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The incorporation of fungal laccases into novel applications has been delayed mainly due to their intrinsic sensitivity towards halides and alkaline conditions. In order to explore new sources of enzymes we evaluated the multipotent polyphenol oxidase PPO1 from the marine bacterium Marinomonas mediterranea. Here we report that, in contrast to its fungal(More)
Mesoporous silica nanoparticles can be modified to perform on-demand stimuli-responsive dosing of therapeutic molecules. The silica network was loaded with iron oxide superparamagnetic nanocrystals, providing the potential to perform targeting and magnetic resonance imaging. Single-stranded DNA was immobilized onto the material surface. The complementary(More)
Biocatalytic propulsion is expected to play an important role in the future of micromotors as it might drastically increase the number of available fuelling reactions. However, most of the enzyme-propelled micromotors so far reported still rely on the degradation of peroxide by catalase, in spite of being vulnerable to relatively high peroxide(More)
Versatile peroxidase (VP) from Bjerkandera adusta, as other class II peroxidases, is inactivated by Ca(2+) depletion. In this work, the spectroscopic characterizations of Ca(2+)-depleted VP at pH 4.5 (optimum for activity) and pH 7.5 are presented. Previous works on other ligninolytic peroxidases, such as lignin peroxidase and manganese peroxidase, have(More)
The relation between inhibition of semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase (SSAO) and vasodilation by hydralazine (HYD) was evaluated in chloralose/urethane-anesthetized rats pretreated with various substrates of the enzyme and subsequently administered a threshold hypotensive dose of the vasodilator. The SSAO substrates benzylamine, phenethylamine, and(More)
Silicon-doped hydroxyapatite has been functionalized with biotin molecules as a new methodology for the attachment of proteins, peptides or growth factors through the formation of avidin-biotin complex in this material. Bioceramic biotinylation has been performed by esterification reaction between the OH groups of hydroxyapatite and COOH groups of biotin(More)
Scaffolds made of polycaprolactone and nanocrystalline silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite have been fabricated by 3D printing rapid prototyping technique. To asses that the scaffolds fulfill the requirements to be considered for bone grafting applications, they were implanted in New Zealand rabbits. Histological and radiological studies have demonstrated(More)
Cytotoxic assays have been carried out to evaluate toxic effects of acrolein, mechlorethamin, parathion and paraoxon, using primary cultures of rabbit tracheal epithelium obtained by the explant outgrowth technique. The effect of drug exposure was first evaluated by the tetrazolium salt assay, neutral red uptake and release of cellular lactate(More)