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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107625/gold-nanoshell-mediated-remote-myotube-activation
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Attilio Marino, Satoshi Arai, Yanyan Hou, Andrea Degl'Innocenti, Valentina Cappello, Barbara Mazzolai, Young-Tae Chang, Virgilio Mattoli, Madoka Suzuki, Gianni Ciofani
Mild heat stimulation of muscle cells within the physiological range represents an intriguing approach for the modulation of their functions. In this work, photothermal conversion was exploited to remotely stimulate striated muscle cells by using gold nanoshells (NS) in combination with near-infrared (NIR) radiation. Temperature increments of approximately 5°C were recorded by using an intracellular fluorescent molecular thermometer and were demonstrated to efficiently induce myotube contraction. The mechanism at the base of this phenomenon was thoroughly investigated and was observed to be a Ca2+-independent event directly involving actin-myosin interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102962/general-synthesis-of-multishell-mixed-metal-oxyphosphide-particles-with-enhanced-electrocatalytic-activity-in-the-oxygen-evolution-reaction
#2
Bu Yuan Guan, Le Yu, Xiong Wen David Lou
We report a general approach for the synthesis of multishell mixed-metal oxyphosphide particles. Seven-layer Mn-Co oxide particles were first prepared by thermal treatment of Mn-Co coordination polymer precursors. Afterwards, these multishell Mn-Co oxide particles were further transformed into multishell Mn-Co oxyphosphide particles through a phosphidation reaction. This approach is very versatile and can be applied to synthesize other multishell mixed-metal oxyphosphide particles with different compositions...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101415/endoscopic-sensing-of-alveolar-ph
#3
D Choudhury, M G Tanner, S McAughtrie, F Yu, B Mills, T R Choudhary, S Seth, T H Craven, J M Stone, I K Mati, C J Campbell, M Bradley, C K I Williams, K Dhaliwal, T A Birks, R R Thomson
Previously unobtainable measurements of alveolar pH were obtained using an endoscope-deployable optrode. The pH sensing was achieved using functionalized gold nanoshell sensors and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The optrode consisted of an asymmetric dual-core optical fiber designed for spatially separating the optical pump delivery and signal collection, in order to circumvent the unwanted Raman signal generated within the fiber. Using this approach, we demonstrate a ~100-fold increase in SERS signal-to-fiber background ratio, and demonstrate multiple site pH sensing with a measurement accuracy of ± 0...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094402/mesoporous-carbon-nanoshells-for-high-hydrophobic-drug-loading-multimodal-optical-imaging-controlled-drug-release-and-synergistic-therapy
#4
Hui Wang, Kui Wang, Qingxin Mu, Zachary R Stephen, Yanyan Yu, Shuiqin Zhou, Miqin Zhang
Loading and controlled release of sufficient hydrophobic drugs to tumor cells has been the bottleneck in chemotherapy for decades. Herein we report the development of a fluorescent and mesoporous carbon nanoshell (FMP-CNS) that exhibits a loading capacity for the hydrophobic drug paclitaxel (PTX) as high as ∼80 wt% and releases the drug in a controllable fashion under NIR irradiation (825 nm) at an intensity of 1.5 W cm(-2). The high drug loading is primarily attributed to its mesoporous structure and to the supramolecular π-stacking between FMP-CNSs and PTX molecules...
January 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086858/the-influence-of-adding-modified-zirconium-oxide-titanium-dioxide-nano-particles-on-mechanical-properties-of-orthodontic-adhesive-an-in-vitro-study
#5
Nayef H Felemban, Mohamed I Ebrahim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this in-vitro study was to examine the effect of incorporating different concentrations of Zirconium oxide-Titanium dioxide (ZrO2-TiO2) nanoparticles, which can have antibacterial properties, on the mechanical properties of an orthodontic adhesive. METHODS: ZrO2-TiO2 (Zirconium oxide, HWNANO, Hongwu International Group Ltd, China) -Titanium dioxide, Nanoshell, USA) nanopowder were incorporated into orthodontic adhesive (Transbond XT, 3 M Unitek, Monrovia, USA) with different concentrations (0...
January 13, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074853/plasmonic-plano-semi-cylindrical-nanocavities-with-high-efficiency-local-field-confinement
#6
Feifei Liu, Xinping Zhang, Xiaohui Fang
Plasmonic nanocavity arrays were achieved by producing isolated silver semi-cylindrical nanoshells periodically on a continuous planar gold film. Hybridization between localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the Ag semi-cylindrical nanoshells (SCNS) and surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) in the gold film was observed as split bonding and anti-bonding resonance modes located at different spectral positions. This led to strong local field enhancement and confinement in the plano-concave nanocavites. Narrow-band optical extinction with an amplitude as high as 1...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071899/near-ir-absorbing-gold-nanoframes-with-enhanced-physiological-stability-and-improved-biocompatibility-for-in-vivo-biomedical-applications
#7
Liying Wang, Yunching Chen, Hsin Yao Lin, Yung-Te Hou, Ling-Chu Yang, Aileen Y Sun, Jia-Yu Liu, Chien-Wen Chang, Dehui Wan
This paper describes the synthesis of near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing gold nanoframes (GNFs) and a systematic study comparing their physiological stability and biocompatibility with those of hollow Au-Ag nanoshells (GNSs), which have been used widely as photothermal agents in biomedical applications because of their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the NIR region. The GNFs were synthesized in three steps: galvanic replacement, Au deposition, and Ag dealloying, using silver nanospheres (SNP) as the starting material...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058650/near-and-far-field-optical-response-of-eccentric-nanoshells
#8
Ovidio Peña-Rodríguez, Pablo Díaz-Núñez, Vladimir Rodríguez-Iglesias, Luis Montaño-Priede, Antonio Rivera, Umapada Pal
We study the optical response of eccentric nanoshells (i.e., spherical nanoparticles with an eccentric spherical inclusion) in the near and the far field through finite-difference time-domain simulations. Plasmon hybridization theory is used to explain the obtained results. The eccentricity generates a far-field optical spectrum with various plasmon peaks. The number, position, and width of the peaks depend on the core offset. Near-field enhancements in the surroundings of these structures are significantly larger than those obtained for equivalent concentric nanoshells and, more importantly, they are almost independent of the illumination conditions...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048306/we-fg-bra-04-a-portable-confocal-microscope-to-image-live-cell-damage-response-induced-by-therapeutic-radiation
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C McFadden, D Flint, D Sadetaporn, A Asaithamby, D Grosshans, G Sawakuchi
PURPOSE: To construct a custom and portable fluorescence confocal laser-scanning microscope (FCLSM) that can be placed in the path of therapeutic radiation beams to study real-time radiation-induced damage response in live cells. METHODS: We designed and constructed a portable FCLSM with three laser diodes for excitation (405, 488, and 635 nm). An objective lens focuses the excitation light and collects fluorescence from the sample. A pair of galvanometer mirrors scans/collects the laser beam/fluorescence along the focal plane (x/y-directions)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047231/tu-h-campus-tep3-05-evaluation-of-the-microscopic-dose-enhancement-in-the-nanoparticle-enhanced-auger-therapy
#10
W Sung, S Jung, S Ye
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to apply Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the nanoparticle dose enhancement for Auger therapy. METHODS: Two nanoparticle fabrications were considered: nanoshell and nanosphere. In the first step, a single nanoparticle was irradiated with Auger emitters. The electrons were scored in a phase space at the outer surface of the nanoparticle with Geant4-Penelope. In the second step, the previously recorded phase space was used as a source and placed at the center of a cell-size water phantom...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046843/su-f-t-665-confocal-microscopy-imaging-of-cell-cycle-distribution-in-cells-treated-with-pegylated-gold-nanoshells
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D Sadetaporn, D Flint, C McFadden, A Asaithamby, G Sawakuchi
PURPOSE: To use confocal microscopy to distinguish cells in different phases of the cell cycle before and after treatment with pegylated gold nanoshells (PEG-AuNSs). METHODS: Transfected fibrosarcoma cells (HT1080-EYFP-53BP1-FUCCI) were cultured in T-25 flasks and seeded in glass bottom dishes. These cells express the fluorescent probe AmCyan during the G2/S phases of the cell cycle, mCherry during the G1 phase, and EYFP tagged to the DNA repair protein 53BP1. After allowing cells 4 h to adhere to dishes, PEG-AuNS (Nanospectra Biosciences, Houston, TX) at a concentration of 0...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044473/synthesis-characterization-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-targeted-gold-nanoshelled-poly-d-l-lactide-co-glycolide-nanoparticles-carrying-anti-p53-antibody-as-a-theranostic-agent-for-ultrasound-contrast-imaging-and-photothermal-therapy
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Li Xu, Caifeng Wan, Jing Du, Hongli Li, Xuesong Liu, Hong Yang, Fenghua Li
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women and earlier detection can substantially reduce deaths from breast cancer. Polymers with targeted ligands are widely used in the field of molecular ultrasound imaging and targeted tumor therapy. In our study, the nanotheranostic agent was fabricated through filling perfluoropropane (C3F8) into poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles (PLGA NPs), followed by the formation of gold nanoshell on the surface, then conjugated with anti p53 antibody which has high specificity with the p53 protein overexpressing in breast cancer...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044411/solid-phase-extraction-based-on-a-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-nanoshell-at-the-surface-of-silica-nanospheres-for-the-specific-enrichment-and-identification-of-alkaloids-from-crinum-asiaticum-l-var-sinicum
#13
Ruixiang Yang, Dong Zhu, Hongmei Wen, Anchen Fu, Zihan Zhao, Guoying Dai, Zhaoyi Miao, Yue Hu
A molecularly imprinted nanoshell on the surface of silica nanospheres was prepared for specific enrichment and identification of alkaloids from Crinum asiaticum L. var. sinicum. The nanoshell was synthesized by surface polymerization using lycorine as the template, acrylamide as the functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as the cross-linker, 2',2-azobisisobutyronitrile as the initiator and acetonitrile as the pore-forming agent. The core-shell nanospheres were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy, and the results show that the nanoshell layer was homogeneously attached to the surface of vinyl-modified SiO2 nanospheres...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958433/detection-and-localization-of-gold-nanoshells-inside-cells-near-field-approximation
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Mario D'Acunto, Antonio Cricenti, Serena Danti, Simone Dinarelli, Marco Luce, Davide Moroni, Ovidio Salvetti
The optical properties of metal nanoparticles play a fundamental role for their use in a wide range of applications. In hyperthermia treatment, for example, gold nanoshells (NSs, dielectric core+gold shell) pre-embedded in a cancer cell absorb energy when exposed to appropriate wavelengths of a laser beam and heat up, thereby destroying the cancer cell. In this process, nevertheless, healthy tissues (not targeted by the NSs) along the laser path are not affected; this is because most biological soft tissues have a relatively low light absorption coefficient in the near-infrared (NIR) regions-a characteristic known as the tissue optical window...
December 1, 2016: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918604/real-time-naked-eye-multiplex-detection-of-toxins-and-bacteria-using-aiegens-with-the-assistance-of-graphene-oxide
#15
Ruoyu Zhang, Xiaolei Cai, Guangxue Feng, Bin Liu
Toxins and bacteria in water or food pose a threat to human life and could potentially be exploited for bioterrorism. Real-time naked-eye detection of these contaminants is highly desirable to provide a direct and simple analytical method and address the challenges of the existing strategies. Using the detection of ricin and B. subtilis as an example, a naked-eye multiplex detection model is established. In this work, a green fluorogen with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics was encapsulated in silica nanoshells...
December 5, 2016: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916119/plasmonic-nanoshells-enhanced-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry-for-detection-of-serum-metabolites
#16
Xiang Wei, Zhonghui Liu, Xiulong Jin, Lin Huang, Deepanjali Dattatray Gurav, Xuming Sun, Baohong Liu, Jian Ye, Kun Qian
Laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (LDI MS)-based small metabolites detection is fundamentally important for the clinic prognoses and diagnoses. Plasmonic materials have been applied as efficient substrates for LDI MS of these molecules. However, there is no clear understanding of the mechanism of using plasmonic materials for enhanced LDI MS of small metabolites, thus restricting their application for real case serum samples. In this work, we report the use of plasmonic nanoshells for enhanced LDI MS detection of small analytes...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860237/modularized-gold-nanocarriers-for-tat-mediated-delivery-of-sirna
#17
Xiao Huang, Yifan Lai, Gary B Braun, Norbert O Reich
Targeted delivery of siRNA controlled by near-infrared light using hollow gold nanoshells has been demonstrated in cancer and stem cells models. Here, a universal surface module and several functionalization rules for the maximized delivery of short nucleic acids (here, siRNA) applicable for diverse gold nanocarriers are described. Streptavidin is devised as a handle to assemble biotinylated cell penetrating peptides (e.g., transactivating transcriptional activator (TAT)), as well as an insulator between the positive charge of TAT and the dense negative charge of RNA...
November 18, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807499/nanomaterials-incorporated-ultrasound-contrast-agents-for-cancer-theranostics
#18
Lei Fu, Heng-Te Ke
Nanotechnology provides various nanomaterials with tremendous functionalities for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. Recently, theranostics has been developed as an alternative strategy for efficient cancer treatment through combination of imaging diagnosis and therapeutic interventions under the guidance of diagnostic results. Ultrasound (US) imaging shows unique advantages with excellent features of real-time imaging, low cost, high safety and portability, making US contrast agents (UCAs) an ideal platform for construction of cancer theranostic agents...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787919/light-patterned-rna-interference-of-3d-cultured-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#19
Xiao Huang, Qirui Hu, Yifan Lai, Demosthenes P Morales, Dennis O Clegg, Norbert O Reich
A new method of spatially controlled gene regulation in 3D-cultured human embryonic stem cells is developed using hollow gold nanoshells (HGNs) and near-infrared (NIR) light. Targeted cell(s) are discriminated from neighboring cell(s) by focusing NIR light emitted from a two-photon microscope. Irradiation of cells that have internalized HGNs releases surface attached siRNAs and leads to concomitant gene downregulation.
December 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776757/utilization-of-iron-iii-doped-nanoshells-for-in%C3%A2-vivo-marking-of-nonpalpable-tumors-using-a-vx2-rabbit-model
#20
Erin P Ward, James Wang, Natalie Mendez, Jian Yang, Chris Barback, Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, William Trogler, Andrew C Kummel, Sarah Blair
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the potential for ultrasound (US) visible biodegradable nanoshells (NS) as an alternative to wire-guided localization for nonpalpable tumors in vivo. METHODS: VX2 tumor was injected in bilateral thighs of 22 New Zealand rabbits and after 5 to 10 days, 1 tumor was marked with a wire as a control and the contralateral tumor was injected with 1 mL of 500 nm gas-filled silica NS under Doppler US. Tumors were excised after 24 hours...
December 2016: American Journal of Surgery
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