Jack N. Losso

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The present investigation was undertaken to compare the adsorption efficiency of pecan shell-based granular activated carbon with the adsorption efficiency of the commercial carbon Filtrasorb 200 with respect to uptake of the organic components responsible for the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of municipal wastewater. Adsorption efficiencies for these two(More)
The Bowman-Birk inhibitor (BBI) is a small water-soluble protein present in soybean and almost all monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous seeds. The molecular size of BBI ranges from 1,513 Da to about 20,000 Da. BBI is to seeds what alpha(1)-antitrypsin is to humans. Soy-based food products rich in BBI include soybean grits, soymilk, oilcake, soybean isolate,(More)
The potential anti-angiogenic activities of water-soluble condensed tannins isolated from black beans were evaluated using HEL 299 normal human fibroblast lung cells, Caco-2 colon, MCF-7 and Hs578T breast, and DU 145 human prostatic cancer cells. Condensed tannins at 0.24-24 microM did not affect the growth of normal cells, but dose-dependently induced(More)
A serine protease inhibitor was purified from plasma of the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. The inhibitor is a 7609.6 Da protein consisting of 71 amino acids with 12 cysteine residues that are postulated to form 6 intra-chain disulfide bridges. Sequencing of the cloned cDNA identified an open reading frame encoding a polypeptide of 90 amino acids,(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the inhibitory activity of trans-resveratrol against hyperglycemia-induced inflammation and degradation of gap junction intercellular communication in retinal pigment epithelial cells. Retinal (ARPE-19) cells were incubated with 5.5 mM glucose, 5.5 mM glucose and 10 microM resveratrol, 33 mM glucose, or 33 mM(More)
The present study was designed to model the adsorption of geosmin from water under laboratory conditions using the Freundlich isotherm model. This model was used to compare the efficiency of sugarcane bagasse and pecan shell-based powdered activated carbon to the efficiency of a coal-based commercial activated carbon (Calgon Filtrasorb 400). When data were(More)
A simple high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed and validated for the determination of six phenolic compounds, five anthraquinones (rhein, aloe-emodin, emodin, chrysophanol and physcion) and a flavonoid (kaempferol), in root extracts from Cassia alata L. Solid-phase extraction, using C(18) cartridges, was used to remove(More)
Acid-soluble collagen (ASC) and pepsin solubilized collagen (PSC) were isolated from the skins of black drum (Pogonias cromis) and sheepshead seabream (Archosargus probatocephalus) harvested in the Gulf of Mexico coastal waters. The yields of ASCs on dry basis from black drum and sheepshead were estimated at 2.3 and 2.6%, and the yields of PSCs were 15.8(More)
The disulfide bonds of beta-lactoglobulin (beta-lg) were modified by oxidative sulfitolysis to generate beta-lgSO(3). The native protein (beta-lg) and the modified protein (beta-lgSO(3)) were conjugated to activated polyethylene glycol (PEG) to generate beta-lgPEG and beta-lgSO(3)PEG, respectively. Oil-in-water (o/w) emulsions containing 1% beta-lg or(More)
Hypoxia is a hallmark of solid tumors, including breast cancer, and the extent of tumor hypoxia is associated with treatment resistance and poor prognosis. Considering the limited treatment of hypoxic tumor cells and hence a poor prognosis of breast cancer, the investigation of natural products as potential chemopreventive anti-angiogenic agents is of(More)