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Single exposure to aerosolized graphene oxide and graphene nanoplatelets did not initiate an acute biological response in a 3D human lung model

Drasler, Barbara ; Kucki, Melanie ; Delhaes, Flavien ; Buerki-Thurnherr, Tina ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Korejwo, Daria ; Chortare, Savvina ; Barosova, Hana ; Hirsch, Cordula ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Wick, Peter

In: Carbon, 2018, vol. 137, p. 125–135

The increased mass production of graphene related materials (GRM), intended for a broad spectrum of applications, demands a thorough assessment of their potential hazard to humans and the environment. Particularly, the paramount concern has been expressed in regard to their interaction with the respiratory system in occupational exposure settings. It has been shown that GRM are easily...

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A rational and iterative process for targeted nanoparticle design and validation

Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; D.Rafiee, Sarah ; Reis, Corine ; Milosevic, Ana ; L.Moore, Thomas ; Balog, Sandor ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Ruegg, Curzio ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 2018, vol. 171, p. 579–589

The lack of understanding of fundamental nano-bio interactions, and difficulties in designing particles stable in complex biological environments are major limitations to their translation into biomedical clinical applications. Here we present a multi- parametric approach to fully characterize targeted nanoparticles, and emphasizes the significant effect that each detail in the synthetic...

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Mimicking the chemistry of natural eumelanin synthesis: the ke sequence in polypeptides and in proteins allows for a specific control of nanosized functional polydopamine formation

Bergtold, Camille ; Hauser, Daniel ; Alain Chaumont ; El Yakhlifi, Salima ; Mateescu, Mihaela ; Meyer, Florent ; Metz-Boutigue, Marie-Hélène ; Benoît Frisch ; Schaaf, Pierre ; Ihiawakrim, Dris ; Ersen, Ovidiu ; Monnier, Christophe A. ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Ball, Vincent

In: Biomacromolecules, 2018, vol. 19, no. 9, p. 3693–3704

The oxidation of dopamine and of other catecholamines leads to the formation of conformal films on the surface of all known materials and to the formation of a precipitate in solution. In some cases, it has been shown that the addition of additives in the dopamine solution, like certain surfactants or polymers, polyelectrolytes, and certain proteins, allows to get polydopamine nanoparticles...

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Carbon nanodots: Opportunities and limitations to study their biodistribution at the human lung epithelial tissue barrier

Durantie, Estelle ; Barosova, Hana ; Drasler, Barbara ; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; Urban, Dominic A. ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Septiadi, Dedy ; Hirschi-Ackermann, Liliane ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Biointerphases, 2018, vol. 13, no. 6, p. 06D404

Inhalation of combustion-derived ultrafine particles (≤0.1 μm) has been found to be associated with pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. However, correlation of the physicochemical properties of carbon-based particles such as surface charge and agglomeration state with adverse health effects has not yet been established, mainly due to limitations related to the detection of carbon...

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Distribution of polymer-coated gold nanoparticles in a 3D lung model and indication of apoptosis after repeated exposure

Chortarea, Savvina ; Fytianos, Kleanthis ; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Nanomedicine, 2018, vol. 13, no. 10, p. 1169–1185

Aim: The distribution and impact of aerosol-delivered gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) functionalized with a mixture of aminated-polyvinyl alcohol and amino-PEG ([polyvinyl alcohol/PEG]-NH2) upon repeated administration onto a 3D lung model were explored. Materials & methods: AuNPs were aerosolized and uptake and epithelial translocation was assessed by inductively coupled plasma optical-emission ...

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Biological response of an in vitro human 3D lung cell model exposed to brake wear debris varies based on brake pad formulation

Barosova, Hana ; Chortarea, Savvina ; Peikertova, Pavlina ; J. D. Clift, Martin ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Kukutschova, Jana ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Archives of Toxicology, 2018, vol. 92, no. 7, p. 2339–2351

Wear particles from automotive friction brake pads of various sizes, morphology, and chemical composition are significant contributors towards particulate matter. Knowledge concerning the potential adverse effects following inhalation exposure to brake wear debris is limited. Our aim was, therefore, to generate brake wear particles released from commercial low-metallic and non-asbestos organic...

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A novel sample holder for 4D live cell imaging to study cellular dynamics in complex 3D tissue cultures

Septiadi, Dedy ; Bourquin, Joel ; Durantie, Estelle ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Scientific Reports, 2018, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 9861

Three dimensional (3D) co-cultures to mimic cellular dynamics have brought significant impacts in tissue engineering approaches for biomedical research. Herein, we present a novel sample holder combined with time-lapse fluorescence imaging technique, referred as 4D live cell imaging, allowing direct visualization of various cells up to 24 hours. We further extended our approach to monitor...

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Taylor dispersion of inorganic nanoparticles and comparison to dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy

A.Urban, Dominic ; M.Milosevic, Ana ; Bossert, David ; Crippa, Federica ; L.Moore, Thomas ; Geers, Christoph ; Balog, Sandor ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: Colloid and Interface Science Communications, 2018, vol. 22, p. 29–33

Taylor dispersion analysis (TDA) is an analytical method that has so far mainly been utilized to determine the diffusion coefficient of small molecules, and proteins. Due to increasing interest in nanoscience, some research has been done on the applicability of TDA towards characterizing nanoparticles. This work aims to expand this knowledge and give insight into the range for which TDA can...

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Probing nano-scale viscoelastic response in air and in liquid with dynamic atomic force microscopy

Crippa, Federica ; Thorén, Per-Anders ; Forchheimer, Daniel ; Borgani, Riccardo ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Haviland, David B.

In: Soft Matter, 2018, vol. 14, no. 19, p. 3998–4006

We perform a comparative study of dynamic force measurements using an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) on the same soft polymer blend samples in both air and liquid environments. Our quantitative analysis starts with calibration of the same cantilever in both environments. Intermodulation AFM (ImAFM) is used to measure dynamic force quadratures on the same sample. We validate the accuracy of the...

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Hypothesis test of the photon count distribution for dust discrimination in dynamic light scattering

Bossert, David ; Crippa, Federica ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Balog, Sandor

In: Analytical Chemistry, 2018, vol. 90, no. 6, p. 3656–3660

Users of dynamic light scattering (DLS) are challenged when a sample of nanoparticles (NPs) contains dust. This is a frequently inevitable scenario and a major problem that critically affects the reproducibility and accuracy of DLS measurements. Current methods approach this problem via photon correlation spectroscopy, but remedy exists only for a few special cases. We introduce here a...