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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107632/structural-changes-in-acetophenone-fluid-films-as-a-function-of-nano-scale-thickness
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Samantha L Nania, Scott K Shaw
We report experimental observations of a developing fluid-solid interface by examining acetophenone films of varying thicknesses, supported on solid silver substrates. A dynamic wetting technique provides experimental control of fluid film thickness as a function of rotational velocity. Ellipsometry and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy data are analyzed to provide absolute film thickness and details of the changing chemical environment for varying film thickness. This data is compared to theoretical models that predict fluid film thicknesses based on physical-chemical properties of the acetophenone/silver pair...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107504/sox10-nano-lantern-reporter-human-ips-cells-a-versatile-tool-for-neural-crest-research
#2
Tomoko Horikiri, Hiromi Ohi, Mitsuaki Shibata, Makoto Ikeya, Morio Ueno, Chie Sotozono, Shigeru Kinoshita, Takahiko Sato
The neural crest is a source to produce multipotent neural crest stem cells that have a potential to differentiate into diverse cell types. The transcription factor SOX10 is expressed through early neural crest progenitors and stem cells in vertebrates. Here we report the generation of SOX10-Nano-lantern (NL) reporter human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPS) by using CRISPR/Cas9 systems, that are beneficial to investigate the generation and maintenance of neural crest progenitor cells. SOX10-NL positive cells are produced transiently from hiPS cells by treatment with TGFβ inhibitor SB431542 and GSK3 inhibitor CHIR99021...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107450/systemic-t-cells-immunosuppression-of-glioma-stem-cell-derived-exosomes-is-mediated-by-monocytic-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Rossana Domenis, Daniela Cesselli, Barbara Toffoletto, Evgenia Bourkoula, Federica Caponnetto, Ivana Manini, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Tamara Ius, Miran Skrap, Carla Di Loreto, Giorgia Gri
A major contributing factor to glioma development and progression is its ability to evade the immune system. Nano-meter sized vesicles, exosomes, secreted by glioma-stem cells (GSC) can act as mediators of intercellular communication to promote tumor immune escape. Here, we investigated the immunomodulatory properties of GCS-derived exosomes on different peripheral immune cell populations. Healthy donor peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with anti-CD3, anti-CD28 and IL-2, were treated with GSC-derived exosomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107406/classification-and-segmentation-of-nanoparticle-diffusion-trajectories-in-cellular-micro-environments
#4
Thorsten Wagner, Alexandra Kroll, Chandrashekara R Haramagatti, Hans-Gerd Lipinski, Martin Wiemann
Darkfield and confocal laser scanning microscopy both allow for a simultaneous observation of live cells and single nanoparticles. Accordingly, a characterization of nanoparticle uptake and intracellular mobility appears possible within living cells. Single particle tracking allows to measure the size of a diffusing particle close to a cell. However, within the more complex system of a cell's cytoplasm normal, confined or anomalous diffusion together with directed motion may occur. In this work we present a method to automatically classify and segment single trajectories into their respective motion types...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107206/nanoparticle-on-mirror-cavity-modes-for-huge-and-tunable-plasmonic-field-enhancement
#5
Yu Huang, Lingwei Ma, Jianghao Li, Zhengjun Zhang
We carefully present a numerical study of the nanoparticle (NP) faceting, highlighting the great influence of small morphological changes of the NP-mirror cavities on the near-field enhancement in the nanoparticle-on-mirror (NPOM) system. By 3D finite element method (FEM) plasmon mapping, the active transverse cavity modes can be confirmed. For the dominant mode, we have found that by increasing the facet width, the resonance can be tuned linearly to the red with little decrease of the peak near-field intensity...
January 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106955/cypate-mediated-thermosensitive-nanoliposome-for-tumor-imaging-and-photothermal-triggered-drug-release
#6
Zhihao Han, Liwei Lv, Yi Ma, Zhaohui Wang, Yuxi Liu, Min Zhang, Siwen Li, Yueqing Gu
It is an emerging focus to explore controlled release drug delivery systems for simultaneous cancer imaging and therapy. Herein, we synthesized a photothermal sensitive multifunctional nano-liposome drug delivery system, with doxorubicin wrapped in the hydropholic layer as the therapeutical agent and cypate doped in the hydrophobic layer as the diagnostic agent. A series of in vitro and in vivo characterization demonstrated the stability of synthesized liposome, as the DL% was 9 ± 1.5 and the EE% was 82.7 ± 2...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106897/transition-metal-co-ni-nanoparticles-wrapped-with-carbon-and-their-superior-catalytic-activities-for-the-reversible-hydrogen-storage-of-magnesium-hydride
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Xu Huang, Xuezhang Xiao, Wei Zhang, Xiulin Fan, Liuting Zhang, Changjun Cheng, Shouquan Li, Hongwei Ge, Qidong Wang, Lixin Chen
Magnesium hydride (MgH2) exhibits long-term stability and has recently been developed as a safe alternative to store hydrogen in the solid state, due to its high capacity of 7.6 wt% H2 and low cost compared to other metal hydrides. However, the high activation energy and poor kinetics of MgH2 lead to inadequate hydrogen storage properties, resulting in low energy efficiency. Nano-catalysis is deemed to be the most effective strategy in improving the kinetics performance of hydrogen storage materials. In this work, robust and efficient architectures of carbon-wrapped transition metal (Co/C, Ni/C) nanoparticles (8-16 nm) were prepared and used as catalysts in the MgH2 system via ball milling to improve its de/rehydrogenation kinetics...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106535/viscoelastic-behaviour-of-hydrogel-based-composites-for-tissue-engineering-under-mechanical-load
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Rok Kocen, M Gasik, Ana Gantar, Sasa Novak
Along with biocompatibility, bioinductivity and appropriate biodegradation, mechanical properties are also of crucial importance for tissue engineering scaffolds. Hydrogels, such as gellan gum, are usually soft materials, which may benefit from the incorporation of inorganic particles, e.g. bioactive glass, not only due to the acquired bioactivity, but also due to improved mechanical properties. They exhibit complex viscoelastic properties, which can be evaluated in various ways. In this work, to reliably evaluate the effect of the bioactive glass addition on viscoelastic properties of the composite hydrogel, we employed and compared three most commonly used techniques, analyzing their advantages and limitations: monotonic uniaxial unconfined compression, small amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS) rheology and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)...
January 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106378/cell-selective-apoptosis-induced-by-polymorphic-alteration-of-self-assembled-silica-nano-webs
#9
Meysam Keshavarz, Bo Tan, Krishnan Venkatakrishnan
The biocompatibility of silicon-based nanomaterial makes it suitable for biophysical and biomedical applications. However, the application of silicon-based nanomaterials has been mainly restricted to nanoparticles (NPs) as a potential drug carrier and the extracellular matrix (ECM) as a platform for cell adhesion and proliferation. Here, we introduced silica NPs self-assembled into a 3D nano-web architecture that was shown to inherit the therapeutic and proliferative attributes of both NPs and ECMs. The self-assembled silica nano-web (SNW) has, therefore, not only shown targeted drug-like behavior in HeLa cells without the use of bio-markers but also has shown ECM characteristics...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106088/catalyst-shape-engineering-for-anisotropic-cross-sectioned-nanowire-growth
#10
Yonatan Calahorra, Alexander Kelrich, Shimon Cohen, Dan Ritter
The ability to engineer material properties at the nanoscale is a crucial prerequisite for nanotechnology. Hereunder, we suggest and demonstrate a novel approach to realize non-hemispherically shaped nanowire catalysts, subsequently used to grow InP nanowires with a cross section anisotropy ratio of up to 1:1.8. Gold was deposited inside high aspect ratio nanotrenches in a 5 nm thick SiNx selective area mask; inside the growth chamber, upon heating to 455 °C, the thin gold stripes agglomerated, resulting in an ellipsoidal dome (hemiellipsoid)...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105488/effects-of-ceo2-nanoparticles-on-terrestrial-isopod-porcellio-scaber-comparison-of-ceo2-biological-potential-with-other-nanoparticles
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Olga Malev, Polonca Trebše, Małgorzata Piecha, Sara Novak, Bojan Budič, Miroslav D Dramićanin, Damjana Drobne
Nano-sized cerium dioxide (CeO2) particles are emerging as an environmental issue due to their extensive use in automobile industries as fuel additives. Limited information is available on the potential toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on terrestrial invertebrates through dietary exposure. In the present study, the toxic effects of CeO2 NPs on the model soil organism Porcellio scaber were evaluated. Nanotoxicity was assessed by monitoring the lipid peroxidation (LP) level and feeding rate after 14-days exposure to food amended with nano CeO2...
January 19, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105486/immobilization-of-alkaline-polygalacturonate-lyase-from-bacillus-subtilis-on-the-surface-of-bacterial-polyhydroxyalkanoate-nano-granules
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GanQiao Ran, Dan Tan, WeiEr Dai, XinLiang Zhu, JiPing Zhao, Qi Ma, XiaoYun Lu
Alkaline polygalacturonate lyase (PGL), one of the pectinolytic enzymes, has been widely used for the bioscouring of cotton fibers, biodegumming, and biopulp production. In our study, PGL from Bacillus subtilis was successfully immobilized on the surface of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) nanogranules by fusing PGL to the N-terminal of PHA synthase from Ralstonia eutropha via a designed linker. The PGL-decorated PHA beads could be simply achieved by recombinant fermentation and consequent centrifugation. The fused PGL occupied 0...
January 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105197/mitochondria-targeting-nano-agents-in-cancer-therapeutics
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Xiao-Ying Zhang, Pei-Ying Zhang
Mitochondria have emerged as noteworthy therapeutic targets as their physiological functions are often altered in pathological conditions such as cancer. The electronic databases of MEDLINE, EMBASE and PubMed were searched for recent studies reporting the importance of mitochondria targeting nanoagents in cancer therapeutics. The concluding remarks of the above papers mostly confirmed the growing potential of these novel nanoagents in the area of anticancer research. Furthermore, numerous studies demonstrated the immense potential of nanocarriers in delivering mitochondria-acting compounds to their target site...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104367/flexible-chitosan-nano-zno-antimicrobial-pouches-as-a-new-material-for-extending-the-shelf-life-of-raw-meat
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P Mujeeb Rahman, V M Abdul Mujeeb, K Muraleedharan
As a breakthrough to open up the industrial use of novel environmentally benign packaging material, we propose the first report on portable chitosan-ZnO nano-composite pouches that will serve as elite entrants in smart packaging. A facile, one pot procedure was adopted for the preparation of the C-ZnC films. In order to tune the property of C-ZnC films, four different composite films were prepared by varying the concentration of ZnO. The prepared films were found to be much superior when compared to bare chitosan and other conventional films...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103669/reaxff-reactive-force-field-study-of-molybdenum-disulfide-mos2
#15
Alireza Ostadhossein, Ali Rahnamoun, Yuanxi Wang, Peng Zhao, Sulin Zhang, Vincent H Crespi, Adri C T van Duin
Two dimensional (2D) layers of molybdenum disulfide, MoS2, have been recognized as promising materials for nano-electronics due to their exceptional electronic and optical properties. Here we develop a new ReaxFF reactive potential which can accurately describe the thermodynamic and structural properties of MoS2 sheets, guided by extensive density functional theory (DFT) simulations. This potential is then applied to the formation energies of five different types of vacancies, various vacancy migration barriers, and the transition barrier between the semiconducting 2H and metallic 1T phases...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103529/improving-osteogenesis-of-three-dimensional-porous-scaffold-based-on-mineralized-recombinant-human-like-collagen-via-mussel-inspired-polydopamine-and-effective-immobilization-of-bmp-2-derived-peptide
#16
Jing Zhou, Xiaodong Guo, Qixin Zheng, Yongchao Wu, Fuzai Cui, Bin Wu
An ideal bone substitute should be biocompatible, biodegradable, osteoinductive and osteoconductive. In our previous work, we fabricated a three-dimensional porous scaffold based on mineralized recombinant human-like collagen, nano-hydroxyapatite/recombinant human-like collagen/poly(lactic acid) (nHA/RHLC/PLA). Like other HA/collagen scaffolds, the nHA/RHLC/PLA scaffold lacked osteoinductive bioactivity. The purpose of the present study was to develop a polydopamine (pDA)-assisted BMP-2-derived peptide (designated as P24) surface modification strategy for improving the osteogenesis of the nHA/RHLC/PLA scaffold...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103485/evaluation-of-the-adhesion-on-the-nano-scaled-polymeric-film-systems
#17
Tae Sung Park, Ik Keun Park, Sanichiro Yoshida
We applied scanning acoustic microscopy known as the V(z) curve technique to photoresist thin-film systems for the evaluation of the adhesive strength at the film-substrate interface. Through the measurement of the SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) velocity, the V(z) curve analysis allows us to quantify the stiffness of the film-substrate interface. In addition, we conducted a nano-scratch test to quantify the ultimate strength of the adhesion through the evaluation of the critical load. To vary the adhesive conditions, we prepared thin-film specimens with three different types of pre-coating surface treatments, i...
December 31, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103037/effects-of-different-forms-of-selenium-fertilizers-on-se-accumulation-distribution-and-residual-effect-in-winter-wheat-summer-maize-rotation-system
#18
Qi Wang, Yao Yu, Jixiang Li, Yanan Wan, Qingqing Huang, Yanbin Guo, Huafen Li
Foliar Se fertilizers were applied to investigate the effects of Se forms on Se accumulation and distribution in the wheat-maize rotation system and residual concentration of Se in subsequent crops. Sodium selenite, sodium selenate, selenomethionine, chemical nano-Se, humic acid + sodium selenite and compound fertilizer + sodium selenite were applied once at the flowering stage of wheat (30 g ha-1) and at the bell stage of maize (60 g ha-1). Compared with the control treatment, foliar Se applications significant increased the grain Se concentration of wheat and maize by 0...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102914/nano-koosh-balls-of-mesoporous-mno2-improved-supercapacitor-performance-through-superior-ion-transport
#19
Aasheesh Srivastava, Qysar Maqbool, Chanderpratap Singh, Priyajit Jash, Amit Paul
Manganese dioxide nanomaterials with "Koosh-ball" like morphology (MnO2-KBs) as well as worm-like nanotubes (MnO2-NWs) were obtained by employing Tween 20 as the reducing-cum-structure-directing agent, and KMnO4 as a MnO2 precursor. While the MnO2-KBs were interconnected with each other through tubular extensions, MnO2-NWs were largely disconnected. Both MnO2-KBs and MnO2-NWs had large BET surface areas (>200 m2/g), and were thermally robust upto 300 ⁰C. The electrochemical studies revealed that the highest specific capacitance (Csp) obtained for MnO2-KBs was significantly higher (272 F/g) than that of MnO2-NWs (129 F/g)...
January 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102826/ceramic-particle-engulfment-by-fibroblasts-does-not-alter-at-all-cell-behavior
#20
Pierre-Antoine Faye, Olivier Roualdes, Fabrice Rossignol, Daniel Jean Hartmann, Alexis Desmoulière
Despite many studies, the impact of ceramic particles on cell behavior remains still unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of ceramic nano-sized particles on fibroblastic cells. Fibroblasts (dermal fibroblasts freshly isolated from skin samples and WI26 fibroblastic cells) were cultured in monolayer in the presence of alumina or cerium-zirconia particles (��� 50 nm diameter) at two concentrations (100 or 500 ��g.mL-1). Fluorescent alumina particles were also used. Cell morphology, cytoplasmic ceramic incorporation using confocal and transmission electron microscopy, and migration using silicon insert, were analyzed...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
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