Ming-Qiang Zhu

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Short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have become a mainstream tool reliably used to study and silence protein expression. We offer a proof-of-principle demonstration that siRNAs may be modified into a siRNA-based molecular beacon that activates upon binding to sequence-specific mRNA in cells while mediating RNA interference. We successfully demonstrate detection(More)
Polymer nanoparticles of 40-400 nm diameter with spiropyran-merocyanine dyes incorporated into their hydrophobic cavities have been prepared; in contrast to their virtually nonfluorescent character in most environments, the merocyanine forms of the encapsulated dyes are highly fluorescent. Spiro-mero photoisomerization is reversible, allowing the(More)
In this paper, we report the use of lead sulfide quantum dot (PbS QD) bioconjugates as near infrared (NIR) contrast agents for targeted molecular imaging with expanded emission wavelengths beyond 1000 nm. The red-shifted emission band, coupled with the small particle size, which will facilitate clearance, both afford PbS QDs unique properties for(More)
Both photoswitchable fluorescent nanoparticles and photoactivatable fluorescent proteins have been used for super-resolution far-field imaging on the nanometer scale, but the photoactivating wavelength for such photochemical events generally falls in the near-UV (NUV) region (<420 nm), which is not preferred in cellular imaging. However, using two near-IR(More)
Thermosensitive gold nanoparticles were fabricated by conjugating Au with a thiol-terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) or PPA; this polymer stabilizer exhibits a temperature transition while undergoing a hydrophilic to hydrophobic transformation. The introduction of PPA onto gold nanoparticles has sensitized Au nanoparticles with unique temperature(More)
Quantum dots (QD) of a CdSe-ZnS core-shell structure are coated with silica spheres to improve their stability in biological buffers and biocompatibility in fluorescence imaging. We found that it was critical to transfer quantum dots from organic phase to aqueous phase before the silica shell growth process. As a result, high quality CdSe-ZnS-SiO2(More)
Eucommia ulmoides Oliver (EU) wood was successively treated by autohydrolysis and organosolv pretreatment integrated process. Autohydrolysis pretreatment facilitated xylooligosaccharides production, subsequent organosolv pretreatment to obtain high-purity lignin and digestible cellulose-rich residue. Results showed that the lignin fractions obtained(More)
Large-scale synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals or quantum dots (QDs) with high concentration and high yield through simultaneously increasing the precursor concentration was introduced. This synthetic route conducted in diesel has produced gram-scale CdSe semiconductor quantum dots (In optimal scale-up synthetic condition, the one-pot yield of QDs is(More)
The use of microwave irradiation to accelerate both inorganic and organic chemical reactions has attracted widespread attention. Generally, microwave-mediated synthesis of quantum dots (QDs) has been conducted in aqueous solution. Here, using commercial diesel and glycerol as reaction medium, a microwave-mediated nonaqueous method toward CdSe QDs with(More)