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Microbial Exopolysaccharides: From Genes to Applications

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889198436 Year: Pages: 161 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88919-843-6 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Microbiology --- Science (General)
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Microbial polysaccharides represent an attractive alternative to those from plants or macro algae. They can be produced from renewable sources including lignocellulosic waste streams. Their production does not depend on geographical constraints and/or seasonal limitations. Additionally the manipulation of biosynthetic pathways to enhance productivity or to influence the chemi-cal polysaccharide composition is comparatively easy in bacteria. Microbial exopolysaccharides represents a valuable resource of biogenic and biodegradable polymers, suitable to replace petro based polymers in various technical applications. Furthermore, biocompatible exopolysaccha-rides are very attractive in medical applications, such as drug delivery systems, use as vaccines or nanoparticles. This research topic will depict the status quo, as well as the future needs in the field of EPS and biofilm research. Starting from the unexplored diversity of microbial polysaccharide producers to production processes and possibilities for modifications, to enhance the already high number of functionalities based on the chemical structures. An overview of the recent and future applications will be given, and the necessity in unravelling the biosynthesis of microbial exopolysaccharide producers is depicted, highlighting the future trend of tailor made polymers. Constraints in structure analysis of these highly complex biogenic polymers are described and different approaches to solve the restrictions in imaging and NMR analysis will be given. Therefore; this research topic comprises the whole process from genes to applications.

Microbial Exopolymers: Sources, Chemico-Physiological Properties, and Ecosystem Effects in the Marine Environment

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889456024 Year: Pages: 152 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88945-602-4 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Science (General) --- Oceanography --- Microbiology
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Microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, microeukaryotes) in marine environments secrete a diverse array of exopolymeric substances that facilitate attachment to surfaces, the formation of organic colloids and larger aggregations of cells (marine snow), and that can influence many ocean, as well as global, processes. The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight recent advances in the sources, chemistry and function of these microbial-produced macromolecules. We encouraged original research and reviews on exopolymeric substances, from their sources, chemico-physiological properties, functions and ecosystem effects, and including their role in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Antimicrobial Resistance in Environmental Waters

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ISBN: 9783038976080 9783038976097 Year: Pages: 188 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-609-7 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering --- Environmental Engineering
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This Special Issue on Antimicrobial Resistance in Environmental Waters features 11 articles on the monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in natural aquatic systems (i.e., reservoirs, rivers), and effluent discharge from water treatment plants to assess the effectiveness of AMR removal and resulting loads in treated waters. Some of the key elements of AMR studies presented in this Special Issue highlight the underlying drivers of AMR contamination in the environment and the evaluation of the hazard imposed on aquatic organisms in receiving environments through ecological risk assessments. As described in this Issue, screening antimicrobial peptide (AMP) libraries for biofilm disruption and antimicrobial candidates are promising avenues for the development of new treatment options to eradicate resistance.

Self-Assembly of Polymers

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ISBN: 9783039285068 / 9783039285075 Year: Pages: 186 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-507-5 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Nowadays, polymer self-assembly has become extremely attractive for both biological (drug delivery, tissue engineering, scaffolds) and non-biological (packaging, semiconductors) applications. In nature, a number of key biological processes are driven by polymer self-assembly, for instance protein folding. Impressive morphologies can be assembled from polymers thanks to a diverse range of interactions involved, e.g., electrostatics, hydrophobic, hots-guest interactions, etc. Both 2D and 3D tailor-made assemblies can be designed through modern powerful techniques and approaches such as the layer-by-layer and the Langmuir-Blodgett deposition, hard and soft templating. This Special Issue highlights contributions (research papers, short communications, review articles) that focus on recent developments in polymer self-assembly for both fundamental understanding the assembly phenomenon and real applications.

Smart and Functional Polymers

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ISBN: 9783039215904 9783039215911 Year: Pages: 306 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-591-1 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General) --- Inorganic Chemistry
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This book is based on the Special Issue of the journal Molecules on “Smart and Functional Polymers”. The collected research and review articles focus on the synthesis and characterization of advanced functional polymers, polymers with specific structures and performances, current improvements in advanced polymer-based materials for various applications, and the opportunities and challenges in the future. The topics cover the emerging synthesis and characterization technology of smart polymers, core?shell structure polymers, stimuli-responsive polymers, anhydrous electrorheological materials fabricated from conducting polymers, reversible polymerization systems, and biomedical polymers for drug delivery and disease theranostics. In summary, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the latest synthesis approaches, representative structures and performances, and various applications of smart and functional polymers. It will serve as a useful reference for all researchers and readers interested in polymer sciences and technologies.

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amphiphilicity --- phase change --- polyamino acids --- degradability --- fine-tuning --- pH responsive --- poly(methacrylamide)s --- phase transition --- catalyst --- CO2 --- heterogeneous catalysis --- molecular sieve --- polyether imidazole ionic liquid --- Vitamin E --- albumin --- core-shell nanoparticles --- paclitaxel --- multi-drug resistance --- breast cancer --- conducting polymer --- composite --- electrorheological --- smart fluid --- viscoelastic --- controlled polymerization --- reversible polymerization --- sustainable polymers --- pH responsive polymers --- nanomedicine --- tumor imaging --- drug delivery --- polymerization dispersion method --- polyaniline --- polyvinyl alcohol --- glutaraldehyde --- chemical activation --- Glycopolymer --- post-polymerization functionalization --- perfluoroaryl azides --- Staudinger reaction --- castor oil --- biomedical devices --- polyurethanes --- polycaprolactone-diol --- chitosan --- fluoropolymers --- melt-shear organization --- chemical resistance --- solvent responsiveness --- hydrophobicity --- core/shell particles --- emulsion polymerization --- particle processing --- ?-NaYF4 --- rare earth upconversion nanoparticles --- core–shell structure --- hydrogels --- applications --- targeted drug delivery --- drug release --- hydrophobic drug delivery --- clinical translation --- versatile platform --- administration routes --- diverse therapeutic areas --- hearing loss --- saffron --- endophytic exopolysaccharide --- gentamicin --- cochlear hair cell --- polymeric nanoparticles --- stimuli-sensitive polymers --- co-delivery systems --- synergistic effect --- nucleic acid delivery --- chemotherapy --- phenylboronic acid --- gel --- glucose sensitivity --- drug delivery --- diabetes therapy --- amphiphilic copolymer --- hydrolyzable polyurea --- micelle --- controlled drug delivery --- cancer chemotherapy --- polymerization or post-polymerization modification methods --- polymer-based supramolecular chemistry --- stimuli-responsive polymers --- shape memory polymers --- self-healing polymers --- polymers for industrial catalysis --- polymers for water or effluent treatment --- polymers for sensing, separation, and purification --- polymers for fabrication --- renewable polymer materials used for agriculture --- functional polymers used in food science --- polymers for information storage, electronics, and energy conversion --- functional polymers for diagnosis, imaging, drug delivery, and tissue engineering --- polymers with biological activity (e.g., antitumor, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial activity) --- polymer-based medical devices

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