Building from the success of PEGylating proteins to improve systemic circulation time and decrease immunogenicity, the impact of PEG coatings on the fate of systemically administered nanoparticle formulations has, and continues to be, widely studied. PEG coatings on nanoparticles shield the surface from aggregation, opsonization, and phagocytosis, prolonging systemic circulation time. Here, we briefly describe the history of the development of PEGylated nanoparticle formulations for systemic administration, including how factors such as PEG molecular weight, PEG surface density, nanoparticle core properties, and repeated administration impact circulation time. A less frequently discussed topic, we then describe how PEG coatings on nanoparticles have also been utilized for overcoming various biological barriers to efficient drug and gene delivery associated with other modes of administration, ranging from gastrointestinal to ocular. Finally, we describe both methods for PEGylating nanoparticles and methods for characterizing PEG surface density, a key factor in the effectiveness of the PEG surface coating for improving drug and gene delivery. In order to deliver adequate concentrations of systemically administered therapeutics to target tissues, these materials must circulate in the blood stream for as long as possible. However, proteins and peptides are rapidly degraded and cleared from the blood stream, necessitating approaches for increasing circulation time. Considered the first reports of PEGylation for drug delivery, Davis and Abuchowski described in the covalent attachment of PEG to bovine serum albumin and liver catalase proteins [ 1 ]. They found that by optimizing the PEGylation chemistry and the extent of PEGylation, they could increase the systemic circulation time and decrease the immunogenicity of the proteins without significantly compromising activity. Since then, 8 other PEGylated protein therapeutics have been FDA approved for treatment of diseases ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to age-related macular degeneration [ 2 ].
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A simple, rapid, and convenient colorimetric chemosensor of a specific target toward the end user is still required for on-site detection and real-time monitoring applications. In this study, we developed a rapid in situ colorimetric assay for cobalt detection using the naked eye. Interestingly, a yellow to light orange visual color transition was observed within 3 s when a Chrysoidine G CG chemosensor was exposed to cobalt. Surprisingly, the CG chemosensor had great selectivity toward cobalt without any interference of other metal ions. Under optimized conditions, a lower detection limit of 0. Moreover, the CG chemosensor is reversible and maintains its functionality after treatment with chelating agents. In conclusion, we show the superior capabilities of the CG chemosensor, which has the potential to provide extremely facile handling, high sensitivity, and a fast response time for applications of on-site detection to real-time cobalt monitoring for the general public. The highly sensitive and selective determination of metal ions e. Recently, many techniques have been reported for the detection of heavy metal ions owing to their significant impacts on human beings and the environment [ 2 ]. In particular, as an important but harmful heavy metal ion, cobalt is a relatively rare element that is used in various products such as supercapacitors [ 3 ], magnets [ 4 ], alloys [ 5 ], pigments [ 6 ], metal finishing [ 7 ], mining [ 8 ], catalysts [ 9 ] and lithium-ion battery manufacturing [ 10 ], because of its specific hardness and resistance to oxidation [ 11 , 12 ].
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