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Yong Li, Pei Li, Rong Zhu, Chao Luo, Hao Li, Shanfang Hu, Zhou Nie, Yan Huang, Shouzhuo Yao
Bio-imaging probes for accurately monitoring apoptosis process have extensive significance for cell biological studies and clinical investigations. Herein, a novel multi-functional peptide-tailored gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) has been developed for real-time imaging of caspase-indicated cell apoptosis. The AuNCs nanoprobe was facilely prepared by a one-step peptide-mediated biomineralization with the dye (TRAMA)-tagged peptides specific to caspase 3 as both template agents and the signal switch. Unlike conventional FRET-based fluorescent probes of caspase activity, these nanoprobes relied on the unique quenching effect of AuNCs through the nanosurface energy transfer (NSET) from dye to AuNCs...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Zilong Wu, Glen Kelp, Maruthi Nagavalli Yogeesh, Wei Li, Kyle M McNicholas, Andrew Briggs, Bharath Bangalore Rajeeva, Deji Akinwande, Seth R Bank, Gennady Shvets, Yuebing Zheng
There has been strong interest in developing multi-band plasmonic metasurfaces for multiple optical functions on single platforms. Herein, we developed Au moiré metasurface patches (AMMP), which leverage the tunable multi-band responses of Au moiré metasurfaces and the additional field enhancements of the metal-insulator-metal configuration to achieve dual-band plasmon resonance modes in near-infrared and mid-infrared regimes with high field enhancement. Furthermore, we demonstrate the multifunctional applications of AMMP, including surface-enhanced infrared spectroscopy, optical capture and patterning of bacteria, and photothermal denaturation of proteins...
October 25, 2016: Nanoscale
Shi Gao, Guohao Wang, Zainen Qin, Xiangyu Wang, Guoqing Zhao, Qingjie Ma, Lei Zhu
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising tumor treatment modality that can convert oxygen into cytotoxic singlet oxygen (SO) via photosensitizer to ablate tumor growth. However, the uncontrolled cancer cell proliferation during tumor development and the oxygen consumption during PDT always result in an insufficient oxygen level in tumors, which can adversely affect the PDT efficiency in turn. We designed an oxygen-generating PDT nanocomplex by encapsulating a manganese dioxide nanoparticle (MnO2 NP) in an indocyanine green (ICG) modified hyaluronic acid nanoparticle (HANP) to overcome this limitation...
October 19, 2016: Biomaterials
Baomei Zhang, Yang Wang, Jiyong Liu, Guangxi Zhai
Graphene-based nanomaterials have drawn abundant interest in various fields such as biomedicine in recent years, thanks to their unique physico-chemical properties. Due to the ultra-high surface area of single-layered graphene, higher molecular loading is obtained. In addition, easy modifications are acquired because of its ample oxygen-content functional groups. Based on the above talking advantages, graphene-based nanomaterials have been widely explored as novel nano-vectors for disease theranostics. In this article, we give a comprehensive review about graphene-based nanomaterials, including introduction about different members of graphene family nanomaterials (GFNs), various modifications, toxicity and biomedical applications of graphene-based derivatives...
October 19, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Ming Ma, Fei Yan, Minghua Yao, Zijun Wei, Dongliang Zhou, Heliang Yao, Hairong Zheng, Hangrong Chen, Jianlin Shi
Entirely differing from the common templating-based multistep strategy in fabricating multifunctional hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs), a facile and template-free synthetic strategy has been established in constructing a unique hollow/mesoporous organosilica nanocapsule concurrently encapsulating both isopentyl acetate (PEA) liquid and superparamagnetic iron oxides inside (denoted as PEA@OSNCs). This novel material exhibits ultrasmall and uniform particle size (~82 nm), high surface area (~534 m2 g-1) and excellent colloidal stability in aqueous solution...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yinping Huang, Kaili Mao, Baolin Zhang, Yingzheng Zhao
Monodispersed SPIONs (superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles) co-coated with PEG and PEI polymers were prepared by an improved polyol method. To accomplish cancer-specific targeting properties, FA (folic acid) was then modified on the SPIONs via EDC/NHS method (FA-SPIONs). Doxorubicin (DOX) as an example anticancer drug was loaded within FA-SPIONs (DOX@FA-SPIONs), the DOX release rate of DOX@FA-SPIONs was much high in low pH PBS. The SPIONs, FA-SPIONs and DOX@FA-SPIONs with mean hydrodynamic diameters of 23, 40 and 67nm, respectively, performed excellent colloidal stability in PBS...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Kayla Presley, Jinwoo Hwang, Soshan Cheong, Richard Tilley, Josh Collins, Mariano Viapiano, John Lannutti
Optical oxygen sensors have many promising qualities but rely on excitation by violet or blue wavelengths that suffer from high levels of scattering and absorption in biological tissues. Here we demonstrate an alternative method using 980nm near-infrared light to initially stimulate ceramic upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) contained within a novel form, electrospun core-shell fibers. The emission of the UCNPs excites a molecular optical oxygen sensor, the subsequent phosphorescent emission being dynamically quenched by the presence of molecular oxygen...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Vivienne H Tam, Chris Sosa, Rui Liu, Nan Yao, Rodney D Priestley
The blood brain barrier (BBB) is a major obstacle to drug delivery for diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). This brief review highlights the current invasive and non-invasive technologies available to address this problem. In particular, nanomedicine has shown much promise as a non-invasive strategy due to its drug loading capabilities, ease of targeting to the BBB, and small size. The versatility of this technology in terms of type of drug and imaging agent, carrier material, and targeting mechanism is highlighted in this review...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Sohini Sinha, Anuja Plavuvalapil Kumaran, Debasish Mishra, Priyankar Paira
Recently a choice of fluorescent bioimaging probes have been developed as medical diagnostic tools. Herein, we have introduced a series of coumarin-based target specific probes for cancer theranostic application which play a dual role in the field of both diagnosis and therapy. A fluorogenic version of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between azides and alkynes (DBCO) has been introduced to develop the triazolylcoumarin based fluorescent scaffolds. These scaffolds were screened for their anticancer activity against breast cancer (MCF7) and human epitheloid cervix carcinoma (HeLa) cell line...
October 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Si-Yong Qin, Ai-Qing Zhang, Si-Xue Cheng, Lei Rong, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Carrier-assistant drug delivery systems (DDSs) have been rapidly established for cancer therapy and great strides have been made in recent years. However, further development of DDSs is retarded by the aspects such as the low drug carrying capacity, carrier-induced toxicity and immunogenicity, complex synthesis manipulation. Drug self-delivery systems (DSDSs), in which active drugs exhibit nanoscale characteristic to realize intracellular delivery by themselves without the help of nanocarriers, have been rapidly developed to address these issues...
October 13, 2016: Biomaterials
Yuxin Liu, Ge Zhang, Quanwei Guo, Liyi Ma, Qi Jia, Lidong Liu, Jing Zhou
Multifunctional nanomaterials for cancer diagnosis and therapy have recently prompted widespread concern. To avoid nanotoxicity, the development of novel degradable functional materials must be our main focus. In this study, we firstly developed ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid calcium disodium salt (EDTA)- and bovine serum albumin (BSA)-capped Mn3O4 nanoparticles (MONPs-BSA-EDTA) as a novel inorganic nanomaterials for multifunctional imaging-guided photothermal therapy, which can be degraded in a progress-controlled way by artificially introduced ascorbic acid...
October 17, 2016: Biomaterials
Salem A E Omar, Paul A Scattergood, Luke K McKenzie, Helen E Bryant, Julia A Weinstein, Paul I P Elliott
The complex [Os(btzpy)₂][PF₆]₂ (1, btzpy = 2,6-bis(1-phenyl-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine) has been prepared and characterised. Complex 1 exhibits phosphorescence (λem = 595 nm, τ = 937 ns, φem = 9.3% in degassed acetonitrile) in contrast to its known ruthenium(II) analogue, which is non-emissive at room temperature. The complex undergoes significant oxygen-dependent quenching of emission with a 43-fold reduction in luminescence intensity between degassed and aerated acetonitrile solutions, indicating its potential to act as a singlet oxygen sensitiser...
October 18, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Ruijie D Teo, Jae Youn Hwang, John Termini, Zeev Gross, Harry B Gray
Corroles are exceptionally promising platforms for the development of agents for simultaneous cancer-targeting imaging and therapy. Depending on the element chelated by the corrole, these theranostic agents may be tuned primarily for diagnostic or therapeutic function. Versatile synthetic methodologies allow for the preparation of amphipolar derivatives, which form stable noncovalent conjugates with targeting biomolecules. These conjugates can be engineered for imaging and targeting as well as therapeutic function within one theranostic assembly...
October 19, 2016: Chemical Reviews
N R Datta, S Krishnan, D E Speiser, E Neufeld, N Kuster, S Bodis, H Hofmann
Effective multimodal cancer management requires the optimal integration of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, alone or in combination, are integral parts of various cancer treatment protocols. Hyperthermia at 39-45°C is a potent radiosensitiser and has been shown to improve therapeutic outcomes in various tumours through its synergy with chemotherapy. Gene silencing approaches, using small interfering RNAs and microRNAs, are also being explored in clinical trials in oncology...
October 3, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Rodney J Hicks
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October 6, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Taeho Kim, Gary B Braun, Zhi-Gang She, Sazid Hussain, Erkki Ruoslahti, Michael J Sailor
A theranostic nanoparticle with biochemically triggered antibacterial activity is demonstrated. Metallic silver is deposited onto porous silicon nanoparticles (pSiNPs) by galvanic displacement. When aqueous diaminesilver ([Ag(NH3)2](+)) is used as a silver source, the pSiNPs template the crystalline silver as small (mean diameter 13 nm) and well-dispersed nanoparticles embedded within and on the larger (100 nm) pSiNPs. The silver nanoparticles quench intrinsic photoluminescence (PL) from the porous silicon matrix...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Boriphat Methachan, Kamolrat Thanapprapasr
The emergence of theranostics with ultrasound technology is a promising development, as it opens pathways to providing more effective treatments for cancer. Advancements in ultrasound imaging would give a more detailed and accurate image for better diagnosis and treatment planning. Polymeric ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are appealing because they are stable and easily modified for active targeting. In addition, a better therapy could be achieved in conjunction with advancements in UCAs. The active targeting not only makes the precise imaging possible, but also leads to targeted delivery of active components to specific local treatment sites...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Tapas Das, Ajit Shinto, Koramadai Karuppuswamy Kamaleshwaran, Sharmila Banerjee
Radiochemical studies and biological evaluation in animal models have shown superior radiochemical properties and better clearance pattern for Lu-DOTMP compared with Lu-EDTMP, an agent recently proven to be efficacious and safe for metastatic bone pain palliation. This prompted us to initiate the clinical evaluation of Lu-DOTMP. The images represent the whole-body scans of a prostate cancer patient (man, 67 years) with skeletal metastases recorded after administering 3.7 GBq (100 mCi) of Lu-DOTMP.
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Min Yuen Teo, Michael J Morris
Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is highly expressed on both benign and malignant prostatic tissue. Prostate-specific membrane antigen-directed therapy is conceptually promising, with a potential to additionally serve as a theranostic model in management of advanced prostate cancer. To date, various approaches have been devised and tested, including radiolabeled PSMA antibodies and inhibitor and antibody-drug conjugates. However, development and progress have faced challenges in determining the optimal combination of payload, PSMA-binding moiety, and linker technology...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Michael T McMahon, Assaf A Gilad
Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) is a powerful new tool well suited for molecular imaging. This technology enables the detection of low concentration probes through selective labeling of rapidly exchanging protons or other spins on the probes. In this review, we will highlight the unique features of CEST imaging technology and describe the different types of CEST agents that are suited for molecular imaging studies, including CEST theranostic agents, CEST reporter genes, and CEST environmental sensors...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
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