Maria Strømme

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Moisture in microcrystalline cellulose may cause stability problems for moisture sensitive drugs. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of crystallinity and surface area on the uptake of moisture in cellulose powders. Powders of varying crystallinity were manufactured, and the uptake of moisture was investigated at different relative(More)
In this letter, we demonstrate a new principle for diagnostics based on DNA sequence detection using single-stranded oligonucleotide tagged magnetic nanobeads. The target DNA is recognized and volume-amplified to large coils by circularization of linear padlock probes through probe hybridization and ligation, followed by rolling circle amplification (RCA).(More)
The effects of mesoporous silica nano- (270 nm) and microparticles (2.5 microm) with surface areas above 500 m2/g were evaluated on human monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDC). Size- and concentration-dependent effects were seen where the smaller particles and lower concentrations affected MDDC to a minor degree compared to the larger particles and higher(More)
The susceptibility of Iα- and Iβ-dominated cellulose to TEMPO-mediated oxidation was studied in this work since the cellulose Iα-allomorph is generally considered to be thermodynamically less stable and therefore more reactive than the cellulose Iβ-allomorph. Highly crystalline Cladophora nanocellulose, which is dominated by the Iα-allomorph, was oxidized(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the present work was to perform the first in vitro evaluation of a new interfacial bond-promoting material-and-method concept for on-demand long term bacteria inhibition in dental restoration procedures. METHODS The bioactivity, mechanical bonding strength and photocatalytic bactericidal properties, induced by low dose ultraviolet-A(More)
Control of the global epidemic tuberculosis is severely hampered by the emergence of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains. Molecular methods offer a more rapid means of characterizing resistant strains than phenotypic drug susceptibility testing. We have developed a molecular method for detection of rifampicin-resistant M. tuberculosis based on(More)
The volume amplified magnetic nanobead detection assay [Strömberg, M., Göransson, J., Gunnarsson, K., Nilsson, M., Svedlindh, P., Strømme, M., 2008. Nano Letters 8, 816-821] was investigated with respect to bead size, bead surface coverage of probe oligonucleotides, bead concentration and rolling circle amplification (RCA) time, with the objective to(More)
We present the first implementation of a Blu-ray optical pickup unit (OPU) for the high-performance low-cost readout of a homogeneous assay in a multichamber microfluidic disc with a chamber thickness of 600 μm. The assay relies on optical measurements of the dynamics of magnetic nanobeads in an oscillating magnetic field applied along the light propagation(More)
We present a novel conducting polypyrrole-based composite material, obtained by polymerization of pyrrole in the presence of iron(III) chloride on a cellulose substrate derived from the environmentally polluting Cladophora sp. algae. The material, which was doped with chloride ions, was molded into paper sheets and characterized using scanning and(More)