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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110251/gold-nanomaterials-for-the-selective-capturing-and-sers-diagnosis-of-toxins-in-aqueous-and-biological-fluids
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Waleed A Hassanain, Emad L Izake, Michael S Schmidt, Godwin A Ayoko
A highly sensitive nanosensing method for the combined selective capture and SERS detection of Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in blood plasma has been developed. The new method utilizes gold coated magnetic nanoparticles that are functionalized with anti MC-LR antibody Fab' fragments for the selective capture of MC-LR from aqueous media and blood plasma. Using an oriented immobilization approach, the Fab' fragments are covalently attached to gold surface to form a monolayer with high capture efficiency towards the toxin...
January 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110059/tuning-dna-adsorption-affinity-and-density-on-metal-oxide-and-phosphate-for-improved-arsenate-detection
#2
Anand Lopez, Yifei Zhang, Juewen Liu
Arsenic (As) contamination in groundwater presents a major health and environmental concern in developing countries. Typically, As is found in two oxidation states. Most chemical tests for inorganic arsenic are focused on As(III), and few have been developed for As(V). We are interested in developing biosensors for As(V) based on its similarity with phosphate. Building upon previous work involving DNA-capped Fe3O4 nanoparticles for As(V) detection, we investigated two other nanomaterials: CeO2 and CePO4 in terms of DNA adsorption and As(V) induced DNA desorption...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110014/nanosilver-as-a-disinfectant-in-dental-unit-waterlines-assessment-of-the-physicochemical-transformations-of-the-agnps
#3
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/28108195/the-virtual-cell-based-assay-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#4
Rabea Graepel, Lara Lamon, David Asturiol, Elisabet Berggren, Elisabeth Joossens, Alicia Paini, Pilar Prieto, Maurice Whelan, Andrew Worth
In order to replace the use of animals in toxicity testing, there is a need to predict in vivo toxic doses from concentrations that cause toxicological effects in relevant in vitro systems. The Virtual Cell Based Assay (VCBA) estimates time-dependent concentration of a test chemical in the cell and cell culture for a given in vitro system. The concentrations in the different compartments of the cell and test system are derived from ordinary differential equations, physicochemical parameters of the test chemical and properties of the cell line...
January 17, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107988/quantitative-assay-for-the-detection-screening-and-reactivity-evaluation-of-nanoceria-particles
#5
Ali Othman, Kristen Bear, Silvana Andreescu
Increasing use of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in many industrial processes and consumer products requires rapid analytical methodologies to reliably detect and screen samples for the presence of NPs. Here, we report the development, analytical characterization and performance evaluation of a colorimetric assay as a comprehensive test for quantitative detection, screening and reactivity evaluation of nanoceria (cerium oxide, CeO2) particles in aqueous environments. We provide a critical discussion of the role of environmental conditions including pH, ionic composition, and presence of humic acid and particle type on the overall performance and sensitivity of this assay...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107941/mil-101-cr-as-matrix-for-sensitive-detection-of-quercetin-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#6
Guobin Han, Qiaoling Zeng, Zhongwei Jiang, Tiantian Xing, Chengzhi Huang, Yuanfang Li
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) has been proven as a useful and advanced technique in the identification of polymers and proteins. However, MALDI-TOF-MS still has the unavoidable drawback of self-signal interference with traditional organic matrices, which could suppress and overlap with the analyte signals in the low-mass region. In this work, MIL-101(Cr), a kind of metal-organic frameworks which possess high molecular weight, π-conjugated 3-D structure, coordinately unsaturated chromium sites (CUS) and strong absorption in the UV range, was employed to replace traditional organic matrices, and it was found that MIL-101(Cr) can dramatically eliminate the background peaks, showing high signal-to-noise level in the analysis of small molecules...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107921/highly-selective-enrichment-of-phosphopeptides-using-zr-4-immobilized-titania-nanoparticles
#7
Junyong Dai, Miaode Wang, Hailong Liu
It is urgent to selectively enrich trace phosphorylated proteins or peptides from complex biological sample for mass spectrometry (MS)-based phosphoproteomics. In this study, a novel immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) material with DOTA(1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane N, N', N'', N'''-tetra-acetic acid) coated on the surface of TiO2 nanomaterials and functionalized with the metal ion Zr(4+)(TiO2@DOTA-Zr) has been synthesized successfully to improve the enrichment specificity and sensitivity for phosphopeptides...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107001/systemic-stress-and-recovery-patterns-of-rice-roots-in-response-to-graphene-oxide-nanosheets
#8
Qixing Zhou, Xiangang Hu
The interactions between nanomaterials and plants have attracted increasing attention. However, the systemic stress and recovery patterns of plants in response to nanomaterials and the connections between the molecular responses and phenotypes remain unclear. Herein, rice was exposed to graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets at 0.01-1 mg/L for 7 days under hydroponic exposure, followed by a 7-day post-exposure (GO-free). The significant upregulation (p<0.05) of phenylalanine metabolism, secondary metabolism and heme peroxidase reflected the stress and recovery patterns of rice roots exposed to GO...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106378/cell-selective-apoptosis-induced-by-polymorphic-alteration-of-self-assembled-silica-nano-webs
#9
Meysam Keshavarz, Bo Tan, Krishnan Venkatakrishnan
The biocompatibility of silicon-based nanomaterial makes it suitable for biophysical and biomedical applications. However, the application of silicon-based nanomaterials has been mainly restricted to nanoparticles (NPs) as a potential drug carrier and the extracellular matrix (ECM) as a platform for cell adhesion and proliferation. Here, we introduced silica NPs self-assembled into a 3D nano-web architecture that was shown to inherit the therapeutic and proliferative attributes of both NPs and ECMs. The self-assembled silica nano-web (SNW) has, therefore, not only shown targeted drug-like behavior in HeLa cells without the use of bio-markers but also has shown ECM characteristics...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106367/alignment-of-carbon-nanotubes-in-carbon-nanotube-fibers-through-nanoparticles-a-route-for-controlling-mechanical-and-electrical-properties
#10
Muhammad Mohsin Hossain, Md Akherul Islam, Hossain Shima, Mudassir Hasan, Moonyong Lee
This is the first study that describes how semiconducting ZnO can act as an alignment agent in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) fibers. Due to the alignment of CNTs through the ZnO nanoparticles linking groups, the CNTs inside the fibers were equally distributed by the attraction of bonding forces into sheet-like bunches, such that any applied mechanical breaking load was equally distributed to each CNT inside the fiber, making them mechanically robust against breaking loads. Although semiconductive ZnO nanoparticles were used here, the electrical conductivity of the aligned CNT fiber was comparable to bare CNT fibers, suggesting that the total electron movement through the CNTs inside the aligned CNT fiber is not disrupted by the insulating behavior of ZnO nanoparticles...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106303/porous-one-dimensional-nanomaterials-design-fabrication-and-applications-in-electrochemical-energy-storage
#11
REVIEW
Qiulong Wei, Fangyu Xiong, Shuangshuang Tan, Lei Huang, Esther H Lan, Bruce Dunn, Liqiang Mai
Electrochemical energy storage technology is of critical importance for portable electronics, transportation and large-scale energy storage systems. There is a growing demand for energy storage devices with high energy and high power densities, long-term stability, safety and low cost. To achieve these requirements, novel design structures and high performance electrode materials are needed. Porous 1D nanomaterials which combine the advantages of 1D nanoarchitectures and porous structures have had a significant impact in the field of electrochemical energy storage...
January 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106198/ten-gram-scale-sic-sio2-nanowires-high-yield-synthesis-towards-industrialization-in-situ-growth-mechanism-and-their-peculiar-photoluminescence-and-electromagnetic-wave-absorption-properties
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Z J Li, H Y Yu, G Y Song, J Zhao, H Zhang, M Zhang, A L Meng, Q D Li
SiC@SiO2 nanowires, as a functional nanocomposite, have attracted widespread attention due to their fascinating performance and broad application prospect. However, the low-cost, high yield preparation of large-scale SiC@SiO2 nanowires is still a bottleneck, which hinders their industrial application. Herein, a carbothermal reduction strategy has been developed to synthesize SiC@SiO2 nanowires, which breaks through the handicap of the traditional growth pattern that uses the aid of a substrate. Systematic characterization results illustrate that the yield of the as-obtained products greatly depends on the heating rate, and ten-gram scale SiC@SiO2 nanowires (∼27...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106185/direct-mapping-of-the-electric-permittivity-of-heterogeneous-non-planar-thin-films-at-gigahertz-frequencies-by-scanning-microwave-microscopy
#13
Maria Chiara Biagi, Giorgio Badino, Rene Fabregas, Georg Gramse, Laura Fumagalli, Gabriel Gomila
We obtained maps of electric permittivity at ∼19 GHz frequencies on non-planar thin film heterogeneous samples by means of combined atomic force-scanning microwave microscopy (AFM-SMM). We show that the electric permittivity maps can be obtained directly from the capacitance images acquired in contact mode, after removing the topographic cross-talk effects. This result demonstrates the possibility of identifying the electric permittivity of different materials in a thin film sample irrespectively of their thickness by just direct imaging and processing...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105903/criteria-to-define-a-more-relevant-reference-sample-of-titanium-dioxide-in-the-context-of-food-a-multiscale-approach
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William Dudefoi, Hélène Terrisse, Mireille Richard-Plouet, Eric Gautron, Florin Popa, Bernard Humbert, Marie-Hélène Ropers
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a transition metal oxide widely used as a white pigment in various applications, including food. Due to the classification of TiO2 nanoparticles as potentially harmful for humans by inhalation (IARC, 2006), the presence of nanoparticles in food products needed to be confirmed by a set of independent studies. Seven samples of food grade titanium dioxide (E171) were extensively characterised for their size distribution, crystallinity, and surface properties by the currently recommended methods...
January 20, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105473/recent-applications-of-the-combination-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-with-nucleic-acids-development-of-bioresponsive-devices-carriers-and-sensors
#15
REVIEW
Rafael R Castillo, Alejandro Baeza, María Vallet-Regí
The discovery and control of the biological roles mediated by nucleic acids have turned them into a powerful tool for the development of advanced biotechnological materials. Such is the importance of these gene-keeping biomacromolecules that even nanomaterials have succumbed to the claimed benefits of DNA and RNA. Currently, there could be found in the literature a practically intractable number of examples reporting the use of combination of nanoparticles with nucleic acids, so boundaries are demanded. Following this premise, this review will only cover the most recent and powerful strategies developed to exploit the possibilities of nucleic acids as biotechnological materials when in combination with mesoporous silica nanoparticles...
January 20, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105197/mitochondria-targeting-nano-agents-in-cancer-therapeutics
#16
Xiao-Ying Zhang, Pei-Ying Zhang
Mitochondria have emerged as noteworthy therapeutic targets as their physiological functions are often altered in pathological conditions such as cancer. The electronic databases of MEDLINE, EMBASE and PubMed were searched for recent studies reporting the importance of mitochondria targeting nanoagents in cancer therapeutics. The concluding remarks of the above papers mostly confirmed the growing potential of these novel nanoagents in the area of anticancer research. Furthermore, numerous studies demonstrated the immense potential of nanocarriers in delivering mitochondria-acting compounds to their target site...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104510/mechanochemically-synthesized-ag-based-nanohybrids-with-unprecedented-low-toxicity-in-biomedical-applications
#17
Rick A D Arancon, Alina M Balu, Antonio A Romero, Manuel Ojeda, Mercedes Gomez, Jordi Blanco, Jose L Domingo, Rafael Luque
A simple and innovative mechanochemical approach was employed to synthesize Ag-polysaccharide nanohybrid materials that were proved to exhibit remarkable surface properties and structures for biomedical applications. The synthesized Ag nanomaterials possessed an unprecedented low cytotoxicity against human cell lines A549 and SH-SY5Y as compared to similarly reported Ag nanomaterials due to the stability and low release of Ag(+) and high biocompatibility of the nanohybrids.
January 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104237/one-step-green-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-iron-oxide-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanocomposite-with-high-supramolecular-recognition-capability-application-for-vortex-assisted-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-of-organochlorine-pesticides-residue-from-honey-samples
#18
Shokouh Mahpishanian, Hassan Sereshti
In this research, β-cyclodextrin/iron oxide reduced graphene oxide hybrid nanostructure (β-CD/MRGO) with high water dispersability, excellent magnetic responsivity and molecular selectivity was prepared via a facile one step green strategy. The obtained nanomaterial was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), which confirmed the modification of GO with β-CD and magnetic nanoparticles...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103021/efficient-removal-of-methane-over-the-cobalt-monoxide-doped-aupd-nanocatalysts
#19
Shaohua Xie, Yuxi Liu, Jiguang Deng, Simiao Zang, Zhenhua Zhang, Hamidreza Arandiyan, Hongxing Dai
Catalytic total oxidation of CH4 at a relatively low temperature over the precious metal (e.g., Pd-, Rh- or Pt)-based catalyst is believed to be a potential technology for the removal of greenhouse gas CH4. The traditional Pd-based catalysts for CH4 combustion reported in the literature tend to deactivate at high temperatures (> 600 °C), because the PdOx active phase is easily changed into aggregated metallic Pd nanoparticles (NPs). The high cost of Pd also limits its wide applications. In order to overcome such drawbacks, we herein design a novel pathway by introducing a certain amount of CoO to the supported Au-Pd alloy NPs to generate high-performance Au-Pd-xCoO/3DOM Co3O4 (x is the Co/Pd molar ratio) catalysts...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102964/plasmonic-chirality-imprinting-on-nucleobase-displaying-supramolecular-nanohelices-by-metal-nucleobase-recognition
#20
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
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