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Over the past decade, solid-binding peptides (SBPs) have been used increasingly as molecular building blocks in nanobiotechnology. These peptides show selectivity and bind with high affinity to the surfaces of a diverse range of solid materials including metals, metal oxides, metal compounds, magnetic materials, semiconductors, carbon materials, polymers,(More)
An inorganic-binding peptide sequence with high affinity to silica-containing materials was fused to a glycoside hydrolase GH26 mannanase, ManA, from the extremely thermophilic bacterium Dictyoglomus thermophilum. The resulting recombinant enzyme produced in Escherichia coli, ManA-Linker, displayed high binding affinity towards synthetic zeolite while(More)
The treatment depth of existing photodynamic therapy (PDT) is limited because of the absorption of visible excitation light in biological tissue. It can be augmented by means of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) transforming deep-penetrating near-infrared (NIR) light to visible light, exciting PDT drugs. We report here a facile strategy to assemble such(More)
BACKGROUND Solid-binding peptides (SBPs) bind strongly to a diverse range of solid materials without the need for any chemical reactions. They have been used mainly for the functionalisation of nanomaterials but little is known about their use for the immobilisation of thermostable enzymes and their feasibility in industrial-scale biocatalysis. RESULTS A(More)
Soils contaminated with mercury (Hg) have proved expensive and logistically difficult to remediate. Research continues into finding suitable environmentally-friendly and efficient ways of achieving this end. Bioremediation is an option, which employs the strategies microorganisms have evolved to deal with Hg. One microbial strategy involves uptake and(More)
The detection of cytokines in body fluids, cells, tissues and organisms continues to attract considerable attention due to the importance of these key cell signalling molecules in biology and medicine. We report a graphene quantum dot (GQD) based aptasensor able to specifically detect ultra-small amounts of cytokine molecules intracellularly. Graphene(More)
The fluorescent protein KillerRed, a new type of biological photosensitizer, is considered as a promising substitute for current synthetic photosensitizes used in photodynamic therapy (PDT). However, broad application of this photosensitiser in treating deep-seated lesions is challenging due to the limited tissue penetration of the excitation light with the(More)
Luminescent lanthanide chelates have been used to label antibodies in time-gated luminescence (TGL) bioimaging. However, it is a challenging task to label directly an antibody with lanthanide-binding ligands and achieve control of the target ligand/protein ratios whilst ensuring that affinity and avidity of the antibody remain uncompromised. We report the(More)
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