Nir Waiskopf

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) show anti-inflammatory effects, suggesting a possible interaction with both Toll-like-receptor 4 (TLR4) responses and cholinergic signaling through as yet unclear molecular mechanism(s). Our results of structural modeling support the concept that the antidepressant fluoxetine physically interacts with the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Polymorphic paraoxonase (PON1) variants can variably prevent low- and high-density lipoprotein oxidation, but their role in provoking atherosclerosis remained unclear. We addressed this issue by profiling PON1 polymorphisms and enzymatic activities, and assessing atherosclerosis and cerebral arteriosclerosis severity in post-stroke(More)
Parasympathetic activity influences long-term outcome in patients with cardiovascular disease, but the underlying mechanism(s) linking parasympathetic activity and the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) are incompletely understood. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the association between serum cholinesterase activities as(More)
Quantum dots (QDs), semiconductor nanocrystals, are fluorescent nanoparticles of growing interest as an imaging tool of a diseased tissue. However, a major concern is their biocompatibility, cytotoxicity, and fluorescence instability in biological milieu, impeding their use in biomedical applications, in general, and for inflammation imaging, in particular.(More)
We report the development of a semiconductor nanorod-carbon nanotube based platform for wire-free, light induced retina stimulation. A plasma polymerized acrylic acid midlayer was used to achieve covalent conjugation of semiconductor nanorods directly onto neuro-adhesive, three-dimensional carbon nanotube surfaces. Photocurrent, photovoltage, and(More)
The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). However, the mechanisms underlying the transition from MetS to T2DM are unknown. Our goal was to study the potential contribution of butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) to this process. We first determined the hydrolytic activity of BChE in serum from MetS, T2DM and healthy(More)
Semiconductor nanocrystals exhibit unique fluorescence properties which are tunable in size, shape and composition. The high quantum yield and enhanced stability have led to their use in biomedical imaging and flat panel displays. Here, semiconductor nanorod based inkjet inks are presented, overcoming limitations of the commonly reported quantum dots in(More)
Semiconductor-metal hybrid nanoparticles manifest efficient light-induced spatial charge separation at the semiconductor-metal interface, as demonstrated by their use for hydrogen generation via water splitting. Here, we pioneer a study of their functionality as efficient photocatalysts for the formation of reactive oxygen species. We observed enhanced(More)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and semiconductor nanocrystals (SCNCs) are known to be interesting donor-acceptor partners due to their unique optical and electronic properties. These exciting features have led to the development of novel composites based on these two nanomaterials and to their characterization for use in various applications, such as components in(More)
Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) is the major acetylcholine hydrolyzing enzyme in peripheral mammalian systems. It can either reside in the circulation or adhere to cells and tissues and protect them from anticholinesterases, including insecticides and poisonous nerve gases. In humans, impaired cholinesterase functioning is causally involved in many(More)