Microbubbles (MB) are small gas-filled colloidal particles (1–8μm) that have specific acoustic properties that make them useful as a contrast agent in ultrasound imaging. The use of the MBs in clinical practice led to the development of more sensitive imaging techniques both in cardiology and radiology, including subharmonic and multipulse imaging, pulse inversion and harmonic power Doppler. Protein-based microbubbles are typically obtained by dispersing of gas phase in the protein solution. The protein deposited/cross-linked on the gas/liquid interface stabilizes the gas core. Innovative applications of protein-MBs prompt the investigation on the properties of MBs obtained using different proteins that are able to confer them specific properties and functionality. Recently, growth factor–releasing scaffolds have been also fabricated by incorporating growth factor–releasing BSA-MBs in the scaffold-manufacturing processes. BSA-MBs have been used as a new porogen to produce BSA-coated cell-friendly surfaces in preserving the bioactivity of loaded growth factor. In a previous work, we have synthesized stable lysozyme microbubbles (Lys-MB) using high intensity ultrasound-induced emulsification of a partly reduced lysozyme in aqueous solutions. Both the hydrophobic nature of the enzyme, to provide foaming properties, and the formation of disulfide bonds are requirements for the formation of stable protein-microbubbles. In the present work a better characterization of Lys-MB obtained was performed demonstrating their biodegradability property. We also present evidence that Lys-MBs can be functionalised by protein, DNA coating and drugs, as carrier for therapeutic applications.
Melino, S., Zhou, M., Tortora, M., Paci, M., Ashokkumar, M., & Cavalieri, F. (2010). LYSOZYME- MICROBUBBLES WITH NEW PROPERTIES FOR SMART APPLICATIONS. In 35th FEBS Congress Molecule of Life Vol. 277 Supplement 1 (pp.237-238). Cambridge.
|Autori:||Melino, S; Zhou, M; Tortora, M; Paci, M; Ashokkumar, M; Cavalieri, F|
|Titolo:||LYSOZYME- MICROBUBBLES WITH NEW PROPERTIES FOR SMART APPLICATIONS|
|Nome del convegno:||35th FEBS congress Molecules of Life 2010|
|Luogo del convegno:||Gothenburg Sweden|
|Anno del convegno:||2010|
|Numero del convegno:||35th|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||FEBS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||giu-2010|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/10|
|Tipologia:||Intervento a convegno|
|Citazione:||Melino, S., Zhou, M., Tortora, M., Paci, M., Ashokkumar, M., & Cavalieri, F. (2010). LYSOZYME- MICROBUBBLES WITH NEW PROPERTIES FOR SMART APPLICATIONS. In 35th FEBS Congress Molecule of Life Vol. 277 Supplement 1 (pp.237-238). Cambridge.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||02 - Intervento a convegno|