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In vivo assessment of CdSe-ZnS quantum dots: coating dependent bioaccumulation and genotoxicity.
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PMID:  22951747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Semiconductor nanocrystals, or Quantum Dots (QDs), have gained considerable attention due to their unique size-dependent optical and electronic properties that make them attractive for a wide range of applications, including biology and nanomedicine. Their widespread use, however, poses urgent questions about their potential toxicity, especially because of their heavy metal composition that could cause harmful effects to human health and environment. In this work, we evaluated in vivo the long-term toxicity of CdSe-ZnS QDs with different surface coatings, probing oral administration in the model system Drosophila melanogaster. In particular, we found that all the differently coated QDs significantly affect the lifespan of treated Drosophila populations and induce a marked increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. Furthermore, we observed that these QDs induce severe genotoxic effects and increased rate of apoptosis in Drosophila haemocytes. These toxic effects were found to be mainly related to the in vivo degradation of QDs with consequent release of Cd(2+) ions, while the coating of QDs can modulate their bioaccumulation in the organism, partly decreasing their overall toxicity.
A Galeone; G Vecchio; M A Malvindi; V Brunetti; R Cingolani; P P Pompa
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nanoscale     Volume:  -     ISSN:  2040-3372     ISO Abbreviation:  Nanoscale     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101525249     Medline TA:  Nanoscale     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Center for Bio-Molecular Nanotechnologies@UniLe, Via Barsanti - 73010, Arnesano, Lecce, Italy.
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