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Kristin N Wilde, Phuong A H Nguyen, David G Whitten, Heather E Canavan
Each year, the United States spends about $20 billion to treat people who have been infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria. Even so, the development of new antibiotics has slowed considerably since the mid-20th century. As a result, researchers are looking into developing synthetic compounds and materials with antimicrobial activities such as those made by the Schanze and Whitten groups [ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 3, 2820 (2011)]. Previously, they have demonstrated that poly(phenylene ethynylene) (PPE) based electrolytes and oligomeric end-only phenylene ethynylene (EO-OPE) based electrolytes possess strong biocidal activity...
April 20, 2017: Biointerphases
Zachary L Highland, Jayne C Garno
A practical approach for preparing protein nanopatterns has been to design surface templates of nanopatterns of alkanethiols or organosilanes that will selectively bind and localize the placement of biomolecules. Particle lithography provides a way to prepare millions of protein nanopatterns with a few basic steps. For our nanopatterning strategy, organosilanes with methoxy and sulfhydryl groups were chosen as a surface template. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) was selected as a model for patterning. Areas of 2-[methoxy (polyethyleneoxy)6-9propyl]trichlorosilane (MPT-silane) are effective as a matrix for resisting the attachment of proteins, whereas nanopatterns with sulfur groups provide reactive sites for binding linker groups to connect proteins...
April 19, 2017: Biointerphases
Jiaqi Luo, Christina Hein, Frank Mücklich, Marc Solioz
The killing of bacteria on metallic copper surfaces in minutes to hours is referred to as contact killing. Why copper possesses such strong antimicrobial activity has remained enigmatic. Based on the physicochemical properties of metals, it was recently predicted that cadmium should also be active in contact killing [Hans et al., Biointerphases 11, 018902 (2010)]. Here, the authors show that cadmium is indeed antimicrobial. It kills three logs of bacteria in 9 h, compared to copper which kills eight logs of bacteria...
April 13, 2017: Biointerphases
Marta A Cooperstein, Phuong A H Nguyen, Heather E Canavan
Although there is a great deal of research focused on cell sheet engineering from polymers such as poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (pNIPAM), the biocompatibility of pNIPAM surfaces and the nature of cellular detachment from this polymer is still unclear. The most extensive study of the mechanism of detachment proposed a two-step process, with a first (passive) phase involving hydration of pNIPAM chains, and the second (active) phase involving cellular metabolism. However, a number of studies performed successful cell sheet detachment from pNIPAM-grafted surfaces at low temperatures which calls this hypothesis into question...
April 12, 2017: Biointerphases
Manuel Toledano, Raquel Osorio, Modesto T López-López, Fátima S Aguilera, Franklin García-Godoy, Manuel Toledano-Osorio, Estrella Osorio
The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in the mechanical behavior and bonding capability of Zn-doped resin-infiltrated caries-affected dentin interfaces. Dentin surfaces were treated with 37% phosphoric acid (PA) followed by application of a dentin adhesive, single bond (SB) (PA+SB) or by 0.5 M ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) followed by SB (EDTA+SB). ZnO microparticles of 10 wt. % or 2 wt. % ZnCl2 was added into SB, resulting in the following groups: PA+SB, PA+SB-ZnO, PA+SB-ZnCl2, EDTA+SB, EDTA+SB-ZnO, EDTA+SB-ZnCl2...
April 4, 2017: Biointerphases
Prem C Pandey, Govind Pandey, Roger J Narayan
Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs) have been used as an efficient and safe carrier for drug delivery and biocatalysis. The surface modification of MSNPs using suitable reagents may provide a robust framework in which two or more components can be incorporated to give multifunctional capabilities (e.g., synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles within mesoporous architecture along with loading of a bioactive molecule). In this study, the authors reported on a new synthetic route for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) within (1) unmodified MSNPs and (2) 3-trihydroxysilylpropyl methylphosphonate-modified MSNPs...
March 27, 2017: Biointerphases
Yang Wang, Dzhuliya Vasileva, Silviya P Zustiak, Irma Kuljanishvili
Dispersion of high quality carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in aqueous solutions is of central importance for their potential biological and biomedical applications. Although it is now possible to obtain highly dispersed CNT solutions by means of surfactant assisted processing, organic functionalization, and mechanical mixing, a concern remains about preservation of CNTs' quality during these dispersion procedures. In this report, the authors demonstrate that by employing Raman spectroscopy, one can study changes in CNTs' quality post-dispersion...
March 24, 2017: Biointerphases
Nesrine Riahi, Frederic Murschel, Sophie Lerouge, Yves Durocher, Olivier Henry, Gregory De Crescenzo
In an effort to rationalize and optimize an antiapoptotic coating combining chondroitin sulfate (CS) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) for vascular applications, the authors here report the comparison of two grafting strategies aiming to display EGF in an oriented fashion on CS. For that purpose, the authors produced, purified, and characterized a chimeric protein corresponding to EGF that was N-terminally fused to a cysteine and a coil peptide. The chimera was covalently immobilized via its free thiol group or captured via coiled-coil interactions at the surface of a biosensor or on a chondroitin sulfate coating in multiwell plates, mimicking the coating that was previously developed by them for stent-graft surfaces...
March 21, 2017: Biointerphases
Nicholas G Welch, Judith A Scoble, Benjamin W Muir, Paul J Pigram
Orientation of surface immobilized capture proteins, such as antibodies, plays a critical role in the performance of immunoassays. The sensitivity of immunodiagnostic procedures is dependent on presentation of the antibody, with optimum performance requiring the antigen binding sites be directed toward the solution phase. This review describes the most recent methods for oriented antibody immobilization and the characterization techniques employed for investigation of the antibody state. The introduction describes the importance of oriented antibodies for maximizing biosensor capabilities...
March 16, 2017: Biointerphases
Achyut J Raghavendra, Nasser Alsaleh, Jared M Brown, Ramakrishna Podila
Upon introduction into a biological system, engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) rapidly associate with a variety of biomolecules such as proteins and lipids to form a biocorona. The presence of "biocorona" influences nano-bio interactions considerably, and could ultimately result in altered biological responses. Apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I), the major constituent of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), is one of the most prevalent proteins found in ENM-biocorona irrespective of ENM nature, size, and shape. Given the importance of ApoA-I in HDL and cholesterol transport, it is necessary to understand the mechanisms of ApoA-I adsorption and the associated structural changes for assessing consequences of ENM exposure...
March 7, 2017: Biointerphases
Vytis Čižinauskas, Nicolas Elie, Alain Brunelle, Vitalis Briedis
Linoleic, oleic, palmitoleic, palmitic, and stearic fatty acids (FAs) are commonly used in dermatological formulations. They differ by their structure, presence in the skin, and mode of application in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics compounding. These FAs are also known as chemical penetration enhancers, but their mechanisms of penetration enhancement and effect on barrier characteristics of the skin require additional study. In this study, the authors conducted an ex vivo analysis of the distribution of lipid components in the epidermis and dermis of human skin after applying individual FAs...
March 2, 2017: Biointerphases
Byeong Cheol Jo, Hyun Jung Yoon, Myoung-Ryul Ok, Sangwook Wu
Graphene is a nanomaterial that is widely used in electronics, biomedicine, and drug-delivery systems. Although it has many industrial applications, the cytotoxicity of graphene has not been sufficiently studied. In this study, the authors used molecular dynamics simulation to investigate how a graphene nanosheet affects a blood-coagulation protein, namely, a tissue factor/FVIIa binary complex bound to a lipid bilayer membrane, in a 4:1 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine/1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-l-serine lipid bilayer mixture...
February 28, 2017: Biointerphases
Mangesh S Diware, Hyun Mo Cho, Won Chegal, Yong Jai Cho, Sang Won O, Se-Hwan Paek, Dong Soo Kim, Kyeong-Suk Kim, Yoon Gi Min, Jae Heung Jo, ChaeHo Shin
Highly sensitive solution immersed silicon (SIS) biosensors were developed for detection of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in the early stage. The ultrasensitivity for overlayer thickness at the nonreflecting condition for the p-polarized wave is the basis of SIS sensing technology. The change in thickness due to biomolecular interactions and change in refractive index of the surrounding buffer medium were assessed simultaneously using two separate ellipsometric parameters (Ψ and Δ), respectively, from a single sensing spot...
February 23, 2017: Biointerphases
Yue Dai, Tong Sun, Zhibing Zhang, Zhenyu J Zhang, Jian-Rong Li
Zinc oxide (ZnO) films were prepared on aluminum substrate by a hydrothermal method to investigate the effect of their surface characteristics, including morphology and hydrophobicity, on the corresponding antibiofilm performance. The surface characteristics of the prepared ZnO films were examined by a comprehensive range of methodologies, suggesting that films of distinctive surface morphologies were successfully formed. Subsequently, their antibiofilm activities, using Shewanella putrefaciens as a model bacterium, were assessed...
February 9, 2017: Biointerphases
Hamideh Heidari Zare, Viktorija Juhart, Attila Vass, Gerhard Franz, Dieter Jocham
Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), caused by several strains of bacteria, are a common complication for catheterized patients. This may eventually lead to a blockage of the catheter due to the formation of a crystalline or amorphous biofilm. Inhibiting bacteria should result in a longer application time free of complaints. This issue has been investigated using an innovative type of silver-coated catheter with a semipermeable cap layer to prevent CAUTI. In this work, two different types of silver catheters were investigated, both of which were capped with poly(p-xylylene) (PPX-N) and exhibited different surface properties that completely changed their wetting conduct with water...
January 18, 2017: Biointerphases
Seongyeon Cho, Ho Yun Shin, Moon Il Kim
Although protein-stabilized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) have gathered recent attention as biocompatible peroxidase mimics, their practical utility has been critically limited by the low catalytic activity. Here, the authors have developed a nanohybrid material to significantly enhance the catalytic activity of AuNCs by combining them with other inorganic enzyme mimetics, Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), through electrostatic attraction. Owing to the synergistic effect by incorporating AuNCs and MNPs, the constructed nanohybrids yielded highly enhanced catalytic activity and enabled rapid catalytic oxidation of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine substrate to produce a blue-colored solution in proportional to the amount of H2O2...
January 17, 2017: Biointerphases
Giulia Suarato, Weiyi Li, Yizhi Meng
There is a continuous demand for sensitive and efficient cancer drug delivery systems that, when administered at low concentrations, are capable of detecting early-stage pathological conditions and increasing patient survival without adverse side effects. Recent developments in the design of chitosan-based smart drug delivery nanocomplexes are able to respond to the distinctive features of the tumor microenvironment and have provided powerful tools for cancer targeted treatment. Due to its biocompatibility and pH-responsiveness, chitosan has emerged as a promising candidate for the formulation of novel, supramolecular multifunctional materials...
December 25, 2016: Biointerphases
Anna Belu, Katharina Maniura, Sally McArthur
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December 23, 2016: Biointerphases
Martin Munz, Angelo Bella, Santanu Ray, Nia C Bell, Alexander G Shard, Caterina Minelli
Engineered peptides capable of binding to silica have been used to provide contrast in chemical force microscopy and tested for their capacity to selectively capture silica nanoparticles (NPs). Gold coated atomic force microscopy (AFM) microcantilevers with integrated tips and colloidal probes were functionalized with engineered peptides through a thiol group of a terminal cysteine which was linked via a glycine trimer to a 12-mer binding sequence. The functionalized probes demonstrated a significantly increased binding force on silicon oxide areas of a gold-patterned silicon wafer, whereas plain gold probes, and those functionalized with a random permutation of the silica binding peptide motif or an all-histidine sequence displayed similar adhesion forces to gold and silicon oxide...
December 23, 2016: Biointerphases
Shin Hye Kim, Jeongkwon Kim, Seung-Hyun Jo, Jeong-Hoon Kim, Kyung Joong Kim, Sohee Yoon
Lipid profiling in nine bacterial species has been accomplished by laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS) using amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film with 100 nm thickness. Lipid ions could be generated by LDI on a-Si regardless of ion acquisition modes because of a thermal property of a-Si to govern laser-induced surface heating. In a comparative study of lipid profiling in Bacillus lichemiformis by LDI-MS and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS), LDI-MS on a-Si shows a higher efficiency in lipid and lipopeptide detection than MALDI-MS...
December 22, 2016: Biointerphases
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