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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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Human asthmatic bronchial cells are more susceptible to subchronic repeated exposures of aerosolized carbon nanotubes at occupationally relevant doses than healthy cells

Chortarea, Savvina ; Barosova, Hana ; Clift, Martin James David ; Wick, Peter ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: ACS Nano, 2017, p. -

Although acute pulmonary toxicity of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has been extensively investigated, the knowledge of potential health effects following chronic occupational exposure is currently limited and based only upon in vivo approaches. Our aim was to realistically mimic subchronic inhalation of multiwalled CNTs (MWCNTs) in vitro, using the air–liquid interface cell exposure (ALICE)...

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Aerosol delivery of functionalized gold nanoparticles target and activate dendritic cells in a 3D lung cellular model

Fytianos, Kleanthis ; Chortarea, Savvina ; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; Blank, Fabian ; Garnier, Christophe von ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, and Barbara

In: ACS Nano, 2017, vol. 11, no. 1, p. 375–383

Nanocarrier design combined with pulmonary drug delivery holds great promise for the treatment of respiratory tract disorders. In particular, targeting of dendritic cells that are key immune cells to enhance or suppress an immune response in the lung is a promising approach for the treatment of allergic diseases. Fluorescently encoded poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-coated gold nanoparticles,...