Volga Bulmus

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The RAFT technique has been increasingly used to generate polymers for potential biological applications. However, to-date, the toxicity of the RAFT-polymers has received limited attention. In this study, the in vitro cytotoxicity of three different, RAFT-synthesized, water-soluble polymers was investigated using three different adherent cell lines via(More)
A facile method of stabilizing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) in biological media (RPMI-1640) via surface modification with fetal bovine serum (FBS) is presented herein. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) shows that the size of the MNP aggregates can be maintained at 190 ± 2 nm for up to 16 h in an RPMI 1640 culture medium containing ≥4 vol % FBS.(More)
Biodegradable/bioeliminable, core-cross-linked, block co-polymer nanoparticles have been synthesized as a potential anti-tumour drug-delivery system. Methacrylate-modified poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactide) (PEG-b-PDLLA) composed of low-molecular-weight polymer blocks (<5 kg/mol) were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization and post-polymerization(More)
Biotechnology, biomedicine, and nanotechnology applications would benefit from methods generating well-defined, monodisperse protein-polymer conjugates, avoiding time-consuming and difficult purification steps. Herein, we report the in situ synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT) as(More)
Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG)-tethered molecules on gold are important for various biorelevant applications ranging from biomaterials to bioanalytical devices, where surface resistance to nonspecific protein adsorption is needed. Incorporation of a stimuli-responsive character to the OEG SAMs enables the creation of(More)
Well-defined polymer scaffolds convertible to (multi)functional polymer structures via selective and efficient modifications potentially provide an easy, versatile, and useful approach for a wide variety of applications. Considering this, a homopolymer scaffold, poly(pyridyldisulfide ethylmethacrylate) (poly(PDSM)), having pendant groups selectively(More)
Micelles of a model amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(hydroxyethyl acrylate)-block-poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PHEA-b-PBA), synthesized via the RAFT polymerization were cross-linked by copolymerization of a degradable cross-linker from the living RAFT-end groups of PBA chains, yielding a cross-linked core without affecting significantly the original micelle(More)
Surface modification with linear polymethacrylic acid (20 kDa), linear and branched polyethylenimine (25 kDa), and branched oligoethylenimine (800 Da) is commonly used to improve the function of magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) in many biomedical applications. These polymers were shown herein to have different adsorption capacity and anticipated conformations(More)