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Alpha-particle irradiation of cells damages not only the irradiated cells but also nontargeted bystander cells. It has been proposed that the bystander effect is caused by oxidants and free radicals generated by the radiation. Recent studies have shown that α(1)-microglobulin protects against cell damage caused by oxidants and free radicals. Using a novel(More)
The organization of human telomeric DNA is of intense interest because of its role in aging, cancer research and bioanalytical applications. The Htelom sequence 5'-G(3)(T(2)AG(3))(3)-3' has been use to prepare two pyrene-modified fluorescence probes with three- and six-carbon linkers: Py-Htelom-Py(C3) and Py-Htelom-Py(C6), respectively. Results of the(More)
The ability to self-assemble nanosized ligand-stabilized metal oxide or semiconductor materials offers an intriguing route to engineer nanomaterials with new tailored properties from the disparate components. We describe a novel one-pot two-step organometallic approach to prepare ZnO nanocrystals (NCs) coated with deprotonated 4-(dodecyloxy)benzoic acid(More)
There is growing interest in nanostructures interacting with living organisms. However, there are still no general rules for the design of biocompatible nanodevices. Here, we present a step towards understanding the interactions between nanostructures and living cells. We study the influence of nanomechanical stress induced by zinc oxide (ZnO)(More)
Robust detection of bacteria can significantly reduce risks of nosocomial infections, which are a serious problem even in developed countries (4.1 million cases each year in Europe). Here we demonstrate utilization of novel multifunctional bioconjugates as specific probes for bacteria detection. Bifunctional magnetic-fluorescent microparticles are coupled(More)
Controlled patterning and formation of nanostructures on surfaces based on self-assembly is a promising area in the field of ''bottom-up'' nanoma-terial engineering. We report formation of net-like structures of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) in a matrix of liquid crystalline amphiphile 4 0-n-octyl-4-cyanobi-phenyl at the air–water interface. After initial(More)
A facile coprecipitation reaction between Ce(3+), Gd(3+), Tb(3+), and F(-) ions, in the presence of glycerine as a capping agent, led to the formation of ultrafine, nanocrystalline CeF3:Tb(3+) 5%, Gd(3+) 5% (LnF3). The as-prepared fluoride nanoparticles were successfully coated with an amine modified silica shell. Subsequently, the obtained LnF3@SiO2@NH2(More)
Aggregation in Langmuir films is usually understood as being a disorderly grouping of molecules turning into chaotic three-dimensional aggregates and is considered an unwanted phenomenon causing irreversible changes. In this work we present the studies of 11 compounds from the group of specific surfactants, known as bolaamphiphiles, that exhibit reversible(More)
We report on the interactions between a 21-mer quadruplex-forming oligonucleotide bearing human telomere sequence of dG(3)(T(2)AG(3))(3) (G4 DNA) and a positively charged dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) monolayer at the air-aqueous interface, studied by surface film balance measurements. In the presence of G4 DNA, the π-A isotherm of the(More)
A new possibility for the formation of macroscopic and photoactive structures from zinc oxide nanocrystals is described. Photoactive freely suspended and free-standing films of macroscopic area (up to few square millimeters) and submicrometer thickness (up to several hundreds of nanometers) composed of carboxylate ligand-coated zinc oxide nanocrystallites(More)