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Graphene apoptosis

Jing Ruan, Ying Wang, Fang Li, Renbing Jia, Guangming Zhou, Chunlin Shao, Liqi Zhu, Malin Cui, Da-Peng Yang, Shengfang Ge
Combination of drug chemotherapy and ray radiation is the main solution for treating patients with advanced colorectal carcinoma, but the toxicity and adverse effects caused in the surrounding normal tissues and the radio resistance in tumor site will severely influence its therapeutic effect. Nano radiosensitizer is an ideal choice for improving the tumor radiotherapy effects thanks to its high degree of tumor tissue uptake and secondary electrons productivity. Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have good oxidative stress response and significantly high phototoxicity, and are regarded as a potential nano radiosensitizer...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yun-Jung Choi, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan, Jin-Hoi Kim
The use of graphene to target and eliminate cancer stem cells (CSCs) is an alternative approach to conventional chemotherapy. We show the biomolecule-mediated synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-silver nanoparticle nanocomposites (rGO-Ag) using R-phycoerythrin (RPE); the resulting RPE-rGO-Ag was evaluated in human ovarian cancer cells and ovarian cancer stem cells (OvCSCs). The synthesized RPE-rGO-Ag nanocomposite (referred to as rGO-Ag) was characterized using various analytical techniques. rGO-Ag showed significant toxicity towards both ovarian cancer cells and OvCSCs...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Wentao Deng, Juhui Qiu, Shaoting Wang, Zhi Yuan, Yuefeng Jia, Hailin Tan, Jiru Lu, Ruqiang Zheng
In this study, we performed the characterization and synthesis of biocompatible and targeted albumin and graphene oxide (GO) dual-carrier paclitaxel (PTX) nanoparticles for photothermal-triggered tumor therapy. PTX absorbed on GO nanosheets as cores were coated with human serum albumin (HSA), following surface conjugation with monoclonal antibodies (mAb) against vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF; denoted as mAbVEGF) via polyethylene glycol linker to form targeted nanoparticles (PTX-GHP-VEGF). The spherical nanoparticles were 191±5 nm in size with good stability and biocompatibility...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Chunhui Wu, Lianhui Wang, Yuan Tian, Xiaotian Guan, Qiuyue Liu, Shun Li, Xiang Qin, Hong Yang, Yi Yao Liu
Nanomedicine-based combination therapy has sparked a growing interest in clinical disease treatment and pharmaceutical industry. In this report, a mitochondria-targeted and near-infrared (NIR) light activable multitasking nanographene (i. e. GT/IR820/DP-CpG) had been engineered to in-situ trigger highly efficient 'triple-punch' strategy of cancer photodynamic therapy, photothermal therapy and immunotherapy. Modification of triphenylphosphonium on graphene made the vehicle specifically guide the NIR dye IR820 home to mitochondria followed by lysosomes escape in a time-dependent manner...
February 5, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Rong Wu, Gao-Chao Fan, Li-Ping Jiang, Jun-Jie Zhu
The ability to rapidly detect apoptotic cells and accurately evaluate therapeutic effects is significant in cancer research. To address this target, a biocompatible, ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) cytosensing platform was developed based on electrochemically reduced graphene (EG)/ZnIn2S4 co-sensitized TiO2 coupled with specific recognition between apoptotic cells and phosphatidylserine (PS)-binding peptide (PSBP). In this strategy, HL-60 cells were selected as a model, and C005, nilotinib and imatinib were selected as apoptosis inducers to show cytosensing performance...
January 12, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chao Zhang, Zunfeng Liu, Ying Zheng, Yadi Geng, Chao Han, Yamin Shi, Hongbin Sun, Can Zhang, Yijun Chen, Luyong Zhang, Qinglong Guo, Lei Yang, Xiang Zhou, Lingyi Kong
Mitochondria-mediated apoptosis (MMA) is a preferential option for cancer therapy due to the presence of cell-suicide factors in mitochondria, however, low permeability of mitochondria is a bottleneck for targeting drug delivery. In this paper, glycyrrhetinic acid (GA), a natural product from Glycyrrhiza glabra, is found to be a novel mitochondria targeting ligand, which can improve mitochondrial permeability and enhance the drug uptake of mitochondria. GA-functionalized graphene oxide (GO) is prepared and used as an effective carrier for targeted delivery of doxorubicin into mitochondria...
January 2018: Small
Chang Liu, Yan-Lei Hu, Wen-Jing Deng, Qing-Shan Pan, Jin-Tao Yi, Ting-Ting Chen, Xia Chu
Cytochrome c (Cyt c) and caspase-3 are the key mediators in apoptotic signaling. As is known to all, the release of Cyt c from mitochondria is a vital caspase activation pathway and defines the point of no-return in cell apoptosis. However, it has not been reported that any fluorescence imaging tools could allow simultaneous visualization of Cyt c translocation and caspase-3 activation in apoptotic cells. Here, we develop a sensitive nanosensor that holds the capability of imaging of the released Cyt c from the mitochondria and a caspase-3 activation cascade reaction in apoptotic signaling...
December 18, 2017: Analyst
Lan Li, Chengke Luo, Zhenwei Song, Eduardo Reyes-Vargas, Fred Clayton, Jufang Huang, Peter Jensen, Xinjian Chen
The finding of HER2 overexpression in osteosarcoma (OS) makes HER2 a potential therapeutic target. However, studies indicate OS cells are nonresponsive to anti-HER2 antibody trastuzumab (TRA) therapy. We established stable, non-covalent association of TRA with nanomaterial graphene oxide (GO) to generated multivalent TRA/GO complexes that demonstrated markedly enhanced HER2-binding activity and capacity to rapidly kill OS cells. TRA/GO simultaneously induced oxidative stress and HER2 signaling in the target cells, leading to rapid depletion of the cellular inhibitors of apoptosis protein (cIAP) and caspase-8, formation of RIP1/RIPK3/MLKL necroptosome and necroptosis of the OS cells...
November 21, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Fozia Shaheen, Muhammad Hammad Aziz, Muhammad Fakhar-E-Alam, Muhammad Atif, Mahvish Fatima, Riaz Ahmad, Atif Hanif, Saqib Anwar, Fatima Zafar, Ghazanfar Abbas, Syed Mansoor Ali, Mukhtar Ahmed
Graphene-based materials have garnered significant attention because of their versatile bioapplications and extraordinary properties. Graphene oxide (GO) is an extremely oxidized form of graphene accompanied by the functional groups of oxygen on its surface. GO is an outstanding platform on which to pacify silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), which gives rise to the graphene oxide-silver nanoparticle (GO-Ag) nanocomposite. In this experimental study, the toxicity of graphene oxide-silver (GO-Ag) nanocomposites was assessed in an in vitro human breast cancer model to optimize the parameters of photodynamic therapy...
November 21, 2017: Nanomaterials
Yi Teng Fong, Chih-Hao Chen, Jyh-Ping Chen
By taking advantage of the pH-sensitive drug release property of graphene oxide (GO) after intracellular uptake, we prepared folic acid (FA)-conjugated GO (GOFA) for targeted delivery of the chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOX). GOFA-DOX was further encapsulated in an injectable in-situ forming thermo-sensitive hyaluronic acid-chitosan- g -poly( N -isopropylacrylamide) (HACPN) hydrogel for intratumoral delivery of DOX. As the degradation time of HACPN could be extended up to 3 weeks, intratumoral delivery of GOFA-DOX/HACPN could provide controlled and targeted delivery of DOX through slow degradation HACPN and subsequent cellular uptake of released GOFA-DOX by tumor cells through interactions of GOFA with folate receptors on the tumor cell's surface...
November 14, 2017: Nanomaterials
Dandan Zhang, Liewei Wen, Ru Huang, Huanhuan Wang, Xianglong Hu, Da Xing
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been proposed in cancer treatment for decades, but its clinical translation is significantly impeded by the low yield of ROS, poor tissue penetration depth of most current photosensitizers, and short lifetime of ROS. These limitations directly affect the therapeutic effect of PDT in cancer therapy. Here we proposed a new strategy by collaboratively integrating rare-earth doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNP) with graphene quantum dot (GQD) for highly efficacious PDT, based on the merits of UCNP, which can emit UV-vis light under near-infrared light (NIR) excitation, and GQD, which can produce (1)O2 efficiently...
October 23, 2017: Biomaterials
Hongyuan Shang, Dong Han, Min Ma, Sha Li, Wenting Xue, Aiping Zhang
As a promising next-generation photodynamic therapy (PDT) photosensitizer, TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) has gained great attention due to its higher efficiency. Yet, its application in PDT is strongly limited by its UV light response range. In this work, TiO2 NPs conjugated with reduced graphene oxide (RGO-TiO2) composites were successfully prepared by hydrothermal reduction method. They were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Transmission electron microscope (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), UV-vis spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Xi-Feng Zhang, Feng-Hua Huang, Guo-Liang Zhang, Ding-Ping Bai, De Felici Massimo, Yi-Fan Huang, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan
BACKGROUND: Recently, there has been much interest in the field of nanomedicine to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Combination therapy seems to be most effective when two different molecules that work by different mechanisms are combined at low dose, thereby decreasing the possibility of drug resistance and occurrence of unbearable side effects. Based on this consideration, the study was designed to investigate the combination effect of reduced graphene oxide-silver nanoparticles (rGO-AgNPs) and trichostatin A (TSA) in human ovarian cancer cells (SKOV3)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Tanveer Tabish, Zahid Pranjol, Hasan Hayat, Alma Rahat, Trefa Mohammed Abdullah, Jacqueline Whatmore, Shaowei Zhang
The intriguing properties of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) have paved the way for a number of potential biomedical applications such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, gene delivery and bio-sensing. Over the last decade, there have been escalating concerns regarding the possible toxic effects, behaviour and fate of rGO in living systems and environments. This paper reports on integrative chemical-biological interactions of rGO with lung cancer cells, i.e. A549 and SKMES-1, to determine its potential toxicological impacts on them, as a function of its concentration...
October 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
Mahdi Ayoubi, Parvaneh Naserzadeh, Mohammad Taghi Hashemi, Mohammad Reza Rostami, Elnaz Tamjid, Mohammad Mahdi Tavakoli, Abdolreza Simchi
Colloidal quantum dots (CQD) have attracted considerable attention for biomedical diagnosis and imaging as well as biochemical analysis and stem cell tracking. In this study, quasi core/shell lead sulfide/reduced graphene oxide CQD with near infrared emission (1100 nm) were prepared for potential bioimaging applications. The nanocrystals had an average diameter of ~4 nm, a hydrodynamic size of ~8 nm, and a high quantum efficiency of 28%. Toxicity assay of the hybrid CQD in the cultured human mononuclear blood cells does not show cytotoxicity up to 200 µg/ml...
October 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
Lingling Ou, Shaoqiang Lin, Bin Song, Jia Liu, Renfa Lai, Longquan Shao
Graphene-based materials (GBMs) are widely used in many fields, including biomedicine. To date, much attention had been paid to the potential unexpected toxic effects of GBMs. Here, we review the recent literature regarding the impact of GBMs on programmed cell death (PCD). Apoptosis, autophagy, and programmed necrosis are three major PCDs. Mechanistic studies demonstrated that the mitochondrial pathways and MAPKs (JNK, ERK, and p38)- and TGF-β-related signaling pathways are implicated in GBMs-induced apoptosis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Yu-Guo Yuan, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan
BACKGROUND: Cisplatin (Cis) is a widely used chemotherapeutic drug for treating a variety of cancers, due to its ability to induce cell death in cancer cells significantly. Recently, graphene and its modified nanocomposites have gained much interest in cancer therapy, due to their unique physicochemical properties. The objective of this study was to investigate the combination effect of Cis and a reduced graphene oxide-silver nanoparticle nanocomposite (rGO-AgNPs) in human cervical cancer (HeLa) cells...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Cheng Zhong, Dike Shi, Yixiong Zheng, Peter J Nelson, Qi Bao
The purpose of this study was to testify the hypothesis that graphene oxide (GO) could act as an appropriate vehicle for the release of tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) protein in the context of skin repair. GO characteristics were observed by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis. After TIMP-1 absorbing GO, the release profiles of various concentrations of TIMP-1 from GO were compared. GO biocompatibility with fibroblast viability was assessed by measuring cell cycle and apoptosis...
September 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Yu-Guo Yuan, Yan-Hong Wang, Hui-Hui Xing, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan
BACKGROUND: Graphene and graphene-related materials have gained substantial interest from both academia and industry for the development of unique nanomaterials for biomedical applications. Graphene oxide (GO) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are a valuable platform for the development of nanocomposites, permitting the combination of nanomaterials with different physical and chemical properties to generate novel materials with improved and effective functionalities in a single platform...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Yiyuan Kang, Jia Liu, Junrong Wu, Qian Yin, Huimin Liang, Aijie Chen, Longquan Shao
Given the novel applications of graphene materials in biomedical and electronics industry, the health hazards of these particles have attracted extensive worldwide attention. Although many studies have been performed on graphene material-induced toxic effects, toxicological data for the effect of graphene materials on the nervous system are lacking. In this study, we focused on the biological effects of graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) materials on PC12 cells, a type of traditional neural cell line...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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