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Venkata S Kotakadi, Susmila Aparna Gaddam, Sucharitha K Venkata, P V G K Sarma, D V R Sai Gopal
Biosynthesis of plant-mediated silver nanoparticles is gaining significant importance due to environmentally safe 'green method' and it is an efficient alternative method. In the present study, silver nanoparticles were synthesized by using root extract of Glycyrrhiza glabra an important medicinal plant. The AgNPs are characterized by spectral analysis; the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak of AgNPs showed maximum absorption at 445 nm. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) data show that the O-H hydroxyl groups, carboxylic acids, ester and ether groups and C-O stretching of alcohols have been utilized in the formation of AgNPs...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
Sobhy I I Abdel-Hafez, Nivien A Nafady, Ismail R Abdel-Rahim, Abeer M Shaltout, José-Antonio Daròs, Mohamed A Mohamed
Mycogenic synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was carried out in the present investigation using an aqueous extract of endophytic non-pathogenic Alternaria solani F10 (KT721914). The mycosynthesized AgNPs were characterized by means of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The surface plasmon resonance found at 430 nm confirmed the formation of stable AgNPs for several weeks at room temperature. Also, the results revealed the formation of spherical and monodispersed AgNPs with an average size of 14...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
Preeti Dauthal, Mausumi Mukhopadhyay
Biological methods of nanoparticles synthesis are ecologically sound and sustainable alternative to the conventional methods. On the basis of aforesaid premise, the present study deals with the optimization and fabrication of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) using easily available bio-resource, Delonix regia leaf extract. The use of practically nontoxic natural extracts and water allows the synthesis pathways presented to be considered as ''green'' and so permitting the synthesized Au-NPs to be used in sensitive areas, such as bioremediation...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
Cheng-Liang Hsu, Yu-Jui Fang, Ting-Jen Hsueh, Sin-Hui Wang, Shoou-Jinn Chang
Au/ZnO core-shell nanostructures decorated with Au nanoparticles were synthesized on ITO/glass substrate. The investigated sensor contains 2-D, 1-D, and 0-D nanostructures to provide a large surface-area-to-volume ratio, the catalytic quantum effect and avoid the issues inherent in heterojunction interface barriers. The sensitivities of the fabricated glucose sensors in the dark, and under blue and green LED illumination were 3371.9, 4410.9, and 4157.8 μA/cm2mM-1, respectively. The achieved sensitivities are higher than previous reports on Au nanostructure sensors by 2~100 times...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Mariam Barawi, Luca De Trizio, Roberto Giannuzzi, Giulia Veramonti, Liberato Manna, Michele Manca
The reliable exploitation of localized surface plasmon resonance in transparent conductive oxides is being prospected to push the blooming of an emerging class of advanced dynamic windows, which offer the opportunity to selectively, and dynamically, control the intensity of the incoming thermal radiation without affecting visible transparency. In this view, Nb-doped TiO2 colloidal nanocrystals are particularly promising as they have a wide bandgap and their plasmonic features can be finely tailored across the near infrared region by varying the concentration of dopants...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
Li-Sen Lin, Xiangyu Yang, Zijian Zhou, Zhen Yang, Orit Jacobson, Yijing Liu, Angela Yang, Gang Niu, Jibin Song, Huang-Hao Yang, Xiaoyuan Chen
Magnetic-plasmonic hybrid nanoparticles (MPHNs) have attracted great interest in cancer theranostics. However, the relaxivity of the magnetic component is typically reduced by the plasmonic component in conventional core-shell structured MPHNs, due to the presence of a water-impenetrable coating which severely restricts the proximity of protons to the magnetic portion. To circumvent this issue, yolk-shell structured MPHNs comprising a Fe3 O4 core within a hollow cavity encircled by a porous Au outer shell are designed...
March 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
Matthias Thiele, Andrea Knauer, Daniéll Malsch, Andrea Csáki, Thomas Henkel, J Michael Köhler, Wolfgang Fritzsche
Metal nanoparticles and their special optical properties, the so-called localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), facilitate many applications in various fields. Due to the strong dependency of the LSPR on particle geometry, their synthesis is a challenging and time-consuming procedure especially for non-spherical shapes. In contrast, micromixers offer new experimental approaches and therefore enable the simplification of several processes. By using a zigzag micromixer (Dean-Flow-Mixer, DFM) that induces Dean-flow secondary flow patterns, we theoretically and experimentally show the mixing efficiency...
March 22, 2017: Lab on a Chip
Aruna Bitra, Srinivas Sistla, Jessy Mariam, Harshada Malvi, Ruchi Anand
Rassf1A/5 tumor suppressors serve as adaptor proteins possessing a modular architecture with the C-terminal consisting of a coiled-coil SARAH (Salvador-Rassf-Hippo) domain and the central portion being composed of Ras associated (RA) domain. Here, we investigate the effect of Rassf effectors on Mst1 function by mapping the interaction of various domains of Rassf1A/5 and Mst1 kinase using surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The results revealed that apart from the C-terminal SARAH domain of Mst1 which interacts to form heterodimers with Rassf1A/5, the N-terminal kinase domain of Mst1 plays a crucial role in the stabilization of this complex...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yuan-Chen Cui, Chun-Shui Pan, Li Yan, Lin Li, Bai-He Hu, Xin Chang, Yu-Ying Liu, Jing-Yu Fan, Kai Sun, Quan -Li, Jing-Yan Han
Cardiac ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury remains a challenge for clinicians. Ginsenoside Rb1 (Rb1) has been reported to have the ability to attenuate I/R injury, but its effect on energy metabolism during cardiac I/R and the underlying mechanism remain unknown. In this study, we detected the effect of Rb1 on rat myocardial blood flow, myocardial infarct size, cardiac function, velocity of venule red blood cell, myocardial structure and apoptosis, energy metabolism and change in RhoA signaling pathway during cardiac I/R injury...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Gaochao Huang, Ruben Shrestha, Kaimin Jia, Brian V Geisbrecht, Ping Li
A four-step enantioselective approach was developed to synthesize anti (1R,2S)-1a and (1S,2R)-1b containing a β-O-4 linkage in good yields. A significant difference was observed for the apparent binding affinities of four stereospecific lignin model compounds with TcDyP by surface plasmon resonance, which was not translated into a significant difference in enzyme activities. The discrepancy may be attributed to the conformational change involving a loop widely present in DyPs upon H2O2 binding.
March 22, 2017: Organic Letters
Shiro Fukuda, Shunbun Kita, Yoshinari Obata, Yuya Fujishima, Hirofumi Nagao, Shigeki Masuda, Yoshimitsu Tanaka, Hitoshi Nishizawa, Tohru Funahashi, Junichi Takagi, Norikazu Maeda, Iichiro Shimomura
Adiponectin, an adipocyte-derived circulating protein, accumulates in the heart, vascular endothelium, and skeletal muscles through an interaction with T-cadherin (T-cad), a unique glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored cadherin. Recent studies have suggested that this interaction is essential for adiponectin-mediated cardiovascular protection. However, the precise protein-protein interaction between adiponectin and T-cad remains poorly characterized. Using ELISA-based and surface plasmon analyses, we report here that T-cad fused with IgG Fc as a fusion-tag by replacing its GPI-anchor specifically bound both hexameric and larger multimeric adiponectin with a dissociation constant of approximately 1...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Patryk Kusch, Stefan Mastel, Niclas Sven Mueller, Nieves Morquillas, Sebastian Heeg, Roman Gorbachev, Fredrik Schedin, Uwe Huebner, Jose Ignacio Pascual, Stephanie Reich, Rainer Hillenbrand
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) enables sensitive chemical studies and materials identification, relying on electromagnetic (EM) and chemical-enhancement mechanisms. Here we introduce a tool for the correlative nanoimaging of EM and SERS hotspots - areas of strongly enhanced EM fields and Raman scattering, respectively. To that end, we implemented a grating spectrometer into a scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscope (s-SNOM) for mapping of both the elastically and inelastically (Raman) scattered light from the near-field probe - a sharp silicon tip...
March 21, 2017: Nano Letters
Nancy Rahbany, Wei Geng, Renaud Bachelot, Christophe Couteau
Overcoming the diffraction limit to achieve high optical resolution is one of the main challenges in the fields of plasmonics, nanooptics and nanophotonics. In this work, we introduce novel plasmonic structures consisting of nanoantennas (nanoprisms, single bowtie nanoantennas and double bowtie nanoantennas) integrated in the center of ring diffraction gratings. Propagating surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are generated by the ring grating and coupled with localized surface plasmons (LSPs) at the nanoantennas exciting emitters placed in their gap...
March 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
Rafael Salas-Montiel, Martin Berthel, Josslyn Beltrán-Madrigal, Serge Huant, Aurélien Drezet, Sylvain Blaize
One of the most explored single quantum emitters for the development of nanoscale fluorescence lifetime imaging is the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color center in diamond. Indeed, a NV center does not experience fluorescence bleaching and blinking at room temperature. Furthermore, its optical properties are preserved when embedded into nanodiamond hosts. This letter focuses on the modeling of the local density of states (LDOS) in a plasmonic nanofocusing structure with NV center acting as local illumination sources...
March 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
Nikolaos M Dimitriou, George Tsekenis, Evangelos C Balanikas, Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Melina Mitsiogianni, Theodora Mantso, George Pashos, Andreas G Boudouvis, Ioannis N Lykakis, Georgios Tsigaridas, Mihalis I Panayiotidis, Vassilios Yannopapas, Alexandros G Georgakilas
Considering both cancer's serious impact on public health and the side effects of cancer treatments, strategies towards targeted cancer therapy have lately gained considerable interest. Employment of gold nanoparticles (GNPs), in combination with ionizing and non-ionizing radiations, has been shown to improve the effect of radiation treatment significantly. GNPs, as high-Z particles, possess the ability to absorb ionizing radiation and enhance the deposited dose within the targeted tumors. Furthermore, they can convert non-ionizing radiation into heat, due to plasmon resonance, leading to hyperthermic damage to cancer cells...
March 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jing Zhao, Xinyue Liu, Anju Malhotra, Quanhong Li, Fuming Zhang, Robert J Linhardt
A novel method has been developed for the easy measurement of heparin's anticoagulant activity using surface plasmon resonance. The anticoagulant activity of target heparin was evaluated by measuring the competitive antithrombin III binding of analyte heparin in the solution phase and USP heparin immobilized on chip surface. Heparins, obtained from different animal sources, and low molecular weight heparins were analyzed. The results were reproducible and correlated well with the results of chromogenic assays (correlation coefficient r = 0...
March 18, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
Yeşeren Saylan, Fatma Yılmaz, Ali Derazshamshir, Erkut Yılmaz, Adil Denizli
Diagnostic biomarkers such as proteins and enzymes are generally hard to detect because of the low abundance in biological fluids. To solve this problem, the advantages of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and nanomaterial technologies have been combined. The SPR sensors are easy to prepare, no requirement of labelling and can be detected in real time. In addition, they have high specificity and sensitivity with low cost. The nanomaterials have also crucial functions such as efficiency improvement, selectivity, and sensitivity of the detection systems...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
Jun Zhou, Peng Fei Gao, Hong Zhi Zhang, Gang Lei, Lin Ling Zheng, Hui Liu, Cheng Zhi Huang
Imaging of light scattering plasmonic nanoparticles (PNPs) with the aid of the dark-field microscopy imaging (iDFM) technique has attracted wide attention owing to its high signal-to-noise ratio, but to improve the color resolution and contrast of dark-field microscopy (DFM) images of single light scattering PNPs in a small spectral variation environment is still a challenge. In this study, a new color analytical method for resolving the resolution and contrast in DFM images has been developed and further applied for colorimetric analysis using the digital image processing technique...
March 21, 2017: Nanoscale
Ying Xie, Liang Ma, Zi-Qiang Cheng, Da-Jie Yang, Li Zhou, Zhong-Hua Hao, Qu-Quan Wang
We report a plasmon-assisted growth of metal and semiconductor onto the tips of Ag nanotriangles (AgNTs) under light irradiation. The site-selective growth of Ag onto AgNTs are firstly demonstrated on the copper grids and amine-coated glass slides. As the irradiation time increases, microscopic images indicate that AgNTs gradually touch with each other and finally "weld" tip-to-tip together into the branched chains. Meanwhile, the redshift of plasmon band is observed in the extinction spectra, which agrees well the growth at the tips of AgNTs and the decrease of the gaps between the adjacent nanotriangles...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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