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This paper proposes a new nanoscopic molecular movable gate-like functional hybrid system consisting of nanoscopic MCM-41-based material functionalized onto pore outlets with a saccharide derivative capable of interacting with boronic acid functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) acting as nanoscopic caps. The gating mechanism involves the reversible(More)
The effects of phosphate depletion on magnesium (Mg) homeostasis were evaluated in rats fed a diet containing 0.03% phosphorus for periods up to 8 wk. Plasma phosphorus fell significantly (P < 0.01) from 10.1+/-0.27 (SE) to 5.0+/-0.54 mg/100 ml within 1 day and continued to fall gradually to a level of 1.2+/-0.21 mg/100 ml by the end of the 8th wk. A(More)
The synthesis of new capped silica mesoporous nanoparticles for on-command delivery applications is described. The gate-like functional hybrid systems consisted of nanoscopic MCM-41-based materials functionalized on the pore outlets with different "saccharide" derivatives and a dye contained in the mesopores. A series of hydrolyzed starch products as(More)
Within nanotechnology, gold and silver nanostructures have unique physical, chemical, and electronic properties [1,2], which make them suitable for a number of applications. Moreover, biosynthetic methods are considered to be a safer alternative to conventional physicochemical procedures for both the environmental and biomedical applications, due to their(More)
Multidisciplinary research at the forefront of the field of hybrid materials has paved the way to the development of endless examples of smart devices. One appealing concept in this fertile field is related to the design of gated materials. These are constructed for finely tuning the delivery of chemical or biochemical species from voids of porous supports(More)
A study on the controlled release of vitamin B(2) in pure water from mesoporous silica-based materials containing a pH- and anion-controlled nano-supramolecular gate-like ensembles built up by anchoring suitable polyamines on the external surface is reported (solid S1). This solid contains the vitamin (the delivered molecule) onto the pores, whereas the(More)
Silica mesoporous supports (SMSs) have a large specific surface area and volume and are particularly exciting vehicles for delivery applications. Such container-like structures can be loaded with numerous different chemical substances, such as drugs and reporters. Gated systems also contain addressable functions at openings of voids, and cargo delivery can(More)