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In vitro biocompatibility of new silver(I) coordination compound coated-surfaces for dental implant applications

Brunetto, Priscilla S. ; Slenters, Tünde Vig ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Materials, 2011, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 355-367

Biofilm formation on implant materials causes a common problem: resistance to aggressive pharmacological agents as well as host defenses. Therefore, to reduce bacterial adhesion to implant surfaces we propose to use silver(I) coordination networks as it is known that silver is the most powerful antimicrobial inorganic agent. As a model surface, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold Au(111) was...

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Silver coordination polymers for prevention of implant infection: thiol interaction, impact on respiratory chain enzymes, and hydroxyl radical induction

Gordon, Oliver ; Slenters, Tünde Vig ; Brunetto, Priscilla S. ; Villaruz, Amer E. ; Sturdevant, Daniel E. ; Otto, Michael ; Landmann, Regine ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 2010, vol. 54, no. 10, p. 4208-4218

Prosthetic joint replacements are used increasingly to alleviate pain and improve mobility of the progressively older and more obese population. Implant infection occurs in about 5% of patients and entails significant morbidity and high social costs. It is most often caused by staphylococci, which are introduced perioperatively. They are a source of prolonged seeding and difficult to treat...

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Of chains and rings: synthetic strategies and theoretical investigations for tuning the structure of silver coordination compounds and their applications

Slenters, Tünde Vig ; Sagué, Jorge L. ; Brunetto, Priscilla S. ; Zuber, Stefanie ; Fleury, Antoine ; Mirolo, Laurent ; Robin, Adeline Y. ; Meuwly, Markus ; Gordon, Oliver ; Landmann, Regine ; Daniels, Alma U. ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Materials, 2010, vol. 3, no. 5, p. 3407-3429

Varying the polyethyleneglycol spacer between two (iso)-nicotinic groups of the ligand systems, a large structural variety of silver coordination compounds was obtained, starting with zero-dimensional ring systems, via one-dimensional chains, helices and double-helices to two-dimensional polycatenanes. Theoretical calculations help to understand their formation and allow predictions in some...

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Silver nanoparticle formation in different sizes induced by peptides identified within split-and-mix libraries

Belser, Kirsten ; Slenters, Tünde Vig ; Pfumbidzai, Conelious ; Upert, Grégory ; Mirolo, Laurent ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Wennemers, Helma

In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2009, vol. 48, no. 20, p. 3661-3664

Split-and-mix libraries are an excellent tool for the identification of peptides that induce the formation of Ag nanoparticles in the presence of either light or sodium ascorbate to reduce Ag+ ions. Structurally diverse peptides were detected in colorimetric on-bead screenings that generate Ag nanoparticles of different sizes, as confirmed by SEM and X-ray powder diffraction studies

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Silver coordination compounds as light-stable, nano-structured and anti-bacterial coatings for dental implant and restorative materials

Slenters, Tünde Vig ; Hauser-Gerspach, Irmgard ; Daniels, Alma U. ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2008, vol. 18, p. 5359-5362

Silver coordination polymer chains were deposited on Au(111) as a model surface, as well as on gold alloy and titanium as dental implant and restorative materials. The topography of the surface was analysed on the model substrate and it was found to be a nano-structured crystalline material. In vitro investigations in a flow chamber imitating the oral environment prove the anti-bacterial...