Special Issue "Nanomaterials for Imaging, Diagnosis or Therapy"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ping-Shan Lai

Department of Chemistry, Ph.D. Program in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Research Center for Sustainable Energy and Nanotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
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Interests: biomaterials; drug delivery; nanomedicine; cancer therapy; smart materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Akihiro Kishimura

Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
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Interests: materials chemistry; nanobiotechnology; biomaterials; nanofabrication; polymer chemistry; supramolecular chemistry
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh

Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, CT, USA
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Interests: bicellar nanodiscs; nanovesicles; bilayered ribbons; nanocarriers; strung lipid-based nanoparticles; high-sensitivity biosensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are launching a Special Issue in Nanomaterials (IF: 3.553) entitled “Nanomaterials for Imaging, Diagnosis or Therapy”. The utilization of nanomaterials in technologies for biomedical applications continues to represent an important area of academic and commercial research. There are numerous strategies by which the integration of nanomaterials can improve therapeutic or diagnostic/imaging performance. In addition, the advanced fundamental understanding of interactions among biological molecules, immune response and nanomaterials is critical for the development of future medicine. Thus, this special issue aims to cover a broad range of subjects from nanomaterials synthesis to the design and characterization of biomaterials for drug delivery, imaging/diagnosis or therapy of diseases. Development of novel biotechnologies or strategies with high safety against cancer will be given priority. The format of welcomed articles includes full papers, communications and reviews. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Nanomaterials synthesis and development for drug delivery.
  2. Synthesis and development of nanomaterials for cancer theranostics
  3. Nanochips, nanofluidics and nanofabrication for diagnosis or disease screening.
  4. Design and preparation of hybrid biomaterials or nanocomposites for drug implant.
  5. Contrast agents and biomedical imaging technologies for diagnosis.
  6. Drug conjugation or immobilization technologies for bioconjugates development.
  7. In vivo monitoring of nanocarriers and drug release/accumulation profile in target site.
  8. Effects of particles size, morphology and surface properties on biodistribution.
  9. Nanomaterials for regenerative medicine
  10. Development of nanomaterials for bioanalysis.

Prof. Dr. Ping-Shan Lai
Prof. Dr. Akihiro Kishimura
Prof. Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh
Guest Editors

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  • Nanocarrier
  • Drug delivery
  • Controlled release
  • Bioconjugation
  • Contrast agents
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Biosensing and bioanalysis
  • Theranostics
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Biomaterials

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Open AccessArticle Evaluation of the Ability of Nanostructured PEI-Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles to Incorporate Cisplatin during Synthesis
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(10), 314; doi:10.3390/nano7100314
Received: 25 August 2017 / Revised: 26 September 2017 / Accepted: 5 October 2017 / Published: 12 October 2017
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Nanoparticles (NPs) have a high potential for biological applications as they can be used as carriers for the controlled release of bioactive factors. Here we focused on poly(ethylenimine) (PEI)-coated iron oxide hybrid NPs obtained by hydrothermal synthesis in high pressure conditions and evaluated
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Nanoparticles (NPs) have a high potential for biological applications as they can be used as carriers for the controlled release of bioactive factors. Here we focused on poly(ethylenimine) (PEI)-coated iron oxide hybrid NPs obtained by hydrothermal synthesis in high pressure conditions and evaluated their behavior in culture medium in the presence or absence of cells, as well as their ability to incorporate antitumor drug cisplatin. Our results showed that the hydrothermal conditions used for Fe-PEI NPs synthesis allowed the incorporation of cisplatin, which even increased its anti-tumor effects. Furthermore, the commonly occurring phenomenon of NPs aggregation in culture medium was exploited for further entrapment of other active molecules, such as the fluorescent dye DiI and valinomycin. The molecules bound to NPs during synthesis or during aggregation process were delivered inside various cells after in vitro and in vivo direct contact between cells and NPs and their biological activity was preserved, thus supporting the therapeutic value of Fe-PEI NPs as drug delivery tools. Full article
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