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Understanding how nanoparticles with different shapes interact with cell membranes is important in drug and gene delivery, but this interaction remains poorly studied. Using computer simulations, we investigate the physical translocation processes of nanoparticles with different shapes (for example, spheres, ellipsoids, rods, discs and pushpin-like(More)
Plant microtubules are found to be strongly associated with the cell cortex and to experience polymerization/depolymerization processes that are responsible for the organization of microtubule cortical array. Here we propose a minimal model that incorporates the basic assembly dynamics and intermicrotubule interaction to understand the unexplored phase(More)
Nanoparticle penetration into cells is an important process in drug/gene delivery. Here, we successfully design one type of novel nanoparticles with ligands decorating its surface by dynamic bonds and find that the nanoparticle can spontaneously penetrate through membranes by using dissipative particle dynamics simulations. Moreover, the physical parameters(More)
The molecular-level interactions of an antimicrobial peptide melittin with supported membrane were studied by the combination of dissipative quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) experiments and computer simulations. We found the response behavior of lipids upon peptide adsorption greatly influence their interactions. The perturbance and reorientation of the(More)
The dynamics of phase separation, under asymmetric quench, is studied for binary mixtures by molecular dynamics simulations. We consider two kinds of systems, i.e., the small molecular liquid mixture and the flexible chain blend. The domain growth is found to be dependent crucially upon the relative composition of the mixture. For a near symmetric quench(More)
The solution viscosity near an interface, which affects the solution behavior and the molecular dynamics in the solution, differs from the bulk. This paper measured the effective viscosity of a dilute poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) solution adjacent to a Au electrode using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) technique. We evidenced that(More)
The multivalent salt dependent behaviors of a charged dendrimer in solution are investigated by molecular dynamics simulations with explicit free ions. We find that the charged dendrimers show a dense-core conformation together with the back-folding of terminal monomers to the interior under all the conditions studied. We also observe an interesting ion(More)
Semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes are ideal semiconductors for printed electronics due to their advantageous electrical and mechanical properties, intrinsic printability in solution, and desirable stability in air. However, fully printed, large-area, high-performance, and flexible carbon nanotube active-matrix backplanes are still difficult to(More)
The major challenge in cancer therapy is to efficiently translocate drug molecules into cancer tumors without doing any damage to healthy tissues. Since there exist pH gradients between tumor and normal tissues, pH-sensitive materials may have great potential to overcome such challenge. Here, we report one new type of pH-responsive drug delivery system(More)
It is a great challenge for nanomedicine to develop novel dendrimers with maximum therapeutic potential and minimum side-effects for drug and gene delivery. As delivery vectors, dendrimers must overcome lots of barriers before delivering the bio-agents to the target in the cell. Extensive experimental investigations have been carried out to elucidate the(More)