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Rania R Abdelaziz, Wagdi F Elkashef, Eman Said
Silicosis is a crippling respiratory disorder characterized by massive lung inflammation and fibrosis. The current study provides evidence on the protective potential of tadalafil; a specific phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor against experimentally-induced pulmonary silicosis in rats. Silicosis was induced by intranasal instillation of crystalline silica (50mg/rat). Halofuginone hydrobromide; a standard collagen-1 synthesis inhibitor was selected as a reference anti-fibrotic. Daily oral administration of tadalafil (1mg/kg) for 8weeks significantly ameliorated silica-induced pulmonary damage...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Jowita Marszewska, Mietek Jaroniec
Highly-porous carbon spheres were prepared by modified Stöber method combined with silica templating and CO2 activation. Silica was delivered in the form of either colloids or tetraethyl orthosilicate and used to create porosity. Subsequently, CO2 activation was used to develop microporosity. CO2 activation was done either: (1) on carbon spheres, following silica etching or (2) on silica-carbon composites, before silica removal. Both methods delivered carbon materials with well-developed structures and, importantly, preserved spherical morphology...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Svetlana V Fedorenko, Svetlana L Grechkina, Asiya R Mustafina, Kirill V Kholin, Alexey S Stepanov, Irek R Nizameev, Ildus E Ismaev, Marsil K Kadirov, Rustem R Zairov, Alfia N Fattakhova, Rustem R Amirov, Svetlana E Soloveva
The present work introduces deliberate synthesis of Gd(III)-doped silica nanoparticles with high relaxivity at magnetic field strengths below 1.5T. Modified microemulsion water-in-oil procedure was used in order to achieve superficial localization of Gd(III) complexes within 40-55nm sized silica spheres. The relaxivities of the prepared nanoparticles were measured at 0.47, 1.41 and 1.5T with the use of both NMR analyzer and whole body NMR scanner. Longitudinal relaxivities of the obtained silica nanoparticles reveal significant dependence on the confinement mode, changing from 4...
October 14, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Norihiro Mizoshita, Hiromitsu Tanaka
Antireflection (AR) coating for transparent plastic substrates is constructed by partially embedding mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) onto the surface of the substrates. Simulation of optical properties of polymer substrates coated with a single-particle MSN layer indicates that the surface has a low and graded refractive index in the direction of the thickness and effectively decreases the reflectance of visible light. The MSN-coated surfaces can be prepared by exposure of the MSN-painted substrates to a solvent vapor, irrespective of the shape of the polymer substrates...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Wei Zhang, M Can Gulersonmez, Thomas Hankemeier, Rawi Ramautar
In metabolomics, a wide range of analytical techniques is used for the global profiling of (endogenous) metabolites in complex samples. In this paper, a protocol is presented for the analysis of anionic and cationic metabolites in biological samples by capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS). CE is well-suited for the analysis of highly polar and charged metabolites as compounds are separated on the basis of their charge-to-size ratio. A recently developed sheathless interfacing design, i.e., a porous tip interface, is used for coupling CE to electrospray ionization (ESI) MS...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Vi Khanh Truong, Miljan Stefanovic, Shane Maclaughlin, Mark Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Mohammad Al Kobaisi, Russell J Crawford, Elena P Ivanova
Corrosion of metallic surfaces is prevalent in the environment and is of great concern in many areas, including the military, transport, aviation, building and food industries, amongst others. Polyester and coatings containing both polyester and silica nanoparticles (SiO2NPs) have been widely used to protect steel substrata from corrosion. In this study, we utilized X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflection infrared micro-spectroscopy, water contact angle measurements, optical profiling and atomic force microscopy to provide an insight into how exposure to sunlight can cause changes in the micro- and nanoscale integrity of the coatings...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Nanjing Hao, Laifeng Li, Fangqiong Tang
A straightforward method was developed to synthesize hollow mesoporous silica nanotubes (HMSNTs) using bovine serum protein (BSA) as the protective coating and phosphate buffered saline (PBS) as the etching agent at room temperature. Galactose-grafted HMSNTs significantly reduced phagocytosis by macrophages, and enhanced cellular uptake by A549 cells via caveolae-mediated uptake pathway. Trehalose-conjugated HMSNTs interacted strongly with mycobacteria, showing the linear detection range from 1 × 10(4) to 1 × 10(8) bacteria/mL and the detection limit of 1 × 10(3) bacteria/mL...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Manwen Yao, Linyu Wang, Chengzhi Fang
A rapid and sensitive chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA) based on magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) was developed to detect aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), which is a potent carcinogen in nature. We prepared monodisperse MNPs (300 nm in diameter) according to the solvothermal synthesis reaction and the MNPs were coated with silica by the Stöber method. Triethox was used as a one-step carboxylation reagent, and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) an amination reagent, to modify the MNPs. We prepared two types of solid phase antigens using the above synthesized functionalized MNPs coupled with the later prepared AFB1-oxime active ester and the purchased BSA-AFB1 respectively...
October 21, 2016: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
M Ibrahim, M A S Garcia, L L R Vono, M Guerrero, P Lecante, L M Rossi, K Philippot
The solution synthesis of rhodium nanoparticles (Rh NPs) was achieved from the organometallic complex [Rh(η(3)-C3H5)3] under mild reaction conditions in the presence of a polymer (PVP), a monophosphine (PPh3) and a diphosphine (dppb) as a stabilizer, leading to very small Rh NPs of 2.2, 1.3 and 1.7 nm mean size, with PVP, PPh3 and dppb, respectively. The surface properties of these nanoparticles were compared using a model catalysis reaction namely, hydrogenation of cyclohexene, first under colloidal conditions and then under supported conditions after their immobilization onto an amino functionalized silica-coated magnetite support...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Deven P Estes, Georges Siddiqi, Florian Allouche, Kirill V Kovtunov, Olga E Safonova, Alexander L Trigub, Igor V Koptyug, Christophe Copéret
The activation and conversion of hydrocarbons is one of the most important challenges in chemistry. Transition-metal ions (V, Cr, Fe, Co…) isolated on silica surfaces are known to catalyze these processes. The mechanisms of these processes are currently unknown but are thought to involve C-H activation as the rate determining step. Here, we synthesize well-defined Co(II) ions on a silica surface using a metal siloxide precursor followed by thermal treatment under vacuum at 500°C. We show that these isolated Co(II) sites are catalysts for a number of hydrocarbon conversion reactions, such as the dehydrogenation of propane, the hydrogenation of propene, and the trimerization of terminal alkynes...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
P Carvajal, M Alejandro Dinamarca, P Baeza, E Camú, J Ojeda
OBJECTIVE: To remove dibenzothiophene (DBT) and 4,6-dimethyl-dibenzothiophene (4,6-DMDBT) adsorbed on alumina, silica and sepiolite through biodesulfurization (BDS) using Rhodococcus Rhodochrous spp., that selectively reduce sulfur molecules without generating of gaseous pollutants. RESULTS: The adsorption of DBT and 4,6-DMDBT was affected by the properties of the supports, including particle size and the presence of surface acidic groups. The highest adsorption of both sulfur-containing organic molecules used particle sizes of 0...
October 20, 2016: Biotechnology Letters
Daniel J Sobczynski, Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
Plasma proteins rapidly coat the surfaces of particulate drug carriers to form a protein corona upon their injection into the bloodstream. The high presence of immunoglobulins in the corona formed on poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) vascular-targeted carrier (VTC) surfaces was recently shown to negatively impact their adhesion to activated endothelial cells (aECs) in vitro. Here, we characterized the influence of anticoagulants, or their absence, on the binding efficiency of VTCs of various materials via modulation of their protein corona...
October 17, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
S Varitis, P Kavouras, E Pavlidou, E Pantazopoulou, G Vourlias, K Chrissafis, A I Zouboulis, Th Karakostas, Ph Komninou
The vitrification process was applied for the stabilization and solidification of a rich in chromium ash that was the by-product of incineration of tannery sludge. Six different batch compositions were produced, based on silica as the glass former and sodium and calcium oxides as flux agents. As-vitrified products (monoliths) were either composed of silicate matrices with separated from the melt Eskolaite (Cr2O3) crystallites or were homogeneous glasses (in one case). All as-vitrified products were thermally treated in order to transform them to partially crystallized, i...
October 17, 2016: Waste Management
Hongjun Xia, Guangping Wan, Junlong Zhao, Jiawei Liu, Quan Bai
High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a kind of efficient separation technology and has been used widely in many fields. Micro-sized porous silica microspheres as the most popular matrix have been used for fast separation and analysis in HPLC. In this paper, the monodisperse large-porous silica microspheres with controllable size and structure were successfully synthesized with polymer microspheres as the templates and characterized. First, the poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate) microspheres (PGMA-EDMA) were functionalized with tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA) to generate amino groups which act as a catalyst in hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) to form Si-containing low molecular weight species...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Václav Pavlíček, Petr Tůma
Two electrophoretic methods with contactless conductivity detection have been developed for determination of the content of rebaudioside A and stevioside in samples of sweeteners and beverages prepared from extracts of the plant Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. The total content of rebaudioside A and stevioside can be determined in a fused silica capillary with an inner diameter of 10μm and total length of 31.5cm in optimised background electrolyte with the composition 170mM H3BO3/LiOH (pH 9.0). The combined peak of the two glucosides is characterised by a migration time of 54s, which completely separates it from EOF...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Masahiro Ohgami, Masato Homma, Yoshiharu Suzuki, Kanako Naito, Motoko Yamada, Shoichi Mitsuhashi, Fumie Fujisawa, Hiroshi Kojima, Takayuki Kaburagi, Keiko Uchiumi, Yutaka Yamada, Hiroko Bando, Hisato Hara, Keiji Takei
BACKGROUND: Lapatinib and erlotinib are used for cancer treatment, showing large interindividual variability. Therapeutic drug monitoring may be useful for assessing the clinical outcomes and adverse events. A simple high-performance liquid chromatography ultraviolet method was developed for the determination of lapatinib and erlotinib in human plasma. METHODS: An aliquot of plasma sample spiked with IS was treated with acetonitrile to precipitate the proteins. Lapatinib and erlotinib were separated on an octadecylsilyl silica-gel column using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile, methanol, water, and trifluoroacetic acid (26:26:48:0...
October 17, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Deliang Yi, Qian Zhang, Yinghua Liu, Jiaying Song, Yi Tang, Frank Caruso, Yajun Wang
We report the synthesis of chemically asymmetric silica nanobottles (NBs) with a hydrophobic exterior surface (capped with 3-chloropropyl groups) and a hydrophilic interior surface for spatially selective cargo loading, and for application as nanoreactors and nanomotors. The silica NBs, which have a "flask bottle" shape with an average diameter of 350 nm and an opening of ca. 100 nm, are prepared by anisotropic sol-gel growth in a water/n-pentanol emulsion. Due to their chemically asymmetric properties, nanoparticles (NPs) with hydrophilic or hydrophobic surface properties can be selectively loaded inside the NBs or on the outside of the NBs, respectively...
October 20, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Sushant B Jadhav, Rahul M Mane, Kalyanraman L Narayanan, Popatrao N Bhosale
A novel, stability indicating, reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method was developed to determine the S-isomer of linagliptin (LGP) in linagliptin and metformin hydrochloride (MET HCl) tablets (LGP-MET HCl) by implementing design of experiment (DoE), i.e., two-level, full factorial design (2³ + 3 centre points = 11 experiments) to understand the critical method parameters (CMP) and its relation with the critical method attribute (CMA), and to ensure robustness of the method. The separation of the S-isomer, LGP and MET HCl in the presence of their impurities was achieved on Chiralpak(®) IA-3 (Amylose tris (3, 5-dimethylphenylcarbamate), immobilized on 3 µm silica gel) stationary phase (250 × 4...
October 17, 2016: Scientia Pharmaceutica
M Moskvin, D Horák
Maghemite (gamma-Fe2O3) nanoparticles, 12 nm in size, were prepared by co-precipitation of Fe(II) and Fe(III) chlorides with ammonium hydroxide and oxidation with hydrogen peroxide. To achieve stability and biocompatibility, obtained particles were coated with silica, to which glucose and ascorbic acid were bound by different mechanisms. The composite particles were thoroughly characterized by transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, elemental analysis, and FT-Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy to determine composition, morphology, size and its distribution, zeta-potential, and scavenging of peroxyl and hydroxyl radicals...
October 20, 2016: Physiological Research
Fan Zhang, Yue Sun, Demei Tian, Weon Sup Shin, Jong Seung Kim, Haibing Li
Host-guest recognition plays an important role in biological analysis and biosensing. Accordingly, great efforts have been devoted to the development of sensors using versatile 3D surface materials. These functionalized nanomaterials possess the advantages of high selectivity and visual signals, enabling the selective detection of ions, amino acids, proteins, and other biological molecules. Therefore, in this feature article, we present some significant and representative examples of molecular recognition on calixarene functionalized 3D surface nanomaterials...
October 20, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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