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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528420/soil-or-dust-for-health-risk-assessment-studies-in-urban-environment
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M Gabarrón, A Faz, J A Acosta
To identify the best material (soil or dust) to be selected for health-risk assessment studies, road dust and urban soil from three cities with different population densities were collected, and size fractions were analysed for metal content (Pb, Zn, Cu, Cd, Cr, Co, and Ni). Results showed similar distribution of the size particles among cities, predominating fractions between 75 and 2000 μm in road dust and particles below 75 μm in soil. Metals were mainly bound to PM10 in both soil and road dust increasing the risk of adverse health effects, overall through inhalation exposure...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528217/citrus-maxima-pomelo-juice-mediated-eco-friendly-synthesis-of-zno-nanoparticles-applications-to-photocatalytic-electrochemical-sensor-and-antibacterial-activities
#2
N S Pavithra, K Lingaraju, G K Raghu, G Nagaraju
In the present work, Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO Nps) have been successfully prepared through a simple, effective and low cost solution combustion method using Zn (NO3)2·6H2O as an oxidizer, chakkota (Common name=Pomelo) fruit juice as novel fuel. X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the hexagonal wurtzite structure with average crystallite size of ~22nm. ZnO Nps were characterized with the aid of different spectroscopic techniques such as Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, Photoluminescence and UV-Visible spectroscopy...
May 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527991/lignosulfonate-stabilized-selenium-nanoparticles-and-their-deposition-on-spherical-silica
#3
Anna Modrzejewska-Sikorska, Emilia Konował, Łukasz Klapiszewski, Grzegorz Nowaczyk, Stefan Jurga, Teofil Jesionowski, Grzegorz Milczarek
We report a novel room-temperature synthesis of selenium nanoparticles, which for the first time uses lignosulfonate as a stabilizer. Various lignosulfonates obtained both from hardwood and softwood were tested. Selenium oxide was used as the precursor of zero-valent selenium. Three different reducers were tested - sodium borohydride, hydrazine and ascorbic acid - and the latter proved most effective in terms of the particle size and stability of the final colloid. The lignosulfonate-stabilized selenium nanoparticles had a negative zeta potential, dependent on pH, which for some lignosulfonates reached -50mV, indicating the excellent stability of the colloid...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527194/biodistribution-and-excretion-of-colloidal-gold-nanoparticles-after-intravenous-injection-effects-of-particle-size
#4
Issei Takeuchi, Sho Nobata, Naoto Oiri, Keishiro Tomoda, Kimiko Makino
BACKGROUND: Inorganic gold nanoparticles (NPs) have a huge potential in targeted drug delivery. Simple preparation and surface modification procedure with their special physicochemical properties of gold NPs attract their use such as tumor targeting and the detection of cancerous cell. OBJECTIVE: Various studies were reported, however, details of biodistribution profile of gold NPs were not enough evaluated. We have studied biodistribution profile of gold NPs having various particle sizes (20, 50 and 100 nm)...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525943/effect-of-au-dextran-nps-as-anti-tumor-agent-against-eac-and-solid-tumor-in-mice-by-biochemical-evaluations-and-histopathological-investigations
#5
Dalia Medhat, Jihan Hussein, Mehrez E El-Naggar, Mohamed F Attia, Mona Anwar, Yasmine Abdel Latif, Hoda F Booles, Safaa Morsy, Abdel Razik Farrag, Wagdy K B Khalil, Zakaria El-Khayat
Dextran-capped gold nanoparticles (Au-dextran NPs) were prepared exploiting the natural polysaccharide polymer as both reducing and stabilizing agent in the synthesis process, aiming at studying their antitumor effect on solid carcinoma and EAC-bearing mice. To this end, Au-dextran NPs were designed via simple eco-friendly chemical reaction and they were characterized revealing the monodispersed particles with narrow distributed size of around 49nm with high negative charge. In vivo experiments were performed on mice...
May 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525274/metal-nanoparticle-catalyzed-hydrogen-generation-from-formic-acid
#6
Zhangpeng Li, Qiang Xu
To meet the ever-increasing energy demand, the development of effective, renewable, and environmentally friendly sources of alternative energy is imperative. Hydrogen (H2) is a renewable, clean energy carrier, which exhibits a threefold energy density compared to gasoline; H2 is considered one of the most promising alternative energy carriers for enabling a secure, clean energy future. However, the realization of a hydrogen economy is restricted by several unresolved issues. Particularly, one of the most difficult challenges is the development of a safe, efficient hydrogen storage and delivery system...
May 19, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524912/gold-nanocages-with-dual-modality-for-image-guided-therapeutics
#7
Shijin Bao, Shengnan Huang, Ying Liu, Yurong Hu, Weiping Wang, Mengfei Ji, Huili Li, Ning Xia Zhang, Chengzhi Song, Shaofeng Duan
Numerous studies have demonstrated that microRNAs are very important in cancer development and progression. However, the complex relationship between the size of microRNA delivery systems, cellular uptake, biodistribution and therapeutic efficiency remains unclear. Herein, we have successfully constructed a series of differently-sized microRNA delivery systems, miR-26a-loaded, hyaluronic acid-modified, polyetherimide-conjugated PEGylated gold nanocage ternary nanocomplexes (PPHAuNCs-TNCs), which can be monitored optically by fluorescence and photoacoustic tomography imaging...
May 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524017/effect-of-homogenisation-in-formation-of-thermally-induced-aggregates-in-a-non-and-low-fat-milk-model-system-with-microparticulated-whey-proteins
#8
Isabel Celigueta Torres, Gema Nieto, Tommy Nylander, Adam Cohen Simonsen, Alexander Tolkach, Richard Ipsen
The objective of the research presented in this paper was to investigate how different characteristics of whey protein microparticles (MWP) added to milk as fat replacers influence intermolecular interactions occurring with other milk proteins during homogenisation and heating. These interactions are responsible for the formation of heat-induced aggregates that influence the texture and sensory characteristics of the final product. The formation of heat-induced complexes was studied in non- and low-fat milk model systems, where microparticulated whey protein (MWP) was used as fat replacer...
May 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522005/biocompatible-microcrystalline-cellulose-particles-from-cotton-wool-and-magnetization-via-a-simple-in-situ-co-precipitation-method
#9
Mehnaz Rashid, Mohammad Abdul Gafur, Mostafa Kaiyum Sharafat, Hideto Minami, Mohd Abdul Jalil Miah, Hasan Ahmad
This investigation describes the preparation of magnetically doped degradable microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) nanocomposite particles with application potential in biotechnology, solid support for biomolecule/water purification, oil recovery from water and beyond. MCC was first extracted from cotton wool, the most abundant biocompatible polymer, by sulfuric acid hydrolysis and the effect of acid strength was examined. The size of the elongated fiber structure was reduced with increasing acid strength. MCC particles extracted by treatment with 70% sulfuric acid were used to prepare magnetic MCC nanocomposite particles...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521987/coffee-grounds-as-filler-for-pectin-green-composites-with-competitive-performances-dependent-on-the-uv-irradiation
#10
Vincenzo Alessandro Cataldo, Giuseppe Cavallaro, Giuseppe Lazzara, Stefana Milioto, Filippo Parisi
Novel composite bioplastics were successfully prepared by filling pectin matrix with treated coffee grounds. The amount of coffee dispersed into the pectin was changed within a wide filler range. The morphology of the pectin/coffee hybrid films was studied by microscopic techniques in order to investigate their mesoscopic structure as well as the sizes distribution of the particles dispersed into the matrix. The micrographs showed that the coffee grounds are uniformly dispersed within the polymeric matrix. The morphological characteristics of the biocomposite films were correlated to their properties, such as wettability, water uptake, thermal behavior and mechanical performances...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520443/effective-interactions-and-colloidal-stability-of-bovine-%C3%AE-globulin-in-solution
#11
Stefano Da Vela, Felix Roosen-Runge, Maximilian W A Skoda, Robert M J Jacobs, Tilo Seydel, Henrich Frielinghaus, Michael Sztucki, Ralf Schweins, Fajun Zhang, Frank Schreiber
Interactions and phase behavior of γ-globulins are of fundamental interest in biophysical and pharmaceutical research, as these are among the most abundant proteins in blood plasma. In this work, we report the characterization of the oligomeric state of bovine γ-globulin, the effective protein-protein interactions and the colloidal stability in aqueous solution as a function of protein concentration and ionic strength. Classical biochemical techniques, such as size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and gel electrophoresis together with small angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS) were employed for this study...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520397/laser-induced-graphene-layers-and-electrodes-prevents-microbial-fouling-and-exerts-antimicrobial-action
#12
Swatantra P Singh, Yilun Li, Avraham Be'er, Yoram Oren, James M Tour, Christopher J Arnusch
Prevention of fouling on surfaces is a major challenge that broadly impacts society. Water treatment technologies, hospital infrastructure, and seawater pipes exemplify surfaces that are susceptible to biofouling. Here we show that laser-induced graphene (LIG) printed on a polyimide film by irradiation with a CO2 infrared laser under ambient conditions is extremely biofilm resistant while as an electrode is strongly antibacterial. We investigated the antibacterial activity of the LIG surface using LIG powder in suspension or deposited on surfaces, and its activity depended on the particle size and oxygen content...
May 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518207/influence-of-particle-size-and-dielectric-environment-on-the-dispersion-behaviour-and-surface-plasmon-in-nickel-nanoparticles
#13
Vikash Sharma, Chanderbhan Chotia, Tarachand, Vedachalaiyer Ganesan, Gunadhor S Okram
Nickel nanoparticles (NPs) are promising candidates for various applications, including biomedical ones, as they have good magnetic properties as well as high thermal conductivity. We used well-characterized Ni NPs of average Scherrer sizes from 1.31 nm to 22.23 nm and investigated the effects of the primary particle size, size distribution and dielectric environments, and of separately adding non-ionic polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and anionic ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in ethanol, on their stability and agglomeration behaviour using atomic force microscopy (AFM), particle size analysis and zeta potential study through dynamic light scattering (DLS) combined with UV-visible spectroscopy data...
May 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516947/artificial-local-magnetic-field-inhomogeneity-enhances-t2-relaxivity
#14
Zijian Zhou, Rui Tian, Zhenyu Wang, Zhen Yang, Yijing Liu, Gang Liu, Ruifang Wang, Jinhao Gao, Jibin Song, Liming Nie, Xiaoyuan Chen
Clustering of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) is perhaps the most effective, yet intriguing strategy to enhance T2 relaxivity in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the underlying mechanism is still not fully understood and the attempts to generalize the classic outersphere theory from single particles to clusters have been found to be inadequate. Here we show that clustering of MNPs enhances local field inhomogeneity due to reduced field symmetry, which can be further elevated by artificially involving iron oxide NPs with heterogeneous geometries in terms of size and shape...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516478/determination-of-oral-bioavailability-of-curcuminoid-dispersions-and-nanoemulsions-prepared-from-curcuma-longa-linnaeus
#15
P S Lu, B S Inbaraj, B H Chen
BACKGROUND: Curcuminoid from Curcuma longa Linnaeus has been demonstrated to be effective in anti-cancer and anti-inflammation. The objectives of this study were to prepare curcuminoid dispersion and nanoemulsion from C. longa and determine their oral bioavailability in rats. RESULTS: After curcuminoid extraction using 99.5% ethanol, bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC), demethoxycurcumin (DMC) and curcumin were separated within 10 min by HPLC with an Eclipse XDB-C18 column and a gradient mobile phase of 0...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516410/silymarin-loaded-eudragit-nanoparticles-formulation-characterization-and-hepatoprotective-and-toxicity-evaluation
#16
Amira E El-Nahas, Ahmed N Allam, Doaa A Abdelmonsif, Amal H El-Kamel
The objectives of this study were to formulate, characterize silymarin-loaded Eudragit nanoparticles (SNPs) and evaluate their hepatoprotective and cytotoxic effects after oral administration. SNPs were prepared by nanoprecipitation technique and were evaluated for particle size, entrapment efficiency, TEM, solid-state characterization, and in vitro drug release. The hepatoprotective activity was evaluated after oral administration of selected SNPs in carbon tetrachloride-intoxicated rats. Potential in vivo acute cytotoxicity study was also assessed...
May 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516262/-nanomaterials-in-foodstuffs-toxicological-properties-and-risk-assessment
#17
REVIEW
Linda Böhmert, Peter Laux, Andreas Luch, Albert Braeuning, Alfonso Lampen
Nanomaterials measure below 100 nm in size in at least one dimension. In general, organic and inorganic nanoparticles can be distinguished. In addition, nanosized structures may differ substantially with regard to their shape, chemical composition and physical properties. They may originate either from natural processes or can be manufactured intentionally. The possible specific toxicological properties of nanoparticles that might be based on their enhanced reactivity due to an increased surface-to-volume ratio, as compared to larger particles, or which might result from preferential uptake in cells and tissues, are the subject of current toxicological research...
May 17, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516056/simultaneous-micronization-and-purification-of-bioactive-fraction-by-supercritical-antisolvent-technology
#18
Stevanus Hiendrawan, Bambang Veriansyah, Edward Widjojokusumo, Raymond R Tjandrawinata
Simultaneous micronization and purification of DLBS3233 bioactive fraction, a combination of two Indonesian herbals Lagerstroemia speciosa and Cinnamomum burmannii has been successfully performed via supercritical anti-solvent (SAS) technology. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness of SAS technology to micronize and reduce coumarin content of DLBS3233. The effects of four SAS process parameters, i.e. pressure, temperature, concentration and solution flow rate on particle formation were investigated...
April 2017: Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515763/poly-ethylene-co-vinyl-alcohol-based-polymeric-thermo-responsive-nanocarriers-for-controlled-delivery-of-epirubicin-to-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Farshid Hassanzadeh, Maryam Farzan, Jaleh Varshosaz, Ghadam Ali Khodarahmi, Sahar Maaleki, Mahboubeh Rostami
In this study, poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH) as a novel biocompatible polymeric scaffold was surface modified by succinylation to get EVOHS and further pegylated to improve structural properties using methoxypolyethylene glycol (5000 Da) succinate (PEGS) along with targeting with retinoic acid (RA) to get final modified active and passive targeted conjugate (PEGS-EVOHS-RA) to evaluate its ability in carrying and delivery of epirubicin to hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines in response to varying temperatures...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515160/replacement-of-refined-starches-and-added-sugars-with-egg-protein-and-unsaturated-fats-increases-insulin-sensitivity-and-lowers-triglycerides-in-overweight-or-obese-adults-with-elevated-triglycerides
#20
Kevin C Maki, Orsolya M Palacios, Emily Lindner, Kristin M Nieman, Marjorie Bell, Jennifer Sorce
Background: Hypertriglyceridemia is a common condition in the United States and is often associated with other metabolic disturbances, including insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and a predominance of small dense LDL particles.Objective: The objective of this trial was to evaluate the effects of a combination of egg protein (Epro) and unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs) substituted for refined starches and added sugars on insulin sensitivity (primary outcome) and other cardiometabolic health markers in overweight or obese adults with elevated triglyceride (TG) concentrations...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
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