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Nanosensors: Their potential use in the life sciences and clinical medicine

Here we present a special issue of J Nanobiotechnology on nanosensors in a rather broad sense, focusing on two questions: (1) why study nanosensors; and (2) what according their potential use in the life sciences and, more specifically, in medicine might be.

Recently, there have been significant advances in this area of research, with many of the studies not even explicitly using the term “nanosensor”. Some of these may have led to novel findings harboring great potential for clinical medicine such as, for example, the early detection/diagnosis of diseases or minimally invasive local treatments/interventions.

The special issue illustrates a diverse range of technologies using nanomaterials and nanoparticles such as graphene, magnetic particles and nanowires, as well as molecular probes and quantum dots. Nanosensors show promise as theranostic tools and as nanoprobes for diagnostic imaging, disease monitoring and the detection of pathogens and environmental contaminants. 

Edited by Prof Ueli Aebi and Prof Peter Gehr.

Adapted from Peña-Bahamonde et. al. 2018 © CC-A 4.0

  1. Magnetic nanosensors have become attractive instruments for the diagnosis and treatment of different diseases. They represent an efficient carrier system in drug delivery or in transporting contrast agents. Fo...

    Authors: Simon Doswald, Wendelin Jan Stark and Beatrice Beck-Schimmer

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2019 17:73

    Content type: Review

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  2. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in young children and the inner capsid protein VP6 is a potential vaccine candidate that can induce cross-protective immune responses against diffe...

    Authors: Zhipeng Li, Kuiqing Cui, Hong Wang, Fuhang Liu, Kongwei Huang, Zhaojun Duan, Fengchao Wang, Deshun Shi and Qingyou Liu

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2019 17:13

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  3. Tumor-derived exosomes are gaining attention as important factors that facilitate communication between neighboring cells and manipulate cellular processes associated with cancer development or progression. Th...

    Authors: Jiyun Lim, Mihye Choi, HyungJae Lee, Young-Ho Kim, Ji-Youn Han, Eun Sook Lee and Youngnam Cho

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2019 17:1

    Content type: Research

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  4. The need and desire to understand the environment, especially the quality of one’s local water and air, has continued to expand with the emergence of the digital age. The bottleneck in understanding the enviro...

    Authors: Marjorie R. Willner and Peter J. Vikesland

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:95

    Content type: Review

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  5. Engineered inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) are essential components in the development of nanotechnologies. For applications in nanomedicine, particles need to be functionalized to ensure a good dispersibility i...

    Authors: Muhammad Raisul Abedin, Siddesh Umapathi, Harika Mahendrakar, Tunyaboon Laemthong, Holly Coleman, Denise Muchangi, Santimukul Santra, Manashi Nath and Sutapa Barua

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:80

    Content type: Research

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  6. Differentiation of telomere length is of vital importance because telomere length is closely related with several deadly diseases such as cancer. Additionally, G-quadruplex and i-motif formation in telomeric D...

    Authors: Shuai Wang, Fei Qu, Wenli Han and Jinmao You

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:78

    Content type: Research

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  7. Nanomedicine and nano delivery systems are a relatively new but rapidly developing science where materials in the nanoscale range are employed to serve as means of diagnostic tools or to deliver therapeutic ag...

    Authors: Jayanta Kumar Patra, Gitishree Das, Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto, Estefania Vangelie Ramos Campos, Maria del Pilar Rodriguez-Torres, Laura Susana Acosta-Torres, Luis Armando Diaz-Torres, Renato Grillo, Mallappa Kumara Swamy, Shivesh Sharma, Solomon Habtemariam and Han-Seung Shin

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:71

    Content type: Review

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  8. Due to the high transfer ability of cancer cell, cancer has been regarded as a world-wide high mortality disease. Quantitative analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) can provide some valuable clinical info...

    Authors: Xuan Wu, Tingyu Xiao, Zhang Luo, Rongxiang He, Yiping Cao, Zhenzhong Guo, Weiying Zhang and Yong Chen

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:65

    Content type: Research

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  9. Chemotherapeutic agents (anti-cancer drugs) are small cytostatic or cytotoxic molecules that often bind to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) resulting in modifications of their structural and nanomechanical properti...

    Authors: Dennis Kreft, Ying Wang, Michael Rattay, Katja Toensing and Dario Anselmetti

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:56

    Content type: Research

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2019 17:28

  10. As a promising candidate for artificial enzymes, catalytically active nanomaterials show several advantages over natural enzymes, such as controlled synthesis at low cost, tunability of catalytic activities, a...

    Authors: Lin Long, Jianbo Liu, Kaishun Lu, Tao Zhang, Yunqing Xie, Yinglu Ji and Xiaochun Wu

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:46

    Content type: Research

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2019 17:4

  11. Theranostic perfluorocarbon nanoprobes have recently attracted attention due to their fascinating versatility in integrating diagnostics and therapeutics into a single system. Furthermore, although 17β-estradi...

    Authors: Xueli Zhao, Wen Luo, Jing Hu, Lei Zuo, Jing Wang, Rui Hu, Bo Wang, Lei Xu, Jing Li, Meng Wu, Pan Li and Liwen Liu

    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2018 16:36

    Content type: Research

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