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Respiratory hazard assessment of combined exposure to complete gasoline exhaust and respirable volcanic ash in a multicellular human lung model at the air-liquid interface

Tomašeka, Ines ; J.Horwell, Claire ; Bisig, Christoph ; E.Damby, David ; Comte, Pierre ; Czerwinski, Jan ; Petri-Finkb, Alke ; J.D.Clift, Martin ; Drasler, Barbara ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Environmental Pollution, 2018, vol. 238, p. 977–987

Communities resident in urban areas located near active volcanoes can experience volcanic ash exposures during, and following, an eruption, in addition to sustained exposures to high concentrations of anthropogenic air pollutants (e.g., vehicle exhaust emissions). Inhalation of anthropogenic pollution is known to cause the onset of, or exacerbate, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. It...

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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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Assessment of lung cell toxicity of various gasoline engine exhausts using a versatile in vitro exposure system

Bisig, Christoph ; Comte, Pierre ; Güdel, Martin ; Czerwinski, Jan ; Mayer, Andreas ; Müller, Loretta ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Environmental Pollution, 2018, vol. 235, p. 263–271

Adverse effect studies of gasoline exhaust are scarce, even though gasoline direct injection (GDI) vehicles can emit a high number of particles. The aim of this study was to conduct an in vitro hazard assessment of different GDI exhausts using two different cell culture models mimicking the human airway. In addition to gasoline particle filters (GPF), the effects of two lubrication oils with...

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Biodistribution, clearance, and long‐term fate of clinically relevant nanomaterials

Bourquin, Joël ; Milosevic, Ana ; Hauser, Daniel ; Lehner, Roman ; Blank, Fabian ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Advanced Materials, 2018, p. -

Realization of the immense potential of nanomaterials for biomedical applications will require a thorough understanding of how they interact with cells, tissues, and organs. There is evidence that, depending on their physicochemical properties and subsequent interactions, nanomaterials are indeed taken up by cells. However, the subsequent release and/or intracellular degradation of the...

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Nanoparticle–cell interaction: a cell mechanics perspective

Septiadi, Dedy ; Crippa, Federica ; Moore, Thomas Lee ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: Advanced Materials, 2018, p. -

Progress in the field of nanoparticles has enabled the rapid development of multiple products and technologies; however, some nanoparticles can pose both a threat to the environment and human health. To enable their safe implementation, a comprehensive knowledge of nanoparticles and their biological interactions is needed. In vitro and in vivo toxicity tests have been considered the gold...

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Lock-in thermography as an analytical tool for magnetic nanoparticles: measuring heating power and magnetic fields

Monnier, Christophe A. ; Crippa, Federica ; Geers, Christoph ; Knapp, Evelyne ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Bonmarin, Mathias ; Lattuada, Marco ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2017, vol. 121, no. 48, p. 27164–27175

Magnetic nanoparticles and their ability to convert electromagnetic energy into heat are of explicit interest for various applications. However, precise quantification of their heating efficiency is not always upfront, and several parameters render comparative studies challenging. This paper describes the theory behind lock-in thermography, a new technique for quantifying the heating...

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In vitro approaches to assess the hazard of nanomaterials

Drasler, Barbara ; Sayre, Phil ; Steinhäuser, Klaus Günter ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: NanoImpact, 2017, vol. 8, no. Supplement C, p. 99–116

The rapid development of engineered nanomaterials demands for a fast and reliable assessment of their health hazard potential. A plethora of experimental approaches have been developed and are widely employed in conventional toxicological approaches. However, the specific properties of nanomaterials such as smaller size but larger surface area, and high catalytic reactivity and distinctive...

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Biodistribution of single and aggregated gold nanoparticles exposed to the human lung epithelial tissue barrier at the air-liquid interface

Durantie, Estelle ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; Delhaes, Flavien ; Balog, Sandor ; Septiadi, Dedy ; Bourquin, Joel ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 2017, vol. 14, p. 49

The lung represents the primary entry route for airborne particles into the human body. Most studies addressed possible adverse effects using single (nano)particles, but aerosolic nanoparticles (NPs) tend to aggregate and form structures of several hundreds nm in diameter, changing the physico-chemical properties and interaction with cells. Our aim was to investigate how aggregation might...

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Taylor dispersion of nanoparticles

Urban, Dominic A. ; Milosevic, Ana M. ; Crippa, Federica ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2017, vol. 19, no. 8, p. 287

The ability to detect and accurately characterize particles is required by many fields of nanotechnology, including materials science, nanotoxicology, and nanomedicine. Among the most relevant physicochemical properties of nanoparticles, size and the related surface-to-volume ratio are fundamental ones. Taylor dispersion combines three independent phenomena to determine particle size: optical...