydroxyl group extends out perpendicular from the equatorial plane of N-acetylgalactosamine in chondroitin. We suspect that this hydroxyl is a prime target for immune recognition. Conversion of a thumbs-up hydroxyl group into a thumbs-down position in the plane of the sugar endows hyaluronan with the ability to avoid immune recognition. Chitin is another potential precursor to hyaluronan. But regardless whether of chondroitin or of chitin origin, an ancient chondroitinase enzyme sequence seems to have been commandeered to catalyze the cleavage of the new hyaluronan substrate. The evolution of six hyaluronidase-like sequences in the human genome from a single chondroitinase as found in Caenorhabditis elegans can now be traced. Confirming our previous predictions, two duplication events occurred, with three hyaluronidase-like sequences occurring in the genome of Ciona intestinalis (sea squirt), the earliest known chordate. This was probably followed by en masse duplication, with six such genes present in the genome of zebra fish onwards. These events occurred, however, much earlier than predicted. It is also apparent on an evolutionary time scale that in several species, this gene family is continuing to evolve. PMID:23315448

  2. 4-Methylumbelliferone inhibits hyaluronan synthesis by depletion of cellular UDP-glucuronic acid and downregulation of hyaluronan synthase 2 and 3

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    Kultti, Anne; Pasonen-Seppaenen, Sanna; Jauhiainen, Marjo; Rilla, Kirsi J.; Kaernae, Riikka; Pyoeriae, Emma; Tammi, Raija H.; Tammi, Markku I.

    2009-07-01

    Hyaluronan accumulation on cancer cells and their surrounding stroma predicts an unfavourable disease outcome, suggesting that hyaluronan enhances tumor growth and spreading. 4-Methylumbelliferone (4-MU) inhibits hyaluronan synthesis and retards cancer spreading in experimental animals through mechanisms not fully understood. These mechanisms were studied in A2058 melanoma cells, MCF-7 and MDA-MB-361 breast, SKOV-3 ovarian and UT-SCC118 squamous carcinoma cells by analysing hyaluronan synthesis, UDP-glucuronic acid (UDP-GlcUA) content, and hyaluronan synthase (HAS) mRNA levels. The maximal inhibition in hyaluronan synthesis ranged 22-80% in the cell lines tested. Active glucuronidation of 4-MU produced large quantities of 4-MU-glucuronide, depleting the cellular UDP-GlcUA pool. The maximal reduction varied between 38 and 95%. 4-MU also downregulated HAS mRNA levels: HAS3 was 84-60% lower in MDA-MB-361, A2058 and SKOV-3 cells. HAS2 was the major isoenzyme in MCF-7 cells and lowered by 81%, similar to 88% in A2058 cells. These data indicate that both HAS substrate and HAS2 and/or HAS3 mRNA are targeted by 4-MU. Despite different target point sensitivities, the reduction of hyaluronan caused by 4-MU was associated with a significant inhibition of cell migration, proliferation and invasion, supporting the importance of hyaluronan synthesis in cancer, and the therapeutic potential of hyaluronan synthesis inhibition.

  3. Cross-Linked Nanoporous Materials from Reactive and Multifunctional Block Polymers

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    Seo, Myungeun; Amendt, Mark A.; Hillmyer, Marc A.

    2012-10-10

    Polylactide-b-poly(styrene-co-2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) (PLA-b-P(S-co-HEMA)) and polylactide-b-poly(styrene-co-2-hydroxyethylacrylate) (PLA-b-P(S-co-HEA)) were synthesized by combination of ring-opening polymerization and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography data indicated that the polymerizations were controlled and that hydroxyl groups were successfully incorporated into the block polymers. The polymers were reacted with 4,4{prime}-methylenebis(phenyl isocyanate) (MDI) to form the corresponding cross-linked materials. The materials were annealed at 150 C to complete the coupling reaction. Robust nanoporous materials were obtained from the cross-linked polymers by treatment with aqueous base to hydrolyze the PLA phase. Small-angle X-ray scattering study combined with scanning electron microscopy showed that MDI-cross-linked PLA-b-P(S-co-HEMA)/PLA-b-P(S-co-HEA) can adopt lamellar, hexagonally perforated lamellar, and hexagonally packed cylindrical morphologies after annealing. In particular, the HPL morphology was found to evolve from lamellae due to increase in volume fraction of PS phase as MDI reacted with hydroxyl groups. The reaction also kinetically trapped the morphology by cross-linking. Bicontinuous morphologies were also observed when dibutyltin dilaurate was added to accelerate reaction between the polymer and MDI.

  4. Effect of cross-linking ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene: Surface molecular orientation and wear characteristics

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    Sambasivan, Sharadha; Fischer, Daniel A.; Hsu, Stephen M.

    2007-07-15

    Molecular orientation at the surface layer of cross-linked ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been examined. Molecular orientation has been shown to affect the wear resistance and surface mechanical properties of UHMWPE under biomechanical loading conditions. This study utilizes a nondestructive synchrotron based soft x-ray technique; near edge x-ray absorption fine structure at the carbon K-edge to examine the degree of surface molecular orientation of UHMWPE subjected to various cross-linking/sterilization techniques as a function of stress and wear. UHMWPE samples prepared under gamma irradiation, ethylene-oxide (EtO) treatment, and electron beam irradiation were worn in a wear tester systematically. Results suggest that the cross-linking resists surface orientation when the samples were under tensile and biomechanical stresses. The molecular orientation in the C-C chains in the polymer showed a monotonic decrease with an increase in gamma irradiation dosage levels. EtO sterilized samples showed more C-C chain orientation than the electron beam irradiated samples, but lower than the 30 kGy gamma irradiated samples. Ordered C-C chains in UHMWPE samples have been associated with more crystallinity or large strain plastic deformation of the polymer. Higher levels of gamma irradiation appear to induce cross-linking of C-C chains and render a polymer with more amorphous phase which resists orientation after wear and imparts wear resistance to the polymer.

  5. Spine fusion cross-link causing delayed dural erosion and CSF leak: case report.

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    Rahmathulla, Gazanfar; Deen, H Gordon

    2015-04-01

    The past 2 decades have seen a considerable increase in the number of lumbar spinal fusion surgeries. To enhance spinal stabilization and fusion, make the construct resistant to or stiffer for axial stress loading, lateral bending, and torsional stresses, cross-links and connectors were designed and included in a rod-screw construct. The authors present the case of a 49-year-old woman who presented 11 years after undergoing an L4-5 decompression and fusion in which a pedicle screw-rod construct with an integrated cross-link was designed to attach onto the pedicle screws. The patient's response at the time to the initial surgery was excellent; however, at the time of presentation 11 years later, she had significant postural headaches, severe neurogenic claudication, and radiculopathy. Imaging revealed canal compression across the instrumented levels and a possible thickened adherent filum terminale. Reexploration of the level revealed a large erosive dural defect with a CSF leak, spinal canal compression, and a thickened filum at the level of the cross-link. To the author's knowledge, such complications have not been reported in literature. The authors discuss this rare complication of spinal fusion and the need to avoid dural compression when cross-links are used. PMID:25635637

  6. Cross-linking carbon nanotubes by glycidyl azide polymer via click chemistry.

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    Wei, Zhong; Du, Liang; Wang, Lin

    2012-01-01

    Functionalization and cross linking of carbon nanotubes was necessary to fabricate nanotube composites with good interfacial properties and mechanical performance. Glycidyl azide polymer was used as cross-linker of carbon nanotubes via a simple clickable one step reaction initiated by decomposition of azide groups. Both heating and UV irradiation were used to carry out the reaction. FTIR and Raman spectra confirmed the decomposition of azide groups and the anchoring of glycidyl azide polymer onto the surface of carbon nanotubes. Thermal gravity analysis showed that the polymer anchored onto carbon nanotubes was about 10% of the total mass in the solid product, but the efficiency of the reaction was low. The result of tensile test using bulky paper infiltrated with 10% GAP showed that cross linking could bring forth a higher strength, about 4 times higher than the not cross linked. The success of cross linking carbon nanotubes by glycidyl azide polymer paves a new way to fabrication of ultra strong carbon nanotube composites. PMID:22524058

  7. CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF MELT PROCESSED- AND SOLUTION-CROSS LINKED CORN ZEIN

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    Corn zein was cross linked with glutaraldehyde (GDA) and with glacial acetic acid (HAc) as catalyst with the objective to enhance the mechanical properties of poured films which were compared with the physical properties of compression molded tensile bars from melt processed zein with GDA. A reacti...

  8. Experimental scleral cross-linking increases glaucoma damage in a mouse model

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    Kimball, Elizabeth C.; Nguyen, Cathy; Steinhart, Matthew R.; Nguyen, Thao D.; Pease, Mary E.; Oglesby, Ericka N.; Oveson, Brian C.; Quigley, Harry A.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of a scleral cross-linking agent on susceptibility to glaucoma damage in a mouse model. CD1 mice underwent 3 subconjunctival injections of 0.5 M glyceraldehyde (GA) in 1 week, then had elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) induced by bead injection. Degree of cross-linking was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), scleral permeability was measured by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), and the mechanical effects of GA exposure were measured by inflation testing. Control mice had buffer injection or no injection in 2 separate glaucoma experiments. IOP was monitored by Tonolab and retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss was measured by histological axon counting. To rule out undesirable effects of GA, we performed electroretinography and detailed histology of the retina. GA exposure had no detectable effects on RGC number, retinal structure or function either histologically or electrophysiologically. GA increased cross-linking of sclera by 37% in an ELISA assay, decreased scleral permeability (FRAP, p = 0.001), and produced a steeper pressure—strain behavior by in vitro inflation testing. In two experimental glaucoma experiments, GA-treated eyes had greater RGC axon loss from elevated IOP than either buffer-injected or control eyes, controlling for level of IOP exposure over time (p = 0.01, and 0.049, multivariable regression analyses). This is the first report that experimental alteration of the sclera, by cross-linking, increases susceptibility to RGC damage in mice. PMID:25285424

  9. Supported Constrained-Geometry Catalysts on Cross-Linked (Aminomethyl)polystyrene: Studies of

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    Supported Constrained-Geometry Catalysts on Cross-Linked (Aminomethyl)polystyrene: Studies catalysts was selected to be 3:1, leads to the assembly of the constrained-geometry catalyst (CGCs) 8 or 9 protocol. Introduction Numerous efforts are being directed toward the synthesis of single-site catalyst

  10. Enzymatic Cross-Linking of -Lactoglobulin: Conformational Properties Using FTIR Spectroscopy

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    Khan, Saad A.

    to new intermolecular -sheets being formed. Preheated then enzyme cross-linked -LG molecules show very, foaming, and thickening are typical functional properties of whey proteins that are a direct reflection and enhance film properties.18 However, investigations into the conformational characteristics of protein

  11. Cytotoxicity and internalization of Pluronic micelles stabilized by core cross-linking.

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    Arranja, Alexandra; Schroder, André P; Schmutz, Marc; Waton, Gilles; Schosseler, François; Mendes, Eduardo

    2014-12-28

    A UV-cross-linkable agent was incorporated and polymerized in Pluronic micelle core to create an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) of poly(pentaerythritol tetraacrylate). This stabilization prevented micelle disruption below the critical micelle temperature (CMT) and concentration (CMC), while maintaining the integrity of the PEO corona and the hydrophobic properties of the PPO core. The prepared stabilized spherical micelles of Pluronic P94 and F127 presented hydrodynamic diameters ranging from 40 to 50 nm. The stability of cross-linked Pluronic micelles at 37 °C in the presence of serum proteins was studied and no aggregation of the micelles was observed, revealing the colloidal stability of the system. Cytotoxicity experiments in NIH/3T3 mouse fibroblasts revealed that the presence of the cross-linking agent did not induce any further toxicity in comparison to the respective pure polymer solutions. Furthermore, stabilized micelles of Pluronic P94 were shown to be less toxic than the polymer itself. A hydrophobic fluorescent probe (Nile red) was absorbed in the cross-linked core of pre-stabilized micelles to mimic the incorporation of a poorly water-soluble drug, and the internalization and intracellular localization of Nile red was studied by confocal microscopy at different incubation times. Overall, the results indicate that Pluronic micelles stabilized by core cross-linking are capable of delivering hydrophobic components physically entrapped in the micelles, thus making them a potential candidate as a delivery platform for imaging or therapy of cancer. PMID:25307996

  12. Preferential sites for intramolecular glucosepane cross-link formation in type I collagen: A thermodynamic study

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    Collier, Thomas A.; Nash, Anthony; Birch, Helen L.; de Leeuw, Nora H.

    2015-01-01

    The extracellular matrix (ECM) undergoes progressive age-related stiffening and loss of proteolytic digestibility due to an increase in concentration of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). The most abundant AGE, glucosepane, accumulates in collagen with concentrations over 100 times greater than all other AGEs. Detrimental collagen stiffening properties are believed to play a significant role in several age-related diseases such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Currently little is known of the potential location of covalently cross-linked glucosepane formation within collagen molecules; neither are there reports on how the respective cross-link sites affect the physical and biochemical properties of collagen. Using fully atomistic molecular dynamics simulations (MD) we have identified six sites where the formation of a covalent intra-molecular glucosepane cross-link within a single collagen molecule in a fibrillar environment is energetically favourable. Identification of these favourable sites enables us to align collagen cross-linking with experimentally observed changes to the ECM. For example, formation of glucosepane was found to be energetically favourable within close proximity of the Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 (MMP1) binding site, which could potentially disrupt collagen degradation. PMID:26049074

  13. Self-assembly of biopolymeric structures below the threshold of random cross-link percolation.

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    San Biagio, P L; Bulone, D; Emanuele, A; Palma, M U

    1996-01-01

    Self-assembly of extended structures via cross-linking of individual biomolecules often occurs in solutions at concentrations well below the estimated threshold for random cross-link percolation. This requires solute-solute correlations. Here we study bovine serum albumin. Its unfolding causes the appearance of an instability region of the sol, not observed for native bovine serum albumin. As a consequence, spinodal demixing of the sol is observed. The thermodynamic phase transition corresponding to this demixing is the determinative symmetry-breaking step allowing the subsequent occurrence of (correlated) cross-linking and its progress up to the topological phase transition of gelation. The occurrence of this sequence is of marked interest to theories of spontaneous symmetry-breaking leading to morphogenesis, as well as to percolation theories. The present results extend the validity of conclusions drawn from our previous studies of other systems, by showing in one single case, system features that we have hitherto observed separately in different systems. Time-resolved experimental observations of the present type also bring kinetic and diffusional processes and solute-solvent interactions into the picture of cross-link percolation. Images FIGURE 3 PMID:8770227

  14. DOI: 10.1002/cbic.200600160 Halogenated Veneers: Protein Cross-Linking

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    Zok, Frank

    DOI: 10.1002/cbic.200600160 Halogenated Veneers: Protein Cross-Linking and Halogenation in the Jaws, such as zinc and halogens, are present in the jaws of the clam worm, Nereis (Figure 1). Zinc is concentrated mineralization. However, they are peculiarly rich in halogens, which are associated with a varie- ty of post

  15. In-vitro fermentability of cell walls as influenced by lignin composition and cross-linking.

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    We assessed how diverse modifications in lignin composition and reductions in ferulate-lignin cross-linking influence the degradability of cell walls. Cell walls from nonlignified maize cell suspensions were artificially lignified with varying ratios of normal monolignols (coniferyl and sinapyl alco...

  16. Endogenous and enhanced oxidative cross-linking in wheat flour mill streams

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    The oxidative cross-linking of arabinoxylan and protein polymers is partially responsible for variation in end-use quality of wheat flour; specifically, differences in batter viscosity as well as variation in bread and cookie quality. A better understanding of the variation in oxidative cross-linkin...

  17. Photo-Switchable DNA Interstrand Cross-Link Formation by a Coumarin-Modified Nucleotide**

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    Haque, Mohammad Mojibul; Sun, Huabing; Liu, Shuo; Wang, Yinsheng

    2014-01-01

    A coumarin-modified pyrimidine nucleoside (1) has been synthesized using Cu(I)-catalyzed click reaction and incorporated into oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs). Interstrand cross-links are produced upon irradiation of ODN containing 1 at 350 nm. Cross-linking occurs via [2+2] cycloaddition reaction with the opposing thymidine, 2?-deoxycytidine, or 2?-deoxyadenosine. A much higher reactivity was observed with dT than dC or dA. Irradiation of the dT-1 and dC-1 cross-linked products at 254 nm leads to a reversible ring-opening reaction, while such phenomenon was not observed with dA-1 adducts. The reversible reaction is ultrafast and complete within 50 s – 90 s. Consistent photoswitching behavior was observed over 6 cycles of irradiation at 350 nm and 254 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of photoswitchable interstrand cross-linking formation induced by a modified pyrimidine nucleoside. Compound 1 is a novel tool for developing reversible DNA photoswitches which will lead to new applications in chemistry, biology, and nanotechnology. PMID:24840115

  18. Reflective confocal laser scanning microscopy and nonlinear microscopy of cross-linked rabbit cornea

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    Krueger, Alexander; Hovakimyan, Marina; Ramirez, Diego F.; Stachs, Oliver; Guthoff, Rudolf F.; Heisterkamp, Alexander

    2009-07-01

    Cross-linking of the cornea with application of Ribovlavin and UV-A light is an evolving clinical treatment of the eye disease keratoconus. Despite the positive clinical track record of corneal cross-linking, the complex wound healing process after the treatment is still under investigation. In this study an animal model was used to clarify the state of wound healing 5 weeks after treatment. Cross-linked rabbit corneae were imaged with reflective confocal laser scanning and nonlinear microscopy, namely second harmonic imaging microscopy (SHIM) and two-photon excited autofluorescence. First results show that the NAD(P) H-autofluorescence of the corneal keratocytes and their scattering signal still show a signature of the treatment five weeks after the cross-linking procedure. The SHIM signals show the structural morphology of the fibrous collagen sheets in the stroma of the cornea. SHIM detected in the forward direction differs substantially from backward SHIM, but no signature of treatment was found in both detection channels of the SHIM signal.

  19. Polymer Micelles Stabilization on Demand through Reversible Photo-Cross-Linking

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    Zhao, Yue

    be a crucial condition for some controlled delivery applications. It is possible that polymer micelles concentration of the polymer. If this happens, the entrapped guest such as a drug can leak out quickly, whichPolymer Micelles Stabilization on Demand through Reversible Photo-Cross-Linking Jinqiang Jiang

  20. Identification of disulfide cross-linked tau dimer responsible for tau propagation

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    Kim, Dohee; Lim, Sungsu; Haque, Md. Mamunul; Ryoo, Nayeon; Hong, Hyun Seok; Rhim, Hyewhon; Lee, Dong-Eun; Chang, Young-Tae; Lee, Jun-Seok; Cheong, Eunji; Kim, Dong Jin; Kim, Yun Kyung

    2015-01-01

    Recent evidence suggests that tau aggregates are not only neurotoxic, but also propagate in neurons acting as a seed for native tau aggregation. Prion-like tau transmission is now considered as an important pathogenic mechanism driving the progression of tau pathology in the brain. However, prion-like tau species have not been clearly characterized. To identify infectious tau conformers, here we prepared diverse tau aggregates and evaluated the effect on inducing intracellular tau-aggregation. Among tested, tau dimer containing P301L-mutation is identified as the most infectious form to induce tau pathology. Biochemical analysis reveals that P301L-tau dimer is covalently cross-linked with a disulfide bond. The relatively small and covalently cross-linked tau dimer induced tau pathology efficiently in primary neurons and also in tau-transgenic mice. So far, the importance of tau disulfide cross-linking has been overlooked in the study of tau pathology. Here our results suggested that tau disulfide cross-linking might play critical role in tau propagation by producing structurally stable and small tau conformers. PMID:26470054

  1. Water Processable Polythiophene Nanowires by Photo-Cross-Linking and Click-Functionalization.

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    Kim, Hyeong Jun; Skinner, Matthew; Yu, Hojeong; Oh, Joon Hak; Briseno, Alejandro L; Emrick, Todd; Kim, Bumjoon J; Hayward, Ryan C

    2015-09-01

    Replacing or minimizing the use of halogenated organic solvents in the processing and manufacturing of conjugated polymer-based organic electronics has emerged as an important issue due to concerns regarding toxicity, environmental impact, and high cost. To date, however, the processing of well-ordered conjugated polymer nanostructures has been difficult to achieve using environmentally benign solvents. In this work, we report the development of water and alcohol processable nanowires (NWs) with well-defined crystalline nanostructure based on the solution assembly of azide functionalized poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT-azide) and subsequent photo-cross-linking and functionalization of these NWs. The solution-assembled P3HT-azide NWs were successfully cross-linked by exposure to UV light, yielding good thermal and chemical stability. Residual azide units on the photo-cross-linked NWs were then functionalized with alkyne terminated polyethylene glycol (PEG-alkyne) using copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition chemistry. PEG functionalization of the cross-linked P3HT-azide NWs allowed for stable dispersion in alcohols and water, while maintaining well-ordered NW structures with electronic properties suitable for the fabrication of organic field effect transistors (OFETs). PMID:26289785

  2. Can para-aryl-dithiols cross-link two plasmonic noble nanoparticles as monolayer dithiolate spacers

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    Para-aryl-dithiols (PADTs, HS-(C6H4)n-SH, n = 1, 2, and 3) have been used extensively in molecular electronics, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), and quantum electron tunneling between two gold or silver nanoparticles (AuNPs and AgNPs). One popular belief is that these dithiols cross-link ...

  3. The counterbend phenomenon in flagellar axonemes and cross-linked filament bundles

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    Gadêlha, Hermes; Gaffney, Eamonn A.; Goriely, Alain

    2013-01-01

    Recent observations of flagellar counterbend in sea urchin sperm show that the mechanical induction of curvature in one part of a passive flagellum induces a compensatory countercurvature elsewhere. This apparent paradoxical effect cannot be explained using the standard elastic rod theory of Euler and Bernoulli, or even the more general Cosserat theory of rods. Here, we develop a geometrically exact mechanical model to describe the statics of microtubule bundles that is capable of predicting the curvature reversal events observed in eukaryotic flagella. This is achieved by allowing the interaction of deformations in different material directions, by accounting not only for structural bending, but also for the elastic forces originating from the internal cross-linking mechanics. Large-amplitude static configurations can be described analytically, and an excellent match between the model and the observed counterbend deformation was found. This allowed a simultaneous estimation of multiple sperm flagellum material parameters, namely the cross-linking sliding resistance, the bending stiffness, and the sperm head junction compliance ratio. We further show that small variations on the empirical conditions may induce discrepancies for the evaluation of the flagellar material quantities, so that caution is required when interpreting experiments. Finally, our analysis demonstrates that the counterbend emerges as a fundamental property of sliding resistance in cross-linked filamentous polymer bundles, which also suggests that cross-linking proteins may contribute to the regulation of the flagellar waveform in swimming sperm via counterbend mechanics. PMID:23824293

  4. Role of collagen content and cross-linking in large pulmonary arterial stiffening after chronic hypoxia

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    Chesler, Naomi C.

    with transgenic mice that synthesize collagen type I resistant to collagenase degradation (Col1a1R/R). These mice and littermate controls (Col1a1+/+) were exposed to hypoxia for 10 days; some were treated performed and collagen content and cross-linking were measured. In Col1a1+/+ mice, HPH increased both

  5. Nodular Epithelial Hyperplasia after Photorefractive Keratectomy Followed by Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

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    Salerno, Liberdade Cezaro; Ghanem, Vinícius Coral; Ghanem, Ramon Coral

    2013-01-01

    This study describes a case of nodular epithelial hyperplasia and stromal alterations in a patient with keratoconus who was submitted to topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) followed by corneal collagen cross-linking. Debridement of the epithelial nodule was performed. After a 2-year followup, a new topography-guided PRK was indicated. PMID:23691390

  6. Graphene Oxide Sheets Chemically Cross-Linked by Polyallylamine Sungjin Park,

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    exfoliated in water.18 The reactive oxygen functional groups (Figure 1a) of graphene oxide, including produced mechanically enhanced papers.9 Such cross-linking, however, usually causes a lack of solubility, is reported here. Graphite oxide (GO) contains a wide range of oxygen functional groups both on the basal

  7. Effect of different cross-linking methods and processing parameters on drug release from hydrogel beads.

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    Mitra, Shataneek; Maity, Siddhartha; Sa, Biswanath

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this work was to evaluate different methods of cross-linking for developing diltiazem-resin complex loaded carboxymethyl xanthan gum (CMXG) hydrogel beads to achieve highest possible drug entrapment and extended release for effective cardio-protection. The hydrogel beads were prepared by ionic cross-linking and dual cross-linking using simultaneous (SIM) and sequential (SEQ) methods. Among the three methods, SEQ method produced smaller sized beads having higher drug entrapment efficacy and prolonged release characteristics as evidenced from mean dissolution time and diffusion coefficient of drug. Keeping the concentration of ionic cross-linker constant, increase in the amount of covalent cross-linker and cross-linking time decreased the drug release. Higher release of the drug in acid solution was attributed to the higher solubility of the basic drug and higher swelling of the matrices in acid solution. Comparison of FTIR spectra, drug content and dissolution profiles indicated that the drug was stable in the beads when kept under stress condition up to 3 months. In conclusion, the sequential method was found superior for producing CMXG hydrogel beads as a prolonged release delivery device in cardiovascular diseases. PMID:25576745

  8. Cross-linking oppositely charged oil-in-water emulsions to enhance heteroaggregate stability.

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    Maier, Christiane; Oechsle, Anja M; Weiss, Jochen

    2015-11-01

    The formation and subsequent enzymatic and chemical cross-linking of heteroaggregates from oppositely charged oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions was investigated. For this purpose, 10% (w/w) oil-in-water emulsions (d43<1?m) were prepared at pH 4 using a positively charged emulsifier (N?-lauroyl-L-arginine ethyl ester (LAE), cold water fish gelatin, or whey protein isolate) or a negatively charged one (sugar beet pectin or Quillaja saponins). The oppositely charged emulsions were then combined at a volume ratio of 1:1 and treated with laccase or glutaraldehyde in order to further stabilize the electrostatically attached aggregates by covalently cross-linking the oppositely charged membranes. Emulsions and heteroaggregates were characterized by their rheological properties, their surface charge, particle size distribution, and microstructure using dynamic and static light scattering as well as confocal laser scanning microscopy. Prior to cross-linking, the emulsifiers' stabilization mechanism were found to greatly influence the formation of heteroaggregates. Laccase treatment (1.34mU/mL) increased aggregate expansion by ca. 30% for the combined emulsions stabilized by Quillaja saponins/whey protein isolate, while combined Quillaja saponins/fish gelatin stabilized emulsions remained unaffected. When combined emulsions were treated with 50mM glutaraldehyde, aggregate size significantly increased 2- and 3-fold, respectively. Thus, our study provides novel insights into the enzymatic and chemical cross-linking of heteroaggregates composed of oppositely charged O/W emulsions. PMID:26298085

  9. Baking Performance of Phosphorylated Cross-Linked Resistant Starch in Low-Moisture Bakery Goods

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    Phosphorylated cross-linked resistant starch (RS) is a type 4 RS, which can be used for enhancing the benefits of dietary fiber. The baking performance of the RS was explored using wire-cut cookie baking and benchtop chemically-leavened cracker baking methods to produce low-moisture baked goods (coo...

  10. Algorithms for Identifying Protein Cross-links via Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Church, George M.

    an alternative ap- proach to detecting protein-protein interactions and adding reliable inter-amino acid conAlgorithms for Identifying Protein Cross-links via Tandem Mass Spectrometry Ting Chen Jake Ja e y method that provides a rapid solution to the discovery of protein-protein interactions and protein

  11. Light-scattering thermal cross-linking material using morphology of nanoparticle free polymer blends

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    Takei, Satoshi

    2015-03-01

    A newly light-scattering thermal cross-linking material based on self-assembly for forming the morphology of nanoparticle free polymer blends was reported. The material design concept to use light-scattering thermal cross-linking material with high uniformity of light on display panel from LED for high quality such as brightness and evenness, mechanical properties, and gas and water barrier properties. The high light scattering rate of 8 % at 350-450 nm of wavelength, fast cure film at 140 ºC and 120 s, and thermal stability at 190 ºC in bake condition for high productivity were indicated in the light-scattering thermal cross-linking material using the nanoparticle free polymers with carboxylic acid functional groups. These novel system using morphology of nanoparticle free polymer blends in light-scattering package material for a LCD using LED was a valuable approach to the design of material formulations for newly light-scattering thermal cross-linking material.

  12. Monitoring the internal structure of poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) microgels with variable cross-link concentration.

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    Schneider, Florian; Balaceanu, Andreea; Feoktystov, Artem; Pipich, Vitaliy; Wu, Yaodong; Allgaier, Jürgen; Pyckhout-Hintzen, Wim; Pich, Andrij; Schneider, Gerald J

    2014-12-23

    The combination of a set of complementary techniques allows us to construct an unprecedented and comprehensive picture of the internal structure, temperature dependent swelling behavior, and the dependence of these properties on the cross-linker concentration of microgel particles based on N-vinylcaprolactam (VCL). The microgels were synthesized by precipitation polymerization using different amounts of cross-linking agent. Characterization was performed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) using two complementary neutron instruments to cover a uniquely broad Q-range with one probe. Additionally we used dynamic light scattering (DLS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Previously obtained nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) results on the same PVCL particles are utilized to round the picture off. Our study shows that both the particle radius and the cross-link density and therefore also the stiffness of the microgels rises with increasing cross-linker content. Hence, more cross-linker reduces the swelling capability distinctly. These findings are supported by SANS and AFM measurements. Independent DLS experiments also found the increase in particle size but suggest an unchanged cross-link density. The reason for the apparent contradiction is the indirect extraction of the parameters via a model in the evaluation of DLS measurements. The more direct approach in AFM by evaluating the cross section profiles of observed microgel particles gives evidence of significantly softer and more deformable particles at lower cross-linker concentrations and therefore verifies the change in cross-link density. DSC data indicate a minor but unexpected shift of the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) to higher temperatures and exposes a more heterogeneous internal structure of the microgels with increasing cross-link density. Moreover, a change in the total energy transfer during the VPT gives evidence that the strength of hydrogen bonds is significantly affected by the cross-link density. A strong and reproducible deviation of the material density of the cross-linked microgel polymer chains toward a higher value compared to the respective linear chains has yet to be explained. PMID:25493607

  13. Tissue-specific distribution of cross-linked somatostatin receptor proteins in the rat.

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    Srikant, C B; Murthy, K K; Patel, Y C

    1992-01-01

    Pharmacological studies have suggested that the somatostatin (SS) receptor is heterogeneous and exhibits SS-14-and SS-28-selective subtypes. Whether such subtypes arise from molecular heterogeneity of the receptor protein has not been definitively established. Previous reports characterizing the molecular properties of the SS receptor by the cross-linking approach have yielded divergent size estimates ranging from 27 kDa to 200 kDa. In order to resolve this discrepancy, as well as to determine whether SS-14 and SS-28 interact with specific receptor proteins, we have cross-linked radioiodinated derivatives of [125I-Tyr11]SS-14 (T*-SS-14) and [Leu8,D-Trp22,125I-Tyr25]SS-28 (LTT*-SS-28) to membrane SS receptors in rat brain, pituitary, exocrine pancreas and adrenal cortex using a number of chemical and photoaffinity cross-linking agents. The labelled cross-linked receptor proteins were analysed by SDS/PAGE under reducing conditions followed by autoradiography. Our findings indicate that the pattern of specifically labelled cross-linked SS receptor proteins is sensitive to the concentration of chemical cross-linking agents such as disuccinimidyl suberate and dithiobis-(succinimidyl propionate). Labelled high-molecular-mass complexes of cross-linked receptor-ligand proteins were observed only when high concentrations of these cross-linkers were employed. Using optimized low concentrations of cross-linkers, however, two major labelled bands of 58 +/- 3 kDa and 27 +/- 2 kDa were detected. These two bands were identified as specifically labelled SS receptor proteins subsequent to cross-linking with a number of photoaffinity cross-linking agents as well. We demonstrate here that the 58 kDa protein is the major SS receptor protein in the rat pituitary, adrenal and exocrine pancreas, whereas the 27 kDa moiety represents the principal form in the brain. Additionally, the presence of a minor specifically labelled band of 32 kDa was detected uniquely in the brain, and a minor labelled protein of 42 kDa was observed in the pancreas. The labelling pattern obtained with LTT*-SS-28 was identical to that observed with T*-SS-14. Labelling of the 27 kDa band by either ligand was inhibited by SS-14 and SS-28 in a dose-dependent manner. Densitometric quantification showed that SS-14 exhibited greater than 2-fold greater potency than SS-28 for inhibiting the labelling of the 27 kDa species. These findings emphasize the need for careful interpretation of cross-linking data obtained for SS receptors, and provide evidence for molecular heterogeneity and for a tissue-specific distribution of the two principal SS receptor proteins. Images Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Fig. 5. Fig. 6. PMID:1312325

  14. Developing functional musculoskeletal tissues through hypoxia and lysyl oxidase-induced collagen cross-linking

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    Makris, Eleftherios A.; Responte, Donald J.; Hu, Jerry C.; Athanasiou, Kyriacos A.

    2014-01-01

    The inability to recapitulate native tissue biomechanics, especially tensile properties, hinders progress in regenerative medicine. To address this problem, strategies have focused on enhancing collagen production. However, manipulating collagen cross-links, ubiquitous throughout all tissues and conferring mechanical integrity, has been underinvestigated. A series of studies examined the effects of lysyl oxidase (LOX), the enzyme responsible for the formation of collagen cross-links. Hypoxia-induced endogenous LOX was applied in multiple musculoskeletal tissues (i.e., cartilage, meniscus, tendons, ligaments). Results of these studies showed that both native and engineered tissues are enhanced by invoking a mechanism of hypoxia-induced pyridinoline (PYR) cross-links via intermediaries like LOX. Hypoxia was shown to enhance PYR cross-linking 1.4- to 6.4-fold and, concomitantly, to increase the tensile properties of collagen-rich tissues 1.3- to 2.2-fold. Direct administration of exogenous LOX was applied in native cartilage and neocartilage generated using a scaffold-free, self-assembling process of primary chondrocytes. Exogenous LOX was found to enhance native tissue tensile properties 1.9-fold. LOX concentration- and time-dependent increases in PYR content (?16-fold compared with controls) and tensile properties (approximately fivefold compared with controls) of neocartilage were also detected, resulting in properties on par with native tissue. Finally, in vivo subcutaneous implantation of LOX-treated neocartilage in nude mice promoted further maturation of the neotissue, enhancing tensile and PYR content approximately threefold and 14-fold, respectively, compared with in vitro controls. Collectively, these results provide the first report, to our knowledge, of endogenous (hypoxia-induced) and exogenous LOX applications for promoting collagen cross-linking and improving the tensile properties of a spectrum of native and engineered tissues both in vitro and in vivo. PMID:25349395

  15. Collagen cross-linking treatment effects on corneal dynamic biomechanical properties.

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    Hatami-Marbini, Hamed; Rahimi, Abdolrasol

    2015-06-01

    Cornea is a soft tissue with the principal function of transmitting and refracting light rays. The objective of the current study was to characterize possible effects of the riboflavin/UVA collagen cross-linking on corneal dynamic properties. The original corneal cross-linking protocol was used to induce cross-links in the anterior portion of the bovine cornea. A DMA machine was used to conduct mechanical tensile experiments at different levels of tensile strains. The samples were divided into a control group (n = 5) and a treated group (n = 5). All specimens were first stretched to a strain of 5% and allowed to relax for twenty minutes. After completion of the stress-relaxation experiment, a frequency sweep test with oscillations ranging from 0.01 to 10 Hz was performed. The same procedure was repeated to obtain the stress-relaxation and dynamic properties at 10% strain. It was observed that the collagen cross-linking therapy significantly increased the immediate and equilibrium tensile behavior of the bovine cornea (P < 0.05). Furthermore, for all samples in control and treated groups and throughout the whole range of frequencies, a significantly larger tensile storage modulus was measured at an axial strain of 10% compared to what was obtained at a tensile strain of 5%. Finally, it was noted that although this treatment procedure resulted in a significant increase in the storage and loss modulus at any axial strain and frequency (P < 0.05), it significantly reduced the ratio of the dissipated and stored energy during a single cycle of deformation. Therefore, it was concluded that while the riboflavin/UVA collagen cross-linking increased significantly corneal stiffness, it decreased significantly its damping capability and deformability. This reduced damping ability might adversely interfere with corneal mechanical performance. PMID:25887295

  16. Amino Acid Proximities in Two Sup35 Prion Strains Revealed by Chemical Cross-linking.

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    Wong, Shenq-Huey; King, Chih-Yen

    2015-10-01

    Strains of the yeast prion [PSI] are different folding patterns of the same Sup35 protein, which stacks up periodically to form a prion fiber. Chemical cross-linking is employed here to probe different fiber structures assembled with a mutant Sup35 fragment. The photo-reactive cross-linker, p-benzoyl-l-phenylalanine (pBpa), was biosynthetically incorporated into bacterially prepared recombinant Sup(1-61)-GFP, containing the first 61 residues of Sup35, followed by the green fluorescent protein. Four methionine substitutions and two alanine substitutions were introduced at fixed positions in Sup(1-61) to allow cyanogen bromide cleavage to facilitate subsequent mass spectrometry analysis. Amyloid fibers of pBpa and Met/Ala-substituted Sup(1-61)-GFP were nucleated from purified yeast prion particles of two different strains, namely VK and VL, and shown to faithfully transmit specific strain characteristics to yeast expressing the wild type Sup35 protein. Intra- and intermolecular cross-linking were distinguished by tandem mass spectrometry analysis on fibers seeded from solutions containing equal amounts of (14)N- and (15)N-labeled protein. Fibers propagating the VL strain type exhibited intra- and intermolecular cross-linking between amino acid residues 3 and 28, as well as intra- and intermolecular linking between 32 and 55. Inter- and intramolecular cross-linking between residues 32 and 55 were detected in fibers propagating the VK strain type. Adjacencies of amino acid residues in space revealed by cross-linking were used to constrain possible chain folds of different [PSI] strains. PMID:26265470

  17. Polymer gel dosimetry

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    Schreiner, L. J.; Olding, T.; McAuley, K. B.

    2010-11-01

    Polymer gels are chemical dosimeters based on dose dependent radiation-induced polymerization and cross-linking of monomers in an irradiated volume. The changes are spatially localized in the volume by incorporating the initial monomers in an aqueous gel matrix in the dosimeter and can be probed by various imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray computed tomography (CT), and optical CT. As they are chemical dosimeters, polymer gels are sensitive to preparation conditions. The three dimensional dose readout is sensitive to the imaging modality and also to the technical conditions in use during specific scans. This brief article is intended to present an introduction to these points which need to be taken into account as one attempts to establish this dosimetry in the clinic.

  18. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, J.M.

    1993-04-20

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  19. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, John M. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1993-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  20. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, John M. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1992-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of ionic polymer gel actuators

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    Jo, Choonghee; In, Eunji; Naguib, Hani E.

    2010-04-01

    Poly-AMPS (PAMPS) gel was fabricated and its electroactive behavior was studied. A weakly cross-linked anionic PAMPS gel was produced by radical polymerization using 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS) monomers, where N,N'-methlenebisacrylamide (MBAA) and ? -ketoglutaric acid were used as a cross-linking agent and a radical initiator, respectively. The polymerization was carried out at 55°C for at least 24 hours. Density and the degree of swelling of gel samples were investigated as physical properties. Also, swelling experiments were conducted in a surfactant solution using 1-dodecylpyridinium chloride hydrate. The chemo-mechanical properties of PAMPS gel were studied in a dilute surfactant solution under the electric field. The effect of material parameters on the bending deformation was investigated. As design parameters, sample thickness, current density, ion concentration of the surfactant solution, and cross-linking degree of gel were chosen, and the effect of these parameters on the actuation was studied.

  2. Immobilization of Quantum Dots in the Photo-Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol)-Based Hydrogel

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    Gattas-Asfura, Kerim M.; Zheng, Yujun; Micic, Miodrag ); Snedaker, Michael J.; Ji, Xiaojun; Sui, Guodong; Orbulescu, Jhony; Andreopoulos, Fotios M.; Pham, Si M.; Wang, Chong M.)

    2003-09-25

    An inorganic/organic composite hybrid nano-system has been successfully synthesized in which nanocrystalline quantum dots (QDs) were effectively immobilized within a photo-cross-linked poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel. Organometallic synthesis of CdTe and CdSe QDs was accomplished with a trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) cap. Replacing the TOPO cap with mercaptoacetic acid groups further yielded modified water-soluble nanocrystals. The immobilization of these functionalized CdTe and CdSe QDs within PEG hydrogel network has been shown to be effective through utilization of physical trapping. The CdTe and CdSe QDs had a particle diameter of 4.5 and 2.5-6.0 nm, respectively. The most efficiently trapped QDs had a size of 4.5 nm or larger. Particle size determination was derived from spectroscopic (absorption and photoluminescence) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopic techniques. These QD-immobilized gel systems demonstrated photoluminescence characteristics unique to semiconductor QD nanocrystals. The authors have envisioned the utilization of the unique photophysical properties of this material as a convenient signal transducer for in vivo biosensing. The most promising application of the described QD/PEG-NC hybrid system is in the fields of in vivo fluorescence microscopy and as a monitoring system for drug delivery and wound healing.

  3. Use of Proteinase K Nonspecific Digestion for Selective and Comprehensive Identification of Interpeptide Cross-links: Application to Prion Proteins*

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    Petrotchenko, Evgeniy V.; Serpa, Jason J.; Hardie, Darryl B.; Berjanskii, Mark; Suriyamongkol, Bow P.; Wishart, David S.; Borchers, Christoph H.

    2012-01-01

    Chemical cross-linking combined with mass spectrometry is a rapidly developing technique for structural proteomics. Cross-linked proteins are usually digested with trypsin to generate cross-linked peptides, which are then analyzed by mass spectrometry. The most informative cross-links, the interpeptide cross-links, are often large in size, because they consist of two peptides that are connected by a cross-linker. In addition, trypsin targets the same residues as amino-reactive cross-linkers, and cleavage will not occur at these cross-linker-modified residues. This produces high molecular weight cross-linked peptides, which complicates their mass spectrometric analysis and identification. In this paper, we examine a nonspecific protease, proteinase K, as an alternative to trypsin for cross-linking studies. Initial tests on a model peptide that was digested by proteinase K resulted in a “family” of related cross-linked peptides, all of which contained the same cross-linking sites, thus providing additional verification of the cross-linking results, as was previously noted for other post-translational modification studies. The procedure was next applied to the native (PrPC) and oligomeric form of prion protein (PrP?). Using proteinase K, the affinity-purifiable CID-cleavable and isotopically coded cross-linker cyanurbiotindipropionylsuccinimide and MALDI-MS cross-links were found for all of the possible cross-linking sites. After digestion with proteinase K, we obtained a mass distribution of the cross-linked peptides that is very suitable for MALDI-MS analysis. Using this new method, we were able to detect over 60 interpeptide cross-links in the native PrPC and PrP? prion protein. The set of cross-links for the native form was used as distance constraints in developing a model of the native prion protein structure, which includes the 90–124-amino acid N-terminal portion of the protein. Several cross-links were unique to each form of the prion protein, including a Lys185–Lys220 cross-link, which is unique to the PrP? and thus may be indicative of the conformational change involved in the formation of prion protein oligomers. PMID:22438564

  4. Removal rate of ( sup 3 H)hyaluronan injected subcutaneously in rabbits

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    Reed, R.K.; Laurent, U.B.; Fraser, J.R.; Laurent, T.C. )

    1990-08-01

    Hyaluronan is an important constituent of the extracellular matrix in skin, and recent studies suggest that there is a pool of easily removable (free) hyaluronan drained by lymph. The removal rate of free hyaluronan in skin was measured from the elimination of ({sup 3}H)hyaluronan, injected subcutaneously in 13 rabbits. The removal of radioactivity was determined from appearance of {sup 3}H in plasma. During the first 24 h after injection, 10-87% of the tracer entered blood, less in injectates with high concentrations of hyaluronan. The removal was monoexponential with a half-life of 0.5-1 day when concentration of hyaluronan was 5 mg/ml or less. When hyaluronan concentration was 10 mg/ml or higher, the removal was slow for about 24 h and then became similar to that in experiments with low hyaluronan concentration. Free hyaluronan at physiological concentrations is thus turned over with the same rate as serum albumin, supporting the concept that hyaluronan is removed essentially by lymph flow to be degraded in lymph nodes and liver.

  5. Reversible cross-linking, microdomain structure, and heterogeneous dynamics in thermally reversible cross-linked polyurethane as revealed by solid-state NMR.

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    Zhang, Rongchun; Yu, Shen; Chen, Shengli; Wu, Qiang; Chen, Tiehong; Sun, Pingchuan; Li, Baohui; Ding, Datong

    2014-01-30

    Polyurethane material is widely utilized in industry and daily life due to its versatile chemistry and relatively easy handling. Here, we focused on a novel thermally reversible cross-linked polyurethane with comprehensive remarkable mechanical properties as reported in our recent work (Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4912). The microphase-separated structure and heterogeneous segmental dynamics were well revealed by T2 relaxometry experiments, which was also first utilized to in situ monitor the reversible cross-linking associated with Diels-Alder (DA) and retro-Diels-Alder (RDA) reactions. On the basis of T2 relaxometry results, we determined the actual temperature of the (R)DA reaction as well as the corresponding activation energies of the motion of soft segments. Besides, the roles of the temperature and cross-linker contents on the microdomain structure and dynamics are discussed in detail. It is found that the microphase separation is enhanced by the increase of temperature as well as the incorporation of cross-linkers. Also, the polyurethane samples are still thermal-stable even at a high temperature beyond the disassociation of the cross-linkages. Furthermore, Baum-Pines and three-pulse multiple-quantum NMR experiments are utilized to investigate the heterogeneous structures and dynamics of the mobile and rigid segments, respectively. Both the results obtained from the T2 relaxometry and multiple-quantum NMR experiments are in good agreement with the macroscopic mechanical properties of the polyurethane. Finally, it is also well demonstrated that proton T2 relaxometry combined with multiple-quantum NMR is a powerful method to study the heterogeneous structures and dynamics of a multiphase polymer system. PMID:24400980

  6. Expression of human hyaluronan synthases in response to external stimuli.

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    Jacobson, A; Brinck, J; Briskin, M J; Spicer, A P; Heldin, P

    2000-01-01

    In the present study we have investigated the expression of mRNAs for hyaluronan synthase isoforms (HAS1, HAS2 and HAS3) in different cells in response to various stimuli. Human mesothelial cells, which synthesize large amounts of hyaluronan, express mRNAs encoding all three HAS isoforms, whereas their transformed counterparts, mesothelioma cells, which produce only minute amounts of hyaluronan, express only HAS3 mRNA. Human lung fibroblasts and the glioma cell line U-118 MG express only the HAS2 and HAS3 genes. The expression of the transcripts was higher in subconfluent than in confluent cultures and was well correlated with the production of hyaluronan by the cells. Stimulation of mesothelial cells with platelet-derived growth factor-BB induced an up-regulation of mRNA for HAS2 to a maximum after 6 h of stimulation; HAS1 and HAS3 genes were only induced slightly. Transforming growth factor-beta1 reduced HAS2 mRNA slightly, and hydrocortisone reduced it strongly, within 6 h of stimulation in mesothelial cell cultures but did not significantly affect the expression of mRNAs for HAS1 and HAS3. Induction of HAS1 and HAS2 protein levels in response to the stimuli above correlated with HAS transcript levels. Thus the expression of the three HAS isoforms is more prominent in growing cells than in resting cells and is differentially regulated by various stimuli suggesting distinct functional roles of the three proteins. PMID:10794710

  7. Mechanism of Hyaluronan Degradation by Streptococcus pneumoniae Hyaluronate Lyase

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    de Groot, Bert

    Hyaluronate lyase enzymes degrade hyaluronan, the main polysaccharide component of the host connective tissues, predominantly into unsaturated disaccharide units, thereby destroying the normal connective tissue structure of animal and human connective tissues and the nerv- ous system, into unsaturated disaccharide units

  8. Resistance of Corneal RFUVA–Cross-Linked Collagens and Small Leucine-Rich Proteoglycans to Degradation by Matrix Metalloproteinases

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    Zhang, Yuntao; Mao, Xiuli; Schwend, Tyler; Littlechild, Stacy; Conrad, Gary W.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. Extracellular matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are thought to play a crucial role in corneal degradation associated with the pathological progression of keratoconus. Currently, corneal cross-linking by riboflavin and ultraviolet A (RFUVA) has received significant attention for treatment of keratoconus. However, the extent to which MMPs digest cross-linked collagen and small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs) remains unknown. In this study, the resistance of RFUVA–cross-linked collagens and SLRPs to MMPs has been investigated. Methods. To investigate the ability of MMPs to digest cross-linked collagen and SLRPs, a model reaction system using purified collagen type I, type IV, and nonglycosylated, commercially available recombinant SLRPs, keratocan, lumican, mimecan, decorin, and biglycan in solution in vitro has been compared using reactions inside an intact bovine cornea, ex vivo. Results. Our data demonstrate that corneal cross-linked collagen type I and type IV are resistant to cleavage by MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-9, and MMP-13, whereas non–cross–linked collagen I, IV, and natively glycosylated SLRPs are susceptible to degradation by MMPs. In addition, both cross-linked SLRPs themselves and cross-linked polymers of SLRPs and collagen appear able to resist degradation. These results suggest that the interactions between SLRPs and collagen caused by RFUVA protect both SLRPs and collagen fibrils from cleavage by MMPs. Conclusions. A novel approach for understanding the biochemical mechanism whereby RFUVA cross-linking stops keratoconus progression has been achieved. PMID:23322569

  9. From epoxidized linseed oil to bioresin: an overall approach of epoxy/anhydride cross-linking.

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    Pin, Jean-Mathieu; Sbirrazzuoli, Nicolas; Mija, Alice

    2015-04-13

    Biorenewable resources can be used as green monomers to design tailored structures for formulations that can play an important role as functional materials. The choice of optimal structures depends on the targeted properties and applications. This work focuses on the elaboration of biobased materials with toughened mechanical properties based on epoxidized linseed oil. This result was obtained by an overall approach of cross-linking process, that is, starting with the optimal choice of hardeners and finally favoring the side reactions of polymerization. Therefore, the anionic alternating copolymerization of epoxide with mono- and dianhydrides was investigated to tailor the parameters that led to maximal conversions and properties. The obtained highly cross-linked networks perform well, as demonstrated by good impact strengths, high glass transition temperatures, and excellent thermal stability, which opens up the possibility of using these emergent materials for industrial applications. PMID:25754910

  10. Multi-stimulus-responsive shape-memory polymer nanocomposite network cross-linked by cellulose nanocrystals.

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    Liu, Ye; Li, Ying; Yang, Guang; Zheng, Xiaotong; Zhou, Shaobing

    2015-02-25

    In this study, we developed a thermoresponsive and water-responsive shape-memory polymer nanocomposite network by chemically cross-linking cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with polycaprolactone (PCL) and polyethylene glycol (PEG). The nanocomposite network was fully characterized, including the microstructure, cross-link density, water contact angle, water uptake, crystallinity, thermal properties, and static and dynamic mechanical properties. We found that the PEG[60]-PCL[40]-CNC[10] nanocomposite exhibited excellent thermo-induced and water-induced shape-memory effects in water at 37 °C (close to body temperature), and the introduction of CNC clearly improved the mechanical properties of the mixture of both PEG and PCL polymers with low molecular weights. In addition, Alamar blue assays based on osteoblasts indicated that the nanocomposites possessed good cytocompatibility. Therefore, this thermoresponsive and water-responsive shape-memory nanocomposite could be potentially developed into a new smart biomaterial. PMID:25647407

  11. Influence of partially cross-linked alginate used in the production of alginate microspheres by emulsification.

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    Lee, H Y; Chan, L W; Heng, P W S

    2005-05-01

    Spherical and discrete calcium alginate microspheres had been produced by the emulsification technique. The microencapsulation process was highly efficient, but drug release from microspheres was rapid. A more orderly chain arrangement of the polymeric chains would give rise to a stronger and less permeable matrix capable of sustaining drug release. Therefore, the potential of using partially cross-linked alginate in the production of microspheres by emulsification was explored. The size and roundness of the microspheres, its drug content and drug release property were determined. The more viscous alginate solutions when reacted with more calcium salt added resulted in larger microspheres produced. Microspheres made from partially cross-linked alginate exhibited lower drug content and higher T75% values in drug release studies. This was due to decreased flexibility of the polymer chains which were partially held together by calcium ions, reducing subsequent interaction with the calcium ions resulting in lower drug entrapment efficiency and a more permeable microsphere matrix. PMID:16019913

  12. Freestanding membranes of cross-linked gold nanoparticles: novel functional materials for electrostatic actuators.

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    Schlicke, Hendrik; Battista, Daniela; Kunze, Svenja; Schröter, Clemens J; Eich, Manfred; Vossmeyer, Tobias

    2015-07-22

    Their tunable electrical, optical, and mechanical properties make freestanding membranes of organically cross-linked gold nanoparticles (GNPs) interesting materials for applications in micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems. Here, we demonstrate the application of ?,?-alkanedithiol-cross-linked GNP membranes as electrostatically driven actuators. The devices were fabricated by depositing these membranes (thickness 29-45 nm) onto cylindrical cavities (diameter ?200 ?m; depth ?8-15 ?m), which were lithographically patterned in a SU-8 resist. Applying voltages of up to ±40 V across the membrane and the silicon substrate deflected the membranes by several hundreds of nanometers, as measured by atomic force microscopy, confocal microscopy, and interferometry. A simple electrostatic model, which takes into account the membranes' mechanical properties, was used to interpret the experimental data. PMID:26147746

  13. Preparation of superhydrophobic cross-linked syndiotactic 1,2-polybutadiene membranes by electrospinning.

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    Hao, Xiu-Feng; Du, Li-Ping; Cai, Hong-Guang; Zhang, Chun-Yu; Zhang, Xue-Quan; Zhang, He-Xin

    2012-10-01

    In this study, syndiotactic 1,2-polybutadiene (s-PB)/azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) membranes were prepared via electrospinning. The obtained membranes were intensively investigated by contact angle analyzer, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). With increasing the concentration of spinning solution, the obtained membranes were changed from hydrophobic to surperhydrophobic and the contact angle (CA) as high as 157 degrees at higher s-PB concentration. In addition, the s-PB/AIBN membrane cross-linked completely through heat treatment and superhydrophobic property of s-PB/AIBN membrane has not changed. The diameter of cross-linked fiber-based membrane was much thinner than that of the uncross-linked fibers. PMID:23421181

  14. Water dispersible, non-cytotoxic, cross-linked luminescent AIE dots: Facile preparation and bioimaging applications

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    Liu, Meiying; Zhang, Xiqi; Yang, Bin; Deng, Fengjie; Li, Zhen; Wei, Junchao; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2014-12-01

    Fluorescent organic nanoparticles have attracted great current research interest due to their superior properties as compared with small organic dyes and fluorescent inorganic nanoparticles. However, fluorescent organic nanoparticles based on conventional organic dyes often result in significant fluorescence decrease due to the notorious aggregation-caused quenching effect. On the other hand, these fluorescent organic nanoparticles obtained from self-assembly are normally not stable in diluted solution. Therefore, the development of novel fluorescent organic nanoparticles which could overcome these limitations is highly desirable for their practical biomedical applications. In this work, water dispersible, non-cytotoxic and cross-linked luminescent polymeric nanoparticles based on aggregation induced emission dyes were prepared via one pot emulsion polymerization. These cross-linked luminescent polymeric nanoparticles emitted strong red fluorescence and were highly stable in diluted aqueous solution, making them highly potential for various biomedical applications.

  15. Let there be light: photo-cross-linked block copolymer nanoparticles.

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    Roy, Debashish; Sumerlin, Brent S

    2014-01-01

    Polymeric nanoparticles are prepared by selectively cross-linking a photo-sensitive dimethylmaleimide-containing block of a diblock copolymer via UV irradiation. A well-defined photo-cross-linkable block copolymer is prepared via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of a dimethylmaleimide-functional acrylamido monomer containing photoreactive pendant groups with a poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMA) macro-chain transfer agent. The resulting amphiphilic block copolymers form micelles in water with a hydrophilic PDMA shell and a hydrophobic photo-cross-linkable dimethylmaleimide-containing core. UV irradiation results in photodimerization of the dimethylmaleimide groups within the micelle cores to yield core-cross-linked aggregates. Alternatively, UV irradiation of homogeneous solutions of the block copolymer in a non-selective solvent leads to in situ nanoparticle formation. PMID:24127389

  16. Cross-linked sulfonated aromatic ionomers via SO2 bridges: Conductivity properties

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    Di Vona, M. L.; Pasquini, L.; Narducci, R.; Pelzer, K.; Donnadio, A.; Casciola, M.; Knauth, P.

    2013-12-01

    The proton conductivity of SPEEK membranes in situ cross-linked by thermal treatment at 180 °C for various times was investigated by impedance spectroscopy. The conductivity measurements were made on fully humidified membranes between 25 and 65 °C and on membranes exposed to different relative humidity between 80 and 140 °C. The Ionic Exchange Capacity (IEC) was determined by acid-base titration and the water uptake by gravimetry. The proton conductivity was determined as function of temperature, IEC, degree of cross-linking and hydration number. A curve of proton conductivity vs. hydration number allows predicting that in order to reach a value of 0.1 S/cm at 100 °C a hydration number above 20 is necessary. The measured conductivity at this temperature is 0.16 S/cm for a hydration number of 60.

  17. Development and Evaluation of Dual Cross-Linked Pulsatile Beads for Chronotherapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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    Bansal, Abanesh Kumar; Pande, Vishal

    2013-01-01

    In the present investigation, pulsatile release beads were prepared by ionic gelation technique. Lornoxicam dual cross-linked beads were prepared by dropping dispersed phase of lornoxicam, pectin, and sodium alginate into the dispersion phase of different concentrations of calcium chloride solution followed by aluminium chloride solution. The formulated beads were further coated by Eudragit L & S 100 in the ratio 1?:?2 w/w in order to achieve desired lag time. In vitro release study showed lag time of 5-8?h before release of lornoxicam from the formulated beads. Thus, formulated dual cross-linked beads when administered at bed time may release lornoxicam when needed most for chronotherapeutics of early morning rheumatoid arthritis attacks in chronic patients. PMID:26556001

  18. Dual cross-linked pulsatile beads for chronotherapy of asthma: development and evaluation.

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    Tekade, A R; Gattani, S G

    2010-11-01

    In the present investigation, pulsatile release beads were prepared by ionic gelation technique. Theophylline dual-cross-linked beads were prepared by dropping dispersed phase of theophylline, Delonix regia gum (DRG), and sodium alginate into the dispersion phase of different concentration of calcium chloride solution followed by aluminium chloride solution. The formulated beads were further coated by Eudragit L & S 100 in the ratio 1:2 w/w in order to achieve desired lag time. In vitro release study showed lag time of 5–7 h before release of theophylline from the formulated beads, which were found to be intact for 6 h. Thus, formulated dual cross-linked beads when administered at bed time may release theophylline when needed most for chronotherapeutics of early morning asthmatic attacks in chronic patients. In vivo radio imaging study carried out in New Zealand white strain rabbit confirms the findings of in vitro results. PMID:20626253

  19. MeV ion beam interaction with polymer films containing cross-linking agents

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    Evelyn, A. L.

    1999-06-10

    Polymer films containing cross linking enhancers were irradiated with MeV alpha particles to determine the effects of MeV ion beam interaction on these materials. The contributed effects from the electronic and nuclear stopping powers were separated by irradiating stacked thin films of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polystyrene (PS) and polyethersulfone (PES). This layered system allowed most of the effects of the electronic energy deposited to be experienced by the first layers and the last layers to receive most of the effects of the nuclear stopping power. RGA, Raman microprobe analysis, RBS and FTIR measured changes in the chemical structures of the irradiated films. The characterization resolved the effects of the stopping powers on the PVC, PS and PES and the results were compared with those from previously studied polymers that did not contain any cross linking agents.

  20. Elastin cross-linking in the skin from patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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    Ono, S.; Yamauchi, M.

    1994-01-01

    Two cross-links unique to elastin, desmosine and isodesmosine were measured and compared in skin tissue (left upper arm) from 10 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and from seven age-matched controls. The contents of desmosine and isodesmosine were significantly decreased (p < 0.01 and p < 0.01, respectively) in patients with ALS compared with those of controls, and were negatively and significantly associated with duration of illness in ALS patients (r = -0.77, p < 0.01 and r = -0.65, p < 0.05, respectively). The decline in skin desmosine and isodesmosine is more rapid in ALS than in normal ageing. Thus cross-linking of skin elastin is affected in ALS.

  1. Biochemical properties of bioplastics made from wheat gliadins cross-linked with cinnamaldehyde.

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    Balaguer, M Pau; Gómez-Estaca, Joaquín; Gavara, Rafael; Hernandez-Munoz, Pilar

    2011-12-28

    The aim of this work has been to study the modification of gliadin films with cinnamaldehyde as a potential cross-linker agent. The molecular weight profile and cross-linking density showed that cinnamaldehyde increased reticulation in the resulting films. The participation of free amino groups of the protein in the newly created entanglements could be a possible mechanism of connection between the polypeptidic chains. The combination of a Schiff base and a Michael addition is a feasible approach to understanding this mechanism. The protein solubility in different media pointed to lower participation by both noncovalent and disulfide bonds in stabilizing the structure of the cross-linked films. The new covalent bonds formed by the cinnamaldehyde treatment hampered water absorption and weight loss, leading to more water-resistant matrices which had not disintegrated after 5 months. The properties of this novel bioplastic could be modified to suit the intended application by using cinnamaldehyde, a naturally occurring compound. PMID:22047158

  2. Informatics Strategies for Large-Scale Novel Cross-Linking Analysis

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    Anderson, Gordon A.; Tolic, Nikola; Tang, Xiaoting; Zheng, Chunxiang; Bruce, James E.

    2008-01-01

    The detection of protein interactions in biological systems represents a significant challenge for today’s technology. Chemical cross-linking provides the potential to impart new chemical bonds in a complex system that result in mass changes in a set of tryptic peptides detected by mass spectrometry. However, system complexity and cross-linking product heterogeneity have precluded widespread chemical cross-linking use for large-scale identification of protein–protein interactions. The development of mass spectrometry identifiable cross-linkers called protein interaction reporters (PIRs) has enabled on-cell chemical cross-linking experiments with product type differentiation. However, the complex datasets resultant from PIR experiments demand new informatics capabilities to allow interpretation. This manuscript details our efforts to develop such capabilities and describes the program X-links, which allows PIR product type differentiation. Furthermore, we also present the results from Monte Carlo simulation of PIR-type experiments to provide false discovery rate estimates for the PIR product type identification through observed precursor and released peptide masses. Our simulations also provide peptide identification calculations based on accurate masses and database complexity that can provide an estimation of false discovery rates for peptide identification. Overall, the calculations show a low rate of false discovery of PIR product types due to random mass matching of approximately 12% with 10 ppm mass measurement accuracy and spectral complexity resulting from 100 peptides. In addition, consideration of a reduced database resulting from stage 1 analysis of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 containing 367 proteins resulted in a significant reduction of expected identification false discovery rate estimation compared to that from the entire Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 proteome. PMID:17676784

  3. Electrochemical properties of interstrand cross-linked DNA duplexes labeled with Nile blue.

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    Mie, Yasuhiro; Kowata, Keiko; Kojima, Naoshi; Komatsu, Yasuo

    2012-12-11

    DNA molecules have attracted considerable attention as functional materials in various fields such as electrochemical sensors with redox-labeled DNA. However, the recently developed interstrand cross-link (ICL) technique for double-stranded DNA can adequately modify the electronic properties inside the duplex. Hence, the electrochemical investigation of ICL-DNA helps us to understand the electron transfer of redox-labeled DNA at an electrode surface, which would develop useful sensors. In this study, the first insight into this matter is presented. We prepared 17-mer DNA duplexes incorporating Nile blue (NB-DNA) at one end as a redox marker and a disulfide tether at the other end for immobilization onto an electrode. The duplexes were covalently cross-linked by bifunctional cross-linkers that utilize either a propyl or naphthalene residue to replace a base pair. Their electrochemical responses at the electrode surface were compared to evaluate the effect of the ICL on the electron-transfer reactions of the redox-labeled DNA duplexes. A direct transfer of electrons between NB and the electrode was observed for a standard DNA, as previously reported, whereas interstrand cross-linked DNA (CL-DNA) strands showed a decrease in the direct electron-transfer pathway. This is expected to result from constraining the elastic bending/flexibility of the duplex caused by the covalent cross-links. Interestingly, the CL-DNA incorporating naphthalene residues exhibited additional voltammetric peaks derived from DNA-mediated electron transfer (through base ? stacking), which was not observed in the mismatched CL-DNA. The present results indicate that the ICL significantly affects electron transfer in the redox-labeled DNA at the electrode and can be an important determinant for electrochemical signaling in addition to its role in stabilizing the duplex structure. PMID:23153070

  4. Aspirin inhibits the formation of pentosidine, a cross-linking advanced glycation end product, in collagen.

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    Urios, P; Grigorova-Borsos, A-M; Sternberg, M

    2007-08-01

    Aspirin showed an inhibitory effect on the formation of pentosidine, a cross-linking advanced glycation endproduct, in collagen incubated with glucose in vitro. IC(50) was evaluated at 10mmol/l. Aspirin might act by metallic ion chelating (as did EDTA and DTPA) and by oxygen radical scavenging. Since aspirin was reported to inhibit retinopathy in diabetic dogs, it could act partly by inhibiting advanced glycation endproduct accumulation in long-lived proteins like collagens. PMID:17383766

  5. Fabrication and properties of irradiation-cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol)/clay aerogel composites.

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    Chen, Hong-Bing; Liu, Bo; Huang, Wei; Wang, Jun-Sheng; Zeng, Guang; Wu, Wen-Hao; Schiraldi, David A

    2014-09-24

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)/clay aerogel composites were fabricated by an environmentally friendly freeze-drying of the aqueous precursor suspensions, followed by cross-linking induced by gamma irradiation without chemical additives. The influences of cross-linking conditions, i.e., absorbed dose and polymer loading as well as density on the aerogel structure and properties, were investigated. The absorbed dose of 30 kGy was found to be the optimum dose for fabricating strong PVOH composites; the compressive modulus of an aerogel prepared from an aqueous suspension containing 2 wt % PVOH/8 wt % clay increased 10-fold, and that containing 1 wt % PVOH/9 wt % clay increased 12 times upon cross-linking with a dose of 30 kGy. Increasing the solids concentration led to an increase in the mechanical strength, in accordance with the changes in microstructure from layered structure to network structure. The increase of absorbed dose also led to decreased porous size of the network structure. Cross-linking and the increase of the PVOH lead to decreased thermal stability. The strengthened PVOH/clay aerogels possess very low flammability, as measured by cone calorimetry, with heat, smoke, and volatile products release value decreasing as increasing clay content. The mechanism of flame retardation in these materials was investigated with weight loss, FTIR, WAXD, and SEM of the burned residues. The proposed mechanism is that with decreasing fuel content (increasing clay content), increased heat and mass transport barriers are developed; simultaneously low levels of thermal conductivity are maintained during the burning. PMID:25164075

  6. Volume phase transitions in surface-tethered, photo-cross-linked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) networks

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    Vidyasagar, Ajay Kumar

    The overall thrust of this dissertation is to gain a comprehensive understanding over the factors that govern the performance and behavior of ultra-thin, cross-linked polymer films. Poly(NIPAAm) was used as a model polymer to study volume phase transition in surface tethered networks. Poly(NIPAAm) undergoes a reversible phase transition at approximately 32°C between a swollen hydrophilic random coil to a collapsed hydrophobic globule state, thought to be caused by increased hydrophobic attractions between the isopropyl groups at elevated temperatures. We present a simple photochemical technique for fabricating structured polymer networks, enabling the construction of responsive surfaces with unique properties. The approach is based on the photo-cross-linking of copolymers synthesized from N-isopropylacrylamide and methacroyloxybenzophenone (MaBP). In order correlate layer swelling to the MaBP content, we have studied the swelling behavior of such layers in contact with aqueous solutions with neutron reflection. The cross-linked networks provide a three-dimensional scaffold to host a variety of functionalities. These networks serve as a platform which can be used to amplify small local perturbations induced by various stimuli like temperature, pH, solvent, ionic strength and peptide modified hydrogels to bring about a macroscopic change. Neutron reflection experiments have shown that the volume-phase transition of a surface-tethered, cross-linked poly(NIPAAm) network coincided with the two-phase region of uncross-linked poly(NIPAAm) in solution. Parallel measurements with ATR-FTIR investigating the effect of temperature, pH and salts suggest that the discontinuous transition is the result of cooperative dehydration of the isopropyl groups, with water remaining confined between amide groups in the collapsed state as weakly hydrogen bonded bridges. Hybrid polymers with specific peptide sequences have shown specific response to external cues such as pH and metal ions exhibiting unique phase behavior.

  7. Generation of Guanine – Amino Acid Cross-Links by a Free Radical Combination Mechanism

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    Uvaydov, Yuriy; Geacintov, Nicholas E.

    2014-01-01

    A direct method has been developed for the in vitro synthesis of stable DNA – protein cross-links (DPC’s) between guanine and amino acids (lysine, arginine). This method employs the combination of guanine neutral radicals, G(-H)•, and side-chain C-centered amino acid radicals. The latter were generated indirectly after first causing the selective photoionization of 2-aminopurine (2AP) embedded in the oligonucleotide, 5’-d(CC[2AP]TCGCTACC) by intense nanosecond 308 nm excimer laser pulses. The 2AP radical cation deprotonates rapidly to form the 2AP(-H)• neutral radical which, in turn, oxidizes the nearby guanine to form the neutral guanine G(-H)• radical, as described previously (Shafirovich et al. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2001, 105, 8431). In parallel, the hydrated electrons generated by the photoionization of 2AP, are scavenged by nitrous oxide to generate hydroxyl radicals. In the presence of a large excess of the amino acids, the hydroxyl radicals oxidize the latter to produce C-centered amino acid radicals that combine with the G(-H)• radicals to form the guanine-amino acid cross-linked oligonucleotide product. Analogous products were generated by photoionizing the free nucleoside, 2’,3’,5’-tri-O-acetylguanoise, (tri-O-Ac-Guo) using intense nanosecond 266 nm Nd: Yag laser pulse irradiation. The guanine – amino acid cross-links thus produced either site-specifically positioned in oligonucleotides, or in the free nucleoside tri-O-Ac-Guo were isolated by HPLC methods and identified by high resolution LC-TOF/MS and LC-MS/MS methods. The possibility is discussed that analogous guanine-amino acid cross-linked products could be formed in vivo under single hit radical generation mechanisms during oxidative stress. PMID:24810398

  8. Models of shear-thickening behavior in physically cross-linked networks

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    Marrucci, G.; Bhargava, S.; Cooper, S.L.

    1993-11-22

    Shear-thickening effects are often observed in physically cross-linked networks formed by polymeric chains having a few localized, energetically favored interactions. The authors find that a possible explanation for these effects is the non-Gaussian behavior of the chains stretched by the shear flow. Two network models for unentangled telechelic chains are proposed, which differ in the way unattached chains relax after deformation. One of the models correctly portrays the qualitative shear-thickening features commonly observed.

  9. Study of CO2 Mobility Control Using Cross-linked Gel Conformance Control and CO2 Viscosifiers in Heterogeneous Media 

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    Cai, Shuzong

    2011-10-21

    there is a significant presence of heterogeneous elements, such as fractures, channels and high permeability streaks within the reservoir. With flooding, CO2 will finger through the target zone while leaving most of the residual/trapped oil untouched. As a...

  10. Chemically cross-linked and grafted cyclodextrin hydrogels: from nanostructures to drug-eluting medical devices.

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    Concheiro, Angel; Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen

    2013-08-01

    The unique ability of cyclodextrins (CDs) to form inclusion complexes can be transmitted to polymeric networks in which CDs are chemically grafted or cross-linked. Combination of CDs and hydrogels in a single material leads to synergic properties: the hydrophilic network enhances biocompatibility and prevents dilution in the physiological medium increasing the stability of the inclusion complexes, while CDs finely tune the mechanical features and the stimuli-responsiveness and provide affinity-based regulation of drug loading and release. Therefore, CD-functionalized materials are opening new perspectives in pharmacotherapy, emerging as advanced delivery systems (DDS) for hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs to be administered via almost any route. Medical devices (catheters, prosthesis, vascular grafts, bone implants) can also benefit from surface grafting or thermofixation of CDs. The present review focuses on the approaches tested to synthesize nano- to macro-size covalently cross-linked CD networks: i) direct cross-linking through condensation with di- or multifunctional reagents, ii) copolymerization of CD derivatives with acrylic/vinyl monomers, and iii) grafting of CDs to preformed medical devices. Examples of the advantages of having the CDs chemically bound among themselves and to substrates are provided and their applicability in therapeutics discussed. PMID:23631979

  11. The 55?kDa tissue transglutaminase cross-linking active isoform TG induces cell death.

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    Fraij, Bassam M

    2015-09-01

    Transamidations are calcium-dependent reactions catalyzed by transglutaminase enzymes. Tissue transglutaminase (TG2 or TGC) is a multifunctional protein with a controversial role in apoptosis. The cross-linking function of transglutaminase enzymes has been shown to play a role in cell death. Human breast cancer cell lines (MCF7 and T47D), which express low endogenous levels of transglutaminase, were transiently transfected with the cross-linking 55?kDa active TG isoform or its precursor the 80?kDa full-length TGC. The increased frequency of apoptosis correlated with the increase in transglutaminase expression and the highest rates of apoptosis were found in cells transfected with the potent TG isoform as compared to the full length TGC. The calcium ionophores A231827 and maitotoxin, which are known to induce transamidation, were found to promote apoptosis, whereas cystamine, an active transglutaminase inhibitor, blocked apoptosis due to the over-expression of the active TG isoform. This is the first time that TG has been used in cellular transfections and the results presented show that TG is a potent inducer of cell death. This finding may help to clarify the conflicting functions of TG in the induction of cell death. The TG-dependent irreversible cross-linking of intracellular proteins, a function previously assigned to TGC, represents an important biochemical event in the induction of the structural changes present in cells during apoptosis. PMID:24464646

  12. Scheimpflug imaged corneal changes on anterior and posterior surfaces after collagen cross-linking

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    Hassan, Ziad; Modis, Laszlo; Szalai, Eszter; Berta, Andras; Nemeth, Gabor

    2014-01-01

    AIM To compare the anterior and posterior corneal parameters before and after collagen cross-linking therapy for keratoconus. METHODS Collagen cross-linking was performed in 31 eyes of 31 keratoconus patients (mean age 30.6±8.9y). Prior to treatment and an average 7mo after therapy, Scheimpflug analysis was performed using Pentacam HR. In addition to corneal thickness assessments, corneal radius, elevation, and aberrometric measurements were performed both on anterior and posterior corneal surfaces. Data obtained before and after surgery were statistically analyzed. RESULTS In terms of horizontal and vertical corneal radius, and central corneal thickness no deviations were observed an average 7mo after operation. Corneal higher order aberration showed no difference neither on anterior nor on posterior corneal surfaces. During follow-up period, no significant deviation was detected regarding elevation values obtained by measurement in mm units between the 3.0-8.0 mm-zones. CONCLUSION Corneal stabilization could be observed in terms of anterior and posterior corneal surfaces, elevation and higher order aberration values 7mo after collagen cross-linking therapy for keratoconus. PMID:24790876

  13. Density Variant Glycan Microarray for Evaluating Cross-Linking of Mucin-like Glycoconjugates by Lectins

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    2012-01-01

    Interactions of mucin glycoproteins with cognate receptors are dictated by the structures and spatial organization of glycans that decorate the mucin polypeptide backbone. The glycan-binding proteins, or lectins, that interact with mucins are often oligomeric receptors with multiple ligand binding domains. In this work, we employed a microarray platform comprising synthetic glycopolymers that emulate natural mucins arrayed at different surface densities to evaluate how glycan valency and spatial separation affect the preferential binding mode of a particular lectin. We evaluated a panel of four lectins (Soybean agglutinin (SBA), Wisteria floribunda lectin (WFL), Vicia villosa-B-4 agglutinin (VVA), and Helix pomatia agglutin (HPA)) with specificity for ?-N-acetylgalactosamine (?-GalNAc), an epitope displayed on mucins overexpressed in many adenocarcinomas. While these lectins possess the ability to agglutinate A1-blood cells carrying the ?-GalNAc epitope and cross-link low valency glycoconjugates, only SBA showed a tendency to form intermolecular cross-links among the arrayed polyvalent mucin mimetics. These results suggest that glycopolymer microarrays can reveal discrete higher-order binding preferences beyond the recognition of individual glycan epitopes. Our findings indicate that glycan valency can set thresholds for cross-linking by lectins. More broadly, well-defined synthetic glycopolymers enable the integration of glycoconjugate structural and spatial diversity in a single microarray screening platform. PMID:22967056

  14. Effective medium approach for stiff polymer networks with flexible cross-links

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    C. P. Broedersz; C. Storm; F. C. MacKintosh

    2008-11-24

    Recent experiments have demonstrated that the nonlinear elasticity of in vitro networks of the biopolymer actin is dramatically altered in the presence of a flexible cross-linker such as the abundant cytoskeletal protein filamin. The basic principles of such networks remain poorly understood. Here we describe an effective medium theory of flexibly cross-linked stiff polymer networks. We argue that the response of the cross-links can be fully attributed to entropic stiffening, while softening due to domain unfolding can be ignored. The network is modeled as a collection of randomly oriented rods connected by flexible cross-links to an elastic continuum. This effective medium is treated in a linear elastic limit as well as in a more general framework, in which the medium self-consistently represents the nonlinear network behavior. This model predicts that the nonlinear elastic response sets in at strains proportional to cross-linker length and inversely proportional to filament length. Furthermore, we find that the differential modulus scales linearly with the stress in the stiffening regime. These results are in excellent agreement with bulk rheology data.

  15. Collagen cross-linking in sun-exposed and unexposed sites of aged human skin

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    Yamauchi, M.; Prisayanh, P.; Haque, Z.; Woodley, D. T.

    1991-01-01

    A recently described nonreducible, acid-heat stable compound, histidinohydroxylysinonorleucine (HHL), is a collagen cross-link isolated from mature skin tissue. Its abundance is related to chronologic aging of skin. The present communication describes the quantity of HHL from aged human skin of the same individuals in sun-exposed (wrist) and unexposed (buttock) sites. Punch biopsies were obtained from these sites from nine people of age 60 or older. HHL contents (moles/mole of collagen) at these sites were for wrist 0.13 +/- 0.07 and for buttock 0.69 +/- 0.17 (mean +/- SD, p less than 0.001). In addition, it was found that acute irradiation of the cross-linked peptides with UVA (up to 250 J/cm2) and UVB (up to 1 J/cm2) had no effect on HHL structure. The same treatment significantly degraded another nonreducible, stable collagen cross-link, pyridinoline. The results suggest that chronic sunlight exposure may be associated with an impediment to normal maturation of human dermal collagen resulting in tenuous amount of HHL. Thus, the process of photoaging in dermal collagen is different from that of chronologic aging in human skin.

  16. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Cross-Linked Phenolic Resins Using Molecular Dynamics

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    Lawson, John; Monk, Joshua; Haskins, Justin; Bauschlicher, Charles

    2013-03-01

    To gain insight into the design of materials, it is valuable to understand how the chemical make-up at the nano-scale can influence the thermal and mechanical bulk properties. An atomistic computational study allows us to manipulate the structural make-up of individual phenolic chains as well as generate various cross-linked (or cured) systems. In this study, molecular dynamics simulations of bulk phenolic systems were performed with the software LAMMPS. An all-atom force field was chosen to investigate how the strength and thermal conductivity of the phenolic material varies as a function of the degree of cross-linking and chemical make-up of the phenolic chains. Small-scale mechanical tests were performed to compute various moduli for the phenolic systems above and below the glass transition at varied degrees of cross-linking. The thermal conductivity was obtained using the Green-Kubo approach for the virgin phenolic system as well as the strained systems.

  17. An Update on the Safety and Efficacy of Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking in Pediatric Keratoconus

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    El Rami, Hala; Chelala, Elias; Dirani, Ali; Fadlallah, Ali; Fakhoury, Henry; Cherfan, Carole; Cherfan, George; Jarade, Elias

    2015-01-01

    Keratoconus is a degenerative disease that affects adolescents and young adults and presents with variable thinning and conical deformation of the corneal apex. The resultant irregular astigmatism can progress to levels that can significantly affect everyday activities and overall quality of life. Therefore, stopping the progression of the disease is an essential part in managing patients with keratoconus. Corneal collagen cross-linking is a minimally invasive procedure that stiffens the anterior corneal stroma by creating strong covalent bonds between collagen fibrils. Over the past decade, many studies have proved its safety and efficacy in halting keratoconus progression in adults. This review of the literature highlights the growing trend towards using this treatment in pediatric keratoconic patients. In children, keratoconus tends to be more severe and fast progression is often encountered requiring closer follow-up intervals. Standard cross-linking shows comparable results in children with a good safety-efficacy profile during follow-up periods of up to three years. Further research is needed to standardize and evaluate transepithelial and accelerated cross-linking protocols as these could be of tremendous help in a population where cooperation and compliance are major issues. PMID:26491663

  18. Charge regulation and energy dissipation while compressing and sliding a cross-linked chitosan hydrogel layer.

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    Liu, Chao; Thormann, Esben; Tyrode, Eric; Claesson, Per M

    2015-04-01

    Interactions between a silica surface and a surface coated with a grafted cross-linked hydrogel made from chitosan/PAA multilayers are investigated, utilizing colloidal probe atomic force microscopy. Attractive double-layer forces are found to dominate the long-range interaction over a broad range of pH and ionic strength conditions. The deduced potential at the hydrogel/aqueous interface is found to be very low. This situation is maintained in the whole pH-range investigated, even though the degree of protonation of chitosan changes significantly. This demonstrates that pH-variations change the concentration of counterions within the hydrogel to keep the interior close to uncharged, which is similar to what has been observed for polyelectrolyte brushes. Changes in pH and ionic strength affect the adhesion force and the friction force between the silica surface and the hydrogel layer, but not the friction coefficient. This suggests that the main energy dissipation mechanism arises from processes occurring within the hydrogel layer, rather than at the silica/hydrogel interface, and we suggest that it is related to stretching of polymer chains between the cross-linking points. We also find that an increased cross-linking density, from 40% to 100%, in the hydrogel reduces the friction coefficient. PMID:25553574

  19. SIM-XL: A powerful and user-friendly tool for peptide cross-linking analysis.

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    Lima, Diogo B; de Lima, Tatiani B; Balbuena, Tiago S; Neves-Ferreira, Ana Gisele C; Barbosa, Valmir C; Gozzo, Fábio C; Carvalho, Paulo C

    2015-11-01

    Chemical cross-linking has emerged as a powerful approach for the structural characterization of proteins and protein complexes. However, the correct identification of covalently linked (cross-linked or XL) peptides analyzed by tandem mass spectrometry is still an open challenge. Here we present SIM-XL, a software tool that can analyze data generated through commonly used cross-linkers (e.g., BS3/DSS). Our software introduces a new paradigm for search-space reduction, which ultimately accounts for its increase in speed and sensitivity. Moreover, our search engine is the first to capitalize on reporter ions for selecting tandem mass spectra derived from cross-linked peptides. It also makes available a 2D interaction map and a spectrum-annotation tool unmatched by any of its kind. We show SIM-XL to be more sensitive and faster than a competing tool when analyzing a data set obtained from the human HSP90. The software is freely available for academic use at http://patternlabforproteomics.org/sim-xl. A video demonstrating the tool is available at http://patternlabforproteomics.org/sim-xl/video. SIM-XL is the first tool to support XL data in the mzIdentML format; all data are thus available from the ProteomeXchange consortium (identifier PXD001677). This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Computational Proteomics. PMID:25638023

  20. Hyaluronic acid and alginate covalent nanogels by template cross-linking in polyion complex micelle nanoreactors.

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    De Santis, Serena; Diociaiuti, Marco; Cametti, Cesare; Masci, Giancarlo

    2014-01-30

    Hyaluronic acid (HA) and alginate (AL) covalent nanogels cross-linked with l-lysine ethyl ester were prepared by template chemical cross-linking of the polysaccharide in polyion complex micelle (PIC) nanoreactors. By using this method we were able to prepare HA and AL nanogels without organic solvents. PICs were prepared by using poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly[(3-acrylamidopropyl)-trimethylammonium chloride] (PEO-b-PAMPTMA) or poly[(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-PAMPTMA] (PNIPAAM-b-PAMPTMA). Only PNIPAAM-b-PAMPTMA block copolymers allowed to prepare PIC with small and controlled size. Short polysaccharide chains (Xn=50 and 63 for AL and HA, respectively, where Xn is the number of monosaccharidic units present in the polysaccharide) where used to optimize PIC formation. The remarkable difference in charge density and rigidity of HA and AL did not have a significant influence on the formation of PICs. PICs with small size (diameter of about 50-80 nm) and low polydispersity were obtained up to 5mg/mL of polymer. After cross-linking with l-lysine ethyl ester, the nanoreactors were dissociated by adding NaCl. The nanogels were easily purified and isolated by dialysis. The dissociation of the nanoreactors and the formation of the nanogels were confirmed by (1)H NMR, DLS, TEM and ?-potential measurements. The size of the smallest nanogels in solution in the swollen state was 50-70 nm in presence of salt and 80-100 nm in water. PMID:24299754

  1. Macroscopic, mesostructured cationic surfactant/neutral polymer films: structure and cross-linking.

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    O'Driscoll, Benjamin M D; Fernandez-Martin, Cristina; Wilson, Roland D; Knott, Jessica; Roser, Stephen J; Edler, Karen J

    2007-04-10

    Mesostructured films of alkyltrimethylammonium bromides or cetylpyridinium bromide and polyethylenimines that spontaneously self-assemble at the air/water interface have been examined using a range of surface sensitive techniques. These films are unusual in that they can be micrometers thick and are relatively robust. Here we show that the films can be cross-linked and thus removed from the liquid surface where they form, as solid, mesostructured polymer-surfactant membranes. Cross-linking causes little change in the structure of the films but freezes in the metastable mesostructures, enhancing the potential of these films for future applications. Cross-linked films, dried after removal from the solution surface, retain the ordered nanoscale structure within the film. We also report grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GID), which shows that most films display scattering consistent with 2D-hexagonal phase crystallites of rodlike surfactant micelles encased in polymer. Polymer branching makes little difference to the film structures; however, polymer molecular weight has a significant effect. Films with lower polymer MW are generally thinner and more ordered, while higher polymer MW films were thicker and less ordered. Increased pH causes formation of thicker films and improves the ordering in low MW films, while high MW films lose order. To rationalize these results, we propose a model for the film formation process that relates the kinetic and thermodynamic limits of phase separation and mesophase ordering to the structures observed. PMID:17371057

  2. Cross-linked polymer nanofibers for hyperthermophilic enzyme immobilization: approaches to improve enzyme performance.

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    Tang, Christina; Saquing, Carl D; Morton, Stephen W; Glatz, Brittany N; Kelly, Robert M; Khan, Saad A

    2014-08-13

    We report an enzyme immobilization method effective at elevated temperatures (up to 105 °C) and sufficiently robust for hyperthermophilic enzymes. Using a model hyperthermophilic enzyme, ?-galactosidase from Thermotoga maritima, immobilization within chemically cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanofibers to provide high specific surface area is achieved by (1) electrospinning a blend of a PVA and enzyme and (2) chemically cross-linking the polymer to entrap the enzyme within a water insoluble PVA fiber. The resulting enzyme-loaded nanofibers are water-insoluble at elevated temperatures, and enzyme leaching is not observed, indicating that the cross-linking effectively immobilizes the enzyme within the fibers. Upon immobilization, the enzyme retains its hyperthermophilic nature and shows improved thermal stability indicated by a 5.5-fold increase in apparent half-life at 90 °C, but with a significant decrease in apparent activity. The loss in apparent activity is attributed to enzyme deactivation and mass transfer limitations. Improvements in the apparent activity can be achieved by incorporating a cryoprotectant during immobilization to prevent enzyme deactivation. For example, immobilization in the presence of trehalose improved the apparent activity by 10-fold. Minimizing the mat thickness to reduce interfiber diffusion was a simple and effective method to further improve the performance of the immobilized enzyme. PMID:25058141

  3. Self-Healing and Thermoresponsive Dual-Cross-Linked Alginate Hydrogels Based on Supramolecular Inclusion Complexes.

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    Miao, Tianxin; Fenn, Spencer L; Charron, Patrick N; Oldinski, Rachael A

    2015-12-14

    ?-Cyclodextrin (?-CD), with a lipophilic inner cavity and hydrophilic outer surface, interacts with a large variety of nonpolar guest molecules to form noncovalent inclusion complexes. Conjugation of ?-CD onto biomacromolecules can form physically cross-linked hydrogel networks upon mixing with a guest molecule. Herein, the development and characterization of self-healing, thermoresponsive hydrogels, based on host-guest inclusion complexes between alginate-graft-?-CD and Pluronic F108 (poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(propylene glycol)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)), are described. The mechanics, flow characteristics, and thermal response were contingent on the polymer concentration and the host-guest molar ratio. Transient and reversible physical cross-linking between host and guest polymers governed self-assembly, allowing flow to occur under shear stress and facilitating complete recovery of the material's properties within a few seconds of unloading. The mechanical properties of the dual-cross-linked, multi-stimuli-responsive hydrogels were tuned as high as 30 kPa at body temperature and are advantageous for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and cell transplantation. PMID:26509214

  4. Tunable high performance cross-linked alkaline anion exchange membranes for fuel cell applications.

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    Robertson, Nicholas J; Kostalik, Henry A; Clark, Timothy J; Mutolo, Paul F; Abruña, Héctor D; Coates, Geoffrey W

    2010-03-17

    Fuel cells are energy conversion devices that show great potential in numerous applications ranging from automobiles to portable electronics. However, further development of fuel cell components is necessary for them to become commercially viable. One component critical to their performance is the polymer electrolyte membrane, which is an ion conductive medium separating the two electrodes. While proton conducting membranes are well established (e.g., Nafion), hydroxide conducting membranes (alkaline anion exchange membranes, AAEMs) have been relatively unexplored by comparison. Operating under alkaline conditions offers significant efficiency benefits, especially for the oxygen reduction reaction; therefore, effective AAEMs could significantly advance fuel cell technologies. Here we demonstrate the use of ring-opening metathesis polymerization to generate new cross-linked membrane materials exhibiting high hydroxide ion conductivity and good mechanical properties. Cross-linking allows for increased ion incorporation, which, in turn supports high conductivities. This facile synthetic approach enables the preparation of cross-linked materials with the potential to meet the demands of hydrogen-powered fuel cells as well as direct methanol fuel cells. PMID:20178312

  5. Application of cross-linked and hydrolyzed arabinoxylans in baking of model rye bread.

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    Buksa, Krzysztof; Nowotna, Anna; Ziobro, Rafa?

    2016-02-01

    The role of water extractable arabinoxylan with varying molar mass and structure (cross-linked vs. hydrolyzed) in the structure formation of rye bread was examined using a model bread. Instead of the normal flour, the dough contained starch, arabinoxylan and protein, which were isolated from rye wholemeal. It was observed that the applied mixes of these constituents result in a product closely resembling typical rye bread, even if arabinoxylan was modified (by cross-linking or hydrolysis). The levels of arabinoxylan required for bread preparation depended on its modification and mix composition. At 3% protein, the maximum applicable level of poorly soluble cross-linked arabinoxylan was 3%, as higher amounts of this preparation resulted in an extensively viscous dough and diminished bread volume. On the other hand highly soluble, hydrolyzed arabinoxylan could be used at a higher level (6%) together with larger amounts of rye protein (3% or 6%). Further addition of arabinoxylan leads to excessive water absorption, resulting in a decreased viscosity of the dough during baking and insufficient gas retention. PMID:26304439

  6. Heat-induced cross-linking and degradation of wheat gluten, serum albumin, and mixtures thereof.

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    Rombouts, Ine; Lagrain, Bert; Delcour, Jan A

    2012-10-10

    Some wheat-based food systems, such as cakes, cookies, and egg noodles, contain mixtures of animal and plant (gluten) proteins and are processed under (mildly) alkaline conditions. Although changes in these proteins during processing can affect end product quality, they have seldom been studied. This study investigated protein cross-linking and degradation during heating (0-120 min, pH 8.0, 50-130 °C) of (mixtures of) wheat gluten and bovine serum albumin (BSA). The decrease in protein extractabilities in sodium dodecyl sulfate containing buffer under (non)reducing conditions and the levels of (cross-linked) amino acids were measured. No indications for polymerization at 50 °C were found. Below 100 °C, BSA polymerized more readily than wheat gluten. Above 100 °C, the opposite was observed. The kinetics of heat-induced polymerization of a 1:1 gluten-BSA mixture were similar to that of isolated gluten, implying that gluten decelerated BSA denaturation. Severe heating (130 °C, >15 min) induced degradation reactions in gluten but not in BSA. At all conditions used in this study, disulfide (SS) bonds contributed to the extractability loss. In addition, above 110 °C, ?-elimination of cystine led to non-SS cross-links. Intramolecular SS bonds more often transformed in intermolecular non-SS bonds in BSA than in gluten. PMID:22950662

  7. The enhancement of VEGF-mediated angiogenesis by polycaprolactone scaffolds with surface cross-linked heparin

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    Singh, Shivani; Wu, Benjamin M.; Dunn, James C.Y.

    2010-01-01

    This study investigates the effect of surface cross-linked heparin on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated angiogenesis in porous polycaprolactone (PCL) scaffolds in vivo. We tested the hypothesis that VEGF delivered by scaffolds coated with a sub-micron thick layer of immobilized heparin would accelerate angiogenesis. The bioactivity of retained VEGF was confirmed by its phosphorylation of VEGF receptor-2. After 7 and 14 days of subcutaneous implantation in mice, the heparin-PCL scaffolds loaded with VEGF displayed significantly higher infiltration of blood vessels which traversed the entire scaffold thickness (2 mm). The stability and function of the newly formed vessels were confirmed by smooth muscle cell coverage and vessel perfusability, respectively. The contribution of individual components was assessed by varying the VEGF dose and heparin thickness. Prolonging the cross-linking reaction on PCL scaffolds resulted in higher heparin content, thicker heparin layer, and higher VEGF retention. While a dose-dependent angiogenic response was observed with VEGF, higher amount of cross-linked heparin did not translate into additional improvement in angiogenesis for a given dose of VEGF. The synergism of immobilized heparin and VEGF in stimulating angiogenesis was observed in vivo. PMID:21147501

  8. Probing the protein interaction network of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells by chemical cross-linking mass spectrometry.

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    Navare, Arti T; Chavez, Juan D; Zheng, Chunxiang; Weisbrod, Chad R; Eng, Jimmy K; Siehnel, Richard; Singh, Pradeep K; Manoil, Colin; Bruce, James E

    2015-04-01

    In pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria, interactions among membrane proteins are key mediators of host cell attachment, invasion, pathogenesis, and antibiotic resistance. Membrane protein interactions are highly dependent upon local properties and environment, warranting direct measurements on native protein complex structures as they exist in cells. Here we apply in vivo chemical cross-linking mass spectrometry, to reveal the first large-scale protein interaction network in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic human pathogen, by covalently linking interacting protein partners, thereby fixing protein complexes in vivo. A total of 626 cross-linked peptide pairs, including previously unknown interactions of many membrane proteins, are reported. These pairs not only define the existence of these interactions in cells but also provide linkage constraints for complex structure predictions. Structures of three membrane proteins, namely, SecD-SecF, OprF, and OprI are predicted using in vivo cross-linked sites. These findings improve understanding of membrane protein interactions and structures in cells. PMID:25800553

  9. Collagen cross-link excretion during space flight and bed rest

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    Smith, S. M.; Nillen, J. L.; Leblanc, A.; Lipton, A.; Demers, L. M.; Lane, H. W.; Leach, C. S.; LeBlanc, A. (Principal Investigator)

    1998-01-01

    Extended exposure to weightlessness results in bone loss. However, little information exists as to the precise nature or time course of this bone loss. Bone resorption results in the release of collagen breakdown products, including N-telopeptide and the pyridinium (PYD) cross-links, pyridinoline and deoxypyridinoline. Urinary pyridinoline and deoxypyridinoline are known to increase during bed rest. We assessed excretion of PYD cross-links and N-telopeptide before, during, and after long (28-day, 59-day, and 84-day) Skylab missions, as well as during short (14-day) and long (119-day) bed-rest studies. During space flight, the urinary cross-link excretion level was twice those observed before flight. Urinary excretion levels of the collagen breakdown products were also 40-50% higher, during short and long bed rest, than before. These results clearly show that the changes in bone metabolism associated with space flight involve increased resorption. The rate of response (i.e. within days to weeks) suggests that alterations in bone metabolism are an early effect of weightlessness. These studies are important for a better understanding of bone metabolism in space crews and in those who are bedridden.

  10. Direct cross-linking of C{sub 70} in Ar plasma

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    Ata, Masafumi; Kurihara, Ken`ichi; Takahashi, Noboru

    1997-01-02

    C{sub 70} polymer films were prepared by rf plasma irradiation in Ar atmosphere. Laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectra (LDITOF-MS) for the polymer films showed that C{sub 2} loss occurred in the course of direct cross-linking of C{sub 70} molecules. The polymer structure is discussed based on molecular orbital (MO) calculations of C{sub 70} dimers at semiempirical levels, and the lower probability of direct cross-linking of C{sub 70} molecules than that of C{sub 60} molecules is suggested. The electric dark current of the plasma-polymerized C{sub 70} was 10{sup -13} S/cm, compared to 10{sup -8} S/cm in the C{sub 60} polymer prepared at the same plasma power. The almost-insulating electric conductivity of the C{sub 70} polymer is attributable to the lower probability of conductive cross-linking of C{sub 70} molecules originating from the electronic structure of C{sub 70}. The experimental and theoretical results suggest that the C{sub 70} molecule is the smallest carbon nanotube with polyhedral caps and that the chemical properties of the caps closely resemble the C{sub 60} molecule. 36 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  11. Electrospinning of Cross-Linked Magnetic Chitosan Nanofibers for Protein Release.

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    Nicknejad, Ehsan Tayerani; Ghoreishi, Seyyed Mohammad; Habibi, Neda

    2015-12-01

    A poly(vinylalcohol) (PVA) electrospun/magnetic/chitosan nanocomposite fibrous cross-linked network was fabricated using in situ cross-linking electrospinning technique and used for bovine serum albumin (BSA) loading and release applications. Sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) and glutaraldehyde (GA) were used as cross-linkers which modified magnetic-Fe3O4 chitosan as Fe3O4/CS/TPP and Fe3O4/CS/GA, respectively. BSA was used as a model protein drugs which was encapsulated to form Fe3O4/CS/TPP/BSA and Fe3O4/CS/GA/BSA nanoparticles. The composites were electrospun with PVA to form nanofibers. Nanofibers were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The characterization results suggest that Fe3O4 nanoparticles with average size of 45 nm were successfully bound on the surface of chitosan. The cross-linked nanofibers were found to contain uniformly dispersed Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The size and morphology of the nanofibers network was controlled by varying the cross-linker type. FTIR data show that these two polymers have intermolecular interactions. The sample with TPP cross-linker showed an enhancement of the controlled release properties of BSA during 30-h experimental investigation. Graphical Abstract ?. PMID:26022546

  12. Mechanism of Shear Thickening in Reversibly Cross-linked Supramolecular Polymer Networks

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    Xu, Donghua; Hawk, Jennifer L.; Loveless, David M.; Jeon, Sung Lan; Craig, Stephen L.

    2010-01-01

    We report here the nonlinear rheological properties of metallo-supramolecular networks formed by the reversible cross-linking of semi-dilute unentangled solutions of poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP) in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The reversible cross-linkers are bis-Pd(II) or bis-Pt(II) complexes that coordinate to the pyridine functional groups on the PVP. Under steady shear, shear thickening is observed above a critical shear rate, and that critical shear rate is experimentally correlated with the lifetime of the metal-ligand bond. The onset and magnitude of the shear thickening depend on the amount of cross-linkers added. In contrast to the behavior observed in most transient networks, the time scale of network relaxation is found to increase during shear thickening. The primary mechanism of shear thickening is ascribed to the shear-induced transformation of intrachain cross-linking to interchain cross-linking, rather than nonlinear high tension along polymer chains that are stretched beyond the Gaussian range. PMID:20479956

  13. Optimizing performance in cross-linking negative-tone molecular resists

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    Lawson, Richard A.; Narcross, Hannah; Sharp, Brandon; Chun, Jun Sung; Neisser, Mark; Tolbert, Laren M.; Henderson, Clifford L.

    2015-03-01

    Many different types of non-traditional resist designs have shown promise for future generations of patterning, but there is a greater need for understanding and developing additives and ancillary materials for these novel resists compared to traditional polymeric positive tone systems which are quite mature. With the goal of meeting some of these needs, we carried out multiple different studies of negative tone molecular resists based on epoxide cross-linking. We have developed methods for controlling cross-linking in these materials using photo-decomposable nucleophiles (PDNs) which have shown resolution improvements in one resist from 26 nm down to 18 nm so far. Aqueous base developed systems have been made by introducing phenol groups to these resists. Although the first molecule designed successfully patterns in aqueous base, its performance is limited compared to organic solvent development. A series of di-functional epoxide molecular resists have been made and generally show much worse sensitivity than a fourfunctional epoxide resist. Underlayers (ULs) have been designed specifically to leverage the high reactivity of epoxides to create ULs that can cross-link to the resist. These ULs improve the adhesion of some of these molecular resists, but also show significant sensitivity improvements compared to imaging on bare silicon. Sensitivity in one resist was improved by 5-12 mJ/cm2 simply by using the UL.

  14. The enhancement of VEGF-mediated angiogenesis by polycaprolactone scaffolds with surface cross-linked heparin.

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    Singh, Shivani; Wu, Benjamin M; Dunn, James C Y

    2011-03-01

    This study investigates the effect of surface cross-linked heparin on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated angiogenesis in porous polycaprolactone (PCL) scaffolds in vivo. We tested the hypothesis that VEGF delivered by scaffolds coated with a sub-micron thick layer of immobilized heparin would accelerate angiogenesis. The bioactivity of retained VEGF was confirmed by its phosphorylation of VEGF receptor-2. After 7 and 14 days of subcutaneous implantation in mice, the heparin-PCL scaffolds loaded with VEGF displayed significantly higher infiltration of blood vessels which traversed the entire scaffold thickness (2 mm). The stability and function of the newly formed vessels were confirmed by smooth muscle cell coverage and vessel perfusability, respectively. The contribution of individual components was assessed by varying the VEGF dose and heparin thickness. Prolonging the cross-linking reaction on PCL scaffolds resulted in higher heparin content, thicker heparin layer, and higher VEGF retention. While a dose dependent angiogenic response was observed with VEGF, higher amount of cross-linked heparin did not translate into additional improvement in angiogenesis for a given dose of VEGF. The synergism of immobilized heparin and VEGF in stimulating angiogenesis was observed in vivo. PMID:21147501

  15. Adsorption of allura red dye by cross-linked chitosan from shrimp waste.

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    Sánchez-Duarte, Reyna G; Sánchez-Machado, Dalia I; López-Cervantes, Jaime; Correa-Murrieta, Ma A

    2012-01-01

    The present study was designed to evaluate the chitosan, which has been obtained by deacetylation of chitin, as a biosorbent. The chitin was isolated from fermented shrimp waste by an important local industrial food biopolymer. The aim of this work was the characterization of chitosan and preparation of cross-linked chitosan- tripolyphosphate (chitosan-TPP) beads for the removal of allura red food dye from aqueous solutions. Conditions of batch adsorption such as pH, time and adsorbent dose were examined. The effectiveness of cross-linked chitosan beads for dye removal was found to be higher for pH 2 (98%, percentage of dye removal) and tends to decrease at pHs of 3 to 11 (up to 49%). The values of percentage removal show that the adsorption capacity increases with time of contact and dosage of chitosan-TPP, but red dye adsorption is mainly influenced by pH level. The cross-linked chitosan-TPP beads can significantly adsorb allura red monoazo dye from aqueous solutions even at acidic pHs unlike raw chitosan beads that tend to dissolve in acidic solutions. Consequently, this modified chitosan has characteristics that allow minimization of environmental pollution and widening the valorization of shrimp waste. PMID:22277220

  16. Drug-Triggered and Cross-Linked Self-Assembling Nanofibrous Hydrogels

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    Kumar, Vivek A.; Shi, Siyu; Wang, Benjamin K.; Li, I-Che; Jalan, Abhishek A.; Sarkar, Biplab; Wickremasinghe, Navindee C.; Hartgerink, Jeffrey D.

    2015-01-01

    Self-assembly of multidomain peptides (MDP) can be tailored to carry payloads that modulate the extracellular environment. Controlled release of growth factors, cytokines, and small-molecule drugs allows for unique control of in vitro and in vivo responses. In this study, we demonstrate this process of ionic cross-linking of peptides using multivalent drugs to create hydrogels for sustained long-term delivery of drugs. Using phosphate, heparin, clodronate, trypan, and suramin, we demonstrate the utility of this strategy. Although all multivalent anions result in good hydrogel formation, demonstrating the generality of this approach, suramin led to the formation of the best hydrogels per unit concentration and was studied in greater detail. Suramin ionically cross-linked MDP into a fibrous meshwork as determined by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. We measured material storage and loss modulus using rheometry and showed a distinct increase in G? and G? as a function of suramin concentration. Release of suramin from scaffolds was determined using UV spectroscopy and showed prolonged release over a 30 day period. Suramin bioavailability and function were demonstrated by attenuated M1 polarization of THP-1 cells compared to positive control. Overall, this design strategy has allowed for the development of a novel class of polymeric delivery vehicles with generally long-term release and, in the case of suramin, cross-linked hydrogels that can modulate cellular phenotype. PMID:25831137

  17. Efficient immobilization of glucose oxidase by in situ photo-cross-linking for glucose biosensing.

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    Fu, Guanglei; Dai, Zhifei

    2012-08-15

    A glucose biosensor was fabricated based on electrostatic self-assembly in combination with in situ photo-cross-linking of glucose oxidase (GOx) and diazoresin-chitosan (DAR-CS) on Prussian blue deposited multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PB-MWNTs) backbone. It was demonstrated that GOx was initially ionically deposited and subsequently covalently photo-cross-linked onto the PB-MWNTs backbone using photosensitive DAR-CS as the assembly interlayer. The modified electrode exhibited good electrical conductivity and effective electron transfer mediation toward H(2)O(2) reduction due to the employment of PB-MWNTs as the fabrication backbone. The biosensor showed high sensitivity of 77.9 ?A mM(-1) cm(-2) to glucose in the linear concentration range from 1.0×10(-5) to 1.1×10(-3) M with fast response time of 10s, detection limit of 3.1×10(-6) M, and good anti-interference ability. More importantly, the biosensor exhibited greatly improved biosensing stability in comparison with the non-photo-cross-linked biosensor attributed to the conversion of weak ionic bonds to strong covalent ones for enzyme immobilization by the proposed strategy. The results for glucose determination in real serum samples with the biosensor were found to be in good agreement with those obtained by the conventional clinical procedure. PMID:22841105

  18. Two-photon induced collagen cross-linking in bioartificial cardiac tissue

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    Kuetemeyer, Kai; Kensah, George; Heidrich, Marko; Meyer, Heiko; Martin, Ulrich; Gruh, Ina; Heisterkamp, Alexander

    2011-08-01

    Cardiac tissue engineering is a promising strategy for regenerative therapies to overcome the shortage of donor organs for transplantation. Besides contractile function, the stiffness of tissue engineered constructs is crucial to generate transplantable tissue surrogates with sufficient mechanical stability to withstand the high pressure present in the heart. Although several collagen cross-linking techniques have proven to be efficient in stabilizing biomaterials, they cannot be applied to cardiac tissue engineering, as cell death occurs in the treated area. Here, we present a novel method using femtosecond (fs) laser pulses to increase the stiffness of collagen-based tissue constructs without impairing cell viability. Raster scanning of the fs laser beam over riboflavin-treated tissue induced collagen cross-linking by two-photon photosensitized singlet oxygen production. One day post-irradiation, stress-strain measurements revealed increased tissue stiffness by around 40% being dependent on the fibroblast content in the tissue. At the same time, cells remained viable and fully functional as demonstrated by fluorescence imaging of cardiomyocyte mitochondrial activity and preservation of active contraction force. Our results indicate that two-photon induced collagen cross-linking has great potential for studying and improving artificially engineered tissue for regenerative therapies.

  19. Fluorescent and cross-linked organic-inorganic hybrid nanoshells for monitoring drug delivery.

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    Sun, Lijuan; Liu, Tianhui; Li, Hua; Yang, Liang; Meng, Lingjie; Lu, Qinghua; Long, Jiangang

    2015-03-01

    Functionalized and monodisperse nanoshells have attracted significant attention owing to their well-defined structure, unique properties, and wide range of potential applications. Here, the synthesis of cross-linked organic-inorganic hybrid nanoshells with strong fluorescence properties was reported via a facile precipitation polymerization of hexachlorocyclotriphosphazene (HCCP) and fluorescein on silica particles used as templates. The resulting poly(cyclotriphosphazene-co-fluorescein) (PCTPF) nanoshells were firm cross-linked shells with ?2.2 nm mesopores that facilitated the transport of drug molecules. The fluorescent nanoshells also exhibited excellent water dispersibility and biocompatibility; thus, they can be considered as ideal drug vehicles with high doxorubicin storage capacity (26.2 wt %) and excellent sustained release (up to 14 days). Compared to doxorubicin (DOX) alone, the PCTPF nanoshells more efficiently delivered DOX into and killed cancer cells. Moreover, the PCTPF nanoshells also exhibited remarkable fluorescent emission properties and improved photobleaching stability in both suspension and solid state owing to the covalent immobilization of fluorescein in the highly cross-linked organic-inorganic hybrids. The exceptional fluorescent properties enabled the release of DOX as well as the distribution of nanoshells and DOX to be monitored. PMID:25651861

  20. Tunable High Performance Cross-Linked Alkaline Anion Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications

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    Robertson, Nicholas J.; Kostalik, IV, Henry A.; Clark, Timothy J.; Mutolo, Paul F.; Abruña, Héctor D.; Coates, Geoffrey W.

    2010-03-17

    Fuel cells are energy conversion devices that show great potential in numerous applications ranging from automobiles to portable electronics. However, further development of fuel cell components is necessary for them to become commercially viable. One component critical to their performance is the polymer electrolyte membrane, which is an ion conductive medium separating the two electrodes. While proton conducting membranes are well established (e.g., Nafion), hydroxide conducting membranes (alkaline anion exchange membranes, AAEMs) have been relatively unexplored by comparison. Operating under alkaline conditions offers significant efficiency benefits, especially for the oxygen reduction reaction; therefore, effective AAEMs could significantly advance fuel cell technologies. Here we demonstrate the use of ring-opening metathesis polymerization to generate new cross-linked membrane materials exhibiting high hydroxide ion conductivity and good mechanical properties. Cross-linking allows for increased ion incorporation, which, in turn supports high conductivities. This facile synthetic approach enables the preparation of cross-linked materials with the potential to meet the demands of hydrogen-powered fuel cells as well as direct methanol fuel cells.

  1. Fabrication, characterization and cytotoxicity studies of ionically cross-linked docetaxel loaded chitosan nanoparticles.

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    Jain, Ankit; Thakur, Kanika; Sharma, Gajanand; Kush, Preeti; Jain, Upendra K

    2016-02-10

    The present investigation aimed at the fabrication and characterization of ionically cross-linked docetaxel (DTX) loaded chitosan nanoparticles (DTX-CH-NP) using ionic gelation technique with sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) as the cross-linking agent. The formulated nanoparticles were characterized in terms of particle size, drug entrapment efficiency (EE), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), in vitro release and cytotoxicity studies. Formulation factors (chitosan, TPP and drug concentration) were examined systematically for their effects on size of the nanoparticles. The average size of the nanoparticles was observed to be in the range of 159.2±3.31 to 220.7±2.23nm with 78-92% encapsulation efficiency (EE). The in vitro cytotoxicity studies on breast cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231) revealed the advantages of DTX-CH-NP over pure DTX with approximately 85% cell viability reduction. The results indicate that systematic modulation of the surface charge and particle size of ionically cross-linked nanoparticles can be readily achieved with the right control of critical processing parameters. Thus, DTX-CH-NP presents a promising delivery alternative for breast cancer treatment. PMID:26686106

  2. Biomedical publications of Prof. David N. Nikogosyan, made in UCC UV-induced nucleic acid-protein cross-linking

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    Nikogosyan, David N.

    Biomedical publications of Prof. David N. Nikogosyan, made in UCC UV-induced nucleic acid-protein cross-linking 1. E.N. Dobrov, D.N. Nikogosyan: UV-induced nucleic acid-protein cross-linking: manual acids in collagen. J. Photochem. Photobiol. B: Biol., 47(1), 63-67 (1998) 2. D.N. Nikogosyan, H. Görner

  3. : Effects of riboflavin/UVA corneal cross-linking on keratocytes and collagen fibres in human cornea

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    Huang, Ching-Tsan

    : Effects of riboflavin/UVA corneal cross-linking on keratocytes and collagen fibres in human (370 nm) (Riboflavin) [1] CXL TUNEL assay UVA Keywordscollagen fibre, human cornea, keratocyte, riboflavin/UVA corneal cross-linking [2] ... Wollensak Collagen cross-inking (CXL) UVA (370 nm

  4. Photouncaged Sequence-specific Interstrand DNA Cross-Linking with Photolabile 4-oxo-enal-modified Oligonucleotides

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    Sun, Jingjing; Tang, Xinjing

    2015-01-01

    DNA cross-linking technology is an attractive tool for the detection, regulation, and manipulation of genes. In this study, a series of photolabile 4-oxo-enal-modified oligonucleotides functionalized with photosensitive ?-nitrobenzyl derivatives were rationally designed as a new kind of photocaged cross-linking agents. A comprehensive evaluation of cross-linking reactions for different nucleobases in complementary strands under different conditions suggested that the modified DNA oligonucleotides tended to form interstrand cross-linking to nucleobases with the potential of thymidine > guanosine » cytidine ~ adenosine. Different from previous literature reports that cytidine and adenosine were preferential cross-linked nucleobases with 4-oxo-enal moieties, our study represents the first example of DNA cross-linking for T and G selectivity using 4-oxo-enal moiety. The cross-linked adducts were identified and their cross-linking mechanism was also illustrated. This greatly expands the applications of 4-oxo-enal derivatives in the studies of DNA damage and RNA structure PMID:26020694

  5. Cross-Linked Collagen Surface for Cell Culture That Is Stable, Uniform, and Optically Superior to Conventional Surfaces

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    Cross-Linked Collagen Surface for Cell Culture That Is Stable, Uniform, and Optically Superior Volume21, Number3, Part I, March1985 © 1985 Tissue CultureAssociation,Inc. CROSS-LINKED COLLAGEN SURFACE (Received 4 November 1983; accepted 14 December 1984) SUMMARY A new type of collagen surface for use

  6. Dehydration of an ethanol/water azeotrope through alginate-DNA membranes cross-linked with metal ions by pervaporation.

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    Uragami, Tadashi; Banno, Masashi; Miyata, Takashi

    2015-12-10

    To obtain high dehydration membranes for an ethanol/water azeotrope, dried blend membranes prepared from mixtures of sodium alginate (Alg-Na) and sodium deoxyribonucleate (DNA-Na) were cross-linked by immersing in a methanol solution of CaCl2 or MaCl2. In the dehydration of an ethanol/water azeotropic mixture by pervaporation, the effects of immersion time in methanol solution of CaCl2 or MaCl2 on the permeation rate and water/ethanol selectivity through Alg-DNA/Ca(2+) and Alg-DNA/Mg(2+) cross-linked membranes were investigated. Alg-DNA/Mg(2+) cross-linked membrane immersed for 12h in methanol solution of MaCl2 exhibited the highest water/ethanol selectivity. This results from depressed swelling of the membranes by formation of a cross-linked structure. However, excess immersion in solution containing cross-linker led to an increase in the hydrophobicity of cross-linked membrane. Therefore, the water/ethanol selectivity of Alg-DNA/Mg(2+) cross-linked membranes with an excess immersion in cross-linking solution was lowered. The relationship between the structure of Alg-DNA/Ca(2+) and Alg-DNA/Mg(2+) cross-linked membranes and their permeation and separation characteristics during pervaporation of an ethanol/water azeotropic mixture is discussed in detail. PMID:26428097

  7. Photouncaged Sequence-specific Interstrand DNA Cross-Linking with Photolabile 4-oxo-enal-modified Oligonucleotides

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    Sun, Jingjing; Tang, Xinjing

    2015-05-01

    DNA cross-linking technology is an attractive tool for the detection, regulation, and manipulation of genes. In this study, a series of photolabile 4-oxo-enal-modified oligonucleotides functionalized with photosensitive ?-nitrobenzyl derivatives were rationally designed as a new kind of photocaged cross-linking agents. A comprehensive evaluation of cross-linking reactions for different nucleobases in complementary strands under different conditions suggested that the modified DNA oligonucleotides tended to form interstrand cross-linking to nucleobases with the potential of thymidine > guanosine » cytidine ~ adenosine. Different from previous literature reports that cytidine and adenosine were preferential cross-linked nucleobases with 4-oxo-enal moieties, our study represents the first example of DNA cross-linking for T and G selectivity using 4-oxo-enal moiety. The cross-linked adducts were identified and their cross-linking mechanism was also illustrated. This greatly expands the applications of 4-oxo-enal derivatives in the studies of DNA damage and RNA structure

  8. Modelling of the inhomogeneous interior of polymer gels

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    Shew, Chwen-Yang; Iwaki, Takafumi

    2006-04-01

    A simple model has been investigated to elucidate the mean squared displacement (MSD) of probe molecules in cross-linked polymer gels. In the model, we assume that numerous cavities distribute in the inhomogeneous interior of a gel, and probe molecules are confined within these cavities. The individual probe molecules trapped in a gel are treated as Brownian particles confined to a spherical harmonic potential. The harmonic potential is chosen to model the effective potential experienced by the probe particle in the cavity of a gel. Each field strength is corresponding to the characteristic of one type of effective cavity. Since the statistical distribution of different effective cavity sizes is unknown, several distribution functions are examined. Meanwhile, the calculated averaged MSDs are compared to the experimental data by Nisato et al (2000 Phys. Rev. E 61 2879). We find that the theoretical results of the MSD are sensitive to the shape of the distribution function. For low cross-linked gels, the best fit is obtained when the interior cavities of a gel follow a bimodal distribution. Such a result may be attributed to the presence of at least two distinct classes of cavity in gels. For high cross-linked gels, the cavities in the gel can be depicted by a single-modal uniform distribution function, suggesting that the range of cavity sizes becomes smaller. These results manifest the voids inside a gel, and the shape of distribution functions may provide the insight into the inhomogeneous interior of a gel.

  9. Investigation of different cell types and gel carriers for cell-based intervertebral disc therapy, in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Henriksson, H B; Hagman, M; Horn, M; Lindahl, A; Brisby, H

    2012-10-01

    Biological treatment options for the repair of intervertebral disc damage have been suggested for patients with chronic low back pain. The aim of this study was to investigate possible cell types and gel carriers for use in the regenerative treatment of degenerative intervertebral discs (IVD). In vitro: human mesenchymal cells (hMSCs), IVD cells (hDCs), and chondrocytes (hCs) were cultivated in three gel types: hyaluronan gel (Durolane®), hydrogel (Puramatrix®), and tissue-glue gel (TISSEEL®) in chondrogenic differentiation media for 9?days. Cell proliferation and proteoglycan accumulation were evaluated with microscopy and histology. In vivo: hMSCs or hCs and hyaluronan gel were co-injected into injured IVDs of six minipigs. Animals were sacrificed at 3 or 6?months. Transplanted cells were traced with anti-human antibodies. IVD appearance was visualized by MRI, immunohistochemistry, and histology. Hyaluronan gel induced the highest cell proliferation in vitro for all cell types. Xenotransplanted hMSCs and hCs survived in porcine IVDs for 6?months and produced collagen II in all six animals. Six months after transplantation of cell/gel, pronounced endplate changes indicating severe IVD degeneration were observed at MRI in 1/3 hC/gel, 1/3 hMSCs/gel and 1/3 gel only injected IVDs at MRI and 1/3?hMSC/gel, 3/3?hC/gel, 2/3 gel and 1/3 injured IVDs showed positive staining for bone mineralization. In 1 of 3 discs receiving hC/gel, in 1 of 3 receiving hMSCs/gel, and in 1 of 3 discs receiving gel alone. Injected IVDs on MRI results in 1 of 3 hMSC/gel, in 3 of 3 hC/gel, in 2 of 3 gel, and in 1 of 3 injured IVDs animals showed positive staining for bone mineralization. The investigated hyaluronan gel carrier is not suitable for use in cell therapy of injured/degenerated IVDs. The high cell proliferation observed in vitro in the hyaluronan could have been a negative factor in vivo, since most cell/gel transplanted IVDs showed degenerative changes at MRI and positive bone mineralization staining. However, this xenotransplantation model is valuable for evaluating possible cell therapy strategies for human degenerated IVDs. PMID:22072598

  10. The process of EDC-NHS Cross-linking of reconstituted collagen fibres increases collagen fibrillar order and alignment

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    Shepherd, D.V.; Shepherd, J.H.; Ghose, S.; Kew, S.J.; Cameron, R.E.; Best, S.M.

    2014-01-01

    We describe the production of collagen fibre bundles through a multi-strand, semi-continuous extrusion process. Cross-linking using an EDC (1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide), NHS (N-hydroxysuccinimide) combination was considered. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman spectroscopy focused on how cross-linking affected the collagen fibrillar structure. In the cross-linked fibres, a clear fibrillar structure comparable to native collagen was observed which was not observed in the non-cross-linked fibre. The amide III doublet in the Raman spectra provided additional evidence of alignment in the cross-linked fibres. Raman spectroscopy also indicated no residual polyethylene glycol (from the fibre forming buffer) or water in any of the fibres. PMID:25506518

  11. The process of EDC-NHS cross-linking of reconstituted collagen fibres increases collagen fibrillar order and alignment

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    Shepherd, D. V. Shepherd, J. H.; Cameron, R. E.; Best, S. M.; Ghose, S.; Kew, S. J.

    2015-01-01

    We describe the production of collagen fibre bundles through a multi-strand, semi-continuous extrusion process. Cross-linking using an EDC (1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide), NHS (N-hydroxysuccinimide) combination was considered. Atomic Force Microscopy and Raman spectroscopy focused on how cross-linking affected the collagen fibrillar structure. In the cross-linked fibres, a clear fibrillar structure comparable to native collagen was observed which was not observed in the non-cross-linked fibre. The amide III doublet in the Raman spectra provided additional evidence of alignment in the cross-linked fibres. Raman spectroscopy also indicated no residual polyethylene glycol (from the fibre forming buffer) or water in any of the fibres.

  12. An ultraviolet-inducible adenosine-adenosine cross-link reflects the catalytic structure of the Tetrahymena ribozyme

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    Downs, W.D.; Cech, T.R. )

    1990-06-12

    When a shortened enzymatic version of the Tetrahymena self-splicing intervening sequence (IVS) RNA is placed under catalytic conditions and irradiated at 254 nm, a covalent cross-link forms with high efficiency. The position of the cross-link was mapped by using three independent methods: RNase H digestion, primer extension with reverse transcriptase, and partial hydrolysis of end-labeled RNA. The cross-link is chemically unusual in that it joins two adenosines, A57 and A95. Formation of this cross-link depends upon the identity and concentration of divalent cations present and upon heat-cool renaturation of the IVS in a manner that parallels conditions required for optimal catalytic activity. Furthermore, cross-linking requires the presence of sequences within the core structure, which is conserved among group I intervening sequences and necessary for catalytic activity. Together these correlations suggest that a common folded structure permits cross-linking and catalytic activity. The core can form this structure independent of the presence of P1 and elements at the 3' end of the IVS. The cross-linked RNA loses catalytic activity under destabilizing conditions, presumably due to disruption of the folded structure by the cross-link. One of the nucleotides participating in this cross-link is highly conserved (86%) within the secondary structure of group I intervening sequences. We conclude that A57 and A95 are precisely aligned in a catalytically active conformation of the RNA. A model is presented for the tertiary arrangement in the vicinity of the cross-link.

  13. Characterization and detection of lysine-arginine cross-links derived from dehydroascorbic acid.

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    Reihl, Oliver; Lederer, Markus O; Schwack, Wolfgang

    2004-02-25

    Covalently cross-linked proteins are among the major modifications caused by the advanced Maillard reaction. So far, the chemical nature of these aggregates is largely unknown. L-dehydroascorbic acid (DHA, 5), the oxidation product of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), is known as a potent glycation agent. Identification is reported for the lysine-arginine cross-links N6-[2-[(4-amino-4-carboxybutyl)amino]-5-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ylidene]-L-lysine (9), N6-[2-[(4-amino-4-carboxybutyl)amino]-5-(1,2-dihydroxyethyl)-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ylidene]-L-lysine (11), and N6-[2-[(4-amino-4-carboxybutyl)amino]-5-[(1S,2S)-1,2,3-trihydroxypropyl]-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ylidene]-L-lysine (13). The formation pathways could be established starting from dehydroascorbic acid (5), the degradation products 1,3,4-trihydroxybutan-2-one (7, L-erythrulose), 3,4-dihydroxy-2-oxobutanal (10, L-threosone), and L-threo-pentos-2-ulose (12, L-xylosone) were proven as precursors of the lysine-arginine cross-links 9, 11, and 13. Products 9 and 11 were synthesized starting from DHA 5, compound N6-[2-[(4-amino-4-carboxybutyl)amino]-5-[(1S,2R)-1,2,3-trihydroxypropyl]-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ylidene]-L-lysine (16) via the precursor D-erythro-pentos-2-ulose (15). The present study revealed that the modification of lysine and arginine side chains by DHA 5 is a complex process and could involve a number of reactive carbonyl species. PMID:15013385

  14. Water-resistant, transparent hybrid nanopaper by physical cross-linking with chitosan.

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    Toivonen, Matti S; Kurki-Suonio, Sauli; Schacher, Felix H; Hietala, Sami; Rojas, Orlando J; Ikkala, Olli

    2015-03-01

    One of the major, but often overlooked, challenges toward high end applications of nanocelluloses is to maintain their high mechanical properties under hydrated or even fully wet conditions. As such, permanent covalent cross-linking or surface hydrophobization are viable approaches, however, the former may hamper processability and the latter may have adverse effect on interfibrillar bonding and resulting material strength. Here we show a concept based on physical cross-linking of cellulose nanofibers (CNF, also denoted as microfibrillated cellulose, MFC, and, nanofibrillated cellulose, NFC) with chitosan for the aqueous preparation of films showing high mechanical strength in the wet state. Also, transparency (?70-90% in the range 400-800 nm) is achieved by suppressing aggregation and carefully controlling the mixing conditions: Chitosan dissolves in aqueous medium at low pH and under these conditions the CNF/chitosan mixtures form easily processable hydrogels. A simple change in the environmental conditions (i.e., an increase of pH) reduces hydration of chitosan promoting multivalent physical interactions between CNF and chitosan over those with water, resulting effectively in cross-linking. Wet water-soaked films of CNF/chitosan 80/20 w/w show excellent mechanical properties, with an ultimate wet strength of 100 MPa (with corresponding maximum strain of 28%) and a tensile modulus of 4 and 14 GPa at low (0.5%) and large (16%) strains, respectively. More dry films of similar composition display strength of 200 MPa with maximum strain of 8% at 50% air relative humidity. We expect that the proposed, simple concept opens new pathways toward CNF-based material utilization in wet or humid conditions, which has still remained a challenge. PMID:25665073

  15. Disruption of heme-peptide covalent cross-linking in mammalian peroxidases by hypochlorous acid

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    Abu-Soud, Husam M.; Maitra, Dhiman; Shaeib, Faten; Khan, Sana; Byun, Jaeman; Abdulhamid, Ibrahim; Yang, Zhe; Saed, Ghassan M.; Diamond, Michael P.; Andreana, Peter R.; Pennathur, Subramaniam

    2015-01-01

    Myeloperoxidase (MPO), lactoperoxidase (LPO) and eosinophil peroxidase (EPO) play a central role in oxidative damage in inflammatory disorders by utilizing hydrogen peroxide and halides/pseudo halides to generate the corresponding hypohalous acid. The catalytic sites of these enzymes contain a covalently modified heme group, which is tethered to the polypeptide chain at two ester linkages via the methyl group (MPO, EPO and LPO) and one sulfonium bond via the vinyl group (MPO only). Covalent cross-linking of the catalytic site heme to the polypeptide chain in peroxidases is thought to play a protective role, since it renders the heme moiety less susceptible to the oxidants generated by these enzymes. Mass-spectrometric analysis revealed the following possible pathways by which hypochlorous acid (HOCl) disrupts the heme-protein cross-linking: (1) the methyl-ester bond is cleaved to form an alcohol; (2) the alcohol group undergoes an oxygen elimination reaction via the formation of an aldehyde intermediate or undergoes a demethylation reaction to lose the terminal CH2 group; and (3) the oxidative cleavage of the vinyl-sulfonium linkage. Once the heme moiety is released it undergoes cleavage at the carbon-methyne bridge either along the ?-? or a ?-? axis to form different pyrrole derivatives. These results indicate that covalent cross-linking is not enough to protect the enzymes from HOCl mediated heme destruction and free iron release. Thus, the interactions of mammalian peroxidases with HOCl modulates their activity and sets a stage for initiation of the Fenton reaction, further perpetuating oxidative damage at sites of inflammation. PMID:25193127

  16. Cosmetic Preservatives as Therapeutic Corneal and Scleral Tissue Cross-Linking Agents

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    Babar, Natasha; Kim, MiJung; Cao, Kerry; Shimizu, Yukari; Kim, Su-Young; Takaoka, Anna; Trokel, Stephen L.; Paik, David C.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. Previously, aliphatic ?-nitroalcohols (BNAs) have been studied as a means to chemically induce tissue cross-linking (TXL) of cornea and sclera. There are a number of related and possibly more potent agents, known as formaldehyde releasers (FARs), that are in commercial use as preservatives in cosmetics and other personal care products. The present study was undertaken in order to screen such compounds for potential clinical utility as therapeutic TXL agents. Methods. A chemical registry of 62 FARs was created from a literature review and included characteristics relevant to TXL such as molecular weight, carcinogenicity/mutagenicity, toxicity, hydrophobicity, and commercial availability. From this registry, five compounds [diazolidinyl urea (DAU), imidazolidinyl urea (IMU), sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (SMG), DMDM hydantoin (DMDM), 5-Ethyl-3,7-dioxa-1-azabicyclo [3.3.0] octane (OCT)] were selected for efficacy screening using two independent systems, an ex vivo rabbit corneal cross-linking simulation setup and incubation of cut scleral tissue pieces. Treatments were conducted at pH 7.4 or 8.5 for 30 minutes. Efficacy was evaluated using thermal denaturation temperature (Tm), and cell toxicity was studied using the trypan blue exclusion method. Results. Cross-linking effects in the five selected FARs were pH and concentration dependent. Overall, the Tm shifts were in agreement with both cornea and sclera. By comparison with BNAs previously reported upon, the FARs identified in this study were significantly more potent but with similar or better cytotoxicity. Conclusions. The FARs, a class of compounds well known to the cosmetic industry, may have utility as therapeutic TXL agents. The compounds studied thus far show promise and will be further tested. PMID:25634979

  17. Progress of corneal collagen cross-linking combined with refractive surgery

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    Li, Na; Peng, Xiu-Jun; Fan, Zheng-Jun

    2014-01-01

    As a photochemical reaction that can stiffen the cornea, corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) is the only promising method of preventing the progress of keratectasia, such as keratoconus and secondary ectasia following refractive surgery. The aim of CXL is to stabilize the underlying condition, with a small chance of visual improvement. Combining CXL with refractive surgery targeting both stabilization and reshaping of the corneal tissue for visual function improvement is a good treatment option. This review aims to provide a comprehensive and unbiased summary of the published research regarding combined CXL and refractive surgery, including measures and results, to help elucidate the future direction of CXL. PMID:24634883

  18. Single-molecule analysis of DNA cross-links using nanopore technology

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    Wolna, Anna H.

    The alpha-hemolysin (alpha-HL) protein ion channel is a potential next-generation sequencing platform that has been extensively used to study nucleic acids at a single-molecule level. After applying a potential across a lipid bilayer, the imbedded alpha-HL allows monitoring of the duration and current levels of DNA translocation and immobilization. Because this method does not require DNA amplification prior to sequencing, all the DNA damage present in the cell at any given time will be present during the sequencing experiment. The goal of this research is to determine if these damage sites give distinguishable current levels beyond those observed for the canonical nucleobases. Because DNA cross-links are one of the most prevalent types of DNA damage occurring in vivo, the blockage current levels were determined for thymine-dimers, guanine(C8)-thymine(N3) cross-links and platinum adducts. All of these cross-links give a different blockage current level compared to the undamaged strands when immobilized in the ion channel, and they all can easily translocate across the alpha-HL channel. Additionally, the alpha-HL nanopore technique presents a unique opportunity to study the effects of DNA cross-links, such as thymine-dimers, on the secondary structure of DNA G-quadruplexes folded from the human telomere sequence. Using this single-molecule nanopore technique we can detect subtle structural differences that cannot be easily addressed using conventional methods. The human telomere plays crucial roles in maintaining genome stability. In the presence of suitable cations, the repetitive 5'-TTAGGG human telomere sequence can fold into G-quadruplexes that adopt the hybrid fold in vivo. The telomere sequence is hypersensitive to UV-induced thymine-dimer (T=T) formation, and yet the presence of thymine dimers does not cause telomere shortening. The potential structural disruption and thermodynamic stability of the T=T-containing natural telomere sequences were studied to understand how this damage is tolerated in telomeric DNA. The alpha-HL experiments determined that T=Ts disrupt double-chain reversal loop formation but are well tolerated in edgewise and diagonal loops of the hybrid G-quadruplexes. These studies demonstrated the power of the alpha-HL ion channel to analyze DNA modifications and secondary structures at a single-molecule level.

  19. Enzymatic cross-linking of ?-lactalbumin to produce nanoparticles with increased foam stability.

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    Dhayal, Surender K; Delahaije, Roy J B M; de Vries, Renko J; Gruppen, Harry; Wierenga, Peter A

    2015-10-28

    Hard colloidal nanoparticles (e.g. partly hydrophobised silica), are known to make foams with very high foam-stability. Nanoparticles can also be produced from proteins by enzymatic cross-linking. Such protein based particles are more suitable for food applications, but it is not known if they provide Pickering foam stabilisation to the same extent as hard colloidal particles. ?-Lactalbumin (?-LA) was cross-linked with either microbial transglutaminase (mTG) or horseradish peroxidase (HRP) to produce ?-LA/mTG and ?-LA/HRP nanoparticles. With both enzymes a range of nanoparticles were produced with hydrodynamic radii ranging from 20-100 nm. The adsorption of nanoparticles to the air-water interface was probed by increase in surface pressure (?) with time. In the beginning of the ? versus time curves, there was a lag time of 10-200 s, for nanoparticles with Rh of 30-100 nm, respectively. A faster increase of ? with time was observed by increasing the ionic strength (I = 0-125 mM). The foam-ability of the nanoparticles was also found to increase with increasing ionic strength. At a fixed I, the foam-ability of the nanoparticles decreased with increasing size while their foam-stability increased. Foams produced by low-shear whipping were found to be 2 to 6 times more stable for nanoparticles than for monomeric ?-LA (Rh? 2 nm). At an ionic strength of 125 mM ionic strength and protein concentration ? 10 g L(-1), the foam-stability of ?-LA/mTG nanoparticles (Rh = 100 nm, ?app = 21.6 kg m(-3)) was 2-4 times higher than ?-LA/HRP nanoparticles (Rh = 90 nm, ?app = 10.6 kg m(-3)). This indicated that foam-stablity of nanoparticles is determined not only by size but also by differences in mesoscale structure. So, indeed enzymatic cross-linking of proteins to make nanoparticles is moving a step towards particle like behavior e.g. slower adsorption and higher foam stability. However, the cross-link density should be further increased to obtain hard particle-like rigidity and foam-stability. PMID:26327613

  20. Cross-link induced linear and curved polymer channel waveguide arrays for massively parallel optical interconnects

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    Chen, Ray T.

    1993-01-01

    A single-mode polymer-based channel waveguide array with 1250 channels/cm packaging density on a cross-link induced photopolymeric thin film is reported. This array works at 1.31 micrometers and 0.63 micrometers . Curved waveguides with radii of curvature (ROC) from 1 mm to 40 mm were demonstrated. Waveguide propagation loss in the neighborhood of 0.1 db/cm was demonstrated for both linear and curved waveguides. Interconnectivity for various interconnection architectures including cross bar, hypercube, daisy chain and star are further considered. Multiple layers of optical interconnects may be required for an optical backplane involving massively parallel highly distributed computing systems.

  1. Adsorption properties of cross-linked cellulose-epichlorohydrin polymers in aqueous solution.

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    Udoetok, Inimfon A; Dimmick, Raquel M; Wilson, Lee D; Headley, John V

    2016-01-20

    Cellulose was cross-linked with epichlorohydrin (EP) at variable levels (CLE-0.5, CLE-2 and CLE-4), where CLE-i denotes the cellulose to EP mole ratios. The cross-linked products were characterized by TGA and FT-IR spectroscopy, pH at the point of zero charge (pHpzc), water swelling, and dye-adsorption methods employing two types of dyes [phenolphthalein (phth) and p-nitrophenol (PNP)]. The characterization methods provide evidence of cross-linking of cellulose in accordance with variations in surface area, PZC, available surface hydroxyl groups, and thermal stability when compared against pristine cellulose. The pHpzc of the sorbent materials was ?6.5 indicating a negative surface charge occurs above pHpzc. The cross-linked polymers possess greater swelling properties relative to pristine cellulose. Detailed adsorption studies were carried out at pH 9 for cellulose and CLE-i with five types single component carboxylate anions [2-hexyldecanoic acid (S1), trans-4-pentylcyclohexanecarboxylic acid (S2), 2-dicyclohexylacetic acid (S3), adamantane carboxylic acid (S4), and cyclohexane carboxylic acid (S5)] at 295K. The uptake properties of PNP with cellulose and CLE-i were also compared at pH 5 and 9, respectively. CLE-2 had the highest uptake of PNP (Qm=1.22×10(-1)mmol/g, pH 9) and S1 (Qm=4.27mg/g) while cellulose and CLE-4 had the strongest binding affinity (1.43L/mmol and 5.90×10(-2)L/mg), respectively. Uptake of PNP by CLE-0.5 at pH 5 (Qm=5.30×10(-2)mmol/g) was higher than uptake at pH 9 (Qm=3.11×10(-2)mmol/g). Sorption of CLE-4 with S1, S2 and S3 showed that relative uptake of the surrogates had the following order: S3>S2>S1, where S2 had the strongest binding affinity to CLE-i. CLE-2 had the highest sorption capacity towards Si in an equimolar mixture with evidence of molecular selective uptake. At pH 9, low uptake was mainly related to electrostatic repulsion between the negatively charged sorbent surface and the carboxylate head groups of Si. PMID:26572363

  2. Theoretical Basis, Laboratory Evidence, and Clinical Research of Chemical Surgery of the Cornea: Cross-Linking

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    da Paz, Amanda C.; Bersanetti, Patrícia A.; Salomão, Marcella Q.; Ambrósio, Renato; Schor, Paulo

    2014-01-01

    Corneal cross-linking (CXL) is increasingly performed in ophthalmology with high success rates for progressive keratoconus and other types of ectasia. Despite being an established procedure, some molecular and clinical aspects still require additional studies. This review presents a critical analysis of some established topics and others that are still controversial. In addition, this review examines new technologies and techniques (transepithelial and ultrafast CXL), uses of corneal CXL including natural products and biomolecules as CXL promoters, and evidence for in vitro and in vivo indirect effectiveness. PMID:25215226

  3. “Zero-length” Cross-linking in Solid State as an Approach for Analysis of Protein -Protein Interactions

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    Elshafey, Ahmed; Tolic, Nikola; Young, Malin M.; Sale, Kenneth L.; Smith, Richard D.; Kery, Vladimir

    2006-03-01

    Analyzing the architecture of protein complexes is a difficult task. Chemical cross-linking is often used in combination with mass spectrometric analysis to elucidate the interaction interfaces between proteins. We have developed a new approach for the analysis of interacting interfaces in protein complexes based on cross-linking in the solid state. Protein complexes are freeze-dried under vacuum and cross-links are introduced in the solid phase by dehydrating the protein in a non-water solvent, thus, creating peptide bonds between amino and carboxyl groups of the interacting peptides. Cross-linked proteins are digested into peptides with trypsin in both H216O and H218O and then readily distinguished in mass spectra by characteristic 8 atomic mass unit (amu) shifts reflecting incorporation of two 18O atoms into each C-terminus of proteolytic peptides. Computer analysis of mass spectrometry (MS) and MS/MS data is used to identify the cross-linked peptides.We demonstrated our method by cross-linking homooligomeric protein complexes alone or in a mixture of many other proteins. Cross-linking in the solid state was shown to be specific and reproducible. Glutathione-S-transferase (GST) from Schistosoma japonicum was studied in more detail. Twenty-seven unique intra-molecular and two inter-molecular cross-linked peptides were identified using tryptic mapping followed by LTQ-MS analysis. Identified cross-links were predominantly of amide origin, but six esters and thioesters were also found. Identified cross-linked peptides were validated by computational (visualization of cross-links in the three-dimensional [3D] structure of GST) and experimental (MS/MS) analyses. Most of the identified cross-links matched interacting peptides in the native 3D structure of GST indicating that the structure of GST and its oligomeric complex remained primarily intact after freeze drying. The pattern of oligomeric GST obtained in solid state was the same as that obtained in solution by Ru(II)Bpy32+ catalyzed, oxidative ?zero-length? cross-linking, confirming that it is feasible to use our strategy for analyzing the molecular interfaces of interacting proteins or peptides.

  4. Characterization of Hyaluronan-Degrading Enzymes from Yeasts.

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    Smirnou, Dzianis; Kr?má?, Martin; Kulhánek, Jaromír; Hermannová, Martina; Bobková, Lenka; Franke, Lukáš; Pepeliaev, Stanislav; Velebný, Vladimír

    2015-10-01

    Hyaluronidases (HAases) from yeasts were characterized for the first time. The study elucidated that hyaluronate 4-glycanohydrolase and hyaluronan (HA) lyase can be produced by yeasts. Six yeasts producing HAases were found through express screening of activities. The extracellular HAases from two of the yeast isolates, Pseudozyma aphidis and Cryptococcus laurentii, were characterized among them. P. aphidis HAase hydrolyzed ?-1,4 glycosidic bonds of HA, yielding even-numbered oligosaccharides with N-acetyl-D-glucosamine at the reducing end. C. laurentii produced hyaluronan lyase, which cleaved ?-1,4 glycosidic bonds of HA in ?-elimination reaction, and the products of HA degradation were different-sized even-numbered oligosaccharides. The shortest detected HA oligomer was dimer. The enzymes' pH and temperature optima were pH 3.0 and 37-45 °C (P. aphidis) and pH 6.0 and 37 °C (C. laurentii), respectively. Both HAases showed good thermostability. PMID:26239444

  5. Hyaluronan-coated extracellular vesicles--a novel link between hyaluronan and cancer.

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    Rilla, Kirsi; Siiskonen, Hanna; Tammi, Markku; Tammi, Raija

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of hyaluronan (HA) on the plasma membrane is a unique and still partly mysterious way of macromolecular biosynthesis. HA forms pericellular coats around many cell types and accumulates in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of growing and renewing tissues. It is secreted to high concentrations in body fluids with antifriction properties like pleural, peritoneal, and synovial fluids, but is also detectable in plasma, saliva, and urine. In pathological states, like cancer and inflammation, the amount of HA is increased around cells, in the ECM, and in the body fluids. HA is an indicator of poor prognosis for cancer patients and creates a favorable environment for cellular growth and motility. The recent finding that HA-coated extracellular vesicles act both as a product of HA synthase activity and as special vehicles for HA, and perhaps carry signals important for malignant growth, provides a novel link between HA and cancer. HA could be carried on the surface of these vesicles in tissues and body fluids, creating beneficial environments by itself, or by associated molecules, for the invasion and metastasis of cancer cells. The HA-coated plasma membrane protrusions and vesicles shed from them are potential biomarkers in cancer and other HA-associated disease states. PMID:25081528

  6. Relationship between cross-linking conditions of ethylene vinyl acetate and potential induced degradation for crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules

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    Jonai, Sachiko; Hara, Kohjiro; Tsutsui, Yuji; Nakahama, Hidenari; Masuda, Atsushi

    2015-08-01

    In this study, we investigated the relationship in crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic (PV) modules between the cross-linking level of copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate (EVA) as the encapsulant and the degree of degradation due to potential induced degradation (PID) phenomenon. We used three methods for the determination of cross-linking level of EVA: xylene method, which is one of the solvent extraction methods (SEM), curing degree by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and viscoelastic properties by dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). The results indicate that degradation of PV modules by PID test depends on the cross-linking level of EVA. The PV modules encapsulated by EVA with higher cross-linking level show lower degradation degree due to PID phenomenon. Also we showed that EVA with higher cross-linking level tended to be higher volume resistivity. This tendency is similar to that for electrical resistance value during the PID test. The PID test was also done by changing thickness of EVA between front cover glass and c-Si with the same cross-linking level. The PV modules encapsulated by thicker EVA between front cover glass and c-Si cell show lower degradation by PID. From these results, the PV modules encapsulated by EVA with higher cross-linking level, higher volume resistivity and increased thickness would be tolerant of PID phenomenon.

  7. Robust Self-Healing Hydrogels Assisted by Cross-Linked Nanofiber Networks

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    Fang, Yuan; Wang, Cai-Feng; Zhang, Zhi-Hong; Shao, Huan; Chen, Su

    2013-01-01

    Given increasing environmental and energy issues, mimicking nature to confer synthetic materials with self-healing property to expand their lifespan is highly desirable. Just like human skin recovers itself upon damage with the aid of nutrient-laden blood vascularization, designing smart materials with microvascular network to accelerate self-healing is workable but continues to be a challenge. Here we report a new strategy to prepare robust self-healing hydrogels assisted by a healing layer composed of electrospun cross-linked nanofiber networks containing redox agents. The hydrogels process high healing rate ranging from seconds to days and great mechanical strengths with storage modulus up to 0.1?MPa. More interestingly, when the healing layer is embedded into the crack of the hydrogel, accelerated self-healing is observed and the healing efficiency is about 80%. The healing layer encourages molecular diffusion as well as further cross-linking in the crack region of the hydrogel, responsible for enhanced healing efficiency. PMID:24091865

  8. Laser cross-linking protein captures for living cells on a biochip

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    Lin, Chih-Lang; Pan, Ming-Jeng; Chen, Hai-Wen; Lin, Che-Kuan; Lin, Chuen-Fu; Baldeck, Patrice L.

    2014-03-01

    In this study, bio-sensing pads are proposed to capture living cells, which are fabricated on cover glasses by cross-linking proteins/antibodies using laser induced photochemistry. The biological functions of the cross-linked protein/antibody were verified by capturing Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Leptospira, and red blood cells (RBCs), separately, with associated protein/antibody sensing pads. The experimental results show that S. aureus were bound on GFP-AcmA' pad after minutes of incubation and phosphate buffered saline (PBS) rinsing. No binding was observed with reference pad made of neutral bovine serum albumin (BSA). Second, A-type RBCs were chosen as the model cell to demonstrate the blood typing feasibility of the anti-A pad in microchannel. The A-type RBCs were captured only by the anti-A pad, but not the reference pad made of BSA. The same experimental model was carried out on the Leptospira, which stuck on the blood serum pad after PBS rinsing, but not BSA pad. This study provides a potential platform for simple and direct detection of living full cells without culture that could be used in point-of-care settings.

  9. Ultrathin, biomimetic, superhydrophilic layers of cross-linked poly(phosphobetaine) on polyethylene by photografting.

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    Yang, Biao; Duan, Xiaobo; Huang, Jijun

    2015-01-27

    Ultrathin, biomimetic, superhydrophilic hydrogel layers, composed of cross-linked poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine), are formed on low-density polyethylene films via ultraviolet-initiated surface graft polymerization. The layers are 19-58 nm thick as revealed by electron microscopy and have three-dimensional networks; the unique network structure, along with its zwitterionic nature, rather than surface roughness results in superhydrophilicity, that is, the water contact angle around 5°. This superhydrophilicity depends on a variety of factors, including the concentration of the monomer and cross-linker, the type of reaction solvents, the reaction and drying time, the intensity of UV light, and the way of measurement of water contact angles. Superhydrophilicity is obtained under a fixed ratio (e.g., 1/1) of the monomer to cross-linker, a reaction time over 120 s, a short drying time, (75%) ethanol as the reaction solvent, and low-intensity UV light, largely because these factors together generate optimal three-dimensional networks of cross-links. PMID:25549110

  10. Study of a hydrogen-bombardment process for molecular cross-linking within thin films

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    Liu, Y.; Yang, J.; Yang, D. Q.; Nie, H.-Y.; Lau, W. M.

    2011-02-21

    A low-energy hydrogen bombardment method, without using any chemical additives, has been designed for fine tuning both physical and chemical properties of molecular thin films through selectively cleaving C-H bonds and keeping other bonds intact. In the hydrogen bombardment process, carbon radicals are generated during collisions between C-H bonds and hydrogen molecules carrying {approx}10 eV kinetic energy. These carbon radicals induce cross-linking of neighboring molecular chains. In this work, we focus on the effect of hydrogen bombardment on dotriacontane (C{sub 32}H{sub 66}) thin films as growing on native SiO{sub 2} surfaces. After the hydrogen bombardment, XPS results indirectly explain that cross-linking has occurred among C{sub 32}H{sub 66} molecules, where the major chemical elements have been preserved even though the bombarded thin film is washed by organic solution such as hexane. AFM results show the height of the perpendicular phase in the thin film decreases due to the bombardment. Intriguingly, Young's modulus of the bombarded thin films can be increased up to {approx}6.5 GPa, about five times of elasticity of the virgin films. The surface roughness of the thin films can be kept as smooth as the virgin film surface after thorough bombardment. Therefore, the hydrogen bombardment method shows a great potential in the modification of morphological, mechanical, and tribological properties of organic thin films for a broad range of applications, especially in an aggressive environment.

  11. A comparison of UV cross-linking and vacuum baking for nucleic acid immobilization and retention

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    Nierzwicki-Bauer, S.A.; Gebhardt, J.S.; Linkkila, L.; Walsh, K. )

    1990-10-01

    The effectiveness of UV cross-linking and in vacuo baking for the immobilization and retention of DNA to various solid supports was investigated. Optimal immobilization treatments for supported and unsupported nitrocellulose and nylon membranes were: UV cross-linking at 254 nm with an exposure of 120 milliJoules/cm{sup 2}, or baking in vacuo for two hours at 80{degrees}C. UV-immobilized nitrocellulose-based membranes showed no increase in sensitivity when compared to baked membranes. An increase in sensitivity was observed for UV-immobilized nylon membranes as compared with baked nylon membranes in some instances, although this varied within lots of the membranes tested. Repeated strippings and heterologous reprobings resulted in loss of target DNA from UV-immobilized nylon membranes as compared to baked nylon membranes. Loss of target DNA from UV-immobilized nitrocellulose-based membranes due to repeated strippings and reprobings was even more pronounced. In vacuo baking of supported and unsupported nitrocellulose and nylon membranes was more effective for immobilization, and more importantly, for retention of target DNA through many reprobings of the same blot.

  12. Dynamic non-linear response of cross-linked actin networks: an energy dissipation approach

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    Majumdar, Sayantan; Gardel, Margaret L.

    2014-03-01

    Cross-linked bio-polymer networks that primarily maintain the shape and rigidity in eukaryotic cells show striking non-linear mechanical properties. Here, we study the steady-state energy dissipation (Ediss) over a complete sinusoidal shear strain cycle for a macroscopic assembly of reconstituted network of actin filaments cross-linked with Filamin A, over wide range of strain amplitude and frequency values. For small values of the applied strain amplitudes (linear regime) Ediss increases monotonously with the increasing frequency over the entire frequency range studied but in the non-linear regime (larger applied strain amplitudes), a clear saturation in Ediss is observed at higher frequencies. Also, the normalized dissipated energy distribution binned over the fixed strain intervals along the shear cycle show frequency dependence in the nonlinear regime but remains frequency independent in the linear regime. Remarkably, the monotonously increasing behavior of Ediss with frequency is also observed in the non-linear regime when a more rigid cross-linker A-Actinin is used, suggesting the importance of flexibility of cross-linkers in controlling the non-linear mechanical response in this class of materials. MRSEC Kadanoff-Rice Post Doctoral Fellowship.

  13. Contributions of DNA interstrand cross-links to aging of cells and organisms

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    Grillari, Johannes; Katinger, Hermann; Voglauer, Regina

    2007-01-01

    Impaired DNA damage repair, especially deficient transcription-coupled nucleotide excision repair, leads to segmental progeroid syndromes in human patients as well as in rodent models. Furthermore, DNA double-strand break signalling has been pinpointed as a key inducer of cellular senescence. Several recent findings suggest that another DNA repair pathway, interstrand cross-link (ICL) repair, might also contribute to cell and organism aging. Therefore, we summarize and discuss here that (i) systemic administration of anti-cancer chemotherapeutics, in many cases DNA cross-linking drugs, induces premature progeroid frailty in long-term survivors; (ii) that ICL-inducing 8-methoxy-psoralen/UVA phototherapy leads to signs of premature skin aging as prominent long-term side effect and (iii) that mutated factors involved in ICL repair like ERCC1/XPF, the Fanconi anaemia proteins, WRN and SNEV lead to reduced replicative life span in vitro and segmental progeroid syndromes in vivo. However, since ICL-inducing drugs cause damage different from ICL and since all currently known ICL repair factors work in more than one pathway, further work will be needed to dissect the actual contribution of ICL damage to aging. PMID:18083760

  14. Electrostatic modulation and enzymatic cross-linking of interfacial layers impacts gastrointestinal fate of multilayer emulsions.

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    Zeeb, Benjamin; Weiss, Jochen; McClements, David Julian

    2015-08-01

    In this study, membrane properties were modulated using layer-by-layer electrostatic depositioning in combination with salt and/or enzyme treatment to control the gastrointestinal fate of emulsified oils. Lipid droplets coated by a single-layer of biopolymers (gelatin) were prepared by high pressure homogenization. Lipid droplets coated by a double-layer of biopolymers (gelatin-pectin) were prepared by electrostatically depositing sugar beet pectin on the gelatin-coated droplets. Laccase was added to the double-layer emulsions to covalently crosslink the adsorbed pectin molecules, whereas sodium chloride was added to modulate interfacial properties through electrostatic screening effects. Non-cross-linked and cross-linked double-layer emulsions (with and without salt) were then passed through a simulated gastrointestinal tract (GIT) that included mouth, gastric and intestinal phases. Free fatty acid release profiles suggested that the stability of the emulsified droplets within the GIT played a more important role in determining the rate and extent of lipid digestion than the initial interfacial layer properties. PMID:25766826

  15. Exploring DNA-binding Proteins with In Vivo Chemical Cross-linking and Mass Spectrometry

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    Qiu, Haibo; Wang, Yinsheng

    2009-01-01

    DNA-binding proteins are very important constituents of proteomes of all species and play crucial roles in transcription, DNA replication, recombination, repair and other activities associated with DNA. Although a number of DNA-binding proteins have been identified, many proteins involved in gene regulation and DNA repair are likely still unknown because of their dynamic and/or weak interactions with DNA. In this report, we described an approach for the comprehensive identification of DNA-binding proteins with in vivo formaldehyde cross-linking and LC-MS/MS. DNA-binding proteins could be purified via the isolation of DNA-protein complexes and released from the complexes by reversing the cross-linking. By using this method, we were able to identify more than one hundred DNA-binding proteins, such as proteins involved in transcription, gene regulation, DNA replication and repair, and a large number of proteins which are potentially associated with DNA and DNA-binding proteins. This method should be generally applicable to the investigation of other nucleic acid-binding proteins, and hold great potential in the comprehensive study of gene regulation, DNA damage response and repair, as well as many other critical biological processes at proteomic level. PMID:19714816

  16. Kinetics of chromium ion absorption by cross-linked polyacrylate films

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    May, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    Three cross-linked ion exchange membranes were studied as to their ability to absorb chromium ion from aqueous chromium III nitrate solutions. Attention was given to the mechanism of absorption, composition of the absorbed product, and the chemical bonding. The membranes were: calcium polyacrylate, polyacrylic acid, and a copolymer of acrylic acid and vinyl alcohol. For the calcium polyacrylate and the copolymer, parabolic kinetics were observed, indicating the formation of a chromium polyacrylate phase as a coating on the membrane. The rate of absorption is controlled by the diffusion of the chromium ion through this coating. The product formed in the copolymer involves the formation of a coordination complex of a chromium ion with 6 carboxylic acid groups from the same molecule. The absorption of the chromium ion by the polyacrylic acid membranes appears to be more complicated, involving cross-linking. This is due to the coordination of the chromium ion with carboxylic acid groups from more than one polymer molecule. The absorption rate of the chromium ion by the calcium salt membrane was found to be more rapid than that by the free polyacrylic acid membrane.

  17. Effect of Polymer Concentration and Cross-linking Density on Microgel Size and Shrinking Capacity

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    Streletzky, Kiril; Benmerzouga, Imaan; McKenna, John

    2008-10-01

    Hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) is a polysaccharide with temperature dependent water solubility. HPC chains can be chemically cross linked into stable nanoparticles called microgels. The structure and dynamics of microgels depend on polymer and salt concentration, crosslinking density, and solution temperature. HPC has easily accessible lower critical solution temperature. At Tc=41^oC, HPC in solution undergoes a reversible transition at which chains form metastable clusters that fall apart when temperature is lowered below Tc. HPC microgels undergo a similar transition in which, however, microgel clusters stay intact below and above Tc. In this transition microgels shrink/swell on average by a factor of eight, a property with a potential for application in targeted drug delivery. Dynamic Light Scattering was used to study microgels in thermal equilibrium. Due to a complexity of microgel spectra the line shape analysis algorithm was employed. Comparison of differently synthesized HPC microgels revealed that higher polymer concentration results in smaller microgels with lower shrinking capacity. The effective cross-linking density that yields relatively monodisperse microgels was determined. The angular dependence of scattering demonstrated that microgels are largely spherical particles. Finally, studying microgels at different temperatures allowed to monitor the shrinking/swelling behavior.

  18. In situ cross-linking of stimuli-responsive hemicellulose microgels during spray drying.

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    Zhao, Weifeng; Nugroho, Robertus Wahyu N; Odelius, Karin; Edlund, Ulrica; Zhao, Changsheng; Albertsson, Ann-Christine

    2015-02-25

    Chemical cross-linking during spray drying offers the potential for green fabrication of microgels with a rapid stimuli response and good blood compatibility and provides a platform for stimuli-responsive hemicellulose microgels (SRHMGs). The cross-linking reaction occurs rapidly in situ at elevated temperature during spray drying, enabling the production of microgels in a large scale within a few minutes. The SRHMGs with an average size range of ? 1-4 ?m contain O-acetyl-galactoglucomannan as a matrix and poly(acrylic acid), aniline pentamer (AP), and iron as functional additives, which are responsive to external changes in pH, electrochemical stimuli, magnetic field, or dual-stimuli. The surface morphologies, chemical compositions, charge, pH, and mechanical properties of these smart microgels were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, IR, zeta potential measurements, pH evaluation, and quantitative nanomechanical mapping, respectively. Different oxidation states were observed when AP was introduced, as confirmed by UV spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Systematic blood compatibility evaluations revealed that the SRHMGs have good blood compatibility. This bottom-up strategy to synthesize SRHMGs enables a new route to the production of smart microgels for biomedical applications. PMID:25630464

  19. Bioinspired composites from cross-linked galactoglucomannan and microfibrillated cellulose: Thermal, mechanical and oxygen barrier properties.

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    Oinonen, Petri; Krawczyk, Holger; Ek, Monica; Henriksson, Gunnar; Moriana, Rosana

    2016-01-20

    In this study, new wood-inspired films were developed from microfibrillated cellulose and galactoglucomannan-lignin networks isolated from chemothermomechanical pulping side streams and cross-linked using laccase enzymes. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that cross-linked galactoglucomannan-lignin networks have been used for the potential development of composite films inspired by woody-cell wall formation. Their capability as polymeric matrices was assessed based on thermal, structural, mechanical and oxygen permeability analyses. The addition of different amounts of microfibrillated cellulose as a reinforcing agent and glycerol as a plasticizer on the film performances was evaluated. In general, an increase in microfibrillated cellulose resulted in a film with better thermal, mechanical and oxygen barrier performance. However, the presence of glycerol decreased the thermal stability, stiffness and oxygen barrier properties of the films but improved their elongation. Therefore, depending on the application, the film properties can be tailored by adjusting the amounts of reinforcing agent and plasticizer in the film formulation. PMID:26572340

  20. Adsorption of an anionic azo dye by cross-linked chitosan/bentonite composite.

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    Liu, Qian; Yang, Bingchao; Zhang, Lujie; Huang, Ruihua

    2015-01-01

    In this study, cross-linked chitosan (CCS)/bentonite (BT) composite was prepared by the intercalation of chitosan in bentonite and the cross-linking reaction between chitosan and glutaraldehyde. CCS/BT composite was characterized by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal gravimetric analyses (TGA). Their adsorption characteristics were assessed by using an azo dye (Amido Black 10B) as a model adsorbate. The adsorption of Amido Black 10B onto the CCS/BT composite was found to be optimal at pH 2. The adsorption isotherm was well described by the Langmuir model and the maximum adsorption capacity was 323.6 mg/g at 293K and pH 2. Amido Black 10B adsorption kinetics followed a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The calculated thermodynamic parameters showed that the adsorption of Amido Black 10B by CCS/BT composite was spontaneous and endothermic in nature. PMID:25453286

  1. Study for HDR cross-link for formation flight satellite systems

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    Nishinaga, Nozomu; Takayama, Yoshihisa; Takahashi, Takashi; Ogawa, Yasuo; Kubooka, Toshihiro; Umehara, Hiroaki

    2003-07-01

    In this paper we studied about optical and millimeter radio wave cross-link for formation flight communication satellite system in a geostationary orbit. In formation flight system, since the distance among the satellites becomes short compared with the conventional inter satellite comunication link, the size and the weight of the communication system can be reduced. If the high data rate cross-link among the satellites which is equal to the whole transponder bandwidth can be established, the functionally distributed communications satellite system can be constructed. Then, by exchanging a part of the satellite system without the physical contact, in other words, by exchange some old satellites and new ones, the fully reconfigurable and long lifetime (from the point of the function) satellite communication system which can follow the paradigm shift in the terrestrial communications technology can be realize. On the other hand, however, since the maximum of relative angle error among two satellites is enlarged, the tracking becomes difficult. In this study, it turns the electric power which is gotten from the shortening the distance to making beam width large. Here, we examine communication among two satellites (10Km distance) where the data rate is 1Gbps.

  2. Oral Delivery of Exenatide via Microspheres Prepared by Cross-Linking of Alginate and Hyaluronate

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    Zhang, Baojie; He, Dongyang; Fan, Yu; Liu, Nan; Chen, Yijun

    2014-01-01

    Exenatide is an FDA-approved glucose-lowering peptide drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes by subcutaneous injection. To address the issues on the inconvenience for patient use and the difficulty of oral administration of peptide drugs, chemical cross-linking of two pH-responsive biomaterials, alginate and hyaluronate, was carried out to prepare a new material for the encapsulation of exenatide as a form of microspheres. The exenatide-loaded microspheres exhibited spherical structures with excellent loading and release behaviors in the simulated gastrointestinal tract environments. After oral administration of the microspheres in db/db mice, maximum plasma concentration of exenatide appeared at 4 hours, and blood glucose was effectively reduced to a normal level within 2 hours and maintained for another 4 hours. The bioavailability of the exenatide-loaded microspheres, relative to subcutaneous injection of exenatide, reached 10.2%. Collectively, the present study demonstrated the feasibility of orally delivering exenatide with the new cross-linked biomaterial and formulation, and showed therapeutic potential for clinical applications. PMID:24465870

  3. Angiotensin I-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Derived from Cross-Linked Oyster Protein

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    Xie, Cheng-Liang; Kim, Jin-Soo; Ha, Jong-Myung; Choung, Se-Young

    2014-01-01

    Following cross-linking by microbial transglutaminase, modified oyster proteins were hydrolyzed to improve inhibitory activity against angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity with the use of a single protease, or a combination of six proteases. The oyster hydrolysate with the lowest 50% ACE inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 0.40?mg/mL was obtained by two-step hydrolysis of the cross-linked oyster protein using Protamex and Neutrase. Five ACE inhibitory peptides were purified from the oyster hydrolysate using a multistep chromatographic procedure comprised of ion-exchange, size exclusion, and reversed-phase liquid chromatography. Their sequences were identified as TAY, VK, KY, FYN, and YA, using automated Edman degradation and mass spectrometry. These peptides were synthesized, and their IC50 values were measured to be 16.7, 29.0, 51.5, 68.2, and 93.9??M, respectively. Toxicity of the peptides on the HepG2 cell line was not detected. The oyster hydrolysate also significantly decreased the systolic blood pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). The antihypertensive effect of the oyster hydrolysate on SHR was rapid and long-lasting, compared to commercially obtained sardine hydrolysate. These results suggest that the oyster hydrolysate could be a source of effective nutraceuticals against hypertension. PMID:25140307

  4. Pentacam topographic changes after collagen cross-linking in patients with keratoconus

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    Razmjoo, Hassan; Rahgozar, Aminhossein; Shirani, Kiana; Abtahi, Seyed-Hossein

    2015-01-01

    Background: Corneal cross-linking (CXL) with riboflavin and ultra-violet A is less invasive in comparison with other procedures such as penetrating keratoplasty. Hence, we planned this study to evaluate the efficacy of CXL in disease progression and to compare keratoconus indices before and 1 year after cross-linking by Pentacam. Materials and Methods: In this prospective clinical trial, we enrolled 37 eyes of 37 patients suffering from keratoconus who were candidates for CXL. All eyes were examined before and one 1 year after surgery with a slit lamp and Pentacam for corneal topography. To compare the mean of each Pentacam parameter and index before and 1 year after the surgery, we used paired t-test. Results: There were 23 males and 14 females. The mean age was 21.5 years 18-30 years). At the 12th month examination, the corneal thickness had decreased (P = 0.0068) and the Index of Height Decentration (IHD) had increased (P = 0.016). There were no statistically significant differences in other indices and parameters 1 year after CXL. Conclusion: Most of the parameters and indices had not changed during 1 year after CXL. The procedure seems to be effective in stopping the disease progression at least for 12 months after surgery. PMID:25802831

  5. Chemical, Physical, and Mechanical Characterization of Isocyanate Cross-linked Amine-Modified Silica Aerogels

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    Katti, Atul; Shimpi, Nilesh; Roy, Samit; Lu, Hongbing; Fabrizio, Eve F.; Dass, Amala; Capadona, Lynn A.; Leventis, Nicholas

    2006-01-01

    We describe a new mechanically strong lightweight porous composite material obtained by encapsulating the skeletal framework of amine-modified silica aerogels with polyurea. The conformal polymer coating preserves the mesoporous structure of the underlying silica framework and the thermal conductivity remains low at 0.041 plus or minus 0.001 W m(sup -1 K(sup -1). The potential of the new cross-linked silica aerogels for load-carrying applications was determined through characterization of their mechanical behavior under compression, three-point bending, and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). A primary glass transition temperature of 130 C was identified through DMA. At room temperature, results indicate a hyperfoam behavior where in compression cross-linked aerogels are linearly elastic under small strains (less than 4%) and then exhibit yield behavior (until 40% strain), followed by densification and inelastic hardening. At room temperature the compressive Young's modulus and the Poisson's ratio were determined to be 129 plus or minus 8 MPa and 0.18, respectively, while the strain at ultimate failure is 77% and the average specific compressive stress at ultimate failure is 3.89 x 10(exp 5) N m kg(sup -1). The specific flexural strength is 2.16 x 10(exp 4) N m kg(sup -1). Effects on the compressive behavior of strain rate and low temperature were also evaluated.

  6. Furosemide-loaded Alginate Microspheres Prepared by Ionic Cross-linking Technique: Morphology and Release Characteristics

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    Das, M. K.; Senapati, P. C.

    2008-01-01

    Furosemide-loaded alginate microspheres were prepared by the ionic cross-linking technique using CaCl2, Al2(SO4)3 and BaCl2. The process induced the formation of microspheres with the incorporation efficiency of 65% to 93%. The effect of sodium alginate concentration, cross-linking agents and drying conditions was evaluated with respect to entrapment efficiency, particle size, surface characteristics and in vitro release behaviors. Infrared spectroscopic study confirmed the absence of any drug-polymer interaction. Differential scanning calorimetric analysis revealed that the drug was molecularly dispersed in the alginate microspheres matrices showing rough surface, which was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy study. The mean particle size and entrapment efficiency were found to be varied by changing various formulation parameters. The in vitro release profile could be altered significantly by changing various formulation parameters to give a sustained release of drug from the microspheres. The kinetic modeling of the release data indicate that furosemide release from the alginate microspheres follow anomalous transport mechanism after an initial lag period when the drug release mechanism was found to be fickian diffusion controlled. PMID:20390085

  7. In Situ Cross-Linking of Stimuli-Responsive Hemicellulose Microgels during Spray Drying

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    2015-01-01

    Chemical cross-linking during spray drying offers the potential for green fabrication of microgels with a rapid stimuli response and good blood compatibility and provides a platform for stimuli-responsive hemicellulose microgels (SRHMGs). The cross-linking reaction occurs rapidly in situ at elevated temperature during spray drying, enabling the production of microgels in a large scale within a few minutes. The SRHMGs with an average size range of ?1–4 ?m contain O-acetyl-galactoglucomannan as a matrix and poly(acrylic acid), aniline pentamer (AP), and iron as functional additives, which are responsive to external changes in pH, electrochemical stimuli, magnetic field, or dual-stimuli. The surface morphologies, chemical compositions, charge, pH, and mechanical properties of these smart microgels were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, IR, zeta potential measurements, pH evaluation, and quantitative nanomechanical mapping, respectively. Different oxidation states were observed when AP was introduced, as confirmed by UV spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Systematic blood compatibility evaluations revealed that the SRHMGs have good blood compatibility. This bottom-up strategy to synthesize SRHMGs enables a new route to the production of smart microgels for biomedical applications. PMID:25630464

  8. Kinetics of copper ion absorption by cross-linked calcium polyacrylate membranes

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    Philipp, W. H.; May, C. E.

    1983-01-01

    The absorption of copper ions from aqueous copper acetate solutions by cross-linked calcium acrylate membranes was found to obey parabolic kinetics similar to that found for oxidation of metals that form protective oxide layers. For pure calcium polyacrylate membranes the rate constant was essentially independent of copper acetate concentration and film thickness. For a cross-linked copolymer film of polyvinyl alcohol and calcium polyacrylate, the rate constant was much greater and dependent on the concentration of copper acetate. The proposed mechanism in each case involves the formation of a copper polyacrylate phase on the surface of the membrane. The diffusion of the copper ion through this phase appears to be the rate controlling step for the copolymer film. The diffusion of the calcium ion is apparently the rate controlling step for the calcium polyacrylate. At low pH, the copper polyacrylate phase consists of the normal copper salt; at higher pH, the phase appears to be the basic copper salt.

  9. Cross-linked chitosan/liposome hybrid system for the intestinal delivery of quercetin.

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    Caddeo, Carla; Díez-Sales, Octavio; Pons, Ramon; Carbone, Claudia; Ennas, Guido; Puglisi, Giovanni; Fadda, Anna Maria; Manconi, Maria

    2016-01-01

    Quercetin is a flavonoid with antioxidant/anti-inflammatory properties, poorly absorbed when administered orally. To increase its bioavailability and optimize its release in the intestine, a hybrid system made of liposomes coated with cross-linked chitosan, named TPP-chitosomes, was developed and characterized by light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction and Turbiscan® technology. The TPP-chitosomes were nanosized (?180nm), fairly spherical in shape and unilamellar. The actual coating of the surface of liposomes with the cross-linked chitosan was demonstrated by Small-Angle X-ray Scattering. The release of quercetin in simulated gastric and intestinal pH was investigated, the results showing that the system provided resistance to acidic conditions, and promoted the release in alkaline pH, mimicking the intestinal environment. The proposed hybrid system represents a promising combination of nanovesicles and chitosan for the delivery of quercetin to the intestine in the therapy of oxidative stress/inflammation related disorders. PMID:26397912

  10. An insight into the properties of Aegle marmelos pectin-chitosan cross-linked films.

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    Jindal, Manish; Kumar, Vineet; Rana, Vikas; Tiwary, A K

    2013-01-01

    Pectin of Aegle marmelos (AP) ripe fruits processed in equal proportion with chitosan (CH) formed films that exhibited minimum swelling index and volume index on exposure to buffers of acidic and alkaline pH. Highest contact angle and spreading coefficient coupled with lowest work of adhesion in all buffers for this film suggested availability of limited number of functional groups for interaction with water molecules due to optimum cross-linking between -NH(3)(+) groups of CH and -COO(-) groups of AP. This contention was substantiated by the presence of almost negligible charge on this film. The endothermic transition ?H characteristic of -NH(3)(+)-COO(-) cross-linking between groups in this film was observed to decrease by only 1% after its sequential exposure to pH 1.2 (3 h) and pH 7.4 (6 h). Furthermore, the absence of pores or erosion in the scanning electron photomicrograph suggested the versatility of this film due to its resistance to acidic and alkaline pH. PMID:23107804

  11. Specific disulfide cross-linking to constrict the mobile carrier domain of nonribosomal peptide synthetases.

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    Tarry, Michael J; Schmeing, T Martin

    2015-06-01

    Nonribosomal peptide synthetases are large, multi-domain enzymes that produce peptide molecules with important biological activity such as antibiotic, antiviral, anti-tumor, siderophore and immunosuppressant action. The adenylation (A) domain catalyzes two reactions in the biosynthetic pathway. In the first reaction, it activates the substrate amino acid by adenylation and in the second reaction it transfers the amino acid onto the phosphopantetheine arm of the adjacent peptide carrier protein (PCP) domain. The conformation of the A domain differs significantly depending on which of these two reactions it is catalyzing. Recently, several structures of A-PCP di-domains have been solved using mechanism-based inhibitors to trap the PCP domain in the A domain active site. Here, we present an alternative strategy to stall the A-PCP di-domain, by engineering a disulfide bond between the native amino acid substrate and the A domain. Size exclusion studies showed a significant shift in apparent size when the mutant A-PCP was provided with cross-linking reagents, and this shift was reversible in the presence of high concentrations of reducing agent. The cross-linked protein crystallized readily in several of the conditions screened and the best crystals diffracted to ?8 Å. PMID:25713404

  12. Encapsulated eucalyptus oil in ionically cross-linked alginate microcapsules and its controlled release.

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    Noppakundilograt, Supaporn; Piboon, Phianghathai; Graisuwan, Wilaiporn; Nuisin, Roongkan; Kiatkamjornwong, Suda

    2015-10-20

    Sodium alginate microcapsules containing eucalyptus oil were prepared by oil-in-water emulsification via Shirasu porous glass (SPG) membrane and cross-linked by calcium chloride (CaCl2). SPG membrane pore size of 5.2?m was used to control the size of eucalyptus oil microdroplets. Effects of sodium alginate, having a mannuronic acid/guluronic acid (M/G) ratio of 1.13, eucalyptus oil and CaCl2 amounts on microdroplet sizes and size distribution were elucidated. Increasing sodium alginate amounts from 0.1 to 0.5% (wv(-1)) sodium alginate, the average droplets size increased from 42.2±2.0 to 48.5±0.6?m, with CVs of 16.5±2.2 and 30.2±4.5%, respectively. CaCl2 successfully gave narrower size distribution of cross-linked eucalyptus oil microcapsules. The optimum conditions for preparing the microcapsules, oil loading efficiency, and controlled release of the encapsulated eucalyptus oil from the microcapsules as a function of time at 40°C were investigated. Release model for the oil from microcapsules fitted Ritger-Peppas model with non-Fickian transport mechanism. PMID:26256156

  13. Actin cable distribution and dynamics arising from cross-linking, motor pulling, and filament turnover

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    Tang, Haosu; Laporte, Damien; Vavylonis, Dimitrios

    2014-01-01

    The growth of fission yeast relies on the polymerization of actin filaments nucleated by formin For3p, which localizes at tip cortical sites. These actin filaments bundle to form actin cables that span the cell and guide the movement of vesicles toward the cell tips. A big challenge is to develop a quantitative understanding of these cellular actin structures. We used computer simulations to study the spatial and dynamical properties of actin cables. We simulated individual actin filaments as semiflexible polymers in three dimensions composed of beads connected with springs. Polymerization out of For3p cortical sites, bundling by cross-linkers, pulling by type V myosin, and severing by cofilin are simulated as growth, cross-linking, pulling, and turnover of the semiflexible polymers. With the foregoing mechanisms, the model generates actin cable structures and dynamics similar to those observed in live-cell experiments. Our simulations reproduce the particular actin cable structures in myoV? cells and predict the effect of increased myosin V pulling. Increasing cross-linking parameters generates thicker actin cables. It also leads to antiparallel and parallel phases with straight or curved cables, consistent with observations of cells overexpressing ?-actinin. Finally, the model predicts that clustering of formins at cell tips promotes actin cable formation. PMID:25103242

  14. Fixation of allosteric states of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor by chemical?cross-linking

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    Watty, Anke; Methfessel, Christoph; Hucho, Ferdinand

    1997-01-01

    Receptor activity can be described in terms of ligand-induced transitions between functional states. The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), a prototypic ligand-gated ion channel, is an “unconventional allosteric protein” which exists in at least three interconvertible conformations, referred to as resting (low agonist affinity, closed channel), activated (open channel), and desensitized (high agonist affinity, closed channel). Here we show that 3,3?-dimethyl suberimidate (DMS) is an agonistic bifunctional cross-linking reagent, which irreversibly “freezes” the nAChR in a high agonist affinity/closed-channel state. The monofunctional homologue methyl acetoimidate, which is also a weak cholinergic agonist, has no such irreversible effect. Glutardialdehyde, a cross-linker that is not a cholinergic effector, fixes the receptor in a low-affinity state in the absence of carbamoylcholine, but, like DMS, in a high-affinity state in its presence. Covalent cross-linking thus allows us to arrest the nAChR in defined conformational states. PMID:9223339

  15. The immunological effect of hyaluronan in tumor angiogenesis

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    Spinelli, Fiorella M; Vitale, Daiana L; Demarchi, Gianina; Cristina, Carolina; Alaniz, Laura

    2015-01-01

    The relationship between the immune system and angiogenesis has been described in several contexts, both in physiological and pathological conditions, as pregnancy and cancer. In fact, different types of immune cells, such as myeloid, macrophages and denditric cells, are able to modulate tumor neovascularization. On the other hand, tumor microenvironment also includes extracellular matrix components like hyaluronan, which has a deregulated synthesis in different tumors. Hyaluronan is a glycosaminoglycan, normally present in the extracellular matrix of tissues in continuous remodeling (embryogenesis or wound healing processes) and acts as an important modulator of cell behavior by different mechanisms, including angiogenesis. In this review, we discuss hyaluronan as a modulator of tumor angiogenesis, focusing in intracellular signaling mediated by its receptors expressed on different immune cells. Recent observations suggest that the immune system is an important component in tumoural angiogenesis. Therefore, immune modulation could have an impact in anti-angiogenic therapy as a new therapeutic strategy, which in turn might improve effectiveness of treatment in cancer patients. PMID:26719798

  16. Influence of cross-link structure, density and mechanical properties in the mesoscale deformation mechanisms of collagen fibrils

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    Depalle, Baptiste; Qin, Zhao; Shefelbine, Sandra J.; Buehler, Markus J.

    2015-01-01

    Collagen is a ubiquitous protein with remarkable mechanical properties. It is highly elastic, shows large fracture strength and enables substantial energy dissipation during deformation. Most of the connective tissue in humans consists of collagen fibrils composed of a staggered array of tropocollagen molecules, which are connected by intermolecular cross-links. In this study, we report a three-dimensional coarse-grained model of collagen and analyze the influence of enzymatic cross-links on the mechanics of collagen fibrils. Two representatives immature and mature cross-links are implemented in the mesoscale model using a bottom-up approach. By varying the number, type and mechanical properties of cross-links in the fibrils and performing tensile test on the models, we systematically investigate the deformation mechanisms of cross-linked collagen fibrils. We find that cross-linked fibrils exhibit a three phase behavior, which agrees closer with experimental results than what was obtained using previous models. The fibril mechanical response is characterized by: (i) an initial elastic deformation corresponding to the collagen molecule uncoiling, (ii) a linear regime dominated by molecule sliding and (iii) the second stiffer elastic regime related to the stretching of the backbone of the tropocollagen molecules until the fibril ruptures. Our results suggest that both cross-link density and type dictate the stiffness of large deformation regime by increasing the number of interconnected molecules while cross-links mechanical properties determine the failure strain and strength of the fibril. These findings reveal that cross-links play an essential role in creating an interconnected fibrillar material of tunable toughness and strength. PMID:25153614

  17. Influence of cross-link structure, density and mechanical properties in the mesoscale deformation mechanisms of collagen fibrils.

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    Depalle, Baptiste; Qin, Zhao; Shefelbine, Sandra J; Buehler, Markus J

    2015-12-01

    Collagen is a ubiquitous protein with remarkable mechanical properties. It is highly elastic, shows large fracture strength and enables substantial energy dissipation during deformation. Most of the connective tissue in humans consists of collagen fibrils composed of a staggered array of tropocollagen molecules, which are connected by intermolecular cross-links. In this study, we report a three-dimensional coarse-grained model of collagen and analyze the influence of enzymatic cross-links on the mechanics of collagen fibrils. Two representatives immature and mature cross-links are implemented in the mesoscale model using a bottom-up approach. By varying the number, type and mechanical properties of cross-links in the fibrils and performing tensile test on the models, we systematically investigate the deformation mechanisms of cross-linked collagen fibrils. We find that cross-linked fibrils exhibit a three phase behavior, which agrees closer with experimental results than what was obtained using previous models. The fibril mechanical response is characterized by: (i) an initial elastic deformation corresponding to the collagen molecule uncoiling, (ii) a linear regime dominated by molecule sliding and (iii) the second stiffer elastic regime related to the stretching of the backbone of the tropocollagen molecules until the fibril ruptures. Our results suggest that both cross-link density and type dictate the stiffness of large deformation regime by increasing the number of interconnected molecules while cross-links mechanical properties determine the failure strain and strength of the fibril. These findings reveal that cross-links play an essential role in creating an interconnected fibrillar material of tunable toughness and strength. PMID:25153614

  18. Growth Factors Cross-Linked to Collagen Microcarriers Promote Expansion and Chondrogenic Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

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    Bertolo, Alessandro; Arcolino, Fanny; Capossela, Simona; Taddei, Anna Rita; Baur, Martin; Pötzel, Tobias; Stoyanov, Jivko

    2015-10-01

    Tissue engineering is a field in progressive expansion and requires constant updates in methods and devices. One of the central fields is the development of biocompatible, biodegradable, and injectable scaffolds, such as collagen microcarriers. To enhance cell attachment and produce a cost-effective cell culture solution with local stimulation of cells, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) or transforming growth factor-?1 (TGF-?1) was covalently immobilized on microcarriers either by 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide/N-hydroxysuccinimide (EDC/NHS) or riboflavin/UV (RB/UV) light-mediated cross-linking. Collagen microcarriers cross-linked with bFGF or TGF-?1 were used for expansion and chondrogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Evaluation methods included cell viability test, chondrogenic marker expression (aggrecan and collagen type I and type II), histological detection of proteoglycans, and immunohistochemical analysis. Cross-linking strengthened the collagen structure of the microcarriers and reduced collagenase-mediated degradation. MSCs effectively proliferated on microcarriers cross-linked with bFGF, especially by EDC/NHS cross-linking. Chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs was induced by TGF-?1 cross-linked on microcarriers, promoting gene expression and protein accumulation of aggrecan and collagen type I and type II, as well as proteoglycans. Cross-linking by RB/UV enhanced chondrogenesis more than any other group. In addition, cross-linking reduced scaffold shrinkage exerted by MSCs during chondrogenesis, a desirable feature for microcarriers if used as tissue defect filler. In conclusion, cross-linking of bFGF or TGF-?1 to collagen microcarriers supported in vitro proliferation and chondrogenesis, respectively. If translated in vivo and in clinical practice, such approach might lead a step closer to development of a cost-effective and locally acting device for cell-based therapy. PMID:26222829

  19. Methods of controlling cross-linking in negative-tone resists

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    Lawson, Richard A.; Chun, Jun Sung; Neisser, Mark; Tolbert, Laren M.; Henderson, Clifford L.

    2014-03-01

    Negative tone resists based on cross-linking via epoxide/cationic polymerization have a variety of potential advantages over more traditional positive tone resists based on photoacid catalyzed deprotection including low outgassing, intrinsic diffusion control, and improved pattern collapse performance through the higher modulus provided by a cross-linked network. Based on the promising baseline performance achieved previously in simple negative tone systems composed only of an epoxide functionalized molecular glass and a photoacid generator, a series of different methods and additives that can be used to control the extent and rate of cross-linking in such systems have been developed and are reported here which allow for even further improvement in resist performance. Simple addition of base quencher, as is used in conventional chemically amplified resists, is ineffective in these systems because the patterning reaction mechanism is different. Any control method must work by modifying the extent and rate of cationic polymerization of epoxides. By adding molecules containing phenolic OH groups to such an epoxide resist, one can slow the extent of cross-linking due to introduction of an additional reaction pathway and often a concomitant increase in the resist resin glass transition temperature. Generalized additives similar to base quencher were also developed based on the addition of strong nucleophiles such as triphenylphosphine which act essentially as chain termination agents. This approach allows for improved resolution and LER in negative tone epoxide resist systems. A more superior additive was developed that can be described as a photodecomposable nucleophile (PDN). The unexposed PDN acts similarly to the strong nucleophile additives in that it terminates chain propagation. Upon exposure, the PDN can act like a chain transfer agent or an additional initiator, but no longer has the effect of completely terminating chain propagation. This approach allows for high levels of control in the nominally unexposed regions of the resist, but maintains high efficiency of cross-linking in the most highly exposed regions. One particular implementation of a PDN used in this study is the blending of a PAG (i.e. triphenylsulfonium triflate, TPS-Tf) with a more nucleophilic anion that plays the role of a PDN, with the common and highly effective, non-nucleophilic PAG that is conventionally used in epoxide photopolymerizations (i.e. triphenylsulfonium hexafluoroantimonate, TPS-SbF6). Addition of only a few percent of TPS-Tf to a baseline epoxide resist formulation shows a 5-10 nm improvement in ultimate resolution and a reduction in LER to around 65% as compared to the baseline resist without the PDN additive while only incurring a moderate increase in imaging dose. By modulating the amount of the different polymerization control additives, the performance of a particular epoxide resist was improved from a resolution of greater than 30 nm half pitch and an LER of around 9 nm to a resolution of ~20 nm half pitch, with an LER of around 4 nm, and a sensitivity of 18 mJ/cm2. By increasing the additive loading even further, the resolution was improved to ~18 nm half pitch, although with an increase in imaging dose to 39 mJ/cm2.

  20. DNA-Protein Cross-links: Formation, Structural Identities, and Biological Outcomes

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    Tretyakova, Natalia Y.; Groehler, Arnold; Ji, Shaofei

    2015-01-01

    CONSPECTUS Non-covalent DNA-protein interactions are at the heart of normal cell function. In eukaryotic cells, genomic DNA is wrapped around histone octamers to allow for chromosomal packaging in the nucleus. Binding of regulatory protein factors to DNA directs replication, controls transcription, and mediates cellular responses to DNA damage. Because of their fundamental significance in all cellular processes involving DNA, dynamic DNA-protein interactions are required for cell survival, and their disruption is likely to have serious biological consequences. DNA-protein cross-links (DPCs) form when cellular proteins become covalently trapped on DNA strands upon exposure to various endogenous, environmental and chemotherapeutic agents. DPCs progressively accumulate in the brain and heart tissues as a result of endogenous exposure to reactive oxygen species and lipid peroxidation products, as well as normal cellular metabolism. A range of structurally diverse DPCs are found following treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs, transition metal ions, and metabolically activated carcinogens. Because of their considerable size and their helix-distorting nature, DPCs interfere with the progression of replication and transcription machineries and hence hamper the faithful expression of genetic information, potentially contributing to mutagenesis and carcinogenesis. Mass spectrometry-based studies have identified hundreds of proteins that can become cross-linked to nuclear DNA in the presence of reactive oxygen species, carcinogen metabolites, and antitumor drugs. While many of these proteins including histones, transcription factors, and repair proteins are known DNA binding partners, other gene products with no documented affinity for DNA also participate in DPC formation. Furthermore, multiple sites within DNA can be targeted for cross-linking including the N7 of guanine, the C-5 methyl group of thymine, and the exocyclic amino groups of guanine, cytosine, and adenine. This structural complexity complicates structural and biological studies of DPC lesions. Two general strategies have been developed for creating DNA strands containing structurally defined, site-specific DPCs. Enzymatic methodologies that trap DNA modifying proteins on their DNA substrate are site specific and efficient, but do not allow for systematic studies of DPC lesion structure on their biological outcomes. Synthetic methodologies for DPC formation are based on solid phase synthesis of oligonucleotide strands containing protein-reactive unnatural DNA bases. The latter approach allows for a wider range of protein substrates to be conjugated to DNA and affords a greater flexibility for the attachment sites within DNA. In this Account, we outline the chemistry of DPC formation in cells, describe our recent efforts to identify the cross-linked proteins by mass spectrometry, and discuss various methodologies for preparing DNA strands containing structurally defined, site specific DPC lesions. Polymerase bypass experiments conducted with model DPCs indicate that the biological outcomes of these bulky lesions are strongly dependent on the peptide/protein size and the exact cross-linking site within DNA. Future studies are needed to elucidate the mechanisms of DPC repair and their biological outcomes in living cells. PMID:26032357

  1. DNA-Protein Cross-Links: Formation, Structural Identities, and Biological Outcomes.

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    Tretyakova, Natalia Y; Groehler, Arnold; Ji, Shaofei

    2015-06-16

    Noncovalent DNA-protein interactions are at the heart of normal cell function. In eukaryotic cells, genomic DNA is wrapped around histone octamers to allow for chromosomal packaging in the nucleus. Binding of regulatory protein factors to DNA directs replication, controls transcription, and mediates cellular responses to DNA damage. Because of their fundamental significance in all cellular processes involving DNA, dynamic DNA-protein interactions are required for cell survival, and their disruption is likely to have serious biological consequences. DNA-protein cross-links (DPCs) form when cellular proteins become covalently trapped on DNA strands upon exposure to various endogenous, environmental and chemotherapeutic agents. DPCs progressively accumulate in the brain and heart tissues as a result of endogenous exposure to reactive oxygen species and lipid peroxidation products, as well as normal cellular metabolism. A range of structurally diverse DPCs are found following treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs, transition metal ions, and metabolically activated carcinogens. Because of their considerable size and their helix-distorting nature, DPCs interfere with the progression of replication and transcription machineries and hence hamper the faithful expression of genetic information, potentially contributing to mutagenesis and carcinogenesis. Mass spectrometry-based studies have identified hundreds of proteins that can become cross-linked to nuclear DNA in the presence of reactive oxygen species, carcinogen metabolites, and antitumor drugs. While many of these proteins including histones, transcription factors, and repair proteins are known DNA binding partners, other gene products with no documented affinity for DNA also participate in DPC formation. Furthermore, multiple sites within DNA can be targeted for cross-linking including the N7 of guanine, the C-5 methyl group of thymine, and the exocyclic amino groups of guanine, cytosine, and adenine. This structural complexity complicates structural and biological studies of DPC lesions. Two general strategies have been developed for creating DNA strands containing structurally defined, site-specific DPCs. Enzymatic methodologies that trap DNA modifying proteins on their DNA substrate are site specific and efficient, but do not allow for systematic studies of DPC lesion structure on their biological outcomes. Synthetic methodologies for DPC formation are based on solid phase synthesis of oligonucleotide strands containing protein-reactive unnatural DNA bases. The latter approach allows for a wider range of protein substrates to be conjugated to DNA and affords a greater flexibility for the attachment sites within DNA. In this Account, we outline the chemistry of DPC formation in cells, describe our recent efforts to identify the cross-linked proteins by mass spectrometry, and discuss various methodologies for preparing DNA strands containing structurally defined, site specific DPC lesions. Polymerase bypass experiments conducted with model DPCs indicate that the biological outcomes of these bulky lesions are strongly dependent on the peptide/protein size and the exact cross-linking site within DNA. Future studies are needed to elucidate the mechanisms of DPC repair and their biological outcomes in living cells. PMID:26032357

  2. Ionically cross-linked poly(allylamine) as a stimulus-responsive underwater adhesive: ionic strength and pH effects.

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    Lawrence, Patrick G; Lapitsky, Yakov

    2015-02-01

    Gel-like coacervates that adhere to both hydrophilic and hydrophobic substrates under water have recently been prepared by ionically cross-linking poly(allylamine) (PAH) with pyrophosphate (PPi) and tripolyphosphate (TPP). Among the many advantages of these underwater adhesives (which include their simple preparation and low cost) is their ability to dissolve on demand when exposed to high or low pH. To further analyze their stimulus-responsive properties, we have investigated the pH and ionic strength effects on the formation, rheology and adhesion of PAH/PPi and PAH/TPP complexes. The ionic cross-linker concentrations needed to form these adhesives decreased with increasing pH and ionic strength (although the complexes ceased to form when the parent solution pH exceeded ca. 8.5; i.e., the effective pKa of PAH). Once formed, their ionic cross-links were most stable (as inferred from their relaxation times) at near-neutral or slightly alkaline pH values (of roughly 6.5-9) and at low ionic strengths. The decrease in ionic cross-link stability within complexes prepared at other pH values and at elevated (150-300 mM) NaCl concentrations diminished both the strength and longevity of adhesion (although, under most conditions tested, the short-term tensile adhesion strengths remained above 10(5) Pa). Additionally, the sensitivity of PAH/PPi and PAH/TPP complexes to ionic strength was demonstrated as a potential route to injectable adhesive design (where spontaneous adhesive formation was triggered via injection of low-viscosity, colloidal PAH/TPP dispersions into phosphate buffered saline). Thus, while the sensitivity of ionically cross-linked PAH networks to pH and ionic strength can weaken their adhesion, it can also impart them with additional functionality, such as minimally invasive, injectable delivery, and ability to form and dissolve their bonds on demand. PMID:25569307

  3. proteinsSTRUCTURE O FUNCTION O BIOINFORMATICS Domain motions of hyaluronan lyase

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    de Groot, Bert

    hyaluronan lyase; SpnHyal, Streptococcus pneumoniae hyaluronan lyase. Grant sponsor: Deutsche) studies of Hyal from Streptococcus pneumoniae are presented that address the enzyme's molecular mechanism members of Streptococcus species, and is present on most strains of these organisms. The expression

  4. Synthesis and characterization of DNA containing an N1-2'-deoxyinosine-ethyl-N3-thymidine interstrand cross-link: a structural mimic of the cross-link formed by 1,3-bis-(2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea.

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    Wilds, Christopher J; Xu, Fei; Noronha, Anne M

    2008-03-01

    Interstrand cross-links, which are generated by chemotherapeutic treatment with bis-alkylating agents, exert their therapeutic effect by connecting the nucleobases of adjacent DNA strands together and represent some of the most threatening forms of damage suffered by genomic DNA. However, one of the reasons for treatment failure using these agents is due to enhanced repair of this DNA damage. The pursuit of understanding the repair of interstrand cross-links by repair systems has necessitated the synthesis of sufficient quantities of such damaged DNA. We report the synthesis of a site-specific interstrand cross-linked duplex containing an ethylene-bridged N (1)-2'-deoxyinosine- N (3)-thymidine base pair prepared by solution and solid-phase synthesis as a mimic for the lesion formed by the therapeutic agent 1,3-bis-(2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea using both a phosphoramidite and a bis-phosphoramidite approach. UV thermal denaturation experiments revealed that this cross-linked duplex was stabilized by 52 degrees C relative to the noncross-linked control, and circular dichroism studies indicated little deviation from a B-form structure compared to a duplex that contained a G-C base pair at the same position. Molecular models of the cross-linked duplex that were geometry optimized using the AMBER forcefield also suggest that this lesion induces minimal distortion in B-form DNA. This modified oligonucleotide will be useful for studies related to the investigation of interstrand cross-linked DNA repair. PMID:18257558

  5. Changes in urinary excretion of pyridinium cross-links during Spacelab-J.

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    Seo, H; Itoh, T; Murata, Y; Ohmori, S; Kambe, F; Mohri, M; Sekiguchi, C; Matsui, N

    1997-12-01

    In SLJ-1 we proposed to study three major objectives. They were; 1. hormonal changes associated with fluid and electrolyte metabolism, 2. the effect of space flight on the circadian rhythms of endocrine and metabolic systems, 3. the changes in the indices of the bone and muscle metabolism during space flight. In this report, the changes in the bone metabolism during Spacelab-J will be presented with a special emphasis on urinary excretion of pyridinium cross-links. Timed urine samples from three Japanese payload specialists were obtained for 3 days from May 19 to 21, 1991 (one year before the launch = L-1 year). Immediately before the launch (L-3 to L-0), urine samples were obtained from a payload specialist who was on board the Space Shuttle Endeavor (PS). During the inflight period (flight from September 3 to 10 in 1992), urine samples from the PS were collected by using Urine Monitoring System (UMS). After the landing, they were obtained from the PS for three days (R+0-R+2). Various parameters related to bone metabolism such as hydroxyproline, pyridinium cross-links and calcium were determined. It was noted that excretion of hydroxyproline decreased during the preflight periods when compared with that in the control L-1 year period. The average excretory rate during control period was 846.2 +/- 198.7 milligrams/hour (mean +/- SD), while those in the preflight 474.6 +/- 171.1 milligrams/hour, suggesting the diminished collagen intake during the preflight period. Average excretion rate of pyridinium cross-links during the first 4 mission days (MD0-MD3) was similar to that of preflight and control L-1 year period. However, it was significantly increased during the last 4 mission days (MD4-MD7). It returned to the preflight level during postflight days (R+0-R+2). Increased urinary excretion of calcium during the last 4 mission days were also observed. These results suggest that increase in bone resorption could occur during relatively short stay in microgravity. PMID:11541764

  6. Aliphatic ?-nitroalcohols for therapeutic corneoscleral cross-linking: corneal permeability considerations

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    Wen, Quan; Trokel, Stephen L.; Paik, David C.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Our recent tissue cross-linking studies have raised the possibility of using aliphatic ?-nitro alcohols (BNAs) for pharmacologic, therapeutic corneal cross-linking. The present study was performed in order to determine the permeability of BNAs and to explore the use of permeability enhancing agents. Methods Ex vivo rabbit corneas were mounted in a typical Franz diffusion chamber. BNA permeability was determined by assaying the recipient chamber over time using a modification of the Griess nitrite colorimetric assay. The apparent permeability coefficient (Ptot) was determined for 2 mono-nitroalcohols, 2-nitroethanol (2NE) and 2-nitro-1-propanol (2NProp); a nitro-diol (2-methyl-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol=MNPD); and a nitro-triol (2-hydroxymethyl-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol=HNPD). Permeability enhancing effects using benzalkonium chloride (BAC) [0.01 and 0.02%], ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) [0.05%], and a combination of BAC 0.01% + tetracaine (TC) [0.5%] were also studied. Results The Ptot (+/?S.E.) values (cm/sec) were as follows: Ptot=4.33×10?5 (+/?9.82×10?6) for 2NE (MW=91), Ptot=9.34×10?6 (+/? 2.16×10?7) for 2NProp (MW=105), Ptot=4.37×10?6 (+/? 1.86×10?7) for MNPD (MW=135), and Ptot=8.95×10?7 (+/?1.93×10?8) for HNPD (MW=151). Using the nitrodiol, permeability increased approximately two-fold using BAC 0.01%, five-fold using BAC 0.02% and five-fold using the combination of BAC 0.01% + TC 0.5%. No effect was observed using EDTA 0.05%. Conclusions The results indicate that the corneal epithelium is permeable to BNAs with the apparent permeability corresponding to molecular weight. The findings are consistent with previous literature indicating that the small size of these compounds (<10Å) favors their passage through the corneal epithelium via the paracellular route. This information will help to guide dosing regimens for in vivo topical cross-linking studies. PMID:22868628

  7. Aromatic nitrogen mustard-based prodrugs: activity, selectivity, and the mechanism of DNA cross-linking.

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    Chen, Wenbing; Han, Yanyan; Peng, Xiaohua

    2014-06-10

    Three novel H2O2-activated aromatic nitrogen mustard prodrugs (6-8) are reported. These compounds contain a DNA alkylating agent connected to a H2O2-responsive trigger by different electron-withdrawing linkers so that they are inactive towards DNA but can be triggered by H2O2 to release active species. The activity and selectivity of these compounds towards DNA were investigated by measuring DNA interstrand cross-link (ICL) formation in the presence or absence of H2O2. An electron-withdrawing linker unit, such as a quaternary ammonia salt (6), a carboxyamide (7), and a carbonate group (8), is sufficient to deactivate the aromatic nitrogen mustard resulting in less than 1.5?% cross-linking formation. However, H2O2 can restore the activity of the effectors by converting a withdrawing group to a donating group, therefore increasing the cross-linking efficiency (>20?%). The stability and reaction sites of the ICL products were determined, which revealed that alkylation induced by 7 and 8 not only occurred at the purine sites but also at the pyrimidine site. For the first time, we isolated and characterized the monomer adducts formed between the canonical nucleosides and the aromatic nitrogen mustard (15) which supported that nitrogen mustards reacted with dG, dA, and dC. The activation mechanism was studied by NMR spectroscopic analysis. An in vitro cytotoxicity assay demonstrated that compound 7 with a carboxyamide linker dramatically inhibited the growth of various cancer cells with a GI50 of less than 1??M, whereas compound 6 with a charged linker did not show any obvious toxicity in all cell lines tested. These data indicated that a neutral carboxyamide linker is preferable for developing nitrogen mustard prodrugs. Our results showed that 7 is a potent anticancer prodrug that can serve as a model compound for further development. We believe these novel aromatic nitrogen mustards will inspire further and effective applications. PMID:24806710

  8. Viscoelastic Properties of Vitreous Gel

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    Pirouz Kavehpour, H.; Sharif-Kashani, Pooria

    2010-11-01

    We studied the rheological properties of porcine vitreous humor using a stressed-control shear rheometer. All experiments were performed in a closed environment at body temperature to mimic in-vivo conditions. We modeled the creep deformation using a two-element retardation spectrum model. By associating each element of the model to an individual biopolymeric system in the vitreous gel, a separate response to the applied stress was obtained from each component. The short time scale was associated with the collagen structure, while the longer time scale was related to the microfibrilis and hyaluronan network. We were able to distinguish the role of each main component from the overall rheological properties. Knowledge of this correlation enables us to relate the physical properties of vitreous to its pathology, as well as optimize surgical procedures such as vitrectomy.

  9. Molecular structure, mechanical behavior and failure mechanism of the C-terminal cross-link domain in type I collagen

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    Uzel, Sebastien Guy Marcel

    Collagen is a key constituent in structural materials found in biology, including bone, tendon, skin and blood vessels. Here we report a first molecular level model of an entire overlap region of a C-terminal cross-linked ...

  10. Cross-linked supramolecular polymer metallogels constructed via a self-sorting strategy and their multiple stimulus-response behaviors.

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    Wang, Xu-Qing; Wang, Wei; Yin, Guang-Qiang; Wang, Yu-Xuan; Zhang, Chang-Wei; Shi, Jia-Meng; Yu, Yihua; Yang, Hai-Bo

    2015-12-01

    Novel cross-linked supramolecular polymer metallogels were successfully constructed from four components via a self-sorting strategy, and feature interesting multiple stimulus-response behaviors under various external stimuli, including halide, base, and competitive guests. PMID:26436148

  11. Thesis proposal CSF Brazil 2014 Ligand-functionalized core-cross-linked amphiphilic star block copolymers synthesis and

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    Bordenave, Charles

    Thesis proposal CSF Brazil 2014 Title: Ligand-functionalized core-cross-linked amphiphilic star of synthetics polymers that are accessible through this strategy, amphiphilic block copolymers can be readily

  12. xTract: software for characterizing conformational changes of protein complexes by quantitative cross-linking mass spectrometry.

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    Walzthoeni, Thomas; Joachimiak, Lukasz A; Rosenberger, George; Röst, Hannes L; Malmström, Lars; Leitner, Alexander; Frydman, Judith; Aebersold, Ruedi

    2015-12-01

    Chemical cross-linking in combination with mass spectrometry generates distance restraints of amino acid pairs in close proximity on the surface of native proteins and protein complexes. In this study we used quantitative mass spectrometry and chemical cross-linking to quantify differences in cross-linked peptides obtained from complexes in spatially discrete states. We describe a generic computational pipeline for quantitative cross-linking mass spectrometry consisting of modules for quantitative data extraction and statistical assessment of the obtained results. We used the method to detect conformational changes in two model systems: firefly luciferase and the bovine TRiC complex. Our method discovers and explains the structural heterogeneity of protein complexes using only sparse structural information. PMID:26501516

  13. Structural Characterization of Formaldehyde-induced Cross-links Between Amino Acids and Deoxynucleosides and Their Oligomers

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    Lu, Kun; Ye, Wenjie; Zhou, Li; Collins, Leonard B.; Chen, Xian

    2010-01-01

    Exposure to formaldehyde results in the formation of DNA-protein cross-links (DPCs) as a primary genotoxic effect. Although DPCs are biologically important and eight amino acids have been reported to form stable adducts with formaldehyde, the structures of these cross-links have not yet been elucidated. We have characterized formaldehyde-induced cross-links of Lys, Cys, His and Trp with dG, dA and dC. dT formed no cross-links, nor did Arg, Gln, Tyr or Asn. Reaction of formaldehyde with Lys and dG gave the highest yield of cross-linked products, followed by reaction with Cys and dG. Yields from the other coupling reactions were lower by a factor of 10 or more. Detailed structural examination by NMR and mass spectrometry established that the cross-links between amino acids and single nucleosides involve a formaldehyde-derived methylene bridge. Lys yielded two additional products with dG in which the linking structure is a 1,N2-fused triazino ring. The Lys cross-linked products were unstable at ambient temperature. Reactions between the reactive N?-Boc-protected amino acids and the trinucleotides d(T1B2T3) where B2 is the target base G, A or C and reactions between dG, dA and dC and 8-mer peptides containing a single reactive target residue at position 5 yielded cross-linked products with structures inferred from high resolution mass spectrometry and fragmentation patterns that are consistent with those between N?-Boc-protected amino acids and single nucleotides rigorously determined by NMR studies. These structures will provide a basis for investigation of the characteristics and properties of DPCs formed in vivo and will be helpful in identifying biomarkers for the evaluation of formaldehyde exposure both at site of contact and at distant sites. PMID:20178313

  14. Tannic acid cross-linked collagen scaffolds and their anti-cancer potential in a tissue engineered breast implant.

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    Cass, Cheryl A P; Burg, Karen J L

    2012-01-01

    Tannic acid (TA) is a hydrolysable plant tannin, and it has been determined that TA functions as a collagen cross-linking agent through hydrogen-bonding mechanisms and hydrophobic effects. Since TA may have anti-tumor properties, it may be a viable cross-linking agent for collagen-based breast tissue scaffolds. The goal of this work was to determine if TA cross-linked scaffolds induce apoptotic processes in MCF-7 cancer cells, with minimal toxic effect on healthy D1 mesenchymal stem-like stromal cells. Cross-linked collagen scaffolds that were uniform, easily reproduced, easily characterized, and readily used in cell culture were manufactured. Thermal denaturation temperatures of the cross-linked scaffolds (68°C) were shown to be significantly higher when compared to those of uncross-linked scaffolds (55°C). Scanning electron microscopy images demonstrated the replacement of irregular collagen fibers with sheet-like structures upon cross-linking. The cross-linking solution concentration of TA that appears to be best for inducing apoptotic processes in MCF-7 cells, while minimizing toxic effect on D1 cells, is 1 mg/ml. At this concentration, the MCF-7 cell metabolic activity did not change over a 72-h period (i.e., proliferation was limited) while there was an increase in metabolic activity of D1 cells over the 72-h period. TA did appear to inhibit the production of lipid by D1 cells cultured in an adipogenic cocktail; in the future, the rate and duration of inhibition could be tailored to allow gradual bulking of the implant. The results suggest that the level of TA cross-linking can be modulated to provide optimal use in a tissue engineering composite. PMID:21244722

  15. Collagen Cross Linking Agents: Design and Development of a Multifunctional Cross Linker

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    Givens, Richard S.; Yousef, Abraham L.; Yang, Shaorong; Timberlake, George T.

    2013-01-01

    A new cross linking reagent based on the first-generation polyamidoamine dendrimer (G.1 PAMAM) has been synthesized by reaction of the PAMAM with eight equivalents of p-nitrophenyl diazopyruvate. The resulting water-soluble octadiazopyruvoyl PAMAM (8G.1 DAP, 1.3) was shown to undergo Wolff rearrangements upon photolysis in methanol at ? > 300 nm to yield the methyl esters of the ketenes formed from the loss of nitrogen. 8G.1 DAP also forms strong bonds with dehydrated collagen with glass as high as 36 N cm?2. Collagen to collagen bonds with tensile strengths as high as 92 N cm?2 were observed with fully dehydrated tissues. The bonding decreased rapidly with increasingly hydrated tissue possibly due to the increased distance between the collagen fibrils and the competition of H2O for the free ketene functions. PMID:18173719

  16. Effects of autologous, cross-linked erythrocytes on isolated hypoperfused rabbit heart dynamics.

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    Frosini, Maria; Larini, Alessandra; Ricci, Lorenzo; Lucas, Luisa; Gorelli, Beatrice; Sgaragli, Giampietro; Tanganelli, Piero; Valoti, Massimo

    2012-01-01

    The present study was aimed at assessing the effects of either red blood cells (RBC) or RBC cross-linked with the bifunctional dimethyl suberimidate reagent (C-RBC) on contractile force (CFo), heart rate (HR) and coronary flow (CF) of the isolated rabbit heart hypoperfused with RBC suspensions under 30 mm Hg constant pressure. RBC or C-RBC caused a rapid and marked reduction of CF, CFo and HR. In RBC-treated hearts, however, reperfusion with Tyrode solution partially restored the initial myocardial parameters, while in C-RBC-treated hearts a rapid impairment of diastolic relaxation with a subsequent, steady and increasing heart contracture was observed. Histological analysis showed that in C-RBC-perfused hearts either capillaries or precapillary arterioles were occluded by C-RBC in spite of extensive washings with Tyrode solution. These findings indicate that C-RBC impair coronary circulation markedly and irreversibly. PMID:23038665

  17. The thermal cross-linking plate with high quality for CTP with laser

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    Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Cunlin; Zhang, Heling

    2005-01-01

    In view of some problems of the thermal cross-linking CTP plate previously prepared in our laboratory, an acid proliferation generator was synthesized and used in the preparation of CTP plate. Therefore, the sensitivity and imaging quality of CTP plate was improved obviously. This kind of plate has an imaging layer, comprising an admixture of a resole resin, a novolac resin, a latent Bronsted acid, an acid proliferation generator, an infrared absorber and colorant. The plate is intended for digital exposure with an infrared laser with 830nm in a computer to plate (CTP) machine. The dot density of the printing plate ranges from 1 to 99 percent, and the resolution can reach 6?m. On the aspect of making printing plate these characteristics achieve acceptable criterion of printing.

  18. Synthesis of PAMAM dendrimer-based fast cross-linking hydrogel for biofabrication.

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    Bi, Xiangdong; Amie Luckanagul, Jittima; Allen, Ashley; Ramaboli, Matsepo; Campbell, Emily; West, Davey; Maturavongsadit, Panita; Brummett, Katelyn; Wang, Qian

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogels possess great potential in biofabrication because they allow cell encapsulation and proliferation in a highly hydrated three-dimensional environment, and they provide biologically relevant chemical and physical signals. However, development of hydrogel systems that mimic the complexity of natural extracellular matrix remains a challenge. In this study, we report the development of a binary hydrogel system containing a synthetic poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimer and a natural polymer, i.e., hyaluronic acid (HA), to form a fast cross-linking hydrogel. Live cell staining experiment and cell viability assay of bone marrow stem cells demonstrated that cells were viable and proliferating in the in situ formed PAMAM/HA hydrogel system. Furthermore, introduction of a Arginylglycylaspartic acid (RGD) peptide into the hydrogel system significantly improved the cell viability, proliferation, and attachment. Therefore, this PAMAM/HA hydrogel system could be a promising platform for various applications in biofabrication. PMID:26023858

  19. In vivo and in vitro surface changes in a highly cross-linked polyethylene.

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    Rieker, Claude B; Konrad, Reto; Schön, Rolf; Schneider, Werner; Abt, Niels A

    2003-10-01

    Highly cross-linked, ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylenes (UHMWPEs) were developed to reduce UHMWPE wear in arthroplasty. These UHMWPEs have manifested an improvement in the wear resistance. Examination of the first retrievals revealed surface features not usually observed on conventional retrievals. A flattening of the machining marks is evident, together with the presence of ripples with microfissures. These ripples were investigated in vitro and on retrievals having a follow-up of up to 15 months. The examinations of all specimens showed that the ripples may be described as folds with microcracks. The depth of the microcracks extended to a maximum of 5 microm and is independent of the mode of loading (up to 27 million cycles). Because of the extreme wear resistance of these UHMWPEs, the folds accumulate on the surface of components. PMID:14560411

  20. Stimuli-responsive cross-linked micelles for on-demand drug delivery against cancers

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    Li, Yuanpei; Xiao, Kai; Zhu, Wei; Deng, Wenbin; Lam, Kit S.

    2013-01-01

    Stimuli-responsive cross-linked micelles (SCMs) represent an ideal nanocarrier system for drug delivery against cancers. SCMs exhibit superior structural stability compared to their non-crosslinked counterpart. Therefore, these nanocarriers are able to minimize the premature drug release during blood circulation. The introduction of environmentally sensitive crosslinkers or assembly units makes SCMs responsive to single or multiple stimuli present in tumor local microenvironment or exogenously applied stimuli. In these instances, the payload drug is released almost exclusively in cancerous tissue or cancer cells upon accumulation via enhanced permeability and retention effect or receptor mediated endocytosis. In this review, we highlight recent advances in the development of SCMs for cancer therapy. We also introduce the latest biophysical techniques, such as electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), for the characterization of the interactions between SCMs and blood proteins. PMID:24060922

  1. Optimization of ?-cyclodextrin cross-linked polymer for monitoring of quercetin

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    Zhu, Xiashi; Ping, Wenhui

    2014-11-01

    A novel method for the separation/analysis of quercetin was described, which was based on the investigation of the inclusion interactions of ?-cyclodextrin cross-linked polymer (?-CDCP) with quercetin (Qu) and the adsorption behavior of Qu on ?-CDCP. The inclusion interaction of ?-CDCP with Qu was studied through FTIR, TGA and 13C NMR. Under the optimum conditions, the preconcentration factor of the proposed method was approximately 8.8, the ?-CDCP could be used repeatedly for 30 times and offered better recovery. The linear range, limit of detection (LOD) and the relative standard deviation (RSD) was found to be 0.10-12.0 ?g mL-1, 4.6 ng mL-1 and 3.10% (n = 3, c = 2.0 ?g mL-1) respectively. This technique had been successfully applied to the determination of Qu in real samples.

  2. Magnetic Assembly and Cross-Linking of Nanoparticles for Releasable Magnetic Microstructures.

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    Velez, Camilo; Torres-Díaz, Isaac; Maldonado-Camargo, Lorena; Rinaldi, Carlos; Arnold, David P

    2015-10-27

    This article describes a versatile method to fabricate magnetic microstructures with complex two-dimensional geometric shapes using magnetically assembled iron oxide (Fe3O4) and cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles. Magnetic pole patterns are imprinted into magnetizable media, onto which magnetic nanoparticles are assembled from a colloidal suspension into defined shapes via the shaped magnetic field gradients. The kinetics of this assembly process are studied by evaluation of the microstructure features (e.g., line width and height) as a function of time, particle type, and volume fraction. After assembly, the iron oxide particles are cross-linked in situ and subsequently released by dissolving a sacrificial layer. The free-floating magnetic structures are shown to retain their patterned shape during manipulation with external magnetic fields. PMID:26364509

  3. Cross-linked polymersomes as nanoreactors for controlled and stabilized single and cascade enzymatic reactions

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    Gräfe, David; Gaitzsch, Jens; Appelhans, Dietmar; Voit, Brigitte

    2014-08-01

    Polymeric vesicles or polymersomes are one of the supramolecular entities at the leading edge of synthetic biology. These small compartments have shown to be feasible candidates as nanoreactors, especially for enzymatic reactions. Once cross-linked and equipped with a pH sensitive material, the reaction can be switched off (pH 8) and on (pH 6) in accordance with the increased permeability of the polymersome membranes under acidic conditions. Thus cross-linked and pH sensitive polymersomes provide a basis for pH controlled enzymatic reactions where no integrated transmembrane protein is needed for regulating the uptake and release of educts and products in the polymersome lumen. This pH-tunable working tool was further used to investigate their use in sequential enzymatic reactions (glucose oxidase and myoglobin) where enzymes are loaded in one common polymersome or in two different polymersomes. Crossing membranes and overcoming the space distance between polymersomes were shown successfully, meaning that educts and products can be exchanged between enzyme compartments for successful enzymatic cascade reactions. Moreover the stabilizing effect of polymersomes is also observable by single enzymatic reactions as well as a sequence. This study is directed to establish robust and controllable polymersome nanoreactors for enzymatic reactions, describing a switch between an off (pH 8) and on (pH 6) state of polymersome membrane permeability with no transmembrane protein needed for transmembrane exchange.Polymeric vesicles or polymersomes are one of the supramolecular entities at the leading edge of synthetic biology. These small compartments have shown to be feasible candidates as nanoreactors, especially for enzymatic reactions. Once cross-linked and equipped with a pH sensitive material, the reaction can be switched off (pH 8) and on (pH 6) in accordance with the increased permeability of the polymersome membranes under acidic conditions. Thus cross-linked and pH sensitive polymersomes provide a basis for pH controlled enzymatic reactions where no integrated transmembrane protein is needed for regulating the uptake and release of educts and products in the polymersome lumen. This pH-tunable working tool was further used to investigate their use in sequential enzymatic reactions (glucose oxidase and myoglobin) where enzymes are loaded in one common polymersome or in two different polymersomes. Crossing membranes and overcoming the space distance between polymersomes were shown successfully, meaning that educts and products can be exchanged between enzyme compartments for successful enzymatic cascade reactions. Moreover the stabilizing effect of polymersomes is also observable by single enzymatic reactions as well as a sequence. This study is directed to establish robust and controllable polymersome nanoreactors for enzymatic reactions, describing a switch between an off (pH 8) and on (pH 6) state of polymersome membrane permeability with no transmembrane protein needed for transmembrane exchange. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Polymer synthesis, polymersome characterization and cleaning, and also additional enzyme experiments. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02155j

  4. Physicochemical characterization of chitosan/nylon6/polyurethane foam chemically cross-linked ternary blends

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    Jayakumar, S.; Sudha, P. N.

    2013-03-01

    Chitosan/nylon6/polyurethane foam (CS/Ny6/PUF) ternary blend was prepared and chemically cross-linked with glutaraldehyde. Structural, thermal and morphological studies were performed for the prepared ternary blends. Characterizations of the ternary blends were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The FTIR results showed that the strong intermolecular hydrogen bonds took place between CS, Ny6 and PUF. TGA and DSC studies reveal that the thermal stability of the blend is enhanced by glutaraldehyde as crosslinking agent. Results of XRD indicated that the relative crystalline of pure CS film was reduced when the polymeric network was reticulated by glutaraldehyde. Finally, the results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicated that the morphology of the blend is rough and heterogeneous, further it confirms the interaction between the functional groups of the blend components.

  5. Black hemostatic sponge based on facile prepared cross-linked graphene.

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    Quan, Kecheng; Li, Guofeng; Luan, Di; Yuan, Qipeng; Tao, Lei; Wang, Xing

    2015-08-01

    In this study, we demonstrate for the first time the remarkable hemostatic performance of a cross-linked graphene sponge (CGS) as a superb hemostat. The CGS can absorb plasma immediately (<40 ms) to form a blood cell layer and promotes subsequent clotting. The interaction between the interface of the CGS and blood cells reveals that the fast blood coagulation is primarily attributed to the enrichment of hemocytes and platelets on the wound surface. An in vitro dynamic whole-blood clotting test further highlights the effectiveness of the CGS. Considering the facile preparation, low cost, nontoxicity, and long shelf life of the portable black sponge, the CGS has great potential for trauma treatment. PMID:26001799

  6. Synthesis and characterization of dendron cross-linked PEG hydrogels as corneal adhesives.

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    Oelker, Abigail M; Berlin, Jason A; Wathier, Michel; Grinstaff, Mark W

    2011-05-01

    In pursuit of a wound-specific corneal adhesive, hydrogels formed by the reaction of propionaldehyde, butyraldehyde, or 2-oxoethyl succinate-functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) with a peptide-based dendritic cross-linker (Lys(3)Cys(4)) were characterized. These macromers react within minutes of mixing to form transparent and elastic hydrogels with in vitro degradation times that range from hours to months based on the type of bonds formed during the cross-linking reaction, either thiazolidine or pseudoproline. The mechanical properties of these materials, determined via parallel plate rheology, were dependent on the polymer concentration, as was the hydrogel adhesive strength, which was determined by lap shear adhesive testing. In addition, these hydrogels were efficacious in closing ex vivo 4.1 mm central corneal lacerations: wounds closed with these hydrogel adhesives were able to withstand intraocular pressure values equivalent to, or in excess of, those obtained by closing the wounds with suturing. PMID:21417379

  7. Effect of LOCA simulation procedures on cross-linked polyolefin cable's performance

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    Bustard, L.D.

    1984-04-01

    Electrical and mechanical properties of three commercial cross-linked polyolefin (XLPO) materials, typically used as electrical cable insulation, have been monitored during these simulations of nuclear power plant aging and accident stresses. For one XLPO cable accelerated thermal aging is performed, then the samples are irradiated to the combined aging and LOCA total dose. Finally, a steam exposure is applied. For a second and third set of XLPO cables simultaneous applications of elevated temperature and radiation stresses are used to preaccident age specimens. These aging exposures are followed by simultaneous and steam exposures to simulate a LOCA environment. The measurement parameters during these tests included: dc insulation resistance, ac leakage current, ultimate tensile strength, ultimate tensile elongation, percentage dimensional changes, and percentage moisture absorption. Test results for three XLPO materials are presented.

  8. Ambivalent Adhesives: Combining Biomimetic Cross-Linking With Antiadhesive Oligo(ethylene glycol)

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    Matos-Pérez, Cristina R.; Wilker, Jonathan J.

    2012-01-01

    Oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) exhibit several desirable properties including biocompatibility and resistance to fouling by protein adsorption. Still needed are surgical glues and orthopedic cements, among several other materials, that display similar traits. However the very lack of interactions with other molecules that prevents toxicity and fouling also makes adhesion elusive. In work described here the cross-linking chemistry of marine mussel adhesive is combined with OEG to make a family of terpolymers. The effect of polymer composition upon bulk adhesion was examined. High strength bonding was found with a subset of the polymers containing appreciable OEG content. These structure-property insights may help the design of new materials for which the properties of OEG and high strength adhesion are both being sought. PMID:23293396

  9. Stabilization of porcine pancreatic elastase crystals by glutaraldehyde cross-linking.

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    Hofbauer, Stefan; Brito, José A; Mulchande, Jalmira; Nogly, Przemyslaw; Pessanha, Miguel; Moreira, Rui; Archer, Margarida

    2015-10-01

    Elastase is a serine protease from the chymotrypsin family of enzymes with the ability to degrade elastin, an important component of connective tissues. Excessive elastin proteolysis leads to a number of pathological diseases. Porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE) is often used for drug development as a model for human leukocyte elastase (HLE), with which it shares high sequence identity. Crystals of PPE were grown overnight using sodium sulfate and sodium acetate at acidic pH. Cross-linking the crystals with glutaraldehyde was needed to resist the soaking procedure with a diethyl N-(methyl)pyridinyl-substituted oxo-?-lactam inhibitor. Crystals of PPE bound to the inhibitor belonged to the orthorhombic space group P212121, with unit-cell parameters a = 51.0, b = 58.3, c = 74.9?Å, and diffracted to 1.8?Å resolution using an in-house X-ray source. PMID:26457529

  10. Use of Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol)-Based Hydrogels for Protein Crystallization

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    2015-01-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels are highly biocompatible materials extensively used for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, controlled drug release, and tissue engineering. In this work, PEG cross-linked hydrogels, synthesized under various conditions, were used to grow lysozyme crystals by the counterdiffusion technique. Crystallization experiments were conducted using a three-layer arrangement. Results demonstrated that PEG fibers were incorporated within lysozyme crystals controlling the final crystal shape. PEG hydrogels also induced the nucleation of lysozyme crystals to a higher extent than agarose. PEG hydrogels can also be used at higher concentrations (20–50% w/w) as a separation chamber (plug) in counterdiffusion experiments. In this case, PEG hydrogels control the diffusion of the crystallization agent and therefore may be used to tailor the supersaturation to fine-tune crystal size. As an example, insulin crystals were grown in 10% (w/w) PEG hydrogel. The resulting crystals were of an approximate size of 500 ?m. PMID:25383049

  11. Chromatin structure analysis of single gene molecules by psoralen cross-linking and electron microscopy.

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    Brown, Christopher R; Eskin, Julian A; Hamperl, Stephan; Griesenbeck, Joachim; Jurica, Melissa S; Boeger, Hinrich

    2015-01-01

    Nucleosomes occupy a central role in regulating eukaryotic gene expression by blocking access of transcription factors to their target sites on chromosomal DNA. Analysis of chromatin structure and function has mostly been performed by probing DNA accessibility with endonucleases. Such experiments average over large numbers of molecules of the same gene, and more recently, over entire genomes. However, both digestion and averaging erase the structural variation between molecules indicative of dynamic behavior, which must be reconstructed for any theory of regulation. Solution of this problem requires the structural analysis of single gene molecules. In this chapter, we describe a method by which single gene molecules are purified from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and cross-linked with psoralen, allowing the determination of nucleosome configurations by transmission electron microscopy. We also provide custom analysis software that semi-automates the analysis of micrograph data. This single-gene technique enables detailed examination of chromatin structure at any genomic locus in yeast. PMID:25311125

  12. Suppression of electrochemical creep by cross-link in polypyrrole soft actuators

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    Tominaga, Kazuo; Hamai, Katuyoshi; Gupta, Bhavana; Kudoh, Yuuki; Takashima, Wataru; Prakash, Rajiv; Kaneto, Keiichi

    In soft actuators, the creep under tensile loads is a serious problem for the positioning. The creep during electrochemical cycle (electrochemical creep) in conducting polymers is remarkable compared with the static creep under tensile loads. Correlation between the electrochemical creep and the actuating strain in polypyrrole films doped with docecylbenzene sulfonic (DBS) anion has been studied in NaCl aqueous electrolyte. It has been found that chemical cross-link in polypyrrole with di-pyrrole alkanes suppressed the creep, however, the actuator strain also decreased. The creep in crossliked PPy saturated after several cycles, keeping the strain of actuation constant. The result indicates the creep can be minimized by idling before use. Scan rate dependences of the electrochemical creep and actuation were also examined to find the ways to depress the creep.

  13. Pigment epithelium-derived factor binds to hyaluronan. Mapping of a hyaluronan binding site.

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    Becerra, S Patricia; Perez-Mediavilla, L Alberto; Weldon, John E; Locatelli-Hoops, Silvia; Senanayake, Preenie; Notari, Luigi; Notario, Vicente; Hollyfield, Joe G

    2008-11-28

    Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) is a multifunctional serpin with antitumorigenic, antimetastatic, and differentiating activities. PEDF is found within tissues rich in the glycosaminoglycan hyaluronan (HA), and its amino acid sequence contains putative HA-binding motifs. We show that PEDF coprecipitation with glycosaminoglycans in media conditioned by human retinoblastoma Y-79 cells decreased after pretreatments with hyaluronidase, implying an association between HA and PEDF. Direct binding of human recombinant PEDF to highly purified HA was demonstrated by coprecipitation in the presence of cetylpyridinium chloride. Binding of PEDF to HA was concentration-dependent and saturable. The PEDF-HA interactions were sensitive to increasing NaCl concentrations, indicating an ionic nature of these interactions and having affinity higher than PEDF-heparin. Competition assays showed that PEDF can bind heparin and HA simultaneously. PEDF chemically modified with fluorescein retained the capacity for interacting with HA but lacked heparin affinity, suggesting one or more distinct HA-binding regions on PEDF. The HA-binding region was examined by site-directed mutagenesis. Single-point and cumulative alterations at basic residues within the putative HA-binding motif K189A/K191A/R194A/K197A drastically reduced the HA-binding activity without affecting heparin- or collagen I binding of PEDF. Cumulative alterations at sites critical for heparin binding (K146A/K147A/R149A) decreased HA affinity but not collagen I binding. Thus these clusters of basic residues (BXBXXBXXB and BX3AB2XB motifs) in PEDF are functional regions for binding HA. In the spatial PEDF structure they are located in distinct areas away from the collagen-binding site. The HA-binding activity of PEDF may contribute to deposition in the extracellular matrix and to its reported antitumor/antimetastatic effects. PMID:18805795

  14. A rapid increase in macrophage-derived versican and hyaluronan in infectious lung disease

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    Chang, Mary Y.; Tanino, Yoshinori; Vidova, Veronika; Kinsella, Michael G.; Chan, Christina K.; Johnson, Pamela Y.; Wight, Thomas N.; Frevert, Charles W.

    2014-01-01

    The goals of this study were to characterize the changes in chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans and hyaluronan in lungs in acute response to gram-negative bacterial infection and to identify cellular components responsible for these changes. Mice were treated with intratracheal (IT) live Escherichia coli, E. coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS), or PBS. Both E. coli and LPS caused rapid selective increases in mRNA expression of versican and hyaluronan synthase (Has) isoforms 1 and 2 associated with increased immunohistochemical and histochemical staining for versican and hyaluronan in the lungs. Versican was associated with a subset of alveolar macrophages. To examine whether macrophages contribute to versican and hyaluronan accumulation, in vitro studies with primary cultures of bone marrow-derived and alveolar macrophages were performed. Unstimulated macrophages expressed very low levels of versican and hyaluronan synthase mRNA, with no detectible versican protein or hyaluronan product. Stimulation with LPS caused rapid increases in versican mRNA and protein, a rapid increase in Has1 mRNA, and concomitant inhibition of hyaluronidases 1 and 2, the major hyaluronan degrading enzymes. Hyaluronan could be detected following chloroquine pre-treatment, indicating rapid turnover and degradation of hyaluronan by macrophages. In addition, the effects of LPS, the M1 macrophage classical activation agonist, were compared to those of IL-4/IL-13 or IL-10, the M2a and M2c alternative activation agonists, respectively. Versican and Has1 increased only in response to M1 activation. Finally, the up-regulation of versican and Has1 in the whole lungs of wild-type mice following IT LPS was completely abrogated in TLR-4?/? mice. These findings suggest that versican and hyaluronan synthesis may play an important role in the innate immune response to gram-negative lung infection. PMID:24727035

  15. A Rapid Increase in Macrophage-Derived Versican and Hyaluronan in Infectious Lung Disease

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    Chang, Mary Y.; Tanino, Yoshinori; Vidova, Veronika; Kinsella, Michael G.; Chan, Christina K.; Johnson, Pamela Y.; Wight, Thomas N.; Frevert, Charles W.

    2014-01-01

    The goals of this study were to characterize the changes to chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans and hyaluronan in lungs in the acute response to gram-negative bacterial infection, and to identify cellular components responsible for these changes. Mice were treated with intratracheal (IT) live Escherichia coli, E. coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS), or PBS. Both E. coli and LPS caused rapid selective increases in mRNA expression of versican and hyaluronan synthase (Has) isoforms 1 and 2 associated with increased immunohistochemical and histochemical staining for versican and hyaluronan in the lungs. Versican was associated with a subset of alveolar macrophages. To examine whether macrophages contribute to versican and hyaluronan accumulation, in vitro studies with primary cultures of bone marrow-derived and alveolar macrophages were performed. Unstimulated macrophages expressed very low levels of versican and hyaluronan synthase mRNA, with no detectible versican protein or hyaluronan product. Stimulation with LPS caused rapid increases in versican mRNA and protein, a rapid increase in Has1 mRNA, and concomitant inhibition of hyaluronidases 1 and 2, the major hyaluronan degrading enzymes. Hyaluronan could be detected following chloroquine pre-treatment, indicating rapid turnover and degradation of hyaluronan by macrophages. In addition, the effects of LPS, the M1 macrophage classical activation agonist, were compared to those of IL-4/IL-13 or IL-10, the M2a and M2c alternative activation agonists, respectively. Versican and Has1 increased only in response to M1 activation. Finally, the up-regulation of versican and Has1 in the whole lungs of wild-type mice following IT LPS was completely abrogated in TLR-4?/? mice. These findings suggest that versican and hyaluronan synthesis may play an important role in the innate immune response to gram-negative lung infection. PMID:24472738

  16. Caught in the act: covalent cross-linking captures activator-coactivator interactions in vivo.

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    Krishnamurthy, Malathy; Dugan, Amanda; Nwokoye, Adaora; Fung, Yik-Hong; Lancia, Jody K; Majmudar, Chinmay Y; Mapp, Anna K

    2011-12-16

    Currently there are few methods suitable for the discovery and characterization of transient, moderate affinity protein-protein interactions in their native environment, despite their prominent role in a host of cellular functions including protein folding, signal transduction, and transcriptional activation. Here we demonstrate that a genetically encoded photoactivatable amino acid, p-benzoyl-l-phenylalanine, can be used to capture transient and/or low affinity binding partners in an in vivo setting. In this study, we focused on ensnaring the coactivator binding partners of the transcriptional activator VP16 in S. cerevisiae. The interactions between transcriptional activators and coactivators in eukaryotes are moderate in affinity and short-lived, and due in part to these characteristics, identification of the direct binding partners of activators in vivo has met with only limited success. We find through in vivo photo-cross-linking that VP16 contacts the Swi/Snf chromatin-remodeling complex through the ATPase Snf2(BRG1/BRM) and the subunit Snf5 with two distinct regions of the activation domain. An analogous experiment with Gal4 reveals that Snf2 is also a target of this activator. These results suggest that Snf2 may be a valuable target for small molecule probe discovery given the prominent role the Swi/Snf complex family plays in development and in disease. More significantly, the successful implementation of the in vivo cross-linking methodology in this setting demonstrates that it can be applied to the discovery and characterization of a broad range of transient and/or modest affinity protein-protein interactions. PMID:21977905

  17. Disulfide Cross-linked Micelles for the Targeted Delivery of Vincristine to B-cell Lymphoma

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    Kato, Jason; Li, Yuanpei; Xiao, Kai; Lee, Joyce; Luo, Juntao; Tuscano, Joseph M.; O’Donnell, Robert T.; Lam, Kit

    2015-01-01

    Vincristine (VCR) is a potent anti-cancer drug but its clinical efficacy is dose-limited by severe neurotoxicity. Prophylactic and palliative treatment of VCR-induced toxicity have been explored without significant findings. The field of drug delivery may provide an opportunity to increase the therapeutic index of VCR by delivering the drug specifically to tumor sites while sparing normal tissue. We have recently developed a telodendrimer (PEG5k-Cys4-L8-CA8) capable of forming disulfide cross-linked micelles which can encapsulate a variety of chemotherapeutics. In the present study, we encapsulate VCR into these micelles (DCM-VCR) and use them to treat lymphoma bearing mice. DCM-VCR particles have a size of 16 nm which is ideal for tumor accumulation via the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. Compared to our first-generation non-cross-linked micelles, DCM-VCR demonstrated greater stability and slower drug release in physiological conditions. In addition, DCM-VCR exhibited an MTD of 3.5 mg/kg while the MTD for conventional VCR was only 1.5 mg/kg. Using a NIRF dye, we showed that DCM-VCR accumulated at the tumor site starting 1 h after injection and persisted up to 72 h in lymphoma bearing mice. In an in vivo efficacy study, high dose (2.5 mg/kg) DCM-VCR exhibited the greatest reduction in tumor volume. High dose DCM-VCR was well tolerated and did not cause additional toxicity as measured by body weight, complete blood count, serum chemistry and histological analyses of the sciatic nerve. Mice treated with equivalent concentrations (1 mg/kg) of conventional VCR and DCM-VCR controlled tumor growth equally, however, in combination with on-demand addition of the reducing agent, N-acetylcysteine, DCM-VCR exhibited a superior anti-tumor effect compared to conventional VCR. PMID:22530955

  18. Kinesin Kar3Cik1 ATPase pathway for microtubule cross-linking.

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    Chen, Chun Ju; Rayment, Ivan; Gilbert, Susan P

    2011-08-19

    Kar3Cik1 is a Saccharomyces cerevisiae kinesin-14 that functions to shorten cytoplasmic microtubules (MTs) during yeast mating yet maintains mitotic spindle stability by cross-linking anti-parallel interpolar MTs. Kar3 contains both an ATP- and a MT-binding site, yet there is no evidence of a nucleotide-binding site in Cik1. Presteady-state and steady-state kinetic experiments were pursued to define the regulation of Kar3Cik1 interactions with the MT lattice expected during interpolar MT cross-linking. The results reveal that association of Kar3Cik1 with the MT occurs at 4.9 ?M(-1) s(-1), followed by a 5-s(-1) structural transition that limits ADP release from the Kar3 head. Mant-ATP binding occurred at 2.1 ?M(-1) s(-1), and the pulse-chase experiments revealed an ATP-promoted isomerization at 69 s(-1). ATP hydrolysis was observed as a rapid step at 26 s(-1) and was required for the Kar3Cik1 motor to detach from MT. The conformational change at 5 s(-1) that occurred after Kar3Cik1 MT association and prior to ADP release was hypothesized to be the rate-limiting step for steady-state ATP turnover. We propose a model in which Kar3Cik1 interacts with the MT lattice through an alternating cycle of Cik1 MT collision followed by Kar3 MT binding with head-head communication between Kar3 and Cik1 modulated by the Kar3 nucleotide state and intramolecular strain. PMID:21680740

  19. Cross-linking of atrial natriuretic peptide to binding sites in rat olfactory bulb membranes

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    Wildey, G.M.; Glembotski, C.C.

    1986-12-01

    Binding sites for /sup 125/I-atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP)2 in rat olfactory bulb membranes have been studied using pharmacological and biochemical methods. Various unlabeled ANP-related peptides were tested for the ability to inhibit the binding of the radioligand in membrane binding assays. ANP(92-126) and ANP(99-126) were the most potent inhibitors tested, both exhibiting an IC50 value of 0.40 nM. ANP(103-126) and ANP(103-123) were 3 and 70 times less potent, respectively. ANP(111-126) was unable to inhibit the binding of the radioligand at a concentration of 1 microM. Several peptides unrelated to ANP were unable to inhibit the binding of the radioligand to rat olfactory bulb membranes. Membranes labeled with /sup 125/I-ANP were incubated with cross-linking agents and subjected to SDS-PAGE followed by autoradiography. A band possessing an apparent molecular mass of 116 kDa was identified. The labeling of this band was progressively decreased by increasing concentrations of unlabeled ANP(99-126) (IC50 = 0.6 nM) and by several other ANP-related peptides at nanomolar concentrations. For comparison purposes, ANP binding sites in rat aorta membranes were labeled with /sup 125/I-ANP and cross-linked using identical techniques. Three bands possessing molecular masses of 120, 72, and 62 kDa were identified. These results indicate that the ANP binding site in rat olfactory bulb membranes displays pharmacological and biochemical properties similar to peripheral ANP receptors.

  20. Dynamic behavior of dual cross-linked nanoparticle networks under oscillatory shear

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    Iyer, Balaji V. S.; Yashin, Victor V.; Balazs, Anna C.

    2014-07-01

    Via computer simulations, we investigate the linear and nonlinear viscoelastic response of polymer grafted nanoparticle networks subject to oscillatory shear at different amplitudes and frequencies. The individual nanoparticles are composed of a rigid spherical core and a corona of grafted polymers that encompass reactive end groups. With the overlap of the coronas on adjacent particles, the reactive end groups form permanent or labile bonds, and thus form a ‘dual cross-linked’ network. The existing labile bonds between particles can break and reform depending on the bond rupture rate, extent of deformation and the frequency of oscillation. We study how the viscoelastic behavior of the material depends on the energy of the labile bonds and identify the network characteristics that give rise to the observed viscoelastic response. We observe that with an increase in labile bond energy, the storage modulus increases while the loss modulus shows a more complex response depending on the labile bond energy. Specifically, in the case of the samples with the weaker labile bonds, the loss modulus increases monotonically, while for the samples with the stronger labile bonds, the loss modulus exhibits a minimum with an increase in frequency. We show that an increase in the storage modulus corresponds to an enhancement in the average number of bonds in the samples and the characteristics of the loss modulus depend on both the bond kinetics and the mobility of the particles in the network. Furthermore, we determine that the effective contribution of the bonds to the storage modulus decreases with increase in strain amplitude. In particular, while bond formation at small amplitude drives an increase in storage modulus, at large amplitudes it promotes clustering and formation of voids leading to strain softening. Our simulations provide a mesoscopic picture of how the nature of labile bonds affects the performance of cross-linked polymer-grafted nanoparticle networks.