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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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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...