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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431362/rna-aptamer-based-electrochemical-aptasensor-for-c-reactive-protein-detection-using-functionalized-silica-microspheres-as-immunoprobes
#1
Junchun Wang, Jinjin Guo, Junjun Zhang, Wenjuan Zhang, Yuzhong Zhang
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a widely accepted biomarker of cardiovascular disease and inflammation. In this study, a RNA aptamer-based electrochemical sandwich type aptasensor for CRP detection was described using the functionalized silica microspheres as immunoprobes. Silica microspheres (Si MSs), which have good monodispersity and uniform shape, were firstly synthesized. The silica microspheres functionlized with gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) provided large surface area for immobilizing signal molecules (Zinc ions, Zn(2+)) and antibodies (Ab)...
April 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431329/stealth-recombinant-human-serum-albumin-nanoparticles-conjugating-5-fluorouracil-augmented-drug-delivery-and-cytotoxicity-in-human-colon-cancer-ht-29-cells
#2
Ankita Sharma, Amanpreet Kaur, Upendra Kumar Jain, Ramesh Chandra, Jitender Madan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a first-line chemotherapeutic drug in colorectal cancer. However, intravenous administration of 5-FU at the dose of 7-12mg/kg exhibits curbs like short half-life (20min) and toxic side-effects on bone marrow cells. Therefore, in present investigation, 5-FU was conjugated to poly (ethylene glycol) anchored recombinant human serum albumin nanoparticles (5-FU-rHSA-PEG-NPs) to improve the pharmacokinetic and therapeutic profiles. METHODS AND RESULTS: The mean particle size of 5-FU-rHSA-NPs was measured to be 44...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431297/nano-zirconia-evaluation-of-its-antioxidant-and-anticancer-activity
#3
Siripireddy Balaji, Badal Kumar Mandal, Shivendu Ranjan, Nandita Dasgupta, Ramalingam Chidambaram
Bioactivity of nanomaterials largely depends on its size, shape and crystalline nature. In this work, the smaller sized spherical shaped nano-zirconia (ZrO2 NPs) (of ~9 to 11nm) was fabricated and studied its biological activity especially antioxidant and cytotoxicity against human colon carcinoma (HCT-116) and human lung carcinoma (A-549) cell lines. To have its real applications in biological aspects readily available Eucalyptus globulus (E. globulus) leaf extract was used as an effective capping and reducing agent for its synthesis...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430346/facile-synthesis-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-fe3o4-nanocomposite-film
#4
Cunqing Ma, Kaiyu Yang, Lili Wang, Xin Wang
BACKGROUND: This study aims at proposing a facile method to prepare rGO/Fe3O4 composite film with adjusted magnetic properties and electronic conductivity. METHODS: Colloidal solution of graphene oxide (GO)/Fe3O4 nanoparticles (F-NPs) with a size in the range of 20-80 nm were prepared by a solution-blending method and heated step-by-step from room temperature to 60°C, 120°C and 160°C for 12 hours, respectively, to obtain a reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/F-NP composite film...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430277/rapid-single-cell-detection-and-identification-of-pathogens-by-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#5
N E Dina, H Zhou, A Colniţă, N Leopold, T Szoke-Nagy, C Coman, C Haisch
For the successful treatment of infections, real-time analysis and enhanced multiplex capacity, sensitivity and cost-effectiveness of the developed detection method are critical. In this work, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) was employed with the final aim of identification and discrimination of pathogenic bacteria, based on their detected SERS fingerprint at the single-cell level. Several genera of bacteria that are found in most of the isolated infections in bacteraemia were successfully identified in less than 5 minutes without the use of antibodies or other specific receptors...
April 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430010/prolonged-injectable-formulation-of-nafarelin-using-in-situ-gel-combination-delivery-system
#6
Behnoush Alizadeh, Nika Bahari Javan, Hamid Akbari Javar, Mohammad Reza Khoshayand, Farid Abedin Dorkoosh
The principal purpose of the present study was to prepare and characterize a complex drug delivery system consisting of Nafarelin- poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) nanoparticles (NPs) in combination with sodium alginate/poloxamer 407 in situ gel. Nafarelin loaded PHBV NPs were prepared via double emulsion solvent evaporation technique. Box-Behnken Response Surface Methodology was utilized to optimize NPs. Mean particle size, polydispersity index (PDI), entrapment efficiency (EE) and drug loading (DL) of the optimized NPs were measured...
April 21, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429891/comparison-of-immunization-rates-of-adults-ages-65-years-and-older-managed-within-two-nurse-practitioner-owned-clinics-with-national-immunization-rates
#7
Wendy L Wright, Elise Morrell, Jennie Lee, Norma Graciela Cuellar, Patricia White
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Adults ages ≥65 years are at increased risk for infectious diseases. Ensuring these individuals are fully vaccinated is imperative. The purpose of this study was to assess the immunization rates of adults ages ≥65 years managed by nurse practitioners (NPs) and compare the results with national immunization rates and Healthy People 2020 goals. METHODS: A convenience sample of adults ages ≥65 years was obtained from two NP-managed clinics...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428881/nano-pulse-stimulation-is-a-physical-modality-that-can-trigger-immunogenic-tumor-cell-death
#8
Richard Nuccitelli, Amanda McDaniel, Snjezana Anand, John Cha, Zachary Mallon, Jon Casey Berridge, Darrin Uecker
BACKGROUND: We have been developing a non-thermal, drug-free tumor therapy called Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) that delivers ultrashort electric pulses to tumor cells which eliminates the tumor and inhibits secondary tumor growth. We hypothesized that the mechanism for inhibiting secondary tumor growth involves stimulating an adaptive immune response via an immunogenic form of apoptosis, commonly known as immunogenic cell death (ICD). ICD is characterized by the emission of danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that serve to recruit immune cells to the site of the tumor...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428551/enhanced-visible-light-photocatalytic-performance-of-cds-sensitized-tio2-nanorod-arrays-decorated-with-au-nanoparticles-as-electron-sinks
#9
Xin Gao, Xiangxuan Liu, Zuoming Zhu, Ying Gao, Qingbo Wang, Fei Zhu, Zheng Xie
In this paper, we propose a nanostructure with Au nanoparticles (NPs), as electron sinks, located at the most outside layer of CdS sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays (TiO2 NRAs/CdS/Au). By the introduction of Au NPs, TiO2 NRAs/CdS/Au performs higher visible light photocatalytic capacity in the degradation of unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine wastewater than TiO2 NRAs/CdS. The optimal deposition time for Au NPs is 30 s. The visible light induced degradation ability of TiO2 NRAs/CdS/Au (30 s) is 1.4 times that of TiO2 NRAs/CdS...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428065/in-vivo-studies-investigating-biodistribution-of-nanoparticle-encapsulated-rhodamine-b-delivered-via-dissolving-microneedles
#10
Joakim Kennedy, Eneko Larrañeta, Maelíosa T C McCrudden, Cian M McCrudden, Aaron J Brady, Steven J Fallows, Helen O McCarthy, Adrien Kissenpfennig, Ryan F Donnelly
Nanoparticles (NPs) have undergone extensive investigation as drug delivery and targeting vehicles. NP delivery is often via the parenteral route, reliant on administration using hypodermic needles, which can be associated with patient compliance issues and safety concerns. In the recent past, the intradermal delivery of NPs, via novel dissolving microneedle (MN) arrays has garnered interest in the pharmaceutical community. However, published studies using this combinatorial approach have been limited, in that they have focussed on the use of in vitro and ex vivo models only...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427844/cost-effectiveness-of-influenza-vaccination-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-korea
#11
Jinuk Suh, Boyeon Kim, Yunseok Yang, Dong-Churl Suh, Eunyoung Kim
BACKGROUND: Influenza can cause cardiovascular abnormalities by inappropriately activating the coagulation cascade. Therefore, influenza vaccination is important because it decreases the risk of hospitalization for and mortality associated with heart disease. In particular, it reduces the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Our study aimed to estimate the disease burden of MACEs and its related direct and indirect costs in ACS patients...
April 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427687/improved-adsorption-performance-of-nanostructured-composite-by-ultrasonic-wave-optimization-through-response-surface-methodology-isotherm-and-kinetic-studies
#12
Mehdi Dastkhoon, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram, Alireza Goudarzi, Seyyedeh Maryam Mohammadi, Shaobin Wang
In this work, ultrasound-assisted adsorption of an anionic dye, sunset yellow (SY) and cationic dyes, malachite green (MG), methylene blue (MB) and their ternary dye solutions onto Cu@ Mn-ZnS-NPs-AC from water aqueous was optimized by response surface methodology (RSM) using the central composite design (CCD). The adsorbent was characterized using Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and EDX mapping images. The effects of various parameters such as pH, sonication time, adsorbent mass and initial concentrations of SY, MG and MB were examined...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427646/investigate-the-ultrasound-energy-assisted-adsorption-mechanism-of-nickel-ii-ions-onto-modified-magnetic-cobalt-ferrite-nanoparticles-multivariate-optimization
#13
Fatemeh Mehrabi, Ebrahim Alipanahpour Dil
In present study, magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles modified with (E)-N-(2-nitrobenzylidene)-2-(2-(2-nitrophenyl)imidazolidine-1-yl) ethaneamine (CoFe2O4-NPs-NBNPIEA) was synthesized and applied as novel adsorbent for ultrasound energy assisted adsorption of nickel(II) ions (Ni(2+)) from aqueous solution. The prepared adsorbent characterized by Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The dependency of adsorption percentage to variables such as pH, initial Ni(2+) ions concentration, adsorbent mass and ultrasound time were studied with response surface methodology (RSM) by considering the desirable functions...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427615/utilization-of-ultrasonic-irradiation-as-a-green-and-effective-strategy-to-prepare-poly-n-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone-modified-nano-copper-ii-oxide-nanocomposites
#14
Shadpour Mallakpour, Atefeh Jarahiyan
The present paper describes the result of investigations into preparation of novel nanocomposites (NCs) based on poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) as a biocompatible polymer and modified copper (II) oxide nanoparticles (NPs) as a nano-filler. To achieve optimum NCs properties, different ratios of modified copper (II) oxide NPs (3, 5, and 7wt%) were used to fabricate PVP NCs and also the ultrasonic irradiation was utilized to perform these processes as a fast and effective method. Subsequently, the structure of the obtained nanohybrids was characterized by various techniques...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427261/hot-hole-photoelectrochemistry-on-au-sio2-au-nanoparticles
#15
Andrea E Schlather, Alejandro Manjavacas, Adam Lauchner, Valeria Spolon Marangoni, Christopher J DeSantis, Peter Nordlander, Naomi J Halas
There is currently a worldwide need to develop efficient photocatalytic materials that can reduce the high energy cost of common industrial chemical processes. One possible solution focuses on metallic nanoparticles (NPs) that can act as efficient absorbers of light due to their surface plasmon resonance. Recent work indicates that small NPs, when photoexcited, may allow for efficient electron or hole transfer necessary for photocatalysis. Here we investigate the mechanisms behind hot hole carrier dynamics by studying the photo-driven oxidation of citrate ions on Au@SiO2@Au core-shell nanoparticles...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427114/h-lifestyle-use-of-drugs-by-healthy-people-for-enhancing-cognition-creativity-motivation-and-pleasure
#16
REVIEW
L-S Camilla d'Angelo, George Savulich, Barbara J Sahakian
Today there is continued, and in some cases growing, availability of psychoactive substances, including treatments for mental health disorders such as cognitive enhancers, which can enhance or restore brain function, but also 'recreational' drugs such as novel psychoactive substances (NPS). The use of psychoactive drugs has both benefits and risks: whilst new drugs to treat cognitive symptoms in neuropsychiatric or neurodegenerative disorders could have great benefits for many patient groups, the increasing ease of accessibility to recreational NPS and the increasing lifestyle use of cognitive enhancers by healthy people means that the effective management of psychoactive substances will be an issue of increasing importance...
April 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426936/cholesterol-assisted-bacterial-cell-surface-engineering-for-photodynamic-inactivation-of-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria
#17
Hao-Ran Jia, Ya-Xuan Zhu, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
Antibacterial photodynamic therapy (PDT) which enables effective killing of regular and multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria is a promising treatment modality for bacterial infection. However, because most photosensitizer (PS) molecules fail to strongly interact with the surface of Gram-negative bacteria, this technique is only suitable for treating Gram-positive bacterial infection, which largely hampers its practical applications. Herein, we revealed for the first time that cholesterol could significantly facilitate the hydrophobic binding of PSs to the bacterial surface, achieving the hydrophobic interaction-based bacterial cell surface engineering that could effectively photo-inactivate both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426435/surface-plasmon-resonance-in-gold-nanoparticles-a-review
#18
Vincenzo Amendola, Roberto Pilot, Marco Frasconi, Onofrio M Maragò, Maria Antonia Iatì
In the last two decades, plasmon resonance in gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) has been the subject of intense research efforts. Plasmon physics is intriguing and its precise modelling proved to be challenging. In fact, plasmons are highly responsive to a multitude of factors, either intrinsic to the Au NPs or from the environment, and recently the need emerged for the correction of standard electromagnetic approaches with quantum effects. Applications related to plasmon absorption and scattering in Au NPs are impressively numerous, ranging from sensing to photothermal effects to cell imaging...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426196/chiral-inorganic-nanostructures
#19
Wei Ma, Liguang Xu, André F de Moura, Xiaoling Wu, Hua Kuang, Chuanlai Xu, Nicholas A Kotov
The field of chiral inorganic nanostructures is rapidly expanding. It started from the observation of strong circular dichroism during the synthesis of simple nanoparticles (NPs) and their assemblies mediated by biomolecules and expanded to sophisticated synthetic protocols involving nanostructures from metals, semiconductors, ceramics, and nanocarbons. Besides the well-established chirality transfer from bioorganic molecules, other methods to impart handedness to nanoscale matter specific to inorganic materials were discovered, including three-dimentional lithography, multiphoton chirality transfer, polarization effects in nanoscale assemblies, and others...
April 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425869/development-of-a-chitosan-based-nanoparticle-formulation-for-ophthalmic-delivery-of-honokiol
#20
Feng Deng, Wenjing Hu, Huali Chen, Yalan Tang, Liangke Zhang
In this study, honokiol-loaded chitosan/sulfobutylether-β-cyclodextrin nanoparticles (HK-CS-NPs) were prepared for ophthalmic drug delivery systems. An inclusion complex of honokiol and sulfobutylether-β-cyclodextrin was used to generate large amounts of insoluble honokiol to be incorporated into chitosan nanoparticles, which were prepared through ionotropic gelation. HK-CS-NPs featured a spherical surface with a narrow size distribution of polydispersity index less than 0.250, a mean size range of 373-523 nm, a positive surface charge of +19...
April 19, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
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