Special Issue "Macromolecules and Nanomaterials: Their Impact on Nanomedicine"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Juan M. Ruso

Soft Matter and Molecular Biophysics Group, Department of Applied Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Interests: synthesis and characterization of nanostructured templated materials and the biophysics of proteins and ligand-protein interactions; complexation of different proteins with amphiphilic ligands (surfactants, lipids and drugs)
Guest Editor
Dr. Natalia Hassan

Programa Institucional de Fomento a la I+D+i Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Santiago-Chile
Interests: polymer chemistry; materials chemistry and nanotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biomacromolecule structures have been studied in several publications; nevertheless, some interactions have not been studied deeply in the context of medicine. In this scenario, soft materials can interact with several different biomacromolecules (proteins, phospholipids, organelles, biological fluid, etc.) starting a competition of these biological molecules with material surface altering biological systems. New computational and experimental techniques have been explored in recent years to answer different questions that have not yet been solved. Biosensors, tissue engineering, microfluidics, and so on are some new perspective to be studied in this topic. In this Special Issue, we would like to demonstrate that new soft materials can completely change biomacromolecule structures, giving potential information on the clearance, immune response, biodistribution, metabolism and their biocompatibility, inducing their final bioapplication.

Prof. Dr. Juan M. Ruso
Dr. Natalia Hassan
Guest Editors

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  • Bionanomaterials
  • Bioinspired nanostructures
  • Microfluidic devices
  • Hydrogels and microgels
  • Biocomposite materials
  • Protein nanoparticles
  • Nanocapsules for drug delivery

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Open AccessArticle Designed Functional Dispersion for Insulin Protection from Pepsin Degradation and Skeletal Muscle Cell Proliferation: In Silico and In Vitro Study
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(10), 852; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8100852
Received: 10 September 2018 / Revised: 12 October 2018 / Accepted: 17 October 2018 / Published: 19 October 2018
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Functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes with polyethylene glycol (PEGylated SWCNTs) are a promising nanomaterial that recently has emerged as the most attractive “cargo” to deliver chemicals, peptides, DNA and RNAs into cells. Insulin therapy is a recommended therapy to treat diabetes mellitus despite its [...] Read more.
Functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes with polyethylene glycol (PEGylated SWCNTs) are a promising nanomaterial that recently has emerged as the most attractive “cargo” to deliver chemicals, peptides, DNA and RNAs into cells. Insulin therapy is a recommended therapy to treat diabetes mellitus despite its side effects. Recently, functional dispersion made up of bioactive peptides, bioactive compounds and functionalized carbon nanomaterials such as PEGylated SWCNTs have proved to possess promising applications in nanomedicine. In the present study, molecular modeling simulations are utilized to assist in designing insulin hormone-PEGylated SWCNT composites, also called functional dispersion; to achieve this experimentally, an ultrasonication tool was utilized. Enzymatic degradation assay revealed that the designed functional dispersion protects about 70% of free insulin from pepsin. In addition, sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay, the quantification of insulin and glucose levels in differentiated skeletal muscle cell supernatants, reveals that functional dispersion regulates glucose and insulin levels to promote skeletal muscle cell proliferation. These findings offer new perspectives for designed functional dispersion, as potential pharmaceutical preparations to improve insulin therapy and promote skeletal muscle cell health. Full article
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