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The Effect Of Various Detergents

Studies were done also with some commonly used detergents (e.g., sodium lauryl sulphate, cetylammonium bromide, polyoxyethylene stearate, Tween 20, benzalkonium chloride). Two rapid methods were developed for the determination of their activity. One approach was to inject a mixture of a lethal dose of endotoxin and a tolerated concentration of the detergent intraperitoneally into animals. If the detergent applied could detoxify endotoxin, the mortality of the animals was decreased. According to the second procedure the animals were sensitised to endotoxin by lead acetate. In this case microgram quantities of endotoxin could be used, mixed with detergent and given intravenously. Here it was also necessary to titrate detergent toxicity prior to its use. Again, a decrease in mortality indicated the anti-endotoxic effect of the detergent investigated. These experiments indicated that sodium deoxycholate and bile obtained from vari-

Proteins Can Be Removed from Membranes by Detergents or High Salt Solutions

Detergents are amphipathic molecules that disrupt membranes by intercalating into phospholipid bilayers and solubi-lizing lipids and proteins. The hydrophobic part of a detergent molecule is attracted to hydrocarbons and mingles with them readily the hydrophilic part is strongly attracted to water. Some detergents are natural products, but most are synthetic molecules developed for cleaning and for dispersing mixtures of oil and water (Figure 5-39). Ionic detergents, such as sodium deoxycholate and sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS), contain a charged group nonionic detergents, such as Triton X-100 and octylglucoside, lack a charged group. At very low concentrations, detergents dissolve in pure water as isolated molecules. As the concentration increases, the molecules begin to form micelles small, spherical aggregates in which hydrophilic parts of the molecules face outward and the hydrophobic parts cluster in the center (see Figure 2-20). The critical micelle concentration (CMC) at which...

Lipid metabolism from digestion and synthesis to storage

Fat digestion occurs in the stomach and intestine. After chewing, a food bolus is formed and transported to the stomach, where a partial hydrolysis of TAG into diacylglycerols and free fatty acids (FFA) takes place (Mu and Hoy 2004). In humans the lipases in the stomach, are derived from the tongue (lingual lipase) or from the stomach, with gastric lipase being the predominant enzyme (Denigris et al. 1988 Hamosh 1990). Gastric predigestion accounts for about 15 of fat digestion and facilitates the digestion process in the small intestine. Pancreatic lipase is the major contributor to TAG hydrolysis (Lowe 1997). The appearance of TAG degradation products in the proximal intestine causes gall bladder emptying, pancreatic lipase secretion and cholecystokinin release (Meyer and Jones 1974 Watanabe et al. 1988). TAG are emulsified by bile acids, which are strong detergents, markedly increasing the available surface for pancreatic lipase binding, hence promoting TAG digestion. The...

Claimsdriven Multifunctionality

A second factor driving the rise of multifunctional personal care products has to do with the level of maturity of the technology used to create cosmetics. As cosmetic science has matured, it has become increasingly difficult for formulators to improve upon any single aspect of a product's performance. Consider cleansing products like shampoos or soap bars. For centuries, all these products were based on soaps, which are saponified fatty acids. Because of their surfactant nature, soaps are able to remove dirt and grease from a variety of surfaces. However, soaps also tend to dry the skin and can combine with hard water ions to form insoluble deposits, resulting in the notorious bathtub ring. During the 1940s, advances in organic chemistry led to synthetic detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate and a-olefin sulfonates, which were vastly superior in performance to soap. Today, the majority of cleansing products (including some bar soaps) use synthetic detergents. Surfactant technology...

Where the nutrients go

The intestine has a separate blood circulation that receives the absorbed nutrients. This system is called the portal venous system, which sees that the initial food product absorption is channeled through the liver. The liver then processes the nutrients into acceptable forms for distribution and uptake throughout the body. The liver also serves an important role in removing or otherwise inactivating toxic products to prevent them from being absorbed into the bloodstream along with the nutrients. However, a consistently poor diet or one that is poorly digested can overwhelm these defense mechanisms. The compensatory abilities of the body can only protect so much.

Antibodies Against Short Peptides Sometimes Recognize the Native Protein

Despite these limitations, antipeptide antibodies can be extremely useful for probing Western blots and histological sections, or indeed for any situation in which the antigen is denatured, or in which it can be denatured without perturbing the experimental system. Antipeptide antibodies should be used with very great caution in situations in which the native structure of the antigen is important, such as immunoprecipitation in nonionic detergents. Such experiments may often fail because the antibody does not react with the native protein.

Future Challenges

The remarkable speed and precision of enzyme activity is already exploited in a number of different processes. For example, the enzyme glucose isomerase is used to modify corn syrup, converting some of the glucose into fructose, which is much sweeter than glucose. The resulting high-fructose corn syrup is used in the commercial production of a variety of beverages and food products. Other enzymes, including proteases, amylases, and lipases, are used in certain laundry detergents to facilitate stain removal. These enzymes break down proteins, starches, and fats, respectively, which otherwise adhere strongly to fabrics. Similar enzymes are being added to some dishwashing detergents, decreasing the reliance on chlorine bleaching agents and phosphates that can otherwise pollute the environment. Enzymes are also used by the pulp and paper industry to facilitate the bleaching process.

Isolation and Purification of DNA Fragments for Microinjection

The purification of DNA fragments for microinjection is extremely important. Linear DNA fragments integrate much more efficiently than circular forms, and prokaryotic vector sequences can reduce the efficiency of transgene expression. Contamination of the DNA with impurities (e.g., phenol, ethanol, or detergents) can adversely affect the survival of injected eggs, and particu-late matter can block needles during microinjection (see Note 12).

Cholesterol and Sphingolipids Cluster with Specific Proteins in Membrane Microdomains

The results of recent studies have challenged the long-held belief that lipids are randomly mixed in each leaflet of a bi-layer. The first hint that lipids may be organized within the leaflets was the discovery that the residues remaining after the extraction of plasma membranes with detergents contain two lipids cholesterol and sphingomyelin. Because these two lipids are found in more ordered, less fluid bilayers, researchers hypothesized that they form microdomains, termed lipid rafts, surrounded by other more fluid phospholipids that are easily extracted by detergents.

Production Of Recombinant Proteins And Labelled Proteins

For expression of recombinant proteins, exponentially growing cultures are infected at a high MOI to ensure synchronous infection of the majority of cells. The relationship between the amount of virus added (MOI) and the number of infected cells is not linear, but is described by the Poisson function (see Figure 7.1) thus an MOI of 1 infectious particle per cell is sufficient to infect only 63 of the culture, and an MOI of 3 is sufficient to infect 95 . In practice it is preferable to infect at a nominal MOI of 5 in order to take account of any assay variation. In a productive infection, cell division will cease shortly after virus addition, and cell metabolism and oxygen utilization will increase approximately twofold over the first day post-infection. As for virus production, it is essential to ensure adequate nutrient and oxygen supply by infecting at a reasonable cell concentration (approx. 2 X 106 cells ml). The efficiency of small-scale systems can be increased by re-suspending...

Reagents and Supplies

A the Superose Superdex columns from the HR 10 30 series were extensively tested by the author in a variety of buffer conditions (including buffers supplemented with various detergents or denaturants) as suitable for the SEC-UV LS RI approach shown in bold type are the optimal column matches for a given MM range (as expected for a given oligomeric state). SEC, size-exclusion chromatography UV, ultraviolet LS, light scattering RI, refractive index MM, molar mass. a the Superose Superdex columns from the HR 10 30 series were extensively tested by the author in a variety of buffer conditions (including buffers supplemented with various detergents or denaturants) as suitable for the SEC-UV LS RI approach shown in bold type are the optimal column matches for a given MM range (as expected for a given oligomeric state). SEC, size-exclusion chromatography UV, ultraviolet LS, light scattering RI, refractive index MM, molar mass.

Multifunctional Cuticle Treatments

Another approach to multifunctionality in the cuticle category would be the use of ingredients that can truly protect the skin from the harsh ingredients of daily life. Washing the hands a number of times per day, not to mention routine use of typical household cleaners, puts quite a strain on the skin of the hands. In the United States, the use of 1-10 dimethicone qualifies the product as a skin pro-tectant, as does the use of petrolatum and several other ingredients. If skin protec-tant claims are made, the product might be considered an over-the-counter drug and will be required to conform with the monograph for such products published in the Federal Register 15 . Such a product is very helpful, however, when the skin in this area becomes truly irritated.

Some influences that can alter the biological activity of proteins

A number of different influences can denature or otherwise modify proteins, rendering them less active inactive. As all protein products are marketed on an activity basis, every precaution must be taken to minimize loss of biological activity during downstream processing and subsequent storage. Disruptive influences can be chemical (e.g. oxidizing agents, detergents, etc.), physical (e.g. extremes of pH, elevated temperature, vigorous agitation) or biological (e.g. proteolytic degradation). Minimization of inactivation can be achieved by minimizing the exposure of the product stream to such influences, and undertaking downstream processing in as short a time as possible. In addition, it is possible to protect the protein from many of these influences by the addition of suitable stabilizing agents. The addition of such agents to the final product is often essential in order to confer upon the product an acceptably long shelf life. During initial development, considerable empirical...

Triggers of Axonal Injury in Patients with MS

In principle, axons can be attacked through antigen-specific interactions with T-lymphocytes or antibodies, as well as through antigen-independent events, mediated by toxic products of macrophages or microglia cells. In vitro studies show that not only the nerve cell bodies, but also the axons can be selectively attacked by cytotoxic T-lympho-cytes, in a reaction that depends on the recognition of specific antigen in the context of class I MHC molecules (Medana et al., 2001). In MS lesions, there is a weak, but significant correlation between the number of Class I MHC restricted CD8+ T-lymphocytes and the extent of acute axonal injury (Bitsch et al., 2000). This correlation was not found for total T-cells or CD4+ T-cells. Neurons and axons may express Class I MHC molecules in MS lesions (Hoftberger et al., 2004). These structures are, thus, potential targets for a direct T-cell-mediated attack. By studying lesions of Marburg's type of acute MS, a direct interaction between Although,...

Effects of metabolic acidosis

Intracellular acidosis has detrimental effects on important cellular functions because alteration of protein charge impairs ATP production. Furthermore, acidemia facilitates the detrimental effects of oxygen free radicals, Ca 2+, and other toxic products. Paradoxically, intracellular acidosis may also protect cells against ischemic injury by slowing the activity of most intracellular enzymes. Rapid normalization of intracellular pH during reperfusion can change cellular metabolism suddenly, generating free radicals and other toxins and inducing cell injury (T0QQ.eS.S.eQ 1995). The effects of acidemia on organ function are summarized in Table,,1

Prospects for Proteomic Analysis of Soil Microbial Communities

Although great strides are being made in these areas of focus within microbial environmental proteomics research, there are three major challenges for future developments toward the analysis of soil microbial community functions through protein assessment. The first challenge concerns the exhaustive recovery of proteins from heterogeneous populations inhabiting proximate habitats. Traditionally, protein extraction methods have been developed to optimise the selective recovery of active proteins through non-destructive methods such as sonication or to maximise the recovery of total proteins by harsh cell lysis conditions such as heat treatment with detergents. In addition, methods have been developed to recover extracellular proteins through soils washing, and the use of differential cen-trifugation, thereby avoiding recovery of particulate proteins (Ogunseitan 1997). A complete proteome assessment should rely on methodological integration that requires the optimisation of protein...

Detection of DNA doublestrand breaks by the comet assay

The alkaline comet assay, described earlier, which includes incubation at high pH before and during electrophoresis, is the most common variant now employed. The alkaline comet assay identifies both single- and doublestrand breaks because the two strands of DNA are uncoiled at the breaks by alkaline denaturation. The idea came about that if the assay is performed in neutral buffers (pH 10), it detects only double-strand breaks because the DNA is not unwound. However, it now seems likely that both single- and double-strand breaks are identified by the comet assay at neutral pH (Collins et al., 1997 Olive et al., 1991). The reasoning is as follows. Treatment of cells with detergents and or high NaCl removes membranes, cytoplasm, and nucleoplasm and disrupts nucleosomes (histones are solubilized by high salt or ionic detergents, such as SDS). The nucleoid that is left consists of nuclear matrix and DNA that is negatively supercoiled consequent to the turns that the double helix had made...

CoQ and Three Electron Transport Complexes Pump Protons Out of the Mitochondrial Matrix

The multiprotein complexes responsible for proton pumping coupled to electron transport have been identified by selectively extracting mitochondrial membranes with detergents, isolating each of the complexes in near purity, and then preparing artificial phospholipid vesicles (liposomes) containing each complex (see Figure 7-5). When an appropriate electron donor and electron acceptor are added to such liposomes, a change in pH of the medium will occur if the embedded complex transports protons (Figure 8-19). Studies of this type indicate that the NADH-CoQ reductase complex translocates four protons per pair of electrons transported, whereas the cytochrome c oxidase complex translocates two protons per electron pair transported (or, equivalently, for every two molecules of cytochrome c oxidized).

Richard Lemen PhD Eula Bingham PhD

It is difficult to get accurate figures on the use and production of silica because it is such a universal material and has a multitude of uses including glassmaking, ceramic making, foundry castings, abrasives, sandblasting, hydraulic fracturing, production of silicon and ferrosilicon metals, silica gel desiccants, builders for detergents, filtering material, furnace linings and beds, and fine silica as fillers in paints, rubber, paper, plastics, asphalt, scouring powders, cements, etc. Large quartz crystals are used in jewelry and for electronic applications, this latter application resulted from discovery of the crystal's dielectric and piezoelectric properties in 1880 (17). More recently, quartz crystals are being used in fiber optics (23).

Proteomic Analysis of Subcellular Fractions

A method previously used to enrich outer-membrane proteins from the Gram-negative marine bacterium Hyphomonas jannaschiana (Shen et al. 1989) was applied to C. tepidum and was found to reliably provide fractionation of chlorosome-depleted membranes. This method relies on the selective solubilization of inner-membrane proteins by nonionic detergents. Proteins have been identified from C. tepidum total (inner and outer) and outer-membrane fractions (Nonidet P-40 insoluble fraction) by standard tandem mass spectrometry methods. The results indicate that the fractionation protocol has specifically enriched outer-membrane proteins from a total membrane preparation (Table 10.4). This is clearly seen when the distribution of known inner-membrane proteins like the F1 ATPase a subunit and PscD reaction center subunit are examined. Peptides for these proteins were found solely in the total membrane fraction, and not in the outer-membrane fraction. The enrichment of predicted outer-surface and...

Common basic toothpaste ingredients include the following

Detergents sodium lauryl sulfate, cocoamidopropyl betaine Fluoride sodium monofluorophosphate, stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride Abrasives dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, insoluble sodium metaphosphate, calcium pyrophosphate, calcium carbonate, alumina trihydrate, magnesium trisilicate, silica gels Humectants glycerol, sorbitol

Synergistic Treatment Combinations

Certain combinations or sequences of treatments may show synergism in inactivating or detaching microbial contaminants on produce. Such behavior might be anticipated if the individual treatments have different modes of action, e.g., cell membrane disruption and oxidation. Several examples of promising combination treatments have been reported the sequential washing of cantaloupes with detergents and hydrogen peroxide 34 and the application of an acetic acid-hydrogen peroxide combination to inoculated apple disks 102 . Lin et al. 106 investigated the inactivation of E. coli O157 H7, S. enterica serotype Enteritidis, and L. monocytogenes by combinations of hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide with mild heat. Further research in this area may yield treatment combinations that show

Bioaerosols and Disease Donald E Gardner PhD

Microbial contaminants have been found in increasing levels in recent years because of the attempts to make buildings more airtight for energy conservation. This action reduces the rate of air exchange between outside (fresh air) and the inside environment. For example, older buildings may have air exchange rates that are 7-10 times greater than those in newer buildings. With this reduction, the levels of airborne particles, including microorganisms, can be higher than the concentration of these same materials outdoors. Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a term used to describe workers' discomfort and medical symptoms believed related to the accumulation of airborne contaminants indoors. Complaints include respiratory tract infections, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, lethargy, and other flu-like symptoms (28). The range and severity of the symptoms vary greatly, depending on the sensitivity of the exposed individual. It has been proposed that the problems associated with SBS can...

Regarding Contamination Risk

Moving up the conundrum of risk, the next most conservative manufacturing arrangement would be to have dedicated areas or suites within a given facility, with each area dedicated to a specific group of products. This would represent a semidedicated facility approach. For this situation, areas of the facility would be dedicated to a family of products, but any one of the family could be manufactured on any given equipment in the particular area. For example, there may be two areas, one designated as the toxic suite and the other as the nontoxic suite. Let's assume that we have three equipment trains in each suite, designated as T1T, T2T, T3T, TIN, T2N, and T3N, respectively. Suppose further that the company manufactures five toxic products and 10 nontoxic products. This would mean that any of the five toxic products could be manufactured in any of the three equipment trains dedicated to the manufacture of toxic products (i.e., T1T, T2T or T3T). Likewise, the 10 nontoxic products could...

Protein Expression And Purification

To produce PLM, CHIF, and Mat8, we used the E. coli pMMHa fusion protein expression vector, which directs the synthesis of the fusion protein His9-TrpALE-FXYD.1418 This vector has been used successfully for the production of other membrane or toxic proteins ranging in size from 80 to 150 amino acids.20 The TrpALE fusion partner, from the Trp leader amino acid sequence, is very effective at forming inclusion bodies and is thus protected from proteolysis. The fusion protein is not toxic to the E. coli host cells and is expressed at levels up to 20 of total cellular protein in E. coli strain C41(DE3),15 grown on M9 minimal media for isotopic labeling. Intact FXYD proteins are liberated from the fusion partner using CNBr (cyanogen bromide), which cleaves specifically after Met residues.21 The use of chemical cleavage eliminates difficulties such as poor specificity and enzyme inactivation that are often encountered with protease treatment of membrane proteins in detergents.

Affinity Chromatography of Membrane Antigens

The need to maintain solubility means that it is obligatory to use adequate concentrations of a suitable detergent at all stages, including loading, washing and elution. Nonionic detergents may be used under a wide range of salt concentrations and pH, but deoxycholate will gel or precipitate at a pH below approximately 7.4, and in the presence of divalent cations. The properties of deoxycholate micelles are also subject to large changes depending on the ionic environment (Helenius and Simons, 1975 Helenius et al., 1979). Triton X-100 and Nonidet P-40 absorb light very strongly at 280 nm, while deoxycholate and octyl glucoside do not. It is possible to exchange the detergent by washing the column with buffer containing the new detergent prior to elution, but care must be taken that the antigen remains bound, and is soluble in the new detergent.

Targeting of Peripheral Membrane Proteins to the Inner Nuclear Membrane

The role of prenylation in lamin targeting is not completely understood, but this lipid modification could help to anchor lamins to the nuclear envelope. However, lamin A prenylation is intriguing since prelamin A, a precursor to lamin A, is prenylated, but this modification is later cleaved off by an endoprotease activity to yield mature lamin A.66 B-type lamins remain prenylated throughout their life-cycles, while lamin C never gets prenylated. When mutant lamin A and B-type lamins without the CAAX motif are expressed in cells, these proteins do not target rapidly to the nuclear rim, but accumulate in intranuclear aggregates and only later localize at the nuclear rim.67 Another indication of the importance of CAAX prenylation for membrane association is that B-type lamins, as opposed to lamins A and C, has been suggested to remain membrane bound during mitosis.68 In recent studies using live cell imaging, B-type lamins seemed, however, not to be associated with membranes during...

Placental Function and Development

The placenta plays a key role during fetal development with its major function being the transfer of nutrients to support embryonic and fetal growth and development (16). Other functions include metabolism, transport, immune and endocrine secretion functions, gas exchange, and removal of waste or toxic products from the fetus, all essential for maintenance of a successful pregnancy. Problems with placental structure, position or function during pregnancy can result in a range of complications such as fetal growth retardation, premature delivery, birth defects, and in the worst case, may result in fetal or neonatal death.

Theory Tested by Bubbles

Researchers at Moet et Chandon discovered that detergents frequently used in dishwashers have the same effect. Adsorbed on the surface of a flute, these compounds are dissolved when it is filled with champagne. Although they do not disturb the wine's effervescence, they do affect the stability of the foam, causing the bubbles to burst when they reach the surface. Dishwashing liquid, though also harmful, is less of a problem because rinsing eliminates most of it.

Lamina Proteins in the Nuclear Interior

Intranuclear A-type lamins may exist in a complex with LAP2a, the only LAP2 isoform not integrated into the membrane. LAP2a is a nucleoskeletal protein, based on its resistance to extraction by detergents and high salt,33 and was found to directly interact with the C-terminal tail region of mature lamins A and C in vitro.34 Furthermore, selective disruption of endogenous lamin A structures upon ectopic expression of dominant-negative lamin mutants in Hela cells caused a relocalization of LAP2a to intranuclear lamin A C aggregates, but had no effect on lamin B, LAP2P, or NuMa.34 It is still unclear, however, whether lamin A and LAP2a form filaments or other higher order structures of the nuclear scaffold, or whether they exist as smaller complexes involved in the regulation of nuclear processes (see below). It is also not

Intermediate Filaments Differ in Stability Size and Structure from Other Cytoskeletal Fibers

Several physical and biochemical properties distinguish intermediate filaments from microfilaments and microtubules. To begin with, intermediate filaments are extremely stable. Even after extraction with solutions containing detergents and high concentrations of salts, most intermediate filaments in a cell remain intact, whereas microfilaments and micro-tubules depolymerize into their soluble subunits. In fact, most IF purification methods employ these treatments to free intermediate filaments from other proteins. Intermediate filaments also differ in size from the other two cytoskeletal fibers. Indeed, their name derives from their 10-nm diameter smaller than microtubules (24 nm) but larger than microfilaments (7 nm) (see Figure 5-29). Moreover, in contrast with the globular actin and tubulin subunits, which polymerize into microfilaments and hollow microtubules, respectively, IF subunits are a-helical rods that assemble into ropelike filaments. Finally, IF subunits do not bind...

Misfolding of the Prion Protein Is Linked to Both Neurodegeneration and Propagation of Infectious Prions

A key event in prion diseases is the conformational transition of the cellular prion protein (PrPC) into the pathogenic isoform PrPSc (Table 3). In contrast to PrPC,PrPSc is insoluble in nonionic detergents, partially resistant to proteolytic digestion, and characterized by a high content in P-sheet secondary structure (Caughey et al. 1991 Meyer et al. 1986 Pan et al. 1993). Structural studies with recombinantly expressed PrP revealed a large flexibly disordered N-terminal region and a structured C-terminal domain (aa 126-226). This autonomously folding domain contains three a-helical regions and a short two-stranded P-sheet (Donne et al. 1997 Riek et al. 1996,1997) (Fig. 2). The pivotal role of the prion protein for the disease was demonstrated in animal models. Mice devoid of PrPC are resistant to scrapie infection and do not propagate proteinase K-resistant or infectious PrPSc (Bueler et al. 1993).

Empathie Design Research Methodologies

For example, alternative use can point to or trigger the need for multifunctional products. A study by the Food & Brand Lab at the University of Illinois found that 30 of respondents, motivated by convenience, have found new ways to use cleaning products, such as using laundry bleach to clean countertops 28 of respondents, motivated by cost consciousness, use health and beauty items in different ways, such as Preparation-H to tighten facial pores and smooth out fine wrinkles and 26 of respondents, motivated by health consciousness, use food in new ways, such as substituting yogurt for sour cream in a recipe.

Suspensions and solutions

In suspensions and solutions, the dyes used are water soluble and include natural pigments such as chlorophylls, carotenoids and anthocyanins, and coal tar-based dyes. More effort may be required to remove interference by these materials. Solid phase extraction with ion exchange resins may be useful for removing anionic or cationic dyes, although simple extraction of the drug into organic solvent of moderate polarity may leave such dyes in the aqueous phase. Solutions tend to contain anti-microbial preservatives and anti-oxidants. These are usually either phenols or quaternary amines such as benzalkonium chloride and have strong enough chromophores to interfere in the analysis of a drug. These compounds have to be removed prior to analysis by extraction procedures. Suspensions also contain surfactant materials such as the polyethylene glycol-based detergents but these compounds do not have appreciable UV absorbance and thus have little potential for interference.

The Mode of Action of PLA2 Snake Presynaptic Neurotoxins

The SPANs PLA2 activity is not fatty acid specific. Eicosopentanoic acid and arachidonic acid were recently found to promote exocytosis as deduced from increased membrane capacitance in PC-12 cells (Ong et al. 2006). Moreover, arachidonic acid, and some detergents, were found to stimulate the release of munc18 from syntaxin, thus allowing formation of SNARE complexes, a passage which is expected to increase exocytosis (Rickman and Davletov 2005). Moreover, omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids were found to stimulate membrane expansion at the nerve growth cone by a mechanism requiring syntaxin 3 (Darios and Davletov 2006). Accordingly, it is possible that these fatty acids contribute to the increased neuroexocytosis triggered in phase 2, but their role may be limited in vivo as the lysophospholipid was found to be much more effective than the fatty acid in the induction of paralysis (Caccin et al. 2006 Rigoni et al. 2005).

Nucleic acid extraction

For highly dilute samples, ultracentrifugation devices may facilitate the concentration of large volume extractions. Also, although many samples may contain sufficient nucleic acids for proper analyses, these nucleic acids can be bound to the sample substrate or contain intermolecular cross-links that inhibit downstream analyses. Addition of PTB (N-phenacylthiazolium bromide) appears to break intermolecular cross-links caused by Maillard reactions, releasing more PCR amplifiable DNA during the extraction process (Poinar et al, 1998). In addition, many cells, cell walls or organism structures can be highly impervious to lysis. Numerous detergents, lytic enzymes and physical disruption methods have been introduced to facilitate liberation of nucleic acids from recalcitrant samples (Griffiths et al., 2000 Hurt et al., 2001). However, it must be kept in mind that there is a general tradeoff between the rigorousness of extraction methods and the quality of...

Patient Care Environment Safety Measures

(b) Medical asepsis refers to practices that help reduce the number and inhibit the growth of microorganisms, especially pathogens (those that cause infections or contagious diseases). Medical asepsis, also called clean technique includes use of antimicrobial agents, hand washing, cleaning supplies and equipment, and disinfection.

Other Plant And Animal Allergens

Enzymes used in laundry detergents to enhance cleaning ability may sensitize both the workers where the product is made and the consumer who uses it ( 252). The enzyme subtilisin (or subtilin) is proteolytic and is derived from Bacillus subtilis, where it plays a role in sporulation. It may produce rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and asthma, associated with precipitating antibodies and Arthus-type reactions on skin testing. Many cases reported did not involve atopic individuals. Enzyme-containing detergents currently are not commonly used because of their sensitizing potential. Other enzymes, cellulase and macerozyme, are used to digest cell wall structures of plants. Laboratory workers have been shown to develop IgE-mediated symptoms from inhaling these enzymes (253). Papain, a cysteine protease, is obtained from the fruit of the papaya tree. It is used as a meat tenderizer, clearing agent in the production of beer, contact lens cleaner, and component of some tooth powders, laxatives, and...

Microcapillary Column Construction and Sample Loading

Currently, all samples are desalted on-line using columns similar to the three-phase microcapillary columns described in McDonald et al. ( ). These columns contain reversed-phase material, followed by strong cation exchange material, followed by reversed-phase material. In an abbreviated fashion, they are RP SCX RP columns. By using these columns, one does not need to carry out additional sample cleanup and buffer exchange prior to loading. For sample quantities of 400 pg or less, the triple-phase fused-silica microcapillary column is used, and for samples containing more than 400 pg, the split triple-phase fused-silica microcapillary column is used. In addition, the split triple-phase column is used for samples that originally contained detergents, allowing for more extensive washing after sample loading.

Vaginitis or Vulvitis

Frequently seen in infants wearing diapers because the diaper area is warm, often moist, and frequently contaminated by feces laden with organisms. Failure to change diapers frequently is a major predisposing factor. Harsh soaps, irritating chemicals, and detergents contribute to the process.

Laccase Based Defense Against Biological and Chemical Warfare Agents

Nerve agents such as organophosphorus compounds are strong inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase, which binds and hydrolyzes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. The inhibition can result in convulsions, salivary secretion, behavioral incapacitation, muscle weakness, and ultimately death due to respiratory failure. The application of hydrolytic enzymes to detoxify organophosphorus-based chemical nerve agents has been under investigation for decades, as the huge stockpiles of about 200 000 tonnes of nerve agents worldwide is a great international concern. Since the early work on the ability of mammalian tissue to hydrolyze diisopropyl fluorophosphates, a variety of hydrolytic enzymes with activity on organophosphorus compounds have been identified, purified, and characterized from sources such as mammals, cephalopods, and microorganisms. Reports on oxidative degradation of nerve agents by enzymes are more recent. A fungal laccase has been demonstrated to be capable of degrading VX 188 ,...

Harvesting and Lysis of the Culture

Bacteria are recovered by centrifugation and lysed by any one of a large number of methods, including treatment with nonionic or ionic detergents, organic solvents, alkali, and heat. The choice among these methods is dictated by three factors the size of the plasmid, the strain of E. coli, and the technique used subsequently to purify the plasmid DNA. Although it is impractical to give precise conditions for all possible combinations of plasmid and host, the following general guidelines can be used to choose a method that will give satisfactory results.

Advances in MDI and DPI Technology and

The efficacy of spacers for increasing pulmonary deposition and reducing oropharyngeal drug deposition is well documented 45 . Spacers offer the advantage of (1) particle size reduction by propellant evaporation and (2) reduction in cloud velocity, both reasons for the reduced oropharyngeal deposition and increased pulmonary deposition. Alternatively, spacers can cause particle loss by electrostatic precipitation. Application of antistatic agents or detergents improves the yield of inhalable particles 46 and can improve deposition from 25 to 200 . 47-49 . Metal spacers do not hold a charge and so do not affect deposition 50 .

Molecular Size Of Native Aspnat

Whether or not the large molecular size of native Asp-NAT was an artifact of the enzyme preparation methods was tested by using different homogenization and solubilization conditions. A buffer that is commonly used in mitochondrial protein purification (Tris-sucrose medium Tris-HCl, 50 mM 1 mM EDTA 0.32 M sucrose 1 mM DTT protease inhibitor cock-tail added according to the quantity of processed tissue pH adjusted to 7.4) was employed to obtain a crude mitochondrial pellet from rat brains. Various detergents were tested to solubilize the pellet deoxycholate (DC) (negatively charged and one of the most commonly used detergents in mitochondrial studies), hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (positively charged, commonly called CTAB), Triton X-100 (non-ionic), laurylmaltoside (LM) (non-ionic, commonly used in mitochondrial protein reconstitution experiments) and CHAPS. Crude mitochondrial pellets were obtained by homogenizing frozen rat brain tissue in the Tris-sucrose medium using a...

Plasmid DNA Preparation

Insertional Inactivation Pbr322

In this course, you will learn to work with plasmids because you will probably use them often in your career. Many methods have been developed to purify plasmid DNA from E. coli and other bacteria. These procedures employ a variety of methods to lyse cells and separate plasmid DNA from other cellular components. Detergents, organic solvents, alkali, or heat can lyse bacteria. Three factors dictate which method to use the size of the plasmid, the bacterial strain, and the technique used to purify plasmid DNA from the lysate.

Solubilization of Membrane Proteins

Membrane Protein Solubilization

Before the classical techniques of biochemical purification and analysis can be applied to membrane proteins, they must be converted into a water-soluble form. In a few limited and special cases, solubilization of membrane proteins may be achieved by detachment from the membrane using proteolytic cleavage, or relatively minor changes in ionic conditions. In almost all other cases, however, the solubilization of membrane proteins in intact and native form can only be achieved by the use of detergents. Successful isolation of membrane antigens requires an understanding of the forces that hold membranes together, and of the mechanism of action of detergents. Membrane proteins are held in or on the membrane by two distinct mechanisms. Some are attached by electrostatic or other noncovalent interactions, and may be released by relatively small changes in pH or ionic strength. This class is known as peripheral membrane proteins (Singer and Nicolson, 1972). Once released, peripheral membrane...

Tissue Distribution of BCRP Compared to Other Multidrug Transporters

The generation of the Bcrpl knockout mouse 3 has thrown new light on the putative physiological function of this transporter. Though these mice were anatomically normal and fertile, a defect was seen in their ability to handle a metabolite of chlorophyll, pheophorbide a, resulting in severe phototoxicity in mice exposed to light. They also exhibited a previously uncharacterized form of porphyria. Thus it became known that BCRP performs an essential function at the gut epithelium in effluxing toxic products of chlorophyll metabolism. BCRP knockout mice generated independently by Zhou et al. 4 were used to demonstrate that this transporter, rather than P-gp, is responsible for the dye efflux in the cells. This allows analysis of the side-population, enriched in murine hematopoietic stem cells, which have high bone-marrow repopulating activity. The role BCRP plays at this location is still to be elucidated.

User Requirement Specification

For clean room facilities, ease of cleaning must be considered when putting together the URS. It is essential that surfaces be crevice-free and manufactured from materials that are non-particle shedding and resistant to detergents. Some UPVC vinyl finishing, for example, is prone to staining when cleaned repeatedly with certain commercially available detergents. This can lead to the facility being cited for non-conformance during regulatory inspections, the argument being that the staining could be the result of product residue and not detergents.

The Effect Of Bile Acids On Viruses

One may ask the question whether or not the protective effect of bile acid detergents is limited to bacterial endotoxins. Theiler observed that the virus of yellow fever and other 'arthropod-borne' viruses (belonging to the Toga group) are inactivated by bile or sodium deoxycholate. In contrast, the poliovirus, the virus of mouse encephalitis and endocarditis and Coxsackie viruses resist such treatment 38 . This observation served as a basic principle for the classification of viruses according to which two groups, sodium deoxycholate sensitive ('big viruses') and resistant ('small viruses') could be distinguished. It is interesting that nobody, including Theiler, recognized the pathological significance of these observations despite the fact that Theiler was actually working with the virus of yellow fever when he discovered the antiviral effect of bile. If we compare the bile acid sensitive and resistant viruses, it becomes clear that the viruses having

Integration of upstream and downstream processes

A frequently overlooked element of medium optimization is the impact that medium constituents may exert on downstream processing, particularly the initial capture steps in purification (Jayme et al. 1998). By illustration, many serum-free media contained human transferrin as a critical constituent for cellular delivery of iron. Presumed acceptable for biopharmaceutical production due to raw material screening and heat processing, transferrin instantly became problematic when the primary vendor withdrew product from the market due to its implication in a variant form of human Creutzfeld-Jakob disease. Laboratory and commercial attempts to replace transferrin quickly demonstrated that the cytotoxicity of iron salts could be mitigated through chelation by various anionic species. However, some of these chelating agents adversely affected product binding to the ion exchange resins frequently used as the primary step in purification of the harvest supernatant. Similarly, detergents and...

Design Purification Protocol

Affinity and ion exchange columns may not ensure sufficiently robust viral removal therefore, it is prudent to include additional viral removal or inactivation steps. These may include extreme pH conditions, heat, organic solvents, chemical detergents, or gamma irradiation for viral inactivation, or filtration for viral removal. By including at least two types of inactivation removal procedures, there is greater assurance of meeting purity requirements. Validation of viral inactivation removal can be challenging because analytical limitations do not allow direct measurement of the fold-reduction required by regulatory guidances. As an alternative, viral inactivation removal steps are validated with spike experiments for individual steps, and the clearance factor for the entire process can be assumed to be the sum of all viral clearance steps. This assumption is reasonable provided each of the clearance steps is based on different principles - e.g. filtration versus inactivation...

Review The Concepts

Isolation of some membrane proteins requires the use of detergents isolation of others can be accomplished with the use of high-salt solutions. What types of membrane proteins require detergents as part of the isolation procedure What types of membrane proteins may be isolated with highsalt solutions Describe how the chemical properties of detergents and high salt facilitate the isolation process of each type of membrane protein.

The cerebrospinal fluid inflammatory response

The inflammatory changes in the cerebrospinal fluid occur several hours after inoculation of bacteria or cell wall constituents into the meningeal space of experimental animals. This has led to the hypothesis that elaboration and release of host mediators are instrumental in the development of the inflammatory changes. Animal models have established that tumor necrosis factor-a and interleukin 1b (IL-1b) are important mediators of the initial meningeal inflammation. Levels of tumor necrosis factor-a and IL-1b, together with interleukin 6 (IL-6), increase in the cerebrospinal fluid of animals following intracisternal inoculation of meningococcal lipo-oligosaccharide, and this rise in cytokine levels precedes cellular influx and protein exudation. These cytokine mediators have been shown to stimulate the release of other factors in the inflammatory cascade, including platelet activating factor, interleukin 8 (IL-8), and interferon-g. Release of these proinflammatory mediators causes...

Membrane Cleaning And Sanitization

Components found in cleaning protocols include acids, bases, chelating agents, detergents and enzymes. The most commonly used acids include phosphoric, citric, nitric, sulphuric and hydrochloric. These acids clean the membrane by reacting with salt deposits and metal oxides to create the chloride forms of the salts that are more soluble in the rinsing solutions. In addition to acids, bases are also found in many cleaning protocols. Bases commonly used for membrane cleaning include sodium hydroxide, phosphates (e.g. trisodium phosphate), and sodium hypochlorite (bleach). Sodium hydroxide is a particularly effective cleaning agent for removal of biological foulants, but not all membrane chemistries are compatible with repeated exposure to this caustic reagent. Removal of NaOH from the system after cleaning is easily identified via pH measurement. Surfactants are also widely used for membrane cleaning by solubilizing the hydrophobic foulants. They may also displace or adsorb foulants...

New Approaches To Intracellular Analysis

PEBBLES have been made three different ways to date. The first and most widely used approach is to form 40-nm polyacrylamide beads by polymerization in a microemulsion formulation. The polyacrylamide gel is similar to those used for analytical electrophoretic separations, being quite hydrophilic. The detergents used to form the microemulsion can be deleterious to protein-based indicators, however. PEBBLES can also be made from so-called sol-gel formulations, which comprise a rigid, porous, transparent, glass-like material containing the indicator and polyethylene glycol. The rugged nature of the sol-gel compared to the softer polyacrylamide suggests its use in more demanding environments. While the conditions needed to form sol-gels are comparatively mild compared to those required for regular glass, the conditions may be deleterious to protein-based sensors. Finally, for a more hydrophobic PEBBLE matrix suited to hydrophobic indicators, the use of decyl methacrylate has been...

Distribution of Ion Channels in Myelinated Axons

Experiments involving isolated nodal voltage-clamping, isolated internodal voltage-clamping (following the acute removal of myelin by detergents such as lysolethicin), patch-clamping demyelinated axons, recordings of electro-tonus from normal axons and immunocytochemistry of peripheral and central axons have elucidated and confirmed the normal distribution of ion channel types in myelinated nerve (Chiu et al., 1979 Baker et al., 1987 Roper and Schwarz, 1989 Reid et al., 1999 Rasband and Shrager, 2000). The patterns in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and CNS appear similar. Normally, transiently opening Na+ channels are confined to the nodes of Ranvier, and are present at densities of around 2,000 per im2 (estimated from nonstationary noise analysis, gating current measurements, and by counting freeze-fracture particles, reviewed by Ritchie, 1995). A far lower density of several tens of channels per m2 is thought to be present in the internode (Chiu and Schwarz, 1987), insufficient...

Eula Bingham PhD John Zapp PhD deceased

Today, the National Toxicology Program (44) provides a significant portion of all new data on industrial chemicals used in the United State and in other countries. At present, 80,000 chemicals are used in the United States and an estimated 2,000 new ones are introduced annually to be used in products such as foods, personal care products, prescription drugs, household cleaners, and lawn care products. The effects of many of these chemicals on human health are unknown, yet people may be exposed to them during their manufacture, distribution, use, and disposal or as pollutants in our air, water, or soil.

Use of Antibody Affinity Columns

Another cause of nonspecific binding is the presence of hydrophobic interactions. These are usually fairly minimal when the very hydrophilic agarose beads are used, but may be greatly aggravated by the presence of hydrophobic spacer arms (Er-El et al., 1972). Hydrophobic effects are increased at high salt concentrations ( 1 M NaCl). In some cases, non-specific binding caused by hydrophobic interactions may be reduced by the presence of detergents (0.5 Triton X-100,0.5 deoxycholate or 0.1 Tween 20 Smith et al., 1978).

Anti Needlestick Gloves Manufacturers Mail

Gloves must never be washed or disinfected for reuse. Detergents may cause enhanced penetration of liquids through undetected holes causing a wicking effect (134, 161). Disinfectants, such as 70 ethanol, can also enhance the penetration of the glove barrier and facilitate deterioration (161, 169).

Glycerol Dehydrogenase Membrane Bound

Since GLDH is highly hydrophobic and seems to be deeply embedded in the cytoplasmic membrane, the improved stability of GLDH after solubilization with detergents became the immediate subject to which a clear solution was required. Among various detergents tested, 0.5 of dimethyldodecylamineoxide was chosen as a favorable detergent for GLDH solubilization and GLDH purification was done simply by fractionation with polyethyleneglycol 6000 (PEG). The precipitate obtained with PEG from 15 to 25 gave 100 times increase in the specific activity from the membrane fraction, giving a final yield of 25 . The purified enzyme was transparent and had no characteristic color, unlike ADH III. When GLDH purification was tried, the numbers of detergents available for enzyme solubilization were restricted. If GLDH purification could be done with the other recently developed detergents such as octyl-P-glucoside, dodecyl-P-maltoside or a series of Mydol, stability would be much improved as is seen with...


Two factors that affect the safe limits of stimulation are (1) the dissolution of toxic products at the electrode-tissue interface due to electrochemical reactions and (2) metabolic effects at high rates of electrically-induced neural activity. Factors that affect electrochemical reactions are the current level and the size of the stimulating electrodes. Electrode size is an issue because irreversible reactions can occur at the


The pathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia is at present incompletely understood. In the brain, productive infection is almost exclusively restricted to macrophages and microglia. Neuronal injury (most probably apoptosis) is currently believed to be produced by toxic products released directly by HIV-infected macrophages and microglia or by activated astrocytes. Some of these factors have been identified they include the platelet-activating factor, quinolinic acid, nitric oxide, and some metabolites of arachidonic acid, which are neurotoxic, and tumour necrosis factor-a, which is toxic for oligodendrocytes and can cause demyelination.


CyDyes for both minimal labeling and saturation labeling are from GE Healthcare (formerly Amersham Biosciences, Piscataway, NJ). For both minimal and saturation labeling lysis buffers, other detergents may be used, in place of or including CHAPS, to increase the solubility of membrane or very hydrophobic target proteins. It may be difficult or impractical to solubilize all samples in the standard lysis buffer therefore, compatibility of other reagents with CyDye labeling is an issue that must be empirically tested on a per case basis. References to H2O water refer to double-distilled 18.2 MQ H2O, with organic content less than 5 ppb. The detection strategies employed here, from Detergents


G. mellonella (Lee et al., 2004) and Dermacentor variabilis (Johns et al., 2001), transferrin from the termite Mastotermes darwiniensis (Thompson et al., 2003) and from D. melanogaster (Yoshida et al., 2000). The myeloperoxi-dase homologue peroxynectin has also been isolated from many insects (Lin et al., 2006). The presence of a homologue of MPO in insect haemocytes is of great significance as MPO released from the granules into the phagosome converts hydrogen peroxide to one of the most toxic products found within the phagolyso-some, hypochlorous acid.

Chemical Agents

Chemicals include a range of compounds which are used to permeabilise and thus to enhance enzymatic attacks and or physical rupture (Nandaku-mar et al. 2000). The outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria protects the peptidoglycan and can be destroyed permeabilised by adding EDTA (Watt and Clarke 1994), detergents like SDS and Triton X-100 (Andrews and Asenjo 1987), or more specific compounds such as polymyxin B (Katz et al. 2003). The specificity (at strain or species level) for some of these compounds is possibly a problem. It is interesting to note that not only may they be strain-specific, the effects may also depend on the growth rate of the cells. Watt and Clarke (1994) observed that EDTA effects (in concert with lysozyme) depended on the growth rate of the cultures stationary stage cells were much more resistant than actively growing ones. As mentioned earlier, the difference may have been due to differences in the cross binding in the peptidoglycan layer but may also be due to...


Chemical dispersion agents have been discussed by Bakken and Lindahl (1995) at length. Detergents are thought to enhance cell release by dissolving extracellular materials but may also damage cells. Other additives have been tried, such as PEG (Herron and Wellington 1990) and PVPP (Steffan et al. 1988). The purpose with these two compounds is primarily to precipitate humus and other contaminations. Not surprisingly, therefore, PVPP additions resulted in some decrease in the yield of indigenous soil bacteria (Steffan et al. 1988). In contrast, PVPP addition improved the extraction of Pseudomonas cells which had recently been added to the soil (Unge et al. 1999). The contrasting results would indicate that indigenous cells (at least a fraction of them) have surface properties which are more similar to humus (possibly coated by humic compounds) compared to the recently introduced Pseudomonas cells.

Feeder Cells

Lymphoid cells often grow poorly or die when grown at low density. The reasons are still not well understood, but may relate to requirements for growth factors, and possibly also toxic products from the tissue culture vessels. Choice of the particular batch of FCS may make a big difference.


The time between the end of the SPR analysis and the subsequent preparation steps for MS should be minimized in order to avoid any protein losses in this interim period. Hence, following the end of the sample injection step, the SPR response should be promptly recorded, the flow of the running buffer stopped, and the chip removed from the biosensor (the fastest way to undock the chip is via the root control software of the biosensor, i.e., the OS9 terminal configured for connection to the instrument service port). Once outside the biosensor, the chip should be removed from the plastic cassette and washed with several aliquots of ultra-pure water to remove the residual buffer components (such as detergents), which might cause interference in the mass spectra.

Atopic Dermatitis

Eczema includes atopic dermatitis, irritant dermatitis (due to water, detergents, chemicals, heat), and allergic contact dermatitis. The lifetime incidence of atopic dermatitis is 15-20 , with an equal distribution between the sexes. I. Atopic Dermatitis Overuse of soap, bubble-bath, cosmetics, deodorants, detergents, solvents, tight clothing, rough fabrics, wool or mohair

FDA Recommendations

The FDA advises consumers to Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables with cool tap water immediately before eating. Don't use soap or detergents. Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush. Cut away any bruised or damaged areas before eating.'' Consumers are also advised to

Molecular Features

Most characterized BVMOs represent soluble cytosolic proteins which are easily expressed in E. coli. Only in the case of ethionamide monooxygenase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis were detergents shown to be necessary to isolate the enzyme 21 . This suggests that this prodrug-activating BVMO is membrane-associated which is in line with the proposed physiological role metabolism of mycolic acids. This atypical feature did not prevent high levels of expression of this monooxygenase in E. coli. For CHMO it has been shown that coexpression of proteins that assist in protein folding increases the expression level of soluble and active protein 42 . The positive effect of coexpression of DsbA, which is important to create internal disulfide bonds, on expression of active CHMO suggests that this BVMO contains one or more crucial disulfide bonds. This is in line with a structural model of CHMO that we have recently constructed using the PAMO structure. This model suggests a disulfide bond...

General features

Endstage liver disease affects virtually every other organ system. The pretransplant condition of patients with endstage liver disease makes them more vulnerable to postoperative multiple organ failure. They usually demonstrate a hyperdynamic circulation, with a poor nutritional and immune state. Portal hypertension may contribute to impaired gut barrier function allowing translocation of enteric organisms or their toxic products. Acute complications may occur rapidly, including infections such as spontaneous peritonitis, cerebral depression from the injudicious use of sedative drugs, and gastrointestinal bleeding from varices or ulceration, all of which may result in further hemodynamic and cerebral decompensation.

Purification of DNA

Two general types of procedure are used for purification of DNA, centrifugation and chemical extraction. The principle of centrifugation is as follows. The sample is spun at high speed and the centrifugal force causes the larger or heavier components to sediment to the bottom of the tube. For example, destroying the cell wall of bacteria by lysozyme and detergents leaves a solution containing the fragments of the cell wall, which are small, and the DNA, which is a gigantic molecule. When the sample is cen-trifuged, DNA and some other large components are sedimented to the bottom of the tube. The fragments of cell wall, together with many other soluble components, remain in solution and are discarded.


Lipases and esterases may potentially hydrolyze the ester bond of PET. Besides these hydrolases used in many industrial applications such as in detergents the potential of cutinases for PET modification has recently been assessed. Cuti-nases are enzymes that hydrolyze the plant cutin, which is the main component (between 40 and 80 ) of the plant's cutical layer. Its monomers are oxygenated Ci6 hydroxyacids (e.g., 16-hydroxyhexadecanoic acid) and Ci8 hydroxyacids (e.g., 18-hydroxy-9,10-epoxyoctadecanoic acid) that form a polymeric network by ester linkages 7 . Cutinases belong to the family of serine hydrolases and they are specific for the hydrolysis of primary alcohol esters. Their substrate specificity is very broad, which can be seen from the wide range of chemical substances that can be hydrolyzed or synthesized 8 . Given the fact that cutinases act on insoluble esters of primary alcohols, it can be assumed that PET is a potential substrate.

Antioxidant systems

Production of free radicals and hydrogen peroxide is a normal aspect of cellular metabolism, and intracellular enzymes usually eliminate the most toxic products. The prototypes of these antioxidant enzymes are metalloproteins termed superoxide dismutases that catabolize superoxide by extremely rapid (rate constant of 10 9 l mol s) conversion to hydrogen peroxide. Catalase (found in peroxisomes and mitochondria) and glutathione peroxidase (found in cytosol and mitochondria) sequentially degrade hydrogen peroxide to water. Glutathione peroxidase removes the products of lipid peroxidation and hydrogen peroxide. Two related cytoplasmic enzymes, glutathione reductase (NADPH dependent) and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (NADPH producing) participate in antioxidant defense by generating intracellular reduced glutathione. Glutathione is the primary non-protein sulfhydryl intracellular antioxidant. Other non-enzymatic antioxidants, including vitamin A, a-tocopherol, ascorbate, cysteine,...


Suitable detection and screening methods for prions that are simple, sensitive, and specific enough for rapid detection and routine use, have yet to be developed (Minor 2004). Currently the most sensitive detection methods rely on infectivity titration using mice or hamsters and commonly take about a year to complete. Although the immunochemical detection of PrPSc can be used as a TSE marker, this is less sensitive than infectivity. More sensitive and rapid cell culture-based methods for detecting infectivity are under development. Consequently, at present, health screening of (animal or human) donors and careful sourcing of biological materials is the main approach recommended for controlling the transmission of this agent. Therefore, in the case of cell culture, it is recommended that alternatives to bovine-derived serum be used. Where their use is unavoidable, material from countries that are free of BSE and vCJD should be used and be obtained from a reputable supplier. In the case...

Xxiiid Glutathione

All these led to undesirable effects, suggesting that GSH aerosol therapy may not be an appropriate way of increasing GSH levels in lung ELF and cells in COPD. In all of these studies, the question was raised about the bioavailability of GSH, pH, and osmolality at the site of microenvironment and the resultant formation of toxic products (GSSG). It seems rational to suggest that neutralizing the pH, providing GSH in salt form, liposome-entrapped GSH delivery, and the maintenance of isotonicity would be useful in designing any GSH inhalation therapy in inflammatory lung diseases.

Validation of CIP

Due to the wide variety of processes and products, regulatory health authorities do not set unique methods and specifications for determining whether a cleaning process is validated. Cleanliness should be assessed at the end of the CIP cycle by measuring any potential contaminant critical to the process and the final product, both in the final rinse solution and on equipment surfaces. Some useful guidance on selecting sampling techniques and setting limits is provided by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA 1998b). For fill and finish pharmaceutical activities, the contaminants are usually easy to identify (e.g. active ingredient, excipients or detergents) and typical limits are a concentration below 10 ppm, a biological activity level below 1 1000 of the normal therapeutic dose, or no visible residue (FDA 1993). In cell culture processes, however, critical contaminants may be more difficult to identify and it may not be relevant to focus on the active substance. In practice, the...

Book Layout

The next two chapters look specifically at the formulation of multifunctional hair care products. Chapter 3 reviews the historical development of these hair care products. It also provides a comprehensive look at the different ingredients that can be used to create multifunctional effects in hair care products. Chapter 4 discusses the development of two-in-one shampoos, the most common type of multifunctional hair care product. This product type is particularly important because it arguably represents the most significant technical advance in shampoo technology since the development of synthetic detergents.


Contact dermatitis, also called exogenous dermatitis, is caused by chemical or plant irritation and is characterized by a skin rash with itching, swelling, blistering, oozing, or scaling at the affected skin sites. The chemical contact may include cosmetics, cleansing products (soaps and detergents), perfume, clothing, dyes, and topical drugs. Plant contacts include poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

Chris Good

The regulation of medicines has developed ad hoc and is based on a plethora of mutually supportive concepts politics, economics, paternalism, information and greed, which give rise to contradictory situations. Aspirin is available OTC for self-medication in proprietary preparations, yet would be unlikely to achieve marketing authorization according to today's standards whilst newer, safer and as effective analgesics are unlikely to achieve a licence. The authorities, in collusion with doctors and pharmacists who wish to maintain their monopoly on the dispensing of medicines, believe that they, the father figures, are best placed to decide what is good for the public, their children. The majority of people accept this regulation because they are vaguely aware of the disasters of the past and fear that there is too much specialized information about medicines for them to digest and come to rational conclusions about quality, efficacy and safety. Both the authorities and the people are...

Ewa Folta Stogniew

Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), coupled with on-line static laser light scattering (LS), refractive index (RI), and ultraviolet (UV) detection, provides a universal approach for determination of the molar mass and oligomeric state in solution of native proteins as well as glycosylated proteins or membrane proteins solubilized in non-ionic detergents. Such glycosylated proteins or protein-detergent complexes show anomalous behavior on SEC, thus presenting a challenge to determination of molar mass and oligomeric state in solution. In the SEC-UV LS RI approach, SEC serves solely as a fractionation step, while the responses from the three detectors are utilized to calculate the molar mass for the polypeptide portion of the native or modified protein. The amount of sugar, lipid, or detergent bound to the polypeptide chain can also be estimated from the SEC-UV LS RI analysis.

Crude Lysis

Before lysis, cells may be washed by suspension and centrifugation in saline or other isotonic buffer. Reagents used for cell lysis depend on the subsequent use of the DNA. For simple screens, cells can be lysed in detergents such as SDS or Triton. For use in PCR amplification (see Chapter 7), cells may be lysed in a mixture of Tris buffer and proteinase K. The proteinase K will digest proteins in the sample, lysing the cells and inactivating other enzymes. The released DNA can be used directly in the amplification reaction.

Buffer Additives

Buffer additives are often used to modify sample molecules in ways that affect their migration. Examples of these additives are formamide, urea, and various detergents. Denaturing agents, such as formamide or urea, break hydrogen bonds between complementary strands or within the same strand of DNA or RNA. The conformation or solubility of molecules can be standardized by the addition of one or both of these agents. Formamide and heat added to DNA and RNA break and block the hydrogen bonding sites, hindering complementary sequences from reannealing. As a result, the molecules become long, straight, unpaired chains. Urea and heat in the gel systems maintain this conformation such that intrachain hybridization (folding) of the nucleic acid molecules does not affect migration speeds, and separation can occur strictly according to the size or length of the molecule.

Western Blots

Release may cause the solution to be very viscous and difficult to handle. Viscosity can be reduced to a manageable level by rapidly passing the lysate though a 21-gauge needle several times. The sensitivity of the method can often be greatly improved by preliminary enrichment procedures, such as immunoprecipitation or fractionation in Triton X-114. Dilute protein solutions may be concentrated by precipitation with organic solvents, which will also serve to remove nonionic detergents that will interfere with the running of SDS gels (see Section 10.7.3). Many other blocking agents have been used, including high concentrations of BSA or casein. Batteiger et al. (1982) have shown that the detergent Tween 20 may be used as a blocker, but the use of nonionic detergents is risky as it may cause serious losses of protein from the membrane. Polyvinyl alcohol is said to be an effective blocker, and to act virtually instantaneously (Miranda et al., 1993). BSA (Legochi and Verma, 1981 Erickson...

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The high degree of order present within rafts can be used to advantage in their biochemical isolation. At cold temperatures, the degree of order within rafts becomes sufficiently high that they are unlikely to be solubilized by nonionic detergents such as Triton X-100 (TX-100) (Brown and Rose, 1992). These domains can therefore be isolated as detergent-insoluble glycosphingolipid cholesterol-enriched microdomains DIGs also referred to as GEMs (glycolipid-enriched domains), DIMs (detergent-insoluble membranes), and DRMs (detergent-resistant membranes). Conversely, the degree of order of rafts decreases as temperature increases. Therefore, rafts become soluble at 370C when nonionic detergents are used. Since the degree of order in a raft is often cholesterol-dependent, rafts can be disrupted by agents that deplete (e.g., methyl p-cyclodextrin Ledesma et al., 1998), sequester (e.g., saponin, Taylor et al., 2002 filipin, Vereb et al., 2000), or inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol (e.g.,...

Cell disruption

Protein extraction procedures employing chemicals such as detergents are effective in many instances, but they suffer from a number of drawbacks, not least of which is that they often induce protein denaturation and precipitation. This obviously limits their usefulness. Furthermore, even if the chemicals employed do not adversely affect the protein, their presence may adversely affect a subsequent purification step (e.g. the presence of detergent can prevent proteins from binding to a hydrophobic interaction column). In addition, the presence of such materials in the final preparation, even in trace quantities, may be unacceptable for medical reasons. Treatment with chemicals detergents antibiotics

A Direct Toxicity

(2) The liver has as one of its main functions the detoxification of chemical substances when they are absorbed. If these substances damage the liver significantly, its ability to detoxify them if greatly affected. Of course, if these substances are not detoxified, the concentration of the substance in the body (that is, blood stream) constantly increases. Thus, hepatotoxicity (the destruction of the cells of the liver) can result in the accumulation of toxic products to the point that other body systems are affected. (3) The kidneys are responsible for eliminating water-soluble toxic products (that is, waste products from cellular respiration) from the bloodstream. If nephrotoxicity (damage to the kidneys) results, the accumulation of these toxic products can result in death.

Microcheck 245

Vibrios, Campylobacter jejuni, and enterobacteria account for most intestinal bacterial infections. Pathogenic mechanisms include attachment, toxin production, cell invasion, and destruction of microvilli. Gastroenteritis can be caused either by infectious microorganisms consumed with the food or by toxic products of microbial growth in food. Some microbial toxins alter the secretory function of cells in the small intestine without killing or visibly damaging them. Unsuspected human carriers can remain sources of enteric infections for many years. Most vaccines are of limited value because they induce little IgA production.


Which are designed to monitor the sensitivity and specificity of each amplification run, respectively. The preparation of a batch of clinical specimens to be tested by PCR should include up to six negative specimens, depending on the number of specimens being tested. Use two negative controls for a batch of six specimens and six for a batch of 20 specimens. Possible negative controls include extraction buffer alone or negative cells or tissues interspersed with the clinical specimens to assess specimen contamination at the set-up stage. We also include one or two positive controls to ensure that the specimen preparation step worked, especially if extraction of the nucleic acid from tissue with enzymes, detergents, or organic compounds is involved. Each PCR run should include a small sensitivity panel consisting of serial 10-fold dilutions of DNA (ranging from 1 pg to 0.1 fg) to assess day-to-day fluctuation in assay sensitivity. This test is also useful in comparing results obtained...

Process optimization

Dynamic programming (DP) algorithms have been used to determine the optimal profiles for hybridoma cultures 24,25 . For the fed-batch culture of hybridoma cells, more state variables are required to describe the culture since the cells grow on two main substrates, glucose and glutamine, and release toxic products, lactate and ammonia, in addition to the desired metabolites. This leads to a seventh order model for fed-batch operation, hence, it is difficult to apply Pontryagin's maximum principle. the DP is thus used to determine optimal trajectories for such high-order systems. However, the search space comprises all possible solutions to the high-order systems and is too large to be exhaustively searched. A huge computational effort is involved in this approach which sometimes may lead to a sub-optimal solution.

Protists In Industry

Diatoms are quite abundant in aquatic ecosystems. As diatoms die, their shells sink and accumulate in large numbers at the bottom of lakes and oceans, forming a layer of material called diatomaceous (DIE-uh-tuh-MAY-shuhs) earth. This slightly abrasive material is a component of many commercial products, such as detergents, paint removers, and toothpaste. Diatomaceous earth is also used in filters, and some people use it as a natural insecticide.

Dynamic coating

Dynamic coating is the easiest way to achieve surface modification and is widely used for the control the EOF in microchip separations. Dynamic coating can be accomplished by adding selected surface-active compounds like polymers or surfactants to the running buffer and modifying the surface, and then applying a rinsing step to remove excess compound immediately prior to the separation step. Depending on the charge of the modifier compounds adsorbed to the microchannel walls, the EOF can be suppressed, enhanced or even reversed. For example, poly(dimethyl acrylamide) (PDMA), hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC), hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) and hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) are frequently used as dynamic coatings to diminish EOF and serve simultaneously as a sieving matrix for DNA fragments sizing (Bean and Lookhart, 1998 Albarghouthi et al., 2003). To reverse the EOF, cationic detergents such as didodecyldimethylammonium bromide polycations, and cetyltrimethylammo-nium (CATB) can be...

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