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Luning Chen, Huiqi Li, Wen-Wen Zhan, Zhenming Cao, Jiayu Chen, Qiaorong Jiang, Ya-Qi Jiang, Zhaoxiong Xie, Qin Kuang, Lan-Sun Zheng
For new composite materials with functional nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in metal organic frameworks (MOFs), rational design as well as precise control over their architectures are imperative for achieving enhanced performance and novel functions. Especially in catalysis, the activity and selectivity of such composite materials are strongly determined by the encapsulation state and thickness of the MOF shell, which greatly influences the diffusion and adsorption of substance molecules onto the NP surface. In this study, MOF-74(Ni)-encapsulated Rh-Ni hierarchical heterostructures (Rh-Ni@MOF-74(Ni)) were successfully constructed using magnetic Rh-Ni-alloyed nanoflowers (NFs) as a self-sacrificial template...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Elisa Terracciano, Ermanno Zorzoli, Gian Loreto D'Alò, Laura Zaratti, Elisabetta Franco
Vaccinations and the controversy around them always go in parallel. We identified four categories blending in various amounts of truth and imagination: history, myths, shams and frauds. Over the years, they have alternated and sometimes transformed into one another. This sharp separation into categories is certainly academic and forced. In fact, the line between these aspects is not clear enough to allow a rigid and well-defined division. Our work starts from the category containing the most truthfulness: history, and goes on to analyze two categories that add fantasy to facts: myths and shams (or better, "old wives' tales")...
July 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
Yongmin Zhang, Shuang Guo, Wentao Wu, Zhirong Qin, Xuefeng Liu
Herein, we describe a strategy of fabricating CO2-triggered oil-in-water Pickering emulsion based on silica nanoparticles func-tionalized in situ by a trace amount of conventional CO2-switchable surfactant, N-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl)alkyl amide (CnPMA). By alternately bubbling CO2 and N2 at a moderate conditions (30 oC, 80 mL·min-1), silica nanoparticles reversibly switch between amphipathic and hydrophilic as a result of the adsorption of ammonium (CO2) and the desorption of ter-tiary amine (N2). The emulsion can then be smart switched "on (stable)" and "off (unstable)," along with homogenization, without needing cooling and heating...
October 26, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Vicente Rodríguez-González, Ruth B Domínguez-Espíndola, Sergio Casas-Flores, Olga A Patrón-Soberano, Roberto Camposeco Solis, Soo Wohn Lee
Antifungal silver nanocomposites inspired by titanate nanotubes (AgTNTs) were successfully evaluated for the effective inactivation of the phytopathogenic fungus Botrytis Cinerea within 20 minutes. One dimensional H2Ti3O7 nanotubes functionalized with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) exhibit unique surface and antifungal properties for the photoinactivation of B. Cinerea. Nanostructured titanates were synthesized by the eco-friendly, practical, microwave-induced, hydrothermal method followed by a highly monodispersive AgNP UV-photodeposition...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Svenja Winzen, James Ciro Schwabacher, Julius Mueller, Katharina Landfester, Kristin Mohr
Surfactants, even in miniscule amounts, are often used for the synthesis and especially the stabilization of nanomaterials, which is essential for in vivo applications. In this study, we show that the interaction between nanoparticles and proteins strongly depends on the type of stabilizing surfactants and their (small) concentration changes. The reaction between human serum albumin (HSA) and polystyrene nanoparticles (PS-NPs) stabilized by an ionic or nonionic surfactant - sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) or Lutensol AT50, respectively - was monitored using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC)...
October 26, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Anders Lundgren, Björn Agnarsson, Ronald Zirbs, Vladimir P Zhdanov, Erik Reimhult, Fredrik Höök
Emerging biomedical applications such as molecular imaging and drug delivery often require directed binding of nanoparticles to cell-membrane receptors. The specific apparent affinity of such ligand-functionalized particles is size-dependent, an observation so far solely attributed to multivalent receptor-ligand interaction. We question the universality of this explanation by demonstrating that the binding kinetics also depends on weak, attractive colloidal-type interaction between nanoparticles and a lipid membrane...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Tim Granath, Angela Sanchez-Sanchez, Aleksey Shmeliov, Valeria Nicolosi, Vanessa Fierro, Alain Celzard, Karl Mandel
Herein, the formation of hollow microballoons derived from superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with silica patches is reported. Depending on the experimental conditions, single- or multi-shelled superparamagnetic microballoons as well as multivesicular structures were obtained. We show how such structural changes follow a life-like process which is based on self-directing Pickering emulsions. We further demonstrate that the key towards the formation of such complex architectures is the patchy nature of the nanoparticles...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Brandi L Baldock, James E Hutchison
DNA-functionalized gold nanoparticles have been increasingly applied as sensitive and selective analytical probes and biosensors. The DNA ligands bound to a nanoparticle dictate its reactivity, making it essential to know the type and number of DNA strands bound to the nanoparticle surface. Existing methods used to determine the number of DNA strands per gold nanoparticle (AuNP) require that the sequences be fluorophore labeled, which may affect the DNA surface coverage and reactivity of the nanoparticle, and/or require specialized equipment and other fluorophore-containing reagents...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Luis Sendra Gisbert, Antonio Miguel Matas, Luis Sabater Ortí, María José Herrero Cervera, Laura Sabater Olivas, Eva María Montalvá Orón, Matteo Frasson, Rafael Abargues López, Rafael López-Andújar, Eduardo García-Granero Ximénez, Salvador Francisco Aliño Pellicer
: Different diseases lead, during their advanced stages, to chronic or acute liver failure, whose unique treatment consists in organ transplantation. The success of intervention is limited by host immune response and graft rejection. Immunosuppressant drugs permitted improving organ transplantation but they cannot completely solve the problem and their management is delicate, especially during the early stages of treatment. Thus, new tools to set an efficient modulation of immune response are required...
October 26, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Xiaolin Wang, Qiao Yang, Yixue Cao, Haibin Hao, Junhan Zhou, Jingcheng Hao
The gelation behavior of cationic surfactants with different counterions, Br(-) , [FeCl3 Br](-) , and [CeCl3 Br](-) , in imidazolium ionic liquids (ILs) and protic ethylammonium nitrate was investigated. Small-angle X-ray scattering measurements and freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy observations revealed the lamellar phases of metallosurfactant ionogels. The characteristics of imidazolium ILs, including the size and type, have effects on metallosurfactant ionogel properties, such as transformation temperatures, interlayer spacing, and mechanical strength...
October 26, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Yee Song Ko, Frank A Nüesch, Dragan Damjanovic, Dorina M Opris
Copolymer nanoparticles with a highly polar repeating unit are blended in an elastic matrix and poled at elevated temperatures. The composite exhibits piezoelectricity due to the overall polarization imparted by the particles, which can be easily modulated thanks to the soft matrix.
October 26, 2016: Advanced Materials
Nataliya Taran, Ludmila Batsmanova, Oksana Kosyk, Oleksandr Smirnov, Mariia Kovalenko, Liubov Honchar, Alexander Okanenko
The use of colloidal solutions of metals as micronutrients enhances plant resistance to unfavorable environmental conditions and ensures high yields of food crops. The purpose of the study was a comparative evaluation of presowing treatment with nanomolybdenum and microbiological preparation impact upon the development of adaptive responses in chickpea plants. Oxidative processes did not develop in all variants of the experiment but in variants treated with microbial preparation, and joint action of microbial and nanopreparations even declined, as evidenced by the reduction of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances in photosynthetic tissues by 15 %...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Soo Hyeon Lim, Eun-Young Ahn, Youmie Park
Gold nanoparticles were synthesized using a water extract of Artemisia capillaris (AC-AuNPs) under different extract concentrations, and their catalytic activity was evaluated in a 4-nitrophenol reduction reaction in the presence of sodium borohydride. The AC-AuNPs showed violet or wine colors with characteristic surface plasmon resonance bands at 534~543 nm that were dependent on the extract concentration. Spherical nanoparticles with an average size of 16.88 ± 5.47~29.93 ± 9.80 nm were observed by transmission electron microscopy...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Cenk Daglioglu, Burcu Okutucu
PURPOSE: Resistance to chemotherapy is one of the major problems facing current cancer research. Enhancing tumor cell response to anticancer agents increases chemotherapeutic effectiveness. We have recently addressed this issue and reported on producing multifunctional nanoparticles (Fe3O4@SiO2(FITC)-FA/AICAR/DOX) aiming to overcome chemoresistance with synergetic effect of AICAR and DOX. In the present study, we demonstrated that these nanoparticles not only show enhanced cellular uptake and cytotoxic effect but can also show enhanced pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects in five different tumor-derived cell lines (A549, HCT-116, HeLa, Jurkat and MIA PaCa-2)...
October 25, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
Rama I Mahran, Magda M Hagras, Duxin Sun, Dean E Brenner
Cancer is still a major cause of death all over the world. Its incidence and prevalence are increasing drastically. Cancer treatment imposes high socioeconomic burden with little impact especially on aggressive types of cancer. Reversing or delaying carcinogenesis "cancer chemoprevention" by purified or extracted natural products is a cost-effective alternative. Curcumin is widely available, inexpensive spice that has been used in ancient folk medicine for millennia, especially in India. Curcumin has the pharmacological properties that slow or reverse cellular proliferation and enhance apoptosis and differentiation associated with a diverse array of molecular effects...
October 25, 2016: AAPS Journal
Haiou Qu, Sean W Linder, Thilak K Mudalige
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is considered as a versatile technique in the size-based separation and speciation of nanomaterials. The electrophoretic mobility is determined by charge and size of an analyte which are affected by the surface composition of nanomaterials. Size-dependent differential electrophoretic mobility is used as a mechanism for size-based separation of nanoparticles. Understanding the effect of surface chemistry on the electrophoretic mobility of nanomaterials in CE is critical in obtaining accurate results in retention-based size calculation...
October 25, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Soodabeh Iranpour, Vahid Nejati, Nowruz Delirezh, Pouria Biparva, Sadegh Shirian
BACKGROUND: Developing safe and effective cancer vaccine formulations is a primary focus in the field of cancer immunotherapy. Dendritic cells (DC) are currently employed as cellular vaccine in clinical trials of tumor immunotherapy. Recognizing the critical role of DCs in initiating anti-tumor immunity has resulted in the development of several strategies that target vaccine antigens to DCs to trigger anti-tumor T cell responses. To increase the efficiency of antigen delivery systems for anti-tumor vaccines, encapsulation of tumor-associated antigens in polymer nanoparticles (NPs) has been established...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Isabella da Silva Vieira Marques, Maria Fernanda Alfaro, Miki Taketomi Saito, Nilson Cristino da Cruz, Christos Takoudis, Richard Landers, Marcelo Ferraz Mesquita, Francisco Humberto Nociti Junior, Mathew T Mathew, Cortino Sukotjo, Valentim Adelino Ricardo Barão
Biofunctionalized surfaces for implants are currently receiving much attention in the health care sector. Our aims were (1) to create bioactive Ti-coatings doped with Ca, P, Si, and Ag produced by microarc oxidation (MAO) to improve the surface properties of biomedical implants, (2) to investigate the TiO2 layer stability under wear and corrosion, and (3) to evaluate human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) responses cultured on the modified surfaces. Tribocorrosion and cell experiments were performed following the MAO treatment...
August 11, 2016: Biointerphases
Neelima Bhargava, Vellasamy Shanmugaiah, Manav Saxena, Manish Sharma, Niroj Kumar Sethy, Sushil Kumar Singh, Karuppiah Balakrishnan, Kalpana Bhargava, Mainak Das
In vitro cell culture system for adult rod and cone photoreceptor (PR) is an effective and economical model for screening drug candidates against all kinds of age related retinal blindness. Interestingly, adult PR cells have a limited survival in the culture system, thus preventing full exploitation of this in vitro approach for drug screening applications. The limited survival of the adult PR cells in culture is due to their inherently high oxidative stress and photic injury. Mixed valence-state ceria nanoparticles have the ability to scavenge free radicals and reduce oxidative stress...
September 16, 2016: Biointerphases
Marco A Blanco, Vincent K Shen
A generic but simple model is presented to evaluate the effect of the heterogeneous surface charge distribution of proteins and zwitterionic nanoparticles on their thermodynamic phase behavior. By considering surface charges as continuous "patches," the rich set of surface patterns that is embedded in proteins and charged patchy particles can readily be described. This model is used to study the fluid phase separation of charged particles where the screening length is of the same order of magnitude as the particle size...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
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