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Verleysen E.,EM Service | Van Doren E.,EM Service | Waegeneers N.,Trace Elements Service | De Temmerman P.-J.,EM Service | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2015

Metallic silver is an EU approved food additive referred to as E174. It is generally assumed that silver is only present in bulk form in the food chain. This work demonstrates that a simple treatment with water of "silver pearls", meant for decoration of pastry, results in the release of a subfraction of silver nanoparticles. The number-based size and shape distributions of the single, aggregated, and/or agglomerated particles released from the silver pearls were determined by combining conventional bright-field TEM imaging with semiautomatic particle detection and analysis. In addition, the crystal structure of the particles was studied by electron diffraction and chemical information was obtained by combining HAADF-STEM imaging with EDX spectroscopy and mapping. The TEM results were confirmed by SP-ICP-MS. The representative Ag test nanomaterial NM-300K was used as a positive control to determine the uncertainty on the measurement of the size and shape of the particles. © 2015 American Chemical Society.


PubMed | EM Service and Protein and Expression System Engineering unit
Type: | Journal: Journal of virological methods | Year: 2016

Virus-like particles (VLPs) are promising molecular structures for the design and construction of novel vaccines, diagnostic tools, and gene therapy vectors. Size, oligomer assembly and repetitiveness of epitopes are optimal features to induce strong immune responses. Several VLP-based vaccines are currently licensed and commercialized, and many vaccine candidates are now under preclinical and clinical studies. In recent years, the development of genetically engineered recombinant VLPs has accelerated the need for new, improved downstream processes. In particular, a rapid low cost purification process has been identified as a remaining key challenge in manufacturing process development. In the present study we set up a size-exclusion chromatography-based, scalable purification protocol for the purification of a VLP-based influenza A vaccine produced in Escherichia coli. Recombinant VLPs derived from the RNA bacteriophage MS2 displaying an epitope from the ectodomain of Matrix 2 protein from influenza A virus were produced and purified. The 3 steps purification protocol uses a recently developed multimodal size-exclusion chromatography medium (Capto Core 700) in combination with detergent extraction and size-exclusion polishing to reach a 89% VLP purity with a 19% yield. The combination of this downstream strategy following production in E. coli would be suited for production of VLP-based veterinary vaccines targeting livestock and companion animals where large amounts of doses must be produced at an affordable price.


PubMed | EM Service and Trace Elements Service
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of agricultural and food chemistry | Year: 2015

Metallic silver is an EU approved food additive referred to as E174. It is generally assumed that silver is only present in bulk form in the food chain. This work demonstrates that a simple treatment with water of silver pearls, meant for decoration of pastry, results in the release of a subfraction of silver nanoparticles. The number-based size and shape distributions of the single, aggregated, and/or agglomerated particles released from the silver pearls were determined by combining conventional bright-field TEM imaging with semiautomatic particle detection and analysis. In addition, the crystal structure of the particles was studied by electron diffraction and chemical information was obtained by combining HAADF-STEM imaging with EDX spectroscopy and mapping. The TEM results were confirmed by SP-ICP-MS. The representative Ag test nanomaterial NM-300 K was used as a positive control to determine the uncertainty on the measurement of the size and shape of the particles.

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