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Nivethaa E A K, Dhanavel S, Narayanan V, Stephen A
Fluorescent CS/Ag-Au (chitosan/silver-gold) nanocomposite containing different weight percentage of Ag and Au was synthesized using the chemical reduction method. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) encapsulated nanocomposite was also synthesized and its cytotoxicity towards breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7) studied. The XRD pattern of the nanocomposite shows peaks of chitosan, silver and gold. The peaks corresponding to gold and silver indicate the face centered cubic structure of silver and gold nanoparticles. The polymer matrix nanocomposite structure with chitosan as the matrix and silver-gold as the filler phase is evident from the high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images and an increase in particle size from∼5nm to about 12nm is noticeable on encapsulation of 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Ting Liu, Jiang Xue Dong, Shi Gang Liu, Na Li, Shu Min Lin, Yu Zhu Fan, Jing Lie Lei, Hong Qun Luo, Nian Bing Li
A stable silver nanoparticles/carbon quantum dots (Ag/CQDs) composite was prepared by using CQDs as reducing and stabilizing agent. The CQDs synthesized with polyethyleneimine (PEI) showed an extraordinary reducibility. When Hg(2+) was presented in the Ag/CQDs composite solution, a color change from yellow to colorless was observed, accompanied by a shift of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band and decrease in absorbance of the Ag/CQDs composite. On the basis of the further studies on TEM, XPS and XRD analysis, the possible mechanism is attributed to the formation of a silver-mercury amalgam...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Qiaohui Luo, Neng Yu, Chunfei Shi, Xiaoping Wang, Jianmin Wu
A surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor combined with nanoscale molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) film as recognition element was developed for selective detection of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (CIP). The MIP film on SPR sensor chip was prepared by in situ photo-initiated polymerization method which has the advantages of short polymerization time, controllable thickness and good uniformity. The surface wettability and thickness of MIP film on SPR sensor chip were characterized by static contact angle measurement and stylus profiler...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ahmed I Nossier, Ola S Mohammed, Rasha R Fakhr El-Deen, Ashraf S Zaghloul, Sanaa Eissa
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), in particularly gelatinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) were reported as urinary markers of bladder cancer. In this work, we developed a simple colorimetric gold nanoparticle (AuNP) assay for rapid and sensitive detection of urinary total gelatinase activity based on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) property of AuNPs. Gelatin-modified AuNPs were stably suspended in solution even upon addition of an aggregation inducer as 6-mercaptohexan-1-ol (6-MCH). Gelatinases digest gelatin capping...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Nicole Cathcart, Neil Coombs, Ilya Gourevich, Vladimir Kitaev
In this work, we use silver decahedral nanoparticle (AgDeNP) seeds to synthesize pentagonal silver stars (AgStDeNPs) and study the sensing properties of these nanoparticles. The regrowth process of AgStDeNPs is kinetically-controlled, so the purity of the seed NPs is critical to avoid secondary deposition in the highly non-equilibrium reduction. To control the regrowth process, surface blocking with sodium polyacrylate (PANa) was implemented. PANa moderates rough silver nanostructures typically obtained by reduction with ascorbic acid...
October 21, 2016: Nanoscale
Flavia A Mercurio, Daniela Marasco, Concetta Di Natale, Luciano Pirone, Susan Costantini, Emilia M Pedone, Marilisa Leone
The EphA2 receptor controls diverse physiological and pathological conditions and its levels are often upregulated in cancer. Targeting receptor overexpression, through modulation of endocytosis and consequent degradation, appears to be an appealing strategy for attacking tumor malignancy. In this scenario, the Sam domain of EphA2 plays a pivotal role because it is the site where protein regulators of endocytosis and stability are recruited by means of heterotypic Sam-Sam interactions. Because EphA2-Sam heterotypic complexes are largely based on electrostatic contacts, we have investigated the possibility of attacking these interactions with helical peptides enriched in charged residues...
October 20, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Sheng-Hung Wang, John Yu
To develop peptide-conjugated liposomes for cancer imaging and therapy, the label-free surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor (Biacore™) is a practical and also preferred strategy to examine protein-peptide interaction. A new Biacore protocol with "oriented immobilization" for peptide-binding assay, which overcomes the drawbacks of conventional protocols, was presented in this data article. These results were complementary to the research article Wang at al., [1], which reported a series of new cancer-targeting peptides found with HotLig software (Wang et al...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Langdong Chen, Diya Lv, Dongyao Wang, Xiaofei Chen, Zhenyu Zhu, Yan Cao, Yifeng Chai
Herbal medicines have long been widely used in the treatment of various complex diseases in China. However, the active constituents and therapeutic mechanisms of many herbal medicines remain undefined. Therefore, the identification of the active components and target proteins in these herbal medicines is a formidable task in herbal medicine research. In this study, we proposed a strategy, which integrates network pharmacology with biomedical analysis and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to predict the active ingredients and potential targets of herbal medicine Sophora flavescens or Kushen in Chinese, and evaluate its anti-fibrosis activity...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Yin-Ku Liang, Liu-Jiao Bian
Kringle 5, the fifth fragment of plasminogen, is known to be important for inhibiting the proliferation and migration of vascular endothelial cell (VEC), while not having any effects on normal endothelial cells. Therefore, it may be a potential tumor therapy candidate. However, the ligand of the Kringle 5 in VEC has not yet been identified. In this study, the possible ligand of Kringle 5 in vitro was screened and validated using Ph.D.-7 phage display peptide library with molecular docking, along with surface plasma resonance (SPR)...
2016: PloS One
Wei Xu, Jianquan Yao, Xianchao Yang, Jia Shi, Junfa Zhao, Cheng Zhang
A hollow fiber temperature sensor filled with graphene-Ag composite nanowire and liquid is presented and numerically characterized. The coupling properties and sensing performances are analyzed by finite element method (FEM) using both wavelength and amplitude interrogations. Due to the asymmetrical surface plasmon resonance sensing (SPR) region, the designed sensor exhibits strong birefringence, supporting two separate resonance peaks in orthogonal polarizations. Results show that x-polarized resonance peak can provide much better signal to noise ratio (SNR), wavelength and amplitude sensitivities than y-polarized, which is more suitable for tempertature detecting...
October 8, 2016: Sensors
Krystal R Fontenot, Benson G Ongarora, Logan E LeBlanc, Zehua Zhou, Seetharama D Jois, M Graça H Vicente
The synthesis and in vitro evaluation of four mesoporphyrin IX-peptide conjugates designed to target EGFR, over-expressed in colorectal and other cancers, are reported. Two peptides with known affinity for EGFR, LARLLT (1) and GYHWYGYTPQNVI (2), were conjugated to mesoporphyrin IX (MPIX, 3) via one or both the propionic side chains, directly (4, 5) or with a triethylene glycol spacer (7, 8). The conjugates were characterized using NMR, MS, CD, SPR, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies. Energy minimization and molecular dynamics suggest different conformations for the conjugates...
January 2016: Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Eriko Aoyama, Masaharu Takigawa
The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor is a useful tool to analyze numerically the interaction of certain molecules. The most important advantage of the SPR assay as compared with other protein-protein binding assays is that it can calculate the affinity between protein and its binding partner, for this affinity is necessary to determine the priority of interactions between proteins. Although CCN proteins have been shown to have various binding partners, the affinities of many of them have not yet been determined...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Christoph Tondera, Markus Laube, Jens Pietzsch
The EF-hand type calcium-binding protein S100A12 exerts numerous intra- and extracellular functions of (patho)physiological relevance. Therefore, receptors of S100A12 are of high interest for research and clinical applications. Beside the extensively studied receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE), G-protein coupled receptors and more recently, scavenger receptors are suggested to be putative S100A12 receptors. Own findings and further information from the literature predestined CD36, a class B scavenger receptor, as promising candidate...
October 12, 2016: Amino Acids
Xin Zhang, Chuan-Wang Yang, Han-Qing Yu, Guo-Ping Sheng
Microbial extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) widely exist in natural environments and affect the migration and transformation of pollutants in aquatic environments. Previous works report that EPS have some reducing functional groups and can reduce heavy metals. However, because of the weak reducing capability of EPS, the reduction of heavy metals by EPS without cells is extremely slow, and its effect on heavy metals species is insignificant. In this work, the accelerated reduction of silver ions (Ag(+)) by EPS from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 under illumination was investigated...
October 5, 2016: Water Research
Min Huang, Zhongjie Chen, Lu Zhang, Zhimin Huang, Yiying Chen, Jianrong Xu, Jian Zhang, Xiaohong Shu
It is now established that the specificity in signaling of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is mediated by the SH2 domain of STAT3, which mediates its interaction with the phosphopeptide docking sites displayed by receptors and JAKs, dimerization and subsequent DNA binding. Thus, we aimed to identify and design a class of strong potential small molecular inhibitors of STAT3 for the discovery and development of novel anticancer agents. Several classes of small molecules have been identified as STAT3 inhibitors after structure-based screening of the STAT3 SH2 domain...
September 30, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Wenwen Tu, Huijuan Cao, Long Zhang, Jianchun Bao, Xuhui Liu, Zhihui Dai
Using Au nanoparticles (NPs) decorated water-soluble ZnSe-COOH nanoflakes (NFs), an ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensing strategy based on the dual signal amplification was proposed. As a result of the localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au NPs, the ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum of Au NPs overlapped with emission spectra of ZnSe-COOH NFs, which generated efficient resonant energy transfer (RET) between ZnSe-COOH NFs and Au NPs. The RET improved photoelectric conversion efficiency of ZnSe-COOH NFs and significantly amplified PEC signal...
October 10, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Shuyuan Xiao, Tao Wang, Yuebo Liu, Chen Xu, Xu Han, Xicheng Yan
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) has been intensively studied and widely employed for light trapping and absorption enhancement. In the mid-infrared and terahertz (THz) regime, graphene supports tunable SPR via manipulating its Fermi energy and enhances light-matter interaction at the selected wavelength. Most previous studies have concentrated on the absorption enhancement in graphene itself while little attention has been paid to trapping light and enhancing the light absorption in other light-absorbing materials with graphene SPR...
September 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sulagna Patnaik, Satyabadi Martha, Giridhar Madras, Kulamani Parida
In continuation of our earlier work on Au-g-C3N4 and to improve its activity further, Au incorporated sulfated carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has been designed by using a simple impregnation cum borohydrate reduction method for the visible light induced water reduction reaction for hydrogen generation. The photocatalysts were characterized using various instrumental methods such as PXRD, UV-Vis DRS, SEM, HR-TEM, XPS, PL and TRPL spectral analysis. Functionalisation by the -HSO3 group and incorporation of AuNPs in the g-C3N4 skeleton lead to the extension of its pi-conjugated system, modification of its semiconductor properties, such as band structure engineering with a tunable bandgap, red-shift of the optical absorption band and promotion of charge migration and separation...
October 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
M Ravichandran, Goldie Oza, S Velumani, Jose Tapia Ramirez, Francisco Garcia-Sierra, Norma Barragan Andrade, A Vera, L Leija, Marco A Garza-Navarro
A multifunctional magneto-plasmonic CoFe2O4@Au core-shell nanoparticle was developed by iterative-seeding based method. This nanocargo consists of a cobalt ferrite kernel as a core (Nk) and multiple layers of gold as a functionalizable active stratum, (named as Nk@A after fifth iteration). Nk@A helps in augmenting the physiological stability and enhancing surface plasmon resonance (SPR) property. The targeted delivery of Doxorubicin using Nk@A as a nanopayload is demonstrated in this report. The drug release profile followed first order rate kinetics optimally at pH 5...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
W Meschendoerfer, C Gassner, F Lipsmeier, J T Regula, J Moelleken
The increasing complexity of novel biotherapeutics such as bispecific antibodies or fusion proteins raises new challenges for functional characterization. When compared to standard antibodies, two individual interactions and the inter-dependency of binding events need to be considered for bispecific antibodies. We have previously described an SPR-based assay setup, which enables us to assess the binding activity of a bivalent-bispecific molecule to both targets simultaneously and - in addition to one individual target - in a single setup...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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