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  1. Gadolinium-loaded chitosan nanoparticles as magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents for the diagnosis of tumor.

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    Zhang, Li; Liu, Yongjun; Yu, Dexin; Zhangl, Na

    2013-05-01

    The aim of our study was to prepare gadolinium loaded chitosan nanoparticles (Gd-CSNPs) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The chitosan nanoparticles (CSNPs) were prepared by ionic gelation method with sodium tripolyphosphate. The Gd ions were conjugated to the surface of CSNPs through diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA) using N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N'-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) to obtain Gd-CSNPs. The physicochemical properties of CSNPs and Gd-CSNPs were measured by transmission electron microscope, dynamic light scattering and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, respectively. The cell toxicity evaluation was performed in mouse B16 cells by MTT assay. The T1-weighed magnetic resonance images were measured by a 3.0 T Sigma scanner. The morphologies of the CSNPs and Gd-CSNPs were spherical or ellipsoidal in shape. The mean sizes of the CSNPs and Gd-CSNPs were 110.9 +/- 6.8 nm and 153.0 +/- 7.5 nm, respectively. The zeta potentials of the CSNPs and Gd-CSNPs were 22.30 +/- 0.77 mV and 13.91 +/- 4.26 mV, respectively. The relaxation rates of Gd-CSNPs and Magnevist were 7.509 mM(-1) x s(-1) and 3.052 mM(-1) x s(-1), respectively. The Gd-CSNPs exhibited high T1 relaxivity and no obvious cytotoxicity was observed under the experimental concentrations in mouse B16 melanoma cells. These results indicated that the Gd-CSNPs had great potential as MRI contrast agents for the early diagnosis of tumor. PMID:23802417

  2. In vitro study of novel gadolinium-loaded liposomes guided by GBI-10 aptamer for promising tumor targeting and tumor diagnosis by magnetic resonance imaging

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    Gu, Meng-Jie; Li, Kun-Feng; Zhang, Lan-Xin; Wang, Huan; Liu, Li-Si; Zheng, Zhuo-Zhao; Han, Nan-Yin; Yang, Zhen-Jun; Fan, Tian-Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Novel gadolinium-loaded liposomes guided by GBI-10 aptamer were developed and evaluated in vitro to enhance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnosis of tumor. Nontargeted gadolinium-loaded liposomes were achieved by incorporating amphipathic material, Gd (III) [N,N-bis-stearylamidomethyl-N′-amidomethyl] diethylenetriamine tetraacetic acid, into the liposome membrane using lipid film hydration method. GBI-10, as the targeting ligand, was then conjugated onto the liposome surface to get GBI-10-targeted gadolinium-loaded liposomes (GTLs). Both nontargeted gadolinium-loaded liposomes and GTLs displayed good dispersion stability, optimal size, and zeta potential for tumor targeting, as well as favorable imaging properties with enhanced relaxivity compared with a commercial MRI contrast agent (CA), gadopentetate dimeglumine. The use of GBI-10 aptamer in this liposomal system was intended to result in increased accumulation of gadolinium at the periphery of C6 glioma cells, where the targeting extracellular matrix protein tenascin-C is overexpressed. Increased cellular binding of GTLs to C6 cells was confirmed by confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and MRI, demonstrating the promise of this novel delivery system as a carrier of MRI contrast agent for the diagnosis of tumor. These studies provide a new strategy furthering the development of nanomedicine for both diagnosis and therapy of tumor. PMID:26316749

  3. Gadolinium-loaded chitosan nanoparticles for neutron-capture therapy: Influence of micrometric properties of the nanoparticles on tumor-killing effect.

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    Ichikawa, Hideki; Uneme, Takeshi; Andoh, Tooru; Arita, Yuya; Fujimoto, Takuya; Suzuki, Minoru; Sakurai, Yoshinori; Shinto, Hiroyuki; Fukasawa, Tomonori; Fujii, Fumihiko; Fukumori, Yoshinobu

    2014-06-01

    As a nanoparticulate device for controlled delivery of Gd in NCT, the authors have developed gadolinium-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (Gd-nanoCPs). In the present study, influence of micrometric properties such as particle size, particle-surface charge and Gd content of Gd-nanoCPs on tumor-killing effect by Gd-NCT was investigated with Gd-nanoCPs. Two types of Gd-nanoCPs with different mean particle size, zeta potential and Gd-content (Gd-nanoCP-400; 391nm, 28mV, 9wt% and Gd-nanoCP-200; 214nm, 19mV, 24wt%) could be prepared by using chitosans with different molecular weights. Gd-nanoCPs incorporating 1.2mg of natural Gd were injected intratumorally once or twice to mice subcutaneously-bearing B16F10 melanoma. Eight hours after the last administration, thermal neutron was irradiated to tumor region of the mice. Remarkable tumor-growth was observed in both hot and cold control groups. In contrast, Gd-NCT groups showed significant tumor-growth suppression effect, though their efficacy was found to depend on the micrometric properties of Gd-nanoCPs. In particular, the Gd-nanoCP-200 exhibited stronger tumor-killing effect than the Gd-nanoCP-400 at the same Gd dose and it was still similar to Gd-nanoCP-400 in tumor-growth suppressing effect even at the half of Gd dose of Gd-nanoCP-400. This significance in tumor-killing effect would be ascribed from a higher Gd retention in the tumor tissue and an improved distribution of Gd with intratumorally administered Gd-nanoCP-200. Indeed, the Gd concentration in tumor tissue at the time corresponding to the onset of thermal neutron irradiation was determined to be significantly higher in Gd-nanoCP-200, compared with Gd-nanoCP-400. These results demonstrated that appropriate modification of Gd-nanoCPs in micrometric properties would be an effective way to improve the retention of Gd in the tumor tissue after intratumoral injection, leading to the enhanced tumor-killing effect in Gd-NCT. PMID:24462286

  4. Synthesis of raloxifene-chitosan conjugate: A novel chitosan derivative as a potential targeting vehicle.

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    Samadi, Fatemeh Yazdi; Mohammadi, Zohreh; Yousefi, Maryam; Majdejabbari, Sara

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan is a biocompatible, non-toxic and biodegradable biopolymer. Due to the presence of functional groups on its surface, it can be modified and used as a carrier in targeted drug/gene delivery systems. In this study, raloxifene (a selective estrogen receptor ligand) was conjugated to chitosan using different methods. The conjugates were investigated by means of FTIR, TGA and physical properties assessments. Cell viability was evaluated by XTT assay. FTIR and TGA results confirmed that the conjugation between chitosan and raloxifene occurred more efficiently when trimethyl chitosan in the presence of triethylamine and excess amount of linker was used. XTT assay on MCF-7 cell line illustrated that more than 80% of cells were viable after 24h exposure to selected molecules. These findings confirm that the conjugation of raloxifene-chitosan can occur successfully using special synthesis condition and this novel chitosan derivative can be introduced as a potential drug/gene targeting agent. PMID:26552018

  5. Targeted delivery of small interfering RNA to colon cancer cells using chitosan and PEGylated chitosan nanoparticles.

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    Rudzinski, Walter E; Palacios, Adriana; Ahmed, Abuzar; Lane, Michelle A; Aminabhavi, Tejraj M

    2016-08-20

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules specifically target messenger RNA species, decreasing intracellular protein levels. β-Catenin protein concentrations are increased in 70-80% of colon tumors, promoting tumor progression. Chitosan exhibits low levels of toxicity and can be transported across mucosal membranes; therefore, our objective was to develop chitosan and poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted (PEGylated) chitosan nanoparticles, 100-150nm in diameter, encapsulating anti-β-catenin siRNA for transfection into colon cancer cells. Encapsulation efficiencies up to 97% were observed. Confocal microscopy visualized the entry of fluorescently-tagged siRNA into cells. Western blot analysis showed that both chitosan and PEGylated chitosan nanoparticles containing anti-β-catenin siRNA decreased β-catenin protein levels in cultured colon cancer cells. These results indicate that nanoparticles made with chitosan and PEGylated chitosan can successfully enter colon cancer cells and decrease the level of a protein that promotes tumor progression. These or similar nanoparticles may prove beneficial for the treatment of colon cancer in humans. PMID:27178938

  6. Chitosan

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    Smith, Alan; Perelman, Michael; Hinchcliffe, Michael

    2014-01-01

    The nasal route is attractive for the delivery of vaccines in that it not only offers an easy to use, non-invasive, needle-free alternative to more conventional parenteral injection, but it also creates an opportunity to elicit both systemic and (crucially) mucosal immune responses which may increase the capability of controlling pathogens at the site of entry. Immune responses to naked antigens are often modest and it is widely accepted that incorporation of an adjuvant is a prerequisite for the achievement of clinically effective nasal vaccines. Many existing adjuvants are sub-optimal or unsuitable because of local toxicity or poor enhancement of immunogenicity. Chitosan, particularly chitosan salts, have now been used in several preclinical and clinical studies with good tolerability, excellent immune stimulation and positive clinical results across a number of infections. Particularly significant evidence supporting chitosan as an adjuvant for nasal vaccination comes from clinical investigations on a norovirus vaccine; this demonstrated the ability of chitosan (ChiSys), when combined with monophosphoryl lipid, to evoke robust immunological responses and confer protective immunity following (enteral) norovirus challenge. This article summarizes the totality of the meaningful information (including key unpublished data) supporting the development of chitosan-adjuvanted vaccines. PMID:24346613

  7. Biocompatible and target specific hydrophobically modified glycol chitosan nanoparticles.

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    Yin, Wei; Li, Weiyi; Rubenstein, David A; Meng, Yizhi

    2016-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Atherosclerosis is a major cause for cardiovascular diseases. Drugs that treat atherosclerosis usually act nonspecifically. To enhance drug delivery specificity, the authors developed a hydrophobically modified glycol chitosan (HGC) nanoparticle that can specifically target activated endothelial cells. The biocompatibility of these nanoparticles toward red blood cells and platelets was evaluated through hemolysis, platelet activation, platelet thrombogenicity, and platelet aggregation assays. The biocompatibility of these nanoparticles toward vascular endothelial cells was evaluated by their effects on endothelial cell growth, metabolic activity, and activation. The results demonstrated that HGC nanoparticles did not cause hemolysis, or affect platelet activation, thrombogenicity, and aggregation capability in vitro. The nanoparticles did not impair vascular endothelial cell growth or metabolic activities in vitro, and did not cause cell activation either. When conjugated with intercellular adhesion molecular 1 antibodies, HGC nanoparticles showed a significantly increased targeting specificity toward activated endothelial cells. These results suggested that HGC nanoparticles are likely compatible toward red blood cells, platelets, and endothelial cells, and they can be potentially used to identify activated endothelial cells at atherosclerotic lesion areas within the vasculature, and deliver therapeutic drugs. PMID:27126597

  8. Neurospora crassa transcriptomics reveals oxidative stress and plasma membrane homeostasis biology genes as key targets in response to chitosan

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    Lopez-Moya, Federico; Kowbel, David; Nueda, Ma José; Palma-Guerrero, Javier; Glass, N. Louise; Lopez-Llorca, Luis Vicente

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan is a natural polymer with antimicrobial activity. Chitosan causes plasma membrane permeabilization and induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in Neurospora crassa. We have determined the transcriptional profile of N. crassa to chitosan and identified the main gene targets involved in the cellular response to this compound. Global network analyses showed membrane, transport and oxidoreductase activity as key nodes affected by chitosan. Activation of oxidative metabolism indicates the importance of ROS and cell energy together with plasma membrane homeostasis in N. crassa response to chitosan. Deletion strain analysis of chitosan susceptibility pointed, NCU03639 encoding a class 3 lipase, involved in plasma membrane repair by lipid replacement and NCU04537 a MFS monosaccharide transporter related with assimilation of simple sugars, as main gene targets of chitosan. NCU10521, a glutathione S-transferase-4 involved in the generation of reducing power for scavenging intracellular ROS is also a determinant chitosan gene target. Ca2+ increased tolerance to chitosan in N. crassa. Growth of NCU10610 (fig 1 domain) and SYT1 (a synaptotagmin) deletion strains was significantly increased by Ca2+ in presence of chitosan. Both genes play a determinant role in N. crassa membrane homeostasis. Our results are of paramount importance for developing chitosan as antifungal. PMID:26694141

  9. Neurospora crassa transcriptomics reveals oxidative stress and plasma membrane homeostasis biology genes as key targets in response to chitosan.

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    Lopez-Moya, Federico; Kowbel, David; Nueda, Ma José; Palma-Guerrero, Javier; Glass, N Louise; Lopez-Llorca, Luis Vicente

    2016-01-26

    Chitosan is a natural polymer with antimicrobial activity. Chitosan causes plasma membrane permeabilization and induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in Neurospora crassa. We have determined the transcriptional profile of N. crassa to chitosan and identified the main gene targets involved in the cellular response to this compound. Global network analyses showed membrane, transport and oxidoreductase activity as key nodes affected by chitosan. Activation of oxidative metabolism indicates the importance of ROS and cell energy together with plasma membrane homeostasis in N. crassa response to chitosan. Deletion strain analysis of chitosan susceptibility pointed NCU03639 encoding a class 3 lipase, involved in plasma membrane repair by lipid replacement, and NCU04537 a MFS monosaccharide transporter related to assimilation of simple sugars, as main gene targets of chitosan. NCU10521, a glutathione S-transferase-4 involved in the generation of reducing power for scavenging intracellular ROS is also a determinant chitosan gene target. Ca(2+) increased tolerance to chitosan in N. crassa. Growth of NCU10610 (fig 1 domain) and SYT1 (a synaptotagmin) deletion strains was significantly increased by Ca(2+) in the presence of chitosan. Both genes play a determinant role in N. crassa membrane homeostasis. Our results are of paramount importance for developing chitosan as an antifungal. PMID:26694141

  10. Chitosan-DNA nanoparticles delivered by intrabiliary infusion enhance liver-targeted gene delivery

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    Dai, Hui; Jiang, Xuan; Tan, Geoffrey CY; Chen, Yong; Torbenson, Michael; Leong, Kam W; Mao, Hai-Quan

    2006-01-01

    The goal of this study was to examine the efficacy of liver-targeted gene delivery by chitosan-DNA nanoparticles through retrograde intrabiliary infusion (RII). The transfection efficiency of chitosan-DNA nanoparticles, as compared with PEI-DNA nanoparticles or naked DNA, was evaluated in Wistar rats by infusion into the common bile duct, portal vein, or tail vein. Chitosan-DNA nanoparticles administrated through the portal vein or tail vein did not produce detectable luciferase expression. In contrast, rats that received chitosan-DNA nanoparticles showed more than 500 times higher luciferase expression in the liver 3 days after RII; and transgene expression levels decreased gradually over 14 days. Luciferase expression in the kidney, lung, spleen, and heart was negligible compared with that in the liver. RII of chitosan-DNA nanoparticles did not yield significant toxicity and damage to the liver and biliary tree as evidenced by liver function analysis and histopathological examination. Luciferase expression by RII of PEI-DNA nanoparticles was 17-fold lower than that of chitosan-DNA nanoparticles on day 3, but it increased slightly over time. These results suggest that RII is a promising routine to achieve liver-targeted gene delivery by non-viral nanoparticles; and both gene carrier characteristics and mode of administration significantly influence gene delivery efficiency. PMID:17369870

  11. Novel norcantharidin-loaded liver targeting chitosan nanoparticles to enhance intestinal absorption.

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    Bei, Yong-yan; Chen, Xiao-yan; Liu, Yang; Xu, Jing-yu; Wang, Wen-juan; Gu, Zong-lin; Xing, Kong-lang; Zhu, Ai-jun; Chen, Wei-liang; Shi, Lin-seng; Wang, Qin; Zhang, Xue-nong; Zhang, Qiang

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, two novel liver-targeting nanoparticles, norcantharidin-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (NCTD-CS-NPs) and norcantharidin-associated galactosylated chitosan nanoparticles (NCTD-GC-NPs), were prepared using ionic cross-linkage. The physical properties, particle size, encapsulation efficiency, and drug release characteristics of the nanoparticles were investigated in vitro. To investigate the intestinal absorption mechanisms of the two preparations, a series of experiments was carried out, including in situ circulation method, in vitro everted gut sacs, and Ussing chamber perfusion technique. The absorption rate constants (Ka) of NCTD at different segments were found to be duodenum > jejunum > ileum > colon. The concentration had no distinctive effect on absorption kinetics, suggesting that drug absorption is not dose-dependent. The transport of NCTD was found to be inhibited by P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor, indicating that NCTD might be the substrate of P-gp. The order of the absorption enhancer effects were as follows: low molecular weight chitosan (CS-8kDa) > high molecular weight chitosan (CS-30kDa) > Poloxamer > sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) > sodium deoxycholate (SDCh). The results indicate that the chitosan nanoparticles can improve intestinal absorption of NCTD. PMID:22619530

  12. Dual responsive PNIPAM-chitosan targeted magnetic nanopolymers for targeted drug delivery

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    Yadavalli, Tejabhiram; Ramasamy, Shivaraman; Chandrasekaran, Gopalakrishnan; Michael, Isaac; Therese, Helen Annal; Chennakesavulu, Ramasamy

    2015-04-01

    A dual stimuli sensitive magnetic hyperthermia based drug delivery system has been developed for targeted cancer treatment. Thermosensitive amine terminated poly-N-isopropylacrylamide complexed with pH sensitive chitosan nanoparticles was prepared as the drug carrier. Folic acid and fluorescein were tagged to the nanopolymer complex via N-hydroxysuccinimide and ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide reaction to form a fluorescent and cancer targeting magnetic carrier system. The formation of the polymer complex was confirmed using infrared spectroscopy. Gadolinium doped nickel ferrite nanoparticles prepared by a hydrothermal method were encapsulated in the polymer complex to form a magnetic drug carrier system. The proton relaxation studies on the magnetic carrier system revealed a 200% increase in the T1 proton relaxation rate. These magnetic carriers were loaded with curcumin using solvent evaporation method with a drug loading efficiency of 86%. Drug loaded nanoparticles were tested for their targeting and anticancer properties on four cancer cell lines with the help of MTT assay. The results indicated apoptosis of cancer cell lines within 3 h of incubation.

  13. Dendritic Cell Targeted Chitosan Nanoparticles for Nasal DNA Immunization against SARS CoV Nucleocapsid Protein

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    Raghuwanshi, Dharmendra; Mishra, Vivek; Das, Dipankar; Kaur, Kamaljit; Suresh, Mavanur R.

    2012-01-01

    This work investigates the formulation and in vivo efficacy of dendritic cell (DC) targeted plasmid DNA loaded biotinylated chitosan nanoparticles for nasal immunization against nucleocapsid (N) protein of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) as antigen. The induction of antigen-specific mucosal and systemic immune response at the site of virus entry is a major challenge for vaccine design. Here, we designed a strategy for non-invasive receptor mediated gene delivery to nasal resident DCs. The pDNA loaded biotinylated chitosan nanoparticles were prepared using a complex coacervation process and characterized for size, shape, surface charge, plasmid loading and protection against nuclease digestion. The pDNA loaded biotinylated chitosan nanoparticles were targeted with bifunctional fusion protein (bfFp) vector for achieving DC selective targeting. The bfFp is a recombinant fusion protein consisting of truncated core-streptavidin fused with anti-DEC-205 single chain antibody (scFv). The core-streptavidin arm of fusion protein binds with biotinylated nanoparticles, while anti-DEC-205 scFv imparts targeting specificity to DC DEC-205 receptor. We demonstrate that intranasal administration of bfFp targeted formulations along with anti-CD40 DC maturation stimuli enhanced magnitude of mucosal IgA as well as systemic IgG against N protein. The strategy led to the detection of augmented levels of N protein specific systemic IgG and nasal IgA antibodies. However, following intranasal delivery of naked pDNA no mucosal and systemic immune responses were detected. A parallel comparison of targeted formulations using intramuscular and intranasal route showed that the intramuscular route is superior for induction of systemic IgG responses compared with the intranasal route. Our results suggest that targeted pDNA delivery through non-invasive intranasal route can be a strategy for designing low-dose vaccines. PMID:22356166

  14. Folate mediated in vitro targeting of depolymerised trimethylated chitosan having arginine functionality.

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    Morris, Viola B; Sharma, Chandra P

    2010-08-15

    Delivery vectors having targeting ligands provide an impending impact on cancer gene therapy. Our work focuses on folate mediated targeting induced by conjugating poly(ethylene glycol)-folate (PEG-FA) with arginine modified chitosan polymer having low molecular weight of 15 kDa and high degree of quaternization (ATFP15H). The ATFP15H derivative on condensation with plasmid DNA formed nanoparticles with core shell nanostructure. It also affirmed good buffering capacity. The derivative was found to protect DNA from DNase I degradation and also from disassembly in presence of negatively charged plasma proteins. It exhibited blood compatibility in terms of percentage hemolysis, erythrocyte aggregation and also by platelet activation. At a concentration of 10 microg, the capability of the derivative to enhance cell growth at normal cell growing conditions was observed. The transfection efficiency was also found to be comparable to PEI when transfected in KB cell line, which over expressed the folate receptor (FR) in presence of 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS). On comparison with native chitosan and trimethylated chitosan, ATFP15H derivative exhibited high cellular uptake and nuclear localization due to the superior colloidal stability attained on conjugation with polyethylene glycol. This has been ascertained by flow cytometry and YOYO labeling of plasmid DNA. PMID:20580766

  15. Mannosylated Chitosan Nanoparticles for Delivery of Antisense Oligonucleotides for Macrophage Targeting

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    Asthana, Abhay; Kohli, Dharm Veer; Vyas, Suresh Prasad

    2014-01-01

    The therapeutic potential of antisense oligonucleotides (ASODN) is primarily dependent upon its safe and efficient delivery to specific cells overcoming degradation and maximizing cellular uptake in vivo. The present study focuses on designing mannosylated low molecular weight (LMW) chitosan nanoconstructs for safe ODNs delivery by macrophage targeting. Mannose groups were coupled with LMW chitosan and characterized spectroscopically. Mannosylated chitosan ODN nanoparticles (MCHODN NPs) were formulated by self-assembled method using various N/P ratio (moles of amine groups of MCH to phosphate moieties of ODNs) and characterized for gel retardation assay, physicochemical characteristics, cytotoxicity and transfection efficiency, and antisense assay. Complete complexation of MCH/ODN was achieved at charge ratio of 1:1 and above. On increasing the N/P ratio of MCH/ODN, particle size of the NPs decreased whereas zeta potential (ZV) increased. MCHODN NPs displayed much higher transfection efficiency into Raw 264.7 cells (bears mannose receptors) than Hela cells and no significant toxicity was observed at all MCH concentrations. Antisense assay revealed that reduction in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced serum TNF-α is due to antisense activity of TJU-2755 ODN (sequence complementary to 3′-UTR of TNF-α). These results suggest that MCHODN NPs are acceptable choice to improve transfection efficiency in vitro and in vivo. PMID:25057492

  16. Targeted delivery of vaccine to dendritic cells by chitosan nanoparticles conjugated with a targeting peptide ligand selected by phage display technique.

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    Jung, Su-Na; Kang, Sang-Kee; Yeo, Guen-Hye; Li, Hai-Ying; Jiang, Tao; Nah, Jae-Woon; Bok, Jin-Duck; Cho, Chong-Su; Choi, Yun-Jaie

    2015-03-01

    The paper presents a novel dendritic cells (DC)-targeting peptide, TPAFRYS (TP) identified by phage display technique and conjugated to chitosan in order to develop an efficient DC-targeting vaccine delivery carrier. TP-conjugated chitosan nanoparticles (TPC-NPs) were prepared with ovalbumin (OVA) as a model vaccine by ionic gelation. Flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry studies demonstrated the higher targeting ability of TPC-NPs to DCs in compared to chitosan NPs. Moreover, TPC-NPs exhibited higher targeting specificity in DCs than macrophage and myoblasts. Furthermore, immunization of mice with OVA-loaded TPC-NPs enhanced OVA-specific serum IgG and IgG isotype antibodies production. Thus, DC-targeting strategy demonstrates a potential approach to enhance the effectiveness of vaccines. PMID:25393207

  17. Design and synthesis of dual-ligand modified chitosan as a liver targeting vector.

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    Chen, Houxiang; Li, Min; Wan, Tao; Zheng, Qichang; Cheng, Mingrong; Huang, Shiqi; Wang, Yong

    2012-02-01

    Vector plays an important role in hepatic targeted drug delivery system. In this study, a novel material as a liver targeting vector, dual-ligand modified chitosan (GCGA) composed of chitosan (CTS), glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) and lactobionic acid (LA), was designed and synthesized by an orthogonal experiment with two-step synthesis under mild conditions. The synthesized final product was characterized and confirmed by FTIR and (1)H-NMR spectroscopy, and DS of GA and LA in CTS were measured to be 13.77 and 16.74 mol% using (1)H-NMR, respectively. The cytotoxicity of CTS and GCGA was concentration dependent which was inverse proportion to the cell viability by MTT assay using L929 cell line, and inhibitory concentration 50% (IC50) was 0.2 mg/ml for GCGA. The in vitro targeting efficiency and the in vitro cellular uptake were investigated. Compared with CTS NPs and GA-CTS NPs, GCGA NPs showed good cell specificity to BEL-7402 cells via the dual-ligand-receptor-mediated recognition, leading to a higher affinity to BEL-7402 cells. The results suggested that GCGA described here has the potential to be used as an effective vector for hepatic targeted drug therapy. PMID:22105225

  18. Targeted doxorubicin delivery by chitosan-galactosylated modified polymer microbubbles to hepatocarcinoma cells.

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    Villa, Raffaella; Cerroni, Barbara; Viganò, Lucia; Margheritelli, Silvia; Abolafio, Gabriella; Oddo, Letizia; Paradossi, Gaio; Zaffaroni, Nadia

    2013-10-01

    Targeted drug delivery is a main issue in cancer treatment. Taking advantage of recently developed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-based microbubbles, which are characterized by chemical versatility of the polymeric surface thereby allowing coating with different ligands, we set up a strategy for the targeted delivery of the anticancer agent doxorubicin to hepatocarcinoma cells. Such microbubbles are exceptionally efficient ultrasound scatterers and thus represent also an option as potential ultrasound contrast agents. Moreover, the oscillation of microbubbles induced by ultrasound could contribute to favor the release of drugs allocated on shell. Specifically, PVA-based microbubbles were reacted with a galactosylated chitosan complex and loaded with doxorubicin to enable the localization and drug delivery to HepG2 hepatocarcinoma cells overexpressing asialoglycoprotein receptors. We demonstrated selectivity and greater bioadhesive properties of the functionalized microbubbles for tumor cells than to normal fibroblasts, which were influenced by the degree of galactosylation. The presence of galactosylated chitosan did not modify the rate of doxorubicin release from microbubbles, whichwas almost complete within 48h. Cellular uptake of doxorubicin loaded on functionalized microbubbles was higher in HepG2 than in normal fibroblasts, which do not over express the asialoglycoprotein receptors. In addition, doxorubicin loaded onto functionalized microbubbles fully retained its cytotoxic activity. Cells were also irradiated with ultrasound, immediately after exposure to microbubbles. An early enhancement of doxorubicin release and cellular drug uptake associated to a concomitant increase in cytotoxicity was observed in HepG2 cells. Overall, results of the study indicate that galactosylated chitosan microbubbles represent promising devices for the targeted delivery of antitumor agents to liver cancer cells. PMID:23759384

  19. Pravastatin chitosan nanogels-loaded erythrocytes as a new delivery strategy for targeting liver cancer.

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    Harisa, Gamaleldin I; Badran, Mohamed M; AlQahtani, Saeed A; Alanazi, Fars K; Attia, Sabry M

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan nanogels (CNG) are developed as one of the most promising carriers for cancer targeting. However, these carriers are rapidly eliminated from circulation by reticuloendothelial system (RES), which limits their application. Therefore, erythrocytes (ER) loaded CNG as multifunctional carrier may overcome the massive elimination of nanocarriers by RES. In this study, erythrocytes loaded pravastatin-chitosan nanogels (PR-CNG-ER) were utilized as a novel drug carrier to target liver cancer. Thus, PR-CNG formula was developed in nanosize, with good entrapment efficiency, drug loading and sustained release over 48 h. Then, PR-CNG loaded into ER were prepared by hypotonic preswelling technique. The resulting PR-CNG-ER showed 36.85% of entrapment efficiency, 66.82% of cell recovery and release consistent to that of hemoglobin over 48 h. Moreover, PR-CNG-ER exhibited negative zeta potential, increasing of hemolysis percent, marked phosphatidylserine exposure and stomatocytes shape compared to control unloaded erythrocytes. PR-CNG-ER reduced cells viability of HepG2 cells line by 28% compared to unloaded erythrocytes (UER). These results concluded that PR-CNG-ER are promising drug carriers to target liver cancer. PMID:26903771

  20. Chitosan nanoparticles for targeting and sustaining minoxidil sulphate delivery to hair follicles.

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    Matos, Breno Noronha; Reis, Thaiene Avila; Gratieri, Taís; Gelfuso, Guilherme Martins

    2015-04-01

    This work developed minoxidil sulphate-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (MXS-NP) for targeted delivery to hair follicles, which could sustain drug release and improve the topical treatment of alopecia. Chitosan nanoparticles were obtained using low-molecular weight chitosan and tripolyphosphate as crosslink agent. MXS-NP presented a monomodal distribution with hydrodynamic diameter of 235.5 ± 99.9 nm (PDI of 0.31 ± 0.01) and positive zeta potential (+38.6 ± 6.0 mV). SEM analysis confirmed nanoparticles average size and spherical shape. A drug loading efficiency of 73.0 ± 0.3% was obtained with polymer:drug ratio of 1:1 (w/w). Drug release through cellulose acetate membranes from MXS-NP was sustained in about 5 times in comparison to the diffusion rate of MXS from the solution (188.9 ± 6.0 μg/cm(2)/h and 35.4 ± 1.8 μg/cm(2)/h). Drug permeation studies through the skin in vitro, followed by selective recovery of MXS from the hair follicles, showed that MXS-NP application resulted in a two-fold MXS increase into hair follicles after 6h in comparison to the control solution (5.9 ± 0.6 μg/cm(2) and 2.9 ± 0.8 μg/cm(2)). MXS-loading in nanoparticles appears as a promising and easy strategy to target and sustain drug delivery to hair follicles, which may improve the topical treatment of alopecia. PMID:25647618

  1. Glucose-conjugated chitosan nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery and their specific interaction with tumor cells

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    Li, Jing; Ma, Fang-Kui; Dang, Qi-Feng; Liang, Xing-Guo; Chen, Xi-Guang

    2014-12-01

    A novel targeted drug delivery system, glucose-conjugated chitosan nanoparticles (GCNPs), was developed for specific recognition and interaction with glucose transporters (Gluts) over-expressed by tumor cells. GC was synthesized by using succinic acid as a linker between glucosamine and chitosan (CS), and successful synthesis was confirmed by NMR and elemental analysis. GCNPs were prepared by ionic crosslinking method, and characterized in terms of morphology, size, and zeta potential. The optimally prepared nanoparticles showed spherical shapes with an average particle size of (187.9 ± 3.8) nm and a zeta potential of (- 15.43 ± 0.31) mV. The GCNPs showed negligible cytotoxicity to mouse embryo fibroblast and 4T1 cells. Doxorubicin (DOX) could be efficiently entrapped into GCNPs, with a loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of 20.11% and 64.81%, respectively. DOX-loaded nanoparticles exhibited sustained-release behavior in phosphate buffered saline (pH 7.4). In vitro cellular uptake studies showed that the GCNPs had better endocytosis ability than CSNPs, and the antitumor activity of DOX/GCNPs was 4-5 times effectiveness in 4T1 cell killing than that of DOX/CSNPs. All the results demonstrate that nanoparticles decorated with glucose have specific interactions with cancer cells via the recognition between glucose and Gluts. Therefore, Gluts-targeted GCNPs may be promising delivery agents in cancer therapies.

  2. Glycol chitosan/heparin immobilized iron oxide nanoparticles with a tumor-targeting characteristic for magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Yuk, Soon Hong; Oh, Keun Sang; Cho, Sun Hang; Lee, Beom Suk; Kim, Sang Yoon; Kwak, Byung-Kook; Kim, Kwangmeyung; Kwon, Ick Chan

    2011-06-13

    We described the preparation of the glycol chitosan/heparin immobilized iron oxide nanoparticles (composite NPs) as a magnetic resonance imaging agent with a tumor-targeting characteristic. The iron oxide nanoseeds used clinically as a magnetic resonance imaging agent were immobilized into the glycol chitosan/heparin network to form the composite NPs. To induce the ionic interaction between the iron oxide nanoseeds and glycol chitosan, gold was deposited on the surface of iron oxide nanoseeds. After the immobilization of gold-deposited iron oxide NPs into the glycol chitosan network, the NPs were stabilized with heparin based on the ionic interaction between cationic glycol chitosan and anionic heparin. FE-SEM (field emission-scanning electron microscopy) and a particle size analyzer were used to observe the formation of the stabilized composite NPs, and a Jobin-Yvon Ultima-C inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) was used to measure the contents (%) of formed iron oxide nanoseeds as a function of reaction temperature and formed gold deposited on the iron oxide nanoparticles. We also evaluated the time-dependent excretion profile, in vivo biodistribution, circulation time, and tumor-targeting ability of the composite NPs using a noninvasive NIR fluorescence imaging technology. To observe the MRI contrast characteristic, the composite NPs were injected into the tail veins of tumor-bearing mice to demonstrate their selective tumoral distribution. The MR images were collected with conventional T(2)-weighted spin echo acquisition parameters. PMID:21506550

  3. Preparation and characterization of gadolinium-loaded PLGA particles surface modified with RGDS for the detection of thrombus

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    Zhang, Yu; Zhou, Jun; Guo, Dajing; Ao, Meng; Zheng, Yuanyi; Wang, Zhigang

    2013-01-01

    Thrombotic disease is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. The development of magnetic resonance molecular imaging provides potential promise for early disease diagnosis. In this study, we explore the preparation and characterization of gadolinium (Gd)-loaded poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) particles surface modified with the Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS) peptide for the detection of thrombus. PLGA was employed as the carrier-delivery system, and a double emulsion solvent-evaporation method (water in oil in water) was used to prepare PLGA particles encapsulating the magnetic resonance contrast agent Gd diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). To synthesize the Gd-PLGA/chitosan (CS)-RGDS particles, carbodiimide-mediated amide bond formation was used to graft the RGDS peptide to CS to form a CS-RGDS film that coated the surface of the PLGA particles. Blank PLGA, Gd-PLGA, and Gd-PLGA/CS particles were fabricated using the same water in oil in water method. Our results indicated that the RGDS peptide successfully coated the surface of the Gd-PLGA/CS-RGDS particles. The particles had a regular shape, smooth surface, relatively uniform size, and did not aggregate. The high electron density of the Gd-loaded particles and a translucent film around the particles coated with the CS and CS-RGDS films could be observed by transmission electron microscopy. In vitro experiments demonstrated that the Gd-PLGA/CS-RGDS particles could target thrombi and could be imaged using a clinical magnetic resonance scanner. Compared with the Gd-DTPA solution, the longitudinal relaxation time of the Gd-loaded particles was slightly longer, and as the Gd-load concentration increased, the longitudinal relaxation time values decreased. These results suggest the potential of the Gd-PLGA/CS-RGDS particles for the sensitive and specific detection of thrombus at the molecular level. PMID:24124363

  4. Preparation and characterization of gadolinium-loaded PLGA particles surface modified with RGDS for the detection of thrombus.

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    Zhang, Yu; Zhou, Jun; Guo, Dajing; Ao, Meng; Zheng, Yuanyi; Wang, Zhigang

    2013-01-01

    Thrombotic disease is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. The development of magnetic resonance molecular imaging provides potential promise for early disease diagnosis. In this study, we explore the preparation and characterization of gadolinium (Gd)-loaded poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) particles surface modified with the Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS) peptide for the detection of thrombus. PLGA was employed as the carrier-delivery system, and a double emulsion solvent-evaporation method (water in oil in water) was used to prepare PLGA particles encapsulating the magnetic resonance contrast agent Gd diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). To synthesize the Gd-PLGA/chitosan (CS)-RGDS particles, carbodiimide-mediated amide bond formation was used to graft the RGDS peptide to CS to form a CS-RGDS film that coated the surface of the PLGA particles. Blank PLGA, Gd-PLGA, and Gd-PLGA/CS particles were fabricated using the same water in oil in water method. Our results indicated that the RGDS peptide successfully coated the surface of the Gd-PLGA/CS-RGDS particles. The particles had a regular shape, smooth surface, relatively uniform size, and did not aggregate. The high electron density of the Gd-loaded particles and a translucent film around the particles coated with the CS and CS-RGDS films could be observed by transmission electron microscopy. In vitro experiments demonstrated that the Gd-PLGA/CS-RGDS particles could target thrombi and could be imaged using a clinical magnetic resonance scanner. Compared with the Gd-DTPA solution, the longitudinal relaxation time of the Gd-loaded particles was slightly longer, and as the Gd-load concentration increased, the longitudinal relaxation time values decreased. These results suggest the potential of the Gd-PLGA/CS-RGDS particles for the sensitive and specific detection of thrombus at the molecular level. PMID:24124363

  5. The implications of recent advances in carboxymethyl chitosan based targeted drug delivery and tissue engineering applications.

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    Upadhyaya, Laxmi; Singh, Jay; Agarwal, Vishnu; Tewari, Ravi Prakash

    2014-07-28

    Over the last decade carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) has emerged as a promising biopolymer for the development of new drug delivery systems and improved scaffolds along with other tissue engineering devices for regenerative medicine that is currently one of the most rapidly growing fields in the life sciences. CMCS is amphiprotic ether, derived from chitosan, exhibiting enhanced aqueous solubility, excellent biocompatibility, controllable biodegradability, osteogenesis ability and numerous other outstanding physicochemical and biological properties. More strikingly, it can load hydrophobic drugs and displays strong bioactivity which highlight its suitability and extensive usage for preparing different drug delivery and tissue engineering formulations respectively. This review provides a comprehensive introduction to various types of CMCS based formulations for delivery of therapeutic agents and tissue regeneration and further describes their preparation procedures and applications in different tissues/organs. Detailed information of CMCS based nano/micro systems for targeted delivery of drugs with emphasis on cancer specific and organ specific drug delivery have been described. Further, we have discussed various CMCS based tissue engineering biomaterials along with their preparation procedures and applications in different tissues/organs. The article then, gives a brief account of therapy combining drug delivery and tissue engineering. Finally, identification of major challenges and opportunities for current and ongoing application of CMCS based systems in the field are summarised. PMID:24806482

  6. Trans-resveratrol loaded chitosan nanoparticles modified with biotin and avidin to target hepatic carcinoma.

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    Bu, Le; Gan, Liang-Chun; Guo, Xiao-Qiang; Chen, Feng-Zheng; Song, Qin; Qi-Zhao; Gou, Xiao-Jun; Hou, Shi-Xiang; Yao, Qian

    2013-08-16

    Conventional liver targeted system focuses on delivering drugs to liver, bringing toxicity on hepatic normal tissues. The purpose of this study is to construct a new system capable of specially targeting to hepatic carcinoma instead of the whole liver. Based on the fact that nanoparticles (NPs) bound with either biotin or avidin tend to accumulate in tumors and avidin-attached reagents were quickly eliminated from blood circulation and assembled in liver, trans-resveratrol loaded chitosan nanoparticles (CS-NPs), CS-NPs with the surface modified either by biotin (B-CS-NPs) or by both biotin and avidin (A-B-CS-NPs) were prepared and their physiochemical properties were investigated. The in vitro release profiles of the three NPs all conformed to bioexponential equation. Pharmacokinetic experiment indicated that A-B-CS-NPs rapidly assembled in liver after injection, with the highest liver targeting index of 2.70, while the modification of biotin attenuated the liver targeting ability of NPs. Inhibitory study on HepG2 cells declared that compared to trans-resveratrol solution and CS-NPs, both B-CS-NPs and A-B-CS-NPs significantly improved the anticancer activity. When incubated with HepG2 cells at high concentration for longer time, A-B-CS-NPs exhibited superior cytotoxicity than B-CS-NPs. This study exclaims that A-B-CS-NPs may be a potent drug delivery vector specially targeting to hepatic carcinoma. PMID:23685116

  7. Microencapsulation of coupled folate and chitosan nanoparticles for targeted delivery of combination drugs to colon.

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    Li, Puwang; Yang, Ziming; Wang, Yichao; Peng, Zheng; Li, Sidong; Kong, Lingxue; Wang, Qinghuang

    2015-01-01

    Folate-chitosan nanoparticles, co-loaded with 5-fluourouacil (5-FU) and leucovorin (LV) and prepared by ionic gelation technology were physically microencapsulated by enteric polymer using a solvent evaporation method. Average particle size of the microencapsulated particles was in the range of 15 to 35 µm. High drug encapsulation efficiency was obtained for both 5-FU and LV in the microencapsulated particles. Both drugs were in amorphous state in the microencapsulated particles. By enteric coating, excellent pH-dependent release profile was achieved and no drug release was observed in simulated gastric and intestinal fluids. However, when the pH value reached the soluble threshold of Eudragit S-100, a constant and slow drug release was observed. The results indicated that these microencapsulated particles are a promising vehicle for selectively targeting drugs to colon in the chemotherapy of colon cancer. PMID:25198909

  8. PK11195-chitosan-graft-polyethylenimine-modified SPION as a mitochondria-targeting gene carrier.

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    Kim, You-Kyoung; Zhang, Mei; Lu, Jin-Jian; Xu, Fengguo; Chen, Bao-An; Xing, Lei; Jiang, Hu-Lin

    2016-06-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (SPION) holds great potential as a gene delivery system due to its unique properties, such as good biocompatibility and non-invasive targeting ability. In this study, we modified SPION with chitosan-graft-PEI (CHI-g-PEI) and PK11195, to fabricate a mitochondria-targeting gene carrier, PK-CP-SPION. PK-CP-SPION manifested prominent physicochemical properties for magnetic guided gene delivery, and it could effectively condense and protect DNA at proper weight ratios. The in vitro cytotoxicity of PK-CP-SPIONs was mild. Under an external magnetic field, the transfection efficiency of PK-CP-SPIONs was comparable to PEI 25 K with shorter transfection time. PK11195 facilitated the specific accumulation of PK-CP-SPIONs in mitochondria, leading to the leakage of cytochrome c, the dissipation of mitochondrial membrane potential and subsequently the activation of mitochondria apoptosis pathway. These results indicated that with further development, PK-CP-SPIONs could serve as a multifunctional nanoplatform for magnetic targeting gene delivery and mitochondria-targeting therapy, leading enhanced therapeutic effect towards tumor cells. PMID:26390926

  9. Biodegradable Chitosan Magnetic Nanoparticle Carriers for Sub-Cellular Targeting Delivery of Artesunate for Efficient Treatment of Breast Cancer

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    Subramanian, Natesan; Abimanyu, Sugumaran; Vinoth, Jeevanesan; Sekar, Ponnusamy Chandra

    2010-12-01

    Artesunate is a semi-synthetic derivative of artemisinin, the active principle extracted from Artemisia annua. It possesses good anti-proliferative activity and anti-angiogenic activity with very low toxicity to normal healthy cells. The drawback of most cancer drugs is their inability to accumulate selectively in the cancerous cells. So, large quantities of doses have to be administered to get the required therapeutic concentration in the target site and it resulted in many serious side effects due to the exposure of healthy cells to higher concentrations of cytotoxic drugs. The problem may be solved by selectively and quantitatively accumulating the drug at target site using magnetic nanoparticles guided by an externally applied magnetic field. A modest attempt has been made in this present study, the artesunate magnetic nanoparticle was successfully formulated using two forms of chitosan and evaluated for its in-vitro characteristics like surface morphology, particle size and distribution, zeta potential, magnetic susceptibility, encapsulation efficiency, loading capacity and in-vitro drug release. The synthesized magnetite size was 73 nm and the size of developed magnetic nanoparticles of artesunate was in the range of 90 to 575 nm. Acetic acid soluble chitosan at low concentration exhibit highest encapsulation efficiency and drug loading whereas increase in water soluble chitosan concentration increases the encapsulation efficiency and drug loading in formulations. The developed chitosan magnetic nanoparticles of artesunate shows better release characteristics and may be screened for its in-vivo breast cancer activity.

  10. Pectin-coated chitosan-LDH bionanocomposite beads as potential systems for colon-targeted drug delivery.

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    Ribeiro, Lígia N M; Alcântara, Ana C S; Darder, Margarita; Aranda, Pilar; Araújo-Moreira, Fernando M; Ruiz-Hitzky, Eduardo

    2014-03-10

    This work introduces results on a new drug delivery system (DDS) based on the use of chitosan/layered double hydroxide (LDH) biohybrid beads coated with pectin for controlled release in the treatment of colon diseases. Thus, the 5-aminosalicylic acid (5ASA), the most used non-steroid-anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, was chosen as model drug aiming to a controlled and selective delivery in the colon. The pure 5ASA drug and the hybrid material prepared by intercalation in a layered double hydroxide of Mg2Al using the co-precipitation method, were incorporated in a chitosan matrix in order to profit from its mucoadhesiveness. These compounds processed as beads were further treated with the polysaccharide pectin to create a protective coating that ensures the stability of both chitosan and layered double hydroxide at the acid pH of the gastric fluid. The resulting composite beads presenting the pectin coating are stable to water swelling and procure a controlled release of the drug along their passage through the simulated gastrointestinal tract in in vitro experiments, due to their resistance to pH changes. Based on these results, the pectin@chitosan/LDH-5ASA bionanocomposite beads could be proposed as promising candidates for the colon-targeted delivery of 5ASA, with the aim of acting only in the focus of the disease and minimizing side effects. PMID:24374607

  11. Carboxymethyl chitosan-mediated synthesis of hyaluronic acid-targeted graphene oxide for cancer drug delivery.

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    Yang, Huihui; Bremner, David H; Tao, Lei; Li, Heyu; Hu, Juan; Zhu, Limin

    2016-01-01

    In order to enhance the efficiency and specificity of anticancer drug delivery and realize intelligently controlled release, a new drug carrier was developed. Graphene oxide (GO) was first modified with carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC), followed by conjugation of hyaluronic acid (HA) and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FI). The resulting GO-CMC-FI-HA conjugate was characterized and used as a carrier to encapsulate the anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) to study in vitro release behavior. The drug loading capacity is as high as 95% and the drug release rate under tumor cell microenvironment of pH 5.8 is significantly higher than that under physiological conditions of pH 7.4. Cell uptake studies show that the GO-CMC-FI-HA/DOX complex can specifically target cancer cells, which are over-expressing CD44 receptors and effectively inhibit their growth. The above results suggest that the functionalized graphene-based material has potential applications for targeted delivery and controlled release of anticancer drugs. PMID:26453853

  12. Both FA- and mPEG-conjugated chitosan nanoparticles for targeted cellular uptake and enhanced tumor tissue distribution

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    2011-01-01

    Both folic acid (FA)- and methoxypoly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG)-conjugated chitosan nanoparticles (NPs) had been designed for targeted and prolong anticancer drug delivery system. The chitosan NPs were prepared with combination of ionic gelation and chemical cross-linking method, followed by conjugation with both FA and mPEG, respectively. FA-mPEG-NPs were compared with either NPs or mPEG-/FA-NPs in terms of their size, targeting cellular efficiency and tumor tissue distribution. The specificity of the mPEG-FA-NPs targeting cancerous cells was demonstrated by comparative intracellular uptake of NPs and mPEG-/FA-NPs by human adenocarcinoma HeLa cells. Mitomycin C (MMC), as a model drug, was loaded to the mPEG-FA-NPs. Results show that the chitosan NPs presented a narrow-size distribution with an average diameter about 200 nm regardless of the type of functional group. In addition, MMC was easily loaded to the mPEG-FA-NPs with drug-loading content of 9.1%, and the drug releases were biphasic with an initial burst release, followed by a subsequent slower release. Laser confocal scanning imaging proved that both mPEG-FA-NPs and FA-NPs could greatly enhance uptake by HeLa cells. In vivo animal experiments, using a nude mice xenograft model, demonstrated that an increased amount of mPEG-FA-NPs or FA-NPs were accumulated in the tumor tissue relative to the mPEG-NPs or NPs alone. These results suggest that both FA- and mPEG-conjugated chitosan NPs are potentially prolonged drug delivery system for tumor cell-selective targeting treatments. PMID:22027239

  13. Both FA- and mPEG-conjugated chitosan nanoparticles for targeted cellular uptake and enhanced tumor tissue distribution

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    Hou, Zhenqing; Zhan, Chuanming; Jiang, Qiwei; Hu, Quan; Li, Le; Chang, Di; Yang, Xiangrui; Wang, Yixiao; Li, Yang; Ye, Shefang; Xie, Liya; Yi, Yunfeng; Zhang, Qiqing

    2011-10-01

    Both folic acid (FA)- and methoxypoly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG)-conjugated chitosan nanoparticles (NPs) had been designed for targeted and prolong anticancer drug delivery system. The chitosan NPs were prepared with combination of ionic gelation and chemical cross-linking method, followed by conjugation with both FA and mPEG, respectively. FA-mPEG-NPs were compared with either NPs or mPEG-/FA-NPs in terms of their size, targeting cellular efficiency and tumor tissue distribution. The specificity of the mPEG-FA-NPs targeting cancerous cells was demonstrated by comparative intracellular uptake of NPs and mPEG-/FA-NPs by human adenocarcinoma HeLa cells. Mitomycin C (MMC), as a model drug, was loaded to the mPEG-FA-NPs. Results show that the chitosan NPs presented a narrow-size distribution with an average diameter about 200 nm regardless of the type of functional group. In addition, MMC was easily loaded to the mPEG-FA-NPs with drug-loading content of 9.1%, and the drug releases were biphasic with an initial burst release, followed by a subsequent slower release. Laser confocal scanning imaging proved that both mPEG-FA-NPs and FA-NPs could greatly enhance uptake by HeLa cells. In vivo animal experiments, using a nude mice xenograft model, demonstrated that an increased amount of mPEG-FA-NPs or FA-NPs were accumulated in the tumor tissue relative to the mPEG-NPs or NPs alone. These results suggest that both FA- and mPEG-conjugated chitosan NPs are potentially prolonged drug delivery system for tumor cell-selective targeting treatments.

  14. High molecular weight chitosan derivative polymeric micelles encapsulating superparamagnetic iron oxide for tumor-targeted magnetic resonance imaging

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    Xiao, Yunbin; Lin, Zuan Tao; Chen, Yanmei; Wang, He; Deng, Ya Li; Le, D Elizabeth; Bin, Jianguo; Li, Meiyu; Liao, Yulin; Liu, Yili; Jiang, Gangbiao; Bin, Jianping

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents based on chitosan derivatives have great potential for diagnosing diseases. However, stable tumor-targeted MRI contrast agents using micelles prepared from high molecular weight chitosan derivatives are seldom reported. In this study, we developed a novel tumor-targeted MRI vehicle via superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) encapsulated in self-aggregating polymeric folate-conjugated N-palmitoyl chitosan (FAPLCS) micelles. The tumor-targeting ability of FAPLCS/SPIONs was demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. The results of dynamic light scattering experiments showed that the micelles had a relatively narrow size distribution (136.60±3.90 nm) and excellent stability. FAPLCS/SPIONs showed low cytotoxicity and excellent biocompatibility in cellular toxicity tests. Both in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated that FAPLCS/SPIONs bound specifically to folate receptor-positive HeLa cells, and that FAPLCS/SPIONs accumulated predominantly in established HeLa-derived tumors in mice. The signal intensities of T2-weighted images in established HeLa-derived tumors were reduced dramatically after intravenous micelle administration. Our study indicates that FAPLCS/SPION micelles can potentially serve as safe and effective MRI contrast agents for detecting tumors that overexpress folate receptors. PMID:25709439

  15. Targeted delivery of doxorubicin-utilizing chitosan nanoparticles surface-functionalized with anti-Her2 trastuzumab

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    Yousefpour, Parisa; Atyabi, Fatemeh; Vasheghani-Farahani, Ebrahim; Movahedi, Ali-Akbar Mousavi; Dinarvand, Rassoul

    2011-01-01

    Background Targeting drugs to their sites of action to overcome the systemic side effects associated with most antineoplastic agents is still a major challenge in pharmaceutical research. In this study, the monoclonal antibody, trastuzumab, was used as a targeting agent in nanoparticles carrying the antitumor drug, doxorubicin, specifically to its site of action. Methods Chitosan-doxorubicin conjugation was carried out using succinic anhydride as a crosslinker. Trastuzumab was conjugated to self-assembled chitosan-doxorubin conjugate (CS-DOX) nanoparticles (particle size, 200 nm) via thiolation of lysine residues and subsequent linking of the resulted thiols to chitosan. Conjugation was confirmed by gel permeation chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies. Dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and zeta potential determination were used to characterize the nanoparticles. Results CS-DOX conjugated nanoparticles had a spherical shape and smooth surface with a narrow size distribution and core-shell structure. Increasing the ratio of doxorubicin to chitosan in the conjugation reaction gave rise to a higher doxorubicin content but lower conjugation efficiency. Trastuzumab-decorated nanoparticles (CS-DOX-mAb) contained 47 μg/mg doxorubicin and 33.5 μg/mg trastuzumab. Binding of trastuzumab to the nanoparticles was further probed thermodynamically by isothermal titration calorimetry. Fluorescence microscopy demonstrated enhanced and selective uptake of CS-DOX-mAb by Her2+ cancer cells compared with nontargeted CS-DOX nanoparticles and free drug. Conclusion Antibody-conjugated nanoparticles were shown to discriminate between Her2+ and Her2− cells, and thus have the potential to be used in active targeted drug delivery, with reduction of drug side effects in Her2+ breast and ovarian cancers. PMID:21976974

  16. Galactosylated Chitosan Oligosaccharide Nanoparticles for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cell-Targeted Delivery of Adenosine Triphosphate

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    Zhu, Xiu Liang; Du, Yong Zhong; Yu, Ri Sheng; Liu, Ping; Shi, Dan; Chen, Ying; Wang, Ying; Huang, Fang Fang

    2013-01-01

    Nanoparticles composed of galactosylated chitosan oligosaccharide (Gal-CSO) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) were prepared for hepatocellular carcinoma cell-specific uptake, and the characteristics of Gal-CSO/ATP nanoparticles were evaluated. CSO/ATP nanoparticles were prepared as a control. The average diameter and zeta potential of Gal-CSO/ATP nanoparticles were 51.03 3.26 nm and 30.50 1.25 mV, respectively, suggesting suitable properties for a drug delivery system. Subsequently, the cytotoxicity of Gal-CSO/ATP nanoparticles were examined by the methyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay, and the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values were calculated with HepG2 (human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line) cells. The results showed that the cytotoxic effect of nanoparticles on HepG2 cells was low. In the meantime, it was also found that the Gal-CSO/ATP nanoparticles could be uptaken by HepG2 cells, due to expression of the asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGP-R) on their surfaces. The presented results indicate that the Gal-CSO nanoparticles might be very attractive to be used as an intracellular drug delivery carrier for hepatocellular carcinoma cell targeting, thus warranting further in vivo or clinical investigations. PMID:23899789

  17. Efficient pH Dependent Drug Delivery to Target Cancer Cells by Gold Nanoparticles Capped with Carboxymethyl Chitosan

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    Madhusudhan, Alle; Reddy, Gangapuram Bhagavanth; Venkatesham, Maragoni; Veerabhadram, Guttena; Kumar, Dudde Anil; Natarajan, Sumathi; Yang, Ming-Yeh; Hu, Anren; Singh, Surya S.

    2014-01-01

    Doxorubicin (DOX) was immobilized on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) capped with carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) for effective delivery to cancer cells. The carboxylic group of carboxymethyl chitosan interacts with the amino group of the doxorubicin (DOX) forming stable, non-covalent interactions on the surface of AuNPs. The carboxylic group ionizes at acidic pH, thereby releasing the drug effectively at acidic pH suitable to target cancer cells. The DOX loaded gold nanoparticles were effectively absorbed by cervical cancer cells compared to free DOX and their uptake was further increased at acidic conditions induced by nigericin, an ionophore that causes intracellular acidification. These results suggest that DOX loaded AuNPs with pH-triggered drug releasing properties is a novel nanotheraputic approach to overcome drug resistance in cancer. PMID:24821542

  18. Bufalin loaded biotinylated chitosan nanoparticles: an efficient drug delivery system for targeted chemotherapy against breast carcinoma.

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    Tian, Xin; Yin, Hongzhuan; Zhang, Shichen; Luo, Ying; Xu, Kai; Ma, Ping; Sui, Chengguang; Meng, Fandong; Liu, Yunpeng; Jiang, Youhong; Fang, Jun

    2014-08-01

    Bufalin is a traditional oriental medicine which is known to induce apoptosis in many tumor cells, and it is thus considered as a new anticancer therapeutic. By now, most of the studies of bufalin are in vitro, however in vivo evaluations of its therapeutic efficacy are less and are in great demand for its development toward anticancer drug. One of the problems probably hampering the development of bufalin is the lack of tumor selectivity, which may reduce the therapeutic effect as well as showing side effects. To overcome this drawback, in this study, we designed a tumor-targeted drug delivery system of bufalin based on enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, by using biotinylated chitosan, resulting in bufalin encapsulating nanoparticles (Bu-BCS-NPs) with mean hydrodynamic size of 171.6 nm, as evidenced by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscope. Bu-BCS-NPs showed a relative slow and almost linear release of bufalin, and about 36.8% of bufalin was released in 24 h when dissolved in sodium phosphate buffer. Compared to native bufalin, Bu-BCS-NPs exhibited a stronger cytotoxicity against breast cancer MCF-7 cells (IC50 of 0.582 μg/ml vs 1.896 μg/ml of native bufalin). Similar results were also obtained in intracellular reactive oxygen species production, apoptosis induction, and decrease in mitochondria membrane potential. These results may contribute to the rapid intracellular uptake of nanoparticles, partly benefiting from the highly expressed biotin receptors in tumor cells. In vivo studies using MCF-7 tumor models in nude mice confirmed the remarkable therapeutic effect of Bu-BCS-NPs. These findings suggest the potential of Bu-BCS-NPs as an anticancer drug with tumor targeting property. PMID:24846793

  19. Efficient Nonviral Gene Therapy Using Folate-Targeted Chitosan-DNA Nanoparticles In Vitro

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    Jreyssaty, Christian; Shi, Qin; Wang, Huijie; Qiu, Xingping; Winnik, Françoise M.; Zhang, Xiaoling; Dai, Kerong; Benderdour, Mohamed; Fernandes, Julio C.

    2012-01-01

    Nonviral cationic polymers like chitosan can be combined with DNA to protect it from degradation. The chitosan is a biocompatible, biodegradable, nontoxic, and cheap polycationic polymer with low immunogenicity. The objective of this study was to synthesize and then assess different chitosan-DNA nanoparticles and to select the best ones for selective in vitro transfection in human epidermoid carcinoma (KB) cell lines. It revealed that different combinations of molecular weight, the presence or absence of folic acid ligand, and different plasmid DNA sizes can lead to nanoparticles with various diameters and diverse transfection efficiencies. The intracellular trafficking, nuclear uptake, and localization are also studied by confocal microscopy, which confirmed that DNA was delivered to cell nuclei to be expressed. PMID:22474605

  20. Design and evaluation of novel pH-sensitive ureido-conjugated chitosan/TPP nanoparticles targeted to Helicobacter pylori.

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    Jing, Zi-Wei; Jia, Yi-Yang; Wan, Ning; Luo, Min; Huan, Meng-Lei; Kang, Tai-Bin; Zhou, Si-Yuan; Zhang, Bang-Le

    2016-04-01

    The covalently modified ureido-conjugated chitosan/TPP multifunctional nanoparticles have been developed as targeted nanomedicine delivery system for eradication of Helicobacter pylori. H. pylori can specifically express the urea transport protein on its membrane to transport urea into cytoplasm for urease to produce ammonia, which protects the bacterium in the acid milieu of stomach. The clinical applicability of topical antimicrobial agent is needed to eradicate H. pylori in the infected fundal area. In this study, we designed and synthesized two ureido-conjugated chitosan derivatives UCCs-1 and UCCs-2 for preparation of multifunctional nanoparticles. The process was optimized in order to prepare UCCs/TPP nanoparticles for encapsulation of amoxicillin. The results showed that the amoxicillin-UCCs/TPP nanoparticles exhibited favorable pH-sensitive characteristics, which could procrastinate the release of amoxicillin at gastric acids and enable the drug to deliver and target to H. pylori at its survival region effectively. Compared with unmodified amoxicillin-chitosan/TPP nanoparticles, a more specific and effective H. pylori growth inhibition was observed for amoxicillin-UCCs/TPP nanoparticles. Drug uptake analysis tested by flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy verified that the uptake of FITC-UCCs-2/TPP nanoparticles was associated with urea transport protein on the membrane of H. pylori and reduced with the addition of urea as competitive transport substrate. These findings suggest that the multifunctional amoxicillin-loaded nanoparticles have great potential for effective therapy of H. pylori infection. They may also serve as pharmacologically effective nanocarriers for oral targeted delivery of other therapeutic drugs to treat H. pylori. PMID:26851392

  1. The targeted behavior of folate-decorated N-succinyl-N'-octyl chitosan evaluated by NIR system in mouse model

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    Zhu, Hongyan; Deng, Dawei; Chen, Haiyan; Qian, Zhiyu; Gu, Yueqing

    2010-11-01

    The development of more selective delivery systems for cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy is one of the most important goals of current anticancer research. The purpose of this study is to construct and evaluate the folate-decorated, self-assembled nanoparticles as candidates to deliver near infrared fluorescent dyes into tumors and to investigate the mechanisms underlying the tumor targeting with folate-decorated, self-assembled nanoparticles. Folate-decorated N-succinyl-N'-octyl chitosan (folate-SOC) were synthesized. The chemical modification chitosan could self-assemble into stable micelles in aqueous medium. Micelle size determined by size analysis was around 140 nm in a phosphate-buffered saline (PBS, PH 7.4). Folate-SOC could maintain their structure for up to 15 days in PBS. Near infrared dye ICG-Der-01 as a mode drug was loaded in the micelles, and the entrapment efficiency (EE) and drug loading (DL) were investigated. The targeted behavior of folate-SOC was evaluated by near-infrared fluorescence imaging in vivo on different groups of denuded mice, with A549 or Bel-7402 tumors. The optical imaging results indicated that folated-decorated SOC showed an excellent tumor specificity in Bel-7402 tumor-bearing mice, and weak tumor specificity in A549 tumor bearing mice. We believe that this work can provide insight for the engineering of nanoparticles and be extended to cancer therapy and diagnosis so as to deliver multiple therapeutic agents and imaging probes at high local concentrations.

  2. Mad2 Checkpoint Gene Silencing Using Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-Targeted Chitosan Nanoparticles in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Model

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    2015-01-01

    RNA interference has emerged as a powerful strategy in cancer therapy because it allows silencing of specific genes associated with tumor progression and resistance. Mad2 is an essential mitotic checkpoint component required for accurate chromosome segregation during mitosis, and its complete abolition leads to cell death. We have developed an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-targeted chitosan system for silencing the Mad2 gene as a strategy to efficiently induce cell death in EGFR overexpressing human A549 non-small cell lung cancer cells. Control and EGFR-targeted chitosan nanoparticles loaded with small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) against Mad2 were formulated and characterized for size, charge, morphology, and encapsulation efficiency. Qualitative and quantitative intracellular uptake studies by confocal imaging and flow cytometry, respectively, showed time-dependent enhanced and selective intracellular internalization of EGFR-targeted nanoparticles compared to nontargeted system. Targeted nanoparticles showed nearly complete depletion of Mad2 expression in A549 cells contrasting with the partial depletion in the nontargeted system. Accordingly, Mad2-silencing-induced apoptotic cell death was confirmed by cytotoxicity assay and flow cytometry. Our results demonstrate that EGFR-targeted chitosan loaded with Mad2 siRNAs is a potent delivery system for selective killing of cancer cells. PMID:25256346

  3. Development of siRNA-loaded chitosan nanoparticles targeting Galectin-1 for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme via intranasal administration.

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    Van Woensel, Matthias; Wauthoz, Nathalie; Rosière, Rémi; Mathieu, Véronique; Kiss, Robert; Lefranc, Florence; Steelant, Brecht; Dilissen, Ellen; Van Gool, Stefaan W; Mathivet, Thomas; Gerhardt, Holger; Amighi, Karim; De Vleeschouwer, Steven

    2016-04-10

    Galectin-1 (Gal-1) is a naturally occurring galactose-binding lectin, which is overexpressed in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Gal-1 is associated with tumor progression, and is a potent immune suppressor in the tumor micro-environment. To inhibit Gal-1 in GBM, an effective therapy is required that reaches the central nervous system tumor, with limited systemic effects. In this study, we report for the first time that concentrated chitosan nanoparticle suspensions can deliver small interfering RNA (siRNA) into the central nervous system tumor within hours after intranasal administration. These nanoparticles are able to complex siRNA targeting Gal-1 to a high percentage, and protect them from RNAse degradation. Moreover, a successful intracellular delivery of anti-Gal-1 siRNA resulted in a decreased expression of Gal-1 in both murine and human GBM cells. Sequence specific RNAinterference, resulted in more than 50% Gal-1 reduction in tumor bearing mice. This study indicates that the intranasal pathway is an underexplored transport route for delivering siRNA-based therapies targeting Gal-1 in the treatment of GBM. PMID:26902800

  4. Targeted delivery of microRNA-126 to vascular endothelial cells via REDV peptide modified PEG-trimethyl chitosan.

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    Zhou, Fang; Jia, Xiaoling; Yang, Qingmao; Yang, Yang; Zhao, Yunhui; Fan, Yubo; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2016-05-26

    Manipulation of gene expression by means of microRNAs (miRNAs) is one of the emerging strategies to treat cardiovascular and cancer diseases. Nevertheless, efficient delivery of miRNAs to a specific vascular tissue is limited. In this work, a short peptide Arg-Glu-Asp-Val (REDV) was linked to trimethyl chitosan (TMC) via a bifunctional poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) linker for the targeted delivery of microRNA-126 (miRNA-126) to vascular endothelial cells (VECs). The morphology, serum stability and cytotoxicity of the polyplex/miRNA complexes, namely, TMC/miRNA, TMC-g-PEG/miRNA and TMC-g-PEG-REDV/miRNA, were investigated along with the cellular uptake, proliferation and in vitro miRNA transfection efficiency. By REDV modification, the TMC-g-PEG-REDV/miRNA complex showed negligible cytotoxicity, increased expression of miRNA-126 and enhanced VEC proliferation compared with the TMC/miRNA and TMC-g-PEG/miRNA complexes. In particular, the approaches adopted for the miRNA delivery and targeted peptide REDV modification promote the selective uptake and the growth of VECs over vascular smooth muscle cells. It was suggested that the REDV peptide-modified TMC-g-PEG polyplex could be potentially used as a miRNA carrier in artificial blood vessels for rapid endothelialization. PMID:27055482

  5. Nasal chitosan microparticles target a zidovudine prodrug to brain HIV sanctuaries.

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    Dalpiaz, Alessandro; Fogagnolo, Marco; Ferraro, Luca; Capuzzo, Antonio; Pavan, Barbara; Rassu, Giovanna; Salis, Andrea; Giunchedi, Paolo; Gavini, Elisabetta

    2015-11-01

    Zidovudine (AZT) is an antiretroviral drug that is a substrate of active efflux transporters (AETs) that extrude the drug from the central nervous system (CNS) and macrophages, which are considered to be sanctuaries of HIV. The conjugation of AZT to ursodeoxycholic acid is known to produce a prodrug (UDCA-AZT) that is able to elude the AET systems, indicating the potential ability of this prodrug to act as a carrier of AZT in the CNS and in macrophages. Here, we demonstrate that UDCA-AZT is able to permeate and remain in murine macrophages with an efficiency twenty times higher than that of AZT. Moreover, we propose the nasal administration of this prodrug in order to induce its uptake into the CNS. Chitosan chloride-based microparticles (CP) were prepared by spray-drying and were characterized with respect to size, morphology, density, water uptake and the dissolution profile of UDCA-AZT. The CP sample was then nasally administered to rats. All in vitro and in vivo measurements were also performed for a CP parent physical mixture. The CP sample was able to increase the dissolution rate of UDCA-AZT and to reduce water uptake with respect to its parent physical mixture, inducing better uptake of UDCA-AZT into the cerebrospinal fluid of rats, where the prodrug can act as an AZT carrier in macrophages. PMID:26427553

  6. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of chitosan conjugated GGRGDSK peptides as a cancer cell-targeting molecular transporter.

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    El-Sayed, Naglaa S; Shirazi, Amir N; El-Meligy, Magda G; El-Ziaty, Ahmed K; Nagieb, Zenat A; Parang, Keykavous; Tiwari, Rakesh K

    2016-06-01

    Targeting cancer cells using integrin receptor is one of the promising targeting strategies in drug delivery. In this study, we conjugated an integrin-binding ligand (GGRGDSK) peptide to chitosan oligosaccharide (COS) using sulfo-SMCC as a bifunctional linker to afford COS-SMCC-GGRGDSK. The conjugated polymer was characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, and SEM. COS-SMCC-GGRGDSK did not show cytotoxicity up to a concentration of 1mg/mL in the human leukemia cell line (CCRF-CEM). The conjugate was evaluated for its ability to enhance the cellular uptake of a cell-impermeable cargo (e.g., F'-G(pY)EEI phosphopeptide) in CCRF-CEM, and human ovarian carcinoma (SK-OV-3) cancer cell lines. Additionally, RGD modified and unmodified COS polymers were used to prepare nanoparticles by ionic gelation and showed particle size ranging from 187 to 338nm, and zeta potential of 12.2-18.3mV using dynamic light scattering. The efficiency of COS-NPs and COS-SMCC-RGDSK NPs was assayed for translocation of two synthetic cytotoxic agents ((2-(2-aminoethylamino)-4-(4-chlorophenyl)-6-(1H-indol-3-yl) nicotinonitrile (ACIN), and 2-(2-aminoethylamino)-6-(1H-indol-3-yl)-4-(4-methoxyphenyl)-nicotinonitrile (AMIN)) into CCRF-CEM and human prostate (DU-145) cancer cell lines. The results showed a dramatic reduction in the cell viability on their treatment with RGD targeted COS NPs in comparison to paclitaxel (PTX), free drug, and drug-loaded COS NPs. PMID:26976071

  7. Intranasal Piperine-Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles as Brain-Targeted Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease: Optimization, Biological Efficacy, and Potential Toxicity.

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    Elnaggar, Yosra S R; Etman, Samar M; Abdelmonsif, Doaa A; Abdallah, Ossama Y

    2015-10-01

    Piperine (PIP) is a phytopharmaceutical with reported neuroprotective potential in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Oral PIP delivery suffers from its hydrophobicity and pre-systemic metabolism. In this article, mono-disperse intranasal chitosan nanoparticles (CS-NPs) were elaborated for brain targeting of PIP. Formula optimization was based on particle size (PS), zeta potential (ZP), polydispersity index (PDI), % entrapment efficiency (% EE), release studies, and transmission electron microscopy. AD was induced in 48 male Wistar rats on which full behavioral and biochemical testing was conducted. Brain toxicity was assessed based on Caspase-3 assay for apoptosis and tumor necrosis factor for inflammation. Spherical NPs with optimum % EE (81.70), PS (248.50 nm), PDI (0.24), and ZP (+56.30 mV) were elaborated. PIP-NPs could significantly improve cognitive functions as efficient as standard drug (donpezil injection) with additional advantages of dual mechanism (Ach esterase inhibition and antioxidant effect). CS-NPs could significantly alleviate PIP nasal irritation and showed no brain toxicity. This work was the first to report additional mechanism of PIP in AD via anti-apoptosis and anti-inflammatory effects. To conclude, mucoadhesive CS-NPs were successfully tailored for effective, safe, and non-invasive PIP delivery with 20-folds decrease in oral dose, opening a gate for a future with lower AD morbidity. PMID:26147711

  8. Delivery of siRNA targeting tumor metabolism using non-covalent PEGylated chitosan nanoparticles: Identification of an optimal combination of ligand structure, linker and grafting method.

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    Corbet, Cyril; Ragelle, Héloïse; Pourcelle, Vincent; Vanvarenberg, Kévin; Marchand-Brynaert, Jacqueline; Préat, Véronique; Feron, Olivier

    2016-02-10

    PEGylated chitosan-based nanoparticles offer attractive platforms for siRNA cocktail delivery into tumors. Still, therapeutic efficacy requires us to select a rational combination of siRNAs and an efficient tumor delivery after systemic administration. Here, we showed that non-covalent PEGylation of chitosan-based nanoparticles loaded with siRNA targeting two key transporters of energy fuels for cancer cells, namely the lactate transporter MCT1 and the glutamine transporter ASCT2, could lead to significant antitumor effects. As a ligand, we tested variations of the prototypical RGD peptidomimetic (RGDp). A higher siRNA delivery was obtained with naphthyridine-containing RGDp randomly conjugated on the PEG chain by clip photochemistry and the use of a lipophilic linker than when using traditional chain-end grafting and RGDp with a hydrophilic linker. The antiproliferative effects resulting from ASCT2 and MCT1 silencing were validated separately in vitro in conditions mimicking specific metabolic profiles of cancer cells and in vivo upon concomitant delivery. The combination of those siRNA and the selected components of targeted RGDp nanoparticles led to a dramatic tumor growth inhibition upon peri-tumoral but also systemic administration in mice. Altogether these data emphasize the convenience of using non-covalent PEGylated chitosan particles to produce sheddable stealth protection compatible with an efficient siRNA delivery in tumors. PMID:26699426

  9. Novel hydroxybutyl chitosan nanoparticles for siRNA delivery targeting tissue factor inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis in human vascular smooth muscle cells.

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    Wan, Kang; Li, Jian; Li, Dan; Ge, Junhua; Wang, Yunlong; Li, Xuexun; Guo, Yongfang; Guo, Junjie; Leng, Min; Wang, Pan; An, Yi

    2015-12-01

    Chitosan, a polysaccharide isolated from shrimp and other crustacean shells, has been widely investigated for DNA and siRNA delivery. Despite substantial effort having been made to improve chitosan as a non‑viral gene delivery vector, the application is severely limited by its poor solubility under physiological conditions. Hydroxybutyl chitosan (HBC), a modified chitosan, is soluble under neutral conditions. Tissue factor (TF) is involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases by promoting thrombus formation and inducing the migration and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells. Targeting TF is an attractive therapeutic strategy for cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, the use of HBC for the transfer of TF‑siRNAs into human umbilical vein smooth muscle cells (HUVSMCs) was investigated, and the effects of TF knockdown on cell proliferation and apoptosis were examined. HBC/siRNA nanoparticles were produced by mixing HBC and siRNA solutions with the assistance of tripolyphosphate buffer. The transfection efficiency with these nanoparticles was 74±2.5%, which was determined using a fluorescence‑labeled siRNA under fluorescence microscopy. The delivery of HBC/TF‑siRNA resulted in reductions in the production of cellular and soluble TF protein in HUVMSCs, which were measured using western blotting and enzyme‑linked immunosorbent assay, respectively. TF knockdown led to inhibited cell proliferation, as assessed using a Cell Counting Kit‑8 assay, and increased cell apoptosis, determined using Annexin V‑fluorescein isothiocyanate staining. These findings suggested that HBC may be a promising vector for siRNA delivery, and that in vivo HBC/siRNA nanoparticle delivery targeting TF may be a potential option for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which warrants further investigation. PMID:26497351

  10. Development and evaluation of thymoquinone-encapsulated chitosan nanoparticles for nose-to-brain targeting: a pharmacoscintigraphic study

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    Alam, Sanjar; Khan, Zeenat I; Mustafa, Gulam; Kumar, Manish; Islam, Fakhrul; Bhatnagar, Aseem; Ahmad, Farhan J

    2012-01-01

    Chitosan (CS) nanoparticles of thymoquinone (TQ) were prepared by the ionic gelation method and are characterized on the basis of surface morphology, in vitro or ex vivo release, dynamic light scattering, and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) studies. Dynamic laser light scattering and transmission electron microscopy confirmed the particle diameter was between 150 to 200 nm. The results showed that the particle size of the formulation was significantly affected by the drug:CS ratio, whereas it was least significantly affected by the tripolyphosphate:CS ratio. The entrapment efficiency and loading capacity of TQ was found to be 63.3% ± 3.5% and 31.23% ± 3.14%, respectively. The drug-entrapment efficiency and drug-loading capacity of the nanoparticles appears to be inversely proportional to the drug:CS ratio. An XRD study proves that TQ dispersed in the nanoparticles changes its form from crystalline to amorphous. This was further confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry thermography. The flat thermogram of the nanoparticle data indicated that TQ formed a molecular dispersion within the nanoparticles. Optimized nanoparticles were evaluated further with the help of scintigraphy imaging, which ascertains the uptake of drug into the brain. Based on maximum concentration, time-to-maximum concentration, area-under-curve over 24 hours, and elimination rate constant, intranasal TQ-loaded nanoparticles (TQ-NP1) proved more effective in brain targeting compared to intravenous and intranasal TQ solution. The high drug-targeting potential and efficiency demonstrates the significant role of the mucoadhesive properties of TQ-NP1. PMID:23180965

  11. Optimization of multifunctional chitosan-siRNA nanoparticles for oral delivery applications, targeting TNF-α silencing in rats.

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    He, Chunbai; Yin, Lichen; Song, Yudong; Tang, Cui; Yin, Chunhua

    2015-04-01

    Secretion of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) by macrophages plays a predominant role in the development and progression of various inflammatory diseases. In the current contribution, multifunctional nanoparticles (NPs) containing TNF-α siRNA targeting macrophages via oral administration were developed to knockdown TNF-α expression against acute hepatic injury in rats. Mannose-modified trimethyl chitosan-cysteine (MTC) NPs were prepared by self-assembly method (sa-MTC NPs), ionic gelation and siRNA entrapment method (en-MTC NPs), and ionic gelation and siRNA adsorption method (ad-MTC NPs). Among them, en-MTC NPs demonstrated the best stability against ionic challenges with desired siRNA integrity against nucleases. By targeting normal enterocytes and M cells that express mannose receptors, en-MTC NPs notably promoted intestinal absorption of siRNA in rats. They further facilitated siRNA internalization by rat peritoneal exudate cells (PECs) via lipid-raft involved endocytosis and macropinocytosis, thus inducing effective in vitro TNF-α knockdown. Orally delivered en-MTC NPs at a low siRNA dose of 50 μg/kg inhibited systemic TNF-α production and decreased TNF-α mRNA levels in macrophage-enriched liver, spleen, and lung tissues, which consequently protected rats from acute hepatic injury. Therefore, the en-MTC NPs would provide an effective approach to orally deliver TNF-α siRNA for the anti-inflammatory therapy. PMID:25662912

  12. Chitosan/siRNA Nanoparticles Targeting Cyclooxygenase Type 2 Attenuate Unilateral Ureteral Obstruction-induced Kidney Injury in Mice

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    Yang, Chuanxu; Nilsson, Line; Cheema, Muhammad Umar; Wang, Yan; Frkir, Jrgen; Gao, Shan; Kjems, Jrgen; Nrregaard, Rikke

    2015-01-01

    Cyclooxygenase type 2 (COX-2) plays a predominant role in the progression of kidney injury in obstructive nephropathy. The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of chitosan/small interfering RNA (siRNA) nanoparticles to knockdown COX-2 specifically in macrophages to prevent kidney injury induced by unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). Using optical imaging techniques and confocal microscopy, we demonstrated that chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles accumulated in macrophages in the obstructed kidney. Consistent with the imaging data, the obstructed kidney contained a higher amount of siRNA and macrophages. Chitosan-formulated siRNA against COX-2 was evaluated on RAW macrophages demonstrating reduced COX-2 expression and activity after LPS stimulation. Injection of COX-2 chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles in mice subjected to three-day UUO diminished the UUO-induced COX-2 expression. Likewise, macrophages in the obstructed kidney had reduced COX-2 immunoreactivity, and histological examination showed lesser tubular damage in COX-2 siRNA-treated UUO mice. Parenchymal inflammation, assessed by tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-?) and interleukin 6 mRNA expression, was attenuated by COX-2 siRNA. Furthermore, treatment with COX-2 siRNA reduced heme oxygenase-1 and cleaved caspase-3 in UUO mice, indicating lesser oxidative stress and apoptosis. Our results demonstrate a novel strategy to prevent UUO-induced kidney damage by using chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles to knockdown COX-2 specifically in macrophages. PMID:25553102

  13. Intracellular siRNA delivery dynamics of integrin-targeted, PEGylated chitosan-poly(ethylene imine) hybrid nanoparticles: A mechanistic insight.

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    Ragelle, Héloïse; Colombo, Stefano; Pourcelle, Vincent; Vanvarenberg, Kevin; Vandermeulen, Gaëlle; Bouzin, Caroline; Marchand-Brynaert, Jacqueline; Feron, Olivier; Foged, Camilla; Préat, Véronique

    2015-08-10

    Integrin-targeted nanoparticles are promising for the delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to tumor cells or tumor endothelium in cancer therapy aiming at silencing genes essential for tumor growth. However, during the process of optimizing and realizing their full potential, it is pertinent to gain a basic mechanistic understanding of the bottlenecks existing for nanoparticle-mediated intracellular delivery. We designed αvβ3 integrin-targeted nanoparticles by coupling arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) or RGD peptidomimetic (RGDp) ligands to the surface of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted chitosan-poly(ethylene imine) hybrid nanoparticles. The amount of intracellular siRNA delivered by αvβ3-targeted versus non-targeted nanoparticles was quantified in the human non-small cell lung carcinoma cell line H1299 expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) using a stem-loop reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) approach. Data demonstrated that the internalization of αvβ3-targeted nanoparticles was highly dependent on the surface concentration of the ligand. Above a certain threshold concentration, the use of targeted nanoparticles provided a two-fold increase in the number of siRNA copies/cell, subsequently resulting in as much as 90% silencing of EGFP at well-tolerated carrier concentrations. In contrast, non-targeted nanoparticles mediated low levels of gene silencing, despite relatively high intracellular siRNA concentrations, indicating that these nanoparticles might end up in late endosomes or lysosomes without releasing their cargo to the cell cytoplasm. Thus, the silencing efficiency of the chitosan-based nanoparticles is strongly dependent on the uptake and the intracellular trafficking in H1299 EGFP cells, which is critical information towards a more complete understanding of the delivery mechanism that can facilitate the future design of efficient siRNA delivery systems. PMID:25989603

  14. In vivo pharmacokinetics, biodistribution and anti-tumor effect of paclitaxel-loaded targeted chitosan-based polymeric micelle.

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    Rezazadeh, Mahboubeh; Emami, Jaber; Hasanzadeh, Farshid; Sadeghi, Hojjat; Minaiyan, Mohsen; Mostafavi, Abolfazl; Rostami, Mahboubeh; Lavasanifar, Afsaneh

    2016-06-01

    A water-insoluble anti-tumor agent, paclitaxel (PTX) was successfully incorporated into novel-targeted polymeric micelles based on tocopherol succinate-chitosan-polyethylene glycol-folic acid (PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution and efficacy of PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA in comparison to Anzatax® in tumor bearing mice. The micellar formulation showed higher in vitro cytotoxicity against mice breast cancer cell line, 4T1, due to the folate receptor-mediated endocytosis. The IC50 value of PTX, a concentration at which 50% cells are killed, was 1.17 and 0.93 µM for Anzatax® and PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA micelles, respectively. The in vivo anti-tumor efficacy of PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA, as measured by reduction in tumor volume of 4T1 mouse breast cancer injected in Balb/c mice was significantly greater than that of Anzatax®. Pharmacokinetic study in tumor bearing mice revealed that the micellar formulation prolonged the systemic circulation time of PTX and the AUC of PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA was obtained 0.83-fold lower than Anzatax®. Compared with Anzatax®, the Vd, T1/2ß and MRT of PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA was increased by 2.76, 2.05 and 1.68-fold, respectively. As demonstrated by tissue distribution, the PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA micelles increased accumulation of PTX in tumor, therefore, resulted in anti-tumor effects enhancement and drug concentration in the normal tissues reduction. Taken together, our evaluations show that PTX/TS-CS-PEG-FA micelle is a potential drug delivery system of PTX for the effective treatment of the tumor and systematic toxicity reduction, thus, the micellar formulation can provide a useful alternative dosage form for intravenous administration of PTX. PMID:25188785

  15. 3D Porous Chitosan-Alginate Scaffolds as an In Vitro Model for Evaluating Nanoparticle-Mediated Tumor Targeting and Gene Delivery to Prostate Cancer.

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    Wang, Kui; Kievit, Forrest M; Florczyk, Stephen J; Stephen, Zachary R; Zhang, Miqin

    2015-10-12

    Cationic nanoparticles (NPs) for targeted gene delivery are conventionally evaluated using 2D in vitro cultures. However, this does not translate well to corresponding in vivo studies because of the marked difference in NP behavior in the presence of the tumor microenvironment. In this study, we investigated whether prostate cancer (PCa) cells cultured in three-dimensional (3D) chitosan-alginate (CA) porous scaffolds could model cationic NP-mediated gene targeted delivery to tumors in vitro. We assessed in vitro tumor cell proliferation, formation of tumor spheroids, and expression of marker genes that promote tumor malignancy in CA scaffolds. The efficacy of NP-targeted gene delivery was evaluated in PCa cells in 2D cultures, PCa tumor spheroids grown in CA scaffolds, and PCa tumors in a mouse TRAMP-C2 flank tumor model. PCa cells cultured in CA scaffolds grew into tumor spheroids and displayed characteristics of higher malignancy as compared to those in 2D cultures. Significantly, targeted gene delivery was only observed in cells cultured in CA scaffolds, whereas cells cultured on 2D plates showed no difference in gene delivery between targeted and nontarget control NPs. In vivo NP evaluation confirmed targeted gene delivery, indicating that only CA scaffolds correctly modeled NP-mediated targeted delivery in vivo. These findings suggest that CA scaffolds serve as a better in vitro platform than 2D cultures for evaluation of NP-mediated targeted gene delivery to PCa. PMID:26347946

  16. Intracellular targeted co-delivery of shMDR1 and gefitinib with chitosan nanoparticles for overcoming multidrug resistance

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    Yu, Xiwei; Yang, Guang; Shi, Yijie; Su, Chang; Liu, Ming; Feng, Bo; Zhao, Liang

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, multidrug resistance and side effects of drugs limit the effectiveness of chemotherapies in clinics. P-glycoprotein (P-gp) (MDR1), as a member of the ATP-binding cassette family, acts on transporting drugs into cell plasma across the membrane of cancer cells and leads to the occurrence of multidrug resistance, thus resulting in the failure of chemotherapy in cancer. The main aims of this research were to design a nanodelivery system for accomplishing the effective co-delivery of gene and antitumor drug and overcoming multidrug resistance effect. In this study, shMDR1 and gefitinib-encapsulating chitosan nanoparticles with sustained release, small particle size, and high encapsulation efficiency were prepared. The serum stability, protection from nuclease, and transfection efficiency of gene in vitro were investigated. The effects of co-delivery of shMDR1 and gefitinib in nanoparticles on reversing multidrug resistance were also evaluated by investigating the cytotoxicity, cellular uptake mechanism, and cell apoptosis on established gefitinib-resistant cells. The results demonstrated that chitosan nanoparticles entrapping gefitinib and shMDR1 had the potential to overcome the multidrug resistance and improve cancer treatment efficacy, especially toward resistant cells. PMID:26648717

  17. Characterization of a Conjugate between Rose Bengal and Chitosan for Targeted Antibiofilm and Tissue Stabilization Effects as a Potential Treatment of Infected Dentin

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    Shrestha, Annie; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2012-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms and dentin structural changes are some of the major challenges in the management of infected dentin tissue. This study characterized a photosensitizer-conjugated chitosan with enhanced photodynamic efficacy against dental biofilms, as well as the ability to reinforce the postinfected dentin matrix in order to improve its mechanical and chemical stability. Rose Bengal-conjugated chitosan (CSRB) was synthesized using a chemical cross-linking method and characterized for photophysical, photobiological, and cytotoxicity properties. Its potential as an antibacterial and matrix-reinforcing agent on dentin collagen was also evaluated. Enterococcus faecalis as planktonic and in vitro biofilms was treated with CSRB and photodynamically activated with 5 to 60 J/cm2 green light. Dentin collagen was used for the CSRB cross-linking experiments and evaluated for chemical changes, resistance to enzymatic degradation, and mechanical properties. CSRB was a photosensitizer with efficient singlet oxygen yield. In vitro photoactivation gave higher fibroblast cell survival than did RB alone. CSRB showed significant antibiofilm photoinactivation (P < 0.01). The CSRB-cross-linked dentin collagen showed higher resistance to collagenase degradation and superior mechanical properties (P < 0.05). In summary, the photoactivated CSRB particles synthesized in this study may be a synergistic multifunctional treatment approach with lower cytotoxicity and effective antibiofilm activity as well as the ability to reinforce the dentin collagen to enhance resistance to degradation and improve mechanical properties. This may be a targeted treatment strategy to deal with infected dentin hard tissues in a clinical scenario, where both disinfection and structural integrity need to be addressed concomitantly. PMID:22777042

  18. Synthesis and formulation of methotrexate (MTX) conjugated LaF3:Tb(3+)/chitosan nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery applications.

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    Mangaiyarkarasi, Rajendiran; Chinnathambi, Shanmugavel; Aruna, Prakasarao; Ganesan, Singaravelu

    2015-02-01

    Chitosan functionalized luminescent rare earth doped terbium nanoparticles (LaF3:Tb(3+)/chi NPs) as a drug carrier for methotrexate (MTX) was designed using a simple chemical precipitation method. The synthesized chitosan functionalized nanoparticles were found to be spherical in shape with an average diameter of 10-12nm. They are water soluble and biocompatible, in which the hydroxyl and amino functional groups on its surface are utilized for the bioconjugation of the anticancer drug, the methotrexate. The nature of MTX binding with LaF3:Tb(3+)/chi nanoparticles were examined using X-ray diffraction, zeta potential analyzer and transmission electron microscopy. The other interactions due to complex formation between MTX and LaF3:Tb(3+)/chi NPs were carried out by UV-Visible, steady and excited state fluorescence spectroscopy. The photo-physical characterization revealed that the adsorption and release of MTX from LaF3:Tb(3+)/chi NPs is faster than gold nanoparticles and also confirms that this may be due to weak interaction i.e. the Vander Waals force of attraction between the carboxyl and amino group of drug and nanoparticles. The maximum percentage yield and entrapment efficiency of 85.91±0.71 and 83.82± 0.14 were achieved at a stochiometric ratio of 4:5 of MTX and LaF3:Tb(3+)/chi nanoparticles respectively. In addition, antitumoral activity study reveals that MTX conjugated LaF3:Tb(3+)/chi nanoparticles show higher cytotoxic effect on MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines than that of free MTX. PMID:25661354

  19. Formulation Development and Evaluation of Drug Release Kinetics from Colon-Targeted Ibuprofen Tablets Based on Eudragit RL 100-Chitosan Interpolyelectrolyte Complexes

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    Ofokansi, Kenneth Chibuzor; Kenechukwu, Franklin Chimaobi

    2013-01-01

    Colon-targeted drug delivery systems (CTDDSs) could be useful for local treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). In this study, various interpolyelectrolyte complexes (IPECs), formed between Eudragit RL100 (EL) and chitosan (CS), by nonstoichiometric method, and tablets based on the IPECs, prepared by wet granulation, were evaluated as potential oral CTDDSs for ibuprofen (IBF). Results obtained showed that the tablets conformed to compendial requirements for acceptance and that CS and EL formed IPECs that showed pH-dependent swelling properties and prolonged the in vitro release of IBF from the tablets in the following descending order: 3 : 2 > 2 : 3 > 1 : 1 ratios of CS and EL. An electrostatic interaction between the carbonyl (–CO–) group of EL and amino (–NH3+) group of CS of the tablets formulated with the IPECs was capable of preventing drug release in the stomach and small intestine and helped in delivering the drug to the colon. Kinetic analysis of drug release profiles showed that the systems predominantly released IBF in a zero-order manner. IPECs based on CS and EL could be exploited successfully for colon-targeted delivery of IBF in the treatment of IBDs. PMID:23986877

  20. Redox targeting of DNA anchored to MWCNTs and TiO2 nanoparticles dispersed in poly dialyldimethylammonium chloride and chitosan.

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    Ensafi, Ali A; Nasr-Esfahani, Parisa; Heydari-Bafrooei, Esmaeil; Rezaei, B

    2014-09-01

    A key issue associated with electrochemical DNA-based biosensors is how to enhance DNA immobilization on the substrates. In order to improve the immobilization of DNA and to optimize DNA interaction efficiency, different kinds of strategies have been developed. In this regard, nanomaterials have attracted a great deal of attention in electrode surface modification for DNA biosensor fabrication. In this study, nanostructured films were deposited at the surface of a pencil graphite electrode (PGE) as a working electrode. For the present purpose, common polyelectrolytes are used for surface modification with double-stranded DNA. Two positively charged polyelectrolyte, namely poly dialyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA) and chitosan, are initially compared for DNA immobilization at the surface of MWCNTs and TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2NPs). In a second step, the basic electrochemical properties of the sensors are investigated using voltammetric methods. The modified electrodes are also characterized by scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance measurements. It will be shown that electrode modification with DNA and the nanostructure that disperses in PDDA leads to an enhanced sensitivity of the DNA voltammetric detection mechanism. In a previous study, a comparison was done between MWCNTs and TiO2NPs for determining the effect of nanoparticle effect on DNA immobilization on the electrode surface. In order to compare the efficiency of the prepared DNA-based biosensors, methylene blue is chosen as an electroactive probe. It will be shown that the stability of the immobilized DNA within several days will be much higher when MWCNTs rather than TiO2NPs are used. PMID:24952239

  1. Chronotherapeutic drug delivery of Tamarind gum, Chitosan and Okra gum controlled release colon targeted directly compressed Propranolol HCl matrix tablets and in-vitro evaluation.

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    Newton, A M J; Indana, V L; Kumar, Jatinder

    2015-08-01

    The main objective of this investigation is to develop a chronotherapeutic drug delivery of various natural polymers based colon targeted drug delivery systems to treat early morning sign in BP. The polymers such as Tamarind gum, Okra gum and Chitosan were used in the formulation design. A model drug Propranolol HCl was incorporated in the formulation in order to assess the controlled release and time dependent release potential of various natural polymers. A novel polymer Tamarind gum was extracted and used as a prime polymer in this study to prove the superiority of this polymer over other leading natural polymer. Propranolol HCl was used as a model drug which undergoes hepatic metabolism and witnesses the poor bioavailability. The matrix tablets of Propranolol HCl were prepared by direct compression. The tablets were evaluated for various quality control parameters and found to be within the limits. Carbopol 940 was used as an auxiliary polymer to modify the drug release and physicochemical characteristics of the tablets. The in vitro release studies were performed in 0.1N HCl for 1.5h, followed by pH 6.8 phosphate buffer for 2h and pH 7.4 phosphate buffer till maximum amount of drug release. The in vitro release profile of the formulations were fitted with various pharmacokinetic mathematical models and analyzed for release profile. The formulations prepared with Tamarind gum prolonged the release for an extended period of time compared to other polymer based formulation and showed an excellent compression characteristic. PMID:25936283

  2. Bioinspired Titanium Drug Eluting Platforms Based on a Poly-β-cyclodextrin-Chitosan Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly Targeting Infections.

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    Pérez-Anes, Alexandra; Gargouri, Myriem; Laure, William; Van Den Berghe, Hélène; Courcot, Elisabeth; Sobocinski, Jonathan; Tabary, Nicolas; Chai, Feng; Blach, Jean-François; Addad, Ahmed; Woisel, Patrice; Douroumis, Dennis; Martel, Bernard; Blanchemain, Nicolas; Lyskawa, Joël

    2015-06-17

    In the field of implantable titanium-based biomaterials, infections and inflammations are the most common forms of postoperative complications. The controlled local delivery of therapeutics from implants through polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) has recently emerged as a versatile technique that has shown great promise in the transformation of a classical medical implant into a drug delivery system. Herein, we report the design and the elaboration of new biodegradable multidrug-eluting titanium platforms based on a polyelectrolyte multilayer bioactive coating that target infections. These systems were built up in mild conditions according to the layer-by-layer (L-b-L) assembly and incorporate two biocompatible polysaccharides held together through electrostatic interactions. A synthetic, negatively charged β-cyclodextrin-based polymer (PCD), well-known for forming stable and reversible complexes with hydrophobic therapeutic agents, was exploited as a multidrug reservoir, and chitosan (CHT), a naturally occurring, positively charged polyelectrolyte, was used as a barrier for controlling the drug delivery rate. These polyelectrolyte multilayer films were strongly attached to the titanium surface through a bioinspired polydopamine (PDA) film acting as an adhesive first layer and promoting the robust anchorage of PEMs onto the biomaterials. Prior to the multilayer film deposition, the interactions between both oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, as well the multilayer growth, were monitored by employing surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Several PEMs integrating 5, 10, and 15 bilayers were engineered using the dip coating strategy, and the polyelectrolyte surface densities were estimated by colorimetric titrations and gravimetric analyses. The morphologies of these multilayer systems, as well as their naturally occurring degradation in a physiological medium, were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and their thicknesses were measured by means of profilometry and ellipsometry studies. Finally, the ability of the coated titanium multilayer devices to act as a drug-eluting system and to treat infections was validated with gentamicin, a relevant water-soluble antibiotic commonly used in medicine due to its broad bactericidal spectrum. PMID:25992843

  3. The enhancement of gene silencing efficiency with chitosan-coated liposome formulations of siRNAs targeting HIF-1? and VEGF.

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    ?alva, Emine; Turan, Suna zba?; Eren, Fatih; Akbu?a, Jlide

    2015-01-15

    RNA interference (RNAi) holds considerable promise as a novel therapeutic strategy in the silencing of disease-causing genes. The development of effective delivery systems is important for the use of small interfering RNA (siRNA) as therapy. In the present study, we investigated the effect on breast cancer cell lines and the co-delivery of liposomes containing siHIF1-? and siVEGF. In order to achieve the co-delivery of siHIF1-? and siVEGF and to obtain lower cytotoxicity, higher transfection and silencing efficiency, in this study, we used chitosan-coated liposomal formulation as the siRNA delivery system. The obtained particle size and zeta potential values show that the chitosan coating process is an effective parameter for particle size and the zeta potential of liposomes. The liposome formulations loaded with siHIF1-? and siVEGF showed good stability and protected siRNA from serum degradation after 24-h of incubation. The expression level of VEGF mRNA was markedly suppressed in MCF-7 and MDA-MB435 cells transfected with chitosan-coated liposomes containing HIF1-? and VEGF siRNA, respectively (95% and 94%). In vitro co-delivery of siVEGF and siHIF1-? using chitosan-coated liposome significantly inhibited VEGF (89%) and the HIF1-? (62%) protein expression when compared to other liposome formulations in the MDA-MB435 cell. The co-delivery of siVEGF and siHIF1-? was greatly enhanced in the vitro gene silencing efficiency. In addition, chitosan-coated liposomes showed 96% cell viability. Considering the role of VEGF and HIF1-? in breast cancer, siRNA-based therapies with chitosan coated liposomes may have some promises in cancer therapy. PMID:25445537

  4. Preliminary Study on Hepatocyte-Targeted Phosphorus-31 MRS Using ATP-Loaded Galactosylated Chitosan Oligosaccharide Nanoparticles

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    Yu, Ri-Sheng; Zhu, Xiu-Liang; Sun, Jian-Zhong; Shi, Dan; Chen, Ying; Wang, Zhi-Kang; Tang, Ke-Zhong; Du, Yong-Zhong

    2013-01-01

    Background. The clinical applications of hepatic phosphorus-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P MRS) remain to be difficult because the changes of phosphates between normal hepatic tissues and pathological tissues are not so obvious, and furthermore, up to now there is few literature on hepatocyte-targeted 31P MRS. Materials and Methods. The ATP-loaded Gal-CSO (Gal-CSO/ATP) nanoparticles were prepared and the special cellular uptake of them as evaluated by using HepG-2 tumor cells and A549 tumor cells, respectively. Two kinds of cells were incubated with the nanoparticles suspension, respectively. Then were prepared the cell samples and the enhancement efficiency of ATP peaks detected by 31P MRS was evaluated. Results. The cellular uptake rate of Gal-CSO/ATP nanoparticles in HepG-2 cells was higher than that in A549 cells. Furthermore, the enlarged ATP peaks of Gal-CSO/ATP nanoparticles in HepG-2 cells were higher than those in A549 cells in vitro detected by 31P MRS. Conclusions. Gal-CSO/ATP nanoparticles have significant targeting efficiency in hepatic cells in vitro and enhancement efficiency of ATP peaks in HepG-2 cells. Furthermore, 31P MRS could be applied in the research of hepatic molecular imaging. PMID:24363667

  5. Spray Freeze-Drying as an Alternative to the Ionic Gelation Method to Produce Chitosan and Alginate Nano-Particles Targeted to the Colon.

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    Gamboa, Alexander; Araujo, Valeria; Caro, Nelson; Gotteland, Martin; Abugoch, Lilian; Tapia, Cristian

    2015-12-01

    Chitosan and alginate nano-composite (NP) carriers intended for colonic delivery containing prednisolone and inulin were obtained by two processes. Spray freeze-drying using chitosan (SFDC) or alginate (SFDA) was proposed as an alternative to the traditional chitosan-tripolyphosphate platform (CTPP). NPs were fully characterised and assessed for their yield of particles; level of prednisolone and inulin release in phosphate and Krebs buffers; and sensitivity to degradation by lysozyme, bacteria and faecal slurry. NPs based on chitosan showed similar properties (size, structure, viscoelastic behaviour), but those based on SFDC showed a higher mean release of both active ingredients, with similar efficiency of encapsulation and loading capacity for prednisolone but lower for inulin. SFDC was less degraded in the presence of lysozyme and E. coli and was degraded by B. thetaiotaomicron but not by faecal slurry. The results obtained with SFDA were promising because this NP showed good encapsulation parameters for both active ingredients and biological degradability by E. coli and faecal slurry. However, it will be necessary to use alginate derivatives to reduce its solubility and improve its mechanical behaviour. PMID:26305273

  6. Chitosan and radiation chemistry

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    Chmielewski, Andrzej G.

    2010-03-01

    Chitosan as a raw material with special properties has drawn attention of scientists working in the field of radiation processing and natural polymer products development, and also of specialists working in the field of radiation protection and oncologists. Especially the applications concern reduced molecular weight chitosan which still retain its chemical structure; such form of the compound is fostering biological, physical and chemical reactivity of the product. Chitosan degrades into fragments under γ-ray or electron beam irradiation. Antibacterial properties of the product are applied in manufacturing hydrogel for wound dressing and additional healing properties can be achieved by incorporating in the hydrogel matrix chitosan bonded silver clusters. Another possible application of chitosan is in reducing radiation damage to the radiation workers or radiation cured patients. In the case of radioisotopes oral or respiratory chitosan-based materials can be applied as chelators. Applications of chitosan in oncology are also reported.

  7. Chitosan Microspheres in Novel Drug Delivery Systems

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    Mitra, Analava; Dey, Baishakhi

    2011-01-01

    The main aim in the drug therapy of any disease is to attain the desired therapeutic concentration of the drug in plasma or at the site of action and maintain it for the entire duration of treatment. A drug on being used in conventional dosage forms leads to unavoidable fluctuations in the drug concentration leading to under medication or overmedication and increased frequency of dose administration as well as poor patient compliance. To minimize drug degradation and loss, to prevent harmful side effects and to increase drug bioavailability various drug delivery and drug targeting systems are currently under development. Handling the treatment of severe disease conditions has necessitated the development of innovative ideas to modify drug delivery techniques. Drug targeting means delivery of the drug-loaded system to the site of interest. Drug carrier systems include polymers, micelles, microcapsules, liposomes and lipoproteins to name some. Different polymer carriers exert different effects on drug delivery. Synthetic polymers are usually non-biocompatible, non-biodegradable and expensive. Natural polymers such as chitin and chitosan are devoid of such problems. Chitosan comes from the deacetylation of chitin, a natural biopolymer originating from crustacean shells. Chitosan is a biocompatible, biodegradable, and nontoxic natural polymer with excellent film-forming ability. Being of cationic character, chitosan is able to react with polyanions giving rise to polyelectrolyte complexes. Hence chitosan has become a promising natural polymer for the preparation of microspheres/nanospheres and microcapsules. The techniques employed to microencapsulate with chitosan include ionotropic gelation, spray drying, emulsion phase separation, simple and complex coacervation. This review focuses on the preparation, characterization of chitosan microspheres and their role in novel drug delivery systems. PMID:22707817

  8. Chitosan against cutaneous pathogens

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    2013-01-01

    Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus aureus are cutaneous pathogens that have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. We sought to determine if chitosan, a polymer of deacetylated chitin, could be used as a potential treatment against these bacteria. We found that higher molecular weight chitosan had superior antimicrobial properties compared to lower molecular weights, and that this activity occurred in a pH dependent manner. Electron and fluorescence microscopy revealed that chitosan forms aggregates and binds to the surface of bacteria, causing shrinkage of the bacterial membrane from the cell wall. Of special relevance, clinical isolates of P. acnes were vulnerable to chitosan, which could be combined with benzoyl peroxide for additive antibacterial effect. Chitosan also demonstrated significantly less cytotoxicity to monocytes than benzoyl peroxide. Overall, chitosan demonstrates many promising qualities for treatment of cutaneous pathogens. PMID:23829873

  9. Application of chitosan microspheres for nasal delivery of vaccines.

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    Kang, Mi Lan; Cho, Chong Su; Yoo, Han Sang

    2009-01-01

    Nasal vaccines offer several benefits, such as highly vascular mucous membranes, low enzymatic degradation compared to oral vaccines, and greater acceptability to patients. Nasal vaccines, however, have to overcome several limitations, including mucociliary clearance and the inefficient uptake of soluble antigens. Therefore, nasal vaccines require potent adjuvants and delivery systems to enhance their immunogenicity and to protect their antigens. Chitosan is a cheap, biocompatible, biodegradable, mucoadhesive, and nontoxic natural polymer. Chitosan microspheres have been investigated to determine whether they allow the controlled release of drugs and vaccines. They have figured in various studies on the vaccine delivery system through the nasal route. Several researchers have developed modified chitosan microspheres through their concomitant use with adjuvants or immunomodulators for an additive and a synergistic effect, and through the mannosylation of chitosan for receptor-mediated targeting antigen-presenting cells. The results of the recent researches on chitosan microspheres used as a nasal vaccine delivery system are discussed in this review. PMID:19583998

  10. Enzyme-sensing chitosan hydrogels.

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    Sadat Ebrahimi, Mir Morteza; Schönherr, Holger

    2014-07-01

    We report on a chitosan hydrogel-based platform for the detection of enzymes, which is compatible with the implementation in infection-sensing wound dressings. Thin films of the established wound dressing biopolymer chitosan were functionalized with a fluorogenic substrate, which is released upon enzymatic degradation, resulting in a pronounced increase in fluorescence emission intensity. In this first model study, the fluorogenic substrate alanyl-alanyl-phenylalanine-7-amido-4-methylcoumarin (AAP-AMC) was covalently conjugated via amide bond formation to chitosan and was shown to facilitate the detection of the serine protease α-chymotrypsin. Systematic investigations established the dependence of hydrogel thickness and substrate loading on the hydrogel preparation conditions, as well as the dependence of the rate of the reaction on the initial enzyme concentration and the loading of AAP-AMC in the hydrogel. The initial release rate of the fluorophore 7-AMC was found to be linear with enzyme concentration and substrate loading and was independent of hydrogel thickness. Under optimized conditions the hydrogel reports the presence of α-chymotrypsin in <5 min with a limit of detection of ≤10 nM. This generic approach, which can be adapted to detect different kinds of enzymes by using appropriate fluorogenic or chromogenic substrates, is highly interesting for targeting the detection of specific pathogenic bacteria, e.g., in wound dressings. PMID:24914451

  11. Hyaluronic acid-decorated dual responsive nanoparticles of Pluronic F127, PLGA, and chitosan for targeted co-delivery of doxorubicin and irinotecan to eliminate cancer stem-like cells.

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    Wang, Hai; Agarwal, Pranay; Zhao, Shuting; Xu, Ronald X; Yu, Jianhua; Lu, Xiongbin; He, Xiaoming

    2015-12-01

    Dual responsive nanoparticles are developed for co-delivery of multiple anticancer drugs to target the drug resistance mechanisms of cancer stem-like cells (CSCs). The nanoparticles consist of four polymers approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use: Poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), Pluronic F127 (PF127), chitosan, and hyaluronic acid (HA). By combining PLGA and PF127 together, more stable and uniform-sized nanoparticles can be obtained than using PLGA or PF127 alone. The HA is used for not only actively targeting CSCs to reduce their drug resistance due to dormancy (i.e., slow metabolism), but also replacing the commonly used poly(vinyl alcohol) as a stabilizing agent to synthesize the nanoparticles using the double-emulsion approach and to allow for acidic pH-triggered drug release and thermal responsiveness. Besides minimizing drug efflux from CSCs, the nanoparticles encapsulated with doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX, hydrophilic) and irinotecan (CPT, hydrophobic) to inhibit the activity of topoisomerases II and I, respectively, can fight against the CSC drug resistance associated with their enhanced DNA repair and anti-apoptosis. Ultimately, the two drugs-laden nanoparticles can be used to efficiently destroy the CSCs both in vitro and in vivo with up to ∼500 times of enhancement compared to the simple mixture of the two drugs. PMID:26344365

  12. Chitosan for mucosal vaccination.

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    van der Lubben, I M; Verhoef, J C; Borchard, G; Junginger, H E

    2001-11-01

    The striking advantage of mucosal vaccination is the production of local antibodies at the sites where pathogens enter the body. Because vaccines alone are not sufficiently taken up after mucosal administration, they need to be co-administered with penetration enhancers, adjuvants or encapsulated in particles. Chitosan easily forms microparticles and nanoparticles which encapsulate large amounts of antigens such as ovalbumin, diphtheria toxoid or tetanus toxoid. It has been shown that ovalbumin loaded chitosan microparticles are taken up by the Peyer's patches of the gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). This unique uptake demonstrates that chitosan particulate drug carrier systems are promising candidates for oral vaccination. Additionally, after co-administering chitosan with antigens in nasal vaccination studies, a strong enhancement of both mucosal and systemic immune responses is observed. This makes chitosan very suitable for nasal vaccine delivery. In conclusion, chitosan particles, powders and solutions are promising candidates for mucosal vaccine delivery. Mucosal vaccination not only reduces costs and increases patient compliance, but also complicates the invasion of pathogens through mucosal sites. PMID:11718937

  13. Chitosan and its use in design of insulin delivery system.

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    Wong, Tin W

    2009-01-01

    The global burden of diabetes is estimated to escalate from about 171 million in 2000 to 366 million people in 2030. The routine of diabetes treatment by injection of insulin incurs pain and has been one major factor negating the quality of life of diabetic patients. The possibility of administering insulin via alternative routes such as oral and nasal pathways has been investigated over the years, but with insulin experiencing risks of enzymatic degradation and poor transmucosal absorption. This leads to the rising needs to develop new formulation strategies emphasizing on the assembly of insulin and excipients into a physical structure to maintain the stability and increase the bioavailability of insulin. Chitosan and its derivatives or salts have been widely investigated as functional excipients of delivering insulin via oral, nasal and transdermal routes. The overview of various recent patented strategies on non-injection insulin delivery denotes the significance of chitosan for its mucoadhesive and able to protect the insulin from enzymatic degradation, prolong the retention time of insulin, as well as, open the inter-epithelial tight junction to facilitate systemic insulin transport. The chitosan can be employed to strengthen the physicochemical stability of insulin and multi-particulate matrix. The introduction of chitosan coat or co-formulation of chitosan with cationic gelatin or electrolytes which provide solidified or partially crosslinked structures retain and/or enhance the positive charges of dosage form necessary to induce mucoadhesiveness. The chitosan is modifiable chemically to produce water-soluble low molecular weight polymer which renders insulin able to be processed under mild conditions, and sulphated chitosan which markedly opens the paracellular channels for insulin transport. Combination of chitosan and fatty acid as hydrophobic nanoparticles promotes the insulin absorption via lymphoid tissue. Attainment of optimized formulations with higher levels of pharmacological bioavailability is deemed possible in future through targeted delivery of insulin using chitosan with specific adhesiveness to the intended absorption mucosa. PMID:19149726

  14. Synthesis and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy studies of chitosan capped gold nanoparticles and their reactions with analytes.

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    Mohd Sultan, Norfazila; Johan, Mohd Rafie

    2014-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) had been synthesized with various molarities and weights of reducing agent, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and stabilizer chitosan, respectively. The significance of chitosan as stabilizer was distinguished through transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and UV-Vis absorption spectra in which the interparticles distance increases whilst retaining the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) characteristics peak. The most stable AuNPs occurred for composition with the lowest (1 g) weight of chitosan. AuNPs capped with chitosan size stayed small after 1 month aging compared to bare AuNPs. The ability of chitosan capped AuNPs to uptake analyte was studied by employing amorphous carbon nanotubes (α-CNT), copper oxide (Cu2O), and zinc sulphate (ZnSO4) as the target material. The absorption spectra showed dramatic intensity increased and red shifted once the analyte was added to the chitosan capped AuNPs. PMID:25215315

  15. Chitosan-transition metal ions complexes for selective arsenic(V) preconcentration.

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    Shinde, Rakesh N; Pandey, A K; Acharya, R; Guin, R; Das, S K; Rajurkar, N S; Pujari, P K

    2013-06-15

    Chitosan is naturally occurring bio-polymer having strong affinity towards transition metal ions. Chitosan complexed with transition metal ions takes up inorganic arsenic anions from aqueous medium. In present work, As(V) sorption in the chitosan complexed with different metal ions like Cu(II), Fe(III), La(III), Mo(VI) and Zr(IV) were studied. Sorptions of As(V) in CuS embedded chitosan, (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane (APTS) embedded chitosan, epichlorohydrin (ECH) crosslinked chitosan and pristine chitosan were also studied. (74)As radiotracer was prepared specifically for As(V) sorption studies by irradiation of natural germanium target with 18 MeV proton beam. The sorption studies indicated that Fe(III) and La(III) complexed with chitosan sorbed 95 ± 2% As(V) from aqueous samples in the pH range of 3-9. However, Fe(III)-chitosan showed better sorption efficiency (91 ± 2%) for As(V) from seawater than La(III)-chitosan (80 ± 2%). Therefore, Fe(III)-chitosan was selected to prepare the self-supported membrane and poly(propylene) fibrous matrix supported sorbent. The experimental As(V) sorption capacities of the fibrous and self-supported Fe(III)-chitosan sorbents were found to be 51 and 109 mg g(-1), respectively. These materials were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDXRF, and used for preconcentration of As(V) in aqueous media like tap water, ground water and seawater. To quantify the As(V) preconcentrated in Fe(III)-chitosan, the samples were subjected to instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) using reactor neutrons. As(V) separations were carried out using a two compartments permeation cell for the self-supported membrane and flow cell using the fibrous sorbent. The total preconcentration of arsenic content was also explored by converting As(III) to As(V). PMID:23622983

  16. Efficient siRNA delivery and tumor accumulation mediated by ionically cross-linked folic acid-poly(ethylene glycol)-chitosan oligosaccharide lactate nanoparticles: for the potential targeted ovarian cancer gene therapy.

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    Li, Tony Shing Chau; Yawata, Toshio; Honke, Koichi

    2014-02-14

    For effective ovarian cancer gene therapy, systemic administrated tumor-targeting siRNA/folic acid-poly(ethylene glycol)-chitosan oligosaccharide lactate (FA-PEG-COL) nanoparticles is vital for delivery to cancer site(s). siRNA/FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles were prepared by ionic gelation for effective FA receptor-expressing ovarian cancer cells transfection and in vivo accumulation. The chemical structure of FA-PEG-COL conjugate was characterized by MALDI-TOF-MS, FT-IR and (1)H NMR. The average size of siRNA/FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles was approximately 200 nm, and the surface charge was +8.4 mV compared to +30.5 mV with siRNA/COL nanoparticles. FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles demonstrated superior compatibility with erythrocytes in terms of degree of aggregation and haemolytic activity and also effects on cell viability was lower when compared with COL nanoparticles. FA grafting significantly facilitated the uptake of nanoparticles via receptor mediated endocytosis as demonstrated by flow cytometry. The in vitro transfection and gene knockdown efficiency of HIF-1α were superior to COL nanoparticles (76-62%, respectively) and was comparable to Lipofectamine 2000 (79%) as demonstrated by RT-qPCR and Western blot. Gene knockdown at the molecular level translated into effective inhibition of proliferation in vitro. Accumulation efficiency of FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles was investigated in BALB/c mice bearing OVK18 #2 tumor xenograft using in vivo imaging. The active targeting FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles showed significantly greater accumulation than the passive targeting COL nanoparticles. Based on the results obtained, siRNA/FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles show much potential for effective ovarian cancer treatment via gene therapy. PMID:24178005

  17. DNA/chitosan electrostatic complex.

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    Bravo-Anaya, Lourdes Mónica; Soltero, J F Armando; Rinaudo, Marguerite

    2016-07-01

    Up to now, chitosan and DNA have been investigated for gene delivery due to chitosan advantages. It is recognized that chitosan is a biocompatible and biodegradable non-viral vector that does not produce immunological reactions, contrary to viral vectors. Chitosan has also been used and studied for its ability to protect DNA against nuclease degradation and to transfect DNA into several kinds of cells. In this work, high molecular weight DNA is compacted with chitosan. DNA-chitosan complex stoichiometry, net charge, dimensions, conformation and thermal stability are determined and discussed. The influence of external salt and chitosan molecular weight on the stoichiometry is also discussed. The isoelectric point of the complexes was found to be directly related to the protonation degree of chitosan. It is clearly demonstrated that the net charge of DNA-chitosan complex can be expressed in terms of the ratio [NH3(+)]/[P(-)], showing that the electrostatic interactions between DNA and chitosan are the main phenomena taking place in the solution. Compaction of DNA long chain complexed with low molar mass chitosan gives nanoparticles with an average radius around 150nm. Stable nanoparticles are obtained for a partial neutralization of phosphate ionic sites (i.e.: [NH3(+)]/[P(-)] fraction between 0.35 and 0.80). PMID:27050113

  18. Chitosan in Plant Protection

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    El Hadrami, Abdelbasset; Adam, Lorne R.; El Hadrami, Ismail; Daayf, Fouad

    2010-01-01

    Chitin and chitosan are naturally-occurring compounds that have potential in agriculture with regard to controlling plant diseases. These molecules were shown to display toxicity and inhibit fungal growth and development. They were reported to be active against viruses, bacteria and other pests. Fragments from chitin and chitosan are known to have eliciting activities leading to a variety of defense responses in host plants in response to microbial infections, including the accumulation of phytoalexins, pathogen-related (PR) proteins and proteinase inhibitors, lignin synthesis, and callose formation. Based on these and other proprieties that help strengthen host plant defenses, interest has been growing in using them in agricultural systems to reduce the negative impact of diseases on yield and quality of crops. This review recapitulates the properties and uses of chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives, and will focus on their applications and mechanisms of action during plant-pathogen interactions. PMID:20479963

  19. Ellagic acid encapsulated chitosan nanoparticles as anti-hemorrhagic agent.

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    Gopalakrishnan, Lalitha; Ramana, Lakshmi Narashimhan; Sethuraman, Swaminathan; Krishnan, Uma Maheswari

    2014-10-13

    Ellagic acid, a naturally occurring polyphenol was encapsulated in chitosan particles prepared by ionotropic gelation and characterized for its physicochemical properties. A maximum encapsulation efficiency of 49% was achieved. The blood clotting time and clot retraction time were calculated for different concentrations of ellagic acid, chitosan and ellagic acid-encapsulated chitosan. A reduction of 34% in the clot time and 16.4% in the retraction time was observed in ellagic acid-encapsulated chitosan when compared with free ellagic acid at concentrations as low as 0.1mg/mL. The physical blend in comparison to free ellagic acid displayed a reduction of 13.8% and 4.6% in the clotting time and retraction time respectively under similar conditions. This suggests that the encapsulation of ellagic acid favors thrombosis due to synergistic action of chitosan and ellagic acid on same molecular targets. This study demonstrates the potential of ellagic acid-chitosan system as an effective anti-hemorrhagic system. PMID:25037345

  20. Preparation of chitosan nanofiber tube by electrospinning.

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    Matsuda, Atsushi; Kagata, Go; Kino, Rikako; Tanaka, Junzo

    2007-03-01

    Water-insoluble chitosan nanofiber sheets and tubes coated with chitosan-cast film were prepared by electrospinning. When as-spun chitosan nanofiber sheets and tubes were immersed in 28% ammonium aqueous solution, they became insoluble in water and showed nanofiber structures confirmed by SEM micrography. Mechanical properties of chitosan nanofiber sheets and tubes were improved by coating with chitosan-cast film, which gave them a compressive strength higher than that of crab-tendon chitosan, demonstrating that chitosan nanofiber tubes coated with chitosan-cast film are usable as nerve-regenerative guide tubes. PMID:17450846

  1. Multiple effects of chitosan on plant systems: solid science or hype.

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    Hadwiger, Lee A

    2013-07-01

    Chitosan, a naturally occurring polymer, became available in the 1980s in industrial quantities enabling it to be tested as an agricultural chemical. A usual procedure for developing agricultural chemicals starts by testing a number of different chemically synthesized molecules on a targeted biological system. Alternately, chitosan has been investigated as a single natural molecule assayed with numerous biological systems. This report describes the unique properties of the molecule and its oligomers, primarily in plant defense, additionally in yield increase, induction of cell death and stomatal closing. The plant plasma membrane and nuclear chromatin have been proposed as targets, though chitosan oligomers enter most regions of the cell. Subsequent changes occur in: cell membranes, chromatin, DNA, calcium, MAP kinase, oxidative burst, reactive oxygen species (ROS), callose, pathogenesis related (PR) genes/proteins, and phytoalexins. Chitosan oligomer mode(s) of action are proposed for different plant systems. Chitosan efficacy was based on documentation from published data. Attention was given to how chitosan, either applied externally or released by fungal inoculum, is transferred into plant cells and its subsequent action upon membrane and/or chromatin components. Within is a proposed scheme describing chitosan generation, signaling routes and mechanisms of defense gene activation. Examples of beneficial chitosan applications to major crop/food plants were included. PMID:23683928

  2. Antibacterial activity of chemically defined chitosans: influence of molecular weight, degree of acetylation and test organism.

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    Mellegård, H; Strand, S P; Christensen, B E; Granum, P E; Hardy, S P

    2011-07-15

    Chitosans, polysaccharides obtained from the exoskeleton of crustaceans, have been shown to exert antibacterial activity in vitro and their use as a food preservative is of growing interest. However, beyond a consensus that chitosan appears to disrupt the bacterial cell membrane, published data are inconsistent on the chemical characteristics that confer the antibacterial activity of chitosan. While most authors agree that the net charge density of the polymer (reflected in the fraction of positively charged amino groups at the C-2 position of the glucosamine unit) is an important factor in antibacterial activity, conflicting data have been reported on the effect of molecular weight and on the susceptibility among different bacterial species to chitosan. Therefore, we prepared batches of water-soluble hydrochloride salts of chitosans with weight average molecular weights (M(w)) of 2-224kDa and degree of acetylation of 0.16 and 0.48. Their antibacterial activity was evaluated using tube inhibition assays and membrane integrity assays (N-Phenyl-1-naphthylamine fluorescence and potassium release) against Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella Typhimurium and three lipopolysaccharide mutants of E. coli and S. Typhimurium. Chitosans with lower degree of acetylation (F(A)=0.16) were more active than the more acetylated chitosans (F(A)=0.48). No trends in antibacterial action related to increasing or decreasing M(w) were observed although one of the chitosans (M(w) 28.4kDa, F(A)=0.16) was more active than the other chitosans, inhibiting growth and permeabilizing the membrane of all the test strains included. The test strains varied in their susceptibility to the different chitosans with wild type S. Typhimurium more resistant than the wild type E. coli. Salmonellae lipopolysaccharide mutants were more susceptible than the matched wild type strain. Our results show that the chitosan preparation details are critically important in identifying the antibacterial features that target different test organisms. PMID:21605923

  3. Insights into the Mode of Action of Chitosan as an Antibacterial Compound?

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    Raafat, Dina; von Bargen, Kristine; Haas, Albert; Sahl, Hans-Georg

    2008-01-01

    Chitosan is a polysaccharide biopolymer that combines a unique set of versatile physicochemical and biological characteristics which allow for a wide range of applications. Although its antimicrobial activity is well documented, its mode of action has hitherto remained only vaguely defined. In this work we investigated the antimicrobial mode of action of chitosan using a combination of approaches, including in vitro assays, killing kinetics, cellular leakage measurements, membrane potential estimations, and electron microscopy, in addition to transcriptional response analysis. Chitosan, whose antimicrobial activity was influenced by several factors, exhibited a dose-dependent growth-inhibitory effect. A simultaneous permeabilization of the cell membrane to small cellular components, coupled to a significant membrane depolarization, was detected. A concomitant interference with cell wall biosynthesis was not observed. Chitosan treatment of Staphylococcus simulans 22 cells did not give rise to cell wall lysis; the cell membrane also remained intact. Analysis of transcriptional response data revealed that chitosan treatment leads to multiple changes in the expression profiles of Staphylococcus aureus SG511 genes involved in the regulation of stress and autolysis, as well as genes associated with energy metabolism. Finally, a possible mechanism for chitosan's activity is postulated. Although we contend that there might not be a single classical target that would explain chitosan's antimicrobial action, we speculate that binding of chitosan to teichoic acids, coupled with a potential extraction of membrane lipids (predominantly lipoteichoic acid) results in a sequence of events, ultimately leading to bacterial death. PMID:18456858

  4. Chitosan-hydroxyapatite composites.

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    Pighinelli, Luciano; Kucharska, Magdalena

    2013-03-01

    Bone repair or regeneration is a common and complicated clinical problem in orthopedic surgery. The importance of natural polymers such as chitosan and its derivatives, and minerals such as calcium phosphates has grown significantly over the last two decades due to its renewable and biodegradable source, increasing the knowledge and functionality of composites in technological and biomedical applications. The properties of bone in health and disease attract much attention. A great proportion of the population need those medical devices for hard tissue regeneration and/or replacement, the pressure on the health systems in all countries became substantial. The short review focus in biomaterials such as chitosan and calcium phosphates composites with excellent properties such as biocompatibility, biofunctionality, and non-antigenic, showing the feasibility and ideal material to treat musculoskeletal disorders for hard tissue regeneration. PMID:23465927

  5. Preparation and characterization of magnetic Fe3O4-chitosan nanoparticles loaded with isoniazid

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    Qin, H.; Wang, C. M.; Dong, Q. Q.; Zhang, L.; Zhang, X.; Ma, Z. Y.; Han, Q. R.

    2015-05-01

    A novel and simple method has been proposed to prepare magnetic Fe3O4-chitosan nanoparticles loaded with isoniazid (Fe3O4/CS/INH nanocomposites). Efforts have been made to develop isoniazid (INH) loaded chitosan (CS) nanoparticles by ionic gelation of chitosan with tripolyphosphate (TPP). The factors that influence the preparation of chitosan nanoparticles, including the TPP concentration, the chitosan/TPP weight ratio and the chitosan concentration on loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of chitosan nanoparticles were studied. The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method of Fe2+ and Fe3+. Then the magnetic Fe3O4/CS/INH nanocomposites were prepared by ionic gelation method. The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles and magnetic Fe3O4/CS/INH nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, TEM, FTIR and SQUID magnetometry. The in vitro release of Fe3O4/CS/INH nanocomposites showed an initial burst release in the first 10 h, followed by a more gradual and sustained release for 48 h. It is suggested that the magnetic Fe3O4/CS/INH nanocomposites may be exploited as potential drug carriers for controlled-release applications in magnetic targeted drugs delivery system.

  6. The coagulation characteristics of humic acid by using acid-soluble chitosan, water-soluble chitosan, and chitosan coagulant mixtures.

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    Chen, Chih-Yu; Wu, Chung-Yu; Chung, Ying-Chien

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is a potential substitute for traditional aluminium salts in water treatment systems. This study compared the characteristics of humic acid (HA) removal by using acid-soluble chitosan, water-soluble chitosan, and coagulant mixtures of chitosan with aluminium sulphate (alum) or polyaluminium chloride (PACl). In addition, we evaluated their respective coagulation efficiencies at various coagulant concentrations, pH values, turbidities, and hardness levels. Furthermore, we determined the size and settling velocity of flocs formed by these coagulants to identify the major factors affecting HA coagulation. The coagulation efficiency of acid- and water-soluble chitosan for 15 mg/l of HA was 74.4% and 87.5%, respectively. The optimal coagulation range of water-soluble chitosan (9-20 mg/l) was broader than that of acid-soluble chitosan (4-8 mg/l). Notably, acid-soluble chitosan/PACl and water-soluble chitosan/alum coagulant mixtures exhibited a higher coagulation efficiency for HA than for PACl or alum alone. Furthermore, these coagulant mixtures yielded an acceptable floc settling velocity and savings in both installation and operational expenses. Based on these results, we confidently assert that coagulant mixtures with a 1:1 mass ratio of acid-soluble chitosan/PACl and water-soluble chitosan/alum provide a substantially more cost-effective alternative to using chitosan alone for removing HA from water. PMID:25362971

  7. Design of Chitosan and Its Water Soluble Derivatives-Based Drug Carriers with Polyelectrolyte Complexes

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    Wu, Qing-Xi; Lin, Dong-Qiang; Yao, Shan-Jing

    2014-01-01

    Chitosan, the cationic polysaccharide derived from the natural polysaccharide chitin, has been studied as a biomaterial for more than two decades. As a polycationic polymer with favorable properties, it has been widely used to form polyelectrolyte complexes with polyanions for various applications in drug delivery fields. In recent years, a growing number of studies have been focused on the preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes based on chitosan and its water soluble derivatives. They have been considered well-suited as biomaterials for a number of vital drug carriers with targeted/controlled release profiles, e.g., films, capsules, microcapsules. In this work, an overview highlights not only the favorable properties of chitosan and its water soluble derivatives but also the good performance of the polyelectrolyte complexes produced based on chitosan. Their various types of applications as drug carriers are reviewed in detail. PMID:25532565

  8. Magnetic core-shell chitosan nanoparticles: rheological characterization and hyperthermia application.

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    Zamora-Mora, Vanessa; Fernndez-Gutirrez, Mar; San Romn, Julio; Goya, Gerardo; Hernndez, Rebeca; Mijangos, Carmen

    2014-02-15

    Stabilized magnetic nanoparticles are the subject of intense research for targeting applications and this work deals with the design, preparation and application of specific core-shell nanoparticles based on ionic crosslinked chitosan. The nanometric size of the materials was demonstrated by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) that also proved an increase of the size of chitosan nanoparticles (NPs) with the magnetite content. Steady oscillatory rheology measurements revealed a gel-like behavior of aqueous dispersions of chitosan NPs with concentrations ranging from 0.5% to 2.0% (w/v). The cytotoxicity of all the materials synthesized was analyzed in human fibroblasts cultures using the Alamar Blue and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assays. The measured specific power absorption under alternating magnetic fields (f = 580 kHz, H = 24 kA/m) indicated that magnetic core-shell chitosan NPs can be useful as remotely driven heaters for magnetic hyperthermia. PMID:24507337

  9. Versatile carboxymethyl chitin and chitosan nanomaterials: a review.

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    Narayanan, Deepa; Jayakumar, R; Chennazhi, K P

    2014-01-01

    Biocompatibility, biodegradability, and low cost of chitin and chitosan have drawn immense attention in many fields including medicine, bioinspired material science, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. Their handling and processing are difficult owing to its insolubility in neutral aqueous solution or organic solvents. One of the methods used to improve the solubility characteristics of chitin and chitosan is chemical modification. Introducing a carboxymethyl group is the most advantageous method of increasing the solubility of chitosan at neutral and alkaline pH. Carboxymethyl chitin (CMC) and carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) are water soluble derivatives formed by introducing CH₂COOH function into the polymer which endows it with better biological properties. The functional group makes CMC/CMCS nanoparticles (NPs) efficient vehicles for the delivery of DNA, proteins, and drugs. This review provides an overview of the characteristics of CMC/CMCS NPs as well as fulfills the task of describing and discussing its important roles primarily in cancer nanomedicine detailing the targeted drug delivery aspect. The application of these NPs in imaging, agriculture, and textiles has also been highlighted. The review also elaborates the advantages of using the CMC and CMCS NPs for drug and gene delivery. PMID:25266740

  10. A comparative study on non-covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes by chitosan and its derivatives for delivery of doxorubicin

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    Ali Mohammadi, Zahra; Aghamiri, Seyed Foad; Zarrabi, Ali; Talaie, Mohammad Reza

    2015-12-01

    Three targeting drug delivery systems were formulated by functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes using chitosan and its derivatives (Palmitoyl Chitosan and Carboxymethyl Chitosan) for delivery of doxorubicin, an anti-cancer drug. Loading efficiency was higher than 75% for all carriers. The systems were stable under neutral pH, while effectively released drug at reduced pH. The drug loading efficiency and the release rate were revealed to be dependent on the type of applied polymer and could be adjusted to a desired rate by changing the hydrophobic/hydrophilic substitution degree. Folic acid was attached and cytotoxicity of system was compared with free drug.

  11. Fine-tuned PEGylation of chitosan to maintain optimal siRNA-nanoplex bioactivity.

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    Guţoaia, Andra; Schuster, Liane; Margutti, Simona; Laufer, Stefan; Schlosshauer, Burkhard; Krastev, Rumen; Stoll, Dieter; Hartmann, Hanna

    2016-06-01

    Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a widely used modification for drug delivery systems. It reduces undesired interaction with biological components, aggregation of complexes and serves as a hydrophilic linker of ligands for targeted drug delivery. However, PEGylation can also lead to undesired changes in physicochemical characteristics of chitosan/siRNA nanoplexes and hamper gene silencing. To address this conflicting issue, PEG-chitosan copolymers were synthesized with stepwise increasing degrees of PEG substitution (1.5% to 8.0%). Subsequently formed PEG-chitosan/siRNA nanoplexes were characterized physicochemically and biologically. The results showed that small ratios of chitosan PEGylation did not affect nanoplex stability and density. However, higher PEGylation ratios reduced nanoplex size and charge, as well as cell uptake and final siRNA knockdown efficiency. Therefore, we recommend fine-tuning of PEGylation ratios to generate PEG-chitosan/siRNA delivery systems with maximum bioactivity. The degree of PEGylation for chitosan/siRNA nanoplexes should be kept low in order to maintain optimal nanoplex efficiency. PMID:27083340

  12. Tubulization with chitosan guides for the repair of long gap peripheral nerve injury in the rat.

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    Gonzalez-Perez, F; Cobianchi, S; Geuna, S; Barwig, C; Freier, T; Udina, E; Navarro, X

    2015-05-01

    Biosynthetic guides can be an alternative to nerve grafts for reconstructing severely injured peripheral nerves. The aim of this study was to evaluate the regenerative capability of chitosan tubes to bridge critical nerve gaps (15 mm long) in the rat sciatic nerve compared with silicone (SIL) tubes and nerve autografts (AGs). A total of 28 Wistar Hannover rats were randomly distributed into four groups (n = 7 each), in which the nerve was repaired by SIL tube, chitosan guides of low (∼2%, DAI) and medium (∼5%, DAII) degree of acetylation, and AG. Electrophysiological and algesimetry tests were performed serially along 4 months follow-up, and histomorphometric analysis was performed at the end of the study. Both groups with chitosan tubes showed similar degree of functional recovery, and similar number of myelinated nerve fibers at mid tube after 4 months of implantation. The results with chitosan tubes were significantly better compared to SIL tubes (P < 0.01), but lower than with AG (P < 0.01). In contrast to AG, in which all the rats had effective regeneration and target reinnervation, chitosan tubes from DAI and DAII achieved 43 and 57% success, respectively, whereas regeneration failed in all the animals repaired with SIL tubes. This study suggests that chitosan guides are promising conduits to construct artificial nerve grafts. PMID:25471200

  13. Chitosan based hydrogels: characteristics and pharmaceutical applications

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    Ahmadi, F.; Oveisi, Z.; Samani, S. Mohammadi; Amoozgar, Z.

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogel scaffolds serve as semi synthetic or synthetic extra cellular matrix to provide an amenable environment for cellular adherence and cellular remodeling in three dimensional structures mimicking that of natural cellular environment. Additionally, hydrogels have the capacity to carry small molecule drugs and/or proteins, growth factors and other necessary components for cell growth and differentiation. In the context of drug delivery, hydrogels can be utilized to localize drugs, increase drugs concentration at the site of action and consequently reduce off-targeted side effects. The current review aims to describe and classify hydrogels and their methods of production. The main highlight is chitosan-based hydrogels as biocompatible and medically relevant hydrogels for drug delivery. PMID:26430453

  14. Pharmacokinetics and biodegradation of chitosan in rats

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    Li, Hui; Jiang, Zhiwen; Han, Baoqin; Niu, Shuyi; Dong, Wen; Liu, Wanshun

    2015-10-01

    Chitosan, an excellent biomedical material, has received a widespread in vivo application. In contrast, its metabolism and distribution once being implanted were less documented. In this study, the pharmacokinetics and biodegradation of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) labeled and muscle implantation administrated chitosan in rats were investigated with fluorescence spectrophotometry, histological assay and gel chromatography. After implantation, chitosan was degraded gradually during its distribution to diverse organs. Among the tested organs, liver and kidney were found to be the first two highest in chitosan content, which was followed by heart, brain and spleen. Urinary excretion was believed to be the major pathway of chitosan elimination, yet 80% of chitosan administered to rats was not trackable in their urine. This indicated that the majority of chitosan was degraded in tissues. In average, the molecular weight of the degradation products of chitosan in diverse organs and urine was found to be <65 kDa. This further confirmed the in vivo degradation of chitosan. Our findings provided new evidences for the intensive and safe application of chitosan as a biomedical material.

  15. Chitosan as an adjuvant for poliovaccine.

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    Ghendon, Y; Markushin, S; Akopova, I; Koptiaeva, I; Krivtsov, G

    2011-05-01

    The use of inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine is very important for eradicating poliomyelitis. However, this vaccine is not available readily in underdeveloped countries due to the high cost. Adjuvants can improve the immunogenicity of a vaccine and reduce the antigen dose required for vaccination, thus lowering the cost of the vaccine. Chitosan glutamate solution and a chitosan sulfate micro/nanoparticle suspension were tested as adjuvants for Imovax-inactivated poliovaccine and for inactivated monovalent poliovirus type 1, 2, and 3 vaccines obtained by inactivation of the attenuated Sabin poliovirus strains. Inactivated vaccines admixed with either chitosan glutamate or chitosan sulfate micro/nanoparticles and administered to mice showed significantly enhanced immunogenicity to poliovirus type 1, 2, and 3 strains compared to the respective vaccines administered without chitosan. Chitosan preparations increased the immunogenicity of 1:2 and 1:4 diluted inactivated Sabin strain preparations in mice 8- to 16-fold, so that the neutralizing antibody titers after vaccination with adjuvanted diluted vaccine were equal to those obtained after vaccination with undiluted vaccine administered without chitosan. Neutralizing antibodies could be detected in sera of rats vaccinated with undiluted, 1:10, and 1:100 diluted Imovax vaccine admixed with chitosan sulfate micro/nanoparticles, although in the control group, vaccination only with the undiluted vaccine resulted in antibody production. These results show that the chitosan glutamate solution and chitosan sulfate micro/nanoparticle suspension can significantly improve the immunogenicity of various poliovaccines, and reduce the effective antigen dose. PMID:21412793

  16. Chitin, Chitosan, and Glycated Chitosan Regulate Immune Responses: The Novel Adjuvants for Cancer Vaccine

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    Li, Xiaosong; Min, Min; Du, Nan; Gu, Ying; Hode, Tomas; Naylor, Mark; Chen, Dianjun; Nordquist, Robert E.; Chen, Wei R.

    2013-01-01

    With the development of cancer immunotherapy, cancer vaccine has become a novel modality for cancer treatment, and the important role of adjuvant has been realized recently. Chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives have shown their advantages as adjuvants for cancer vaccine. In this paper, the adjuvant properties of chitin and chitosan were discussed, and some detailed information about glycated chitosan and chitosan nanoparticles was also presented to illustrate the trend for future development. PMID:23533454

  17. Chitosan modification and pharmaceutical/biomedical applications.

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    Zhang, Jiali; Xia, Wenshui; Liu, Ping; Cheng, Qinyuan; Tahirou, Talba; Gu, Wenxiu; Li, Bo

    2010-01-01

    Chitosan has received much attention as a functional biopolymer for diverse applications, especially in pharmaceutics and medicine. Our recent efforts focused on the chemical and biological modification of chitosan in order to increase its solubility in aqueous solutions and absorbability in the in vivo system, thus for a better use of chitosan. This review summarizes chitosan modification and its pharmaceutical/biomedical applications based on our achievements as well as the domestic and overseas developments: (1) enzymatic preparation of low molecular weight chitosans/chitooligosaccharides with their hypocholesterolemic and immuno-modulating effects; (2) the effects of chitin, chitosan and their derivatives on blood hemostasis; and (3) synthesis of a non-toxic ion ligand--D-Glucosaminic acid from oxidation of D-Glucosamine for cancer and diabetes therapy. PMID:20714418

  18. Characterization of chitosan composites with various clays.

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    Lewandowska, Katarzyna; Sionkowska, Alina; Kaczmarek, Beata; Furtos, Gabriel

    2014-04-01

    The structural properties, thermal behaviour and mechanical properties of composites of chitosan (Ch) with nanoclay (montmorillonite, MMT) and/or nanoclays after surface modification have been characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and a tensile tests. The microstructure obtained by SEM and AFM microscopy for unmodified chitosan and its composites showed that particles are relatively well dispersed in the chitosan matrix. However, the increasing concentration of the chitosan solution from 1% to 2% decreases the homogeneity of the surface of the composites. In the case of chitosan composite with modified nanoclay (contains 25-30 wt.% of octadecylamine), the lack of particles aggregates in polymer matrix independent of the concentration of chitosan solution was observed. Generally, addition of nanoclay after its surface modification improved the mechanical and thermal properties of the composite much more than montmorillonite without modification. PMID:24530323

  19. Chitosan Modification and Pharmaceutical/Biomedical Applications

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    Zhang, Jiali; Xia, Wenshui; Liu, Ping; Cheng, Qinyuan; Tahirou, Talba; Gu, Wenxiu; Li, Bo

    2010-01-01

    Chitosan has received much attention as a functional biopolymer for diverse applications, especially in pharmaceutics and medicine. Our recent efforts focused on the chemical and biological modification of chitosan in order to increase its solubility in aqueous solutions and absorbability in the in vivo system, thus for a better use of chitosan. This review summarizes chitosan modification and its pharmaceutical/biomedical applications based on our achievements as well as the domestic and overseas developments: (1) enzymatic preparation of low molecular weight chitosans/chitooligosaccharides with their hypocholesterolemic and immuno-modulating effects; (2) the effects of chitin, chitosan and their derivatives on blood hemostasis; and (3) synthesis of a non-toxic ion ligand—D-Glucosaminic acid from Oxidation of D-Glucosamine for cancer and diabetes therapy. PMID:20714418

  20. Recent patents on food applications of chitosan.

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    Vargas, Maria; González-Martínez, Chelo

    2010-06-01

    Chitosan is a natural polysaccharide that has become of great interest due to its multiple possible applications, which is a great challenge for both the scientific community and the food industry. Chitosan offers a wide range of food applications, including formation of biodegradable films and coatings, immobilization of enzymes, as an antimicrobial agent, and dietary supplement with hypocholesterolemic properties. The number of issued patents on the application of chitosan and its derivatives has been increasing steadily in the last decade. The present works reviews recent patents and important developments related to the use of chitosan in food industry. PMID:20653557

  1. Nanoindentation of Chitosan Doped with Silver Nanoparticles

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    Palumbo, Matthew; Teklu, Alem; Kuthirummal, Narayanan; Levi-Polyachenko, Nicole; Department of Physics; Astronomy, College of Charleston Collaboration; Department of Plastic; Reconstructive Surgery, Wake Forest University Health Sciences Collaboration

    Imaging and spectroscopic analysis via nanoindentation was performed with the Nanosurf EasyScan2 AFM on the pure and silver doped chitosan samples allowing for a more localized determination of their stiffness, hardness, and reduced Young's modulus. The pure chitosan sample was tested to have a stiffness of 0.367 N/m, a hardness of 1.12 GPa, and a reduced Young's modulus of 30.5 MPa. The film with 5mg Ag nanoparticle per gram of chitosan was tested on the boundaries between the chitosan and Ag nanoparticles to show an increase in stiffness of about 4.6% at 0.384 N/m, an increase in hardness of about 5.4% at 1.18 GPa, and an increase in the reduced Young's modulus of about 5.0% at 3.2 MPa in comparison to the pure chitosan sample. On the other hand, upon increasing the doping to 10mg Ag nanoparticle per gram of chitosan showed a decrease in stiffness of about 6.3% at 0.344 N/m, a decrease in hardness of about 27.0% at 0.820 GPa, and a decrease in the reduced Young's modulus of about 6.0% at 28.7 MPa in comparison to the pure chitosan sample. Obviously, films doped with 5mg Ag nanoparicle per gram of chitosan provided the composites with improved mechanical strength compared to chitosan alone.

  2. Megalin-Mediated Specific Uptake of Chitosan/siRNA Nanoparticles in Mouse Kidney Proximal Tubule Epithelial Cells Enables AQP1 Gene Silencing

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    Gao, Shan; Hein, San; Dagnæs-Hansen, Frederik; Weyer, Kathrin; Yang, Chuanxu; Nielsen, Rikke; Christensen, Erik I; Fenton, Robert A; Kjems, Jørgen

    2014-01-01

    RNAi-based strategies provide a great therapeutic potential for treatment of various human diseases including kidney disorders, but face the challenge of in vivo delivery and specific targeting. The chitosan delivery system has previously been shown to target siRNA specifically to the kidneys in mice when administered intravenously. Here we confirm by 2D and 3D bioimaging that chitosan formulated siRNA is retained in the kidney for more than 48 hours where it accumulates in proximal tubule epithelial cells (PTECs), a process that was strongly dependent on the molecular weight of chitosan. Chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles, administered to chimeric mice with conditional knockout of the megalin gene, distributed almost exclusively in cells that expressed megalin, implying that the chitosan/siRNA particle uptake was mediated by a megalin-dependent endocytotic pathway. Knockdown of the water channel aquaporin 1 (AQP1) by up to 50% in PTECs was achieved utilizing the systemic i.v. delivery of chitosan/AQP1 siRNA in mice. In conclusion, specific targeting PTECs with the chitosan nanoparticle system may prove to be a useful strategy for knockdown of specific genes in PTECs, and provides a potential therapeutic strategy for treating various kidney diseases. PMID:25157280

  3. New chitosan nanobubbles for ultrasound-mediated gene delivery: preparation and in vitro characterization

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    Cavalli, Roberta; Bisazza, Agnese; Trotta, Michele; Argenziano, Monica; Civra, Andrea; Donalisio, Manuela; Lembo, David

    2012-01-01

    Background The development of nonviral gene delivery systems is one of the most intriguing topics in nanomedicine. However, despite the advances made in recent years, several key issues remain unsettled. One of the main problems relates to the difficulty in designing nanodevices for targeted delivery of genes and other drugs to specific anatomic sites. In this study, we describe the development of a novel chitosan nanobubble-based gene delivery system for ultrasound-triggered release. Methods and results Chitosan was selected for the nanobubble shell because of its low toxicity, low immunogenicity, and excellent biocompatibility, while the core consisted of perfluoropentane. DNA-loaded chitosan nanobubbles were formed with a mean diameter of less than 300 nm and a positive surface charge. Transmission electron microscopic analysis confirmed composition of the core-shell structure. The ability of the chitosan nanobubbles to complex with and protect DNA was confirmed by agarose gel assay. Chitosan nanobubbles were found to be stable following insonation (2.5 MHz) for up to 3 minutes at 37°C. DNA release was evaluated in vitro in both the presence and absence of ultrasound. The release of chitosan nanobubble-bound plasmid DNA occurred after just one minute of insonation. In vitro transfection experiments were performed by exposing adherent COS7 cells to ultrasound in the presence of different concentrations of plasmid DNA-loaded nanobubbles. In the absence of ultrasound, nanobubbles failed to trigger transfection at all concentrations tested. In contrast, 30 seconds of ultrasound promoted a moderate degree of transfection. Cell viability experiments demonstrated that neither ultrasound nor the nanobubbles affected cell viability under these experimental conditions. Conclusion Based on these results, chitosan nanobubbles have the potential to be promising tools for ultrasound-mediated DNA delivery. PMID:22802689

  4. Echogenic Glycol Chitosan Nanoparticles for Ultrasound-Triggered Cancer Theranostics.

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    Min, Hyun Su; You, Dong Gil; Son, Sejin; Jeon, Sangmin; Park, Jae Hyung; Lee, Seulki; Kwon, Ick Chan; Kim, Kwangmeyung

    2015-01-01

    Theranostic nanoparticles hold great promise for simultaneous diagnosis of diseases, targeted drug delivery with minimal toxicity, and monitoring of therapeutic efficacy. However, one of the current challenges in developing theranostic nanoparticles is enhancing the tumor-specific targeting of both imaging probes and anticancer agents. Herein, we report the development of tumor-homing echogenic glycol chitosan-based nanoparticles (Echo-CNPs) that concurrently execute cancer-targeted ultrasound (US) imaging and US-triggered drug delivery. To construct this novel Echo-CNPs, an anticancer drug and bioinert perfluoropentane (PFP), a US gas precursor, were simultaneously encapsulated into glycol chitosan nanoparticles using the oil in water (O/W) emulsion method. The resulting Echo-CNPs had a nano-sized particle structure, composing of hydrophobic anticancer drug/PFP inner cores and a hydrophilic glycol chitosan polymer outer shell. The Echo-CNPs had a favorable hydrodynamic size of 432 nm, which is entirely different from the micro-sized core-empty conventional microbubbles (1-10 μm). Furthermore, Echo-CNPs showed the prolonged echogenicity via the sustained microbubble formation process of liquid-phase PFP at the body temperature and they also presented a US-triggered drug release profile through the external US irradiation. Interestingly, Echo-CNPs exhibited significantly increased tumor-homing ability with lower non-specific uptake by other tissues in tumor-bearing mice through the nanoparticle's enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. Conclusively, theranostic Echo-CNPs are highly useful for simultaneous cancer-targeting US imaging and US-triggered delivery in cancer theranostics. PMID:26681985

  5. Echogenic Glycol Chitosan Nanoparticles for Ultrasound-Triggered Cancer Theranostics

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    Min, Hyun Su; You, Dong Gil; Son, Sejin; Jeon, Sangmin; Park, Jae Hyung; Lee, Seulki; Kwon, Ick Chan; Kim, Kwangmeyung

    2015-01-01

    Theranostic nanoparticles hold great promise for simultaneous diagnosis of diseases, targeted drug delivery with minimal toxicity, and monitoring of therapeutic efficacy. However, one of the current challenges in developing theranostic nanoparticles is enhancing the tumor-specific targeting of both imaging probes and anticancer agents. Herein, we report the development of tumor-homing echogenic glycol chitosan-based nanoparticles (Echo-CNPs) that concurrently execute cancer-targeted ultrasound (US) imaging and US-triggered drug delivery. To construct this novel Echo-CNPs, an anticancer drug and bioinert perfluoropentane (PFP), a US gas precursor, were simultaneously encapsulated into glycol chitosan nanoparticles using the oil in water (O/W) emulsion method. The resulting Echo-CNPs had a nano-sized particle structure, composing of hydrophobic anticancer drug/PFP inner cores and a hydrophilic glycol chitosan polymer outer shell. The Echo-CNPs had a favorable hydrodynamic size of 432 nm, which is entirely different from the micro-sized core-empty conventional microbubbles (1-10 μm). Furthermore, Echo-CNPs showed the prolonged echogenicity via the sustained microbubble formation process of liquid-phase PFP at the body temperature and they also presented a US-triggered drug release profile through the external US irradiation. Interestingly, Echo-CNPs exhibited significantly increased tumor-homing ability with lower non-specific uptake by other tissues in tumor-bearing mice through the nanoparticle's enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. Conclusively, theranostic Echo-CNPs are highly useful for simultaneous cancer-targeting US imaging and US-triggered delivery in cancer theranostics. PMID:26681985

  6. Fragmentation of chitosan by acids.

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    Kasaai, Mohammad Reza; Arul, Joseph; Charlet, Gérard

    2013-01-01

    Fragmentation of chitosan in aqueous solution by hydrochloric acid was investigated. The kinetics of fragmentation, the number of chain scissions, and polydispersity of the fragments were followed by viscometry and size exclusion chromatography. The chemical structure and the degree of N-acetylation (DA) of the original chitosan and its fragments were examined by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The kinetic data indicates that the reaction was of first order. The results of polydispersity and the DA suggest that the selected experimental conditions (temperature and concentration of acid) were appropriate to obtain the fragments having the polydispersity and the DA similar to or slightly different from those of the original one. A procedure to estimate molecular weight of fragments as well as the number of chain scissions of the fragments under the experimental conditions was also proposed. PMID:24302858

  7. Fragmentation of Chitosan by Acids

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    Arul, Joseph; Charlet, Gérard

    2013-01-01

    Fragmentation of chitosan in aqueous solution by hydrochloric acid was investigated. The kinetics of fragmentation, the number of chain scissions, and polydispersity of the fragments were followed by viscometry and size exclusion chromatography. The chemical structure and the degree of N-acetylation (DA) of the original chitosan and its fragments were examined by 1H NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The kinetic data indicates that the reaction was of first order. The results of polydispersity and the DA suggest that the selected experimental conditions (temperature and concentration of acid) were appropriate to obtain the fragments having the polydispersity and the DA similar to or slightly different from those of the original one. A procedure to estimate molecular weight of fragments as well as the number of chain scissions of the fragments under the experimental conditions was also proposed. PMID:24302858

  8. Preparation, characterization, and potential application of chitosan, chitosan derivatives, and chitosan metal nanoparticles in pharmaceutical drug delivery

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    Ahmed, Tarek A; Aljaeid, Bader M

    2016-01-01

    Naturally occurring polymers, particularly of the polysaccharide type, have been used pharmaceutically for the delivery of a wide variety of therapeutic agents. Chitosan, the second abundant naturally occurring polysaccharide next to cellulose, is a biocompatible and biodegradable mucoadhesive polymer that has been extensively used in the preparation of micro-as well as nanoparticles. The prepared particles have been exploited as a potential carrier for different therapeutic agents such as peptides, proteins, vaccines, DNA, and drugs for parenteral and nonparenteral administration. Therapeutic agent-loaded chitosan micro- or nanoparticles were found to be more stable, permeable, and bioactive. In this review, we are highlighting the different methods of preparation and characterization of chitosan micro- and nanoparticles, while reviewing the pharmaceutical applications of these particles in drug delivery. Moreover, the roles of chitosan derivatives and chitosan metal nanoparticles in drug delivery have been illustrated. PMID:26869768

  9. Chitosan Coagulation to Improve Microbial and Turbidity Removal by Ceramic Water Filtration for Household Drinking Water Treatment.

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    Abebe, Lydia S; Chen, Xinyu; Sobsey, Mark D

    2016-01-01

    The use of porous ceramic filters is promoted globally for household water treatment, but these filters are ineffective in removing viruses from water. In order to increase virus removal, we combine a promising natural coagulant, chitosan, as a pretreatment for ceramic water filters (CWFs) and evaluate the performance of this dual barrier water treatment system. Chitosan is a non-toxic and biodegradable organic polymer derived by simple chemical treatments from chitin, a major source of which is the leftover shells of crustacean seafoods, such as shrimp, prawns, crabs, and lobsters. To determine the effectiveness of chitosan, model test water was contaminated with Escherichia coli K011 and coliphage MS2 as a model enteric bacterium and virus, respectively. Kaolinite clay was used to model turbidity. Coagulation effectiveness of three types of modified chitosans was determine at various doses ranging from 5 to 30 mg/L, followed by flocculation and sedimentation. The pre-treated supernatant water was then decanted into the CWF for further treatment by filtration. There were appreciable microbial removals by chitosan HCl, acetate, and lactate pretreatment followed by CWF treatment, with mean reductions (95% CI) between 4.7 (±1.56) and 7.5 (±0.02) log10 for Escherichia coli, and between 2.8 (±0.10) and 4.5 (±1.04) log10 for MS2. Turbidity reduction with chitosan treatment and filtration consistently resulted in turbidities < 1 NTU, which meet turbidity standards of the US EPA and guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO health-based microbial removal targets for household water treatment technology, chitosan coagulation achieved health protective targets for both viruses and bacteria. Therefore, the results of this study support the use of chitosan to improve household drinking water filtration processes by increasing virus and bacteria reductions. PMID:26927152

  10. Chitosan Coagulation to Improve Microbial and Turbidity Removal by Ceramic Water Filtration for Household Drinking Water Treatment

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    Abebe, Lydia S.; Chen, Xinyu; Sobsey, Mark D.

    2016-01-01

    The use of porous ceramic filters is promoted globally for household water treatment, but these filters are ineffective in removing viruses from water. In order to increase virus removal, we combine a promising natural coagulant, chitosan, as a pretreatment for ceramic water filters (CWFs) and evaluate the performance of this dual barrier water treatment system. Chitosan is a non-toxic and biodegradable organic polymer derived by simple chemical treatments from chitin, a major source of which is the leftover shells of crustacean seafoods, such as shrimp, prawns, crabs, and lobsters. To determine the effectiveness of chitosan, model test water was contaminated with Escherichia coli K011 and coliphage MS2 as a model enteric bacterium and virus, respectively. Kaolinite clay was used to model turbidity. Coagulation effectiveness of three types of modified chitosans was determine at various doses ranging from 5 to 30 mg/L, followed by flocculation and sedimentation. The pre-treated supernatant water was then decanted into the CWF for further treatment by filtration. There were appreciable microbial removals by chitosan HCl, acetate, and lactate pretreatment followed by CWF treatment, with mean reductions (95% CI) between 4.7 (±1.56) and 7.5 (±0.02) log10 for Escherichia coli, and between 2.8 (±0.10) and 4.5 (±1.04) log10 for MS2. Turbidity reduction with chitosan treatment and filtration consistently resulted in turbidities < 1 NTU, which meet turbidity standards of the US EPA and guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO health-based microbial removal targets for household water treatment technology, chitosan coagulation achieved health protective targets for both viruses and bacteria. Therefore, the results of this study support the use of chitosan to improve household drinking water filtration processes by increasing virus and bacteria reductions. PMID:26927152

  11. Characterization of Chitosan Nanofiber Sheets for Antifungal Application

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    Egusa, Mayumi; Iwamoto, Ryo; Izawa, Hironori; Morimoto, Minoru; Saimoto, Hiroyuki; Kaminaka, Hironori; Ifuku, Shinsuke

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan produced by the deacetylation of chitin is a cationic polymer with antimicrobial properties. In this study, we demonstrate the improvement of chitosan properties by nanofibrillation. Nanofiber sheets were prepared from nanofibrillated chitosan under neutral conditions. The Young’s modulus and tensile strength of the chitosan NF sheets were higher than those of the chitosan sheets prepared from dissolving chitosan in acetic acid. The chitosan NF sheets showed strong mycelial growth inhibition against dermatophytes Microsporum and Trichophyton. Moreover, the chitosan NF sheets exhibited resistance to degradation by the fungi, suggesting potentials long-lasting usage. In addition, surface-deacetylated chitin nanofiber (SDCNF) sheets were prepared. The SDCNF sheet had a high Young’s modulus and tensile strength and showed antifungal activity to dermatophytes. These data indicate that nanofibrillation improved the properties of chitosan. Thus, chitosan NF and SDCNF sheets are useful candidates for antimicrobial materials. PMID:26540046

  12. Effect of chitosan content on gel content of epoxized natural rubber grafted with chitosan in latex form.

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    Riyajan, Sa-Ad; Sukhlaaied, Wattana

    2013-04-01

    The epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) latex-g-chitosan (ENR-g-chitosan) was prepared in latex form using potassium persulphate as an initiator. Firstly, the reduction in molecular weight of chitosan was subjected to the addition of K2S2O8 at 70 °C for 15 min. The structure of the modified chitosan was characterized by ATR-FTIR. Secondarily, the influence of chitosan contents, reaction time, and temperature and K2S2O8 concentrations on the gel content of the modified ENR was investigated. The chemical structure of the ENR-g-chitosan was confirmed by (1)H-NMR and ATR-FTIR. The ether linkage of the ENR-g-chitosan was conformed at 1154 an 1089 cm(-1) by ATR-FTIR and 3.60 ppm by (1)H-NMR. The gel content of ENR-g-chitosan at 5% chitosan showed the highest value compared with other samples. But when chitosan increased from 5% to 10% or 20%, the gel content of ENR-g-chitosan dramatically decreased. The ENR-g-chitosan showed good thermal resistance due to incorporation of chitosan. The morphology of ENR-g-chitosan particle showed the core-shell structure observed by TEM. The optimum condition of grafting ENR with chitosan was found at 65°C for 3h of reaction time, ratio of ENR/chitosan at 9:1. PMID:23827540

  13. Synthesis and characterization of chitosan alkyl urea.

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    Wang, Jing; Jiang, Ji-Zhou; Chen, Wei; Bai, Zheng-Wu

    2016-07-10

    Chitosan is a versatile material employed for various purposes in many fields including the development of chiral stationary phases for enantioseparation. Chitosan alkyl urea is a kind of intermediate used to prepare enantioseparation materials. In order to synthesize the intermediates, in the present work, a new way to prepare chitosan alkyl urea has been established: chitosan was first reacted with methyl chloroformate yielding N-methoxyformylated chitosan, which was then converted to chitosan alkyl urea through amine-ester exchange reaction. With a large excess of methyl chloroformate and primary amine of low stereohindrance, the amino group in chitosan could be almost completely converted to ureido group. The as-prepared chitosan alkyl urea derivatives were characterized by IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR,(1)H-(1)H COSY and (1)H-(13)C HSQC NMR spectra. The chemical shifts of hydrogen and carbon atoms of glucose unit were assigned. It was found that the degree of substitution was obviously lower if cyclopropyl amine, aniline, tert-butyl amine and diethyl amine were used as reactants for the amine-ester exchange reaction. The reason was explained with the aid of theoretical calculations. PMID:27106154

  14. Characterization of calcium carbonate/chitosan composites

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    Gonsalves, K.E.; Zhang, S.

    1995-12-31

    The crystal growth of calcium carbonate on a chitosan substrate was achieved using a supersaturated calcium carbonate solution, by using various additives, polyacrylic acid (PAA). Polyacrylic acid modified the chitosan-film surface and promoted the nucleation of calcium carbonate crystals.

  15. Antimicrobial Action of Water-Soluble β-Chitosan against Clinical Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria

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    Park, Seong-Cheol; Nam, Joung-Pyo; Kim, Jun-Ho; Kim, Young-Min; Nah, Jae-Woon; Jang, Mi-Kyeong

    2015-01-01

    Recently, the number of patients infected by drug-resistant pathogenic microbes has increased remarkably worldwide, and a number of studies have reported new antibiotics from natural sources. Among them, chitosan, with a high molecular weight and α-conformation, exhibits potent antimicrobial activity, but useful applications as an antibiotic are limited by its cytotoxicity and insolubility at physiological pH. In the present study, the antibacterial activity of low molecular weight water-soluble (LMWS) α-chitosan (α1k, α5k, and α10k with molecular masses of 1, 5, and 10 kDa, respectively) and β-chitosan (β1k, β5k, and β10k) was compared using a range of pathogenic bacteria containing drug-resistant bacteria isolated from patients at different pH. Interestingly, β5k and β10k exhibited potent antibacterial activity, even at pH 7.4, whereas only α10k was effective at pH 7.4. The active target of β-chitosan is the bacterial membrane, where the leakage of calcein is induced in artificial PE/PG vesicles, bacterial mimetic membrane. Moreover, scanning electron microscopy showed that they caused significant morphological changes on the bacterial surfaces. An in vivo study utilizing a bacteria-infected mouse model found that LMWS β-chitosan could be used as a candidate in anti-infective or wound healing therapeutic applications. PMID:25867474

  16. Molecular Dynamics of a Water-Absorbent Nanoscale Material Based on Chitosan.

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    Borca, Carlos H; Arango, Carlos A

    2016-04-21

    Although hydrogels have been widely investigated for their use in materials science, nanotechnology, and novel pharmaceuticals, mechanistic details explaining their water-absorbent features are not well understood. We performed an all-atom molecular dynamics study of the structural transformation of chitosan nanohydrogels due to water absorption. We analyzed the conformation of dry, nanoscaled chitosan, the structural modifications that emerge during the process of water inclusion, and the dynamics of this biopolymer in the presence of nature's solvent. Two sets of nanoscaled, single-chained chitosan models were simulated: one to study the swelling dependence upon the degree of self-cross-linking and other to observe the response with respect to the degree of protonation. We verified that nanohydrogels keep their ability to absorb water and grow, regardless of their degree of cross-linking. Noteworthy, we found that the swelling behavior of nanoscaled chitosan is pH-dependent, and it is considerably more limited than that of larger scale hydrogels. Thus, our study suggests that properties of nanohydrogels are significantly different from those of larger hydrogels. These findings might be important in the design of novel controlled-release and targeted drug-delivery systems based on chitosan. PMID:26938052

  17. Studies of chitosan/Kollicoat SR 30D film-coated tablets for colonic drug delivery.

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    Fan, Li-Fang; He, Wei; Chang, Yong-Zhen; Xiang, Bai; Du, Qing; Wang, Feng; Qin, Min; Cao, De-Ying

    2009-06-22

    The aim of the study was to define in vitro and in vivo characteristics of chitosan/Kollicoat SR30D film-coated tablets of theophylline for colonic delivery. The tablet cores were coated to different film thicknesses with blends of Kollicoat SR30D and chitosan (2.5:1, 3.5:1, and 5:1, w/w). Swelling and drug release studies were carried out in simulated gastric fluid, simulated intestinal fluid and simulated colonic fluid, respectively. The mechanism of drug release was determined using the Korsmeyer-Peppas model. The in vivo degradation of the tablets was also studied in rats. The swelling behavior and drug release depended on the composition of the coating, as well as the ratio of Kollicoat SR30D to chitosan. The coating was susceptible to enzymatic action, and more accessible to bacterial enzymes than beta-glucosidase enzyme. The extent of swelling and digestion correlated with the amount of chitosan within the coating. The drug release data fit well into the Korsmeyer-Peppas equation, indicating that the drug release was controlled by polymer relaxation. The in vivo pharmacokinetic studies of the coated tablets showed delayed T(max), decreased C(max) and prolonged MRT. Chitosan/Kollicoat SR30D coated tablets could deliver the drug to the targeted site for local action. PMID:19457627

  18. Antimicrobial and mechanical properties of β-cyclodextrin inclusion with essential oils in chitosan films.

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    Sun, Xiuxiu; Sui, Siyao; Ference, Christopher; Zhang, Yifan; Sun, Shi; Zhou, Ninghui; Zhu, Wenjun; Zhou, Kequan

    2014-09-01

    Chitosan films incorporated with various concentrations of the complex of β-cyclodextrin and essential oils (β-CD/EO) were prepared and investigated for antimicrobial, mechanical, and physical properties. Four bacterial strains that commonly contaminate food products were chosen as target bacteria to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of the prepared films. The incorporation of β-CD/EO significantly increased the antimicrobial activities of the chitosan films against Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogenes. It was also found that tensile strength (TS) of chitosan film was significantly increased with the incorporation of the β-cyclodextrin and 0.75% essential oils complex. The elongation at break (EB) decreased with the increasing concentrations of essential oils. Inclusion of the complex of β-cyclodextrin and 0.25% essential oils also significantly decreased water vapor permeability (WVP) of chitosan films. Our results suggest that chitosan films containing β-CD/EO could be used as active food-packaging material. PMID:25141280

  19. Efficient mucosal delivery of optical contrast agents using imidazole-modified chitosan

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    Ghosn, Bilal; van de Ven, Anne L.; Tam, Justina; Gillenwater, Ann; Sokolov, Konstantin V.; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca; Roy, Krishnendu

    2010-01-01

    The clinical applicability of antibodies and plasmonic nanosensors as topically applied, molecule-specific optical diagnostic agents for noninvasive early detection of cancer and precancer is severely limited by our inability to efficiently deliver macromolecules and nanoparticles through mucosal tissues. We have developed an imidazole-functionalized conjugate of the polysaccharide chitosan (chitosan-IAA) to enhance topical delivery of contrast agents, ranging from small molecules and antibodies to gold nanoparticles up to 44 nm in average diameter. Contrast agent uptake and localization in freshly resected mucosal tissues was monitored using confocal microscopy. Chitosan-IAA was found to reversibly enhance mucosal permeability in a rapid, reproducible manner, facilitating transepithelial delivery of optical contrast agents. Permeation enhancement occurred through an active process, resulting in the delivery of contrast agents via a paracellular or a combined paracellular/transcellular route depending on size. Coadministration of epidermal growth factor receptor-targeted antibodies with chitosan-IAA facilitated specific labeling and discrimination between paired normal and malignant human oral biopsies. Together, these data suggest that chitosan-IAA is a promising topical permeation enhancer for mucosal delivery of optical contrast agents.

  20. Oral Vaccination Based on DNA-Chitosan Nanoparticles against Schistosoma mansoni Infection

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    Oliveira, Carolina R.; Rezende, Cntia M. F.; Silva, Marina R.; Borges, Olga M.; Pgo, Ana P.; Goes, Alfredo M.

    2012-01-01

    The development of a vaccine would be essential for the control of schistosomiasis, which is recognized as the most important human helminth infection in terms of morbidity and mortality. A new approach of oral vaccination with DNA-chitosan nanoparticles appears interesting because of their great stability and the ease of target accessibility, besides chitosan immunostimulatory properties. Here we described that chitosan nanoparticles loaded with plasmid DNA encoding Rho1-GTPase protein of Schistosoma mansoni, prepared at different molar ratios of primary amines to DNA phosphate anion (N/P), were able to complex electrostatically with DNA and condense it into positively charged nanostructures. Nanoparticles were able to maintain zeta potential and size characteristics in media that simulate gastric (SGF) and intestinal fluids (SIF). Further in vivo studies showed that oral immunization was not able to induce high levels of specific antibodies but induced high levels of the modulatory cytokine IL-10. This resulted in a significative reduce of liver pathology, although it could not protect mice of infection challenge with S. mansoni worms. Mice immunized only with chitosan nanoparticles presented 47% of protection against parasite infection, suggesting an important role of chitosan in inducing a protective immune response against schistosomiasis, which will be more explored in further studies. PMID:22666171

  1. Biocompatibility of chitosan-coated iron oxide nanoparticles with osteoblast cells

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    Shi, Si-Feng; Jia, Jing-Fu; Guo, Xiao-Kui; Zhao, Ya-Ping; Chen, De-Sheng; Guo, Yong-Yuan; Cheng, Tao; Zhang, Xian-Long

    2012-01-01

    Background: Bone disorders (including osteoporosis, loosening of a prosthesis, and bone infections) are of great concern to the medical community and are difficult to cure. Therapies are available to treat such diseases, but all have drawbacks and are not specifically targeted to the site of disease. Chitosan is widely used in the biomedical community, including for orthopedic applications. The aim of the present study was to coat chitosan onto iron oxide nanoparticles and to determine its effect on the proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts. Methods: Nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, x-ray diffraction, zeta potential, and vibrating sample magnetometry. Uptake of nanoparticles by osteoblasts was studied by transmission electron microscopy and Prussian blue staining. Viability and proliferation of osteoblasts were measured in the presence of uncoated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles or those coated with chitosan. Lactate dehydrogenase, alkaline phosphatase, total protein synthesis, and extracellular calcium deposition was studied in the presence of the nanoparticles. Results: Chitosan-coated iron oxide nanoparticles enhanced osteoblast proliferation, decreased cell membrane damage, and promoted cell differentiation, as indicated by an increase in alkaline phosphatase and extracellular calcium deposition. Chitosan-coated iron oxide nanoparticles showed good compatibility with osteoblasts. Conclusion: Further research is necessary to optimize magnetic nanoparticles for the treatment of bone disease. PMID:23118539

  2. Biodegradable chitosan nanogels crosslinked with genipin.

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    Arteche Pujana, Maite; Pérez-Álvarez, Leyre; Cesteros Iturbe, Luis Carlos; Katime, Issa

    2013-05-15

    Chitosan nanoparticles crosslinked with genipin were prepared by reverse microemulsion that allowed to obtain highly monodisperse (3-20 nm by TEM) nanogels. The incorporation of genipin into chitosan was confirmed and quantitatively evaluated by UV-vis and (1)H NMR. Loosely crosslinked chitosan networks showed higher water solubility at neutral pHs than pure chitosan. The hydrodynamic diameter of the genipin-chitosan nanogels ranged from 270 to 390 nm and no remarkable differences were found when the crosslinking degree was varied. The hydrodynamic diameters of the nanoparticles increased slightly at acidic pH and the protonation of ionizable amino groups with the pH was confirmed by the zeta potential measurements. The biocompatible and biodegradable nature, as well as the colloidal and monodisperse particle size of the prepared nanogels, make them attractive candidates for a large variety of biomedical applications. PMID:23544640

  3. Hydrogels made from chitosan and silver nitrate.

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    Kozicki, Marek; Kołodziejczyk, Marek; Szynkowska, Małgorzata; Pawlaczyk, Aleksandra; Leśniewska, Ewa; Matusiak, Aleksandra; Adamus, Agnieszka; Karolczak, Aleksandra

    2016-04-20

    This work describes a gelation of chitosan solution with silver nitrate. Above the critical concentration of chitosan (c*), continuous hydrogels of chitosan-silver can be formed. At lower concentrations, the formation of nano- and micro-hydrogels is discussed. The sol-gel analysis was performed to characterise the hydrogels' swelling properties. Moreover, the following were employed: (i) mechanical testing of hydrogels, (ii) inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) for the measurement of silver concentration, (iii) scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to examine the morphology of products obtained, and (iv) dynamic light scattering (DLS) and UV-vis spectrophotometry to examine products formed at low concentration of chitosan (cchitosan used that showed no such activity. PMID:26876830

  4. Antimicrobial and antitumor activities of chitosan from shiitake stipes, compared to commercial chitosan from crab shells.

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    Chien, Rao-Chi; Yen, Ming-Tsung; Mau, Jeng-Leun

    2016-03-15

    Chitosan was prepared by alkaline N-deacetylation of chitin obtained from shiitake stipes and crab shells and its antimicrobial and antitumor activities were studied. Chitosan from shiitake stipes and crab shells exhibited excellent antimicrobial activities against eight species of Gram positive and negative pathogenic bacteria with inhibition zones of 11.4-26.8mm at 0.5mg/ml. Among chitosan samples, shiitake chitosan C120 was the most effective with inhibition zones of 16.4-26.8mm at 0.5mg/ml. In addition, shiitake and crab chitosan showed a moderate anti-proliferative effect on IMR 32 and Hep G2 cells. At 5mg/ml, the viability of IMR 32 cells incubated with chitosan was 68.8-85.0% whereas that of Hep G2 cells with chitosan was 60.4-82.9%. Overall, shiitake chitosan showed slightly better antimicrobial and antitumor activities than crab chitosan. Based on the results obtained, shiitake and crab chitosan were strong antimicrobial agents and moderate antitumor agents. PMID:26794761

  5. Microfluidic Fabrication of Cell Adhesive Chitosan Microtubes

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    Oh, Jonghyun; Kim, Keekyoung; Won, Sung Wook; Cha, Chaenyung; Gaharwar, Akhilesh; Selimovi?, eila; Bae, Hojae; Lee, Kwang Ho; Lee, Dong Hwan; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Chitosan has been used as a scaffolding material in tissue engineering due to its mechanical properties and biocompatibility. With increased appreciation of the effect of micro- and nanoscale environments on cellular behavior, there is increased emphasis on generating microfabricated chitosan structures. Here we employed a microfluidic coaxial flow-focusing system to generate cell adhesive chitosan microtubes of controlled sizes by modifying the flow rates of a chitosan pre-polymer solution and phosphate buffered saline (PBS). The microtubes were extruded from a glass capillary with a 300 ?m inner diameter. After ionic crosslinking with sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP), fabricated microtubes had inner and outer diameter ranges of 70-150 ?m and 120-185 ?m. Computational simulation validated the controlled size of microtubes and cell attachment. To enhance cell adhesiveness on the microtubes, we mixed gelatin with the chitosan pre-polymer solution and adjusted the pH values of the chitosan pre-polymer solution with gelatin and TPP. During the fabrication of microtubes, fibroblasts suspended in core PBS flow adhered to the inner surface of chitosan-gelatin microtubes. To achieve physiological pH values, we adjusted pH values of chiotsan pre-polymer solution and TPP. In particular, we were able to improve cell viability to 92% with pH values of 5.8 and 7.4 for chitosan and TPP solution respectively. Cell culturing for three days showed that the addition of the gelatin enhanced cell spreading and proliferation inside the chitosan-gelatin microtubes. The microfluidic fabrication method for ionically crosslinked chitosan microtubes at physiological pH can be compatible with a variety of cells and used as a versatile platform for microengineered tissue engineering. PMID:23355068

  6. The hypolipidemic activity of chitosan nanopowder prepared by ultrafine milling.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Jiali; Jiang, Qixing; Xia, Wenshui

    2013-06-01

    The hypolipidemic activities of high and low molecular weights of chitosan nanopowders (HMW-chitosan-NP: 315 kDa; LMW-chitosan-NP: 51 kDa) prepared by ultrafine milling were evaluated in rats. The results showed that the hypolipidemic activity of chitosan nanopowder was better than ordinary chitosan, and LMW-chitosan-NP was superior to HMW-chitosan-NP in hypolipidimic activity. Compared with ordinary chitosan, chitosan nanopowder increased the fecal lipids and the activities of serum and liver lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and hepatic lipase (HL) of rats. Rats receiving LMW-chitosan-NP excreted less lipids in feces, but showed higher serum and liver LPL and HL activities compared with those fed HMW-chitosan-NP. These results suggested that compared with ordinary chitosan, the increased hypolipidemic activity of chitosan nanopowder might be attributed to its ability on increasing fecal lipid excretions and stimulating LPL and HL activities, and the better stimulation of LMW-chitosan-NP in activities of these lipases might help it to exceed HMW-chitosan-NP in hypolipidemic activity. PMID:23618297

  7. Environmental applications of chitosan and its derivatives.

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    Yong, Soon Kong; Shrivastava, Manoj; Srivastava, Prashant; Kunhikrishnan, Anitha; Bolan, Nanthi

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan originates from the seafood processing industry and is one of the most abundant of bio-waste materials. Chitosan is a by-product of the alkaline deacetylation process of chitin. Chemically, chitosan is a polysaccharide that is soluble in acidic solution and precipitates at higher pHs. It has great potential for certain environmental applications, such as remediation of organic and inorganic contaminants, including toxic metals and dyes in soil, sediment and water, and development of contaminant sensors. Traditionally, seafood waste has been the primary source of chitin. More recently, alternative sources have emerged such as fungal mycelium, mushroom and krill wastes, and these new sources of chitin and chitosan may overcome seasonal supply limitations that have existed. The production of chitosan from the above-mentioned waste streams not only reduces waste volume, but alleviates pressure on landfills to which the waste would otherwise go. Chitosan production involves four major steps, viz., deproteination, demineralization, bleaching and deacetylation. These four processes require excessive usage of strong alkali at different stages, and drives chitosan's production cost up, potentially making the application of high-grade chitosan for commercial remediation untenable. Alternate chitosan processing techniques, such as microbial or enzymatic processes, may become more cost-effective due to lower energy consumption and waste generation. Chitosan has proved to be versatile for so many environmental applications, because it possesses certain key functional groups, including - OH and -NH2 . However, the efficacy of chitosan is diminished at low pH because of its increased solubility and instability. These deficiencies can be overcome by modifying chitosan's structure via crosslinking. Such modification not only enhances the structural stability of chitosan under low pH conditions, but also improves its physicochemical characteristics, such as porosity, hydraulic conductivity, permeability, surface area and sorption capacity. Crosslinked chitosan is an excellent sorbent for trace metals especially because of the high flexibility of its structural stability. Sorption of trace metals by chitosan is selective and independent of the size and hardness of metal ions, or the physical form of chitosan (e.g., film, powder and solution). Both -OH and -NH2 groups in chitosan provide vital binding sites for complexing metal cations. At low pH, -NH3 + groups attract and coagulate negatively charged contaminants such as metal oxyanions, humic acids and dye molecules. Grafting certain functional molecules into the chitin structure improves sorption capacity and selectivity for remediating specific metal ions. For example, introducing sulfur and nitrogen donor ligands to chitosan alters the sorption preference for metals. Low molecular weight chitosan derivatives have been used to remediate metal contaminated soil and sediments. They have also been applied in permeable reactive barriers to remediate metals in soil and groundwater. Both chitosan and modified chitosan have been used to phytoremediate metals; however, the mechanisms by which they assist in mobilizing metals are not yet well understood. In addition, microbes have been used in combination with chitosan to remediate metals (e.g., Cu and Zn) in contaminated soils. Chitosan has also been used to remediate organic contaminants, such as oil-based wastewater, dyes, tannins, humic acids, phenols, bisphenoi-A, p-benzoquinone, organo-phosphorus insecticides, among others. Chitosan has also been utilized to develop optical and electrochemical sensors for in-situ detection of trace contaminants. In sensor technology, naturally-derived chitosan is used primarily as an immobilizing agent that results from its enzyme compatibility, and stabilizing effect on nanoparticles. Contaminant-sensing agents, such as enzymes, microbes and nanoparticles, have been homogeneously immobilized in chitosan gels by using coagulating (e.g., alginate, phosphate) or crosslinking agents (e.g., GA, ECH). Such immobilization maintains the stability of sensing elements in the chitosan gel phase, and prevents inactivation and loss of the sensing agent. In this review, we have shown that chitosan, an efficient by-product of a waste biomaterial, has great potential for many environmental applications. With certain limitations, chitosan and its derivatives can be used for remediating contaminated soil and wastewater. Notwithstanding, further research is needed to enhance the physicochemical properties of chitosan and mitigate its deficiencies. PMID:25367132

  8. Functional modification of chitosan for biomedical application

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    Tang, Ruogu

    Chitosan is a linear polysaccharide. Normally commercial chitosan consists of randomly distributed beta-(1-4)-linked D-glucosamine (deacetylated proportion) and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (acetylated proportion) together. Chitosan has been proved to be a multifunctional biopolymer that presents several unique properties due to free amino groups in the repeating unit therefore chitosan has been widely applied in various areas. To be specific, provided by the excellent biocompatibility, chitosan is expected to be used in biological and medical applications including wound dressing, implants, drug carrier/delivery, etc. In this thesis, we worked on chitosan functionalization for biomedical application. The thesis are composed of three parts: In the first part, we focused on modifying the chitosan thin film, chemically introducing the nitric oxide functional groups on chitosan film. We covalently bonded small molecule diazeniumdiolates onto the chitosan films and examined the antimicrobial function and biocompatibility. Commercial chitosan was cast into films from acidic aqueous solutions. Glutaraldehyde reacted with the chitosan film to introduce aldehyde groups onto the chitosan film (GA-CS film). GA-CS reacted with a small molecule NO donor, NOC-18, to covalently immobilize NONO groups onto the polymer (NO-CS film). The-CHO and [NONO] group were verified by FT IR, UV and Griess reagent. The NO releasing rate in aqueous solution and and thermal stability were studied quantitatively to prove its effectiveness. A series of antimicrobial tests indicated that NO-CS films have multiple functions: 1. It could inhibit the bacteria growth in nutrient rich environment; 2. It could directly inactivate bacteria and biofilm; 3. It could reduce the bacteria adherence on the film surface as well as inhibit biofilm formation. In addition, the NO-CS film was proved to be biocompatible with cell and it was also compatible with other antibiotics like Amoxicillin. In the second part, we focused on chitosan treatment on titanium surface. We have covalently immobilized chitosan onto titanium (Ti), a widely used implant material, to manage implant-related infection and poor osseointegration that are two of most serious orthopedic implants. The Ti surface was first treated with sulfuric acid and then covalently reacted with chitosan. Surface properties including roughness, contact angle and zeta potential of the samples were markedly increased by the sulfuric acid treatment and the subsequent chitosan immobilization. We have cooperated with the Dr. Ying Deng group's and demonstrated that the chitosan-immobilized Ti showed two novel antimicrobial roles: It prevented the invasion and internalization of bacteria into the osteoblast-like cells; on the other hand, it significantly increased the susceptibility of adherent bacteria to antibiotics. In addition, the SA-Ti and CS-Ti led to a significantly increased osteoblast-likecell attachment, enhanced cell proliferation, and better osteogenic differentiation and mineralization of cells. Chitosan based nanoparticle for drug loading and delivery is also reported in this thesis. By adopting the self-assembly approach, we have prepared alginate/chitosan nanoparticles where the chlorhexidine/cyclodextrin complex is loaded on. The nanoparticles have been proved to be antimicrobial effective and it can bind on cells.

  9. Insights into and relative effect of chitosan-H, chitosan-H-propolis, chitosan-H-propolis-nystatin and chitosan-H-nystatin on dentine bond strength

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    Perchyonok, Victoria Tamara; Zhang, Shengmiao; Grobler, Sias R.; Oberholzer, Theunis G.

    2013-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of the study was to design and evaluate novel functional chitosan hydrogels (chitosan-H-propolis, chitosan-H-propolis-nystatin and chitosan-H-nystatin) by using the chitosan-H polymer as “dual function restorative materials”. Materials and Methods: The nystatin/antioxidant carrier gel was prepared by dispersion of the corresponding component in glycerol and 3% acetic acid with 5% chitosan gelling agent was then added to the dispersion with continuous mixing. The natural bio-adhesive functionalized chitosan hydrogels were combined with built in drug delivery system and bio-actives such as propolis in order to increase the dentin bond strength capacity and maintain therapeutic properties of the alternative drug delivery system. The surface morphology, release behaviors (physiological pH and also in acidic conditions), stability of nystatin:antioxidant:chitosan and the effect of the hydrogels on the shear bond strength of dentin were also evaluated. Statistical Analysis Used: Non-parametric ANOVA test was used to asses significance of higher shear bond values than dentine treated or not treated with phosphoric acid. Results: The release of both nystatin and propolis confer the added benefit of dual action of a functional therapeutic delivery when comparing the newly designed chitosan-based hydrogel restorative materials to commercially available nystatin alone. Neither the release of nystatin nor the antioxidant stability was affected by storage. Chitosan-H, chitosan-propolis, chitosan-nystatin and chitosan-nystatin-propolis treated dentine gives significantly (P < 0.05) higher shear bond values (P < 0.05) than dentine treated or not treated with phosphoric acid. Conclusion: The added benefits of their unique functionality involve increased dentin adhesive bond strengths (after 24 h and after 6 months) and positive influence on the nystatin release. Nystatin was a model therapeutic agent, evaluating the concept of using functional materials as carriers for pro-drugs as well as displaying a certain degree of defence mechanism for free radical damage of the novel functional drug delivery. Overall, there was an insignificant relapse in the shear bond strength after 6 months. PMID:24932114

  10. The effect of chitosan concentration on the electrical property of chitosan-blended cellulose electroactive paper

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    Jang, Sang-Dong; Kim, Joo-Hyung; Zhijiang, Cai; Kim, Jaehwan

    2009-01-01

    We studied the effect of chitosan blending on the electrical property of chitosan-blended cellulose electroactive paper (EAPap) under different humidity conditions. As the chitosan blending ratio increased, the real part of the dielectric constant of chitosan-blended cellulose EAPap increased while the dielectric loss factor decreased. From the curve fitting of the measured data using an electrode polarization model, it was found that increasing the chitosan ratio in the EAPap might promote a decrease in the relaxation time of the EAPap, resulting in an increase of the ion mobility and dc conductivity. Over 30% of the chitosan blending ratio, a gradual increment of the ion mobility of the EAPap was observed at 40% relative humidity, while a quadratic increment of the mobility was found at 60% relative humidity condition. This kind of ion-mobility-enhanced cellulose EAPap can be used not only for bending actuators but also for medical applications such as blood clotting patches.

  11. Delivery of chitosan/dsRNA nanoparticles for silencing of wing development vestigial (vg) gene in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

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    Ramesh Kumar, D; Saravana Kumar, P; Gandhi, M Rajiv; Al-Dhabi, Naif Abdullah; Paulraj, M Gabriel; Ignacimuthu, S

    2016-05-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) has been used as a gene silencing strategy by the introduction of long double stranded RNA (dsRNA) for the control of pest insects. The aim of the present study was to examine whether the expression of vg gene which is responsible for wing development, can be repressed by chitosan/dsRNA based nanoparticles in Aedes aegypti. The vestigial gene (vg) was amplified from adult mosquito and cloned in pLitmus28i vector. Genetically engineered recombinant plasmid was transformed into RNase III deficient strain for synthesis of bacterially expressed dsRNA. Nanoparticles were prepared via electrostatic interaction between cationic polymer chitosan and anionic nucleic acids (dsRNA). The formation of chitosan/dsRNAnanoparticles and their size were confirmed by Atomic force microscopy (AFM). Chitosan/dsRNA mediated knockdown of Enhanced Green Fluorescence Protein (EGFP) was demonstrated in Sf21 cells. Further, we tested whether such an approach could be used to target vg gene in Ae. aegypti. The results showed that chitosan/dsRNA caused significant mortality, delayed growth development and caused adult wing-malformation. A qRT-PCR analysis confirmed that the chitosan/dsRNA mediated transcriptional level was downregulated. Our findings suggest that vg gene intervention strategies through RNAi can emerge as viable option for pest control. PMID:26794313

  12. Bioavailability enhancement of glucosamine hydrochloride by chitosan.

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    Qian, Shuai; Zhang, Qizhi; Wang, Yanfeng; Lee, Benjamin; Betageri, Guru V; Chow, Moses S S; Huang, Min; Zuo, Zhong

    2013-10-15

    Glucosamine, as a dietary supplement for management of osteoarthritis, has a low and erratic oral bioavailability due to its transport-mediated absorption and presystemic loss in liver and GI tract. The present study described an effective approach to improve glucosamine intestinal absorption and hence its bioavailability using chitosan. Effects of chitosan on intestinal permeability and pharmacokinetics of glucosamine were evaluated in Caco-2 cell monolayer and rats, respectively. In addition, randomized crossover pharmacokinetic studies in beagle dogs were performed to evaluate the oral bioavailabilities of the developed glucosamine oral formulations containing chitosan (QD-Glu solution and QD-Glu tablet) in comparison to its commercial products. Caco-2 permeability studies demonstrated that chitosan could enhance the absorptive transport of glucosamine by 1.9-4.0-fold via the reversible opening of the cell tight junction. After oral administration of glucosamine solutions containing chitosan in rats, it was found that 0.5% (w/v) chitosan exhibited the highest enhancement in Cmax (2.8-fold) and AUC0-? (2.5-fold) of glucosamine. Further pharmacokinetic studies in beagle dogs demonstrated that QD-Glu solution and QD-Glu tablet showed much higher relative bioavailabilities of 313% and 186%, when comparing with Wellesse solution and Voltaflex tablet, respectively. In conclusion, chitosan could serve as a promising oral absorption enhancer for glucosamine. PMID:23830943

  13. Cytotoxic activities of water-soluble chitosan derivatives with different degree of deacetylation.

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    Je, Jae-Young; Cho, Young-Sook; Kim, Se-Kwon

    2006-04-15

    Chitosans with different degree of deacetylation (DD) (90% and 50% deacetylated chitosan) were prepared by N-deacetylation followed by grafted onto chitosan to form water-soluble aminoethyl-chitosan (AE-chitosan), and dimetylaminoethyl-chitosan (DMAE-chitosan), diethylaminoethyl-chitosan (DEAE-chitosan). In the present study, cytotoxic activities of the chitosan derivatives were evaluated using three tumor cell lines and two normal cell lines, and structure-activity relationship was suggested. The cytotoxic activity was dependent on their DD and substituted group. PMID:16460934

  14. Engineering Tenofovir Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles

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    Meng, Jianing; Sturgis, Timothy F.; Youan, Bi-Botti C.

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to engineer a model anti-HIV microbicide (Tenofovir) loaded chitosan based nanoparticles (NPs). Box-Behnken design allowed to assess the influence of formulation variables on the size of NPs and drug encapsulation efficiency (EE%) that were analyzed by dynamic light scattering and UV spectroscopy, respectively. The effect of the NPs on vaginal epithelial cells and Lactobacillus crispatus viability and their mucoadhesion to porcine vaginal tissue were assessed by cytotoxicity assays and fluorimetry, respectively. In the optimal aqueous conditions, the EE% and NPs size was 5.83% and 207.97nm, respectively. With 50% (v/v) ethanol/water as alternative solvent, these two responses increased to 20% and 602 nm, respectively. Drug release from medium (281 nm) and large size (602 nm)-sized NPs fitted the Higuchi (r2=0.991) and first-order release (r2=0.999) models, respectively. These NPs were not cytotoxic to both the vaginal epithelial cell line and Lactobacillus for 48 hours. When the diameter of the NPs decreased from 900 nm to 188 nm, the mucoadhesion increased from 6% to 12%. However, the combinatorial effect of EE% × mucoadhesion for larger size NPs was the highest. Overall, large-size, microbicide loaded chitosan NPs appeared to be promising nanomedicines for the prevention of HIV transmission. PMID:21704704

  15. In vitro study on apoptotic cell death by effective magnetic hyperthermia with chitosan-coated MnFe2O4

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    Oh, Yunok; Lee, Nohyun; Kang, Hyun Wook; Oh, Junghwan

    2016-03-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been widely investigated as a hyperthermic agent for cancer treatment. In this study, thermally responsive Chitosan-coated MnFe2O4 (Chitosan-MnFe2O4) nanoparticles were developed to conduct localized magnetic hyperthermia for cancer treatment. Hydrophobic MnFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized via thermal decomposition and modified with 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) for further conjugation of chitosan. Chitosan-MnFe2O4 nanoparticles exhibited high magnetization and excellent biocompatibility along with low cell cytotoxicity. During magnetic hyperthermia treatment (MHT) with Chitosan-MnFe2O4 on MDA-MB 231 cancer cells, the targeted therapeutic temperature was achieved by directly controlling the strength of the external AC magnetic fields. In vitro Chitosan-MnFe2O4-assisted MHT at 42 °C led to drastic and irreversible changes in cell morphology and eventual cellular death in association with the induction of apoptosis through heat dissipation from the excited magnetic nanoparticles. Therefore, the Chitosan-MnFe2O4 nanoparticles with high biocompatibility and thermal capability can be an effective nano-mediated agent for MHT on cancer.

  16. In vitro study on apoptotic cell death by effective magnetic hyperthermia with chitosan-coated MnFe2O4.

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    Oh, Yunok; Lee, Nohyun; Kang, Hyun Wook; Oh, Junghwan

    2016-03-18

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been widely investigated as a hyperthermic agent for cancer treatment. In this study, thermally responsive Chitosan-coated MnFe2O4 (Chitosan-MnFe2O4) nanoparticles were developed to conduct localized magnetic hyperthermia for cancer treatment. Hydrophobic MnFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized via thermal decomposition and modified with 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) for further conjugation of chitosan. Chitosan-MnFe2O4 nanoparticles exhibited high magnetization and excellent biocompatibility along with low cell cytotoxicity. During magnetic hyperthermia treatment (MHT) with Chitosan-MnFe2O4 on MDA-MB 231 cancer cells, the targeted therapeutic temperature was achieved by directly controlling the strength of the external AC magnetic fields. In vitro Chitosan-MnFe2O4-assisted MHT at 42 °C led to drastic and irreversible changes in cell morphology and eventual cellular death in association with the induction of apoptosis through heat dissipation from the excited magnetic nanoparticles. Therefore, the Chitosan-MnFe2O4 nanoparticles with high biocompatibility and thermal capability can be an effective nano-mediated agent for MHT on cancer. PMID:26871973

  17. Fluorescent Bioactive Corrole Grafted-Chitosan Films.

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    Barata, Joana F B; Pinto, Ricardo J B; Vaz Serra, Vanda I R C; Silvestre, Armando J D; Trindade, Tito; Neves, Maria Graça P M S; Cavaleiro, José A S; Daina, Sara; Sadocco, Patrizia; Freire, Carmen S R

    2016-04-11

    Transparent corrole grafted-chitosan films were prepared by chemical modification of chitosan with a corrole macrocycle, namely, 5,10,15-tris(pentafluorophenyl)corrole (TPFC), followed by solvent casting. The obtained films were characterized in terms of absorption spectra (UV-vis), FLIM (fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy), structure (FTIR, XPS), thermal stability (TGA), thermomechanical properties (DMA), and antibacterial activity. The results showed that the chemical grafting of chitosan with corrole units did not affect its film-forming ability and that the grafting yield increased with the reaction time. The obtained transparent films presented fluorescence which increases with the amount of grafted corrole units. Additionally, all films showed bacteriostatic effect against S. aureus, as well as good thermomechanical properties and thermal stability. Considering these features, promising applications may be envisaged for these corrole-chitosan films, such as biosensors, bioimaging agents, and bioactive optical devices. PMID:26899016

  18. Effects of carboxymethyl chitosan on the blood system of rats

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    Fu, Dawei; Han, Baoqin; Dong, Wen; Yang, Zhao; Lv, You; Liu, Wanshun

    2011-04-29

    Highlights: {yields} We report, for the first time, the safety of carboxymethyl chitosan in blood system. {yields} CM-Chitosan has no significant effects on coagulation function of rats. {yields} CM-Chitosan has no significant effects on anticoagulation performance of rats. {yields} CM-Chitosan has no significant effects on fibrinolytic function of rats. {yields} CM-Chitosan has no significant effects on hemorheology of rats. -- Abstract: Carboxymethyl chitosan (CM-chitosan), a derivative of chitosan, was extensively studied in the biomedical materials field for its beneficial biological properties of hemostasis and stimulation of healing. However, studies examining the safety of CM-chitosan in the blood system are lacking. In this study CM-chitosan was implanted into the abdominal cavity of rats to determine blood indexes at different times and to evaluate the effects of CM-chitosan on the blood system of rats. Coagulation function was reflected by thrombin time (TT), prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplatin time (APTT), fibrinogen (FIB) and platelet factor 4 (PF4) indexes; anti-coagulation performance was assessed by the index of antithrombinIII (ATIII); fibrinolytic function was reflected by plasminogen (PLG) and fibrin degradation product (FDP) indexes; and blood viscosity (BV) and plasma viscosity (PV) indexes reflected hemorheology. Results showed that CM-chitosan has no significant effects on the blood system of rats, and provides experimental basis for CM-chitosan to be applied in the field of biomedical materials.

  19. Chitosan/Prussian blue-based biosensors

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    Wang, Yiting; Zhu, Jianzhong; Zhu, Rongjin; Zhu, Ziqiang; Lai, Zongsheng; Chen, Zongyou

    2003-06-01

    Chitosan/Prussian blue (PB) based biosensors, including a glucose sensor, a glutamate sensor and a galactose sensor have been developed. The biosensors exhibit excellent performance; in particular, the interference of ascorbic and uric acids can be avoided due to selective permeability of chitosan film and electro-catalysis of the PB layer to H2O2. The biosensors have been applied to detect glucose, galactose and glutamate in human blood serum and fermented solution.

  20. Effect of Chitosan Properties on Immunoreactivity.

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    Ravindranathan, Sruthi; Koppolu, Bhanu Prasanth; Smith, Sean G; Zaharoff, David A

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan is a widely investigated biopolymer in drug and gene delivery, tissue engineering and vaccine development. However, the immune response to chitosan is not clearly understood due to contradicting results in literature regarding its immunoreactivity. Thus, in this study, we analyzed effects of various biochemical properties, namely degree of deacetylation (DDA), viscosity/polymer length and endotoxin levels, on immune responses by antigen presenting cells (APCs). Chitosan solutions from various sources were treated with mouse and human APCs (macrophages and/or dendritic cells) and the amount of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) released by the cells was used as an indicator of immunoreactivity. Our results indicate that only endotoxin content and not DDA or viscosity influenced chitosan-induced immune responses. Our data also indicate that low endotoxin chitosan (<0.01 EU/mg) ranging from 20 to 600 cP and 80% to 97% DDA is essentially inert. This study emphasizes the need for more complete characterization and purification of chitosan in preclinical studies in order for this valuable biomaterial to achieve widespread clinical application. PMID:27187416

  1. Effect of Chitosan Properties on Immunoreactivity

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    Ravindranathan, Sruthi; Koppolu, Bhanu prasanth; Smith, Sean G.; Zaharoff, David A.

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan is a widely investigated biopolymer in drug and gene delivery, tissue engineering and vaccine development. However, the immune response to chitosan is not clearly understood due to contradicting results in literature regarding its immunoreactivity. Thus, in this study, we analyzed effects of various biochemical properties, namely degree of deacetylation (DDA), viscosity/polymer length and endotoxin levels, on immune responses by antigen presenting cells (APCs). Chitosan solutions from various sources were treated with mouse and human APCs (macrophages and/or dendritic cells) and the amount of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) released by the cells was used as an indicator of immunoreactivity. Our results indicate that only endotoxin content and not DDA or viscosity influenced chitosan-induced immune responses. Our data also indicate that low endotoxin chitosan (<0.01 EU/mg) ranging from 20 to 600 cP and 80% to 97% DDA is essentially inert. This study emphasizes the need for more complete characterization and purification of chitosan in preclinical studies in order for this valuable biomaterial to achieve widespread clinical application. PMID:27187416

  2. A novel thermoresponsive hydrogel based on chitosan.

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    Schuetz, Yannic B; Gurny, Robert; Jordan, Olivier

    2008-01-01

    Injectable thermosetting chitosan hydrogels are attractive systems for drug delivery and tissue engineering that combine biodegradability, biocompatibility and the ability to form in situ gel-like implants. Thermally-induced gelation relies advantageously on biopolymer secondary interactions, avoiding potentially toxic polymerization reactions that may occur with in situ polymerizing formulations. In view of a biomedical use, such formulations have to be sterilizable and storable on extended periods without losing their thermosetting properties. These two key features have been studied in the present paper. Chitosans from two different sources were added with several phosphate-free polyols or polyoses as gelling agents. Despite a reduction in chitosan molecular weight following autoclaving, the hydrogels prepared with autoclaved chitosan showed the desired thermosetting properties. Hence, chitosan steam sterilization combined with aseptic preparation of the hydrogel allows a sterile formulation to be obtained. Whereas thermosetting hydrogels were shown to be unstable when refrigerated, freezing was shown to be conceivable as a storage method. When trehalose or mannitol was used as stabilizing agent, the formulation reconstituted from a lyophilizate displayed thermosetting properties and was still injectable, paving the way to the development of a clinically utilizable, novel chitosan thermosetting hydrogel. PMID:17884402

  3. Irradiating or autoclaving chitosan/polyol solutions: effect on thermogelling chitosan-beta-glycerophosphate systems.

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    Jarry, Claire; Leroux, Jean-Christophe; Haeck, Jonathan; Chaput, Cyril

    2002-10-01

    The effects of steam sterilization and gamma-irradiation on chitosan and thermogelling chitosan-beta-glycerophosphate (GP) solutions containing polyol additives were investigated. The selected polyols were triethylene glycol, glycerol, sorbitol, glucose and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). They were incorporated to chitosan solutions prior to sterilization in a proportion ranging from 1 to 5% (w/v). The solutions were characterized with respect to their viscosity, thermogelling properties, compressive stress relaxation behavior and chitosan degradation. All polyols reduced the autoclaving-induced viscosity loss and had a positive impact on the solution thermogelling properties and compressive performance of the gels. Steam sterilization in the presence of glucose resulted in a substantial increase in the solution viscosity and gel strength. This was associated with a strong discoloration suggesting chemical alteration of the system. PEG was the most effective agent in preventing hydrolytic degradation of chitosan chains. Gamma-irradiation strongly decreased the chitosan solution viscosity regardless of the presence of additives, even when sterilization was carried out at -80 degrees C. Moreover, the thermogelling properties were dramatically altered, and thus, gamma-irradiation would not be an appropriate method to sterilize chitosan solutions. In conclusion, polyols are potentially useful additive to maximise the viscoelastic and mechanical properties of chitosan-GP after steam sterilization. PMID:12372859

  4. Effect of chitosan molecular weight on rheological behavious of chitosan modified nanoclay at highly hydrated state

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    Effect of chitosan molecular weight (M(cs)) on the rheological properties of chitosan modified clay (CMCs) at highly hydrated state was investigated. With special emphasis on its effect on the thixotropy of CMCs, the structure recovery at rest after underwent a pre-shearing process was further perfo...

  5. Chitosan: An Update on Potential Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications

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    Cheung, Randy Chi Fai; Ng, Tzi Bun; Wong, Jack Ho; Chan, Wai Yee

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is a natural polycationic linear polysaccharide derived from chitin. The low solubility of chitosan in neutral and alkaline solution limits its application. Nevertheless, chemical modification into composites or hydrogels brings to it new functional properties for different applications. Chitosans are recognized as versatile biomaterials because of their non-toxicity, low allergenicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability. This review presents the recent research, trends and prospects in chitosan. Some special pharmaceutical and biomedical applications are also highlighted. PMID:26287217

  6. Pyridine-grafted chitosan derivative as an antifungal agent.

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    Jia, Ruixiu; Duan, Yunfei; Fang, Qiang; Wang, Xiangyang; Huang, Jianying

    2016-04-01

    Pyridine moieties were introduced into chitosan by nucleophilic substitution to afford N-(1-carboxybutyl-4-pyridinium) chitosan chloride (pyridine chitosan). The resulting chitosan derivative was well characterized, and its antifungal activity was examined, based on the inhibition of mycelial growth and spore germination. The results indicated that pyridine chitosan exhibited enhanced antifungal activity by comparison with pristine chitosan. The values of the minimum inhibitory concentration and the minimal fungicidal concentration of pyridine chitosan against Fulvia fulva were 0.13 mg/ml and 1 mg/ml, respectively, while the corresponding values against Botrytis cinerea were 0.13 mg/ml and 4 mg/ml, respectively. Severe morphological changes of pyridine chitosan-treated B. cinerea were observed, indicative that pyridine chitosan could damage and deform the structure of fungal hyphae and subsequently inhibit strain growth. Non-toxicity of pyridine chitosan was demonstrated by an acute toxicity study. These results are beneficial for assessing the potential utilization of this chitosan derivative and for exploring new functional antifungal agents with chitosan in the food industry. PMID:26593505

  7. Fabrication of chitosan-poly(ethylene glycol) hybrid hydrogel microparticles via replica molding and its application toward facile conjugation of biomolecules.

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    Jung, Sukwon; Yi, Hyunmin

    2012-12-11

    We demonstrate a facile scheme to fabricate nonspherical chitosan-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) microparticle platforms for conjugation of biomolecules with high surface density. Specifically, we show that PEG microparticles containing short chitosan oligomers are readily fabricated via replica molding (RM). Fluorescence and FTIR microscopy results illustrate that these chitosan moieties are incorporated with PEG networks in a stable manner while retaining chemical reactivity toward amine-reactive chemistries. The chitosan-PEG particles are then conjugated with single-stranded (ss) DNAs via Cu-free click chemistry. Fluorescence and confocal microscopy results show facile conjugation of biomolecules with the chitosan-PEG particles under mild conditions with high selectivity. These ssDNA-conjugated chitosan-PEG particles are then enlisted to assemble tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) via nucleic acid hybridization as an example of orientationally controlled conjugation of supramolecular targets. Results clearly show controllable TMV assembly with high surface density, indicating high surface DNA density on the particles. Combined, these results demonstrate a facile fabrication-conjugation scheme for robust biomolecular conjugation or assembly platforms. We expect that our approach can be enlisted in a wide array of biomolecular targets and applications. PMID:23163737

  8. Development and characterization of chitosan-PEG-TAT nanoparticles for the intracellular delivery of siRNA

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    Malhotra, Meenakshi; Tomaro-Duchesneau, Catherine; Saha, Shyamali; Kahouli, Imen; Prakash, Satya

    2013-01-01

    Recently, cell-penetrating peptides have been proposed to translocate antibodies, proteins, and other molecules in targeted drug delivery. The proposed study presents the synthesis and characterization of a peptide-based chitosan nanoparticle for small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery, in-vitro. Specifically, the synthesis included polyethylene glycol (PEG), a hydrophilic polymer, and trans-activated transcription (TAT) peptide, which were chemically conjugated on the chitosan polymer. The conjugation was achieved using N-Hydroxysuccinimide-PEG-maleimide (heterobifunctional PEG) as a cross-linker, with the bifunctional PEG facilitating the amidation reaction through its N-Hydroxysuccinimide group and reacting with the amines on chitosan. At the other end of PEG, the maleimide group was chemically conjugated with the cysteine-modified TAT peptide. The degree of substitution on chitosan with PEG and on PEG with TAT was confirmed using colorimetric assays. The resultant polymer was used to form nanoparticles complexing siRNA, which were then characterized for particle size, morphology, cellular uptake, and cytotoxicity. The nanoparticles were tested in-vitro on mouse neuroblastoma cells (Neuro2a). Particle size and surface charge were characterized and an optimal pH condition and PEG molecular weight were determined to form sterically stable nanoparticles. Results indicate 7.5% of the amines in chitosan polymer were conjugated to the PEG and complete conjugation of TAT peptide was observed on the synthesized PEGylated chitosan polymer. Compared with unmodified chitosan nanoparticles, the nanoparticles formed at pH 6 were monodispersed and of <100 nm in size, exhibiting maximum cell transfection ability and very low cytotoxicity. Thus, this research may be of significance in translocating biotherapeutic molecules for intracellular delivery applications. PMID:23723699

  9. Physicochemical and biological characterization of chitosan-microRNA nanocomplexes for gene delivery to MCF-7 breast cancer cells.

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    Santos-Carballal, B; Aaldering, L J; Ritzefeld, M; Pereira, S; Sewald, N; Moerschbacher, B M; Götte, M; Goycoolea, F M

    2015-01-01

    Cancer gene therapy requires the design of non-viral vectors that carry genetic material and selectively deliver it with minimal toxicity. Non-viral vectors based on cationic natural polymers can form electrostatic complexes with negatively-charged polynucleotides such as microRNAs (miRNAs). Here we investigated the physicochemical/biophysical properties of chitosan-hsa-miRNA-145 (CS-miRNA) nanocomplexes and the biological responses of MCF-7 breast cancer cells cultured in vitro. Self-assembled CS-miRNA nanocomplexes were produced with a range of (+/-) charge ratios (from 0.6 to 8) using chitosans with various degrees of acetylation and molecular weight. The Z-average particle diameter of the complexes was <200 nm. The surface charge increased with increasing amount of chitosan. We observed that chitosan induces the base-stacking of miRNA in a concentration dependent manner. Surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy shows that complexes formed by low degree of acetylation chitosans are highly stable, regardless of the molecular weight. We found no evidence that these complexes were cytotoxic towards MCF-7 cells. Furthermore, CS-miRNA nanocomplexes with degree of acetylation 12% and 29% were biologically active, showing successful downregulation of target mRNA expression in MCF-7 cells. Our data, therefore, shows that CS-miRNA complexes offer a promising non-viral platform for breast cancer gene therapy. PMID:26324407

  10. Hg(II) removal from water by chitosan and chitosan derivatives: a review.

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    Miretzky, P; Cirelli, A Fernandez

    2009-08-15

    Mercury (Hg) is one of the most toxic heavy metals commonly found in the global environment. Its toxicity is related to the capacity of its compounds to bioconcentrate in organisms and to biomagnify through food chain. A wide range of adsorbents has been used for removing Hg(II) from contaminated water. Chitosan is obtained by alkaline deacetylation of chitin. The adsorption capacity of chitosan depends on the origin of the polysaccharide, and on the experimental conditions in the preparation, that determine the degree of deacetylation. A great number of chitosan derivatives have been obtained by crosslinking with glutaraldehyde or epichlorohydrin among others or by grafting new functional groups on the chitosan backbone with the aim of adsorbing Hg(II). The new functional groups are incorporated to change the pH range for Hg(II) sorption and/or to change the sorption sites in order to increase sorption selectivity. The chemical modification affords a wide range of derivatives with modified properties for specific applications. Hg(II) adsorption on chitosan or chitosan derivatives is now assumed to occur through several single or mixed interactions: chelation or coordination on amino groups in a pendant fashion or in combination with vicinal hydroxyl groups, electrostatic attraction in acidic media or ion exchange with protonated amino groups. This review reports the recent developments in the Hg(II) removal in waste water treatment, using chitosan and its derivatives in order to provide useful information about the different technologies. When possibly the adsorption capacity of chitosan and chitosan derivatives under different experimental conditions is reported to help to compare the efficacy of the Hg(II) removal process. A comparison with the adsorption capacity of other low-cost adsorbents is also tabled. PMID:19232467

  11. Role of pH-responsiveness in the design of chitosan-based cancer nanotherapeutics: A review.

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    Suarato, Giulia; Li, Weiyi; Meng, Yizhi

    2016-01-01

    There is a continuous demand for sensitive and efficient cancer drug delivery systems that, when administered at low concentrations, are capable of detecting early-stage pathological conditions and increasing patient survival without adverse side effects. Recent developments in the design of chitosan-based smart drug delivery nanocomplexes are able to respond to the distinctive features of the tumor microenvironment and have provided powerful tools for cancer targeted treatment. Due to its biocompatibility and pH-responsiveness, chitosan has emerged as a promising candidate for the formulation of novel, supramolecular multifunctional materials. This review will first present an overview of the characteristics of solid tumors and their microenvironment, with a particular emphasis on the role of pH as a key factor. In the second part of the review, the stimuli-responsive potential of chitosan-based micelles, current challenges in delivery, and strategies to improve therapeutic efficacy will be discussed. PMID:27016506

  12. Chitosan inhibits premature browning in ground beef.

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    Suman, S P; Mancini, R A; Joseph, P; Ramanathan, R; Konda, M K R; Dady, G; Yin, S

    2011-07-01

    Our objective was to evaluate the effect of chitosan on premature browning in refrigerated ground beef patties stored in different packaging systems. Ground beef patties (15% fat) with chitosan (1% w/w) or without chitosan (control) were individually packaged either in vacuum (VP), aerobic packaging (AP), carbon monoxide modified atmosphere packaging (LO-OX; 0.4% CO+19.6% CO(2)+80% N(2)), or high-oxygen modified atmosphere packaging (HI-OX; 80% O(2)+20% CO(2)), and stored for 0, 1, or 3 days at 1°C. At the conclusion of storage, raw surface redness was evaluated, patties were cooked to internal end-point temperatures of either 66°C or 71°C, and internal cooked color was measured. The incorporation of chitosan increased (P<0.05) the interior redness of patties stored in AP, VP, and LO-OX, but not in HI-OX. The results of the present study suggest that the incorporation of 1% chitosan minimizes premature browning in ground beef patties stored under AP, VP, and LO-OX. PMID:21396786

  13. Fragmentation of chitosan by ultrasonic irradiation.

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    Kasaai, Mohammad R; Arul, Joseph; Charlet, Gérard

    2008-09-01

    Kinetics of chitosan fragmentation by ultrasonic irradiation at frequency of 20 kHz, and the effects of experimental variables (power of ultrasound, chitosan concentration and solution temperature) on fragmentation were investigated. The kinetics studies were followed by measuring solution viscosity of the original and its fragments, and determining average number of chain scission of the fragments. The effects of ultrasonic power, chitosan concentration and solution temperature on fragmentation process were followed by viscometry and size exclusion chromatography. The chemical structure of the original chitosan and its fragments were examined by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The experimental results showed that the rate of fragmentation increased with an increase in power of ultrasound. Chain scission increased with an increase in power of ultrasound; and solution temperature, but a decrease in chitosan concentration. The chemical structure and polydispersity of the original and the fragments were nearly identical. A model based on experimental data to describe the relationship between chain scission and experimental variables (power of ultrasound; irradiation time; reduced concentration, c[eta]; and solution temperature) was proposed. It was concluded that ultrasonic irradiation is a suitable method to perform partial depolymerization and to obtain moderate macromolecules from large ones. PMID:18534895

  14. Chitosan in Mucoadhesive Drug Delivery: Focus on Local Vaginal Therapy

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    Andersen, Toril; Bleher, Stefan; Flaten, Gøril Eide; Tho, Ingunn; Mattsson, Sofia; Škalko-Basnet, Nataša

    2015-01-01

    Mucoadhesive drug therapy destined for localized drug treatment is gaining increasing importance in today’s drug development. Chitosan, due to its known biodegradability, bioadhesiveness and excellent safety profile offers means to improve mucosal drug therapy. We have used chitosan as mucoadhesive polymer to develop liposomes able to ensure prolonged residence time at vaginal site. Two types of mucoadhesive liposomes, namely the chitosan-coated liposomes and chitosan-containing liposomes, where chitosan is both embedded and surface-available, were made of soy phosphatidylcholine with entrapped fluorescence markers of two molecular weights, FITC-dextran 4000 and 20,000, respectively. Both liposomal types were characterized for their size distribution, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency and the in vitro release profile, and compared to plain liposomes. The proof of chitosan being both surface-available as well as embedded into the liposomes in the chitosan-containing liposomes was found. The capability of the surface-available chitosan to interact with the model porcine mucin was confirmed for both chitosan-containing and chitosan-coated liposomes implying potential mucoadhesive behavior. Chitosan-containing liposomes were shown to be superior in respect to the simplicity of preparation, FITC-dextran load, mucoadhesiveness and in vitro release and are expected to ensure prolonged residence time on the vaginal mucosa providing localized sustained release of entrapped model substances. PMID:25574737

  15. Effects of sulfate chitosan derivatives on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

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    Yu, Mingming; Wang, Yuanhong; Jiang, Tingfu; Lv, Zhihua

    2014-06-01

    Sulfate chitosan derivatives have good solubility and therapeutic effect on the cell model of NAFLD. The aim of this study was to examine the therapeutic effect of sulfate chitosan derivatives on NAFLD. The male Wistar rats were orally fed high fat emulsion and received sulfate chitosan derivatives for 5 weeks to determine the pre-treatment effect of sulfate chitosan derivatives on NAFLD. To evaluate the therapeutic effect of sulfate chitosan derivatives on NAFLD, the rats were orally fed with high concentration emulsion for 5 weeks, followed by sulfate chitosan derivatives for 3 weeks. Histological analysis and biomedical assays showed that sulfate chitosan derivatives can dramatically prevent the development of hepatic steatosis in hepatocyte cells. In animal studies, pre-treatment and treatment with sulfate chitosan derivatives significantly protected against hepatic steatohepatitis induced by high fat diet according to histological analysis. Furthermore, increased TC, ALT, MDA, and LEP in NAFLD were significantly ameliorated by pre-treatment and treatment with sulfate chitosan derivatives. Furthermore, increased TG, AST, and TNF-α in NAFLD were significantly ameliorated by treatment with sulfate chitosan derivatives. Sulfate chitosan derivatives have good pre-treatment and therapeutic effect on NAFLD.

  16. Fabrication, characterization and cell cultures on a novel chitosan scaffold.

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    Guan, Zheng; Shi, Songtao; Samruajbenjakun, Buncha; Kamolmatyakul, Suttatip

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan has been used as scaffolds with various methods of fabrication including expensive commercial available ones for tissue engineering. The objective of this study is to assemble our novel method of chitosan scaffold fabrication in economical and uncomplicated way that suitable for dental pulp stem cell (DPSC) and stem cells of human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED). Chitosan scaffolds (2% and 3%) were fabricated in an uncomplicated procedure, including centrifugation and freeze-drying steps. The chitosan scaffolds were compared and the pore size, swelling and degradation were assessed. In addition, the cytocompatibility was assessed of chitosan scaffolds seeded with DPSC and SHED. The pore size of 2% and 3% chitosan scaffolds were similar being 188.71 ± 51.90 μm and 195.30 ± 67.21 μm, respectively. Swelling ratios of 3% chitosan scaffolds were significantly lower than those of 2% chitosan scaffolds. Dimension of scaffolds changed in first 5 minutes. After that, those scaffolds could maintain their dimension. Chitosan scaffolds degraded as from day 7. No differences were found between 2% and 3% chitosan scaffolds. The scaffolds were shown to be non-toxic and to promote DPSCs and SHED growth. The viability of DPSCs and SHED on 2% scaffolds proved to be higher than that of the 3% scaffold group. This study suggested that chitosan scaffolds fabricated with our novel method were suitable for the growth and survival of DPSC and SHED. PMID:25538063

  17. Strong adhesion and cohesion of chitosan in aqueous solutions

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    Lee, Dong Woog; Lim, Chanoong; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Hwang, Dong Soo

    2014-01-01

    Chitosan, a load-bearing biomacromolecule found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans and insects, is a promising biopolymer for the replacement of synthetic plastic compounds. Here, surface interactions mediated by chitosan in aqueous solutions, including the effects of pH and contact time, were investigated using a surface forces apparatus (SFA). Chitosan films showed an adhesion to mica for all tested pH ranges (3.0–8.5), achieving a maximum value at pH 3.0 after a contact time of 1 hr (Wad ~6.4 mJ/m2). We also found weak or no cohesion between two opposing chitosan layers on mica in aqueous buffer until the critical contact time for maximum adhesion (chitosan-mica) was reached. Strong cohesion (Wco ~8.5 mJ/m2) between the films was measured with increasing contact times up to 1 hr at pH 3.0, which is equivalent to ~60% of the strongest, previously reported, mussel underwater adhesion. Such time-dependent adhesion properties are most likely related to molecular or molecular group reorientations and interdigitations. At high pH (8.5), the solubility of chitosan changes drastically, causing the chitosan-chitosan (cohesion) interaction to be repulsive at all separation distances and contact times. The strong contact time and pH-dependent chitosan-chitosan cohesion and adhesion properties provide new insight into the development of chitosan based load-bearing materials. PMID:24138057

  18. Chitosan nanoparticles conjugate with trypsin and trypsin inhibitor.

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    Chanphai, P; Tajmir-Riahi, H A

    2016-06-25

    Chitosan-protein conjugates are widely used in therapeutic drug delivery. We report the bindings of chitosan nanoparticles with trypsin (try) and trypsin inhibitor (tryi), using thermodynamic analysis and multiple spectroscopic methods. Thermodynamic parameters ΔS, ΔH and ΔG showed chitosan-protein bindings occur mainly via H-bonding and van der Waals contacts with trypsin inhibitor forming more stable conjugate than trypsin. As chitosan size increased more stable polymer-protein conjugate was formed. Chitosan complexation induces more perturbations of trypsin inhibitor structure than trypsin with reduction of protein alpha-helix and major increase of random structure. The negative value of ΔG indicates spontaneous protein-chitosan complexation at room temperature. Chitosan nanoparticles can be used to transport trypsin and trypsin inhibitor. PMID:27083826

  19. Chitosan fibers modified with HAp/β-TCP nanoparticles.

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    Wawro, Dariusz; Pighinelli, Luciano

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a method for preparing chitosan fibers modified with hydroxyapatite (HAp), tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP), and HAp/β-TCP nanoparticles. Fiber-grade chitosan derived from the northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and nanoparticles of tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) suspended in a diluted chitosan solution were used in the investigation. Diluted chitosan solution containing nanoparticles of Hap/β-TCP was introduced to a 5.16 wt% solution of chitosan in 3.0 wt% acetic acid. The properties of the spinning solutions were examined. Chitosan fibers modified with nanoparticles of HAp/β-TCP were characterized by a level of tenacity and calcium content one hundred times higher than that of regular chitosan fibers. PMID:22174598

  20. Chitosan Fibers Modified with HAp/β–TCP Nanoparticles

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    Wawro, Dariusz; Pighinelli, Luciano

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a method for preparing chitosan fibers modified with hydroxyapatite (HAp), tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP), and HAp/β-TCP nanoparticles. Fiber-grade chitosan derived from the northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and nanoparticles of tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) suspended in a diluted chitosan solution were used in the investigation. Diluted chitosan solution containing nanoparticles of Hap/β-TCP was introduced to a 5.16 wt% solution of chitosan in 3.0 wt% acetic acid. The properties of the spinning solutions were examined. Chitosan fibers modified with nanoparticles of HAp/β-TCP were characterized by a level of tenacity and calcium content one hundred times higher than that of regular chitosan fibers. PMID:22174598

  1. Structural Characterization of Chitosan-Clay Nanocomposite

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    Paluszkiewicz, C.; Weselucha-Birczynska, A.; Stodolak, E.

    2010-08-01

    Novel materials originating from renowable sources mainly consist of biopolymers and their composites or nanocomposites. A typical material belonging to this group is chitosane (CS), which is a cationic natural polysaccharide that can be produced by alkaline N-deacetylation of chitine. Chitosane has a variety of applications in biomedical products, cosmetics, and food processing [1, 2].Organic-inorganic hybrid materials basing on chitosane and nanoclay (montmoryllonite, MMT) were characterized by the vibrational spectrocopy methods (Micro-Raman spectroscopy and FT-Raman spectroscopy) and the thermal analysis methods (TG, DSC). It was shown, that small amount on a nanofiller (MMT, 3 wt.%) used to modify the polymer matrix influences the structure of its polymeric chains.

  2. Quantum dot/glycol chitosan fluorescent nanoconjugates

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    Mansur, Alexandra AP; Mansur, Herman S.

    2015-04-01

    In this study, novel carbohydrate-based nanoconjugates combining chemically modified chitosan with semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) were designed and synthesised via single-step aqueous route at room temperature. Glycol chitosan (G-CHI) was used as the capping ligand aiming to improve the water solubility of the nanoconjugates to produce stable and biocompatible colloidal systems. UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to characterise the synthesis and the relative stability of biopolymer-capped semiconductor nanocrystals. The results clearly demonstrated that the glycol chitosan derivative was remarkably effective at nucleating and stabilising semiconductor CdS quantum dots in aqueous suspensions under acidic, neutral, and alkaline media with an average size of approximately 2.5 nm and a fluorescent activity in the visible range of the spectra.

  3. Comparison and Characterisation of Regenerated Chitosan from 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride and Chitosan from Crab Shells

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    Arnold, Lyndon

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is a biopolymer derived from chitin which is naturally occurring in the exoskeleton of crustaceans. This paper reports dissolution and regeneration of chitosan by directly dissolving in an ionic liquid solvent, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIMCl). This will provide an ideal platform to solubilise these kinds of polymers to achieve the dissolution. The current study dissolved chitosan from crab shell utilising BMIMCl as a solvent and characterised the resultant regenerated polymer. The regenerated chitosan showed increased hydrogen bonding when characterised by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral analysis. In addition, the study also compared the characteristics of regenerated and generic chitosan. The regenerated chitosan was also evaluated for antimicrobial properties and showed to possess antibacterial features similar to the commercial grade. This method can be utilised in future for blending of polymers with chitosan in a dissolved phase. PMID:26090452

  4. Comparison and Characterisation of Regenerated Chitosan from 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride and Chitosan from Crab Shells.

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    Islam, Saniyat; Arnold, Lyndon; Padhye, Rajiv

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is a biopolymer derived from chitin which is naturally occurring in the exoskeleton of crustaceans. This paper reports dissolution and regeneration of chitosan by directly dissolving in an ionic liquid solvent, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIMCl). This will provide an ideal platform to solubilise these kinds of polymers to achieve the dissolution. The current study dissolved chitosan from crab shell utilising BMIMCl as a solvent and characterised the resultant regenerated polymer. The regenerated chitosan showed increased hydrogen bonding when characterised by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral analysis. In addition, the study also compared the characteristics of regenerated and generic chitosan. The regenerated chitosan was also evaluated for antimicrobial properties and showed to possess antibacterial features similar to the commercial grade. This method can be utilised in future for blending of polymers with chitosan in a dissolved phase. PMID:26090452

  5. Solid polymer electrolyte from phosphorylated chitosan

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    Fauzi, Iqbal Arcana, I Made

    2014-03-24

    Recently, the need of secondary battery application continues to increase. The secondary battery which using a liquid electrolyte was indicated had some weakness. A solid polymer electrolyte is an alternative electrolytes membrane which developed in order to replace the liquid electrolyte type. In the present study, the effect of phosphorylation on to polymer electrolyte membrane which synthesized from chitosan and lithium perchlorate salts was investigated. The effect of the component’s composition respectively on the properties of polymer electrolyte, was carried out by analyzed of it’s characterization such as functional groups, ion conductivity, and thermal properties. The mechanical properties i.e tensile resistance and the morphology structure of membrane surface were determined. The phosphorylation processing of polymer electrolyte membrane of chitosan and lithium perchlorate was conducted by immersing with phosphoric acid for 2 hours, and then irradiated on a microwave for 60 seconds. The degree of deacetylation of chitosan derived from shrimp shells was obtained around 75.4%. Relative molecular mass of chitosan was obtained by viscometry method is 796,792 g/mol. The ionic conductivity of chitosan membrane was increase from 6.33 × 10{sup −6} S/cm up to 6.01 × 10{sup −4} S/cm after adding by 15 % solution of lithium perchlorate. After phosphorylation, the ionic conductivity of phosphorylated lithium chitosan membrane was observed 1.37 × 10{sup −3} S/cm, while the tensile resistance of 40.2 MPa with a better thermal resistance. On the strength of electrolyte membrane properties, this polymer electrolyte membrane was suggested had one potential used for polymer electrolyte in field of lithium battery applications.

  6. Herstellung von Chitosan und einige Anwendungen

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    Struszczyk, Marcin Henryk

    2001-05-01

    1. Die Deacetylierung von crabshell - Chitosan führte gleichzeitig zu einem drastischen Abfall der mittleren viscosimetrischen Molmasse ( Mv), insbesondere wenn die Temperatur und die Konzentration an NaOH erhöht werden. Diese Parameter beeinflussten jedoch nicht den Grad der Deacetylierung (DD). Wichtig ist jedoch die Quelle des Ausgangsmaterials: Chitin aus Pandalus borealis ist ein guter Rohstoff für die Herstellung von Chitosan mit niedrigem DD und gleichzeitig hoher mittlerer Mv, während Krill-Chitin (Euphausia superba) ein gutes Ausgangsmaterial zur Herstellung von Chitosan mit hohem DD und niedrigem Mv ist. Chitosan, das aus Insekten (Calliphora erythrocephala), unter milden Bedingungen (Temperatur: 100°C, NaOH-Konzentration: 40 %, Zeit: 1-2h ) hergestellt wurde, hatte die gleichen Eigenschaften hinsichtlich DD und Mv wie das aus Krill hergestellte Chitosan. Der Bedarf an Zeit, Energie und NaOH ist für die Herstellung von Insekten-Chitosan geringer als für crabshell-Chitosan vergleichbare Resultaten für DD und Mv. 2. Chitosan wurde durch den Schimmelpilz Aspergillus fumigatus zu Chitooligomeren fermentiert. Die Ausbeute beträgt 25%. Die Chitooligomere wurden mit Hilfe von HPLC und MALDI-TOF-Massenspektrmetrie identifiziert. Die Fermentationsmischung fördert die Immunität von Pflanzen gegen Bakterien und Virusinfektion. Die Zunahme der Immunität schwankt jedoch je nach System Pflanze-Pathogen. Die Fermentation von Chitosan durch Aspergillus fumigatus könnte eine schnelle und billige Methode zur Herstellung von Chitooligomeren mit guter Reinheit und Ausbeute sein. Eine partiell aufgereinigte Fermentationsmischung dieser Art könnte in der Landwirtschaft als Pathogeninhibitor genutzt werden. Durch kontrollierte Fermentation, die Chitooligomere in definierter Zusammensetzung (d.h. definierter Verteilung des Depolymerisationsgrades) liefert, könnte man zu Mischungen kommen, die für die jeweilige Anwendung eine optimale Bioaktivität besitzen. 3. Die aus Chitosan-Dispersionen hergestellten MCChB-Filme weisen bessere mechanische Eigenschaften (Bruchfestigkeit, Dehnung) und eine höhere Wasseraufnahmefähigkeit auf als Filme, die nach herkömmlichen Methoden aus sauerer Lösung hergestellt werden. Die Einführung von Proteinen ändert die mechanischen Eigenschaften der MCChB-Filme abhängig von der Art, der Proteine sowie des DD und der Mv des eingesetzte Chitosan. Die Zugabe von Protein beschleunigt den biologischen Abbau der MCChB-Filme. Aus den untersuchten MCChB-Filmen mit Proteinzusatz können leichte, reißfeste und dennoch elastische Materialen hergestellt werden. 4. Mit Hilfe von MCChB-Dispersion kann Papier modifiziert werden. Dadurch werden die mechanischen Eigenschaften verbessert und die Wasseraufnahme wird verringert. Die Zugabe von Proteinen verringert das Wasseraufnahmevermögen noch weiter. Ein geringes Wasseraufnahmevermögen ist der bedeutendste Faktor bei der Papierherstellung. Auch Papier, das mit einem MCChB-Protein-Komplexe modifiziert wurde, zeigt gute mechanische Eigenschaften. 5. Wird Chitosan durch unmittelbare Einführung von MCChB auf Cellulose-Fasern aufgebracht, so erhält man eine netzartige Struktur, während durch Ausfällung aufgebrachtes Chitosan eine dünne Schicht auf den Cellulose-Fasern bildet. Die netzartige Struktur erleichtert die Bioabbaubarkeit, während die Schichtstruktur diese erschwert. 6. Die guten mechanischen Eigenschaften, die geringe Wasseraufnahmefähigkeit und die mit Cellulose vergleichbare Bioabbaubarkeit von Papier, das mit MCChB modifiziert wurde, lassen MCChB für die Veredlung von Papier nützlich erscheinen. 1. Deacetylation of the crustacean chitosan causes drastically decrease in the Mv with increasing reaction temperature and time as well as the concentration of sodium hydroxide. However, the DD are relatively less affected. Pandalus borealis is a good source for production of chitosan having high Mv and low DD, whereas chitosan of medium to low Mv can ideally be prepared using krill chitin. Insect chitosan is prepared under milder condition as compared with the crustacean chitosan, showed similar Mv and DD. Moreover, the consumption of time, energy and sodium hydroxide is much lower than for crustacean chitosan used. The properties of chitin (type of source, crystallinity, DD, Mv, swelling properties, particle size) affect the deacetylated polymer parameters. 2. Fermentation of chitosan using fungus Aspergillus fumigatus resulted in a composition of oligosaccharides with controlled molecular weight and yield at least 25 wt%. The product of fermentation effectively inhibited the viral and/or bacterial infection of the plant. This method can be an excellent, inexpensive system for preparation of bioactive agent. The preliminary purified fermentation mixture due to its antiviral and antibacterial behaviour is capable to be used as a natural, plant protection agent. The controlled degradation of chitosan connected with the production of various oligosaccharides having specified molecular weight allows obtaining the product with optimum bioactivity for suitable applications. 3. The films formed form microcrystalline chitosan (MCChB) gel-like dispersion demonstrate the better mechanical properties and higher swelling behaviour than typical films prepared using acidic solution of chitosan. The introduction of proteins significantly changes the mechanical strength and swelling behaviour. Addition of proteins causes the increase in their biodecomposition. The blended films containing proteins could be the base for formation of the resistant materials showed excellent elongation at break. 4. The application of MCChB in a paper formation as a modificator of the fibre-water interactions allows producing the paper sheets indicating the high increase in the mechanical properties and significant decrease in swelling properties. The introduction of MCChB with proteins causes a slight decrease in paper mechanical strength, if determined at low relative humidity. However, the mechanical strength measured at high relative humidity differ less than for paper sheet containing only MCChB. 5. Direct introduction of MCChB to a paper pulp forms the "web-like" structure of cellulose fibres and MCChB. The "web-like" structure of MCChB enables the faster biodecomposition of formed paper sheets. The precipitation of MCChB as wells as introduction of MCChB with proteins causes the "coat-like" structure. MCChB creates a thin layers coated the cellulose fibres lowering a biodecomposition rate. 6. The properties of paper sheets modified by MCChB such as: similar to cellulose biodegradation, excellent mechanical properties at rel. high humidity and the decrease in swelling properties as well as various possibilities to introduce MCChB allow to apple microcrystalline chitosan with or without proteins as the modificator of the fibre-water interactions in paper.

  7. Chitosanase-based method for RNA isolation from cells transfected with chitosan/siRNA nanocomplexes for real-time RT-PCR in gene silencing

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    Alameh, Mohamad; Jean, Myriam; DeJesus, Diogo; Buschmann, Michael D; Merzouki, Abderrazzak

    2010-01-01

    Chitosan, a well known natural cationic polysaccharide, has been successfully implemented in vitro and in vivo as a nonviral delivery system for both plasmid DNA and siRNA. While using chitosan/siRNA polyplexes to knock down specific targets, we have underestimated the effect of nucleic acids binding to chitosan when extracting RNA for subsequent quantitative PCR evaluation of silencing. In vitro transfection using chitosan/siRNA-based polyplexes reveals a very poor recovery of total RNA especially when using low cell numbers in 96 well plates. Here, we describe a method that dramatically enhances RNA extraction from chitosan/siRNA-treated cells by using an enzymatic treatment with a type III chitosanase. We show that chitosanase treatment prior to RNA extraction greatly enhances the yield and the integrity of extracted RNA. This method will therefore eliminate the bias associated with lower RNA yield and integrity when quantifying gene silencing of chitosan-based systems using quantitative real time PCR. PMID:20957169

  8. Chitosan-Polypyrrole Fiber for Strain Sensor.

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    Lee, Songjun; Yi, Byung-Ju; Chun, Kyoung-Yong; Lee, Jaeah; Kim, Youn Tae; Cha, Eun-Jong; Kim, Seon Jeong

    2015-03-01

    A chitosan/polypyrrole composited fiber as bio-compatible materials for artificial muscles is investigated. The chitosan/polypyrrole fiber (CPF) is fabricated by in-situ chemical polymerization of pyrrole monomer solution using FeCl3 as an oxidant. The electrical resistivity of the fiber is changed according to the strain variation applied to the both ends of the specimen. The sensor built by using the CPF has a higher gauge factor (4) compared to conventional metal strain gauges (~2) indicating a suitable material for delicate force control in sensing work. PMID:26413701

  9. Enteric Viral Surrogate Reduction by Chitosan.

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    Davis, Robert; Zivanovic, Svetlana; Davidson, P Michael; D'Souza, Doris H

    2015-12-01

    Enteric viruses are a major problem in the food industry, especially as human noroviruses are the leading cause of nonbacterial gastroenteritis. Chitosan is known to be effective against some enteric viral surrogates, but more detailed studies are needed to determine the precise application variables. The main objective of this work was to determine the effect of increasing chitosan concentration (0.7-1.5% w/v) on the cultivable enteric viral surrogates, feline calicivirus (FCV-F9), murine norovirus (MNV-1), and bacteriophages (MS2 and phiX174) at 37 °C. Two chitosans (53 and 222 kDa) were dissolved in water (53 kDa) or 1% acetic acid (222 KDa) at 0.7-1.5%, and were then mixed with each virus to obtain a titer of ~5 log plaque-forming units (PFU)/mL. These mixtures were incubated for 3 h at 37 °C. Controls included untreated viruses in phosphate-buffered saline and viruses were enumerated by plaque assays. The 53 kDa chitosan at the concentrations tested reduced FCV-F9, MNV-1, MS2, and phi X174 by 2.6-2.9, 0.1-0.4, 2.6-2.8, and 0.7-0.9 log PFU/mL, respectively, while reduction by 222 kDa chitosan was 2.2-2.4, 0.8-1.0, 2.6-5.2, and 0.5-0.8 log PFU/mL, respectively. The 222 kDa chitosan at 1 and 0.7% w/v in acetic acid (pH 4.5) caused the greatest reductions of MS2 by 5.2 logs and 2.6 logs, respectively. Overall, chitosan treatments showed the greatest reduction of MS2, followed by FCV-F9, phi X174, and MNV-1. These two chitosans may contribute to the reduction of enteric viruses at the concentrations tested but would require use of other hurdles to eliminate food borne viruses. PMID:26162243

  10. Effect of chitosan and its derivatives as antifungal and preservative agents on postharvest green asparagus.

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    Qiu, Miao; Wu, Chu; Ren, Gerui; Liang, Xinle; Wang, Xiangyang; Huang, Jianying

    2014-07-15

    The antifungal activity and effect of high-molecular weight chitosan (H-chitosan), low-molecular weight chitosan (L-chitosan) and carboxymethyl chitosan (C-chitosan) coatings on postharvest green asparagus were evaluated. L-chitosan and H-chitosan efficiently inhibited the radial growth of Fusarium concentricum separated from postharvest green asparagus at 4 mg/ml, which appeared to be more effective in inhibiting spore germination and germ tube elongation than that of C-chitosan. Notably, spore germination was totally inhibited by L-chitosan and H-chitosan at 0.05 mg/ml. Coated asparagus did not show any apparent sign of phytotoxicity and maintained good quality over 28 days of cold storage, according to the weight loss and general quality aspects. Present results inferred that chitosan could act as an attractive preservative agent for postharvest green asparagus owing to its antifungal activity and its ability to stimulate some defense responses during storage. PMID:24594161

  11. Chitosan and chitosan chlorhydrate based various approaches for enhancement of dissolution rate of carvedilol

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    2012-01-01

    Background and the purpose of the study Carvedilol nonselective β-adrenoreceptor blocker, chemically (±)-1-(Carbazol-4-yloxy)-3-[[2-(o-methoxypHenoxy) ethyl] amino]-2-propanol, slightly soluble in ethyl ether; and practically insoluble in water, gastric fluid (simulated, TS, pH 1.1), and intestinal fluid (simulated, TS without pancreatin, pH 7.5) Compounds with aqueous solubility less than 1% W/V often represents dissolution rate limited absorption. There is need to enhance the dissolution rate of carvedilol. The objective of our present investigation was to compare chitosan and chitosan chlorhydrate based various approaches for enhancement of dissolution rate of carvedilol. Methods The different formulations were prepared by different methods like solvent change approach to prepare hydrosols, solvent evaporation technique to form solid dispersions and cogrind mixtures. The prepared formulations were characterized in terms of saturation solubility, drug content, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), electron microscopy, in vitro dissolution studies and stability studies. Results The practical yield in case of hydrosols was ranged from 59.76 to 92.32%. The drug content was found to uniform among the different batches of hydrosols, cogrind mixture and solid dispersions ranged from 98.24 to 99.89%. There was significant improvement in dissolution rate of carvedilol with chitosan chlorhdyrate as compare to chitosan and explanation to this behavior was found in the differences in the wetting, solubilities and swelling capacity of the chitosan and chitosan salts, chitosan chlorhydrate rapidly wet and dissolve upon its incorporation into the dissolution medium, whereas the chitosan base, less water soluble, would take more time to dissolve. Conclusion This technique is scalable and valuable in manufacturing process in future for enhancement of dissolution of poorly water soluble drugs. PMID:23351907

  12. Preparation and Characterisation of Highly Loaded Fluorescent Chitosan Nanoparticles

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    Katas, Haliza; Mui Wen, Chan

    2011-01-01

    Chitosan (CS) nanoparticles have been developed as a versatile drug delivery system to transport drugs, genes, proteins, and peptides into target sites. Demands on fluorescent nanoparticles have increased recently due to various applications in medical and stem-cell-based researches. In this study, fluorescent CS nanoparticles were prepared by a mild method, namely, complex coacervation. Entrapment efficiency of sulforhodamine (SR101) loaded into CS nanoparticles was investigated to evaluate their capacity in incorporating fluorescent molecule. Particle size of produced fluorescent nanoparticles was in the range of 600–700 nm, and their particle size was highly dependent on the CS molecular weight as well as concentration. A high entrapment efficiency of SR101 into CS nanoparticles could also be obtained when it was dissolved in methanol. In conclusion, highly loaded fluorescent CS nanoparticles could be easily prepared using complex coacervation method and therefore can be applied in various medical researches. PMID:22389847

  13. Heparin-functionalized chitosan scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

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    Gümüşderelioğlu, Menemşe; Aday, Sezin

    2011-04-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of heparin-functionalized chitosan scaffolds on the activity of preosteoblasts. The chitosan scaffolds having the pore size of ∼100 μm were prepared by a freeze-drying method. Two different methods for immobilization of heparin to chitosan scaffolds were successfully performed. In the first method, functionalization of the scaffolds was achieved by means of electrostatic interactions between negatively charged heparin and positively charged chitosan. The covalent immobilization of heparin to chitosan scaffolds by 1-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide (EDAC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) was used as a second immobilization method. Morphology, proliferation, and differentiation of MC3T3-E1 preosteoblasts on heparin-functionalized chitosan scaffolds were investigated in vitro. The results indicate that covalently bound heparin containing chitosan scaffolds (CHC) stimulate osteoblast proliferation compared to other scaffolds, that is, unmodified chitosan scaffolds (CH), electrostatically bound heparin containing chitosan scaffolds (EHC), and CH+free heparin (CHF). SEM images also proved the stimulative effect of covalently bound heparin on the proliferation of preosteoblasts. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and osteocalcin (OCN) levels of cells proliferated on CHC and EHC were also higher than those for CH and CHF. In vitro studies have demonstrated that chitosan scaffolds increase viability and differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells especially in the presence of immobilized heparin. PMID:21333274

  14. Effect of polymer molecular weight on chitosan-protein interaction.

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    Bekale, L; Agudelo, D; Tajmir-Riahi, H A

    2015-01-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the interactions between chitosan nanoparticles (15, 100 and 200 kDa with the same degree of deacetylation 90%) and two model proteins, i.e., bovine (BSA) and human serum albumins (HSA), with the aim of correlating chitosan molecular weight (Mw) and the binding affinity of these naturally occurring polymers to protein. The effect of chitosan on the protein secondary structure and the influence of protein complexation on the shape of chitosan nanoparticles are discussed. A combination of multiple spectroscopic methods, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermodynamic analysis were used to assess the polymer-protein complex formation. Results revealed that the three chitosan nanoparticles interact with BSA to form chitosan-BSA complexes, mainly through hydrophobic contacts with the affinity order: 200>100>15 kDa. However, HSA-chitosan complexation is mainly via electrostatic interactions with the stability order: 100>200>15 kDa. Furthermore, the association between polymer and protein causes a partial protein conformational change by a major reduction of α-helix from 63% (free BSA) to 57% (chitosan-BSA) and 57% (free HSA) to 51% (chitosan-HSA). Finally, TEM micrographs clearly revealed that the binding of serum albumins with chitosan nanoparticles induces a significant change in protein morphology and the shape of the polymer. PMID:25524222

  15. Folate mediated histidine derivative of quaternised chitosan as a gene delivery vector.

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    Morris, Viola B; Sharma, Chandra P

    2010-04-15

    Folate targeted gene delivery vectors showed enhanced accumulation in folate receptor expressing tumor model. In the present work, the water solubility and transfection efficiency of chitosans were improved by modifying the depolymerised trimethylated chitosans with histidine moiety. Folate mediated targeting was induced by conjugating poly(ethylene glycol)-folate (PEG-FA) on histidine modified chitosan polymer having low molecular weight of 15 kDa and high degree of quaternisation (HTFP15-H). The zeta potential and size of the HTFP15-H/pDNA nanoparticles were determined using dynamic light scattering technique and the results were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The morphology of the nanoparticles was found spherical in shape having core-shell nanostructure. The HTFP15-H derivative found to buffer in the pH range from 10 to 4. The blood compatibility in terms of percentage hemolysis, erythrocyte aggregation and also by platelet activation was found to be significantly improved compared to the control vector PEI. At a concentration of 10 microg the derivative promote the cell growth up to 139% compared to control at normal cell growing conditions. The transfection efficiency in KB cell line, which over expresses the folate receptor (FR) in presence of 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS) was also found to be comparable to the control. Moreover the enhanced cellular and nuclear uptake due to the conjugation of both folic acid and histidine makes it a potential vector for gene delivery applications. PMID:20117198

  16. A novel preparation method of paclitaxcel-loaded folate-modified chitosan microparticles and in vitro evaluation.

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    Wang, Fang; Yang, Siqian; Hua, Dawei; Yuan, Jian; Huang, Chaobo; Gao, Qinwei

    2016-02-01

    A new chitosan microparticles loading paclitaxel (PTX) for application as an oral delivery system were developed using a novel double emulsion crosslinking method. To improve the targeted effect, folic acid (FA) was introduced onto the surface of microparticles using chemical method. The method was based on Schiff reaction between amino group of chitosan and carboxyl group of FA, and folate-chitosan (FA-CS) conjugate was characterized using infrared spectrum analysis (FT-IR), and the microparticles were named as FA-CS-PTX/MPs. FA-CS-PTX/MPs had larger size of average diameter 223.6nm, while PTX-loaded chitosan microparticles (CS-PTX/MPs) had 179.1nm average diameter. The zeta potential of CS-PTX/MPs and FA-CS-PTX/MPs was 22.3 and 33.1mV, respectively. SEM and TEM showed both the two microparticles had well-defined spherical structure. The in vitro drug release was studied under different pH conditions, and a two-phase kinetics model was found to be the most adequate kinetic model. Furthermore, the cytotoxicity activities of drug-carriers against L929 cells and the cellular uptake of PTX-loaded microparticles against HepG2 cells were investigated. Results demonstrated that FA-CS-PTX/MPs might be a promising drug carrier for promoting PTX cellular uptake and could be used as a potential tumor-targeted drug vector. PMID:26578298

  17. Photochemical tissue bonding with chitosan adhesive films

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    2010-01-01

    Background Photochemical tissue bonding (PTB) is a promising sutureless technique for tissue repair. PTB is often achieved by applying a solution of rose bengal (RB) between two tissue edges, which are irradiated by a green laser to crosslink collagen fibers with minimal heat production. In this study, RB has been incorporated in chitosan films to create a novel tissue adhesive that is laser-activated. Methods Adhesive films, based on chitosan and containing ~0.1 wt% RB were manufactured and bonded to calf intestine by a solid state laser (λ = 532 nm, Fluence~110 J/cm2, spot size~0.5 cm). A single-column tensiometer, interfaced with a personal computer, tested the bonding strength. K-type thermocouples recorded the temperature (T) at the adhesive-tissue interface during laser irradiation. Human fibroblasts were also seeded on the adhesive and cultured for 48 hours to assess cell growth. Results The RB-chitosan adhesive bonded firmly to the intestine with adhesion strength of 15 ± 2 kPa, (n = 31). The adhesion strength dropped to 0.5 ± 0.1 (n = 8) kPa when the laser was not applied to the adhesive. The average temperature of the adhesive increased from 26°C to 32°C during laser exposure. Fibroblasts grew confluent on the adhesive without morphological changes. Conclusion A new biocompatible chitosan adhesive has been developed that bonds photochemically to tissue with minimal temperature increase. PMID:20825632

  18. Chitosan-based nanocarriers for antimalarials

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    Dreve, Simina; Kacso, Iren; Popa, Adriana; Raita, Oana; Bende, A.; Borodi, Gh.; Bratu, I.

    2012-02-01

    The objective of this research was to synthesize and characterize chitosan-based liquid and solid materials with unique absorptive and mechanical properties as carriers for quinine - one of the most used antimalarial drug. The use of chitosan (CTS) as base in polyelectrolyte complex systems, to prepare solid release systems as sponges is presented. The preparation by double emulsification of CTS hydrogels carrying quinine as anti-malarial drug is reported. The concentration of quinine in the CTS hydrogel was 0.08 mmol. Chitosan - drug loaded hydrogel was used to generate solid sponges by freeze-drying at -610°C and 0.09 atm. Structural investigations of the solid formulations were done by Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS), spectrofluorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffractometry. The results indicated that the drug molecule is forming temporary chelates in CTS hydrogels and sponges. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) demonstrates the presence of free radicals in a wide range and the antioxidant activity for chitosan - drug supramolecular cross-linked assemblies.

  19. Chitosan Adhesive Films for Photochemical Tissue Bonding

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    Lauto, Antonio; Mawad, Damia; Barton, Matthew; Piller, Sabine C.; Longo, Leonardo

    2011-08-01

    Photochemical tissue bonding (PTB) is a promising sutureless technique for tissue repair. PTB is often achieved by applying a solution of rose bengal (RB) between two tissue edges, which are irradiated by a green laser to crosslink collagen fibers with minimal heat production. In this study, RB has been incorporated in chitosan films to create a novel tissue adhesive that is laser-activated. Materials and Methods. Adhesive films, based on chitosan and containing ˜0.1wt% RB were manufactured and bonded to calf intestine by a solid state laser (wavelength = 532 nm, Fluence ˜110 J/cm2, spot size ˜5 mm). A single-column tensiometer, interfaced with a personal computer, tested the bonding strength. K-type thermocouples recorded the temperature (T) at the adhesive-tissue interface during laser irradiation. Human fibroblasts were also seeded on the adhesive and cultured for 48 hours to assess cell growth. Results and Conclusion. The RB-chitosan adhesive bonded firmly to the intestine (15±2 kPa, n = 31). The adhesion strength dropped to 0.5±0.1 kPa (n = 8) when the laser was not applied to the adhesive. The average temperature of the adhesive increased from 26 °C to 32 °C during laser exposure. Fibroblasts grew confluent on the adhesive without morphological changes. A new biocompatible chitosan adhesive has been developed that bonds photochemically to tissue with minimal temperature increase.

  20. Chitosan: An Adjuvant with an Unanticipated STING.

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    Riteau, Nicolas; Sher, Alan

    2016-03-15

    Adjuvants promote adaptive immunity through the triggering of innate signals that are largely poorly understood. In this issue of Immunity, Lavelle and colleagues describe an unexpected role for the DNA sensing cGAS-STING pathway in the mechanism of action of the Th1 cell-promoting polysaccharide adjuvant chitosan. PMID:26982361

  1. Chitosan-amylopectin/hydroxyapatite and chitosan-chondroitin sulphate/hydroxyapatite composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

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    Venkatesan, Jayachandran; Pallela, Ramjee; Bhatnagar, Ira; Kim, Se-Kwon

    2012-12-01

    Over the past few decades, artificial graft materials for bone tissue engineering are gaining much importance. In this study, tri-component scaffolds of chitosan/natural hydroxyapatite with chondroitin sulfate (chitosan-CS/HAp) and amylopectin (chitosan-AP/HAp) have been developed for the first time via freeze-drying method and were characterized physicochemically for bone grafting substitutes. Chemical interactions and dispersion of HAp, CS and AP in the chitosan matrix have been evaluated by various analytical techniques. The porosity and water uptake/retention ability of these composite scaffolds decreased whereas thermal stability increased when compared to the chitosan scaffold. The pore size of the chitosan/HAp, chitosan-CS/HAp and chitosan-AP/HAp scaffolds varied from 60 to 180 μm, 60 to 400 μm and 80 to 500 μm, respectively. Cell proliferation, alkaline phosphatase activity and type-1 collagen production was evaluated in vitro using MG-63 cell line, which was observed to be higher in the composite scaffolds. Excellent interconnected porosity, controlled biodegradation and enhanced cell proliferation of the novel chitosan-CS/HAp and chitosan-AP/HAp scaffolds suggests that these scaffolds are promising biomaterials for bone tissue engineering. PMID:22947451

  2. Gd-DTPA Adsorption on Chitosan/Magnetite Nanocomposites.

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    Pylypchuk, Ie V; Kołodyńska, D; Kozioł, M; Gorbyk, P P

    2016-12-01

    The synthesis of the chitosan/magnetite nanocomposites is presented. Composites were prepared by co-precipitation of iron(II) and iron(III) salts by aqueous ammonia in the 0.1 % chitosan solution. It was shown that magnetite synthesis in the chitosan medium does not affect the magnetite crystal structure. The thermal analysis data showed 4.6 % of mass concentration of chitosan in the hybrid chitosan/magnetite composite. In the concentration range of initial Gd-DTPA solution up to 0.4 mmol/L, addition of chitosan to magnetite increases the adsorption capacity and affinity to Gd-DTPA complex. The Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models were applied to describe adsorption processes. Nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential thermal analysis (DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and specific surface area determination (ASAP) methods. PMID:27030468

  3. Chitosan-based scaffolds for bone tissue engineering

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    Levengood, Sheeny Lan; Zhang, Miqin

    2014-01-01

    Bone defects requiring grafts to promote healing are frequently occurring and costly problems in health care. Chitosan, a biodegradable, naturally occurring polymer, has drawn considerable attention in recent years as scaffolding material in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Chitosan is especially attractive as a bone scaffold material because it supports the attachment and proliferation of osteoblast cells as well as formation of mineralized bone matrix. In this review, we discuss the fundamentals of bone tissue engineering and the unique properties of chitosan as a scaffolding material to treat bone defects for hard tissue regeneration. We present the common methods for fabrication and characterization of chitosan scaffolds, and discuss the influence of material preparation and addition of polymeric or ceramic components or biomolecules on chitosan scaffold properties such as mechanical strength, structural integrity, and functional bone regeneration. Finally, we highlight recent advances in development of chitosan-based scaffolds with enhanced bone regeneration capability. PMID:24999429

  4. Gd-DTPA Adsorption on Chitosan/Magnetite Nanocomposites

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    Pylypchuk, Ie. V.; Kołodyńska, D.; Kozioł, M.; Gorbyk, P. P.

    2016-03-01

    The synthesis of the chitosan/magnetite nanocomposites is presented. Composites were prepared by co-precipitation of iron(II) and iron(III) salts by aqueous ammonia in the 0.1 % chitosan solution. It was shown that magnetite synthesis in the chitosan medium does not affect the magnetite crystal structure. The thermal analysis data showed 4.6 % of mass concentration of chitosan in the hybrid chitosan/magnetite composite. In the concentration range of initial Gd-DTPA solution up to 0.4 mmol/L, addition of chitosan to magnetite increases the adsorption capacity and affinity to Gd-DTPA complex. The Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models were applied to describe adsorption processes. Nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential thermal analysis (DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and specific surface area determination (ASAP) methods.

  5. Flexible fibers wet-spun from formic acid modified chitosan.

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    Li, Jinlei; Liu, Dagang; Hu, Chengming; Sun, Fengxiang; Gustave, Williamson; Tian, Huafeng; Yang, Shuguang

    2016-01-20

    The rigidity and low strain of chitosan fibers hindered their broader utility for biomedical applications. In present work, formic acid was employed as an efficient modifier for chitosan to prepare flexible fibers wet-spun from the formic acid modified chitosan solution. The formation of amide linkages between chitosan and formic acid was confirmed by FTIR, (13)C NMR, (1)H NMR and XRD measurements. The degree of formylation evaluated by (1)H NMR spectra was varied from 14.1% to 37.2% as a function of the reaction temperature. The results of the mechanical properties showed that the as-spun fibers exhibited an enhanced ductility with a maximum elongation at break of 21.7% compared with that spun from the chitosan dissolved in diluted acetic acid. The novel flexible chitosan fibers were anticipated to be used as comfortable wound dressing and bandages in biomedical fields. PMID:26572456

  6. Glycerophosphate-based chitosan thermosensitive hydrogels and their biomedical applications.

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    Zhou, Hui Yun; Jiang, Ling Juan; Cao, Pei Pei; Li, Jun Bo; Chen, Xi Guang

    2015-03-01

    Chitosan is non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable polysaccharide composed of glucosamine and derived by deacetylation of chitin. Chitosan thermosensitive hydrogel has been developed to form a gel in situ, precluding the need for surgical implantation. In this review, the recent advances in chitosan thermosensitive hydrogels based on different glycerophosphate are summarized. The hydrogel is prepared with chitosan and β-glycerophosphate or αβ-glycerophosphate which is liquid at room temperature and transits into gel as temperature increases. The gelation mechanism may involve multiple interactions between chitosan, glycerophosphate, and water. The solution behavior, rheological and physicochemical properties, and gelation process of the hydrogel are affected not only by the molecule weight, deacetylation degree, and concentration of chitosan, but also by the kind and concentration of glycerophosphate. The properties and the three-dimensional networks of the hydrogel offer them wide applications in biomedical field including local drug delivery and tissue engineering. PMID:25498667

  7. Chitosan bio-based organic-inorganic hybrid aerogel microspheres.

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    El Kadib, Abdelkrim; Bousmina, Mosto

    2012-07-01

    Recently, organic-inorganic hybrid materials have attracted tremendous attention thanks to their outstanding properties, their efficiency, versatility and their promising applications in a broad range of areas at the interface of chemistry and biology. This article deals with a new family of surface-reactive organic-inorganic hybrid materials built from chitosan microspheres. The gelation of chitosan (a renewable amino carbohydrate obtained by deacetylation of chitin) by pH inversion affords highly dispersed fibrillar networks shaped as self-standing microspheres. Nanocasting of sol-gel processable monomeric alkoxides inside these natural hydrocolloids and their subsequent CO(2) supercritical drying provide high-surface-area organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Examples including chitosan-SiO(2), chitosan-TiO(2), chitosan-redox-clusters and chitosan-clay-aerogel microspheres are described and discussed on the basis of their textural and structural properties, thermal and chemical stability and their performance in catalysis and adsorption. PMID:22689451

  8. Chitin and Chitosan as Direct Compression Excipients in Pharmaceutical Applications

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    Badwan, Adnan A.; Rashid, Iyad; Al Omari, Mahmoud M.H.; Darras, Fouad H.

    2015-01-01

    Despite the numerous uses of chitin and chitosan as new functional materials of high potential in various fields, they are still behind several directly compressible excipients already dominating pharmaceutical applications. There are, however, new attempts to exploit chitin and chitosan in co-processing techniques that provide a product with potential to act as a direct compression (DC) excipient. This review outlines the compression properties of chitin and chitosan in the context of DC pharmaceutical applications. PMID:25810109

  9. Effectiveness of chitosan against wine-related microorganisms.

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    Bağder Elmaci, Simel; Gülgör, Gökşen; Tokatli, Mehmet; Erten, Hüseyin; İşci, Asli; Özçelik, Filiz

    2015-03-01

    The antimicrobial action of chitosan against wine related microorganisms, including Lactobacillus plantarum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Oeonococcus oeni, Lactobacillus hilgardii, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Hanseniaspora uvarum and Zygosaccharomyces bailii was examined in laboratory media. In order to assess the potential applicability of chitosan as a microbial control agent for wine, the effect of chitosan, applied individually and/or in combination with sulphur dioxide (SO2), on the growth of microorganisms involved in various stages of winemaking and on the fermentative performance of S. cerevisiae was investigated. Of the seven wine-related microorganisms studied, S. cerevisiae exhibited the strongest resistance to antimicrobial action of chitosan in laboratory media with a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) greater than 2 g/L. L. hilgardii, O. oeni and B. bruxellensis were the most susceptible to chitosan since they were completely inactivated by chitosan at 0.2 g/L. The MIC of chitosan for L. plantarum, H. uvarum and Z. bailii was 2, 0.4 and 0.4 g/L, respectively. In wine experiments, it was found that chitosan had a retarding effect on alcoholic fermentation without significantly altering the viability and the fermentative performance of S. cerevisiae. With regard to non-Saccharomyces yeasts (H. uvarum and Z. bailii) involved in winemaking, the early deaths of these yeasts in mixed cultures with S. cerevisiae were not probably due to the antimicrobial action of chitosan but rather due to ethanol produced by the yeasts. The complex interactions between chitosan and wine ingredients as well as microbial interactions during wine fermentation considerably affect the efficacy of chitosan. It was concluded that chitosan was worthy of further investigation as an alternative or complementary preservative to SO2 in wine industry. PMID:25528342

  10. Receptor-mediated gene delivery using chemically modified chitosan

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    Kim, T. H.; Jiang, H. L.; Nah, J. W.; Cho, M. H.; Akaike, T.; Cho, C. S.

    2007-09-01

    Chitosan has been investigated as a non-viral vector because it has several advantages such as biocompatibility, biodegradability and low toxicity with high cationic potential. However, the low specificity and low transfection efficiency of chitosan need to be solved prior to clinical application. In this paper, we focused on the galactose or mannose ligand modification of chitosan for enhancement of cell specificity and transfection efficiency via receptor-mediated endocytosis in vitro and in vivo.

  11. Hydrothermally Treated Chitosan Hydrogel Loaded with Copper and Zinc Particles as a Potential Micronutrient-Based Antimicrobial Feed Additive

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    Rajasekaran, Parthiban; Santra, Swadeshmukul

    2015-01-01

    Large-scale use of antibiotics in food animal farms as growth promoters is considered as one of the driving factors behind increasing incidence of microbial resistance. Several alternatives are under investigation to reduce the amount of total antibiotics used in order to avoid any potential transmission of drug resistant microbes to humans through food chain. Copper sulfate and zinc oxide salts are used as feed supplement as they exhibit antimicrobial properties in addition to being micronutrients. However, higher dosage of copper and zinc (often needed for growth promoting effect) to animals is not advisable because of potential environmental toxicity arising from excreta. Innovative strategies are needed to utilize the complete potential of trace minerals as growth promoting feed supplements. To this end, we describe here the development and preliminary characterization of hydrothermally treated chitosan as a delivery vehicle for copper and zinc nanoparticles that could act as a micronutrient-based antimicrobial feed supplement. Material characterization studies showed that hydrothermal treatment makes a chitosan hydrogel that rearranged to capture the copper and zinc metal particles. Systemic antimicrobial assays showed that this chitosan biopolymer matrix embedded with copper (57.6 μg/ml) and zinc (800 μg/ml) reduced the load of model gut bacteria (target organisms of growth promoting antibiotics), such as Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Lactobacillus fermentum under in vitro conditions. Particularly, the chitosan/copper/zinc hydrogel exhibited significantly higher antimicrobial effect against L. fermentum, one of the primary targets of antibiotic growth promoters. Additionally, the chitosan matrix ameliorated the cytotoxicity levels of metal supplements when screened against a murine macrophage cell line RAW 264.7 and in TE-71, a murine thymic epithelial cell line. In this proof-of-concept study, we show that by using chitosan as a delivery platform, micronutrient-based metal feed additives could be used to minimize the undesirable levels of microbial population without causing significant cytotoxic effect under in vitro conditions. These findings provide the platform for further studies in target animal models to quantify the required physiological concentrations of copper and zinc when delivered via a chitosan hydrogel platform to elicit a growth promoting effect without causing any toxicity. PMID:26664989

  12. Chitosan in nasal delivery systems for therapeutic drugs.

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    Casettari, Luca; Illum, Lisbeth

    2014-09-28

    There is an obvious need for efficient and safe nasal absorption enhancers for the development of therapeutically efficacious nasal products for small hydrophilic drugs, peptides, proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides, which do not easily cross mucosal membranes, including the nasal. Recent years have seen the development of a range of nasal absorption enhancer systems such as CriticalSorb (based on Solutol HS15) (Critical Pharmaceuticals Ltd), Chisys based on chitosan (Archimedes Pharma Ltd) and Intravail based on alkylsaccharides (Aegis Therapeutics Inc.), that is presently being tested in clinical trials for a range of drugs. So far, none of these absorption enhancers have been used in a marketed nasal product. The present review discusses the evaluation of chitosan and chitosan derivatives as nasal absorption enhancers, for a range of drugs and in a range of formulations such as solutions, gels and nanoparticles and finds that chitosan and its derivatives are able to efficiently improve the nasal bioavailability. The revirtew also questions whether chitosan nanoparticles for systemic drug delivery provide any real improvement over simpler chitosan formulations. Furthermore, the review also evaluates the use of chitosan formulations for the improvement of transport of drugs directly from the nasal cavity to the brain, based on its mucoadhesive characteristics and its ability to open tight junctions in the olfactory and respiratory epithelia. It is found that the use of chitosan nanoparticles greatly increases the transport of drugs from nose to brain over and above the effect of simpler chitosan formulations. PMID:24818769

  13. Applied Usage of Yeast Spores as Chitosan Beads

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    Zhang, Haini; Tachikawa, Hiroyuki

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we present a nonhazardous biological method of producing chitosan beads using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast cells cultured under conditions of nutritional starvation cease vegetative growth and instead form spores. The spore wall has a multilaminar structure with the chitosan layer as the second outermost layer. Thus, removal of the outermost dityrosine layer by disruption of the DIT1 gene, which is required for dityrosine synthesis, leads to exposure of the chitosan layer at the spore surface. In this way, spores can be made to resemble chitosan beads. Chitosan has adsorptive features and can be used to remove heavy metals and negatively charged molecules from solution. Consistent with this practical application, we find that spores are capable of adsorbing heavy metals such as Cu2+, Cr3+, and Cd2+, and removal of the dityrosine layer further improves the adsorption. Removal of the chitosan layer decreases the adsorption, indicating that chitosan works as an adsorbent in the spores. Besides heavy metals, spores can also adsorb a negatively charged cholesterol derivative, taurocholic acid. Furthermore, chitosan is amenable to chemical modifications, and, consistent with this property, dit1Δ spores can serve as a carrier for immobilization of enzymes. Given that yeast spores are a natural product, our results demonstrate that they, and especially dit1Δ mutants, can be used as chitosan beads and used for multiple purposes. PMID:24907339

  14. Pharmacokinetics and biodegradation performance of a hydroxypropyl chitosan derivative

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    Shao, Kai; Han, Baoqin; Dong, Wen; Song, Fulai; Liu, Weizhi; Liu, Wanshun

    2015-10-01

    Hydroxypropyl chitosan (HP-chitosan) has been shown to have promising applications in a wide range of areas due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability and various biological activities, especially in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields. However, it is not yet known about its pharmacokinetics and biodegradation performance, which are crucial for its clinical applications. In order to lay a foundation for its further applications and exploitations, here we carried out fluorescence intensity and GPC analyses to determine the pharmacokinetics mode of fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled HP-chitosan (FITC-HP-chitosan) and its biodegradability. The results showed that after intraperitoneal administration at a dose of 10 mg per rat, FITC-HP-chitosan could be absorbed rapidly and distributed to liver, kidney and spleen through blood. It was indicated that FITC-HP-chitosan could be utilized effectively, and 88.47% of the FITC-HP-chitosan could be excreted by urine within 11 days with a molecular weight less than 10 kDa. Moreover, our data indicated that there was an obvious degradation process occurred in liver (< 10 kDa at 24 h). In summary, HP-chitosan has excellent bioavailability and biodegradability, suggesting the potential applications of hydroxypropyl-modified chitosan as materials in drug delivery, tissue engineering and biomedical area.

  15. New antimicrobial chitosan derivatives for wound dressing applications.

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    Dragostin, Oana Maria; Samal, Sangram Keshari; Dash, Mamoni; Lupascu, Florentina; Pânzariu, Andreea; Tuchilus, Cristina; Ghetu, Nicolae; Danciu, Mihai; Dubruel, Peter; Pieptu, Dragos; Vasile, Cornelia; Tatia, Rodica; Profire, Lenuta

    2016-05-01

    Chitosan is a non-toxic, biocompatible, biodegradable natural cationic polymer known for its low imunogenicity, antimicrobial, antioxidant effects and wound-healing activity. To improve its therapeutic potential, new chitosan-sulfonamide derivatives have been designed to develop new wound dressing biomaterials. The structural, morphological and physico-chemical properties of synthesized chitosan derivatives were analyzed by FT-IR, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, swelling ability and porosity. Antimicrobial, in vivo testing and biodegradation behavior have been also performed. The chitosan derivative membranes showed improved swelling and biodegradation rate, which are important characteristics required for the wound healing process. The antimicrobial assay evidenced that chitosan-based sulfadiazine, sulfadimethoxine and sulfamethoxazole derivatives were the most active. The MTT assay showed that some of chitosan derivatives are nontoxic. Furthermore, the in vivo study on burn wound model induced in Wistar rats demonstrated an improved healing effect and enhanced epithelialization of chitosan-sulfonamide derivatives compared to neat chitosan. The obtained results strongly recommend the use of some of the newly developed chitosan derivatives as antimicrobial wound dressing biomaterials. PMID:26876993

  16. Chitosan in Molecularly-Imprinted Polymers: Current and Future Prospects

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    Xu, Long; Huang, Yun-An; Zhu, Qiu-Jin; Ye, Chun

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is widely used in molecular imprinting technology (MIT) as a functional monomer or supporting matrix because of its low cost and high contents of amino and hydroxyl functional groups. The various excellent properties of chitosan, which include nontoxicity, biodegradability, biocompatibility, and attractive physical and mechanical performances, make chitosan a promising alternative to conventional functional monomers. Recently, chitosan molecularly-imprinted polymers have gained considerable attention and showed significant potential in many fields, such as curbing environmental pollution, medicine, protein separation and identification, and chiral-compound separation. These extensive applications are due to the polymers’ desired selectivity, physical robustness, and thermal stability, as well as their low cost and easy preparation. Cross-linkers, which fix the functional groups of chitosan around imprinted molecules, play an important role in chitosan molecularly-imprinted polymers. This review summarizes the important cross-linkers of chitosan molecularly-imprinted polymers and illustrates the cross-linking mechanism of chitosan and cross-linkers based on the two glucosamine units. Finally, some significant attempts to further develop the application of chitosan in MIT are proposed. PMID:26262607

  17. Studies on nerve cell affinity of chitosan-derived materials.

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    Haipeng, G; Yinghui, Z; Jianchun, L; Yandao, G; Nanming, Z; Xiufang, Z

    2000-11-01

    Reparation of the central nervous system (CNS) is important because when it is impaired its recovery is difficult and concomitant malfunction of other parts of body occurs. In our previous studies, chitosan was found to be a good material supporting nerve repair. The purpose of this article was to study the ability of chitosan and some chitosan-derived materials to facilitate the growth of nerve cells. Those materials were chitosan, glutaraldehyde-crosslinked chitosan, glutaraldehyde-crosslinked chitosan-gelatin conjugate, a chitosan-gelatin mixture, chitosan coated with polylysine (CAP), and a chitosan-polylysine mixture (CPL). Gelatin and polylysine were used as controls. After nerve cells (gliosarcoma cells and normal cerebral cells) were grown on those materials, their attachment, spread, and growth were observed. The adsorption of some extracellular matrix molecules such as laminin and fibronectin on the materials and the role the molecules play in nerve cell attachment and spreading were also studied by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and MTT method. We found that both CAP and CPL have excellent nerve cell affinity, defined as the ability to promote nerve cell to grow and function normally. Those two materials may be promising for the repair of the nervous system. Materials precoated with laminin, fibronectin, and serum were analyzed for their nerve cell affinity. Results suggest that after being precoated with laminin and fibronectin solution or serum, all material have better nerve cell affinity. PMID:10951367

  18. Chemical modification of graphite surfaces using chitosan as a mediator

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    Hatley, M.E.; Albahadily, F.N.

    1995-12-01

    Several techniques for modifying graphite surfaces have been utilized the last two decades. Some of these techniques have a few limitations which include monolayer coverage and nonspecific binding to the graphite surfaces. In this report, we describe a novel approach to modify graphite surfaces using chitosan. The graphite is coated with an acidic chitosan solution. After drying, a chitosan film is formed on the graphite surfaces. Glutaraldehyde is attached to the chitosan through an amide linkage. The desired modifiers which contain amine groups are then attached to the free end of the glutaraldehyde. Utilization of the modified graphite surfaces in paste electrodes will be discussed.

  19. Chitosan-film enhanced chitosan nerve guides for long-distance regeneration of peripheral nerves.

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    Meyer, Cora; Stenberg, Lena; Gonzalez-Perez, Francisco; Wrobel, Sandra; Ronchi, Giulia; Udina, Esther; Suganuma, Seigo; Geuna, Stefano; Navarro, Xavier; Dahlin, Lars B; Grothe, Claudia; Haastert-Talini, Kirsten

    2016-01-01

    Biosynthetic nerve grafts are developed in order to complement or replace autologous nerve grafts for peripheral nerve reconstruction. Artificial nerve guides currently approved for clinical use are not widely applied in reconstructive surgery as they still have limitations especially when it comes to critical distance repair. Here we report a comprehensive analysis of fine-tuned chitosan nerve guides (CNGs) enhanced by introduction of a longitudinal chitosan film to reconstruct critical length 15 mm sciatic nerve defects in adult healthy Wistar or diabetic Goto-Kakizaki rats. Short and long term investigations demonstrated that the CNGs enhanced by the guiding structure of the introduced chitosan film significantly improved functional and morphological results of nerve regeneration in comparison to simple hollow CNGs. Importantly, this was detectable both in healthy and in diabetic rats (short term) and the regeneration outcome almost reached the outcome after autologous nerve grafting (long term). Hollow CNGs provide properties likely leading to a wider clinical acceptance than other artificial nerve guides and their performance can be increased by simple introduction of a chitosan film with the same advantageous properties. Therefore, the chitosan film enhanced CNGs represent a new generation medical device for peripheral nerve reconstruction. PMID:26517563

  20. Chitosan-chondroitin sulfate and chitosan-hyaluronate polyelectrolyte complexes: biological properties.

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    Denuziere, A; Ferrier, D; Damour, O; Domard, A

    1998-07-01

    In this work, we compare some biological properties of a highly deacetylated chitosan to those obtained with the materials made from its polyelectrolyte complexes with various GAG's such as chondroitin-sulfates and hyaluronic acid. The hydrolysis of the complexes by means of the specific hydrolytic enzymes is studied. Cell-adhesion and cell-proliferation on these materials is compared to that obtained with a pure chitosan material. Finally, a series of in vivo experiments is performed to test the wound-healing properties of this kind of complexes. All the results agree to show that chitosan has a protective effect against GAG's hydrolysis by their specific enzymes but only at pH's different from the optimal pH of the enzyme considered. In addition, they also agree to confirm that a pure chitosan material gives the best results in connection with cell-attachment and cell-proliferation or wound healing. Nevertheless, whatever the case, no adverse effect was observed with the polyelectrolyte complexes GAG's-chitosan. PMID:9720891

  1. SOLVENT PURIFICATION AND FLUOR SELECTION FOR GADOLINIUM-LOADED LIQUID SCINTILLATORS

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    Kesete, T.; Storm, A.; Hahn, R. L.; Yeh, M.; Seleem, S.

    2007-01-01

    The last decade has seen huge progress in the study of neutrinos, elementary sub-atomic particles. Continued growth in the fi eld of neutrino research depends strongly on the calculation of the neutrino mixing angle θ13, a fundamental neutrino parameter that is needed as an indicative guideline for proposed next-generation neutrino experiments. Experiments involving reactor antineutrinos are favored for the calculation of θ13 because their derivation equation for θ13 is relatively simple and unambiguous. A Gd-loaded liquid scintillator (Gd-LS) is the centerpiece of the detector and it consists of ~99% aromatic solvent, ~0.1% Gd, and < 1% fl uors. Key required characteristics of the Gd-LS are long-term chemical stability, high optical transparency, and high photon production by the scintillator. This summer’s research focused on two important aspects of the detector: (1) purifi cation of two selected scintillation solvents, 1, 2, 4-trimethylbenzene (PC) and linear alkyl benzene (LAB), to improve the optical transparency and long-term chemical stability of the Gd-LS, and (2) investigation of the added fl uors to optimize the photon production. Vacuum distillation and column separation were used to purify PC and LAB, respectively. Purifi cation was monitored using UV-visible absorption spectra and verifi ed in terms of decreased solvent absorption at 430nm. Absorption in PC at 430nm decreased by a factor slightly >10 while the absorption in LAB was lowered by a factor of ~5. Photon production for every possible combination of two solvents, four primary shifters, and two secondary shifters was determined by measuring the Compton-Scattering excitation induced by an external Cs-137 gamma source (Eγ ~ 662-keV). The ideal shifter concentration was identifi ed by measuring the photon production as a function of shifter quantity in a series of samples. Results indicate that 6g/L p-terphenyl with 150mg/L 1,4-Bis(2-methylstyryl)-benzene (bis-MSB) produces the maximum light yield for PC and 6g/L 2-(4-biphenylyl)-5-(4-tert-butyl-phenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole with 50mg/L bis-MSB optimizes the light yield for LAB. Future work should focus on obtaining the fl uorescence spectra for each of the shifters and studying the optical transparency of the LS as a function of shifter quantity.

  2. Development of a gadolinium-loaded liquid scintillator for the Hanaro short baseline prototype detector

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    Yeo, In Sung; Joo, Kyung Kwang; So, Sun Heang; Song, Sook Hyung; Kim, Hong Joo; So, Jung Ho; Park, Kang Soon; Ma, Kyung Ju; Jeon, Eun Ju; Kim, Jin Yu; Kim, Young Duk; Lee, Jason; Lee, Jeong-Yeon; Sun, Gwang-Min

    2014-02-01

    We propose a new experiment on the site of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) located at Daejeon, Korea. The Hanaro short baseline (SBL) nuclear reactor with a thermal power output 30 MW is used to investigate a reactor neutrino anomaly. A Hanaro SBL prototype detector having a 60- l volume has been constructed ˜6 m away from the reactor core. A gadolinium (Gd)-loaded liquid scintillator (LS) is used as an active material to trigger events. The selection of the LS is guided by physical and technical requirements, as well as safety considerations. A linear alkyl benzene (LAB) is used as a base solvent of the Hanaro SBL prototype detector. Three g/ l of PPO and 30 mg/ l of bis-MSB are dissolved to formulate the LAB-based LS. Then, a 0.5% gadolinium (Gd) complex with carboxylic acid is loaded into the LAB-based LS by using the liquidliquid extraction method. In this paper, we will summarize all the characteristics of the Gd-loaded LAB-based LS for the Hanaro prototype detector.

  3. Conjugated oligoelectrolyte-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane loaded pH-responsive nanoparticles for targeted fluorescence imaging of cancer cell nucleus.

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    Ding, Dan; Pu, Kan-Yi; Li, Kai; Liu, Bin

    2011-09-21

    We report conjugated oligoelectrolyte-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (COE-POSS) loaded and pH-triggered chitosan/poly(ethylene glycol) nanoparticles with folic acid functionalization for targeted imaging of cancer cell nucleus. PMID:21808781

  4. Chitosan promotes immune responses, ameliorates glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamic pyruvic transaminase, but enhances lactate dehydrogenase levels in normal mice in vivo

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    YEH, MING-YANG; SHIH, YUNG-LUEN; CHUNG, HSUEH-YU; CHOU, JASON; LU, HSU-FENG; LIU, CHIA-HUI; LIU, JIA-YOU; HUANG, WEN-WEN; PENG, SHU-FEN; WU, LUNG-YUAN; CHUNG, JING-GUNG

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan, a naturally derived polymer, has been shown to possess antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties; however, little is known about the effect of chitosan on the immune responses and glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activities in normal mice. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether chitosan has an effect on the immune responses and GOT, GPT and LDH activities in mice in vivo. BALB/c mice were divided into four groups. The negative control group was treated with a normal diet; the positive control group was treated with a normal diet plus orally administered acetic acid and two treatment groups were treated with a normal diet plus orally administered chitosan in acetic acid at doses of 5 and 20 mg/kg, respectively, every other day for 24 days. Mice were weighed during the treatment, and following the treatment, blood was collected, and liver and spleen samples were isolated and weighted. The blood samples were used for measurement of white blood cell markers, and the spleen samples were used for analysis of phagocytosis, natural killer (NK) cell activity and cell proliferation using flow cytometry. The results indicated that chitosan did not markedly affect the body, liver and spleen weights at either dose. Chitosan increased the percentages of CD3 (T-cell marker), CD19 (B-cell marker), CD11b (monocytes) and Mac-3 (macrophages) when compared with the control group. However, chitosan did not affect the phagocytic activity of macrophages in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, although it decreased it in the peritoneal cavity. Treatment with 20 mg/kg chitosan led to a reduction in the cytotoxic activity of NK cells at an effector to target ratio of 25:1. Chitosan did not significantly promote B-cell proliferation in lipopolysaccharide-pretreated cells, but significantly decreased T-cell proliferation in concanavalin A-pretreated cells, and decreased the activity of GOT and GPT compared with that in the acetic acid-treated group,. In addition, it significantly increased LDH activity, to a level similar to that in normal mice, indicating that chitosan can protect against liver injury. PMID:27073440

  5. Selective cell recruitment and spatially controlled cell attachment on instructive chitosan surfaces functionalized with antibodies.

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    Custódio, C A; Frias, A M; del Campo, A; Reis, R L; Mano, J F

    2012-12-01

    Bioactive constructs to guide cellular mobilization and function have been proposed as an approach for a new generation of biomaterials in functional tissue engineering. Adult mesenchymal stem cells have been widely used as a source for cell based therapeutic strategies, namely tissue engineering. This is a heterogeneous cell population containing many subpopulations with distinct regenerative capacity. Thus, one of the issues for the effective clinical use of stem cells in tissue engineering is the isolation of a highly purified, expandable specific subpopulation of stem cells. Antibody functionalized biomaterials could be promising candidates to isolate and recruit specific cell types. Here we propose a new concept of instructive biomaterials that are able to recruit and purify specific cell types from a mixed cell population. This biomimetic concept uses a target-specific chitosan substrate to capture specific adipose derived stem cells. Specific antibodies were covalently immobilized onto chitosan membranes using bis[sulfosuccinimidyl] suberate (BS3). Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) was used to monitor antibody immobilization/adsorption onto the chitosan films. Specific antibodies covalently immobilized, kept their bioactivity and captured specific cell types from a mixed cell population. Microcontact printing allowed to covalently immobilize antibodies in patterns and simultaneously a spatial control in cell attachment. PMID:23109106

  6. Ion-imprinted chitosan gel beads for selective adsorption of Ag⁺ from aqueous solutions.

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    Zhang, Meng; Helleur, Robert; Zhang, Yan

    2015-10-01

    In this study, the Ag(+)-imprinted chitosan gel beads were synthesized to selectively adsorb Ag(+) from bimetallic aqueous solutions containing the same molar concentration of Ag(+) and Cu(2+). The Ag(+)-imprinting not only helps to achieve extremely high selectivity of Ag(+), but also enhances the uptake capacity of the target Ag(+) by protecting some amine groups, the primary binding sites of metal ions from cross-linking. The maximum uptake of Ag(+) by the ion-imprinted chitosan beads was found to be 89.20 mg g(-1) at 25.0°C with an initial Ag(+) concentration of 352.95 mg L(-1) and the biosorbent dosage of 1.0 g L(-1). The adsorption equilibrium and kinetics of Ag(+) by the ion-imprinted chitosan beads can be better described by Langmuir isotherm and the intraparticle diffusion model. FTIR and XPS analyses suggested that amine functional groups involve the binding of Ag(+) via complexation at higher solution pH (3.0 ≤ pH ≤ 5.0) and ion exchange at lower solution pH (1.0 ≤ pH < 3.0). PMID:26076618

  7. Multimodal in vivo MRI and NIRF imaging of bladder tumor using peptide conjugated glycol chitosan nanoparticles

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    Key, Jaehong; Dhawan, Deepika; Knapp, Deborah W.; Kim, Kwangmeyung; Kwon, Ick Chan; Choi, Kuiwon; Leary, James F.

    2012-03-01

    Exact detection and complete removal of cancer is a key point to minimize cancer recurrence. However, it is currently very difficult to detect small tumors inside human body and continuously monitor tumors using a non-invasive imaging modality. Presently, positron emission tomography (PET) can provide the most sensitive cancer images in the human body. However, PET imaging has very limited imaging time because they typically use isotopes with short halflives. PET imaging cannot also visualize anatomical information. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide highresolution images inside the body but it has a low sensitivity, so MRI contrast agents are necessary to enhance the contrast of tumor. Near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) imaging has a good sensitivity to visualize tumor using optical probes, but it has a very limited tissue penetration depth. Therefore, we developed multi-modality nanoparticles for MRI based diagnosis and NIRF imaging based surgery of cancer. We utilized glycol chitosan of 350 nm as a vehicle for MRI contrast agents and NIRF probes. The glycol chitosan nanoparticles were conjugated with NIRF dye, Cy5.5 and bladder cancer targeting peptides to increase the internalization of cancer. For MR contrast effects, iron oxide based 22 nm nanocubes were physically loaded into the glycol chitosan nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were characterized and evaluated in bladder tumor bearing mice. Our study suggests the potential of our nanoparticles by both MRI and NIRF imaging for tumor diagnosis and real-time NIRF image-guided tumor surgery.

  8. Brain Localization and Neurotoxicity Evaluation of Polysorbate 80-Modified Chitosan Nanoparticles in Rats

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    Yuan, Zhong-Yue; Hu, Yu-Lan; Gao, Jian-Qing

    2015-01-01

    The toxicity evaluation of inorganic nanoparticles has been reported by an increasing number of studies, but toxicity studies concerned with biodegradable nanoparticles, especially the neurotoxicity evaluation, are still limited. For example, the potential neurotoxicity of Polysorbate 80-modified chitosan nanoparticles (Tween 80-modified chitosan nanoparticles, TmCS-NPs), one of the most widely used brain targeting vehicles, remains unknown. In the present study, TmCS-NPs with a particle size of 240 nm were firstly prepared by ionic cross-linking of chitosan with tripolyphosphate. Then, these TmCS-NPs were demonstrated to be entered into the brain and specially deposited in the frontal cortex and cerebellum after systemic injection. Moreover, the concentration of TmCS-NPs in these two regions was found to decrease over time. Although no obvious changes were observed for oxidative stress in the in vivo rat model, the body weight was found to remarkably decreased in a dose-dependent manner after exposure to TmCS-NPs for seven days. Besides, apoptosis and necrosis of neurons, slight inflammatory response in the frontal cortex, and decrease of GFAP expression in the cerebellum were also detected in mouse injected with TmCS-NPs. This study is the first report on the sub-brain biodistribution and neurotoxicity studies of TmCS-NPs. Our results provide new insights into the toxicity evaluation of nanoparticles and our findings would help contribute to a better understanding of the neurotoxicity of biodegradable nanomaterials used in pharmaceutics. PMID:26248340

  9. Insecticidal and fungicidal activity of new synthesized chitosan derivatives.

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    Rabea, Entsar I; Badawy, Mohamed E I; Rogge, Tina M; Stevens, Christian V; Höfte, Monica; Steurbaut, Walter; Smagghe, Guy

    2005-10-01

    Chitosan, the N-deacetylated derivative of chitin, is a potential biopolysaccharide owing to its specific structure and properties. In this paper, we report on the synthesis of 24 new chitosan derivatives, N-alkyl chitosans (NAC) and N-benzyl chitosans (NBC), that are soluble in dilute aqueous acetic acid. The different derivatives were synthesized by reductive amination and analyzed by 1H NMR spectroscopy. A high degree of substitution (DS) was obtained with N-(butyl)chitosan (DS 0.36) at a 1:1 mole ratio for NAC derivatives and N-(2,4-dichlorobenzyl)chitosan (DS 0.52) for NBC derivatives. Their insecticidal and fungicidal activities were tested against larvae of the cotton leafworm Spodoptera littoralis (Boisduval) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), the grey mould Botrytis cinerea Pers (Leotiales: Sclerotiniaceae) and the rice leaf blast Pyricularia grisea Cavara (Teleomorph: Magnaporthe grisea (Hebert) Barr). The oral feeding bioassay indicated that all the derivatives had significant insecticidal activity at 5 g kg(-1) in artificial diet. The most active was N-(2-chloro-6-fluorobenzyl)chitosan, which caused 100% mortality at 0.625 g kg(-1), with an estimated LC50 of 0.32 g kg(-1). Treated larvae ceased feeding after 2-3 days; the mechanism of action remains unknown. In a radial hyphal growth bioassay with both plant pathogens, all derivatives showed a higher fungicidal action than chitosan. N-Dodecylchitosan, N-(p-isopropylbenzyl)chitosan and N-(2,6-dichlorobenzyl)chitosan were the most active against B cinerea, with EC50 values of 0.57, 0.57 and 0.52 g litre(-1), respectively. Against P grisea, N-(m-nitrobenzyl)chitosan was the most active, with 77% inhibition at 5 g litre(-1). The effect of different substitutions is discussed in relation to insecticidal and fungicidal activity. PMID:15999339

  10. Biodegradation study of microcrystalline chitosan and microcrystalline chitosan/?-TCP complex composites.

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    Pighinelli, Luciano; Kucharska, Magdalena; Wsniewska-Wrona, Maria; Grucha?a, Bogdan; Brzoza-Malczewska, Kinga

    2012-01-01

    Bone repair or regeneration is a common and complicated clinical problem in orthopedic surgery. The importance of natural polymers, such as microcrystalline chitosan, and minerals such as HAp and ?-TCP, has grown significantly over the last two decades due to their renewable and biodegradable source, increasing the knowledge and functionality of composites in technological and biomedical applications. This study compares the biodegradation process, bioactivity, structure, morphology, and mechanical properties of microcrystalline chitosan and microcrystalline chitosan/?-TCP complex; the latter according to the new method of preparation. The complex showed a homogeneous network structure with regular pores, good bioactivity, even after 60 days of conducting the hydrolytic and enzymatic degradation process, showing a bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity. The complex indicates that it could be used successfully as a base for implants and scaffolds production in orthopedic surgery. PMID:22837717

  11. Immobilization of catalase on chitosan and amino acid- modified chitosan beads.

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    Ba?ak, Esra; Aydemir, Tlin

    2013-08-01

    Bovine liver catalase was covalently immobilized onto amino acid-modified chitosan beads. The beads were characterized with SEM, FTIR, TGA and the effects of immobilization on optimum pH and temperature, thermostability, reusability were evaluated. Immobilized catalase showed the maximal enzyme activity at pH 7.0 at 30C. The kinetic parameters, Km and Vmax, for immobilized catalase on alanine-chitosan beads and lysine-chitosan beads were estimated to be 25.67 mM, 27 mM and 201.39 ?mol H2O2/min, 197.50 ?mol H2O2/min, respectively. The activity of the immobilized catalase on Ala-CB and Lys-CB retained 40% of its high initial activity after 100 times of reuse. PMID:23316810

  12. Amphiphilic derivatives of chitosan using microwave irradiation. Toward an eco-friendly process to chitosan derivatives.

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    Petit, C; Reynaud, S; Desbrieres, J

    2015-02-13

    Conventional heating and microwave irradiation have been compared for the synthesis of chitosans grafted with alkyl chains. Reaction time (1-60 min), temperature (25 and 40 °C) and chitosan molar mass have been studied onto the yield of alkylation. The irradiation mode has been scrupulously controlled to highlight the effect of the use of microwaves. The chemical structure of modified polymers (degree of alkylation) is determined from NMR. In relation to the rheological behavior and surface tension measurements, the evolution of hydrophobic interactions is studied as a function of the yield of alkylation. A maximum of intrinsic viscosity and hydrodynamic diameter was observed for a degree of alkylation of around 10%. All the results tend to prove that microwave assisted synthesis is a powerful method to obtain modified chitosan under extremely low reaction time without any degradation and/or property modifications. PMID:25458269

  13. Biodegradation Study of Microcrystalline Chitosan and Microcrystalline Chitosan/β-TCP Complex Composites

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    Pighinelli, Luciano; Kucharska, Magdalena; Wísniewska-Wrona, Maria; Gruchała, Bogdan; Brzoza-Malczewska, Kinga

    2012-01-01

    Bone repair or regeneration is a common and complicated clinical problem in orthopedic surgery. The importance of natural polymers, such as microcrystalline chitosan, and minerals such as HAp and β-TCP, has grown significantly over the last two decades due to their renewable and biodegradable source, increasing the knowledge and functionality of composites in technological and biomedical applications. This study compares the biodegradation process, bioactivity, structure, morphology, and mechanical properties of microcrystalline chitosan and microcrystalline chitosan/β-TCP complex; the latter according to the new method of preparation. The complex showed a homogeneous network structure with regular pores, good bioactivity, even after 60 days of conducting the hydrolytic and enzymatic degradation process, showing a bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity. The complex indicates that it could be used successfully as a base for implants and scaffolds production in orthopedic surgery. PMID:22837717

  14. Physicochemical and biological characterization of chitosan-microRNA nanocomplexes for gene delivery to MCF-7 breast cancer cells

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    Santos-Carballal, B.; Aaldering, L. J.; Ritzefeld, M.; Pereira, S.; Sewald, N.; Moerschbacher, B. M.; Götte, M.; Goycoolea, F. M.

    2015-01-01

    Cancer gene therapy requires the design of non-viral vectors that carry genetic material and selectively deliver it with minimal toxicity. Non-viral vectors based on cationic natural polymers can form electrostatic complexes with negatively-charged polynucleotides such as microRNAs (miRNAs). Here we investigated the physicochemical/biophysical properties of chitosan–hsa-miRNA-145 (CS–miRNA) nanocomplexes and the biological responses of MCF-7 breast cancer cells cultured in vitro. Self-assembled CS–miRNA nanocomplexes were produced with a range of (+/−) charge ratios (from 0.6 to 8) using chitosans with various degrees of acetylation and molecular weight. The Z-average particle diameter of the complexes was <200 nm. The surface charge increased with increasing amount of chitosan. We observed that chitosan induces the base-stacking of miRNA in a concentration dependent manner. Surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy shows that complexes formed by low degree of acetylation chitosans are highly stable, regardless of the molecular weight. We found no evidence that these complexes were cytotoxic towards MCF-7 cells. Furthermore, CS–miRNA nanocomplexes with degree of acetylation 12% and 29% were biologically active, showing successful downregulation of target mRNA expression in MCF-7 cells. Our data, therefore, shows that CS–miRNA complexes offer a promising non-viral platform for breast cancer gene therapy. PMID:26324407

  15. Chitosan based hydrogel microspheres as drug carriers.

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    Vodn, Lucia; Bubenkov, Silvia; Lack, Igor; Chorvt, Dusan; Bakos, Dusan

    2007-05-10

    Chitosan/tripolyphosphate (CHIT/TPP) and chitosan/tripolyphosphate/chondroitin sulfate (CHIT/TPP/CHS) core-shell type microspheres were prepared by polyelectrolyte complexation in order to develop a biocompatible matrix for drug delivery. The continual method using a multi-loop reactor under sterile conditions was applied for microsphere preparation. All the types of microspheres produced were spherical in shape and had a porous structure. The mechanical resistance of the microspheres increased in the presence of CHS as the second polyanion, which toughened the microsphere shell structure. For a drug release application, the process of microsphere preparation was modified by dissolving ofloxacin (OFL), the fluoroquinolone antibiotic, in CHIT solution before complex formation. This study shows the difference in OFL release comparing the microspheres CHIT/TPP and CHIT/TPP/CHS and implies the potential to control this process. PMID:17477445

  16. Neuroprotective Properties of Chitosan and Its Derivatives

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    Pangestuti, Ratih; Kim, Se-Kwon

    2010-01-01

    Neuronal cells are extremely vulnerable and have a limited capacity for self-repair in response to injury. For those reasons, there is obvious interest in limiting neuronal damage. Mechanisms and strategies used in order to protect against neuronal injury, apoptosis, dysfunction, and degeneration in the central nervous system are recognized as neuroprotection. Neuroprotection could be achieved through several classes of natural and synthetic neuroprotective agents. However, considering the side effects of synthetic neuroprotective agents, the search for natural neuroprotective agents has received great attention. Recently, an increasing number of studies have identified neuroprotective properties of chitosan and its derivatives; however, there are some significant challenges that must be overcome for the success of this approach. Hence, the objective of this review is to discuss neuroprotective properties of chitosan and its derivatives. PMID:20714426

  17. Chemical coupling of thiolated chitosan to preformed liposomes improves mucoadhesive properties

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    Gradauer, Kerstin; Vonach, Caroline; Leitinger, Gerd; Kolb, Dagmar; Fröhlich, Eleonore; Roblegg, Eva; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas; Prassl, Ruth

    2012-01-01

    Aim To develop mucoadhesive liposomes by anchoring the polymer chitosan-thioglycolic acid (chitosan-TGA) to the liposomal surface to target intestinal mucosal membranes. Methods Liposomes consisting of phosphatidylcholine (POPC) and a maleimide-functionalized lipid were incubated with chitosan-TGA, leading to the formation of a thioether bond between free SH-groups of the polymer and maleimide groups of the liposome. Uncoated and newly generated thiomer-coated liposomes were characterized according to their size, zeta potential, and morphology using photon correlation spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The release behavior of calcitonin and the fluorophore/quencher-couple ANTS/DPX (8-aminonaphthalene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid/p-xylene-bis- pyridinium bromide) from coated and uncoated liposomes, was investigated over 24 hours in simulated gastric and intestinal fluids. To test the mucoadhesive properties of thiomer-coated and uncoated liposomes in-vitro, we used freshly excised porcine small intestine. Results Liposomes showed a concentration-dependent increase in size – from approximately 167 nm for uncoated liposomes to 439 nm for the highest thiomer concentration used in this study. Likewise, their zeta potentials gradually increased from about −38 mV to +20 mV, clearly indicating an effective coupling of chitosan-TGA to the surface of liposomes. As a result of mucoadhesion tests, we found an almost two-fold increase in the mucoadhesion of coupled liposomes relative to uncoupled ones. With fluorescence microscopy, we saw a tight adherence of coated particles to the intestinal mucus. Conclusion Taken together, our current results indicate that thiomer-coated liposomes possess a high potential to be used as an oral drug-delivery system. PMID:22679365

  18. Insights into chitosan multiple functional properties: the role of chitosan conformation in the behavior of liposomal membrane.

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    Tan, Chen; Zhang, Yating; Abbas, Shabbar; Feng, Biao; Zhang, Xiaoming; Xia, Shuqin; Chang, Dawei

    2015-12-01

    Interactions between chitosan and the liposomal membrane are relevant to the physiological functionality of chitosan, including dietary fiber, antimicrobial action, and fabrication of a delivery system for bioactives. To elucidate the multiple functions of chitosan, the dependence of liposomal membrane properties on the biopolymer conformation was investigated. The concentration dependence of chitosan conformation in aqueous solution was quantified by fluorescence and viscosity measurements. As the concentration increased, the extended chains of chitosan (0-1.0 mg mL(-1)) partially crimped (1.0-1.5 mg mL(-1)), and then self-aggregated forming irregular coils (>1.5 mg mL(-1)). Adsorption of chitosan linear chains on the liposomal membrane surface tended to maintain the morphology of liposomes, decrease the membrane interior micropolarity and rigidify the liposomal membrane. However, these effects were negligible or even opposite in the case of chitosan coils. Analysis on the membrane fluidity revealed that the microviscosity of liposomes decorated by 1.5 mg mL(-1) concentration of chitosan decreased by 17% after being heated at 80 °C for 10 min, in contrast to the decreased percentage of 55 at 4 mg mL(-1). Additionally, compared with the poor oxidative stability of liposomes decorated by chitosan coils, those decorated by chitosan linear chains exhibited slight lipid peroxidation with the TBARS inhibition of around 10% and 6% against oxygen and ferric ions, respectively. These findings suggest that the conformational effects of chitosan on the liposomal membrane are responsible for its multiple functional properties. PMID:26337678

  19. ECM-Chitosan Bandage for Tissue Repair

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    Lauto, Antonio; Longo, Leonardo

    2010-05-01

    Extracellular matrices (ECMs) are currently applied in reconstructive surgery to enhance wound healing and tissue remodelling. Sutures and staples are usually employed to stabilize ECM on tissue although they may damage the matrix structure. In this investigation, a novel biocompatible bandage was developed to implant ECM on tissue without sutures. An adhesive film, based on chitosan, was integrated with small intestine submucosa (SIS) in a single bandage strip. This bandage was bonded to sheep small intestine upon laser irradiation of the chitosan film (P = 0.12 W, Fluence = 46±1 J/cm2) to assess tissue adhesion strength. Thermocouples were used to estimate temperatures under SIS during laser irradiation. The bandage successfully bonded to intestine achieving a shear stress of 9.6±1.6 kPa(n = 15). During laser irradiation, the temperature increased modestly to 31±2 0C(n = 14) beneath the ECM portion of the bandage. The SIS-chitosan bandage bonded effectively to tissue without sutures and preserved the ECM structure avoiding irreversible thermal denaturation of imbedded bioactive proteins.

  20. Fabrication of chitosan-magnetite nanocomposite strip for chromium removal

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    Sureshkumar, Vaishnavi; Kiruba Daniel, S. C. G.; Ruckmani, K.; Sivakumar, M.

    2016-02-01

    Environmental pollution caused by heavy metals is a serious threat. In the present work, removal of chromium was carried out using chitosan-magnetite nanocomposite strip. Magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4) were synthesized using chemical co-precipitation method at 80 °C. The nanoparticles were characterized using UV-visible spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction spectrometer, atomic force microscope, dynamic light scattering and vibrating sample magnetometer, which confirm the size, shape, crystalline nature and magnetic behaviour of nanoparticles. Atomic force microscope revealed that the particle size was 15-30 nm and spherical in shape. The magnetite nanoparticles were mixed with chitosan solution to form hybrid nanocomposite. Chitosan strip was casted with and without nanoparticle. The affinity of hybrid nanocomposite for chromium was studied using K2Cr2O7 (potassium dichromate) solution as the heavy metal solution containing Cr(VI) ions. Adsorption tests were carried out using chitosan strip and hybrid nanocomposite strip at different time intervals. Amount of chromium adsorbed by chitosan strip and chitosan-magnetite nanocomposite strip from aqueous solution was evaluated using UV-visible spectroscopy. The results confirm that the heavy metal removal efficiency of chitosan-magnetite nanocomposite strip is 92.33 %, which is higher when compared to chitosan strip, which is 29.39 %.

  1. Electrically Conductive Chitosan/Carbon Scaffolds for Cardiac Tissue Engineering

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    2015-01-01

    In this work, carbon nanofibers were used as doping material to develop a highly conductive chitosan-based composite. Scaffolds based on chitosan only and chitosan/carbon composites were prepared by precipitation. Carbon nanofibers were homogeneously dispersed throughout the chitosan matrix, and the composite scaffold was highly porous with fully interconnected pores. Chitosan/carbon scaffolds had an elastic modulus of 28.1 ± 3.3 KPa, similar to that measured for rat myocardium, and excellent electrical properties, with a conductivity of 0.25 ± 0.09 S/m. The scaffolds were seeded with neonatal rat heart cells and cultured for up to 14 days, without electrical stimulation. After 14 days of culture, the scaffold pores throughout the construct volume were filled with cells. The metabolic activity of cells in chitosan/carbon constructs was significantly higher as compared to cells in chitosan scaffolds. The incorporation of carbon nanofibers also led to increased expression of cardiac-specific genes involved in muscle contraction and electrical coupling. This study demonstrates that the incorporation of carbon nanofibers into porous chitosan scaffolds improved the properties of cardiac tissue constructs, presumably through enhanced transmission of electrical signals between the cells. PMID:24417502

  2. Biopolymers produced from gelatin and chitosan using polyphenols

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    Chitin, and its derivative chitosan, is an abundant waste product derived from crustaceans (e.g. crab). It has unique properties which enable its use in, but not limited to, cosmetic, medical, and food applications. Chitosan has recently been studied, in conjunction with other waste carbohydrates ...

  3. Effects of chitosan particles in periodontal pathogens and gingival fibroblasts.

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    Arancibia, R; Maturana, C; Silva, D; Tobar, N; Tapia, C; Salazar, J C; Martínez, J; Smith, P C

    2013-08-01

    Chitosan is a naturally derived polymer with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, studies evaluating the role of chitosan in the control of periodontal pathogens and the responses of fibroblasts to inflammatory stimuli are lacking. In the present study, we analyzed whether chitosan particles may inhibit the growth of periodontal pathogens and modulate the inflammatory response in human gingival fibroblasts. Chitosan particles were generated through ionic gelation. They inhibited the growth of Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans at 5 mg/mL. Conversely, IL-1β strongly stimulated PGE2 protein levels in gingival fibroblasts, and chitosan inhibited this response at 50 µg/mL. IL-1β-stimulated PGE2 production was dependent on the JNK pathway, and chitosan strongly inhibited this response. IL-1β stimulated NF-κB activation, another signaling pathway involved in PGE2 production. However, chitosan particles were unable to modify NF-κB signaling. The present study shows that chitosan exerts a predominantly anti-inflammatory activity by modulating PGE2 levels through the JNK pathway, which may be useful in the prevention or treatment of periodontal inflammation. PMID:23788611

  4. Barrier properties of nano silicon carbide designed chitosan nanocomposites.

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    Pradhan, Gopal C; Dash, Satyabrata; Swain, Sarat K

    2015-12-10

    Nano silicon carbide (SiC) designed chitosan nanocomposites were prepared by solution technique. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used for studying structural interaction of nano silicon carbide (SiC) with chitosan. The morphology of chitosan/SiC nanocomposites was investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). The thermal stability of chitosan was substantially increased due to incorporation of stable silicon carbide nanopowder. The oxygen permeability of chitosan/SiC nanocomposites was reduced by three folds as compared to the virgin chitosan. The chemical resistance properties of chitosan were enhanced due to the incorporation of nano SiC. The biodegradability was investigated using sludge water. The tensile strength of chitosan/SiC nanocomposites was increased with increasing percentage of SiC. The substantial reduction in oxygen barrier properties in combination with increased thermal stability, tensile strength and chemical resistance properties; the synthesized nanocomposite may be suitable for packaging applications. PMID:26428100

  5. Electrically conductive chitosan/carbon scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering.

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    Martins, Ana M; Eng, George; Caridade, Sofia G; Mano, João F; Reis, Rui L; Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana

    2014-02-10

    In this work, carbon nanofibers were used as doping material to develop a highly conductive chitosan-based composite. Scaffolds based on chitosan only and chitosan/carbon composites were prepared by precipitation. Carbon nanofibers were homogeneously dispersed throughout the chitosan matrix, and the composite scaffold was highly porous with fully interconnected pores. Chitosan/carbon scaffolds had an elastic modulus of 28.1 ± 3.3 KPa, similar to that measured for rat myocardium, and excellent electrical properties, with a conductivity of 0.25 ± 0.09 S/m. The scaffolds were seeded with neonatal rat heart cells and cultured for up to 14 days, without electrical stimulation. After 14 days of culture, the scaffold pores throughout the construct volume were filled with cells. The metabolic activity of cells in chitosan/carbon constructs was significantly higher as compared to cells in chitosan scaffolds. The incorporation of carbon nanofibers also led to increased expression of cardiac-specific genes involved in muscle contraction and electrical coupling. This study demonstrates that the incorporation of carbon nanofibers into porous chitosan scaffolds improved the properties of cardiac tissue constructs, presumably through enhanced transmission of electrical signals between the cells. PMID:24417502

  6. Enzymolysis of chitosan by papain and its kinetics.

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    Pan, A-Dan; Zeng, Hong-Yan; Foua, Gohi Bi; Alain, Claude; Li, Yu-Qin

    2016-01-01

    Low molecular weight chitosan (LMWC) was obtained by the enzymolysis of chitosan by papain. Enzymolysis conditions (initial chitosan concentration, temperature, pH and ratio of papain to chitosan) were optimized by conducting experiments at three different levels using the response surface methodology (RSM) to obtain high soluble reducing sugars (SRSs) concentrations. Meanwhile, the influence of chitosan substrate concentration on the activity of papain was assessed in the experiments. The enzymolysis process was analyzed using pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models and the experiment data were found to be more consistent with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. In addition, the kinetic behavior of the enzymolysis was also investigated by using Haldane model, and chitosan exhibited substrate inhibition. It was clear that the Haldane kinetic model adequately described the dynamic behavior of the chitosan enzymolysis by papain. When the initial chitosan concentration was above 8.0g/L, the papain was overloaded and exhibited significant inhibition. PMID:26453869

  7. Plasticized chitosan/polyolefin films produced by extrusion.

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    Matet, Marie; Heuzey, Marie-Claude; Ajji, Abdellah; Sarazin, Pierre

    2015-03-01

    Plasticized chitosan and polyethylene blends were produced through a single-pass extrusion process. Using a twin-screw extruder, chitosan plasticization was achieved in the presence of an acetic acid solution and glycerol, and directly mixed with metallocene polyethylene, mPE, to produce a masterbatch. Different dilutions of the masterbatch (2, 5 and 10 wt% of plasticized chitosan), in the presence of ethylene vinyl acetate, EVA, were subsequently achieved in single screw film extrusion. Very small plasticized chitosan domains (number average diameter <5 μm) were visible in the polymeric matrix. The resulting films presented a brown color and increasing haze with chitosan plasticized content. Mechanical properties of the mPE films were affected by the presence of plasticized chitosan, but improvement was observed as a result of some compatibility between mPE and chitosan in the presence of EVA. Finally the incorporation of plasticized chitosan affected mPE water vapor permeability while oxygen permeability remained constant. PMID:25498623

  8. Nitric Oxide-Releasing Chitosan Oligosaccharides as Antibacterial Agents

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    Lu, Yuan; Slomberg, Danielle L.; Schoenfisch, Mark H.

    2014-01-01

    Secondary amine-functionalized chitosan oligosaccharides of different molecular weights (i.e., ~2500, 5000, 10000) were synthesized by grafting 2-methyl aziridine from the primary amines on chitosan oligosaccharides, followed by reaction with nitric oxide (NO) gas under basic conditions to yield N-diazeniumdiolate NO donors. The total NO storage, maximum NO flux, and half-life of the resulting NO-releasing chitosan oligosaccharides were controlled by the molar ratio of 2-methyl aziridine to primary amines (e.g., 1:1, 2:1) and the functional group surrounding the N-diazeniumdiolates (e.g., polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains), respectively. The secondary amine-modified chitosan oligosaccharides greatly increased the NO payload over existing biodegradable macromolecular NO donors. In addition, the water-solubility of the chitosan oligosaccharides enabled their penetration across the extracellular polysaccharides matrix of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms and association with embedded bacteria. The effectiveness of these chitosan oligosaccharides at biofilm eradication was shown to depend on both the molecular weight and ionic characteristics. Low molecular weight and cationic chitosan oligosaccharides exhibited rapid association with bacteria throughout the entire biofilm, leading to enhanced biofilm killing. At concentrations resulting in 5-log killing of bacteria in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms, the NO-releasing and control chitosan oligosaccharides elicited no significant cytotoxicity to mouse fibroblast L929 cells in vitro. PMID:24268196

  9. Effects of steam sterilization on thermogelling chitosan-based gels.

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    Jarry, C; Chaput, C; Chenite, A; Renaud, M A; Buschmann, M; Leroux, J C

    2001-01-01

    A new thermogelling chitosan-glycerophosphate system has been recently proposed for biomedical applications such as drug and cell delivery. The objectives of this work were to characterize the effect of steam sterilization on the in vitro and in vivo end performances of the gel and to develop a filtration-based method to assess its sterility. Autoclaving 2% (w/v) chitosan solutions for as short as 10 min resulted in a 30% decrease in molecular weight, 3-5-fold decrease in dynamic viscosity, and substantial loss of mechanical properties of the resulting gel. However, sterilization did not impair the ability of the system to form a gel at 37 degrees C. The antimicrobial activity of chitosan against several microorganisms was evaluated after inoculation of chitosan solutions and removal of the cells by filtration. It was found that, although chitosan was bacteriostatic against the heat sterilization bioindicator Bacillus stearothermophilus, the bacteria could rapidly grow after separation from the chitosan solution by filtration. This indicated that B. stearothermophilus is an adequate strain to validate a heat sterilization method on chitosan preparations, and accordingly this strain was used to assess the sterility of chitosan solution following a 10 min autoclaving time. PMID:11153009

  10. Synthesis, characterization, and antifungal activity of novel quaternary chitosan derivatives.

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    Li, Rongchun; Guo, Zhanyong; Jiang, Pingan

    2010-09-01

    Three novel quaternary chitosan derivatives were successfully synthesized by reaction of chloracetyl chitosan (CACS) with pyridine (PACS), 4-(5-chloro-2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)-pyridine (CHPACS), and 4-(5-bromo-2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)-pyridine (BHPACS). The chemical structure of the prepared chitosan derivatives was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C NMR) and their antifungal activity against Cladosporium cucumerinum, Monilinia fructicola, Colletotrichum lagenarium, and Fusarium oxysporum was assessed. Comparing with the antifungal activity of chitosan, CACS, and PACS, CHPACS and BHPACS exhibited obviously better inhibitory effects, which should be related to the synergistic reaction of chitosan itself with the grafted 2-[4-(5-chloro-2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)-pyridyl]acetyl and 2-[4-(5-bromo-2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)-pyridyl]acetyl. PMID:20615498

  11. Characterization and bacterial adhesion of chitosan-perfluorinated acid films.

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    Bierbrauer, Karina L; Alasino, Roxana V; Muñoz, Adrián; Beltramo, Dante M; Strumia, Miriam C

    2014-02-01

    We reported herein the study and characterization of films obtained by casting of chitosan solutions in perfluorinated acids, trifluoroacetic (TFA), perfluoropropionic (PFPA), and perfluorooctanoic (PFOA). The films were characterized by FTIR, solid state (13)C NMR, X-ray, AFM, contact angle, thermogravimetric effluent analysis by mass spectrometry, and rheology. The results showed a marked influence of chain length of the perfluorinated acids on the hydrophobic/hydrophilic ratio of the modified chitosan films which was evidenced by the different characteristics observed. The material that showed greater surface stability was chitosan-PFOA. Chitosan film with the addition of PFOA modifier became more hydrophobic, thus water vapor permeability diminished compared to chitosan films alone, this new material also depicted bacterial adhesion which, together with the features already described, proves its potential in applications for bioreactor coating. PMID:24189195

  12. A Coarse-Grained Model for Simulating Chitosan Hydrogels

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    Xu, Hongcheng; Matysiak, Silvina

    Hydrogels are biologically-derived materials composed of water-filled cross-linking polymer chains. It has widely been used as biodegradable material and has many applications in medical devices. The chitosan hydrogel is stimuli-responsive for undergoing pH-sensitive self-assembly process, allowing programmable tuning of the chitosan deposition through electric pulse. To explore the self-assembly mechanism of chitosan hydroge, we have developed an explicit-solvent coarse-grained chitosan model that has roots in the MARTINI force field, and the pH change is modeled by protonating chitosan chains using the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. The mechanism of hydrogel network formation will be presented. The self-assembled polymer network qualitatively reproduce many experimental observables such as the pH-dependent strain-stress curve, bulk moduli, and structure factor. Our model is also capable of simulating other similar polyelectrolyte polymer systems.

  13. Dairy Wastewater Treatment Using Low Molecular Weight Crab Shell Chitosan

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    Geetha Devi, M.; Dumaran, Joefel Jessica; Feroz, S.

    2012-08-01

    The investigation of possible use of low molecular weight crab shell chitosan (MW 20 kDa) in the treatment of dairy waste water was studied. Various experiments have been carried out using batch adsorption technique to study the effects of the process variables, which include contact time, stirring speed, pH and adsorbent dosage. Treated effluent characteristics at optimum condition showed that chitosan can be effectively used as adsorbent in the treatment of dairy wastewater. The optimum conditions for this study were at 150 mg/l of chitosan, pH 5 and 50 min of mixing time with 50 rpm of mixing speed. Chitosan showed the highest performance under these conditions with 79 % COD, 93 % turbidity and 73 % TSS reduction. The result showed that chitosan is an effective coagulant, which can reduce the level of COD, TSS and turbidity in dairy industry wastewater.

  14. Antimicrobial coating of modified chitosan onto cotton fabrics

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    Cheng, Xiaoli; Ma, Kaikai; Li, Rong; Ren, Xuehong; Huang, T. S.

    2014-08-01

    Chitosan has been applied as an antibacterial agent to provide biocidal function for textiles but has limitations of application condition and durability. In this study, a new N-halamine chitosan derivative was synthesized by introducing N-halamine hydantoin precursor. The synthesized chitosan derivative 1-Hydroxymethyl-5,5-dimethylhydantoin chitosan (chitosan-HDH) was coated onto cotton fabric with 1,2,3,4-butanetetracarboxylic acid (BTCA) as a crosslinking agent. The coatings were characterized and confirmed by FT-IR and SEM. The treated cotton fabrics can be rendered excellent antimicrobial activity upon exposure to dilute household bleach. The chlorinated coated swatches can inactivate 100% of the Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli O157:H7 with a contact time of 5 min. Almost all the lost chlorine after a month of storage could be recharged upon rechlorination. The crease recovery property of the treated swatches improved while the breaking strength decreased compared with uncoated cotton.

  15. Effect of the incorporation of sulfonated chitosan/sulfonated graphene oxide on the proton conductivity of chitosan membranes

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    Shirdast, Abbas; Sharif, Alireza; Abdollahi, Mahdi

    2016-02-01

    Chitosan biopolymer (CS) has been attracting considerable interest as polymer electrolyte in fuel cells. However, proton conductivity of chitosan is low and it is necessary to enhance its conductivity. In this work, 10 wt% sulfonated chitosan (SCS) and different amounts of sulfonated graphene oxide (SGO) nanosheets are incorporated into a chitosan membrane to investigate their effects on the electrochemical properties of the membrane. The proton conductivity and methanol permeability tests conducted on the CS/SCS/SGO membranes show that the conductivity is increased by 454%, the permeability is reduced by 23% and hence the selectivity is increased by 650%, relative to the neat chitosan, at SGO content of 5 wt%. Furthermore, combined addition of SCS and SGO to chitosan causes much more proton conductivity enhancement than the individual additives due to the synergistic effect of SCS and SGO. The observed synergistic effect reveals the importance of the chemical functionality of chitosan and nanofillers in the formation of ionic cluster domains with enhanced size within the membranes for proton transport. Finally, a Nernst-Planck based model is applied to the experimental proton conductivity data in order to shed more light on the role of GOs in the proton conductivity mechanism of chitosan.

  16. Blending chitosan with polycaprolactone: effects on physicochemical and antibacterial properties.

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    Sarasam, Aparna R; Krishnaswamy, Raj K; Madihally, Sundararajan V

    2006-04-01

    Chitosan is a well sought-after polysaccharide in biomedical applications and has been blended with various macromolecules to mitigate undesirable properties. However, the effects of blending on the unique antibacterial activity of chitosan as well as changes in fatigue and degradation properties are not well understood. The aim of this work was to evaluate the anti-bacterial properties and changes in physicochemical properties of chitosan upon blending with synthetic polyester poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL). Chitosan and PCL were homogeneously dissolved in varying mass ratios in a unique 77% acetic acid in water mixture and processed into uniform membranes. When subjected to uniaxial cyclical loading in wet conditions, these membranes sustained 10 cycles of predetermined loads up to 1 MPa without break. Chitosan was anti-adhesive to Gram-positive Streptococcus mutans and Gram-negative Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans bacteria. Presence of PCL compromised the antibacterial property of chitosan. Four-week degradation studies in PBS/lysozyme at 37 degrees C showed initial weight loss due to chitosan after which no significant changes were observed. Molecular interactions between chitosan and PCL were investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) which showed no chemical bond formations in the prepared blends. Investigation by wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) indicated that the crystal structure of individual polymers was unchanged in the blends. Dynamic mechanical and thermal analysis (DMTA) indicated that the crystallinity of PCL was suppressed and its storage modulus increased with the addition of chitosan. Analysis of surface topography by atomic force microscopy (AFM) showed a significant increase in roughness of all blends relative to chitosan. Observed differences in biological and anti-bacterial properties of blends could be primarily attributed to surface topographical changes. PMID:16602730

  17. Chitosan removes toxic heavy metal ions from cigarette mainstream smoke

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    Zhou, Wen; Xu, Ying; Wang, Dongfeng; Zhou, Shilu

    2013-09-01

    This study investigated the removal of heavy metal ions from cigarette mainstream smoke using chitosan. Chitosan of various deacetylation degrees and molecular weights were manually added to cigarette filters in different dosages. The mainstream smoke particulate matter was collected by a Cambridge filter pad, digested by a microwave digestor, and then analyzed for contents of heavy metal ions, including As(III/V), Pb(II), Cd(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II), by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS). The results showed that chitosan had a removal effect on Pb(II), Cd(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II). Of these, the percent removal of Ni(II) was elevated with an increasing dosage of chitosan. Chitosan of a high deace tylation degree exhibited good binding performance toward Cd(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II), though with poor efficiency for Pb(II). Except As(III/V), all the tested metal ions showed similar tendencies in the growing contents with an increasing chitosan molecular weight. Nonetheless, the percent removal of Cr(III/VI) peaked with a chitosan molecular weight of 200 kDa, followed by a dramatic decrease with an increasing chitosan molecular weight. Generally, chitosan had different removal effects on four out of five tested metal ions, and the percent removal of Cd(II), Pb(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II) was approximately 55%, 45%, 50%, and 16%, respectively. In a word, chitosan used in cigarette filter can remove toxic heavy metal ions in the mainstream smoke, improve cigarette safety, and reduce the harm to smokers.

  18. Spectrum and Mechanisms of Inflammasome Activation by Chitosan

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    Bueter, Chelsea L.; Lee, Chrono K.; Wang, Jennifer P.; Ostroff, Gary R.; Specht, Charles A.; Levitz, Stuart M.

    2014-01-01

    Chitosan, the deacetylated derivative of chitin, can be found in the cell wall of some fungi and is utilized in translational applications. We have shown that highly purified preparations of chitosan, but not chitin, activate the NLRP3 inflammasome in primed mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMΦ), inducing a robust IL-1β response. Here, we further define specific cell types that are activated and delineate mechanisms of activation. BMMΦ differentiated to promote a classically activated (M1) phenotype released more IL-1β in response to chitosan than intermediate or alternatively activated macrophages (M2). Chitosan but not chitin induced a robust IL-1β response in mouse DCs, peritoneal macrophages, and human PBMCs. Three mechanisms for NLRP3 inflammasome activation may contribute: K+ efflux, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and lysosomal destabilization. The contributions of these mechanisms were tested using a K+ efflux inhibitor, high extracellular potassium, a mitochondrial ROS inhibitor, lysosomal acidification inhibitors, and a cathepsin B inhibitor. These studies revealed that each of these pathways participated in optimal NLRP3 inflammasome activation by chitosan. Finally, neither chitosan nor chitin stimulated significant release from unprimed BMMΦ of any of 22 cytokines and chemokines assayed. In conclusion, 1) chitosan, but not chitin, stimulates IL-1β release from multiple murine and human cell types; 2) multiple non-redundant mechanisms appear to participate in inflammasome activation by chitosan; and 3) chitin and chitosan are relatively weak stimulators of inflammatory mediators from unprimed BMMΦ. These data have implications for understanding the nature of the immune response to microbes and biomaterials that contain chitin and chitosan. PMID:24829412

  19. Characterization and electrical properties of chitosan for waste water treatment

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    Saengkaew, Phannee; Chantanachai, Kanittha; Cheewajaroen, Kulthawat; Nimsiri, Woraporn

    2016-05-01

    Chitosan extracted from shrimp shell waste was characterized in order to use for the industrial wastewater treatment. By XRF technique, the qualitative and semi-quantitative analyses of pure chitosan were performed with the relative compositions of Ca, Mg, Si, Fe, Al, and Na of 0.321%, 0.738%, 0.713%, 0.363%, 0.338%, and 3.858%, respectively. In the case of two types of the contaminated chitosan from the wastewater treatment before and after a process of a primary H2O2-treatment, the relative compositions of Ca, Mg, Si and Fe were obtained with an increasing of 0.356%, 1.321%, 1.536%, 0.451% and 0.406%, 1.105%, 1.178%, 0.591%, respectively. This shows that the suspended materials in the wastewater were absorbed by chitosan. By I-V Measurements, the across-through voltage of the pure chitosan disc was 0.245V±0.053 at the applied voltage of 17V, and resistance of 53.9MΩ ±10.3 at the applied voltage of 590V. After the utilization for the wastewater treatment, the across voltage of chitosan discs from two cases were 0.133V±0.047 and 0.223V±0.063, and the resistance of 122.8MΩ ±16.1 and 24.8MΩ ±5.1. The used chitosan has a lower conductivity because of a decreasing in the chitosan's electrical dipoles by combining with the suspended ions in the wastewater. Moreover, the adsorption efficiencies of chitosan for formaldehyde in the wastewater of two cases were 31.08% and 25.40%. In summary, chitosan is efficiently utilized in the wastewater treatment by absorption of the suspended materials and formaldehyde due to its molecular structure providing a good electrical property.

  20. A New Strategy Based on Smrho Protein Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles as a Candidate Oral Vaccine against Schistosomiasis

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    Oliveira, Carolina R.; Rezende, Cntia M. F.; Silva, Marina R.; Pgo, Ana Paula; Borges, Olga; Goes, Alfredo M.

    2012-01-01

    Background Schistosomiasis is one of the most important neglected tropical diseases and an effective control is unlikely in the absence of improved sanitation and vaccination. A new approach of oral vaccination with alginate coated chitosan nanoparticles appears interesting because their great stability and the ease of target accessibility, besides of chitosan and alginate immunostimulatory properties. Here we propose a candidate vaccine based on the combination of chitosan-based nanoparticles containing the antigen SmRho and coated with sodium alginate. Methods and Findings Our results showed an efficient performance of protein loading of nanoparticles before and after coating with alginate. Characterization of the resulting nanoparticles reported a size around 430 nm and a negative zeta potential. In vitro release studies of protein showed great stability of coated nanoparticles in simulated gastric fluid (SGF) and simulated intestinal fluid (SIF). Further in vivo studies was performed with different formulations of chitosan nanoparticles and it showed that oral immunization was not able to induce high levels of antibodies, otherwise intramuscular immunization induced high levels of both subtypes IgG1 and IgG2a SmRho specific antibodies. Mice immunized with nanoparticles associated to CpG showed significant modulation of granuloma reaction. Mice from all groups immunized orally with nanoparticles presented significant levels of protection against infection challenge with S. mansoni worms, suggesting an important role of chitosan in inducing a protective immune response. Finally, mice immunized with nanoparticles associated with the antigen SmRho plus CpG had 38% of the granuloma area reduced and also presented 48% of protection against of S. mansoni infection. Conclusions Taken together, this results support this new strategy as an efficient delivery system and a potential vaccine against schistosomiasis. PMID:23209848

  1. Chitosan-based nanofibrous membranes for antibacterial filter applications.

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    Cooper, Ashleigh; Oldinski, Rachael; Ma, Hongyan; Bryers, James D; Zhang, Miqin

    2013-01-30

    Nanofibrous membranes have drawn considerable interest for filtration applications due to their ability to withstand high fluid flux while removing micro- and nano-sized particulates from solution. The desire to introduce an antibacterial function into water filter applications presents a challenge to widespread application of fibrous membranes because the addition of chemicals or biocides may produce harmful byproducts downstream. Here, we report the development of chitosan-polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofibrous membranes to utilize the natural antibacterial property of chitosan for antibacterial water filtration. Chitosan-PCL fibers with diameters of 200-400 nm and chitosan contents of 25, 50 and 75 wt% were prepared by electrospinning. In a series of bacterial challenge tests, chitosan-PCL fibrous membranes significantly reduced Staphylococcus aureus adhesion compared to PCL fibrous membranes. In water permeability and particulate size removal tests, fibrous membranes with 25% chitosan supported the greatest water flux (∼7000 L/h/m(2)) with 100% removal of 300-nm particulates, while maintaining the membrane integrity. This study demonstrates the potential of chitosan-PCL nanofibrous membranes as pre-filters for water filtration systems that demonstrate combinatorial filtration and intrinsic antibacterial advantages. PMID:23218292

  2. Mechanism of arsenic removal using chitosan and nanochitosan.

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    Kwok, Katrina C M; Koong, Len Foong; Chen, Guohua; McKay, Gordon

    2014-02-15

    Chitosan, a natural polysaccharide copolymer of glucosamine and N-acetyl-glucosamine, possesses one free primary amine and two free hydroxyl groups on each glucosamine unit. It has a polycationic nature and an abundance of amine functional groups. The sorption equilibrium and kinetics of arsenate onto chitosan flakes have been studied. The effect of pH on the adsorption capacity and the uptake kinetics is an important parameter to investigate the adsorption mechanism of anionic species such as arsenate ions on the protonated amine groups of chitosan. The equilibrium sorption and batch kinetic studies of arsenate ions on chitosan were performed at initial As concentration of 250-11,000 μg L(-1) and initial pH ranging from pH=3.50-5.50. The experimental results showed that initially for approximately the first 30 min there is a rapid and high adsorption of arsenate ions onto the chitosan leading to a maximum uptake capacity after this short time. However, this stage is followed by a slow desorption of arsenate from the chitosan with a steady increase in solution pH. A novel reversible pseudo-first order kinetic model was developed and applied to correlate this newly reported adsorption-desorption phenomenon. The physical and chemical properties of chitosan were studied and presented in terms of its surface and structural properties such as the degree of deacetylation, crystallinity, surface charge and its swelling properties. PMID:24370394

  3. Synthesis and application of magnetic chitosan nanoparticles in oilfield

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    Lian, Qi; Zheng, Xuefang

    2016-01-01

    The novel magnetic Co0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4-chitosan nanoparticles has the advantage of excellent biodegradation and a high level of controllability. The Co0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4-chitosan nanoparticles was prepared successfully. The size of the Co0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4-chitosan nanoparticles were all below 100 nm. The saturated magnetization of the Co0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4-chitosan nanoparticles could reach 80 emu/g and showed the characteristics of superparamagnetism at the same time. The image of TEM and SEM electron microscopy showed that the cubic-shape magnetic Co0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4 particles were encapsulated by the spherical chitosan nanoparticles. The evaluation on the interfacial properties of the product showed that the interfacial tension between crude oil and water could be reduce to ultra-low values as low as 10-3 mN/m when the magnetic Co0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4-chitosan nanoparticle was used in several blocks in Shengli Oilfield without other additives. Meanwhile, the magnetic Co0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4-chitosan nanoparticles possessed good salt-resisting capacity.

  4. Rheological and structural studies of carboxymethyl derivatives of chitosan

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    Winstead, Cherese; Katagumpola, Pushpika

    2014-05-01

    The degrees of substitution of chitosan derivatives were varied and the viscoelastic behavior of these biopolymer solutions was studied using rheology. Chitosan is a cationic copolymer of glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine obtained by alkaline deacetylation of chitin. Due to its inherent non-toxicity, biocompatibility, and biodegradability, chitosan has gained much interest. However, the poor solubility of the biopolymer in water and most common organic solvents limits its applications. Therefore, the focus of this work is the chemical modification of chitosan via carboxymethylation as well as studying the viscoelastic behavior of these polymer solutions. Varying degrees of substitution (DS) of carboxymethyl chitosan derivatives were synthesized by treating chitosan with monochloroacetic acid under alkylated medium varying the reaction time and temperature. The effect of degree of substitution on the rheology of these polymer solutions was studied as a function of concentration. The viscosity of chitosan derivatives sharply increased with increase in degree of substitution. G' and G" dependence on strain and angular frequency were studied and were found to exhibit predominantly viscous behavior. Additional characterization of the derivatized products were further studied using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermal gravimetric analysis as well as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Degree of substitution (DS) was calculated by titrimetric method.

  5. Evaluation of Hemagglutination Activity of Chitosan Nanoparticles Using Human Erythrocytes

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    de Lima, Jefferson Muniz; Sarmento, Ronaldo Rodrigues; de Souza, Joelma Rodrigues; Brayner, Fábio André; Feitosa, Ana Paula Sampaio; Padilha, Rafael; Alves, Luiz Carlos; Porto, Isaque Jerônimo; Batista, Roberta Ferreti Bonan Dantas; de Oliveira, Juliano Elvis; de Medeiros, Eliton Souto; Bonan, Paulo Rogério Ferreti; Castellano, Lúcio Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is a polysaccharide composed of randomly distributed chains of β-(1-4) D-glucosamine and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. This compound is obtained by partial or total deacetylation of chitin in acidic solution. The chitosan-based hemostatic agents have been gaining much attention in the management of bleeding. The aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro hemagglutination activity of chitosan nanoparticles using human erythrocytes. The preparation of nanoparticles was achieved by ionotropic gelification technique followed by neutralization with NaOH 1 mol/L−1. The hemagglutination activity was performed on a solution of 2% erythrocytes (pH 7.4 on PBS) collected from five healthy volunteers. The hemolysis determination was made by spectrophotometric analysis. Chitosan nanoparticle solutions without NaOH addition changed the reddish colour of the wells into brown, suggesting an oxidative reaction of hemoglobin and possible cell lysis. All neutralized solutions of chitosan nanoparticles presented positive haemagglutination, without any change in reaction color. Chitosan nanoparticles presented hemolytic activity ranging from 186.20 to 223.12%, while neutralized solutions ranged from 2.56 to 72.54%, comparing to distilled water. Results highlight the need for development of new routes of synthesis of chitosan nanoparticles within human physiologic pH. PMID:25759815

  6. Evaluation of hemagglutination activity of chitosan nanoparticles using human erythrocytes.

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    de Lima, Jefferson Muniz; Sarmento, Ronaldo Rodrigues; de Souza, Joelma Rodrigues; Brayner, Fábio André; Feitosa, Ana Paula Sampaio; Padilha, Rafael; Alves, Luiz Carlos; Porto, Isaque Jerônimo; Batista, Roberta Ferreti Bonan Dantas; de Oliveira, Juliano Elvis; de Medeiros, Eliton Souto; Bonan, Paulo Rogério Ferreti; Castellano, Lúcio Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is a polysaccharide composed of randomly distributed chains of β-(1-4) D-glucosamine and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. This compound is obtained by partial or total deacetylation of chitin in acidic solution. The chitosan-based hemostatic agents have been gaining much attention in the management of bleeding. The aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro hemagglutination activity of chitosan nanoparticles using human erythrocytes. The preparation of nanoparticles was achieved by ionotropic gelification technique followed by neutralization with NaOH 1 mol/L(-1). The hemagglutination activity was performed on a solution of 2% erythrocytes (pH 7.4 on PBS) collected from five healthy volunteers. The hemolysis determination was made by spectrophotometric analysis. Chitosan nanoparticle solutions without NaOH addition changed the reddish colour of the wells into brown, suggesting an oxidative reaction of hemoglobin and possible cell lysis. All neutralized solutions of chitosan nanoparticles presented positive haemagglutination, without any change in reaction color. Chitosan nanoparticles presented hemolytic activity ranging from 186.20 to 223.12%, while neutralized solutions ranged from 2.56 to 72.54%, comparing to distilled water. Results highlight the need for development of new routes of synthesis of chitosan nanoparticles within human physiologic pH. PMID:25759815

  7. Chitosan based water-resistant adhesive. Analogy to mussel glue.

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    Yamada, K; Chen, T; Kumar, G; Vesnovsky, O; Topoleski, L D; Payne, G F

    2000-01-01

    Using analogies from nature, we investigated the possibility that tyrosinase-catalyzed reactions of 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine (dopamine) could confer water-resistant adhesive properties to semidilute solutions of the polysaccharide chitosan. Rheological measurements showed that the tyrosinase-catalyzed, and subsequent uncatalyzed, reactions lead to substantial increases in the viscosity of the chitosan solutions. Samples from these high-viscosity modified-chitosans were spread onto dry glass slides, the slides were lapped and clipped together either in air or after being submerged in water, and the bound slides were held under water for several hours. Adhesive shear strengths of over 400 kPa were observed for these modified chitosan samples, while control chitosan solutions conferred no adhesive strength (i.e., the glass slides separated in the absence of measurable forces). High viscosities and water-resistant adhesive strengths were also observed when semidilute chitosan solutions were treated with the known cross-linking agent, glutaraldehyde. Further studies indicate a relationship between the increased viscosities and water-resistant adhesion. These results demonstrate that the renewable biopolymer chitosan can be converted into a water-resistant adhesive. PMID:11710108

  8. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" of Chitosans.

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    Bellich, Barbara; D'Agostino, Ilenia; Semeraro, Sabrina; Gamini, Amelia; Cesàro, Attilio

    2016-05-01

    The objective of this paper is to emphasize the fact that while consistent interest has been paid to the industrial use of chitosan, minor attention has been devoted to spread the knowledge of a good characterization of its physico-chemical properties. Therefore, the paper attempts to critically comment on the conflicting experimental results, highlighting the facts, the myths and the controversies. The goal is to indicate how to take advantage of chitosan versatility, to learn how to manage its variability and show how to properly tackle some unexpected undesirable features. In the sections of the paper various issues that relate chitosan properties to some basic features and to advanced solutions and applications are presented. The introduction outlines some historical pioneering works, where the chemistry of chitosan was originally explored. Thereafter, particular reference is made to analytical purity, characterization and chain modifications. The macromolecular characterization is mostly related to molecular weight and to degree of acetylation, but also refers to the conformational and rheological properties and solution stability. Then, the antimicrobial activity of chitosan in relation with its solubility is reviewed. A section is dedicated to the formulation of chitosan biomaterials, from gel to nanobeads, exploring their innovative application as active carrier nanoparticles. Finally, the toxicity issue of chitosan as a polymer and as a constructed nanomaterial is briefly commented in the conclusions. PMID:27196916

  9. Synthesis and properties of Chitosan-silica hybrid aerogels

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    Ayers, Michael R.; Hunt, Arlon J.

    2001-06-01

    Chitosan, a polymer that is soluble in dilute aqueous acid, is derived from chitin, a natural polyglucosamide. Aquagels where the solid phase consists of both chitosan and silica can be easily prepared by using an acidic solution of chitosan to catalyze the hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate. Gels with chitosan/TEOS mass ratios of 0.1-1.1 have been prepared by this method. Standard drying processes using CO{sub 2} give the corresponding aerogels. The amount of chitosan in the gel plays a role in the shrinkage of the aerogel during drying. Gels with the lowest chitosan/silica ratios show the most linear shrinkage, up to 24%, while those with the highest ratios show only a 7% linear shrinkage. Pyrolysis at 700 C under nitrogen produces a darkened aerogel due to the thermal decomposition of the chitosan, however, the aerogel retains its monolithic form. The pyrolyzed aerogels absorb slightly more infrared radiation in the 2-5 {micro}m region than the original aerogels. B.E.T. surface areas of these aerogels range from 470-750 m{sup 2}/g. Biocompatibility screening of this material shows a very high value for hemolysis, but a low value for cytotoxicity.

  10. Rheological and structural studies of carboxymethyl derivatives of chitosan

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    Winstead, Cherese; Katagumpola, Pushpika

    2014-05-15

    The degrees of substitution of chitosan derivatives were varied and the viscoelastic behavior of these biopolymer solutions was studied using rheology. Chitosan is a cationic copolymer of glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine obtained by alkaline deacetylation of chitin. Due to its inherent non-toxicity, biocompatibility, and biodegradability, chitosan has gained much interest. However, the poor solubility of the biopolymer in water and most common organic solvents limits its applications. Therefore, the focus of this work is the chemical modification of chitosan via carboxymethylation as well as studying the viscoelastic behavior of these polymer solutions. Varying degrees of substitution (DS) of carboxymethyl chitosan derivatives were synthesized by treating chitosan with monochloroacetic acid under alkylated medium varying the reaction time and temperature. The effect of degree of substitution on the rheology of these polymer solutions was studied as a function of concentration. The viscosity of chitosan derivatives sharply increased with increase in degree of substitution. G' and G' dependence on strain and angular frequency were studied and were found to exhibit predominantly viscous behavior. Additional characterization of the derivatized products were further studied using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), {sup 1}H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ({sup 1}H NMR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermal gravimetric analysis as well as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Degree of substitution (DS) was calculated by titrimetric method.

  11. Isolation of chitosan from Ganoderma lucidum mushroom for biomedical applications.

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    Mesa Ospina, Natali; Ospina Alvarez, Sandra Patricia; Escobar Sierra, Diana Marcela; Rojas Vahos, Diego Fernando; Zapata Ocampo, Paola Andrea; Ossa Orozco, Claudia Patricia

    2015-03-01

    Chitin biopolymer production and its by-product chitosan show great potential. These biomaterials have great applicability in various fields because they are non-toxic, biodegradable, biocompatible, and have antimicrobial effects. The most common source of chitin and chitosan is the crustaceous shell; however, mushrooms are an alternative source for isolating these biopolymers because their cellular wall has a high content of chitin, which may be transformed into chitosan through a deacetylation reaction. The main objective of this research was to obtain chitosan through the deacetylation of chitin isolated from the Ganoderma lucidum basidiomycetes mushroom, which is obtained through biotechnological culture. The material characterization was performed using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and an evaluation of cytotoxicity comparing the results obtained with results for commercial chitosan. Protocol results showed that chitosan obtained from this mushroom had a significant similitude with commercial chitosan, yet the one obtained using P2 protocol was the one that rendered the best results: including diffractogram peaks, characteristic infrared analysis bands, and an 80.29 % degree of deacetylation. Cytotoxicity in vitro testing showed that the material was non-toxic; furthermore, it rendered very promising information regarding the evaluation of future applications of this biomaterial in the field of biomedicine. PMID:25716022

  12. Chitin, Chitosan, and Its Derivatives for Wound Healing: Old and New Materials

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    Azuma, Kazuo; Izumi, Ryotaro; Osaki, Tomohiro; Ifuku, Shinsuke; Morimoto, Minoru; Saimoto, Hiroyuki; Minami, Saburo; Okamoto, Yoshiharu

    2015-01-01

    Chitin (β-(1-4)-poly-N-acetyl-d-glucosamine) is widely distributed in nature and is the second most abundant polysaccharide after cellulose. It is often converted to its more deacetylated derivative, chitosan. Previously, many reports have indicated the accelerating effects of chitin, chitosan, and its derivatives on wound healing. More recently, chemically modified or nano-fibrous chitin and chitosan have been developed, and their effects on wound healing have been evaluated. In this review, the studies on the wound-healing effects of chitin, chitosan, and its derivatives are summarized. Moreover, the development of adhesive-based chitin and chitosan are also described. The evidence indicates that chitin, chitosan, and its derivatives are beneficial for the wound healing process. More recently, it is also indicate that some nano-based materials from chitin and chitosan are beneficial than chitin and chitosan for wound healing. Clinical applications of nano-based chitin and chitosan are also expected. PMID:25780874

  13. Synthesis and fungicidal activity of new N,O-acyl chitosan derivatives.

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    Badawy, Mohamed E I; Rabea, Entsar I; Rogge, Tina M; Stevens, Christian V; Smagghe, Guy; Steurbaut, Walter; Höfte, Monica

    2004-01-01

    Novel N,O-acyl chitosan (NOAC) derivatives were synthesized to examine their fungicidal activity against the gray mould fungus Botrytis cinerea (Leotiales: Sclerotiniaceae) and the rice leaf blast fungus Pyricularia oryzae (Teleomorph: Magnaporth grisea). The fungicidal activity was evaluated by the radial growth bioassay. NOAC derivatives were more active against the two plant pathogens than chitosan itself, and the effect was concentration dependent. Against B. cinerea, 4-chlorobutyryl chitosan (EC50=0.043%), decanoyl chitosan (EC50=0.044%), cinnamoyl chitosan (EC50=0.045%), and p-methoxybenzoyl chitosan (EC50=0.050%) were the most active (12-13-fold more active than chitosan). (Un)-substituted benzoyl chitosan derivatives were more active against B. cinerea than most of these with N,O-alkyl derivatives. Against P. oryzae chitosan derivatives with lauroyl, methoxy acetyl, methacryloyl and decanoyl were the most active. PMID:15003025

  14. Plasma surface modification effects on biodegradability and protein adsorption properties of chitosan films

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    Chang, Shih-Hang; Chian, Chin-He

    2013-10-01

    This study investigates how plasma surface modification influences chitosan film biodegradability and protein adsorption properties. Plasma-modified chitosan films exhibit significantly more hydroxyl and carboxylic acid absorption bands in infrared spectra, and therefore exhibit superior hydrophilicity to that of unmodified chitosan films. The plasma-modified chitosan films exhibit rougher surface morphologies and higher swelling ratios in comparison to unmodified chitosan films. The plasma-modified chitosan films possess enhanced biodegradability in comparison to unmodified chitosan films, because more hydroxyl and carboxylic acid groups are metabolized during biodegradation. The plasma-modified chitosan films exhibit less bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorption in bicinchoninic acid protein assays because the carboxylic acid group in bovine serum albumin is charge-charge repulsed from the abundant carboxylic acid group on the film surface. The 120 s plasma-modified chitosan film possesses optimal hydrophilicity, swelling property, biodegradability, and the lowest BSA protein adsorption, because prolonged plasma treatment time may cause films surface damage.

  15. Structure of chitosan gels mineralized by sorption

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    Modrzejewska, Z.; Skwarczyńska, A.; Douglas, T. E. L.; Biniaś, D.; Maniukiewicz, W.; Sielski, J.

    2015-10-01

    The paper presents the structural studies of mineralized chitosan hydrogels. Hydrogels produced by using sodium beta-glycerophosphate (Na-β-GP) as a neutralizing agent. Mineralization was performed method "post loading", which consisted in sorption to the gels structure Ca ions. In order to obtain - in the structure of gels - compounds similar to the hydroxyapatites present naturally in bone tissue, gels after sorption were modified in: pH 7 buffer and sodium hydrogen phosphate. In order to determine the structural properties of the gels, the following methods were used: infrared spectroscopy with Fourier transformation, FTIR, X-ray diffractometry, XRD, scanning electron microscopy, SEM.

  16. Chitosan: A Promising Marine Polysaccharide for Biomedical Research.

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    Periayah, Mercy Halleluyah; Halim, Ahmad Sukari; Saad, Arman Zaharil Mat

    2016-01-01

    Biomaterials created 50 years ago are still receiving considerable attention for their potential to support development in the biomedical field. Diverse naturally obtained polysaccharides supply a broad range of resources applicable in the biomedical field. Lately, chitosan, a marine polysaccharide derived from chitins-which are extracted from the shells of arthropods such as crab, shrimp, and lobster-is becoming the most wanted biopolymer for use toward therapeutic interventions. This is a general short review of chitosan, highlighting the history, properties, chemical structure, processing method, and factors influencing the usage of chitosan derivatives in the biomedical field. PMID:27041872

  17. Chitosan: A Promising Marine Polysaccharide for Biomedical Research

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    Periayah, Mercy Halleluyah; Halim, Ahmad Sukari; Saad, Arman Zaharil Mat

    2016-01-01

    Biomaterials created 50 years ago are still receiving considerable attention for their potential to support development in the biomedical field. Diverse naturally obtained polysaccharides supply a broad range of resources applicable in the biomedical field. Lately, chitosan, a marine polysaccharide derived from chitins—which are extracted from the shells of arthropods such as crab, shrimp, and lobster—is becoming the most wanted biopolymer for use toward therapeutic interventions. This is a general short review of chitosan, highlighting the history, properties, chemical structure, processing method, and factors influencing the usage of chitosan derivatives in the biomedical field. PMID:27041872

  18. [Brucine chitosan thermosensitive hydrogel for intra-articular injection].

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    Chen, Zhi-Peng; Liu, Wen; Chen, Hong-Xuan; Cai, Bao-Chang

    2012-05-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a sustained release converse thermosensitive hydrogel for intra-articular injection using chitosan-glycerol-borax as matrix, its physical properties and biocompatibility were investigated. Taking gelation time and gelation condition as index, the influence of concentration of chitosan, ratio of chitosan to glycerol, pH on physical properties of hydrogel were investigated. And then the in vitro drug release, rheological properties and biocompatibility were studied. The thermosensitive hydrogel flows easily at room temperature and turns to gelation at body temperature, which can certainly prolong the release of drug and has good biocompatibility. PMID:22812012

  19. Separation of Cr(VI) on chitosan membranes

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    Modrzejewska, Z.; Kaminski, W.

    1999-12-01

    Chitosan membranes were used for hexavalent chromium removal. Investigations covered membranes produced by phase inversion (wet-method). The modifications of membranes were made by acetylated and cross-linked Cu(II). In the experiments chitosan produced by the Sea Fisheries Institute, Poland, was used. The metal ions were removed on chitosan membranes during membrane processes. The modifications and the effect of the pH of the solution on the separation properties of membranes were determined. The concentration of metal ions was measured by the method of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) atomic emission spectrometry.

  20. Recent progress on synthesis, property and application of modified chitosan: An overview.

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    Wang, Junhua; Wang, Li; Yu, Haojie; Zain-Ul-Abdin; Chen, Yongsheng; Chen, Qing; Zhou, Weidong; Zhang, Hongtao; Chen, Xiao

    2016-07-01

    Because of the unique chemical structure, chitosan and its derivatives have been paid close extensive attention as the potential bio-functional material. This review presents recent synthesis of modified chitosan via N-substitution, O-substitution, free radical graft copolymerization and other modification methods and properties of the modified chitosan. The applications of the modified chitosan in metal ions adsorption, dye removal and pharmaceutical fields are illustrated as well. The rapid development in the modification of chitosan describes broad perspectives of the modified chitosan. PMID:27044349

  1. Hyaluronic acid/chitosan multilayer coatings on neuronal implants for localized delivery of siRNA nanoplexes.

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    Hartmann, Hanna; Hossfeld, Susanne; Schlosshauer, Burkhard; Mittnacht, Ursula; Pêgo, Ana Paula; Dauner, Martin; Doser, Michael; Stoll, Dieter; Krastev, Rumen

    2013-06-28

    Binding, stabilizing and promoting cellular uptake of siRNA are all critical efforts in creating matrices for the localized delivery of siRNA molecules to target cells. In this study, we describe the generation of chitosan imidazole/siRNA nanoplexes (NPs) embedded in nano scope polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) composed of hyaluronic acid and chitosan for sustained and localized drug delivery. Regular PEM build-up, successful integration of NPs and controlled release under physiological conditions were shown. Biological efficacy was evaluated in neuronal cell culture concerning cell adhesion, viability, NPs uptake and gene silencing. The additionally shown biological functionalization of neuronal implants possesses potential for future applications in the field of regenerative medicine and treatment of spinal cord injuries. PMID:23562632

  2. Carboxymethyl chitosan represses tumor angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo.

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    Jiang, Zhiwen; Han, Baoqin; Li, Hui; Yang, Yan; Liu, Wanshun

    2015-09-20

    Carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS), with potent water solubility, biocompatibility, and non-toxicity, has emerged as a promising candidate for biomedical applications. In this study, the anti-tumor angiogenesis effects of CMCS were evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Our results showed that CMCS could inhibit the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional migration of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro. CMCS significantly inhibited the growth of mouse hepatocarcinoma 22 tissues and could promote tumor cell necrosis as suggested by pathological observations. The CD34 expression in H22 tumor tissue, the levels of vascular endothelial growth factor and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 1 in serum was regulated by CMCS treatment. CMCS could significantly improve thymus index, spleen index, tumor necrosis factor α and interferon γ level. In a conclusion, CMCS possessed potent anti-tumor effects by inhibiting tumor angiogenesis, stimulating immune functions. Our date provide more foundation for application of CMCS in biomedicine or biomaterials for targeted anticancer drugs delivery. PMID:26050881

  3. C6-Modifications on chitosan to develop chitosan-based glycopolymers and their lectin-affinities with sigmoidal binding profiles.

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    Koshiji, Kazuhiro; Nonaka, Yuki; Iwamura, Maho; Dai, Fumiko; Matsuoka, Ryoji; Hasegawa, Teruaki

    2016-02-10

    Chitosan-based glycopolymers having multiple β-lactosides exclusively at their C6-positions were successfully synthesized from partially deacetylated chitin through perfect N-deacetylation/phthaloylation and C6-selective bromination/azidation to afford 6-azide-6-deoxy-N-phthaloyl-chitosan and the subsequent Cu(+)-catalyzed Huisgen cycloadditions using alkyne-terminated β-lactoside and/or quaternary ammonium modules followed by dephthaloylations. Lectin-affinities of the resultant chitosan-based glycopolymers were assessed through fluorescence titration assays to show their unique sigmoidal binding profiles with amplified binding constants. PMID:26686131

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Biodegradable Ultrasonicated Films made from Chitosan/al2o3 Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Prakash, B.; Jothirajan, M. A.; Umapathy, S.; Amala, Viji

    Chitosan is a biopolymer which is biodegradable, biocompatible, non toxic and cationic in nature. Due to these interesting properties, it finds advanced applications in sensors, drug delivery vehicle and gene therapy etc., In this present work, the biocompatible Al2O3 Nano particles were embedded into Chitosan Polymer matrix by ultrasonication route. XRD and FTIR studies confirm the presence of Al2O3 nanoparticle in the Chitosan polymer matrix. The morphological, optical, electrical properties of the polymer nano composite films are carried out by employing scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV- Vis, LCR and Impedance studies.

  5. Towards a selective adsorbent for arsenate and selenite in the presence of phosphate: Assessment of adsorption efficiency, mechanism, and binary separation factors of the chitosan-copper complex.

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    Yamani, Jamila S; Lounsbury, Amanda W; Zimmerman, Julie B

    2016-01-01

    The potential for a chitosan-copper polymer complex to select for the target contaminants in the presence of their respective competitive ions was evaluated by synthesizing chitosan-copper beads (CCB) for the treatment of (arsenate:phosphate), (selenite:phosphate), and (selenate:sulfate). Based on work by Rhazi et al., copper (II) binds to the amine moiety on the chitosan backbone as a monodentate complex (Type I) and as a bidentate complex crosslinking two polymer chains (Type II), depending on pH and copper loading. In general, the Type I complex exists alone; however, beyond threshold conditions of pH 5.5 during synthesis and a copper loading of 0.25 mol Cu(II)/mol chitosan monomer, the Type I and Type II complexes coexist. Subsequent chelation of this chitosan-copper ligand to oxyanions results in enhanced and selective adsorption of the target contaminants in complex matrices with high background ion concentrations. With differing affinities for arsenate, selenite, and phosphate, the Type I complex favors phosphate chelation while the Type II complex favors arsenate chelation due to electrostatic considerations and selenite chelation due to steric effects. No trend was exhibited for the selenate:sulfate system possibly due to the high Ksp of the corresponding copper salts. Binary separation factors, α12, were calculated for the arsenate-phosphate and selenite-phosphate systems, supporting the mechanistic hypothesis. While, further research is needed to develop a synthesis method for the independent formation of the Type II complexes to select for target contaminants in complex matrices, this work can provide initial steps in the development of a selective adsorbent. PMID:26613182

  6. Chitosan-alginate membranes accelerate wound healing.

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    Caetano, Guilherme Ferreira; Frade, Marco Andrey Cipriani; Andrade, Thiago Antônio Moretti; Leite, Marcel Nani; Bueno, Cecilia Zorzi; Moraes, Ângela Maria; Ribeiro-Paes, João Tadeu

    2015-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of chitosan-alginate membrane to accelerate wound healing in experimental cutaneous wounds. Two wounds were performed in Wistar rats by punching (1.5 cm diameter), treated with membranes moistened with saline solution (CAM group) or with saline only (SL group). After 2, 7, 14, and 21 days of surgery, five rats of each group were euthanized and reepithelialization was evaluated. The wounds/scars were harvested for histological, flow cytometry, neutrophil infiltrate, and hydroxyproline analysis. CAM group presented higher inflammatory cells recruitment as compared to SL group on 2(nd) day. On the 7(th) day, CAM group showed higher CD11b(+) level and lower of neutrophils than SL group. The CAM group presented higher CD4(+) cells influx than SL group on 2(nd) day, but it decreased during the follow up and became lower on 14(th) and 21(st) days. Higher fibroplasia was noticed on days 7 and 14 as well as higher collagenesis on 21(st) in the CAM group in comparison to SL group. CAM group showed faster reepithelialization on 7(th) day than SL group, although similar in other days. In conclusion, chitosan-alginate membrane modulated the inflammatory phase, stimulated fibroplasia and collagenesis, accelerating wound healing process in rats. PMID:25220821

  7. Design of peptide-conjugated glycol chitosan nanoparticles for near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) in vivo imaging of bladder tumors

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    Key, Jaehong; Dhawan, Deepika; Knapp, Deborah W.; Kim, Kwangmeyung; Kwon, Ick Chan; Choi, Kuiwon; Leary, James F.

    2012-03-01

    Enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effects for tumor treatment have been utilized as a representative strategy to accumulate untargeted nanoparticles in the blood vessels around tumors. However, the EPR effect itself was not sufficient for the nanoparticles to penetrate into cancer cells. For the improvement of diagnosis and treatment of cancer using nanoparticles, many more nanoparticles need to specifically enter cancer cells. Otherwise, can leave the tumor area and not contribute to treatment. In order to enhance the internalization process, specific ligands on nanoparticles can help their specific internalization in cancer cells by receptor-mediated endocytosis. We previously developed glycol chitosan based nanoparticles that suggested a promising possibility for in vivo tumor imaging using the EPR effect. The glycol chitosan nanoparticles showed a long circulation time beyond 1 day and they were accumulated predominantly in tumor. In this study, we evaluated two peptides for specific targeting and better internalization into urinary bladder cancer cells. We conjugated the peptides on to the glycol chitosan nanoparticles; the peptide-conjugated nanoparticles were also labeling with near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) dye, Cy5.5, to visualize them by optical imaging in vivo. Importantly real-time NIRF imaging can also be used for fluorescence (NIRF)-guided surgery of tumors beyond normal optical penetration depths. The peptide conjugated glycol chitosan nanoparticles were characterized with respect to size, stability and zeta-potential and compared with previous nanoparticles without ligands in terms of their internalization into bladder cancer cells. This study demonstrated the possibility of our nanoparticles for tumor imaging and emphasized the importance of specific targeting peptides.

  8. Fabrication of biocompatible and mechanically reinforced graphene oxide-chitosan nanocomposite films

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    2013-01-01

    Background Graphene oxide (GO)can be dispersed through functionalization, or chemically converted to make different graphene-based nanocomposites with excellent mechanical and thermal properties. Chitosan, a partially deacetylated derivative of chitin, is extensively used for food packaging, biosensors, water treatment, and drug delivery. GO can be evenly dispersed in chitosan matrix through the formation of amide linkages between them, which is different from previous reports focusing on preparing GO/chitosan nanocomposites through physical mixing. Results In this study, free-standing graphene oxide-chitosan (GO-chitosan) nanocomposite films have been prepared. The GO-chitosan films are biologically compatible and mechanically reinforced. Through the formation of amide linkages between GO’s carboxylic acid groups and chitosan's amine groups, GO could be evenly dispersed within the chitosan matrix. We also characterized the GO-chitosan composite films using element analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photo electron spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermo gravimetric analysis. Compared to pristine chitosan film, the tensile strength of GO-chitosan film is improved by 2.5 folds and Young’s modulus increases by nearly 4.6 folds. The glass transition temperature of GO-chitosan composite film shifts from 118°C to 158°C compared to the pristine chitosan, indicating its enhanced thermal stability. GO-chitosan composite film was also evaluated for its biocompatibility with C3H10T1/2 cells by in vitro fluorescent staining. The graphene oxide-reinforced chitosan composite films could have applications in functional biomaterials. Conclusion The present study describes a useful and simple method to chemically attach biocompatible chitosan onto graphene oxide. We envision that the GO-chitosan film will open avenues for next-generation graphene applications in the realm of functional biomaterial. PMID:23442350

  9. Chitosan nanofibers fabricated by combined ultrasonic atomization and freeze casting.

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    Wang, Yihan; Wakisaka, Minato

    2015-05-20

    Aligned chitosan nanofibers exhibiting diameters smaller than 100 nm were easily prepared by combining ultrasonic atomization with freeze casting. A major advantage of this approach is the use of distilled water as main solvent. Scanning electron microscopy demonstrated that fiber diameter and morphology mainly depended on the atomizing tools, freezing temperature, and chitosan solution viscosity. Minimum diameter and uniform orientation were achieved using an electric flosser as an atomizing tool, liquid nitrogen as a coolant, 0.4 wt% aqueous chitosan solution (molecular weight = 22 kDa), and a small amount of lactic acid as solvent at 0 °C. The resulting chitosan nanofibers may find application in biomedical and food engineering. Moreover, this new technology may be applicable to other natural and synthetic water-soluble polymers. PMID:25817638

  10. Biodegradation and biocompatibility of a degradable chitosan vascular prosthesis

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    Kong, Xiaoying; Xu, Wenhua

    2015-01-01

    An instrument made by ourselves was used to fabricate biodegradable chitosan-heparin artificial vascular prosthesis with small internal diameter (2 mm) and different crosslinking degree from biodegradable chitosan, chitosan derivates and heparin. In vivo and in vitro degradation studies, inflammatory analysis and electron microscope scanning of this artificial vascular prosthesis were performed. It was observed that 50% of the prosthesis decomposed in vivo and was replaced by natural tissues. The degradation process of the chitosan-heparin artificial vascular prosthesis of small diameter could be controlled by changing the crosslinking degree. This kind of artificial vascular prosthesis shows good biocompatibility that can be controllability designed to achieve desirable in vascular replacement application. PMID:26064241

  11. Construction, application and biosafety of silver nanocrystalline chitosan wound dressing.

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    Lu, Shuangyun; Gao, Wenjuan; Gu, Hai Ying

    2008-08-01

    A novel wound dressing composed of nano-silver and chitosan was fabricated using a nanometer and self-assembly technology. Sterility and pyrogen testing assessed biosafety, and efficacy was evaluated using Sprague-Dawley rats with deep partial-thickness wounds. Silver sulfadiazine and chitosan film dressings were used as controls. At intervals wound areas were measured, wound tissues biopsied and blood samples taken. Compared with the controls, the silver nanocrystalline chitosan dressing significantly (p<0.01) increased the rate of wound healing and was associated with silver levels in blood and tissues lower than levels associated with the silver sulfadiazine dressing (p<0.01). Sterility and pyrogen tests of the silver nanocrystalline chitosan dressing were negative. Thus this dressing should have wide application in clinical settings. PMID:18226459

  12. Microstructure and Properties of Polyhydroxybutyrate-Chitosan-Nanohydroxyapatite Composite Scaffolds

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    Medvecky, L.

    2012-01-01

    Polyhydroxybutyrate-chitosan-hydroxyapatite (PHB-CHT-HAP) composite scaffolds were prepared by the precipitation of biopolymer-nanohydroxyapatite suspensions and following lyophilisation. The propylene carbonate and acetic acid were used as the polyhydroxybutyrate and chitosan solvents, respectively. The high porous microstructure was observed in composites and the macroporosity of scaffolds (pore sizes up to 100 μm) rose with the chitosan content. It was found the reduction in both the PHB melting (70°C) and thermal degradation temperatures of polyhydroxybutyrate and chitosan biopolymers in composites, which confirms the mutual ineraction between polymers and the decrease of PHB lamellar thickness. No preferential preconcentration of individual biopolymers was verified in composites, and the compressive strengths of macroporous PHB-CHT-HAP scaffolds were approximately 2.5 MPa. The high toxic fluorinated cosolvents were avoided from the preparation process. PMID:22547987

  13. Enhancing mechanical properties of chitosan films via modification with vanillin.

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    Zhang, Zhi-Hong; Han, Zhong; Zeng, Xin-An; Xiong, Xia-Yu; Liu, Yu-Jia

    2015-11-01

    The vanillin/chitosan composite films were prepared using the solvent evaporation method. The properties of the films including optical property, water vapor permeability (WVP), tensile strength (TS) and elongation at break (%E) were studied to investigate the effect of cross-linking agent of vanillin on chitosan films by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR). Results showed that the TS of composite films increased by 53.3% and the WVP decreased by 36.5% compared with pure chitosan film that were due to the formation of the dense network structure by FT-IR spectra. There were almost no changes of the thermal stability of the composite films compared with the pure chitosan film by TGA analysis. In addition, from the SEM images, it could be seen that the film with addition of vanillin with 0.5-10% concentration exhibited good compatibility. PMID:26314906

  14. Emerging chitin and chitosan nanofibrous materials for biomedical applications

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    Ding, Fuyuan; Deng, Hongbing; Du, Yumin; Shi, Xiaowen; Wang, Qun

    2014-07-01

    Over the past several decades, we have witnessed significant progress in chitosan and chitin based nanostructured materials. The nanofibers from chitin and chitosan with appealing physical and biological features have attracted intense attention due to their excellent biological properties related to biodegradability, biocompatibility, antibacterial activity, low immunogenicity and wound healing capacity. Various methods, such as electrospinning, self-assembly, phase separation, mechanical treatment, printing, ultrasonication and chemical treatment were employed to prepare chitin and chitosan nanofibers. These nanofibrous materials have tremendous potential to be used as drug delivery systems, tissue engineering scaffolds, wound dressing materials, antimicrobial agents, and biosensors. This review article discusses the most recent progress in the preparation and application of chitin and chitosan based nanofibrous materials in biomedical fields.

  15. Development of chitosan-based antimicrobial leather coatings.

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    Fernandes, Isabel P; Amaral, Joana S; Pinto, Vera; Ferreira, Maria José; Barreiro, Maria Filomena

    2013-10-15

    The development of antimicrobial coatings for footwear components is of great interest both from industry and consumer's point of view. In this work, antimicrobial leather materials were developed taking advantage of chitosan intrinsic antimicrobial activity and film forming capacity. Considering the specificities of the leather tanning industry, different coating technologies, namely drum, calender and spray, were tested, being the best results achieved with the drum. This last approach was further investigated to assess the effect of chitosan content, type of solubilizing acid, and impregnation time on the achieved antimicrobial capacity. Considering chitosan price (economic reasons) and the obtained results (antimicrobial activity and coating effectiveness, as inspected by SEM), the impregnation in the drum using a chitosan content of 1% (w/v) in a formic acid solution during 2h, is proposed as the best option for obtaining leather with antimicrobial capacity. PMID:23987468

  16. Properties of Novel Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Films Containing Chitosan Nanoparticles

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    In this work, chitosan nanoparticles were prepared and incorporated in hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films under different conditions. Mechanical properties, water vapor and oxygen permeability, water solubility and scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) results were ana...

  17. Microscopic and spectroscopic analysis of chitosan-DNA conjugates.

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    Agudelo, D; Kreplak, L; Tajmir-Riahi, H A

    2016-02-10

    Conjugations of DNA with chitosans 15 kD (ch-15), 100 kD (ch-100) and 200 kD (ch-200) were investigated in aqueous solution at pH 5.5-6.5. Multiple spectroscopic methods and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to locate the chitosan binding sites and the effect of polymer conjugation on DNA compaction and particle formation. Structural analysis showed that chitosan-DNA conjugation is mainly via electrostatic interactions through polymer cationic charged NH2 and negatively charged backbone phosphate groups. As polymer size increases major DNA compaction and particle formation occurs. At high chitosan concentration major DNA structural changes observed indicating a partial B to A-DNA conformational transition. PMID:26686122

  18. Synergistic degradation of chitosan by impinging stream and jet cavitation.

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    Huang, Yongchun; Wang, Pengfei; Yuan, Yuan; Ren, Xian'e; Yang, Feng

    2015-11-01

    Chitosan degradation was investigated using a combination of jet cavitation and impinging stream. Different operating parameters such as the initial concentration (1-5 g L(-1)), initial pH (3.2-4.8), solution temperature (30, 40, 50, 60, and 70°C), inlet pressure (0.1-0.45 MPa), and treatment time (0-120 min) were optimized to achieve the maximum degradation of chitosan. After the optimization of jet cavitation parameters, chitosan degradation was carried out using venturi tubes of different structures (the fluidic generator). The efficiency of the jet cavitation degradation was improved significantly by combining with impinging stream. The structures of the degradation products were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. This study has conclusively established that a combination of jet cavitation and impinging stream can be effectively used for the complete degradation of chitosan. PMID:25934127

  19. Antibacterial activity of diisocyanate-modified chitosan for biomedical applications.

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    Kumar, Santosh; Deepak, Vishwa; Kumari, Mridula; Dutta, P K

    2016-03-01

    A diisocyanate-modified chitosan (DIMC) was synthesized via a cross-linking reaction with chitosan and diphenyl methane diisocyanate. The structural and thermal properties of the DIMC were systematically characterized by FTIR, UV-vis, TGA, DSC, XRD and SEM. In addition, the optical properties were evaluated by photoluminescence. Finally, the antibacterial activities of the synthesized DIMC were examined against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus pyogenes bacteria by agar plate diffusion method. The DIMC showed better degree of bacterial growth inhibition against E. coli as compared with unaltered chitosan. These results suggest that the synthesized chitosan xerogel could be used as a novel biodegradable material with improved antibacterial properties for biomedical applications. PMID:26708433

  20. Propranolol hydrochloride release behaviour of crosslinked chitosan membranes.

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    Thacharodi, D; Rao, K P

    1993-01-01

    Chitosan membranes of 20 microns thickness were prepared by a solvent evaporation technique and crosslinked with different concentrations of glutaraldehyde to obtain membranes of various degrees of crosslinking. These membranes were characterized by thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and tensile strength studies. The effect of crosslinking on the permeability of membranes to propranolol hydrochloride was evaluated by permeation studies conducted in static glass diffusion cells. A decrease in the thermal stability of chitosan membranes due to crosslinking was observed. The tensile strength of the membranes was improved by crosslinking. The introduction of crosslink points within the membrane reduced its permeability to propranolol hydrochloride as evidenced by decreased permeability and diffusion coefficients. Permeability studies revealed the operation of a pore mechanism in the transport of hydrophilic agents such as propranolol hydrochloride through chitosan and crosslinked chitosan membranes. PMID:7764115

  1. S-protected thiolated chitosan: Synthesis and in vitro characterization

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    Dünnhaupt, Sarah; Barthelmes, Jan; Thurner, Clemens C.; Waldner, Claudia; Sakloetsakun, Duangkamon; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    Purpose of the present study was the generation and evaluation of novel thiolated chitosans, so-named S-protected thiolated chitosans as mucosal drug delivery systems. Stability of all conjugates concerning swelling and disintegration behavior as well as drug release was examined. Mucoadhesive properties were evaluated in vitro on intestinal mucosa. Different thiolated chitosans were generated displaying increasing amounts of attached free thiol groups on the polymer, whereby more than 50% of these thiol groups were linked with 6-mercaptonicotinamide. Based on the implementation of this hydrophobic residue, the swelling behavior was 2-fold decreased, whereas stability was essentially improved. Their mucoadhesive properties were 2- and 14-fold increased compared to corresponding thiolated and unmodified chitosans, respectively. Release studies out of matrix tablets comprising the novel conjugates revealed a controlled release of a model peptide. Accordingly, S-protected thiomers represent a promising type of mucoadhesive polymers for the development of various mucosal drug delivery systems. PMID:22839999

  2. Advances in characterisation and biological activities of chitosan and chitosan oligosaccharides.

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    Zou, Pan; Yang, Xin; Wang, Jing; Li, Yongfei; Yu, Hailong; Zhang, Yanxin; Liu, Guangyang

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan and chitosan oligosaccharides (COS) have been reported to possess various biomedical properties, including antimicrobial activities, immuno-enhancing effects, and anti-tumour activities. COS have attracted considerable interest due to their physicochemical properties, and potential applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries, especially in cancer therapies. This paper describes the preparation of COS and their physicochemical properties, and modification, which aids understanding of their biological activities. Based on the latest reports, several biological and anti-tumour activities of COS will be discussed. The proposed anti-tumour mechanisms of COS are summarised, to provide comprehensive insights into research on the molecular level. Finally, the potential applications and future development of the biopolymer will be discussed. PMID:26213092

  3. Antibacterial activity of chitosan-based matrices on oral pathogens.

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    Sarasam, Aparna R; Brown, Phoebe; Khajotia, Sharukh S; Dmytryk, John J; Madihally, Sundararajan V

    2008-03-01

    Chitosan is a well sought-after polysaccharide in biomedical applications due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability to non-toxic substances, and ease of fabrication into various configurations. However, alterations in the anti-bacterial properties of chitosan in various forms is not completely understood. The objective of this study was to evaluate the anti-bacterial properties of chitosan matrices in different configurations against two pathogens-Gram-positive Streptococcus mutans and Gram-negative Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. Two-dimensional (2-D) membranes and three-dimensional (3-D) porous scaffolds were synthesized by air drying and controlled-rate freeze drying. Matrices were suspended in bacterial broths with or without lysozyme (enzyme that degrades chitosan). Influences of pore size, blending with Polycaprolactone (PCL, a synthetic polymer), and neutralization process on bacterial proliferation were studied. Transient changes in optical density of the broth, adhesion characteristics, viability, and contact-dependent bacterial activity were assessed. 3-D porous scaffolds were more effective in reducing the proliferation of S. mutans in suspension than 2-D membranes. However, no significant differences were observed on the proliferation of A. actinomycetemcomitans. Presence of lysozyme significantly increased the antibacterial activity of chitosan against A. actinomycetemcomitans. Pore size did not affect the proliferation kinetics of either species, with or without lysozyme. NaOH neutralization of chitosan increased bacterial adhesion whereas ethanol neutralization inhibited adhesion without lowering proliferation. Mat culture tests indicated that chitosan does not allow proliferation on its surface and it loses antibacterial activity upon blending with PCL. Results suggest that the chemical and structural characteristics of chitosan-based matrices can be manipulated to influence the interaction of different bacterial species. PMID:17701312

  4. A mechanistic based approach for enhancing buccal mucoadhesion of chitosan.

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    Meng-Lund, Emil; Muff-Westergaard, Christian; Sander, Camilla; Madelung, Peter; Jacobsen, Jette

    2014-01-30

    Mucoadhesive buccal drug delivery systems can enhance rapid drug absorption by providing an increased retention time at the site of absorption and a steep concentration gradient. An understanding of the mechanisms behind mucoadhesion of polymers, e.g. chitosan, is necessary for improving the mucoadhesiveness of buccal formulations. The interaction between chitosan of different chain lengths and porcine gastric mucin (PGM) was studied using a complex coacervation model (CCM), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and a tensile detachment model (TDM). The effect of pH was assessed in all three models and the approach to add a buffer to chitosan based drug delivery systems is a means to optimize and enhance buccal drug absorption. The CCM demonstrated optimal interactions between chitosan and PGM at pH 5.2. The ITC experiments showed a significantly increase in affinity between chitosan and PGM at pH 5.2 compared to pH 6.3 and that the interactions were entropy driven. The TDM showed a significantly increase in strength of adhesion between chitosan discs and an artificial mucosal surface at pH 5.2 compared to pH 6.8, addition of PGM increased the total work of adhesion by a factor of 10 as compared to the wetted surface without PGM. These findings suggest that chitosan and PGM are able to interact by electrostatic interactions and by improving the conditions for electrostatic interactions, the adhesion between chitosan and PGM becomes stronger. Also, the three complementary methods were utilized to conclude the pH dependency on mucoadhesiveness. PMID:24291123

  5. Effect of Chitosan on Salmonella Typhimurium in Broiler Chickens

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    Menconi, Anita; Pumford, Neil R.; Morgan, Marion J.; Bielke, Lisa R.; Kallapura, Gopala; Latorre, Juan D.; Wolfenden, Amanda D.; Hernandez-Velasco, Xochitl; Hargis, Billy M.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Public concern with the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, particularly among foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, has been challenging the poultry industry to find alternative means of control. The purposes of the present study were to evaluate in vitro and in vivo effects of chitosan on Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (ST) infection in broiler chicks. For in vitro crop assay experiments, tubes containing feed, water, and ST were treated with either saline as a control or 0.2% chitosan. The entire assay was repeated in three trials. In two independent in vivo trials, 40 broiler chicks were assigned to an untreated control diet or dietary treatment with 0.2% chitosan for 7 days (20 broiler chicks/treatment). At day 4, chicks were challenged with 2×105 colony-forming units (CFU) ST/bird. In a third in vivo trial, 100 broiler chicks were assigned to untreated control diet or dietary treatment with 0.2% chitosan for 10 days (50 broiler chicks/treatment) to evaluate ST horizontal transmission. At day 3, 10 birds were challenged with 105 CFU ST/bird, and the remaining nonchallenged birds (n=40) were kept in the same floor pen. In all three in vitro trials, 0.2% chitosan significantly reduced total CFU of ST at 0.5 and 6 h postinoculation compared with control (p<0.05). In two in vivo trials, at 7 days, dietary 0.2% chitosan significantly reduced total CFU of recovered ST in the ceca in both experiments. Dietary 0.2% chitosan significantly reduced total ST CFU recovered in the ceca of horizontally challenged birds in the third in vivo trial. Chitosan at 0.2% significantly reduced the CFU of recovered ST in vitro and in vivo, proving to be an alternative tool to reduce crop, ceca, and consequently carcass ST contamination as well as decreasing the amount of ST shed to the environment. PMID:24237042

  6. Intracellular sorting of differently charged chitosan derivatives and chitosan-based nanoparticles

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    Zubareva, A. A.; Shcherbinina, T. S.; Varlamov, V. P.; Svirshchevskaya, E. V.

    2015-04-01

    Chitosan (Chi) is a biodegradable nontoxic polycation with multiple reactive groups that is easily used to obtain derivatives with a desired charge and hydrophobic properties. The aim of this work was to study the intracellular traffic of positively charged hexanoyl-chitosan (HC) or HC-based nanoparticles (HCNPs) and negatively charged succinoyl-chitosan (SC) and SCNPs in epithelial and macrophage cell lines. By using flow cytometry we demonstrated that positively charged HC adhered to cell membranes quicker and more efficiently than negatively charged SC or NPs. However confocal studies showed that SC and SCNPs penetrated cells much more efficiently than HC while HCNPs did not enter the epithelial cells. Macrophages also phagocyted better negatively charged material but were able to engulf both HC and HCNPs. Upon entering the cells, SC and SCNPs were co-localized with endosomes and lysosomes while HC was found in mitochondria and, to a lesser extent, in lysosomes of epithelial cells. Macrophages, RAW264.7, more efficiently transported all Chi samples to the lysosomal compartment while some positively charged material was still found in mitochondria. Incubation of Chi derivatives and ChiNPs at pH specific to mitochondria (8.0) and lysosomes (4.5) demonstrated the neutralization of Chi charge. We concluded that epithelial cells and, to a lesser extent, macrophages sort charged material to the organelles neutralizing Chi charge.

  7. Chitosan and chitosan-co-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) grafted multiwalled carbon nanotube transducers for vapor sensing.

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    Rana, Vijay Kumar; Akhtar, Shamim; Chatterjee, Sudipta; Mishra, Satyendra; Singh, Raj Pal; Ha, Chang-Sik

    2014-03-01

    Vapor sensitive transducer films consisting of chitosan grafted (CNT-CS) and chitosan-co-polycaprolactone grafted (CNT-CS-PCL) multiwalled carbon nanotubes were prepared using a spray layer-by-layer technique. The synthesized materials (CNT-CS and CNT-CS-PCL) were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, 13C CP/MAS solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Both CNT-CS and CNT-CS-PCL transducers were analyzed for the response of volatile organic compounds and toluene vapors. The ranking of the relative resistance (A(r)) for both chitosan based transducers were as follows: toluene < chloroform < ethanol < methanol. The CNT transducer (CNT-CS) was correlated selectively with an exponential law to the inverse of Flory-Huggins interaction parameters, chi12. Dosing the films on the interdigitated electrodes with methanol, ethanol, chloroform and toluene vapors increased the film resistance of CNT-CS but decreased the resistance of CNT-CS-PCL compared to that of the reported transducers. PMID:24745242

  8. Chitosan as a sustainable organocatalyst: a concise overview.

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    El Kadib, Abdelkrim

    2015-01-01

    Increased demand for more sustainable materials and chemical processes has tremendously advanced the use of polysaccharides, which are natural biopolymers, in domains such as adsorption, catalysis, and as an alternative chemical feedstock. Among these biopolymers, the use of chitosan, which is obtained by deacetylation of natural chitin, is on the increase due to the presence of amino groups on the polymer backbone that makes it a natural cationic polymer. The ability of chitosan-based materials to form open-network, macroporous, high-surface-area hydrogels with accessible basic surface sites has enabled their use not only as macrochelating ligands for active metal catalysts and as a support to disperse nanosized particles, but also as a direct organocatalyst. This review provides a concise overview of the use of native and modified chitosan, possessing different textural properties and chemical properties, as organocatalysts. Organocatalysis with chitosan is primarily focused on carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions, multicomponent heterocycle formation reactions, biodiesel production, and carbon dioxide fixation through [3+2] cycloaddition. Furthermore, the chiral, helical organization of the chitosan skeleton lends itself to use in enantioselective catalysis. Chitosan derivatives generally display reactivity similar to homogeneous bases, ionic liquids, and organic and inorganic salts. However, the introduction of cooperative acid-base interactions at active sites substantially enhances reactivity. These functional biopolymers can also be easily recovered and reused several times under solvent-free conditions. These accomplishments highlight the important role that natural biopolymers play in furthering more sustainable chemistry. PMID:25470553

  9. Chitosan-dibasic orthophosphate hydrogel: a potential drug delivery system.

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    Ta, Hang T; Han, Han; Larson, Ian; Dass, Crispin R; Dunstan, Dave E

    2009-04-17

    Injectable thermo-activated hydrogels have shown great potential in biomedical applications including use in therapeutic delivery vehicles. In addition to their biocompatibility, the feasibility of these delivery systems is significantly contributed by their ability to gel at physiological conditions and to release entrapped molecules in a sustained manner. In this study, parameters affecting the gelling behavior and the release characteristics of a neutral hydrogel system based on chitosan and an inorganic orthophosphate salt have been investigated. Monobasic and tribasic phosphate salts were not effective in inducing gelation of chitosan solution. However, in the presence of dibasic phosphate salt such as dipotassium hydrogen orthophosphate (DHO), the acidic chitosan solution was neutralized and gelling at temperature and time regulated by varying chitosan and salt concentrations in the formulation. The release rate of the entrapped macromolecules depended on chitosan concentration, DHO concentration, structural conformation and molecular weight of entrapped agents. The relationship between the morphology of the hydrogel and the release profiles are discussed. Chitosan/DHO (Chi/DHO) hydrogels were found to be cytocompatible as evaluated in an in vitro study using a human cell line. These results indicate the potential of Chi/DHO hydrogels as delivery systems for different therapeutic agents with controlled release kinetics. PMID:19340925

  10. Electrophoretic deposition of composite hydroxyapatite-silica-chitosan coatings

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    Grandfield, K.; Zhitomirsky, I.

    2008-01-15

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the fabrication of nanocomposite silica-chitosan coatings. Cathodic deposits were obtained on various conductive substrates using suspensions of silica nanoparticles in a mixed ethanol-water solvent, containing dissolved chitosan. Co-deposition of silica and hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles resulted in the fabrication of HA-silica-chitosan coatings. The deposition yield has been studied at a constant voltage mode at various deposition durations. The method enabled the formation of coatings of different thickness in the range of up to 100 {mu}m. Deposit composition, microstructure and porosity can be varied by variation of HA and silica concentration in the suspensions. It was demonstrated that EPD can be used for the fabrication of HA-silica-chitosan coatings of graded composition and laminates. The method enabled the deposition of coatings containing layers of silica-chitosan and HA-chitosan nanocomposites using suspensions with different HA and silica content. Obtained coatings were studied by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The mechanism of deposition is discussed.

  11. Synthesis of organosoluble chitosan derivatives with polyphenolic side chains.

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    Morimoto, Minoru; Nakajima, Takahiro; Ishikura, Masayuki; Shigemasa, Yoshihiro; Ifuku, Shinsuke; Saimoto, Hiroyuki

    2012-10-15

    A one-pot synthesis was used to produce chitosan derivatives with polyphenolic side chains via a regioselective phenolic coupling reaction. Under Mannich reaction conditions, treatment of chitosan with formaldehyde and methyl 2,4-dihydroxybenzoate gave N-(2,6-dihydroxy-3-methoxycarbonylphenyl)methylated chitosan in good yield (87%). Formation of a CC bond occurred regioselectively at the C(3) position of methyl 2,4-dihydroxybenzoate. Chitosan derivatives having various phenolic compounds as a side chain were easily synthesized in a similar manner. The chitosan derivatives showed good biodegradability and improved their solubility in methanol (9.8mg mL(-1)) and 2-methoxyethanol (> 10mg mL(-1)). The UV protection provided by the derivatives with phenolic benzophenone side chain was evaluated using UV spectra of polyethylene terephthalate and poly(vinyl butyral-co-vinyl alcohol-co-vinyl acetate) films coated with the derivatives and the derivatives absorbed effectively in the UV-A region (<60%). Self-aggregation of the chitosan derivatives with the phenolic side chain was observed by using a fluorescent probe in aqueous solution. PMID:22939339

  12. Chitosan Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering—An Overview

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    Venkatesan, Jayachandran; Kim, Se-Kwon

    2010-01-01

    Bone contains considerable amounts of minerals and proteins. Hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] is one of the most stable forms of calcium phosphate and it occurs in bones as major component (60 to 65%), along with other materials including collagen, chondroitin sulfate, keratin sulfate and lipids. In recent years, significant progress has been made in organ transplantation, surgical reconstruction and the use of artificial protheses to treat the loss or failure of an organ or bone tissue. Chitosan has played a major role in bone tissue engineering over the last two decades, being a natural polymer obtained from chitin, which forms a major component of crustacean exoskeleton. In recent years, considerable attention has been given to chitosan composite materials and their applications in the field of bone tissue engineering due to its minimal foreign body reactions, an intrinsic antibacterial nature, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and the ability to be molded into various geometries and forms such as porous structures, suitable for cell ingrowth and osteoconduction. The composite of chitosan including hydroxyapatite is very popular because of the biodegradability and biocompatibility in nature. Recently, grafted chitosan natural polymer with carbon nanotubes has been incorporated to increase the mechanical strength of these composites. Chitosan composites are thus emerging as potential materials for artificial bone and bone regeneration in tissue engineering. Herein, the preparation, mechanical properties, chemical interactions and in vitro activity of chitosan composites for bone tissue engineering will be discussed. PMID:20948907

  13. Development of an injectable chitosan/marine collagen composite gel.

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    Wang, Wei; Itoh, Soichiro; Aizawa, Tomoyasu; Okawa, Atsushi; Sakai, Katsuyoshi; Ohkuma, Tsuneo; Demura, Makoto

    2010-12-01

    A chitosan/marine-originated collagen composite has been developed. This composite gel was characterized and its biocompatibility, as well as an inflammatory reaction, was observed. The chitosan gel including N-3-carboxypropanoil-6-O-(carboxymethyl) chitosan of 3 mol%, 6-O-(carboxymethyl) chitosan of 62 mol% and 6-O-(carboxymethyl) chitin of 35 mol% was prepared and compounded with the salmon atelocollagen (SA) gel at different mixture ratios. The composite gels were injected subcutaneously in to the back of rats. The specimens were harvested for a histological survey as well as a tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) assay by ELISA. The inflammatory cell infiltration and release of TNF-α were successively controlled low with the ratio of SA to chitosan at 10:90 or 20:80. The SA gel first, within 2 weeks, and then chitosan in the composite gel were slowly absorbed after implantation, followed by soft tissue formation. It is expected that this composite gel will be available as a carrier for tissue filler and drug delivery systems. PMID:21060147

  14. In Situ Mineralization of Magnetite Nanoparticles in Chitosan Hydrogel.

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    Wang, Yongliang; Li, Baoqiang; Zhou, Yu; Jia, Dechang

    2009-01-01

    Based on chelation effect between iron ions and amino groups of chitosan, in situ mineralization of magnetite nanoparticles in chitosan hydrogel under ambient conditions was proposed. The chelation effect between iron ions and amino groups in CS-Fe complex, which led to that chitosan hydrogel exerted a crucial control on the magnetite mineralization, was proved by X-ray photoelectron spectrum. The composition, morphology and size of the mineralized magnetite nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and thermal gravity. The mineralized nanoparticles were nonstoichiometric magnetite with a unit formula of Fe(2.85)O(4) and coated by a thin layer of chitosan. The mineralized magnetite nanoparticles with mean diameter of 13 nm dispersed in chitosan hydrogel uniformly. Magnetization measurement indicated that superparamagnetism behavior was exhibited. These magnetite nanoparticles mineralized in chitosan hydrogel have potential applications in the field of biotechnology. Moreover, this method can also be used to synthesize other kinds of inorganic nanoparticles, such as ZnO, Fe(2)O(3) and hydroxyapatite. PMID:20596346

  15. Development of thermoplastic starch blown film by incorporating plasticized chitosan.

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    Dang, Khanh Minh; Yoksan, Rangrong

    2015-01-22

    The objective of the present work was to improve blown film extrusion processability and properties of thermoplastic starch (TPS) film by incorporating plasticized chitosan, with a content of 0.37-1.45%. The effects of chitosan on extrusion processability and melt flow ability of TPS, as well as that on appearance, optical properties, thermal properties, viscoelastic properties and tensile properties of the films were investigated. The possible interactions between chitosan and starch molecules were evaluated by FTIR and XRD techniques. Chitosan and starch molecules could interact via hydrogen bonds, as confirmed from the blue shift of OH bands and the reduction of V-type crystal formation. Although the incorporation of chitosan caused decreased extensibility and melt flow ability, as well as increased yellowness and opacity, the films possessed better extrusion processability, increased tensile strength, rigidity, thermal stability and UV absorption, as well as reduced water absorption and surface stickiness. The obtained TPS/chitosan-based films offer real potential application in the food industry, e.g. as edible films. PMID:25439934

  16. Immobilisation of Fenugreek ?-amylase on chitosan/PVP blend and chitosan coated PVC beads: a comparative study.

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    Srivastava, Garima; Roy, Sonam; Kayastha, Arvind M

    2015-04-01

    A Box-Behnken design of Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was utilised for optimisation of parameters affecting immobilisation of Fenugreek ?-amylase on chitosan coated PVC (polyvinyl chloride) beads and beads made from chitosan/PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) blend, which resulted in 85.2% and 81% immobilisation efficiency, respectively. Immobilisation resulted in shift of pH optima while the optimum temperature remained unaffected. Enhancement in thermal stability of the enzyme was observed on conjugation with both the matrices. The immobilised enzyme appeared suitable for industrial applications due to the non-toxic nature of chosen matrices, ease of immobilisation procedure, enhanced stability and reusability with retention of 72% and 60% residual activity after 10 uses for the enzyme immobilised on chitosan coated PVC beads and on the beads of chitosan/PVP blend, respectively. PMID:25442629

  17. Oxidative degradation of chitosan to the low molecular water-soluble chitosan over peroxotungstate as chemical scissors.

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    Ma, Zhanwei; Wang, Wenyan; Wu, Ying; He, Yiming; Wu, Tinghua

    2014-01-01

    Low molecular water-soluble chitosan was prepared by the depolymerization of chitosan in the presence of a series of catalysts with active W(O2) sites. Both the peroxo species [W2O3(O2)4]2- and {PO4[WO(O2)2]4}3- showed high efficiency in the degradation of chitosan, indicating that the degradation mechanism did not follow the radical mechanism. That means •OH is not the active species, which has been proven by the fluorescence spectra. H2O2 acted as an oxidant to regenerate the active W(O2) sites in the depolymerization of chitosan. The developed catalyst (TBA)3{PO4[WO(O2)2]4} is recoverable. PMID:24971631

  18. Oxidative Degradation of Chitosan to the Low Molecular Water-Soluble Chitosan over Peroxotungstate as Chemical Scissors

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    Ma, Zhanwei; Wang, Wenyan; Wu, Ying; He, Yiming; Wu, Tinghua

    2014-01-01

    Low molecular water-soluble chitosan was prepared by the depolymerization of chitosan in the presence of a series of catalysts with active W(O2) sites. Both the peroxo species [W2O3(O2)4]2- and {PO4[WO(O2)2]4}3- showed high efficiency in the degradation of chitosan, indicating that the degradation mechanism did not follow the radical mechanism. That means •OH is not the active species, which has been proven by the fluorescence spectra. H2O2 acted as an oxidant to regenerate the active W(O2) sites in the depolymerization of chitosan. The developed catalyst (TBA)3{PO4[WO(O2)2]4} is recoverable. PMID:24971631

  19. Validation of a Janus role of methotrexate-based PEGylated chitosan nanoparticles in vitro

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    2014-01-01

    Recently, methotrexate (MTX) has been used to target to folate (FA) receptor-overexpressing cancer cells for targeted drug delivery. However, the systematic evaluation of MTX as a Janus-like agent has not been reported before. Here, we explored the validity of using MTX playing an early-phase cancer-specific targeting ligand cooperated with a late-phase therapeutic anticancer agent based on the PEGylated chitosan (CS) nanoparticles (NPs) as drug carriers. Some advantages of these nanoscaled drug delivery systems are as follows: (1) the NPs can ensure minimal premature release of MTX at off-target site to reduce the side effects to normal tissue; (2) MTX can function as a targeting ligand at target site prior to cellular uptake; and (3) once internalized by the target cell, the NPs can function as a prodrug formulation, releasing biologically active MTX inside the cells. The (MTX + PEG)-CS-NPs presented a sustained/proteases-mediated drug release. More importantly, compared with the PEG-CS-NPs and (FA + PEG)-CS-NPs, the (MTX + PEG)-CS-NPs showed a greater cellular uptake. Furthermore, the (MTX + PEG)-CS-NPs demonstrated a superior cytotoxicity compare to the free MTX. Our findings therefore validated that the MTX-loaded PEGylated CS-NPs can simultaneously target and treat FA receptor-overexpressing cancer cells. PMID:25114653

  20. Validation of a Janus role of methotrexate-based PEGylated chitosan nanoparticles in vitro

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    Luo, Fanghong; Li, Yang; Jia, Mengmeng; Cui, Fei; Wu, Hongjie; Yu, Fei; Lin, Jinyan; Yang, Xiangrui; Hou, Zhenqing; Zhang, Qiqing

    2014-07-01

    Recently, methotrexate (MTX) has been used to target to folate (FA) receptor-overexpressing cancer cells for targeted drug delivery. However, the systematic evaluation of MTX as a Janus-like agent has not been reported before. Here, we explored the validity of using MTX playing an early-phase cancer-specific targeting ligand cooperated with a late-phase therapeutic anticancer agent based on the PEGylated chitosan (CS) nanoparticles (NPs) as drug carriers. Some advantages of these nanoscaled drug delivery systems are as follows: (1) the NPs can ensure minimal premature release of MTX at off-target site to reduce the side effects to normal tissue; (2) MTX can function as a targeting ligand at target site prior to cellular uptake; and (3) once internalized by the target cell, the NPs can function as a prodrug formulation, releasing biologically active MTX inside the cells. The (MTX + PEG)-CS-NPs presented a sustained/proteases-mediated drug release. More importantly, compared with the PEG-CS-NPs and (FA + PEG)-CS-NPs, the (MTX + PEG)-CS-NPs showed a greater cellular uptake. Furthermore, the (MTX + PEG)-CS-NPs demonstrated a superior cytotoxicity compare to the free MTX. Our findings therefore validated that the MTX-loaded PEGylated CS-NPs can simultaneously target and treat FA receptor-overexpressing cancer cells.

  1. Chitosan blended bacterial cellulose as a smart material for biomedical application

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    Cai, Zhijiang; Jin, Hyoung-Joon; Kim, Jaehwan

    2009-03-01

    Bacterial cellulose and chitosan blends have been successfully prepared by immersing wet bacterial cellulose pellicle in chitosan solution followed by freeze-drying. By changing chitosan concentration and immersion time, the chitosan content in the blends is ranged from 12% to 45%. The products look like a foam structure. SEM images show that chitosan molecules can penetrate into bacterial cellulose forming multilayer structure. The foam has very well interconnected porous network structure and large aspect surface. By incorporation of chitosan in bacterial cellulose, XRD patterns indicate that crystalline structure does not change but crystallinity decreases from 82% to 61% with chitosan content increasing from 12% to 45%. According to TGA results, the thermal stability has been improved. At the same time, the mechanical properties of bacterial cellulose and chitosan blends are good enough for potential biomedical application such as tissue engineering scaffold and would dressing material.

  2. Evaluation of structural and functional properties of chitosan-chlorogenic acid complexes.

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    Wei, Zihao; Gao, Yanxiang

    2016-05-01

    The objectives of the present study were to first synthesize chitosan-chlorogenic acid (CA) covalent complex and then compare structural and functional properties between chitosan-CA covalent complex and physical complex. First, chitosan-CA covalent complex was synthesized and its total phenolic content was as high as 276.5±6.2mg/g. Then structural and functional properties of chitosan-CA covalent and physical complexes were analyzed. The covalent reaction induced formation of both amide and ester bonds in chitosan. Data of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicated that the complexations of CA changed crystallinity and morphology of chitosan, and covalent complexation induced a larger change of physical structure than physical complexation. In terms of functional properties, chitosan-CA covalent complex exhibited better thermal stability than physical complex in terms of antioxidant activity, and the viscosity of chitosan was significantly increased by covalent modification. PMID:26820353

  3. Influence of iron oxide nanoparticles on the rheological properties of hybrid chitosan ferrogels.

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    Hernández, Rebeca; Zamora-Mora, Vanessa; Sibaja-Ballestero, María; Vega-Baudrit, José; López, Daniel; Mijangos, Carmen

    2009-11-01

    Magnetite nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized in the presence of chitosan using an in situ coprecipitation method in alkali media. This method allows obtaining chitosan ferrogels due to the simultaneous gelation of chitosan. The chitosan concentration has been varied and its effects on the particle synthesis investigated. It has been demonstrated that high chitosan concentrations prevents the formation of magnetite due to the slow diffusion of the alkali species through the viscous medium provided by chitosan, instead iron hydroxides are formed. The presence of magnetite nanoparticles increases the elastic modulus which results in a reinforcement of the chitosan ferrogels. This effect is counterbalanced by the disruption of hydrogen bonding responsible for the formation of chitosan hydrogels in alkali media. PMID:19699487

  4. Stability of chitosan-a challenge for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications.

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    Szymańska, Emilia; Winnicka, Katarzyna

    2015-04-01

    Chitosan-one of the natural multifunctional polymers-due to its unique and versatile biological properties is regarded as a useful compound in medical and pharmaceutical technology. Recently, considerable research effort has been made in order to develop safe and efficient chitosan products. However, the problem of poor stability of chitosan-based systems restricts its practical applicability; thus, it has become a great challenge to establish sufficient shelf-life for chitosan formulations. Improved stability can be assessed by controlling the environmental factors, manipulating processing conditions (e.g., temperature), introducing a proper stabilizing compound, developing chitosan blends with another polymer, or modifying the chitosan structure using chemical or ionic agents. This review covers the influence of internal, environmental, and processing factors on the long-term stability of chitosan products. The aim of this paper is also to highlight the latest developments which enable the physicochemical properties of chitosan-based applications to be preserved upon storage. PMID:25837983

  5. The efficient hemostatic effect of Antarctic krill chitosan is related to its hydration property.

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    Wu, Shuai; Huang, Zhuoyao; Yue, Jianhui; Liu, Di; Wang, Ting; Ezanno, Pierre; Ruan, Changshun; Zhao, Xiaoli; Lu, William W; Pan, Haobo

    2015-11-01

    Antarctic krill chitosan (A-Chitosan) was first evaluated in its hemostatic effect in this study. The prepared A-Chitosan powder showed low level of crystallinity and significantly high water binding capacity as 1293% (w/w). By mice tail amputation model and blood coagulation timing experiment, it is showed that this chitosan accelerated the tail hemostasis by 55% and shortened the blood clotting time by 38%. This efficacy was better than two other commercial chitosans investigated and was corresponding to their water binding capacities. Through examining the effect of chitosan on blood components, it could be found that platelets adhesion was mainly affected by the water binding capacity, and red blood cells aggregation was dependent on their deacetylation degree. The physicochemical properties resulted in better hydration property of chitosan would improve its hemostatic effect. These results suggested that Antarctic krill chitosan is a good candidate for hemostatic application. PMID:26256352

  6. Mono-N-carboxymethyl chitosan (MCC) and N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC) nanoparticles for non-invasive vaccine delivery.

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    Sayin, B; Somavarapu, S; Li, X W; Thanou, M; Sesardic, D; Alpar, H O; Senel, S

    2008-11-01

    Mucosal application of a vaccine can effectively induce both systemic and mucosal immune responses. In general, mucosal applications of antigens result in poor immune responses. Therefore, adjuvant/delivery systems are required to enhance the immune response. Chitosan is a cationic biopolymer which exerts advantages as a vaccine carrier due to its immune stimulating activity and bioadhesive properties that enhance cellular uptake and permeation as well as antigen protection. Similar effects are also shown by chitosan derivatives. In this study, the nanoparticulate systems were prepared by using differently charged chitosan derivatives, N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC, polycationic), and mono-N-carboxymethyl chitosan (MCC, polyampholytic) for mucosal immunisation. The derivatives were synthesised and characterised in-house. The aqueous dispersions of the derivatives were also prepared for comparison. The cytotoxicity studies (MTT assay) on Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) cell lines showed that cell viability was in the order of MCC, chitosan and TMC. Nanoparticles were prepared using ionic gelation method and loaded with tetanus toxoid (TT). Nanoparticles with high loading efficacy (>90% m/m), particle size within the range of 40-400nm, with a negative surface charge for MCC and positive surface charge for TMC and chitosan were obtained. The structural integrity of the TT in the formulations was confirmed by SDS-PAGE electrophoresis analysis. The effective uptake of the FITC-BSA loaded nanoparticles into the cells was demonstrated by cellular uptake studies using J774A.1 cells. Immune responses induced by the formulations loaded with tetanus toxoid were studied in vivo in Balb/c mice. Enhanced immune responses were obtained with intranasal (i.n.) application of nanoparticle formulations. Chitosan and TMC nanoparticles which have positively charged surfaces induced higher serum IgG titres when compared to those prepared with MCC which are negatively charged and smaller in size. Nanoparticle formulations developed in this study can be used as promising adjuvant/delivery systems for mucosal immunisation. PMID:18662762

  7. Chitosan/interfering RNA nanoparticle mediated gene silencing in disease vector mosquito larvae

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    Zhang, Xin; Mysore, Keshava; Flannery, Ellen; Michel, Kristin; Severson, David W.; Zhu, Kun Yan

    2015-01-01

    SHORT ABSTRACT Here we describe a procedure for inhibiting gene function in disease vector mosquitoes through the use of chitosan/interfering RNA nanoparticles that are ingested by larvae. LONG ABSTRACT Vector mosquitoes inflict more human suffering than any other organism—and kill more than one million people each year. The mosquito genome projects facilitated research in new facets of mosquito biology, including functional genetic studies in the primary African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae and the dengue and yellow fever vector Aedes aegypti. RNA interference- (RNAi-) mediated gene silencing has been used to target genes of interest in both of these disease vector mosquito species. Here, we describe a procedure for preparation of chitosan/interfering RNA nanoparticles that are combined with food and ingested by larvae. This technically straightforward, high-throughput, and relatively inexpensive methodology, which is compatible with long double stranded RNA (dsRNA) or small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules, has been used for the successful knockdown of a number of different genes in A. gambiae and A. aegypti larvae. Following larval feedings, knockdown, which is verified through qRT-PCR or in situ hybridization, can persist at least through the late pupal stage. This methodology may be applicable to a wide variety of mosquito and other insect species, including agricultural pests, as well as other non-model organisms. In addition to its utility in the research laboratory, in the future, chitosan, an inexpensive, non-toxic and biodegradable polymer, could potentially be utilized in the field. PMID:25867635

  8. Bilayered (silica-chitosan) coatings for studying dye release in aqueous media: The role of chitosan properties.

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    Dabóczi, Mátyás; Albert, Emőke; Agócs, Emil; Kabai-Faix, Márta; Hórvölgyi, Zoltán

    2016-01-20

    Chitosan and bilayered--Rhodamine 6G impregnated silica-chitosan--coatings (300-3000 nm thick) were prepared and investigated as a model for controlled drug release. Properties of native, ionically (sodium triphosphate) and covalently (glutaraldehyde) cross-linked layers of chitosan in contact with aqueous phase (modeling human blood pH of ca. 7.3) were investigated. The cross-linking was confirmed by attenuated total reflection (ATR) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and solid state (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The evolution of advancing water contact angles as a function of time was measured, and from the results restricted mobility of polymer segments in the interfacial layer of cross-linked chitosan coatings were assumed. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements showed that covalent cross-linking leads to a lowered, while ionic cross-linking to an increased swelling degree of chitosan layers. Despite the swelling behavior both cross-linked chitosan layers showed significant retard effect on dye release from the bilayered coatings. PMID:26572339

  9. Enzymatic modification of chitosan with quercetin and its application as antioxidant edible films.

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    Torres, E; Marín, V; Aburto, J; Beltrán, H I; Shirai, K; Villanueva, S; Sandoval, G

    2012-01-01

    Quercetin, rutin, naringin, hesperidin and chrysin were tested as substrates for chloroperoxidase to produce reactive quinones to graft onto chitosan. Quercetin and rutin quinones were successfully chemically attached to low molecular weight chitosan. The quercetin-modified chitosan showed an enhancement of plastic, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties as well as of thermal degradability. Finally, chitosan-quercetin films visibly decreased enzymatic oxidation when applied to Opuntia ficus indica cladodes. PMID:22586910

  10. Characterization and toxicology evaluation of chitosan nanoparticles on the embryonic development of zebrafish, Danio rerio.

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    Wang, Yanbo; Zhou, Jinru; Liu, Lin; Huang, Changjiang; Zhou, Deqing; Fu, Linglin

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, chitosan nanoparticles were prepared, characterized and used to evaluate the embryonic toxicology on zebrafish (Danio rerio). The average particle size of chitosan nanoparticles was 84.86nm. The increased mortality and decreased hatching rate was found in the zebrafish embryo exposure to normal chitosan particles and chitosan nanoparticles with the increased addition concentration. At 120h post-fertilization (hpf), the rate of mortality were 25.0 and 44.4% in the groups treated with chitosan nanoparticles and normal chitosan particles at 250mg/L, respectively. At 72hpf, the hatching rate in the groups treated with normal chitosan particles were lower (P<0.01) at 300 and 400mg/L than those of the corresponding control groups, respectively. However, there were no significant differences between the groups treated with chitosan nanoparticles and the control groups across all the addition concentrations. More abundant typical malformation of embryos was observed in the groups treated with normal chitosan particles compared with those treated with chitosan nanoparticles. The LC50 (medium lethal concentration) of chitosan nanoparticles was 280mg/L at 96hpf and 270mg/L at 120hpf. As for normal chitosan particles, the LC50 was 257mg/L at both 96hpf and 120hpf. The TC50 (medium teratogenic concentration) of the zebrafish treated with chitosan nanoparticles and normal chitosan particles were 257mg/L and 137mg/L, respectively. It indicated that the chitosan nanoparticles were relatively more secure compared with normal chitosan particles. PMID:26877014

  11. Nutraceuticals in lipid-lowering treatment: a narrative review on the role of chitosan.

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    Patti, Angelo Maria; Katsiki, Niki; Nikolic, Dragana; Al-Rasadi, Khalid; Rizzo, Manfredi

    2015-05-01

    Lipid-lowering drugs may cause adverse effects and, although lipid targets may be achieved, a substantial residual cardiovascular (CV) risk remains. Treatment with agents mimicking proteins present in the body, such as incretin-based therapies, provided promising results. However, in order to improve lipids and CV risk, lifestyle measures remain important. Some researchers focused on nutraceuticals that may beneficially affect metabolic parameters and minimize CV risk. Chitosan, a dietary fiber, can regulate lipids with benefit on anthropometric parameters. The beneficial properties of dietary supplements (such as green tea extract, prebiotics, plant sterols, and stanols) on plasma lipids, lipoproteins, blood pressure, glucose, and insulin levels and their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects are documented. However, larger, prospective clinical trials are required to confirm such benefits. Such treatments may be recommended when lipid-lowering drugs are neither indicated nor tolerated as well as in order to achieve therapeutic targets and/or overcome residual CV risk. PMID:25037700

  12. Antimicrobial Cellobiose Dehydrogenase-Chitosan Particles.

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    Tegl, Gregor; Thallinger, Barbara; Beer, Bianca; Sygmund, Christoph; Ludwig, Roland; Rollett, Alexandra; Nyanhongo, Gibson S; Guebitz, Georg M

    2016-01-13

    Increasing prevalence of chronic wounds and microbial infection constitute a severe health challenge. The situation is further complicated by emerging multidrug resistance making the treatment of infections increasingly difficult. Here, a novel antimicrobial system based on in situ release of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) by cellobiose dehydrogenase (CDH) immobilized on chitosan (CTS) particles is described. Covalent immobilization using carbodiimide coupling lead to a higher amount of protein immobilized on CTS (104 μg CDH/mg CTS) when compared to noncovalent immobilization, which, however, showed highest recovery of CDH activity (0.01 U/mg CTS). The CDH-CTS in situ generated H2O2 completely inhibited growth of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus over a period of 24 h. This resilient antimicrobial system represents a novel strategy for preventing infection with potential application in counteracting microbial colonization of chronic wounds. PMID:26672396

  13. Enzymatic modification of chitosan by cinnamic acids: Antibacterial activity against Ralstonia solanacearum.

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    Yang, Caifeng; Zhou, Yu; Zheng, Yu; Li, Changlong; Sheng, Sheng; Wang, Jun; Wu, Fuan

    2016-06-01

    This study aimed to identify chitosan polymers that have antibacterial activity against the bacterial wilt pathogen. The chitosan polymers were enzymatically synthesized using chitosan and five cinnamic acids (CADs): caffeic acid (CA), ferulic acid (FA), cinnamic acid (CIA), p-coumaric acid (COA) and chlorogenic acid (CHA), using laccase from Pleurotus ostreatus as a catalyst. The reaction was performed in a phosphate buffered solution under heterogenous reaction conditions. The chitosan derivatives (CTS-g-CADs) were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, TGA and SEM. FT-IR demonstrated that the reaction products bound covalently to the free amino groups or hydroxyl groups of chitosan via band of amide I or ester band. XRD showed a reduced packing density for grafted chitosan comparing to original chitosan. TGA demonstrated that CTS-g-CADs have a higher thermostability than chitosan. Additionally, chitosan and its derivatives showed similar antibacterial activity. However, the IC50 value of the chitosan-caffeic acid derivative (CTS-g-CA) against the mulberry bacterial wilt pathogen RS-5 was 0.23mg/mL, which was two-fifths of the IC50 value of chitosan. Therefore, the enzymatically synthesized chitosan polymers can be used to control plant diseases in biotechnological domains. PMID:26993531

  14. In situ synthesis of new magnetite chitosan/carrageenan nanocomposites by electrostatic interactions for protein delivery applications.

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    Long, Jie; Yu, Xiaoqin; Xu, Enbo; Wu, Zhengzong; Xu, Xueming; Jin, Zhengyu; Jiao, Aiquan

    2015-10-20

    We present a simple method to develop magnetite chitosan/carrageenan nanocomposites by in situ synthesis under mild conditions, and then their potential for controlled release of macromolecules was also evaluated. The structural, morphological and magnetic properties of the as-prepared materials were studied by vibrating sample magnetometer, X-ray diffractometer, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analyzer and transmission electron microscopy. With the varying mass ratio (chitosan to Fe3O4-carrageenan nanocomposite), the developed nanocarriers presented sizes within 73-355nm and zeta potentials of -42-32mV. Using bovine serum albumin as model protein, the adsorption and release behaviors were investigated. Nanocarriers evidenced excellent loading capacity of 181mgg(-1) at protein concentration of 0.2mgmL(-1), and demonstrated capacity to provide a sustained release up to 85% of adsorbed protein in 30min in intestinal medium rather than acidic medium. These results suggest that the developed magnetite chitosan/carrageenan nanocomposites are promising in the application of magnetically targeted delivery of therapeutic macromolecules. PMID:26256165

  15. Transactivator of transcription (TAT) peptide– chitosan functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes as a potential drug delivery vehicle for cancer therapy

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    Dong, Xia; Liu, Lanxia; Zhu, Dunwan; Zhang, Hailing; Leng, Xigang

    2015-01-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT)-based drug delivery vehicles might find great potential in cancer therapy via the combination of chemotherapy with photothermal therapy due to the strong optical absorbance of CNTs in the near-infrared region. However, the application of CNTs in cancer therapy was considerably constrained by their lack of solubility in aqueous medium, as well as the cytotoxicity caused by their hydrophobic surface. Intracellular delivery efficiency is another factor determining the application potential of CNTs in cancer therapy. In the present study, low-molecular-weight chitosan conjugated with transactivator of transcription (TAT) peptide was used for noncovalent functionalization of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), aiming at providing a more efficient drug delivery vehicle for cancer therapy. The TAT–chitosan-conjugated MWCNTs (MWCNTs-TC) were further investigated for their water solubility, cytotoxicity, cell-penetrating capability, and accumulation in tumor. It was found that MWCNTs-TC were essentially nontoxic with satisfying water solubility, and they were more efficient in terms of cancer-targeted intracellular transport both in vitro and in vivo as compared with chitosan-modified MWCNTs (MWCNTs-CS), suggesting the great application potential of MWCNTs-TC in cancer therapy. PMID:26082633

  16. A Purification Process for Heparin and Precursor Polysaccharides Using the pH Responsive Behavior of Chitosan

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    Bhaskar, Ujjwal; Hickey, Anne M.; Li, Guoyun; Mundra, Ruchir V.; Zhang, Fuming; Fu, Li; Cai, Chao; Ou, Zhimin; Dordick, Jonathan S.; Linhardt, Robert J.

    2015-01-01

    The contamination crisis of 2008 has brought to light several risks associated with use of animal tissue derived heparin. Because the total chemical synthesis of heparin is not feasible, a bioengineered approach has been proposed, relying on recombinant enzymes derived from the heparin/HS biosynthetic pathway and Escherichia coli K5 capsular polysaccharide. Intensive process engineering efforts are required to achieve a cost-competitive process for bioengineered heparin compared to commercially available porcine heparins. Towards this goal, we have used 96-well plate based screening for development of a chitosan-based purification process for heparin and precursor polysaccharides. The unique pH responsive behavior of chitosan enables simplified capture of target heparin or related polysaccharides, under low pH and complex solution conditions, followed by elution under mildly basic conditions. The use of mild, basic recovery conditions are compatible with the chemical Ndeacetylation/N-sulfonation step used in the bioengineered heparin process. Selective precipitation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) leads to significant removal of process related impurities such as proteins, DNA and endotoxins. Use of highly sensitive liquid chromatographymass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance analytical techniques reveal a minimum impact of chitosan-based purification on heparin product composition. PMID:26147064

  17. Inactivation of Salmonella on whole cantaloupe by application of an antimicrobial coating containing chitosan and allyl isothiocyanate

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    This study investigated the antimicrobial effect of a chitosan coating + allyl isothiocyanate (AIT) and nisin against Salmonella on whole fresh cantaloupes. Cantaloupes were inoculated with a cocktail of three Salmonella strains and treated with chitosan, chitosan + AIT, chitosan + nisin, and chitos...

  18. Emerging Biomedical Applications of Nano-Chitins and Nano-Chitosans Obtained via Advanced Eco-Friendly Technologies from Marine Resources

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    Muzzarelli, Riccardo A. A.; El Mehtedi, Mohamad; Mattioli-Belmonte, Monica

    2014-01-01

    The present review article is intended to direct attention to the technological advances made in the 2010–2014 quinquennium for the isolation and manufacture of nanofibrillar chitin and chitosan. Otherwise called nanocrystals or whiskers, n-chitin and n-chitosan are obtained either by mechanical chitin disassembly and fibrillation optionally assisted by sonication, or by e-spinning of solutions of polysaccharides often accompanied by poly(ethylene oxide) or poly(caprolactone). The biomedical areas where n-chitin may find applications include hemostasis and wound healing, regeneration of tissues such as joints and bones, cell culture, antimicrobial agents, and dermal protection. The biomedical applications of n-chitosan include epithelial tissue regeneration, bone and dental tissue regeneration, as well as protection against bacteria, fungi and viruses. It has been found that the nano size enhances the performances of chitins and chitosans in all cases considered, with no exceptions. Biotechnological approaches will boost the applications of the said safe, eco-friendly and benign nanomaterials not only in these fields, but also for biosensors and in targeted drug delivery areas. PMID:25415349

  19. Genetic Improvement of Bacillus licheniformis Strains for Efficient Deproteinization of Shrimp Shells and Production of High-Molecular-Mass Chitin and Chitosan ▿ †

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    Hoffmann, Kerstin; Daum, Gabriele; Köster, Marina; Kulicke, Werner-Michael; Meyer-Rammes, Heike; Bisping, Bernward; Meinhardt, Friedhelm

    2010-01-01

    By targeted deletion of the polyglutamate operon (pga) in Bacillus licheniformis F11, a derivative form, F11.1 (Δpga), was obtained that, along with lacking polyglutamate (PGA) formation, displayed enhanced proteolytic activities. The phenotypic properties were maintained in a strain in which the chiBA operon was additionally deleted: F11.4 (ΔchiBA Δpga). These genetically modified strains, carrying the Δpga deletion either alone (F11.1) or together with the ΔchiBA (F11.4) deletion, were used in fermentations (20-liter scale) aiming at the deproteinization of shrimp shells in order to obtain long-chain chitin. After chemical deacetylation, the resulting chitosan samples were analyzed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, and viscometry and compared to a chitosan preparation that was produced in parallel by chemical methods by a commercial chitosan supplier (GSRmbH). Though faint lipid impurities were present in the fermented polysaccharides, the viscosity of the material produced with the double-deletion mutant F11.4 (Δpga ΔchiBA) was higher than that of the chemically produced and commercially available samples (Cognis GmbH). Thus, enhanced proteolytic activities and a lack of chitinase activity render the double mutant F11.4 a powerful tool for the production of long-chain chitosan. PMID:20971870

  20. Synthesis and characterization of magnetite/PLGA/chitosan nanoparticles

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    Ibarra, Jaime; Melendres, Julio; Almada, Mario; Burboa, María G.; Taboada, Pablo; Juárez, Josué; Valdez, Miguel A.

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we report the synthesis and characterization of a new hybrid nanoparticles system performed by magnetite nanoparticles, loaded in a PLGA matrix, and stabilized by different concentrations of chitosan. Magnetite nanoparticles were hydrophobized with oleic acid and entrapped in a PLGA matrix by the emulsion solvent evaporation method, after that, magnetite/PLGA/chitosan nanoparticles were obtained by adding dropwise magnetite/PLGA nanoparticles in chitosan solutions. Magnetite/PLGA nanoparticles produced with different molar ratios did not show significant differences in size and the 3:1 molar ratio showed best spherical shapes as well as uniform particle size. Isothermal titration calorimetry studies demonstrated that the first stage of PLGA-chitosan interaction is mostly regulated by electrostatic forces. Based on a single set of identical sites model, we obtained for the average number of binding sites a value of 3.4, which can be considered as the number of chitosan chains per nanoparticle. This value was confirmed by using a model based on the DLVO theory and fitting zeta potential measurements of magnetite/PLGA/chitosan nanoparticles. From the adjusted parameters, we found that an average number of chitosan molecules of 3.6 per nanoparticle are attached onto the surface of the PLGA matrix. Finally, we evaluated the effect of surface charge of nanoparticles on a membrane model of endothelial cells performed by a mixture of three phospholipids at the air-water interface. Different isotherms and adsorption curves show that cationic surface of charged nanoparticles strongly interact with the phospholipids mixture and these results can be the basis of future experiments to understand the nanoparticles- cell membrane interaction.

  1. Identification of yeast genes that confer resistance to chitosan oligosaccharide (COS) using chemogenomics

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    2012-01-01

    Background Chitosan oligosaccharide (COS), a deacetylated derivative of chitin, is an abundant, and renewable natural polymer. COS has higher antimicrobial properties than chitosan and is presumed to act by disrupting/permeabilizing the cell membranes of bacteria, yeast and fungi. COS is relatively non-toxic to mammals. By identifying the molecular and genetic targets of COS, we hope to gain a better understanding of the antifungal mode of action of COS. Results Three different chemogenomic fitness assays, haploinsufficiency (HIP), homozygous deletion (HOP), and multicopy suppression (MSP) profiling were combined with a transcriptomic analysis to gain insight in to the mode of action and mechanisms of resistance to chitosan oligosaccharides. The fitness assays identified 39 yeast deletion strains sensitive to COS and 21 suppressors of COS sensitivity. The genes identified are involved in processes such as RNA biology (transcription, translation and regulatory mechanisms), membrane functions (e.g. signalling, transport and targeting), membrane structural components, cell division, and proteasome processes. The transcriptomes of control wild type and 5 suppressor strains overexpressing ARL1, BCK2, ERG24, MSG5, or RBA50, were analyzed in the presence and absence of COS. Some of the up-regulated transcripts in the suppressor overexpressing strains exposed to COS included genes involved in transcription, cell cycle, stress response and the Ras signal transduction pathway. Down-regulated transcripts included those encoding protein folding components and respiratory chain proteins. The COS-induced transcriptional response is distinct from previously described environmental stress responses (i.e. thermal, salt, osmotic and oxidative stress) and pre-treatment with these well characterized environmental stressors provided little or any resistance to COS. Conclusions Overexpression of the ARL1 gene, a member of the Ras superfamily that regulates membrane trafficking, provides protection against COS-induced cell membrane permeability and damage. We found that the ARL1 COS-resistant over-expression strain was as sensitive to Amphotericin B, Fluconazole and Terbinafine as the wild type cells and that when COS and Fluconazole are used in combination they act in a synergistic fashion. The gene targets of COS identified in this study indicate that COS’s mechanism of action is different from other commonly studied fungicides that target membranes, suggesting that COS may be an effective fungicide for drug-resistant fungal pathogens. PMID:22727066

  2. Nanoparticles Based on Chitosan as Carriers for the Combined Herbicides Imazapic and Imazapyr

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    Maruyama, Cintia Rodrigues; Guilger, Mariana; Pascoli, Mônica; Bileshy-José, Natalia; Abhilash, P.C.; Fraceto, Leonardo Fernandes; de Lima, Renata

    2016-01-01

    The use of lower concentrations and fewer applications of herbicides is one of the prime objectives of the sustainable agriculture as it decreases the toxicity to non-targeted organisms and the risk of wider environmental contamination. In the present work, nanoparticles were developed for encapsulation of the herbicides imazapic and imazapyr. Alginate/chitosan and chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles were manufactured, and their physicochemical stability was evaluated. Determinations were made of the encapsulation efficiency and release kinetics, and the toxicity of the nanoparticles was evaluated using cytotoxicity and genotoxicity assays. The effects of herbicides and herbicide-loaded nanoparticles on soil microorganisms were studied in detail using real-time polymerase chain reactions. The nanoparticles showed an average size of 400 nm and remained stable during 30 days of storage at ambient temperature. Satisfactory encapsulation efficiencies of between 50 and 70% were achieved for both types of particles. Cytotoxicity assays showed that the encapsulated herbicides were less toxic, compared to the free compounds, and genotoxicity was decreased. Analyses of soil microbiota revealed changes in the bacteria of the soils exposed to the different treatments. Our study proves that encapsulation of the herbicides improved their mode of action and reduced their toxicity, indicating their suitability for use in future practical applications. PMID:26813942

  3. Zwitterionic Chitosan-Polyamidoamine Dendrimer Complex Nanoparticles as a pH-Sensitive Drug Carrier

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    Liu, Karen C.; Yeo, Yoon

    2013-01-01

    Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers have been widely explored as carriers of therapeutics and imaging agents. However, amine-terminated PAMAM dendrimers is rarely utilized in systemic applications due to its cytotoxicity and risk of opsonization, caused by its cationic charges. Such undesirable effects may be mitigated by shielding the PAMAM dendrimer surface with polymers that reduce the charges. However, this shielding may also interfere with PAMAM dendrimers’ ability to interact with target cells, thus reducing cellular uptake and overall efficacy of the delivery system. Therefore, we propose to use zwitterionic chitosan (ZWC), a new chitosan derivative, which has a unique pH-sensitive charge profile, as an alternative biomaterial to modify the cationic surface of PAMAM dendrimers. Stable electrostatic complex of ZWC and PAMAM dendrimers was formed at pH 7.4, where the PAMAM dendrimer surface was covered with ZWC, as demonstrated by fluorescence spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The presence of ZWC coating protected red blood cells and fibroblast cells from hemolytic and cytotoxic activities of PAMAM dendrimers, respectively. Confocal microscopy showed that the protective effect of ZWC disappeared at low pH as the complex dissociated due to the charge conversion of ZWC, allowing PAMAM dendrimers to enter cells. These results demonstrate that ZWC is able to provide a surface coverage of PAMAM dendrimers in a pH-dependent manner and, thus, enhance the utility of PAMAM dendrimers as a drug carrier to solid tumors with acidifying microenvironment. PMID:23510114

  4. Chitosan/interfering RNA nanoparticle mediated gene silencing in disease vector mosquito larvae.

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    Zhang X; Mysore K; Flannery E; Michel K; Severson DW; Zhu KY; Duman-Scheel M

    2015-01-01

    Vector mosquitoes inflict more human suffering than any other organism-and kill more than one million people each year. The mosquito genome projects facilitated research in new facets of mosquito biology, including functional genetic studies in the primary African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae and the dengue and yellow fever vector Aedes aegypti. RNA interference- (RNAi-) mediated gene silencing has been used to target genes of interest in both of these disease vector mosquito species. Here, we describe a procedure for preparation of chitosan/interfering RNA nanoparticles that are combined with food and ingested by larvae. This technically straightforward, high-throughput, and relatively inexpensive methodology, which is compatible with long double stranded RNA (dsRNA) or small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules, has been used for the successful knockdown of a number of different genes in A. gambiae and A. aegypti larvae. Following larval feedings, knockdown, which is verified through qRT-PCR or in situ hybridization, can persist at least through the late pupal stage. This methodology may be applicable to a wide variety of mosquito and other insect species, including agricultural pests, as well as other non-model organisms. In addition to its utility in the research laboratory, in the future, chitosan, an inexpensive, non-toxic and biodegradable polymer, could potentially be utilized in the field.

  5. Chitosan/interfering RNA nanoparticle mediated gene silencing in disease vector mosquito larvae.

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    Zhang, Xin; Mysore, Keshava; Flannery, Ellen; Michel, Kristin; Severson, David W; Zhu, Kun Yan; Duman-Scheel, Molly

    2015-01-01

    Vector mosquitoes inflict more human suffering than any other organism-and kill more than one million people each year. The mosquito genome projects facilitated research in new facets of mosquito biology, including functional genetic studies in the primary African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae and the dengue and yellow fever vector Aedes aegypti. RNA interference- (RNAi-) mediated gene silencing has been used to target genes of interest in both of these disease vector mosquito species. Here, we describe a procedure for preparation of chitosan/interfering RNA nanoparticles that are combined with food and ingested by larvae. This technically straightforward, high-throughput, and relatively inexpensive methodology, which is compatible with long double stranded RNA (dsRNA) or small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules, has been used for the successful knockdown of a number of different genes in A. gambiae and A. aegypti larvae. Following larval feedings, knockdown, which is verified through qRT-PCR or in situ hybridization, can persist at least through the late pupal stage. This methodology may be applicable to a wide variety of mosquito and other insect species, including agricultural pests, as well as other non-model organisms. In addition to its utility in the research laboratory, in the future, chitosan, an inexpensive, non-toxic and biodegradable polymer, could potentially be utilized in the field. PMID:25867635

  6. Towards better modeling of chitosan nanoparticles production: screening different factors and comparing two experimental designs.

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    Abdel-Hafez, Salma M; Hathout, Rania M; Sammour, Omaima A

    2014-03-01

    The aim of this study is to utilize statistical designs and mathematical modeling to end the continuous debate about the different variables that influence the production of nanoparticles using the ionic gelation method between the biopolymer chitosan (CS) and tripolyphosphate (TPP) ion. Preliminary experiments were adopted to extract the optimum conditions for the nanoparticles preparation and model construction. Critical process parameters were screened using the one-factor-at-a-time (OFAT) approach to select optimum experimental regions. Finally, these factors were optimized using two different methods of response surface modeling; the Box-Behnken and the D-optimal. The significant models showed excellent fitting of the data. The two methods were validated using a set of check points and were subsequently compared. Good agreement between actual and predicted values was obtained though the D-optimal model was more successful in predicting the particle size of the prepared nanoparticles with percentage bias as small as 1.49%. Nanoparticles were produced with diameters ranging from 52.21 nm to 400.30 nm, particle polydispersity from 0.06 to 0.40 and suitable morphology. This work provides an overview on the production of chitosan nanoparticles with desirable size enabling their successful use in drugs delivery and targeting or in any nanotechnology or interfacial application. PMID:24355618

  7. Nanoparticles Based on Chitosan as Carriers for the Combined Herbicides Imazapic and Imazapyr.

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    Maruyama, Cintia Rodrigues; Guilger, Mariana; Pascoli, Mônica; Bileshy-José, Natalia; Abhilash, P C; Fraceto, Leonardo Fernandes; de Lima, Renata

    2016-01-01

    The use of lower concentrations and fewer applications of herbicides is one of the prime objectives of the sustainable agriculture as it decreases the toxicity to non-targeted organisms and the risk of wider environmental contamination. In the present work, nanoparticles were developed for encapsulation of the herbicides imazapic and imazapyr. Alginate/chitosan and chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles were manufactured, and their physicochemical stability was evaluated. Determinations were made of the encapsulation efficiency and release kinetics, and the toxicity of the nanoparticles was evaluated using cytotoxicity and genotoxicity assays. The effects of herbicides and herbicide-loaded nanoparticles on soil microorganisms were studied in detail using real-time polymerase chain reactions. The nanoparticles showed an average size of 400 nm and remained stable during 30 days of storage at ambient temperature. Satisfactory encapsulation efficiencies of between 50 and 70% were achieved for both types of particles. Cytotoxicity assays showed that the encapsulated herbicides were less toxic, compared to the free compounds, and genotoxicity was decreased. Analyses of soil microbiota revealed changes in the bacteria of the soils exposed to the different treatments. Our study proves that encapsulation of the herbicides improved their mode of action and reduced their toxicity, indicating their suitability for use in future practical applications. PMID:26813942

  8. Intranasal, siRNA Delivery to the Brain by TAT/MGF Tagged PEGylated Chitosan Nanoparticles

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    Malhotra, Meenakshi; Tomaro-Duchesneau, Catherine; Saha, Shyamali; Prakash, Satya

    2013-01-01

    Neurodegeneration is characterized by progressive loss of structure and function of neurons. Several therapeutic methods and drugs are available to alleviate the symptoms of these diseases. The currently used delivery strategies such as implantation of catheters, intracarotid infusions, surgeries, and chemotherapies are invasive in nature and pose a greater risk of postsurgical complications, which can have fatal side effects. The current study utilizes a peptide (TAT and MGF) tagged PEGylated chitosan nanoparticle formulation for siRNA delivery, administered intranasally, which can bypass the blood brain barrier. The study investigates the optimal dose, duration, biodistribution, and toxicity, of the nanoparticle-siRNA formulation, in-vivo. The results indicate that 0.5 mg/kg of siRNA is delivered successfully to the hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, and Purkinje cells in the cerebellum after 4 hrs of post intranasal delivery. The results indicate maximum delivery to the brain in comparison to other tissues with no cellular toxic effects. This study shows the potential of peptide-tagged PEGylated chitosan nanoparticles to be delivered intranasally and target brain tissue for the treatment of neurological disorders. PMID:26555995

  9. Nanoparticles Based on Chitosan as Carriers for the Combined Herbicides Imazapic and Imazapyr

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    Maruyama, Cintia Rodrigues; Guilger, Mariana; Pascoli, Mônica; Bileshy-José, Natalia; Abhilash, P. C.; Fraceto, Leonardo Fernandes; de Lima, Renata

    2016-01-01

    The use of lower concentrations and fewer applications of herbicides is one of the prime objectives of the sustainable agriculture as it decreases the toxicity to non-targeted organisms and the risk of wider environmental contamination. In the present work, nanoparticles were developed for encapsulation of the herbicides imazapic and imazapyr. Alginate/chitosan and chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles were manufactured, and their physicochemical stability was evaluated. Determinations were made of the encapsulation efficiency and release kinetics, and the toxicity of the nanoparticles was evaluated using cytotoxicity and genotoxicity assays. The effects of herbicides and herbicide-loaded nanoparticles on soil microorganisms were studied in detail using real-time polymerase chain reactions. The nanoparticles showed an average size of 400 nm and remained stable during 30 days of storage at ambient temperature. Satisfactory encapsulation efficiencies of between 50 and 70% were achieved for both types of particles. Cytotoxicity assays showed that the encapsulated herbicides were less toxic, compared to the free compounds, and genotoxicity was decreased. Analyses of soil microbiota revealed changes in the bacteria of the soils exposed to the different treatments. Our study proves that encapsulation of the herbicides improved their mode of action and reduced their toxicity, indicating their suitability for use in future practical applications.

  10. Effect of chitosan-based edible coating on preservation of white shrimp during partially frozen storage.

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    Wu, Shengjun

    2014-04-01

    Chitosan and chitooligosaccharides are preservatives with proven antibacterial activity, while glutathione has antioxidant activity. This study investigated the effects of chitosan coating combined with chitooligosaccharides and glutathione (0.8% glutathione+1% chitooligosaccharides+1% chitosan) on preservation of white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) during partially frozen storage. Chitosan-based coating treatments effectively inhibited bacterial growth, reduced total volatile basic nitrogen and malondialdehyde, and basically maintained the sensory properties of white shrimp (P. vannamei) during partially frozen storage. Therefore, chitosan-based edible coating combined with chitooligosaccharides and glutathione could be a promising antimicrobial and oxidant method to prevent metamorphism of white shrimp with extended shelf life. PMID:24491494

  11. Collagen and its interactions with chitosan, III some biological and mechanical properties.

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    Taravel, M N; Domard, A

    1996-02-01

    Bovine atelocollagen and high molecular weight fully deacetylated chitosan, depending on the conditions, can form complexes whether by means of purely electrostatic interactions or by hydrogen bonding. In the first case the maximum proportion of chitosan in the complex is relatively low (approximately 10%) and then it is difficult to conclude whether chitosan prevents collagen digestion by collagenase or not. On the contrary, in the case of the second kind of complex, chitosan induces a strong protection toward the specific enzyme. If we consider the mechanical properties of polyanion/polycation complexes, chitosan brings softening rather than hardening to the system and the complex behaves like some polymer blends. PMID:8938241

  12. Modified carbohydrate-chitosan compounds, methods of making the same and methods of using the same

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    Venditti, Richard A; Pawlak, Joel J; Salam, Abdus; El-Tahlawy, Khaled Fathy

    2015-03-10

    Compositions of matter are provided that include chitosan and a modified carbohydrate. The modified carbohydrate includes a carbohydrate component and a cross linking agent. The modified carbohydrate has increased carboxyl content as compared to an unmodified counterpart carbohydrate. A carboxyl group of the modified carbohydrate is covalently bonded with an amino group of chitosan. The compositions of matter provided herein may include cross linked starch citrate-chitosan and cross linked hemicellulose citrate-chitosan, including foams thereof. These compositions yield excellent absorbency and metal chelation properties. Methods of making cross linked modified carbohydrate-chitosan compounds are also provided.

  13. Preparation, Evaluation and Optimization of Multiparticulate System of Mebendazole for Colon Targeted Drug Delivery by Using Natural Polysaccharides

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    Hemraj Ramteke, Kuldeep; Balaji Jadhav, Varsha; Kulkarni, Nilesh Shrikant; Kharat, Amol Rameshrao; Diwate, Sonali Bhima

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: A Multiparticulate system of Mebendazole was developed for colon targeted drug delivery by using natural polysaccharides like Chitosan and Sodium-alginate beads. Methods: Chitosan microspheres were formulated by using Emulsion crosslinking method using Glutaraldehyde as crosslinking agent. Sodium-alginate beads were formulated by using Calcium chloride as gelling agent. Optimization for Chitosan microspheres was carried out by using 23 full factorial design. 32 full factorial design was used for the optimization of Sodium-alginate beads. The formulated batches were evaluated for percentage yield, particle size measurement, flow properties, percent entrapment efficiency, Swelling studies. The formulations were subjected to Stability studies and In-vitro release study (with and without rat caecal content). Release kinetics data was subjected to different dissolution models. Results: The formulated batches showed acceptable particle size range as well as excellent flow properties. Entrapment efficiency for optimized batches of Chitosan microspheres and sodium alginate beads was found to be 74.18% and 88.48% respectively. In-vitro release of drug for the optimized batches was found to be increased in presence of rat caecal content. The best-fit models were koresmeyer-peppas for Chitosan microspheres and zero order for sodium-alginate beads. Conclusion: Chitosan and Sodium-alginate was used successfully for the formulation of Colon targeted Multiparticulate system. PMID:26504758

  14. Immobilization of Glucose Oxidase in Alginate-Chitosan Microcapsules

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    Wang, Xia; Zhu, Ke-Xue; Zhou, Hui-Ming

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve its stability and catalytic rate in flour, the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOX) was investigated in this work. The enzyme was encapsulated in calcium alginate-chitosan microspheres (CACM) using an emulsification-internal gelation-GOX adsorption-chitosan coating method. The interaction between alginate and chitosan was confirmed by infrared spectroscopy (IR). The resultant CACM in wet state, whose morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), was spherical with a mean diameter of about 26 μm. The GOX load, encapsulation efficiency and activity of the CACM-GOX were influenced by concentration of chitosan, encapsulation time and encapsulation pH. The highest total enzymatic activity and encapsulation efficiency was achieved when the pH of the adsorption medium was near the isoelectric point (pI) of GOX, approximately pH 4.0. In addition, the molecular weight of chitosan also evidently influenced the encapsulation efficiency. Storage stabilities of GOX samples were investigated continuously over two months and the retained activity of CACM-GOX was 70.4%, markedly higher than the 7.5% of free enzyme. The results reveal the great potential of CACM-GOX as a flour improver. PMID:21686168

  15. Elastic chitosan conduits with multiple channels and well defined microstructure.

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    Zhu, Jixiang; Xiong, Yi; Zeng, Chenguang; Qiang, Na; Quan, Daping; Wan, Jun

    2012-01-01

    Four kinds of chitosan conduits with longitudinal multi-channels and controlled internal microstructures were prepared using a special mold and a freeze-drying method. One of the conduits was fabricated from a chitosan solution (ab NC), while the other three groups were made from a pre-gelled chitosan solution using genipin as a chemical cross-linker (ab gNC), dibasic sodium phosphate as a physical cross-linker (ab pNC) or a combined ionic and covalent co-cross-linker (ab gpNC), respectively. The porosity of the chitosan conduits ranged from 88 to 90%. The gpNC showed highly interconnected and uniformly distributed pores compared to NC, the gNC and pNC. In contrast, the gNC and gpNC showed about 10% of the volume swelling ratio in 37°C PBS solution, although the gpNC scaffold's water uptake was the highest, at more than 17 times its original mass. Compressive tests showed that gpNC had significant elasticity and maintained its physical integrity even after compressing them down to 20% of their original height. The elastic modulus of gpNC reached 80 kPa, which was more than twice that of the other groups. Adhesion and proliferation of PC12 cells on chitosan gpNC scaffolds showed excellent properties by MTT and SEM observation, which indicated the potential of gpNC scaffolds for nerve tissue engineering applications. PMID:22561741

  16. High concentration honey chitosan electrospun nanofibers: biocompatibility and antibacterial effects.

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    Sarhan, Wessam A; Azzazy, Hassan M E

    2015-05-20

    Honey nanofibers represent an attractive formulation with unique medicinal and wound healing advantages. Nanofibers with honey concentrations of <10% were prepared, however, there is a need to prepare nanofibers with higher honey concentrations to increase the antibacterial and wound healing effects. In this work, chitosan and honey (H) were cospun with polyvinyl alcohol (P) allowing the fabrication of nanofibers with high honey concentrations up to 40% and high chitosan concentrations up to 5.5% of the total weight of the fibers using biocompatible solvents (1% acetic acid). The fabricated nanofibers were further chemically crosslinked, by exposure to glutaraldehyde vapor, and physically crosslinked by heating and freezing/thawing. The new HP-chitosan nanofibers showed pronounced antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus but weak antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli. The developed HP-chitosan nanofibers revealed no cytotoxicity effects on cultured fibroblasts. In conclusion, biocompatible, antimicrobial crosslinked honey/polyvinyl alcohol/chitosan nanofibers were developed which hold potential as effective wound dressing. PMID:25817652

  17. [The modified process for preparing natural organic polymer flocculant chitosan].

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    Zeng, D; Yu, G; Zhang, P; Feng, Z

    2001-05-01

    The modified process for preparing chitosan from crab or lobster shells was developed. In the decalcification stage, 10% HCl was used as soaking solution with addition of a small quantity of A as a promoter, and the mass ratio of reactants was 10% HCl:A:crab or lobster shells = 3.5:0.5:1, continuously stirring the crab or lobster shells at 30 degrees C for 3 h in place of simply soaking the crab or lobster shells at room temperature for 16-24 h in the previous process. In the deacetylation stage, 40% NaOH solution was used with addition of a small quantity of B as a promoter, and the mass ratio of reactants was 40% NaOH:B:chitin = 4:0.2:1, keeping reaction at 105 degrees C for 2 h in place of at 115 degrees C for 6 h in the previous process. By this new process, the cost of the raw materials used for preparing chitosan was cut down 49%, the preparation time was shortened by one half, and the main properties of this chitosan such as viscosity, deacetylation and molecular weight all approached or exceeded those of the Sigma' commercial chitosan (Chitosan C-3646). PMID:11507897

  18. Correlation of chitosan's rheological properties to its ability to electrospin

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    Krause, Wendy E.; Queen, Hailey A.; Klossner, Rebecca R.; Coughlin, Andrew J.

    2007-03-01

    Chitosan, derived from chitin found in the exoskeleton of crustaceans, has been investigated extensively for use in biomedical applications ranging from drug delivery to scaffolds for tissue engineering. Therefore, forming nanofibers of this linear polysaccharide is desirable for use in such applications, because the nanofibers can be tailored to mimic the size and porosity of the extracellular matrix. Electrostatic spinning (electrospinning) is a convenient method to produce nonwoven mats of nanofibers. The ability of the solutions to successfully electospin is closely correlated with the rheological properties of the solutions. Chitosan is challenging to electrospin due to its relatively high viscosity at modest concentrations. Solutions of chitosan blended with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) have been electrospun successfully with freshly prepared solutions. If the blended solutions are stored, they do not readily electrospin. Moreover, chitosan/PEO blend solutions show a drastic decrease in zero shear rate viscosity over time, which can be attributed to phase separation. The challenges associated with electrospinning charged biopolymers (chitosan is cationic) will be discussed in terms of their rheological properties. Successes and failures will be highlighted and compared results for readily electrospun neutral polymers.

  19. Adsorption characteristics of residual oil on amphiphilic chitosan derivative.

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    Sun, Gang Zheng; Chen, Xi Guang; Zhang, Jing; Feng, Chao; Cheng, Xiao Jie

    2010-01-01

    In this study, a novel chitosan-based polymeric surfactant, H-Oleoyl-Carboxymethyl chitosan was used as a coagulation agent for cleaning residual oil. The characteristics of H-Oleoyl-Carboxymethyl chitosan were investigated by FTIR and XRD. And the adsorption capacities of chitosan and H-O-CMCS for removing the residue oil from the wastewater of oil extraction have been investigated. H-O-CMCS exhibited a greater rate than chitosan in cleaning the residual oil from the wastewater of oil extraction at the optimum conditions. Equilibrium study, Langmuir/Freundlich adsorption models and the pseudo first- and second-order kinetic models were applied to describe the mechanism of adsorption experiments. The experimental data fitted well with the Langmuir model and the second-order kinetic model. Regeneration studies, using by the roasting and rinsing method, were undergone for three successive adsorption/desorption processes. H-O-CMCS still retained the residual oil removal capacity after regeneration. PMID:20418634

  20. Antimicrobial finish of textiles by chitosan UV-curing.

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    Ferrero, Franco; Periolatto, Monica

    2012-06-01

    The purpose of this research work was to develop a textile finish based on the radical UV-curing of chitosan on textiles to confer antimicrobial properties. Chitosan is a biopolymer with unique properties such as biodegradability, non-toxicity, antimicrobial activity. In this work cotton or silk fabrics and synthetic filter fabrics were impregnated with an acid solution of chitosan added of the photoinitiator in the proper amount and cured at room temperature by exposure to UV lamp. Process conditions such as percentage add-on, dilution, chitosan-fabric contact time, irradiation time and power, were optimized. The antimicrobial activity of finished fabrics was tested according to ASTM E 2149-01 standard test performed with Escherichia Coli ATCC 8739. Moreover dyeing test with Turquoise Telon dye were carried out to evaluate the treatment homogeneity while the amino group content was determined by ninhydrin assay. Moreover on cotton and silk fabrics the treatment fastness to domestic laundering was tested, according to UNI EN ISO105-C01. Obtained results showed a strong antimicrobial activity conferred by the treatment, homogeneous on fabric surface. It is evident already at low add-on, without affecting the hand properties of natural fabrics and the filtration characteristics of the synthetic filter fabrics. Finally, washing fastness was better for samples prepared with a better penetration of chitosan inside the fibers. PMID:22905533

  1. Electrophoretic deposition of composite hydroxyapatite-chitosan coatings

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    Pang Xin; Zhitomirsky, Igor . E-mail: zhitom@mcmaster.ca

    2007-04-15

    Cathodic electrophoretic deposition has been utilized for the fabrication of composite hydroxyapatite-chitosan coatings on 316L stainless steel substrates. The addition of chitosan to the hydroxyapatite suspensions promoted the electrophoretic deposition of the hydroxyapatite nanoparticles and resulted in the formation of composite coatings. The obtained coatings were investigated by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, potentiodynamic polarization measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It was shown that the deposit composition can be changed by a variation of the chitosan or hydroxyapatite concentration in the solutions. Experimental conditions were developed for the fabrication of hydroxyapatite-chitosan nanocomposites containing 40.9-89.8 wt.% hydroxyapatite. The method enabled the formation of adherent and uniform coatings of thicknesses up to 60 {mu}m. X-ray studies revealed that the preferred orientation of the hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in the chitosan matrix increases with decreasing hydroxyapatite content in the composite coatings. The obtained coatings provided the corrosion protection for the 316L stainless steel substrates00.

  2. Highly efficient adsorption of chlorophenols onto chemically modified chitosan

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    Zhou, Liang-Chun; Meng, Xiang-Guang; Fu, Jing-Wei; Yang, Yu-Chong; Yang, Peng; Mi, Chun

    2014-02-01

    A novel chemically modified chitosan CS-SA-CD with phenol and β-cyclodextrin groups was prepared. The adsorptions of phenol, 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) on the functional chitosan from aqueous solution were investigated. CS-SA-CD exhibited excellent adsorption ability for chlorophenols especially for DCP and TCP. The maximum adsorption capacities of phenol, 2-CP, 4-CP, DCP and TCP on CS-SA-CD were 59.74, 70.52, 96.43, 315.46 and 375.94 mg/g, respectively. The scanning electron microscope and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analyses revealed that the introduction of phenol group changed the surface morphology and surface properties of chitosan. The modified chitosan CS-SA-CD possesses larger surface areas (4.72 m2/g), pore volume (7.29 × 10-3 mL/g) and average pore diameter (59.99 Å) as compared to those of chitosan 3.27 m2/g, 2.00 × 10-3 mL/g and 15.95 Å, respectively. The enhanced adsorption of chlorophenols was also attributed to the interaction of hydrogen bond between Cl atom and sbnd OH group. The adsorption of chlorophenols on CS-SA-CD followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Adsorbent could be regenerated easily and the regenerated CS-SA-CD remained 80-91% adsorption efficiency.

  3. DNA-inspired electrochemical recognition of tryptophan isomers by electrodeposited chitosan and sulfonated chitosan.

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    Gu, Xiaogang; Tao, Yongxin; Pan, Yan; Deng, Linhong; Bao, Liping; Kong, Yong

    2015-09-15

    Inspired by the double helix structure of DNA, a simple enantioselective system based on chitosan (CS) was employed for electrochemical enantiorecognition of tryptophan (Trp) isomers. The recognition mechanism was proposed from the supramolecular point of view, which was further verified by the recognition of Trp isomers with sulfonated CS (SCS). The SCS-based chiral system presented the ability of indicating the percentage of d-Trp in racemic mixture, extending future applications of the electrochemical chiral system based on natural polysaccharides. PMID:26321420

  4. Improving effects of chitosan nanofiber scaffolds on osteoblast proliferation and maturation

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    Ho, Ming-Hua; Liao, Mei-Hsiu; Lin, Yi-Ling; Lai, Chien-Hao; Lin, Pei-I; Chen, Ruei-Ming

    2014-01-01

    Osteoblast maturation plays a key role in regulating osteogenesis. Electrospun nanofibrous products were reported to possess a high surface area and porosity. In this study, we developed chitosan nanofibers and examined the effects of nanofibrous scaffolds on osteoblast maturation and the possible mechanisms. Macro- and micro observations of the chitosan nanofibers revealed that these nanoproducts had a flat surface and well-distributed fibers with nanoscale diameters. Mouse osteoblasts were able to attach onto the chitosan nanofiber scaffolds, and the scaffolds degraded in a time-dependent manner. Analysis by scanning electron microscopy further showed mouse osteoblasts adhered onto the scaffolds along the nanofibers, and cell–cell communication was also detected. Mouse osteoblasts grew much better on chitosan nanofiber scaffolds than on chitosan films. In addition, human osteoblasts were able to adhere and grow on the chitosan nanofiber scaffolds. Interestingly, culturing human osteoblasts on chitosan nanofiber scaffolds time-dependently increased DNA replication and cell proliferation. In parallel, administration of human osteoblasts onto chitosan nanofibers significantly induced osteopontin, osteocalcin, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) messenger (m)RNA expression. As to the mechanism, chitosan nanofibers triggered runt-related transcription factor 2 mRNA and protein syntheses. Consequently, results of ALP-, alizarin red-, and von Kossa-staining analyses showed that chitosan nanofibers improved osteoblast mineralization. Taken together, results of this study demonstrate that chitosan nanofibers can stimulate osteoblast proliferation and maturation via runt-related transcription factor 2-mediated regulation of osteoblast-associated osteopontin, osteocalcin, and ALP gene expression. PMID:25246786

  5. Carbon and nitrogen limitation increase chitosan antifungal activity in Neurospora crassa and fungal human pathogens.

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    Lopez-Moya, Federico; Colom-Valiente, Maria F; Martinez-Peinado, Pascual; Martinez-Lopez, Jesus E; Puelles, Eduardo; Sempere-Ortells, Jose M; Lopez-Llorca, Luis V

    2015-03-01

    Chitosan permeabilizes plasma membrane and kills sensitive filamentous fungi and yeast. Membrane fluidity and cell energy determine chitosan sensitivity in fungi. A five-fold reduction of both glucose (main carbon (C) source) and nitrogen (N) increased 2-fold Neurospora crassa sensitivity to chitosan. We linked this increase with production of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and plasma membrane permeabilization. Releasing N. crassa from nutrient limitation reduced chitosan antifungal activity in spite of high ROS intracellular levels. With lactate instead of glucose, C and N limitation increased N. crassa sensitivity to chitosan further (4-fold) than what glucose did. Nutrient limitation also increased sensitivity of filamentous fungi and yeast human pathogens to chitosan. For Fusarium proliferatum, lowering 100-fold C and N content in the growth medium, increased 16-fold chitosan sensitivity. Similar results were found for Candida spp. (including fluconazole resistant strains) and Cryptococcus spp. Severe C and N limitation increased chitosan antifungal activity for all pathogens tested. Chitosan at 100 μg ml(-1) was lethal for most fungal human pathogens tested but non-toxic to HEK293 and COS7 mammalian cell lines. Besides, chitosan increased 90% survival of Galleria mellonella larvae infected with C. albicans. These results are of paramount for developing chitosan as antifungal. PMID:25749367

  6. Synthesis and characterization of a hydroxyethyl derivative of chitosan and evaluation of its biosafety

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    Shao, Kai; Han, Baoqin; Gao, Jinning; Song, Fulai; Yang, Yan; Liu, Wanshun

    2015-08-01

    Hydroxyethyl chitosan (HE-chitosan) is a water-soluble derivative of chitosan with many apparent biological properties. For example, it is non-toxic and rapidly biodegradable. Moreover, HE-chitosan has advantages in water-solubility, moisture retention and gelling property due to its hydroxyethyl group. However, the biocompatibility and biodegradability of this multifunctional derivative have rarely been documented although they are critical for its application in biomedical and clinical treatments. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the biosafety of HE-chitosan, and draw important clues for its diverse applications. HE-chitosan was synthesized and characterized its chemical structure with FTIR. Its molecular weight (MW) was determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and its deacetylation degree (DD) was investigated through potentiometric analysis. The cytotoxicity of HE-chitosan on mouse fibroblast cell L929 was tested. The biocompatibility and biodegradability of HE-chitosan in rat and rabbit were evaluated. The FTIR results indicated that the hydroxyethyl groups were linked to C6 of chitosan. The GPC analysis confirmed that its Mw was about 90.01 kDa. It was also demonstrated that HE-chitosan had excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability in vivo and had no cytotoxicity on L929. These findings indicated that HE-chitosan can potentially be applied as a biomaterial in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and other biomedical fields.

  7. Degradation of chitosan by gamma ray with presence of hydrogen peroxide

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    Mahmud, Maznah; Naziri, Muhammad Ihsan; Yacob, Norzita; Talip, Norhashidah; Abdullah, Zahid

    2014-02-01

    The radiation degraded chitosan samples were prepared by swelling the chitosan powder in water and exposed for gamma irradiation. The ratio chitosan to water was 1:6 with the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), 1%-5%. These chitosan-water mixtures were irradiated at 6kGy, which is the lowest irradiation dose that facility can offered. All samples were purified and proceed with characterization. The molecular weight (MW) study was monitored by size exclusion chromatography-multi angle laser light scattering (SEC-MALLS). Results showed that MW of chitosan reduced as the dose increased. Application of H2O2 enhanced the degradation rate of chitosan even at very low irradiation dose. Homogenous degradation also occurred during treatment with H2O2based on the polydispersity index (PDI) derived from the calculation of weight average molecular weight over number average molecular weight (Mw/Mn). Mechanism of chitosan radiation degradation with and without hydrogen peroxide was also discussed in this paper. Structure of degraded products was characterized with Fourier-transform infrared spectra. The degree of deacetylation (DDA) values of the samples was determined by acid-base titration. Solubility test results showed that, chitosan powder even at low Mw was insoluble in water even at low pH water. Chitosan as well as irradiated chitosan powder are soluble in strong and weak acid solution. Further discussion on behaviours of radiation degraded chitosan will be elaborated more in this paper.

  8. Does the Use of Chitosan Contribute to Oxalate Kidney Stone Formation?

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    Queiroz, Moacir Fernandes; Teodosio Melo, Karoline Rachel; Sabry, Diego Araujo; Sassaki, Guilherme Lanzi; Rocha, Hugo Alexandre Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    Chitosan is widely used in the biomedical field due its chemical and pharmacological properties. However, intake of chitosan results in renal tissue accumulation of chitosan and promotes an increase in calcium excretion. On the other hand, the effect of chitosan on the formation of calcium oxalate crystals (CaOx) has not been described. In this work, we evaluated the antioxidant capacity of chitosan and its interference in the formation of CaOx crystals in vitro. Here, the chitosan obtained commercially had its identity confirmed by nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy. In several tests, this chitosan showed low or no antioxidant activity. However, it also showed excellent copper-chelating activity. In vitro, chitosan acted as an inducer mainly of monohydrate CaOx crystal formation, which is more prevalent in patients with urolithiasis. We also observed that chitosan modifies the morphology and size of these crystals, as well as changes the surface charge of the crystals, making them even more positive, which can facilitate the interaction of these crystals with renal cells. Chitosan greatly influences the formation of crystals in vitro, and in vivo analyses should be conducted to assess the risk of using chitosan. PMID:25551781

  9. Incorporation of copper into chitosan scaffolds promotes bone regeneration in rat calvarial defects.

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    D'Mello, Sheetal; Elangovan, Satheesh; Hong, Liu; Ross, Ryan D; Sumner, D Rick; Salem, Aliasger K

    2015-07-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of a copper loaded chitosan scaffold on bone regeneration in critical-sized calvarial defects in rats. Chitosan scaffolds and copper-chitosan scaffolds were fabricated and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Chitosan and copper-chitosan scaffolds were implanted into 5 mm diameter critical-sized calvarial defects in Fisher 344 male rats. Empty defects (no scaffolds) were included as a control. After 4 weeks, the rats were sacrificed for microcomputed tomography (micro-CT) and histological analysis of new bone tissue development. Microscopy images revealed the uniformly porous structure of chitosan and copper-chitosan scaffolds. Significant bone regeneration was noted in the defects treated with copper-chitosan scaffolds when evaluated using micro-CT and histological analysis, when compared with other groups tested. On analysis of the micro-CT scans, an eleven-fold and a two-fold increase in the new bone volume/total volume (BV/TV) % was found in defects treated with the copper-chitosan scaffolds, when compared to empty defects and chitosan scaffolds, respectively. This study demonstrated the suitability of copper-crosslinked chitosan scaffolds for bone tissue engineering and provides the first evidence that inclusion of copper ions in scaffolds can enhance tissue regeneration. PMID:25230382

  10. Synthesis, antioxidant and cathepsin D inhibition activity of quaternary ammonium chitosan derivatives.

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    Li, Wenjuan; Duan, Yunfei; Huang, Jianying; Zheng, Qunxiong

    2016-01-20

    Two (2-hydroxypropyl) trimethyl ammonium and/or imidazole-based quaternary ammonium chitosan derivatives (NHT-chitosan and Im-OHT-chitosan) were synthesized by using nucleophilic substitution reaction. These two synthesized chitosan derivatives were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, NMR spectra, and UV-visible spectra. The applications as antioxidant agents and cathepsin D inhibitors were further investigated. Both of quaternary ammonium chitosan derivatives exhibited good antioxidant activity upon scavenging against hydroxyl radical and hydrogen peroxide as well as the lipid peroxidation inhibition in the linoleic acid emulsion system. They also exhibited good inhibition activity of cathepsin D protease. NHT-chitosan and Im-OHT-chitosan are potential the natural, healthy and safe preservatives in food industry. PMID:26572425

  11. Improving the hydrogen peroxide bleaching efficiency of aspen chemithermomechanical pulp by using chitosan.

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    Li, Zongquan; Dou, Hongyan; Fu, Yingjuan; Qin, Menghua

    2015-11-01

    The presence of transition metals during the hydrogen peroxide bleaching of pulp results in the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, which decreases the bleaching efficiency. In this study, chitosans were used as peroxide stabilizer in the alkaline hydrogen peroxide bleaching of aspen chemithermomechanical pulp (CTMP). The results showed that the brightness of the bleached CTMP increased 1.5% ISO by addition of 0.1% chitosan with 95% degree of deacetylation during peroxide bleaching. Transition metals in the form of ions or metal colloid particles, such as iron, copper and manganese, could be adsorbed by chitosans. Chitosans could inhibit the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by different transition metals under alkaline conditions. The ability of chitosans to inhibit peroxide decomposition depended on the type of transition metals, chitosan concentration and degree of deacetylation applied. The addition of chitosan slightly reduced the concentration of the hydroxyl radical formed during the hydrogen peroxide bleaching of aspen CTMP. PMID:26256367

  12. Chitosan-based biosorbents: modification and application for biosorption of heavy metals and radionuclides.

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    Wang, Jianlong; Chen, Can

    2014-05-01

    Heavy metal pollution is a serious environmental problem in the world, especially in developing countries. Among different treatment technologies, biosorption seems a promising alternative method. Chitosan-based biosorbents are potential and effective for heavy metal removal from aqueous solution. The preparation and characterization of the natural polymer chitosan, modified chitosan and chitosan composites, and their application for the removal or recovery of toxic heavy metals, precious metals and radionuclides from wastewater were introduced. Chitosan structures and their properties, chitosan modifications (physical conditioning and chemical modification), blends and composites as well as the metal sorption by chitosan-based biosorbents were briefly presented. The metal sorption capacities, influence of intrinsic nature of metal ions, pH and contact time, desorbing agents, isotherm and kinetics models, biosorption mechanisms were discussed. PMID:24461334

  13. Effect of chitosan type on protein and water recovery efficiency from surimi wash water treated with chitosan-alginate complexes.

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    Wibowo, Singgih; Velazquez, Gonzalo; Savant, Vivek; Torres, J Antonio

    2007-02-01

    Previous research has shown that soluble protein recovery by chitosan (Chi) complexes with polyanions such as alginate (Alg) is more effective than using chitosan alone. In this study, Chi-Alg complexes were used to recover soluble proteins from surimi wash water (SWW) slightly acidified to pH 6. Six Chi samples differing in molecular weight (MW) and degree of deacetylation (DD) were used at 20, 40 and 100mg/L SWW Chi-Alg complexes prepared with a Chi:Alg mixing ratio previously optimized (MR=0.2). FTIR analysis of the solids recovered revealed the three characteristic amide bands observed in the same region for untreated SWW confirming protein adsorption by Chi-Alg. The superior effectiveness of Chi complexes was confirmed but differences among chitosan types could not be correlated to MW and DD. Experimental Chi samples with 94%, 93%, 75% and 93% DD and 22, 47, 225 and 3404 x 10(3)Da, respectively, showed 73-76% protein adsorption while a commercial chitosan sample with 84% DD and 3832 x 10(3)Da had 74-83% protein adsorption. An experimental chitosan, SY-1000 with 94% DD and 1.5 x 10(6)Da, showed the highest protein adsorption (79-86%) and turbidity reduction (85-92%) when used at 20mg/L SWW. PMID:16580193

  14. Composite chitosan hydrogels for extended release of hydrophobic drugs.

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    Delmar, Keren; Bianco-Peled, Havazelet

    2016-01-20

    A composite chitosan hydrogel durable in physiological conditions intended for sustained release of hydrophobic drugs was investigated. The design is based on chitosan crosslinked with genipin with embedded biocompatible non-ionic microemulsion (ME). A prolonged release period of 48 h in water, and of 24h in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) of pH 7.4 was demonstrated for Nile red and curcumin. The differences in release patterns in water and PBS were attributed to distinct dissimilarities in the swelling behaviors; in water, the hydrogels swell enormously, while in PBS they expel water and shrink. The release mechanism dominating this system is complex due to intermolecular bonding between the oil droplets and the polymeric network, as confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) experiments. This is the first time that oil in water microemulsions were introduced into a chitosan hydrogels for the creation of a hydrophobic drug delivery system. PMID:26572389

  15. Chitosan based edible films and coatings: a review.

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    Elsabee, Maher Z; Abdou, Entsar S

    2013-05-01

    Chitosan is a biodegradable biocompatible polymer derived from natural renewable resources with numerous applications in various fields, and one of which is the area of edible films and coatings. Chitosan has antibacterial and antifungal properties which qualify it for food protection, however, its weak mechanical properties, gas and water vapor permeability limit its uses. This review discusses the application of chitosan and its blends with other natural polymers such as starch and other ingredients for example essential oils, and clay in the field of edible films for food protection. The mechanical behavior and the gas and water vapor permeability of the films are also discussed. References dealing with the antimicrobial behavior of these films and their impact on food protection are explored. PMID:23498203

  16. Superhydrophobic chitosan-based coatings for textile processing

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    Ivanova, N. A.; Philipchenko, A. B.

    2012-12-01

    A simple method to design the superhydrophobic anti-bacterial textile for biomedical applications was developed. For the coating formulation the spraying of nanoparticles dispersion over the textile sample was applied, allowing the way to get multiscale textured layer on a top of cotton fabric. The anti-bacterial functionality of coating is supported by using chitosan-based nanoparticles. In our approach the fabrication of nanoparticles was based on electrostatic interaction between amine group of chitosan and negatively charged fluoroanion. It was demonstrated that the relative number of fluoroanions per elementary unit of chitosan plays the crucial role in the structure of aggregates in the coating and its wettability as well as in durability of coatings in contact with aqueous media.

  17. Desulfurization of gasoline using molecularly imprinted chitosan as selective adsorbents.

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    Chang, Yonghui; Zhang, Lei; Ying, Hanjie; Li, Zhenjiang; Lv, Hao; Ouyang, Pingkai

    2010-01-01

    For desulfurization of gasoline, novel chitosan-based molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) was prepared by cross-linking chitosan with epichlorohydrin in the presence of dibenzothiophene (DBT) as the template. The influence of cross-linking ratio on the specific adsorption was evaluated. The effects of the types and the amounts of porogen on selectivity of the chitosan MIP were also examined. Results showed that MIP has a higher recognition property to DBT. The maximum rebinding capacities of the MIP reached 22.69 mg g(-1) in the model solution. The adsorption behaviors of the MIP including adsorption kinetics, isotherms, and thermodynamic parameters were investigated and the experimental data agreed well with the Langmuir model. The dynamical adsorption behaved in first-order kinetics. Negative values for the Gibbs free energy showed that the adsorptions were spontaneous processes. The MIP was further used to selectively adsorb organosulfur from gasoline. PMID:19050832

  18. Chemical modification of chitosan for efficient gene therapy.

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    Jiang, Hu-Lin; Cui, Peng-Fei; Xie, Rong-Lin; Cho, Chong-Su

    2014-01-01

    Gene therapy involves the introduction of foreign genetic material into cells in order to exert a therapeutic effect. Successful gene therapy relies on effective vector system. Viral vectors are highly efficient in transfecting cells, but the undesirable complications limit their therapeutic applications. As a natural biopolymer, chitosan has been considered to be a good gene carrier candidate due to its ideal character which combines biocompatibility, low toxicity with high cationic density together. However, the low cell specificity and low transfection efficiency of chitosan as a gene carrier need to be overcome before undertaking clinical trials. This chapter is principally on those endeavors such as chemical modifications using cell-specific ligands and stimuli-response groups as well as penetrating modifications that have been done to increase the performances of chitosan in gene therapy. PMID:25300544

  19. Investigation of chitosan-phenolics systems as wood adhesives.

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    Peshkova, Svetlana; Li, Kaichang

    2003-04-24

    Chitosan-phenolics systems were investigated as wood adhesives. Adhesion between two pieces of wood veneer developed only when all three components-chitosan, a phenolic compound, and laccase-were present. For the adhesive systems containing a phenolic compound with only one phenolic hydroxyl group, adhesive strengths were highly dependent upon the chemical structures of phenolic compounds used in the system and the relative oxidation rates of the phenolic compounds by laccase. The adhesive strengths were also directly related to the viscosity of the adhesive systems. However, for the adhesive systems containing a phenolic compound with two or three phenolic hydroxyl groups adjacent to each other, no correlations among adhesive strengths, relative oxidation rates of the phenolic compounds by laccase, and viscosities were observed. The adhesion mechanisms of these chitosan-phenolics systems were proposed to be similar to those of mussel adhesive proteins. PMID:12697397

  20. [Konjac glucomannan-collagen -chitosan blend films (I)].

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    Wang, Bi; Wang, Kunyu; Dan, Weihu; Zhang, Tingyou; Ye, Yong

    2006-02-01

    Konjac glucomannan-collagen-chitosan blend films were prepared successfully by the solvent-casting method and were characterized by FT-IR,X-ray diffraction, SEM and optical transmittance. Moreover, tensile strength, breaking extension, water absorption, water vapor permeation coefficients, adsorbability and penetrating rates were measured. The results indicated that some strong interaction and good compatibility existed among Konjac glucomannan /collagen and chitosan in the blend films. Some properties of the KCCS films were improved markedly in comparison with binary blend films or Konjac glucomannan, collagen and chitosan film. The results of culturing vessel endothelial cells on CKCS-5 film showed that the blend films have good cell compatibility which indicates the potential for a scalfold material in tissue engineering. PMID:16532821

  1. The promise of chitosan microspheres in drug delivery systems.

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    Varshosaz, Jaleh

    2007-05-01

    Chitosan is a partially deacetylated polymer obtained from the alkaline deacetylation of chitin, which is a glucose-based, unbranched polysaccharide that occurs widely in nature as the principal component of exoskeletons of crustaceans and insects, as well as of the cell walls of some bacteria and fungi. Chitosan exhibits a variety of physicochemical and biological properties resulting in numerous applications in fields such as waste water treatment, agriculture, fabric and textiles, cosmetics, nutritional enhancement and food processing. In addition to its lack of toxicity and allergenicity, its biocompatibility, biodegradability and bioactivity make it a very attractive substance for diverse applications as a biomaterial in the pharmaceutical and medical fields. This review takes a closer look at the biomedical applications of chitosan microspheres. Based on recent research and existing products, some new and potential future approaches in this fascinating area are discussed. PMID:17489653

  2. Study of polyelectrolyte complexes of chitosan and sulfoethyl cellulose

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    Baklagina, Yu. G. Kononova, S. V.; Petrova, V. A.; Kruchinina, E. V.; Nud'ga, L. A.; Romanov, D. P.; Klechkovskaya, V. V.; Orekhov, A. S.; Bogomazov, A. V.; Arkhipov, S. N.

    2013-03-15

    The complexing of polycation chitosan and polyanion sulphoethyl cellulose during the formation of polyelectrolyte simplex membranes using the layer-by-layer deposition of a solution of one polyion on a gel-like film of another one has been studied. The structural characteristics of the multilayer composites and their components have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. A technique is proposed for studying the structure of surface layers of thin polymer films (15-20 {mu}m) using a portable DIFREI-401 diffractometer. It is shown that the sequence of layer deposition during the formation of membrane films does not affect their structural characteristics. The interaction between positively charged chitosan groups (-NH{sub 3}{sup +}) and negatively charged sulfoethyl cellulose groups (-SO{sub 3}{sup -}) during the growth of polyelectrolyte complexes results in a packing of chitosan chains in the multilayer film.

  3. Protective effect of dietary chitosan on cadmium accumulation in rats

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    Kim, Mi Young; Shon, Woo-Jeong; Park, Mi-Na; Lee, Yeon-Sook

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Cadmium is a toxic metal that is an occupational and environmental concern especially because of its human carcinogenicity; it induces serious adverse effects in various organs and tissues. Even low levels of exposure to cadmium could be harmful owing to its extremely long half-life in the body. Cadmium intoxication may be prevented by the consumption of dietary components that potentially reduce its accumulation in the body. Dietary chitosan is a polysaccharide derived from animal sources; it has been known for its ability to bind to divalent cations including cadmium, in addition to other beneficial effects including hypocholesterolemic and anticancer effects. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the role of dietary chitosan in reducing cadmium accumulation using an in vivo system. MATERIALS/METHODS Cadmium was administered orally at 2 mg (three times per week) to three groups of Sprague-Dawley rats: control, low-dose, and high-dose (0, 3, and 5%, respectively) chitosan diet groups for eight weeks. Cadmium accumulation, as well as tissue functional and histological changes, was determined. RESULTS Compared to the control group, rats fed the chitosan diet showed significantly lower levels of cadmium in blood and tissues including the kidneys, liver, and femur. Biochemical analysis of liver function including the determination of aspartate aminotransferase and total bilirubin levels showed that dietary chitosan reduced hepatic tissue damage caused by cadmium intoxication and prevented the associated bone disorder. CONCLUSIONS These results suggest that dietary chitosan has the potential to reduce cadmium accumulation in the body as well as protect liver function and bone health against cadmium intoxication. PMID:26865912

  4. Review of antimicrobial and antioxidative activities of chitosans in food.

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    Friedman, Mendel; Juneja, Vijay K

    2010-09-01

    Interest in chitosan, a biodegradable, nontoxic, non-antigenic, and biocompatible biopolymer isolated from shellfish, arises from the fact that chitosans are reported to exhibit numerous health-related beneficial effects, including strong antimicrobial and antioxidative activities in foods. The extraordinary interest in the chemistry and application in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science, industry, microbiology, and medicine is attested by about 17,000 citations on this subject in the Scopus database. A special need exists to develop a better understanding of the role of chitosans in ameliorating foodborne illness. To contribute to this effort, this overview surveys and interprets our present knowledge of the chemistry and antimicrobial activities of chitosan in solution, as powders, and in edible films and coating against foodborne pathogens, spoilage bacteria, and pathogenic viruses and fungi in several food categories. These include produce, fruit juices, eggs and dairy, cereal, meat, and seafood products. Also covered are antimicrobial activities of chemically modified and nanochitosans, therapeutic properties, and possible mechanisms of the antimicrobial, antioxidative, and metal chelating effects. Further research is suggested in each of these categories. The widely scattered data on the multifaceted aspects of chitosan microbiology, summarized in the text and in 10 tables and 8 representative figures, suggest that low-molecular-weight chitosans at a pH below 6.0 presents optimal conditions for achieving desirable antimicrobial and antioxidative-preservative effects in liquid and solid foods. We are very hopeful that the described findings will be a valuable record and resource for further progress to improve microbial food safety and food quality. PMID:20828484

  5. Adsorption studies of Cu(II) onto biopolymer chitosan and its nanocomposite 5%bentonite/chitosan.

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    Moussout, Hamou; Ahlafi, Hammou; Aazza, Mustapha; Zegaoui, Omar; El Akili, Charaf

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan (CS) and nanocomposite 5%bentonite/chitosan (5%Bt/CS) prepared from the natural biopolymer CS were tested to remove Cu(II) ions using a batch adsorption experiment at various temperatures (25, 35 and 45°C). X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA) were used in CS and the nanocomposite characterisation. This confirmed the exfoliation of bentonite (Bt) to form the nanocomposite. The adsorption kinetics of copper on both solids was found to follow a pseudo-second-order law at each studied temperature. The Cu(II) adsorption capacity increased as the temperature increased from 25 to 45°C for nanocomposite adsorbent but slightly increased for CS. The data were confronted to the nonlinear Langmuir, Freundlich and Redlich-Peterson models. It was found that the experimental data fitted very well the Langmuir isotherm over the whole temperature and concentration ranges. The maximum monolayer adsorption capacity for the Cu(II) was 404-422 mg/g for CS and 282-337 mg/g for 5%Bt/CS at 25-45°C. The thermodynamic study showed that the adsorption process was spontaneous and endothermic. The complexation of Cu(II) with NH2 and C = O groups as active sites was found to be the main mechanism in the adsorption processes. PMID:27148722

  6. Adsorptive removal of Congo red from aqueous solutions using crosslinked chitosan and crosslinked chitosan immobilized bentonite.

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    Huang, Ruihua; Zhang, Lujie; Hu, Pan; Wang, Jing

    2016-05-01

    Batch experiments were executed to investigate the removal of Congo red (CR) from aqueous solutions using the crosslinked chitosan (CCS) and crosslinked chitosan immobilized bentonite (CCS/BT composite). The CCS and CCS/BT composite were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques. The removal of CR was examined as a function of pH value of CR solution, contact time, and inorganic sodium salt and ionic strength. The equilibrium data of CCS and CCS/BT composite agreed well with the Langmuir model. The adsorption capacities of CCS and CCS/BT composite at 298K and natural pH value were 405 and 500mg/g, respectively. The kinetic data correlated well with the pseudo-second-order model. The adsorption of CR onto the CCS was mainly controlled by chemisorption while the adsorption of CR onto the CCS/BT composite was controlled by chemisorption and the electrostatic attraction. PMID:26820350

  7. Structure and function of enzymes acting on chitin and chitosan.

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    Eijsink, Vincent; Hoell, Ingunn; Vaaje-Kolstada, Gustav

    2010-01-01

    Enzymatic conversions of chitin and its soluble, partially deacetylated derivative chitosan are of great interest. Firstly, chitin metabolism is an important process in fungi, insects and crustaceans. Secondly, such enzymatic conversions may be used to transform an abundant biomass to useful products such as bioactive chito-oligosaccharides. Enzymes acting on chitin and chitosan are abundant in nature. Here we review current knowledge on the structure and function of enzymes involved in the conversion of these polymeric substrates: chitinases (glycoside hydrolase families 18 & 19), chitosanases (glycoside hydrolase families 8, 46, 75 & 80) and chitin deacetylases (carbohydrate esterase family 4). PMID:21415904

  8. Chitosan coated cotton gauze for antibacterial water filtration.

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    Ferrero, Franco; Periolatto, Monica; Vineis, Claudia; Varesano, Alessio

    2014-03-15

    Communicable diseases can be transmitted by contaminated water. Water decontamination process is fundamental to eliminate microorganisms. In this work, cotton gauzes were coated with chitosan using an UV-curing process or cationized by introduction of quaternary ammonium groups and tested, in static and dynamic conditions, as water filter for biological disinfection against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Both materials showed good antibacterial activity, in static assessment, instead in dynamic conditions, chitosan treated gauze showed a high antimicrobial efficiency in few seconds of contact time. This composite could be a good candidate for application as biological filter. PMID:24528721

  9. Chitosan as an adjuvant for a Helicobacter pylori therapeutic vaccine

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    GONG, YANFENG; TAO, LIMING; WANG, FUCAI; LIU, WEI; JING, LEI; LIU, DONGSHENG; HU, SIJUN; XIE, YONG; ZHOU, NANJIN

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to delineate the therapeutic effect of a Helicobacter pylori vaccine with chitosan as an adjuvant, as well as to identify the potential mechanism against H. pylori infection when compared with an H. pylori vaccine, with cholera toxin (CT) as an adjuvant. Mice were first infected with H. pylori and, following the establishment of an effective infection model, were vaccinated using an H. pylori protein vaccine with chitosan as an adjuvant. Levels of H. pylori colonization, H. pylori-specific antibodies and cytokines were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The TLR4 and Foxp3 mRNA and protein levels were determined by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry, respectively. It was identified that the H. pylori elimination rate of the therapeutic vaccine with chitosan as an adjuvant (58.33%) was greater than the therapeutic vaccine with CT as an adjuvant (45.45%). The therapeutic H. pylori vaccine with chitosan as an adjuvant induced significantly greater antibody and cytokine levels when compared with the control groups. Notably, the IL-10 and IL-4 levels in the groups with chitosan as an adjuvant to the H. pylori vaccine were significantly greater than those in the groups with CT as an adjuvant. The mRNA expression levels of TLR4 and Foxp3 were significantly elevated in the mice that were vaccinated with chitosan as an adjuvant to the H. pylori vaccine, particularly in mice where the H. pylori infection had been eradicated. The H. pylori vaccine with chitosan as an adjuvant effectively increased the H. pylori elimination rate, the humoral immune response and the Th1/Th2 cell immune reaction; in addition, the therapeutic H. pylori vaccine regulated the Th1 and Th2 response. The significantly increased TLR4 expression and decreased CD4+CD25+Foxp3+Treg cell number contributed to the immune clearance of the H. pylori infection. Thus, the present findings demonstrate that in mice the H. pylori vaccine with chitosan as an adjuvant exerts an equivalent immunotherapeutic effect on H. pylori infection when compared with the H. pylori vaccine with CT as an adjuvant. PMID:26095723

  10. Effect of chitosan on Salmonella Typhimurium in broiler chickens.

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    Menconi, Anita; Pumford, Neil R; Morgan, Marion J; Bielke, Lisa R; Kallapura, Gopala; Latorre, Juan D; Wolfenden, Amanda D; Hernandez-Velasco, Xochitl; Hargis, Billy M; Tellez, Guillermo

    2014-02-01

    Public concern with the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, particularly among foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, has been challenging the poultry industry to find alternative means of control. The purposes of the present study were to evaluate in vitro and in vivo effects of chitosan on Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (ST) infection in broiler chicks. For in vitro crop assay experiments, tubes containing feed, water, and ST were treated with either saline as a control or 0.2% chitosan. The entire assay was repeated in three trials. In two independent in vivo trials, 40 broiler chicks were assigned to an untreated control diet or dietary treatment with 0.2% chitosan for 7 days (20 broiler chicks/treatment). At day 4, chicks were challenged with 2×10⁵ colony-forming units (CFU) ST/bird. In a third in vivo trial, 100 broiler chicks were assigned to untreated control diet or dietary treatment with 0.2% chitosan for 10 days (50 broiler chicks/treatment) to evaluate ST horizontal transmission. At day 3, 10 birds were challenged with 10⁵ CFU ST/bird, and the remaining nonchallenged birds (n=40) were kept in the same floor pen. In all three in vitro trials, 0.2% chitosan significantly reduced total CFU of ST at 0.5 and 6 h postinoculation compared with control (p<0.05). In two in vivo trials, at 7 days, dietary 0.2% chitosan significantly reduced total CFU of recovered ST in the ceca in both experiments. Dietary 0.2% chitosan significantly reduced total ST CFU recovered in the ceca of horizontally challenged birds in the third in vivo trial. Chitosan at 0.2% significantly reduced the CFU of recovered ST in vitro and in vivo, proving to be an alternative tool to reduce crop, ceca, and consequently carcass ST contamination as well as decreasing the amount of ST shed to the environment. PMID:24237042

  11. Preparation of chitosan gel beads by ionotropic molybdate gelation.

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    Dambies, L; Vincent, T; Domard, A; Guibal, E

    2001-01-01

    A new process is described for the preparation of chitosan gel beads using molybdate as the gelling agent. This new gelation technique leads to a structure different from that produced during alkaline coagulation of a chitosan solution. Instead of a morphology characterized by large open pores, gel beads produced in a molybdate solution, under optimum conditions (pH 6; molybdate concentration, 7 g x L(-1)), have a double layer structure corresponding to a very compact 100-microm thick external layer and an internal structure of small pores. Experimental conditions, especially pH and molybdate concentration, were selected to optimize molybdate content and the stability of the bead shape. PMID:11777393

  12. Irradiated PVAl membrane swelled with chitosan solution as dermal equivalent

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    Rodas, A. C. D.; Ohnuki, T.; Mathor, M. B.; Lugao, A. B.

    2005-07-01

    Synthetic membranes as dermal equivalent can be applied at in vitro studies for developing new transdermal drugs or cosmetics. These membranes could be composed to mimic the dermis and seed cultivated keratinocytes as epidermal layer on it. The endothelial cells ingrowth to promote neovascularization and fibroblasts ingrowth to promote the substitution of this scaffold by natural components of the dermis. As, they can mimic the scaffold function of dermis; the membranes with biological interaction could be used for in vivo studies as dermal equivalent. For this application, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVAl) membranes crosslinked by gamma radiation were swelled with chitosan solution. PVAl do not interact with the organism when implanted and is intended to mimic the mechanical characteristics of the dermal scaffold. The chitosan as a biocompatible biosynthetic polysaccharide were incorporated into PVAl membranes to improve the organism response. Degradation of chitosan by the organism occurs preferably by hydrolysis or enzymatic action, for example, by lysozyme. For this purpose the swelling kinetic of PVAl membranes with chitosan solution were performed and it was verified their degradation in vitro. The results showed that the swelling equilibrium of the PVAl membranes with chitosan membranes was reached in 120 h with average swelling of 1730%. After swelling, PVAl and chitosan/PVAl membranes were dried and immersed in phosphate buffer solution pH 5.7 and pH 7.4, with and without lysozyme, as those pH values are the specific physiologic pH for external skin and the general physiological pH for the organism, respectively. It was verified that the pure PVAl membrane did not showed change in their mass during 14 days. PVAl membranes swelled with chitosan solution showed mass decrease from 1 to 14 days inside these solutions. The highest mass decrease was verified at pH 5.7 in phosphate buffer solution without lysozyme. The smallest mass decrease was verified at pH 7.4 in phosphate buffer solution without lysozyme. In general, PVAl membranes swelled with chitosan solution showed a clear mass decrease at pH 5.7.

  13. Alginate and Chitosan Gel Nanoparticles for Efficient Protein Entrapment

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    Masalova, O.; Kulikouskaya, V.; Shutava, T.; Agabekov, V.

    Alginate and chitosan nanoparticles were synthesized by ionic gelation of the polymers in the presence of stabilizers (PEG 1500, PEG 6000, TWEEN 80). The stability of 210-240 nm Ca-alginate colloids is affected by nanoparticles ageing and by the presence of a stabilizer. The diameter of chitosan nanoparticles is in the range of 180 to 260 nm and depends on polymer concentration in the reaction mixture, its molecular weight, and stabilizer type. The nanoparticles efficiently entrap a model protein, bovine serum albumin, in the amount up to 0.24 mg per 1 mg of polysaccharide.

  14. Anticancer effects of chitin and chitosan derivatives.

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    Karagozlu, Mustafa Zafer; Kim, Se-Kwon

    2014-01-01

    Despite considerable progress in medical research, cancer is still one of the high-ranking causes of death in the world. It is the second most common cause of death due to disease after heart disease, and according to World Health Organization it will be the cause of death for more than 10 million people in 2020; therefore, one of the main research goals for researchers investigating new anticancer agents. But the major complication for the cancer cure without surgeries is side effects. Especially, cytotoxic anticancer chemotherapeutic agents generally produce severe side effects, while reducing host resistance to cancer and infections. Therefore, it is important to find new, powerful anticancer agents that are highly effective, biodegradable, and biocompatible. Chitin and chitosan are biopolymers which have unique structural possibilities for chemical and mechanical modifications to generate novel properties, functions. These biopolymers are biocompatible, biodegradable, and nontoxic, and their chemical properties allow them to be easily processed into gels, sponges, membranes, beads, and scaffolds forms also. Due to their unique properties, they are excellent candidates for cancer cure or cancer diagnosis. PMID:25081085

  15. Targeting intracellular targets.

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    Panyam, Jayanth; Labhasetwar, Vinod

    2004-07-01

    Many therapeutic agents have intracellular compartments as their site of action. Targeted delivery of these agents to their specific intracellular targets could result in enhanced therapeutic efficacy and reduced toxicity. Various carriers have been shown useful in targeted delivery of different classes of therapeutic agents. Among these carriers, biodegradable nanoparticles formulated from biocompatible polymers poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and polylactide (PLA) have shown the potential for sustained intracellular delivery of different therapeutic agents. In this review, we discuss different intracellular targets, barriers to intracellular delivery, mechanism and pathways of intracellular delivery, and various carriers and approaches that have been investigated for intracellular drug delivery. PMID:16305387

  16. Preparation of curcumin-loaded pluronic F127/chitosan nanoparticles for cancer therapy

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    Phuc Le, Thi Minh; Phuc Pham, Van; Lua Dang, Thi Minh; Huyen La, Thi; Hanh Le, Thi; Huan Le, Quang

    2013-06-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) have been proven to be an effective delivery system with few side effects for anticancer drugs. In this study, curcumin-loaded NPs have been prepared by an ionic gelation method using chitosan (Chi) and pluronic®F-127 (PF) as carriers to deliver curcumin to the target cancer cells. Prepared NPs were characterized using Zetasizer, fluorescence microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our results showed that the encapsulation efficiency of curcumin was approximately 50%. The average size of curcumin-loaded PF/Chi NPs was 150.9 nm, while the zeta potential was 5.09 mV. Cellular uptake of curcumin-loaded NPs into HEK293 cells was confirmed by fluorescence microscopy.

  17. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of thermosensitive chitosan hydrogel for sustained release of insulin.

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    Ghasemi Tahrir, Farzaneh; Ganji, Fariba; Mani, Ali Reza; Khodaverdi, Elham

    2016-03-01

    Injectable In situ gel-forming chitosan/β-glycerol phosphate (CS/β-Gp) solution can be introduced into the body in a minimally invasive manner prior to solidifying within the target tissue. This hydrogel is a good candidate for achieving a prolonged drug delivery system for insulin considering its high molecular weight. In addition to the physicochemical characterization of this hydrogel, in vitro and in vivo applications were studied as a sustained insulin delivery system. In the in vitro release studies, 19-63% of total insulin was released from the CS/β-Gp hydrogel within 150 h at different β-Gp and insulin concentrations. The best formulation was selected for in vivo experimentation to control the plasma glucose of diabetic mice models. The hypoglycemic effect of this formulation following subcutaneous injection in diabetic mice lasted 5 d, significantly longer than that of free insulin solution which lasted several hours. PMID:25005583

  18. Synthesis and characterization of chitosan hydrogels containing 5-aminosalicylic acid nanopendents for colon: specific drug delivery.

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    Saboktakin, Mohammad Reza; Tabatabaie, Roya M; Maharramov, Abel; Ramazanov, Mohammad Ali

    2010-12-01

    The main aim of this research was to develop and evaluate a multiparticulate system of Ac-poly(amidoamine)(PAMAM)(G4)-chitosan (CS) hydrogels exploiting pH-sensitive and specific biodegradability properties for colon-targeted delivery of 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA). All formulations were evaluated for particle size, encapsulation efficiency, swellability, and in vitro drug release. The size of the hydrogel was found to nanorange. The integrity of 5-ASA in the release fraction was assessed using sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The CS-Ac-PAMAM hydrogel was developed based on the modulation of ratio show promise as a system for controlled delivery of drug. PMID:20821391

  19. Anti-Streptococcus mutans property of a chitosan: Containing resin sealant

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    Rajabnia, Ramazan; Ghasempour, Maryam; Gharekhani, Samane; Gholamhoseinnia, Sepide; Soroorhomayoon, Sepide

    2016-01-01

    Objective: This study sought to assess the inhibitory effect of chitosan-containing sealants against Streptococcus mutans. Materials and Methods: The antibacterial activity of the resin sealant was evaluated by direct contact test following the addition of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 wt% chitosan. At 3, 6, 9, 24 and 48 h, 1 and 3 months, 10 μl of the microbial suspension in contact with resin sealant was cultured to count the number of colonies. Data were analyzed by one-way one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), repeated measures ANOVA, and Scheffe test. Results: The minimum inhibitory concentration of chitosan against S. mutans was 2 wt%. At 3 h, bacterial count in the presence of 2–5 wt% chitosan was significantly lower than that at 0 and 1 wt% (P < 0.05). However, this difference in bacterial count between 2 and 3 wt% chitosan and between 4 and 5 wt% chitosan was not significant. At 6 h, the difference in bacterial count between 3 and 4 wt% chitosan was not significant, whereas the remaining groups were significantly different in terms of bacterial count at this time (P < 0.05). At the remaining time points, significant differences were found between 2 wt% chitosan and higher concentrations (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Sealants containing 2–5 wt% chitosan show an antimicrobial property that is intensified by increasing the concentration of chitosan. PMID:27011933

  20. Emulsion Electrospinning as an Approach to Fabricate PLGA/Chitosan Nanofibers for Biomedical Applications

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    Tavanai, Hossein; Hilborn, Jöns; Donzel-Gargand, Olivier; Leifer, Klaus; Arpanaei, Ayyoob

    2014-01-01

    Novel nanofibers from blends of polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) and chitosan have been produced through an emulsion electrospinning process. The spinning solution employed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the emulsifier. PVA was extracted from the electrospun nanofibers, resulting in a final scaffold consisting of a blend of PLGA and chitosan. The fraction of chitosan in the final electrospun mat was adjusted from 0 to 33%. Analyses by scanning and transmission electron microscopy show uniform nanofibers with homogenous distribution of PLGA and chitosan in their cross section. Infrared spectroscopy verifies that electrospun mats contain both PLGA and chitosan. Moreover, contact angle measurements show that the electrospun PLGA/chitosan mats are more hydrophilic than electrospun mats of pure PLGA. Tensile strengths of 4.94 MPa and 4.21 MPa for PLGA/chitosan in dry and wet conditions, respectively, illustrate that the polyblend mats of PLGA/chitosan are strong enough for many biomedical applications. Cell culture studies suggest that PLGA/chitosan nanofibers promote fibroblast attachment and proliferation compared to PLGA membranes. It can be assumed that the nanofibrous composite scaffold of PLGA/chitosan could be potentially used for skin tissue reconstruction. PMID:24689041

  1. Microwave-assisted degradation of chitosan for a possible use in inhibiting crop pathogenic fungi.

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    Li, Kecheng; Xing, Ronge; Liu, Song; Qin, Yukun; Meng, Xiangtao; Li, Pengcheng

    2012-12-01

    Degradation of chitosan by H(2)O(2) under microwave irradiation was investigated. The oxidative degradation of chitosan was highly accelerated by microwave irradiation under the condition of low temperature and low concentration of H(2)O(2). The degraded chitosans with low molecular weight (M(w)) were characterized by gel permeation chromatography, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and elemental analysis. The decrease of M(w) led to transformation of crystal structure and increase of water solubility, whereas no significant chemical structure change in the backbone of chitosan was observed. Antifungal activities of chitosans with different M(w) against crop pathogenic fungi Phomopsis asparagi, Fusarium oxysoporum f. sp. Vasinfectum and Stemphylium solani were investigated at the concentrations of 100, 200 and 400 mg/L. All degraded chitosans with low M(w) exhibited enhanced antifungal activity compared with original chitosan and the chitosan of 41.2 kDa showed the highest activity. At 400 mg/L, the chitosan of 41.2 kDa inhibited growth of P. asparagi at 89.3%, stronger than polyoxin and triadimefon, the inhibitory effects of which were found to be 55.5% and 68.5%. All the results indicated that oxidative degradation under microwave irradiation was a promising technique for large-scale production of low M(w) chitosan for use in crop protection. PMID:22829054

  2. Hydrophobization and antimicrobial activity of chitosan and paper-based packaging material.

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    Bordenave, Nicolas; Grelier, Stephane; Coma, Veronique

    2010-01-11

    This study reports the elaboration of water-resistant, antimicrobial, chitosan and paper-based materials as environmentally friendly food packaging materials. Two types of papers were coated with chitosan-palmitic acid emulsions or with a blend of chitosan and O,O'-dipalmitoylchitosan (DPCT). Micromorphology studies showed that inclusion of hydrophobic compounds into the chitosan matrix was enhanced by grafting them onto chitosan and that this led to their penetration of the paper's core. Compared to chitosan-coated papers, the coating of chitosan-palmitic emulsion kept vapor-barrier properties unchanged (239 and 170 g.m(-2).d(-1) versus 241 and 161 g.m(-2).d(-1)), while the coating of chitosan-DPCT emulsion dramatically deteriorated them (441 and 442 g.m(-2).d(-1)). However, contact angle measurements (110-120 degrees after 1 min) and penetration dynamics analysis showed that both strategies improved liquid-water resistance of the materials. Kit-test showed that all hydrophobized chitosan-coated papers kept good grease barrier properties (degree of resistance 6-8/12). Finally, all chitosan-coated materials exhibited over 98% inhibition on Salmonella Typhimurium and Listeria monocytogenes . PMID:19994882

  3. Fabrication and Characteristics of Chitosan Sponge as a Tissue Engineering Scaffold

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    Yamamoto, Kouhei; Ishizaki, Hidetaka; Yoshizawa, Yuu; Yanagiguchi, Kajiro

    2014-01-01

    Cells, growth factors, and scaffolds are the three main factors required to create a tissue-engineered construct. After the appearance of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), considerable attention has therefore been focused on nonbovine materials. In this study, we examined the properties of a chitosan porous scaffold. A porous chitosan sponge was prepared by the controlled freezing and lyophilization of different concentrations of chitosan solutions. The materials were examined by scanning electron microscopy, and the porosity, tensile strength, and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) release profiles from chitosan sponge were examined in vitro. The morphology of the chitosan scaffolds presented a typical microporous structure, with the pore size ranging from 50 to 200 μm. The porosity of chitosan scaffolds with different concentrations was approximately 75–85%. A decreasing tendency for porosity was observed as the concentration of the chitosan increased. The relationship between the tensile properties and chitosan concentration indicated that the ultimate tensile strength for the sponge increased with a higher concentration. The in vitro bFGF release study showed that the higher the concentration of chitosan solution became, the longer the releasing time of the bFGF from the chitosan sponge was. PMID:24804246

  4. Study on CM-chitosan/activated carbon hybrid gel films formed with EB irradiation

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    Zhao, Long; Luo, Fang; Zhai, Maolin; Mitomo, Hiroshi; Yoshii, Fumio

    2008-05-01

    A series of novel hybrid gel films were prepared from carboxymethylated chitosan (CM-chitosan) and activated carbon (AC) by irradiation of compression-molded CM-chitosan/AC mixture in physical gel state with electron beam (EB) at room temperature. The formation, properties and structure of CM-chitosan/AC hybrid gel films were discussed in terms of gel fraction, swelling, mechanical property, SEM image and XPS spectra. Compared with pure crosslinked CM-chitosan gel, the gel fraction and mechanical property of the hybrid sample were obviously improved after adding AC into CM-chitosan film. The morphology analyses indicated that the hybrid gel films exhibited a rough and folded surface and a relatively interior uniform structure was sustained between CM-chitosan and AC. XPS revealed that the content of protonated amino groups of CM-chitosan macromolecule was promoted by AC. In addition, the adsorptive property of the gel films against humic acid was investigated by batch adsorption method. It was found that the adsorption efficiency of CM-chitosan is significantly improved by adding AC. These preliminary evaluations suggest that the CM-chitosan/AC gel films have great potential for applications in industrial field and biomedical field.

  5. Synthesis, characterization and biological activity of Schiff bases based on chitosan and arylpyrazole moiety.

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    Salama, Hend E; Saad, Gamal R; Sabaa, Magdy W

    2015-08-01

    The Schiff bases of chitosan were synthesized by the reaction of chitosan with 3-(4-substituted-phenyl)-1-phenyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carbaldehyde. The structure of the prepared chitosan derivatives was characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and X-ray diffraction studies and thermogravimetric analysis (TG). The results show that the specific properties of Schiff bases of chitosan can be altered by modifying the molecular structures with proper substituent groups.TG results reveal that the thermal stability of the prepared chitosan Schiff bases was lower than chitosan. The activation energy of decomposition was calculated using Coats-Redfern model. The antimicrobial activity of chitosan and Schiff bases of chitosan were investigated against Streptococcus pneumonia, Bacillis subtilis, Escherichia coli (as examples of bacteria) and Aspergillus fumigatus, Geotricum candidum and Syncephalastrum recemosum (as examples of fungi). The results indicated that the antimicrobial activity of the Schiff bases was stronger than that of chitosan and was dependent on the substituent group. The activity of un-substituted arylpyrazole chitosan derivative toward the investigated bacteria and fungi species was better than the other derivatives. PMID:26067768

  6. Antimicrobial Actions of Degraded and Native Chitosan against Spoilage Organisms in Laboratory Media and Foods

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    Rhoades, J.; Roller, S.

    2000-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine whether chitosan (poly-β-1,4-glucosamine) and hydrolysates of chitosan can be used as novel preservatives in foods. Chitosan was hydrolyzed by using oxidative-reductive degradation, crude papaya latex, and lysozyme. Mild hydrolysis of chitosan resulted in improved microbial inactivation in saline and greater inhibition of growth of several spoilage yeasts in laboratory media, but highly degraded products of chitosan exhibited no antimicrobial activity. In pasteurized apple-elderflower juice stored at 7°C, addition of 0.3 g of chitosan per liter eliminated yeasts entirely for the duration of the experiment (13 days), while the total counts and the lactic acid bacterial counts increased at a slower rate than they increased in the control. Addition of 0.3 or 1.0 g of chitosan per kg had no effect on the microbial flora of houmous, a chickpea dip; in the presence of 5.0 g of chitosan per kg, bacterial growth but not yeast growth was substantially reduced compared with growth in control dip stored at 7°C for 6 days. Improved antimicrobial potency of chitosan hydrolysates like that observed in the saline and laboratory medium experiments was not observed in juice and dip experiments. We concluded that native chitosan has potential for use as a preservative in certain types of food but that the increase in antimicrobial activity that occurs following partial hydrolysis is too small to justify the extra processing involved. PMID:10618206

  7. Antimicrobial actions of degraded and native chitosan against spoilage organisms in laboratory media and foods.

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    Rhoades, J; Roller, S

    2000-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine whether chitosan (poly-beta-1,4-glucosamine) and hydrolysates of chitosan can be used as novel preservatives in foods. Chitosan was hydrolyzed by using oxidative-reductive degradation, crude papaya latex, and lysozyme. Mild hydrolysis of chitosan resulted in improved microbial inactivation in saline and greater inhibition of growth of several spoilage yeasts in laboratory media, but highly degraded products of chitosan exhibited no antimicrobial activity. In pasteurized apple-elderflower juice stored at 7 degrees C, addition of 0.3 g of chitosan per liter eliminated yeasts entirely for the duration of the experiment (13 days), while the total counts and the lactic acid bacterial counts increased at a slower rate than they increased in the control. Addition of 0.3 or 1.0 g of chitosan per kg had no effect on the microbial flora of hummus, a chickpea dip; in the presence of 5.0 g of chitosan per kg, bacterial growth but not yeast growth was substantially reduced compared with growth in control dip stored at 7 degrees C for 6 days. Improved antimicrobial potency of chitosan hydrolysates like that observed in the saline and laboratory medium experiments was not observed in juice and dip experiments. We concluded that native chitosan has potential for use as a preservative in certain types of food but that the increase in antimicrobial activity that occurs following partial hydrolysis is too small to justify the extra processing involved. PMID:10618206

  8. Novel procedure to enhance PLA surface properties by chitosan irreversible immobilization

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    Stoleru, Elena; Dumitriu, Raluca Petronela; Munteanu, Bogdanel Silvestru; Zaharescu, Traian; Tănase, Elisabeta Elena; Mitelut, Amalia; Ailiesei, Gabriela-Liliana; Vasile, Cornelia

    2016-03-01

    A novel two step procedure was applied for poly(lactic acid) (PLA) functionalization consisting in the exposure to cold radiofrequency plasma in nitrogen atmosphere or to gamma irradiation followed by "grafting to" of a chitosan layer using carbodiimide chemistry. The adhesion and stability of the deposited surface layer was assured by plasma/gamma irradiation treatment while the chitosan layer offers antifungal/antibacterial/antioxidant activities. Chitosan with different viscosities/deacetylation degree was deposited by electrospinning or immersion methods. Correlations between rheological behavior of chitosan solutions and chitosan layer deposition conditions are made. The PLA surface properties were investigated by water contact angle measurements, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, AFM, chemiluminiscence, etc. It has been established that the surface roughness increases direct proportional with cold plasma duration and gamma irradiation dose and further increases by chitosan coating which at its turn depends on chitosan characteristics (viscosity and deacetylation degree) and method of deposition. Nano-fibers with relatively homogeneous and reproducible features are obtained by electrospinning of highly viscous chitosan while with the other two types of chitosan both microparticles and nano-fibers are formed. The chitosan coating obtained by immersion is more homogenous and compact and has a better antibacterial activity than the electrospun layer as fiber meshes.

  9. A study on antifungal activity of water-soluble chitosan against Macrophomina phaseolina.

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    Chatterjee, Sudipta; Chatterjee, Bishnu P; Guha, Arun K

    2014-06-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate antifungal effect of water-soluble chitosan (s-chitosan) on Macrophomina phaseolina (M. phaseolina) causing jute seedling infection and monitor the change in activity of released enzymes during infection. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of s-chitosan for M. phaseolina was found at 12.5g/l and s-chitosan exhibited fungistatic mode of action against this pathogen. The application of s-chitosan (12.5g/l) during infection of jute seedlings by M. phaseolina inhibited fungal infection and length of the seedlings was found almost similar to seedlings without infection. M. phaseolina infected jute seedlings showed length of 22mm over 10 days of incubation and it increased to 58mm in presence of s-chitosan (12.5g/l) during incubation for 10 days. TEM study indicated presence of hyphae in the cortical and epidermal cells of fungus infected jute seedlings indicating colonization by the fungus and it disappeared after treatment with s-chitosan. The changes in enzyme profiles of jute seedling during prevention of fungal infection using s-chitosan helped in proper understanding of mode of action of s-chitosan as antifungal agent. The activity of defense related enzymes like chitosanase and peroxidase in infected seedlings was observed to be enhanced after treatment with s-chitosan. PMID:24747381

  10. Polymeric Carriers for Gene Delivery: Chitosan and Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers

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    Xu, Qingxing; Wang, Chi-Hwa; Pack, Daniel Wayne

    2012-01-01

    Gene therapy is a potential medical solution that promises new treatments and may hold the cure for many different types of diseases and disorders of the human race. However, gene therapy is still a growing medical field and the technology is still in its infancy. The main challenge for gene therapy is to find safe and effective vectors that are able to deliver genes to the specific cells and get them to express inside the cells. Due to safety concerns, synthetic delivery systems, rather than viral vectors, are preferred for gene delivery and significant efforts have been focused on the development of this field. However, we are faced with problems like low gene transfer efficiency, cytotoxicity and lack of cell-targeting capability for these synthetic delivery systems. Over the years, we have seen a variety of new and effective polymers which have been designed and synthesized specifically for gene delivery. Moreover, various strategies that aimed at enhancing their physicochemical properties, improving transfection efficiency, reducing cytotoxicity as well as incorporating functional groups that offer better targetability and higher cellular uptake are established. Here, we look at two potential polymeric carriers, chitosan and poly(amidoamine) dendrimers, which have been widely reported for gene delivery. For chitosan, the interest arises from their availability, excellent non-cytotoxicity profile, biodegradability and ease of modification. For poly(amidoamine) dendrimers, the interest arises from their ease of synthesis with controlled structure and size, minimal cytotoxicity, biodegradability and high transfection efficiencies. The latest developments on these polymers for gene delivery will be the main focus of this article. PMID:20618156

  11. Potential application of injectable chitosan hydrogel treated with siRNA in chronic rhinosinusitis therapy

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    CAO, CHENG; YAN, CHUNHONG; HU, ZHIQIANG; ZHOU, SHAO

    2015-01-01

    Chronic rhinosinusitis is a condition with severe clinical symptoms and limited therapeutic solutions. It has been reported that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) can promote nasal epithelial cell growth and result in hyperplasia of the sinuses. Therefore, the downregulation of VEGF may inhibit the process of hyperplasia. In the present study, small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting VEGF was used to silence the expression of VEGF, and injectable chitosan based hydrogel, which is suitable for sinus injection and exhibits long-term retention, was prepared as the siRNA carrier. Human bronchial epithelial cells were cultured directly on the hydrogel to observe the biological performance in vitro. Further in vivo effects were investigated by the injection of the hydrogel into the sinus cavity. Following the introduction of siRNA introducing, the expression of VEGF in the bronchial epithelial cells was significantly suppressed at mRNA and protein levels. The number of living cells on the gel was significantly decreased, thus resulting in the inhibition of proliferation. However, the cytoskeletal arrangement of the remaining cells were not affected substantially. The hydrogel was able to retain the siRNA for an extended duration, which enabled a sustained supply of siRNA. The in vivo sinus mucosa analysis revealed that the siRNA was able to collocate with cells and the mucosa thickness was substantially decreased. In conclusion, the results of the present study suggested that injectable chitosan based hydrogel, treated with siRNA targeting VEGF, may be used as a convenient therapeutic option for chronic rhinosinusitis. PMID:26299569

  12. Dual catalysis with magnetic chitosan: direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from olefins with carbon dioxide using isobutyraldehyde as the sacrificial reductant.

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    Kumar, Subodh; Singhal, Nikita; Singh, Raj K; Gupta, Piyush; Singh, Raghuvir; Jain, Suman L

    2015-07-14

    Chitosan coated magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized and used as a support for the immobilization of the cobalt(II) acetylacetonate complex [Co(acac)2] and quaternary triphenylphosphonium bromide [P(+)Ph3Br(-)] targeting -NH2 and -OH moieties located on the surface of chitosan. The synthesized material was used as a catalyst for one pot direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from olefins via an oxidative carboxylation approach with carbon dioxide using isobutyraldehyde as the sacrificial reductant and molecular oxygen as the oxidant. After the reaction, the catalyst was recovered by applying an external magnet and reused for several runs without significant loss in catalytic activity and no leaching was observed during this course. PMID:26055991

  13. Treatment of Dutch rat models of glioma using EphrinA1-PE38/GM-CSF chitosan nanoparticles by in situ activation of dendritic cells.

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    Li, Ming; Wang, Bin; Wu, Zhonghua; Shi, Xiwen; Zhang, Jiadong; Han, Shuangyin

    2015-09-01

    Although dendritic cells (DCs) used in DC-based immunotherapy are loaded with tumor-associated antigens, the antitumor immune response is effectively stimulated in cytotoxic specific T lymphocytes (CTLs), thereby achieving targeted killing of tumor cells without harming surrounding normal cells. This makes it a highly promising new form of therapy. In this study, we successfully created chitosan-coated EphrinA1-PE38/GM-CSF nanoparticles and transplanted them into tumor-bearing rats, resulting in the effective killing of glioma tissue and a prolonged life span. Further immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry studies revealed that the treatment was effective in increasing the number of dendritic cell activations under an immunomodulatory response. These results suggest that chitosan-coated EphrinA1-PE38/GM-CSF nanoparticles may be effective in inducing in situ activation of DCs in glioma-bearing rats, thereby generating DC vaccines in vivo. PMID:25957892

  14. Synthesis and properties of isomeric pyridyl-containing chitosan derivatives.

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    Bratskaya, S Yu; Azarova, Yu A; Portnyagin, A S; Mechaev, A V; Voit, A V; Pestov, A V

    2013-11-01

    Here we report on the method of synthesis in gel of a new heterocyclic aminopolymer-N-2-(4-pyridyl)ethylchitosan (4-PEC) via direct addition of 4-vinylpyridine to chitosan that yields a derivative with the substitution degree (DS) up to 0.8. The comparison of reactivity, thermal, spectroscopic, and sorption properties of a new derivative and its isomer N-2-(2-pyridyl)ethylchitosan (2-PEC) is presented. 2-PEC has higher sorption capacity and forms more stable chelates with [PdCl4](2-) and [PtCl6](2-) ions than 4-PEC, but the latter shows higher selectivity to noble metals ions in the presence of Cl(-) ions. A gradual increase of the sorption capacities and the affinity coefficient for Cu(2+) and Ni(2+) in the row chitosan<4-PEC<2-PEC was related to the increase of electron donor nitrogen atoms content and chelating properties of 2-PEC. A nearly negligible increase of the 4-PEC sorption capacity for Ag(+), as compared to plain chitosan, was suggested to be dependent on the difference in complexation models for 2-PEC and 4-PEC derivatives. The density functional theory (DFT) calculations have shown that the "pendant" model of the complex with Ag(I) is energetically favorable only for 2-PEC derivative, while in cases of chitosan and 4-PEC only "bridge" complexes can be formed that results in lower sorption capacity. PMID:24076204

  15. Enhancement of acute tendon repair using chitosan matrix.

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    Melamed, Eitan; Beutel, Bryan G; Robinson, Dror

    2015-05-01

    Structural failure of rotator cuff repairs has been attributed to multiple factors, including poor repair tissue quality and poor tendon-bone integration. Chitosan gel has been shown to facilitate scarless healing of soft tissues. In the study reported here, we hypothesized that use of a chitosan gel would improve the morphologic appearance of acute rotator cuff repair in a rat model after 12 weeks. Forty Wistar rats were used. In each case, bilateral tenotomy of the supraspinatus tendon was performed, followed by acute repair with sutures. The left shoulder served as a suture-only control, and the right shoulder was augmented with a chitosan gel applied between the ends of the tendon. Histologic analyses were performed to determine the functional and anatomical characteristics of the repair immediately after the operation and 3 days and 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12 weeks after surgery. In the gel-augmented specimens, number of fibroblasts and amount of repair tissue were increased. Compared with the controls, these specimens showed minimal evidence of monocytic infiltration or inflammatory response around the matrix. Structural properties of the augmented shoulder, including pennation angles and fatty atrophy, were significantly improved. These study results showed that use of a chitosan matrix can enhance biological repair of rotator cuff tendons in a rat model. PMID:25950535

  16. Chitosan multiple addition enhances laccase production from Trametes versicolor.

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    Adekunle, Abiodun Emmanuel; Wang, Feng; Hu, Jianhua; Ma, Anzhou; Guo, Chen; Zhuang, Guoqiang; Liu, Chun-Zhao

    2015-10-01

    Chitosan multiple addition strategy was developed to improve laccase production from Trametes versicolor cultures. The optimized multiple addition strategy was carried out by two-time addition of 0.1 g L(-1) chitosan to a 2-day-old culture media, with 24-h interval between the treatments. Under these conditions, laccase activity of 644.9 U l(-1) was achieved on the seventh day and laccase production was improved by 93.5 % higher than the control. Chitosan treatment increased reactive oxygen species generation and extracellular protein concentration in the treated mycelia. In contrast, the inducer inhibited the mycelia growth. The result of the quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction showed that the copy number of the laccase gene transcript increased by 16.7-fold in the treated mycelia relative to the control. This study provides insight into some of the intrinsic metabolic processes involved in the upregulation of laccase production in the presence of chitosan inducer in fungal culture. PMID:26178243

  17. Chitosan as template for the synthesis of ceria nanoparticles

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    Sifontes, A.B.; Gonzalez, G.; Ochoa, J.L.; Tovar, L.M.; Zoltan, T.; Canizales, E.

    2011-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Cerium oxide nanoparticles with cubic fluorite structure were prepared using chitosan as template, cerium nitrate as a starting material and sodium hydroxide as a precipitating agent. Calcinated powders at 350 {sup o}C contain agglomerated particles with average particle size of {approx}4 nm, very high porosity and foam-like morphology formed by open and close pores. Highlights: {yields} Pure CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles can take place using chitosan as template. {yields} A porous material was obtained. {yields} Blueshifts in the ultraviolet absorption spectra have been observed in cerium oxide nanocrystallites. -- Abstract: Cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}), nanoparticles were prepared using chitosan as template, cerium nitrate as a starting material and sodium hydroxide as a precipitating agent. The resultant ceria-chitosan spheres were calcined at 350 {sup o}C. The synthesized powders were characterized by, XRD, HRTEM, UV-vis, FTIR, and TG-DTA. The average size of the nanoparticles obtained was {approx}4 nm and BET specific surface area {approx}105 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. Blueshifts in the ultraviolet absorption spectra have been observed in cerium oxide nanocrystallites. The band-gap was found to be 4.5 eV. The blueshifts are well explained for diameters down to less than a few nanometers by the change in the electronic band structure.

  18. Transforming chitosan into N-doped graphitic carbon electrocatalysts.

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    Wu, T X; Wang, G Z; Zhang, X; Chen, C; Zhang, Y X; Zhao, H J

    2015-01-25

    Chitosan, the only alkaline polysaccharide in nature with rich nitrogen content, is used as the sole precursor to obtain N-doped graphitic carbon-based ORR electrocatalysts. The findings of this work demonstrate that cheap, plentiful and renewable biomasses can be transformed into high value functional carbon materials. PMID:25486248

  19. Uptake and cytotoxicity of chitosan nanoparticles in human liver cells

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    Loh, Jing Wen; Yeoh, George; Saunders, Martin; Lim, Lee-Yong

    2010-12-01

    Despite extensive research into the biomedical and pharmaceutical applications of nanoparticles, and the liver being the main detoxifying organ in the human body, there are limited studies which delineate the hepatotoxicity of nanoparticles. This paper reports on the biological interactions between liver cells and chitosan nanoparticles, which have been widely recognised as biocompatible. Using the MTT assay, human liver cells were shown to tolerate up to 4 h of exposure to 0.5% w/v of chitosan nanoparticles (18 {+-} 1 nm, 7.5 {+-} 1.0 mV in culture medium). At nanoparticle concentrations above 0.5% w/v, cell membrane integrity was compromised as evidenced by leakage of alanine transaminase into the extracellular milieu, and there was a dose-dependent increase in CYP3A4 enzyme activity. Uptake of chitosan nanoparticles into the cell nucleus was observed by confocal microscopic analysis after 4 h exposure with 1% w/v of chitosan nanoparticles. Electron micrographs further suggest necrotic or autophagic cell death, possibly caused by cell membrane damage and resultant enzyme leakage.

  20. Abatement of Azo Dye from Wastewater Using Bimetal-Chitosan

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    Asgari, Ghorban; Farjadfard, Sima

    2013-01-01

    We introduce a new adsorbent, bimetallic chitosan particle (BCP) that is successfully synthesized and applied to remove the orange II dye from wastewater. The effects of pH, BCP quantity, and contact time are initially verified on the basis of the percentage of orange II removed from the wastewater. Experimental data reveal that the Cu/Mg bimetal and chitosan have a synergistic effect on the adsorption process of the adsorbate, where the dye adsorption by Cu/Mg bimetal, chitosan alone, and bimetal-chitosan is 10, 49, and 99.5%, respectively. The time required for the complete decolorization of orange II by 1 mg/L of BCP is 10 min. The Langmuir model is the best fit for the experimental data, which attains a maximum adsorption capacity of 384.6 mg/g. The consideration of the kinetic behavior indicates that the adsorption of orange II onto the BCP fits best with the pseudo-second-order and Elovich models. Further, the simulated azo dye wastewater can be effectively treated using a relatively low quantity of the adsorbent, 1 mg/L, within a short reaction time of 20 min. Overall, the use of BCP can be considered a promising method for eliminating the azo dye from wastewater effectively. PMID:24348163

  1. Influence of grape pomace extract incorporation on chitosan films properties.

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    Ferreira, Andreia S; Nunes, Cláudia; Castro, Alichandra; Ferreira, Paula; Coimbra, Manuel A

    2014-11-26

    Chitosan has been studied as a renewable polymer to form edible films allowing the incorporation of functional compounds. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects in the chitosan films properties of the incorporation of grape pomace extracts: 0.15% of hot water extract (mainly polysaccharides), 0.15 and 0.3% of chloroform extract (wax), and 0.3 and 0.75% of n-hexane extract (oil). The evaluation of the surface morphology revealed that the films with the aqueous extract had the most homogeneous and smoother topography. The incorporation of higher proportion of wax and oil led to changes in mechanical properties of the films, namely lower resistance and stiffness. The chitosan-based films with 0.75% oil demonstrated a 75% decrease of solubility in water, due to their hydrophobicity, as confirmed by the contact angle and surface free energy measurements. The hydrophobic films showed higher antioxidant capacity in organic medium (ABTS and DPPH assays) whereas the most hydrophilic films showed an improvement in FRAP and reducing power assays. Therefore, all the chitosan-based films prepared by incorporation of these grape pomace extracts are promising for food shelf life extension. PMID:25256511

  2. Characterization of chitosan composites with synthetic polymers and inorganic additives.

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    Lewandowska, Katarzyna

    2015-11-01

    In the present study, the results from thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), contact angle measurements, tensile tests, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) of polymer composites containing chitosan (Ch) and montmorillonite (MMT) with and without poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) are presented. Measurements of the contact angles for diiodomethane (D) and glycerol (G) on the surfaces of chitosan films, Ch/MMT and Ch/PVA/MMT, were made and surface free energies were calculated. It was found that the wettability of the chitosan/MMT or Ch/PVA/MMT composite films decreased relative to the wettability of chitosan. The microstructure of unmodified polymers and their composites, as observed by SEM and AFM, showed particles that are relatively well dispersed in the polymer matrix. The TGA thermograms and mass loss percentages at different decomposition temperatures showed that the thermal stability of the binary composite slightly decreases upon the addition of PVA. The film mechanical properties such as tensile strength, Young's modulus and tensile strain at break depend on the composition and varied non-uniformly. Both composites possessed a tensile strength and Young's modulus of 27.6-94.3MPa and 1.5-3.5GPa, respectively. The addition of PVA to the composite led to a reduction in tensile strength by approximately 40%. PMID:26253510

  3. Competitive sorption of platinum and palladium on chitosan derivatives.

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    Guibal, E; Von Offenberg Sweeney, N; Zikan, M C; Vincent, T; Tobin, J M

    2001-06-12

    Glutaraldehyde-cross-linked chitosan (GCC), thiourea derivative of chitosan (TGC) and rubeanic acid derivative of chitosan (RADC) have previously been shown to be very efficient at removing platinum and palladium from single component dilute acidic solutions. This study examines the competitive sorption of these metal anions in bi-component mixtures for GCC, TGC and RADC. Palladium sorption is less sensitive to the presence of platinum than the reverse: the maximum sorption capacity decreases less for palladium than for platinum in the presence of the competitor anion (the metals being in their chloro-metal forms). Moreover, the Langmuir-shape of the sorption isotherm for palladium is unaffected (with the usual plateau reached at low residual palladium), while in the case of platinum sorption, the isotherms exhibit a significant decrease of the sorption capacity at high residual platinum concentration which increases with increasing concentrations of palladium. RADC is more selective for palladium over platinum than the other chitosan derivatives. A preliminary study of the competitive sorption kinetics in both batch and fixed bed systems is presented for RADC and confirms the higher affinity of the sorbent for palladium than for platinum. PMID:11325428

  4. Electrospun chitosan-based nanofibers and their cellular compatibility.

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    Bhattarai N; Edmondson D; Veiseh O; Matsen FA; Zhang M

    2005-11-01

    Chitosan-based nanofibers with an average fiber diameter controllable from a few microns down to approximately 40 nm and a narrow size distribution were fabricated by electrospinning solutions containing chitosan, polyethylene oxide (PEO), and Triton X-100. Rheological study showed a strong dependence of spinnability and fiber morphology on solution viscosity and thus on chitosan-to-PEO ratio. The nanofibers can be deposited either as a nonwoven mat or as a highly aligned bundle of controllable size. Potential use of this nanofibrous matrix for tissue engineering was studied by examining its integrity in water and cellular compatibility. It was found that the matrix with a chitosan/PEO ratio of 90/10 retained excellent integrity of the fibrous structure in water. Experimental results from cell stain assay and SEM imaging showed that the nanofibrous structure promoted the attachment of human osteoblasts and chondrocytes and maintained characteristic cell morphology and viability throughout the period of study. This nanofibrous matrix is of particular interest in tissue engineering for controlled drug release and tissue remodeling.

  5. Electrospun chitosan-based nanofibers and their cellular compatibility.

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    Bhattarai, Narayan; Edmondson, Dennis; Veiseh, Omid; Matsen, Frederick A; Zhang, Miqin

    2005-11-01

    Chitosan-based nanofibers with an average fiber diameter controllable from a few microns down to approximately 40 nm and a narrow size distribution were fabricated by electrospinning solutions containing chitosan, polyethylene oxide (PEO), and Triton X-100. Rheological study showed a strong dependence of spinnability and fiber morphology on solution viscosity and thus on chitosan-to-PEO ratio. The nanofibers can be deposited either as a nonwoven mat or as a highly aligned bundle of controllable size. Potential use of this nanofibrous matrix for tissue engineering was studied by examining its integrity in water and cellular compatibility. It was found that the matrix with a chitosan/PEO ratio of 90/10 retained excellent integrity of the fibrous structure in water. Experimental results from cell stain assay and SEM imaging showed that the nanofibrous structure promoted the attachment of human osteoblasts and chondrocytes and maintained characteristic cell morphology and viability throughout the period of study. This nanofibrous matrix is of particular interest in tissue engineering for controlled drug release and tissue remodeling. PMID:15885770

  6. Core-Shell Chitosan Microcapsules for Programmed Sequential Drug Release.

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    Yang, Xiu-Lan; Ju, Xiao-Jie; Mu, Xiao-Ting; Wang, Wei; Xie, Rui; Liu, Zhuang; Chu, Liang-Yin

    2016-04-27

    A novel type of core-shell chitosan microcapsule with programmed sequential drug release is developed by the microfluidic technique for acute gastrosis therapy. The microcapsule is composed of a cross-linked chitosan hydrogel shell and an oily core containing both free drug molecules and drug-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles. Before exposure to acid stimulus, the resultant microcapsules can keep their structural integrity without leakage of the encapsulated substances. Upon acid-triggering, the microcapsules first achieve burst release due to the acid-induced decomposition of the chitosan shell. The encapsulated free drug molecules and drug-loaded PLGA nanoparticles are rapidly released within 60 s. Next, the drugs loaded in the PLGA nanoparticles are slowly released for several days to achieve sustained release based on the synergistic effect of drug diffusion and PLGA degradation. Such core-shell chitosan microcapsules with programmed sequential drug release are promising for rational drug delivery and controlled-release for the treatment of acute gastritis. In addition, the microcapsule systems with programmed sequential release provide more versatility for controlled release in biomedical applications. PMID:27052812

  7. Supercritical fluid assisted production of chitosan oligomers micrometric powders.

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    Du, Zhe; Shen, Yu-Bin; Tang, Chuan; Guan, Yi-Xin; Yao, Shan-Jing; Zhu, Zi-Qiang

    2014-02-15

    Chitosan oligomers (O-chitosan) micrometric particles were produced from aqueous solution using a novel process, i.e. supercritical fluid assisted atomization introduced by hydrodynamic cavitation mixer (SAA-HCM). Hydrodynamic cavitation was introduced to enhance mass transfer and facilitate the mixing between SC-CO2 and liquid solution for fine particles formation. Well defined, separated and spherical microparticles were obtained, and the particles size could be well controlled with narrow distribution ranging from 0.5 μm to 3 μm. XRD patterns showed amorphous structure of O-chitosan microparticles. FTIR, TGA and DSC analyses confirmed that no change in molecular structure and thermal stability after SAA-HCM processing, while the water content was between 5.8% and 8.4%. Finally, tap densities were determined to be below 0.45 g/cm(3) indicating hollow or porous structures of microparticles. By tuning process parameters, theoretical mass median aerodynamic sizes lied inside respirable range of 1-2 μm, which presented the potential of the O-chitosan microparticles in application as inhaled dry powders. SAA-HCM was demonstrated to be very useful in particle size engineering. PMID:24507297

  8. Ultrasound-mediated oxygen delivery from chitosan nanobubbles.

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    Cavalli, Roberta; Bisazza, Agnese; Rolfo, Alessandro; Balbis, Sonia; Madonnaripa, Daniele; Caniggia, Isabella; Guiot, Caterina

    2009-08-13

    Ultrasound (US) energy combined with gas-filled microbubbles has been used for several years in medical imaging. This study investigated the ability of oxygen-loaded chitosan bubbles to exchange oxygen in the presence or in the absence of US. Oxygen delivery is enhanced by sonication and both frequency and time duration of US affected the exchange kinetics. PMID:19501639

  9. A comparative study on the efficiency of chitosan-N-acetylcysteine, chitosan oligosaccharides or carboxymethyl chitosan surface modified nanostructured lipid carrier for ophthalmic delivery of curcumin.

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    Li, Jinyu; Liu, Dandan; Tan, Guoxin; Zhao, Zhinan; Yang, Xinggang; Pan, Weisan

    2016-08-01

    To develop a potential nanocarrier for the topical ocular administration of curcumin (CUR), a novel thiolated chitosan was synthesized by the covalent binding between N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) and chitosan (CS) to surface modify the nanostructured lipid carrier loaded CUR (CUR-NLC). And the superiorities of the CS-NAC co polymer coated CUR-NLC over chitosan oligosaccharides (COS) or carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) modification were also verified in detail. As expected, the increment in particle size and the reversal of zeta potential occurred after surface decorating, and the most prominent electropositivity was obtained for the CS-NAC-CUR-NLC group. Additionally, the utilization of the CS-NAC coating demonstrated an effectively controlled release over 72h and attained a 6.4 and 18.8 fold increase in apparent permeability coefficients (Papp) compared with the CUR-NLC and the self-made eye drops, respectively. Meanwhile, the clearance rate of the NLC labeled with Rhodamine B was significantly delayed in the presence of CS-NAC. By contrast, CS-NAC-CUR-NLC was superior to the COS and CMCS coated ones in view of in vitro release, drug permeability and corneal retention. Moreover, the results of the in-vivo and in-vitro characteristics demonstrated that the promoting effect of CMCS coating was relatively weaker than COS coated ones. Ocular irritation test was executed on the CS-NAC-CUR-NLC, neither a sign of toxicity nor irritation to the external ocular tissues was observed. In conclusion, CS-NAC-CUR-NLC possesses a greater potential as an ocular drug-delivery system comparing with the COS-CUR-NLC and CMCS-CUR-NLC. PMID:27112894

  10. Cytotoxicity of monodispersed chitosan nanoparticles against the Caco-2 cells

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    Loh, Jing Wen; Saunders, Martin; Lim, Lee-Yong; School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley 6009

    2012-08-01

    Published toxicology data on chitosan nanoparticles (NP) often lack direct correlation to the in situ size and surface characteristics of the nanoparticles, and the repeated NP assaults as experienced in chronic use. The aim of this paper was to breach these gaps. Chitosan nanoparticles synthesized by spinning disc processing were characterised for size and zeta potential in HBSS and EMEM at pHs 6.0 and 7.4. Cytotoxicity against the Caco-2 cells was evaluated by measuring the changes in intracellular mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity, TEER and sodium fluorescein transport data and cell morphology. Cellular uptake of NP was observed under the confocal microscope. Contrary to established norms, the collective data suggest that the in vitro cytotoxicity of NP against the Caco-2 cells was less influenced by positive surface charges than by the particle size. Particle size was in turn determined by the pH of the medium in which the NP was dispersed, with the mean size ranging from 25 to 333 nm. At exposure concentration of 0.1%, NP of 25 ± 7 nm (zeta potential 5.3 ± 2.8 mV) was internalised by the Caco-2 cells, and the particles were observed to inflict extensive damage to the intracellular organelles. Concurrently, the transport of materials along the paracellular pathway was significantly facilitated. The Caco-2 cells were, however, capable of recovering from such assaults 5 days following NP removal, although a repeat NP exposure was observed to produce similar effects to the 1st exposure, with the cells exhibiting comparable resiliency to the 2nd assault. -- Highlights: ► Chitosan nanoparticles reduced mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity. ► Cellular uptake of chitosan nanoparticles was observed. ► Chitosan nanoparticles inflicted extensive damage to the cell morphology. ► The transport of materials along the paracellular pathway was facilitated.

  11. Characterization of chitosan-polycaprolactone blends for tissue engineering applications.

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    Sarasam, Aparna; Madihally, Sundararajan V

    2005-09-01

    The objective of this work was to study the effect of blending chitosan with poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) on their biomechanical properties. After testing the effect of molecular weight (MW), temperature, and humidity on the tensile properties in dry, wet at 25 degrees C and wet at 37 degrees C conditions, chitosan with a MW>310 kD was selected for use in the blend. Homogeneous blends of 25%, 50% and 75% PCL compositions were formed by dissolving chitosan and 80 kD PCL in a common solvent of approximately 77% aqueous acetic acid. Taking advantage of the low melting point of PCL, blend membranes were processed at 25, 37, 55 degrees C water bath or 55 degrees C oven into films. Also, membranes were solvent annealed using chloroform vapors. Tensile properties were analyzed in wet conditions at 25 degrees C. Support for cell viability and distribution of cytoskeletal actin were analyzed by in vitro cell culture of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Differential scanning calorimetry studies indicated the miscibility of the two components when approximated using Nishi-Wang equation. Drying the films at 55 degrees C in an oven formed membranes without separation of two phases. However, the analyzed tensile properties showed no significant alterations relative to chitosan. On the contrary, significant improvements were observed after solvent annealing. Interestingly, increased viability and redistribution of actin fibers was observed on blends formed with 50% PCL and 75% PCL relative to individual polymers. In summary, 50:50 blends when processed at 55 degrees C in an oven showed significant improvement in mechanical properties as well as support for cellular activity relative to chitosan. PMID:15860206

  12. Chitosan-PVP-nano silver oxide wound dressing: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Archana, D; Singh, Brijesh K; Dutta, Joydeep; Dutta, P K

    2015-02-01

    The main aim of this work was to prepare wound healing material with chitosan, poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), silver oxide nanoparticles. The prepared chitosan, chitosan-PVP-nano silver oxide (CPS) films were characterized for their thermal behaviour, morphological properties, mechanical properties, antibacterial properties and wound healing properties. The CPS film found higher antibacterial activity because the materials both chitosan as well as silver oxide poses good antibacterial activity. L929 cell lines were for cytotoxicity study and Adult male albino rats (140-180 g) were used for wound healing study. The prepared film has more wound healing property than of cotton gauge, 100% chitosan and other reported chitosan based dressings. PMID:25450048

  13. Synthesis and characterization of dithiocarbamate chitosan derivatives with enhanced antifungal activity.

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    Qin, Yukun; Liu, Song; Xing, Ronge; Yu, Huahua; Li, Kecheng; Meng, Xiangtao; Li, Rongfeng; Li, Pengcheng

    2012-06-20

    In this study, ammonium dithiocarbamate chitosan (ADTCCS) and triethylene diamine dithiocarbamate chitosan (TEDADTCCS) derivatives were obtained respectively by mixing chitosan with carbon disulfide and ammonia (triethylenediamine). Their structures were confirmed by FT-IR, 1H NMR, XRD, DSC, SEM, and elemental analysis. Antifungal properties of them against the plant pathogenic fungi Fusarium oxysporum and Alternaria porri were investigated at concentrations ranged from 31.25 to 500 mg/L. The dithiocarbamate chitosan derivatives had enhanced antifungal activity compared with chitosan. Particularly, they showed obvious inhibitory effect on Fusarium oxysporum. At 500 mg/L, TEDADTCCS inhibited growth of F. oxysporum at 60.4%, stronger than polyoxin and triadimefon whose antifungal indexes were found to be 25.3% and 37.7%. The chitosan derivatives described here deserve further study for use in crop protection. PMID:24750734

  14. Eugenol-loaded chitosan nanoparticles: II. Application in bio-based plastics for active packaging.

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    Woranuch, Sarekha; Yoksan, Rangrong

    2013-07-25

    The aim of the present research was to study the possibility of using eugenol-loaded chitosan nanoparticles as antioxidants for active bio-based packaging material. Eugenol-loaded chitosan nanoparticles were incorporated into thermoplastic flour (TPF) - a model bio-based plastic - through an extrusion process at temperatures above 150°C. The influences of eugenol-loaded chitosan nanoparticles on crystallinity, morphology, thermal properties, radical scavenging activity, reducing power, tensile properties and barrier properties of TPF were investigated. Although the incorporation of 3% (w/w) of eugenol-loaded chitosan nanoparticles significantly reduced the extensibility and the oxygen barrier property of TPF, it provided antioxidant activity and improved the water vapor barrier property. In addition, TPF containing eugenol-loaded chitosan nanoparticles exhibited superior radical scavenging activity and stronger reducing power compared with TPF containing naked eugenol. The results suggest the applicability of TPF containing eugenol-loaded chitosan nanoparticles as an antioxidant active packaging material. PMID:23768604

  15. Nanoparticle-mediated interplay of chitosan and melatonin for improved wound epithelialisation.

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    Blažević, Filip; Milekić, Tamara; Romić, Marieta Duvnjak; Juretić, Marina; Pepić, Ivan; Filipović-Grčić, Jelena; Lovrić, Jasmina; Hafner, Anita

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we propose an innovative approach to improving wound healing. Our strategy is to deliver melatonin locally at the wound site by means of lecithin/chitosan nanoparticles. We used four types of chitosan that differed in terms of molecular weight and/or deacetylation degree. Melatonin encapsulation efficiency, nanoparticle size, zeta potential, biocompatibility and in vitro drug release were studied as a function of the type of chitosan used in preparation. The nanoparticles were evaluated in terms of their potential to promote wound epithelialisation via an in vitro scratch assay using a human keratinocyte (HaCaT) monolayer. The model wounds were treated with nanoparticle suspensions at a chitosan concentration of 5μgml(-1), which was based on preceding cell biocompatibility studies. Nanoparticles prepared with different types of chitosan showed similar effect on the keratinocyte proliferation/migration. Nanoparticle-mediated interplay of chitosan and melatonin was shown to be crucial for improved wound epithelialisation. PMID:27112895

  16. Preparation of extruded polyethylene/chitosan blends compatibilized with polyethylene-graft-maleic anhydride.

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    Quiroz-Castillo, J M; Rodrguez-Flix, D E; Grijalva-Monteverde, H; Del Castillo-Castro, T; Plascencia-Jatomea, M; Rodrguez-Flix, F; Herrera-Franco, P J

    2014-01-30

    Novel films of polyethylene and chitosan were obtained using extrusion. These polymers have interesting properties, and processing them with methods that are of high use in the industry, such as the extrusion method, can have a significant effect on the potential applications of these materials. The individual materials were thermally characterized; after this, extruded films of low density polyethylene and chitosan mixtures were prepared with the addition of polyethylene-graft-maleic anhydride as a compatibilizer for the blends, and glycerol, as a plasticizer for chitosan. The use of compatibilizer and plasticizer agents improved the processability and compatibility of the mixtures, as well as their mechanical properties, as revealed by mechanical property measurements and scanning electron microscopy. It was possible to prepare blends with a maximum chitosan content of 20 wt%. The material stiffness increased with the increase of chitosan in the sample. FTIR studies revealed the existence of an interaction between the compatibilizer and chitosan. PMID:24299879

  17. Synthesis and characterization of chitosan-g-N-methyl piperazinium chloride: A hybrid flocculant.

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    Dharani, Muthumanickam; Balasubramanian, Sengottuvelan

    2015-11-01

    Flocculation is one of the most widely applied techniques for water treatment. Flocculants based on natural polymer has received more attention due to their eco-friendliness in recent years. New water soluble N-methyl piperazinium chloride grafted chitosan flocculant (chitosan-g-N-MPC) was successfully synthesized and thoroughly characterized using FTIR, NMR and powder X-ray diffraction analytical techniques. Incorporation of N-MPC enhanced the ionic character of the chitosan backbone and improved its water solubility. The flocculation performance of chitosan-g-N-MPC was tested against bentonite suspension. The flocculation performance of chitosan-g-N-MPC was investigated under various pH conditions. Turbidity and zeta potential measurements were employed to investigate the flocculation behavior of the chitosan-g-N-MPC. The characteristics of the industrial wastewater before and after flocculation were analyzed. The morphology of the polymer and flocs were studied by TEM analysis. PMID:26366532

  18. Carvacrol affects interfacial, structural and transfer properties of chitosan coatings applied onto polyethylene.

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    Kurek, Mia; Brachais, Claire-Hélène; Sčetar, Mario; Voilley, Andrée; Galić, Kata; Couvercelle, Jean-Pierre; Debeaufort, Frédéric

    2013-08-14

    Different chitosan coating solutions were tested with the aim of investigating their adhesion and wettability onto polyethylene film to improve packaging performance and provide antimicrobial properties. Surface wetting kinetics was monitored by contact angle measurements. Addition of ethanol and carvacrol improved wettability and adhesion of the thin chitosan layer. Structure, water vapour, O2, CO2 and air permeabilities of self supported chitosan films and coated polyethylene were determined. The formation of a thin chitosan layer on polyethylene improved gas barrier properties decreasing the Permeability Coefficient for oxygen and carbon dioxide ( [Formula: see text] , [Formula: see text] ) from 100 to 10,000 times. Presence of carvacrol in the chitosan coating layer increased [Formula: see text] , [Formula: see text] and Pair by a factor of ten. Moreover, it influenced film microstructure. However chitosan was shown to be good gas barrier film in the dry state. PMID:23769540

  19. Effect of deacetylation degree in chitosan composite membranes on pervaporation performance

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    Lee, Y.M.; Park, H.B.; Nam, S.Y.; Won, J.M.; Kim, H.

    1998-06-01

    The effect of the degree of deacetylation in chitosan composite membranes on their pervaporation performance for ethanol dehydration was investigated. The degree of deacetylation of chitosans was measured by using an infrared spectroscopic method and elemental analysis. The chitosan composite membranes were prepared by coating a chitosan solution onto a microporous polyethersulfone membrane with 3--7 nm pore sizes. Then the surface of the top layer (chitosan) of well-dried membranes was crosslinked with sulfuric acid, and pervaporation experiments for binary mixtures (water-ethanol) were carried out at various conditions. In the case of a chitosan membrane with a high degree of deacetylation, the flux increases while the separation factor decreases compared with membranes with a low degree of deacetylation.

  20. Modification of chitosan by swelling and crosslinking using epichlorohydrin as heavy metal Cr (VI) adsorbent in batik industry wastes

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    Hastuti, B.; Masykur, A.; Hadi, S.

    2016-02-01

    Study on chitosan modification by swelling and crosslinking and its application as a selective adsorbent for heavy metals Cr (VI) in batik industry wastes was done. Swelling is intended to improve chitosan porosity, whereas crosslinking is to increase the resistance of chitosan against acid. Natural samples are generally acidic, thus limiting chitosan application as an adsorbent. Modification of chitosan by combining swelling and crosslinking is expected to increase its adsorption capacity in binding heavy metal ions in water. The modified chitosan was later contacted with Cr (VI) to test its adsorption capacity with a variation of pH and contact time. Finally, application of modified chitosan was done in batik industry waste containing Cr (IV). Based on the results, chitosan-ECH 25% (v/v) was the optimum concentration of crosslinker to adsorb Cr (VI) ions. Modified chitosan has a solubility resistance to acids, even though a strong acid. Modification of chitosan also improved its adsorption capacity to Cr (VI) from 74% (pure chitosan) to 89% with contact time 30 min at pH 3. On the application to the batik wastes, the modified chitosan were able to adsorb Cr (IV) up to the level of 5 ppm. Thus, the modified chitosan has a potential to be applied to as an adsorbent of Cr (VI) in batik industry wastes.

  1. Characterization and In Vitro Evaluation of Cytotoxicity, Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities of Chitosans Extracted from Three Different Marine Sources.

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    Hajji, Sawssen; Younes, Islem; Rinaudo, Marguerite; Jellouli, Kemel; Nasri, Moncef

    2015-09-01

    Chitins in the α and β isomorphs were extracted from three Tunisian marine sources shrimp (Penaeus kerathurus) waste, crab (Carcinus mediterraneus) shells and cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) bones. The obtained chitins were transformed into chitosans, the acid-soluble form of chitin. Chitosans were characterized and their biological activities were compared. Chitosan samples were then characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results showed that all chitosans presented identical spectra. Antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antitumor activities of the extracted chitosans were investigated. In fact, cuttlefish chitosan showed the highest DPPH radical-scavenging activity (83 %, 5 mg/ml), whereas it was 79 % and 76 % for shrimp and crab chitosans, respectively. However, in linoleate-β-carotene system, cuttlefish and crab chitosans exerted higher antioxidant activity (82 % and 70 %, respectively), than shrimp chitosan (49 %). Chitosans were tested for their antimicrobial activities against three Gram-negative and four Gram-positive bacteria and five fungi. Chitosans markedly inhibited growth of most bacteria and fungi tested, although the antimicrobial activity depends on the type of microorganism and on the source of chitin. In addition, chitosans showed high antitumor activity which seemed to be dependent on the chitosan characteristics such as acetylation degree and especially the molecular weight. PMID:26150381

  2. Effects of Vacuum Tumbling with Chitosan and Water Soluble Chitosan on the Shelf Life of Catfish Fillets in Refrigerated Storage

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    Chitosan (CH) is mainly made from crustacean shells and has been reported to have a number of functional properties such as its antimicrobial activity, binding action, and antioxidant activity. CH’s water insolubility restricts the use of this compound in some systems. However, when treated with enz...

  3. Synthesis of size-tunable chitosan encapsulated gold-silver nanoflowers and their application in SERS imaging of living cells.

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    Zhang, Guannan; Li, Junrong; Shen, Aiguo; Hu, Jiming

    2015-09-01

    Anisotropic metallic nanoparticles (NPs) possess unique optical properties, which lend them to applications such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). However, their preparation by an efficient, biocompatible and high yield synthetic method is still challenging. In this work, we demonstrate a simple and reproducible way to produce chitosan (CS) encapsulated gold-silver nanoflowers by sequentially adding chitosan, chloroauric acid, silver nitrate, and ascorbic acid to water at room temperature. This is a one-pot, seed- and surfactant-free synthetic method, which is simple and credible. CS is used to modulate the size of NPs, while AgNO3 is introduced to improve the monodispersity and homogeneity of NPs. Highly sensitive, spectrally and physically stable SERS tags are developed in virtue of the cooperative effect of CS and Ag(+). Cresyl violet (CV) is applied as a Raman reporter to test the SERS property of NPs, and the results demonstrated that the nanoflowers exhibited stronger and more stable SERS signals than those of spherical gold nanoparticles. Importantly, after being modified by tumor cell-specific targeting ligands (folic acid), the sensitive and stable labeled nanoflowers are applied for cancer cell targeting and SERS imaging. PMID:25622685

  4. Development of 4-sulfated N-acetyl galactosamine anchored chitosan nanoparticles: A dual strategy for effective management of Leishmaniasis.

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    Tripathi, Priyanka; Dwivedi, Pankaj; Khatik, Renuka; Jaiswal, Anil Kumar; Dube, Anuradha; Shukla, Poonam; Mishra, Prabhat Ranjan

    2015-12-01

    The present investigation reports the modification of chitosan nanoparticles with a ligand 4-sulfated N-acetyl galactosamine (4-SO4GalNAc) for efficient chemotherapy in leishmaniasis (SCNPs) by using dual strategy of targeting. These (SCNPs) were loaded with amphotericin B (AmB) for specific delivery to infected macrophages. Developed AmB loaded SCNPs (AmB-SCNPs) had mean particle size of 3337nm, and showed negative zeta potential (-13.90.016mV). Flow cytometric analysis revealed enhanced uptake of AmB-SCNPs in J774A.1, when compared to AmB loaded unmodified chitosan NPs (AmB-CNPs). AmB-SCNPs provide significantly higher localization of AmB in liver and spleen as compared to AmB-CNPs after i.v. administration. The study stipulates that 4-SO4GalNAc assures of targeting, resident macrophages. Highly significant anti-leishmanial activity (P<0.05 compared with AmB-CNPs) was observed with AmB-SCNPs, causing 75.303.76% inhibition of splenic parasitic burdens. AmB-CNPs and plain AmB caused only 63.893.44% and 47.562.37% parasite inhibition, respectively, in Leishmania-infected hamsters (P<0.01 for AmB-SCNPs versus plain AmB and AmB-CNPs versus plain AmB). PMID:26381698

  5. Chitosan and carboxymethyl-chitosan capping ligands: Effects on the nucleation and growth of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles for producing biocomposite membranes.

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    Dumont, Vitor C; Mansur, Alexandra A P; Carvalho, Sandhra M; Medeiros Borsagli, Fernanda G L; Pereira, Marivalda M; Mansur, Herman S

    2016-02-01

    Synthetic biomaterials based on calcium phosphates (CaP) have been widely studied for bone tissue reconstruction therapies, but no definitive solution that fulfills all of the required properties has been identified. Thus, this study reports the synthesis of composite membranes based on nanohydroxyapatite particles (nHA) embedded in chitosan (CHI) and O-carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) matrices produced using a one-step co-precipitation method in water media. Biopolymers were used as capping ligands for simultaneously controlling the nucleation and growth of the nHA particles during the precipitation process and also to form the polymeric network of the biocomposites. The bionanocomposites were extensively characterized using light microscopy (LM), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray micro-CT analysis (μCT), andMTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazolyl-2)-2,5-diphenyltetrazoliumbromide) cell proliferation assays for cell cytotoxicity. The results demonstrated that the ligands used during the synthesis highly affected the composites produced, primarily due the changes in the mechanisms and kinetics of nucleation and growth of the HA particles at the nanoscale level. The SEMimages revealed that the use of carboxyl-functionalized chitosan (CMC) ligands significantly reduced the average size of theHA nanoparticles and caused the formation of a narrower size distribution (90±20nm) compared to theHAnanoparticles producedwith chitosan ligands (220±50nm). The same trend was verified by the AFM analysis,where the nHA particles were formed evenly dispersed in the polymer matrix. However, the CMC-based composites were more homogeneously distributed, which was endorsed by the images collected via X-ray micro-CT. The FTIR spectra and the XRD analysis indicated that nanosized hydroxyapatite was the predominant calcium phosphate phase produced during the co-precipitation aqueous process for both the chitosan and CMC biocomposites. These novel hybrid systems based on chitosan and chitosan-derivatives with nHA composites were non-cytotoxic to a human osteoblast-like model cell line (SAOS) according to MTT in vitro assays. Moreover, the CMC-nHA biocomposites revealed a striking improvement in the cell viability response compared to the CHI-nHA biocomposite, which was attributed to the much higher surface area caused by the refinement of the nanoparticles size. Thus, the results of this study demonstrate that these novel bionanocomposite membranes offer promising perspectives as biomaterials for potential repair and replacement of cartilage and bone tissues. PMID:26652373

  6. Effects of different forms of chitosan on intercellular junctions of mouse fibroblasts in vitro.

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    Uslu, B; Biltekin, B; Denir, S; Özbaş-Turan, S; Arbak, S; Akbuğa, J; Bilir, A

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan is a linear polysaccharide that has many biomedical applications. We compared the effects of chitosan, in both solution and membranous form, on intercellular adhesion of Swiss 3T3 mouse fibroblasts. Cells were grown as spheroidal cell cultures. Some control cell spheroids were cultured without chitosan and two experimental groups were cultured with chitosan. Chitosan in solution was used for one experimental group and chitosan in membranous form was used for the other. For each group, intercellular adhesion was investigated on days 5 and 10 of culture. Transmission electron microscopy revealed well-defined cellular projections that were more prominent in cells exposed to either membranous or solution forms of chitosan than to the chitosan-free control. Immunocytochemical staining of ICAM-1 and e-cadherin was used to determine the development of intercellular junctions. Compared to the weakly stained control, strong reactions were observed in both chitosan exposed groups at both 5 and 10 days. Cells were treated with 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine (BrdU) and incubated with anti-BrdU primary antibody to assess proliferation. Both the solution and membranous forms of chitosan increased proliferation at both 5 and 10 days. Cellular viability was assessed using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT). The MTT assay indicated high cell viability; maximum viability was obtained with the solution form of chitosan at day 5. Chitosan exposure increased the number of intercellular junctions and showed a significant proliferative effect on 3T3 mouse fibroblasts. PMID:26523482

  7. Thiolated chitosan nanoparticles: transfection study in the Caco-2 differentiated cell culture

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    Martien, Ronny; Loretz, Brigitta; Sandbichler, Adolf Michael; Bernkop Schnürch, Andreas

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to monitor the expression of secreted protein in differentiated Caco-2 cells after transfection with nanoparticles, in order to improve gene delivery. Based on unmodified chitosan and thiolated chitosan conjugates, nanoparticles with the gene reporter pSEAP (recombinant Secreted Alkaline Phosphatase) were generated at pH 4.0. Transfection studies of thiolated chitosan in Caco-2 cells during the exponential growth phase and differentiation growth phase of the cells led to a 5.0-fold and 2.0-fold increase in protein expression when compared to unmodified chitosan nanoparticles. The mean particle size for both unmodified chitosan and cross-linked thiolated chitosan nanoparticles is 212.2 ± 86 and 113.6 ± 40 nm, respectively. The zeta potential of nanoparticles was determined to be 7.9 ± 0.38 mV for unmodified chitosan nanoparticles and 4.3 ± 0.74 mV for cross-linked thiolated chitosan nanoparticles. Red blood cell lysis evaluation was used to evaluate the membrane damaging properties of unmodified and thiolated chitosan nanoparticles and led to 4.61 ± 0.36% and 2.29 ± 0.25% lysis, respectively. Additionally, cross-linked thiolated chitosan nanoparticles were found to exhibit higher stability toward degradation in gastric juices. Furthermore the reversible effect of thiolated chitosan on barrier properties was monitored by measuring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and is supported by immunohistochemical staining for the tight junction protein claudin. According to these results cross-linked thiolated chitosan nanoparticles have the potential to be used as a non-viral vector system for gene therapy.

  8. Bio-clarification of water from heavy metals and microbial effluence using fungal chitosan.

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    Tayel, Ahmed A; Gharieb, Mohamed M; Zaki, Hanaa R; Elguindy, Nihal M

    2016-02-01

    Water pollution is among the most hazardous problems that threaten human health worldwide. Chitosan is a marvelous bioactive polymer that could be produced from fungal mycelia. This study was conducted to produce chitosan from Cunninghamella elegans and to use it for water pollutants elimination, e.g. heavy metals and waterborne microorganisms, and to investigate its antibacterial mode of action against Escherichia coli. The produced fungal chitosan had a deacetylation degree of 81%, a molecular weight of 92.73 kDa and a matched FT-IR spectrum with standard shrimp chitosan. Fungal chitosan exhibited remarkable antimicrobial activity against E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. Chitosan was proved as an effective metal adsorbent, toward the examined metal ions, Cu2+, Zn2+ and Pb2+, and its adsorption capacity greatly increased with the increasing of metal concentration, especially for Cu and Zn. The scanning electron micrographs, of treated E. coli cells with fungal chitosan, indicated that the cells began to lyse and combine after 3h of exposure and chitosan particles attached to the combined cells and, after 12 h from exposure, the entire bacterial cell walls were fully disrupted and lysed. Therefore, fungal chitosan could be recommended, as a bioactive, renewable, ecofriendly and cost effective material, for overcoming water pollution problems, from chemical and microbial origins. PMID:26645148

  9. Sorption of heavy metal ions onto carboxylate chitosan derivatives--a mini-review.

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    Boamah, Peter Osei; Huang, Yan; Hua, Mingqing; Zhang, Qi; Wu, Jingbo; Onumah, Jacqueline; Sam-Amoah, Livingstone K; Boamah, Paul Osei

    2015-06-01

    Chitosan is of importance for the elimination of heavy metals due to their outstanding characteristics such as the presence of NH2 and -OH functional groups, non-toxicity, low cost and, large available quantities. Modifying a chitosan structure with -COOH group improves it in terms of solubility at pH ≤7 without affecting the aforementioned characteristics. Chitosan modified with a carboxylic group possess carboxyl, amino and hydroxyl multifunctional groups which are good for elimination of metal ions. The focal point of this mini-review will be on the preparation and characterization of some carboxylate chitosan derivatives as a sorbent for heavy metal sorption. PMID:25791666

  10. Isolation and characterization of chitosan from different local insects in Egypt.

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    Marei, Narguess H; El-Samie, Emtithal Abd; Salah, Taher; Saad, Gamal R; Elwahy, Ahmed H M

    2016-01-01

    Chitin was extracted from four different local sources: the shrimp (Penaeus monodon), the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria), the honey bee (Apis mellifera) and the beetles (Calosoma rugosa). Chitosan was then obtained by deacetylation of chitin and physicochemically characterized using the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction. The moisture content, water binding capacity, fats binding capacity, ash content were determined and chitosans morphology was visualized using the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The difference between the obtained chitosans from three insect sources and α-chitosan from shrimp in terms of crystallinity, fibrous structure was discussed. PMID:26459168

  11. Controllable layer-by-layer assembly of PVA and phenylboronic acid-derivatized chitosan.

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    Zhang, Dan; Yu, Guanghua; Long, Zhu; Yang, Guihua; Wang, Bin

    2016-04-20

    Phenylboronic acid-derivatized chitosan (chitosan-PBA) were prepared by grafting small molecules bearing phenylboronic acid groups onto chitosan with N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) and N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N'-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) as a coupling reagent pair. Self-assembly multilayer thin films of chitosan-PBA and poly(vinyl alcohol) were subsequently produced under pH control on supporting surfaces, either a silicon wafer or polystyrene latex particles. The driving force of the self-assembly was the ester formation of phenylboronic acid containing polymers with PVA, which can be "turned off" by simple pH control. PMID:26876848

  12. Synthesis of Conjugated Chitosan and its Effect on Drug Permeation from Transdermal Patches

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    Satheeshababu, B. K.; Shivakumar, K. L.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to synthesis the conjugated chitosan by covalent attachment of thiol moieties to the cationic polymer, mediated by a carbodiimide to improve permeation properties of chitosan. Thioglycolic acid was covalently attached to chitosan by the formation of amide bonds between the primary amino groups of the polymer and the carboxylic acid groups of thioglycolic acid. Hence, these polymers are called as thiomers or thiolated polymers. Conjugation of chitosan was confirmed by Fourier transform-infrared and differential scanning calorimetric analysis. Matrix type transdermal patches of carvedilol were prepared using the different proportions of chitosan and chitosan-thioglycolic acid conjugates (2:0, 1.7:0.3, 1.4:0.6, 1:1, 0.6:1.4 and 0.3:1.7) by solvent casting technique. Prepared matrix type patches were evaluated for their physicochemical characterization followed by in vitro evaluation. Selected formulations were subjected for their ex vivo studies on Wistar albino rat skin and human cadaver skin using the modified Franz diffusion cell. As the proportion of conjugated chitosan increased, the transdermal patches showed increased drug permeation. The mechanism of drug release was found to be nonFickian profiles. The present study concludes that the transdermal patches of carvedilol using conjugated chitosan with different proportions of chitosan were successfully developed to provide improved drug permeation. The transdermal patches can be a good approach to improve drug bioavailability by bypassing the extensive hepatic first-pass metabolism of the drug. PMID:24019564

  13. 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

  14. Synthesis of chitosan-caffeic acid derivatives and evaluation of their antioxidant activities.

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    Aytekin, Ali Ozhan; Morimura, Shigeru; Kida, Kenji

    2011-02-01

    In this study, the antioxidant activities of different molecular weights (M(w)) and grafting ratios of chitosan-caffeic acid derivatives were investigated. The grafting process was achieved using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDAC) as covalent connector under different conditions such as molecular-weight of chitosan, molar ratio of chitosan and caffeic acid, reaction temperature, pH, and reaction time. The half-inhibition concentrations (IC₅₀) of products were calculated by reduction of the 1,1-diphenyl picryl hydrazyl in the radical-scavenging assay and reduction of the Fe³+/ferricyanide complex to the ferrous form in reducing power assay. The EDAC showed maximum activity at 3-h, pH 5.0 and room temperature conditions, except high-molecular-weight chitosan in pH 2.0. The products were water-soluble in all pH and showed lower viscosity than native chitosan. The highest grafting ratio of caffeic acid was observed at 15% in low-molecular-weight chitosan. After 5% grafting of caffeic acid into chitosan, the grafting efficiency was increased by decreasing molecular-weight of chitosan at the same conditions. Caffeic acid has main role in the antioxidant activity of products. The maximum IC₅₀ of radical-scavenging activity (0.064 mg/ml) was observed at the highest caffeic acid containing derivative. Water-soluble chitosan and caffeic acid derivatives were obtained by this study without activity loss. PMID:21035393

  15. Green Conversion of Agroindustrial Wastes into Chitin and Chitosan by Rhizopus arrhizus and Cunninghamella elegans Strains

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    Berger, Lúcia Raquel Ramos; Stamford, Thayza Christina Montenegro; Stamford-Arnaud, Thatiana Montenegro; de Alcântara, Sergio Roberto Cabral; da Silva, Antonio Cardoso; da Silva, Adamares Marques; do Nascimento, Aline Elesbão; de Campos-Takaki, Galba Maria

    2014-01-01

    This article sets out a method for producing chitin and chitosan by Cunninghamella elegans and Rhizopus arrhizus strains using a green metabolic conversion of agroindustrial wastes (corn steep liquor and molasses). The physicochemical characteristics of the biopolymers and antimicrobial activity are described. Chitin and chitosan were extracted by alkali-acid treatment, and characterized by infrared spectroscopy, viscosity and X-ray diffraction. The effectiveness of chitosan from C. elegans and R. arrhizus in inhibiting the growth of Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli and Yersinia enterocolitica were evaluated by determining the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) and the minimum bactericidal concentrations (MBC). The highest production of biomass (24.60 g/L), chitin (83.20 mg/g) and chitosan (49.31 mg/g) was obtained by R. arrhizus. Chitin and chitosan from both fungi showed a similar degree of deacetylation, respectively of 25% and 82%, crystallinity indices of 33.80% and 32.80% for chitin, and 20.30% and 17.80% for chitosan. Both chitin and chitosan presented similar viscosimetry of 3.79–3.40 cP and low molecular weight of 5.08 × 103 and 4.68 × 103 g/mol. They both showed identical MIC and MBC for all bacteria assayed. These results suggest that: agricultural wastes can be produced in an environmentally friendly way; chitin and chitosan can be produced economically; and that chitosan has antimicrobial potential against pathogenic bacteria. PMID:24853288

  16. Enhancing the biological activity of chitosan and controlling the degradation by nanoscale interaction with bioglass.

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    Ravarian, Roya; Craft, Michaela; Dehghani, Fariba

    2015-09-01

    A nonuniform degradation of physical mixture of organic-inorganic biomaterials increases their risk of failure. In this study a chemical bonding between chitosan and bioglass was used as an alternative product to address this issue. To prepare a homogenous composite, chitosan was functionalized with γ-glycidoxypropyl trimethoxysilane and chemically bonded with bioglass during sol-gel method. The gelation time of these hybrids samples was optimized by varying parameters such as composition of chitosan and temperature. It was shown that gelation time was reduced from 7 days for pure bioglass at 25°C to less than six minutes at 70°C for chitosan 40 vol % bioglass hybrid. Furthermore, the enzymatic degradation after 4 weeks was decreased from 80% mass loss for pure chitosan to 32% for chitosan 40 vol % bioglass hybrid. The results of in vitro study demonstrated that the presence of nanoscale interaction enhanced the bioactivity of chitosan. Additionally, hybrid scaffolds were fabricated with pore sizes in the range of 200-400 µm. These scaffolds were prepared by the addition of sodium bicarbonate during sol-gel method as a gas foaming agent and a neutralizer that resulted in decreasing the gelation time of hybrids to less than three minutes. The hybrids fabricated in this study possessed superior characteristics compared to chitosan, also physical mixture of chitosan-bioglass and are promising alternatives for bone tissue engineering applications. PMID:25690303

  17. Extraction of chitosan from shrimp shells waste and application in antibacterial finishing of bamboo rayon.

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    Teli, M D; Sheikh, Javed

    2012-06-01

    Chitosan can be best utilized as safe antibacterial agent for textiles but there is always a limitation of its durability. The chitin containing shellfish waste is available in huge quantities, but very low quantities are utilized for extraction of high value products like chitosan. In the current work chitosan was extracted from shrimp shells and then used as antibacterial exhaust finishing agent for grafted bamboo rayon. Chitosan bound bamboo rayon was then evaluated for antibacterial activity against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. The product showed antibacterial activity against both types of bacterias which was durable till 30 washes. PMID:22522048

  18. [Inhibition by chitosan of productive infection of T-series bacteriophages in the Escherichia coli culture].

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    Kochkina, Z M; Pospeshny, G; Chirkov, S N

    1995-01-01

    The possibility of the use of chitosan aminopolysaccharide (poly-D-glucosamine) and its two salts--acetate and hydrochloride--to prevent phase infection of the Escherichia coli culture, strain B1, was studied. It was shown that chitosan inhibited productive infection caused by the bacteriophages T2 and T7, the efficiency of inhibition of both bacteriophages depending directly on the final concentration of chitosan in a medium. Neither chitosan nor its salts significantly prevented the growth of the bacterial culture. PMID:7616876

  19. Optimization of carboxymethyl chitosan synthesis using response surface methodology and desirability function.

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    Bukzem, Andrea L; Signini, Roberta; Dos Santos, Danilo M; Lião, Luciano M; Ascheri, Diego Palmiro R

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, chitosan was reacted with monochloroacetic acid under alkaline conditions to prepare carboxymethyl chitosan. A 2(3) full-factorial central composite design was applied to evaluate the effect of molar ratio sodium hydroxide (NaOH)/Chitosan (Ch), time and molar ratio monochloroacetic acid (MCA)/Chitosan (Ch) on the reaction yield and on the characteristics of carboxymethyl chitosan such as average degree of substitution (DS¯) and solubility. An optimization strategy based on response surface methodology was used together with the desirability function approach to optimize this process. The occurrence of carboxymethylation was evidenced by FTIR and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. The optimum conditions for carboxymethylation process were found to be 12.4, 10.6h and 5 for molar ratio sodium hydroxide (NaOH)/Chitosan (Ch), time and molar ratio monochloroacetic acid (MCA)/Chitosan (Ch), respectively. Under these optimal conditions, it was possible to obtain carboxymethyl chitosan with DS¯ of 1.86 and solubility of 99.6%. X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry analysis showed that crystallinity and thermal stability of derivatives was lower than chitosan and decreased with increase of DS¯. PMID:26778157

  20. Characterization of decrystallized chitosan and its application in biosorption of textile dyes.

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    Trung, Trang Si; Ng, Chuen-How; Stevens, Willem F

    2003-07-01

    Decrystallized chitosan was produced from shrimp shells with a low degree of crystallinity (10%) and a high anionic dye binding capacity. Raw, mixed dye wastewater from a textile factory was efficiently decolorized using decrystallized chitosan that was more efficient than using normal chitosan and activated carbon. Decolorization reached 90% within 10 min and could be carried out from pH 4.5 to 8.1. Decrystallized chitosan can be regenerated by 2 M H2SO4 and was reusable more than 10 times. It is, therefore, an attractive candidate for the removal of dyes from textile wastewater. PMID:12967010

  1. Green conversion of agroindustrial wastes into chitin and chitosan by Rhizopus arrhizus and Cunninghamella elegans strains.

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    Berger, Lcia Raquel Ramos; Stamford, Thayza Christina Montenegro; Stamford-Arnaud, Thatiana Montenegro; de Alcntara, Sergio Roberto Cabral; da Silva, Antonio Cardoso; da Silva, Adamares Marques; do Nascimento, Aline Elesbo; de Campos-Takaki, Galba Maria

    2014-01-01

    This article sets out a method for producing chitin and chitosan by Cunninghamella elegans and Rhizopus arrhizus strains using a green metabolic conversion of agroindustrial wastes (corn steep liquor and molasses). The physicochemical characteristics of the biopolymers and antimicrobial activity are described. Chitin and chitosan were extracted by alkali-acid treatment, and characterized by infrared spectroscopy, viscosity and X-ray diffraction. The effectiveness of chitosan from C. elegans and R. arrhizus in inhibiting the growth of Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli and Yersinia enterocolitica were evaluated by determining the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) and the minimum bactericidal concentrations (MBC). The highest production of biomass (24.60 g/L), chitin (83.20 mg/g) and chitosan (49.31 mg/g) was obtained by R. arrhizus. Chitin and chitosan from both fungi showed a similar degree of deacetylation, respectively of 25% and 82%, crystallinity indices of 33.80% and 32.80% for chitin, and 20.30% and 17.80% for chitosan. Both chitin and chitosan presented similar viscosimetry of 3.79-3.40 cP and low molecular weight of 5.0810 and 4.6810 g/mol. They both showed identical MIC and MBC for all bacteria assayed. These results suggest that: agricultural wastes can be produced in an environmentally friendly way; chitin and chitosan can be produced economically; and that chitosan has antimicrobial potential against pathogenic bacteria. PMID:24853288

  2. Chitosan as an edible invisible film for quality preservation of herring and atlantic cod.

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    Jeon, You-Jin; Kamil, Janak Y V A; Shahidi, Fereidoon

    2002-08-28

    The effect of chitosan with different molecular weights as coatings for shelf-life extension of fresh fillets of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and herring (Clupea harengus) was evaluated over a 12-day storage at refrigerated temperature (4 +/- 1 degrees C). Three chitosan preparations from snow crab (Chinoecetes opilio) processing wastes, differing in viscosities and molecular weights, were prepared; their apparent viscosities (360, 57, and 14 cP) depended on the deacetylation time (4, 10, and 20 h, respectively) of the chitin precursor. Upon coating with chitosans, a significant (p < or = 0.05) reduction in relative moisture losses of 37, 29, 29, 40, and 32% was observed for cod samples coated with 360 cP chitosan after 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 days of storage, respectively. Chitosan coating significantly (p < or = 0.05) reduced lipid oxidation as displayed in peroxide value, conjugated dienes, 2-thiobarbituric acid reactive substances and headspace volatiles, chemical spoilage as reflected in total volatile basic nitrogen, trimethylamine, and hypoxanthine, and growth of microorganisms as reflected in total plate count in both fish model systems compared to uncoated samples. The preservative efficacy and the viscosity of chitosan were inter-related; the efficacy of chitosans with viscosities of 57 and 360 cP was superior to that of chitosan with a 14 cP viscosity. Thus, chitosan as edible coating would enhance the quality of seafoods during storage. PMID:12188625

  3. Study on Adsorption of Cu(II) on Chitosan Nanofiber Membranes

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    Cao, Jianhua; Li, Dongzhou; Liang, Weihua; Wu, Dayong

    2014-12-01

    Chitosan nanofiber membranes by electrospinning technique were used to remove Cu(II) from aqueous solution. The adsorption kinetics, equilibrium isotherms, and pH effect were investigated in batch experiments. The Langmuir isotherm and pseudo second-order kinetic models agree well with the experimental data. The chitosan nanofiber membranes are effective for Cu(II) adsorption at pH6. Results showed that the maximum adsorption capacity of the chitosan nanofiber membranes with Cu(II) is 118.62 mg g-1. The chitosan nanofiber membranes can be used as an effective adsorbent for the removal of Cu(II) in aqueous solution due to high adsorption capacity.

  4. Biodegradable polymer blends based on corn starch and thermoplastic chitosan processed by extrusion.

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    Mendes, J F; Paschoalin, R T; Carmona, V B; Sena Neto, Alfredo R; Marques, A C P; Marconcini, J M; Mattoso, L H C; Medeiros, E S; Oliveira, J E

    2016-02-10

    Blends of thermoplastic cornstarch (TPS) and chitosan (TPC) were obtained by melt extrusion. The effect of TPC incorporation in TPS matrix and polymer interaction on morphology and thermal and mechanical properties were investigated. Possible interactions between the starch molecules and thermoplastic chitosan were assessed by XRD and FTIR techniques. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analyses showed a homogeneous fracture surface without the presence of starch granules or chitosan aggregates. Although the incorporation of thermoplastic chitosan caused a decrease in both tensile strength and stiffness, films with better extensibility and thermal stability were produced. PMID:26686150

  5. Chitosan treatment of wheat seeds induces resistance to Fusarium graminearum and improves seed quality.

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    Bhaskara Reddy, M V; Arul, J; Angers, P; Couture, L

    1999-03-01

    Chitosan treatment (2-8 mg/mL) of wheat seeds significantly improved seed germination to recommended seed certification standards (>85%) and vigor at concentrations >4 mg/mL, in two cultivars of spring wheat (Norseman and Max), by controlling seed-borne Fusarium graminearum infection. The germination was <80% in the control and >85% in benomyl- and chitosan-treated seeds. Seed-borne F. graminearum was reduced to >50% at higher chitosan treatments compared to the control. Synthesis of phenolic acids was stimulated in primary leaves following chitosan treatment, and levels of these phenolic acids, especially ferulic acid, increased significantly with increasing chitosan concentration. Lignin content of primary leaves also showed a similar pattern. The synthesis of precursors of lignin such as p-coumaric, ferulic, and sinapic acids and phenolic acids having antimicrobial activity such as benzoic, p-coumaric, caffeic, protocatechuic, chlorogenic, ferulic, and gallic acids was also stimulated by chitosan treatment. The induction of phenolic acids and lignin was significantly lower in cv. Max compared to Norseman. Chitosan also inhibited fungal transmission to the primary roots of germinating seedlings. Results suggest that chitosan controlled seed-borne F. graminearum infection and increased the resistance in seedlings by stimulating the accumulation of phenolics and lignin. Thus, chitosan has a potential for improvement of seed quality and enhancement of crop yields as well as increased value of stored grains for food and feed. PMID:10552439

  6. Synthesis and in vitro antifungal efficacy of oleoyl-chitosan nanoparticles against plant pathogenic fungi.

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    Xing, Ke; Shen, Xiaoqiang; Zhu, Xiao; Ju, Xiuyun; Miao, Xiangmin; Tian, Jun; Feng, Zhaozhong; Peng, Xue; Jiang, Jihong; Qin, Sheng

    2016-01-01

    An antifungal dispersion system was prepared by oleoyl-chitosan (O-chitosan) nanoparticles, and the antifungal activity against several plant pathogenic fungi was investigated. Under scanning electron microscopy, the nanoparticles formulation appeared to be uniform with almost spherical shape. The particle size of nanoparticles was around 296.962 nm. Transmission electron microscopy observation showed that nanoparticles could be well distributed in potato dextrose agar medium. Mycelium growth experiment demonstrated that Nigrospora sphaerica, Botryosphaeria dothidea, Nigrospora oryzae and Alternaria tenuissima were chitosan-sensitive, while Gibberella zeae and Fusarium culmorum were chitosan-resistant. The antifungal index was increased as the concentration of nanoparticles increased for chitosan-sensitive fungi. Fatty acid analyses revealed that plasma membranes of chitosan-sensitive fungi were shown to have lower levels of unsaturated fatty acid than chitosan-resistant fungi. Phylogenetic analysis based on ITS gene sequences indicated that two chitosan-resistant fungi had a near phylogenetic relationship. Results showed that O-chitosan nanoparticles could be a useful alternative for controlling pathogenic fungi in agriculture. PMID:26434526

  7. Synthesis of conjugated chitosan and its effect on drug permeation from transdermal patches.

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    Satheeshababu, B K; Shivakumar, K L

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this study was to synthesis the conjugated chitosan by covalent attachment of thiol moieties to the cationic polymer, mediated by a carbodiimide to improve permeation properties of chitosan. Thioglycolic acid was covalently attached to chitosan by the formation of amide bonds between the primary amino groups of the polymer and the carboxylic acid groups of thioglycolic acid. Hence, these polymers are called as thiomers or thiolated polymers. Conjugation of chitosan was confirmed by Fourier transform-infrared and differential scanning calorimetric analysis. Matrix type transdermal patches of carvedilol were prepared using the different proportions of chitosan and chitosan-thioglycolic acid conjugates (2:0, 1.7:0.3, 1.4:0.6, 1:1, 0.6:1.4 and 0.3:1.7) by solvent casting technique. Prepared matrix type patches were evaluated for their physicochemical characterization followed by in vitro evaluation. Selected formulations were subjected for their ex vivo studies on Wistar albino rat skin and human cadaver skin using the modified Franz diffusion cell. As the proportion of conjugated chitosan increased, the transdermal patches showed increased drug permeation. The mechanism of drug release was found to be nonFickian profiles. The present study concludes that the transdermal patches of carvedilol using conjugated chitosan with different proportions of chitosan were successfully developed to provide improved drug permeation. The transdermal patches can be a good approach to improve drug bioavailability by bypassing the extensive hepatic first-pass metabolism of the drug. PMID:24019564

  8. Tyrosinase-containing chitosan gels: A combined catalyst and sorbent for selective phenol removal

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    Sun, W.Q.; Payne, G.F.

    1996-07-05

    There are a series of examples in which phenols appear as contaminants in process streams and their selective removal is required for waste minimization. For the selective removal of a phenol from a mixture, the authors are exploiting the substrate specificity of the enzyme tyrosinase to convert phenols into reactive o-quinones which are then adsorbed onto the amine-containing polymer chitosan. To effectively package the enzyme and sorbent, tyrosinase was immobilized between two chitosan gel films. The entrapment of tyrosinase between the films led to little loss of activity during immobilization, while tyrosinase leakage during incubation was limited. The chitosan gels rapidly adsorb the tyrosinase-generated product(s) of phenol oxidation while the capacity of the gels is substantially greater than the capacity of chitosan flakes. The performance of tyrosinase-containing chitosan gels significantly depends on the ratio of tyrosinase-to-chitosan. High tyrosinase-to-chitosan ratios result in less efficient use of tyrosinase, presumably due to suicide inactivation. However, the efficiency of chitosan use increases with increased tyrosinase-to-chitosan ratios.

  9. Action of chitosan against Xanthomonas pathogenic bacteria isolated from Euphorbia pulcherrima.

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    Wang, Yanli; Li, Liping; Li, Bin; Wu, Guoxing; Tang, Qiaomei; Ibrahim, Muhammad; Li, Hongye; Xie, Guanlin; Sun, Guochang

    2012-01-01

    The antibacterial activity and mechanism of two kinds of chitosan were investigated against twelve Xanthomonas strains recovered from Euphorbia pulcherrima. Results indicated that both chitosans markedly inhibited bacterial growth based on OD loss. Furthermore, the release of DNA and RNA from three selected strains was increased by both chitosans. However, the release of intracellular proteins was inhibited by both chitosans at different concentration and incubation times, except chitosan A at 0.1 mg/mL for 0.5 h incubation and 0.2 mg/mL for 2.0 h incubation increased the release of proteins, indicating the complexity of the interaction and cell membranes, which was affected by incubation time, bacterial species, chitosan type and concentration. Transmission electron microscopic observations revealed that chitosan caused changes in protoplast concentration and surface morphology. In some cells, the membranes and walls were badly distorted and disrupted, while other cells were enveloped by a thick and compact ribbon-like layer. The contrary influence on cell morphology may explain the differential effect in the release of material. In addition, scanning electron microscope and biofilm formation test revealed that both chitosans removed biofilm biomass. Overall, this study showed that membrane and biofilm play an important role in the antibacterial mechanism of chitosan. PMID:22678416

  10. Preparation of Chitosan nanoparticles and its effect on detached rice leaves infected with Pyricularia grisea.

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    Manikandan, Appu; Sathiyabama, Muthukrishnan

    2016-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to prepare chitosan nanoparticles to evaluate their effect on protection of rice plants from blast fungus. Nanoparticles were prepared using the ionic gelation method by the interaction of Chitosan and sodium tripolyphosphate. The particle size, polydispersity index, zetapotential and structure was confirmed by DLS, FTIR, TEM and XRD. The Chitosan nanoparticle was evaluated for suppression of rice blast fungus (Pyricularia grisea) under the detached leaf condition. It is evident from our results that chitosan nanoparticle have potential in suppressing blast disease of rice which can be used further under field condition to protect rice plants from the devastating fungus. PMID:26656594

  11. Electrophoretic deposition of hydroxyapatite-CaSiO3-chitosan composite coatings.

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    Pang, Xin; Casagrande, Travis; Zhitomirsky, Igor

    2009-02-15

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the fabrication of hydroxyapatite (HA)-CaSiO(3) (CS)-chitosan composite coatings for biomedical applications. The use of chitosan enabled the co-deposition of HA and CS particles and offered the advantage of room temperature processing of composite materials. The coating composition was varied by the variation of HA and CS concentrations in the chitosan solutions. Cathodic deposits were obtained as HA-CS-chitosan monolayers, HA-chitosan/chitosan multilayers or functionally graded materials (FGM) containing HA-chitosan and CS-chitosan layers of different composition. The thickness of the individual layers was varied in the range of 0.1-20 microm. The deposition yield was studied at different experimental conditions and compared with the results of modeling. It was shown that the moving boundary model for the two component system can explain the non-linear increase in the deposition yield with increasing HA concentration in chitosan solutions. The obtained coatings were studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies showed that these coatings provided corrosion protection of stainless steel substrates in Ringer's physiological solution. The deposition mechanism and kinetics of deposition have been discussed. PMID:19012892

  12. The potentiality of cross-linked fungal chitosan to control water contamination through bioactive filtration.

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    Tayel, Ahmed A; El-Tras, Wael F; Elguindy, Nihal M

    2016-07-01

    Water contamination, with heavy metals and microbial pathogens, is among the most dangerous challenges that confront human health worldwide. Chitosan is a bioactive biopolymer that could be produced from fungal mycelia to be utilized in various applied fields. An attempt to apply fungal chitosan for heavy metals chelation and microbial pathogens inhibition, in contaminated water, was performed in current study. Chitosan was produced from the mycelia of Aspergillus niger, Cunninghamella elegans, Mucor rouxii and from shrimp shells, using unified production conditions. The FT-IR spectra of produced chitosans were closely comparable. M. rouxii chitosan had the highest deacetylation degree (91.3%) and the lowest molecular weight (33.2kDa). All chitosan types had potent antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus; the most forceful type was C. elegans chitosan. Chitosan beads were cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GLA) and ethylene-glycol-diglycidyl ether (EGDE); linked beads became insoluble in water, acidic and alkaline solutions and could effectively adsorb heavy metals ions, e.g. copper, lead and zinc, in aqueous solution. The bioactive filter, loaded with EGDE- A. niger chitosan beads, was able to reduce heavy metals' concentration with >68%, and microbial load with >81%, after 6h of continuous water flow in the experimentally designed filter. PMID:26995612

  13. Development and Characterization of Novel Films Based on Sulfonamide-Chitosan Derivatives for Potential Wound Dressing

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    Dragostin, Oana Maria; Samal, Sangram Keshari; Lupascu, Florentina; Pânzariu, Andreea; Dubruel, Peter; Lupascu, Dan; Tuchilus, Cristina; Vasile, Cornelia; Profire, Lenuta

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop new films based on chitosan functionalized with sulfonamide drugs (sulfametoxydiazine, sulfadiazine, sulfadimetho-xine, sulfamethoxazol, sulfamerazine, sulfizoxazol) in order to enhance the biological effects of chitosan. The morphology and physical properties of functionalized chitosan films as well the antioxidant effects of sulfonamide-chitosan derivatives were investigated. The chitosan-derivative films showed a rough surface and hydrophilic properties, which are very important features for their use as a wound dressing. The film based on chitosan-sulfisoxazol (CS-S6) showed the highest swelling ratio (197%) and the highest biodegradation rate (63.04%) in comparison to chitosan film for which the swelling ratio was 190% and biodegradation rate was only 10%. Referring to the antioxidant effects the most active was chitosan-sulfamerazine (CS-S5) which was 8.3 times more active than chitosan related to DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical scavenging ability. This compound showed also a good ferric reducing power and improved total antioxidant capacity. PMID:26694354

  14. Development and Characterization of Novel Films Based on Sulfonamide-Chitosan Derivatives for Potential Wound Dressing.

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    Dragostin, Oana Maria; Samal, Sangram Keshari; Lupascu, Florentina; Pânzariu, Andreea; Dubruel, Peter; Lupascu, Dan; Tuchilus, Cristina; Vasile, Cornelia; Profire, Lenuta

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop new films based on chitosan functionalized with sulfonamide drugs (sulfametoxydiazine, sulfadiazine, sulfadimetho-xine, sulfamethoxazol, sulfamerazine, sulfizoxazol) in order to enhance the biological effects of chitosan. The morphology and physical properties of functionalized chitosan films as well the antioxidant effects of sulfonamide-chitosan derivatives were investigated. The chitosan-derivative films showed a rough surface and hydrophilic properties, which are very important features for their use as a wound dressing. The film based on chitosan-sulfisoxazol (CS-S6) showed the highest swelling ratio (197%) and the highest biodegradation rate (63.04%) in comparison to chitosan film for which the swelling ratio was 190% and biodegradation rate was only 10%. Referring to the antioxidant effects the most active was chitosan-sulfamerazine (CS-S5) which was 8.3 times more active than chitosan related to DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical scavenging ability. This compound showed also a good ferric reducing power and improved total antioxidant capacity. PMID:26694354

  15. Development and Evaluation of pH-Dependent Micro Beads for Colon Targeting

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    Khan, M. S.; Sridhar, B. K.; Srinatha, A.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to develop and evaluate multiparticulates of alginate and chitosan hydrogel beads exploiting pH sensitive property for colon-targeted delivery of theophylline. Alginate and chitosan beads were prepared by ionotropic gelation method followed by enteric coating with Eudragit S100. All formulations were evaluated for particle size, encapsulation efficiency, swellability and in vitro drug release.In vitro dissolution studies performed following pH progression method demonstrated that the drug release from coated beads depends on coat weights applied and pH of dissolution media. Mechanism of drug release was found to be swelling and erosion-dependent. The studies showed that formulated alginate and chitosan beads can be used effectively for the delivery of drug to colon and a coat weight of 20% weight gain was sufficient to impart an excellent gastro resistant property to the beads for effective release of drug at higher pH values. PMID:20582185

  16. Application of chitosan and its derivatives as adsorbents for dye removal from water and wastewater: a review.

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    Vakili, Mohammadtaghi; Rafatullah, Mohd; Salamatinia, Babak; Abdullah, Ahmad Zuhairi; Ibrahim, Mahamad Hakimi; Tan, Kok Bing; Gholami, Zahra; Amouzgar, Parisa

    2014-11-26

    Chitosan based adsorbents have received a lot of attention for adsorption of dyes. Various modifications of this polysaccharide have been investigated to improve the adsorption properties as well as mechanical and physical characteristics of chitosan. This review paper discusses major research topics related to chitosan and its derivatives for application in the removal of dyes from water. Modification of chitosan changes the original properties of this material so that it can be more suitable for adsorption of different types of dye. Many chitosan derivatives have been obtained through chemical and physical modifications of raw chitosan that include cross-linking, grafting and impregnation of the chitosan backbone. Better understanding of these varieties and their affinity toward different types of dye can help future research to be properly oriented to address knowledge gaps in this area. This review provides better opportunity for researchers to better explore the potential of chitosan-derived adsorbents for removal of a great variety of dyes. PMID:25256466

  17. Chitosan as a non-viral co-transfection system in a cystic fibrosis cell line.

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    Fernández Fernández, Elena; Santos-Carballal, Beatriz; Weber, Wolf-Michael; Goycoolea, Francisco M

    2016-04-11

    Successful gene therapy requires the development of suitable vehicles for the selective and efficient delivery of genes to specific target cells at the expense of minimal toxicity. In this work, we investigated a non-viral gene delivery system based on chitosan (CS) to specifically address cystic fibrosis (CF). Thus, electrostatic self-assembled CS-pEGFP and CS-pEGFP-siRNA complexes were prepared from high-pure fully characterized CS (Mw ∼20kDa and degree of acetylation ∼30%). The average diameter of positively-charged complexes (i.e. ζ∼+25mV) was ∼200nm. The complexes were found relatively stable over 14h in Opti-MEM. Cell viability study did not show any significant cytotoxic effect of the CS-based complexes in a human bronchial cystic fibrosis cell line (CFBE41o-). We evaluated the transfection efficiency of this cell line with both CS-pEGFP and co-transfected with CS-pEGFP-siRNA complexes at (N/P) charge ratio of 12. We reported an increase in the fluorescence intensity of CS-pEGFP and a reduction in the cells co-transfected with CS-pEGFP-siRNA. This study shows proof-of-principle that co-transfection with chitosan might be an effective delivery system in a human CF cell line. It also offers a potential alternative to further develop therapeutic strategies for inherited disease treatments, such as CF. PMID:26875537

  18. A Novel Chitosan-Hydrogel-Based Nanoparticle Delivery System for Local Inner Ear Application

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    Lajud, Shayanne A.; Nagda, Danish A.; Qiao, Peter; Tanaka, Nobuaki; Civantos, Alyssa; Gu, Rende; Cheng, Zhiliang; Tsourkas, Andrew; O’Malley, Bert W.; Li, Daqing

    2014-01-01

    Hypothesis A chitosan-hydrogel-based nanoparticle (nanohydrogel) delivery system can be used to deliver therapeutic biomaterials across the round window membrane (RWM) into the inner ear in a mouse model. Background Delivering therapies to the inner ear has always been a challenge for the Otolaryngologist. Advances in biomedical nanotechnology, increased understanding of the RWM diffusion properties, and discovery of novel therapeutic targets and agents, have all sparked interest in the controlled local delivery of drugs and biomaterials to the inner ear using nanoparticles (NPs). Methods Fluorescently-labeled liposomal NPs were constructed and loaded into a chitosan-based hydrogel to form a nanohydrogel, and in vitro studies were performed to evaluate its properties and release kinetics. Furthermore, the nanohydrogel was applied to the RWM of mice, and perilymph and morphologic analysis were performed to assess the NP delivery and distribution within the inner ear. Results NPs with an average diameter of 160nm were obtained. In vitro experiments showed that liposomal NPs can persist under physiologic conditions for at least two weeks without significant degradation, and that the nanohydrogel can carry and release these NPs in a controlled and sustained manner. In vivo findings demonstrated that the nanohydrogel can deliver intact nanoparticles into the perilymphatic system and reach cellular structures in the scala media of the inner ear of our mouse model. Conclusion Our study suggests that the nanohydrogel system has great potential to deliver therapeutics in a controlled and sustained manner from the middle ear to the inner ear without altering inner ear structures. PMID:25587675

  19. Application of Chitosan Microparticles for Reduction of Vibrio Species in Seawater and Live Oysters (Crassostrea virginica)

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    Fang, Lei; Wolmarans, Bernhard; Kang, Minyoung; Jeong, Kwang C.

    2014-01-01

    Human Vibrio infections associated with consumption of raw shellfish greatly impact the seafood industry. Vibrio cholerae-related disease is occasionally attributed to seafood, but V. vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus are the primary targets of postharvest processing (PHP) efforts in the United States, as they pose the greatest threat to the industry. Most successful PHP treatments for Vibrio reduction also kill the molluscs and are not suitable for the lucrative half-shell market, while nonlethal practices are generally less effective. Therefore, novel intervention strategies for Vibrio reduction are needed for live oyster products. Chitosan is a bioactive derivative of chitin that is generally recognized as safe as a food additive by the FDA, and chitosan microparticles (CMs) were investigated in the present study as a potential PHP treatment for live oyster applications. Treatment of broth cultures with 0.5% (wt/vol) CMs resulted in growth cessation of V. cholerae, V. vulnificus, and V. parahaemolyticus, reducing culturable levels to nondetectable amounts after 3 h in three independent experiments. Furthermore, a similar treatment in artificial seawater at 4, 25, and 37°C reduced V. vulnificus levels by ca. 7 log CFU/ml after 24 h of exposure, but 48 h of exposure and elevated temperature were required to achieve similar results for V. parahaemolyticus and V. cholerae. Live oysters that either were artificially inoculated or contained natural populations of V. vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus showed significant and consistent reductions following CM treatment (5%) compared to the amounts in the untreated controls. Thus, the results strongly support the promising potential for the application of CMs as a PHP treatment to reduce Vibrio spp. in intact live oysters. PMID:25381244

  20. Non-isothermal kinetics of thermal degradation of chitosan

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    2012-01-01

    Background Chitosan is the second most abundant nitrogen containing biopolymer in nature, obtained from the shells of crustaceans, particularly crabs, shrimp and lobsters, which are waste products of seafood processing industries. It has great potential application in the areas of biotechnology, biomedicine, food industries, and cosmetics. Chitosan is also capable of adsorbing a number of metal ions as its amino groups can serve as chelation sites. Grafted functional groups such as hydroxyl, carboxyl, sulfate, phosphate, and amino groups on the chitosan have been reported to be responsible for metal binding and sorption of dyes and pigments. The knowledge of their thermal stability and pyrolysis may help to better understand and plan their industrial processing. Results Thermogravimetric studies of chitosan in air atmosphere were carried out at six rates of linear increasing of the temperature. The kinetics and mechanism of the thermal decomposition reaction were evaluated from the TG data using recommended from ICTAC kinetics committee iso-conversional calculation procedure of Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose, as well as 27 mechanism functions. The comparison of the obtained results showed that they strongly depend on the selection of proper mechanism function for the process. Therefore, it is very important to determine the most probable mechanism function. In this respect the iso-conversional calculation procedure turned out to be the most appropriate. Conclusion Chitosan have excellent properties such as hydrophilicity, biocompatibility, biodegradability, antibacterial, non-toxicity, adsorption application. The thermal degradation of chitosan occurs in two stages. The most probable mechanism function for both stages is determined and it was best described by kinetic equations of n-th order (Fn mechanism). For the first stage, it was established that n is equal to 3.0 and for the second stage – to 1.0 respectively. The values of the apparent activation energy E, pre-exponential factor A in Arrhenius equation, as well as the changes of entropy ΔS≠, enthalpy ΔH≠ and free Gibbs energy ΔG≠ for the formation of the activated complex from the reagent are calculated. PMID:22857524

  1. Chitosan-ionic liquid modified single-use sensor for electrochemical monitoring of sequence-selective DNA hybridization.

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    Erdem, Arzum; Muti, Mihrican; Mese, Fehmi; Eksin, Ece

    2014-02-01

    Chitosan-(CHIT) and ionic liquid- (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (IL)) modified single-use graphite electrodes (PGEs) were developed for the first time in the present study for the enhanced monitoring of DNA, and also for sequence-selective DNA hybridization by measuring the guanine oxidation signal. The electrochemical behaviour of the CHIT-IL modified electrodes was first investigated (with unmodified electrodes as controls) using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Sequence-selective DNA hybridization related to Hepatitis B virus (HBV) was also evaluated in the case of hybridization between amino-linked HBV probe and its complementary (target), a noncomplementary (NC) sequence, single base mismatch (MM), and also in the medium of target/mismatch (MM) mixtures (1:1). CHIT-IL modified PGEs presented a very effective discrimination of DNA hybridization owing to their superior selectivity and sensitivity. PMID:24211827

  2. Effect of Chitosan Dissolved in Different Acids on its Ability to Control Postharvest Gray Mold of Table Grape

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    Chitosan is a natural biopolymer that must be dissolved in an acid solution to activate its antimicrobial and eliciting properties. Among 15 acids, chitosan dissolved in 1% solutions of acetic, L-ascorbic, formic, L-glutamic, hydrochloric, lactic, maleic, malic, phosphorous, and succinic. Chitosan s...

  3. Development of silver/titanium dioxide/chitosan adipate nanocomposite as an antibacterial coating for fruit storage

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    A novel nanocomposite of silver/titanium dioxide/chitosan adipate (Ag/TiO2/CS) was developed through photochemical reduction using a chitosan adipate template. Chitosan served as a reducing agent for the metal ions, and anchored metal ions by forming Ag–N coordination bonds and electrostatic attract...

  4. Development and characterization of novel organic coatings based on biopolymer chitosan

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    Kumar, Girdhari

    Chitosan, a derivative of naturally abundant biopolymer chitin, was used as the basis for corrosion resistant coating. Chitosan suffers from two inherent weaknesses as a coating material, namely its high hydrophilicity and its poor adhesive strength with Al 2024 T3 alloy. In the present study, the chitosan structure was modified using epoxy functional silane and vanadate. Two epoxy functional silanes (3-Glycidoxypropyl)-trimethoxysilane (GPTS) and (2-(3,4-epoxycyclohexyl)-ethyltrimethoxysilane (ECET) were tested. The performance of different coatings was tested using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, adhesion testing and salt spray testing. Addition of GPTS resulted in improvement in corrosion resistance and adhesive strength. Chitosan-GPTS-vanadate coatings prepared using chitosan-GPTS solution at viscosity 0.96 pa-s and post treated in NaVO3 solution at pH 6-8 demonstrated the highest corrosion resistance. The best salt spray performance was observed in case of chitosan-GPTS-vanadate coatings, which lasted 450 hours in salt spray chamber. Detailed fundamental characterization was carried out related to the structure, chemistry and properties of chitosan-based coatings using optical spectroscopy. FTIR spectra of chitosan gel showed adsorption of vanadate at protonated amine sites of chitosan. Chitosan showed a maximum in the vanadate adsorption capacity when treated in NaVO3 solution at pH 3-5. GPTS reacted with amine functional group of chitosan and, at the same time, formed a hydrophobic siloxane network with the Al alloy substrate. Formation of a siloxane network with the Al substrate provided the observed increase in corrosion and adhesive strength of the coatings. UV/Visible spectroscopy measurements showed release of vanadate by chitosan increases with increasing solution pH, increasing chloride concentration and polarizing the sample cathodically. Structured experiments have been used to show that vanadate is reversibly bound to chitosan. Adsorption and release have been found to depend strongly on the pH of the aqueous solution contacting the chitosan coating. When the solution pH is readjusted to a lower value, chitosan can re-adsorb released vanadate. Further, a direct electrochemically triggered release of inhibitor was demonstrated by cathodically polarizing the coated sample. Release of vanadate under different conditions demonstrated the on demand inhibitor release capability of the coatings. This capability of coating is useful to provide a self-healing effect.

  5. Chitosan solution enhances both humoral and cell-mediated immune responses to subcutaneous vaccination

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    Zaharoff, David A.; Rogers, Connie J.; Hance, Kenneth W.; Schlom, Jeffrey; Greiner, John W.

    2007-01-01

    The development of safe, novel adjuvants is necessary to maximize the efficacy of new and/or available vaccines. Chitosan is a non-toxic, biocompatible, biodegradable, natural polysaccharide derived from the exoskeletons of crustaceans and insects. Chitosan’s biodegradability, immunological activity and high viscosity make it an excellent candidate as a depot/adjuvant for parenteral vaccination. To this end, we explored chitosan solution as an adjuvant for subcutaneous vaccination of mice with a model protein antigen. We found that chitosan enhanced antigen-specific antibody titers over 5-fold and antigen-specific splenic CD4+ proliferation over 6-fold. Strong increases in antibody titers together with robust delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) responses revealed that chitosan induced both humoral and cell-mediated immune responses. When compared with traditional vaccine adjuvants, chitosan was equipotent to incomplete Freund’s adjuvant (IFA) and superior to aluminum hydroxide. Mechanistic studies revealed that chitosan exhibited at least two characteristics that may allow it to function as an immune adjuvant. First, the viscous chitosan solution created an antigen depot. More specifically, less than 9% of a protein antigen, when delivered in saline, remained at the injection site after 8 hours. However, more than 60% of a protein antigen delivered in chitosan remained at the injection site for 7 days. Second, chitosan induced a transient 67% cellular expansion in draining lymph nodes. The expansion peaked between 14 and 21 days after chitosan injection and diminished as the polysaccharide was degraded. These mechanistic studies, taken together with the enhancement of a vaccine response, demonstrate that chitosan is a promising and safe platform for parenteral vaccine delivery. PMID:17258843

  6. Antimicrobial activity of lactoferrin against foodborne pathogenic bacteria incorporated into edible chitosan film.

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    Brown, Cynthia A; Wang, Baowu; Oh, Jun-Hyun

    2008-02-01

    The objectives of this research were to develop and characterize edible chitosan film containing lactoferrin as a natural antimicrobial agent, and to investigate the combination effects of lactoferrin with lysozyme in chitosan film against the growth of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes. Chitosan films containing lactoferrin, lysozyme, or nisin were fabricated, and the antimicrobial concentrations were 0.5, 1, or 2 mg in a circular disc of chitosan film. Three concentrations of lactoferrin or EDTA (0.28, 0.56, or 1.12 mg per disc) were also incorporated into the chitosan film containing lysozyme to investigate the combination effects of lactoferrin. The water barrier properties of the chitosan films containing lactoferrin were characterized. The antimicrobial activities against E. coli O157:H7 and L. monocytogenes were determined using the agar diffusion assay and cell count assay. The chitosan films containing lactoferrin less than 1 mg per disc did not alter the water vapor permeability of the chitosan film. Although the film containing lysozyme exhibited significant antimicrobial activity, the incorporation of lactoferrin alone into chitosan film did not exhibit significant antimicrobial activity against both E. coli O157:H7 and L. monocytogenes. However, the combination of lactoferrin with lysozyme-containing chitosan film significantly decreased the growth of E. coli O157:H7, exhibiting a comparable effect to that of the combination of EDTA with lysozyme (P < 0.05). Furthermore, the combination of lactoferrin with lysozyme in chitosan film exhibited greater reduction in the growth of L. monocytogenes than did the combination EDTA with lysozyme, resulting in an approximate 3-log reduction. PMID:18326181

  7. Multi-Functional Roles of Chitosan as a Potential Protective Agent against Obesity

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    Walsh, Ann M.; Sweeney, Torres; Bahar, Bojlul; O’Doherty, John V.

    2013-01-01

    Chitosan, a natural polysaccharide comprising copolymers of glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine, has been shown to have anti-obesity properties. Two experiments (Exp. 1 and Exp. 2) were performed to determine the role of chitosan on dietary intake, body weight gain, and fat deposition in a pig model, as well as identifying potential mechanisms underlying the anti-obesity effect of chitosan. In Exp. 1, the nutrient digestibility experiment, 16 pigs (n = 4/treatment) were randomly allocated to one of four dietary treatments as follows: 1) basal diet; 2) basal diet plus 300 ppm chitosan; 3) basal diet plus 600 ppm chitosan; 4) basal diet plus 1200 ppm chitosan. The main observation was that crude fat digestibility was lower in the 1200 ppm chitosan group when compared with the control group (P<0.05). In Exp. 2, a total of 80 pigs (n = 20/treatment) were offered identical dietary treatments to that offered to animals in Exp. 1. Blood samples were collected on day 0, day 35 and at the end of the experiment (day 57). Animals offered diets containing 1200 ppm chitosan had a lower daily dietary intake (P<0.001) and body weight gain (P<0.001) from day 35 to 57 when compared with all the other treatment groups. Animals offered diets containing 1200 ppm chitosan had a significantly lower final body weight (P<0.01) when compared with all the other treatment groups. The decreased dietary intake observed in the 1200 ppm chitosan group was associated with increased serum leptin concentrations (P<0.001) and a decrease in serum C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations (P<0.05). In conclusion, the results of this study highlight novel endocrine mechanisms involving the modulation of serum leptin and CRP concentrations by which chitosan exhibits anti-obesity properties in vivo. PMID:23342013

  8. Chitosan supports the expression of extracellular matrix proteins in human osteoblasts and chondrocytes.

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    Lahiji, A; Sohrabi, A; Hungerford, D S; Frondoza, C G

    2000-09-15

    The search for biocompatible materials that can support the growth and phenotypic expression of osteoblasts and chondrocytes is a major challenge in the application of tissue engineering techniques for the repair of bone and cartilage defects. Chitosan, a copolymer of glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine, may provide an answer to this search. Chitosan is the deacetylated product of chitin, a ubiquitous biopolymer found in the exoskeleton of insects and marine invertebrates. Little is known about the utility of chitosan in propagating human osteoblasts and chondrocytes. In this study, we test the hypothesis that chitosan promotes the survival and function of osteoblasts and chondrocytes. Chitosan (4%, w/v in 2% HAc) was coated onto plastic coverslips that had been fitted into 24-well plates. Human osteoblasts and articular chondrocytes were seeded on either uncoated or chitosan-coated coverslips at 1 x 10(5)/cells per well. Cultures were incubated at 37 degrees C, 5% CO(2) for a period of 7 days. Cell viability was assessed at that time using a fluorescent molecular probe. The phenotypic expression of osteoblasts and chondrocytes was analyzed by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and immunocytochemistry. Osteoblasts and chondrocytes appeared spherical and refractile on chitosan-coated coverslips. In contrast, greater than 90% of cells on plastic coverslips were elongated and spindle shaped after 7 days of culture. Similar to cells propagated on uncoated control wells, greater than 90% of human osteoblasts and chondrocytes propagated on chitosan remained viable. Human osteoblasts propagated on chitosan films continued to express collagen type I whereas chondrocytes expressed collagen type II and aggrecan, as shown by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis and immunostaining. The present in vitro work demonstrates the biocompatibility of chitosan as a substrate for the growth and continued function of human osteoblasts and chondrocytes. Chitosan may have potential use as a tissue engineering tool for the repair of osseous and chondral defects. PMID:10880106

  9. Role of chitosan co-formulation in enhancing interleukin-12 delivery and antitumor activity

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    Yang, Lirong; Zaharoff, David A.

    2013-01-01

    Local delivery systems that provide sustained, high concentrations of antitumor cytokines in the tumor microenvironment while minimizing systemic dissemination are needed to realize the potential of cytokine-based immunotherapies. Recently, co-formulations of cytokines with chitosan solutions have been shown to increase local cytokine retention and bioactivity. In particular, intratumoral (i.t.) injections of chitosan/IL-12 can eliminate established tumors and generate tumor-specific immune responses. In the present study, we explored the mechanisms by which chitosan potentiated IL-12s antitumor activity. The location of chitosan/IL-12 injection was found to be critical for optimal cytokine delivery. I.t. injections eliminated 9 of 10 MC38 adenocarcinomas while contralateral and peritumoral injections delayed tumor growth but could not eliminate tumors. Microdosing studies demonstrated that IL-12 depots, simulated through daily i.t. injections with IL-12 alone, were not as effective as weekly i.t. chitosan/IL-12. 5075% of mice receiving daily IL-12 microdoses and 87.5% of mice receiving weekly chitosan/IL-12 were cured of MC38 tumors. Chitosan was found to increase IL-12-mediated leukocytic expansion in tumors and tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) by 40% and 100%, respectively. Immunophenotyping studies demonstrated that chitosan co-formulation amplified IL-12-induced increases in important effector populations, such as CD8+IFN-?+ and NKT cells, in tumors and dendritic cell populations in TDLNs. Remarkable increases in Gr-1+CD11b+ tumor infiltrates were also observed in mice receiving chitosan or chitosan/IL-12. This population does not appear be suppressive and may facilitate the local antitumor response. Presented data suggest that chitosan-mediated depot formation and enhanced local cytokine retention is significantly, but not entirely, responsible for increased cytokine bioactivity. PMID:23453060

  10. Role of chitosan co-formulation in enhancing interleukin-12 delivery and antitumor activity.

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    Yang, Lirong; Zaharoff, David A

    2013-05-01

    Local delivery systems that provide sustained, high concentrations of antitumor cytokines in the tumor microenvironment while minimizing systemic dissemination are needed to realize the potential of cytokine-based immunotherapies. Recently, co-formulations of cytokines with chitosan solutions have been shown to increase local cytokine retention and bioactivity. In particular, intratumoral (i.t.) injections of chitosan/IL-12 can eliminate established tumors and generate tumor-specific immune responses. In the present study, we explored the mechanisms by which chitosan potentiated IL-12's antitumor activity. The location of chitosan/IL-12 injection was found to be critical for optimal cytokine delivery. I.t. injections eliminated 9 of 10 MC38 adenocarcinomas while contralateral and peritumoral injections delayed tumor growth but could not eliminate tumors. Microdosing studies demonstrated that IL-12 depots, simulated through daily i.t. injections with IL-12 alone, were not as effective as weekly i.t. chitosan/IL-12. 50-75% of mice receiving daily IL-12 microdoses and 87.5% of mice receiving weekly chitosan/IL-12 were cured of MC38 tumors. Chitosan was found to increase IL-12-mediated leukocytic expansion in tumors and tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) by 40 and 100%, respectively. Immunophenotyping studies demonstrated that chitosan co-formulation amplified IL-12-induced increases in important effector populations, such as CD8(+)IFN-γ(+) and NKT cells, in tumors and dendritic cell populations in TDLNs. Remarkable increases in Gr-1(+)CD11b(+) tumor infiltrates were also observed in mice receiving chitosan or chitosan/IL-12. This population does not appear be suppressive and may facilitate the local antitumor response. Presented data suggest that chitosan-mediated depot formation and enhanced local cytokine retention is significantly, but not entirely, responsible for increased cytokine bioactivity. PMID:23453060

  11. Degradation of chitosan by gamma ray with presence of hydrogen peroxide

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    Mahmud, Maznah; Yacob, Norzita; Talip, Norhashidah; Abdullah, Zahid; Naziri, Muhammad Ihsan

    2014-02-12

    The radiation degraded chitosan samples were prepared by swelling the chitosan powder in water and exposed for gamma irradiation. The ratio chitosan to water was 1:6 with the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}), 1%–5%. These chitosan-water mixtures were irradiated at 6kGy, which is the lowest irradiation dose that facility can offered. All samples were purified and proceed with characterization. The molecular weight (MW) study was monitored by size exclusion chromatography-multi angle laser light scattering (SEC-MALLS). Results showed that MW of chitosan reduced as the dose increased. Application of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} enhanced the degradation rate of chitosan even at very low irradiation dose. Homogenous degradation also occurred during treatment with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}based on the polydispersity index (PDI) derived from the calculation of weight average molecular weight over number average molecular weight (Mw/Mn). Mechanism of chitosan radiation degradation with and without hydrogen peroxide was also discussed in this paper. Structure of degraded products was characterized with Fourier-transform infrared spectra. The degree of deacetylation (DDA) values of the samples was determined by acid-base titration. Solubility test results showed that, chitosan powder even at low Mw was insoluble in water even at low pH water. Chitosan as well as irradiated chitosan powder are soluble in strong and weak acid solution. Further discussion on behaviours of radiation degraded chitosan will be elaborated more in this paper.

  12. Reinforcement of waterborne polyurethane with chitosan-modified halloysite nanotubes

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    Fu, Heqing; Wang, Yin; Chen, Weifeng; Xiao, Jing

    2015-08-01

    Waterborne polyurethane/halloysite nanotubes nanocomposites were prepared by modified halloysite nanotubes (HTs) with chitosan (CS). Modified HTs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and thermogravimetry, which verified that CS was successfully assembled onto the HTs surface. The chitosan-modified halloysite nanotubes (CHTs) were uniformly dispersed in WPU matrix through the reaction with polyurethane prepolymer, and acted as chain cross-linker as well as reinforcing filler, which increased the cross-linking density of nanocomposites. The experimental results showed that the strong interfacial interaction and hydrogen bonding interaction between CHTs and WPU improved the degree of micro-phase separation, thermal properties, mechanical properties and surface properties of nanocomposites. The tensile strength and elongation at break were simultaneously enhanced when the CHTs loading was below 2 wt%.

  13. Nanosilica-Chitosan Composite Coating on Cotton Fabrics

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    Maharani, Dina Kartika; Kartini, Indriana; Aprilita, Nurul Hidayat

    2010-10-01

    Nanosilica-chitosan composite coating on cotton fabrics has been prepared by sol-gel method. The sol-gel procedure allows coating of material on nanometer scale, which several commonly used coating procedure cannot achieve. In addition, sol-gel coating technique can be applied to system without disruption of their structure functionaly. The coating were produced via hidrolysis and condensation of TEOS and GPTMS and then mixed with chitosan. The composite coating on cotton fabrics were characterized with X-Ray Diffraction and Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM) method. The result showed that the coating not changed or disrupted the cotton stucture. The coating result in a clear transparent thin layer on cotton surface. The nanocomposite coating has new applications in daily used materials, especially those with low heat resistance, such as textiles and plastics, and as an environmentally friendly water-repellent substitute for fluorine compounds.

  14. Adsorption of chitosan on BN nanotubes: A DFT investigation

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    Juárez, A. Rodríguez; Anota, E. Chigo; Cocoletzi, H. Hernández; Riveros, A. Flores

    2013-03-01

    The adsorption of the biopolymer chitosan on the (5,0) and (5,5) boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) was theoretically analyzed by Molecular Simulations. The calculations were done using the well known density-functional theory within the local density approximation; the exchange-correlation term was modeled with the Perdew-Wang parameterization. The structural stability was based on the obtention of the minimum energy and non-complex vibrational frequencies. Different sites, charge (neutral, cation and anion) and orientations of chitosan, using the monomer unit, were considered. For the (5,5) nanotube, the minimum energy site corresponds to that when the monomer (for all charges assigned) is perpendicular to the nanotube; only structural stability was found in the anion assignment for the (5,0) nanotube. The chemisorption process is through the amine group modifying the semiconductor character of the nanotube to semimetallic one, with ionic properties, suggesting their solubilization on hydrophilic nanomaterials.

  15. Chitosan-gelatin-based microgel for sustained drug delivery.

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    Wang, K; Lin, S; Nune, K C; Misra, R D K

    2016-04-01

    We describe here the proof-of-concept of synthesizing microgels via cross-linking of chitosan and gelatin with succinimide-end polyethylene glycol (PEG). The introduction of PEG provided thermo-responsiveness to microgels, and the size of microgels significantly changed with increasing temperature. Furthermore, the microgel was biocompatible as confirmed in vitro by MTT assay with NIH 3T3 fibroblast and degradable. Chitosan-based microgels exhibited strong affinity to hydrophobic drug and prolonged release of folic acid was observed at physiological temperature with varying pH. The proposed cost-effective injectable microgels have the potential to serve as the delivery vehicle of hydrophobic bioactive molecules. PMID:26775820

  16. Chitosan Hydrogels for Chondroitin Sulphate Controlled Release: An Analytical Characterization

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    Bianchera, Annalisa; Salomi, Enrico; Pezzanera, Matteo; Ruwet, Elisabeth; Bettini, Ruggero; Elviri, Lisa

    2014-01-01

    This paper provides an analytical characterization of chitosan scaffolds obtained by freeze-gelation toward the uptake and the controlled release of chondroitin sulphate (CS), as cartilage repair agent, under different pH conditions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and liquid chromatography-UV spectrophotometry (LC-UV) techniques were exploited to obtain qualitative and quantitative descriptions of polymer and drug behaviour in the biomaterial. As for morphology, SEM analysis allowed the evaluation of scaffold porosity in terms of pore size and distribution both at the surface (Feret diameter 58 ± 19 μm) and on the cross section (Feret diameter 106 ± 51 μm). LC and ATR-FTIR evidenced a pH-dependent CS loading and release behaviour, strongly highlighting the role of electrostatic forces on chitosan/chondroitin sulphate interactions. PMID:25614850

  17. Glycol Chitosan-Based Fluorescent Theranostic Nanoagents for Cancer Therapy

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    Rhee, Jin-Kyu; Park, Ok Kyu; Lee, Aeju; Yang, Dae Hyeok; Park, Kyeongsoon

    2014-01-01

    Theranostics is an integrated nanosystem that combines therapeutics with diagnostics in attempt to develop new personalized treatments with enhanced therapeutic efficacy and safety. As a promising therapeutic paradigm with cutting-edge technologies, theranostic agents are able to simultaneously deliver therapeutic drugs and diagnostic imaging agents and also monitor the response to therapy. Polymeric nanosystems have been intensively explored for biomedical applications to diagnose and treat various cancers. In recent years, glycol chitosan-based nanoagents have been developed as dual-purpose materials for simultaneous diagnosis and therapy. They have shown great potential in cancer therapies, such as chemotherapeutics and nucleic acid and photodynamic therapies. In this review, we summarize the recent progress and potential applications of glycol chitosan-based fluorescent theranostic nanoagents for cancer treatments and discuss their possible underlying mechanisms. PMID:25522316

  18. Photonic monitoring of chitosan nanostructured alginate microcapsules for drug release

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    Khajuria, Deepak Kumar; Konnur, Manish C.; Vasireddi, Ramakrishna; Roy Mahapatra, D.

    2015-02-01

    By using a novel microfluidic set-up for drug screening applications, this study examines delivery of a novel risedronate based drug formulation for treatment of osteoporosis that was developed to overcome the usual shortcomings of risedronate, such as its low bioavailability and adverse gastric effects. Risedronate nanoparticles were prepared using muco-adhesive polymers such as chitosan as matrix for improving the intestinal cellular absorption of risedronate and also using a gastric-resistant polymer such as sodium alginate for reducing the gastric inflammation of risedronate. The in-vitro characteristics of the alginate encapsulated chitosan nanoparticles are investigated, including their stability, muco-adhesiveness, and Caco-2 cell permeability. Fluorescent markers are tagged with the polymers and their morphology within the microcapsules is imaged at various stages of drug release.

  19. Evaluation of different factors affecting antimicrobial properties of chitosan.

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    Hosseinnejad, Mahmoud; Jafari, Seid Mahdi

    2016-04-01

    Chitosan as one of the natural biopolymers with antimicrobial activities could be a good choice to be applied in many areas including pharmaceuticals, foods, cosmetics, chemicals, agricultural crops, etc. There have been many studies in the literature which show this superb polymer is dependent on many factors to display its antimicrobial properties including the environmental conditions such as pH, type of microorganism, and neighbouring components; and its structural conditions such as molecular weight, degree of deacetylation, derivative form, its concentration, and original source. In this review, after a brief explanation of antimicrobial activity of chitosan and its importance, we will discuss the factors affecting the antimicrobial properties of this biopolymer based on recent studies. PMID:26780706

  20. Intraparticle diffusion processes during acid dye adsorption onto chitosan.

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    Cheung, W H; Szeto, Y S; McKay, G

    2007-11-01

    The adsorption of five acid dyes onto chitosan was studied. The equilibrium capacities based on the Langmuir analysis were 1.54, 2.66, 1.11, 1.25 and 1.03 mmol/g chitosan for Orange 10 (AO10), Acid Orange 12 (AO12), Acid Red 18 (AR18), Acid Red 73 (AR73) and Acid Green 25 (AG25) respectively. The batch adsorption rate for the five systems based on an intraparticle diffusion rate parameter derived from the plots of dye adsorbed versus the square root of time indicated that the adsorption mechanism was predominantly intraparticle diffusion but there was also a dependence on pore size as the dye diffuses through macropore, mesopore and micropore respectively. PMID:17110098

  1. Regioselective Sequential Modification of Chitosan via Azide-Alkyne Click Reaction: Synthesis, Characterization, and Antimicrobial Activity of Chitosan Derivatives and Nanoparticles

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    Sarwar, Atif; Katas, Haliza; Samsudin, Siti Noradila; Zin, Noraziah Mohamad

    2015-01-01

    Recently, the attention of researchers has been drawn toward the synthesis of chitosan derivatives and their nanoparticles with enhanced antimicrobial activities. In this study, chitosan derivatives with different azides and alkyne groups were synthesized using click chemistry, and these were further transformed into nanoparticles by using the ionotropic gelation method. A series of chitosan derivatives was successfully synthesized by regioselective modification of chitosan via an azide-alkyne click reaction. The amino moieties of chitosan were protected during derivatization by pthaloylation and subsequently unblocked at the end to restore their functionality. Nanoparticles of synthesized derivatives were fabricated by ionic gelation to form complexes of polyanionic penta-sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) and cationic chitosan derivatives. Particle size analysis showed that nanoparticle size ranged from 181.03 ± 12.73 nm to 236.50 ± 14.32 nm and had narrow polydispersity index and positive surface charge. The derivatives and corresponding nanoparticles were evaluated in vitro for antibacterial and antifungal activities against three gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and three fungal strains, respectively. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of all derivatives ranged from 31.3 to 250 µg/mL for bacteria and 188 to1500 µg/mL for fungi and was lower than that of native chitosan. The nanoparticles with MIC ranging from 1.56 to 25 µg/mLfor bacteria and 94 to 750 µg/mL for fungi exhibited higher activity than the chitosan derivatives. Chitosan O-(1-methylbenzene) triazolyl carbamate and chitosan O-(1-methyl phenyl sulfide) triazolyl carbamate were the most active against the tested bacterial and fungal strains. The hemolytic assay on erythrocytes and cell viability test on two different cell lines (Chinese hamster lung fibroblast cells V79 and Human hepatic cell line WRL68) demonstrated the safety; suggesting that these derivatives could be used in future medical applications. Chitosan derivatives with triazole functionality, synthesized by Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition, and their nanoparticles showed significant enhancement in antibacterial and antifungal activities in comparison to those associated with native, non-altered chitosan. PMID:25928293

  2. Graphene/AuNPs/chitosan nanocomposites film for glucose biosensing.

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    Shan, Changsheng; Yang, Huafeng; Han, Dongxue; Zhang, Qixian; Ivaska, Ari; Niu, Li

    2010-01-15

    A novel glucose biosensor based on immobilization of glucose oxidase in thin films of chitosan containing nanocomposites of graphene and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) at a gold electrode was developed. The resulting graphene/AuNPs/chitosan composites film exhibited good electrocatalytical activity toward H(2)O(2) and O(2). The wide linear response to H(2)O(2) ranging from 0.2 to 4.2 mM (R=0.998) at -0.2V, high sensitivity of 99.5 microA mM(-1) cm(-2) and good reproducibility were obtained. The good electrocatalytical activity might be attributed to the synergistic effect of graphene and AuNPs. With glucose oxidase (GOD) as a model, the graphene/AuNPs/GOD/chitosan composite-modified electrode was constructed through a simple casting method. The resulting biosensor exhibited good amperometric response to glucose with linear range from 2 to 10 mM (R=0.999) at -0.2V and from 2 to 14 mM (R=0.999) at 0.5 V, good reproducibility and detection limit of 180 microM. Glucose concentration in human blood was studied preliminarily. From 2.5 to 7.5 mM, the cathodic peak currents of the biosensor decrease linearly with increasing the glucose concentrations. The graphene/AuNPs/GOD/chitosan composites film shows prominent electrochemical response to glucose, which makes a promising application for electrochemical detection of glucose. PMID:19883999

  3. Alkaline phosphatase encapsulated in gellan-chitosan hybrid capsules.

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    Fujii, Toshihiro; Ogiwara, Daisuke; Ohkawa, Kousaku; Yamamoto, Hiroyuki

    2005-05-23

    Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was encapsulated in gellan-chitosan polyion complex (PIC) capsules using a convenient procedure. The recovery of ALP was about 50% when the capsules were