alexa A novel carboxymethyl chitosan-quantum dot-based intracellular probe for Zn2+ ion sensing in prostate cancer cells.
Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine

Author(s): Ma Q, Lin ZH, Yang N, Li Y, Su XG

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Abstract In this paper, we fabricated novel carboxymethyl chitosan-coated CdTe quantum dots (CMC-CdTe QDs) via the electrostatic interaction between amino groups in the carboxymethyl chitosan polymeric chains and carboxyl groups of the CdTe QDs. Carboxymethyl chitosan on the surface of CdTe QDs had strong binding ability with Zn(2+), resulting in the obvious enhancement of the photoluminescence of CdTe QDs. The photoluminescence intensity of CMC-CdTe QDs probe was proportional to the concentration of Zn(2+) in the range of 5.0 × 10(-6) to 5.0 × 10(-3) mol l(-1). The detection limit for Zn(2+) was 4.5 × 10(-6) mol l(-1). The experimental results indicate that the CMC-CdTe QDs possess favorable cell compatibility, good sensitivity and selectivity for intracellular Zn(2+) sensing, and are promising candidates for cellular imaging and sensing in prostate cancer cells. The present study also provides an approach for the further development of nanoprobes dedicated to intracellular sensing. Copyright © 2013 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Acta Biomater and referenced in Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine

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