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Nov
2017

Nanoshells, classically comprising gold as the metallic component and silica as the dielectric material, are important for fundamental studies in nanoplasmonics. They also empower a myriad of applications, including sensing, energy harvesting, and cancer therapy. Yet, laborious preparation precludes the development of next-generation nanoshells with structural complexity, compositional diversity, and tailorable plasmonic behaviors.

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Jun
2017

Alkyl groups (CH) are prevalent in engineered bionanomaterials used for many intracellular applications, yet how alkyl groups dictate the interactions between nanoparticles and mammalian cells remains incomprehensively investigated. In this work, we report the effect of alkylation on the cellular uptake of densely polyethylene glycol-coated nanoparticles, which are characterized by their limited entry into mammalian cells. Specifically, we prepare densely PEGylated gold nanoparticles that bear alkyl chains of varying carbon chain lengths (n) and loading densities (termed "alkyl-PEG-AuNPs"), followed by investigating their uptake by Kera-308 keratinocytes.

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Dec
1969

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) represent an emerging class of biomarkers for studying and understanding biological events; the development of viable tools for detecting or monitoring the intracellular expression levels of specific miRNAs is of great interest to life scientists and biomedical engineers. Here, we describe the fabrication of a novel class of core-shell nanoprobes that comprise a gold nanoparticle core and a polydopamine (PDA) shell. Our nanoprobes can be used to specifically track the expression profiles of two miRNA markers of osteogenic differentiation (i.

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Nov
2016

Mussel adhesion has inspired the development of catechol-based adhesive polymers. However, conventional strategies require basic pH conditions and lead to the loss of adhesion. To solve the problem, we report the first attempt to use thiourea-functionalized polymers for preserving hydrogel adhesion.

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Dec
1969

Poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) based hydrogels have been widely used in many biomedical applications such as regenerative medicine due to their good biocompatibility and negligible immunogenicity. However, bioactivation of PEG hydrogels, such as conjugation of bioactive biomolecules, is usually necessary for cell-related applications. Such biofunctionalization of PEG hydrogels generally involves complicated and time-consuming bioconjugation procedures.

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Oct
2015

Substrate stiffness has been shown to regulate the differentiation fate of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). hMSCs sense and respond to substrate rigidity by exerting traction forces upon the binding between integrins and integrin-specific ligands present on the substrate surface. However, in previous studies, integrin-specific ligands such as Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptides are always grafted to the substrate by a permanent covalent bond.

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Jun
2015

The capability of monitoring the differentiation process in living stem cells is crucial to the understanding of stem cell biology and the practical application of stem-cell-based therapies, yet conventional methods for the analysis of biomarkers related to differentiation require a large number of cells as well as cell lysis. Such requirements lead to the unavoidable loss of cell sources and preclude real-time monitoring of cellular events. In this work, we report the detection of microRNAs (miRNAs) in living human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) by using polydopamine-coated gold nanoparticles (Au@PDA NPs).

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