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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231552/progress-and-challenges-in-electrochemiluminescent-aptasensors
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REVIEW
Kateryna Muzyka, Muhammad Saqib, Zhongyuan Liu, Wei Zhang, Guobao Xu
The importance of developing new diagnostic and detection technologies for the growing number of sensing challenges is rising each year. Here, we present a comprehensive and concise review on electrochemiluminescent (ECL) aptasensors by putting special emphasis on its characteristic features, advances, challenges, and applications of ECL based aptasensors. ECL is an ideal tool for constructing such sensors because of its inherent characteristics and can be easily integrated into aptamer based sensing platforms...
January 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230965/fluorine-functionalized-graphene-quantum-dots-as-inhibitor-against-hiapp-amyloid-aggregation
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Maryam Yousaf, Huan Huang, Ping Li, Chen Wang, Yanlian Yang
Fibrillar deposits of the human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) is considered as a root of Type II diabetes mellitus. Fluorinated graphene quantum dots (FGQDs) are new carbon nanomaterials with unique physicochemical properties containing highly electronegative F atoms. Herein we report a single step synthesis method of FGQDs with an inhibitory effect on aggregation and cytotoxicity of hIAPP in vitro. Highly fluorescent and water dispersible FGQDs, less than 3 nm in size were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method...
February 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230930/in-silico-design-of-optimal-dissolution-kinetics-of-fe-doped-zno-nanoparticles-results-in-cancer-specific-toxicity-in-a-preclinical-rodent-model
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Bella B Manshian, Suman Pokhrel, Uwe Himmelreich, Kaido Tämm, Lauri Sikk, Alberto Fernández, Robert Rallo, Tarmo Tamm, Lutz Mädler, Stefaan J Soenen
Cancer cells have unique but widely varying characteristics that have proven them difficult to be treated by classical therapeutics and calls for novel and selective treatment options. Nanomaterials (NMs) have been shown to display biological effects as a function of their chemical composition, and the extent and exact nature of these effects can vary between different biological environments. Here, ZnO NMs are doped with increasing levels of Fe, which allows to finely tune their dissolution rate resulting in significant differences in their biological behavior on cancer or normal cells...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229590/impacts-of-crosslinkers-on-biological-effects-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Yi-Ping Chen, Si-Han Wu, I-Chih Chen, Chien-Tsu Chen
Chemically synthesized crosslinkers play decisive roles in variable cargos attached to nanoparticles (NPs). Previous studies reported that surface properties, such as the size, charge, and surface chemistry, are particularly important determinants influencing the biological fate and actions of NPs and cells. Recent studies also focused on the relationship of serum proteins with the surface properties of NPs (also called the protein corona), which is recognized as a key factor in determining the cytotoxicity and biodistribution...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229133/towards-enhanced-optical-sensor-performance-seira-and-sers-with-plasmonic-nanostars
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O Bibikova, J Haas, A I López-Lorente, A Popov, M Kinnunen, I Meglinski, B Mizaikoff
We report the preparation and characterization of plasmonic chip-based systems comprising self-assembled gold nanostars at silicon substrates that enable concomitantly enhanced Raman (surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy; SERS) and mid-infrared (surface enhanced infrared reflection or absorption spectroscopy; SEIRA) spectral signatures. The high-aspect-ratio structure of gold nanostars provides an increased number of hot spots at their surface, which results in an electric field enhancement around the nanomaterial...
February 23, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228522/entropy-driven-segregation-of-polymer-grafted-nanoparticles-under-confinement
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Ren Zhang, Bongjoon Lee, Christopher M Stafford, Jack F Douglas, Andrey V Dobrynin, Michael R Bockstaller, Alamgir Karim
The modification of nanoparticles with polymer ligands has emerged as a versatile approach to control the interactions and organization of nanoparticles in polymer nanocomposite materials. Besides their technological significance, polymer-grafted nanoparticle (PGNP) dispersions have attracted interest as model systems to understand the role of entropy as a driving force for microstructure formation. For instance, densely and sparsely grafted nanoparticles show distinct dispersion and assembly behaviors within polymer matrices due to the entropy variation associated with conformational changes in brush and matrix chains...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228073/principal-physicochemical-methods-used-to-characterize-dendrimer-molecule-complexes-used-as-genetic-therapy-agents-nanovaccines-or-drug-carriers
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Rodríguez Fonseca Rolando Alberto, Rodrigues Joao, Muñoz-Fernández María de Los Angeles, Martínez Muñoz Alberto, Fragoso Vázquez Manuel Jonathan, Correa Basurto José
Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology to medicine. This field is related to the study of nanodevices and nanomaterials applied to various medical uses, such as in improving the pharmacological properties of different molecules. Dendrimers are synthetic nanoparticles whose physicochemical properties vary according to their chemical structure. These molecules have been extensively investigated as drug nanocarriers to improve drug solubility and as sustained-release systems. New therapies such as gene therapy and the development of nanovaccines can be improved by the use of dendrimers...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228012/investigation-of-thermally-induced-cellular-ablation-and-heat-response-triggered-by-planar-mos2-based-nanocomposite
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Shinya Ariyasu, Jing Mu, Xiao Zhang, Ying Huang, Edwin K L Yeow, Hua Zhang, Bengang Xing
In comparison to conventional tumor treatment methods, photothermal therapy (PTT) is one of the innovative therapeutic strategies that employs light to produce the localized heat for targeted ablation of cancer cells. Among various kinds of heat generation nanomaterials, transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheets, especially-molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) have recently been investigated as one of the promising PTT candidates because of their strong absorbance in the near-infrared (NIR) tissue transparency window and excellent photothermal conversion capability...
February 23, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225818/heat-induced-radiolabeling-and-click-chemistry-a-powerful-combination-for-generating-multifunctional-nanomaterials
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Hushan Yuan, Moses Q Wilks, Georges El Fakhri, Marc D Normandin, Charalambos Kaittanis, Lee Josephson
A key advantage of nanomaterials for biomedical applications is their ability to feature multiple small reporter groups (multimodality), or combinations of reporter groups and therapeutic agents (multifunctionality), while being targeted to cell surface receptors. Here a facile combination of techniques for the syntheses of multimodal, targeted nanoparticles (NPs) is presented, whereby heat-induced-radiolabeling (HIR) labels NPs with radiometals and so-called click chemistry is used to attach bioactive groups to the NP surface...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225263/bactericidal-effect-of-gold-chitosan-nanocomposites-in-co-culture-models-of-pathogenic-bacteria-and-human-macrophages
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Gracia Mendoza, Anna Regiel-Futyra, Vanesa Andreu, Victor Sebastian, Agnieszka Kyzioł, Grazyna Stochel, Manuel Arruebo
Pathogenic bacteria are able to develop resistance mechanisms to avoid the antimicrobial potential of antibiotics becoming an increasing problem for the healthcare systems. The search for more effective and selective antimicrobial materials, though not harmful to mammalian cells, seems imperative. Herein we propose the use of gold-chitosan nanocomposites as effective bactericidal materials avoiding the damage to human cells. Nanocomposites were obtained taking advantage of the reductive and stabilizing action of chitosan solutions on two different gold precursor concentrations...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225039/ruthenium-based-metallopolymer-grafted-reduced-graphene-oxide-as-a-new-hybrid-solar-light-harvester-in-polymer-solar-cells
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R Vinoth, S Ganesh Babu, Vishal Bharti, V Gupta, M Navaneethan, S Venkataprasad Bhat, C Muthamizhchelvan, Praveen C Ramamurthy, Chhavi Sharma, Dinesh K Aswal, Yasuhiro Hayakawa, B Neppolian
A new class of pyridyl benzimdazole based Ru complex decorated polyaniline assembly (PANI-Ru) was covalently grafted onto reduced graphene oxide sheets (rGO) via covalent functionalization approach. The covalent attachment of PANI-Ru with rGO was confirmed from XPS analysis and Raman spectroscopy. The chemical bonding between PANI-Ru and rGO induced the electron transfer from Ru complex to rGO via backbone of the conjugated PANI chain. The resultant hybrid metallopolymer assembly was successfully demonstrated as an electron donor in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224905/emerging-trends-in-biosensing-using-stripping-voltammetric-detection-of-metal-containing-nanolabels-a-review
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REVIEW
Christos Kokkinos, Anastasios Economou
Over the last years, nanomaterials have found many applications in the development of electrochemical biosensors. Among other functions, metal nanoparticles (NPs) and quantum dots (QDs) (semiconducting nanocrystals composed of metal salts) are increasingly being used as voltammetric labels in affinity biosensing. Labeling is based on the attachment of the label(s) on the target biomolecules or on a biorecognition reporting probe. After an appropriate specific affinity interaction between the target and the reporting probe, the metallic nanolabels are converted to the respective cations which are quantified by a voltammetric technique...
April 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224784/a-highly-efficient-electrochemiluminescent-ag-nanoclusters-tio2-nanomaterials-as-signal-probe-for-ferrocene-driven-light-switch-bioanalysis
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Ying Zhou, Haijun Wang, Ying Zhuo, Yaqin Chai, Ruo Yuan
In this work, a ferrocene (Fc)-driven light switch biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of amyloid-β (Aβ) was designed by utilizing the highly-efficient electrochemiluminescent nanomaterials of Ag NCs/TiO2 nanoflowers (NFs) as signal labels. Through combining the TiO2 NFs as the co-reaction accelerator and dissolved O2 as the intrinsic co-reactant to in suit generate strong oxidizing intermediate radical OH•, the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of Ag NCs on the TiO2 NFs surface could be significantly promoted in comparion with that of pure Ag NCs in solution...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224153/synthesis-and-characterization-of-a-series-of-novel-perovskite-type-lamno3-keggin-type-polyoxometalate-hybrid-nanomaterials-for-fast-and-selective-removal-of-cationic-dyes-from-aqueous-solutions
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Saeed Farhadi, Farzaneh Mahmoudi, Mostafa M Amini, Michal Dusek, Marketa Jarosova
In this paper, Keggin-type heteropoly acids H3PMo12O40 (PMo12), H3PW12O40 (PW12) and H4SiW12O40 (SiW12) were successfully supported on silica-coated perovskite type LaMnO3 nanoparticles by a simple acid-base reaction. These novel hybrid nanomaterials (denoted as LaMnO3@SiO2/PMo12 (1), LaMnO3@SiO2/PW12 (2), and LaMnO3@SiO2/SiW12 (3)) were characterized by means of FT-IR, PXRD, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometry, SEM, EDX, TEM and BET surface area analysis. Furthermore, the adsorption abilities of 1-3 were tested towards cationic methylene blue (MB) and anionic methyl orange (MO) dyes...
February 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223796/stromelysin-2-mmp-10-facilitates-clearance-and-moderates-inflammation-and-cell-death-following-lung-exposure-to-long-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes
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Tyler C Vandivort, Timothy P Birkland, Talita P Domiciano, Somenath Mitra, Terrance J Kavanagh, William C Parks
Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are nanomaterials composed of multiple layers of graphene cylinders with unique properties that make them valuable for a number of industries. However, rising global production has led to concerns regarding potential occupational exposures to them as raw materials during handling. This is especially true for long MWCNT fibers, whose aspect ratio has been posited to initiate pathology similar to that of asbestos. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a class of extracellular endopeptidases that control various processes related to tissue repair, inflammation, and more...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223687/enhanced-oxidation-resistance-of-active-nanostructures-via-dynamic-size-effect
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Yun Liu, Fan Yang, Yi Zhang, Jianping Xiao, Liang Yu, Qingfei Liu, Yanxiao Ning, Zhiwen Zhou, Hao Chen, Wugen Huang, Ping Liu, Xinhe Bao
A major challenge limiting the practical applications of nanomaterials is that the activities of nanostructures (NSs) increase with reduced size, often sacrificing their stability in the chemical environment. Under oxidative conditions, NSs with smaller sizes and higher defect densities are commonly expected to oxidize more easily, since high-concentration defects can facilitate oxidation by enhancing the reactivity with O2 and providing a fast channel for oxygen incorporation. Here, using FeO NSs as an example, we show to the contrary, that reducing the size of active NSs can drastically increase their oxidation resistance...
February 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221701/accelerated-combinatorial-high-throughput-star-polymer-synthesis-via-a-rapid-one-pot-sequential-aqueous-raft-rosa-raft-polymerization-scheme
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Steffen Cosson, Maarten Danial, Julien Rosselgong Saint-Amans, Justin J Cooper-White
Advanced polymerization methodologies, such as reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT), allow unprecedented control over star polymer composition, topology, and functionality. However, using RAFT to produce high throughput (HTP) combinatorial star polymer libraries remains, to date, impracticable due to several technical limitations. Herein, the methodology "rapid one-pot sequential aqueous RAFT" or "rosa-RAFT," in which well-defined homo-, copolymer, and mikto-arm star polymers can be prepared in very low to medium reaction volumes (50 µL to 2 mL) via an "arm-first" approach in air within minutes, is reported...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221358/ionic-solutions-of-two-dimensional-materials
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Patrick L Cullen, Kathleen M Cox, Mohammed K Bin Subhan, Loren Picco, Oliver D Payton, David J Buckley, Thomas S Miller, Stephen A Hodge, Neal T Skipper, Vasiliki Tileli, Christopher A Howard
Strategies for forming liquid dispersions of nanomaterials typically focus on retarding reaggregation, for example via surface modification, as opposed to promoting the thermodynamically driven dissolution common for molecule-sized species. Here we demonstrate the true dissolution of a wide range of important 2D nanomaterials by forming layered material salts that spontaneously dissolve in polar solvents yielding ionic solutions. The benign dissolution advantageously maintains the morphology of the starting material, is stable against reaggregation and can achieve solutions containing exclusively individualized monolayers...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221348/self-assembly-of-nanoparticles-into-biomimetic-capsid-like-nanoshells
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Ming Yang, Henry Chan, Gongpu Zhao, Joong Hwan Bahng, Peijun Zhang, Petr Král, Nicholas A Kotov
Nanoscale compartments are one of the foundational elements of living systems. Capsids, carboxysomes, exosomes, vacuoles and other nanoshells easily self-assemble from biomolecules such as lipids or proteins, but not from inorganic nanomaterials because of difficulties with the replication of spherical tiling. Here we show that stabilizer-free polydispersed inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) can spontaneously organize into porous nanoshells. The association of water-soluble CdS NPs into self-limited spherical capsules is the result of scale-modified electrostatic, dispersion and other colloidal forces...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221020/a-scalable-approach-to-construct-free-standing-and-flexible-carbon-networks-for-lithium-sulfur-battery
#20
Mengliu Li, Wandi Wahyudi, Pushpendra Kumar, Feng-Yu Wu, Xiulin Yang, Henan Li, Lain-Jong Li, Jun Ming
Reconstructing carbon nanomaterials such as fullerene, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene to a hierarchical network structure is useful in exploring their applications. Herein, a sacrificial template method combined with the casting strategy is developed to prepare highly flexible and free-standing carbon film consisting of CNTs, graphene, or both. The scalable size, ultralight and binder-free characteristics, as well as the tunable process/property are promising for their large-scale applications, such as utilizing as interlayers in lithium-sulfur batteries...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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