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The nuclear lamina is a network of structural filaments, the A and B type lamins, located at the nuclear envelope and throughout the nucleus. Lamin filaments provide the nucleus with mechanical stability and support many basic activities, including gene regulation. Mutations in LMNA, the gene encoding A type lamins, cause numerous human diseases, including(More)
The ability of globular actin to form filaments and higher-order network structures of the cytoskeleton is essential for cells to maintain their shape and perform essential functions such as force generation, motility, and division. Alterations of actin structures can dramatically change a cell's ability to function. We found that purified and dispersed(More)
Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) possess many unique, inherent properties that make them attractive materials for application in medical and biological technologies. Development of concentrated SWCNT dispersions of isolated nanotubes that retain SWCNTs' inherent properties with minimal negative cellular effects is essential to fully realize the(More)
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have great potential for cell-based therapies due to their unique intrinsic optical and physical characteristics. Consequently, broad classes of dispersants have been identified that individually suspend SWCNTs in water and cell media in addition to reducing nanotube toxicity to cells. Unambiguous control and(More)
Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been dispersed with proteins to increase biocompatibility and specificity, but examinations of dispersion parameters on functional cellular uptake are required for utilization of SWCNTs in biological applications. Here we correlate conditions of SWCNT dispersion with various proteins to uptake these SWCNTs in(More)
Lightweight materials that are both highly compressible and resilient under large cyclic strains can be used in a variety of applications. Carbon nanotubes offer a combination of elasticity, mechanical resilience and low density, and these properties have been exploited in nanotube-based foams and aerogels. However, all nanotube-based foams and aerogels(More)
BACKGROUND Carbon nanotubes are increasingly being tested for use in cellular applications. Determining the mode of entry is essential to control and regulate specific interactions with cells, to understand toxicological effects of nanotubes, and to develop nanotube-based cellular technologies. We investigated cellular uptake of Pluronic(More)
The excellent properties of transistors, wires and sensors made from single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) make them promising candidates for use in advanced nanoelectronic systems. Gas-phase growth procedures such as the high-pressure decomposition of carbon monoxide (HiPCO) method yield large quantities of small-diameter semiconducting SWNTs, which are(More)
Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are increasingly being investigated for use in biomedical applications for intracellular imaging and ablation, as well as vehicles for drug and gene delivery. One major obstacle to the development of safe, controlled, and effective SWCNT-based biomedical materials is limited quantification of dosage- and time-dependent(More)