Xuejing Cui

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Cellular uptake and exocytosis of SWCNTs are fundamental processes determining their intracellular concentration and effects. Despite the great potential of acid-oxidized SWCNTs in biomedical field, understanding of the influencing factors on these processes needs to be deepened. Here, we quantitatively investigated uptake and exocytosis of SWCNTs in three(More)
Exocytosis of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) determines therapeutic efficiency and toxicity of nanoproducts but its underlying mechanism remains elusive. In this study, it is found that the exocytosis mechanism of SWCNTs is mediated mainly through the activation of P2X7 receptor (P2X7 R), an ATP-gated membrane receptor highly expressed in(More)
Molecular self-assembly makes it feasible to harness the structures and properties of advanced materials via initial molecular design. To develop short peptide-based hydrogels with stimuli responsiveness, we designed here short amphiphilic peptides by engineering protease cleavage site motifs into self-assembling peptide sequences. We demonstrated that the(More)
Coexistence of nanomaterials and environmental pollutants requires in-depth understanding of combined toxicity and underlying mechanism. In this work, we found that coexposure to the mixture of noncytotoxic level of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) (10 μg/mL) and Ni2+ (20 μM) induced significant cytotoxicity in macrophages. However, almost equal(More)
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