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Xuebo Quan, Daohui Zhao, Libo Li, Jian Zhou
Surface functionalization of nanoparticles (NPs) with stealth polymers (e.g., hydrophilic and zwitterionic polymers) has become a common strategy to resist non-specific protein adsorption recently. Understanding the role of surface decoration on NP-biomembrane interactions is of great significance to promote the application of NPs in biomedical fields. Herein, using coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD) simulations, we investigate the interactions between stealth polymer-coated gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and lipid membranes...
November 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Paula M P Lins, Valeria Spolon Marangoni, Thiers M Uehara, Paulo Barbeitas Miranda, Valtencir Zucolotto, Juliana Cancino Bernardi
Understanding the interactions between biomolecules and nanomaterials is of great importance for many areas of nanomedicine and bioapplications. Although studies in this area have been performed, the interactions between cell membranes and nanoparticles are not fully understood. Here, we investigate the interactions that occur between the Langmuir monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidyl glycerol (DPPG) and dipalmitoylphosphatidyl choline (DPPC) with gold nanorods (NR) - with three aspect ratios - and gold nanoparticles...
November 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jinshui Miao, Bo Song, Zhihao Xu, Le Cai, Suoming Zhang, Lixin Dong, Chuan Wang
Infrared imaging systems have wide range of military or civil applications and 2D nanomaterials have recently emerged as potential sensing materials that may outperform conventional ones such as HgCdTe, InGaAs, and InSb. As an example, 2D black phosphorus (BP) thin film has a thickness-dependent direct bandgap with low shot noise and noncryogenic operation for visible to mid-infrared photodetection. In this paper, the use of a single-pixel photodetector made with few-layer BP thin film for near-infrared imaging applications is demonstrated...
November 22, 2017: Small
Hao Yang, Xiaojing Hu, Chunping Su, Yunling Liu, Rong Chen
In this work, we demonstrated a general approach to realize superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic reversible transition over hydrophilic bismuth-related micro-/nanomaterials. Different superhydrophobic bismuth-based micro-/nanomaterials, including BiOCOOH, Bi2O3, (BiO)2CO3 and BiOCl, were obtained by modification with stearic acid, regardless of their morphologies. The reversible wettability of the bismuth-related materials upon alternative UV-vis irradiation and dark storage were investigated via cyclic experiments...
November 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Miguel M Lino, Susana Simões, Sónia Pinho, Lino Ferreira
Transient, non-integrative modulation of cell function by intracellular delivery of proteins has high potential in cellular reprogramming, gene editing and therapeutic medicine applications. Unfortunately, the capacity to deliver multiple proteins intracellularly with temporal and spatial control has not been demonstrated. Here, we report a near infrared (NIR) laser-activatable nanomaterial that allows for precise control over the release of two proteins from a single nanomaterial. The nanomaterial is formed by gold nanorods (AuNRs) modified with single stranded DNA (ssDNA) to which complementary DNA-conjugated proteins are hybridized...
November 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Rocío Mateos, Soledad Vera, Mercedes Valiente, Ana María Díez-Pascual, María Paz San Andrés
Fluorescence quenching is a valuable tool to gain insight about dynamic changes of fluorophores in complex systems. Graphene (G), a single-layered 2D nanomaterial with unique properties, was dispersed in surfactant aqueous solutions of different nature: non-ionic polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether (Brij L23), anionic sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS), and cationic hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB). The influence of the surfactant type, chain length and concentration, G total concentration and G/surfactant weight ratio on the fluorescence intensity of vitamin B₂ (riboflavin) was investigated...
November 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
Caixia Guo, Ji Wang, Man Yang, Yang Li, Shuxiang Cui, Xianqing Zhou, Yanbo Li, Zhiwei Sun
Rapid development and deployment of engineered nanomaterials, such as amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) in various commercial and biomedical applications have raised concerns about their potential adverse health effects, especially their chronic effects which have not been well addressed. In this study, human lung epithelial cells, BEAS-2B were continuously exposed to amorphous SiNPs, 5 μg/mL for 40 passages. We demonstrated here that prolonged exposure of BEAS-2B cells to amorphous SiNPs induced malignant transformation as indicated by enhanced cellular proliferation, anchorage-independent cell growth, and increased cell migration...
November 22, 2017: Nanotoxicology
Sofia Arshavsky Graham, Naama Massad-Ivanir, Federico Paratore, Thomas Scheper, Moran Bercovici, Ester Segal
Porous silicon (PSi) nanomaterials have been widely studied as label-free optical biosensors for proteins detection. However, these biosensors' performance, specifically in terms of their sensitivity (which is typically in the micromolar range), is insufficient for many applications. Herein, we present a proof-of-concept application of the electrokinetic isotachophoresis (ITP) technique for real-time pre-concentration of a target protein on a PSi biosensor. With ITP, a highly concentrated target zone is delivered to the sensing area, where the protein target is captured by immobilized aptamers...
November 22, 2017: ACS Sensors
Mayank Puri, Vivian E Ferry
Chiral semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots (QDs), are promising materials for applications in biological sensing, photonics, and spin-polarized devices. Many of these applications rely on large dissymmetry, or g-factors, the difference in absorbance between left- and right-handed circularly polarized light compared to the unpolarized absorbance. The majority of chiral QDs, specifically CdSe, reported to date have used thiolated amino acid ligands to introduce chirality onto the nanoparticles, but these systems have ultimately reported small g-factors of ∼2 × 10(-4)...
November 22, 2017: ACS Nano
Dania Ahmed, Ayaz Anwar, Anum Khalid Khan, Ayaz Ahmed, Muhammad Raza Shah, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Biofilm formation by pathogenic bacteria is one of the major threats in hospital related infections, hence inhibiting and eradicating biofilms has become a primary target for developing new anti-infection approaches. The present study was aimed to develop novel antibiofilm agents against two Gram-positive bacteria; Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 43300) and Streptococcus mutans (ATCC 25175) using gold nanomaterials conjugated with 3-(diphenylphosphino)propionic acid (Au-LPa). Gold nanomaterials with different sizes as 2-3 nm small and 9-90 nm (50 nm average size) large were stabilized by LPa via different chemical synthetic strategies...
November 21, 2017: AMB Express
L Wang, L Ren, D Mitchell, G Casillas-Garcia, W Ren, C Ma, X X Xu, S Wen, F Wang, J Zhou, X Xu, W Hao, S X Dou, Y Du
The key to produce inorganic heterogeneous nanostructures, and to integrate multiple functionalities, is to enhance or at least retain the functionalities of different components of materials. However, this ideal scenario is often deteriorated at the interface of the heterogeneous nanostructures due to lattice mismatches, resulting in downgraded performance in most hybrid nanomaterials. Here, we report that there is a narrow window in controlling temperature in a Lewis acid-base reaction process to facilitate epitaxial alignment during the synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials...
November 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Malcolm S Purdey, Patrick K Capon, Benjamin J Pullen, Philipp Reineck, Nisha Schwarz, Peter J Psaltis, Stephen J Nicholls, Brant C Gibson, Andrew D Abell
Organic fluorescent probes are widely used to detect key biomolecules; however, they often lack the photostability required for extended intracellular imaging. Here we report a new hybrid nanomaterial (peroxynanosensor, PNS), consisting of an organic fluorescent probe bound to a nanodiamond, that overcomes this limitation to allow concurrent and extended cell-based imaging of the nanodiamond and ratiometric detection of hydrogen peroxide. Far-red fluorescence of the nanodiamond offers continuous monitoring without photobleaching, while the green fluorescence of the organic fluorescent probe attached to the nanodiamond surface detects hydrogen peroxide on demand...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Deepak Rawtani, Nitasha Khatri, Sanjiv Tyagi, Gaurav Pandey
Pesticides are meant to control and destroy the pests and weeds. They are classified into different categories on the basis their origin and type of pest they target. Chemical pesticides such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides are commonly used in agricultural fields. However, the excessive use of these agrochemicals have adverse effects on environment such as reduced population of insect pollinators, threat to endangered species and habitat of birds. Upon consumption; chemical pesticides also cause various health issues such as skin, eye and nervous system related problems and cancer upon prolonged exposure...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Qiqi Yuan, Junlin He, Yazhen Niu, Jun Chen, Yilin Zhao, Yuchan Zhang, Chao Yu
α2,3-sialylated glycans (α2,3-sial-Gs) are one of the significant tumour biomarkers for the early diagnosis of cancer. In this work, a neoteric sandwich-type biosensor was developed for detecting α2,3-sial-Gs using 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid (4-MPBA) to construct a novel molecular recognition system by the coordination of a boron atom of 4-MPBA to the amide group of Neu5Ac in the α2,3-sial-Gs structure. Amino-functionalized fullerene coupled with palladium-platinum bimetallic alloy nanocrystals (n-C60-PdPt) was synthesized to modify the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) because the n-C60 nanomaterial affords a large surface area for the on-site reduction of bimetallic alloy nanoparticles and an excellent capacity for electron transfer...
November 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Wei Peng, Pengcheng Luo, Dingwen Gui, Weidong Jiang, Haixia Wu, Jie Zhang
In spite of the technological innovation in the biomedical science, cancer remains a critical disease. In this study, we designed a gallic acid/cadmium sulfide (GA/CdS) nanocomposite fabricated on the reduced graphene oxide (GA/CdS-rGO) nanosheets for the treatment system of human kidney cancer cells. The GA/CdS-rGO nanosheets have been prepared using gallic acid as a reducing agent. The characterization of nanocomposites was studied using UV-Vis spectroscope, FT-IR, XRD, SEM and TEM. The microscopic images showed the spherical shape and nano-scaled CdS nanoparticles on the sheet like rGO nanomaterials...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Qiang Li, He Zhu, Li Rong Zheng, Longlong Fan, Na Wang, Yangchun Rong, Yang Ren, Jun Chen, Jinxia Deng, Xianran Xing
An atomic insight into the local chemical ordering and lattice strain is particular interesting to recent emerging bimetallic nanocatalysts such as PtNi alloys. Here, we reported the atomic distribution, chemical environment and lattice thermal evolution in full-scale structural description of PtNi alloy nanoparticles (NPs). The different segregation of elements in the well-faceted PtNi nanoparticles is convinced by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). Atomic pair distribution function (PDF) study evidences the co-existence of the face-centered cubic and tetragonal ordering parts in the local environment of PtNi nanoparticles...
November 21, 2017: Nano Letters
Binquan Luan, Shuo Zhou, Deqiang Wang, Ruhong Zhou
Engineered nanomaterials have been increasingly utilized in industry for various consumer products, environment treatments, energy storages and biomedical applications. Meanwhile, it has been established that certain nanomaterials can be toxic to biological cells from extensive experimental and theoretical studies. Despite that the exact molecular mechanisms of these nanomaterials' toxicity are still not well understood, it is ubiquitous that their interactions with cell membranes, through either endocytosis or penetration (and thus potential lysis), act as the first step towards the inflammation or even the death of a cell...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
Ahmad Umar, Sang Hoon Kim, Rajesh Kumar, Mohammad S Al-Assiri, A E Al-Salami, Ahmed A Ibrahim, Sotirios Baskoutas
Herein, we report the growth of In-doped ZnO (IZO) nanomaterials, i.e., stepped hexagonal nanorods and nanodisks by the thermal evaporation process using metallic zinc and indium powders in the presence of oxygen. The as-grown IZO nanomaterials were investigated by several techniques in order to examine their morphological, structural, compositional and optical properties. The detailed investigations confirmed that the grown nanomaterials, i.e., nanorods and nanodisks possess well-crystallinity with wurtzite hexagonal phase and grown in high density...
November 21, 2017: Materials
Huimei He, Bing Tang, Ying Ma
Room temperature recrystallization is a simple and convenient method for synthesis of all-inorganic perovskite nanomaterials with excellent luminescent properties. However, the fast crystallization usually brings the colloidal stability and uncontrollable synthesis issues in the formation of all-inorganic perovskite. In the present study, we present a new strategy to prepare the quantum confined CsPbBr3 nanocrystals with controlled morphology under ambient condition. With the assist of fatty acid-capped precursor, the crystallization and the following growth rate can be retarded...
November 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
Yuanpeng Wu, Ye Xue, Si Qin, Dan Liu, Xuebin Wang, Xiao Hu, Jingliang Li, Xungai Wang, Yoshio Bando, Dmitri Golberg, Ying Chen, Yury Gogotsi, Weiwei Lei
Development of advanced thermal transport materials is a global challenge. Two-dimensional nanomaterials have been demonstrated as promising candidates for the thermal management applications. Here, we report a boron nitride (BN) nanosheet/polymer composite film with excellent flexibility and toughness prepared by vacuum-assisted filtration. The mechanical performance of the composite film is highly flexible and robust. It is noteworthy that the film exhibits highly anisotropic properties, with superior in-plane thermal conductivity around 200 W m-1 K-1 and extremely low through-plane thermal conductivity (1...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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