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An organophosphorus (OP) pesticide sensor was fabricated by applying a pH-sensitive polymer coating and organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) enzyme onto the surface of a magnetoelastic sensor, the magnetic analogue of the better-known surface acoustic wave sensor. Organophosphorus hydrolase catalyses the hydrolysis of a wide range of organophosphorus compounds,… (More)
Early cancer detection is a major factor in the reduction of mortality and cancer management cost. Here we developed a smart and targeted micelle-based contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), able to turn on its imaging capability in the presence of acidic cancer tissues. This smart contrast agent consists of pH-sensitive polymeric micelles… (More)
The isolation of lipid-rich autochthonous strains of microalgae is a crucial stage for the development of a microalgae-based biofuel production plant, as these microalgae already have the necessary adaptations to withstand competition, predation and the temperatures observed at each production site. This is particularly important in extreme climates such as… (More)
Four lipid-rich microalgal species from the Red Sea belonging to three different genera (Nannochloris, Picochlorum and Desmochloris), previously isolated as novel biodiesel feedstocks, were bioprospected for high-value, bioactive molecules. Methanol extracts were thus prepared from freeze-dried biomass and screened for different biological activities.… (More)
A key requirement of an autonomous self-replicating molecular machine, a protocell, is the ability to digest resources and turn them into building blocks. Thus a protocell needs a set of metabolic processes fueled by external free energy in the form of available chemical redox potential or light. We introduce and investigate a minimal photodriven metabolic… (More)
Conventionally, embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are cultured on gelatin or over a mitotically inactivated monolayer of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFsi). Considering the lack of versatile, non-animal-derived and inexpensive materials for that purpose, we aimed to find a biomaterial able to support ESC growth in a pluripotent state that avoids the need for… (More)
Target-specific polymeric micelles loaded with fluorescence dye molecules in their hydrophobic cores were made from block copolymer of poly(caprolactones)23-b-poly(ethylene oxide)45. It was found that the micelles are stable against pH changes from pH 2 to 12 and temperature variation up to 65 degrees C. The dye molecules can be released to the solution on… (More)
A regioregular copolymer of 3-hexylthiophene and 3-(6-hydroxyhex-1-yl)thiophene has been functionalised with biotin hydrazide; binding of avidin to the biotin moieties causes drastic changes to the absorption spectrum of the polymer in solution, and to the electrochemistry and conductivity of the polymer in thin films.
The regioselective monobenzyloxycarbonylation of secondary alcohols in methyl 6-O-(4-methoxytrityl)-alpha-D-manno-, gluco- and galactopyranoside has been achieved in high yields (74-85%) by using benzyl chloroformate in the presence of 4-dimethylaminopyridine and/or 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane.
Detection of disease at an early stage is one of the biggest challenges in medicine. Different disciplines of science are working together in this regard. The goal of nanodiagnostics is to provide more accurate tools for earlier diagnosis, to reduce cost and to simplify healthcare delivery of effective and personalized medicine, especially with regard to… (More)