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Journal: International journal of biological macromolecules


Pear-derived Weissella sp. TN610 produced extracellular glycosyltransferase activity responsible for the synthesis of soluble exopolysaccharide from sucrose. Acid and dextranase-catalyzed hydrolysis revealed that the synthesized polymer was a glucan. According to (1)H and (13)C NMR analysis, the glucan produced by TN610 was a linear dextran made of 96% α-(1→6) and 4% α-(1→3) linkages. Zymogram analysis confirmed the presence of a unique glucansucrase of approximately 180kDa in the cell-free supernatant from TN610. The crude enzyme, optimally active at 37°C and pH 5, has promising potential for application as a food additive since it catalyzes dextran synthesis in sucrose-supplemented milk, allowing its solidification. A 4257-bp product corresponding to the mature glucansucrase gene was amplified by PCR from TN610. It encoded a polypeptide of 1418 residues having a calculated molecular mass of 156.089kDa and exhibiting 96% and 95% identity with glucansucrases from Lactobacillus fermentum Kg3 and Weissella cibaria CMU, respectively.

Concepts: Food additives, Antioxidant, Lactobacillus fermentum, Molecular biology, Vinegar, Protein, Enzyme, Food additive


In the current work, chitosan extracted from waste shrimp shells was used in finishing formulation for cotton fabric, along with DMDHEU and other chemicals, imparting multiple performance characteristics such as wrinkle free, antibacterial and flame retardant properties. The finished fabrics were evaluated for textile properties like tensile strength, bending length, yellowness index and functional properties like crease recovery angle, antibacterial activity and flame retardancy and also for the ecological properties like formaldehyde release. The finished fabric showed excellent crease recovery, antibacterial property and flame retardancy which were retained to a moderate extent even after 20 washes. Besides formaldehyde scavenging action, chitosan clearly showed its positive role in imparting multifunctional properties to cotton.

Concepts: Aramid, Tent, Fire retardant, Yarn, Tensile strength, Flame retardant, Cotton, Textile


Chitosan (CS) nanofibers with a diameter of 150-200nm were fabricated from a mixed chitosan/poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) solution by the electrospinning method. The nascent CS/PVA nanofibers were treated with 0.5M NaOH solution to make stable CS nanofibers by removing PVA under aqueous conditions. Hen egg-white lysozyme was immobilized on electrospun CS nanofibers via cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) and used for effective and continuous antibacterial applications. The maximum amount of lysozyme immobilized on the CS nanofibers was determined to be 62.3mg/g of nanofibers under the optimum conditions. The immobilized lysozyme-CLEA retained more than 75.4% of its initial activity after 80 days of storage at room temperature, while the free lysozyme lost all of its activity under the same conditions. In addition, the immobilized lysozyme-CLEA retained more than 76% of its activity after 100 consecutive uses. Finally, the durability of the lysozyme-CLEA immobilized CS nanofibers showed bacteriostasis ratios of 82.4%, 79.8%, 83.4%, and 84.1% after 10 cycles against 4 pathogenic bacteria, viz. Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Shigella flexneri, and Psedomonas aeruginosa, respectively. These results demonstrated that lysozyme-CLEA immobilized CS nanofibers could be used as a promising material for enhanced and continuous antibacterial applications.

Concepts: Firmicutes, Shigella flexneri, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Immobilized enzyme, Bacillus, Microbiology, Bacteria


The roots of Sanguisorba officinalis are used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of diseases such as inflammation and internal haemorrhage. Several scientific investigations involving extraction and pharmacological studies of terpenoids and triterpenoid glycosides from this herb have been carried out. However, little is known regarding the immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties of polysaccharides from S. officinalis. Hence the polysaccharides from this herb have been investigated here. The hot water extract of S. officinalis has been fractionated using size-exclusion chromatography to obtain four polysaccharide fractions designated as SOP-1, SOP-2, SOP-3 and SOP-4. The range of molecular masses of these fractions were from 280Da to 2000kDa, and their sugar compositions consisted mainly of fructose, glucose, xylose, arabinose, and rhamnose. The antioxidant activities of the crude polysaccharide fractions were evaluated in a biological assay using Saccharomyces cerevisiae, whereas the radical scavenging activity was measured using the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) method. Analysis of the immunomodulatory activities of these polysaccharide fractions were measured by using mouse macrophages. Most of the polysaccharide fractions have stimulated the production of nitric oxide and tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and also displayed antioxidant activities. These results suggest that the roots of S. officinalis are likely to have therapeutic value for the treatment of cancer.

Concepts: Xylose, Saccharomyces pastorianus, Glycosidic bond, Fungus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Polysaccharide, Monosaccharide, Glucose


Bio-based nanocomposite films were successfully developed using nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) as the reinforcing phase and kappa-carrageenan (KCRG) as the matrix. NFC was successfully synthesis from short stable cotton fibers by chemo-mechanical process. The bionanocomposites were prepared by incorporating 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and 1wt% of the NFC into a KCRG matrix using a solution casting method there characterization was done in terms of thermal properties (DSC), morphology (SEM), water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), oxygen transmission rate (OTR), X-ray diffractograms (XRD), and tensile properties. The main conclusion arising from the analysis of the result is that the bionanocomposites containing 0.4wt% of NFC exhibited the highest enhancement in tensile strength it is almost 44% improvement. WVTR and OTR results showed improvement of all nanocomposite film compare to control KCRG film.

Concepts: Water vapor, Cellulose, Materials science, Cellulose fiber, Water, Moisture vapor transmission rate, Cotton, Tensile strength


The chemical composition of shaddock (Citrus paradisi) mainly consisted of polyphenols, proteins and polysaccharides. However, polysaccharides from shaddock materials have received much less consideration than polyphenols. Herein, a water-soluble neutral polysaccharide from the endodermis of shaddock was isolated and showed good bioactivities. Crude polysaccharides from the endodermis of shaddock (EPS) was extracted with hot water and separated on a DEAE Sepharose FF gel filtration column to obtain NEPS. The IR and UV spectra of NEPS showed that NEPS was mainly composed of polysaccharide and there are no proteins existing in NEPS. The DPPH radical scavenging and reducing power of NEPS are much lower than those of crude EPS; however, Citrus flavonoids significantly improved the DPPH radical scavenging potential and reducing power of NEPS. The crude EPS (5mg/mL) showed a similar inhibitory effect (77.92±5.03%) with NEPS (5mg/mL) (74.63±4.71%) on α-amylase.

Concepts: Vitamin C, Polymer, Nitrogen, Pomelo, Citrus, Protein, Flavonoid, Polysaccharide


In order to develop a promising substitute for heparin, N-succinyl chitosan (NSC) was chemically modified by sulfating agent N(SO(3)Na)(3), which were synthesized with sodium bisulfite and sodium nitrite in aqueous solution. The N-succinyl chitosan sulfates (NSCS) products were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and (13)C NMR. The degree of substitution (DS) of NSCS depended on the ratio of sulfating agent to N-succinyl chitosan, reaction temperature, reaction time and pH of sulfation agent. N-succinyl chitosan sulfates with DS of 1.97 were obtained under optimal conditions. The in vitro coagulation assay of NSCS was determined by activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), prothrombin time (PT) and thrombin time (TT) assays. The results showed that NSCS obviously prolonged APTT. The anticoagulant activity strongly depended on DS, molecular weight (M(w)) and concentration of NSCS. The anticoagulant activity of NSCS promoted with the increase of DS and concentration, and NSCS exhibited the best anticoagulant activity with the M(w) of 1.37×10(4).

Concepts: Spectroscopy, Factor XII, Heparin, Concentration, Partial thromboplastin time, Warfarin, Chemistry, Prothrombin time


The ability of six protease-producing Bacillus species (Bacillus pumilus A1, Bacillus mojavencis A21, Bacillus licheniformis RP1, Bacillus cereus SV1, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens An6 and Bacillus subtilis A26) to ferment media containing only shrimp shell waste, for chitin extraction, was investigated. More than 80% deproteinization was attained by all the strains tested. However, demineralization rates not exceeding 67% were registered. Cultures conducted in media containing shrimp shell waste supplemented with 5% (w/v) glucose were found to remarkably promote demineralization efficiency, without affecting deproteinization rates. The antioxidant activities of hydrolysates, at different concentrations, produced during fermentation in medium supplemented with glucose, were determined using different tests: 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical-scavenging method, reducing power assay and chelating activity. All hydrolysates showed varying degrees of antioxidant activity. Hydrolysate produced by B. pumilus A1 exhibited the highest DPPH radical scavenging activity, with an IC(50) value of 0.3mg/ml. Highest reducing power (DO 700nm=1.55 at 1.5mg/ml) and metal chelating activity (98% at 5mg/ml) were obtained with B. pumilus A1 and B. licheniformis RP1 hydrolysates, respectively.

Concepts: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Endospore, Bacillus cereus, Vitamin C, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteria, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus


Concanavalin A (Con A) binding fraction of human seminal plasma is vital as it shows decapacitating activity and contains proteins which have critical roles in fertility related processes. Con A binding proteins were isolated by lectin affinity chromatography. These proteins form high molecular weight aggregates at near physiological pH (7.0) as inferred by gel filtration. Aggregation analysis was performed by dynamic light scattering (DLS). DLS analysis was also performed at different pH values and in presence of various additives including NaCl, EDTA, cholesterol and sugars, such as D-glucose, D-fructose and D-mannose to identify their effect on aggregation size. The results indicate that degree of aggregation was highly reduced in presence of D-fructose, EDTA and at lower and higher pH values as depicted by lowering of hydrodynamic radii. This aggregation behaviour might be decisive for fertility related events with a suggestive role towards inhibition of premature capacitation.

Concepts: Dynamic light scattering, Light scattering, Concanavalin A, Proteins, Molecular biology, Lectin, PH, Glucose


In continuation with the screening of biological properties of seagrasses, we isolated sulphated polysaccharides from Halodule pinifolia. This is the first report that indicates the presence of fucoidan-like Halodule pinifolia crude sulphated polysaccharide (HPCSP) that are commonly found in brown algae being present in marine angiosperms. Fucoidan-like structures such as ß-mannuronic acid residues and sulphate groups were confirmed by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectral analysis. There was a high content of uronic acid. The isolated HPCSP consisted mainly of total sugar (54.17%), protein (11.06%), carbon (18.25%), nitrogen (1.77%), hydrogen (3.62%), C/N ratio (2.04%) and uronic acid (2.61%). This isolated HPCSP was further investigated to determine anticoagulant and antioxidant activity. The HPCSP had high activity in the total antioxidant assay (125.86mg ascorbic acid equivalents/g), DPPH radical scavenging rate (IC50 value 2.045±0.12μg/mL), deoxyribose radical scavenging rate (51.82% at 1000μg/mL) and H2O2 radical scavenging rate (IC50 value 6.904±0.34μg/mL). In the anticoagulant assay, prolonged clotting time was observed with application of HPCSP with increasing concentrations. Further purification and characterization process is underway to confirm the structures of this fucoidan from H. pinifolia. From the observed results, this fucoidan-like HPCSP could be developed as a new natural source of potential antioxidants in the functional food industry.

Concepts: Fourier analysis, Acid, Nutrition, Fourier transform, Protein, Ascorbic acid, Vitamin C, Antioxidant