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Si-Si Sun, Zheng Wang, Xiang Wen Wu, Jian-Hua Zhang, Chao-Jie Li, Shao-Yun Yin, Ling Chen, Mei Pan, Cheng-Yong Su
Two series of isostructural lanthanide coordination complexes, namely, LIFM-42(Ln), Ln = Eu, Tb, Gd, and LIFM-43(Ln), Ln = Er, Yb) were synthesized through the self-assembly of an ESIPT (excited-state intramolecular proton transfer) ligand, H2hpi2cf (5-(2-(5-fluoro-2-hydroxyphenyl)-4,5-bis(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-imidazol-1-yl)isophthalic acid) with different lanthanide ions. In the coordination structures linked by the ligands and oxo-bridged LnIII2 clusters (for LIFM-42(Ln) series) or isolated LnIII ions (for LIFM-43(Ln) series), the ESIPT ligand can serve as both the host and antenna for protecting and sensitizing the photoluminescence (PL) of LnIII ions...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Pengyu Li, Qianfang Yao, Baozhong Lü, Guiping Ma, Meizhen Yin
A photoresponsive host-guest supramolecular complex (WP5⊃G) constructed by water-soluble pillar[5]arene (WP5) and spiropyran derivative (G) is presented. The spontaneous isomerization of G from spiropyran (SP) form to ring-opened merocyanine (MC) form happens either alone or in WP5⊃G in aqueous media. Irradiated by visible light, G can be converted into SP form completely and the hydrophilicity will be changed. G and WP5⊃G are both verified to self-assemble into nanospheres. Upon exposure to visible light, WP5⊃G reassemble into nanovesicles due to the change of supra-amphiphilicity, while G alone does not have this transition...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Wenjun Shan, Ronghe Chen, Qiang Zhang, Jie Zhao, Binbin Chen, Xi Zhou, Shefang Ye, Shengli Bi, Liming Nie, Lei Ren
In recent years, hepatitis B core protein virus-like particle (HBc VLP) is an impressive biomaterial, which has attracted considerable attention due to favorable properties such as structural stability, high uptake efficiency, and biocompatibility in biomedical applications. Heretofore, only a few attempts have been made to apply it in physical, chemical, and biological therapy for cancer. In this study, a tumor-targeting RGD-HBc VLP is first fabricated through genetic engineering. For image-guided cancer phototherapy, indocyanine green (ICG) is loaded into RGD-HBc VLP via a disassembly/reassembly pathway and electrostatic attraction with high efficiency...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
Hao Jiang, Martin Ehlers, Xiao-Yu Hu, Elio Zellermann, Carsten Schmuck
Peptide amphiphiles capable of assembling into multidimensional nanostructures have attracted much attention over the past decade due to their potential applications in materials science. Herein, a novel diacetylene-derived peptide gemini amphiphile with a fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) group at the N-terminus is reported to hierarchically assemble into spherical micelles, one-dimensional nanorods, two-dimensional foamlike networks and lamellae. Solvent polarity shows a remarkable effect on the self-assembled structures by changing the balance of four weak noncovalent interactions (hydrogen-bonding, π-π stacking, hydrophobic interaction, and electrostatic repulsion)...
May 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Haiwen Gao, Xiaohong Wang, Ganghu Wang, Chen Hao, Saisai Zhou, Chengxiang Huang
In recent years, the electrochemical properties of supercapacitors have been greatly improved due to continuous improvement in their composite materials. In this study, an urchin-like MgCo2O4@PPy/NF (MgCo2O4@polypyrrole/Ni foam) core-shell structure composite material was successfully developed as an electrode for supercapacitors. The MCP-2 composite material, obtained by a hydrothermal method and in situ chemical oxidative polymerization, shows a high specific capacitance of 1079.6 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1, which is much higher than that of MC (783...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
Kathryn L Fair, Jennifer Colquhoun, Nicholas R F Hannan
Gastrointestinal diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent in developed countries. Immortalized cells and animal models have delivered important but limited insight into the mechanisms that initiate and propagate these diseases. Human-specific models of intestinal development and disease are desperately needed that can recapitulate structure and function of the gut in vitro Advances in pluripotent stem cells and primary tissue culture techniques have made it possible to culture intestinal epithelial cells in three dimensions that self-assemble to form 'intestinal organoids'...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Meng Zhang, Qingyu Zhai, Liping Wan, Li Chen, Yu Peng, Chunyan Deng, Juan Xiang, Jiawei Yan
Layer-by-layer dissolution and permeable pore formation are two typical membrane damage pathways, which induce membrane function disorder and result in serious disease, such as Alzheimer's disease, Keshan disease, Sickle-cell disease and so on. To effectively distinguish and sensitively monitor these two typical membrane damage pathways, a facile electrochemical impedance strategy was developed on a porous self-assembly monolayer (pSAM) supported bilayer lipid membrane (BLM). The pSAM was prepared by selectively electrochemical reductive desorption of the mercaptopropionic acid in a mixed mercaptopropionic acid/11-mercaptoundecanoic acid self-assembled monolayer, which created plenty of nanopores with tens of nanometers in diameter and several nanometers in height (defined as inner-pores)...
May 22, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Yatao Zhang, Yijia Shen, Jingwei Hou, Yiming Zhang, Winny Fam, Jindun Liu, Thomas D Bennett, Vicki Chen
Block copolymer materials have been considered as promising candidates to fabricate gas separation membranes. This microphase separation affects the polymer chain packing density and molecular separation efficiency. Here we demonstrate a method to template microphase separation within a thin composite Pebax membrane, through the controllable self-assembly of one-dimensional halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) within the thin film via solution casting technique. Crystallisation of the polyamide component is induced at the HNT surface, guiding subsequent crystal growth around the tubular structure...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Adrian P Nievergelt, Niccolò Banterle, Santiago H Andany, Pierre Gönczy, Georg E Fantner
The self-assembly of protein complexes is at the core of many fundamental biological processes 1 , ranging from the polymerization of cytoskeletal elements, such as microtubules 2 , to viral capsid formation and organelle assembly 3 . To reach a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms of self-assembly, high spatial and temporal resolutions must be attained. This is complicated by the need to not interfere with the reaction during the measurement. As self-assemblies are often governed by weak interactions, they are especially difficult to monitor with high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) due to the non-negligible tip-sample interaction forces involved in current methods...
May 21, 2018: Nature Nanotechnology
Yvonne Duernberger, Shu Liu, Katrin Riemschoss, Lydia Paulsen, Romina Bester, Peer-Hendrik Kuhn, Manuel Schölling, Stefan F Lichtenthaler, Ina Vorberg
Prions of lower eukaryotes are transmissible protein particles that propagate by converting homotypic soluble proteins into growing protein assemblies. Prion activity is conferred by so-called prion domains, regions of low complexity that are often enriched in glutamines and asparagines (Q/N). The compositional similarity of fungal prion domains with intrinsically disordered domains found in many mammalian proteins raises the question if similar sequence elements can drive prion-like phenomena in mammals. Here we define sequence features of the prototype S...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Marcin Wieczorek, Maria Madej, Karolina Starzec, Paweł Knihnicki, Anna Telk, Jolanta Kochana, Paweł Kościelniak
The paper presents a novel analytical method for electrochemical potassium determination using gold electrodes with self-assembled thiol monolayers (SATMs) deposited on its surface. The whole analytical procedure was carried out in a dedicated flow manifold using capacitance detection mode. The terminal functional groups on the surface of the dielectric monolayer interacts selectively with the analyte, changing the thickness of the layer depending on the amount of the analyte and the applied voltage, resulting in a change in the registered dielectric capacitance...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Poh Hui Chia, Franklin Lei Zhong, Shinsuke Niwa, Carine Bonnard, Kagistia Hana Utami, Ruizhu Zeng, Hane Lee, Ascia Eskin, Stanley F Nelson, William H Xie, Samah Al-Tawalbeh, Mohammad El-Khateeb, Mohammad Shboul, Mahmoud A Pouladi, Mohammed Al-Raqad, Bruno Reversade
Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CAMK2) plays fundamental roles in synaptic plasticity that underlies learning and memory. Here, we describe a new recessive neurodevelopmental syndrome with global developmental delay, seizures and intellectual disability. Using linkage analysis and exome sequencing, we found that this disease maps to chromosome 5q31.1-q34 and is caused by a biallelic germline mutation in CAMK2A . The missense mutation, p.His477Tyr is located in the CAMK2A association domain that is critical for its function and localization...
May 22, 2018: ELife
Philip Ryan, Bhautikkumar Patel, Vivek Makwana, Hemant Jadhav, Milton John Kiefel, Andrew Davey, Tristan Reekie, Santosh Rudrawar, Michael Kassiou
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. For many years, AD causality was attributed to amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregated species. Recently, multiple therapies that target Aβ aggregation have failed in clinical trials, since Aβ aggregation is found in AD and healthy patients. Attention has therefore shifted towards the aggregation of the peptide tau as a major driver of AD. Numerous inhibitors of tau-based pathology have recently been developed...
May 21, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Yi-Han Ting, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Wan-Jung Cheng, Jia-Cherng Horng
Collagen-related materials have many potential biomedical applications because of their high biocompatibility and biodegradability. Designed collagen-mimetic peptides (CMPs) could self-assemble into supramolecular structures via a variety of interactions. In particular, metal-ligand interactions can induce microscale sizes of collagen assemblies. Our previous study also successfully applied metal-histidine coordination method to promote the self-assembly of CMPs into micrometers of constructs. In an effort to broaden the metal-induced strategies on assembling designed CMPs and explore the new insights into their assembly process, herein we designed and synthesized a series of short CMPs with one or more histidine residues incorporated into the peptides and used Zn(II) to induce the formation of collagen assembled microstructures...
May 21, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Suchita Prasad, Katharina Achazi, Boris Schade, Rainer Haag, Sunil K Sharma
Herein, a new series of non-ionic dendritic and carbohydrate based amphiphiles is synthesized employing biocompatible starting materials and studied for supramolecular aggregate formation in aqueous solution. The dendritic amphiphiles 12 and 13 possessing poly(glycerol) [G2.0] as hydrophilic unit and C-10 and C-18 hydrophobic alkyl chains, respectively, exhibit low critical aggregation concentration (CAC) in the order of 10-5 m and hydrodynamic diameters in the 8-10 nm range and supplemented by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
Leilei Shi, Xihui Gao, Wangzhang Yuan, Li Xu, Hongping Deng, Chenwei Wu, Jiapei Yang, Xin Jin, Chuan Zhang, Xinyuan Zhu
Herein, a highly stable aggregation-induced emission (AIE) fluorescent nanodot assembled by an amphiphilic quinoxalinone derivative-peptide conjugate, namely Quino-1-Fmoc-RACR (also termed as Q1-PEP), which exhibits large Stokes shift and an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-targeting capacity for bioimaging is reported. It is found that the resulting nanodot can effectively enter the ER with high fluorescent emission. As the ER is mainly involved in the transport of synthesized proteins in vesicles to the Golgi or lysosomes, the Q1-PEP nanodot with ER-targeting capacity can be used to monitor vesicular transport inside the cells...
May 21, 2018: Small
Yi Deng, Lei Yang, Xiaobing Huang, Junhong Chen, Xiuyuan Shi, Weizhong Yang, Min Hong, Yuan Wang, Matthew S Dargusch, Zhi-Gang Chen
Polyetheretherketone is attractive for dental and orthopedic applications due to its mechanical attributes close to that of human bone; however, the lack of antibacterial capability and bioactivity of polyetheretherketone has substantially impeded its clinical applications. Here, a dual therapy implant coating is developed on the 3D micro-/nanoporous sulfonated polyetheretherketone via layer-by-layer self-assembly of Ag ions and Zn ions. Material characterization studies have indicated that nanoparticles consisting of elemental Ag and ZnO are uniformly incorporated on the porous sulfonated polyetheretherketone surface...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
Mayreli Ortiz, Ahmed Mehdi, Christophe Methivier, Serge Thorimbert, Bernold Hasenknopf, Ciara K O'Sullivan
Self-assembled monolayers formed by chemisorption of thiolated molecules on gold surfaces are widely applied for biosensing. Moreover, and due to the low stability of thiol-gold chemistry, contributions to the functionalisation of gold substrates with linkers that provide a more stable platform for the immobilisation of electroactive or biological molecules are highly appreciated. In the work reported here, we demonstrate that a carboxylated organotin compound can be successfully grafted onto gold substrates to form a highly stable organic layer with reactivity for subsequent binding to an aminated molecule...
May 21, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Siying Xie, Shanshan Wu, Sihan Bao, Yanqiu Wang, Yongtai Zheng, Danfeng Deng, Liping Huang, Lingling Zhang, Myongsoo Lee, Zhegang Huang
Despite recent advances in the porous materials for efficient removal of dissolved organic pollutants from water, the regeneration of porous characteristics for reuse with preventing secondary contamination remains a challenge. Here, novel supramolecular absorbents with hydrophobic pore are prepared by the self-assembly of propeller-shaped aromatic amphiphiles. The assembly of folded propeller provides a mesoporous environment within aromatic segments, which is suitable for the removal of organic pollutants from waste water...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
Lei Zhang, Nadiia Pasthukova, Yifan Yao, Xiaolan Zhong, Egon Pavlica, Gvido Bratina, Emanuele Orgiu, Paolo Samorì
Self-standing nanostructures are of fundamental interest in materials science and nanoscience and are widely used in (opto-)electronic and photonic devices as well as in micro-electromechanical systems. To date, large-area and self-standing nanoelectrode arrays assembled on flexible substrates have not been reported. Here the fabrication of a hollow nanomesh scaffold on glass and plastic substrates with a large surface area over 1 mm2 and ultralow leakage current density (≈1-10 pA mm-2 @ 2 V) across the empty scaffold is demonstrated...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
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