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Mandy Hei Man Leung, Amy Q Shen
The ability to control particle size and size distribution of nanoparticles for drug delivery is essential because it impacts on the biodistribution and cellular uptake of nanoparticles. We present a novel microfluidic assisted nanoprecipitation strategy that enables synthesis of surfactant-free curcumin encapsulated poly(lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles (Cur-PLGA NP) with adjustable particle diameters (30-70nm) and narrow particle size distribution (polydispersity index less than 0.2). Our Cur-PLGA NP exhibit excellent colloidal stability and inhibit degradation of curcumin...
March 15, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Bo Zhang, Mouzhe Xie, Lei Bruschweiler-Li, Rafael Brüschweiler
Understanding and harnessing the interactions between nanoparticles and biological molecules is at the forefront of applications of nanotechnology to modern biology. Metabolomics has emerged as a prominent player in systems biology as a complement to genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics. Its focus is the systematic study of metabolite identities and concentration changes in living systems. Despite significant progress over the recent past, important challenges in metabolomics remain, such as the deconvolution of the spectra of complex mixtures with strong overlaps, the sensitive detection of metabolites at low abundance, unambiguous identification of known metabolites, structure determination of unknown metabolites and standardized sample preparation for quantitative comparisons...
March 13, 2018: Metabolites
Alex J Sposito, Aditya Kurdekar, Jiangqin Zhao, Indira Hewlett
Rapid detection and identification of pathogenic microorganisms is fundamental to minimizing the spread of infectious disease, and informing clinicians on patient treatment strategies. This need has led to the development of enhanced biosensors that utilize state of the art nanomaterials and nanotechnology, and represent the next generation of diagnostics. A primer on nanoscale biorecognition elements such as, nucleic acids, antibodies, and their synthetic analogs (molecular imprinted polymers), will be presented first...
March 12, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Shih-Ming Tsai, Edith Duran-Robles, Tyler Goshia, Maria Mesina, Carlos Garcia, Julia Young, Angelo Sibal, Meng-Hsuen Chiu, Wei-Chun Chin
Nanotoxicity studies associated with various nanoparticles (NPs) have attracted intense research interest due to the broader applications of nanoparticles in our daily lives. The exposure of nanoparticles can lead to hypersecretion and accumulation of airway mucus which are closely associated with many respiratory diseases. Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ), one of the PM10 components, is a major NP that is widely utilized in many commercial products. Our previous study established the connection between induced airway mucus secretion and TiO2 NPs...
March 8, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Songqi Liu, Chao Wang, Jun Hou, Peifang Wang, Lingzhan Miao, Xiulei Fan, Guoxiang You, Yi Xu
The widespread use of commercial silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) inevitably results in their increased release into natural waters and subsequent deposition in sediments, requiring the environmental impact of such deposition to be closely investigated. Hence, the effects of Ag NPs, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-Ag NPs, and sliver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2 S NPs) on denitrification-induced gas production (N2 O and15 N-N2 ), and denitrifying microbes in freshwater sediments were investigated. Slurry experiments (8 h) combined with a15 NO3 - addition technique were performed to determine the gaseous production...
March 8, 2018: Water Research
Adriano Magesky, Émilien Pelletier
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) incorporation in commercial products is increasing due to their remarkable physical and chemical properties and their low cost on the market. Silver has been known for a long time to be highly toxic to bacterial communities, aquatic organisms, and particularly to marine biota. Strong chloro-complexes dominate Ag speciation in seawater and facilitate its persistence in dissolved form. It has a great impact on marine organisms because low concentration of silver can lead to strong bioaccumulation, partly because the neutral silver chloro complex (AgCl 0 ) is highly bioavailable...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Sourabh Dwivedi, Quaiser Saquib, Bilal Ahmad, Sabiha M Ansari, Ameer Azam, Javed Musarrat
The wider applications of nanoparticles (NPs) has evoked a world-wide concern due to their possible risk of toxicity in humans and other organisms. Aggregation and accumulation of NPs into cell leads to their interaction with biological macromolecules including proteins, nucleic acids and cellular organelles, which eventually induce toxicological effects. Application of toxicogenomics to investigate molecular pathway-based toxicological consequences has opened new vistas in nanotoxicology research. Indeed, genomic approaches appeared as a new paradigm in terms of providing information at molecular levels and have been proven to be as a powerful tool for identification and quantification of global shifts in gene expression...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Yubin Li, Dianwen Ju
In the past decades, nanoparticles have been widely used in industry and pharmaceutical fields for drug delivery, anti-pathogen, and diagnostic imaging purposes because of their unique physicochemical characteristics such as special ultrastructure, dispersity, and effective cellular uptake properties. But the nanotoxicity has been raised over the extensive applications of nanoparticles. Researchers have elucidated series of mechanisms in nanoparticles-induced toxicity, including apoptosis, necrosis, oxidative stress, and autophagy...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
My Kieu Ha, Tung Xuan Trinh, Jang Sik Choi, Desy Maulina, Hyung Gi Byun, Tae Hyun Yoon
Development of nanotoxicity prediction models is becoming increasingly important in the risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials. However, it has significant obstacles caused by the wide heterogeneities of published literature in terms of data completeness and quality. Here, we performed a meta-analysis of 216 published articles on oxide nanoparticles using 14 attributes of physicochemical, toxicological and quantum-mechanical properties. Particularly, to improve completeness and quality of the extracted dataset, we adapted two preprocessing approaches: data gap-filling and physicochemical property based scoring...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Qi Yang, Lei Zhang, Ailing Ben, Na Wu, Yanliang Yi, Ling Jiang, He Huang, Yadong Yu
As a new rising star in the post-graphene two-dimensional materials (2DMs), molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) attracts increasing attentions and is widely applied. However, the chemical and toxicological interaction between MoS2 and other co-contaminants is still poorly understood. Nano-silver (N-Ag) is the most commonly used nanomaterial in commercial products and distributed widely in the environment. Herein, we investigated the effects of chitosan functionalized MoS2 (CS-MoS2) nanosheets, a water-dispersible form of MoS2, on the microbial toxicity of N-Ag...
February 1, 2018: Chemosphere
Ahmed Alaa Kassem
BACKGROUND: Drug toxicity and inefficacy are commonly experienced problems with drug therapy failure. To face these problems, extensive research work took place aiming to design new dosage forms for drug delivery especially nanoparticulate systems. These systems are designed to increase the quantity of the therapeutic molecule delivered to the desired site concurrently with reduced side effects. In order to achieve this objective, nanocarriers must principally display suitable drug vehiculization abilities and a controlled biological destiny of drug molecules...
February 6, 2018: Current Drug Targets
Imran Ali, Omar M L Alharbi, Alexey Tkachev, Evgeny Galunin, Alexander Burakov, Vladimir A Grachev
Water is the most important and essential component of earth's ecosystem playing a vital role in the proper functioning of flora and fauna. But, our water resources are contaminating continuously. The whole world may be in great water scarcity after few decades. Graphene, a single-atom thick carbon nanosheet, and graphene nanomaterials have bright future in water treatment technologies due to their extraordinary properties. Only few papers describe the use of these materials in water treatment by adsorption, filtration, and photodegradation methods...
January 22, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xiaochuan Ma, Sangyun Lee, Xingshu Fei, Ge Fang, Tien Huynh, Yu Chong, Zhifang Chai, Cuicui Ge, Ruhong Zhou
Due to its hydrophobicity and other unique physicochemical properties, graphene oxide (GO) has been extensively utilized in various biological applications. However, introducing nanomaterials into the biological environment may raise serious risk in terms of nanotoxicity, leading to some unintended changes to the structure and the function of other biomolecules. This study investigates the interaction of GO with the ubiquitin-proteasome system, one of the essential machineries in the cellular metabolism, using a combination of experimental and computational approaches...
January 16, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Hua Deng, Ying Zhang, Hongtao Yu
Nanoparticles are used widely in our lives, but the understanding of their impacts on human and environmental health is still limited, at least due in part to the fact that nanoparticles are mixtures. This review describes that "nanotoxicity" is actually a test of the overall effect of a nanoparticle mixture: starting materials for nanoparticle preparation, surface coating agents, surface reaction-generated species, and transformed byproducts of the nanoparticle in biological and environmental media, as well as variations of the intrinsic nanoparticle structures...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
Tae Hwan Shin, Da Yeon Lee, Hyeon-Seong Lee, Hyung Jin Park, Moon Suk Jin, Man-Jeong Paik, Balachandran Manavalan, Jung-Soon Mo, Gwang Lee
Biomedical research involving nanoparticles has produced useful products with medical applications. However, the potential toxicity of nanoparticles in biofluids, cells, tissues, and organisms is a major challenge. The '-omics' analyses provide molecular profiles of multifactorial biological systems instead of focusing on a single molecule. The 'omics' approaches are necessary to evaluate nanotoxicity because classical methods for the detection of nanotoxicity have limited ability in detecting miniscule variations within a cell and do not accurately reflect the actual levels of nanotoxicity...
January 5, 2018: BMB Reports
Xiaojia He, Peter Fu, Winfred G Aker, Huey-Min Hwang
Engineered nanomaterials may adversely impact human health and environmental safety by nano-bio-eco interactions not fully understood. Their interaction with biotic and abiotic environments are varied and complicated, ranging from individual species to entire ecosystems. Their behavior, transport, fate, and toxicological profiles in these interactions, addressed in a pioneering study, are subsequently seldom reported. Biological, chemical, and physical dimension properties, the so-called multidimensional characterization, determine interactions...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
Natalia B Abramenko, Tatiana B Demidova, Еvgeny V Abkhalimov, Boris G Ershov, Eugene Yu Krysanov, Leonid M Kustov
As the worldwide application of silver nanomaterials in commercial products increases every year, and concern about the environmental risks of such nanoparticles also grows. A clear understanding of how different characteristics of nanoparticles contribute in their toxic behavior to organisms are imperative for predicting and control nanotoxicity. Within our research, we investigated the toxic effect of two types of silver nanoparticles (spherical and flat Ag nanoparticles) on zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos...
December 23, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Sheenah L Bryant, Josh E Eixenberger, Steven Rossland, Holly Apsley, Connor Hoffmann, Nisha Shrestha, Michael McHugh, Alex Punnoose, Daniel Fologea
BACKGROUND: The insufficient understanding of unintended biological impacts from nanomaterials (NMs) represents a serious impediment to their use for scientific, technological, and medical applications. While previous studies have focused on understanding nanotoxicity effects mostly resulting from cellular internalization, recent work indicates that NMs may interfere with transmembrane transport mechanisms, hence enabling contributions to nanotoxicity by affecting key biological activities dependent on transmembrane transport...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Xiaobo Li, Hongbao Yang, Shenshen Wu, Qingtao Meng, Hao Sun, Runze Lu, Jian Cui, Yuxin Zheng, Wen Chen, Rong Zhang, Michael Aschner, Rui Chen
BACKGROUND: Inhaled nanoparticles can deposit in the deep lung where they interact with pulmonary cells. Despite numerous studies on pulmonary nanotoxicity, detailed molecular mechanisms of specific nanomaterial-induced lung injury have yet to be identified. RESULTS: Using whole-body dynamic inhalation model, we studied the interactions between aluminum oxide nanoparticles (Al2 O3 NPs) and the pulmonary system in vivo. We found that seven-day-exposure to Al2 O3 NPs resulted in emphysema and small airway remodeling in murine lungs, accompanied by enhanced inflammation and apoptosis...
December 12, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Prateek Mathur, Swati Jha, Suman Ramteke, N K Jain
Silver nanoparticles are particles in the size ranging between 1 and 100 nm. The two major methods used for synthesis of silver nanoparticle are the physical and chemical methods with the disadvantage that they are expensive and can also have toxicity. Biological method is being used as an expedient alternative, as this approach is environment-friendly and less toxic and it includes plant extracts, microorganism, fungi, etc. The major applications of silver nanoparticles in the medical field include diagnostic applications and therapeutic applications, apart from its antimicrobial activity...
December 12, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
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