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Single exposure to aerosolized graphene oxide and graphene nanoplatelets did not initiate an acute biological response in a 3D human lung model

Drasler, Barbara ; Kucki, Melanie ; Delhaes, Flavien ; Buerki-Thurnherr, Tina ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Korejwo, Daria ; Chortare, Savvina ; Barosova, Hana ; Hirsch, Cordula ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Wick, Peter

In: Carbon, 2018, vol. 137, p. 125–135

The increased mass production of graphene related materials (GRM), intended for a broad spectrum of applications, demands a thorough assessment of their potential hazard to humans and the environment. Particularly, the paramount concern has been expressed in regard to their interaction with the respiratory system in occupational exposure settings. It has been shown that GRM are easily...

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Carbon nanodots: Opportunities and limitations to study their biodistribution at the human lung epithelial tissue barrier

Durantie, Estelle ; Barosova, Hana ; Drasler, Barbara ; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; Urban, Dominic A. ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Septiadi, Dedy ; Hirschi-Ackermann, Liliane ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Biointerphases, 2018, vol. 13, no. 6, p. 06D404

Inhalation of combustion-derived ultrafine particles (≤0.1 μm) has been found to be associated with pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. However, correlation of the physicochemical properties of carbon-based particles such as surface charge and agglomeration state with adverse health effects has not yet been established, mainly due to limitations related to the detection of carbon...

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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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Quantifying nanoparticle cellular uptake: which method is best?

Drasler, Barbara ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Nanomedicine, 2017, vol. 12, no. 10, p. 1095–1099

As the range of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) designed as specific carriers increases, for example for cell targeting and drug delivery, the question on how many NPs are interacting or are taken up by cells is becoming increasingly important for any potential biomedical application. On one hand, the delivered dose of such NPs to the targeted cells is a key parameter in the assessment of...

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A novel technique to determine the cell type specific response within an in vitro co-culture model via multi-colour flow cytometry

Clift, Martin J. D. ; Fytianos, Kleanthis ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Hočevar, Sandra ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Scientific Reports, 2017, vol. 7, no. 1, p. 434

Determination of the cell type specific response is essential towards understanding the cellular mechanisms associated with disease states as well as assessing cell-based targeting of effective therapeutic agents. Recently, there have been increased calls for advanced in vitro multi-cellular models that provide reliable and valuable tools correlative to in vivo. In this pursuit the ability to...

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Assumption-free morphological quantification of single anisotropic nanoparticles and aggregates

Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Rodríguez-Lorenzo, Laura ; Kinnear, Calum ; Durantie, Estelle ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Finka, Alke

In: Nanoscale, 2017, vol. 9, no. 15, p. 4918–4927

Characterizing the morphometric parameters of noble metal nanoparticles for sensing and catalysis is a persistent challenge due to their small size and complex shape. Herein, we present an approach to determine the volume, surface area, and curvature of non-symmetric anisotropic nanoparticles using electron tomography and design- based stereology without the use of segmentation tools or...

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Synthesis, characterization, antibacterial activity and cytotoxicity of hollow /TiO₂-coated CeO₂ nanocontainers encapsulating silver nanoparticles for controlled silver release

Gagnon, Jacinthe ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Widnersson, I. E. ; Abram, S.-L. ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Caruso, R. A. ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2016, vol. 4, no. 6, p. 1166–1174

Biomaterials as implants are being applied more extensively in medicine due to their on-going development and associated improvements, and the increase in human life expectancy. Nonetheless, biomaterial-related infections, as well as propagating bacterial resistance, remain significant issues. Therefore, there is a growing interest for silver-based drugs because of their efficient and broad-range...

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Formation of drug nanocrystals under nanoconfinement afforded by liposomes

Cipolla, D. ; Wu, H. ; Salentinig, S. ; Boyd, B. ; Rades, T. ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Eastman, S. ; Redelmeier, T. ; Gonda, I. ; Chan, H. K.

In: RSC Advances, 2016, vol. 6, no. 8, p. 6223–6233

Nanocrystals of drug substances have important therapeutic applications, but their preparation is often difficult due to size control in bottom up approaches, or energetic milling and surface activation in top down processing. In this study, confinement within liposome nanocompartments is demonstrated to enable drug crystallization with a high aspect ratio but limited growth resulting in...