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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440091/microbial-exopolysaccharide-mediated-synthesis-and-stabilization-of-metal-nanoparticles
#1
Ganesan Sathiyanarayanan, Krishnamoorthy Dineshkumar, Yung-Hun Yang
Exopolysaccharides (EPSs) are structurally and functionally valuable biopolymer secreted by different prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms in response to biotic/abiotic stresses and to survive in extreme environments. Microbial EPSs are fascinating in various industrial sectors due to their excellent material properties and less toxic, highly biodegradable, and biocompatible nature. Recently, microbial EPSs have been used as a potential template for the rapid synthesis of metallic nanoparticles and EPS-mediated metal reduction processes are emerging as simple, harmless, and environmentally benign green chemistry approaches...
April 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436505/well-defined-functional-mesoporous-silica-polymer-hybrids-prepared-by-an-icar-atrp-technique-integrated-with-bio-inspired-polydopamine-chemistry-for-lithium-isotope-separation
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Yuekun Liu, Xuegang Liu, Gang Ye, Yang Song, Fei Liu, Xiaomei Huo, Jing Chen
Mesoporous silica/polymer hybrids with well-preserved mesoporosity were prepared by integrating the initiators for continuous activator regeneration (ICAR) atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) technique with the bio-inspired polydopamine (PDA) chemistry. By manipulating the auto-oxidative polymerization of dopamine, uniform PDA layers were deposited on the surfaces and pore walls of ordered mesoporous silicas (OMSs), thereby promoting the immobilization of ATRP initiators. Poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) brushes were then grown from the OMSs by using the ICAR ATRP technique...
April 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417259/comparison-between-magnetic-bead-and-qpcr-library-normalisation-methods-for-forensic-mps-genotyping
#3
Bhavik Mehta, Samantha Venables, Paul Roffey
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is fast approaching operational use in forensic science, with the capability to analyse hundreds of DNA identity and DNA intelligence markers in multiple samples simultaneously. The ForenSeq™ DNA Signature Kit on MiSeq FGx™ (Illumina) workflow can provide profiles for autosomal short tandem repeats (STRs), X chromosome and Y chromosome STRs, identity single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), biogeographical ancestry SNPs and phenotype (eye and hair colour) SNPs from a sample...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394453/catalytic-systems-for-the-cross-linking-of-organosilicon-polymers
#4
Esteban Mejía, Dengxu Wang, Johann Klein
Silicones and silicone rubbers are omnipresent in household and industrial products like lubricants, coatings, sealants, insulators, medical devices, etc. This plethora of applications arises from their unparalleled properties like hydrophobicity, low surface energy, chemical inertness, extreme temperature stability, elasticity and biocompatibility. Even though silicones are known since more than five decades, they are still ill-characterized and their chemistry is still far from fully understood. Industrially, the vast majority of processes for their synthesis, transformation and use are based in rather well established, alas outdated technologies, which are frequently empirical and poorly investigated...
April 10, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391052/bio-orthogonal-conjugation-and-enzymatically-triggered-release-of-proteins-within-multi-layered-hydrogels
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Chen Guo, Heejae Kim, Elisa M Ovadia, Christine M Mourafetis, Mingrui Yang, Wilfred Chen, April M Kloxin
Hydrogels are facile architectures for the controlled presentation of proteins with far-reaching applications, from fundamental biological studies in three-dimensional culture to new regenerative medicine and therapeutic delivery strategies. Here, we demonstrate a versatile approach for spatially-defined presentation of engineered proteins within hydrogels through i) immobilization using bio-orthogonal strain-promoted alkyne-azide click chemistry and ii) dynamic proteasedriven protein release using exogenously applied enzyme...
April 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380808/giant-circular-dichroism-induced-by-tunable-resonance-in-twisted-z-shaped-nanostructure
#6
Yu Qu, Lishun Huang, Li Wang, Zhongyue Zhang
Circular dichroism (CD) is useful in molecular chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and bio-sensing. In this paper, twisted Z-shaped nanostructure (TZN) is proposed to achieve giant CD. The TZN is composed of three vertical and twisted nanorods. Given that the resonance of vertical nanorod is only observable for left circularly polarized light excitation but is subdued for right circularly polarized light excitation, which leads to the giant CD effect approaching 88%. The subdued resonance of vertical nanorod can be excited by rotating the bottom nanorod...
March 6, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375678/intracellular-distribution-and-nuclear-activity-of-antisense-oligonucleotides-after-unassisted-uptake-in-myoblasts-and-differentiated-myotubes-in-vitro
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Anchel González-Barriga, Bram Nillessen, Julia Kranzen, Ingeborg D G van Kessel, Huib J E Croes, Begoña Aguilera, Peter C de Visser, Nicole A Datson, Susan A M Mulders, Judith C T van Deutekom, Bé Wieringa, Derick G Wansink
Clinical efficacy of antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) for the treatment of neuromuscular disorders depends on efficient cellular uptake and proper intracellular routing to the target. Selection of AONs with highest in vitro efficiencies is usually based on chemical or physical methods for forced cellular delivery. Since these methods largely bypass existing natural mechanisms for membrane passage and intracellular trafficking, spontaneous uptake and distribution of AONs in cells are still poorly understood...
April 4, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363564/salicyl-imine-chitosan-hydrogels-supramolecular-architecturing-as-a-crosslinking-method-toward-multifunctional-hydrogels
#8
Manuela-Maria Iftime, Simona Morariu, Luminita Marin
Hydrogels based on chitosan and salicyladehyde were obtained by dynamic covalent chemistry. The unusual chitosan gelling in the presence of the monoaldehyde has been deciphered following and correlating data of NMR, FTIR, single crystal and wide angle XRD, POM and optical measurements. Of significant importance in understanding the crosslinking features was the synthesis of a model compound and the successfully growth as single crystal allowing the study of its supramolecular peculiarities. The hydrogels exhibited in SEM a porous or fibrous morphology, in good correlation with the crosslinking degree...
June 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363129/severe-camphor-poisoning-a-seven-year-observational-study
#9
Mitra Rahimi, Fatemeh Shokri, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Nasim Zamani, Abdolkarim Pajoumand, Shahin Shadnia
In a retrospective case series from 2007 to 2014, we searched for any accidental/intentional, and recreational cases of pure camphor poisoning through hospital records. Epidemiological data, as well as factors correlated with seizure, were evaluated. Thirty cases including 29 males were recruited with a median age of 18 years (range; 0.2-87). Patient's reported ingestion rate of camphor was 1.5-15 grams. Almost all of the patients (96.7%) were conscious on arrival time and the ingestion to the presentation time ratio was 7±5h...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358215/estimation-of-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-electronic-couplings-from-current-measurements
#10
Jorge Trasobares, Jerome Rech, Thibaut Jonckeere, Thierry Martin, Olivier Aleveque, Eric Levillain, Valentin Diezcabanes, Yoann Olivier, Jerome Cornil, Jean-Philippe Nys, Ragavendran Sivakumarasamy, Kacem Smaali, Philippe Leclere, Akira Fujiwara, Didier Theron, Dominique Vuillaume, Nicolas Clement
The - interactions between organic molecules are among the most important parameters for optimizing the transport and optical properties of organic transistors, light-emitting diodes, and (bio-)molecular devices. Despite substantial theoretical progress, direct experimental measurement of the - electronic coupling energy parameter t has remained an old challenge due to molecular structural variability and the large number of parameters that affect charge transport. Here, we propose a study of - interactions from electrochemical and current measurements on a large array of ferrocene-thiolated gold nanocrystals...
March 30, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345352/metal-free-photoinduced-electron-transfer-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-integrated-with-bioinspired-polydopamine-chemistry-as-a-green-strategy-for-surface-engineering-of-magnetic-nanoparticles
#11
Yang Yang, Xuegang Liu, Gang Ye, Shan Zhu, Zhe Wang, Xiaomei Huo, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Yuexiang Lu, Jing Chen
Developing green and efficient technologies for surface modification of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) is of crucial importance for their biomedical and environmental applications. This study reports, for the first time, a novel strategy by integrating metal-free photoinduced electron transfer-atom transfer radical polymerization (PET-ATRP) with the bioinspired polydopamine (PDA) chemistry for controlled architecture of functional polymer brushes from MNPs. Conformal PDA encapsulation layers were initially generated on the surfaces of MNPs, which served as the protective shells while providing an ideal platform for tethering 2-bromo-2-phenylacetic acid (BPA), a highly efficient initiator...
April 5, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336902/magnetic-hybrid-nanosorbents-for-the-uptake-of-paraquat-from-water
#12
Tiago Fernandes, Sofia F Soares, Tito Trindade, Ana L Daniel-da-Silva
Although paraquat has been banned in European countries, this herbicide is still used all over the world, thanks to its low-cost, high-efficiency, and fast action. Because paraquat is highly toxic to humans and animals, there is interest in mitigating the consequences of its use, namely by implementing removal procedures capable of curbing its environmental and health risks. This research describes new magnetic nanosorbents composed of magnetite cores functionalized with bio-hybrid siliceous shells, that can be used to uptake paraquat from water using magnetically-assisted procedures...
March 18, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332847/phase-behavior-and-physical-properties-of-new-biobased-ionic-liquid-crystals
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Ariel A C Toledo Hijo, Guilherme J Maximo, Mariana C Costa, Rosiane L Cunha, Jorge F B Pereira, Kiki A Kurnia, Eduardo A C Batista, Antonio J A Meirelles
Protic ionic liquids (PILs) have emerged as promising compounds and attracted the interest of the industry and the academy community, due to their easy preparation and unique properties. In the context of green chemistry, the use of biocompounds, such as fatty acids, for their synthesis could disclose a possible alternative way to produce ILs with a low or nontoxic effect and, consequently, expanding their applicability in biobased processes or in the development of bioproducts. This work addressed efforts to a better comprehension of the complex solid-[liquid crystal]-liquid thermodynamic equilibrium of 20 new PILs synthesized by using fatty acids commonly found in vegetable oils, as well as their rheological profile and self-assembling ability...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319669/cell-adhesion-on-dynamic-supramolecular-surfaces-probed-by-fluid-force-microscopy-based-single-cell-force-spectroscopy
#14
Shrikrishnan Sankaran, Leena Jaatinen, Jenny Brinkmann, Tomaso Zambelli, Janos Vörös, Pascal Jonkheijm
Biomimetic and stimuli-responsive cell-material interfaces are actively being developed to study and control various cell-dynamics phenomena. Since cells naturally reside in the highly dynamic and complex environment of the extracellular matrix, attempts are being made to replicate these conditions in synthetic biomaterials. Supramolecular chemistry, dealing with noncovalent interactions, has recently provided possibilities to incorporate such dynamicity and responsiveness in various types of architectures...
April 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301944/orientation-and-characterization-of-immobilized-antibodies-for-improved-immunoassays-review
#15
Nicholas G Welch, Judith A Scoble, Benjamin W Muir, Paul J Pigram
Orientation of surface immobilized capture proteins, such as antibodies, plays a critical role in the performance of immunoassays. The sensitivity of immunodiagnostic procedures is dependent on presentation of the antibody, with optimum performance requiring the antigen binding sites be directed toward the solution phase. This review describes the most recent methods for oriented antibody immobilization and the characterization techniques employed for investigation of the antibody state. The introduction describes the importance of oriented antibodies for maximizing biosensor capabilities...
March 16, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301814/engineered-nano-particles-nature-behavior-and-effect-on-the-environment
#16
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Linee Goswami, Ki-Hyun Kim, Akash Deep, Pallabi Das, Satya Sundar Bhattacharya, Sandeep Kumar, Adedeji A Adelodun
Increased application of engineered nano particles (ENPs) in production of various appliances and consumer items is increasing their presence in the natural environment. Although a wide variety of nano particles (NPs) are ubiquitously dispersed in ecosystems, risk assessment guidelines to describe their ageing, direct exposure, and long-term accumulation characteristics are poorly developed. In this review, we describe what is known about the life cycle of ENPs and their impact on natural systems and examine if there is a cohesive relationship between their transformation processes and bio-accessibility in various food chains...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299694/electrochemical-quartz-crystal-nanobalance-eqcn-based-biosensor-for-sensitive-detection-of-antibiotic-residues-in-milk
#17
Sunil Bhand, Geetesh K Mishra
An electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance (EQCN), which provides real-time analysis of dynamic surface events, is a valuable tool for analyzing biomolecular interactions. EQCN biosensors are based on mass-sensitive measurements that can detect small mass changes caused by chemical binding to small piezoelectric crystals. Among the various biosensors, the piezoelectric biosensor is considered one of the most sensitive analytical techniques, capable of detecting antigens at picogram levels. EQCN is an effective monitoring technique for regulation of the antibiotics below the maximum residual limit (MRL)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295960/interactions-of-renal-clearable-gold-nanoparticles-with-tumor-microenvironments-vasculature-and-acidity-effects
#18
Mengxiao Yu, Chen Zhou, Li Liu, Shanrong Zhang, Shasha Sun, Julia D Hankins, Xiankai Sun, Jie Zheng
The success of nanomedicines in the clinic depends on our comprehensive understanding of nano-bio interactions in tumor microenvironments, which are characterized by dense leaky microvasculature and acidic extracellular pH (pHe ) values. Herein, we investigated the accumulation of ultrasmall renal-clearable gold NPs (AuNPs) with and without acidity targeting in xenograft mouse models of two prostate cancer types, PC-3 and LNCaP, with distinct microenvironments. Our results show that both sets of AuNPs could easily penetrate into the tumors but their uptake and retention were mainly dictated by the tumor microvasculature and the enhanced permeability and retention effect over the entire targeting process...
April 3, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290568/monomer-design-strategies-to-create-natural-product-based-polymer-materials
#19
REVIEW
Samantha L Kristufek, Kevin T Wacker, Yi-Yun Timothy Tsao, Lu Su, Karen L Wooley
Covering: 2010-Aug. 2016In an effort towards enhancing function and sustainability, natural products have become of interest in the field of polymer chemistry. This review details the blending of chemistries developed through synthetic organic chemistry and polymer chemistry. Through synthetic organic chemical transformations, such as functional group interconversion, a protection/deprotection series, or installation of a functional group, various designs towards novel, synthetic, bio-based polymer systems are described...
April 5, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287138/biofunctionalized-3-d-carbon-nano-network-platform-for-enhanced-fibroblast-cell-adhesion
#20
A K M Rezaul Haque Chowdhury, Amirhossein Tavangar, Bo Tan, Krishnan Venkatakrishnan
Carbon nanomaterials have been investigated for various biomedical applications. In most cases, however, these nanomaterials must be functionalized biologically or chemically due to their biological inertness or possible cytotoxicity. Here, we report the development of a new carbon nanomaterial with a bioactive phase that significantly promotes cell adhesion. We synthesize the bioactive phase by introducing self-assembled nanotopography and altered nano-chemistry to graphite substrates using ultrafast laser...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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