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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328194/self-assembly-of-large-gold-nanoparticles-for-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#1
Guang Yang, Jagjit Nanda, Boya Wang, Gang Chen, Daniel T Hallinan
Performance of portable technologies from mobile phones to electric vehicles is currently limited by the energy density and lifetime of lithium batteries. Expanding the limits of battery technology requires in situ detection of trace components at electrode-electrolyte interphases. Surface-enhance Raman spectroscopy could satisfy this need if a robust and reproducible substrate were available. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) larger than 20 nm diameter are expected to greatly enhance Raman intensity if they can be assembled into ordered monolayers...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327771/the-roles-of-surface-chemistry-dissolution-rate-and-delivered-dose-in-the-cytotoxicity-of-copper-nanoparticles
#2
Miao Shi, Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Goutam Palui, Hedi Mattoussi, Alison Elder, Hong Yang
The understanding of nanoparticle (NP) cytotoxicity is challenging because of incomplete information about physicochemical changes particles undergo once they come into contact with biological fluids. It is therefore essential to characterize changes in NP properties to better understand their biological fate and effects in mammalian cells. In this paper, we present a study on the effect of particle surface oxidation and dissolution rates of Cu NPs. Particle dissolution, cell-associated Cu doses, and oxidative stress responses in A549 luciferase reporter cells were examined for Cu NPs modified with mercaptocarboxylic acids with different carbon chain lengths and a thiotic acid appended-PEG ligand (TA)...
March 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327151/quantification-of-silver-nanoparticle-uptake-and-distribution-within-individual-human-macrophages-by-fib-sem-slice-and-view
#3
Erik Guehrs, Michael Schneider, Christian M Günther, Piet Hessing, Karen Heitz, Doreen Wittke, Ana López-Serrano Oliver, Norbert Jakubowski, Johanna Plendl, Stefan Eisebitt, Andrea Haase
BACKGROUND: Quantification of nanoparticle (NP) uptake in cells or tissues is very important for safety assessment. Often, electron microscopy based approaches are used for this purpose, which allow imaging at very high resolution. However, precise quantification of NP numbers in cells and tissues remains challenging. The aim of this study was to present a novel approach, that combines precise quantification of NPs in individual cells together with high resolution imaging of their intracellular distribution based on focused ion beam/ scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) slice and view approaches...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326889/aquaporin-4-autoimmunity-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-predominantly-population-based-study
#4
Nasrin Asgari, Sven Jarius, Helle Laustrup, Hanne Pb Skejoe, Soeren T Lillevang, Brian G Weinshenker, Anne Voss
BACKGROUND: Serum immunoglobulin G targeting the astrocyte water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) in the central nervous system (CNS) is a biomarker for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disease (NMOSD). Co-existence of NMOSD with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) putatively suggests susceptibility to antibody-mediated autoimmune disease. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of NMOSD in SLE and investigate the immunogenetic background for an association of NMOSD and SLE...
March 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325536/self-reported-neuropathic-pain-characteristics-of-women-with-provoked-vulvar-pain-a-preliminary-investigation
#5
Emma Dargie, Ian Gilron, Caroline F Pukall
BACKGROUND: Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a common chronic genital pain condition affecting approximately 12% of premenopausal women. Although parallels have been drawn between PVD and neuropathic pain (NP), no studies have examined self-reported NP characteristics in PVD. AIM: To explore pain symptoms that resemble NP reported by those with PVD and compare responses with those with an established NP condition. METHODS: Women with provoked vulvar pain (PVP; n = 65) completed online questionnaires designed to assess characteristics of NP...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325038/benefit-of-rare-earth-smart-doping-and-material-nanostructuring-for-the-next-generation-of-er-doped-fibers
#6
Inna Savelii, Laurent Bigot, Bruno Capoen, Cedric Gonnet, Corinne Chanéac, Ekaterina Burova, Alain Pastouret, Hicham El-Hamzaoui, Mohamed Bouazaoui
Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) for harsh environments require to develop specific fabrication methods of Er (3+)-doped fibers (EDFs) so as to limit the impact of radiation-induced absorption. In this context, a compromise has to be found between the concentration of Erbium and the glass composition. On the one hand, high concentration of Er (3+) ions helps to reduce the length of the EDF and hence the cumulated attenuation but generally leads to luminescence quenching mechanisms that limit the performances...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324857/homoagglomeration-and-heteroagglomeration-of-tio2-in-nanoparticle-and-bulk-form-onto-freshwater-and-marine-microalgae
#7
M Sendra, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, I Moreno-Garrido, J Blasco
TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are employed in many products (paints, personal care products, especially sunscreens, plastics, paper, water potabilization and food products) and are then released into the environment from these products. These nanoparticles present potential risk to freshwater and marine microalgae. The primary toxicity mechanism is adsorption between NPs and microalgae (heteroagglomeration); however, studies of interactions of this kind are scarce. We investigated the heteroagglomeration process that occurs between two forms of TiO2 material, nanoparticles and bulk, and three different microalgae species, and under different environmental conditions (freshwater and marine water), in order to assess the influence of pH and ionic strength (IS)...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323636/ultrasmall-water-dispersible-tween80-modified-yb-er-nagd-wo-sub-4-sub-sub-2-sub-nanoparticles-with-record-upconversion-ratiometric-thermal-sensitivity-and-their-internalization-by-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#8
Concepcion Cascales, Carlos Paino, Eulalia Bazán, Carlos Zaldo
This work presents the synthesis by coprecipitation of diamond shaped Yb:Er:NaGd(WO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub> crystalline nanoparticles (NPs) with diagonal dimensions in the 5-7 nm × 10-12 nm range which have been modified with TWEEN80 for their dispersion in water, and their interaction with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) proposed as cellular NP vehicles. These NPs belong to a large family of tetragonal Yb:Er:NaT(XO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub> (T=Y, La, Gd, Lu; X= Mo, W) compounds with green (<sup>2</sup>H<sub>11/2</sub>+<sup>4</sup>S<sub>3/2</sub>→<sup>4</sup>I<sub>15/2</sub>) Er-related upconversion (UC) efficiency comparable to that of Yb:Er:β-NaYF<sub>4</sub> reference compound, but with a ratiometric thermal sensitivity (S) 2...
March 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323414/design-of-insulin-loaded-nanoparticles-enabled-by-multistep-control-of-nanoprecipitation-and-zinc-chelation
#9
Sunandini Chopra, Nicolas Bertrand, Jong-Min Lim, Amy Wang, Omid C Farokhzad, Rohit Karnik
Nanoparticle (NP) carriers provide new opportunities for controlled delivery of drugs, and have potential to address challenges such as effective oral delivery of insulin. However, due to the difficulty of efficiently loading insulin and other proteins inside polymeric NPs, their use has been mostly restricted to the encapsulation of small molecules. To better understand the processes involved in encapsulation of proteins in NPs, we study how buffer conditions, ionic chelation, and preparation methods influence insulin loading in poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLGA-PEG) NPs...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323199/acute-toxicity-bioaccumulation-and-effects-of-dietary-transfer-of-silver-from-brine-shrimps-exposed-to-pvp-pei-coated-silver-nanoparticles-to-zebrafish
#10
José María Lacave, Álvaro Fanjul, Eider Bilbao, Nerea Gutierrez, Irantzu Barrio, Inmaculada Arostegui, Miren P Cajaraville, Amaia Orbea
The extensive use and release to the aquatic environment of silver nanoparticles (NPs) could lead to their incorporation into the food web. Brine shrimp larvae of 24h showed low sensitivity to the exposure to PVP/PEI-coated Ag NPs (5nm), with EC50 values at 24h of 19.63mg Ag L(-1), but they significantly accumulated silver after 24h of exposure to 100μg L(-1) of Ag NPs. Thus, to assess bioaccumulation and effects of silver transferred by the diet in zebrafish, brine shrimp larvae were exposed to 100ng L(-1) of Ag NPs as an environmentally relevant concentration or to 100μg L(-1) as a potentially effective concentration and used to feed zebrafish for 21days...
March 16, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323062/new-strategies-and-approaches-for-engineering-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-of-microbial-natural-products
#11
REVIEW
Lei Li, Weihong Jiang, Yinhua Lu
With the rapidly growing number of sequenced microbial (meta)genomes, enormous cryptic natural product (NP) biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) have been identified, which are regarded as a rich reservoir for novel drug discovery. A series of powerful tools for engineering BGCs has accelerated the discovery and development of pharmaceutically active NPs. Here, we describe recent advances in the strategies for BGCs manipulation, which are driven by emerging technologies, including efficient DNA recombination systems, versatile CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools and diverse DNA assembly methods...
March 16, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322842/simultaneous-blockade-of-nmda-receptors-and-parp-1-activity-synergistically-alleviate-immunoexcitotoxicity-and-bioenergetics-in-3-nitropropionic-acid-intoxicated-mice-evidences-from-memantine-and-3-aminobenzamide-interventions
#12
Saravana Babu Chidambaram, Ranju Vijayan, Sathiya Sekar, Sugumar Mani, Barathidsan Rajamani, Ramakrishnan Ganapathy
Interlink between excitotoxicity and cellular bioenergetics depletion is implicated as one of the central deteriorative pathways in many neurodegenerative diseases including Huntington's disease (HD). Chronic administration of 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) depletes ATP and NAD(+;) and increases TNFα, IL-6 and glutamate content resulting in "immunoexcitotoxicity". Present study was designed to determine whether the combination of memantine (MN) and 3-aminobenzamide (3-AB), PARP inhibitor, can ameliorate immunoexcitotoxicity and improve bioenergetics in a better manner than individual administration against 3-NP intoxication in mice...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322555/photophysical-dynamics-and-relaxation-pathways-of-ligand-to-metal-charge-transfer-states-in-the-5f-1-np-vi-o2cl4-2-anion
#13
Beau J Barker, John M Berg, Stosh A Kozimor, Nicholas R Wozniak, Marianne P Wilkerson
Although several publications report on the electronic structure of the neptunyl ion, experimental measurements to detail the photophysical dynamics of this open-shell actinyl system are limited in number. Time-resolved photoluminescence has been a useful experimental approach for understanding photophysical dynamics and relaxation pathways of a variety of other molecular and ionic systems, including gaseous plutonium hexafluoride and solid-state uranyl compounds. Here, we investigate time-resolved photoluminescence emission of the 5f(1) neptunyl tetrachloride ([Np(VI)O2Cl4](2-)) dianion following visible excitation...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321695/solubility-and-thermodynamic-analysis-of-antihypertensive-agent-nitrendipine-in-different-pure-solvents-at-the-temperature-range-of-298-15-to-318-15%C3%A2-k
#14
Abdul Ahad, Faiyaz Shakeel, Mohammad Raish, Fahad I Al-Jenoobi, Abdullah M Al-Mohizea
The aim of the present study was to ascertain the solubility of nitrendipine (NP), an antihypertensive drug in six different pure solvents such as water, ethyl acetate (EA), ethanol, isopropyl alcohol (IPA), polyethylene glycol-400 (PEG-400), and Transcutol at temperature from 298.15 to 318.15 K under atmospheric pressure (p) of 0.1 MPa. Experimental solubility data of NP was fitted with Apelblat and ideal models. The mole fraction solubility of NP was found maximum in PEG-400 (6.85 × 10(-2) at 318.15 K) followed by Transcutol (4...
March 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321581/neurobehavioural-toxicity-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-in-mice
#15
Vasanth Dhakshinamoorthy, Vijayprakash Manickam, Ekambaram Perumal
Iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe2O3-NPs) are widely used in various biomedical applications, extremely in neurotheranostics. Simultaneously, Fe2O3-NP usage is of alarming concern, as its exposure to living systems causes deleterious effects due to its redox potential. However, study on the neurobehavioural impacts of Fe2O3-NPs is very limited. In this regard, adult male mice were intraperitoneally administered with Fe2O3-NPs (25 and 50 mg/kg body weight) once a week for 4 weeks. A significant change in locomotor behaviour and spatial memory was observed in Fe2O3-NP-treated animals...
March 20, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321225/epitope-specific-suppression-of-igg-responses-by-passively-administered-specific-igg-evidence-of-epitope-masking
#16
Joakim J E Bergström, Hui Xu, Birgitta Heyman
Specific IgG, passively administered together with particulate antigen, can completely prevent induction of antibody responses to this antigen. The ability of IgG to suppress antibody responses to sheep red blood cells (SRBCs) is intact in mice lacking FcγRs, complement factor 1q, C3, or complement receptors 1 and 2, suggesting that Fc-dependent effector functions are not involved. Two of the most widely discussed explanations for the suppressive effect are increased clearance of IgG-antigen complexes and/or that IgG "hides" the antigen from recognition by specific B cells, so-called epitope masking...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319860/effects-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-survival-biomass-change-and-avoidance-behaviour-of-the-endogeic-earthworm-allolobophora-chlorotica
#17
C Brami, A R Glover, K R Butt, C N Lowe
Increasing commercial application of silver nanoparticles (Ag NP) and subsequent presence in wastewater and sewage sludge has raised concerns regarding their effects in the aquatic and terrestrial environment. Several studies have employed standardised acute and chronic earthworm-based tests to establish the toxicological effects of Ag NP within soil. These studies have relied heavily on the use of epigiec earthworm species which may have limited ecological relevance in mineral soil. This study assessed the influence of Ag NP (uncoated 80nm powder) and AgNO3 on survival, change in biomass and avoidance behaviour in a soil dwelling (endogiec) species, Allolobophora chlorotica...
March 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319028/optically-active-charge-transfer-in-hybrids-of-alq-sub-3-sub-nanoparticles-and-mos-sub-2-sub-monolayer
#18
Ganesh Ghimire, Krisnhna Dhakal, Guru Neupane, Seong Gi Jo, Hyun Kim, Changwon Seo, Young Lee, Jinsoo Joo, Jeongyong Kim
Organic/inorganic hybrid structures have been widely studied because of their enhanced physical and chemical properties. Monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (1L-TMDs) and organic nanoparticles can provide a hybridization configuration between zero- and two-dimensional systems with the advantages of convenient preparation and strong interface interaction. Here, we present such a hybrid system made by dispersing π-conjugated organic (tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum(III)) (Alq<sub>3</sub>) nanoparticles (NPs) on 1L-MoS<sub>2</sub>...
March 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318347/teratogenic-hazard-of-bpei-coated-silver-nanoparticles-to-xenopus-laevis
#19
Anita Colombo, Melissa Saibene, Elisa Moschini, Patrizia Bonfanti, Maddalena Collini, Kaja Kasemets, Paride Mantecca
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are among the most exploited antimicrobial agents and are used in many consumer products. Size and surface reactivity are critical physico-chemical properties responsible for NPs toxicity, and surface coatings, often used to functionalize or stabilize AgNPs, can influence their toxic profile and biocompatibility. In the current study the developmental toxicity of 1) negatively charged citrate-coated AgNPs (Cit-AgNPs), 2) positively charged branched polyethylenimine-coated AgNPs (BPEI-AgNPs), and 3) Ag(+) (from 0...
March 20, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318266/pd-nanoparticles-coupled-to-wo2-72-nanorods-for-enhanced-electrochemical-oxidation-of-formic-acid
#20
Zheng Xi, Daniel P Erdosy, Adriana Mendoza-Garcia, Paul N Duchesne, Junrui Li, Michelle Muzzio, Qing Li, Peng Zhang, Shouheng Sun
We synthesize a new type of hybrid Pd/WO2.72 structure with 5 nm Pd nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on 50 x 5 nm WO2.72 nanorods (NRs). The strong Pd-WO2.72 coupling results in the lattice expansion of Pd from 0.23 nm to 0.27 nm and the decrease of Pd surface electron density. As a result, the Pd/WO2.72 shows much enhanced catalysis towards electrochemical oxidation of formic acid in 0.1 M HClO4 - it has a mass activity of ~1600 mA/mgPd in a broad potential range of 0.4-0.85 V (vs. RHE) and shows no obvious activity loss after a 12 h chronoamperometry test at 0...
March 20, 2017: Nano Letters
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