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    Facile design of autogenous stimuli-responsive chitosan/hyaluronic acid nanoparticles for efficient small molecules to protein delivery

    , Article Journal of Materials Chemistry B ; Volume 8, Issue 32 , 2020 , Pages 7275-7287 Sabourian, P ; Ji, J ; Lotocki, V ; Moquin, A ; Hanna, R ; Frounchi, M ; Maysinger, D ; Kakkar, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Royal Society of Chemistry  2020
    Easily assembled and biocompatible chitosan/hyaluronic acid nanoparticles with multiple stimuli-responsive ability are ideally suited for efficient delivery of therapeutic agents under specific endogenous triggers. We report a simple and versatile strategy to formulate oxidative stress and pH-responsive chitosan/hyaluronic acid nanocarriers with high encapsulation efficiencies of small drug molecules and nerve growth factor protein. This is achieved through invoking the dual role of a thioketal-based weak organic acid to disperse and functionalize low molecular weight chitosan in one-pot. Thioketal embedded chitosan/hyaluronic acid nanostructures respond to oxidative stress and show... 

    Interactions of coinage metal clusters with histidine and their effects on histidine acidity; Theoretical investigation

    , Article Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry ; Volume 10, Issue 47 , Oct , 2012 , Pages 9373-9382 ; 14770520 (ISSN) Javan, M. J ; Jamshidi, Z ; Tehrani, Z. A ; Fattahi, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Understanding the nature of interaction between metal nanoparticles and biomolecules such as amino acids is important in the development and design of biosensors. In this paper, binding of M3 clusters (M = Au, Ag and Cu) with neutral and anionic forms of histidine amino acid was studied using density functional theory (DFT-B3LYP). It was found that the interaction of histidine with M3 clusters is governed by two major bonding factors: (a) the anchoring N-M and O-M bonds and (b) the nonconventional N-H⋯M and O-H⋯M hydrogen bonds. The nature of these chemical bonds has been investigated based on quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) and natural bond orbital (NBO) analyses. In the next...