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The precise biologic mechanisms involved in functional recovery processes in response to stroke such as dopaminergic neurotransmission are still largely unknown. For this purpose, we performed in parallel in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography (PET) with [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([(18)F]FDG) and [(11)C]raclopride at 1, 3, 7,(More)
Responsive polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) of poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) and poly(styrene sodium sulfonate) (PSS) with thicknesses between 350 and 400 nm for 11 deposited polyelectrolyte layers were fabricated assembling the polyelectrolytes at 3 M NaCl. When the 3 M NaCl bulk solution is replaced by water, the PEMs release water,(More)
The zeta-potential of PSS/PAH and PSS/PDADMAC coated silica particles was studied in the presence of ClO4(-) and H2PO4(-) salts. In the presence of ClO4(-), layer-by-layer (LbL) coated silica particles with PDADMAC as the top layer show a reversal in the surface charge with increasing salt concentration but remain positive in phosphate solutions. LbL(More)
Carbon Nanotubes have been functionalized with a layer of poly (sulfopropyl methacrylate) synthesized from silane initiators attached to the walls of the Carbon nanotubes. On top of the poly sulfo propyl methacrylate, lipid vesicles composed of 75% 1,2-Dioleoyl-sn-Glycero-3-Phosphocholine and 25% 1,2-Dioleoyl-sn-Glycero-3-[Phospho-L-Serine] were assembled.(More)
Silver nanoparticles have been functionalized in situ with the electrically conducting polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) via colloidal synthesis. The formation of the functionalized silver nanoparticles, hereafter designated Ag(PEDOT:PSS), was confirmed by the appearance of the characteristic plasmon absorption(More)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been successfully coated with a covalently bonded polymer brush of negatively charged poly(3-sulfopropylamino methacrylate) (PSPM) by in situ polymerization employing atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from initiating silanes attached to the CNTs before the polymerization. The CNT-bonded brush forms a polymer layer or(More)
The thickness of a poly(sulfo propyl methacrylate) (PSPM) brush is determined by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging as a function of the loading force at different ionic strengths, ranging from Milli-Q water to 1 M NaCl. Imaging is performed both with a sharp tip and a colloidal probe. The brush thickness strongly depends both on the applied load and on(More)
This feature article deals with the self assembly and physical chemistry of polyelectrolytes: multilayers and brushes. The article highlights the interesting behavior of polyelectrolytes in nanoscale assemblies, giving more insight into the complexity of the formation of the assemblies. The water content of multilayers and brushes is studied during the(More)
The layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) and poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) on poly(sulfo propyl methacrylate) brushes resulted in films with nanometer- and micrometer-sized holes and ledges, observed by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Polyelectrolyte assembly was followed by the quartz(More)
In this work we have analyzed the expression levels of the main aquaporins (AQPs) expressed in human lens epithelial cells (HLECs) using 112 samples from patients treated with cataract surgery and 36 samples from individuals treated with refractive surgery, with transparent lenses as controls. Aquaporin-1 (AQP1) is the main AQP, representing 64.1% of total(More)