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  1. Monocrystalline NbN nanofilms on a 3C-SiC/Si substrate

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    Gao, J. R.; Hajenius, M.; Tichelaar, F. D.; Klapwijk, T. M.; Voronov, B.; Grishin, E.; Gol'tsman, G.; Zorman, C. A.; Mehregany, M.

    2007-08-01

    The authors have realized NbN (100) nanofilms on a 3C-SiC (100)/Si(100) substrate by dc reactive magnetron sputtering at 800°C. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) is used to characterize the films, showing a monocrystalline structure and confirming epitaxial growth on the 3C-SiC layer. A film ranging in thickness from 3.4to4.1nm shows a superconducting transition temperature of 11.8K, which is the highest reported for NbN films of comparable thickness. The NbN nano-films on 3C-SiC offer a promising alternative to improve terahertz detectors. For comparison, NbN nanofilms grown directly on Si substrates are also studied by HRTEM.

  2. Performance Degradation of Encapsulated Monocrystalline-Si Solar Cells upon Accelerated Weathering Exposures: Preprint

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    Glick, S. H.; Pern, F. J.; Watson, G. L.; Tomek, D.; Raaff, J.

    2001-10-01

    Presented at 2001 NCPV Program Review Meeting: Performed accelerated exposures to study performance reliability/materials degradation of encapsulated c-Si cells using weathering protocols in 2 weatherometers. We have performed accelerated exposures to study performance reliability and materials degradation of a total of forty-one 3-cm x 3-cm monocrystalline-Si (c-Si) solar cells that were variously encapsulated using accelerated weathering protocols in two weatherometers (WOMs), with and without front specimen water sprays. Laminated cells (EVA/c-Si/EVA, ethylene vinyl acetate) with one of five superstrate/substrate variations and other features including with and without: (i) load resistance, (ii) Al foil light masks, and (iii) epoxy edge-sealing were studied. Three additional samples, omitting EVA, were exposed under a full-spectrum solar simulator, or heated in an oven, for comparison. After exposures, cell performance decreased irregularly, but to a relatively greater extent for samples exposed in WOM where light, heat, and humidity cycles were present (solar simulator or oven lacked such cycles). EVA laminates in the samples masked with aluminum (Al) foils were observed to retain moisture in WOM with water spray. Moisture effects caused substantial efficiency losses probably related in part to increasing series resistance.

  3. Passivation of Al2O3 / TiO2 on monocrystalline Si with relatively low reflectance

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    Lu, Chun-Ti; Huang, Yu-Shiang; Liu, C. W.

    2016-06-01

    Al2O3/TiO2 stack layers deposited by the plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition enhance photoluminescence intensity by reducing effective surface recombination velocities on both n-type and p-type monocrystalline Si. The field effect of negative oxide charges in the dielectrics is responsible for the low effective surface recombination velocity. The dependence of the effective surface recombination velocity on the photoluminescence intensity is investigated by the 2D numerical simulation. The bilayer stacks without texture also reduce the AM1.5-weighted front side reflectance to 11.8%. The field-effect passivation of Al2O3/TiO2 films is further improved by a forming gas annealing due to the additional increase of the negative oxide charge density.

  4. New monocrystalline Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} solar cells

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    Losada, B.R.; Moehlecke, A.; Ruiz, J.M.; Luque, A.

    1995-08-01

    The development of solar cells on Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} might be interesting because they might present more current photo-response than the silicon cells, based on the lower bandgap of the alloyed crystal. In particular the use of Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} solar cells in dual bandgap concentration structures as GaAs/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} can lead to total efficiency increase of about 1% as compared to the GaAs/Si structure, according to our calculations. Our effort is devoted to solar cells with low content of Ge, lower than 20% at. This choice is based on two previous hypothesis (1) A low content of Ge suggests that the well known silicon cell process, slightly modified, can be applied to the Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} cells. (2) Calculations suggest that for utilisation in tandem with GaAs cells, the gain of efficiency is low above 20at % Ge.

  5. Improvement of minority carrier life time in N-type monocrystalline Si by the Czochralski method

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    Baik, Sungsun; Pang, Ilsun; Kim, Jaemin; Kim, Kwanghun

    2016-07-01

    The installation amount of solar power plants increases every year. Multi-crystalline Si solar cells comprise a large share of the market of solar power plants. Multi-crystalline and single-crystalline Si solar cells are competing against one another in the market. Many single-crystalline companies are trying to develop and produce n-type solar cells with higher cell efficiency than that of p-type. In n-type wafers with high cell efficiency, wafer quality has become increasingly important. In order to make ingots with higher MCLT, the effects of both poly types related to metal impurities and pull speeds related to vacancy concentration on minority carrier life time were studied. In the final part of ingots, poly types related to the metal impurities are a dominant factor on MCLT. In the initial part of ingots, pull speeds related to vacancy concentration are a dominant factor on MCLT. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  6. Design of monocrystalline Si/SiGe multi-quantum well microbolometer detector for infrared imaging systems

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    Shafique, Atia; Durmaz, Emre C.; Cetindogan, Barbaros; Yazici, Melik; Kaynak, Mehmet; Kaynak, Canan B.; Gurbuz, Yasar

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents the design, modelling and simulation results of silicon/silicon-germanium (Si/SiGe) multi-quantum well based bolometer detector for uncooled infrared imaging system. The microbolometer is designed to detect light in the long wave length infrared (LWIR) range from 8 to 14 μm with pixel size of 25 x 25 μm. The design optimization strategy leads to achieve the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) 4.5%/K with maximum germanium (Ge) concentration of 50%. The design of microbolometer entirely relies on standard CMOS and MEMS processes which makes it suitable candidate for commercial infrared imaging systems.

  7. Highly c-axis-oriented monocrystalline Pb(Zr, Ti)O₃ thin films on si wafer prepared by fast cooling immediately after sputter deposition.

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    Yoshida, Shinya; Hanzawa, Hiroaki; Wasa, Kiyotaka; Esashi, Masayoshi; Tanaka, Shuji

    2014-09-01

    We successfully developed sputter deposition technology to obtain a highly c-axis-oriented monocrystalline Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) thin film on a Si wafer by fast cooling (~-180°C/min) of the substrate after deposition. The c-axis orientation ratio of a fast-cooled film was about 90%, whereas that of a slow-cooled (~-40°C/min) film was only 10%. The c-axis-oriented monocrystalline Pb(Zr0.5, Ti0.5)O3 films showed reasonably large piezoelectric coefficients, e(31,f) = ~-11 C/m(2), with remarkably small dielectric constants, ϵ(r) = ~220. As a result, an excellent figure of merit (FOM) was obtained for piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) such as a piezoelectric gyroscope. This c-axis orientation technology on Si will extend industrial applications of PZT-based thin films and contribute further to the development of piezoelectric MEMS. PMID:25167155

  8. Buried Porous Silicon-Germanium Layers in Monocrystalline Silicon Lattices

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    Fathauer, Robert W. (Inventor); George, Thomas (Inventor); Jones, Eric W. (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    Monocrystalline semiconductor lattices with a buried porous semiconductor layer having different chemical composition is discussed and monocrystalline semiconductor superlattices with a buried porous semiconductor layers having different chemical composition than that of its monocrystalline semiconductor superlattice are discussed. Lattices of alternating layers of monocrystalline silicon and porous silicon-germanium have been produced. These single crystal lattices have been fabricated by epitaxial growth of Si and Si-Ge layers followed by patterning into mesa structures. The mesa structures are strain etched resulting in porosification of the Si-Ge layers with a minor amount of porosification of the monocrystalline Si layers. Thicker Si-Ge layers produced in a similar manner emitted visible light at room temperature.

  9. Photocarrier radiometry for predicting the degradation of electrical parameters of monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell irradiated by 100 KeV proton beams

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    Song, P.; Liu, J. Y.; Yuan, H. M.; Oliullah, Md.; Wang, F.; Wang, Y.

    2016-09-01

    In this study, the monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell irradiated by 100 KeV proton beams at various fluences is investigated. A one-dimensional two-layer carrier density wave model has been developed to estimate the minority carrier lifetime of n-region and p-region of the non-irradiated c-Si solar cell by best fitting with the experimental photocarrier radiometry (PCR) signal (the amplitude and the phase). Furthermore, the lifetime is used to determine the initial defect density of the quasi-neutral region (QNR) of the solar cell to predict its I-V characteristics. The theoretically predicted short-circuit current density (Jsc), and open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the non-irradiated samples are in good agreement with experiment. Then a three-region defect distribution model for the c-Si solar cell irradiated by proton beams is carried out to describe the defect density distribution according to Monte Carlo simulation results and the initial defect density of the non-irradiated sample. Finally, we find that the electrical measurements of Jsc and Voc of the solar cells irradiated at different fluences using 100 KeV proton beams are consistent with the PCR predicting results.

  10. Photocarrier Radiometry for Noncontact Evaluation of Monocrystalline Silicon (c-Si) Solar Cell Irradiated by 1 MeV Electron Beams

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    Song, P.; Liu, J. Y.; Yuan, H. M.; Wang, F.; Wang, Y.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, the monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell irradiated by 1 MeV electron beams was investigated using noncontact photocarrier radiometry (PCR). A theoretical 1D two-layer PCR model including the impedance effect of the p-n junction was used to characterize the transport properties (carrier lifetime, diffusion coefficient, and surface recombination velocities) of c-Si solar cells irradiated by 1 MeV electron beams with different fluences. The carrier transport parameters were derived by the best fit through PCR measurements. Furthermore, an Ev+0.56 eV trap was introduced into the band gap based on the minority carrier lifetime reduction. An I-V characteristic was obtained by both AFORS-HET simulation and experimental study, and the simulation results shows in good agreement with the experimental results. Moreover, the simulation and experiment results also indicate that the increase of fluences of electron beams results in the reduction of short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage.

  11. Method of producing buried porous silicon-geramanium layers in monocrystalline silicon lattices

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    Fathauer, Robert W. (Inventor); George, Thomas (Inventor); Jones, Eric W. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    Lattices of alternating layers of monocrystalline silicon and porous silicon-germanium have been produced. These single crystal lattices have been fabricated by epitaxial growth of Si and Si--Ge layers followed by patterning into mesa structures. The mesa structures are stain etched resulting in porosification of the Si--Ge layers with a minor amount of porosification of the monocrystalline Si layers. Thicker Si--Ge layers produced in a similar manner emitted visible light at room temperature.

  12. Methods for manufacturing monocrystalline or near-monocrystalline cast materials

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    Stoddard, Nathan G

    2014-04-29

    Methods are provided for casting one or more of a semiconductor, an oxide, and an intermetallic material. With such methods, a cast body of a monocrystalline form of the one or more of a semiconductor, an oxide, and an intermetallic material may be formed that is free of, or substantially free of, radially-distributed impurities and defects and having at least two dimensions that are each at least about 35 cm.

  13. Hypoxia-targeted siRNA delivery.

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    Perche, F; Biswas, S; Wang, T; Zhu, L; Torchilin, V P

    2014-03-24

    Altered vasculature and the resultant chaotic tumor blood flow lead to the appearance in fast-growing tumors of regions with gradients of oxygen tension and acute hypoxia (less than 1.4% oxygen). Due to its roles in tumorigenesis and resistance to therapy, hypoxia represents a problem in cancer therapy. Insufficient delivery of therapeutic agents to the hypoxic regions in solid tumors is recognized as one of the causes of resistance to therapy. This led to the development of hypoxia imaging agents, and the use of hypoxia-activated anticancer prodrugs. Here we show the first example of the hypoxia-induced siRNA uptake and silencing using a nanocarrier consisting of polyethyleneglycol 2000, azobenzene, polyethyleneimine (PEI)(1.8 kDa), and 1,2-dioleyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) units (the nanocarrier is referred to as PAPD), where azobenzene imparts hypoxia sensitivity and specificity. We report hypoxia-activated green fluorescent protein (GFP) silencing in vitro and its downregulation in GFP-expressing tumors after intravenous administration. The proposed nanoformulation represents a novel tumor-environment-responsive modality for cancer targeting and siRNA delivery. PMID:24554550

  14. Final report SI 08-SI-004: Fusion application targets

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    Biener, J; Kucheyev, S O; Wang, M Y; Dawedeit, C; Worsley, M A; Kim, S H; Walton, C; Gilmer, G; Zepeda-Ruiz, L; Chernov, A A; Lee, J I; Willey, T M; Biener, M M; van Buuren, T; Wu, K J; Satcher, J H; Hamza, A V

    2010-12-03

    Complex target structures are necessary to take full advantage of the unique laboratory environment created by inertial confinement fusion experiments. For example, uses-of-ignition targets that contain a thin layer of a low density nanoporous material inside a spherical ablator shell allow placing dopants in direct contact with the DT fuel. The ideal foam for this application is a low-density hydrocarbon foam that is strong enough to survive wetting with cryogenic hydrogen, and low enough in density (density less than {approx}30 mg/cc) to not reduce the yield of the target. Here, we discuss the fabrication foam-lined uses-of-ignition targets, and the development of low-density foams that can be used for this application. Much effort has been directed over the last 20 years toward the development of spherical foam targets for direct-drive and fast-ignition experiments. In these targets, the spherical foam shell is used to define the shape of the cryogenic DT fuel layer, or acts as a surrogate to simulate the cryogenic fuel layer. These targets are fabricated from relatively high-density aerogels (>100 mg/cc) and coated with a few micron thick permeation barrier. With exception of the above mentioned fast ignition targets, the wall of these targets is typically larger than 100 microns. In contrast, the fusion application targets for indirect-drive experiments on NIF will require a much thinner foam shell surrounded by a much thicker ablator shell. The design requirements for both types of targets are compared in Table 1. The foam shell targets for direct-drive experiments can be made in large quantities and with reasonably high yields using an encapsulation technique pioneered by Takagi et al. in the early 90's. In this approach, targets are made by first generating unsupported foam shells using a triple-orifice droplet generator, followed by coating the dried foam shells with a thin permeation barrier. However, this approach is difficult, if not impossible, to

  15. Current siRNA Targets in Atherosclerosis and Aortic Aneurysm

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    Pradhan-Nabzdyk, Leena; Huang, Chenyu; Logerfo, Frank W.; Nabzdyk, Christoph S.

    2014-01-01

    Atherosclerosis (ATH) and aortic aneurysms (AA) remain challenging chronic diseases that confer high morbidity and mortality despite advances in medical, interventional, and surgical care. RNA interference represents a promising technology that may be utilized to silence genes contributing to ATH and AA. Despite positive results in preclinical and some clinical feasibility studies, challenges such as target/sequence validation, tissue specificity, transfection efficiency, and mitigation of unwanted off-target effects remain to be addressed. In this review the most current targets and some novel approaches in siRNA delivery are being discussed. Due to the plethora of investigated targets, only studies published between 2010 and 2014 were included. PMID:24882715

  16. High-throughput siRNA-based functional target validation.

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    Xin, Hong; Bernal, Alejandro; Amato, Frank A; Pinhasov, Albert; Kauffman, Jack; Brenneman, Douglas E; Derian, Claudia K; Andrade-Gordon, Patricia; Plata-Salamán, Carlos R; Ilyin, Sergey E

    2004-06-01

    The drug discovery process pursued by major pharmaceutical companies for many years starts with target identification followed by high-throughput screening (HTS) with the goal of identifying lead compounds. To accomplish this goal, significant resources are invested into automation of the screening process or HTS. Robotic systems capable of handling thousands of data points per day are implemented across the pharmaceutical sector. Many of these systems are amenable to handling cell-based screening protocols as well. On the other hand, as companies strive to develop innovative products based on novel mechanisms of action(s), one of the current bottlenecks of the industry is the target validation process. Traditionally, bioinformatics and HTS groups operate separately at different stages of the drug discovery process. The authors describe the convergence and integration of HTS and bioinformatics to perform high-throughput target functional identification and validation. As an example of this approach, they initiated a project with a functional cell-based screen for a biological process of interest using libraries of small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules. In this protocol, siRNAs function as potent gene-specific inhibitors. siRNA-mediated knockdown of the target genes is confirmed by TaqMan analysis, and genes with impacts on biological functions of interest are selected for further analysis. Once the genes are confirmed and further validated, they may be used for HTS to yield lead compounds.

  17. Growth and thermal properties of doped monocrystalline titanium-silicide based quantum dot superlattices

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    Savelli, G.; Silveira Stein, S.; Bernard-Granger, G.; Faucherand, P.; Montès, L.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents the growth mechanism of a monocrystalline silicide quantum dot superlattices (QDSL) grown by reduced pressure chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD). QDSL are made of TiSi2-based nanodots scattered in a p-doped Si90Ge10 matrix. It is the first time that the growth of a p-type monocrystalline QDSL is presented. We focus here on the growth mechanisms of QDSL and the influence of nanostructuration on their thermal properties. Thus, the dots surface deposition, the dots embedding mechanisms and the final QDSL growths are studied. The crystallographic structures and chemical properties are presented, as well as the thermal properties. It will be shown that some specific mechanisms occur such as the formation of self-formed quantum well superlattices and the dopant accumulation near the quantum dots. Finally, a slight decrease of the QDSL thermal conductivity has been measured compared to the reference sample.

  18. Enhancing potency of siRNA targeting fusion genes by optimization outside of target sequence

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    Gavrilov, Kseniya; Seo, Young-Eun; Tietjen, Gregory T.; Cui, Jiajia; Cheng, Christopher J.; Saltzman, W. Mark

    2015-01-01

    Canonical siRNA design algorithms have become remarkably effective at predicting favorable binding regions within a target mRNA, but in some cases (e.g., a fusion junction site) region choice is restricted. In these instances, alternative approaches are necessary to obtain a highly potent silencing molecule. Here we focus on strategies for rational optimization of two siRNAs that target the junction sites of fusion oncogenes BCR-ABL and TMPRSS2-ERG. We demonstrate that modifying the termini of these siRNAs with a terminal G-U wobble pair or a carefully selected pair of terminal asymmetry-enhancing mismatches can result in an increase in potency at low doses. Importantly, we observed that improvements in silencing at the mRNA level do not necessarily translate to reductions in protein level and/or cell death. Decline in protein level is also heavily influenced by targeted protein half-life, and delivery vehicle toxicity can confound measures of cell death due to silencing. Therefore, for BCR-ABL, which has a long protein half-life that is difficult to overcome using siRNA, we also developed a nontoxic transfection vector: poly(lactic-coglycolic acid) nanoparticles that release siRNA over many days. We show that this system can achieve effective killing of leukemic cells. These findings provide insights into the implications of siRNA sequence for potency and suggest strategies for the design of more effective therapeutic siRNA molecules. Furthermore, this work points to the importance of integrating studies of siRNA design and delivery, while heeding and addressing potential limitations such as restricted targetable mRNA regions, long protein half-lives, and nonspecific toxicities. PMID:26627251

  19. Humidity Dependence of Tribochemical Wear of Monocrystalline Silicon.

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    Wang, Xiaodong; Kim, Seong H; Chen, Cheng; Chen, Lei; He, Hongtu; Qian, Linmao

    2015-07-15

    The nanowear tests of monocrystalline silicon against a SiO2 microsphere were performed using an atomic force microscope in air as a function of relative humidity (RH=0%-90%) and in liquid water at a contact pressure of about 1.20 GPa. The experimental results indicated that RH played an important role in the nanowear of the Si/SiO2 interface. In dry air, a hillock-like wear scar with a height of ∼0.4 nm was formed on the silicon surface. However, with the increase of RH, the wear depth on the silicon surface first increased to a maximum value of ∼14 nm at 50% RH and then decreased below the detection limit at RH above 85% or in water. The transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the serious wear on the silicon surface at low and medium RHs occurred without subsurface damage, indicating that the wear was due to tribochemical reactions between the Si substrate and the SiO2 counter surface, rather than mechanical damages. The RH dependence of the tribochemical wear could be explained with a model involving the formation of "Si-O-Si" chemical bonds (bridges) between two solid surfaces. The suppression of tribochemical wear at high RHs or in liquid water might be attributed to the fact that the thickness of the interfacial water layer is thick enough to prevent the solid surfaces from making chemical bridges. The results may help us understand the nanowear mechanism of silicon that is an important material for dynamic microelectromechanical systems. PMID:26098989

  20. Methods and apparatus for manufacturing monocrystalline cast silicon and monocrystalline cast silicon bodies for photovoltaics

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    Stoddard, Nathan G

    2014-01-14

    Methods and apparatuses are provided for casting silicon for photovoltaic cells and other applications. With such methods and apparatuses, a cast body of monocrystalline silicon may be formed that is free of, or substantially free of, radially-distributed impurities and defects and having at least two dimensions that are each at least about 35 cm is provided.

  1. Methods and apparatuses for manufacturing monocrystalline cast silicon and monocrystalline cast silicon bodies for photovoltaics

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    Stoddard, Nathan G.

    2011-11-01

    Methods and apparatuses are provided for casting silicon for photovoltaic cells and other applications. With such methods and apparatuses, a cast body of monocrystalline silicon may be formed that is free of, or substantially free of, radially-distributed impurities and defects and having at least two dimensions that are each at least about 35 cm is provided.

  2. A simple method to control nanotribology behaviors of monocrystalline silicon

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    Wang, X. D.; Guo, J.; Chen, C.; Chen, L.; Qian, L. M.

    2016-01-01

    A simple method was proposed to control the nanotribology behaviors of monocrystalline silicon against SiO2 microsphere by adjusting relative humidity (RH). Experimental results indicated that adhesion work, friction coefficient, and nanowear of silicon against SiO2 microsphere significantly varied between 60% and 90% RH. Under 60% RH, adhesion work was 119 mN/m, and friction coefficient was about 0.53. However, adhesion work and friction coefficient decreased to ˜70 mN/m and ˜0.3 under 90% RH, respectively. An apparent wear track ˜13 nm deep formed on the silicon surface under 60% RH, whereas no obvious wear scar was observed on the silicon surface under 90% RH. Analysis indicated that such tribological behaviors were due to different water condensations on the silicon surface under 60% and 90% RH. Under 60% RH, the water that condensed on the surfaces of the silicon sample and SiO2 tip mainly consisted of ice-like water. As a result, adhesion work was enlarged by the breaking force of the ice-like water bridge in the contact area. Given that a ≡Si-O-Si≡ bonding bridge easily formed between the silicon surface and the SiO2 tip with the help of water condensation under 60% RH instead of 90% RH, the friction coefficient was large and the nanowear of the silicon sample was severe under 60% RH. These results may help elucidate the nanotribology behaviors of silicon and facilitate the tribological design of dynamic microelectromechanical systems working under humid conditions.

  3. Molecular dynamics investigations of mechanical behaviours in monocrystalline silicon due to nanoindentation at cryogenic temperatures and room temperature

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    Du, Xiancheng; Zhao, Hongwei; Zhang, Lin; Yang, Yihan; Xu, Hailong; Fu, Haishuang; Li, Lijia

    2015-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of nanoindentation tests on monocrystalline silicon (010) surface were conducted to investigate the mechanical properties and deformation mechanism from cryogenic temperature being 10 K to room temperature being 300 K. Furthermore, the load-displacement curves were obtained and the phase transformation was investigated at different temperatures. The results show that the phase transformation occurs both at cryogenic temperatures and at room temperature. By searching for the presence of the unique non-bonded fifth neighbour atom, the metastable phases (Si-III and Si-XII) with fourfold coordination could be distinguished from Si-I phase during the loading stage of nanoindentation process. The Si-II, Si-XIII, and amorphous phase were also found in the region beneath the indenter. Moreover, through the degree of alignment of the metastable phases along specific crystal orientation at different temperatures, it was found that the temperature had effect on the anisotropy of the monocrystalline silicon, and the simulation results indicate that the anisotropy of monocrystalline silicon is strengthened at low temperatures. PMID:26537978

  4. siRNA-based topical microbicides targeting sexually transmitted infections.

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    Katakowski, Joseph A; Palliser, Deborah

    2010-04-01

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although a vaccine is available for HPV, no effective vaccines exist for the HIV-1 and HSV-2 viral pathogens, and there are no cures for these infections. Furthermore, recent setbacks in clinical trials, such as the failure of the STEP trial to prevent HIV-1 infection, have emphasized the need to develop alternative approaches to interrupt the transmission of these pathogens. One alternative strategy is represented by the use of topically applied microbicides, and such agents are being developed against various viruses. RNAi-based microbicides have recently been demonstrated to prevent HSV-2 transmission, and may be useful for targeting multiple STIs. In this review, microbicides that are under development for the prevention of STIs are described, with a focus on topically applied microbicidal siRNAs.

  5. Magnetic properties of Fe/FeSi2/Fe3Si trilayered films prepared by facing targets sputtering deposition

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    Ishibashi, Kazuya; Nakashima, Kazutoshi; Sakai, Ken-Ichiro; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2015-09-01

    Whereas giant magnetoresistance and tunnel magnetoresistance films generally employ nonmagnetic metal and insulator spacers, respectively, we have studied Fe3Si/FeSi artificial lattices, in which FeSi2 is semiconducting and its employment as spacers is specific to our research. For the formation of parallel/antiparallel alignments of layer magnetizations, the employment of ferromagnetic layers with different coercive forces is required. There have been few studies on the fabrication of Fe-Si system spin valves comprising ferromagnetic layers with different coercive forces. In this work, Fe3Si and Fe were employed as ferromagnetic layer materials with different coercive forces. Fe/FeSi2/Fe3Si trilayered spin valve junctions by facing targets direct-current sputtering deposition combined with a mask method, and their electrical and magnetic properties were studied. An Fe3Si layer was epitaxially grown on Si(111) substrate as a bottom layer. After that, An Fe layer with a large coercive force was deposited as a top layer, posterior to a FeSi2 layer being deposited. From magnetization curves measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer, it was confirmed that the parallel and antiparallel magnetization alignments of ferromagnetic layers are clearly realized. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15K21594.

  6. Femtosecond laser direct writing of monocrystalline hexagonal silver prisms

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    Vora, Kevin; Kang, SeungYeon; Moebius, Michael; Mazur, Eric

    2014-10-06

    Bottom-up growth methods and top-down patterning techniques are both used to fabricate metal nanostructures, each with a distinct advantage: One creates crystalline structures and the other offers precise positioning. Here, we present a technique that localizes the growth of metal crystals to the focal volume of a laser beam, combining advantages from both approaches. We report the fabrication of silver nanoprisms—hexagonal nanoscale silver crystals—through irradiation with focused femtosecond laser pulses. The growth of these nanoprisms is due to a nonlinear optical interaction between femtosecond laser pulses and a polyvinylpyrrolidone film doped with silver nitrate. The hexagonal nanoprisms have bases hundreds of nanometers in size and the crystal growth occurs over exposure times of less than 1 ms (8 orders of magnitude faster than traditional chemical techniques). Electron backscatter diffraction analysis shows that the hexagonal nanoprisms are monocrystalline. The fabrication method combines advantages from both wet chemistry and femtosecond laser direct-writing to grow silver crystals in targeted locations. The results presented in this letter offer an approach to directly positioning and growing silver crystals on a substrate, which can be used for plasmonic devices.

  7. Self-assembly of microscopic chiplets at a liquid–liquid–solid interface forming a flexible segmented monocrystalline solar cell

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    Knuesel, Robert J.; Jacobs, Heiko O.

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces a method for self-assembling and electrically connecting small (20–60 micrometer) semiconductor chiplets at predetermined locations on flexible substrates with high speed (62500 chips/45 s), accuracy (0.9 micrometer, 0.14°), and yield (> 98%). The process takes place at the triple interface between silicone oil, water, and a penetrating solder-patterned substrate. The assembly is driven by a stepwise reduction of interfacial free energy where chips are first collected and preoriented at an oil-water interface before they assemble on a solder-patterned substrate that is pulled through the interface. Patterned transfer occurs in a progressing linear front as the liquid layers recede. The process eliminates the dependency on gravity and sedimentation of prior methods, thereby extending the minimal chip size to the sub-100 micrometer scale. It provides a new route for the field of printable electronics to enable the integration of microscopic high performance inorganic semiconductors on foreign substrates with the freedom to choose target location, pitch, and integration density. As an example we demonstrate a fault-tolerant segmented flexible monocrystalline silicon solar cell, reducing the amount of Si that is used when compared to conventional rigid cells. PMID:20080682

  8. Self-assembly of microscopic chiplets at a liquid-liquid-solid interface forming a flexible segmented monocrystalline solar cell.

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    Knuesel, Robert J; Jacobs, Heiko O

    2010-01-19

    This paper introduces a method for self-assembling and electrically connecting small (20-60 micrometer) semiconductor chiplets at predetermined locations on flexible substrates with high speed (62500 chips/45 s), accuracy (0.9 micrometer, 0.14 degrees), and yield (> 98%). The process takes place at the triple interface between silicone oil, water, and a penetrating solder-patterned substrate. The assembly is driven by a stepwise reduction of interfacial free energy where chips are first collected and preoriented at an oil-water interface before they assemble on a solder-patterned substrate that is pulled through the interface. Patterned transfer occurs in a progressing linear front as the liquid layers recede. The process eliminates the dependency on gravity and sedimentation of prior methods, thereby extending the minimal chip size to the sub-100 micrometer scale. It provides a new route for the field of printable electronics to enable the integration of microscopic high performance inorganic semiconductors on foreign substrates with the freedom to choose target location, pitch, and integration density. As an example we demonstrate a fault-tolerant segmented flexible monocrystalline silicon solar cell, reducing the amount of Si that is used when compared to conventional rigid cells. PMID:20080682

  9. Structure-Guided Control of siRNA Off-Target Effects.

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    Suter, Scott R; Sheu-Gruttadauria, Jessica; Schirle, Nicole T; Valenzuela, Rachel; Ball-Jones, Alexi A; Onizuka, Kazumitsu; MacRae, Ian J; Beal, Peter A

    2016-07-20

    Short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are promising therapeutics that make use of the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway, but liabilities arising from the native RNA structure necessitate chemical modification for drug development. Advances in the structural characterization of components of the human RNAi pathway have enabled structure-guided optimization of siRNA properties. Here we report the 2.3 Å resolution crystal structure of human Argonaute 2 (hAgo2), a key nuclease in the RNAi pathway, bound to an siRNA guide strand bearing an unnatural triazolyl nucleotide at position 1 (g1). Unlike natural nucleotides, this analogue inserts deeply into hAgo2's central RNA binding cleft and thus is able to modulate pairing between guide and target RNAs. The affinity of the hAgo2-siRNA complex for a seed-only matched target was significantly reduced by the triazolyl modification, while the affinity for a fully matched target was unchanged. In addition, siRNA potency for off-target repression was reduced (4-fold increase in IC50) by the modification, while on-target knockdown was improved (2-fold reduction in IC50). Controlling siRNA on-target versus microRNA (miRNA)-like off-target potency by projection of substituent groups into the hAgo2 central cleft from g1 is a new approach to enhance siRNA selectivity with a strong structural rationale. PMID:27387838

  10. Structure-Guided Control of siRNA Off-Target Effects.

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    Suter, Scott R; Sheu-Gruttadauria, Jessica; Schirle, Nicole T; Valenzuela, Rachel; Ball-Jones, Alexi A; Onizuka, Kazumitsu; MacRae, Ian J; Beal, Peter A

    2016-07-20

    Short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are promising therapeutics that make use of the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway, but liabilities arising from the native RNA structure necessitate chemical modification for drug development. Advances in the structural characterization of components of the human RNAi pathway have enabled structure-guided optimization of siRNA properties. Here we report the 2.3 Å resolution crystal structure of human Argonaute 2 (hAgo2), a key nuclease in the RNAi pathway, bound to an siRNA guide strand bearing an unnatural triazolyl nucleotide at position 1 (g1). Unlike natural nucleotides, this analogue inserts deeply into hAgo2's central RNA binding cleft and thus is able to modulate pairing between guide and target RNAs. The affinity of the hAgo2-siRNA complex for a seed-only matched target was significantly reduced by the triazolyl modification, while the affinity for a fully matched target was unchanged. In addition, siRNA potency for off-target repression was reduced (4-fold increase in IC50) by the modification, while on-target knockdown was improved (2-fold reduction in IC50). Controlling siRNA on-target versus microRNA (miRNA)-like off-target potency by projection of substituent groups into the hAgo2 central cleft from g1 is a new approach to enhance siRNA selectivity with a strong structural rationale.

  11. Combined-environment influence on microcrack evolution in mono-crystalline silicon

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    Huang, W.-J.; Fortuno, Z. D.; Li, M.; Liu, J.; Liao, H.; Simmons-Potter, K.; Potter, B. G.

    2014-10-01

    The impact of combined environment conditions (mechanical state, temperature, and relative humidity) on microcrack propagation characteristics in p-type monocrystalline, photovoltaic-grade Si wafers was examined. A four-point bend apparatus was used to impose static strain conditions in 280 micron thick monocrystalline Si wafers containing microindentation-initiated crack centers. The specimen under test was simultaneously subjected to varied temperature and relative humidity conditions within a controlled environment chamber. Microcrack length was monitored after exposure to two sets of temperature and relative humidity conditions (i.e. 20° and 33%, 40° and 60% respectively) using scanning electron microscopy. Two primary stages of crack elongation behavior were observed under both of the combined environment conditions. Specifically, an early-time, more rapid growth period occurred, followed by more limited crack growth at later times. The deceleration of crack propagation is consistent with stress relaxation accompanying crack elongation under the constant strain conditions imposed. In general, an increase in the average microcrack propagation rate within both growth rate ranges and in the final overall change in average crack length was observed under elevated temperature and humidity conditions. These findings support the probable role of local crack-tip environment on microcrack evolution.

  12. Strategies and advances in nanomedicine for targeted siRNA delivery.

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    Nimesh, Surendra; Gupta, Nidhi; Chandra, Ramesh

    2011-06-01

    siRNA are a rapidly emerging class of new therapeutic molecules for the treatment of inherited and acquired diseases. However, poor cellular uptake and instability in physiological conditions limits its therapeutic potential, hence a need to develop a delivery system that can protect and efficiently transport siRNA to the target cells has arisen. Nanoparticles have been proposed as suitable delivery vectors with reduced cytotoxicity and enhanced efficacy. These delivery vectors form condensed complexes with siRNA which, in turn, provides protection to siRNA against enzymatic degradation and further leads to tissue and cellular targeting. Nanoparticles derived from polymers, such as chitosan and polyethylenimine have found numerous applications owing to ease of manipulation, high stability, low cost and high gene carrying capability. This article focuses on various aspects of nanomedicine based siRNA delivery with emphasis on targeted delivery to tumors.

  13. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-02-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core-shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems.

  14. Monocrystalline test structures, and use for calibrating instruments

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    Cresswell, Michael W.; Ghoshtagore, R. N.; Linholm, Loren W.; Allen, Richard A.; Sniegowski, Jeffry J.

    1997-01-01

    An improved test structure for measurement of width of conductive lines formed on substrates as performed in semiconductor fabrication, and for calibrating instruments for such measurements, is formed from a monocrystalline starting material, having an insulative layer formed beneath its surface by ion implantation or the equivalent, leaving a monocrystalline layer on the surface. The monocrystalline surface layer is then processed by preferential etching to accurately define components of the test structure. The substrate can be removed from the rear side of the insulative layer to form a transparent window, such that the test structure can be inspected by transmissive-optical techniques. Measurements made using electrical and optical techniques can be correlated with other measurements, including measurements made using scanning probe microscopy.

  15. DELIVERY OF siRNA INTO BREAST CANCER CELLS VIA PHAGE FUSION PROTEIN-TARGETED LIPOSOMES

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    Bedi, Deepa; Musacchio, Tiziana; Fagbohun, Olusegun A.; Gillespie, James W.; Deinnocentes, Patricia; Bird, R. Curtis; Bookbinder, Lonnie; Torchilin, Vladimir P.; Petrenko, Valery A.

    2011-01-01

    Efficacy of siRNAs as potential anticancer therapeutics can be increased by their targeted delivery into cancer cells via tumor-specific ligands. Phage display offers an unique approach to identify highly specific and selective ligands that can deliver nanocarriers to the site of disease. In this study, we proved a novel approach for intracellular delivery of siRNAs into breast cancer cells through their encapsulation into liposomes targeted to the tumor cells with preselected intact phage proteins. The targeted siRNA liposomes were obtained by a fusion of two parental liposomes containing spontaneously inserted siRNA and fusion phage proteins. The presence of pVIII coat protein fused to a MCF-7 cell-targeting peptide DMPGTVLP in the liposomes was confirmed by Western blotting. The novel phage-targeted siRNA-nanopharmaceuticals demonstrate significant down-regulation of PRDM14 gene expression and PRDM14 protein synthesis in the target MCF- 7 cells. This approach offers the potential for development of new anticancer siRNA-based targeted nanomedicines. PMID:21050894

  16. siRNAs targeted to Smad4 prevent renal fibrosis in vivo.

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    Morishita, Yoshiyuki; Yoshizawa, Hiromichi; Watanabe, Minami; Ishibashi, Kenichi; Muto, Shigeaki; Kusano, Eiji; Nagata, Daisuke

    2014-09-19

    Renal fibrosis is the final common pathway leading to decreased renal function. No therapy has been established to prevent it. In order to establish a therapeutic approach and target molecule for renal fibrosis, we investigated the effects of Smad4 knockdown by siRNAs on renal fibrosis in vivo. Renal fibrosis mice were produced by single intraperitoneal injection of folic acid. siRNAs targeted to Smad4 (Smad4-siRNAs) (5 nmol) were injected into each mouse by systemic tail vein injection three times per week. Non-targeted siRNAs (control-siRNAs) were injected in the same way for a control group. The siRNAs were delivered to the interstitial fibrous area and tubules. Smad4-siRNAs significantly knocked down Smad4 expression and inhibited renal fibrosis. They also inhibited α-SMA-positive myofibroblasts. Control-siRNAs did not show these effects. The results of this study suggest that Smad4 knockdown is one of the crucial therapeutic options for the prevention of renal fibrosis in vivo.

  17. Delivery strategies and potential targets for siRNA in major cancer types.

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    Lee, So Jin; Kim, Min Ju; Kwon, Ick Chan; Roberts, Thomas M

    2016-09-01

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) has gained attention as a potential therapeutic reagent due to its ability to inhibit specific genes in many genetic diseases. For many years, studies of siRNA have progressively advanced toward novel treatment strategies against cancer. Cancer is caused by various mutations in hundreds of genes including both proto-oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. In order to develop siRNAs as therapeutic agents for cancer treatment, delivery strategies for siRNA must be carefully designed and potential gene targets carefully selected for optimal anti-cancer effects. In this review, various modifications and delivery strategies for siRNA delivery are discussed. In addition, we present current thinking on target gene selection in major tumor types. PMID:27259398

  18. Polarization effects in femtosecond laser induced amorphization of monocrystalline silicon

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    Bai, Feng; Li, Hong-Jin; Huang, Yuan-Yuan; Fan, Wen-Zhong; Pan, Huai-Hai; Wang, Zhuo; Wang, Cheng-Wei; Qian, Jing; Li, Yang-Bo; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2016-10-01

    We have used femtosecond laser pulses to ablate monocrystalline silicon wafer. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis of ablation surface indicates horizontally polarized laser beam shows an enhancement in amorphization efficiency by a factor of 1.6-1.7 over the circularly polarized laser ablation. This demonstrates that one can tune the amorphization efficiency through the polarization of irradiation laser.

  19. Structural characterization of annealed Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}/SiC multilayers targeting formation of Si nanocrystals in a SiC matrix

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    Song Dengyuan; Cho, Eun-Chel; Conibeer, Gavin; Huang Yidan; Flynn, Chris; Green, Martin A.

    2008-04-15

    Amorphous Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}/SiC multilayer films were prepared by alternating deposition of Si-rich Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x} and near-stoichiometric SiC layers by using magnetron sputtering. The as-deposited films were annealed at different temperatures (T{sub a}) from 800 to 1100 deg. C. The influence of T{sub a} and Si content in the Si-rich layer on the layered structural stability and on the formation of Si and/or SiC nanocrystals (NCs) is investigated by a variety of analytical techniques, including x-ray reflectivity (XRR), x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR). XRR showed that Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}/SiC multilayers annealed at temperatures of up to 800 deg. C retain their layered structure. XRD revealed that Si NCs were formed in samples with a high Si content in the Si-rich layer for T{sub a}{>=}800 deg. C. At annealing temperatures of 900 deg. C or greater, the formation of Si NCs was accompanied by the formation of {beta}-SiC NCs. Additionally, the formation of Si and SiC NCs was confirmed by TEM imaging and Raman spectroscopy. The Si-NC size obtained from the TEM micrographs is within the range of 3-5 nm. The {beta}-SiC NCs are smaller (2-3 nm) than Si NCs. Raman analysis identified an {approx}9 cm{sup -1} Raman peak shift in the Si-NC peak to a lower energy with respect to that for bulk Si. FTIR Si-C bond absorption spectra exhibited narrowing of the full width at half maximum and a peak shift toward a higher wave number with increasing T{sub a}. This behavior can be explained by an increase in order as well as an increase in the number of Si-C bonds.

  20. Biological effects of hexitol and altritol-modified siRNAs targeting B-Raf

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    Fisher, Michael; Abramov, Mikhail; Van Aerschot, Arthur; Rozenski, Jef; Dixit, Vidula; Juliano, Rudy L.; Herdewijn, Piet

    2009-01-01

    Increasing the effectiveness of siRNAs through chemical modification is an important task. Here we describe altritol and hexitol modified oligonucleotides targeting the B-Raf oncogene that is critical for the growth and survival of melanoma cells. Using assays for apoptosis, DNA synthesis, colony formation and B-Raf protein and message levels, we demonstrate that certain hexitol modifications can improve the effectiveness of B-Raf siRNAs and also increase duration of action. Altritol modified siRNAs were similar to or slightly less effective than unmodified B-Raf siRNA. Modifications at the 3′ or 5′ end of the sense strand, at the 3′ end of the antisense strand, or within either strand were well tolerated. The basis for the increased effectiveness of the hexitol-modified siRNAs is not fully understood but may be partly due to increased stability to nucleases. PMID:19374843

  1. Tumor-targeted inhibition by a novel strategy - mimoretrovirus expressing siRNA targeting the Pokemon gene.

    PubMed

    Tian, Zhiqiang; Wang, Huaizhi; Jia, Zhengcai; Shi, Jinglei; Tang, Jun; Mao, Liwei; Liu, Hongli; Deng, Yijing; He, Yangdong; Ruan, Zhihua; Li, Jintao; Wu, Yuzhang; Ni, Bing

    2010-12-01

    Pokemon gene has crucial but versatile functions in cell differentiation, proliferation and tumorigenesis. It is a master regulator of the ARF-HDM2-p53 and Rb-E2F pathways. The facts that the expression of Pokemon is essential for tumor formation and many kinds of tumors over-express the Pokemon gene make it an attractive target for therapeutic intervention for cancer treatment. In this study, we used an RNAi strategy to silence the Pokemon gene in a cervical cancer model. To address the issues involving tumor specific delivery and durable expression of siRNA, we applied the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide ligand and polylysine (K(18)) fusion peptide to encapsulate a recombinant retrovirus plasmid expressing a siRNA targeting the Pokemon gene and produced the 'mimoretrovirus'. At charge ratio 2.0 of fusion peptide/plasmid, the mimoretrovirus formed stable and homogenous nanoparticles, and provided complete DNase I protection and complete gel retardation. This nanoparticle inhibited SiHa cell proliferation and invasion, while it promoted SiHa cell apoptosis. The binding of the nanoparticle to SiHa cells was mediated via the RGD-integrin α(v)β(3) interaction, as evidenced by the finding that unconjugated RGD peptide inhibited this binding significantly. This tumor-targeting mimoretrovirus exhibited excellent anti-tumor capacity in vivo in a nude mouse model. Moreover, the mimoretrovirus inhibited tumor growth with a much higher efficiency than recombinant retrovirus expressing siRNA or the K(18)/P4 nanoparticle lacking the RGD peptide. Results suggest that the RNAi/RGD-based mimoretrovirus developed in this study represents a novel anti-tumor strategy that may be applicable to most research involving cancer therapy and, thus, has promising potential as a cervical cancer treatment. PMID:20879980

  2. Tumor-targeted inhibition by a novel strategy - mimoretrovirus expressing siRNA targeting the Pokemon gene.

    PubMed

    Tian, Zhiqiang; Wang, Huaizhi; Jia, Zhengcai; Shi, Jinglei; Tang, Jun; Mao, Liwei; Liu, Hongli; Deng, Yijing; He, Yangdong; Ruan, Zhihua; Li, Jintao; Wu, Yuzhang; Ni, Bing

    2010-12-01

    Pokemon gene has crucial but versatile functions in cell differentiation, proliferation and tumorigenesis. It is a master regulator of the ARF-HDM2-p53 and Rb-E2F pathways. The facts that the expression of Pokemon is essential for tumor formation and many kinds of tumors over-express the Pokemon gene make it an attractive target for therapeutic intervention for cancer treatment. In this study, we used an RNAi strategy to silence the Pokemon gene in a cervical cancer model. To address the issues involving tumor specific delivery and durable expression of siRNA, we applied the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide ligand and polylysine (K(18)) fusion peptide to encapsulate a recombinant retrovirus plasmid expressing a siRNA targeting the Pokemon gene and produced the 'mimoretrovirus'. At charge ratio 2.0 of fusion peptide/plasmid, the mimoretrovirus formed stable and homogenous nanoparticles, and provided complete DNase I protection and complete gel retardation. This nanoparticle inhibited SiHa cell proliferation and invasion, while it promoted SiHa cell apoptosis. The binding of the nanoparticle to SiHa cells was mediated via the RGD-integrin α(v)β(3) interaction, as evidenced by the finding that unconjugated RGD peptide inhibited this binding significantly. This tumor-targeting mimoretrovirus exhibited excellent anti-tumor capacity in vivo in a nude mouse model. Moreover, the mimoretrovirus inhibited tumor growth with a much higher efficiency than recombinant retrovirus expressing siRNA or the K(18)/P4 nanoparticle lacking the RGD peptide. Results suggest that the RNAi/RGD-based mimoretrovirus developed in this study represents a novel anti-tumor strategy that may be applicable to most research involving cancer therapy and, thus, has promising potential as a cervical cancer treatment.

  3. Surface-engineered targeted PPI dendrimer for efficient intracellular and intratumoral siRNA delivery.

    PubMed

    Taratula, Oleh; Garbuzenko, Olga B; Kirkpatrick, Paul; Pandya, Ipsit; Savla, Ronak; Pozharov, Vitaly P; He, Huixin; Minko, Tamara

    2009-12-16

    Low penetration ability of Small Interfering RNA (siRNA) through the cellular plasma membrane combined with its limited stability in blood, limits the effectiveness of the systemic delivery of siRNA. In order to overcome such difficulties, we constructed a nanocarrier-based delivery system by taking advantage of the lessons learned from the problems in the delivery of DNA. In the present study, siRNA nanoparticles were first formulated with Poly(Propyleneimine) (PPI) dendrimers. To provide lateral and steric stability to withstand the aggressive environment in the blood stream, the formed siRNA nanoparticles were caged with a dithiol containing cross-linker molecules followed by coating them with Poly(Ethylene Glycol) (PEG) polymer. A synthetic analog of Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone (LHRH) peptide was conjugated to the distal end of PEG polymer to direct the siRNA nanoparticles specifically to the cancer cells. Our results demonstrated that this layer-by-layer modification and targeting approach confers the siRNA nanoparticles stability in plasma and intracellular bioavailability, provides for their specific uptake by tumor cells, accumulation of siRNA in the cytoplasm of cancer cells, and efficient gene silencing. In addition, in vivo body distribution data confirmed high specificity of the proposed targeting delivery approach which created the basis for the prevention of adverse side effects of the treatment on healthy organs.

  4. Surface-Engineered Targeted PPI Dendrimer for Efficient Intracellular and Intratumoral siRNA Delivery

    PubMed Central

    Taratula, Oleh; Garbuzenko, Olga B.; Kirkpatrick, Paul; Pandya, Ipsit; Savla, Ronak; Pozharov, Vitaly P.; He, Huixin; Minko, Tamara

    2009-01-01

    Low penetration ability of Small Interfering RNA (siRNA) through the cellular plasma membrane combined with its limited stability in blood, limits the effectiveness of the systemic delivery of siRNA. In order to overcome such difficulties, we constructed a nanocarrier-based delivery system by taking advantage of the lessons learned from the problems in the delivery of DNA. In the present study, siRNA nanoparticles were first formulated with Poly(Propyleneimine) (PPI) dendrimers. To provide lateral and steric stability to withstand the aggressive environment in the blood stream, the formed siRNA nanoparticles were caged with a dithiol containing cross-linker molecules followed by coating them with Poly(Ethylene Glycol) (PEG) polymer. A synthetic analog of Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone (LHRH) peptide was conjugated to the distal end of PEG polymer to direct the siRNA nanoparticles specifically to the cancer cells. Our results demonstrated that this layer-by-layer modification and targeting approach confers the siRNA nanoparticles stability in plasma and intracellular bioavailability, provides for their specific uptake by tumor cells, accumulation of siRNA in the cytoplasm of cancer cells, and efficient gene silencing. In addition, in vivo body distribution data confirmed high specificity of the proposed targeting delivery approach which created the basis for the prevention of adverse side effects of the treatment on healthy organs. PMID:19567257

  5. Nanostructured porous Si-based nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery

    PubMed Central

    Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Herranz, Barbara; Santos, Hélder A.

    2012-01-01

    One of the backbones in nanomedicine is to deliver drugs specifically to unhealthy cells. Drug nanocarriers can cross physiological barriers and access different tissues, which after proper surface biofunctionalization can enhance cell specificity for cancer therapy. Recent developments have highlighted the potential of mesoporous silica (PSiO2) and silicon (PSi) nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery. In this review, we outline and discuss the most recent advances on the applications and developments of cancer therapies by means of PSiO2 and PSi nanomaterials. Bio-engineering and fine tuning of anti-cancer drug vehicles, high flexibility and potential for sophisticated release mechanisms make these nanostructures promising candidates for “smart” cancer therapies. As a result of their physicochemical properties they can be controllably loaded with large amounts of drugs and coupled to homing molecules to facilitate active targeting. The main emphasis of this review will be on the in vitro and in vivo studies. PMID:23507894

  6. Sustained delivery of siRNAs targeting viral infection by cell-degradable multilayered polyelectrolyte films.

    PubMed

    Dimitrova, Maria; Affolter, Christine; Meyer, Florent; Nguyen, Isabelle; Richard, Doriane G; Schuster, Catherine; Bartenschlager, Ralf; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Ogier, Joëlle; Baumert, Thomas F

    2008-10-21

    Gene silencing by RNA interference (RNAi) has been shown to represent a recently discovered approach for the treatment of human diseases, including viral infection. A major limitation for the success of therapeutic strategies based on RNAi has been the delivery and shortlasting action of synthetic RNA. Multilayered polyelectrolyte films (MPFs), consisting of alternate layer-by-layer deposition of polycations and polyanions, have been shown to represent an original approach for the efficient delivery of DNA and proteins to target cells. Using hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as a model, we demonstrate that siRNAs targeting the viral genome are efficiently delivered by MPFs. This delivery method resulted in a marked, dose-dependent, specific, and sustained inhibition of HCV replication and infection in hepatocyte-derived cells. Comparative analysis demonstrated that delivery of siRNAs by MPFs was more sustained and durable than siRNA delivery by standard methods, including electroporation or liposomes. The antiviral effect of siRNA-MPFs was reversed by a hyaluronidase inhibitor, suggesting that active degradation of MPFs by cellular enzymes is required for siRNA delivery. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that cell-degradable MPFs represent an efficient and simple approach for sustained siRNA delivery targeting viral infection. Moreover, this MPF-based delivery system may represent a promising previously undescribed perspective for the use of RNAi as a therapeutic strategy for human diseases.

  7. Deep Sequencing Insights in Therapeutic shRNA Processing and siRNA Target Cleavage Precision

    PubMed Central

    Denise, Hubert; Moschos, Sterghios A.; Sidders, Benjamin; Burden, Frances; Perkins, Hannah; Carter, Nikki; Stroud, Tim; Kennedy, Michael; Fancy, Sally-Ann; Lapthorn, Cris; Lavender, Helen; Kinloch, Ross; Suhy, David; Corbau, Romu

    2014-01-01

    TT-034 (PF-05095808) is a recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8) agent expressing three short hairpin RNA (shRNA) pro-drugs that target the hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA genome. The cytosolic enzyme Dicer cleaves each shRNA into multiple, potentially active small interfering RNA (siRNA) drugs. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify and characterize active shRNAs maturation products, we observed that each TT-034–encoded shRNA could be processed into as many as 95 separate siRNA strands. Few of these appeared active as determined by Sanger 5′ RNA Ligase-Mediated Rapid Amplification of cDNA Ends (5-RACE) and through synthetic shRNA and siRNA analogue studies. Moreover, NGS scrutiny applied on 5-RACE products (RACE-seq) suggested that synthetic siRNAs could direct cleavage in not one, but up to five separate positions on targeted RNA, in a sequence-dependent manner. These data support an on-target mechanism of action for TT-034 without cytotoxicity and question the accepted precision of substrate processing by the key RNA interference (RNAi) enzymes Dicer and siRNA-induced silencing complex (siRISC). PMID:24496437

  8. Deep Sequencing Insights in Therapeutic shRNA Processing and siRNA Target Cleavage Precision.

    PubMed

    Denise, Hubert; Moschos, Sterghios A; Sidders, Benjamin; Burden, Frances; Perkins, Hannah; Carter, Nikki; Stroud, Tim; Kennedy, Michael; Fancy, Sally-Ann; Lapthorn, Cris; Lavender, Helen; Kinloch, Ross; Suhy, David; Corbau, Romu

    2014-01-01

    TT-034 (PF-05095808) is a recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8) agent expressing three short hairpin RNA (shRNA) pro-drugs that target the hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA genome. The cytosolic enzyme Dicer cleaves each shRNA into multiple, potentially active small interfering RNA (siRNA) drugs. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify and characterize active shRNAs maturation products, we observed that each TT-034-encoded shRNA could be processed into as many as 95 separate siRNA strands. Few of these appeared active as determined by Sanger 5' RNA Ligase-Mediated Rapid Amplification of cDNA Ends (5-RACE) and through synthetic shRNA and siRNA analogue studies. Moreover, NGS scrutiny applied on 5-RACE products (RACE-seq) suggested that synthetic siRNAs could direct cleavage in not one, but up to five separate positions on targeted RNA, in a sequence-dependent manner. These data support an on-target mechanism of action for TT-034 without cytotoxicity and question the accepted precision of substrate processing by the key RNA interference (RNAi) enzymes Dicer and siRNA-induced silencing complex (siRISC).Molecular Therapy-Nucleic Acids (2014) 3, e145; doi:10.1038/mtna.2013.73; published online 4 February 2014.

  9. Dual-Functional Nanoparticles Targeting CXCR4 and Delivering Antiangiogenic siRNA Ameliorate Liver Fibrosis.

    PubMed

    Liu, Chun-Hung; Chan, Kun-Ming; Chiang, Tsaiyu; Liu, Jia-Yu; Chern, Guann-Gen; Hsu, Fu-Fei; Wu, Yu-Hsuan; Liu, Ya-Chi; Chen, Yunching

    2016-07-01

    The progression of liver fibrosis, an intrinsic response to chronic liver injury, is associated with hepatic hypoxia, angiogenesis, abnormal inflammation, and significant matrix deposition, leading to the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Due to the complex pathogenesis of liver fibrosis, antifibrotic drug development has faced the challenge of efficiently and specifically targeting multiple pathogenic mechanisms. Therefore, CXCR4-targeted nanoparticles (NPs) were formulated to deliver siRNAs against vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) into fibrotic livers to block angiogenesis during the progression of liver fibrosis. AMD3100, a CXCR4 antagonist that was incorporated into the NPs, served dual functions: it acted as a targeting moiety and suppressed the progression of fibrosis by inhibiting the proliferation and activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). We demonstrated that CXCR4-targeted NPs could deliver VEGF siRNAs to fibrotic livers, decrease VEGF expression, suppress angiogenesis and normalize the distorted vessels in the fibrotic livers in the carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced mouse model. Moreover, blocking SDF-1α/CXCR4 by CXCR4-targeted NPs in combination with VEGF siRNA significantly prevented the progression of liver fibrosis in CCl4-treated mice. In conclusion, the multifunctional CXCR4-targeted NPs delivering VEGF siRNAs provide an effective antifibrotic therapeutic strategy. PMID:27224003

  10. Targeting stromal-cancer cell interactions with siRNAs.

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    Aharinejad, Seyedhossein; Sioud, Mouldy; Lucas, Trevor; Abraham, Dietmar

    2009-01-01

    Tumors are composed of both malignant and normal cells, including fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mesenchymal stem cells, and inflammatory immune cells such as macrophages. These various stromal components interact with cancer cells to promote growth and metastasis. For example, macrophages, attracted by colony-stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1) produced by tumor cells, in turn produce various growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor, which supports the growth of tumor cells and their interaction with blood vessels leading to enhanced tumor cell spreading. The activation of autocrine and paracrine oncogenic signaling pathways by stroma-derived growth factors and cytokines has been implicated in promoting tumor cell proliferation and metastasis. Furthermore, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) derived from both tumor cells and the stromal compartment are regarded as major players assisting tumor cells during metastasis. Collectively, these recent findings indicate that targeting tumor-stroma interactions is a promising strategy in the search for novel treatment modalities in human cancer. This chapter summarizes our current understanding of the tumor microenvironment and highlights some potential targets for therapeutic intervention with small interfering RNAs.

  11. Silica substrate or portion formed from oxidation of monocrystalline silicon

    DOEpatents

    Matzke, Carolyn M.; Rieger, Dennis J.; Ellis, Robert V.

    2003-07-15

    A method is disclosed for forming an inclusion-free silica substrate using a monocrystalline silicon substrate as the starting material and oxidizing the silicon substrate to convert it entirely to silica. The oxidation process is performed from both major surfaces of the silicon substrate using a conventional high-pressure oxidation system. The resulting product is an amorphous silica substrate which is expected to have superior etching characteristics for microfabrication than conventional fused silica substrates. The present invention can also be used to convert only a portion of a monocrystalline silicon substrate to silica by masking the silicon substrate and locally thinning a portion the silicon substrate prior to converting the silicon portion entirely to silica. In this case, the silica formed by oxidizing the thinned portion of the silicon substrate can be used, for example, as a window to provide optical access through the silicon substrate.

  12. Mechanical instability of monocrystalline and polycrystalline methane hydrates

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    Wu, Jianyang; Ning, Fulong; Trinh, Thuat T.; Kjelstrup, Signe; Vlugt, Thijs J. H.; He, Jianying; Skallerud, Bjørn H.; Zhang, Zhiliang

    2015-01-01

    Despite observations of massive methane release and geohazards associated with gas hydrate instability in nature, as well as ductile flow accompanying hydrate dissociation in artificial polycrystalline methane hydrates in the laboratory, the destabilising mechanisms of gas hydrates under deformation and their grain-boundary structures have not yet been elucidated at the molecular level. Here we report direct molecular dynamics simulations of the material instability of monocrystalline and polycrystalline methane hydrates under mechanical loading. The results show dislocation-free brittle failure in monocrystalline hydrates and an unexpected crossover from strengthening to weakening in polycrystals. Upon uniaxial depressurisation, strain-induced hydrate dissociation accompanied by grain-boundary decohesion and sliding destabilises the polycrystals. In contrast, upon compression, appreciable solid-state structural transformation dominates the response. These findings provide molecular insight not only into the metastable structures of grain boundaries, but also into unusual ductile flow with hydrate dissociation as observed during macroscopic compression experiments. PMID:26522051

  13. Mechanical instability of monocrystalline and polycrystalline methane hydrates.

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    Wu, Jianyang; Ning, Fulong; Trinh, Thuat T; Kjelstrup, Signe; Vlugt, Thijs J H; He, Jianying; Skallerud, Bjørn H; Zhang, Zhiliang

    2015-01-01

    Despite observations of massive methane release and geohazards associated with gas hydrate instability in nature, as well as ductile flow accompanying hydrate dissociation in artificial polycrystalline methane hydrates in the laboratory, the destabilising mechanisms of gas hydrates under deformation and their grain-boundary structures have not yet been elucidated at the molecular level. Here we report direct molecular dynamics simulations of the material instability of monocrystalline and polycrystalline methane hydrates under mechanical loading. The results show dislocation-free brittle failure in monocrystalline hydrates and an unexpected crossover from strengthening to weakening in polycrystals. Upon uniaxial depressurisation, strain-induced hydrate dissociation accompanied by grain-boundary decohesion and sliding destabilises the polycrystals. In contrast, upon compression, appreciable solid-state structural transformation dominates the response. These findings provide molecular insight not only into the metastable structures of grain boundaries, but also into unusual ductile flow with hydrate dissociation as observed during macroscopic compression experiments. PMID:26522051

  14. Method and apparatus for drawing monocrystalline ribbon from a melt

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    Ciszek, Theodore F.; Schwuttke, Guenter H.

    1981-11-10

    A method and apparatus for drawing a monocrystalline ribbon or web from a melt comprising utilizing a shaping die including at least two elements spaced one from the other each having a portion thereof located below the level of the melt and another portion located above the level of the melt a distance sufficient to form a raised meniscus of melt about the corresponding element.

  15. Targeted delivery of siRNA to cell death proteins in sepsis

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    Brahmamdam, Pavan; Watanabe, Eizo; Unsinger, Jacqueline; Chang, Katherine C.; Schierding, William; Hoekzema, Andrew S.; Zhou, Tony T.; McDonough, Jacquelyn S.; Holemon, Heather; Heidel, Jeremy D.; Coopersmith, Craig M.; McDunn, Jonathan E.; Hotchkiss, Richard S.

    2010-01-01

    Immune suppression is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the septic patient. Apoptotic loss of immune effector cells such as CD4 T and B cells is a key component in the loss immune competence in sepsis. Inhibition of lymphocyte apoptosis has led to improved survival in animal models of sepsis. Using qRT-PCR of isolated splenic CD4 T and B cells, we determined that Bim and PUMA, two key cell death proteins, are markedly up-regulated during sepsis. Lymphocytes have been notoriously difficult to transfect with siRNA. Consequently a novel, cyclodextrin polymer-based, transferrin receptor-targeted, delivery vehicle was employed to co-administer siRNA to Bim and PUMA to mice immediately after cecal ligation and puncture. Anti-apoptotic siRNA based therapy markedly decreased lymphocyte apoptosis and prevented the loss of splenic CD4 T and B cells. Flow cytometry confirmed in vivo delivery of siRNA to CD4 T and B cells and also demonstrated decreases in intracellular Bim and PUMA protein. In conclusion, Bim and PUMA are two critical mediators of immune cell death in sepsis. Use of a novel cyclodextrin polymer-based, transferrin receptor-targeted siRNA delivery vehicle enables effective administration of anti-apoptotic siRNAs to lymphocytes and reverses the immune cell depletion that is a hallmark of this highly lethal disorder. PMID:19033888

  16. Topical and Targeted Delivery of siRNAs to Melanoma Cells Using a Fusion Peptide Carrier.

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    Ruan, Renquan; Chen, Ming; Sun, Sijie; Wei, Pengfei; Zou, Lili; Liu, Jing; Gao, Dayong; Wen, Longping; Ding, Weiping

    2016-01-01

    Topical application of siRNAs through the skin is a potentially effective strategy for the treatment of melanoma tumors. In this study, we designed a new and safe fusion peptide carrier SPACE-EGF to improve the skin and cell penetration function of the siRNAs and their targeting ability to B16 cells, such that the apoptosis of B16 cells can be induced. The results show that the carrier is stable and less toxic. The EGF motif does not affect the skin and cell penetration function of the SPACE. Because EGF can strongly bind EGFR, which is overexpressed in cancer cells, the targeting ability of the SPACE-EGF-siRNA complex is increased. In vitro experiments indicate that GAPDH siRNAs conjugated with SPACE-EGF can significantly reduce the GAPDH concentration in B16 cells, and c-Myc siRNAs can cause the gene silencing of c-Myc and thus the apoptosis of cells. In vivo experiments show that the topical application of c-Myc siRNAs delivered by SPACE-EGF through the skin can significantly inhibit the growth of melanoma tumors. This work may provide insight into the development of new transdermal drug carriers to treat a variety of skin disorders. PMID:27374619

  17. Topical and Targeted Delivery of siRNAs to Melanoma Cells Using a Fusion Peptide Carrier

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    Ruan, Renquan; Chen, Ming; Sun, Sijie; Wei, Pengfei; Zou, Lili; Liu, Jing; Gao, Dayong; Wen, Longping; Ding, Weiping

    2016-01-01

    Topical application of siRNAs through the skin is a potentially effective strategy for the treatment of melanoma tumors. In this study, we designed a new and safe fusion peptide carrier SPACE-EGF to improve the skin and cell penetration function of the siRNAs and their targeting ability to B16 cells, such that the apoptosis of B16 cells can be induced. The results show that the carrier is stable and less toxic. The EGF motif does not affect the skin and cell penetration function of the SPACE. Because EGF can strongly bind EGFR, which is overexpressed in cancer cells, the targeting ability of the SPACE-EGF-siRNA complex is increased. In vitro experiments indicate that GAPDH siRNAs conjugated with SPACE-EGF can significantly reduce the GAPDH concentration in B16 cells, and c-Myc siRNAs can cause the gene silencing of c-Myc and thus the apoptosis of cells. In vivo experiments show that the topical application of c-Myc siRNAs delivered by SPACE-EGF through the skin can significantly inhibit the growth of melanoma tumors. This work may provide insight into the development of new transdermal drug carriers to treat a variety of skin disorders. PMID:27374619

  18. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle.

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-01-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core-shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems. PMID:26907639

  19. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-01-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core–shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems. PMID:26907639

  20. siRNA Targeting the 2Apro Genomic Region Prevents Enterovirus 71 Replication In Vitro.

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    Liu, Haibing; Qin, Yanyan; Kong, Zhenzhen; Shao, Qixiang; Su, Zhaoliang; Wang, Shengjun; Chen, Jianguo

    2016-01-01

    Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the most important etiological agent of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in young children, which is associated with severe neurological complications and has caused significant mortalities in recent HFMD outbreaks in Asia. However, there is no effective antiviral therapy against EV71. In this study, RNA interference (RNAi) was used as an antiviral strategy to inhibit EV71 replication. Three small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting the 2Apro region of the EV71 genome were designed and synthesized. All the siRNAs were transfected individually into rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cells, which were then infected with strain EV71-2006-52-9. The cytopathic effects (CPEs) in the infected RD cells, cell viability, viral titer, and viral RNA and protein expression were examined to evaluate the specific viral inhibition by the siRNAs. The results of cytopathogenicity and MTT tests indicated that the RD cells transfected with the three siRNAs showed slight CPEs and significantly high viability. The 50% tissue culture infective dose (TCID50) values demonstrated that the viral titer of the groups treated with three siRNAs were lower than those of the control groups. qRT-PCR and western blotting revealed that the levels of viral RNA and protein in the RD cells treated with the three siRNAs were lower than those in the controls. When RD cells transfected with siRNAs were also infected with strain EV71-2008-43-16, the expression of the VP1 protein was significantly inhibited. The levels of interferon α (IFN-α) and IFN-β did not differ significantly in any group. These results suggest that siRNAs targeting the 2Apro region of the EV71 genome exerted antiviral effects in vitro.

  1. siRNA Targeting the 2Apro Genomic Region Prevents Enterovirus 71 Replication In Vitro

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    Kong, Zhenzhen; Shao, Qixiang; Su, Zhaoliang; Wang, Shengjun; Chen, Jianguo

    2016-01-01

    Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the most important etiological agent of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in young children, which is associated with severe neurological complications and has caused significant mortalities in recent HFMD outbreaks in Asia. However, there is no effective antiviral therapy against EV71. In this study, RNA interference (RNAi) was used as an antiviral strategy to inhibit EV71 replication. Three small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting the 2Apro region of the EV71 genome were designed and synthesized. All the siRNAs were transfected individually into rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cells, which were then infected with strain EV71-2006-52-9. The cytopathic effects (CPEs) in the infected RD cells, cell viability, viral titer, and viral RNA and protein expression were examined to evaluate the specific viral inhibition by the siRNAs. The results of cytopathogenicity and MTT tests indicated that the RD cells transfected with the three siRNAs showed slight CPEs and significantly high viability. The 50% tissue culture infective dose (TCID50) values demonstrated that the viral titer of the groups treated with three siRNAs were lower than those of the control groups. qRT–PCR and western blotting revealed that the levels of viral RNA and protein in the RD cells treated with the three siRNAs were lower than those in the controls. When RD cells transfected with siRNAs were also infected with strain EV71-2008-43-16, the expression of the VP1 protein was significantly inhibited. The levels of interferon α (IFN-α) and IFN-β did not differ significantly in any group. These results suggest that siRNAs targeting the 2Apro region of the EV71 genome exerted antiviral effects in vitro. PMID:26886455

  2. DSIR: assessing the design of highly potent siRNA by testing a set of cancer-relevant target genes.

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    Filhol, Odile; Ciais, Delphine; Lajaunie, Christian; Charbonnier, Peggy; Foveau, Nicolas; Vert, Jean-Philippe; Vandenbrouck, Yves

    2012-01-01

    Chemically synthesized small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a widespread molecular tool used to knock down genes in mammalian cells. However, designing potent siRNA remains challenging. Among tools predicting siRNA efficacy, very few have been validated on endogenous targets in realistic experimental conditions. We previously described a tool to assist efficient siRNA design (DSIR, Designer of siRNA), which focuses on intrinsic features of the siRNA sequence. Here, we evaluated DSIR's performance by systematically investigating the potency of the siRNA it designs to target ten cancer-related genes. mRNA knockdown was measured by quantitative RT-PCR in cell-based assays, revealing that over 60% of siRNA sequences designed by DSIR silenced their target genes by at least 70%. Silencing efficacy was sustained even when low siRNA concentrations were used. This systematic analysis revealed in particular that, for a subset of genes, the efficiency of siRNA constructs significantly increases when the sequence is located closer to the 5'-end of the target gene coding sequence, suggesting the distance to the 5'-end as a new feature for siRNA potency prediction. A new version of DSIR incorporating these new findings, as well as the list of validated siRNA against the tested cancer genes, has been made available on the web (http://biodev.extra.cea.fr/DSIR).

  3. Cardiomyocyte-targeted siRNA delivery by prostaglandin E(2)-Fas siRNA polyplexes formulated with reducible poly(amido amine) for preventing cardiomyocyte apoptosis.

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    Kim, Sun Hwa; Jeong, Ji Hoon; Ou, Mei; Yockman, James W; Kim, Sung Wan; Bull, David A

    2008-11-01

    A cardiomyocyte-targeted Fas siRNA delivery system was developed using prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2))-modified siRNA polyplexes formed by a reducible poly(amido amine) to inhibit cardiomyocyte apoptosis. PGE(2), which was used as a specific ligand for cardiomyocyte targeting, was conjugated to the terminal-end of the sense siRNA (PGE(2)-siRNA). The reducible cationic copolymer, synthesized via Michael-type polyaddition of 1,6-diaminohexane and cystamine bis-acrylamide (poly(DAH/CBA)), tightly condensed the PGE(2)-siRNA conjugate to form nanosize polyplexes having a diameter of 100-150 nm. The PGE(2)-siRNA/poly(DAH/CBA) polyplexes decomplexed to release PGE(2)-siRNA in a cytosolic reducing environment due to the degradation of the reducible poly(DAH/CBA). The cellular uptake of the PGE(2)-siRNA/poly(DAH/CBA) polyplex was increased in rat cardiomyocytes (H9C2 cells) due to PGE(2) receptor-mediated endocytosis. When H9C2 cells were transfected with siRNA against Fas, a key regulator of ischemia-induced apoptosis, the PGE(2)-Fas siRNA/poly(DAH/CBA) polyplex delivery system led to a significant increase in Fas gene silencing, resulting in inhibition of cardiomyocyte apoptosis. The PGE(2)-Fas siRNA/poly(DAH/CBA) polyplex did not induce interferon-alpha in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These results suggest that the PGE(2)-Fas siRNA/poly(DAH/CBA) polyplex formulation may be clinically applicable as a cardiomyocyte-targeted Fas siRNA delivery system to inhibit apoptosis in cardiovascular disease.

  4. Investigation of surface passivation schemes for p-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell

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    Rahman, Md. Momtazur; Udoy, Ariful Banna

    2016-10-01

    This paper represents an experiment to analyze the dark saturation current densities of passivated surfaces for monocrystalline silicon solar cells. The samples are diffused at peak temperatures of 800-950 °C. Basically, symmetrical lifetime samples with different doping profiles are prepared with alkaline textured and saw damage etched (planar) surfaces. After POCl3 diffusion, the phosphorous silicate glass layers are removed in a wet chemical etching step. Several designs are chosen for the determination of the sheet resistance ( R sh), the concentration profile for excess charge carrier and the minority carrier effective lifetime of the diffused surfaces. The dark saturation current densities ( J o ) and the doping profiles are determined accordingly via quasi-steady state photoconductance decay measurement and electrochemical capacitance-voltage measurement. Three different passivation schemes are investigated as follows: silicon nitride (SiN x ) deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique, silicon-rich oxynitride (SiriO x N y ) capped with a PECVD SiN x layer, and thin thermally grown oxide, capped with a PECVD SiN x layer.

  5. Self-assembled lipid nanomedicines for siRNA tumor targeting.

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    Tseng, Yu-Cheng; Huang, Leaf

    2009-08-01

    Lipid-based nanoparticle technology has developed from chemical drug carrier into an efficient multifunctional siRNA tumor targeting delivery system. In this review, we start with an overview of the lipid-based nanomedicine history and the two classes of lipidic vectors for DNA or siRNA delivery. Then we discuss the features of lipid-based nanomedicine that lead to effective tumor targeting and the principles behind. We also discuss nanoparticle surface modification, classes of tumor targeting ligands, and other state-of-the-art strategies for enhancing endosome release primarily focused on lipid-based systems. At the end, we show that multifunctional self-assembled lipid-based nanoparticles could also be versatile delivery vehicles for cancer molecular imaging probes. PMID:20055081

  6. A designed recombinant fusion protein for targeted delivery of siRNA to the mouse brain.

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    Haroon, Mohamed Mohamed; Dar, Ghulam Hassan; Jeyalakshmi, Durga; Venkatraman, Uthra; Saba, Kamal; Rangaraj, Nandini; Patel, Anant Bahadur; Gopal, Vijaya

    2016-04-28

    RNA interference represents a novel therapeutic approach to modulate several neurodegenerative disease-related genes. However, exogenous delivery of siRNA restricts their transport into different tissues and specifically into the brain mainly due to its large size and the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). To overcome these challenges, we developed here a strategy wherein a peptide known to target specific gangliosides was fused to a double-stranded RNA binding protein to deliver siRNA to the brain parenchyma. The designed fusion protein designated as TARBP-BTP consists of a double-stranded RNA-binding domain (dsRBD) of human Trans Activation response element (TAR) RNA Binding Protein (TARBP2) fused to a brain targeting peptide that binds to monosialoganglioside GM1. Conformation-specific binding of TARBP2 domain to siRNA led to the formation of homogenous serum-stable complex with targeting potential. Further, uptake of the complex in Neuro-2a, IMR32 and HepG2 cells analyzed by confocal microscopy and fluorescence activated cell sorting, revealed selective requirement of GM1 for entry. Remarkably, systemic delivery of the fluorescently labeled complex (TARBP-BTP:siRNA) in ΑβPP-PS1 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD) led to distinctive localization in the cerebral hemisphere. Further, the delivery of siRNA mediated by TARBP-BTP led to significant knockdown of BACE1 in the brain, in both ΑβPP-PS1 mice and wild type C57BL/6. The study establishes the growing importance of fusion proteins in delivering therapeutic siRNA to brain tissues. PMID:26948382

  7. Rational design of microRNA-siRNA chimeras for multifunctional target suppression.

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    Jiang, Zhou; Liu, Weijun; Wang, Yuhui; Gao, Zhen; Gao, Ge; Wang, Xiaowei

    2013-12-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in a variety of human diseases by simultaneously suppressing many gene targets. Thus, the therapeutic value of miRNAs has been intensely studied. However, there are potential limitations with miRNA-based therapeutics such as a relatively moderate impact on gene target regulation and cellular phenotypic control. To address these issues, we proposed to design new chimeric small RNAs (aiRNAs) by incorporating sequences from both miRNAs and siRNAs. These aiRNAs not only inherited functions from natural miRNAs, but also gained new functions of gene knockdown in an siRNA-like fashion. The improved efficacy of multifunctional aiRNAs was demonstrated in our study by design and testing of an aiRNA that inherited the functions of both miR-200a and an AKT1-targeting siRNA for simultaneous suppression of cancer cell motility and proliferation. The general principles of aiRNA design were further validated by engineering new aiRNAs mimicking another miRNA, miR-9. By regulating multiple cellular functions, aiRNAs could be used as an improved tool over miRNAs to target disease-related genes, thus alleviating our dependency on a limited number of miRNAs for the development of RNAi-based therapeutics.

  8. Targeted in vivo delivery of siRNA and an endosome-releasing agent to hepatocytes.

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    Sebestyén, Magdolna G; Wong, So C; Trubetskoy, Vladimir; Lewis, David L; Wooddell, Christine I

    2015-01-01

    The discoveries of RNA interference (RNAi) and short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have provided the opportunity to treat diseases in a fundamentally new way: by co-opting a natural process to inhibit gene expression at the mRNA level. Given that siRNAs must interact with the cells' natural RNAi machinery in order to exert their silencing effect, one of the most fundamental requirements for their use is efficient delivery to the desired cell type and, specifically, into the cytoplasm of those cells. Numerous research efforts involving the testing of a large number of delivery approaches using various carrier molecules and inventing several distinct formulation technologies during the past decade illustrate the difficulty and complexity of this task. We have developed synthetic polymer formulations for in vivo siRNA delivery named Dynamic PolyConjugates™ (DPCs) that are designed to mimic the features viruses possess for efficient delivery of their nucleic acids. These include small size, long half-life in circulation, capability of displaying distinct host cell tropism, efficient receptor binding and cell entry, disassembly in the endosome and subsequent release of the nucleic acid cargo to the cytoplasm. Here we present an example of this delivery platform composed of a hepatocyte-targeted endosome-releasing agent and a cholesterol-conjugated siRNA (chol-siRNA). This delivery platform forms the basis of ARC-520, an siRNA-based therapeutic for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. In this chapter, we provide a general overview of the steps in developing ARC-520 and detailed protocols for two critical stages of the discovery process: (1) verifying targeted in vivo delivery to hepatocytes and (2) evaluating in vivo drug efficacy using a mouse model of chronic HBV infection.

  9. Chlorotoxin bound magnetic nanovector tailored for cancer cell targeting, imaging, and siRNA delivery.

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    Veiseh, Omid; Kievit, Forrest M; Fang, Chen; Mu, Ni; Jana, Soumen; Leung, Matthew C; Mok, Hyejung; Ellenbogen, Richard G; Park, James O; Zhang, Miqin

    2010-11-01

    Ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi) is a powerful molecular tool that has potential to revolutionize the treatment of cancer. One major challenge of applying this technology for clinical application is the lack of site-specific carriers that can effectively deliver short interfering RNA (siRNA) to cancer cells. Here we report the development and assessment of a cancer-cell specific magnetic nanovector construct for efficient siRNA delivery and non-invasive monitoring through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The base of the nanovector construct is comprised of a superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle core coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG)-grafted chitosan, and polyethylenimine (PEI). The construct was then further functionalized with siRNA and a tumor-targeting peptide, chlorotoxin (CTX), to improve tumor specificity and potency. Flow cytometry, quantitative RT-PCR, and fluorescence microscopy analyses confirmed receptor-mediated cellular internalization of nanovectors and enhanced gene knockdown through targeted siRNA delivery. The ability of this nanovector construct to generate specific contrast enhancement of glioblastoma cells was demonstrated through MR imaging. These findings suggest that this CTX enabled nanoparticle carrier may be well suited for delivery of RNAi therapeutics to brain cancer cells.

  10. In Silico Design and Experimental Validation of siRNAs Targeting Conserved Regions of Multiple Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes.

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    ElHefnawi, Mahmoud; Kim, TaeKyu; Kamar, Mona A; Min, Saehong; Hassan, Nafisa M; El-Ahwany, Eman; Kim, Heeyoung; Zada, Suher; Amer, Marwa; Windisch, Marc P

    2016-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is a post-transcriptional gene silencing mechanism that mediates the sequence-specific degradation of targeted RNA and thus provides a tremendous opportunity for development of oligonucleotide-based drugs. Here, we report on the design and validation of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting highly conserved regions of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome. To aim for therapeutic applications by optimizing the RNAi efficacy and reducing potential side effects, we considered different factors such as target RNA variations, thermodynamics and accessibility of the siRNA and target RNA, and off-target effects. This aim was achieved using an in silico design and selection protocol complemented by an automated MysiRNA-Designer pipeline. The protocol included the design and filtration of siRNAs targeting highly conserved and accessible regions within the HCV internal ribosome entry site, and adjacent core sequences of the viral genome with high-ranking efficacy scores. Off-target analysis excluded siRNAs with potential binding to human mRNAs. Under this strict selection process, two siRNAs (HCV353 and HCV258) were selected based on their predicted high specificity and potency. These siRNAs were tested for antiviral efficacy in HCV genotype 1 and 2 replicon cell lines. Both in silico-designed siRNAs efficiently inhibited HCV RNA replication, even at low concentrations and for short exposure times (24h); they also exceeded the antiviral potencies of reference siRNAs targeting HCV. Furthermore, HCV353 and HCV258 siRNAs also inhibited replication of patient-derived HCV genotype 4 isolates in infected Huh-7 cells. Prolonged treatment of HCV replicon cells with HCV353 did not result in the appearance of escape mutant viruses. Taken together, these results reveal the accuracy and strength of our integrated siRNA design and selection protocols. These protocols could be used to design highly potent and specific RNAi-based therapeutic oligonucleotide

  11. Inter-molecular β-sheet structure facilitates lung-targeting siRNA delivery.

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    Zhou, Jihan; Li, Dong; Wen, Hao; Zheng, Shuquan; Su, Cuicui; Yi, Fan; Wang, Jue; Liang, Zicai; Tang, Tao; Zhou, Demin; Zhang, Li-He; Liang, Dehai; Du, Quan

    2016-01-01

    Size-dependent passive targeting based on the characteristics of tissues is a basic mechanism of drug delivery. While the nanometer-sized particles are efficiently captured by the liver and spleen, the micron-sized particles are most likely entrapped within the lung owing to its unique capillary structure and physiological features. To exploit this property in lung-targeting siRNA delivery, we designed and studied a multi-domain peptide named K-β, which was able to form inter-molecular β-sheet structures. Results showed that K-β peptides and siRNAs formed stable complex particles of 60 nm when mixed together. A critical property of such particles was that, after being intravenously injected into mice, they further associated into loose and micron-sized aggregates, and thus effectively entrapped within the capillaries of the lung, leading to a passive accumulation and gene-silencing. The large size aggregates can dissociate or break down by the shear stress generated by blood flow, alleviating the pulmonary embolism. Besides the lung, siRNA enrichment and targeted gene silencing were also observed in the liver. This drug delivery strategy, together with the low toxicity, biodegradability, and programmability of peptide carriers, show great potentials in vivo applications. PMID:26955887

  12. Inter-molecular β-sheet structure facilitates lung-targeting siRNA delivery

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    Zhou, Jihan; Li, Dong; Wen, Hao; Zheng, Shuquan; Su, Cuicui; Yi, Fan; Wang, Jue; Liang, Zicai; Tang, Tao; Zhou, Demin; Zhang, Li-He; Liang, Dehai; Du, Quan

    2016-01-01

    Size-dependent passive targeting based on the characteristics of tissues is a basic mechanism of drug delivery. While the nanometer-sized particles are efficiently captured by the liver and spleen, the micron-sized particles are most likely entrapped within the lung owing to its unique capillary structure and physiological features. To exploit this property in lung-targeting siRNA delivery, we designed and studied a multi-domain peptide named K-β, which was able to form inter-molecular β-sheet structures. Results showed that K-β peptides and siRNAs formed stable complex particles of 60 nm when mixed together. A critical property of such particles was that, after being intravenously injected into mice, they further associated into loose and micron-sized aggregates, and thus effectively entrapped within the capillaries of the lung, leading to a passive accumulation and gene-silencing. The large size aggregates can dissociate or break down by the shear stress generated by blood flow, alleviating the pulmonary embolism. Besides the lung, siRNA enrichment and targeted gene silencing were also observed in the liver. This drug delivery strategy, together with the low toxicity, biodegradability, and programmability of peptide carriers, show great potentials in vivo applications. PMID:26955887

  13. A biomimetic nanovector-mediated targeted cholesterol-conjugated siRNA delivery for tumor gene therapy.

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    Ding, Yang; Wang, Wei; Feng, Meiqing; Wang, Yu; Zhou, Jianping; Ding, Xuefang; Zhou, Xin; Liu, Congyan; Wang, Ruoning; Zhang, Qiang

    2012-12-01

    RNA interference holds tremendous potential as a therapeutic approach of malignant tumors. However, safe and efficient nanovectors are extremely lack for systemic delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA). The study aimed to develop a biomimetic nanovector, reconstituted high density lipoprotein (rHDL), mediating targeted cholesterol-conjugated siRNA (Chol-siRNA) delivery for Pokemon gene silencing therapy. Chol-siRNA-loaded rHDL nanoparticles (rHDL/Chol-siRNA complexes) were prepared using thin-film dispersion method and their characteristics were investigated in detail. RHDL/Chol-siRNA complexes at the optimal volume ratio (lipid: Chol-siRNA) exhibited high Chol-siRNA-loading efficiency (~99%), desirable nanoparticle size and excellent stability in serum. In addition, by analyzing Chol-siRNA release profile, rHDL/Chol-siRNA complexes displayed sustained-release characteristic and storage stability. Observations from FACS and confocal microscopic analyses revealed that rHDL-mediated carboxyfluorescein tagged Chol-siRNA (FAM-Chol-siRNA) transfection resulted in highly efficient uptake and specific cytoplasmic delivery of FAM-Chol-siRNA into human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line HepG2 via HDL-receptor mediated mechanism. In vitro cytotoxicity, apoptosis and Western-blot analyses revealed significant cellular growth inhibition and decrease of Pokemon and Bcl-2 protein expression in HepG2 cells treated with Chol-siRNA-Pokemon-loaded rHDL nanoparticles (rHDL/Chol-siRNA-Pokemon complexes), respectively. In in vivo studies, the near-infrared (NIR) dye Cy5 labeled Chol-siRNA-loaded rHDL nanoparticles (rHDL/Cy5-Chol-siRNA complexes) obviously accumulated in tumor of nude mice after i.v. administration as compared with Cy5-Chol-siRNA-loaded lipoplexes (Lipos/Cy5-Chol-siRNA complexes). Morover, rHDL/Chol-siRNA-Pokemon complexes demonstrated great tumor growth inhibition and significant decrease of Pokemon and Bcl-2 protein expression in vivo. These results suggested that

  14. A biomimetic nanovector-mediated targeted cholesterol-conjugated siRNA delivery for tumor gene therapy.

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    Ding, Yang; Wang, Wei; Feng, Meiqing; Wang, Yu; Zhou, Jianping; Ding, Xuefang; Zhou, Xin; Liu, Congyan; Wang, Ruoning; Zhang, Qiang

    2012-12-01

    RNA interference holds tremendous potential as a therapeutic approach of malignant tumors. However, safe and efficient nanovectors are extremely lack for systemic delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA). The study aimed to develop a biomimetic nanovector, reconstituted high density lipoprotein (rHDL), mediating targeted cholesterol-conjugated siRNA (Chol-siRNA) delivery for Pokemon gene silencing therapy. Chol-siRNA-loaded rHDL nanoparticles (rHDL/Chol-siRNA complexes) were prepared using thin-film dispersion method and their characteristics were investigated in detail. RHDL/Chol-siRNA complexes at the optimal volume ratio (lipid: Chol-siRNA) exhibited high Chol-siRNA-loading efficiency (~99%), desirable nanoparticle size and excellent stability in serum. In addition, by analyzing Chol-siRNA release profile, rHDL/Chol-siRNA complexes displayed sustained-release characteristic and storage stability. Observations from FACS and confocal microscopic analyses revealed that rHDL-mediated carboxyfluorescein tagged Chol-siRNA (FAM-Chol-siRNA) transfection resulted in highly efficient uptake and specific cytoplasmic delivery of FAM-Chol-siRNA into human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line HepG2 via HDL-receptor mediated mechanism. In vitro cytotoxicity, apoptosis and Western-blot analyses revealed significant cellular growth inhibition and decrease of Pokemon and Bcl-2 protein expression in HepG2 cells treated with Chol-siRNA-Pokemon-loaded rHDL nanoparticles (rHDL/Chol-siRNA-Pokemon complexes), respectively. In in vivo studies, the near-infrared (NIR) dye Cy5 labeled Chol-siRNA-loaded rHDL nanoparticles (rHDL/Cy5-Chol-siRNA complexes) obviously accumulated in tumor of nude mice after i.v. administration as compared with Cy5-Chol-siRNA-loaded lipoplexes (Lipos/Cy5-Chol-siRNA complexes). Morover, rHDL/Chol-siRNA-Pokemon complexes demonstrated great tumor growth inhibition and significant decrease of Pokemon and Bcl-2 protein expression in vivo. These results suggested that

  15. Going beyond the liver: progress and challenges of targeted delivery of siRNA therapeutics.

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    Lorenzer, Cornelia; Dirin, Mehrdad; Winkler, Anna-Maria; Baumann, Volker; Winkler, Johannes

    2015-04-10

    Therapeutic gene silencing promises significant progress in pharmacotherapy, including considerable expansion of the druggable target space and the possibility for treating orphan diseases. Technological hurdles have complicated the efficient use of therapeutic oligonucleotides, and siRNA agents suffer particularly from insufficient pharmacokinetic properties and poor cellular uptake. Intense development and evolution of delivery systems have resulted in efficient uptake predominantly in liver tissue, in which practically all nanoparticulate and liposomal delivery systems show the highest accumulation. The most efficacious strategies include liposomes and bioconjugations with N-acetylgalactosamine. Both are in early clinical evaluation stages for treatment of liver-associated diseases. Approaches for achieving knockdown in other tissues and tumors have been proven to be more complicated. Selective targeting to tumors may be enabled through careful modulation of physical properties, such as particle size, or by taking advantage of specific targeting ligands. Significant barriers stand between sufficient accumulation in other organs, including endothelial barriers, cellular membranes, and the endosome. The brain, which is shielded by the blood-brain barrier, is of particular interest to facilitate efficient oligonucleotide therapy of neurological diseases. Transcytosis of the blood-brain barrier through receptor-specific docking is investigated to increase accumulation in the central nervous system. In this review, the current clinical status of siRNA therapeutics is summarized, as well as innovative and promising preclinical concepts employing tissue- and tumor-targeted ligands. The requirements and the respective advantages and drawbacks of bioconjugates and ligand-decorated lipid or polymeric particles are discussed.

  16. Monocrystalline CdTe solar cells with open-circuit voltage over 1 V and efficiency of 17%

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    Zhao, Yuan; Boccard, Mathieu; Liu, Shi; Becker, Jacob; Zhao, Xin-Hao; Campbell, Calli M.; Suarez, Ernesto; Lassise, Maxwell B.; Holman, Zachary; Zhang, Yong-Hang

    2016-06-01

    The open-circuit voltages of mature single-junction photovoltaic devices are lower than the bandgap energy of the absorber, typically by a gap of 400 mV. For CdTe, which has a bandgap of 1.5 eV, the gap is larger; for polycrystalline samples, the open-circuit voltage of solar cells with the record efficiency is below 900 mV, whereas for monocrystalline samples it has only recently achieved values barely above 1 V. Here, we report a monocrystalline CdTe/MgCdTe double-heterostructure solar cell with open-circuit voltages of up to 1.096 V. The latticed-matched MgCdTe barrier layers provide excellent passivation to the CdTe absorber, resulting in a carrier lifetime of 3.6 μs. The solar cells are made of 1- to 1.5-μm-thick n-type CdTe absorbers, and passivated hole-selective p-type a-SiCy:H contacts. This design allows CdTe solar cells to be made thinner and more efficient. The best power conversion efficiency achieved in a device with this structure is 17.0%.

  17. Targeted siRNA Delivery and mRNA Knockdown Mediated by Bispecific Digoxigenin-binding Antibodies

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    Schneider, Britta; Grote, Michael; John, Matthias; Haas, Alexander; Bramlage, Birgit; lckenstein, Ludger M; Jahn-Hofmann, Kerstin; Bauss, Frieder; Cheng, Weijun; Croasdale, Rebecca; Daub, Karin; Dill, Simone; Hoffmann, Eike; Lau, Wilma; Burtscher, Helmut; Ludtke, James L; Metz, Silke; Mundigl, Olaf; Neal, Zane C; Scheuer, Werner; Stracke, Jan; Herweijer, Hans; Brinkmann, Ulrjch

    2012-01-01

    Bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) that bind to cell surface antigens and to digoxigenin (Dig) were used for targeted small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery. They are derivatives of immunoglobulins G (IgGs) that bind tumor antigens, such as Her2, IGF1-R, CD22, and LeY, with stabilized Dig-binding variable domains fused to the C-terminal ends of the heavy chains. siRNA that was digoxigeninylated at its 3′end was bound in a 2:1 ratio to the bsAbs. These bsAb–siRNA complexes delivered siRNAs specifically to cells that express the corresponding antigen as demonstrated by flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. The complexes internalized into endosomes and Dig-siRNAs separated from bsAbs, but Dig-siRNA was not released into the cytoplasm; bsAb-targeting alone was thus not sufficient for effective mRNA knockdown. This limitation was overcome by formulating the Dig-siRNA into nanoparticles consisting of dynamic polyconjugates (DPCs) or into lipid-based nanoparticles (LNPs). The resulting complexes enabled bsAb-targeted siRNA-specific messenger RNA (mRNA) knockdown with IC50 siRNA values in the low nanomolar range for a variety of bsAbs, siRNAs, and target cells. Furthermore, pilot studies in mice bearing tumor xenografts indicated mRNA knockdown in endothelial cells following systemic co-administration of bsAbs and siRNA formulated in LNPs that were targeted to the tumor vasculature. PMID:23344238

  18. Calculations and First Results Obtained with a SiC Prototype of the SPES Direct Target

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    Barbui, Marina; Andrighetto, Alberto; Antonucci, C.; Biasetto, Lisa; Carturan, S.; Cervellera, F.; Cevolani, S.; Cinausero, Marco; Colombo, P.; Dainelli, A.; Di Bernardo, P.; Giacchini, Mauro; Gramegna, Fabiana; Lollo, M.; Maggioni, G.; Manzolaro, Mattia; Meneghetti, G.; Petrovich, C.; Piga, L.; Prete, Gianfranco; Re, Maurizio; Rizzi, Valentina; Stracener, Daniel W; Tonezzer, Michele; Zafiropoulos, D.; Zanonato, P.

    2008-01-01

    In the framework of the SPES project at LNL [A. Bracco, A. Pisent (Ed.), REP 181/02, LNL-INFN, 2002], the realization of a direct ISOL Target for a mid-term radioactive ion beam facility is in progress. Using a primary proton beam of energy 40 MeV and intensity 0.2 mA, a high number of fission products will be obtained in the SPES multi-foil uranium carbide target, keeping a low power density deposition in the refractory matrix [A. Andrighetto, S. Cevolani, C. Petrovich, Eur. Phys J. A 25 (2005) 41]. The exotic species produced by Uranium fission in the target are collected in the ion source after the diffusion and the effusion processes. When short lived isotopes are produced it is very important to optimize the release properties of the target. To this purpose the RIBO code (radioactive ion beam optimiser) [M. Santana Leitner, A Monte Carlo Code to Optimize the Production of Radioactive Ion Beams by the ISOL Technique, PhD. Thesis, UPC-ETSEIB/CERN] has been used in order to estimate the target release efficiency for some neutron-rich nuclei. A SiC prototype of the target was recently produced at LNL and tested at ORNL using a 42 MeV proton beam. The yield of some aluminum isotopes was measured as a function of the target temperature. Some preliminary results of the data analysis will be presented.

  19. Selective apoptosis of breast cancer cells by siRNA targeting of BORIS.

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    Dougherty, Christopher J; Ichim, Thomas E; Liu, Liping; Reznik, Gary; Min, Wei-Ping; Ghochikyan, Anahit; Agadjanyan, Michael G; Reznik, Boris N

    2008-05-23

    Brother of the regulator of imprinted sites (BORIS) is an epigenetically acting transcription factor which represses the tumor inhibitor functions of the tumor suppressor protein CTCF. BORIS expression has not been documented in adult females, making it an exciting molecular target for drug development in breast cancer. Previously, we demonstrated that vaccination of mice with zing-finger (ZF)-deleted non-functional BORIS results in regression of breast cancer and generation of potent anti-tumor immune responses. RNAi induction can be used as an alternative approach for selective tumor cell killing. Short interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules targeting BORIS were generated and their efficacy was tested in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer and non-malignant epithelial cell lines. Treatment with BORIS-specific siRNA, but not control siRNA led to a concentration-dependent reduction in BORIS expression and proportional apoptotic death of the cancer but not control cells. To our knowledge this is first report demonstrating a critical role of BORIS in maintaining tumor cell viability.

  20. EpCAM Aptamer-siRNA Chimera Targets and Regress Epithelial Cancer

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    Subramanian, Nithya; Kanwar, Jagat R.; Kanwar, Rupinder K.; Sreemanthula, JagadeeshBabu; Biswas, Jyotirmay; Khetan, Vikas; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2015-01-01

    Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM), a cancer stem cell (CSC) marker is over expressed in epithelial cancers and in retinoblastoma (RB). We fabricated an EpCAM targeting aptamer-siRNA chimera and investigated its anti-tumor property and EpCAM intracellular domain (EpICD) mediated signaling in epithelial cancer. The anti-tumor efficacy of EpCAM aptamer-siEpCAM chimera (EpApt-siEp) was evaluated by qPCR, northern and Western blotting in WERI-Rb1- RB cell line, primary RB tumor cells and in MCF7- breast cancer cell line. Anti-tumor activity of EpApt-siEp was studied in vivo using epithelial cancer (MCF7) mice xenograft model. The mechanism and pathways involved in the anti-tumor activity was further studied using protein arrays and qPCR. EpApt-siEp chimera was processed in vitro by dicer enzyme. Treatment of the WERI-Rb1 and MCF7 cells with EpApt-siEp revealed statistically significant down regulation of EpCAM expression (P<0.005) and concomitant reduction in cellular proliferation. In primary RB cells cultured from RB tumors, EpApt-siEp silenced EpCAM, significantly inhibited (P<0.01) cell proliferation and induced cytotoxicity. Knockdown of EpICD expressed in RB primary tumors led to repression of pluripotency markers, SOX2, OCT4, NANOG, and CD133. In vivo studies showed complete tumor growth regression without any toxicity in animals (P<0.001) and tumor tissues showed significant downregulation (P<0.05) of EpCAM, MRP1, ABCG2, stathmin, survivin and upregulation of ATM (P<0.05) leading to apoptosis by intrinsic pathway with minor alteration in cytokines. Our results revealed that EpApt-siEp potentially eradicated EpCAM positive cancer cells through CSC marker suppression and apoptosis, while sparing normal EpCAM negative adjacent cells. PMID:26176230

  1. Receptor-targeted liposome-peptide-siRNA nanoparticles represent an efficient delivery system for MRTF silencing in conjunctival fibrosis

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    Yu-Wai-Man, Cynthia; Tagalakis, Aristides D.; Manunta, Maria D.; Hart, Stephen L.; Khaw, Peng T.

    2016-02-01

    There is increasing evidence that the Myocardin-related transcription factor/Serum response factor (MRTF/SRF) pathway plays a key role in fibroblast activation and that knocking down MRTF can lead to reduced scarring and fibrosis. Here, we have developed a receptor-targeted liposome-peptide-siRNA nanoparticle as a non-viral delivery system for MRTF-B siRNA in conjunctival fibrosis. Using 50 nM siRNA, the MRTF-B gene was efficiently silenced by 76% and 72% with LYR and LER nanoparticles, respectively. The silencing efficiency was low when non-targeting peptides or siRNA alone or liposome-siRNA alone were used. LYR and LER nanoparticles also showed higher silencing efficiency than PEGylated LYR-P and LER-P nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were not cytotoxic using different liposomes, targeting peptides, and 50 nM siRNA. Three-dimensional fibroblast-populated collagen matrices were also used as a functional assay to measure contraction in vitro, and showed that MRTF-B LYR nanoparticles completely blocked matrix contraction after a single transfection treatment. In conclusion, this is the first study to develop and show that receptor-targeted liposome-peptide-siRNA nanoparticles represent an efficient and safe non-viral siRNA delivery system that could be used to prevent fibrosis after glaucoma filtration surgery and other contractile scarring conditions in the eye.

  2. Development of RNAi technology for targeted therapy--a track of siRNA based agents to RNAi therapeutics.

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    Zhou, Yinjian; Zhang, Chunling; Liang, Wei

    2014-11-10

    RNA interference (RNAi) was intensively studied in the past decades due to its potential in therapy of diseases. The target specificity and universal treatment spectrum endowed siRNA advantages over traditional small molecules and protein drugs. However, barriers exist in the blood circulation system and the diseased tissues blocked the actualization of RNAi effect, which raised function versatility requirements to siRNA therapeutic agents. Appropriate functionalization of siRNAs is necessary to break through these barriers and target diseased tissues in local or systemic targeted application. In this review, we summarized that barriers exist in the delivery process and popular functionalized technologies for siRNA such as chemical modification and physical encapsulation. Preclinical targeted siRNA delivery and the current status of siRNA based RNAi therapeutic agents in clinical trial were reviewed and finally the future of siRNA delivery was proposed. The valuable experience from the siRNA agent delivery study and the RNAi therapeutic agents in clinical trial paved ways for practical RNAi therapeutics to emerge early.

  3. Receptor-targeted liposome-peptide-siRNA nanoparticles represent an efficient delivery system for MRTF silencing in conjunctival fibrosis

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    Yu-Wai-Man, Cynthia; Tagalakis, Aristides D.; Manunta, Maria D.; Hart, Stephen L.; Khaw, Peng T.

    2016-01-01

    There is increasing evidence that the Myocardin-related transcription factor/Serum response factor (MRTF/SRF) pathway plays a key role in fibroblast activation and that knocking down MRTF can lead to reduced scarring and fibrosis. Here, we have developed a receptor-targeted liposome-peptide-siRNA nanoparticle as a non-viral delivery system for MRTF-B siRNA in conjunctival fibrosis. Using 50 nM siRNA, the MRTF-B gene was efficiently silenced by 76% and 72% with LYR and LER nanoparticles, respectively. The silencing efficiency was low when non-targeting peptides or siRNA alone or liposome-siRNA alone were used. LYR and LER nanoparticles also showed higher silencing efficiency than PEGylated LYR-P and LER-P nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were not cytotoxic using different liposomes, targeting peptides, and 50 nM siRNA. Three-dimensional fibroblast-populated collagen matrices were also used as a functional assay to measure contraction in vitro, and showed that MRTF-B LYR nanoparticles completely blocked matrix contraction after a single transfection treatment. In conclusion, this is the first study to develop and show that receptor-targeted liposome-peptide-siRNA nanoparticles represent an efficient and safe non-viral siRNA delivery system that could be used to prevent fibrosis after glaucoma filtration surgery and other contractile scarring conditions in the eye. PMID:26905457

  4. Targeted delivery of CXCR4-siRNA by scFv for HER2(+) breast cancer therapy.

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    Jiang, Kuo; Li, Jia; Yin, Jipeng; Ma, Qiong; Yan, Bo; Zhang, Xiang; Wang, Lei; Wang, Lifeng; Liu, Tao; Zhang, Yinglong; Fan, Qingyu; Yang, Angang; Qiu, Xiuchun; Ma, Baoan

    2015-08-01

    Therapeutics based on short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have great potential to treat human diseases. However, the clinical application of siRNAs has been limited by their poor intracellular uptake, low serum stability, and inability to target specific cells. In this study, we addressed this lack of specificity by synthesizing a molecularly targeted CXCR4-siRNA (CXCR4si) for the treatment of HER2(+) breast cancers using a HER2-scFv-arginine nonamer peptide fusion protein (e23sFv-9R) as an siRNA carrier. The e23sFv-9R binding siRNA is able to specifically deliver the siRNA to HER2(+) breast cancer cells and concentrate and persist in orthotopic HER2(+) breast cancer xenografts for at least 36 h. CXCR4si delivered by e23sFv-9R inhibited CXCR4 gene expression, reduced proliferation and metastasis and induced apoptosis in the HER2(+) breast cancer BT-474 cell line in vitro. Moreover, the systemic delivery of CXCR4si by e23sFv-9R is able to suppress tumor growth, reduce metastasis and prolong survival in mice bearing HER2(+) xenografts. This approach causes no systemic toxicity and does not activate the innate immune response, suggesting that a fusion protein carrying CXCR4si shows promise in the treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer. PMID:25956853

  5. siRNA targeting PLK-1 induces apoptosis of synoviocytes in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Wada, Makoto; Kawahito, Yutaka . E-mail: kawahity@koto.kpu-m.ac.jp; Kimura, Shinya; Kohno, Masataka; Ishino, Hidetaka; Kimura, Mizuho; Omoto, Atsushi; Yamamoto, Aihiro; Hamaguchi, Masahide; Tsubouchi, Yasunori; Tokunaga, Daisaku; Hojo, Tatsuya; Ashihara, Eishi; Maekawa, Taira; Yoshikawa, Toshikazu

    2007-06-01

    Polo-like kinase-1 (PLK-1) is a member of the PLK family and participates in the control of cell mitosis. Here, we show that immunoreactive PLK-1 is strongly expressed in synoviocytes and some infiltrative mononuclear cells in synovial tissues from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), while patients with osteoarthritis and injury show little or no expression of PLK-1 in synovial tissues. Western blot analysis shows that PLK is expressed and its expression is enhanced by IL-1{beta} in RA synoviocytes. IL-1{beta} also enhanced the cell growth of RA synoviocytes. Moreover, siRNA targeted against PLK-1 significantly decreases the expression of PLK-1 of RA synoviocytes stimulated by IL-1{beta} and suppresses the proliferation of these synoviocytes through apoptosis. These findings suggest that PLK-1 plays a critical role in the proliferation of RA synoviocytes leading to bone destruction, and siRNA against PLK-1 is potentially useful for the treatment of RA.

  6. Hypervelocity impact on carbon nanotube reinforced a-SiC composite targets: An atomistic simulation study

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    Makeev, Maxim; Srivastava, Deepak

    2007-03-01

    Atomistic simulation studies, employing the Tersoff many-body reactive potential, have been performed to investigate the hypersonic velocity impact protection properties of carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced a-SiC composites, for a diamond spherical projectile velocities ranging from 1 km/s to 20 km/s. The scaling relations and analytical forms are derived to describe the penetration depth as a function of the velocity and radius of the projectile. A theoretical framework has been developed to describe the penetration depth behavior in the case of impact of hard projectile on hard target material. The atomistic simulation results are found to compare well with the obtained analytical forms. The effects of diamond nanoparticle impact on the a-SiC composites, with CNTs aligned parallel and perpendicular to the impact direction, caused by impact induced shock absorption and damage creation, will be described in this presentation.

  7. Systemic delivery of siRNA by hyaluronan-functionalized calcium phosphate nanoparticles for tumor-targeted therapy

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    Qiu, Chong; Wei, Wei; Sun, Jing; Zhang, Hai-Tao; Ding, Jing-Song; Wang, Jian-Cheng; Zhang, Qiang

    2016-06-01

    In this study, hyaluronan (HA)-functionalized calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs) were developed for an injectable and targetable delivery of siRNA, which were prepared by coating the alendronate-hyaluronan graft polymer (AHA) around the surface of calcium phosphate-siRNA co-precipitates. The prepared CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs had a uniform spherical core-shell morphology with an approximate size of 170 nm and zeta potential of -12 mV. The coating of hydrophilic HA improved the physical stability of nanoparticles over one month due to the strong interactions between phosphonate and calcium. In vitro experiments demonstrated that the negatively charged CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs could effectively deliver EGFR-targeted siRNA into A549 cells through CD44-mediated endocytosis and significantly down-regulate the level of EGFR expression. Also, the internalized CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs exhibited a pH-responsive release of siRNA, indicating that the acidification of lysosomes probably facilitated the disassembling of nanoparticles and the resultant ions sharply increased the inner osmotic pressure and thus expedited the release of siRNA from late lysosomes into the cytoplasm. Furthermore, in vivo tumor therapy demonstrated that high accumulation of CaP-AHA/siEGFR NPs in tumor led to a significant tumor growth inhibition with a specific EGFR gene silencing effect after intravenous administration in nude mice xenografted with A549 tumor, along with a negligible body weight loss. These results suggested that the CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs could be an effective and safe systemic siRNA delivery system for a RNAi-based tumor targeted therapy strategy.In this study, hyaluronan (HA)-functionalized calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs) were developed for an injectable and targetable delivery of siRNA, which were prepared by coating the alendronate-hyaluronan graft polymer (AHA) around the surface of calcium phosphate-siRNA co-precipitates. The prepared CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs had a uniform

  8. Systemic delivery of siRNA by hyaluronan-functionalized calcium phosphate nanoparticles for tumor-targeted therapy.

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    Qiu, Chong; Wei, Wei; Sun, Jing; Zhang, Hai-Tao; Ding, Jing-Song; Wang, Jian-Cheng; Zhang, Qiang

    2016-07-14

    In this study, hyaluronan (HA)-functionalized calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs) were developed for an injectable and targetable delivery of siRNA, which were prepared by coating the alendronate-hyaluronan graft polymer (AHA) around the surface of calcium phosphate-siRNA co-precipitates. The prepared CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs had a uniform spherical core-shell morphology with an approximate size of 170 nm and zeta potential of -12 mV. The coating of hydrophilic HA improved the physical stability of nanoparticles over one month due to the strong interactions between phosphonate and calcium. In vitro experiments demonstrated that the negatively charged CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs could effectively deliver EGFR-targeted siRNA into A549 cells through CD44-mediated endocytosis and significantly down-regulate the level of EGFR expression. Also, the internalized CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs exhibited a pH-responsive release of siRNA, indicating that the acidification of lysosomes probably facilitated the disassembling of nanoparticles and the resultant ions sharply increased the inner osmotic pressure and thus expedited the release of siRNA from late lysosomes into the cytoplasm. Furthermore, in vivo tumor therapy demonstrated that high accumulation of CaP-AHA/siEGFR NPs in tumor led to a significant tumor growth inhibition with a specific EGFR gene silencing effect after intravenous administration in nude mice xenografted with A549 tumor, along with a negligible body weight loss. These results suggested that the CaP-AHA/siRNA NPs could be an effective and safe systemic siRNA delivery system for a RNAi-based tumor targeted therapy strategy. PMID:27314204

  9. Optimizations of siRNA design for the activation of gene transcription by targeting the TATA-box motif.

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    Fan, Miaomiao; Zhang, Yijun; Huang, Zhuoqiong; Liu, Jun; Guo, Xuemin; Zhang, Hui; Luo, Haihua

    2014-01-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are widely used to repress gene expression by targeting mRNAs. Some reports reveal that siRNAs can also activate or inhibit gene expression through targeting the gene promoters. Our group has found that microRNAs (miRNAs) could activate gene transcription via interaction with the TATA-box motif in gene promoters. To investigate whether siRNA targeting the same region could upregulate the promoter activity, we test the activating efficiency of siRNAs targeting the TATA-box motif of 16 genes and perform a systematic analysis to identify the common features of the functional siRNAs for effective activation of gene promoters. Further, we try various modifications to improve the activating efficiency of siRNAs and find that it is quite useful to design the promoter-targeting activating siRNA by following several rules such as (a) complementary to the TATA-box-centered region; (b) UA usage at the first two bases of the antisense strand; (c) twenty-three nucleotides (nts) in length; (d) 2'-O-Methyl (2'-OMe) modification at the 3' terminus of the antisense strand; (e) avoiding mismatches at the 3' end of the antisense strand. The optimized activating siRNAs potently enhance the expression of interleukin-2 (IL-2) gene in human and mouse primary CD4+ T cells with a long-time effect. Taken together, our study provides a guideline for rational design the promoter-targeting siRNA to sequence-specifically enhance gene expression.

  10. Ultrasmooth, highly spherical monocrystalline gold particles for precision plasmonics.

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    Lee, You-Jin; Schade, Nicholas B; Sun, Li; Fan, Jonathan A; Bae, Doo Ri; Mariscal, Marcelo M; Lee, Gaehang; Capasso, Federico; Sacanna, Stefano; Manoharan, Vinothan N; Yi, Gi-Ra

    2013-12-23

    Ultrasmooth, highly spherical monocrystalline gold particles were prepared by a cyclic process of slow growth followed by slow chemical etching, which selectively removes edges and vertices. The etching process effectively makes the surface tension isotropic, so that spheres are favored under quasi-static conditions. It is scalable up to particle sizes of 200 nm or more. The resulting spherical crystals display uniform scattering spectra and consistent optical coupling at small separations, even showing Fano-like resonances in small clusters. The high monodispersity of the particles we demonstrate should facilitate the self-assembly of nanoparticle clusters with uniform optical resonances, which could in turn be used to fabricate optical metafluids. Narrow size distributions are required to control not only the spectral features but also the morphology and yield of clusters in certain assembly schemes.

  11. Highly stable resistive switching on monocrystalline ZnO

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    Shih, Andy; Zhou, Wendi; Qiu, Julia; Yang, Han-Jen; Chen, Shuyi; Mi, Zetian; Shih, Ishiang

    2010-03-01

    We report on the achievement of planar memristive devices on monocrystalline ZnO substrates using Ti/Al and Pt/Au contacts with dimensions of 100 × 100 µm2 and spacings of ~ 60 µm. Effects of both thermal and electro-forming processes on the switching characteristics are investigated. It is observed that the thermally formed devices exhibit an extremely large ROFF/RON value of ~ 20 000. The electrically formed devices, on the other hand, demonstrate an exceptional switching stability, with ROFF/RON variations of < 2% for durations of over 105 s and more than 1800 switching cycles. The dependence of the switching characteristics on the formation processes, as well as the metal electrodes, could be explained by an oxygen vacancy formation/annihilation and migration model.

  12. Loss analysis of back-contact back-junction thin-film monocrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Haase, F.; Eidelloth, S.; Horbelt, R.; Bothe, K.; Garralaga Rojas, E.; Brendel, R.

    2011-12-01

    We investigate power losses in back-contact back-junction monocrystalline thin-film silicon solar cells fabricated using the porous silicon layer transfer process. Our loss analysis combines two-dimensional finite element modeling and resistance network simulations. The input parameters of the finite element modeling are determined experimentally by measuring saturation current densities and sheet resistances on test samples prepared identically to the solar cells. Characteristic solar cell parameters such as short circuit current, open circuit voltage, fill factor, and efficiency of measured and network simulated current voltage characteristics investigated in this study match within an uncertainty of 5%. Free energy loss analysis serves as comparison of all losses in units of power per area at the maximum power point. The largest loss is bulk recombination due to a carrier lifetime of 2 μs in the epitaxial Si layer. Further significant losses result from recombination at the base contacts characterized by a diode saturation current density of 50 000 fA cm-2 as well as resistive losses due to lateral majority carrier current flows within the solar cell base and contact resistance losses.

  13. Multifunctional, self-assembling anionic peptide-lipid nanocomplexes for targeted siRNA delivery.

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    Tagalakis, Aristides D; Lee, Do Hyang D; Bienemann, Alison S; Zhou, Haiyan; Munye, Mustafa M; Saraiva, Luisa; McCarthy, David; Du, Zixiu; Vink, Conrad A; Maeshima, Ruhina; White, Edward A; Gustafsson, Kenth; Hart, Stephen L

    2014-09-01

    Formulations of cationic liposomes and polymers readily self-assemble by electrostatic interactions with siRNA to form cationic nanoparticles which achieve efficient transfection and silencing in vitro. However, the utility of cationic formulations in vivo is limited due to rapid clearance from the circulation, due to their association with serum proteins, as well as systemic and cellular toxicity. These problems may be overcome with anionic formulations but they provide challenges of self-assembly and transfection efficiency. We have developed anionic, siRNA nanocomplexes utilizing anionic PEGylated liposomes and cationic targeting peptides that overcome these problems. Biophysical measurements indicated that at optimal ratios of components, anionic PEGylated nanocomplexes formed spherical particles and that, unlike cationic nanocomplexes, were resistant to aggregation in the presence of serum, and achieved significant gene silencing although their non-PEGylated anionic counterparts were less efficient. We have evaluated the utility of anionic nanoparticles for the treatment of neuronal diseases by administration to rat brains of siRNA to BACE1, a key enzyme involved in the formation of amyloid plaques. Silencing of BACE1 was achieved in vivo following a single injection of anionic nanoparticles by convection enhanced delivery and specificity of RNA interference verified by 5' RACE-PCR and Western blot analysis of protein.

  14. Co-delivery of doxorubicin and siRNA using octreotide-conjugated gold nanorods for targeted neuroendocrine cancer therapy

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    Xiao, Yuling; Jaskula-Sztul, Renata; Javadi, Alireza; Xu, Wenjin; Eide, Jacob; Dammalapati, Ajitha; Kunnimalaiyaan, Muthusamy; Chen, Herbert; Gong, Shaoqin

    2012-10-01

    A multifunctional gold (Au) nanorod (NR)-based nanocarrier capable of co-delivering small interfering RNA (siRNA) against achaete-scute complex-like 1 (ASCL1) and an anticancer drug (doxorubicin (DOX)) specifically to neuroendocrine (NE) cancer cells was developed and characterized for combined chemotherapy and siRNA-mediated gene silencing. The Au NR was conjugated with (1) DOX, an anticancer drug, via a pH-labile hydrazone linkage to enable pH-controlled drug release, (2) polyarginine, a cationic polymer for complexing siRNA, and (3) octreotide (OCT), a tumor-targeting ligand, to specifically target NE cancer cells with overexpressed somatostatin receptors. The Au NR-based nanocarriers exhibited a uniform size distribution as well as pH-sensitive drug release. The OCT-conjugated Au NR-based nanocarriers (Au-DOX-OCT, targeted) exhibited a much higher cellular uptake in a human carcinoid cell line (BON cells) than non-targeted Au NR-based nanocarriers (Au-DOX) as measured by both flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Moreover, Au-DOX-OCT-ASCL1 siRNA (Au-DOX-OCT complexed with ASCL1 siRNA) resulted in significantly higher gene silencing in NE cancer cells than Au-DOX-ASCL1 siRNA (non-targeted Au-DOX complexed with ASCL1 siRNA) as measured by an immunoblot analysis. Additionally, Au-DOX-OCT-ASCL1 siRNA was the most efficient nanocarrier at altering the NE phenotype of NE cancer cells and showed the strongest anti-proliferative effect. Thus, combined chemotherapy and RNA silencing using NE tumor-targeting Au NR-based nanocarriers could potentially enhance the therapeutic outcomes in treating NE cancers.A multifunctional gold (Au) nanorod (NR)-based nanocarrier capable of co-delivering small interfering RNA (siRNA) against achaete-scute complex-like 1 (ASCL1) and an anticancer drug (doxorubicin (DOX)) specifically to neuroendocrine (NE) cancer cells was developed and characterized for combined chemotherapy and siRNA-mediated gene silencing. The

  15. Cell-type Specific Aptamer and Aptamer-siRNA Conjugates for Targeted HIV-1 Therapy

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    Zhou, Jiehua; Rossi, John

    2014-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a chronic and incurable disease of the human immune system. As the standard of care for the patients with HIV-1, current highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) has been therapeutically effective in the majority of patients; however, it is not curative, and HAART is intolerable due to server side effects. Therefore, nucleic acid-based therapeutics, such as antisense oligonucleotide, ribozyme, mRNA, RNAi-based therapeutics, aptamer, etc., have been actively developed as alternative or adjuvant agents for those chemical antiviral drugs in order to surmount those drawbacks. The combinatorial use of various antiviral nucleic acids could be more efficacious in blocking viral replication and preventing the emergence of resistant variants. In this regard, RNA interference (RNAi) can function as a gene-specific therapeutic option for controlling HIV-1 replication. Another type of therapeutic nucleic acid – aptamers – shows promise as a new and potent class of anti-HIV agent and can additionally function as a cell-type-specific delivery vehicle for targeted RNAi. The combined use of small interfering RNA (siRNAs) and aptamers could effectively block viral replication and prevent the emergence of resistant variants. The present review offers a brief overview of the use of cell-type specific aptamer and aptamer-siRNA conjugates development in our group for the treatment of HIV-1. Their potentials for targeted delivering RNAi therapeutics (e.g. siRNA) and suppressing HIV-1 replication in vitro and in humanized animal model will be highlighted here. PMID:25118114

  16. Selective silencing of gene target expression by siRNA expression plasmids in human cervical cancer cells.

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    Peralta-Zaragoza, Oscar; De-la-O-Gómez, Faustino; Deas, Jessica; Fernández-Tilapa, Gloria; Fierros-Zárate, Geny Del Socorro; Gómez-Cerón, Claudia; Burguete-García, Ana; Torres-Poveda, Kirvis; Bermúdez-Morales, Victor Hugo; Rodríguez-Dorantes, Mauricio; Pérez-Plasencia, Carlos; Madrid-Marina, Vicente

    2015-01-01

    RNA interference is a natural mechanism to silence post-transcriptional gene expression in eukaryotic cells in which microRNAs act to cleave or halt the translation of target mRNAs at specific target sequences. Mature microRNAs, 19-25 nucleotides in length, mediate their effect at the mRNA level by inhibiting translation, or inducing cleavage of the mRNA target. This process is directed by the degree of complementary nucleotides between the microRNAs and the target mRNA; perfect complementary base pairing induces cleavage of mRNA, whereas several mismatches lead to translational arrest. Biological effects of microRNAs can be manipulated through the use of small interference RNAs (siRNAs) generated by chemical synthesis, or by cloning in molecular vectors. The cloning of a DNA insert in a molecular vector that will be transcribed into the corresponding siRNAs is an approach that has been developed using siRNA expression plasmids. These vectors contain DNA inserts designed with software to generate highly efficient siRNAs which will assemble into RNA-induced silencing complexes (RISC), and silence the target mRNA. In addition, the DNA inserts may be contained in cloning cassettes, and introduced in other molecular vectors. In this chapter we describe an attractive technology platform to silence cellular gene expression using specific siRNA expression plasmids, and evaluate its biological effect on target gene expression in human cervical cancer cells. PMID:25348304

  17. Delivery of kinesin spindle protein targeting siRNA in solid lipid nanoparticles to cellular models of tumor vasculature

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    Ying, Bo; Campbell, Robert B.

    2014-04-04

    Highlights: • siRNA-lipid nanoparticles are solid particles not lipid bilayers with aqueous core. • High, but not low, PEG content can prevent nanoparticle encapsulation of siRNA. • PEG reduces cellular toxicity of cationic nanoparticles in vitro. • PEG reduces zeta potential while improving gene silencing of siRNA nanoparticles. • Kinesin spindle protein can be an effective target for tumor vascular targeting. - Abstract: The ideal siRNA delivery system should selectively deliver the construct to the target cell, avoid enzymatic degradation, and evade uptake by phagocytes. In the present study, we evaluated the importance of polyethylene glycol (PEG) on lipid-based carrier systems for encapsulating, and delivering, siRNA to tumor vessels using cellular models. Lipid nanoparticles containing different percentage of PEG were evaluated based on their physical chemical properties, density compared to water, siRNA encapsulation, toxicity, targeting efficiency and gene silencing in vitro. siRNA can be efficiently loaded into lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) when DOTAP is included in the formulation mixture. However, the total amount encapsulated decreased with increase in PEG content. In the presence of siRNA, the final formulations contained a mixed population of particles based on density. The major population which contains the majority of siRNA exhibited a density of 4% glucose, and the minor fraction associated with a decreased amount of siRNA had a density less than PBS. The inclusion of 10 mol% PEG resulted in a greater amount of siRNA associated with the minor fraction. Finally, when kinesin spindle protein (KSP) siRNA was encapsulated in lipid nanoparticles containing a modest amount of PEG, the proliferation of endothelial cells was inhibited due to the efficient knock down of KSP mRNA. The presence of siRNA resulted in the formation of solid lipid nanoparticles when prepared using the thin film and hydration method. LNPs with a relatively modest amount of

  18. Mitochondria apoptosis pathway synergistically activated by hierarchical targeted nanoparticles co-delivering siRNA and lonidamine.

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    Zhang, Bing-Feng; Xing, Lei; Cui, Peng-Fei; Wang, Feng-Zhen; Xie, Rong-Lin; Zhang, Jia-Liang; Zhang, Mei; He, Yu-Jing; Lyu, Jin-Yuan; Qiao, Jian-Bin; Chen, Bao-An; Jiang, Hu-Lin

    2015-08-01

    The mitochondria-mediated apoptosis pathway is an effective option for cancer therapy due to the presence of cell-suicide weapons in mitochondria. However, anti-apoptotic proteins that are over-expressed in the mitochondria of many malignant tumors, such as Bcl-2 protein, could allow the cancer cells to evade apoptosis, greatly reducing the efficacy of this type of chemotherapy. Here, we constructed a hierarchical targeted delivery system that can deliver siRNA and chemotherapeutic agents sequentially to tumor cells and mitochondria. In detail, the copolymer TPP-CP-LND (TCPL) was synthesized by the mitochondria-targeting ligand triphenylphosphine (TPP) and therapeutic drug lonidamine (LND) conjugated to the polyethyleneimine in chitosan-graft-PEI (CP), and then complexed with siRNA. Followed, the complexes were coated with poly(acrylic acid)-polyethylene glycol-folic acid (PPF) copolymer to form a hierarchical targeted co-delivery system (TCPL/siRNA/PPF NPs). The TCPL/siRNA/PPF NPs had a neutral surface charge, were stable in plasma and exhibited pH-responsive shell separation. Remarkably, the TCPL/siRNA/PPF NPs simultaneously released siBcl-2 into the cytoplasm and delivered LND to mitochondria in the same cancer cell after FA-directed internalization, and even synergistically activated mitochondria apoptosis pathway. This work demonstrated the potential of RNA-interference and mitochondria-targeted chemotherapeutics to collaboratively stimulate the mitochondria apoptosis pathway for cancer therapy.

  19. siRNA as a tool to improve the treatment of brain diseases: Mechanism, targets and delivery.

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    Gomes, Maria João; Martins, Susana; Sarmento, Bruno

    2015-05-01

    As the population ages, brain pathologies such as neurodegenerative diseases and brain cancer increase their incidence, being the need to find successful treatments of upmost importance. Drug delivery to the central nervous system (CNS) is required in order to reach diseases causes and treat them. However, biological barriers, mainly blood-brain barrier (BBB), are the key obstacles that prevent the effectiveness of possible treatments due to their ability to strongly limit the perfusion of compounds into the brain. Over the past decades, new approaches towards overcoming BBB and its efflux transporters had been proposed. One of these approaches here reviewed is through small interfering RNA (siRNA), which is capable to specifically target one gene and silence it in a post-transcriptional way. There are different possible functional proteins at the BBB, as the ones responsible for transport or just for its tightness, which could be a siRNA target. As important as the effective silence is the way to delivery siRNA to its anatomical site of action. This is where nanotechnology-based systems may help, by protecting siRNA circulation and providing cell/tissue-targeting and intracellular siRNA delivery. After an initial overview on incidence of brain diseases and basic features of the CNS, BBB and its efflux pumps, this review focuses on recent strategies to reach brain based on siRNA, and how to specifically target these approaches in order to treat brain diseases.

  20. In Silico Design and Experimental Validation of siRNAs Targeting Conserved Regions of Multiple Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes.

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    ElHefnawi, Mahmoud; Kim, TaeKyu; Kamar, Mona A; Min, Saehong; Hassan, Nafisa M; El-Ahwany, Eman; Kim, Heeyoung; Zada, Suher; Amer, Marwa; Windisch, Marc P

    2016-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is a post-transcriptional gene silencing mechanism that mediates the sequence-specific degradation of targeted RNA and thus provides a tremendous opportunity for development of oligonucleotide-based drugs. Here, we report on the design and validation of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting highly conserved regions of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome. To aim for therapeutic applications by optimizing the RNAi efficacy and reducing potential side effects, we considered different factors such as target RNA variations, thermodynamics and accessibility of the siRNA and target RNA, and off-target effects. This aim was achieved using an in silico design and selection protocol complemented by an automated MysiRNA-Designer pipeline. The protocol included the design and filtration of siRNAs targeting highly conserved and accessible regions within the HCV internal ribosome entry site, and adjacent core sequences of the viral genome with high-ranking efficacy scores. Off-target analysis excluded siRNAs with potential binding to human mRNAs. Under this strict selection process, two siRNAs (HCV353 and HCV258) were selected based on their predicted high specificity and potency. These siRNAs were tested for antiviral efficacy in HCV genotype 1 and 2 replicon cell lines. Both in silico-designed siRNAs efficiently inhibited HCV RNA replication, even at low concentrations and for short exposure times (24h); they also exceeded the antiviral potencies of reference siRNAs targeting HCV. Furthermore, HCV353 and HCV258 siRNAs also inhibited replication of patient-derived HCV genotype 4 isolates in infected Huh-7 cells. Prolonged treatment of HCV replicon cells with HCV353 did not result in the appearance of escape mutant viruses. Taken together, these results reveal the accuracy and strength of our integrated siRNA design and selection protocols. These protocols could be used to design highly potent and specific RNAi-based therapeutic oligonucleotide

  1. In Silico Design and Experimental Validation of siRNAs Targeting Conserved Regions of Multiple Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes

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    ElHefnawi, Mahmoud; Kim, TaeKyu; Kamar, Mona A.; Min, Saehong; Hassan, Nafisa M.; El-Ahwany, Eman; Kim, Heeyoung; Zada, Suher; Amer, Marwa; Windisch, Marc P.

    2016-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is a post-transcriptional gene silencing mechanism that mediates the sequence-specific degradation of targeted RNA and thus provides a tremendous opportunity for development of oligonucleotide-based drugs. Here, we report on the design and validation of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting highly conserved regions of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome. To aim for therapeutic applications by optimizing the RNAi efficacy and reducing potential side effects, we considered different factors such as target RNA variations, thermodynamics and accessibility of the siRNA and target RNA, and off-target effects. This aim was achieved using an in silico design and selection protocol complemented by an automated MysiRNA-Designer pipeline. The protocol included the design and filtration of siRNAs targeting highly conserved and accessible regions within the HCV internal ribosome entry site, and adjacent core sequences of the viral genome with high-ranking efficacy scores. Off-target analysis excluded siRNAs with potential binding to human mRNAs. Under this strict selection process, two siRNAs (HCV353 and HCV258) were selected based on their predicted high specificity and potency. These siRNAs were tested for antiviral efficacy in HCV genotype 1 and 2 replicon cell lines. Both in silico-designed siRNAs efficiently inhibited HCV RNA replication, even at low concentrations and for short exposure times (24h); they also exceeded the antiviral potencies of reference siRNAs targeting HCV. Furthermore, HCV353 and HCV258 siRNAs also inhibited replication of patient-derived HCV genotype 4 isolates in infected Huh-7 cells. Prolonged treatment of HCV replicon cells with HCV353 did not result in the appearance of escape mutant viruses. Taken together, these results reveal the accuracy and strength of our integrated siRNA design and selection protocols. These protocols could be used to design highly potent and specific RNAi-based therapeutic oligonucleotide

  2. Functionally Enhanced siRNA Targeting TNFα Attenuates DSS-induced Colitis and TLR-mediated Immunostimulation in Mice

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    Ocampo, Sandra M; Romero, Carolina; Aviñó, Anna; Burgueño, Joan; Gassull, Miguel A; Bermúdez, Jordi; Eritja, Ramon; Fernandez, Ester; Perales, Jose C

    2012-01-01

    Tumor necrosis factor (TNFα) is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although TNFα has been extensively targeted using systemic drugs, the use of antisense and small interfering RNA (siRNA) to drive down its expression at the site of inflammation should provide important advantages. In this study, native and chemically modified siRNA against TNFα was developed and characterized using a murine model of IBD. siRNA with 2′-O-methyl and propanediol modifications (siTNF-OMe-P) were resistant to nuclease degradation and provided better silencing efficacy in vitro as compared to unmodified siRNA. Every modification reduced nonspecific Toll-like receptor (TLR)-mediated immunomodulation in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) cells. Intrarectal administration of siTNF-OMe-P significantly ameliorated the clinical endpoints and histopathological severity in 5% dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-treated mice as compared to unmodified and other chemically modified siRNAs. Differential gene expression assessed in siTNF-OMe-P-treated animals correlated with improved colon integrity and reduced TLR activation as compared to all treatment groups. All in all, this study demonstrates that propanediol and 2′-O-methyl modifications have profound functional consequences for siRNA efficacy in vivo. Consequently, this strategy has potential implications for therapeutic intervention in IBD and other diseases. PMID:22044934

  3. Delivery of siRNA using ternary complexes containing branched cationic peptides: the role of peptide sequence, branching and targeting.

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    Kudsiova, Laila; Welser, Katharina; Campbell, Frederick; Mohammadi, Atefeh; Dawson, Natalie; Cui, Lili; Hailes, Helen C; Lawrence, M Jayne; Tabor, Alethea B

    2016-03-01

    Ternary nanocomplexes, composed of bifunctional cationic peptides, lipids and siRNA, as delivery vehicles for siRNA have been investigated. The study is the first to determine the optimal sequence and architecture of the bifunctional cationic peptide used for siRNA packaging and delivery using lipopolyplexes. Specifically three series of cationic peptides of differing sequence, degrees of branching and cell-targeting sequences were co-formulated with siRNA and vesicles prepared from a 1 : 1 molar ratio of the cationic lipid DOTMA and the helper lipid, DOPE. The level of siRNA knockdown achieved in the human alveolar cell line, A549-luc cells, in both reduced serum and in serum supplemented media was evaluated, and the results correlated to the nanocomplex structure (established using a range of physico-chemical tools, namely small angle neutron scattering, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and zeta potential measurement); the conformational properties of each component (circular dichroism); the degree of protection of the siRNA in the lipopolyplex (using gel shift assays) and to the cellular uptake, localisation and toxicity of the nanocomplexes (confocal microscopy). Although the size, charge, structure and stability of the various lipopolyplexes were broadly similar, it was clear that lipopolyplexes formulated from branched peptides containing His-Lys sequences perform best as siRNA delivery agents in serum, with protection of the siRNA in serum balanced against efficient release of the siRNA into the cytoplasm of the cell.

  4. Development of Pre-Clinical Models for Evaluating the Therapeutic Potential of Candidate siRNA Targeting STAT6

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    Healey, Gareth D.; Lockridge, Jennifer A.; Zinnen, Shawn; Hopkin, Julian M.; Richards, Ivan; Walker, William

    2014-01-01

    Developing siRNA therapeutics poses technical challenges including appropriate molecular design and testing in suitable pre-clinical models. We previously detailed sequence-selection and modification strategies for siRNA candidates targeting STAT6. Here, we describe methodology that evaluates the suitability of candidate siRNA for respiratory administration. Chemically-modified siRNA exhibited similar inhibitory activity (IC50) against STAT6 in vitro compared to unmodified siRNA and apical exposure testing with Caco-2 cell monolayers showed modification was not associated with cellular toxicity. Use of a modified RNA extraction protocol improved the sensitivity of a PCR-based bio-analytical assay (lower limit of siRNA strand quantification  =  0.01 pg/µl) which was used to demonstrate that lung distribution profiles for both siRNAs were similar following intra-tracheal administration. However, after 6 hours, modified siRNA was detected in lung tissue at concentrations >1000-fold higher than unmodified siRNA. Evaluation in a rat model of allergic inflammation confirmed the persistence of modified siRNA in vivo, which was detectable in broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, BAL cells and lung tissue samples, 72 hours after dosing. Based upon the concept of respiratory allergy as a single airway disease, we considered nasal delivery as a route for respiratory targeting, evaluating an intra-nasal exposure model that involved simple dosing followed by fine dissection of the nasal cavity. Notably, endogenous STAT6 expression was invariant throughout the nasal cavities and modified siRNA persisted for at least 3 days after administration. Coupled with our previous findings showing upregulated expression of inflammatory markers in nasal samples from asthmatics, these findings support the potential of intranasal siRNA delivery. In summary, we demonstrate the successful chemical modification of STAT6 targeting siRNA, which enhanced bio-availability without cellular

  5. Neuron-Targeted Nanoparticle for siRNA Delivery to Traumatic Brain Injuries.

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    Kwon, Ester J; Skalak, Matthew; Lo Bu, Riana; Bhatia, Sangeeta N

    2016-08-23

    Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect 2.5 million Americans per year, and survivors of TBI can develop long-term impairments in physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functions. Currently, there are no treatments available to stop the long-term effects of TBI. Although the primary injury can only be prevented, there is an opportunity for intervention during the secondary injury, which persists over the course of hours to years after the initial injury. One promising strategy is to modulate destructive pathways using nucleic acid therapeutics, which can downregulate "undruggable" targets considered difficult to inhibit with small molecules; however, the delivery of these materials to the central nervous system is challenging. We engineered a neuron-targeting nanoparticle which can mediate intracellular trafficking of siRNA cargo and achieve silencing of mRNA and protein levels in cultured cells. We hypothesized that, soon after an injury, nanoparticles in the bloodstream may be able to infiltrate brain tissue in the vicinity of areas with a compromised blood brain barrier (BBB). We find that, when administered systemically into animals with brain injuries, neuron-targeted nanoparticles can accumulate into the tissue adjacent to the injured site and downregulate a therapeutic candidate. PMID:27429164

  6. Orally delivered thioketal nanoparticles loaded with TNF-α-siRNA target inflammation and inhibit gene expression in the intestines

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    Wilson, D. Scott; Dalmasso, Guillaume; Wang, Lixin; Sitaraman, Shanthi V.; Merlin, Didier; Murthy, Niren

    2010-11-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) directed against proinflammatory cytokines have the potential to treat numerous diseases associated with intestinal inflammation; however, the side-effects caused by the systemic depletion of cytokines demands that the delivery of cytokine-targeted siRNAs be localized to diseased intestinal tissues. Although various delivery vehicles have been developed to orally deliver therapeutics to intestinal tissue, none of these strategies has demonstrated the ability to protect siRNA from the harsh environment of the gastrointestinal tract and target its delivery to inflamed intestinal tissue. Here, we present a delivery vehicle for siRNA, termed thioketal nanoparticles (TKNs), that can localize orally delivered siRNA to sites of intestinal inflammation, and thus inhibit gene expression in inflamed intestinal tissue. TKNs are formulated from a polymer, poly-(1,4-phenyleneacetone dimethylene thioketal), that degrades selectively in response to reactive oxygen species (ROS). Therefore, when delivered orally, TKNs release siRNA in response to the abnormally high levels of ROS specific to sites of intestinal inflammation. Using a murine model of ulcerative colitis, we demonstrate that orally administered TKNs loaded with siRNA against the proinflammatory cytokine tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) diminish TNF-α messenger RNA levels in the colon and protect mice from ulcerative colitis.

  7. siRNA screen identifies QPCT as a druggable target for Huntington's disease.

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    Jimenez-Sanchez, Maria; Lam, Wun; Hannus, Michael; Sönnichsen, Birte; Imarisio, Sara; Fleming, Angeleen; Tarditi, Alessia; Menzies, Fiona; Ed Dami, Teresa; Xu, Catherine; Gonzalez-Couto, Eduardo; Lazzeroni, Giulia; Heitz, Freddy; Diamanti, Daniela; Massai, Luisa; Satagopam, Venkata P; Marconi, Guido; Caramelli, Chiara; Nencini, Arianna; Andreini, Matteo; Sardone, Gian Luca; Caradonna, Nicola P; Porcari, Valentina; Scali, Carla; Schneider, Reinhard; Pollio, Giuseppe; O'Kane, Cahir J; Caricasole, Andrea; Rubinsztein, David C

    2015-05-01

    Huntington's disease (HD) is a currently incurable neurodegenerative condition caused by an abnormally expanded polyglutamine tract in huntingtin (HTT). We identified new modifiers of mutant HTT toxicity by performing a large-scale 'druggable genome' siRNA screen in human cultured cells, followed by hit validation in Drosophila. We focused on glutaminyl cyclase (QPCT), which had one of the strongest effects on mutant HTT-induced toxicity and aggregation in the cell-based siRNA screen and also rescued these phenotypes in Drosophila. We found that QPCT inhibition induced the levels of the molecular chaperone αB-crystallin and reduced the aggregation of diverse proteins. We generated new QPCT inhibitors using in silico methods followed by in vitro screening, which rescued the HD-related phenotypes in cell, Drosophila and zebrafish HD models. Our data reveal a new HD druggable target affecting mutant HTT aggregation and provide proof of principle for a discovery pipeline from druggable genome screen to drug development. PMID:25848931

  8. siRNA screen identifies QPCT as a druggable target for Huntington’s disease

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    Jimenez-Sanchez, Maria; Lam, Wun; Tarditi, Alessia; Menzies, Fiona; Dami, Teresa Ed; Xu, Catherine; Gonzalez-Couto, Eduardo; Lazzeroni, Giulia; Heitz, Freddy; Diamanti, Daniela; Massai, Luisa; Satagopam, Venkata P.; Marconi, Guido; Caramelli, Chiara; Nencini, Arianna; Andreini, Matteo; Sardone, Gian Luca; Caradonna, Nicola P.; Porcari, Valentina; Scali, Carla; Schneider, Reinhard; Pollio, Giuseppe; O’Kane, Cahir J.; Caricasole, Andrea; Rubinsztein, David C.

    2015-01-01

    Huntington’s disease (HD) is a currently incurable neurodegenerative condition caused by an abnormally expanded polyglutamine tract in huntingtin (HTT). We identified novel modifiers of mutant HTT toxicity by performing a large-scale “druggable genome” siRNA screen in human cultured cells, followed by hit validation in Drosophila. We focused on glutaminyl cyclase (QPCT), which had one of the strongest effects on mutant HTT-induced toxicity and aggregation in the cell-based siRNA screen, and which also rescued these phenotypes in Drosophila. We found that QPCT inhibition induced the levels of the molecular chaperone alpha B-crystallin and reduced the aggregation of diverse proteins. We generated novel QPCT inhibitors using in silico methods followed by in vitro screens, which rescued the HD-related phenotypes in cell, Drosophila and zebrafish HD models. Our data reveal a novel HD druggable target affecting mutant huntingtin aggregation, and provide proof-of-principle for a discovery pipeline from druggable genome screen to drug development. PMID:25848931

  9. Non-Condensing Polymeric Nanoparticles for Targeted Gene and siRNA Delivery

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    Xu, Jing; Ganesh, Shanthi; Amiji, Mansoor

    2011-01-01

    Gene therapy has shown a tremendous potential to benefit patients in a variety of disease conditions. However, finding a safe and effective systemic delivery system is the major obstacle in this area. Although viral vectors showed promise for high transfection rate, the immunogenicity associated with these systems has hindered further development. As an alternative to viral gene delivery, this review focuses on application of novel safe and effective non-condensing polymeric systems that have shown high transgene expression when administered systemically or by the oral route. Type B gelatin-based engineered nanocarriers were evaluated for passive and active tumor-targeted delivery and transfection using both reporter and therapeutic plasmid DNA. Additionally, we have shown that nanoparticles-in-microsphere oral system (NiMOS) can efficiently deliver reporter and therapeutic gene constructs in the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, there has been a significant recent interest in the use small interfering RNA (siRNA) as a therapeutic system for gene silencing. Both gelatin nanoparticles and NiMOS have shown activity in systemic and oral delivery of siRNA, respectively. PMID:21621597

  10. Monocrystalline silicon gradiometer for gravity experiments in space

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    Richard, Jean-Paul

    1987-01-01

    A very important research effort has been made in the last decade in the field of high precision measurement with laser instrumentation. The development of a space borne gradiometer operating at a high sensitivity level using laser measurement of the distance between proof mass over a short base line of order one meter is discussed. Two aspects of laser technology make it a promising tool for gradiometry measurements: quantum limited accuracy and absolute distance measurements. The quantum limit associated with laser instrumentation was formulated. The relevant quantum and classical sources of errors in laser measurements were reviewed and corresponding laser performance requirements for gradient measurements were evaluated. Some mechanical quality factor measurements were made on simple resonant monocrystalline silicon suspensions. It was discovered that the use of zero derivative restoring forces to position the gradiometer test masses will dramatically reduce the gradiometer temperature control requirements. A laser beam side injection scheme was discovered which permits rejection of common mode accelerations. These concepts are briefly discussed.

  11. Iron-Oxide-Based Nanovector for Tumor Targeted siRNA Delivery in an Orthotopic Hepatocellular Carcinoma Xenograft Mouse Model.

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    Wang, Kui; Kievit, Forrest M; Sham, Jonathan G; Jeon, Mike; Stephen, Zachary R; Bakthavatsalam, Arvind; Park, James O; Zhang, Miqin

    2016-01-27

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the deadliest cancers worldwide. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) holds promise as a new class of therapeutics for HCC, as it can achieve sequence-specific gene knockdown with low cytotoxicity. However, the main challenge in the clinical application of siRNA lies in the lack of effective delivery approaches that need to be highly specific and thus incur low or no systemic toxicity. Here, a nonviral nanoparticle-based gene carrier is presented that can specifically deliver siRNA to HCC. The nanovector (NP-siRNA-GPC3 Ab) is made of an iron oxide core coated with chitosan-polyethylene glycol (PEG) grafted polyethyleneimine copolymer, which is further functionalized with siRNA and conjugated with a monoclonal antibody (Ab) against human glypican-3 (GPC3) receptor highly expressed in HCC. A rat RH7777 HCC cell line that coexpresses human GPC3 and firefly luciferase (Luc) is established to evaluate the nanovector. The nanoparticle-mediated delivery of siRNA against Luc effectively suppresses Luc expression in vitro without notable cytotoxicity. Significantly, NP-siLuc-GPC3 Ab administered intravenously in an orthotopic model of HCC is able to specifically bound to tumor and induce remarkable inhibition of Luc expression. The findings demonstrate the potential of using this nanovector for targeted delivery of therapeutic siRNA to HCC.

  12. Discovery of novel peptides targeting pro-atherogenic endothelium in disturbed flow regions -Targeted siRNA delivery to pro-atherogenic endothelium in vivo

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    Chung, Jihwa; Shim, Hyunbo; Kim, Kwanchang; Lee, Duhwan; Kim, Won Jong; Kang, Dong Hoon; Kang, Sang Won; Jo, Hanjoong; Kwon, Kihwan

    2016-01-01

    Atherosclerosis occurs preferentially in arterial regions exposed to disturbed blood flow. Targeting these pro-atherogenic regions is a potential anti-atherogenic therapeutic approach, but it has been extremely challenging. Here, using in vivo phage display approach and the partial carotid ligation model of flow-induced atherosclerosis in mouse, we identified novel peptides that specifically bind to endothelial cells (ECs) exposed to disturbed flow condition in pro-atherogenic regions. Two peptides, CLIRRTSIC and CPRRSHPIC, selectively bound to arterial ECs exposed to disturbed flow not only in the partially ligated carotids but also in the lesser curvature and branching point of the aortic arch in mice as well as human pulmonary artery branches. Peptides were conjugated to branched polyethylenimine-polyethylene glycol polymer to generate polyplexes carrying siRNA targeting intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (siICAM-1). In mouse model, CLIRRTSIC polyplexes carrying si-ICAM-1 specifically bound to endothelium in disturbed flow regions, reducing endothelial ICAM-1 expression. Mass spectrometry analysis revealed that non-muscle myosin heavy chain II A (NMHC IIA) is a protein targeted by CLIRRTSIC peptide. Further studies showed that shear stress regulates NMHC IIA expression and localization in ECs. The CLIRRTSIC is a novel peptide that could be used for targeted delivery of therapeutics such as siRNAs to pro-atherogenic endothelium. PMID:27173134

  13. A screen of chemical modifications identifies position-specific modification by UNA to most potently reduce siRNA off-target effects

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    Bramsen, Jesper B.; Pakula, Malgorzata M.; Hansen, Thomas B.; Bus, Claus; Langkjær, Niels; Odadzic, Dalibor; Smicius, Romualdas; Wengel, Suzy L.; Chattopadhyaya, Jyoti; Engels, Joachim W.; Herdewijn, Piet; Wengel, Jesper; Kjems, Jørgen

    2010-01-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are now established as the preferred tool to inhibit gene function in mammalian cells yet trigger unintended gene silencing due to their inherent miRNA-like behavior. Such off-target effects are primarily mediated by the sequence-specific interaction between the siRNA seed regions (position 2–8 of either siRNA strand counting from the 5′-end) and complementary sequences in the 3′UTR of (off-) targets. It was previously shown that chemical modification of siRNAs can reduce off-targeting but only very few modifications have been tested leaving more to be identified. Here we developed a luciferase reporter-based assay suitable to monitor siRNA off-targeting in a high throughput manner using stable cell lines. We investigated the impact of chemically modifying single nucleotide positions within the siRNA seed on siRNA function and off-targeting using 10 different types of chemical modifications, three different target sequences and three siRNA concentrations. We found several differently modified siRNAs to exercise reduced off-targeting yet incorporation of the strongly destabilizing unlocked nucleic acid (UNA) modification into position 7 of the siRNA most potently reduced off-targeting for all tested sequences. Notably, such position-specific destabilization of siRNA–target interactions did not significantly reduce siRNA potency and is therefore well suited for future siRNA designs especially for applications in vivo where siRNA concentrations, expectedly, will be low. PMID:20453030

  14. Targeted polymersome delivery of siRNA induces cell death of breast cancer cells dependent upon Orai3 protein expression.

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    Pangburn, Todd O; Georgiou, Katerina; Bates, Frank S; Kokkoli, Efrosini

    2012-09-01

    Polymersomes, polymeric vesicles that self-assemble in aqueous solutions from block copolymers, have been avidly investigated in recent years as potential drug delivery agents. Past work has highlighted peptide-functionalized polymersomes as a highly promising targeted delivery system. However, few reports have investigated the ability of polymersomes to operate as gene delivery agents. In this study, we report on the encapsulation and delivery of siRNA inside of peptide-functionalized polymersomes composed of poly(1,2-butadiene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide). In particular, PR_b peptide-functionalized polymer vesicles are shown to be a promising system for siRNA delivery. PR_b is a fibronectin mimetic peptide targeting specifically the α(5)β(1) integrin. The Orai3 gene was targeted for siRNA knockdown, and PR_b-functionalized polymer vesicles encapsulating siRNA were found to specifically decrease cell viability of T47D breast cancer cells to a certain extent, while preserving viability of noncancerous MCF10A breast cells. siRNA delivery by PR_b-functionalized polymer vesicles was compared to that of a current commercial siRNA transfection agent, and produced less dramatic decreases in cancer cell viability, but compared favorably in regards to the relative toxicity of the delivery systems. Finally, delivery and vesicle release of a fluorescent encapsulate by PR_b-functionalized polymer vesicles was visualized by confocal microscopy, and colocalization with cellular endosomes and lysosomes was assessed by organelle staining. Polymersomes were observed to primarily release their encapsulate in the early endosomal intracellular compartments, and data may suggest some escape to the cytosol. These results represent a promising first generation model system for targeted delivery of siRNA.

  15. Post-Transcriptional Regulation of the GASC1 Oncogene with Active Tumor-Targeted siRNA-Nanoparticles.

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    Movassaghian, Sara; Xie, Yuran; Hildebrandt, Claudia; Rosati, Rayna; Li, Ying; Kim, Na Hyung; Conti, Denise S; da Rocha, Sandro R P; Yang, Zeng-Quan; Merkel, Olivia M

    2016-08-01

    Basal-like breast cancer (BLBC) accounts for the most aggressive types of breast cancer, marked by high rates of relapse and poor prognoses and with no effective clinical therapy yet. Therefore, investigation of new targets and treatment strategies is more than necessary. Here, we identified a receptor that can be targeted in BLBC for efficient and specific siRNA mediated gene knockdown of therapeutically relevant genes such as the histone demethylase GASC1, which is involved in multiple signaling pathways leading to tumorigenesis. Breast cancer and healthy breast cell lines were compared regarding transferrin receptor (TfR) expression via flow cytometry and transferrin binding assays. Nanobioconjugates made of low molecular weight polyethylenimine (LMW-PEI) and transferrin (Tf) were synthesized to contain a bioreducible disulfide bond. siRNA complexation was characterized by condensation assays and dynamic light scattering. Cytotoxicity, transfection efficiency, and the targeting specificity of the conjugates were investigated in TfR positive and negative healthy breast and breast cancer cell lines by flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, RT-PCR, and Western blot. Breast cancer cell lines revealed a significantly higher TfR expression than healthy breast cells. The conjugates efficiently condensed siRNA into particles with 45 nm size at low polymer concentrations, showed no apparent toxicity on different breast cancer cell lines, and had significantly greater transfection and gene knockdown activity on mRNA and protein levels than PEI/siRNA leading to targeted and therapeutic growth inhibition post GASC1 knockdown. The synthesized nanobioconjugates improved the efficiency of gene transfer and targeting specificity in transferrin receptor positive cells but not in cells with basal receptor expression. Therefore, these materials in combination with our newly identified siRNA sequences are promising candidates for therapeutic targeting of hard-to-treat BLBC and are

  16. Targeting Fungal Genes by Diced siRNAs: A Rapid Tool to Decipher Gene Function in Aspergillus nidulans

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    Kalleda, Natarajaswamy; Naorem, Aruna; Manchikatla, Rajam V.

    2013-01-01

    Background Gene silencing triggered by chemically synthesized small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) has become a powerful tool for deciphering gene function in many eukaryotes. However, prediction and validation of a single siRNA duplex specific to a target gene is often ineffective. RNA interference (RNAi) with synthetic siRNA suffers from lower silencing efficacy, off-target effects and is cost-intensive, especially for functional genomic studies. With the explosion of fungal genomic information, there is an increasing need to analyze gene function in a rapid manner. Therefore, studies were performed in order to investigate the efficacy of gene silencing induced by RNase III-diced-siRNAs (d-siRNA) in model filamentous fungus, Aspergillus nidulans. Methodology/Principal Findings Stable expression of heterologous reporter gene in A. nidulans eases the examination of a new RNAi-induction route. Hence, we have optimized Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation (AMT) of A. nidulans for stable expression of sGFP gene. This study demonstrates that the reporter GFP gene stably introduced into A. nidulans can be effectively silenced by treatment of GFP-d-siRNAs. We have shown the down-regulation of two endogenous genes, AnrasA and AnrasB of A. nidulans by d-siRNAs. We have also elucidated the function of an uncharacterized Ras homolog, rasB gene, which was found to be involved in hyphal growth and development. Further, silencing potency of d-siRNA was higher as compared to synthetic siRNA duplex, targeting AnrasA. Silencing was shown to be sequence-specific, since expression profiles of other closely related Ras family genes in d-siRNA treated AnrasA and AnrasB silenced lines exhibited no change in gene expression. Conclusions/Significance We have developed and applied a fast, specific and efficient gene silencing approach for elucidating gene function in A. nidulans using d-siRNAs. We have also optimized an efficient AMT in A. nidulans, which is useful for stable

  17. High-density fluids and the growth of monocrystalline diamonds

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    Weiss, Y.; Kiflawi, I.; Davies, N.; Navon, O.

    2014-09-01

    The chemical nature and composition of the growth medium of monocrystalline (MC) diamonds is still a matter of debate, partially because carbonate-bearing high-density fluids (HDFs) that are common in fibrous diamonds have not been found in MC diamonds. Here we report the first finding of HDF microinclusions in a MC octahedral diamond from Finsch, South Africa and in the MC octahedral core of a coated diamond from Kankan, Guinea; both diamonds carry nitrogen in B-centers. Numerous microinclusions in diamond Finsch_2a_cap1 are restricted to two thin layers parallel to the (1 1 1) face, ∼20 and 200 μm from the diamond rim. Low-Mg carbonatitic HDFs are found along the inner layer while the outer layer trapped saline compositions. The major and trace element compositions of the inclusions and their infrared spectra are highly similar to those of microinclusions found in fibrous diamonds. A few isolated microinclusions of saline compositions are scattered around a sulfide inclusion in the center of the octahedral core of diamond ON-KAN-383. This evidence for the involvement of oxidized fluids in the formation of MC diamonds adds to previous reports on the antiquity of HDFs in fibrous diamonds, the presence of carbonate and halide phases in inclusions in MC diamonds and the similarity of trace element pattern of a MC diamond to those of low-Mg carbonatitic HDF in fibrous diamonds. In addition, we show that the interaction of HDFs with depleted garnets can produce sinusoidal REE patterns which are one of the primary features of lherzolitic and harzburgitic garnet inclusions in MC diamonds. Together, these observations suggest that HDFs are involved in the formation of many types of diamonds from the Archaean to the Phanerozoic. HDFs are trapped in large quantities during rapid, fibrous growth, but must also be present during the growth of many MC diamonds.

  18. Trilayer micelles for combination delivery of rapamycin and siRNA targeting Y-box binding protein-1 (siYB-1)

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    Zeng, San; Xiong, May P.

    2013-01-01

    A three layer (trilayer) polymeric micelle system based on the self-association of the triblock polymer poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly{N-[N-(2-aminoethyl)-2-aminoethyl] aspartamide}-b-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEG-b-PAsp(DET)-b-PCL) has been synthesized and investigated for combination delivery of rapamycin (RAP) and siRNA targeting Y-box binding protein-1 (siYB-1). The trilayer micelle is composed of (a) a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) block constituting the outer layer to improve pharmacokinetics, (b) an intermediate compartment composed of the cationic poly{2-[(2-aminoethyl)amino] ethyl aspartamide} (PAsp(DET)) segment for interacting with siYB-1, and (c) an inner hydrophobic poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) compartment for encapsulation of RAP. A major advantage of this system is biocompatibility since PEG and PCL are both approved by the FDA, and PAsp(DET) is a non-toxic pH responsive cationic poly(amino acid)-based polymer. In this study, it has been shown that PCL can encapsulate RAP with high loading efficiencies, and PAsp(DET) can successfully interact with siRNA for efficient transfection/knockdown with negligible cytotoxicity. The enhanced therapeutic efficacy of RAP/ siYB-1 micelles was demonstrated in cell cultures and in a PC3 xenograft nude mouse model of human prostate cancer. Herein, we demonstrate that trilayer micelles are a promising approach to improve the simultaneous delivery of combination siRNA/drug therapies. PMID:23768780

  19. Thermal and magnetic dual-responsive liposomes with a cell-penetrating peptide-siRNA conjugate for enhanced and targeted cancer therapy.

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    Yang, Yanfang; Xie, Xiangyang; Xu, Xueqing; Xia, Xuejun; Wang, Hongliang; Li, Lin; Dong, Wujun; Ma, Panpan; Yang, Yang; Liu, Yuling; Mei, Xingguo

    2016-10-01

    Due to the absence of effective in vivo delivery systems, the employment of small interfering RNA (siRNA) in the clinic has been hindered. Here, we describe a novel siRNA targeting system that combines features of biological (cell-permeable peptides, CPPs) and physical (magnetic) siRNA targeting for use in magnetic hyperthermia-triggered release. A siRNA-CPPs conjugate (siRNA-CPPs) was loaded into thermal and magnetic dual-responsive liposomes (TML) (siRNA-CPPs/TML), and in vitro siRNA-CPPs thermosensitive release activity, targeted cellular uptake, gene silencing efficiency, in vivo targeted delivery and in vivo antitumor activity were determined. The results demonstrated that siRNA-CPPs/TML exhibited good physicochemical properties, effective cellular uptake, endosomal escape and a significant gene silencing efficiency in MCF-7 cells in vitro. Additionally, in the in vivo study, siRNA-CPPs/TML under an alternating current (AC) magnetic field displayed a superior in vivo targeted delivery efficacy, antitumor efficacy and gene silencing efficiency in a MCF-7 xenograft murine model. In conclusion, the application of siRNA-CPPs/TML under an AC magnetic field represents a new strategy for the selective and efficient delivery of siRNA. PMID:27429294

  20. Nanoindentation-induced phase transformation and structural deformation of monocrystalline germanium: a molecular dynamics simulation investigation

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    2013-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were conducted to study the nanoindentation of monocrystalline germanium. The path of phase transformation and distribution of transformed region on different crystallographic orientations were investigated. The results indicate the anisotropic behavior of monocrystalline germanium. The nanoindentation-induced phase transformation from diamond cubic structure to β-tin-Ge was found in the subsurface region beneath the tool when indented on the (010) plane, while direct amorphization was observed in the region right under the indenter when the germanium was loaded along the [101] and [111] directions. The transformed phases extend along the < 110 > slip direction of germanium. The depth and shape of the deformed layers after unloading are quite different according to the crystal orientation of the indentation plane. The study results suggest that phase transformation is the dominant mechanism of deformation of monocrystalline germanium film in nanoindentation. PMID:23947487

  1. A Coupled Meshless Technique/Molecular Dynamics Approach for Deformation Characterization of Mono-crystalline Metal

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    Gu, Y. T.; Yarlagadda, Prasad K. D. V.

    2010-05-21

    This paper presents a multiscale study using the coupled Meshless technique/Molecular Dynamics (M{sup 2}) for exploring the deformation mechanism of mono-crystalline metal (focus on copper) under uniaxial tension. In M{sup 2}, an advanced transition algorithm using transition particles is employed to ensure the compatibility of both displacements and their gradients, and an effective local quasi-continuum approach is also applied to obtain the equivalent continuum strain energy density based on the atomistic potentials and Cauchy-Born rule. The key parameters used in M{sup 2} are firstly investigated using a benchmark problem. Then, M{sup 2} is applied to the multiscale simulation for a mono-crystalline copper bar. It has found that the mono-crystalline copper has very good elongation property, and the ultimate strength and Young's modulus are much higher than those obtained in macro-scale.

  2. Targeting the Blind Spot of Polycationic Nanocarrier-Based siRNA Delivery

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    Zheng, Mengyao; Pavan, Giovanni M.; Neeb, Manuel; Schaper, Andreas K.; Danani, Andrea; Klebe, Gerhard; Merkel, Olivia M.; Kissel, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Polycationic nanocarriers attract increasing attention to the field of siRNA delivery. We investigated the self-assembly of siRNA vs pDNA with polycations, which are broadly used for nonviral gene and siRNA delivery. Although polyethyleneimine (PEI) was routinely adopted as siRNA carrier based on its efficacy in delivering pDNA, it has not been investigated yet why PEI efficiently delivers pDNA to cells but is controversially discussed in terms of efficacy for siRNA delivery. We are the first to investigate the self-assembly of PEI/siRNA vs PEI/pDNA and the steps of complexation and aggregation through different levels of hierarchy on the atomic and molecular scale with the novel synergistic use of molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulation, isothermal titration calorimetry, and other characterization techniques. We are also the fist to elucidate atomic interactions, size, shape, stoichiometry, and association dynamics for polyplexes containing siRNA vs pDNA. Our investigation highlights differences in the hierarchical mechanism of formation of related polycation–siRNA and polycation–pDNA complexes. The results of fluorescence quenching assays indicated a biphasic behavior of siRNA binding with polycations where molecular reorganization of the siRNA within the polycations occurred at lower N/P ratios (nitrogen/phosphorus). Our results, for the first time, emphasize a biphasic behavior in siRNA complexation and the importance of low N/P ratios, which allow for excellent siRNA delivery efficiency. Our investigation highlights the formulation of siRNA complexes from a thermodynamic point of view and opens new perspectives to advance the rational design of new siRNA delivery systems. PMID:23036046

  3. Tumor responsive targeted multifunctional nanosystems for cancer imaging, chemo- and siRNA therapy

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    Savla, Ronak

    Cancer is one of the most insidious diseases. Compromising of over 100 different types and sharing the unifying factors of uncontrolled growth and metastasis, unmet clinical needs in terms of cancer diagnosis and treatment continue to exist. It is widely accepted that most forms of cancer are treatable or even curable if detected before widespread metastasis occurs. Nearly a quarter of deaths in the United States is the result of cancer and it only trails heart disease in terms of annual mortality. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are the primary treatment modalities for cancer. Research in these procedures has resulted in substantial benefits for cancer patients, but there is still room for an improvement. However, a time has been reached at which it appears that the benefits from these modalities have been reached the maximum. Therefore, it is vital to develop new strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The field of nanotechnology is concerned with structures in the nanometer size range and holds the potential to drastically impact and improve the lives of patients suffering from cancer. Not only can nanotechnology improve current methods of diagnosis and treatment, it has a possibility of introducing newer and better modalities. The overall purpose of this work is to develop novel nanotechnology-based methodologies for the diagnosis and treatment of various forms of cancers. The first aim of the project is the development of a multifunctional targeted nanosystem for the delivery of siRNA to overcome drug resistance. The second aspect is the synthesis of a quantum dot-based delivery system that releases drug in response to pH changes. The third aim is the development of a targeted, tumor environment responsive magnetic resonance nanoparticle contrast agent coupled with a nanoparticle-based treatment.

  4. Delivery of siRNAs to Dendritic Cells Using DEC205-Targeted Lipid Nanoparticles to Inhibit Immune Responses

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    Katakowski, Joseph A; Mukherjee, Gayatri; Wilner, Samantha E; Maier, Keith E; Harrison, Michael Travis; DiLorenzo, Teresa P; Levy, Matthew; Palliser, Deborah

    2016-01-01

    Due to their ability to knock down the expression of any gene, siRNAs have been heralded as ideal candidates for treating a wide variety of diseases, including those involving “undruggable” targets. However, the therapeutic potential of siRNAs remains severely limited by a lack of effective delivery vehicles. Recently, lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) containing ionizable cationic lipids have been developed for hepatic siRNA delivery. However, their suitability for delivery to other cell types has not been determined. We have modified LNPs for preferential targeting to dendritic cells (DCs), central regulators of immune responses. To achieve directed delivery, we coated LNPs with a single-chain antibody (scFv; DEC-LNPs), specific to murine DEC205, which is highly expressed on distinct DC subsets. Here we show that injection of siRNAs encapsulated in DEC-LNPs are preferentially delivered to DEC205+ DCs. Gene knockdown following uptake of DEC-LNPs containing siRNAs specific for the costimulatory molecules CD40, CD80, and CD86 dramatically decreases gene expression levels. We demonstrate the functionality of this knockdown with a mixed lymphocyte response (MLR). Overall, we report that injection of LNPs modified to restrict their uptake to a distinct cell population can confer profound gene knockdown, sufficient to inhibit powerful immune responses like the MLR. PMID:26412590

  5. pH-Sensitive siRNA nanovector for targeted gene silencing and cytotoxic effect in cancer cells.

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    Mok, Hyejung; Veiseh, Omid; Fang, Chen; Kievit, Forrest M; Wang, Freddy Y; Park, James O; Zhang, Miqin

    2010-12-01

    A small interfering RNA (siRNA) nanovector with dual targeting specificity and dual therapeutic effect is developed for targeted cancer imaging and therapy. The nanovector is composed of an iron oxide magnetic nanoparticle core coated with three different functional molecules: polyethyleneimine (PEI), siRNA, and chlorotoxin (CTX). The primary amine group of PEI is blocked with citraconic anhydride that is removable at acidic conditions, not only to increase its biocompatibility at physiological conditions but also to elicit a pH-sensitive cytotoxic effect in the acidic tumor microenvironment. The PEI is covalently immobilized on the nanovector via a disulfide linkage that is cleavable after cellular internalization of the nanovector. CTX as a tumor-specific targeting ligand and siRNA as a therapeutic payload are conjugated on the nanovector via a flexible and hydrophilic PEG linker for targeted gene silencing in cancer cells. With a size of ∼60 nm, the nanovector exhibits long-term stability and good magnetic property for magnetic resonance imaging. The multifunctional nanovector exhibits both significant cytotoxic and gene silencing effects at acidic pH conditions for C6 glioma cells, but not at physiological pH conditions. Our results suggest that this nanovector system could be safely used as a potential therapeutic agent for targeted treatment of glioma as well as other cancers.

  6. Analysis of the siRNA-Mediated Gene Silencing Process Targeting Three Homologous Genes Controlling Soybean Seed Oil Quality.

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    Lu, Sha; Yin, Xiaoyan; Spollen, William; Zhang, Ning; Xu, Dong; Schoelz, James; Bilyeu, Kristin; Zhang, Zhanyuan J

    2015-01-01

    In the past decade, RNA silencing has gained significant attention because of its success in genomic scale research and also in the genetic improvement of crop plants. However, little is known about the molecular basis of siRNA processing in association with its target transcript. To reveal this process for improving hpRNA-mediated gene silencing in crop plants, the soybean GmFAD3 gene family was chosen as a test model. We analyzed RNAi mutant soybean lines in which three members of the GmFAD3 gene family were silenced. The silencing levels of FAD3A, FAD3B and FAD3C were correlated with the degrees of sequence homology between the inverted repeat of hpRNA and the GmFAD3 transcripts in the RNAi lines. Strikingly, transgenes in two of the three RNAi lines were heavily methylated, leading to a dramatic reduction of hpRNA-derived siRNAs. Small RNAs corresponding to the loop portion of the hairpin transcript were detected while much lower levels of siRNAs were found outside of the target region. siRNAs generated from the 318-bp inverted repeat were found to be diced much more frequently at stem sequences close to the loop and associated with the inferred cleavage sites on the target transcripts, manifesting "hot spots". The top candidate hpRNA-derived siRNA share certain sequence features with mature miRNA. This is the first comprehensive and detailed study revealing the siRNA-mediated gene silencing mechanism in crop plants using gene family GmFAD3 as a test model.

  7. Targeted exosome-mediated delivery of opioid receptor Mu siRNA for the treatment of morphine relapse

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    Liu, Yuchen; Li, Dameng; Liu, Zhengya; Zhou, Yu; Chu, Danping; Li, Xihan; Jiang, Xiaohong; Hou, Dongxia; Chen, Xi; Chen, Yuda; Yang, Zhanzhao; Jin, Ling; Jiang, Waner; Tian, Chenfei; Zhou, Geyu; Zen, Ke; Zhang, Junfeng; Zhang, Yujing; Li, Jing; Zhang, Chen-Yu

    2015-01-01

    Cell-derived exosomes have been demonstrated to be efficient carriers of small RNAs to neighbouring or distant cells, highlighting the preponderance of exosomes as carriers for gene therapy over other artificial delivery tools. In the present study, we employed modified exosomes expressing the neuron-specific rabies viral glycoprotein (RVG) peptide on the membrane surface to deliver opioid receptor mu (MOR) siRNA into the brain to treat morphine addiction. We found that MOR siRNA could be efficiently packaged into RVG exosomes and was associated with argonaute 2 (AGO2) in exosomes. These exosomes efficiently and specifically delivered MOR siRNA into Neuro2A cells and the mouse brain. Functionally, siRNA-loaded RVG exosomes significantly reduced MOR mRNA and protein levels. Surprisingly, MOR siRNA delivered by the RVG exosomes strongly inhibited morphine relapse via the down-regulation of MOR expression levels. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that targeted RVG exosomes can efficiently transfer siRNA to the central nervous system and mediate the treatment of morphine relapse by down-regulating MOR expression levels. Our study provides a brand new strategy to treat drug relapse and diseases of the central nervous system. PMID:26633001

  8. Synthetic siRNAs effectively target cystein protease 12 and α-actinin transcripts in Trichomonas vaginalis.

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    Ravaee, Roya; Ebadi, Parimah; Hatam, Gholamreza; Vafafar, Arghavan; Ghahramani Seno, Mohammad Mahdi

    2015-10-01

    The flagellated protozoan Trichomonas vaginalis (T. vaginalis) causes trichomoniasis, a reproductive tract infection, in humans. Trichomoniasis is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted disease worldwide. In addition to direct consequences such as infertility and abortion, there are indications that trichomoniasis favours development of prostate cancer and it has also been associated with increased risk of spreading human immunodeficiency virus and papillomavirus infections. Reports from around the world show that the rate of drug resistance in T. vaginalis is increasing, and therefore new therapeutic approaches have to be developed. Studying molecular biology of T. vaginalis will be quite helpful in identifying new drugable targets. RNAi is a powerful technique which allows biologist to specifically target gene products (i.e. mRNA) helping them in unravelling gene functions and biology of systems. However, due to lack of some parts of the required intrinsic RNAi machinery, the RNAi system is not functional in all orders of life. Here, by using synthetic siRNAs targeting two genes, i.e. α-actinin and cystein protease 12 (cp12), we demonstrate T. vaginalis cells are amenable to RNAi experiments conducted by extrinsic siRNAs. Electroporation of siRNAs targeting α-actinin or cp12 into T. vaginalis cells resulted in, respectively, 48-67% and 33-72% downregulation of the cognate transcripts compared to the T. vaginalis cells received siRNAs targeting GL2 luciferase as a control. This finding is helpful in that it demonstrates the potential of using extrinsically induced RNAi in studies on molecular biology of T. vaginalis such as those aiming at identifying new drug targets.

  9. Functionalized silicon quantum dots tailored for targeted siRNA delivery

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    Klein, S.; Zolk, O.; Fromm, M.F.; Schroedl, F.; Kryschi, C.

    2009-09-11

    For RNA interference (RNAi) mediated silencing of the ABCB1 gene in Caco-2 cells biocompatible luminescent silicon quantum dots (SiQDs) were developed to serve as self-tracking transfection tool for ABCB1 siRNA. While the 2-3 nm sized SiQD core exhibits green luminescence, the QD surfaces are completely saturated with covalently linked 2-vinylpyridine that may electrostatically bind siRNA. For down-regulating P-glycoprotein (Pgp) expression of the ABCB1 gene the SiQDs were complexed with siRNA. The cellular uptake and allocation of SiQD-siRNA complexes in Caco-2 cells were monitored using confocal laser scanning microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The release of siRNA to the cytoplasm was verified through real-time PCR quantification of the reduced ABCB1 mRNA level. Additional evidence was obtained from time-resolved in situ fluorescence spectroscopic monitoring of the Pgp efflux dynamics in transfected Caco-2 cells which yielded significantly reduced transporter efficiencies for the Pgp substrate Rhodamine 123.

  10. Surface Properties of SiC Layer Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) with Helicon Sputtering Molecular Beam Source

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    Kakuta, Akira; Moronuki, Nobuyuki; Furukawa, Yuji

    Although there have been some attempts to produce a monocrystalline silicon carbide (SiC) flat surface, the surface properties, such as surface roughness, have not satisfied the required specifications. In this study, we apply a helicon sputtering device to molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to improve those properties. The helicon sputtering device was used as a molecular beam source for generating a Si molecular beam, where the electric field caused by the helicon coil supplied energy to the sputtered Si molecules. The amount of energy was controlled by the electric power applied to the coil. High-purity acetylene gas was used as the carbon (C) molecular beam source. The substrate was a monocrystalline (111) Si wafer. With the increase of the electric power, that is, the supply of high energy to molecules, the roughness of the surface was improved. A uniform mirror surface of monocrystalline SiC was produced over the entire substrate with a roughness of 1nm (Ra) order.

  11. Improvement of therapeutic efficacy of PLGA nanoformulation of siRNA targeting anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 through chitosan coating.

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    Jagani, Hitesh Vitthalbhai; Josyula, Venkata Rao; Palanimuthu, Vasanth Raj; Hariharapura, Raghu Chandrashekar; Gang, Sagar Shantimal

    2013-03-12

    Potential use of siRNA as therapeutic agent has elicited a great deal of interest. However, insufficient cellular uptake and poor stability limited its application in therapeutics. In our earlier study, we prepared PLGA nanoparticles for effective delivery of siRNA targeting Bcl-2 gene to block its expression. Purpose of the present study was to improve effectiveness of PLGA nanoformulation of siRNA targeting anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 gene through chitosan coating. We prepared chitosan coated PLGA nanoparticles by using the double emulsion solvent diffusion (DESE) method. Characterization of prepared chitosan coated nanoformulation was done followed by cytotoxicity studies, expression studies and in vivo studies. Particle size of chitosan coated nanoparticles was found to be increased compared to PLGA nanoparticles from 244 to 319 nm. Surface charge of chitosan coated nanoparticles was found to be positive facilitating transfection of nanoformulation into cells. In vitro studies indicated increased transfection of nanoparticles resulting in effective silencing of Bcl-2. Marked apoptotic lesions were observed in nuclear staining studies. On comparison of the results from the present study with those of previous study, it was found that the extent of silencing of Bcl-2 gene by PLGA nanoformulation has improved significantly through chitosan coating. In vivo studies showed significant tumor regression in animals treated with chitosan coated PLGA nanoformulation of siRNA.

  12. Co-targeting EGFR and survivin with a bivalent aptamer-dual siRNA chimera effectively suppresses prostate cancer.

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    Liu, Hong Yan; Yu, Xiaolin; Liu, Haitao; Wu, Daqing; She, Jin-Xiong

    2016-01-01

    Current targeted therapies using small kinase inhibitors and antibodies have limited efficacy in treating prostate cancer (PCa), a leading cause of cancer death in American men. We have developed a novel strategy by engineering an RNA-based aptamer-siRNA chimera, in which a bivalent aptamer specifically binds prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) via an antibody-like structure to promote siRNA internalization in PCa cells, and two siRNAs specific to EGFR and survivin are fused between two aptamers. The chimera is able to inhibit EGFR and survivin simultaneously and induce apoptosis effectively in vitro and in vivo. In the C4-2 PCa xenograft model, the treatment with the chimera significantly suppresses tumor growth and angiogenesis. The inhibition of angiogenesis is mediated by an EGFR-HIF1α-VEGF-dependent mechanism. Our results support that the bivalent aptamer-driven delivery of two siRNAs could be a new combination therapeutic strategy to effectively inhibit multiple and conventionally "undruggable" targets. PMID:27456457

  13. Co-targeting EGFR and survivin with a bivalent aptamer-dual siRNA chimera effectively suppresses prostate cancer

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    Liu, Hong Yan; Yu, Xiaolin; Liu, Haitao; Wu, Daqing; She, Jin-Xiong

    2016-01-01

    Current targeted therapies using small kinase inhibitors and antibodies have limited efficacy in treating prostate cancer (PCa), a leading cause of cancer death in American men. We have developed a novel strategy by engineering an RNA-based aptamer-siRNA chimera, in which a bivalent aptamer specifically binds prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) via an antibody-like structure to promote siRNA internalization in PCa cells, and two siRNAs specific to EGFR and survivin are fused between two aptamers. The chimera is able to inhibit EGFR and survivin simultaneously and induce apoptosis effectively in vitro and in vivo. In the C4-2 PCa xenograft model, the treatment with the chimera significantly suppresses tumor growth and angiogenesis. The inhibition of angiogenesis is mediated by an EGFR-HIF1α-VEGF-dependent mechanism. Our results support that the bivalent aptamer-driven delivery of two siRNAs could be a new combination therapeutic strategy to effectively inhibit multiple and conventionally “undruggable” targets. PMID:27456457

  14. Co-targeting EGFR and survivin with a bivalent aptamer-dual siRNA chimera effectively suppresses prostate cancer.

    PubMed

    Liu, Hong Yan; Yu, Xiaolin; Liu, Haitao; Wu, Daqing; She, Jin-Xiong

    2016-07-26

    Current targeted therapies using small kinase inhibitors and antibodies have limited efficacy in treating prostate cancer (PCa), a leading cause of cancer death in American men. We have developed a novel strategy by engineering an RNA-based aptamer-siRNA chimera, in which a bivalent aptamer specifically binds prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) via an antibody-like structure to promote siRNA internalization in PCa cells, and two siRNAs specific to EGFR and survivin are fused between two aptamers. The chimera is able to inhibit EGFR and survivin simultaneously and induce apoptosis effectively in vitro and in vivo. In the C4-2 PCa xenograft model, the treatment with the chimera significantly suppresses tumor growth and angiogenesis. The inhibition of angiogenesis is mediated by an EGFR-HIF1α-VEGF-dependent mechanism. Our results support that the bivalent aptamer-driven delivery of two siRNAs could be a new combination therapeutic strategy to effectively inhibit multiple and conventionally "undruggable" targets.

  15. Inhibiting tumor growth by targeting liposomally encapsulated CDC20siRNA to tumor vasculature: therapeutic RNA interference.

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    Majumder, Poulami; Bhunia, Sukanya; Bhattacharyya, Jayanta; Chaudhuri, Arabinda

    2014-04-28

    Many cancer cells over express CDC20 (Cell Division Cycle homologue 20), a key cell cycle regulator required for the completion of mitosis in organisms from yeast to human. A recent in vitro study showed that specific knockdown of CDC20 expression using CDC20siRNA can significantly inhibit growth of human pancreatic carcinoma cells. However, preclinical study aimed at demonstrating therapeutic potential of CDC20siRNA in inhibiting tumor growth has just begun. Using a syngeneic C57BL/6J mouse tumor model, herein we show that intravenous administration of a 19bp synthetic CDC20siRNA encapsulated within α5β1 integrin receptor selective liposomes of pegylated RGDK-lipopeptide inhibits melanoma tumor growth. Liposomally encapsulated CDC20siRNA was found to be efficient in silencing the expression of CDC20 in tumor and endothelial cells at both mRNA and protein levels under in vitro settings. Findings in the flow cytometric studies confirmed the presence of significantly enhanced populations of the G2/M phase in cells treated with liposomally encapsulated CDC20siRNA. Immunohistochemical staining of tumor cryosections from mice treated with liposomally encapsulated fluorescently labeled siRNAs revealed tumor vasculatures targeting capabilities of the present liposomal formulations. The colocalizations of the TUNEL and VE-cadherin positive cells in tumor cryosections are consistent with tumor growth inhibition being mediated via apoptosis of the tumor endothelial cells. In summary, the presently disclosed liposomal formulation of CDC20siRNA is a promising RNA interference tool for use in anti-angiogenic cancer therapy. PMID:24556418

  16. siRNA delivery targeting to the lung via agglutination-induced accumulation and clearance of cationic tetraamino fullerene

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    Minami, Kosuke; Okamoto, Koji; Doi, Kent; Harano, Koji; Noiri, Eisei; Nakamura, Eiichi

    2014-05-01

    The efficient treatment of lung diseases requires lung-selective delivery of agents to the lung. However, lung-selective delivery is difficult because the accumulation of micrometer-sized carriers in the lung often induces inflammation and embolization-related toxicity. Here we demonstrate a lung-selective delivery system of small interfering RNA (siRNA) by controlling the size of carrier vehicle in blood vessels. The carrier is made of tetra(piperazino)fullerene epoxide (TPFE), a water-soluble cationic tetraamino fullerene. TPFE and siRNA form sub-micrometer-sized complexes in buffered solution and these complexes agglutinate further with plasma proteins in the bloodstream to form micrometer-sized particles. The agglutinate rapidly clogs the lung capillaries, releases the siRNA into lung cells to silence expression of target genes, and is then cleared rapidly from the lung after siRNA delivery. We applied our delivery system to an animal model of sepsis, indicating the potential of TPFE-based siRNA delivery for clinical applications.

  17. Evaluation of molten area in micro-welding of monocrystalline silicon and glass

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    Nordin, I. H. W.; Okamoto, Y.; Miyamoto, I.; Okada, A.

    2016-02-01

    Characteristics of the molten area in micro-welding of monocrystalline silicon and glass are described. In this study, 4 types of laser beam, which are nanosecond pulsed laser and picosecond pulsed laser of 532 nm and 1064 nm in wavelength were used for joining monocrystalline silicon and glass. Influence of wavelength and pulse duration on microwelding of monocrystalline silicon and glass was experimentally investigated under the same spot diameter, and the molten area of monocrystalline silicon and glass was characterized. A splash area of molten silicon with 532 nm wavelength was wider than that with 1064 nm in a nanosecond pulse laser. However, its splash area of molten silicon with 1064 nm changed drastically at certain pulse energy of 11 μJ in a nanosecond pulse laser. On the other hand, 12.5 ps pulsed laser still kept a stable molten area appearance even at pulse energy of 11 μJ. A splash area of molten silicon around the weld bead line was obvious in the nanosecond pulsed laser. On the other hand, there was no remarkable molten splash around the weld bead line in the picosecond pulsed laser. It is concluded that the combination of picosecond pulse duration and infrared wavelength leads to a stable molten area appearance of the weld bead.

  18. Effect of wavelength and pulse duration on laser micro-welding of monocrystalline silicon and glass

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    Nordin, I. H. W.; Okamoto, Y.; Okada, A.; Jiang, H.; Sakagawa, T.

    2016-04-01

    Micro-welding characteristics of silicon and glass by pulsed lasers are described. In this study, four types of laser beam, which are nanosecond pulsed laser and picosecond pulsed laser of 532 and 1064 nm in wavelength, were used for joining monocrystalline silicon and glass. Influence of wavelength and pulse duration on micro-welding of monocrystalline silicon and glass was experimentally investigated under the same spot diameter, and the molten area of monocrystalline silicon and glass was characterized. Finally, the breaking strength was evaluated for the overlap weld joint with different pulse duration and wavelength. A splash area of molten silicon around the weld bead line was obvious in the nanosecond pulsed laser. On the other hand, there was no remarkable molten splash around the weld bead line in the picosecond pulsed laser. Breaking strength of specimens with 1064 nm wavelength was higher than with 532 nm wavelength in nanosecond laser, whereas breaking strength of laser-irradiated specimen by picosecond pulse duration was higher than that by nanosecond pulse duration. It is concluded that the combination of picosecond pulse duration and infrared wavelength leads to the stable molten area appearance of the weld bead and higher breaking strength in micro-welding of glass and monocrystalline silicon.

  19. Brain tumor-targeted therapy by systemic delivery of siRNA with Transferrin receptor-mediated core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Wei, Lin; Guo, Xi-Ying; Yang, Ting; Yu, Min-Zhi; Chen, Da-Wei; Wang, Jian-Cheng

    2016-08-20

    Treatment of brain tumor remains a great challenge worldwide. Development of a stable, safe, and effective siRNA delivery system which is able to cross the impermeable blood-brain barrier (BBB) and target glioma cells is necessary. This study aims to investigate the therapeutic effects of intravenous administration of T7 peptide modified core-shell nanoparticles (named T7-LPC/siRNA NPs) on brain tumors. Layer-by-layer assembling of protamine/chondroitin sulfate/siRNA/cationic liposomes followed by T7 peptide modification has been carried out in order to obtain a targeted siRNA delivery system. In vitro cellular uptake experiments demonstrated a higher intracellular fluorescence intensity of siRNA in brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMVECs) and U87 glioma cells when treated with T7-LPC/siRNA NPs compared with PEG-LPC/siRNA NPs. In the co-culture model of BMVECs and U87 cells, a significant down-regulation of EGFR protein expression occurred in the U87 glioma cells after treatment with the T7-LPC/siEGFR NPs. Moreover, the T7-LPC/siRNA NPs had an advantage in penetrating into a deep region of the tumor spheroid compared with PEG-LPC/siRNA NPs. In vivo imaging revealed that T7-LPC/siRNA NPs accumulated more specifically in brain tumor tissues than the non-targeted NPs. Also, in vivo tumor therapy experiments demonstrated that the longest survival period along with the greatest downregulation of EGFR expression in tumor tissues was observed in mice with an intracranial U87 glioma treated with T7-LPC/siEGFR NPs compared with mice receiving other formulations. Therefore, we believe that these transferrin receptor-mediated core-shell nanoparticles are an important potential siRNA delivery system for brain tumor-targeted therapy.

  20. Co-delivery of VEGF and Bcl-2 dual-targeted siRNA polymer using a single nanoparticle for synergistic anti-cancer effects in vivo.

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    Lee, So Jin; Yook, Simmyung; Yhee, Ji Young; Yoon, Hong Yeol; Kim, Myung-Goo; Ku, Sook Hee; Kim, Sun Hwa; Park, Jae Hyung; Jeong, Ji Hoon; Kwon, Ick Chan; Lee, Seulki; Lee, Hyukjin; Kim, Kwangmeyung

    2015-12-28

    Cancer is a multifactorial disease which involves complex genetic mutation and dysregulation. Combinatorial RNAi technology and concurrent multiple gene silencing are expected to provide advanced strategies for effective cancer therapy, but a safe and effective carrier system is a prerequisite to successful siRNA delivery in vivo. We previously developed an effective tumor-targeting siRNA delivery system for in vivo application. In response to the success of this development, herein we present a dual-gene targeted siRNA and its delivery system, to achieve synergistic effects in cancer therapy. Two different sequences of siRNA were chemically modified to be randomly copolymerized in a single backbone of siRNA polymer (Dual-poly-siRNA), and the resulting Dual-poly-siRNA was incorporated into tumor-homing glycol chitosan nanoparticles. Based on the stability in serum and delivery in a tumor-targeted manner, intravenously administered Dual-poly-siRNA carrying glycol chitosan nanoparticles (Dual-NP) demonstrated successful dual-gene silencing in tumors. Notably, co-delivery of VEGF and Bcl-2 targeting siRNA led to more effective cancer therapy for convenient application.

  1. Estimation of the depth resolution of secondary ion mass spectrometry at the interface SiO2/Si

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    Kocanda, J.; Fesič, V.; Veselý, M.; Breza, J.; Kadlečíková, M.

    1995-08-01

    Similarities between the processes that occur during sputtering of monocrystalline Si by reactive O2+ primary ions and the interface SiO2/monocrystalline Si by noble gas ions (e.g., by Ar+) have motivated us to utilize the semiempirical model of P. C. Zalm and C. J. Vriezema [Nucl. Instrum. Methods B 67, 495 (1992)], modified later by M. Petravić, B. G. Svensson, and J. S. Williams [Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 278 (1993)] to calculate the decay length λb, as defined by J. B. Clegg [Surf. Interface Anal. 10, 322 (1987)], at the SiO2/Si interface. The measured and calculated results agree remarkably well. Inconsistency observed to be larger than 100% for glancing incidence angles confirms limitations of this model that were admitted already by its authors.

  2. Reduction of bilirubin by targeting human heme oxygenase-1 through siRNA.

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    Xia, Zhen-Wei; Li, Chun-E; Jin, You-Xin; Shi, Yi; Xu, Li-Qing; Zhong, Wen-Wei; Li, Yun-Zhu; Yu, Shan-Chang; Zhang, Zi-Li

    2007-04-01

    Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is a common clinical condition caused mainly by the increased production and decreased excretion of bilirubin. Current treatment is aimed at reducing the serum levels of bilirubin. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a rate-limiting enzyme that generates bilirubin. In this study we intended to suppress HO-1 using the RNA interference technique. Small interfering RNA (siRNA)-A, -B, and -C were designed based on human HO-1 (hHO-1) mRNA sequences. siRNA was transfected into a human hepatic cell line (HL-7702). hHO-1 transcription and protein levels were then determined. In addition, the inhibitory effect of siRNA on hHO-1 was assessed in cells treated with hemin or transfected with an hHO-1 plasmid. siRNA-C showed the most potent suppressive effect on hHO-1. This inhibition is dose and time dependent. Compared with control, both hemin and hHO-1 plasmids up-regulated hHO-1 expression in HL-7702 cells. However, the up-regulation was significantly attenuated by siRNA-C. Furthermore, the decrease in hHO-1 activity was coincident with the suppression of its transcription. Finally, siRNA-C was shown to reduce hHO-1 enzymatic activity and bilirubin levels. Thus, this study provides a novel therapeutic rationale by blocking bilirubin formation via siRNA for preventing and treating neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and bilirubin encephalopathy at an early clinical stage.

  3. Mechanism of formation of ultrashallow thermal donors in carbon-doped oxygen-rich monocrystalline silicon preannealed to introduce hydrogen

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    Hara, Akito; Awano, Teruyoshi

    2015-10-01

    We previously reported on ultrashallow thermal donors (USTDs) in carbon-doped oxygen-containing monocrystalline silicon (Czochralski-grown, CZ-Si) crystals that were preannealed to introduce hydrogen at 1300 °C, and then annealed at 480 °C. In this study, the formation mechanism of the USTDs was evaluated. It was observed that an increase in the intensity of UTSDs leads to a reduction in that of hydrogen-related shallow thermal donors [STD(H)s], and the sum of the area intensities of the lines in the transmission spectra of USTDs and STD(H)s is nearly constant when the silicon crystals are annealed for longer than 10 h at 480 °C. We also found some thermally activated processes linked to the formation of USTDs. We thus conclude that the mechanism is composed of the high-speed formation of STD(H)s in the first stage and carbon modulation of the electronic structure of STD(H)s in the second stage.

  4. Endo-siRNAs depend on a new isoform of loquacious and target artificially introduced, high-copy sequences.

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    Hartig, Julia Verena; Esslinger, Stephanie; Böttcher, Romy; Saito, Kuniaki; Förstemann, Klaus

    2009-10-01

    Colonization of genomes by a new selfish genetic element is detrimental to the host species and must lead to an efficient, repressive response. In vertebrates as well as in Drosophila, piRNAs repress transposons in the germ line, whereas endogenous siRNAs take on this role in somatic cells. We show that their biogenesis depends on a new isoform of the Drosophila TRBP homologue loquacious, which arises by alternative polyadenylation and is distinct from the one that functions during the biogenesis of miRNAs. For endo-siRNAs and piRNAs, it is unclear how an efficient response can be initiated de novo. Our experiments establish that the endo-siRNA pathway will target artificially introduced sequences without the need for a pre-existing template in the genome. This response is also triggered in transiently transfected cells, thus genomic integration is not essential. Deep sequencing showed that corresponding endo-siRNAs are generated throughout the sequence, but preferentially from transcribed regions. One strand of the dsRNA precursor can come from spliced mRNA, whereas the opposite strand derives from independent transcripts in antisense orientation.

  5. Polysaccharide Nanoparticles for Efficient siRNA Targeting in Cancer Cells by Supramolecular pKa Shift

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    Zhang, Ying-Ming; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Yu-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Biomacromolecular pKa shifting is considered as one of the most ubiquitous processes in biochemical events, e.g., the enzyme-catalyzed reaction and protein conformational stabilization. In this paper, we report on the construction of biocompatible polysaccharide nanoparticle with targeting ability and lower toxicity by supramolecular pKa shift strategy. This was realized through a ternary assembly constructed by the dual host‒guest interactions of an adamantane-bis(diamine) conjugate (ADA) with cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) and a polysaccharide. The potential application of such biocompatible nanostructure was further implemented by the selective transportation of small interfering RNA (siRNA) in a controlled manner. It is demonstrated that the strong encapsulation of the ADA’s diammonium tail by CB[6] not only reduced the cytotoxicity of the nano-scaled vehicle but also dramatically enhanced cation density through an obvious positive macrocycle-induced pKa shift, which eventually facilitated the subsequent siRNA binding. With a targeted polysaccharide shell containing a cyclodextrin‒hyaluronic acid conjugate, macrocycle-incorporated siRNA polyplexes were specifically delivered into malignant human prostate PC-3 cells. The supramolecular polysaccharide nanoparticles, the formation of which was enabled and promoted by the complexation-assisted pKa shift, may be used as a versatile tool for controlled capture and release of biofunctional substrates. PMID:27363811

  6. Cell-Internalization SELEX: Method for Identifying Cell-Internalizing RNA Aptamers for Delivering siRNAs to Target Cells

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    Thiel, William H.; Thiel, Kristina W.; Flenker, Katie S.; Bair, Tom; Dupuy, Adam J.; McNamara, James O.; Miller, Francis J.; Giangrande, Paloma H.

    2015-01-01

    After a decade of work to address cellular uptake, the principal obstacle to RNAi-based therapeutics, there is now well-deserved, renewed optimism about RNAi-based drugs. Phase I and II studies have shown safe, strong, and durable-gene knockdown (80–90 %, lasting for a month after a single injection) and/or clinical benefit in treating several liver pathologies. Although promising, these studies have also highlighted the need for robust delivery techniques to develop RNAi therapeutics for treating other organ systems and diseases. Conjugation of siRNAs to cell-specific, synthetic RNA ligands (aptamers) is being proposed as a viable solution to this problem. While encouraging, the extended use of RNA aptamers as a delivery tool for siRNAs awaits the identification of RNA aptamer sequences capable of targeting and entering the cytoplasm of many different cell types. We describe a cell-based selection process for the rapid identification and characterization of RNA aptamers suited for delivering siRNA drugs into the cytoplasm of target cells. This process, termed “cell-internalization SELEX (Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment),” entails the combination of multiple sophisticated technologies, including cell culture-based SELEX procedures, next-generation sequencing (NGS), and novel bioinformatics tools. PMID:25319652

  7. Polysaccharide Nanoparticles for Efficient siRNA Targeting in Cancer Cells by Supramolecular pKa Shift

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    Zhang, Ying-Ming; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Yu-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-07-01

    Biomacromolecular pKa shifting is considered as one of the most ubiquitous processes in biochemical events, e.g., the enzyme-catalyzed reaction and protein conformational stabilization. In this paper, we report on the construction of biocompatible polysaccharide nanoparticle with targeting ability and lower toxicity by supramolecular pKa shift strategy. This was realized through a ternary assembly constructed by the dual host‒guest interactions of an adamantane-bis(diamine) conjugate (ADA) with cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) and a polysaccharide. The potential application of such biocompatible nanostructure was further implemented by the selective transportation of small interfering RNA (siRNA) in a controlled manner. It is demonstrated that the strong encapsulation of the ADA’s diammonium tail by CB[6] not only reduced the cytotoxicity of the nano-scaled vehicle but also dramatically enhanced cation density through an obvious positive macrocycle-induced pKa shift, which eventually facilitated the subsequent siRNA binding. With a targeted polysaccharide shell containing a cyclodextrin‒hyaluronic acid conjugate, macrocycle-incorporated siRNA polyplexes were specifically delivered into malignant human prostate PC-3 cells. The supramolecular polysaccharide nanoparticles, the formation of which was enabled and promoted by the complexation-assisted pKa shift, may be used as a versatile tool for controlled capture and release of biofunctional substrates.

  8. Targeting Human Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase by a Simple siRNA Expression Cassette in HepG2 Cells

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    Xu, Hui; Gong, Xia; Zhang, Hui Hui; Zhang, Qin; Zhao, Dandan; Peng, Jian Xiong

    2015-01-01

    Background: Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) has become an ideal target for development of anticancer therapy. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are very powerful reagents for gene silencing and show promise for cancer gene therapy. However, only a small number of siRNAs have been demonstrated to be effective. For gene therapy targeting hTERT, it is essential to develop a robust system to fully explore the power of siRNAs. Objectives: We explored a siRNA expression cassette (SEC) to screen highly effective RNAi-targeted sequences for gene therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and Methods: An SEC was developed by flanking H1 and U6 promoters in opposite directions at the siRNA-encoding sequence. Eight SECs specific to hTERT were designed by overlap extension polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and transfected into HepG2 cells with calcium phosphate. The telomerase activity was determined by telomeric repeat amplification protocol (TRAP) silver staining and TRAP real-time PCR analysis. The mRNA and protein expression levels of hTERT were determined by reverse transcription (RT)-PCR and western blot, respectively. Cell viability was determined by the 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and cell apoptosis was measured by the annexin-V/propidium iodide (PI) assay coupled with flow cytometry. Results: Eight hTERT-specific SECs (SEC-1-8) were successfully constructed. In comparison to that of the negative control SEC, the hTERT-specific SECs, especially, SEC-4, SEC-5, SEC-7 and SEC-8 significantly reduced the activity of hTERT in HepG2 cells at 48 hours after transfection. Moreover, the mRNA and protein expression levels of hTERT as well as the cell viability were significantly reduced by SECs. Knockdown of hTERT by SECs in HepG2 cells led to cell apoptosis. Conclusions: Our developed simple SEC was a powerful strategy for screening highly effective RNAi-targeted sequences and showed promise for gene therapy of

  9. Anisotropic etching of monocrystalline silicon under subcritical conditions

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    Gonzalez-Pereyra, Nestor Gabriel

    Sub- and supercritical fluids remain an underexploited resource for materials processing. Around its critical point a common compound such as water behaves like a different substance exhibiting changes in its properties that modify its behavior as a solvent and unlock reaction paths not viable in other conditions. In the subcritical region water's properties can be directed by controlling temperature and pressure. Water and silicon are two of the most abundant, versatile, environmentally non-harmful, and simplest substances on Earth. They are among the most researched and best-known substances. Both are ubiquitous and essential for present-day world. Silicon is fundamental in semiconductor fabrication, microelectromechanical systems, and photovoltaic cells. Wet etching of silicon is a fabrication strategy shared by these three applications. Processing of silicon requires large amounts of water, often involving dangerous and environmentally hazardous chemicals. Yet, minimal knowledge is available on the ways high temperature water interacts with crystalline silicon. The purpose of this project is to identify and implement a method for the modification of monocrystalline silicon surfaces with three important characteristics: 1) requires minimal amounts of added chemicals, 2) controllability of morphological features formed, 3) reduced processing time. This will be accomplished by subjecting crystalline silicon to diluted alkaline solutions working in the subcritical region of water. This approach allows for variations on surface morphologies and etching rates by adapting the reactions conditions, with focus on composition and temperature of the solutions used. The work reported discusses the techniques used for producing surfaces with a variety of morphologies that ultimately allowed to create patterns and textures on silicon wafers, using highly diluted alkaline solutions that can be used for photovoltaic applications. These morphologies were created with a

  10. Disruption of Aedes aegypti Olfactory System Development through Chitosan/siRNA Nanoparticle Targeting of semaphorin-1a

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    Mysore, Keshava; Flannery, Ellen M.; Tomchaney, Michael; Severson, David W.; Duman-Scheel, Molly

    2013-01-01

    Despite the devastating impact of mosquito-borne illnesses on human health, surprisingly little is known about mosquito developmental biology, including development of the olfactory system, a tissue of vector importance. Analysis of mosquito olfactory developmental genetics has been hindered by a lack of means to target specific genes during the development of this sensory system. In this investigation, chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles were used to target semaphorin-1a (sema1a) during olfactory system development in the dengue and yellow fever vector mosquito Aedes aegypti. Immunohistochemical analyses and anterograde tracing of antennal sensory neurons, which were used to track the progression of olfactory development in this species, revealed antennal lobe defects in sema1a knockdown fourth instar larvae. These findings, which correlated with a larval odorant tracking behavioral phenotype, identified previously unreported roles for Sema1a in the developing insect larval olfactory system. Analysis of sema1a knockdown pupae also revealed a number of olfactory phenotypes, including olfactory receptor neuron targeting and projection neuron defects coincident with a collapse in the structure and shape of the antennal lobe and individual glomeruli. This study, which is to our knowledge the first functional genetic analysis of insect olfactory development outside of D. melanogaster, identified critical roles for Sema1a during Ae. aegypti larval and pupal olfactory development and advocates the use of chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles as an effective means of targeting genes during post-embryonic Ae. aegypti development. Use of siRNA nanoparticle methodology to understand sensory developmental genetics in mosquitoes will provide insight into the evolutionary conservation and divergence of key developmental genes which could be exploited in the development of both common and species-specific means for intervention. PMID:23696908

  11. Disruption of Aedes aegypti olfactory system development through chitosan/siRNA nanoparticle targeting of semaphorin-1a.

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    Mysore, Keshava; Flannery, Ellen M; Tomchaney, Michael; Severson, David W; Duman-Scheel, Molly

    2013-01-01

    Despite the devastating impact of mosquito-borne illnesses on human health, surprisingly little is known about mosquito developmental biology, including development of the olfactory system, a tissue of vector importance. Analysis of mosquito olfactory developmental genetics has been hindered by a lack of means to target specific genes during the development of this sensory system. In this investigation, chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles were used to target semaphorin-1a (sema1a) during olfactory system development in the dengue and yellow fever vector mosquito Aedes aegypti. Immunohistochemical analyses and anterograde tracing of antennal sensory neurons, which were used to track the progression of olfactory development in this species, revealed antennal lobe defects in sema1a knockdown fourth instar larvae. These findings, which correlated with a larval odorant tracking behavioral phenotype, identified previously unreported roles for Sema1a in the developing insect larval olfactory system. Analysis of sema1a knockdown pupae also revealed a number of olfactory phenotypes, including olfactory receptor neuron targeting and projection neuron defects coincident with a collapse in the structure and shape of the antennal lobe and individual glomeruli. This study, which is to our knowledge the first functional genetic analysis of insect olfactory development outside of D. melanogaster, identified critical roles for Sema1a during Ae. aegypti larval and pupal olfactory development and advocates the use of chitosan/siRNA nanoparticles as an effective means of targeting genes during post-embryonic Ae. aegypti development. Use of siRNA nanoparticle methodology to understand sensory developmental genetics in mosquitoes will provide insight into the evolutionary conservation and divergence of key developmental genes which could be exploited in the development of both common and species-specific means for intervention.

  12. Microstructure and temperature coefficient of resistance of thin cermet resistor films deposited from CrSi{sub 2}-Cr-SiC targets by S-gun magnetron

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    Felmetsger, Valery V.

    2010-01-15

    Technological solutions for producing nanoscale cermet resistor films with sheet resistances above 1000 {Omega}/{open_square} and low temperature coefficients of resistance (TCR) have been investigated. 2-40 nm thick cermet films were sputter deposited from CrSi{sub 2}-Cr-SiC targets by a dual cathode dc S-gun magnetron. In addition to studying film resistance versus temperature, the nanofilm structural features and composition were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. This study has revealed that all cermet resistor films deposited at ambient and elevated temperatures were amorphous. The atomic ratio of Si to Cr in these films was about 2 to 1. The film TCR displayed a significant increase when the deposited film thickness was reduced below 2.5 nm. An optimized sputter process consisting of wafer degassing, cermet film deposition at elevated temperature with rf substrate bias, and a double annealing in vacuum, consisting of in situ annealing following the film sputtering and an additional annealing following the exposure of the wafers to air, has been found to be very effective for the film thermal stabilization and for fine tuning the film TCR. Cermet films with thicknesses in the range of 2.5-4 nm deposited using this technique had sheet resistances ranging from 1800 to 1200 {Omega}/{open_square} and TCR values from -50 ppm/ deg. C to near zero, respectively. A possible mechanism responsible for the high efficiency of annealing the cermet films in vacuum (after preliminary exposure to air), resulting in resistance stabilization and TCR reduction, is also discussed.

  13. On-line test using multi-foil SiC target at iThemba LABS

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    Monetti, A.; Bark, R. A.; Andrighetto, A.; Beukes, P.; Conradie, J. L.; Corradetti, S.; Fourie, D.; Lussi, C.; Manzolaro, M.; Meneghetti, G.; Prete, G.; Rossignoli, M.; Scarpa, D.; Van Schalkwyk, P.; Stoddart, N.; Vasquez, J.

    2016-06-01

    In a collaboration between the INFN-SPES project and iThemba LABS, an on-line test of the power dissipation of a multi-slice target concept for radioactive-ion beam production has been performed. Using the 66MeV proton beam from the iThemba LABS Separated Sector Cyclotron, a total power of 4kW was deposited in the target complex, consisting of 13 Silicon Carbide (SiC) discs of about 1 millimetre thickness housed in a graphite cylinder. The results of the measurements fully validate thermal FEM simulations and confirm that the multi-foil target system is a reliable and affordable device for second-generation ISOL-RIB facilities like SPES.

  14. Systemic delivery of siRNA by actively targeted polyion complex micelles for silencing the E6 and E7 human papillomavirus oncogenes.

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    Nishida, Haruka; Matsumoto, Yoko; Kawana, Kei; Christie, R James; Naito, Mitsuru; Kim, Beob Soo; Toh, Kazuko; Min, Hyun Su; Yi, Yu; Matsumoto, Yu; Kim, Hyun Jin; Miyata, Kanjiro; Taguchi, Ayumi; Tomio, Kensuke; Yamashita, Aki; Inoue, Tomoko; Nakamura, Hiroe; Fujimoto, Asaha; Sato, Masakazu; Yoshida, Mitsuyo; Adachi, Katsuyuki; Arimoto, Takahide; Wada-Hiraike, Osamu; Oda, Katsutoshi; Nagamatsu, Takeshi; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Kataoka, Kazunori; Osuga, Yutaka; Fujii, Tomoyuki

    2016-06-10

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) E6 and E7 oncogenes are essential for the immortalization and maintenance of HPV-associated cancer and are ubiquitously expressed in cervical cancer lesions. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) coding for E6 and E7 oncogenes is a promising approach for precise treatment of cervical cancer, yet a delivery system is required for systemic delivery to solid tumors. Here, an actively targeted polyion complex (PIC) micelle was applied to deliver siRNAs coding for HPV E6/E7 to HPV cervical cancer cell tumors in immune-incompetent tumor-bearing mice. A cell viability assay revealed that both HPV type 16 and 18 E6/E7 siRNAs (si16E6/E7 and si18E6/E7, respectively) interfered with proliferation of cervical cancer cell lines in an HPV type-specific manner. A fluorescence imaging biodistribution analysis further revealed that fluorescence dye-labeled siRNA-loaded PIC micelles efficiently accumulated within the tumor mass after systemic administration. Ultimately, intravenous injection of si16E6/E7 and si18E6/E7-loaded PIC micelles was found to significantly suppress the growth of subcutaneous SiHa and HeLa tumors, respectively. The specific activity of siRNA treatment was confirmed by the observation that p53 protein expression was restored in the tumors excised from the mice treated with si16E6/E7- and si18E6/E7-loaded PIC micelles for SiHa and HeLa tumors, respectively. Therefore, the actively targeted PIC micelle incorporating HPV E6/E7-coding siRNAs demonstrated its therapeutic potential against HPV-associated cancer. PMID:26979870

  15. Straining of SiGe ultrathin films with mesoporous Si substrates

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    Boucherif, A.; Guillot, G.; Lysenko, V.; Blanchard, N. P.; Regreny, P.; Grenet, G.; Marty, O.

    2010-09-27

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of ultrathin (down to 50 nm) tensile strained SiGe films on mesoporous Si substrates. Low temperature oxidation of the porous substrate relaxes the compressive strain in the as grown monocrystalline (mc) SiGe. Applying this method to a 50 nm thick mc-Si{sub 0.72}Ge{sub 0.28} film, a tensile strain >0.78% can be achieved without compromising crystalline quality and up to 1.45 % without the appearance of cracks.

  16. Intravenous Delivery of siRNA Targeting CD47 Effectively Inhibits Melanoma Tumor Growth and Lung Metastasis

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    Wang, Yuhua; Xu, Zhenghong; Guo, Shutao; Zhang, Lu; Sharma, Arati; Robertson, Gavin P; Huang, Leaf

    2013-01-01

    CD47 is a “self marker” that is usually overexpressed on the surface of cancer cells to enable them to escape immunosurveillance. Recognition of CD47 by its receptor, signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα), which is expressed in the macrophages, inhibits phagocytic destruction of cancer cells by the macrophages. In this study, we have first shown that clinical isolates of human melanoma significantly upregulate CD47, possibly as a mechanism to defend themselves against the macrophages. We then exploited RNA interference (RNAi) technology to test the hypothesis that knocking down CD47 in the tumor cells will render them targets for macrophage destruction; hence, creating a novel anti-cancer therapy. Anti-CD47 siRNA was encapsulated in a liposome-protamine-hyaluronic acid (LPH) nanoparticle (NP) formulation to address the challenge of targeted delivery of siRNA-based therapeutics in vivo. Efficient silencing of CD47 in tumor tissues with systemic administration of LPH(CD47) also significantly inhibited the growth of melanoma tumors. In a lung metastasis model, LPH(CD47) efficiently inhibited lung metastasis to about 27% of the untreated control. Moreover, no hematopoietic toxicity was observed in the animals that received multiple doses of LPH(CD47). Our findings indicate CD47 as a potential prognostic marker for melanoma development as well as a target for therapeutic intervention with RNAi-based nanomedicines. PMID:23774794

  17. Topotactic Consolidation of Monocrystalline CoZn Hydroxides for Advanced Oxygen Evolution Electrodes.

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    Wang, Jing; Tan, Chuan Fu; Zhu, Ting; Ho, Ghim Wei

    2016-08-22

    We present a room temperature topotactic consolidation of cobalt and zinc constituents into monocrystalline CoZn hydroxide nanosheets, by a localized corrosion of zinc foils with cobalt precursors. By virtue of similar lattice orientation and structure coordination, the hybrid hydroxides amalgamate atomically without phase separation. Importantly, this in situ growth strategy, in combination with configurable percolated nanosheets, renders a high areal density of catalytic sites, immobilized structures, and conductive pathways between the nanosheets and underlying foils-all of which allow monocrystalline CoZn hydroxide nanosheet materials to function as effective electrodes for electrochemical oxygen evolution reactions. This convenient and eco-friendly topotactical transformation approach facilitates high-quality single crystal growth with improved multiphase purity and homogeneity, which can be extended to other transition metals for the fabrication of advanced functional nanocomposites. PMID:27416988

  18. Fabrication of high resolution and lightweight monocrystalline silicon x-ray mirrors

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    Riveros, Raul E.; Kolos, Linette D.; Mazzarella, James R.; McKeon, Kevin P.; Zhang, William W.

    2015-09-01

    Monocrystalline silicon as an x-ray mirror substrate material promises significant improvements over the x- ray mirror technologies used to date, since it is mechanically stiff, stress-free, highly thermally conductive, and widely commercially available. Producing highly accurate and lightweight x-ray mirrors from monocrystalline silicon requires a unique and specialized manufacturing process capable of producing mirrors quickly and cost effectively. The identification, development, and testing of this process is the focus of the work described in this proceeding. Monocrystalline silicon blocks were obtained, and a variety of processes (wire electro-discharge machining, etching, polishing) were applied to generate an accurate and stress-free cylindrical or Wolter-I mirror surface. The mirror surface is then sliced off at a thickness of <1 mm and further processed to yield a mirror segment with <1 arcsecond RMS slope errors. Furthermore, our experiments suggest that this mirror production process requires ~2 days to produce a mirror segment and is easily integrated into a cost-reducing parallel processing scheme. Presently, there is strong evidence that the mirror production process described in this paper will meet the stringent requirements of future x-ray missions.

  19. Use of Monocrystalline Silicon as Tool Material for Highly Accurate Blanking of Thin Metal Foils

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    Hildering, Sven; Engel, Ulf; Merklein, Marion

    2011-05-04

    The trend towards miniaturisation of metallic mass production components combined with increased component functionality is still unbroken. Manufacturing these components by forming and blanking offers economical and ecological advantages combined with the needed accuracy. The complexity of producing tools with geometries below 50 {mu}m by conventional manufacturing methods becomes disproportional higher. Expensive serial finishing operations are required to achieve an adequate surface roughness combined with accurate geometry details. A novel approach for producing such tools is the use of advanced etching technologies for monocrystalline silicon that are well-established in the microsystems technology. High-precision vertical geometries with a width down to 5 {mu}m are possible. The present study shows a novel concept using this potential for the blanking of thin copper foils with monocrystallline silicon as a tool material. A self-contained machine-tool with compact outer dimensions was designed to avoid tensile stresses in the brittle silicon punch by an accurate, careful alignment of the punch, die and metal foil. A microscopic analysis of the monocrystalline silicon punch shows appropriate properties regarding flank angle, edge geometry and surface quality for the blanking process. Using a monocrystalline silicon punch with a width of 70 {mu}m blanking experiments on as-rolled copper foils with a thickness of 20 {mu}m demonstrate the general applicability of this material for micro production processes.

  20. Adenovirus-mediated siRNA targeting CXCR2 attenuates titanium particle-induced osteolysis by suppressing osteoclast formation.

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    Wang, Chen; Liu, Yang; Wang, Yang; Li, Hao; Zhang, Ran-Xi; He, Mi-Si; Chen, Liang; Wu, Ning-Ning; Liao, Yong; Deng, Zhong-Liang

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Wear particle-induced peri-implant loosening is the most common complication affecting long-term outcomes in patients who undergo total joint arthroplasty. Wear particles and by-products from joint replacements may cause chronic local inflammation and foreign body reactions, which can in turn lead to osteolysis. Thus, inhibiting the formation and activity of osteoclasts may improve the functionality and long-term success of total joint arthroplasty. The aim of this study was to interfere with CXC chemokine receptor type 2 (CXCR2) to explore its role in wear particle-induced osteolysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Morphological and biochemical assays were used to assess osteoclastogenesis in vivo and in vitro. CXCR2 was upregulated in osteoclast formation. RESULTS Local injection with adenovirus-mediated siRNA targeting CXCR2 inhibited titanium-induced osteolysis in a mouse calvarial model in vivo. Furthermore, siCXCR2 suppressed osteoclast formation both directly by acting on osteoclasts themselves and indirectly by altering RANKL and OPG expression in osteoblasts in vitro. CONCLUSIONS CXCR2 plays a critical role in particle-induced osteolysis, and siCXCR2 may be a novel treatment for aseptic loosening. PMID:26939934

  1. Design and In Vitro Evaluation of Layer by Layer siRNA Nanovectors Targeting Breast Tumor Initiating Cells

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    Jaganathan, Hamsa; Mitra, Sucharita; Srinivasan, Srimeenakshi

    2014-01-01

    Efficient therapeutics and early detection has helped to increase breast cancer survival rates over the years. However, the recurrence of breast cancer remains to be a problem and this may be due to the presence of a small population of cells, called tumor initiating cells (TICs). Breast TICs are resistant to drugs, difficult to detect, and exhibit high self-renewal capabilities. In this study, layer by layer (LBL) small interfering RNA (siRNA) nanovectors (SNVs) were designed to target breast TICs. SNVs were fabricated using alternating layers of poly-L-lysine and siRNA molecules on gold (Au) nanoparticle (NP) surfaces. The stability, cell uptake, and release profile for SNVs were examined. In addition, SNVs reduced TIC-related STAT3 expression levels, CD44+/CD24−/EpCAM+ surface marker levels and the number of mammospheres formed compared to the standard transfection agent. The data from this study show, for the first time, that SNVs in LBL assembly effectively delivers STAT3 siRNA and inhibit the growth of breast TICs in vitro. PMID:24694753

  2. Adenovirus-Mediated siRNA Targeting CXCR2 Attenuates Titanium Particle-Induced Osteolysis by Suppressing Osteoclast Formation

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    Wang, Chen; Liu, Yang; Wang, Yang; Li, Hao; Zhang, Ran-Xi; He, Mi-Si; Chen, Liang; Wu, Ning-Ning; Liao, Yong; Deng, Zhong-Liang

    2016-01-01

    Background Wear particle-induced peri-implant loosening is the most common complication affecting long-term outcomes in patients who undergo total joint arthroplasty. Wear particles and by-products from joint replacements may cause chronic local inflammation and foreign body reactions, which can in turn lead to osteolysis. Thus, inhibiting the formation and activity of osteoclasts may improve the functionality and long-term success of total joint arthroplasty. The aim of this study was to interfere with CXC chemokine receptor type 2 (CXCR2) to explore its role in wear particle-induced osteolysis. Material/Methods Morphological and biochemical assays were used to assess osteoclastogenesis in vivo and in vitro. CXCR2 was upregulated in osteoclast formation. Results Local injection with adenovirus-mediated siRNA targeting CXCR2 inhibited titanium-induced osteolysis in a mouse calvarial model in vivo. Furthermore, siCXCR2 suppressed osteoclast formation both directly by acting on osteoclasts themselves and indirectly by altering RANKL and OPG expression in osteoblasts in vitro. Conclusions CXCR2 plays a critical role in particle-induced osteolysis, and siCXCR2 may be a novel treatment for aseptic loosening. PMID:26939934

  3. Actively-targeted polyion complex micelles stabilized by cholesterol and disulfide cross-linking for systemic delivery of siRNA to solid tumors.

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    Oe, Yusuke; Christie, R James; Naito, Mitsuru; Low, Stewart A; Fukushima, Shigeto; Toh, Kazuko; Miura, Yutaka; Matsumoto, Yu; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Miyata, Kanjiro; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2014-09-01

    For small interfering RNA (siRNA)-based cancer therapies, we report an actively-targeted and stabilized polyion complex micelle designed to improve tumor accumulation and cancer cell uptake of siRNA following systemic administration. Improvement in micelle stability was achieved using two stabilization mechanisms; covalent disulfide cross-linking and non-covalent hydrophobic interactions. The polymer component was designed to provide disulfide cross-linking and cancer cell-targeting cyclic RGD peptide ligands, while cholesterol-modified siRNA (Chol-siRNA) provided additional hydrophobic stabilization to the micelle structure. Dynamic light scattering confirmed formation of nano-sized disulfide cross-linked micelles (<50 nm in diameter) with a narrow size distribution. Improved stability of Chol-siRNA-loaded micelles (Chol-siRNA micelles) was demonstrated by resistance to both the dilution in serum-containing medium and counter polyion exchange with dextran sulfate, compared to control micelles prepared with Chol-free siRNA (Chol-free micelles). Improved stability resulted in prolonged blood circulation time of Chol-siRNA micelles compared to Chol-free micelles. Furthermore, introduction of cRGD ligands onto Chol-siRNA micelles significantly facilitated accumulation of siRNA in a subcutaneous cervical cancer model following systemic administration. Ultimately, systemically administered cRGD/Chol-siRNA micelles exhibited significant gene silencing activity in the tumor, presumably due to their active targeting ability combined with the enhanced stability through both hydrophobic interactions of cholesterol and disulfide cross-linking. PMID:24930854

  4. Targeting Cell Cycle Proteins in Breast Cancer Cells with siRNA by Using Lipid-Substituted Polyethylenimines

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    Parmar, Manoj B.; Aliabadi, Hamidreza Montazeri; Mahdipoor, Parvin; Kucharski, Cezary; Maranchuk, Robert; Hugh, Judith C.; Uludağ, Hasan

    2015-01-01

    The cell cycle proteins are key regulators of cell cycle progression whose deregulation is one of the causes of breast cancer. RNA interference (RNAi) is an endogenous mechanism to regulate gene expression and it could serve as the basis of regulating aberrant proteins including cell cycle proteins. Since the delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a main barrier for implementation of RNAi therapy, we explored the potential of a non-viral delivery system, 2.0 kDa polyethylenimines substituted with linoleic acid and caprylic acid, for this purpose. Using a library of siRNAs against cell cycle proteins, we identified cell division cycle protein 20 (CDC20), a recombinase RAD51, and serine–threonine protein kinase CHEK1 as effective targets for breast cancer therapy, and demonstrated their therapeutic potential in breast cancer MDA-MB-435, MDA-MB-231, and MCF7 cells with respect to another well-studied cell cycle protein, kinesin spindle protein. We also explored the efficacy of dicer-substrate siRNA (DsiRNA) against CDC20, RAD51, and CHEK1, where a particular DsiRNA against CDC20 showed an exceptionally high inhibition of cell growth in vitro. There was no apparent effect of silencing selected cell cycle proteins on the potency of the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin. The efficacy of DsiRNA against CDC20 was subsequently assessed in a xenograft model, which indicated a reduced tumor growth as a result of CDC20 DsiRNA therapy. The presented study highlighted specific cell cycle protein targets critical for breast cancer therapy, and provided a polymeric delivery system for their effective down-regulation. PMID:25763370

  5. Nanosynthesis routes to new tetrahedral crystalline solids: silicon-like Si3AlP.

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    Watkins, Tylan; Chizmeshya, Andrew V G; Jiang, Liying; Smith, David J; Beeler, Richard T; Grzybowski, Gordon; Poweleit, Christian D; Menéndez, José; Kouvetakis, John

    2011-10-12

    We introduce a synthetic strategy to access functional semiconductors with general formula A(3)XY (A = IV, X-Y = III-V) representing a new class within the long-sought family of group IV/III-V hybrid compounds. The method is based on molecular precursors that combine purposely designed polar/nonpolar bonding at the nanoscale, potentially allowing precise engineering of structural and optical properties, including lattice dimensions and band structure. In this Article, we demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed strategy by growing a new monocrystalline AlPSi(3) phase on Si substrates via tailored interactions of P(SiH(3))(3) and Al atoms using gas source (GS) MBE. In this case, the high affinity of Al for the P ligands leads to Si(3)AlP bonding arrangements, which then confer their structure and composition to form the corresponding Si(3)AlP target solid via complete elimination of H(2) at ∼500 °C. First principle simulations at the molecular and solid-state level confirm that the Si(3)AlP building blocks can readily interlink with minimal distortion to produce diamond-like structures in which the P atoms are arranged on a common sublattice as third-nearest neighbors in a manner that excludes the formation of unfavorable Al-Al bonds. High-resolution XRD, XTEM, and RBS indicate that all films grown on Si(100) are tetragonally strained and fully coherent with the substrate and possess near-cubic symmetry. The Raman spectra are consistent with a growth mechanism that proceeds via full incorporation of preformed Si(3)AlP tetrahedra with residual orientational disorder. Collectively, the characterization data show that the structuro-chemical compatibility between the epilayer and substrate leads to flawless integration, as expected for pseudohomoepitaxy of an Si-like material grown on a bulk Si platform. PMID:21877711

  6. MDR1 siRNA loaded hyaluronic acid-based CD44 targeted nanoparticle systems circumvent paclitaxel resistance in ovarian cancer

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    Yang, Xiaoqian; Lyer, Arun K.; Singh, Amit; Choy, Edwin; Hornicek, Francis J.; Amiji, Mansoor M.; Duan, Zhenfeng

    2015-02-01

    Development of multidrug resistance (MDR) is an almost universal phenomenon in patients with ovarian cancer, and this severely limits the ultimate success of chemotherapy in the clinic. Overexpression of the MDR1 gene and corresponding P-glycoprotein (Pgp) is one of the best known MDR mechanisms. MDR1 siRNA based strategies were proposed to circumvent MDR, however, systemic, safe, and effective targeted delivery is still a major challenge. Cluster of differentiation 44 (CD44) targeted hyaluronic acid (HA) based nanoparticle has been shown to successfully deliver chemotherapy agents or siRNAs into tumor cells. The goal of this study is to evaluate the ability of HA-PEI/HA-PEG to deliver MDR1 siRNA and the efficacy of the combination of HA-PEI/HA-PEG/MDR1 siRNA with paclitaxel to suppress growth of ovarian cancer. We observed that HA-PEI/HA-PEG nanoparticles can efficiently deliver MDR1 siRNA into MDR ovarian cancer cells, resulting in down-regulation of MDR1 and Pgp expression. Administration of HA-PEI/HA-PEG/MDR1 siRNA nanoparticles followed by paclitaxel treatment induced a significant inhibitory effect on the tumor growth, decreased Pgp expression and increased apoptosis in MDR ovarian cancer mice model. Our findings suggest that CD44 targeted HA-PEI/HA-PEG/MDR1 siRNA nanoparticles can serve as a therapeutic tool with great potentials to circumvent MDR in ovarian cancer.

  7. The siRNA cocktail targeting VEGF and HER2 inhibition on the proliferation and induced apoptosis of gastric cancer cell.

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    Liu, Kun; Chen, Honglin; You, Qingsheng; Shi, Hai; Wang, Zhiwei

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the inhibitory effect of a siRNA cocktail targeting Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) on cell proliferation, induced apoptosis and the expression of VEGF and HER2 in human gastric carcinoma cell. The silencing rate of pre-designed siRNAs that targeted VEGF and HER2 was detected by Real-time Quantitative PCR (RT-QPCR) analysis. Furthermore, the best silencing siRNA that targeted VEGF and HER2 was prepared as a cocktail to co-knockdown VEGF and HER2 expression at both mRNA and protein levels which were detected by RT-QPCR and Western blot analysis. Cell proliferation inhibition rates were determined by CCK8 assay. The effect of siRNA cocktail on cell apoptosis was determined by flow cytometry. The migration inhibition of siRNA cocktail was analyzed by wound-healing assay. The ability of VEGF to induce endothelial cells to proliferate was examined in HUVECs by the method of tube formation assay. The pre-designed siRNAs could inhibit VEGF and HER2 mRNA level. siRNA cocktail, and co-downregulation of VEGF and HER2 result in significant inhibition of gastric cancer growth and migration in vitro. The inhibition of VEGF and HER2 expressions can induce apoptosis of SGC-7901 cells.

  8. Silencing β3 Integrin by Targeted ECO/siRNA Nanoparticles Inhibits EMT and Metastasis of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

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    Parvani, Jenny G; Gujrati, Maneesh D; Mack, Margaret A; Schiemann, William P; Lu, Zheng-Rong

    2015-06-01

    Metastatic breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a highly aggressive subcategory of breast cancer and currently lacks well-defined molecular targets for effective targeted therapies. Disease relapse, metastasis, and drug resistance render standard chemotherapy ineffective in the treatment of TNBC. Because previous studies coupled β3 integrin (ITGB3) to epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and metastasis, we exploited β3 integrin as a therapeutic target to treat TNBC by delivering β3 integrin siRNA via lipid ECO-based nanoparticles (ECO/siβ3). Treatment of TNBC cells with ECO/siβ3 was sufficient to effectively silence β3 integrin expression, attenuate TGFβ-mediated EMT and invasion, restore TGFβ-mediated cytostasis, and inhibit three-dimensional organoid growth. Modification of ECO/siβ3 nanoparticles with an RGD peptide via a PEG spacer enhanced siRNA uptake by post-EMT cells. Intravenous injections of RGD-targeted ECO/siβ3 nanoparticles in vivo alleviated primary tumor burden and, more importantly, significantly inhibited metastasis. In the span of 16 weeks of the experiments and observations, including primary tumor resection at week 9 and release from the treatment for 4 weeks, the mice bearing orthotopic, TGFβ-prestimulated MDA-MB-231 tumors that were treated with RGD-targeted ECO/siβ3 nanoparticles were free of metastases and relapse, in comparison with untreated mice. Collectively, these results highlight ECO/siβ3 nanoparticles as a promising therapeutic regimen to combat TNBC.

  9. Microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe72.5 Si14.2 B8.7 Nb2 Mo1.5 Cu1.1 thin films

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    Mikhalitsyna, E. A.; Kataev, V. A.; Larrañaga, A.; Lepalovskij, V. N.; Turygin, A. P.

    2016-10-01

    This paper surveys structure and magnetic properties of the thin films with thicknesses of 30, 70, 100 and 200 nm, prepared by high-frequency ion-plasma sputtering of Fe72.5 Si14.2 B8.7 Nb2 Mo1.5 Cu1.1 target onto monocrystalline Si substrates. As-deposited films exhibited the roentgen-amorphous state and in-plane induced magnetic anisotropy. Their crystallization and drastic growth of the grains up to 40 nm at 460 °C were revealed and examined by X-ray diffraction methods. Among the measured magnetic properties of the films, the magnetic anisotropy and coercivity were stressed. Their changes with the annealing temperature and film thickness were discussed. The influence of the surface roughness on the coercivity was also investigated with atomic force microscopy.

  10. Thin-film monocrystalline-silicon solar cells based on a seed layer approach with 11% efficiency

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    Gordon, I.; Qiu, Y.; Van Gestel, D.; Poortmans, J.

    2010-09-01

    Solar modules made from thin-film crystalline-silicon layers of high quality on glass substrates could lower the price of photovoltaic electricity substantially. Almost half of the price of wafer-based silicon solar modules is currently due to the cost of the silicon wafers themselves. Using crystalline-silicon thin-film as the active material would substantially reduce the silicon consumption while still ensuring a high cell-efficiency potential and a stable cell performance. One way to create a crystalline-silicon thin film on glass is by using a seed layer approach in which a thin crystalline-silicon layer is first created on a non-silicon substrate, followed by epitaxial thickening of this layer. In this paper, we present new solar cell results obtained on 10-micron thick monocrystalline-silicon layers, made by epitaxial thickening of thin seed layers on transparent glass-ceramic substrates. We used thin (001)-oriented silicon single-crystal seed layers on glass-ceramic substrates provided by Corning Inc. that are made by a process based on anodic bonding and implant-induced separation. Epitaxial thickening of these seed layers was realized in an atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition system. Simple solar cell structures in substrate configuration were made from the epitaxial mono-silicon layers. The Si surface was plasma-textured to reduce the front-side reflection. No other light trapping features were incorporated. Efficiencies of up to 11% were reached with Voc values above 600 mV indicating the good electronic quality of the material. We believe that by further optimizing the material quality and by integrating an efficient light trapping scheme, the efficiency potential of these single-crystal silicon thin films on glass-ceramics should be higher than 15%.

  11. Dual Targeted Therapy with p53 siRNA and Epigallocatechingallate in a Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cell Model

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    Braicu, Cornelia; Pileczki, Valentina; Pop, Laura; Petric, Roxana Cojocneanu; Chira, Sergiu; Pointiere, Eve; Achimas-Cadariu, Patriciu; Berindan-Neagoe, Ioana

    2015-01-01

    Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a highly aggressive phenotype that is resistant to standard therapy. Thus, the development of alternative therapeutic strategies for TNBC is essential. The purpose of our in vitro study was to evaluate the impact of p53 gene silencing in conjunction with the administration of a natural compound, epigallocatechingallate (EGCG). RT2Profiler PCR Array technology was used to evaluate the impact of dual treatment on the main genes involved in apoptosis in the Hs578T cell culture model of TNBC. Gene expression analysis revealed 28 genes were significantly altered (16 upregulated and 12 downregulated) in response to combined p53 siRNA and EGCG treatment. Further analysis revealed that p53 siRNA and EGCG dual therapy leads to the activation of pro-apoptotic genes and the inhibition of pro-survival genes, autophagy, and cell network formation. These results indicate that this dual therapy targets both the apoptotic and angiogenic pathways, which may improve treatment effectiveness for tumors resistant to conventional treatment. PMID:25849487

  12. Dual targeted therapy with p53 siRNA and Epigallocatechingallate in a triple negative breast cancer cell model.

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    Braicu, Cornelia; Pileczki, Valentina; Pop, Laura; Petric, Roxana Cojocneanu; Chira, Sergiu; Pointiere, Eve; Achimas-Cadariu, Patriciu; Berindan-Neagoe, Ioana

    2015-01-01

    Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a highly aggressive phenotype that is resistant to standard therapy. Thus, the development of alternative therapeutic strategies for TNBC is essential. The purpose of our in vitro study was to evaluate the impact of p53 gene silencing in conjunction with the administration of a natural compound, epigallocatechingallate (EGCG). RT2Profiler PCR Array technology was used to evaluate the impact of dual treatment on the main genes involved in apoptosis in the Hs578T cell culture model of TNBC. Gene expression analysis revealed 28 genes were significantly altered (16 upregulated and 12 downregulated) in response to combined p53 siRNA and EGCG treatment. Further analysis revealed that p53 siRNA and EGCG dual therapy leads to the activation of pro-apoptotic genes and the inhibition of pro-survival genes, autophagy, and cell network formation. These results indicate that this dual therapy targets both the apoptotic and angiogenic pathways, which may improve treatment effectiveness for tumors resistant to conventional treatment. PMID:25849487

  13. Endothelin system in oral squamous carcinoma cells: specific siRNA targeting of ECE-1 blocks cell proliferation.

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    Awano, Shuji; Dawson, Louise A; Hunter, Alison R; Turner, Anthony J; Usmani, Badar A

    2006-04-01

    The present study focused on the endothelin axis in human oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cells. We investigated the expression and distribution of endothelin-1 (ET-1), its receptors (endothelin-A receptor (ET(A)R) and endothelin-B receptor (ET(B)R)) and isoforms of its specific converting enzyme (ECE-1a, 1b, 1c) and the report on their relative influences on cell proliferation. We also investigated the effect of an ECE-specific inhibitor (ECE-i) and siRNA targeting of the ECE-1 gene on SCC cell proliferation. We observed the expression of ET-1, ET(A)R, ET(B)R and all endothelin-converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1) isoforms in oral SCC cells, but only the expression of ET-1, ET(B)R and ECE-1 was increased when compared to normal human epidermal keratinocytes. ET-1 alone stimulated proliferation of oral SCC cells. Antagonists of either ET(A)R or ET(B)R inhibited ET-1-mediated proliferation. Decreased ECE-1 expression after ECE siRNA treatment reduced SCC cell proliferation. Antiproliferative effects were also observed by inhibiting ECE activity with ECE-i. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that modulation of the endothelin system in oral SCC cells might provide a novel therapeutic protocol for oral cancer.

  14. Lipid nanoparticles for targeted siRNA delivery – going from bench to bedside

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    Zatsepin, Timofei S; Kotelevtsev, Yuri V; Koteliansky, Victor

    2016-01-01

    This review covers the basic aspects of small interfering RNA delivery by lipid nano-particles (LNPs) and elaborates on the current status of clinical trials for these systems. We briefly describe the roles of all LNP components and possible strategies for their improvement. We also focus on the current clinical trials using LNP-formulated RNA and the possible outcomes for therapy in the near future. Also, we present a critical analysis of selected clinical trials that reveals the common logic behind target selection. We address this review to a wide audience, especially to medical doctors who are interested in the application of RNA interference–based treatment platforms. We anticipate that this review may spark interest in this particular audience and generate new ideas in target selection for the disorders they are dealing with. PMID:27462152

  15. Lipid nanoparticles for targeted siRNA delivery - going from bench to bedside.

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    Zatsepin, Timofei S; Kotelevtsev, Yuri V; Koteliansky, Victor

    2016-01-01

    This review covers the basic aspects of small interfering RNA delivery by lipid nano-particles (LNPs) and elaborates on the current status of clinical trials for these systems. We briefly describe the roles of all LNP components and possible strategies for their improvement. We also focus on the current clinical trials using LNP-formulated RNA and the possible outcomes for therapy in the near future. Also, we present a critical analysis of selected clinical trials that reveals the common logic behind target selection. We address this review to a wide audience, especially to medical doctors who are interested in the application of RNA interference-based treatment platforms. We anticipate that this review may spark interest in this particular audience and generate new ideas in target selection for the disorders they are dealing with. PMID:27462152

  16. Lipid nanoparticles for targeted siRNA delivery - going from bench to bedside.

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    Zatsepin, Timofei S; Kotelevtsev, Yuri V; Koteliansky, Victor

    2016-01-01

    This review covers the basic aspects of small interfering RNA delivery by lipid nano-particles (LNPs) and elaborates on the current status of clinical trials for these systems. We briefly describe the roles of all LNP components and possible strategies for their improvement. We also focus on the current clinical trials using LNP-formulated RNA and the possible outcomes for therapy in the near future. Also, we present a critical analysis of selected clinical trials that reveals the common logic behind target selection. We address this review to a wide audience, especially to medical doctors who are interested in the application of RNA interference-based treatment platforms. We anticipate that this review may spark interest in this particular audience and generate new ideas in target selection for the disorders they are dealing with.

  17. Impact of anti-PLK1 siRNA-containing F3-targeted liposomes on the viability of both cancer and endothelial cells.

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    Gomes-da-Silva, Lígia C; Ramalho, José S; Pedroso de Lima, Maria C; Simões, Sérgio; Moreira, João N

    2013-11-01

    We have previously described the development of novel sterically stabilized F3-targeted pH-sensitive liposomes, which exhibited the ability to target both cancer and endothelial cells. Herein, the therapeutic potential of those liposomes was assessed upon encapsulation of a siRNA against a well-validated molecular target, PLK1. Treatment of prostate cancer (PC3) and angiogenic endothelial (HMEC-1) cells with F3-targeted liposomes containing anti-PLK1 siRNA resulted in a significant decrease in cell viability, which was mediated by a marked PLK1 silencing, both at the mRNA and protein levels. Furthermore, pre-treatment of PC3 cells with F3-targeted liposomes containing anti-PLK1 siRNA enabled a 3-fold reduction of paclitaxel IC50 and a 2.5-fold augment of the percentage of cancer cells in G2/mitosis arrest, which ultimately culminated in cell death. Overall, the F3-targeted nanocarrier containing an anti-PLK1 siRNA might constitute a valuable system for prostate cancer treatment, either applied in a single schedule or combined with conventional chemotherapy. PMID:23659854

  18. Impact of anti-PLK1 siRNA-containing F3-targeted liposomes on the viability of both cancer and endothelial cells.

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    Gomes-da-Silva, Lígia C; Ramalho, José S; Pedroso de Lima, Maria C; Simões, Sérgio; Moreira, João N

    2013-11-01

    We have previously described the development of novel sterically stabilized F3-targeted pH-sensitive liposomes, which exhibited the ability to target both cancer and endothelial cells. Herein, the therapeutic potential of those liposomes was assessed upon encapsulation of a siRNA against a well-validated molecular target, PLK1. Treatment of prostate cancer (PC3) and angiogenic endothelial (HMEC-1) cells with F3-targeted liposomes containing anti-PLK1 siRNA resulted in a significant decrease in cell viability, which was mediated by a marked PLK1 silencing, both at the mRNA and protein levels. Furthermore, pre-treatment of PC3 cells with F3-targeted liposomes containing anti-PLK1 siRNA enabled a 3-fold reduction of paclitaxel IC50 and a 2.5-fold augment of the percentage of cancer cells in G2/mitosis arrest, which ultimately culminated in cell death. Overall, the F3-targeted nanocarrier containing an anti-PLK1 siRNA might constitute a valuable system for prostate cancer treatment, either applied in a single schedule or combined with conventional chemotherapy.

  19. In vitro study of color stability of polycrystalline and monocrystalline ceramic brackets

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    de Oliveira, Cibele Braga; Maia, Luiz Guilherme Martins; Santos-Pinto, Ary; Gandini Júnior, Luiz Gonzaga

    2014-01-01

    Objective The aim of this in vitro study was to analyze color stability of monocrystalline and polycrystalline ceramic brackets after immersion in dye solutions. Methods Seven ceramic brackets of four commercial brands were tested: Two monocrystalline and two polycrystalline. The brackets were immersed in four dye solutions (coffee, red wine, Coke and black tea) and in artificial saliva for the following times: 24 hours, 7, 14 and 21 days, respectively. Color changes were measured by a spectrophotometer. Data were assessed by Multivariate Profile Analysis, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Multiple Comparison Tests of means. Results There was a perceptible change of color in all ceramic brackets immersed in coffee (ΔE* Allure = 7.61, Inspire Ice = 6.09, Radiance = 6.69, Transcend = 7.44), black tea (ΔE* Allure = 6.24, Inspire Ice = 5.21, Radiance = 6.51, Transcend = 6.14) and red wine (ΔE* Allure = 6.49, Inspire Ice = 4.76, Radiance = 5.19, Transcend = 5.64), but no change was noticed in Coke and artificial saliva (ΔE < 3.7). Conclusion Ceramic brackets undergo color change when exposed to solutions of coffee, black tea and red wine. However, the same crystalline structure, either monocrystalline or polycrystalline, do not follow the same or a similar pattern in color change, varying according to the bracket fabrication, which shows a lack of standardization in the manufacturing process. Coffee dye produced the most marked color changes after 21 days of immersion for most ceramic brackets evaluated. PMID:25279530

  20. Monocrystalline molybdenum silicide based quantum dot superlattices grown by chemical vapor deposition

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    Savelli, Guillaume; Silveira Stein, Sergio; Bernard-Granger, Guillaume; Faucherand, Pascal; Montès, Laurent

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents the growth of doped monocrystalline molybdenum-silicide-based quantum dot superlattices (QDSL). This is the first time that such nanostructured materials integrating molybdenum silicide nanodots have been grown. QDSL are grown by reduced pressure chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD). We present here their crystallographic structures and chemical properties, as well as the influence of the nanostructuration on their thermal and electrical properties. Particularly, it will be shown some specific characteristics for these QDSL, such as a localization of nanodots between the layers, unlike other silicide based QDSL, an accumulation of doping atoms near the nanodots, and a strong decrease of the thermal conductivity obtained thanks to the nanostructuration.

  1. Endothermic decompositions of inorganic monocrystalline thin plates. II. Displacement rate modulation of the reaction front

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    Bertrand, G.; Comperat, M.; Lallemant, M.

    1980-09-01

    Copper sulfate pentahydrate dehydration into trihydrate was investigated using monocrystalline platelets with (110) crystallographic orientation. Temperature and pressure conditions were selected so as to obtain elliptical trihydrate domains. The study deals with the evolution, vs time, of elliptical domain dimensions and the evolution, vs water vapor pressure, of the {D}/{d} ratio of ellipse axes and on the other hand of the interface displacement rate along a given direction. The phenomena observed are not basically different from those yielded by the overall kinetic study of the solid sample. Their magnitude, however, is modulated depending on displacement direction. The results are analyzed within the scope of our study of endothermic decomposition of solids.

  2. Destruction of monocrystalline silicon with nanosecond pulsed fiber laser accompanied by the oxidation of ablation microparticles

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    Veiko, V. P.; Skvortsov, A. M.; Huynh, C. T.; Petrov, A. A.

    2013-11-01

    In this work, we report an observation of process of local destruction monocrystalline silicon with a scanning beam irradiation of pulse ytterbium fiber laser with a wavelength λ= 1062 nm, accompanied by the oxidation of ablation microparticles. It is shown that depending on the power density of irradiation was observed a large scatter size of the microparticles. From a certain average power density is observed beginning oxidation particulate emitted from the surface of the irradiated area. By varying the parameters of the laser beam such as scanning speed, pulse repetition rate, overlap of laser spot, radiation dose can be achieved almost complete oxidation of all formed during the ablation of microparticles.

  3. Intracellular siRNA delivery dynamics of integrin-targeted, PEGylated chitosan-poly(ethylene imine) hybrid nanoparticles: A mechanistic insight.

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    Ragelle, Héloïse; Colombo, Stefano; Pourcelle, Vincent; Vanvarenberg, Kevin; Vandermeulen, Gaëlle; Bouzin, Caroline; Marchand-Brynaert, Jacqueline; Feron, Olivier; Foged, Camilla; Préat, Véronique

    2015-08-10

    Integrin-targeted nanoparticles are promising for the delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to tumor cells or tumor endothelium in cancer therapy aiming at silencing genes essential for tumor growth. However, during the process of optimizing and realizing their full potential, it is pertinent to gain a basic mechanistic understanding of the bottlenecks existing for nanoparticle-mediated intracellular delivery. We designed αvβ3 integrin-targeted nanoparticles by coupling arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) or RGD peptidomimetic (RGDp) ligands to the surface of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted chitosan-poly(ethylene imine) hybrid nanoparticles. The amount of intracellular siRNA delivered by αvβ3-targeted versus non-targeted nanoparticles was quantified in the human non-small cell lung carcinoma cell line H1299 expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) using a stem-loop reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) approach. Data demonstrated that the internalization of αvβ3-targeted nanoparticles was highly dependent on the surface concentration of the ligand. Above a certain threshold concentration, the use of targeted nanoparticles provided a two-fold increase in the number of siRNA copies/cell, subsequently resulting in as much as 90% silencing of EGFP at well-tolerated carrier concentrations. In contrast, non-targeted nanoparticles mediated low levels of gene silencing, despite relatively high intracellular siRNA concentrations, indicating that these nanoparticles might end up in late endosomes or lysosomes without releasing their cargo to the cell cytoplasm. Thus, the silencing efficiency of the chitosan-based nanoparticles is strongly dependent on the uptake and the intracellular trafficking in H1299 EGFP cells, which is critical information towards a more complete understanding of the delivery mechanism that can facilitate the future design of efficient siRNA delivery systems.

  4. Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI Assessing the Antiangiogenic Effect of Silencing HIF-1α with Targeted Multifunctional ECO/siRNA Nanoparticles.

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    Malamas, Anthony S; Jin, Erlei; Gujrati, Maneesh; Lu, Zheng-Rong

    2016-07-01

    Stabilization of hypoxia inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α), a biomarker of hypoxia, in hypoxic tumors mediates a variety of downstream genes promoting tumor angiogenesis and cancer cell survival as well as invasion, and compromising therapeutic outcome. In this study, dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) with a biodegradable macromolecular MRI contrast agent was used to noninvasively assess the antiangiogenic effect of RGD-targeted multifunctional lipid ECO/siHIF-1α nanoparticles in a mouse HT29 colon cancer model. The RGD-targeted ECO/siHIF-1α nanoparticles resulted in over 50% reduction in tumor size after intravenous injection at a dose of 2.0 mg of siRNA/kg every 3 days for 3 weeks compared to a saline control. DCE-MRI revealed significant decline in vascularity and over a 70% reduction in the tumor blood flow, permeability-surface area product, and plasma volume fraction vascular parameters in the tumor treated with the targeted ECO/siHIF-1α nanoparticles. The treatment with targeted ECO/siRNA nanoparticles resulted in significant silencing of HIF-1α expression at the protein level, which also significantly suppressed the expression of VEGF, Glut-1, HKII, PDK-1, LDHA, and CAIX, which are all important players in tumor angiogenesis, glycolytic metabolism, and pH regulation. By possessing the ability to elicit a multifaceted effect on tumor biology, silencing HIF-1α with RGD-targeted ECO/siHIF-1α nanoparticles has great promise as a single therapy or in combination with traditional chemotherapy or radiation strategies to improve cancer treatment. PMID:27264671

  5. SKI2 mediates degradation of RISC 5′-cleavage fragments and prevents secondary siRNA production from miRNA targets in Arabidopsis

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    Branscheid, Anja; Marchais, Antonin; Schott, Gregory; Lange, Heike; Gagliardi, Dominique; Andersen, Stig Uggerhøj; Voinnet, Olivier; Brodersen, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Small regulatory RNAs are fundamental in eukaryotic and prokaryotic gene regulation. In plants, an important element of post-transcriptional control is effected by 20–24 nt microRNAs (miRNAs) and short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) bound to the ARGONAUTE1 (AGO1) protein in an RNA induced silencing complex (RISC). AGO1 may cleave target mRNAs with small RNA complementarity, but the fate of the resulting cleavage fragments remains incompletely understood. Here, we show that SKI2, SKI3 and SKI8, subunits of a cytoplasmic cofactor of the RNA exosome, are required for degradation of RISC 5′, but not 3′-cleavage fragments in Arabidopsis. In the absence of SKI2 activity, many miRNA targets produce siRNAs via the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase 6 (RDR6) pathway. These siRNAs are low-abundant, and map close to the cleavage site. In most cases, siRNAs were produced 5′ to the cleavage site, but several examples of 3′-spreading were also identified. These observations suggest that siRNAs do not simply derive from RDR6 action on stable 5′-cleavage fragments and hence that SKI2 has a direct role in limiting secondary siRNA production in addition to its function in mediating degradation of 5′-cleavage fragments. PMID:26464441

  6. Measurement of proton induced thick target γ-ray yields on B, N, Na, Al and Si from 2.5 to 4.1 MeV

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    Chiari, M.; Ferraccioli, G.; Melon, B.; Nannini, A.; Perego, A.; Salvestrini, L.; Lagoyannis, A.; Preketes-Sigalas, K.

    2016-01-01

    Thick target yields for proton induced γ-ray emission (PIGE) on low-Z nuclei, namely B, N, Na, Al and Si, were measured for proton energies from 2.5 to 4.1 MeV and emission angles of 0°, 45° and 90°, at the 3 MV Tandetron laboratory of INFN-LABEC in Florence. The studied reactions were: 10B(p,α‧γ)7Be (Eγ = 429 keV), 10B(p,p‧γ)10B (Eγ = 718 keV) and 11B(p,p‧γ)11B (Eγ = 2125 keV) for boron; 14N(p,p‧γ)14N (Eγ = 2313 keV) for nitrogen; 23Na(p,p‧γ)23Na (Eγ = 441 and 1636 keV) and 23Na(p,α‧γ)20Ne (Eγ = 1634 keV) for sodium; 27Al(p,p‧γ)27Al (Eγ = 844 and 1014 keV) and 27Al(p,α‧γ)24Mg (Eγ = 1369 keV) for aluminum; 28Si(p,p‧γ)28Si (Eγ = 1779 keV) and 29Si(p,p‧γ)29Si (Eγ = 1273 keV) for silicon. The PIGE thick target yields have been measured with an overall uncertainty typically better than 10%. The use of the measured thick target yield to benchmark and validate experimental cross sections available in the literature is demonstrated.

  7. Enhanced cooling in mono-crystalline ultra-thin silicon by embedded micro-air channels

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    Ghoneim, Mohamed T.; Fahad, Hossain M.; Hussain, Aftab M.; Rojas, Jhonathan P.; Torres Sevilla, Galo A.; Alfaraj, Nasir; Lizardo, Ernesto B.; Hussain, Muhammad M.

    2015-12-01

    In today's digital world, complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology enabled scaling of bulk mono-crystalline silicon (100) based electronics has resulted in their higher performance but with increased dynamic and off-state power consumption. Such trade-off has caused excessive heat generation which eventually drains the charge of battery in portable devices. The traditional solution utilizing off-chip fans and heat sinks used for heat management make the whole system bulky and less mobile. Here we show, an enhanced cooling phenomenon in ultra-thin (>10 μm) mono-crystalline (100) silicon (detached from bulk substrate) by utilizing deterministic pattern of porous network of vertical "through silicon" micro-air channels that offer remarkable heat and weight management for ultra-mobile electronics, in a cost effective way with 20× reduction in substrate weight and a 12% lower maximum temperature at sustained loads. We also show the effectiveness of this event in functional MOS field effect transistors (MOSFETs) with high-κ/metal gate stacks.

  8. Solution-Phase Epitaxial Growth of Quasi-Monocrystalline Cuprous Oxide on Metal Nanowires

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    2014-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of monocrystalline semiconductors on metal nanostructures is interesting from both fundamental and applied perspectives. The realization of nanostructures with excellent interfaces and material properties that also have controlled optical resonances can be very challenging. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of metal–semiconductor core–shell nanowires. We demonstrate a solution-phase route to obtain stable core–shell metal–Cu2O nanowires with outstanding control over the resulting structure, in which the noble metal nanowire is used as the nucleation site for epitaxial growth of quasi-monocrystalline Cu2O shells at room temperature in aqueous solution. We use X-ray and electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and absorption spectroscopy, as well as density functional theory calculations, to characterize the core–shell nanowires and verify their structure. Metal–semiconductor core–shell nanowires offer several potential advantages over thin film and traditional nanowire architectures as building blocks for photovoltaics, including efficient carrier collection in radial nanowire junctions and strong optical resonances that can be tuned to maximize absorption. PMID:25233392

  9. Triblock Copolymer Nanovesicles for pH-Responsive Targeted Delivery and Controlled Release of siRNA to Cancer Cells.

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    Gallon, Elena; Matini, Teresa; Sasso, Luana; Mantovani, Giuseppe; Armiñan de Benito, Ana; Sanchis, Joaquin; Caliceti, Paolo; Alexander, Cameron; Vicent, Maria J; Salmaso, Stefano

    2015-07-13

    New pH-responsive polymersomes for active anticancer oligonucleotide delivery were prepared from triblock copolymers. The delivery systems were formed by two terminal hydrophilic blocks, PEG and polyglycerolmethacrylate (poly-GMA), and a central weakly basic block, polyimidazole-hexyl methacrylate (poly-ImHeMA), which can complex with oligonucleotides and control vesicle formation/disassembly via pH variations. Targeted polymersomes were prepared by mixing folate-derivatized and underivatized copolymers. At pH 5, ds-DNA was found to complex with the pH-responsive copolymers at a N/P molar ratio above ∼2:1, which assisted the encapsulation of ds-DNA in the polymersomes, while low association was observed at pH 7.4. Cytotoxicity studies performed on folate receptor overexpressing KB and B16-F10 cells and low folate receptor expressing MCF-7 cells showed high tolerance of the polymersomes at up to 3 mg/mL concentration. Studies performed with red blood cells showed that at pH 5.0 the polymersomes have endosomolytic properties. Cytofluorimetric studies showed a 5.5-fold higher uptake of ds-DNA loaded folate-functional polymersomes in KB cells compared to nontargeted polymersomes. In addition, ds-DNA was found to be localized both in the nucleus and in the cytosol. The incubation of luciferase transfected B16-F10 cells with targeted polymersomes loaded with luciferase and Hsp90 expression silencing siRNAs yielded 31 and 23% knockdown in target protein expression, respectively. PMID:25988940

  10. Folate conjugated Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles for targeted magnetic resonance imaging in vivo

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    Yang, Xinyi; Zhou, Zhiguo; Wang, Li; Tang, Caizhi; Yang, Hong; Yang, Shiping

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: The Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}(PEG)–FA has been used as a T{sub 1}-MRI probe for in vivo. - Highlights: • The PEG and FA modified Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}–FA) were prepared. • Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}–FA exhibited the good colloidal stability in the simulated biological medium. • Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}–FA showed the targeting ability to HeLa cells overexpressed the FA receptor. • The T{sub 1}-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging demonstrated the targeting ability of Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}–FA in vivo tumor. - Abstract: The monodisperse silica-coated manganese oxide nanoparticles (Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2} NPs) were synthesized via the high temperature pyrolysis approach and were aminated through silanization. The amine-functionalized Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs enabled the covalent conjugation of hydrophilic methoxypoly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and the targeting ligand of folate (FA) onto their surface. The formed PEG and FA modified Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs (Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}(PEG)–FA) exhibited the good colloidal stability in the simulated biological medium and the targeting ability to HeLa cells overexpressed the FA receptor. The T{sub 1}-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) analysis of Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}(PEG)–FA NPs further demonstrated their targeting ability in tumor.

  11. Construction of simple and efficient siRNA validation systems for screening and identification of effective RNAi-targeted sequences from mammalian genes.

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    Tsai, Wen-Hui; Chang, Wen-Tsan

    2014-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism of gene silencing induced by double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs). Among the widely used dsRNAs, small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and short hairpin RNAs have evolved as extremely powerful and the most popular gene silencing reagents. The key challenge to achieving efficient gene silencing especially for the purpose of therapeutics is mainly dependent on the effectiveness and specificity of the selected RNAi-targeted sequences. Practically, only a small number of dsRNAs are capable of inducing highly effective and sequence-specific gene silencing via RNAi mechanism. In addition, the efficiency of gene silencing induced by dsRNAs can only be experimentally examined based on inhibition of the target gene expression. Therefore, it is essential to develop a fully robust and comparative validation system for measuring the efficacy of designed dsRNAs. In this chapter, we focus our discussion on a reliable and quantitative reporter-based siRNA validation system that has been previously established in our laboratory. The system consists of a short synthetic DNA fragment containing an RNAi-targeted sequence of interest and two expression vectors for targeting reporter and triggering siRNA expressions. The efficiency of siRNAs is determined by their abilities to inhibit expression of the targeting reporters with easily quantified readouts including enhanced green fluorescence protein and firefly luciferase. Since only a readily available short synthetic DNA fragment is needed for constructing this reliable and efficient reporter-based siRNA validation system, this system not only provides a powerful strategy for screening highly effective RNAi-targeted sequences from mammalian genes but also implicates the use of RNAi-based dsRNA reagents for reverse functional genomics and molecular therapeutics.

  12. Self-assembled nanoparticles based on the c(RGDfk) peptide for the delivery of siRNA targeting the VEGFR2 gene for tumor therapy

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    Liu, Li; Liu, Xiaoxia; Xu, Qian; Wu, Ping; Zuo, Xialin; Zhang, Jingjing; Deng, Houliang; Wu, Zhuomin; Ji, Aimin

    2014-01-01

    The clinical application of small interfering RNA (siRNA) has been restricted by their poor intracellular uptake, low serum stability, and inability to target specific cells. During the last several decades, a great deal of effort has been devoted to exploring materials for siRNA delivery. In this study, biodegradable, tumor-targeted, self-assembled peptide nanoparticles consisting of cyclo(Arg–Gly–Asp–d–Phe–Lys)-8–amino–3,6–dioxaoctanoic acid–β–maleimidopropionic acid (hereafter referred to as RPM) were found to be an effective siRNA carrier both in vitro and in vivo. The nanoparticles were characterized based on transmission electron microscopy, circular dichroism spectra, and dynamic light scattering. In vitro analyses showed that the RPM/VEGFR2-siRNA exhibited negligible cytotoxicity and induced effective gene silencing. Delivery of the RPM/VEGFR2 (zebrafish)-siRNA into zebrafish embryos resulted in inhibition of neovascularization. Administration of RPM/VEGFR2 (mouse)-siRNA to tumor-bearing nude mice led to a significant inhibition of tumor growth, a marked reduction of vessels, and a down-regulation of VEGFR2 (messenger RNA and protein) in tumor tissue. Furthermore, the levels of IFN-α, IFN-γ, IL-12, and IL-6 in mouse serum, assayed via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, did not indicate any immunogenicity of the RPM/VEGFR2 (mouse)-siRNA in vivo. In conclusion, RPM may provide a safe and effective delivery vector for the clinical application of siRNAs in tumor therapy. PMID:25114522

  13. EGFP-EGF1-conjugated PLGA nanoparticles for targeted delivery of siRNA into injured brain microvascular endothelial cells for efficient RNA interference.

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    Chen, Chen; Mei, Heng; Shi, Wei; Deng, Jun; Zhang, Bo; Guo, Tao; Wang, Huafang; Hu, Yu

    2013-01-01

    Injured endothelium is an important target for drug and/or gene therapy because brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) play critical roles in various pathophysiological conditions. RNA-mediated gene silencing presents a new therapeutic approach for treating such diseases, but major challenge is to ensure minimal toxicity and target delivery of siRNA to injured BMECs. Injured BMECs overexpress tissue factor (TF), which the fusion protein EGFP-EGF1 could be targeted to. In this study, TNF alpha (TNF-α) was chosen as a stimulus for primary BMECs to produce injured endothelium in vitro. The EGFP-EGF1-PLGA nanoparticles (ENPs) with loaded TF-siRNA were used as a new carrier for targeted delivery to the injured BMECs. The nanoparticles then produced intracellular RNA interference against TF. We compared ENP-based transfections with NP-mediated transfections, and our studies show that the ENP-based transfections result in a more efficient downregulation of TF. Our findings also show that the TF siRNA-loaded ENPs had minimal toxicity, with almost 96% of the cells viable 24 h after transfection while Lipofectamine-based transfections resulted in only 75% of the cells. Therefore, ENP-based transfection could be used for efficient siRNA transfection to injured BMECs and for efficient RNA interference (RNAi). This transfection could serve as a potential treatment for diseases, such as stroke, atherosclerosis and cancer.

  14. NIR light controlled photorelease of siRNA and its targeted intracellular delivery based on upconversion nanoparticles

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    Yang, Yanmei; Liu, Fang; Liu, Xiaogang; Xing, Bengang

    2012-12-01

    The most notable role of small interfering RNA (siRNA) is in RNA interference (RNAi) and post-transcriptional gene silencing, which leads to a surge of interest in RNAi for both biomedical research and therapeutic applications. However, ``naked'' siRNA cannot cross cellular membranes freely because of highly negative charges which limits its utility for gene therapy. In this work, a system of near-infrared (NIR) light-induced siRNA release from silica coated upconversion nanoparticles (Si-UCNPs) is presented. These Si-UCNPs were functionalized with cationic photocaged linkers through covalent bonding, which could effectively adsorb anionic siRNA through electrostatic attractions and were easily internalized by living cells. Upon NIR light irradiation, the photocaged linker on the Si-UCNPs surface could be cleaved by the upconverted UV light and thus initiated the intracellular release of the siRNA. The in vitro agarose gel electrophoresis and intracellular imaging results indicated that the Si-UCNPs-based gene carrier system allowed effective siRNA delivery and the applications of NIR light instead of direct high energy UV irradiation may greatly guarantee less cell damage.The most notable role of small interfering RNA (siRNA) is in RNA interference (RNAi) and post-transcriptional gene silencing, which leads to a surge of interest in RNAi for both biomedical research and therapeutic applications. However, ``naked'' siRNA cannot cross cellular membranes freely because of highly negative charges which limits its utility for gene therapy. In this work, a system of near-infrared (NIR) light-induced siRNA release from silica coated upconversion nanoparticles (Si-UCNPs) is presented. These Si-UCNPs were functionalized with cationic photocaged linkers through covalent bonding, which could effectively adsorb anionic siRNA through electrostatic attractions and were easily internalized by living cells. Upon NIR light irradiation, the photocaged linker on the Si-UCNPs surface

  15. Multifunctional Core/Shell Nanoparticles Cross-linked Polyetherimide-folic Acid as Efficient Notch-1 siRNA Carrier for Targeted Killing of Breast Cancer

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    Yang, Hong; Li, Ying; Li, Tingting; Xu, Min; Chen, Yin; Wu, Chunhui; Dang, Xitong; Liu, Yiyao

    2014-01-01

    In gene therapy, how genetic therapeutics can be efficiently and safely delivered into target tissues/cells remains a major obstacle to overcome. To address this issue, nanoparticles consisting of non-covalently coupled polyethyleneimine (PEI) and folic acid (FA) to the magnetic and fluorescent core/shell of Fe3O4@SiO2(FITC) was tested for their ability to deliver Notch-1 shRNA. Our results showed that Fe3O4@SiO2(FITC)/PEI-FA/Notch-1 shRNA nanoparticles are 64 nm in diameter with well dispersed and superparamagnetic. These nanoparticles with on significant cytotoxicity are capable of delivering Notch-1 shRNA into human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells with high efficiency while effectively protected shRNA from degradation by exogenous DNaseI and nucleases. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and fluorescence microscopy showed significant preferential uptake of Fe3O4@SiO2(FITC)/PEI-FA/Notch-1 shRNA nanocomplex by MDA-MB-231 cells. Transfected MDA-MB-231 cells exhibited significantly decreased expression of Notch-1, inhibited cell proliferation, and increased cell apoptosis, leading to the killing of MDA-MB-231 cells. In light of the magnetic targeting capabilities of Fe3O4@SiO2(FITC)/PEI-FA, our results show that by complexing with a second molecular targeting therapeutic, such as Notch-1 shRNA in this report, Fe3O4@SiO2(FITC)/PEI-FA can be exploited as a novel, non-viral, and concurrent targeting delivery system for targeted gene therapy as well as for MR imaging in cancer diagnosis. PMID:25400232

  16. Targeting of hepatic angiotensinogen using chemically modified siRNAs results in significant and sustained blood pressure lowering in a rat model of hypertension.

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    Olearczyk, Jeffrey; Gao, Sheng; Eybye, Marianne; Yendluri, Satyasri; Andrews, Lori; Bartz, Steven; Cully, Doris; Tadin-Strapps, Marija

    2014-05-01

    Angiotensinogen (AGT) is the precursor of active vasoconstrictive octapeptide angiotensin II (Ang II) in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. Blocking the AGT-converting enzymes in the pathway and the Ang II receptor through pharmacological agents has been proven to be effective in lowering blood pressure (BP) in hypertensive patients. In this study, we developed chemically modified small interfering RNAs (siRNA) to target hepatic AGT mRNA in rats. Lipid nanoparticle encapsulated siRNAs were efficiently delivered to rat liver and resulted in significant reduction in hepatic Agt mRNA levels and plasma AGT concentration without impairing liver function. Single intravenous injection of Agt siRNA led to significant and sustained BP lowering in spontaneous hypertensive rats and in Sprague-Dawley rats, and the effect was maintained by weekly siRNA dosing. Data presented here provide proof-of-feasibility for the use of siRNA technology for inhibition of peripheral AGT levels via hepatic mRNA silencing with beneficial effects on BP in preclinical rat models. Similar approach could be used for validation of novel hypertension hepatic and extrahepatic targets. PMID:24335718

  17. In vitro silencing effect of chitosan nanoplexes containing siRNA expressing vector targeting VEGF in breast cancer cell lines.

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    Salva, E; Akbuğa, J

    2010-12-01

    Small interferring RNA (siRNA) is a powerful tool for controlling cellular processes of gene silencing at post-transcriptional level due to its high sequence-specific inhibition efficiency. The aim of this study is to compare silencing effect of chitosan/shVEGF (shRNA-expressing plasmid DNA targeting vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A)) nanoplexes between four different cell lines, two of which are MCF-7 and MDA-MB435 breast cancer cell lines. Nanoplexes were prepared using different concentrations. The morphological and physicochemical characterization were made and silencing activity of appropriate formulations were investigated in vitro. As a result of in vitro transfection studies made in different cell lines with nanoplexes in the different ratios, the highest gene inhibition (60%) was measured in MCF-7 after transfection while the lowest gene inhibition (29%) was observed in MDA-MB435. This work suggests that RNA interference has potential to be applied to delivery system studies and to the angiogenesis treatment.

  18. Chitosan-based nanoparticles for survivin targeted siRNA delivery in breast tumor therapy and preventing its metastasis

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    Sun, Ping; Huang, Wei; Jin, Mingji; Wang, Qiming; Fan, Bo; Kang, Lin; Gao, Zhonggao

    2016-01-01

    Nanoparticle-mediated small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery is a promising therapeutic strategy in various cancers. However, it is difficult to deliver degradative siRNA to tumor tissue, and thus a safe and efficient vector for siRNA delivery is essential for cancer therapy. In this study, poly(ethylene glycol)-modified chitosan (PEG-CS) was synthesized successfully for delivering nucleic acid drug. We deemed that PEGylated CS could improve its solubility by forming a stable siRNA loaded in nanoparticles, and enhancing transfection efficiency of siRNA-loaded CS nanoparticles in cancer cell line. The research results showed that siRNA loaded in PEGylated CS (PEG-CS/siRNA) nanoparticles with smaller particle size had superior structural stability in the physical environment compared to CS nanoparticles. The data of in vitro antitumor activity revealed that 4T1 tumor cell growth was significantly inhibited and cellular uptake of PEG-CS/siRNA nanoparticles in 4T1 cells was dramatically enhanced compared to naked siRNA groups. The results from flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy showed that PEG-CS/siRNA nanoparticles were more easily taken up than naked siRNA. Importantly, PEG-CS/siRNA nanoparticles significantly reduced the growth of xenograft tumors of 4T1 cells in vivo. It has been demonstrated that the PEG-CS is a safe and efficient vector for siRNA delivery, and it can effectively reduce tumor growth and prevent metastasis. PMID:27729789

  19. Fab'-bearing siRNA TNFα-loaded nanoparticles targeted to colonic macrophages offer an effective therapy for experimental colitis.

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    Laroui, Hamed; Viennois, Emilie; Xiao, Bo; Canup, Brandon S B; Geem, Duke; Denning, Timothy L; Merlin, Didier

    2014-07-28

    Patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are currently treated by systemic drugs that can have significant side effects. Thus, it would be highly desirable to target TNFα siRNA (a therapeutic molecule) to the inflamed tissue. Here, we demonstrate that TNFα siRNA can be efficiently loaded into nanoparticles (NPs) made of poly (lactic acid) poly (ethylene glycol) block copolymer (PLA-PEG), and that grafting of the Fab' portion of the F4/80 Ab (Fab'-bearing) onto the NP surface via maleimide/thiol group-mediated covalent bonding improves the macrophage (MP)-targeting kinetics of the NPs to RAW264.7 cells in vitro. Direct binding was shown between MPs and the Fab'-bearing NPs. Next, we orally administered hydrogel (chitosan/alginate)-encapsulated Fab'-bearing TNFα-siRNA-loaded NPs to 3% dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-treated mice and investigated the therapeutic effect on colitis. In vivo, the release of TNFα-siRNA-loaded NPs into the mouse colon attenuated colitis more efficiently when the NPs were covered with Fab'-bearing, compared to uncovered NPs. All DSS-induced parameters of colonic inflammation (e.g., weight loss, myeloperoxidase activity, and Iκbα accumulation) were more attenuated Fab'-bearing NPs loaded with TNFα siRNA than without the Fab'-bearing. Grafting the Fab'-bearing onto the NPs improved the kinetics of endocytosis as well as the MP-targeting ability, as indicated by flow cytometry. Collectively, our results show that Fab'-bearing PLA-PEG NPs are powerful and efficient nanosized tools for delivering siRNAs into colonic macrophages.

  20. Mg(II)-Catechin nanoparticles delivering siRNA targeting EIF5A2 inhibit bladder cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo.

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    Chen, Zhenhua; Yu, Ting; Zhou, Bangfen; Wei, Jinhuan; Fang, Yong; Lu, Jun; Guo, Ling; Chen, Wei; Liu, Zhi-Ping; Luo, Junhang

    2016-03-01

    Emerging evidence indicates that combination of two or more therapeutic strategies can synergistically enhance antitumor activity in cancer therapy. Here, we established a green method of generating nanocomposite particles that can be fabricated using catechin, a natural anti-cancer compound from green tea, and Mg(2+) in an easy one-step approach at room temperature. We show that Mg(II)-Catechin nanocomposite particles (Mg(II)-Cat NPs) have good biocompatibility and high cellular uptake also can load and effectively deliver small interfering RNA (siRNA) into cells in vitro and to tumor site in vivo. Mg(II)-Cat NPs by themselves had tumor-suppression effects. When complexed with siRNA that targets oncogene eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A2 (EIF5A2), Mg(II)-Cat/siEIF5A2 complex had further enhanced anti-tumor activity. Mechanistically, we show that Mg(II)-Cat/siEIF5A2 inhibits oncogenic PI3K/Akt signal pathway. More importantly, Mg(II)-Cat/siEIF5A2 had tumor suppression effect in a clinically-relevant rat in-situ bladder cancer model. Our studies demonstrated that combination of Mg(II)-Cat NPs and siRNA is a promising therapeutic modality of combining chemotherapy with gene therapy in order to afford higher therapeutic efficacy and provided a proof of principle for such modality in a pre-clinical setting.

  1. Antibody h-R3-dendrimer mediated siRNA has excellent endosomal escape and tumor targeted delivery ability, and represents efficient siPLK1 silencing and inhibition of cell proliferation, migration and invasion

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    Li, Jun; Liu, Jing; Li, Shengnan; Hao, Yanli; Chen, Lei; Zhang, Xiaoning

    2016-01-01

    The major obstacle to developing siRNA delivery is their extracellular and intracellular barriers. Herein, a humanized anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody h-R3 was developed to modify the self-assembled binary complexes (dendriplexes) of PAMAM and siRNA via electrostatic interactions, and two common ligands HSA and EGF were used as a control. Compared to dendriplexes, h-R3/EGF/HSA-dendriplexes showed increased particle size, decreased zeta potentials and lower cytotoxicity. Moreover, h-R3-dendriplexes presented greater cellular uptake and excellent endosomal escape ability in HepG2 cells. Ex vivo fluorescence imaging revealed that h-R3-dendriplexes showed higher targeted delivery and gene expression in the tumors than dendriplexes, HSA-dendriplexes and EGF-dendriplexes, which was in agreement with confocal results of cryosections. Furthermore, h-R3-dendriplexes for siPLK1 delivery indicated efficient gene silencing, potentiated cell growth inhibition and cell apoptosis, and suppressed cellular migration/invasion. These results indicate that h-R3-dendriplexes represent a great potential to be used as efficient targeted siRNA delivery carriers. PMID:26883109

  2. An inhalable β₂-adrenoceptor ligand-directed guanidinylated chitosan carrier for targeted delivery of siRNA to lung.

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    Luo, Yongfeng; Zhai, Xinyun; Ma, Chaonan; Sun, Peng; Fu, Zhiping; Liu, Wenguang; Xu, Jun

    2012-08-20

    SiRNA-based strategies appear to be an exciting new approach for the treatment of respiratory diseases. To extrapolate siRNA-mediated interventions from bench to bedside in this area, several aspects have to be jointly considered, including a safe and efficient gene carrier with pulmonary deposition efficiency, as well as in vivo method for siRNA/nanoparticles delivery. Accordingly, in this work, (i) a non-viral DNA vector, guanidinylated chitosan (GCS) that has been developed in our previous study [X.Y. Zhai, P. Sun, Y.F. Luo, C.N. Ma, J. Xu, W.G. Liu, 2011], was tested for siRNA delivery. We demonstrated that GCS was able to completely condense siRNA at weight ratio 40:1, forming nanosize particles of diameter ~100 nm, 15 mV in surface potential. Guanidinylation of chitosan not only decreased the cytotoxicity but also facilitated cellular internalization of siRNA nanoparticles, leading to an enhanced gene-silencing efficiency compared to the pristine chitosan (CS). (ii) We chemically coupled salbutamol, a β(2)-adrenoceptor agonist, to GCS (SGCS), which successfully improved targeting specificity of the green fluorescent protein (GFP)-siRNA carrier to lung cells harbored with β(2)-adrenergic receptor, and remarkably enhanced the efficacy of gene silence in vitro and in the lung of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-transgenic mice in vivo. (iii) It was proved that this chitosan-based polymer was able to provide both the pDNA and siRNA with the protection against destructive shear forces generated by the mesh-based nebulizers. Aerosol treatment improved the nanoparticle size distribution, which should be in favor of enhancing the transfection efficiency. We suggest a potential application of the chitosan-derived nanodelivery vehicle (SGCS) in RNA interference therapy for lung diseases via aerosol inhalation. PMID:22698944

  3. Photoconductivities in monocrystalline layered V2O5 nanowires grown by physical vapor deposition

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    2013-01-01

    Photoconductivities of monocrystalline vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanowires (NWs) with layered orthorhombic structure grown by physical vapor deposition (PVD) have been investigated from the points of view of device and material. Optimal responsivity and gain for single-NW photodetector are at 7,900 A W-1 and 30,000, respectively. Intrinsic photoconduction (PC) efficiency (i.e., normalized gain) of the PVD-grown V2O5 NWs is two orders of magnitude higher than that of the V2O5 counterpart prepared by hydrothermal approach. In addition, bulk and surface-controlled PC mechanisms have been observed respectively by above- and below-bandgap excitations. The coexistence of hole trapping and oxygen sensitization effects in this layered V2O5 nanostructure is proposed, which is different from conventional metal oxide systems, such as ZnO, SnO2, TiO2, and WO3. PMID:24160337

  4. Pressure-induced elastic softening of monocrystalline zirconium tungstate at 300K

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    Pantea, C.; Migliori, A.; Littlewood, P. B.; Zhao, Y.; Ledbetter, H.; Lashley, J. C.; Kimura, T.; van Duijn, J.; Kowach, G. R.

    2006-06-01

    The elastic tensor of monocrystalline ZrW2O8 was determined near 300K as a function of pressure, using pulse-echo ultrasound in a large-volume moissanite anvil cell. An unusual decrease in bulk modulus with increased pressure was observed. A framework-solid-based nonlinear model with many degrees of freedom predicts the observed behavior. We also observe that ReO3 , a similar framework solid but lacking the necessary degrees of freedom, fails to display softening. Additionally, the pressure-induced phase transition from α-ZrW2O8 (cubic) to γ-ZrW2O8 (orthorhombic) is found to take place at ≈0.5GPa , a result confirmed by Raman spectroscopy.

  5. Stereological characterization of {gamma}' phase precipitation in CMSX-6 monocrystalline nickel-base superalloy

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    Szczotok, Agnieszka; Richter, Janusz; Cwajna, Jan

    2009-10-15

    The purpose of this investigation was to study in detail the means to quantitatively evaluate {gamma}' phase precipitation. Many of the mechanical properties of superalloys are directly influenced by the presence of the {gamma}' (gamma prime) precipitate phase dispersed in a {gamma} matrix phase. The {gamma}' precipitates act as effective barriers to dislocation motion and restrict plastic deformation, particularly at high temperatures. Due to this, it is essential to accurately quantify the {gamma}' precipitate size, volume fraction and distribution. Investigations based on quantitative metallography and image analysis were performed on a monocrystalline nickel-base superalloy taking into consideration various {gamma}' precipitate sizes present in that alloy microstructure. The authors of the present paper propose a new method of quantifying the total volume fraction of the {gamma}' phase applying images of the microstructure with {gamma}' phase precipitates registered using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (at two different magnifications) and scanning transmission electron microscopy.

  6. Fabrication of poly-crystalline Si-based Mie resonators via amorphous Si on SiO2 dewetting

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    Naffouti, Meher; David, Thomas; Benkouider, Abdelmalek; Favre, Luc; Ronda, Antoine; Berbezier, Isabelle; Bidault, Sebastien; Bonod, Nicolas; Abbarchi, Marco

    2016-01-01

    We report the fabrication of Si-based dielectric Mie resonators via a low cost process based on solid-state dewetting of ultra-thin amorphous Si on SiO2. We investigate the dewetting dynamics of a few nanometer sized layers annealed at high temperature to form submicrometric Si-particles. Morphological and structural characterization reveal the polycrystalline nature of the semiconductor matrix as well as rather irregular morphologies of the dewetted islands. Optical dark field imaging and spectroscopy measurements of the single islands reveal pronounced resonant scattering at visible frequencies. The linewidth of the low-order modes can be ~20 nm in full width at half maximum, leading to a quality factor Q exceeding 25. These values reach the state-of-the-art ones obtained for monocrystalline Mie resonators. The simplicity of the dewetting process and its cost-effectiveness opens the route to exploiting it over large scales for applications in silicon-based photonics.

  7. Fabrication of poly-crystalline Si-based Mie resonators via amorphous Si on SiO2 dewetting.

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    Naffouti, Meher; David, Thomas; Benkouider, Abdelmalek; Favre, Luc; Ronda, Antoine; Berbezier, Isabelle; Bidault, Sebastien; Bonod, Nicolas; Abbarchi, Marco

    2016-02-01

    We report the fabrication of Si-based dielectric Mie resonators via a low cost process based on solid-state dewetting of ultra-thin amorphous Si on SiO2. We investigate the dewetting dynamics of a few nanometer sized layers annealed at high temperature to form submicrometric Si-particles. Morphological and structural characterization reveal the polycrystalline nature of the semiconductor matrix as well as rather irregular morphologies of the dewetted islands. Optical dark field imaging and spectroscopy measurements of the single islands reveal pronounced resonant scattering at visible frequencies. The linewidth of the low-order modes can be ∼20 nm in full width at half maximum, leading to a quality factor Q exceeding 25. These values reach the state-of-the-art ones obtained for monocrystalline Mie resonators. The simplicity of the dewetting process and its cost-effectiveness opens the route to exploiting it over large scales for applications in silicon-based photonics.

  8. Cationic Polymer Modified Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Targeted SiRNA Delivery to HER2+ Breast Cancer

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    Ngamcherdtrakul, Worapol; Morry, Jingga; Gu, Shenda; Castro, David J.; Goodyear, Shaun M.; Sangvanich, Thanapon; Reda, Moataz M.; Lee, Richard; Mihelic, Samuel A.; Beckman, Brandon L.; Hu, Zhi; Gray, Joe W.; Yantasee, Wassana

    2015-01-01

    In vivo delivery of siRNAs designed to inhibit genes important in cancer and other diseases continues to be an important biomedical goal. We now describe a new nanoparticle construct that has been engineered for efficient delivery of siRNA to tumors. The construct is comprised of a 47-nm mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSNP) core coated with a cross-linked PEI-PEG copolymer, carrying siRNA against the HER2 oncogene, and coupled to the anti-HER2 monoclonal antibody (trastuzumab). The construct has been engineered to increase siRNA blood half-life, enhance tumor-specific cellular uptake, and maximize siRNA knockdown efficacy. The optimized anti-HER2-nanoparticles produced apoptotic death in HER2 positive (HER2+) breast cancer cells grown in vitro, but not in HER2 negative (HER2−) cells. One dose of the siHER2-nanoparticles reduced HER2 protein levels by 60% in trastuzumab-resistant HCC1954 xenografts. Multiple doses administered intravenously over 3 weeks significantly inhibited tumor growth (p < 0.004). The siHER2-nanoparticles have an excellent safety profile in terms of blood compatibility and low cytokine induction, when exposed to human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The construct can be produced with high batch-to-batch reproducibility and the production methods are suitable for large-scale production. These results suggest that this siHER2-nanoparticle is ready for clinical evaluation. PMID:26097445

  9. Co-delivery of doxorubicin and siRNA for glioma therapy by a brain targeting system: angiopep-2-modified poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Lei; Hao, Yongwei; Li, Haixia; Zhao, Yalin; Meng, Dehui; Li, Dong; Shi, Jinjin; Zhang, Hongling; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Zhang, Yun

    2015-01-01

    It is very challenging to treat brain cancer because of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) restricting therapeutic drug or gene to access the brain. In this research project, angiopep-2 (ANG) was used as a brain-targeted peptide for preparing multifunctional ANG-modified poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs), which encapsulated both doxorubicin (DOX) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) siRNA, designated as ANG/PLGA/DOX/siRNA. This system could efficiently deliver DOX and siRNA into U87MG cells leading to significant cell inhibition, apoptosis and EGFR silencing in vitro. It demonstrated that this drug system was capable of penetrating the BBB in vivo, resulting in more drugs accumulation in the brain. The animal study using the brain orthotopic U87MG glioma xenograft model indicated that the ANG-targeted co-delivery of DOX and EGFR siRNA resulted in not only the prolongation of the life span of the glioma-bearing mice but also an obvious cell apoptosis in glioma tissue.

  10. Assessment of drug delivery and anticancer potentials of nanoparticles-loaded siRNA targeting STAT3 in lung cancer, in vitro and in vivo.

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    Das, Jayeeta; Das, Sreemanti; Paul, Avijit; Samadder, Asmita; Bhattacharyya, Soumya Sundar; Khuda-Bukhsh, Anisur Rahman

    2014-03-21

    Activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription3 (STAT3) is a hallmark of several types of cancer. Failure to inhibit STAT3 expression by injection of siRNA for STAT3 directly to Balb/c mice led us to adopt alternative means. We formulated nanoparticle-based encapsulation of siRNA (NsiRNA) with polyethylenimine (PEI) and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and characterized them. The siRNA treated and NsiRNA-treated cells were subjected separately to different assay systems. We also checked if NsiRNA could cross the blood brain barrier (BBB). Cell viability reduced dramatically in A549 cells after NsiRNA administration (23.89% at 24 h), thereby implicating considerable silencing of STAT3 by NsiRNA, but not after siRNA administration. Compared to controls, a significant decrease in expression of IL-6 and the angiogenic factor (VEGF) and increase in Caspase 3 activity was observed with corresponding regression in tumor growth in mice treated with NsiRNA. NsiRNA induced apoptosis of cells and arrested cells at G1/G0 stage, both in vitro and in vivo. Apoptosis was also verified by Annexin-V-FITC/Propidium-iodide staining. NsiRNA could cross blood brain barrier. Overall results revealed PEI-PLGA to be a promising carrier for delivery of siRNA targeting STAT3 expression, which can be utilized as an effective strategy for cancer therapy.

  11. Study of Rayleigh–Taylor growth in laser irradiated planar SiO{sub 2} targets at ignition-relevant conditions

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    Hager, J. D.; Collins, T. J. B.; Knauer, J. P.; Meyerhofer, D. D.; Sangster, T. C.; Smalyuk, V. A.

    2013-07-15

    Rayleigh–Taylor (RT) growth experiments were performed on the OMEGA laser [T. R. Boehly et al., Opt. Commun. 133, 495 (1997)] using planar SiO{sub 2} targets seeded with a single mode 60-μm wavelength perturbation driven at peak laser intensities up to 9 × 10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}. These are the first RT measurements in SiO{sub 2} at conditions relevant to direct-drive inertial confinement fusion ignition. The measured average modulation growth rates agree with the 2-D hydrodynamics code DRACO, providing an important step in the development of target ablators that are robust to RT growth and hot- electron preheat considerations when driven at the intensities required to achieve thermonuclear ignition.

  12. EpCAM-Antibody-Labeled Noncytotoxic Polymer Vesicles for Cancer Stem Cells-Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Drug and siRNA.

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    Chen, Jing; Liu, Qiuming; Xiao, Jiangang; Du, Jianzhong

    2015-06-01

    Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have the capability to initiate tumor, to sustain tumor growth, to maintain the heterogeneity of tumor, and are closely linked to the failure of chemotherapy due to their self-renewal and multilineage differentiation capability with an innate resistance to cytotoxic agents. Herein, we designed and synthesized a novel anti-EpCAM (epithelial cell adhesion molecule)-monoclonal-antibody-labeled CSCs-targeting, noncytotoxic and pH-sensitive block copolymer vesicle as a nanocarrier of anticancer drug and siRNA (to overcome CSCs drug resistance by silencing the expression of oncogenes). This vesicle shows high delivery efficacy of both anticancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX·HCl) and siRNA to the CSCs because it is labeled by the monoclonal antibodies to the CSCs-surface-specific marker. Compared to non-CSCs-targeting vesicles, the DOX·HCl or siRNA loaded CSCs-targeting vesicles exhibited much better CSCs killing and tumor growth inhibition capabilities with lower toxicity to normal cells (IC50,DOX decreased by 80%), demonstrating promising potential applications in nanomedicine.

  13. Production of siRNA targeted against TYLCV coat protein transcripts leads to silencing of its expression and resistance to the virus.

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    Zrachya, Avi; Kumar, Pravin P; Ramakrishnan, Usha; Levy, Yael; Loyter, Abraham; Arazi, Tzahi; Lapidot, Moshe; Gafni, Yedidya

    2007-06-01

    The coat protein (CP) of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV), encoded by the v1 gene, is the only known component of the viral capsid. In addition, the CP plays a role in the virus transport into the host cell nucleus where viral genes are replicated and transcribed. In this study, we analyzed the effect of small interfering double-stranded RNAs (siRNAs), derived from an intron-hairpin RNA (ihpRNA) construct and targeting the v1 gene product, on CP accumulation. Transient assays involving agroinfiltration of the CP-silencing construct followed by infiltration of a fused GFP-CP (green fluorescent protein-coat protein) gene showed down-regulation of GFP expression in Nicotiana benthamiana. Some of the transgenic tomato plants (cv. Micro-Tom), expressing the siRNA targeted against the TYLCV CP gene, did not show disease symptoms 7 weeks post-inoculation with the virus, while non-transgenic control plants were infected within 2 weeks post inoculation. The present study demonstrates, for the first time, that siRNA targeted against the CP of TYLCV can confer resistance to the virus in transgenic tomato plants, thereby enabling flowering and fruit production. PMID:17103242

  14. ICAM-1-Targeted, Lcn2 siRNA-Encapsulating Liposomes are Potent Anti-angiogenic Agents for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

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    Guo, Peng; Yang, Jiang; Jia, Di; Moses, Marsha A.; Auguste, Debra T.

    2016-01-01

    Lipocalin 2 (Lcn2) is a promising therapeutic target as well as a potential diagnostic biomarker for breast cancer. It has been previously shown to promote breast cancer progression by inducing the epithelial to mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cells as well as by enhancing angiogenesis. Lcn2 levels in urine and tissue samples of breast cancer patients has also been correlated with breast cancer status and poor patient prognosis. In this study, we have engineered a novel liposomal small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery system to target triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) via a recently identified molecular target, intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1). This ICAM-1-targeted, Lcn2 siRNA- encapsulating liposome (ICAM-Lcn2-LP) binds human TNBC MDA-MB-231cells significantly stronger than non-neoplastic MCF-10A cells. Efficient Lcn2 knockdown by ICAM-Lcn2-LPs led to a significant reduction in the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) from MDA-MB-231 cells, which, in turn, led to reduced angiogenesis both in vitro and in vivo. Angiogenesis (neovascularization) is a requirement for solid tumor growth and progression, and its inhibition is an important therapeutic strategy for human cancers. Our results indicate that a tumor-specific strategy such as the TNBC-targeted, anti-angiogenic therapeutic approach developed here, may be clinically useful in inhibiting TNBC progression. PMID:26722369

  15. ICAM-1-Targeted, Lcn2 siRNA-Encapsulating Liposomes are Potent Anti-angiogenic Agents for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

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    Guo, Peng; Yang, Jiang; Jia, Di; Moses, Marsha A; Auguste, Debra T

    2016-01-01

    Lipocalin 2 (Lcn2) is a promising therapeutic target as well as a potential diagnostic biomarker for breast cancer. It has been previously shown to promote breast cancer progression by inducing the epithelial to mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cells as well as by enhancing angiogenesis. Lcn2 levels in urine and tissue samples of breast cancer patients has also been correlated with breast cancer status and poor patient prognosis. In this study, we have engineered a novel liposomal small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery system to target triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) via a recently identified molecular target, intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1). This ICAM-1-targeted, Lcn2 siRNA- encapsulating liposome (ICAM-Lcn2-LP) binds human TNBC MDA-MB-231cells significantly stronger than non-neoplastic MCF-10A cells. Efficient Lcn2 knockdown by ICAM-Lcn2-LPs led to a significant reduction in the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) from MDA-MB-231 cells, which, in turn, led to reduced angiogenesis both in vitro and in vivo. Angiogenesis (neovascularization) is a requirement for solid tumor growth and progression, and its inhibition is an important therapeutic strategy for human cancers. Our results indicate that a tumor-specific strategy such as the TNBC-targeted, anti-angiogenic therapeutic approach developed here, may be clinically useful in inhibiting TNBC progression.

  16. Immobilized transferrin Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticle with high doxorubicin loading for dual-targeted tumor drug delivery

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    Ding, Wence; Guo, Lin

    2013-01-01

    Transferrin (Tf) was immobilized onto Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticles with high doxorubicin (DOX) loading (TfDMP), for dual targeting of cancer, by chemically coupling both Tf and DOX with dual-function magnetic nanoparticles (DMPs) using a multi-armed crosslinker, poly-L-glutamic acid. With high trapping efficiency for magnetic targeting, TfDMP exhibits a Tf receptor-targeting function. Moreover, the DOX loading percentage of TfDMP is high, and can be controlled by adjusting the reactant ratio. TfDMP presents a narrow size distribution, and is sensitive to pH for drug release. Compared with DOX-coupled DMP without Tf modification (DDMP), TfDMP exhibits enhanced uptake by Tf receptor-expressing tumor cells, and displays stronger cancer cell cytotoxicity. This study provides an efficient method for the dual-targeted delivery of therapeutic agents to tumors, with controlled low carrier toxicity and high efficiency. PMID:24348038

  17. Biocompatible and colloidally stabilized mPEG-PE/calcium phosphate hybrid nanoparticles loaded with siRNAs targeting tumors

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    Gao, Pei; Zhang, Xiangyu; Wang, Hongzhi; Zhang, Qinghong

    2016-01-01

    Calcium phosphate nanoparticles are safe and effective delivery vehicles for small interfering RNA (siRNA), as a result of their excellent biocompatibility. In this work, mPEG-PE (polyethylene glycol-L-α-phosphatidylethanolamine) was synthesized and used to prepare nanoparticles composed of mPEG-PE and calcium phosphate for siRNA delivery. Calcium phosphate and mPEG-PE formed the stable hybrid nanoparticles through self-assembly resulting from electrostatic interaction in water. The average size of the hybrid nanoparticles was approximately 53.2 nm with a negative charge of approximately −16.7 mV, which was confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The nanoparticles exhibited excellent stability in serum and could protect siRNA from ribonuclease (RNase) degradation. The cellular internalization of siRNA-loaded nanoparticles was evaluated in SMMC-7721 cells using a laser scanning confocal microscope (CLSM) and flow cytometry. The hybrid nanoparticles could efficiently deliver siRNA to cells compared with free siRNA. Moreover, the in vivo distribution of Cy5-siRNA-loaded hybrid nanoparticles was observed after being injected into tumor-bearing nude mice. The nanoparticles concentrated in the tumor regions through an enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect based on the fluorescence intensities of tissue distribution. A safety evaluation of the nanoparticles was performed both in vitro and in vivo demonstrating that the hybrid nanoparticle delivery system had almost no toxicity. These results indicated that the mPEG-PE/CaP hybrid nanoparticles could be a stable, safe and promising siRNA nanocarrier for anticancer therapy. PMID:26625203

  18. Biocompatible and colloidally stabilized mPEG-PE/calcium phosphate hybrid nanoparticles loaded with siRNAs targeting tumors.

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    Gao, Pei; Zhang, Xiangyu; Wang, Hongzhi; Zhang, Qinghong; Li, He; Li, Yaogang; Duan, Yourong

    2016-01-19

    Calcium phosphate nanoparticles are safe and effective delivery vehicles for small interfering RNA (siRNA), as a result of their excellent biocompatibility. In this work, mPEG-PE (polyethylene glycol-L-α-phosphatidylethanolamine) was synthesized and used to prepare nanoparticles composed of mPEG-PE and calcium phosphate for siRNA delivery. Calcium phosphate and mPEG-PE formed the stable hybrid nanoparticles through self-assembly resulting from electrostatic interaction in water. The average size of the hybrid nanoparticles was approximately 53.2 nm with a negative charge of approximately -16.7 mV, which was confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The nanoparticles exhibited excellent stability in serum and could protect siRNA from ribonuclease (RNase) degradation. The cellular internalization of siRNA-loaded nanoparticles was evaluated in SMMC-7721 cells using a laser scanning confocal microscope (CLSM) and flow cytometry. The hybrid nanoparticles could efficiently deliver siRNA to cells compared with free siRNA. Moreover, the in vivo distribution of Cy5-siRNA-loaded hybrid nanoparticles was observed after being injected into tumor-bearing nude mice. The nanoparticles concentrated in the tumor regions through an enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect based on the fluorescence intensities of tissue distribution. A safety evaluation of the nanoparticles was performed both in vitro and in vivo demonstrating that the hybrid nanoparticle delivery system had almost no toxicity. These results indicated that the mPEG-PE/CaP hybrid nanoparticles could be a stable, safe and promising siRNA nanocarrier for anticancer therapy.

  19. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: SiC based Si/SiC heterojunction and its rectifying characteristics

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    Zhu, Feng; Chen, Zhi-Ming; Li, Lian-Bi; Zhao, Shun-Feng; Lin, Tao

    2009-11-01

    The Si on SiC heterojunction is still poorly understood, although it has a number of potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices, for example, light-activated SiC power switches where Si may play the role of an light absorbing layer. This paper reports on Si films heteroepitaxially grown on the Si face of (0001) n-type 6H-SiC substrates and the use of B2H6 as a dopant for p-Si grown at temperatures in a range of 700-950 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) tests have demonstrated that the samples prepared at the temperatures ranged from 850 °C to 900 °C are characterized as monocrystalline silicon. The rocking XRD curves show a well symmetry with FWHM of 0.4339° Omega. Twin crystals and stacking faults observed in the epitaxial layers might be responsible for widening of the rocking curves. Dependence of the crystal structure and surface topography on growth temperature is discussed based on the experimental results. The energy band structure and rectifying characteristics of the Si/SiC heterojunctions are also preliminarily tested.

  20. Generation and characterization of bioluminescent xenograft mouse models of MLL-related acute leukemias and in vivo evaluation of luciferase-targeting siRNA nanoparticles.

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    Fazzina, Raffaella; Lombardini, Lorenza; Mezzanotte, Laura; Roda, Aldo; Hrelia, Patrizia; Pession, Andrea; Tonelli, Roberto

    2012-08-01

    Chromosomal translocations involving the MLL gene on 11q23 present frequent abnormalities in pediatric, adult and therapy-related acute leukemias, and are generally associated with aggressive disease and poor prognosis. Here, we report bioluminescent acute leukemia xenograft mouse models of the most frequent and aggressive MLL-related acute leukemias (infant and adult MLL-AF9, MLL-ENL, MLL-AF4). Four acute leukemia cell lines carrying MLL-related translocations were stably transduced with a firefly luciferase transgene and injected intravenously into NOD/SCID mice. Leukemia progression was monitored by in vivo bioluminescence imaging (BLI). All mice developed MLL-related acute leukemia. The four MLL-related acute leukemia models showed a different course of infant and adult MLL-AF9 acute myeloid leukemia, and a rapid aggressiveness of MLL-ENL acute lymphoblastic leukemia and MLL-AF4 acute biphenotypic leukemia. Tissue analysis and RT-PCR of bone marrow, spleen and liver from the mice confirmed the BL results. To validate BLI for the detection of a therapeutic response, systemic treatment with an anti-luciferase-targeting siRNA (siLuc) complexed with cationic nanoparticles was administered to mice with MLL-AF4 acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The BLI signal showed a reduction following treatment with siLuc compared to the control mice. These mouse models present MLL-related acute leukemia evolution similar to the human counterparts. Moreover, they are non-invasive, rapid and sensitive models, suitable for the in vivo study of MLL-related acute leukemias. Finally, BLI showed in vivo luminescence down modulation obtained by systemic treatment with luciferase-targeting siRNA nanoparticle complexes, confirming that these MLL-related leukemia mouse models are optimal for the evaluation and selection of delivery systems for siRNA and other new biotechnological pharmaceuticals.

  1. Targeted Nanomedicine for Suppression of CD44 and Simultaneous Cell Death Induction in Ovarian Cancer: an Optimal Delivery of siRNA and Anticancer Drug

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    Shah, Vatsal; Taratula, Oleh; Garbuzenko, Olga B.; Taratula, Olena R.; Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Lorna; Minko, Tamara

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The proposed project is aimed at enhancing the efficiency of epithelial ovarian cancer treatment and reducing adverse side effects of chemotherapy using nanotechnology. Overexpression of the CD44 membrane receptor results in tumor initiation, growth, tumor stem cells specific behavior, development of drug resistance, and metastases. We hypothesize that a developed cancer targeted delivery system which combines CD44 siRNA with paclitaxel would successfully deliver its payload inside cancer cells, effectively induce cell death, and prevent metastases. Experimental Design: We synthesized, characterized, and tested a nanoscale-based drug delivery system containing a modified Polypropylenimine (PPI) dendrimer as a carrier; anticancer drug paclitaxel as a cell death inducer; a synthetic analog of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) peptide as a tumor targeting moiety, and siRNA targeted to CD44 mRNA. The proposed NDDS was tested in vitro and in vivo using metastatic ovarian cancer cells isolated from patients with malignant ascites. Results: We found that in contrast to cells isolated from primary tumors, CD44 was highly overexpressed in metastatic cancer cells. Treatment with the proposed tumor-targeted nanoscale-based nucleic acid and drug delivery system led to the suppression of CD44 mRNA and protein, efficient induction of cell death, effective tumor shrinkage, and prevention of adverse side effects on healthy organs. Conclusion: We show a high therapeutic potential for combinatorial treatment of ovarian carcinoma with a novel drug delivery system that effectively transports siRNA targeting to CD44 mRNA simultaneously with cytotoxic agents. PMID:24036854

  2. High efficiency back-contact back-junction thin-film monocrystalline silicon solar cells from the porous silicon process

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    Haase, F.; Kajari-Schröder, S.; Brendel, R.

    2013-11-01

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of a 45 μm thick back-contact back-junction thin-film monocrystalline silicon solar cell from the porous silicon process with an energy conversion efficiency of 18.9%. We demonstrate an efficiency improvement of 5.4% absolute compared to our prior record of 13.5% for back-contact back-junction thin-film monocrystalline silicon solar cells. This increase in efficiency is achieved by reducing the recombination at the base contact using a back surface field and by increasing the generation with a front texture. We investigate the loss mechanisms in the cell using finite element simulations. A free energy loss analysis based on experiments and simulations determines the dominating loss mechanisms. The efficiency loss by base recombination is 0.8% absolute and the loss by base contact recombination is 0.5% absolute in the 18.9% efficiency cell.

  3. Evaluation of the Effect of Microalloying on Cleavage of Monocrystalline NiAl Using a Miniaturized Disk-Bend Test

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    Ardell, Alan J.

    1997-01-01

    It was originally proposed to investigate the effect of microalloying on the ductility of monocrystalline NiAl. The idea was to deposit selected elements on oriented crystals of NiAl using magnetron sputtering, followed by annealing at high temperatures to produce the doped specimens. The project was terminated before that stage of the research was reached, but useful results needed for that study were obtained during the lifetime of the program. Those results are described in this report.

  4. Evaluation of the Effect of Microalloying on Cleavage of Monocrystalline NiAl using a Miniaturized Disk-Bend Test

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    Ardell, Alan J.

    1997-01-01

    It was originally proposed to investigate the effect of microalloying on the ductility of monocrystalline NiAl. The idea was to deposit selected elements on oriented crystals of NiAl using magnetron sputtering, followed by annealing at high temperatures to produce the doped specimens. The project was terminated before that stage of the research was reached, but useful results needed for that study were obtained during the lifetime of the program. Those results are described in this resort.

  5. Carboxymethyl chitosan-folic acid-conjugated Fe3O4@SiO2 as a safe and targeting antitumor nanovehicle in vitro

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    A synthetic method to prepare a core-shell-structured Fe3O4@SiO2 as a safe nanovehicle for tumor cell targeting has been developed. Superparamagnetic iron oxide is encapsulated inside nonporous silica as the core to provide magnetic targeting. Carboxymethyl chitosan-folic acid (OCMCS-FA) synthesized through coupling folic acid (FA) with OCMCS is then covalently linked to the silica shell and renders new and improved functions because of the original biocompatible properties of OCMCS and the targeting efficacy of FA. Cellular uptake of the nanovehicle was assayed by confocal laser scanning microscope using rhodamine B (RB) as a fluorescent marker in HeLa cells. The results show that the surface modification of the core-shell silica nanovehicle with OCMCS-FA enhances the internalization of nanovehicle to HeLa cells which over-express the folate receptor. The cell viability assay demonstrated that Fe3O4@SiO2-OCMCS-FA nanovehicle has low toxicity and can be used as an eligible candidate for drug delivery system. These unique advantages make the prepared core-shell nanovehicle promising for cancer-specific targeting and therapy. PMID:24667013

  6. Targeted nanoconjugate co-delivering siRNA and tyrosine kinase inhibitor to KRAS mutant NSCLC dissociates GAB1-SHP2 post oncogene knockdown

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    Srikar, R.; Suresh, Dhananjay; Zambre, Ajit; Taylor, Kristen; Chapman, Sarah; Leevy, Matthew; Upendran, Anandhi; Kannan, Raghuraman

    2016-08-01

    A tri-block nanoparticle (TBN) comprising of an enzymatically cleavable porous gelatin nanocore encapsulated with gefitinib (tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)) and surface functionalized with cetuximab-siRNA conjugate has been synthesized. Targeted delivery of siRNA to undruggable KRAS mutated non-small cell lung cancer cells would sensitize the cells to TKI drugs and offers an efficient therapy for treating cancer; however, efficient delivery of siRNA and releasing it in cytoplasm remains a major challenge. We have shown TBN can efficiently deliver siRNA to cytoplasm of KRAS mutant H23 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) cells for oncogene knockdown; subsequently, sensitizing it to TKI. In the absence of TKI, the nanoparticle showed minimal toxicity suggesting that the cells adapt a parallel GAB1 mediated survival pathway. In H23 cells, activated ERK results in phosphorylation of GAB1 on serine and threonine residues to form GAB1-p85 PI3K complex. In the absence of TKI, knocking down the oncogene dephosphorylated ERK, and negated the complex formation. This event led to tyrosine phosphorylation at Tyr627 domain of GAB1 that regulated EGFR signaling by recruiting SHP2. In the presence of TKI, GAB1-SHP2 dissociation occurs, leading to cell death. The outcome of this study provides a promising platform for treating NSCLC patients harboring KRAS mutation.

  7. Targeted nanoconjugate co-delivering siRNA and tyrosine kinase inhibitor to KRAS mutant NSCLC dissociates GAB1-SHP2 post oncogene knockdown.

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    Srikar, R; Suresh, Dhananjay; Zambre, Ajit; Taylor, Kristen; Chapman, Sarah; Leevy, Matthew; Upendran, Anandhi; Kannan, Raghuraman

    2016-01-01

    A tri-block nanoparticle (TBN) comprising of an enzymatically cleavable porous gelatin nanocore encapsulated with gefitinib (tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)) and surface functionalized with cetuximab-siRNA conjugate has been synthesized. Targeted delivery of siRNA to undruggable KRAS mutated non-small cell lung cancer cells would sensitize the cells to TKI drugs and offers an efficient therapy for treating cancer; however, efficient delivery of siRNA and releasing it in cytoplasm remains a major challenge. We have shown TBN can efficiently deliver siRNA to cytoplasm of KRAS mutant H23 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) cells for oncogene knockdown; subsequently, sensitizing it to TKI. In the absence of TKI, the nanoparticle showed minimal toxicity suggesting that the cells adapt a parallel GAB1 mediated survival pathway. In H23 cells, activated ERK results in phosphorylation of GAB1 on serine and threonine residues to form GAB1-p85 PI3K complex. In the absence of TKI, knocking down the oncogene dephosphorylated ERK, and negated the complex formation. This event led to tyrosine phosphorylation at Tyr627 domain of GAB1 that regulated EGFR signaling by recruiting SHP2. In the presence of TKI, GAB1-SHP2 dissociation occurs, leading to cell death. The outcome of this study provides a promising platform for treating NSCLC patients harboring KRAS mutation. PMID:27530552

  8. Targeted nanoconjugate co-delivering siRNA and tyrosine kinase inhibitor to KRAS mutant NSCLC dissociates GAB1-SHP2 post oncogene knockdown

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    Srikar, R.; Suresh, Dhananjay; Zambre, Ajit; Taylor, Kristen; Chapman, Sarah; Leevy, Matthew; Upendran, Anandhi; Kannan, Raghuraman

    2016-01-01

    A tri-block nanoparticle (TBN) comprising of an enzymatically cleavable porous gelatin nanocore encapsulated with gefitinib (tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)) and surface functionalized with cetuximab-siRNA conjugate has been synthesized. Targeted delivery of siRNA to undruggable KRAS mutated non-small cell lung cancer cells would sensitize the cells to TKI drugs and offers an efficient therapy for treating cancer; however, efficient delivery of siRNA and releasing it in cytoplasm remains a major challenge. We have shown TBN can efficiently deliver siRNA to cytoplasm of KRAS mutant H23 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) cells for oncogene knockdown; subsequently, sensitizing it to TKI. In the absence of TKI, the nanoparticle showed minimal toxicity suggesting that the cells adapt a parallel GAB1 mediated survival pathway. In H23 cells, activated ERK results in phosphorylation of GAB1 on serine and threonine residues to form GAB1-p85 PI3K complex. In the absence of TKI, knocking down the oncogene dephosphorylated ERK, and negated the complex formation. This event led to tyrosine phosphorylation at Tyr627 domain of GAB1 that regulated EGFR signaling by recruiting SHP2. In the presence of TKI, GAB1-SHP2 dissociation occurs, leading to cell death. The outcome of this study provides a promising platform for treating NSCLC patients harboring KRAS mutation. PMID:27530552

  9. Preparation of dendritic-like Ag crystals using monocrystalline silicon as template

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    Wei, Yanlin; Chen, Yashao; Ye, Linjing; Chang, Pengmei

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Template-assisted method for synthesis of dendritic silver. {yields} Unique dendritic silver structure with stems, branches, and leaves. {yields} The morphology of silver depends on silicon surface roughness. {yields} Both diffusion and oriented attachment dominating the dendritic structure formation. -- Abstract: Symmetric dendritic silver structures with controlled morphology were successfully synthesized by a solvothermal method with the assistance of monocrystalline silicon. The morphology and structure of the dendritic silver were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that the architecture of silver crystals could be controlled via simply adjusting the experiment parameters: AgNO{sub 3} concentration, reaction time and temperature. Moreover, structural characterizations suggested that the dendritic silver structures preferentially grew along (1 1 1) and (2 0 0) directions, leading to the formation of dendritic structures with 1-2 {mu}m in stem diameter and 10-50 {mu}m in length. Additionally, the formation process of the dendritic silver structures was studied, and a possible formation mechanism was proposed based on the experimental results.

  10. A molecular dynamics study of void initiation and growth in monocrystalline and nanocrystalline copper

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    Traiviratana, Sirirat

    MD simulations in monocrystalline and nanocrystalline copper were carried out with LAMMPS to reveal void growth mechanisms. The specimens were subjected to both tensile uniaxial and hydrostatic strains; the results confirm that the emission of (shear) loops is the primary mechanism of void growth. The expansion of the loops and their cross slip leads to the severely work hardened layer surrounding a growing void. Calculations were carried out on voids with different sizes, and a size dependence of the stress response to emitted dislocations was observed, in disagreement with the Gurson model [1] which is scale independent. The growth of voids simulated by MD is compared with the Cocks-Ashby constitutive model and significant agreement is found. The density of geometrically-necessary dislocations as a function of void size is calculated based on the emission of shear loops and their outward propagation. Calculations were also carried out for a void at the interface between two grains sharing a tilt boundary. The results show similar dislocation behaviors. A code that uses Voronoi tessellation for constructing nanocrystalline structures was developed and used to prepare the structures for simulations. Nanocrystal simulations reveal grain sliding and grain rotation as the nanocrystal deformed. Voids were nucleated at grain junctions and grew to coalescence as dislocations accommodated the material transfer. A code that can be used during post-processing to extract useful dislocation information from MD simulation data was partially developed and proved the feasibility of automatically analyzing dislocations.

  11. EFFECT OF SHOCK COMPRESSION METHOD ON THE DEFECT SUBSTRUCTURE IN MONOCRYSTALLINE COPPER

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    Cao, B Y; Lassila, D H; Schneider, M S; Kad, B K; Huang, C X; Xu, Y B; Kalantar, D H; Remington, B A; Meyers, M A

    2005-09-23

    Monocrystalline copper samples with orientations of [001] and [221] were shocked at pressures ranging from 20 GPa to 60 GPa using two techniques: direct drive lasers and explosively driven flyer plates. The pulse duration for these techniques differed substantially: 40 ns for the laser experiments at 0.5 mm into the sample and 1.1 {approx} 1.4 {micro}s for the flyer-plate experiments at 5 mm into the sample. The residual microstructures were dependent on orientation, pressure, and shocking method. The much shorter pulse duration in the laser driven shock yielded microstructures closer to the ones generated at the shock front. For the flyer-plate experiments, the longer pulse duration allows shock-generated defects to reorganize into lower energy configurations. Calculations show that the post-shock cooling for the laser driven shock is 10{sup 3} {approx} 10{sup 4} faster than that for plate-impact shock, propitiating recovery and recrystallization conditions for the latter. At the higher pressure level, extensive recrystallization was observed in the plate-impact samples, while it was absent in the laser driven shock. An effect that is proposed to contribute significantly to the formation of recrystallized regions is the existence of micro-shear-bands, which increase the local temperature beyond the prediction from adiabatic compression.

  12. Effect of Shock Compression Method on the Defect Substructure in Monocrystalline Copper

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    Cao, B Y; Meyers, M A; Lassila, D H; Schneider, M S; Kad, B K; Huang, C X; Xu, Y B; Kalantar, D H; Remington, B A

    2005-02-17

    Monocrystalline copper samples with orientations of [001] and [221] were shocked at pressures ranging from 20 GPa to 60 GPa using two techniques: direct drive lasers and explosively driven flyer plates. The pulse duration for these techniques differed substantially: 2 ns for the laser experiments and 1.1-1.4 {micro}s for the flyer-plate experiments. The residual microstructures were dependent on orientation, pressure, and shocking method. The much shorter pulse duration in laser shock yielded recovery microstructures with no or limited dislocation motion. For the flyer-plate experiments, the longer pulse duration allow shock-generated defects to reorganize into lower energy configurations. Calculations show that the post shock cooling occurs in a time scale of 0.2 s for laser shock and 1000 s for plate-impact shock, propitiating recovery and recrystallization conditions for the latter. At the higher pressure level extensive recrystallization was observed in the plate-impact samples, while it was absent in laser shock. An effect that is proposed to contribute significantly to the formation of recrystallized regions is the existence of micro-shearbands, which increase the local temperature.

  13. A Comparison of Target Gene Silencing using Synthetically Modified siRNA and shRNA That Express Recombinant Lentiviral Vectors.

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    Spirin, P V; Baskaran, D; Rubtsov, P M; Zenkova, M A; Vlassov, V V; Chernolovskaya, E L; Prassolov, V S

    2009-07-01

    RNA-interference is an effective natural mechanism of post-transcriptional modulation of gene expression. RNA-interference mechanism exist as in high eukaryotes both animals and plants as well in lower eukaryotes and viruses. RNA-interference is now used as a powerful tool in study of functional gene activity and many essential for fundamental biology results was obtained with this approach. Also it's widely believed that RNA-interference could be used in working out of new therapeutic medicine against malignant, infectious and hereditary diseases. One of the main problems of these developments is search of effective methods of siRNA transfer into the target cells. At present time for these purpose different sorts of transfect ions or viral transduction are used. At present article the results of comparison of inhibition of expression of oncogene AML-ET O by synthetic siRNA and by recombinant lentiviruses coding for corresponding shRNA are presented.

  14. A Comparison of Target Gene Silencing using Synthetically Modified siRNA and shRNA That Express Recombinant Lentiviral Vectors

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    Spirin, P.V.; Baskaran, D.; Rubtsov, P.M.; Zenkova, M.A.; Vlassov, V.V.; Chernolovskaya, E.L.

    2009-01-01

    RNA-interference is an effective natural mechanism of post-transcriptional modulation of gene expression. RNA-interference mechanism exist as in high eukaryotes both animals and plants as well in lower eukaryotes and viruses. RNA-interference is now used as a powerful tool in study of functional gene activity and many essential for fundamental biology results was obtained with this approach. Also it's widely believed that RNA-interference could be used in working out of new therapeutic medicine against malignant, infectious and hereditary diseases. One of the main problems of these developments is search of effective methods of siRNA transfer into the target cells. At present time for these purpose different sorts of transfect ions or viral transduction are used. At present article the results of comparison of inhibition of expression of oncogene AML-ET O by synthetic siRNA and by recombinant lentiviruses coding for corresponding shRNA are presented. PMID:22649608

  15. Sticky siRNAs targeting survivin and cyclin B1 exert an antitumoral effect on melanoma subcutaneous xenografts and lung metastases

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    2013-01-01

    Background Melanoma represents one of the most aggressive and therapeutically challenging malignancies as it often gives rise to metastases and develops resistance to classical chemotherapeutic agents. Although diverse therapies have been generated, no major improvement of the patient prognosis has been noticed. One promising alternative to the conventional therapeutic approaches currently available is the inactivation of proteins essential for survival and/or progression of melanomas by means of RNA interference. Survivin and cyclin B1, both involved in cell survival and proliferation and frequently deregulated in human cancers, are good candidate target genes for siRNA mediated therapeutics. Methods We used our newly developed sticky siRNA-based technology delivered with linear polyethyleneimine (PEI) to inhibit the expression of survivin and cyclin B1 both in vitro and in vivo, and addressed the effect of this inhibition on B16-F10 murine melanoma tumor development. Results We confirm that survivin and cyclin B1 downregulation through a RNA interference mechanism induces a blockage of the cell cycle as well as impaired proliferation of B16-F10 cells in vitro. Most importantly, PEI-mediated systemic delivery of sticky siRNAs against survivin and cyclin B1 efficiently blocks growth of established subcutaneaous B16-F10 tumors as well as formation and dissemination of melanoma lung metastases. In addition, we highlight that inhibition of survivin expression increases the effect of doxorubicin on lung B16-F10 metastasis growth inhibition. Conclusion PEI-mediated delivery of sticky siRNAs targeting genes involved in tumor progression such as survivin and cyclin B1, either alone or in combination with chemotherapeutic drugs, represents a promising strategy for melanoma treatment. PMID:23835136

  16. Triple-Layered pH-Responsive Micelleplexes Loaded with siRNA and Cisplatin Prodrug for NF-Kappa B Targeted Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer

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    Yu, Haijun; Guo, Chengyue; Feng, Bing; Liu, Jianping; Chen, Xianzhi; Wang, Dangge; Teng, Lesheng; Li, Youxin; Yin, Qi; Zhang, Zhiwen; Li, Yaping

    2016-01-01

    The combination of chemotherapy and RNA interference is a promising approach for efficient cancer therapy. However, the success of such a strategy is hampered by the lack of suitable vectors to coordinate small interfering RNA (siRNA) and chemotherapeutic drug into one single platform. We herein report a novel triple-layered pH-responsive micelleplex loading siRNA and alkylated cisplatin prodrug for NF-Kappa B targeted treatment of metastatic breast cancer. The micelles were self-assembled from poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(aminolated glycidyl methacrylate)-block-poly(2-(diisopropyl amino) ethyl methacrylate) (PEG-b-PAGA-b-PDPA) triblock copolymers. At pH 7.4, the cisplatin prodrug was encapsulated in the hydrophobic PDPA core and siRNA was loaded on the positively charged PAGA interlayer to form the micelleplexes. The PEG corona can prevent protein absorption during blood circulation, minimize non-specific interaction with the reticuloendothelial system, and prolong the systemic circulation of the micelleplexes. The positively charged PAGA interlayer can facilitate deep tumor penetration of the micelleplexes, which, upon cellular uptake, are dissociated in the early endosomes to release anticancer drug payload due to protonation of the PDPA core. Using a 4T1 breast cancer model, we demonstrate that this novel micelleplex co-loaded with cisplatin prodrug and siRNA-p65 is able to simultaneously inhibit tumor growth and suppress distant metastasis of the cancer cells by downregulating NF-kappa B expression. The results reported in this study suggest that siRNA and anticancer drug co-delivery using pH-responsive micelleplexes is a promising strategy for efficient treatment of metastatic cancer. PMID:26722370

  17. Multifunctional NaYF4:Yb, Er@mSiO2@Fe3O4-PEG nanoparticles for UCL/MR bioimaging and magnetically targeted drug delivery.

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    Liu, Bei; Li, Chunxia; Ma, Ping'an; Chen, Yinyin; Zhang, Yuanxin; Hou, Zhiyao; Huang, Shanshan; Lin, Jun

    2015-02-01

    A low toxic multifunctional nanoplatform, integrating both mutimodal diagnosis methods and antitumor therapy, is highly desirable to assure its antitumor efficiency. In this work, we show a convenient and adjustable synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles NaYF4:Yb, Er@mSiO2@Fe3O4-PEG (MFNPs) based on different sizes of up-conversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). With strong up-conversion fluorescence offered by UCNPs, superparamagnetism properties attributed to Fe3O4 nanoparticles and porous structure coming from the mesoporous SiO2 shell, the as-obtained MFNPs can be utilized not only as a contrast agent for dual modal up-conversion luminescence (UCL)/magnetic resonance (MR) bio-imaging, but can also achieve an effective magnetically targeted antitumor chemotherapy both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, the UCL intensity of UCNPs and the magnetic properties of Fe3O4 in the MFNPs were carefully balanced. Silica coating and further PEG modifying can improve the hydrophilicity and biocompatibility of the as-synthesized MFNPs, which was confirmed by the in vitro/in vivo biocompatibility and in vivo long-time bio-distributions tests. Those results revealed that the UCNPs based magnetically targeted drug carrier system we synthesized has great promise in the future for multimodal bio-imaging and targeted cancer therapy.

  18. Targeting L1 cell adhesion molecule expression using liposome-encapsulated siRNA suppresses prostate cancer bone metastasis and growth.

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    Sung, Shian-Ying; Wu, I-Hui; Chuang, Pei-Hsin; Petros, John A; Wu, Hsi-Chin; Zeng, Hong-Jie; Huang, Wei-Chien; Chung, Leland W K; Hsieh, Chia-Ling

    2014-10-30

    The L1 cell adhesion molecule (L1CAM) has been implicated in tumor progression of many types of cancers, but its role in prostate cancer and its application in targeted gene therapy have not been investigated. Herein, we demonstrated that the L1CAM was expressed in androgen-insensitive and highly metastatic human prostate cancer cell lines. The correlation between L1CAM expression and prostate cancer metastasis was also validated in serum samples of prostate cancer patients. Knockdown of L1CAM expression in prostate cancer cells by RNA interference significantly decreased their aggressive behaviors, including colony formation, migration and invasion in vitro, and tumor formation in a metastatic murine model. These anti-malignant phenotypes of L1CAM-knockdown cancer cells were accompanied by G0/G1 cell cycle arrest and suppression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 expression and nuclear factor NF-κB activation. In vivo targeting of L1CAM expression using liposome-encapsulated L1CAM siRNAs effectively inhibited prostate cancer growth in mouse bone, which was associated with decreased L1CAM expression and cell proliferation by tumor cells. These results provide the first evidence for L1CAM being a major contributor to prostate cancer metastasis and translational application of siRNA-based L1CAM-targeted therapy. PMID:25294816

  19. Deposition of copper coatings in a magnetron with liquid target

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    Tumarkin, A. V. Kaziev, A. V.; Kolodko, D. V.; Pisarev, A. A.; Kharkov, M. M.; Khodachenko, G. V.

    2015-12-15

    Copper coatings were deposited on monocrystalline Si substrates using a magnetron discharge with a liquid cathode in the metal vapour plasma. During the deposition, the bias voltage in the range from 0 V to–400 V was applied to the substrate. The prepared films were investigated by a scanning electron microscope, and their adhesive properties were studied using a scratch tester. It was demonstrated that the adhesion of the deposited films strongly depends on the bias voltage and varies in a wide range.

  20. In vitro and in vivo targeting imaging of pancreatic cancer using a Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoprobe modified with anti-mesothelin antibody

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    Liu, Fang; Le, Wenjun; Mei, Tianxiao; Wang, Tiegong; Chen, Luguang; Lei, Yi; Cui, Shaobin; Chen, Bingdi; Cui, Zheng; Shao, Chengwei

    2016-01-01

    Pancreatic cancer is a highly malignant disease with a 5-year survival rate <5% mainly due to lack of early diagnosis and effective therapy. In an effort to improve the early diagnostic rate of pancreatic cancer, a nanoprobe Fe3O4@SiO2 modified with anti-mesothelin antibody (A-MFS) was prepared to target cells and tumor tissues highly expressing mesothelin in vitro (human pancreatic cancer cell line SW1990) and in vivo (subcutaneously transplanted tumors) studies. The A-MFS probe was successfully prepared and was spherical and uniform with a hydrodynamic diameter between 110 and 130 nm. Cell Counting Kit-8 testing indicated that A-MFS was nontoxic in vitro and in vivo studies. The in vitro study showed that the A-MFS probe specifically targeted SW1990 cells with high mesothelin expression. The in vivo study was conducted in Siemens 3.0 T magnetic resonance imaging. The average T2-weighted signal values of the xenografts were 966.533±31.56 before injecting A-MFS and 691.133±56.84 before injecting saline solution. After injection of 0.1 mL A-MFS via nude mouse caudal vein for 2.5 hours, the average T2-weighted signal of the xenograft decreased by 342.533±42.6. The signal value decreased by −61.233±33.9 and −58.7±19.4 after injection of the saline and Fe3O4@SiO2. The decrease of tumor signal by A-MFS was much more significant than that by saline and Fe3O4@SiO2 (P<0.05). The results demonstrated the high stability and nontoxicity of A-MFS, which effectively targeted pancreatic cancer in vitro and in vivo. A-MFS is a promising agent for diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. PMID:27274243

  1. Porous silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor device

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    Shor, Joseph S. (Inventor); Kurtz, Anthony D. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A semiconductor device employs at least one layer of semiconducting porous silicon carbide (SiC). The porous SiC layer has a monocrystalline structure wherein the pore sizes, shapes, and spacing are determined by the processing conditions. In one embodiment, the semiconductor device is a p-n junction diode in which a layer of n-type SiC is positioned on a p-type layer of SiC, with the p-type layer positioned on a layer of silicon dioxide. Because of the UV luminescent properties of the semiconducting porous SiC layer, it may also be utilized for other devices such as LEDs and optoelectronic devices.

  2. siRNA targeting vaccinia virus double-stranded RNA binding protein [E3L] exerts potent antiviral effects.

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    Dave, Rajnish S; McGettigan, James P; Qureshi, Tazeen; Schnell, Matthias J; Nunnari, Giuseppe; Pomerantz, Roger J

    2006-05-10

    The Vaccinia virus gene, E3L, encodes a double-stranded RNA [dsRNA]-binding protein. We hypothesized that, owing to the critical nature of dsRNA in triggering host innate antiviral responses, E3L-specific small-interfering RNAs [siRNAs] should be effective antiviral agents against pox viruses, for which Vaccinia virus is an appropriate surrogate. In this study, we have utilized two human cell types, namely, HeLa and 293T, one which responds to interferon [IFN]-beta and the other produces and responds to IFN-beta, respectively. The antiviral effects were equally robust in HeLa and 293T cells. However, in the case of 293T cells, several distinct features were observed, when IFN-beta is activated in these cells. Vaccinia virus replication was inhibited by 97% and 98% as compared to control infection in HeLa and 293T cells transfected with E3L-specific siRNAs, respectively. These studies demonstrate the utility of E3L-specific siRNAs as potent antiviral agents for small pox and related pox viruses.

  3. On the generation of bulk microdefects in phosphorus-diffused monocrystalline silicon solar wafers after a high-thermal treatment studied by X-ray topography

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    González-Mañas, M.; Vallejo, B.; Caballero, M. A.

    2014-09-01

    Oxygen is the most important impurity in free dislocation Czochralski silicon single crystals incorporated interstitially during the growth. The knowledge of oxygen behavior after thermal processes is of great technological importance, since different kinds of bulk microdefects such us SiO2 precipitates, dislocation loops and stacking faults can be generated. In monocrystalline silicon solar cell manufacturing fabrication, there are several high-thermal treatments. The first is the diffusion process at 850-900 °C. Three different kinds of phosphorus diffusion wafers, standard PO3Cl liquid, spray-on and screen printing, were comparatively studied by X-ray topography showing that phosphorus diffusion improves the crystal quality by a gettering process whose best efficiency is in PO3Cl-diffused wafers. Later, another fabrication high-thermal step is for instance the rear surface passivation taking place at temperatures from 800 to 1,050 °C. For this reason, it is important to study how a high-thermal treatment at 1,000 °C affects the different phosphorus-diffused wafers mentioned above. To evaluate and characterize the possible defects induced by the oxygen precipitation, X-ray topography has been employed. Results show that annealed wafers are not perfect crystals; the oxygen precipitation induces the generation of bulk microdefects whose kind, size and density depend on the diffusion method employed. In PO3Cl and spray-on diffused wafers, retardation in the oxygen precipitation process takes place after annealing, while in screen printing this process is recovered and a kind of mixed defects between dislocation loops and platelet precipitates is generated.

  4. siRNA screen for genes that affect Junín virus entry uncovers voltage-gated calcium channels as a therapeutic target

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    Lavanya, Madakasira; Cuevas, Christian D.; Thomas, Monica; Cherry, Sara; Ross, Susan R.

    2014-01-01

    New world hemorrhagic fever arenaviruses infection of humans results in 15–30% mortality. We performed a high throughput siRNA screen with Junín virus glycoprotein-pseudotyped viruses to find potential host therapeutic targets. Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC) subunits, for which there are FDA-approved drugs, were identified in the screen. Knockdown of VGCC subunits or treatment with channel blockers diminished Junín virus-cell fusion and entry into cells and thereby decreased infection. Gabapentin, an FDA-approved drug used to treat neuropathic pain that targets the α2δ2 subunit, inhibited infection of mice by the Candid 1 vaccine strain of the virus. These findings demonstrate that VGCCs play a role in virus infection and have the potential to lead to therapeutic intervention of new world arenavirus infection. PMID:24068738

  5. Photoionization of monocrystalline CVD diamond irradiated with ultrashort intense laser pulse

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    Lagomarsino, Stefano; Sciortino, Silvio; Obreshkov, Boyan; Apostolova, Tzveta; Corsi, Chiara; Bellini, Marco; Berdermann, Eleni; Schmidt, Christian J.

    2016-02-01

    Direct laser writing of conductive paths in synthetic diamond is of interest for implementation in radiation detection and clinical dosimetry. Unraveling the microscopic processes involved in laser irradiation of diamond below and close to the graphitization threshold under the same conditions as the experimental procedure used to produce three-dimensional devices is necessary to tune the laser parameters to optimal results. To this purpose a transient currents technique has been used to measure laser-induced current signals in monocrystalline diamond detectors in a wide range of laser intensities and at different bias voltages. The current transients vs time and the overall charge collected have been compared with theoretical simulations of the carrier dynamics along the duration and after the conclusion of the 30 fs laser pulse. The generated charge has been derived from the collected charge by evaluation of the lifetime of the carriers. The plasma volume has also been evaluated by measuring the modified region. The theoretical simulation has been implemented in the framework of the empirical pseudopotential method extended to include time-dependent couplings of valence electrons to the radiation field. The simulation, in the low-intensity regime, I ˜1 TW /cm2 , predicts substantial deviation from the traditional multiphoton ionization, due to nonperturbative effects involving electrons from degenerate valence bands. For strong field with intensity of about 50 TW /cm2, nonadiabatic effects of electron-hole pair excitation become prominent with high carrier densities eventually causing the optical breakdown of diamond. The comparison of theoretical prediction with experimental data of laser-generated charge vs laser energy density yields a good quantitative agreement over six orders of magnitude. At the highest intensities the change of slope in the trend is explained taking into account the dependence of the optical parameters and the carrier mobility on plasma

  6. Gas pressure atmosphere annealing: A novel method for the preparation of SiC nanowires

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    Zhang, X.; Zhong, B.; Liu, L.; Huang, X.; Wen, G.; Huang, Y.; Bollmann, J.

    2016-04-01

    Silicon carbide nanowires were fabricated by gas pressure annealing of SiOC nanocomposite powders, which were synthesized by pyrolysis of a SiO2 - sucrose gel. The reaction was carried out in an atmosphere sintering furnace without any additives. The nanowires have pronounced homogenous diameters smaller than 100 nm and lengths of up to several millimetres. The X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the formation of the β-SiC phase and transmission electron microscopy analysis show the monocrystalline structure of the nanowires.

  7. Multifunctional NaYF4:Yb, Er@mSiO2@Fe3O4-PEG nanoparticles for UCL/MR bioimaging and magnetically targeted drug delivery

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    Liu, Bei; Li, Chunxia; Ma, Ping'an; Chen, Yinyin; Zhang, Yuanxin; Hou, Zhiyao; Huang, Shanshan; Lin, Jun

    2015-01-01

    A low toxic multifunctional nanoplatform, integrating both mutimodal diagnosis methods and antitumor therapy, is highly desirable to assure its antitumor efficiency. In this work, we show a convenient and adjustable synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles NaYF4:Yb, Er@mSiO2@Fe3O4-PEG (MFNPs) based on different sizes of up-conversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). With strong up-conversion fluorescence offered by UCNPs, superparamagnetism properties attributed to Fe3O4 nanoparticles and porous structure coming from the mesoporous SiO2 shell, the as-obtained MFNPs can be utilized not only as a contrast agent for dual modal up-conversion luminescence (UCL)/magnetic resonance (MR) bio-imaging, but can also achieve an effective magnetically targeted antitumor chemotherapy both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, the UCL intensity of UCNPs and the magnetic properties of Fe3O4 in the MFNPs were carefully balanced. Silica coating and further PEG modifying can improve the hydrophilicity and biocompatibility of the as-synthesized MFNPs, which was confirmed by the in vitro/in vivo biocompatibility and in vivo long-time bio-distributions tests. Those results revealed that the UCNPs based magnetically targeted drug carrier system we synthesized has great promise in the future for multimodal bio-imaging and targeted cancer therapy.A low toxic multifunctional nanoplatform, integrating both mutimodal diagnosis methods and antitumor therapy, is highly desirable to assure its antitumor efficiency. In this work, we show a convenient and adjustable synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles NaYF4:Yb, Er@mSiO2@Fe3O4-PEG (MFNPs) based on different sizes of up-conversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). With strong up-conversion fluorescence offered by UCNPs, superparamagnetism properties attributed to Fe3O4 nanoparticles and porous structure coming from the mesoporous SiO2 shell, the as-obtained MFNPs can be utilized not only as a contrast agent for dual modal up-conversion luminescence (UCL

  8. Processing of LEU targets for {sup 99}Mo production: Dissolution of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} targets by alkaline hydrogen peroxide

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    Buchholz, B.A.; Vandegrift, G.F.

    1995-09-01

    Low-enriched uranium silicide targets designed to recover fission product {sup 99}Mo were dissolved in alkaline hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2} plus NaOH) at about 90C. Sintering of matrix aluminum powder during irradiation and heat treatment retarded aluminum dissolution and prevented silicide particle dispersion. Gas evolved during dissolution is suspected to adhere to particles and block hydroxide ion contact with aluminum. Reduction of base concentrations from 5M to O.lM NaOH yielded similar silicide dissolution and peroxide destruction rates, simplifying later processing. Future work in particle dispersion enhancement, {sup 99}Mo separation, and waste disposal is also discussed.

  9. Targeted silencing of inhibitors of apoptosis proteins with siRNAs: a potential anti-cancer strategy for hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Li, Gang; Chang, Hong; Zhai, Yun-Peng; Xu, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignancies, with a very poor prognosis. Despite significant improvements in diagnosis and treatment in recent years, the long-term therapeutic efficacy is poor, partially due to tumor metastasis, recurrence, and resistance to chemo- or radio-therapy. Recently, it was found that a major feature of tumors is a combination of unrestrained cell proliferation and impaired apoptosis. There are now 8 recognized members of the IAP-family: NAIP, c-IAP1, c-IAP2, XIAP, Survivin, Bruce, Livin and ILP-2. These proteins all contribute to inhibition of apoptosis, and provide new potential avenues of cancer treatment. As a powerful tool to suppress gene expression in mammalian cells, RNAi species for inhibiting IAP genes can be directed against cancers. This review will provide a brief introduction to recent developments of the application IAP-siRNA in tumor studies, with the aim of inspiring future treatment of HCC. PMID:24175757

  10. Selective epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC

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    Camara, N.; Rius, G.; Godignon, P.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Tiberj, A.; Camassel, J.

    2008-09-22

    We present a method of selective epitaxial growth of few layers graphene (FLG) on a ''prepatterned'' silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The methods involves, successively, the sputtering of a thin aluminium nitride (AlN) layer on top of a monocrystalline SiC substrate and, then, patterning it with e-beam lithography and wet etching. The sublimation of few atomic layers of Si from the SiC substrate occurs only through the selectively etched AlN layer. The presence of the Raman G-band at {approx}1582 cm{sup -1} in the AlN-free areas is used to validate the concept. It gives absolute evidence of selective FLG growth.

  11. Selective epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC

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    Camara, N.; Rius, G.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Tiberj, A.; Mestres, N.; Godignon, P.; Camassel, J.

    2008-09-01

    We present a method of selective epitaxial growth of few layers graphene (FLG) on a "prepatterned" silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The methods involves, successively, the sputtering of a thin aluminium nitride (AlN) layer on top of a monocrystalline SiC substrate and, then, patterning it with e-beam lithography and wet etching. The sublimation of few atomic layers of Si from the SiC substrate occurs only through the selectively etched AlN layer. The presence of the Raman G-band at ˜1582cm-1 in the AlN-free areas is used to validate the concept. It gives absolute evidence of selective FLG growth.

  12. Fabrication of Double Shell Targets with a Glass Inner Capsule Supported by SiO2 Aerogel for Shots on the Omega Laser in 2006

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    Bono, M; Bennett, D; Castro, C; Satcher, J; Poco, J; Brown, W; Martz, H; Teslich, N; Hibbard, R; Hamza, A; Amendt, P; Robey, H; Milovich, J; Wallace, R

    2006-10-26

    Indirectly driven double shell implosions are being investigated as a possible noncryogenic path to ignition on the National Ignition Facility. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has made several technological advances that have produced double shell targets that represent a significant improvement to previously fielded targets. The inner capsule is supported inside the ablator shell by SiO{sub 2} aerogel with a nominal density of 50 mg/cm{sup 3}. The aerogel is cast around the inner capsule and then machined concentric to it. The seamless sphere of aerogel containing the embedded capsule is then assembled between the two halves of the ablator shell. The concentricity between the two shells has been improved to less than 1.5 {micro}m. The ablator shell consists of two hemispherical shells that mate at a step joint that incorporates a gap with a nominal thickness of 0.1 {micro}m. Using a new flexure-based tool holder that precisely positions the diamond cutting tool on the diamond turning machine, step discontinuities on the inner surface of the ablator of less than 0.5 {micro}m have been achieved. New methods have been used to comprehensively characterize each of the targets using high-resolution x-ray imaging systems.

  13. Oxygen distribution and speciation in bulk of monocrystalline diamonds and its correlations with other impurities

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    Shiryaev, Andrei; Wiedenbeck, Michael; Hainschwang, Thomas

    2010-05-01

    Oxygen in diamond lattice remains elusive impurity. Mass-spectrometry and nuclear probes show presence of oxygen in all diamonds in concentrations ranging from <100 to 1000 at.ppm. Detailed studies [1] have shown that in virtually every diamond there exists "inclusion-independent" oxygen which is believed to be present as a structural impurity. Recent studies of natural diamonds showing strong absorption by CO2 in IR spectra [2] suggest that these monocrystalline diamonds contain oxygen as a lattice impurity. However, up until now evidence for incorporation of O during diamond growth is scarce and little is known about related defects. The aim of the current study is to show conclusively whether or not O can exist as a growth-related structural impurity in diamond. Several types of monocrystalline diamonds with and without CO2 IR absorption were analysed by techniques sensitive to chemical composition (SIMS) and to structure (Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) and X-ray topography) [3]. For the SIMS investigation high ion current of 100 nA Cs+ ions in conjunction with an 8 µm field-of-view were employed. Due to prolonged storage of the sample mount in high vacuum conditions the O background signal was very low. Both spot analyses and mapping of O lateral and depth distributions were performed. In some CO2-rich diamonds oxygen is distributed heterogeneously at the micron-scale, suggesting its presence in submicron inclusions, which, in turn, are irregularly distributed throughout the sample. Such inclusions could correspond to heterogeneities with sizes of 100-200 nm revealed by SAXS. However, in some of these diamonds O is distributed homogeneously, suggesting that it might be present as a lattice impurity. The most important proof of structural position of oxygen impurity comes from simultaneous measurements of N and O concentrations. Plots of N vs O concentrations show clear correlations, obeyed as for several analyses spots on individual diamonds as well as

  14. In Vivo Silencing of A20 via TLR9-Mediated Targeted SiRNA Delivery Potentiates Antitumor Immune Response

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    Braun, Floriane C. M.; van den Brandt, Jens; Thomas, Sören; Lange, Sandra; Schrank, Juliane; Gand, Claudia; Przybylski, Grzegorz K.; Schmoeckel, Katrin; Bröker, Barbara M.; Schmidt, Christian A.; Grabarczyk, Piotr

    2015-01-01

    A20 is an ubiquitin-editing enzyme that ensures the transient nature of inflammatory signaling pathways induced by cytokines like TNF-α and IL-1 or pathogens via Toll-like receptor (TLR) pathways. It has been identified as a negative regulator of dendritic cell (DC) maturation and attenuator of their immunostimulatory properties. Ex vivo A20-depleted dendritic cells showed enhanced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines and costimulatory molecules, which resulted in hyperactivation of tumor-infiltrating T lymphocytes and inhibition of regulatory T cells. In the present study, we demonstrate that a synthetic molecule consisting of a CpG oligonucleotide TLR9 agonist linked to A20-specific siRNAs silences its expression in TLR9+ mouse dendritic cells in vitro and in vivo. In the B16 mouse melanoma tumor model, silencing of A20 enhances the CpG-triggered induction of NFκB activity followed by elevated expression of IL-6, TNF-α and IL-12. This leads to potentiated antitumor immune responses manifested by increased numbers of tumor-specific cytotoxic T cells, high levels of tumor cell apoptosis and delayed tumor growth. Our findings confirm the central role of A20 in controlling the immunostimulatory potency of DCs and provide a strategy for simultaneous A20 silencing and TLR activation in vivo. PMID:26327508

  15. Ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction of calcium channel subunit α 1D siRNA inhibits breast cancer via G protein-coupled receptor 30

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    Ji, Yanlei; Han, Zhen; Shao, Limei; Zhao, Yuehuan

    2016-01-01

    Estrogen has been closely associated with breast cancer. Several studies reported that Ca2+ signal and Ca2+ channels act in estrogen-modulated non-genomic pathway of breast cancer, however little was revealed on the function of L-type Ca2+ channels. The L-type Ca2+ channel subunit α 1D, named Cav1.3 was found in breast cancer cells. We aimed to investigate the expression and activity of Cav1.3 in human breast cancer, and reveal the effect of estrogen in regulating the expression of Cav1.3. The qRT-PCR and western blotting were employed to show that Cav1.3 was highly expressed in breast cancer tissues. E2 exposure rapidly upregulated the expression of Cav1.3 in dosage- and time-dependent manner, and promoted Ca2+ influx. The silencing of G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 30 (GPER1/GPR30) using siRNA transfection inhibited the upregulation of Cav1.3 and Ca2+ influx induced by E2. Moreover, the inhibition of Cav1.3 by siRNA transfection suppressed E2-induced second peak of Ca2+ signal, the expression of p-ERK1/2, and the cell proliferation. Ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) of Cav1.3 siRNA was used in MCF-7 cells in vitro and in the tumor xenografts mice in vivo. The application of UTMD significantly suppressed the tumor growth and promoted the survival rate. In conclusion, E2 upregulated the expression of Cav1.3 for Ca2+ influx to promote the expression of p-ERK1/2 for cell proliferation. The study confirmed that the mechanism of E2 inducing the expression of Cav1.3 through a non-genomic pathway, and highlighted that UTMD of Cav1.3 siRNA is a powerful promising technology for breast cancer gene therapy. PMID:27572936

  16. Flexible carbon nanotube/mono-crystalline Si thin-film solar cells

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Flexible heterojunction solar cells were fabricated from carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and mono-crystalline Si thin films at room temperature. The Si thin films with thickness less than 50 μm are prepared by chemically etching Si wafer in a KOH solution. The initial efficiency of the thin-film solar cell varies from approximately 3% to 5%. After doping with a few drops of 1 M HNO3, the efficiency increases to 6% with a short-circuit current density of 16.8 mA/cm2 and a fill factor of 71.5%. The performance of the solar cells depends on the surface state and thickness of Si thin films, as well as the interface of CNT/Si. The flexible CNT/Si thin-film solar cells exhibit good stability in bending-recovery cycles. PMID:25258617

  17. Flexible carbon nanotube/mono-crystalline Si thin-film solar cells.

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    Sun, Huanhuan; Wei, Jinquan; Jia, Yi; Cui, Xian; Wang, Kunlin; Wu, Dehai

    2014-01-01

    Flexible heterojunction solar cells were fabricated from carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and mono-crystalline Si thin films at room temperature. The Si thin films with thickness less than 50 μm are prepared by chemically etching Si wafer in a KOH solution. The initial efficiency of the thin-film solar cell varies from approximately 3% to 5%. After doping with a few drops of 1 M HNO3, the efficiency increases to 6% with a short-circuit current density of 16.8 mA/cm(2) and a fill factor of 71.5%. The performance of the solar cells depends on the surface state and thickness of Si thin films, as well as the interface of CNT/Si. The flexible CNT/Si thin-film solar cells exhibit good stability in bending-recovery cycles. PMID:25258617

  18. Apoptosis induced by a HIPK2 full-length-specific siRNA is due to off-target effects rather than prevalence of HIPK2-Δe8 isoform.

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    Di Rocco, Giuliana; Verdina, Alessandra; Gatti, Veronica; Virdia, Ilaria; Toietta, Gabriele; Todaro, Matilde; Stassi, Giorgio; Soddu, Silvia

    2016-01-12

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are widely used to study gene function and extensively exploited for their potential therapeutic applications. HIPK2 is an evolutionary conserved kinase that binds and phosphorylates several proteins directly or indirectly related to apoptosis. Recently, an alternatively spliced isoform skipping 81 nucleotides of exon 8 (Hipk2-Δe8) has been described. Selective depletion of Hipk2 full-length (Hipk2-FL) with a specific siRNA that spares the Hipk2-Δe8 isoform has been shown to strongly induce apoptosis, suggesting an unpredicted dominant-negative effect of Hipk2-FL over the Δe8 isoform. From this observation, we sought to take advantage and assessed the therapeutic potential of generating Hipk2 isoform unbalance in tumor-initiating cells derived from colorectal cancer patients. Strong reduction of cell viability was induced in vitro and in vivo by the originally described exon 8-specific siRNA, supporting a potential therapeutic application. However, validation analyses performed with additional exon8-specific siRNAs with different stabilities showed that all exon8-targeting siRNAs can induce comparable Hipk2 isoform unbalance but only the originally reported e8-siRNA promotes cell death. These data show that loss of viability does not depend on the prevalence of Hipk2-Δe8 isoform but it is rather due to microRNA-like off-target effects. PMID:26625198

  19. Apoptosis induced by a HIPK2 full-length-specific siRNA is due to off-target effects rather than prevalence of HIPK2-Δe8 isoform

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    Di Rocco, Giuliana; Verdina, Alessandra; Gatti, Veronica; Virdia, Ilaria; Toietta, Gabriele; Todaro, Matilde; Stassi, Giorgio; Soddu, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are widely used to study gene function and extensively exploited for their potential therapeutic applications. HIPK2 is an evolutionary conserved kinase that binds and phosphorylates several proteins directly or indirectly related to apoptosis. Recently, an alternatively spliced isoform skipping 81 nucleotides of exon 8 (Hipk2-Δe8) has been described. Selective depletion of Hipk2 full-length (Hipk2-FL) with a specific siRNA that spares the Hipk2-Δe8 isoform has been shown to strongly induce apoptosis, suggesting an unpredicted dominant-negative effect of Hipk2-FL over the Δe8 isoform. From this observation, we sought to take advantage and assessed the therapeutic potential of generating Hipk2 isoform unbalance in tumor-initiating cells derived from colorectal cancer patients. Strong reduction of cell viability was induced in vitro and in vivo by the originally described exon 8-specific siRNA, supporting a potential therapeutic application. However, validation analyses performed with additional exon8-specific siRNAs with different stabilities showed that all exon8-targeting siRNAs can induce comparable Hipk2 isoform unbalance but only the originally reported e8-siRNA promotes cell death. These data show that loss of viability does not depend on the prevalence of Hipk2-Δe8 isoform but it is rather due to microRNA-like off-target effects. PMID:26625198

  20. Fe3O4@mSiO2-FA-CuS-PEG nanocomposites for magnetic resonance imaging and targeted chemo-photothermal synergistic therapy of cancer cells.

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    Gao, Zhifang; Liu, Xijian; Deng, Guoying; Zhou, Feng; Zhang, Lijuan; Wang, Qian; Lu, Jie

    2016-09-14

    In this work, a new multifunctional nanoplatform (Fe3O4@mSiO2-FA-CuS-PEG nanocomposite) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and targeted chemo-photothermal therapy, was firstly fabricated on the basis of magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Fe3O4@mSiO2), on which folic acid (FA) was grafted as the targeting reagent, CuS nanocrystals were attached as the photothermal agent, and polyethylene glycol (PEG) was coupled to improve biocompatibility. The characterization results demonstrated that the fabricated Fe3O4@mSiO2-FA-CuS-PEG nanocomposites not only showed strong magnetism and excellent MRI performance, but also had a high doxorubicin (DOX, an anticancer drug) loading capacity (22.1%). The loaded DOX can be sustainably released, which was apt to be controlled by pH adjustment and near infrared (NIR) laser irradiation. More importantly, targeted delivery of the DOX-loaded Fe3O4@mSiO2-FA-CuS-PEG nanocomposites could be accomplished in HeLa cells via the receptor-mediated endocytosis pathway, and this exhibited synergistic effect of chemotherapy and photothermal therapy against HeLa cells under irradiation with a 915 nm laser. Therefore, the fabricated multifunctional Fe3O4@mSiO2-FA-CuS-PEG nanocomposite has a great potential in image-guided therapy of cancers. PMID:27493065

  1. Endothermic decompositions of inorganic monocrystalline thin plates. I. Shape of polycrystalline product domains versus constraints and time

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    Bertrand, G.; Comperat, M.; Lallemant, M.; Watelle, G.

    1980-03-01

    Copper sulfate pentahydrate dehydration into trihydrate was investigated using monocrystalline platelets with varying crystallographic orientations. The morphological and kinetic features of the trihydrate domains were examined. Different shapes were observed: polygons (parallelograms, hexagons) and ellipses; their conditions of occurrence are reported in the (P, T) diagram. At first (for about 2 min), the ratio of the long to the short axes of elliptical domains changes with time; these subsequently develop homothetically and the rate ratio is then only pressure dependent. Temperature influence is inferred from that of pressure. Polygonal shapes are time dependent and result in ellipses. So far, no model can be put forward. Yet, qualitatively, the polygonal shape of a domain may be explained by the prevalence of the crystal arrangement and the elliptical shape by that of the solid tensorial properties. The influence of those factors might be modulated versus pressure, temperature, interface extent, and, thus, time.

  2. Enhancement of dendritic cell-based vaccine potency by anti-apoptotic siRNAs targeting key pro-apoptotic proteins in cytotoxic CD8(+) T cell-mediated cell death.

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    Kim, Jin Hee; Kang, Tae Heung; Noh, Kyung Hee; Bae, Hyun Cheol; Kim, Seok-Ho; Yoo, Young Do; Seong, Seung-Yong; Kim, Tae Woo

    2009-01-29

    Dendritic cells (DCs) have become an important measure for the treatment of malignancies. Current DC preparations, however, generate short-lived DCs because they are subject to cell death from various apoptotic pressures. Antigen-specific CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) is one of the main obstacles to limit the DC-mediated immune priming since CTLs can recognize the target antigen expressing DCs as target cells and kill the DCs. CTLs secret perforin and serine protease granzymes during CTL killing. Perforin and serine protease granzymes induce the release of a number of mitochondrial pro-apoptotic factors, which are controlled by members of the BCL-2 family, such as BAK, BAX and BIM. FasL linking to Fas on DCs triggers the activation of caspase-8, which eventually leads to mitochondria-mediated apoptosis via truncation of BID. In this study, we tried to enhance the DC priming capacity by prolonging DC survival using anti-apoptotic siRNA targeting these key pro-apoptotic molecules in CTL killing. Human papillomavirus (HPV)-16 E7 antigen presenting DCs that were transfected with these anti-apoptotic siRNAs showed increased resistance to T cell-mediated death, leading to enhanced E7-specific CD8(+) T cell activation in vitro and in vivo. Among them, siRNA targeting BIM (siBIM) generated strongest E7-specific E7-specific CD8(+) T cell immunity. More importantly, vaccination with E7 presenting DCs transfected with siBIM was capable of generating a marked therapeutic effect in vaccinated mice. Our data indicate that ex vivo manipulation of DCs with siBIM may represent a plausible strategy for enhancing dendritic cell-based vaccine potency.

  3. The enhancement of gene silencing efficiency with chitosan-coated liposome formulations of siRNAs targeting HIF-1α and VEGF.

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    Şalva, Emine; Turan, Suna Özbaş; Eren, Fatih; Akbuğa, Jülide

    2015-01-15

    RNA interference (RNAi) holds considerable promise as a novel therapeutic strategy in the silencing of disease-causing genes. The development of effective delivery systems is important for the use of small interfering RNA (siRNA) as therapy. In the present study, we investigated the effect on breast cancer cell lines and the co-delivery of liposomes containing siHIF1-α and siVEGF. In order to achieve the co-delivery of siHIF1-α and siVEGF and to obtain lower cytotoxicity, higher transfection and silencing efficiency, in this study, we used chitosan-coated liposomal formulation as the siRNA delivery system. The obtained particle size and zeta potential values show that the chitosan coating process is an effective parameter for particle size and the zeta potential of liposomes. The liposome formulations loaded with siHIF1-α and siVEGF showed good stability and protected siRNA from serum degradation after 24-h of incubation. The expression level of VEGF mRNA was markedly suppressed in MCF-7 and MDA-MB435 cells transfected with chitosan-coated liposomes containing HIF1-α and VEGF siRNA, respectively (95% and 94%). In vitro co-delivery of siVEGF and siHIF1-α using chitosan-coated liposome significantly inhibited VEGF (89%) and the HIF1-α (62%) protein expression when compared to other liposome formulations in the MDA-MB435 cell. The co-delivery of siVEGF and siHIF1-α was greatly enhanced in the vitro gene silencing efficiency. In addition, chitosan-coated liposomes showed 96% cell viability. Considering the role of VEGF and HIF1-α in breast cancer, siRNA-based therapies with chitosan coated liposomes may have some promises in cancer therapy.

  4. Measurements of the fragmentation of (40)Ar, (28)Si and (12)C in CH2C and H targets between 300 and 1500 MeV/nuc at the Bevalac

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    Webber, W. R.; Kish, J. C.

    1985-01-01

    Studies of the fragmentation of various nuclei in CH2 and C targets were continued with the objective of obtaining cross sections in hydrogen for use in the cosmic ray propagation problem. New measurements include Fe-56. Measurements were made at 6 energies between 300 and 1700 MeV/nuc. C-12 measurements were made at six energies. Si-28 measurements were made at three energies and measurements were made at two energies. New data on C.-12 Si-28 and AR-44 nuclei are given. The data are compare it with the earlier semi-empirical predictions.

  5. Novel targeting of PEGylated liposomes for codelivery of TGF-β1 siRNA and four antitubercular drugs to human macrophages for the treatment of mycobacterial infection: a quantitative proteomic study

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    Niu, Ning-Kui; Yin, Juan-Juan; Yang, Yin-Xue; Wang, Zi-Li; Zhou, Zhi-Wei; He, Zhi-Xu; Chen, Xiao-Wu; Zhang, Xueji; Duan, Wei; Yang, Tianxin; Zhou, Shu-Feng

    2015-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major public health issue in developing countries, and its chemotherapy is compromised by poor drug compliance and severe side effects. This study aimed to synthesize and characterize new multimodal PEGylated liposomes encapsulated with clinically commonly used anti-TB drugs with linkage to small interfering RNA (siRNA) against transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). The novel NP-siRNA liposomes could target THP-1-derived human macrophages that were the host cells of mycobacterium infection. The biological effects of the NP-siRNA liposomes were evaluated on cell cycle distribution, apoptosis, autophagy, and the gene silencing efficiency of TGF-β1 siRNA in human macrophages. We also explored the proteomic responses to the newly synthesized NP-siRNA liposomes using the stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture approach. The results showed that the multifunctional PEGylated liposomes were successfully synthesized and chemically characterized with a mean size of 265.1 nm. The novel NP-siRNA liposomes functionalized with the anti-TB drugs and TGF-β1 siRNA were endocytosed efficiently by human macrophages as visualized by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Furthermore, the liposomes showed a low cytotoxicity toward human macrophages. There was no significant effect on cell cycle distribution and apoptosis in THP-1-derived macrophages after drug exposure at concentrations ranging from 2.5 to 62.5 μg/mL. Notably, there was a 6.4-fold increase in the autophagy of human macrophages when treated with the NP-siRNA liposomes at 62.5 μg/mL. In addition, the TGF-β1 and nuclear factor-κB expression levels were downregulated by the NP-siRNA liposomes in THP-1-derived macrophages. The Ingenuity Pathway Analysis data showed that there were over 40 signaling pathways involved in the proteomic responses to NP-siRNA liposome exposure in human macrophages, with 160 proteins mapped. The top five canonical

  6. Novel targeting of PEGylated liposomes for codelivery of TGF-β1 siRNA and four antitubercular drugs to human macrophages for the treatment of mycobacterial infection: a quantitative proteomic study.

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    Niu, Ning-Kui; Yin, Juan-Juan; Yang, Yin-Xue; Wang, Zi-Li; Zhou, Zhi-Wei; He, Zhi-Xu; Chen, Xiao-Wu; Zhang, Xueji; Duan, Wei; Yang, Tianxin; Zhou, Shu-Feng

    2015-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major public health issue in developing countries, and its chemotherapy is compromised by poor drug compliance and severe side effects. This study aimed to synthesize and characterize new multimodal PEGylated liposomes encapsulated with clinically commonly used anti-TB drugs with linkage to small interfering RNA (siRNA) against transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). The novel NP-siRNA liposomes could target THP-1-derived human macrophages that were the host cells of mycobacterium infection. The biological effects of the NP-siRNA liposomes were evaluated on cell cycle distribution, apoptosis, autophagy, and the gene silencing efficiency of TGF-β1 siRNA in human macrophages. We also explored the proteomic responses to the newly synthesized NP-siRNA liposomes using the stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture approach. The results showed that the multifunctional PEGylated liposomes were successfully synthesized and chemically characterized with a mean size of 265.1 nm. The novel NP-siRNA liposomes functionalized with the anti-TB drugs and TGF-β1 siRNA were endocytosed efficiently by human macrophages as visualized by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Furthermore, the liposomes showed a low cytotoxicity toward human macrophages. There was no significant effect on cell cycle distribution and apoptosis in THP-1-derived macrophages after drug exposure at concentrations ranging from 2.5 to 62.5 μg/mL. Notably, there was a 6.4-fold increase in the autophagy of human macrophages when treated with the NP-siRNA liposomes at 62.5 μg/mL. In addition, the TGF-β1 and nuclear factor-κB expression levels were downregulated by the NP-siRNA liposomes in THP-1-derived macrophages. The Ingenuity Pathway Analysis data showed that there were over 40 signaling pathways involved in the proteomic responses to NP-siRNA liposome exposure in human macrophages, with 160 proteins mapped. The top five canonical

  7. Novel targeting of PEGylated liposomes for codelivery of TGF-β1 siRNA and four antitubercular drugs to human macrophages for the treatment of mycobacterial infection: a quantitative proteomic study.

    PubMed

    Niu, Ning-Kui; Yin, Juan-Juan; Yang, Yin-Xue; Wang, Zi-Li; Zhou, Zhi-Wei; He, Zhi-Xu; Chen, Xiao-Wu; Zhang, Xueji; Duan, Wei; Yang, Tianxin; Zhou, Shu-Feng

    2015-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major public health issue in developing countries, and its chemotherapy is compromised by poor drug compliance and severe side effects. This study aimed to synthesize and characterize new multimodal PEGylated liposomes encapsulated with clinically commonly used anti-TB drugs with linkage to small interfering RNA (siRNA) against transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). The novel NP-siRNA liposomes could target THP-1-derived human macrophages that were the host cells of mycobacterium infection. The biological effects of the NP-siRNA liposomes were evaluated on cell cycle distribution, apoptosis, autophagy, and the gene silencing efficiency of TGF-β1 siRNA in human macrophages. We also explored the proteomic responses to the newly synthesized NP-siRNA liposomes using the stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture approach. The results showed that the multifunctional PEGylated liposomes were successfully synthesized and chemically characterized with a mean size of 265.1 nm. The novel NP-siRNA liposomes functionalized with the anti-TB drugs and TGF-β1 siRNA were endocytosed efficiently by human macrophages as visualized by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Furthermore, the liposomes showed a low cytotoxicity toward human macrophages. There was no significant effect on cell cycle distribution and apoptosis in THP-1-derived macrophages after drug exposure at concentrations ranging from 2.5 to 62.5 μg/mL. Notably, there was a 6.4-fold increase in the autophagy of human macrophages when treated with the NP-siRNA liposomes at 62.5 μg/mL. In addition, the TGF-β1 and nuclear factor-κB expression levels were downregulated by the NP-siRNA liposomes in THP-1-derived macrophages. The Ingenuity Pathway Analysis data showed that there were over 40 signaling pathways involved in the proteomic responses to NP-siRNA liposome exposure in human macrophages, with 160 proteins mapped. The top five canonical

  8. Solid lipid-PEI hybrid nanocarrier: an integrated approach to provide extended, targeted, and safer siRNA therapy of prostate cancer in an all-in-one manner.

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    Xue, Hui-Yi; Wong, Ho-Lun

    2011-09-27

    Small-interfering RNA (siRNA) has a high application potential for therapeutic silencing of pathologic or drug-resistance genes. However, although recent research has led to several nonviral nucleic acid delivery systems with encouraging transfection performance, there remains a substantial gap between these systems and an ideal siRNA carrier that can be safely and effectively used for the more complex delivery tasks such as cancer management. We hypothesized that by integrating the high transfection performance of linear polyethylenimine (PEI) with the controlled release properties of solid lipid components, and complementing the resulting lipid-PEI hybrid nanocarrier (LPN) with receptor-targeting capability, multiple limitations of the conventional siRNA carriers would be simultaneously overcome. Data comparing this new hybrid system with the conventional siRNA-PEI polyplexes showed 15 to 21% less loss of siRNA, higher selectivity for prostate cancer cells over noncancerous prostate cells, and significant reduction in both acute and delayed carrier toxicity especially to the noncancerous RWPE1 cells (e.g., 71.2% of LPN-treated cells preserved proliferative capacity versus ≤30.2% in other groups). We further demonstrated sustained intracellular siRNA release from LPNs, which was shown translatable into extended in vitro and in vivo RNA-interference effects for a minimum of one week. Our findings generally support the use of LPN technology to achieve a longer-acting, less toxic, more efficient, and cancer-specific form of siRNA therapy in an "all-in-one" manner. This brings the nonviral siRNA delivery approach one important step closer to its clinical application.

  9. Behavior of the potential-induced degradation of photovoltaic modules fabricated using flat mono-crystalline silicon cells with different surface orientations

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    Yamaguchi, Seira; Masuda, Atsushi; Ohdaira, Keisuke

    2016-04-01

    This paper deals with the dependence of the potential-induced degradation (PID) of flat, p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell modules on the surface orientation of solar cells. The investigated modules were fabricated from p-type mono-crystalline silicon cells with a (100) or (111) surface orientation using a module laminator. PID tests were performed by applying a voltage of -1000 V to shorted module interconnector ribbons with respect to an Al plate placed on the cover glass of the modules at 85 °C. A decrease in the parallel resistance of the (100)-oriented cell modules is more significant than that of the (111)-oriented cell modules. Hence, the performance of the (100)-oriented-cell modules drastically deteriorates, compared with that of the (111)-oriented-cell modules. This implies that (111)-oriented cells offer a higher PID resistance.

  10. Development of Targeted Recombinant Polymers that can deliver siRNA to the Cytoplasm and Plasmid DNA to the Cell Nucleus

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    Canine, Brenda F.; Wang, Yuhua; Ouyang, Wenyun; Hatefi, Arash

    2011-01-01

    One of the major limitations to effective siRNA delivery is the lack of a siRNA-specific delivery system. Currently, the same delivery systems that are used for plasmid DNA (pDNA) delivery to the cell nucleus are used for siRNA delivery to the cytoplasm. To fill this gap, the objective of this study was to design a biopolymer that can be programmed via its amino acid sequence to deliver siRNA specifically to cytoplasm. For pDNA delivery, a nuclear localization signal (NLS) was added to the biopolymer structure to facilitate active translocation of the genetic material towards nucleus. The biopolymers were complexed with pEGFP and GFP-siRNA and used to transfect SKOV-3 (HER2+) cells. The intracellular trafficking of the nanoparticles was also monitored in real-time and live cells. The results demonstrated that the biopolymer with NLS is a suitable carrier for pDNA delivery but not siRNA delivery. Conversely, the biopolymer without NLS was suitable for siRNA delivery to the cytoplasm but not pDNA to the cell nucleus. The potential use of the designed biopolymer for combination therapy of cancer cells with gene (thymidine kinase) and siRNA (BCL2) was also examined in SKOV-3 cancer cells. PMID:21192992

  11. Efficient siRNA delivery and tumor accumulation mediated by ionically cross-linked folic acid-poly(ethylene glycol)-chitosan oligosaccharide lactate nanoparticles: for the potential targeted ovarian cancer gene therapy.

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    Li, Tony Shing Chau; Yawata, Toshio; Honke, Koichi

    2014-02-14

    For effective ovarian cancer gene therapy, systemic administrated tumor-targeting siRNA/folic acid-poly(ethylene glycol)-chitosan oligosaccharide lactate (FA-PEG-COL) nanoparticles is vital for delivery to cancer site(s). siRNA/FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles were prepared by ionic gelation for effective FA receptor-expressing ovarian cancer cells transfection and in vivo accumulation. The chemical structure of FA-PEG-COL conjugate was characterized by MALDI-TOF-MS, FT-IR and (1)H NMR. The average size of siRNA/FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles was approximately 200 nm, and the surface charge was +8.4 mV compared to +30.5 mV with siRNA/COL nanoparticles. FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles demonstrated superior compatibility with erythrocytes in terms of degree of aggregation and haemolytic activity and also effects on cell viability was lower when compared with COL nanoparticles. FA grafting significantly facilitated the uptake of nanoparticles via receptor mediated endocytosis as demonstrated by flow cytometry. The in vitro transfection and gene knockdown efficiency of HIF-1α were superior to COL nanoparticles (76-62%, respectively) and was comparable to Lipofectamine 2000 (79%) as demonstrated by RT-qPCR and Western blot. Gene knockdown at the molecular level translated into effective inhibition of proliferation in vitro. Accumulation efficiency of FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles was investigated in BALB/c mice bearing OVK18 #2 tumor xenograft using in vivo imaging. The active targeting FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles showed significantly greater accumulation than the passive targeting COL nanoparticles. Based on the results obtained, siRNA/FA-PEG-COL nanoparticles show much potential for effective ovarian cancer treatment via gene therapy.

  12. Ion-surface interactions on c-Si(001) at the radiofrequency-powered electrode in low-pressure plasmas: Ex situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and Monte Carlo simulation study

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    Amassian, A.; Desjardins, P.; Martinu, L.

    2006-01-15

    We use variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) to investigate oxide and interface formation during plasma-oxidation of monocrystalline Si(001) at the radiofrequency (rf) powered electrode of a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition reactor. HF-etched c-Si(001) wafers were exposed to an oxygen plasma under conditions similar to those used in optical coatings deposition in order to ascertain the effects of plasma-bulk interactions, and to gauge to what depth O{sub 2}{sup +} and O{sup +} ions interact with and alter the structure and composition of the target in the presence of negative self-bias, V{sub B}. From VASE analyses, modifications are best described using a two-layer model: A top layer consisting of SiO{sub 2} and a defective interfacial layer (DL) composed of a mixture of c-Si, a-Si, and SiO{sub 2}. The saturation value of the modification depth (oxide and DL thickness) increases from 3.4{+-}0.4 to 9.6{+-}0.4 nm, for V{sub B} ranging from -60 to -600 V, respectively, and scales with E{sub max}{sup 1/2}, where E{sub max} is the maximum energy of ions from an rf discharge. These results are in agreement with nuclear ion-bulk interactions leading to atomic displacements and defect accumulation. The interfacial layer broadens with increasing verttical bar V{sub B} vertical bar while the fraction of a-Si detected increases from {approx}1% up to {approx}55% over the investigated V{sub B} range, indicative of ballistic and thus depth-dependent oxygen transport to the SiO{sub 2}-Si interface. Monte Carlo simulations in the binary collision approximation predict significant surface recession due to sputtering, therefore resulting in an apparent self-limiting oxidation mechanism. The surface layers reach their steady-state thicknesses within the first 2 min of plasma exposure and subsequently move into the bulk of the c-Si substrate as a result of oxide sputtering and oxygen transport.

  13. Crystal structure of laser-induced subsurface modifications in Si

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    Verburg, P. C.; Smillie, L. A.; Römer, G. R. B. E.; Haberl, B.; Bradby, J. E.; Williams, J. S.; Huis in ’t Veld, A. J.

    2015-06-04

    Laser-induced subsurface modification of dielectric materials is a well-known technology. Applications include the production of optical components and selective etching. In addition to dielectric materials, the subsurface modification technology can be applied to silicon, by employing near to mid-infrared radiation. An application of subsurface modifications in silicon is laser-induced subsurface separation, which is a method to separate wafers into individual dies. Other applications for which proofs of concept exist are the formation of waveguides and resistivity tuning. However, limited knowledge is available about the crystal structure of subsurface modifications in silicon. In this paper, we investigate the geometry and crystalmore » structure of laser-induced subsurface modifications in monocrystalline silicon wafers. Finally, in addition to the generation of lattice defects, we found that transformations to amorphous silicon and Si-iii/Si-xii occur as a result of the laser irradiation.« less

  14. Crystal structure of laser-induced subsurface modifications in Si

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    Verburg, P. C.; Smillie, L. A.; Römer, G. R. B. E.; Haberl, B.; Bradby, J. E.; Williams, J. S.; Huis in ’t Veld, A. J.

    2015-06-04

    Laser-induced subsurface modification of dielectric materials is a well-known technology. Applications include the production of optical components and selective etching. In addition to dielectric materials, the subsurface modification technology can be applied to silicon, by employing near to mid-infrared radiation. An application of subsurface modifications in silicon is laser-induced subsurface separation, which is a method to separate wafers into individual dies. Other applications for which proofs of concept exist are the formation of waveguides and resistivity tuning. However, limited knowledge is available about the crystal structure of subsurface modifications in silicon. In this paper, we investigate the geometry and crystal structure of laser-induced subsurface modifications in monocrystalline silicon wafers. Finally, in addition to the generation of lattice defects, we found that transformations to amorphous silicon and Si-iii/Si-xii occur as a result of the laser irradiation.

  15. A small interfering RNA targeting vascular endothelial growth factor efficiently inhibits growth of VX2 cells and VX2 tumor model of hepatocellular carcinoma in rabbit by transarterial embolization-mediated siRNA delivery

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    Zou, Yu; Guo, Chuan-Gen; Yang, Zheng-Gang; Sun, Jun-Hui; Zhang, Min-Ming; Fu, Cai-Yun

    2016-01-01

    -mediated VEGF-siRNA had no toxicity to the livers and kidneys of rabbits, and VEGF-siRNA had the ability to protect liver damage induced by tumor growth. Conclusion This is the first study to demonstrate that targeting VEGF via TAE-mediated siRNA delivery may become a powerful new option for effective treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma in the clinic. PMID:27069355

  16. Nonlinear phenomenon in monocrystalline silicon based PV module for low power system: Lead acid battery for low energy storage

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    El Amrani, A.; El Amraoui, M.; El Abbassi, A.; Messaoudi, C.

    2014-11-01

    In the present work, we report the indoor photo-electrical measurements of monocrystalline silicon based photovoltaic (PV) module associated with 4 Ah lead acid battery as a storage unit for low power PV system applications. Concerning the PV module, our measurements show, at low illumination regime, that the short circuit current ISC increases linearly with the illumination power levels. Moreover, for high illumination levels, the mechanism of bimolecular recombination and space charge limitation may be intensified and hence the short current of the PV module ISCMod depends sublinearly on the incident optical power; the behavior is nonlinear. For the open circuit voltage of the PV module VOCMod measurements, a linear variation of the VOCMod versus the short circuit current in semi-logarithmic scale has been noticed. The diode ideality factor n and diode saturation current Is have been investigated; the values of n and Is are approximately of 1.3 and 10-9 A, respectively. In addition, we have shown, for different discharging-charging currents rates (i.e. 0.35 A, 0.2 A and 0.04 A), that the battery voltage decreases with discharging time as well as discharging battery capacity, and on the other hand it increases with the charging time and will rise up until it maximized value. The initial result shows the possibility to use such lead acid battery for low power PV system, which is generally designed for the motorcycle battery.

  17. High-performance LWIR microbolometer with Si/SiGe quantum well thermistor and wafer level packaging

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    Roer, Audun; Lapadatu, Adriana; Wolla, Erik; Kittilsland, Gjermund

    2013-06-01

    An uncooled microbolometer with peak responsivity in the long wave infrared region of the electromagnetic radiation is developed at Sensonor AS. It is a 384 x 288 focal plane array with a pixel pitch of 25µm, based on monocrystalline Si/SiGe quantum wells as IR sensitive material. The high sensitivity (TCR) and low 1/f-noise are the main performance characteristics of the product. The frame rate is maximum 60Hz and the output interface is digital (LVDS). The quantum well thermistor material is transferred to the read-out integrated circuit (ROIC) by direct wafer bonding. The ROIC wafer containing the released pixels is bonded in vacuum with a silicon cap wafer, providing hermetic encapsulation at low cost. The resulting wafer stack is mounted in a standard ceramic package. In this paper the architecture of the pixels and the ROIC, the wafer packaging and the electro-optical measurement results are presented.

  18. Designer hydride routes to 'Si-Ge'/(Gd,Er)2O3/Si(1 1 1) semiconductor-on-insulator heterostructures

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    Watkins, Tylan; Jiang, Liying; Smith, D. J.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Menendez, J.; Kouvetakis, J.

    2011-12-01

    We demonstrate Si-Ge integration on engineered M2O3/Si(1 1 1) (M = Gd,Er) dielectric buffer layers using non-traditional chemical precursors that provide new levels of functionality within the deposition process. Stoichiometric Si0.50Ge0.50 alloys and pure Si heterostructures are grown epitaxially via ultra-low-temperature chemical vapor deposition using SiH3GeH3 and Si3H8/Si4H10, respectively. In the case of Si on Gd2O3, an optimal growth processing window in the range of 500-600 °C was found to yield planar layers with monocrystalline structures via a proposed coincidence lattice matching mechanism (2aSi-aGd2O3), while for the SiGe system (2% lattice mismatch) comparable quality films with fully relaxed strain states are deposited at a lower temperature range of 420-450 °C. Extension of this growth process to Si on Er2O3 yields remarkably high-quality layers in spite of the even larger ~3% lattice mismatch. In all cases, the Si-Ge overlayers are found to primarily adopt an A-B-A epitaxial alignment with respect to the M2O3 buffered Si(1 1 1). A comparative study of the Si growth using Si3H8 and Si4H10 indicates that both compounds provide an efficient and straightforward process for semiconductor growth on Gd2O3/Si(1 1 1), which appears to be more viable than conventional approaches from the point of view of scalability and volume.

  19. CVD-Based Valence-Mending Passivation for Crystalline-Si Solar Cells

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    Tao, Meng

    2015-03-01

    The objective of this project is to investigate a new surface passivation technique, valence-mending passivation, for its applications in crystalline-Si solar cells to achieve significant efficiency improvement and cost reduction. As the enabling technique, the project includes the development of chemical vapor deposition recipes to passivate textured Si(100) and multicrystalline-Si surfaces by sulfur and the characterization of the passivated Si surfaces, including thermal stability, Schottky barrier height, contact resistance and surface recombination. One important application is to replace the Ag finger electrode in Si cells with Al to reduce cost, by ~$0.1/Wp, and allow terawatt-scale deployment of crystalline-Si solar cells. These all-Al Si cells require a low-temperature metallization process for the Al electrode, to be compatible with valence-mending passivation and to prevent Al diffusion into n-type Si. Another application is to explore valence-mending passivation of grain boundaries in multicrystalline Si by diffusing sulfur into grain boundaries, to reduce the efficiency gas between monocrystalline-Si solar cells and multicrystalline-Si cells. The major accomplishments of this project include: 1) Demonstration of chemical vapor deposition processes for valence-mending passivation of both monocrystalline Si(100) and multicrystalline Si surfaces. Record Schottky barriers have been demonstrated, with the new record-low barrier of less than 0.08 eV between Al and sulfur-passivated n-type Si(100) and the new record-high barrier of 1.14 eV between Al and sulfur-passivated p-type Si(100). On the textured p-type monocrystalline Si(100) surface, the highest barrier with Al is 0.85 eV by valence-mending passivation. 2) Demonstration of a low-temperature metallization process for Al in crystalline-Si solar cells. The new metallization process is based on electroplating of Al in a room-temperature ionic liquid. The resistivity of the electroplated Al is ~7×10–6

  20. Plasma hydrogenated cationic detonation nanodiamonds efficiently deliver to human cells in culture functional siRNA targeting the Ewing sarcoma junction oncogene.

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    Bertrand, Jean-Rémi; Pioche-Durieu, Catherine; Ayala, Juan; Petit, Tristan; Girard, Hugues A; Malvy, Claude P; Le Cam, Eric; Treussart, François; Arnault, Jean-Charles

    2015-03-01

    The expression of a defective gene can lead to major cell dysfunctions among which cell proliferation and tumor formation. One promising therapeutic strategy consists in silencing the defective gene using small interfering RNA (siRNA). In previous publications we showed that diamond nanocrystals (ND) of primary size 35 nm, rendered cationic by polyethyleneimine-coating, can efficiently deliver siRNA into cell, which further block the expression of EWS/FLI-1 oncogene in a Ewing sarcoma disease model. However, a therapeutic application of such nanodiamonds requires their elimination by the organism, particularly in urine, which is impossible for 35 nm particles. Here, we report that hydrogenated cationic nanodiamonds of primary size 7 nm (ND-H) have also a high affinity for siRNA and are capable of delivering them in cells. With siRNA/ND-H complexes, we measured a high inhibition efficacy of EWS/FLI-1 gene expression in Ewing sarcoma cell line. Electron microscopy investigations showed ND-H in endocytosis compartments, and especially in macropinosomes from which they can escape before siRNA degradation occurred. In addition, the association of EWS/FLI-1 silencing by the siRNA/ND-H complex with a vincristine treatment yielded a potentiation of the toxic effect of this chemotherapeutic drug. Therefore ND-H appears as a promising delivery agent in anti-tumoral gene therapy. PMID:25662499

  1. Highly effective antiangiogenesis via magnetic mesoporous silica-based siRNA vehicle targeting the VEGF gene for orthotopic ovarian cancer therapy

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    Chen, Yijie; Wang, Xinran; Liu, Ting; Zhang, Ding Sheng-zi; Wang, Yunfei; Gu, Hongchen; Di, Wen

    2015-01-01

    Therapeutic antiangiogenesis strategies have demonstrated significant antitumor efficacy in ovarian cancer. Recently, RNA interference (RNAi) has come to be regarded as a promising technology for treatment of disease, especially cancer. In this study, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-small interfering RNA (siRNA) was encapsulated into a magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticle (M-MSN)-based, polyethylenimine (PEI)-capped, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-grafted, fusogenic peptide (KALA)-functionalized siRNA delivery system, termed M-MSN_VEGF siRNA@PEI-PEG-KALA, which showed significant effectiveness with regard to VEGF gene silencing in vitro and in vivo. The prepared siRNA delivery system readily exhibited cellular internalization and ease of endosomal escape, resulting in excellent RNAi efficacy without associated cytotoxicity in SKOV3 cells. In in vivo experiments, notable retardation of tumor growth was observed in orthotopic ovarian tumor-bearing mice, which was attributed to significant inhibition of angiogenesis by systemic administration of this nanocarrier. No obvious toxic drug responses were detected in major organs. Further, the magnetic core of M-MSN_VEGF siRNA@PEI-PEG-KALA proved capable of probing the site and size of the ovarian cancer in mice on magnetic resonance imaging. Collectively, the results demonstrate that an M-MSN-based delivery system has potential to serve as a carrier of siRNA therapeutics in ovarian cancer. PMID:25848273

  2. Boron diffusion in nanocrystalline 3C-SiC

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    Schnabel, Manuel; Weiss, Charlotte; Rachow, Thomas; Löper, Philipp; Janz, Stefan; Canino, Mariaconcetta; Summonte, Caterina; Mirabella, Salvo; Wilshaw, Peter R.

    2014-05-26

    The diffusion of boron in nanocrystalline silicon carbide (nc-SiC) films with a grain size of 4–7 nm is studied using a poly-Si boron source. Diffusion is found to be much faster than in monocrystalline SiC as it takes place within the grain boundary (GB) network. Drive-in temperatures of 900–1000°C are suitable for creating shallow boron profiles up to 100 nm deep, while 1100°C is sufficient to flood the 200 nm thick films with boron. From the resulting plateau at 1100 °C a boron segregation coefficient of 28 between nc-SiC and the Si substrate, as well as a GB boron solubility limit of 0.2 nm{sup −2} is determined. GB diffusion in the bulk of the films is Fickian and thermally activated with D{sub GB}(T)=(3.1−5.6)×10{sup 7}exp(−5.03±0.16  eV/k{sub B}T) cm{sup 2}s{sup −1}. The activation energy is interpreted in terms of a trapping mechanism at dangling bonds. Higher boron concentrations are present at the nc-SiC surface and are attributed to immobilized boron.

  3. Construction of pH-responsive and up-conversion luminescent NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+@SiO2@PMAA nanocomposite for colon targeted drug delivery

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    Tian, Boshi; Liu, Shaohua; Lu, Wei; Jin, Lin; Li, Qingfeng; Shi, Yurong; Li, Chunyang; Wang, Zhenling; Du, Yaping

    2016-01-01

    Colon-targeted drug delivery system has attracted much interest because it can improve therapeutic efficacy and reduce the side effect in practical clinic. Herein, we constructed a multifunctional drug delivery system with colonic targeting and tracking by up-conversion (UC) luminescence based on core-shell structured NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+@SiO2@PMAA nanocomposite. The resultant materials exhibited bright UC luminescence, pH-responsive property and excellent biocompatibility. The drug release behaviors in different pH environment were investigated using 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) as a model drug. The 5-ASA molecules release from NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+@SiO2@PMAA nanocomposite exhibit a significant pH-responsive colon targeted property, i.e., a little amount of drug release in simulated gastric fluid (SGF, pH = 1.2) but a large amount of drug release in simulated colonic fluid (SCF, pH = 7.4) Moreover, the drug release process could be monitored by the change of UC emission intensity. These results implied that the multifunctional nanocomposite is a promising drug carrier for targeted release of 5-ASA in the colon. PMID:26891778

  4. Magnetically targeted delivery of DOX loaded Cu9S5@mSiO2@Fe3O4-PEG nanocomposites for combined MR imaging and chemo/photothermal synergistic therapy

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    Liu, Bei; Zhang, Xinyang; Li, Chunxia; He, Fei; Chen, Yinyin; Huang, Shanshan; Jin, Dayong; Yang, Piaoping; Cheng, Ziyong; Lin, Jun

    2016-06-01

    The combination of multi-theranostic modes in a controlled fashion has received tremendous attention for the construction of cooperative therapeutic systems in nanomedicine. Herein, we have synthesized a smart magnetically targeted nanocarrier system, Cu9S5@mSiO2@Fe3O4-PEG (labelled as CMF), which integrates NIR triggered photothermal therapy, pH/NIR-responsive chemotherapy and MR imaging into one nanoplatform to enhance the therapeutic efficacy. This new multifunctional paradigm has a uniform and monodisperse sesame ball-like structure by decorating tiny Fe3O4 nanoparticles on the surface of Cu9S5@mSiO2 before a further PEG modification to improve its hydrophilicity and biocompatibility. With doxorubicin (DOX) payload, the as-obtained CMF-DOX composites can simultaneously provide an intense heating effect and enhanced DOX release upon 980 nm NIR light exposure, achieving a combined chemo/photothermal therapy. Under the influence of an external magnetic field, the magnetically targeted synergistic therapeutic effect of CMF-DOX can lead to highly superior inhibition of animal H22 tumor in vivo when compared to any of the single approaches alone. The results revealed that this Cu9S5 based magnetically targeted chemo/photothermal synergistic nanocarrier system has great promise in future MR imaging assisted tumor targeted therapy of cancer.

  5. Formation Monocrystalline Carbon Micro-and Nanostructures Under Femtosecond Laser Irradiation of graphite in Liquid Nitrogen

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    Khorkov, Kirill S.; Abramov, Dmitrii V.; Kochuev, Dmitriy A.; Arakelian, Sergey M.; Prokoshev, Valery G.

    The combination of high energy and ultra short duration of femtosecond laser pulses allow to reach in the area of impact the local conditions which can change the phase composition of irradiated material. Traditional methods of structural phase transformation of the graphite at high pressures do not provide the abrupt simultaneous cancellation of the applied pressure and temperature. As a result, some of the synthesized nanostructures and metastable forms of carbon are destroyed. The suggested method allows to eliminate this disadvantage. Femtosecond laser radiation provides ultrafast heating of the target material, and the use of liquid nitrogen dramatically accelerates the process of it cooling. The formation of new carbon micro- and nanostructures has been registered at experimental approbation of the proposed method. The check of elemental composition of the created crystals showed that they are formed solely of carbon. The experimental results show the possibility of creation of new (less studied) carbon forms with a variety of properties.

  6. Study by simulation of the SnO2 and ZnO anti-reflection layers in n-SiC/p-SiC solar cells

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    Zerfaoui, Hana; Dib, Djalel; Rahmani, Mohamed; Benyelloul, Kamel; Mebarkia, Chafia

    2016-07-01

    Recently, Two technologies of the photovoltaic cells are present today namely the cells crystalline (polycrystalline and monocrystalline) and the cell thin layers. The development of the solar cells requires a technological change of materials used in their manufacturing. The thin layers are parts of these materials and which announced their effectiveness and growth of output of the solar cell. The aim of this paper article is to the study and simulation of photovoltaic cells containing SiC materials. This material is have important having a part in the development of renewable energies. Based on the SCAPS (a Solar Cell Capacitance Simulator) simulation, the obtained results are Vco, Jsc, FF and the output energy of conversion of a solar cell n-SiC/p-SiC with different materials for the anti-reflecting layer ZnO and SnO2.with the SCAPS (a Solar Cell Capacitance Simulator) computer code in one dimension, the results obtained after optimization.

  7. 18.5% efficient AlOx/SiNy rear passivated industrial multicrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Qiao, Qi; Lu, Hongyan; Ge, Jian; Xi, Xi; Chen, Rulong; Yang, Jian; Zhu, Jingbing; Shi, Zhengrong; Chu, Junhao

    2014-06-01

    Due to the trend toward thinner and higher efficient crystalline silicon solar cells, excellent rear surface passivation and internal optical reflectance have become more and more important. Aluminum oxide (AlOx) capped with silicon nitride (SiNy), which is considered as one of the most promising candidates to achieve superior rear passivation and internal reflectance, has to date been mostly used for the rear side of p-type monocrystalline silicon (mono-Si) solar cells. In this paper, we have optimized rear AlOx/SiNy stacks deposited by industrial plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) for multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) passivated emitter and rear cells (PERC). Sufficient passivation activation effect from industrial fast-firing process and SiNy deposition process have been demonstrated, so the samples were not subjected to additional thermal treatment process in the cell fabrication flow. For rear AlOx/SiNy stack, it is shown that when PECVD AlOx is thicker than 40 nm, apparent blisters in fired AlOx deteriorate the cell performance, and the appropriate SiNy capping is N-rich SiNy with thickness of at least 180 nm. After process optimization with the least additional process steps, independently confirmed efficiency of 18.5% for Pluto-PERC with PECVD AlOx/SiNy rear passivation on standard 156 mm × 156 mm p-type mc-Si wafers has been achieved.

  8. Pendeo-epitaxial growth and characterization of GaN and related materials on 6H-SiC(0001) and Si(111) substrates

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    Davis, R.F.; Gehrke, T.; Linthicum, K.J.; Zheleva, T.S.; Rajagopal, P.; Zorman, C.A.; Mehregany, M.

    2000-07-01

    Discrete and coalesced monocrystalline GaN and Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N layers grown via Pendeo-epitaxy (PE) [1] originated from side walls of GaN seed structures containing SiN{sub x} top masks have been grown via organometallic vapor phase deposition on GaN/AlN/6H-SiC(0001) and GaN(0001)/AlN(0001)/3C-SiC(111)/Si(111) substrates. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies were used to evaluate the external microstructures and the distribution of dislocations, respectively. The dislocation densities in the PE grown films was reduced by at least five orders of magnitude relative to the initial GaN seed layers. Tilting in the coalesced GaN epilayers was observed via X-ray diffraction. A tilt of 0.2{degree} was confined to areas of mask overgrowth; however, no tilting was observed in the material suspended above the SiC substrate. The strong, low-temperature PL band-edge peak at 3.45 eV with a FWHM of 17 meV was comparable to that observed in PE GaN films grown on 6H-SiC(0001). The band-edge in the GaN grown on AlN(0001)/SiC(111)Si(111) substrates was shifted to a lower energy by 10 meV, indicative of a greater tensile stress.

  9. Enhancing radiosensitivity of TE1, TE8, and TE 11 esophageal squamous carcinoma cell lines by Hdm2-siRNA targeted gene therapy in vitro

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    Pirayesh Islamian, Jalil; Mohammadi, Mohsen; Baradaran, Behzad; Farajollahi, Alireza; Aghamiri, Seyed Mahmoud Reza; Asghari Jafarabadi, Mohammad; Karami, Hadi; Monfaredan, Amir; Shanehbandi, Dariush

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Human double minute2 (hdm2) level increases in most human malignancies. Therefore, inhibition of tumor growth and also induction of radiosensitivity may be provided by hdm2 inhibitors. The effects of hdm2-siRNA on hdm2 protein expression, cell apoptosis rate, and radiosensitivity of human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) were studied. Methods: The hdm2 gene was silenced in TE1, TE8, and TE11 ESCC cell lines using 200nM siRNA by liposomal transfection method followed by irradiation with 0.5, 1, 2, 4, and 6 Gy γ-rays in vitro. The gene expression levels were evaluated by real time PCR and Western Blotting methods. MTT, TUNEL, and also colony forming assays were used to compare the radiosensitivity of the cell lines before and after the treatments. Results: Hdm2-siRNA reduced the hdm2 protein as compared to the vehicle control and scrambled groups, and also increased the radiation-induced apoptosis especially in TE11 cells. The related dose reduction factors (DRFs) for the silenced TE1, TE8, and TE11 cells calculated to be 1.20, 1.30, and 2.75, respectively. Conclusion: Increasing radiosensitivity of tumor cells may be provided by silencing the oncogenes. PMID:27525226

  10. Target rapidity baryon distributions in {sup 28}Si + {sup 197}Au and {sup 197}Au + {sup 197}Au collisions at 14.6 and 11.7 A{center_dot}GeV/c

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    Sangster, T.C.; Costales, J.B.; Namboodiri, M.N.; E802 Collaboration

    1993-02-25

    Proton and deuteron kinetic energy spectra have been measured at target rapidities for both minimum bias and central collisions of 14.6 A{center_dot}GeV/c {sup 28}Si and 11.7 A{center_dot}GeV/c {sup 197}Au beams with a {sup 197}Au target. The spectra were measured from a low energy threshold of approximately E{sub kin}=35 MeV to well over 200 MeV for laboratory angles of 50{degree} to 130{degree} ({vert_bar}{eta}{vert_bar} {le}0.76). The acceptance-corrected spectra have been fit over a limited range of kinetic energies using a Boltzmann distribution. The integrated yields and the inverse slope parameters are presented as a function of centrality for the {sup 28}Si + {sup 197}Au reaction and as a function of trigger for the {sup 197}Au + {sup 197}Au reaction. These quantities are also compared with the proton spectra generated using both the ARC and RQMD codes.

  11. Assembly of Multifunctional Phi29 pRNA Nanoparticles for Specific Delivery of SiRNA and other Therapeutics to Targeted Cells

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    Shu, Yi; Cinier, Mathieu; Shu, Dan; Guo, Peixuan

    2011-01-01

    Recent advances in RNA nanotechnology have led to the emergence of a new field and brought vitality to the area of therapeutics (Guo P, The Emerging Field of RNA Nanotechnology, Nature Nanotechnology, 2010). Due to the complementary nature of the four nucleotides and its special catalytic activity, RNA can be manipulated with simplicity characteristic of DNA, while possessing versatile structure and diverse function similar to proteins. Loops and tertiary architecture serve as mounting dovetails or wedges to eliminate external linking dowels. Unique features in transcription, termination, self-assembly, self-processing, and acid-resistance enable in vivo production of nanoparticles harboring aptamer, siRNA, ribozyme, riboswitch, or other regulators for therapy, detection, regulation, and intracellular computation. The unique property of noncanonical base-pairing and stacking enables RNA to fold into well-defined structures for constructing nanoparticles with special functionalities. Bacteriophage phi29 DNA packaging motor is geared by a ring consisting of six packaging RNA (pRNA) molecules. pRNA is able to form a multimeric complex via the interaction of two reengineered interlocking loops. This unique feature makes it an ideal polyvalent vehicle for nanomachine fabrication, pathogen detection, and delivery of siRNA or other therapeutics. This review describes methods in using pRNA as a building block for the construction of RNA dimers, trimers and hexamers as nanoparticles in medical applications. Methods for industrial-scale production of large and stable RNA nanoparticles will be introduced. The unique favorable PK (pharmokinetics) profile with a half life (T1/2) of 5–10 hours comparing to 0.25 of conventional 2′-F siRNA, and advantageous in vivo features such as non-toxicity, non-induction of interferons or non-stimulating of cytokine response in animals will also be reviewed. PMID:21320601

  12. Assembly of multifunctional phi29 pRNA nanoparticles for specific delivery of siRNA and other therapeutics to targeted cells.

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    Shu, Yi; Cinier, Mathieu; Shu, Dan; Guo, Peixuan

    2011-06-01

    Recent advances in RNA nanotechnology have led to the emergence of a new field and brought vitality to the area of therapeutics [P. Guo, The emerging field of RNA nanotechnology, Nat. Nanotechnol., 2010]. Due to the complementary nature of the four nucleotides and its special catalytic activity, RNA can be manipulated with simplicity characteristic of DNA, while possessing versatile structure and diverse function similar to proteins. Loops and tertiary architecture serve as mounting dovetails or wedges to eliminate external linking dowels. Unique features in transcription, termination, self-assembly, self-processing, and acid-resistance enable in vivo production of nanoparticles harboring aptamer, siRNA, ribozyme, riboswitch, or other regulators for therapy, detection, regulation, and intracellular computation. The unique property of noncanonical base-pairing and stacking enables RNA to fold into well-defined structures for constructing nanoparticles with special functionalities. Bacteriophage phi29 DNA packaging motor is geared by a ring consisting of six packaging RNA (pRNA) molecules. pRNA is able to form a multimeric complex via the interaction of two reengineered interlocking loops. This unique feature makes it an ideal polyvalent vehicle for nanomachine fabrication, pathogen detection, and delivery of siRNA or other therapeutics. This review describes methods in using pRNA as a building block for the construction of RNA dimers, trimers, and hexamers as nanoparticles in medical applications. Methods for industrial-scale production of large and stable RNA nanoparticles will be introduced. The unique favorable PK (pharmacokinetics) profile with a half life (T(1/2)) of 5-10h comparing to 0.25 of conventional 2'-F siRNA, and advantageous in vivo features such as non-toxicity, non-induction of interferons or non-stimulating of cytokine response in animals will also be reviewed.

  13. Transgenic tobacco plants expressing siRNA targeted against the Mungbean yellow mosaic virus transcriptional activator protein gene efficiently block the viral DNA accumulation.

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    Shanmugapriya, Gnanasekaran; Das, Sudhanshu Sekhar; Veluthambi, Karuppannan

    2015-06-01

    Mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV) is a bipartite begomovirus that infects many pulse crops such as blackgram, mungbean, mothbean, Frenchbean, and soybean. We tested the efficacy of the transgenically expressed intron-spliced hairpin RNA gene of the transcriptional activator protein (hpTrAP) in reducing MYMV DNA accumulation. Tobacco plants transformed with the MYMV hpTrAP gene accumulated 21-22 nt siRNA. Leaf discs of the transgenic plants, agroinoculated with the partial dimers of MYMV, displayed pronounced reduction in MYMV DNA accumulation. Thus, silencing of the TrAP gene, a suppressor of gene silencing, emerged as an effective strategy to control MYMV. PMID:26436122

  14. A New Hyaluronic Acid Derivative Obtained from Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization as a siRNA Vector for CD44 Receptor Tumor Targeting.

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    Palumbo, Fabio Salvatore; Bavuso Volpe, Antonella; Bongiovì, Flavia; Pitarresi, Giovanna; Giammona, Gaetano

    2015-11-01

    Two derivatives of hyaluronic acid (HA) have been synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), starting from an ethylenediamino HA derivative (HA-EDA) and by using diethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) as a monomer for polymerization. Both samples, indicated as HA-EDA-pDEAEMA a and b, are able to condense siRNA, as determined by gel retardation assay and resulting complexes show a size and a zeta potential value dependent on polymerization number, as determined by dynamic light scattering measurements. In vitro studies performed on HCT 116 cell line, that over express CD44 receptor, demonstrate a receptor mediated uptake of complexes, regardless of their surface charge. PMID:26136372

  15. Functionalized PEI Nanoparticles For Delivery Of IGF-1R-Targeted siRNA's to UPAR-Expressing Tumors In Vitro And In Vivo

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    Giblin, Michael F

    2012-12-14

    This proposal addressed the use of imaging technologies to develop therapeutic nanoparticle constructs which could reduce expression of molecules within the cancer cell important in tumor progression. The proposal described new labeling techniques that would result in therapeutic constructs which could be tracked both within targeted cells individually as well as within the individuals being treated. Representing a new generation of dual-labeled in vivo imaging agent, the constructs envisioned here would allow microPET imaging of targeted receptor expression as well as fluorescent imaging of silencing complexes targeting IGF-1R mRNA's. As such, this proposal was highly relevant to the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) goals of facilitating improvements in radiotracer design in order to solve critical problems in biology and nuclear medicine.

  16. Simultaneous iron gettering and passivation of p-type monocrystalline silicon using a negatively charged aluminum-doped dielectric

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    Das, Arnab; Rohatgi, Ajeet

    2012-12-01

    Rapid gettering of iron from p-type c-Si has been achieved using a negatively charged spin-on Al-doped glass. After a 10 min oxidation to cure the Al-doped glass, >99% of Fe can be gettered from silicon wafers. This is comparable to, and under some processing conditions better than, the efficiency of conventional POCl3 gettering. In the same short oxidation step, the Al-doped glass also passivates p-Si surfaces with surface recombination velocities of 100 cm/s and 10 600 cm/s achieved for surface doping of 6 × 1015 cm-3 and 4 × 1019 cm-3, respectively. These passivation results are comparable to those achieved with thermal SiO2 layers.

  17. siRNA capsulated brain-targeted nanoparticles specifically knock down OATP2B1 in mice: a mechanism for acute morphine tolerance suppression

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    Yang, Zi-Zhao; Li, Li; Wang, Lu; Xu, Ming-Cheng; An, Sai; Jiang, Chen; Gu, Jing-Kai; Wang, Zai-Jie Jim; Yu, Lu-Shan; Zeng, Su

    2016-01-01

    Regulating main brain-uptake transporter of morphine may restrict its tolerance generation, then modify its antinociception. In this study, more than 2 fold higher intracellular uptake concentrations for morphine and morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G) were observed in stable expression cells, HEK293-hOATP2B1 than HEK293-MOCK. Specifically, the Km value of morphine to OATP2B1 (57.58 ± 8.90 μM) is 1.4-time more than that of M6G (80.31 ± 21.75 μM); Cyclosporine A (CsA), an inhibitor of OATP2B1, can inhibit their intracellular accumulations with IC50 = 3.90 ± 0.50 μM for morphine and IC50 = 6.04 ± 0.86 μM for M6G, respectively. To further investigate the role of OATP2B1 in morphine brain transport and tolerance, the novel nanoparticles of DGL-PEG/dermorphin capsulated siRNA (OATP2B1) were applied to deliver siRNA into mouse brain. Along with OATP2B1 depressed, a main reduction was found for each of morphine or M6G in cerebrums or epencephalons of acute morphine tolerance mice. Furthermore, calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IIα (CaMKIIα) in mouse prefrontal cortex (mPFC) underwent dephosphorylation at Thr286. In conclusion, OATP2B1 downregulation in mouse brain can suppress tolerance via blocking morphine and M6G brain transport. These findings might help to improve the pharmacological effects of morphine. PMID:27629937

  18. siRNA capsulated brain-targeted nanoparticles specifically knock down OATP2B1 in mice: a mechanism for acute morphine tolerance suppression.

    PubMed

    Yang, Zi-Zhao; Li, Li; Wang, Lu; Xu, Ming-Cheng; An, Sai; Jiang, Chen; Gu, Jing-Kai; Wang, Zai-Jie Jim; Yu, Lu-Shan; Zeng, Su

    2016-09-15

    Regulating main brain-uptake transporter of morphine may restrict its tolerance generation, then modify its antinociception. In this study, more than 2 fold higher intracellular uptake concentrations for morphine and morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G) were observed in stable expression cells, HEK293-hOATP2B1 than HEK293-MOCK. Specifically, the Km value of morphine to OATP2B1 (57.58 ± 8.90 μM) is 1.4-time more than that of M6G (80.31 ± 21.75 μM); Cyclosporine A (CsA), an inhibitor of OATP2B1, can inhibit their intracellular accumulations with IC50 = 3.90 ± 0.50 μM for morphine and IC50 = 6.04 ± 0.86 μM for M6G, respectively. To further investigate the role of OATP2B1 in morphine brain transport and tolerance, the novel nanoparticles of DGL-PEG/dermorphin capsulated siRNA (OATP2B1) were applied to deliver siRNA into mouse brain. Along with OATP2B1 depressed, a main reduction was found for each of morphine or M6G in cerebrums or epencephalons of acute morphine tolerance mice. Furthermore, calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IIα (CaMKIIα) in mouse prefrontal cortex (mPFC) underwent dephosphorylation at Thr286. In conclusion, OATP2B1 downregulation in mouse brain can suppress tolerance via blocking morphine and M6G brain transport. These findings might help to improve the pharmacological effects of morphine.

  19. siRNA capsulated brain-targeted nanoparticles specifically knock down OATP2B1 in mice: a mechanism for acute morphine tolerance suppression.

    PubMed

    Yang, Zi-Zhao; Li, Li; Wang, Lu; Xu, Ming-Cheng; An, Sai; Jiang, Chen; Gu, Jing-Kai; Wang, Zai-Jie Jim; Yu, Lu-Shan; Zeng, Su

    2016-01-01

    Regulating main brain-uptake transporter of morphine may restrict its tolerance generation, then modify its antinociception. In this study, more than 2 fold higher intracellular uptake concentrations for morphine and morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G) were observed in stable expression cells, HEK293-hOATP2B1 than HEK293-MOCK. Specifically, the Km value of morphine to OATP2B1 (57.58 ± 8.90 μM) is 1.4-time more than that of M6G (80.31 ± 21.75 μM); Cyclosporine A (CsA), an inhibitor of OATP2B1, can inhibit their intracellular accumulations with IC50 = 3.90 ± 0.50 μM for morphine and IC50 = 6.04 ± 0.86 μM for M6G, respectively. To further investigate the role of OATP2B1 in morphine brain transport and tolerance, the novel nanoparticles of DGL-PEG/dermorphin capsulated siRNA (OATP2B1) were applied to deliver siRNA into mouse brain. Along with OATP2B1 depressed, a main reduction was found for each of morphine or M6G in cerebrums or epencephalons of acute morphine tolerance mice. Furthermore, calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IIα (CaMKIIα) in mouse prefrontal cortex (mPFC) underwent dephosphorylation at Thr286. In conclusion, OATP2B1 downregulation in mouse brain can suppress tolerance via blocking morphine and M6G brain transport. These findings might help to improve the pharmacological effects of morphine. PMID:27629937

  20. SI Notes.

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    Nelson, Robert A.

    1983-01-01

    Discusses legislation related to SI (International Systems of Units) in the United States. Indicates that although SI metric units have been officially recognized by law in the United States, U.S. Customary Units have never received a statutory basis. (JN)

  1. Structural and photoluminescent properties of nanowires formed by the metal-assisted chemical etching of monocrystalline silicon with different doping level

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    Georgobiani, V. A. Gonchar, K. A.; Osminkina, L. A.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.

    2015-08-15

    Silicon-nanowire layers grown by the metal-assisted chemical etching of (100)-oriented p-type monocrystalline silicon substrates with a resistivity of 10 and 0.001 Ω · cm are studied by electron microscopy, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence measurements. It is established that nanowires grown on lightly doped substrates are structurally nonporous and formed as crystalline cores covered by nanocrystals 3–5 nm in dimensions. Nanowires grown on heavily doped substrates are structurally porous and contain both small nanocrystals and coarser crystallites with equilibrium charge carriers that influence interband radiative recombination. It is found that the photoluminescence intensity of nanowires in the spectral range 1.3–2.0 eV depends on the presence of molecular oxygen.

  2. Stability of ND:YAG "flywheel" Lasers Locked to Ultra-High Etalons Made from either ULE or Mono-Crystalline Sapphire

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    Oxborrow, M.; Webster, S. A.; Gill, P.

    2002-04-01

    We report on our progress towards the realization of coherent light sources delivering sub-Hz linewidths and frequency drifts below 0.01 Hz/s, as enabling technologies for the ultra-high-precision spectroscopy of trapped ions. To date, we have concentrated on the servo-locking, via the Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) technique, of two makes of commercial infrared (1064nm) Nd:YAG lasers (viz NPRO's) to the fringes of various lab-designed ultra-high-finesse etalons, incorporating either ULE or mono-crystalline sapphire spacers. The two main thrusts of our recent work have been (i) the enhancement of the locking accuracy through the optimisation of optical/electro-optical components and peripheral servo-electronics, and (ii) the design, construction and commissioning of two "creep-free" etalons, whose spacers and mirrors exclusively comprise c-axis-aligned, high-purity sapphire, held at liquid-helium temperatures.

  3. Junction formation and current transport mechanisms in hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS solar cells

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    Jäckle, Sara; Mattiza, Matthias; Liebhaber, Martin; Brönstrup, Gerald; Rommel, Mathias; Lips, Klaus; Christiansen, Silke

    2015-08-01

    We investigated hybrid inorganic-organic solar cells combining monocrystalline n-type silicon (n-Si) and a highly conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The build-in potential, photo- and dark saturation current at this hybrid interface are monitored for varying n-Si doping concentrations. We corroborate that a high build-in potential forms at the hybrid junction leading to strong inversion of the n-Si surface. By extracting work function and valence band edge of the polymer from ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, a band diagram of the hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS heterojunction is presented. The current-voltage characteristics were analyzed using Schottky and abrupt pn-junction models. The magnitude as well as the dependence of dark saturation current on n-Si doping concentration proves that the transport is governed by diffusion of minority charge carriers in the n-Si and not by thermionic emission of majorities over a Schottky barrier. This leads to a comprehensive explanation of the high observed open-circuit voltages of up to 634 mV connected to high conversion efficiency of almost 14%, even for simple planar device structures without antireflection coating or optimized contacts. The presented work clearly shows that PEDOT:PSS forms a hybrid heterojunction with n-Si behaving similar to a conventional pn-junction and not, like commonly assumed, a Schottky junction.

  4. Junction formation and current transport mechanisms in hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS solar cells

    PubMed Central

    Jäckle, Sara; Mattiza, Matthias; Liebhaber, Martin; Brönstrup, Gerald; Rommel, Mathias; Lips, Klaus; Christiansen, Silke

    2015-01-01

    We investigated hybrid inorganic-organic solar cells combining monocrystalline n-type silicon (n-Si) and a highly conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The build-in potential, photo- and dark saturation current at this hybrid interface are monitored for varying n-Si doping concentrations. We corroborate that a high build-in potential forms at the hybrid junction leading to strong inversion of the n-Si surface. By extracting work function and valence band edge of the polymer from ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, a band diagram of the hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS heterojunction is presented. The current-voltage characteristics were analyzed using Schottky and abrupt pn-junction models. The magnitude as well as the dependence of dark saturation current on n-Si doping concentration proves that the transport is governed by diffusion of minority charge carriers in the n-Si and not by thermionic emission of majorities over a Schottky barrier. This leads to a comprehensive explanation of the high observed open-circuit voltages of up to 634 mV connected to high conversion efficiency of almost 14%, even for simple planar device structures without antireflection coating or optimized contacts. The presented work clearly shows that PEDOT:PSS forms a hybrid heterojunction with n-Si behaving similar to a conventional pn-junction and not, like commonly assumed, a Schottky junction. PMID:26278010

  5. RGDS- and TAT-Conjugated Upconversion of NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)&SiO2 Nanoparticles: In Vitro Human Epithelioid Cervix Carcinoma Cellular Uptake, Imaging, and Targeting.

    PubMed

    Kostiv, Uliana; Kotelnikov, Ilya; Proks, Vladimír; Šlouf, Miroslav; Kučka, Jan; Engstová, Hana; Ježek, Petr; Horák, Daniel

    2016-08-10

    Starting NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) nanoparticles with size tuned from 24 to 33 nm were prepared by high-temperature coprecipitation of lanthanide chlorides in high-boiling organic solvents. To enhance colloidal stability in aqueous medium, an aminosilica shell was introduced on the surface by hydrolysis and condensation of tetramethyl orthosilicate and (3-aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane using a reverse microemulsion technique; to form alkyne groups, reaction with 4-pentynoic acid followed. Finally, the cell adhesive and cell penetrating azidopentanoyl-GGGRGDSGGGY-NH2 (RGDS) and azidopentanoyl-GGGRKKRRQRRR-NH2 (TAT) peptides were conjugated to the upconversion particles via Cu(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition. The concentrations of the peptides bound to the nanoparticle surfaces and amount of adsorbed residual Cu(I) catalyst were determined using an (125)I-radiolabeled RGDS peptide and a (64)Cu(I)-doped catalyst, respectively. Targeting and uptake of the RGDS- and TAT-conjugated NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)&SiO2 nanoparticles by human cervix carcinoma HeLa cells were monitored by confocal microscopy. RGDS-conjugated nanoparticle probes were mainly localized on the cell plasma membrane due to specific binding of the peptide to the corresponding integrins. In contrast, the TAT-conjugated nanoparticles were able to cross the cell membrane and accumulate in the cell cytoplasm. Thus, this new peptide bioconjugation approach supported both extra- and intracellular nanoparticle uptake, enabling targeting and imaging of the specific tumor phenotypes. PMID:27428386

  6. Light trapping in ultrathin 25  μm exfoliated Si solar cells.

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    Hilali, Mohamed M; Saha, Sayan; Onyegam, Emmanuel; Rao, Rajesh; Mathew, Leo; Banerjee, Sanjay K

    2014-09-20

    The optical absorption in 25-μm-thick, single-crystal Si foils fabricated using a novel exfoliation technique for solar cells is studied and improved in this work. Various light-trapping and optical absorption enhancement schemes implemented show that it is possible to substantially narrow the gap in optical absorption loss between the 25 μm Si foils and industry-standard 180-μm-thick Si wafer solar cells. An improvement of absorption by 58% in the near-infrared (740-1200 nm) range is observed for the 25 μm monocrystalline Si substrates with the use of antireflective coating and texturing. The back reflectance of the metal foil that provides mechanical support to the ultrathin Si semiconductor-on-metal foils is extracted to be ∼51.5%, based on the reflectance matching with the simulated escape reflectance in the sub-bandgap region. The back reflectance is enhanced to ∼58% by incorporating an intermediate silicon nitride layer on the back between the Si and the metal. The incorporation of Al as an improved metal reflector on top of the silicon nitride at the backside of the solar cell results in a 5.8 times enhancement in optical path length as a consequence of the improved effective back reflectance of ∼95%. A thin Si foil solar cell with an unoptimized amorphous Si/crystalline Si heterojunction with intrinsic-thin-layer design with implementation of such light-trapping schemes shows an efficiency of 13.28% with a short-circuit current density (JSC) of 35.97  mA/cm2, which approaches the JSC of industrial wafer-based Si solar cells.

  7. Low-frequency noise, microplasma, and electroluminescence measurements as faster tools to investigate quality of monocrystalline-silicon solar cells

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    Chobola, Zdenek; Lunak, Miroslav; Vanek, Jiri; Barinka, Radim

    2013-05-01

    Two sets of c-Si solar cells varying in front side phosphorus doped emitters were produced by standard screen printing techniques. The first group of samples, 3121, was prepared by a combination of standard washing and a bath with a highly dilute HF before diffusion of n+-emitter. The second group of samples, 3122, was treated only with standard washing. A comparison of solar cell conversion efficiency and results from a noise spectroscopy, microplasma, and electroluminescence presence are presented. As was already shown in previous publications noise spectral density reflects the quality of solar cells, and thus represents an alternative advanced cell diagnostic tool. Our results confirm this relationship and moreover bring clear evidence for the maximum spectral noise voltage density being related to the emitter structure. The best results were reached for the group of solar cells in sample 3122, which was treated only with standard washing.

  8. SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY Texturization of mono-crystalline silicon solar cells in TMAH without the addition of surfactant

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    Weiying, Ou; Yao, Zhang; Hailing, Li; Lei, Zhao; Chunlan, Zhou; Hongwei, Diao; Min, Liu; Weiming, Lu; Jun, Zhang; Wenjing, Wang

    2010-10-01

    Etching was performed on (100) silicon wafers using silicon-dissolved tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solutions without the addition of surfactant. Experiments were carried out in different TMAH concentrations at different temperatures for different etching times. The surface phenomena, etching rates, surface morphology and surface reflectance were analyzed. Experimental results show that the resulting surface covered with uniform pyramids can be realized with a small change in etching rates during the etching process. The etching mechanism is explained based on the experimental results and the theoretical considerations. It is suggested that all the components in the TMAH solutions play important roles in the etching process. Moreover, TMA+ ions may increase the wettability of the textured surface. A good textured surface can be obtained in conditions where the absorption of OH-/H2O is in equilibrium with that of TMA+/SiO2 (OH)22-.

  9. Effects of vibration frequency on vibration-assisted nano-scratch process of mono-crystalline copper via molecular dynamics simulation

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    Zhu, Bo; Zhao, Hongwei; Zhao, Dan; Zhang, Peng; Yang, Yihan; Han, Lei; Kui, Hailin

    2016-03-01

    It has always been a critical issue to understand the material removal behavior of Vibration-Assisted Machining (VAM), especially on atomic level. To find out the effects of vibration frequency on material removal response, a three-dimensional molecular dynamics (MD) model has been established in this research to investigate the effects of scratched groove, crystal defects on the surface quality, comparing with the Von Mises shear strain and tangential force in simulations during nano-scratching process. Comparisons are made among the results of simulations from different vibration frequency with the same scratching feed, depth, amplitude and crystal orientation. Copper potential in this simulation is Embedded-Atom Method (EAM) potential. Interaction between copper and carbon atoms is Morse potential. Simulational results show that higher frequency can make groove smoother. Simulation with high frequency creates more dislocations to improve the machinability of copper specimen. The changing frequency does not have evident effects on Von Mises shear strain. Higher frequency can decrease the tangential force to reduce the consumption of cutting energy and tool wear. In conclusion, higher vibration frequency in VAM on mono-crystalline copper has positive effects on surface finish, machinablility and tool wear reduction.

  10. Cross sections for the production of residual nuclides by low- and medium-energy protons from the target elements C, N, O, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Ba and Au

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    Michel, R.; Bodemann, R.; Busemann, H.; Daunke, R.; Gloris, M.; Lange, H.-J.; Klug, B.; Krins, A.; Leya, I.; Lüpke, M.; Neumann, S.; Reinhardt, H.; Schnatz-Büttgen, M.; Herpers, U.; Schiekel, Th.; Sudbrock, F.; Holmqvist, B.; Condé, H.; Malmborg, P.; Suter, M.; Dittrich-Hannen, B.; Kubik, P.-W.; Synal, H.-A.; Filges, D.

    1997-07-01

    Cross sections for residual nuclide production by p-induced reactions were measured from thresholds up to 2.6 GeV using accelerators at CERN/Geneve, IPN/Orsay, KFA/Jülich, LANL/Los Alamos, LNS/Saclay, PSI/Villigen, TSL/Uppsala, LUC/Louvain La Neuve. The target elements C, N, O, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Ba and Au were investigated. Residual nuclides were measured by X- and γ-spectrometry and by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). The measured cross sections were corrected for interfering secondary particles in experiments with primary proton energies above 200 MeV. Our consistent database covers presently ca 550 nuclear reactions and contains nearly 15000 individual cross sections of which about 10000 are reported here for the first time. They provide a basis for model calculations of the production of cosmogenic nuclides in extraterrestrial matter by solar and galactic cosmic ray protons. They are of importance for many other applications in which medium energy nuclear reactions have to be considered ranging from astrophysics over space and environmental sciences to accelerator technology and accelerator-based nuclear waste transmutation and energy amplification. The experimental data are compared with theoretical ones based on calculations using an INC/E model in form of the HETC/KFA2 code and on the hybrid model of preequilibrium reactions in form of the AREL code.>

  11. Characterization of Si electrode-electrolyte interface under the illumination

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    Jiang, H. X.

    The flatband potential (Vfb) and the capacitance of n- and p-type Si used as an electrode in an electrolyte were examined experimentally under various intensities of illumination. The p-type material had an acceptor density of 8.0 x 10 to the 16th/cu cm, while the n-type Si acceptor density was 1.8 x 10 to the 17th/cu cm. The electrolyte was a 0.3 M NaCl solution and the interface areas with both types of monocrystalline wafer electrodes were about 0.5 sq cm. Reference measurements were made with a saturated calomel electrode (SCE) and a Pt wire cathode. The electrodes were biased and exposed to light from a 100 W tungsten lamp through a glass window. Measurements were made of the capacitance with respect to the recovery time, the variations of capacitance with light intensity, and the capacitance of the interface as a function of the light intensity. The data permitted definition of numerical models the total space charge per unit area of the electrode surface and for predicting the capacitance of the interface.

  12. Hydrogen related point defects in silicon based layers: dbnd Si(·)H and tbnd SiOOH

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    Dřínek, Vladislav; Vacek, Karel; Yuzhakov, Gleb; Bastl, Zdeněk; Naumov, Sergej

    2006-04-01

    Layers prepared by pulsed TEA CO 2 pulsed laser ablation (PLA) of SiO and SiO 2 targets in helium were exposed to hydrogen and deuterium atmosphere up to several kPa. The deposited layers were investigated by FTIR, EPR and XP spectroscopy. Among various Si species silyl radical dbnd Si(·)H ( dbnd Si(·)D) at 2166 (1568) cm -1—H(I) center—and silyl hydroperoxide tbnd SiOOH ( tbnd SiOOD) at 3587 (2648) cm -1 were identified in FTIR spectra. Chemical pathways for production of these species are discussed. Experimental results are supported by quantum chemical calculations.

  13. Generation of siRNA Nanosheets for Efficient RNA Interference

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    Kim, Hyejin; Lee, Jae Sung; Lee, Jong Bum

    2016-04-01

    After the discovery of small interference RNA (siRNA), nanostructured siRNA delivery systems have been introduced to achieve an efficient regulation of the target gene expression. Here we report a new siRNA-generating two dimensional nanostructure in a formation of nanosized sheet. Inspired by tunable mechanical and functional properties of the previously reported RNA membrane, siRNA nanosized sheets (siRNA-NS) with multiple Dicer cleavage sites were prepared. The siRNA-NS has two dimensional structure, providing a large surface area for Dicer to cleave the siRNA-NS for the generation of functional siRNAs. Furthermore, downregulation of the cellular target gene expression was achieved by delivery of siRNA-NS without chemical modification of RNA strands or conjugation to other substances.

  14. Generation of siRNA Nanosheets for Efficient RNA Interference

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Hyejin; Lee, Jae Sung; Lee, Jong Bum

    2016-01-01

    After the discovery of small interference RNA (siRNA), nanostructured siRNA delivery systems have been introduced to achieve an efficient regulation of the target gene expression. Here we report a new siRNA-generating two dimensional nanostructure in a formation of nanosized sheet. Inspired by tunable mechanical and functional properties of the previously reported RNA membrane, siRNA nanosized sheets (siRNA-NS) with multiple Dicer cleavage sites were prepared. The siRNA-NS has two dimensional structure, providing a large surface area for Dicer to cleave the siRNA-NS for the generation of functional siRNAs. Furthermore, downregulation of the cellular target gene expression was achieved by delivery of siRNA-NS without chemical modification of RNA strands or conjugation to other substances. PMID:27120975

  15. Generation of siRNA Nanosheets for Efficient RNA Interference.

    PubMed

    Kim, Hyejin; Lee, Jae Sung; Lee, Jong Bum

    2016-01-01

    After the discovery of small interference RNA (siRNA), nanostructured siRNA delivery systems have been introduced to achieve an efficient regulation of the target gene expression. Here we report a new siRNA-generating two dimensional nanostructure in a formation of nanosized sheet. Inspired by tunable mechanical and functional properties of the previously reported RNA membrane, siRNA nanosized sheets (siRNA-NS) with multiple Dicer cleavage sites were prepared. The siRNA-NS has two dimensional structure, providing a large surface area for Dicer to cleave the siRNA-NS for the generation of functional siRNAs. Furthermore, downregulation of the cellular target gene expression was achieved by delivery of siRNA-NS without chemical modification of RNA strands or conjugation to other substances. PMID:27120975

  16. siRNA Delivery to the Glomerular Mesangium Using Polycationic Cyclodextrin Nanoparticles Containing siRNA

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    Gale, Aaron; Wu, Peiwen; Ma, Rong; Davis, Mark E.

    2015-01-01

    There is an urgent need for new therapies that can halt or reverse the course of chronic kidney disease with minimal side-effect burden on the patient. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) nanoparticles are new therapeutic entities in clinical development that could be useful for chronic kidney disease treatment because they combine the tissue-specific targeting properties of nanoparticles with the gene-specific silencing effects of siRNA. Recent reports have emerged demonstrating that the kidney, specifically the glomerulus, is a readily accessible site for nanoparticle targeting. Here, we explore the hypothesis that intravenously administered polycationic cyclodextrin nanoparticles containing siRNA (siRNA/CDP-NPs) can be used for delivery of siRNA to the glomerular mesangium. We demonstrate that siRNA/CDP-NPs localize to the glomerular mesangium with limited deposition in other areas of the kidney after intravenous injection. Additionally, we report that both mouse and human mesangial cells rapidly internalize siRNA/CDP-NPs in vitro and that nanoparticle uptake can be enhanced by attaching the targeting ligands mannose or transferrin to the nanoparticle surface. Lastly, we show knockdown of mesangial enhanced green fluorescent protein expression in a reporter mouse strain following iv treatment with siRNA/CDP-NPs. Altogether, these data demonstrate the feasibility of mesangial targeting using intravenously administered siRNA/CDP-NPs. PMID:25734248

  17. Influence of remaining C on hardness and emissivity of SiC/SiO 2 nanocomposite coating

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    Yi, J.; He, X. D.; Sun, Y.; Li, Y.; Li, M. W.

    2007-06-01

    SiC/SiO 2 nanocomposite coating was deposited by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) through depositing SiC target on pre-oxidized 316 stainless steel (SS) substrate. High melting point component C remained and covered on the surface of ingot after evaporation. When SiC ingot was reused, remaining C had an effect on the composition, hardness and emissivity of SiC/SiO 2 nanocomposite coating. The composition of ingot and coating was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The influence of remaining C on hardness and spectral normal emissivity of SiC/SiO 2 nanocomposite coating was investigated by nanoindentation and Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FTIR), respectively. The results show that remaining C has a large effect on hardness and a minor effect on spectral normal emissivity of SiC/SiO 2 nanocomposite coating.

  18. siRNAmod: A database of experimentally validated chemically modified siRNAs.

    PubMed

    Dar, Showkat Ahmad; Thakur, Anamika; Qureshi, Abid; Kumar, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) technology has vast potential for functional genomics and development of therapeutics. However, it faces many obstacles predominantly instability of siRNAs due to nuclease digestion and subsequently biologically short half-life. Chemical modifications in siRNAs provide means to overcome these shortcomings and improve their stability and potency. Despite enormous utility bioinformatics resource of these chemically modified siRNAs (cm-siRNAs) is lacking. Therefore, we have developed siRNAmod, a specialized databank for chemically modified siRNAs. Currently, our repository contains a total of 4894 chemically modified-siRNA sequences, comprising 128 unique chemical modifications on different positions with various permutations and combinations. It incorporates important information on siRNA sequence, chemical modification, their number and respective position, structure, simplified molecular input line entry system canonical (SMILES), efficacy of modified siRNA, target gene, cell line, experimental methods, reference etc. It is developed and hosted using Linux Apache MySQL PHP (LAMP) software bundle. Standard user-friendly browse, search facility and analysis tools are also integrated. It would assist in understanding the effect of chemical modifications and further development of stable and efficacious siRNAs for research as well as therapeutics. siRNAmod is freely available at: http://crdd.osdd.net/servers/sirnamod. PMID:26818131

  19. siRNAmod: A database of experimentally validated chemically modified siRNAs

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    Dar, Showkat Ahmad; Thakur, Anamika; Qureshi, Abid; Kumar, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) technology has vast potential for functional genomics and development of therapeutics. However, it faces many obstacles predominantly instability of siRNAs due to nuclease digestion and subsequently biologically short half-life. Chemical modifications in siRNAs provide means to overcome these shortcomings and improve their stability and potency. Despite enormous utility bioinformatics resource of these chemically modified siRNAs (cm-siRNAs) is lacking. Therefore, we have developed siRNAmod, a specialized databank for chemically modified siRNAs. Currently, our repository contains a total of 4894 chemically modified-siRNA sequences, comprising 128 unique chemical modifications on different positions with various permutations and combinations. It incorporates important information on siRNA sequence, chemical modification, their number and respective position, structure, simplified molecular input line entry system canonical (SMILES), efficacy of modified siRNA, target gene, cell line, experimental methods, reference etc. It is developed and hosted using Linux Apache MySQL PHP (LAMP) software bundle. Standard user-friendly browse, search facility and analysis tools are also integrated. It would assist in understanding the effect of chemical modifications and further development of stable and efficacious siRNAs for research as well as therapeutics. siRNAmod is freely available at: http://crdd.osdd.net/servers/sirnamod. PMID:26818131

  20. Theory and practice of SiC growth on Si and its applications to wide-gap semiconductor films

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    Kukushkin, S. A.; Osipov, A. V.

    2014-08-01

    chemical interaction of CO gas with the monocrystalline silicon matrix. The discovery of this mechanism yields a new kind of template: namely, substrates with buffer transition layers for wide-gap semiconductor growth on silicon. The properties of a variety of heteroepitaxial films of wide-gap semiconductors (SiC, AlN, GaN and AlGaN) grown on a SiC/Si substrate by solid-phase epitaxy will be reported. Grown films contain no cracks and have a quality sufficient to manufacture micro- and opto-electronic devices. Also, the new abilities in the synthesis of large (150 mm diameter) low-defective SiC films on Si substrates will be demonstrated.

  1. siRNA and RNAi optimization.

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    Alagia, Adele; Eritja, Ramon

    2016-05-01

    The discovery and examination of the posttranscriptional gene regulatory mechanism known as RNA interference (RNAi) contributed to the identification of small interfering RNA (siRNA) and the comprehension of its enormous potential for clinical purposes. Theoretically, the ability of specific target gene downregulation makes the RNAi pathway an appealing solution for several diseases. Despite numerous hurdles resulting from the inherent properties of siRNA molecule and proper delivery to the target tissue, more than 50 RNA-based drugs are currently under clinical testing. In this work, we analyze the recent literature in the optimization of siRNA molecules. In detail, we focused on describing the most recent advances of siRNA field aimed at optimize siRNA pharmacokinetic properties. Special attention has been given in describing the impact of RNA modifications in the potential off-target effects (OTEs) such as saturation of the RNAi machinery, passenger strand-mediated silencing, immunostimulation, and miRNA-like OTEs as well as to recent developments on the delivery issue. The novel delivery systems and modified siRNA provide significant steps toward the development of reliable siRNA molecules for therapeutic use. WIREs RNA 2016, 7:316-329. doi: 10.1002/wrna.1337 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. PMID:26840434

  2. Improvement of a Si solar cell efficiency using pure and Fe3+ doped PVA films

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    Khalifa, N.; Kaouach, H.; Chtourou, R.

    2015-07-01

    One of the most important key driving the economic viability of solar cells is the high efficiency. This research focuses on the enhancement of commercial Si solar cell performance by deposing a pure and Fe3+ doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) layer on the top of the Si wafer of the considered cells. The use of such polymer to improve solar cells efficiency is actually a first. The authors will rely on the optical characteristics of the pure and doped PVA films including absorption and emission properties to justify the effect on Si cells. Commercial monocrystalline silicon solar cells of 15 cm2 (0.49 V/460 mA) are used in this work. Films of almost 80 μm of the ferric polymer are deposed on the cells. Films with the same thickness are characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy and photoluminescent emission of the films is then investigated. The electrical properties of the cells with and without the organometallic layer are evaluated. It will be deduced an important improvement of all electrical parameters, including short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage, fill factor and spatially the conversion efficiency by almost 3%.

  3. Albumin pre-coating enhances intracellular siRNA delivery of multifunctional amphiphile/siRNA nanoparticles

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    Kummitha, China M; Malamas, Anthony S; Lu, Zheng-Rong

    2012-01-01

    Nonspecific association of serum molecules with short-interfering RNA (siRNA) nanoparticles can change their physiochemical characteristics, and results in reduced cellular uptake in the target tissue during the systemic siRNA delivery process. Serum albumin is the most abundant protein in the body and has been used to modify the surface of nanoparticles, to inhibit association of other serum molecules. Here, we hypothesized that surface modification of lipid-based nanoparticular siRNA delivery systems with albumin could prevent their interaction with serum proteins, and improve intracellular uptake. In this study, we investigated the influence of albumin on the stability and intracellular siRNA delivery of the targeted siRNA nanoparticles of a polymerizable and pH-sensitive multifunctional surfactant N-(1-aminoethyl) iminobis[N-(oleoylcysteinylhistinyl-1-aminoethyl)propionamide] (EHCO) in serum. Serum resulted in a significant increase in the size of targeted EHCO/siRNA nanoparticles and inhibited cellular uptake of the nanoparticles. Coating of targeted EHCO/siRNA nanoparticles with bovine serum albumin at 9.4 μM prior to cell transfection improved cellular uptake and gene silencing efficacy of EHCO/siRNA targeted nanoparticles in serum-containing media, as compared with the uncoated nanoparticles. At a proper concentration, albumin has the potential to minimize interactions of serum proteins with siRNA nanoparticles for effective systemic in vivo siRNA delivery. PMID:23055731

  4. The Basic SI Model

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    Hurley, Maureen; Jacobs, Glen; Gilbert, Melinda

    2006-01-01

    A general overview of the SI model is provided, including the SI philosophy, essential components of the program, program structures, key roles, outcomes, and evaluation. A review of what we have learned about the importance of planning SI sessions, providing ongoing training for leaders, conducting regular SI program assessments, and implementing…

  5. HF-(NH₄)₂S₂O₈-HCl Mixtures for HNO₃- and NOx-free Etching of Diamond Wire- and SiC-Slurry-Sawn Silicon Wafers: Reactivity Studies, Surface Chemistry, and Unexpected Pyramidal Surface Morphologies.

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    Stapf, André; Gondek, Christoph; Lippold, Marcus; Kroke, Edwin

    2015-04-29

    The wet-chemical treatment of silicon wafers is an important production step in photovoltaic and semiconductor industries. Solutions containing hydrofluoric acid, ammonium peroxodisulfate, and hydrochloric acid were investigated as novel acidic, NOx-free etching mixtures for texturization and polishing of monocrystalline silicon wafers. Etching rates as well as generated surface morphologies and properties are discussed in terms of the composition of the etching mixture. The solutions were analyzed with Raman and UV/vis spectroscopy as well as ion chromatography (IC). The silicon surfaces were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), diffuse reflection infrared spectroscopy (DRIFT), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Surprisingly, pyramidal surface structures were found after etching SiC-slurry as well as diamond wire-sawn monocrystalline Si(100) wafers with hydrochloric acid-rich HF-(NH4)2S2O8-HCl mixtures. Acidic etching solutions are generally not known for anisotropic etching. Thus, the HNO3-free mixtures might allow to replace KOH/i-propanol and similar alkaline solutions for texturization of monosilicon wafers at room temperature with less surface contamination. Besides, common HNO3-based etching mixtures may be replaced by the nitrate-free system, leading to significant economic and ecological advantages.

  6. Delivery materials for siRNA therapeutics

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    Kanasty, Rosemary; Dorkin, Joseph Robert; Vegas, Arturo; Anderson, Daniel

    2013-11-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) has broad potential as a therapeutic to reversibly silence any gene. To achieve the clinical potential of RNAi, delivery materials are required to transport short interfering RNA (siRNA) to the site of action in the cells of target tissues. This Review provides an introduction to the biological challenges that siRNA delivery materials aim to overcome, as well as a discussion of the way that the most effective and clinically advanced classes of siRNA delivery systems, including lipid nanoparticles and siRNA conjugates, are designed to surmount these challenges. The systems that we discuss are diverse in their approaches to the delivery problem, and provide valuable insight to guide the design of future siRNA delivery materials.

  7. Gettering effects in Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x} single crystalline wafers

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    Wollweber, J.; Schulz, D.; Schroeder, W.

    1995-08-01

    The new interest in single crystal growth of SiGe solid solutions is caused by the development of advanced electronics. The SiGe alloys are mostly used in the form of Si/Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x} epitaxial layers in heterostructures, the perfect bulk crystals are required to study fundamental properties. Furthermore, Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x} crystals can be used as a substrate material instead of Silicon in order to avoid the buffer layers between the Silicon substrate and strained Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}. Monocrystalline SiGe alloys may be a potential candidate as a base material for infrared solar cells too because of an enhanced IR-sensitivity. In this paper we report a new approach to the growth of Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x} single crystals (up to 2{double_prime} in diameter) using the crucible free rf-heated float zone technique as well as the Czochralski-technique for solar cells. The goal is to produce solar cells with an increased photo current in comparison to Silicon cells. based on the lower bandgap of the alloyed crystal. In order to be able to use the Si cells technology (a matter still pending to be proven), low contents of Ge are intended, desirably in the range of about x=0.2. It is worth to mention, that in the conventional Silicon cell processes which give efficiencies up to 18-19%, this efficiency is not limited by the bulk base recombination in the lifetime is above 200 {mu}s there. We can conclude, that there is no basic limitation did prevents Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x} wafers to present high lifetimes, above 200{mu}s, at least if the Ge content is below 5%. We can also conclude that the phosphorous gettering from a POCl{sub 3} source, used in silicon, can be successfully used to enhance lifetimes in Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}, at least for the Ge concentration used here.

  8. Si/IrSi3 Schottky-Barrier Infrared Detectors

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    Lin, True-Lon

    1991-01-01

    Si/IrSi or Si/IrSi3 Schottky-barrier detector fabricated by stoichiometric codeposition of Ir and Si on p Si substrate. Includes p+ substrate contact, silicide electrode, and n Si guard ring, which suppresses leakage around periphery of silicide electrode. Part of continuing effort to develop imaging arrays of Schottky-barrier detectors operating at far-infrared wavelengths.

  9. Electron beam-physical vapor deposition of SiC/SiO 2 high emissivity thin film

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    Yi, Jian; He, XiaoDong; Sun, Yue; Li, Yao

    2007-02-01

    When heated by high-energy electron beam (EB), SiC can decompose into C and Si vapor. Subsequently, Si vapor reacts with metal oxide thin film on substrate surface and formats dense SiO 2 thin film at high substrate temperature. By means of the two reactions, SiC/SiO 2 composite thin film was prepared on the pre-oxidized 316 stainless steel (SS) substrate by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) only using β-SiC target at 1000 °C. The thin film was examined by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), grazing incidence X-ray asymmetry diffraction (GIAXD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), backscattered electron image (BSE), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transformed infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The analysis results show that the thin film is mainly composed of imperfect nano-crystalline phases of 3C-SiC and SiO 2, especially, SiO 2 phase is nearly amorphous. Moreover, the smooth and dense thin film surface consists of nano-sized particles, and the interface between SiC/SiO 2 composite thin film and SS substrate is perfect. At last, the emissivity of SS substrate is improved by the SiC/SiO 2 composite thin film.

  10. siRNA-Based Therapy Ameliorates Glomerulonephritis

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    Shimizu, Hideki; Hori, Yuichi; Kaname, Shinya; Yamada, Koei; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Matsumoto, Satoru; Miyata, Kanjiro; Oba, Makoto; Yamada, Akira; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2010-01-01

    RNA interference by short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) holds promise as a therapeutic strategy, but use of siRNAs in vivo remains limited. Here, we developed a system to target delivery of siRNAs to glomeruli via poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(l-lysine)-based vehicles. The siRNA/nanocarrier complex was approximately 10 to 20 nm in diameter, a size that would allow it to move across the fenestrated endothelium to access to the mesangium. After intraperitoneal injection of fluorescence-labeled siRNA/nanocarrier complexes, we detected siRNAs in the blood circulation for a prolonged time. Repeated intraperitoneal administration of a mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 (MAPK1) siRNA/nanocarrier complex suppressed glomerular MAPK1 mRNA and protein expression in a mouse model of glomerulonephritis; this improved kidney function, reduced proteinuria, and ameliorated glomerular sclerosis. Furthermore, this therapy reduced the expression of the profibrotic markers TGF-β1, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, and fibronectin. In conclusion, we successfully silenced intraglomerular genes with siRNA using nanocarriers. This technique could aid the investigation of molecular mechanisms of renal disease and has potential as a molecular therapy of glomerular diseases. PMID:20203158

  11. Bone site-specific delivery of siRNA

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    Liu, Xinli

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Small interfering RNAs (siRNA) have enormous potential as therapeutics to target and treat various bone disorders such as osteoporosis and cancer bone metastases. However, effective and specific delivery of siRNA therapeutics to bone and bone-specific cells in vivo is very challenging. To realize the full therapeutic potential of siRNA in treating bone disorders, a safe and efficient, tissue- and cell-specific delivery system must be developed. This review focuses on recent advances in bone site-specific delivery of siRNA at the tissue or cellular level. Bone-targeted nanoparticulate siRNA carriers and various bone-targeted moieties such as bisphosphonates, oligopeptides (Asp)8 and (AspSerSer)6, and aptamers are highlighted. Incorporation of these bone-seeking targeting moieties into siRNA carriers allows for recognition of different sub-tissue functional domains of bone and also specific cell types residing in bone tissue. It also provides a means for bone-formation surface-, bone-resorption surface-, or osteoblast-specific targeting and transportation of siRNA therapeutics. The discussion mainly focuses on systemic and local bone-specific delivery of siRNA in osteoporosis and bone metastasis preclinical models. PMID:26642236

  12. Electronic Transitions of Jet-cooled SiC2, Si2Cn (n=1-3), Si3Cn (n = 1,2), and SiC6H4 between 250 and 710 nm

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    Steglich, M.; Maier, J. P.

    2015-03-01

    Electronic transitions of the title molecules were measured between 250 and 710 nm using a mass-resolved 1 + 1’ resonant two-photon ionization technique at a resolution of 0.1 nm. Calculations at the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVQZ level of theory support the analyses. Because of their spectral properties, SiC2, linear Si2C2, Si3C, and SiC6H4 are interesting target species for astronomical searches in the visible spectral region. Of special relevance is the Si-C2-Si chain, which features a prominent band at 516.4 nm of a strong transition (f = 0.25). This band and one from SiC6H4 at 445.3 nm were also investigated at higher resolution (0.002 nm).

  13. Electromagnetic dissociation of relativistic {sup 28}Si by nucleon emission

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    Sonnadara, U.J.

    1992-12-01

    A detailed study of the electromagnetic dissociation of {sup 28}Si by nucleon emission at E{sub lab}/A = 14.6 (GeV/nucleon was carried out with {sup 28}Si beams interacting on {sup 208}Pb). {sup 120}Sn. {sup 64}C targets. The measurements apparatus consists of detectors in the target area which measure the energy and charged multiplicity, and a forward spectrometer which measures the position, momentum and energy of the reaction fragments. The exclusive electromagnetic dissociation cross sections for decay channels having multiple nucleons in the final state have been measured which enables the selection of events produced in pure electromagnetic interactions. The measured cross sections agree well with previous measurements obtained for the removal of a few nucleons as well as with measurements on total charge removal cross sections from other experiments. The dependence of the integrated cross sections on the target charge Z{sub T} and the target mass AT confirms that for higher Z targets the excitation is largely electromagnetic. Direct measurements of the excitation energy for the electromagnetic dissociation of {sup 28}Si {yields} p+{sup 27}Al and {sup 28}Si {yields} n+{sup 27}Si have been obtained through a calculation of the invariant mass in kinematically, reconstructed events. The excitation energy spectrum for all targets peak near the isovector giant dipole resonance in {sup 28}Si. These distributions are well reproduced by combining the photon spectrum calculated using the Weizsaecker-Williams approximation with the experimental data on the photonuclear {sup 28}Si({sub {gamma},p}){sup 27}Al and {sup 28}Si({sub {gamma},n}){sup 27}Si. The possibilities of observing double giant dipole resonance excitations in {sup 28}Si have been investigated with cross section measurements as well as with excitation energy reconstruction.

  14. Electromagnetic dissociation of relativistic [sup 28]Si by nucleon emission

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    Sonnadara, U.J.

    1992-12-01

    A detailed study of the electromagnetic dissociation of [sup 28]Si by nucleon emission at E[sub lab]/A = 14.6 (GeV/nucleon was carried out with [sup 28]Si beams interacting on [sup 208]Pb). [sup 120]Sn. [sup 64]C targets. The measurements apparatus consists of detectors in the target area which measure the energy and charged multiplicity, and a forward spectrometer which measures the position, momentum and energy of the reaction fragments. The exclusive electromagnetic dissociation cross sections for decay channels having multiple nucleons in the final state have been measured which enables the selection of events produced in pure electromagnetic interactions. The measured cross sections agree well with previous measurements obtained for the removal of a few nucleons as well as with measurements on total charge removal cross sections from other experiments. The dependence of the integrated cross sections on the target charge Z[sub T] and the target mass AT confirms that for higher Z targets the excitation is largely electromagnetic. Direct measurements of the excitation energy for the electromagnetic dissociation of [sup 28]Si [yields] p+[sup 27]Al and [sup 28]Si [yields] n+[sup 27]Si have been obtained through a calculation of the invariant mass in kinematically, reconstructed events. The excitation energy spectrum for all targets peak near the isovector giant dipole resonance in [sup 28]Si. These distributions are well reproduced by combining the photon spectrum calculated using the Weizsaecker-Williams approximation with the experimental data on the photonuclear [sup 28]Si([sub [gamma],p])[sup 27]Al and [sup 28]Si([sub [gamma],n])[sup 27]Si. The possibilities of observing double giant dipole resonance excitations in [sup 28]Si have been investigated with cross section measurements as well as with excitation energy reconstruction.

  15. The fragmentation of sup 28 Si

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    Crawford, H.J.; Engelage, J. ); Guzik, T.G.; Mitchell, J.W.; Pitts, J.J.; Wefel, J.P. ); Isbert, J. Siegen Univ. ); Lindstrom, P.J.; Schimmerling, W. ); Simon, M. (Germany, F.R

    1990-01-01

    The fragmentation of {sup 28}Si in targets of C, CH{sub 2}, Cu and Pb has been investigated at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Bevalac. Total charge changing cross sections, {sigma}{sub {Delta}z}, for these targets and for H (CH{sub 2}-C subtraction) were measured at 375, 550 and 1050 MeV/nucleon. The results are compared to previous data, to model calculations and to values used in cosmic ray propagation calculations. 10 refs., 3 figs.

  16. Scientific Teaching Targeting Faculty from Diverse Institutions

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    Gregg, Christopher S.; Ales, Jo Dale; Pomarico, Steven M.; Wischusen, E. William; Siebenaller, Joseph F.

    2013-01-01

    We offered four annual professional development workshops called STAR (for Scientific Teaching, Assessment, and Resources) modeled after the National Academies Summer Institute (SI) on Undergraduate Education in Biology. In contrast to the SI focus on training faculty from research universities, STAR's target was faculty from community…

  17. Characterization of Si/CoSi2/Si(111) heterostructures using Auger plasmon losses

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    Schowengerdt, F. D.; Lin, T. L.; Fathauer, R. W.; Grunthaner, P. J.

    1989-01-01

    The Si/CoSi2/Si heterostructures prepared by codeposition and solid-phase epitaxy on Si(111) substrates were characterized using Auger plasmon data as a measure of Si overlayer thickness. The method of calibration is described, and the results of two studies, including a study of islanding in Si/CoSi2/Si and a study of diffusion in CoSi2/Si are presented, illustrating the utility of the Auger plasmon loss technique. It is shown that, most likely, the diffusion proceeds through residual defects in the CoSi2.

  18. (30)Si mole fraction of a silicon material highly enriched in (28)Si determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis.

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    D'Agostino, Giancarlo; Di Luzio, Marco; Mana, Giovanni; Oddone, Massimo; Pramann, Axel; Prata, Michele

    2015-06-01

    The latest determination of the Avogadro constant, carried out by counting the atoms in a pure silicon crystal highly enriched in (28)Si, reached the target 2 × 10(-8) relative uncertainty required for the redefinition of the kilogram based on the Planck constant. The knowledge of the isotopic composition of the enriched silicon material is central; it is measured by isotope dilution mass spectrometry. In this work, an independent estimate of the (30)Si mole fraction was obtained by applying a relative measurement protocol based on Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. The amount of (30)Si isotope was determined by counting the 1266.1 keV γ-photons emitted during the radioactive decay of the radioisotope (31)Si produced via the neutron capture reaction (30)Si(n,γ)(31)Si. The x((30)Si) = 1.043(19) × 10(-6) mol mol(-1) is consistent with the value currently adopted by the International Avogadro Coordination.

  19. Impact of siRNA targeting of β-catenin on differentiation of rat neural stem cells and gene expression of Ngn1 and BMP4 following in vitro hypoxic-ischemic brain damage

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    Zhang, Xiaoying; Zhu, Cuicui; Luo, Qiong; Dong, Jv; Liu, Lv; Li, Min; Zhu, Hongtao; Ma, Xiangping; Wang, Jun

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible damage-repair mechanisms of neural stem cells (NSCs) following hypoxic-ischemic brain damage (HIBD). NSCs obtained from Sprague Dawley rats were treated with tissue homogenate from normal or HIBD tissue, and β-catenin expression was silenced using siRNA. The differentiation of NSCs was observed by immunofluorescence, and semiquantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis were applied to detect the mRNA and protein expression levels of Ngn1 and BMP4 in the NSCs. Compared with control NSCs, culture with brain tissue homogenate significantly increased the differentiation of NSCs into neurons and oligodendrocytes (P<0.05), whereas differentiation into astrocytes was significantly reduced (P<0.05). Compared with negative control-transfected cells, knockdown of β-catenin expression significantly decreased the differentiation of NSCs into neurons and oligodendrocytes (P<0.01), whereas the percentage of NSCs differentiated into astrocytes was significantly increased (P<0.01). Compared with control NSCs, the mRNA and protein expression levels of Ngn1 were significantly increased (P<0.01) and BMP4 levels were significantly reduced (P<0.01) by exposure of the cells to brain tissue homogenate. Compared with the negative control plasmid-transfected NSCs, the levels of Ngn1 mRNA and protein were significantly reduced by β-catenin siRNA (P<0.01), whereas BMP4 levels were significantly increased (P<0.01). In summary, the damaged brain tissues in HIBD may promote NSCs to differentiate into neurons for self-repair processes. β-Catenin, BMP4 and Ngn1 may be important for the coordination of NSC proliferation and differentiation following HIBD. PMID:27573468

  20. Targets and targeting.

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    Will, E

    2001-08-01

    Using the vocabulary of ballistics in medicine for emphasis can result in misleading exaggeration and semantic confusion. The dual meaning of target as either aiming point (aim at) or outcome (aim to achieve) creates a muddle in the efforts to comply with quality assurance initiatives. Disentangling the two meanings allows new approaches to the clinical technology required in a modern health care environment. An example can be shown in new strategies for the management of renal anemia with iron and erythropoietin. The potential to shape outcome distributions through validated, preemptive intervention thresholds offers the predictable results required by patients and payers. Using the management of patient cohorts as a platform for outcomes creates no necessary conflict with individualized clinical care. Future guideline statements should include the likely characteristics of compliant outcome populations, as a prompt to clinical goals and as an indication of the necessary cost and effort of compliance with treatment standards. Overemphasis in language is no substitute for considered clinical methodology.

  1. Nuclear target development

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    Greene, J.P.; Thomas, G.E.

    1995-08-01

    The Physics Division operates a target development laboratory that produces thin foil targets needed for experiments performed at the ATLAS and Dynamitron accelerators. Targets are not only produced for the Physics Division but also for other divisions and occasionally for other laboratories and universities. In the past year, numerous targets were fabricated by vacuum evaporation either as self-supporting foils or on various substrates. Targets produced included Ag, Au, {sup 10,11}B, {sup 138}Ba, Be, {sup 12}C, {sup 40}Ca, {sup 116}Cd, {sup 155,160}Gd, {sup 76}Ge, In, LID, {sup 6}LiH, Melamine, Mg, {sup 142,150}Nd, {sup 58}Ni, {sup 206,208}Pb, {sup 194}Pt, {sup 28}Si, {sup 144,148}Sm, {sup 120,122,124}Sn, Ta, {sup 130}Te, ThF{sub 4}, {sup 46,50}Ti, TiH, U, UF{sub 4}, {sup 182}W and {sup 170}Yb. Polypropylene and aluminized polypropylene, along with metallized Mylar were produced for experiments at ATLAS. A number of targets of {sup 11}B of various thickness were made for the DEP 2-MeV Van de Graff accelerator. An increased output of foils fabricated using our small rolling mill included targets of Au, C, {sup 50}Cr, Cu, {sup 155,160}Gd, Mg, {sup 58}Ni, {sup 208}Pb, {sup 105,110}Pd. Sc, Ti, and {sup 64,66}Zn.

  2. Protease-triggered siRNA delivery vehicles.

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    Rozema, David B; Blokhin, Andrei V; Wakefield, Darren H; Benson, Jonathan D; Carlson, Jeffrey C; Klein, Jason J; Almeida, Lauren J; Nicholas, Anthony L; Hamilton, Holly L; Chu, Qili; Hegge, Julia O; Wong, So C; Trubetskoy, Vladimir S; Hagen, Collin M; Kitas, Eric; Wolff, Jon A; Lewis, David L

    2015-07-10

    The safe and efficacious delivery of membrane impermeable therapeutics requires cytoplasmic access without the toxicity of nonspecific cytoplasmic membrane lysis. We have developed a mechanism for control of cytoplasmic release which utilizes endogenous proteases as a trigger and results in functional delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA). The delivery approach is based on reversible inhibition of membrane disruptive polymers with protease-sensitive substrates. Proteolytic hydrolysis upon endocytosis restores the membrane destabilizing activity of the polymers thereby allowing cytoplasmic access of the co-delivered siRNA. Protease-sensitive polymer masking reagents derived from polyethylene glycol (PEG), which inhibit membrane interactions, and N-acetylgalactosamine, which targets asialoglycoprotein receptors on hepatocytes, were synthesized and used to formulate masked polymer-siRNA delivery vehicles. The size, charge and stability of the vehicles enable functional delivery of siRNA after subcutaneous administration and, with modification of the targeting ligand, have the potential for extrahepatic targeting.

  3. Ellipsometric study of Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer superlattices

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    Sieg, R. M.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Croke, E. T.; Harrell, M. J.

    1993-01-01

    An ellipsometric study of two Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer super lattices grown by MBE at low temperature (500 C) is presented, and results are compared with x ray diffraction (XRD) estimates. Excellent agreement is obtained between target values, XRD, and ellipsometry when one of two available Si(x)Ge(1-x) databases is used. It is shown that ellipsometry can be used to nondestructively determine the number of superlattice periods, layer thicknesses, Si(x)Ge(1-x) composition, and oxide thickness without resorting to additional sources of information. It was also noted that we do not observe any strain effect on the E(sub 1) critical point.

  4. Ellipsometric study of Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer superlattices

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    Sieg, R. M.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Croke, E. T.; Harrell, M. J.

    1993-01-01

    We present an ellipsometric study of two Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer superlattices grown by MBE at low temperature (500 C), and compare our results with X-ray diffraction (XRD) estimates. Excellent agreement is obtained between target values, XRD, and ellipsometry when one of two available Si(x)Ge(1-x) databases is used. We show that ellipsometry can be used to nondestructively determine the number of superlattice periods, layer thicknesses, Si(x)Ge(1-x) composition, and oxide thickness without resorting to additional sources of information. We also note that we do not observe any strain effect on the E1 critical point.

  5. Sputter target

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    Gates, Willard G.; Hale, Gerald J.

    1980-01-01

    The disclosure relates to an improved sputter target for use in the deposition of hard coatings. An exemplary target is given wherein titanium diboride is brazed to a tantalum backing plate using a gold-palladium-nickel braze alloy.

  6. Indium oxide diffusion barriers for Al/Si metallizations

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    Kolawa, E.; Garland, C.; Tran, L.; Nieh, C. W.; Molarius, J. M.; Flick, W.; Nicolet, M.-A.; Wei, J.

    1988-12-01

    Indium oxide (In2O3) films were prepared by reactive rf sputtering of an In target in O2/Ar plasma. We have investigated the application of these films as diffusion barriers in <Si>/In2O3/Al and <Si>/TiSi2.3/In2O3/Al metallizations. Scanning transmission electron microscopy together with energy dispersive analysis of x ray of cross-sectional Si/In2O3/Al specimens, and electrical measurements on shallow n+-p junction diodes were used to evaluate the diffusion barrier capability of In2O3 films. We find that 100-nm-thick In2O3 layers prevent the intermixing between Al and Si in <Si>/In2O3/Al contacts up to 650 °C for 30 min, which makes this material one of the best thin-film diffusion barriers on record between Al and Si. (The Si-Al eutectic temperature is 577 °C, Al melts at 660 °C.) When a contacting layer of titanium silicide is incorporated to form a <Si>/TiSi2.3/In2O3/Al metallization structure, the thermal stability of the contact drops to 600 °C for 30 min heat treatment.

  7. A protein sensor for siRNA asymmetry.

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    Tomari, Yukihide; Matranga, Christian; Haley, Benjamin; Martinez, Natalia; Zamore, Phillip D

    2004-11-19

    To act as guides in the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway, small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) must be unwound into their component strands, then assembled with proteins to form the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC), which catalyzes target messenger RNA cleavage. Thermodynamic differences in the base-pairing stabilities of the 5' ends of the two approximately 21-nucleotide siRNA strands determine which siRNA strand is assembled into the RISC. We show that in Drosophila, the orientation of the Dicer-2/R2D2 protein heterodimer on the siRNA duplex determines which siRNA strand associates with the core RISC protein Argonaute 2. R2D2 binds the siRNA end with the greatest double-stranded character, thereby orienting the heterodimer on the siRNA duplex. Strong R2D2 binding requires a 5'-phosphate on the siRNA strand that is excluded from the RISC. Thus, R2D2 is both a protein sensor for siRNA thermodynamic asymmetry and a licensing factor for entry of authentic siRNAs into the RNAi pathway.

  8. Molecular-dynamics study of amorphous SiO{sub 2} relaxation

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    Fadhilah, Irfan Muhammad; Rosandi, Yudi

    2015-09-30

    Using Molecular-Dynamics simulation we observed the generation of amorphous SiO{sub 2} target from a randomly distributed Si and O atoms. We applied a sequence of annealing of the target with various temperature and quenching to room temperature. The relaxation time required by the system to form SiO{sub 4} tetrahedral mesh after a relatively long simulation time, is studied. The final amorphous target was analyzed using the radial distribution function method, which can be compared with the available theoretical and experimental data. We found that up to 70% of the target atoms form the tetrahedral SiO{sub 4} molecules. The number of formed tetrahedral increases following the growth function and the rate of SiO{sub 4} formation follows Arrhenius law, depends on the annealing temperature. The local structure of amorphous SiO{sub 2} after this treatment agrees well with those reported in some literatures.

  9. Primary and Secondary siRNAs in Geminivirus-induced Gene Silencing

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    Rajeswaran, Rajendran; Gubaeva, Ekaterina G.; Zvereva, Anna S.; Windels, David; Vazquez, Franck; Blevins, Todd; Farinelli, Laurent; Pooggin, Mikhail M.

    2012-01-01

    In plants, RNA silencing-based antiviral defense is mediated by Dicer-like (DCL) proteins producing short interfering (si)RNAs. In Arabidopsis infected with the bipartite circular DNA geminivirus Cabbage leaf curl virus (CaLCuV), four distinct DCLs produce 21, 22 and 24 nt viral siRNAs. Using deep sequencing and blot hybridization, we found that viral siRNAs of each size-class densely cover the entire viral genome sequences in both polarities, but highly abundant siRNAs correspond primarily to the leftward and rightward transcription units. Double-stranded RNA precursors of viral siRNAs can potentially be generated by host RDR-dependent RNA polymerase (RDR). However, genetic evidence revealed that CaLCuV siRNA biogenesis does not require RDR1, RDR2, or RDR6. By contrast, CaLCuV derivatives engineered to target 30 nt sequences of a GFP transgene by primary viral siRNAs trigger RDR6-dependent production of secondary siRNAs. Viral siRNAs targeting upstream of the GFP stop codon induce secondary siRNAs almost exclusively from sequences downstream of the target site. Conversely, viral siRNAs targeting the GFP 3′-untranslated region (UTR) induce secondary siRNAs mostly upstream of the target site. RDR6-dependent siRNA production is not necessary for robust GFP silencing, except when viral siRNAs targeted GFP 5′-UTR. Furthermore, viral siRNAs targeting the transgene enhancer region cause GFP silencing without secondary siRNA production. We conclude that the majority of viral siRNAs accumulating during geminiviral infection are RDR1/2/6-independent primary siRNAs. Double-stranded RNA precursors of these siRNAs are likely generated by bidirectional readthrough transcription of circular viral DNA by RNA polymerase II. Unlike transgenic mRNA, geminiviral mRNAs appear to be poor templates for RDR-dependent production of secondary siRNAs. PMID:23028332

  10. Ordered arrays of Si and Ge nanocrystals via dewetting of pre-patterned thin films

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    Berbezier, I.; Aouassa, M.; Ronda, A.; Favre, L.; Bollani, M.; Sordan, R.; Delobbe, A.; Sudraud, P.

    2013-02-01

    We develop self-organisation processes for the fabrication of 2D arrays of Si and Ge quantum dots. The processes make use of the dewetting phenomenon which involves the transformation of a 2D thin film into an array of isolated 3D islands through a morphological instability. We show that self-organization of monodisperse ultra-small nanocrystals (NCs) into large scale patterns with ad hoc features can be created via heterogeneous dewetting. The process involves dewetting of thin films nanopatterned by electron beam lithography (EBL) or liquid metal alloy source focused ion beam (LMAIS-FIB). Heterogeneous dewetting is initiated at the edges of the patterns. It provokes the retraction of the thin film following the kinetics of surface diffusion and ends by the formation of faceted monocrystalline NCs regularly positioned. Their geometrical features and lateral arrangements can be tuned by changing the pitch, size, and shape of the patterns. The process developed in this study is adapted to the fabrication of NCs based floating gate memories.

  11. Surface etching, chemical modification and characterization of silicon nitride and silicon oxide—selective functionalization of Si3N4 and SiO2

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    Liu, Li-Hong; Michalak, David J.; Chopra, Tatiana P.; Pujari, Sidharam P.; Cabrera, Wilfredo; Dick, Don; Veyan, Jean-François; Hourani, Rami; Halls, Mathew D.; Zuilhof, Han; Chabal, Yves J.

    2016-03-01

    The ability to selectively chemically functionalize silicon nitride (Si3N4) or silicon dioxide (SiO2) surfaces after cleaning would open interesting technological applications. In order to achieve this goal, the chemical composition of surfaces needs to be carefully characterized so that target chemical reactions can proceed on only one surface at a time. While wet-chemically cleaned silicon dioxide surfaces have been shown to be terminated with surficial Si-OH sites, chemical composition of the HF-etched silicon nitride surfaces is more controversial. In this work, we removed the native oxide under various aqueous HF-etching conditions and studied the chemical nature of the resulting Si3N4 surfaces using infrared absorption spectroscopy (IRAS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low energy ion scattering (LEIS), and contact angle measurements. We find that HF-etched silicon nitride surfaces are terminated by surficial Si-F and Si-OH bonds, with slightly subsurface Si-OH, Si-O-Si, and Si-NH2 groups. The concentration of surficial Si-F sites is not dependent on HF concentration, but the distribution of oxygen and Si-NH2 displays a weak dependence. The Si-OH groups of the etched nitride surface are shown to react in a similar manner to the Si-OH sites on SiO2, and therefore no selectivity was found. Chemical selectivity was, however, demonstrated by first reacting the -NH2 groups on the etched nitride surface with aldehyde molecules, which do not react with the Si-OH sites on a SiO2 surface, and then using trichloro-organosilanes for selective reaction only on the SiO2 surface (no reactivity on the aldehyde-terminated Si3N4 surface).

  12. sIR: siRNA Information Resource, a web-based tool for siRNA sequence design and analysis and an open access siRNA database

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    Shah, Jyoti K; Garner, Harold R; White, Michael A; Shames, David S; Minna, John D

    2007-01-01

    Background RNA interference has revolutionized our ability to study the effects of altering the expression of single genes in mammalian (and other) cells through targeted knockdown of gene expression. In this report we describe a web-based computational tool, siRNA Information Resource (sIR), which consists of a new open source database that contains validation information about published siRNA sequences and also provides a user-friendly interface to design and analyze siRNA sequences against a chosen target sequence. Results The siRNA design tool described in this paper employs empirically determined rules derived from a meta-analysis of the published data; it uses a weighted scoring system that determines the optimal sequence within a target mRNA and thus aids in the rational selection of siRNA sequences. This scoring system shows a non-linear correlation with the knockdown efficiency of siRNAs. sIR provides a fast, customized BLAST output for all selected siRNA sequences against a variety of databases so that the user can verify the uniqueness of the design. We have pre-designed siRNAs for all the known human genes (24,502) in the Refseq database. These siRNAs were pre-BLASTed against the human Unigene database to estimate the target specificity and all results are available online. Conclusion Although most of the rules for this scoring system were influenced by previously published rules, the weighted scoring system provides better flexibility in designing an appropriate siRNA when compared to the un-weighted scoring system. sIR is not only a comprehensive tool used to design siRNA sequences and lookup pre-designed siRNAs, but it is also a platform where researchers can share information on siRNA design and use. PMID:17540034

  13. VEGF siRNA delivery system using arginine-grafted bioreducible poly(disulfide amine).

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    Kim, Sun Hwa; Jeong, Ji Hoon; Kim, Tae-il; Kim, Sung Wan; Bull, David A

    2009-01-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are able to silence their target genes when they are successfully delivered intact into the cytoplasm. Delivery systems that enhance siRNA localization to the cytoplasm can facilitate gene silencing by siRNA therapeutics. We describe an arginine-conjugated poly(cystaminebisacrylamide-diaminohexane) (poly(CBA-DAH-R)), a bioreducible cationic polymer, as an siRNA carrier for therapeutic gene silencing for cancer. After intracellular uptake of the siRNA/poly(CBA-DAH-R) polyplexes, the reductive environment of the cytoplasm cleaves the disulfide linkages in the polymeric backbone, resulting in decomplexing of the siRNA/poly(CBA-DAH-R) polyplexes and release of siRNA molecules throughout the cytoplasm. The siRNA/poly(CBA-DAH-R) polyplexes, which demonstrate increased membrane permeability with arginine modification, have a similar level of cellular uptake as siRNA/bPEI polyplexes. The VEGF siRNA/poly(CBA-DAH-R) polyplexes, however, inhibit VEGF expression to a greater degree than VEGF siRNA/bPEI in various human cancer cell lines. The improved RNAi activity demonstrated by the VEGF siRNA/poly(CBA-DAH-R) polyplexes is due to enhanced intracellular delivery and effective localization to the cytoplasm of the VEGF siRNAs. These results demonstrate that the VEGF siRNA/poly(CBA-DAH-R) polyplex delivery system may useful for siRNA-based approaches for cancer therapy.

  14. SiC Technology

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    Neudeck, Philip G.

    1998-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC)-based semiconductor electronic devices and circuits are presently being developed for use in high-temperature, high-power, and/or high-radiation conditions under which conventional semiconductors cannot adequately perform. Silicon carbide's ability to function under such extreme conditions is expected to enable significant improvements to a far-ranging variety of applications and systems. These range from greatly improved high-voltage switching [1- 4] for energy savings in public electric power distribution and electric motor drives to more powerful microwave electronics for radar and communications [5-7] to sensors and controls for cleaner-burning more fuel-efficient jet aircraft and automobile engines. In the particular area of power devices, theoretical appraisals have indicated that SiC power MOSFET's and diode rectifiers would operate over higher voltage and temperature ranges, have superior switching characteristics, and yet have die sizes nearly 20 times smaller than correspondingly rated silicon-based devices [8]. However, these tremendous theoretical advantages have yet to be realized in experimental SiC devices, primarily due to the fact that SiC's relatively immature crystal growth and device fabrication technologies are not yet sufficiently developed to the degree required for reliable incorporation into most electronic systems [9]. This chapter briefly surveys the SiC semiconductor electronics technology. In particular, the differences (both good and bad) between SiC electronics technology and well-known silicon VLSI technology are highlighted. Projected performance benefits of SiC electronics are highlighted for several large-scale applications. Key crystal growth and device-fabrication issues that presently limit the performance and capability of high temperature and/or high power SiC electronics are identified.

  15. Kinetics study of the evolution of oxygen-related defects in mono-crystalline silicon subjected to electron-irradiation and thermal treatment

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    Quemener, V. Raeissi, B.; Herklotz, F.; Monakhov, E. V.; Svensson, B. G.

    2015-10-07

    The diffusion and dissociation mechanisms governing the evolution of oxygen and vacancy-oxygen defects in Czochralski-grown Si samples have been studied. The samples were irradiated at (i) room temperature or (ii) elevated temperature (350 °C) by MeV electrons and then isothermally annealed at 8 different temperatures in the range of 300 °C to 500 °C. The evolution of the concentrations of oxygen complexes (O{sub n}, n ≤ 3) and mono-vacancy-oxygen defects (VO{sub n}, n ≤ 4) have been followed by infrared absorption measurements of local vibrational modes originating from the individual defects. The experimental kinetics data have been compared with simulation results based on the theory for diffusion limited reactions, assuming a model where sequential build-up of the VO{sub n} defects is a key ingredient. A close quantitative agreement is obtained for both sets of samples despite quite different initial conditions prior to the annealing, which adds evidence to the validity of the model. Values for the diffusivity and dissociation rates of VO{sub n} (n ≤ 4) and O{sub n} (n ≤ 3) have been deduced and in general, the mobility and stability of VO{sub n} decrease and increase with n, respectively. For all the defects, partial dissociation appears as a prevailing process during diffusion, while full dissociation of VO{sub n} is limited by an energy barrier identical to that of interstitial oxygen (O{sub i}) diffusion (∼2.55 eV). The oxygen dimer and trimer are fast diffusers but slower than substitutional oxygen, i.e., VO; VO is found to be the most mobile species, whilst O{sub i} is the slowest one with a difference in diffusivity of up to 7 orders of magnitude in the studied temperature range.

  16. [Compatible low target feature coatings].

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    Huang, Wei; Gao, Hai-chao; Dai, Song-tao

    2008-09-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) film has low reflectance in near infrared band while high reflectance in infrared band, and its dielectric constant can be described by Drude free-electron model. SiO film has very strong absorption at certain infrared wavelength By combining them, certain spectral selectivity can be realized. In the present paper, the authors investigated SiO/ITO films in terms of spectrum selectivity, and discussed the influence of film structure on reflection spectrum. By means of the computation of reflection spectrum with characteristic matrix, the authors found that SiO/ITO film can be used as a compatible infrared low target feature coating by properly adjusting film arrangement and selecting suitable film parameters.

  17. Hybrid PET/CT for noninvasive pharmacokinetic evaluation of dynamic PolyConjugates, a synthetic siRNA delivery system.

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    Mudd, Sarah R; Trubetskoy, Vladimir S; Blokhin, Andrei V; Weichert, Jamey P; Wolff, Jon A

    2010-07-21

    Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) hybrid imaging can be used to gain insights into a synthetic siRNA delivery system targeted to the liver. Either siRNA or the delivery vehicle was labeled with (64)Cu via 1, 4, 7, 10- tetraazacyclododecane- 1, 4, 7, 10- tetraacetic acid (DOTA) chelation. This study confirmed that the siRNA delivery system was successfully targeted to the liver. Incorporation of the siRNA into the delivery system protected the siRNA from renal filtration long enough so that the siRNA could be delivered to the liver. PET/CT imaging was important for confirming biodistribution and for determining differences in the distribution of labeled siRNA, siRNA incorporated into the delivery system, and the delivery system without siRNA.

  18. Microcrystalline silicon oxides for silicon-based solar cells: impact of the O/Si ratio on the electronic structure

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    Bär, M.; Starr, D. E.; Lambertz, A.; Holländer, B.; Alsmeier, J.-H.; Weinhardt, L.; Blum, M.; Gorgoi, M.; Yang, W.; Wilks, R. G.; Heske, C.

    2014-10-01

    of Si 3p - O 2p hybridization in the upper valence band. This coincides with a significant increase of the material's resistivity, possibly indicating the breakdown of the conducting crystalline Si network. Silicon oxide layers with a thickness of several hundred nanometres were deposited in a PECVD (plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition) multi chamber system using an excitation frequency of 13.56 MHz with a plasma power density of 0.3 W/cm2. Glass (Corning type Eagle) and mono-crystalline silicon wafer substrates were coated in the same run at a substrate temperature of 185°C. The deposition pressure was 4 mbar and the substrate-electrode distance 20 mm. Mixtures of silane (SiH4), 1% TMB (B(CH3)3) diluted in helium, hydrogen (H2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases were used at flow rates of 1.25 - 0.18/0.32/500/0 - 1.07) sccm (standard cubic centimeters per minute) for the deposition of μc-SiOx:H(B) layers. By changing the CO2/SiH4 gas flow rate ratio from 0 to 6, μc-SiOx:H(B) layers with a composition of 0 <= x = O/Si <= 1 were prepared using a constant sum of SiH4 and CO2. The TMB flow and the H2 flow were kept constant within the series. For more details see Ref. [1]. The oxygen content in the films was determined using Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS). With RBS, the area-related atomic density of oxygen and silicon can be determined (+/- 2% [2]), and thus x can be calculated. This quantity considers only the number of silicon / oxygen atoms and not the number of atoms of other elements, such as hydrogen, which is also incorporated to a considerable extent: up to 20% in μc-SiOx:H (measured using the hydrogen effusion method). To avoid charging effects, the measurements were performed on films deposited on a substrate of mono-crystalline silicon wafers. The electrical conductivity was measured in the planar direction of the film in a vacuum cryostat, using voltages from - 100 V to + 100 V. For that two co-planar Ag contacts were evaporated

  19. [Temperature-Dependent Photoluminescence Property Studies of SiN(x) Films with nc-Si].

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    Liu, Jian-ping; Zheng, Yan; Liu, Hai-xu; Yu, Wei; Ding, Wen-ge; Lai, Wei-dong

    2016-03-01

    Silicon nitride (SiN(x)) films containing nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) were deposited on crystalline silicon substrate by facing-target sputtering technique. Thermal annealing process was performed at 450 degrees C for 50 min in a conventional furnace under FG(10% H2, 90% N2) ambient. The photoluminescece (PL) properties of the SiN(x) films with nc-Si were investigated by steady/transient PL spectra measurements by Fluorescence spectrometer with different temperatures. The PL processes could be attributed to the quantum confinement effect of nc-Si and the defects in the film. The PL peak position exhibits a small blue shift with the increasing of the excitation energy, which indicates that the PL portion of the nc-Si increased with smaller size. In addition, the PL lifetime increases and the PL intensity exhibits exponential increase as a result of the decreased temperature which supressed the nonradiative recombination process and then improved the radiative recombination. The PL lifetime of the film significantly reduces with the decreasing of the detection wavelength, which indicates that the PL process related to the the quantum confinement effect strongly depends on temperature. PMID:27400499

  20. Non-viral Methods for siRNA Delivery

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    Gao, Kun; Huang, Leaf

    2009-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) as a mechanism to selectively degrade messenger RNA (mRNA) expression has emerged as a potential novel approach for drug target validation and the study of functional genomics. Small interfering RNAs (siRNA) therapeutics has developed rapidly and already there are clinical trials ongoing or planned. Although other challenges remain, delivery strategies for siRNA become the main hurdle that must be resolved prior to the full-scale clinical development of siRNA therapeutics. This article provides an overview of the current delivery strategies for synthetic siRNA, focusing on the targeted, self-assembled nanoparticles which show potential to become a useful and efficient tool in cancer therapy. PMID:19115957

  1. LIQUID TARGET

    DOEpatents

    Martin, M.D.; Salsig, W.W. Jr.

    1959-01-13

    A liquid handling apparatus is presented for a liquid material which is to be irradiated. The apparatus consists essentially of a reservoir for the liquid, a target element, a drain tank and a drain lock chamber. The target is in the form of a looped tube, the upper end of which is adapted to be disposed in a beam of atomic particles. The lower end of the target tube is in communication with the liquid in the reservoir and a means is provided to continuously circulate the liquid material to be irradiated through the target tube. Means to heat the reservoir tank is provided in the event that a metal is to be used as the target material. The apparatus is provided with suitable valves and shielding to provide maximum safety in operation.

  2. Novel SiGe Semiconductor Devices for Cryogenic Power Electronics

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    Ward, R. R.; Dawson, W. J.; Zhu, L.; Kirschman, R. K.; Niu, G.; Nelms, R. M.; Mueller, O.; Hennessy, M. J.; Mueller, E. K.

    2006-03-01

    It is predicted that systems for electrical power generation, conversion and distribution on ships and aerospace vehicles could be made smaller, lighter, more efficient, more versatile, and lower maintenance by operating these systems—partly or entirely—at cryogenic temperatures. In view of this, we have taken initial steps in the investigation and development of SiGe semiconductor devices for cryogenic power applications. We have (1) simulated, designed, fabricated and characterized SiGe power diodes, and (2) evaluated these SiGe diodes in cryogenic power converters. Our target low-end temperature is 55 K, although we characterize devices and circuits down to approximately 30 K. We have demonstrated, experimentally, favorable characteristics for SiGe power diodes and have shown higher conversion efficiency compared to equivalent Si power diodes in a 100-W boost switching DC-DC power converter, over an ambient temperature range of 300 K down to approximately 30 K.

  3. Research progress on siRNA delivery with nonviral carriers

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    Gao, Yan; Liu, Xin-Ling; Li, Xiao-Rong

    2011-01-01

    RNA interference is a powerful method for the knockdown of pathologically relevant genes. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have been widely demonstrated as effective biomedical genetic-therapy applications for many diseases. Unfortunately, siRNA duplexes are not ideal drug-like molecules. Problems hindering their effective application fundamentally lie in their delivery, stability, and off-target effects. Delivery systems provide solutions to many of the challenges facing siRNA therapeutics. Due to some fatal disadvantages of viral vectors, nonviral carriers have been studied extensively. Aside from liposomes, nanoparticles and cationic polymer carriers have exhibited improved in vivo stability, better biocompatibility, and efficiency for gene silencing with less cellular toxicity. They may represent a promising strategy for siRNA-based therapies, especially as nanomaterials. The present review also summarizes other methods of siRNA delivery and the side effects of the nanoparticles. PMID:21720513

  4. Plastic relaxation in GeSi layers on Si (001) and Si (115) substrates

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    Drozdov, Yu. N. Drozdov, M. N.; Yunin, P. A.; Yurasov, D. V.; Shaleev, M. A.; Novikov, A. V.

    2015-01-15

    It is demonstrated using X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy that elastic stresses in GeSi layers on Si (115) substrates relax more effectively than in the same layers on Si (001) substrates. This fact is attributed to the predominant contribution of one of the (111) slip planes on the (115) cut. The atomicforce-microscopy image of the GeSi/Si(115) surface reveals unidirectional slip planes, while the GeSi/Si(001) image contains a grid of orthogonal lines and defects at the points of their intersection. As a result, thick GeSi layers on Si (115) have a reduced surface roughness. A technique for calculating the parameters of relaxation of the layer on the Si (115) substrate using X-ray diffraction data is discussed.

  5. Fabrication and photocatalytic properties of silicon nanowires by metal-assisted chemical etching: effect of H2O2 concentration

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    In the current study, monocrystalline silicon nanowire arrays (SiNWs) were prepared through a metal-assisted chemical etching method of silicon wafers in an etching solution composed of HF and H2O2. Photoelectric properties of the monocrystalline SiNWs are improved greatly with the formation of the nanostructure on the silicon wafers. By controlling the hydrogen peroxide concentration in the etching solution, SiNWs with different morphologies and surface characteristics are obtained. A reasonable mechanism of the etching process was proposed. Photocatalytic experiment shows that SiNWs prepared by 20% H2O2 etching solution exhibit the best activity in the decomposition of the target organic pollutant, Rhodamine B (RhB), under Xe arc lamp irradiation for its appropriate Si nanowire density with the effect of Si content and contact area of photocatalyst and RhB optimized. PMID:23217211

  6. Reactions of Hydrogen with Si-SiO2 Interfaces

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    Rashkeev, Sergey N.

    2001-11-01

    Three different types of behavior have been observed for H in Si-SiO2 structures: a) Radiation experiments established that H^+ released in SiO2 migrates to the Si-SiO2 interface where it induces new defects; b) For oxides exposed first to high-temperature annealing and then to molecular hydrogen, mobile positive charge believed to be H^+ can be cycled to and from the interface by reversing the oxide electric field; c) Hydrogen is known to passivate Si dangling bonds at the Si-SiO2 interface, but the subsequent arrival of H^+ at the interface causes depassivation of Si-H bonds. We report first-principles calculations that identify atomic-scale mechanisms for the different types of behavior and the conditions that are necessary for each. We show that the Si-Si bonds on the oxide side, i.e., ``suboxide bonds'', can trap H^+ in deep wells with asymmetric barrier (1.5 eV on the Si side, 1 eV on the SiO2 side). In radiation experiments these centers can act as fixed positive charge. In the mobile-positive-charge experiments, the protons can be cycled between opposite Si-SiO2 interfaces if the density of suboxide bonds is high. Also, we establish that H^+ is the only stable charge state at the interface and that H^+ reacts directly (without being neutralized by a Si electron) with a Si-H bond, forming an H2 molecule and a positively charged dangling bond (Pb center). As a result, H-induced interface-trap formation does not depend on the availability of Si electrons. This work was supported in part by AFOSR Grant F-49620-99-1-0289.

  7. Hydrogenation of Si from SiNx(H) films: Characterization of H introduced into the Si

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    Jiang, Fan; Stavola, Michael; Rohatgi, A.; Kim, D.; Holt, J.; Atwater, H.; Kalejs, J.

    2003-08-01

    A promising method to introduce H into multicrystalline Si solar cells in order to passivate bulk defects is by the postdeposition annealing of a H-rich, SiNx surface layer. It has previously been difficult to characterize the small concentration of H that is introduced by this method. Infrared spectroscopy has been used together with marker impurities in the Si to determine the concentration and depth of H introduced into Si from an annealed SiNx film.

  8. A multilayered approach of Si/SiO to promote carrier transport in electroluminescence of Si nanocrystals

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    The electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence of Si nanocrystals (Si-nc) from multilayered samples of Si/SiO are investigated. Si-nc are formed within Si and SiO layers after furnace annealing. It is found that the presence of Si interlayers creates extra carrier paths for EL emission. A comparative study is further performed on a multilayered Si/SiO sample and a single-layered one with Si and SiO homogeneously mixed. Both samples have the same ratio of Si to O and the same contents of Si and O. The multilayered sample is found to have higher EL intensity, less turn-on voltage, lower resistance, and higher current efficiency than the single-layered one. The results indicate that Si interlayers in Si/SiO may act as carrier channels, which promote carrier transport and enhance the EL emission of Si-nc. PMID:22448989

  9. Enhancing endosomal escape for nanoparticle mediated siRNA delivery

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    Ma, Da

    2014-05-01

    Gene therapy with siRNA is a promising biotechnology to treat cancer and other diseases. To realize siRNA-based gene therapy, a safe and efficient delivery method is essential. Nanoparticle mediated siRNA delivery is of great importance to overcome biological barriers for systemic delivery in vivo. Based on recent discoveries, endosomal escape is a critical biological barrier to be overcome for siRNA delivery. This feature article focuses on endosomal escape strategies used for nanoparticle mediated siRNA delivery, including cationic polymers, pH sensitive polymers, calcium phosphate, and cell penetrating peptides. Work has been done to develop different endosomal escape strategies based on nanoparticle types, administration routes, and target organ/cell types. Also, enhancement of endosomal escape has been considered along with other aspects of siRNA delivery to ensure target specific accumulation, high cell uptake, and low toxicity. By enhancing endosomal escape and overcoming other biological barriers, great progress has been achieved in nanoparticle mediated siRNA delivery.

  10. Systematics of hadronic production from Si and Pb with 14.6 {times} A GeV/c Si beams

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    Saulys, A.C.; E810 Collaboration

    1993-09-20

    The differential cross sections for production of K{sub s}{sup 0}`s, {Lambda}`s and {pi}{sup {minus}}`s from Si and Pb targets using 14.6 {times} A GeV/c Si beams at the AGS are presented as a function of rapidity and transverse mass. These results are compared with model predictions and K{sub s}{sup 0} production is compared with {pi}{sup {minus}} production.

  11. Nanopatterning Si(111) surfaces as a selective surface-chemistry route.

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    Michalak, David J; Amy, Sandrine Rivillon; Aureau, Damien; Dai, Min; Estève, Alain; Chabal, Yves J

    2010-03-01

    Using wet-chemical self-assembly, we demonstrate that standard surface reactions can be markedly altered. Although HF etching of Si surfaces is known to produce H-terminated surfaces, we show that up to approximately 30% of a monolayer of stable Si-F bonds can be formed on atomically smooth Si(111) surfaces on HF reaction, when chemically isolated Si atoms are the target of the reaction. Similarly, approximately 30% Si-OH termination can be achieved by immersion of the partially covered F-Si(111) surface in water without oxidation of the underlying Si substrate. Such reactions are possible when H-terminated (111)-oriented Si surfaces are initially uniformly patterned with methoxy groups. These findings are contrary to the knowledge built over the past twenty years and highlight the importance of steric interactions at surfaces and the possibility to stabilize products at surfaces that cannot be obtained on chemically homogeneous surfaces.

  12. SI (Metric) handbook

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    Artusa, Elisa A.

    1994-01-01

    This guide provides information for an understanding of SI units, symbols, and prefixes; style and usage in documentation in both the US and in the international business community; conversion techniques; limits, fits, and tolerance data; and drawing and technical writing guidelines. Also provided is information of SI usage for specialized applications like data processing and computer programming, science, engineering, and construction. Related information in the appendixes include legislative documents, historical and biographical data, a list of metric documentation, rules for determining significant digits and rounding, conversion factors, shorthand notation, and a unit index.

  13. Cuboplexes: Topologically Active siRNA Delivery.

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    Kim, Hojun; Leal, Cecilia

    2015-10-27

    RNAi technology is currently experiencing a revival due to remarkable improvements in efficacy and viability through oligonucleotide chemical manipulations and/or via their packaging into nanoscale carriers. At present, there is no FDA-approved system for siRNA technology in humans. The design of the next generation of siRNA carriers requires a deep understanding of how a nanoparticle's physicochemical properties truly impart biological stability and efficiency. For example, we now know that nanoparticles need to be sterically stabilized in order to meet adequate biodistribution profiles. At present, targeting, uptake, and, in particular, endosomal escape are among the most critical challenges impairing RNAi technologies. The disruption of endosomes encompasses membrane transformations (for example, pore formation) that cost significant elastic energy. Nanoparticle size and shape have been identified as relevant parameters impacting tissue accumulation and cellular uptake. In this paper, we demonstrate that the internal structure of lipid-based particles offers a different handle to promote endosomal membrane topological disruptions that enhance siRNA delivery. Specifically, we designed sterically stabilized lipid-based particles that differ from traditional liposomal systems by displaying highly ordered bicontinuous cubic internal structures that can be loaded with large amounts of siRNA. This system differs from traditional siRNA-containing liposomes (lipoplexes) as the particle-endosomal membrane interactions are controlled by elasticity energetics and not by electrostatics. The resulting "PEGylated cuboplex" has the ability to deliver siRNA and specifically knockdown genes with efficiencies that surpass those achieved by traditional lipoplex systems. PMID:26390340

  14. Reconsideration of in silico siRNA design from a perspective of heterogeneous data integration: problems and solutions.

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    Liu, Qi; Zhou, Han; Zhu, Ruixin; Xu, Ying; Cao, Zhiwei

    2014-03-01

    The success of RNA interference (RNAi) depends on the interaction between short interference RNAs (siRNAs) and mRNAs. Design of highly efficient and specific siRNAs has become a challenging issue in applications of RNAi. Here, we present a detailed survey on the state-of-the-art siRNAs design, focusing on several key issues with the current in silico RNAi studies, including: (i) inconsistencies among the proposed guidelines for siRNAs design and the incomplete list of siRNAs features, (ii) improper integration of the heterogeneous cross-platform siRNAs data, (iii) inadequate consideration of the binding specificity of the target mRNAs and (iv) reduction in the 'off-target' effect in siRNAs design. With these considerations, the popular in silico siRNAs design rules are reexamined and several inconsistent viewpoints toward siRNAs feature identifications are clarified. In addition, novel computational models for siRNAs design using state-of-art machine learning techniques are discussed, which focus on heterogeneous data integration, joint feature selection and customized siRNAs screening toward highly specific targets. We believe that addressing such issues in siRNA study will provide new clues for further improved design of more efficient and specific siRNAs in RNAi.

  15. siRNA Knock-Down of RANK Signaling to Control Osteoclast-Mediated Bone Resorption

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    Wang, Yuwei; Grainger, David W.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose To demonstrate the ability of small interfering (si)RNA targeting the cell receptor, RANK, to control osteoclast function in cultures of both primary and secondary osteoclasts and their precursor cells. Methods siRNA targeting RANK was transfected into both RAW264.7 and primary bone marrow cell cultures. RANK knock-down by siRNA and functional inhibition were assessed in both mature osteoclast and their precursor cell cultures. RANK mRNA message and protein expression after the transfections were analyzed by PCR and Western blot, respectively. Off-target effects were assessed. The inhibition of osteoclast formation was evaluated using tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) assay, and subsequent bone resorption was determined by resorption pit assay. Results Both osteoclasts and osteoclast precursors can be targeted by siRNA in serum-containing media. Delivery of siRNA targeting RANK to both RAW 264.7 and primary bone marrow cell cultures produces short term repression of RANK expression without off-targeting effects, and significantly inhibits both osteoclast formation and bone resorption. Moreover, data support successful RANK knock-down by siRNA specifically in mature osteoclast cultures. Conclusions RANK is demonstrated to be an attractive target for siRNA control of osteoclast activity, with utility for development of new therapeutics for low bone mass pathologies or osteoporosis. PMID:20333451

  16. SI: The Stellar Imager

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    Carpenter, Kenneth G.; Schrijver, Carolus J.; Karovska, Margarita

    2006-01-01

    The ultra-sharp images of the Stellar Imager (SI) will revolutionize our view of many dynamic astrophysical processes: The 0.1 milliarcsec resolution of this deep-space telescope will transform point sources into extended sources, and simple snapshots into spellbinding evolving views. SI s science focuses on the role of magnetism in the Universe, particularly on magnetic activity on the surfaces of stars like the Sun. SI s prime goal is to enable long-term forecasting of solar activity and the space weather that it drives in support of the Living With a Star program in the Exploration Era by imaging a sample of magnetically active stars with enough resolution to map their evolving dynamo patterns and their internal flows. By exploring the Universe at ultra-high resolution, SI will also revolutionize our understanding of the formation of planetary systems, of the habitability and climatology of distant planets, and of many magnetohydrodynamically controlled structures and processes in the Universe.

  17. Fabrication of core-shell nanostructures via silicon on insulator dewetting and germanium condensation: towards a strain tuning method for SiGe-based heterostructures in a three-dimensional geometry

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    Naffouti, Meher; David, Thomas; Benkouider, Abdelmalek; Favre, Luc; Cabie, Martiane; Ronda, Antoine; Berbezier, Isabelle; Abbarchi, Marco

    2016-07-01

    We report on a novel method for the implementation of core-shell SiGe-based nanocrystals combining silicon on insulator dewetting in a molecular beam epitaxy reactor with an ex situ Ge condensation process. With an in situ two-step process (annealing and Ge deposition) we produce two families of islands on the same sample: Si-rich, formed during the first step and, all around them, Ge-rich formed after Ge deposition. By increasing the amount of Ge deposited on the annealed samples from 0 to 18 monolayers, the islands’ shape in the Si-rich zones can be tuned from elongated and flat to more symmetric and with a larger vertical aspect ratio. At the same time, the spatial extension of the Ge-rich zones is progressively increased as well as the Ge content in the islands. Further processing by ex situ rapid thermal oxidation results in the formation of a core-shell composition profile in both Si and Ge-rich zones with atomically sharp heterointerfaces. The Ge condensation induces a Ge enrichment of the islands’ shell of up to 50% while keeping a pure Si core in the Si-rich zones and a ˜25% SiGe alloy in the Ge-rich ones. The large lattice mismatch between core and shell, the absence of dislocations and the islands’ monocrystalline nature render this novel class of nanostructures a promising device platform for strain-based band-gap engineering. Finally, this method can be used for the implementation of ultralarge scale meta-surfaces with dielectric Mie resonators for light manipulation at the nanoscale.

  18. Tertiary siRNAs mediate paramutation in C. elegans.

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    Sapetschnig, Alexandra; Sarkies, Peter; Lehrbach, Nicolas J; Miska, Eric A

    2015-03-01

    In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, different small RNA-dependent gene silencing mechanisms act in the germline to initiate transgenerational gene silencing. Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) can initiate transposon and gene silencing by acting upstream of endogenous short interfering RNAs (siRNAs), which engage a nuclear RNA interference (RNAi) pathway to trigger transcriptional gene silencing. Once gene silencing has been established, it can be stably maintained over multiple generations without the requirement of the initial trigger and is also referred to as RNAe or paramutation. This heritable silencing depends on the integrity of the nuclear RNAi pathway. However, the exact mechanism by which silencing is maintained across generations is not understood. Here we demonstrate that silencing of piRNA targets involves the production of two distinct classes of small RNAs with different genetic requirements. The first class, secondary siRNAs, are localized close to the direct target site for piRNAs. Nuclear import of the secondary siRNAs by the Argonaute HRDE-1 leads to the production of a distinct class of small RNAs that map throughout the transcript, which we term tertiary siRNAs. Both classes of small RNAs are necessary for full repression of the target gene and can be maintained independently of the initial piRNA trigger. Consistently, we observed a form of paramutation associated with tertiary siRNAs. Once paramutated, a tertiary siRNA generating allele confers dominant silencing in the progeny regardless of its own transmission, suggesting germline-transmitted siRNAs are sufficient for multigenerational silencing. This work uncovers a multi-step siRNA amplification pathway that promotes germline integrity via epigenetic silencing of endogenous and invading genetic elements. In addition, the same pathway can be engaged in environmentally induced heritable gene silencing and could therefore promote the inheritance of acquired traits. PMID:25811365

  19. SiC formation for a solar cell passivation layer using an RF magnetron co-sputtering system

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    Joung, Yeun-Ho; Kang, Hyun Il; Kim, Jung Hyun; Lee, Hae-Seok; Lee, Jaehyung; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a method of amorphous silicon carbide film formation for a solar cell passivation layer. The film was deposited on p-type silicon (100) and glass substrates by an RF magnetron co-sputtering system using a Si target and a C target at a room-temperature condition. Several different SiC [Si1-xCx] film compositions were achieved by controlling the Si target power with a fixed C target power at 150 W. Then, structural, optical, and electrical properties of the Si1-xCx films were studied. The structural properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The optical properties were achieved by UV-visible spectroscopy and ellipsometry. The performance of Si1-xCx passivation was explored by carrier lifetime measurement.

  20. SiC formation for a solar cell passivation layer using an RF magnetron co-sputtering system.

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    Joung, Yeun-Ho; Kang, Hyun Il; Kim, Jung Hyun; Lee, Hae-Seok; Lee, Jaehyung; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-01-05

    In this paper, we describe a method of amorphous silicon carbide film formation for a solar cell passivation layer. The film was deposited on p-type silicon (100) and glass substrates by an RF magnetron co-sputtering system using a Si target and a C target at a room-temperature condition. Several different SiC [Si1-xCx] film compositions were achieved by controlling the Si target power with a fixed C target power at 150 W. Then, structural, optical, and electrical properties of the Si1-xCx films were studied. The structural properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The optical properties were achieved by UV-visible spectroscopy and ellipsometry. The performance of Si1-xCx passivation was explored by carrier lifetime measurement.

  1. Reactions of Hydrogen with Si-SiO2 Interfaces

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    Rashkeev, S. N.; Pantelides, S. T.; Buczko, R.; Fleetwood, D. M.; Schrimpf, R. D.

    2001-03-01

    Two contrasting behaviors have been observed for H in Si-SiO2 structures: a) Radiation experiments established that H^+ released in SiO2 migrates to the Si-SiO2 interface where it induces new defects; b) For oxides exposed first to high-temperature annealing and then to molecular hydrogen, mobile positive charge believed to be H^+ can be cycled to and from the interface by reversing the oxide electric field. We report first-principles calculations that identify atomic-scale mechanisms for the two types of behavior and the conditions that are necessary for each. Si-Si bonds on the oxide side, i.e., ``suboxide bonds'', can trap H^+ in deep wells with asymmetric barrier (1.5 eV on the Si side, 1 eV on the SiO2 side). In radiation experiments these centers can act as fixed positive charge. In the mobile-positive-charge experiments, the protons can be cycled between opposite Si-SiO2 interfaces if the density of suboxide bonds is high. This work was supported in part by AFOSR Grant F-49620-99-1-0289.

  2. Band offsets in c-Si/Si-XII heterojunctions

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    Mustafa, Jamal I.; Malone, Brad D.; Cohen, Marvin L.; Louie, Steven G.

    2014-08-01

    Silicon has a rich phase diagram with a multitude of phases existing over a wide range of pressures and temperatures, in addition to the common cubic silicon (c-Si) phase. One such phase, Si-XII, was first observed less than 2 decades ago in diamond anvil experiments, and more recently as a product of nanoindentation. In some of these latter experiments, I-V measurements were performed to characterize the c-Si/Si-XII interface that results when Si-XII is formed in cubic silicon substrates. In this paper we describe calculations of the band offsets in c-Si/Si-XII heterojunctions. We find that the heterojunction is of Type I and that the band offsets are estimated to be ΔEv=0.3 eV and ΔEc=0.5 eV for the valence bands and conduction bands, respectively.

  3. Tackling Targets.

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    Further Education Unit, London (England).

    This document is designed to help British training and enterprise councils (TECs) and further education (FE) colleges develop and implement strategies for achieving the National Targets for Education and Training (NTET), which were developed by the Confederation of British Industry in 1992 and endorsed by the British government. The findings from…

  4. SiC-Si interfacial thermal and mechanical properties of reaction bonded SiC/Si ceramic composites

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    Hsu, Chun-Yen; Deng, Fei; Karandikar, Prashant; Ni, Chaoying

    Reaction bonded SiC/Si (RBSC) ceramic composites are broadly utilized in military, semiconductor and aerospace industries. RBSC affords advanced specific stiffness, hardness and thermal. Interface is a key region that has to be considered when working with any composites. Both thermal and mechanical behaviors of the RBSC are highly dependent on the SiC-Si interface. The SiC-Si interface had been found to act as a thermal barrier in restricting heat transferring at room temperature and to govern the energy absorption ability of the RBSC. However, up to present, the role of the SiC-Si interface to transport heat at higher temperatures and the interfacial properties in the nanoscale have not been established. This study focuses on these critically important subjects to explore scientific phenomena and underlying mechanisms. The RBSC thermal conductivity with volume percentages of SiC at 80 and 90 vol% was measured up to 1,200 °C, and was found to decrease for both samples with increasing environmental temperature. The RBSC with 90 vol% SiC has a higher thermal conductivity than that of the 80 vol%; however, is still significantly lower than that of the SiC. The interfacial thermal barrier effect was found to decrease at higher temperatures close 1200 °C. A custom-made in-situ tensile testing device which can be accommodated inside a ZEISS Auriga 60 FIB/SEM has been setup successfully. The SiC-Si interfacial bonding strength was measured at 98 MPa. The observation and analysis of crack propagation along the SiC-Si interface was achieved with in-situ TEM.

  5. Brazing SiC/SiC Composites to Metals

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    Steffier, Wayne S.

    2004-01-01

    Experiments have shown that active brazing alloys (ABAs) can be used to join SiC/SiC composite materials to metals, with bond strengths sufficient for some structural applications. The SiC/SiC composite coupons used in the experiments were made from polymerbased SiC fiber preforms that were chemical-vapor-infiltrated with SiC to form SiC matrices. Some of the metal coupons used in the experiments were made from 304 stainless steel; others were made from oxygen-free, high-conductivity copper. Three ABAs were chosen for the experiments: two were chosen randomly from among a number of ABAs that were on hand at the time; the third ABA was chosen because its titanium content (1.25 percent) is less than those of the other two ABAs (1.75 and 4.5 percent, respectively) and it was desired to evaluate the effect of reducing the titanium content, as described below. The characteristics of ABAs that are considered to be beneficial for the purpose of joining SiC/SiC to metal include wettability, reactivity, and adhesion to SiC-based ceramics. Prior to further development, it was verified that the three chosen ABAs have these characteristics. For each ABA, suitable vacuum brazing process conditions were established empirically by producing a series of (SiC/SiC)/ABA wetting samples. These samples were then sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS) for analysis of their microstructures and compositions. Specimens for destructive mechanical tests were fabricated by brazing of lap joints between SiC/SiC coupons 1/8-in. (.3.2- mm) thick and, variously, stainless steel or copper tabs. The results of destructive mechanical tests and the SEM/EDS analysis were used to guide the development of a viable method of brazing the affected materials.

  6. Intracellular processing of immunostimulatory CpG-siRNA: Toll-like receptor 9 facilitates siRNA dicing and endosomal escape

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    Nechaev, Sergey; Gao, Chan; Moreira, Dayson; Swiderski, Piotr; Jozwiak, Agnieszka; Kowolik, Claudia M.; Zhou, Jiehua; Armstrong, Brian; Raubitschek, Andrew; Rossi, John J.; Kortylewski, Marcin

    2013-01-01

    Dicer-substrate siRNAs equipped with CpG oligodeoxyribonucleotides overcome the major hurdle in cell-specific siRNA delivery. The CpG-siRNA molecules are actively internalized by TLR9+ cells, without the need for transfection reagents, leading to RNA interference both in vitro and in vivo. Here, we elucidate the molecular mechanisms of CpG-siRNA processing in target cells. We show that shortly after uptake into early endosomes (EE), CpG and siRNA parts of the conjugate are uncoupled in the presence of Dicer endonuclease. Diced siRNA molecules are translocated from endosomes to endoplasmic reticulum, where they can interact with the RNA interference machinery. We previously observed that even though TLR9 is not involved in CpG-siRNA uptake, it is indispensable for induction of gene silencing. To explain the role of TLR9 in intracellular processing of CpG-siRNA, we used primary macrophages derived from wild-type and Tlr9-deficient mice. Macrophages lacking TLR9 showed extended endosomal colocalization of CpG and siRNA parts of the conjugate. However, Tlr9 ablation did not interfere with the interaction of CpG-siRNA with Dicer as shown by in situ proximity ligation assay. Using CpG-siRNA labeled with pH-sensitive dye, we finally identified that lack of TLR9 in macrophages resulted in significant retention of the siRNA in endosomes. Thus, TLR9 facilitates the critical step following CpG-siRNA uncoupling, which is cytoplasmic release of the diced siRNA. These findings suggest that the class of immunostimulatory siRNAs may benefit from activation of certain endosomal immune receptors, such as TLR9, in augmented gene silencing and therapeutic efficacy. PMID:23777886

  7. Nanofabricated SiO{sub 2}-Si-SiO{sub 2} Resonant Tunneling Diodes

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    FLEMING,JAMES G.; CHOW,KAI-CHEUNG; LIN,SHAWN-YU

    2000-04-06

    Resonance Tunneling Diodes (RTDs) are devices that can demonstrate very high-speed operation. Typically they have been fabricated using epitaxial techniques and materials not consistent with standard commercial integrated circuits. The authors report here the first demonstration of SiO{sub 2}-Si-SiO{sub 2} RTDs. These new structures were fabricated using novel combinations of silicon integrated circuit processes.

  8. Observations on Si-based micro-clusters embedded in TaN thin film deposited by co-sputtering with oxygen contamination

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    Lee, Young Mi; Jung, Min-Sang; Choi, Duck-Kyun E-mail: mcjung@oist.jp; Jung, Min-Cherl E-mail: mcjung@oist.jp

    2015-08-15

    Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with the synchrotron radiation we investigated Si-based micro-clusters embedded in TaSiN thin films having oxygen contamination. TaSiN thin films were deposited by co-sputtering on fixed or rotated substrates and with various power conditions of TaN and Si targets. Three types of embedded micro-clusters with the chemical states of pure Si, SiO{sub x}-capped Si, and SiO{sub 2}-capped Si were observed and analyzed using SEM and Si 2p and Ta 4f core-level spectra were derived. Their different resistivities are presumably due to the different chemical states and densities of Si-based micro-clusters.

  9. Dicetyl phosphate-tetraethylenepentamine-based liposomes for systemic siRNA delivery.

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    Asai, Tomohiro; Matsushita, Saori; Kenjo, Eriya; Tsuzuku, Takuma; Yonenaga, Norihito; Koide, Hiroyuki; Hatanaka, Kentaro; Dewa, Takehisa; Nango, Mamoru; Maeda, Noriyuki; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Oku, Naoto

    2011-03-16

    Dicetyl phosphate-tetraethylenepentamine (DCP-TEPA) conjugate was newly synthesized and formed into liposomes for efficient siRNA delivery. Formulation of DCP-TEPA-based polycation liposomes (TEPA-PCL) complexed with siRNA was examined by performing knockdown experiments using stable EGFP-transfected HT1080 human fibrosarcoma cells and siRNA for GFP. An adequate amount of DCP-TEPA in TEPA-PCL and N/P ratio of TEPA-PCL/siRNA complexes were determined based on the knockdown efficiency. Then, the biodistribution of TEPA-PCL modified with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) was examined in BALB/c mice. As a result, TEPA-PCL modified with PEG6000 avoided reticuloendothelial system uptake and showed long circulation in the bloodstream. On the other hand, PEGylation of TEPA-PCL/siRNA complexes caused dissociation of a portion of the siRNA from the liposomes. However, we found that the use of cholesterol-conjugated siRNA improved the interaction between TEPA-PCL and siRNA, which allowed PEGylation of TEPA-PCL/siRNA complexes without siRNA dissociation. In addition, TEPA-PCL complexed with cholesterol-conjugated siRNA showed potent knockdown efficiency in stable luciferase-transfected B16-F10 murine melanoma cells. Finally, the biodistribution of cholesterol-conjugated siRNA formulated in PEGylated TEPA-PCL was examined by performing near-infrared fluorescence imaging in Colon26 NL-17 murine carcinoma-bearing mice. Our results showed that tumor targeting with siRNA via systemic administration was achieved by using PEGylated TEPA-PCL combined with active targeting with Ala-Pro-Arg-Pro-Gly, a peptide used for targeting angiogenic endothelium. PMID:21361311

  10. Local administration of siRNA through Microneedle: Optimization, Bio-distribution, Tumor Suppression and Toxicity.

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    Tang, Tao; Deng, Yan; Chen, Jiao; Zhao, Yi; Yue, Ruifeng; Choy, Kwong Wai; Wang, Chi Chiu; Du, Quan; Xu, Yan; Han, Linxiao; Chung, Tony Kwok Hung

    2016-01-01

    Although RNA interference may become a novel therapeutic approach for cancer treatment, target-site accumulation of siRNA to achieve therapeutic dosage will be a major problem. Microneedle represents a better way to deliver siRNAs and we have evaluated for the first time the capability of a silicon microneedle array for delivery of Gapdh siRNA to the skin in vivo and the results showed that the microneedle arrays could effectively deliver siRNA to relevant regions of the skin noninvasively. For the further study in this field, we evaluated the efficacy of the injectable microneedle device for local delivery of siRNA to the mouse xenograft. The results presented here indicate that local administration of siRNA through injectable microneedle could effectively deliver siRNA into the tumor region, and inhibit tumor progression without major adverse effects. PMID:27457182

  11. Local administration of siRNA through Microneedle: Optimization, Bio-distribution, Tumor Suppression and Toxicity

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    Tang, Tao; Deng, Yan; Chen, Jiao; Zhao, Yi; Yue, Ruifeng; Choy, Kwong Wai; Wang, Chi Chiu; Du, Quan; Xu, Yan; Han, Linxiao; Chung, Tony Kwok Hung

    2016-01-01

    Although RNA interference may become a novel therapeutic approach for cancer treatment, target-site accumulation of siRNA to achieve therapeutic dosage will be a major problem. Microneedle represents a better way to deliver siRNAs and we have evaluated for the first time the capability of a silicon microneedle array for delivery of Gapdh siRNA to the skin in vivo and the results showed that the microneedle arrays could effectively deliver siRNA to relevant regions of the skin noninvasively. For the further study in this field, we evaluated the efficacy of the injectable microneedle device for local delivery of siRNA to the mouse xenograft. The results presented here indicate that local administration of siRNA through injectable microneedle could effectively deliver siRNA into the tumor region, and inhibit tumor progression without major adverse effects. PMID:27457182

  12. Local administration of siRNA through Microneedle: Optimization, Bio-distribution, Tumor Suppression and Toxicity

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    Tang, Tao; Deng, Yan; Chen, Jiao; Zhao, Yi; Yue, Ruifeng; Choy, Kwong Wai; Wang, Chi Chiu; Du, Quan; Xu, Yan; Han, Linxiao; Chung, Tony Kwok Hung

    2016-07-01

    Although RNA interference may become a novel therapeutic approach for cancer treatment, target-site accumulation of siRNA to achieve therapeutic dosage will be a major problem. Microneedle represents a better way to deliver siRNAs and we have evaluated for the first time the capability of a silicon microneedle array for delivery of Gapdh siRNA to the skin in vivo and the results showed that the microneedle arrays could effectively deliver siRNA to relevant regions of the skin noninvasively. For the further study in this field, we evaluated the efficacy of the injectable microneedle device for local delivery of siRNA to the mouse xenograft. The results presented here indicate that local administration of siRNA through injectable microneedle could effectively deliver siRNA into the tumor region, and inhibit tumor progression without major adverse effects.

  13. Development of SiC Large Tapered Crystal Growth

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    Neudeck, Phil

    2011-01-01

    Research Focus Area: Power Electronics, Temperature Tolerant Devices. Demonstrate initial feasibility of totally new "Large Tapered Crystal" (LTC) process for growing vastly improved large-diameter wide-band gap wafers. Addresses Targets: The goal of this research is to experimentally investigate and demonstrate feasibility of the key unproven LTC growth processes in SiC. Laser-assisted growth of long SiC fiber seeds. Radial epitaxial growth enlargement of seeds into large SiC boules. Uniqueness and Impacts open a new technology path to large-diameter SiC and GaN wafers with 1000-fold defect density improvement at 2-4 fold lower cost. Leapfrog improvement in wide band gap power device capability and cost.

  14. Target assembly

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    Lewis, Richard A.

    1980-01-01

    A target for a proton beam which is capable of generating neutrons for absorption in a breeding blanket includes a plurality of solid pins formed of a neutron emissive target material disposed parallel to the path of the beam and which are arranged axially in a plurality of layers so that pins in each layer are offset with respect to pins in all other layers, enough layers being used so that each proton in the beam will strike at least one pin with means being provided to cool the pins. For a 300 mA, 1 GeV beam (300 MW), stainless steel pins, 12 inches long and 0.23 inches in diameter are arranged in triangular array in six layers with one sixth of the pins in each layer, the number of pins being such that the entire cross sectional area of the beam is covered by the pins with minimum overlap of pins.

  15. RNase non-sensitive and endocytosis independent siRNA delivery system: delivery of siRNA into tumor cells and high efficiency induction of apoptosis

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    Jiang, Xinglu; Wang, Guobao; Liu, Ru; Wang, Yaling; Wang, Yongkui; Qiu, Xiaozhong; Gao, Xueyun

    2013-07-01

    To date, RNase degradation and endosome/lysosome trapping are still serious problems for siRNA-based molecular therapy, although different kinds of delivery formulations have been tried. In this report, a cell penetrating peptide (CPP, including a positively charged segment, a linear segment, and a hydrophobic segment) and a single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) are applied together by a simple method to act as a siRNA delivery system. The siRNAs first form a complex with the positively charged segment of CPP via electrostatic forces, and the siRNA-CPP further coats the surface of the SWCNT via hydrophobic interactions. This siRNA delivery system is non-sensitive to RNase and can avoid endosome/lysosome trapping in vitro. When this siRNA delivery system is studied in Hela cells, siRNA uptake was observed in 98% Hela cells, and over 70% mRNA of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is knocked down, triggering cell apoptosis on a significant scale. Our siRNA delivery system is easy to handle and benign to cultured cells, providing a very efficient approach for the delivery of siRNA into the cell cytosol and cleaving the target mRNA therein.

  16. A peptidomimetic siRNA transfection reagent forhighly effectivegene silencing

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    Utku, Yeliz; Dehan, Elinor; Ouerfelli, Ouathek; Piano, Fabio; Zuckermann, Ronald N.; Pagano, Michele; Kirshenbaum, Kent

    2006-05-17

    RNA interference (RNAi) techniques hold forth great promisefor therapeutic silencing of deleterious genes. However, clinicalapplications of RNAi require the development of safe and efficientmethods for intracellular delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA)oligonucleotides specific to targeted genes. We describe the use of alipitoid, a cationic oligopeptoid phospholipid conjugate, for non-viraltransfection of synthetic siRNA oligos in cell culture. Thispeptidomimetic delivery vehicle allows for efficient siRNA transfectionin a variety of human cell lines with negligible toxicity and promotesextensive downregulation of the targeted genes at both the protein andthe mRNA level. We compare the lipitoid reagent to a standard commercialtransfection reagent. The lipitoid is highly efficient even in primaryIMR-90 human lung fibroblasts in which other commercial reagents aretypically ineffective.

  17. Therapeutic siRNA: Principles, Challenges, and Strategies

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    Gavrilov, Kseniya; Saltzman, W. Mark

    2012-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is a remarkable endogenous regulatory pathway that can bring about sequence-specific gene silencing. If harnessed effectively, RNAi could result in a potent targeted therapeutic modality with applications ranging from viral diseases to cancer. The major barrier to realizing the full medicinal potential of RNAi is the difficulty of delivering effector molecules, such as small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), in vivo. An effective delivery strategy for siRNAs must address limitations that include poor stability and non-targeted biodistribution, while protecting against the stimulation of an undesirable innate immune response. The design of such a system requires rigorous understanding of all mechanisms involved. This article reviews the mechanistic principles of RNA interference, its potential, the greatest challenges for use in biomedical applications, and some of the work that has been done toward engineering delivery systems that overcome some of the hurdles facing siRNA-based therapeutics. PMID:22737048

  18. Si/SiGe: Er/Si structures for laser realization: Theoretical analysis and luminescent studies

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    Stepikhova, M. V.; Krasil'nikova, L. V.; Krasil'nik, Z. F.; Shengurov, V. G.; Chalkov, V. Yu.; Svetlov, S. P.; Zhigunov, D. M.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.; Kashkarov, P. K.

    2006-02-01

    In this work we present the results of theoretical calculations and experimental studies carried out for Si/Si 1-XGe X: Er/Si heterostructures that show promise as the material for realizing a laser with Si: Er active medium. Analysis of the mode composition and estimation of the degree of electromagnetic wave localization in Si/Si 1-XGe X: Er/Si waveguide structures have been performed for a fairly wide range of values of the Si 1-XGe X: Er layer thickness and Ge content. It is shown that a method of sublimation molecular-beam epitaxy in germane gas atmosphere enables growing effective light-emitting structures of Si/Si 1-XGe X: Er/Si with the external quantum efficiency to 0.2%. The kinetics analysis of erbium photoluminescence, performed for the test structures, demonstrates the appearance of the population inversion of Er 3+ ion states under optical pumping. The number of Er ions in the inversely populated state comes to about 80% from the total concentration of optically active Er ions at the excitation power density of 4 W/cm 2.

  19. EDM machinability of SiCw/Al composites

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    Ramulu, M.; Taya, M.

    1989-01-01

    Machinability of high temperature composites was investigated. Target materials, 15 and 25 vol pct SiC whisker-2124 aluminum composites, were machined by electrodischarge sinker machining and diamond saw. The machined surfaces of these metal matrix composites were examined by SEM and profilometry to determine the surface finish. Microhardness measurements were also performed on the as-machined composites.

  20. Characterization of near-infrared n-type {beta}-FeSi{sub 2}/p-type Si heterojunction photodiodes at room temperature

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    Shaban, Mahmoud; Nomoto, Keita; Izumi, Shota; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2009-06-01

    n-type {beta}-FeSi{sub 2}/p-type Si heterojunctions were fabricated from {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} films epitaxially grown on Si(111) by facing-target direct-current sputtering. Sharp film-substrate interfaces were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. The current-voltage and photoresponse characteristics were measured at room temperature. They exhibited good rectifying properties and a change of approximately one order of magnitude in the current at a bias voltage of -1 V under illumination by a 6 mW, 1.31 {mu}m laser. The estimated detectivity was 1.5x10{sup 9} cm {radical}Hz W at 1.31 {mu}m. The results suggest that the {beta}-FeSi{sub 2}/Si heterojunctions can be used as near-infrared photodetectors that are compatible with silicon integrated circuits.

  1. Bright photoluminescence from ordered arrays of SiGe nanowires grown on Si(111)

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    Rowell, N L; Benkouider, A; Ronda, A; Favre, L; Berbezier, I

    2014-01-01

    Summary We report on the optical properties of SiGe nanowires (NWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) in ordered arrays on SiO2/Si(111) substrates. The production method employs Au catalysts with self-limited sizes deposited in SiO2-free sites opened-up in the substrate by focused ion beam patterning for the preferential nucleation and growth of these well-organized NWs. The NWs thus produced have a diameter of 200 nm, a length of 200 nm, and a Ge concentration x = 0.15. Their photoluminescence (PL) spectra were measured at low temperatures (from 6 to 25 K) with excitation at 405 and 458 nm. There are four major features in the energy range of interest (980–1120 meV) at energies of 1040.7, 1082.8, 1092.5, and 1098.5 meV, which are assigned to the NW-transverse optic (TO) Si–Si mode, NW-transverse acoustic (TA), Si–substrate–TO and NW-no-phonon (NP) lines, respectively. From these results the NW TA and TO phonon energies are found to be 15.7 and 57.8 meV, respectively, which agree very well with the values expected for bulk Si1− xGex with x = 0.15, while the measured NW NP energy of 1099 meV would indicate a bulk-like Ge concentration of x = 0.14. Both of these concentrations values, as determined from PL, are in agreement with the target value. The NWs are too large in diameter for a quantum confinement induced energy shift in the band gap. Nevertheless, NW PL is readily observed, indicating that efficient carrier recombination is occurring within the NWs. PMID:25671145

  2. Interface-structure of the Si/SiC heterojunction grown on 6H-SiC

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    Li, L. B.; Chen, Z. M.; Zang, Y.

    2015-01-07

    The Si/SiC heterojunctions were prepared on 6H-SiC (0001) C-face by low-pressure chemical vapour deposition at 850 ∼ 1050 °C. Transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction were employed to investigate the interface-structure of Si/SiC heterojunctions. The Si/6H-SiC heterostructure of large lattice-mismatch follows domain matching epitaxy mode, which releases most of the lattice-mismatch strain, and the coherent Si epilayers can be grown on 6H-SiC. Si(1-11)/6H-SiC(0001) heterostructure is obtained at 900 °C, and the in-plane orientation relationship of Si/6H-SiC heterostructure is (1–11)[1-1-2]{sub Si}//(0001)[-2110]{sub 6H-SiC}. The Si(1-11)/6H-SiC(0001) interface has the same 4:5 Si-to-SiC matching mode with a residual lattice-mismatch of 0.26% along both the Si[1-1-2] and Si[110] orientations. When the growth temperature increases up to 1000 °C, the 〈220〉 preferential orientation of the Si film appears. SAED patterns at the Si/6H-SiC interface show that the in-plane orientation relationship is (-220)[001]{sub Si}//(0001)[2-1-10]{sub 6H-SiC}. Along Si[110] orientation, the Si-to-SiC matching mode is still 4:5; along the vertical orientation Si[001], the Si-to-SiC mode change to approximate 1:2 and the residual mismatch is 1.84% correspondingly. The number of the atoms in one matching-period decreases with increasing residual lattice-mismatch in domain matching epitaxy and vice versa. The Si film grows epitaxially but with misfit dislocations at the interface between the Si film and the 6H-SiC substrate. And the misfit dislocation density of the Si(1-11)/6H-SiC(0001) and Si(-220)/6H-SiC(0001) obtained by experimental observations is as low as 0.487 × 10{sup 14 }cm{sup −2} and 1.217 × 10{sup 14 }cm{sup −2}, respectively, which is much smaller than the theoretical calculation results.

  3. Mechanisms of immune system activation in mammalians by small interfering RNA (siRNA).

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    Mansoori, Behzad; Mohammadi, Ali; Shir Jang, Solmaz; Baradaran, Behzad

    2016-11-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) guided by small interfering RNAs (siRNA), because of its potential to target and silence the expression of specific genes is utilized as an effective tool in a variety of biological applications. RNAi guided by siRNAs is a powerful tool to attain gene silencing in mammalian cells. One of the features which make siRNA as an amazing biological tool is extremely specific knockdown of target genes by degradation of analogous mRNAs. However, various non-specific effects limit the use of RNAi including the activation of innate immunity and inhibition of inadvertent target genes. One of the most common non-specific effects is inducing the innate immune system including cytoplasmic and endosomal activation of innate immune system, potentially offending the single in mammals. This activation is mainly interceded by immune cells, regularly through a Toll-like receptor (TLR) pathway. The siRNA sequence association of these pathways changes with the sort and position of the TLR involved. In contrast, non-immune cell activation can also arise generally siRNAs which enter into cytoplasm interacting with cytoplasmic RNA sensors such as retinoic acid-inducible gene I. Here, we explain the off-target effects of siRNAs that activate innate immune system and methods to alleviate them, to help enable impressive application of this exciting technology, Also we bold the aspect of molecular strategies permitting the design of therapeutic siRNAs with minute off-target effects.

  4. Fabrication of lightweight Si/SiC LIDAR mirrors

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    Goela, Jitendra S.; Taylor, Raymond L.

    1991-01-01

    A new, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process was developed for fabricating lightweight, polycrystalline silicon/silicon-carbide (Si/SiC) mirrors. The process involves three CVD steps: (1) to produce the mirror faceplate; (2) to form the lightweight backstructure, which is deposited integral to the faceplate; and (3) to deposit a layer of optical-grade material, e.g., Si, onto the front surface of the faceplate. The mirror figure and finish are fabricated into the faceplate.

  5. Optical characteristics of a-Si:H layers deposited by PACVD at various temperatures

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    Jaglarz, Janusz; Jurzecka-Szymacha, Maria; Tkacz-Śmiech, Katarzyna; Sahraoui, Bouchta

    2015-01-01

    Amorphous a-Si:H layers fabricated by plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition are studied. The layers were grown on monocrystalline silicon at various temperatures, ranging from the room temperature to 400 °C. Structure and chemical composition (hydrogen content) of the layers were characterized by use of fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). A main attention in the studies was focused on optical properties of the layers. The respective measurements were made by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry within 170-1900 nm spectral range, at room temperature and during post-annealing the sample up to 400 °C. The Kramers-Krönig optical model was matched to the ellipsometric angle spectra, Ψ(λ) and Δ(λ), and hence the layers' thicknesses and optical indices were calculated. The band gap of the studied materials was calculated from the Tauc expression for the extinction index near the band edge. The results show that the layers deposited at 150 °C have similar properties. Their growth rate is higher than 0.1 nm/s and hydrogen content does not exceed 10 at.%. All they have relatively high refractive index within visible light range. The highest refractive index is for the layer deposited at 400 °C and reaches almost 4.0 at 460 nm. The band gap of all layers deposited at 150 °C and above exceeds 2 eV but is not higher than 2.4 eV. The band gap of the layers deposited below 150 °C is less than 2 eV. Post-annealing of the layers for 40 min at 400 °C does not change their optical indices but clearly reduces the depolarization.

  6. SiGe/Si Monolithically Integrated Amplifier Circuits

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    Katehi, Linda P. B.; Bhattacharya, Pallab

    1998-01-01

    With recent advance in the epitaxial growth of silicon-germanium heterojunction, Si/SiGe HBTs with high f(sub max) and f(sub T) have received great attention in MMIC applications. In the past year, technologies for mesa-type Si/SiGe HBTs and other lumped passive components with high resonant frequencies have been developed and well characterized for circuit applications. By integrating the micromachined lumped passive elements into HBT fabrication, multi-stage amplifiers operating at 20 GHz have been designed and fabricated.

  7. Si1-XGex/Si-Heterojunction Internal-Photoemission Detectors

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    Lin, True-Lon; Maserjian, Joseph

    1992-01-01

    Cutoff wavelengths tailored by choice of Ge content. Infrared detectors based on internal photoemission at Si1-xGex/Si heterojunctions exhibited photoresponses at wavelengths from 2 to 12 micrometers in initial tests. Si1-xGex/Si-heterojunction internal-photoemission detectors tailored for use at wavelengths of order of 10 micrometers. Future developments expected to include integration of such devices with silicon readout circuitry to form infrared-imaging arrays. Imaging arrays operating in important wavelength range of 8 to 12 micrometers can be fabricated relatively inexpensively for use in outer-space, military, and industrial applications.

  8. Targeting Breast Cancer Stem Cells

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    McDermott, Sean P.; Wicha, Max S.

    2010-01-01

    The cancer stem cell (CSC) hypothesis postulates that tumors are maintained by a self-renewing CSC population that is also capable of differentiating into non-self renewing cell populations that constitute the bulk of the tumor. Although, the CSC hypothesis does not directly address the cell of origin of cancer, it is postulated that tissue-resident stem or progenitors are the most common targets of transformation. Clinically, CSCs are predicted to mediate tumor recurrence after chemo- and radiation-therapy due to the relative inability of these modalities to effectively target CSCs. If this is the case, then CSC must be efficiently targeted to achieve a true cure. Similarities between normal and malignant stem cells, at the levels of cell-surface proteins, molecular pathways, cell cycle quiescence, and microRNA signaling present challenges in developing CSC-specific therapeutics. Approaches to targeting CSCs include the development of agents targeting known stem cell regulatory pathways as well as unbiased high-throughput siRNA or small-molecule screening. Based on studies of pathways present in normal stem cells, recent work has identified potential “Achilles heals” of CSC, whereas unbiased screening provides opportunities to identify new pathways utilized by CSC as well as develop potential therapeutic agents. Here, we review both approaches and their potential to effectively target breast CSC. PMID:20599450

  9. Accelerator target

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    Schlyer, D.J.; Ferrieri, R.A.; Koehler, C.

    1999-06-29

    A target includes a body having a depression in a front side for holding a sample for irradiation by a particle beam to produce a radioisotope. Cooling fins are disposed on a backside of the body opposite the depression. A foil is joined to the body front side to cover the depression and sample therein. A perforate grid is joined to the body atop the foil for supporting the foil and for transmitting the particle beam therethrough. A coolant is circulated over the fins to cool the body during the particle beam irradiation of the sample in the depression. 5 figs.

  10. Accelerator target

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    Schlyer, David J.; Ferrieri, Richard A.; Koehler, Conrad

    1999-01-01

    A target includes a body having a depression in a front side for holding a sample for irradiation by a particle beam to produce a radioisotope. Cooling fins are disposed on a backside of the body opposite the depression. A foil is joined to the body front side to cover the depression and sample therein. A perforate grid is joined to the body atop the foil for supporting the foil and for transmitting the particle beam therethrough. A coolant is circulated over the fins to cool the body during the particle beam irradiation of the sample in the depression.

  11. Role of the three Si suboxides at the surface of Si quantum dots and in Si/SiO2 quantum wells on optical response

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    Carrier, Pierre

    2009-03-01

    The Si/SiO2 interface structure has been extensively studied in the past, especially for MOSFET applications. Recent applications of Si/SiO2 nanostructures in solar cells and LEDs are now investigated using Si quantum dots (QD) or Si/SiO2 quantum wells (QW). The Si/SiO2 interface contains three Si suboxides, each bonded to 1, 2, or 3 oxygen atoms, respectively referred to as Si^1+, Si^2+, and Si^3+. Models that contain all three suboxides are difficult to construct; results in the literature on oxygenated Si QD usually include Si^1+ and Si^2+ only. The models presented here contain the 3 suboxides and are based on a Si/SiO2 surface model originally constructed by Pasquarello et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 625 (1996). This model was used later by the author in the study of Si/SiO2 QW [Phys. Rev. B 65, 165339 (2002)] and is now extended to Si QD. It is shown that the band gap or optical response depends strongly on the Si suboxide atomic configuration at the surface of QD or at the interface of QW. Trends on the band gap variations as function of the three suboxides will be discussed. All models (QW and QD) are structurally relaxed using the program PARSEC [Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1240 (1994)].

  12. Simple gene silencing using the trans-acting siRNA pathway.

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    Jacobs, Thomas B; Lawler, Noah J; LaFayette, Peter R; Vodkin, Lila O; Parrott, Wayne A

    2016-01-01

    In plants, particular micro-RNAs (miRNAs) induce the production of a class of small interfering RNAs (siRNA) called trans-acting siRNA (ta-siRNA) that lead to gene silencing. A single miRNA target is sufficient for the production of ta-siRNAs, which target can be incorporated into a vector to induce the production of siRNAs, and ultimately gene silencing. The term miRNA-induced gene silencing (MIGS) has been used to describe such vector systems in Arabidopsis. Several ta-siRNA loci have been identified in soybean, but, prior to this work, few of the inducing miRNAs have been experimentally validated, much less used to silence genes. Nine ta-siRNA loci and their respective miRNA targets were identified, and the abundance of the inducing miRNAs varies dramatically in different tissues. The miRNA targets were experimentally verified by silencing a transgenic GFP gene and two endogenous genes in hairy roots and transgenic plants. Small RNAs were produced in patterns consistent with the utilization of the ta-siRNA pathway. A side-by-side experiment demonstrated that MIGS is as effective at inducing gene silencing as traditional hairpin vectors in soybean hairy roots. Soybean plants transformed with MIGS vectors produced siRNAs and silencing was observed in the T1 generation. These results complement previous reports in Arabidopsis by demonstrating that MIGS is an efficient way to produce siRNAs and induce gene silencing in other species, as shown with soybean. The miRNA targets identified here are simple to incorporate into silencing vectors and offer an effective and efficient alternative to other gene silencing strategies.

  13. Designing siRNA that distinguish between genes that differ by a single nucleotide.

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    Schwarz, Dianne S; Ding, Hongliu; Kennington, Lori; Moore, Jessica T; Schelter, Janell; Burchard, Julja; Linsley, Peter S; Aronin, Neil; Xu, Zuoshang; Zamore, Phillip D

    2006-09-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), the guides that direct RNA interference (RNAi), provide a powerful tool to reduce the expression of a single gene in human cells. Ideally, dominant, gain-of-function human diseases could be treated using siRNAs that specifically silence the mutant disease allele, while leaving expression of the wild-type allele unperturbed. Previous reports suggest that siRNAs can be designed with single nucleotide specificity, but no rational basis for the design of siRNAs with single nucleotide discrimination has been proposed. We systematically identified siRNAs that discriminate between the wild-type and mutant alleles of two disease genes: the human Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene, which contributes to the progression of hereditary amyotrophic lateral sclerosis through the gain of a toxic property, and the huntingtin (HTT) gene, which causes Huntington disease when its CAG-repeat region expands beyond approximately 35 repeats. Using cell-free RNAi reactions in Drosophila embryo lysate and reporter assays and microarray analysis of off-target effects in cultured human cells, we identified positions within an siRNA that are most sensitive to mismatches. We also show that purine:purine mismatches imbue an siRNA with greater discriminatory power than other types of base mismatches. siRNAs in which either a G:U wobble or a mismatch is located in the "seed" sequence, the specialized siRNA guide region responsible for target binding, displayed lower levels of selectivity than those in which the mismatch was located 3' to the seed; this region of an siRNA is critical for target cleavage but not siRNA binding. Our data suggest that siRNAs can be designed to discriminate between the wild-type and mutant alleles of many genes that differ by just a single nucleotide.

  14. In vivo effects of NbSiR silencing on chloroplast development in Nicotiana benthamiana.

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    Kang, Yong-Won; Lee, Jae-Yong; Jeon, Young; Cheong, Gang-Won; Kim, Moonil; Pai, Hyun-Sook

    2010-04-01

    Sulfite reductase (SiR) performs dual functions, acting as a sulfur assimilation enzyme and as a chloroplast (cp-) nucleoid binding protein. In this study, we examined the in vivo effects of SiR deficiency on chloroplast development in Nicotiana benthamiana. Virus-induced gene silencing of NbSiR resulted in leaf yellowing and growth retardation phenotypes, which were not rescued by cysteine supplementation. NbSiR:GFP fusion protein was targeted to chloroplasts and colocalized with cp-nucleoids. Recombinant full-length NbSiR protein and the C-terminal half of NbSiR possessed cp-DNA compaction activities in vitro, and expression of full-length NbSiR in E. coli caused condensation of genomic DNA. NbSiR silencing differentially affected expression of plastid-encoded genes, inhibiting expression of several genes more severely than others. In the later stages, depletion of NbSiR resulted in chloroplast ablation. In NbSiR-silenced plants, enlarged cp-nucleoids containing an increased amount of cp-DNA were observed in the middle of the abnormal chloroplasts, and the cp-DNAs were predominantly of subgenomic sizes based on pulse field gel electrophoresis. The abnormal chloroplasts developed prolamellar body-like cubic lipid structures in the light without accumulating NADPH:protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase proteins. Our results suggest that NbSiR plays a role in cp-nucleoid metabolism, plastid gene expression, and thylakoid membrane development. PMID:20047069

  15. Influence of solar spectrum and climate on the performance of c-SI, a-Si and CdTe modules

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    Weihs, Philipp; Jochen, Wagner; Marcus, Rennhofer; Zamini, Shokufeh; Fallent, Gerhard; Brence, Florian

    2010-05-01

    Within the scope of the project PV-SPEC we investigate the performance of different types of photovoltaic (PV) modules as a function of the regional climate of Austria. Three types of modules were chosen for the present study: monocrystalline silicon cells (c-SI), amorphous silicon cells (a-Si) and cadmium telluride cells (CdTe). The criteria for the selection of the cells is on the one hand their different spectral sensitivity and on the other hand the need of research in the domain of thin film technology. The aim of the project is the exact estimation of the potential energy yield of these three module types in the different climatic regions of Austria. Thereby the effects of the very inhomogeneous and structured topography in Austria need to be fully taken into account. As a first step the characteristics of the PV modules as well as their spectral sensitivity were determined in the laboratory. In a second step routine measurements of the module performance were performed at Observatory Kanzelhoehe (1600 m altitude), and in Vienna (170 m altitude). In order to investigate the influence of temperature, wind, cloudiness and solar spectrum some additional measurements of these quantities were performed. In order to investigate the influence of the orientation of the modules, we performed for each module type the measurement of the performance of three modules with different orientations: one module oriented towards south, one towards east and one towards west. In a third step we then analyse the performance as a function of time of the day, as a function of the season, as a function of the meteorological parameters (temperature, wind and cloudiness) and as a function of the spectral distribution of the solar radiation. The meteorological influence on the PV module performance is quantified using one array type function for each module type. Using this function and a radiative transfer model we may in a last step calculate the energy yield potential of the three PV

  16. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti–B–C–N–Si nanocomposite films deposited by unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Jang, Jaeho; An, Eunsol; Park, In-Wook; Nam, Dae-Geun; Jo, Ilguk; Lin, Jianliang; Moore, John J.; Ho Kim, Kwang; Park, Ikmin

    2013-11-15

    Quinary Ti–B–C–N–Si nanocomposite thin films were deposited on AISI 304 stainless steel substrates by d.c. unbalanced magnetron sputtering from a TiB{sub 2}–TiC compound target and a pure Si target. The relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties of the films was investigated in terms of the nanosized crystallites/amorphous system. The synthesized Ti–B–C–N–Si films were characterized using x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that the Ti–B–C–N–Si films were nanocomposites composed of nanosized TiB{sub 2}, TiC, and TiSi{sub 2} crystallites (2-3 nm in size) embedded in an amorphous matrix. The addition of Si to the Ti–B–C–N film led to precipitation of nanosized crystalline TiSi{sub 2} and percolation of amorphous SiC phases. The Ti–B–C–N–Si films with up to 7 at. % Si content presented high hardness (≥35 GPa), H/E (≥0.0095), and W{sub e} (>50%) with compressive residual stress (∼0.5 GPa). A systematic investigation on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti–B–C–N–Si films containing different Si contents is reported.

  17. Methods of radiation effects evaluation of SiC/SiC composite and SiC fibers

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Jones, R.H.

    1998-03-01

    This report covers material presented at the IEA/Jupiter Joint International Workshop on SiC/SiC Composites for Fusion structural Applications held in conjunction with ICFRM-8, Sendai, Japan, Oct. 23--24, 1997. Several methods for radiation effects evaluation of SiC fibers and fiber-reinforced SiC/SiC composite are presented.

  18. Fabrication of Si heterojunction solar cells using P-doped Si nanocrystals embedded in SiNx films as emitters

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    2013-01-01

    Si heterojunction solar cells were fabricated on p-type single-crystal Si (sc-Si) substrates using phosphorus-doped Si nanocrystals (Si-NCs) embedded in SiNx (Si-NCs/SiNx) films as emitters. The Si-NCs were formed by post-annealing of silicon-rich silicon nitride films deposited by electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition. We investigate the influence of the N/Si ratio in the Si-NCs/SiNx films on their electrical and optical properties, as well as the photovoltaic properties of the fabricated heterojunction devices. Increasing the nitrogen content enhances the optical gap E04 while deteriorating the electrical conductivity of the Si-NCs/SiNx film, leading to an increased short-circuit current density and a decreased fill factor of the heterojunction device. These trends could be interpreted by a bi-phase model which describes the Si-NCs/SiNx film as a mixture of a high-transparency SiNx phase and a low-resistivity Si-NC phase. A preliminary efficiency of 8.6% is achieved for the Si-NCs/sc-Si heterojunction solar cell. PMID:24188725

  19. Functional Delivery of siRNA in Mice Using Dendriworms

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    2009-01-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) mediate cleavage of specific, complementary mRNA sequences and thus regulate gene expression. Not surprisingly, their use for treatment of diseases that are rooted in aberrant gene expression, such as cancer, has become a paradigm that has gained wide interest. Here, we report the development of dendrimer-conjugated magnetofluorescent nanoworms that we call “dendriworms” as a modular platform for siRNA delivery in vivo. This platform maximizes endosomal escape to robustly produce protein target knockdown in vivo, and is tolerated well in mouse brain. We demonstrate that siRNA-carrying dendriworms can be readily internalized by cells and enable endosomal escape across a wide range of loading doses, whereas dendrimers or nanoworms alone are inefficient. Further, we show that dendriworms carrying siRNA against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) reduce protein levels of EGFR in human glioblastoma cells by 70−80%, 2.5-fold more efficiently than commercial cationic lipids. Dendriworms were well-tolerated after 7-days of convection-enhanced delivery to the mouse brain and in an EGFR-driven transgenic model of glioblastoma, anti- EGFR dendriworms led to specific and significant suppression of EGFR expression. Collectively, these data establish dendriworms as a multimodal platform that enables fluorescent tracking of siRNA delivery in vivo, cellular entry, endosomal escape, and knockdown of target proteins. PMID:19673534

  20. Joining of SiC ceramics and SiC/SiC composites

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    Rabin, B.H.

    1995-08-01

    This project has successfully developed a practical and reliable method for fabricating SiC ceramic-ceramic joints. This joining method has the potential to facilitate the use of SiC-based ceramics in a variety of elevated temperature fossil energy applications. The technique is based on a reaction bonding approach that provides joint interlayers compatible with SiC, and excellent joint mechanical properties at temperatures exceeding 1000{degrees}C. Recent efforts have focused on transferring the joining technology to industry. Several industrial partners have been identified and collaborative research projects are in progress. Investigations are focusing on applying the joining method to sintered a-SiC and fiber-reinforced SiC/SiC composites for use in applications such as heat exchangers, radiant burners and gas turbine components.

  1. Joining of SiC ceramics and SiC/SiC composites

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    Rabin, B.H.

    1996-08-01

    This project has successfully developed a practical and reliable method for fabricating SiC ceramic-ceramic joints. This joining method will permit the use of SiC-based ceramics in a variety of elevated temperature fossil energy applications. The technique is based on a reaction bonding approach that provides joint interlayers compatible with SiC, and excellent joint mechanical properties at temperatures exceeding 1000{degrees}C. Recent emphasis has been given to technology transfer activities, and several collaborative research efforts are in progress. Investigations are focusing on applying the joining method to sintered {alpha}-SiC and fiber-reinforced SiC/SiC composites for use in applications such as heat exchangers, radiant burners and gas turbine components.

  2. Diffusion of Si in thin CoSi2 layers

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    Schowengerdt, F. D.; Lin, T. L.; Fathauer, R. W.; Grunthaner, P. J.

    1989-01-01

    Evidence of silicon diffusion in 100-A CoSi2 layers grown by room-temperature codeposition and annealing on Si(111) substrates was from Auger peak height ratios, which were interpreted in terms of a Si overlayer. It was found that this layer could be removed by chemical etching and reformed by subsequent annealing. By measuring the intensity of the plasmon energy loss peak associated with the CoL23 VV Auger peak, the effective thickness of the Si overlayer was measured as a function of annealing temperature, by calibrating the plasmon loss data against known overlayer thicknesses on unannealed samples. Similar results were found for samples grown both with and without the addition of a 10-A Si cap to prevent pinhole formation in the CoSi2; moreover, Si diffusion was also observed at temperatures well below the point where pinhole formation is first found, suggesting that Si diffusion does not depend on the presence of observable pinholes.

  3. Microcrystalline silicon oxides for silicon-based solar cells: impact of the O/Si ratio on the electronic structure

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    Bär, M.; Starr, D. E.; Lambertz, A.; Holländer, B.; Alsmeier, J.-H.; Weinhardt, L.; Blum, M.; Gorgoi, M.; Yang, W.; Wilks, R. G.; Heske, C.

    2014-10-01

    of Si 3p - O 2p hybridization in the upper valence band. This coincides with a significant increase of the material's resistivity, possibly indicating the breakdown of the conducting crystalline Si network. Silicon oxide layers with a thickness of several hundred nanometres were deposited in a PECVD (plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition) multi chamber system using an excitation frequency of 13.56 MHz with a plasma power density of 0.3 W/cm2. Glass (Corning type Eagle) and mono-crystalline silicon wafer substrates were coated in the same run at a substrate temperature of 185°C. The deposition pressure was 4 mbar and the substrate-electrode distance 20 mm. Mixtures of silane (SiH4), 1% TMB (B(CH3)3) diluted in helium, hydrogen (H2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases were used at flow rates of 1.25 - 0.18/0.32/500/0 - 1.07) sccm (standard cubic centimeters per minute) for the deposition of μc-SiOx:H(B) layers. By changing the CO2/SiH4 gas flow rate ratio from 0 to 6, μc-SiOx:H(B) layers with a composition of 0 <= x = O/Si <= 1 were prepared using a constant sum of SiH4 and CO2. The TMB flow and the H2 flow were kept constant within the series. For more details see Ref. [1]. The oxygen content in the films was determined using Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS). With RBS, the area-related atomic density of oxygen and silicon can be determined (+/- 2% [2]), and thus x can be calculated. This quantity considers only the number of silicon / oxygen atoms and not the number of atoms of other elements, such as hydrogen, which is also incorporated to a considerable extent: up to 20% in μc-SiOx:H (measured using the hydrogen effusion method). To avoid charging effects, the measurements were performed on films deposited on a substrate of mono-crystalline silicon wafers. The electrical conductivity was measured in the planar direction of the film in a vacuum cryostat, using voltages from - 100 V to + 100 V. For that two co-planar Ag contacts were evaporated

  4. Knocking down disease: a progress report on siRNA therapeutics

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    Wittrup, Anders; Lieberman, Judy

    2016-01-01

    Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), which downregulate gene expression guided by sequence complementarity, can be used therapeutically to block the synthesis of disease-causing proteins. The main obstacle to siRNA drugs — their delivery into the target cell cytosol — has been overcome to allow suppression of liver gene expression. Here, we review the results of recent clinical trials of siRNA therapeutics, which show efficient and durable gene knockdown in the liver, with signs of promising clinical outcomes and little toxicity. We also discuss the barriers to more widespread applications that target tissues besides the liver and the most promising avenues to overcome them. PMID:26281785

  5. Simultaneous cytosolic delivery of a chemotherapeutic and siRNA using nanoparticle-stabilized nanocapsules.

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    Hardie, Joseph; Jiang, Ying; Tetrault, Emily R; Ghazi, Phaedra C; Tonga, Gulen Yesilbag; Farkas, Michelle E; Rotello, Vincent M

    2016-09-16

    We report on nanoparticle-stabilized capsules (NPSCs) as a platform for the co-delivery of survivin-targeted siRNA and tamoxifen. These capsules feature an inner oil core that provides a carrier for tamoxifen, and is coated on the surface with positively charged nanoparticles self-assembled with siRNA. The multifaceted chemical nature of the NPSC system enables the simultaneous delivery of both payloads directly into the cytosol in vitro. The NPSC co-delivery of tamoxifen and survivin-targeted siRNA into breast cancer cells disables the pathways that inhibit apoptosis, resulting in enhanced breast cell death. PMID:27505356

  6. Simultaneous cytosolic delivery of a chemotherapeutic and siRNA using nanoparticle-stabilized nanocapsules

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    Hardie, Joseph; Jiang, Ying; Tetrault, Emily R.; Ghazi, Phaedra C.; Yesilbag Tonga, Gulen; Farkas, Michelle E.; Rotello, Vincent M.

    2016-09-01

    We report on nanoparticle-stabilized capsules (NPSCs) as a platform for the co-delivery of survivin-targeted siRNA and tamoxifen. These capsules feature an inner oil core that provides a carrier for tamoxifen, and is coated on the surface with positively charged nanoparticles self-assembled with siRNA. The multifaceted chemical nature of the NPSC system enables the simultaneous delivery of both payloads directly into the cytosol in vitro. The NPSC co-delivery of tamoxifen and survivin-targeted siRNA into breast cancer cells disables the pathways that inhibit apoptosis, resulting in enhanced breast cell death.

  7. SiC Homoepitaxy, Etching and Graphene Epitaxial Growth on SiC Substrates Using a Novel Fluorinated Si Precursor Gas (SiF4)

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    Rana, Tawhid; Chandrashekhar, M. V. S.; Daniels, Kevin; Sudarshan, Tangali

    2016-04-01

    Tetrafluorosilane (SiF4 or TFS), a novel precursor gas, has been demonstrated to perform three primary operations of silicon carbide-related processing: SiC etching, SiC epitaxial growth and graphene epitaxial growth. TFS etches SiC substrate vigorously in a H2 ambient by efficient Si removal from the surface, where SiC etch rate is a function of TFS gas concentration. In this SiC etching process, Si is removed by TFS and C is removed by H2. When propane is added to a H2 and TFS gas mixture, etching is halted and high-quality SiC epitaxy takes place in a Si droplet-free condition. TFS's ability to remove Si can also be exploited to grow epitaxial graphene in a controllable manner in an inert (Ar) ambient. Here, TFS enhances graphene growth by selective etching of Si from the SiC surface.

  8. MoSi2-Base Composites

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    Hebsur, Mohan G.

    2003-01-01

    Addition of 30 to 50 vol% of Si3N4 particulate to MoSi2 eliminated its low temperature catastrophic failure, improved room temperature fracture toughness and the creep resistance. The hybrid composite SCS-6/MoSi2-Si3N4 did not show any matrix cracking and exhibited excellent mechanical and environmental properties. Hi-Nicalon continuous fiber reinforced MoSi2-Si3N4 also showed good strength and toughness. A new MoSi2-base composite containing in-situ whisker-type (Beta)Si3N4 grains in a MoSi2 matrix is also described.

  9. Novel siRNA-based molecular beacons for dual imaging and therapy.

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    Chang, Emmanuel; Zhu, Ming-Qiang; Drezek, Rebekah

    2007-04-01

    Short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have become a mainstream tool reliably used to study and silence protein expression. We offer a proof-of-principle demonstration that siRNAs may be modified into a siRNA-based molecular beacon that activates upon binding to sequence-specific mRNA in cells while mediating RNA interference. We successfully demonstrate detection and knockdown of telomerase expression in human breast cancer cells. This probe provides a novel look at siRNA target validation that is not currently possible in live cells and holds promising potential in biological applications for disease detection and therapy based on mRNA expression, such as a telomerase-targeted siRNA probe in cancer.

  10. Current progress of siRNA/shRNA therapeutics in clinical trials.

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    Burnett, John C; Rossi, John J; Tiemann, Katrin

    2011-09-01

    Through a mechanism known as RNA interference (RNAi), small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules can target complementary mRNA strands for degradation, thus specifically inhibiting gene expression. The ability of siRNAs to inhibit gene expression offers a mechanism that can be exploited for novel therapeutics. Indeed, over the past decade, at least 21 siRNA therapeutics have been developed for more than a dozen diseases, including various cancers, viruses, and genetic disorders. Like other biological drugs, RNAi-based therapeutics often require a delivery vehicle to transport them to the targeted cells. Thus, the clinical advancement of numerous siRNA drugs has relied on the development of siRNA carriers, including biodegradable nanoparticles, lipids, bacteria, and attenuated viruses. Most therapies permit systemic delivery of the siRNA drug, while others use ex vivo delivery by autologous cell therapy. Advancements in bioengineering and nanotechnology have led to improved control of delivery and release of some siRNA therapeutics. Likewise, progress in molecular biology has allowed for improved design of the siRNA molecules. Here, we provide an overview of siRNA therapeutics in clinical trials, including their clinical progress, the challenges they have encountered, and the future they hold in the treatment of human diseases.

  11. Preclinical and clinical development of siRNA-based therapeutics.

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    Ozcan, Gulnihal; Ozpolat, Bulent; Coleman, Robert L; Sood, Anil K; Lopez-Berestein, Gabriel

    2015-06-29

    The discovery of RNA interference, first in plants and Caenorhabditis elegans and later in mammalian cells, led to the emergence of a transformative view in biomedical research. Knowledge of the multiple actions of non-coding RNAs has truly allowed viewing DNA, RNA and proteins in novel ways. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) can be used as tools to study single gene function both in vitro and in vivo and are an attractive new class of therapeutics, especially against undruggable targets for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Despite the potential of siRNAs in cancer therapy, many challenges remain, including rapid degradation, poor cellular uptake and off-target effects. Rational design strategies, selection algorithms, chemical modifications and nanocarriers offer significant opportunities to overcome these challenges. Here, we review the development of siRNAs as therapeutic agents from early design to clinical trial, with special emphasis on the development of EphA2-targeting siRNAs for ovarian cancer treatment.

  12. Preclinical and clinical development of siRNA-based therapeutics

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    Ozcan, Gulnihal; Ozpolat, Bulent; Coleman, Robert L.; Sood, Anil K.; Lopez-Berestein, Gabriel

    2015-01-01

    Discovery of RNA interference, first in plants and C. elegans and later in mammalian cells, led to the emergence of a transformative view in biomedical research. Knowledge of the multiple actions of non-coding RNAs has truly allowed viewing DNA, RNA and proteins in novel ways. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) can be used as tools to study single gene function both in vitro and in vivo and are an attractive new class of therapeutics, especially against undruggable targets for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Despite the potential of siRNAs in cancer therapy, many challenges remain, including rapid degradation, poor cellular uptake and off-target effects. Rational design strategies, selection algorithms, chemical modifications and nanocarriers offer significant opportunities to overcome these challenges. Here, we review the development of siRNAs as therapeutic agents from early design to clinical trial, with special emphasis on the development of EphA2-targeting siRNAs for ovarian cancer treatment. PMID:25666164

  13. Using SI Units in Mechanics.

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    Meriam, J. L.

    This paper provides an historical account of the development of the International System of Units (SI), a complete listing of these units, and rules concerning their use and proper abbreviation. Ambiguities concerning the use of the system are explained. Appendices contain conversion factors for U.S. - British to SI units along with several…

  14. Heteroepitaxial Ge-on-Si by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Steglich, Martin; Patzig, Christian; Berthold, Lutz; Schrempel, Frank; Füchsel, Kevin; Höche, Thomas; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2013-07-01

    The growth of Ge on Si(100) by DC Magnetron Sputtering at various temperatures is studied by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Transmission Electron Microscopy. Smooth heteroepitaxial Ge films are prepared at relatively low temperatures of 380°C. Typical Stransky-Krastanov growth is observed at 410°C. At lower temperatures (320°C), films are essentially amorphous with isolated nanocrystallites at the Si-Ge interface. A minor oxygen contamination at the interface, developing after ex-situ oxide removal, is not seen to hinder epitaxy. Compensation of dislocation-induced acceptors in Ge by sputtering from n-doped targets is proposed.

  15. Heteroepitaxial Ge-on-Si by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Steglich, Martin; Schrempel, Frank; Füchsel, Kevin; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Patzig, Christian; Berthold, Lutz; Höche, Thomas; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2013-07-15

    The growth of Ge on Si(100) by DC Magnetron Sputtering at various temperatures is studied by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Transmission Electron Microscopy. Smooth heteroepitaxial Ge films are prepared at relatively low temperatures of 380°C. Typical Stransky-Krastanov growth is observed at 410°C. At lower temperatures (320°C), films are essentially amorphous with isolated nanocrystallites at the Si-Ge interface. A minor oxygen contamination at the interface, developing after ex-situ oxide removal, is not seen to hinder epitaxy. Compensation of dislocation-induced acceptors in Ge by sputtering from n-doped targets is proposed.

  16. Targeted fibrillar nanocarbon RNAi treatment of acute kidney injury

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    Alidori, Simone; Akhavein, Nima; Thorek, Daniel L. J.; Behling, Katja; Romin, Yevgeniy; Queen, Dawn; Beattie, Bradley J.; Manova-Todorova, Katia; Bergkvist, Magnus; Scheinberg, David A.; McDevitt, Michael R.

    2016-01-01

    RNA interference has tremendous yet unrealized potential to treat a wide range of illnesses. Innovative solutions are needed to protect and selectively deliver small interfering RNA (siRNA) cargo to and within a target cell to fully exploit siRNA as a therapeutic tool in vivo. Herein, we describe ammonium-functionalized carbon nanotube (fCNT)–mediated transport of siRNA selectively and with high efficiency to renal proximal tubule cells in animal models of acute kidney injury (AKI). fCNT enhanced siRNA delivery to tubule cells compared to siRNA alone and effectively knocked down the expression of several target genes, including Trp53, Mep1b, Ctr1, and EGFP. A clinically relevant cisplatin-induced murine model of AKI was used to evaluate the therapeutic potential of fCNT-targeted siRNA to effectively halt the pathogenesis of renal injury. Prophylactic treatment with a combination of fCNT/siMep1b and fCNT/siTrp53 significantly improved progression-free survival compared to controls via a mechanism that required concurrent reduction of meprin-1β and p53 expression. The fCNT/siRNA was well tolerated, and no toxicological consequences were observed in murine models. Toward clinical application of this platform, fCNTs were evaluated for the first time in nonhuman primates. The rapid and kidney-specific pharmacokinetic profile of fCNT in primates was comparable to what was observed in mice and suggests that this approach is amenable for use in humans. The nanocarbon-mediated delivery of siRNA provides a therapeutic means for the prevention of AKI to safely overcome the persistent barrier of nephrotoxicity during medical intervention. PMID:27009268

  17. Structure and optical properties of aSiAl and aSiAlHx magnetron sputtered thin films

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    Thøgersen, Annett; Stange, Marit; Jensen, Ingvild J. T.; Røyset, Arne; Ulyashin, Alexander; Diplas, Spyros

    2016-03-01

    Thin films of homogeneous mixture of amorphous silicon and aluminum were produced with magnetron sputtering using 2-phase Al-Si targets. The films exhibited variable compositions, with and without the presence of hydrogen, aSi1-xAlx and aSi1-xAlxHy. The structure and optical properties of the films were investigated using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-VisNIR spectrometry, ellipsometry, and atomistic modeling. We studied the effect of alloying aSi with Al (within the range 0-25 at. %) on the optical band gap, refractive index, transmission, and absorption. Alloying aSi with Al resulted in a non-transparent film with a low band gap (<1 eV). Hydrogenation of the films increased the band gap to values >1 eV. Variations of the Al and hydrogen content allowed for tuning of the optoelectronic properties. The films are stable up to a temperature of 300 °C. At this temperature, we observed Al induced crystallization of the amorphous silicon and the presence of large Al particles in a crystalline Si matrix.

  18. Systemic Administration of siRNA via cRGD-containing Peptide

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    Huang, Yuanyu; Wang, Xiaoxia; Huang, Weiyan; Cheng, Qiang; Zheng, Shuquan; Guo, Shutao; Cao, Huiqing; Liang, Xing-Jie; Du, Quan; Liang, Zicai

    2015-01-01

    Although small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have been demonstrated to specifically silence their target genes in disease models and clinical trials, in vivo siRNA delivery is still the technical bottleneck that limits their use in therapeutic applications. In this study, a bifunctional peptide named RGD10-10R was designed and tested for its ability to deliver siRNA in vitro and in vivo. Because of their electrostatic interactions with polyarginine (10R), negatively charged siRNAs were readily complexed with RGD10-10R peptides, forming spherical RGD10-10R/siRNA nanoparticles. In addition to enhancing their serum stability by preventing RNase from attacking siRNA through steric hindrance, peptide binding facilitated siRNA transfection into MDA-MB-231 cells, as demonstrated by FACS and confocal microscopy assays and by the repressed expression of target genes. When RGD10 peptide, a receptor competitor of RGD10-10R, was added to the transfection system, the cellular internalization of RGD10-10R/siRNA was significantly compromised, suggesting a mechanism of ligand/receptor interaction. Tissue distribution assays indicated that the peptide/siRNA complex preferentially accumulated in the liver and in several exocrine/endocrine glands. Furthermore, tumor-targeted delivery of siRNA was also demonstrated by in vivo imaging and cryosection assays. In summary, RGD10-10R might constitute a novel siRNA delivery tool that could potentially be applied in tumor treatment. PMID:26300278

  19. ELECTRONIC TRANSITIONS OF JET-COOLED SiC{sub 2}, Si{sub 2}C{sub n} (n=1−3), Si{sub 3}C{sub n} (n = 1,2), AND SiC{sub 6}H{sub 4} BETWEEN 250 AND 710 nm

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    Steglich, M.; Maier, J. P. E-mail: j.p.maier@unibas.ch

    2015-03-10

    Electronic transitions of the title molecules were measured between 250 and 710 nm using a mass-resolved 1 + 1’ resonant two-photon ionization technique at a resolution of 0.1 nm. Calculations at the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVQZ level of theory support the analyses. Because of their spectral properties, SiC{sub 2}, linear Si{sub 2}C{sub 2}, Si{sub 3}C, and SiC{sub 6}H{sub 4} are interesting target species for astronomical searches in the visible spectral region. Of special relevance is the Si–C{sub 2}–Si chain, which features a prominent band at 516.4 nm of a strong transition (f = 0.25). This band and one from SiC{sub 6}H{sub 4} at 445.3 nm were also investigated at higher resolution (0.002 nm)

  20. Cascade effects on the irradiation stability of amorphous SiOC

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    Su, Qing; Cui, Bai; Kirk, Marquis A.; Nastasi, Michael

    2016-02-01

    We studied the heavy ion radiation tolerance of amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) alloys by in situ Kr ion irradiation within a transmission electron microscopy. The amorphous SiOC thin films were grown via co-sputtering from SiO2 and SiC targets on a surface-oxidized Si (100) substrate. These films were irradiated by 1 MeV Kr ions at both room temperature and 300 °C with damage levels up to 5 displacements per atom (dpa). TEM characterization shows no sign of crystallization, void formation or segregation in all irradiated samples. Our findings suggest that SiOC alloys are a class of promising radiation tolerant materials.

  1. Recent progress in development of siRNA delivery vehicles for cancer therapy.

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    Kim, Hyun Jin; Kim, Ahram; Miyata, Kanjiro; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2016-09-01

    Recent progress in RNA biology has broadened the scope of therapeutic targets of RNA drugs for cancer therapy. However, RNA drugs, typically small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), are rapidly degraded by RNases and filtrated in the kidney, thereby requiring a delivery vehicle for efficient transport to the target cells. To date, various delivery formulations have been developed from cationic lipids, polymers, and/or inorganic nanoparticles for systemic delivery of siRNA to solid tumors. This review describes the current status of clinical trials related to siRNA-based cancer therapy, as well as the remaining issues that need to be overcome to establish a successful therapy. It, then introduces various promising design strategies of delivery vehicles for stable and targeted siRNA delivery, including the prospects for future design.

  2. Recent progress in development of siRNA delivery vehicles for cancer therapy.

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    Kim, Hyun Jin; Kim, Ahram; Miyata, Kanjiro; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2016-09-01

    Recent progress in RNA biology has broadened the scope of therapeutic targets of RNA drugs for cancer therapy. However, RNA drugs, typically small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), are rapidly degraded by RNases and filtrated in the kidney, thereby requiring a delivery vehicle for efficient transport to the target cells. To date, various delivery formulations have been developed from cationic lipids, polymers, and/or inorganic nanoparticles for systemic delivery of siRNA to solid tumors. This review describes the current status of clinical trials related to siRNA-based cancer therapy, as well as the remaining issues that need to be overcome to establish a successful therapy. It, then introduces various promising design strategies of delivery vehicles for stable and targeted siRNA delivery, including the prospects for future design. PMID:27352638

  3. Nanoparticle delivery of pooled siRNA for effective treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Yang, Yang; Hu, Yunxia; Wang, Yuhua; Li, Jun; Liu, Feng; Huang, Leaf

    2012-08-01

    Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the leading cause of cancer-related death. To explore the potential of small interfering RNA (siRNA) therapy for NSCLC, we have developed anisamide-targeted LCP to efficiently deliver siRNA into the cytoplasm of sigma receptor-expressing NSCLC cells. Targeted LCP demonstrated a 9-fold higher siRNA delivery efficiency compared to nontargeted LCP in A549 cells in vitro. To simultaneously target multiple oncogenic mechanisms, we coformulated three siRNA sequences targeting HDM2, c-myc and VEGF oncogenes, and investigated their efficacy of cell-killing in A549 and H460 cells in vitro. The results indicated that the pooled siRNA codelivered by the targeted LCP could effectively and simultaneously knock down HDM2, c-myc and VEGF expressions and significantly inhibit tumor cell growth. After iv injection of mice bearing A549 xenografted tumor with Texas Red-labeled siRNA formulated in the targeted LCP, siRNA was successfully delivered to and concentrated in the tumor cells. Repeated intravenous injections of mice with pooled siRNA formulated in the targeted LCP significantly impaired NSCLC growth in vivo (p < 0.01) for both A549 and H460 tumors, demonstrating an ED50 for the treatment of ∼ 0.2 mg/kg in A549 tumors. The enhanced antitumor activity is due to the fact that the silencing of HDM2/c-myc/VEGF could inhibit tumor proliferation and angiogenesis and also simultaneously induce tumor apoptosis. Our results demonstrate that the targeted LCP is a promising vector to deliver pooled siRNA into tumors and to achieve multiple target blocking. This is potentially a valid therapeutic modality in the gene therapy of human NSCLC.

  4. Hermetic SiC-SiC composite tubes

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    Kowbel, W.; Liu, Y.; Bruce, C.; Withers, J.C.; Kolaya, L.E.; Lewis, N.

    1998-12-31

    SiC-SiC composites have good potential for structural applications but are limited by expensive forming techniques. A high purity {beta}-SiC fiber produced by MER, and a polymer derived SiC matrix were used to fabricate small diameter hermetic SiC-SiC tubes. The process was optimized to prevent the formation of a brittle structure while rapidly forming a dense matrix. This tube was made hermetic by first coating the surface of the tube with a silicon carbide particle filled polymer slurry, followed by a Chemical Vapor Infiltration/Deposition (CVI/CVD) SiC deposition which was performed to close any residual porosity on the composite tube surface. X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) examination was performed to determine the fiber and matrix structures. These tubes were found to be impermeable to helium with leak rates below 10{sup {minus}9} cc/sec as determined by testing similar to MIL-STD-883D, method 1014.10. This high level of impermeability was sustained following thermal cycling between room temperature and 1,520 C.

  5. Mechanics of patterned helical Si springs on Si substrate.

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    Liu, D L; Ye, D X; Khan, F; Tang, F; Lim, B K; Picu, R C; Wang, G C; Lu, T M

    2003-12-01

    The elastic response, including the spring constant, of individual Si helical-shape submicron springs, was measured using a tip-cantilever assembly attached to a conventional atomic force microscope. The isolated, four-turn Si springs were fabricated using oblique angle deposition with substrate rotation, also known as the glancing angle deposition, on a templated Si substrate. The response of the structures was modeled using finite elements, and it was shown that the conventional formulae for the spring constant required modifications before they could be used for the loading scheme used in the present experiment.

  6. Improvement of parameters in a-Si(p)/c-Si(n)/a-Si(n) solar cells

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    Moustafa Bouzaki, Mohammed; Aillerie, Michel; Ould Saad Hamady, Sidi; Chadel, Meriem; Benyoucef, Boumediene

    2016-10-01

    We analyzed and discussed the influence of thickness and doping concentration of the different layers in a-Si(p)/c-Si(n)/a-Si(n) photovoltaic (PV) cells with the aim of increasing its efficiency while decreasing its global cost. Compared to the efficiency of a standard marketed PV cell, elaborated with a ZnO transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layer but without Back Surface Field (BSF) layer, an optimization of the thickness and dopant concentration of both the emitter a-Si(p) and absorber c-Si(n) layers will gain about 3% in the global efficiency of the cell. The results also reveal that with introduction of the third layer, i.e. the BSF layer, the efficiency always achieves values above 20% and all other parameters of the cell, such as the open-circuit voltage, the short-circuit current and the fill-factor, are strongly affected by the thickness and dopant concentration of the layers. The values of all parameters are given and discussed in the paper. Thereby, the simulation results give for an optimized a-Si(p)/c-Si(n)/a-Si(n) PV cells the possibility to decrease the thickness of the absorber layer down to 50 μm which is lower than in the state-of-the-art. This structure of the cell achieves suitable properties for high efficiency, cost-effectiveness and reliable heterojunction (HJ) solar cell applications.

  7. Novel siRNA-loaded Bubble Liposomes with Ultrasound Exposure for RNA Interference

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    Endo-Takahashi, Yoko; Negishi, Yoichi; Suzuki, Ryo; Maruyama, Kazuo; Aramaki, Yukihiko

    2011-09-01

    Recently, we have developed novel polyethyleneglycol (PEG) modified liposomes (Bubble liposomes; BLs) entrapping an ultrasound (US) imaging gas, which can work as a gene delivery tool with US exposure. We have shown that the combination of BLs and US was also useful for the delivery of siRNA. However, for use in intravenous administration, there is room for improvement in the colocalization of BLs and siRNA in blood vessels and the stability of siRNA. In this study, we have attempted to prepare novel siRNA-loaded BLs (si-BLs) using cationic lipid, 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP). As a result, siRNA loaded onto the surface of BLs could be observed. Furthermore, siRNA-loaded BLs were stable even in the presence of serum. The specific gene silencing effect caused by transfection with si-BLs and US could be also observed. Thus, si-BLs with US-exposure may be a useful novel transfection method for siRNA delivery to a target tissue or organ via systemic injection.

  8. Synthesis and structural property of Si nanosheets connected to Si nanowires using MnCl2/Si powder source

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    Meng, Erchao; Ueki, Akiko; Meng, Xiang; Suzuki, Hiroaki; Itahara, Hiroshi; Tatsuoka, Hirokazu

    2016-08-01

    Si nanosheets connected to Si nanowires were synthesized using a MnCl2/Si powder source with an Au catalyst. The synthesis method has benefits in terms of avoiding conventionally used air-sensitive SiH4 or SiCl4. The existence of the Si nanosheets connected to the Si<111> nanowires, like sprouts or leaves with petioles, was observed, and the surface of the nanosheets was Si{111}. The nanosheets were grown in the growth direction of <211> perpendicular to that of the Si nanowires. It was evident from these structural features of the nanosheets that the nanosheets were formed by the twin-plane reentrant-edge mechanism. The feature of the observed lattice fringes, which do not appear for Si bulk crystals, of the Si(111) nanosheets obtained by high resolution transmission electron microscopy was clearly explained due to the extra diffraction spots that arose by the reciprocal lattice streaking effect.

  9. Boron diffusion mechanism and effect of interface Ge atoms in Si/SiO2 and SiGe/SiO2 interfaces

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    Kim, Geun-Myeong; Oh, Young Jun; Lee, Chang Hwi; Chang, K. J.

    2014-03-01

    In metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) it is known that implanted B dopants easily segregate to the oxide during thermal annealing after ion implantation, causing threshold voltage shift and sheet resistance increase. On the other hand, SiGe alloys have been considered as a promising material for p-type MOSFETs due to reduced B diffusion and high hole mobility. However, there is a lack of studies for B diffusion in Si/SiO2 and SiGe/SiO2 interfaces. In this work, we perform first-principles density functional calculations to study the mechanism for the B diffusion in Si/SiO2 and SiGe/SiO2 interfaces. We investigate the diffusion pathways and migration barriers by using the climbing nudged elastic band and dimer methods. For Si/SiO2 interface, B in Si turns into an interstitial B and tends to intervene between the Si and bridge O atoms at the interface. The overall migration barrier is calculated to be about 2 eV, comparable to that in bulk SiO2. In SiGe/SiO2, interface Ge atoms enhance the stability of B-related defects in the interface region, resulting in the higher migration barrier of about 3.7 eV. Our results indicate that Si/SiO2 interface does not hinder the B diffusion, however, the B diffusion is suppressed in the presence of interface Ge atoms.

  10. Epitaxial growth of Si deposited on (100) Si

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    Hung, L. S.; Lau, S. S.; von Allmen, M.; Mayer, J. W.; Ullrich, B. M.; Baker, J. E.; Williams, P.; Tseng, W. F.

    1980-11-01

    Epitaxial growth of deposited amorphous Si on chemically cleaned (100) Si has been found and layer-by-layer growth occurred at rates comparable to those in self-ion-implanted-amorphous Si. There is no evidence for appreciable oxygen penetration into the deposited layer during storage in air. The critical factors in achieving epitaxial growth are fast (˜50 Å/sec) deposition of Si onto a surface cleaned with a HF dip as a last rinse before loading into the vacuum system. Channeling and transmission electron microscopy measurements indicated that the epitaxial layers are essentially defect free. Secondary-ion mass spectroscopic analysis showed about 1014 oxygen/cm2 at the amorphous/crystal interface. With either higher interfacial oxygen coverage or slow (˜2 Å/sec) deposition, epitaxial growth rates are significantly slower.

  11. Si Isotopes of Brownleeite

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    Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Messenger, Scott R.; Ito, M.; Keller, L. P.; Clemett, S. J.; Jones, J. H.; Tatsuoka, H.; Zolensky, M. E.; Tatsuoka, H.

    2010-01-01

    Brownleeite is a manganese silicide, ideally stoichiometric MnSi, not previously observed in nature until its discovery within an interplanetary dust particle (IDP) that likely originated from a comet [1]. Three discrete brownleeite grains in the IDP L2055 I3 (4 microns in size, hereafter IDP I3) were identified with maximum dimensions of 100, 250 and 600 nm and fully analyzed using scanning-transmission electron microscopy (STEM) [1]. One of the grains (100 nm in size) was poikilitically enclosed by low-Fe, Mn-enriched (LIME) olivine. LIME olivine is epitaxial to the brownleeite with the brownleeite (200) parallel to the olivine c* [1]. LIME olivine is an enigmatic phase first reported from chondritic porous IDPs and some unequilibrated ordinary chondrites [ 2], that is commonly observed in chondritic-porous IDPs. Recently, LIME olivine has been also found in comet Wild-2 (Stardust) samples [3], indicating that LIME olivine is a common mineral component of comets. LIME olivine has been proposed to form as a high temperature condensate in the protosolar nebula [2]. Brownleeite grains also likely formed as high-temperature condensates either in the early Solar System or in the outflow of an evolved star or supernova explosion [1]. The isotopic composition of the brownleeite grains may strongly constrain their ultimate source. To test this hypothesis, we performed isotopic analyses of the brownleeite and the associated LIME olivine, using the NASA/JSC NanoSIMS 50L ion microprobe.

  12. Delivery of Therapeutic RNAs Into Target Cells IN VIVO

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    Ng, Mei Ying; Hagen, Thilo

    2014-02-01

    RNA-based therapy is one of the most promising approaches to treat human diseases. Specifically, the use of short interfering RNA (siRNA) siRNA and microRNA (miRNA) mimics for in vivo RNA interference has immense potential as it directly lowers the expression of the therapeutic target protein. However, there are a number of major roadblocks to the successful implementation of siRNA and other RNA based therapies in the clinic. These include the instability of RNAs in vivo and the difficulty to efficiently deliver the RNA into the target cells. Hence, various innovative approaches have been taken over the years to develop effective RNA delivery methods. These methods include liposome-, polymeric nanoparticle- and peptide-mediated cellular delivery. In a recent innovative study, bioengineered bacterial outer membrane vesicles were used as vehicles for effective delivery of siRNA into cells in vivo.

  13. Epitaxial orientation of Mg{sub 2}Si(110) thin film on Si(111) substrate

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    Wang, Y.; Wang, X. N.; Mei, Z. X.; Du, X. L.; Zou, J.; Jia, J. F.; Xue, Q. K.; Zhang, X. N.; Zhang, Z.

    2007-12-15

    Epitaxial Mg{sub 2}Si(110) thin film has been obtained on Si(111) substrate by thermally enhanced solid-phase reaction of epitaxial Mg film with underlying Si substrate. An epitaxial orientation relationship of Si(111) parallel Mg{sub 2}Si(110) and Si<110> parallel Mg{sub 2}Si<110> has been revealed by transmission electron microscopy. The formation of the unusual epitaxial orientation relationship is attributed to the strain relaxation of Mg{sub 2}Si film in a MgO/Mg{sub 2}Si/Si double heterostructure.

  14. Development of Nanosphere Lithography Technique with Enhanced Lithographical Accuracy on Periodic Si Nanostructure for Thin Si Solar Cell Application

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    Choi, Jeayoung

    for the target spectral range (600 ˜ 1100nm), which is attributed to (1) the effective confinement of resonant scattering within the Si NP and (2) increased high order diffraction of transmitted light providing an extended absorption length. From the research, therefore, it is successfully demonstrated that the nano-fabrication process with SNS lithography can offer enhanced lithographical accuracy to fabricate desired Si nanostructures which can realize enhanced light absorption for thin Si solar cell.

  15. Luminescence of Degraded Si-SiO2 Structures

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    Baraban, A. P.; Dmitriev, V. A.; Gadzhala, A. A.

    2014-09-01

    Possibilities of using electroluminescence (EL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) in the spectral range 250-800 nm to investigate physical-chemical processes taking place in Si-SiO2 structures as a result of extreme external actions (strong electric fields or γ-radiation) are considered. It is found that degradation processes along with changes in the electrophysical characteristics of Si-SiO2 structures are revealed in changes in the luminescence spectra, especially in the red region. The similarity of the changes in the CL and EL spectra of Si-SiO2 structures exposed to field and radiation points to a similarity in the processes taking place during degradation, which is confirmed by the qualitative similarity of the changes in the charge characteristics. The near-invariance of the spectral composition of the luminescence is an indication that the processes taking place during degradation do not lead to the formation of new luminescence centers, but modify the concentration of already existing biographical defects. This is evidence of the existence of a direct link between resistance to degradation and the technology of formation of the oxide layer on the silicon surface.

  16. Oxidation behavior of arc evaporated Al-Cr-Si-N thin films

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    Tritremmel, Christian; Daniel, Rostislav; Mitterer, Christian; Mayrhofer, Paul H.; Lechthaler, Markus; Polcik, Peter

    2012-11-15

    The impact of Al and Si on the oxidation behavior of Al-Cr-(Si)-N thin films synthesized by arc evaporation of powder metallurgically prepared Al{sub x}Cr{sub 1-x} targets with x = Al/(Al + Cr) of 0.5, 0.6, and 0.7 and (Al{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}){sub 1-z}Si{sub z} targets with Si contents of z = 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2 in N{sub 2} atmosphere was studied in detail by means of differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), x-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. Dynamical measurements in synthetic air (up to 1440 Degree-Sign C) revealed the highest onset temperature of pronounced oxidation for nitride coatings prepared from the Al{sub 0.4}Cr{sub 0.4}Si{sub 0.2} target. Isothermal TGA at 1100, 1200, 1250, and 1300 Degree-Sign C highlight the pronounced improvement of the oxidation resistance of Al{sub x}Cr{sub 1-x}N coatings by the addition of Si. The results show that Si promotes the formation of a dense coating morphology as well as a dense oxide scale when exposed to air.

  17. Nitriding kinetics of Si-SiC powder mixtures as simulations of reaction bonded Si3N4-SiC composites

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    Lightfoot, A.; Sheldon, B. W.; Flint, J. H.; Haggerty, J. S.

    1989-01-01

    The nitriding kinetics of Si and Si plus SiC powder mixtures were studied to simulate the fabrication of RBSN-SiC ceramic matrix composites. Very clean, assynthesized, and solvent-exposed powders were studied; C-rich and Si-rich SiC 0.04-0.05 micron diameter powders were mixed in varying concentrations with SiH4-derived 0.2-0.3 micron diameter Si powder. Complete nitridation is achieved with C-rich SiC powders in 140 min at 1250 C, and in the centers of Si-rich SiC powders in 15 min. The effects on the incubation periods, fast reaction periods, and slow reaction periods that characterize these nitriding processes were studied to explain unusual reverse reaction gradients and other effects of contamination.

  18. In Vivo GFP Knockdown by Cationic Nanogel-siRNA Polyplexes

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    Shrivats, Arun R.; Mishina, Yuji; Averick, Saadyah; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Hollinger, Jeffrey O.

    2016-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful tool to treat diseases and elucidate target gene function. Prior to clinical implementation, however, challenges including the safe, efficient and targeted delivery of siRNA must be addressed. Here, we report cationic nanogel nanostructured polymers (NSPs) prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for in vitro and in vivo siRNA delivery in mammalian models. Outcomes from siRNA protection studies suggested that nanogel NSPs reduce enzymatic degradation of siRNA within polyplexes. Further, the methylation of siRNA may enhance nuclease resistance without compromising gene knockdown potency. NSP-mediated RNAi treatments against Gapdh significantly reduced GAPDH enzyme activity in mammalian cell culture models supplemented with 10% serum. Moreover, nanogel NSP-mediated siRNA delivery significantly inhibited in vivo GFP expression in a mouse model. GFP knockdown was siRNA sequence-dependent and facilitated by nanogel NSP carriers. Continued testing of NSP/siRNA compositions in disease models may produce important new therapeutic options for patient care. PMID:27280121

  19. High Temperature Si-doped BN Interphases for Woven SiC/SiC Composites

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    Morscher, Gregory N.; Hurwitz, Frances; Yun, Hee Mann; Gray, Hugh R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The hydrolytic stability of high-temperature deposited Si-doped BN has been shown in the past to be superior in comparison to "pure" BN processed at similar or even higher temperatures. This type of material would be very desirable as a SiC/SiC composite interphase that is formed by chemical infiltration into multi-ply woven preform. However, due to rapid deposition on the preform outer surface at the high processing temperature, this has proven very difficult. To overcome this issue, single plies of woven fabric were infiltrated with Si-doped BN. Three composite panels of different SiC fiber types were fabricated with Si-doped BN interphases including Sylramic, Hi-Nicalon Type S and Sylramic-iBN fiber-types. The latter fiber-type possesses a thin in-situ grown BN layer on the fiber surface. High Si contents (approx. 7 to 10 a/o) and low oxygen contents (less than 1 a/o) were achieved. All three composite systems demonstrated reasonable debonding and sliding properties. The coated Sylramic fabric and composites were weak due to fiber degradation apparently caused during interphase processing by the formation of TiN crystals on the fiber surface. The Hi-Nicalon Type S composites with Si-doped BN interphase were only slightly weaker than Hi-Nicalon Type S composites with conventional BN when the strength on the load-bearing fibers at failure was compared. On the other hand, the Sylramic-iBN fabric and composites with Si-doped BN showed excellent composite and intermediate temperature stress-rupture properties. Most impressive was the lack of any significant interphase oxidation on the fracture surface of stress-ruptured specimens tested well above matrix cracking at 815C.

  20. Investigation of Fe-Si-N films as magnetic overcoat for high density recording disk drives

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    Gauvin, M.; Talke, F. E.; Fullerton, E. E.

    2010-09-15

    A 50-nm-thick Fe-Si-N films were deposited via reactive magnetron cosputtering of independent Fe and Si targets, in Ar/N{sub 2} gas mixture, under different dc Fe target power conditions. Magnetic properties, mechanical hardness and tribological properties were characterized as a function of the Fe target power by magnetometry, nanoindentation, and nanoscratch testing, respectively. Deposited samples were found to be ferromagnetic with a coercivity of approximately 20 Oe and a saturation magnetization increasing from 200 to 1100 emu/cm{sup 3} as a function of Fe sputter power, i.e., values typical of soft magnetic materials. The mechanical hardness was found to be between 50% and 70% of the hardness of a pure SiN{sub x} film. Nanotribological properties of films deposited with a Fe target power {>=}80 W degraded rapidly.

  1. Electronic stopping powers for heavy ions in SiC and SiO{sub 2}

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    Jin, K.; Xue, H.; Zhang, Y. Weber, W. J.; Zhu, Z.; Grove, D. A.; Xue, J.

    2014-01-28

    Accurate information on electronic stopping power is fundamental for broad advances in materials science, electronic industry, space exploration, and sustainable energy technologies. In the case of slow heavy ions in light targets, current codes and models provide significantly inconsistent predictions, among which the Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter (SRIM) code is the most commonly used one. Experimental evidence, however, has demonstrated considerable errors in the predicted ion and damage profiles based on SRIM stopping powers. In this work, electronic stopping powers for Cl, Br, I, and Au ions are experimentally determined in two important functional materials, SiC and SiO{sub 2}, based on a single ion technique, and new electronic stopping power values are derived over the energy regime from 0 to 15 MeV, where large deviations from the SRIM predictions are observed. As an experimental validation, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) are utilized to measure the depth profiles of implanted Au ions in SiC for energies from 700 keV to 15 MeV. The measured ion distributions by both RBS and SIMS are considerably deeper than the SRIM predictions, but agree well with predictions based on our derived stopping powers.

  2. Microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of TiMoN/Si3N4 nano-multilayer films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Tao; Zhang, Guojun; Jiang, Bailing

    2015-01-01

    TiMoN/Si3N4 nano-multilayer films with different Si3N4 layer thickness were synthesized using magnetron sputtering by changing the Si target current. The TiMoN/Si3N4 nano-multilayer films exhibited strong microstructure and properties dependence on the structures of Si3N4 layer. When Si3N4 layer thickness (lSi3N4) was smaller than 0.8 nm, Si3N4 layers maintained crystallization state, the as-deposited TiMoN/SiNx films exhibited much higher hardness and comparable coefficient of friction (COF) than that of MoNx/SiNx films. With the further increase of lSi3N4, Si3N4 layer transformed to amorphous state, the hardness of TiMoN/Si3N4 films decreased gradually from 29.9 to 20.1 GPa and COF increased from 0.55 to 0.72. It totally shows better tribological properties than TiAlSiN/Si3N4 nano-multilayer films as a result of incorporating molybdenum nitride.

  3. Ab initio chemical kinetics for SiH2 + Si2H6 and SiH3 + Si2H5 reactions and the related unimolecular decomposition of Si3H8 under a-Si/H CVD conditions.

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    Raghunath, P; Lin, M C

    2013-10-24

    The kinetics and mechanisms for SiH2 + Si2H6 and SiH3 + Si2H5 reactions and the related unimolecular decomposition of Si3H8 have been investigated by ab initio molecular orbital theory based on the QCISD(T)/CBS//QCISD/6-311++G(d,p) method in conjunction with quantum statistical variational Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) calculations. For the barrierless radical association processes, their variational transition states have been characterized by the CASPT2//CASSCF method. The species involved in the study are known to coexist under CVD conditions. The results show that the association reaction of SiH2 and Si2H6 producing Si3H8 occurs by insertion via its lowest-energy path forming a loose hydrogen-bonding molecular complex with 8.3 kcal/mol binding energy; the reaction is exothermic by 55.0 kcal/mol. The chemically activated Si3H8 adduct can fragment by several paths, producing SiH4 + SiH3SiH (-0.7 kcal/mol), Si(SiH3)2 + H2 (-1.4 kcal/mol), and SiH3SiH2SiH + H2 (-1.4 kcal/mol). The predicted enthalpy changes as given agree well with available thermochemical data. Three other decomposition channels of Si3H8 occurring by Si-H or Si-Si breaking were found to be highly endothermic, and the reactions take place without a well-defined barrier. The heats of formation of Si3H8, SiH2SiH, Si2H4, i-Si3H7, n-Si3H7, Si(SiH3)2, and SiH3SiH2SiH have been predicted and found to be in close agreement with those available data in the literature. The product branching rate constants for SiH2 + Si2H6 and SiH3 + Si2H5 reactions and the thermal unimolecular decomposition of Si3H8 for all low-energy paths have been calculated with multichannel variational RRKM theory covering varying P,T conditions typically employed in PECVD and Cat-CVD processes for hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si/H) film growth. The results were also found to be in good agreement with available kinetic data. Our kinetic results may be employed to model and control very large-area a-Si/H film growth for a

  4. Graphene-Si heterogeneous nanotechnology

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    Akinwande, Deji; Tao, Li

    2013-05-01

    It is widely envisioned that graphene, an atomic sheet of carbon that has generated very broad interest has the largest prospects for flexible smart systems and for integrated graphene-silicon (G-Si) heterogeneous very large-scale integrated (VLSI) nanoelectronics. In this work, we focus on the latter and elucidate the research progress that has been achieved for integration of graphene with Si-CMOS including: wafer-scale graphene growth by chemical vapor deposition on Cu/SiO2/Si substrates, wafer-scale graphene transfer that afforded the fabrication of over 10,000 devices, wafer-scalable mitigation strategies to restore graphene's device characteristics via fluoropolymer interaction, and demonstrations of graphene integrated with commercial Si- CMOS chips for hybrid nanoelectronics and sensors. Metrology at the wafer-scale has led to the development of custom Raman processing software (GRISP) now available on the nanohub portal. The metrology reveals that graphene grown on 4-in substrates have monolayer quality comparable to exfoliated flakes. At room temperature, the high-performance passivated graphene devices on SiO2/Si can afford average mobilities 3000cm2/V-s and gate modulation that exceeds an order of magnitude. The latest growth research has yielded graphene with high mobilities greater than 10,000cm2/V-s on oxidized silicon. Further progress requires track compatible graphene-Si integration via wafer bonding in order to translate graphene research from basic to applied research in commercial R and D laboratories to ultimately yield a viable nanotechnology.

  5. siRNA-directed DNA Methylation in Plants.

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    Xie, Meng; Yu, Bin

    2015-02-01

    DNA cytosine methylationis an important epigenetic process that is correlated with transgene silencing, transposon suppression, and gene imprinting. In plants, small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) can trigger DNA methylation at loci containing their homolog sequences through a process called RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM). In canonical RdDM, 24 nucleotide (nt) siRNAs (ra-siRNAs) will be loaded into their effector protein called ARGONAUTE 4 (AGO4) and subsequently targeted to RdDM loci through base-pairing with the non-coding transcripts produced by DNA-directed RNA Polymerase V. Then, the AGO4-ra-siRNA will recruit the DNA methyltransferase to catalyze de novo DNA methylation. Recent studies also identified non-canonical RdDM pathways that involve microRNAs or 21 nt siRNAs. These RdDM pathways are biologically important since they control responses biotic and abiotic stresses, maintain genome stability and regulate development. Here, we summarize recent pro-gresses of mechanisms governing canonical and non-canonical RdDM pathways. PMID:25937811

  6. Delivery Systems for the Direct Application of siRNAs to Induce RNA Interference (RNAi) In Vivo

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    Aigner, Achim

    2006-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful method for specific gene silencing which may also lead to promising novel therapeutic strategies. It is mediated through small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) which sequence-specifically trigger the cleavage and subsequent degradation of their target mRNA. One critical factor is the ability to deliver intact siRNAs into target cells/organs in vivo. This review highlights the mechanism of RNAi and the guidelines for the design of optimal siRNAs. It gives an overview of studies based on the systemic or local application of naked siRNAs or the use of various nonviral siRNA delivery systems. One promising avenue is the the complexation of siRNAs with the polyethylenimine (PEI), which efficiently stabilizes siRNAs and, upon systemic administration, leads to the delivery of the intact siRNAs into different organs. The antitumorigenic effects of PEI/siRNA-mediated in vivo gene-targeting of tumor-relevant proteins like in mouse tumor xenograft models are described. PMID:17057369

  7. Bio-inspired materials in drug delivery: Exploring the role of pulmonary surfactant in siRNA inhalation therapy.

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    De Backer, Lynn; Cerrada, Alejandro; Pérez-Gil, Jesús; De Smedt, Stefaan C; Raemdonck, Koen

    2015-12-28

    Many pathologies of the respiratory tract are inadequately treated with existing small molecule-based therapies. The emergence of RNA interference (RNAi) enables the post-transcriptional silencing of key molecular disease factors that cannot readily be targeted with conventional small molecule drugs. Pulmonary administration of RNAi effectors, such as small interfering RNA (siRNA), allows direct delivery into the lung tissue, hence reducing systemic exposure. Unfortunately, the clinical translation of RNAi is severely hampered by inefficient delivery of siRNA therapeutics towards the cytoplasm of the target cells. In order to have a better control of the siRNA delivery process, both extra- and intracellular, siRNAs are typically formulated in nanosized delivery vehicles (nanoparticles, NPs). In the lower airways, which are the targeted sites of action for multiple pulmonary disorders, these siRNA-loaded NPs will encounter the pulmonary surfactant (PS) layer, covering the entire alveolar surface. The interaction between the instilled siRNA-loaded NPs and the PS at this nano-bio interface results in the adsorption of PS components onto the surface of the NPs. The formation of this so-called biomolecular corona conceals the original NP surface and will therefore profoundly determine the biological efficacy of the NP. Though this interplay has initially been regarded as a barrier towards efficient siRNA delivery to the respiratory target cell, recent reports have illustrated that the interaction with PS might also be beneficial for local pulmonary siRNA delivery.

  8. Ionic S(N)i-Si Nucleophilic Substitution in N-Methylaniline-Induced Si-Si Bond Cleavages of Si2Cl6.

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    Zhang, Jie; Xie, Ju; Lee, Myong Euy; Zhang, Lin; Zuo, Yujing; Feng, Shengyu

    2016-03-24

    N-Methylaniline-induced Si-Si bond cleavage of Si2Cl6 has been theoretically studied. All calculations were performed by using DFT at the MPWB1K/6-311++G(3df,2p)//MPWB1K/6-31+G(d,p) levels. An ionic SN i-Si nucleophilic substitution mechanism, which is a newly found nucleophilic substitution in silicon-containing compounds, is proposed in the N-methylaniline-induced Si-Si bond cleavage in Si2Cl6. Unlike general S(N)i-Si nucleophilic substitutions that go through a pentacoordinated silicon transition state, ionic nucleophilic substitution goes through a tetracoordinated silicon transition state, in which the Si-Si bond is broken and siliconium ions are formed. Special cleavage of the Si-Si bond is presumably due to the good bonding strength between Si and N atoms, which leads to polarization of the Si-Si bond and eventually to heterolytic cleavage. Calculation results show that, in excess N-methylaniline, the final products of the reaction, including (NMePh)(3-n) SiHCl(n) (n=0-2) and (NMePh)(4-n) SiCl(n) (n=2-3), are the Si-Si cleavage products of Si2Cl6 and the corresponding amination products of the former. The ionic S(N)i-Si nucleophilic substitution mechanism can also be employed to describe the amination of chlorosilane by N-methylaniline. The suggested mechanisms are consistent with experimental data.

  9. Improving Thermomechanical Properties of SiC/SiC Composites

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    DiCarlo, James A.; Bhatt, Ramakrishna T.

    2006-01-01

    Today, a major thrust toward improving the thermomechanical properties of engine components lies in the development of fiber-reinforced silicon carbide matrix composite materials, including SiC-fiber/SiC-matrix composites. These materials are lighter in weight and capable of withstanding higher temperatures, relative to state-of-the-art metallic alloys and oxide-matrix composites for which maximum use temperatures are in the vicinity of 1,100 C. In addition, the toughness or damage tolerance of the SiC-matrix composites is significantly greater than that of unreinforced silicon-based monolithic ceramics. For successful application in advanced engine systems, the SiC-matrix composites should be able to withstand component service stresses and temperatures for the desired component lifetimes. Inasmuch as the high-temperature structural lives of ceramic materials are typically limited by creep-induced growth of flaws, a key property required of such composite materials is high resistance to creep under conditions of use. Also, the thermal conductivity of the materials should be as high as possible so as to minimize component thermal gradients and thermal stresses. A state-of-the-art SiC-matrix composite is typically fabricated in a three-step process: (1) fabrication of a component-shaped architectural preform reinforced by thermally stable high-performance fibers, (2) chemical-vapor infiltration (CVI) of a fiber-coating material such as boron nitride (BN) into the preform, and (3) infiltration of an SiC-based matrix into the remaining porosity in the preform. Generally, the matrices of the highest-performing composites are fabricated by initial use of a CVI SiC matrix component that is typically more thermally stable and denser than matrix components formed by processes other than CVI. As such, the initial SiC matrix component made by CVI provides better environmental protection to the coated fibers embedded within it. Also, the denser CVI SiC imparts to the

  10. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys.

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-04-28

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP 'patch' dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption.

  11. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys.

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP 'patch' dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption. PMID:27120994

  12. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S.; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP ‘patch’ dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption. PMID:27120994

  13. Thermodynamics of Si-C-O system

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    Jacobson, N. S.; Opila, E. J.

    1993-01-01

    The Si-C-O predominance diagram, in conjunction with a free-energy minimum of the gas phase, has been used to explain several observations in the reactions of SiC and/or carbon with SiO2. In the predominance diagram, the axes are chosen as the primary activity units for carbon and oxygen. The predominance diagram shows only the stable condensed phases SiO2, SiC, carbon, and silicon. It also shows the isobars for SiO(g) and CO(g), which are the primary gas-phase species. Only the thermodynamics of the system is considered. The observations explained include the general adjustment of carbon-rich SiC to a free-energy minimum on the SiC/SiO2 coexistence line and the inability to form free silicon from SiO2 and carbon, except at very high temperatures.

  14. Molecular dynamics study of Si(100)-oxidation: SiO and Si emissions from Si/SiO{sub 2} interfaces and their incorporation into SiO{sub 2}

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    Takahashi, Norihiko; Yamasaki, Takahiro; Kaneta, Chioko

    2014-06-14

    Dynamics of Si(100)-oxidation processes at the Si/SiO{sub 2} interface and in the SiO{sub 2} region are investigated focusing on SiO and Si emissions from the interface and the following incorporation into the SiO{sub 2} and/or substrate. Classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with variable charge interatomic potentials are performed to clarify these atomic processes. By incorporating oxygen atoms, two-folded Si atoms are formed after structural relaxation at the interface and are emitted as SiO molecules into SiO{sub 2}. The energy barrier of the SiO emission is estimated to be 1.20 eV on the basis of the enthalpy change in an MD simulation. The emitted SiO molecule is incorporated into the SiO{sub 2} network through a Si-O rebonding process with generating an oxygen vacancy. The energy barrier of the SiO incorporation is estimated to be 0.79–0.81 eV. The elementary process of oxygen vacancy diffusion leading to the complete SiO incorporation is also simulated, and the energy barriers are found to be relatively small, 0.71–0.79 eV. The energy changes of Si emissions into the substrate and SiO{sub 2} are estimated to be 2.97–7.81 eV, which are larger than the energy barrier of the SiO emission. This result suggests that, at the ideally flat Si/SiO{sub 2} interface, the SiO emission into the SiO{sub 2} region occurs prior to the Si emission, which is consistent with previous theoretical and experimental studies. The above mentioned typical atomic processes are successfully extracted from some (or one) of MD simulations among many trials in which a statistical procedure is partly employed. Our results give a unified understanding of Si oxidation processes from an atomistic point of view.

  15. Synergistic inhibition of breast cancer by co-delivery of VEGF siRNA and paclitaxel via vapreotide-modified core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Feng, Qiang; Yu, Min-Zhi; Wang, Jian-Cheng; Hou, Wen-Jie; Gao, Ling-Yan; Ma, Xiao-Fei; Pei, Xi-Wei; Niu, Yu-Jie; Liu, Xiao-Yan; Qiu, Chong; Pang, Wen-Hao; Du, Li-Li; Zhang, Qiang

    2014-06-01

    A somatostatin analog, vapreotide (VAP), can be used as a ligand for targeting drug delivery based on its high affinity to somatostatin receptors (SSTRs), which is overexpressed in many tumor cells. RNA interference plays an important role on downregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which is important for tumor growth, progression and metastasis. To improve tumor therapy efficacy, the vapreotide-modified core-shell type nanoparticles co-encapsulating VEGF targeted siRNA (siVEGF) and paclitaxel (PTX), termed as VAP-PLPC/siRNA NPs, were developed in this study. When targeted via somatostatin receptors to tumor cells, the VAP-PLPC/siRNA NPs could simultaneously delivery siVEGF and PTX into cells and achieve a synergistic inhibition of tumor growth. Interestingly, in vitro cell uptake and gene silencing experiments demonstrated that the targeted VAP-PLPC/siRNA NPs exhibited significant higher intracellular siRNA accumulation and VEGF downregulation in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells, compared to those of the non-targeted PEG-PLPC/siRNA NPs. More importantly, in vivo results further demonstrated that the targeted VAP-PLPC/siRNA NPs had significant stronger drug distribution in tumor tissues and tumor growth inhibition efficacy via receptor-mediated targeting delivery, accompany with an obvious inhibition of neovascularization induced by siVEGF silencing. These results suggested that the co-delivery of siRNA and paclitaxel via vapreotide-modified core-shell nanoparticles would be a promising approach for tumor targeted therapy.

  16. Construction and characterization of spherical Si solar cells combined with SiC electric power inverter

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    Oku, Takeo; Matsumoto, Taisuke; Hiramatsu, Kouichi; Yasuda, Masashi; Shimono, Akio; Takeda, Yoshikazu; Murozono, Mikio

    2015-02-01

    Spherical silicon (Si) photovoltaic solar cell systems combined with an electric power inverter using silicon carbide (SiC) field-effect transistor (FET) were constructed and characterized, which were compared with an ordinary Si-based converter. The SiC-FET devices were introduced in the direct current-alternating current (DC-AC) converter, which was connected with the solar panels. The spherical Si solar cells were used as the power sources, and the spherical Si panels are lighter and more flexible compared with the ordinary flat Si solar panels. Conversion efficiencies of the spherical Si solar cells were improved by using the SiC-FET.

  17. Detector production for the R3B Si-tracker

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    Borri, M.; Lemmon, R.; Thornhill, J.; Bate, R.; Chartier, M.; Clague, N.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Labiche, M.; Lindsay, S.; Nolan, P.; Pearce, F.; Powell, W.; Wells, D.

    2016-11-01

    R3B is a fixed target experiment which will study reactions with relativistic radioactive beams at FAIR. Its Si-tracker will surround the target volume and it will detect light charged-particles like protons. The detector technology in use consists of double-sided silicon strip sensors wire bonded to the custom made R3B-ASIC. The tracker allows for a maximum of two outer layers and one inner layer. This paper reports on the production of detectors necessary to build the minimum tracking configuration: one inner layer and one outer layer.

  18. Efficient Oncogene Silencing and Metastasis Inhibition via Systemic Delivery of siRNA

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    Li, Shyh-Dar; Chono, Sumio; Huang, Leaf

    2009-01-01

    The selective delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to metastatic tumors remains a challenging task. We have developed a nanoparticle (NP) formulation composed of siRNA, a carrier DNA, a polycationic peptide, and cationic liposomes. The NP was obtained by a self-assembling process, followed by surface modification with a polyethylene glycol (PEG)-conjugated ligand, anisamide. The NP was PEGylated and a ligand was presented to target sigma receptor–expressing murine melanoma cells, B16F10. The lung metastasis model was established by intravenous (IV) injection of the B16F10 cells into C57BL/6 mice. A mixture of siRNA against MDM2, c-myc, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) co-formulated in the targeted NP caused simultaneous silencing of each of the oncogenes in the metastatic nodules. Two consecutive IV injections of siRNA in the targeted NP significantly reduced the lung metastasis (~70–80%) at a relatively low dose (0.45 mg/kg), whereas free siRNA and the nontargeted NP showed little effect. This targeted NP formulation significantly prolonged the mean survival time of the animals by 30% as compared to the untreated controls. At the therapeutic dose, the targeted NP showed little local and systemic immunotoxicity and did not decrease the body weight or damage the major organs. PMID:18388916

  19. Efficient oncogene silencing and metastasis inhibition via systemic delivery of siRNA.

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    Li, Shyh-Dar; Chono, Sumio; Huang, Leaf

    2008-05-01

    The selective delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to metastatic tumors remains a challenging task. We have developed a nanoparticle (NP) formulation composed of siRNA, a carrier DNA, a polycationic peptide, and cationic liposomes. The NP was obtained by a self-assembling process, followed by surface modification with a polyethylene glycol (PEG)-conjugated ligand, anisamide. The NP was PEGylated and a ligand was presented to target sigma receptor-expressing murine melanoma cells, B16F10. The lung metastasis model was established by intravenous (i.v.) injection of the B16F10 cells into C57BL/6 mice. A mixture of siRNA against MDM2, c-myc, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) co-formulated in the targeted NP caused simultaneous silencing of each of the oncogenes in the metastatic nodules. Two consecutive i.v. injections of siRNA in the targeted NP significantly reduced the lung metastasis (approximately 70-80%) at a relatively low dose (0.45 mg/kg), whereas free siRNA and the nontargeted NP showed little effect. This targeted NP formulation significantly prolonged the mean survival time of the animals by 30% as compared to the untreated controls. At the therapeutic dose, the targeted NP showed little local and systemic immunotoxicity and did not decrease the body weight or damage the major organs.

  20. Abasic pivot substitution harnesses target specificity of RNA interference

    PubMed Central

    Lee, Hye-Sook; Seok, Heeyoung; Lee, Dong Ha; Ham, Juyoung; Lee, Wooje; Youm, Emilia Moonkyung; Yoo, Jin Seon; Lee, Yong-Seung; Jang, Eun-Sook; Chi, Sung Wook

    2015-01-01

    Gene silencing via RNA interference inadvertently represses hundreds of off-target transcripts. Because small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) can function as microRNAs, avoiding miRNA-like off-target repression is a major challenge. Functional miRNA–target interactions are known to pre-require transitional nucleation, base pairs from position 2 to the pivot (position 6). Here, by substituting nucleotide in pivot with abasic spacers, which prevent base pairing and alleviate steric hindrance, we eliminate miRNA-like off-target repression while preserving on-target activity at ∼80–100%. Specifically, miR-124 containing dSpacer pivot substitution (6pi) loses seed-mediated transcriptome-wide target interactions, repression activity and biological function, whereas other conventional modifications are ineffective. Application of 6pi allows PCSK9 siRNA to efficiently lower plasma cholesterol concentration in vivo, and abolish potentially deleterious off-target phenotypes. The smallest spacer, C3, also shows the same improvement in target specificity. Abasic pivot substitution serves as a general means to harness the specificity of siRNA experiments and therapeutic applications. PMID:26679372

  1. Target Neutron Skin Effect on Projectile Fragmentation

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    Laforest, R.; Ramakrishnan, E.; Rowland, D. J.; Winchester, E.; Delafield, R.; Guzman, S. J.; Yennello, S.

    1998-04-01

    Several experimental observables have concluded that projectile fragmentation occurs as a two step process, excitation followed by the sequential decay of the quasi-projectile. However, recent measurements [1] have shown that neutron rich fragments are emitted with smaller velocities than what is expected from the decay of the projectile. A direct breakup mechanism for projectile fragmentation was suggested to explain the data. This direct breakup component depends on the number of neutrons at the zone of contact between the target and the projectile. Experimental data from the reactions of ^28Si on ^112,124Sn targets at 50A MeV were used to study the effect of the neutron skin of the target on projectile fragmentation and on energy dissipation in peripheral collisions. The FAUST forward array was used to detect fragments in the angular range between 1.6 to 33.6 degrees. It is composed of 68 high resolution Si-Csi(Tl) telescopes that allows for isotope identification. It is seen that the neutron rich target yields more neutron rich fragments and a lower fragment multiplicity. This confirms the importance of the direct breakup component. Proton kinetic energy spectra were also different for the two targets. This experimental information can shed some light on the isospin dependence of the equation of state. [1] R. Charity et al., Phys. Rev. C52 (1995) 1.

  2. Flexible Solar Cells Using Doped Crystalline Si Film Prepared by Self-Biased Sputtering Solid Doping Source in SiCl4/H2 Microwave Plasma.

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    Hsieh, Ping-Yen; Lee, Chi-Young; Tai, Nyan-Hwa

    2016-02-01

    We developed an innovative approach of self-biased sputtering solid doping source process to synthesize doped crystalline Si film on flexible polyimide (PI) substrate via microwave-plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MWPECVD) using SiCl4/H2 mixture. In this process, P dopants or B dopants were introduced by sputtering the solid doping target through charged-ion bombardment in situ during high-density microwave plasma deposition. A strong correlation between the number of solid doping targets and the characteristics of doped Si films was investigated in detail. The results show that both P- and B-doped crystalline Si films possessed a dense columnar structure, and the crystallinity of these structures decreased with increasing the number of solid doping targets. The films also exhibited a high growth rate (>4.0 nm/s). Under optimal conditions, the maximum conductivity and corresponding carrier concentration were, respectively, 9.48 S/cm and 1.2 × 10(20) cm(-3) for P-doped Si film and 7.83 S/cm and 1.5 × 10(20) cm(-3) for B-doped Si film. Such high values indicate that the incorporation of dopant with high doping efficiency (around 40%) into the Si films was achieved regardless of solid doping sources used. Furthermore, a flexible crystalline Si film solar cell with substrate configuration was fabricated by using the structure of PI/Mo film/n-type Si film/i-type Si film/p-type Si film/ITO film/Al grid film. The best solar cell performance was obtained with an open-circuit voltage of 0.54 V, short-circuit current density of 19.18 mA/cm(2), fill factor of 0.65, and high energy conversion of 6.75%. According to the results of bending tests, the critical radius of curvature (RC) was 12.4 mm, and the loss of efficiency was less than 1% after the cyclic bending test for 100 cycles at RC, indicating superior flexibility and bending durability. These results represent important steps toward a low-cost approach to high-performance flexible crystalline Si film

  3. Flexible Solar Cells Using Doped Crystalline Si Film Prepared by Self-Biased Sputtering Solid Doping Source in SiCl4/H2 Microwave Plasma.

    PubMed

    Hsieh, Ping-Yen; Lee, Chi-Young; Tai, Nyan-Hwa

    2016-02-01

    We developed an innovative approach of self-biased sputtering solid doping source process to synthesize doped crystalline Si film on flexible polyimide (PI) substrate via microwave-plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MWPECVD) using SiCl4/H2 mixture. In this process, P dopants or B dopants were introduced by sputtering the solid doping target through charged-ion bombardment in situ during high-density microwave plasma deposition. A strong correlation between the number of solid doping targets and the characteristics of doped Si films was investigated in detail. The results show that both P- and B-doped crystalline Si films possessed a dense columnar structure, and the crystallinity of these structures decreased with increasing the number of solid doping targets. The films also exhibited a high growth rate (>4.0 nm/s). Under optimal conditions, the maximum conductivity and corresponding carrier concentration were, respectively, 9.48 S/cm and 1.2 × 10(20) cm(-3) for P-doped Si film and 7.83 S/cm and 1.5 × 10(20) cm(-3) for B-doped Si film. Such high values indicate that the incorporation of dopant with high doping efficiency (around 40%) into the Si films was achieved regardless of solid doping sources used. Furthermore, a flexible crystalline Si film solar cell with substrate configuration was fabricated by using the structure of PI/Mo film/n-type Si film/i-type Si film/p-type Si film/ITO film/Al grid film. The best solar cell performance was obtained with an open-circuit voltage of 0.54 V, short-circuit current density of 19.18 mA/cm(2), fill factor of 0.65, and high energy conversion of 6.75%. According to the results of bending tests, the critical radius of curvature (RC) was 12.4 mm, and the loss of efficiency was less than 1% after the cyclic bending test for 100 cycles at RC, indicating superior flexibility and bending durability. These results represent important steps toward a low-cost approach to high-performance flexible crystalline Si film

  4. Selective Growth of Nanocrystalline 3C-SiC Thin Films on Si

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    Beke, D.; Pongrácz, A.; Battistig, G.; Josepovits, K.; Pécz, B.

    2010-11-01

    Epitaxial formation of SiC nanocrystals has been investigated on single crystal silicon surfaces. A simple and cheap method using reactive annealing in CO has been developed and patented by our group (BME AFT and MTA MFA). By this technique epitaxial 3C-SiC nanocrystals can be grown at the Si side of a SiO2/Si interface without void formation at the SiC/Si interface. CO diffusion and SiC nanocrystal formation on different silicon based systems (SiO2/Si, Si3N4/3Si and SiO2/LPCVD poly-Si) after CO treatment at 105 Pa at elevated temperatures (T>1000° C) will be presented. By optimizing the annealing time a thin continuous nanocrystalline SiC layer has been formed. Applying a patterned Si3N4 capping layer as a barrier layer against CO diffusion, SiC nanocrystal formation at the Si3N4/Si interface is inhibited. We will present the selective growth of SiC nanocrystals using the before mentioned technique.

  5. Epigenome Editing of Potato by Grafting Using Transgenic Tobacco as siRNA Donor.

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    Kasai, Atsushi; Bai, Songling; Hojo, Hatsune; Harada, Takeo

    2016-01-01

    In plants, it is possible to induce heritable transcriptional gene silencing (TGS) via RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) using artificially synthesized small RNA (siRNA) homologous to the 5'-flanking region of the target gene. As the siRNA signal with a specific RNA determinant moves through plasmodesmata and sieve elements, we attempted to induce TGS of a transgene and an endogenous gene of potato (Solanum tuberosum) rootstock by grafting using siRNA produced in a tobacco (Nicotiana benthamiana) scion. Our results provide evidence that this system can induce TGS of target genes in tubers formed on potato rootstock. The TGS is maintained in the progeny tubers lacking the transported siRNAs. Our findings reveal that epigenome editing using mobile RNA has the potential to allow breeding of artificial sport cultivars in vegetative propagation crops. PMID:27564864

  6. Epigenome Editing of Potato by Grafting Using Transgenic Tobacco as siRNA Donor

    PubMed Central

    Hojo, Hatsune; Harada, Takeo

    2016-01-01

    In plants, it is possible to induce heritable transcriptional gene silencing (TGS) via RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) using artificially synthesized small RNA (siRNA) homologous to the 5'-flanking region of the target gene. As the siRNA signal with a specific RNA determinant moves through plasmodesmata and sieve elements, we attempted to induce TGS of a transgene and an endogenous gene of potato (Solanum