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Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are an important class of nanomaterials used as antimicrobial agents for a wide range of medical and industrial applications. However toxicity of AgNPs and impact of their physicochemical characteristics in in vivo models still need to be comprehensively characterized. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of size(More)
Despite significant progresses were achieved in tissue engineering over the last 20 years, a number of unsolved problems still remain. One of the most relevant issues is the lack of a proper vascularization that is limiting the size of the engineered tissues to smaller than clinically relevant dimensions. Sacrificial molding holds great promise to(More)
The combination of materials that possess different properties (such as, for instance, fluorescence and magnetism) into one single object of nanoscale size represents an attractive challenge for biotechnology, especially for their potential relevance in biomedical applications. We report here the preparation of novel bifunctional conjugates based on the(More)
We investigated the uptake and release of labeled antibodies from pH-sensitive hydrogel microparticles (i.e. microgels) by means of fluorescence analysis of labeled biological samples. The poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) hydrogel is a carbon-based network having carboxylic groups on the surface that dissociate according to their acid-base equilibrium. The(More)
Poly(amido-amine) (PAA) hydrogels containing the 2,2-bisacrylamidoacetic acid-4-amminobutyl guanidine monomeric unit have a known ability to enhance cellular adhesion by interacting with the arginin-glycin-aspartic acid (RGD)-binding αVβ3 integrin, expressed by a wide number of cell types. Scientific interest in this class of materials has traditionally(More)
This study presents an innovative method for the synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) for central nervous system (CNS) targeting. The method is based on Ultraviolet light (UV)-induced crosslinking of diacrylamide-terminated oligomers of poly(amidoamine)s (PAAs), a widely used class of synthetic polymers in biomedical field research, especially in drug(More)
The behavior of nanoparticles in biological systems is determined by their dimensions, size distribution, shape, surface chemistry, density, drug loading and stability; the characterization of these parameters in realistic conditions and the possibility to follow their evolution in vitro and in vivo are, in most of the cases, far from the capabilities of(More)
Poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) are among the most studied systems for drug and gene targeting. So far, the synthesis of stable and uniform PLGA NPs has involved the use of a large excess of polyvinyl surfactants such as poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), whose removal requires multistep purification(More)
Herein proposed is a simple system to realize hands-free labeling and simultaneous detection of two human cell lines within a microfluidic device. This system was realized by novel covalent immobilization of pH-responsive poly(methacrylic acid) microgels onto the inner glass surface of an assembled polydimethylsiloxane/glass microfluidic channel.(More)
The current trend in the development of biomaterials is towards bioactive and biodegradable systems. In particular, enzyme-responsive structures are useful tools to realize biodegradable surfaces for the controlled delivery of biomolecules/drugs through a triggered surface erosion process. Up to now, enzyme-responsive structures have been designed by(More)
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