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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214340/molecular-tiling-on-the-surface-of-a-bacterial-spore-the-exosporium-of-the-bacillus-anthracis-cereus-thuringiensis-group
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Cassandra Terry, Shuo Jiang, David S Radford, Wan Qiang, Svetomir Tzokov, Anne Moir, Per A Bullough
Bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Clostridium form highly resistant spores, which in the case of some pathogens act as the infectious agents. An exosporium forms the outermost layer of some spores; it plays roles in protection, adhesion, dissemination, host targeting in pathogens, and germination control. The exosporium of the Bacillus cereus group, including the anthrax pathogen, contains a 2D-crystalline basal layer, overlaid by a hairy nap. BclA and related proteins form the hairy nap, and require ExsFA (BxpB) for their localisation on the basal layer...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214044/enhancement-of-antigen-specific-cd4-and-cd8-t-cell-responses-using-a-self-assembled-biologic-nanolipoprotein-particle-vaccine
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Dina Weilhammer, Alexis D Dunkle, Craig D Blanchette, Nicholas O Fischer, Michele Corzett, Doerte Lehmann, Tyler Boone, Paul Hoeprich, Adam Driks, Amy Rasley
To address the need for vaccine platforms that induce robust cell-mediated immunity, we investigated the potential of utilizing self-assembling biologic nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) as an antigen and adjuvant delivery system to induce antigen-specific murine T cell responses. We utilized OT-I and OT-II TCR-transgenic mice to investigate the effects of NLP-mediated delivery of the model antigen ovalbumin (OVA) on T cell activation. Delivery of OVA with the TLR4 agonist monophosphoryl lipid A (MPLA) in the context of NLPs significantly enhanced the activation of both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in vitro compared to co-administration of free OVA and MPLA...
February 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213329/thioaromatic-dna-monolayers-for-target-amplification-free-electrochemical-sensing-of-environmental-pathogenic-bacteria
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Rebeca Miranda-Castro, Raquel Sánchez-Salcedo, Beatriz Suárez-Álvarez, Noemí de-Los-Santos-Álvarez, Arturo J Miranda-Ordieres, María Jesús Lobo-Castañón
Genosensing technology has mostly based on mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of thiol-modified oligonucleotides and alkanethiols on gold surfaces. However, the typical backfilling approach, which incorporates the alkanethiol in a second step, gives rise to a heterogeneous distribution of oligonucleotide probes on the surface, negatively affecting to both hybridization efficiency and surface stability. Despite aromatic thiols present a remarkably different behavior from alkanethiols, with higher rigidity and stronger intermolecular interactions, they have been scarcely explored for the fabrication of DNA sensing platforms...
February 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213264/a-novel-electrochemical-biosensor-based-on-polyadenine-modified-aptamer-for-label-free-and-ultrasensitive-detection-of-human-breast-cancer-cells
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Kun Wang, Meng-Qi He, Fu-Heng Zhai, Rong-Huan He, Yong-Liang Yu
Simple, rapid, sensitive, and specific detection of cancer cells plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis and prognosis of cancer. A sandwich electrochemical biosensor was developed based on polyadenine (polydA)-aptamer modified gold electrode (GE) and polydA-aptamer functionalized gold nanoparticles/graphene oxide (AuNPs/GO) hybrid for the label-free and selective detection of breast cancer cells (MCF-7) via a differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) technique. Due to the intrinsic affinity between multiple consecutive adenines of polydA sequences and gold, polydA modified aptamer instead of thiol terminated aptamer was immobilized on the surface of GE and AuNPs/GO...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213250/novel-electroanalytical-method-based-on-the-electrostriction-phenomenon-and-its-application-to-determination-of-cr-vi-by-the-flow-injection-technique
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Marcin Wieczorek, Jolanta Kochana, Paweł Knihnicki, Karolina Wapiennik, Paweł Kościelniak
The electrostriction phenomenon is observed in membranes of thickness in the nanometer range, e.g. bilayer lipid membranes or self-assembled monolayers. Strong electrical field of 105-106V/cm in intensity appears when applying the potential lower than 1V to these membranes. Electrostatic forces change the dimensions of a dielectric, hence the membrane compression and decrease in thickness are observed. As a result, increase in the membrane capacitance is recorded. The presented work covers development and application of a new analytical method based on the innovative capacitance-to-frequency conversion method and flow technique...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213236/the-extraction-of-uranium-using-graphene-aerogel-loading-organic-solution
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Mumei Chen, Zheng Li, Jihao Li, Jingye Li, Qingnuan Li, Lan Zhang
A new approach for uranium extraction employing graphene aerogel (GA) as a skeleton loading organic solution (GA-LOS) is proposed and investigated. Firstly, the GA with super-hydrophobicity and high organic solution absorption capacity was fabricated by one-step reduction and self-assembly of graphene oxide with ethylenediamine. By adsorbing Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP)/n-dodecane solution to prepare GA-LOS, the extraction of U(VI) from nitric acid medium using GA-LOS was investigated and compared with conventional solvent extraction...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213149/high-electrocapacitive-performance-of-bowl-like-monodispersed-porous-carbon-nanoparticles-prepared-with-an-interfacial-self-assembly-process
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Shuxia Zhang, Qiang Weng, Fengqi Zhao, Hongxu Gao, Pei Chen, Xinbing Chen, Zhongwei An
Bowl-like monodispersed porous carbon nanoparticles (BMPCNs) have been successfully prepared with a facile and scalable approach, and the as-prepared BMPCNs are examined thoroughly by various physical characterizations. Physical measurements display that BMPCNs have the high surface area (1255m(2)g(-1)), hierarchical porosity, a certain amount of oxygen-containing groups and high graphitization degree. These unique structure features endow BMPCNs with a high capacitance (281Fg(-1) at 0.5Ag(-1)), excellent rate capability (209Fg(-1) at 50Ag(-1)), and outstanding cycling stability (94...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213148/interface-tuning-and-stabilization-of-monoglyceride-mesophase-dispersions-food-emulsifiers-and-mixtures-efficiency
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Sébastien Serieye, Fabienne Méducin, Irena Milošević, Ling Fu, Samuel Guillot
Several food surfactants were examined as possible efficient emulsifiers for liquid crystalline monolinolein-based particles and as alternative choices to the non-food-grade emulsifier conventionally used Pluronic® F127. We described a food emulsifiers' toolbox, investigating their ability to emulsify mesophases (stabilization capacity, particle size, zeta potential) and their impact on internal nanostructures (from swelling to drastic modifications). Among the selected surfactants, sucrose stearate (S1670) was found to be the best candidate for replacing in a long term F127 as an efficient stabilizer of lipid particles...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213097/self-assembled-tumor-targeting-hyaluronic-acid-nanoparticles-for-photothermal-ablation-in-orthotopic-bladder-cancer
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Tingsheng Lin, Ahu Yuan, Xiaozhi Zhao, Huibo Lian, Junlong Zhuang, Wei Chen, Qing Zhang, Guangxiang Liu, Shiwei Zhang, Wei Chen, Wenmin Cao, Chengwei Zhang, Jinhui Wu, Yiqiao Hu, Hongqian Guo
: Bladder cancer is one of the most frequent malignancies in the urinary system. Radical cystectomy is inevitable when bladder cancer progresses to a muscle-invasive disease. However, cystectomy still causes a high risk of death and a low quality of life (such as ureter-abdomen ostomy, uroclepsia for ileal-colon neobladder). Therefore, more effective treatments as well as bladder preservation are needed. We developed self-assembled tumor-targeting hyaluronic acid-IR-780 nanoparticles for photothermal ablation in over-expressing CD44 (the receptor for HA) bladder cancer, which show high tumor selectivity, high treatment efficacy, good bioavailability, and excellent biocompatibility...
February 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212584/hyaluronic-acid-serum-albumin-conjugate-based-nanoparticles-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Ravit Edelman, Yehuda G Assaraf, Inna Levitzky, Tal Shahar, Yoav D Livney
Multiple carcinomas including breast, ovarian, colon, lung and stomach cancer, overexpress the hyaluronic acid (HA) receptor, CD44. Overexpression of CD44 contributes to key cancer processes including tumor invasion, metastasis, recurrence, and chemoresistance. Herein, we devised novel targeted nanoparticles (NPs) for delivery of anticancer chemotherapeutics, comprised of self-assembling Maillard reaction-based conjugates of HA and bovine serum albumin (BSA). HA served as the hydrophilic block, and as the ligand for actively targeting cancer cells overexpressing CD44...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212339/adamantane-in-drug-delivery-systems-and-surface-recognition
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REVIEW
Adela Štimac, Marina Šekutor, Kata Mlinarić-Majerski, Leo Frkanec, Ruža Frkanec
The adamantane moiety is widely applied in design and synthesis of new drug delivery systems and in surface recognition studies. This review focuses on liposomes, cyclodextrins, and dendrimers based on or incorporating adamantane derivatives. Our recent concept of adamantane as an anchor in the lipid bilayer of liposomes has promising applications in the field of targeted drug delivery and surface recognition. The results reported here encourage the development of novel adamantane-based structures and self-assembled supramolecular systems for basic chemical investigations as well as for biomedical application...
February 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211930/stable-amphiphilic-supramolecular-self-assembly-based-on-cyclodextrin-and-carborane-for-the-efficient-photodynamic-therapy
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Hejian Xiong, Dongfang Zhou, Xiaohua Zheng, Yanxin Qi, Yongheng Wang, Xiabin Jing, Yubin Huang
Novel and stable supramolecular nanoparticles (NP) were prepared based on the high affinity of carboranes to β-cyclodextrin for the efficient photodynamic therapy of porphyrin in vitro.
February 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211899/spatial-regularity-of-inas-gaas-quantum-dots-quantifying-the-dependence-of-lateral-ordering-on-growth-rate
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T Konishi, E Clarke, C W Burrows, J J Bomphrey, R Murray, G R Bell
The lateral ordering of arrays of self-assembled InAs-GaAs quantum dots (QDs) has been quantified as a function of growth rate, using the Hopkins-Skellam index (HSI). Coherent QD arrays have a spatial distribution which is neither random nor ordered, but intermediate. The lateral ordering improves as the growth rate is increased and can be explained by more spatially regular nucleation as the QD density increases. By contrast, large and irregular 3D islands are distributed randomly on the surface. This is consistent with a random selection of the mature QDs relaxing by dislocation nucleation at a later stage in the growth, independently of each QD's surroundings...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211893/superior-adsorption-and-photoinduced-carries-transfer-behaviors-of-dandelion-shaped-bi2s3-mos2-experiments-and-theory
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Mengjiao Li, Junyong Wang, Peng Zhang, Qinglin Deng, Jinzhong Zhang, Kai Jiang, Zhigao Hu, Junhao Chu
The enhanced light-harvesting capacity and effective separation of photogenerated carriers in fantastic hierarchical heterostructures enjoy striking attention for potential applications in the field of solar cells and photocatalysis. A three-dimensional (3D) dandelion-shaped hierarchical Bi2S3 microsphere compactly decorated with wing-shaped few layered MoS2 lamella (D-BM) was fabricated via a facile hydrothermal self-assembly process. Especially, polyethylene glycol (PEG) has been proven as the vital template to form D-BM microsphere...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211688/functionalized-triptycene-derived-tripodal-ligands-privileged-formation-of-tetranuclear-cage-assemblies-with-larger-ln-iii
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Alexandra Vuillamy, Soumaila Zebret, Céline Besnard, Virginie Placide, Stéphane Petoud, Josef Hamacek
In this Article, we report the self-assembly of lanthanide complexes formed with two new tripodal ligands, L2 and L3, where binding strands are connected to a rigid triptycene anchor. The pyridine moieties are functionalized with methoxy and PEG groups to enhance ligand solubility and to evaluate the effect of these substituents on lanthanide coordination. These ligands were successfully synthesized and characterized, and their coordination properties were examined along the lanthanide series through speciation studies with NMR and ESI-MS...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211466/local-self-uniformity-in-photonic-networks
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Steven R Sellers, Weining Man, Shervin Sahba, Marian Florescu
The interaction of a material with light is intimately related to its wavelength-scale structure. Simple connections between structure and optical response empower us with essential intuition to engineer complex optical functionalities. Here we develop local self-uniformity (LSU) as a measure of a random network's internal structural similarity, ranking networks on a continuous scale from crystalline, through glassy intermediate states, to chaotic configurations. We demonstrate that complete photonic bandgap structures possess substantial LSU and validate LSU's importance in gap formation through design of amorphous gyroid structures...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211270/uniform-patchy-platelets-by-seeded-heteroepitaxial-growth-of-crystallizable-polymer-blends-in-two-dimensions
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Ali Nazemi, Xiaoming He, Liam R MacFarlane, Robert L Harniman, Ming-Siao Hsiao, Mitchell A Winnik, Charl F J Faul, Ian Manners
Rectangular platelets formed by the self-assembly of block copolymers in selective solvents are of interest for a range of applications. Recently we showed that the seeded growth of crystallizable blends of a block copolymer and homopolymer yields well-defined, low dispersity examples of these two-dimensional (2D) structures. The key feature was the use of the same crystallizable polymer segment in the seed and blend components to enable an efficient homoepitaxial growth process. Herein we demonstrate that this 2D crystallization-driven self-assembly approach can be extended to heteropitaxial growth by the use of different crystallizable polymers with compatible crystal structures...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211226/supramolecularly-engineered-amphiphilic-macromolecules-molecular-interaction-overrules-packing-parameters
#18
Prithankar Pramanik, Debes Ray, Vinod K Aswal, Suhrit Ghosh
We report molecular interaction-driven self-assembly of supramolecularly engineered amphiphilic macromolecules (SEAM) containing a single supramolecular structure-directing unit (SSDU) consisting of an H-bonding group connected to a naphthalene diimide chromophore. Two such SEAMs, P1-50 and P2-50, having the identical chemical structure and hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance, exhibit distinct self-assembled structures (polymersome and cylindrical micelle, respectively) due to a difference in the H-bonding group (hydrazide or amide, respectively) of the single SSDU...
February 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210729/self-assembly-of-cucurbit-7-uril-based-triangular-4-molecular-necklaces-and-their-fluorescence-properties
#19
Soumen K Samanta, Kimberly G Brady, Lyle Isaacs
Self-assembly of rigid-rod dipyridine ligand 1 with M(en)(NO3)2 (M = Pd, Pt) affords triangular (3, 5) and square (4, 6) supramolecular coordination complexes (SCCs). The binding affinity of 1 toward CB[n]-type containers results in the formation of triangular [4]molecular necklaces ([4]MNs, 7-10) by either one-pot or post complexation approaches as evidenced by (1)H NMR, diffusion ordered spectroscopy, and ESI-MS.
February 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210724/ordering-kinetics-of-lamella-forming-block-copolymers-under-the-guidance-of-various-external-fields-studied-by-dynamic-self-consistent-field-theory
#20
Xiaomin Wan, Tong Gao, Liangshun Zhang, Jiaping Lin
Self-consistent field theory with a dynamic extension is exploited to investigate the kinetics of the lamellar formation of symmetric block copolymers under the direction of external fields. In particular, three types of directed self-assembly methods - a permanent field for chemo-epitaxy, a dynamic field for zone annealing and an integrated permanent/dynamic field - are examined. For the chemo-epitaxy involving sparsely prepatterned substrates or zone annealing, the block copolymers generally develop into polycrystalline nanostructures with multiple orientations due to the lack of strong driving forces for eliminating the long-lived imperfections in a limited time...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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