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Kunal Bhattacharya, Gözde Kiliç, Pedro M Costa, Bengt Fadeel
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are being produced for an increasing number of applications. Therefore, it is important to assess and categorize ENMs on the basis of their hazard potential. The immune system is the foremost defence against foreign bodies. Here we performed cytokine profiling of a panel of nineteen representative ENMs procured from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and commercial sources. Physicochemical characterization was performed using dynamic light scattering. The ENMs were all shown to be endotoxin content free...
August 17, 2017: Nanotoxicology
Charalampos Chomenidis, Georgios Drakakis, Georgia Tsiliki, Evangelia Anagnostopoulou, Angelos Valsamis, Philip Doganis, Pantelis Sopasakis, Haralambos Sarimveis
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are increasingly infiltrating our lives due to their applications across multiple fields. However, ENM formulations may result in the modulation of pathways and mechanisms of toxic action that endanger human health and the environment. Alternative testing methods such as in silico approaches are becoming increasingly popular for assessing the safety of ENMs as they are cost- and time- effective. Additionally, computational approaches support the industrial safer-by-design challenge and the REACH legislation objective of reducing animal testing...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Changcheng Wang, Enming Wang, Weixin Chen, Lijuan Zhang, Haiying Zhan, Yuanheng Wu, Hua Cao
An efficient Ag-catalyzed three-component reaction of amidines, ynals and alcohols or phenols or water has been developed. This strategy provides a wide range of substrates and represents a simple process for the preparation of different imidazole derivatives in good yields with high regioselectivities.
August 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Hui Fang, Ki Jun Yu, Christopher Gloschat, Zijian Yang, Chia-Han Chiang, Jianing Zhao, Sang Min Won, Siyi Xu, Michael Trumpis, Yiding Zhong, Enming Song, Seung Won Han, Yeguang Xue, Dong Xu, Gert Cauwenberghs, Matthew Kay, Yonggang Huang, Jonathan Viventi, Igor R Efimov, John A Rogers
Advanced capabilities in electrical recording are essential for the treatment of heart-rhythm diseases. The most advanced technologies use flexible integrated electronics; however, the penetration of biological fluids into the underlying electronics and any ensuing electrochemical reactions pose significant safety risks. Here, we show that an ultrathin, leakage-free, biocompatible dielectric layer can completely seal an underlying layer of flexible electronics while allowing for electrophysiological measurements through capacitive coupling between tissue and the electronics, and thus without the need for direct metal contact...
2017: Nature biomedical engineering
Angelina Montes, Mary A Bisson, Joseph A Gardella, Diana S Aga
With the applications of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) continually expanding and production quickly growing, residues of ENMs will end up in the environment at levels that may be harmful to non-target organisms. Many of the tunable properties that have made them desirable, such as type, size, charge, or coating, also contribute to the current difficulties in understanding the fate of ENMs in the environment. This review article focuses on studies that investigate plant-ENM interactions, including techniques used to study these interactions and documented plant responses due to the phytotoxic effects of ENMs...
August 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Nathan M Drew, Eileen D Kuempel, Ying Pei, Feng Yang
The large and rapidly growing number of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) presents a challenge to assessing the potential occupational health risks. An initial database of 25 rodent studies including 1929 animals across various experimental designs and material types was constructed to identify materials that are similar with respect to their potency in eliciting neutrophilic pulmonary inflammation, a response relevant to workers. Doses were normalized across rodent species, strain, and sex as the estimated deposited particle mass dose per gram of lung...
August 5, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Enming Zhao, Peipei Jia, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Hanyang Li, Peng Huang, Diyou Liu, Hanyang Li, Xinghua Yang, Liu Lu, Chunying Guan
This paper proposes a simple, stable, sensitive, and angle-dependent localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing structure based on multi-mode optical fiber. We adopted the template transfer method to integrate a nanohole array onto a fiber tip with beveled angle. Experimental results indicated that beveled angle structured probe sensor outperform the flat optical fiber tip structured LSPR sensor in our experiment. We tested the sensitivity and the figure of merit (FOM) of the probe beveled angle from 5° to 22°, with refractive index ranging from 1...
August 7, 2017: Nanotechnology
Yuxiong Huang, Lijuan Zhao, Arturo A Keller
Due to the potential for interactions between crop plants and engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), there is increasing interest in understanding the bioavailability and effects of ENMs released into soil systems. Here we investigate the influence of root exudates on the fate of ENMs from a thermodynamic perspective. Nano isothermal titration calorimetry was applied to determine thermodynamic parameters for the interaction between nano-copper (nCu) and synthetic root exudate (SRE) and its components (including sugars, organic acids, amino acids and phenolic acids), as well as Cu2+ and SRE...
August 3, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Chun Chen, Olga V Tsyusko, Dave H McNear, Jonathan Judy, Ricky W Lewis, Jason M Unrine
Concern has grown regarding engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) entering agricultural soils through the application of biosolids and their possible effects on agroecosystems, even though the ENMs are extensively transformed. The effects of exposure to biosolids containing transformation products of these ENMs at low concentrations remain largely unexplored. We examined the responses of Medicago truncatula and its symbiotic rhizobia Sinorhizobium meliloti exposed to soil amended with biosolids from WWTP containing low added concentrations of ENMs (ENM Low), bulk/dissolved metals (bulk/dissolved Low), or no metal additions (control)...
July 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Qiaosheng Pan, Enming Miao, Bingxuan Wu, Weikang Chen, Xiujun Lei, Liangguo He
A novel, bio-inspired, single-phase driven piezoelectric linear motor (PLM) using an asymmetric stator was designed, fabricated, and tested to avoid mode degeneracy and to simplify the drive mechanism of a piezoelectric motor. A piezoelectric transducer composed of two piezoelectric stacks and a displacement amplifier was used as the driving element of the PLM. Two simple and specially designed claws performed elliptical motion. A numerical simulation was performed to design the stator and determine the feasibility of the design mechanism of the PLM...
July 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Yujia Zhai, Ellard R Hunting, Marja Wouterse, Willie J G M Peijnenburg, Martina G Vijver
Metal-based engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are known to affect bacterial processes and metabolic activities. While testing their negative effects on biological components, studies traditionally rely on initial exposure concentrations and thereby do not take into consideration the dynamic behavior of ENMs that ultimately determines exposure and toxicity (e.g. ion release). Moreover, functional responses of soil microbial communities to ENMs exposure can be caused by both the particulate forms and the ionic forms, yet their relative contributions remain poorly understood...
July 28, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Chunmei Gong, Linqing Yang, Jichang Zhou, Guo Xiang, Zhixiong Zhuang
Nano-SiO2 materials play a significant role in the engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) field. The ease of their production as well as their relatively low cost has promoted the wide use of these products in many fields. Nano-SiO2 exposure is known to cause severe DNA damage; however, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. In a previous study, we found that nano-SiO2 exposure regulate the expression of the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases-1 (PARP-1), a pivotal DNA repair gene, in human HaCaT cells. Here, we employed lentivirus-mediated RNA interference (RNAi) to knock down PAPR-1 expression in HaCaT cells and explored the potential role of PARP-1 in nano-SiO2 induced cytotoxicity...
July 27, 2017: Toxicology Letters
Nina Megier, Dariusz Chruściński, Jyrki Piilo, Walter T Strunz
The theoretical description of quantum dynamics in an intriguing way does not necessarily imply the underlying dynamics is indeed intriguing. Here we show how a known very interesting master equation with an always negative decay rate [eternal non-Markovianity (ENM)] arises from simple stochastic Schrödinger dynamics (random unitary dynamics). Equivalently, it may be seen as arising from a mixture of Markov (semi-group) open system dynamics. Both these approaches lead to a more general family of CPT maps, characterized by a point within a parameter triangle...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Abdulla S Kazim, Petter Storm, Enming Zhang, Erik Renström
High blood glucose triggers the release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells, but if chronic, causes cellular stress, partly due to impaired Ca(2+) homeostasis. Ca(2+) influx is controlled by voltage-gated calcium channels (CaV) and high density of CaV in the plasma membrane could lead to Ca(2+) overload. Trafficking of the pore-forming CaVα1 subunit to the plasma membrane is regulated by auxiliary subunits, such as the CaVβ2a subunit. This study investigates, using Ca(2+) imaging and immunohistochemistry, the role of palmitoylation of CaVβ2a in maintaining Ca(2+) homeostasis and beta cell function...
July 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Gerardo Pulido-Reyes, Francisco Leganes, Francisca Fernández-Piñas, Roberto Rosal
The Bio-Nano interface is the boundary where the Engineered NanoMaterials (ENM) meet the biological system, exerting the biological function for what they have been designed or inducing adverse effects to other cells or organisms when they reach non-target scenarios, i.e: the natural environment. Research has been performed to determine the fate, transport, and toxic properties of ENM, but much of it focused on pristine or "as manufactured" ENM or where modifications of the materials were not assessed. This article reviews the most recent progresses regarding the Bio-Nano interface and the transformations that ENM suffer in the environment, paying special attention to the adsorption of environmental biomolecules on the surface of ENM...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Fernanda Pérez, Luis F Hinojosa, Gioconda Peralta, Paz Montenegro, Carla Irarrázabal, Michel Cossio
Rare species frequently occur in areas with microclimatic conditions that are atypical for their regions, but that were more common in the past, and that probably have operated as climatic refugia for a long time. Myrceugenia correifolia is a rare arboreal species that grows in deep canyons and hilltops of the Coast Range of north-central Chile between 30° and 35°S. In the northern edge of its distribution M. correifolia grows in small patches of fog-dependent forest surrounding by xeric vegetation. These forest formations are thought to be remnants of an ancient and continuous rainforest that according to some authors became fragmented during aridization of the Neogene (Neogene relict) and to others during warm-dry cycles of the Pleistocene (glacial relicts)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Enming Joseph Su, Chunzhang Cao, Linda Fredriksson, Ingrid Nilsson, Christina Stefanitsch, Tamara K Stevenson, Juanjuan Zhao, Margret Ragsdale, Yu-Yo Sun, Manuel Yepes, Chia-Yi Kuan, Ulf Eriksson, Dudley K Strickland, Daniel A Lawrence, Li Zhang
Treatment of acute ischemic stroke with the thrombolytic tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can significantly improve neurological outcomes; however, thrombolytic therapy is associated with an increased risk of intra-cerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Previously, we demonstrated that during stroke tPA acting on the parenchymal side of the neurovascular unit (NVU) can increase blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and ICH through activation of latent platelet-derived growth factor-CC (PDGF-CC) and signaling by the PDGF receptor-α (PDGFRα)...
July 19, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
Guangchao Chen, Willie Peijnenburg, Yinlong Xiao, Martina G Vijver
As listed by the European Chemicals Agency, the three elements in evaluating the hazards of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) include the integration and evaluation of toxicity data, categorization and labeling of ENMs, and derivation of hazard threshold levels for human health and the environment. Assessing the hazards of ENMs solely based on laboratory tests is time-consuming, resource intensive, and constrained by ethical considerations. The adoption of computational toxicology into this task has recently become a priority...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Neenu Singh, Bryant C Nelson, Leona D Scanlan, Erdem Coskun, Pawel Jaruga, Shareen H Doak
Some engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) may have the potential to cause damage to the genetic material in living systems. The mechanistic machinery functioning at the cellular/molecular level, in the form of DNA repair processes, has evolved to help circumvent DNA damage caused by exposure to a variety of foreign substances. Recent studies have contributed to our understanding of the various DNA damage repair pathways involved in the processing of DNA damage. However, the vast array of ENMs may present a relatively new challenge to the integrity of the human genome; therefore, the potential hazard posed by some ENMs necessitates the evaluation and understanding of ENM-induced DNA damage repair pathways...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yan Xu, M Hadjiargyrou, Miriam Rafailovich, Tatsiana Mironava
BACKGROUND: Increasing production of nanomaterials requires fast and proper assessment of its potential toxicity. Therefore, there is a need to develop new assays that can be performed in vitro, be cost effective, and allow faster screening of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). RESULTS: Herein, we report that titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) can induce damage to adipose derived stromal cells (ADSCs) at concentrations which are rated as safe by standard assays such as measuring proliferation, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
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