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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549950/spray-stability-of-self-assembled-filaments-for-delivery
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Abdullah Mahmud, Takamasa Harada, Karthikan Rajagopal, David A Christian, Praful Nair, Ryan Murphy, Dennis E Discher
Filamentous viruses are common in nature and efficiently deliver - sometimes via aerosol - genetic material, viral proteins, and other factors to animals and plants. Aerosolization can be a severe physicochemical test of the stability of any filamentous assembly whether it is made from natural polymers such as viral proteins or synthetic polymers. Here, worm-like "filomicelles" that self-assemble in water from amphiphilic block copolymers were investigated as aerosolized delivery vehicles. After spraying and drying, fluorophore-loaded filomicelles that were originally ~10-20μm long could be imaged as 2-5μm long fragments that survived rehydration on natural and artificial surfaces (i...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549295/structural-characterization-of-astaxanthin-aggregates-as-revealed-by-analysis-and-simulation-of-optical-spectra
#2
Liping Lu, Taoping Hu, Zhigang Xu
Carotenoids can self-assemble in hydrated polar solvents to form J- or H-type aggregates, inducing dramatic changes in photophysical properties. Here, we measured absorption and emission spectra of astaxanthin in ethanol-water solution using ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectrometers. Two types of aggregates were distinguished in mixed solution at different water contents by absorption spectra. After addition of water, all probed samples immediately formed H-aggregates with maximum blue shift of 31nm...
May 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549266/self-cascade-reaction-catalyzed-by-cuo-nanoparticle-based-dual-functional-enzyme-mimics
#3
Ai-Ling Hu, Hao-Hua Deng, Xiao-Qing Zheng, Yan-Yu Wu, Xiu-Ling Lin, Ai-Lin Liu, Xing-Hua Xia, Hua-Ping Peng, Wei Chen, Guo-Lin Hong
It is desirable but challenging to assemble various biomimetic properties into a functional catalytic cascade system. In this work, cupric oxide nanoparticles were investigated as oxidase mimics for the aerobic oxidation of cysteine to cystine with the generation of hydrogen peroxide. Coupling this property with the peroxidase-like activity of CuO nanoparticles, we constructed a self-organized cascade reaction system based on a single-component nanozyme, which includes the oxidation of cysteine to yield cystine and hydrogen peroxide and the hydrogen peroxide-mediated oxidation of terephthalic acid to produce a fluorescence change...
May 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548628/endothelial-progenitor-cells-for-the-vascularization-of-engineered-tissues
#4
Erica Brown Peters
Self-assembled microvasculature from cocultures of endothelial cells and stromal cells have significantly advanced efforts to vascularize engineered tissues by enhancing perfusion rates <i>in vivo</i> and producing investigative platforms for microvascular morphogenesis <i>in vitro</i>. However, in order to clinically translate prevascularized constructs, the issue of endothelial cell source must be resolved. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) can be noninvasively supplied from the recipient through adult peripheral and umbilical cord blood, as well as derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, alleviating antigenicity issues...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548503/modeling-evaporation-and-particle-assembly-in-colloidal-droplets
#5
Mingfei Zhao, Xin Yong
Evaporation-induced assembly of nanoparticles in a drying droplet is of great importance in many engineering applications, including printing, coating and thin film processing. The investigation of particle dynamics in evaporating droplets can provide fundamental hydrodynamic insight for revealing the processing-structure relationship in the particle self-organization induced by solvent evaporation. We develop a free-energy-based multiphase lattice Boltzmann method coupled with Brownian dynamics to simulate evaporating colloidal droplets on solid substrates with specified wetting properties...
May 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548488/a-fluorescent-split-aptamer-for-visualizing-rna-rna-assembly-in-vivo
#6
Khalid K Alam, Kwaku D Tawiah, Matthew F Lichte, David Porciani, Donald H Burke
RNA-RNA assembly governs key biological processes and is a powerful tool for engineering synthetic genetic circuits. Characterizing RNA assembly in living cells often involves monitoring fluorescent reporter proteins, which are at best indirect measures of underlying RNA-RNA hybridization events and are subject to additional temporal and load constraints associated with translation and activation of reporter proteins. In contrast, RNA aptamers that sequester small molecule dyes and activate their fluorescence are increasingly utilized in genetically encoded strategies to report on RNA-level events...
May 26, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548045/3d-liver-membrane-system-by-co-culturing-human-hepatocytes-sinusoidal-endothelial-and-stellate-cells
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Haysam Mohamed Magdy Ahmed, Simona Salerno, Sabrina Morelli, Lidetta Giorno, Loredana De Bartolo
In this study, a designed approach has been utilized for the development of a 3D liver system. This approach makes use of primary human sinusoidal endothelial cells, stellate cells and hepatocytes that are seeded sequentially on hollow fiber membranes (HF) in order to mimic the layers of cells found in vivo. To this purpose modified polyethersulfone (PES) HF membranes were used for the creation of a 3D human liver system in static and dynamic conditions. In order to verify the positive effect of non-parenchymal cells on the maintenance of hepatocyte viability and functions, homotypic cultures of hepatocytes alone on the HF membranes were further investigated...
May 26, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547994/self-assembled-molecular-nanowires-for-high-performance-organic-transistors
#8
Luke R Fleet, James E Stott, Byron Villis, Salahud Din, Michele Serri, Gabriel Aeppli, Sandrine Heutz, Arokia Nathan
While organic semiconductors provide tantalising possibilities for low-cost, light-weight, flexible electronic devices, their current use in transistors - the fundamental building block - is rather limited as their speed and reliability is not competitive with their inorganic counterparts, and is simply too poor for many practical applications. Through self-assembly, highly ordered nanostructures can be prepared that have more competitive transport characteristics, but no simple, scalable method has been discovered that can produce devices based on such nanostructures...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547007/rapid-self-healing-and-anion-selectivity-in-metallosupramolecular-gels-assisted-by-fluorine-fluorine-interactions
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Leticia Arnedo-Sánchez, Nonappa, Sandip Bhowmik, Sami Hietala, Rakesh Puttreddy, Manu Lahtinen, Luisa De Cola, Kari Rissanen
Simple ML2 [M = Fe(ii), Co(ii), Ni(ii)] complexes obtained from a perfluoroalkylamide derivative of 4-aminophenyl-2,2',6,2'-terpyridine spontaneously, yet anion selectively, self-assemble into gels, which manifest an unprecedented rapid gel strength recovery, viz. self-healing, and thermal rearrangement in aqueous dimethyl sulfoxide. The key factor for gelation and rheological properties emerges from the fluorine-fluorine interactions between the perfluorinated chains, as the corresponding hydrocarbon derivative did not form metallogels...
May 26, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546913/genetic-assembly-of-double-layered-fluorescent-protein-nanoparticles-for-cancer-targeting-and-imaging
#10
Seong-Eun Kim, Sung Duk Jo, Koo Chul Kwon, You-Yeon Won, Jeewon Lee
Hepatitis B virus capsid (HBVC), a self-assembled protein nanoparticle comprised of 180 or 240 subunit proteins, is used as a cage for genetic encapsulation of fluorescent proteins (FPs). The self-quenching of FPs is controlled by varying the spacing between FPs within the capsid structure. Double-layered FP nanoparticle possessing cancer cell-targeting capabilities is also produced by additionally attaching FPs and cancer cell receptor-binding peptides (affibodies) to the outer surface of the capsid. The generically modified HBVC with double layers of mCardinal FPs and affibodies (mC-DL-HBVC) exhibit a high fluorescence intensity and a strong photostability, and is efficiently internalized by cancer cells and significantly stable against intracellular degradation...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546565/autocatalytic-time-dependent-evolution-of-metastable-two-component-supramolecular-assemblies-to-self-sorted-or-coassembled-state
#11
Tomoya Fukui, Masayuki Takeuchi, Kazunori Sugiyasu
Despite substantial effort devoted in the history of supramolecular chemistry, synthetic supramolecular systems still lag behind biomolecular systems in terms of complexity and functionality. This is because biomolecular systems function in a multicomponent molecular network under out-of-equilibrium conditions. Here we report two-component supramolecular assemblies that are metastable and thus show time-dependent evolution. We found that the systems undergo either self-sorting or coassembly in time depending on the combination of components...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546071/poly-isoprenylated-ifosfamide-analogs-preactivated-antitumor-agents-as-free-formulation-or-nanoassemblies
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Charles Skarbek, Julia Delahousse, Catherine Pioche-Durieu, Sonia Baconnais, Alain Deroussent, Patrice Renevret, Michael Rivard, Didier Desmaele, Thierry Martens, Eric Le Cam, Patrick Couvreur, Angelo Paci
Oxazaphosphorines including cyclophosphamide, trofosfamide and ifosfamide (IFO) belong to the alkylating agent class and are indicated in the treatment of numerous cancers. However, IFO is subject to limiting side-effects in high-dose protocols. To circumvent IFO drawbacks in clinical practices, preactivated IFO analogs were designed to by-pass the toxic metabolic pathway. Among these IFO analogs, some of them showed the ability to self-assemble due to the use of a poly-isoprenyloxy chain as preactivating moiety...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545732/introduction-of-coiled-solid-phase-microextraction-fiber-coated-by-mesoporous-silica-cetyltrimethylammonium-bromide-for-ultra-trace-environmental-analysis
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Habib Razmi, Elnaz Marzi Khosrowshahi, Samaneh Farrokhzadeh
In this study, a tiny coiled cupper wire as a novel solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber was coated with mesoporous silica/cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (MCM-41/CTAB) as an adsorbent by electrochemically assisted self-assembly method and used for the preconcentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as model analytes prior to chromatographic determination. Deposition of MCM-41/CTAB on the coiled SPME (C-SPME) fiber resulted in easily controlled and reproducible SPME coatings. Non-calcined MCM-41/CTAB on C-SPME plays a key role in the adsorption of PAHs...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545300/a-large-gap-magnetic-topological-heterostructure-formed-by-subsurface-incorporation-of-a-ferromagnetic-layer
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Toru Hirahara, Sergey V Eremeev, Tetsuroh Shirasawa, Yuma Okuyama, Takayuki Kubo, Ryosuke Nakanishi, Ryota Akiyama, Akari Takayama, Tetsuya Hajiri, Shinichiro Ideta, Masaharu Matsunami, Kazuki Sumida, Koji Miyamoto, Yasumasa Takagi, Kiyohisa Tanaka, Taichi Okuda, Toshihiko Yokoyama, Shin-Ichi Kimura, Shuji Hasegawa, Evgueni V Chulkov
Inducing magnetism into topological insulators is intriguing for utilizing exotic phenomena such as the quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) for technological applications. While most studies have focused on doping magnetic impurities to open a gap at the surface-state Dirac point, many undesirable effects have been reported to appear in some cases that makes it difficult to determine whether the gap opening is due to the time-reversal symmetry breaking or not. Furthermore, the realization of the QAHE has been limited to low temperatures...
May 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545298/design-and-fabrication-of-a-novel-stimulus-feedback-anticorrosion-coating-featured-by-rapid-self-healing-functionality-for-protection-of-magnesium-alloy
#15
ChenDi Ding, JianHua Xu, Ling Tong, GuangCai Gong, Wei Jiang, JiaJun Fu
Corrosion potential stimulus-responsive smart nanocontainers (CP-SNCs), are designed and synthesized based on the installation of the supramolecular assemblies (bipyridinium ⊂ water-soluble pillar[5]arenes) onto the exterior surface of magnetic nanovehicles (Fe3O4@mSiO2), linked by disulfide linkers. The supramolecular assemblies with high binding affinity as gatekeepers effectively block the encapsulated organic corrosion inhibitor, 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ), within the mesopores of Fe3O4@mSiO2. When the corrosion potential of magnesium alloy (-1...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544850/pcpp-adjuvanted-respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-sf-subunit-vaccine-self-assembled-supramolecular-complexes-enable-enhanced-immunogenicity-and-protection
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Corinne Cayatte, Alexander Marin, Gaurav Manohar Rajani, Kirsten Schneider-Ohrum, Angie Snell Bennett, Jason D Marshall, Alexander K Andrianov
PCPP, a well-defined polyphosphazene macromolecule, has been studied as an immunoadjuvant for a soluble form of the post-fusion glycoprotein (RSV sF) of RSV, which is an attractive vaccine candidate for inducing RSV-specific immunity in mice and humans. We demonstrate that RSV sF-PCPP formulations induce high neutralization titers to RSV comparable to Alum formulations even at a low PCPP dose and protect animals against viral challenge both in the lung and upper respiratory tract. PCPP formulations were also characterized by Th1-biased responses, compared to Th2-biased responses that are more typical for RSV sF alone or RSV sF-Alum formulations, suggesting an inherent immunostimulating activity of the polyphosphazene adjuvant...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544846/genomic-dna-interactions-mechanize-peptidotoxin-mediated-anti-cancer-nanotherapy
#17
Santosh K Misra, Aaron S Schwartz-Duval, Dipanjan Pan
Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a class of evolutionarily conserved substances of the innate immune response that has been identified as major players in the defense system in many living organisms. Some of the HDPs are also referred as peptidotoxins which offer immense potential for anti-cancer therapy. However, their therapeutic potential is yet to be fully translated mainly due to their off-target toxicity. Here we show that their nano-enabled delivery may become beneficial in controlling their delivery in intra-cellular space...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544845/self-assembling-zwitterionic-copolymers-as-membrane-selective-layers-with-excellent-fouling-resistance-effect-of-zwitterion-chemistry
#18
Prity Bengani-Lutz, Elisha Converse, Peggy Cebe, Ayse Asatekin
Membranes with high flux, ~1 nm pore size and unprecedented protein fouling resistance were prepared by forming selective layers of self-assembling zwitterionic amphiphilic random copolymers on porous supports by a simple coating method. Random copolymers were prepared from the hydrophobic monomer 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate (TFEMA) and four zwitterionic monomers (sulfobetaine methacrylate, sulfobetaine 2-vinylpyridine, sulfobutylbetaine 2-vinylpyridine and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) by free radical polymerization...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544657/a-strategy-to-enhance-the-efficiency-of-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cells-by-decreasing-the-electron-recombinations-with-polyoxometalate-tio2-as-the-electronic-interface-layer
#19
Li Chen, Wei-Lin Chen, Jian-Ping Li, Jia-Bo Wang, En-Bo Wang
The serious electron recombination occurring in TiO2/quantum dot sensitizer/electrolyte interface is the key reason for hindering the further efficiency improvement of QDSCs. Polyoxometalate(POM) can be as electron transfer media to decreasing electron recombination of photoelectric device, which is due to the excellent oxidation reduction properties and thermostability. So in this paper, POM/TiO2 electronic interface layer prepared by a simple layer-by-layer self-assembly method is added between FTO and mesoporous TiO2 in the photoanode of the QDSCs, and their effects on the photovoltaic performance are systematically investigated...
May 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544634/hydrogen-bond-driven-self-assembly-between-amidinium-cations-and-carboxylate-anions-a-combined-molecular-dynamics-nmr-spectroscopy-and-single-crystal-x-ray-diffraction-study
#20
Michael Thomas, Thomas Anglim Lagones, Martyna Judd, Mahbod Morshedi, Megan L O'Mara, Nicholas G White
A combination of molecular dynamics (MD), NMR spectroscopy, and single crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD) techniques was used to probe the self-assembly of para- and meta-bis(amidinium) compounds with para-, meta-, and ortho-dicarboxylates. Good concordance was observed between the MD and experimental results. In DMSO solution, the systems form several rapidly exchanging assemblies, in part because a range of hydrogen bonding interactions is possible between the amidinium and carboxylate moieties. Upon crystallization, the majority of the systems form 1D supramolecular polymers, which are held together by short N-H⋅⋅⋅O hydrogen bonds...
May 23, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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