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  1. Local environment inside a novel aromatic micelle investigated by steady-state and femtosecond fluorescence spectroscopy of an encapsulated solvatochromic probe.

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    Sartin, Matthew M; Kondo, Kei; Yoshizawa, Michito; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Tahara, Tahei

    2016-12-21

    The local environment within a recently developed anthracene-shelled micelle (ASM), which is a micelle-like nanocapsule composed of anthracene-embedded amphiphiles, was investigated by steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy of an encapsulated solvatochromic fluorescent probe molecule, coumarin 153 (C153). The absorption maximum of encapsulated C153 (452 nm) is more red-shifted than that of free C153 in water, indicating a highly polar environment inside the micelle. Despite this, the fluorescence Stokes shift of encapsulated C153 (∼3700 cm(-1)) is substantially smaller than that of free C153 in water. Femtosecond time-resolved broadband fluorescence measurements further showed that the dynamic Stokes shift is completed within 1 ps, revealing that the reorganization of the micelle interior following photoexcitation of the C153 probe is characterized by a sub-picosecond, limited-amplitude response. The femtosecond fluorescence anisotropy data showed that the orientational diffusion of the host-guest complex is slower (860 ps) than that of the empty micelle (510 ps), suggesting that the micelle structure is flexible enough to expand when the guest molecule is accommodated and that the micelle rotates with the encapsulated guest molecule. This softness of the micelles further allows some of them to simultaneously encapsulate two C153 molecules, as evidenced by the appearance of blue-shifted, H-dimer-like absorption and fluorescence bands. Based on these steady-state and femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopic data, we discuss the electronic state of C153 and micelle structure as well as the host-guest interaction in this novel flexible synthetic nanocapsule.

  2. Predicting proton titration in cationic micelle and bilayer environments

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    Morrow, Brian H.; Eike, David M.; Murch, Bruce P.; Koenig, Peter H.; Shen, Jana K.

    2014-08-01

    Knowledge of the protonation behavior of pH-sensitive molecules in micelles and bilayers has significant implications in consumer product development and biomedical applications. However, the calculation of pKa's in such environments proves challenging using traditional structure-based calculations. Here we apply all-atom constant pH molecular dynamics with explicit ions and titratable water to calculate the pKa of a fatty acid molecule in a micelle of dodecyl trimethylammonium chloride and liquid as well as gel-phase bilayers of diethyl ester dimethylammonium chloride. Interestingly, the pKa of the fatty acid in the gel bilayer is 5.4, 0.4 units lower than that in the analogous liquid bilayer or micelle, despite the fact that the protonated carboxylic group is significantly more desolvated in the gel bilayer. This work illustrates the capability of all-atom constant pH molecular dynamics in capturing the delicate balance in the free energies of desolvation and Coulombic interactions. It also shows the importance of the explicit treatment of ions in sampling the protonation states. The ability to model dynamics of pH-responsive substrates in a bilayer environment is useful for improving fabric care products as well as our understanding of the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

  3. Predicting proton titration in cationic micelle and bilayer environments

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    Morrow, Brian H.; Shen, Jana K.; Eike, David M.; Murch, Bruce P.; Koenig, Peter H.

    2014-08-28

    Knowledge of the protonation behavior of pH-sensitive molecules in micelles and bilayers has significant implications in consumer product development and biomedical applications. However, the calculation of pK{sub a}’s in such environments proves challenging using traditional structure-based calculations. Here we apply all-atom constant pH molecular dynamics with explicit ions and titratable water to calculate the pK{sub a} of a fatty acid molecule in a micelle of dodecyl trimethylammonium chloride and liquid as well as gel-phase bilayers of diethyl ester dimethylammonium chloride. Interestingly, the pK{sub a} of the fatty acid in the gel bilayer is 5.4, 0.4 units lower than that in the analogous liquid bilayer or micelle, despite the fact that the protonated carboxylic group is significantly more desolvated in the gel bilayer. This work illustrates the capability of all-atom constant pH molecular dynamics in capturing the delicate balance in the free energies of desolvation and Coulombic interactions. It also shows the importance of the explicit treatment of ions in sampling the protonation states. The ability to model dynamics of pH-responsive substrates in a bilayer environment is useful for improving fabric care products as well as our understanding of the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

  4. Radiochromic leuco dye micelle hydrogels: I. Initial investigation.

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    Jordan, Kevin; Avvakumov, Nikita

    2009-11-21

    This investigation reports the use of surfactants and colorless leuco triarylmethane dyes to form a new class of radiochromic micelle hydrogels for three-dimensional (3D) water-equivalent dosimetry. Gelatin gel samples with several surfactants and leuco dyes were prepared and evaluated for optical transparency, dose sensitivity and diffusion rates. The addition of Triton X-100, a non-ionic surfactant, at levels exceeding the critical micelle concentration provides a transparent hydrogel in which the water insoluble leuco Malachite Green (LMG) can dissolve. During irradiation, the LMG dye precursor converts to Malachite Green (MG(+)). The most sensitive reported LMG gel formulation contains 0.3 mM LMG leuco dye, 16 mM trichloroacetic acid, 7 mM Triton X-100 and 4% w/w gelatin. A diffusion coefficient of 0.14 mm(2) h(-1) was determined for MG(+) in this gel by fitting the time-dependent degradation of the transmission profile after irradiating half of the sample. The diffusion rate was three times lower than the standard radiochromic ferrous xylenol-orange (FX) gel. The primary feature of this 3D hydrogel is that it introduces transparent, radiochromic, micelle hydrogels. The radiochromic response to dose is instantaneous and images are stable for several hours. A dosimetric characterization revealed that the dose response is reproducible to within 10% over five separate batches and independent of both energy and dose rate. Uniform pre-irradiation of samples to 5 Gy provided a subsequent near linear response to greater than 110 Gy. LMG gels when read with a fast optical CT scanner can provide full 3D dose distributions in less than 30 min post-irradiation. LMG micelle gels scanned with a 633 nm light source are a promising system for quantitative water- or tissue-equivalent 3D dose verification in the 5-100 Gy dose range. These gels are useful for the scanning of larger volume dosimeters (i.e. >15 cm diameter) since they are easily prepared with inexpensive

  5. Radiochromic leuco dye micelle hydrogels: I. Initial investigation

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    Jordan, Kevin; Avvakumov, Nikita

    2009-11-01

    This investigation reports the use of surfactants and colorless leuco triarylmethane dyes to form a new class of radiochromic micelle hydrogels for three-dimensional (3D) water-equivalent dosimetry. Gelatin gel samples with several surfactants and leuco dyes were prepared and evaluated for optical transparency, dose sensitivity and diffusion rates. The addition of Triton X-100, a non-ionic surfactant, at levels exceeding the critical micelle concentration provides a transparent hydrogel in which the water insoluble leuco Malachite Green (LMG) can dissolve. During irradiation, the LMG dye precursor converts to Malachite Green (MG+). The most sensitive reported LMG gel formulation contains 0.3 mM LMG leuco dye, 16 mM trichloroacetic acid, 7 mM Triton X-100 and 4% w/w gelatin. A diffusion coefficient of 0.14 mm2 h-1 was determined for MG+ in this gel by fitting the time-dependent degradation of the transmission profile after irradiating half of the sample. The diffusion rate was three times lower than the standard radiochromic ferrous xylenol-orange (FX) gel. The primary feature of this 3D hydrogel is that it introduces transparent, radiochromic, micelle hydrogels. The radiochromic response to dose is instantaneous and images are stable for several hours. A dosimetric characterization revealed that the dose response is reproducible to within 10% over five separate batches and independent of both energy and dose rate. Uniform pre-irradiation of samples to 5 Gy provided a subsequent near linear response to greater than 110 Gy. LMG gels when read with a fast optical CT scanner can provide full 3D dose distributions in less than 30 min post-irradiation. LMG micelle gels scanned with a 633 nm light source are a promising system for quantitative water- or tissue-equivalent 3D dose verification in the 5-100 Gy dose range. These gels are useful for the scanning of larger volume dosimeters (i.e. >15 cm diameter) since they are easily prepared with inexpensive ingredients, are

  6. Removal of Cr(VI) from Aqueous Environments Using Micelle-Clay Adsorption

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    Qurie, Mohannad; Khamis, Mustafa; Manassra, Adnan; Ayyad, Ibrahim; Nir, Shlomo; Scrano, Laura; Bufo, Sabino A.; Karaman, Rafik

    2013-01-01

    Removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions under different conditions was investigated using either clay (montmorillonite) or micelle-clay complex, the last obtained by adsorbing critical micelle concentration of octadecyltrimethylammonium ions onto montmorillonite. Batch experiments showed the effects of contact time, adsorbent dosage, and pH on the removal efficiency of Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions. Langmuir adsorption isotherm fitted the experimental data giving significant results. Filtration experiments using columns filled with micelle-clay complex mixed with sand were performed to assess Cr(VI) removal efficiency under continuous flow at different pH values. The micelle-clay complex used in this study was capable of removing Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions without any prior acidification of the sample. Results demonstrated that the removal effectiveness reached nearly 100% when using optimal conditions for both batch and continuous flow techniques. PMID:24222757

  7. Removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous environments using micelle-clay adsorption.

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    Qurie, Mohannad; Khamis, Mustafa; Manassra, Adnan; Ayyad, Ibrahim; Nir, Shlomo; Scrano, Laura; Bufo, Sabino A; Karaman, Rafik

    2013-01-01

    Removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions under different conditions was investigated using either clay (montmorillonite) or micelle-clay complex, the last obtained by adsorbing critical micelle concentration of octadecyltrimethylammonium ions onto montmorillonite. Batch experiments showed the effects of contact time, adsorbent dosage, and pH on the removal efficiency of Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions. Langmuir adsorption isotherm fitted the experimental data giving significant results. Filtration experiments using columns filled with micelle-clay complex mixed with sand were performed to assess Cr(VI) removal efficiency under continuous flow at different pH values. The micelle-clay complex used in this study was capable of removing Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions without any prior acidification of the sample. Results demonstrated that the removal effectiveness reached nearly 100% when using optimal conditions for both batch and continuous flow techniques.

  8. Investigation of the micropolarity of reverse micelles using quinolinium betaine compounds as probes

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    Ueda, Mitsuo; Kimura, Akimune; Wakida, Tomoji . Dept. of Chemistry and Materials Technology); Yoshimura, Yurika ); Schelly, Z.A. . Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry)

    1994-03-15

    There is considerable interest in the utilization of reverse micelle and microemulsion systems in a variety of applications such as reactivity control, tertiary oil recovery, solar energy conversion, enzyme mediated synthesis, etc. Fundamental to understanding improved applications of such systems are questions concerning solubilization; thus substantial efforts have been focused on the investigation of the solubilizing state of the assemblies. N-octyl-quinolinium betaine is introduced as an absorption probe for the micropolarity of the interior of reverse micelles. its solubilization by reverse micelles and water/oil microemulsions of Aerosol-OT in isooctane is compared with that of N-methyl-quinolinium betaine at various water contents of the solution. Analysis of the excitation energies in the visible range of the spectrum indicates that the methyl derivative probes the polarity of the aqueous pool of the micelle, whereas the octyl derivative behaves as a cosurfactant probe that reports on the polarity of the water/oil interfacial region.

  9. Effect of Detergent Micelle Environment on P-glycoprotein (ABCB1)-Ligand Interactions.

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    Shukla, Suneet; Abel, Biebele; Chufan, Eduardo E; Ambudkar, Suresh V

    2017-03-10

    P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is a multidrug transporter that utilizes energy from ATP hydrolysis to efflux a variety of structurally dissimilar hydrophobic and amphipathic compounds including anticancer drugs from cells. Several structural studies on purified P-gp have been reported and there is very limited and in some cases conflicting information available on ligand interactions with isolated transporter in a dodecyl maltoside detergent environment. In this report, we compare the biochemical properties of human and mouse P-gp in native membranes, detergent micelles, and after reconstitution in artificial membranes. We found that the modulators zosuquidar, tariquidar and elacridar stimulated the ATPase activity of purified human or mouse P-gp in a detergent micelle environment, whereas these drugs inhibited the ATPase activity of the transporter in native membranes or when it was reconstituted in proteoliposomes, with IC50 values in the 10 to 40 nanomolar range. Similarly, a 30- to 150-fold decrease in the apparent affinity for verapamil and cyclic peptide inhibitor QZ59-SSS was observed in detergent micelles compared to native or artificial membranes. These findings in aggregate demonstrate that the high-affinity site is inaccessible either due to a conformational change or binding of detergent at the binding site in a detergent micelle environment. The ligands bind to a low-affinity site, resulting in altered modulation of P-gp ATPase activity. We recommend that structural and functional aspects of ligand interactions with purified P-gp and other ATP-Binding Cassette transporters that transport amphipathic or hydrophobic substrates be studied in a detergent-free native or artificial membrane environment.

  10. Microemulsions of water in supercritical carbon dioxide : an in-situ NMR investigation of micelle formation and structure.

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    Fremgen, D. E.; Smotkin, E. S.; Gerald, R. E.; Klingler, R. J.; Rathke, J. W.; Chemical Engineering; IIT

    2001-04-01

    High-pressure NMR spectroscopy was used for the first time to investigate microemulsions of water in supercritical carbon dioxide. The emulsions were formed using a family of anionic perfluoropolyether ammonium carboxylate surfactants. This system holds promise as a reaction medium for conducting homogeneous catalytic reactions within the aqueous micellular cores while, at the same time, exploiting the facile mass transfer properties of the supercritical fluid. Ammonium hexafluorophosphate was used as a water-soluble ionic guest to investigate micelle formation and structure. Under micelle-forming conditions, the PF{sub 6}{sup -} guest, surfactant, and water were uniformly dispersed throughout the CO{sub 2} phase, as demonstrated by in situ NMR imaging. In addition, the micelles were observed to form even in the absence of mechanical stirring. This spontaneous formation of micelles demonstrates that the NMR spectral properties were obtained under conditions that result in the production of thermodynamically stable microemulsions. The nuclear overhauser effect (NOE) was used to probe the micellular structure through dipole-dipole interactions between the PF{sub 6}{sup -} anion and the fluorinated backbone of the surfactant. A strong negative homonuclear NoE was observed between the PF{sub 6}{sup -} guest and the fluorine moiety that is located directly adjacent to the surfactant's carboxylate head group. This highly specific negative NOE indicates an ordered arrangement, where the PF{sub 6}{sup -} anion and carboxylate ion are located in close proximity to one another. This close association of two negatively charged ionic groups in an aqueous environment is unusual and suggests that the PF{sub 6}{sup -} guest is concentrated within the electric double layer that forms at the micellular interface.

  11. Investigating Your Environment.

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    The goal of this interdisciplinary curriculum is to enable students to make informed and responsible decisions about natural resources management by promoting an understanding of natural, social, and economic environments and the student's role in affecting all three. The included investigations utilize processes and techniques that help people…

  12. Investigation of thermo-sensitive amphiphilic micelles as drug carriers for chemotherapy in cholangiocarcinoma in vitro and in vivo.

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    Wang, Xuefeng; Li, Songgang; Wan, Ziwei; Quan, Zhiwei; Tan, Qinggang

    2014-03-10

    Cholangiocarcinoma is an epithelial cancer of the bile ducts with poor prognosis and, in recent years, a rapidly increasing incidence. In this study, nano-sized thermo-sensitive micelles were investigated as drug carriers to improve chemotherapy in cholangiocarcinoma. Thermo-sensitive amphiphilic block copolymer, P-(N,N-isopropylacrylamide-co-N-hydroxymethylacrylamide)-b-caprolactone [P-(NIPAAm-co-NHMAAm)-b-PCL] with lower critical solution temperature (LCST) at about 38°C was synthesized. Doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded micelles were prepared by dialysis method. The micelles exhibited a sustained and temperature-dependent DOX release. Toxicity of the blank micelles for human cholangiocarcinoma (QBC939) cells was minimal both in vitro and in vivo. In contrast, the DOX-loaded micelles effectively inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis of QBC939 cells in vitro (p<0.05) and inhibited tumor growth in nude mice by 21.49%. These results indicated that thermo-sensitive amphiphilic micelles are a promising and effective drug carrier, and show potential for improving chemotherapy for cholangiocarcinoma.

  13. Investigation of ultrafiltration rejection of surfactant micelles by dynamic light scattering

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    Singh, R.

    1996-05-01

    The absence of nonionic surfactant micelles in ultrafiltration membrane (molecular weight cut-off = 10,000) permeates is verified with the aid of a dynamic light-scattering (DLS) technique. DLS is also used to determine the hydrodynamic radii of micelles at concentrations above the critical micelle concentration. An empirical relationship between the micelle diameter, diffusion coefficient, and a pseudomolecular weight is plotted. The relationship can be used to screen high molecular weight cut-off membranes for surfactant-based UF applications.

  14. Geokinetic environment investigations

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    Hartnett, E. B.; Carleen, E. D.; Blaney, J. I.

    1981-03-01

    This report covers the development and implementation of special concepts, techniques and instrumentation for the collection, analysis and application of geokinetic data. The Geokinetic Data Acquisition System (GDAS) was modified, maintained and operationally deployed to various sites designated by AFGL. Tests were conducted at the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) CASINO Facility in Maryland; Central Inertial Guidance Test Facility (CIGTF), Holloman AFB, N.M.; Space Transportation System (STS) Launch Complex, Vandenberg AFB, Ca. and the SAC Wing V Minuteman Complex at Cheyenne, Wy. The CASINO data contributed to SAMSO's MX/TGG Advanced Development Bridge II Program for radiation hardening of third generation hardware. The CIGTF investigation supported USAF requirements for highly precise azimuth reference. The Hill AFB the performance of a minuteman III missile guidance system in an engineering silo. The STS program at Vandenberg AFB was to assist in determining the nature of a Titan III-D pressure load. The SAC Wing V deployment was to investigate plateau/valley basin geologic characteristics in respect to motion response.

  15. What is inside a nonionic reverse micelle? Probing the interior of Igepal reverse micelles using decavanadate.

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    Sedgwick, M A; Crans, D C; Levinger, N E

    2009-05-19

    The interiors of reverse micelles formed using nonionic surfactants to sequester water droplets in a nonpolar environment have been investigated using the decavanadate molecule as a probe. Chemical shifts and line widths of the three characteristic signals in the 51V NMR spectrum of decavanadate, corresponding to vanadium atoms in equatorial peripheral, equatorial interior, and axial locations, measure the local proton concentration and characteristics of the reverse micellar interior near the decavandate probe. All samples investigated indicate deprotonation of the vanadate probe in the reverse micelle environment. However, the relative mobility of the decavanadate molecule depends on the reverse micellar components. Specifically, the 51V NMR signals of the decavandate in reverse micelles formed using only the Igepal CO-520 surfactant display sharp signals indicating that the decavandate molecule tumbles relatively freely while reverse micelles formed from a mixture of Igepal CO-610 and -430 present a more viscous environment for the decavanadate molecule; the nature of the interior of the nonionic reverse water pool varies significantly depending on the specific Igepal. The 51V NMR spectra also indicate that the interior core water pool of the reverse micelles is less acidic than the bulk aqueous solution from which the samples were created. Together, these data provide a description that allows for a comparison of the water pools in these different nonionic reverse micelles.

  16. Proton transport and the water environment in nafion fuel cell membranes and AOT reverse micelles.

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    Spry, D B; Goun, A; Glusac, K; Moilanen, David E; Fayer, M D

    2007-07-04

    The properties of confined water and diffusive proton-transfer kinetics in the nanoscopic water channels of Nafion fuel cell membranes at various hydration levels are compared to water in a series of well-characterized AOT reverse micelles with known water nanopool sizes using the photoacid pyranine as a molecular probe. The side chains of Nafion are terminated by sulfonate groups with sodium counterions that are arrayed along the water channels. AOT has sulfonate head groups with sodium counterions that form the interface with the reverse micelle's water nanopool. The extent of excited-state deprotonation is observed by steady-state fluorescence measurements. Proton-transfer kinetics and orientational relaxation are measured by time-dependent fluorescence using time-correlated single photon counting. The time dependence of deprotonation is related to diffusive proton transport away from the photoacid. The fluorescence reflecting the long time scale proton transport has an approximately t-0.8 power law decay in contrast to bulk water, which has a t-3/2 power law. For a given hydration level of Nafion, the excited-state proton transfer and the orientational relaxation are similar to those observed for a related size AOT water nanopool. The effective size of the Nafion water channels at various hydration levels are estimated by the known size of the AOT reverse micelles that display the corresponding proton-transfer kinetics and orientational relaxation.

  17. Spectroscopic investigations on the interaction of an anionic probe with nonionic micelles of Igepal surfactants in aqueous media

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    Moore, S. A.; Palepu, R. M.

    The behaviour of the anionic dye 8-anilino-1-napthalenesulfonic acid ammonium salt, or ANS, in aqueous solutions containing the Igepal series of polyoxyethylene nonionic surfactants was investigated using fluorescence spectroscopic technique. The interactions of the dye with the nonionic surfactants were examined in micellar media, to prevent dye aggregate formation and to ensure maximum dye and surfactant interaction. From the relative fluorescence enhancements, binding constants of the dye to the surfactant micelles and aggregation numbers of the micelles were determined. The aggregation numbers were also separately determined by static fluorescence quenching of pyrene by cetylpyridinium chloride in aqueous surfactant mixtures at a fixed concentration of surfactant, and compared with the value obtained from the present investigation of the interaction of the micelles with the ANS probe. The values of binding constants, micropolarity values sensed by pyrene and the Stern-Volmer constants for quenching of pyrene fluorescence by cetylpyridinium chloride were correlated with the number of ethylene oxide groups in the Igepal series.

  18. Investigation of Chiral Molecular Micelles by NMR Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Morris, Kevin F.; Billiot, Eugene J.; Billiot, Fereshteh H.; Lipkowitz, Kenny B.; Southerland, William M.; Fang, Yayin

    2013-01-01

    NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation analyses of the chiral molecular micelles poly-(sodium undecyl-(L,L)-leucine-valine) (poly-SULV) and poly-(sodium undecyl-(L,L)- valine-leucine) (poly-(SUVL)) are reported. Both molecular micelles are used as chiral selectors in electrokinetic chromatography and each consists of covalently linked surfactant chains with chiral dipeptide headgroups. To provide experimental support for the structures from MD simulations, NOESY spectra were used to identify protons in close spatial proximity. Results from the NOESY analyses were then compared to radial distribution functions from MD simulations. In addition, the hydrodynamic radii of both molecular micelles were calculated from NMR-derived diffusion coefficients. Corresponding radii from the MD simulations were found to be in agreement with these experimental results. NMR diffusion experiments were also used to measure association constants for polar and non-polar binaphthyl analytes binding to both molecular micelles. Poly(SUVL) was found to bind the non-polar analyte enantiomers more strongly, while the more polar analyte enantiomers interacted more strongly with poly(SULV). MD simulations in tum showed that poly(SUL V) had a more open structure that gave greater access for water molecules to the dipeptide headgroup region. PMID:23991355

  19. Investigation of laundering and dispersion approaches for silica and calcium phosphosilicate composite nanoparticles synthesized in reverse micelles

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    Tabakovic, Amra

    Nanotechnology, the science and engineering of materials at the nanoscale, is a booming research area with numerous applications in electronic, cosmetic, automotive and sporting goods industries, as well as in biomedicine. Composite nanoparticles (NPs) are of special interest since the use of two or more materials in NP design imparts multifunctionality on the final NP constructs. This is especially relevant for applications in areas of human healthcare, where the use of dye or drug doped composite NPs is expected to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses. Since the physicochemical properties of NP suspensions dictate the success of these systems in biomedical applications, especially drug delivery of chemotherapeutics, synthetic routes which offer precise control of NP properties, especially particle diameter and colloidal stability, are utilized to form a variety of composite NPs. Formation of NPs in reverse, or water-in-oil, micelles is one such synthetic approach. However, while the use of reverse micelles to form composite NPs offers precise control over NP size and shape, the post-synthesis laundering and dispersion of synthesized NP suspensions can still be a challenge. Reverse micelle synthetic approaches require the use of surfactants and low dielectric constant solvents, like hexane and cyclohexane, as the oil phase, which can compromise the biocompatibility and colloidal stability of the final composite NP suspensions. Therefore, appropriate dispersants and solvents must be used during laundering and dispersion to remove surfactant and ensure stability of synthesized NPs. In the work presented in this dissertation, two laundering and dispersion approaches, including packed column high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and centrifugation (sedimentation and redispersion), are investigated for silver core silica (Ag-SiO2) and calcium phosphosilicate (Caw(HxPO4)y(Si(OH)zOa) b · cH2O, CPS) composite NP suspensions

  20. Mesoscale Simulations and Experimental Studies of pH-Sensitive Micelles for Controlled Drug Delivery.

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    Wang, Yan; Li, Qiu Yu; Liu, Xu Bo; Zhang, Can Yang; Wu, Zhi Min; Guo, Xin Dong

    2015-11-25

    The microstructures of doxorubicin-loaded micelles prepared from block polymers His(x)Lys10 (x = 0, 5, 10) conjugated with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are investigated under different pH conditions, using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations. The conformation of micelles and the DOX distributions in micelles were obviously influenced by pH values and the length of the histidine segment. At pH >6.0, the micelles self-assembled from the polymers were dense and compact. The drugs were entrapped well within the micellar core. The particle size increases as the histidine length increases. With the decrease of pH value to be lower than 6.0, there was no distinct difference for the micelles self-assembled from the polymer without histidine residues. However, the micelles prepared from the polymers with histidine residues shows a structural transformation from dense to swollen conformation, leading to an increased particle size from 10.3 to 14.5 DPD units for DHD-His10Lys10 micelles. This structural transformation of micelles can accelerate the DOX release from micelles under lower pH conditions. The in vitro drug release from micelles is accelerated by the decrease of pH value from 7.4 (physiological environment) to 5.0 (lysosomal environment). The integration of simulation and experiments might be a valuable method for the optimization and design of biomaterials for drug delivery with desired properties.

  1. Microcalorimetric investigation of the solubilization of water in reversed micelles and water-in-oil microemulsions

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    Haandrikman, G.; Daane, G.J.R.; Kerkhof, F.J.M.; Os, N.M. van; Rupert, L.A.M.

    1992-10-29

    Microcalorimetry has been used to study the solubilization of water in reversed micelles and water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions. The systems were based on Aerosol OT (AOT) and two isomerically pure sodium alkylarenesulfonates as surfactants. The solubilization of water can be described in terms of hydration of the head group (ca. three H{sub 2}O molecules per AOT), swelling of the water droplet, and phase separation. All steps are endothermic, indicating that a gain in entropy is the driving forcing for solubilization. Above 60 {degrees}C the hydration energy for AOT is strongly affected by temperature. The swelling of alkylarenesulfonate w/o microemulsions droplets in n-heptane is more endothermic than that of AOT w/o microemulsion droplets in n-heptane, indicating a significant influence of surfactant structure. 57 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Distance dependence of magnetic field effect inside confined environment of reverse micelles

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    Sarangi, Manas Kumar; Basu, Samita

    2013-06-01

    In this article, we emphasize on the distance dependence of the magnetic field effect (MFE) on the donoracceptor (D-A) pair inside the confined environment of AOT/H2O/n-heptane reverse micellar (RMs) system. For this study N, N-dimethyl aniline (DMA) is used as an electron donor while the protonated form of Acr is treated as an electron acceptor. We report of the occurrence of an associated excited state proton transfer with the photoinduced electron transfer between Acr and DMA forming corresponding radical pair (RP) and radical ion pairs (RIP). The fate of these reaction products has been tested in the presence of an external magnetic field (˜0.08T) by varying the size of the RMs. The MFE between Acr and DMA has been compared to the results with the earlier reported interactions between Acr and TEA (Chemical Physics Letters, 2011, 506, 205-210). We accentuate the importance of the localization of the D and A inside the RMs, and the intervening distance between the pair to be the critical component for observing substantial MFE.

  3. Thermal lens spectrometry in aqueous solutions of Brij 35: investigation of micelle effects on the time-resolved and steady-state signals.

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    Arnaud, N; Georges, J

    2001-04-01

    This work investigates the effect of micelles on the time-resolved and steady-state thermal lens signals in aqueous solutions. The temperature gradient produced subsequently to non-radiative relaxation of the sample induces migration of micelles towards the colder region of the irradiated area along with an opposite flow of solute molecules. This phenomenon, known as the Soret effect, produces an additional probe beam signal with a rise time that is much longer than the thermal time constant and depends on the surfactant and solute concentrations. Extrapolation of the mass-diffusion constant at zero solute concentration allowed the determination of diffusion coefficients that are close to those derived by other methods for Brij 35 micelles in water. It is also shown that the surfactant has only a small effect on the thermal lens signal and that the enhancement produced by micelles with respect to pure water originates mainly firom the Soret effect. It follows that interpretation of experimental data without discriminating both components of the probe beam signal can lead to erroneous values of dn/dT.

  4. Modulation of photophysics of 2-hydroxy 1-naphthaldehyde in non-ionic micelles

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    Adhikary, Tirtha Pratim; Chowdhury, Papia; Chakravorti, Sankar

    2007-07-01

    Interesting structural influence of different types of non-ionic micelles (Tween-40, Tween-80, Brij-30 and Brij-78) on the excited state proton transfer photophysics of 2-hydroxy 1-naphthaldehyde has been investigated. Anion band formation in the excited state is favored in Brij micelles, similar to aqueous environment due to hydrogen bonding ability of OH group in Brij but the same is hindered in Tween micelles. Quantum chemical calculations predicted, with free energy and enthalpy values, two possible anionic conformers ( cis and trans). One of the two anionic conformers is favored in Brij 30 and addition of base seems to lower the barrier for other conformer to appear.

  5. Enhanced solubilization and desorption of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) from soil by oil-swollen micelles formed with a nonionic surfactant.

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    Zheng, Guanyu; Selvam, Ammaiyappan; Wong, Jonathan W C

    2012-11-06

    The effect of oil-swollen micelles formed with nonionic surfactant polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate (Tween 80), cosurfactant 1-pentanol, and linseed oil on the solubilization and desorption of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) including DDT and γ-HCH from both loam soil and clay soil were investigated. Results showed that the solubilizing capacities of oil-swollen micelles were dependent on the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of Tween 80. Once the concentrations of oil-swollen micelles exceeded the CMC of Tween 80, the oil-swollen micelles exhibited much higher solubilizing capacity than empty Tween 80 micelles for the two OCPs. Desorption tests revealed that oil-swollen micelles could successfully enhance desorption of OCPs from both loam soil and clay soil. However, compared with the efficiencies achieved by empty Tween 80 micelles, oil-swollen micelles exhibited their superiority to desorb OCPs only in loam soil-water system while was less effective in clay soil-water system. Distribution of Tween 80, 1-pentanol and linseed oil in soil-water system revealed that the difference in the sorption behavior of linseed oil onto the two soils is responsible for the different effects of oil-swollen micelles on the desorption of OCPs in loam soil and clay soil systems. Therefore, oil-swollen micelles formed with nonionic surfactant Tween 80 are better candidates over empty micelle counterparts to desorb OCPs from soil with relatively lower sorption capacity for oil fraction, which may consequently enhance the availability of OCPs in soil environment during remediation processes of contaminated soil.

  6. Molecular dynamics simulation and NMR investigation of the association of the β-blockers atenolol and propranolol with a chiral molecular micelle

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    Morris, Kevin F.; Billiot, Eugene J.; Billiot, Fereshteh H.; Hoffman, Charlene B.; Gladis, Ashley A.; Lipkowitz, Kenny B.; Southerland, William M.; Fang, Yayin

    2015-08-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations and NMR spectroscopy were used to compare the binding of two β-blocker drugs to the chiral molecular micelle poly-(sodium undecyl-(L)-leucine-valine). The molecular micelle is used as a chiral selector in capillary electrophoresis. This study is part of a larger effort to understand the mechanism of chiral recognition in capillary electrophoresis by characterizing the molecular micelle binding of chiral compounds with different geometries and charges. Propranolol and atenolol were chosen because their structures are similar, but their chiral interactions with the molecular micelle are different. Molecular dynamics simulations showed both propranolol enantiomers inserted their aromatic rings into the molecular micelle core and that (S)-propranolol associated more strongly with the molecular micelle than (R)-propranolol. This difference was attributed to stronger molecular micelle hydrogen bonding interactions experienced by (S)-propranolol. Atenolol enantiomers were found to bind near the molecular micelle surface and to have similar molecular micelle binding free energies.

  7. Reverse micelles as a water-property-control system to investigate the hydration/activity relationship of alpha-chymotrypsin.

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    Dorovska-Taran, V; Veeger, C; Visser, A J

    1993-12-15

    alpha-Chymotrypsin, solubilized in hydrated reverse micelles of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) in n-octane, was used as a model system for studying the involvement of different water structures (strongly bound water, disordered water, water clusters and bulk water) in the development of the catalytically active conformation of the enzyme. Results presented in this study indicate a characteristic dependence of the stability/activity profile on the water content of the reverse-micellar system for values of wo of approximately 5 (wo is defined as [H2O]/[AOT]). The results are consistent with heat-capacity measurements for proteins. At very low wo values, the conformation of alpha-chymotrypsin changes to a very rigid structure in comparison to the structure observed in water. This is demonstrated by the overall center of gravity of the tryptophan fluorescence spectrum of the enzyme at wo = 0.65, which is blue shifted in comparison to the spectrum in bulk water indicating that the enzyme is in an apolar environment. In the absence of a hydration shell, the protein is to a great extent frozen and inactive. A small increase in the level of enzyme hydration (up to wo = 2.3) causes an increase in the amount of strongly bound water associated with the enzyme and the enzyme displays a high catalytic activity. Upon further addition of water, a new unstable water structure with unfavourable enthalpy is developed and the enzyme activity declines, reaching a minimum at wo = 5.1. A new increase of water content within a relatively small range, wo = 5-8, causes a dramatic increase in enzymic activity, reminiscent of a cooperative hydration dependence. In the range wo = 10-29, the effect of hydration on the activity is complete which shows that the enzyme activity depends on the amount of water in contact with the enzyme and not on the total amount of bulk water in the system. The experimental results on enzyme incubation at different wo values followed by dilution to

  8. pH-responsive mechanism of a deoxycholic acid and folate comodified chitosan micelle under cancerous environment.

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    Chen, Daiqin; Song, Peng; Jiang, Feng; Meng, Xiangyue; Sui, Weiping; Shu, Chunying; Wan, Li-Jun

    2013-02-07

    Smart pH-responsive polymeric micelles have attracted much attention as one of the most promising drug delivery candidates. In this paper, a different substitution of deoxycholic acid (DCA) and folic acid (FA) comodified hydroxypropyl chitosans (HPCHS) were synthesized for doxorubicin (DOX) targeted delivery and controllable release. The results indicate that the DOX-release behavior is pH-responsive and closely related with the grafting proportions of the two hydrophobic ingredients. The pH-responsive mechanism for the optimized (6%DCA)-HPCHS-(0.1%FA) was suggested, resulting from a synergistic effect of gradual hydrolysis of the amido bond and electrostatic repulsion between the subsequently protonated DOX and the amino residue of the chitosan backbone under a cancerous microenvironment. Moreover, the DOX/(6%DCA)-HPCHS-(0.1%FA) micelle as a promising targeted drug delivery system in cancer therapy was evaluated by cell growth inhibition assays and confocal laser microscopy in vitro. The results clearly demonstrate a controlled release of its cargo and promoted curative efficacy of DOX.

  9. The Effect of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Structure of Amphiphilic Polymeric Micelles on Their Transportation in Rats.

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    Deng, Feiyang; Yu, Chao; Zhang, Hua; Dai, Wenbing; He, Bing; Zheng, Ying; Wang, Xueqing; Zhang, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    In the previous study, we have clarified how the hydrophilic and hydrophobic structures of amphiphilic polymers impact the transport of their micelles (PEEP-PCL, PEG-PCL and PEG-DSPE micelles) in epithelial MDCK cells (Biomaterials 2013, 34: 6284-6298). In this study, we attempt to clarify the behavior of the three micelles in rats. Coumarin-6 loaded micelles were injected into different sections of intestine of rats and observed by confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) or orally administrated and conducted pharmacokinetic study. All of the three kinds of micelles were able to cross the intestinal epithelial cells and enter blood circulation. The PEEP-PCL micelles demonstrated the fastest distribution mainly in duodenum, while the PEGDSPE micelles showed the longest distribution with the highest proportion in ileum of the three. No significant difference was observed among the pharmacokinetic parameters of the three micelles. The results were consistent in the two analysis methods mentioned above, yet there were some differences between in vivo and in vitro results reported previously. It might be the distinction between the environments in MDCK model and intestine that led to the discrepancy. The hydrophobicity of nanoparticles could both enhance uptake and hinder the transport across the mucus. However, there was no intact mucus in MDCK model, which preferred hydrophobic nanoparticles. PEEP was the most hydrophilic material constructing the micelles in the study and its uptake would be increased in rats compared to that in MDCK model, while DSPE was more hydrophobic than the others and MDCK model would be more ideal for its uptake. Considering the inconsistency of the results in the two models, whether the methods researchers were generally using at present were reasonable needs further investigation.

  10. Agarose hydrogels embedded with pH-responsive diblock copolymer micelles for triggered release of substances.

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    Jin, Naixiong; Morin, Emily A; Henn, Daniel M; Cao, Yu; Woodcock, Jeremiah W; Tang, Shuangcheng; He, Wei; Zhao, Bin

    2013-08-12

    Hybrid agarose hydrogels embedded with pH-responsive diblock copolymers micelles were developed to achieve functional hydrogels capable of stimulus-triggered drug release. Specifically, a well-defined poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based diblock copolymer, PEO-b-poly(2-(N,N-diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PEO(113)-b-PDPAEMA(31), where the subscripts represent the degrees of polymerization of two blocks), was synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization. PDPAEMA is a pH-responsive polymer with a pKa value of 6.3. The PEO(113)-b-PDPAEMA(31) micelles were formed by a solvent-switching method, and their pH-dependent dissociation behavior was investigated by dynamic light scattering and fluorescence spectroscopy. Both studies indicated that the micelles were completely disassembled at pH = 6.40. The biocompatibility of PEO(113)-b-PDPAEMA(31) micelles was demonstrated by in vitro primary cortical neural culture. Hybrid agarose hydrogels were made by cooling 1.0 wt % agarose solutions that contained various amounts of PEO(113)-b-PDPAEMA(31) micelles at either 2 or 4 °C. Rheological measurements showed that the mechanical properties of gels were not significantly adversely affected by the incorporation of diblock copolymer micelles with a concentration as high as 5.0 mg/g. Using Nile Red as a model hydrophobic drug, its incorporation into the core of diblock copolymer micelles was demonstrated. Characterized by fluorescent spectroscopy, the release of Nile Red from the hybrid hydrogel was shown to be controllable by pH due to the responsiveness of the block copolymer micelles. Based on the prominent use of agarose gels as scaffolds for cell transplantation for neural repair, the hybrid hydrogels embedded with stimuli-responsive block copolymer micelles could allow the controlled delivery of hydrophobic neuroprotective agents to improve survival of transplanted cells in tune with signals from the surrounding pathological environment.

  11. Investigating Your Environment--Intermountain Region.

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    This resource notebook contains over 100 activities in which students investigate different aspects of the environment. The activities are presented in 21 sections covering the following environmental topics and issues: (1) soil; (2) water; (3) forests; (4) plant relationships; (5) wildlife; (6)measurement; (7) urban communities; (8) deserts; (9)…

  12. Using Ants to Investigate the Environment

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    Hagevik, Rita A.

    2005-01-01

    The best place for students to begin to understand complex environmental relationships is in their own back yards. Doing investigations of ants allows students to establish a baseline survey of ant fauna, test the importance of ants in nutrient cycling and soil structure maintenance, and increase their understanding of the environment and their…

  13. Proton transfer in ionic and neutral reverse micelles.

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    Lawler, Christian; Fayer, Michael D

    2015-05-14

    Proton-transfer kinetics in both ionic and neutral reverse micelles were studied by time-correlated single-photon counting investigations of the fluorescent photoacid 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonate (HPTS). Orientational dynamics of dissolved probe molecules in the water pools of the reverse micelles were also investigated by time-dependent fluorescence anisotropy measurements of MPTS, the methoxy derivative of HPTS. These experiments were compared to the same experiments in bulk water. It was found that in ionic reverse micelles (surfactant Aerosol OT, AOT), orientational motion (fluorescence anisotropy decay) of MPTS was relatively unhindered, consistent with MPTS being located in the water core of the reverse micelle away from the water-surfactant interface. In nonionic reverse micelles (surfactant Igepal CO-520, Igepal), however, orientational anisotropy displayed a slow multiexponential decay consistent with wobbling-in-a-cone behavior, indicating MPTS is located at the water-surfactant interface. HPTS proton transfer in ionic reverse micelles followed kinetics qualitatively like those in bulk water, albeit slower, with the long-time power law time dependence associated with recombination of the proton with the dissociated photoacid, suggesting a modified diffusion-controlled process. However, the power law exponents in the ionic reverse micelles are smaller (∼ -0.55) than that in bulk water (-1.1). In neutral reverse micelles, proton-transfer kinetics did not show discernible power law behavior and were best represented by a two-component model with one relatively waterlike population and a population with a faster fluorescence lifetime and negligible proton transfer. We explain the Igepal results on the basis of close association between the probe and the neutral water-surfactant interface, with the probe experiencing a distribution of more and less waterlike environments. In addition, the observation in bulk water of a power law t(-1.1) for diffusion

  14. Molecular Dynamics Simulation and NMR Investigation of the Association of the β-Blockers Atenolol and Propranolol with a Chiral Molecular Micelle

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    Morris, Kevin F.; Billiot, Eugene J.; Billiot, Fereshteh H.; Hoffman, Charlene B.; Gladis, Ashley A.; Lipkowitz, Kenny B.; Southerland, William M.; Fang, Yayin

    2015-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations and NMR spectroscopy were used to compare the binding of two β-blocker drugs to the chiral molecular micelle poly-(sodium undecyl-(L)-leucine-valine). The molecular micelle is used as a chiral selector in capillary electrophoresis. This study is part of a larger effort to understand the mechanism of chiral recognition in capillary electrophoresis by characterizing the molecular micelle binding of chiral compounds with different geometries and charges. Propranolol and atenolol were chosen because their structures are similar, but their chiral interactions with the molecular micelle are different. Molecular dynamics simulations showed both propranolol enantiomers inserted their aromatic rings into the molecular micelle core and that (S)-propranolol associated more strongly with the molecular micelle than (R)-propranolol. This difference was attributed to stronger molecular micelle hydrogen bonding interactions experienced by (S)-propranolol. Atenolol enantiomers were found to bind near the molecular micelle surface and to have similar molecular micelle binding free energies. PMID:26257464

  15. Polar Solvents Trigger Formation of Reverse Micelles.

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    Khoshnood, Atefeh; Firoozabadi, Abbas

    2015-06-09

    We use molecular dynamics simulations and molecular thermodynamics to investigate the formation of reverse micelles in a system of surfactants and nonpolar solvents. Since the early observation of reverse micelles, the question has been whether the existence of polar solvent molecules such as water is the driving force for the formation of reverse micelles in nonpolar solvents. In this work, we use a simple coarse-grained model of surfactants and solvents to show that a small number of polar solvent molecules triggers the formation of large permanent aggregates. In the absence of polar molecules, both the thermodynamic model and molecular simulations show that small aggregates are more populated in the solution and larger ones are less frequent as the system evolves over time. The size and shape of reverse micelles depend on the size of the polar core: the shape is spherical for a large core and ellipsoidal for a smaller one. Using the coarse-grained model, we also investigate the effect of temperature and surfactant tail length. Our results reveal that the number of surfactant molecules in the micelle decreases as the temperature increases, but the average diameter does not change because the size of the polar core remains invariant. A reverse micelle with small polar core attracts fewer surfactants when the tail is long. The uptake of solvent particles by a micelle of longer surfactant tail is less than shorter ones when the polar solvent particles are initially distributed randomly.

  16. Investigations of Methane Production in Hypersaline Environments

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    Bebout, Brad M.

    2015-01-01

    The recent reports of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, as well as the findings of hypersaline paleo-environments on that planet, have underscored the need to evaluate the importance of biological (as opposed to geological) trace gas production and consumption. Methane in the atmosphere of Mars may be an indication of life but might also be a consequence of geologic activity and/or the thermal alteration of ancient organic matter. Hypersaline environments have now been reported to be extremely likely in several locations in our solar system, including: Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. Modern hypersaline microbial mat communities, (thought to be analogous to those present on the early Earth at a period of time when Mars was experiencing very similar environmental conditions), have been shown to produce methane. However, very little is known about the physical and/or biological controls imposed upon the rates at which methane, and other important trace gases, are produced and consumed in these environments. We describe here the results of our investigations of methane production in hypersaline environments, including field sites in Chile, Baja California Mexico, California, USA and the United Arab Emirates. We have measured high concentrations of methane in bubbles of gas produced both in the sediments underlying microbial mats, as well as in areas not colonized by microbial mats in the Guerrero Negro hypersaline ecosystem, Baja California Mexico, in Chile, and in salt ponds on the San Francisco Bay. The carbon isotopic (d13C) composition of the methane in the bubbles exhibited an extremely wide range of values, (ca. -75 per mille ca. -25 per mille). The hydrogen isotopic composition of the methane (d2H) ranged from -60 to -30per mille and -450 to -350per mille. These isotopic values are outside of the range of values normally considered to be biogenic, however incubations of the sediments in contact with these gas bubbles reveals that the methane is indeed being

  17. Dendrimeric micelles for controlled drug release and targeted delivery

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    Ambade, Ashootosh V.; Savariar, Elamprakash N.; Thayumanavan, S.

    2008-01-01

    This review highlights the developments in dendrimer-based micelles for drug delivery. Dendrimers, the perfectly branched monodisperse macromolecules, have certain structural advantages that make them attractive candidates as drug carriers for controlled release or targeted delivery. As polymeric micelle-based approaches precede the work in dendrimers, these are also discussed briefly. The review concludes with a perspective on possible applications of biaryl-based dendrimeric micelles that exhibit environment-dependent conformations, in drug delivery. PMID:16053329

  18. Dependence of micelle size and shape on detergent alkyl chain length and head group.

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    Oliver, Ryan C; Lipfert, Jan; Fox, Daniel A; Lo, Ryan H; Doniach, Sebastian; Columbus, Linda

    2013-01-01

    Micelle-forming detergents provide an amphipathic environment that can mimic lipid bilayers and are important tools for solubilizing membrane proteins for functional and structural investigations in vitro. However, the formation of a soluble protein-detergent complex (PDC) currently relies on empirical screening of detergents, and a stable and functional PDC is often not obtained. To provide a foundation for systematic comparisons between the properties of the detergent micelle and the resulting PDC, a comprehensive set of detergents commonly used for membrane protein studies are systematically investigated. Using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), micelle shapes and sizes are determined for phosphocholines with 10, 12, and 14 alkyl carbons, glucosides with 8, 9, and 10 alkyl carbons, maltosides with 8, 10, and 12 alkyl carbons, and lysophosphatidyl glycerols with 14 and 16 alkyl carbons. The SAXS profiles are well described by two-component ellipsoid models, with an electron rich outer shell corresponding to the detergent head groups and a less electron dense hydrophobic core composed of the alkyl chains. The minor axis of the elliptical micelle core from these models is constrained by the length of the alkyl chain, and increases by 1.2-1.5 Å per carbon addition to the alkyl chain. The major elliptical axis also increases with chain length; however, the ellipticity remains approximately constant for each detergent series. In addition, the aggregation number of these detergents increases by ∼16 monomers per micelle for each alkyl carbon added. The data provide a comprehensive view of the determinants of micelle shape and size and provide a baseline for correlating micelle properties with protein-detergent interactions.

  19. An Investigation of Person-Environment Congruence

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    McMurray, Marissa Johnstun

    2013-01-01

    This study tested a hypothesis derived from Holland's (1997) theory of personality and environment that congruence between person and environment would influence satisfaction with doctoral training environments and career certainty. Doctoral students' (N = 292) vocational interests were measured using questions from the Interest Item Pool, and…

  20. Cellular uptake and trafficking of polydiacetylene micelles

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    Gravel, Edmond; Thézé, Benoit; Jacques, Isabelle; Anilkumar, Parambath; Gombert, Karine; Ducongé, Frédéric; Doris, Eric

    2013-02-01

    Polydiacetylene (PDA) micelles coated with either carboxylate-, ammonium-, or methoxy-polyethyleneglycol (PEG) chains were assembled and loaded with a fluorescent dye (DiO). Their interaction with MCF-7 human breast tumor cells was investigated by epi-fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) to determine their internalization pathway and intracellular fate. It was found that the ionic character of the micelles influenced their internalization kinetics through a caveolae-mediated pathway and that all micelle types behaved somewhat similarly inside cells.Polydiacetylene (PDA) micelles coated with either carboxylate-, ammonium-, or methoxy-polyethyleneglycol (PEG) chains were assembled and loaded with a fluorescent dye (DiO). Their interaction with MCF-7 human breast tumor cells was investigated by epi-fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) to determine their internalization pathway and intracellular fate. It was found that the ionic character of the micelles influenced their internalization kinetics through a caveolae-mediated pathway and that all micelle types behaved somewhat similarly inside cells. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed synthetic procedures and supplementary figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr34149b

  1. Time dependent sphere-to-rod growth of the pluronic micelles: investigating the role of core and corona solvation in determining the micellar growth rate.

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    Kadam, Y; Ganguly, R; Kumbhakar, M; Aswal, V K; Hassan, P A; Bahadur, P

    2009-12-24

    The salt induced sphere-to-rod growth in the micelles of the PEO-PPO triblock copolymers, Pluronic P123 (EO(20)PO(70)PEO(20)) and Pluronic P103 (EO(16)PO(61)PEO(16)), has been studied by dynamic light scattering (DLS), viscometry, and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques. The observed micellar growths are found to be time dependent and have a strong variation in their growth rate with changing anion type and copolymer composition. The rate of growth increases rather significantly with an increase in the water structure making abilities of the anions along the Hofmeister series in the order Cl(-) < F(-)< (PO(4))(3-). This has been attributed to an increasing ability of these ions to dehydrate the micellar corona, a factor that plays an important role in inducing sphere-to-rod shape transition of the micelles. The copolymer composition also has a significant influence on the micellar growth rate, as the P103 with a smaller molecular weight than P123 shows a significantly faster growth of its micelles under similar conditions. The observed time dependence in micellar growth in these systems has been attributed to a slow micellar restructuring process necessary to attain the equilibrium structure of the micelles. A remarkable improvement in the growth rate of the micelles, however, could be achieved in the presence of ethanol, a solvent that has affinity toward both the PPO and PEO blocks. Our spectroscopic studies suggest that the observed improvement in the micellar growth rate by ethanol is due to an accelerated restructuring process of the micelles in the presence of the solvated micellar core. These studies thus highlight the role of changing core and corona solvation characteristics of the pluronic micelles in determining their rearrangement and the growth rate, which is first of its kind in the aqueous pluronic system.

  2. Redox-responsive micelles self-assembled from dynamic covalent block copolymers for intracellular drug delivery.

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    Yang, Qinglai; Tan, Lianjiang; He, Changyu; Liu, Bingya; Xu, Yuhong; Zhu, Zhenggang; Shao, Zhifeng; Gong, Bing; Shen, Yu-Mei

    2015-04-01

    Redox-responsive micelles self-assembled from dynamic covalent block copolymers with double disulfide linkage in the backbone have been developed successfully. The amphiphilic block copolymers PEG-PLA associated with complementary H-bonding sequences can self-assemble into spherical micelles in aqueous media with sizes from 34 nm to 107 nm with different molar mass of PEG and PLA. Moreover, in vitro drug release analyses indicate that reductive environment can result in triggered drug release profiles. The glutathione (GSH) mediated intracellular drug delivery was investigated against HeLa human cervical carcinoma cell line. Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy measurements demonstrated that the micelles exhibited faster drug release in glutathione monoester (GSH-OEt) pretreated HeLa cells than that in the nonpretreated cells. Cytotoxicity assay of DOX-loaded micelles indicated the higher cellular proliferation inhibition against 10 mM of GSH-OEt pretreated HeLa cells than that of the nonpretreated ones. These reduction-responsive, biodegradable and biocompatibility micelles could provide a favorable platform to construct excellent drug delivery systems for cancer therapy.

  3. Polymeric micelles for acyclovir drug delivery.

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    Sawdon, Alicia J; Peng, Ching-An

    2014-10-01

    Polymeric prodrug micelles for delivery of acyclovir (ACV) were synthesized. First, ACV was used directly to initiate ring-opening polymerization of ɛ-caprolactone to form ACV-polycaprolactone (ACV-PCL). Through conjugation of hydrophobic ACV-PCL with hydrophilic methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (MPEG) or chitosan, polymeric micelles for drug delivery were formed. (1)H NMR, FTIR, and gel permeation chromatography were employed to show successful conjugation of MPEG or chitosan to hydrophobic ACV-PCL. Through dynamic light scattering, zeta potential analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and critical micelle concentration (CMC), the synthesized ACV-tagged polymeric micelles were characterized. It was found that the average size of the polymeric micelles was under 200nm and the CMCs of ACV-PCL-MPEG and ACV-PCL-chitosan were 2.0mgL(-1) and 6.6mgL(-1), respectively. The drug release kinetics of ACV was investigated and cytotoxicity assay demonstrates that ACV-tagged polymeric micelles were non-toxic.

  4. Polymeric Micelles in Anticancer Therapy: Targeting, Imaging and Triggered Release

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    Bult, Wouter; Bos, Mariska; Storm, Gert; Nijsen, J. Frank W.; Hennink, Wim E.

    2010-01-01

    ABSTRACT Micelles are colloidal particles with a size around 5–100 nm which are currently under investigation as carriers for hydrophobic drugs in anticancer therapy. Currently, five micellar formulations for anticancer therapy are under clinical evaluation, of which Genexol-PM has been FDA approved for use in patients with breast cancer. Micelle-based drug delivery, however, can be improved in different ways. Targeting ligands can be attached to the micelles which specifically recognize and bind to receptors overexpressed in tumor cells, and chelation or incorporation of imaging moieties enables tracking micelles in vivo for biodistribution studies. Moreover, pH-, thermo-, ultrasound-, or light-sensitive block copolymers allow for controlled micelle dissociation and triggered drug release. The combination of these approaches will further improve specificity and efficacy of micelle-based drug delivery and brings the development of a ‘magic bullet’ a major step forward. PMID:20725771

  5. Photo-responsive polymeric micelles.

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    Huang, Yu; Dong, Ruijiao; Zhu, Xinyuan; Yan, Deyue

    2014-09-07

    Photo-responsive polymeric micelles have received increasing attention in both academic and industrial fields due to their efficient photo-sensitive nature and unique nanostructure. In view of the photo-reaction mechanism, photo-responsive polymeric micelles can be divided into five major types: (1) photoisomerization polymeric micelles, (2) photo-induced rearrangement polymeric micelles, (3) photocleavage polymeric micelles, (4) photo-induced crosslinkable polymeric micelles, and (5) photo-induced energy conversion polymeric micelles. This review highlights the recent advances of photo-responsive polymeric micelles, including the design, synthesis and applications in various biomedical fields. Especially, the influence of different photo-reaction mechanisms on the morphology, structure and properties of the polymeric micelles is emphasized. Finally, the possible future directions and perspectives in this emerging area are briefly discussed.

  6. Diclofenac/biodegradable polymer micelles for ocular applications

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    Li, Xingyi; Zhang, Zhaoliang; Li, Jie; Sun, Shumao; Weng, Yuhua; Chen, Hao

    2012-07-01

    In this paper, methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone) (MPEG-PCL) micelle formulations as promising nano-carriers for poorly water soluble drugs were investigated for the delivery of diclofenac to the eye. Diclofenac loaded MPEG-PCL micelles were prepared by a simple solvent-diffusion method and characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetery (DSC), etc. With the analysis of XRD and DSC, the diclofenac was present as an amorphous state in the formulation. The in vitro release profile indicated a sustained release manner of diclofenac from the micelles. Meanwhile, in vivo studies on eye irritation were performed with blank MPEG-PCL micelles (200 mg ml-1). The results showed that the developed MPEG-PCL micelles were non-irritants to the eyes of rabbits. In vitro penetration studies across the rabbit cornea demonstrated that the micelle formulations exhibited a 17-fold increase in penetration compared with that of diclofenac phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solution. The in vivo pharmacokinetics profile of the micelle parent drug in the aqueous humor of the rabbit was evaluated and the data showed that the diclofenac loaded MPEG-PCL micelles exhibited a 2-fold increase in AUC0-24 h than that of the diclofenac PBS solution eye drops. These results suggest a great potential of our micelle formulations as a novel ocular drug delivery system to improve the bioavailability of the drugs.

  7. Investigation on the structure of water/AOT/IPM/alcohols reverse micelles by conductivity, dynamic light scattering, and small angle X-ray scattering.

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    Zhang, Xiaoguang; Chen, Yingjun; Liu, Jiexiang; Zhao, Chuanzhuang; Zhang, Haijiao

    2012-03-29

    We have systematically investigated the effect of alcohols (ethanol, propanol, butanol, and pentanol) on the structure of the water/AOT/IPM system using conductivity, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. The results show that no percolation phenomenon is observed in the water/AOT/IPM system, whereas the addition of ethanol (propanol and butanol) induces apparently percolation. The threshold water content (W(p)) depends closely on the alcohol type and concentration. The effect of alcohols on the conductance behavior is discussed from the physical properties of alcohols, the interfacial flexibility, and the attractive interactions between droplets. The hydrodynamic diameter of droplets (d(H)) obtained from DLS increases markedly with the increase in water content (W(0)); however, it decreases gradually with increasing alcohol chain length and concentration. SAXS measurements display distinctly the shoulder, the low hump peaks, and the heavy tail phenomenon in the pair distance distribution function p(r) profile, which rely strongly on the alcohol species and its concentration. The gyration radius (R(g)) increases with increasing W(0), and decreases with the increase of alcohol chain length and concentration. Schematic diagram of the conductance mechanism of water/AOT/IPM/alcohol systems is primarily depicted. Three different phases of the discrete droplets, the oligomers, and the isolated ellipsoidal droplets existed in the different W(0) ranges correspond to three different stages in the conductivity-W(0) curve. Coupling the structure characteristics of reverse micelles obtained from DLS and SAXS techniques with conductivity could be greatly helpful to deeply understand the percolation mechanism of water/AOT/IPM/alcohols systems.

  8. Crystal nucleation of zincophosphate open frameworks in reverse micelle nanoreactors

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    Castagnola, Mario J.

    The synthesis of microporous zincophosphates was studied through a novel synthetic route based on reactants encapsulated in reverse micelles. The zincophosphate analog of sodalite had been previously synthesized in a reverse micelle system using Aerosol OT (AOT) as surfactant. The synthesis of open framework zincophosphates using this detergent proved unsuccessful. By studying the conventional synthesis of zincophosphates and the AOT reverse micelle aqueous environment through Raman microscopy, FTIR, NMR and XRD, it was found that the relatively high concentrations of sodium ions and the disordered structure of water present in the AOT reverse micelles prevented the synthesis of open framework structures. Based on these results, a system containing reverse micelles of the cationic surfactant dioctyldimethylammonium chloride (DODMAC) was developed. Zn 2+- and PO43--containing DODMAC reverse micelles were characterized by dynamic light scattering and conductivity measurements, indicating a rod-like shape for the former and a spherical shape for the latter reverse micelles. Combination of the two reverse micelle solutions led to the first successful reverse micelle based synthesis of the zincophosphate analog of Zeolite-X, ZnPO-X. The size of the crystals was controlled by modifying the volume ratio between the individual reagent micellar solutions. Nanocrystals of the order of 20 nm were obtained by interrupting the reaction at early stages. Studies of both the conventional aqueous and the reverse micelle based syntheses of ZnPO-X revealed that the morphology of the ZnPO-X crystals was controlled by the concentration of tetramethylammonium ions (TMA+). The ZnPO-X crystals synthesized via the reverse micelles were obtained as a single phase. Using Raman spectroscopy, it was determined that, during conventional synthesis, H+ ions promote the hydrolysis of the ZnPO-X crystals that leads to hopeite formation. Ion-exchange by monovalent cations indicated that the crystal

  9. Spectroscopic studies of interaction of Safranine T with nonionic micelles and mixed micelles

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    Chatterjee, Sujan; Bhattacharya, Subhash Chandra

    2006-05-01

    The visible spectra of Safranine T (ST) in micellar solution of Brij 58, Tween 20 and Tween 40 and mixed micellar solution of Brij 58/Tween 20 and Brij 58/Tween 40 indicate formation of 1:1 charge transfer (CT) complex between acceptor ST and donor nonionic micelles and mixed micelles. The experimental CT transition energies are well correlated (through Mulliken's equation) with the vertical ionization potential of the donors. The solvent parameters, i.e. the intramolecular charge transfer energy ET(30) have been determined from the Stokes spectral shift. Variations of ionization potential and micropolarity in the mixed micellar region have been investigated as a function of surfactant composition and the obtained results in mixed micellar medium has been compared to the normal micelles. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) values determined at various surfactant compositions are lower than the ideal values indicating a synergistic interaction. The interaction parameter ( β) and micellar stability has been calculated using regular solution theory.

  10. Do the physical properties of water in mixed reverse micelles follow a synergistic effect: a spectroscopic investigation.

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    Das, Arindam; Patra, Animesh; Mitra, Rajib Kumar

    2013-04-04

    In this contribution we have tried to investigate whether the mechanical properties of the reverse micellar (RM) interface dictate the physical properties of entrapped water molecules in the RM waterpool. We choose AOT/Igepal-520/cyclohexane (Cy) mixed RM as a model system which exhibits synergistic water solubilization behavior as a function of interfacial stoichiometry. Such a phenomenon associates systematic modification of the interface curvature. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) studies reveal linear increase in the droplet size and aggregation number of the RMs with increasing XIgepal (mole fraction of Igepal in the surfactant mixture). FTIR study in the 3000-3800 cm(-1) region identifies that the relative population of the surface-bound water molecules is higher in AOT RM compared to that in Igepal RM, and in mixed systems it also follows a linear trend with XIgepal. Water relaxation dynamics as probed by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy using Coumarin-500 also reveals an overall linear trend with no characteristic feature around the solubilization inflation point. Our study clearly identifies that the physical properties of water in RM are mostly governed by the interfacial stoichiometry and water content, and merely bares any dependence on the mechanical properties of the interface.

  11. Does the optimum hydrophilic lipophilic balance condition affect the physical properties of mixed reverse micelles? A spectroscopic investigation.

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    Das, Arindam; Mitra, Rajib Kumar

    2014-05-22

    Synergism in several physical properties as realized in many mixed surfactant reverse micellar (RM) systems often manifests optimum hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB), interdroplet interaction, or both. Such synergism is often desired for specific applications of RM systems; however, a proper rationale on the effect of such phenomenon imparted on the structure, dynamics, and activity of water molecules in RM waterpool is strongly demanded. In the present contribution we have investigated how the optimum HLB condition of mixed RM composed two nonionic surfactants (Igepal 210 and Igepal 630) affects the physical properties of entrapped water molecules in the RM waterpool. The studied mixed RM exhibits synergistic water solubilization behavior as a function of the mixing ratio with a maximum in solubilization capacity being reached at X(Ig630) = 0.3. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) studies show a bimodal distribution of droplet size in this region, whereas it is monomodal in terminal compositions. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) study in the 3000-3800 cm(-1) region identifies a linear trend in which the content of "bound" water increases at the expense of the "network" water as the content of the hydrophilic surfactant Igepal 630 is increased in the mixture. Subnanosecond relaxation dynamics of the entrapped water as revealed by the fluoroprobe coumarin 500 corroborates a similar linear trend as observed in the FTIR measurements as the rotational diffusion gets retarded with the increase of ethylene oxide chain length of Igepal. Reaction kinetics of solvolysis of benzoyl chloride reaction, however, does not offer any linear trend as it gets slower in the optimum HLB region, the nonlinearity being a consequence of the distribution of the substrate in the different phases.

  12. CHARMM-GUI micelle builder for pure/mixed micelle and protein/micelle complex systems.

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    Cheng, Xi; Jo, Sunhwan; Lee, Hui Sun; Klauda, Jeffery B; Im, Wonpil

    2013-08-26

    Micelle Builder in CHARMM-GUI, http://www.charmm-gui.org/input/micelle , is a web-based graphical user interface to build pure/mixed micelle and protein/micelle complex systems for molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The robustness of Micelle Builder is tested by simulating four detergent-only homogeneous micelles of DHPC (dihexanoylphosphatidylcholine), DPC (dodecylphosphocholine), TPC (tetradecylphosphocholine), and SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) and comparing the calculated micelle properties with experiments and previous simulations. As a representative protein/micelle model, Pf1 coat protein is modeled and simulated in DHPC micelles with three different numbers of DHPC molecules. While the number of DHPC molecules in direct contact with Pf1 protein converges during the simulation, distinct behavior and geometry of micelles lead to different protein conformations in comparison to that in bilayers. It is our hope that CHARMM-GUI Micelle Builder can be used for simulation studies of various protein/micelle systems to better understand the protein structure and dynamics in micelles as well as distribution of detergents and their dynamics around proteins.

  13. Chirality-mediated polypeptide micelles for regulated drug delivery.

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    Ding, Jianxun; Li, Chen; Zhang, Ying; Xu, Weiguo; Wang, Jincheng; Chen, Xuesi

    2015-01-01

    Two kinds of triblock poly(ethylene glycol)-polyleucine (PEG-PLeu) copolymers were synthesized through the ring-opening polymerization of L-Leu N-carboxyanhydride (NCA), or equivalent D-Leu NCA and L-Leu NCA with amino-terminated PEG as a macroinitiator. The amphiphilic copolymers spontaneously self-assembled into spherical micellar aggregations in an aqueous environment. The micelle with a racemic polypeptide core exhibited smaller critical micelle concentration and diameter compared to those with a levorotatory polypeptide core. A model anthracycline antineoplastic agent, i.e., doxorubicin (DOX), was loaded into micelles through nanoprecipitation, and the PEG-P(D,L-Leu) micelle exhibited higher drug-loading efficacy than that with a P(L-Leu) core-this difference was attributed to the flexible and compact P(L-Leu) core. Sustained in vitro DOX release from micelles with both levorotatory and racemic polypeptide cores was observed, and the DOX-loaded PEG-P(D,L-Leu) micelle exhibited a slower release rate. More interestingly, DOX-loaded micelles exhibited chirality-mediated antitumor efficacy in vitro and in vivo, which are all better than that of free DOX. Furthermore, both enhanced tumor inhibition and excellent security in vivo were confirmed by histopathological or in situ cell apoptosis analyses. Therefore, DOX-loaded PEG-PLeu micelles appear to be an interesting nanoscale polymeric formulation for promising malignancy chemotherapy.

  14. Using Ants To Investigate the Environment.

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    Hagevik, Rita A.

    2003-01-01

    Describes three inquiry-based activities designed for students to begin to understand complex environmental relationships in their own backyard. Includes investigations of ants, which allow students to establish a baseline survey of ant fauna, test the importance of ants in nutrient cycling and soil structure maintenances, and increase student…

  15. Investigating Our Environment. Science: Grade 6.

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    New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Bureau of Curriculum Development.

    Intended mainly for use in the intermediate grades, this document provides demonstrations, field trips and laboratory experiences designed to help students investigate the role that people play in problems associated with environmental quality, pollution, and ecology in general. The book was developed as an alternative program to the regular sixth…

  16. Crosslinking of casein by microbial transglutaminase and its resulting influence on the stability of micelle structure.

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    Partschefeld, Claudia; Schwarzenbolz, Uwe; Richter, Sven; Henle, Thomas

    2007-04-01

    The influence of enzymatic crosslinking by microbial transglutaminase (mTG) on the stability of casein micelles of ultrahigh temperature (UHT)-treated milk in the presence of EDTA (0-0.45 mM) or ethanol (0-74 vol%) as well as under high hydrostatic pressures up to 400 MPa was investigated. Disintegration of micelles and changes in micelle size were monitored by the measurement of turbidity as well as by dynamic light scattering. The results show that the incubation of UHTtreated milk with mTG resulted in an improved micelle stability toward disintegration on addition of EDTA, ethanol, or pressure treatment. Intramicellar formed isopetides significantly enhanced the stability of casein micelles. It is supposed that net-like crosslinks are formed within the external region of the micelles and they adopt the stabilizing role of colloidal calcium phosphate within the micelles, thus making the micelles less contestable for disrupting influences.

  17. Decision investigation and support environment (DISE)

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    VonPlinsky, Michael J.; Johnson, Pete; Crowder, Ed

    2001-09-01

    The "Decision Integration and Support Environment" (DISE) is a Bayesian network (BN) based modeling and simulation of the target nomination and aircraft tasking decision process. FTI has developed two BNs to model these processes, incorporating aircraft, target, and overall mission priorities from the Air Operations Center (OAC) and the mission planners/command staff. DISE operates in event driven interactions with FTI's AOC model, being triggered from within the Time Critical Target (TCT) Operations cell. As new target detections are received by the AOC from off-board ISR Sources and processed by the Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) module in the AOC, DISE is called to determine if the target should be prosectued, and if so, which of the available aircraft should be tasked to attack it. A range of decision criteria, with priorities established off-line and input into the tool, are associated with this process, including factors such as: * Fuel Level - amount of fuel in aircraft * Type of Weapon - available weapons on board aircraft * Probability of Survival - depends on the type of TST, time criticality and other factors * Potential Collateral Damage - amount of damage incurred on TST surroundings * Time Criticality of TST - how "critical" it is to attack the target depending on its launch status * Time to Target - aircraft's distance (in minutes) from the TST * Current Mission Priority - priority of the mission to which the aircraft is currently assigned * TST Mission Priority - determined when the target is originally nominated * Possible Reassignment - represents whether it is even possible to reassign the aircraft * Aircraft Re-tasking Availability - represents any factor not taken into account by the model, including commander override.

  18. pH-induced vesicle-to-micelle transition in amphiphilic diblock copolymer: investigation by energy transfer between in situ formed polymer embedded gold nanoparticles and fluorescent dye.

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    Maiti, Chiranjit; Banerjee, Rakesh; Maiti, Saikat; Dhara, Dibakar

    2015-01-01

    The ability to regulate the formation of nanostructures through self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers is of immense significance in the field of biology and medicine. In this work, a new block copolymer synthesized by using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique from poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether acrylate (PEGMA) and Boc-l-tryptophan acryloyloxyethyl ester (Boc-l-trp-HEA) was found to spontaneously form pH-responsive water-soluble nanostructures after removal of the Boc group. While polymer vesicles or polymerosomes were formed at physiological pH, the micelles were formed at acidic pH (< 5.2), and this facilitated a pH-induced reversible vesicle-to-micelle transition. Formation of these nanostructures was confirmed by different characterization techniques, viz. transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and steady-state fluorescence measurements. Further, these vesicles were successfully utilized to reduce HAuCl4 and stabilize the resulting gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). These AuNPs, confined within the hydrophobic shell of the vesicles, could participate in energy transfer process with fluorescent dye molecules encapsulated in the core of the vesicles, thus forming a nanometal surface energy transfer (NSET) pair. Subsequently, following the efficiency of energy transfer between this pair, it was possible to monitor the process of transition from vesicles to micelles. Thus, in this work, we have successfully demonstrated that NSET can be used to follow the transition between nanostructures formed by amphiphilic block copolymers.

  19. Effects of copolymer component on the properties of phosphorylcholine micelles.

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    Wu, Zhengzhong; Cai, Mengtan; Cao, Jun; Zhang, Jiaxing; Luo, Xianglin

    2017-01-01

    Zwitterionic polymers have unique features, such as good compatibility, and show promise in the application of drug delivery. In this study, the zwitterionic copolymers, poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) with disulfide (PCL-ss-PMPC) or poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) or without disulfide (PCL-PMPC) and with different block lengths in PCL-ss-PMPC, were designed. The designed copolymers were obtained by a combination of ring-opening polymerization and atom transferring radical polymerization. The crystallization properties of these polymers were investigated. The micelles were prepared based on the obtained copolymers with zwitterionic phosphorylcholine as the hydrophilic shell and PCL as the hydrophobic core. The size distributions of the blank micelles and the doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded micelles were uniform, and the micelle diameters were <100 nm. In vitro drug release and intracellular drug release results showed that DOX-loaded PCL-ss-PMPC micelles could release drugs faster responding to the reduction condition and the intracellular microenvironment in contrast to PCL-PMPC micelles. Moreover, in vitro cytotoxicity evaluation revealed that the designed copolymers possessed low cell toxicity, and the inhibiting effect of DOX-loaded phosphorylcholine micelles to tumor cells was related to the components of these copolymers. These results reveal that the reduction-responsive phosphorylcholine micelles with a suitable ratio of hydrophilic/hydrophobic units can serve as promising drug carriers.

  20. Effects of copolymer component on the properties of phosphorylcholine micelles

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    Wu, Zhengzhong; Cai, Mengtan; Cao, Jun; Zhang, Jiaxing; Luo, Xianglin

    2017-01-01

    Zwitterionic polymers have unique features, such as good compatibility, and show promise in the application of drug delivery. In this study, the zwitterionic copolymers, poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) with disulfide (PCL-ss-PMPC) or poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) or without disulfide (PCL-PMPC) and with different block lengths in PCL-ss-PMPC, were designed. The designed copolymers were obtained by a combination of ring-opening polymerization and atom transferring radical polymerization. The crystallization properties of these polymers were investigated. The micelles were prepared based on the obtained copolymers with zwitterionic phosphorylcholine as the hydrophilic shell and PCL as the hydrophobic core. The size distributions of the blank micelles and the doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded micelles were uniform, and the micelle diameters were <100 nm. In vitro drug release and intracellular drug release results showed that DOX-loaded PCL-ss-PMPC micelles could release drugs faster responding to the reduction condition and the intracellular microenvironment in contrast to PCL-PMPC micelles. Moreover, in vitro cytotoxicity evaluation revealed that the designed copolymers possessed low cell toxicity, and the inhibiting effect of DOX-loaded phosphorylcholine micelles to tumor cells was related to the components of these copolymers. These results reveal that the reduction-responsive phosphorylcholine micelles with a suitable ratio of hydrophilic/hydrophobic units can serve as promising drug carriers. PMID:28138244

  1. Triggered disassembly of hierarchically assembled onion-like micelles into the pristine core-shell micelles via a small change in pH.

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    Cai, Guoqiang; Zhang, Haiwen; Liu, Peng; Wang, Liqun; Jiang, Hongliang

    2011-10-01

    The size and surface property of nanomaterial-based delivery systems administered intravenously play important roles in their cell uptake and in vivo distribution. Both of them should be capable of self-evolution in order to achieve efficient targeting performance. A facile strategy was proposed to manipulate both the size and surface property of polymeric micelles. It was found that the hierarchical assembly between trimethylated chitosan-g-poly(ε-caprolactone) (TMC-PCL) micelles and carboxyethyl chitosan-g-poly(ethylene glycol) (CEC-PEG) could produce onion-like micelles with enlarged size and PEGylated surface. The onion-like micelles could withstand the ionic strength of plasma and competitive exchange with BSA, and abruptly disassemble into the pristine TMC-PCL micelles via a small change in pH. By varying the degree of carboxyethylation, the disassembly pH could be modulated to the range of the tumoral microclimate pH. In contrast with TMC-PCL micelles, which displayed high cytotoxicity and endocytic ability towards C6 glioma cells, the onion-like micelles were cell-friendly and internalized by the cells at a very low level. Doxorubicin was used as a model chemotherapeutic agent and incorporated within TMC-PCL micelles. Dox release from both TMC-PCL micelles and the onion-like micelles was very slow under normal physiological conditions and displayed excellent pH sensitivity. Cell viability of Dox-loaded micelles was also investigated.

  2. [Progress in the study of core-crosslinked polymeric micelles in drug delivery system].

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    Yu, Jing-Mou; Wu, Jia-Zhong; Wang, Xin-Shi; Jin, Yi

    2014-02-01

    The core-crosslinked polymeric micelles were used as a new drug delivery system, which can decrease the premature drug release in blood circulation, improve the stability of the micelles, and effectively transport the drug into the therapy sites. Then the drug bioavailability increased further, while the side effect reduced. Most drugs were physically entrapped or chemically covalent with the polymer in the internals of micelles. Based on the various constitutions and properties of polymeric micelles as well as the special characteristics of body microenvironment, the environment-responsive or active targeting core-crosslinked micelles were designed and prepared. As a result, the drug controlled release behavior was obtained. In the present paper, the research progress of all kinds of core-crosslinked micelles which were published in recent years is introduced. Moreover, the characteristic and application prospect of these micelles in drug delivery system are analyzed and summarized.

  3. Effect of confinement on excited-state proton transfer of firefly's chromophore D-luciferin in AOT reverse micelles.

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    Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Banik, Debasis; Kundu, Niloy; Ghosh, Surajit; Banerjee, Chiranjib; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2014-03-27

    Excited-state intermolecular proton transfer of D-luciferin in reverse micelles has been investigated using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy measurement. The different polar cores have been chosen for the study of proton transfer dynamics in aerosol-OT (AOT) reverse micelles. It is shown that aqueous reverse micelle is the suitable environment for the photoprotolytic reaction of D-luciferin. The neutral form of the chromophore is present both in ground and excited state at W0 = 0. The proton transfer in nanometer size water pool of water/AOT/n-heptane begins at W0 = 8 and increases with increasing W0 values. However, the intermolecular excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) of D-luciferin is inhibited in nonaquous reverse micelles with DMF and DMSO as a polar core. Thus, the requirement of ESPT of D-luciferin to take place in reverse micelles consists of polar protic solvent like water as a polar core.

  4. Supramolecular structure of the casein micelle.

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    McMahon, D J; Oommen, B S

    2008-05-01

    The supramolecular structure of colloidal casein micelles in milk was investigated by using a sample preparation protocol based on adsorption of proteins onto a poly-l-lysine and parlodion-coated copper grid, staining of proteins and calcium phosphate by uranyl oxalate, instantaneous freezing, and drying under a high vacuum. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy stereo-images were obtained showing the interior structure of casein micelles. On the basis of our interpretation of these images, an interlocked lattice model was developed in which both casein-calcium phosphate aggregates and casein polymer chains act together to maintain casein micelle integrity. The caseins form linear and branched chains (2 to 5 proteins long) interlocked by the casein-stabilized calcium phosphate nanoclusters. This model suggests that stabilization of calcium phosphate nanoclusters by phosphoserine domains of alpha(s1)-, alpha(s2)-, or beta-casein, or their combination, would orient their hydrophobic domains outward, allowing interaction and binding to other casein molecules. Other interactions between the caseins, such as calcium bridging, could also occur and further stabilize the supramolecule. The combination of having an interlocked lattice structure and multiple interactions results in an open, sponge-like colloidal supramolecule that is resistant to spatial changes and disintegration. Hydrophobic interactions between caseins surrounding a calcium phosphate nanocluster would prevent complete dissociation of casein micelles when the calcium phosphate nanoclusters are solubilized. Likewise, calcium bridging and other electrostatic interactions between caseins would prevent dissociation of the casein micelles into casein-calcium phosphate nanocluster aggregates when milk is cooled or urea is added to milk, and hydrophobic interactions are reduced. The appearance of both polymer chains and small aggregate particles during milk synthesis would also be expected based on

  5. Using Desktop Virtual Environments To Investigate the Role of Landmarks.

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    Jansen-Osmann, Petra

    2002-01-01

    Discusses research in spatial cognition that uses computer-simulated three dimensional environments and evaluates the use of virtual desktop environments by replicating an experiment which was formerly done in a laboratory or real world setting. Investigates the role of landmarks when acquiring route knowledge in a system of paths. (Author/LRW)

  6. Polymerization of anionic wormlike micelles.

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    Zhu, Zhiyuan; González, Yamaira I; Xu, Hangxun; Kaler, Eric W; Liu, Shiyong

    2006-01-31

    Polymerizable anionic wormlike micelles are obtained upon mixing the hydrotropic salt p-toluidine hydrochloride (PTHC) with the reactive anionic surfactant sodium 4-(8-methacryloyloxyoctyl)oxybenzene sulfonate (MOBS). Polymerization captures the cross-sectional radius of the micelles (approximately 2 nm), induces micellar growth, and leads to the formation of a stable single-phase dispersion of wormlike micellar polymers. The unpolymerized and polymerized micelles were characterized using static and dynamic laser light scattering, small-angle neutron scattering, 1H NMR, and stopped-flow light scattering. Stopped-flow light scattering was also used to measure the average lifetime of the unpolymerized wormlike micelles. A comparison of the average lifetime of unpolymerized wormlike micelles with the surfactant monomer propagation rate was used to elucidate the mechanism of polymerization. There is a significant correlation between the ratio of the average lifetime to the monomer propagation rate and the average aggregation number of the polymerized wormlike micelles.

  7. Smart wormlike micelles.

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    Chu, Zonglin; Dreiss, Cécile A; Feng, Yujun

    2013-09-07

    A major scientific challenge of the past decade pertaining to the field of soft matter has been to craft 'adaptable' materials, inspired by nature, which can dynamically alter their structure and functionality on demand, in response to triggers produced by environmental changes. Amongst these, 'smart' surfactant wormlike micelles, responsive to external stimuli, are a particularly recent area of development, yet highly promising, given the versatility of the materials but simplicity of the design-relying on small amphiphilic molecules and their spontaneous self-assembly. The switching 'on' and 'off' of the micellar assembly structures has been reported using electrical, optical, thermal or pH triggers and is now envisaged for multiple stimuli. The structural changes, in turn, can induce major variations in the macroscopic characteristics, affecting properties such as viscosity and elasticity and sometimes even leading to a spontaneous and effective 'sol-gel' transition. These original smart materials based on wormlike micelles have been successfully used in the oil industry, and offer a significant potential in a wide range of other technological applications, including biomedicine, cleaning processes, drag reduction, template synthesis, to name but a few. This review will report results in this field published over the last few years, describe the potential and practical applications of stimuli-responsive wormlike micelles and point out future challenges.

  8. Impact of urea on detergent micelle properties.

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    Broecker, Jana; Keller, Sandro

    2013-07-09

    Co-solvents, such as urea, can entail drastic changes in the micellization behavior of detergents. We present a systematic quantification of the impact of urea on the critical micellar concentration, the micellization thermodynamics, and the micelle size in three homologous series of commonly used non-ionic alkyl detergents. To this end, we performed demicellization experiments by isothermal titration calorimetry and hydrodynamic size measurements by dynamic light scattering on alkyl maltopyranosides, cyclohexyl alkyl maltopyranosides, and alkyl glucopyranosides at urea concentrations of 0-8 M. For all detergents studied, we found that the critical micellar concentration increases exponentially because the absolute Gibbs free energy of micellization decreases linearly over the entire urea concentration range, as does the micelle size. In contrast, the enthalpic and entropic contributions to micellization reveal more complex, nonlinear dependences on urea concentration. Both free energy and size changes are more pronounced for long-chain detergents, which bury more apolar surface area upon micelle formation. The Gibbs free energy increments per methylene group within each detergent series depend on urea concentration in a linear fashion, although they result from the entropic term for alkyl maltosides but are of enthalpic origin for cyclohexyl alkyl maltosides. We compare our results to transfer free energies of amino acid side chains, relate them to protein-folding data, and discuss how urea-induced changes in detergent micelle properties affect in vitro investigations on membrane proteins.

  9. Biodegradable polymeric micelle-encapsulated doxorubicin suppresses tumor metastasis by killing circulating tumor cells

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    Deng, Senyi; Wu, Qinjie; Zhao, Yuwei; Zheng, Xin; Wu, Ni; Pang, Jing; Li, Xuejing; Bi, Cheng; Liu, Xinyu; Yang, Li; Liu, Lei; Su, Weijun; Wei, Yuquan; Gong, Changyang

    2015-03-01

    Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) play a crucial role in tumor metastasis, but it is rare for any chemotherapy regimen to focus on killing CTCs. Herein, we describe doxorubicin (Dox) micelles that showed anti-metastatic activity by killing CTCs. Dox micelles with a small particle size and high encapsulation efficiency were obtained using a pH-induced self-assembly method. Compared with free Dox, Dox micelles exhibited improved cytotoxicity, apoptosis induction, and cellular uptake. In addition, Dox micelles showed a sustained release behavior in vitro, and in a transgenic zebrafish model, Dox micelles exhibited a longer circulation time and lower extravasation from blood vessels into surrounding tissues. Anti-tumor and anti-metastatic activities of Dox micelles were investigated in transgenic zebrafish and mouse models. In transgenic zebrafish, Dox micelles inhibited tumor growth and prolonged the survival of tumor-bearing zebrafish. Furthermore, Dox micelles suppressed tumor metastasis by killing CTCs. In addition, improved anti-tumor and anti-metastatic activities were also confirmed in mouse tumor models, where immunofluorescent staining of tumors indicated that Dox micelles induced more apoptosis and showed fewer proliferation-positive cells. There were decreased side effects in transgenic zebrafish and mice after administration of Dox micelles. In conclusion, Dox micelles showed stronger anti-tumor and anti-metastatic activities and decreased side effects both in vitro and in vivo, which may have potential applications in cancer therapy.

  10. Ultrasonic transformation of micelle structures: effect of frequency and power.

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    Yusof, Nor Saadah Mohd; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian

    2015-05-01

    A comprehensive investigation on the effect of ultrasonic frequency and power on the structural transformation of CTABr/NaSal micelles has been carried out. Sonication of this micelle system at various ultrasonic frequencies and power resulted in the formation and separation of two types of micelles. High viscoelastic threadlike micelles of ∼ 2 nm in diameter and several μm in length and tubular micelles possessing a viscosity slightly above that of water with ∼ 30-50 nm diameter and few hundred nm length. The structural transformation of micelles was induced by the shear forces generated during acoustic cavitation. At a fixed acoustic power of 40 W, the structural transformation was found to decrease from 211 to 647 kHz frequency due to the decreasing shear forces generated, as evidenced by rheological measurements and cryo-TEM images. At 355 kHz, an increase in the structural transformation was observed with an increase in acoustic power. These findings provide a knowledge base that could be useful for the manipulation of viscosity of micelles that may have applications in oil industry.

  11. Pharmacokinetics of core-polymerized, boron-conjugated micelles designed for boron neutron capture therapy for cancer.

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    Sumitani, Shogo; Oishi, Motoi; Yaguchi, Tatsuya; Murotani, Hiroki; Horiguchi, Yukichi; Suzuki, Minoru; Ono, Koji; Yanagie, Hironobu; Nagasaki, Yukio

    2012-05-01

    Core-polymerized and boron-conjugated micelles (PM micelles) were prepared by free radical copolymerization of a PEG-b-PLA block copolymer bearing an acetal group and a methacryloyl group (acetal-PEG-b-PLA-MA), with 1-(4-vinylbenzyl)-closo-carborane (VB-carborane), and the utility of these micelles as a tumor-targeted boron delivery system was investigated for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). Non-polymerized micelles (NPM micelles) that incorporated VB-carborane physically showed significant leakage of VB-carborane (ca. 50%) after 12 h incubation with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS) at 37 °C. On the other hand, no leakage from the PM micelles was observed even after 48 h of incubation. To clarify the pharmacokinetics of the micelles, (125)I (radioisotope)-labeled PM and NPM micelles were administered to colon-26 tumor-bearing BALB/c mice. The (125)I-labeled PM micelles showed prolonged blood circulation (area under the concentration curve (AUC): 943.4) than the (125)I-labeled NPM micelles (AUC: 495.1), whereas tumor accumulation was similar for both types of micelles (AUC(PM micelle): 249.6, AUC(NPM micelle): 201.1). In contrast, the tumor accumulation of boron species in the PM micelles (AUC: 268.6) was 7-fold higher than the NPM micelles (AUC: 37.1), determined by ICP-AES. Thermal neutron irradiation yielded tumor growth suppression in the tumor-bearing mice treated with the PM micelles without reduction in body weight. On the basis of these data, the PM micelles represent a promising approach to the creation of boron carrier for BNCT.

  12. Casein polymorphism heterogeneity influences casein micelle size in milk of individual cows.

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    Day, L; Williams, R P W; Otter, D; Augustin, M A

    2015-06-01

    Milk samples from individual cows producing small (148-155 nm) or large (177-222 nm) casein micelles were selected to investigate the relationship between the individual casein proteins, specifically κ- and β-casein phenotypes, and casein micelle size. Only κ-casein AA and β-casein A1A1, A1A2 and A2A2 phenotypes were found in the large casein micelle group. Among the small micelle group, both κ-casein and β-casein phenotypes were more diverse. κ-Casein AB was the dominant phenotype, and 3 combinations (AA, AB, and BB) were present in the small casein micelle group. A considerable mix of β-casein phenotypes was found, including B and I variants, which were only found in the small casein micelle group. The relative amount of κ-casein to total casein was significantly higher in the small micelle group, and the nonglycosylated and glycosylated κ-casein contents were higher in the milks with small casein micelles (primarily with κ-casein AB and BB variants) compared with the large micelle group. The ratio of glycosylated to nonglycosylated κ-casein was higher in the milks with small casein micelles compared with the milks with large casein micelles. This suggests that although the amount of κ-casein (both glycosylated and nonglycosylated) is associated with micelle size, an increased proportion of glycosylated κ-casein could be a more important and favorable factor for small micelle size. This suggests that the increased spatial requirement due to addition of the glycosyl group with increasing extent of glycosylation of κ-casein is one mechanism that controls casein micelle assembly and growth. In addition, increased electrostatic repulsion due to the sialyl residues on the glycosyl group could be a contributory factor.

  13. Formose reaction accelerated in aerosol-OT reverse micelles

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    Masaoka, Makoto; Michitaka, Tomohiro

    2016-01-01

    The formose reaction in reverse micelles of aerosol-OT (AOT), triton X-100 (TX), and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) was investigated. Time–conversion data have indicated that the interfacial water layer of AOT reverse micelles is a medium that accelerates formation of glycolaldehyde in the formose reaction. The 13C NMR spectra for the products of the formose reaction using formaldehyde-13C as starting material are indicative of the formation of ethylene glycol as a major product. PMID:28144336

  14. Preliminary results from Radiation Environment Investigations on GIOVE-A

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    Underwood, C. I.; Taylor, B.; Ryden, K. A.; Rodgers, D. J.; Dyer, C. S.; Evans, H. D. R.; Daly, E. J.

    GIOVE-A is a small satellite build by SSTL UK for the European Space Agency as a first element of its Galileo satellite navigation programme GIOVE-A s primary payload is a navigation payload to secure use of the frequencies allocated by the International Telecommunications Union ITU for the Galileo system and to demonstrate critical technologies for the navigation payload of future operational Galileo satellites It also includes radiation environments and effects experiments constructed by the University of Surrey CEDEX and QinetiQ MERLIN to characterise the hazardous MEO environment GIOVE-A was launched 28 December 2005 into a 24000 km circular orbit with 56 degree inclination The environment experiments contain detectors to register the electron proton and ion signals and also to investigate the resulting total dose and charging environments The payloads will be described and preliminary results will be presented

  15. Reverse micelles directed synthesis of TiO{sub 2}-CeO{sub 2} mixed oxides and investigation of their crystal structure and morphology

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    Matejova, Lenka; Vales, Vaclav; Fajgar, Radek; Matej, Zdenek; Holy, Vaclav; Solcova, Olga

    2013-02-15

    The synthesis of TiO{sub 2}-CeO{sub 2} mixed oxides based on the sol-gel process controlled within reverse micelles of non-ionic surfactant Triton X-114 in cyclohexane is reported. The crystallization, phase composition, trends in nanoparticles growth and porous structure properties are studied as a function of Ti:Ce molar composition and annealing temperature by in-situ X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and physisorption. The brannerite-type CeTi{sub 2}O{sub 6} crystallizes as a single crystalline phase at Ti:Ce molar composition of 70:30 and in the mixture with cubic CeO{sub 2} and anatase TiO{sub 2} for composition 50:50. At Ti:Ce molar ratios 90:10 and 30:70 the mixtures of TiO{sub 2} anatase, rutile and cubic CeO{sub 2} appear. In these mixtures TiO{sub 2} rutile is formed at higher temperatures than conventionally. Additionally, the amount of a present amorphous phase in individual mixtures was estimated from diffraction data. The porous structure morphology depends both on molar composition and annealing temperature. This is correlated with the presence of carbon impurities of different character. - Graphical abstract: The phase composition of Ti90--Ce10 and Ti50--Ce50 oxide mixtures as a function of annealing temperature. The amount of the amorphous phase was estimated and attributed to TiO{sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti/Ce oxides were prepared using reverse micelles of Triton X-114. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystallization of TiO{sub 2}, CeO{sub 2} or CeTi{sub 2}O{sub 6} depends on Ti:Ce molar ratio. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Amorphous phase attributed to TiO{sub 2} was identified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metal oxides surface area is influenced by the character of present carbon impurities.

  16. Investigating High School Teachers' Perceptions of School Environment.

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    Huang, Shwu-yong L.

    This study examined public high school teachers' perceptions of school environment, focusing on satisfaction, collegiality, teacher-student relationships, discipline, principal leadership, equity, and teacher influence. It also investigated differences in attitudes by gender. Participating teachers from 8 schools in the Southern United States…

  17. Supercritical fluid reverse micelle separation

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    Fulton, J.L.; Smith, R.D.

    1993-11-30

    A method of separating solute material from a polar fluid in a first polar fluid phase is provided. The method comprises combining a polar fluid, a second fluid that is a gas at standard temperature and pressure and has a critical density, and a surfactant. The solute material is dissolved in the polar fluid to define the first polar fluid phase. The combined polar and second fluids, surfactant, and solute material dissolved in the polar fluid is maintained under near critical or supercritical temperature and pressure conditions such that the density of the second fluid exceeds the critical density thereof. In this way, a reverse micelle system defining a reverse micelle solvent is formed which comprises a continuous phase in the second fluid and a plurality of reverse micelles dispersed in the continuous phase. The solute material is dissolved in the polar fluid and is in chemical equilibrium with the reverse micelles. The first polar fluid phase and the continuous phase are immiscible. The reverse micelles each comprise a dynamic aggregate of surfactant molecules surrounding a core of the polar fluid. The reverse micelle solvent has a polar fluid-to-surfactant molar ratio W, which can vary over a range having a maximum ratio W[sub o] that determines the maximum size of the reverse micelles. The maximum ratio W[sub o] of the reverse micelle solvent is then varied, and the solute material from the first polar fluid phase is transported into the reverse micelles in the continuous phase at an extraction efficiency determined by the critical or supercritical conditions. 27 figures.

  18. Supercritical fluid reverse micelle separation

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    Fulton, John L.; Smith, Richard D.

    1993-01-01

    A method of separating solute material from a polar fluid in a first polar fluid phase is provided. The method comprises combining a polar fluid, a second fluid that is a gas at standard temperature and pressure and has a critical density, and a surfactant. The solute material is dissolved in the polar fluid to define the first polar fluid phase. The combined polar and second fluids, surfactant, and solute material dissolved in the polar fluid is maintained under near critical or supercritical temperature and pressure conditions such that the density of the second fluid exceeds the critical density thereof. In this way, a reverse micelle system defining a reverse micelle solvent is formed which comprises a continuous phase in the second fluid and a plurality of reverse micelles dispersed in the continuous phase. The solute material is dissolved in the polar fluid and is in chemical equilibrium with the reverse micelles. The first polar fluid phase and the continuous phase are immiscible. The reverse micelles each comprise a dynamic aggregate of surfactant molecules surrounding a core of the polar fluid. The reverse micelle solvent has a polar fluid-to-surfactant molar ratio W, which can vary over a range having a maximum ratio W.sub.o that determines the maximum size of the reverse micelles. The maximum ratio W.sub.o of the reverse micelle solvent is then varied, and the solute material from the first polar fluid phase is transported into the reverse micelles in the continuous phase at an extraction efficiency determined by the critical or supercritical conditions.

  19. Reverse micelles directed synthesis of TiO2-CeO2 mixed oxides and investigation of their crystal structure and morphology

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    Matějová, Lenka; Valeš, Václav; Fajgar, Radek; Matěj, Zdeněk; Holý, Václav; Šolcová, Olga

    2013-02-01

    The synthesis of TiO2-CeO2 mixed oxides based on the sol-gel process controlled within reverse micelles of non-ionic surfactant Triton X-114 in cyclohexane is reported. The crystallization, phase composition, trends in nanoparticles growth and porous structure properties are studied as a function of Ti:Ce molar composition and annealing temperature by in-situ X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and physisorption. The brannerite-type CeTi2O6 crystallizes as a single crystalline phase at Ti:Ce molar composition of 70:30 and in the mixture with cubic CeO2 and anatase TiO2 for composition 50:50. At Ti:Ce molar ratios 90:10 and 30:70 the mixtures of TiO2 anatase, rutile and cubic CeO2 appear. In these mixtures TiO2 rutile is formed at higher temperatures than conventionally. Additionally, the amount of a present amorphous phase in individual mixtures was estimated from diffraction data. The porous structure morphology depends both on molar composition and annealing temperature. This is correlated with the presence of carbon impurities of different character.

  20. Toward Rational Design of Protein Detergent Complexes: Determinants of Mixed Micelles That Are Critical for the In Vitro Stabilization of a G-Protein Coupled Receptor

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    O'Malley, Michelle A.; Helgeson, Matthew E.; Wagner, Norman J.; Robinson, Anne S.

    2011-01-01

    Although reconstitution of membrane proteins within protein detergent complexes is often used to enable their structural or biophysical characterization, it is unclear how one should rationally choose the appropriate micellar environment to preserve native protein folding. Here, we investigated model mixed micelles consisting of a nonionic glucosylated alkane surfactant from the maltoside and thiomaltoside families, bile salt surfactant, and the steryl derivative cholesteryl hemisuccinate. We correlated several key attributes of these micelles with the in vitro ligand-binding activity of hA2aR in these systems. Through small-angle neutron scattering and radioligand-binding analysis, we found several key aspects of mixed micellar systems that preserve the activity of hA2aR, including a critical amount of cholesteryl hemisuccinate per micelle, and an optimal hydrophobic thickness of the micelle that is analogous to the thickness of native mammalian bilayers. These features are closely linked to the headgroup chemistry of the surfactant and the hydrocarbon chain length, which influence both the morphology and composition of resulting micelles. This study should serve as a general guide for selecting the appropriate mixed surfactant systems to stabilize membrane proteins for biophysical analysis. PMID:22004748

  1. Molecular dynamics study of micelles properties according to their size.

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    Lebecque, S; Crowet, J M; Nasir, M N; Deleu, M; Lins, L

    2017-03-01

    Surfactants are molecules able to spontaneously self-assemble to form aggregates with well-defined properties, such as spherical micelles, planar bilayers, cylindrical micelles or vesicles. Micelles have notably several applications in many domains, such as drug delivery or membrane protein solubilization. In this context, the study of micelle formation in relation with the structural and physico-chemical properties of surfactants is of great interest to better control their use in the different application fields. In this work, we use the MD approach developed by Yoshii et al. and extend it to surfactants with different structures. We aim to systematically investigate different micellar properties as a function of the aggregates size by a molecular dynamics approach, to get an insight into the micellar organization and to collect some relevant descriptors about micelle formation. For this, we perform short MD simulations of preformed micelles of various sizes and analyze three parameters for each micelle size, namely the eccentricity of the micelles, the hydrophobic/hydrophilic surface ratio and the hydrophobic tails hydration. If these parameters are known descriptors of micelles, they were not yet studied in this way by MD. We show that eccentricity, used as "validator" parameter, exhibits minimal values when the aggregate size is close to the experimental aggregation number for surfactants that are known to form spherical micelles. This hence indicates that our methodology gives consistent results. The evolution of the two descriptors follows another scheme, with a sharp increase and decrease, respectively, followed by a leveling-off. The aggregate sizes at which this stabilization starts to occur are close to the respective aggregation number of each surfactant. In our approach, we validate the use of these descriptors to follow micelle formation by MD, from "simple" surfactants to more complex structures, like lipopeptides. Our calculations also suggest that

  2. Synthesis and agglomeration of gold nanoparticles in reverse micelles

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    Herrera, Adriana P.; Resto, Oscar; Briano, Julio G.; Rinaldi, Carlos

    2005-07-01

    Reverse micelles prepared in the system water, sodium bis-(2-ethylhexyl) sulfoccinate (AOT), and isooctane were investigated as a templating system for the production of gold nanoparticles from Au(III) and the reducing agent sulfite. A core-shell Mie model was used to describe the optical properties of gold nanoparticles in the reverse micelles. Dynamic light scattering of gold colloids in aqueous media and in reverse micelle solution indicated agglomeration of micelles containing particles. This was verified theoretically with an analysis of the total interaction energy between pairs of particles as a function of particle size. The analysis indicated that particles larger than about 8 nm in diameter should reversibly flocculate. Transmission electron microscopy measurements of gold nanoparticles produced in our reverse micelles showed diameters of 8-10 nm. Evidence of cluster formation was also observed. Time-correlated UV-vis absorption measurements showed a red shift for the peak wavelength. This was interpreted as the result of multiple scattering and plasmon interaction between particles due to agglomeration of micelles with particles larger than 8 nm.

  3. Radioecological investigation of food of animal origin in Belgrade environment.

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    Gordana, Vitorović; Svetlana, Grdović; Branislava, Mitrović; Milan, Obradović; Branko, Petrujkić

    2009-11-01

    The activity concentrations of 40K, 238U, 232Th and 137Cs were measured using gamma spectrometric method in different food chain samples from Serb Belgrade environment during the periods May-June 2007 and May-June 2008 year. Relatively high activities of 40K and 137Cs were detected in the soil. These results indicate that 137Cs is present in Belgrade environment even 20 years after nuclear accident in Chernobyl. However, in the samples of feedstuffs, animal products and bio indicators (meat of wild animals and fish), activity concentrations of primordial radionuclides and 137Cs were low and below the detection limits. Results of these trials have shown that investigated animal products from the natural environment around Belgrade, are radioactivity safe.

  4. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SUBSTITUTED POLY(STYRENE)-b-POLY(ACRYLIC ACID) BLOCK COPOLYMER MICELLES

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    Pickel, Deanna L; Pickel, Joseph M; Devenyi, Jozsef; Britt, Phillip F

    2009-01-01

    Block copolymer micelle synthesis and characterization has been extensively studied. In particular, most studies have focused on the properties of the hydrophilic corona due to the micelle corona structure s impact on the biodistribution and biocompatibility. Unfortunately, less attention has been given to the effect of the core block on the micelle stability, morphology, and the rate of diffusion of small molecules from the core. This investigation is focused on the synthesis of block copolymers composed of meta-substituted styrenes and acrylic acid by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization. Micelles with cores composed of substituted styrenes having Tgs ranging from -30 to 100 oC have been prepared and the size and shape of these micelles were characterized by Static and Dynamic Light Scattering and TEM. In addition, the critical micelle concentration and rate of diffusion of small molecules from the core were determined by fluorimetry using pyrene as the probe.

  5. Development of the simple and sensitive method for lipoxygenase assay in AOT/isooctane reversed micelles.

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    Park, Kyung Min; Kim, Yu Na; Choi, Seung Jun; Chang, Pahn-Shick

    2013-06-01

    In this study, we investigated the possibility of reversed micelles, widely used as an enzyme reactor for lipases, for the determination of lipoxygenase activity. Although it is rapid and simple, reversed micelles have some limitations, such as interference by UV-absorbing materials and surfactant. Lipoxygenase activity in the reversed micelles was determined by reading the absorbance of the lipid hydroperoxidation product (conjugated diene) at 234 nm. Among surfactants and organic media, AOT and isooctane were most effective for the dioxygenation of linoleic acid in reversed micelles. The strong absorbance of AOT in the UV region is a major obstacle for the direct application of the AOT/isooctane reversed micelles to lipoxygenase activity determination. To prevent interference by AOT, we added an AOT removal step in the procedure for lipoxygenase activity determination in reversed micelles. The lipoxygenase activity was dependent on water content, and maximum activity was obtained at an R-value of 10.

  6. Gradient structure-induced temperature responsiveness in styrene/methyl methacrylate gradient copolymers micelles.

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    Zheng, Chao; Huang, Haiying; He, Tianbai

    2014-02-01

    In this work, micelles are formed by gradient copolymer of styrene and methyl methacrylate in acetone-water mixture and their temperature responsiveness is investigated in a narrow range near room temperature. Three different kinds of structural transitions could be induced by temperature: unimers to micelle transition, shrinkage/stretching of micelles, and morphological transition from spherical micelles to vesicles. In addition, a model analysis on the interface of gradient copolymer micelle is made to better understand these phenomena. It is found that both position and composition of the interface could alter in response to the change in temperature. According to the experiments and model analysis, it is proposed that temperature responsiveness might be an intrinsic and universal property of gradient copolymer micelles, which only originates from the gradient structure.

  7. Novel fluorescent probe as aggregation predictor and micro-polarity reporter for micelles and mixed micelles

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    Shannigrahi, Mrinmoy; Bagchi, Sanjib

    2005-07-01

    Aggregational behaviour of micelles sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS and Triton X-100, TX-100 both in pure and mixed form) and micelle like aggregates such as polymer-surfactant system [polymer poly(vinyl pyrrolidone), PVP]-SDS have been studied by using fluorescence characteristics of a newly synthesized probe. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) values determined at various surfactant compositions are lower than the ideal values indicating a synergistic effect. The value of the interaction parameter for the surfactant mixture has been determined which agrees well with the value calculated according to molecular thermodynamic theory. The total aggregation number of surfactant in mixed micelle shows a drastic variation in the SDS mole fraction range 0 ≤ α1 ≤ 0.3 and beyond the range it remains practically constant. Molar-based partition coefficients for the dye between the micellar and aqueous phase have been determined and a non-linear variation is obtained for the mixed micellar system. Variations of micro-polarity in the mixed micellar region have been investigated as a function of surfactant composition and results have been explained in terms of a suitable realistic model.

  8. Numerical investigation of the dynamical environment of 65803 Didymos

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    Dell'Elce, L.; Baresi, N.; Naidu, S. P.; Benner, L. A. M.; Scheeres, D. J.

    2017-03-01

    The Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission is planning to visit the Didymos binary system in 2022 in order to perform the first demonstration ever of the kinetic impact technique. Binary asteroids are an ideal target for this since the deflection of the secondary body can be accurately measured by a satellite orbiting in the system. However, these binaries offer an extremely rich dynamical environment whose accurate investigation through analytical approaches is challenging at best and requires a significant number of restrictive assumptions. For this reason, a numerical investigation of the dynamical environment in the vicinity of the Didymos system is offered in this paper. After computing various families of periodic orbits, their robustness is assessed in a high-fidelity environment consisting of the perturbed restricted full three-body problem. The results of this study suggest that several nominally stable trajectories, including the triangular libration points, should not be considered as safe as a state vector perturbation may cause the spacecraft to drift from the nominal orbit and possibly impact one of the primary bodies within a few days. Nonetheless, there exist two safe solutions, namely terminator and interior retrograde orbits. The first one is adequate for observation purposes of the entire system and for communications. The second one is more suitable to perform close investigations of the primary body.

  9. Glycation Reactions of Casein Micelles.

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    Moeckel, Ulrike; Duerasch, Anja; Weiz, Alexander; Ruck, Michael; Henle, Thomas

    2016-04-13

    After suspensions of micellar casein or nonmicellar sodium caseinate had been heated, respectively, in the presence and absence of glucose for 0-4 h at 100 °C, glycation compounds were quantitated. The formation of Amadori products as indicators for the "early" Maillard reaction were in the same range for both micellar and nonmicellar caseins, indicating that reactive amino acid side chains within the micelles are accessible for glucose in a comparable way as in nonmicellar casein. Significant differences, however, were observed concerning the formation of the advanced glycation end products (AGEs), namely, N(ε)-carboxymethyllysine (CML), pyrraline, pentosidine, and glyoxal-lysine dimer (GOLD). CML could be observerd in higher amounts in nonmicellar casein, whereas in the micelles the pyrraline formation was increased. Pentosidine and GOLD were formed in comparable amounts. Furthermore, the extent of protein cross-linking was significantly higher in the glycated casein micelles than in the nonmicellar casein samples. Dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy showed that glycation has no influence on the size of the casein micelles, indicating that cross-linking occurs only in the interior of the micelles, but altered the surface morphology. Studies on glycation and nonenzymatic cross-linking can contribute to the understanding of the structure of casein micelles.

  10. Solute and solvent dynamics in confined equal-sized aqueous environments of charged and neutral reverse micelles: a combined dynamic fluorescence and all-atom molecular dynamics simulation study.

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    Guchhait, Biswajit; Biswas, Ranjit; Ghorai, Pradip K

    2013-03-28

    Here a combined dynamic fluorescence and all-atom molecular dynamics simulation study of aqueous pool-size dependent solvation energy and rotational relaxations of a neutral dipolar solute, C153, trapped in AOT (charged) and IGPAL (neutral) reverse micelles (RMs) at 298 K, is described. RMs in simulations have been represented by a reduced model where SPC/E water molecules interact with a trapped C153 that possesses realistic charge distributions for both ground and excited states. In large aqueous pools, measured average solvation and rotation rates are smaller for the neutral RMs than those in charged ones. Interestingly, while the measured average solvation and rotation rates increase with pool size for the charged RMs, the average rotation rates for the neutral RMs exhibit a reverse dependence. Simulations have qualitatively reproduced this experimental trend and suggested interfacial location for the solute for all cases. The origin for the subnanosecond Stokes shift dynamics has been investigated and solute-interface interaction contribution quantified. Simulated layer-wise translational and rotational diffusions of water molecules re-examine the validity of the core-shell model and provide a resolution to a debate regarding the origin of the subnanosecond solvation component in dynamic Stokes shift measurements with aqueous RMs but not detected in ultrafast IR measurements.

  11. Micellization of St/MMA gradient copolymers: a general picture of structural transitions in gradient copolymer micelles.

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    Zheng, Chao; Huang, Haiying; He, Tianbai

    2013-10-01

    In this work, a gradient copolymer of styrene (St) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) is synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer living radical polymerization and its micellization behaviors in an acetone and water mixture are investigated by transmission electron microscopy, light scattering, and NMR spectroscopy. Three different kinds of transitions were found to coexist in a single system for the first time: a unimers to micelles transition, a star-like micelles to crew-cut micelles transition resulting from the shrinkage of micelles, and morphological transitions from spherical micelles to cylindrical micelles to vesicles. Our findings provide a general picture of structural transitions and relaxation processes in gradient copolymer micelles, which can lead to the development of novel materials and applications based on gradient copolymers.

  12. Fabrication of novel coumarin derivative functionalized polypseudorotaxane micelles for drug delivery

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    Chang, Jing; Li, Yuan; Wang, Gang; He, Bin; Gu, Zhongwei

    2012-12-01

    The fabrication and drug delivery of novel polypseudorotaxane micelles with small molecule coumarin derivative as hydrophobic segment were reported. 7-Carboxymethoxy coumarin was immobilized on the terminal hydroxyl groups of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). The modified PEG chains were threaded in α-cyclodextrins (α-CDs) to form polypseudorotaxanes. The polypseudorotaxanes self-assembled into supramolecular micelles driven by hydrophobic interaction and polypseudorotaxane crystallization. Anti-tumor drug doxorubicin (DOX) was trapped in the micelles. The structure, morphology, drug release profile and cytotoxicity of the micelles were investigated. The in vitro anti-tumor studies including cellular uptake and inhibition efficiency were performed on mice cancer cell lines of TC1 lung cancer cells and B16 melanoma cells. The results revealed that the 7-carboxymethoxy coumarin modified PEG could thread into the cavity of α-CDs to form necklace-like polypseudorotaxanes. The polypseudorotaxanes self-assembled into spherical micelles with the mean size of 30 nanometers, and the size was increased to about 80 nanometers after the drug was loaded. The drug loading content of the micelles was decreased with increasing the chain length of PEG. The sustaining release of DOX could last for 32 hours. The polypseudorotaxane micelles were non-toxic to both TC1 and B16 cells. The IC50 of the DOX loaded polypseudorotaxane micelles with PEG2k was lower than that of micelles with PEG4k or PEG6k both in TC1 and B16 cells.

  13. Investigation of crystal growth from solutions. [in zero gravity environments

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    Miyagawa, I.

    1974-01-01

    The quality was investigated of a crystal of Rochelle salt grown from a solution placed in the zero-gravity environment of Skylab 4. The crystal has the following unique features: (1) the typical cavity is a long tube extending along the c-axis, the average length being 4mm, compared to 0.1mm that is the average size for earth-grown crystals; and (2) the crystal consists of several single crystals, the axes of which are parallel to each other. A preliminary measurement was made on the ferroelectric hysteresis curve of this Rochelle salt crystal.

  14. Fluorescent Block Copolymer Micelles That Can Self-Report on Their Assembly and Small Molecule Encapsulation.

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    Robin, Mathew P; Osborne, Shani A M; Pikramenou, Zoe; Raymond, Jeffery E; O'Reilly, Rachel K

    2016-01-26

    Block copolymer micelles have been prepared with a dithiomaleimide (DTM) fluorophore located in either the core or shell. Poly(triethylene glycol acrylate)-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate) (P(TEGA)-b-P(tBA)) was synthesized by RAFT polymerization, with a DTM-functional acrylate monomer copolymerized into either the core forming P(tBA) block or the shell forming P(TEGA) block. Self-assembly by direct dissolution afforded spherical micelles with Rh of ca. 35 nm. Core-labeled micelles (CLMs) displayed bright emission (Φf = 17%) due to good protection of the fluorophore, whereas shell-labeled micelles (SLMs) had lower efficiency emission due to collisional quenching in the solvated corona. The transition from micelles to polymer unimers upon dilution could be detected by measuring the emission intensity of the solutions. For the core-labeled micelles, the fluorescence lifetime was also responsive to the supramolecular state, the lifetime being significantly longer for the micelles (τAv,I = 19 ns) than for the polymer unimers (τAv,I = 9 ns). The core-labeled micelles could also self-report on the presence of a fluorescent hydrophobic guest molecule (Nile Red) as a result of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the DTM fluorophore and the guest. The sensitivity of the DTM fluorophore to its environment therefore provides a simple handle to obtain detailed structural information for the labeled polymer micelles. A case will also be made for the application superiority of core-labeled micelles over shell-labeled micelles for the DTM fluorophore.

  15. Molecular mechanism of Ca(2+)-catalyzed fusion of phospholipid micelles.

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    Tsai, Hui-Hsu Gavin; Juang, Wei-Fu; Chang, Che-Ming; Hou, Tsai-Yi; Lee, Jian-Bin

    2013-11-01

    Although membrane fusion plays key roles in intracellular trafficking, neurotransmitter release, and viral infection, its underlying molecular mechanism and its energy landscape are not well understood. In this study, we employed all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the fusion mechanism, catalyzed by Ca(2+) ions, of two highly hydrated 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-3-phosphoethanolamine (POPE) micelles. This simulation system mimics the small contact zone between two large vesicles at which the fusion is initiated. Our simulations revealed that Ca(2+) ions are capable of catalyzing the fusion of POPE micelles; in contrast, we did not observe close contact of the two micelles in the presence of only Na(+) or Mg(2+) ions. Determining the free energy landscape of fusion allowed us to characterize the underlying molecular mechanism. The Ca(2+) ions play a key role in catalyzing the micelle fusion in three aspects: creating a more-hydrophobic surface on the micelles, binding two micelles together, and enhancing the formation of the pre-stalk state. In contrast, Na(+) or Mg(2+) ions have relatively limited effects. Effective fusion proceeds through sequential formation of pre-stalk, stalk, hemifused-like, and fused states. The pre-stalk state is the state featuring lipid tails exposed to the inter-micellar space; its formation is the rate-limiting step. The stalk state is the state where a localized hydrophobic core is formed connecting two micelles; its formation occurs in conjunction with water expulsion from the inter-micellar space. This study provides insight into the molecular mechanism of fusion from the points of view of energetics, structure, and dynamics.

  16. The Use of Dodecylphosphocholine Micelles in Solution NMR

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    Kallick, D. A.; Tessmer, M. R.; Watts, C. R.; Li, C. Y.

    Dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles are useful as a model membrane system for solution NMR. Several new observations on dodecylphosphocholine micelles and their interactions with opioid peptides are described. The optimal lipid concentration has been investigated for small peptide NMR studies in DPC micelles for two opioid peptides, a 5-mer and a 17-mer. In contrast to reports in the literature, identical 2D spectra have been observed at low and high lipid concentrations. The chemical shift of resolved peptide proton resonances has been followed as a function of added lipid and indicates that there are changes in the chemical shifts above the critical micelle concentration and up to a ratio of 7:1 (lipid:peptide) for the 17-mer, and 9.6:1 for the 5-mer. These results suggest that conformational changes occur in the peptide significantly above the critical micelle concentration, up to a lipid:peptide ratio which is dependent upon the peptide, here ranging from 7:1 to 9.6:1. To address the stoichiometry more directly, the diffusion coefficients of the lipid alone and the lipid with peptide have been measured using pulsed-field gradient spin-echo NMR experiments. These data have been used to calculate the hydrodynamic radius and the aggregation number of the micelle with and without peptide and show that the aggregation number of the peptide-lipid complex increases at high lipid concentrations without a concomitant change in the peptide conformation. Last, several protonated impurities have been observed in the commercial preparation of DPC which resonate in the amide proton region of the NMR spectrum. These results are significant for researchers using DPC micelles and illustrate that both care in sample preparation and the stoichiometry are important issues with the use of DPC as a model membrane.

  17. Investigation of the strong turbulence in the geospace environment

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    Kharshiladze, O.; Chargazia, K.

    2015-11-01

    Plasma vortices are often detected by spacecraft in the geospace (atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere) environment, for instance in the magnetosheath and in the magnetotail region. Large scale vortices may correspond to the injection scale of turbulence, so that understanding their origin is important for understanding the energy transfer processes in the geospace environment. In a recent work, turbulent state of plasma medium (especially, ionosphere) is overviewed. Experimental observation data from THEMIS mission (Keiling et al., 2009) is investigated and numerical simulations are carried out. By analyzing the THEMIS data for that event, we find that several vortices in the magnetotail are detected together with the main one and these vortices constitute a vortex chain. Such vortices can cause the strong turbulent state in the different media. The strong magnetic turbulence is investigated in the ionsophere as an ensemble of such strongly localized (weakly interacting) vortices. Characteristics of power spectral densities are estimated for the observed and analytical stationary dipole structures. These characteristics give good description of the vortex structures.

  18. Tumor homing indocyanine green encapsulated micelles for near infrared and photoacoustic imaging of tumors.

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    Uthaman, Saji; Bom, Joon-suk; Kim, Hyeon Sik; John, Johnson V; Bom, Hee-Seung; Kim, Seon-Jong; Min, Jung-Joon; Kim, Il; Park, In-Kyu

    2016-05-01

    Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) is an emerging analytical modality that is under intense preclinical development for the early diagnosis of various medical conditions, including cancer. However, the lack of specific tumor targeting by various contrast agents used in PAI obstructs its clinical applications. In this study, we developed indocyanine green (ICG)-encapsulated micelles specific for the CD 44 receptor and used in near infrared and photoacoustic imaging of tumors. ICG was hydrophobically modified prior to loading into hyaluronic acid (HA)-based micelles utilized for CD 44 based-targeting. We investigated the physicochemical characteristics of prepared HA only and ICG-encapsulated HA micelles (HA-ICG micelles). After intravenous injection of tumor-bearing mice, the bio-distribution and in vivo photoacoustic images of ICG-encapsulated HA micelles accumulating in tumors were also investigated. Our study further encourages the application of this HA-ICG-based nano-platform as a tumor-specific contrast agent for PAI.

  19. Protein and water confined in nanometer-scale reverse micelles studied by near infrared, terahertz, and ultrafast visible spectroscopies.

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    Murakami, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    Protein-containing reverse (PCR) micelles are suitable systems to study the properties of proteins and waters in a cell-like environment. A model for determining the structural parameters of PCR micelles, such as the aqueous cavity size and molecule number of water within the reverse micelle, is presented. The model is based on an important hypothesis that the structural parameters of the protein-unfilled reverse micelle do not change after solubilization of protein. I describe a procedure using near infrared spectroscopy of OH stretching vibration band of water to verify the hypothesis. Further, the terahertz (THz) absorption spectrum of myoglobin is derived from THz time-domain spectroscopy of the PCR micellar solution, and the states of waters in reverse micelles with and without protein are discussed on the basis of the structural parameters. The last topic is on internal dynamics of PCR micelles on timescales from femtoseconds to nanoseconds studied by femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

  20. Numerical Investigation of Laser Propulsion for Transport in Water Environment

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    Han Bing; Li Beibei; Zhang Hongchao; Chen Jun; Shen Zhonghua; Lu Jian; Ni Xiaowu

    2010-10-08

    Problems that cumber the development of the laser propulsion in atmosphere and vacuum are discussed. Based on the theory of interaction between high-intensity laser and materials, as air and water, it is proved that transport in water environment can be impulsed by laser. The process of laser propulsion in water is investigated theoretically and numerically. It shows that not only the laser induced plasma shock wave, but also the laser induced bubble oscillation shock waves and the pressure induced by the collapsing bubble can be used. Many experimental results show that the theory and the numerical results are valid. The numerical result of the contribution of every propulsion source is given in percentage. And the maximum momentum coupling coefficient Cm is given. Laser propulsion in water environment can be applied in many fields. For example, it can provide highly controllable forces of the order of micro-Newton ({mu}N) in microsystems, such as the MEMS (Micro-electromechanical Systems). It can be used as minimally invasive surgery tools of high temporal and spatial resolution. It can be used as the propulsion source in marine survey and exploitation.

  1. Archival Legacy Investigation of Circumstellar Environments (ALICE). Survey results

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    Soummer, Remi; Choquet, Elodie; Pueyo, Laurent; Brendan Hagan, J.; Gofas-Salas, Elena; Rajan, Abhijith; Chen, Christine; Perrin, Marshall D.; Debes, John H.; Golimowski, David A.; Hines, Dean C.; N'Diaye, Mamadou; Schneider, Glenn; Mawet, Dimitri; Marois, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We report on the status of the ALICE project (Archival Legacy Investigation of Circumstellar Environments. HST/AR-12652), which consists in a consistent reanalysis of the entire HST-NICMOS coronagraphic archive with advanced post-processing techniques. Over the last two years, we have developed a sophisticated pipeline able to handle the data of the 400 stars of the archive. We present the results of the overall reduction campaign and discuss the first statistical analysis of the candidate detections. As we will deliver high-level science products to the STScI MAST archive, we are defining a new standard format for high-contrast science products, which will be compatible with every new high-contrast imaging instrument and used by the JWST coronagraphs. We present here an update and overview of the specifications of this standard.

  2. Photoionization of psoralen derivatives in micelles: Imperatorin and alloimperatorin

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    El-Gogary, Sameh R.

    2010-11-01

    The fluorescence properties of psoralen derivatives, 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP), imperatorin (IMP) and alloimperatorin (ALLOI), were investigated in various solvent and micellar solutions. The variation in intensity and maxima of the fluorescence in micellar solutions suggest that psoralens are located in the micelle-water interface region. Radical cations and hydrated electrons were generated by photoionization in micellar solution upon excitation at 266 nm. A nonlinear relationship between transient yield and photon fluency was obtained for each compound, indicating that a two-photon mechanism is predominant in the photoionization of the sensitizers. The photoionization efficiencies are significantly higher in anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) than in cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles, reflecting the influence of micelle charge on the efficiency of the separation of the photoproduced charge carriers. The photoionization efficiencies of IMP and ALLOI are similar.

  3. Experimental Investigation of Organic Synthesis in Hydrothermal Environments

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    Shock, Everett L.

    1998-01-01

    The results of the investigation were presented at a Astrobiology Institute General Meeting. Seafloor hydrothermal systems may be the most likely locations on the early Earth for the emergence of life. Because of the disequilibrium inherent in such dynamic, mixing environments, abundant chemical energy would have been available for formation of the building blocks of life. In addition, theoretical studies suggest that organic compounds in these conditions would reach metastable states, due to kinetic barriers to the formation of stable equilibrium products (CO2 and methane). The speciation of organic carbon in metastable states is highly dependent on the oxidation state, pH, temperature, pressure and bulk composition of the system. The goal of our research is to investigate the effects of a number external variables on the formation, transformation, and stability of organic compounds at hydrothermal conditions. We have begun experimental work to attempt to control the oxidation state of simulated hydrothermal systems by using buffers composed of mineral powders and gas mixtures. We are also beginning to test the stability of organic compounds under these conditions.

  4. Characteristic of core materials in polymeric micelles effect on their micellar properties studied by experimental and dpd simulation methods.

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    Cheng, Furong; Guan, Xuewa; Cao, Huan; Su, Ting; Cao, Jun; Chen, Yuanwei; Cai, Mengtan; He, Bin; Gu, Zhongwei; Luo, Xianglin

    2015-08-15

    Polymeric micelles are one important class of nanoparticles for anticancer drug delivery, but the impact of hydrophobic segments on drug encapsulation and release is unclear, which deters the rationalization of drug encapsulation into polymeric micelles. This paper focused on studying the correlation between the characteristics of hydrophobic segments and encapsulation of structurally different drugs (DOX and β-carotene). Poly(ϵ-caprolactone) (PCL) or poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) were used as hydrophobic segments to synthesize micelle-forming amphiphilic block copolymers with the hydrophilic methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG). Both blank and drug loaded micelles were spherical in shape with sizes lower than 50 nm. PCL-based micelles exhibited higher drug loading capacity than their PLLA-based counterparts. Higher encapsulation efficiency of β-carotene was achieved compared with DOX. In addition, both doxorubicin and β-carotene were released much faster from PCL-based polymeric micelles. Dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation revealed that the two drugs tended to aggregate in the core of the PCL-based micelles but disperse in the core of PLLA based micelles. In vitro cytotoxicity investigation of DOX loaded micelles demonstrated that a faster drug release warranted a more efficient cancer-killing effect. This research could serve as a guideline for the rational design of polymeric micelles for drug delivery.

  5. Biodegradable polymeric micelle-encapsulated quercetin suppresses tumor growth and metastasis in both transgenic zebrafish and mouse models

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    Wu, Qinjie; Deng, Senyi; Li, Ling; Sun, Lu; Yang, Xi; Liu, Xinyu; Liu, Lei; Qian, Zhiyong; Wei, Yuquan; Gong, Changyang

    2013-11-01

    Quercetin (Que) loaded polymeric micelles were prepared to obtain an aqueous formulation of Que with enhanced anti-tumor and anti-metastasis activities. A simple solid dispersion method was used, and the obtained Que micelles had a small particle size (about 31 nm), high drug loading, and high encapsulation efficiency. Que micelles showed improved cellular uptake, an enhanced apoptosis induction effect, and stronger inhibitory effects on proliferation, migration, and invasion of 4T1 cells than free Que. The enhanced in vitro antiangiogenesis effects of Que micelles were proved by the results that Que micelles significantly suppressed proliferation, migration, invasion, and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Subsequently, transgenic zebrafish models were employed to investigate anti-tumor and anti-metastasis effects of Que micelles, in which stronger inhibitory effects of Que micelles were observed on embryonic angiogenesis, tumor-induced angiogenesis, tumor growth, and tumor metastasis. Furthermore, in a subcutaneous 4T1 tumor model, Que micelles were more effective in suppressing tumor growth and spontaneous pulmonary metastasis, and prolonging the survival of tumor-bearing mice. Besides, immunohistochemical and immunofluorescent assays suggested that tumors in the Que micelle-treated group showed more apoptosis, fewer microvessels, and fewer proliferation-positive cells. In conclusion, Que micelles, which are synthesized as an aqueous formulation of Que, possess enhanced anti-tumor and anti-metastasis activity, which can serve as potential candidates for cancer therapy.

  6. Preparation of Two Types of Polymeric Micelles Based on Poly(β-L-Malic Acid) for Antitumor Drug Delivery.

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    Yang, Tiehong; Li, Wei; Duan, Xiao; Zhu, Lin; Fan, Li; Qiao, Youbei; Wu, Hong

    2016-01-01

    Polymeric micelles represent an effective delivery system for poorly water-soluble anticancer drugs. In this work, two types of CPT-conjugated polymers were synthesized based on poly(β-L-malic acid) (PMLA) derivatives. Folic acid (FA) was introduced into the polymers as tumor targeting group. The micellization behaviors of these polymers and antitumor activity of different self-assembled micelles were investigated. Results indicate that poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(β-L-malic acid)-campotothecin-I (PEG-PMLA-CPT-I, P1) is a grafted copolymer, and could form star micelles in aqueous solution with a diameter of about 97 nm, also that PEG-PMLA-CPT-II (P2) is an amphiphilic block copolymer, and could form crew cut micelles with a diameter of about 76 nm. Both P1 and P2 micelles could improve the cellular uptake of CPT, especially the FA-modified micelles, while P2 micelles showed higher stability, higher drug loading efficiency, smaller size, and slower drug release rate than that of P1 micelles. These results suggested that the P2 (crew cut) micelles possess better stability than that of the P1 (star) micelles and might be a potential drug delivery system for cancer therapy.

  7. Preparation of Two Types of Polymeric Micelles Based on Poly(β-L-Malic Acid) for Antitumor Drug Delivery

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    Duan, Xiao; Zhu, Lin; Fan, Li; Qiao, Youbei; Wu, Hong

    2016-01-01

    Polymeric micelles represent an effective delivery system for poorly water-soluble anticancer drugs. In this work, two types of CPT-conjugated polymers were synthesized based on poly(β-L-malic acid) (PMLA) derivatives. Folic acid (FA) was introduced into the polymers as tumor targeting group. The micellization behaviors of these polymers and antitumor activity of different self-assembled micelles were investigated. Results indicate that poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(β-L-malic acid)-campotothecin-I (PEG-PMLA-CPT-I, P1) is a grafted copolymer, and could form star micelles in aqueous solution with a diameter of about 97 nm, also that PEG-PMLA-CPT-II (P2) is an amphiphilic block copolymer, and could form crew cut micelles with a diameter of about 76 nm. Both P1 and P2 micelles could improve the cellular uptake of CPT, especially the FA-modified micelles, while P2 micelles showed higher stability, higher drug loading efficiency, smaller size, and slower drug release rate than that of P1 micelles. These results suggested that the P2 (crew cut) micelles possess better stability than that of the P1 (star) micelles and might be a potential drug delivery system for cancer therapy. PMID:27649562

  8. Micelle structural studies on oil solubilization by a small-angle neutron scattering

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    Putra, Edy Giri Rachman; Seong, Baek Seok; Ikram, Abarrul

    2009-02-01

    A small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique was applied to reveal the micelle structural changes. The micelle structural changes of 0.3 M sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) concentration by addition of various oil, i.e. n-hexane, n-octane, and n-decane up to 60% (v/v) have been investigated. It was found that the size, aggregation number and the structures of the micelles changed exhibiting that the effective charge on the micelle decreases with an addition of oil. There was a small increase in minor axis of micelle while the correlation peak shifted to a lower momentum transfer Q and then to higher Q by a further oil addition.

  9. Positively charged micelles based on a triblock copolymer demonstrate enhanced corneal penetration

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    Li, Jingguo; Li, Zhanrong; Zhou, Tianyang; Zhang, Junjie; Xia, Huiyun; Li, Heng; He, Jijun; He, Siyu; Wang, Liya

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The cornea is a main barrier to drug penetration after topical application. The aim of this study was to evaluate the abilities of micelles generated from a positively charged triblock copolymer to penetrate the cornea after topical application. Methods The triblock copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone)-g-polyethyleneimine was synthesized, and the physicochemical properties of the self-assembled polymeric micelles were investigated, including hydrodynamic size, zeta potential, morphology, drug-loading content, drug-loading efficiency, and in vitro drug release. Using fluorescein diacetate as a model drug, the penetration capabilities of the polymeric micelles were monitored in vivo using a two-photon scanning fluorescence microscopy on murine corneas after topical application. Results The polymer was successfully synthesized and confirmed using nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared. The polymeric micelles had an average particle size of 28 nm, a zeta potential of approximately +12 mV, and a spherical morphology. The drug-loading efficiency and drug-loading content were 75.37% and 3.47%, respectively, which indicates that the polymeric micelles possess a high drug-loading capacity. The polymeric micelles also exhibited controlled-release behavior in vitro. Compared to the control, the positively charged polymeric micelles significantly penetrated through the cornea. Conclusion Positively charged micelles generated from a triblock copolymer are a promising vehicle for the topical delivery of hydrophobic agents in ocular applications. PMID:26451109

  10. Interaction of dipicolinatodioxovanadium(V) with polyatomic cations and surfaces in reverse micelles.

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    Stover, Jessica; Rithner, Christopher D; Inafuku, Rae Anne; Crans, Debbie C; Levinger, Nancy E

    2005-07-05

    In confined media such as reverse micelles, molecular probes frequently reside at and interact strongly with the interface. If the interface is charged, it is often difficult to separate effects arising from interactions with the charged species from the effect of the interfacial environment. With reverse micelles as a model system, the work reported here explores the interaction of the charged surfactant headgroups at a self-assembled interface with the dipicolinatodioxovanadium(V) coordination complex. The vanadium complex studied in these experiments serves as an excellent probe to investigate how charged metal complexes interact with lipid interfaces. For comparison, measurements were also carried out probing the interaction of the vanadium complex with a model cationic headgroup, tetramethylammonium bromide. The impact of the environment is gauged by changes in the 51V chemical shift, longitudinal relaxation times, and 1H NMR pulsed field gradient measurements. These measurements suggest that while interface component parts, as modeled by the dispersed systems, interact with the vanadium complex, the interfacial environment perturbs the complex substantially more strongly than the sum of the components alone. Coulomb attraction dominates the interaction in all systems probed and surprisingly orients the hydrophobic portion into the bulk water.

  11. Synthesis of hybrid gold/iron oxide nanoparticles in block copolymer micelles for imaging, drug delivery and magnetic hyperthermia.

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    Kim, D.-H.; Rozhkova, E. A.; Rajh, T.; Bader, S. D.; Novosad, V.

    2009-10-01

    In our study, hybrid gold/iron oxide loaded thermoresponsive micelles were synthesized for combined hyperthermia and chemotherapy, and optical imaging. Polymeric micelles made of amphiphilic block copolymer of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylamide)-block-poly({var_epsilon}-caprolactone) were conjugated with gold/iron oxide particles which are self-assembled at the hydrophobic polymer core. Thermal sensitivity and magnetic and optical properties of the hybrid gold/iron oxide micelles were investigated for the combined therapy and optical imaging.

  12. Investigation of building energy autonomy in the sahelian environment

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    Coulibaly, O.; Ouedraogo, A.; Kuznik, F.; Baillis, D.; Koulidiati, J.

    2012-02-01

    In this study, the energy generation of a set of photovoltaic panels is compared with the energy load of a building in order to analyse its autonomy in the sahelian environment when taking into account, the orientation, the insulation and the energy transfer optimisation of its windows. The Type 56 TRNSYS multizone building model is utilized for the energy load simulation and the Type 94 model of the same code enables the coupling of photovoltaic (PV) panels with the building. Without insulation, the PV energy generation represents 73.52 and 111.79% of the building electric energy load, respectively for poly-crystalline and mono-crystalline panels. For the same PV characteristics and when we insulate the roof and the floor, the energy generation increases to represent successively 121.09 and 184.13%. In the meantime, for building without insulation and with insulate the roof, the floor and 2 cm insulated walls, the energy consumption ratios decrease respectively from 201.13 to 105.20 kWh/m2/year. The investigations finally show that it is even possible to generate excess energy (positive energy building) and reduce the number and incident surface area of the PV panels if we conjugate the previous model with building passive architectural design mode (orientation, solar protection ...).

  13. Electrochemical Investigation of Corrosion in the Space Shuttle Launch Environment

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    Calle, L. M.

    2004-01-01

    Corrosion studies began at NASA/Kennedy Space Center in 1966 during the Gemini/Apollo Programs with the evaluation of long-term protective coatings for the atmospheric protection of carbon steel. An outdoor exposure facility on the beach near the launch pad was established for this purpose at that time. The site has provided over 35 years of technical information on the evaluation of the long-term corrosion performance of many materials and coatings as well as on maintenance procedures. Results from these evaluations have helped NASA find new materials and processes that increase the safety and reliability of our flight hardware, launch structures, and ground support equipment. The launch environment at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is extremely corrosive due to the combination of ocean salt spray, heat, humidity, and sunlight. With the introduction of the Space Shuttle in 1981, the already highly corrosive conditions at the launch pad were rendered even more severe by the acidic exhaust from the solid rocket boosters. It has been estimated that 70 tons of hydrochloric acid (HC1) are produced during a launch. The Corrosion Laboratory at NASA/KSC was established in 1985 to conduct electrochemical studies of corrosion on materials and coatings under conditions similar to those encountered at the launch pads. I will present highlights of some of these investigations.

  14. Experimental investigation of magnetic mineral formation in hydrocarbon environments

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    Abubakar, Rabiu; Muxworthy, Adrian; Sephton, Mark; Fraser, Alastair

    2013-04-01

    Experimental investigation of magnetic mineral formation in hydrocarbon environments Rabiu Abubakar, Adrian Muxworthy, Mark Septhon and Alastair Fraser Dept. of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London Magnetic anomalies have been observed over oil fields from aeromagnetic surveys. These anomalies have been linked with the presence of hydrocarbons and that has generated a lot of interest over possible application of magnetism in the exploration of oil and gas but there has also been debate over the origin of the magnetic minerals causing the magnetic anomaly. Our approach was to generate crude oil in the lab using three source rocks from the Wessex Basin, England, which is a hydrocarbon province. The source rocks were the Kimmeridge Clay, Oxford Clay and the Blue Lias. The source rocks were powered and pyrolysed in a high pressure vessel. The crude oil was then extracted and the magnetic signal of the remaining pyrolysate measured. We discovered a significant contrast in the magnetic hysteresis and thermomagnetic properties between the pyrolysate and the unpyrolysed (immature) source rocks. We will present the preliminary results, which indicate that magnetic minerals were generated as a result of heat and therefore related linked to maturation of the source rocks

  15. Preparation and evaluation of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactide) micelles as nanocarriers for oral delivery of cyclosporine a.

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    Zhang, Yanhui; Li, Xinru; Zhou, Yanxia; Wang, Xiaoning; Fan, Yating; Huang, Yanqing; Liu, Yan

    2010-03-27

    A series of monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactide) (mPEG-PLA) diblock copolymers were designed according to polymer-drug compatibility and synthesized, and mPEG-PLA micelle was fabricated and used as a nanocarrier for solubilization and oral delivery of Cyclosporine A (CyA). CyA was efficiently encapsulated into the micelles with nanoscaled diameter ranged from 60 to 96 nm with a narrow size distribution. The favorable stabilities of CyA-loaded polymeric micelles were observed in simulated gastric and intestinal fluids. The in vitro drug release investigation demonstrated that drug release was retarded by polymeric micelles. The enhanced intestinal absorption of CyA-loaded polymeric micelles, which was comparable to the commercial formulation of CyA (Sandimmun Neoral®), was found. These suggested that polymeric micelles might be an effective nanocarrier for solubilization of poorly soluble CyA and further improving oral absorption of the drug.

  16. Results of microbiological Investigations of Orbital Station MIR Environment

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    Novikova, N.

    15-year experience of orbital station MIR service demonstrated that specifically modified space vehicle environment allows to consider spaceship habitats as a certain ecological niche of microbial community development and functioning, which was formed from the organisms of different physiological and taxonomical groups. As a result of on-board experiments and revision of interior and equipment more than 234 microorganisms were identified. They were represented by technophylic specia, which cause material damage, as well as potential pathogens (bacteria, actinomyces spp, fungi), which capable to grow on artificial substrates. Resident colonization of interior and equipment of space habitat by bacterial and fungal associations, taking place during long-term microbiota exposure on cosmophysic, physic-chemical and biological factors, which is accompanied by appearance of technological and medical risks, capable to provide significant influence on safety of humans and reliability of space equipment. These risks are due to such processes: biodestruction of synthetic and organic polymeres, biocorrosion of metals, biofoulding of surfaces (biofilms), formation of obturation in vital activity support system, occurrence of biodisturbances resulting in devise and equipment failure, occurrence and development of supertolerants and other variants with unpredictable attributes, which are expressed as a result of phenotypical and genotypical modifications. Based on the information from results of in-flight and laboratory microbiological investigations, the following suppositions can be made to characterize evolution of the microbial community aboard long-operating space vehicle: - environment of a long-operating piloted space vehicle may be a peculiar kind of ecological niche for development and reproduction of bacilli and fungi belonging to particular species, - bacteriofungal associations primarily reside on decorative-finish and structural materials of space interior and

  17. Minimal motif peptide structure of metzincin clan zinc peptidases in micelles.

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    Onoda, Akira; Suzuki, Takako; Ishizuka, Hiroaki; Sugiyama, Rumiko; Ariyasu, Shinya; Yamamura, Takeshi

    2009-12-01

    It is well known that the functions of metalloproteins generally originate from their metal-binding motifs. However, the intrinsic nature of individual motifs remains unknown, particularly the details about metal-binding effects on the folding of motifs; the converse is also unknown, although there is no doubt that the motif is the core of the reactivity for each metalloprotein. In this study, we focused our attention on the zinc-binding motif of the metzincin clan family, HEXXHXXGXXH; this family contains the general zinc-binding sequence His-Glu-Xaa-Xaa-His (HEXXH) and the extended GXXH region. We adopted the motif sequence of stromelysin-1 and investigated the folding properties of the Trp-labeled peptides WAHEIAHSLGLFHA (STR-W1), AWHEIAHSLGLFHA (STR-W2), AHEIAHSLGWFHA (STR-W11), and AHEIAHSLGLFHWA (STR-W14) in the presence and absence of zinc ions in hydrophobic micellar environments by circular dichroism (CD) measurements. We accessed successful incorporation of these zinc peptides into micelles using quenching of Trp fluorescence. Results of CD studies indicated that two of the Trp-incorporated peptides, STR-W1 and STR-W14, exhibited helical folding in the hydrophobic region of cetyltrimethylammonium chloride micelle. The NMR structural analysis of the apo STR-W14 revealed that the conformation in the C-terminus GXXH region significantly differred between the apo state in the micelle and the reported Zn-bound state of stromelysin-1 in crystal structures. The structural analyses of the qualitative Zn-binding properties of this motif peptide provide an interesting Zn-binding mechanism: the minimum consensus motif in the metzincin clan, a basic zinc-binding motif with an extended GXXH region, has the potential to serve as a preorganized Zn binding scaffold in a hydrophobic environment.

  18. Micelle hydrogels for three-dimensional dose verification

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    Babic, S.; Battista, J.; Jordan, K.

    2009-05-01

    Gelatin hydrogels form a transparent and colourless matrix for polymerization or chromic reactions initiated by absorption of ionizing radiation. Generally, hydrogel chemistries have been limited to water soluble reactants. Work to adapt a water insoluble colourless leuco dye to coloured dye conversion reaction in hydrogels, led to the idea that micelles (i.e. tiny aggregates of surfactant molecules) may provide the necessary polar and nonpolar hybrid environment. Both leucomalachite green and leuco crystal violet radiochromic gels have been developed as three-dimensional (3-D) radiochromic dosimeters for optical computed tomography (CT) scanners. It has been found that the post-irradiation diffusion rates strongly correlate with the solubility of the leuco dyes. Since the crystal violet dye is more soluble in the micelle than in the surrounding water, the dose distribution degrades at the slower rate of micelle diffusion, thus yielding stable images of dose. A dosimetric characterization of leucomalachite green and leuco crystal violet gels, respectively, reveals that tissue equivalent micelle hydrogels are promising dosimeters for radiation therapy 3-D dose verification.

  19. Investigating the Marine Environment and Its Resources, Part I.

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    Lien, Violetta F.

    This is the first of two volumes comprising a resource unit designed to help students become more knowledgeable about the marine environment and its resources. Included in this volume are discussions of geography of the Gulf of Mexico, geology, physical characteristics of the marine environment, marine ecology, and ocean/land interaction.…

  20. Teaching Materials for Environmental Education. Investigating Your Environment.

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    The environment lesson plans in this packet are designed to take an in-depth look at different components of the environment. The plans were developed with the assistance of specialists in educational processes and educators, students, and resource-agency people for whom they are designed. They have been field-tested in environmental education…

  1. Investigating the Marine Environment and Its Resources, Part II.

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    Lien, Violetta F.

    This is the second of two volumes comprising a resource unit designed to help students become more knowledgeable about the marine environment and its resources. Included in this volume are discussions of changes in the human and marine environment, human needs, marine resources, living marine resources, marine transportation, marine energy…

  2. Experimental Investigation of Organic Synthesis in Hydrothermal Environments

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    Shock, Everett L.

    1998-01-01

    Seafloor hydrothermal systems may be the most likely locations on the early Earth for the emergence of life. Because of the disequilibrium inherent in such dynamic, mixing environments, abundant chemical energy would have been available for formation of the building blocks of life. In addition, theoretical studies suggest that organic compounds in these conditions would reach metastable states, due to kinetic barriers to the formation of stable equilibrium products (CO2 and methane). The speciation of organic carbon in metastable states is highly dependent on the oxidation state, pH, temperature, pressure and bulk composition of the system. The goal of our research is to investigate the effects of a number external variables on the formation, transformation, and stability of organic compounds at hydrothermal conditions. We have begun experimental work to attempt to control the oxidation state of simulated hydrothermal systems by using buffers composed of mineral powders and gas mixtures. We are also beginning to test the stability of organic compounds under these conditions. The experiments are being performed using the hydrothermal bomb apparatus at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA and the supercritical water oxidizer (SCWO) at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, CA. The amino acids decomposed rapidly. Even after the approximately 15 minutes between addition of the amino acids and the first sampling, no amino acids were detected in the PPM system by GC- MS, while in the FeFeO system the amino acids were present at a level of less than 50% of original. Carboxylic acids, ammonia, and CO2 were the main products, along with some unidentified compounds. The ratios of carboxylic acids and concentrations of other products seem to have remained stable during the experiments, consistent with observations of other metastable systems and theoretical predictions.

  3. Micelles Protect and Concentrate Activated Acetic Acid

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    Todd, Zoe; House, C.

    2014-01-01

    As more and more exoplanets are discovered and the habitability of such planets is considered, one can turn to searching for the origin of life on Earth in order to better understand what makes a habitable planet. Activated acetic acid, or methyl thioacetate, has been proposed to be central to the origin of life on Earth, and also as an important energy currency molecule in early cellular evolution. We have investigated the hydrolysis of methyl thioacetate under various conditions. Its uncatalyzed rate of hydrolysis is about three orders of magnitude faster (K = 0.00663 s^-1; 100°C, pH 7.5, concentration = 0.33mM) than published rates for its catalyzed production making it unlikely to accumulate under prebiotic conditions. However, we also observed that methyl thioacetate was protected from hydrolysis when inside its own hydrophobic droplets. We found that methyl thioacetate protection from hydrolysis was also possible in droplets of hexane and in the membranes of nonanoic acid micelles. Thus, the hydrophobic regions of prebiotic micelles and early cell membranes could have offered a refuge for this energetic molecule increasing its lifetime in close proximity to the reactions for which it would be needed. Methyl thioacetate could thus be important for the origin of life on Earth and perhaps for better understanding the potential habitability of other planets.

  4. Molecular Simulation of Reverse Micelles

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    Chowdhary, Janamejaya; Ladanyi, Branka

    2009-03-01

    Reverse micelles (RM) are surfactant assemblies containing a nanosized water pool dissolved in a hydrophobic solvent. Understanding their properties is crucial for insight into the effect of confinement on aqueous structure, dynamics as well as physical processes associated with solutes in confinement. We perform molecular dynamics simulations for the RM formed by the surfactant Aerosol-OT (AOT) in isooctane (2,2,4-trimethyl pentane) in order to study the effect of reverse micelle size on the aqueous phase. The structure of the RM is quantified in terms of the radial and pair density distributions. Dynamics are studied in terms of the mean squared displacements and various orientational time correlation functions in different parts of the RM so as to understand the effect of proximity to the interface on aqueous dynamics. Shape fluctuations of the RM are also analyzed.

  5. Polymeric Micelles for Delivery of Poorly Soluble Drugs: Preparation and Anticancer Activity In Vitro of Paclitaxel Incorporated into Mixed Micelles Based on Poly(ethylene Glycol)-Lipid Conjugate and Positively Charged Lipids

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    WANG, JUNPING; MONGAYT, DIMITRY; TORCHILIN, VLADIMIR P.

    2006-01-01

    Paclitaxel-loaded mixed polymeric micelles consisting of poly(ethylene glycol)-distearoyl phosphoethanolamine conjugates (PEG-PE), solid triglycerides (ST), and cationic Lipofectin® lipids (LL) have been prepared. Micelles with the optimized composition (PEG-PE/ST/LL/paclitaxel = 12/12/2/1 by weight) had an average micelle size of about 100 nm, and zeta-potential of about 26 mV. Micelles were stable and did not release paclitaxel when stored at 4°C in the darkness (just 2.9% of paclitaxel have been lost after 4 months with the particle size remaining unchanged). The release of paclitaxel from such micelles at room temperature was also insignificant. However, at 37°C, approx. 16% of paclitaxel was released from PEG-PE/ST/LL/paclitaxel micelles in 72 h, probably, because of phase transition in the ST-containing micelle core. In vitro anticancer effects of PEG-PE/ST/LL/paclitaxel and control micelles were evaluated using human mammary adenocarcinoma (BT-20) and human ovarian carcinoma (A2780) cell lines. Paclitaxel in PEG-PE/ST/LL micelles demonstrated the maximum anti-cancer activity. Cellular uptake of fluorescently-labeled paclitaxel-containing micelles by BT-20 cells was investigated using a fluorescence microscopy. It seems that PEG-PE/ST/LL micelles, unlike micelles without the LL component, could escape from endosomes and enter the cytoplasm of BT-20 cancer cells thus increasing the anticancer efficiency of the micellar paclitaxel. PMID:15848957

  6. Glyco-Nanoparticles Made from Self-Assembly of Maltoheptaose-block-Poly(methyl methacrylate): Micelle, Reverse Micelle, and Encapsulation.

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    Zepon, Karine M; Otsuka, Issei; Bouilhac, Cécile; Muniz, Edvani C; Soldi, Valdir; Borsali, Redouane

    2015-07-13

    The synthesis and the solution-state self-assembly of the "hybrid" diblock copolymers, maltoheptaose-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (MH-b-PMMA), into large compound micelles (LCMs) and reverve micelle-type nanoparticles, are reported in this paper. The copolymers were self-assembled in water and acetone by direct dissolution method, and the morphologies of the nanoparticles were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR), and fluorescence spectroscopy as a function of the volume fraction of the copolymer hydrophobic block, copolymer concentration, stirring speed, and solvent polarity. The DLS measurements and TEM images showed that the hydrodynamic radius (Rh) of the LCMs obtained in water increases with the copolymer concentration. Apart from that, increasing the stirring speed leads to polydispersed aggregations of the LCMs. On the other hand, in acetone, the copolymers self-assembled into reverse micelle-type nanoparticles having Rh values of about 6 nm and micellar aggregates, as revealed the results obtained from DLS, AFM, and (1)H NMR analyses. The variation in micellar structure, that is, conformational inversion from LCMs to reverse micelle-type structures in response to polarity of the solvent, was investigated by apparent water contact angle (WCA) and (1)H NMR analyses. This conformational inversion of the nanoparticles was further confirmed by encapsulation and release of hydrophobic guest molecule, Nile red, characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy.

  7. Nimodipine-Loaded Pluronic® Block Copolymer Micelles: Preparation, Characterization, In-vitro and In-vivo Studies

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    Sotoudegan, Farzaneh; Amini, Mohsen; Faizi, Mehrdad; Aboofazeli, Reza

    2016-01-01

    Nimodipine (NM), as a lipophilic calcium channel blocker indicated for the prevention and treatment of neurological disorders, suffers from an extensive first pass metabolism, resulting in low oral bioavailability. Polymeric micelles, self-assembled from amphiphilic polymers, have a core-shell structure which makes them unique nano-carriers with excellent performance as drug delivery. This investigation was aimed to develop NM-loaded polymeric micelles and evaluate their potential to cross the blood brain barrier (BBB). Micelles from Pluronics®P85, F127 and F68 were fabricated for the delivery of NM, using thin film hydration and direct dissolution techniques. Critical micelle concentration of the drug-free micelles was determined by pyrene fluorescence spectroscopy. Dynamic light scattering showed that in most cases, micelles less than 100 nm and low polydispersity indices were successfully developed. Transmission electron microscopy demonstrated spherical shape of micelles. The NM-loaded micelles were also characterized for particle size, morphology, entrapment efficiency, drug loading , in vitro drug release in phosphate buffer and artificial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Stability was assessed from size analysis, clarity of dispersion on standing and EE(%), following 3 months storage at room temperature. The in-vitro release of NM from polymeric micelles presented the sustained-release profile. Animal studies revealed the existence of fluorescein 5-isothiocyanate-labeled micelles in rat CSF following intraperitoneal administration, proving that the micelles crossed the BBB. Anticonvulsant effect of NM was shown to be significantly greater than that of NM solution. Our results confirmed that Pluronic micelles might serve as a potential nanocarrier to improve the activity of NM in brain. PMID:28243263

  8. Preparation, characterization and anticancer activity of norcantharidin-loaded poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(caprolactone) amphiphilic block copolymer micelles.

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    Chen, Shui-Fang; Lu, Wen-Fen; Wen, Zhi-Yong; Li, Qiang; Chen, Jian-Hai

    2012-09-01

    In this study, a novel amphiphilic block copolymer biomaterial - poly (ethylene glycol)-poly (caprolactone) (PEG-PCL), was used to entrap norcantharidin (NCTD), taking advantage of self-assembly theory. Dialysis and volatilization dialysis were used to prepare copolymer micelles. Drug-loaded micelles were compared with blank micelles in terms of their particle diameter, morphology and IR spectral characteristics. The results revealed that there was no significant difference in respect of morphology and IR spectrum, but particle size differed. Drug-loaded micelles had a smaller particle size than blank micelles. Three important factors influencing particle size, the drug loading content (LC) and the drug entrapment efficiency (EE) of the NCTD-loaded micelles, were studied. The results indicated that the method of preparation and the type of organic solvent had a significant influence on the size of the micelles. LC and EE were greatly affected by the ratio of NCTD to copolymer. In vitro release of NCTD from the conjugate micelles showed that its release rate depended on the pH of the phosphate buffer solution (PBS). The amount released was higher at lower pH than under neutral conditions. In vitro antitumor activity of the NCTD conjugate against human hepatoma (HepG2) cell line and human lung cancer (A549) cell line was evaluated by the MTT method. Micelles loaded with NCTD demonstrated greater and more satisfactory cell viability inhibition than the free drug. In vivo antitumor activity of drug-loaded micelles was investigated in mice bearing S180 mouse sarcoma. NCTD-loaded micelles displayed tumor inhibition effects, better than the free drug. As a new drug delivery system, copolymer micelles present many advantages including easy formulation, good water solubility, low toxicity and high treatment efficacy, and show great potential as carriers of hydrophobic drugs.

  9. Ultrasound-Mediated Polymeric Micelle Drug Delivery.

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    Xia, Hesheng; Zhao, Yue; Tong, Rui

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of multi-functional nanocarriers and the design of new stimuli-responsive means are equally important for drug delivery. Ultrasound can be used as a remote, non-invasive and controllable trigger for the stimuli-responsive release of nanocarriers. Polymeric micelles are one kind of potential drug nanocarrier. By combining ultrasound and polymeric micelles, a new modality (i.e., ultrasound-mediated polymeric micelle drug delivery) has been developed and has recently received increasing attention. A major challenge remaining in developing ultrasound-responsive polymeric micelles is the improvement of the sensitivity or responsiveness of polymeric micelles to ultrasound. This chapter reviews the recent advance in this field. In order to understand the interaction mechanism between ultrasound stimulus and polymeric micelles, ultrasound effects, such as thermal effect, cavitation effect, ultrasound sonochemistry (including ultrasonic degradation, ultrasound-initiated polymerization, ultrasonic in-situ polymerization and ultrasound site-specific degradation), as well as basic micellar knowledge are introduced. Ultrasound-mediated polymeric micelle drug delivery has been classified into two main streams based on the different interaction mechanism between ultrasound and polymeric micelles; one is based on the ultrasound-induced physical disruption of the micelle and reversible release of payload. The other is based on micellar ultrasound mechanochemical disruption and irreversible release of payload.

  10. Dissipative particle dynamics simulation on paclitaxel loaded PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer micelles.

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    Wang, Zhigao; Jiang, Jie

    2014-03-01

    Self-assembly behavior of the polymer drug loading micelle PEO-PPO-PEO was studied using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation method with various simulation steps. The distributions of drugs in polymer carriers were also investigated with different drug feed ratios. Polymer carriers distributed on the surface of the spherical micelle, and drugs were almost encapsulated in the inner of the micelle. Our simulation work demonstrates that the DPD simulation is effective to study the drug loaded systems and can give useful guidance on the design and preparation of new drug carriers with tailored properties.

  11. Nanostructured Oxygen Sensor - Using Micelles to Incorporate a Hydrophobic Platinum Porphyrin

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    Su, Fengyu; Alam, Ruhaniyah; Mei, Qian; Tian, Yanqing; Youngbull, Cody; Johnson, Roger H.; Meldrum, Deirdre R.

    2012-01-01

    Hydrophobic platinum(II)-5,10,15,20-tetrakis-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorophenyl)-porphyrin (PtTFPP) was physically incorporated into micelles formed from poly(ε-caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) to enable the application of PtTFPP in aqueous solution. Micelles were characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to show an average diameter of about 140 nm. PtTFPP showed higher quantum efficiency in micellar solution than in tetrahydrofuran (THF) and dichloromethane (CH2Cl2). PtTFPP in micelles also exhibited higher photostability than that of PtTFPP suspended in water. PtTFPP in micelles exhibited good oxygen sensitivity and response time. This study provided an efficient approach to enable the application of hydrophobic oxygen sensors in a biological environment. PMID:22457758

  12. How does the urea dynamics differ from water dynamics inside the reverse micelle?

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    Sengupta, Abhigyan; Khade, Rahul V; Hazra, Partha

    2011-09-29

    In this study, the urea dynamics inside AOT reverse micelle (RM) has been monitored without intervention of water using time-resolved fluorescence techniques from the picosecond to nanosecond time regime. It has been observed that urea dynamics inside the reverse micelle is severely retarded compared to water RM due to the formation of highly networked urea cluster inside the RM. Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy study also confirms the existence of a confined environment around the dye at higher concentrations of urea inside the reverse micelle. The dynamics of urea-water mixtures inside AOT reverse micelle has also been monitored with increasing urea concentration to get insight about the effect of urea on the overall solvation dynamics feature. It has been observed that with the increase in urea concentration, the overall dynamics becomes slower, and it infers the presence of few water or urea molecules, those strongly associated with surrounding urea and (or) water by hydrogen bonds.

  13. Efficiency of membrane technology, activated charcoal, and a micelle-clay complex for removal of the acidic pharmaceutical mefenamic acid.

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    Khalaf, Samer; Al-Rimawi, Fuad; Khamis, Mustafa; Nir, Shlomo; Bufo, Sabino A; Scrano, Laura; Mecca, Gennaro; Karaman, Rafik

    2013-01-01

    The efficiency of sequential advanced membrane technology wastewater treatment plant towards removal of a widely used non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) mefenamic acid was investigated. The sequential system included activated sludge, ultrafiltration by hollow fibre membranes with 100 kDa cutoff, and spiral wound membranes with 20 kDa cutoff, activated carbon and a reverse osmosis (RO) unit. The performance of the integrated plant showed complete removal of mefenamic acid from spiked wastewater samples. The activated carbon column was the most effective component in removing mefenamic acid with a removal efficiency of 97.2%. Stability study of mefenamic acid in pure water and Al-Quds activated sludge revealed that the anti-inflammatory drug was resistant to degradation in both environments. Batch adsorption of mefenamic acid by activated charcoal and a composite micelle (otadecyltrimethylammonium (ODTMA)-clay (montmorillonite) was determined at 25.0°C. Langmuir isotherm was found to fit the data with Qmax of 90.9 mg g(-1) and 100.0 mg g(-1) for activated carbon and micelle-clay complex, respectively. Filtration experiment by micelle-clay columns mixed with sand in the mg L(-1) range revealed complete removal of the drug with much larger capacity than activated carbon column. The combined results demonstrated that an integration of a micelle-clay column in the plant system has a good potential to improve the removal efficiency of the plant towards NSAID drugs such as mefenamic acid.

  14. Effect of the lipid chain melting transition on the stability of DSPE-PEG(2000) micelles

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    Kastantin, Mark; Ananthanarayanan, Badriprasad; Karmali, Priya; Ruoslahti, Erkki

    2009-01-01

    Micellar nanoparticles are showing promise as carriers of diagnostic and therapeutic biofunctionality, leading to increased interest in their properties and behavior, particularly their size, shape, and stability. This work investigates the physical chemistry of micelles formed from DSPE-PEG(2000) monomers as it pertains to these properties. A melting transition in the lipid core of spheroidal DSPE-PEG(2000) micelles is observed as an endothermic peak at 12.8°C upon heating in differential scanning calorimetry thermograms. Bulky PEG(2000) head groups prevent regular crystalline packing of lipids in both the low-temperature glassy and high-temperature fluid phases, as evidenced by wide-angle x-ray scattering. Equilibrium micelle geometry is spheroidal above and below the transition temperature indicating that the entropic penalty to force the PEG brush into flat geometry is greater than the enthalpic benefit to the glassy core to pack in an extended configuration. Increased micelle stability is seen in the glassy phase with monomer desorption rates significantly lower than in the fluid phase. Activation energies for monomer desorption are 156 ± 6.7 and 79 ± 5.0 kJ/mol for the glassy and fluid phases, respectively. The observation of a glass transition that increases micelle stability but does not perturb micelle geometry is useful for the design of more effective biofunctional micelles. PMID:19358585

  15. Thermal responsive micelles for dual tumor-targeting imaging and therapy

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    Chen, Haiyan; Li, Bowen; Qiu, Jiadan; Li, Jiangyu; Jin, Jing; Dai, Shuhang; Ma, Yuxiang; Gu, Yueqing

    2013-11-01

    Two kinds of thermally responsive polymers P(FAA-NIPA-co-AAm-co-ODA) and P(FPA-NIPA-co-AAm-co-ODA) containing folate, isopropyl acrylamide and octadecyl acrylate were fabricated through free radical random copolymerization for targeted drug delivery. Then the micelles formed in aqueous solution by self-assembly and were characterized in terms of particle size, lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and a variety of optical spectra. MTT assays demonstrated the low cytotoxicity of the control micelle and drug-loaded micelle on A549 cells and Bel 7402 cells. Then fluorescein and cypate were used as model drugs to optimize the constituents of micelles for drug entrapment efficiency and investigate the release kinetics of micelles in vitro. The FA and thermal co-mediated tumor-targeting efficiency of the two kinds of micelles were verified and compared in detail at cell level and animal level, respectively. These results indicated that the dual-targeting micelles are promising drug delivery systems for tumor-targeting therapy.

  16. Relationship between physical properties of casein micelles and rheology of skim milk concentrate.

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    Karlsson, A O; Ipsen, R; Schrader, K; Ardö, Y

    2005-11-01

    The properties of casein micelles in milk concentrates are of interest for the use of ultrafiltered (UF) skim milk concentrates in dairy products, and for the general understanding of colloidal stability and behavior of the casein micelle. The rheological behavior of UF skim milk concentrate with a casein concentration of 19.5% (wt/wt) was investigated at different pH and NaCl concentrations by analyzing flow viscometry and small amplitude oscillatory shear measurements. Viscometric flow curves were fitted to the Carreau-Yasuda model with the aim of determining values for the viscosity at infinite high shear rates and thereby estimate the voluminosity of the casein micelles (nu(casein)) in the UF concentrate. The voluminosity of the casein micelles increased with addition of NaCl and decreased when pH was decreased from 6.5 to 5.5. At pH 5.2, nu(casein) increased because of acid-induced aggregation of the casein micelles. The changes in nu(casein) could be interpreted from transmission electron microscopy of freeze-fractured samples of the UF concentrate and partly from dynamic light scattering measurements. Altered interactions between casein micelles due to different pH and NaCl concentrations are proposed to occur due to collapse of the kappa-casein layer, changed ionic strength, and altered distance between casein micelles.

  17. Long circulating micelles of an amphiphilic random copolymer bearing cell outer membrane phosphorylcholine zwitterions.

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    Zhao, Jing; Chai, Yu-Dong; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Peng-Fei; Nakashima, Kenichi; Gong, Yong-Kuan

    2015-04-01

    Polymeric micelles with cell outer membrane mimetic structure were prepared in water from amphiphilic random copolymers bearing both the hydrophilic phosphorylcholine zwitterions and hydrophobic octadecyl side chains of cell outer membrane. The polymeric micelles showed sizes ranging from 80 nm to 120 nm in hydrodynamic diameter and zeta-potentials from -6.4 mV to -2.4 mV by dynamic light scattering measurements. The micelles loaded with 6-coumarin as a fluorescence probe were stable to investigate their blood circulation and biodistribution. The in vitro phagocytosis results using murine peritoneal macrophages showed 10-fold reduction compared with a reference micelle. The in vivo blood circulation half-life of the polymeric micelles following intravenous administration in New Zealand Rabbits was increased from 0.55 h to 90.5h. More interestingly, tissue distribution results showed that the concentration of the micelles in the kidney is 4-fold higher than that in the liver and other organs 48 h after administration. The results of this work show great promise for designing more effective stealth drug carriers that can minimize reticuloendothelial system clearance and circulate for long time to reach target by using simple cell membrane mimetic random copolymer micelles.

  18. Therapeutic and scintigraphic applications of polymeric micelles: combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Shih, Ying-Hsia; Peng, Cheng-Liang; Chiang, Ping-Fang; Lin, Wuu-Jyh; Luo, Tsai-Yueh; Shieh, Ming-Jium

    2015-01-01

    This study evaluated a multifunctional micelle simultaneously loaded with doxorubicin (Dox) and labeled with radionuclide rhenium-188 (188Re) as a combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma. We investigated the single photon emission computed tomography, biodistribution, antitumor efficacy, and pathology of 188Re-Dox micelles in a murine orthotopic luciferase-transfected BNL tumor cells hepatocellular carcinoma model. The single photon emission computed tomography and computed tomography images showed high radioactivity in the liver and tumor, which was in agreement with the biodistribution measured by γ-counting. In vivo bioluminescence images showed the smallest size tumor (P<0.05) in mice treated with the combined micelles throughout the experimental period. In addition, the combined 188Re-Dox micelles group had significantly longer survival compared with the control, 188ReO4 alone (P<0.005), and Dox micelles alone (P<0.01) groups. Pathohistological analysis revealed that tumors treated with 188Re-Dox micelles had more necrotic features and decreased cell proliferation. Therefore, 188Re-Dox micelles may enable combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy to maximize the effectiveness of treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma. PMID:26719687

  19. Effects of surfactant micelles on viscosity and conductivity of poly(ethylene glycol) solutions

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    Wang, Shun-Cheng; Wei, Tzu-Chien; Chen, Wun-Bin; Tsao, Heng-Kwong

    2004-03-01

    The neutral polymer-micelle interaction is investigated for various surfactants by viscometry and electrical conductometry. In order to exclude the well-known necklace scenario, we consider aqueous solutions of low molecular weight poly(ethylene glycol) (2-20)×103, whose radial size is comparable to or smaller than micelles. The single-tail surfactants consist of anionic, cationic, and nonionic head groups. It is found that the viscosity of the polymer solution may be increased several times by micelles if weak attraction between a polymer segment and a surfactant exists, ɛmicelles. Even though ɛ is small, the interaction energy between a macromolecule and a micelle can be a few kBT due to many contacts, and thus leads to polymer adsorption on micelles' surfaces. The rapid growth of the viscosity with surfactant concentration is therefore attributed to the considerable cross links among micelles and polymers (transient network). In addition to substantial alteration of the transport properties, this weak interaction also influences the onset point of thermodynamic instability associated with polymer-surfactant solutions. The examples include the decrease of critical aggregation concentration for ionic surfactant and clouding point for nonionic surfactant due to PEG addition.

  20. Investigating Elementary School Students' Perceptions about Environment through Their Drawings

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    Ozsoy, Sibel

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine elementary school students' perceptions about environment through their drawings. The study was carried out during the spring semester of 2010-2011 academic year. A total of 429 elementary school students, including 68 fourth grade, 78 fifth grade, 97 sixth grade, 85 seventh grade, 101 eighth grade,…

  1. Investigation of human-robot interface performance in household environments

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    Cremer, Sven; Mirza, Fahad; Tuladhar, Yathartha; Alonzo, Rommel; Hingeley, Anthony; Popa, Dan O.

    2016-05-01

    Today, assistive robots are being introduced into human environments at an increasing rate. Human environments are highly cluttered and dynamic, making it difficult to foresee all necessary capabilities and pre-program all desirable future skills of the robot. One approach to increase robot performance is semi-autonomous operation, allowing users to intervene and guide the robot through difficult tasks. To this end, robots need intuitive Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) that support fine motion control without overwhelming the operator. In this study we evaluate the performance of several interfaces that balance autonomy and teleoperation of a mobile manipulator for accomplishing several household tasks. Our proposed HMI framework includes teleoperation devices such as a tablet, as well as physical interfaces in the form of piezoresistive pressure sensor arrays. Mobile manipulation experiments were performed with a sensorized KUKA youBot, an omnidirectional platform with a 5 degrees of freedom (DOF) arm. The pick and place tasks involved navigation and manipulation of objects in household environments. Performance metrics included time for task completion and position accuracy.

  2. The interaction of Co 2+ ions and sodium deoxycholate micelles

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    Sun, Y.; Yang, Z.-L.; Zhang, L.; Zhou, N.-F.; Weng, S.-F.; Wu, J.-G.

    2003-07-01

    To mimic the interaction between divalent metal ions and bile slats in vivo, two groups of coordination complex compounds, crystalline and gel-like, were synthesized in vitro by mixing the aqueous solutions of CoCl 2 with sodium deoxycholate (NaDC) at various concentrations. Structures and compositions of the compounds were investigated using FT-IR, EXAFS, XRD as well as elemental and ICP analysis, respectively. Then the interaction of Co 2+ with deoxycholate in solution was observed by laser light scattering (LLS), Transmission electronic microscope techniques and ICP analysis. Conclusions are (1) the crystalline complexes, Co (DC) 2·3H 2O were obtained by reaction of Co 2+ with mono-molecules of NaDC, and the gel-like complexes, Na nCo m(DC) n+2 m formed by reaction of Co 2+ with NaDC micelles. The gel-like complexes exhibit the non-stoichiometric character; (2) the coordination structures of carboxyl groups with Co 2+ were different between the crystalline and gel-like complexes. In Co(DC) 2·3H 2O complex, the carboxyl groups of deoxycholate coordinated with Co 2+ in chelating and pseudo-chelating modes, but that in bridge mode in the case of Na nCo m(DC) n+2 m complexes. The non-stoichiometric complexes of Na nCo m(DC) n+2 m are formed with a macromolecular structure through the Co 2+ bridges; (3) NaDC can increase the solubility of Co(DC) 2·3H 2O in aqueous solution, and larger micelles (30-80 nm diameter) formed in the supernate. It is a mixed micelle formed by Co 2+ ions bridges connecting with NaDC simple micelles. So these micelles are a new kind of micelle containing two kinds of metal ions; (4) these results are in agreement with those formed under physiological conditions in that the different states such as gel, precipitate, micelles of various structures are present in bile of gallbladder. An ideal model of the interaction between Co 2+ and bile salts in vivo has been proposed.

  3. Catalytic performance and thermostability of chloroperoxidase in reverse micelle: achievement of a catalytically favorable enzyme conformation.

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    Wang, Yali; Wu, Jinyue; Ru, Xuejiao; Jiang, Yucheng; Hu, Mancheng; Li, Shuni; Zhai, Quanguo

    2011-06-01

    The catalytic performance of chloroperoxidase (CPO) in peroxidation of 2, 2'-azinobis-(-3 ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfononic acid) diammonium salt (ABTS) and oxidation of indole in a reverse micelle composed of surfactant-water-isooctane-pentanol was investigated and optimized in this work. Some positive results were obtained as follows: the peroxidation activity of CPO was enhanced 248% and 263%, while oxidation activity was enhanced 215% and 222% in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr) reverse micelle medium and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTABr) medium, respectively. Thermostability was also greatly improved in reverse micelle: at 40 °C, CPO essentially lost all its activity after 5 h incubation, while 58-76% catalytic activity was retained for both reactions in the two reverse micelle media. At 50 °C, about 44-75% catalytic activity remained for both reactions in reverse micelle after 2 h compared with no observed activity in pure buffer under the same conditions. The enhancement of CPO activity was dependent mainly on the surfactant concentration and structure, organic solvent ratio (V(pentanol)/V(isooctane)), and water content in the reverse micelle. The obtained kinetic parameters showed that the catalytic turnover frequency (k(cat)) was increased in reverse micelle. Moreover, the lower K(m) and higher k(cat)/K(m) demonstrated that both the affinity and specificity of CPO to substrates were improved in reverse micelle media. Fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD) and UV-vis spectra assays indicated that a catalytically favorable conformation of enzyme was achieved in reverse micelle, including the strengthening of the protein α-helix structure, and greater exposure of the heme prosthetic group for easy access of the substrate in bulk solution. These results are promising in view of the industrial applications of this versatile biological catalyst.

  4. Investigating Factors Affecting Group Processes in Virtual Learning Environments

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    Hazari, Sunil; Thompson, Sandra

    2015-01-01

    With the widespread popularity of distance learning, there is a need to investigate elements of online courses that continue to pose significant challenges for educators. One of the challenges relates to creating and managing group projects. This study investigated business students' perceptions of group work in online classes. The constructs of…

  5. Preparation of multilocation reduction-sensitive core crosslinked folate-PEG-coated micelles for rapid release of doxorubicin and tariquidar to overcome drug resistance

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    Yi, Xiaoqing; Zhao, Dan; Zhang, Quan; Xu, Jiaqi; Yuan, Gongdao; Zhuo, Renxi; Li, Feng

    2017-02-01

    Herein, we prepared folate-targeting core crosslinked polymeric micelles (CCL/FA) containing multiple disulfide bonds located at the interface and core of the micelles to co-deliver doxorubicin (DOX) and the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor tariquidar (TQR) for reversing drug resistance. The stability and redox-responsive behavior of the CCL/FA micelles was evaluated through the changes in morphology, molecular weight and hydrodynamic size. On the one hand, the micelles possessed good stability, which led to the suppression of drug release from the CCL micelles in the physiological environment. On the other hand, under reductive conditions, the CCL micelles collapsed rapidly and accelerated drug release markedly. In vitro cytotoxicity measurements, combined with confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and flow cytometry, confirmed that the dual-drug-loaded micelles exhibited obviously higher cytotoxicity to MCF-7/ADR-resistant cells than free DOX · HCl, single-drug loaded CCL micelles and nontargeted CCL micelles. The results imply that co-delivering DOX and TQR by CCL/FA micelles may be a promising way of overcoming multidrug resistance in tumor treatments.

  6. The Distribution of Solubilized Molecules among Micelles.

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    Miller, Dennis J.

    1978-01-01

    Conflicting views have been put forward on the derivation of the distribution of solubilized molecules among micelles. This stems from failure to consider the arrangement of the solubilized molecules in the micelles. In the treatment presented enthalpy effects are ignored as they are not amenable to a simple general theory. (Author/BB)

  7. Shaping and patterning gold nanoparticles via micelle templated photochemistry.

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    Kundrat, F; Baffou, G; Polleux, J

    2015-10-14

    Shaping and positioning noble metal nanostructures are essential processes that still require laborious and sophisticated techniques to fabricate functional plasmonic interfaces. The present study reports a simple photochemical approach compatible with micellar nanolithography and photolithography that enables the growth, arrangement and shaping of gold nanoparticles with tuneable plasmonic resonances on glass substrates. Ultraviolet illumination of surfaces coated with gold-loaded micelles leads to the formation of gold nanoparticles with micro/nanometric spatial resolution without requiring any photosensitizers or photoresists. Depending on the extra-micellar chemical environment and the illumination wavelength, block copolymer micelles act as reactive and light-responsive templates, which enable to grow gold deformed nanoparticles (potatoids) and nanorings. Optical characterization reveals that arrays of individual potatoids and rings feature a localized plasmon resonance around 600 and 800 nm, respectively, enhanced photothermal properties and high temperature sustainability, making them ideal platforms for future developments in nanochemistry and biomolecular manipulation controlled by near-infrared-induced heat.

  8. Hybridization of Block Copolymer Micelles

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    1993-01-01

    J. Macromol. Sci., Part A 1973, 7,601. (10) Tiara, M.; Ramireddy, C.; Webber, S. K; Munk,P. Collect. Czer" (14) 0snford, C. In The Hydrophobic Effect ...equilibrate In the first series of experiments we have studied the within 20 min, similarly as ASA-10 micelles do. However, effect of the copolymer...high. This may happen after a sudden The Johnston-Ogston effect 2’ 6- also may play a role in jump in temperature or in the composition of the mixed

  9. Study of the Formation and Solution Properties of Worm-Like Micelles Formed Using Both N-Hexadecyl-N-Methylpiperidinium Bromide-Based Cationic Surfactant and Anionic Surfactant

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    Yan, Zhihu; Dai, Caili; Feng, Haishun; Liu, Yifei; Wang, Shilu

    2014-01-01

    The viscoelastic properties of worm-like micelles formed by mixing the cationic surfactant N-hexadecyl-N-methylpiperidinium bromide (C16MDB) with the anionic surfactant sodium laurate (SL) in aqueous solutions were investigated using rheological measurements. The effects of sodium laurate and temperature on the worm-like micelles and the mechanism of the observed shear thinning phenomenon and pseudoplastic behavior were systematically investigated. Additionally, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy images further ascertained existence of entangled worm-like micelles. PMID:25296131

  10. Molecular connectivity indices for modeling the critical micelle concentration of cationic (chloride) Gemini surfactants.

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    Mozrzymas, Anna

    2017-01-01

    The molecular connectivity indices were used to derive the simple model relating the critical micelle concentration of cationic (chloride) gemini surfactants to their structure. One index was selected as the best to describe the effect of the structure of investigated compounds on critical micelle concentration consistent with the experimental results. This index encodes the information about molecular size, the branches, and also the information about heteroatoms. The selected model can be helpful in designing novel chloride gemini surfactants.

  11. SNF Interim Storage Canister Corrosion and Surface Environment Investigations

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    Bryan, Charles R.; Enos, David G.

    2015-09-01

    This progress report describes work being done at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to assess the localized corrosion performance of container/cask materials used in the interim storage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Of particular concern is stress corrosion cracking (SCC), by which a through-wall crack could potentially form in a canister outer wall over time intervals that are shorter than possible dry storage times. In order for SCC to occur, three criteria must be met. A corrosive environment must be present on the canister surface, the metal must susceptible to SCC, and sufficient tensile stress to support SCC must be present through the entire thickness of the canister wall. SNL is currently evaluating the potential for each of these criteria to be met.

  12. Compartmentalization and delivery via asymmetric copolymer monolayers with swollen or inverse swollen micelles

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    Guo, Hong Xia; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the equilibrium properties and the underlying dynamics of emulsions formed in asymmetric A-B copolymers in matrices of immiscible B and C molecular fluids using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. The emulsions are generated by introducing net attractions among the A units of the copolymers and the C molecules. They coexist with an absorbed copolymer monolayer. We determine the interfacial properties as the emulsions are forming. In general, highly asymmetric copolymers self-assemble within the B-matrix phase into swollen micelles; the cores of which are composed of C-component material. Less asymmetric copolymers, however, after initially budding and eventually fissioning from the interfacial copolymer monolayer, generate emulsified “inverse swollen micelles” within the C-matrix phase. These stable inverse (crew-cut) swollen micelles, which form under the inward bending of the saturated or oversaturated interfaces toward the longer B-block due to the attraction between the A and C units, can encapsulate large amounts of B-matrix component in their cores. This monolayer collapse mechanism can be exploited to generate nanoreactors or containers that enhance the delivery of molecular components into immiscible molecular fluid environments.

  13. Multifunctional polymeric micelles for delivery of drugs and siRNA

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    Jhaveri, Aditi M.; Torchilin, Vladimir P.

    2014-01-01

    Polymeric micelles, self-assembling nano-constructs of amphiphilic copolymers with a core-shell structure have been used as versatile carriers for delivery of drugs as well as nucleic acids. They have gained immense popularity owing to a host of favorable properties including their capacity to effectively solubilize a variety of poorly soluble pharmaceutical agents, biocompatibility, longevity, high stability in vitro and in vivo and the ability to accumulate in pathological areas with compromised vasculature. Moreover, additional functions can be imparted to these micelles by engineering their surface with various ligands and cell-penetrating moieties to allow for specific targeting and intracellular accumulation, respectively, to load them with contrast agents to confer imaging capabilities, and incorporating stimuli-sensitive groups that allow drug release in response to small changes in the environment. Recently, there has been an increasing trend toward designing polymeric micelles which integrate a number of the above functions into a single carrier to give rise to “smart,” multifunctional polymeric micelles. Such multifunctional micelles can be envisaged as key to improving the efficacy of current treatments which have seen a steady increase not only in hydrophobic small molecules, but also in biologics including therapeutic genes, antibodies and small interfering RNA (siRNA). The purpose of this review is to highlight recent advances in the development of multifunctional polymeric micelles specifically for delivery of drugs and siRNA. In spite of the tremendous potential of siRNA, its translation into clinics has been a significant challenge because of physiological barriers to its effective delivery and the lack of safe, effective and clinically suitable vehicles. To that end, we also discuss the potential and suitability of multifunctional polymeric micelles, including lipid-based micelles, as promising vehicles for both siRNA and drugs. PMID:24795633

  14. Biodegradable polyphosphoester micelles for gene delivery.

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    Wen, Jie; Mao, Hai-Quan; Li, Weiping; Lin, Kevin Y; Leong, Kam W

    2004-08-01

    A new biodegradable polyphosphoester, poly[[(cholesteryl oxocarbonylamido ethyl) methyl bis(ethylene) ammonium iodide] ethyl phosphate] (PCEP) was synthesized and investigated for gene delivery. Carrying a positive charge in its backbone and a lipophilic cholesterol structure in the side chain, PCEP self-assembled into micelles in aqueous buffer at room temperature with an average size of 60-100 nm. It could bind and protect plasmid DNA from nuclease digestion. Cell proliferation assay indicated a lower cytotoxicity for PCEP than for poly-L-lysine and Lipofectamine. The IC50 determined by the WST-1 assay was 69.8, 51.6, and 12.1 microg/mL for PCEP, Lipofectamine, and poly-L-lysine, respectively. PCEP efficiently delivered DNA to several cell lines such as HEK293, Caco-2, and HeLa. The highest efficiency was achieved when PCEP/DNA complex was prepared in Opti-MEM with a +/- charge ratio of 1.5-2. The transfection efficiency did not change significantly when the complex was used 3 days after preparation. The addition of chloroquine to the formulation increased transfection efficiency 10- to 50-fold compared to the complex alone. In vivo studies showed a luciferase expression by PCEP/DNA complexes in muscle increasing with time during 3 months, although the expression level was lower than that by direct injection of naked DNA. In addition to biodegradability and lower toxicity, the PCEP micelle carrier offers structural versatility. The backbone charge density and the side chain lipophilicity are two parameters that can be varied through copolymerization and monomer variation to optimize the transfection efficiency.

  15. Nanorod Mobility within Entangled Wormlike Micelle Solutions

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    Lee, Jonghun; Grein-Iankovski, Aline; Narayanan, Suresh; ...

    2016-12-20

    In the semi-dilute regime, wormlike micelles form an isotropic entangled microstructure that is similar to that of an entangled polymer solution with a characteristic, nanometer-scale entanglement mesh size. We report a combined x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) and rheology study to investigate the translational dynamics of gold nanorods in semi-dilute solutions of entangled wormlike micelles formed by the surfactant cetylpyridinium chloride (CPyCl) and the counter-ion sodium salicylate (NaSal). The CPyCl concentration is varied to tune the entanglement mesh size over a range that spans from approximately equal to the nanorod diameter to larger than the nanorod length. The NaSal concentrationmore » is varied along with the CPyCl concentration so that the solutions have the maximum viscosity for given CPyCl concentration. On short time scales the nanorods are localized on a length scale matching that expected from the high-frequency elastic modulus of the solutions as long as the mesh size is smaller than the rod length. On longer time scales, the nanorods undergo free diffusion. At the highest CPyCl concentrations, the nanorod diffusivity approaches the value expected based on the macroscopic viscosity of the solutions, but it increases with decreasing CPyCl concentration more rapidly than expected from the macroscopic viscosity. A recent model by Cai et al. [Cai, L.-H.; Panyukov, S.; Rubinstein, M. Macromolecules 2015, 48, 847-862.] for nanoparticle “hopping” diffusion in entangled polymer solutions accounts quantitatively for this enhanced diffusivity.« less

  16. Nanorod Mobility within Entangled Wormlike Micelle Solutions

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    Lee, Jonghun; Grein-Iankovski, Aline; Narayanan, Suresh; Leheny, Robert L.

    2016-12-20

    In the semi-dilute regime, wormlike micelles form an isotropic entangled microstructure that is similar to that of an entangled polymer solution with a characteristic, nanometer-scale entanglement mesh size. We report a combined x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) and rheology study to investigate the translational dynamics of gold nanorods in semi-dilute solutions of entangled wormlike micelles formed by the surfactant cetylpyridinium chloride (CPyCl) and the counter-ion sodium salicylate (NaSal). The CPyCl concentration is varied to tune the entanglement mesh size over a range that spans from approximately equal to the nanorod diameter to larger than the nanorod length. The NaSal concentration is varied along with the CPyCl concentration so that the solutions have the maximum viscosity for given CPyCl concentration. On short time scales the nanorods are localized on a length scale matching that expected from the high-frequency elastic modulus of the solutions as long as the mesh size is smaller than the rod length. On longer time scales, the nanorods undergo free diffusion. At the highest CPyCl concentrations, the nanorod diffusivity approaches the value expected based on the macroscopic viscosity of the solutions, but it increases with decreasing CPyCl concentration more rapidly than expected from the macroscopic viscosity. A recent model by Cai et al. [Cai, L.-H.; Panyukov, S.; Rubinstein, M. Macromolecules 2015, 48, 847-862.] for nanoparticle “hopping” diffusion in entangled polymer solutions accounts quantitatively for this enhanced diffusivity.

  17. [Study on the backward extraction of cellulase in rhamnolipid reverse micelles].

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    Zhao, Yan-Ge; Yuan, Xing-Zhong; Huang, Hua-Jun; Cui, Kai-Long; Peng, Xin; Peng, Zi-Yuan; Zeng, Guang-Ming

    2014-02-01

    This paper studied the backward extraction of cellulase in RL/isooctane/n-hexanol reverse micelles system. Several key parameters influencing the backward extraction efficiency and activity recovery of cellulase were investigated, including stripping aqueous pH, stripping time, salt type and ionic strength, and addition of alcohols. The experiment results indicated that the optimal parameter values as follows: stripping aqueous pH 7.0, stripping time 30 min, 0.15 mol x L(-1) of KCl, dosage of n-butanol 2%. Under above optimum conditions, the backward extraction efficiency and activity recovery were up to 76.22% and 93.39%, respectively. The backward extraction of cellulase using reverse micelles based on biosurfactant RL performs well. Furthermore, RL has many advantages such as high biodegradability, low critical micelle concentration, etc. The application prospects of RL reverse micelles are extensive.

  18. Interactions of myelin basic protein with mixed dodecylphosphocholine/palmitoyllysophosphatidic acid micelles

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    Mendz, G.L. ); Brown, L.R. ); Martenson, R.E. )

    1990-03-06

    The interactions of myelin basic protein and peptides derived from it with detergent micelles of lysophosphatidylglycerol, lysophosphatidylserine, palmitoyllysophosphatidic acid, and sodium lauryl sulfate, and with mixed micelles of the neutral detergent dodecylphosphocholine and the negatively charged detergent palmitoyllysophosphatidic acid, were investigated by {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy and circular dichroic spectropolarimetry. The results with single detergents suggested that there are discrete interaction sites in the protein molecule for neutral and anionic detergent micelles and that at least some of these sites are different for each type of detergent. The data on the binding of the protein and peptides to mixed detergent micelles suggested that intramolecular interactions in the intact protein and in one of the longer peptides limited the formation of helices and also that a balance between hydrophobic and ionic forces is achieved in the interactions of the peptides with the detergents. At high detergent/protein molar ratios, hydrophobic interactions appeared to be favored.

  19. Multiscale coarse graining of diblock copolymer self-assembly: from monomers to ordered micelles.

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    Pierleoni, Carlo; Addison, Chris; Hansen, Jean-Pierre; Krakoviack, Vincent

    2006-03-31

    Starting from a microscopic lattice model, we investigate clustering, micellization, and micelle ordering in semidilute solutions of AB diblock copolymers in a selective solvent. To bridge the gap in length scales, from monomers to ordered micellar structures, we implement a two-step coarse-graining strategy, whereby the AB copolymers are mapped onto ultrasoft dumbells with monomer-averaged effective interactions between the centers of mass of the blocks. Monte Carlo simulations of this coarse-grained model yield clear-cut evidence for self-assembly into micelles with a mean aggregation number n approximately 100 beyond a critical concentration. At a slightly higher concentration the micelles spontaneously undergo a disorder-order transition to a cubic phase. We determine the effective potential between these micelles from first principles.

  20. Fluid mechanics and solidification investigations in low-gravity environments

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    Fichtl, G. H.; Lundquist, C. A.; Naumann, R. J.

    1980-01-01

    Fluid mechanics of gases and liquids and solidification processes were investigated under microgravity conditions during Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz missions. Electromagnetic, acoustic, and aerodynamic levitation devices, drop tubes, aircraft parabolic flight trajectories, and vertical sounding rockets were developed for low-g simulation. The Spacelab 3 mission will be carried out in a gravity gradient flight attitude; analyses of sources of vehicle dynamic accelerations with associated g-levels and angular rates will produce results for future specific experiments.

  1. Laboratory investigations: Low Earth orbit environment chemistry with spacecraft surfaces

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    Cross, Jon B.

    1990-01-01

    Long-term space operations that require exposure of material to the low earth orbit (LEO) environment must take into account the effects of this highly oxidative atmosphere on material properties and the possible contamination of the spacecraft surroundings. Ground-based laboratory experiments at Los Alamos using a newly developed hyperthermal atomic oxygen (AO) source have shown that not only are hydrocarbon based materials effected but that inorganic materials such as MoS2 are also oxidized and that thin protective coatings such as Al2O3 can be breached, producing oxidation of the underlying substrate material. Gas-phase reaction products, such as SO2 from oxidation of MoS2 and CO and CO2 from hydrocarbon materials, have been detected and have consequences in terms of spacecraft contamination. Energy loss through gas-surface collisions causing spacecraft drag has been measured for a few select surfaces and has been found to be highly dependent on the surface reactivity.

  2. Redox-sensitive micelles self-assembled from amphiphilic hyaluronic acid-deoxycholic acid conjugates for targeted intracellular delivery of paclitaxel.

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    Li, Jing; Huo, Meirong; Wang, Jing; Zhou, Jianping; Mohammad, Jumah M; Zhang, Yinlong; Zhu, Qinnv; Waddad, Ayman Y; Zhang, Qiang

    2012-03-01

    A targeted intracellular delivery system of paclitaxel (PTX) was successfully developed based on redox-sensitive hyaluronic acid-deoxycholic acid (HA-ss-DOCA) conjugates. The conjugates self-assembled into nano-size micelles in aqueous media and exhibited excellent drug-loading capacities (34.1%) and entrapment efficiency (93.2%) for PTX. HA-ss-DOCA micelles were sufficiently stable at simulated normal physiologic condition but fast disassembled in the presence of 20 mm reducing agent, glutathione. In vitro drug release studies showed that the PTX-loaded HA-ss-DOCA micelles accomplished rapid drug release under reducing condition. Intracellular release of fluorescent probe nile red indicated that HA-ss-DOCA micelles provide an effective approach for rapid transport of cargo into the cytoplasm. Enhanced cytotoxicity of PTX-loaded HA-ss-DOCA micelles further confirmed that the sensitive micelles are more potent for intracellular drug delivery as compared to the insensitive control. Based on flow cytometry and confocal microscopic analyses, observations revealed that HA-ss-DOCA micelles were taken up to human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MDA-MB-231) via HA-receptor mediated endocytosis. In vivo investigation of micelles in tumor-bearing mice confirmed that HA-ss-DOCA micelles possessed much higher tumor targeting capacity than the insensitive control. These results suggest that redox-sensitive HA-ss-DOCA micelles hold great potential as targeted intracellular delivery carriers of lipophilic anticancer drugs.

  3. [Preparation and characterization of irinotecan hydrochloride loaded PEO-PPO-PEO micelles and its mechanism of decreasing drug intestinal toxicity].

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    Zhang, Xin-Xin; Guo, Shi-Yan; Li, Fei-Fei; Gan, Yong

    2012-11-01

    In this work, we developed PEO-PPO-PEO micelles loaded with irinotecan hydrochloride (CPT-11) using breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) inhibitory material PEO20-PPO70-PEO20, and studied its mechanism of decreasing CPT-11 induced delayed diarrhea and intestinal toxicity. BCRP-overexpressing MDCKII (MDCKII/BCRP) cells were used to evaluate the effect of PEO20-PPO70-PEO20 and PEO-PPO-PEO micelles on transmembrane transport of CPT-11 in vitro. The biliary excretion, delayed diarrhea and intestinal damage of CPT-11 loaded PEO-PPO-PEO micelles of rats were investigated. The results showed that the obtained micelles could decrease the biliary excretion of CPT-11, ameliorate delayed diarrhea and intestinal toxicity of rats through inhibiting BCRP-mediated CPT-11 efflux. PEO-PPO-PEO micelles were promising carriers to reduce intestinal toxicity of CPTs.

  4. Casein Micelle Dispersions under Osmotic Stress

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    Bouchoux, Antoine; Cayemitte, Pierre-Emerson; Jardin, Julien; Gésan-Guiziou, Geneviève; Cabane, Bernard

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Casein micelles dispersions have been concentrated and equilibrated at different osmotic pressures using equilibrium dialysis. This technique measured an equation of state of the dispersions over a wide range of pressures and concentrations and at different ionic strengths. Three regimes were found. i), A dilute regime in which the osmotic pressure is proportional to the casein concentration. In this regime, the casein micelles are well separated and rarely interact, whereas the osmotic pressure is dominated by the contribution from small residual peptides that are dissolved in the aqueous phase. ii), A transition range that starts when the casein micelles begin to interact through their κ-casein brushes and ends when the micelles are forced to get into contact with each other. At the end of this regime, the dispersions behave as coherent solids that do not fully redisperse when osmotic stress is released. iii), A concentrated regime in which compression removes water from within the micelles, and increases the fraction of micelles that are irreversibly linked to each other. In this regime the osmotic pressure profile is a power law of the residual free volume. It is well described by a simple model that considers the micelle to be made of dense regions separated by a continuous phase. The amount of water in the dense regions matches the usual hydration of proteins. PMID:19167314

  5. Chemical reactions in reverse micelle systems

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    Matson, Dean W.; Fulton, John L.; Smith, Richard D.; Consani, Keith A.

    1993-08-24

    This invention is directed to conducting chemical reactions in reverse micelle or microemulsion systems comprising a substantially discontinuous phase including a polar fluid, typically an aqueous fluid, and a microemulsion promoter, typically a surfactant, for facilitating the formation of reverse micelles in the system. The system further includes a substantially continuous phase including a non-polar or low-polarity fluid material which is a gas under standard temperature and pressure and has a critical density, and which is generally a water-insoluble fluid in a near critical or supercritical state. Thus, the microemulsion system is maintained at a pressure and temperature such that the density of the non-polar or low-polarity fluid exceeds the critical density thereof. The method of carrying out chemical reactions generally comprises forming a first reverse micelle system including an aqueous fluid including reverse micelles in a water-insoluble fluid in the supercritical state. Then, a first reactant is introduced into the first reverse micelle system, and a chemical reaction is carried out with the first reactant to form a reaction product. In general, the first reactant can be incorporated into, and the product formed in, the reverse micelles. A second reactant can also be incorporated in the first reverse micelle system which is capable of reacting with the first reactant to form a product.

  6. Workshop on Radar Investigations of Planetary and Terrestrial Environments

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    2005-01-01

    Contents include the following: Salt Kinematics and InSAR. SAR Interferometry as a Tool for Monitoring Coastal Changes in the Nile River Delta of Egypt. Modem Radar Techniques for Geophysical Applications: Two Examples. WISDOM Experiment on the EXOMARS ESA Mission. An Ice Thickness Study Utilizing Ground Penetrating Radar on the Lower Jamapa. Probing the Martian Subsurface with Synthetic Aperture Radar. Planetary Surface Properties from Radar Polarimetric Observations. Imaging the Sub-surface Reflectors : Results From the RANETA/NETLANDER Field Test on the Antarctic Ice Shelf. Strategy for Selection of Mars Geophysical Analogue Sites. Observations of Low Frequency Low Altitude Plasma Oscillations at Mars and Implications for Electromagnetic Sounding of the Subsurface. Ionospheric Transmission Losses Associated with Mars-orbiting Radar. A Polarimetric Scattering Model for the 2-Layer Problem. Radars for Imaging and Sounding of Polar Ice Sheets. Strata: Ground Penetrating Radar for Mars Rovers. Scattering Limits to Depth of Radar Investigation: Lessons from the Bishop Tuff.

  7. An Instrument for Investigating Chinese Language Learning Environments in Singapore Secondary Schools

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    Chua, Siew Lian; Wong, Angela F. L.; Chen, Der-Thanq

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes how a new classroom environment instrument, the "Chinese Language Classroom Environment Inventory (CLCEI)", was developed to investigate the nature of Chinese language classroom learning environments in Singapore secondary schools. The CLCEI is a bilingual instrument (English and Chinese Language) with 48 items…

  8. Theranostic reduction-sensitive gemcitabine prodrug micelles for near-infrared imaging and pancreatic cancer therapy

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    Han, Haijie; Wang, Haibo; Chen, Yangjun; Li, Zuhong; Wang, Yin; Jin, Qiao; Ji, Jian

    2015-12-01

    A biodegradable and reduction-cleavable gemcitabine (GEM) polymeric prodrug with in vivo near-infrared (NIR) imaging ability was reported. This theranostic GEM prodrug PEG-b-[PLA-co-PMAC-graft-(IR820-co-GEM)] was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization and ``click'' reaction. The as-prepared reduction-sensitive prodrug could self-assemble into prodrug micelles in aqueous solution confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In vitro drug release studies showed that these prodrug micelles were able to release GEM in an intracellular-mimicking reductive environment. These prodrug micelles could be effectively internalized by BxPC-3 pancreatic cancer cells, which were observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Meanwhile, a methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay demonstrated that this prodrug exhibited high cytotoxicity against BxPC-3 cells. The in vivo whole-animal near-infrared (NIR) imaging results showed that these prodrug micelles could be effectively accumulated in tumor tissue and had a longer blood circulation time than IR820-COOH. The endogenous reduction-sensitive gemcitabine prodrug micelles with the in vivo NIR imaging ability might have great potential in image-guided pancreatic cancer therapy.A biodegradable and reduction-cleavable gemcitabine (GEM) polymeric prodrug with in vivo near-infrared (NIR) imaging ability was reported. This theranostic GEM prodrug PEG-b-[PLA-co-PMAC-graft-(IR820-co-GEM)] was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization and ``click'' reaction. The as-prepared reduction-sensitive prodrug could self-assemble into prodrug micelles in aqueous solution confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In vitro drug release studies showed that these prodrug micelles were able to release GEM in an intracellular-mimicking reductive environment. These prodrug micelles could be effectively internalized by BxPC-3 pancreatic cancer cells, which

  9. Jamming and gelation of dense beta-casein micelle suspensions.

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    Panouillé, Maud; Durand, Dominique; Nicolai, Taco

    2005-01-01

    The rheology of dense suspensions of beta-casein micelles is investigated at pH 6. For a given temperature, the viscosity increases dramatically at a critical concentration (Cc) of about 100 g/L due to jamming of the micelles. For a given concentration close to and above Cc, the viscosity of dense suspensions decreases strongly with increasing temperature because Cc increases. The suspensions show weak shear thickening followed by strong shear thinning. At lower pH, that is, closer to the isoelectric point, spontaneous gelation is observed, which is favored by lowering the temperature and addition of sodium polyphosphate. The gelation process is studied at pH 5.5 by rheology and light scattering.

  10. Micelle confined mechanistic pathway for 4-nitrophenol reduction.

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    Roy, Anindita; Debnath, Biplab; Sahoo, Ramkrishna; Aditya, Teresa; Pal, Tarasankar

    2017-05-01

    The model 4-nitrophenol reduction has been carried out by different groups in presence of metallic or even non-metallic catalyst elaborating different mechanistic aspects. In the present investigation, we have thoroughly studied the hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol in a completely metal free homogeneous condition. The introduction of a non-fluorescent probe unequivocally generates a fluorescent molecule that indirectly justifies the anion radical stabilization in the micelle. The reduction mechanism under metal-free condition was proposed and the concept of stabilization of anion radical transition state of 4-nitrophenol at the positively charged Stern layer of anionic micelle was established. The plausible reduction mechanism has also enlightened the graphene-like conducting property of Stern layer of the homogeneous micellar system. Furthermore, the confinement effect for catalysis has also been authenticated by supporting experimental evidences. The borrowed concept of catalysis in confinement drives the catalytic study to a new era of catalysis.

  11. Spatial structure of fibrinopeptide B in water solution with DPC micelles by NMR spectroscopy

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    Blokhin, Dmitriy S.; Fayzullina, Adeliya R.; Filippov, Andrei V.; Karataeva, Farida Kh.; Klochkov, Vladimir V.

    2015-12-01

    Fibrinopeptide B (GluFib) is one of the factors of thrombosis. Normal blood protein soluble, fibrinogen (fibrinopeptide A and fibrinopeptide B), is transformed into the insoluble, fibrin, which in the form of filaments adheres to the vessel wall at the site of injury, forming a grid. However, the spatial structure of this peptide has not been established till now. In this article, GluFib peptide is investigated together with dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles which were used for mimicking the environment of peptide in blood vessels. The spatial structure was obtained by applying 1D and 2D 1H-1H NMR spectroscopy (TOCSY, NOESY). It was shown that the fibrinopeptide B does not have a secondary structure but we can distinguish the fragment Gly 9 - Arg 14 with a good convergence (the backbone RMSD for the Gly9 - Arg14 is 0.18 ± 0.08 Å).

  12. Micelle structure in a deep eutectic solvent: a small-angle scattering study.

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    Sanchez-Fernandez, A; Edler, K J; Arnold, T; Heenan, R K; Porcar, L; Terrill, N J; Terry, A E; Jackson, A J

    2016-05-18

    In recent years many studies into green solvents have been undertaken and deep eutectic solvents (DES) have emerged as sustainable and green alternatives to conventional solvents since they may be formed from cheap non-toxic organic precursors. In this study we examine amphiphile behaviour in these novel media to test our understanding of amphiphile self-assembly within environments that have an intermediate polarity between polar and non-polar extremes. We have built on our recently published results to present a more detailed structural characterisation of micelles of sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) within the eutectic mixture of choline chloride and urea. Here we show that SDS adopts an unusual cylindrical aggregate morphology, unlike that seen in water and other polar solvents. A new morphology transition to shorter aggregates was found with increasing concentration. The self-assembly of SDS was also investigated in the presence of water; which promotes the formation of shorter aggregates.

  13. Confinement of 4,4-diaminodiphenyl sulfone by γ -CD in micellar environment: a spectroscopic investigation.

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    Bhattacharya, Prosenjit; Chakravorti, Sankar

    2014-05-01

    This paper reports the double confinement of 4,4-diaminodiphenyl sulfone (Dapsone) inside γ-cyclodextrin (CD) in presence of surfactants (cationic, anionic and nonionic) using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Interpretation of fluorescence spectra, fluorescence anisotropy and time resolved fluorescence decay of the γ-CD • Dapsone•micellar system hints at lesser microviscosity and the partial release of the probe molecule from the supramolecular host-guest complex in ionic micelles, of which greater in cationic micelles, but due to greater restriction and rigidity in presence of non-ionic micelle makes the probe more rigidly inside CD. Changes in computed rotational decay also corroborate the above findings.

  14. [Construction of biotin-modified polymeric micelles for pancreatic cancer targeted photodynamic therapy].

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    Deng, Chun-yue; Long, Ying-ying; Liu, Sha; Chen, Zhang-bao; Li, Chong

    2015-08-01

    In this study, we explored the feasibility of biotin-mediated modified polymeric micelles for pancreatic cancer targeted photodynamic therapy. Poly (ethylene glycol)-distearoyl phosphatidyl ethanolamine (mPEG2000-DSPE) served as the drug-loaded material, biotin-poly(ethylene glycol)-distearoyl phosphatidyl ethanolamine (Biotin-PEG3400-DSPE) as the functional material and the polymeric micelles were prepared by a thin-film hydration method. The targeting capability of micelles was investigated by cell uptake assay in vitro and fluorescence imaging in vivo and the amounts of Biotin-PEG-DSPE were optimized accordingly. Hypocrellin B (HB), a novel photosensitizer was then encapsulated in biotinylated polymeric micelles and the anti-tumor efficacy was evaluated systemically in vitro and in vivo. The results showed that micelles with 5 mol % Biotin-PEG-DSPE demonstrated the best targeting capability than those with 20 mol % or 0.5 mol % of corresponding materials. This formulation has a small particle size [mean diameter of (36.74 ± 2.16) nm] with a homogeneous distribution and high encapsulation efficiency (80.06 ± 0.19) %. The following pharmacodynamics assays showed that the biotinylated micelles significantly enhanced the cytotoxicity of HB against tumor cells in vitro and inhibited tumor growth in vivo, suggesting a promising potential of this formulation for treatment of pancreatic cancer, especially those poorly permeable, or insensitive to radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

  15. Synergistic Growth of Giant Wormlike Micelles in Ternary Mixed Surfactant Solutions: Effect of Octanoic Acid.

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    Georgieva, Gergana S; Anachkov, Svetoslav E; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Koynov, Kaloian; Kralchevsky, Peter A

    2016-12-06

    The synergistic growth of giant wormlike micelles in ternary mixed solutions composed of an anionic surfactant (sodium laurylethersulfate, SLES), a zwitterionic surfactant (cocamidopropyl betaine, CAPB), and octanoic acid (HC8) is studied. Rheological data and their analysis in terms of Cole-Cole plots and micellar characteristic times are presented, and the micellar structures behind the observed rheological behavior are revealed by cryo-TEM micrographs. The surfactant composition is fixed near the maximal micelle size of the binary SLES + CAPB system, whereas the concentration of HC8 is varied. At a given HC8 concentration, the viscosity of the ternary micellar solutions exhibits a very high and sharp peak. Polarized-light optical microscopy indicates that all investigated solutions are isotropic rather than liquid-crystalline. The cryo-TEM imaging shows complex phase behavior: wormlike micelles to the left of the peak, giant entangled wormlike micelles at the peak, and long wormlike micelles coexisting with multiconnected micellar aggregates to the right of the peak. The formation of multiconnected micelles leads to a drop in viscosity at the higher concentrations. The results contribute to a better understanding of the structure-rheology relations in micellar surfactant solutions and could be useful for controlling the properties of formulations in personal-care and house-hold detergency.

  16. Interaction of cyclic and linear Labaditin peptides with anionic and zwitterionic micelles.

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    Barbosa, S C; Cilli, E M; Dias, L G; Fuzo, C A; Degrève, L; Stabeli, R G; Itri, R; Ciancaglini, P

    2015-01-15

    Conformational changes of the cyclic (Lo) peptide Labaditin (VWTVWGTIAG) and its linear analogue (L1) promoted by presence of anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and zwitterionic L-α-Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) micelles were investigated. Results from λ(max) blue-shift of tryptophan fluorescence emission combined with Stern-Volmer constants values and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations indicated that L1 interacts with SDS micelles to a higher extent than does Lo. Further, the MD simulation demonstrated that both Lo and L1 interact similarly with LPC micelles, being preferentially located at the micelle/water interface. The peptide-micelle interaction elicits conformational changes in the peptides. Lo undergoes limited modifications and presents unordered structure in both LPC and SDS micelles. On the other hand, L1 displays a random-coil structure in aqueous medium, pH 7.0, and it acquires a β-structure upon interaction with SDS and LPC, albeit with structural differences in each medium.

  17. Micelle Catalysis of an Aromatic Substitution Reaction

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    Corsaro, Gerald; Smith J. K.

    1976-01-01

    Describes an experiment in which the iodonation of aniline reaction is shown to undergo catalysis in solution of sodium lauryl sulfate which forms micelles with negatively charged pseudo surfaces. (MLH)

  18. Detection of hydrogen peroxide with chemiluminescent micelles.

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    Lee, Dongwon; Erigala, Venkata R; Dasari, Madhuri; Yu, Junhua; Dickson, Robert M; Murthy, Niren

    2008-01-01

    The overproduction of hydrogen peroxide is implicated in the progress of numerous life-threatening diseases and there is a great need for the development of contrast agents that can detect hydrogen peroxide in vivo. In this communication, we present a new contrast agent for hydrogen peroxide, termed peroxalate micelles, which detect hydrogen peroxide through chemiluminescence, and have the physical/chemical properties needed for in vivo imaging applications. The peroxalate micelles are composed of amphiphilic peroxalate based copolymers and the fluorescent dye rubrene, they have a 'stealth' polyethylene glycol (PEG) corona to evade macrophage phagocytosis, and a diameter of 33 nm to enhance extravasation into permeable tissues. The peroxalate micelles can detect nanomolar concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (>50 nM) and thus have the sensitivity needed to detect physiological concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. We anticipate numerous applications of the peroxalate micelles for in vivo imaging of hydrogen peroxide, given their high sensitivity, small size, and biocompatible PEG corona.

  19. Pluronic® P123/F127 mixed micelles delivering sorafenib and its combination with verteporfin in cancer cells

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    Pellosi, Diogo Silva; Moret, Francesca; Fraix, Aurore; Marino, Nino; Maiolino, Sara; Gaio, Elisa; Hioka, Noboru; Reddi, Elena; Sortino, Salvatore; Quaglia, Fabiana

    2016-01-01

    Here, we developed Pluronic® P123/F127 (poloxamer) mixed micelles for the intravenous delivery of the anticancer drug sorafenib (SRB) or its combination with verteporfin (VP), a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy that should complement well the cytotoxicity profile of the chemotherapeutic. SRB loading inside the core of micelles was governed by the drug:poloxamer weight ratio, while in the case of the SRB–VP combination, a mutual interference between the two drugs occurred and only specific ratios could ensure maximum loading efficiency. Coentrapment of SRB did not alter the photophysical properties of VP, confirming that SRB did not participate in any bimolecular process with the photosensitizer. Fluorescence resonance energy-transfer measurement of micelles in serum protein-containing cell-culture medium demonstrated the excellent stability of the system in physiologically relevant conditions. These results were in line with the results of the release study showing a release rate of both drugs in the presence of proteins slower than in phosphate buffer. SRB release was sustained, while VP remained substantially entrapped in the micelle core. Cytotoxicity studies in MDA-MB231 cells revealed that at 24 hours, SRB-loaded micelles were more active than free SRB only at very low SRB concentrations, while at 24+24 hours a prolonged cytotoxic effect of SRB-loaded micelles was observed, very likely mediated by the block in the S phase of the cell cycle. The combination of SRB with VP under light exposure was less cytotoxic than both the free combination and VP-loaded micelles + SRB-loaded micelles combination. This behavior was clearly explainable in terms of micelle uptake and intracellular localization. Besides the clear advantage of delivering SRB in poloxamer micelles, our results provide a clear example that each photochemotherapeutic combination needs detailed investigations on their particular interaction, and no generalization on enhanced cytotoxic

  20. Nonionic reverse micelles near the critical point.

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    Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Shrestha, Rekha Goswami

    2013-01-01

    We report shape, size, and internal cross-sectional structure of diglycerol monomyristate (C₁₄G₂) reverse micelles in n-hexadecane near the critical point using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Pair-distance distribution function, p(r), which gives structural information in real-space, was obtained by indirect Fourier transformation (IFT) method. The p(r) showed a clear picture of rodlike micelles at higher temperatures well above the critical point (micellar solution phase separates into two immiscible liquids at ~ 48°C). At a fixed surfactant concentration (5% C₁₄G₂), decrease in temperature increases the micellar size monotonously and surprisingly shape of the p(r) curve at 50°C; close to the critical point, mimics the shape of the two dimensional disk-like micelles indicating the onset of critical fluctuations (attractive interactions among rodlike micelles forming a weak network). A similar behavior has been observed with normal micelles in aqueous system near the critical point. When the system is heated to 60°C, shape of the p(r) curve regains rodlike structure. At fixed temperature of 60°C, increase in C₁₄G₂ concentration induced one dimensional micellar growth. Maximum length of micelles increases from ca. 23.5 to 46.0 nm upon increasing concentration from 1 to 12% keeping cross section diameter apparently unchanged at ca. 4.0 nm.

  1. Interplay between micelle formation and waterlike phase transitions

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    Heinzelmann, G.; Figueiredo, W.; Girardi, M.

    2010-02-01

    A lattice model for amphiphilic aggregation in the presence of a structured waterlike solvent is studied through Monte Carlo simulations. We investigate the interplay between the micelle formation and the solvent phase transition in two different regions of temperature-density phase diagram of pure water. A second order phase transition between the gaseous (G) and high density liquid (HDL) phases that occurs at very high temperatures, and a first order phase transition between the low density liquid (LDL) and (HDL) phases that takes place at lower temperatures. In both cases, we find the aggregate size distribution curve and the critical micellar concentration as a function of the solvent density across the transitions. We show that micelle formation drives the LDL-HDL first order phase transition to lower solvent densities, while the transition G-HDL is driven to higher densities, which can be explained by the markedly different degrees of micellization in both cases. The diffusion coefficient of surfactants was also calculated in the LDL and HDL phases, changing abruptly its behavior due to the restructuring of waterlike solvent when we cross the first order LDL-HDL phase transition. To understand such behavior, we calculate the solvent density and the number of hydrogen bonds per water molecule close to micelles. The curves of the interfacial solvent density and the number of hydrogen bonds per water molecule in the first hydration signal a local phase change of the interfacial water, clarifying the diffusion mechanism of free surfactants in the solvent.

  2. Polymeric micelles encapsulating photosensitizer: structure/photodynamic therapy efficiency relation.

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    Gibot, Laure; Lemelle, Arnaud; Till, Ugo; Moukarzel, Béatrice; Mingotaud, Anne-Françoise; Pimienta, Véronique; Saint-Aguet, Pascale; Rols, Marie-Pierre; Gaucher, Mireille; Violleau, Frédéric; Chassenieux, Christophe; Vicendo, Patricia

    2014-04-14

    Various polymeric micelles were formed from amphiphilic block copolymers, namely, poly(ethyleneoxide-b-ε-caprolactone), poly(ethyleneoxide-b-d,l-lactide), and poly(ethyleneoxide-b-styrene). The micelles were characterized by static and dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy, and asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation. They all displayed a similar size close to 20 nm. The influence of the chemical structure of the block copolymers on the stability upon dilution of the polymeric micelles was investigated to assess their relevance as carriers for nanomedicine. In the same manner, the stability upon aging was assessed by FRET experiments under various experimental conditions (alone or in the presence of blood proteins). In all cases, a good stability over 48 h for all systems was encountered, with PDLLA copolymer-based systems being the first to release their load slowly. The cytotoxicity and photocytotoxicity of the carriers were examined with or without their load. Lastly, the photodynamic activity was assessed in the presence of pheophorbide a as photosensitizer on 2D and 3D tumor cell culture models, which revealed activity differences between the 2D and 3D systems.

  3. Multicompartment Core Micelles of Triblock Terpolymers in Organic Media

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    Schacher, Felix; Walther, Andreas; Ruppel, Markus A; Drechsler, Markus; Muller, Axel

    2009-01-01

    The formation of multicompartment micelles featuring a spheres on sphere core morphology in acetone as a selective solvent is presented. The polymers investigated are ABC triblock terpolymers, polybutadieneb-poly(2-vinyl pyridine)-b-poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) (BVT), which were synthesized via living sequential anionic polymerization in THF. Two polymers with different block lengths of the methacrylate moiety were studied with respect to the formation of multicompartmental aggregates. The micelles were analyzed by static and dynamic light scattering as well as by transmission electron microscopy. Cross-linking of the polybutadiene compartment could be accomplished via two different methods, cold vulcanization and with photopolymerization after the addition of a multifunctional acrylate. In both cases, the multicompartmental character of the micellar core is fully preserved, and the micelles could be transformed into core-stabilized nanoparticles. The successful cross-linking of the polybutadiene core is indicated by 1H NMR and by the transfer of the aggregates into nonselective solvents such as THF or dioxane.

  4. A simple method to improve the stability of docetaxel micelles

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    Zhang, Lan; Tan, LiWei; Chen, LiJuan; Chen, XiaoXin; Long, ChaoFeng; Peng, JinRong; Qian, ZhiYong

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembled polymeric micelles have been widely applied in drug delivery systems. In this study, we found that pH value of micellar system solution was the decisive factor of physical stability. Furthermore, the weak basic solution could maintain the solution clarification for a relative long time. To investigate the stability of polymeric micelles in different pH solutions, the micellar particle size and the docetaxel content remaining in solution were detected at predetermined time points. The crystallographic assay of freeze-drying powder was characterized by an X-ray diffractometer. In vitro release results indicated that the PBS had little influence on the sustained-release effect of docetaxel-loaded polymeric micelles (DPM). Besides, the safety of micellar formulation was determined by an MTT assay on HEK293 cells, and the anti-tumor activity was tested on MCF-7 cells. The results demonstrated that DPM adjusted with PBS (DPM (PBS)) was of low toxicity and maintained the effectiveness of docetaxel. In vivo antitumor results indicated that DPM (PBS) had better antitumor efficacy than common docetaxel injection (DTX). Thus it was concluded that regulation of micellar solution PH by PBS is a safe and effective method to improve the physical stability of DPM. It might promote the application of micellar formulation in clinical applications. PMID:27833135

  5. Fluorescence visualization and modeling of a micelle-free zone formed at the interface between an oil and an aqueous micellar phase during interfacial surfactant transport.

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    Bhole, Nikhil S; Huang, Fenfen; Maldarelli, Charles

    2010-10-19

    micelles; the dye fluoresces only in the hydrophobic environment of the micelles, providing visual contrast between the two zones. Through spatial mapping of the fluorescence using confocal microscopy, the movement of the micelle-free zone boundary can be measured and is shown to compare favorably with simulations of the transport model.

  6. Knockdown of STAT3 expression in SKOV3 cells by biodegradable siRNA-PLGA/CSO conjugate micelles.

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    Zhao, Yunchun; Zheng, Caihong; Zhang, Li; Chen, Yue; Ye, Yiqing; Zhao, Mengdan

    2015-03-01

    Biodegradable and biocompatible poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)was conjugated to the 5'-thiol end of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) small interfering RNA (STAT3-siRNA) via a disulfide bond. In aqueous environments, these siRNA-PLGA conjugates can spontaneously form core/shell type spherical micelles with a particle size of about 200 nm. A biodegradable, low molecular weight cationic polymer, chitosan oligosaccharide (CSO), was added to the siRNA-PLGA micelles at different nitrogen to phosphate (N/P) ratios to form stable, spherical siRNA-PLGA/CSO micelles with sizes of 150-180 nm. The siRNA-PLGA/CSO micelles were produced via ionic complexation between negatively charged siRNA and positively charged CSO on the outer shell of the micelles. The siRNA-PLGA/CSO micelles exhibited superior cellular uptake and STAT3 gene silencing efficiency in SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells when compared with siRNA/CSO complexes at the same N/P ratios with no significant differences with lipofectamine 2000. Furthermore, the siRNA-PLGA/CSO micelles showed that the efficiencies of cellular uptake and STAT3 gene silencing gradually increased with increasing N/P ratios. The siRNA-PLGA/CSO micelles also inhibited the growth of SKOV3 cells, as well as, promoted apoptosis of the cells. These results indicate that siRNA-PLGA/CSO micelles can be utilized as a novel and efficient siRNA carrier to treat a variety of diseases.

  7. Cytotoxicity Study on Luminescent Nanocrystals Containing Phospholipid Micelles in Primary Cultures of Rat Astrocytes

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    Valente, Gianpiero; Fanizza, Elisabetta; Laquintana, Valentino; Denora, Nunzio; Fasano, Anna; Striccoli, Marinella; Colella, Matilde; Agostiano, Angela; Curri, M. Lucia; Liuzzi, Grazia Maria

    2016-01-01

    Luminescent colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) are emerging as a new tool in neuroscience field, representing superior optical probes for cellular imaging and medical diagnosis of neurological disorders with respect to organic fluorophores. However, only a limited number of studies have, so far, explored NC applications in primary neurons, glia and related cells. Indeed astrocytes, as resident cells in the central nervous system (CNS), play an important pathogenic role in several neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases, therefore enhanced imaging tools for their thorough investigation are strongly amenable. Here, a comprehensive and systematic study on the in vitro toxicological effect of core-shell type luminescent CdSe@ZnS NCs incorporated in polyethylene glycol (PEG) terminated phospholipid micelles on primary cultures of rat astrocytes was carried out. Cytotoxicity response of empty micelles based on PEG modified phospholipids was compared to that of their NC containing counterpart, in order to investigate the effect on cell viability of both inorganic NCs and micelles protecting NC surface. Furthermore, since the surface charge and chemistry influence cell interaction and toxicity, effect of two different functional groups terminating PEG-modified phospholipid micelles, namely amine and carboxyl group, respectively, was evaluated against bare micelles, showing that carboxyl group was less toxic. The ability of PEG-lipid micelles to be internalized into the cells was qualitatively and quantitatively assessed by fluorescence microscopy and photoluminescence (PL) assay. The results of the experiments clearly demonstrate that, once incorporated into the micelles, a low, not toxic, concentration of NCs is sufficient to be distinctly detected within cells. The overall study provides essential indications to define the optimal experimental conditions to effectively and profitably use the proposed luminescent colloidal NCs as optical probe for future in vivo

  8. Cytotoxicity Study on Luminescent Nanocrystals Containing Phospholipid Micelles in Primary Cultures of Rat Astrocytes.

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    Latronico, Tiziana; Depalo, Nicoletta; Valente, Gianpiero; Fanizza, Elisabetta; Laquintana, Valentino; Denora, Nunzio; Fasano, Anna; Striccoli, Marinella; Colella, Matilde; Agostiano, Angela; Curri, M Lucia; Liuzzi, Grazia Maria

    2016-01-01

    Luminescent colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) are emerging as a new tool in neuroscience field, representing superior optical probes for cellular imaging and medical diagnosis of neurological disorders with respect to organic fluorophores. However, only a limited number of studies have, so far, explored NC applications in primary neurons, glia and related cells. Indeed astrocytes, as resident cells in the central nervous system (CNS), play an important pathogenic role in several neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases, therefore enhanced imaging tools for their thorough investigation are strongly amenable. Here, a comprehensive and systematic study on the in vitro toxicological effect of core-shell type luminescent CdSe@ZnS NCs incorporated in polyethylene glycol (PEG) terminated phospholipid micelles on primary cultures of rat astrocytes was carried out. Cytotoxicity response of empty micelles based on PEG modified phospholipids was compared to that of their NC containing counterpart, in order to investigate the effect on cell viability of both inorganic NCs and micelles protecting NC surface. Furthermore, since the surface charge and chemistry influence cell interaction and toxicity, effect of two different functional groups terminating PEG-modified phospholipid micelles, namely amine and carboxyl group, respectively, was evaluated against bare micelles, showing that carboxyl group was less toxic. The ability of PEG-lipid micelles to be internalized into the cells was qualitatively and quantitatively assessed by fluorescence microscopy and photoluminescence (PL) assay. The results of the experiments clearly demonstrate that, once incorporated into the micelles, a low, not toxic, concentration of NCs is sufficient to be distinctly detected within cells. The overall study provides essential indications to define the optimal experimental conditions to effectively and profitably use the proposed luminescent colloidal NCs as optical probe for future in vivo

  9. Synthesis of chlorambucil-tempol adduct and its delivery using fluoroalkyl double-ended poly (ethylene glycol) micelles.

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    Prabhutendolkar, Anuja; Liu, Xiangli; Mathias, Errol V; Ba, Yong; Kornfield, Julie A

    2006-01-01

    In our pursuit to find potent anticancer drugs, we have covalently bonded free radical tempol to chlorambucil giving a chlorambucil-tempol (CT) adduct in which both of the anticancer active sites in tempol and chlorambucil were left intact. Analysis using NMR, Maldi-TOF, and EPR verified the designed chemical structure. Because the CT adduct is more hydrophobic than chlorambucil, its delivery also was investigated using fluoroalkyl double-ended poly (ethylene glycol) (Rf-PEG) micelles. Results from EPR spectra and(19) F and(1) H NMR spin lattice relaxation times show that the Rf-PEG micelles are able to encapsulate CT into the Rf cores of the micelles.

  10. Water-induced micelle formation of block copoly(oxyethylene-oxypropylene-oxyethylene) in o-xylene

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    Wu, Guangwei; Zhou, Zukang; Chu, B. )

    1993-04-12

    Static and dynamic light scattering, viscometry, NMR, and vapor pressure osmometry techniques have been employed to study the water-induced micellization behavior of poly(oxyethylene-oxypropylene-oxyethylene) block copolymer, Pluronic L64, in o-xylene solution. Results show that Pluronic L64 does not form polymolecular micelles in the absence of water or in the presence of a small amount of water (molar ratio water/EO < 0.15). Micelles, consisting of a PPO shell and a PEO and H[sub 2]O core, are formed when the water to EO molar ratio (Z) in the micelle is greater than 0.2. For Z < 1.3, spherical micelles with an average hydrodynamic radius R[sub h] of ca. 9.2 nm are formed, with R[sub h] almost independent of Z. For Z > 1.3, both the aggregation number and the hydrodynamic radius become dependent on the Z value, then the micelle shape could be nonspherical. As experimentally evidenced by NMR spectra, the solubilized water can be classified into bound water and free water. Most likely, water is not evenly distributed in the core, as the environments of EO units at different positions in the block copolymer are not identical.

  11. Theranostic reduction-sensitive gemcitabine prodrug micelles for near-infrared imaging and pancreatic cancer therapy.

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    Han, Haijie; Wang, Haibo; Chen, Yangjun; Li, Zuhong; Wang, Yin; Jin, Qiao; Ji, Jian

    2016-01-07

    A biodegradable and reduction-cleavable gemcitabine (GEM) polymeric prodrug with in vivo near-infrared (NIR) imaging ability was reported. This theranostic GEM prodrug PEG-b-[PLA-co-PMAC-graft-(IR820-co-GEM)] was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization and "click" reaction. The as-prepared reduction-sensitive prodrug could self-assemble into prodrug micelles in aqueous solution confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In vitro drug release studies showed that these prodrug micelles were able to release GEM in an intracellular-mimicking reductive environment. These prodrug micelles could be effectively internalized by BxPC-3 pancreatic cancer cells, which were observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Meanwhile, a methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay demonstrated that this prodrug exhibited high cytotoxicity against BxPC-3 cells. The in vivo whole-animal near-infrared (NIR) imaging results showed that these prodrug micelles could be effectively accumulated in tumor tissue and had a longer blood circulation time than IR820-COOH. The endogenous reduction-sensitive gemcitabine prodrug micelles with the in vivo NIR imaging ability might have great potential in image-guided pancreatic cancer therapy.

  12. Student-Centred Learning Environments: An Investigation into Student Teachers' Instructional Preferences and Approaches to Learning

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    Baeten, Marlies; Dochy, Filip; Struyven, Katrien; Parmentier, Emmeline; Vanderbruggen, Anne

    2016-01-01

    The use of student-centred learning environments in education has increased. This study investigated student teachers' instructional preferences for these learning environments and how these preferences are related to their approaches to learning. Participants were professional Bachelor students in teacher education. Instructional preferences and…

  13. An Empirical Investigation of the Dimensionality of the Physical Literacy Environment in Early Childhood Classrooms

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    Dynia, Jaclyn M.; Schachter, Rachel E.; Piasta, Shayne B.; Justice, Laura M.; O'Connell, Ann A.; Yeager Pelatti, Christina

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the dimensionality of the physical literacy environment of early childhood education classrooms. Data on the classroom physical literacy environment were collected from 245 classrooms using the Classroom Literacy Observation Profile. A combination of confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis was used to identify five…

  14. Ketal containing amphiphilic block copolymer micelles as pH-sensitive drug carriers.

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    Lee, Iljae; Park, Minhyung; Kim, Yerang; Hwang, On; Khang, Gilson; Lee, Dongwon

    2013-05-01

    pH-Responsive linkages have been widely exploited in the development of polymeric drug delivery systems, which trigger drug release selectively at tumor tissues or endosomes and lysosomes of cells. Herein we report new pH-sensitive amphiphilic poly(ketal adipate)-co-poly(ethylene glycol) block copolymers (PKA-PEG), which have acid-cleavable ketal linkages in their hydrophobic backbone. PKA-PEG copolymers self-assemble to form stable micelles with a mean diameter of ~175 nm, which can encapsulate a payload of anticancer drugs and rapidly dissociate to release drug payload at the acid environment. The micelles are biocompatible and exhibit abilities to disrupt endosomes to enhance the cytosol drug delivery. Taken together, we anticipate that the pH-sensitive PKA-PEG micelles have great potential as anticancer drug carriers.

  15. MICELLE, the micelle size effect on the LS counting efficiency

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    Grau Carles, A.

    2007-02-01

    This version extends the computation of the liquid-scintillation counting efficiency to electron-capture radionuclides of 30⩽Z⩽54. The simplified deterministic models of previous versions are replaced by a complete stochastic model, which considers all possible subshells involved in the atomic rearrangement of the atom. The program can simulate samples in the gel phase, including the effects of the micelles on the counting efficiency. These effects have been found to be useful for building nanodosimeters based on gel scintillators. Program summaryTitle of program: MICELLE Catalogue identifier:ACPU_v3_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ACPU_v3_0 Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing previsions: none Computers revisions: any IBM PC compatible with 80386 or higher Intel processors Operating systems under which the program has been tested: MS-DOS and higher systems Programming language used: FORTRAN 77 Memory required to execute with typical data: 235 kword No. of bits in a word: 16 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 16 653 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 358 166 Distribution format: tar.gz Nature of the physical problem: Both β and electron-capture are decay processes characterized by a large variability in energy. In the first case, one single β-particle is emitted per decay following the Fermi distribution. In the second, several electrons (Auger and/or Coster-Kronig) of very different energies can be ejected simultaneously. The detailed simulation of these two electron release processes has practical interest in two situations: (1) to standardize radionuclides with a liquid-scintillation counter, (2) to compute the absorbed dose in the surroundings of a radiolabeled molecule. Method of solution: Although the application of simplified deterministic models is sufficiently accurate for pure β-ray emitters, the large

  16. Actively targeted delivery of anticancer drug to tumor cells by redox-responsive star-shaped micelles.

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    Shi, Chunli; Guo, Xing; Qu, Qianqian; Tang, Zhaomin; Wang, Yi; Zhou, Shaobing

    2014-10-01

    In cancer therapy nanocargos based on star-shaped polymer exhibit unique features such as better stability, smaller size distribution and higher drug capacity in comparison to linear polymeric micelles. In this study, we developed a multifunctional star-shaped micellar system by combination of active targeting ability and redox-responsive behavior. The star-shaped micelles with good stability were self-assembled from four-arm poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer. The redox-responsive behaviors of these micelles triggered by glutathione were evaluated from the changes of micellar size, morphology and molecular weight. In vitro drug release profiles exhibited that in a stimulated normal physiological environment, the redox-responsive star-shaped micelles could maintain good stability, whereas in a reducing and acid environment similar with that of tumor cells, the encapsulated agent was promptly released. In vitro cellular uptake and subcellular localization of these micelles were further studied with confocal laser scanning microscopy and flow cytometry against the human cervical cancer cell line HeLa. In vivo and ex vivo DOX fluorescence imaging displayed that these FA-functionalized star-shaped micelles possessed much better specificity to target solid tumor. Both the qualitative and quantitative results of the antitumor effect in 4T1 tumor-bearing BALB/c mice demonstrated that these redox-responsive star-shaped micelles have a high therapeutic efficiency to artificial solid tumor. Therefore, the multifunctional star-shaped micelles are a potential platform for targeted anticancer drug delivery.

  17. Modulation of partition and localization of perfume molecules in sodium dodecyl sulfate micelles.

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    Fan, Yaxun; Tang, Haiqiu; Strand, Ross; Wang, Yilin

    2016-01-07

    The influence of perfume molecules on the self-assembly of the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and their localization in SDS micelles have been investigated by ζ potential, small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), one- and two-dimensional NMR and isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC). A broad range of perfume molecules varying in octanol/water partition coefficients P are employed. The results indicate that the surface charge, size and aggregation number of the SDS micelles strongly depend on the hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity degree of perfume molecules. Three distinct regions along the log P values are identified. Hydrophilic perfumes (log P < 2.0) partially incorporate into the SDS micelles and do not lead to micelle swelling, whereas hydrophobic perfumes (log P > 3.5) are solubilized close to the end of the hydrophobic chains in the SDS micelles and enlarge the micelles with higher ζ potential and a larger aggregation number. The incorporated fraction and micelle properties show increasing tendency for the perfumes in the intermediate log P region (2.0 < log P < 3.5). Besides, the molecular conformation of perfume molecules also affects these properties. The perfumes with a linear chain structure or an aromatic group can penetrate into the palisade layer and closely pack with the SDS molecules. Furthermore, the thermodynamic parameters obtained from ITC show that the binding of the perfumes in the intermediate log P region is more spontaneous than those in the other two log P regions, and the micellization of SDS with the perfumes is driven by entropy.

  18. EGFR-targeted poly(ethylene glycol)-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine micelle loaded with paclitaxel for laryngeal cancer: preparation, characterization and in vitro evaluation.

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    Ren, Henglei; Gao, Chunli; Zhou, Liang; Liu, Min; Xie, Cao; Lu, Weiyue

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of using polymeric micelles modified with a peptide (termed GE11) ligand of epidermal growth factor receptor as the targeted carriers to achieve increased accumulation in laryngeal cancer and enhanced intracellular delivery for the encapsulated anticancer drugs. Poly (ethylene glycol)-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine (PEG-DSPE) micelles containing paclitaxel were prepared via film-hydration method followed by investigation of in vitro release of paclitaxel in phosphate-buffered saline. The average size of GE11-PEG-DSPE/paclitaxel micelle and mPEG-DSPE/paclitaxel were 35 ± 2.8 nm [the polydispersity index (PDI) = 0.207] and 28 ± 2.1 nm (PDI = 0.154), respectively. Micelles with or without GE11-modified had similar physicochemical properties. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the micelles were homogeneous and spherical in shape. Encapsulation efficiency and drug loading of the micelle were 74.11 ± 3.89% and 3.58 ± 2.82%, respectively. The in vitro targeting characteristic of GE11-modified micelles was investigated by observing the level of cellular uptake of fluorescent coumarin-6-loaded micelles on EGFR over-expressed human laryngeal cancer cell line Hep-2 and EGFR low-expressed human leukemic cell line U-937. Hep-2 cell proliferation was significantly inhibited by GE11-PEG-DSPE/paclitaxel micelle compared to mPEG-DSPE/paclitaxel micelle and Taxol in vitro. Our results suggested that GE11-PEG-DSPE micelle could be a promising strategy for enhancing paclitaxel's chemotherapeutic effects on EGFR over-expressed cancer cells.

  19. Shaping and patterning gold nanoparticles via micelle templated photochemistry

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    Kundrat, F.; Baffou, G.; Polleux, J.

    2015-09-01

    Shaping and positioning noble metal nanostructures are essential processes that still require laborious and sophisticated techniques to fabricate functional plasmonic interfaces. The present study reports a simple photochemical approach compatible with micellar nanolithography and photolithography that enables the growth, arrangement and shaping of gold nanoparticles with tuneable plasmonic resonances on glass substrates. Ultraviolet illumination of surfaces coated with gold-loaded micelles leads to the formation of gold nanoparticles with micro/nanometric spatial resolution without requiring any photosensitizers or photoresists. Depending on the extra-micellar chemical environment and the illumination wavelength, block copolymer micelles act as reactive and light-responsive templates, which enable to grow gold deformed nanoparticles (potatoids) and nanorings. Optical characterization reveals that arrays of individual potatoids and rings feature a localized plasmon resonance around 600 and 800 nm, respectively, enhanced photothermal properties and high temperature sustainability, making them ideal platforms for future developments in nanochemistry and biomolecular manipulation controlled by near-infrared-induced heat.Shaping and positioning noble metal nanostructures are essential processes that still require laborious and sophisticated techniques to fabricate functional plasmonic interfaces. The present study reports a simple photochemical approach compatible with micellar nanolithography and photolithography that enables the growth, arrangement and shaping of gold nanoparticles with tuneable plasmonic resonances on glass substrates. Ultraviolet illumination of surfaces coated with gold-loaded micelles leads to the formation of gold nanoparticles with micro/nanometric spatial resolution without requiring any photosensitizers or photoresists. Depending on the extra-micellar chemical environment and the illumination wavelength, block copolymer micelles act as

  20. Targeted anti-thrombotic protein micelles

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    Kim, Wookhyun; Haller, Carolyn; Dai, Erbin; Wang, Xiowei; Hagemeyer, Christoph E.; Liu, David R.; Peter, Karlheinz; Chaikof, Elliot L.

    2015-01-01

    Activated platelets provide a promising target for imaging inflammatory and thrombotic events along with site-specific delivery of a variety of therapeutic agents. Herein, we report the efficient design of multifunctional protein micelles bearing targeting and therapeutic proteins by one-pot transpeptidation using an evolved sortase A. Conjugation to the corona of a single-chain antibody (scFv), which binds to the ligand induced binding site (LIBS) of activated GPIIb/IIIa receptors enabled efficient detection of thrombi. Inhibiting thrombus formation was subsequently accomplished by incorporating the catalytically active domain of thrombomodulin (TM) onto the micelle corona for local generation of activated protein C, which serves to inhibit thrombin formation. An effective strategy has been developed for preparation of protein micelles that can be targeted to sites of activated platelets with broad potential for treatment of acute thrombotic events. PMID:25504546

  1. Encapsulation of Sesbania grandiflora extract in polymeric micelles to enhance its solubility, stability, and antibacterial activity.

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    Anantaworasakul, Pimporn; Okonogi, Siriporn

    2017-02-01

    Clinical applications of Sesbania grandiflora bark extract (SGE) are limited because of its poor water solubility and stability. SGE was loaded in micelles of Pluronics. In vitro and in vivo antibacterial and toxicity tests were investigated using broth dilution and silkworm model. Aqueous solubility of SGE was improved by these micelles. Activity and toxicity of SGE loaded micelles were dependent on type and concentration of Pluronics. The micelles composed of 1:3 SGE to Pluronic F68 (SGE-PF68-13) showed small size (24.95 ± 0.34 nm), narrow PdI (<0.2), high entrapment efficiency (99.63 ± 0.19%) and negative zeta potential (-41.53 ± 0.15 mV). Stability of SGE in SGE-PF68-13 was 10 times higher than the unentrapped SGE. SGE-PF68-13 showed a dose dependent activity and significantly higher therapeutic effect than the unentrapped SGE. It is concluded that encapsulation of SGE in Pluronic micelles can enhance SGE solubility, stability, and antibacterial activity. SGE-PF68-13 is suitable for further study in mammalian animals.

  2. NMR characterization of membrane protein-detergent micelle solutions by use of microcoil equipment.

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    Stanczak, Pawel; Horst, Reto; Serrano, Pedro; Wüthrich, Kurt

    2009-12-30

    Using microcoil NMR technology, the uniformly (2)H,(15)N-labeled integral membrane protein OmpX, and the phosphocholine derivative detergent Fos-10 (n-decylphosphocholine), we investigated solutions of mixed protein-detergent micelles to determine the influence of the detergent concentration on the NMR spectra of the protein. In a first step, we identified key parameters that influence the composition of the micelle solutions, which resulted in a new protocol for the preparation of well-defined concentrated protein solutions. This led to the observation that high-quality 2D [(15)N,(1)H]-transverse relaxation-optimized spectroscopy (TROSY) spectra of OmpX reconstituted in mixed micelles with Fos-10 were obtained only in a limited range of detergent concentrations. Outside of this range from about 90-180 mM, we observed a significant decrease of the average peak intensity. Relaxation-optimized NMR measurements of the rotational and translational diffusion coefficients of the OmpX/Fos-10 mixed micelles, D(r) and D(t), respectively, then showed that the stoichiometry and the effective hydrodynamic radius of the protein-containing micelles are not significantly affected by high Fos-10 concentrations and that the deterioration of NMR spectra is due to the increased viscosity at high detergent concentrations. The paper thus provides a basis for refined guidelines on the preparation of integral membrane proteins for structural studies.

  3. Self-assembled gold nanocrystal micelles act as an excellent artificial nanozyme with ribonuclease activity.

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    Zhang, Zhiming; Fu, Qiuan; Li, Xiangqiu; Huang, Xin; Xu, Jiayun; Shen, Jiacong; Liu, Junqiu

    2009-06-01

    Water-soluble Au nanocrystal (NC) micelles with an inserted catalytic Cu(II) center that act as excellent nanoenzyme models for imitating ribonuclease were constructed by supramolecular self-assembly. The dodecane-1-thiol-based Au NC was constructed first, and subsequently the cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide and the catalytic ligand (N1,N1-bis(2-aminoethyl)-N2-dodecylethane-1,2-diamine) copper(II) were installed on the surface of the Au NC via hydrophobic interaction. The catalytic capability of the Au NC micelles designed was estimated by the cleavage of a typical RNA analogue, 2-hydroxypropyl p-nitrophenyl phosphate (HPNP). The study of the catalytic behavior of Au NC micelle catalysis showed that the Au NC micelles exhibited dramatic ribonuclease-like activity: a high rate acceleration of k(cat)/k(uncat) = 1.10 x 10(5) for the cleavage of HPNP in comparison with the spontaneous cleavage of HPNP (k(uncat)) was observed. The catalytic capability for HPNP cleavage by these functionalized Au NC micelles can be compared with that of covalent Au nanoparticles reported previously as nanozymes under comparable conditions. A detailed investigation of enzymatic kinetics was carried out and a possible mechanism was suggested.

  4. Structural characterization of amphiphilic homopolymer micelles using light scattering, SANS, and cryo-TEM

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    Patterson, Joseph P.; Kelley, Elizabeth G.; Murphy, Ryan P.; Moughton, Adam O.; Robin, Mathew; Lu, Annhelen; Colombani, Olivier; Chassenieux, Christophe; Cheung, David; Sullivan, Millicent O.

    2013-01-01

    We report the aqueous solution self-assembly of a series of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) polymers end-functionalized with a hydrophobic sulfur-carbon-sulfur (SCS) pincer ligand. Although the hydrophobic ligand accounted for <5 wt% of the overall homopolymer mass, the polymers self-assembled into well-defined spherical micelles in aqueous solution, and these micelles are potential precursors to solution-assembled nanoreactors for small molecule catalysis applications. The micelle structural details were investigated using light scattering, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Radial density profiles extracted from the cryo-TEM micrographs suggested that the PNIPAM chains formed a diffuse corona with a radially decreasing corona density profile and provided valuable a priori information about the micelle structure for SANS data modeling. SANS analysis indicated a similar profile in which the corona surrounded a small hydrophobic core containing the pincer ligand. The similarity between the SANS and cryo-TEM results demonstrated that detailed information about the micelle density profile can be obtained directly from cryo-TEM and highlighted the complementary use of scattering and cryo-TEM in the structural characterization of solution-assemblies, such as the SCS pincer-functionalized homopolymers described here. PMID:24058209

  5. Structural characterization of amphiphilic homopolymer micelles using light scattering, SANS, and cryo-TEM.

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    Patterson, Joseph P; Kelley, Elizabeth G; Murphy, Ryan P; Moughton, Adam O; Robin, Mathew; Lu, Annhelen; Colombani, Olivier; Chassenieux, Christophe; Cheung, David; Sullivan, Millicent O; Epps, Thomas H; O'Reilly, Rachel K

    2013-08-13

    We report the aqueous solution self-assembly of a series of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) polymers end-functionalized with a hydrophobic sulfur-carbon-sulfur (SCS) pincer ligand. Although the hydrophobic ligand accounted for <5 wt% of the overall homopolymer mass, the polymers self-assembled into well-defined spherical micelles in aqueous solution, and these micelles are potential precursors to solution-assembled nanoreactors for small molecule catalysis applications. The micelle structural details were investigated using light scattering, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Radial density profiles extracted from the cryo-TEM micrographs suggested that the PNIPAM chains formed a diffuse corona with a radially decreasing corona density profile and provided valuable a priori information about the micelle structure for SANS data modeling. SANS analysis indicated a similar profile in which the corona surrounded a small hydrophobic core containing the pincer ligand. The similarity between the SANS and cryo-TEM results demonstrated that detailed information about the micelle density profile can be obtained directly from cryo-TEM and highlighted the complementary use of scattering and cryo-TEM in the structural characterization of solution-assemblies, such as the SCS pincer-functionalized homopolymers described here.

  6. Direct Measurement of the Thermodynamics of Chiral Recognition in Bile Salt Micelles.

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    Anderson, Shauna L; Rovnyak, David; Strein, Timothy G

    2016-04-01

    Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) is shown to be a sensitive reporter of bile salt micellization and chiral recognition. Detailed ITC characterization of bile micelle formation as well as the chiral recognition capabilities of sodium cholate (NaC), deoxycholate (NaDC), and taurodeoxycholate (NaTDC) micelle systems are reported. The ΔH(demic) of these bile salt micelle systems is directly observable and is strongly temperature-dependent, allowing also for the determination of ΔCp(demic). Using the pseudo-phase separation model, ΔG(demic) and TΔS(demic) were also calculated. Chirally selective guest-host binding of model racemic compounds 1,1'-bi-2-napthol (BN) and 1,1'-binaphthyl-2,2'-diylhydrogenphosphate (BNDHP) to bile salt micelles was then investigated. The S-isomer was shown to bind more tightly to the bile salt micelles in all cases. A model was developed that allows for the quantitative determination of the enthalpic difference in binding affinity that corresponds to chiral selectivity, which is on the order of 1 kJ mol(-1).

  7. Micelle and microemulsion properties of cesium di-dodecyl-dimethylsulfosuccinate, Cs-AOT

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    Sheu, E.Y.; Nostro, P.L.; Capuzzi, G.; Baglioni, P.

    1999-09-28

    Cesium di-2-ethylsulfosuccinate (Cs-AOT) micelles in aqueous solutions and Cs-AOT/water/n-decane microemulsions were investigated, at 22 {plus{underscore}minus} 0.1 C, by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The critical micelle concentration of Cs-AOT is {approximately}2mM, comparable to that of Na-AOT. However, their solution properties and micellar structures were found to be very different. The solubility of Na-AOT in water is approximately 1 wt %, and the micelles grow from spherical (at a concentration of about 0.1 wt %) to oblate objects with eccentricity equal to about 0.8 (at a concentration of 1 wt %), whereas Cs-AOT is largely soluble in water, over 30 wt %, and its micelles are disklike at 1 wt %. As the surfactant concentration increases, micelles may go through an L{sub 3} region, and enter the lamellar phase. Cs-AOT/water/n-decane microemulsions, with a [water]/[Cs-AOT] = 29.1, form isotropic L{sub 2} phases only at very low Cs-AOT + ater volume fractions (below 0.0165), whereas Na-AOT has a large L{sub 2} region. These differences are probably due to the degree of charge condensation near the AOT polar headgroups. A theoretical description is needed to better understand this behavior.

  8. Titration of fatty acids solubilized in cationic and anionic micelles. Calorimetry and thermodynamic modeling.

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    Söderman, Olle; Jönsson, Bengt; Olofsson, Gerd

    2006-02-23

    The electrostatic properties of charged surfactant micelles are investigated through titrations of fatty acid probes solubilized in the micelles. The titration process is followed by means of calorimetric measurements and by determining the pH values as a function of added base. This approach yields a complete thermodynamic description of the titration process. In particular, we find that the process is endothermic at 298 K. This is contrary to the titration of carboxylic acids in water, where DeltaH is approximately 0. To identify the main effect underlying the difference in DeltaH between titration in a micelle and water, a thermodynamic model has been developed which focuses on the transfer properties of charged and uncharged species from bulk water to the surface of a micelle and which incorporates a dielectric discontinuity at the micellar surface. The model relies on the use of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation which is solved using a finite element method. Experimental results and the model calculations imply that the dielectric discontinuity at (or near) the micellar surface plays a major role and hence must be included when analyzing the titration behavior of an acid functionality at the surface of a charged micelle.

  9. Stability of casein micelles in milk

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    Tuinier, R.; de Kruif, C. G.

    2002-07-01

    Casein micelles in milk are proteinaceous colloidal particles and are essential for the production of flocculated and gelled products such as yogurt, cheese, and ice-cream. The colloidal stability of casein micelles is described here by a calculation of the pair potential, containing the essential contributions of brush repulsion, electrostatic repulsion, and van der Waals attraction. The parameters required are taken from the literature. The results are expressed by the second osmotic virial coefficient and are quite consistent with experimental findings. It appears that the stability is mainly attributable to a steric layer of κ-casein, which can be described as a salted polyelectrolyte brush.

  10. Nanoscaled buffering zone of charged (PLGA)n-b-bPEI micelles in acidic microclimate for potential protein delivery application

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    Kang, Han Chang; Lee, Ji Eun; Bae, You Han

    2012-01-01

    Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) has most often been employed for the controlled release of protein formulations because of its safety profile with non-toxic degradation products. Nevertheless, such formulations have been plagued by a local acidic microenvironment and protein-polymer interactions, which result in chemical and physical denaturation of loaded proteins and often unfavorable release profiles. This study investigated the pH change of inner PLGA microsphere (MS) using charged (PLGA)n-b-branched polyethyleneimine (bPEI) micelles. The designed micelles can be transformed into either micelle or reverse micelle (RM) depending on the solvent and RM can form microspheres. In addition, (PLGA)n-b-bPEI can be modified into (PLGA)n-b-(carboxylated bPEI) via carboxylation of the primary amines. Cationic micelle (CM) or anionic micelle (AM) were complexed with counter-charged proteins leading to nanosized particles (approximately 100 nm). In the micelle/protein complexes, the micelles mostly maintained their proton buffering capacity, and consequently, prevented or delayed the typical decrease in pH caused by degradation of PLGA in aqueous solution. Reconstitutable micelle/protein complexes allowed for increased and fine-tuned protein loading (~20 wt% when using CM1 (CM prepared from PLGA36kDa-b-bPEI25kDa)/insulin complexes) in PLGA MS. In CM2 (CM prepared from (PLGA36kDa)2-b-bPEI25kDa)/insulin (4 of weight ratio (WR) of micelle to protein; WR4)-loaded PLGA MS, CM2 strongly prevented the micellar nanoenvironmental pH (pH 6.6 within 5 days and then approximately pH 8.5) to be acidified in PLGA MS for 9 weeks, unlike CM2-free PLGA MS. In conclusion, our findings propose that the proton buffering capacity and protein loading in PLGA MS can be tuned by controlling the complexation ratios of micelles and proteins, polymeric architectures of (PLGA)n-b-bPEI copolymers and WR of micelle/protein complexes and PLGA (or RM). PMID:22405902

  11. "Non-equilibrium" block copolymer micelles with glassy cores: a predictive approach based on theory of equilibrium micelles.

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    Nagarajan, Ramanathan

    2015-07-01

    Micelles generated in water from most amphiphilic block copolymers are widely recognized to be non-equilibrium structures. Typically, the micelles are prepared by a kinetic process, first allowing molecular scale dissolution of the block copolymer in a common solvent that likes both the blocks and then gradually replacing the common solvent by water to promote the hydrophobic blocks to aggregate and create the micelles. The non-equilibrium nature of the micelle originates from the fact that dynamic exchange between the block copolymer molecules in the micelle and the singly dispersed block copolymer molecules in water is suppressed, because of the glassy nature of the core forming polymer block and/or its very large hydrophobicity. Although most amphiphilic block copolymers generate such non-equilibrium micelles, no theoretical approach to a priori predict the micelle characteristics currently exists. In this work, we propose a predictive approach for non-equilibrium micelles with glassy cores by applying the equilibrium theory of micelles in two steps. In the first, we calculate the properties of micelles formed in the mixed solvent while true equilibrium prevails, until the micelle core becomes glassy. In the second step, we freeze the micelle aggregation number at this glassy state and calculate the corona dimension from the equilibrium theory of micelles. The condition when the micelle core becomes glassy is independently determined from a statistical thermodynamic treatment of diluent effect on polymer glass transition temperature. The predictions based on this "non-equilibrium" model compare reasonably well with experimental data for polystyrene-polyethylene oxide diblock copolymer, which is the most extensively studied system in the literature. In contrast, the application of the equilibrium model to describe such a system significantly overpredicts the micelle core and corona dimensions and the aggregation number. The non-equilibrium model suggests ways to

  12. Photoionization in micelles: Addition of charged electron acceptors

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    Stenland, Chris; Kevan, Larry

    The relative photoyield of the electron donor N, N, N', N'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB), solubilized in sodium and lithium dodecyl sulfate micelles with added charged electron acceptors was investigated. It was attempted to control the acceptor distance from a charged micellar interface by differently charged acceptors, cationic dimethyl viologen and anionic ferricyanide. However, back electron transfer from both cationic and anionic acceptors was found to be efficient. Thus simple electrostatic arguments for control of the photoyield do not seem applicable. Salt effects associated with the added ionic acceptors which partially neutralize the ionic micellar interface are suggested to be an important factor.

  13. Multimeric grain-marked micelles for highly efficient photodynamic therapy and magnetic resonance imaging of tumors.

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    Lee, Ung Yeol; Oh, Young Taik; Kim, Dongin; Lee, Eun Seong

    2014-08-25

    Multimeric grain-marked micelles consisting of an inner core micelle (for Fe3O4 encapsulation) and outer multi-grain micelles (for chlorin e6 (Ce6, a model drug) encapsulation) were fabricated using a micelle-to-micelle conjugation method. Grain micelles (mono-thiol functionalized micelles) were chemically linked to the surface of the core micelle (multi-maleimide functionalized micelle). These micelles enable discrete compartments for Ce6 and iron oxide (Fe3O4) that enable a significantly increased in vivo photodynamic tumor inhibition while preserving high contrast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the tumor in vivo.

  14. Fmoc-conjugated PEG-vitamin E2 micelles for tumor-targeted delivery of paclitaxel: enhanced drug-carrier interaction and loading capacity.

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    Zhang, Yifei; Huang, Yixian; Zhao, Wenchen; Lu, Jianqin; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Xiaolan; Li, Jiang; Gao, Xiang; Venkataramanan, Raman; Li, Song

    2014-11-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop an improved drug delivery system for enhanced paclitaxel (PTX) loading capacity and formulation stability based on PEG5K-(vitamin E)2 (PEG5K-VE2) system. PEG5K-(fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl)-(vitamin E)2 (PEG5K-FVE2) was synthesized using lysine as the scaffold. PTX-loaded PEG5K-FVE2 micelles were prepared and characterized. Fluorescence intensity of Fmoc in the micelles was measured as an indicator of drug-carrier interaction. Cytotoxicity of the micelle formulations was tested on various tumor cell lines. The therapeutic efficacy and toxicity of PTX-loaded micelles were investigated using a syngeneic mouse model of breast cancer (4T1.2). Our data suggest that the PEG5K-FVE2 micelles have a low CMC value of 4 μg/mL and small sizes (~60 nm). The PTX loading capacity of PEG5K-FVE2 micelles was much higher than that of PEG5K-VE2 micelles. The Fmoc/PTX physical interaction was clearly demonstrated by a fluorescence quenching assay. PTX-loaded PEG5K-FVE2 micelles exerted more potent cytotoxicity than free PTX or Taxol formulation in vitro. Finally, intravenous injection of PTX-loaded PEG5K-FVE2 micelles showed superior anticancer activity compared with PEG5K-VE2 formulation with minimal toxicity in a mouse model of breast cancer. In summary, incorporation of a drug-interactive motif (Fmoc) into PEG5K-VE2 micelles represents an effective strategy to improve the micelle formulation for the delivery of PTX.

  15. Light scattering evidence of selective protein fouling on biocompatible block copolymer micelles

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    Giacomelli, Fernando C.; Stepánek, Petr; Schmidt, Vanessa; Jäger, Eliézer; Jäger, Alessandro; Giacomelli, Cristiano

    2012-07-01

    Selective protein fouling on block copolymer micelles with well-known potential for tumour-targeting drug delivery was evidenced by using dynamic light scattering measurements. The stability and interaction of block copolymer micelles with model proteins (BSA, IgG, lysozyme and CytC) is reported for systems featuring a hydrophobic (poly[2-(diisopropylamino)-ethyl methacrylate]) (PDPA) core and hydrophilic coronas comprising poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(glycerol monomethacrylate) (PEO-b-PG2MA) or poly[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine] (PMPC). The results revealed that protein size and hydrophilic chain density play important roles in the observed interactions. The PEO113-b-PG2MA30-b-PDPA50 nanoparticles are stable and protein adsorption is prevented at all investigated protein environments. The successful protein-repellent characteristic of these nanoparticles is attributed to a high hydrophilic surface chain density (>0.1 chains per nm2) and to the length of the hydrophilic chains. On the other hand, although PMPC also has protein-repellent characteristics, the low surface chain density of the hydrophilic shell is supposed to enable interactions with small proteins. The PMPC40-b-PDPA70 micelles are stable in BSA and IgG environments due to weak repulsion forces between PMPC and the proteins, to the hydration layer, and particularly to a size-effect where the large BSA (RH = 4.2 nm) and IgG (RH = 7.0 nm) do not easily diffuse within the PMPC shell. Conversely, a clear interaction was observed with the 2.1 nm radius lysozyme. The lysozyme protein can diffuse within the PMPC micellar shell towards the PDPA hydrophobic core in a process favored by its smaller size and the low hydrophilic PMPC surface chain density (~0.049 chains per nm2) as compared to PEO-b-PG2MA (~0.110 chains per nm2). The same behavior was not evidenced with the 2.3 nm radius positively charged CytC, probably due to its higher surface hydrophilicity and the consequent chemical

  16. Polymeric micelles as a drug delivery system enhance cytotoxicity of vinorelbine through more intercellular accumulation.

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    Lu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Fayun; Qin, Lei; Xiao, Fengying; Liang, Wei

    2010-05-01

    Polymeric micelles had been used as an efficacious carrier system for anti-cancer drug delivery. However, it is not clear whether the molecular mechanism of drug encapsulated in micelles is same as free drug. In this study, the mechanism of vinorelbine loaded in glycol-phosphatidylethanolamine (PEG-PE) micelles (M-Vino) on tumor cells was investigated. Compared with free vinorelbine (Free Vino), M-Vino was more effective in inhibiting the growth of tumor cells in vitro, inducing G(2)/M phase arrest and apoptosis of tumor cells. M-Vino showed a faster entry and higher accumulation in 4T1 cells than free vinorelbine. Therefore, M-Vino destabilized microtubules, induced cell death, and enhanced its cytotoxicity through more intercellular accumulation of vinorelbine.

  17. On-line micellar electrokinetic chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry using anodically migrating micelles

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    Yang, L.; Harrata, A.K.; Lee, C.S. |

    1997-05-15

    On-line micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC)-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESIMS) is demonstrated for the analysis of chlorotriazine herbicides and barbiturates. In this study, the micellar velocity is directly manipulated by the adjustment of electroosmosis rather than the electrophoretic velocity of the micelle. The electroosmotic flow is adjusted against the electrophoretic velocity of the micelle by changing the solution pH in MEKC. The elimination of MEKC surfactant introduction into ESIMS is achieved with an anodically migrating micelle, moving away from the electrospray interface. The effects of moving surfactant boundary in the MEKC capillary on separation efficiency and resolution of triazine herbicides and barbiturates are investigated. The mass detection of herbicides and barbiturates sequentially eluted from the MEKC capillary is acquired using the positive and negative electrospray modes, respectively. 30 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. Static and dynamic structures of spherical nonionic surfactant micelles during the disorder-order transition.

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    Imai, M; Yoshida, I; Iwaki, T; Nakaya, K

    2005-01-22

    We have investigated the static and dynamic structures of nonionic surfactant micelles, a C(12)E(8)/water binary system, during the disorder-order transition using small angle x-ray scattering, static light scattering, and dynamic light scattering techniques. In the disordered phase, the micelles have spherical shape and intermicellar interactions are governed by the hard core and weak long ranged attractive potentials. With increase of the micellar concentration, the disordered micelles transform to the three characteristic ordered micellar phases, a hexagonally close packed lattice, a body centered cubic lattice, and an A15 lattice having area-minimizing structure. The stability of these phases is well explained by balance of a close packing rule and a minimal-area rule proposed by Ziherl and Kamien [Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3528 (2000)]. The role of hydrodynamic interactions in surfactant micellar solutions was compared with that in hard sphere colloidal particle suspensions.

  19. Micelle depletion-induced vs. micelle-mediated aggregation in nanoparticles

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    Ray, D. Aswal, V. K.

    2015-06-24

    The phase behavior anionic silica nanoparticle (Ludox LS30) with non-ionic surfactants decaethylene glycol monododecylether (C12E10) and cationic dodecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (DTAB) in aqueous electrolyte solution has been studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The measurements have been carried out for fixed concentrations of nanoparticle (1 wt%), surfactants (1 wt%) and electrolyte (0.1 M NaCl). Each of these nanoparticle–surfactant systems has been examined for different contrast conditions where individual components (nanoparticle or surfactant) are made visible. It is observed that the nanoparticle-micelle system in both the cases lead to the aggregation of nanoparticles. The aggregation is found to be micelle depletion-induced for C12E10 whereas micelle-mediated aggregation for DTAB. Interestingly, it is also found that phase behavior of mixed surfactant (C12E10 + DTAB) system is similar to that of C12E10 (unlike DTAB) micelles with nanoparticles.

  20. Transformation from Globular to Cylindrical Mixed Micelles through Molecular Exchange that Induces Micelle Fusion.

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    Jensen, Grethe V; Lund, Reidar; Narayanan, Theyencheri; Pedersen, Jan Skov

    2016-06-02

    Transformations between different micellar morphologies in solution induced by changes in composition, salt, or temperature are well-known phenomena; however, the understanding of the associated kinetic pathways is still limited. Especially for mixed surfactant systems, the micelles can take a very wide range of structures, depending on the surfactant packing parameter and other thermodynamic conditions. Synchrotron-based small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) in combination with fast mixing using a stopped-flow apparatus can give direct access to the structural kinetics on a millisecond time scale. Here, this approach is used to study the formation of cylindrical micelles after mixing two solutions with globular micelles of the nonionic surfactant dodecyl maltoside (DDM) and the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), respectively. Two separate processes were identified: (i) a transition in micellar shell structure, interpreted as exchange of surfactant molecules resulting in mixed globular micelles, and subsequently, (ii) fusion into larger, cylindrical structures.

  1. Applications of micelle enhancement in luminescence-based analysis.

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    Alarfaj, Nawal A; El-Tohamy, Maha F

    2015-02-01

    Micelles are self-assembled aggregates that arrange themselves into spheres in aqueous media. When the surfactant concentration reaches the critical micelle concentration, extensive aggregation of the surfactant monomers occurs to form micelles. A micelle has both a hydrophilic and a hydrophobic part. This allows them to form a spherical shape and for their glycolipid and phospholipid components to form lipid bilayers. The importance of micelles is increasing because of their wide analytical applications. Recently, colloidal carrier systems have received much attention in the field of analytical chemistry, especially in luminescence enhancement applications.

  2. Peptide-micelle hybrids containing fasudil for targeted delivery to the pulmonary arteries and arterioles to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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    Gupta, Nilesh; Ibrahim, Hany M; Ahsan, Fakhrul

    2014-11-01

    This study investigates the respirability and efficacy of peptide-micelle hybrid nanoparticles as carriers for inhalational therapy of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). CARSKNKDC (CAR), a cell-penetrating and lung-homing peptide, conjugated polyethylene glycol-distearoyl-phosphoethanolamine micelles containing fasudil, an investigational anti-PAH drug, were prepared by solvent evaporation method and characterized for various physicochemical properties. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacological efficacy of hybrid particles containing fasudil were evaluated in healthy rats and monocrotaline-induced PAH rats. CAR micelles containing fasudil had an entrapment efficiency of approximately 58%, showed controlled release of the drug, and were monodispersed with an average size of approximately 14 nm. Nuclear magnetic resonance scan confirmed the drug's presence in the core of peptide-micelle hybrid particles. Compared with plain micelles, CAR peptide increased the cellular uptake by approximately 1.7-fold and extended the drug half-life by approximately fivefold. The formulations were more prone to accumulate in the pulmonary vasculature than in the peripheral blood, which is evident from the ratio of the extent of reduction of pulmonary and systemic arterial pressures. On the whole, this study demonstrates that peptide-polymer hybrid micelles can serve as inhalational carriers for PAH therapy.

  3. Peptide-micelle Hybrids Containing Fasudil for Targeted Delivery to the Pulmonary Arteries and Arterioles to Treat PAH

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    Gupta, Nilesh; Ibrahim, Hany M.; Ahsan, Fakhrul

    2017-01-01

    This study investigates the respirability and efficacy of peptide-micelle hybrid nanoparticles as carriers for inhalational therapy of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). CARSKNKDC (CAR), a cell penetrating and lung homing peptide, conjugated DSPE-PEG micelles containing fasudil, an investigational anti-PAH drug, were prepared by solvent evaporation method and characterized for various physicochemical properties. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacological efficacy of hybrid particles containing fasudil were evaluated in healthy rats and monocrotaline induced PAH rats, respectively. CAR-micelles containing fasudil had an entrapment efficiency of ∼58%, showed controlled release of the drug, and were monodispersed with an average size of ∼14nm. NMR scan confirmed the drug's presence in the core of peptide-micelle hybrid particles. Compared with plain micelles, CAR peptide increased the cellular uptake by ∼1.7-fold and extended the drug half-life by ∼5-fold. The formulations were more prone to accumulate in the pulmonary vasculature than in the peripheral blood, which is evident from the ratio of the extent of reduction of pulmonary and systemic arterial pressures. On the whole, this study demonstrates that peptide-polymer hybrid micelles can serve as inhalational carriers for PAH therapy. PMID:25266507

  4. Colloidal Electrolytes and the Critical Micelle Concentration

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    Knowlton, L. G.

    1970-01-01

    Describes methods for determining the Critical Micelle Concentration of Colloidal Electrolytes; methods described are: (1) methods based on Colligative Properties, (2) methods based on the Electrical Conductivity of Colloidal Electrolytic Solutions, (3) Dye Method, (4) Dye Solubilization Method, and (5) Surface Tension Method. (BR)

  5. Non-diffusing radiochromic micelle gel

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    Jordan, Kevin; Sekimoto, Masaya

    2010-11-01

    The addition of Laponite, a synthetic clay nanoparticle material to radiochromic leuco Malachite Green micelle hydrogel eliminates diffusion of the cationic dye by electrostatic binding. The clay nanoparticles also increased dose sensitivity ten-fold relative to the parent gel formulation. This material is a suitable 3D water equivalent dosimeter with optical CT readout.

  6. On the composition fluctuations of reverse micelles.

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    Tovstun, Sergey A; Razumov, Vladimir F

    2010-11-15

    The polydispersity of the reverse micelles is determined mainly by the fluctuations of their composition. The composition of the reverse micelle is a two-dimensional random variable whose components are the numbers of water (i) and surfactant (j) molecules. In this study the fluctuations of the composition of the reverse micelles are considered in the Gaussian approximation. It is shown that the standard deviation of the quantity w=i/j may be calculated from the dependence of the water vapor pressure above the microemulsion on the molar ratio W=[water]/[surfactant]. The estimation based on the literature data for microemulsion system sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate/water/isooctane at 37°C in the range W=0-18 has shown that the relative standard deviation of the quantity w is about 10%. It is shown that the value of the composition fluctuations is related to the dependence of average composition on the concentration of reverse micelles at constant parameter W.

  7. Antibacterial polyelectrolyte micelles for coating stainless steel.

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    Falentin-Daudré, Céline; Faure, Emilie; Svaldo-Lanero, Tiziana; Farina, Fabrice; Jérôme, Christine; Van De Weerdt, Cécile; Martial, Joseph; Duwez, Anne-Sophie; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2012-05-08

    In this study, we report on the original synthesis and characterization of novel antimicrobial coatings for stainless steel by alternating the deposition of aqueous solutions of positively charged polyelectrolyte micelles doped with silver-based nanoparticles with a polyanion. The micelles are formed by electrostatic interaction between two oppositely charged polymers: a polycation bearing 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine units (DOPA, a major component of natural adhesives) and a polyanion (poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS) without using any block copolymer. DOPA units are exploited for their well-known ability to anchor to stainless steel and to form and stabilize biocidal silver nanoparticles (Ag(0)). The chlorine counteranion of the polycation forms and stabilizes biocidal silver chloride nanoparticles (AgCl). We demonstrate that two layers of micelles (alternated by PSS) doped with silver particles are enough to impart to the surface strong antibacterial activity against gram-negative E. coli. Moreover, micelles that are reservoirs of biocidal Ag(+) can be easily reactivated after depletion. This novel water-based approach is convenient, simple, and attractive for industrial applications.

  8. Somatostatin receptor-mediated tumor-targeting drug delivery using octreotide-PEG-deoxycholic acid conjugate-modified N-deoxycholic acid-O, N-hydroxyethylation chitosan micelles.

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    Huo, Meirong; Zou, Aifeng; Yao, Chengli; Zhang, Yong; Zhou, Jianping; Wang, Jing; Zhu, Qinnv; Li, Jing; Zhang, Qiang

    2012-09-01

    In this study, a ligand-PEG-lipid conjugate, octreotide-polyethene glycol-deoxycholic acid (OCT(Phe)-PEG-DOCA, or OPD) was successfully synthesized and used as a targeting molecule for N-deoxycholic acid-O, N-hydroxyethylation chitosan (DAHC) micelles for efficient cancer therapy. DAHC micelles exhibited good loading capacities for doxorubicin (DOX), a model anti-cancer drug, and the modification of OPD showed no significant effect on drug load while slightly increasing the particle size and partly shielding the positive charges on the surface of micelles. Accelerated release rate of DOX from micelles were also observed after OPD modification and the release profile exhibited pH-sensitive properties. Compared with DAHC-DOX micelles, OPD-DAHC-DOX micelles exhibited significantly stronger cytotoxicity to MCF-7 cells (SSTRs overexpression) but with hardly any difference from WI-38 cells (no SSTRs expression). The results of flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy further revealed that OPD-DAHC-DOX micelles could be selectively taken into tumor cells by SSTRs-mediated endocytosis. In vivo investigation of micelles on nude mice bearing MCF-7 cancer xenografts confirmed that OPD-DAHC micelles possessed much higher tumor-targeting capacity than the DAHC control and exhibited enhanced anti-tumor efficacy and decreased systemic toxicity. These results suggest that OPD-DAHC micelles might be a promising anti-cancer drug delivery carrier for targeted cancer therapy.

  9. Purification of a membrane protein with conjugated engineered micelles.

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    Patchornik, Guy; Danino, Dganit; Kesselman, Ellina; Wachtel, Ellen; Friedman, Noga; Sheves, Mordechai

    2013-07-17

    A novel method for purifying membrane proteins is presented. The approach makes use of engineered micelles composed of a nonionic detergent, β-octylglucoside, and a hydrophobic metal chelator, bathophenanthroline. Via the chelators, the micelles are specifically conjugated, i.e., tethered, in the presence of Fe(2+) ions, thereby forming micellar aggregates which provide the environment for separation of lipid-soluble membrane proteins from water-soluble proteins. The micellar aggregates (here imaged by cryo-transmission electron microscopy) successfully purify the light driven proton pump, bacteriorhodopsin (bR), from E. coli lysate. Purification takes place within 15 min and can be performed both at room temperature and at 4 °C. More than 94% of the water-soluble macromolecules in the lysate are excluded, with recovery yields of the membrane protein ranging between 74% and 85%. Since this approach does not require precipitants, high concentrations of detergent to induce micellar aggregates, high temperature, or changes in pH, it is suggested that it may be applied to the purification of a wide variety of membrane proteins.

  10. Micelle assisted structural conversion with fluorescence modulation of benzophenanthridine alkaloids

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    Pradhan, Ankur Bikash; Bhuiya, Sutanwi; Haque, Lucy; Tiwari, Richa; Das, Suman

    2017-01-01

    In this study we have reported the anionic surfactant (Sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS) driven structural conversion of two benzophenanthridine plant alkaloids namely Chelerythrine (herein after CHL) and Sanguinarine (herein after SANG). Both the alkaloids exist in two forms: the charged iminium and the neutral alkanolamine form. The iminium form is stable at low pH (< 6.5) and the alkanolamine form exists at higher pH (> 10.1). The fluorescence intensity of the alkanolamine form is much stronger than the iminium form. The iminium form of both the alkaloids remains stable whereas the alkanolamine form gets converted to the iminium form in the SDS micelle environment. The iminium form possesses positive charge and it seems that electrostatic interaction between the positively charged iminium and negatively charged surfactant leads to the stabilization of the iminium form in the Stern layer of the anionic micelle. Whereas the conversion of the alkanolamine form into the iminium form takes place and that can be monitored in naked eye since the iminium form is orange in colour and the alkanolamine form has blue violet emission. Such a detail insight about the photophysical properties of the benzophenanthridine alkaloids would be a valuable addition in the field of alkaloid-surfactant interaction.

  11. In vitro and in vivo toxicity evaluation of cationic PDMAEMA-PCL-PDMAEMA micelles as a carrier of curcumin.

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    Tzankova, Virginia; Gorinova, Cvetelina; Kondeva-Burdina, Magdalena; Simeonova, Rumiana; Philipov, Stanislav; Konstantinov, Spiro; Petrov, Petar; Galabov, Dimitar; Yoncheva, Krassimira

    2016-11-01

    Polymeric micelles have attracted significant attention because of their potential application as promising drug-delivery systems. In the present study cationic micelles, based on triblock copolymer poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) - poly(e-caprolactone) - poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) were prepared and loaded with curcumin. In vitro cytotoxicity of empty and curcumin loaded polymer micelles was investigated on two cell culture models, human hepatoma cell line HEP G2 and freshly isolated rat hepatocytes, following their viability and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage. MTT dye reduction assay and LDH release study showed that empty cationic micelles did not cause significant changes in cell viability and membrane integrity at the concentration range from 10.0 to 80.0 μg/ml. Our special attention was focused on the effects of empty and curcumin loaded micelles on oxidative stress markers malondialdehyde (MDA) and reduced glutathione (GSH). The increase in the micelles concentration to 100 μg/ml was accompanied by GSH depletion and increased levels of MDA production in isolated rat hepatocytes. The in vivo toxicity of polymeric micelles was examined in male Wistar rats. The results showed that neither single (7.5 mg/kg, i.p.), nor repeated (3.5 mg/kg, i.p., 14 days) exposure to empty or curcumin loaded polymeric micelles induced any toxicity changes, e.g. hematopoietic and liver tissue damages.

  12. Biological evaluation of redox-sensitive micelles based on hyaluronic acid-deoxycholic acid conjugates for tumor-specific delivery of paclitaxel.

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    Li, Jing; Yin, Tingjie; Wang, Lei; Yin, Lifang; Zhou, Jianping; Huo, Meirong

    2015-04-10

    Tumor-targeted drug delivery and microenvironment-responsive drug release are attractive strategies in cancer treatment. Our previous study demonstrated that redox-sensitive micelles based on hyaluronic acid-deoxycholic acid (HA-ss-DOCA) conjugates exhibited excellent drug-loading capacities (34.1%) for paclitaxel (PTX) and rapid drug release in response to reducing agent, glutathione. In the present study, the physicochemical and biological properties of PTX-loaded HA-ss-DOCA (PTX-HA-ss-DOCA) micelles were investigated further. The micelles have an average size of about 120 nm and a zeta potential of about -36 mV. Transmission electron microscopy and wide-angle X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated redox-sensitive degradation of micelles in the presence of glutathione. Moreover, the encapsulated payload was effectively released from HA-ss-DOCA micelles into cytoplasm and then rapidly transported into nuclei. In vitro cytotoxicity and cell apoptosis assay further revealed that HA significantly improved the tumor-specific drug delivery of HA-ss-DOCA micelles via receptor-mediated endocytosis, while efficient intracellular drug release and transportation lead to marked inhibition of tumor cell growth, as compared to Taxol(®) and insensitive micelles. More importantly, PTX-HA-ss-DOCA micelles demonstrated superior in vivo antitumor activity compared with Taxol(®) and insensitive control, and decreased systemic toxicity. Herein we present data which provide valuable insight into the design and development of tumor-specific drug delivery systems.

  13. Charged Diblock Copolymers at Interfaces: Micelle Dissociation Upon Compression

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    Theodoly, O.; Checco, A; Muller, P

    2010-01-01

    We use grazing incidence X-ray scattering to study the surface micellization of charged amphiphilic diblock copolymers poly(styrene-block-acrylic acid) at the air-water interface. Scattering interference peaks are consistent with the formation of hexagonally packed micelles. The remarkable increase of inter-micelle distance upon compression is explained by a dissociation of micelles into a brush. Hence, surface micelles reorganize, whereas micelles of the same copolymers in solutions are 'frozen'. We show indeed that the energetic cost of unimer extraction from micelles is much lower for surface than for solution. Finally, a model combining electrostatic interactions and micelle/brush equilibrium explains surface pressure vs. area without free parameters.

  14. Influence of succinylation on the conformation of yak casein micelles.

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    Yang, Min; Cui, Na; Fang, Yan; Shi, Ying; Yang, Jitao; Wang, Jiangyu

    2015-07-15

    Succinylation modifies the physicochemical characteristics and improves the functional properties of proteins. This study assessed the effects of succinylation on the conformation of yak casein micelles with seven degree of modification. The results revealed that succinylation contributed to the dissociation of casein micelles. With the increase of succinylated degree, soluble nitrogen and minerals content increased, while casein micelle size and polydispersity index of micelles decreased. Succinylation affected the spatial conformation of yak casein micelles: turn decreased, ß-sheet and α-helix increased, and irregular structure were non-significantly affected. The intrinsic and ANS fluorescence intensity decreased and the maximum emission wavelength shifted red with increasing succinylation. Based on the results, the structure of yak casein micelles was characteristic of the sub-micelle model.

  15. Casein micelles and their internal structure.

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    de Kruif, Cornelis G; Huppertz, Thom; Urban, Volker S; Petukhov, Andrei V

    2012-01-01

    The internal structure of casein micelles was studied by calculating the small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering and static light scattering spectrum (SANS, SAXS, SLS) as a function of the scattering contrast and composition. We predicted experimental SANS, SAXS, SLS spectra self consistently using independently determined parameters for composition size, polydispersity, density and voluminosity. The internal structure of the casein micelles, i.e. how the various components are distributed within the casein micelle, was modeled according to three different models advocated in the literature; i.e. the classical sub-micelle model, the nanocluster model and the dual binding model. In this paper we present the essential features of these models and combine new and old experimental SANS, SAXS, SLS and DLS scattering data with new calculations that predict the spectra. Further evidence on micellar substructure was obtained by internally cross linking the casein micelles using transglutaminase, which led to casein nanogel particles. In contrast to native casein micelles, the nanogel particles were stable in 6M urea and after sequestering the calcium using trisodium citrate. The changed scattering properties were again predicted self consistently. An important result is that the radius of gyration is independent of contrast, indicating that the mass distribution within a casein micelle is homogeneous. Experimental contrast is predicted quite well leading to a match point at a D(2)O volume fraction of 0.41 ratio in SANS. Using SANS and SAXS model calculations it is concluded that only the nanocluster model is capable of accounting for the experimental scattering contrast variation data. All features and trends are predicted self consistently, among which the 'famous' shoulder at a wave vector value Q=0.35 nm(-1) In the nanocluster model, the casein micelle is considered as a (homogeneous) matrix of caseins in which the colloidal calcium phosphate (CCP) nanoclusters are

  16. Triggered-release polymeric conjugate micelles for on-demand intracellular drug delivery

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    Cao, Yanwu; Gao, Min; Chen, Chao; Fan, Aiping; Zhang, Ju; Kong, Deling; Wang, Zheng; Peer, Dan; Zhao, Yanjun

    2015-03-01

    Nanoscale drug delivery platforms have been developed over the past four decades that have shown promising clinical results in several types of cancer and inflammatory disorders. These nanocarriers carrying therapeutic payloads are maximizing the therapeutic outcomes while minimizing adverse effects. Yet one of the major challenges facing drug developers is the dilemma of premature versus on-demand drug release, which influences the therapeutic regiment, efficacy and potential toxicity. Herein, we report on redox-sensitive polymer-drug conjugate micelles for on-demand intracellular delivery of a model active agent, curcumin. Biodegradable methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic acid) copolymer (mPEG-PLA) was conjugated with curcumin via a disulfide bond or ester bond (control), respectively. The self-assembled redox-sensitive micelles exhibited a hydrodynamic size of 115.6 ± 5.9 (nm) with a zeta potential of -10.6 ± 0.7 (mV). The critical micelle concentration was determined at 6.7 ± 0.4 (μg mL-1). Under sink conditions with a mimicked redox environment (10 mM dithiothreitol), the extent of curcumin release at 48 h from disulfide bond-linked micelles was nearly three times higher compared to the control micelles. Such rapid release led to a lower half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) in HeLa cells at 18.5 ± 1.4 (μg mL-1), whereas the IC50 of control micelles was 41.0 ± 2.4 (μg mL-1). The cellular uptake study also revealed higher fluorescence intensity for redox-sensitive micelles. In conclusion, the redox-sensitive polymeric conjugate micelles could enhance curcumin delivery while avoiding premature release, and achieving on-demand release under the high glutathione concentration in the cell cytoplasm. This strategy opens new avenues for on-demand drug release of nanoscale intracellular delivery platforms that ultimately might be translated into pre-clinical and future clinical practice.

  17. A systematic investigation of the rate laws valid in intracellular environments.

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    Grima, R; Schnell, S

    2006-10-20

    Recently there has been significant interest in deducing the form of the rate laws for chemical reactions occurring in the intracellular environment. This environment is typically characterized by low-dimensionality and a high macromolecular content; this leads to a spatial heterogeneity not typical of the well stirred in vitro environments. For this reason, the classical law of mass action has been presumed to be invalid for modeling intracellular reactions. Using lattice-gas automata models, it has recently been postulated [H. Berry, Monte Carlo simulations of enzyme reactions in two dimensions: Fractal kinetics and spatial segregation, Biophys. J. 83 (2002) 1891-1901; S. Schnell, T.E. Turner, Reaction kinetics in intracellular environments with macromolecular crowding: simulations and rate laws, Prog. Biophys. Mol. Biol. 85 (2004) 235-260] that the reaction kinetics is fractal-like. In this article we systematically investigate for the first time how the rate laws describing intracellular reactions vary as a function of: the geometry and size of the intracellular surface on which the reactions occur, the mobility of the macromolecules responsible for the crowding effects, the initial reactant concentrations and the probability of reaction between two reactant molecules. We also compare the rate laws valid in heterogeneous environments in which there is an underlying spatial lattice, for example crystalline alloys, with the rate laws valid in heterogeneous environments where there is no such natural lattice, for example in intracellular environments. Our simulations indicate that: (i) in intracellular environments both fractal kinetics and mass action can be valid, the major determinant being the probability of reaction, (ii) the geometry and size of the intracellular surface on which reactions are occurring does not significantly affect the rate law, (iii) there are considerable differences between the rate laws valid in heterogeneous non-living structures such

  18. Electroactive Self-Assembled Monolayers Detect Micelle Formation.

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    Dionne, Eric R; Badia, Antonella

    2017-02-15

    The interfacial electrochemistry of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of ferrocenyldodecanethiolate on gold (FcC12SAu) electrodes is applied to detect the micellization of some common anionic surfactants, sodium n-alkyl sulfates, sodium n-alkyl sulfonates, sodium diamyl sulfosuccinate, and sodium dodecanoate, in aqueous solution by cyclic voltammetry. The apparent formal redox potential (E°'SAM) of the FcC12SAu SAM is used to track changes in the concentration of the unaggregated surfactant anions and determine the critical micelle concentration (cmc). The effect of added salt (NaF) on the sodium alkyl sulfate concentration dependence of E°'SAM is also investigated. Weakly hydrated anions, such as ClO4(-), pair with the electrogenerated SAM-bound ferroceniums to neutralize the excess positive charge created at the SAM/electrolyte solution interface and stabilize the oxidized cations. E°'SAM exhibits a Nernstian-type dependence on the anion activity in solution. Aggregation of the surfactant anions into micelles above the cmc causes the free surfactant anion activity to deviate from the molar concentration of added surfactant, resulting in a break in the plot of E°'SAM versus the logarithm of the concentration of anionic surfactant. The concentration at which this deviation occurs is in good agreement with literature or experimentally determined values of the cmc. The effects of Ohmic potential drop, liquid junction potential, and surfactant adsorption behavior on E°'SAM are addressed. Ultimately, the E°'SAM response as a function of the anionic surfactant concentration exhibits the same features reported using potentiometry and surfactant ion-selective electrodes, which provide a direct measure of the free surfactant anion activity, thus making FcC12SAu SAM electrodes useful for the detection of surfactant aggregation and micelle formation.

  19. An Investigation of an Open-Source Software Development Environment in a Software Engineering Graduate Course

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    Ge, Xun; Huang, Kun; Dong, Yifei

    2010-01-01

    A semester-long ethnography study was carried out to investigate project-based learning in a graduate software engineering course through the implementation of an Open-Source Software Development (OSSD) learning environment, which featured authentic projects, learning community, cognitive apprenticeship, and technology affordances. The study…

  20. Investigating the Development of Work-Oriented Groups in an e-Learning Environment

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    Yu, Chia-Ping; Kuo, Feng-Yang

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we have investigated developmental patterns of virtual groups in the e-learning environment. Our findings suggest that for virtual groups formed for the purpose of e-learning, dependency and inclusion characterize the initial stage of group development, as such characteristics reinforce cooperative relationships and help to build a…

  1. Investigating Design and Technology Students' Participation and Learning in a Technology Mediated Learning Environment

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    Yeo, Tiong Meng; Quek, Choon Lang

    2008-01-01

    This study investigates how 15 Design & Technology (D&T) students (aged 15 years) participated in three stages of the design process in a technology mediated environment. The three stages are named "Situation," "Ideation" and "Development." The learning process is mediated by "Knowledge Forum" (KF),…

  2. Investigating Adult Language Input and Young Children's Responses in Naturalistic Environments: An Observational Framework

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    Marinac, Julie V.; Woodyatt, Gail C.; Ozanne, Anne E.

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports the design and trial of an original Observational Framework for quantitative investigation of young children's responses to adult language in their typical language learning environments. The Framework permits recording of both the response expectation of the adult utterances, and the degree of compliance in the child's…

  3. Oseltamivir-conjugated polymeric micelles prepared by RAFT living radical polymerization as a new active tumor targeting drug delivery platform.

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    Kapishon, Vitaliy; Allison, Stephanie; Whitney, Ralph A; Cunningham, Michael F; Szewczuk, Myron R; Neufeld, Ronald J

    2016-03-01

    Targeted drug delivery using polymeric nanostructures has been at the forefront of cancer research, engineered for safer, more efficient and effective use of chemotherapy. Here, we designed a new polymeric micelle delivery system for active tumor targeting followed by micelle-drug internalization via receptor-induced endocytosis. We recently reported that oseltamivir phosphate targets and inhibits Neu1 sialidase activity associated with receptor tyrosine kinases such as epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs) which are overexpressed in cancer cells. By decorating micelles with oseltamivir, we investigated whether they actively targeted human pancreatic PANC1 cancer cells. Amphiphilic block copolymers with oseltamivir conjugated at the hydrophilic end, oseltamivir-pPEGMEMA-b-pMMA (oseltamivir-poly(polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate), were synthesized using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) living radical polymerization. Oseltamivir-conjugated micelles have self-assembling properties to give worm-like micellar structures with molecular weight of 80 000 g mol(-1). Oseltamivir-conjugated water soluble pPEGMEMA, dose dependently, both inhibited sialidase activity associated with Neu1, and reduced viability of PANC1 cells. In addition, oseltamivir-conjugated micelles, labelled with a hydrophobic fluorescent dye within the micelle core, were subsequently internalized by PANC1 cells. Blocking cell surface Neu1 with anti-Neu1 antibody, reduced internalization of oseltamivir-conjugated micelles, demonstrating that Neu1 binding linked to sialidase inhibition were prerequisite steps for subsequent internalization of the micelles. The mechanism of internalization is likely that of receptor-induced endocytosis demonstrating potential as a new nanocarrier system for not only targeting a tumor cell, but also for directly reducing viability through Neu1 inhibition, followed by intracellular delivery of hydrophobic

  4. Amphiphilic polymeric micelle as pseudostationary phase in electrokinetic chromatography for analysis of eight corticosteroids in cosmetics.

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    Xu, Xiaojin; Ni, Xinjiong; Cao, Yuhua; Zhuo, Xiaolu; Yang, Xiaoxiao; Cao, Guangqun

    2014-03-01

    Amphiphilic polymeric micelle, as a novel pseudostationary phase in EKC was used to determine eight kinds of corticosteroids namely hydrocortisone, prednisolone, hydrocortisone acetate, prednisone, cortisone acetate, prednisolone acetate, dexamethasone, and triamcinolone acetonide in cosmetics. Amphiphilic random copolymer poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) (P(MMA-co-MAA)) was micellizated via neutralization in alkaline aqueous solution. The influences of the molar ratio of monomer MMA to MAA, the concentration of polymer and pH on the polymeric micelle microstructure and EKC performances were investigated. As molar ratio of MMA to MAA in P(MMA-co-MAA) increased, both CMC and environmental polarity of the inner core in polymeric micelle decreased dramatically. With increasing monomer ratio, the size of polymeric micelles increased firstly, and then decreased, finally increased again. ζ potential of the micelle had a slight decline trend. As increment of polymer concentration, the size of the polymeric micelle increased steadily. By optimizing the monomer ratio, the polymer concentration, and pH of the running buffer, as well as operation conditions such as separation voltage and temperature, the eight analytes could be separated within 16.5 min using 7.5 mg/mL polymer with the monomer ratio of 7:3 dissolved in pH 9.2 borax buffer as the running buffer. The method has been used for analysis of corticosteroids in cosmetic samples with simple extraction; the recoveries for eight analytes were between 85.9 and 106%. This method was of accuracy, repeatability, pretreatment simplicity, and could be applied to the quality control of cosmetics.

  5. Lysophosphatidylcholine enhances carotenoid uptake from mixed micelles by Caco-2 human intestinal cells.

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    Sugawara, T; Kushiro, M; Zhang, H; Nara, E; Ono, H; Nagao, A

    2001-11-01

    Despite the interest in the beneficial roles of dietary carotenoids in human health, little is known about their solubilization from foods to mixed bile micelles during digestion and the intestinal uptake from the micelles. We investigated the absorption of carotenoids solubilized in mixed micelles by differentiated Caco-2 human intestinal cells, which is a useful model for studying the absorption of dietary compounds by intestinal cells. The micelles were composed of 1 micromol/L carotenoids, 2 mmol/L sodium taurocholate, 100 micromol/L monoacylglycerol, 33.3 micromol/L fatty acid and phospholipid (0-200 micromol/L). The phospholipid content of micelles had profound effects on the cellular uptake of carotenoids. Uptake of micellar beta-carotene and lutein was greatly suppressed by phosphatidylcholine (PC) in a dose-dependent manner, whereas lysophosphatidylcholine (lysoPC), the lipolysis product of PC by phospholipase A2 (PLA2), markedly enhanced both beta-carotene and lutein uptake. The addition of PLA2 from porcine pancreas to the medium also enhanced the uptake of carotenoids from micelles containing PC. Caco-2 cells could take up 15 dietary carotenoids, including epoxy carotenoids, such as violaxanthin, neoxanthin and fucoxanthin, from micellar carotenoids, and the uptakes showed a linear correlation with their lipophilicity, defined as the distribution coefficient in 1-octanol/water (log P(ow)). These results suggest that pancreatic PLA2 and lysoPC are important in regulating the absorption of carotenoids in the digestive tract and support a simple diffusion mechanism for carotenoid absorption by the intestinal epithelium.

  6. Stopped-flow kinetic studies of sphere-to-rod transitions of sodium alkyl sulfate micelles induced by hydrotropic salt.

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    Zhang, Jingyan; Ge, Zhishen; Jiang, Xiaoze; Hassan, P A; Liu, Shiyong

    2007-12-15

    The kinetics and mechanism of sphere-to-rod transitions of sodium alkyl sulfate micelles induced by hydrotropic salt, p-toluidine hydrochloride (PTHC), were investigated by stopped-flow with light scattering detection. Spherical sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles transform into short ellipsoidal shapes at low salt concentrations ([PTHC]/[SDS], chi(PTHC)=0.3 and 0.4). Upon stopped-flow mixing aqueous solutions of spherical SDS micelles with PTHC, the scattered light intensity gradually increases with time. Single exponential fitting of the dynamic traces leads to characteristic relaxation time, tau(g), for the growth process from spherical to ellipsoidal micelles, and it increases with increasing SDS concentrations. This suggests that ellipsoidal micelles might be produced by successive insertion of unimers into spherical micelles, similar to the case of formation of spherical micelles as suggested by Aniansson-Wall (A-W) theory. At chi(PTHC) > or = 0.5, rod-like micelles with much higher axial ratio form. The scattered light intensity exhibits an initially abrupt increase and then levels off. The dynamic curves can be well fitted with single exponential functions, and the obtained tau(g) decreases with increasing SDS concentration. Thus, the growth from spherical to rod-like micelles might proceed via fusion of spherical micelles, in agreement with mechanism proposed by Ikeda et al. At chi(PTHC)=0.3 and 0.6, the apparent activation energies obtained from temperature dependent kinetic studies for the micellar growth are 40.4 and 3.6 kJ/mol, respectively. The large differences between activation energies for the growth from spherical to ellipsoidal micelles at low chi(PTHC) and the sphere-to-rod transition at high chi(PTHC) further indicate that they should follow different mechanisms. Moreover, the sphere-to-rod transition kinetics of sodium alkyl sulfate with varying hydrophobic chain lengths (n=10, 12, 14, and 16) are also studied. The longer the carbon chain

  7. Zero order delivery of itraconazole via polymeric micelles incorporated in situ ocular gel for the management of fungal keratitis.

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    Jaiswal, Munmun; Kumar, Manish; Pathak, Kamla

    2015-06-01

    The aim of this article is to investigate the role of amphiphilic block copolymer-based polymeric micelles of itraconazole for the management of fungal keratitis to overcome the limitations of the conventional dosage form. The polymeric micelles were made using pluronics above critical micelle concentration. Itraconazole-loaded polymeric micelles prepared by rotary evaporation method were characterized and the optimized micellar formulation (M5) was selected on the basis of least micelle size (79.99 nm), maximum entrapment efficiency (91.32%±1.73%) and in vitro permeation (90.28%±0.31%) in 8h, that best fitted zero-order kinetics. M5 was developed as pH sensitive in situ gel and characterized for various parameters. The optimized in situ gel (F5) proved to be superior in its ex vivo transcorneal permeation when compared with Itral(®) eye drop and pure drug suspension, exhibiting 41.45%±0.87% permeation with zero-order kinetics (r(2)=0.994) across goat cornea. Transmission electron microscopy revealed spherical polymeric micelles entrapped in the gel matrix. A spectrum of tests revealed hydration capability, non-irritancy, and histologically safe gel formulation that had appropriate handling characteristics. Conclusively, a controlled release pH-sensitive ocular formulation capable of carrying drug to the anterior segment of the eye via topical delivery was successfully developed for the treatment of fungal keratitis.

  8. The Formation of pH-Sensitive Wormlike Micelles in Ionic Liquids Driven by the Binding Ability of Anthranilic Acid

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    You, Qing; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Huan; Fan, Hongfu; Guo, Jianping; Li, Ming

    2015-01-01

    Wormlike micelles are typically formed by mixing cationic and anionic surfactants because of attractive interactions in oppositely charged head-groups. The structural transitions of wormlike micelles triggered by pH in ionic liquids composed of N-alkyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bromide-based ILs (ionic liquids) and anthranilic acid were investigated. These structures were found responsible for the variations in flow properties identified by rheology and dynamic light scattering, and account for the structures observed with cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM). High-viscosity, shear-thinning behavior, and Maxwell-type dynamic rheology shown by the system at certain pH values suggested that spherical micelles grow into entangled wormlike micelles. Light scattering profiles also supported the notion of pH-sensitive microstructural transitions in the solution. Cryo-TEM images confirmed the presence of spherical micelles in the low-viscosity sample and entangled wormlike micelles in the peak viscosity sample. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy analysis revealed that the pH sensitivity of ionic liquid systems originated from the pH-dependent binding ability of anthranilic acid to the cationic headgroup of ionic liquids. PMID:26703567

  9. Decoration of pH-sensitive copolymer micelles with tumor-specific peptide for enhanced cellular uptake of doxorubicin

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    Chen, Qing; Long, Miaomiao; Qiu, Lipeng; Zhu, Mengqin; Li, Zhen; Qiao, Mingxi; Hu, Haiyang; Zhao, Xiuli; Chen, Dawei

    2016-01-01

    To improve the targeting efficacy of hyaluronic acid (HA)-based micelles, pH-sensitive mixed micelles based on HA-g-poly(L-histidine) (PHis) and d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 2000 copolymers were prepared and decorated with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2) peptide, a tumor cell-specific peptide ligand, on their surface. The doxorubicin-loaded micelles (HA-PHis/peptide–d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 2000 mixed micelles [PHTM]) were characterized to have a unimodal size distribution and pH-dependent drug release pattern. In vitro tumor targeting studies demonstrated that PHTM exhibited the pronounced cytotoxicity and efficient internalization in MDA-MB-231 cells overexpressing CD44 and Her2 receptors. In vivo investigation into micelles in MDA-MB-231 tumor-bearing mice confirmed that PTHM could reach the tumor site more effectively and exert excellent tumor killing activity. In general, Her2 peptide decoration can enhance the selective cytotoxicity and antitumor activity of HA-based micelles. PMID:27799766

  10. Synthesis and characterization of mPEG-PLA prodrug micelles.

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    Hans, Meredith; Shimoni, Karin; Danino, Dganit; Siegel, Steven J; Lowman, Anthony

    2005-01-01

    Polymeric prodrugs of mPEG-PLA-haloperidol (methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic acid)) can self-assemble into nanoscale micelle-like structures in aqueous solutions. mPEG-PLA-haloperidol was prepared and characterized using 1H and 13C NMR. The conjugation efficiency was found to be 64.8 +/- 21%. Micelles that form spontaneously upon solubilization of the mPEG-PLA and the polymeric prodrugs in water were characterized using a variety of techniques. The mPEG-PLA and prodrug micelles were found to have diameters of 28.73 +/- 1.45 and 49.67 +/- 4.29 nm, respectively, using dynamic light scattering (DLS). The micelle size and polydispersity were also evaluated with cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and were consistent with the DLS results. Cryo-TEM and proton NMR confirmed that the micelles were spherical in shape. DLS was also used to determine the aggregation numbers of the micelles. The aggregation numbers ranged from 351 to 603. The change in aggregation number was dependent on the total drug incorporation into the micelle core. Critical micelle concentrations were determined for the various micelle/drug formulations and found to range from 3 to 14 microg/mL. Finally, drug was incorporated into the micelle core using the conjugate, free drug with a saturated aqueous phase during production, or a combination of both techniques. Drug incorporation could be increased from 3% to 20% (w/w) using the different formulations.

  11. Interaction of chlorpromazine and trifluoperazine with ionic micelles: electronic absorption spectroscopy studies

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    Caetano, Wilker; Tabak, Marcel

    1999-10-01

    The characteristics of binding of two phenothiazine antipsychotic drugs, namely, chlorpromazine (CPZ) and trifluoperazine (TFP), to cationic cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC), zwitterionic N-hexadecyl- N, N-dimethyl-3-ammonio-1-propanesulfonate (HPS), neutral t-octylphenoxypolyethoxyethanol (TRITON X-100) and polyoxyethylene dodecyl ether (Brij-35) micelles were investigated using electronic absorption spectroscopy. Binding constants Kb and p Ka values of drugs in micelles were estimated using the red shifts of the maximum absorption upon alkalization or in the presence of detergents. The p Ka of TFP seems to be shifted by 2.5-4.1 units to lower values in the presence of different surfactants as compared to the experimental value of p Ka obtained in buffer which is around 7.0. Consideration of the second p Ka around 4.0 reported in the literature for TFP leads to a better rationalization of p Ka changes for this compound. The changes in p Ka contributed by electrostatic effects are all positive, small for CTAC (+0.2), and greater for HPS (+0.9). For CPZ the p Ka shift due to its interaction with micelles is in the 0.7-2.3 range, the direction of the shift depending on the charge of the polar head. The electrostatic contribution for the shift is great for CTAC (-0.8) and smaller for HPS (+0.2). This result suggests a more polar localization in the micelle of CPZ as compared to TFP. The values of binding constants Kb for TFP and CPZ in different protonation states show that electrostatic interactions are essential in the affinity of the drugs to micelles bearing different charges on their headgroups (CTAC, HPS). Data for Brij-35 demonstrate that the additional charge on the TFP ring at pH 2.0 leads to a decrease of binding constant probably due to the repulsion of the phenothiazine ring from the protons accumulated at the polar head of the micelle at acidic pH values. For this micelle at pH 5.0 TFP has a Kb 3-fold greater than that for CPZ while at pH 2.0 Kb for

  12. Mixed micelles of a PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer (P123) and a nonionic surfactant (C12EO6) in water. a dynamic and static light scattering study.

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    Schillén, Karin; Jansson, Jörgen; Löf, David; Costa, Telma

    2008-05-08

    The present article reports on static and dynamic light scattering (SLS and DLS) studies of aqueous solutions of the nonionic surfactant C12EO6 and the poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer EO20PO68EO20 (P123) at temperatures between 25 and 45 degrees C. In water, P123 self-assembles into spherical micelles with a hydrodynamic radius of 10 nm, and at 40 degrees C, these micelles consist of 131 unimers. Addition of C12EO6 leads to an association of the surfactant molecules to the P123 micelles and mixed micelles are formed. The size and structure of the mixed micelles as well as interparticle interactions were studied by varying the surfactant-to-copolymer (C12EO6/P123) molar ratio. The novelty of this study consists of a composition-induced structural change of the mixed micelles at constant temperature. They gradually change from being spherical to polymer-like with increasing C12EO6 content. At low C12EO6/P123 molar ratios (below 12), the SLS measurements showed that the molar mass of the mixed micelles decreases with an increasing amount of C12EO6 in the micelles for all investigated temperatures. In this regime, the mixed micelles are spherical and the DLS measurements revealed a decrease in the hydrodynamic radius of the mixed micelles. An exception was found for C12EO6/P123 molar ratios between 2 and 3, where the mixed micelles become rodlike at 40 degrees C. This was the subject of a previous study and has hence not been investigated here. At high molar ratios (48 and above), the polymer-like micelles present a concentration-induced growth, similar to that observed in the pure C12EO6/water system.

  13. Investigation of Bonded Jacket Cable Insulation Failure Mechanisms: HELB Environment Results

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    L. Duncan

    2002-11-01

    When overaged from thermal or radiation environments, composite insulation composed of a layer of ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) covered with a bonded layer of chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE[Hypalon]) can crack if subjected to steam environments associated with loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs). The work described in this report evaluated the effects of a lesser accident, a high-energy line break (HELB), on the aged insulating materials. The object of the test was to determine if the same cracking concerns exist for the less severe HELB environment. The work is based on the use of aged specimens that were prepared under the test program described in EPRI report Investigation of Bonded Jacket Cable Insulation Failure Mechanisms (1001002).

  14. An investigation of model forensic bone in soil environments studied using infrared spectroscopy.

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    Howes, Johanna M; Stuart, Barbara H; Thomas, Paul S; Raja, Sophil; O'Brien, Christopher

    2012-09-01

    Infrared spectroscopy has been used to examine changes to bone chemistry as a result of soil burial. Pig carcasses were buried as part of a controlled field study, and pig bone was used in soil environments established in the laboratory. The variables of species type, bone pretreatment, soil type and pH, moisture content, temperature, and burial time were investigated. The crystallinity index (CI) and the organic and carbonate contents of the bones were monitored. The data revealed decreasing trends in the organic and carbonate contents and an increase in the CI of the bone with burial time. An acidic soil environment and soil type are the factors that have the most influence on bone chemistry as a result of burial. The study demonstrates the potential of infrared spectroscopy as a straightforward method of monitoring the changes associated with aging of bones in a variety of soil environments.

  15. Biodegradable mixed MPEG-SS-2SA/TPGS micelles for triggered intracellular release of paclitaxel and reversing multidrug resistance

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    Dong, Kai; Yan, Yan; Wang, Pengchong; Shi, Xianpeng; Zhang, Lu; Wang, Ke; Xing, Jianfeng; Dong, Yalin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a type of multifunctional mixed micelles were prepared by a novel biodegradable amphiphilic polymer (MPEG-SS-2SA) and a multidrug resistance (MDR) reversal agent (d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate, TPGS). The mixed micelles could achieve rapid intracellular drug release and reversal of MDR. First, the amphiphilic polymer, MPEG-SS-2SA, was synthesized through disulfide bonds between poly (ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether (MPEG) and stearic acid (SA). The structure of the obtained polymer was similar to poly (ethylene glycol)-phosphatidylethanolamine (PEG-PE). Then the mixed micelles, MPEG-SS-2SA/TPGS, were prepared by MPEG-SS-2SA and TPGS through the thin film hydration method and loaded paclitaxel (PTX) as the model drug. The in vitro release study revealed that the mixed micelles could rapidly release PTX within 24 h under a reductive environment because of the breaking of disulfide bonds. In cell experiments, the mixed micelles significantly inhibited the activity of mitochondrial respiratory complex II, also reduced the mitochondrial membrane potential, and the content of adenosine triphosphate, thus effectively inhibiting the efflux of PTX from cells. Moreover, in the confocal laser scanning microscopy, cellular uptake and 3-(4,5-dimethyl-thiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide assays, the MPEG-SS-2SA/TPGS micelles achieved faster release and more uptake of PTX in Michigan Cancer Foundation-7/PTX cells and showed better antitumor effects as compared with the insensitive control. In conclusion, the biodegradable mixed micelles, MPEG-SS-2SA/TPGS, could be potential vehicles for delivering hydrophobic chemotherapeutic drugs in MDR cancer therapy. PMID:27785018

  16. Infrared Pump-Probe Study of Nanoconfined Water Structure in Reverse Micelle.

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    Lee, Jooyong; Maj, Michał; Kwak, Kyungwon; Cho, Minhaeng

    2014-10-02

    The influence of nanoconfinement on water structure is studied with time- and frequency-resolved vibrational spectroscopy of hydrazoic acid (HN3) encapsulated in reverse micelle. The azido stretch mode of HN3 is found to be a promising infrared probe for studying the structure and local hydrogen-bond environment of confined and interfacial water in reverse micelle due to its narrow spectral bandwidth and large transition dipole moment. The results show a clear separation between the core and shell spectral components, making it advantageous over the previously studied infrared probes. The measured vibrational lifetimes appear to be substantially different for the interfacial and bulk-like environments but show no remarkable size dependency, which indicates that water structures around this IR probe are distinctively different in the core and shell regions. The influence of local hydrogen bond network in the first and higher solvation shells on the vibrational dynamics of HN3 is further discussed.

  17. Cyclic RGD conjugated poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(lactic acid) micelle enhances paclitaxel anti-glioblastoma effect.

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    Zhan, Changyou; Gu, Bing; Xie, Cao; Li, Jin; Liu, Yu; Lu, Weiyue

    2010-04-02

    The use of glioblastoma-targeted drug delivery system facilitates efficient delivery of chemotherapeutic agents to malignant gliomas in the central nervous system while minimizing high systemic doses associated with debilitating toxicities. To employ the high binding affinity of a cyclic RGD peptide (c(RGDyK), cyclic Arginine-Glycine-Aspartic acid-D-Tyrosine-Lysine) with integrin alpha(v)beta(3) over-expressed on tumor neovasculature and U87MG glioblastoma cells, we prepared paclitaxel-loaded c(RGDyK)-Poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(lactic acid) micelle (c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA-PTX). In vitro physicochemical characterization of these novel micelles showed satisfactory encapsulated efficiency, loading capacity and size distribution. In vitro cytotoxicity studies proved that the presence of c(RGDyK) enhanced the anti-glioblastoma cell cytotoxic efficacy by 2.5 folds. The binding affinity of c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA micelle with U87MG cells was also investigated. The competitive binding IC(50) value of c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA micelle was 26.30 nM, even lower than that of c(RGDyK) (56.23 nM). In U87MG glioblastoma-bearing nude mice model, biodistribution of (125)I-radiolabeled c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA or DiR encapsulated micelles and anti-glioblastoma pharmacological effect was investigated after intravenous administration. c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA micelle accumulated in the subcutaneous and intracranial tumor tissue, and when loaded with PTX (c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA-PTX), exhibited the strongest tumor growth inhibition among the studied paclitaxel formulations. The anti-glioblastoma effect of c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA-PTX micelle was also reflected in the median survival time of mice bearing intracranial U87MG tumor xenografts where the median survival time of c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA-PTX micelle-treated mice (48 days) was significantly longer than that of mice treated with PEG-PLA-PTX micelle (41.5 days), Taxol (38.5 days) or saline (34 days). Therefore, our results suggested that c(RGDyK)-PEG-PLA micelle may be a potential

  18. Association of nitrophenols to sodium dodecylsulfate micelles

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    Senz, A.; Gsponer, H.E.

    1997-11-01

    The luminescence quenching of tris(2,2{prime}-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} by 2-, 3-, and 4-nitrophenol (NO{sub 2}PhOH), in their protonated forms, has been studied by static and time-resolved techniques in water and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) aqueous solution. In water, the biomolecular rate constants were obtained separately from both techniques and they were coincident. The values were close to the diffusional limit. In the presence of SDS micelles at a fixed detergent concentration, the Stern-Volmer plots of {tau}{sup 0}/{tau} vs quencher total concentration ([Q]{sub t}) were linear in the whole range of [Q]{sub t} used. However, the Stern-Volmer plots of the ratio I{sup 0}/I vs [Q]{sub t} in SDS micelles showed an upward deviating curve. From these plots of I{sup 0}/I, the concentrations of the NO{sub 2}PhOHs in the micellar pseudophase were measured. The treatment of the data of both types of measurements let the authors determine the association constants (K) of the NO{sub 2}PhOHs to SDS micelles and the exit (k{sub {minus}}) and entrance (k{sub +}) rate constants of NO{sub 2}PhOHs to the micelles. The K values obtained from either static or time-resolved luminescence techniques were in agreement within experimental error. An electron-transfer mechanism was also proposed for the quenching reaction of the excited state Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} by nitrophenols in which the metallic complex is oxidized.

  19. An investigation into environment dependent nanomechanical properties of shallow water shrimp (Pandalus platyceros) exoskeleton.

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    Verma, Devendra; Tomar, Vikas

    2014-11-01

    The present investigation focuses on understanding the influence of change from wet to dry environment on nanomechanical properties of shallow water shrimp exoskeleton. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) based measurements suggest that the shrimp exoskeleton has Bouligand structure, a key characteristic of the crustaceans. As expected, wet samples are found to be softer than dry samples. Reduced modulus values of dry samples are found to be 24.90 ± 1.14 GPa as compared to the corresponding values of 3.79 ± 0.69 GPa in the case of wet samples. Hardness values are found to be 0.86 ± 0.06 GPa in the case of dry samples as compared to the corresponding values of 0.17 ± 0.02 GPa in the case of wet samples. In order to simulate the influence of underwater pressure on the exoskeleton strength, constant load creep experiments as a function of wet and dry environments are performed. The switch in deformation mechanism as a function of environment is explained based on the role played by water molecules in assisting interface slip and increased ductility of matrix material in wet environment in comparison to the dry environment.

  20. Sucrose Monoester Micelles Size Determined by Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS)

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    Sanchez, Susana A.; Gratton, Enrico; Zanocco, Antonio L.; Lemp, Else; Gunther, German

    2011-01-01

    One of the several uses of sucrose detergents, as well as other micelle forming detergents, is the solubilization of different membrane proteins. Accurate knowledge of the micelle properties, including size and shape, are needed to optimize the surfactant conditions for protein purification and membrane characterization. We synthesized sucrose esters having different numbers of methylene subunits on the substituent to correlate the number of methylene groups with the size of the corresponding micelles. We used Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) and two photon excitation to determine the translational D of the micelles and calculate their corresponding hydrodynamic radius, Rh. As a fluorescent probe we used LAURDAN (6-dodecanoyl-2-dimethylaminonaphthalene), a dye highly fluorescent when integrated in the micelle and non-fluorescent in aqueous media. We found a linear correlation between the size of the tail and the hydrodynamic radius of the micelle for the series of detergents measured. PMID:22216230

  1. The alignment of a voltage-sensing peptide in dodecylphosphocholine micelles and in oriented lipid bilayers by nuclear magnetic resonance and molecular modeling.

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    Mattila, K; Kinder, R; Bechinger, B

    1999-01-01

    The S4 segments of voltage-gated sodium channels are important parts of the voltage-sensing elements of these proteins. Furthermore, the addition of the isolated S4 polypeptide to planar lipid bilayers results in stepwise increases of ion conductivity. In order to gain insight into the mechanisms of pore formation by amphipathic peptides, the structure and orientation of the S4 segment of the first internal repeat of the rat brain II sodium channel was investigated in the presence of DPC micelles by multidimensional solution NMR spectroscopy and solid-state NMR spectroscopy on oriented phospholipid bilayers. Both the anisotropic chemical shift observed by proton-decoupled (15)N solid-state NMR spectroscopy and the attenuating effects of DOXYL-stearates on TOCSY crosspeak intensities of micelle-associated S4 indicate that the central alpha-helical portion of this peptide is oriented approximately parallel to the membrane surface. Simulated annealing and molecular dynamics calculations of the peptide in a biphasic tetrachloromethane-water environment indicate that the peptide alpha-helix extends over approximately 12 residues. A less regular structure further toward the C-terminus allows for the hydrophobic residues of this part of the peptide to be positioned in the tetrachloromethane environment. The implications for possible pore-forming mechanisms are discussed. PMID:10512830

  2. On the Structural and Dynamical Properties of DOPC Reverse Micelles.

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    Abel, Stéphane; Galamba, Nuno; Karakas, Esra; Marchi, Massimo; Thompson, Ward H; Laage, Damien

    2016-10-04

    The structure and dynamics of phospholipid reverse micelles are studied by molecular dynamics. We report all-atom unconstrained simulations of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-phosphatidylcholine (DOPC) reverse micelles in benzene of increasing sizes, with water-to-surfactant number ratios ranging from W0 = 1 to 16. The aggregation number, i.e., the number of DOPC molecules per reverse micelle, is determined to fit experimental light-scattering measurements of the reverse micelle diameter. The simulated reverse micelles are found to be approximately spherical. Larger reverse micelles (W0 > 4) exhibit a layered structure with a water core and the hydration structure of DOPC phosphate head groups is similar to that found in phospholipid membranes. In contrast, the structure of smaller reverse micelles (W0 ≤ 4) cannot be described as a series of concentric layers successively containing water, surfactant head groups, and surfactant tails, and the head groups are only partly hydrated and frequently present in the core. The dynamics of water molecules within the phospholipid reverse micelles slow down as the reverse micelle size decreases, in agreement with prior studies on AOT and Igepal reverse micelles. However, the average water reorientation dynamics in DOPC reverse micelles is found to be much slower than in AOT and Igepal reverse micelles with the same W0 ratio. This is explained by the smaller water pool and by the stronger interactions between water and the charged head groups, as confirmed by the red-shift of the computed infrared line shape with decreasing W0.

  3. Electrostatic attraction between ionic reverse micelles with dielectric discontinuity

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    Chen, Peilong

    2002-11-01

    We have calculated the thermally-averaged electrostatic attractive potential between two spherical ionic reverse micelles in a medium of a different dielectric constant. Specifically the attractions between the charge density fluctuations in one micelle and interface polarizations on the other are computed. For water-in-oil microemulsions, we find that these contributions completely overwhelm those from correlated fluctuations in charge densities between two micelles.

  4. Synergistic dual-pH responsive copolymer micelles for pH-dependent drug release

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    Deng, Hongzhang; Zhao, Xuefei; Liu, Jinjian; Zhang, Jianhua; Deng, Liandong; Liu, Jianfeng; Dong, Anjie

    2016-01-01

    The tuning of the structure of nanocarriers with fast acidic-degradation rate and high stability in physiological conditions or during storage is under intensive study. In this context, a kind of dual-pH responsive micelles with well-balanced stability, that is, fast hydrolysis in acidic environment and stability towards blood drug release at 7.4 were developed. This is achieved by the self-assembly of micelles of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-(poly ε-caprolactone-g-poly(2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolane-4-yl)methylacrylate-co-2(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA))) copolymers with two inert pH responsive moieties of DA and DMAEMA. The fast synergistic acid-triggered disassembly and high stability at physiological condition of the mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA)) micelles was verified by 1H NMR, particle size and optical stability measurements, which was induced and mediated by the synergistic pH responses of the hydrolysis of the ketal in DA moieties and the switch in solubility of tertiary amino moieties (DMAEMA) under mild acid conditions. It was observed that the hydrolysis rate of the ketal could be promoted by increasing the content of DMAEMA moieties. The fast intracellular disassembly of the micelles depending on the contents of DMAEMA moieties was also traced by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The in vitro release studies showed that the release of DOX from mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA)) micelles at mild acid condition was significantly accelerated by increasing the content of DMAEMA moieties, while greatly impeding drug release in physiological conditions. The antitumor activity of DOX-loaded micelles was studied in MCF-7 and 4T1 cells in vitro and in 4T1 tumor-bearing Balb-c mice in vivo. The results indicated the DOX-loaded micelles with higher content of DMAEMA moieties exhibited enhanced anticancer activity. Collectively, the synergistic dual-pH responsive design of mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA)) micelles provided a new

  5. Radiochromic leuco dye micelle hydrogels: II. Low diffusion rate leuco crystal violet gel

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    Babic, Steven; Battista, Jerry; Jordan, Kevin

    2009-11-01

    Radiation-sensitive hydrogels offer the capability of verifying intricate dose distributions in three-dimensional (3D) space conveniently in a single measurement with sub-millimetre spatial resolution. In this study, a new radiochromic hydrogel called leuco crystal violet (LCV) micelle gel is introduced. Upon irradiation, LCV converts to crystal violet (CV+). Triton X-100 micelles are used to provide the required hybrid-interfacing environment to dissolve LCV. The diffusion coefficient of the LCV gel has been measured to be 0.036 ± 0.001 mm2 h-1, which is a factor of 25 times less than the standard radiochromic ferrous xylenol-orange (FX) gel; LCV gels without Triton X-100 micelles have a diffusion coefficient of 0.33 ± 0.02 mm2 h-1. The LCV gel formulation contains: 1 mM LCV, 25 mM trichloroacetic acid, 4 mM Triton X-100 and 4% w/w gelatin. The primary innovative feature of this 3D hydrogel is that the radiation-induced CV+ dye is more soluble in the Triton X-100 micelles than in the surrounding water which consequently leads to more stable post-irradiation dose distributions. A dosimetric characterization revealed that the dose response is reproducible to within 1% over three separate batches, independent of energy, dose rate and dose fractionation but is affected by the temperature (~4% per °C) during irradiation. LCV micelle gels scanned optically with a yellow light source are a promising system for 3D dose verification. They may prove to be, especially, useful for scanning large volume dosimeters (i.e. 20 cm) since they are easily manufactured, transparent and near colourless prior to irradiation.

  6. Radiochromic leuco dye micelle hydrogels: II. Low diffusion rate leuco crystal violet gel.

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    Babic, Steven; Battista, Jerry; Jordan, Kevin

    2009-11-21

    Radiation-sensitive hydrogels offer the capability of verifying intricate dose distributions in three-dimensional (3D) space conveniently in a single measurement with sub-millimetre spatial resolution. In this study, a new radiochromic hydrogel called leuco crystal violet (LCV) micelle gel is introduced. Upon irradiation, LCV converts to crystal violet (CV(+)). Triton X-100 micelles are used to provide the required hybrid-interfacing environment to dissolve LCV. The diffusion coefficient of the LCV gel has been measured to be 0.036 +/- 0.001 mm(2) h(-1), which is a factor of 25 times less than the standard radiochromic ferrous xylenol-orange (FX) gel; LCV gels without Triton X-100 micelles have a diffusion coefficient of 0.33 +/- 0.02 mm(2) h(-1). The LCV gel formulation contains: 1 mM LCV, 25 mM trichloroacetic acid, 4 mM Triton X-100 and 4% w/w gelatin. The primary innovative feature of this 3D hydrogel is that the radiation-induced CV(+) dye is more soluble in the Triton X-100 micelles than in the surrounding water which consequently leads to more stable post-irradiation dose distributions. A dosimetric characterization revealed that the dose response is reproducible to within 1% over three separate batches, independent of energy, dose rate and dose fractionation but is affected by the temperature ( approximately 4% per degree C) during irradiation. LCV micelle gels scanned optically with a yellow light source are a promising system for 3D dose verification. They may prove to be, especially, useful for scanning large volume dosimeters (i.e. 20 cm) since they are easily manufactured, transparent and near colourless prior to irradiation.

  7. Invited review: Caseins and the casein micelle: their biological functions, structures, and behavior in foods.

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    Holt, C; Carver, J A; Ecroyd, H; Thorn, D C

    2013-10-01

    A typical casein micelle contains thousands of casein molecules, most of which form thermodynamically stable complexes with nanoclusters of amorphous calcium phosphate. Like many other unfolded proteins, caseins have an actual or potential tendency to assemble into toxic amyloid fibrils, particularly at the high concentrations found in milk. Fibrils do not form in milk because an alternative aggregation pathway is followed that results in formation of the casein micelle. As a result of forming micelles, nutritious milk can be secreted and stored without causing either pathological calcification or amyloidosis of the mother's mammary tissue. The ability to sequester nanoclusters of amorphous calcium phosphate in a stable complex is not unique to caseins. It has been demonstrated using a number of noncasein secreted phosphoproteins and may be of general physiological importance in preventing calcification of other biofluids and soft tissues. Thus, competent noncasein phosphoproteins have similar patterns of phosphorylation and the same type of flexible, unfolded conformation as caseins. The ability to suppress amyloid fibril formation by forming an alternative amorphous aggregate is also not unique to caseins and underlies the action of molecular chaperones such as the small heat-shock proteins. The open structure of the protein matrix of casein micelles is fragile and easily perturbed by changes in its environment. Perturbations can cause the polypeptide chains to segregate into regions of greater and lesser density. As a result, the reliable determination of the native structure of casein micelles continues to be extremely challenging. The biological functions of caseins, such as their chaperone activity, are determined by their composition and flexible conformation and by how the casein polypeptide chains interact with each other. These same properties determine how caseins behave in the manufacture of many dairy products and how they can be used as functional

  8. Study of Brij Micelles Using Dynamic Light Scattering Spectroscopy

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    Wilson, Karen; Lekan, Mike; Streletzky, Kiril

    2007-10-01

    We studied properties of Brij-35 surfactant micelles using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) and Optical Probe Diffusion method. Aqueous solutions of Brij-35 with concentrations ranging from 2 to 100g/L were prepared, both with and without polystyrene latex probes of diameters 24, 50, 282, and 792nm. Solutions were studied at four temperatures of 10, 25, 40, and 70^oC with DLS to obtain micelle and probe diffusion coefficients (Dm, Dp). Using both diffusion coefficients we deduced micelle radius (am), micelle water content (δ), and number of surfactant molecules per micelle (N) using two different models. First, we used the hard sphere model of micelle/probe interaction to analyze the data by two methods. In this model, am is obtained from Stokes-Einstein equation using the intercept of Dm(c). The first method of the model uses the slope of Dm(c) and the size of probes to determine N and δ. The second method of the model uses the linear least-squares fit of Dp(c) for different probe sizes to determine N and δ. Both methods reveal that with solution temperature increase, am increases by 10%, N increases and δ decreases by a factor of 2. Two hard sphere methods yield somewhat different trends, but overall agree with published data on Brij micelles. The second model treats micelles as core-shell particles and uses Dm(c) to determine not only am, δ, and N, but also micelle corona radius ac.

  9. Mesoscale crystallization of calcium phosphate nanostructures in protein (casein) micelles

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    Thachepan, Surachai; Li, Mei; Mann, Stephen

    2010-11-01

    Aqueous micelles of the multi-protein calcium phosphate complex, casein, were treated at 60 °C and pH 7 over several months. Although partial dissociation of the micelles into 12 nm sized amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP)/protein nanoparticles occurred within a period of 14 days, crystallization of the ACP nanoclusters into bundles of hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanofilaments was not observed until after 12 weeks. The HAP nanofilaments were formed specifically within the partially disrupted protein micelles suggesting a micelle-mediated pathway of mesoscale crystallization. Similar experiments using ACP-containing synthetic micelles prepared from β-casein protein alone indicated that co-aligned bundles of HAP nanofilaments were produced within the protein micelle interior after 24 hours at temperatures as low as 35 °C. The presence of Mg2+ ions in the casein micelles, as well as a possible synergistic effect associated with the multi-protein nature of the native aggregates, could account for the marked inhibition in mesoscale crystallization observed in the casein micelles compared with the single-component β-casein constructs.Aqueous micelles of the multi-protein calcium phosphate complex, casein, were treated at 60 °C and pH 7 over several months. Although partial dissociation of the micelles into 12 nm sized amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP)/protein nanoparticles occurred within a period of 14 days, crystallization of the ACP nanoclusters into bundles of hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanofilaments was not observed until after 12 weeks. The HAP nanofilaments were formed specifically within the partially disrupted protein micelles suggesting a micelle-mediated pathway of mesoscale crystallization. Similar experiments using ACP-containing synthetic micelles prepared from β-casein protein alone indicated that co-aligned bundles of HAP nanofilaments were produced within the protein micelle interior after 24 hours at temperatures as low as 35 °C. The presence of Mg2+ ions in

  10. Leuco-crystal-violet micelle gel dosimeters: I. Influence of recipe components and potential sensitizers.

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    Nasr, A T; Alexander, K; Schreiner, L J; McAuley, K B

    2015-06-21

    Radiochromic leuco crystal violet (LCV) micelle gel dosimeters are promising three-dimensional radiation dosimeters because of their spatial stability and suitability for optical readout. The effects of surfactant type and surfactant concentration on dose sensitivity of LCV micelle gels are tested, demonstrating that dose sensitivity and initial colour of the gel increases with increasing Triton x-100 (Tx100) concentration. Using Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide (CTAB) in place of Tx100 produces gels that are nearly colourless prior to irradiation, but reduces the dose sensitivity. The separate effects of Tri-chloro acetic acid concentration and pH are investigated, revealing that controlling the pH near 3.6 is crucial for achieving high dose sensitivity. The sensitizing effect of chlorinated species on dose sensitivity is tested using 2,2,2-trichloroethanol (TCE), chloroform, and 1,1,1-trichloro-2-methyl-2-propanol hemihydrate. TCE gives the largest improvement in dose sensitivity and is recommended for use in micelle gel dosimeters because it is less volatile and safer to use than chloroform. Preliminary experiments on a new gel containing CTAB as the surfactant and TCE show that this new gel gives a dose sensitivity that is 24% higher than that of previous LCV micelle gels and is nearly colourless prior to irradiation.

  11. Isothermal titration calorimetry studies of neutral salt effects on the thermodynamics of micelle formation.

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    Kresheck, Gordon C

    2009-05-14

    Isothermal titration calorimetry, ITC, was used to determine the enthalpy and heat capacity changes that accompany micelle formation of decyldimethylphosphine oxide, APO10, from 15-79 degrees C in the presence of representative neutral salts from the Hofmeister series. The solutions investigated were water, 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 NaCl, 0.5 M NaF, KCl, KI, guanidinium chloride (GuHCl) and mannitol, and 0.333 M Na2SO4. The heat capacity change at 25 degrees C (but not the cmc) and the parameter that describes the temperature dependence of the heat capacity change, B (cal/(mol K2)), appear to be correlated. Calculated values of the ion effects on micelle formation from a recent salt ion partitioning model (SPM) of Pegram and Record [J. Phys. Chem. B 2007, 111, 5411-5417] were quantitatively related to the experimental value of the solute free energy increment (SFEI). Use of this model requires a calculation of the solvent accessible area (ASA), which yields values for the extent of hydration of the micelle interior. An alternate method to determine the ASA based on the heat capacity change for micelle formation at 25 degrees C of APO8-12 yielded values for the number of buried carbon atoms (5-12) versus previous estimates (4-8) from analysis of the B parameter.

  12. Enhanced naphthalene solubility in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate: effect of critical micelle concentration.

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    Huang, H L; Lee, W M

    2001-08-01

    Surfactants can increase the solubility of non-polar compounds, and have been applied in areas such as soil washing and treatment of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs). This investigation explored the feasibility of removing vapor phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) from gases using an anionic surfactant. The solubility of vapor phase naphthalene was measured herein using gas chromatograph (GC) with a photon ionization detector (PID). The measurement results indicated that surfactant molecules were not favorable to micelle formation when temperatures increased from 25 degrees C to 50 degrees C. Regardless of whether solutions were quiescent or agitated, equilibrium naphthalene apparent solubility increased linearly with surfactant concentrations exceeding critical micelle concentration (CMC). The pH effects on naphthalene apparent solubility were small. Agitation increased naphthalene apparent solubility and lumped mass transfer coefficients. Furthermore, lumped mass transfer coefficients decreased with increasing surfactant concentration owing to increase in interfacial resistance and viscosity and decreased spherical micelle diffusion coefficients. Finally, the net absorption rate increased because the solubilization effects of micelles exceeded the reduction effects of mass transfer coefficient above the CMC. The enhanced naphthalene apparent solubility from the addition of surfactant can be expressed by an enrichment factor (EF). The EF value of naphthalene for the surfactant solution at 0.1 M with agitation at 270 rpm relative to quiescent water could reach 18.6. This work confirms that anionic surfactant can improve the removal efficiency of hydrophobic organic compound (HOC) from the gas phase.

  13. Leuco-crystal-violet micelle gel dosimeters: I. Influence of recipe components and potential sensitizers

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    Nasr, A. T.; Alexander, K.; Schreiner, L. J.; McAuley, K. B.

    2015-06-01

    Radiochromic leuco crystal violet (LCV) micelle gel dosimeters are promising three-dimensional radiation dosimeters because of their spatial stability and suitability for optical readout. The effects of surfactant type and surfactant concentration on dose sensitivity of LCV micelle gels are tested, demonstrating that dose sensitivity and initial colour of the gel increases with increasing Triton x-100 (Tx100) concentration. Using Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide (CTAB) in place of Tx100 produces gels that are nearly colourless prior to irradiation, but reduces the dose sensitivity. The separate effects of Tri-chloro acetic acid concentration and pH are investigated, revealing that controlling the pH near 3.6 is crucial for achieving high dose sensitivity. The sensitizing effect of chlorinated species on dose sensitivity is tested using 2,2,2-trichloroethanol (TCE), chloroform, and 1,1,1-trichloro-2-methyl-2-propanol hemihydrate. TCE gives the largest improvement in dose sensitivity and is recommended for use in micelle gel dosimeters because it is less volatile and safer to use than chloroform. Preliminary experiments on a new gel containing CTAB as the surfactant and TCE show that this new gel gives a dose sensitivity that is 24% higher than that of previous LCV micelle gels and is nearly colourless prior to irradiation.

  14. Disruption and reassociation of casein micelles during high pressure treatment: influence of whey proteins.

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    Huppertz, Thom; de Kruif, Cornelis G

    2007-05-01

    In the study presented in this article, the influence of added alpha-lactalbumin and beta-lactoglobulin on the changes that occur in casein micelles at 250 and 300 MPa were investigated by in-situ measurement of light transmission. Light transmission of a serum protein-free casein micelle suspension initially increased with increasing treatment time, indicating disruption of micelles, but prolonged holding of micelles at high pressure partially reversed HP-induced increases in light transmission, suggesting reformation of micellar particles of colloidal dimensions. The presence of alpha-la and/or beta-lg did not influence the rate and extent of micellar disruption and the rate and extent of reformation of casein particles. These data indicate that reformation of casein particles during prolonged HP treatment occurs as a result of a solvent-mediated association of the micellar fragments. During the final stages of reformation, kappa-casein, with or without denatured whey proteins attached, associates on the surface of the reformed particle to provide steric stabilisation.

  15. The pressure-induced, lactose-dependent changes in the composition and size of casein micelles.

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    Wang, Pengjie; Jin, Shaoming; Guo, Huiyuan; Zhao, Liang; Ren, Fazheng

    2015-04-15

    The effects of lactose on the changes in the composition and size of casein micelles induced by high-pressure treatment and the related mechanism of action were investigated. Dispersions of ultracentrifuged casein micelle pellets with 0-10% (w/v) lactose were subjected to high pressure (400 MPa) at 20 °C for 40 min. The results indicated that the level of non-sedimentable caseins was positively related to the amount of lactose added prior to pressure treatment, and negatively correlated to the size. A mechanism for the pressure-induced, lactose-dependent changes in the casein micelles is proposed. Lactose inhibits the hydrophobic interactions between the micellar fragments during or after pressure release, through the hydrophilic layer formed by their hydrogen bonds around the micellar fragments. In addition, lactose does not favour the association between calcium and the casein aggregates after pressure release. Due to these two functions, lactose inhibited the formation of larger micelles after pressure treatment.

  16. Detergent properties influence the stability of the glycophorin A transmembrane helix dimer in lysophosphatidylcholine micelles.

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    Stangl, Michael; Veerappan, Anbazhagan; Kroeger, Anja; Vogel, Peter; Schneider, Dirk

    2012-12-19

    Detergents might affect membrane protein structures by promoting intramolecular interactions that are different from those found in native membrane bilayers, and fine-tuning detergent properties can be crucial for obtaining structural information of intact and functional transmembrane proteins. To systematically investigate the influence of the detergent concentration and acyl-chain length on the stability of a transmembrane protein structure, the stability of the human glycophorin A transmembrane helix dimer has been analyzed in lyso-phosphatidylcholine micelles of different acyl-chain length. While our results indicate that the transmembrane protein is destabilized in detergents with increasing chain-length, the diameter of the hydrophobic micelle core was found to be less crucial. Thus, hydrophobic mismatch appears to be less important in detergent micelles than in lipid bilayers and individual detergent molecules appear to be able to stretch within a micelle to match the hydrophobic thickness of the peptide. However, the stability of the GpA TM helix dimer linearly depends on the aggregation number of the lyso-PC detergents, indicating that not only is the chemistry of the detergent headgroup and acyl-chain region central for classifying a detergent as harsh or mild, but the detergent aggregation number might also be important.

  17. Transition from star-like to crew-cut micelles induced by UV radiation.

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    Fayad, Samira Jamil; Minatti, Edson; Soldi, Valdir; Borsali, Redouane

    2014-02-15

    In the present article, the effect of UV on PS-b-PMMA micelles in solution is discussed. Micellar solutions of the amphiphilic poly(styrene-b-methylmethacrylate) block copolymer in selective solvent (methanol for the PMMA block) were exposed to UV radiation, which has simultaneously led to cross linking of the micellar core (PS) and degradation of the micellar corona (PMMA). The kinetics of such process were investigated in situ by means of dynamic light scattering, allowing the measurement of hydrodynamic radius as a function of UV exposure time. Results indicate that the size of micelles has decreased with UV exposure time down to a minimum value. Such reduced size resulted from PMMA degradation, which later promoted aggregation and coagulation because the micellar core was no longer well protected by PMMA. Addition of good solvent for both blocks (toluene) to non-UV exposed micelles has led to core swelling (PS) and, ultimately, system disassembly (free copolymer chain). The effect of adding toluene on the UV-exposed micelles has only caused core swelling as a consequence of the PS cross-linking.

  18. Nanostructure of PEO-polyurethane-PEO triblock copolymer micelles in water.

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    Caba, Beth L; Zhang, Qian; Carroll, Matthew R J; Woodward, Robert C; St Pierre, Timothy G; Gilbert, Elliot P; Riffle, Judy S; Davis, Richey M

    2010-04-01

    Novel hydrophilic triblock copolymers which form micelles in aqueous solution were studied by static and dynamic light scattering (SLS and DLS), small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and densitometry. The polymers were symmetric A-B-A block copolymers having two poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) tail blocks and a polyurethane (PU) center segment that contained pendant carboxylic acids. The aggregation number of the micelles decreased with increasing PEO mass content. When attempting to fit the SANS data it was found that no single model was suitable over the entire range of block lengths and PEO mass concentrations investigated here. For the polymer with the highest aggregation number, the data were fitted with a triblock model consisting of a homogeneous core with a corona of non-interacting Gaussian chains for which only two free parameters were required: the radius of the core and the radius of gyration of the corona. In this case, the core was found to be effectively dry. At lower aggregation numbers, a star polymer model generated significantly better fits, suggesting the absence of any identifiable central core structure. Good agreement was found between the sizes measured by DLS, SANS and theoretical predictions of micelle size from a density distribution theory. These results show that when significant changes in aggregation number occur, the nanostructure of the micelle can change substantially even for polymers that are remarkably similar.

  19. Investigation into suitability of geopolymers (illite & metakaolin) for the space environment

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    Cesul, Brandon T.

    The United States has utilized high resolution imaging platforms for national defense since the beginning of the space age. In order to improve the resolution and swath width of imaging satellites, the primary restriction in optical hardware is the mirror size, specifically mirror diameter and mirror mass. This research addresses one of these concerns, reducing the mass of a spacecraft mirror by the use of innovative materials. In contemporary imagery satellites, monolithic glass is the material of choice to produce large aperture mirrors that can survive the space environment. However, material performance requirements for future imaging mission mirrors necessitate a lower areal density than glass with similar if not superior mechanical strength. Additionally, any material chosen must also be able to deal with the unique environment of low earth orbit, namely the near-vacuum conditions, radiation environment and interaction with atomic oxygen. This research focuses on investigation of a class of inorganic polymers known as geopolymers for use in the space environment. Geopolymers are based on aluminosilicate chemistry and have advantages of high specific strength combined with low densities, tailorable coefficients of thermal expansion, and easier curing processes than traditional space qualified epoxies. Geopolymers have a long history for use in terrestrial applications, but empirical data is not available addressing their suitability for the space environment. This research focused on determining whether the geopolymer as a bulk material will respond favorably to environmental conditions as experienced during typical spaceflight operations. Two different formulations of geopolymer were investigated, one based on metakaolin chemistry, and the other based on illite chemistry. Three primary objectives were identified for assessing whether geopolymers could survive the space environment: could the materials be processed to minimize curing shrinkage, characterizing

  20. Complexation of AB+, AB+C, ACB+, and A(B+-stat-C) block copolymer micelles with poly(styrene sulfonate) as models for tunable gene delivery vectors

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    Laaser, Jennifer; Jiang, Yaming; Lohmann, Elise; Reineke, Theresa; Lodge, Timothy

    We investigate the complexation of poly(styrene sulfonate) with micelles with mixed cationic/hydrophilic coronas as models for tunable gene delivery vectors. The micelles are self-assembled from AB+, AB+C, ACB+, and A(B+-stat-C) block polymer architectures, where the hydrophobic A blocks (poly(styrene)) form the micelle cores, and the cationic B blocks (poly(dimethylamino ethyl methacrylate)) and hydrophilic, nonionic C blocks (poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)) form the coronas. We find that hydrophilic units do not change the colloidal stability of the complexes, and complexes based on all four micelle architectures form broad, multimodal size distributions. While complexes based on the AB+, AB+C, and ACB+polymer architectures are kinetically trapped at low ionic strength, however, those based on the A(B+-stat-C) architecture rapidly rearrange into single-micelle complexes when the linear polyanion is in excess. This suggests that the randomly-placed hydrophilic units break up the ion pairing between the cationic and anionic chains and promote formation of over-charged complexes. Design of the micelle architecture may thus provide a powerful way control the structure and stability of micelle-polyelectrolyte complexes for gene delivery applications.

  1. Correlation of insulin-enhancing properties of vanadium-dipicolinate complexes in model membrane systems: phospholipid langmuir monolayers and AOT reverse micelles.

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    Sostarecz, Audra G; Gaidamauskas, Ernestas; Distin, Steve; Bonetti, Sandra J; Levinger, Nancy E; Crans, Debbie C

    2014-04-22

    We explore the interactions of V(III) -, V(IV) -, and V(V) -2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (dipic) complexes with model membrane systems and whether these interactions correlate with the blood-glucose-lowering effects of these compounds on STZ-induced diabetic rats. Two model systems, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) Langmuir monolayers and AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate) reverse micelles present controlled environments for the systematic study of these vanadium complexes interacting with self-assembled lipids. Results from the Langmuir monolayer studies show that vanadium complexes in all three oxidation states interact with the DPPC monolayer; the V(III) -phospholipid interactions result in a slight decrease in DPPC molecular area, whereas V(IV) and V(V) -phospholipid interactions appear to increase the DPPC molecular area, an observation consistent with penetration into the interface of this complex. Investigations also examined the interactions of V(III) - and V(IV) -dipic complexes with polar interfaces in AOT reverse micelles. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic studies of V(IV) complexes in reverse micelles indicate that the neutral and smaller 1:1 V(IV) -dipic complex penetrates the interface, whereas the larger 1:2 V(IV) complex does not. UV/Vis spectroscopy studies of the anionic V(III) -dipic complex show only minor interactions. These results are in contrast to behavior of the V(V) -dipic complex, [VO2 (dipic)](-) , which penetrates the AOT/isooctane reverse micellar interface. These model membrane studies indicate that V(III) -, V(IV) -, and V(V) -dipic complexes interact with and penetrate the lipid interfaces differently, an effect that agrees with the compounds' efficacy at lowering elevated blood glucose levels in diabetic rats.

  2. Investigations on potential bacteria for the bioremediation treatment of environments contaminated with hydrocarbons

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    Lazar, I.; Voicu, A.; Dobrota, S.; Stefanescu, M.

    1995-12-31

    In Romania after more than 135 years of oil production and processing, some severe environmental pollution problems have accumulated. In this context a joint research group from Institute of Biology Bucharest and S.C. Petrostar S.A. Ploiesti became involved in a research project on bioremediation of an environment contaminated with hydrocarbon waste. In the first stage of this project, investigations on microbial communities occurring in environments contaminated with oil were carried out. In the second stage, the hundreds of bacterial strains and populations isolated from soils, slops, and water sites contaminated with waste oil and water waste oil mix were submitted to a screening program, to select a naturally occurring mixed culture with a high ability to degrade hydrocarbons.

  3. Determining heat loss into the environment based on comprehensive investigation of boiler performance characteristics

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    Lyubov, V. K.; Malygin, P. V.; Popov, A. N.; Popova, E. I.

    2015-08-01

    A refined procedure for determining heat loss into the environment from heat-generating installations is presented that takes into account the state of their lining and heat insulation quality. The fraction of radiative component in the total amount of heat loss through the outer surfaces is determined. The results from experimental investigations of the thermal engineering and environmental performance characteristics of a foreign hot-water boiler in firing wood pellets are presented. A conclusion is drawn about the possibility of using such hot-water boilers for supplying heat to low-rise buildings, especially for the conditions of the North-Arctic region. The results from a thermal engineering investigation of wood pellets and furnace residue carried out on installations of a thermal analysis laboratory are presented together with the grain-size composition of fuel and indicators characterizing the mechanical strength of wood pellets. The velocity fields, flue gas flow rates, and soot particle concentrations are determined using the external filtration methods, and the composition of combustion products is investigated using a gas analyzer. The graphs of variation with time of boiler external surface temperature from the moment of achieving the nominal mode of operation and heat loss into the environment for stationary boilers are presented.

  4. Investigating the Contextual Interference Effect Using Combination Sports Skills in Open and Closed Skill Environments

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    Cheong, Jadeera P.G.; Lay, Brendan; Razman, Rizal

    2016-01-01

    This study attempted to present conditions that were closer to the real-world setting of team sports. The primary purpose was to examine the effects of blocked, random and game-based training practice schedules on the learning of the field hockey trap, close dribble and push pass that were practiced in combination. The secondary purpose was to investigate the effects of predictability of the environment on the learning of field hockey sport skills according to different practice schedules. A game-based training protocol represented a form of random practice in an unstable environment and was compared against a blocked and a traditional random practice schedule. In general, all groups improved dribble and push accuracy performance during the acquisition phase when assessed in a closed environment. In the retention phase, there were no differences between the three groups. When assessed in an open skills environment, all groups improved their percentage of successful executions for trapping and passing execution, and improved total number of attempts and total number of successful executions for both dribbling and shooting execution. Between-group differences were detected for dribbling execution with the game-based group scoring a higher number of dribbling successes. The CI effect did not emerge when practicing and assessing multiple sport skills in a closed skill environment, even when the skills were practiced in combination. However, when skill assessment was conducted in a real-world situation, there appeared to be some support for the CI effect. Key points The contextual interference effect was not supported when practicing several skills in combination when the sports skills were assessed in a closed skill environment. There appeared to be some support for the contextual interference effect when sports skills were assessed in an open skill environment, which were similar to a real game situation. A game-based training schedule can be used as an alternative

  5. Physicochemical properties of pH-controlled polyion complex (PIC) micelles of poly(acrylic acid)-based double hydrophilic block copolymers and various polyamines.

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    Warnant, J; Marcotte, N; Reboul, J; Layrac, G; Aqil, A; Jerôme, C; Lerner, D A; Gérardin, C

    2012-05-01

    The physicochemical properties of polyion complex (PIC) micelles were investigated in order to characterize the cores constituted of electrostatic complexes of two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. The pH-sensitive micelles were obtained with double hydrophilic block copolymers containing a poly(acrylic acid) block linked to a modified poly(ethylene oxide) block and various polyamines (polylysine, linear and branched polyethyleneimine, polyvinylpyridine, and polyallylamine). The pH range of micellization in which both components are ionized was determined for each polyamine. The resulting PIC micelles were characterized using dynamic light scattering and small-angle X-ray scattering experiments (SAXS). The PIC micelles presented a core-corona nanostructure with variable polymer density contrasts between the core and the corona, as revealed by the analysis of the SAXS curves. It was shown that PIC micelle cores constituted by polyacrylate chains and polyamines were more or less dense depending on the nature of the polyamine. It was also determined that the density of the cores of the PIC micelles depended strongly on the nature of the polyamine. These homogeneous cores were surrounded by a large hairy corona of hydrated polyethylene oxide block chains. Auramine O (AO) was successfully entrapped in the PIC micelles, and its fluorescence properties were used to get more insight on the core properties. Fluorescence data confirmed that the cores of such micelles are quite compact and that their microviscosity depended on the nature of the polyamine. The results obtained on these core-shell micelles allow contemplating a wide range of applications in which the AO probe would be replaced by various cationic drugs or other similarly charged species to form drug nanocarriers or new functional nanodevices.

  6. Genes and Environment in Multiple Sclerosis project: A platform to investigate multiple sclerosis risk.

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    Xia, Zongqi; White, Charles C; Owen, Emily K; Von Korff, Alina; Clarkson, Sarah R; McCabe, Cristin A; Cimpean, Maria; Winn, Phoebe A; Hoesing, Ashley; Steele, Sonya U; Cortese, Irene C M; Chitnis, Tanuja; Weiner, Howard L; Reich, Daniel S; Chibnik, Lori B; De Jager, Philip L

    2016-02-01

    The Genes and Environment in Multiple Sclerosis project establishes a platform to investigate the events leading to multiple sclerosis (MS) in at-risk individuals. It has recruited 2,632 first-degree relatives from across the USA. Using an integrated genetic and environmental risk score, we identified subjects with twice the MS risk when compared to the average family member, and we report an initial incidence rate in these subjects that is 30 times greater than that of sporadic MS. We discuss the feasibility of large-scale studies of asymptomatic at-risk subjects that leverage modern tools of subject recruitment to execute collaborative projects.

  7. How Hydrogen Bonds Affect the Growth of Reverse Micelles around Coordinating Metal Ions.

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    Qiao, Baofu; Demars, Thomas; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica; Ellis, Ross J

    2014-04-17

    Extensive research on hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) have illustrated their critical role in various biological, chemical and physical processes. Given that existing studies are predominantly performed in aqueous conditions, how H-bonds affect both the structure and function of aggregates in organic phase is poorly understood. Herein, we investigate the role of H-bonds on the hierarchical structure of an aggregating amphiphile-oil solution containing a coordinating metal complex by means of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and X-ray techniques. For the first time, we show that H-bonds not only stabilize the metal complex in the hydrophobic environment by coordinating between the Eu(NO3)3 outer-sphere and aggregating amphiphiles, but also affect the growth of such reverse micellar aggregates. The formation of swollen, elongated reverse micelles elevates the extraction of metal ions with increased H-bonds under acidic condition. These new insights into H-bonds are of broad interest to nanosynthesis and biological applications, in addition to metal ion separations.

  8. PLA2-responsive and SPIO-loaded phospholipid micelles

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    Gao, Qiang; Yan, Lesan; Chiorazzo, Michael; Delikatny, E. James; Tsourkas, Andrew; Cheng, Zhiliang

    2015-01-01

    A PLA2-responsive and superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticle-loaded phospholipid micelle was developed. The release of phospholipid-conjugated dye from these micelles was triggered due to phospholipid degradation by phospholipase A2. High relaxivity of the encapsulated SPIO could enable non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging. PMID:26139589

  9. Designing Dendrimers to Offer Micelle-Type Nanocontainers

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    King, Angela G.

    2005-01-01

    The properties of a dendrimer with hydrophobic and hydrophilic substituents on an orthogonal plane is synthesized and studied. The resulting polymer contains one of the substituents in its concave interior and the other at the convex surface and the design promotes micelle-like behavior in polar solvent and inverted micelle arrangement in…

  10. A novel drug–phospholipid complex enriched with micelles: preparation and evaluation in vitro and in vivo

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    Xia, Hai-jian; Zhang, Zhen-hai; Jin, Xin; Hu, Qin; Chen, Xiao-yun; Jia, Xiao-bin

    2013-01-01

    Mixed micelles are widely used to increase solubility and bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs. One promising antitumor drug candidate is 20(S)-protopanaxadiol (PPD), although its clinical application is limited by low water solubility and poor bioavailability after oral administration. In this study, we developed mixed micelles consisting of PPD–phospholipid complexes and Labrasol® and evaluated their potential for oral PPD absorption. Micelles were prepared using a solvent-evaporation method, and their physicochemical properties, including particle size, zeta potential, morphology, crystal type, drug loading, drug entrapment efficiency, and solubility, were characterized. Furthermore, in vitro release was investigated using the dialysis method, and transport and bioavailability of the mixed micelles were investigated through a Caco-2 cell monolayer and in vivo absorption studies performed in rats. Compared with the solubility of free PPD (3 μg/mL), the solubility of PPD in the prepared mixed micelles was 192.41 ± 1.13 μg/mL in water at room temperature. The in vitro release profiles showed a significant difference between the more rapid release of free PPD and the slower and more sustained release of the mixed micelles. At the end of a 4-hour transport study using Caco-2 cells, the apical-to-basolateral apparent permeability coefficients (Papp) increased from (1.12 ± 0.21) × 106 cm/s to (1.78 ± 0.16) × 106 cm/s, while the basolateral-to-apical Papp decreased from (2.42 ± 0.16) × 106 cm/s to (2.12 ± 0.32) × 106. In this pharmacokinetic study, compared with the bioavailability of free PPD (area under the curve [AUC]0–∞), the bioavailability of PPD from the micelles (AUC0–∞) increased by approximately 216.36%. These results suggest that novel mixed micelles can significantly increase solubility, enhance absorption, and improve bioavailability. Thus, these prepared micelles might be potential carriers for oral PPD delivery in antitumor

  11. Investigation of Acoustic Fields for the Cassini Spacecraft: Reverberant Versus Launch Environments

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    Hughes, William O.; McNelis, Anne M.; Himelblau, Harry

    2000-01-01

    The characterization and understanding of the acoustic field within a launch vehicle's payload fairing (PLF) is critical to the qualification of a spacecraft and ultimately to the success of its mission. Acoustic measurements taken recently for the Cassini mission have allowed unique opportunities to advance the aerospace industry's knowledge in this field. Prior to its launch, the expected liftoff acoustic environment of the spacecraft was investigated in a full-scale acoustic test of a Titan IV PLF and Cassini simulator in a reverberant test chamber. A major goal of this acoustic ground test was to quantify and verify the noise reduction performance of special barrier blankets that were designed especially to reduce the Cassirii acoustic environment. This paper will describe both the ground test and flight measurements, and compare the Cassini acoustic environment measured during launch with that measured earlier in the ground test. Special emphasis will be given to the noise reduction performance of the barrier blankets and to the acoustic coherence measured within the PLF.

  12. Solvation and Deprotonation Dynamics in Reverse Micelles via Broadband Femtoseond Transient Absorption (BFTA) Spectroscopy

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    Cole, Richard

    2009-10-01

    Broadband femtosecond transient absorption (BFTA) spectroscopy is a useful tool in characterizing femtosecond and picosecond physical and chemical dynamics such as solvation, electron transfer, and deprotonation dynamics. This presentation will focus on our most recent results, which utilize BFTA spectroscopy in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectral range to probe deprotonation and solvation dynamics in the nanoscopic confinement of reverse micelles. In these studies, pyranine, a `photo-acid', probes both solvation and deprotonation dynamics in reverse micelles formed from cationic (cetyl trimethylammonium bromide, CTAB), anionic (sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate, AOT), and neutral (polyoxyethylene nonylphenylether, Igepal) surfactants. Dynamic behavior will be discussed in terms of the degree of nanoscopic confinement (micellar size) and the impact of varying interfacial environments.

  13. Configurations of the amphiphilic molecules in micelles

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    Dill, K.A.

    1982-04-29

    Several theoretic models aim to account for the properties of micelles in terms of the configurations of the constituent amphiphilic chain molecules. Recent /sup 13/C NMR measurement of one property of the configuration distribution of the the hydrocarbon chain segments allows critical evaluation of these theories. It is concluded that the interphase and singly-bent chain theories, which fully account for chain continuity and for intermolecular constraints imposed by hydrophobic and steric forces, give a more satisfactory description of micellar molecular organization than models in which chains are ordered and radially aligned, or in which they have the complete disorder characteristic of an amorphous hydrocarbon liquid.

  14. Tryptophan octyl ester in detergent micelles of dodecylmaltoside: fluorescence properties and quenching by brominated detergent analogs.

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    de Foresta, B; Gallay, J; Sopkova, J; Champeil, P; Vincent, M

    1999-01-01

    The fluorescence properties of tryptophan octyl ester (TOE), a hydrophobic model of Trp in proteins, were investigated in various mixed micelles of dodecylmaltoside (DM) and 7,8-dibromododecyl beta-maltoside (BrDM) or 10,11-dibromoundecanoyl beta-maltoside (BrUM). This study focuses on the mechanism via which these brominated detergents quench the fluorescence of TOE in a micellar system. The experiments were performed at a pH at which TOE is uncharged and almost completely bound to detergent micelles. TOE binding was monitored by its enhanced fluorescence in pure DM micelles or its quenched fluorescence in pure BrUM or BrDM micelles. In DM/BrUM and DM/BrDM mixed micelles, the fluorescence intensity of TOE decreased, as a nonlinear function of the molar fraction of brominated detergent, to almost zero in pure brominated detergent. The indole moiety of TOE is therefore highly accessible to the bromine atoms located on the detergent alkyl chain because quenching by bromines occurs by direct contact with the fluorophore. TOE is simultaneously poorly accessible to iodide (I(-)), a water-soluble collisional quencher. TOE time-resolved fluorescence intensity decay is heterogeneous in pure DM micelles, with four lifetimes (from 0.2 to 4.4 ns) at the maximum emission wavelength. Such heterogeneity may arise from dipolar relaxation processes in a motionally restricted medium, as suggested by the time-dependent (nanoseconds) red shift (11 nm) of the TOE emission spectrum, and from the existence of various TOE conformations. Time-resolved quenching experiments for TOE in mixed micelles showed that the excited-state lifetime values decreased only slightly with increases in the proportion of BrDM or BrUM. In contrast, the relative amplitude of the component with the longest lifetime decreased significantly relative to that of the short-lived species. This is consistent with a mainly static mechanism for the quenching of TOE by brominated detergents. Molecular modeling of TOE

  15. Field investigation and analysis of buried pipelines under various seismic environments. Technical report

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    Wang, L.R.L.

    1982-08-01

    A research project is proposed in which the behavior of oil, water, sewer, and gas pipelines under various seismic environments, including seismic shaking and large ground deformation would be investigated. It is suggested that the investigation be conducted in the Beijing and Tangshan areas. Three major hazards to underground pipelines are identified: the effect of wave propagation; ground rupture and differential movement along fault lines; and soil liquefaction induced by ground shaking. Ruptures or severe distortions of the pipe are most often associated with fault movements, landslides, or ground squeeze associated with fault zones. A model is presented to evaluate the general longitudinal responses of buried pipelines, both segmented and continuous, subjected to ground shakings and vibrations. The results of these tests will be used to develop aseismic codes for buried pipelines.

  16. A novel temperature-responsive micelle for enhancing combination therapy

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    Peng, Cheng-Liang; Chen, Yuan-I; Liu, Hung-Jen; Lee, Pei-Chi; Luo, Tsai-Yueh; Shieh, Ming-Jium

    2016-01-01

    A novel thermosensitive polymer p(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-poly[ethylene glycol] methyl ether acrylate)-block-poly(epsilon-caprolactone), p(NIPAAM-co-PEGMEA)-b-PCL, was synthesized and developed as nanomicelles. The hydrophobic heat shock protein 90 inhibitor 17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin and the photosensitizer cyanine dye infrared-780 were loaded into the core of the micelles to achieve both chemotherapy and photothermal therapy simultaneously at the tumor site. The release of the drug could be controlled by varying the temperature due to the thermosensitive nature of the micelles. The micelles were less than 200 nm in size, and the drug encapsulation efficiency was >50%. The critical micelle concentrations were small enough to allow micelle stability upon dilution. Data from cell viability and animal experiments indicate that this combination treatment using photothermal therapy with chemotherapy had synergistic effects while decreasing side effects. PMID:27524894

  17. Nanoscale arrangement of diblock copolymer micelles with Au nanorods

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    Kim, Hwan; Lim, Yirang; Kim, Sehee; Kim, Sung-Soo; Sohn, Byeong-Hyeok

    2014-11-01

    We fabricated a single-layered film consisting of spherical micelles of diblock copolymers and one-dimensional Au nanorods that were surface modified with the same polymer as the corona block of the copolymers. When the diameters of micelles were larger than the lengths of the nanorods, spherical micelles arranged in a hexagonal configuration surrounded by nanorods with their long axes perpendicular to the radial direction of the micelles. This arrangement provided selective organization of the Au nanorods and Ag nanoparticles which were selectively synthesized within the cores of the copolymer micelles. Thus, position-selective arrangement of Au nanorods and Ag nanoparticles was demonstrated at the nanometer scale such that a homogenous distribution of two different nanomaterials over a large area without aggregation was achieved.

  18. Ground-based simulation of LEO environment: Investigations of a select LDEF material: FEP Teflon (trademark)

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    Cross, Jon B.; Koontz, Steven L.

    1993-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) has produced a wealth of data on materials degradation in the low earth orbit (LEO) space environment and has conclusively shown that surface chemistry (as opposed to surface physics-sputtering) is the key to understanding and predicting the degradation of materials in the LEO environment. It is also clear that materials degradation and spacecraft contamination are closely linked and that the fundamental mechanisms responsible for this linking are in general not well understood especially in the area of synergistic effects. The study of the fundamental mechanisms underlying materials degradation in LEO is hampered by the fact that the degradation process itself is not observed during the actual exposure to the environment. Rather the aftermath of the degradation process is studied, i.e., the material that remains after exposure is observed and mechanisms are proposed to explain the observed results. The EOIM-3 flight experiment is an attempt to bring sophisticated diagnostic equipment into the space environment and monitor the degradation process in real time through the use of mass spectrometry. More experiments of this nature which would include surface sensitive diagnostics (Auger and photoelectron spectroscopes) are needed to truly unravel the basic chemical mechanisms involved in the materials degradation process. Since these in-space capabilities will most likely not be available in the near future, ground-based LEO simulation facilities employing sophisticated diagnostics are needed to further advance the basic understanding of the materials degradation mechanisms. The LEO simulation facility developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been used to investigate the atomic oxygen/vacuum ultraviolet (AO/VUV) enhanced degradation of FEP Teflon. The results show that photo-ejection of polymer fragments occur at elevated temperature (200 C), that VUV synergistic rare gas sputtering of polymer fragments occur even at

  19. An investigation into the impact of cryogenic environment on mechanical stresses in FRP composites

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    Fifo, O.; Basu, B.

    2015-07-01

    Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are fast becoming a highly utilised engineering material for high performance applications due to their light weight and high strength. Carbon fibre and other high strength fibres are commonly used in design of aerospace structures, wind turbine blades, etc. and potentially for propellant tanks of launch vehicles. For the aforementioned fields of application, stability of the material is essential over a wide range of temperature particularly for structures in hostile environments. Many studies have been conducted, experimentally, over the last decade to investigate the mechanical behaviour of FRP materials at varying subzero temperature. Likewise, tests on aging and cycling effect (room to low temperature) on the mechanical response of FRP have been reported. However, a relatively lesser focused area has been the mechanical behaviour of FRP composites under cryogenic environment. This article reports a finite element method of investigating the changes in the mechanical characteristics of an FRP material when temperature based analysis falls below zero. The simulated tests are carried out using a finite element package with close material properties used in the cited literatures. Tensile test was conducted and the results indicate that the mechanical responses agree with those reported in the literature sited.

  20. Three-dimensional structure of the water-insoluble protein crambin in dodecylphosphocholine micelles and its minimal solvent-exposed surface

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    Ahn, Hee-Chul; Jurani, Nenad; Macura, Slobodan; Markley, John L.

    2008-01-01

    We chose crambin, a hydrophobic and water-insoluble protein originally isolated from the seeds of the plant Crambe abyssinica, as a model for NMR investigations of membrane-associated proteins. We produced isotopically labeled crambin(P22,L25) as a cleavable fusion with staphylococcal nuclease and refolded the protein by an approach that has proved successful for the production of proteins with multiple disulfide bonds. We used NMR spectroscopy to determine the three-dimensional structure of the protein in two membrane-mimetic environments: in a mixed aqueous-organic solvent (75%/25%, acetone/water) and in DPC micelles. With the sample in the mixed solvent, it was possible to determine (>NH···OC<) hydrogen bonds directly by the detection of h3JNC′ couplings. H-bonds determined in this manner were utilized in the refinement of the NMR-derived protein structures. With the protein in DPC micelles, we used manganous ion as an aqueous paramagnetic probe to determine the surface of crambin that is shielded by the detergent. With the exception of the aqueous solvent exposed loop containing residues 20 and 21, the protein surface was protected by DPC. This suggests that the protein may be similarly embedded in physiological membranes. The strategy described here for the expression and structure determination of crambin should be applicable to structural and functional studies of membrane active toxins and small membrane proteins. PMID:16569017

  1. Three-dimensional structure of the water-insoluble protein crambin in dodecylphosphocholine micelles and its minimal solvent-exposed surface.

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    Ahn, Hee-Chul; Juranić, Nenad; Macura, Slobodan; Markley, John L

    2006-04-05

    We chose crambin, a hydrophobic and water-insoluble protein originally isolated from the seeds of the plant Crambe abyssinica, as a model for NMR investigations of membrane-associated proteins. We produced isotopically labeled crambin(P22,L25) (variant of crambin containing Pro22 and Leu25) as a cleavable fusion with staphylococcal nuclease and refolded the protein by an approach that has proved successful for the production of proteins with multiple disulfide bonds. We used NMR spectroscopy to determine the three-dimensional structure of the protein in two membrane-mimetic environments: in a mixed aqueous-organic solvent (75%/25%, acetone/water) and in DPC micelles. With the sample in the mixed solvent, it was possible to determine (>NH...OC<) hydrogen bonds directly by the detection of (h3)J(NC)' couplings. H-bonds determined in this manner were utilized in the refinement of the NMR-derived protein structures. With the protein in DPC (dodecylphosphocholine) micelles, we used manganous ion as an aqueous paramagnetic probe to determine the surface of crambin that is shielded by the detergent. With the exception of the aqueous solvent exposed loop containing residues 20 and 21, the protein surface was protected by DPC. This suggests that the protein may be similarly embedded in physiological membranes. The strategy described here for the expression and structure determination of crambin should be applicable to structural and functional studies of membrane active toxins and small membrane proteins.

  2. NMR study of the influence of n-alkanol co-surfactants on reverse micelles in quaternary microemulsions of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB).

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    Mills, Amanda J; Britton, Melanie M

    2016-02-08

    The effects of different n-alkanol co-surfactants on the size, shape, composition and dynamics of reverse micelles (RMs) in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/n-alkanol/n-hexane/water and CTAB/n-alkanol/n-pentane/water microemulsions were investigated using T2 relaxation and pulsed gradient stimulated echo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements and molecular modelling. NMR T2 relaxation times and diffusion coefficients were determined for the surfactant and co-surfactant in these CTAB quaternary reverse microemulsions, for a range of medium chain length alcohol co-surfactants, from 1-butanol to 1-heptanol. These data revealed a slight RM size dependency on co-surfactant chain length, with RM sizes tending to decrease with increasing alcohol chain length. Molecular modelling of CTAB/n-alkanol/n-hexane/water RMs suggested a variation in RM shape with co-surfactant chain length, where those formed with pentanol were found to be least spherical and those formed with heptanol the most spherical. The NMR data also revealed differences in the behaviour of the micellar structures in the CTAB/n-pentanol/n-hexane/water reverse microemulsion, compared with the other reverse microemulsions in this study, where CTAB was found to be distributed between two environments, which then combined to form larger micelles. The origins of these differences remain unclear. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Therapeutic surfactant-stripped frozen micelles

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    Zhang, Yumiao; Song, Wentao; Geng, Jumin; Chitgupi, Upendra; Unsal, Hande; Federizon, Jasmin; Rzayev, Javid; Sukumaran, Dinesh K.; Alexandridis, Paschalis; Lovell, Jonathan F.

    2016-05-01

    Injectable hydrophobic drugs are typically dissolved in surfactants and non-aqueous solvents which can induce negative side-effects. Alternatives like `top-down' fine milling of excipient-free injectable drug suspensions are not yet clinically viable and `bottom-up' self-assembled delivery systems usually substitute one solubilizing excipient for another, bringing new issues to consider. Here, we show that Pluronic (Poloxamer) block copolymers are amenable to low-temperature processing to strip away all free and loosely bound surfactant, leaving behind concentrated, kinetically frozen drug micelles containing minimal solubilizing excipient. This approach was validated for phylloquinone, cyclosporine, testosterone undecanoate, cabazitaxel and seven other bioactive molecules, achieving sizes between 45 and 160 nm and drug to solubilizer molar ratios 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than current formulations. Hypertonic saline or co-loaded cargo was found to prevent aggregation in some cases. Use of surfactant-stripped micelles avoided potential risks associated with other injectable formulations. Mechanistic insights are elucidated and therapeutic dose responses are demonstrated.

  4. Therapeutic surfactant-stripped frozen micelles

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    Zhang, Yumiao; Song, Wentao; Geng, Jumin; Chitgupi, Upendra; Unsal, Hande; Federizon, Jasmin; Rzayev, Javid; Sukumaran, Dinesh K.; Alexandridis, Paschalis; Lovell, Jonathan F.

    2016-01-01

    Injectable hydrophobic drugs are typically dissolved in surfactants and non-aqueous solvents which can induce negative side-effects. Alternatives like ‘top-down' fine milling of excipient-free injectable drug suspensions are not yet clinically viable and ‘bottom-up' self-assembled delivery systems usually substitute one solubilizing excipient for another, bringing new issues to consider. Here, we show that Pluronic (Poloxamer) block copolymers are amenable to low-temperature processing to strip away all free and loosely bound surfactant, leaving behind concentrated, kinetically frozen drug micelles containing minimal solubilizing excipient. This approach was validated for phylloquinone, cyclosporine, testosterone undecanoate, cabazitaxel and seven other bioactive molecules, achieving sizes between 45 and 160 nm and drug to solubilizer molar ratios 2–3 orders of magnitude higher than current formulations. Hypertonic saline or co-loaded cargo was found to prevent aggregation in some cases. Use of surfactant-stripped micelles avoided potential risks associated with other injectable formulations. Mechanistic insights are elucidated and therapeutic dose responses are demonstrated. PMID:27193558

  5. Slow Phospholipid Exchange between a Detergent-Solubilized Membrane Protein and Lipid-Detergent Mixed Micelles: Brominated Phospholipids as Tools to Follow Its Kinetics

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    Montigny, Cédric; Dieudonné, Thibaud; Orlowski, Stéphane; Vázquez-Ibar, José Luis; Gauron, Carole; Georgin, Dominique; Lund, Sten; le Maire, Marc; Møller, Jesper V.; Champeil, Philippe

    2017-01-01

    Membrane proteins are largely dependent for their function on the phospholipids present in their immediate environment, and when they are solubilized by detergent for further study, residual phospholipids are critical, too. Here, brominated phosphatidylcholine, a phospholipid which behaves as an unsaturated phosphatidylcholine, was used to reveal the kinetics of phospholipid exchange or transfer from detergent mixed micelles to the environment of a detergent-solubilized membrane protein, the paradigmatic P-type ATPase SERCA1a, in which Trp residues can experience fluorescence quenching by bromine atoms present on phospholipid alkyl chains in their immediate environment. Using dodecylmaltoside as the detergent, exchange of (brominated) phospholipid was found to be much slower than exchange of detergent under the same conditions, and also much slower than membrane solubilization, the latter being evidenced by light scattering changes. The kinetics of this exchange was strongly dependent on temperature. It was also dependent on the total concentration of the mixed micelles, revealing the major role for such exchange of the collision of detergent micelles with the detergent-solubilized protein. Back-transfer of the brominated phospholipid from the solubilized protein to the detergent micelle was much faster if lipid-free DDM micelles instead of mixed micelles were added for triggering dissociation of brominated phosphatidylcholine from the solubilized protein, or in the additional presence of C12E8 detergent during exchange, also emphasizing the role of the chemical nature of the micelle/protein interface. This protocol using brominated lipids appears to be valuable for revealing the possibly slow kinetics of phospholipid transfer to or from detergent-solubilized membrane proteins. Independently, continuous recording of the activity of the protein can also be used in some cases to correlate changes in activity with the exchange of a specific phospholipid, as shown here

  6. Microfiltration of butter serum upon casein micelle destabilization.

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    Rombaut, R; Dejonckheere, V; Dewettinck, K

    2006-06-01

    The gross composition of butter serum, the aqueous phase of butter, is comparable to that of buttermilk, except that it has a higher content of material derived from the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM). As such, butter serum is a good source for further purification of MFGM material. The purified fraction could be of interest for its emulsifying and nutritional properties. The effect of sodium citrate and ethanol on the dissociation of butter serum casein micelles, and their effect on casein retention upon tangential microfiltration were investigated. Optimal conditions of casein micelle dissociation were assessed by using an experimental design (response surface full central composite orthogonal design) with temperature and ethanol or sodium citrate concentration as design variables and the Hunter L* value as response variable. For both dissociating agents, a highly significant reduced quadratic model was fit to the data. Microfiltration tests were performed on pure butter serum, and on butter serum in the presence of sodium citrate, under optimal dissociation conditions (50 degrees C, 80 mM). A cellulose acetate membrane with a pore size of 0.15 microm was used. From the filtration curves and fouling coefficients it was clear that the addition of sodium citrate improved the permeation flux, and minimized fouling. All fractions were analyzed for dry matter, protein, lactose, lipid, and polar lipid contents. The protein fraction was further characterized by sodium dodecyl sulfate-PAGE. It was shown that sodium citrate greatly enhanced casein transmission through the membrane, but at the expense of substantial losses of polar lipids.

  7. A study of the effects of a Micelle Encapsulator Fire Suppression Agent on dynamic headspace analysis of fire debris samples.

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    McGee, Eamonn; Lang, Terri L

    2002-03-01

    The effects of a Micelle Encapsulator Fire Suppression Agent (F-500, Hazard Control Technologies Inc., Fayetteville, Georgia) on the routine analysis of fire debris samples by Gas Chromatography (GC) were studied. When mixed with water the product can be used in the suppression of Class A and Class B fires. Laboratory tests were performed to determine whether or not the product has any effect on the analysis for ignitable liquids by GC, in particular for gasoline, medium petroleum distillates. and heavy petroleum distillates. Test burns were suppressed using either the micelle encapsulator or water and samples collected from these burns were analyzed. The results of analysis show that use of the micelle encapsulator at a fire scene may affect the chromatographic data obtained from samples collected by the investigator. However, the effect does not prevent the identification of common ignitable liquids in fire debris samples.

  8. Identifying gene-environment interactions in schizophrenia: contemporary challenges for integrated, large-scale investigations.

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    van Os, Jim; Rutten, Bart P; Myin-Germeys, Inez; Delespaul, Philippe; Viechtbauer, Wolfgang; van Zelst, Catherine; Bruggeman, Richard; Reininghaus, Ulrich; Morgan, Craig; Murray, Robin M; Di Forti, Marta; McGuire, Philip; Valmaggia, Lucia R; Kempton, Matthew J; Gayer-Anderson, Charlotte; Hubbard, Kathryn; Beards, Stephanie; Stilo, Simona A; Onyejiaka, Adanna; Bourque, Francois; Modinos, Gemma; Tognin, Stefania; Calem, Maria; O'Donovan, Michael C; Owen, Michael J; Holmans, Peter; Williams, Nigel; Craddock, Nicholas; Richards, Alexander; Humphreys, Isla; Meyer-Lindenberg, Andreas; Leweke, F Markus; Tost, Heike; Akdeniz, Ceren; Rohleder, Cathrin; Bumb, J Malte; Schwarz, Emanuel; Alptekin, Köksal; Üçok, Alp; Saka, Meram Can; Atbaşoğlu, E Cem; Gülöksüz, Sinan; Gumus-Akay, Guvem; Cihan, Burçin; Karadağ, Hasan; Soygür, Haldan; Cankurtaran, Eylem Şahin; Ulusoy, Semra; Akdede, Berna; Binbay, Tolga; Ayer, Ahmet; Noyan, Handan; Karadayı, Gülşah; Akturan, Elçin; Ulaş, Halis; Arango, Celso; Parellada, Mara; Bernardo, Miguel; Sanjuán, Julio; Bobes, Julio; Arrojo, Manuel; Santos, Jose Luis; Cuadrado, Pedro; Rodríguez Solano, José Juan; Carracedo, Angel; García Bernardo, Enrique; Roldán, Laura; López, Gonzalo; Cabrera, Bibiana; Cruz, Sabrina; Díaz Mesa, Eva Ma; Pouso, María; Jiménez, Estela; Sánchez, Teresa; Rapado, Marta; González, Emiliano; Martínez, Covadonga; Sánchez, Emilio; Olmeda, Ma Soledad; de Haan, Lieuwe; Velthorst, Eva; van der Gaag, Mark; Selten, Jean-Paul; van Dam, Daniella; van der Ven, Elsje; van der Meer, Floor; Messchaert, Elles; Kraan, Tamar; Burger, Nadine; Leboyer, Marion; Szoke, Andrei; Schürhoff, Franck; Llorca, Pierre-Michel; Jamain, Stéphane; Tortelli, Andrea; Frijda, Flora; Vilain, Jeanne; Galliot, Anne-Marie; Baudin, Grégoire; Ferchiou, Aziz; Richard, Jean-Romain; Bulzacka, Ewa; Charpeaud, Thomas; Tronche, Anne-Marie; De Hert, Marc; van Winkel, Ruud; Decoster, Jeroen; Derom, Catherine; Thiery, Evert; Stefanis, Nikos C; Sachs, Gabriele; Aschauer, Harald; Lasser, Iris; Winklbaur, Bernadette; Schlögelhofer, Monika; Riecher-Rössler, Anita; Borgwardt, Stefan; Walter, Anna; Harrisberger, Fabienne; Smieskova, Renata; Rapp, Charlotte; Ittig, Sarah; Soguel-dit-Piquard, Fabienne; Studerus, Erich; Klosterkötter, Joachim; Ruhrmann, Stephan; Paruch, Julia; Julkowski, Dominika; Hilboll, Desiree; Sham, Pak C; Cherny, Stacey S; Chen, Eric Y H; Campbell, Desmond D; Li, Miaoxin; Romeo-Casabona, Carlos María; Emaldi Cirión, Aitziber; Urruela Mora, Asier; Jones, Peter; Kirkbride, James; Cannon, Mary; Rujescu, Dan; Tarricone, Ilaria; Berardi, Domenico; Bonora, Elena; Seri, Marco; Marcacci, Thomas; Chiri, Luigi; Chierzi, Federico; Storbini, Viviana; Braca, Mauro; Minenna, Maria Gabriella; Donegani, Ivonne; Fioritti, Angelo; La Barbera, Daniele; La Cascia, Caterina Erika; Mulè, Alice; Sideli, Lucia; Sartorio, Rachele; Ferraro, Laura; Tripoli, Giada; Seminerio, Fabio; Marinaro, Anna Maria; McGorry, Patrick; Nelson, Barnaby; Amminger, G Paul; Pantelis, Christos; Menezes, Paulo R; Del-Ben, Cristina M; Gallo Tenan, Silvia H; Shuhama, Rosana; Ruggeri, Mirella; Tosato, Sarah; Lasalvia, Antonio; Bonetto, Chiara; Ira, Elisa; Nordentoft, Merete; Krebs, Marie-Odile; Barrantes-Vidal, Neus; Cristóbal, Paula; Kwapil, Thomas R; Brietzke, Elisa; Bressan, Rodrigo A; Gadelha, Ary; Maric, Nadja P; Andric, Sanja; Mihaljevic, Marina; Mirjanic, Tijana

    2014-07-01

    Recent years have seen considerable progress in epidemiological and molecular genetic research into environmental and genetic factors in schizophrenia, but methodological uncertainties remain with regard to validating environmental exposures, and the population risk conferred by individual molecular genetic variants is small. There are now also a limited number of studies that have investigated molecular genetic candidate gene-environment interactions (G × E), however, so far, thorough replication of findings is rare and G × E research still faces several conceptual and methodological challenges. In this article, we aim to review these recent developments and illustrate how integrated, large-scale investigations may overcome contemporary challenges in G × E research, drawing on the example of a large, international, multi-center study into the identification and translational application of G × E in schizophrenia. While such investigations are now well underway, new challenges emerge for G × E research from late-breaking evidence that genetic variation and environmental exposures are, to a significant degree, shared across a range of psychiatric disorders, with potential overlap in phenotype.

  9. Identifying Gene-Environment Interactions in Schizophrenia: Contemporary Challenges for Integrated, Large-scale Investigations

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    2014-01-01

    Recent years have seen considerable progress in epidemiological and molecular genetic research into environmental and genetic factors in schizophrenia, but methodological uncertainties remain with regard to validating environmental exposures, and the population risk conferred by individual molecular genetic variants is small. There are now also a limited number of studies that have investigated molecular genetic candidate gene-environment interactions (G × E), however, so far, thorough replication of findings is rare and G × E research still faces several conceptual and methodological challenges. In this article, we aim to review these recent developments and illustrate how integrated, large-scale investigations may overcome contemporary challenges in G × E research, drawing on the example of a large, international, multi–center study into the identification and translational application of G × E in schizophrenia. While such investigations are now well underway, new challenges emerge for G × E research from late-breaking evidence that genetic variation and environmental exposures are, to a significant degree, shared across a range of psychiatric disorders, with potential overlap in phenotype. PMID:24860087

  10. An investigation of community noise in high-rise residential environments.

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    Alam, Sheikh Mahbub; Eang, Lee Siew; Tan, Alan; Tiong, Tan Sze

    2010-06-01

    High-rise dwellers in Singapore are often subjected to several community noise sources in close proximity. These include food center, children playground, soccer playground, basketball playground, waste disposal truck, etc. A scientific and reliable approach is required for evaluation of the community noise and its impact on high-rise dwellers. A comprehensive noise survey by a cluster sampling technique, conducted among 522 households in five residential towns in Singapore, showed that community noise was one of the prime sources of noise in a high-rise residential environment. From a subjective noise survey, undertaken concurrent with objective noise measurements, a mean outdoor noise level of 59 dBA was established as an acceptable noise level in the indoor environment. To investigate the level of noise exposure from different community noise sources, software modeling and simulations were carried out. The predicted results were validated with field measured data at five 16 story residential buildings. Analysis of noise exposure data showed that except for waste disposal truck, noise exposure due to other community noise sources (building distance of 15 m) were within the established acceptable noise level. A factor analysis of the survey data identified the key factors related to the disturbance due to community noise sources.

  11. Tempo and mode in fossil molluscs: Investigating organism-environment interactions, species, and speciation

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    Geary, D.H. )

    1992-01-01

    After 20 years of investigation into the tempo and mode of species-level change in the fossil record, it is clear that both punctuated equilibrium and phyletic gradualism occur, as do a variety of intermediate patterns. Important questions regarding the maintenance and diversification of species remain, however. The author documents a variety of evolutionary patterns from gastropods and bivalves, and uses these to discuss two basic issues: environment-organism interactions over time, and the importance of information on geographic variation. The tempo of morphological change is an expression of the interaction of organisms and their environment. The initial over which new species appear may be a geologic instant'' (Melanopsis gastropods), or may last 10[sup 4]--10[sup 5] years (Prunum gastropods), or 10[sup 6] years (Melanopsis). This wide range of intervals indicates a variety of tempos of environmental change, and/or different kinds of organismal responses. Analysis of geographic variation is of critical importance in understanding species and speciation, yet is lacking in many paleontological studies. An example of the utility of geographic information is a study of the muricid gastropod Acanthina, which demonstrates how a geographically localized form may spread through a species range. Another example involves a species of Pleuriocardia in stasis: geographic variation among roughly correlative samples greatly exceeds long-term temporal variation. Considerations of the mechanisms for stasis and change must take into account such intraspecific variation.

  12. Marine Electromagnetic System Development in the Shallow Water Environment for Radioactive Waste Repository Site Investigation

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    Yoshimura, K.; Sakashita, S.; Okubo, S.; Yamane, K.

    2006-12-01

    Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center of Japan has recently conducted a program to develop an electromagnetic (EM) technology for investigating the subsurface to the depths of 1,000m below the seafloor in the near-shore environment. Potential applications include structural studies for geological disposal of radioactive wastes. The system includes both natural field by magnetotellurics and controlled source EM data was collected to evaluate the feasibility of the methods and instrumentation. The shallow water environment is challenging because of high water currents and wave motion effects contaminating the data. We demonstrate the performance test of the new type of instrument, and the field experiment that was carried out in the Monterey Bay of California, USA, in 2003 and 2004. In this paper we describe the instrumentation developed, shows some examples from field trial and finally provide some inversion results using collected and simulated data. The system consists of EM transmitter deployed on the beach in combination with a series of offshore based multicomponent receivers. Field data collected near Monterey California revealed some of the challenges associated with this type of system. Collected data showed the influence of wave and cultural noise as well. In site of these difficulties we were able to accumulate a sufficient quantity of good quality records to interpret results. We show 2-D inversion results which image the "Navy Fault zone" which strikes NW-SE offshore Monterey bay in water depths of 10 to 40m.

  13. Corrosion investigation of multilayered ceramics and experimental nickel alloys in SCWO process environments

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    Garcia, K.M.; Mizia, R.

    1995-02-01

    A corrosion investigation was done at MODAR, Inc., using a supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) vessel reactor. Several types of multilayered ceramic rings and experimental nickel alloy coupons were exposed to a chlorinated cutting oil TrimSol, in the SCWO process. A corrosion casing was designed and mounted in the vessel reactor with precautions to minimize chances of degrading the integrity of the pressure vessel. Fifteen of the ceramic coated rings were stacked vertically in the casing at one time for each test. There was a total of 36 rings. The rings were in groupings of three rings that formed five sections. Each section saw a different SCWO environment, ranging from 650 to 300{degrees}C. The metal coupons were mounted on horizontal threaded holders welded to a vertical rod attached to the casing cover in order to hang down the middle of the casing. The experimental nickel alloys performed better than the baseline nickel alloys. A titania multilayered ceramic system sprayed onto a titanium ring remained intact after 120-180 hours of exposure. This is the longest time any coating system has withstood such an environment without significant loss.

  14. Investigation of Loop Heat Pipe Survival and Restart After Extreme Cold Environment Exposure

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    Golliher, Eric; Ku, Jentung; Licari, Anthony; Sanzi, James

    2010-01-01

    NASA plans human exploration near the South Pole of the Moon, and other locations where the environment is extremely cold. This paper reports on the heat transfer performance of a loop heat pipe (LHP) exposed to extreme cold under the simulated reduced gravitational environment of the Moon. A common method of spacecraft thermal control is to use a LHP with ammonia working fluid. Typically, a small amount of heat is provided either by electrical heaters or by environmental design, such that the LHP condenser temperature never drops below the freezing point of ammonia. The concern is that a liquid-filled, frozen condenser would not restart, or that a thawing condenser would damage the tubing due to the expansion of ammonia upon thawing. This paper reports the results of an experimental investigation of a novel approach to avoid these problems. The LHP compensation chamber (CC) is conditioned such that all the ammonia liquid is removed from the condenser and the LHP is nonoperating. The condenser temperature is then reduced to below that of the ammonia freezing point. The LHP is then successfully restarted.

  15. Nanoprecipitation of polymeric nanoparticle micelles based on 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) with 2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DPA), for intracellular delivery applications.

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    Salvage, Jonathan P; Thom, Christopher; Lewis, Andrew L; Phillips, Gary J; Lloyd, Andrew W

    2015-03-01

    Biodistribution of nanoparticle-based intracellular delivery systems is mediated primarily by particle size and physicochemical properties. As such, overcoming the rapid removal of these by the reticuloendothelial system remains a significant challenge. To date, a number of copolymer nanoparticle systems based on 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) with 2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DPA), displaying biomimetic and pH responsive properties, have been published, however these have been predominately polymersome based, whilst micelle systems have remained relatively unexplored. This study utilised nanoprecipitation to investigate the effects of solvent and buffer choice upon micelle size and polydispersity, and found using methanol produced monodisperse micelles of circa 70 nm diameter, whilst ethanol produced polydisperse systems with nanoparticles of circa 128 nm diameter. The choice of aqueous buffer, dialysis of the systems, extended storage, and exposure to a wide temperature range (5-70 °C) had no significant effect on micelle size, and the systems were highly resistant to dilution, indicating excellent colloidal stability. Optimisation of the nanoprecipitation process, post precipitation, was investigated, and model drugs successfully loaded whilst maintaining system stability. Subsequent in vitro studies suggested that the micelles were of negligible cellular toxicity, and an apparent cellular uptake was observed via confocal laser scanning microscopy. This paper presents the first report of an optimised nanoprecipitation methodology for the formation of MPC-DPA nanoparticle micelles, and in doing so achieved monodisperse systems with the size and physicochemical characteristics seen as desirable for long circulating therapeutic delivery vehicles.

  16. Doxorubicin-loaded micelles based on multiarm star-shaped PLGA-PEG block copolymers: influence of arm numbers on drug delivery.

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    Ma, Guilei; Zhang, Chao; Zhang, Linhua; Sun, Hongfan; Song, Cunxian; Wang, Chun; Kong, Deling

    2016-01-01

    Star-shaped block copolymers based on poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) (st-PLGA-PEG) were synthesized with structural variation on arm numbers in order to investigate the relationship between the arm numbers of st-PLGA-PEG copolymers and their micelle properties. st-PLGA-PEG copolymers with arm numbers 3, 4 and 6 were synthesized by using different cores such as trimethylolpropane, pentaerythritol and dipentaerythritol, and were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography. The critical micelle concentration decreased with increasing arm numbers in st-PLGA-PEG copolymers. The doxorubicin-loaded st-PLGA-PEG micelles were prepared by a modified nanoprecipitation method. Micellar properties such as particle size, drug loading content and in vitro drug release behavior were investigated as a function of the number of arms and compared with each other. The doxorubicin-loaded 4-arm PLGA-PEG micelles were found to have the highest cellular uptake efficiency and cytotoxicity compared with 3-arm PLGA-PEG micelles and 6-arm PLGA-PEG micelles. The results suggest that structural tailoring of arm numbers from st-PLGA-PEG copolymers could provide a new strategy for designing drug carriers of high efficiency. Structural tailoring of arm numbers from star shaped-PLGA-PEG copolymers (3-arm/4-arm/6-arm-PLGA-PEG) could provide a new strategy for designing drug carriers of high efficiency.

  17. Smart micelle@polydopamine core-shell nanoparticles for highly effective chemo-photothermal combination therapy

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    Zhang, Ruirui; Su, Shishuai; Hu, Kelei; Shao, Leihou; Deng, Xiongwei; Sheng, Wang; Wu, Yan

    2015-11-01

    In this investigation, we have designed and synthesized a novel core-shell polymer nanoparticle system for highly effective chemo-photothermal combination therapy. A nanoscale DSPE-PEG micelle encapsulating doxorubicin (Dox-M) was designed as a core, and then modified by a polydopamine (PDA) shell for photothermal therapy and bortezomib (Btz) administration (Dox-M@PDA-Btz). The facile conjugation of Btz to the catechol-containing PDA shell can form a reversible pH-sensitive boronic acid-catechol conjugate to create a stimuli-responsive drug carrier system. As expected, the micelle@PDA core-shell nanoparticles exhibited satisfactory photothermal efficiency, which has potential for thermal ablation of malignant tissues. In addition, on account of the PDA modification, both Dox and Btz release processes were pH-dependent and NIR-dependent. Both in vitro and in vivo studies illustrated that the Dox-M@PDA-Btz nanoparticles coupled with laser irradiation could enhance the cytotoxicity, and thus combinational therapy efficacy was achieved when integrating Dox, Btz, and PDA into a single nanoplatform. Altogether, our current study indicated that the micelle@polydopamine core-shell nanoparticles could be applied for NIR/pH-responsive sustained-release and synergized chemo-photothermal therapy for breast cancer.In this investigation, we have designed and synthesized a novel core-shell polymer nanoparticle system for highly effective chemo-photothermal combination therapy. A nanoscale DSPE-PEG micelle encapsulating doxorubicin (Dox-M) was designed as a core, and then modified by a polydopamine (PDA) shell for photothermal therapy and bortezomib (Btz) administration (Dox-M@PDA-Btz). The facile conjugation of Btz to the catechol-containing PDA shell can form a reversible pH-sensitive boronic acid-catechol conjugate to create a stimuli-responsive drug carrier system. As expected, the micelle@PDA core-shell nanoparticles exhibited satisfactory photothermal efficiency, which has

  18. QuakeSim: a Web Service Environment for Productive Investigations with Earth Surface Sensor Data

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    Parker, J. W.; Donnellan, A.; Granat, R. A.; Lyzenga, G. A.; Glasscoe, M. T.; McLeod, D.; Al-Ghanmi, R.; Pierce, M.; Fox, G.; Grant Ludwig, L.; Rundle, J. B.

    2011-12-01

    The QuakeSim science gateway environment includes a visually rich portal interface, web service access to data and data processing operations, and the QuakeTables ontology-based database of fault models and sensor data. The integrated tools and services are designed to assist investigators by covering the entire earthquake cycle of strain accumulation and release. The Web interface now includes Drupal-based access to diverse and changing content, with new ability to access data and data processing directly from the public page, as well as the traditional project management areas that require password access. The system is designed to make initial browsing of fault models and deformation data particularly engaging for new users. Popular data and data processing include GPS time series with data mining techniques to find anomalies in time and space, experimental forecasting methods based on catalogue seismicity, faulted deformation models (both half-space and finite element), and model-based inversion of sensor data. The fault models include the CGS and UCERF 2.0 faults of California and are easily augmented with self-consistent fault models from other regions. The QuakeTables deformation data include the comprehensive set of UAVSAR interferograms as well as a growing collection of satellite InSAR data.. Fault interaction simulations are also being incorporated in the web environment based on Virtual California. A sample usage scenario is presented which follows an investigation of UAVSAR data from viewing as an overlay in Google Maps, to selection of an area of interest via a polygon tool, to fast extraction of the relevant correlation and phase information from large data files, to a model inversion of fault slip followed by calculation and display of a synthetic model interferogram.

  19. Simvastatin prodrug micelles target fracture and improve healing.

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    Jia, Zhenshan; Zhang, Yijia; Chen, Yen Hsun; Dusad, Anand; Yuan, Hongjiang; Ren, Ke; Li, Fei; Fehringer, Edward V; Purdue, P Edward; Goldring, Steven R; Daluiski, Aaron; Wang, Dong

    2015-02-28

    Simvastatin (SIM), a widely used anti-lipidemic drug, has been identified as a bone anabolic agent. Its poor water solubility and the lack of distribution to the skeleton, however, have limited its application in the treatment of bone metabolic diseases. In this study, an amphiphilic macromolecular prodrug of SIM was designed and synthesized to overcome these limitations. The polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based prodrug can spontaneously self-assemble to form micelles. The use of SIM trimer as the prodrug's hydrophobic segment allows easy encapsulation of additional free SIM. The in vitro studies showed that SIM/SIM-mPEG micelles were internalized by MC3T3 cells via lysosomal trafficking and consistently induced expression of both BMP2 and DKK1 mRNA, suggesting that the prodrug micelle retains the biological functions of SIM. After systemic administration, optical imaging suggests that the micelles would passively target to bone fracture sites associated with hematoma and inflammation. Furthermore, flow cytometry study revealed that SIM/SIM-mPEG micelles had preferred cellular uptake by inflammatory and resident cells within the fracture callus tissue. The treatment study using a mouse osteotomy model validated the micelles' therapeutic efficacy in promoting bone fracture healing as demonstrated by micro-CT and histological analyses. Collectively, these data suggest that the macromolecular prodrug-based micelle formulation of SIM may have great potential for clinical management of impaired fracture healing.

  20. EFFECT OF ULTRA-HIGH PRESSURE HOMOGENIZATION ON THE INTERACTION BETWEEN BOVINE CASEIN MICELLES AND RITONAVIR

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    Corzo-Martínez, M.; Mohan, M.; Dunlap, J.; Harte, F.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this work was to develop a milk-based powder formulation appropriate for pediatric delivery of ritonavir (RIT). Methods Ultra-high pressure homogenization (UHPH) at 0.1, 300 and 500 MPa was used to process a dispersion of pasteurized skim milk (SM) and ritonavir. Loading efficiency was determined by RP-HPLC-UV; characterization of RIT:SM systems was carried out by apparent average hydrodynamic diameter and rheological measurements as well as different analytical techniques including Trp fluorescence, UV spectroscopy, DSC, FTIR and SEM; and delivery capacity of casein micelles was determined by in vitro experiments promoting ritonavir release. Results Ritonavir interacted efficiently with milk proteins, especially, casein micelles, regardless of the processing pressure; however, results suggest that, at 0.1 MPa, ritonavir interacts with caseins at the micellar surface, whilst, at 300 and 500 MPa, ritonavir is integrated to the protein matrix during UHPH treatment. Likewise, in vitro experiments showed that ritonavir release from micellar casein systems is pH dependent; with a high retention of ritonavir during simulated gastric digestion and a rapid delivery under conditions simulating the small intestine environment. Conclusions Skim milk powder, especially, casein micelles are potentially suitable and efficient carrier systems to develop novel milk-based and low-ethanol powder formulations of ritonavir appropriate for pediatric applications. PMID:25270571

  1. Acid-Cleavable Unimolecular Micelles from Amphiphilic Star Copolymers for Triggered Release of Anticancer Drugs.

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    Zhang, Shan; Xu, Jianbin; Chen, Heng; Song, Zhangfa; Wu, Yalan; Dai, Xingyi; Kong, Jie

    2017-03-01

    In this contribution, amphiphilic star copolymers (H40-star-PCL-a-PEG) with an H40 hyperbranched polyester core and poly(ε-caprolactone)-a-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer arms linked with acetal groups are synthesized using ring-opening polymerization and a copper (I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition click reaction. The acid-cleavable acetal groups between the hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments of the arms endow the amphiphilic star copolymers with pH responsiveness. In aqueous solution, unimolecular micelles can be formed with good stability and a unique acid degradability, as is desirable for anticancer drug carriers. For the model drug of doxorubicin, the in vitro release behavior, intracellular release, and inhibition of proliferation of HeLa cells show that the acid-cleavable unimolecular micelles with anticancer activity can be dissociated in an acidic environment and efficiently internalized by HeLa cells. Due to the acid-cleavable and biodegradable nature, unimolecular micelles from amphiphilic star copolymers are promising for applications in intracellular drug delivery for cancer chemotherapy.

  2. Sorption of nonionic organic compounds in soil-water systems containing a micelle-forming surfactant

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    Sun, S.; Inskeep, W.P.; Boyd, S.A. |

    1994-12-31

    The solubility enhancement of nonionic organic compounds (NOCs) by surfactants may represent an important tool in chemical and biological remediation of contaminated soils. In aqueous systems, the presence of dissolved surfactant emulsions or micelles may enhance the solubility of NOCs by acting as a hydrophobic partitioning phase for the NOCs. However, most environmental remediation efforts involve soil-water or sediment-water systems, where surfactant molecules may also interact with the solid phase. An understanding of the effect of surfactants on the sorption and distribution of NOCs in soil or sediment environments will provide an essential basis for utilizing surfactants in environmental remediation. In this study, the authors examined the effect of a micelle-forming surfactant (Triton X-100) on the sorption of 2,2{prime},4,4{prime},5,5{prime}-PCB, 1,1-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane (p,p{prime}-DDT) and 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (1,2,4-TCB). A conceptual model, which accurately describes the functional dependence of K* on Triton X-100 concentration, was developed based on the partition coefficients of these NOCs by soil, soil-surfactant, surfactant monomer and surfactant micelle phases. This model can be further modified to provide quantitative prediction of K* of a given NOC at different surfactant concentrations.

  3. Stereocomplex micelle from nonlinear enantiomeric copolymers efficiently transports antineoplastic drug

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    Wang, Jixue; Shen, Kexin; Xu, Weiguo; Ding, Jianxun; Wang, Xiaoqing; Liu, Tongjun; Wang, Chunxi; Chen, Xuesi

    2015-05-01

    Nanoscale polymeric micelles have attracted more and more attention as a promising nanocarrier for controlled delivery of antineoplastic drugs. Herein, the doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded poly(D-lactide)-based micelle (PDM/DOX), poly(L-lactide)-based micelle (PLM/DOX), and stereocomplex micelle (SCM/DOX) from the equimolar mixture of the enantiomeric four-armed poly(ethylene glycol)-polylactide (PEG-PLA) copolymers were successfully fabricated. In phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at pH 7.4, SCM/DOX exhibited the smallest hydrodynamic diameter ( D h) of 90 ± 4.2 nm and the slowest DOX release compared with PDM/DOX and PLM/DOX. Moreover, PDM/DOX, PLM/DOX, and SCM/DOX exhibited almost stable D hs of around 115, 105, and 90 nm at above normal physiological condition, respectively, which endowed them with great potential in controlled drug delivery. The intracellular DOX fluorescence intensity after the incubation with the laden micelles was different degrees weaker than that incubated with free DOX · HCl within 12 h, probably due to the slow DOX release from micelles. As the incubation time reached to 24 h, all the cells incubated with the laden micelles, especially SCM/DOX, demonstrated a stronger intracellular DOX fluorescence intensity than free DOX · HCl-cultured ones. More importantly, all the DOX-loaded micelles, especially SCM/DOX, exhibited potent antineoplastic efficacy in vitro, excellent serum albumin-tolerance stability, and satisfactory hemocompatibility. These encouraging data indicated that the loading micelles from nonlinear enantiomeric copolymers, especially SCM/DOX, might be promising in clinical systemic chemotherapy through intravenous injection.

  4. Stepwise-activable multifunctional peptide-guided prodrug micelles for cancerous cells intracellular drug release

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    Zhang, Jing; Li, Mengfei; Yuan, Zhefan; Wu, Dan; Chen, Jia-da; Feng, Jie

    2016-10-01

    A novel type of stepwise-activable multifunctional peptide-guided prodrug micelles (MPPM) was fabricated for cancerous cells intracellular drug release. Deca-lysine sequence (K10), a type of cell-penetrating peptide, was synthesized and terminated with azido-glycine. Then a new kind of molecule, alkyne modified doxorubicin (DOX) connecting through disulfide bond (DOX-SS-alkyne), was synthesized. After coupling via Cu-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) click chemistry reaction, reduction-sensitive peptide-guided prodrug was obtained. Due to the amphiphilic property of the prodrug, it can assemble to form micelles. To prevent the nanocarriers from unspecific cellular uptake, the prodrug micelles were subsequently modified with 2,3-dimethyl maleic anhydride to obtain MPPM with a negatively charged outer shell. In vitro studies showed that MPPM could be shielded from cells under psychological environment. However, when arriving at mild acidic tumor site, the cell-penetrating capacity of MPPM would be activated by charge reversal of the micelles via hydrolysis of acid-labile β-carboxylic amides and regeneration of K10, which enabled efficient internalization of MPPM by tumor cells as well as following glutathione- and protease-induced drug release inside the cancerous cells. Furthermore, since the guide peptide sequences can be accurately designed and synthesized, it can be easily changed for various functions, such as targeting peptide, apoptotic peptide, even aptamers, only need to be terminated with azido-glycine. This method can be used as a template for reduction-sensitive peptide-guided prodrug for cancer therapy.

  5. Oligomeric structure of a cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide in dodecylphosphocholine micelle determined by NMR spectroscopy.

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    Saravanan, Rathi; Bhattacharjya, Surajit

    2011-01-01

    The broad spectrum of antibacterial activities of host defense cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) arises from their ability to perturb membrane integrity of the microbes. The mechanisms are often thought to require assembly of AMPs on the membrane surface to form pores. However, three dimensional structures in the oligomeric form of AMPs in the context of lipid membranes are largely limited. Here, we demonstrate that a 22-residue antimicrobial peptide, termed VK22, derived from fowlicidin-1, a cathelicidin family of AMP from chicken oligomerizes into a predominantly tetrameric state in zwitterionic dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles. An ensemble of NMR structures of VK22 determined in 200mM perdeuterated DPC, from 755 NOE constrains including 19 inter-helical NOEs, had revealed an assembly of four helices arranged in anti-parallel fashion. Hydrogen bonds, C(α)H-O=C types, and van der Waals interactions among the helical sub-units appear to be involved in the stabilization of the quaternary structures. The central region of the barrel shaped tetrameric bundle is non-polar with clusters of aromatic residues, whereas all the cationic residues are positioned at the termini. Paramagnetic spin labeled NMR experiments indicated that the tetrameric structure is embedded into micelles such that the non-polar region located inside the lipid acyl chains. Structure and micelle localization of a monomeric version, obtained from substitution of two Tyr residues with Ala, of the peptide is also compared. The mutated peptide VK22AA has been found be localized at the surface of the micelles. The tetrameric structure of VK22 delineates a small water pore that can be larger in the higher order oligomers. As these results provide structural insights, at atomic resolution, into the oligomeric states of a helical AMP in lipid environment, the structural details may be further utilized for the design of novel self-assembled membrane protein mimics.

  6. Structure and dynamics of bacteriophage IKe major coat protein in MPG micelles by solution NMR.

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    Williams, K A; Farrow, N A; Deber, C M; Kay, L E

    1996-04-23

    The structure and dynamics of the 53-residue filamentous bacteriophage IKe major coat protein in fully protonated myristoyllysophosphatidylglycerol (MPG) micelles were characterized using multinuclear solution NMR spectroscopy. Detergent-solubilized coat protein [sequence: see text] mimics the membrane-bound "assembly intermediate" form of the coat protein which occurs during part of the phage life cycle. NMR studies of the IKe coat protein show that the coat protein is largely alpha-helical, exhibiting a long amphipathic surface. helix (Asn 4 to Ser 26) and a shorter "micelle-spanning" C-terminal helix which begins at TRP 29 and continues at least to Phe 48. Pro 30 likely occurs in the first turn of the C-terminal helix, where it is ideally situated given the hydrogen bonding and steric restrictions imposed by this residue. The similarity of 15N relaxation values (T1, T2, and NOE and 500 MHz and T2 at 600 MHz) among much of the N-terminal helix and all of the TM helix indicates that the N-terminal helix is as closely associated with the micelle as the TM helix. The description of the protein in the micelle is supported by the observation of NOEs between lysolipid protons and protein amide protons between asn 8 and Ser 50. The N-terminal and TM helices exhibit substantial mobility on the microsecond to second time scale, which likely reflects changes in the orientation between the two helices. The overall findings serve to clarify the role of individual residues in the context of a TM alpha-helix and provide an understanding of the secondary structure, dynamics, and aqueous and micellar environments of the coat protein.

  7. Pressure dependence of the compressibility of a micelle and a protein: insights from cavity formation analysis

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    Pereira, Brian; Jain, Sandeep; Sarupria, Sapna; Yang, Lu; Garde, Shekhar

    We present results from molecular dynamics simulations of a spherical micelle comprising 80 non-ionic C8E5 surfactants in water, a protein staphylococcal nuclease in water, and bulk n-hexane and water liquids over a range of hydrostatic pressures. We focus specifically on the pressure dependence of the volumetric properties - the partial molar volume and partial molar compressibility - of the micelle, the protein, and bulk liquids. We find that the micelle interior displays properties similar to liquid alkanes over a range of pressures and has a compressibility of ˜100-110×10-6 bar-1 under ambient conditions, which is more than twice that of liquid water. In contrast, the pressure dependence of the protein interior resembles that of solid organic polymeric materials and has a compressibility of ˜ 5-10×10-6 bar-1. We performed extensive analysis of cavity formation in all systems. Interestingly, it is not the average cavity size but the width of the cavity size distribution in a given medium that correlates with the compressibility of that medium over a broad range of pressures up to several kilobars. Correspondingly, the cavity size distribution is most sharply defined in protein interiors and is broadest in the micelle interior and in n-hexane. To explore the correlation between cavity formation and compressibility, we present preliminary calculations using the information theory approach in the bulk water phase. Analysis of cavity formation and, especially, the nature of the cavity size distribution may provide a sensitive probe of the compressibility and flexibility of local molecular environments in inhomogeneous condensed media.

  8. A Design-Based Research Investigation of a Web-Based Learning Environment Designed to Support the Reading Process

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    Kidwai, Khusro

    2009-01-01

    This research study had two purposes, (a) to design and develop a Web-based learning environment that supports the use of a set of reading strategies, and (b) to investigate the impact of this Web-based learning environment on readers' "memory" and "understanding" of an instructional unit on the human heart (Dwyer &…

  9. Platonic Micelles: Monodisperse Micelles with Discrete Aggregation Numbers Corresponding to Regular Polyhedra

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    Fujii, Shota; Yamada, Shimpei; Matsumoto, Sakiko; Kubo, Genki; Yoshida, Kenta; Tabata, Eri; Miyake, Rika; Sanada, Yusuke; Akiba, Isamu; Okobira, Tadashi; Yagi, Naoto; Mylonas, Efstratios; Ohta, Noboru; Sekiguchi, Hiroshi; Sakurai, Kazuo

    2017-03-01

    The concept of micelles was first proposed in 1913 by McBain and has rationalized numerous experimental results of the self-aggregation of surfactants. It is generally agreed that the aggregation number (Nagg) for spherical micelles has no exact value and a certain distribution. However, our studies of calix[4]arene surfactants showed that they were monodisperse with a defined Nagg whose values are chosen from 6, 8, 12, 20, and 32. Interestingly, some of these numbers coincide with the face numbers of Platonic solids, thus we named them “Platonic micelles”. The preferred Nagg values were explained in relation to the mathematical Tammes problem: how to obtain the best coverage of a sphere surface with multiple identical circles. The coverage ratio D(N) can be calculated and produces maxima at N = 6, 12, 20, and 32, coinciding with the observed Nagg values. We presume that this “Platonic nature” may hold for any spherical micelles when Nagg is sufficiently small.

  10. Platonic Micelles: Monodisperse Micelles with Discrete Aggregation Numbers Corresponding to Regular Polyhedra

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    Fujii, Shota; Yamada, Shimpei; Matsumoto, Sakiko; Kubo, Genki; Yoshida, Kenta; Tabata, Eri; Miyake, Rika; Sanada, Yusuke; Akiba, Isamu; Okobira, Tadashi; Yagi, Naoto; Mylonas, Efstratios; Ohta, Noboru; Sekiguchi, Hiroshi; Sakurai, Kazuo

    2017-01-01

    The concept of micelles was first proposed in 1913 by McBain and has rationalized numerous experimental results of the self-aggregation of surfactants. It is generally agreed that the aggregation number (Nagg) for spherical micelles has no exact value and a certain distribution. However, our studies of calix[4]arene surfactants showed that they were monodisperse with a defined Nagg whose values are chosen from 6, 8, 12, 20, and 32. Interestingly, some of these numbers coincide with the face numbers of Platonic solids, thus we named them “Platonic micelles”. The preferred Nagg values were explained in relation to the mathematical Tammes problem: how to obtain the best coverage of a sphere surface with multiple identical circles. The coverage ratio D(N) can be calculated and produces maxima at N = 6, 12, 20, and 32, coinciding with the observed Nagg values. We presume that this “Platonic nature” may hold for any spherical micelles when Nagg is sufficiently small. PMID:28290532

  11. Multimodality CT/SPECT Evaluation of Micelle Drug Carriers for Treatment of Breast Tumors

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    2007-07-01

    First, PEG-PLA micelles encapsulating quantum dots (QD) were produced. These micelles were subsequently characterized using transmission electron...micelles contain up to hundreds of individual quantum dots. These results indicate that micelles are formed successfully and encapsulate one or more...appears that the fluorescence of the QDs is not markedly diminished by encapsulation in the micelles. However, the fluorescence of the QDs when

  12. Role of Charge and Solvation in the Structure and Dynamics of Alanine-Rich Peptide AKA2 in AOT Reverse Micelles

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    2015-01-01

    The propensity of peptides to form α-helices has been intensely studied using theory, computation, and experiment. Important model peptides for the study of the coil-to-helix transition have been alanine–lysine (AKA) peptides in which the lysine residues are placed on opposite sides of the helix avoiding charge repulsion while enhancing solubility. In this study, the effects of capped versus zwitterionic peptide termini on the secondary structure of alanine-rich peptides in reverse micelles are explored. The reverse micelles are found to undergo substantial shape fluctuations, a property observed in previous studies of AOT reverse micelles in the absence of solvated peptide. The peptides are observed to interact with water, as well as the AOT surfactant, including interactions between the nonpolar residues and the aliphatic surfactant tails. Computation of IR spectra for the amide I band of the peptide allows for direct comparison with experimental spectra. The results demonstrate that capped AKA2 peptides form more stable α helices than zwitterionic AKA2 peptides in reverse micelles. The rotational anisotropy decay of water is found to be distinctly different in the presence or absence of peptide within the reverse micelle, suggesting that the introduction of peptide significantly alters the number of free waters within the reverse micelle nanopool. However, neither the nature of the peptide termini (capped or charged) nor the degree of peptide helicity is found to significantly alter the balance of interactions between the peptides and the environment. Observed changes in the degree of helicity in AKA2 peptides in bulk solution and in reverse micelle environments result from changes in peptide confinement and hydration as well as direct nonpolar and polar interactions with the water–surfactant interface. PMID:25337983

  13. WISDOM GPR investigations in a Mars-analog environment during the SAFER rover operation simulation

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    Dorizon, S.; Ciarletti, V.; Plettemeier, D.; Vieau, A.-J.; Benedix, W.-S.; Mütze, M.; Hassen-Kodja, R.; Humeau, O.

    2014-04-01

    The WISDOM (Water Ice Subsurface Deposits Observations on Mars) Ground Penetrating Radar has been selected to be onboard the ExoMars 2018 rover mission [1]. This instrument will investigate the Martian shallow subsurface and provide the geological context of the mission, by characterizing the subsurface in terms of structure, stratigraphy and potential buried objects. It will also quantify the geoelectrical properties of the medium, which are directly related to its nature, its water or salts content and its hardness [2]. WISDOM data will provide important clues to guide the drilling operations to location of potential exobiological interest. A prototype available in LATMOS, France, is currently tested in a wide range of natural environments. In this context, the WISDOM team participated in the SAFER (Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover) field trial that occurred from 7th to 13th October 2013 in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Designed to gather together scientists and engineers in a context of a real Martian mission with a rover, the SAFER trial was the opportunity to use three onboard ExoMars instruments, namely CLUPI (Close- UP Imager), PANCAM (Panoramic Camera) and WISDOM, to investigate the chosen area. We present the results derived from WISDOM data acquired over the SAFER trial site to characterize the shallow subsurface of the area.

  14. Effect of compressed CO2 on the critical micelle concentration and aggregation number of AOT reverse micelles in isooctane.

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    Chen, Jing; Zhang, Jianling; Han, Buxing; Feng, Xiaoying; Hou, Minqiang; Li, Wenjing; Zhang, Zhaofu

    2006-10-25

    The effect of compressed CO2 on the critical micelle concentration (cmc) and aggregation number of sodium bis-2-ethylhexylsulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles in isooctane solution was studied by UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy methods in the temperature range of 303.2-318.2 K and at different pressures or mole fractions of CO2 (X(CO2)). The capacity of the reverse micelles to solubilize water was also determined by direct observation. The standard Gibbs free energy (DeltaGo(m)), standard enthalpy (DeltaHo(m)), and standard entropy (DeltaSo(m)) for the formation of the reverse micelles were calculated by using the cmc data determined. It was discovered that the cmc versus X(CO2) curve and the DeltaGo(m) versus X(CO2) curve for a fixed temperature have a minimum, and the aggregation number and water-solubilization capacity of the reverse micelles reach a maximum at the X(CO2) value corresponding to that minimum. These results indicate that CO2 at a suitable concentration favors the formation of and can stabilize AOT reverse micelles. A detailed thermodynamic study showed that the driving force for the formation of the reverse micelles is entropy.

  15. Combined Quenching Mechanism of Anthracene Fluorescence by Cetylpyridinium Chloride in Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Micelles.

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    Soemo, Angela R; Pemberton, Jeanne E

    2014-03-01

    The Stern-Volmer quenching constant (KSV) for quenching of anthracene fluorescence in sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles by pyridinium chloride has been reported previously to be 520 M(-1) based on steady state fluorescence measurements. However, such measurements cannot distinguish static versus dynamic contributions to the overall quenching. In the work reported here, the quenching dynamics of anthracene in SDS micelles by cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), an analogue of pyridinium chloride, were investigated using both steady state and time resolved fluorescence quenching. Concurrent measurement of the decrease in fluorescence intensity and lifetime of anthracene provide a quantitative evaluation of collision induced (i.e. dynamic) versus complex formation (i.e. static) quenching of the anthracene fluorophore. The results reveal that a combined quenching mechanism is operative with approximately equal constants of 249 ± 6 M(-1) and 225 ± 12 M(-1) for dynamic and static quenching, respectively.

  16. Supramolecular Structural Forces in Stratifying Foam Films and Micelle Aggregation Number

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    Yilixiati, Subinuer; Zhang, Yiran; Wojcik, Ewelina; Rafiq, Rabees; Sharma, Vivek

    Understanding and controlling the drainage kinetics of thin films is an important problem that underlies the stability, lifetime and rheology of foams and emulsions. Foam films containing micelles, colloidal particles or polyelectrolyte-surfactant mixtures exhibit step-wise thinning or stratification, due to the influence of non-DLVO forces, including supramolecular oscillatory structural forces. In this study, we use experiments and theory to investigate the drainage and stratification in vertical and horizontal thin foam films (<100 nm) formed by aqueous sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solutions. We determine how the concentration of surfactants and added salt influences the stepwise thinning process for micellar solutions, and how step size can be used for estimating micelle size and interactions. The concentration-dependent aggregation number extracted from our experiments match-up reasonably well with values obtained by other techniques including scattering and fluorescence.

  17. Improvement in electric and dielectric properties of nanoferrite synthesized via reverse micelle technique

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    Thakur, Sangeeta; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, M.

    2007-12-01

    Nano nickel zinc ferrite (Ni0.58Zn0.42Fe2O4) with fascinating dielectric properties which reveal a direction for application was synthesized by reverse micelle technique. Dielectric constant and dielectric losses are controlled up to a measurement temperature of around 473K at higher frequency range of 9-19MHz. The dielectric loss of the sample investigated at room temperature is only 0.003 at 19MHz. The presently studied nanoferrite also exhibits a high value of dc resistivity, 108Ωcm. High resistivity and low dielectric constant and loss can be corelated to small grain size and better compositional stoichiometry obtained as a result of processing via reverse micelle technique at low sintering temperature (773K).

  18. Preparation of well-defined ibuprofen prodrug micelles by RAFT polymerization.

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    Hasegawa, Urara; van der Vlies, André J; Wandrey, Christine; Hubbell, Jeffrey A

    2013-09-09

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to treat acute pain, fever, and inflammation and are being explored in a new indication in cancer. Side effects associated with long-term use of NSAIDs such as gastrointestinal damage and elevated risk of stroke, however, can limit their use and exploration in new indications. Here we report a facile method to prepare well-defined amphiphilic diblock copolymer NSAID prodrugs by direct reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization of the acrylamide derivative of ibuprofen (IBU), a widely used NSAID. The synthesis and self-assembling behavior of amphiphilic diblock copolymers (PEG-PIBU) having a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) block and a hydrophobic IBU-bearing prodrug block were investigated. Release profiles of IBU from the micelles by hydrolysis were evaluated. Furthermore, the antiproliferative action of the IBU-containing micelles in human cervical carcinoma (HeLa) and murine melanoma (B16-F10) cells was assessed.

  19. Structural and rheological studies on growth of salt-free wormlike micelles formed by star-type trimeric surfactants.

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    Kusano, Takumi; Iwase, Hiroki; Yoshimura, Tomokazu; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro

    2012-12-11

    We investigated the growth mechanisms of wormlike micelles formed by star-type trimeric surfactant (3C(12)trisQ) with a hydrocarbon chain length of 12 in an aqueous solution. A 3C(n)trisQ molecule consists of three hydrocarbon chains and three hydrophilic groups connected by spacer chains, where n is the carbon number in the hydrocarbon chain. Our recent studies showed that the aggregates formed by 3C(12)trisQ exhibited sphere-to-rod transition and the growth of wormlike micelles in an aqueous solution in the absence of salt. We performed small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and rheological measurements and investigated the aggregation behavior of 3C(12)trisQ with various surfactant volume fractions. All SANS profiles for the 3C(12)trisQ indicated peak-profiles in the q range of 0.02 Å(-1) < q < 0.05 Å(-1), where the magnitude of the scattering vector q is defined by q = 4π sin(θ/2)/λ (λ and θ represent the wavelength and scattering angle, respectively). These peaks were attributed to repulsive interparticle interactions between the micelles. The volume fraction dependence of the SANS peak-position was in agreement with the rheological behavior. These results suggest that 3C(12)trisQ shows sphere-to-rod transition and can produce wormlike micelles in the absence of salt. To determine the structural parameters quantitatively, model-fitting analysis was performed using a charged cylindrical or charged ellipsoidal particle scattering function. The radius, length, and number of water molecules per surfactant molecule (n(w)) inside the micelles were evaluated. The length increased and the n(w) value decreased with increasing φ, indicating that the growth of a wormlike micelle accompanies the extrusion of water from the micelle. The end-cap energies of star-type trimeric, gemini, and monomeric surfactants were evaluated from φ dependence of zero-shear viscosity. We found that wormlike micelles formed by 3C(12)trisQ exhibited a higher end-cap energy than gemini

  20. Folate-mediated targeted and intracellular delivery of paclitaxel using a novel deoxycholic acid-O-carboxymethylated chitosan–folic acid micelles

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    Wang, Feihu; Chen, Yuxuan; Zhang, Dianrui; Zhang, Qiang; Zheng, Dandan; Hao, Leilei; Liu, Yue; Duan, Cunxian; Jia, Lejiao; Liu, Guangpu

    2012-01-01

    Background A critical disadvantage for successful chemotherapy with paclitaxel (PTX) is its nontargeting nature to cancer cells. Folic acid has been employed as a targeting ligand of various anticancer agents to increase their cellular uptake within target cells since the folate receptor is overexpressed on the surface of such tumor cells. In this study, a novel biodegradable deoxycholic acid-O-carboxymethylated chitosan–folic acid conjugate (DOMC-FA) was used to form micelles for encapsulating the anticancer drug PTX. Methods and results The drug-loading efficiency, encapsulation efficiency, in vitro drug release and physicochemical properties of PTX-loaded micelles were investigated in detail. In vitro cell culture studies were carried out in MCF-7 cells, a human breast carcinoma cell line, with folate receptor overexpressed on its surface. An increased level of uptake of folate-conjugated micelles compared to plain micelles in MCF-7 cells was observed, and the enhanced uptake of folate-micelles mainly on account of the effective process of folate receptor-mediated endocytosis. The MTT assay, morphological changes, and apoptosis test implied that the folate-conjugated micelles enhanced the cell death by folate-mediated active internalization, and the cytotoxicity of the FA-micellar PTX (DOMC-FA/PTX) to cancer cells was much higher than micelles without folate (DOMC/PTX) or the commercially available injectable preparation of PTX (Taxol). Conclusion Results indicate that the PTX-loaded DOMC-FA micelle is a successful anticancertargeted drug-delivery system for effective cancer chemotherapy. PMID:22287842

  1. High-Q ultrasonic determination of the critical nanoaggregate concentration of asphaltenes and the critical micelle concentration of standard surfactants.

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    Andreatta, Gaëlle; Bostrom, Neil; Mullins, Oliver C

    2005-03-29

    Asphaltenes are known to be interfacially active in many circumstances such as at toluene-water interfaces. Furthermore, the term micelle has been used to describe the primary aggregation of asphaltenes in good solvents such as toluene. Nevertheless, there has been significant uncertainty regarding the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of asphaltenes and even whether the micelle concept is appropriate for asphaltenes. To avoid semantic debates we introduce the terminology critical nanoaggregate concentration (CNAC) for asphaltenes. In this report, we investigate asphaltenes and standard surfactants using high-Q, ultrasonic spectroscopy in both aqueous and organic solvents. As expected, standard surfactants are shown to exhibit a sharp break in sonic velocity versus concentration at known CMCs. To prove our methods, we measured known surfactants with CMCs in the range from 0.010 g/L to 2.3 g/L in agreement with the literature. Using density determinations, we obtain micelle compressibilities consistent with previous literature reports. Asphaltenes are also shown to exhibit behavior similar to that of ultrasonic velocity versus concentration as standard surfactants; asphaltene CNACs in toluene occur at roughly 0.1 g/L, although the exact concentration depends on the specific (crude oil) asphaltene. Furthermore, using asphaltene solution densities, we show that asphaltene nanoaggregate compressibilities are similar to micellar compressibilities obtained with standard nonionic surfactants in toluene. These results strongly support the contention that asphaltenes in toluene can be treated roughly within the micelle framework, although asphaltenes may exhibit small levels of aggregation (dimers, etc.) below their CNAC. Furthermore, our extensive results on known surfactants agree with the literature while the asphaltene CNACs reported here are one to two orders of magnitude lower than most previously published results. (Previous work utilized the terminology "micelle

  2. Folate-bovine serum albumin functionalized polymeric micelles loaded with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for tumor targeting and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Li, Huan; Yan, Kai; Shang, Yalei; Shrestha, Lochan; Liao, Rufang; Liu, Fang; Li, Penghui; Xu, Haibo; Xu, Zushun; Chu, Paul K

    2015-03-01

    Polymeric micelles functionalized with folate conjugated bovine serum albumin (FA-BSA) and loaded with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) are investigated as a specific contrast agent for tumor targeting and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vitro and in vivo. The SPIONs-loaded polymeric micelles are produced by self-assembly of amphiphilic poly(HFMA-co-MOTAC)-g-PEGMA copolymers and oleic acid modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles and functionalized with FA-BSA by electrostatic interaction. The FA-BSA modified magnetic micelles have a hydrodynamic diameter of 196.1 nm, saturation magnetization of 5.5 emu/g, and transverse relaxivity of 167.0 mM(-1) S(-1). In vitro MR imaging, Prussian blue staining, and intracellular iron determination studies demonstrate that the folate-functionalized magnetic micelles have larger cellular uptake against the folate-receptor positive hepatoma cells Bel-7402 than the unmodified magnetic micelles. In vivo MR imaging conducted on nude mice bearing the Bel-7402 xenografts after bolus intravenous administration reveals excellent tumor targeting and MR imaging capabilities, especially at 24h post-injection. These findings suggest the potential of FA-BSA modified magnetic micelles as targeting MRI probe in tumor detection.

  3. Dynamics of water at the interface in reverse micelles: measurements of spectral diffusion with two-dimensional infrared vibrational echoes.

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    Fenn, Emily E; Wong, Daryl B; Giammanco, Chiara H; Fayer, M D

    2011-10-13

    Water dynamics inside of reverse micelles made from the surfactant Aerosol-OT (AOT) were investigated by observing spectral diffusion, orientational relaxation, and population relaxation using two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) vibrational echo spectroscopy and pump-probe experiments. The water pool sizes of the reverse micelles studied ranged in size from 5.8 to 1.7 nm in diameter. It is found that spectral diffusion, characterized by the frequency-frequency correlation function (FFCF), significantly changes as the water pool size decreases. For the larger reverse micelles (diameter 4.6 nm and larger), the 2D IR signal is composed of two spectral components: a signal from bulk-like core water, and a signal from water at the headgroup interface. Each of these signals (core water and interfacial water) is associated with a distinct FFCF. The FFCF of the interfacial water layer can be obtained using a modified center line slope (CLS) method that has been recently developed. The interfacial FFCFs for large reverse micelles have a single exponential decay (∼1.6 ps) to an offset plus a fast homogeneous component and are nearly identical for all large sizes. The observed ∼1.6 ps interfacial decay component is approximately the same as that found for bulk water and may reflect hydrogen bond rearrangement of bulk-like water molecules hydrogen bonded to the interfacial water molecules. The long time offset arises from dynamics that are too slow to be measured on the accessible experimental time scale. The influence of the chemical nature of the interface on spectral diffusion was explored by comparing data for water inside reverse micelles (5.8 nm water pool diameter) made from the surfactants AOT and Igepal CO-520. AOT has charged, sulfonate head groups, while Igepal CO-520 has neutral, hydroxyl head groups. It is found that spectral diffusion on the observable time scales is not overly sensitive to the chemical makeup of the interface. An intermediate-sized AOT reverse

  4. Foton 11: ESA investigates further the space environment and its impact on organisms

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    1997-10-01

    Scientific research conducted under space conditions can provide new insight into how processes occur on Earth and organisms function. The unmanned Foton spacecraft has been used since 1988 to conduct such investigations. Now on its 11th mission and the fifth in which ESA has taken part, Foton is carrying some 80 kg of ESA payload: two ESA research facilities (an incubator and an experiment holder on the outside of the spacecraft) are on board along with 12 scientific experiments. The French space agency (CNES) and the German space agency (DARA) also have payload on the spacecraft. ESA's space-qualified incubator, called Biobox, keeps organisms at predefined conditions. During this mission, the three Biobox experiments are looking at the reaction of bone cells in microgravity. The second ESA facility, a pan-shaped container called Biopan attached to the outside of Foton, is used to expose experiment samples directly to the space environment in order to study the impact of space's extreme temperatures, ultraviolet and cosmic radiation, and near-perfect vacuum. On this mission, the six Biopan experiments are concentrating on exobiology, radiation biology and material science. Biopan has a motor-driven, hinged lid and is equipped with devices and sensors that measure the various aspects of the environment to which the experiments are subjected. Once Foton is in orbit, a telecommand is sent from ground and the lid opens to expose the samples to the environment. At the end of the mission, another command is sent and the lid closes. Since Biopan is on the outside of Foton, it also has its own ablative heat shield to protect the facility and samples during the spacecraft's re-entry and landing. Other ESA experiments on board Foton are looking into the effects of weightlessness on bacteria, the biological clocks of beetles and the aging of fruitflies. The scientific investigators responsible for the ESA experiments are from research institutes and universities in Belgium

  5. A method for determining transmembrane helix association and orientation in detergent micelles using small angle x-ray scattering.

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    Bu, Z; Engelman, D M

    1999-01-01

    Solution small angle x-ray scattering can be used to study the association of transmembrane proteins solubilized in detergent micelles. We have used the alpha-helical transmembrane domain of the human erythrocyte glycophorin A (GpA) fused to the carboxyl terminus of monomeric staphylococcal nuclease (SN/GpA) as a model system for study. By matching the average electron density of the detergent micelles to that of the buffer solution, the micelle contribution to the small angle scattering vanishes, and the molecular weight and the radius of gyration of the proteins can be determined. SN/GpA has been found to dimerize in a zwitterionic detergent micelle, N-dodecyl-N,N-(dimethylammonio)butyrate (DDMAB), whose average electron density naturally matches the electron density of an aqueous buffer. The dimerization occurs through the transmembrane domains of GpA. With the aid of the nuclease domain scattering, the orientation of the helices within a dimer can be determined to be parallel by radius of gyration analysis. The association constant of a mutant (G83I) that weakens the GpA dimerization has been determined to be 24 microM in the DDMAB environment. The experimental methods established here could be used to apply solution small angle x-ray scattering to studying the association and interactions of other membrane proteins. PMID:10423450

  6. Interactions of casein micelles with calcium phosphate particles.

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    Tercinier, Lucile; Ye, Aiqian; Anema, Skelte G; Singh, Anne; Singh, Harjinder

    2014-06-25

    Insoluble calcium phosphate particles, such as hydroxyapatite (HA), are often used in calcium-fortified milks as they are considered to be chemically unreactive. However, this study showed that there was an interaction between the casein micelles in milk and HA particles. The caseins in milk were shown to bind to the HA particles, with the relative proportions of bound β-casein, αS-casein, and κ-casein different from the proportions of the individual caseins present in milk. Transmission electron microscopy showed no evidence of intact casein micelles on the surface of the HA particles, which suggested that the casein micelles dissociated either before or during binding. The HA particles behaved as ion chelators, with the ability to bind the ions contained in the milk serum phase. Consequently, the depletion of the serum minerals disrupted the milk mineral equilibrium, resulting in dissociation of the casein micelles in milk.

  7. Influence of succinylation on physicochemical property of yak casein micelles.

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    Yang, Min; Yang, Jitao; Zhang, Yuan; Zhang, Weibing

    2016-01-01

    Succinylation is a chemical-modification method that affects the physicochemical characteristics and functional properties of proteins. This study assessed the influence of succinylation on the physicochemical properties of yak casein micelles. The results revealed that surface hydrophobicity indices decreased with succinylation. Additionally, denaturation temperature and denaturation enthalpy decreased with increasing succinylation level, except at 82%. The buffering properties of yak casein micelles were affected by succinylation. It was found that chemical modification contributed to a slight shift of the buffering peak towards a lower pH value and a markedly increase of the maximum buffering values of yak casein micelles at pH 4.5-6.0 and pH < 3. Succinylation increased yak casein micellar hydration and whiteness values. The findings obtained from this study will provide the basic information on the physicochemical properties of native and succinylated yak casein micelles.

  8. Setting the Time Frame - Investigating Culture-Environment Interactions in the Late Quaternary

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    Klasen, N.; Just, J.; Rethemeyer, J.

    2015-12-01

    We present a status update of luminescence age estimates of sediments from Ethiopia and the Iberian Peninsula that are related to human occupation and are currently being investigated in the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center "Our way to Europe - Culture-Environment Interaction and Human Mobility in the Late Quaternary" (CRC806). The aim of the project is to investigate the dispersal of anatomically modern humans from Africa to Europe, and a robust chronology is essential. In the CRC806, dating is provided by luminescence, palaeomagnetic and radiocarbon techniques. A key site of the CRC806 is Chew Bahir in Ethiopia. This lake basin is located in the source area of the emergence of anatomically modern humans. Radiocarbon, luminescence and palaeomagnetic dating have been used to develop an age-depth model for drill core sediments that date back to 115 ka over 42 m depth. The model is independent of palaeoclimatic proxy interpretation. On the Iberian Peninsula cave deposits have been dated with luminescence techniques and compared to radiocarbon ages wherever applicable. Recently, existing radiocarbon chronologies on the Iberian Peninsula have been revised in light of methodological developments. Robust luminescence dating is therefore especially important in this region, where the stratigraphy is difficult to constrain. We aim to improve the precision of luminescence age estimates by comparing different measurement techniques for equivalent dose and dose-rate determinations, and by using Bayesian statistics to develop age-depth models. Combining different chronological techniques has enabled the development of accurate and precise chronologies, which will allow a better understanding of the emergence of modern humans.

  9. Ionization of cationic micelles: effect of the detergent structure

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    Zana, R.

    1980-12-01

    Measurements show that the micelle ionization degree decreases upon increasing chain length in the alkyltrimethylammonium bromides series, increases with the size of the ionic head group in the tetradecyltrialkylammonium bromide series, and with the length of the variable alkyl chain in the dodecyldimethylalkylammonium bromide series. These variations have been explained in terms of changes of surface area per head group calculated on the basis of a model which assumes spherical micelles. 34 references.

  10. Hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels crosslinked by multifunctional block copolymer micelles

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    Xiao, Longxi; Liu, Chao; Zhu, Jiahua; Pochan, Darrin J.; Jia, Xinqiao

    2010-01-01

    Amphiphlic block copolymers consisting of hydrophilic, poly(acrylic acid) randomly decorated with acrylate groups and hydrophobic, rubbery poly(n-butyl acrylate) self-assembled into well-defined micelles with an average diameter of ~21 nm. Radical polymerization of acrylamide in the presence of the crosslinkable micelles gave rise to hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels whose mechancial properties can be readily tuned by varying the BCM concentration. PMID:21278815

  11. New self-assembled nanocrystal micelles for biolabels and biosensors.

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    Tallant, David Robert; Wilson, Michael C. (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM); Leve, Erik W. (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM); Fan, Hongyou; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Gabaldon, John (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM); Scullin, Chessa (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)

    2005-12-01

    The ability of semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) to display multiple (size-specific) colors simultaneously during a single, long term excitation holds great promise for their use in fluorescent bio-imaging. The main challenges of using nanocrystals as biolabels are achieving biocompatibility, low non-specific adsorption, and no aggregation. In addition, functional groups that can be used to further couple and conjugate with biospecies (proteins, DNAs, antibodies, etc.) are required. In this project, we invented a new route to the synthesis of water-soluble and biocompatible NCs. Our approach is to encapsulate as-synthesized, monosized, hydrophobic NCs within the hydrophobic cores of micelles composed of a mixture of surfactants and phospholipids containing head groups functionalized with polyethylene glycol (-PEG), -COOH, and NH{sub 2} groups. PEG provided biocompatibility and the other groups were used for further biofunctionalization. The resulting water-soluble metal and semiconductor NC-micelles preserve the optical properties of the original hydrophobic NCs. Semiconductor NCs emit the same color; they exhibit equal photoluminescence (PL) intensity under long-time laser irradiation (one week) ; and they exhibit the same PL lifetime (30-ns). The results from transmission electron microscopy and confocal fluorescent imaging indicate that water-soluble semiconductor NC-micelles are biocompatible and exhibit no aggregation in cells. We have extended the surfactant/lipid encapsulation techniques to synthesize water-soluble magnetic NC-micelles. Transmission electron microscopy results suggest that water-soluble magnetic NC-micelles exhibit no aggregation. The resulting NC-micelles preserve the magnetic properties of the original hydrophobic magnetic NCs. Viability studies conducted using yeast cells suggest that the magnetic nanocrystal-micelles are biocompatible. We have demonstrated, for the first time, that using external oscillating magnetic fields to manipulate

  12. Investigation of Low Heat Accumulation Asphalt Mixture and Its Impact on Urban Heat Environment.

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    Xie, Jianguang; Yang, Zhaoxu; Liang, Leilei

    2015-01-01

    This study is focused on investigating the effectiveness of low heat accumulation asphalt mixture and its impact on the urban heat environment. Infrared radiation experiments showed that the temperature of the asphalt mixture decreased with the increase in far-infrared radiant material. The results also revealed that, compared to asphalt with 0% far-infrared radiant content, the asphalt material with a certain ratio of far-infrared radiation material had higher stability at high and low temperatures as well as good water absorption capacity. The Marshall stability of the specimen mixed with 6% far-infrared radiant was higher by 12.2% and had a residual stability of up to 98.9%. Moreover, the low-temperature splitting tensile strength of the asphalt mixture with 6% far-infrared radiation material increased by 21.3%. The friction coefficient of the asphalt mixtures with 6% and 12% far-infrared radiation material increased by 17.7% and 26.9%, respectively.

  13. Investigation on the high efficiency volume Bragg gratings performances for spectrometry in space environment: preliminary results

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    Loicq, Jérôme; Gaspar Venancio, Luis Miguel; Georges, Marc

    2012-09-01

    The special properties of Volume Bragg Gratings (VBGs) make them good candidates for spectrometry applications where high spectral resolution, low level of straylight and low polarisation sensitivity are required. Therefore it is of interest to assess the maturity and suitability of VBGs as enabling technology for future ESA missions with demanding requirements for spectrometry. The VBGs suitability for space application is being investigated in the frame of a project led by CSL and funded by the European Space Agency. The goal of this work is twofold: first the theoretical advantages and drawbacks of VBGs with respect to other technologies with identical functionalities are assessed, and second the performances of VBG samples in a representative space environment are experimentally evaluated. The performances of samples of two VBGs technologies, the Photo-Thermo-Refractive (PTR) glass and the DiChromated Gelatine (DCG), are assessed and compared in the Hα, O2-B and NIR bands. The tests are performed under vacuum condition combined with temperature cycling in the range of 200 K to 300K. A dedicated test bench experiment is designed to evaluate the impact of temperature on the spectral efficiency and to determine the optical wavefront error of the diffracted beam. Furthermore the diffraction efficiency degradation under gamma irradiation is assessed. Finally the straylight, the diffraction efficiency under conical incidence and the polarisation sensitivity is evaluated.

  14. Investigating the circumstellar environments of young stars with the PROMPT polarimeter

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    Moran, Jane A.

    We have designed and built a prototype imaging polarimeter for use on the PROMPT robotic telescopes located at the Cerro Tololo International Observatory. The polarimeter uses a Fresnel rhomb and wollaston prism to image two orthogonal polarization states onto a single CCD chip, with an image field of view of 10x4.5 arcmin. Using the polarimeter, we have investigated the circumstellar regions of 11 Herbig Ae/Be stars, and done extensive follow-up observations of 3 stars of interest: KK Oph, a well-studied star with previously limited polarimetric data; NX Pup, a star known to vary photometrically but with previously unknown polarimetric variability; and SS7344, a star with very limited previous photometric data and no prior polarimetric data. We have found polarimetric and photometric variations in KK Oph and NX Pup that are consistent with models of dust obscuration. Both KK Oph and NX Pup show an increase in polarization accompanied by a decrease in visual magnitude and a reddening. However, neither star shows the "blueing" at deep minima and maximum polarization characteristic of the UXor classification of stars. We have demonstrated that SS7344 has an intrinsic polarization, but does not display the photometric and polarimetric variations expected from a young star with an evolving circumstellar environment, indicating that this object either has a disk seen in an orientation that has little inclination, or one with no appreciable puffed-up inner rim.

  15. Investigating Hydrocarbon Seep Environments with High-Resolution, Three-Dimensional Geographic Visualizations.

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    Doolittle, D. F.; Gharib, J. J.; Mitchell, G. A.

    2015-12-01

    Detailed photographic imagery and bathymetric maps of the seafloor acquired by deep submergence vehicles such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) are expanding how scientists and the public view and ultimately understand the seafloor and the processes that modify it. Several recently acquired optical and acoustic datasets, collected during ECOGIG (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf) and other Gulf of Mexico expeditions using the National Institute for Undersea Science Technology (NIUST) Eagle Ray, and Mola Mola AUVs, have been fused with lower resolution data to create unique three-dimensional geovisualizations. Included in these data are multi-scale and multi-resolution visualizations over hydrocarbon seeps and seep related features. Resolution of the data range from 10s of mm to 10s of m. When multi-resolution data is integrated into a single three-dimensional visual environment, new insights into seafloor and seep processes can be obtained from the intuitive nature of three-dimensional data exploration. We provide examples and demonstrate how integration of multibeam bathymetry, seafloor backscatter data, sub-bottom profiler data, textured photomosaics, and hull-mounted multibeam acoustic midwater imagery are made into a series a three-dimensional geovisualizations of actively seeping sites and associated chemosynthetic communities. From these combined and merged datasets, insights on seep community structure, morphology, ecology, fluid migration dynamics, and process geomorphology can be investigated from new spatial perspectives. Such datasets also promote valuable inter-comparisons of sensor resolution and performance.

  16. COSMO-SkyMed Image Investigation of Snow Features in Alpine Environment

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    Paloscia, Simonetta; Pettinato, Simone; Santi, Emanuele; Valt, Mauro

    2017-01-01

    In this work, X band images acquired by COSMO-SkyMed (CSK) on alpine environment have been analyzed for investigating snow characteristics and their effect on backscattering variations. Preliminary results confirmed the capability of simultaneous optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images (Landsat-8 and CSK) in separating snow/no-snow areas and in detecting wet snow. The sensitivity of backscattering to snow depth has not always been confirmed, depending on snow characteristics related to the season. A model based on Dense Media Radiative Transfer theory (DMRT-QMS) was applied for simulating the backscattering response on the X band from snow cover in different conditions of grain size, snow density and depth. By using DMRT-QMS and snow in-situ data collected on Cordevole basin in Italian Alps, the effect of grain size and snow density, beside snow depth and snow water equivalent, was pointed out, showing that the snow features affect the backscatter in different and sometimes opposite ways. Experimental values of backscattering were correctly simulated by using this model and selected intervals of ground parameters. The relationship between simulated and measured backscattering for the entire dataset shows slope >0.9, determination coefficient, R2 = 0.77, and root mean square error, RMSE = 1.1 dB, with p-value <0.05. PMID:28054962

  17. Experimental investigations of the entrapment and persistence of organic liquid contaminants in the subsurface environment.

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    Abriola, L M; Bradford, S A

    1998-01-01

    Organic liquids are common polluters of the subsurface environment. Once released, these nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) tend to become entrapped within soils and geologic formations where they may serve as long-term contaminant reservoirs. The interphase mass transfer from such entrapped residuals will ultimately control environmental exposure levels as well as the persistence and/or remedial recovery of these contaminants in the subsurface. This paper summarizes National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-sponsored research designed to investigate and quantify NAPL entrapment and interphase mass transfer in natural porous media. Results of soil column and batch experiments are presented that highlight research findings over the past several years. These experiments explore dissolution and volatilization of hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents in sandy porous media. Initial concentration levels and long-term recovery rates are shown to depend on fluid flow rate, soil structure, NAPL composition, and soil wetting characteristics. These observations are explained in the context of conceptual models that describe entrapped NAPL morphology and boundary layer transport. The implications of these laboratory findings on the subsurface persistence and recovery of entrapped NAPLs are discussed. Images Figure 1 Figure 3 Figure 9 PMID:9703497

  18. A numerical investigation of a slow-moving convective line in a weakly sheared environment

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    Liu, Changhai

    2005-09-01

    A series of three-dimensional, cloud-resolving numerical simulations are performed to examine a slowpropagating, quasi-two-dimensional convective system in a weakly sheared environment during the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere (TRMM-LBA) field campaign. The focus is on the kinematics and thermodynamics, organization mechanisms, and dynamical effects of low-level shear, ice microphysics and tropospheric humidity. The control simulation, which is initialized with the observed sounding and includes full microphysics, successfully replicates many observed features of the convective system, such as the linear structure, spatial orientation, life cycle, and sluggish translation. The system at the mature stage displays a line-normal structure similar to that associated with squalltype convective systems, but the corresponding mesoscale circulation and thermodynamic modification are much weaker. Ice-phase microphysical processes are not necessary to the formation of the convective system, but they play a non-trivial role in the late evolution stage. In contrast, the low-level shear, albeit shallow and weak, is critical to the realistic realization of the convective line. The tropospheric moisture above the planetary boundary layer has an important impact on the behavior of convective organization. In particular, a dry layer in the lower troposphere significantly suppresses convective development and inhibits the generation of organized convection even though the convective available potential energy is substantial. The free-atmosphere humidity has received little attention in previous studies of organized convection and warrants further investigation.

  19. Investigation of Low Heat Accumulation Asphalt Mixture and Its Impact on Urban Heat Environment

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    Xie, Jianguang; Yang, Zhaoxu; Liang, Leilei

    2015-01-01

    This study is focused on investigating the effectiveness of low heat accumulation asphalt mixture and its impact on the urban heat environment. Infrared radiation experiments showed that the temperature of the asphalt mixture decreased with the increase in far-infrared radiant material. The results also revealed that, compared to asphalt with 0% far-infrared radiant content, the asphalt material with a certain ratio of far-infrared radiation material had higher stability at high and low temperatures as well as good water absorption capacity. The Marshall stability of the specimen mixed with 6% far-infrared radiant was higher by 12.2% and had a residual stability of up to 98.9%. Moreover, the low-temperature splitting tensile strength of the asphalt mixture with 6% far-infrared radiation material increased by 21.3%. The friction coefficient of the asphalt mixtures with 6% and 12% far-infrared radiation material increased by 17.7% and 26.9%, respectively. PMID:26222762

  20. Simvastatin Prodrug Micelles Target Fracture and Improve Healing

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    Dusad, Anand; Yuan, Hongjiang; Ren, Ke; Li, Fei; Fehringer, Edward V.; Purdue, P. Edward; Goldring, Steven R.; Daluiski, Aaron; Wang, Dong

    2014-01-01

    Simvastatin (SIM), a widely used anti-lipidaemic drug, has been identified as a bone anabolic agent. Its poor water solubility and the lack of distribution to the skeleton, however, have limited its application in the treatment of bone metabolic diseases. In this study, an amphiphilic macromolecular prodrug of SIM was designed and synthesized to overcome these limitations. The polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based prodrug can spontaneously self-assemble to form micelles. The use of SIM trimer as the prodrug’s hydrophobic segment allows easy encapsulation of additional free SIM. The in vitro studies showed that SIM/SIM-mPEG micelles were internalized by MC3T3 cells via lysosomal trafficking and consistently induced expression of both BMP2 and DKK1 mRNA, suggesting that the prodrug micelle retains the biological functions of SIM. After systemic administration, optical imaging suggests that the micelles would passively target to bone fracture sites associated with hematoma and inflammation. Furthermore, flow cytometry study revealed that SIM/SIM-mPEG micelles had preferred cellular uptake by inflammatory and resident cells within the fracture callus tissue. The treatment study using a mouse osteotomy model validated the micelles’ therapeutic efficacy in promoting bone fracture healing as demonstrated by micro-CT and histological analyses. Collectively, these data suggest that the macromolecular prodrug-based micelle formulation of SIM may have great potential for clinical management of impaired fracture healing. PMID:25542644

  1. Morphologies of multicompartment micelles formed by ABC miktoarm star terpolymers.

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    Li, Zhibo; Hillmyer, Marc A; Lodge, Timothy P

    2006-10-24

    Several new multicompartment micellar structures have been identified by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryoTEM) from the aqueous self-assembly of mu-[poly(ethylethylene)][poly(ethylene oxide)][poly(perfluoropropylene oxide)] (mu-EOF) miktoarm star terpolymers. This work extends our previous studies, in which it was found that, upon decreasing the length of the hydrophilic block (O), the resulting micelles evolved from "hamburger" micelles to segmented worms and ultimately to nanostructured bilayers and vesicles. In the terpolymers examined here segmented ribbons and bilayers were found at an intermediate composition between segmented worms and nanostructured bilayers, provided that the fluoropolymer (F) was the minority component in the micelle core. On the other hand, when the F block exceeded the chain length of the hydrocarbon block (E), the superhydrophobic F block imposed a "double frustration" on the self-assembly of the mu-EOF(2-9-5) terpolymer; while F prefers to minimize its interfacial contact with the O corona, it must occupy the majority of the micellar core. Therefore, a richer variety of multicompartment micelles, including well-defined segmented worms, raspberry-like micelles, and multicompartmentalized worms, were formed from one terpolymer, as revealed by cryoTEM. Despite the complexity and variety of the observed aggregate morphologies, a small number of common structural elements can be invoked to interpret the observed micelles and to relate a given structure to the terpolymer composition.

  2. Superlattice Formation in Binary Mixtures of Block Copolymer Micelles

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    Abbas, Sayeed; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2008-08-26

    Two distinct diblock copolymers, poly(styrene-b-isoprene) (SI) and poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (SD), were codissolved at various concentrations in the polystyrene selective solvent diethyl phthalate. Two SI diblocks, with block molar masses of 12000-33000 and 30000-33000, and two SD diblocks, with block molar masses of 19000-6000 and 16000-9000, were employed. The size ratio of the smaller SD micelles (S) to the larger SI micelles (L) varied from approximately 0.5 to 0.6, based on hydrodynamic radii determined by dynamic light scattering on dilute solutions containing only one polymer component. Due to incompatibility between the polyisoprene and polydimethylsiloxane blocks, a binary mixture of distinct SI and SD micelles was formed in each mixed solution, as confirmed by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. When the total concentration of polymer was increased to 20--30%, the micelles adopted a superlattice structure. Small angle X-ray scattering revealed the lattice to be the full LS{sub 13} superlattice (space group Fm{sub 3}c) in all cases, with unit cell dimensions in excess of 145 nm. A coexistent face-centered cubic phase composed of SD micelles was also observed when the number ratio of S to L micelles was large.

  3. Toughening of epoxies based on self-assembly of nano-sized amphiphilic block copolymer micelles

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    Liu, Jia

    As a part of a larger effort towards the fundamental understanding of mechanical behaviors of polymers toughened by nanoparticles, this dissertation focuses on the structure-property relationship of epoxies modified with nano-sized poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEP-PEO) block copolymer (BCP) micelle particles. The amphiphilic BCP toughener was incorporated into a liquid epoxy resin and self-assembled into well-dispersed 15 nm spherical micelle particles. The nano-sized BCP, at 5 wt% loading, can significantly improve the fracture toughness of epoxy (ca. 180% improvement) without reducing modulus at room temperature and exhibits only a slight drop (ca. 5°C) in glass transition temperature (Tg). The toughening mechanisms were found to be BCP micelle nanoparticle cavitation, followed by matrix shear banding, which mainly accounted for the observed remarkable toughening effect. The unexpected "nano-cavitation" phenomenon cannot be predicted by existing physical models. The plausible causes for the observed nano-scale cavitation and other mechanical behaviors may include the unique structural characteristics of BCP micelles and the influence from the surrounding epoxy network, which is significantly modified by the epoxy-miscible PEO block. Other mechanisms, such as crack tip blunting, may also play a role in the toughening. Structure-property relationships of this nano-domain modified polymer are discussed. In addition, other important factors, such as strain rate dependence and matrix crosslink density effect on toughening, have been investigated. This BCP toughening approach and conventional rubber toughening techniques are compared. Insights on the decoupling of modulus, toughness, and Tg for designing high performance thermosetting materials with desirable physical and mechanical properties are discussed.

  4. Characterization of patatin esterase activity in AOT-isooctane reverse micelles.

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    Jiménez, M; Escribano, J; Gandía-Herrero, F; Chazarra, S; Cabanes, J; García-Carmona, F; Pérez-Gilabert, M

    2002-01-01

    Patatin is a family of glycoproteins that accounts for 30-40% of the total soluble protein in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tubers. This protein has been reported not only to serve as a storage protein but also to exhibit lipid acyl hydrolase (LAH) activity. In this study patatin is characterized in AOT-isooctane reverse micelles. The influence on the enzymatic activity of characteristic parameters of reverse micelles, w(o) (= H(2)O/AOT), and the percentage of H(2)O, theta, were investigated. The results obtained show that patatin esterase activity varies with w(o) but remains constant throughout the range of theta values studied. The variation with w(o) showed that the activity follows an S-shaped behavior pattern, reaching a maximum at about w(o) = 20 for 2% H(2)O. Patatin esterase activity was compared with p-nitrophenyl (PNP) fatty acid esters of different chain lengths. The activity was much higher for PNP-caprylate. The pH optimum was 6.0, different from the value obtained when patatin esterase activity was measured in mixed micelle systems. The optimal temperature was 35 degrees C, above which the activity decreased to almost zero. The kinetic parameters were also evaluated (K(m) = 10 mM, V(m) = 158 microM/min, V(m)/K(m) = 15.8 x 10(-3) min(-1)). This paper shows the suitability of reverse micelles for measuring patatin esterase activity, since it allows the study of the enzyme in similar conditions to that prevailing in vivo.

  5. Binding of vitamin A by casein micelles in commercial skim milk.

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    Mohan, M S; Jurat-Fuentes, J L; Harte, F

    2013-02-01

    Recent studies have shown that reassembled micelles formed by caseinates and purified casein fractions (α(s)- and β-casein) bind to hydrophobic compounds, including curcumin, docosahexaenoic acid, and vitamin D. However, limited research has been done on the binding of hydrophobic compounds by unmodified casein micelles in skim milk. In the present study, we investigated the ability of casein micelles in commercial skim milk to associate with vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), a fat-soluble vitamin commonly used to fortify milk. Milk protein fractions from different commercially available skim milk samples subjected to different processing treatments, including pasteurized, ultrapasteurized, organic pasteurized, and organic ultrapasteurized milks, were separated by fast protein liquid chromatography. The fractions within each peak were combined and freeze-dried. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-PAGE with silver staining was used to identify the proteins present in each of the fractions. The skim milk samples and fractions were extracted for retinyl palmitate and quantified against a standard using normal phase-HPLC. Retinyl palmitate was found to associate with the fraction of skim milk containing caseins, whereas the other proteins (BSA, β-lactoglobulin, α-lactalbumin) did not show any binding. The retinyl palmitate content in the various samples ranged from 1.59 to 2.48 µg of retinyl palmitate per mL of milk. The casein fractions contained between 14 and 40% of total retinyl palmitate in the various milks tested. The variation in the retention of vitamin A by caseins was probably explained by differences in the processing of different milk samples, including thermal treatment, the form of vitamin A emulsion used for fortification, and the point of fortification during processing. Unmodified casein micelles have a strong intrinsic affinity toward the binding of vitamin A used to fortify commercially available skim milks.

  6. Interfacial properties, thin film stability and foam stability of casein micelle dispersions.

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    Chen, Min; Sala, Guido; Meinders, Marcel B J; van Valenberg, Hein J F; van der Linden, Erik; Sagis, Leonard M C

    2017-01-01

    Foam stability of casein micelle dispersions (CMDs) strongly depends on aggregate size. To elucidate the underlying mechanism, the role of interfacial and thin film properties was investigated. CMDs were prepared at 4°C and 20°C, designated as CMD4°C and CMD20°C. At equal protein concentrations, foam stability of CMD4°C (with casein micelle aggregates) was markedly higher than CMD20°C (without aggregates). Although the elastic modulus of CMD4°C was twice as that of CMD20°C at 0.005Hz, the protein adsorbed amount was slightly higher for CMD20°C than for CMD4°C, which indicated a slight difference in interfacial composition of the air/water interface. Non-linear surface dilatational rheology showed minor differences between mechanical properties of air/water interfaces stabilized by two CMDs. These differences in interfacial properties could not explain the large difference in foam stability between two CMDs. Thin film analysis showed that films made with CMD20°C drained to a more homogeneous film compared to films stabilized by CMD4°C. Large casein micelle aggregates trapped in the thin film of CMD4°C made the film more heterogeneous. The rupture time of thin films was significantly longer for CMD4°C (>1h) than for CMD20°C (<600s) at equal protein concentration. After homogenization, which broke down the aggregates, the thin films of CMD4°C became much more homogeneous, and both the rupture time of thin films and foam stability decreased significantly. In conclusion, the increased stability of foam prepared with CMD4°C appears to be the result of entrapment of casein micelle aggregates in the liquid films of the foam.

  7. Structural adaptation of tooth enamel protein amelogenin in the presence of SDS micelles

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    Chandrababu, Karthik Balakrishna; Dutta, Kaushik; Lokappa, Sowmya Bekshe; Ndao, Moise; Evans, John Spencer; Moradian-Oldak, Janet

    2014-01-01

    Amelogenin, the major extracellular matrix protein of developing tooth enamel is intrinsically disordered. Through its interaction with other proteins and mineral, amelogenin assists enamel biomineralization by controlling the formation of highly organized enamel crystal arrays. We used circular dichroism (CD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), fluorescence and NMR spectroscopy to investigate the folding propensity of recombinant porcine amelogenin rP172 following its interaction with SDS, at levels above critical micelle concentration. The rP172-SDS complex formation was confirmed by DLS, while an increase in the structure moiety of rP172 was noted through CD and fluorescence experiments. Fluorescence quenching analyses performed on several rP172 mutants where all but one Trp was replaced by Tyr at different sequence regions confirmed that the interaction of amelogenin with SDS micelles occurs via the N-terminal region close to Trp25 where helical segments can be detected by NMR. NMR spectroscopy and structural refinement calculations using CS-Rosetta modelling confirm that the highly conserved N-terminal domain is prone to form helical structure when bound to SDS micelles. Our findings reported here reveal interactions leading to significant changes in the secondary structure of rP172 upon treatment with SDS. These interactions may reflect the physiological relevance of the flexible nature of amelogenin and its sequence specific helical propensity that might enable it to structurally adapt with charged and potential targets such as cell surface, mineral, and other proteins during enamel biomineralization. PMID:24114119

  8. Microviscosity in Pluronic and Tetronic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymer micelles

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    Nivaggioli, T.; Tsao, B.; Alexandridis, P.; Hatton, T.A. )

    1995-01-01

    The micellar microviscosity afforded by Pluronic and Tetronic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymer aqueous solutions has been investigated by fluorescence and NMR spectroscopy. Comparison is made with bulk poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) samples of different molecular weights. The microviscosity in Pluronic PEO-PPO-PEO copolymer micelles is much larger than that observed in conventional surfactant micelles and depends strongly on the size of the hydrophobic PPO block: the larger this block, the higher the viscosity. Above the critical micellar temperature (CMT), as temperature increases, the microviscosity decreases. However, this decrease is not as important as that observed in bulk PPO. Hence, the relative microviscosity, defined as the ratio of the two observed phenomena, increases. This suggests structural transformation of the micelles resulting in a core becoming more and more compact as temperature increases. Such results have been confirmed by NMR studies that showed broadening of the PPO peak and relatively constant spin-lattice relaxation time, T[sub i], with increasing temperature while the PEO signal remained relatively sharp with an exponential increase in T[sub 1]. 30 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Surface roughness directed self-assembly of patchy particles into colloidal micelles.

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    Kraft, Daniela J; Ni, Ran; Smallenburg, Frank; Hermes, Michiel; Yoon, Kisun; Weitz, David A; van Blaaderen, Alfons; Groenewold, Jan; Dijkstra, Marjolein; Kegel, Willem K

    2012-07-03

    Colloidal particles with site-specific directional interactions, so called "patchy particles", are promising candidates for bottom-up assembly routes towards complex structures with rationally designed properties. Here we present an experimental realization of patchy colloidal particles based on material independent depletion interaction and surface roughness. Curved, smooth patches on rough colloids are shown to be exclusively attractive due to their different overlap volumes. We discuss in detail the case of colloids with one patch that serves as a model for molecular surfactants both with respect to their geometry and their interactions. These one-patch particles assemble into clusters that resemble surfactant micelles with the smooth and attractive sides of the colloids located at the interior. We term these clusters "colloidal micelles". Direct Monte Carlo simulations starting from a homogeneous state give rise to cluster size distributions that are in good agreement with those found in experiments. Important differences with surfactant micelles originate from the colloidal character of our model system and are investigated by simulations and addressed theoretically. Our new "patchy" model system opens up the possibility for self-assembly studies into finite-sized superstructures as well as crystals with as of yet inaccessible structures.

  10. Thousand fold concentration of an alkaloid in capillary zone electrophoresis by micelle to solvent stacking.

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    Zhu, Hua-dong; Ren, Cui-ling; Hu, Shao-qiang; Zhou, Xi-min; Chen, Hong-li; Chen, Xing-guo

    2011-02-04

    In this paper, the co-solvent of methanol-water was used to facilitate the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles collapse, thereby inducing the on-line sample focusing technique of micelle to solvent stacking (MSS). To demonstrate this stacking method, the mechanism of micelles collapse in co-solvent was discussed. The details of the required conditions were investigated and the optimized conditions were: running buffer, 20mM H(3)BO(3) and 20mM NaH(2)PO(4) solution (pH 4.0); micellar sample matrix, 20mM SDS, 20mM H(3)BO(3) and 20mM NaH(2)PO(4) solution (pH 4.0); co-solvent buffer, 20mM H(3)BO(3) and 20mM NaH(2)PO(4) in methanol/water (90:10, v/v). The validity of the developed method was tested using cationic alkaloid compounds (ephedrine and berberine) as model analytes. Under the optimized conditions, this proposed method afforded limits of detection (LODs) of 0.5 and 1.1ng/mL with 300 and 1036-fold improvements in sensitivity for ephedrine and berberine, respectively, within 15min.

  11. Structural analysis of bacteriorhodopsin solubilized by lipid-like phosphocholine biosurfactants with varying micelle concentrations.

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    Wang, Xiaoqiang; Huang, Haihong; Sun, Chenghao; Huang, Fang

    2015-01-01

    Surfactants that can provide a more natural substitute for lipid bilayers are important in the purification and in vitro study of membrane proteins. Here we investigate the structural response of a model membrane protein, bacteriorhodopsin (BR), to phosphocholine biosurfactants. Phosphocholine biosurfactants are a type of biomimetic amphiphile that are similar to phospholipids, in which membrane proteins are commonly embedded. Multiple spectroscopic and zeta potential measurements are employed to characterize the conformational change, secondary and tertiary structure, oligomeric status, surface charge distribution and the structural stability of BR solubilized with phosphocholine biosurfactants of varying tail length. The process of phosphocholine micelle formation is found to facilitate the solubilization of BR, and for long-chain phosphocholines, concentrations much higher than their critical micelle concentrations achieve good solubilization. Phosphocholine biosurfactants are shown to be mild compared with the ionic surfactant SDS or CTAB, and tend to preserve membrane protein structure during solubilization, especially at low micelle concentrations, by virtue of their phospholipid-like zwitterionic head groups. The increase of alkyl chain length is shown to obviously enhance the capability of phosphocholine biosurfactants to stabilize BR. The underlying mechanism for the favorable actions of phosphocholine biosurfactant is also discussed.

  12. Investigation of innovative radiation imaging method and system for radiological environments

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    Nguyen, H.; Joung, J.; Kim, Y.; Lee, K.

    2017-03-01

    We have developed a novel imaging method that can be applied to most applications in the field of radiological environment imaging. It resolves either two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) distributions of radioactive sources in applications for homeland security, environmental monitoring, radiation contamination monitoring, baggage inspection, nuclear power plant monitoring, and more. The proposed imaging method uses a simple detector configured as a radiation-counting detector with spectroscopic capabilities. The detector module consists of two components: a flat field-of-view (FOV) collimator with a 30° FOV opening and a typical single-channel radiation detector made of a 2 in.×2 in. NaI(Tl) scintillator coupled to a 2 in photomultiplier tube (PMT). This simple detector module makes it possible to develop a cost-effective imaging system and provide design freedom in extending the system configuration to include one-dimensional (1D) or 2D detector-array shapes to meet the needs of various applications. One of most distinctive features of the new imaging method is that it uses only a pair of 2D projections to obtain a 3D reconstruction. The projections are measured by the proposed detector module at two positions orthogonal to one another; the measured projections are manipulated to enhance the resolution of the reconstructed 3D image. The imaging method comprises several steps performed consecutively: projection measurement, energy re-binning, projection separation, resolution and attenuation recovery, image reconstruction, and image consolidation and quantitative analysis. The resolution and attenuation recovery step provides the most distinctive and important processing by which the poor quality of projection data is enhanced. Such poor quality is mainly due to the use of a simple detector with a wide-opening flat FOV collimator. Simulation and experimental studies have been conducted to validate the proposed method. In this investigation, we

  13. Nonlinear rheology of surfactant wormlike micelles bridged by telechelic polymers.

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    Tabuteau, Hervé; Ramos, Laurence; Nakaya-Yaegashi, Kaori; Imai, Masayuki; Ligoure, Christian

    2009-02-17

    We have investigated the nonlinear rheology of a soft composite transient network made of a solution of surfactant wormlike micelles (WM) in the semidilute regime that are reversibly bridged by telechelic polymers. The samples are well described, in the linear regime, as two Maxwell fluids components blends, characterized by two markedly different characteristic times. The slow mode is mainly related to the transient network of entangled WM, and the fast mode to the network of telechelic chains. In this paper we investigate the nonlinear viscoelasticity and show that the nonlinear behavior reflects as well the behavior of two coupled networks. On one hand, stress relaxation experiments and time-resolved stress response following the application of a constant shear rate show that, in the weakly nonlinear regime, these novel composite networks stiffen. A fourfold increase of the elastic modulus with respect to the linear value is reached for strain amplitude of about 200%. This strain hardening is due to the nonlinear stretching of the telechelic polymer chains. On the other hand, the samples exhibit shear banding in the highly nonlinear regime, similarly to pure semidilute solutions of WM.

  14. Determination of critical micelle concentration with the rotating sample system.

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    Kao, Linus T; Shetty, Gautam N; Gratzl, Miklós

    2008-12-01

    A novel experimental approach using the rotating sample system (RSS) is proposed here for the determination of the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of surfactants. The RSS has been conceived in our laboratory as a convection platform for physicochemical studies and analyses in microliter-sized sample drops. The scheme allows for vigorous rotation of the drop despite its small size through efficient air-liquid mechanical coupling. Thus, changes in surface properties of aqueous samples result in corresponding modulation of the hydrodynamic performance of the RSS, which can be utilized to investigate interfacial phenomena. In this work, we demonstrate that the RSS can be used to study the effects of surfactants on the surface and in the bulk of very small samples with hydrodynamic electrochemistry. Potassium ferrocyanide is employed here with cyclic voltammetry to probe the air-water interface of solutions containing Triton X-100. The CMC of this surfactant determined using this approach is 140 ppm, which agrees well with reported values obtained with conventional methods in much larger samples. The results also demonstrate that besides the CMC, variations in bulk rheological properties can also be investigated in very small specimens using the RSS with a simple method.

  15. Structuration in the Interface of Direct and Reversed Micelles of Sucrose Esters, Studied by Fluorescent Techniques

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    Sandoval, Catalina; Ortega, Anakenna; Sanchez, Susana A.; Morales, Javier; Gunther, German

    2015-01-01

    Background Reactors found in nature can be described as micro-heterogeneous systems, where media involved in each micro-environment can behave in a markedly different way compared with the properties of the bulk solution. The presence of water molecules in micro-organized assemblies is of paramount importance for many chemical processes, ranging from biology to environmental science. Self-organized molecular assembled systems are frequently used to study dynamics of water molecules because are the simplest models mimicking biological membranes. The hydrogen bonds between sucrose and water molecules are described to be stronger (or more extensive) than the ones between water molecules themselves. In this work, we studied the capability of sucrose moiety, attached to alkyl chains of different length, as a surface blocking agent at the water-interface and we compared its properties with those of polyethylenglycol, a well-known agent used for this purposes. Published studies in this topic mainly refer to the micellization process and the stability of mixed surfactant systems using glycosides. We are interested in the effect induced by the presence of sucrose monoesters at the interface (direct and reverse micelles) and at the palisade (mixtures with Triton X-100). We believe that the different functional group (ester), the position of alkyl chain (6-O) and the huge capability of sucrose to interact with water will dramatically change the water structuration at the interface and at the palisade, generating new possibilities for technological applications of these systems. Results Our time resolved and steady state fluorescence experiments in pure SEs micelles show that sucrose moieties are able to interact with a high number of water molecules promoting water structuration and increased viscosity. These results also indicate that the barrier formed by sucrose moieties on the surface of pure micelles is more effective than the polyoxyethylene palisade of Triton X-100

  16. Micelle-vesicle-micelle transition in aqueous solution of anionic surfactant and cationic imidazolium surfactants: Alteration of the location of different fluorophores.

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    Dutta, Rupam; Ghosh, Surajit; Banerjee, Pavel; Kundu, Sangita; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2017-03-15

    The presence of different surfactants can alter the physicochemical behaviors of aqueous organized assemblies. In this article, we have investigated the location of hydrophobic molecule (Coumarin 153, C153) and hydrophilic molecule (Rhodamine 6G perchlorate, R6G) during micelle-vesicle-micelle transition in aqueous medium in presence of anionic surfactant, sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (SDBS) and cationic imidazolium-based surfactant, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (CnmimCl; n=12, 16). Initially, the physicochemical properties of anionic micellar solution of SDBS has been investigated in presence of imidazolium-based surfactant, CnmimCl (n=12, 16) in aqueous medium by visual observation, turbidity measurement, zeta potential (ζ), dynamics light scattering (DLS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Zeta potential (ζ) measurement clearly indicates that the incorporation efficiency of C16mimCl in SDBS micelle is better than the other one due to the involvement of strong hydrophobic as well as electrostatic interaction between the two associated molecules. Turbidity and DLS measurements clearly suggest the formation of vesicles over a wide range of concentration. Finally, the rotational motion of C153 and R6G has also been monitored at different mole fractions of CnmimCl in SDBS-CnmimCl (n=12, 16) solution mixtures. The hydrophobic C153 molecules preferentially located in the bilayer region of vesicle, whereas hydrophilic R6G can be solubilized at surface of the bilayer, inner water pool or outer surface of vesicles. It is observed that rotational motion of R6G is altered significantly in SDBS-CnmimCl solution mixtures in presence of different mole fractions of CnmimCl. Additionally, the translational diffusion motion of R6G is monitored using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) techniques to get a complete scenario about the location and translational diffusion of R6G.

  17. Investigating Learners' Attitudes toward Virtual Reality Learning Environments: Based on a Constructivist Approach

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    Huang, Hsiu-Mei; Rauch, Ulrich; Liaw, Shu-Sheng

    2010-01-01

    The use of animation and multimedia for learning is now further extended by the provision of entire Virtual Reality Learning Environments (VRLE). This highlights a shift in Web-based learning from a conventional multimedia to a more immersive, interactive, intuitive and exciting VR learning environment. VRLEs simulate the real world through the…

  18. A Prospective Study Investigating the Links among Classroom Environment, School Connectedness, and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents

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    Shochet, Ian M.; Smith, Coral L.

    2014-01-01

    School connectedness and classroom environment have both been strongly linked to depressive symptoms, but their interrelation is unclear. We tested whether school connectedness mediated the link between classroom environment and depressive symptoms. A sample of 504 Australian seventh-and eighth-grade students completed the Classroom Environment…

  19. Self-Regulated Learning in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments: An Investigation with University Students

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    Lenne, Dominique; Abel, Marie-Helene; Trigano, Philippe; Leblanc, Adeline

    2008-01-01

    In Technology Enhanced Learning Environments, self-regulated learning (SRL) partly relies on the features of the technological tools. The authors present two environments they designed in order to facilitate SRL: the first one (e-Dalgo) is a website dedicated to the learning of algorithms and computer programming. It is structured as a classical…

  20. Agent-Based Learning Environments as a Research Tool for Investigating Teaching and Learning.

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    Baylor, Amy L.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses intelligent learning environments for computer-based learning, such as agent-based learning environments, and their advantages over human-based instruction. Considers the effects of multiple agents; agents and research design; the use of Multiple Intelligent Mentors Instructing Collaboratively (MIMIC) for instructional design for…

  1. Reversible fluorescence quenching by micelle selective benzophenone-induced interactions between brij micelles and polyacrylic acids: implications for chemical sensors.

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    Bandyopadhyay, Prasun; Ghosh, Amit K

    2010-09-09

    The fluorescence response of pyrene has been studied in the presence of nonionic brij micelles and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) with benzophenone (BP) as a neutral hydrophobic quencher. Pyrene emission is quenched ("off" state) in the presence of BP in brij 35 (polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether) and brij 56 (polyoxyethylene-10-cetyl ether) micelles. Quenched pyrene emission is selectively recovered ("on" state) for brij 35 micelles with the addition of PAA (starting conc 2.0 x 10(-5) M). Due to the interaction of PAA and brij 35 micelles and the relatively easier accessibility of PAA polymer chains near the bulky polyoxyethylene chain of brij 35 micelles, the chances of BP partition inside the hydrophobic polymer coil are more compared to brij 56 micelles. The PAA sensing ability of the "brij 35:pyrene:BP" system is dependent on the molecular weight (M) of the polymer. Fluorescence recovery has been observed with PAA (M approximately 150000) and complete recovery has been recorded with high M of PAA (M approximately 450000); however, no fluorescence change is observed in the presence of low M of PAA (M approximately 2000). In solution, such selective reversible fluorescence quenching has the potential for a new class of highly sensitive chemical sensor systems.

  2. An investigation of nucleation events in a coastal urban environment in the Southern Hemisphere

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    Mejía, J. F.; Morawska, L.

    2009-10-01

    Ambient aerosols play an important role in atmospheric processes affecting the human and natural environments. They affect air quality, reduce visibility, and induce climate change by directly scattering and/or absorbing the incoming solar radiation (Charlson et al., 1992; Kim et al., 2006), or indirectly by acting as cloud condensation nuclei (Hobbs, 1993). Aerosol particles are emitted from a variety of anthropogenic and natural sources either directly into the atmosphere or as secondary particles by gas-to-particle formation process. There is growing interest in studying and analysing the mechanisms of formation of secondary particles. The development of new instruments during the 1990s to measure the particle size distribution of nanoparticles (<50 nm) has enabled scientists to observe the formation and growth of new particles (see Kulmala et al. (2004) for review). Nucleation events, that is, the appearance of a mode below 25-30 nm in the particle number size distribution, known as "nucleation mode" (e.g. Dal Maso et al., 2007; Tunved et al., 2003), usually in very large numbers, have been observed around the world. For example, they have been reported in remote (e.g. Tunved et al., 2003), urban (e.g. Jeong et al., 2004; Zhang et al., 2004) and coastal areas (e.g. Vaattovaara et al., 2006) and at various latitudes in the upper troposphere and the lower stratosphere (Lee et al., 2003). It has been shown that the probability of nucleation was increased by elevated sulphur dioxide (SO2) concentrations (Stanier et al., 2004). This gas is mainly emitted from anthropogenic sources such as the combustion of sulphur-containing fossil fuel (Stern, 2005). Therefore, aerosol nucleation in the atmosphere would be expected to be enhanced by human activities (see also Curtius (2006) for discussion). In urban air, morning nucleation events have been found to be consistent with peaks in traffic (Jeong et al., 2004). In contrast, in coastal environments, higher concentrations

  3. SHERLOC: Scanning Habitable Environments With Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals, an Investigation for 2020

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    Beegle, L. W.; Bhartia, R.; DeFlores, L. P.; Asher, S. A.; Burton, A. S.; Clegg, S. M.; Conrad, P. G.; Edgett, K. S.; Ehlmann, B. L.; Langenhorst, F.; Fries, M.; Nealson, K. H.; Popp, J.; Sobron, P.; Steele, A.; Wiens, R. C.; Williford, K. H.

    2014-12-01

    The Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals SHERLOC investigation was recently selected for the Mars 2020 integrated payload. SHERLOC enables non-contact, spatially resolved, and highly sensitivity detection and characterization of organics and minerals in the Martian surface and near subsurface. SHERLOC is an arm-mounted, Deep UV (DUV) resonance Raman and fluorescence spectrometer utilizing a 248.6-nm DUV laser and 50 micron spot size. The laser is integrated to an autofocusing/scanning optical system, and co-boresighted to a context imager with a spatial resolution of 30 μm. SHERLOC operates over a 7 × 7 mm area through use of an internal scanning mirror. The 500 micron depth of view in conjunction with the MAHLI heritage autofocus mechanisms enables arm placements from 48 ±12.5 mm above natural or abraded surfaces without the need for rover arm repositioning/movement. Additionally, borehole interiors to a depth of ~25 mm, at angles from normal incidence to ±20 degrees, can be analyzed. Deep UV induced native fluorescence is very sensitive to condensed carbon and aromatic organics, enabling detection at or below 10-6 w/w (1 ppm) at <100 µm spatial scales. SHERLOC's deep UV resonance Raman enables detection and classification of aromatic and aliphatic organics with sensitivities of 10-2 to below 10-4 w/w at <50 µm spatial scales. In addition to organics, the deep UV Raman enables detection and classification of minerals relevant to aqueous chemistry with grain sizes below 20 µm grains. The instrument goals are to assess past aqueous history, detect the presence and preservation of potential biosignatures, and to support selection of return samples. To do this, SHERLOC will measure CHNOPS-containing mineralogy, measure the distribution and type of organics preserved at the surface, and correlate them to textural features.

  4. Investigation of Primary Dew-Point Saturator Efficiency in Two Different Thermal Environments

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    Zvizdic, D.; Heinonen, M.; Sestan, D.

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this paper is to describe the evaluation process of the performance of the low-range saturator (LRS), when exposed to two different thermal environments. The examined saturator was designed, built, and tested at MIKES (Centre for Metrology and Accreditation, Finland), and then transported to the Laboratory for Process Measurement (LPM) in Croatia, where it was implemented in a new dew-point calibration system. The saturator works on a single-pressure-single-pass generation principle in the dew/frost-point temperature range between and . The purpose of the various tests performed at MIKES was to examine the efficiency and non-ideality of the saturator. As a test bath facility in Croatia differs from the one used in Finland, the same tests were repeated at LPM, and the effects of different thermal conditions on saturator performance were examined. Thermometers, pressure gauges, an air preparation system, and water for filling the saturator at LPM were also different than those used at MIKES. Results obtained by both laboratories indicate that the efficiency of the examined saturator was not affected either by the thermal conditions under which it was tested or by equipment used for the tests. Both laboratories concluded that LRS is efficient enough for a primary realization of the dew/frost-point temperature scale in the range from to , with flow rates between and . It is also shown that a considerable difference of the pre-saturator efficiency, indicated by two laboratories, did not have influence to the overall performance of the saturator. The results of the research are presented in graphical and tabular forms. This paper also gives a brief description of the design and operation principle of the investigated low-range saturator.

  5. Micelles and reverse micelles in the nickel bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate/water/isooctane microemulsion.

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    Garza, Cristina; Carbajal-Tinoco, Mauricio D; Castillo, Rolando

    2004-12-01

    The ternary system Ni(2+)(AOT)(2) (nickel 2-bis[2-ethylhexyl] sulfosuccinate)/water/isooctane presents w/o and o/w microemulsions with a Winsor progression (2Phi-3Phi-2Phi), without the addition of salt; the "fish diagram" was obtained for alpha=0.5 and gamma=0.02-0.22. Using static and dynamic light scattering the micellar size, the ratio of water to surfactant, and the density of micelles for this system were estimated. In addition, the mean interfacial curvature as a function of temperature was obtained.

  6. Investigating playa surface textures: The impact of chemistry and environment on surface morphology and dust

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    Tollerud, H. J.; Fantle, M. S.

    2010-12-01

    Mineral dust is an important component of geochemical cycles, but its impact on those cycles is not thoroughly understood. For instance, dust inputs to the ocean have been suggested to affect the iron cycle by stimulating natural iron fertilization, which then could modify climate. The influence of dust on geochemical cycles is determined by the chemical and mineralogical composition of dust inputs, which is governed in turn by the composition of dust source regions. A loose, unconsolidated surface texture is more easily ablated by wind, and so a location where composition and environmental characteristics encourage this type of surface is more likely to produce dust and influence geochemical cycles. Also, if evaporation concentrates evaporites such as calcite at the surface of a dust producing region, dust Ca concentrations are likely to be higher. Playas can be regionally significant dust source regions, and they are amenable to study as their surface textures often vary significantly across small areas. This study investigates surface processes experimentally, and compares the results to observations of surface texture in a natural playa system (the Black Rock Desert, Nevada). We dry surfaces with 25% to 75% clay and quartz at 40°C for approximately a day, wet the surface to simulate rain, and then repeat the cycle multiple times. We estimate surface roughness, measure surface strength with a penetrometer, and investigate thermal characteristics with an IR camera (wavelength range 8-12μm). We find that textures similar to those in playas can be reproduced with cycles of wetting and drying, such as might occur in an arid environment with intermittent rain. We investigate the addition of calcite and halite, since their precipitation potentially can disrupt the clay surfaces through the formation and expansion of crystals, thereby linking the chemical composition with the disruption of a strong surface texture and an increased chance of dust production. In the

  7. Investigation of Pressurized Entrained-Flow Kraft Black Liquor Gasification in an Industrially Relevant Environment

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    Kevin Whitty

    2008-06-30

    The University of Utah's project 'Investigation of Pressurized Entrained-Flow Kraft Black Liquor Gasification in an Industrially Relevant Environment' (U.S. DOE Cooperative Agreement DE-FC26-04NT42261) was a response to U.S. DOE/NETL solicitation DE-PS36-04GO94002, 'Biomass Research and Development Initiative' Topical Area 4-Kraft Black Liquor Gasification. The project began September 30, 2004. The objective of the project was to improve the understanding of black liquor conversion in high pressure, high temperature reactors that gasify liquor through partial oxidation with either air or oxygen. The physical and chemical characteristics of both the gas and condensed phase were to be studied over the entire range of liquor conversion, and the rates and mechanisms of processes responsible for converting the liquor to its final smelt and syngas products were to be investigated. This would be accomplished by combining fundamental, lab-scale experiments with measurements taken using a new semi-pilot scale pressurized entrained-flow gasifier. As a result of insufficient availability of funds and changes in priority within the Office of Biomass Programs of the U.S. Department of Energy, the research program was terminated in its second year. In total, only half of the budgeted funding was made available for the program, and most of this was used during the first year for construction of the experimental systems to be used in the program. This had a severe impact on the program. As a consequence, most of the planned research was unable to be performed. Only studies that relied on computational modeling or existing experimental facilities started early enough to deliver useful results by the time to program was terminated Over the course of the program, small scale (approx. 1 ton/day) entrained-flow gasifier was designed and installed at the University of Utah's off-campus Industrial Combustion and Gasification Research Facility. The system is designed to operate at

  8. Determination of thermodynamic potentials and the aggregation number for micelles with the mass-action model by isothermal titration calorimetry: A case study on bile salts.

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    Olesen, Niels Erik; Westh, Peter; Holm, René

    2015-09-01

    The aggregation number (n), thermodynamic potentials (ΔG, ΔH, ΔS) and critical micelle concentration (CMC) for 6 natural bile salts were determined on the basis of both original and previously published isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) data. Different procedures to estimate parameters of micelles with ITC were compared to a mass-action model (MAM) of reaction type: n⋅S⇌Mn. This analysis can provide guidelines for future ITC studies of systems behaving in accordance with this model such as micelles and proteins that undergo self-association to oligomers. Micelles with small aggregation numbers, as those of bile salts, are interesting because such small aggregates cannot be characterized as a separate macroscopic phase and the widely applied pseudo-phase model (PPM) is inaccurate. In the present work it was demonstrated that the aggregation number of micelles was constant at low concentrations enabling determination of the thermodynamic potentials by the MAM. A correlation between the aggregation number and the heat capacity was found, which implies that the dehydrated surface area of bile salts increases with the aggregation number. This is in accordance with Tanford's principles of opposing forces where neighbouring molecules in the aggregate are better able to shield from the surrounding hydrophilic environment when the aggregation number increases.

  9. Acetal-linked polymeric prodrug micelles for enhanced curcumin delivery.

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    Li, Man; Gao, Min; Fu, Yunlan; Chen, Chao; Meng, Xuan; Fan, Aiping; Kong, Deling; Wang, Zheng; Zhao, Yanjun

    2016-04-01

    On-demand curcumin delivery via stimuli-responsive micellar nanocarriers holds promise for addressing its solubility and stability problem. Polymer-curcumin prodrug conjugate micelle is one of such nanosystems. The diversity of linker and conjugation chemistry enabled the generation and optimization of different curcumin micelles with tunable stimuli-responsiveness and delivery efficiency. The aim of the current work was to generate and assess acetal-linked polymeric micelles to enrich the pH-responsive curcumin delivery platforms. Curcumin was slightly modified prior to conjugating to amphiphilic methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic acid) (mPEG-PLA) copolymer via an acetal bond, whereas an ester bond-linked conjugate was used as the control. The acetal-containing micelles showed a hydrodynamic diameter of 91.1 ± 2.9(nm) and the accompanying core size of 63.5 ± 7.1 (nm) with a zeta potential of -10.9 ± 0.7(mV). Both control and pH-labile micelles displayed similar critical micelle concentration at 1.6 μM. The acetal-containing nanocarriers exhibited a pH-dependent drug release behavior, which was faster at lower pH values. The cytotoxicity study in HepG2 cells revealed a significantly lower IC50 at 51.7 ± 9.0(μM) for acetal-linked micelles in contrast to the control at 103.0 ± 17.8(μM), but the polymer residue showed no cytotoxicity upon drug release. The acetal-linked micellar nanocarrier could be a useful addition to the spectrum of currently available stimuli-responsive curcumin nano-formulations.

  10. Protein separation using affinity-based reversed micelles

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    Sun; Gu; Tong; Bai; Ichikawa; Furusaki

    1999-05-01

    Reversed micellar two-phase extraction is a developing technique for protein separation. Introduction of an affinity ligand is considered to be an effective approach to increase the selectivity and capacity of reversed micelles. In this article, Cibacron Blue F3G-A (CB) as an affinity ligand was immobilized to reversed micelles composed of soybean lecithin by a two-phase reaction. The affinity partitioning of lysozyme and bovine serum albumin (BSA) to the CB-lecithin micelles was studied. Formation of mixed micelles by additionally introducing a nonionic surfactant, Tween 85, to the CB-lecithin micelles was effective to increase the solubilization of lysozyme due to the increase of W0 (water/surfactant molar ratio)/micellar size. The partitioning isotherms of lysozyme to the CB-lecithin micelles with and without Tween 85 were expressed by the Langmuir equation. The dissociation constants in the Langmuir equation decreased on addition of Tween 85, indicating the increase of the effectiveness of lysozyme binding to the immobilized CB. On addition of 20 g/L Tween 85 to 50 g/L lecithin/hexane micellar phase containing 0.1 mmol/L CB, the extraction capacity for lysozyme could be increased by 42%. Moreover, the CB-lecithin micelles with or without Tween 85 showed significant size exclusion for BSA due to its high molecular weight. Thus, lysozyme and BSA were separated from artificial solutions containing the two proteins. In addition, the affinity-based reversed micellar phase containing Tween 85 was recycled three times for lysozyme purification from crude egg-white solutions. Lysozyme purity increased by 16-18-fold, reaching 60-70% in the recycled use.

  11. Optimization and characterization of the photosensitive N-succinyl-N'-4-(2-nitrobenzyloxy)-succinyl-chitosan micelles

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    Huang, Shanshan; Yin, Deyan; Zhao, Yanshu; Gu, Yueqing

    2014-09-01

    With the copolymer micelles being widely used in the field of tumor therapy, environmental responding copolymers had gained large interest. In our previous work, we synthesized the nanovehicle N-succinyl-N'-4-(2-nitrobenzyloxy)-succinyl-chitosan micelles (SNSC) that were composed of a light-sensitive triggering group 2-nitrobenzyl alcohol on the hydrophobic block and succinyl group modified chitosan. We have demonstrated that the use of a continuous-wave diode near-infrared (NIR) laser could cleave the amphiphilic block copolymer micelles and trigger the release of their "payloads". In the present study, SNSC were further optimized and characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) that was used to display the two-photon photolysis of SNSC micelles under the NIR irradiation (765nm) . Later on, laser confocal fluorescence microscopy was used to investigate the fluorescein (Ex/Em: 490/520 nm)-loaded SNSC imaging ability. As a result, the optimized SNSCs exhibited higher loading efficiency and smaller size which contributed to an improved stability, drug delivery and cell imaging abilities.

  12. Hemin-micelles immobilized in alginate hydrogels as artificial enzymes with peroxidase-like activity and substrate selectivity.

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    Qu, Rui; Shi, Hejin; Wang, Ruolin; Cheng, Tangjian; Ma, Rujiang; An, Yingli; Shi, Linqi

    2017-02-28

    Artificial enzymes are widely investigated to mimic the active center and the recognition center of natural enzymes. The active center is responsible for the catalytic activity of enzymes, and the recognition center provides enzymes with specificity. Most of the previous studies on artificial enzymes preferred to solve the problem of activity rather than specificity due to the complexity of the enzyme structures related to substrate recognition. Inspired by the multilevel structures of enzymes and the unique net-structures of hydrogels, hemin-micelles immobilized in alginate hydrogels (HM-AH) were constructed by multistep self-assembly. The hemin-micelle was the active center and mimicked the microenvironment of the catalytic site in horseradish peroxidase (HRP). The alginate hydrogel further enhanced the catalytic activity and stability of hemin-micelles and endowed the artificial enzymes with a catalytic capability in harsh water conditions and non-polar organic solvents. The hydrogel also served as the recognition center, which exhibited substrate selectivity owing to the diffusivity differentiations of substrates in hydrogel fibers. It is the first example of constructing a micelle-hydrogel complex system as an artificial enzyme with both catalytic activity and substrate selectivity by the method of multistep self-assembly.

  13. Miscibility and interaction between 1-alkanol and short-chain phosphocholine in the adsorbed film and micelles.

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    Takajo, Yuichi; Matsuki, Hitoshi; Kaneshina, Shoji; Aratono, Makoto; Yamanaka, Michio

    2007-09-01

    The miscibility and interaction of 1-hexanol (C6OH) and 1-heptanol (C7OH) with 1,2-dihexanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DHPC) in the adsorbed films and micelles were investigated by measuring the surface tension of aqueous C6OH-DHPC and aqueous C7OH-DHPC solutions. The surface density, the mean molecular area, the composition of the adsorbed film, and the excess Gibbs energy of adsorption g(H,E), were estimated. Further, the critical micelle concentration of the mixtures was determined from the surface tension versus molality curves; the micellar composition was calculated. The miscibility of the 1-alkanols and DHPC molecules in the adsorbed film and micelles was examined using the phase diagram of adsorption (PDA) and that of micellization (PDM). The PDA and the composition dependence of g(H,E) indicated the non-ideal mixing of the 1-alkanols and DHPC molecules due to the attractive interaction between the molecules in the adsorbed film, while the PDM indicated that the 1-alkanol molecules were not incorporated in the micelles within DHPC rich region. The dependence of the mean molecular area of the mixtures on the surface composition suggested that the packing property of the adsorbed film depends on the chain length of 1-alkanol: C6OH expands the DHPC adsorbed film more than C7OH.

  14. Rapid analysis of water- and fat-soluble vitamins by electrokinetic chromatography with polymeric micelle as pseudostationary phase.

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    Ni, Xinjiong; Xing, Xiaoping; Cao, Yuhua; Cao, Guangqun

    2014-11-28

    A novel polymeric micelle, formed by random copolymer poly (stearyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) (P(SMA-co-MAA)) has been used as pseudostationary phase (PSP) in electrokinetic chromatography (EKC) for simultaneous and rapid determination of 11 kinds of water- and fat-soluble vitamins in this work. The running buffer consisting of 1% (w/v) P(SMA-co-MAA), 10% (v/v) 1-butanol, 20% (v/v) acetonitrile, and 30 mM Palitzsch buffer solution (pH 9.2) was applied to improve the selectivity and efficiency, as well as to shorten analysis time. 1-Butanol and acetonitrile as the organic solvent modifiers played the most important roles for rapid separation of these vitamins. The effects of organic solvents on microstructure of the polymeric micelle were investigated. The organic solvents swell the polymeric micelle by three folds, lower down the surface charge density and enhance the microenviromental polarity of the polymeric micelle. The 11 kinds of water- and fat-soluble vitamins could be baseline separated within 13 min. The method was applied to determine water- and fat-soluble vitamins in commercial vitamin sample; the recoveries were between 93% and 111% with the relative standard derivations (RSDs) less than 5%. The determination results matched the label claim.

  15. IR-780 Loaded Phospholipid Mimicking Homopolymeric Micelles for Near-IR Imaging and Photothermal Therapy of Pancreatic Cancer.

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    Chen, Yangjun; Li, Zuhong; Wang, Haibo; Wang, Yin; Han, Haijie; Jin, Qiao; Ji, Jian

    2016-03-23

    IR-780 iodide, a near-infrared (near-IR) fluorescent dye, can be utilized as an effective theranostic agent for both imaging and photothermal therapy. However, its lipophilicity limits its further biomedical applications. Herein, we synthesized a phospholipid mimicking amphiphilic homopolymer poly(12-(methacryloyloxy)dodecyl phosphorylcholine) (PMDPC) via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The amphiphilic homopolymer PMDPC can be self-assembled into micelles and used for the encapsulation of IR-780. The IR-780 loaded micelles (PMDPC-IR-780) exhibited low cytotoxicity in the dark, whereas remarkable photothermal cytotoxicity to pancreatic cancer cells (BxPC-3) was observed upon near-IR laser irradiation. We further investigated in vivo biodistribution of PMDPC-IR-780 micelles. Higher accumulation of PMDPC-IR-780 than that of free IR-780 in tumor tissue was verified, which might be ascribed to the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect and long circulation time benefiting from the zwitterionic phosphorylcholine surface. Therefore, the IR-780 loaded phospholipid mimicking homopolymeric micelles could have great potential for cancer theranostics.

  16. Biochemical synthesis of gold and zinc nanoparticles in reverse micelles

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    Egorova, E. M.

    2010-04-01

    Gold and zinc nanoparticles were obtained in AOT reverse micelles in isooctane by reduction of the corresponding metal ions by the natural pigment quercetin (the biochemical synthesis technique). Gold and zinc ions were introduced into the micellar solution of quercetin in the form of aqueous solutions, HAuCl4 and [Zn(NH3)4]SO4, to the water to AOT molar ratios 1-3 and 3-4, respectively. The process of nanoparticle formation was investigated by spectrophotometry. Nanoparticle size and shape were determined by transmission electron microscopy. The data obtained allow to conclude that there are two steps in metal ion-quercetin interaction: (1) complex formation, and (2) complex dissociation with subsequent formation of nanoparticles and a second product, presumably oxidized quercetin. Gold nanoparticles were found to be of various shapes (spheres, hexahedrons, triangles, and cylinders) and sizes, mainly in the 10-20 nm range; zinc nanoparticles are chiefly spherical and ˜5 nm in size. In both cases, the nanoparticles are stable in the air in micellar solution over long periods of time (from a several months to a several years).

  17. The effect of co-delivery of paclitaxel and curcumin by transferrin-targeted PEG-PE-based mixed micelles on resistant ovarian cancer in 3-D spheroids and in vivo tumors

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    Sarisozen, Can; Abouzeid, Abraham H.; Torchilin, Vladimir P.

    2014-01-01

    Multicellular 3D cancer cell culture (spheroids) resemble to in vivo tumors in terms of shape, cell morphology, growth kinetics, gene expression and drug response. However, these characteristics cause very limited drug penetration into deeper parts of the spheroids. In this study, we used multi drug resistant (MDR) ovarian cancer cell spheroid and in vivo tumor models to evaluate the co-delivery of paclitaxel (PCL) and a potent NF-κB inhibitor curcumin (CUR). PCL and CUR were co-loaded into the polyethylene glycol-phosphatidyl ethanolamine (PEG-PE) based polymeric micelles modified with Transferrin (TF) as the targeting ligand. Cytotoxicity, cellular association and accumulation into the deeper layers were investigated in the spheroids and compared with the monolayer cell culture. Comparing to non-targeted micelles, flow cytometry and confocal imaging proved significantly deeper and higher micelle penetration into the spheroids with TF-targeting. Both in monolayers and spheroids, PCL cytotoxicity was significantly increased when co-delivered with CUR in non-targeted micelles or as single agent in TF-targeted micelles, whereas TF-modification of co-loaded micelles did not further enhance the cytotoxicity. In vivo tumor inhibition studies showed good correlation with the 3D cell culture experiments, which suggests the current spheroid model can be used as an intermediate model for evaluation of co-delivery of anticancer compounds in targeted micelles. PMID:25016976

  18. Investigation of Benthic Foraminiferal Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes to Reconstruct Methane Fluxes in Sedimentary Environments

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    Borrelli, C.; Gabitov, R. I.; Messenger, S. R.; Nguyen, A. N.; Torres, M. E.; Kessler, J. D.

    2015-01-01

    Methane (CH4) is an important greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential much higher than carbon dioxide (CO2) on a short time scale. Even if the residence time of CH4 in the atmosphere is relatively short (tens of years), one of the products of CH4 oxidation is CO2, a greenhouse gas with a much longer residence time in the atmosphere (tens to hundreds of years). CH4 has been proposed as one of the trigger mechanisms for rapid global climate change today and in the geological past. With regards to the geological past, numerous studies proposed the benthic foraminiferal carbon isotope ratio (Delta13C) as a tool to reconstruct the impact of marine CH4 on rapid climate changes; however, the investigation of modern benthic foraminiferal Delta13C have produced inconclusive results. CH4 has a distinctive hydrogen isotope (Delta(D)) and Delta13C signature compared to seawater, and sulfate reduction, often coupled to CH4 anaerobic oxidation in sediments, changes the sulfur isotope signature (Delta34S) of the remaining sulfate in porewater. Therefore, we hypothesize that the Delta(D) and Delta34S signature of infaunal benthic foraminiferal species can provide a complementary approach to Delta13C to study CH4 dynamics in sedimentary environments. Here, we present the preliminary results obtained analyzing Uvigerina peregrina Delta(D) and Delta34S from three different locations at Hydrate Ridge, offshore Oregon. Unfortunately, the lack of chemical data related to the moment of foraminiferal calcification makes difficult to build a robust relationship among the U. peregrina stable isotopes and the CH4 fluxes at the sampling sites. However, our results look very promising, as each site is characterized by a different Delta(D) and Delta34S signature. We emphasize that this study represents the first step in the development of new proxies (Delta(D)) and Delta34S), which may complement the more traditional benthic foraminiferal Delta13C values, to reconstruct marine CH4

  19. Etoposide-loaded biodegradable amphiphilic methoxy (poly ethylene glycol) and poly (epsilon caprolactone) copolymeric micelles as drug delivery vehicle for cancer therapy.

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    Mohanty, Anjan K; Dilnawaz, Fahima; Mohanty, Chandana; Sahoo, Sanjeeb K

    2010-07-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers composed of methoxy poly ethylene glycol (MePEG) and poly epsilon caprolactone (PCL) were synthesized for the formation of micelles by ring opening mechanism using stannous octoate as a catalyst. The effects of the molecular weight of MePEG and the copolymer ratio on the properties of micelles were investigated by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ((1)H-NMR), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), and Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC). The diblock copolymers were self-assembled to form micelles and their hydrophobic core was used for the encapsulation of the anti-cancer drug (etoposide) in aqueous solution. The sizes of micelles were less than 250 nm with a narrow size distribution with monodispersed unimodal pattern. Differential Scanning Calorimetric (DSC) thermogram was done for etoposide-loaded micelles to understand the crystalline nature of the drug after entrapment. A drug loading capacity up to 60% (w/w) with an entrapment efficiency of 68% was achieved as determined by reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). In vitro release kinetics showed a biphasic release pattern of etoposide for 2 weeks. The cytotoxic efficacy of the etoposide-loaded micelles demonstrated greater anti-proliferative activity (IC(50) = 1.1 microg/ml) as compared to native drug (IC(50) = 6.3 microg/ml) in pancreatic cancer cell line MIA-PaCa-2. Thus, etoposide-loaded MePEG/PCL block copolymeric micelles can be used as an efficient drug delivery vehicle for pancreatic cancer therapy.

  20. Paclitaxel isomerisation in polymeric micelles based on hydrophobized hyaluronic acid.

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    Smejkalová, Daniela; Nešporová, Kristina; Hermannová, Martina; Huerta-Angeles, Gloria; Cožíková, Dagmar; Vištejnová, Lucie; Safránková, Barbora; Novotný, Jaroslav; Kučerík, Jiří; Velebný, Vladimír

    2014-05-15

    Physical and chemical structure of paclitaxel (PTX) was studied after its incorporation into polymeric micelles made of hyaluronic acid (HA) (Mw=15 kDa) grafted with C6 or C18:1 acyl chains. PTX was physically incorporated into the micellar core by solvent evaporation technique. Maximum loading capacity for HAC6 and HAC18:1 was determined to be 2 and 14 wt.%, respectively. The loading efficiency was higher for HAC18:1 and reached 70%. Independently of the derivative, loaded HA micelles had spherical size of approximately 60-80 nm and demonstrated slow and sustained release of PTX in vitro. PTX largely changed its form from crystalline to amorphous after its incorporation into the micelle's interior. This transformation increased PTX sensitivity towards stressing conditions, mainly to UV light exposure, during which the structure of amorphous PTX isomerized and formed C3C11 bond within its structure. In vitro cytotoxicity assay revealed that polymeric micelles loaded with PTX isomer had higher cytotoxic effect to normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF) and human colon carcinoma cells (HCT-116) than the same micelles loaded with non-isomerized PTX. Further observation indicated that PTX isomer influenced in different ways cell morphology and markers of cell cycle. Taken together, PTX isomer loaded in nanocarrier systems may have improved anticancer activity in vivo than pure PTX.

  1. Structural parameters of the myelin transmembrane proteolipid in reverse micelles.

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    Binks, B P; Chatenay, D; Nicot, C; Urbach, W; Waks, M

    1989-01-01

    The Folch-Pi proteolipid is the most abundant structural protein from the central nervous system myelin. This protein-lipid complex, normally insoluble in water, requires only a small amount of water for solubilization in reverse micelles of sodium bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in isooctane. The characterization of the proteolipid-free and proteolipid-containing micelles was undertaken by light scattering and fluorescence recovery after fringe pattern photobleaching (FRAPP) experiments. Quasi elastic light scattering (QELS) was carried out at a high (200 mM) AOT concentration, at low water-to-surfactant mole ratio (Wo = 7) and at increasing protein occupancy. Two apparent hydrodynamic radii, differing tenfold in size, were obtained from correlation functions. The smaller one (RaH = 5.2 nm) remains constant and corresponds to that measured for protein-free micelles. The larger one increases linearly with protein concentration. In contrast, FRAPP measurements of self-diffusion coefficients were found unaffected by the proteolipid concentration. Accordingly, they have been performed at constant protein/surfactant mole ratios. The equivalent RH, extrapolated to zero AOT concentration for protein-free reverse micelles (2.9 nm) and in the presence of the proteolipid (4.6 nm), do not reveal the mode of organization previously suggested by QELS measurements. The complex picture emerging from this work represents a first step in the characterization of an integral membrane protein in reverse micelles. PMID:2470431

  2. Precise hierarchical self-assembly of multicompartment micelles.

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    Gröschel, André H; Schacher, Felix H; Schmalz, Holger; Borisov, Oleg V; Zhulina, Ekaterina B; Walther, Andreas; Müller, Axel H E

    2012-02-28

    Hierarchical self-assembly offers elegant and energy-efficient bottom-up strategies for the structuring of complex materials. For block copolymers, the last decade witnessed great progress in diversifying the structural complexity of solution-based assemblies into multicompartment micelles. However, a general understanding of what governs multicompartment micelle morphologies and polydispersity, and how to manipulate their hierarchical superstructures using straightforward concepts and readily accessible polymers remains unreached. Here we demonstrate how to create homogeneous multicompartment micelles with unprecedented structural control via the intermediate pre-assembly of subunits. This directed self-assembly leads to a step-wise reduction of the degree of conformational freedom and dynamics and avoids undesirable kinetic obstacles during the structure build-up. It yields a general concept for homogeneous populations of well-defined multicompartment micelles with precisely tunable patchiness, while using simple linear ABC triblock terpolymers. We further demonstrate control over the hierarchical step-growth polymerization of multicompartment micelles into micron-scale segmented supracolloidal polymers as an example of programmable mesoscale colloidal hierarchies via well-defined patchy nanoobjects.

  3. Applications of polymeric micelles with tumor targeted in chemotherapy

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    Ding, Hui; Wang, Xiaojun; Zhang, Song; Liu, Xinli

    2012-11-01

    Polymeric micelles (PMs) have gained more progress as a carrier system with the quick development of biological and nanoparticle techniques. In particular, PMs with smart targeting can deliver anti-cancer drugs directly into tumor cells at a sustained rate. PMs with core-shell structure (with diameters of 10 100 nm) have been prepared by a variety of biodegradable and biocompatible polymers via a self-assembly process. The preparation of polymeric micelles with stimuli-responsive block copolymers or modification of target molecules on polymeric micelles' surface are able to significantly improve the efficiency of drug delivery. Polymeric micelles, which have been considered as a novel promising drug carrier for cancer therapeutics, are rapidly evolving and being introduced in an attempt to overcome several limitations of traditional chemotherapeutics, including water solubility, tumor-specific accumulation, anti-tumor efficacy, and non-specific toxicity. This review describes the preparation of polymeric micelles and the targeted modification which greatly enhance the effects of chemotherapeutic agents.

  4. Binder-block copolymer micelle interactions in bactericidal filter paper.

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    Mansur-Azzam, Nura; Woo, Su Gyeong; Eisenberg, Adi; van de Ven, Theo G M

    2013-08-06

    We previously produced a bactericidal filter paper loaded with PAA47-b-PS214 block copolymer micelles containing the biocide triclosan (TCN), using cationic polyacryamide (cPAM) as a binder. However, we encountered a very slow filtration, resulting in long bacteria deactivation times. Slow drainage occurred only when the filter paper was left to dry. It appears that the filter paper with cPAM and micelles develops hydrophobic properties responsible for this very slow filtration. Three approaches were taken to accelerate the very slow drainage all based on modification of binder-micelle interactions: (i) keeping the micelles wet, (ii) modification of the corona, and (iii) replacing cPAM with smaller and more highly charged cationic poly(isopropanol dimethylammonium) chloride (PIDMAC). In all cases, the drainage time of bactericidal filter paper became close to that of untreated filter paper, without decreasing its efficiency. Moreover, replacing cPAM with PIDMAC led to a much more efficient bactericidal filter paper that reduced bacteria viability by more than 6 orders of magnitude. In addition to resolving the hydrophobic drainage hurdle, the three solutions also offer a better understanding of the interaction between cPAM and micelles in the filter paper.

  5. Dual imaging-guided photothermal/photodynamic therapy using micelles

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    Guo, Miao; Mao, Huajian; Li, Yanli; Zhu, Aijun; He, Hui; Yang, Hong; Wang, Yangyun; Tian, Xin; Ge, Cuicui; Peng, Qiaoli; Wang, Xiaoyong; Yang, Xiangliang; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Liu, Gang; Chen, Huabing

    2015-01-01

    We report a type of photosensitizer (PS)-loaded micelles integrating cyanine dye as potential theranostic micelles for precise anatomical tumor localization via dual photoacoustic (PA)/near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) imaging modalities, and simultaneously superior cancer therapy via sequential synergistic photothermal therapy (PTT)/photodynamic therapy (PDT). The micelles exhibit enhanced photostability, cell internalization and tumor accumulation. The dual NIRF/PA imaging modalities of the micelles cause the high imaging contrast and spatial resolution of tumors, which provide precise anatomical localization of the tumor and its inner vasculature for guiding PTT/PDT treatments. Moreover, the micelles can generate severe photothermal damage on cancer cells and destabilization of the lysosomes upon PTT photo-irradiation, which subsequently facilitate synergistic photodynamic injury via PS under PDT treatment. The sequential treatments of PTT/PDT trigger the enhanced cytoplasmic delivery of PS, which contributes to the synergistic anticancer efficacy of PS. Our strategy provides a dual-modal cancer imaging with high imaging contrast and spatial resolution, and subsequent therapeutic synergy of PTT/PDT for potential multimodal theranostic application. PMID:24613048

  6. Static structure factor of polymerlike micelles: Overall dimension, flexibility, and local properties of lecithin reverse micelles in deuterated isooctane

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    Jerke, Götz; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Egelhaaf, Stefan Ulrich; Schurtenberger, Peter

    1997-11-01

    We report a systematic investigation of the static structure factor S(q,c) of polymerlike reverse micelles formed by soybean lecithin and trace amounts of water in deuterated isooctane using small-angle neutron scattering and static light scattering. The experimental data for different concentrations in the dilute and semidilute regime cover approximately three decades of scattering vectors. The data have been analyzed using polymer renormalization-group theory and a nonlinear least-squares fitting procedure based upon a numerical expression for the single chain scattering function of a wormlike chain with excluded-volume effects. Furthermore, the influence of interaction effects on the static structure factor have been successfully examined within a modified random-phase approximation. Additional information on the local scale has been extracted by applying indirect Fourier transformation and square-root deconvolution techniques. We demonstrate that we can determine structural properties such as the micellar cross-section profile and flexibility as well as quantitatively incorporate the influence of micellar growth and excluded-volume effects on S(q,c).

  7. Experimental investigation of initial system-environment correlations via trace-distance evolution

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    Smirne, Andrea; Cialdi, Simone; Vacchini, Bassano; Brivio, Davide; Paris, Matteo G. A.

    2011-09-15

    The trace distance between two states of an open quantum system quantifies their distinguishability and, for a fixed environmental state, can increase above its initial value only in the presence of initial system-environment correlations. We provide experimental evidence of such a behavior. In our all-optical apparatus, we exploit spontaneous parametric down conversion as a source of polarization entangled states and a spatial light modulator to introduce in a general fashion correlations between the polarization and the momentum degrees of freedom, which act as environment.

  8. Quantification of Cholesterol Solubilized in Dietary Micelles: Dependence on Human Bile Salt Variability and the Presence of Dietary Food Ingredients.

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    Coreta-Gomes, Filipe M; Vaz, Winchil L C; Wasielewski, Emeric; Geraldes, Carlos F G; Moreno, Maria João

    2016-05-10

    The solubility of cholesterol in bile salt (BS) micelles is important to understand the availability of cholesterol for absorption in the intestinal epithelium and to develop strategies to decrease cholesterol intake from the intestinal lumen. This has been the subject of intense investigation, due to the established relation between the development of diseases such as atherosclerosis and high levels of cholesterol in the blood. In this work we quantify the effect of BS variability on the amount of cholesterol solubilized. The effect of some known hypocholesterolemic agents usually found in the diet is also evaluated, as well as some insight regarding the mechanisms involved. The results show that, depending on the bile salt composition, the average value of sterol per micelle is equal to or lower than 1. The amount of cholesterol solubilized in the BS micelles is essentially equal to its total concentration until the solubility limit is reached. Altogether, this indicates that the maximum cholesterol solubility in the BS micellar solution is the result of saturation of the aqueous phase and depends on the partition coefficient of cholesterol between the aqueous phase and the micellar pseudophase. The effect on cholesterol maximum solubility for several food ingredients usually encountered in the diet was characterized using methodology developed recently by us. This method allows the simultaneous quantification of both cholesterol and food ingredient solubilized in the BS micelles even in the presence of larger aggregates, therefore avoiding their physical separation with possible impacts on the overall equilibrium. The phytosterols stigmasterol and stigmastanol significantly decreased cholesterol solubility with a concomitant reduction in the total amount of sterol solubilized, most pronounced for stigmasterol. Those results point toward coprecipitation being the major cause for the decrease in cholesterol solubilization by the BS micelles. The presence of

  9. Investigating Information Technologies in Disasters: Three Essays on Micro-Blogging and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Environment

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    Li, Pu

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation aims to investigate how advanced information technologies cope with the various demands of disaster response. It consists of three essays on the exploration of micro-blogging and FOSS environments. The first essay looks at the usage of micro-blogging in the aftermath of the massive 2008 China earthquake and explores the…

  10. Socio-Technical Dimensions of an Outdoor Mobile Learning Environment: A Three-Phase Design-Based Research Investigation

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    Land, Susan M.; Zimmerman, Heather Toomey

    2015-01-01

    This design-based research project examines three iterations of Tree Investigators, a learning environment designed to support science learning outdoors at an arboretum and nature center using mobile devices (iPads). Researchers coded videorecords and artifacts created by children and parents (n = 53) to understand how both social and…

  11. Investigating Plane Geometry Problem-Solving Strategies of Prospective Mathematics Teachers in Technology and Paper-and-Pencil Environments

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    Koyuncu, Ilhan; Akyuz, Didem; Cakiroglu, Erdinc

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to investigate plane geometry problem-solving strategies of prospective mathematics teachers using dynamic geometry software (DGS) and paper-and-pencil (PPB) environments after receiving an instruction with GeoGebra (GGB). Four plane geometry problems were used in a multiple case study design to understand the solution strategies…

  12. Transformational and Passive Leadership: An Initial Investigation of University Instructors as Leaders in a Virtual Learning Environment

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    Bogler, Ronit; Caspi, Avner; Roccas, Sonia

    2013-01-01

    The study investigated whether students perceive their university instructors in a virtual learning environment as leaders. Referring to the full range leadership theory (FRLT), we examined the effects of transformational and passive leadership styles of university instructors on students' satisfaction and learning outcomes. Completed web-based…

  13. An Investigation of Selected Predictors of Nontraditional Student Academic Performance in Different Learning Environments: Personal Characteristics, Stressors, and Social Support

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    Xiong, Hui

    2009-01-01

    The current study employed a secondary statistical analysis on the 2007 National Study on Nontraditional Students Survey data to investigate whether personal characteristics, student perceived stressors, and social support could predict academic performance of nontraditional students enrolled in three different learning environments in terms of…

  14. Investigating Design and Technology Students' Peer Interactions in a Technology-Mediated Learning Environment: A Case study

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    Yeo, Tiong Meng; Quek, Choon Lang

    2011-01-01

    This research investigates students' peer interactions in the Design and Technology (D&T) environment supported by "Knowledge Forum". The sample comprised of 15 students who had no prior experience in using "Knowledge Forum" to mediate their D&T learning. Their interaction with peers occurred in three stages: design situation, ideation and…

  15. Characterization of chlorophyll derivatives in micelles of polymeric surfactants aiming photodynamic applications

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    Gerola, Adriana Passarella; de Morais, Flavia Amanda Pedroso; Costa, Paulo Fernando A.; Kimura, Elza; Caetano, Wilker; Hioka, Noboru

    2017-02-01

    The spectrophotometric properties of chlorophylls' derivatives (Chls) formulated in the Pluronics® F-127 and P-123 were evaluated and the results have shown that the Chls were efficiently solubilized in these drug delivery systems as monomers. The relative location of the Chls in the Pluronics® was estimated from the Stokes shift and micropolarity of the micellar environment. Chls with phytyl chain were located in the micellar core, where the micropolarity is similar to ethanol, while phorbides' derivatives (without phytyl chain) were located in the outer shell of the micelle, i.e., more polar environment. In addition, the thermal stability of the micellar formulations was evaluated through electronic absorption, fluorescence emission and resonance light scattering with lowering the temperature. The Chls promote the stability of the micelles at temperatures below the Critical Micellar Temperature (CMT) of these surfactants. For F-127 formulations, the water molecules drive through inside the nano-structure at temperatures below the CMT, which increased the polarity of this microenvironment and directly affected the spectrophotometric properties of the Chls with phytyl chain. The properties of the micellar microenvironment of P-123, with more hydrophobic core due to the small PEO/PPO fraction, were less affected by lowering the temperature than for F-127. These results enable us to better understand the Chls behavior in micellar copolymers and allowed us to design new drug delivery system that maintains the photosensitizer's properties for photodynamic applications.

  16. Biomimetic oral mucin from polymer micelle networks

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    Authimoolam, Sundar Prasanth

    Mucin networks are formed by the complexation of bottlebrush-like mucin glycoprotein with other small molecule glycoproteins. These glycoproteins create nanoscale strands that then arrange into a nanoporous mesh. These networks play an important role in ensuring surface hydration, lubricity and barrier protection. In order to understand the functional behavior in mucin networks, it is important to decouple their chemical and physical effects responsible for generating the fundamental property-function relationship. To achieve this goal, we propose to develop a synthetic biomimetic mucin using a layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition approach. In this work, a hierarchical 3-dimensional structures resembling natural mucin networks was generated using affinity-based interactions on synthetic and biological surfaces. Unlike conventional polyelectrolyte-based LBL methods, pre-assembled biotin-functionalized filamentous (worm-like) micelles was utilized as the network building block, which from complementary additions of streptavidin generated synthetic networks of desired thickness. The biomimetic nature in those synthetic networks are studied by evaluating its structural and bio-functional properties. Structurally, synthetic networks formed a nanoporous mesh. The networks demonstrated excellent surface hydration property and were able capable of microbial capture. Those functional properties are akin to that of natural mucin networks. Further, the role of synthetic mucin as a drug delivery vehicle, capable of providing localized and tunable release was demonstrated. By incorporating antibacterial curcumin drug loading within synthetic networks, bacterial growth inhibition was also demonstrated. Thus, such bioactive interfaces can serve as a model for independently characterizing mucin network properties and through its role as a drug carrier vehicle it presents exciting future opportunities for localized drug delivery, in regenerative applications and as bio

  17. Theranostic vitamin E TPGS micelles of transferrin conjugation for targeted co-delivery of docetaxel and ultra bright gold nanoclusters.

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    Muthu, Madaswamy S; Kutty, Rajaletchumy Veloo; Luo, Zhentao; Xie, Jianping; Feng, Si-Shen

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this work was to develop an advanced theranostic micelles of D-alpha-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS), which are conjugated with transferrin for targeted co-delivery of docetaxel (DTX) as a model drug and ultra bright gold clusters (AuNC) as a model imaging agent for simultaneous cancer imaging and therapy. The theranostic micelles with and without transferrin conjugation were prepared by the solvent casting method and characterized for their particle size, polydispersity, surface chemistry, drug encapsulation efficiency, drug loading and cellular uptake efficiency. Transferrin receptors expressing MDA-MB-231-luc breast cancer cells and NIH-3T3 fibroblast cells (control cells without transferrin receptor expression) were employed as an in vitro model to access cytotoxicity of the formulations. The overexpression of transferrin receptor on the surface of MDA-MB-231-luc cells was confirmed by flow cytometry. The biodistribution study and theranostic efficacy of the micelles were investigated by using the Xenogen IVIS(®) Spectrum imaging system, which includes AuNC based fluorescence imaging and luciferase induced bioluminescence imaging on MDA-MB-231-luc tumor bearing SCID mice. The IC50 values demonstrated that the non-targeted and targeted micelles could be 15.31 and 71.73 folds more effective than Taxotere(®) after 24 h treatment with the MDA-MB-231-luc cells. Transferrin receptor targeted delivery of such micelles was imaged in xenograft model and showed their great advantages for real-time tumor imaging and inhibition of tumor growth.

  18. NMR structure of the Arctic mutation of the Alzheimer's Aβ(1-40) peptide docked to SDS micelles

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    Usachev, K. S.; Filippov, A. V.; Khairutdinov, B. I.; Antzutkin, O. N.; Klochkov, V. V.

    2014-11-01

    The “Arctic” point mutation of the Alzheimer's amyloid β-peptide is a rare mutation leading to an early onset of Alzheimer's disease. The peptide may interact with neuronal membranes, where it can provide its toxic effects. We used 2D NMR spectroscopy to investigate the conformation of the “Arctic” mutant of Aβ1-40 Alzheimer's amyloid peptide in sodium dodecyl sulfate micelle solutions, which are the type of amphiphilic structures mimicking some properties of biomembranes. The study showed that the Arctic mutant of Aβ1-40 interacts with the surface of SDS micelles mainly through the Leu17-Asn27 310-helical region, while the Ile31-Val40 region is buried in the hydrophobic interior of the micelle. In contrast, wild-type Aβ1-40 interacts with SDS micelles through the Lys16-Asp23 α-helical region and Gly29-Met35. Both the Arctic mutant and the wild-type Aβ1-40 peptides interactions with SDS micelles are hydrophobic in nature. Aβ peptides are thought to be capable of forming pores in biomembranes that can cause changes in neuronal and endothelial cell membrane permeability. It has also been shown that Aβ peptides containing the “Arctic” mutation are more neurotoxic and aggregate more readily than the wild-type Aβ peptides at physiological conditions. Here, we propose that the extension of the helical structure of Leu17-Asn27 and a high aliphaticity (neutrality) of the C-terminal region in the Arctic Aβ peptides are consistent with the idea that formation of ion-permeable pores by Aβ oligomers may be one of prevailing mechanisms of a larger neuronal toxicity of the Arctic Aβ compared to the wild-type Aβ peptides, independent of oxidative damage and lipid peroxidation.

  19. Effects of interaction between a polycation and a nonionic polymer on their cross-assembly into mixed micelles.

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    Wan, Xinyuan; Zhang, Yi; Deng, Ya; Zhang, Qin; Li, Jiehua; Wang, Kunjie; Li, Jianshu; Tan, Hong; Fu, Qiang

    2015-06-07

    In this paper, to investigate the effects of interactions between poly(quaternary ammonium) salts (PQAs) and poly(ethylene glycol) on their mixed micellar surface structures and properties under spontaneous conditions, a series of PQAs were first designed and synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) quaternized by bromobutane, bromooctane, and bromododecane, respectively. Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PPEG) with a similar degree of polymerization was also prepared using poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate by ATRP. Next, these PQAs were mixed with an equal weight of PPEG in water to cross-assemble into mixed micelles. The structures and features of these mixed micelles were characterized by fluorescence measurements, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), phase analysis light scattering (PALS), proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR), and hydrogen-hydrogen correlation spectroscopy nuclear magnetic resonance (H-H COSY NMR). These results suggest that PQAs and PPEG mixtures can cross-assemble into mixed micelles with low CMC. The surface structures, particle sizes, size distributions, and zeta potentials of PQAs and PPEG mixtures can be tailored by varying the alkyl chain length in quaternary ammonium salts, and the alkyl chain length also influences the distribution and the alkyl chain orientation of quaternary ammonium salts on mixed micelle surfaces. In addition, cytotoxicity of these mixed micelles can be markedly reduced by PPEG compared with their corresponding PQAs, but their good antibacterial activities are still maintained to a certain degree, as evaluated by methyl tetrazolium assay (MTT) and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). Our present work provides a new avenue for the preparation of biocompatible and antibacterial materials for biomedical applications.

  20. Investigation of a coupling model of coordination between urbanization and the environment.

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    Li, Yangfan; Li, Yi; Zhou, Yan; Shi, Yalou; Zhu, Xiaodong

    2012-05-15

    China's coastal cities are experiencing rapid urbanization, which has resulted in many challenges. This paper presents a comprehensive index system for assessment of the level of urbanization based on four aspects: demographic urbanization, economic urbanization, social urbanization and spatial urbanization. The developed index system also characterizes the environment based on three factors: environmental pressure, environmental level and environmental control. Furthermore, a coupling coordination degree model (CCDM) focusing on the degree of coordination between urbanization and the environment was established using panel data collected from 2000 to 2008 for Lianyungang, China. The results showed that: (1) the dynamic of coordination between urbanization and the environment showed a U-shaped curve, and both sub-systems evolved into a superior balance during rapid urbanization; (2) social urbanization and environmental control make the greatest contribution to the coupling system, indicating that they are the critical factors to consider when adjusting coordination development during decision-making; and (3) the two parameters (α-urbanization, β-environment) that have been widely used in previous studies had less of an effect on the coupling coordinated system than the other factors considered herein.

  1. Investigation of the Relationship between Learning Process and Learning Outcomes in E-Learning Environments

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    Yurdugül, Halil; Menzi Çetin, Nihal

    2015-01-01

    Problem Statement: Learners can access and participate in online learning environments regardless of time and geographical barriers. This brings up the umbrella concept of learner autonomy that contains self-directed learning, self-regulated learning and the studying process. Motivation and learning strategies are also part of this umbrella…

  2. Approaches to Changing the Physical Attributes of the Adult Learning Environment: A Preliminary Investigation.

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    Fulton, Rodney D.

    A study surveyed 139 individuals to determine if differences in the way they approached the physical attributes of various learning environments could be attributed to either gender or age. Participants were Montana State University graduate students in education; adult basic education students in Bozeman, Montana; adult basic education faculty…

  3. The Investigation of the Attitudes of Geography Teachers towards Environment in Turkey

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    Karakus, Ufuk

    2013-01-01

    This study was carried out to reveal whether the attitudes of the geography teachers in Turkey towards the environment change according to different variables, using ''Attitude Scale" for 404 geography teachers working in various high schools throughout the country. The data were analysed by SPSS statistical software. The result revealed…

  4. Developing Information Technology Fluency in College Students: An Investigation of Learning Environments and Learner Characteristics

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    Sardone, Nancy B.

    2011-01-01

    The confluence of powerful technologies of computers and network connectivity has brought explosive growth to the field of Information Technology (IT). The problem presented in this study is whether the type of learning environment where IT concepts are taught to undergraduates has a relationship to the development of IT fluency and course…

  5. Investigating the Relationships among Elementary School Students' Epistemological Beliefs, Metacognition, and Constructivist Science Learning Environment

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    Yilmaz-Tuzun, Ozgul; Topcu, Mustafa Sami

    2010-01-01

    The research questions addressed in this study were: what types of epistemological beliefs do elementary students have; what types of metacognition do elementary students have; and what are the relationships among students' perceived characteristics of constructivist learning environment, metacognition, and epistemological beliefs. A total of 626…

  6. Art Therapy and the Aesthetic Environment as Agents for Change: A Phenomenological Investigation.

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    Lazarus-Leff, Betsy

    1998-01-01

    The hypothesis that improving the aesthetic quality of the environment of a functionally dependent person with traumatic brain injury would show a corresponding positive effect in the attitudes and behaviors of the resident's family system was tested. Effects of environmental manipulations on family and patient are assessed and discussed.…

  7. An aeronomy mission to investigate the entry and orbiter environment of Mars

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    Brace, Larry H.

    1989-01-01

    The need for an aeronomy mission to Mars as a precursor to a manned Mars mission is discussed. The upper atmosphere and radiation environment of Mars are reviewed, focusing on the implications of the Martian atmosphere for a manned mission. Plans for an aeronomy mission to Mars are described, including the Mars Aeronomy Observer and the Earth/Mars Aeronomy Orbiter.

  8. Synthesis of organo-silane functionalized nanocrystal micelles and their self-assembly.

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    Fan, Hongyou; Chen, Zhu; Brinker, C Jeffrey; Clawson, Jacalyn; Alam, Todd

    2005-10-12

    We report a general method to synthesize gold nanocrystal micelles with organo-silane headgroups. The method involves encapsulation of monodisperse, hydrophobic gold nanocrystals within the core of a micelle of an amphiphilic silane precursor. Formation and stability of monodisperse gold NC micelles have been confirmed using UV-visible spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Self-assembly of such nanocrystal micelles through siloxane hydrolysis and cross-linking leads to an ordered array with a face-centered-cubic mesostructure.

  9. Tungsten in the environment: A geochemical and mineralogical investigation of an emerging contaminant

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    Datta, S.; Hobson, C.; Mohajerin, T. J.; Johannesson, K. H.; Tappero, R.; Telfeyan, K.; Witten, M. L.; Sheppard, P. R.

    2012-12-01

    Interest in tungsten (W) research has increased in the past several years, as it may have previously unrecognized human toxicological and environmentally degrading effects [1][2]. In 2002, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) investigated several clusters of acute lymphatic leukemia in both Nevada and in Arizona. The study found residents had urinary W levels above the 95th percentile for the US [1][3]. After this, the EPA classified W as an emerging contaminant. Field studies have shown that W is mobile in the environment [1][4], but there is still a paucity of knowledge about the actual behavior of W in groundwater flow systems and the processes that control W concentration and transport. Here the hypothesis being tested is that physical and chemical changes from chemical weathering, mineral dissolution and precipitation, and redox reactions catalyzed by microbial activity control W transport and sequestration. Sediment samples have been collected from three different localities with elevated W. Fallon, NV is the first site being analyzed, along with Sierra Vista, AZ and Cheyenne Bottoms refuge near Hoisington, KS. The first few centimeters of the sediment profile are scraped aside and then sediment core samples are collected at incremental depths of approximately two feet, starting with a near surface sample. The sediment cores are being studied for total extractability of W from the sediments and then the mineral associations within the sediments are studied by petrographic observations and FESEM assisted single grain mapping (also to understand the association of W to Fe, Mn and S in these sediments). Various extraction techniques of the sediment samples including sequential extractions (assisted by microwave digestion) are done along with solid state synchrotron analyses (by acquiring μXRF maps and having specific hotspots analyzed for μXRD and μXANES). This elucidates valuable information about W's oxidation state, concentration, and where it is bound in

  10. Solubilization of flurbiprofen within non-ionic Tween 20 surfactant micelles: a 19F and 1H NMR study.

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    Saveyn, Pieter; Cocquyt, Ellen; Zhu, Wuxin; Sinnaeve, Davy; Haustraete, Katrien; Martins, José C; Van der Meeren, Paul

    2009-07-14

    The solubilization of the poorly water soluble anti-inflammatory drug flurbiprofen in non-ionic Tween 20 surfactant micellar solutions was studied by both (19)F and (1)H NMR spectroscopy in an acidic environment. These non-destructive techniques allowed us to investigate the effect of temperature cycling in situ. Using (19)F NMR, an increased solubilisation capacity was observed as the temperature increased. This effect became more pronounced above the cloud point, which was reduced by more than 30 degrees C in the presence of an excess of flurbiprofen. Upon clouding, peak splitting was observed in the (19)F spectrum, which indicates that two pools of solubilised flurbiprofen exist that are in slow exchange on the NMR frequency timescale. The clouding and solubilization processes were found to be reversible, albeit with slow kinetics. Based on chemical shift differences of both Tween 20 and flurbiprofen, as well as NOESY experiments, the flurbiprofen was found to be accumulated within the palisade layer of the Tween 20 micelles.

  11. DNA oxidation in anionic reverse micelles: ruthenium-mediated damage at Guanine in single- and double-stranded DNA.

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    Evans, Sarah E; Mon, Soe; Singh, Robinder; Ryzhkov, Lev R; Szalai, Veronika A

    2006-04-03

    One-electron guanine oxidation in DNA has been investigated in anionic reverse micelles (RMs). A photochemical method for generating Ru3+ from the ruthenium polypyridyl complex tris(2-2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) chloride ([Ru(bpy)3]Cl2) is combined with high-resolution polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) to quantify piperidine-labile guanine oxidation products. As characterized by emission spectroscopy of Ru(bpy)3(2+), the addition of DNA to RMs containing Ru(bpy)3(2+) does not perturb the environment of Ru(bpy)3(2+). The steady-state quenching efficiency of Ru(bpy)3(2+) with K3[Fe(CN)6] in buffer solution is approximately 2-fold higher than that observed in RMs. Consistent with the difference in quenching efficiency in the two media, a 1.5-fold higher yield of piperidine-labile damage products as monitored by PAGE is observed for duplex oligonucleotide in buffer vs RMs. In contrast, a 13-fold difference in the yield of PAGE-detected G oxidation products is observed when single-stranded DNA is the substrate. Circular dichroism spectra showed that single-stranded DNA undergoes a structural change in anionic RMs. This structural change is potentially due to cation-mediated adsorption of the DNA phosphates on the anionic headgroups of the RMs, leading to protection of the guanine from oxidatively generated damage.

  12. Investigations Into Internal and External Aspects of Dynamic Agent-Environment Couplings

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    Dautenhahn, Kerstin

    This paper originates from my work on `social agents'. An issue which I consider important to this kind of research is the dynamic coupling of an agent with its social and non-social environment. I hypothesize `internal dynamics' inside an agent as a basic step towards understanding. The paper therefore focuses on the internal and external dynamics which couple an agent to its environment. The issue of embodiment in animals and artifacts and its relation to `social dynamics' is discussed first. I argue that embodiment is linked to a concept of a body and is not necessarily given when running a control program on robot hardware. I stress the individual characteristics of an embodied cognitive system, as well as its social embeddedness. I outline the framework of a physical-psychological state space which changes dynamically in a self-modifying way as a holistic approach towards embodied human and artificial cognition. This framework is meant to discuss internal and external dynamics of an embodied, natural or artificial agent. In order to stress the importance of a dynamic memory I introduce the concept of an `autobiographical agent'. The second part of the paper gives an example of the implementation of a physical agent, a robot, which is dynamically coupled to its environment by balancing on a seesaw. For the control of the robot a behavior-oriented approach using the dynamical systems metaphor is used. The problem is studied through building a complete and co-adapted robot-environment system. A seesaw which varies its orientation with one or two degrees of freedom is used as the artificial `habitat'. The problem of stabilizing the body axis by active motion on a seesaw is solved by using two inclination sensors and a parallel, behavior-oriented control architecture. Some experiments are described which demonstrate the exploitation of the dynamics of the robot-environment system.

  13. Profiling and trend analysis of food effects on oral drug absorption considering micelle interaction and solubilization by bile micelles.

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    Kawai, Yukinori; Fujii, Yoshimine; Tabata, Fumiko; Ito, Junko; Metsugi, Yukiko; Kameda, Atsuko; Akimoto, Katsuya; Takahashi, Masayuki

    2011-01-01

    Correlation analysis between food effects on oral drug absorption (food effect) and physicochemical properties is important for efficient drug discovery and contributes to drug design. This study focused on micelle binding and solubilization considering bile micelles in the intestinal fluid. Profiling using about 40 launched drugs demonstrated that those in a high solubilization area (area 1) tended to have a positive food effect, and that drugs exhibiting negative/no food effect tended to coexist in a no/low solubilization area (area 2). In area 1, the solubilization effect by bile micelles was demonstrated quantitatively as an important factor that indicates a positive food effect. In area 2, the relative and quantitative relationships among the membrane permeation rate, dissolution rate, micelle binding and food effect could be clarified by simulation. The improvement of membrane permeability and the suppression of micelle binding are considered to be required to avoid a negative food effect. In conclusion, important factors contributing to the food effect were clarified relatively and quantitatively. Data generated from this profiling may be beneficial to find a solution for negative food effects. Furthermore, this risk assessment of food effects is considered to be a useful tool in rational drug design for drug discovery.

  14. Photosensitized Production of Hydrogen by Hydrogenase in Reversed Micelles

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    Hilhorst, Riet; Laane, Colja; Veeger, Cees

    1982-06-01

    Hydrogenase (hydrogen:ferricytochrome c3 oxidoreductase, EC 1.12.2.1) from Desulfovibrio vulgaris was encapsulated in reversed micelles with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as surfactant and a chloroform/octane mixture as solvent. Reducing equivalents for hydrogenase-catalyzed hydrogen production were provided by vectorial photosensitized electron transfer from a donor (thiophenol) in the organic phase through a surfactant-Ru2+ sensitizer located in the interphase to methyl viologen concentrated in the aqueous core of the reversed micelle. The results show that reversed micelles provide a microenvironment that (i) stabilizes hydrogenase against inactivation and (ii) allows an efficient vectorial photosensitized electron and proton flow from the organic phase to hydrogenase in the aqueous phase.

  15. Structural characterization of casein micelles: shape changes during film formation

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    Gebhardt, R.; Vendrely, C.; Kulozik, U.

    2011-11-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effect of size-fractionation by centrifugation on the film structure of casein micelles. Fractionated casein micelles in solution were asymmetrically distributed with a small distribution width as measured by dynamic light scattering. Films prepared from the size-fractionated samples showed a smooth surface in optical microscopy images and a homogeneous microstructure in atomic force micrographs. The nano- and microstructure of casein films was probed by micro-beam grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering (μGISAXS). Compared to the solution measurements, the sizes determined in the film were larger and broadly distributed. The measured GISAXS patterns clearly deviate from those simulated for a sphere and suggest a deformation of the casein micelles in the film.

  16. Mixed micelles of 7,12-dioxolithocholic acid and selected hydrophobic bile acids: interaction parameter, partition coefficient of nitrazepam and mixed micelles haemolytic potential.

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    Poša, Mihalj; Tepavčević, Vesna

    2011-09-01

    The formation of mixed micelles built of 7,12-dioxolithocholic and the following hydrophobic bile acids was examined by conductometric method: cholic (C), deoxycholic (D), chenodeoxycholic (CD), 12-oxolithocholic (12-oxoL), 7-oxolithocholic (7-oxoL), ursodeoxycholic (UD) and hiodeoxycholic (HD). Interaction parameter (β) in the studied binary mixed micelles had negative value, suggesting synergism between micelle building units. Based on β value, the hydrophobic bile acids formed two groups: group I (C, D and CD) and group II (12-oxoL, 7-oxoL, UD and HD). Bile acids from group II had more negative β values than bile acids from group I. Also, bile acids from group II formed intermolecular hydrogen bonds in aggregates with both smaller (2) and higher (4) aggregation numbers, according to the analysis of their stereochemical (conformational) structures and possible structures of mixed micelles built of these bile acids and 7,12-dioxolithocholic acid. Haemolytic potential and partition coefficient of nitrazepam were higher in mixed micelles built of the more hydrophobic bile acids (C, D, CD) and 7,12-dioxolithocholic acid than in micelles built only of 7,12-dioxolithocholic acid. On the other hand, these mixed micelles still had lower values of haemolytic potential than micelles built of C, D or CD. The mixed micelles that included bile acids: 12-oxoL, 7-oxoL, UD or HD did not significantly differ from the micelles of 7,12-dioxolithocholic acid, observing the values of their haemolytic potential.

  17. Energy transfer at heterogeneous protein-protein interfaces to investigate the molecular behaviour in the crowding environment

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    Ota, Chikashi

    2017-03-01

    Investigation of the behaviour of proteins in crowded environments is crucial for understanding the role of proteins in biological environments. In this study, the behaviour of bovine serum albumin (BSA) in crowded (highly concentrated) environments was investigated using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy as a model system. By using energy transfer as a molecular ruler, the crowding effect was clearly observed in the time resolved spectra. In addition, by using both time resolved anisotropy measurement and Raman spectroscopy, more detail insights from conformational and dynamic points of view were described. Consequently, it was revealed that in the highly concentrated solution, most of the BSA molecules are in the fast-reversible oligomeric state and the association at the "hard" and "soft" interfaces between protein surfaces occurred in a highly crowded environment with the aid of a charge-charge and short-range attractive interface. From both the conformational and dynamic aspects, the detail spectroscopic understanding of the behaviour of BSA in the crowding environment was obtained.

  18. Flight investigation of cockpit-displayed traffic information utilizing coded symbology in an advanced operational environment

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    Abbott, T. S.; Moen, G. C.; Person, L. H., Jr.; Keyser, G. L., Jr.; Yenni, K. R.; Garren, J. F., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    Traffic symbology was encoded to provide additional information concerning the traffic, which was displayed on the pilot's electronic horizontal situation indicators (EHSI). A research airplane representing an advanced operational environment was used to assess the benefit of coded traffic symbology in a realistic work-load environment. Traffic scenarios, involving both conflict-free and conflict situations, were employed. Subjective pilot commentary was obtained through the use of a questionnaire and extensive pilot debriefings. These results grouped conveniently under two categories: display factors and task performance. A major item under the display factor category was the problem of display clutter. The primary contributors to clutter were the use of large map-scale factors, the use of traffic data blocks, and the presentation of more than a few airplanes. In terms of task performance, the cockpit-displayed traffic information was found to provide excellent overall situation awareness. Additionally, mile separation prescribed during these tests.

  19. An Investigation of the Impact of Headquarters Structures on the Military Command Environment.

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    1984-03-01

    frequency of automatic database saves END to terminate the game GO to continue the game from a paused state PAUSE to pause the game execution RELOCATE...30 4.4 Sample Force Contrcl Order ...... ..... 31 4.5 Sample Information Display Order . . . . . . . . 31 4.6 Sample Game Ccntrol...subject familiarity with the wargame. . Flexibility of this comFuter-driven game to support this particular experimental/wargaming environment. e

  20. Investigation of a Graphical CONOPS Development Environment for Agile Systems Engineering

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    2009-10-30

    rate of 50% or more in the reviewed CONOPS (Table 6). Using the logic that those 18 categories must be the most critical since they are referenced...ability to change structure during execution. The primary issues these environments seem to run into are I/O compatibility and maintaining logical ...consistency. The key future research question for on the fly simulation of graphical CONOPS is the ability to allow an on-line logic checker, in

  1. Insoluble fraction of buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) protein possessing cholesterol-binding properties that reduce micelle cholesterol solubility and uptake by Caco-2 cells.

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    Metzger, Brandon T; Barnes, David M; Reed, Jess D

    2007-07-25

    Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) protein (BWP) exhibits hypocholesterolemic activity in several animal models by increasing fecal excretion of neutral and acidic sterols. In the current study, the ability of BWP to disrupt micelle cholesterol solubility by sequestration of cholesterol was investigated. When BWP (0.2%) was incubated with cholesterol and micelle lipid components prior to micelle formation, cholesterol solubility was reduced 40%. In contrast, cholesterol solubility was not decreased when BWP (0.2%) was incubated after micelle formation and incorporation of soluble cholesterol. Buckwheat flour, from which BWP was derived, had no significant effect on cholesterol solubility. Cholesterol uptake in Caco-2 cells from micelles made in the presence of BWP (0.2%) was reduced by 47, 36, 35, and 33% when compared with buckwheat flour, bovine serum albumin, casein, and gelatin, respectively. Reduction in cholesterol uptake in Caco-2 cells was dose-dependent, with maximum reductions at 0.1-0.4% BWP. In cholesterol-binding experiments, 83% of the cholesterol was associated with an insoluble BWP fraction, indicating strong cholesterol-binding capacity that disrupts solubility and uptake by Caco-2 cells.

  2. CW-EPR studies revealed different motional properties and oligomeric states of the integrin β1a transmembrane domain in detergent micelles or liposomes

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    Yu, Lu; Wang, Wei; Ling, Shenglong; Liu, Sanling; Xiao, Liang; Xin, Yanlong; Lai, Chaohua; Xiong, Ying; Zhang, Longhua; Tian, Changlin

    2015-01-01

    Integrins are heterodimeric membrane proteins that regulate essential processes: cell migration, cell growth, extracellular matrix assembly and tumor metastasis. Each integrin α or β subunit contains a large extracellular domain, a single transmembrane (TM) domain, and a short cytoplasmic tail. The integrin TM domains are important for heterodimeric association and dissociation during the conversion from inactive to active states. Moreover, integrin clustering occurs by homo-oligomeric interactions between the TM helices. Here, the transmembrane and cytoplasmic (TMC) domains of integrin β1a were overexpressed, and the protein was purified in detergent micelles and/or reconstituted in liposomes. To investigate the TM domain conformational properties of integrin β1a, 26 consecutive single cysteine mutants were generated for site-directed spin labeling and continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (CW-EPR) mobility and accessibility analyses. The mobility analysis identified two integrin β1a-TM regions with different motional properties in micelles and a non-continuous integrin β1a-TM helix with high immobility in liposomes. The accessibility analysis verified the TM range (Val737-Lys752) of the integrin β1a-TMC in micelles. Further mobility and accessibility comparisons of the integrin β1a-TMC domains in micelles or liposomes identified distinctively different oligomeric states of integrin β1a-TM, namely a monomer embedded in detergent micelles and leucine-zipper-like homo-oligomeric clusters in liposomes. PMID:25597475

  3. Biodegradation kinetics of phenanthrene solubilized in surfactant micelles

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    Grimberg, S.J.; Aitken, M.D.

    1995-12-31

    The biodegradation of phenanthrene solubilized in surfactant micelles was studied using a simple, well-defined laboratory system. The system was designed to evaluate whether phenanthrene present in micelles of the nonionic surfactant Tergitol NP-10 was available to a phenanthrene-degrading bacterium. Results indicate that micellized phenanthrene is essentially unavailable to the microorganism, so that only the phenanthrene present in the aqueous phase is degraded. A modified Michaelis-Menten equation was developed to quantify the effects of surfactant concentration on phenanthrene uptake rates. Experimental data were described well with this equation.

  4. Fluorescent supramolecular micelles for imaging-guided cancer therapy

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    Sun, Mengmeng; Yin, Wenyan; Dong, Xinghua; Yang, Wantai; Zhao, Yuliang; Yin, Meizhen

    2016-02-01

    A novel smart fluorescent drug delivery system composed of a perylene diimide (PDI) core and block copolymer poly(d,l-lactide)-b-poly(ethyl ethylene phosphate) is developed and named as PDI-star-(PLA-b-PEEP)8. The biodegradable PDI-star-(PLA-b-PEEP)8 is a unimolecular micelle and can self-assemble into supramolecular micelles, called as fluorescent supramolecular micelles (FSMs), in aqueous media. An insoluble drug camptothecin (CPT) can be effectively loaded into the FSMs and exhibits pH-responsive release. Moreover, the FSMs with good biocompatibility can also be employed as a remarkable fluorescent probe for cell labelling because the maximum emission of PDI is beneficial for bio-imaging. The flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis demonstrate that the micelles are easily endocytosed by cancer cells. In vitro and in vivo tumor growth-inhibitory studies reveal a better therapeutic effect of FSMs after CPT encapsulation when compared with the free CPT drug. The multifunctional FSM nanomedicine platform as a nanovehicle has great potential for fluorescence imaging-guided cancer therapy.A novel smart fluorescent drug delivery system composed of a perylene diimide (PDI) core and block copolymer poly(d,l-lactide)-b-poly(ethyl ethylene phosphate) is developed and named as PDI-star-(PLA-b-PEEP)8. The biodegradable PDI-star-(PLA-b-PEEP)8 is a unimolecular micelle and can self-assemble into supramolecular micelles, called as fluorescent supramolecular micelles (FSMs), in aqueous media. An insoluble drug camptothecin (CPT) can be effectively loaded into the FSMs and exhibits pH-responsive release. Moreover, the FSMs with good biocompatibility can also be employed as a remarkable fluorescent probe for cell labelling because the maximum emission of PDI is beneficial for bio-imaging. The flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis demonstrate that the micelles are easily endocytosed by cancer cells. In vitro and in vivo tumor growth

  5. Anomalous Phase Separation Kinetics Observed in a Micelle Solution

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    Wilcoxon, Jess P.; Martin, James E.; Odinek, Judy

    1995-08-01

    We report a real-time, two-dimensional light scattering study of the evolution of structure in a two-component nonionic micelle system undergoing phase separation. We find that the structure of the domains is qualitatively similar to that observed in binary fluid systems, with some anomalies observed. However, compared to the Lifshitz-Slyozov prediction for simple binary fluids, the domain growth is unexpectedly slow. In fact, the growth kinetics can be empirically described as a stretched exponential approach to a pinned domain size. This anomalous behavior may be due to the ability of the spherical micelles to reorganize into more complex structures.

  6. Alternating vorticity bands in a solution of wormlike micelles.

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    Herle, Vishweshwara; Kohlbrecher, Joachim; Pfister, Bruno; Fischer, Peter; Windhab, Erich J

    2007-10-12

    We report on structural characterization of vorticity bands formed in a wormlike micellar solution by Rheo--small-angle neutron scattering and video imaging experiments. Below a critical shear stress tau{c} in Newtonian and shear-thinning regime, only a minor flow alignment of the micelles is observed. Above tau{c}, in the shear-thickening regime, alternating transparent and turbid bands are formed. Triggered small-angle neutron scattering shows different anisotropic patterns in both bands indicating strongly aligned structures. By high-speed video imaging, we show that such an alignment of micelles does not correspond to a phase of lower viscosity.

  7. Microemulsions, micelles, and vesicles as media for membrane mimetic photochemistry

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    Fendler, J.H.

    1980-06-12

    Microemulsions, micelles, and vesicles are compared as media for membrane mimetic photochemistry. These systems solubilize, concentrate, compartmentalize, organize, and localize reactants; maintain proton and/or reactant gradients; alter quantum efficiencies; lower ionization potentials; change oxidation and reduction properties; change dissociation constants; affect vectorial electron displacements; alter photophysical pathways and rates; alter chemical pathways and rates; stabilize reactants, intermediates, and products; and separate products (charges). Formation of structures of microemulsions, micelles, and vesicles as well as substrate solubilization therein are summarized. Attention is focused on the utilization of microemulsions as reaction media. 72 references.

  8. An investigation into the effect of playback environment on perception of sonic booms when heard indoors

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    Carr, Daniel; Davies, Patricia

    2015-10-01

    Aircraft manufacturers are interested in designing and building a new generation of supersonic aircraft that produce shaped sonic booms of lower peak amplitude than booms created by current supersonic aircraft. To determine if the noise exposure from these "low"booms is more acceptable to communities, new laboratory testing to evaluate people's responses must occur. To guide supersonic aircraft design, objective measures that predict human response to modified sonic boom waveforms and other impulsive sounds are needed. The present research phase is focused on understanding people's reactions to booms when heard inside, and therefore includes consideration of the effects of house type and the indoor acoustic environment. A test was conducted in NASA Langley's Interior Effects Room (IER), with the collaboration of NASA Langley engineers. This test was focused on the effects of low-frequency content and of vibration, and subjects sat in a small living room environment. A second test was conducted in a sound booth at Purdue University, using similar sounds played back over earphones. The sounds in this test contained less very-low-frequency energy due to limitations in the playback, and the laboratory setting is a less natural environment. For the purpose of comparison, and to improve the robustness of the model, both sonic booms and other more familiar transient sounds were used in the tests. The design of the tests and the signals are briefly described, and the results of both tests will be presented.

  9. Investigating the application of AOP methodology in development of Financial Accounting Software using Eclipse-AJDT Environment

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    Sharma, Amita; Sarangdevot, S. S.

    2010-11-01

    Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) methodology has been investigated in development of real world business application software—Financial Accounting Software. Eclipse-AJDT environment has been used as open source enhanced IDE support for programming in AOP language—Aspect J. Crosscutting concerns have been identified and modularized as aspects. This reduces the complexity of the design considerably due to elimination of code scattering and tangling. Improvement in modularity, quality and performance is achieved. The study concludes that AOP methodology in Eclipse-AJDT environment offers powerful support for modular design and implementation of real world quality business software.

  10. Micelle and Bilayer Formation of Amphiphilic Janus Particles in a Slit-Pore

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    Rosenthal, Gerald; Klapp, Sabine H. L.

    2012-01-01

    We employ molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the self-assembly of amphiphilic Janus particles in a slit-pore consisting of two plane-parallel, soft walls. The Janus particles are modeled as soft spheres with an embedded unit vector pointing from the hydrophobic to the hydrophilic hemisphere. The structure formation is analyzed via cluster size distributions, density and polarization profiles, and in-plane correlation functions. At low temperatures and densities, the dominating structures are spherical micelles, whereas at higher densities we also observe wall-induced bilayer formation. Finally, we compare the MD results with those from a previous density functional study. PMID:22949806

  11. Micelle and bilayer formation of amphiphilic janus particles in a slit-pore.

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    Rosenthal, Gerald; Klapp, Sabine H L

    2012-01-01

    We employ molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the self-assembly of amphiphilic Janus particles in a slit-pore consisting of two plane-parallel, soft walls. The Janus particles are modeled as soft spheres with an embedded unit vector pointing from the hydrophobic to the hydrophilic hemisphere. The structure formation is analyzed via cluster size distributions, density and polarization profiles, and in-plane correlation functions. At low temperatures and densities, the dominating structures are spherical micelles, whereas at higher densities we also observe wall-induced bilayer formation. Finally, we compare the MD results with those from a previous density functional study.

  12. Investigating the Connection between hgcA and Mercury Methylation Rates in the Environment

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    King, A. J.; Christensen, G. A.; Wymore, A. M.; Podar, M.; Hurt, R. A., Jr.; Brown, S. D.; Palumbo, A. V.; Bender, K. S.; Fields, M. W.; Gilmour, C. C.; Santillan, E. F. U.; Brandt, C. C.; Elias, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is a common contaminant in many natural environments and is known to be a neurotoxin that impacts human health through bioaccumulation in food webs. The anaerobic conversion of mercury (Hg) to MeHg by microorganisms requires the presence of both HgcA and HgcB. In an effort to link hgcAB abundance and diversity with MeHg generation rates, we performed metagenomic and 16S rRNA sequencing as well as qualitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) of hgcA on samples from eight mercury-contaminated sites ranging from tidal marshes to Arctic permafrost. Custom algorithms were developed to filter hgcA sequences from the metagenomes, and to then select for those lineages that also contained hgcB. In the metagenomes, the Deltaproteobacteria dominated the pool of hgcAB from all eight sites; however, Firmicutes and methanogenic Archaea were each 50% less abundant. In parallel to the metagenomics studies, clone libraries of hgcAB were constructed for each site. This more cost-effective approach allowed us to verify the identity of the hgcAB+ organism, and yielded similar results to the metagenomes. Additionally, to determine the accuracy of our new degenerate qPCR primer sets (three sets specific to the three major clades of mercury methylators) in the environment, qPCR hgcA abundance values were compared to those derived from the metagenomes. Finally, we present evidence that hgcA abundance can correlate with MeHg concentrations but that the relationship is influenced by local environmental conditions. Our work demonstrates the relative efficacy of genetic methods for assessing the presence of mercury-methylators in eight different environments contaminated with mercury as well as the strength of association between abundance of hgcA and the rate of mercury methylation.

  13. An investigation into factors influencing immersion in interactive virtual reality environments.

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    Bangay, S; Preston, L

    1998-01-01

    Two interactive virtual reality environments were used to identify factors that may affect, or be affected by, the degree of immersion in a virtual world. In particular, the level of stress in a "swimming with dolphins" simulation is measured, as is the degree of simulator sickness resulting form a virtual roller coaster. Analysis of the results indicates that a relationship between the degree of immersion and the following factors: excitement, comfort, quality and age. The following factors are found to depend on the degree of immersion: simulator sickness, control, excitement and desire to repeat the experience.

  14. Expressed emotion, family environment, and parental bonding in bulimia nervosa: a 6-year investigation.

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    Hedlund, S; Fichter, M M; Quadflieg, N; Brandl, C

    2003-03-01

    As part of a prospective, long-term treatment study, 30 in-patients with bulimia nervosa (BN) were divided into groups with high and low expressed emotion (EE) family backgrounds according to the Camberwell Family Interview, and followed for a period of six years. The high EE group initially showed significantly more psychopathology than the low EE group. No group x time interactions were found, but the high EE group showed a worse outcome on the "conflict" and "organisation" subscales of the Family Environment Scale. They also showed significantly more eating disorder pathology according to the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) and the Structured Interview for anorexia nervosa (AN) and BN before treatment at discharge, after two years and, to some degree, even after six years. Depth of depression (Beck Depression Inventory) was significantly higher in the high EE group at admission (moderate depression), discharge and after the 6-year follow-up (still slight depression). The Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) showed no differences between the high EE and low EE groups, but the individuals with "affectionless control" according to the PBI had more negative scores on three of the subscales of the Family Environment Scale (FES). In brief, the high EE individuals with BN were initially sicker and did not fully catch up over time in comparison with the symptomatic recovery of the low EE individuals. These data suggest that EE status upon admission to in-patient treatment is a relevant predictor of the severity and course of BN and depressive symptoms.

  15. Objective interpretation of induced polarization tomography using a quantitative approach for the investigation of periglacial environments

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    Banville, David Roy; Fortier, Richard; Dupuis, Christian

    2016-07-01

    The objective interpretation of induced polarization tomography for applications in periglacial environments is sometimes challenging using smoothness-regularized least square inversion because strong resistivity contrasts are often present. Ambiguities arise from the regularization process which smooths the contrast between layers and from artifacts created by the inversion. In periglacial environments, where frozen and thawed ground can coexist with large resistivity contrasts, such artefacts are often found in the models of electrical resistivity. To assess reliable cryohydrogeological models from the inversion of induced polarization tomography, quantitative interpretation criteria are needed. The present work describes a methodology based on forward-inverse modeling to build a cryohydrogeological model from induced polarization data and prior information using the resistivity and chargeability gradients to map transitions between adjacent layers. This methodology is tested on field-data acquired over a coarse grained aquifer within a glaciomarine deposit and ice-rich permafrost mounds within marine sediments. Delineation of the permafrost base is achieved despite the presence of an inversion artefact. The results of the interpretation are used to further constrain the inversion in order to map the ice-content based on the resistivity model and an empirical relationship. The proposed methodology provides a way to extract quantitative information even in difficult environmental settings.

  16. The performance environment of the England youth soccer teams: a quantitative investigation.

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    Pain, Matthew A; Harwood, Chris G

    2008-09-01

    We examined the performance environment of the England youth soccer teams. Using a conceptually grounded questionnaire developed from the themes identified by Pain and Harwood (2007), 82 players and 23 national coaches and support staff were surveyed directly following international tournaments regarding the factors that positively and negatively influenced performance. The survey enabled data to be captured regarding both the extent and magnitude of the impact of the factors comprising the performance environment. Overall, team and social factors were generally perceived to have the greatest positive impact, with players and staff showing high levels of consensus in their evaluations. Team leadership and strong team cohesion were identified by both groups as having the greatest positive impact. Overall, far fewer variables were perceived to have a negative impact on performance, especially for players. The main negatives common to both groups were players losing composure during games, player boredom, and a lack of available activities in the hotel. The major findings support those of Pain and Harwood (2007) and in using a larger sample helped to corroborate and strengthen the generalizability of the findings.

  17. Systematic investigation of germination responses of Bacillus subtilis spores in different high-salinity environments.

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    Nagler, Katja; Moeller, Ralf

    2015-05-01

    High-salinity environments play an increasingly important role in ecology regarding soil salinization due to human-induced processes, but also need to be considered in terms of natural soil desiccation and extreme habitats. It has been shown previously that spore germination of the ubiquitous soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis is detrimentally affected by the presence of high NaCl concentrations, but the underlying mechanisms and effects of other salts remained obscure. To address these two points, we performed a systematic analysis with 32 different salts using spectrophotometric and microscopic methods. It could be shown that inhibitory strength varies considerably among different salts. Although osmotic effects seem to play an important role, ionic composition and concentration (especially of the anion) as well as chemical properties seem to be decisive for the extent of germination inhibition. At the current state of knowledge, fluxes of ions, Ca(2+)-DPA and water are likely affected by all salts, whereas the exact inhibition mechanism of each salt might further depend on the respective properties of the involved ions. Hence, the observed inhibition likely is a result of several phenomena interacting with each other. Altogether this study highlights the complex impact of ionic environments on the life cycle of spore formers.

  18. Investigating the Relationships Among Elementary School Students' Epistemological Beliefs, Metacognition, and Constructivist Science Learning Environment

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    Yilmaz-Tüzün, Özgül; Topcu, Mustafa Sami

    2010-03-01

    The research questions addressed in this study were: what types of epistemological beliefs do elementary students have; what types of metacognition do elementary students have; and what are the relationships among students’ perceived characteristics of constructivist learning environment, metacognition, and epistemological beliefs. A total of 626 students enrolled in sixth, seventh, and eight grades of nine elementary public schools located in Ankara, Turkey constituted the participants of this study. Constructivist learning environment survey (CLES), Junior metacognitive awareness inventory (Jr. MAI), and Schommer epistemological belief questionnaire (EB) were administered to students. Factor Analysis of Jr. MAI revealed both knowledge of cognition and regulation of cognition items were loaded into one factor. Confirmatory factor analysis of EB revealed a four factor structure namely innate ability, quick learning, omniscient authority, and certain knowledge. Regression analyses revealed that metacognition and omniscient authority were significant predictors of personal relevance dimension of CLES. Metacognition was found as the only predictor of the student negotiation. Innate ability and metacognition significantly contributed to uncertainty. This study revealed that the elementary students with different mastery levels hold different epistemological beliefs and multi-faceted nature of elementary school students’ metacognition was seemed to be supported with this study. It was found that metacognition contributed to model more than epistemological beliefs for all three dimensions of CLES.

  19. Investigation of high temperature corrosion behavior on 304L austenite stainless steel in corrosive environments

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    Sahri, M. I.; Othman, N. K.; Samsu, Z.; Daud, A. R.

    2014-09-03

    In this work, 304L stainless steel samples were exposed at 700 °C for 10hrs in different corrosive environments; dry oxygen, molten salt, and molten salt + dry oxygen. The corrosion behavior of samples was analyzed using weight change measurement technique, optical microscope (OM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX). The existence phases of corroded sample were determined using X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The lowest corrosion rate was recorded in dry oxygen while the highest was in molten salt + dry oxygen environments with the value of 0.0062 mg/cm{sup 2} and −13.5225 mg/cm{sup 2} respectively. The surface morphology of sample in presence of salt mixture showed scale spallation. Oxide scales of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were the main phases developed and detected by XRD technique. Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} was not developed in every sample as protective layers but chromate-rich oxide was developed. The cross-section analysis found the oxide scales were in porous, thick and non-adherent that would not an effective barrier to prevent from further degradation of alloy. EDX analysis also showed the Cr-element was low compared to Fe-element at the oxide scale region.

  20. A framework for the implementation of the comprehensive plan for the global investigation of pollution in the marine environment

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    1985-01-01

    Prepared to provide guidance to the IOC and its Member States on implementing the IOC/GIPME program in general and on developing the Marine Pollution Monitoring System (MARPOLMON), this document outlines the components and essential features of the Comprehensive Plan for the Global Investigation of Pollution in the Marine Environment (GIPME), assesses the validity of the approach advocated in it, and offers a strategic framework for GIPME activities.

  1. Investigation of the Electron-Ion Hybrid Instability in a Collisional Environment

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    Tejero, E. M.; Enloe, L.; Sotnikov, V. I.; Amatucci, B.; Ganguli, G.

    2013-12-01

    The Electron-Ion Hybrid (EIH) instability, a transverse velocity shear-driven instability with frequency near the lower hybrid frequency, was previously predicted theoretically to explain the observation of lower hybrid waves in applications from the plasma sheet boundary layer to laser produced plasmas. The EIH instability has also been observed in the laboratory in scaled magnetospheric plasma conditions and in laser produced plasma expansion experiments across magnetic fields. In the work presented, we have expanded the theoretical framework to highly collisional plasmas for applications to the plasma region surrounding a hypersonic vehicle. In this collisional plasma layer, strongly sheared transverse flows can exist that can give rise to the EIH instability. We wish to study whether the resulting lower hybrid turbulence can impede communication to and from the hypersonic vehicle. Results from theory and a comparison from laboratory experiments on the generation of the EIH instability in a collisional plasma environment will be presented.

  2. An investigation of TNAV equipped aircraft in a simulated en route metering environment

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    Groce, J. L.; Izumi, K. H.; Markham, C. H.; Schwab, R. W.; Taylor, J. A.

    1986-01-01

    This document presents the results of an effort to estimate how often a TNAV (Time Navigation) equipped aircraft could be given a TNAV clearance in the En Route Metering (ERM) system as a function of the percentage of arriving traffic which is TNAV equipped. A fast-time simulation of Denver Stapleton international arrival traffic in the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center route structure, including en route metering operations, was used to develop data on estimated conflicts, clearance communications and fuel usage for traffic mixes of 25, 50, 75 and 100% TNAV equipped. This study supports an overall effort by NASA to assess the benefits and required technology for using TNAV-equipped aircraft in the ERM environment.

  3. Micelles as Delivery Vehicles for Oligofluorene for Bioimaging

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    Su, Fengyu; Alam, Ruhaniyah; Mei, Qian; Tian, Yanqing; Meldrum, Deirdre R.

    2011-01-01

    With the successful development of organic/polymeric light emitting diodes, many organic and polymeric fluorophores with high quantum efficiencies and optical stability were synthesized. However, most of these materials which have excellent optical properties are insoluble in water, limiting their applications in biological fields. Herein, we used micelles formed from an amino-group-containing poly(ε-caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG-NH2) to incorporate a hydrophobic blue emitter oligofluorene (OF) to enable its application in biological conditions. Although OF is completely insoluble in water, it was successfully transferred into aqueous solutions with a good retention of its photophysical properties. OF exhibited a high quantum efficiency of 0.84 in a typical organic solvent of tetrahydrofuran (THF). In addition, OF also showed a good quantum efficiency of 0.46 after being encapsulated into micelles. Two cells lines, human glioblastoma (U87MG) and esophagus premalignant (CP-A), were used to study the cellular internalization of the OF incorporated micelles. Results showed that the hydrophobic OF was located in the cytoplasm, which was confirmed by co-staining the cells with nucleic acid specific SYTO 9, lysosome specific LysoTracker Red®, and mitochondria specific MitoTracker Red. MTT assay indicated non-toxicity of the OF-incorporated micelles. This study will broaden the application of hydrophobic functional organic compounds, oligomers, and polymers with good optical properties to enable their applications in biological research fields. PMID:21915324

  4. Polymeric mixed micelles as nanomedicines: Achievements and perspectives.

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    Cagel, Maximiliano; Tesan, Fiorella C; Bernabeu, Ezequiel; Salgueiro, Maria J; Zubillaga, Marcela B; Moretton, Marcela A; Chiappetta, Diego A

    2017-04-01

    During the past few decades, polymeric micelles have raised special attention as novel nano-sized drug delivery systems for optimizing the treatment and diagnosis of numerous diseases. These nanocarriers exhibit several in vitro and in vivo advantages as well as increased stability and solubility to hydrophobic drugs. An interesting approach for optimizing these properties and overcoming some of their disadvantages is the combination of two or more polymers in order to assemble polymeric mixed micelles. This review article gives an overview on the current state of the art of several mixed micellar formulations as nanocarriers for drugs and imaging probes, evaluating their ongoing status (preclinical or clinical stage), with special emphasis on type of copolymers, physicochemical properties, in vivo progress achieved so far and toxicity profiles. Besides, the present article presents relevant research outcomes about polymeric mixed micelles as better drug delivery systems, when compared to polymeric pristine micelles. The reported data clearly illustrates the promise of these nanovehicles reaching clinical stages in the near future.

  5. Biochemical characterization of GM1 micelles-Amphotericin B interaction.

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    Leonhard, Victoria; Alasino, Roxana V; Bianco, Ismael D; Garro, Ariel G; Heredia, Valeria; Beltramo, Dante M

    2015-01-01

    In this work a thorough characterization of the GM1 micelle-Amphotericin B (AmB) interaction was performed. The micelle formation as well as the drug loading occurs spontaneously, although influenced by the physicochemical conditions, pH and temperature. The chromatographic profile of GM1-AmB complexes at different molar ratios shows the existence of two populations. The differential absorbance of GM1, monomeric and aggregate AmB, allowed us to discriminate the presence of all of them in both fractions. Thus, we noted that at higher proportion of AmB in the complex, increases the larger population which is composed mainly of aggregated AmB. The physical behavior of these micelles shows that both GM1- AmB complexes were stable in solution for at least 30 days. However upon freeze-thawing or lyophilization-solubilization cycles, only the smallest population, enriched in monomeric AmB, showed a complete solubilization. In vitro, GM1-AmB micelles were significantly less toxic on cultured cells than other commercial micellar formulations as Fungizone, but had a similar behavior to liposomal formulations as Ambisome. Regarding the antifungal activity of the new formulation, it was very similar to that of other formulations. The characterization of these GM1-AmB complexes is discussed as a potential new formulation able to improve the antifungal therapeutic efficiency of AmB.

  6. Fluorescent supramolecular micelles for imaging-guided cancer therapy.

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    Sun, Mengmeng; Yin, Wenyan; Dong, Xinghua; Yang, Wantai; Zhao, Yuliang; Yin, Meizhen

    2016-03-07

    A novel smart fluorescent drug delivery system composed of a perylene diimide (PDI) core and block copolymer poly(d,l-lactide)-b-poly(ethyl ethylene phosphate) is developed and named as PDI-star-(PLA-b-PEEP)8. The biodegradable PDI-star-(PLA-b-PEEP)8 is a unimolecular micelle and can self-assemble into supramolecular micelles, called as fluorescent supramolecular micelles (FSMs), in aqueous media. An insoluble drug camptothecin (CPT) can be effectively loaded into the FSMs and exhibits pH-responsive release. Moreover, the FSMs with good biocompatibility can also be employed as a remarkable fluorescent probe for cell labelling because the maximum emission of PDI is beneficial for bio-imaging. The flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis demonstrate that the micelles are easily endocytosed by cancer cells. In vitro and in vivo tumor growth-inhibitory studies reveal a better therapeutic effect of FSMs after CPT encapsulation when compared with the free CPT drug. The multifunctional FSM nanomedicine platform as a nanovehicle has great potential for fluorescence imaging-guided cancer therapy.

  7. Surfactant solvation effects and micelle formation in ionic liquids.

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    Anderson, Jared L; Pino, Verónica; Hagberg, Erik C; Sheares, Valerie V; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2003-10-07

    The formation of micelles in 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride (BMIM-Cl) and hexafluorophosphate (BMIM-PF6) were explored using different surfactants and the solvation behavior of the new micellar-ionic liquid solutions examined using inverse gas chromatography.

  8. Sialoganglioside Micelles for Enhanced Paclitaxel Solubility: In Vitro Characterization.

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    Heredia, Valeria; Alasino, Roxana V; Leonhard, Victoria; Garro, Ariel G; Maggio, Bruno; Beltramo, Dante M

    2016-01-01

    Efficiency of mono-sialogangliosides to load Paclitaxel (Ptx) has recently been found to depend on the structure of the polysaccharide chain. In this study, we demonstrated that incorporation of only one more sialic acid into the ganglioside molecule, independently of its position, causes a 4-fold increase in Ptx-loading capacity, the maximum being at a 5:1 molar ratio (di-sialoganglioside/Paclitaxel, GD/Ptx). These complexes are stable in solution for at least 3 months, and over 90% of Ptx remains loaded in the micelles after extreme stress conditions such as high-speed centrifugation, lyophilization, or freeze-thaw cycles. Ganglioside micelles protect 50% of the initially loaded Ptx from alkaline hydrolysis after 24 h at pH 10. Dynamic light scattering studies revealed that GD micelles increase their size from 9 to 12 nm when loaded with Ptx. Transmission electron microscopy shows a homogeneous population of spherical micelles either with or without Ptx. In vitro biological activity was similar to that of the free drug. These results provide further options of self-assembled nanostructures of di- and tri-sialogangliosides with a higher loading capacity.

  9. Crystalline free energies of micelles of diblock copolymer solutions.

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    D'Adamo, Giuseppe; Pierleoni, Carlo

    2010-11-28

    We report a characterization of the relative stability and structural behavior of various micellar crystals of an athermal model of AB-diblock copolymers in solution. We adopt a previously developed coarse-graining representation of the chains which maps each copolymer on a soft dumbbell. Thanks to this strong reduction of degrees of freedom, we are able to investigate large aggregated systems and for a specific length ratio of the blocks f = M(A)∕(M(A) + M(B)) = 0.6, to locate the order-disorder transition of the system of micelles. Above the transition, mechanical and thermal properties are found to depend on the number of particles per lattice site in the simulation box, and the application of a recent methodology for multiple occupancy crystals [B. M. Mladek et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 235702 (2007)] is necessary to correctly define the equilibrium state. Within this scheme we have performed free energy calculations at two reduced density ρ∕ρ∗ = 4, 5 and for several cubic structures such as fcc, bcc, and A15. At both densities, the bcc symmetry is found to correspond to the minimum of the unconstrained free energy, that is to the stable symmetry among the few considered, while the A15 structure is almost degenerate, indicating that the present system prefers to crystallize in less packed structures. At ρ∕ρ∗ = 4 close to melting, the Lindemann ratio is fairly high (∼0.29) and the concentration of vacancies is roughly 6%. At ρ∕ρ∗ = 5 the mechanical stability of the stable bcc structure increases and the concentration of vacancies accordingly decreases. The ratio of the corona layer thickness to the core radius is found to be in good agreement with experimental data for poly(styrene-b-isoprene)(22-12) in isoprene selective solvent which is also reported to crystallize in the bcc structure.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of an amphiphilic cyclodextrin, a micelle with two recognition sites.

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    Silva, O Fernando; Fernández, Mariana A; Pennie, Sarah L; Gil, Roberto R; de Rossi, Rita H

    2008-04-15

    A cyclodextrin derivative (Mod-CD) was synthesized through the monoesterification of beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) with 3-((E)-dec-2-enyl)-dihydrofuran-2,5-dione. The compound is an interesting surfactant that can form large aggregates not only through the interaction of the hydrophobic tails as in common amphiphilic compounds but also through the inclusion of the alkenyl chain into the cavity of another Mod-CD molecule. The self-inclusion of the chain in the cavity of cyclodextrin as well as the intermolecular inclusion was demonstrated by 1H NMR measurements that were able to detect methyl groups in three different environments. Besides, in the aggregates of Mod-CD, the cavity is available to interact with external guests such as phenolphthalein, 1-amino adamantane, and Prodan. Phenolphthalein has the same binding constant with Mod-CD and beta-CD, but the equilibrium constant for the interaction with Prodan is about 2 times larger for Mod-CD than for beta-CD. The latter result is attributed to the fact that this probe interacts with the micelle in two binding sites: the cavity of the cyclodextrin and the apolar heart of the micelle as evidenced by the spectrofluorimetric behavior of Prodan in solutions containing different concentrations of Mod-CD.

  11. Simulations of the confinement of ubiquitin in self-assembled reverse micelles

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    Tian, Jianhui; García, Angel E.

    2011-06-01

    We describe the effects of confinement on the structure, hydration, and the internal dynamics of ubiquitin encapsulated in reverse micelles (RM). We performed molecular dynamics simulations of the encapsulation of ubiquitin into self-assembled protein/surfactant reverse micelles to study the positioning and interactions of the protein with the RM and found that ubiquitin binds to the RM interface at low salt concentrations. The same hydrophobic patch that is recognized by ubiquitin binding domains in vivo is found to make direct contact with the surfactant head groups, hydrophobic tails, and the iso-octane solvent. The fast backbone N-H relaxation dynamics show that the fluctuations of the protein encapsulated in the RM are reduced when compared to the protein in bulk. This reduction in fluctuations can be explained by the direct interactions of ubiquitin with the surfactant and by the reduced hydration environment within the RM. At high concentrations of excess salt, the protein does not bind strongly to the RM interface and the fast backbone dynamics are similar to that of the protein in bulk. Our simulations demonstrate that the confinement of protein can result in altered protein dynamics due to the interactions between the protein and the surfactant.

  12. Exploring the location and orientation of 4-( N, N-dimethylamino) cinnamaldehyde in anionic, cationic and non-ionic micelles

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    Panja, Subhasis; Chowdhury, Papia; Chakravorti, Sankar

    2003-01-01

    This Letter reports probing of non-ionic, anionic and cationic micelles utilizing different dual emission properties of 4-( N, N-dimethylamino) cinnamaldehyde. Twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) band is more enhanced and blue shifted in non-ionic micelle than those are in ionic micelles. In non-ionic micelle, the molecule enters in the core region whereas, in ionic micelles, it is anchored in the interfacial region with different orientations. Micellar-water interface electric field in ionic micelles was found to have profound effect on TICT decay time. Interestingly, inorganic salt-counterion binding helps the acceptor moiety to enter into the core region in anionic micelle.

  13. Authentic Experience within Investigative Activities: The Role of Reflection in the Learning Environment.

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    Petrosino, Anthony J., Jr.

    This document examines how a unit on model rockets, designed to be a "hands-on" activity within the "Mission to Mars" curriculum that was implemented in the Nashville (Tennessee) area middle schools, has been used to investigate children's understanding of experimentation. A literature review explores some of the traditional…

  14. Investigating Learning through Work: The Development of the "Provider Learning Environment Scale"

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    Chappell, Clive; Hawke, Geof

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this research activity was to investigate contemporary understandings of the connections between learning and work. This initial work was then used to inform the development of an organisational tool that registered training organisations (RTOs) could use to identify organisational practices likely to lead to greater learning at…

  15. Ionic polymeric micelles based on chitosan and fatty acids and intended for wound healing. Comparison of linoleic and oleic acid.

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    Bonferoni, M C; Sandri, G; Dellera, E; Rossi, S; Ferrari, F; Mori, M; Caramella, C

    2014-05-01

    Chitosan is well known for its positive properties in wound healing. Also unsaturated fatty acids are described as able to accelerate tissue repairing mechanisms. In this work hydrophobically modified chitosan was obtained by ionic interaction with either oleic or linoleic acid. In aqueous environment self-assembling into nanoparticles occurred. The presence of hydrophobic domains, similar to those present in polymeric micelles, was demonstrated by changes in pyrene spectra. Both oleate and linoleate derivatives showed mucoadhesion behaviour. Cytotoxicity tests on human dermal fibroblasts demonstrated good biocompatibility of especially oleate derivatives. Clarithromycin, a poorly soluble model drug proposed for use in infected wounds was successfully encapsulated in both oleic and linoleic based polymeric micelles. The ionic structure of the carriers is responsible for their loosening at neutral pH and in the presence of salts. This behaviour should impair parenteral administration of the systems, but can be useful for topical delivery where the micelle components, chitosan and fatty acid, can play a positive role in dermal regeneration and tissue repairing.

  16. Interaction of poly(ethylene oxide) with the sodium dodecyl sulfate micelle interface studied with nitroxide spin probes

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    Kang, Y.S.; Kevan, L. )

    1994-08-04

    Electron spin resonance (ESR) line widths of 5-, 7-, 12-, and 16-doxylstearic acid (x-DSA) and tempo nitroxides versus the concentration of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) in sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles show different trends. The ESR line widths of 5-, 7-, and 16-DSA increase with increasing concentration of PEO, which is interpreted as due to increasing viscosity in the environment of the nitroxide spin probe. The tempo and 12-DSA line widths were independent of the concentration of PEO. The line width showed the highest value for 5-DSA and the lowest value of tempo. The line width of x-DSA decreases from 5-DSA to a minimum value for 12-DSA and then increases somewhat for 16-DSA. This is interpreted as bending of the alkyl chain to provide different locations for the nitroxide moiety relative to the micelle interface. The relative distances of the nitroxide moiety of [chi]-DSA from deuterated water at the SDS micelle interface was measured by deuterium electron spin echo modulation. The distances increased from 5-DSA to 12-DSA and then decreased for 16-DSA. The interpretation of the DSR line width trend is supported by the deuterium modulation depth trend. 28 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Phospholipid complex enriched micelles: A novel drug delivery approach for promoting the antidiabetic effect of repaglinide.

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    Kassem, Ahmed Alaa; Abd El-Alim, Sameh Hosam; Basha, Mona; Salama, Abeer

    2017-03-01

    To enhance the oral antidiabetic effect of repaglinide (RG), a newly emerging approach, based on the combination of phospholipid complexation and micelle techniques, was employed. Repaglinide-phospholipid complex (RG-PLC) was prepared by the solvent-evaporation method then characterized using Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray powder diffraction (XPRD). The results revealed obvious disappearance of the characteristic peaks of the prepared RG-PLCs confirming the formation of drug-phospholipid complex. RG-PLC enriched micelles (RG-PLC-Ms) were prepared by the solvent-evaporation technique employing poloxamer 188 as surfactant. The prepared RG-PLC-Ms showed high drug encapsulation efficiencies (93.81-99.38%), with nanometric particle diameters (500.61-665.32nm) of monodisperse distribution and high stability (Zeta potential < -29.8mV). The in vitro release of RG from RG-PLC-Ms was pH-dependant according to the release media. A higher release pattern was reported in pH=1.2 compared to a more retarded release in pH=6.8 owing to two different kinetics of drug release. Oral antidiabetic effect of two optimized RG-PLC-M formulations was evaluated in an alloxan-induced diabetic rat model for 7-day treatment protocol. The two investigated formulations depicted normal blood glucose, serum malondialdehyde and insulin levels as well as an improved lipid profile, at the end of daily oral treatment, in contrast to RG marketed tablets implying enhanced antidiabetic effect of the drug. Hence, phospholipid-complex enriched micelles approach holds a promising potential for promoting the antidiabetic effect of RG.

  18. A Kinetic Degradation Study of Curcumin in Its Free Form and Loaded in Polymeric Micelles.

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    Naksuriya, Ornchuma; van Steenbergen, Mies J; Torano, Javier S; Okonogi, Siriporn; Hennink, Wim E

    2016-05-01

    Curcumin, a phenolic compound, possesses many pharmacological activities and is under clinical evaluation to treat different diseases. However, conflicting data about its stability have been reported. In this study, the kinetic degradation of curcumin from a natural curcuminoid mixture under various conditions (pH, temperature, and dielectric constant of the medium) was investigated. Moreover, the degradation of pure curcumin at some selected conditions was also determined. To fully solubilize curcumin and to prevent precipitation of curcumin that occurs when low concentrations of co-solvent are present, a 50:50 (v/v) aqueous buffer/methanol mixture was used as standard medium to study its degradation kinetics. The results showed that degradation of curcumin both as pure compound and present in the curcuminoid mixture followed first order kinetic reaction. It was further shown that an increasing pH, temperature, and dielectric constant of the medium resulted in an increase in the degradation rate. Curcumin showed rapid degradation due to autoxidation in aqueous buffer pH = 8.0 with a rate constant of 280 × 10(-3) h(-1), corresponding with a half-life (t1/2) of 2.5 h. Dioxygenated bicyclopentadione was identified as the final degradation product. Importantly, curcumin loaded as curcuminoid mixture in ω-methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-b-(N-(2-benzoyloxypropyl) methacrylamide) (mPEG-HPMA-Bz) polymeric micelles and in Triton X-100 micelles was about 300-500 times more stable than in aqueous buffer. Therefore, loading of curcumin into polymeric micelles is a promising approach to stabilize this compound and develop formulations suitable for further pharmaceutical and clinical studies.

  19. Carbonate production and deposition in a warm-temperate macroalgal environment, Investigator Strait, South Australia

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    James, Noel P.; Bone, Yvonne

    2011-08-01

    The prolific macroalgal forests in shallow (< 20 m), warm-temperate, marine environments off southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia have two carbonate-producing habitats, 1) upward-facing, exposed rock surfaces beneath large phaeophytes, and 2) concealed rock surfaces under overhangs, on rock walls, in crevasses, and indentations that all lie behind a curtain of brown macroalgae. Exposed surfaces have three growth tiers; 1) a basal, cm-high veneer or turf of crustose corallines, geniculate corallines, and short fleshy red algae that are grazed by herbivorous gastropods, 2) an intermediate, 5-20 cm-high community of fleshy red algae, and 3) a 20-100 cm+-high canopy of large phaeophytes (especially Ecklonia, Cystophora and Xiophora) whose blades are locally encrusted with bryozoans, such as Membranipora membranacea, and spirorbids. Concealed surfaces of subvertical rock walls and cryptic habitats behind the macroalgal curtain have two tiers; 1) a cornucopia of encrusting plants and animals, especially crustose and geniculate corallines in shallow water, that give way in water depths > 4 m to numerous bryozoans (especially fenestrates), serpulid worms, numerous and diverse demosponges, ascidians, small solitary corals, epifaunal echinoids, and gastropods, and 2) a veil of macroalgae (mainly Cystophora and Ecklonia) that drapes down and shades the rock walls. Most carbonate sediment production does not come from calcareous epiphytes on the macroalgae but comes from the coralline algae and calcareous invertebrates living on the rock walls and in concealed depressions. Mollusks (gastropods and bivalves) and geniculate coralline algae with numerous lithoclasts, crustose coralline fragments, barnacle plates, serpulid worms, bryozoans, and large benthic foraminifers (especially Amphistegina) dominate the resultant gravels and sands; but there is little or no mud. This is because carbonate sediment is the result of production not only in the macrophyte factory but also in

  20. Variable g- Mars environmental chamber: a small window of the martian environment for life science investigations

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    Sgambati, Antonella; Slenzka, Klaus; Schmeyers, Bernd; Di Capua, Massimiliano; Harting, Benjamin

    Human exploration and permanent settlement on the Martian surface is the one of the most attractive and ambitious endeavors mankind has ever faced. As technology and research progress, solutions and information that were before unavailable are slowly making the dream become everyday more feasible. In the past years a huge amount of knowledge was gathered by the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity and now, even more insight is being gathered through the latest rover of the family, Curiosity. In this work, data from the various missions will be used to define and reproduce on Earth the characteristic Martian atmospheric conditions. A small Mars environmental chamber has been designed and built with the objective of studying the effects of the Martian environment on biological systems. The Variable gravity Mars Environmental Chamber (VgMEC) will allow researchers to replicate atmospheric pressure, gas composition, temperature and UVA/B exposure typical of the equatorial regions of Mars. By exposing biological systems to a controllable set of stressor it will be possible to identify both multi and single stressor effects on the system of interest. While several Mars environment simulation facilities exist, due to their size and mass, all are confined to floor-fixed laboratory settings. The VgMEC is an OHB funded project that wishes to bring together the scientific community and the industry. Collaborations will be enabled by granting low cost access to cutting-edge instrumentation and services. Developed at OHB System AG, VgMEC has been designed from the ground up to be a 28L, compact and lightweight test volume capable of being integrated in existing centrifuges (such as the ESA-ESTEC LCD), gimbal systems and parabolic flight aircraft. The VgMEC support systems were designed to accommodate continuous operations of virtually unlimited duration through the adoption of solutions such as: hot swappable gas/liquid consumables bottles, low power requirements, an

  1. Enantiomeric PLA-PEG block copolymers and their stereocomplex micelles used as rifampin delivery

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    Chen, Li; Xie, Zhigang; Hu, Junli; Chen, Xuesi; Jing, Xiabin

    2007-10-01

    A novelty approach to self-assembling stereocomplex micelles by enantiomeric PLA-PEG block copolymers as a drug delivery carrier was described. The particles were encapsulated by enantiomeric PLA-PEG stereocomplex to form nanoscale micelles different from the microspheres or the single micelles by PLLA or PDLA in the reported literatures. First, the block copolymers of enantiomeri