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AIMS Controversy exists regarding the effects of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) on post-infarction remodelling, which is regulated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs). The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of G-CSF administration on cardiac MMP/TIMP ratios and long-term(More)
Chitosan is considered to be a very promising biopolymer for various biomedical and pharmaceutical uses because of its nontoxic and biocompatible natures (Chandy T, Shama P. Biomater Artif Cells Artif Org 1990;18:1-24). In this study, we prepared porous chitosan scaffolds by lyophilization of chitosan solution. The scaffolds were modified with water-soluble(More)
A new type adsorbent for removal of bacterial endotoxins was prepared by immobilizing lysine covalently onto cellulose beads. Endotoxins (Escherichia coli O55: B5) were injected into 13 healthy New Zealand white rabbits to induce infectious symptoms. Hemoperfusion using the adsorbent column removed endotoxins in the blood of eight rabbits during 2h while(More)
G250 is a tumor associated antigen that is found on > 90% of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). In order to develop a highly targeting gene vector for RCC gene therapy, G250 monoclonal antibody was prepared, purified and characterized. The antibody was chemically bound to Polyethylenimine (PEI) to form the IgG-PEI conjugate. The conjugate is capable of forming DNA(More)
Despite their increasing uses for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular tissue engineering, synthetic polymeric conduits still have their limitations in clinical applications, particularly in small vessels, mainly due to the thrombus formation. Seeding the synthetic scaffolds with endothelial cells (ECs) will potentially solve this problem, but this(More)
Kidney failure is a common disease with high frequency. Food-grade recombinant bacteria that can effectively remove urea has great potential for treatment of renal failure. A nonpathogenic strain, L. lactis MG1363, was transformed with plasmid pMG36eure, which carries urease gene. The expression of transgene urease in genetically modified L. lactis MG1363(More)
Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers represent one of the most efficient polymeric gene carriers. This study describes a new family of PAMAM dendrimers that can be synthesized using a Pentaerythritol derivative (PD) as a core that possesses 12 branches. This new approach in the synthesis of divergent dendrimers provided a rapid increase in the number of(More)
This article describes the immobilization of cholesterol oxidase on a cellulose acetate (CA) membrane activated by Sodium periodate, ethylenediamine, and glutaraldehyde etc. The properties of the immobilized enzyme membrane were investigated. The factors affecting the activity of immobilized enzyme such as the concentration of glutaraldehyde, the(More)
A Bacillus strain having a certain extent of asymmetric resolution for (S)-ketoprofen was studied for its culture and conversion condition. The distribution and properties of lipases/esterases from its bacterial cell and the change of asymmetric resolution ability were also investigated. After purification by hydrophobic interaction chromatography and gel(More)
Fructose was conjugated onto the inner surface of highly porous chitosan scaffold prepared by lyophilization. The modified scaffold with average pore size 50-200 microm was used to cultivate rat hepatocytes harvested by portal vein collagenase perfusion. The results indicated that while chitosan sponge alone supported cell attachment and growth, the(More)