Samir V. Jenkins

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AIM The objectives of this study were to demonstrate nonionizing photoacoustic tomography (PAT) of bladders with near-infrared absorbing gold nanocages (GNCs) as an optical-turbid tracer and to investigate the fate of GNCs after photoacoustic imaging. MATERIALS & METHODS The rats' bladders were visualized using PAT after transurethral injection of 2-nM(More)
We have demonstrated that gold nanocage-photosensitizer conjugates can enable dual image-guided delivery of photosensitizer and significantly improve the efficacy of photodynamic therapy in a murine model. The photosensitizer, 3-devinyl-3-(1'-hexyloxyethyl)pyropheophorbide (HPPH), was noncovalently entrapped in the poly(ethylene glycol) monolayer coated on(More)
Plasmonic nanomaterials as drug delivery or bio-imaging agents are typically introduced to biological systems through intravenous administration. However, the potential for agglomeration of nanoparticles in biological systems could dramatically affect their pharmacokinetic profile and toxic potential. Development of rapid screening methods to evaluate(More)
Resistance to conventional antibiotics is a growing public health concern that is quickly outpacing the development of new antibiotics. This has led the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to designate Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species as(More)
Non-covalent incorporation of hydrophobic drugs into polymeric systems is a commonly-used strategy for drug delivery because non-covalent interactions minimize modification of the drug molecules whose efficacy is retained upon release. The behaviors of the drug-polymer delivery system in the biological environments it encounters will affect the efficacy of(More)
PURPOSE To demonstrate delivery of Au nanocages to cells using the galectin-1 binding peptide anginex (Ax) and to demonstrate the value of this targeting for selective in vitro photothermal cell killing. MATERIALS AND METHODS Au nanocages were synthesised, coated with polydopamine (PDA), and conjugated with Ax. Tumour and endothelial cell viability was(More)
Radiation resistance remains a significant problem for cancer patients, especially due to the time required to definitively determine treatment outcome. For fractionated radiation therapy, nearly 7 to 8 weeks can elapse before a tumor is deemed to be radiation-resistant. We used the optical redox ratio of FAD / ( FAD + NADH ) to identify early metabolic(More)
Gold nanoparticles with a graft density of 0.09, 0.30 and 0.40chains/nm2 of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) were reproducibly synthesized by varying the ratio of disulfide terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) to gold nanoparticle. The polymer coated nanoparticles were stable at room temperature in 50mM NaCl, yet agglomerated at 37°C. Previous studies have(More)
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