We attached the pathogen associated molecular pattern Kdo(2)-Lipid A (the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from Escherichia coli (E. coli)) to QDs by hydrophobic interactions to synthetically mimic the surface of E. coli. QD-LPS conjugates bind, are taken up and activate effectively macrophages in vitro and they have potent immunostimulatory activity in vivo.
Introducing ligand based hydrogen bond donors to increase the activity of a mononuclear Zn(II) complex for catalysing phosphate ester cleavage can be a more effective strategy than making the dinuclear analogue.
New Ru(II) arene complexes of formula [(η6-p-cym)Ru(N-N)(X)]2+ (where p-cym = para-cymene, N-N = 2,2'-bipyrimidine (bpm) or 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) and X = m/p-COOMe-Py, 1-4) were synthesised and characterized, including the molecular structure of complexes [(η6-p-cym)Ru(bpy)(m-COOMe-Py)]2+ (3) and [(η6-p-cym)Ru(bpy) (p-COOMe-Py)]2+ (4) by single-crystal… (More)
Manual grinding of CuCl(2), 2,2'-bipyridine and hydrophobic CdSe QDs creates a selective and fast turn-on fluorescence sensor for detection of nanogram quantities of solid cyanide salts by the naked-eye. Using a fluorescence detector this simple sensor detects 100 ppm of NaCN in sand.
The Pt(IV) complex cis,cis,trans-[Pt(NH3)2(Cl)2(O2CCH2CH2CO2H)2] is photoactivated by near infrared light (980 nm) using NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)@NaYF4 core-shell upconversion nanoparticles. Coupling of this cisplatin precursor with the biocompatible PEGylated phospholipid DSPE-PEG(2000)-NH2 affords a valuable approach to decorate the surface of the… (More)
NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)nanocrystals upconvert near infrared light (980 nm) into higher energy visible photons capable of effecting the photodissociation of the monodentate pyridyl ligand in cis-[Ru(bpy)2(py)2]Cl2: opening an opportunity for advancing the use of photoactivatable metal complexes in medicine and biology.
Fostered by the success of photodynamic therapy (PDT), the use of light to activate prodrugs is currently gaining momentum in bio-medical research. In principle, photoactivation allows to spatially and temporally control the biological effects of a prodrug, hence conferring selectivity to its action and reducing unwanted drawbacks. In the last few years,… (More)
We have found that the DNA cleaving activity of quantum dots and 1,10-phenanthroline-Cu(II) complex is significantly enhanced when they are combined.
Irradiation of CdSe-ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with visible light in the presence of [PtCl(4)(bpy)] (1) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) produced with high efficiency [PtCl(2)(bpy)] (2) by photoinduced electron transfer; a reaction and strategy which opens up new opportunities for cancer therapy.