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Biosens Bioelectron ; 166: 112431, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32862842

RESUMO

Last few decades, viruses are a real menace to human safety. Therefore, the rapid identification of viruses should be one of the best ways to prevent an outbreak and important implications for medical healthcare. The recent outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus which belongs to the single-stranded, positive-strand RNA viruses. The pandemic dimension spread of COVID-19 poses a severe threat to the health and lives of seven billion people worldwide. There is a growing urgency worldwide to establish a point-of-care device for the rapid detection of COVID-19 to prevent subsequent secondary spread. Therefore, the need for sensitive, selective, and rapid diagnostic devices plays a vital role in selecting appropriate treatments and to prevent the epidemics. During the last decade, electrochemical biosensors have emerged as reliable analytical devices and represent a new promising tool for the detection of different pathogenic viruses. This review summarizes the state of the art of different virus detection with currently available electrochemical detection methods. Moreover, this review discusses different fabrication techniques, detection principles, and applications of various virus biosensors. Future research also looks at the use of electrochemical biosensors regarding a potential detection kit for the rapid identification of the COVID-19.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Técnicas Biossensoriais/instrumentação , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/instrumentação , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Técnicas Eletroquímicas/instrumentação , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Vírus/isolamento & purificação , Animais , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Desenho de Equipamento , Humanos , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/ultraestrutura , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Testes Imediatos , Vírus/patogenicidade
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4530, 2020 09 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32913195

RESUMO

Various cancer cells have been demonstrated to have the capacity to form plasmonic gold nanoparticles when chloroauric acid is introduced to their cellular microenvironment. But their biomedical applications are limited, particularly considering the millimolar concentrations and longer incubation period of ionic gold. Here, we describe a simplistic method of intracellular biomineralization to produce plasmonic gold nanoparticles at micromolar concentrations within 30 min of application utilizing polyethylene glycol as delivery vector for ionic gold. We have characterized this process for intracellular gold nanoparticle formation, which progressively accumulates proteins as the ionic gold clusters migrate to the nucleus. This nano-vectorized application of ionic gold emphasizes its potential biomedical opportunities while reducing the quantity of ionic gold and required incubation time. To demonstrate its biomedical potential, we further induce in-situ biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles within MCF7 tumor mouse xenografts which is followed by its photothermal remediation.


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Cloretos/administração & dosagem , Portadores de Fármacos/química , Compostos de Ouro/administração & dosagem , Ouro/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Nanomedicina Teranóstica/métodos , Animais , Biomineralização/efeitos da radiação , Feminino , Ouro/efeitos da radiação , Humanos , Hipertermia Induzida/métodos , Íons , Células MCF-7 , Nanopartículas Metálicas/efeitos da radiação , Camundongos , Fotoquimioterapia/métodos , Polietilenoglicóis/química , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4790, 2020 09 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32963242

RESUMO

Preventing aggregation of amyloid beta (Aß) peptides is a promising strategy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and gold nanoparticles have previously been explored as a potential anti-Aß therapeutics. Here we design and prepare 3.3 nm L- and D-glutathione stabilized gold nanoparticles (denoted as L3.3 and D3.3, respectively). Both chiral nanoparticles are able to inhibit aggregation of Aß42 and cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) following intravenous administration without noticeable toxicity. D3.3 possesses a larger binding affinity to Aß42 and higher brain biodistribution compared with its enantiomer L3.3, giving rise to stronger inhibition of Aß42 fibrillation and better rescue of behavioral impairments in AD model mice. This conjugation of a small nanoparticle with chiral recognition moiety provides a potential therapeutic approach for AD.


Assuntos
Doença de Alzheimer/tratamento farmacológico , Peptídeos beta-Amiloides/efeitos dos fármacos , Ouro/farmacologia , Transtornos da Memória/tratamento farmacológico , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/efeitos dos fármacos , Doença de Alzheimer/metabolismo , Peptídeos beta-Amiloides/metabolismo , Animais , Barreira Hematoencefálica/metabolismo , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Masculino , Transtornos da Memória/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/metabolismo , Estereoisomerismo
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4755-4762, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32753864

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Aim: This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of three nanoparticle solutions used as dentin pretreatments on the microshear bond strength (µSBS) of a conventional glass ionomer cement (GIC) to dentin. Materials and Methods: Ninety intact human molars were used after sectioning their occlusal surfaces to expose flat dentin surfaces. The specimens were randomly assigned to nine groups (n = 10). Group A was the control group (without using the cavity disinfectant). In groups B, C, D, and E, the prepared dentin surfaces were treated with 1 cc 2% chlorhexidine (CHX), 0.1% silver nanoparticle (SNP), 0.1% titanium dioxide nanoparticle (TNP), and 0.1% zinc oxide nanoparticle (ZNP) solutions for 1 minute, respectively, before applying the conditioner. CHX, SNPs, TNPs, and ZNPs were applied for 1 minute after applying the conditioner in groups F, G, H, and I, respectively. The specimens were restored with a conventional GIC and underwent µSBS testing after 24 hours. The data were analyzed using the one-way analysis of variance and Tukey's test (p=0.05). Results: The applications of the nanoparticles (SNP, TNP, and ZNP) after the conditioner were associated with significantly greater µSBS values compared to that of the control group (p values < 0.05). Significantly higher µSBS values were observed when TNP or ZNP was applied after the conditioner compared to their applications before the conditioner (p values < 0.05). The highest µSBS values were observed when TNP was applied after the conditioner. Conclusion: Dentin pretreatment with the nanoparticles after applying the conditioner enhanced the bond strength of the GIC to dentin compared with the control group. The best results were obtained for the TNPs applied after the conditioner.


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Colagem Dentária , Dentina/efeitos dos fármacos , Cimentos de Ionômeros de Vidro/farmacologia , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Prata/farmacologia , Titânio/farmacologia , Óxido de Zinco/farmacologia , Clorexidina/farmacologia , Cimentos de Ionômeros de Vidro/química , Humanos , Teste de Materiais , Propriedades de Superfície
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4811-4824, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32753867

RESUMO

Purpose: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents are pharmaceuticals that enable a better visualization of internal body structures. In this study, we present the synthesis, MRI signal enhancement capabilities, in vitro as well as in vivo cytotoxicity results of gold-coated iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4@AuNPs) as potential contrast agents. Methods: Fe3O4@AuNPs were obtained by synthesizing iron oxide nanoparticles and gradually coating them with gold. The obtained Fe3O4@AuNPs were characterized by spectroscopies, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray diffraction. The effect of the nanoparticles on the MRI signal was tested using a 7T Bruker PharmaScan system. Cytotoxicity tests were made in vitro on Fe3O4@AuNP-treated retinal pigment epithelium cells by WST-1 tests and in vivo by following histopathological changes in rats after injection of Fe3O4@AuNPs. Results: Stable Fe3O4@AuNPs were successfully prepared following a simple and fast protocol (<1h worktime) and identified using TEM. The cytotoxicity tests on cells have shown biocompatibility of Fe3O4@AuNPs at small concentrations of Fe (<1.95×10-8 mg/cell). Whereas, at higher Fe concentrations (eg 7.5×10-8 mg/cell), cell viability decreased to 80.88±5.03%, showing a mild cytotoxic effect. MRI tests on rats showed an optimal Fe3O4@AuNPs concentration of 6mg/100g body weight to obtain high-quality images. The histopathological studies revealed significant transient inflammatory responses in the time range from 2 hours to 14 days after injection and focal cellular alterations in several organs, with the lung being the most affected organ. These results were confirmed by hyperspectral microscopic imaging of the same, but unstained tissues. In most organs, the inflammatory responses and sublethal cellular damage appeared to be transitory, except for the kidneys, where the glomerular damage indicated progression towards glomerular sclerosis. Conclusion: The obtained stable, gold covered, iron oxide nanoparticles with reduced cytotoxicity, gave a negative T2 signal in the MRI, which makes them suitable for candidates as contrast agent in small animal MRI applications.


Assuntos
Meios de Contraste/química , Compostos Férricos/química , Ouro/química , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Animais , Sobrevivência Celular , Endocitose , Inflamação/patologia , Masculino , Nanopartículas Metálicas/ultraestrutura , Ratos Wistar , Difração de Raios X
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 202: 110924, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800211

RESUMO

Fabrication of poly-(N-isopropylmethacrylamide-co-methacrylic acid) [p(NMA)] microgels to be utilized as microreactors to synthesize stable Ag nanoparticles for catalytic reductive degradation of dyes has been addressed in this work. Both p(NMA) microgel and Ag-p(NMA) hybrid microgel systems have been analyzed by Fourier transform infra-red and Dynamic light scattering, Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and Transmission electron microscopy. Catalytic activity of Ag-p(NMA) towards reductive degradation of Congo Red (CR), Methyl Orange (MO) and Alizarin Yellow (AY) was investigated under different operating conditions. Spectrophotometry was employed to check the progress of reaction while the rate constant (kapp) value of degradation reaction was determined under various conditions to optimize reaction parameters for rapid and economical degradation of these dyes. An increase in kapp value was observed by increasing feed content of dye up to a certain value that decreases again by further increment in dye concentration which reflects that catalysis follows Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. A gradual increase in the kapp value was also observed with increasing quantity of hybrid microgel used as a catalyst. By comparing kapp values of degradation of aforementioned dyes, it was found that Ag-p(NMA) hybrid microgel gives better activity for MO dye degradation in comparison to catalytic degradation of CR and AY.


Assuntos
Compostos Azo/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Prata/química , Catálise , Corantes/química , Vermelho Congo/química , Hidrogéis/química , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Polímeros/química , Espectrofotometria , Difração de Raios X
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4969-4990, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764930

RESUMO

Background: Polyphenols possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and have been used in the treatment of skin wounds and burns. We previously showed that tannic acid-modified AgNPs sized >26 nm promote wound healing, while tannic acid-modified AgNPs sized 13 nm can elicit strong local inflammatory response. In this study, we tested bimetallic Au@AgNPs sized 30 nm modified with selected flavonoid and non-flavonoid compounds for wound healing applications. Methods: Bimetallic Au@AgNPs were obtained by growing an Ag layer on AuNPs and further modified with selected polyphenols. After toxicity tests and in vitro scratch assay in HaCaT cells, modified lymph node assay as well as the mouse splint wound model were further used to access the wound healing potential of selected non-toxic modifications. Results: Tannic acid, gallic acid, polydatin, resveratrol, catechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin gallate and procyanidin B2 used to modify Au@AgNPs exhibited good toxicological profiles in HaCaT cells. Au@AgNPs modified with 15 µM tannic acid, 200 µM resveratrol, 200 µM epicatechin gallate, 1000 µM gallic acid and 200 µM procyanidin B2 induced wound healing in vivo and did not lead to the local irritation or inflammation. Tannic acid-modified Au@AgNPs induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) - like re-epithelialization, while other polyphenol modifications of Au@AgNPs acted through proliferation and wound closure. Conclusion: Bimetallic Au@AgNPs can be used as a basis for modification with selected polyphenols for topical uses. In addition, we have demonstrated that particular polyphenols used to modify bimetallic nanoparticles may show different effects upon different stages of wound healing.


Assuntos
Ouro/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Polifenóis/química , Polifenóis/farmacologia , Prata/química , Cicatrização/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Antioxidantes/química , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Biflavonoides/química , Catequina/análogos & derivados , Catequina/química , Camundongos , Proantocianidinas/química , Taninos/química
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5147-5163, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764942

RESUMO

Background: In the last decades, nosocomial infections caused by drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa became a common problem in healthcare facilities. Antibiotics are becoming less effective as new resistant strains appear. Therefore, the development of novel enhanced activity antibacterial agents becomes very significant. A combination of nanomaterials with different physical and chemical properties enables us to generate novel multi-functional derivatives. In this study, graphene oxide and polyvinylpyrrolidone-stabilized silver nanoparticles hybrid nanocomposite (GO-Ag HN) were synthesized. The relation between antibiotic resistance and GO-Ag HN potential toxicity to clinical P. aeruginosa strains, their antibiotic resistance, and molecular mechanisms were assessed. Methods: Chemical state, particle size distribution, and morphology of synthesized GO-Ag NH were investigated using spectroscopy and microscopy techniques (UV-Vis, FTIR, XPS, TEM, SEM, AFM). Broad-spectrum antibiotic resistance of P. aeruginosa strains was determined using E-test. Antibiotic resistance genes were identified using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Results: In this study, the toxicity of the GO-Ag NH to the isolated clinical P. aeruginosa strains has been investigated. A high antibiotic resistance level (92%) was found among P. aeruginosa strains. The most prevalent antibiotic resistance gene among tested strains was the AMPC beta-lactamase gene (65.6%). UV-vis, FTIR, and XPS studies confirmed the formation of the silver nanoparticles on the GO nanosheets. The functionalization process occurred through the interaction between Ag nanoparticles, GO, and polyvinylpyrrolidone used for nanoparticle stabilization. SEM analysis revealed that GO nanosheets undergo partial fragmentation during hybrid nanocomposite preparation, which remarkably increases the number of sharp edges and their mediated cutting effect. TEM analysis showed that GO-Ag HN spherical Ag nanoparticles mainly 9-12 nm in size were irregularly precipitated on the GO nanosheet surface. A higher density of Ag NPs was observed in the sheets' wrinkles, corrugations, and sharp edges. This hybrid nanocomposite poses enhanced antibacterial activity against carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa strains through a possible synergy between toxicity mechanisms of GO nanosheets and Ag nanoparticles. With incubation time increasing up to 10 minutes, the survival of P. aeruginosa decreased significantly. Conclusion: A graphene oxide and silver nanoparticles hybrid composite has been shown to be a promising material to control nosocomial infections caused by bacteria strains resistant to most antibiotics.


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Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/genética , Grafite/química , Grafite/farmacologia , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/efeitos dos fármacos , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/genética , Prata/química , Antibacterianos/química , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos
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Ther Deliv ; 11(8): 521-534, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32757745

RESUMO

Nanoscale size-dependent properties give nanomaterials unique specifications that are robust in many applications of human medicine. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have recently gained attention because of their unique optical, physical and electrical properties. AuNPs increase the efficacy of biomedical applications in diagnostic treatments for infectious diseases, by targeting or labeling target cells/bioactive compounds. However, it is imperative to develop the regimens for more accurate diagnostic tools, preventive care and effective therapy. Our critical and comprehensive review presents emerging avenues of molecular diagnostics as well as therapeutics translated into clinical approaches. This manuscript critically reviews the rampant future of AuNPs in the diagnosis and treatment of the most important diseases, such as cancer and viruses of respiratory system.


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Ouro/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Antineoplásicos/química , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Portadores de Fármacos/química , Humanos , Pneumopatias/diagnóstico , Pneumopatias/terapia , Neoplasias/diagnóstico , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Pandemias , Fototerapia , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237567, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32797097

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Distinct morphological MgO nanoparticles (MgONPs) were synthesized using biomasses of Saussurea costus roots. The biomass of two varieties of Saussurea costus (Qustal hindi and Qustal bahri) were used in the green synthesis of MgONPs. The physical and chemical features of nanoparticles were confirmed by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The surface morphology of the obtained nanoparticles was detected at different magnifications by SEM and TEM microscopy and the size of nanoparticles were found to be 30 and 34 nm for Qustal hindi and Qustal bahri, respectively. The antimicrobial activity of the prepared MgONPs was screened against six pathogenic strains. The synthesized nanoparticles by Qustal bahri biomass exerted significant inhibition zones 15, 16, 18, 17, 14, and 10 mm against E. coli, P. aeruginosa, C. tropicalis and C. glabrata, S. aureus and B. subtilis as compared to those from Qustal hindi 12, 8 and 17 mm against B. subtilis, E. coli and C. tropicalis, respectively. MgONPs showed a potential cytotoxicity effect against MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines. Cellular investigations of MgONPs revealed that the prepared nanoparticles by Qustal bahri exhibited high cytotoxicity against MCF-7 cancer cell lines. IC50 values in MCF-7 cells were found to be 67.3% and 52.1% for MgONPs of Saussurea costus biomasses, respectively. Also, the photocatalytic activity of MgONPs of each Saussurea costus variety was comparatively studied. They exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue after UV irradiation for 1 h as 92% and 59% for those prepared by Qustal bahri and Qustal hindi, respectively. Outcome of results revealed that the biosynthesized MgONPs showed promising biomedical potentials.


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Anti-Infecciosos/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Neoplasias da Mama/tratamento farmacológico , Óxido de Magnésio/farmacologia , Azul de Metileno/química , Saussurea/química , Anti-Infecciosos/química , Antineoplásicos/química , Bactérias/efeitos dos fármacos , Biomassa , Catálise , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Fungos/efeitos dos fármacos , Química Verde , Humanos , Células MCF-7 , Óxido de Magnésio/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Processos Fotoquímicos , Extratos Vegetais/química , Raízes de Plantas/química
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Aquat Toxicol ; 227: 105582, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32823071

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While it is likely that ENPs may occur together with other contaminants in nature, the combined effects of exposure to both ENPs and environmental contaminants are not studied sufficiently. In this study, we investigated the acute and sublethal toxicity of PVP coated silver nanoparticles (AgNP) and ionic silver (Ag+; administered as AgNO3) to the marine copepod Calanus finmarchicus. We further studied effects of single exposures to AgNPs (nominal concentrations: low 15 µg L-1 NPL, high 150 µg L-1 NPH) or Ag+ (60 µg L-1), and effects of co-exposure to AgNPs, Ag+ and the water-soluble fraction (WSF; 100 µg L-1) of a crude oil (AgNP + WSF; Ag++WSF). The gene expression and the activity of antioxidant defense enzymes SOD, CAT and GST, as well as the gene expression of HSP90 and CYP330A1 were determined as sublethal endpoints. Results show that Ag+ was more acutely toxic compared to AgNPs, with 96 h LC50 concentrations of 403 µg L-1 for AgNPs, and 147 µg L-1 for Ag+. Organismal uptake of Ag following exposure was similar for AgNP and Ag+, and was not significantly different when co-exposed to WSF. Exposure to AgNPs alone caused increases in gene expressions of GST and SOD, whereas WSF exposure caused an induction in SOD. Responses in enzyme activities were generally low, with significant effects observed only on SOD activity in NPL and WSF exposures and on GST activity in NPL and NPH exposures. Combined AgNP and WSF exposures caused slightly altered responses in expression of SOD, GST and CYP330A1 genes compared to the single exposures of either AgNPs or WSF. However, there was no clear pattern of cumulative effects caused by co-exposures of AgNPs and WSF. The present study indicates that the exposure to AgNPs, Ag+, and to a lesser degree WSF cause an oxidative stress response in C. finmarchicus, which was slightly, but mostly not significantly altered in combined exposures. This indicated that the combined effects between Ag and WSF are relatively limited, at least with regard to oxidative stress.


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Copépodes/efeitos dos fármacos , Nanopartículas Metálicas/toxicidade , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Petróleo/toxicidade , Prata/toxicidade , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Copépodes/genética , Copépodes/metabolismo , Interações Medicamentosas , Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Íons , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Estresse Oxidativo/genética , Água do Mar/química , Prata/química , Solubilidade , Testes de Toxicidade Aguda , Testes de Toxicidade Subaguda , Poluentes Químicos da Água/química
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5345-5360, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32801693

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Background: Soft corals have been endorsed as a plentiful source of bioactive compounds with promising anti-inflammatory activities; therefore, exploring their potential as source of anti-inflammatory metabolites has stimulated a growing research interest. Purpose: To investigate the anti-inflammatory potential of the soft coral, Nephthea sp., in its bulk and silver nanostructure. Metabolomics analysis of Nephthea sp., followed by molecular docking studies, was also conducted in order to explore and predict the secondary metabolites that might provide its inhibitory actions on inflammation. Materials and Methods: The petroleum ether and ethyl acetate fractions were used to synthesize silver nanoparticles. The prepared silver nanoparticles were characterized through UV-vis spectrophotometric, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses. Testing for the anti-inflammatory activity was performed against COX-1 and COX-2. Furthermore, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) based metabolomics analysis and molecular docking were also applied. Results: A variety of secondary metabolites were identified, among them, sesquiterpenes were found to prevail. The petroleum ether and acetone fractions of Nephthea sp. showed the highest COX-2 inhibitory activities, possibly attributable to their substantial contents of terpenoids. Additionally, the green synthesized silver nanoparticles of both the petroleum ether and ethyl acetate fractions of Nephthea sp. demonstrated higher anti-COX-2 properties. Conclusion: The obtained results showed the effectiveness of non-targeted metabolomics technique in metabolic profiling of Nephthea sp., helping the search for new bioactive metabolites in future chemical studies on this soft coral. The interesting anti-inflammatory potential of the tested extracts and their nanoparticles could also be relevant to the development of new, effective anti-inflammatory agents.


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Antozoários/metabolismo , Anti-Inflamatórios/química , Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Prata/química , Alcanos/química , Animais , Antozoários/química , Anti-Inflamatórios/síntese química , Ciclo-Oxigenase 1/química , Ciclo-Oxigenase 1/metabolismo , Inibidores de Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/química , Inibidores de Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/farmacologia , Inibidores de Ciclo-Oxigenase/química , Inibidores de Ciclo-Oxigenase/farmacologia , Química Verde , Humanos , Metabolômica , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Metabolismo Secundário , Sesquiterpenos/análise , Espectrometria de Massas por Ionização por Electrospray , Espectroscopia de Infravermelho com Transformada de Fourier
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0235355, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32817671

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The Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) (Funneliformis mosseae), are the most widely distributed symbiont assisting plants to overcome counteractive environmental conditions. In order to improve the sustainability and the activity of AMF, the use of nanotechnology was important. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2NPs) on the activity of AMF in common bean roots as well as its activity under salinity stress using morphological and molecular methods. The activity of AMF colonization has increased in the presence of TiO2NPs especially for arbuscule activity (A%), which increased three times with the presence of TiO2NPs. The improvement rate of Funneliformis mosseae on plant growth increased from 180% to 224% of control at the lowest level of salinity and increased from 48% to 130% at higher salinity level, respectively. The AMF dependencies for plant dry biomass increased in the presence of TiO2NPs from 277% in the absence of salinity to 465 and 883% % at low and high salinity levels, respectively. The presence of AMF co-inoculated with TiO2NPs resulted in increasing the salinity tolerance of plants at all levels and reached 110% at salinity level of 100 mM NaCl. Quantitative colonization methods showed that the molecular intensity ratio and the relative density of paired inocula AMF Nest (NS) or chitin synthases gene (Chs) with TiO2NPs were higher significantly P.>0.05 than single inoculants of AMF gene in roots under the presence or the absence of salinity by about two folds and about 40%. Hence, the positive effect of TiO2NPs was confined to its effect on AMF not on bean plants itself.


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Ascomicetos/patogenicidade , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Phaseolus/microbiologia , Tolerância ao Sal , Ascomicetos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ascomicetos/metabolismo , Quitina Sintase/genética , Quitina Sintase/metabolismo , Proteínas Fúngicas/genética , Proteínas Fúngicas/metabolismo , Nanopartículas Metálicas/microbiologia , Phaseolus/metabolismo , Simbiose , Titânio/química , Titânio/farmacologia
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 204: 111107, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32823057

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Heavy metal pollution in marine environment poses a severe threat to the safety of marine products and is thus causing increasingly concerns in terms of their toxicity and potential health risks pose to human. Due to the complex matrix of marine products, a fast screening method for heavy metals at trace level with low price, reusability, high accuracy and long lifetime is of urgency and necessity for consumers and processing factories. This work described a simplified screening system through the preparation, characterization and particular application of Au nano particle sensor (AuNPS) in the complex marine matrix, the main aim is to significantly increase the stability, sensitivity and lifetime of detection system dedicated to Cu and Hg trace analysis in marine products. It is worth mentioning that, the proposed screening system was characterized through electrochemical experiments and theoretical calculations, which could be a new evidence for selecting the detection system in commercially complex samples. Importantly, the discipline of deposition and oxidative stripping process on AuNPS was explained based on the mechanism of Metal Ion Deficient Layer (MIDL), and illustrated with SEM changes during stripping process, as well as the dissolving-out rate of metals on AuNPS material. Moreover, to further improve the reusability and stability of AuNPS sensor, the complex marine matrix was purified by pre-plating interferences on indium tin oxide glass electrode. The screening system exhibited a liner response in the range of 0.02-0.10 µg mL-1 for Hg, 0.01-0.10 µg mL-1 and 0.001-0.01 µg mL-1 for Cu with the detection limits of 0.138 mg kg-1 and 1.51 mg kg-1 in marine matrix, respectively. The sensitivity and lifetime was at least two times better as compared to similar works even after 20-times use. Finally, this proposed analysis system combined with purification procedure was successfully applied for the edible and medicinal marine products analysis, meanwhile, the accuracy and stability were confirmed with standard analytical methods.


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Análise de Alimentos/métodos , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Metais Pesados/análise , Eletrodos , Contaminação de Alimentos , Ouro/química , Humanos , Mercúrio/análise , Compostos de Estanho , Oligoelementos
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Chem Commun (Camb) ; 56(70): 10235-10238, 2020 Sep 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32756614

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Here, we report for the first time DNA aptamers targeted toward the COVID-19 nucleocapsid protein (Np). Np is one of the most abundant structural proteins and it serves as a diagnostic marker for the accurate and sensitive detection of COVID-19. After five rounds of selection, we obtained four DNA sequences with an affinity below 5 nM. The best one displayed a superb binding performance toward Np with a Kd value of 0.49 nM. Interestingly, we found that the four pairs of aptamers could bind to Np successively, suggesting a sandwich-type interaction. Using these sandwiched aptamers in ELISA and colloidal gold immunochromatographic strips, we were able to detect Np at the tens of pM level. The results demonstrate that aptamers are powerful molecular tools for virus detection, diagnosis, and antiviral therapy.


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Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Proteínas do Nucleocapsídeo/metabolismo , Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/química , Sequência de Bases , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática/métodos , Ouro/química , Humanos , Cinética , Limite de Detecção , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Proteínas do Nucleocapsídeo/química , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Técnica de Seleção de Aptâmeros
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4063-4078, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32606664

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Background: Among various theories for the origin of cancer, the "stemness phenotype model" suggests a dynamic feature for tumor cells in which non-cancer stem cells (non-CSCs) can inter-convert to CSCs. Differentiation with histone-deacetylase inhibitor, vorinostat (SAHA), can induce stem cells to differentiate as well as enforces non-CSCs to reprogram to CSCs. To avoid this undesirable effect, one can block the Wnt-ßcatenin pathway. Thus, a dual delivery system of SAHA and a Wnt-ßcatenin blocker will be beneficial in the induction of differentiation of CSCs. Protein corona (PC) formation in nanoparticle has a biologic milieu, and despite all problematic properties, it can be employed as a medium for dual loading of the drugs. Materials and Methods: We prepared sphere gold nanoparticles (GNPs) with human plasma protein corona loaded with SAHA as differentiating agent and PKF118-310 (PKF) as a Wnt-ßcatenin antagonist. The MCF7 breast cancer stem cells were treated with NPs and the viability and differentiation were evaluated by Western blotting and sphere formation assay. Results: We found that both drugs loaded onto corona-capped GNPs had significant cytotoxicity in comparison to bare GNP-corona. Data demonstrated an increase in stem cell population and upregulation of mesenchymal marker, Snail by SAHA-loaded GNPs treatment; however, the combination of PKF loaded GNPs along with SAHA-loaded GNPs resulted in a reduction of stem cell populations and Snail marker. We have shown that in MCF7 and its CSCs simultaneous treatment with SAHA and PKF118-310 induced differentiation and inhibition of Snail induction. Conclusion: Our study reveals the PC-coated GNPs as a biocompatible career for both hydrophilic (PKF) and hydrophobic (SAHA) agents which can decrease breast cancer stem cell populations along with reduced stemness state regression.


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Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Carcinogênese/patologia , Ouro/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Coroa de Proteína/química , Vorinostat/farmacologia , Proteínas Wnt/antagonistas & inibidores , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Carcinogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Liberação Controlada de Fármacos , Endocitose/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores de Histona Desacetilases/farmacologia , Humanos , Células MCF-7 , Nanosferas/química , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Espectrofotometria Ultravioleta , Proteínas Wnt/metabolismo , beta Catenina/antagonistas & inibidores , beta Catenina/metabolismo
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4351-4362, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32606682

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Purpose: The present study synthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using the aqueous extract of a traditional medicinal product consisting of an oleoresin (a combination of macromolecules of carbohydrates and proteins) exuded from the rhizome of the plant Ferula foetida (asafoetida gum) and evaluated its biological properties. Materials and Methods: The silver nanoparticles synthesized using asafoetida gum (As-AgNPs) were characterized using UV/Vis spectroscopy, fourier infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and EADX. The cytotoxicity and antimicrobial activity As-AgNPs were evaluated against MCF-7 cell lines and selected microbial pathogens, respectively. Results: The synthesized silver nanoparticles were crystalline in nature with a spherical shape. The average particle size was 5.6-8.6 nm. The cytotoxicity of the synthesized As-AgNPs was evaluated against MCF-7 cell lines, and the As-AgNPs were found to be effective in inhibiting the multiplication of cancer cells. The As-AgNPs exhibited significant antimicrobial activity towards E. coli, K. pneumoniae and C. albicans. The MIC of the synthesized As-AgNPs was 7.80 µg/mL for E. coli ATCC 25922, Salmonella sp. WS50- and S. typhi; 15.60 µg/mL for S. typhimurium and S. aureus WS10, and 31.20 µg/mL for K. pneumoniae and S. aureus ATCC 43300-MRSA. In addition, MIC values of 15.60 µg/mL for C. albicans ATCC8436 and 31.20 µg/mL for C. krusei ATCC6258 were obtained. Conclusion: As asafoetida is a good traditional medicine, its involvement in the synthesis of AgNPs led the silver nanoparticles to exhibit good cytotoxic and antimicrobial effects.


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Anti-Infecciosos/farmacologia , Ferula/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Gomas Vegetais/química , Prata/farmacologia , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Antifúngicos/farmacologia , Candida albicans/efeitos dos fármacos , Morte Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Forma Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Escherichia coli/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Células MCF-7 , Nanopartículas Metálicas/ultraestrutura , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Tamanho da Partícula , Extratos Vegetais/química , Staphylococcus aureus/efeitos dos fármacos , Difração de Raios X
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Int J Mol Sci ; 21(14)2020 Jul 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32698479

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) caused the COVID-19 pandemic that has been spreading around the world since December 2019. More than 10 million affected cases and more than half a million deaths have been reported so far, while no vaccine is yet available as a treatment. Considering the global healthcare urgency, several techniques, including whole genome sequencing and computed tomography imaging have been employed for diagnosing infected people. Considerable efforts are also directed at detecting and preventing different modes of community transmission. Among them is the rapid detection of virus presence on different surfaces with which people may come in contact. Detection based on non-contact optical techniques is very helpful in managing the spread of the virus, and to aid in the disinfection of surfaces. Nanomaterial-based methods are proven suitable for rapid detection. Given the immense need for science led innovative solutions, this manuscript critically reviews recent literature to specifically illustrate nano-engineered effective and rapid solutions. In addition, all the different techniques are critically analyzed, compared, and contrasted to identify the most promising methods. Moreover, promising research ideas for high accuracy of detection in trace concentrations, via color change and light-sensitive nanostructures, to assist fingerprint techniques (to identify the virus at the contact surface of the gas and solid phase) are also presented.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Estruturas Metalorgânicas/química , Nanotecnologia/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Sistemas Automatizados de Assistência Junto ao Leito , Genoma Viral/genética , Humanos , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Pandemias , RNA Viral/genética , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4607-4623, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32636621

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Aim: The interaction of NPs with biological systems may reveal useful details about their pharmacodynamic, anticancer and antibacterial effects. Methods: Herein, the interaction of as-synthesized Co3O4 NPs with HSA was explored by different kinds of fluorescence and CD spectroscopic methods, as well as molecular docking studies. Also, the anticancer effect of Co3O4 NPs against leukemia K562 cells was investigated by MTT, LDH, caspase, real-time PCR, ROS, cell cycle, and apoptosis assays. Afterwards, the antibacterial effects of Co3O4 NPs against three pathogenic bacteria were disclosed by antibacterial assays. Results: Different characterization methods such as TEM, DLS, zeta potential and XRD studies proved that fabricated Co3O4 NPs by sol-gel method have a diameter of around 50 nm, hydrodynamic radius of 177 nm with a charge distribution of -33.04 mV and a well-defined crystalline phase. Intrinsic, extrinsic, and synchronous fluorescence as well as CD studies, respectively, showed that the HSA undergoes some fluorescence quenching, minor conformational changes, microenvironmental changes as well as no structural changes in the secondary structure, after interaction with Co3O4 NPs. Molecular docking results also verified that the spherical clusters with a dimension of 1.5 nm exhibit the most binding energy with HSA molecules. Anticancer assays demonstrated that Co3O4 NPs can selectively lead to the reduction of K562 cell viability through the cell membrane damage, activation of caspase-9, -8 and -3, elevation of Bax/Bcl-2 mRNA ratio, ROS production, cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis. Finally, antibacterial assays disclosed that Co3O4 NPs can stimulate a promising antibacterial effect against pathogenic bacteria. Conclusion: In general, these observations can provide useful information for the early stages of nanomaterial applications in therapeutic platforms.


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Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Cobalto/química , Cobalto/farmacologia , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Óxidos/química , Óxidos/farmacologia , Albumina Sérica Humana/metabolismo , Antibacterianos/química , Antibacterianos/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/química , Antineoplásicos/metabolismo , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Cobalto/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Células K562 , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Óxidos/metabolismo , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/efeitos dos fármacos , Albumina Sérica Humana/química , Staphylococcus aureus/efeitos dos fármacos , Difração de Raios X
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4705-4716, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32636626

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Purpose: Ultra-small gold nanoclusters (AuNCs), as emerging fluorescent nanomaterials with excellent biocompatibility, have been widely investigated for in vivo biomedical applications. However, their effects in guiding osteogenic differentiation have not been investigated, which are important for osteoporosis therapy and bone regeneration. Herein, for the first time, lysozyme-protected AuNCs (Lys-AuNCs) are used to stimulate osteogenic differentiation, which have the potential for the treatment of bone disease. Methods: Proliferation of MC3T3E-1 is important for osteogenic differentiation. First, the proliferation rate of MC3T3E-1 was studied by Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK8) assays. Signaling pathways of PI3K/Akt play central roles in controlling proliferation throughout the body. The expression of PI3K/Akt was investigated in the presence of lysozyme, and lysozyme-protected AuNCs (Lys-AuNCs) by Western blot (WB) and intracellular cell imaging to evacuate the osteogenic differentiation mechanisms. Moreover, the formation of osteoclasts (OC) plays a negative role in the differentiation of osteoblasts. Nuclear factor κB ligand (RANKL) and macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) signaling pathways are used to understand the negative influence of the osteogenic differentiation by the investigation of Raw 264.7 cell line. Raw 264.7 (murine macrophage-like) cells and NIH/3T3 (mouse fibroblast) cells were treated with tyloxapol, and the cell viability was assessed. Raw 264.7 cells have also been used for in vitro studies, on understanding the osteoclast formation and function. The induced osteoclasts were identified by TRAP confocal fluorescence imaging. These key factors in osteoclast formation, such as (NFATc-1, c-Fos, V-ATPase-2 and CTSK), were investigated by Western blot. Results: Based on the above investigation, Lys-AuNCs were found to promote osteogenic differentiation and decrease osteoclast activity. It is noteworthy that the lysozyme (protected template), AuNPs, or the mixture of Lysozyme and AuNPs have negligible effects on osteoblastic differentiation compared to Lys-AuNCs. Conclusion: This study opens up a novel avenue to develop a new gold nanomaterial for promoting osteogenic differentiation. The possibility of using AuNCs as nanomedicines for the treatment of osteoporosis can be expected.


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Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Osteoclastos/efeitos dos fármacos , Osteogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Ouro/farmacologia , Nanopartículas Metálicas/administração & dosagem , Camundongos , Muramidase/química , Muramidase/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição NFATC/metabolismo , Nanomedicina/métodos , Osteoblastos/citologia , Osteoclastos/citologia , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fos/metabolismo , Células RAW 264.7
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