Herein we firstly reported a simple, environment-friendly, controllable synthetic method of CuSe nanosnakes at room temperature using copper salts and sodium selenosulfate as the reactants, and bovine serum albumin (BSA) as foaming agent. As the amounts of selenide ions (Se2−) released from Na2SeSO3 in the solution increased, the cubic and snake-like CuSe nanostructures were formed gradually, the cubic nanostructures were captured by the CuSe nanosnakes, the CuSe nanosnakes grew wider and longer as the reaction time increased. Finally, the cubic CuSe nanostructures were completely replaced by BSA–CuSe nanosnakes. The prepared BSA–CuSe nanosnakes exhibited enhanced biocompatibility than the CuSe nanocrystals, which highly suggest that as-prepared BSA–CuSe nanosnakes have great potentials in applications such as biomedical engineering.
Copper selenide; Nanosnakes; Bovine serum albumin; Synthesis; Characterization; Mechanism; Biocompatibility
The binding of proteins to a nanostructure often alters protein secondary and tertiary structures. However, the main physical mechanisms that elicit protein conformational changes in the presence of the nanostructure have not yet been fully established. Here we performed a comprehensive spectroscopic study to probe the interactions between bovine serum albumin (BSA) and carbon-based nanostructures of graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Our results showed that the BSA “corona” acted as a weak acceptor to facilitate charge transfer from the carbon nanostructures. Notably, we observed that charge transfer occurred only in the case of SWNTs but not in graphene, resulting from the sharp and discrete electronic density of states of the former. Furthermore, the relaxation of external α–helices in BSA secondary structure increased concomitantly with the charge transfer. These results may help guide controlled nanostructure-biomolecular interactions and prove beneficial for developing novel drug delivery systems, biomedical devices and engineering of safe nanomaterials.
Protein corona; charge transfer; graphene; carbon nanotubes; Raman spectroscopy; FTIR spectroscopy
Thallium(I) copper(I) thorium(IV) triselenide, TlCuThSe3, crystallizes with four formula units in the space group Cmcm in the KCuZrS3 structure type. There is one crystallographically independent Th, Tl, and Cu atom at a site of symmetry 2/m.., m2m, and m2m, respectively. There are two crystallographically independent Se atoms at sites of symmetry m.. and m2m. The structure consists of sheets of edge-sharing ThSe6 octahedra and CuSe4 tetrahedra stacked parallel to the (010) face, separated by layers filled with chains of Tl running parallel to . Each Tl is coordinated by a trigonal prism of Se atoms.
Double-perovskite La2NiMnO6 (LNMO) nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation process, and the adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein on these nanoparticles was carried out. The powder samples were annealed at 750, 850, 950, and 1,050°C, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal that there are double perovskites and exhibit mixed orientations, without any impurity phases. Transmission electron microscopy results as well as the XRD estimate results show that the crystalline size is about 34 to 40 nm. The adsorption of BSA on the magnetic nanoparticles was analyzed using a UV spectrophotometer at room temperature. The results show that the as-prepared LNMO nanoparticles display a good adsorbing ability for BSA, and the nanoparticle sintered at 850°C has the highest value of 219.6 mg/g, which is much higher than others.
Chemical co-precipitation; LNMO; Magnetic property; Nanoparticles; Adsorption; Bovine serum albumin protein
Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to characterize the optical properties of thin (<5 nm) films of nanostructured titanium dioxide (TiO2). These films were then used to investigate the dynamic adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA, a model protein), as a function of protein concentration, pH, and ionic strength. Experimental results were analyzed by an optical model and revealed that hydrophobic interactions were the main driving force behind the adsorption process, resulting in up to 3.5 mg/m2 of albumin adsorbed to nanostructured TiO2. The measured thickness of the adsorbed BSA layer (less than 4 nm) supports the possibility that spreading of the protein molecules on the material surface occurred. Conformational changes of adsorbed proteins are important because they may subsequently lead to either accessibility or inaccessibility of bioactive sites which are ligands for cell interaction and function relevant to physiology and pathology.
Nanomaterials; protein adsorption; spectroscopic ellipsometry; titanium dioxide; bovine serum albumin
Nanocrystalline lead selenide (PbSe) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by a chemical bath deposition method, using sodium selenosulfate (Na2SeSO3) as a source of Se2− ions, and lead acetate as a source of Pb2+ ions. Trisodium citrate (TSC) was used as a complexing agent. PbSe films were prepared at various deposition temperatures while the pH value was kept fixed at 11, and the effect on the resulting film properties was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical absorption studies. The structural parameters, such as the lattice constant (a), crystallite size (D), dislocation density (ρ) and microstrain (ε) were evaluated from the XRD spectra. It was found that average crystallite size, as calculated from Scherrer’s formula, increased from 23 to 33 nm as the deposition temperature was varied from 303 to 343 K. The dislocation density and microstrain were found to vary inversely with the crystallite size, whereas the lattice constant was found to increase with an increase in crystallite size. The optical absorption spectra of the nanocrystalline PbSe films showed a blue shift, and the optical band gap (E
) was found to increase from 1.96 to 2.10 eV with the decrease in crystallite size.
chemical bath deposition; lattice parameter; lead selenide; Nelson–Riley plot; optical absorption
Primary allylic selenosulfates (seleno Bunte salts) and selenocyanates transfer the allylic selenide moiety to thiols giving primary allylic selenosulfides, which undergo rearrangement in the presence of PPh3 with the loss of selenium to give allylically rearranged allyl alkyl sulfides. This rearrangement may be conducted with prenyl-type selenosulfides to give isoprenyl alkyl sulfides. Alkyl secondary and tertiary allylic disulfides, formed by sulfide transfer from allylic heteroaryl disulfides to thiols, undergo desulfurative allylic rearrangement on treatment with PPh3 in methanolic acetonitrile at room temperature. With nerolidyl alkyl disulfides this rearrangement provides an electrophile-free method for the introduction of the farnesyl chain onto thiols. Both rearrangements are compatible with the full range of functionality found in the proteinogenic amino acids and it is demonstrated that the desulfurative rearrangement functions in aqueous media, enabling the derivatization of unprotected peptides. It is also demonstrated that the allylic disulfide rearrangement can be inducted in the absence of phosphine at room temperature by treatment with piperidine, or simply by refluxing in methanol. Under these latter conditions the reaction is also applicable to allyl aryl disulfides, providing allylically rearranged allyl aryl sulfides in good yields.
The interaction between Avelox and bovine serum albumin (BSA) was investigated at different temperatures by fluorescence spectroscopy. Results showed that Avelox could quench the intrinsic fluorescence of BSA strongly, and the quenching mechanism was a static quenching process with Förester spectroscopy energy transfer. The electrostatic force played an important role on the conjugation reaction between BSA and Avelox. The order of magnitude of binding constants (Ka) was 104, and the number of binding site (n) in the binary system was approximately equal to 1. The binding distance (r) was less than 3 nm and the primary binding site for Avelox was located in subdomain IIA of BSA. Synchronous fluorescence spectra clearly revealed that the microenvironment of amino acid residues and the conformation of BSA were changed during the binding reaction. In addition, the effect of some antibiotics on the binding constant of Avelox with BSA was also studied.
Assessment of behavioral skills remains critical to the evaluation of HIV prevention interventions; however, investigators often rely upon participant reports of self-efficacy to estimate such skills. We evaluated the relationship between self-efficacy beliefs for condom use and behavioral performance. Forty-three men completed the Condom Use Self-Efficacy Scale (CUSES) and participated in two behavioral assessments. Regression analyses indicated that the CUSES subscales relevant to negotiation of condom use did not account for a significant amount of variability in interpersonal skills; similarly, the CUSES subscale relevant to technical condom use skill did not account for variability in the condom application scores. We caution investigators against the assumption that higher self-efficacy reflects behavioral competence for HIV-risk reduction.
Self-efficacy; HIV; AIDS; assessment
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) contains high affinity binding sites for several endogenous and exogenous compounds and has been used to replace human serum albumin (HSA), as these two compounds share a similar structure. Naringin palmitate is a modified product of naringin that is produced by an acylation reaction with palmitic acid, which is considered to be an effective substance for enhancing naringin lipophilicity. In this study, the interaction of naringin palmitate with BSA was characterised by spectroscopic and molecular docking techniques.
The goal of this study was to investigate the interactions between naringin palmitate and BSA under physiological conditions, and differences in naringin and naringin palmitate affinities for BSA were further compared and analysed. The formation of naringin palmitate-BSA was revealed by fluorescence quenching, and the Stern-Volmer quenching constant (KSV) was found to decrease with increasing temperature, suggesting that a static quenching mechanism was involved. The changes in enthalpy (ΔH) and entropy (ΔS) for the interaction were detected at −4.11±0.18 kJ·mol−1 and −76.59±0.32 J·mol−1·K−1, respectively, which indicated that the naringin palmitate-BSA interaction occurred mainly through van der Waals forces and hydrogen bond formation. The negative free energy change (ΔG) values of naringin palmitate at different temperatures suggested a spontaneous interaction. Circular dichroism studies revealed that the α-helical content of BSA decreased after interacting with naringin palmitate. Displacement studies suggested that naringin palmitate was partially bound to site I (subdomain IIA) of the BSA, which was also substantiated by the molecular docking studies.
In conclusion, naringin palmitate was transported by BSA and was easily removed afterwards. As a consequence, an extension of naringin applications for use in food, cosmetic and medicinal preparations may be clinically and practically significant, especially in the design of new naringin palmitate-inspired drugs.
By combination of isoelectric focusing and immunoelectrophoresis of fresh bovine plasma it is shown that 10% of the albumin in plasma has isoionic points equal to the intramolecular SS-interchanged isomers of bovine serum albumin (BSA). It is also shown that (a) albumin with the isoionic point of SS-interchanged BSA is produced in the cow from radioiodinated BSA depleted from SS-interchanged albumin before injection and (b) purified radiolabeled SS-interchanged BSA can be converted in vivo to albumin with the native isoionic point. On this basis, it is proposed that SS-interchanged albumin in vivo is in postsynthetic equilibrium with the "native" albumin conformation. The SS-interchanged isomers purified either from commerical BSA or from BSA submitted to SH-SS interchange was, after radioiodination with 125I, compared metabolically with "native" albumin labeled with 131I in the same calf. Both species of SS-interchanged albumins have fast initial turnover rates but obtain a normal rate of degradation after the reversion to native albumin. If the isomers formed in vivo have the same properties as the ones present in commercial BSA, at least 50% of the physiological degradation of albumin can be accounted for by the 6-7 times faster catabolic rates of these isomers.
In this study, we applied electrical polarization technique to increase adsorption and control protein release from biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP). Three different biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) composites, with hydroxyapatite (HAp) and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP), were processed and electrically polarized. Our study showed that stored charge was increased in the composites with the increase in HAp percentage. Adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA), as a model protein, on the poled, as well as unpoled surfaces of the composites, was studied. The highest amount of BSA adsorption was obtained on positively poled surfaces of each composite. Adsorption isotherm study suggested a multilayer adsorption of BSA on the BCP composites. The effect of electrical polarization on BSA release kinetics from positively charged BCP surfaces was studied. A gradual increase in percent BSA release from positively charged BCP surfaces with decreasing stored charge was observed. Our study showed that the BCP based composites have the potential to be used as drug or growth factor delivery vehicle.
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effects of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and essentially fatty acid-free BSA (BSA-FAF) on the biliary clearance of compounds in sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes. Unbound fraction (fu), biliary excretion index (BEI), and unbound intrinsic biliary clearance (intrinsic Cl’biliary) were determined for digoxin, pravastatin, and taurocholate in the absence or presence of BSA or BSA-FAF. BSA had little effect on the BEI or intrinsic Cl’biliary of these compounds. Surprisingly, BSA-FAF decreased both BEI and intrinsic Cl’biliary for digoxin and pravastatin, which represent low and moderately-bound compounds, respectively. The BEI and intrinsic Cl’biliary of taurocholate, a highly-bound compound, were not altered significantly by BSA-FAF. Neither BSA nor BSA-FAF had a discernable effect on the bile canalicular networks, based on carboxydichlorofluorescein (CDF) retention. The addition of physiological concentrations of calcium, or the addition of fatty acids to BSA-FAF, was unable to restore the BEI or intrinsic Cl’biliary of the model compounds to similar values in the absence or presence of BSA. Careful consideration is warranted when selecting the type of BSA for addition to in vitro systems such as sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes.
Microchip capillary electrophoresis of proteins labeled either off- or on-chip with the “chameleon” CE dye 503 using poly(methyl methacrylate) microchips is presented. A simple dynamic coating using the cationic surfactant cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide prevented nonspecific adsorption of protein and dye to the channel walls. The labeling reactions for both off- and on-chip labeling proceeded at room temperature without requiring heating steps. In off-chip labeling, a 9 ng/mL concentration detection limit for bovine serum albumin (BSA), corresponding to a ~7 fg (100 zmol) mass detection limit, was obtained. In on-chip tagging, the free dye and protein were placed in different reservoirs of the microchip, and an extra incubation step was not needed. A 1 μg/mL concentration detection limit for BSA, corresponding to a ~700 fg (10 amol) mass detection limit, was obtained from this protocol. The earlier elution time of the BSA peak in on-chip labeling resulted from fewer total labels on each protein molecule. Our on-chip labeling method is an important part of automation in miniaturized devices.
Dye conjugation is a common strategy improving the surface enhanced Raman detection sensitivity of biomolecules. Reported is a proof-of-concept study of a novel surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic tagging strategy termed as acid-cleavable SERS tag (ACST) method. Using Rhodamine B as the starting material, we prepared the first ACST prototype that consisted of, from the distal end, a SERS tag moiety (STM), an acid-cleavable linker, and a protein reactive moiety. Complete acid cleavage of the ACST tags was achieved at a very mild condition that is 1.5% trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) aqueous solution at room temperature. SERS detection of this ACST tagged protein was demonstrated using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the model protein. While the SERS spectrum of intact ACST-BSA was entirely dominated by the fluorescent signal of STM, quality SERS spectra can be readily obtained with the acid cleaved ACST-BSA conjugates. Separation of the acid cleaved STM from protein further enhances the SERS sensitivity. Current SERS detection sensitivity, achieved with the acid cleaved ACST-BSA conjugate is ~5 nM in terms of the BSA concentration and ~1.5 nM in ACST content. The linear dynamic range of the cleaved ACST-BSA conjugate spans four orders of magnitudes from ~10 nM to ~100 μM in protein concentrations. Further improvement in the SERS sensitivity can be achieved with resonance Raman acquisition. This cleavable tagging strategy may also be used for elimination of protein interference in fluorescence based biomolecule detection.
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) is a cytokine that regulates immune and inflammatory overactivation in various pathological states. Protein therapeutics may antagonize this cytokine, but may also have systemic toxicities. Small molecule natural products are also efficacious, but can suffer from poor oral bioavailability. A drug delivery vehicle is needed to sustain release of active therapeutics and address localized inflammation.
Chitosan is a biocompatible aminopolysaccharide that undergoes thermally-initiated gelation in cosolutions with glycerophosphate (GP), and may entrap and sustain release of additive therapeutics. Gelation time and temperature of chitosan/GP were evaluated by turbidity (OD350), as was the kinetic effect of bovine serum albumin (BSA) entrapment. We investigated in vitro release of BSA and various anti-TNF agents (curcumin, sTNFRII, anti-TNF antibody) and confirmed in vitro activity of the released drugs using an established bioassay.
Turbidity results show that chitosan/GP thermogel achieves gelation at 37°C within 10 minutes, even with significant protein loading. Sustained BSA release occurred with 50% retained at 7 days. All anti-TNF therapeutics exhibited sustained release, with 10% of sTNFRII and anti-TNF antibody remaining after 7 days and 10% of curcumin remaining after 20 days. After release, each compound antagonized TNFα-cytotoxicity in murine fibrosarcoma cells.
This study demonstrates that thermogelling chitosan/GP entraps and sustains release of a broad range of anti-TNF agents. Such delivery of disease-modifying therapy could establish a drug depot to treat local inflammation. The breadth of molecular sizes demonstrates significant versatility, and slow release could protect against toxicities of systemic delivery.
chitosan; drug delivery; drug depot; tumor necrosis factor alpha; inflammation; curcumin
Endomorphins (EMs) have a very important bridge-function in
cardiovascular, endocrinological, and neurological systems. This
study is to investigate the effects of EMs on the synthesis and
secretion of vasoactive substances induced by advanced glycation
end products in primary cultured human umbilical vein endothelial
cells (HUVECs). Firstly, HUVECs were stimulated with AGEs-bovine
serum albumin (AGEs-BSA), bovine serum albumin (BSA), or both
AGEs-BSA and EMs together, respectively. Then, HUVEC survival rate
was calculated by MTT assay, the levels of NO, endothelial nitric
oxide synthase (eNOS), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)
were detected by colorimetric analysis, and the contents of
endothelin-1 (ET-1) were detected by ELISA. The mRNA levels of
eNOS and ET-1 were measured by RT-PCR. The expression of p38
mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) was detected by
immunofluorescence assay. The results showed that the mRNA
expression and secretion of eNOS were significantly enhanced after
incubation with EMs compared to those with AGEs-BSA, while the
secretion of NO and iNOS, mRNA expression, and secretion of ET-1
had opposite changes. The fluorescence intensity of p38MAPK in
nuclear was decreased after pretreatment with EMs compared to
incubation with AGEs-BSA. Conclusion. The present
study suggests that EMs have certain protection effect on
AGEs-BSA-induced injury in HUVEC.
Immune cells induced by bovine serum albumin (BSA) and its methylated derivative (MBSA) have been compared in a cooperative cell transfer system for their content of BSA-specific antibody-forming cell precursors (AFCP, B) and BSA-specific helper (T) cells. When MBSA immune cells were transferred together with hapten-primed cells into recipient mice which were stimulated by a hapten-BSA conjugate, their cooperative secondary anti-hapten response was as good as in case of transferred BSA immune cells. Their secondary anti-BSA response, however, was markedly reduced (reduction factor > 30). Hapten-MBSA conjugates had the same capacity to react with BSA-specific helper cells in the cooperative secondary anti-hapten response as hapten-BSA conjugates but had a reduced ability to react with BSA-specific AFCP cells. In spite of the pronounced reduction of the B cell response, MBSA had the same threshold dose as BSA for activating BSA-specific T cells. These data suggest that B and T cells recognize different epitopes on the BSA molecule, only those recognized by B cells being affected by the methylation procedure.
Our laboratory has pioneered the use of bovine serum albumin (BSA) linked to different positions of the ring structure of progesterone to investigate steroid-membrane interactions. The complex can be radioiodinated to demonstrate the existence of specific membrane progesterone binding sites in the rat brain. Not only are these progesterone complexes specific ligands, but they also elicit functional responses in the central nervous system (CNS), particularly in the corpus striatum (CS) where progesterone-BSA conjugates linked at C-3 and C-11 positions (P-3-BSA and P-11-BSA) alter amphetamine-evoked dopamine release. In this communication we will report our current studies that use radioiodinated progesterone-BSA conjugates (P-3-125I-BSA, P-6-125I-BSA, and P-11-125I-BSA) and estradiol-BSA conjugates linked at C-6 position (17 beta-E-6-125I-BSA and 17-E-6-BSA) to demonstrate the existence of specific membrane binding sites for progesterone and estrogen in several regions of the rat brain. In addition, initial studies to isolate and purify these membrane binding sites from digitonin-solubilized P2-membrane fractions by affinity chromatography are reported. The data indicate that these sites are part of a complex membrane receptor for either estrogen or progesterone, the so-called membrane estrogen receptor (mER) and the membrane progesterone receptor (mPR), respectively.
We investigated fluorescence enhancements and lifetime reductions of Cy5 probe molecules at various distances from the deposited silver island film surface using single molecule spectroscopic methods. The proximity of fluorophore molecules to the surface was controlled by alternating layers of biotinylated bovine serum albumin (BSA-biotin) and avidin, followed by binding of Cy5-labeled oligonucleotides to the top of a BSA-biotin layer structure. We observed dramatically varied brightness of fluorophores with distances from metal structures as well with reduced blinking in the presence of silver island films. In addition, distributions of fluorescence lifetimes and apparent emission intensities from individual molecules indicate an inhomogeneous nature of local matrix surface near metallic nanostructures. These studies illustrate the exclusive information that is otherwise hidden in ensemble measurements.
The binding of coomassie brilliant blue G (CBB) to bovine serum albumin (BSA) was investigated under simulative physiological conditions employing different optical spectroscopic techniques viz., fluorescence emission, UV–visible absorption and FTIR. Fluorescence quenching data obtained at different temperatures suggested the presence of dynamic type of quenching mechanism. The binding constant of CBB-BSA and the number of binding sites (n) for CBB in BSA were calculated and found to be 4.20 × 104 M−1 and 0.96 respectively, at 302 K. The value of n close to unity indicated that the protein has a single class of binding sites for CBB. The thermodynamic parameters revealed that the hydrophobic forces played a major role in the interaction of CBB to BSA. The distance between the CBB and protein was calculated using the theory of Föster’s Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET). The conformational change in the secondary structure of BSA upon interaction with dye was investigated by synchronous fluorescence and FTIR techniques. Competitive binding studies were also carried out to know the location of binding of CBB on BSA.
Coomassie brilliant blue G; Physiological condition; Optical spectroscopy; Binding parameter; Thermodynamic parameter
Chemical coupling of polyethylene glycol (PEG) to proteins or particles (PEGylation), prolongs their circulation half-life by greater than 50-fold, reduces their immunogenicity, and also promotes their accumulation in tumors due to enhanced permeability and retention effect. Herein, phase separation method was used to prepare bovine serum albumin (BSA) nanoparticles. PEGylation of BSA nanoparticles was performed by SPA activated mPEG through their free amino groups. Effect of process variables on PEGylation efficiency of BSA nanoparticles was investigated and optimized through response surface methodology with the amount of free amino groups as response. Optimum conditions was found to be 32.5 g/l of PEG concentration, PEG-nanoparticle incubation time of 10 min, incubation temperature of 27°C, and pH of 7 for 5 mg of BSA nanoparticles in 1 mL phosphate buffer. Analysis of data showed that PEG concentration had the most noticeable effect on the amount of PEGylated amino groups, but pH had the least. Mean diameter and zeta potential of PEGylated nanoparticles under these conditions were 217 nm and −14 mV, respectively. In conclusion, PEGylated nanoparticles demonstrated reduction of the negative surface charge compared to the non modified particles with the zeta potential of −31.7 mV. Drug release from PEGylated nanoparticles was almost slower than non-PEGylated ones, probably due to existence of a PEG layer around PEGylated particles which makes an extra resistance in opposition to drug diffusion.
5-fluorouracil; BSA nanoparticle; PEGylation optimization; response surface method (RSM)
The benefits of adding bovine serum albumin (BSA) or T4 gene 32 protein (gp32) to PCR were evaluated with reaction mixtures containing substances that inhibit amplification. Whereas 10- to 1,000-fold more FeCl3, hemin, fulvic acids, humic acids, tannic acids, or extracts from feces, freshwater, or marine water were accommodated in PCR when either 400 ng of BSA per microl or 150 ng of gp32 per microl was included in the reactions, neither BSA nor gp32 relieved interference significantly when minimum inhibitory levels of bile salts, bilirubin, EDTA, NaCl, sodium dodecyl sulfate, or Triton X-100 were present. Use of BSA and gp32 together offered no more relief of inhibition than either alone at its optimal level, and neither protein had any noticeable effect on amplification in the absence of inhibitors.
In this study, we examined the binding of Candida albicans synchronized yeast-phase cells to plastic, immobilized amino acids and bovine serum albumin (BSA) and quantified the binding by using an XTT tetrazolium salt assay and absorbance determination. Our results show that C. albicans binds efficiently and specifically to several nonpolar aliphatic amino acids and positively charged amino acids and to BSA immobilized on tissue culture plastic but not to polar uncharged, negatively charged, or aromatic amino acids. Adhesion of yeasts to immobilized amino acids was not affected by preincubation of cells with BSA, whereas binding to immobilized BSA was affected by preincubation of yeasts with alanine, proline, and leucine but not by arginine or lysine. The ability to distinguish the chirality of these amino acids was also examined by using both the d and l amino acid configurations, and the results show that C. albicans yeasts recognize only the l configuration of these amino acids. The observations that C. albicans specifically binds to certain amino acids indicate that these amino acids may prove useful tools for studying the binding interactions of C. albicans yeasts with host proteins such as components of the extracellular matrix.
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein incorporated with hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by in situ precipitation process. 2 mol% Zn2+ and Mg2+ were used as dopants to synthesize Zn2+/Mg2+ doped HA-BSA NPs by in situ synthesis route. In our study we used BSA as a model protein. The amount of BSA uptake by doped and undoped HA NPs and subsequent release of BSA from NPs were investigated. Zn doped HA NPs showed the highest amount of BSA uptake, whereas the amount of BSA loaded in undoped HA NPs was the lowest. A two-stage BSA release profile from doped and undoped HA NPs was observed in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) at pH 7.2 ± 0.2. Initial burst release was due to the desorption of BSA from the HA surface. The later stage of slow release was controlled by the dissolution of BSA incorporated HA NPs. BSA release rate from Zn doped HA NPs was found to be the highest, whereas undoped HA NPs released BSA at the slowest rate. Our study showed that the protein release rate from HA NPs can be controlled by the addition of suitable dopants and doped HA based NP systems can be used in bone growth factor and drug release study.
Nanoparticles; Hydroxyapatite; Dopant; Bovine serum albumin; Protein release