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Akinaga Sonoda, Norihisa Nitta, Keiko Tsuchiya, Ayumi Nitta-Seko, Shinichi Ohta, Hideji Otani, Kiyoshi Murata
Gadofosveset trisodium is available as a prolonged pooling vascular contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging. As gadolinium (Gd)-based agents may increase the risk for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis in patients with severe renal insufficiency, the present study synthesized carboxymethyl-diethylaminoethyl dextran magnetite (CMEADM) particles as a blood-pooling, non-Gd‑based contrast agent. CMEADM particles carry a negative or positive charge due to the binding of amino and carboxyl groups to the hydroxyl group of dextran...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Damián Rodríguez Sartori, Cristian R Lillo, Juan J Romero, María Laura Dell Arciprete, Alejandro Miñán, Mónica Fernández Lorenzo de Mele, Mónica C Gonzalez
Grafting of polyethylene glycol (PEG) to ultrasmall photoluminescent silicon dots (SiDs) is expected to improve and expand the applications of these particles to aqueous environments and biological systems. Herein we report a novel one-pot synthesis of robust, highly water compatible PEG-coated SiDs (denoted as PEG-SiDs) of (3.3 ± 0.5) nm size. The nanoparticles' synthesis is based on the liquid phase oxidation of magnesium silicide using PEG as reaction media and leading to high PEG density grafting. PEG-SiDs enhanced photophysical, photosensitising, and solution properties in aqueous environments are described and compared to those of 2 nm size PEG-coated SiDs with low PEG density grafting (denoted as PEG-NHSiDs) obtained from a multistep synthesis strategy...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Richard Baumgartner, William Cho, Alexandre Coimbra, Christopher Chen, Zaiqi Wang, Arie Struyk, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, May Low, Cindy Gargano, Fuqiang Zhao, Donald Williams, Torsten Reese, Stephanie Seah, Dai Feng, Sonya Apreleva, Esben Petersen, Jeffrey L Evelhoch
PURPOSE: To present the testretest and contrast dose effect results of cerebral blood volume (CBV) functional MRI (fMRI) in healthy human volunteers using ferumoxytol (Feraheme), an ultrasmall-superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an open-label, two-period, fixed-sequence study in healthy young volunteers. In eight subjects, using a 3 Tesla field strength system, blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) and CBV fMRI were acquired in response to a visual black-and-white checkboard stimulation paradigm using an escalating ferumoxytol dose design (250, 350, and 510 mg iron)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Fei Yan, Bin Su
Antioxidants are widely found or used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, thus rapid and sensitive detection of antioxidants is of great interest. The present work reports a simple and fast electrochemical method for direct analysis of antioxidants in fruit juices by modulating the permeability of mesochannels on the electrode surface. This goal was achieved by growing vertical silica mesochannel array (SMA) with a channel diameter of 2 ∼ 3 nm on the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode surface using the cylindrical micelles (CMs) as the template...
October 24, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Ming Ma, Fei Yan, Minghua Yao, Zijun Wei, Dongliang Zhou, Heliang Yao, Hairong Zheng, Hangrong Chen, Jianlin Shi
Entirely differing from the common templating-based multistep strategy in fabricating multifunctional hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs), a facile and template-free synthetic strategy has been established in constructing a unique hollow/mesoporous organosilica nanocapsule concurrently encapsulating both isopentyl acetate (PEA) liquid and superparamagnetic iron oxides inside (denoted as PEA@OSNCs). This novel material exhibits ultrasmall and uniform particle size (~82 nm), high surface area (~534 m2 g-1) and excellent colloidal stability in aqueous solution...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Na Kyung Lee, Hyeong Seop Kim, Dongkyeom Yoo, Jung Won Hwang, Soo Jin Choi, Wonil Oh, Jong Wook Chang, Duk L Na
The success of stem cell therapy is highly dependent on accurate delivery of stem cells to the target site of interest. Possible ways to track the distribution of MSCs in vivo include the use of reporter genes or nanoparticles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ferumoxytol (Feraheme® [USA], Rienso® [UK]) as a treatment for iron deficiency anemia. Ferumoxytol is an ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (USPIO) that has recently been used to track the fate of transplanted cells using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
October 18, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
Qiufang Gong, Yu Wang, Qi Hu, Jigang Zhou, Renfei Feng, Paul N Duchesne, Peng Zhang, Fengjiao Chen, Na Han, Yafei Li, Chuanhong Jin, Yanguang Li, Shuit-Tong Lee
Earlier research has been primarily focused on WC as one of the most promising earth-abundant electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), whereas the other compound in this carbide family-W2C-has received far less attention. Our theoretical calculations suggest that such a focus is misplaced and W2C is potentially more HER-active than WC. Nevertheless, the preparation of phase pure and sintering-free W2C nanostructures represents a formidable challenge. Here we develop an improved carburization method and successfully prepare ultrasmall and phase-pure W2C nanoparticles...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
Jake S Burrell, Simon Walker-Samuel, Jessica K R Boult, Lauren C J Baker, Yann Jamin, Jane Halliday, John C Waterton, Simon P Robinson
The aim of this study was to use the combined carbogen-ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (CUSPIO) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method, which uses spatial correlations in independent susceptibility imaging biomarkers, to investigate and compare the impact of tumor size and anatomical site on vascular structure and function in vivo. Mice bearing either subcutaneous or orthotopic PC3 LN3 prostate tumors were imaged at 7 T, using a multi-gradient echo sequence to quantify R2, before and during carbogen (95% O2/5% CO2) breathing, and subsequently following intravenous administration of USPIO particles...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Sophie Richard, Véronique Eder, Gianvito Caputo, Clément Journé, Phalla Ou, Julie Bolley, Liliane Louedec, Erwann Guenin, Laurence Motte, Nicola Pinna, Yoann Lalatonne
AIM: Tunable size ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticles from 3 to 9 nm coated with polyethylene glycol phosphonate moieties have been designed for neovascularization MRI. MATERIALS & METHODS: USPIO were synthesized using a nonaqueous sol-gel method. An ischemia-reperfusion rat model has been chosen for neo-angiogenesis and scanned on MRI after injection of different sized USPIO. Histological studies have been performed for USPIO localization within the tissue...
October 14, 2016: Nanomedicine
Shouwei Zhang, Huihui Gao, Xia Liu, Yong-Shun Huang, Xijin Xu, Njud S Alharbi, Tasawar Hayat, Jia-Xing Li
The smaller particle sizes, better dispersion and more heterojunction interfaces can enhance the photocatalytic performance of photocatalysts. Herein, ultradispersed amorphous silver silicates/ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets heterojunction composites (a-AgSiO/CNNS) with intimate interfacial coupling effect were synthesized through the facile in situ precipitation of ultrafine a-AgSiO (~5.2 nm) uniformly dispersed on the entire surface of hierarchical ultrathin CNNS. In this process, the ultrathin CNNS not only perform as the support to form heterostructures, but are employed as dispersant to confine the aggregation of a-AgSiO nanoparticles...
October 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chaohe Xu, Meihua Lu, Binggong Yan, Yi Zhan, Palani Balaya, Li Lu, Jim Yang Lee
The rational design of nonprecious-metal electrocatalysts with activities comparable to or greater than that of platinum is extremely valuable to the development of high energy density metal-air batteries. Herein, the two-step preparation of a highly active oxygen electrocatalyst based on ultrasmall cobalt nanoparticles stabilized in a nitrogen-doped graphene matrix is reported. The catalyst performs as well as the commercial Pt/C catalyst in the oxygen reduction reaction, and better than the Pt/C catalyst in the oxygen evolution reaction...
October 14, 2016: ChemSusChem
Jabadurai Jayapaul, Susanne Arns, Matt Bunker, Marek Weiler, Sandra Rutherford, Peter Comba, Fabian Kiessling
: Riboflavin (Rf) receptors bind and translocate Rf and its phosphorylated forms (e.g. flavin mononucleotide, FMN) into cells where they mediate various cellular metabolic pathways. Previously, we showed that FMN-coated ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (FLUSPIO) nanoparticles are suitable for labeling metabolically active cancer and endothelial cells in vitro. In this study, we focused on the in vivo application of FLUSPIO using prostate cancer xenografts. Size, charge, and chemical composition of FLUSPIO were evaluated...
2016: Nano Research
Meghan B Teunis, Katie N Lawrence, Poulami Dutta, Amanda P Siegel, Rajesh Sardar
Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites, direct band-gap semiconductors, have shown tremendous promise for optoelectronic device fabrication. We report the first colloidal synthetic approach to prepare ultrasmall (∼1.5 nm diameter), white-light emitting, organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite nanoclusters. The nearly pure white-light emitting ultrasmall nanoclusters were obtained by selectively manipulating the surface chemistry (passivating ligands and surface trap-states) and controlled substitution of halide ions...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
J Sherwood, K Lovas, M Rich, Q Yin, K Lackey, M S Bolding, Y Bao
Recent research efforts about iron oxide nanoparticles has focused on the development of iron oxide-based T1 contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), such as ultrasmall iron oxide nanospheres (USNPs <4 nm) and ultrathin nanowires (NW, diameter <4 nm). In this paper, we report the cellular uptake behaviors of these two types of ultrasmall scale nanostructures on HepG2 cells. Both these two nanostructures were functionalized with tannic acid and their physical and chemical properties were carefully analyzed before cellular tests...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
Zonghua Pu, Ibrahim Saana Amiinu, Xiaobo Liu, Min Wang, Shichun Mu
There is a crucial demand for cost-effective hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalysts towards future renewable energy systems, and the development of such catalysts operating under all pH conditions still remains a challenging task. In this work, a one-step facile approach to synthesizing nitrogen-doped carbon encapsulating molybdenum phosphide nanoparticles (MoP NPs@NC) is introduced by using ammonium molybdate, ammonium dihydrogen phosphate and melamine as precursor. Benefitting from structural advantages, including ultrasmall nanoparticles, large exposed surface area and fast charge transfer, MoP NPs@NC exhibits excellent HER catalytic activities with small overpotentials at all pH values (j = 10 mA cm(-2) at η = 115, 136 and 80 mV in 0...
October 6, 2016: Nanoscale
Arunee Sangsuwan, Hideya Kawasaki, Yoshinobu Matsumura, Yasuhiko Iwasaki
Infection is one of the most serious issues in medical treatments leading to the development of several antimicrobial agents. In particular, silver ions released from silver substrates is well-known as a reliable antimicrobial agent that either kills the microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Unfortunately, many reports have shown that silver-based antimicrobial agents are toxic for human cells as well. To improve the biocompatibility of silver antimicrobial agents, we have synthesized thiol-terminated phosphorylcholine (PC-SH)-protected silver nanoclusters (PC-AgNCs) via strong thiol-metal coordination with controlled ultrasmall size of the clusters...
October 7, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Koen Nickmans, Jeffrey N Murphy, Bas de Waal, Philippe Leclère, Jan Doise, Roel Gronheid, Dick J Broer, Albertus P H J Schenning
Highly ordered nanopatterns are obtained at sub-5 nm periodicities by the graphoepitaxial directed self-assembly of monodisperse, oligo(dimethylsiloxane) liquid crystals. These hybrid organic/inorganic liquid crystals are of high interest for nanopatterning applications due to the combination of their ultrasmall feature sizes and their ability to be directed into highly ordered domains without additional annealing.
September 30, 2016: Advanced Materials
Yu-Lin Su, Kuan-Ting Chen, Yu-Chen Sheu, Shuo-Yuan Sung, Ru-Siou Hsu, Chi-Shiun Chiang, Shang-Hsiu Hu
Delivery of drug and energy within responsive carriers that effectively target and accumulate in cancer cells promises to mitigate side effects and to enhance the uniquely therapeutic efficacy demanded for personalized medicine. To achieve this goal, however, these carriers, which are usually piled up at the periphery of tumors near the blood vessel, must simultaneously overcome the challenges associated with low tumor penetration and the transport of sufficient cargos to deep tumors to eradicate whole cancer cells...
October 3, 2016: ACS Nano
Qian Yang, Xingyu Lin, Bin Su
An ideal molecular filtration membranes should be highly permeable and selective, thus desiring the membranes to be ultrathin, be highly porous, and consists of small and uniform pores or channels. In this work, we report the molecular filtration by free-standing ultrathin silica nanochannel membranes (SNMs) using a U-shaped cell and spectrophotometric detection, focusing on the quantitative evaluation of permeability and selectivity of SNMs. Thanks to the ultrasmall channel size, namely, ∼2-3 nm, and the negatively charged channel surface arising from the deprotonation of silanol groups, the SNM displayed excellent size and charge selectivity for molecular filtration...
October 7, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Jessica K R Boult, Marco Borri, Alexa Jury, Sergey Popov, Gary Box, Lara Perryman, Suzanne A Eccles, Chris Jones, Simon P Robinson
High grade and metastatic brain tumours exhibit considerable spatial variations in proliferation, angiogenesis, invasion, necrosis and oedema. Vascular heterogeneity arising from vascular co-option in regions of invasive growth (in which the blood-brain barrier remains intact) and neoangiogenesis is a major challenge faced in the assessment of brain tumours by conventional MRI. A multiparametric MRI approach, incorporating native measurements and both Gd-DTPA (Magnevist) and ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (P904)-enhanced imaging, was used in combination with histogram and unsupervised cluster analysis using a k-means algorithm to examine the spatial distribution of vascular parameters, water diffusion characteristics and invasion in intracranially propagated rat RG2 gliomas and human MDA-MB-231 LM2-4 breast adenocarcinomas in mice...
September 27, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
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