Jian-Cheng Jin

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The pH-dependent photoluminescence (PL) behavior of carbon nanodots (C-dots) and its mechanism has been exhaustively studied in this work. The PL and UV-vis absorption spectra are reversible in the pH between 3 and 13. We speculate that two kinds of reactions (fast and slow) occurring at the surface of C-dots may contribute to this pH-dependent PL behavior.(More)
The toxicity of CdTe QDs with nearly identical maximum emission wavelength but modified with four different ligands (MPA, NAC, GSH and dBSA) to HEK293 and HeLa cells were investigated using flow cytometry, spectroscopic and microscopic methods. The results showed that the cytotoxicity of QDs increased in a dose- and time-dependent manner. No appreciable(More)
Mitochondria were isolated from the hybrid rice Xiangzaoxian 31, then the effects of low and high concentrations of Ce (Ш) on metabolism of mitochondria fed by pyruvate were investigated respectively, by microcalorimetry and oxygen electrode method The thermogenic curve of mitochondria without Ce (Ш) could be divided into three parts: activity recovery(More)
Gadolinium-based compounds are the most widely used paramagnetic contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging on the world. But the tricationic gadolinium ion (Gd(3+)) could induce cell apoptosis probably because of its effects on mitochondria. Until now, the mechanism about how Gd(3+) interacts with mitochondria is not well elucidated. In this work,(More)
Quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly applied in sensing, drug delivery, biomedical imaging, electronics industries, etc. Consequently, it is urgently required to examine their potential threat to humans and the environment. In the present work, the toxicity of CdTe QDs with nearly identical maximum emission wavelength but modified with two different ligands(More)
Mitochondria play an important role in plant growth and development, cooperating with the endoplasmic reticulum and nucleus. Gadolinium, one of the rare earth elements, is an inhibitor of stretch-activated calcium channels located on the endoplasmic reticulum and plasma membrane and has no effect on nuclear calcium variation in plant cells. We analyzed the(More)
As noble metal nanoclusters (NCs) are widely employed in nanotechnology, their potential threats to human and environment are relatively less understood. Herein, the biological effects of ultra-small silver NCs coated by bovine serum albumin (BSA) (Ag-BSA NCs) on isolated rat liver mitochondria were investigated by testing mitochondrial swelling, membrane(More)
Silver materials have been widely used as antimicrobial agents. Notably, silver nanoparticles have emerged as a new generation of nanoproducts for biomedical and environmental applications in recent years. However, ultrasmall silver nanoclusters (NCs) (∼2 nm) have rarely been used to kill bacteria and their antibacterial mechanisms have not yet been fully(More)
Carbon nanodots (C-dots) have attracted great attention as a new class of luminescent nanomaterials due to their superior physical and chemical properties. In order to better understand the basic behavior of C-dots in biological systems, a series of photophysical measurements were applied to study the interactions of C-dots with human serum albumin (HSA)(More)
The interactions between quantum dots (QDs) and biological systems have attracted increasing attention due to concerns on possible toxicity of the nanoscale materials. The biological effects of CdSe QDs and CdSe/ZnS QDs with nearly identical hydrodynamic size on Saccharomyces cerevisiae were investigated via microcalorimetric, spectroscopic and microscopic(More)