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Facile formation of folic acid-modified dendrimer-stabilized gold-silver alloy nanoparticles for potential cellular computed tomography imaging applications.
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PMID:  23392561     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We report a facile approach to fabricating dendrimer-stabilized gold-silver alloy nanoparticles (Au-Ag alloy DSNPs) for targeted in vitro computed tomography (CT) imaging of cancer cells. In this study, folic acid (FA)-modified amine-terminated generation 5 poly(amidoamine) dendrimers (G5·NH(2)-FA) were used as stabilizers to prepare Au-Ag alloy DSNPs by simultaneously reducing both gold and silver salts, followed by acetylation of the dendrimer terminal amines. The formed Au-Ag alloy DSNPs were characterized via different techniques. We show that the formed Au-Ag alloy DSNPs are spherical in shape with a relatively narrow size distribution, have good water solubility and colloidal stability, and display higher X-ray attenuation intensity than the iodine-based contrast agent of Omnipaque at the same molar concentration of the active element (i.e., Au plus Ag, or iodine). Cytotoxicity assay results show that the Au-Ag alloy DSNPs are cytocompatible in a given concentration range. Importantly, the formed Au-Ag alloy DSNPs are able to be specifically taken up by cancer cells overexpressing FA receptors and enable targeted CT imaging of the cancer cells. Given the unique structural characteristics of dendrimers and the facile synthesis of DSNPs, the developed Au-Ag alloy DSNPs may be used for various biomedical applications in sensing, diagnosis, and therapeutics.
Hui Liu; Mingwu Shen; Jinglong Zhao; Jingyi Zhu; Tingting Xiao; Xueyan Cao; Guixiang Zhang; Xiangyang Shi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Analyst     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1364-5528     ISO Abbreviation:  Analyst     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0372652     Medline TA:  Analyst     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, People's Republic of China.
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