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In the past decade, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have attracted more and more attention for their potential biomedical applications. With their tailored mesoporous structure and high surface area, MSNs as drug delivery systems (DDSs) show significant advantages over traditional drug nanocarriers. In this review, we overview the recent progress in(More)
The interaction between nanoparticles (NPs) and cells has been studied extensively, but the effect of particle shape on cell behavior has received little attention. Herein three different shaped monodisperse mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) of similar particle diameter, chemical composition and surface charge but with different aspect ratios (ARs, 1,(More)
In our previous study we reported that the interaction of nanoparticles with cells can be influenced by particle shape, but until now the effect of particle shape on in vivo behavior remained poorly understood. In the present study, we control the fabrication of fluorescent mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) by varying the concentration of reaction(More)
The concept that mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are regarded as ideal novel drug delivery carriers in tumor therapy has been introduced extensively, but the effects of MSNs on tumor growth have received little attention. Here a model of nude mice xenografted with human malignant melanoma cells (A375) was used to investigate the effect of MSNs on(More)
Nanosized semiconductor crystals can increase efficiency of photochemical reactions and greatly improve the catalytic activity of enzymes to generate novel photoelectrochemical systems. In this work, glucose oxidase (GOx)/zinc oxide (ZnO) is selected as a model system to assess the photovoltaic effect of semiconductor nanoparticles on the enzyme electrode.(More)
One of the most highlighted and fastest moving interfaces of nanotechnology is the application of quantum dots (QDs) in biology. The unparalleled advantages of the size-tunable fluorescent emission and the simultaneous excitation at a single wavelength make QDs the great possibility for use in optical encoding detection. In this paper, we report that green(More)
Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are emerging as one of the promising nanomaterials for biomedical applications, but the nanomaterials-body interaction exposed by different administration routes remained poorly understood. In the present study, a systematic investigation of the absorption, distribution, excretion and toxicity of silica nanoparticles(More)
Mesoporous hollow silica nanoparticles (MHSNs) are emerging as one of the new and promising nanomaterials for biomedical applications, but the biocompatibility of MHSNs in vivo has received little attention. In the present study, the systematic single and repeated dose toxicity, biodistribution and clearance of MHSNs in vivo were demonstrated after(More)
Low targeting efficiency is one of the biggest limitations for nanoparticulate drug delivery system-based cancer therapy. In this study, an efficient approach for tumor-targeted drug delivery was developed with mesenchymal stem cells as the targeting vehicle and a silica nanorattle as the drug carrier. A silica nanorattle-doxorubicin drug delivery system(More)