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UNLABELLED There are conflicting data concerning the safety and biocompatibility of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In some reports CNTs have been used for gene delivery without significant toxicity, whereas in others various cytotoxic effects were observed, including induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), DNA damage, and apoptosis. Although it(More)
AIMS We investigated the interaction between magnetic carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), and their ability to guide these intravenously injected cells in living rats by using an external magnetic field. MATERIALS & METHODS Multiwalled CNTs were used to treat MSCs derived from rat bone marrow. Cytotoxicity induced by nanotubes was(More)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are widely used for biomedical applications as intracellular transporters of biomolecules owing to their ability to cross cell membranes. In this article, we survey the reported literature and results of our published work in an attempt to provide a rational view of the various CNT internalization mechanisms. Essentially three uptake(More)
A new hybrid material made of gelatin, catechin and carbon nanotubes was prepared by the non-covalent incorporation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into a gelatin-catechin covalent conjugate. The composite materials was tested by means of determination of the dispersion stability in water and the functionalization degree was assessed by the Folin-Ciocalteu(More)
A polysaccharide-flavonoid conjugate was developend and proposed for the treatment of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). The conjugate was synthesized by free radical grafting reaction between catechin and dextran. The chemical characterization of the conjugate was obtained by UV-Vis, 1H-NMR, FT-IR and GPC analyses, while the functionalization degree(More)
Novel spherical hybrid hydrogels composed of gelatin and multi-walled carbon nanotubes were synthesized by emulsion polymerization in the presence of sodium methacrylate and N,N'-ethylenebisacrylamide, and proposed as drug delivery microspheres for the electro-responsive release of Diclofenac sodium salt. Different amounts of nanotubes (up to 35% by weight)(More)
In the last few years, scientists have focused their attention on adult stem cells. It has long been known that stem cells are capable of renewing themselves and can generate multiple cell types. Today, it is demonstrated that stem cells are present in far more tissues and organs than once thought and that they are capable of developing into more kinds of(More)
BACKGROUND It has recently been demonstrated that zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) induce death of cancerous cells whilst having no cytotoxic effect on normal cells. However, there are several issues which need to be resolved before translation of zinc oxide nanoparticles into medical use, including lack of suitable biocompatible dispersion protocols and(More)
AIM This work aims to exploit the 'antenna' properties of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). They can be used to induce cell permeabilization in order to transfer drugs (normally impermeable to cell membranes) both in in vitro and in vivo models. MATERIAL & METHODS The performance of the MWCNTs as receiver antenna was modeled by finite element(More)
A three-functional nanocomposite was prepared by radical polymerization of methacrylic acid around carbon nanotubes in the presence of Quercetin as biologically active molecule and proposed as new anticancer therapeutic. The so-obtained hybrid material was characterized by FT-IR, Raman, SEM, TEM analyses, while the functionalization degree of 2.33 mg of(More)