Nancy L Goicochea

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Incorporation of CdSe/ZnS semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) into viral particles provides a new paradigm for the design of intracellular microscopic probes and vectors. Several strategies for the incorporation of QDs into viral capsids were explored; those functionalized with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) can be self-assembled into viral particles with minimal(More)
Size polydispersity of immature human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) particles represents a challenge for traditional methods of biological ultrastructural analysis. An in vitro model for immature HIV-1 particles constructed from recombinant Gag proteins lacking residues 16-99 and the p6 domain assembled around spherical nanoparticles functionalized(More)
Alphaviruses are animal viruses holding great promise for biomedical applications as drug delivery vectors, functional imaging probes, and nanoparticle delivery vesicles because of their efficient in vitro self-assembly properties. However, due to their complex structure, with a protein capsid encapsulating the genome and an outer membrane composed of(More)
Viral nanoparticles used for biomedical applications must be able to discriminate between tumor or virus-infected host cells and healthy host cells. In addition, viral nanoparticles must have the flexibility to incorporate a wide range of cargo, from inorganic metals to mRNAs to small molecules. Alphaviruses are a family of enveloped viruses for which some(More)
Virus life stages often constitute a complex chain of events, difficult to track in vivo and in real-time. Challenges are associated with spatial and time limitations of current probes: most viruses are smaller than the diffraction limit of optical microscopes while the entire time scale of virus dynamics spans over 8 orders of magnitude. Thus, virus(More)
We encapsulated gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanoparticles within phospholipid micelles as a novel low cytotoxic T1-weighted MRI imaging contrast agent (MGdNPs) that can also deliver small molecules such as DNA plasmids. MGdNPs show relatively good MRI relaxivity values, negligible cytotoxicity, excellent cellular uptake and expression of DNA plasmids in vivo.(More)
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