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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110014/nanosilver-as-a-disinfectant-in-dental-unit-waterlines-assessment-of-the-physicochemical-transformations-of-the-agnps
#1
Alireza Gitipour, Souhail R Al-Abed, Stephen W Thiel, Kirk G Scheckel, Thabet Tolaymat
Dental unit water lines (DUWL) are susceptible to biofilm development and bacterial growth leading to water contamination, causing health and ecological effects. This study monitors the interactions between a commonly used nanosilver disinfectant (ASAP-AGX-32, an antimicrobial cleaner for dental units, 0.0032% Ag) and biofilm development in DUWL. To simulate the disinfection scenario, an in-house DUWL model was assembled and biofilm accumulation was allowed. Subsequent to biofilm development, the disinfection process was performed according to the manufacturer's instructions...
January 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106163/synergistically-enhanced-selective-intracellular-uptake-of-anticancer-drug-carrier-comprising-folic-acid-conjugated-hydrogels-containing-magnetite-nanoparticles
#2
Haneul Kim, Ara Jo, Seulgi Baek, Daeun Lim, Soon-Yong Park, Soo Kyung Cho, Jin Woong Chung, Jinhwan Yoon
Targeted drug delivery has long been extensively researched since drug delivery and release at the diseased site with minimum dosage realizes the effective therapy without adverse side effects. In this work, to achieve enhanced intracellular uptake of anticancer drug carriers for efficient chemo-therapy, we have designed targeted multifunctional anticancer drug carrier hydrogels. Temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) hydrogel core containing superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles (MNP) were prepared using precipitation polymerization, and further polymerized with amine-functionalized copolymer shell to facilitate the conjugation of targeting ligand...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105390/reactive-oxygen-species-responsive-drug-delivery-systems-promises-and-challenges
#3
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Gurusamy Saravanakumar, Jihoon Kim, Won Jong Kim
Given the increasing evidence indicates that many pathological conditions are associated with elevated reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, there have been growing research efforts focused on the development of ROS-responsive carrier systems because of their promising potential to realize more specific diagnosis and effective therapy. By judicious utilization of ROS-responsive functional moieties, a wide range of carrier systems has been designed for ROS-mediated drug delivery. In this review article, insights into design principle and recent advances on the development of ROS-responsive carrier systems for drug delivery applications are provided alongside discussion of their in vitro and in vivo evaluation...
January 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103740/novel-functionalization-strategies-to-improve-drug-delivery-from-polymers
#4
Emanuele Mauri, Simonetta Papa, Maurizio Masi, Pietro Veglianese, Filippo Rossi
The utility of controlled and sustained release of drugs from polymeric systems, both bulk (hydrogels) and colloids (nanoparticles), is a key point that should be addressed. Unfortunately, classic delivery systems are essentially driven by diffusion, which is very quick due to the high concentration gradient present in the body. Area covered: This review provides an overview of functionalization strategies which have been used to reduce release rates by taking advantage of post-polymerization functionalization of polymers...
January 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102964/plasmonic-chirality-imprinting-on-nucleobase-displaying-supramolecular-nanohelices-by-metal-nucleobase-recognition
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Yiyang Lin, E Thomas Pashuck, Michael R Thomas, Nadav Amdursky, Shih-Ting Wang, Lesley W Chow, Molly M Stevens
Supramolecular self-assembly is an important process that enables the conception of complex structures mimicking biological motifs. Herein, we constructed helical fibrils through chiral self-assembly of nucleobase-peptide conjugates (NPCs), where achiral nucleobases are helically displayed on the surface of fibrils, comparable to polymerized nucleic acids. Selective binding between DNA and the NPC fibrils was observed with fluorescence polarization. Taking advantage of metal-nucleobase recognition, we highlight the possibility of deposition/assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles onto the fibrillar constructs...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102397/highly-exposed-fe-n4-active-sites-in-porous-poly-iron-phthalocyanine-based-oxygen-reduction-electrocatalyst-with-ultrahigh-performance-for-air-cathode
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Ganesan Anandhababu, Syed Comail Abbas, Jiangquan Lv, Kui Ding, Qin Liu, Dickson D Babu, Yiyin Huang, Jiafang Xie, Maoxiang Wu, Yaobing Wang
Progress in the development of efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions is imperative for various energy systems such as metal-air batteries and fuel cells. In this paper, an innovative porous two-dimensional (2D) poly-iron-phthalocyanine (PFe-Pc) based oxygen reduction electrocatalyst created with a simple solid-state chemical reaction without pyrolysis is reported. In this strategy, silicon dioxide nanoparticles play a pivotal role in preserving the Fe-N4 structure during the polymerization process and thereby assist in the development of a porous structure...
January 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099892/a-novel-starch-based-stimuli-responsive-nanosystem-for-theranostic-applications
#7
Nahid Poorgholy, Bakhshali Massoumi, Mehdi Jaymand
The aim of this study is to synthesis and characterization of a novel stimuli-responsive polymeric nanosystem for theranostic applications. For this purpose, starch was modified by itaconic anhydride to afford an itaconat-functionalized starch macromonomer (starch-IA). This macromonomer with carboxylic functional groups was subsequently adsorbed onto the surface of iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs), and then copolymerized with N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) monomer via a 'free' radical initiated polymerization technique to produce a temperature-responsive magnetic nanohydrogel (MNHG)...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099813/photoactive-donor-acceptor-composite-nanoparticles-dispersed-in-water
#8
Laurie Parrenin, Gildas Laurans, Eleni Pavlopoulou, Guillaume Fleury, Gilles Pecastaings, Cyril Brochon, Laurence Vignau, Georges Hadziioannou, Eric Cloutet
A major issue that inhibits large-scale fabrication of organic solar modules is the use of chlorinated solvents considered as toxic and hazardous. In this work, composite particles of poly[N-9'-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4,7-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole] (PCDTBT) and [6,6]-Phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) were obtained in water from a versatile and a ready-to-market methodology based on miniemulsion post-polymerization. Depending on experimental conditions, size-controlled particles comprising both the electron-donor and the electron-acceptor were obtained and characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopic (AFM), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), UV-visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099810/anisotropic-self-assembly-of-supramolecular-polymers-and-plasmonic-nanoparticles-at-the-liquid-liquid-interface
#9
Joseph J Armao, Irina Nyrkova, Gad Fuks, Artem Osypenko, Mounir Maaloum, Emilie Moulin, Raul Arenal, Odile Gavat, Alexander N Semenov, Nicolas Giuseppone
The study of supramolecular polymers in the bulk, in solution, and at the solid-liquid interface has recently become a major topic of interest, going from fundamental aspects to applications in materials science. However, examples of 1D supramolecular polymers at the liquid-liquid interface are mostly unexplored. Here we describe the light-assisted supramolecular polymerization of triarylamine molecules and their organization at a chloroform-water interface. The resulting interfacial nematic layer of these 1D supramolecular polymers is further used as a template for the precise alignment of spherical gold nanoparticles coming from the water phase...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098869/core%C3%A2-shell-lipid-polymer-nanoparticles-for-combined-chemo%C3%A2-and-gene-therapy-of-childhood-head-and-neck-cancers
#10
Tiesong Zhang, Jing Ma, Chao Li, Ken Lin, Fan Lou, Hongchao Jiang, Yingqin Gao, Yanli Yang, Cheng Ming, Biao Ruan
Pediatric head and neck cancers account for overall 12% of all pediatric cancers. Despite recent advances in therapeutic modalities, children with tumor metastasis have poor prognosis. Therefore, there is an unmet need for new and effective treatment modalities for pediatric head and neck cancers. The present study describes a simple and efficient method for fabrication of cationic lipid‑polymer hybrid nanoparticles (CLPNs) for co‑delivery of cisplatin (CDDP) and DNA (CDDP/DNA CLPNs) for the therapy of childhood head and neck cancers...
January 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089661/studying-the-influence-of-formulation-and-process-variables-on-vancomycin-loaded-polymeric-nanoparticles-as-potential-carrier-for-enhanced-ophthalmic-delivery
#11
Carol Yousry, Seham A Elkheshen, Hanan M El-Laithy, Tamer Essam, Rania H Fahmy
Ocular topically applied Vancomycin (VCM) suffers poor bioavailability due to its high molecular weight and hydrophilicity. In the present investigation, VCM-loaded polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs) were developed aiming to enhance its ocular bioavailability through prolonging its release pattern and ophthalmic residence. PNPs were prepared utilizing double emulsion (W/O/O), solvent evaporation technique. 2(3)×4(1) full factorial design was applied to evaluate individual and combined influences of polymer type, Eudragit® RS100, sonication time, and Span®80 concentration on PNPs particle size, encapsulation efficiency, and zeta potential...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088118/histidine-functionalized-carbon-based-dot-zinc-ii-nanoparticles-as-a-novel-stabilizer-for-pickering-emulsion-synthesis-of-polystyrene-microspheres
#12
Li Ruiyi, Li Zaijun, Liu Junkang
Carbon-based dots (CDs) are nanoparticles with size-dependent optical and electronic properties that have been widely applied in energy-efficient displays and lighting, photovoltaic devices and biological markers. However, conventional CDs are difficult to be used as ideal stabilizer for Pickering emulsion due to its irrational amphiphilic structure. The study designed and synthesized a new histidine-functionalized carbon dot-Zinc(II) nanoparticles, which is termed as His-CD-Zn. The His-CD was made via one-step hydrothermal treatment of histidine and maleic acid...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081461/bdnf-gene-delivery-mediated-by-neuron-targeted-nanoparticles-is-neuroprotective-in-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Cátia D F Lopes, Nádia P Gonçalves, Carla P Gomes, Maria J Saraiva, Ana P Pêgo
Neuron-targeted gene delivery is a promising strategy to treat peripheral neuropathies. Here we propose the use of polymeric nanoparticles based on thiolated trimethyl chitosan (TMCSH) to mediate targeted gene delivery to peripheral neurons upon a peripheral and minimally invasive intramuscular administration. Nanoparticles were grafted with the non-toxic carboxylic fragment of the tetanus neurotoxin (HC) to allow neuron targeting and were explored to deliver a plasmid DNA encoding for the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in a peripheral nerve injury model...
March 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079975/edge-states-and-topological-phase-transitions-in-chains-of-dielectric-nanoparticles
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Sergey Kruk, Alexey Slobozhanyuk, Denitza Denkova, Alexander Poddubny, Ivan Kravchenko, Andrey Miroshnichenko, Dragomir Neshev, Yuri Kivshar
Recently introduced field of topological photonics aims to explore the concepts of topological insulators for novel phenomena in optics. Here polymeric chains of subwavelength silicon nanodisks are studied and it is demonstrated that these chains can support two types of topological edge modes based on magnetic and electric Mie resonances, and their topological properties are fully dictated by the spatial arrangement of the nanoparticles in the chain. It is observed experimentally and described how theoretically topological phase transitions at the nanoscale define a change from trivial to nontrivial topological states when the edge mode is excited...
January 12, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078887/electrospun-regenerated-cellulose-nanofiber-membranes-surface-grafted-with-water-insoluble-poly-hema-or-water-soluble-poly-aas-chains-via-the-atrp-method-for-ultrafiltration-of-water
#15
Zhao Wang, Caitlin Crandall, Vicki L Prautzsch, Rajesh Sahadevan, Todd J Menkhaus, Hao Fong
Electrospun nanofiber membranes (ENMs) have demonstrated promising applications for water purification primarily due to high water flux and low degree of fouling. However, the equivalent/apparent pore sizes of as-electrospun ENMs are in microns/submicrons; therefore, the ENMs can only be directly utilized for microfiltration applications. To make regenerated cellulose (RC) ENMs for ultrafiltration applications, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was studied to graft polymer chains onto the surface of RC nanofibers; specifically, monomers of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and sodium acrylate (AAS) were selected for surface-grafting water-insoluble and water-soluble polymer chains onto RC nanofibers, respectively...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077051/facile-preparation-of-antibacterial-highly-elastic-silvered-polyurethane-nanofiber-fabrics-using-silver-carbamate-and-their-dermal-wound-healing-properties
#16
Suk-Min Hong, Jong-Wan Kim, Jonathan C Knowles, Myoung-Seon Gong
In this study, polycarbonate diol/isosorbide-based antibacterial polyurethane nanofiber fabrics containing Ag nanoparticles were prepared by electrospinning process. Bio-based highly elastic polyurethane was prepared from hexamethylene diisocyanate and isosorbide/polycarbonate diol (8/2) by a simple one-shot bulk polymerization. Ag nanoparticles were formed using simple thermal reduction of silver 2-ethylhexylcarbamate at 120℃. The structural and morphological properties of polyurethane/Ag nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076464/silver-nanoparticle-incorporation-effect-on-mechanical-and-thermal-properties-of-denture-base-acrylic-resins
#17
Ayşegül Köroğlu, Onur Şahin, Işın Kürkçüoğlu, Doğu Ömür Dede, Tonguç Özdemir, Baki Hazer
Objective: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the mechanical and thermal characteristics of two denture base acrylic resins containing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). Material and Methods: Two different acrylic denture base resins (heat-polymerized and microwave polymerized) containing 0.3, 0.8 and 1.6 wt% AgNPs were evaluated for flexural strength, elastic modulus and impact strength. The glass transition temperature (Tg) and relative heat capacity (Cp) of the samples were determined from the Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) results...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075595/adsorption-of-small-cationic-nanoparticles-onto-large-anionic-particles-from-aqueous-solution-a-model-system-for-understanding-pigment-dispersion-and-the-problem-of-effective-particle-density
#18
Shannon M North, Elizabeth R Jones, Gregory N Smith, Oleksandr O Mykhaylyk, Tom Annable, Steven P Armes
This work focuses on the use of copolymer nanoparticles as a dispersant for a model pigment (silica). Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) alcoholic dispersion polymerization was used to synthesize sterically stabilized diblock copolymer nanoparticles. The steric stabilizer block was poly(2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) [PDMA] while the core-forming block was poly(benzyl methacrylate) [PBzMA]. The mean degrees of polymerization for the PDMA and PBzMA blocks were 71 and 100, respectively...
January 11, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075114/unveiling-the-critical-role-of-polymeric-binders-for-silicon-negative-electrodes-in-lithium-ion-full-cells
#19
Jiagang Xu, Long Zhang, Yikai Wang, Tao Chen, Mohanad Al-Shroofy, Yang-Tse Cheng
Because of its natural abundance and high theoretical specific capacity (3579 mAh g-1, based on Li15Si4), silicon and its composites have been extensively studied as the negative electrode for future high energy density lithium-ion batteries. While the rapid failure due to significant volumetric strain of lithium-silicon reactions makes bulk silicon unsuitable for practical applications, silicon nanoparticles can sustain the large volume changes without fracturing. However, polymeric binders are usually required to maintain the structural integrity of electrodes made of particles...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071745/molecularly-imprinted-biodegradable-nanoparticles
#20
Mariacristina Gagliardi, Alice Bertero, Angelo Bifone
Biodegradable polymer nanoparticles are promising carriers for targeted drug delivery in nanomedicine applications. Molecu- lar imprinting is a potential strategy to target polymer nanoparticles through binding of endogenous ligands that may promote recognition and active transport into specific cells and tissues. However, the lock-and-key mechanism of molecular imprinting requires relatively rigid cross-linked structures, unlike those of many biodegradable polymers. To date, no fully biodegradable molecularly imprinted particles have been reported in the literature...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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