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María Graciela Delgado, Carlos Oliva, Estefanía López, Andrés Ibacache, Alex Galaz, Ricardo Delgado, L Felipe Barros, Jimena Sierralta
The intercellular transport of lactate is crucial for the astrocyte-to-neuron lactate shuttle (ANLS), a model of brain energetics according to which neurons are fueled by astrocytic lactate. In this study we show that the Drosophila chaski gene encodes a monocarboxylate transporter protein (MCT/SLC16A) which functions as a lactate/pyruvate transporter, as demonstrated by heterologous expression in mammalian cell culture using a genetically encoded FRET nanosensor. chaski expression is prominent in the Drosophila central nervous system and it is particularly enriched in glia over neurons...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kyoungwon Park, Yung Kuo, Volodymyr Shvadchak, Antonino Ingargiola, Xinghong Dai, Lawrence Hsiung, Wookyeom Kim, Hong Zhou, Peng Zou, Alex J Levine, Jack Li, Shimon Weiss
We developed membrane voltage nanosensors that are based on inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles. We provide here a feasibility study for their utilization. We use a rationally designed peptide to functionalize the nanosensors, imparting them with the ability to self-insert into a lipid membrane with a desired orientation. Once inserted, these nanosensors could sense membrane potential via the quantum confined Stark effect, with a single-particle sensitivity. With further improvements, these nanosensors could potentially be used for simultaneous recording of action potentials from multiple neurons in a large field of view over a long duration and for recording electrical signals on the nanoscale, such as across one synapse...
January 2018: Science Advances
Georgia-Paraskevi Nikoleli, Dimitrios Nikolelis, Christina G Siontorou, Stephanos Karapetis
The advent of nanotechnology has brought along new materials, techniques, and concepts, readily adaptable to lipid membrane-based biosensing. The transition from micro-sensors to nano-sensors is neither straightforward nor effortless, yet it leads to devices with superior analytical characteristics: ultra-low detectability, small sample volumes, better capabilities for integration, and more available bioelements and processes. Environmental monitoring remains a complicated field dealing with a large variety of pollutants, several decomposition products, or secondary chemicals produced ad hoc in the short- or medium term, many sub-systems affected variously, and many processes largely unknown...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
Anita Talan, Annu Mishra, Sergei A Eremin, Jagriti Narang, Ashok Kumar, Sonu Gandhi
Chlorpyrifos (chl) is an organophosphate pesticide extensively used in agriculture and highly toxic for human health. Fluorine doped tin-oxide (FTO) based electrochemical nanosensor was developed for chlorpyrifos detection with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and anti-chlorpyrifos antibodies (chl-Ab). AuNPs provides high electrical conductivity and specific resistivity, thus increases the sensitivity of immunoassay. High electrical conductivity of AuNPs reveals that it promotes the redox reaction for better cyclic voltammetry...
January 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Zixin Liu, Yunlei Xianyu, Wenshu Zheng, Jiangjiang Zhang, Yunjing Luo, Yiping Chen, Mingling Dong, Jing Wu, Xingyu Jiang
Current magnetic relaxation switching (MRS) sensors for detection of trace targets in complex samples still suffer from limitations in terms of relatively low sensitivity and poor stability. To meet this challenge, we develop a longitudinal relaxation time (T1)-based nanosensor by using Mn2+ released from the reduction of MnO2 nano-assembly that can induce the change of T1, thus can greatly improve the sensitivity and overcome the "hook effect" of conventional MRS. Through the specific interaction between antigen and antibody-functionalized MnO2 nano-assembly, the T1 signal of Mn2+ released from the nano-assembly is quantitatively determined by the antigen, which allows for highly sensitive and straightforward detection of targets...
January 16, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Tesfaye Tolessa, Zhi-Qiang Tan, Jing-Fu Liu
Antimony (Sb) is a toxic element which causes different health problems including cardiac problems and lung cancer in humans, and its levels in surface water can be noticeably increased to 100 μg/L typically in the proximity of anthropogenic sources. Thus, besides instrumental techniques, it is of great significance to develop a simple, sensitive and selective analytical method for direct analysis of Sb(III) at trace level without the need of any expensive and/or complicated instrumentations and sample preparation processes...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Reşat Apak, Sema Demirci Çekiç, Ayşem Üzer, Saliha Esin Çelik, Mustafa Bener, Burcu Bekdeşer, Ziya Can, Şener Sağlam, Ayşe Nur Önem, Erol Erçağ
Since an unbalanced excess of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) causes various diseases, determination of antioxidants that can counter oxidative stress is important in food and biological analyses. Optical/electrochemical nanosensors have attracted attention in antioxidant activity (AOA) assessment because of their increased sensitivity and selectivity. Optical sensors offer advantages such as low cost, flexibility, remote control, speed, miniaturization and on-site/in situ analysis. Electrochemical sensors using noble metal nanoparticles on modified electrodes better catalyze bioelectrochemical reactions...
January 11, 2018: Sensors
Minh Nguyen, Sejeong Kim, Toan Trong Tran, Zai-Quan Xu, Mehran Kianinia, Milos Toth, Igor Aharonovich
The assembly of quantum nanophotonic systems with plasmonic resonators is important for fundamental studies of single photon sources as well as for on-chip information processing. In this work, we demonstrate the controllable nanoassembly of gold nanospheres with ultra-bright narrow-band quantum emitters in 2D layered hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). We utilize an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip to precisely position gold nanospheres to close proximity to the quantum emitters and observe the resulting emission enhancement and fluorescence lifetime reduction...
January 10, 2018: Nanoscale
Janine Martinazzo, Daniela K Muenchen, Alexandra N Brezolin, Alana M Cezaro, Aline A Rigo, Alexandra Manzoli, Lucélia Hoehne, Fábio L Leite, Juliana Steffens, Clarice Steffens
The aim of this study was to develop a cantilever nanobiosensor for atrazine detection in liquid medium by immobilising the biological recognition element (tyrosinase vegetal extract) on its surface with self-assembled monolayers using gold, 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid, 1-ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl] carbodiimide hydrochloride/n-hydroxysuccinimide. Cantilever nanobiosensors presented a surface compression tension increase when atrazine concentrations were increased, with a limit of detection and limit of quantification of 7...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Maria Sofia Falzarano, Cristina Flesia, Roberta Cavalli, Caterina Guiot, Alessandra Ferlini
Background Genetic alterations cause hereditary diseases (HDs) with a wide range of incidences. Some, like cystic fibrosi, occur frequently (1/1,000 newborns), whilst others, such as Pompe disease and other metabolic disorders are very rare (1/100,000 newborns). They are well under the threshold of 1/3,000, denoted by the European Community as rare diseases (RDs). Genetic alterations are also associated with multifactorial disorders like diabetes, and underline both somatic and germline mutations in cancer...
January 10, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Sahil Inamdar, Karthik Pushpavanam, Jarrod Lentz, Martin Bues, Aman Anand, Kaushal Rege
Proton beam therapy (PBT) is a state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment approach that uses focused proton beams for tumor ablation.[1] A key advantage of this approach over conventional photon radiotherapy (XRT) is the unique dose deposition characteristics of protons, resulting in superior healthy tissue sparing. This results in fewer unwanted side effects and improved outcomes for patients. Current available dosimeters are intrinsic, complex and expensive; hence cannot be used to determine the dose delivered to the tumor routinely...
January 5, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dongqing Zou, Wenkai Zhao, Bin Cui, Dongmei Li, Desheng Liu
A theoretical investigation of the gas detection performance of manganese(ii) phthalocyanine (MnPc) molecular junctions for six different gases (NO, CO, O2, CO2, NO2, and NH3) is executed through a non-equilibrium Green's function technique in combination with spin density functional theory. Herein, we systematically studied the adsorption structural configurations, the adsorption energy, the charge transfer, and the spin transport properties of the MnPc molecular junctions with these gas adsorbates. Remarkably, NO adsorption can achieve an off-state of the Mn spin; this may be an effective measure to switch the molecular spin...
January 4, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Alex Pizzini, Wojciech Filipiak, Johannes Wille, Clemens Ager, Helmut Wiesenhofer, Robert Kubinec, Jaroslav Blasko, Christoph Tschurtschenthaler, Christopher A Mayhew, Günter Weiss, Rosa Bellmann-Weiler
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of death worldwide. Acute exacerbations (AECOPD), caused by infectious and non-infectious agents, contribute to an increase in mortality. The diagnostic procedure of AECOPD is mainly based on clinical features. The aim of this pilot study was to identify whether volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in breath could be used to discriminate for acute exacerbated COPD. Three patient groups were included in this controlled study: AECOPD patients (n= 14, age mean ± SD: 71...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Breath Research
Maria V Riquelme, Weinan Leng, Marcos Carzolio, Amy Pruden, Peter Vikesland
The global propagation of environmental biocontaminants such as antibiotic resistant pathogens and their antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) is a public health concern that highlights the need for improved monitoring strategies. Here, we demonstrate the environmental stability and applicability of an oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanosensor. The mecA ARG was targeted as model biocontaminant due to its presence in clinically-relevant pathogens and to its emergence as an environmental contaminant. mecA-specific nanosensors were tested for antibiotic resistance gene (ARG) detection in ARG-spiked effluent from four wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)...
December 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Fangyuan Gai, Li Yin, Mengmeng Fan, Ling Li, Johnny Grahn, Yuhui Ao, Xudong Yang, Xuming Wu, Yunling Liu, Qisheng Huo
This work demonstrated the synthesis of (4E)-4-(4-(diphenylamino)benzylideneamino)-1,2-dihydro-1,5- dimethyl-2-phenylpyrazol-3-one (DBDDP) for Fe (III) detection in aqueous media and in the core of silica cross-linked micellar nanoparticles in living cells. The free DBDDP performed fluorescence enhancement due to Fe (III)-promoted hydrolysis in a mixed aqueous solution, while the DBDDP-doped silica cross-linked micellar nanoparticles (DBDDP-SCMNPs) performed an electron-transfer based fluorescence quenching of Fe (III) in living cells...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Honghong Wu, Israel Santana, Joshua Dansie, Juan P Giraldo
Plant nanobiotechnology is an interdisciplinary field at the interface of nanotechnology and plant biology that aims to utilize nanomaterials as tools to study, augment or impart novel plant functions. The delivery of nanoparticles to plants in vivo is a key initial step to investigate plant nanoparticle interactions and the impact of nanoparticles on plant function. Quantum dots are smaller than plant cell wall pores, have versatile surface chemistry, bright fluorescence and do not photobleach, making them ideal for the study of nanoparticle uptake, transport, and distribution in plants by widely available confocal microscopy tools...
December 14, 2017: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
Yanting Shen, Lijia Liang, Shuqin Zhang, Dianshuai Huang, Jing Zhang, Shuping Xu, Chongyang Liang, Weiqing Xu
The pH value of subcellular organelles in living cells is a significant parameter in the physiological activities of cells. Its abnormal fluctuations are commonly believed to be associated with cancers and other diseases. Herein, a series of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanosensors with high sensitivity and targeting function was prepared for the quantification and monitoring of pH values in mitochondria, nucleus, and lysosome. The nanosensors were composed of gold nanorods (AuNRs) functionalized with a pH-responsive molecule (4-mercaptopyridine, MPy) and peptides that could specifically deliver the AuNRs to the targeting subcellular organelles...
December 14, 2017: Nanoscale
A A Galyean, M R Behr, K J Cash
Nanosensors present a biological monitoring method that is biocompatible, reversible, and nano-scale, and they offer many advantages over traditional organic indicators. Typical ionophore-based nanosensors incorporate nile-blue derivative pH indicators but suffer from photobleaching while quantum dot alternatives pose a potential toxicity risk. In order to address this challenge, sodium selective nanosensors containing carbon dots and a pH-sensitive quencher molecule were developed based on an ion-exchange theory and a decoupled recognition element from the pH indicator...
December 11, 2017: Analyst
Ali Akhavan, Hassan Ghafoorifard, Saeed Abdolhosseini, Hamidreza Habibiyan
In this paper, a novel compact plasmonic system is introduced to realize the phenomenon of plasmon-induced transparency. The proposed device consists of a triangle defect coupled with an ellipse-ring resonator based on a metal-insulator-metal platform. By the finite-difference time-domain method, the transmission characteristics are numerically studied in detail. In order to verify the simulation results, the coupled mode theory is utilized. In the following, the effect of geometrical parameters, namely, the major and minor radii of the ellipse-ring and the gap between cavities, are investigated...
December 1, 2017: Applied Optics
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...
November 30, 2017: Analyst
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