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Langmuir ; 36(3): 789-795, 2020 Jan 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31815486


We report a facile yet general in situ seed-mediated method for the synthesis of polymer-grafted gold nanoparticles with narrow size distributions (<10%), accurately tunable sizes, and excellent colloidal stability. This method can be extended to a broad range of types and molecular weights of polymer ligands. Nanoparticles with different shapes can also be prepared by using preformed shaped nanoparticles directly as the seeds.

Peptides ; 59: 89-93, 2014 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25038511


The present study was designed to assess the usefulness of measuring plasma levels of copeptin (a peptide co-released with the hypothalamic stress hormone vasopressin) as a biomarker for the severity of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and for predicting delayed neurological sequelae (DNS). Seventy-two patients with CO poisoning and 72 sex and age matched healthy individuals were recruited. Plasma copeptin levels were measured on admission from CO poisoning patients and for healthy individuals at study entry by using a sandwich immunoassay. The CO poisoning patients were divided into two groups according to severity (unconscious and conscious) and occurrence of DNS. The mean plasma copeptin levels (52.5±18.5 pmol/L) in the unconscious group were significantly higher than in the conscious group (26.3±12.7 pmol/L) (P<0.001). Plasma copeptin levels of more than 39.0 pmol/L detected CO poisoning with severe neurological symptoms e.g. unconsciousness (sensitivity 84.6% and specificity 81.4%). The plasma copeptin levels were higher in patients with DNS compared to patients without DNS (52.2±20.6 pmol/L vs. 27.9±14.8 pmol/L, P<0.001). Plasma copeptin levels higher than 40.5 pmol/L predicted the development of DNS (sensitivity 77.8%, specificity 82.1%). Plasma copeptin levels were identified as an independent predictor for intoxication severity [odds ratio (OR) 1.261, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.112-1.638, P=0.002] and DNS (OR 1.313, 95% CI 1.106-1.859, P=0.001). Thus, plasma copeptin levels independently related to intoxication severity and were identified as a novel biomarker for predicting DNS after acute CO poisoning.

Intoxicação por Monóxido de Carbono/sangue , Glicopeptídeos/sangue , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso/sangue , Doença Aguda , Adulto , Biomarcadores/sangue , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Índice de Gravidade de Doença