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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549305/adsorption-of-steroid-micropollutants-on-polymer-based-spherical-activated-carbon-pbsac
#1
Matteo Tagliavini, Fabio Engel, Peter Georg Weidler, Torsten Scherer, Andrea Iris Schäfer
Removal and interaction mechanisms of four different steroid micropollutants, estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), progesterone (P) and testosterone (T) were determined for different types of polymer-based spherical activated carbon (PBSAC). Higher than 90% removal and significantly faster kinetics compared to conventional granular activated carbon (GAC) were observed, while performance was comparable with powdered activated carbon (PAC). No influence of pH in the range 2-12 was determined, while the presence of humic acid (HA) reduced both the removal and the kinetic by up to 20%...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549213/binding-of-copper-and-cisplatin-to-atox1-is-mediated-by-glutathione-through-the-formation-of-metal-sulfur-clusters
#2
Nataliya V Dolgova, Corey Yu, John P Cvitkovic, Miroslav Hodak, Kurt Nienaber, Kelly Lynn Summers, Julien Cotelesage, Jerzy Bernholc, George A Kaminski, Ingrid J Pickering, Graham N George, Oleg Y Dmitriev
Copper is an essential nutrient required for many biological processes involved in primary metabolism, but free cop-per is toxic due to its ability to catalyze formation of free radicals. To prevent toxic effects, in the cell copper is bound to proteins and low molecular weight compounds, such as glutathione, at all times. The widely used chemotherapy agent cisplatin is known to bind to copper-transporting proteins, including copper chaperone Atox1. Cisplatin interac-tions with Atox1 and other copper transporters are linked to cancer resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy...
May 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548908/effect-of-end-segment-on-physicochemical-properties-and-platelet-compatibility-of-poly-propylene-glycol-initiated-poly-methyl-methacrylate
#3
Chihiro Fukuda, Chie Yahata, Takuya Kinoshita, Takafumi Watanabe, Hideo Tsukamoto, Akira Mochizuki
It is well known that polyether-based copolymers have good blood compatibility, although many mechanisms have been proposed to explain their favorable performance. Our objective in carrying out the present study was to obtain a better understanding of the effect of the (poly)ether segment on blood compatibility. Therefore, we synthesized poly(propylene glycol) (PPG)-based initiators for atom transfer polymerization, where the number of propylene glycol (PG) units in the PPG (Pn(PG) was varied from 1 to 94. Methyl methacrylate (MMA) was polymerized using the initiators, resulting in the formation of polyMMAs with a PG-based ether part at the polymer terminal...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548848/quantum-mechanical-study-of-the-reaction-mechanism-for-2%C3%AF-2%C3%AF-cycloaddition-of-fluorinated-methylene-groups
#4
Andrew R Motz, Andrew M Herring, Shubham Vyas, C Mark Maupin
Perfluorocyclobutyl polymers are thermally and chemically stable, may be produced without a catalyst via thermal 2π-2π cycloaddition, and can form block structures making them suitable for commercialization of specialty polymers. Thermal 2π-2π cycloaddition is a rare reaction that starts in the singlet state and proceeds through a triplet intermediate forming an energetically stable 4 membered ring in the singlet state. This reaction involves two changes in spin state and thus two spin-crossover transitions...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548843/zwitterionic-nanocarrier-surface-chemistry-improves-sirna-tumor-delivery-and-silencing-activity-relative-to-polyethylene-glycol
#5
Meredith A Jackson, Thomas A Werfel, Elizabeth J Curvino, Fang Yu, Taylor Elizabeth Kavanaugh, Samantha M Sarett, Mary D Dockery, Kameron V Kilchrist, Ayisha N Jackson, Todd D Giorgio, Craig L Duvall
Although siRNA-based nanomedicines hold promise for cancer treatment, conventional siRNA-polymer complex (polyplex) nanocarrier systems have poor pharmacokinetics following intravenous delivery, hindering tumor accumulation. Here, we determined the impact of surface chemistry on the in vivo pharmacokinetics and tumor delivery of siRNA polyplexes. A library of diblock polymers was synthesized, all containing the same pH-responsive, endosomolytic polyplex core-forming block but different corona blocks: 5 kDa (benchmark) and 20 kDa linear PEG, 10 kDa and 20 kDa brush-like poly(oligo ethylene glycol) (POEGMA), and 10 kDa and 20 kDa zwitterionic phosphorylcholine-based polymers (PMPC)...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548819/tuning-the-properties-of-polymer-capsules-for-cellular-interactions
#6
Huanli Sun, Jiwei Cui, Yi Ju, Xi Chen, Edgar H H Wong, Jenny Tran, Greg G Qiao, Frank Caruso
Particle-cell interactions are governed by, among other factors, the composition and surface properties of the particles. Herein, we report the preparation of various polymer capsules with different compositions and properties via atom transfer radical polymerization mediated continuous assembly of polymers (CAPATRP), where the cellular interactions of these capsules, particularly fouling and specific targeting, are examined by flow cytometry and deconvolution microscopy. Acrylated eight-arm poly(ethylene glycol) (8-PEG) and poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)-methacrylamide) (PHPMA) as well as methacrylated hyaluronic acid (HA), poly(glutamic acid) (PGA), and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA) are used as macro-cross-linkers to obtain a range of polymer capsules with different compositions (PEG, PHPMA, HA, PGA, and PMA)...
May 26, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548818/pla-pbat-bionanocomposites-with-antimicrobial-natural-rosin-for-green-packaging
#7
Hesham Moustafa, Nadia El Kissi, Ahmed I Abou-Kandil, Mohamed S Abdel-Aziz, Alain Dufresne
The use of biodegradable polymers is of great importance nowadays in many applications. Some of the most commonly used biopolymers are polylactic acid (PLA) and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) due to their superior properties and availability. In this manuscript, we use a facile and green modification method of organoclay (OC) by antimicrobial natural rosin which is considered as a toxicity-free reinforcing material, thus keeping the green character of the material. It increases the interlayer spacing between the clay platelets...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548573/inulin-type-fructan-degradation-capacity-of-clostridium-cluster-iv-and-xiva-butyrate-producing-colon-bacteria-and-their-associated-metabolic-outcomes
#8
F Moens, L De Vuyst
Four selected butyrate-producing colon bacterial strains belonging to Clostridium cluster IV (Butyricicoccus pullicaecorum DSM 23266(T) and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii DSM 17677(T)) and XIVa (Eubacterium hallii DSM 17630 and Eubacterium rectale CIP 105953(T)) were studied as to their capacity to degrade inulin-type fructans and concomitant metabolite production. Cultivation of these strains was performed in bottles and fermentors containing a modified medium for colon bacteria, including acetate, supplemented with either fructose, oligofructose, or inulin as the sole energy source...
May 30, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548496/alkylated-selenophene-based-ladder-type-monomers-via-a-facile-route-for-high-performance-thin-film-transistor-applications
#9
Zhuping Fei, Yang Han, Eliot Gann, Thomas Hodsden, Anthony Chesman, Christopher R McNeill, Thomas D Anthopoulos, Martin Heeney
We report the synthesis of two new selenophene containing ladder-type monomers, cyclopentadiselenophene (CDS) and indacenodiselenophene (IDSe), via a twofold and fourfold Pd catalyzed coupling with a 1,1-diborylmethane derivative. Co-polymers with benzothiadiazole (BT) were prepared in high yield by Suzuki polymerization to afford co-polymers which exhibited excellent solubility in a range of non-chlorinated solvents. The CDS co-polymer exhibited a band gap of just 1.18 eV, which is amongst the lowest reported for donor-acceptor polymers...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548099/conformational-dynamics-of-dynamin-like-mxa-revealed-by-single-molecule-fret
#10
Yang Chen, Lei Zhang, Laura Graf, Bing Yu, Yue Liu, Georg Kochs, Yongfang Zhao, Song Gao
Human myxovirus resistance protein 1 (MxA) restricts a wide range of viruses and is closely related to the membrane-remodelling GTPase dynamin. The functions of MxA rely on domain rearrangements coupled with GTP hydrolysis cycles. To gain insight into this process, we studied real-time domain dynamics of MxA by single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer. We find that the GTPase domain-bundle-signalling-element (BSE) region can adopt either an 'open' or a 'closed' conformation in all nucleotide-loading conditions...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547858/reduced-interface-mediated-recombination-for-high-open-circuit-voltages-in-ch3-nh3-pbi3-solar-cells
#11
Christian M Wolff, Fengshuo Zu, Andreas Paulke, Lorena Perdigón Toro, Norbert Koch, Dieter Neher
Perovskite solar cells with all-organic transport layers exhibit efficiencies rivaling their counterparts that employ inorganic transport layers, while avoiding high-temperature processing. Herein, it is investigated how the choice of the fullerene derivative employed in the electron-transporting layer of inverted perovskite cells affects the open-circuit voltage (VOC ). It is shown that nonradiative recombination mediated by the electron-transporting layer is the limiting factor for the VOC in the cells. By inserting an ultrathin layer of an insulating polymer between the active CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite and the fullerene, an external radiative efficiency of up to 0...
May 26, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547844/metal-organic-compound-branched-mos2-for-achieving-high-performance-perovskite-solar-cells
#12
Ruina Dai, Yangyang Wang, Jie Wang, Xianyu Deng
MoS2 as a graphene-like 2D material shows a large potential to replace even overcome graphene in various important applications due to its perfect properties of electrical, optical, frictional, and tunable band gap. However, low solubility in the most of common solvents makes it difficult to prepare via a simple solution process. Here we introduce a metalorganic compound to modify MoS2. Phenyl acetylene silver (PAS) functionalized MoS2 compound is easily dispersed in the solvent of DMF and water. A conductive polymer PEDOT: PSS blend with the MoS2 leads to a significant enhancement of the performance of planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells...
May 25, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547817/recent-advances-in-metal-containing-polymer-hydrogels
#13
REVIEW
Hui Li, Peng Yang, Parasmani Pageni, Chuanbing Tang
Metal-containing polymer hydrogels have attracted increasing interest in recent years due to their outstanding properties such as biocompatibility, recoverability, self-healing, and/or redox activity. In this short review, methods for the preparation of metal-containing polymer hydrogels are introduced and an overview of these hydrogels with various functionalities is given. It is hoped that this short update can stimulate innovative ideas to promote the research of metal-containing hydrogels in the communities...
May 26, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546953/perspective-highlights-on-biodegradable-polymeric-nanosystems-for-targeted-therapy-of-solid-tumors
#14
REVIEW
Marziyeh Fathi, Jaleh Barar
Introduction: Polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) formulated using biodegradable polymers offer great potential for development of de novo drug delivery systems (DDSs) capable of delivering a wide range of bioactive agents. They can be engineered as advanced multifunctional nanosystems (NSs) for simultaneous imaging and therapy known as theranostics or diapeutics. Methods: A brief prospective is provided on biomedical importance and applications of biodegradable polymeric NSs through reviewing the recently published literature...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546911/graphene-based-polymer-bilayers-with-superior-light-driven-properties-for-remote-construction-of-3d-structures
#15
Zhenhua Tang, Ziwei Gao, Shuhai Jia, Fei Wang, Yonglin Wang
3D structure assembly in advanced functional materials is important for many areas of technology. Here, a new strategy exploits IR light-driven bilayer polymeric composites for autonomic origami assembly of 3D structures. The bilayer sheet comprises a passive layer of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and an active layer comprising reduced graphene oxides (RGOs), thermally expanding microspheres (TEMs), and PDMS. The corresponding fabrication method is versatile and simple. Owing to the large volume expansion of the TEMs, the two layers exhibit large differences in their coefficients of thermal expansion...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546909/porous-ionic-membrane-based-flexible-humidity-sensor-and-its-multifunctional-applications
#16
Tie Li, Lianhui Li, Hongwei Sun, Yan Xu, Xuewen Wang, Hui Luo, Zheng Liu, Ting Zhang
A highly flexible porous ionic membrane (PIM) is fabricated from a polyvinyl alcohol/KOH polymer gel electrolyte, showing well-defined 3D porous structure. The conductance of the PIM changes more than 70 times as the relative humidity (RH) increases from 10.89% to 81.75% with fast and reversible response at room temperature. In addition, the PIM-based sensor is insensitive to temperature (0-95 °C) and pressure (0-6.8 kPa) change, which indicates that it can be used as highly selective flexible humidity sensor...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546902/fabrication-routes-for-one-dimensional-nanostructures-via-block-copolymers
#17
REVIEW
Maithri Tharmavaram, Deepak Rawtani, Gaurav Pandey
Nanotechnology is the field which deals with fabrication of materials with dimensions in the nanometer range by manipulating atoms and molecules. Various synthesis routes exist for the one, two and three dimensional nanostructures. Recent advancements in nanotechnology have enabled the usage of block copolymers for the synthesis of such nanostructures. Block copolymers are versatile polymers with unique properties and come in many types and shapes. Their properties are highly dependent on the blocks of the copolymers, thus allowing easy tunability of its properties...
2017: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546888/vapor-phase-synthesized-fluoroacrylate-polymer-thin-films-thermal-stability-and-structural-properties
#18
Paul Christian, Anna Maria Coclite
In this study, the thermal, chemical and structural stability of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl acrylate polymers (p-PFDA) synthetized by initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) were investigated. PFDA polymers are known for their interesting crystalline aggregation into a lamellar structure that induces super-hydrophobicity and oleophobicity. Nevertheless, when considering applications which involve chemical, mechanical and thermal stresses, it is important to know the limits under which the crystalline aggregation and the resulting polymer properties are stable...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546844/molecular-level-architectural-design-using-benzothiadiazole-based-polymers-for-photovoltaic-applications
#19
Vinila N Viswanathan, Arun D Rao, Upendra K Pandey, Arul Varman Kesavan, Praveen C Ramamurthy
A series of low band gap, planar conjugated polymers, P1 (PFDTBT), P2 (PFDTDFBT) and P3 (PFDTTBT), based on fluorene and benzothiadiazole, was synthesized. The effect of fluorine substitution and fused aromatic spacers on the optoelectronic and photovoltaic performance was studied. The polymer, derived from dithienylated benzothiodiazole and fluorene, P1, exhibited a highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level at -5.48 eV. Density functional theory (DFT) studies as well as experimental measurements suggested that upon substitution of the acceptor with fluorine, both the HOMO and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy levels of the resulting polymer, P2, were lowered, leading to a higher open circuit voltage and short circuit current with an overall improvement of more than 110% for the photovoltaic devices...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546105/ex-vivo-skin-permeation-and-penetration-of-nonivamide-from-and-in-vivo-skin-tolerability-of-film-forming-formulations-containing-porous-silica
#20
Rouven Heck, Milica Ž Lukić, Snežana D Savić, Rolf Daniels, Dominique J Lunter
AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate skin permeation and penetration of nonivamide which has been formulated in novel film-forming formulations (FFFs). These formulations aim to prolong the availability of capsaicinoids which are used in long-term treatment of chronic pruritus. METHODS: An oily solution of nonivamide was loaded into porous silica particles which then were suspended in an aqueous dispersion of a sustained release polymer. Permeation and penetration experiments were performed ex vivo with postauricular porcine skin using modified Franz diffusion cells...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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