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Szabelski P.,Maria Curie Sklodowska University | De Feyter S.,Laboratory of Photochemistry | Drach M.,Catholic University of Leuven | Lei S.,Harbin Institute of Technology
Langmuir | Year: 2010

A lattice Monte Carlo (MC) model was proposed with the aim of understanding the factors affecting the chiral self-assembly of tripod-shaped molecules in two dimensions. To that end a system of flat symmetric molecules adsorbed on a triangular lattice was simulated by using the canonical ensemble method. Special attention was paid to the influence of size and composition of the building block on the morphology of the adsorbed overlayer. The obtained results demonstrated a spontaneous self-assembly into extended chiral networks with hexagonal cavities, highlighting the ability of the model to reproduce basic structural features of the corresponding experimental systems. The simulated assemblies were analyzed with respect to their structural and energetic properties resulting in quantitative estimates of the unit cell parameters and mean potential energy of the adsorbed layer. The predictive potential of the model was additionally illustrated by comparison of the obtained superstructures with the recent STM images that have been recorded for different organic tripod-shaped molecules adsorbed at the liquid/pyrolytic graphite interface. © 2010 American Chemical Society.


Maiolino S.,University of Naples Federico II | Moret F.,University of Padua | Conte C.,University of Naples Federico II | Fraix A.,Laboratory of Photochemistry | And 5 more authors.
Nanoscale | Year: 2015

In the attempt to develop novel concepts in designing targeted nanoparticles for combination therapy of cancer, we propose here CD44-targeted hyaluronan-decorated double-coated nanoparticles (dcNPs) delivering the lipophilic chemotherapeutic docetaxel (DTX) and an anionic porphyrin (TPPS4). dcNPs are based on electrostatic interactions between a negative DTX-loaded nanoscaffold of poly(lactide-co-glycolide), a polycationic shell of polyethyleneimine entangling negatively-charged TPPS4 and finally decorated with hyaluronan (HA) to promote internalization through CD44 receptor-mediated endocytosis. DTX/TPPS4-dcNPs, prepared through layer-by-layer deposition, showed a hydrodynamic diameter of around 180 nm, negative zeta potential and efficient loading of both DTX and TPPS4. DTX/TPPS4-dcNPs were freeze-dried with trehalose giving a powder that could be easily dispersed in different media. Excellent stability of dcNPs in specific salt- and protein-containing media was found. Spectroscopic behavior of DTX/TPPS4-dcNPs demonstrated a face-to-face arrangement of the TPPS4 units in non-photoresponsive H-type aggregates accounting for an extensive aggregation of the porphyrin embedded in the shell. Experiments in MDA-MB-231 cells overexpressing the CD44 receptor demonstrated a 9.4-fold increase in the intracellular level of TPPS4 delivered from dcNPs as compared to free TPPS4. Light-induced death increased tremendously in cells that had been treated with a combination of TPPS4 and DTX delivered through dcNPs as compared with free drugs, presumably due to efficient uptake and co-localization inside the cells. In perspective, the strategy proposed here to target synergistic drug combinations through HA-decorated nanoparticles seems very attractive to improve the specificity and efficacy of cancer treatment. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Kandoth N.,Laboratory of Photochemistry | Vittorino E.,Laboratory of Photochemistry | Sciortino M.T.,Messina University | Parisi T.,Messina University | And 3 more authors.
Chemistry - A European Journal | Year: 2012

We have developed a supramolecular nanoassembly capable of inducing remarkable levels of cancer cell mortality through a bimodal action based on the simultaneous photogeneration of nitric oxide (NO) and singlet oxygen ( 1O 2). This was achieved through the appropriate incorporation of an anionic porphyrin (as 1O 2 photosensitizer) and of a tailored NO photodonor in different compartments of biocompatible nanoparticles based on cationic amphiphilic cyclodextrins. The combination of steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques showed the absence of significant intra- and interchromophoric interaction between the two photoactive centers embedded in the nanoparticles, with consequent preservation of their photodynamic properties. Photodelivery of NO and 1O 2 from the nanoassembly on visible light excitation was unambiguously demonstrated by direct and real-time monitoring of these transient species through amperometric and time-resolved infrared luminescence measurements, respectively. The typical red fluorescence of the porphyrin units was essentially unaffected in the bichromophoric nanoassembly, allowing its localization in living cells. The convergence of the dual therapeutic action and the imaging capacities in one single structure makes this supramolecular architecture an appealing, multifunctional candidate for applications in biomedical research. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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