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BACKGROUND The search for naturally occurring nanocomposites with diverse properties for tissue engineering has been a major interest for biomaterial research. In this study, we investigated a nanofiber and nanoparticle based nanocomposite secreted from an insect-capturing plant, the Sundew, for cell attachment. The adhesive nanocomposite has demonstrated(More)
This paper investigates the opening and closing mechanism for the Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). A mathematical model has been proposed to explain how the flytrap transitions between open, semi-closed, and closed states. The model accounts for the charge accumulation of action potentials, which generated by mechanical stimulation of the sensitive(More)
Immunodominance is a common phenomenon observed in multiple epitopes immune systems. Previous studies hypothesize that the competition among CD8+ T cell responses against different epitopes can be used to explain immunodominance. This paper proposes a mathematical model that describes the dynamics of CD8+ T cells primed by antigen-presenting dendritic cells(More)
Yunnan Baiyao is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine that has been used to treat wounds for over 100 years. Here, we use Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to determine nano-scale structures of the Yunnan Baiyao. AFM images revealed uniform nanofibers present in relatively high abundance in a solution of this medicine. Fibers were typically 25.1 nm in diameter(More)
BACKGROUND Over the last decade safety concerns have arisen about the use of metal-based nanoparticles in the cosmetics field. Metal-based nanoparticles have been linked to both environmental and animal toxicity in a variety of studies. Perhaps the greatest concern involves the large amounts of TiO2 nanoparticles that are used in commercial sunscreens. As(More)
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) escape mutation is associated with long-term behaviors of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Recent studies indicate heterogeneous behaviors of reversible and conservative mutants while the selection pressure changes. The purpose of this study is to optimize the selection pressure to minimize the long-term virus load.(More)
Though much research has been conducted for nanoparticles, naturally occurring nanoparticles have not yet been well explored for their diverse properties and potential applications. This paper reports the optical absorption and scattering properties of nanoparticles secreted by English ivy. Both experimental and theoretical studies have been conducted.(More)
English ivy (Hedera helix) is well known for its ability to climb onto and strongly adhere to a variety of solid substrates. It has been discovered that the ivy aerial rootlet secretes an adhesive composed of polysaccharide and spherical nanoparticles. This study aims to characterize the mechanical properties of the nanocomposite adhesive using atomic force(More)
Many health benefits have been associated with tea consumption. In an effort to elucidate the source of these health benefits, numerous phytochemicals have been extracted from tea infusions, some of which have demonstrated promise as clinical therapeutics for cancer therapy. Considering the advantageous properties of organic nanoparticles, the purpose of(More)
Bio-inspiration for novel adhesive development has drawn increasing interest in recent years with the discovery of the nanoscale morphology of the gecko footpad and mussel adhesive proteins. Similar to these animal systems, it was discovered that English ivy (Hedera helix L.) secretes a high strength adhesive containing uniform nanoparticles. Recent studies(More)