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Human epithelial cells in vitro – Are they an advantageous tool to help understand the nanomaterial-biological barrier interaction?

Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Clift, Martin J.D. ; Jud, Corinne ; Fink, Alke ; Wick, Peter

In: Euro Nanotox Letters, 2012, vol. 4, no. 01, p. 1-20

The human body can be exposed to nanomaterials through a variety of different routes. As nanomaterials get in contact with the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, and the respiratory tract, these biological compartments are acting as barriers to the passage of nano-sized materials into the organism. These structural and functional barriers are provided by the epithelia serving as an interface...

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Spatial SPION localization in liposome membranes

Bonnaud, Cécile ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Demurtas, Davide ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 2012, vol. 49, no. 1, p. 166-171

Nanocarriers, including liposomes, offer great opportunities for targeted and controlled therapy. The development in this field has led to a large panel of drug delivery systems, which can be classified into 3 different nanovector generations. However, the success of such smart materials requires the control of a large variety of properties and parameters. Unfortunately, characterization at the...

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Nanoparticles and cells: an interdisciplinary approach

Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Chimia, 2012, vol. 66, no. 3, p. 104-109

In this article we present an overview of some of our research in the field of nanoscience. By combining two different scientific backgrounds (chemistry and biology), we investigate nanoparticle-cell interactions from different angles. This requires an interdisciplinary approach involving material synthesis and characterization, cell biology (biochemistry) and microscopy. In particular, we...

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Influence of serum supplemented cell culture medium on colloidal stability of polymer coated iron oxide and polystyrene nanoparticles with impact on cell interactions in vitro

Hirsch, Vera ; Salaklang, Jatuporn ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 2012, vol. 49, no. 1, p. 402-407

When nanoparticles interact with cells, the possible cellular responses to the particles depend on an array of parameters, in both particle and biological aspects. On the one hand, the physicochemical properties of the particles (e.g., material, size, shape, and surface charge) are known to play a key role in particle-cell interactions. On the other hand, it has been shown that prior to coming...

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Cellular uptake and toxic effects of fine and ultrafine metal-sulfate particles in human A549 lung epithelial cells

Könczöl, Mathias ; Goldenberg, Ella ; Ebeling, Sandra ; Schäfer, Bianca ; Garcia-Käufer, Manuel ; Gminski, Richard ; Grobéty, Bernard ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Merfort, Irmgard ; Giere, Reto ; Mersch-Sundermann, Volker

In: Chemical Research in Toxicology, 2012, p. -

Ambient airborne particulate matter is known to cause various adverse health effects in humans. In a recent study on the environmental impacts of coal and tire combustion in a thermal power station fine crystals of PbSO4 (anglesite), ZnSO4•H2O (gunningite), and CaSO4 (anhydrite) were identified in the stack emissions. Here, we have studied the toxic potential of these sulfate phases as...

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Amino covalent binding approach on iron oxide nanoparticle surface: toward biological applications

Griffete, Nébéwia ; Clift, Martin J.D. ; Lamouri, Aazdine ; Digigow, Reinaldo G. ; Mihut, Adriana M. ; Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Dietsch, Hervé

In: Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2012, p. -

We report on the synthesis and the surface modification of different types of magnetic iron oxide particles by developing an original process based on diazonium salts chemistry. Particles were first coated with amino groups and then subjected to polyethylene glycol (PEG) surface modification. They were subsequently characterized by Transmission electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy,...

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cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of size-fractionated iron oxide (magnetite) in a549 human lung epithelial cells: role of ROS, JNK, and NF-κB

Könczöl, Mathias ; Ebeling, Sandra ; Goldenberg, Ella ; Treude, Fabian ; Gminski, Richard ; Gieré, Reto ; Grobéty, Bernard ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Merfort, Irmgard ; Mersch-Sundermann, Volker

In: Chemical Research in Toxycology, 2011, vol. 24, no. 9, p. 1460–1475

Airborne particulate matter (PM) of varying size and composition is known to cause health problems in humans. The iron oxide Fe₃O₄ (magnetite) may be a major anthropogenic component in ambient PM and is derived mainly from industrial sources. In the present study, we have investigated the effects of four different size fractions of magnetite on signaling pathways, free radical generation,...

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Investigating the interaction of cellulose nanofibers derived from cotton with a sophisticated 3D human lung cell coculture

Clift, Martin J. D. ; Foster, E. Johan ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Studer, Daniel ; Wick, Peter ; Gehr, Peter ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Weder, Christoph

In: Biomacromolecules, 2011, vol. 12, no. 10, p. 3666–3673

Cellulose nanofibers are an attractive component of a broad range of nanomaterials. Their intriguing mechanical properties and low cost, as well as the renewable nature of cellulose make them an appealing alternative to carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which may pose a considerable health risk when inhaled. Little is known, however, concerning the potential toxicity of aerosolized cellulose nanofibers....

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Biomedical nanoparticles modulate specific CD4+ T cell stimulation by inhibition of antigen processing in dendritic cells

Blank, Fabian ; Gerber, Peter ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Sakulkhu, Usawadee ; Salaklang, Jatuporn ; Peyer, Karin De ; Gehr, Peter ; Nicod, Laurent P. ; Hofmann, Heinrich ; Geiser, Thomas ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Garnier, Christophe Von

In: Nanotoxicology, 2011, p. -

Understanding how nanoparticles may affect immune responses is an essential prerequisite to developing novel clinical applications. To investigate nanoparticle-dependent outcomes on immune responses, dendritic cells (DCs) were treated with model biomedical poly(vinylalcohol)-coated super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (PVA-SPIONs). PVA-SPIONs uptake by human monocyte-derived DCs (MDDCs)...