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A Universal Quantum Dots-Aptamer Probe for Efficient Cancer Detection and Targeted Imaging

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Targeted quantum dots have shown as an analytical and imaging tool for cancer detection and molecular imaging. Aptamers have recently been demonstrated as ideal candidates for molecular targeting applications. In the present work, quantum dots (QDs) were encapsulated with functional poly(ethylene glycol)-phospholipids to improve their solubility in water solution. The as-prepared QDs were then conjugated with the AS1411 aptamer recognizing the nucleolin overexpressed on cancer cell surface. The recognition of QD-Aptamer nanocomplex to breast cancer cells was demonstrated using confocal microscopy, and the viability of QDs-aptamer bioconjugate bound cells were not affected within 24 h, indicating that the probe was biocompatible and suitable for in vitro diagnostic assays and live cell imaging. Such well-defined aptamer-conjugated QDs nanoprobe was simple and universal to be extended to prepare various aptamer-nanoparticles hybrid systems for cancer targeting and molecular imaging applications.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 October 2012

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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