Cancer Cell Targeting Using Folic Acidconjugated Fl Uorescent CdSe/ CdS/ZnS-MPA And CdTe-MSA Quantum Dots | 5997
ISSN: 2155-9872

Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques
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Cancer cell targeting using folic acidconjugated fl uorescent CdSe/ CdS/ZnS-MPA and CdTe-MSA quantum dots

2nd International Conference on Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques

Gurpal Singh, Manoj Gautam, Vivek Bansal, Udit Soni, Vikas Arora, Sameer Sapra and Harpal Singh

Accepted Abstracts: J Anal Bioanal Techniques

DOI: 10.4172/2155-9872.S1.05

Hydrophobic core-shell CdSe/CdS/ZnS and CdTe-MSA (Mercaptosuccinic acid) quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique and direct aqueous synthesis using thiol stabilizers respectively. Synthesized QDs (CdSe/CdS/ZnS) were made water dispersible by ligand exchange with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA). Characterization of the QDs was done by UV-vis spectroscopy, spectrofl uorometry and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). CdSe/CdS/ZnS-MPA QDs with a size of 7-8 nm and CdTe-MSA QDs with a size of 3-3.5 nm were conjugated with folic acid (FA) using various techniques for targeting human cancer cells expressing folate receptor. Breast cancer cell line (MCF-7) was used for the cellular uptake studies, cellular QDs quantifi cation and cytotoxicity studies. In vitro cellular uptake studies and cellular QDs (CdSe/CdS/ZnS-MPA) quantifi cation was investigated with CLSM and spectrofl uorometry which demonstrated higher internalization of the folate-conjugated QDs by MCF-7 cells compared with the free QDs. In this study we also investigated in-vivo toxicity of folated QDs (CdSe/CdS/ZnS-MPA) in BALBc mice. For toxicity evaluation of injected QDs sample, body weight, organ coeffi cient, complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry panel assay (AST, ALT and ALP), histology were determined. Th e QDs (CdSe/CdS/ZnS-MPA) concentration (500nM) used for this study is suitable for in-vivo imaging. Th ese experiments confi rms that FA conjugated QDs are specifi cally internalized by MCF-7 tumor cells and safe in concentration used for in-vivo studies, suggesting their potential utility as targeted fl uorescent imaging agent for early stage cancer detection.