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Quantum-Dots-Doped ORMOSIL Nanoparticles as Optical Probes for Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Imaging of Cancer Cells
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2009 (English)In: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, ISSN 1077-260X, E-ISSN 1558-4542, Vol. 15, no 5, 1374-1379 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We report the novel use of organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) nanoparticles to encapsulate hydrophobic quantum dots (QDs), thus making them hydrophilic and yet maintaining stable optical properties. QDs are resistant to photobleaching, and the cationic charge on the surfaces of the ORMOSIL nanoparticles can facilitate them being uptaken at the cell substrate regions. An objective-lens-based total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscope is used to observe the staining and dynamics of HeLa cancer cells, which have been targeted by the synthesized QD-doped ORMOSIL nanoparticles. Since the same microscope objective is used for launching the incident light beam and the collection lens, the observation and manipulation of live samples under a TIRF microscope is therefore much easier than that in the case of using the conventional prism-based TIRF setup. The present nanoparticle-assisted approach has made TIRF imaging a much more powerful tool for real-time monitoring of intracellular biological metabolic activities.

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2009. Vol. 15, no 5, 1374-1379 p.
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Cell imaging, organically modified silica (ORMOSIL), nanoparticles, quantum dots (QDs), total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF), drug-carrier, microscopy
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18881DOI: 10.1109/jstqe.2009.2017730ISI: 000270950300012OAI: diva2:336928
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2013-11-19Bibliographically approved

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