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  1. Light scattering of interacting gold nanorods

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    McGuirt, Baxter; Kielbasa, Jerry; Park, Jung-Ho; Zhang, Junping; Peterson, Eric; Williams, Richard; Carroll, David [Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Department of Physics, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (United States); Sisco, Patrick; Murphy, Catherine; Adams, Richard D. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States)

    2009-12-15

    The optical field intensity of light scattering from nanorods of gold has been imaged at distances that are intermediate between the near-field and far-field regimes using a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM). For scattering from isolated nanorods the Fraunhofer diffractive behaviour is modified slightly by the dipolar nature of metal nanoantannae as would be expected at these imaging distances. However, when the nanorods are brought into close proximity, interactions between the nanorods alter the scattering behaviour substantially creating large field intensities between the structures. By sampling the field with the near-field microscope tip scanned at different heights, detailed maps of the scattering profile can be generated. The NSOM image of far-field scattered light from an isolated gold nanorod. The nanorod was imaged at a distance of roughly 8 {mu}m above the support substrate using a scanning near-field microscope operated at constant height mode. (Abstract Copyright [2009], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  2. Interactions of Bacterial Lipopolysaccharides with Gold Nanorod Surfaces Investigated by Refractometric Sensing.

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    Abadeer, Nardine S; Fülöp, Gergő; Chen, Si; Käll, Mikael; Murphy, Catherine J

    2015-11-11

    The interface between nanoparticles and bacterial surfaces is of great interest for applications in nanomedicine and food safety. Here, we demonstrate that interactions between gold nanorods and bacterial surface molecules are governed by the nanoparticle surface coating. Polymer-coated gold nanorod substrates are exposed to lipopolysaccharides extracted from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli, and attachment is monitored using localized surface plasmon resonance refractometric sensing. The number of lipopolysaccharide molecules attached per nanorod is calculated from the shift in the plasmon maximum, which results from the change in refractive index after analyte binding. Colloidal gold nanorods in water are also incubated with lipopolysaccharides to demonstrate the effect of lipopolysaccharide concentration on plasmon shift, ζ-potential, and association constant. Both gold nanorod surface charge and surface chemistry affect gold nanorod-lipopolysaccharide interactions. In general, anionic lipopolysaccharides was found to attach more effectively to cationic gold nanorods than to neutral or anionic gold nanorods. Some variation in lipopolysaccharide attachment is also observed between the three strains studied, demonstrating the potential complexity of bacteria-nanoparticle interactions.

  3. Gold nanorods: their potential for photothermal therapeutics and drug delivery, tempered by the complexity of their biological interactions.

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    Alkilany, Alaaldin M; Thompson, Lucas B; Boulos, Stefano P; Sisco, Patrick N; Murphy, Catherine J

    2012-02-01

    Gold nanorods have promising applications in the fields of drug delivery and photothermal therapy. These promises arise from the nanorods' unique optical and photothermal properties, the availability of synthetic protocols that can tune the size and shape of the particles, the ability to modify the surface and conjugate drugs/molecules to the nanorods, and the relative biocompatibility of gold nanorods. In this review, current progress in using gold nanorods as phototherapeutic agents and as drug delivery vehicles is summarized. Issues of dosage, toxicity and biological interactions at three levels (biological media alone; cells; whole organisms) are discussed, concluding with recommendations for future work in this area.

  4. Controlled bacteria-gold nanorod interactions for enhancement of optoacoustic contrast

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    Liopo, Anton; Derry, Paul J.; Ermolinsky, Boris; Su, Richard; Conjusteau, André; Ermilov, Sergey; Zubarev, Eugene R.; Oraevsky, Alexander

    2014-03-01

    Gold-based contrast agents, gold nanorod (GNR), were designed for the enhancement of optoacoustic signal. After synthesis, the GNR-CTAB complexes were modified by pegylation (PEG), or replacement of CTAB (cetyl trimethylammonium bromide) with MTAB (16-mercaptohexadecyl trimethylammonium bromide) for coverage of gold nanorods with heparin (GNR-HP). Modified GNR are purified through centrifugation and filtration. GNRCTAB can be used as a model of positively charged gold surface for quantitative optoacoustic sensing in GNRbacteria interactions, whereas GNR-PEG and GNR-HP can be used as negatively charged gold surface models. We studied controlled agglomeration of contrast agents with the bacteria E.Coli and Vibrio Cholerae. For bacterial sensing, the localized plasmon resonance peak shifts as a function of electrostatic binding, which was detected with two different wavelengths through 3D optoacoustic imaging.

  5. Growth and Assembly of Gold Nanorods and Their Interactions with Fluorophores and Photochromic Molecules

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    Ming, Tian

    Noble metal nanocrystals have drawn great attention in a wide range of research fields due to their extraordinary localized surface plasmon resonances, which are essentially collective charge density oscillations confined in metallic nanostructures. Their applications range from bioimaging, sensing and therapy in life sciences to plasmonic circuits and optical data storage in micro-optoelectronics. More attractively, they can be used to enhance light harvesting in solar energy conversion systems. In this thesis, I will systematically describe the preparation and assembly of gold nanorods and their interactions with fluorophores and photochromic molecules, both experimentally and theoretically. I will first introduce my studies on high-index-faceted gold nanocrystals. Elongated tetrahexahedral (THH) gold nanocrystals have been prepared in high yields using a seed-mediated growth method. Structural characterizations reveal that they are single crystals enclosed by 24 high-index {037} facets. Electrochemical measurements have proven that these THH Au nanocrystals are more chemically active than octahedral Au nanocrystals that are enclosed by low-index {1111} facets. Next, I will demonstrate the formation of large-area, 3D ordered assemblies of Au nanostructures that have different sizes and shapes, including nanorods, polyhedra, nanocubes, and bipyramids, by droplet evaporation. The nature of the resultant assemblies is strongly dependent on the shape of Au nanostructures for single-component systems; while the assembly of binary nanorod mixtures is dependent on the relative diameters of two nanorod samples for the nanorods used in our experiments. Most applications of plasmonic nanostructures are based on their interactions with other chemical/physical species. In my research work, gold nanorods interacting with photochromic molecules and fluorophores are extensively studied. For the case of photochromic molecules, I have demonstrated a plasmonic switch on the basis

  6. Charge carrier dynamics and surface plasmon interaction in gold nanorod-blended organic solar cell

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    Rana, Aniket; Lochan, Abhiram; Chand, Suresh; Kumar, Mahesh; Singh, Rajiv K., E-mail: rajivsingh@nplindia.org [CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR-NPL Campus, New Delhi 110012 (India); Gupta, Neeraj [Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301 (India); Sharma, G. D. [CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2016-08-14

    The inclusion of plasmonic nanoparticles into organic solar cell enhances the light harvesting properties that lead to higher power conversion efficiency without altering the device configuration. This work defines the consequences of the nanoparticle overloading amount and energy transfer process between gold nanorod and polymer (active matrix) in organic solar cells. We have studied the hole population decay dynamics coupled with gold nanorods loading amount which provides better understanding about device performance limiting factors. The exciton and plasmon together act as an interacting dipole; however, the energy exchange between these two has been elucidated via plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET) mechanism. Further, the charge species have been identified specifically with respect to their energy levels appearing in ultrafast time domain. The specific interaction of these charge species with respective surface plasmon resonance mode, i.e., exciton to transverse mode of oscillation and polaron pair to longitudinal mode of oscillations, has been explained. Thus, our analysis reveals that PRET enhances the carrier population density in polymer via non-radiative process beyond the concurrence of a particular plasmon resonance oscillation mode and polymer absorption range. These findings give new insight and reveal specifically the factors that enhance and control the performance of gold nanorods blended organic solar cells. This work would lead in the emergence of future plasmon based efficient organic electronic devices.

  7. Functionalized gold nanorod solution via reverse micelle based polyacrylate coating.

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    Basiruddin, S K; Saha, Arindam; Pradhan, Narayan; Jana, Nikhil R

    2010-05-18

    Functionalization of gold nanorods is a key issue for their biomedical application, and currently it is performed via either electrostatic interaction or thiol based strategy. We have developed a polyacrylate based coating chemistry for gold nanorods that can be used in deriving a variety of functional nanorods with high colloidal stability. The coating processes can introduce primary amines, fluorescein, or poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) on the nanorod surface in one step process. While fluorescein incorporation can produce fluorescent nanorods, primary amine groups can be used for further functionalization. Various functional nanorods have been successfully synthesized from these coated nanorods and used in different applications. Glucose and biotin functionalized nanorods are used for protein detection, and oleyl functionalized nanorods with fluorescein incorporated in the polymer shell are used for fluorescence based cell labeling.

  8. Hydroquinone Based Synthesis of Gold Nanorods.

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    Picciolini, Silvia; Mehn, Dora; Ojea-Jiménez, Isaac; Gramatica, Furio; Morasso, Carlo

    2016-08-10

    Gold nanorods are an important kind of nanoparticles characterized by peculiar plasmonic properties. Despite their widespread use in nanotechnology, the synthetic methods for the preparation of gold nanorods are still not fully optimized. In this paper we describe a new, highly efficient, two-step protocol based on the use of hydroquinone as a mild reducing agent. Our approach allows the preparation of nanorods with a good control of size and aspect ratio (AR) simply by varying the amount of hexadecyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and silver ions (Ag(+)) present in the "growth solution". By using this method, it is possible to markedly reduce the amount of CTAB, an expensive and cytotoxic reagent, necessary to obtain the elongated shape. Gold nanorods with an aspect ratio of about 3 can be obtained in the presence of just 50 mM of CTAB (versus 100 mM used in the standard protocol based on the use of ascorbic acid), while shorter gold nanorods are obtained using a concentration as low as 10 mM.

  9. Optical properties of self-organized gold nanorod-polymer hybrid films.

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    Tritschler, Ulrich; Zlotnikov, Igor; Keckeis, Philipp; Schlaad, Helmut; Cölfen, Helmut

    2014-11-25

    High fractions of gold nanorods were locally aligned by means of a polymeric liquid crystalline phase. The gold nanorods constituting >80 wt % of the thin organic-inorganic composite films form a network with side-by-side and end-to-end combinations. Organization into these network structures was induced by shearing gold nanorod-LC polymer dispersions via spin-coating. The LC polymer is a polyoxazoline functionalized with pendent cholesteryl and carboxyl side groups enabling the polymer to bind to the CTAB stabilizer layer of the gold nanorods via electrostatic interactions, thus forming the glue between organic and inorganic components, and to form a chiral nematic lyotropic phase. The self-assembled locally oriented gold nanorod structuring enables control over collective optical properties due to plasmon resonance coupling, reminiscent of enhanced optical properties of natural biomaterials.

  10. Functionalized Gold Nanorods for Tumor Imaging and Targeted Therapy

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    Gui, Chen; Cui, Da-Xiang

    2012-01-01

    Gold nanorods, as an emerging noble metal nanomaterial with unique properties, have become the new exciting focus of theoretical and experimental studies in the past few years. The structure and function of gold nanorods, especially their biocompatibility, optical property, and photothermal effects, have been attracting more and more attention. Gold nanorods exhibit great potential in applications such as tumor molecular imaging and photothermal therapy. In this article, we review some of the...

  11. Longitudinal Plasmonic Detection of Glucose Using Gold Nanorods

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    Ching-An Peng

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanorod-based affinity sensors were developed\tutilizing\tconcanavalin-A/dextran/glucose chemistry to detect glucose. The gold nanorods, synthesized using the seed-mediated method, were first coated with dextran sulfate. The dextran sulfate coating changed the local refractive index, which was observed as a red shift in the longitudinal plasmon band. After the addition of 8 μM concanavalin-A, gold nanorod aggregates were formed as shown by TEM analysis. The corresponding UV-Vis spectrum peak wavelength showed a red shift from 701 nm of dextran sulfate coated gold nanorods to 718 nm of concanavalin-A promoted gold nanorod aggregates. The gold nanorod aggregates were dissociated when 12 mM glucose was introduced, as illustrated by TEM images. The longitudinal plasmon resonance of the UV-Vis spectrum also showed a blue shift from 718 nm of dextran sulfate-coated gold nanorods associated by concanavalin-A to 714 nm of dissociated dextran sulfate-coated gold nanorods. The degree of the spectrum peak wavelength shift of the dextran sulfate-coated gold nanorods associated by concanavalin-A can be modulated using glucose ranging from 1 to 30 mM.

  12. Lasing Action with Gold Nanorod Hyperbolic Metamaterials

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    Chandrasekar, Rohith; Meng, Xiangeng; Shalaginov, Mikhail Y; Lagutchev, Alexei; Kim, Young L; Wei, Alexander; Kildishev, Alexander V; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Shalaev, Vladimir M

    2016-01-01

    Coherent nanoscale photon sources are of paramount importance to achieving all-optical communication. Several nanolasers smaller than the diffraction limit have been theoretically proposed and experimentally demonstrated using plasmonic cavities to confine optical fields. Such compact cavities exhibit large Purcell factors, thereby enhancing spontaneous emission, which feeds into the lasing mode. However, most plasmonic nanolasers reported so far have employed resonant nanostructures and therefore had the lasing restricted to the proximity of the resonance wavelength. Here, we report on an approach based on gold nanorod hyperbolic metamaterials for lasing. Hyperbolic metamaterials provide broadband Purcell enhancement due to large photonic density of optical states, while also supporting surface plasmon modes to deliver optical feedback for lasing due to nonlocal effects in nanorod media. We experimentally demonstrate the advantage of hyperbolic metamaterials in achieving lasing action by its comparison with ...

  13. Evaporation induced self-assembly and characterization of gold nanorods

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    Ahmad, I.

    2015-01-01

    Assembly of nanoparticles into superstructures in suspension and at interfaces exhibits many different and interesting features. In this thesis we present results of different studies into the assembly of gold nanorods. We describe the synthesis of low aspect ratio gold nanorods as used in this thes

  14. Evaporation induced self-assembly and characterization of gold nanorods

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    Ahmad, Imtiaz

    2015-01-01

    Assembly of nanoparticles into superstructures in suspension and at interfaces exhibits many different and interesting features. In this thesis we present results of different studies into the assembly of gold nanorods. We describe the synthesis of low aspect ratio gold nanorods as used in this thes

  15. Collective plasmonic properties in few-layer gold nanorod supercrystals

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    Hamon, Cyrille; Novikov, Sergey M.; Scarabelli, Leonardo; Solis, Diego M.; Altantzis, Thomas; Bals, Sara; Taboada, Jose M.; Obelleiro, Fernando; Liz-Marzán, Luis M.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract: Gold nanorod supercrystals have been widely employed for the detection of relevant bioanalytes with detection limits ranging from nano- to picomolar levels, confirming the promising nature of these structures for biosensing. Even though a relationship between the height of the supercrystal (i.e., the number of stacked nanorod layers) and the enhancement factor has been proposed, no systematic study has been reported. In order to tackle this problem, we prepared gold nanorod supercry...

  16. Functionalized gold nanorods for tumor imaging and targeted therapy.

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    Gui, Chen; Cui, Da-Xiang

    2012-12-01

    Gold nanorods, as an emerging noble metal nanomaterial with unique properties, have become the new exciting focus of theoretical and experimental studies in the past few years. The structure and function of gold nanorods, especially their biocompatibility, optical property, and photothermal effects, have been attracting more and more attention. Gold nanorods exhibit great potential in applications such as tumor molecular imaging and photothermal therapy. In this article, we review some of the main advances made over the past few years in the application of gold nanorods in surface functionalization, molecular imaging, and photothermal therapy. We also explore other prospective applications and discuss the corresponding concepts, issues, approaches, and challenges, with the aim of stimulating broader interest in gold nanorod-based nanotechnology and improving its practical application.

  17. Spectroscopic investigation on porphyrins nano-assemblies onto gold nanorods

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    Trapani, Mariachiara; De Luca, Giovanna; Romeo, Andrea; Castriciano, Maria Angela; Scolaro, Luigi Monsù

    2017-02-01

    The interaction between gold nanorods (Au NRs), synthesized by a conventional seeded growth protocol, and the anionic tetrakis-(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin (TPPS4) has been investigated through various spectroscopic techniques. At neutral pH, the formation of H-aggregates and the inclusion of porphyrin monomers in CTAB micelles covering the nanorods have been evidenced. Under mild acidic conditions (pH = 3) a nano-hybrid assembly of porphyrin J-aggregates and Au NRs has been revealed. For the sake of comparison, Cu(II) and Zn(II) metal porphyrin derivatives as well as a cationic porphyrin have been studied in the same experimental conditions, showing that: i) CuTPPS4 forms porphyrin H-dimers onto the Au NRs; ii) ZnTPPS4 undergoes to demetallation, followed by acidification of the central core and eventually aggregation onto Au NRs; iii) cationic porphyrin does not interact with Au NRs.

  18. Facile gold nanorod purification by fractionated precipitation

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    Thai, T.; Zheng, Y.; Ng, S. H.; Ohshima, H.; Altissimo, M.; Bach, U.

    2014-05-01

    An efficient and facile size- and shape-selective separation of gold nanorod (GNR) solutions is developed using a fractionated precipitation strategy. This convenient method has the benefit of eliminating nanoparticulate side products that can substantially deteriorate the quality of self-assembled nanostructures. The fabrication of advanced plasmonic metamaterials crucially depends on the capacity to supply feedstocks of high-purity building blocks.An efficient and facile size- and shape-selective separation of gold nanorod (GNR) solutions is developed using a fractionated precipitation strategy. This convenient method has the benefit of eliminating nanoparticulate side products that can substantially deteriorate the quality of self-assembled nanostructures. The fabrication of advanced plasmonic metamaterials crucially depends on the capacity to supply feedstocks of high-purity building blocks. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Materials and chemicals, methods and Fig. S1-S8 including AFM cross-section analysis, UV-Vis studies and additional SEM images. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01592d

  19. Optical properties of gold nanorods: DDA simulations supported by experiments.

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    Brioude, A; Jiang, X C; Pileni, M P

    2005-07-14

    Simulations of the absorption efficiency using the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) method and taking into account the real shape of gold nanorods are reported. A dominant surface plasma band corresponding to the longitudinal resonance is observed. Its maximum position lambda(max) shifts to the red as the aspect ratio increases. The transversal dipolar and multipolar mode wavelength positions are also discussed. These data are in good agreement with previous theoretical work based on classical electrostatic predictions and assuming that gold nanorods behave as ellipsoidal particles. From the experimental point of view, good agreement with the published data for gold nanorods is obtained.

  20. Understanding the Seed-Mediated Growth of Gold Nanorods through a Fractional Factorial Design of Experiments.

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    Burrows, Nathan D; Harvey, Samantha; Idesis, Fred A; Murphy, Catherine J

    2017-02-28

    Since the development of simple, aqueous protocols for the synthesis of anisotropic metal nanoparticles, research into many promising, valuable applications of gold nanorods has grown considerably, but a number of challenges remain, including gold-particle yield, robustness to minor impurities, and precise control of gold nanorod surface chemistry. Herein we present the results of a composite fractional factorial series of experiments designed to screen seven additional potential avenues of control and to understand the seed-mediated silver-assisted synthesis of gold nanorods. These synthesis variables are the amount of sodium borohydride used and the rate of stirring when producing seed nanoparticles, the age of and the amount of seeds added, the reaction temperature, the amounts of silver nitrate and ascorbic acid added, and the age of the reduced growth solution before seed nanoparticles are added to initiate rod formation. This statistical experimental design and analysis method, besides determining which experimental variables are important and which are not when synthesizing gold nanorods (and quantifying their effects), gives further insight into the mechanism of growth by measuring the degree to which variables interact with each other by mapping out their mechanistic connections. This work demonstrates that when forming gold nanorods by the reduction of auric ions by ascorbic acid onto seed nanoparticles, ascorbic acid determines how much gold is reduced, and the amount of seeds determine how it is divided, yet both influence the intrinsic growth rates, in both width and length, of the forming nanorods. Furthermore, this work shows that the reduction of gold proceeds via direct reduction on the surface of seeds and not through a disproportionation reaction. Further control over the length of gold nanorods can be achieved by tuning the amount of silver nitrate or the reaction temperature. This work shows that silver does not directly influence rod length or

  1. Cytogenetic evaluation of gold nanorods using Allium cepa test.

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    Rajeshwari, A; Roy, Barsha; Chandrasekaran, Natarajan; Mukherjee, Amitava

    2016-12-01

    The current study reveals the impact of gold nanorods (NRs) capped with CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) or PEG (polyethylene glycol) on Allium cepa. The morphology and surface charge of CTAB- and PEG-capped gold NRs were characterized by electron microscopic and zeta potential analyses. The chromosomal aberrations like clumped chromosome, chromosomal break, chromosomal bridge, diagonal anaphase, disturbed metaphase, laggard chromosome, and sticky chromosome were observed in the root tip cells exposed to different concentrations (0.1, 1, and 10 μg/mL) of CTAB- and PEG-capped gold NRs. We found that both CTAB- and PEG-capped gold NRs were able to induce toxicity in the plant system after 4-h interaction. At a maximum concentration of 10 μg/mL, the mitotic index reduction induced by CTAB-capped gold NRs was 40-fold higher than that induced by PEG-capped gold NRs. The toxicity of gold NRs was further confirmed by lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress analyses. The unbound CTAB also contributed to the toxicity in root tip cells, while PEG alone shows less toxicity to the cells. The vehicle control CTAB contributed to the toxic effects in root tip cells, while PEG alone did not show any toxicity to the cells. The results revealed that even though both the particles have adverse effects on A. cepa, there was a significant difference in the mitotic index and oxidative stress generation in root cells exposed to CTAB-capped gold NRs. Thus, this study concludes that the surface polymerization of gold NRs by PEG can reduce the toxicity of CTAB-capped gold NRs.

  2. Adsorption of Organophosphate Pesticide Dimethoate on Gold Nanospheres and Nanorods

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    Tatjana Momić; Tamara Lazarević Pašti; Una Bogdanović; Vesna Vodnik; Ana Mraković; Zlatko Rakočević; Pavlović, Vladimir B.; Vesna Vasić

    2016-01-01

    Organophosphorus pesticide dimethoate was adsorbed onto gold nanospheres and nanorods in aqueous solution using batch technique. Adsorption of dimethoate onto gold nanoparticles was confirmed by UV-Vis spectrophotometry, TEM, AFM, and FTIR analysis. The adsorption of nanospheres resulted in aggregation which was not the case with nanorods. Nanoparticles adsorption features were characterized using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. The Langmuir adsorption isotherm was found to have the ...

  3. Development of functional gold nanorods for bioimaging and photothermal therapy

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    Niidome, T, E-mail: niidome.takuro.655@m.kyushu-u.ac.j [Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan) and Center for Future Chemistry, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan) and PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Kawaguchi 332-0012 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    Gold nanorods have strong surface plasmon band at near-infrared light region, and are used as a photothermal converter. Since the near-infrared light penetrates into tissues deeply, it has been expected as a contrast agent for near infrared light bioimaging, a photosensitizer for photothermal therapy, and functional device for drug delivery system responding to near-infrared light irradiation. In this study, the surface plasmon bands of intravenously injected gold nanorods were monitored in the mouse abdomen using a spectrophotometer equipped with an integrating sphere, then we determined pharmacokinetics parameters of the gold nanorods after intravenous injection. Next, the PEG-modified gold nanorods were directly injected into subcutaneous tumors in mice, then, near-infrared pulsed laser light was irradiated the tumors. Significant tumor damage and suppression of the tumor growth was observed. We constructed targeted delivery system of the gold nanorods by modifying with a thermo-responsive polymer and a peptide responding to a protease activity. These modified gold nanorods are expected as functional nanodevices for photothermal therapy and drug delivery system.

  4. Synthesis and optical properties of gold nanorods with controllable morphology

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    Ye, Tianyu; Dai, Zhigao; Mei, Fei; Zhang, Xingang; Zhou, Yuanming; Xu, Jinxia; Wu, Wei; Xiao, Xiangheng; Jiang, Changzhong

    2016-11-01

    Searching for architectural building blocks with tunable morphology and peculiarity is a prominent challenge for novel diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Here, the aqueous-based seed-mediated methods for preparing highly mono-dispersed Au nanorods with a different aspect ratio are systematically studied by controlling the amounts of Ag ions and seeds. We also explore the effect of pH on the synthesis of gold nanorods. The realization of the overlap of longitudinal plasmon band and excitation source with different degrees is made by changing the aspect ratio of nanorod in order to determine its effect on the overall surface enhancement. In addition, the gold octahedra are prepared by overgrowth on Au nanorods. The SERS effects of Au nanorods are researched and the FDTD simulations are performed to reveal the morphology induced plasmon modes.

  5. Growth Mechanism of Gold Nanorods in Binary Surfactant System

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    Kim, Bo-Mi; Seo, Sun-Hwa; Joe, Ara; Shim, Kyu-Dong; Jang, Eue-Soon [Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-06-15

    In order to reveal the growth mechanism of gold nanorods (GNRs) in a binary surfactant system, we synthesized various GNRs by changing the concentration of the surfactants, AgNO{sub 3}, and HBr in the growth solution. We found that the benzyldime thylhexadecylammoniumchloride surfactant had weak interaction with the gold ions, but it could reduce the membrane fluidity. In addition, we could dramatically decrease the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide concentration required for GNR growth by adding an HBr solution. Notably, Ag{sup +} ions were necessary to break the symmetry of the seed crystals for GNR growth, but increasing the concentration of Ag{sup +} and Br{sup -} ions caused a decrease in the template size.

  6. Microspectroscopic characterisation of gold nanorods for cancer cell detection

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    Hartsuiker, Liesbeth

    2011-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles have a long history in the biomedical applications. Recently in particular gold nanorods (GNR) have attracted attention. From a biocompatability point of view as well as from an optical angle, GNR are promising contrast enhancing agents in tumour detection. However, before GNR can

  7. Alignment of gold nanorods by angular photothermal depletion

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    Taylor, Adam B.; Chow, Timothy T. Y.; Chon, James W. M., E-mail: jchon@swin.edu.au [Centre for Micro-Photonics, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, 3122 VIC (Australia)

    2014-02-24

    In this paper, we demonstrate that a high degree of alignment can be imposed upon randomly oriented gold nanorod films by angular photothermal depletion with linearly polarized laser irradiation. The photothermal reshaping of gold nanorods is observed to follow quadratic melting model rather than the threshold melting model, which distorts the angular and spectral hole created on 2D distribution map of nanorods to be an open crater shape. We have accounted these observations to the alignment procedures and demonstrated good agreement between experiment and simulations. The use of multiple laser depletion wavelengths allowed alignment criteria over a large range of aspect ratios, achieving 80% of the rods in the target angular range. We extend the technique to demonstrate post-alignment in a multilayer of randomly oriented gold nanorod films, with arbitrary control of alignment shown across the layers. Photothermal angular depletion alignment of gold nanorods is a simple, promising post-alignment method for creating future 3D or multilayer plasmonic nanorod based devices and structures.

  8. Gd(III) functionalized gold nanorods for multimodal imaging applications.

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    Sun, Hongmei; Yuan, Qinghai; Zhang, Baohua; Ai, Kelong; Zhang, Pengguo; Lu, Lehui

    2011-05-01

    We demonstrate a novel noncovalent method for producing Gd(III)-functionalized gold nanorods as multimodal contrast agents for MRI and CT imaging. The ligand is connected to the surface of the gold nanorods by a noncovalent bond making the Gd(III) ions directly accessible to water molecules, and resulting in a longitudinal relaxivity as high as 21.3 mM(-1) s(-1). In addition, compared with spherical gold nanoparticles, gold nanorods have more binding sites for Gd(III) ions due to their large surface-to-volume ratio. Benefiting from the advantages of the new type of carry material and the novel fabrication approach, the multimodal imaging probes exhibit a high longitudinal relaxivity r(1) on the order of 1.1 × 10(7) mM(-1) s(-1) on a per-particle basis, which is 24 times higher than that of Gd(III)-ion-functionalized spherical gold nanoparticles. Furthermore, CT imaging shows that such nanoprobes could induce an efficient contrast enhancement when the gold concentration is at least equal to 1.31 mg ml(-1). These results demonstrate that the as-prepared Gd functionalized gold nanorods could provide a new and versatile platform for the development of multimodal imaging probes.

  9. Synthesis and tuning of gold nanorods with surface plasmon resonance

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    Shajari, Daryush; Bahari, Ali; Gill, Pooria; Mohseni, Mojtaba

    2017-02-01

    Gold nanostructures in general and gold nanorods in particular due to their plasmon resonance has been employed for many applications, such as biosensors. For the biosensors uses, gold nanorods remain popular and reproducibility of them is the most important and critical. In the present work we used six different CTAB (Hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) products and one BDAC (Benzyldimethylhexadecylammonium chloride) with varying silver nitrate concentration in the seed-mediated growth of gold nanostructures. We synthesized gold nanorods with varying aspect ratio up to 5.5 with a longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peak from 670 to 950 nm. We obtained excellent rod-shape gold nanostructures witch were reliable and reproducible with our method based on common seed-mediated growth. The synthesized nanostructures were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Here, we report our method in more detail as a user-friendly guide for the production of gold nanorods and tuning of their aspect ratios.

  10. Adsorption of Organophosphate Pesticide Dimethoate on Gold Nanospheres and Nanorods

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    Tatjana Momić

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Organophosphorus pesticide dimethoate was adsorbed onto gold nanospheres and nanorods in aqueous solution using batch technique. Adsorption of dimethoate onto gold nanoparticles was confirmed by UV-Vis spectrophotometry, TEM, AFM, and FTIR analysis. The adsorption of nanospheres resulted in aggregation which was not the case with nanorods. Nanoparticles adsorption features were characterized using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. The Langmuir adsorption isotherm was found to have the best fit to the experimental data for both types of nanoparticles. Adsorption capacity detected for nanospheres is 456 mg/g and for nanorods is 57.1 mg/g. Also, nanoparticles were successfully used for dimethoate removal from spiked drinking water while nanospheres were shown to be more efficient than nanorods.

  11. Gold nanorods and nanospheroids for enhancing spontaneous emission

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    Mohammadi, A [Department of Physics, Persian Gulf University, 75196 Bushehr (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sandoghdar, V; Agio, M [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)], E-mail: mario.agio@phys.chem.ethz.ch

    2008-10-15

    We compute the radiative decay rate and the quantum efficiency for an emitter coupled to gold nanorods and nanospheroids using the body-of-revolution finite-difference time-domain method. We study these quantities as a function of the nanoparticle aspect ratio and volume, showing that large enhancements can be achieved with realistic parameters. Moreover, we find that nanospheroids exhibit better performances than nanorods for applications in the visible and near-infrared spectral range.

  12. Electrochemical Synthesis and Absorption Properties of Gold Nanorods

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    ZHU Jian; WANG Yong-Chang; YAN Shi-Nong; LU Yi-min

    2003-01-01

    Suspended gold nanorods have been synthesized via an electrochemical methad. The absorption spectrum features show two peaks at 520nm and 650mn, which resttlt from the transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon resonance. The spectra at different growth stages indicate that the absorption peaks split and shift after electrolysis , which correspond to the anisotropy growth of nanorods . The quasi-static calculation results indicate that with increasing the mean aspect ratio of the nanorods, the longer waavelength absorption peak decreases and red shifts obviously, whereas the shorter wavelength absorption peak blue shifts slightly.

  13. Uptake, translocation, and toxicity of gold nanorods in maize

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    Moradi Shahmansouri, Nastaran

    Nanomaterials are widely used in many different products, such as electronics, cosmetics, industrial goods, biomedical uses, and other material applications. The heavy emission of nanomaterials into the environment has motived increasing concern regarding the effects on ecosystems, food chains, and, human health. Plants can tolerate a certain amount of natural nanomaterials, but large amounts of ENMs released from a variety of industries could be toxic to plants and possibly threaten the ecosystem. Employing phytoremediation as a contamination treatment method may show promise. However a pre-requisite to successful treatment is a better understanding of the behavior and effects of nanomaterials within plant systems. This study is designed to investigate the uptake, translocation, bioavailability, and toxicity of gold nanorods in maize plants. Maize is an important food and feed crop that can be used to understand the potential hazardous effects of nanoparticle uptake and distribution in the food chain. The findings could be an important contribution to the fields of phytoremediation, agri-nanotechnology, and nanoparticle toxicity on plants. In the first experiment, hydroponically grown maize seedlings were exposed to similar doses of commercial non-coated gold nanorods in three sizes, 10x34 nm, 20x75 nm, and 40x96 nm. The three nanorod species were suspended in solutions at concentrations of 350 mg/l, 5.8 mg/l, and 14 mg/l, respectively. Maize plants were exposed to all three solutions resulting in considerably lower transpiration and wet biomass than control plants. Likewise, dry biomass was reduced, but the effect is less pronounced than that of transpiration and wet biomass. The reduced transpiration and water content, which eventually proved fatal to exposed plants, were most likely a result of toxic effect of gold nanorod, which appeared to physically hinder the root system. TEM images proved that maize plants can uptake gold particles and accumulate them in

  14. Study of plasmon resonance in a gold nanorod with an LC circuit model

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    Huang, Cheng-ping; Huang, Huang; Zhu, Yong-yuan

    2009-01-01

    Gold nanorod has generated great research interest due to its tunable longitudinal plasmon resonance. However, little progress has been made in the understanding of the effect. A major reason is that, except for metallic spheres and ellipsoids, the interaction between light and nanoparticles is generally insoluble. In this paper, a new scheme has been proposed to study the plasmon resonance of gold nanorod, in which the nanorod is modeled as an LC circuit with an inductance and a capacitance. The obtained resonance wavelength is dependent on not only aspect ratio but also rod radius, suggesting the importance of self-inductance and the breakdown of linear scaling. Moreover, the cross sections for light scattering and absorption have been deduced analytically, giving rise to a Lorentzian line-shape for the extinction spectrum. The result provides us with new insight into the phenomenon.

  15. Gold Nanorod Bioconjugates for Active Tumor Targeting and Photothermal Therapy

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    Green, Hadiyah N; Martyshkin, Dmitry V; Rodenburg, Cynthia M.; Rosenthal, Eben L.; Mirov, Sergey B.

    2011-01-01

    The mastery of active tumor targeting is a great challenge in near infrared photothermal therapy (NIRPTT). To improve efficiency for targeted treatment of malignant tumors, we modify the technique of conjugating gold nanoparticles to tumor-specific antibodies. Polyethylene glycol-coated (PEGylated) gold nanorods (GNRs) were fabricated and conjugated to an anti-EGFR antibody. We characterized the conjugation efficiency of the GNRs by comparing the efficiency of antibody binding and the phototh...

  16. A seedless approach to continuous flow synthesis of gold nanorods.

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    Bullen, Craig; Latter, Melissa J; D'Alonzo, Nicholas J; Willis, Glen J; Raston, Colin L

    2011-04-14

    A direct seedless method for the continuous synthesis of gold nanorods has been developed using a sequential rotating tube-narrow channel processing microfluidic configuration, with the stock feed solutions (HAuCl(4)/CTAB/acetylacetone and AgNO(3)/CTAB/carbonate buffer) being stable for weeks.

  17. Irreversible thermochromic behavior in gold and silver nanorod/polymeric ionic liquid nanocomposite films.

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    Tollan, Christopher M; Marcilla, Rebeca; Pomposo, Jose A; Rodriguez, Javier; Aizpurua, Javier; Molina, Jon; Mecerreyes, David

    2009-02-01

    The novel application of gold and silver nanorods as irreversible thermochromic dyes in polymeric ionic liquid (PIL) nanocomposites is proposed here. These materials have been synthesized by anion exchange of an imidazolium-based PIL in a solution that also contained gold nanorods. This resulted in the entrapment of the nanoobjects within a solid polymer precipitate. In this article, the effect of the temperature was studied in relation to the change of shape and, consequently, color of the gold or silver nanorods within the films. For the nanocomposites studied here, a maximum of two visual thermochromic transitions was observed for gold nanorods and up to three transitions were observed for silver nanorods.

  18. Reactivity and resizing of gold nanorods in presence of Cu2+

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    T S Sreeprasad; A K Samal; T Pradeep

    2008-06-01

    Due to the inherent anisotropy of the system, gold nanorods behave differently in comparison to their spherical counterparts. Reactivity of gold nanorods, in presence of cupric ions, was probed in an attempt to understand the chemistry of anisotropic particles. The reaction progresses through a series of intermediates. It can be arrested at any stage to get nanorods of desired dimension and therefore, can be used for their reshaping. The presence or absence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) on the nanorod surface was found to be determining the site of initiation of the reaction. When a large concentration of CTAB is present in the system, selective etching of the tips of the nanorod occurs and when the nanorods are purified to reduce the amount of CTAB in the solution, the side faces of the nanorod also get reacted. Gold nanorods are converted to particles by further surface reconstructions in a systematic surface specific chemistry.

  19. Gold Nanorods as Nanodevices for Bioimaging, Photothermal Therapeutics, and Drug Delivery.

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    Haine, Aung Thu; Niidome, Takuro

    2017-01-01

    Gold nanorods are promising metals in several biomedical applications such as bioimaging, thermal therapy, and drug delivery. Gold nanorods have strong absorption bands in near-infrared (NIR) light region and show photothermal effects. Since NIR light can penetrate deeply into tissues, their unique optical, chemical, and biological properties have attracted considerable clinical interest. Gold nanorods are expected to act not only as on-demand thermal converters for photothermal therapy but also as mediators of a controlled drug-release system responding to light irradiation. In this review, we discuss current progress using gold nanorods as bioimaging platform, phototherapeutic agents, and drug delivery vehicles.

  20. Direct formation of gold nanorods on surfaces using polymer-immobilised gold seeds

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    Abyaneh, Majid K; Pietro Parisse; Loredana Casalis

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we present the formation of gold nanorods (GNRs) on novel gold–poly(methyl methacrylate) (Au–PMMA) nanocomposite substrates with unprecedented growth control through the polymer molecular weight (Mw) and gold-salt-to-polymer weight ratio. For the first time, GNRs have been produced by seed-mediated direct growth on surfaces that were pre-coated with polymer-immobilised gold seeds. A Au–PMMA nanocomposite formed by UV photoreduction has been used as the gold seed. The influence of poly...

  1. Electric field induced orientational order of gold nanorods in dilute organic suspensions

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    Fontana, Jake; da Costa, Greice K. B.; Pereira, Joao M.; Naciri, Jawad; Ratna, Banahalli R.; Palffy-Muhoray, Peter; Carvalho, Isabel C. S.

    2016-02-01

    The electric field controlled alignment of gold nanorods offers a paradigm for anisotropic molecules with the potential for a wide variety of phases and structures. We experimentally study the optical absorption from gold nanorod suspensions aligned using external electric fields. We show that the absorption from these suspensions depends linearly on the orientational order parameter. We provide evidence that the critical electric field needed to orient the gold nanorods is proportional to the nanorod volume and depolarization anisotropy. Utilizing this critical field dependence, we demonstrate for suspensions with two different nanorod sizes that the alignment of each population can be controlled. We also develop a technique to determine the imaginary parts of the longitudinal and transverse electric susceptibilities of the nanorods. The ability to selectively address specific parts of the nanorod populations in a mixture using external fields may have significant potential for future display and optical filter applications.

  2. Using gold nanorods and nanoshells in photothermal cancer therapy

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    Nhung, Tran; Duong, Vu; Tracy, Dustin; Drosdoff, David; Woods, Lilia; Nguyen, Huong; Nga, Do; Viet, N. A.; Phan, Anh

    2014-03-01

    The ability of strongly absorbing near-infrared radiation and efficiently scattering photon energy of gold nanoshells and nanorods has been investigated for cancer treatments. The nanostructures sizes are chosen to achieve a surface plasmon resonance localized peak in the ``human-being skin windows'' (650-900 nm), which is the best possible regime of operation for cancer treatment. After injecting nanoshell and nanorod solutions into chicken tissues, variations of temperature of samples as a function of time with and without near-infrared-light irradiation at 808 nm are reported. The temperature of chicken tissues injected with nanorods is found to be greater than that of the samples with nanoshells for the same absorbance of nanomaterials. The photothermal transduction efficiency of nanorods is also proved to be higher than that of nanoshells. Our theoretical calculations show excellent agreement with the experimental data. This work was supported by the Nafosted Grant No. 103.01-2013.25 and 103.06.101.09. THN is partially supported by USDA NIFA grant 2013-67017-21221. L.M.W. acknowledges support from the Department of Energy under contract DE-FG02-06ER46297.

  3. One-pot synthesis of gold nanorods via autocatalytic growth of sonochemically formed gold seeds: the effect of irradiation time on the formation of seeds and nanorods.

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    Okitsu, Kenji; Nunota, Yuho

    2014-11-01

    A one-pot synthesis for gold nanorods was developed using sonochemical reduction of gold ions in an aqueous solution in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, silver nitrate, and ascorbic acid, where we focused on the autocatalytic growth of gold seeds formed by ultrasonic irradiation for short times. In growth experiments with these sonochemically formed gold seeds, sigmoidal shape growth curves were observed, and the induction period before growth began was longer for shorter irradiation times. This result indicated that the number of sonochemically formed gold seeds increased with increasing irradiation time. The average aspect ratio of the gold nanorods produced changed from 2.0 at an irradiation time of 0.5min to 3.6 at 15min. The gold nanorods produced were longer and wider when the irradiation time was shorter.

  4. Gold Nanorods Targeted to Delta Opioid Receptor: Plasmon-Resonant Contrast and Photothermal Agents

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    Kvar C. Black

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecularly targeted gold nanorods were investigated for applications in both diagnostic imaging and disease treatment with cellular resolution. The nanorods were tested in two genetically engineered cell lines derived from the human colon carcinoma HCT-116, a model for studying ligand-receptor interactions. One of these lines was modified to express delta opioid receptor (δOR and green fluorescent protein, whereas the other was receptor free and expressed a red fluorescent protein, to serve as the control. Deltorphin, a high-affinity ligand for δOR, was stably attached to the gold nanorods through a thiol-terminated linker. In a mixed population of cells, we demonstrated selective imaging and destruction of receptor-expressing cells while sparing those cells that did not express the receptor. The molecularly targeted nanorods can be used as an in vitro ligand-binding and cytotoxic treatment assay platform and could potentially be applied in vivo for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes with endoscopic technology.

  5. Size and shape control in the overgrowth of gold nanorods

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    Ratto, Fulvio; Matteini, Paolo; Rossi, Francesca; Pini, Roberto, E-mail: r.pini@ifac.cnr.i [Istituto di Fisica Applicata ' Nello Carrara' , Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)

    2010-08-15

    We report on a new sustainable approach to manipulate the optical behaviour and geometrical properties of gold nanorods in aqueous solutions by fine control of their overgrowth. In our approach, the overgrowth is realized by modulation of the reduction of the gold ions which are left as Au{sup 1+} after the primary step of the synthesis (typically as much as {approx}80% of the gold ions available in the growth solution). The progress of the reduction requires the gradual addition of ascorbic acid, which transforms the Au{sup 1+} into Au{sup 0} and may be performed in the original growth solution with no need for any further manipulation. By control of the total amount and rate of administration of the ascorbic acid, we prove the possibility to realize a systematic modulation of the average lengths, diameters, shapes (rod or dog-bone like), and light extinction of the nanoparticles. A slow overgrowth leads to a gradual enlargement of the lengths and diameters at almost constant shape. In contrast, a faster overgrowth results into a more complex modification of the overall shape of the gold nanorods.

  6. Controlled Aspect Ratios of Gold Nanorods in Reduction-Limited Conditions

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    Jong-Yeob Kim

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspect ratios of gold nanorods have been finely modified in reduction-limited conditions via two electrochemical ways: by changing the amount of a growth solution containing small gold clusters in the presence of already prepared gold nanorods as seeds or by changing electrolysis time in the presence or absence of a silver plate. While the atomic molar ratio of gold in the growth solution to gold in the seed solution is critical in the former method, the relative molar ratio of gold ions to silver ions in the electrolytic solution is important in the latter way for the control of the aspect ratios of gold nanorods. The aspect ratios of gold nanorods decrease with an increase of electrolysis time in the absence of a silver plate, but they increase with an increase of electrolysis time in the presence of a silver plate.

  7. Modelling and characterization of photothermal effects assisted with gold nanorods in ex vivo samples and in a murine model

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    Lamela Rivera, Horacio; Rodríguez Jara, Félix; Cunningham, Vincent

    2011-03-01

    We discuss in this article the implementation of a laser-tissue interaction and bioheat-transfer 2-D finite-element model for Photothermal Therapy assisted with Gold Nanorods. We have selected Gold Nanorods as absorbing nanostructures in order to improve the efficiency of using compact diode lasers because of their high opto-thermal conversion efficiency at 808 and 850 nm. The goal is to model the distribution of the optical energy among the tissue including the skin absorption effects and the tissue thermal response, with and without the presence of Gold Nanorods. The heat generation due to the optical energy absorption and the thermal propagation will be computationally modeled and optimized. The model has been evaluated and compared with experimental ex-vivo data in fresh chicken muscle samples and in-vivo BALB/c mice animal model.

  8. One-step growth of gold nanorods using a β-diketone reducing agent

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    Tollan, Christopher M.; Echeberria, Jon; Marcilla, Rebeca; Pomposo, José A.; Mecerreyes, David

    2009-07-01

    The synthesis and characterisation of gold nanorods have been carried out by reduction of the gold salt HAuCl4. This has been done using a single reducing agent, acetylacetone, rather than the two reducing agents, sodium borohydride and ascorbic acid, normally required by standard wet chemistry methods of gold nanorod formation. Using this novel method, the nanorods were synthesised at several different pH values which were found to greatly affect both the rate at which the nanorods form and their physical dimensions. The concentrations of acetylacetone and silver nitrate used relative to the gold salt were found to alter the aspect ratio of the nanorods formed. Rods with an average length of 42 nm and an aspect ratio of 4.6 can be easily and reproducibly formed at pH 10 using this method. Nanorods formed under optimum conditions were investigated using TEM.

  9. One-step growth of gold nanorods using a {beta}-diketone reducing agent

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    Tollan, Christopher M., E-mail: ctollan@cidetec.e [CIDETEC-Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian, New Materials Department (Spain); Echeberria, Jon [CEIT, Centro de Investigaciones Tecnicas de Guipuzcoa (Spain); Marcilla, Rebeca; Pomposo, Jose A.; Mecerreyes, David, E-mail: dmecerreyes@cidetec.e [CIDETEC-Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian, New Materials Department (Spain)

    2009-07-15

    The synthesis and characterisation of gold nanorods have been carried out by reduction of the gold salt HAuCl{sub 4}. This has been done using a single reducing agent, acetylacetone, rather than the two reducing agents, sodium borohydride and ascorbic acid, normally required by standard wet chemistry methods of gold nanorod formation. Using this novel method, the nanorods were synthesised at several different pH values which were found to greatly affect both the rate at which the nanorods form and their physical dimensions. The concentrations of acetylacetone and silver nitrate used relative to the gold salt were found to alter the aspect ratio of the nanorods formed. Rods with an average length of 42 nm and an aspect ratio of 4.6 can be easily and reproducibly formed at pH 10 using this method. Nanorods formed under optimum conditions were investigated using TEM.

  10. Gold/polypyrrole nanorods for gas sensing application

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    Šetka, Milena; Drbohlavová, Jana; Vallejos, Stella; Márik, Marian; Llobet, Eduard; Hubálek, Jaromír.

    2017-06-01

    This work describes the preparation of gold/polypyrrole nanorods (AuPPy NRs) using anodized alumina oxide (AAO) template and both pulsed galvanic deposition and electropolymerization for the deposition of Au and polypyrrole (PPy) nanorods (NRs), respectively. Characterization of the whole structure after AAO etching revealed the formation of a high density of NRs along the substrate with uniform diameters of approximately 50 nm and total lengths of 700 nm, the last corresponding to 1/3 and 2/3 of the length of the Au and PPy NRs, respectively. These structures are provided of bottom/top electrodes and a heating element coupled to the backside of the substrate, and their gas sensing properties towards various concentrations of NO2 in resistive configuration are presented.

  11. Preparation of Gold Nanorods and Their Applications in Photothermal Therapy.

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    Xia, Kai; Zhang, Liming; Huang, Yuanfu; Lu, Zhuoxuan

    2015-01-01

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) have recently been widely studied due to their unique optical and electronic properties which are dependent on their shape, size, and aspect ratio. Seed-mediated growth method has become the most widely method for the synthesis of GNRs due to its advantages of simplicity of procedure, high yield of nanorods, and ease of aspect ratio controlling. Moreover, GNRs are especially attractive candidates for exploitation in photothermal therapy since they can be readily synthesized with various aspect ratios, which enable GNRs to selectively absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light. This review is focused on summarizing the preparation of GNRs by seed-mediated growth method and their applications in photothermal therapy.

  12. Photothermal Heating via Gold Nanorods within Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Bochinski, Jason; Maity, Somsubhra; Wu, Wei-Chen; Tracy, Joseph; Clarke, Laura

    2015-03-01

    Metal nanoparticles under continuous-wave (cw) optical excitation resonant with their localized surface plasmon exhibit a photothermal effect, efficiently converting the incident light into heat originating from the particle. Gold nanorods (GNRs) dispersed within a transparent material are utilized as such remotely-controlled, nano-sized heaters, with heating properties which can be manipulated and monitored by using control of the polarization direction of the excitation and probe light fields. Steady-state average temperatures within a polymer matrix embedded with GNRs undergoing cw photothermal heating are determined in the immediate vicinity of the GNR by observing the rate of driven physical rotation of the nanorods, and simultaneously across the entire sample by using an independent fluorescence method. Comparing these two observations as the concentration of dispersed GNRs is varied reveals the interplay between local and global heating in these polymer nanocomposite materials. Support from US National Science Foundation (CMMI-0800237, CMMI-106910).

  13. Synthesis and characterization of mixed monolayer protected gold nanorods and their Raman activities

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    Mlambo, Mbuso [Molecular Science Institute, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050 (South Africa); Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Advanced Materials Division, Mintek, Private Bag X3015, Randburg 2125 (South Africa); Mdluli, Phumlani S.; Shumbula, Poslet; Mpelane, Siyasanga [Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Advanced Materials Division, Mintek, Private Bag X3015, Randburg 2125 (South Africa); Moloto, Nosipho, E-mail: Nosipho.Moloto@wits.ac.za [Molecular Science Institute, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050 (South Africa); Skepu, Amanda; Tshikhudo, Robert [Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Advanced Materials Division, Mintek, Private Bag X3015, Randburg 2125 (South Africa)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Gold nanorods surface functionalization. - Highlights: • Mixed monolayer protected gold nanorods. • Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. • HS-(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}-NHCO-coumarin as a Raman active compound. - Abstract: The cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) gold nanorods (AuNRs) were prepared by seed-mediated route followed by the addition of a Raman active compound (HS-(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}-NHCO-coumarin) on the gold nanorods surfaces. Different stoichiometric mixtures of HS-(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}-NHCO-coumarin and HS-PEG-(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}COOH were evaluated for their Raman activities. The lowest stoichiometric ratio HS-(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}-NHCO-coumarin adsorbed on gold nanorods surface was detected and enhanced by Raman spectroscopy. The produced mixed monolayer protected gold nanorods were characterized by UV-vis spectrometer for optical properties, transmission electron microscope (TEM) for structural properties (shape and aspect ratio) and their zeta potentials (charges) were obtained from ZetaSizer to determine the stability of the produced mixed monolayer protected gold nanorods. The Raman results showed a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement at the lowest stoichiometric ratio of 1% HS-(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}-NHCO-coumarin compared to high ratio of 50% HS-(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}-NHCO-coumarin on the surface of gold nanorods.

  14. Toward spatial control of gold nanorod surface functionalization

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    Eller, Jonathan R.

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) show much promise for applications in biological, optoelectronic and energy applications. The resonant generation of a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) at the GNR surface results in interesting optical properties and unique interactions with molecules. Combined with their biocompatibility, ease of synthesis and facile surface functionalization, these anisotropic metal particles are excellent scaffolds for the study of the interactions between nanoscale surfaces and their chemical/biological environments. Regardless of the application, however, GNR utility will not be fully realized until the chemical nature of the surface is understood and controlled. GNRs can enhance various photophysical properties of molecules. In the case of two-photon absorption (TPA), cross-section enhancements have been shown to increase with strong distance-dependence. Here, a dual approach for the conjugation of a TPA chromophore to GNRs is presented, relying on layer-by- layer (LbL) polymer wrapping and direct thiol coating of the same parent chromophore structure. Together, these approaches allow for estimated chromophore-particle distances from nanomaterials. Surface-initiated Atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) is a popular method for grafting polymers from a surface. We demonstrate our ability to grow poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) shells on the GNR surface, toward a "smart" thermoresponsive polymer shell. The role of ligand choice, molar ratio of monomer to initiator and polymerization on presence and control of shell thickness are investigated. The introduction of a tetradentate (vs. the commonly-used tridentate) ATRP ligand was necessary for the growth of PNIPAM shells in our studies, and consideration of the molar ratio of monomer and initiator and reaction time allowed control of shell thickness and extent of aggregation.

  15. Fabrication and optical stability of silanized gold nanorods as multifunctional transducers of near infrared light

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    Ratto, Fulvio; Matteini, Paolo; Centi, Sonia; Rossi, Francesca; Fusi, Franco; Pini, Roberto

    2011-03-01

    We give new insight into multifunctional nanoparticles with light extinction in the therapeutic window, optical stability even on aggregation, as well as possibility of bio-conjugation. The optical response of these particles rests on gold nanorods, which interact with near infrared (NIR) light via plasmonic oscillations, i.e. a boundary effect which depends on all physiochemical conditions at the interface with their environment. Therefore their feasibility for biomedical applications is challenged by a poor definition of their dispersion medium, aggregation (e.g. inside endocytic vesicles) and shape transformations, which typically occur in the biological sample and under excitation and jeopardize their optical features. Here silanization of the gold nanorods is proposed as one effective solution to overcome these issues. A shell of porous silica confers isolation from the local environment and additional stability, and also proves suitable for PEGylation and bio-conjugation with e.g. biological macromolecules. In particular we engineer models of aggregation of these particles, in order to investigate its principal effect on their optical response. While in the absence of silica gold nanorods undergo substantial degradation of their plasmon oscillations, silanization proves excellent to maintain pristine optical properties even after critical flocculation.

  16. Trace cancer biomarker quantification using polystyrene-functionalized gold nanorods

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    Wu, Jian; Li, Wei; Hajisalem, Ghazal; Lukach, Ariella; Kumacheva, Eugenia; Hof, Fraser; Gordon, Reuven

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the application of polystyrene-functionalized gold nanorods (AuNRs) as a platform for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) quantification of the exogenous cancer biomarker Acetyl Amantadine (AcAm). We utilize the hydrophobicity of the polystyrene attached to the AuNR surface to capture the hydrophobic AcAm from solution, followed by drying and detection using SERS. We achieve a detection limit of 16 ng/mL using this platform. This result shows clinical potential for low-cost early cancer detection. PMID:25574423

  17. Effects of chloride and silver ions on gold nanorod formation

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    Ock Park, Jin; Cho, So-Hye; Jeong, Dae-Yong; Kong, Young-Min; Lee, Seung Yong

    2015-01-01

    The ability to tune the longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance of gold nanorods (AuNRs) via simple modification of their aspect ratio is a large contributing factor to their widespread use across multiple fields. An understanding of the synthesis conditions that affect the aspect ratio and yield of AuNRs is therefore of utmost importance. From this perspective, we take a systematic approach in investigating the effect of the following conditions on the seed-mediated formation of AuNRs: the addition of chloride or silver ions, and the use of a hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) source with different levels of effectiveness on controlling the shape of growing AuNRs.

  18. Characterizing gold nanorods in aqueous solution by acoustic vibrations probed with four-wave mixing.

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    Wu, Jian; Xiang, Dao; Gordon, Reuven

    2016-06-13

    We demonstrate continuous-wave four-wave mixing to probe the acoustic vibrations of gold nanorods in aqueous solution. The nonlinear optical response of gold nanorods, resonantly enhanced by electrostriction coupling to the acoustic vibration modes, shows an extensional vibration which combines an expansion along the long axis with a contraction along the short axis. We also observed the extensional vibration of gold nanospheres as byproducts of the gold nanorod synthesis. Theoretical calculation of the nanoparticle size and distribution based on the vibrational frequency agrees well with the experimental results obtained from the scanning electron microscopic examination, indicating the four-wave mixing technique can provide in situ nanoparticle characterization.

  19. Self-assembly of gold nanorods coated with phospholipids: a coarse-grained molecular dynamics study

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    Wan, Mingwei; Li, Xiaoxu; Gao, Lianghui; Fang, Weihai

    2016-11-01

    The self-assembly of phospholipid-coated gold nanorods (GNRs) was investigated by coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. We predict that in addition to the formation of deformed vesicles encapsulating GNRs with diverse orientations, the lipid-coated GNRs can form a semi-ring attached to an excess vesicle phase, a branch with excess vesicle phase, a ring phase, a branch phase, a stack phase, and a vortex phase. The morphologies of the lipid-GNR complexes depend on the lipid/GNR molar ratio and the interaction strength between the nanorod surface and the lipid head groups. At given lipid-nanorod interactions, removing the lipid induces a phase transition from an isolated ring or branch phase to an aggregated vortex or stack phase and vice versa. As the lipid-coated GNRs transit from an isolated phase to an aggregated phase, the structure of the lipid at the nanorod surface converts from a bilayer state to a non-bilayer state.

  20. Quantitation of metal content in the silver-assisted growth of gold nanorods.

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    Orendorff, Christopher J; Murphy, Catherine J

    2006-03-09

    The seed-mediated approach to making gold nanorods in aqueous surfactant solutions has become tremendously popular in recent years. Unlike the use of strong chemical reductants to make spherical gold nanoparticles, the growth of gold nanorods requires weak reducing conditions, leading to an unknown degree of gold reduction. The metal content of gold nanorods, made in high yield in the presence of silver ion, is determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. Through the use of the known gold concentration in nanorods, molar extinction coefficients are calculated for nanorods of varying aspect ratios from 2.0 to 4.5. The extinction coefficients at the longitudinal plasmon band peak maxima for these nanorods vary from 2.5x10(9) to 5.5x10(9) M-1 cm-1, respectively, on a per-particle basis. Many of the gold ions present in the growth solution remain unreacted; insights into the growth mechanism of gold nanorods are discussed.

  1. Biocompatible Surface Chemistry Manipulation of Gold Nanorods Preserves Optical Properties for Bio-Imaging Applications

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    91 Park K (2006) Synthesis , characterization, and self-assembly of size tunable gold nanorods . Dissertation, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta...Sun Y, Xia Y (2002) Shape-controlled synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles. Science (New York, NY) 298:2176–2179. doi:10.1126/science.1077229...Vigderman L, Khanal BP, Zubarev ER (2012a) Functional gold nanorods : synthesis , self-assembly, and sensing applica- tions. Adv Mater (Deerfield Beach

  2. Tuning Gold Nanorod Synthesis Through Pre-reduction with Salicylic Acid

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    Scarabelli, Leonardo; Grzelczak, Marek; Liz-Marzán, Luis M.

    2013-01-01

    Successful synthesis of gold nanorods requires subtle combination of additives and reducing species. The latter are of major importance, as the reducing power determines the rate of metallic gold formation, which often defines the final shape and anisotropy. Ascorbic acid is a common reducing agent in the synthesis of gold nanorods, but its relatively strong reducing power limits the tunability of the final shape and optical response. We propose here a bimodal reducing agent system comprising...

  3. Fabrication of Biosensor Based on Polyaniline/Gold Nanorod Composite

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    Uğur Tamer

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This present paper describes a new approach to fabricate a new amperometric sensor for the determination of glucose. Polyaniline (PANI film doped with colloidal gold nanorod particles has been used to immobilize glucose oxidase by glutaraldehyde. The polyaniline/gold nanorod composite structure gave an excellent matrix for enzyme immobilization due to the large specific surface area and higher electroactivity. The composite has been characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS. The SERS spectrum of the surface-immobilized glucose oxidase and the spectrum of the native enzyme indicate that the main feature of the native structure of glucose oxidase was conserved after being immobilized on the polymer matrix. The amperometric response was measured as a function of concentration of glucose at a potential of 0.6 V versus Ag/AgCl in 0.1 M phosphate buffer at pH 6.4. Linear range of the calibration curve was from 17.6 μM to 1 mM with a sensitivity of 13.8 μA⋅mM−1⋅cm−2 and a limit of detection (LOD of 5.8 μM. The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant KM was calculated as 1.0 mM and the response time was less than 3 seconds.

  4. Rapid synthesis of gold nanorods using a one-step photochemical strategy.

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    Ahmed, Marya; Narain, Ravin

    2010-12-07

    Rapid synthesis of gold nanorods of controlled dimensions is one of the desired aspects of nanotechnology as a result of the potential of these nanomaterials for biomedical applications. The synthesis of gold nanorods has been achieved using a photoinitiator as an instant source of ketyl radicals, which allows the synthesis of gold nanorods in minutes. This is the first report providing a one-step synthesis of nanorods of controlled dimensions in 20-30 min using photoinitiator I-2959 as a source of ketyl radicals. Furthermore, the role of UV intensity, the concentration of silver ions, and the presence of cosolvents and a cosurfactant have been studied in detail in an effort to produce nanorods with controlled dimensions in higher yields. The role of acetone in nanorod synthesis has been explored in detail, and it has been demonstrated that, for the photochemical synthesis of nanorods using a photoinitiator, acetone is not a critical component and can be replaced by other water-miscible solvents, thus the successful synthesis of nanorods in tetrahydrofuran (THF) has been demonstrated. It has also been found that a cosurfactant and an organic solvent are not required for the synthesis of nanorods; however, their presence is found to improve the monodispersity of nanorod samples, in addition to providing a higher yield.

  5. Colorimetric detection of biological hydrogen sulfide using fluorosurfactant functionalized gold nanorods.

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    Zhang, Xuan; Zhou, Wenjuan; Yuan, Zhiqin; Lu, Chao

    2015-11-07

    As a well-known environmental pollutant but also an important gaseous transmitter, the specific detection of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is significant in biological systems. In this study, fluorosurfactant functionalized gold nanorods (FSN-AuNRs) have been proposed to act as selective colorimetric nanoprobes for H2S. With the combination of strong gold-S interactions and small FSN bilayer interstices, FSN-AuNRs demonstrate favorable selectivity and sensitivity toward H2S over other anions and small biological molecules. The practical application of the present method in biological H2S detection was validated with human and mouse serum samples. Moreover, the proposed nanoprobe can also be used for evaluating the activity of H2S synthetase.

  6. Where's the silver? Imaging trace silver coverage on the surface of gold nanorods.

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    Jackson, Stephen R; McBride, James R; Rosenthal, Sandra J; Wright, David W

    2014-04-09

    The development of the seeded growth synthesis for gold nanorods provided the first simple, convenient wet chemistry route to these nanomaterials. Over the past decade, the original silver-assisted seeded growth procedure has been the subject of further modifications that have continuously expanded access to anisotropic gold nanoparticles; however, the role of silver in formation of gold nanorods remains poorly understood. We report the first experimental evidence on the position of silver present on gold nanorods using advanced energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Our results indicate the deposition of silver ions on the surface shows no preference for a specific face or axis. Furthermore, we show that the "dog bone" structures developed from gold nanorod solutions show preferential deposition of silver atoms on the ends and in the crevices.

  7. Gold nanorod-facilitated localized heating of droplets in microfluidic chips.

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    Li, Zhiyong; Wang, Pan; Tong, Limin; Zhang, Lei

    2013-01-14

    A gold nanorod-facilitated optical heating method for droplets in microfluidic chips is reported. Individual and stream nanoliter level droplets containing gold nanorods are heated by a low power 808-nm-wavelength laser. Owing to the high photothermal conversion efficiency of gold nanorods, a droplet temperature of 95 °C is achieved by employing a 13.6 mW laser with good reproducibility. The heating and cooling times are 200 and 800 ms, respectively, which are attributed to the fast thermal-transfer rates of the droplets. By controlling the irradiation laser power, the temperature cycles for polymerase chain reaction are also demonstrated.

  8. Angle-Resolved Plasmonic Properties of Single Gold Nanorod Dimers

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    Jian Wu; Xuxing Lu; Qiannan Zhu; Junwei Zhao; Qishun Shen; Li Zhan; Weihai Ni

    2014-01-01

    Through wet-chemical assembly methods, gold nanorods were placed close to each other and formed a dimer with a gap distance*1 nm, and hence degenerated plasmonic dipole modes of individual nanorods coupled together to produce hybridized bonding and antibonding resonance modes. Previous studies using a condenser for illumination result in averaged signals over all excitation angles. By exciting an individual dimer obliquely at different angles, we demonstrate that these two new resonance modes are highly tunable and sensitive to the angle between the excitation polarization and the dimer orientation, which follows cos2u dependence. Moreover, for dimer structures with various structure angles, the resonance wavelengths as well as the refractive index sensitivities were found independent of the structure angle. Cal-culated angle-resolved plasmonic properties are in good agreement with the measurements. The assembled nanostructures investigated here are important for fundamental researches as well as potential applications when they are used as building blocks in plasmon-based optical and optoelectronic devices.

  9. Calculated Optical Properties of Dielectric Shell Coated Gold Nanorods

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    CAO Min; WANG Meng; GU Ning

    2009-01-01

    @@ Optical absorption spectra of dielectric shell coated gold nanorods are simulated using the discrete dipole ap-proximation method. The influence of the aspect ratio, shell thickness, dielectric constant of the shell, and surrounding medium on the longitudinal resonance mode is investigated. It is found that the coated dielectric shell does not affect the trend in the dependence of resonance position on the aspect ratio, while it broadens the resonant line width and reduces the sensitivity of plasmon resonance in response to changes of the surrounding medium. Furthermore, the difference of dielectric constants between the shell and surrounding medium plays an important role in determining the resonance position. The screening effect of the dielectric shell tends to be less apparent for a thicker shell thickness.

  10. Photothermal cancer therapy and imaging based on gold nanorods.

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    Choi, Won Il; Sahu, Abhishek; Kim, Young Ha; Tae, Giyoong

    2012-02-01

    Gold nanorods (GNRs), which strongly absorb near-infrared (NIR) light, have shown great potential in fields of biomedical application. These include photothermal therapy, molecular imaging, biosensing, and gene delivery, especially for the treatment of diseased tissues such as cancer. These biomedical applications of GNRs arise from their various useful properties; photothermal (nanoheater) properties, efficient large scale synthesis, easy functionalization, and colloidal stability. In addition, GNRs do not decompose and have an enhanced scattering signal and tunable longitudinal plasmon absorption which allow them to be used as a stable contrast agent. Therefore, GNRs are also promising theranostic agents, combining both tumor diagnosis and treatment. In this review, we discuss the recent progress of in vitro and in vivo explorations of the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of GNRs as a component of cancer therapy.

  11. Effect of ligands on thermal dissipation from gold nanorods.

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    Alper, Joshua; Hamad-Schifferli, Kimberly

    2010-03-16

    Thermal interface conductance was measured for soluble gold nanorods (NRs) coated with mercaptocarboxylic acids (HS-(CH(2))(n)COOH, n = 5, 10, 15), thiolated polyethylene glycols (MW = 356, 1000, 5000), and HS-(CH(2))(15)-COOH-coated NRs further coated with alternating layers of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) and poly(sodium styrenesulfonate). Ferguson analysis determined ligand thickness. The thermal-diffusion-dominated regime of transient absorption spectra was fit to a continuum heat diffusion finite element model to obtain the thermal interface conductance, G, which varied with ligand chemistry but not molecule length. The results suggest that the ability to exclude water from the NR surface governs ligand G values.

  12. Gold nanorod in reverse micelles: a fitting fusion to catapult lipase activity.

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    Maiti, Subhabrata; Ghosh, Moumita; Das, Prasanta Kumar

    2011-09-21

    Lipase solubilized within gold nanorod doped CTAB reverse micelles exhibited remarkable improvement in its activity mainly due to the enhanced interfacial domain of newly developed self-assembled nanocomposites.

  13. Aspect ratio dependent fluorescence quenching of eosin Y by gold nanorods.

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    Weng, Guojun; Li, Jianjun; Zhang, Li; Zhao, Junwu

    2014-06-01

    Gold nanorods of different aspect ratios had been synthesized using seed mediated growth method. The formed gold nanorods had been characterized by the absorption and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements. The obtained gold nanorods were used to study the quenched effect on fluorescence of Eosin Y. Experimental results revealed that Eosin Y molecules adsorbed on the metallic surfaces, suffering strong quenching of their fluorescence and the quenching efficiency was different for different aspect ratio. Using dielectric coated gold nanorods model, the probable mechanism of aspect ratio dependent quenching efficiency was obtained by numerical calculation based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer and quasi-static theory. The calculation results showed that the non-monotonic changing of fluorescence quenching was attributed to competing effects of aspect ratio and the dielectric constant of coated shell on surface plasmon resonance.

  14. Endoscopic image-guided thermal therapy using targeted near infrared fluorescent gold nanorods (Conference Presentation)

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    Elson, Daniel S.

    2016-09-01

    We present an in vivo study of endoscopic fluorescence image-guided photothermal therapy of human oesophageal adenocarcinoma in a murine xenograft model, using intratumoural or intravenous gold nanorods functionalised with Cy5.5 and EGFR.

  15. Low-energy electron holographic imaging of gold nanorods supported by ultraclean graphene

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    Longchamp, Jean-Nicolas, E-mail: longchamp@physik.uzh.ch; Escher, Conrad; Latychevskaia, Tatiana; Fink, Hans-Werner

    2014-10-15

    An ideal support for an electron microscopy should be as thin as possible and be able to interact as little as possible with the primary electrons. Since graphene is atomically thin and made up of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice, the potential to use graphene as a substrate in electron microscopy is enormous. Until now graphene has hardly ever been used for this purpose because the cleanliness of freestanding graphene before or after deposition of the objects of interest was insufficient. We demonstrate here by means of low-energy electron holographic imaging that freestanding graphene prepared with a platinum-metal catalysis method remains ultraclean even after re-exposure to ambient conditions and deposition of gold nanorods from the liquid phase. In the holographic reconstruction of gold particles the organic shell surrounding the objects is apparent while it is not detectable in SEM images of the very same sample, demonstrating the tremendous potential of low-energy electron holography for imaging of graphene-supported single biomolecules. - Highlights: • Deposition of nanometre-sized objects onto ultraclean freestanding graphene. • TEM imaging of ultraclean freestanding graphene. • Low-energy electron imaging of gold-nanorods deposited onto freestanding graphene.

  16. Enhanced photoacoustic neuroimaging with gold nanorods and PEBBLEs

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    Witte, Russell S.; Kim, K.; Agarwal, A.; Fan, W.; Kopelman, R.; Kotov, N.; Kipke, D.; O'Donnell, M.

    2008-02-01

    Photoacoustic (PA) imaging provides excellent optical contrast with decent penetration and high spatial resolution, making it attractive for a variety of neural applications. We evaluated optical contrast agents with high absorption in the near infrared (NIR) as potential enhancers for PA neuroimaging: optical dyes, gold nanorods (GNRs) and PEBBLEs loaded with indocyanine green. Two PA systems were developed to test these agents in excised neural tissue and in vivo mouse brain. Lobster nerves were stained with the agents for 30 minutes and placed in a hybrid nerve chamber capable of electrical stimulation and recording, optical spectroscopy and PA imaging. Contrast agents boosted the PA signal by at least 30 dB using NIR illumination from a tunable pulsed laser. Photobleaching may be a limiting factor for optical dyes-the PA signal decreased steadily with laser illumination. The second setup enabled in vivo transcranial imaging of the mouse brain. A custom clinical ultrasound scanner and a 10-MHz linear array provided near real-time images during and after an injection of 2 nM gold nanorods into the tail vein. The peak PA signal from the brain vasculature was enhanced by up to 2 dB at 710 nm. Temporal dynamics of the PA signal were also consistent with mixing of the GNRs in the blood. These studies provide a baseline for enhanced PA imaging in neural tissue. The smart contrast agents employed in this study can be further engineered for molecular targeting and controlled drug delivery with potential treatment for a myriad of neural disorders.

  17. Direct formation of gold nanorods on surfaces using polymer-immobilised gold seeds.

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    Abyaneh, Majid K; Parisse, Pietro; Casalis, Loredana

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we present the formation of gold nanorods (GNRs) on novel gold-poly(methyl methacrylate) (Au-PMMA) nanocomposite substrates with unprecedented growth control through the polymer molecular weight (M w) and gold-salt-to-polymer weight ratio. For the first time, GNRs have been produced by seed-mediated direct growth on surfaces that were pre-coated with polymer-immobilised gold seeds. A Au-PMMA nanocomposite formed by UV photoreduction has been used as the gold seed. The influence of polymer M w and gold concentration on the formation of GNRs has been investigated and discussed. The polymer nanocomposite formed with a lower M w PMMA and 20 wt % gold salt provides a suitable medium for growing well-dispersed GNRs. In this sample, the average dimension of produced GNRs is 200 nm in length with aspect ratios up to 10 and a distribution of GNRs to nanoparticles of nearly 22%. Suitable characterization techniques such as AFM and SEM have been used to support concept of the proposed growth method.

  18. One-pot synthesis of gold nanorods by ultrasonic irradiation: the effect of pH on the shape of the gold nanorods and nanoparticles.

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    Okitsu, Kenji; Sharyo, Kohei; Nishimura, Rokuro

    2009-07-21

    A novel one-pot synthesis method to prepare gold nanorods was developed by using sonochemical reduction of gold ions in aqueous solution. The size of the sonochemically formed gold nanorods was less than 50 nm, and their average aspect ratio decreased with increasing pH of the solution. The aspect ratio measured was 3.0 at pH 3.5, 2.2 at pH 5.0, and 2.1 at pH 6.5. At pH 7.7, irregular shaped gold nanoparticles were formed. At pH 9.8, most of the particles formed had a spherical shape with a smaller particle size than those formed in the lower pH solutions. Based on the obtained results, it was clear that the size and shape of the sonochemically formed gold nanoparticles are dramatically dependent on the pH value of the solution.

  19. Plasmonic phototherapy using gold nanospheres and gold nanorods irradiated with light-emitting diodes

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    Poorani, Gananathan; Rao, Aruna Prakasa; Singaravelu, Ganesan; Manickam, Elanchezhiyan

    2016-04-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) provide different modes of therapeutic responses in cells depending on their size and shape. We have studied two modifications of GNPs exhibiting surface plasmon resonances (SPRs) with phototherapeutic effects in nonmalignant Vero and malignant HeLa cell lines. The cells were treated with 30-nm-size gold nanospheres (GNSs) (having SPR at a wavelength of 530 nm) and with gold nanorods (GNRs) (having SPR at 630 nm). The plasmonic phototherapy effect in cells was provided by irradiating them with green and red light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The cytotoxicities of GNPs were determined by MTT assay. Both the GNSs and GNRs were found to be biocompatible and have efficient phototherapeutic activity with LEDs.

  20. Embedded Gold Nanorods as Microscale Thermochromic Temperature Sensors

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    Kennedy, W. Joshua; Slinker, Keith; Koerner, Hilmar; Ehlert, Gregory; Baur, Jeffery

    2015-03-01

    Gold nanorods (AuNRs) are known to undergo a shape transformation via surface melting at temperatures far below the bulk melting temperature of gold. Because the optical scattering by the AuNRs depends on both particle morphology and the surrounding local dielectric constant the opto-thermal properties of polymer-AuNR nanocomposites depend strongly on the chemical and mechanical characteristics of the polymer host. We have measured the optical absorption of polymer nanocomposites consisting of AuNRs in a variety of polymer systems as a function of temperature, time, molecular weight, and crosslink density. Our results show that the shape transformation of the AuNRs is not well described by a simple kinetic model, and that multiple contributors to the surface energy play significant roles in the process. We show that the dynamics of the shape transformation may be calibrated in a nanocomposite such that the optical absorption spectrum of the material may be used as a local sensor of both temperature history and degree of cure. We demonstrate the usefulness of this technique by measuring (ex situ) the temperature of an internally heated epoxy resin with a lateral spatial resolution of < 10 μm. Principal Investigator.

  1. Gold Nanorod Bioconjugates for Active Tumor Targeting and Photothermal Therapy

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    Hadiyah N. Green

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The mastery of active tumor targeting is a great challenge in near infrared photothermal therapy (NIRPTT. To improve efficiency for targeted treatment of malignant tumors, we modify the technique of conjugating gold nanoparticles to tumor-specific antibodies. Polyethylene glycol-coated (PEGylated gold nanorods (GNRs were fabricated and conjugated to an anti-EGFR antibody. We characterized the conjugation efficiency of the GNRs by comparing the efficiency of antibody binding and the photothermal effect of the GNRs before and after conjugation. We demonstrate that the binding efficiency of the antibodies conjugated to the PEGylated GNRs is comparable to the binding efficiency of the unmodified antibodies and 33.9% greater than PEGylated antibody-GNR conjugates as reported by Liao and Hafner (2005. In addition, cell death by NIRPTT was sufficient to kill nearly 90% of tumor cells, which is comparable to NIRPTT with GNRs alone confirming that NIRPTT using GNRs is not compromised by conjugation of GNRs to antibodies.

  2. Surface-modified gold nanorods for specific cell targeting

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    Wang, Chan-Ung; Arai, Yoshie; Kim, Insun; Jang, Wonhee; Lee, Seonghyun; Hafner, Jason H.; Jeoung, Eunhee; Jung, Deokho; Kwon, Youngeun

    2012-05-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have unique properties that make them highly attractive materials for developing functional reagents for various biomedical applications including photothermal therapy, targeted drug delivery, and molecular imaging. For in vivo applications, GNPs need to be prepared with very little or negligible cytotoxicitiy. Most GNPs are, however, prepared using growth-directing surfactants such as cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), which are known to have considerable cytotoxicity. In this paper, we describe an approach to remove CTAB to a non-toxic concentration. We optimized the conditions for surface modification with methoxypolyethylene glycol thiol (mPEG), which replaced CTAB and formed a protective layer on the surface of gold nanorods (GNRs). The cytotoxicities of pristine and surface-modified GNRs were measured in primary human umbilical vein endothelial cells and human cell lines derived from hepatic carcinoma cells, embryonic kidney cells, and thyroid papillary carcinoma cells. Cytotoxicity assays revealed that treating cells with GNRs did not significantly affect cell viability except for thyroid papillary carcinoma cells. Thyroid cancer cells were more susceptible to residual CTAB, so CTAB had to be further removed by dialysis in order to use GNRs for thyroid cell targeting. PEGylated GNRs are further modified to present monoclonal antibodies that recognize a specific surface marker, Na-I symporter, for thyroid cells. Antibody-conjugated GNRs specifically targeted human thyroid cells in vitro.

  3. Immobilized papain on gold nanorods as heterogeneous biocatalysts.

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    Homaei, Ahmad; Barkheh, Hossein; Sariri, Reyhaneh; Stevanato, Roberto

    2014-07-01

    Papain, a thiol protease present in the latex of Carica papaya, is an enzyme which exhibits broad proteolytic activity, and, for this reason, it is utilized in a variety of industrial applications. Immobilization of papain on gold nanoparticles highly preserves its activity and enhances the stability, allowing the reuse of the linked enzyme many times without any significant loss of its catalytic performance. In particular, kcat and KM values remain substantially unchanged, while immobilized form shows a higher activity on a wider pH range retains 80 % residual activity also at 90 °C and shows higher functionality than the free form when incubated for long time (1 h) at 90 °C and at extreme pH values (3 and 12). A higher activity of immobilized papain with respect to the free form in the presence of various bivalent metal ions, known as strong inhibitors of papain, was also found. The reasons of this enhanced stability of gold nanorods immobilized papain are discussed.

  4. Synthesis, Physico-Chemical Properties, and Biomedical Applications of Gold Nanorods--A Review.

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    Marangoni, Valeria S; Cancino-Bernardi, Juliana; Zucolotto, Valtencir

    2016-06-01

    The development of new systems for diagnostic and therapeutic applications is a topic of intense and growing interest. The unique optical and electronic properties exhibited by gold-based nanomaterials have proved to be valuable for a wide range of biomedical applications. Recently, great attention has been given to rod-shaped gold nanomaterials, especially because of their electronic absorption band in the near infrared region, where maximum radiation penetration through tissue occurs. This feature has allowed the use of gold nanorods for in vivo imaging, with different techniques, and photothermal therapy. Furthermore, gold nanorods can be functionalized with a wide variety of biomolecules for cancer cell targeting. Moreover, their versatility and unique properties have generated much enthusiasm in medicine. The present review aims to show the recent advances in the synthesis and applications of gold nanorods in medical areas.

  5. Direct formation of gold nanorods on surfaces using polymer-immobilised gold seeds

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    Majid K. Abyaneh

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Herein, we present the formation of gold nanorods (GNRs on novel gold–poly(methyl methacrylate (Au–PMMA nanocomposite substrates with unprecedented growth control through the polymer molecular weight (Mw and gold-salt-to-polymer weight ratio. For the first time, GNRs have been produced by seed-mediated direct growth on surfaces that were pre-coated with polymer-immobilised gold seeds. A Au–PMMA nanocomposite formed by UV photoreduction has been used as the gold seed. The influence of polymer Mw and gold concentration on the formation of GNRs has been investigated and discussed. The polymer nanocomposite formed with a lower Mw PMMA and 20 wt % gold salt provides a suitable medium for growing well-dispersed GNRs. In this sample, the average dimension of produced GNRs is 200 nm in length with aspect ratios up to 10 and a distribution of GNRs to nanoparticles of nearly 22%. Suitable characterization techniques such as AFM and SEM have been used to support concept of the proposed growth method.

  6. High-throughput templated multisegment synthesis of gold nanowires and nanorods.

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    Burdick, Jared; Alonas, Eric; Huang, Huang-Chiao; Rege, Kaushal; Wang, Joseph

    2009-02-11

    A cost-effective, high-throughput method for generating gold nanowires and/or nanorods based on a multisegment template electrodeposition approach is described. Using this method, multiple nanowires/nanorods can be generated from a single pore of alumina template membranes by alternately depositing segments of desirable (e.g., gold) and non-desirable metals (e.g., silver), followed by dissolution of the template and the non-desirable metal. Critical cost analysis indicates substantial savings in material requirements, processing times, and processing costs compared to the commonly used single-segment method. In addition to solid gold nanowires/nanorods, high yields of porous gold nanowires/nanorods are obtained by depositing alternate segments of gold-silver alloy and silver from the same gold-silver plating solution followed by selective dissolution of the silver from both segments. It is anticipated that this high-throughput method for synthesizing solid and porous gold nanowires and nanorods will accelerate their use in sensing, electronic, and biomedical applications.

  7. Biocompatible PEGylated gold nanorods as colored contrast agents for targeted in vivo cancer applications

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    Kopwitthaya, Atcha; Yong, Ken-Tye; Hu, Rui; Roy, Indrajit; Ding, Hong; Vathy, Lisa A.; Bergey, Earl J.; Prasad, Paras N.

    2010-08-01

    In this contribution, we report the use of a PEGylated gold nanorods formulation as a colored dye for tumor labeling in vivo. We have demonstrated that the nanorod-targeted tumor site can be easily differentiated from the background tissues by the 'naked eye' without the need of sophisticated imaging instruments. In addition to tumor labeling, we have also performed in vivo toxicity and biodistribution studies of PEGylated gold nanorods in vivo by using BALB/c mice as the model. In vivo toxicity studies indicated no mortality or adverse effects or weight changes in BALB/c mice treated with PEGylated gold nanorods. This finding will provide useful guidelines in the future development of diagnostic probes for cancer diagnosis, optically guided tumor surgery, and lymph node mapping applications.

  8. Femtosecond laser pulse driven melting in gold nanorod aqueous colloidal suspension: identification of a transition from stretched to exponential kinetics.

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    Li, Yuelin; Jiang, Zhang; Lin, Xiao-Min; Wen, Haidan; Walko, Donald A; Deshmukh, Sanket A; Subbaraman, Ram; Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian K R S; Gray, Stephen K; Ho, Phay

    2015-01-30

    Many potential industrial, medical, and environmental applications of metal nanorods rely on the physics and resultant kinetics and dynamics of the interaction of these particles with light. We report a surprising kinetics transition in the global melting of femtosecond laser-driven gold nanorod aqueous colloidal suspension. At low laser intensity, the melting exhibits a stretched exponential kinetics, which abruptly transforms into a compressed exponential kinetics when the laser intensity is raised. It is found the relative formation and reduction rate of intermediate shapes play a key role in the transition. Supported by both molecular dynamics simulations and a kinetic model, the behavior is traced back to the persistent heterogeneous nature of the shape dependence of the energy uptake, dissipation and melting of individual nanoparticles. These results could have significant implications for various applications such as water purification and electrolytes for energy storage that involve heat transport between metal nanorod ensembles and surrounding solvents.

  9. Thorough tuning of the aspect ratio of gold nanorods using response surface methodology

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    Reza Hormozi-Nezhad, M., E-mail: hormozi@sharif.edu [Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran 11155-9516 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Robatjazi, Hossein; Jalali-Heravi, Mehdi [Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran 11155-9516 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-05-24

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •We are finely controlling the aspect ratio of gold nanorods. •We study the effect of variables on aspect ratio (AR) of gold nanorods simultaneously. •We use response surface methodology to make the relation among parameters affect on AR. -- Abstract: In the present work a central composite design based on response surface methodology (RSM) is employed for fine tuning of the aspect ratios of seed-mediated synthesized gold nanorods (GNRs). The relations between the affecting parameters, including ratio of l-ascorbic acid to Au{sup 3+} ions, concentrations of silver nitrate, CTAB, and CTAB-capped gold seeds, were explored using a RSM model. It is observed that the effect of each parameter on the aspect ratio of developing nanorods highly depends on the value of the other parameters. The concentrations of silver ions, ascorbic acid and seeds are found to have a high contribution in controlling the aspect ratios of NRs. The optimized parameters led to a high yield synthesis of gold nanorods with an ideal aspect ratio ranging from 1 (spherical particle) to 4.9. In addition, corresponding tunable surface Plasmon absorption band has been extended to 880 nm. The resulted nanorods were characterized by UV–visible spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy.

  10. Immobilization of Penaeus merguiensis alkaline phosphatase on gold nanorods for heavy metal detection.

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    Homaei, Ahmad

    2017-02-01

    Biotechnology of enzyme has gained popularity due to the growing need for novel environmental technologies and the development of innovative mass-production. The work describes the original application of biosensors based on Penaeus merguiensis alkaline phosphatase (PM ALP) immobilized on gold nanorods (GNRs) to heavy metal determination. Penaeus merguiensis alkaline phosphatase (PM ALP) was immobilized on gold nanorods (GNRs) by ionic exchange and hydrophobic interactions. The optimum pH and temperature for maximum enzyme activity for the immobilized PM ALP are identified to be 11.0 and 60°C, respectively, for the hydrolysis of para-Nitrophenylphosphate (p-NPP). The kinetic studies confirm the Michaelis-Menten behavior and suggests overall slightly decrease in the performance of the immobilized enzyme with reference to the free enzyme. Km and Vmax values were 0.32µm and 54µm. min(-1) for free and 0.39µm and 48µmmin(-1) for immobilized enzymes, respectively. Similarly, the thermal stability, storage stability and stability at extreme pH of the enzyme is found to increase after the immobilization. The inhibitory effect heavy metal ions was studied on free and immobilized PM ALP. The bi-enzymatic biosensor were tested to study the influence of heavy metal ions and pesticides on the corresponding enzyme. The obtained high stability and lower decrease in catalytic efficiency suggested the great potential and feasibility of immobilized PM ALP nanobiocatalyst in efficient and apply the biosensor in total toxic metal content determination.

  11. Graphene oxide-promoted reshaping and coarsening of gold nanorods and nanoparticles.

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    Pan, Hanqing; Low, Serena; Weerasuriya, Nisala; Shon, Young-Seok

    2015-02-11

    This paper describes thermally induced reshaping and coarsening behaviors of gold nanorods and nanoparticles immobilized on the surface of graphene oxide. Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide-stabilized gold nanorods with an aspect ratio of ∼3.5 (54:15 nm) and glutathione-capped gold nanoparticles with an average core size of ∼3 nm were synthesized and self-assembled onto the surface of graphene oxide. The hybrid materials were then heated at different temperatures ranging from 50 to 300 °C. The effects of heat treatments were monitored using UV-vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results were directly compared with those of heat-treated free-standing gold nanorods and nanoparticles without graphene oxide to understand the heat-induced morphological changes of the nanohybrids. The obtained results showed that the gold nanorods would undergo a complete reshaping to spherical particles at the temperature of 50 °C when they are assembled on graphene oxide. In comparison, the complete reshaping of free-standing gold nanorods to spherical particles would ultimately require a heating of the samples at 200 °C. In addition, the spherical gold nanoparticles immobilized on graphene oxide would undergo a rapid coarsening at the temperature of 100-150 °C, which was lower than the temperature (150-200 °C) required for visible coarsening of free-standing gold nanoparticles. The results indicated that graphene oxide facilitates the reshaping and coarsening of gold nanorods and nanoparticles, respectively, during the heat treatments. The stripping and spillover of stabilizing ligands promoted by graphene oxide are proposed to be the main mechanism for the enhancements in the heat-induced transformations of nanohybrids.

  12. Dual-mode imaging with radiolabeled gold nanorods

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    Agarwal, Ashish; Shao, Xia; Rajian, Justin R.; Zhang, Huanan; Chamberland, David L.; Kotov, Nicholas A.; Wang, Xueding

    2011-05-01

    Many nanoparticle contrast agents have difficulties with deep tissue and near-bone imaging due to limited penetration of visible photons in the body and mineralized tissues. We are looking into the possibility of mediating this problem while retaining the capabilities of the high spatial resolution associated with optical imaging. As such, the potential combination of emerging photoacoustic imaging and nuclear imaging in monitoring of antirheumatic drug delivery by using a newly developed dual-modality contrast agent is investigated. The contrast agent is composed of gold nanorods (GNRs) conjugated to the tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) antibody and is subsequently radiolabeled by 125I. ELISA experiments designed to test TNF-α binding are performed to prove the specificity and biological activity of the radiolabeled conjugated contrast agent. Photoacoustic and nuclear imaging are performed to visualize the distribution of GNRs in articular tissues of the rat tail joints in situ. Findings from the two imaging modalities correspond well with each other in all experiments. Our system can image GNRs down to a concentration of 10 pM in biological tissues and with a radioactive label of 5 μCi. This study demonstrates the potential of combining photoacoustic and nuclear imaging modalities through one targeted contrast agent for noninvasive monitoring of drug delivery as well as deep and mineralized tissue imaging.

  13. Seedless synthesis of gold nanorods using resveratrol as a reductant

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    Wang, Wenjing; Li, Jing; Lan, Shijie; Rong, Li; Liu, Yi; Sheng, Yu; Zhang, Hao; Yang, Bai

    2016-04-01

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) attract extensive attention in current diagnostic and therapeutic applications which require the synthesis of GNRs with high yields, adjustable aspect ratio, size monodispersity, and easy surface decoration. In the seed-mediated synthesis of GNRs using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles as templates, the additives of aromatic compounds have been found to be important for improving the size monodispersity of the as-synthesized GNRs; this is hopeful in terms of the further optimization of the synthetic methodology of GNRs. In this work, resveratrol, a natural polyphenol in grapes with an anti-oxidization behavior, is employed as the reductant for the seedless synthesis of GNRs with a good size monodispersity and a tunable aspect ratio. Accordingly, the longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak is tunable from 570 to 950 nm. The success of our approach is attributed to the aromatic structure and mild reducibility of resveratrol. The embedment of resveratrol into CTAB micelles strengthens the facet-selective adsorption of CTAB, and therewith facilitates the anisotropic growth of GNRs. In addition, the mild reducibility of resveratrol is capable of supporting GNR growth by avoiding secondary nucleation, thus allowing the seedless synthesis of GNRs with a good size monodispersity. As a chemopreventive agent, the combination of resveratrol in GNR synthesis will consolidate the theranostic applications of GNRs.

  14. Nonionic fluorosurfactant as an ideal candidate for one-step modification of gold nanorods

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    Chen, Shuang; Yang, Ming; Hong, Song; Lu, Chao

    2014-02-01

    In this work, a novel protocol was developed for size tuning and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) removal of gold nanorods using commercially available nonionic fluorosurfactants (FSN), an excellent candidate for PEG and other modification reagents. The tunable gold nanorods can easily be obtained by stopping the ligand replacement reaction at different time intervals. The FSN-coated gold nanorods are stable in the presence of high salt concentrations and over a wide range of pH values. Additionally, the cellular uptake experiments demonstrate that the FSN-coated gold nanorods have superior features in comparison to the widely used PEG-coated gold nanorods, such as high uptake amount, tunable uptake and excellent stability. Our findings suggest that FSN ligands are an ideal candidate for modifying gold nanorods with tunable aspect ratios, excellent biocompatibility, nontoxicity, and high stability, enabling conjugation to biomolecules for specific targeting, uptake, and delivery.In this work, a novel protocol was developed for size tuning and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) removal of gold nanorods using commercially available nonionic fluorosurfactants (FSN), an excellent candidate for PEG and other modification reagents. The tunable gold nanorods can easily be obtained by stopping the ligand replacement reaction at different time intervals. The FSN-coated gold nanorods are stable in the presence of high salt concentrations and over a wide range of pH values. Additionally, the cellular uptake experiments demonstrate that the FSN-coated gold nanorods have superior features in comparison to the widely used PEG-coated gold nanorods, such as high uptake amount, tunable uptake and excellent stability. Our findings suggest that FSN ligands are an ideal candidate for modifying gold nanorods with tunable aspect ratios, excellent biocompatibility, nontoxicity, and high stability, enabling conjugation to biomolecules for specific targeting, uptake, and delivery

  15. Induction of cell death in a glioblastoma line by hyperthermic therapy based on gold nanorods

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Tamara Fernandez Cabada1,2,*, Cristina Sanchez Lopez de Pablo1,3,*, Alberto Martinez Serrano2, Francisco del Pozo Guerrero1,3, Jose Javier Serrano Olmedo1,3,*, Milagros Ramos Gomez1–3,* 1Centre for Biomedical Technology, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; 2Centre for Molecular Biology, "Severo Ochoa" Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; 3Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-bbn, Zaragoza, Spain.*These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Metallic nanorods are promising agents for a wide range of biomedical applications. In this study, we developed an optical hyperthermia method capable of inducing in vitro death of glioblastoma cells.Methods: The procedure used was based on irradiation of gold nanorods with a continuous wave laser. This kind of nanoparticle converts absorbed light into localized heat within a short period of time due to the surface plasmon resonance effect. The effectiveness of the method was determined by measuring changes in cell viability after laser irradiation of glioblastoma cells in the presence of gold nanorods.Results: Laser irradiation in the presence of gold nanorods induced a significant decrease in cell viability, while no decrease in cell viability was observed with laser irradiation or incubation with gold nanorods alone. The mechanism of cell death mediated by gold nanorods during photothermal ablation was analyzed, indicating that treatment compromised the integrity of the cell membrane instead of initiating the process of programmed cell death.Conclusion: The use of gold nanorods in hyperthermal therapies is very effective in eliminating glioblastoma cells, and therefore represents an important area of research for therapeutic development.Keywords: laser irradiation, photothermal therapy, surface plasmon resonance, cancer

  16. Decelerating chirped soliton formation at femtosecond laser pulse propagation in a medium with one-photon absorption and gold nanorods

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    Trofimov, V. A.; Lysak, T. M.

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate the possibility of decelerating chirped soliton formation at femtosecond pulse propagation in a medium with gold nanoparticles. We take into account the dependence of one-photon absorption on the nanorod aspect ratio and time-dependent nanorod aspect ratio changing due to nanorod reshaping because of laser energy absorption. The soliton formation occurs due to laser radiation trapping by the nanorod reshaping front. We show analytically that a chirp induced by the negative phase grating is crucial for this trapping.

  17. Coupling-induced excitation of a forbidden surface plasmon mode of a gold nanorod

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    YAO HaoMin; LI Zhi; GONG QiHuang

    2009-01-01

    Using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, we simulate the coupling between a gold nanorod and gold nanoparticles with different plasmonic resonant frequencies/volumes as well as that between the nanorod and a dielectric nanosphere. The influences of coupling with different nanoparti-cles on the excitation of a forbidden longitudinal surface plasmon mode of the nanorod under normal incidence are investigated. It is found that the cause of this excitation is the broken symmetry of the local electric field experienced by the nanorod resulting from the charge pileup on the other nanopar-ticle. This result is valuable for understanding the near-field optical characterization of plasmonic metal nanoparticles.

  18. Coupling-induced excitation of a forbidden surface plasmon mode of a gold nanorod

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    2009-01-01

    Using the finite-difference time-domain(FDTD) method,we simulate the coupling between a gold nanorod and gold nanoparticles with different plasmonic resonant frequencies/volumes as well as that between the nanorod and a dielectric nanosphere.The influences of coupling with different nanoparticles on the excitation of a forbidden longitudinal surface plasmon mode of the nanorod under normal incidence are investigated.It is found that the cause of this excitation is the broken symmetry of the local electric field experienced by the nanorod resulting from the charge pileup on the other nanoparticle.This result is valuable for understanding the near-field optical characterization of plasmonic metal nanoparticles.

  19. Soft and broadband infrared metamaterial absorber based on gold nanorod/liquid crystal hybrid with tunable total absorption

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    Su, Zhaoxian; Yin, Jianbo; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2015-11-01

    We design a soft infrared metamaterial absorber based on gold nanorods dispersed in liquid crystal (LC) placed on a gold film and theoretically investigate its total absorption character. Because the nanorods align with the LC molecule, the gold nanorods/LC hybrid exhibits different permittivity as a function of tilt angle of LC. At a certain tilt angle, the absorber shows an omnidirectional total absorption effect. By changing the tilt angle of LC by an external electric field, the total absorption character can be adjusted. The total absorption character also depends on the concentration, geometric dimension of nanorods, and defect of nanorod arrangement in LC. When the LC contains different size of gold nanorods, a broadband absorption can be easily realized. The characteristics including flexibility, omnidirectional, broadband and tunablility make the infrared metamaterial absorber possess potential use in smart metamaterial devices.

  20. Theoretical Description of the Role of Halides, Silver, and Surfactants on the Structure of Gold Nanorods

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    Almora-Barrios, Neyvis; Novell-Leruth, Gerard; Whiting, Peter; Liz-Marzán, Luis M.; López, Núria

    2014-01-01

    Density functional theory simulations including dispersion provide an atomistic description of the role of different compounds in the synthesis of gold-nanorods. Anisotropy is caused by the formation of a complex between the surfactant, bromine, and silver that preferentially adsorbs on some facets of the seeds, blocking them from further growth. In turn, the nanorod structure is driven by the perferential adsorption of the surfactant, which induces the appearance of open {520} lateral facets.

  1. The nanobig rod class of gold nanorods: Optimized dimensions for improved in vivo therapeutic and imaging efficacy

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    D. Ungureanu (Daniela); G.A. Koning (Gerben); T.G. van Leeuwen (Ton); S. Manohar (Srirang)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractCurrently, gold nanorods can be synthesized in a wide range of sizes. However, for the intended biological applications gold nanorods with approximate dimensions 50 nm × 15 nm are used. We investigate by computer simulation the effect of particle dimensions on the optical and thermal pro

  2. A new method for non-labeling attomolar detection of diseases based on an individual gold nanorod immunosensor

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    Phuoc Long, Truong; Cao, Cuong; Park, Sungho;

    2011-01-01

    the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), a tightly packed self-assembled monolayer of HS (CH2)11(OCH2CH2)6OCH2COOH(OEG6) has been successfully formed on the gold nanorod surface prior to the LSPR sensing, leading to the successful fabrication of individual gold nanorod immunosensors. Using prostate specific antigen (PSA...

  3. Photothermal therapy in a murine colon cancer model using near-infrared absorbing gold nanorods

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    Goodrich, Glenn P.; Bao, Lili; Gill-Sharp, Kelly; Sang, Krystina L.; Wang, James; Payne, J. Donald

    2010-01-01

    The photothermal ablation of solid tumors using exogenous, near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing nanoparticles has been previously investigated using various preclinical models and is currently being evaluated in the clinic. Here, we evaluate the circulation kinetics, preliminary toxicity, and efficacy of photothermal ablation of solid tumors using gold nanorods systemically delivered and passively accumulated in a murine subcutaneous colon cancer model. Tumored animals were infused with nanorods followed by the percutaneous illumination of the tumor with an 808-nm laser. Control groups consisted of laser-only, nanorod-only, and untreated tumored animals. The survival of the treated and control groups were monitored for 60 days post-treatment. The survival of the photothermally treated group was statistically longer than the control groups, with approximately 44% tumor free through the evaluation period. Histopathology of the major organs of animals infused with nanorods did not indicate any significant toxicity at 60 days post-treatment. Particle biodistribution was evaluated by elemental analysis of the major organs of untumored mice at 1, 7, and 30 days after infusion with nanorods. Elemental analysis indicates nanorod clearance from the blood and retention by the reticuloendothelial system. This study indicates that gold nanorods are promising agents for photothermal ablation of solid tumors.

  4. Engineering Gold Nanorod-Based Plasmonic Nanocrystals for Optical Applications

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    Huang, Jianfeng

    2015-09-01

    Plasmonic nanocrystals have a unique ability to support localized surface plasmon resonances and exhibit rich and intriguing optical properties. Engineering plasmonic nanocrystals can maximize their potentials for specific applications. In this dissertation, we developed three unprecedented Au nanorod-based plasmonic nanocrystals through rational design of the crystal shape and/or composition, and successfully demonstrated their applications in light condensation, photothermal conversion, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The “Au nanorod-Au nanosphere dimer” nanocrystal was synthesized via the ligand-induced asymmetric growth of a Au nanosphere on a Au nanorod. This dimeric nanostructure features an extraordinary broadband optical absorption in the range of 400‒1400nm, and it proved to be an ideal black-body material for light condensation and an efficient solar-light harvester for photothermal conversion. The “Au nanorod (core) @ AuAg alloy (shell)” nanocrystal was built through the epitaxial growth of homogeneously alloyed AuAg shells on Au nanorods by precisely controlled synthesis. The resulting core-shell structured, bimetallic nanorods integrate the merits of the AuAg alloy with the advantages of anisotropic nanorods, exhibiting strong, stable and tunable surface plasmon resonances that are essential for SERS applications in a corrosive environment. The “high-index faceted Au nanorod (core) @ AuPd alloy (shell)” nanocrystal was produced via site-specific epitaxial growth of AuPd alloyed horns at the ends of Au nanorods. The AuPd alloyed horns are bound with high-index side facets, while the Au nanorod concentrates an intensive electric field at each end. This unique configuration unites highly active catalytic sites with strong SERS sites into a single entity and was demonstrated to be ideal for in situ monitoring of Pd-catalyzed reactions by SERS. The synthetic strategies developed here are promising towards the fabrication of

  5. Selective excitation of bright and dark plasmonic resonances of single gold nanorods

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    Demichel, O; Francs, G Colas des; Bouhelier, A; Hertz, E; Billard, F; de Fornel, F; Cluzel, B

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonic dark modes are pure near-field resonances since their dipole moments are vanishing in far field. These modes are particularly interesting to enhance nonlinear light-matter interaction at the nanometer scale because radiative losses are mitigated therefore increasing the intrinsic lifetime of the resonances. However, the excitation of dark modes by standard far field approaches is generally inefficient because the symmetry of the electromagnetic near-field distribution has a poor overlap with the excitation field. Here, we demonstrate the selective optical excitation of bright and dark plasmonic modes of single gold nanorods by spatial phase-shaping the excitation beam. Using two-photon luminescence measurements, we unambiguously identify the symmetry and the order of the emitting modes and analyze their angular distribution by Fourier-space imaging.

  6. Hematite spindles with optical functionalities: growth of gold nanoshells and assembly of gold nanorods.

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    Spuch-Calvar, Miguel; Pérez-Juste, Jorge; Liz-Marzán, Luis M

    2007-06-01

    The layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly method, combined with the seeded growth technique, have been used to deposit gold shells on the surface of hematite (alpha-Fe(2)O(3)) spindles. While the LBL method yields dense coatings of preformed Au nanoparticles, when AuCl(-)(4) ions are further reduced by a mild reducing agent, thicker, rough nanostructured shells can be grown. The deposition process was monitored by TEM and UV-visible spectroscopy, demonstrating a gradual change in the optical features of the colloids as the surface is more densely covered. The particles so-prepared can find useful applications in cancer therapy and as SERS substrates. Additionally, we show that Au nanorods can be assembled on hematite spindles, providing a flexible way to tune the optical properties of the resulting composite colloids.

  7. Thermal stability of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods with different aspect ratios

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    Gergely-Fülöp, Eszter, E-mail: fulop.eszter@ttk.mta.hu; Zámbó, Dániel, E-mail: zambo.daniel@ttk.mta.hu; Deák, András, E-mail: deak.andras@ttk.mta.hu

    2014-12-15

    The effect of different temperatures (up to 900 °C) on the morphology of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods was systematically investigated. Gold nanorods with different aspect ratios (AR ranging from 2.5 to 4.3) were coated with a 15 nm thick mesoporous silica shell. Silicon supported monolayers of the particles were annealed in the temperature range of 300–900 °C. The resulting changes in particle morphology were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and visible wavelength extinction spectroscopy. The silica coating generally improved the stability of the nanorods from ca. 250 °C by several hundreds degree Celsius. For nanorods with AR < 3 the shape and the aspect ratio change is only moderate up to 700 °C. At 900 °C these nanorods became spherical. For nanorods with AR>3, lower stability was found as the aspect ratio decrease was more significant and they transformed into spherical particles already at 700 °C. It was confirmed by investigating empty silica shells that the observed conformal change of the shell material when annealing core/shell particles is dictated by the deformation of the core particle. This also implies that a significant mechanical stress is exerted on the shell upon core deformation. In accordance with this, for the highest aspect ratio (AR ∼ 4) nanorod the shell breaks up at 900 °C and the gold cores were partially released and coalesced into large spherical particles. - Highlights: • Deformation of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods upon annealing up to 900 °C. • The silica shell protects the gold cores from turning into spheres up to 500 °C. • Decreasing thermal stability with increasing aspect ratio. • Deformation of the silica shell dictated by the shape change of the gold core. • Core induced break-up of the shell for high aspect ratio nanorods.

  8. Seed-Mediated Growth of Gold Nanorods: Limits of Length to Diameter Ratio Control

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    Christopher J. Ward

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of the seed reaction conditions on the two-step seed-mediated growth of gold nanorods and the effect of gold and reducing agent content in the growth solution were evaluated. Results indicate that the reaction conditions used to produce the seeds have a significant impact on the aspect ratio of the gold nanorods produced. Increasing the concentration of gold or the reaction temperature in the seed production step results in lower length to diameter (aspect ratio gold rods. In addition, the amount of prepared seed added to the growth solution impacts the rod aspect ratio, with increasing amounts of seed reducing the aspect ratio. The effects of reducing agent, ascorbic acid (AA, and gold content of the growth solution on the aspect ratio of the produced rods are strongly interrelated. There exists a minimum ascorbic acid to gold concentration below which rods will not form; however, increasing the ratio above this minimum results in shorter rods being formed. Characterization of nanorod growth is performed by UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometry and transmission electron microscopy (TEM.

  9. On the frequency-selective features of gold nanorods-based columnar thin film metamaterial absorber

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    Ghasemi, Masih; Choudhury, P. K.; Baqir, M. A.; Mohamed, M. A.; Zain, A. R. M.; Majlis, B. Y.

    2016-09-01

    Metamaterials have been of great interest owing to multifarious technological applications. Among various applications of scientific need, the perfect absorber kind of property of metamaterials remains prudent. Within the context, this investigation describes the filtering/absorber applications of metasurfaces comprised of columnar nanorods of gold having circular and elliptical cross-sections. The spectral features of such absorbers are investigated in terms of absorptivity in the visible to infrared (IR) regimes. The results indicate of almost perfect absorption corresponding to certain wavelengths in the IR span. Also, multiple absorption peaks would determine the filtering characteristics of the structures under consideration. It has been found that the absorber having circular nanorods exhibits better performance than the one with elliptical nanorods in terms of the magnitude/smoothness of absorption peaks in the entire electromagnetic spectral region of interest; the case of elliptical nanorods makes the absorption spectra to yield too much of flickers in the IR range of wavelength.

  10. Plasmon ruler with gold nanorod dimers: utilizing the second-order resonance

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    Le, Anton T; Dubrovina, Natalia; Lupu, Anatole; Fedyanin, Andrey A

    2014-01-01

    The idea of utilizing the second-order plasmon resonance of the gold nanorod {\\pi}-dimers for plasmon rulers is introduced. We report on a qualitatively different dependence of the plasmon resonance shift on the interparticle distance for the first- and second-order longitudinal modes, extending the working range of plasmon rulers up to the distance values of 400 nm.

  11. Targeted polymeric nanoparticles containing gold nanorods: a therapeutic approach against glioblastoma

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    Locatelli, Erica; Bost, Wolfgang; Fournelle, Marc; Llop, Jordi; Gil, Larraitz; Arena, Francesca; Lorusso, Vito; Comes Franchini, Mauro

    2014-03-01

    Chlorotoxin-targeted polymeric nanoparticles containing entrapped gold nanorods as potential therapeutic agent for glioblastoma multiforme have been developed and evaluated. In first proof of concept experiments, in vitro specific uptake in cancer cells and selective laser-induced cell death have been shown. In vivo studies with optical imaging showed increased retention of targeted NPs in the tumor.

  12. Unstable reshaping of gold nanorods prepared by a wet chemical method in the presence of silver nitrate.

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    Iqbal, Muhammad; Tae, Giyoong

    2006-11-01

    We characterized the stability of the gold nanorods synthesized by means of a seed mediated growth approach in the presence of AgNO3, which consists of synthesis of small diameter seed particles (approximately 4 nm) and subsequent growth of these nanoparticles into nanorods by addition to gold salt solution containing cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) in the presence of ascorbic acid. The presence of silver nitrate significantly enhanced the nanorod synthesis as previously reported. However, the synthesized nanorods were unstable and reshaped in aqueous environment; the continuous blue-shift of the 2nd plasmon bands was monitored and the changes in the nanorod morphologies were also observed by electron microscopy with increasing storage time. This reshaping was observed at wide CTAB concentration range regardless of the removal of the unreacted gold or silver ions.

  13. Gold nanorod-templated synthesis of polymetallic hollow nanostructures with enhanced electrocatalytic performance

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    Guo, Xia; Ye, Wei; Zhu, Rui; Wang, Wenxin; Xie, Fang; Sun, Hongyan; Zhao, Qing; Ding, Yi; Yang, Jian

    2014-09-01

    Anisotropic polymetallic hollow nanostructures are highly desired for many applications because of their unique morphology, large specific surface areas and attractive electronic effects. Here, a simple method using gold nanorods as a self-sacrificed template has been developed for the fabrication of hollow dumbbell-like nanorods of Au@PtAg. The formation of the hollow structures involves the growth of another metallic shell first, and then the etching of gold nanorods, which is induced by oxygen and ascorbic acid. The lattice mismatch and cohesive energy of the shell, along with its surface passivation, greatly affect the subsequent etching and the resulting products, as has been demonstrated by a positive control in the case of Rh and a negative control in the case of Pd. Hollow dumbbell-like nanorods of Au@PtAg show great enhancement for the dehydrogenation pathway in the oxidation of formic acid, as compared to solid Au@PtAg nanorods, PtAu nanotubes and commercial Pt/C.Anisotropic polymetallic hollow nanostructures are highly desired for many applications because of their unique morphology, large specific surface areas and attractive electronic effects. Here, a simple method using gold nanorods as a self-sacrificed template has been developed for the fabrication of hollow dumbbell-like nanorods of Au@PtAg. The formation of the hollow structures involves the growth of another metallic shell first, and then the etching of gold nanorods, which is induced by oxygen and ascorbic acid. The lattice mismatch and cohesive energy of the shell, along with its surface passivation, greatly affect the subsequent etching and the resulting products, as has been demonstrated by a positive control in the case of Rh and a negative control in the case of Pd. Hollow dumbbell-like nanorods of Au@PtAg show great enhancement for the dehydrogenation pathway in the oxidation of formic acid, as compared to solid Au@PtAg nanorods, PtAu nanotubes and commercial Pt/C. Electronic

  14. Sensitive detection of DNA based on the optical properties of core-shell gold nanorods

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    Huang Haowen, E-mail: hhwn09@163.com; Li Chunhui; Qu Caiting; Huang Shaowen; Liu Fang; Zeng Yunlong [Hunan University of Science and Technology, Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry and Molecular Simulation of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China)

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    In this article, a type of core-shell nanostructure, Au{sub 2}S/AuAgS/Ag{sub 3}AuS{sub 2}-coated gold nanorods (GNRs) with unique optical properties was used as a sensing platform to detect fish sperm DNA (fsDNA). The prepared core-shell nanorods are positively charged due to the adsorption of the positively charged cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) cations on their surface. fsDNA can form ternary fsDNA-CTAB-nanorod complexes together with CTAB and nanorod, which provides a useful platform to detect fsDNA through absorption spectra and resonance light scattering (RLS) spectroscopy. In this sensitive core-shell nanorod sensor, CTAB concentration and the nanoparticle dosage play important roles and have been investigated. Moreover, the fsDNA-CTAB-nanorod complexes induce a great enhancement of RLS intensity of the core-shell GNRs and directly proportional to the concentration of fsDNA, reaching a detection limit of about 10{sup -9} mg/mL. This study will be significant for as-prepared core-shell GNRs for future application in biological systems.

  15. Tailoring surface plasmon resonance and dipole cavity plasmon modes of scattering cross section spectra on the single solid-gold/gold-shell nanorod

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    Chou Chau, Yuan-Fong, E-mail: chou.fong@ubd.edu.bn; Lim, Chee Ming; Kumara, N. T. R. N.; Yoong, Voo Nyuk [Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Tungku Link, Gadong BE1410, Brunei (Brunei Darussalam); Lee, Chuanyo [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, No. 229, Jianxing Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 32097, Taiwan (China); Huang, Hung Ji; Lin, Chun-Ting [Instrument Technology Research Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Chiang, Hai-Pang [Institute of Optoelectronic Sciences, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan (China)

    2016-09-07

    Tunable surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and dipole cavity plasmon modes of the scattering cross section (SCS) spectra on the single solid-gold/gold-shell nanorod have been numerically investigated by using the finite element method. Various effects, such as the influence of SCS spectra under x- and y-polarizations on the surface of the single solid-gold/gold-shell nanorod, are discussed in detail. With the single gold-shell nanorod, one can independently tune the relative SCS spectrum width by controlling the rod length and rod diameter, and the surface scattering by varying the shell thickness and polarization direction, as well as the dipole peak energy. These behaviors are consistent with the properties of localized SPRs and offer a way to optically control and produce selected emission wavelengths from the single solid-gold/gold-shell nanorod. The electric field and magnetic distributions provide us a qualitative idea of the geometrical properties of the single solid-gold/gold-shell nanorod on plasmon resonance.

  16. Photothermal therapeutic application of gold nanorods-porphyrin-trastuzumab complexes in HER2-positive breast cancer

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    Kang, Xinmei; Guo, Ximing; An, Weiwei; Niu, Xingjian; Li, Suhan; Liu, Zhaoliang; Yang, Yue; Wang, Na; Jiang, Qicheng; Yan, Caichuan; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Qingyuan

    2017-01-01

    Gold nanorods are effective photothermal agents in diagnosis and treatment of cancer due to their specific near-infrared laser absorption. However, tumor photothermal therapy by nanorods alone is lack of targeting. Here, we described a novel nanocomplex made up of gold nanorods, porphyrin, and trastuzumab, called TGNs and investigated the TGN-mediated photothermal therapy as a potential alternative treatment of targeting HER2-positive breast cancers. By conjugating trastuzumab and porphyrin to the surface of gold nanorods, we have increased the targeting specificity and amplified the detecting effectiveness at the same time. TGN-mediated photothermal ablation by near-infrared laser led to a selective destruction of HER2-positive cancer cells and significantly inhibited tumor growth in mouse models bearing HER2 over-expressed breast cancer xenograft with less toxicity. Moreover, TGNs provided better therapeutic efficacy in comparison with the conventional molecule targeted therapy. Our current data suggest a highly promising future of TGNs for its therapeutic application in trastuzumab-resistant breast cancers. PMID:28155894

  17. Photothermal therapeutic application of gold nanorods-porphyrin-trastuzumab complexes in HER2-positive breast cancer

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    Kang, Xinmei; Guo, Ximing; An, Weiwei; Niu, Xingjian; Li, Suhan; Liu, Zhaoliang; Yang, Yue; Wang, Na; Jiang, Qicheng; Yan, Caichuan; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Qingyuan

    2017-02-01

    Gold nanorods are effective photothermal agents in diagnosis and treatment of cancer due to their specific near-infrared laser absorption. However, tumor photothermal therapy by nanorods alone is lack of targeting. Here, we described a novel nanocomplex made up of gold nanorods, porphyrin, and trastuzumab, called TGNs and investigated the TGN-mediated photothermal therapy as a potential alternative treatment of targeting HER2-positive breast cancers. By conjugating trastuzumab and porphyrin to the surface of gold nanorods, we have increased the targeting specificity and amplified the detecting effectiveness at the same time. TGN-mediated photothermal ablation by near-infrared laser led to a selective destruction of HER2-positive cancer cells and significantly inhibited tumor growth in mouse models bearing HER2 over-expressed breast cancer xenograft with less toxicity. Moreover, TGNs provided better therapeutic efficacy in comparison with the conventional molecule targeted therapy. Our current data suggest a highly promising future of TGNs for its therapeutic application in trastuzumab-resistant breast cancers.

  18. Intensity-Dependent Optical Nonlinear Absorption and Refraction of Gold Nanorods

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    GONG Hong-Mei; ZHOU zhang-Kai; XIAO Si; SONG Hao; SU xiong-Rui; LI Min; WANG Qu-Quan

    2007-01-01

    Au nanorods dispersed in aqueous solution were prepared with the electrochemical method.The absorption spectrum shows two absorption peaks corresponding to the perpendicular and transverse surface plasma resonance absorption of the nanorods.The third-order optical nonlinear properties are investigated by Z-scans.The signs of the nonlinear absorption coefficient and refractive index are reversed as the intensity of incident laser increases,which is due to the shape change of the gold nanoparticles melted by the intense laser pulses.

  19. Anti-aggregation-based spectrometric detection of Hg(II) at physiological pH using gold nanorods

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    Rajeshwari, A.; Karthiga, D.; Chandrasekaran, Natarajan; Mukherjee, Amitava, E-mail: amit.mookerjea@gmail.com

    2016-10-01

    An efficient detection method for Hg (II) ions at physiological pH (pH 7.4) was developed using tween 20-modified gold nanorods (NRs) in the presence of dithiothreitol (DTT). Thiol groups (-SH) at the end of DTT have a higher affinity towards gold atoms, and they can covalently interact with gold NRs and leads to their aggregation. The addition of Hg(II) ions prevents the aggregation of gold NRs due to the covalent bond formation between the -SH group of DTT and Hg(II) ions in the buffer system. The changes in the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peak of gold NRs were characterized using a UV–visible spectrophotometer. The absorption intensity peak of gold NRs at 679 nm was observed to reduce after interaction with DTT, and the absorption intensity was noted to increase by increasing the concentration of Hg(II) ions. The TEM analysis confirms the morphological changes of gold NRs before and after addition of Hg(II) ions in the presence of DTT. Further, the aggregation and disaggregation of gold NRs were confirmed by particle size and zeta potential analysis. The developed method shows an excellent linearity (y = 0.001 x + 0.794) for the graph plotted between the absorption ratio and Hg(II) concentration (1 to 100 pM) under the optimized conditions. The limit of detection was noted to be 0.42 pM in the buffer system. The developed method was tested in simulated body fluid, and it was found to have a good recovery rate. - Highlights: • Tween-20 modified gold NRs used as a probe for Hg(II) at physiological pH. • TEM, particle size and surface charge analysis confirm the aggregation and • disaggregation of NRs • The sensitivity of the probe for Hg(II) ions detection was 0.42 pM. • Hg(II) estimation in simulated body fluids with good recovery.

  20. Gold Nanorods as Plasmonic Sensors for Particle Diffusion.

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    Wulf, Verena; Knoch, Fabian; Speck, Thomas; Sönnichsen, Carsten

    2016-12-01

    Plasmonic gold nanoparticles are normally used as sensor to detect analytes permanently bound to their surface. If the interaction between the analyte and the nanosensor surface is negligible, it only diffuses through the sensor's sensing volume, causing a small temporal shift of the plasmon resonance position. By using a very sensitive and fast detection scheme, we are able to detect these small fluctuations in the plasmon resonance. With the help of a theoretical model consistent with our detection geometry, we determine the analyte's diffusion coefficient. The method is verified by observing the trends upon changing diffusor size and medium viscosity, and the diffusion coefficients obtained were found to reflect reduced diffusion close to a solid interface. Our method, which we refer to as NanoPCS (for nanoscale plasmon correlation spectroscopy), is of practical importance for any application involving the diffusion of analytes close to nanoparticles.

  1. Spherical gold nanoparticles and gold nanorods for the determination of gentamicin

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    Miranda-Andrades, Jarol R.; Pérez-Gramatges, Aurora; Pandoli, Omar; Romani, Eric C.; Aucélio, Ricardo Q.; da Silva, Andrea R.

    2017-02-01

    Gentamicin is an antibiotic indicated to treat mastitis in dairy cattle and for the treatment of bacterial resistance in the context of hospital infections. The effect caused by gentamicin on the optical properties of gold nanoparticles aqueous dispersions were used to develop quantitative methods to determine this antibiotic. Two different aqueous dispersions, one containing spherical Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) and the other containing Au nanorods (AuNRs), had their conditions adjusted to enable a stable and sensitive response towards gentamicin. The use of AuNPs, with measurement at 681 nm of the rising coupling plasmon band, enabled a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.4 ng mL- 1 (0.02 ng absolute LOD), ten times lower than the one achieved by measuring the decreasing of the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance band (at 662 nm). The linear analytical response of AuNPs measured at 681 nm did not require rationing of signal values to correct for linearity. Stability of the analytical response resulted in intermediary precision below 2%. No significant interference was imposed by excipients traditionally present in injectable solutions for veterinary use. Percent recoveries obtained in such formulations were between 94.5 and 98.2% regardless the existence of any difference in the proportion of the compounds known as gentamicin (C1, C1a and C2) in standard and in the samples. The method requires no derivatization with toxic reagents as usually is required in other spectroscopic approaches.

  2. White light scattering spectroscopy and electron microscopy of laser induced melting in single gold nanorods.

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    Zijlstra, Peter; Chon, James W M; Gu, Min

    2009-07-28

    We present the first measurements of laser induced melting and reshaping of single gold nanorods. Using a combination of white light scattering spectroscopy and electron microscopy we find a melting energy of 260 fJ for nanorods with an average size of 92 x 30 nm. Contrary to previous reports on ensembles of nanorods, this melting energy corresponds well to the theoretical prediction of 225 fJ. We observe a gradual shape change from a long and thin rod to a shorter and wider rod, which eventually collapses into a sphere when enough laser energy is deposited. We also observe that higher aspect ratio particles are thermodynamically less stable, leading to a greater reduction of the aspect ratio at lower laser pulse energy densities.

  3. Anti-aggregation-based spectrometric detection of Hg(II) at physiological pH using gold nanorods.

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    Rajeshwari, A; Karthiga, D; Chandrasekaran, Natarajan; Mukherjee, Amitava

    2016-10-01

    An efficient detection method for Hg (II) ions at physiological pH (pH7.4) was developed using tween 20-modified gold nanorods (NRs) in the presence of dithiothreitol (DTT). Thiol groups (-SH) at the end of DTT have a higher affinity towards gold atoms, and they can covalently interact with gold NRs and leads to their aggregation. The addition of Hg(II) ions prevents the aggregation of gold NRs due to the covalent bond formation between the -SH group of DTT and Hg(II) ions in the buffer system. The changes in the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peak of gold NRs were characterized using a UV-visible spectrophotometer. The absorption intensity peak of gold NRs at 679nm was observed to reduce after interaction with DTT, and the absorption intensity was noted to increase by increasing the concentration of Hg(II) ions. The TEM analysis confirms the morphological changes of gold NRs before and after addition of Hg(II) ions in the presence of DTT. Further, the aggregation and disaggregation of gold NRs were confirmed by particle size and zeta potential analysis. The developed method shows an excellent linearity (y=0.001x+0.794) for the graph plotted between the absorption ratio and Hg(II) concentration (1 to 100pM) under the optimized conditions. The limit of detection was noted to be 0.42pM in the buffer system. The developed method was tested in simulated body fluid, and it was found to have a good recovery rate. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Cancer cell imaging and photothermal therapy in the near-infrared region by using gold nanorods.

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    Huang, Xiaohua; El-Sayed, Ivan H; Qian, Wei; El-Sayed, Mostafa A

    2006-02-15

    Due to strong electric fields at the surface, the absorption and scattering of electromagnetic radiation by noble metal nanoparticles are strongly enhanced. These unique properties provide the potential of designing novel optically active reagents for simultaneous molecular imaging and photothermal cancer therapy. It is desirable to use agents that are active in the near-infrared (NIR) region of the radiation spectrum to minimize the light extinction by intrinsic chromophores in native tissue. Gold nanorods with suitable aspect ratios (length divided by width) can absorb and scatter strongly in the NIR region (650-900 nm). In the present work, we provide an in vitro demonstration of gold nanorods as novel contrast agents for both molecular imaging and photothermal cancer therapy. Nanorods are synthesized and conjugated to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (anti-EGFR) monoclonal antibodies and incubated in cell cultures with a nonmalignant epithelial cell line (HaCat) and two malignant oral epithelial cell lines (HOC 313 clone 8 and HSC 3). The anti-EGFR antibody-conjugated nanorods bind specifically to the surface of the malignant-type cells with a much higher affinity due to the overexpressed EGFR on the cytoplasmic membrane of the malignant cells. As a result of the strongly scattered red light from gold nanorods in dark field, observed using a laboratory microscope, the malignant cells are clearly visualized and diagnosed from the nonmalignant cells. It is found that, after exposure to continuous red laser at 800 nm, malignant cells require about half the laser energy to be photothermally destroyed than the nonmalignant cells. Thus, both efficient cancer cell diagnostics and selective photothermal therapy are realized at the same time.

  5. Rotational Diffusion of Plasmon-Resonant Gold Nanorods for Depth-Resolved Microrheology Using Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Oldenburg, Amy; Chhetri, Raghav; Kozek, Krystian; Johnston-Peck, Aaron; Tracy, Joseph

    2011-03-01

    The ability to perform microrheology in optically thick samples would enable analysis of bulk tissues. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides imaging several mean free scattering path lengths into tissue. In this study we report the use of plasmon-resonant gold nanorods as microrheological sensors in OCT. Nanorods exhibit a longitudinal mode that is excited when they are oriented parallel to the polarization of the incident light, which is favorable for passive microrheology using polarized light to monitor their rotational diffusion. We demonstrate measurements of the rotational diffusion of unconfined, colloidal gold nanorods using polarization-sensitive OCT, and validate the Stokes-Einstein relationship for the nanorods in simple fluids of varying viscosity. We then show that OCT provides depth-resolved imaging of fluid viscosity through measurements of the rotational diffusion rate of the nanorods. We acknowledge support from the Carolina Cancer Center for Nanotechnology Excellence (C-CCNE NIH (NCI) #U54CA119343).

  6. Surface chemistry-mediated penetration and gold nanorod thermotherapy in multicellular tumor spheroids

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    Jin, Shubin; Ma, Xiaowei; Ma, Huili; Zheng, Kaiyuan; Liu, Juan; Hou, Shuai; Meng, Jie; Wang, Paul C.; Wu, Xiaochun; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2012-12-01

    We investigated the penetration and thermotherapy efficiency of different surface coated gold nanorods (Au NRs) in multicellular tumor spheroids. The current data show that negatively charged Au NRs, other than positively charged Au NRs, can penetrate deep into the tumor spheroids and achieve a significant thermal therapeutic benefit.We investigated the penetration and thermotherapy efficiency of different surface coated gold nanorods (Au NRs) in multicellular tumor spheroids. The current data show that negatively charged Au NRs, other than positively charged Au NRs, can penetrate deep into the tumor spheroids and achieve a significant thermal therapeutic benefit. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Materials and methods section. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr31877f

  7. Direct coating of mesoporous titania on CTAB-capped gold nanorods

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    Zhao, Junwei; Xu, Pengyu; Li, Yue; Wu, Jian; Xue, Junfei; Zhu, Qiannan; Lu, Xuxing; Ni, Weihai

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a CTAB-templated approach towards direct coating of mesoporous titania on gold nanorods in aqueous solutions. The formation of the mesoporous shell is found to be closely correlated with CTAB concentration and the amount of the titania precursor. This approach can be readily extended to form mesoporous titania shells on other CTAB-capped nanoparticles.We demonstrate a CTAB-templated approach towards direct coating of mesoporous titania on gold nanorods in aqueous solutions. The formation of the mesoporous shell is found to be closely correlated with CTAB concentration and the amount of the titania precursor. This approach can be readily extended to form mesoporous titania shells on other CTAB-capped nanoparticles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details including chemicals, sample preparation, and characterization methods. UV-Vis extinction spectra, SEM images, and TEM images of AuNR@mTiO2 nanostructures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05692f

  8. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering on gold nanorod pairs with interconnection bars of different widths

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    Yue, Weisheng

    2012-08-01

    We demonstrate that surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement could be tuned by adjusting the width of a connection bar at the bottom of a gold nanorod pair. Arrays of gold nanorod pairs with interconnection bars of different widths at the bottom of the interspace were fabricated by electron-beam lithography and used for the SERS study. Rhodamine 6G (R6G) was used as the probe molecule for the SERS. In addition to the large SERS enhancement observed in the nanostructured substrates, the SERS enhancement increases as the width of the connection bar increases. This result provides an important method for tuning SERS enhancement. Numerical simulations of electromagnetic properties on the nanostructures were performed with CST Microwave Studio, and the results correspond well with the experimental observations. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Dynamic microscale temperature gradient in a gold nanorod solution measured by diffraction-limited nanothermometry

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    Li, Chengmingyue; Gan, Xiaosong; Li, Xiangping; Gu, Min, E-mail: mgu@swin.edu.au [Centre for Micro-Photonics, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 (Australia)

    2015-09-21

    We quantify the dynamic microscale temperature gradient in a gold nanorod solution using quantum-dot-based microscopic fluorescence nanothermometry. By incorporating CdSe quantum dots into the solution as a nanothermometer, precise temperature mapping with diffraction-limited spatial resolution and sub-degree temperature resolution is achieved. The acquired data on heat generation and dissipation show an excellent agreement with theoretical simulations. This work reveals an effective approach for noninvasive temperature regulation with localized nanoheaters in microfluidic environment.

  10. Nematic director-induced switching of assemblies of hexagonally packed gold nanorods.

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    Thomas, Michael R; Klein, Susanne; Greasty, Robert J; Mann, Stephen; Perriman, Adam W; Richardson, Robert M

    2012-08-22

    Self-assembled disc-shaped clusters of hexagonally packed, thiol-functionalized gold nanorods are prepared and dispersed in thermotropic nematic liquid crystals. The resultant hybrid complex fluids exhibit colloidal anisotropy with very high orientational order and are characterized by SAXS as shown in the figure. Precise, reconfigurable control of the cluster orientation at very low electric field strengths (0.18 V μm(-1) ) is achieved.

  11. Organo-Soluble Porphyrin Mixed Monolayer-Protected Gold Nanorods with Intercalated Fullerenes

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    2012-03-16

    example, with dye molecules on GNRs, photothermal therapy and fluorescence imaging can be accomplished simultaneously.4b Although the coupling of dye...W.; El-Sayed, M. A. Cancer Cell Imaging and Photothermal Therapy in The Near-Infrared Region by Using Gold Nanorods. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128...pubs.acs.org on March 20, 2012 Just Accepted “Just Accepted” manuscripts have been peer- reviewed and accepted for publication. They are posted online prior to

  12. Tumor Microenvironment Modulation by Cyclopamine Improved Photothermal Therapy of Biomimetic Gold Nanorods for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinomas.

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    Jiang, Ting; Zhang, Bo; Shen, Shun; Tuo, Yanyan; Luo, Zimiao; Hu, Yu; Pang, Zhiqing; Jiang, Xinguo

    2017-09-20

    Due to the rich stroma content and poor blood perfusion, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is a tough cancer that can hardly be effectively treated by chemotherapeutic drugs. Tumor microenvironment modulation or advanced design of nanomedicine to achieve better therapeutic benefits for PDA treatment was widely advocated by many reviews. In the present study, a new photothermal therapy strategy of PDA was developed by combination of tumor microenvironment modulation and advanced design of biomimetic gold nanorods. On one hand, biomimetic gold nanorods were developed by coating gold nanorods (GNRs) with erythrocyte membrane (MGNRs). It was shown that MGNRs exhibited significantly higher colloidal stability in vitro, stronger photothermal therapeutic efficacy in vitro, and longer circulation in vivo than GNRs. On the other hand, tumor microenvironment modulation by cyclopamine treatment successfully disrupted the extracellular matrix of PDA and improved tumor blood perfusion. Moreover, cyclopamine treatment significantly increased the accumulation of MGNRs in tumors by 1.8-fold and therefore produced higher photothermal efficiency in vivo than the control group. Finally, cyclopamine treatment combined with photothermal MGNRs achieved the most significant shrinkage of Capan-2 tumor xenografts among all the treatment groups. Therefore, with the integrated advantages of tumor microenvironment regulation and long-circulation biomimetic MGNRs, effective photothermal therapy of PDA was achieved. In general, this new strategy of combining tumor microenvironment modulation and advanced design of biomimetic nanoparticles might have great potential in PDA therapy.

  13. Synthesis of gold nanorods with a longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peak of around 1250 nm

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    Nguyen, Thi Nhat Hang; Le Trinh Nguyen, Thi; Thanh Tuyen Luong, Thi; Thang Nguyen, Canh Minh; Nguyen, Thi Phuong Phong

    2016-03-01

    We prepared gold nanorods and joined them to chemicals such as tetrachloauric (III) acid trihydrate, silver nitrate, hydroquinone, hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, sodium hydroxide and sodium borohydride using the seed-mediated method. The combination of hydroquinone, with or without salicylic acid, influences the size of the gold nanorods, and this is demonstrated by the results of TEM images, UV-vis spectra and the value of the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peak with respect to the UV-vis spectra. By changing the Ag+ ion and hydroquinone concentration and the combination of hydroquinone and salicylic acid, the size of the gold nanorods can be controlled and this is manifested by longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peaks forming between 875 and 1278 nm. In particular, sample E2 achieved a longitudinal surface plasmon peak at 1273 nm and an aspect ratio of more than 10 by modifying the hydroquinone to 2.5 mM and salicylic acid to 0.5 mM concentration in the growth solution.

  14. Antibacterial and Antibiofilm Activities of the Photothermal Therapy Using Gold Nanorods against Seven Different Bacterial Strains

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    Juan Carlos Castillo-Martínez; Gabriel Alejandro Martínez-Castañón; Fidel Martínez-Gutierrez; Norma Veronica Zavala-Alonso; Nuria Patiño-Marín; Nereyda Niño-Martinez; Zaragoza-Magaña, V.; Cabral-Romero, C.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this work was to determine the bactericidal and antibiofilm activities of gold nanorods (AuNRs) using plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPTT) against oral microorganisms. AuNRs were synthesized by the seed and growth solution method and the gold nanoclusters were characterized with a size of 33.2 nm ± 2.23 length and 7.33 nm ± 1.60 width. The efficacy of PPTT related to its temperature was done reaching 67°C. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericide concen...

  15. Novel Organo-Soluble Optically Tunable Chiral Hybrid Gold Nanorods

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    2014-12-04

    alignment in liquid crystal media was achieved. Furthermore, 3D layer-by-layer graphene –gold nanoparticle hybrid architecture with tunable interlayer...nanoparticles which could further guide to fabricate novel nanophotonic and optical metamaterials . Figure TEM images of P8GNR in LCP. (A) Before UV...Building 3D layer-by-layer gold- graphene nanoparticle hybrid architecture with tunable interlayer distance. The ability to construct self-assembled

  16. Biologically Inspired Polydopamine Capped Gold Nanorods for Drug Delivery and Light-Mediated Cancer Therapy.

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    Wang, Shaowei; Zhao, Xinyuan; Wang, Shaochuan; Qian, Jun; He, Sailing

    2016-09-21

    Multifunctional drug delivery and combined multimodal therapy strategies are very promising in tumor theranostic applications. In this work, a simple and versatile nanoplatform based on biologically inspired polydopamine capped gold nanorods (GNR-PDA) is developed. Dopamine, a well-known neurotransmitter associated with many neuronal disorders, can undergo self-polymerization on the surface of GNRs to form a stable PDA shell. Its unique molecular adsorption property, as well as its high chemical stability and biocompatibility, facilitate GNR-PDA as an ideal candidate for drug delivery. Methylene blue (MB) and doxorubicin (DOX) are directly adsorbed on GNR-PDA via electrostatic and/or π-π stacking interactions, forming GNR-PDA-MB and GNR-PDA-DOX nanocomposites, respectively. The GNR-PDA-MB can generate reactive oxygen species (ROS, from MB) or hyperthermia (from GNR-PDA) with high efficiency under deep-red/NIR laser irradiation, while the GNR-PDA-DOX exhibits light-enhanced drug release under NIR laser irradiation. The combined dual-modal light-mediated therapy, by using GNR-PDA-MB [photodynamic/photothermal therapy (PDT/PTT)] and GNR-PDA-DOX (Chemo/PTT), is carried out and shows remarkable cancer cell killing efficiency in vitro and significant suppression of tumor growth in vivo, which are much more distinct than any single-modal therapy strategy. Our work illustrates that GNR-PDA could be a promising nanoplatform for multifunctional drug delivery and multimodal tumor theranostics in the future.

  17. UV-vis spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering study of gold nanorods aggregation.

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    Kanjanawarut, Roejarek; Yuan, Bo; XiaoDi, Su

    2013-08-01

    Gold nanorods (AuNRs) were used as spectroscopic sensing elements to detect specific DNA sequences with a single-base mismatch sensitivity. The assay was based on the observation that the stabilizing repulsive forces between CTA(+)-coated AuNRs can be removed by citrate ions, which causes aggregation among AuNRs; whereas nucleic acids of different structures[ i.e., peptide nucleic acid (PNA), single-stranded DNA (ssDNA), PNA-DNA complex, and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA)] can retard the aggregation. Moreover, the dsDNA PNA-DNA duplexes provide larger retardation than that by unhybridized ssDNA and PNA probe. This assay can differentiate single-base mismatched targets with base substitution at different locations (center and end) with AuNRs of a larger aspect ratio. Besides ultraviolet-visable spectroscopy measurement of particle assembly-induced plasmonic coupling that in turn provides a spectroscopic detection of the specific DNA, dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were used to measure smaller degree of aggregation that can reveal sodium citrate- and dsDNA-AuNRs interactions in fine detail.

  18. Analyses of protein corona on bare and silica-coated gold nanorods against four mammalian cells.

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    Das, Minakshi; Yi, Dong Kee; An, Seong Soo A

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanisms responsible for the toxic effects of gold nanorods (AuNRs). Here, a comprehensive study was performed by examining the effects of bare (uncoated) AuNRs and AuNRs functionalized with silica (SiO2-AuNRs) against various mammalian cell lines, including cervical cancer cells, fibroblast cells, human umbilical vein endothelial cells, and neuroblastoma cells. The interactions between AuNRs and mammalian cells were investigated with cell viability and mortality assays. Dihydrorhodamine-123 assay was carried out for evaluating reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, along with mass spectroscopy analysis for determining the composition of the protein corona. Our results suggest that even the lowest concentrations of AuNRs (0.7 μg/mL) induced ROS production leading to cell mortality. On the other hand, cellular viability and ROS production were maintained even at a higher concentration of SiO2-coated AuNRs (12 μg/mL). The increased production of ROS by AuNRs seemed to cause the toxicity observed in all four mammalian cell types. The protein corona on the bare AuNRs did not appear to reduce ROS generation; however, different compositions of the protein corona on bare and SiO2-coated AuNRs may affect cellular behavior differently. Therefore, it was determined that SiO2-coated AuNRs would be more advantageous than bare AuNRs for cellular applications.

  19. High colloidal stability of gold nanorods coated with a peptide-ethylene glycol: Analysis by cyanide-mediated etching and nanoparticle tracking analysis.

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    Free, Paul; Conger, Gao; Siji, Wu; Zhang, Jing Bo; Fernig, David G

    2016-10-01

    The stability of gold nanorods was assessed following coating with various charged or uncharged ligands, mostly peptides. Highly stable monodispersed gold nanorods were obtained by coating CTAB-stabilized gold nanorods with a pentapeptide with C-terminal ethylene glycol units (peptide-EG). UV-vis spectroscopy of these nanorods suspended in saline solutions indicated no signs of aggregation, and they were easily purified using size-exclusion chromatography. A more stringent measure of nanorod stability involved observing changes in the UV-vis absorbance of gold nanorods subjected to etching with cyanide. The λmax absorbance of peptide-EG coated nanorods red-shifted in etchant solution. The hypothesis that changes in the nanorod aspect ratio led to this red-shift was confirmed by TEM analysis, which showed pit formation along the transverse axis. The etching process was followed in solution using nanoparticle tracking analysis. The red-shift was shown to occur while the particles remained mono-dispersed, and so was not due to aggregation. Adding both etchant solution and peptide-EG to the nanorods was further shown to allow modulation of the Δλmax red-shift and increase the etchant resistance of peptide-EG nanorods. Thus, very stable gold nanorods can be produced using the peptide-EG coating approach and their optical properties modulated with etchant.

  20. In vitro and in vivo studies on laser-activated gold nanorods for applications in photothermal therapies

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    Pini, Roberto; Ratto, Fulvio; Matteini, Paolo; Centi, Sonia; Rossi, Francesca

    2010-04-01

    We review our experimental studies on near infrared laser-activated gold nanoparticles in the direct welding of connective tissues. In particular, we discuss the use of gold nanorods excited by diode laser radiation at 810 nm to mediate functional photothermal effects and weld eye's lens capsules and arteries. The preparation of biopolymeric matrices including gold nanorods is described as well, together with preliminary tests for their application in the closure of wounds in vessels and tendons. Finally we mention future perspectives on the use of these nanoparticles for applications in the therapy of cancer.

  1. Enhanced detection sensitivity of Escherichia coli O157:H7 using surface-modified gold nanorods

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Mohankandhasamy Ramasamy,1 Dong Kee Yi,2,3 Seong Soo A An4 1School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, 2Department of Chemistry, 3Department of Energy and Biotechnology, Myongji University, Yongin, 4Department of BioNano Technology, Gachon University, Seongnam, Republic of Korea Abstract: Escherichia coli O157:H7 (O157 is a Gram negative and highly virulent bacteria found in food and water sources, and is a leading cause of chronic diseases worldwide. Diagnosis and prevention from the infection require simple and rapid analysis methods for the detection of pathogens, including O157. Endogenous membrane peroxidase, an enzyme present on the surface of O157, was used for the colorimetric detection of bacteria by catalytic oxidation of the peroxidase substrate. In this study, we have analyzed the impact of the synthesized bare gold nanorods (AuNRs and silica-coated AuNRs on the growth of E. coli O157. Along with the membrane peroxidase activity of O157, other bacteria strains were analyzed. Different concentrations of nanorods were used to analyze the growth responses, enzymatic changes, and morphological alterations of bacteria by measuring optical density, 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine assay, flow cytometry analysis, and microscopy studies. The results revealed that O157 showed higher and continuous membrane peroxidase activity than other bacteria. Furthermore, O157 treated with bare AuNRs showed a decreased growth rate in comparison with the bacteria with surface modified AuNRs. Interestingly, silica-coated AuNRs favored the growth of bacteria and also increased membrane peroxidase activity. This result can be particularly important for the enzymatic analysis of surface treated AuNRs in various microbiological applicants. Keywords: E. coli, O157:H7, endogenous membrane peroxidase, gold nanorod, silica-coated gold nanorod

  2. Numerical analysis for characterization of the gold nanorod mediated-plasmonic heating with temporary NIR laser radiation for superficial breast cancer therapy

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    Bae, Ji Yong; Nam, Ki-Hwan; Jeong, Chan Bae; Kim, Geon-hee; Chang, Ki Soo

    2016-09-01

    Over the last decade, plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPTT) has received significant attention as the new therapeutic strategy for the cancer therapy due to unique characteristics of the gold-nanoparticles. The characterization of the spatiotemporal heating potential for the gold nanorods (GNR) through mimicking PPTT process on the various conditions can help more quantitative approaches to treatment planning. The purpose of this study was to clearly understand the optical-thermal interactions between the laser, GNRs, and bio-tissues, and provide the information in clinical applications to implement the concept of heterogeneity, which can enable the optimization of treatment parameters for superficial breast cancer treatment.

  3. The wavelength dependence of gold nanorod-mediated optical breakdown during infrared ultrashort pulses

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    Davletshin, Yevgeniy R.; Kumaradas, J. Carl [Department of Physics, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2017-04-15

    This paper investigates the wavelength dependence of the threshold of gold nanorod-mediated optical breakdown during picosecond and femtosecond near infrared optical pulses. It was found that the wavelength dependence in the picosecond regime is governed solely by the changes of a nanorod's optical properties. On the other hand, the optical breakdown threshold during femtosecond pulse exposure falls within one of two regimes. When the ratio of the maximum electric field from the outside to the inside of the nanorod is less then 7 (the absorption regime) the seed electrons are initiated by photo-thermal emission, and the wavelength dependence in the threshold of optical breakdown is the result of optical properties of the nanoparticle. When the ratio is greater than 7 (the near-field regime) more seed electrons are initiated by multiphoton ionization, and the wavelength dependence of the threshold of optical breakdown results from a combination of nanorod's optical properties and transitions in the order of multiphoton ionization. The findings of this study can guide the design of nanoparticle based optical breakdown applications. This analysis also deepens the understanding of nanoparticle-mediated laser induced breakdown for picosecond and femtosecond pulses at near infrared wavelengths. (copyright 2017 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Stability and biocompatibility of photothermal gold nanorods after lyophilization and sterilization

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    Gomez, Leyre [Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanoscience Institute of Aragon (INA), C/ Mariano Esquillor, R and D Building, University of Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Cebrian, Virginia [CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina, CIBER-BBN, Zaragoza (Spain); Hospital Universitario La Paz-IdiPAZ, Paseo de la Castellana 261, 28046 Madrid (Spain); Martin-Saavedra, Francisco [Hospital Universitario La Paz-IdiPAZ, Paseo de la Castellana 261, 28046 Madrid (Spain); CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina, CIBER-BBN, Zaragoza (Spain); Arruebo, Manuel, E-mail: arruebom@unizar.es [Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanoscience Institute of Aragon (INA), C/ Mariano Esquillor, R and D Building, University of Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina, CIBER-BBN, Zaragoza (Spain); Vilaboa, Nuria [Hospital Universitario La Paz-IdiPAZ, Paseo de la Castellana 261, 28046 Madrid (Spain); CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina, CIBER-BBN, Zaragoza (Spain); Santamaria, Jesus, E-mail: Jesus.Santamaria@unizar.es [Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanoscience Institute of Aragon (INA), C/ Mariano Esquillor, R and D Building, University of Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina, CIBER-BBN, Zaragoza (Spain)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Morphological changes are observed for CTABr capped gold nanorods over time. • Polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) and polyethyleneglycol (PEG) coated nanorods are stable. • Re-suspendible and sterilizable colloids are prepared using those capping agents. • Those materials are efficient heat sinks potentially used in photothermal therapy. - Abstract: Suspensions in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) of gold nanorods stabilized with cetyltrimethyl ammonium chloride (CTABr), polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) and methyl-polyethyleneglycol-thiol (m-PEG-SH) have been prepared and the evolution of their colloidal stability and plasmonic response over time has been evaluated. Their performance after lyophilization, alcoholic sterilization and resuspension has also been characterized. Sub-cytotoxic doses on HeLa cells were calculated for the three surface functionalizations used. Their heating efficiency at different exposure times was also evaluated after being irradiated with near infrared light. The best results were obtained for m-PEG-SH stabilized rods, which were not only stable, sterilizable and lyophilizable, but also biocompatible at all doses tested, showing potential as a stable, re-suspendible and biocompatible hyperthermic agent.

  5. Tuned longitudinal surface plasmon resonance and third-order nonlinear optical properties of gold nanorods.

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    Tsutsui, Yushi; Hayakawa, Tomokatsu; Kawamura, Go; Nogami, Masayuki

    2011-07-08

    In order to elucidate the relationship for third-order nonlinear optical properties of anisotropic metal nanoparticles between the incident laser wavelength and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) wavelength, gold nanorods (GNRs) with a tuned longitudinal SPR mode in frequency were prepared by seed-mediated methods with two different surfactants, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and benzyldimethylammonium chloride (BDAC). The real and imaginary parts of the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities χ(3) were examined by near-infrared (800 nm) femtosecond Z-scan and I-scan techniques for various gold sols with SPR wavelengths of 530 nm (spheres), 800 nm (nanorods) and 1000 nm (nanorods), named as 530GNSs, 800GNRs and 1000GNRs, respectively. All the samples showed intrinsically third-order nonlinear optical refractive responses. However, as for the real part of χ(3) for one particle, 800GNRs whose plasmon peak was tuned to the incident laser wavelength exhibited a Reχ(3) value 45 times stronger than 530GNSs. More interestingly, the imaginary part of χ(3) was more greatly influenced at the tuned SPR wavelength. Here we first demonstrate that 800GNRs showed plasmon-enhanced saturable absorption (SA) due to a longitudinal SPR tuned to the incident laser wavelength.

  6. Facile colorimetric method for simple and rapid detection of endotoxin based on counterion-mediated gold nanorods aggregation.

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    Wang, Yashan; Zhang, Daohong; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Xiao; Yu, Shaoxuan; Liu, Tao; Zhang, Wentao; Zhu, Wenxin; Wang, Jianlong

    2014-05-15

    Existence of endotoxin in food and injection products indicates bacterial contaminations and therefore poses threat to human health. Herein, a simple and rapid colorimetric method for the effective detection of endotoxin in food and injections based on counterion-mediated gold nanorods aggregation is first proposed. By taking advantage of the color change of unmodified gold nanorods resulted from endotoxin mediated gold nanorods aggregation, endotoxin could be detected in the concentration range of 0.01-0.6 μM. Further, we studied the performance of gold nanorods with different aspect ratios (2.7 and 3.3) in determination of endotoxin and found that gold nanorods with higher aspect ratio (AR) showed superiority in the sensing sensitivity of endotoxin. A good specificity for endotoxin, a detection limit of 0.0084 μM and recoveries ranging from 84% to 109% in spiked food and injection samples are obtained with the colorimetric method. Results demonstrate that the present method provides a novel and effective approach for on-site screening of endotoxin in common products, which is beneficial for monitoring and reducing the risk of bacterial contaminations in food and injections production.

  7. The fabrication of high sensitivity gold nanorod H2S gas sensors utilizing the highly uniform anodic aluminum oxide template

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    Chien-Yu Li

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanorod were fabricated using anodic alumina oxide template for H2S gas detection. The nanorod gas sensor exhibits high surface density and contact area, which can increase detection sensitivity. The anodic alumina oxide template contains an array of pores, with a width of 70 nm and a length of 27μm. Au nanorod were obtained through electro-deposition under a pulse bias of −1 V. The resistance of the Au nanorod was recorded upon exposure to various concentrations of H2S. The resistance could be attributed to the high electron affinity between sulfide and Au nanorod. Au–sulfide bonds provide strong bonding, which could alter the conductivity of the sensor. The gas sensor exhibits high sensitivity and short response time for H2S detection at room temperature.

  8. The fabrication of high sensitivity gold nanorod H2S gas sensors utilizing the highly uniform anodic aluminum oxide template

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    Li, Chien-Yu; Li, Ciao-Yu; Wu, You-Lin; Hsu, Chung-Ping; Lee, Ming-Ching; Houng, Mau-Phon

    2016-12-01

    Gold nanorod were fabricated using anodic alumina oxide template for H2S gas detection. The nanorod gas sensor exhibits high surface density and contact area, which can increase detection sensitivity. The anodic alumina oxide template contains an array of pores, with a width of 70 nm and a length of 27 μ m . Au nanorod were obtained through electro-deposition under a pulse bias of -1 V. The resistance of the Au nanorod was recorded upon exposure to various concentrations of H2S. The resistance could be attributed to the high electron affinity between sulfide and Au nanorod. Au-sulfide bonds provide strong bonding, which could alter the conductivity of the sensor. The gas sensor exhibits high sensitivity and short response time for H2S detection at room temperature.

  9. Starfruit-shaped gold nanorods and nanowires: synthesis and SERS characterization.

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    Vigderman, Leonid; Zubarev, Eugene R

    2012-06-19

    Recently, branched and star-shaped gold nanoparticles have received significant attention for their unique optical and electronic properties, but most examples of such nanoparticles have a zero-dimensional shape with varying numbers of branches coming from a quasi-spherical core. This report details the first examples of higher-order penta-branched gold particles including rod-, wire-, and platelike particles which contain a uniquely periodic starfruitlike morphology. These nanoparticles are synthesized in the presence of silver ions by a seed-mediated approach based on utilizing highly purified pentahedrally twinned gold nanorods and nanowires as seed particles. The extent of the growth can be varied, leading to shifts in the plasmon resonances of the particles. In addition, the application of the starfruit rods for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is demonstrated.

  10. Damping of acoustic vibrations of immobilized single gold nanorods in different environments.

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    Yu, Kuai; Zijlstra, Peter; Sader, John E; Xu, Qing-Hua; Orrit, Michel

    2013-06-12

    We present measurements of the acoustic vibrations of single gold nanorods deposited on a glass substrate immersed in air and water by ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. The nanorods display two vibration modes, the breathing mode and the extensional mode. The damping time of the two modes is influenced by the environment, and a reduction of the quality factor is observed when the particles are immersed in water. The reduced quality factor of the breathing mode is in good agreement with a model that takes into account viscous damping and radiation of sound waves into the medium. The extension mode, however, is heavily damped when the particles are immersed in water, which is attributed to hydrodynamic lubrication forces between the nanoparticle and the glass substrate. Our results identify a new mode of damping in supported nanoparticles and indicate that the immersion medium can have different effects on different modes of vibration.

  11. Gold Nanoparticles Supported on Magnesium Oxide Nanorods for Oxidation of Alcohols.

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    Emayavaramban, P; Babu, S Ganesh; Karvembu, R; Kadirvelu, K; Dharmaraj, N

    2016-03-01

    Gold nanoparticles supported on magnesium oxide nanorods (Au-MgO) have been synthesised by a solution based chemical reduction method. Au-MgO nanorods were found to be an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for oxidation of alcohols with hydrogen peroxide in aqueous medium at room temperature. To find out the best reaction conditions for oxidation, optimization of catalyst quantity, solvent, mole equivalence of hydrogen peroxide were carried out. The scope of the reaction was extended to several aromatic and aliphatic alcohols, product yields were quantified by gas chromatography (GC) and GC/mass spectroscopy. Heterogeneity and reusability tests were performed. The use of water as a solvent and hydrogen peroxide as co-catalyst at room temperature makes the reaction interesting from sustainable development point of view.

  12. Tuning the EDTA-induced self-assembly and plasmonic spectral properties of gold nanorods: application in surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Li, Jian-jun [Xi’an Jiaotong University, The Key Laboratory of Biomedical Information Engineering of Ministry of Education, Institute of Biomedical Analytical Technology and Instrumentation, School of Life Science and Technology (China); Zhang, Ning; Wang, Jingyuan [The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Department of Clinical Laboratory (China); Yang, Chun-yu; Zhu, Jian, E-mail: nanoptzj@163.com; Zhao, Jun-wu, E-mail: nanoptzhao@163.com [Xi’an Jiaotong University, The Key Laboratory of Biomedical Information Engineering of Ministry of Education, Institute of Biomedical Analytical Technology and Instrumentation, School of Life Science and Technology (China)

    2016-02-15

    Self-assembly of cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide-protected colloidal gold nanorods with different aspect ratios has been studied by adding the ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). Both the assembly strength and assembly configuration fashion of the gold nanorods could be tuned by changing the aspect ratio. For gold nanorods with small aspect ratio, side-by-side assembly takes the major role in the aggregation. In this case, the blue shift of the longitudinal absorption and the increase of the transverse absorption lead to the great uplift of the middle spectrum dip as the EDTA is increased. For gold nanorods with large aspect ratio, end-to-end assembly takes the major role in the aggregation. In this case, the longitudinal absorption peak fades down rapidly and a tailing absorption peak at longer wavelength uplifts greatly as the EDTA is increased. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of the assembled gold nanorods has been studied using alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) as the Raman active probe. It has been found that both the side-by-side assembly and end-to-end assembly of the gold nanorods could effectively improve the Raman signal of the AFP. And the gold nanorod substrate with side-by-side assembly has higher SERS activity. Graphical Abstract: Side-by-side assembly of gold nanorods leads to the middle spectrum dip of LSPR uplift greatly as the EDTA is increased, which also effectively improves the SERS activity.

  13. Parallel collective resonances in arrays of gold nanorods

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    Vitrey, Alan; Aigouy, Lionel; Prieto Vizán, Patricia; García-Martín, José Miguel; González Sagardoy, María Ujué

    2014-01-01

    In this work we discuss the excitation of parallel collective resonances in arrays of gold nanoparticles. Parallel collective resonances result from the coupling of the nanoparticles localized surface plasmons with diffraction orders traveling in the direction parallel to the polarization vector. While they provide field enhancement and delocalization as the standard collective resonances, our results suggest that parallel resonances could exhibit greater tolerance to index asymmetry in the e...

  14. Reporter-Embedded SERS Tags from Gold Nanorod Seeds: Selective Immobilization of Reporter Molecules at the Tip of Nanorods.

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    Wang, Yuan; Wang, Yunqing; Wang, Wenhai; Sun, Kaoxiang; Chen, Lingxin

    2016-10-03

    Reporter embedded (RE) tags are a new generation of sensitive, stable surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags with Raman reporters embedded between gold nanoparticle (NP) cores and gold (or silver) shells. Most of the reported RE tags have been designed using Au nanospheres as a seed material. Herein, we investigated the synthesis and SERS properties of AuNR/reporter/Ag tags by using gold nanorod (AuNR) seeds with anisotropic physical and optical features. Several highlighted points were discovered, including the following: 1) The cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) layer induced the co-existence of chemically and physically adsorbed Raman reporters on AuNR. Conventional washing of the AuNR-reporter complex with water results in the formation of an "internal-external" mixed tag. To obtain a "pure" RE structure, an additional extraction step involving a CTAB solution was essential. 2) The anisotropic distribution of CTAB on AuNR resulted in the preference of the Raman reporters to adsorb to the hotspot at AuNR tip, which made it a perfect match for improving the SERS signal of the tag. 3) An anisotropic silver coating occurred with the shell thickness on the AuNR side growing much faster than the shell thickness at the tip. This feature ensured that the tag grew to a suitable size with enough silver for SERS enhancement without shadowing the effective Raman reporters at the tip too much. 4) RE tags showed better in vitro and in vivo signal stabilities compared with their external labeling counterparts. Moreover, a novel pH-sensitive SERS peak test was proposed by using 4-mercaptobenzoic acid as the Raman reporter to verify thin coverage by a silver layer. We believe this tag can be broadly applied for molecular detection and bio-imaging, and the proposed preparation and structure verification methods can provide universal guidance in the design of novel RE tags.

  15. In Vitro Photothermal Destruction of Cancer Cells Using Gold Nanorods and Pulsed-Train Near-Infrared Laser

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    Jui-Teng Lin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a novel pulsed-train near-IR diode laser system with real-time temperature monitoring of the laser-heated cancer cell mixed in gold nanorod solution. Near-IR diode laser at 808 nm matching the gold nanorod absorption peak (with an aspect ratio about 4.0 was used in this study. Both surface and volume temperatures were measured and kept above 43°C, the temperature for cancer cells destruction. The irradiation time needed in our pulsed-train system with higher laser fluence for killing the cancel cells is about 1–3 minutes, much shorter than conventional methods (5–10 minutes. Cell viabilities in gold nanorod mixed and controlled solutions are studied by green fluorescence.

  16. The 'nanobig rods' class of gold nanorods: optimized dimensions for improved in vivo therapeutic and imaging efficacy

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    Ungureanu, Constantin; van Leeuwen, Ton G; Manohar, Srirang

    2013-01-01

    Currently, gold nanorods can be synthesized in a wide range of sizes. However, for intended biological applications gold nanorods with approximate dimensions 50 nm x 15 nm are used. We investigate by computer simulation the effect of particle dimensions on the optical and thermal properties in the context of the specific applications of photoacoustic imaging. In addition we discuss the influence of particle size in overcoming the following biophysical barriers when administrated in vivo: extravasation, avoidance of uptake by organs of the reticuloendothelial system, penetration through the interstitium, binding capability and uptake by the target cells. Although more complex biological influences can be introduced in future analysis, the present work illustrates that larger gold nanorods, designated by us as "nanobig rods", may perform relatively better at meeting the requirements for successful in vivo applications compared to their smaller counterparts which are conventionally used.

  17. Controlled epitaxial growth of mesoporous silica/gold nanorod nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells

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    Ching-Mao Huang

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we describe the controlled synthesis of novel heterogeneous nanostructures comprised of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods (MSGNRs in the form of core–shell nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells, using a seed-mediated sol–gel method. Although MSGNR core–shell (θ-MSGNR structures have been reported previously by us and others, we herein discuss the first ever fabrication of MSGNR nanolollipops (φ-MSGNR and nanodumb-bells (β-MSGNR, achieved by simply controlling the aging time of gold nanorods (GNRs, the residual cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB coating of GNRs, and the addition of dimethyl formamide during incubation, centrifugation, and sonication, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy revealed two bare GNR isoforms, with aspect ratios of approximately 4 and 6, while scanning electron microscopy was used to further elucidate the morphology of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR heterostructures. In agreement with the smaller dielectric constants afforded by incomplete silica encasement, spectroscopic studies of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR, surface plasmon resonance (SPR bands revealed 20-40 nm blue shifts relative to the SPR of θ-MSGNR. On the basis of the attributes and applications of more conventional θ-MSGNRs, φ-MSGNRs and β-MSGNRs are anticipated to provide most of the utility of θ-MSGNRs, but with the additional functionalities that accompany their incorporation of both bare gold and mesoporous silica encased tips; with significant/unique implications for biomedical and catalytic applications.

  18. Controlled epitaxial growth of mesoporous silica/gold nanorod nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells

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    Huang, Ching-Mao [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanomedicine, National Health Research Institutes, 35 Keyan Road, Zhunan Town, Miaoli 35053, Taiwan (China); Material and Chemical Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 30011, Taiwan (China); Chung, Ming-Fang; Lo, Leu-Wei, E-mail: lwlo@nhri.org.tw [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanomedicine, National Health Research Institutes, 35 Keyan Road, Zhunan Town, Miaoli 35053, Taiwan (China); Souris, Jeffrey S. [Department of Radiology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    In this work, we describe the controlled synthesis of novel heterogeneous nanostructures comprised of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods (MSGNRs) in the form of core–shell nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells, using a seed-mediated sol–gel method. Although MSGNR core–shell (θ-MSGNR) structures have been reported previously by us and others, we herein discuss the first ever fabrication of MSGNR nanolollipops (φ-MSGNR) and nanodumb-bells (β-MSGNR), achieved by simply controlling the aging time of gold nanorods (GNRs), the residual cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) coating of GNRs, and the addition of dimethyl formamide during incubation, centrifugation, and sonication, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy revealed two bare GNR isoforms, with aspect ratios of approximately 4 and 6, while scanning electron microscopy was used to further elucidate the morphology of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR heterostructures. In agreement with the smaller dielectric constants afforded by incomplete silica encasement, spectroscopic studies of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) bands revealed 20-40 nm blue shifts relative to the SPR of θ-MSGNR. On the basis of the attributes and applications of more conventional θ-MSGNRs, φ-MSGNRs and β-MSGNRs are anticipated to provide most of the utility of θ-MSGNRs, but with the additional functionalities that accompany their incorporation of both bare gold and mesoporous silica encased tips; with significant/unique implications for biomedical and catalytic applications.

  19. Study of Heat Transfer Dynamics from Gold Nanorods to the Environment via Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Nguyen, Son C; Zhang, Qiao; Manthiram, Karthish; Ye, Xingchen; Lomont, Justin P; Harris, Charles B; Weller, Horst; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2016-02-23

    Studying the local solvent surrounding nanoparticles is important to understanding the energy exchange dynamics between the particles and their environment, and there is a need for spectroscopic methods that can dynamically probe the solvent region that is in nearby contact with the nanoparticles. In this work, we demonstrate the use of time-resolved infrared spectroscopy to track changes in a vibrational mode of local water on the time scale of hundreds of picoseconds, revealing the dynamics of heat transfer from gold nanorods to the local water environment. We applied this probe to a prototypical plasmonic photothermal system consisting of organic CTAB bilayer capped gold nanorods, as well as gold nanorods coated with varying thicknesses of inorganic mesoporous-silica. The heat transfer time constant of CTAB capped gold nanorods is about 350 ps and becomes faster with higher laser excitation power, eventually generating bubbles due to superheating in the local solvent. Silica coating of the nanorods slows down the heat transfer and suppresses the formation of superheated bubbles.

  20. Photosensitizer anchored gold nanorods for targeted combinational photothermal and photodynamic therapy.

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    Tham, Huijun Phoebe; Chen, Hongzhong; Tan, Yu Hui; Qu, Qiuyu; Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Zhao, Lingzhi; Venkatraman, Subbu S; Zhao, Yanli

    2016-07-07

    Silylated zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) was anchored onto silica-coated gold nanorods (AuNR) with retained local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). Independent LSPR and singlet oxygen production of anchored ZnPc enhance the photothermal and photodynamic efficacy of the obtained AuNR-Si-ZnPc under NIR light excitation. AuNR-Si-ZnPc was further grafted with hyaluronic acid (HA). Since HA has selective targeting capability to CD44 antigens, the final hybrid could target cancer cells directly for synergistic photothermal and photodynamic therapy.

  1. Effects of laser-exposed gold nanorods on biochemical pathways of neuronal cells

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    Paviolo, Chiara; Haycock, John W.; Stoddart, Paul R.; McArthur, Sally L.

    2013-12-01

    Gold nanorods with citrate termination, poly(4 - styrenesulfonic acid) coating and silica coating were taken up by NG108 - K15 neuronal cells. This process proved to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and activate the nuclear factor κ -B (NF - κB). However, subsequent exposure to laser light at the plasmon resonance wavelength showed no long term cell damage or ROS / NF- κB activation. Interestingly, monitoring of intracellular Ca2+ signaling showed evidence of photo - generated transients without alteration of other normal cell functions. These results suggest new opportunities for peripheral nerve regeneration treatments and for infrared neural stimulation.

  2. Off-Resonant Two-Photon Absorption Cross-Section Enhancement of an Organic Chromophore on Gold Nanorods

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    Sivapalan, Sean T.; Vella, Jarrett H.; Yang, Timothy K.; Dalton, Matthew J.; Haley, Joy E.; Cooper, Thomas M.; Urbas, Augustine M.; Tan, Loon-Seng; Murphy, Catherine J.

    2013-01-01

    Surface-plasmon-initiated interference effects of polyelectrolyte-coated gold nanorods on the two-photon absorption of an organic chromophore were investigated. With polyelectrolyte bearing gold nanorods of 2,4,6 and 8 layers, the role of the plasmonic fields as function of distance on such effects was examined. An unusual distance dependence was found: enhancements in the two-photon cross-section were at a minimum at an intermediate distance, then rose again at a further distance. The observed values of enhancement were compared to theoretical predictions using finite element analysis and showed good agreementdue to constructive and destructive interference effects. PMID:23687561

  3. Ultrasensitive Characterization of Mechanical Oscillations and Plasmon Energy Shift in Gold Nanorods.

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    Soavi, Giancarlo; Tempra, Iacopo; Pantano, Maria F; Cattoni, Andrea; Collin, Stéphane; Biagioni, Paolo; Pugno, Nicola M; Cerullo, Giulio

    2016-02-23

    Mechanical vibrational resonances in metal nanoparticles are intensively studied because they provide insight into nanoscale elasticity and for their potential application to ultrasensitive mass detection. In this paper, we use broadband femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy to study the longitudinal acoustic phonons of arrays of gold nanorods with different aspect ratios, fabricated by electron beam lithography with very high size uniformity. We follow in real time the impulsively excited extensional oscillations of the nanorods by measuring the transient shift of the localized surface plasmon band. Broadband and high-sensitivity detection of the time-dependent extinction spectra enables one to develop a model that quantitatively describes the periodic variation of the plasmon extinction coefficient starting from the steady-state spectrum with only one additional free parameter. This model allows us to retrieve the time-dependent elongation of the nanorods with an ultrahigh sensitivity and to measure oscillation amplitudes of just a few picometers and plasmon energy shifts on the order of 10(-2) meV.

  4. Gold-Catalyzed Growth of Aluminium-Doped Zinc Oxide Nanorods by Sputtering Method

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    A. B. Rosli

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO nanorods thin films were grown by RF magnetron sputtering on gold (Au metal catalyst. The Au catalyst layers with 5, 10, and 15 nm thickness were deposited on glass substrates by sputtering method followed by annealing for 15 min at 500°C to form Au nanostructures on the glass substrate. The AZO thin films were then deposited on the Au catalyst at different deposition temperature varying from 200 to 500°C. Postdeposition annealing processes of the Au catalyst resulted in different morphologies of the Au catalyst layers depending on their thicknesses. This in turn gave different AZO morphologies which suggest that the Au catalyst layer thickness and the deposition temperature contribute to the growth mechanism of the AZO nanostructures. AZO nanorods thin films having hexagonal wurtzite structure with individual nanorods on the film surface were obtained from the samples deposited on 5 and 10 nm thick Au catalyst with the deposition temperature of 300°C.

  5. Control of size and aspect ratio in hydroquinone-based synthesis of gold nanorods

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    Morasso, Carlo; Picciolini, Silvia; Schiumarini, Domitilla; Mehn, Dora; Ojea-Jiménez, Isaac; Zanchetta, Giuliano; Vanna, Renzo; Bedoni, Marzia; Prosperi, Davide; Gramatica, Furio

    2015-08-01

    In this article, we describe how it is possible to tune the size and the aspect ratio of gold nanorods obtained using a highly efficient protocol based on the use of hydroquinone as a reducing agent by varying the amounts of CTAB and silver ions present in the "seed-growth" solution. Our approach not only allows us to prepare nanorods with a four times increased Au3+ reduction yield, when compared with the commonly used protocol based on ascorbic acid, but also allows a remarkable reduction of 50-60 % of the amount of CTAB needed. In fact, according to our findings, the concentration of CTAB present in the seed-growth solution do not linearly influence the final aspect ratio of the obtained nanorods, and an optimal concentration range between 30 and 50 mM has been identified as the one that is able to generate particles with more elongated shapes. On the optimized protocol, the effect of the concentration of Ag+ ions in the seed-growth solution and the stability of the obtained particles has also been investigated.

  6. Control of size and aspect ratio in hydroquinone-based synthesis of gold nanorods

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    Morasso, Carlo, E-mail: cmorasso@dongnocchi.it; Picciolini, Silvia; Schiumarini, Domitilla [Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics (LABION) (Italy); Mehn, Dora; Ojea-Jiménez, Isaac [European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) (Italy); Zanchetta, Giuliano [Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Mediche e Medicina Traslazionale (Italy); Vanna, Renzo; Bedoni, Marzia [Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics (LABION) (Italy); Prosperi, Davide [Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, NanoBioLab, Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze (Italy); Gramatica, Furio [Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics (LABION) (Italy)

    2015-08-15

    In this article, we describe how it is possible to tune the size and the aspect ratio of gold nanorods obtained using a highly efficient protocol based on the use of hydroquinone as a reducing agent by varying the amounts of CTAB and silver ions present in the “seed-growth” solution. Our approach not only allows us to prepare nanorods with a four times increased Au{sup 3+} reduction yield, when compared with the commonly used protocol based on ascorbic acid, but also allows a remarkable reduction of 50–60 % of the amount of CTAB needed. In fact, according to our findings, the concentration of CTAB present in the seed-growth solution do not linearly influence the final aspect ratio of the obtained nanorods, and an optimal concentration range between 30 and 50 mM has been identified as the one that is able to generate particles with more elongated shapes. On the optimized protocol, the effect of the concentration of Ag{sup +} ions in the seed-growth solution and the stability of the obtained particles has also been investigated.

  7. Growth of segmented gold nanorods with nanogaps by the electrochemical wet etching technique for single-electron transistor applications.

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    Van Hoang, Nguyen; Kumar, Sanjeev; Kim, Gil-Ho

    2009-03-25

    The growth of multisegment nanorods comprising gold (Au) and sacrificial silver (Ag) segments (Au-Ag-Au or Au-Ag-Au-Ag-Au) using the electrochemical wet etching method is reported. The nanorods were fabricated using an alumina template of thickness 100 microm and pore size of 200 nm. A variety of nanorods from single to seven segments comprising alternate Au and Ag segments were fabricated with better control of growth rate. The multisegment nanorods were selectively etched by removing the Ag segments to create gaps in the fabricated nanorods. A careful investigation led to the creation of a wide variety of nanogaps in the fabricated multisegment nanorods. The size of the nanogap was controlled by the passage of current through the electrochemical process, and size below 10 nm was achievable at exchanged charges of approximately 1 mC. A further lowering in the size of nanogaps was achieved by diluting the silver plating solution and a segmented nanorod with nanogap (Au-nanogap-Au) of 3.8 nm at exchanged charges of 0.2 mC was successfully created. In addition, segmented nanorods with two or more nanogaps (Au-nanogap-Au-nanogap-Ag) placed symmetrically and asymmetrically on either side of the central Au segments were also created. A prototype of a single-electron transistor device based on segmented nanorods with two nanogaps is proposed. The results obtained could form the basis for the realization of quantum tunneling devices where the barrier thickness is very critical and demands values less than 5 nm. The encouraging results show the promise of multisegment nanorods for fabricating devices working at the de Broglie wavelength such as single-electron transistors.

  8. An overview of synthetic strategies and current applications of gold nanorods in cancer treatment

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    Manish Lakhani, Prit; Vishnu Kiran Rompicharla, Sri; Ghosh, Balaram; Biswas, Swati

    2015-10-01

    Photothermal therapy, also referred to as optical hyperthermia or photothermal ablation, is an emerging strategy for treating solid tumours. Colloidal gold converts the absorbed light into localized heat via a non-radiative mechanism, surface plasmon resonance, which ablates the solid tumours. Several plasmon resonating nanostructures, including gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), gold nanorods (AuNRs), gold nanoshells, gold nanocages, copper sulphide and carbon nanotubes, have shown potential for photo-activated cancer therapy. Generally, spherical AuNPs display absorption maxima between 500-550 nm, making them inefficient due to low tissue penetration. On the other hand, AuNRs absorb light in the near-infrared (NIR) region that penetrates deeper with higher spatial precision, and causes no damage to the surrounding healthy tissues due to the low energy absorption of NIR light by normal tissue. Moreover, the absorption range of light can be fine-tuned to the NIR region by adjusting the aspect ratios of AuNRs. However, large-scale synthesis and stability of this colloidal system still poses challenges for clinical translation. In this review, we discuss various strategies applied up to now for the synthesis of AuNRs. Current trends in the pre-clinical development of multifunctional AuNRs with emphasis on preparation and application strategies in cancer therapy have been delineated.

  9. Spatial temperature mapping within polymer nanocomposites undergoing ultrafast photothermal heating via gold nanorods

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    Maity, Somsubhra; Wu, Wei-Chen; Xu, Chao; Tracy, Joseph B.; Gundogdu, Kenan; Bochinski, Jason R.; Clarke, Laura I.

    2014-11-01

    Heat emanates from gold nanorods (GNRs) under ultrafast optical excitation of the localized surface plasmon resonance. The steady state nanoscale temperature distribution formed within a polymer matrix embedded with GNRs undergoing pulsed femtosecond photothermal heating is determined experimentally using two independent ensemble optical techniques. Physical rotation of the nanorods reveals the average local temperature of the polymer melt in the immediate spatial volume surrounding each rod while fluorescence of homogeneously-distributed perylene molecules monitors temperature over sample regions at larger distances from the GNRs. Polarization-sensitive fluorescence measurements of the perylene probes provide an estimate of the average size of the quasi-molten region surrounding each nanorod (that is, the boundary between softened polymer and solid material as the temperature decreases radially away from each particle) and distinguishes the steady state temperature in the solid and melt regions. Combining these separate methods enables nanoscale spatial mapping of the average steady state temperature distribution caused by ultrafast excitation of the GNRs. These observations definitively demonstrate the presence of a steady-state temperature gradient and indicate that localized heating via the photothermal effect within materials enables nanoscale thermal manipulations without significantly altering the bulk sample temperature in these systems. These quantitative results are further verified by re-orienting nanorods within a solid polymer nanofiber without inducing any morphological changes to the highly temperature-sensitive nanofiber surface. Temperature differences of 70-90 °C were observed over a distances of ~100 nm.Heat emanates from gold nanorods (GNRs) under ultrafast optical excitation of the localized surface plasmon resonance. The steady state nanoscale temperature distribution formed within a polymer matrix embedded with GNRs undergoing pulsed

  10. A study of the electron transfer and photothermal effect of gold nanorods on a glucose biosensor

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    Liu Huiyu; Yang Liuqing; Ren Xiangling; Tang Fangqiong; Ren Jun [Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Chen Dong, E-mail: tangfq@mail.ipc.ac.cn [Beijing Creative Nanophase Hi-Tech Company, Limited, Beijing 100086 (China)

    2010-05-07

    A new glucose biosensor based on the electron transfer and photothermal effect of gold nanorods (GNRs) is reported here. The biosensor was prepared by immobilizing glucose oxidase (GOx) on a platinum (Pt) electrode by a composite film consisting of GNRs, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and glutaraldehyde. GNRs were synthesized by a gold seed-mediated cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant-assisted approach. The fabrication, characterization and analytical performance of the glucose biosensor based on GNRs are described in this paper. Moreover, the modulation of the biosensor by the photothermal effect based on the unique surface plasma resonance (SPR) property of GNRs was investigated for the first time. The results show that the current response of a glucose biosensor can significantly increase, induced by the electrical conductivity and photothermal effect of GNRs.

  11. A study of the electron transfer and photothermal effect of gold nanorods on a glucose biosensor

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    Liu, Huiyu; Chen, Dong; Yang, Liuqing; Ren, Xiangling; Tang, Fangqiong; Ren, Jun

    2010-05-01

    A new glucose biosensor based on the electron transfer and photothermal effect of gold nanorods (GNRs) is reported here. The biosensor was prepared by immobilizing glucose oxidase (GOx) on a platinum (Pt) electrode by a composite film consisting of GNRs, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and glutaraldehyde. GNRs were synthesized by a gold seed-mediated cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant-assisted approach. The fabrication, characterization and analytical performance of the glucose biosensor based on GNRs are described in this paper. Moreover, the modulation of the biosensor by the photothermal effect based on the unique surface plasma resonance (SPR) property of GNRs was investigated for the first time. The results show that the current response of a glucose biosensor can significantly increase, induced by the electrical conductivity and photothermal effect of GNRs.

  12. Maintaining high-Q in an optical microresonator coated with high-aspect-ratio gold nanorods

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    Ganta, D.; Dale, E. B.; Rosenberger, A. T.

    2013-10-01

    We report methods to coat fused-silica microresonators with solution-grown high-aspect-ratio (AR) gold nanorods (NRs). Microresonators coated using our method maintain an optical quality factor (Q) greater than 107 after coating. The more successful method involves silanization of the surface of the microresonator with 3-mercaptopropylmethyldimethoxysilane (MPMDMS), to enable the adhesion of gold NRs. The high-AR NR-coated microresonator combines the field enhancement of localized surface plasmon resonances with the cavity-enhanced evanescent components of high-Q whispering-gallery modes, making it useful for plasmonic sensing applications in the infrared. By coating with NRs having a different aspect ratio, the enhancement regime can be selected within a wide range of wavelengths.

  13. Fabrication of gold nanorods with tunable longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peaks by reductive dopamine.

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    Su, Gaoxing; Yang, Chi; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-01-20

    Hydroxyphenol compounds are often used as reductants in controlling the growth of nanoparticles. Herein, dopamine was used as an effective reductant in seed-mediated synthesis of gold nanorods (GNRs). The as-prepared GNRs (83 × 16 nm) were monodisperse and had a high degree of purity. The conversion ratio from gold ions to GNRs was around 80%. In addition, dopamine worked as an additive. At a very low concentration of hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB; 0.025 M), thinner and shorter GNRs (60 × 9 nm) were successfully prepared. By regulating the concentration of silver ions, CTAB, seeds, and reductant, GNRs with longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peaks ranging from 680 to 1030 nm were synthesized. The growth process was tracked using UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, and it was found that a slow growth rate was beneficial to the formation of GNRs.

  14. Investigation of phase separation behavior and formation of plasmonic nanocomposites from polypeptide-gold nanorod nanoassemblies.

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    Huang, Huang-Chiao; Nanda, Alisha; Rege, Kaushal

    2012-04-24

    Genetically engineered elastin-like polypeptides (ELP) can be interfaced with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB)-stabilized gold nanorods (GNRs) resulting in the formation of stable dispersions (nanoassemblies). Increasing the dispersion temperature beyond the ELP transition temperature results in phase separation and formation of solid-phase ELP-GNR matrices (nanocomposites). Here, we investigated different physicochemical conditions that influence nanocomposite formation from temperature-induced phase separation of ELP-GNR nanoassemblies. The presence of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), used to template the formation of gold nanorods, plays a significant role in the phase separation behavior, with high concentrations of the surfactant leading to dramatic enhancements in ELP transition temperature. Nanocomposites could be generated at 37 °C in the presence of low CTAB concentrations (nanoassemblies leading to nanocomposites, but had minimal effect on nanocomposite maturation, which is a later-stage longer event. Finally, nanocomposites prepared in the presence of low CTAB concentrations demonstrated a superior photothermal response following laser irradiation compared to those generated using higher CTAB concentrations. Our results on understanding the formation of plasmonic/photothermal ELP-GNR nanocomposites have significant implications for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery.

  15. Ultrasensitive Visual Sensing of Molybdate Based on Enzymatic-like Etching of Gold Nanorods.

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    Zhang, Zhiyang; Chen, Zhaopeng; Chen, Lingxin

    2015-08-25

    Here, we have developed a novel approach to the visual detection of molybdate with high sensitivity and selectivity in aqueous media based on the combination of catalytic formation of iodine and iodine-mediated etching of gold nanorods. In weak acid solution, like peroxidase, molybdate can catalyze the reaction between H2O2 and I(-) to produce I2, a moderate oxidant, which then etches gold nanorods preferentially along the longitudinal direction in the presence of hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide. The etching results in the longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance extinction peak shifts to short wavelength, accompanied by a color change from blue to red. Under optimal conditions, this sensor exhibits good sensitivity with a detection limit of 1.0 nM. The approach is highlighted by its high selectivity and tolerance to interference, which enables the sensor to detect molybdate directly in real samples, such as tap water, drinking water, and seawater. In addition, perhaps the proposed sensing strategy can be also used for other targets that can selectively regulate the formation of I2 under given conditions.

  16. Photosensitizer-loaded gold nanorods for near infrared photodynamic and photothermal cancer therapy.

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    Bhana, Saheel; O'Connor, Ryan; Johnson, Jermaine; Ziebarth, Jesse D; Henderson, Luke; Huang, Xiaohua

    2016-05-01

    Despite the advancement of photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy, the ability to form compact nanocomplex for combined photodynamic and photothermal cancer therapy under a single near infrared irradiation remains limited. In this work, we prepared an integrated sub-100 nm nanosystem for simultaneous near infrared photodynamic and photothermal cancer therapy. The nanosystem was formed by adsorption of silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine dihydroxide onto gold nanorod followed by covalent stabilization with alkylthiol linked polyethylene glycol. The effects of alkylthiol chain length on drug loading, release and cell killing efficacy were examined using 6-mercaptohexanoic acid, 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid and 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid. We found that the loading efficiency of silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine dihydroxide increased and the release rate decreased with the increase of the alkylthiol chain length. We demonstrated that the combined near infrared photodynamic and photothermal therapy using the silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine dihydroxide-loaded gold nanorods exhibit superior efficacy in cancer cell destruction as compared to photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy alone. The nanocomplex stabilized with 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid linked polyethylene glycol provided highest cell killing efficiency as compared to those stabilized with the other two stabilizers under low drug dose. This new nanosystem has potential to completely eradicate tumors via noninvasive phototherapy, preventing tumor reoccurrence and metastasis.

  17. Multifunctional gold nanorods for image-guided surgery and photothermal therapy

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    Barriere, Clement; Qi, Ji; Garcia-Allende, P. Beatriz; Newton, Richard; Elson, Daniel S.

    2012-03-01

    Nanoparticles are viewed as a promising tool for numerous medical applications, for instance imaging and photothermal therapy (PTT) has been proposed using gold nanorods. We are developing multi-functional gold nanorods (m-GNRs) which have potential for image guided endoscopic surgery of tumour tissue with a modified laparoscope system. A new synthesis method potentially allows any useful acid functionalised molecules to be bonded at the surface. We have created fluorescent m-GNRs which can be used for therapy as they absorb light in the infrared, which may penetrate deep into the tissue and produce localised heating. We have performed a tissue based experiment to demonstrate the feasibility of fluorescence guided PTT using m- GNRs. Ex vivo tests were performed using sheep heart. This measurement, correlated with the fluorescence signal of the m-GNRs measured by the laparoscope allows the clear discrimination of the artery system containing m-GNRs. A laser diode was used to heat the m-GNRs and a thermal camera was able to record the heat distribution. These images were compared to the fluorescence images for validation.

  18. Turn-on fluorescent sensing of glutathione S-transferase at near-infrared region based on FRET between gold nanoclusters and gold nanorods.

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    Qin, Long; He, Xiwen; Chen, Langxing; Zhang, Yukui

    2015-03-18

    A fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) method based on gold nanoclusters capped glutathione (AuNCs@GSH) and amine-terminated gold nanorods (AuNRs) is designed for turn-on and near-infrared region (NIR) sensing of glutathione S-transferase (GST). The absorption band of AuNRs is tuned carefully to maximize the spectra overlap and enhance the efficiency of FRET. The FRET from multiple AuNCs to single AuNR quenches about 70% fluorescence emission of AuNCs. After GST is added, the strong specific interaction of GSH-GST can replace the AuNCs@GSH from AuNRs, FRET based on electrostatic interaction between AuNCs@GSH and AuNRs is switched off. Thus, emission enhancement of AuNCs@GSH is observed. The fluorescent enhancement is linearly with the increasing GST concentration over the range of 2-100 nM GST and the limit of detection for GST is about 1.5 nM.

  19. Skyrmion oscillations in magnetic nanorods with chiral interactions

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    Charilaou, M.; Löffler, J. F.

    2017-01-01

    We report that in cylindrical nanorods with chiral interactions spin textures corresponding to spatial skyrmion oscillations can be stabilized depending on the initial state, as revealed by micromagnetic calculations. The skyrmion oscillation, or skyrmion-chain state, occurs when the diameter of the rod is larger than the helical pitch length of the material, and the number of skyrmions on the chain is proportional to the length of the nanorod. The topological charge is localized, breaking translational symmetry, but in the presence of a uniaxial anisotropy, or upon the application of an external field, the localization disappears and a single skyrmion line is formed. These findings provide a deeper understanding of the interplay between geometry and topology, and show how spatial confinement specifically in curved solids can stabilize skyrmionic spin textures.

  20. Toroidal dipole excitations in metamolecules formed by interacting plasmonic nanorods

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    Watson, Derek W; Ruostekoski, Janne; Fedotov, Vassili A; Zheludev, Nikolay I

    2015-01-01

    We show how the elusive toroidal dipole moment appears as a radiative excitation eigenmode in a metamolecule resonator that is formed by pairs of plasmonic nanorods. We analyze one such nanorod configuration - a toroidal metamolecule. We find that the radiative interactions in the toroidal metamolecule can be qualitatively represented by a theoretical model based on an electric point dipole arrangement. Both a finite-size rod model and the point dipole approximation demonstrate how the toroidal dipole moment is subradiant and difficult to excite by incident light. By means of breaking the geometric symmetry of the metamolecule, the toroidal mode can be excited by linearly polarized light and we provide simple optimization protocols for maximizing the toroidal dipole mode excitation. This opens up possibilities for simplified control and driving of metamaterial arrays consisting of toroidal dipole unit-cell resonators.

  1. A novel drug delivery system of gold nanorods with doxorubicin and study of drug release by single molecule spectroscopy.

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    Mirza, Agha Zeeshan

    2015-01-01

    The work presented here describes the fabrication of a novel drug delivery system, which consists of gold nanorods and doxorubicin, with the attachment of thioctic acid and folic acid, for the targeted release of drug to cancer cells. Doxorubicin, the potent anticancer drug, is widely used to treat various cancers. Gold nanorods were functionalized chemically to generate active groups for the attachment of drug molecules and subsequently attached to folic acid. The resulting nanostructure was characterized by UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometry, TEM techniques, zeta potential measurement and subsequently used to target folate receptor-expressing cancers cells for the delivery of doxorubicin. We generated a release profile for the release of doxorubicin from the nanostructures in KB cells using single-molecule fluorescence intensity images and fluorescence lifetime images. The results indicated that the nanorods were able to enter the target cells because of the attachment of folic acid and used as a carriers for the targeted delivery of doxorubicin.

  2. Abundance of Escherichia coli F1-ATPase molecules observed to rotate via single-molecule microscopy with gold nanorod probes.

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    York, Justin; Spetzler, David; Hornung, Tassilo; Ishmukhametov, Robert; Martin, James; Frasch, Wayne D

    2007-12-01

    The abundance of E. coli F1-ATPase molecules observed to rotate using gold nanorods attached to the gamma-subunit was quantitated. Individual F1 molecules were determined to be rotating based upon time dependent fluctuations of red and green light scattered from the nanorods when viewed through a polarizing filter. The average number of F1 molecules observed to rotate in the presence of GTP, ATP, and without nucleotide was approximately 50, approximately 25, and approximately 4% respectively. In some experiments, the fraction of molecules observed to rotate in the presence of GTP was as high as 65%. These data indicate that rotational measurements made using gold nanorods provide information of the F1-ATPase mechanism that is representative of the characteristics of the enzyme population as a whole.

  3. Tuning the EDTA-induced self-assembly and plasmonic spectral properties of gold nanorods: application in surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Li, Jian-jun; Zhang, Ning; Wang, Jingyuan; Yang, Chun-yu; Zhu, Jian; Zhao, Jun-wu

    2016-02-01

    Self-assembly of cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide-protected colloidal gold nanorods with different aspect ratios has been studied by adding the ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). Both the assembly strength and assembly configuration fashion of the gold nanorods could be tuned by changing the aspect ratio. For gold nanorods with small aspect ratio, side-by-side assembly takes the major role in the aggregation. In this case, the blue shift of the longitudinal absorption and the increase of the transverse absorption lead to the great uplift of the middle spectrum dip as the EDTA is increased. For gold nanorods with large aspect ratio, end-to-end assembly takes the major role in the aggregation. In this case, the longitudinal absorption peak fades down rapidly and a tailing absorption peak at longer wavelength uplifts greatly as the EDTA is increased. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of the assembled gold nanorods has been studied using alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) as the Raman active probe. It has been found that both the side-by-side assembly and end-to-end assembly of the gold nanorods could effectively improve the Raman signal of the AFP. And the gold nanorod substrate with side-by-side assembly has higher SERS activity.

  4. Gold Nanorod@TiO2 Yolk-Shell Nanostructures for Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol.

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    Li, Ang; Zhang, Peng; Chang, Xiaoxia; Cai, Weiting; Wang, Tuo; Gong, Jinlong

    2015-04-24

    Fine gold nanorod@TiO2 yolk-shell catalysts are synthesized by an improved silica template method. With a hollow TiO2 shell and a unique tunable cylindrical gold core, the catalyst exhibits a high surface area and a wide range of photoabsorption, from ultraviolet to near infrared. The remarkable photochemical activity is obtained when such catalyst is utilized to oxidize benzyl alcohol.

  5. Contrasting effect of gold nanoparticles and nanorods with different surface modifications on the structure and activity of bovine serum albumin.

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    Chakraborty, Soumyananda; Joshi, Prachi; Shanker, Virendra; Ansari, Z A; Singh, Surinder P; Chakrabarti, Pinak

    2011-06-21

    Nanoparticles exposed to biofluids become coated with proteins, thus making protein-nanoparticle interactions of particular interest. The consequence on protein conformation and activity depends upon the extent of protein adsorption on the nanoparticle surface. We report the interaction of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with gold nanostructures, particularly gold nanoparticles (GNP) and gold nanorods (GNR). The difference in the geometry and surface properties of nanoparticles is manifested during complexation in terms of different binding modes, structural changes, thermodynamic parameters, and the activity of proteins. BSA is found to retain native-like structure and properties upon enthalpy-driven BSA-GNP complexation. On the contrary, the entropically favored BSA-GNR complexation leads to substantial loss in protein secondary and tertiary structures with the release of a large amount of bound water, as indicated by isothermal calorimetry (ITC), circular dichroism (CD), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and fluorescence spectroscopies. The esterase activity assay demonstrated a greater loss in BSA activity after complexation with GNR, whereas the original activity is retained in the presence of GNP. The formation of large assemblies (aggregates) and reduced average lifetime, as evidenced from dynamic light scattering and fluorescence decay measurements, respectively, suggest that GNR induces protein unfolding at its surface. The effect of temperature on the CD spectra of BSA-GNP was found to be similar to that of pristine BSA, whereas BSA-GNR shows distortion in CD spectra at lower wavelengths, strengthening the perception of protein unfolding. High binding constant and entropy change for BSA-GNR complexation determined by ITC are consistent with large surfacial interaction that may lead to protein unfolding. The present work highlights the differential response of a protein depending on the nature of the nanostructure and its surface chemistry, which need to be

  6. Three-photon luminescence of gold nanorods and its applications for high contrast tissue and deep in vivo brain imaging.

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    Wang, Shaowei; Xi, Wang; Cai, Fuhong; Zhao, Xinyuan; Xu, Zhengping; Qian, Jun; He, Sailing

    2015-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles can be used as contrast agents for bio-imaging applications. Here we studied multi-photon luminescence (MPL) of gold nanorods (GNRs), under the excitation of femtosecond (fs) lasers. GNRs functionalized with polyethylene glycol (PEG) molecules have high chemical and optical stability, and can be used as multi-photon luminescent nanoprobes for deep in vivo imaging of live animals. We have found that the depth of in vivo imaging is dependent upon the transmission and focal capability of the excitation light interacting with the GNRs. Our study focused on the comparison of MPL from GNRs with two different aspect ratios, as well as their ex vivo and in vivo imaging effects under 760 nm and 1000 nm excitation, respectively. Both of these wavelengths were located at an optically transparent window of biological tissue (700-1000 nm). PEGylated GNRs, which were intravenously injected into mice via the tail vein and accumulated in major organs and tumor tissue, showed high image contrast due to distinct three-photon luminescence (3PL) signals upon irradiation of a 1000 nm fs laser. Concerning in vivo mouse brain imaging, the 3PL imaging depth of GNRs under 1000 nm fs excitation could reach 600 μm, which was approximately 170 μm deeper than the two-photon luminescence (2PL) imaging depth of GNRs with a fs excitation of 760 nm.

  7. Rapid Non-Crosslinking Aggregation of DNA-Functionalized Gold Nanorods and Nanotriangles for Colorimetric Single-Nucleotide Discrimination.

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    Wang, Guoqing; Akiyama, Yoshitsugu; Takarada, Tohru; Maeda, Mizuo

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles modified with DNA duplexes are rapidly and spontaneously aggregated at high ionic strength. In contrast, this aggregation is greatly suppressed when the DNA duplex has a single-base mismatch or a single-nucleotide overhang located at the outermost surface of the particle. These colloidal features emerge irrespective of the size and composition of the particle core; however, the effects of the shape remain unexplored. Using gold nanorods and nanotriangles (nanoplatelets), we show herein that both remarkable rapidity in colloidal aggregation and extreme susceptibility to DNA structural perturbations are preserved, regardless of the shape and aspect ratio of the core. It is also demonstrated that the DNA-modified gold nanorods and nanotriangles are applicable to naked-eye detection of a single-base difference in a gene model. The current study corroborates the generality of the unique colloidal properties of DNA-functionalized nanoparticles, and thus enhances the feasibility of their practical use.

  8. Using gold nanorods labelled with antibodies under the photothermal action of NIR laser radiation on Staphylococcus aureus

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    Tuchina, E. S.; Petrov, P. O.; Kozina, K. V.; Ratto, F.; Centi, S.; Pini, R.; Tuchin, V. V.

    2014-07-01

    The effect of NIR laser radiation (808 nm) and gold nanorods on the cells of two strains of Staphylococcus aureus, one of them being methicillin-sensitive and the other being methicillinresistant, is studied. Nanorods having the dimensions 10 × 44 nm with the absorption maximum in the NIR spectral region, functionalised with human immunoglobulins IgA and IgG, are synthesised. It is shown that the use of nanoparticles in combination with NIR irradiation leads to killing up to 97% of the population of microorganisms.

  9. Using gold nanorods labelled with antibodies under the photothermal action of NIR laser radiation on Staphylococcus aureus

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    Tuchina, E S; Petrov, P O; Kozina, K V; Tuchin, V V [N.G. Chernyshevsky Saratov State University, Saratov (Russian Federation); Ratto, F; Pini, R [Institute of Applied Physics ' Nello Carrara' , National Research Council, via Madonna del Piano 10 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Centi, S [University of Florence, Dept. Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences, viale Morgagni 50, 50134 Firenze (Italy)

    2014-07-31

    The effect of NIR laser radiation (808 nm) and gold nanorods on the cells of two strains of Staphylococcus aureus, one of them being methicillin-sensitive and the other being methicillinresistant, is studied. Nanorods having the dimensions 10 × 44 nm with the absorption maximum in the NIR spectral region, functionalised with human immunoglobulins IgA and IgG, are synthesised. It is shown that the use of nanoparticles in combination with NIR irradiation leads to killing up to 97% of the population of microorganisms. (laser biophotonics)

  10. Quantitative Comparison of Photothermal Heat Generation between Gold Nanospheres and Nanorods

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    Qin, Zhenpeng; Wang, Yiru; Randrianalisoa, Jaona; Raeesi, Vahid; Chan, Warren C. W.; Lipiński, Wojciech; Bischof, John C.

    2016-07-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are widely used for biomedical applications due to unique optical properties, established synthesis methods, and biological compatibility. Despite important applications of plasmonic heating in thermal therapy, imaging, and diagnostics, the lack of quantification in heat generation leads to difficulties in comparing the heating capability for new plasmonic nanostructures and predicting the therapeutic and diagnostic outcome. This study quantifies GNP heat generation by experimental measurements and theoretical predictions for gold nanospheres (GNS) and nanorods (GNR). Interestingly, the results show a GNP-type dependent agreement between experiment and theory. The measured heat generation of GNS matches well with theory, while the measured heat generation of GNR is only 30% of that predicted theoretically at peak absorption. This then leads to a surprising finding that the polydispersity, the deviation of nanoparticle size and shape from nominal value, significantly influences GNR heat generation (>70% reduction), while having a limited effect for GNS (<10% change). This work demonstrates that polydispersity is an important metric in quantitatively predicting plasmonic heat generation and provides a validated framework to quantitatively compare the heating capabilities between gold and other plasmonic nanostructures.

  11. Enhanced UV absorbance and photoluminescence properties of ultrasound assisted synthesized gold doped ZnO nanorods

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    Sahu, Dojalisa; Panda, N. R.; Acharya, B. S.; Panda, A. K.

    2014-06-01

    Au doped ZnO (ZnO:Au) nanostructures were synthesized by ultrasound assisted wet chemical method. The concentration of dopant was varied and both structural and optical properties of ZnO:Au were investigated. The crystal structure and morphology of the samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results showed the formation of nanorods of ZnO:Au having wurtzite structure and c-axis orientation. Gradual increase in crystallite size and bond length was also observed with the increase in gold concentration in ZnO intending the expansion of lattice after gold doping. The optical absorption measurements showed high ultraviolet (UV) absorbance property of ZnO:Au with sharp and intense absorption band in this region as compared to pristine ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed excitonic emission band of ZnO around 390 nm for both undoped and Au doped ZnO nanoparticles. Further, a strong emission around 467 nm was observed in the PL spectra of ZnO/ZnO:Au which was attributed to the transitions related to excess of oxygen vacancies. Interestingly, a new band was observed at 582 nm for doped ZnO samples which grew in intensity with doping concentration. This band was ascribed to the gold nanoparticle adsorbed on the surface of ZnO.

  12. Gold Nanorod Based Selective Identification of Escherichia coli Bacteria Using Two-Photon Rayleigh Scattering Spectroscopy.

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    Singh, Anant K; Senapati, Dulal; Wang, Shuguang; Griffin, Jelani; Neely, Adria; Candice, Perry; Naylor, Khaleah M; Varisli, Birsen; Kalluri, Jhansi Rani; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2009-07-28

    The presence of E. coli in foodstuffs and drinking water is a chronic worldwide problem. The worldwide food production industry is worth about U.S. $578 billion, and the demand for biosensors to detect pathogens and pollutants in foodstuffs is growing day by day. Driven by the need, we report for the first time that two-photon Rayleigh scattering (TPRS) properties of gold nanorods can be used for rapid, highly sensitive and selective detection of Escherichia coli bacteria from aqueous solution, without any amplification or enrichment in 50 colony forming units (cfu)/mL level with excellent discrimination against any other bacteria. TPRS intensity increases 40 times when anti- E. coli antibody-conjugated nanorods were mixed with various concentrations of Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacterium. The mechanism of TPRS intensity change has been discussed. This bionanotechnology assay could be adapted in studies using antibodies specific for various bacterial pathogens for the detection of a wide variety of bacterial pathogens used as bioterrorism agents in food, clinical samples, and environmental samples.

  13. Enhanced anisotropy of gold nanorods-polymer composite films for optical applications

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    Stoenescu, Stefan; Badilescu, Simona; Packirisamy, Muthukumaran; Truong, Vo-Van

    2012-10-01

    The strong optical absorption, scattering and local electric field enhancement associated with the longitudinal Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) of gold nanorods (AuNRs) have important applications in imaging, sensing, nonlinear optics, thermal therapy and data encoding. The longitudinal SPR mode can be optimally excited only in the NRs that are most aligned with the electric field of a linearly polarized incident light. Thus, in cast polymer based nanorod composite films, where the NRs orientation is random, only a fraction of the embedded NRs is actually usable to the maximal extent for the intended applications. To enhance the degree of alignment of the AuNRs by uniaxial stretching and increase the application efficiency, we have improved the polymer matrix with respect to plastic deformation and designed a suitable drawing device to reduce the fracture risks of the polymer. The resulting nanocomposite film was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and by spectroscopy using linearly polarized light in the UV-Visible range. The linear dichroic ratio of the stretched nanocomposite film was calculated based on the ratio of the peak absorbance of the incident light parallelly polarized, to that of the light polarized perpendicularly to the NRs long axes.

  14. High-Resolution Mapping of Thermal History in Polymer Nanocomposites: Gold Nanorods as Microscale Temperature Sensors.

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    Kennedy, W Joshua; Slinker, Keith A; Volk, Brent L; Koerner, Hilmar; Godar, Trenton J; Ehlert, Gregory J; Baur, Jeffery W

    2015-12-23

    A technique is reported for measuring and mapping the maximum internal temperature of a structural epoxy resin with high spatial resolution via the optically detected shape transformation of embedded gold nanorods (AuNRs). Spatially resolved absorption spectra of the nanocomposites are used to determine the frequencies of surface plasmon resonances. From these frequencies the AuNR aspect ratio is calculated using a new analytical approximation for the Mie-Gans scattering theory, which takes into account coincident changes in the local dielectric. Despite changes in the chemical environment, the calculated aspect ratio of the embedded nanorods is found to decrease over time to a steady-state value that depends linearly on the temperature over the range of 100-200 °C. Thus, the optical absorption can be used to determine the maximum temperature experienced at a particular location when exposure times exceed the temperature-dependent relaxation time. The usefulness of this approach is demonstrated by mapping the temperature of an internally heated structural epoxy resin with 10 μm lateral spatial resolution.

  15. Gold Nanorod-Mediated Photothermal Modulation for Localized Ablation of Cancer Cells

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We estimated the photothermal transduction efficiency of gold nanorod (GNR solutions for different GNR concentrations and irradiation laser power. In particular, we verified that the degree of cell death area could be modulated by GNR concentration and irradiation laser power. The efficacy of GNR-produced photothermal ablation of cancer cells was evaluated by irradiating GNRs in the presence of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells with a near-infrared (NIR laser at different laser power densities and irradiation times. GNR-induced photothermal ablation was applied successfully to cancer cells at various NIR laser power densities and irradiation times and was characterized with live-dead cell staining. Through these techniques, we established the system for not only verification of induced photothermal effect using NIR laser and thermocouple, but also identification of uptake efficiency for GNRs and cell viability using dark field and fluorescence imaging, respectively.

  16. Stable silica-coated self-assembly of gold nanorods: synthesis and plasmonic properties

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    Liu, Jinsheng; Kan, Caixia; Shi, Daning; Ke, Shanlin; Liu, Yangzheng

    2017-10-01

    Assembled gold nanorods (GNRs) attract much attention for their distinctive plasmon-coupled properties, but it remains challenging to realize practical use for their instability of the structure and the toxicity of the surfactant. We herein present a simple and effective protocol to coat mesoporous silica on the end-to-end and side-by-side assemblies, which are induced by different amount of the dithiol poly(ethylene glycol). The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations are also utilized to study the plasmonic properties of the nanostructures. Experimental and calculated results indicate that the as-prepared core-shell nanostructure possesses not only the optical stability, but also the fascinating and tunable optical response through changing the organized modes of assemblies. The result is promising in investigating near field plasmonic property, and biomedical application for in vivo bioimaging and photothermal cancer therapy.

  17. Optical detection of single non-absorbing molecules using the surface plasmon of a gold nanorod

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    Zijlstra, Peter; Orrit, Michel

    2012-01-01

    Current optical detection schemes for single molecules require light absorption, either to produce fluorescence or direct absorption signals. This severely limits the range of molecules that can be detected, because most molecules are purely refractive. Metal nanoparticles or dielectric resonators detect non-absorbing molecules by a resonance shift in response to a local perturbation of the refractive index, but neither has reached single-protein sensitivity. The most sensitive plasmon sensors to date detect single molecules only when the plasmon shift is amplified by a highly polarizable label or by a localized precipitation reaction on the particle's surface. Without amplification, the sensitivity only allows for the statistical detection of single molecules. Here we demonstrate plasmonic detection of single molecules in realtime, without the need for labeling or amplification. We monitor the plasmon resonance of a single gold nanorod with a sensitive photothermal assay and achieve a ~ 700-fold increase in ...

  18. Additive controlled synthesis of gold nanorods (GNRs) for two-photon luminescence imaging of cancer cells

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    Zhu Jing; Roy, Indrajit; Hu Rui; Ding Hong; Zhao Lingling; He, Guang S; Prasad, Paras N [Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260-4200 (United States); Yong, Ken-Tye [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Swihart, Mark T [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260-4200 (United States); Cui Yiping, E-mail: ktyong@ntu.edu.sg, E-mail: cyp@seu.edu.cn, E-mail: pnprasad@buffalo.edu [Advanced Photonics Center, School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)

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    Gold nanorods (GNRs) with a longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peak that is tunable from 600 to 1100 nm have been fabricated in a cetyl trimethylammoniumbromide (CTAB) micellar medium using hydrochloric acid and silver nitrate as additives to control their shape and size. By manipulating the concentrations of silver nitrate and hydrochloric acid, the aspect ratio of the GNRs was reliably and reproducibly tuned from 2.5 to 8. The GNRs were first coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers and then bioconjugated to transferrin (Tf) to target pancreatic cancer cells. Two-photon imaging excited from the bioconjugated GNRs demonstrated receptor-mediated uptake of the bioconjugates into Panc-1 cells, overexpressing the transferrin receptor (TfR). The bioconjugated GNR formulation exhibited very low toxicity, suggesting that it is biocompatible and potentially suitable for targeted two-photon bioimaging.

  19. Microfiber-based gold nanorods as saturable absorber for femtosecond pulse generation in a fiber laser

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    Wang, Xu-De [Laboratory of Nanophotonic Functional Materials and Devices, School of Information and Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510006 (China); School of Physics and Electronic Information, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei, Anhui 235000 (China); Luo, Zhi-Chao; Liu, Hao; Liu, Meng; Luo, Ai-Ping, E-mail: luoaiping@scnu.edu.cn; Xu, Wen-Cheng, E-mail: xuwch@scnu.edu.cn [Laboratory of Nanophotonic Functional Materials and Devices, School of Information and Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510006 (China)

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    We reported on the femtosecond pulse generation from an erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser by using microfiber-based gold nanorods (GNRs) as saturable absorber (SA). By virtue of the geometric characteristic of microfiber-based GNRs, the optical damage threshold of GNRs-SA could be greatly enhanced. The microfiber-based GNRs-SA shows a modulation depth of 4.9% and a nonsaturable loss of 21.1%. With the proposed GNRs-SA, the fiber laser emitted a mode-locked pulse train with duration of ∼887 fs. The obtained results demonstrated that the GNRs deposited microfiber could indeed serve as a high-performance SA towards the practical applications in the field of ultrafast photonics.

  20. Additive controlled synthesis of gold nanorods (GNRs) for two-photon luminescence imaging of cancer cells.

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    Zhu, Jing; Yong, Ken-Tye; Roy, Indrajit; Hu, Rui; Ding, Hong; Zhao, Lingling; Swihart, Mark T; He, Guang S; Cui, Yiping; Prasad, Paras N

    2010-07-16

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) with a longitudinal surface plasmon resonance peak that is tunable from 600 to 1100 nm have been fabricated in a cetyl trimethylammoniumbromide (CTAB) micellar medium using hydrochloric acid and silver nitrate as additives to control their shape and size. By manipulating the concentrations of silver nitrate and hydrochloric acid, the aspect ratio of the GNRs was reliably and reproducibly tuned from 2.5 to 8. The GNRs were first coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers and then bioconjugated to transferrin (Tf) to target pancreatic cancer cells. Two-photon imaging excited from the bioconjugated GNRs demonstrated receptor-mediated uptake of the bioconjugates into Panc-1 cells, overexpressing the transferrin receptor (TfR). The bioconjugated GNR formulation exhibited very low toxicity, suggesting that it is biocompatible and potentially suitable for targeted two-photon bioimaging.

  1. Large-scale, low-cost synthesis of monodispersed gold nanorods using a gemini surfactant

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    Xu, Yong; Zhao, Yang; Chen, Lei; Wang, Xuchun; Sun, Jianxia; Wu, Haihua; Bao, Feng; Fan, Jian; Zhang, Qiao

    2015-04-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that monodispersed gold nanorods (AuNRs) can be obtained in a large-scale and cost-effective way. By using an industrial grade gemini surfactant (P16-8-16), the cost of the synthesis of high-quality AuNRs can be significantly reduced by 90%. The synthesis can be scaled up to over 4 L. The aspect ratio of AuNRs can be well tuned from ~2.4 to ~6.3, resulting in a wide tunability of the SPR properties. Systematic studies reveal that P16-8-16 could have a dual function: it can not only act as a capping ligand to stabilize AuNRs but also it can pre-reduce Au3+ to Au+ by the unsaturated C&z.dbd;C bond. Furthermore, the shape of AuNRs can be tailored from straight nanorods to ``dog-bones'' by simply varying the concentration of the surfactant. A mechanistic study shows that the shape change can be attributed to the presence of excess bromide ions because of the complex effect between bromide ions and gold ions. This work will not only help to achieve the industrial production of AuNRs, but also promote research into practical applications of various nanomaterials.In this work, we demonstrate that monodispersed gold nanorods (AuNRs) can be obtained in a large-scale and cost-effective way. By using an industrial grade gemini surfactant (P16-8-16), the cost of the synthesis of high-quality AuNRs can be significantly reduced by 90%. The synthesis can be scaled up to over 4 L. The aspect ratio of AuNRs can be well tuned from ~2.4 to ~6.3, resulting in a wide tunability of the SPR properties. Systematic studies reveal that P16-8-16 could have a dual function: it can not only act as a capping ligand to stabilize AuNRs but also it can pre-reduce Au3+ to Au+ by the unsaturated C&z.dbd;C bond. Furthermore, the shape of AuNRs can be tailored from straight nanorods to ``dog-bones'' by simply varying the concentration of the surfactant. A mechanistic study shows that the shape change can be attributed to the presence of excess bromide ions because of the

  2. Externally controlled drug release using a gold nanorod contained composite membrane.

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    Kim, Kibeom; Jo, Min-Chul; Jeong, Sundo; Palanikumar, L; Rotello, Vincent M; Ryu, Ja-Hyoung; Park, Myoung-Hwan

    2016-06-09

    Versatile drug delivery devices using nanoporous membranes consisting of gold nanorods and dendrimers have been demonstrated to provide light-triggered on-demand pulsatile release from a reservoir containing highly enriched therapeutics for a real patient's needs. The drug release rate is directly correlated with the temperature increase and irradiated energy of a near-IR laser in both static and fluidic devices. This biocompatible platform for on-demand control was further confirmed by in vitro experiments. Interestingly, different responses to stimuli were obtained from each drug in the absence and presence of NIR light, indicating the versatile potential of our on-demand drug delivery system in less-invasive therapies requiring multi-drug delivery strategies. The enhanced delivery system will improve therapeutic efficacy and reduce side effects through regulation of plasma drug profiles.

  3. An electrochemical DNA biosensor based on gold nanorods decorated graphene oxide sheets for sensing platform.

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    Han, Xiaowei; Fang, Xian; Shi, Anqi; Wang, Jiao; Zhang, Yuzhong

    2013-12-15

    A simple electrochemical sensor for sensitive and selective DNA detection was constructed based on gold nanorods (Au NRs) decorated graphene oxide (GO) sheets. The high-quality Au NRs-GO nanocomposite was synthesized via the electrostatic self-assembly technique, which is considered a potential sensing platform. Differential pulse voltammetry was used to monitor the DNA hybridization event using methylene blue as an electrochemical indicator. Under optimal conditions, the peak currents of methylene blue were linear with the logarithm of the concentrations of complementary DNA from 1.0 × 10(-9) to 1.0 × 10(-14)M with a detection limit of 3.5 × 10(-15)M (signal/noise=3). Moreover, the prepared electrochemical sensor can effectively distinguish complementary DNA sequences in the presence of a large amount of single-base mismatched DNA (1000:1), indicating that the biosensor has high selectivity.

  4. Externally controlled drug release using a gold nanorod contained composite membrane

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    Kim, Kibeom; Jo, Min-Chul; Jeong, Sundo; Palanikumar, L.; Rotello, Vincent M.; Ryu, Ja-Hyoung; Park, Myoung-Hwan

    2016-06-01

    Versatile drug delivery devices using nanoporous membranes consisting of gold nanorods and dendrimers have been demonstrated to provide light-triggered on-demand pulsatile release from a reservoir containing highly enriched therapeutics for a real patient's needs. The drug release rate is directly correlated with the temperature increase and irradiated energy of a near-IR laser in both static and fluidic devices. This biocompatible platform for on-demand control was further confirmed by in vitro experiments. Interestingly, different responses to stimuli were obtained from each drug in the absence and presence of NIR light, indicating the versatile potential of our on-demand drug delivery system in less-invasive therapies requiring multi-drug delivery strategies. The enhanced delivery system will improve therapeutic efficacy and reduce side effects through regulation of plasma drug profiles.Versatile drug delivery devices using nanoporous membranes consisting of gold nanorods and dendrimers have been demonstrated to provide light-triggered on-demand pulsatile release from a reservoir containing highly enriched therapeutics for a real patient's needs. The drug release rate is directly correlated with the temperature increase and irradiated energy of a near-IR laser in both static and fluidic devices. This biocompatible platform for on-demand control was further confirmed by in vitro experiments. Interestingly, different responses to stimuli were obtained from each drug in the absence and presence of NIR light, indicating the versatile potential of our on-demand drug delivery system in less-invasive therapies requiring multi-drug delivery strategies. The enhanced delivery system will improve therapeutic efficacy and reduce side effects through regulation of plasma drug profiles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00362a

  5. Photoacoustic imaging of mesenchymal stem cells in living mice via silica-coated gold nanorods

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    Jokerst, Jesse V.; Thangaraj, Mridhula; Gambhir, Sanjiv S.

    2014-03-01

    Imaging is crucial for stem cell therapy to monitor the location(s), numbers, and state of the implanted cells. Real-time imaging in particular can ensure proper cell delivery for best engraftment. However, established imaging tools such as MRI are limited by their temporal resolution for guidance during delivery. In contrast, photoacoustic imaging is ideally suited for real time, image-guided therapy. Here, we use silica-coated gold nanorods as photoacoustic contrast agents and deploy them to image and quantitate mesenchymal stem cells during implant into the muscle tissue of live mice. Silica-coated gold nanorods (SiGNRs) were created with standard methods and loaded into mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) without transfection agents. There was no significant (pcytokines should only minor upregulation of inflammatory markers including interleukin-6. We used electron microscopy to illustrate vacuole-bound SiGNRs inside the cells. This cell staining increased photoacoustic signal 175% relative to MSCs without contrast agent—the silica coat itself increased signal 55% relative to uncoated GNRs. Using inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy, we found that there were 100,000 SiGNRs per MSC. This value was 5-fold higher than a MSC population stained with GNRs in the absence of silica coat. After labeling, cells were washed and injected into murine muscle tissue to simulate a muscular dystrophy patient. Mice (N=5) treated with these SiGNRlabeled MSCs exhibited no adverse events and implants up to 5 mm deep were easily visualized. The in vivo detection limit was 90,000 cells in a 100 uL bolus in mouse thigh muscle. Here, the B-mode signal is useful for orienting the treatment area and visualizing the delivery catheter while the photoacoustic mode offers cell-specific content. The photoacoustic signal was validated with histology a long-term fluorescent tracking dye after MSC transplant.

  6. Interstitial diffuse radiance spectroscopy of gold nanocages and nanorods in bulk muscle tissues

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    2015-02-01

    converted to the relative density of photons incident on the inclusion. Finally, the experimentally measured quantities were expressed via the relative perturbation and arranged into the classical Beer–Lambert law that allowed one to extract the extinction coefficients of various types of Au nanoparticles in both the transmission and back reflection geometries. It was shown that the spatial variation of perturbation could be described as 1/r dependence, where r is the distance between the inclusion and the detector. Due to a larger absorption cross section, Au nanocages produced greater perturbations than Au nanorods of equal particle concentration, indicating a better suitability of Au nanocages as contrast agents for optical measurements in turbid media. Individual measurements from different inclusions were combined into detectability maps.Keywords: gold nanocages, gold nanorods, turbid media, porcine muscles, diffuse radiance spectroscopy, Beer–Lambert law, perturbation

  7. Surface plasmon enhanced energy transfer between gold nanorods and fluorophores: application to endocytosis study and RNA detection.

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    Zhang, Yinan; Wei, Guoke; Yu, Jun; Birch, David J S; Chen, Yu

    2015-01-01

    Previously we have demonstrated surface plasmon enhanced energy transfer between fluorophores and gold nanorods under two-photon excitation using fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) in both solution and intracellular phases. These studies demonstrated that gold nanoparticle-dye energy transfer combinations are appealing, not only in Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) imaging, but also energy transfer-based fluorescence lifetime sensing of bio-analytes. Here, we apply this approach to study the internalization of gold nanorods (GNRs) in HeLa cells using the early endosome labeling marker GFP. The observed energy transfer between GFP and the GNRs indicates the involvement of endocytosis in GNR uptake. Moreover, a novel nanoprobe based on oligonucleotide functionalized gold nanorods for nucleic acid sensing via dye-GNRs energy transfer is demonstrated, potentially opening up new possibilities in cancer diagnosis and prognosis. The influence of oligonucleotide design on such nanoprobe performance was studied for the first time using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, bringing new insights to the optimization of the nanoprobe.

  8. Rationally encapsulated gold nanorods improving both linear and nonlinear photoacoustic imaging contrast in vivo.

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    Gao, Fei; Bai, Linyi; Liu, Siyu; Zhang, Ruochong; Zhang, Jingtao; Feng, Xiaohua; Zheng, Yuanjin; Zhao, Yanli

    2017-01-07

    Photoacoustic tomography has emerged as a promising non-invasive imaging technique that integrates the merits of high optical contrast with high ultrasound resolution in deep scattering medium. Unfortunately, the blood background in vivo seriously impedes the quality of imaging due to its comparable optical absorption with contrast agents, especially in conventional linear photoacoustic imaging modality. In this study, we demonstrated that two hybrids consisting of gold nanorods (Au NRs) and zinc tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (ZnTPP) exhibited a synergetic effect in improving optical absorption, conversion efficiency from light to heat, and thermoelastic expansion, leading to a notable enhancement in both linear (four times greater) and nonlinear (more than six times) photoacoustic signals as compared with conventional Au NRs. Subsequently, we carefully investigated the interesting factors that may influence photoacoustic signal amplification, suggesting that the coating of ZnTPP on Au NRs could result in the reduction of gold interfacial thermal conductance with a solvent, so that the heat is more confined within the nanoparticle clusters for a significant enhancement of local temperature. Hence, both the linear and nonlinear photoacoustic signals are enhanced on account of better thermal confinement. The present work not only shows that ZnTPP coated Au NRs could serve as excellent photoacoustic nanoamplifiers, but also brings a perspective for photoacoustic image-guided therapy.

  9. Biomimetic tissue platform for photothermal cancer therapy using gold nanorods (GNRs)

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    Nam, Ki-Hwan; Bae, Ji Yong; Jeong, Chan Bae; Kim, Gunhee; Lee, Kye-Sung; Chang, Ki-Soo

    2016-09-01

    Photothermal therapy (PT) provides a strong potential in treatment of tumors, selective cell death, through the ability of gold nanoparticles to target destructive heat preferentially to tumor regions. And yet, clinical application of the thermal therapies has not accomplished due to insufficient processes of the heating methods and temperature measuring techniques leading to low reproducibility of such treatment. In this study, we created a 3 dimensional tissue platform to characterize the heating method and to control the generated heat in the tissue used for a superficial cancer model using gold nanorods (GNRs) and near-infrared (NIR, 808 nm) laser. The 3D tissue platform involved a 2 mm wide hemisphere to confine the GNRs covered with20 μm thick polymer film designed to mimic localized nanoparticles in tumor. Moreover, this platform provides an easy way to measure heat distribution and temperature created in tumor cross section. To investigate the photothermal effect of GNRs on heat generation, the amount of GNRs and laser power density were controlled. The GNRs were shown to be the large absorption cross sections generating localized photothermal effects and hyperthermic effects on destructive consequences in the cell dynamics causing a partial tumor regression.

  10. Antibacterial and Antibiofilm Activities of the Photothermal Therapy Using Gold Nanorods against Seven Different Bacterial Strains

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    Juan Carlos Castillo-Martínez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to determine the bactericidal and antibiofilm activities of gold nanorods (AuNRs using plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPTT against oral microorganisms. AuNRs were synthesized by the seed and growth solution method and the gold nanoclusters were characterized with a size of 33.2 nm ± 2.23 length and 7.33 nm ± 1.60 width. The efficacy of PPTT related to its temperature was done reaching 67°C. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and minimum bactericide concentration (MBC of AuNRs and AuNRs PPTT were determined against Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus salivarius, and Escherichia coli growth. The antibiofilm activity of AuNRs was explored by fluorescence microscopy. After experimental analyses, AuNRs PPTT shows better results in MICs and MBCs, when it was compared with AuNRs alone. The laser employed to activate the AuNRs had no antibacterial effect against oral microbes. The MICs and MBCs values were higher for S. aureus and E. coli and lower against S. oralis. Surprisingly, the AuNRs alone presented a high antibiofilm activity, inhibiting the biofilm formation of S. mutans. Altogether, these results strongly suggest that AuNRs could be an interesting option to control oral biofilms.

  11. Preparation of cellular vehicles for delivery of gold nanorods to tumors

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    Centi, S.; Borri, C.; Lai, S.; Tatini, F.; Colagrande, S.; Ratto, F.; Pini, R.

    2016-03-01

    Over recent years, gold nanorods (GNRs) have emerged as a promising material in biomedical optics and have been proposed as contrast agents for the photothermal therapy and the photoacoustic imaging of tumors. A pioneering approach to target tumors is the use of cellular vehicles, i.e. cells of the immune system that exhibit an innate tropism to tumors and that can be serve as Trojan horses. This strategy relies on cell types, such as tumor-associated macrophages or T cells, that are recruited by or naturally traffic to the microenvironment of tumors and that can be isolated from a patient and loaded with plasmonic particles in vitro. In this work, GNRs were synthesized and designed to combine high optical and photo-stability and the ability to accumulate into cells of the immuno system. Particles were silanized, PEGylated and conjugated with cationic moieties. Different cationic compounds were tested and the cell viability and uptake of the particles were studied on complementary cell types. The cytotoxicity test was based on a colorimetric WST-8 assay while the intracellular amount of gold and the optical absorbance of the cells were quantified by spectrophotometry. Moreover, we investigated the effect of GNRs on the cell migration and the production of cytokines in the presence of pro-inflammatory stimuli, which provide a functional overview on the feasibility of this approach to target.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of extremely small gold nanoshells, and comparison of their photothermal conversion capacity with gold nanorods

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    Durán-Meza, A. L.; Moreno-Gutiérrez, D. S.; Ruiz-Robles, J. F.; Bañuelos-Frías, A.; Segovia-González, X. F.; Longoria-Hernández, A. M.; Gomez, E.; Ruiz-García, J.

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    The current methods for preparing gold nanoshells (AuNSs) produce shells with a diameter of approximately 40 nm or larger, with a relatively large polydispersity. However, AuNSs with smaller diameters and more monodispersity are better suited for biomedical applications. In this work, we present a modified method for the preparation of AuNSs, based on the use of sacrificial silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). We customized the Lee-Meisel method to prepare small and monodisperse AgNPs that were used as sacrificial nanoparticles to prepare extremely small monodispersed AuNSs with an average diameter from 17 to 25 +/- 4 nm. We found that these AuNSs are faceted, and that the oxidized silver likely dissolves out of the nanoparticles through some of the facets on the AuNSs. This leads to a silver oxide plug on the surface of the AuNSs, which has not been reported before. The smaller AuNSs, prepared under the best conditions, absorb in the near infrared region (NIR) that is appropriate for applications, such as photothermal therapy or medical imaging. The AuNSs showed absorption peaks in the NIR similar to those of gold nanorods (AuNRs) but with better photothermal capacity. In addition, because of their negative charge, these AuNSs are more biocompatible than the positively charged AuNRs. The synthesis of small, monodisperse, stable and biocompatible nanoparticles, like the ones presented in this work, is of prime importance in biomedical applications.The current methods for preparing gold nanoshells (AuNSs) produce shells with a diameter of approximately 40 nm or larger, with a relatively large polydispersity. However, AuNSs with smaller diameters and more monodispersity are better suited for biomedical applications. In this work, we present a modified method for the preparation of AuNSs, based on the use of sacrificial silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). We customized the Lee-Meisel method to prepare small and monodisperse AgNPs that were used as sacrificial nanoparticles to

  13. Controlled assemblies of gold nanorods in PVA nanofiber matrix as flexible free-standing SERS substrates by electrospinning.

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    Zhang, Chuan-Ling; Lv, Kong-Peng; Cong, Huai-Ping; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2012-03-12

    Under control: Controlled assemblies of gold nanorods in a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanofiber matrix with tunable optical properties can be achieved by using electrospinning. The resultant assemblies can be used as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). This work provides a facile way to control alignment of anisotropic nanostructures in a polymer nanofiber matrix and generates new assemblies with interesting properties.

  14. Gold nanorods saturable absorber for Q-switched Nd:GAGG lasers at 1 μm

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    Feng, Chao; Liu, Mingyi; Li, Yanbin; Gao, Xuejian; Kang, Zhe; Qin, Guanshi; Jia, Zhitai; Tao, Xutang; Song, Teng; Dun, Yangyang; Bai, Fen; Li, Ping; Wang, Qingpu; Fang, Jiaxiong

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    A gold nanorod saturable absorber has been synthesized by the seed-mediated growth method characterized in detail. The absorption peak wavelength was 1080 nm, and the modulation depth was measured to be 9%. The performance of its Q-switched Nd:GAGG lasers at 1061 and 1106 nm has been systematically investigated, respectively. The corresponding shortest pulsewidths were 250 and 480 ns. Our experiment results proved that the GNR-SA is a promising saturable absorber for nanosecond bulk lasers.

  15. Gold nanorods combine photoacoustic and Raman imaging for detection and treatment of ovarian cancer

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    Jokerst, Jesse V.; Cole, Adam J.; Bohndiek, Sarah E.; Gambhir, Sanjiv S.

    2014-03-01

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) were synthesized with surfactant templating and coated with IR792 to produce surface-enhanced Raman signal (SERS). Subcutaneous and orthotopic tumor models were created in nude mice using the OV2008 cell line, and a Nexus128 scanner from Endra LifeSciences was used to collect the photoacoustic data. We used GNRs with resonance at 756 nm, and the Raman signal was 10-fold larger than 60 nm gold core/silica shell nanoparticles. This signal was stable for over 24 hours in 50% serum. The batch-to-batch reproducibility was 15.5% and 3.6% in the SERS and photoacoustic modalities for n=4 batches. Animals were injected with 200 μL of 2.5, 5.4, and 16.8 nM GNRs. Relative to baseline photoacoustic signal, these concentrations increased tumor signal 1.3-, 1.6-, and 2.5-fold, respectively. The maximum signal increase occurred within 2 hours of injection persisted for at least 24 hours and was significant at p0.90) between tumor gold concentration and photoacoustic signal. By 24 hours, free GNRs had been sequestered to the liver and spleen with 2%ID/g immobilized in the tumor. The same GNRs produced SERS signal, and Raman maps were created with least squares analysis. We used the Raman signal to identify tumor margins and also to monitor resection and ensure complete removal of tumor tissue. Thus, the GNRs allow pre-surgical photoacoustic visualization for tumor staging and intra-operative Raman imaging to guide resection. Future work will study GNRs targeted to cell surface proteins to increase tumor accumulation.

  16. Differential contrast of gold nanorods in dual-band OCT using spectral multiplexing

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    Al Rawashdeh, Wa’el [RWTH Aachen University, Experimental Molecular Imaging (Germany); Weyand, Thomas [DWI - Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials e.V. at RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Kray, Stefan; Lenz, Markus [RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Semiconductor Electronics (Germany); Buchkremer, Anne [RWTH Aachen University, Institut für Anorganische Chemie (Germany); Spöler, Felix [RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Semiconductor Electronics (Germany); Simon, Ulrich [RWTH Aachen University, Institut für Anorganische Chemie (Germany); Möller, Martin [DWI - Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials e.V. at RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Kiessling, Fabian; Lederle, Wiltrud, E-mail: wlederle@ukaachen.de [RWTH Aachen University, Experimental Molecular Imaging (Germany)

    2015-03-15

    In optical coherence tomography (OCT), differential contrast can be generated by resonant nanoparticles using spectral multiplexing. Differential contrast can be of interest for medical applications for improving detection specificity of structures with low endogenous contrast. Differential contrast has been shown using OCT systems with one bandwidth; however, this requires post-processing that is time consuming and reduces image resolution. In this study, we used a dual-band OCT prototype system with two far separated bandwidths in the clinically relevant optical window, and in search for the optimal differential contrast-generating particles for this prototype system, three different gold nanorods (AuNR) samples were investigated. The samples with different particle volume, aspect ratio, and absorption-maximum were imaged in a highly scattering phantom and on chicken muscle. In vitro, differential contrast was observed for the nanorods large (NRL) sample having the absorption-maximum within one bandwidth of the OCT and an average length of 75 nm. For the smaller AuNR (48 nm length) with comparable absorption-maximum, the obtained signal intensities were too low for being visible, although differences in signal intensities between both bandwidths could be measured. NRL optimal concentration for differential contrast using this prototype system is between 100 and 500 µg Au/mL (0.51–2.54 mM). These results demonstrate the potential of real-time imaging of differential contrast in dual-band OCT and motivate in vivo application of plasmon resonant AuNR in order to improve the detection sensitivity for structures that are difficult to identify by OCT such as small blood vessels.

  17. End-to-end self-assembly of gold nanorods in isopropanol solution: experimental and theoretical studies

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    Gordel, M.; Piela, K.; Kołkowski, R.; Koźlecki, T.; Buckle, M.; Samoć, M.

    2015-12-01

    We describe here a modification of properties of colloidal gold nanorods (NRs) resulting from the chemical treatment used to carry out their transfer into isopropanol (IPA) solution. The NRs acquire a tendency to attach one to another by their ends (end-to-end assembly). We focus on the investigation of the change in position and shape of the longitudinal surface plasmon (l-SPR) band after self-assembly. The experimental results are supported by a theoretical calculation, which rationalizes the dramatic change in optical properties when the NRs are positioned end-to-end at short distances. The detailed spectroscopic characterization performed at the consecutive stages of transfer of the NRs from water into IPA solution revealed the features of the interaction between the polymers used as ligands and their contribution to the final stage, when the NRs were dispersed in IPA solution. The efficient method of aligning the NRs detailed here may facilitate applications of the self-assembled NRs as building blocks for optical materials and biological sensing.

  18. End-to-end self-assembly of gold nanorods in isopropanol solution: experimental and theoretical studies

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    Gordel, M., E-mail: marta.gordel@pwr.edu.pl [Wrocław University of Technology, Advanced Materials Engineering and Modelling Group, Faculty of Chemistry (Poland); Piela, K., E-mail: katarzyna.piela@pwr.edu.pl [Wrocław University of Technology, Department of Physical and Quantum Chemistry (Poland); Kołkowski, R. [Wrocław University of Technology, Advanced Materials Engineering and Modelling Group, Faculty of Chemistry (Poland); Koźlecki, T. [Wrocław University of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry (Poland); Buckle, M. [CNRS, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Laboratoire de Biologie et Pharmacologie Appliquée (France); Samoć, M. [Wrocław University of Technology, Advanced Materials Engineering and Modelling Group, Faculty of Chemistry (Poland)

    2015-12-15

    We describe here a modification of properties of colloidal gold nanorods (NRs) resulting from the chemical treatment used to carry out their transfer into isopropanol (IPA) solution. The NRs acquire a tendency to attach one to another by their ends (end-to-end assembly). We focus on the investigation of the change in position and shape of the longitudinal surface plasmon (l-SPR) band after self-assembly. The experimental results are supported by a theoretical calculation, which rationalizes the dramatic change in optical properties when the NRs are positioned end-to-end at short distances. The detailed spectroscopic characterization performed at the consecutive stages of transfer of the NRs from water into IPA solution revealed the features of the interaction between the polymers used as ligands and their contribution to the final stage, when the NRs were dispersed in IPA solution. The efficient method of aligning the NRs detailed here may facilitate applications of the self-assembled NRs as building blocks for optical materials and biological sensing.Graphical Abstract.

  19. Gold-nanorod-based colorimetric and fluorescent approach for sensitive and specific assay of disease-related gene and mutation.

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    Wang, Wenhong; Zhao, Yina; Jin, Yan

    2013-11-27

    Sensitive and specific detection of disease-related gene and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is of great importance in cancer diagnosis. Here, a colorimetric and fluorescent approach is described for detection of the p53 gene and SNP in homogeneous solution by using gold nanorods (GNRs) as both colorimetric probe and fluorescence quencher. Hairpin oligonucleotide was utilized as DNA probe to ensure highly sequence-specific detection of target DNA. In the presence of target DNA, the formation of DNA duplex greatly changed the electrostatic interaction between GNR and DNAs, leading to an obvious change in fluorescence and colorimetric response. The detection limit of fluorescent and colorimetric assay is 0.26 pM and 0.3 nM, respectively. Both fluorescence and colorimetric strategies were able to effectively discriminate complementary DNA from single-base mismatched DNA, which is meaningful for cancer diagnosis. More important, target DNA can be detected as low as 10 nM by the naked eye. Furthermore, transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence anisotropy measurements demonstrated that the color change as well as fluorescence quenching is ascribed to the DNA hybridization-induced aggregation of GNRs. Therefore, the assay provided a fast, sensitive, cost-effective, and specific sensing platform for detecting disease-related gene and SNP.

  20. Electrochemical determination of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid based on the gold nanorods/carbon nanotubes composite film

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    Deng Chunyan, E-mail: dengchunyan81@126.com [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China); Chen Jinzhuo; Yang Minghui [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China); Nie Zhou [State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Si Shihui [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China)

    2011-10-01

    Highlights: > The GNR/CNT/GC electrode was fabricated simply. It has higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA). The selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). The proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. - Abstract: In this paper, the gold nanorods (GNRs)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite film-modified glassy carbon (GC) electrode was fabricated simply by the electrostatic interaction between the positively charged GNRs and the negatively charged CNT. And the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode was used for the selective and sensitive determination of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA). It was found that the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode had higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA) comparing with the bare GC and CNT/GC electrodes. It may be due to the synergic effect of GNRs and CNT, because the surface area of the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode increased, the edge plan sites presented on the CNT surface can improve the electron transfer between the modified electrode and DA, and the rod-shaped gold may be served as the mediator for the oxidation of dopamine and provided the electrocatalytic ability. Moreover, the voltammetric peaks of AA and DA were separated enough at the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode, which was sufficiently enough for the selective determination of DA. Thus, the selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). Also it was obtained that the proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. Therefore, it can be concluded that the GNRs/CNT modified electrode may be advantageous for the DA determination.

  1. Enzymatic etching of gold nanorods by horseradish peroxidase and application to blood glucose detection

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    Saa, Laura; Coronado-Puchau, Marc; Pavlov, Valeri; Liz-Marzán, Luis M.

    2014-06-01

    Gold nanorods (AuNRs) have become some of the most used nanostructures for biosensing and imaging applications due to their plasmon-related optical response, which is highly sensitive toward minute changes in the AuNR aspect ratio. In this context, H2O2 has been used to trigger the chemical etching of AuNRs, thereby inducing a decrease of their aspect ratio. However, special conditions and relatively high concentrations of H2O2 are usually required, preventing the applicability of the system for biodetection purposes. To overcome this limitation we have introduced a biocatalytic species, the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) that is able to induce a gradual oxidation of AuNRs in the presence of trace concentrations of H2O2. Interestingly, the presence of halide ions has also been found to be essential for this process. As a consequence, other enzymatic reactions, such as those catalyzed by glucose oxidase, can be easily coupled to HRP activity, allowing the detection of different amounts of glucose. On the basis of these findings, we developed a highly sensitive and simple colorimetric assay that can be read out by the naked eye and allows the detection of physiological glucose concentrations in human serum.Gold nanorods (AuNRs) have become some of the most used nanostructures for biosensing and imaging applications due to their plasmon-related optical response, which is highly sensitive toward minute changes in the AuNR aspect ratio. In this context, H2O2 has been used to trigger the chemical etching of AuNRs, thereby inducing a decrease of their aspect ratio. However, special conditions and relatively high concentrations of H2O2 are usually required, preventing the applicability of the system for biodetection purposes. To overcome this limitation we have introduced a biocatalytic species, the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) that is able to induce a gradual oxidation of AuNRs in the presence of trace concentrations of H2O2. Interestingly, the presence of

  2. Improving nanoparticle diffusion through tumor collagen matrix by photo-thermal gold nanorods

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    Raeesi, Vahid; Chan, Warren C. W.

    2016-06-01

    Collagen (I) impairs the targeting of nanoparticles to tumor cells by obstructing their diffusion inside dense tumor interstitial matrix. This potentially makes large nanoparticles (>50 nm) reside near the tumor vessels and thereby compromises their functionality. Here we propose a strategy to locally improve nanoparticle transport inside collagen (I) component of the tumor tissue. We first used heat generating gold nanorods to alter collagen (I) matrix by local temperature elevation. We then explored this impact on the transport of 50 nm and 120 nm inorganic nanoparticles inside collagen (I). We demonstrated an increase in average diffusivity of 50 nm and 120 nm in the denatured collagen (I) by ~14 and ~21 fold, respectively, compared to intact untreated collagen (I) matrix. This study shows how nanoparticle-mediated hyperthermia inside tumor tissue can improve the transport of large nanoparticles through collagen (I) matrix. The ability to increase nanoparticles diffusion inside tumor stroma allows their targeting or other functionalities to take effect, thereby significantly improving cancer therapeutic or diagnostic outcome.Collagen (I) impairs the targeting of nanoparticles to tumor cells by obstructing their diffusion inside dense tumor interstitial matrix. This potentially makes large nanoparticles (>50 nm) reside near the tumor vessels and thereby compromises their functionality. Here we propose a strategy to locally improve nanoparticle transport inside collagen (I) component of the tumor tissue. We first used heat generating gold nanorods to alter collagen (I) matrix by local temperature elevation. We then explored this impact on the transport of 50 nm and 120 nm inorganic nanoparticles inside collagen (I). We demonstrated an increase in average diffusivity of 50 nm and 120 nm in the denatured collagen (I) by ~14 and ~21 fold, respectively, compared to intact untreated collagen (I) matrix. This study shows how nanoparticle-mediated hyperthermia inside

  3. Tumor cell-specific photothermal killing by SELEX-derived DNA aptamer-targeted gold nanorods

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    Chandrasekaran, Ramya; Lee, Alexander Sheng Wei; Yap, Lim Wei; Jans, David A.; Wagstaff, Kylie M.; Cheng, Wenlong

    2015-12-01

    Despite widespread availability of cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents, the killing of tumour cells without affecting healthy surrounding tissue remains elusive, although recent developments in terms of plasmonic nanoparticles capable of photothermal killing have some promise. Here we describe novel DNA aptamer-tethered gold nanorods (GNRs) that act as efficient photothermal therapeutics against tumour cells, but not their isogenic normal cell counterparts. A modified Cell-SELEX process was developed to select a novel DNA aptamer (KW16-13) that specifically recognised and was internalised by cells of the MCF10CA1h human breast ductal carcinoma line but not by those of its isogenic normal counterpart (MCF10A). GNRs conjugated to KW16-13 were readily internalized by the MCF10CA1h tumour cells with minimal uptake by MCF10A normal cells. Upon near infrared (NIR) light irradiation, tumour cell death of >96%, could be effected, compared to 71-fold tumor cell death than GNRs-targeted with a previously described aptamer. This demonstrates the significant potential for aptamer functionalised-GNRs to be used effective and above all selective anti-cancer photothermal therapeutics.Despite widespread availability of cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents, the killing of tumour cells without affecting healthy surrounding tissue remains elusive, although recent developments in terms of plasmonic nanoparticles capable of photothermal killing have some promise. Here we describe novel DNA aptamer-tethered gold nanorods (GNRs) that act as efficient photothermal therapeutics against tumour cells, but not their isogenic normal cell counterparts. A modified Cell-SELEX process was developed to select a novel DNA aptamer (KW16-13) that specifically recognised and was internalised by cells of the MCF10CA1h human breast ductal carcinoma line but not by those of its isogenic normal counterpart (MCF10A). GNRs conjugated to KW16-13 were readily internalized by the MCF10CA1h tumour cells with minimal

  4. In situ controlled sputtering deposition of gold nanoparticles on MnO2 nanorods as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates for molecular detection.

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    Jiang, Tao; Zhang, Li; Jin, Han; Wang, Xiaolong; Zhou, Jun

    2015-04-28

    Single-crystal tetragonal α-MnO2 nanorods with different amounts of gold nanoparticles (NPs) attached were successfully prepared by a facile sputtering deposition technique. Initially, the morphology and crystal structure of the bare α-MnO2 nanorods synthesized via a hydrothermal approach were investigated. Then, the amount of gold NPs at different sputtering times was analyzed. It was confirmed that the amount of the decorated gold NPs increased with the lengthening of the sputtering time until they completely covered the α-MnO2 nanorods. Theoretical calculation results indicated the advantages of the composite structure by showing the enhanced electromagnetic fields around both the bare α-MnO2 nanorods and the gold NP decorated ones. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) efficiency of these nanocomposites was evaluated using methylene blue and 4-mercaptobenzoic acid as Raman probe molecules. It was found that the SERS intensity of the substrates strongly depended on the degree of aggregation of the gold NPs. Uniform SERS signals across the entire surface of these samples were obtained. Moreover, a typical chemical toxin, methyl parathion, was effectively detected over a broad concentration range from 1 × 10(-3) to 100 ppm using the gold NP decorated α-MnO2 nanorods, suggesting this hybrid structure is highly valuable for further applications on the rapid detection of organic environmental pollutants.

  5. Longitudinal and transverse coupling in infrared gold nanoantenna arrays: long range versus short range interaction regimes

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    Weber, Daniel; Albella, Pablo; Alonso-González, Pablo; Neubrech, Frank; Gui, Han; Nagao, Tadaaki; Hillenbrand, Rainer; Aizpurua, Javier; Pucci, Annemarie

    2011-08-01

    Interaction between micrometer-long nanoantennas within an array considerably modifies the plasmonic resonant behaviour; for fundamental resonances in the infrared already at micrometer distances. In order to get systematic knowledge on the relationship between infrared plasmonic resonances and separation distances dx and dy in longitudinal and transverse direction, respectively, we experimentally studied the optical extinction spectra for rectangularly ordered lithographic gold nanorod arrays on silicon wafers. For small dy, strong broadening of resonances and strongly decreased values of far-field extinction are detected which come along with a decreased near-field intensity, as indicated by near-field amplitude maps of the interacting nanoantennas. In contrast, near-field interaction over small dx does only marginally broaden the resonance. Our findings set a path for optimum design of rectangular nanorod lattices for surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy.

  6. Application of Gold Nanorods for Photothermal Therapy in Ex Vivo Human Oesophagogastric Adenocarcinoma.

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    Singh, Mohan; Harris-Birtill, David C C; Zhou, Yu; Gallina, Maria E; Cass, Anthony E G; Hanna, George B; Elson, Daniel S

    2016-03-01

    Gold nanoparticles are chemically fabricated and tuned to strongly absorb near infrared (NIR) light, enabling deep optical penetration and therapy within human tissues, where sufficient heating induces tumour necrosis. In our studies we aim to establish the optimal gold nanorod (GNR) concentration and laser power for inducing hyperthermic effects in tissues and test this photothermal effect on ex vivo human oesophagogastric adenocarcinoma. The ideal GNR concentration and NIR laser power that would elicit sufficient hyperthermia for tumour necrosis was pre-determined on porcine oesophageal tissues. Human ex vivo oesophageal and gastric adenocarcinoma tissues were incubated with GNR solutions and a GNR-free control solution with corresponding healthy tissues for comparison, then irradiated with NIR light for 10 minutes. Temperature rise was found to vary linearly with both the concentration of GNRs and the laser power. Human ex vivo oesophageal and gastric tissues consistently demonstrated a significant temperature rise when incubated in an optimally concentrated GNR solution (3 x 10(10) GNRs/ml) prior to NIR irradiation delivered at an optimal power (2 W/cm2). A mean temperature rise of 27 degrees C was observed in tissues incubated with GNRs, whereas only a modest 2 degrees C rise in tissues not exposed to any GNRs. This study evaluates the photothermal effects of GNRs on oesophagogastric tissue examines their application in the minimally invasive therapeutics of oesophageal and gastric adenocarcinomas. This could potentially be an effective method of clinically inducing irreversible oesophagogastric tumour photodestruction, with minimal collateral damage expected in (healthy) tissues free from GNRs.

  7. Gold nanorods contained polyvinyl alcohol/chitosan nanofiber matrix for cell imaging and drug delivery

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    Yan, Eryun, E-mail: yaney359@126.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Cao, Minglu [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Wang, Yuwei; Hao, Xiaoyuan [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Pei, Shichun; Gao, Jianwei; Wang, Yan [College of Food and Biological Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Zhang, Zhuanfang [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Zhang, Deqing, E-mail: zhdqing@163.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China)

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanorods (AuNRs) that contained polyvinyl alcohol/chitosan (PVA/CS) hybrid nanofibers with dual functions are successfully fabricated by a simple electrospinning method. The results of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy indicate that AuNRs are indeed encapsulated into the PVA/CS hybrid nanofibers. FTIR spectra results demonstrate that the chemical structures of PVA and CS are not affected when the AuNRs are introduced into the fibers. In vitro cytotoxicity test reveals that the hybrid fibers involving AuNRs are completely biocompatible. The as-prepared fibers can be used as a carrier for anticancer agent doxorubicin (DOX), and the drug is delivered into the cell nucleus. The AuNRs and DOX incorporated fibers are effective for inhibiting the growth and proliferation of ovary cancer cells and they can also be used as the cell imaging agent due to the unique optical properties of AuNRs. The nanofiber matrix combining two functions of cell imaging and drug delivery may be of great application potential in biomedical-related areas. - Highlights: • The AuNRs contained PVA/CS nanofibers are fabricated by electrospinning. • The hybrid fibers involving AuNRs are completely biocompatible. • The DOX loaded fibers are effective for inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells. • The nanofibers combined two functions of cell imaging and drug delivery.

  8. Indocyanine Green Derivative Covalently Conjugated with Gold Nanorods for Multimodal Phototherapy of Fibrosarcoma Cells.

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    Luo, Teng; Qian, Xiaoqing; Lu, Zhiyong; Shi, Yiwen; Yao, Zhirong; Chai, Xinyu; Ren, Qiushi

    2015-04-01

    A hydrophilic indocyanine green derivative (ICG-Der-02) was covalently doped into mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods (AuNRs/mSiO2). The self-synthesized derivative offers one carboxyl functional group on a side chain, which enables ICG-Der-02 to be covalently linked to nanomaterials and reduces the probability of leakage/desorption of the dye. The detection of infrared luminescence around 1270 nm confirmed that 102 is efficiently generated by the nanocomposite (AuNRs/mSiO2-ICG-Der-02). Furthermore, a second layer of silica was coated onto the nanocomposite, which then was conjugated with the α(v) integrin-targeting cyclic peptide (RGD-4C). The cell tests showed that the resulting nanoconjugate (AuNRs/mSiO2-ICG-Der-02/RGD-4C) was able to bind preferentially to HT-1080 human fibrosarcoma cells. Due to the synergistic effect of the produced nanoconjugates, a dual-modality photothermal and photochemical therapy was successfully achieved by 808 nm irradiation. Compared to using photothermal or photochemical therapy alone, the dual-modality photothermal/photochemical therapeutic strategy proved to be more damaging to HT-1080 cells and enhanced the effectiveness of photodestruction. Our work presents a novel approach to the multimodal treatment of fibrosarcoma and shows promise for future use in cancer theranostics.

  9. Lactose-Functionalized Gold Nanorods for Sensitive and Rapid Serological Diagnosis of Cancer.

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    Zhao, Yuetao; Tong, Liping; Li, Yong; Pan, Haobo; Zhang, Wei; Guan, Min; Li, Weihao; Chen, Yixin; Li, Qing; Li, Zhongjun; Wang, Huaiyu; Yu, Xue-Feng; Chu, Paul K

    2016-03-09

    Timely and accurate diagnosis of cancer is crucial to cancer treatment. However, serological diagnosis of cancer still faces great challenge because the conventional methodology based on the enzyme-linked immune sorbent assay (ELISA) is costly, time-consuming, and complicated, involving multiple steps. Herein, lactose-functionalized gold nanorods (Lac-GNRs) are fabricated as efficient biosensors to detect cancerous conditions based on the unique surface plasmon resonance properties of GNRs and high specificity of lactose to the galectin-1 cancer biomarker. A trace concentration of galectin-1 as small as 10(-13) M can be detected by Lac-GNRs. The comparative study among BSA, galectin-3, and galectin-1 demonstrates the good specificity of Lac-GNRs to galectin-1 either in aqueous solutions or in the complex and heterogeneous serum specimens. Clinical tests show that the Lac-GNRs biosensors can readily distinguish the serums of cancer patients from those of healthy persons simply by using a microplate reader or even direct visual observation. The Lac-GNRs biosensing platform is highly efficient and easy to use and have great potential in rapid screening of cancer patients.

  10. Surface chemistry manipulation of gold nanorods preserves optical properties for bio-imaging applications

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    Polito, Anthony B.; Maurer-Gardner, Elizabeth I.; Hussain, Saber M., E-mail: saber.hussain@us.af.mil [Air Force Research Laboratory, Molecular Bioeffects Branch, Bioeffects Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Due to their anisotropic shape, gold nanorods (GNRs) possess a number of advantages for biosystem use including, enhanced surface area and tunable optical properties within the near-infrared (NIR) region. However, cetyl trimethylammonium bromide-related cytotoxicity, overall poor cellular uptake following surface chemistry modifications, and loss of NIR optical properties due to material intracellular aggregation in combination remain as obstacles for nanobased biomedical GNR applications. In this article, we report that tannic acid-coated 11-mercaptoundecyl trimethylammonium bromide (MTAB) GNRs (MTAB-TA) show no significant decrease in either in vitro cell viability or stress activation after exposures to A549 human alveolar epithelial cells. In addition, MTAB-TA GNRs demonstrate a substantial level of cellular uptake while displaying a unique intracellular clustering pattern. This clustering pattern significantly reduces intracellular aggregation, preserving the GNRs NIR optical properties, vital for biomedical imaging applications. These results demonstrate how surface chemistry modifications enhance biocompatibility, allow for higher rate of internalization with low intracellular aggregation of MTAB-TA GNRs, and identify them as prime candidates for use in nanobased bio-imaging applications.Graphical Abstract.

  11. Optoacoustic tomography in preclinical research: in vivo distribution of highly purified PEG-coated gold nanorods

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    Su, Richard; Liopo, Anton; Brecht, Hans-Peter; Ermilov, Sergey; Larin, Kirill; Oraevsky, Alexander A.

    2011-07-01

    We report on the optoacoustic (OA) imaging of the whole mouse body using a biocompatible contrast agent - highly purified, pegylated gold nanorods (GNR) - which has strong optical absorption in the near-infrared region and low level of toxicity. In vitro toxicity studies showed no significant change in survival rates of the cultured normal epithelium IEC-6 cells when incubated for 24 hours with up to 1 nM of GNR. In vivo toxicity studies in nude mice showed no pathological changes in liver 1 month after the IV injection of GNR with intra-body concentration around 0.25-0.50 nM. In order to study the enhancement of the OA contrast and accumulation of GNR in different tissues, we performed 3D OA imaging of live nude mice with IV-injected GNR. The enhancement of the OA contrast in comparison with the images of the untreated mice was visible starting 1 hour after the GNR injection. The OA contrast of kidneys, liver, and spleen peaked at about 2-3 days after the administration of the GNR, and then was gradually reducing.

  12. Self-assisted optothermal trapping of gold nanorods under two-photon excitation

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    Chen, Hongtao; Gratton, Enrico; Digman, Michelle A.

    2016-09-01

    We report a self-assisted optothermal trapping and patterning of gold nanorods (GNRs) on glass surfaces with a femtosecond laser. We show that GNRs are not only the trapping targets, but also can enhance the optothermal trapping of other particles. This trapping phenomenon is the net result of thermophoresis and a convective flow caused by localized heating. The heating is due to the conversion of absorbed photons into heat at GNR’s longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelength. First, we investigated the optothermal trapping of GNRs at their LSPR wavelength on the glass surface with as low as 0.5 mW laser power. The trapping range was observed to be larger than a typical field of view, e.g. 210 µm  ×  210 µm here. Second, by adjusting the distance between the laser focus and the glass surface, ring patterns of GNRs on the glass surface were obtained. These patterns could be controlled by the laser power and the numerical aperture of the microscope objective. Moreover, we examined the spectral emission of GNRs under different trapping conditions using the spectral phasor approach to reveal the temperature and association status of GNRs. Our study will help understanding manipulation of flows in solution and in biological systems that can be applied in future investigations of GNR-induced heating and flows.

  13. Combined chemo- and photo-thermal therapy delivered by multifunctional theranostic gold nanorod-loaded microcapsules

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    Chen, Haiyan; di, Yingfeng; Chen, Dan; Madrid, Kyle; Zhang, Min; Tian, Caiping; Tang, Liping; Gu, Yueqing

    2015-05-01

    A polyelectrolyte microcapsule-based, cancer-targeting, and controlled drug delivery system has been developed as a multifunctional theranostic agent for synergistic cancer treatment. This new system, called FA-MC@GNR, is composed of folic acid (FA)-modified, multi-layered, hollow microcapsules loaded with gold nanorods (GNRs), and undergoes thermal degradation under near infrared (NIR) light. Either an NIR dye (MPA) or anti-cancer drug (doxorubicin, DOX) was loaded into the microcapsules via physical adsorption, yielding FA-MC@GNRs/MPA or FA-MC@GNRs/DOX, both of which exhibit no obvious toxicity, high stability, and remarkably improved tumor-targeting capabilities in vivo. Utilizing the strong NIR absorption of FA-MC@GNRs/DOX, we demonstrate the system's ability to simultaneously elicit photothermal therapy and controlled chemotherapy, achieving synergistic cancer treatment both in vitro cellular and in vivo animal experiments. Our study presents a new type of multifunctional micro-carrier for the delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs and photothermal agents, which has been shown to be an effective therapeutic approach for combined cancer treatment.

  14. Gold nanoparticles modified ZnO nanorods with improved photocatalytic activity.

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    Sun, Lanlan; Zhao, Dongxu; Song, Zhiming; Shan, Chongxin; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Li, Binghui; Shen, Dezhen

    2011-11-01

    Well-aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs) were grown on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) slide by the hydrothermal method and used as templates for preparing ZnO/Au composite nanoarrays. The optical and morphological properties of ZnO/Au composites under various HAuCl(4) concentrations were explored via UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The density and size of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) on ZnO NRs can be controlled by adjusting the concentration of HAuCl(4). The optimal ZnO/Au composites display complete photocatalytic degradation of methyl blue (MB) within 60 min, which is superior to that with pure ZnO NRs prepared by the same method. The reason of better photocatalytic performance is that Au NPs act as electron traps and it prevents the rapid recombination of electrons and holes, resulting in the improvement of photocatalytic efficiency. The photocatalytic performance of ZnO/Au composites is mainly controlled by the density of Au NPs formed on ZnO NRs. The application in rapid photodegradation of MB shows the potential of ZnO/Au composite as a convenient catalyst for the environmental purification of organic pollutants.

  15. Spatiotemporal mapping of three dimensional rotational dynamics of single ultrasmall gold nanorods

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    Chaudhari, Kamalesh; Pradeep, Thalappil

    2014-08-01

    Spatiotemporal mapping of the position and orientation of nano-machinery inside complex and dynamic cellular environments is essential for the detailed understanding of many bio-physical processes. For the genuine observation of such biomolecular dynamics with high signal to noise ratio and reduced disturbance from the labeling probes, reduction in the size of nano-bio labels and simplification of techniques for their observation are important. Here we achieve this using polarized dark field scattering micro-spectroscopy (PDFSMS), in its simplest form so that it is deployable in several experiments. We not only locate tiny gold nanorods (GNRs) of size 30 (length) × 10 nm (diameter) inside HEK293 cells but also demonstrate mapping of their in-situ polarization patterns using a novel method. Real time observations of rotating GNR with DFSMS and PDFSMS are used to resolve in-plane and out-of-plane rotational modes of GNR. We have shown that PDFSMS itself can provide complete information about the state of GNR. A step ahead, we demonstrate the application of PDFSMS to track three dimensional rotational dynamics of transferrin-conjugated GNRs inside live HEK293 cells. These first-time observations of the three dimensional intracellular rotational dynamics of tiny GNRs using PDFSMS present a new landmark in single particle scattering spectroscopy.

  16. Reversible Plasmonic Circular Dichroism via Hybrid Supramolecular Gelation of Achiral Gold Nanorods.

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    Jin, Xue; Jiang, Jian; Liu, Minghua

    2016-12-27

    The fabrication of chiroptical plasmonic nanomaterials such as chiral plasmonic gold nanorods (GNRs) has been attracting great interest. Generally, in order to realize the plasmonic circular dichroism (PCD) from achiral GNRs, it is necessary to partially replace the surface-coated cetyltrimethylammonium bromide with chiral molecules. Here, we present a supramolecular approach to generate and modulate the PCD of GNRs through the hybrid gelation of GNRs with an amphiphilic chiral dendron gelator. Upon gelation, the PCD could be produced and further regulated depending on the ratio of the dendrons to GNRs. It was revealed that the wrapping of the self-assembled nanofibers around the GNRs is crucial for generating the PCD. Furthermore, the hybrid gel underwent a thermotriggered gel-sol and sol-gel transformation, during which the PCD can disappear (solution) and reappear (gel), respectively, and such process can be repeated many times. In addition, the hybrid gel could also undergo shrinkage upon addition of a slight amount of Mg(2+) ions, during which the PCD disappeared also. Thus, through the gel formation and subsequent metal ion- or temperature-triggered phase transition, PCD can be reversibly modulated. The results not only clarified the generation mechanism of PCD from the achiral GNRs without the chiral modification on the surface but also offered a simple and efficient way to modulate the PCD.

  17. Pattern of distribution and kinetics of accumulation of gold nanorods in mouse spleen

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    Di Lascio, Nicole; Avigo, Cinzia; Armanetti, Paolo; Stea, Francesco; Cavigli, Lucia; Ratto, Fulvio; Pini, Roberto; Kusmic, Claudia; Menichetti, Luca; Faita, Francesco

    2015-03-01

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) offer a tunable optical absorption in the near infra-red wavelength region due to their plasmon resonance, which results in strong photoacoustic (PA) signal and make them suitable as contrast agent by means of PA imaging. The aim of this study was to examine the performance of synthesized polyethilene glicol (PEG)-GNRs as contrast agent for in vivo PA imaging and to evaluate their accumulation and distribution real time. Two-three month old FVB female mice were enrolled for the study, a bolus of 200μL of synthesized PEG-GNRs (53 nm length and 11 nm axial diameter, plasmon resonance at 840 nm, 1 mM Au concentration) solution was injected intravenously and detected with PA imaging. The accumulation of GNRs in the spleen was studied by means of the amplitude dynamic variation of the PA signal during time. GNRs contrast was clearly distinguished from endogenous background thanks to the nanoparticle spectroscopic specificity. Our results suggest that PA imaging could allow an efficient and noninvasive tool for in vivo detection of GNRs content and for the assessment of the kinetic parameters in target organs. The coregistration of μ-ultrasound and PA imaging is crucial for the real time evaluation of the GNRs distribution in different organs.

  18. Gold nanorod stabilized by thiolated chitosan as photothermal absorber for cancer cell treatment

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    Wang, Chung-Hao; Chang, Chia-Wei; Peng, Ching-An

    2011-07-01

    Gold nanorod (GNR) has great potential in the field of cancer therapy because of its photophysical property in converting near-infrared (NIR) laser light into heat. Fabrication of GNRs by seed-mediated growth method with the aid of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) is a popular approach. However, due to high cytotoxicity of CTAB, it is necessary to modify the surface of CTAB-passivated GNRs for cell-related studies. In this study, thiolated chitosan was synthesized and harnessed to replace CTAB originally used to stabilize GNRs. The average size and morphological shape of CTAB-passivated GNRs (66.0 nm) and thiolated chitosan-modified GNRs (CGNRs) (84.9 nm) were determined by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to confirm the existence of Au-S binding energy at 162.4 eV. Cytotoxicity study revealed that CGNRs were much biocompatible than CTAB-stabilized GNRs. Our results showed that CGNRs functionalized with folic acid (FA) could be internalized by human colon HT-29 cancer cells via folate-mediated endocytosis. From the viability of CGNR-laden HT-29 cells irradiated with 808-nm NIR laser light, we demonstrated that CGNR is a potential photothermal nano-absorber for the ablation of malignant cells under NIR laser exposure.

  19. Theranostic Approach for Cancer Treatment: Multifunctional Gold Nanorods for Optical Imaging and Photothermal Therapy

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    Oshra Betzer

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A critical problem in the treatment of cancer is the inability to identify microsized tumors and treat them without normal tissue destruction. While surgical excision of tumors is highly effective, residual micrometastases and remaining positive margins are the main cause of recurrence. In this study, we propose a theranostic approach for the detection and therapy of head and neck cancer (HNC. We developed a plasmonic-based nanoplatform for combined, ultrasensitive in vivo spectroscopic detection and targeted therapy of HNC. This detection method involves near-infrared (NIR spectroscopy of gold nanorods (GNRs that selectively target and attach to squamous cell carcinoma HNC cells, through an immune complex. Diagnosis is based on a spectral shift analysis, which is generated by interparticle-plasmon-resonance patterns of the specifically targeted GNRs. Additionally, the ability to design the GNRs to strongly absorb light in the NIR region enables efficient irradiation of these GNRs, for selective photothermal therapy (PTT of the cancer cells. We expect this targeted, noninvasive, and nonionizing spectroscopic detection method to provide a highly sensitive and simple diagnostic tool for micrometastasis. In addition, the concomitant development of targeted PTT, based on specific cancer markers, may pave the way for tailoring effective therapy for patients, toward an era of personalized medicine.

  20. Therapy effects of gold nanorods on the CNE-1 nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell line

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    Full Text Available Jinyan Shao,1 Jianguo Tang,1 Jian Ji,2 Wenbo Zhou21Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, 2Department of Polymer Science, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Macromolecule Synthesis and Functionalization, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People's Republic of ChinaAbstract: The use of nanocarriers to deliver drugs to tumor tissue is one of the most important strategies in cancer therapeutics. Recently, gold nanorods (GNRs have begun to be used in cancer therapy because of their unique properties. The purpose of this study was to show the potential that GNRs have against human nasopharyngeal carcinoma CNE-1 cells, using near-infrared (NIR laser light. Transmission electron microscopic and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopic investigations confirmed the efficient uptake of the GNRs by CNE-1 and human rhinal epithelia cells. The in vitro NIR photothermal therapy for the CNE-1 and rhinal epithelia cells was designed in three groups: (1 control, (2 laser alone, and (3 GNRs with laser. Fluorescence microscopy images indicated that, at some GNR concentrations and some intensities of NIR laser, GNRs with laser therapy could induce cell death for CNE-1 cells while keeping the rhinal epithelia cells healthy. Therefore, the results of this study suggest that using GNRs with NIR laser therapy can selectively destruct CNE-1 cells while having no effect on normal (rhinal epithelia cells.Keywords: photothermal therapy, near-infrared laser, rhinal epithelia cells, cell uptake

  1. Nanocomposite hydrogel incorporating gold nanorods and paclitaxel-loaded chitosan micelles for combination photothermal-chemotherapy.

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    Zhang, Nan; Xu, Xuefan; Zhang, Xue; Qu, Ding; Xue, Lingjing; Mo, Ran; Zhang, Can

    2016-01-30

    Development of combination photothermal-chemotherapy platform is of great interest for enhancing antitumor efficacy and inhibiting tumor recurrence, which supports selective and dose-controlled delivery of heat and anticancer drugs to tumor. Here, an injectable nanocomposite hydrogel incorporating PEGylated gold nanorods (GNRs) and paclitaxel-loaded chitosan polymeric micelles (PTX-M) is developed in pursuit of improved local tumor control. After intratumoral injection, both GNRs and PTX-M can be simultaneously delivered and immobilized in the tumor tissue by the thermo-sensitive hydrogel matrix. Exposure to the laser irradiation induces the GNR-mediated photothermal damage confined to the tumor with sparing the surrounding normal tissue. Synergistically, the co-delivered PTX-M shows prolonged tumor retention with the sustained release of anticancer drug to efficiently kill the residual tumor cells that evade the photothermal ablation due to the heterogeneous heating in the tumor region. This combination photothermal-chemotherapy presents superior effects on suppressing the tumor recurrence and prolonging the survival in the Heps-bearing mice, compared to the photothermal therapy alone.

  2. Importance of Plasmonic Heating on Visible Light Driven Photocatalysis of Gold Nanoparticle Decorated Zinc Oxide Nanorods

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    Bora, Tanujjal; Zoepfl, David; Dutta, Joydeep

    2016-05-01

    Herein we explore the role of localized plasmonic heat generated by resonantly excited gold (Au) NPs on visible light driven photocatalysis process. Au NPs are deposited on the surface of vertically aligned zinc oxide nanorods (ZnO NRs). The localized heat generated by Au NPs under 532 nm continuous laser excitation (SPR excitation) was experimentally probed using Raman spectroscopy by following the phonon modes of ZnO. Under the resonant excitation the temperature at the surface of the Au-ZnO NRs reaches up to about 300 °C, resulting in almost 6 times higher apparent quantum yield (AQY) for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) compared to the bare ZnO NRs. Under solar light irradiation the Au-ZnO NRs demonstrated visible light photocatalytic activity twice that of what was achieved with bare ZnO NRs, while significantly reduced the activation energy required for the photocatalytic reactions allowing the reactions to occur at a faster rate.

  3. MUC1-Targeted Cancer Cell Photothermal Ablation Using Bioinspired Gold Nanorods

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    Zelasko-Leon, Daria C.; Fuentes, Christina M.; Messersmith, Phillip B.

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies have highlighted the overexpression of mucin 1 (MUC1) in various epithelial carcinomas and its role in tumorigenesis. These mucins present a novel targeting opportunity for nanoparticle-mediated photothermal cancer treatments due to their unique antenna-like extracellular extension. In this study, MUC1 antibodies and albumin were immobilized onto the surface of gold nanorods using a “primer” of polydopamine (PD), a molecular mimic of catechol- and amine-rich mussel adhesive proteins. PD forms an adhesive platform for the deposition of albumin and MUC1 antibodies, achieving a surface that is stable, bioinert and biofunctional. Two-photon luminescence confocal and darkfield scattering imaging revealed targeting of MUC1-BSA-PD-NRs to MUC1+ MCF-7 breast cancer and SCC-15 squamous cell carcinoma cells lines. Treated cells were exposed to a laser encompassing the near-infrared AuNR longitudinal surface plasmon and assessed for photothermal ablation. MUC1-BSA-PD-NRs substantially decreased cell viability in photoirradiated MCF-7 cell lines vs. MUC1- MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells (p < 0.005). Agents exhibited no cytotoxicity in the absence of photothermal treatment. The facile nature of the coating method, combined with targeting and photoablation efficacy, are attractive features of these candidate cancer nanotherapeutics. PMID:26147830

  4. Reconfigurable Three-Dimensional Gold Nanorod Plasmonic Nanostructures Organized on DNA Origami Tripod.

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    Zhan, Pengfei; Dutta, Palash K; Wang, Pengfei; Song, Gang; Dai, Mingjie; Zhao, Shu-Xia; Wang, Zhen-Gang; Yin, Peng; Zhang, Wei; Ding, Baoquan; Ke, Yonggang

    2017-02-28

    Distinct electromagnetic properties can emerge from the three-dimensional (3D) configuration of a plasmonic nanostructure. Furthermore, the reconfiguration of a dynamic plasmonic nanostructure, driven by physical or chemical stimuli, may generate a tailored plasmonic response. In this work, we constructed a 3D reconfigurable plasmonic nanostructure with controllable, reversible conformational transformation using bottom-up DNA self-assembly. Three gold nanorods (AuNRs) were positioned onto a reconfigurable DNA origami tripod. The internanorod angle and distance were precisely tuned through operating the origami tripod by toehold-mediated strand displacement. The transduction of conformational change manifested into a controlled shift of the plasmonic resonance peak, which was studied by dark-field microscopy, and agrees well with electrodynamic calculations. This new 3D plasmonic nanostructure not only provides a method to study the plasmonic resonance of AuNRs at prescribed 3D conformations but also demonstrates that DNA origami can serve as a general self-assembly platform for constructing various 3D reconfigurable plasmonic nanostructures with customized optical properties.

  5. Biocompatible gold nanorods: one-step surface functionalization, highly colloidal stability, and low cytotoxicity.

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    Liu, Kang; Zheng, Yuanhui; Lu, Xun; Thai, Thibaut; Lee, Nanju Alice; Bach, Udo; Gooding, J Justin

    2015-05-05

    The conjugation of gold nanorods (AuNRs) with polyethylene glycol (PEG) is one of the most effective ways to reduce their cytotoxicity arising from the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and silver ions used in their synthesis. However, typical PEGylation occurs only at the tips of the AuNRs, producing partially modified AuNRs. To address this issue, we have developed a novel, facile, one-step surface functionalization method that involves the use of Tween 20 to stabilize AuNRs, bis(p-sulfonatophenyl)phenylphosphine (BSPP) to activate the AuNR surface for the subsequent PEGylation, and NaCl to etch silver from the AuNRs. This method allows for the complete removal of the surface-bound CTAB and the most active surface silver from the AuNRs. The produced AuNRs showed far lower toxicity than other methods to PEGylate AuNRs, with no apparent toxicity when their concentration is lower than 5 μg/mL. Even at a high concentration of 80 μg/mL, their cell viability is still four times higher than that of the tip-modified AuNRs.

  6. Controlled synthesis of monodisperse gold nanorods with different aspect ratios in the presence of aromatic additives

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    Wang, Yun; Wang, Feihu; Guo, Yuan; Chen, Rongjun; Shen, Yuanyuan; Guo, Aijie; Liu, Jieying; Zhang, Xiao; Zhou, Dejian; Guo, Shengrong

    2014-12-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of monodisperse gold nanorods (GNRs) via a simple seeded growth approach in the presence of different aromatic additives, such as 7-bromo-3-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (7-BrHNA), 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (HNA), 5-bromosalicylic acid (5-BrSA), salicylic acid (SA), or phenol (PhOH). Effects of the aromatic additives and hydrochloric acid (HCl) on the structure and optical properties of the synthesized GNRs were investigated. The longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak wavelength of the resulting GNRs was found to be dependent on the aromatic additive in the following sequence: 5-BrSA (778 nm) > 7-BrHNA (706 nm) > SA (688 nm) > HNA (676 nm) > PhOH (638 nm) without the addition of HCl, but this was changed to 7-BrHNA (920 nm) > SA (890 nm) > HNA (872 nm) > PhOH (858 nm) > 5-BrSA (816 nm) or 7-BrHNA (1,005 nm) > PhOH (995 nm) > SA (990 nm) > HNA (980 nm) > 5-BrSA (815 nm) with the addition of HCl or HNO3, respectively. The LSPR peak wavelength was increased with the increasing concentration of 7-BrHNA without HCl addition; however, there was a maximum LSPR peak wavelength when HCl was added. Interestingly, the LSPR peak wavelength was also increased with the amount of HCl added. The results presented here thus established a simple approach to synthesize monodisperse GNRs of different LSPR wavelengths.

  7. Fast characterization of gold nanorods ensemble by correlating its structure with optical extinction spectral features

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    Z. J. Hu

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Owing to unique size- and shape- dependent localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR of noble metal nanoparticles (NPs, the optical extinction spectroscopy method (OES has received much attention to characterize the geometry of metal NPs by fitting experimental UV-vis-NIR spectra. In this work, we aimed to develop a more convenient and accurate OES method to characterize the structural parameters and concentration of the gold nanorods (GNRs ensemble. The main difference between our approach and previous OES methods is that we solve this inverse spectra problem by establishing the LSPR relation equations of GNRs ensemble so that there is no need of UV-vis-NIR spectra fitting process. The aspect ratio (AR and AR distribution can be directly retrieved from two of UV-vis-NIR spectral parameters (peak position and full width at half maximum using the obtained relation equations. Furthermore, the relation equations are modified for applying to the more general GNRs samples by considering the plasmon shift due to the near distance dielectric sensitivity. Finally, instead of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS measurement, we provide a more facile measure of the mass-volume concentration which can be determined from the extinction value at 400 nm. By comparing with the experimental results, it shows that the retrieved results by the relation equations are reliable.

  8. Colorimetric Detection of Escherichia coli Based on the Enzyme-Induced Metallization of Gold Nanorods.

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    Chen, Juhong; Jackson, Angelyca A; Rotello, Vincent M; Nugen, Sam R

    2016-05-01

    A novel enzyme-induced metallization colorimetric assay is developed to monitor and measure beta-galactosidase (β-gal) activity, and is further employed for colorimetric bacteriophage (phage)-enabled detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli). This assay relies on enzymatic reaction-induced silver deposition on the surface of gold nanorods (AuNRs). In the presence of β-gal, the substrate p-aminophenyl β-d-galactopyranoside is hydrolyzed to produce p-aminophenol (PAP). Reduction of silver ions by PAP generates a silver shell on the surface of AuNRs, resulting in the blue shift of the longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance peak and multicolor changes of the detection solution from light green to orange-red. Under optimized conditions, the detection limit for β-gal is 128 pM, which is lower than the conventional colorimetric assay. Additionally, the assay has a broader dynamic range for β-gal detection. The specificity of this assay for the detection of β-gal is demonstrated against several protein competitors. Additionally, this technique is successfully applied to detect E. coli bacteria cells in combination with bacteriophage infection. Due to the simplicity and short incubation time of this enzyme-induced metallization colorimetric method, the assay is well suited for the detection of bacteria in low-resource settings.

  9. Detection of Adhesion Molecules on Inflamed Macrophages at Early-Stage Using SERS Probe Gold Nanorods

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    Dakrong Pissuwan; Yusuke Hattori

    2017-01-01

    In recent years, it has been shown that inflammatory biomarkers can be used as an effective signal for disease diagnoses. The early detection of these signals provides useful information that could prevent the occurrence of severe diseases. Here, we employed surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) probe gold nanorods (GNRs) as a tool for the early detection of inflammatory molecules in inflamed cells. A murine macrophage cell line (Raw264.7) stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was used as a model in this study. The prepared SERS probe GNRs containing 4-mercapto-benzoic acid as a Raman reporter to generate SERS signals were used for detection of intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in macrophages after treatment with LPS for varying lengths of time. Our results show that SERS probe GNRs could detect significant differences in the expression of ICAM-1 molecules in LPS-treated macrophages compared to those in untreated macrophages after only 1 h of LPS treatment. In contrast, when using fluorescent labeling or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) to detect ICAM-1, significant differences between inflamed and un-inflamed macrophages were not seen until the cells had been treated with LPS for 5 h. These results indicate that our SERS probe GNRs provide a higher sensitivity for detecting biomarker molecules in inflamed macrophages than the conventional fluorescence and ELISA techniques, and could therefore be useful as a potential diagnostic tool for managing disease risk.

  10. Thermal Transport across Surfactant Layers on Gold Nanorods in Aqueous Solution.

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    Wu, Xuewang; Ni, Yuxiang; Zhu, Jie; Burrows, Nathan D; Murphy, Catherine J; Dumitrica, Traian; Wang, Xiaojia

    2016-04-27

    Ultrafast transient absorption experiments and molecular dynamics simulations are utilized to investigate the thermal transport between aqueous solutions and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)- or polyethylene glycol (PEG)-functionalized gold nanorods (GNRs). The transient absorption measurement data are interpreted with a multiscale heat diffusion model, which incorporates the interfacial thermal conductances predicted by molecular dynamics. According to our observations, the effective thermal conductance of the GNR/PEG/water system is higher than that of the GNR/CTAB/water system with a surfactant layer of the same length. We attribute the enhancement of thermal transport to the larger thermal conductance at the GNR/PEG interface as compared with that at the GNR/CTAB interface, in addition to the water penetration into the hydrophilic PEG layer. Our results highlight the role of the GNR/polymer thermal interfaces in designing biological and composite-based heat transfer applications of GNRs, and the importance of multiscale analysis in interpreting transient absorption data in systems consisting of low interfacial thermal conductances.

  11. MUC1-Targeted Cancer Cell Photothermal Ablation Using Bioinspired Gold Nanorods.

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    Daria C Zelasko-Leon

    Full Text Available Recent studies have highlighted the overexpression of mucin 1 (MUC1 in various epithelial carcinomas and its role in tumorigenesis. These mucins present a novel targeting opportunity for nanoparticle-mediated photothermal cancer treatments due to their unique antenna-like extracellular extension. In this study, MUC1 antibodies and albumin were immobilized onto the surface of gold nanorods using a "primer" of polydopamine (PD, a molecular mimic of catechol- and amine-rich mussel adhesive proteins. PD forms an adhesive platform for the deposition of albumin and MUC1 antibodies, achieving a surface that is stable, bioinert and biofunctional. Two-photon luminescence confocal and darkfield scattering imaging revealed targeting of MUC1-BSA-PD-NRs to MUC1+ MCF-7 breast cancer and SCC-15 squamous cell carcinoma cells lines. Treated cells were exposed to a laser encompassing the near-infrared AuNR longitudinal surface plasmon and assessed for photothermal ablation. MUC1-BSA-PD-NRs substantially decreased cell viability in photoirradiated MCF-7 cell lines vs. MUC1- MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells (p < 0.005. Agents exhibited no cytotoxicity in the absence of photothermal treatment. The facile nature of the coating method, combined with targeting and photoablation efficacy, are attractive features of these candidate cancer nanotherapeutics.

  12. MUC1-Targeted Cancer Cell Photothermal Ablation Using Bioinspired Gold Nanorods.

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    Zelasko-Leon, Daria C; Fuentes, Christina M; Messersmith, Phillip B

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies have highlighted the overexpression of mucin 1 (MUC1) in various epithelial carcinomas and its role in tumorigenesis. These mucins present a novel targeting opportunity for nanoparticle-mediated photothermal cancer treatments due to their unique antenna-like extracellular extension. In this study, MUC1 antibodies and albumin were immobilized onto the surface of gold nanorods using a "primer" of polydopamine (PD), a molecular mimic of catechol- and amine-rich mussel adhesive proteins. PD forms an adhesive platform for the deposition of albumin and MUC1 antibodies, achieving a surface that is stable, bioinert and biofunctional. Two-photon luminescence confocal and darkfield scattering imaging revealed targeting of MUC1-BSA-PD-NRs to MUC1+ MCF-7 breast cancer and SCC-15 squamous cell carcinoma cells lines. Treated cells were exposed to a laser encompassing the near-infrared AuNR longitudinal surface plasmon and assessed for photothermal ablation. MUC1-BSA-PD-NRs substantially decreased cell viability in photoirradiated MCF-7 cell lines vs. MUC1- MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells (p < 0.005). Agents exhibited no cytotoxicity in the absence of photothermal treatment. The facile nature of the coating method, combined with targeting and photoablation efficacy, are attractive features of these candidate cancer nanotherapeutics.

  13. Seed-mediated synthesis of gold nanorods: control of the aspect ratio by variation of the reducing agent

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    Koeppl, Susanne; Ghielmetti, Nico [ETH Zurich, Laboratory for Nanometallurgy, Department of Materials (Switzerland); Caseri, Walter, E-mail: wcaseri@mat.ethz.ch [ETH Zurich, Polymer Technology, Department of Materials (Switzerland); Spolenak, Ralph [ETH Zurich, Laboratory for Nanometallurgy, Department of Materials (Switzerland)

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    Seed-mediated growth methods involving reduction of tetrachloroaurate(III) with ascorbic acid are common for the synthesis of gold nanorods. This study shows, however, that simply by appropriate choice of the reducing agent a drastic influence on the aspect ratio can be attained. Weaker reducing agents, such as dihydroxybenzene isomers (hydroquinone, catechol or resorcinol) or glucose can increase the aspect ratio of the nanorods by an order of magnitude, up to values as high as 100 (nanowires). The increase in aspect ratio is mainly a consequence of an increase in length of the particles (up to 1-3 {mu}m). This effect is probably associated with a decrease in the reduction rate of gold(III) species by dihydroxybenzenes or glucose compared to ascorbic acid. The reduction potential of the reducing agents strongly depends on the pH value, and related effects on the dimensions of the nanoparticles are also reflected in this study. The nanorods exhibited penta-twinned nature without noteworthy defects (e.g. stacking faults and dislocations).

  14. Parameters affecting the efficient delivery of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials and gold nanorods into plant tissues by the biolistic method.

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    Martin-Ortigosa, Susana; Valenstein, Justin S; Sun, Wei; Moeller, Lorena; Fang, Ning; Trewyn, Brian G; Lin, Victor S-Y; Wang, Kan

    2012-02-06

    Applying nanotechnology to plant science requires efficient systems for the delivery of nanoparticles (NPs) to plant cells and tissues. The presence of a cell wall in plant cells makes it challenging to extend the NP delivery methods available for animal research. In this work, research is presented which establishes an efficient NP delivery system for plant tissues using the biolistic method. It is shown that the biolistic delivery of mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) materials can be improved by increasing the density of MSNs through gold plating. Additionally, a DNA-coating protocol is used based on calcium chloride and spermidine for MSN and gold nanorods to enhance the NP-mediated DNA delivery. Furthermore, the drastic improvement of NP delivery is demonstrated when the particles are combined with 0.6 μm gold particles during bombardment. The methodology described provides a system for the efficient delivery of NPs into plant cells using the biolistic method.

  15. Three-dimensional Orientation Sensors by Defocused Imaging of Gold Nanorods through an Ordinary Wide-Field Microscope

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    Li, Tao; Chen, Xiao-Jun; Xu, Yi; Dai, Qiaofeng; Liu, Hai-Ying; Lan, Sheng; Wu, Li-Jun

    2011-01-01

    Gold (Au) nanoparticles particularly nanorods are actively exploited as imaging probes because of their special nonblinking and nonbleaching absorption, scattering and emitting properties that arise from the excitation of surface plasmons. Herein, we report a novel orientation sensor at nanoscale by defocused imaging of single Au nanorods (AuNRs) through an ordinary wide-field optical microscope. By simultaneously recording defocused images and two-photon luminescence intensities for a large number of single AuNRs, we correlate their defocused images with their three-dimensional spatial orientations. As many AuNRs can be monitored in parallel, defocused imaging of single AuNRs is a high throughput sensing technique that allows us to obtain their spatial orientations within one frame in situ and real-time. The probe size can be down to several nanometers, which is highly desirable in order to minimize any potential interference from the probe itself. Furthermore, the sensing property is insensitive to the exci...

  16. TU-F-CAMPUS-T-03: Enhancing the Tumor Specific Radiosensitization Using Molecular Targeted Gold Nanorods

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    Diagaradjane, P [M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Deorukhkar, A; Sankaranarayanapillai, M; Singh, P [The UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Manohar, N; Tailor, R; Cho, S [UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Goodrich, G [Nanospectra Biosciences Inc, Houston, TX (United States); Krishnan, S [The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Gold nanoparticle (GNP) mediated radiosensitization has gained significant attention in recent years. However, the widely used passive targeting strategy requires high concentration of GNPs to induce the desired therapeutic effect, thus dampening the enthusiasm for clinical translation. The purpose of this study is to utilize a molecular targeting strategy to minimize the concentration of GNPs injected while simultaneously enhancing the tumor specific radiosensitization for an improved therapeutic outcome. Methods: Cetuximab (antibody specific to the epidermal growth factor receptor that is over-expressed in tumors) conjugated gold nanorods (cGNRs) was used for the tumor targeting. The binding affinity, internalization, and in vitro radiosensitization were evaluated using dark field microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and clonogenic cell survival assay, respectively. In vivo biodistribution in tumor (HCT116-colorectal cancer cells) bearing mice were quantified using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. In vivo radiosensitization potential was tested using 250-kVp x-rays and clinically relevant 6-MV radiation beams. Results: cGNRs displayed excellent cell-surface binding and internalization (∼31,000 vs 12,000/cell) when compared to unconjugated GNRs (pGNRs). In vitro, the dose enhancement factor at 10% survival (DEF10) was estimated as 1.06 and 1.17, respectively for both 250-kVp and 6-MV beams. In vivo biodistribution analysis revealed enhanced uptake of cGNRs in tumor (1.3 µg/g of tumor tissue), which is ∼1000-fold less than the reported values using passive targeting strategy. Nonetheless, significant radiosensitization was observed in vivo with cGNRs when compared to pGNRs, when irradiated with 250-kVp (tumor volume doubling time 35 days vs 25 days; p=0.002) and 6 MV (17 days vs 13 days; p=0.0052) beams. Conclusion: The enhanced radiosensitization effect observed with very low intratumoral concentrations of gold and megavoltage x

  17. Surface modification of gold nanorods based on phase transformation%基于相转化的金纳米棒表面修饰

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    曾坤; 陈强; 陈志龙

    2011-01-01

    利用种子生长法,以CTAB为表面活性剂制备的金纳米棒具有生物毒性.本研究利用相转化的方法修饰金纳米棒,修饰后金纳米棒的理化性质稳定,生物相容性更好,有更广的应用前景.%Using the seed growth method,the gold nanorods prepared with CTAB as the surfactant own biological toxicity. This study describes that gold nanorods are modified with the phase transformation, and the modified gold nanorods have stable physical and chemical properties, better biocompatibility and larger applications.

  18. Efficient removal of formaldehyde by nanosized gold on well-defined CeO₂ nanorods at room temperature.

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    Xu, Quanlong; Lei, Wanying; Li, Xinyang; Qi, Xiaoying; Yu, Jiaguo; Liu, Gang; Wang, Jinlong; Zhang, Pengyi

    2014-08-19

    Gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) supported on well-defined ceria (CeO2) nanorods with exposed {110} and {100} facets were prepared by a deposition-precipitation method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy. Both nanometer and subnanometer gold particles were found to coexist on ceria supports with various Au contents (0.01-5.4 wt %). The catalytic performance of Au/CeO2 catalysts was examined for formaldehyde (HCHO) oxidation into CO2 and H2O at room temperature and shown to be Au content dependent, with 1.8 wt % Au/CeO2 displaying the best performance. On the basis of the results from hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction and in situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy observations, the high reactivity and stability of Au/CeO2 catalysts is mainly attributed to the well-defined ceria nanorods with {110} and {100} facets which present a relatively low energy for oxygen vacancy formation. Furthermore, gold NPs could induce the weakened Ce-O bond which in turn promotes HCHO oxidation.

  19. Controlled synthesis of monodisperse gold nanorods with different aspect ratios in the presence of aromatic additives

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    Wang, Yun; Wang, Feihu [Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Pharmacy (China); Guo, Yuan [University of Leeds, School of Chemistry and Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology (United Kingdom); Chen, Rongjun, E-mail: rongjun.chen@imperial.ac.uk [Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering (United Kingdom); Shen, Yuanyuan; Guo, Aijie; Liu, Jieying; Zhang, Xiao [Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Pharmacy (China); Zhou, Dejian, E-mail: d.zhou@leeds.ac.uk [University of Leeds, School of Chemistry and Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology (United Kingdom); Guo, Shengrong, E-mail: srguo@sjtu.edu.cn [Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Pharmacy (China)

    2014-12-15

    This paper reports the synthesis of monodisperse gold nanorods (GNRs) via a simple seeded growth approach in the presence of different aromatic additives, such as 7-bromo-3-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (7-BrHNA), 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (HNA), 5-bromosalicylic acid (5-BrSA), salicylic acid (SA), or phenol (PhOH). Effects of the aromatic additives and hydrochloric acid (HCl) on the structure and optical properties of the synthesized GNRs were investigated. The longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak wavelength of the resulting GNRs was found to be dependent on the aromatic additive in the following sequence: 5-BrSA (778 nm) > 7-BrHNA (706 nm) > SA (688 nm) > HNA (676 nm) > PhOH (638 nm) without the addition of HCl, but this was changed to 7-BrHNA (920 nm) > SA (890 nm) > HNA (872 nm) > PhOH (858 nm) > 5-BrSA (816 nm) or 7-BrHNA (1,005 nm) > PhOH (995 nm) > SA (990 nm) > HNA (980 nm) > 5-BrSA (815 nm) with the addition of HCl or HNO{sub 3}, respectively. The LSPR peak wavelength was increased with the increasing concentration of 7-BrHNA without HCl addition; however, there was a maximum LSPR peak wavelength when HCl was added. Interestingly, the LSPR peak wavelength was also increased with the amount of HCl added. The results presented here thus established a simple approach to synthesize monodisperse GNRs of different LSPR wavelengths.

  20. Gold nanorods as a contrast agent for Doppler optical coherence tomography.

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To investigate gold nanorods (GNRs as a contrast agent to enhance Doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT imaging of the intrascleral aqueous humor outflow. METHODS: A serial dilution of GNRs was scanned with a spectral-domain OCT device (Bioptigen, Durham, NC to visualize Doppler signal. Doppler measurements using GNRs were validated using a controlled flow system. To demonstrate an application of GNR enhanced Doppler, porcine eyes were perfused at constant pressure with mock aqueous alone or 1.0×10(12 GNR/mL mixed with mock aqueous. Twelve Doppler and volumetric SD-OCT scans were obtained from the limbus in a radial fashion incremented by 30°, forming a circular scan pattern. Volumetric flow was computed by integrating flow inside non-connected vessels throughout all 12 scans around the limbus. RESULTS: At the GNR concentration of 0.7×10(12 GNRs/mL, Doppler signal was present through the entire depth of the testing tube without substantial attenuation. A well-defined laminar flow profile was observed for Doppler images of GNRs flowing through the glass capillary tube. The Doppler OCT measured flow profile was not statistically different from the expected flow profile based upon an autoregressive moving average model, with an error of -0.025 to 0.037 mm/s (p = 0.6435. Cross-sectional slices demonstrated the ability to view anterior chamber outflow ex-vivo using GNR-enhanced Doppler OCT. Doppler volumetric flow measurements were comparable to flow recorded by the perfusion system. CONCLUSIONS: GNRs created a measureable Doppler signal within otherwise silent flow fields in OCT Doppler scans. Practical application of this technique was confirmed in a constant pressure ex-vivo aqueous humor outflow model in porcine eyes.

  1. Near-infrared light-triggered thermochemotherapy of cancer using a polymer-gold nanorod conjugate

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    Ko, Hyewon; Son, Soyoung; Bae, Seonghwan; Kim, Joo-Hyung; Yi, Gi-Ra; Park, Jae Hyung

    2016-04-01

    A biocompatible polymer-gold nanorod (P-AuNR) conjugate was developed as a thermo-chemotherapeutic nano-sized drug carrier for cancer therapy using near-infrared (NIR) light as an external trigger. The amphiphilic polymer, poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(caprolactone) (PEG-b-PCL) bearing a disulfide bond, was prepared using a facile synthetic route via copper(I)-free click chemistry and covalently linked to AuNR. The chemical structures and successful conjugation of PEG-b-PCL were analyzed using 1H NMR and FT-IR. Doxorubicin (DOX), a hydrophobic anticancer drug, was effectively loaded into the hydrophobic PCL domain of P-AuNR through a simple dialysis method. P-AuNR showed longitudinal plasmon resonance absorption at the NIR region, thus generating heat under irradiation at 808 nm. Interestingly, exposure of P-AuNRs to NIR induced a structural change in the PCL block from a crystalline to an amorphous state, leading to the temporally controlled release of DOX. No significant release of DOX was observed from P-AuNRs under physiological conditions (pH 7.4), whereas the release rate of DOX was remarkably enhanced in response to NIR irradiation. In vitro cellular experiments to assess cytotoxicity and intracellular drug release behavior of DOX-P-AuNRs demonstrated that the release of DOX could be selectively regulated by NIR irradiation. Overall, DOX-P-AuNRs might have the potential to overcome the indiscriminate toxicity of free DOX.

  2. Preliminary studies of fluorescence image-guided photothermal therapy of human oesophageal adenocarcinoma in vivo using multifunctional gold nanorods

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    Nabavi, Elham; Singh, Mohan; Zhou, Yu; Gallina, Maria Elena; Zhao, Hailin; Ma, Daqing; Cass, Anthony; Hanna, George; Elson, Daniel S.

    2016-03-01

    We present a preliminary in vivo study of fluorescence imaging and photothermal therapy (PTT) of human oesophageal adenocarcinoma using multi-functionalised gold nanorods (GNRs). After establishing tumour xenograft in mouse functionalised GNRs were administrated intravenously (IV). Fluorescence imaging was performed to detect the tumour area. The intensity of the fluorescence signal varied significantly across the tumour site and surrounding tissues. PTT was then performed using a 808 nm continuous wave diode laser to irradiate the tumour for 3 minutes, inducing a temperature rise of ~44°C, which photothermally ablated the tumour.

  3. Protein corona composition of gold nanoparticles/nanorods affects amyloid beta fibrillation process

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    Mirsadeghi, Somayeh; Dinarvand, Rassoul; Ghahremani, Mohammad Hossein; Hormozi-Nezhad, Mohammad Reza; Mahmoudi, Zohreh; Hajipour, Mohammad Javad; Atyabi, Fatemeh; Ghavami, Mahdi; Mahmoudi, Morteza

    2015-03-01

    Protein fibrillation process (e.g., from amyloid beta (Aβ) and α-synuclein) is the main cause of several catastrophic neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson diseases. During the past few decades, nanoparticles (NPs) were recognized as one of the most promising tools for inhibiting the progress of the disease by controlling the fibrillation kinetic process; for instance, gold NPs have a strong capability to inhibit Aβ fibrillations. It is now well understood that a layer of biomolecules would cover the surface of NPs (so called ``protein corona'') upon the interaction of NPs with protein sources. Due to the fact that the biological species (e.g., cells and amyloidal proteins) ``see'' the protein corona coated NPs rather than the pristine coated particles, one should monitor the fibrillation process of amyloidal proteins in the presence of corona coated NPs (and not pristine coated ones). Therefore, the previously obtained data on NPs effects on the fibrillation process should be modified to achieve a more reliable and predictable in vivo results. Herein, we probed the effects of various gold NPs (with different sizes and shapes) on the fibrillation process of Aβ in the presence and absence of protein sources (i.e., serum and plasma). We found that the protein corona formed a shell at the surface of gold NPs, regardless of their size and shape, reducing the access of Aβ to the gold inhibitory surface and, therefore, affecting the rate of Aβ fibril formation. More specifically, the anti-fibrillation potencies of various corona coated gold NPs were strongly dependent on the protein source and their concentrations (10% serum/plasma (simulation of an in vitro milieu) and 100% serum/plasma (simulation of an in vivo milieu)).Protein fibrillation process (e.g., from amyloid beta (Aβ) and α-synuclein) is the main cause of several catastrophic neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson diseases. During the past few decades

  4. Large reduction in the magnitude and thermal variation of Frank elastic constants in a gold nanorod/nematic composite

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    Lakshmi Madhuri, P.; Krishna Prasad, S.; Shinde, Pravin; Prasad, B. L. V.

    2016-10-01

    We report measurements of splay and bend Frank elastic constants in a composite comprising a nematic liquid crystal doped with a small concentration of sterically stabilized gold nanorods. The composite exhibits not only a large reduction in the magnitude of the threshold voltage for switching (V th, 20%), as well as of the splay (K 11, 40%) and bend (K 33, 40%) elastic constants, but also presents an unprecedented feature: a substantial diminution in the temperature dependence of these parameters, almost to the point of becoming thermally invariant. This observation is significant because the electro-optic switching of liquid-crystal devices is largely controlled by the K 11 and K 33 elastic constants. Electrical conductivity measurements also show interesting behavior upon the inclusion of nanorods. Whereas the intrinsic Arrhenius behavior governing the temperature dependence is enhanced, the frequency dependence shows qualitative features of Jonscher’s universal model, albeit with a higher exponent. Further, photoisomerization of an azobenzene guest component provides an additional influence on the elastic constants. The results are discussed in terms of (a) the effect of the order parameter dependence seen from the viewpoint of an extended mean-field model, and (b) local order. The advantage of incorporating nanorods with photofunctionality is also pointed out.

  5. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy analysis of silver-coated gold nanorods designed for bionanotechnology applications

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    Watanabe, Fumiya; Nima, Zeid A.; Honda, Takumi; Mitsuhara, Masatoshi; Nishida, Minoru; Biris, Alexandru S.

    2017-01-01

    Multicomponent nano-agents were designed and built via a core-shell approach to enhance their surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals. These nano-agents had 36 nm × 12 nm gold nanorod cores coated by 4 nm thick silver shell films and a subsequent thin bifunctional thiolated polyethylene glycol (HS-PEG-COOH) layer. Ambient time-lapsed SERS signal measurements of these functionalized nanorods taken over a two-week period indicated no signal degradation, suggesting that large portions of the silver shells remained in pure metallic form. The morphology of the nanorods was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultra-high resolution scanning TEM. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) were utilized to assess the oxidation states of the silver shells covered by HS-PEG-COOH. The binding energies of Ag 3d XPS spectra yielded very small chemical shifts with oxidation; however, the AES peak shapes gave meaningful information about the extent of oxidation undergone by the nano-agent. While the silver shells without HS-PEG-COOH coatings oxidized significantly, the silver shells with HS-PEG-COOH remained predominantly metallic. In fact, six month-old samples still retained mostly metallic silver shells. These findings further demonstrate the stability and longevity of the nanostructures, indicating their significant potential as plasmonically active agents for highly sensitive detection in various biological systems, including cancer cells, tissues, or even organisms.

  6. The study of indicators of bone marrow and peripheral blood of rats with diabetes and transplanted liver tumor after intravenous injection of gold nanorods

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    Dikht, Nataliya I.; Bucharskaya, Alla B.; Maslyakova, Galina N.; Terentyuk, Georgy S.; Matveeva, Olga V.; Navolokin, Nikita A.; Khlebtsov, Boris N.; Khlebtsov, Nikolai G.

    2015-03-01

    In study the evaluation of the influence of gold nanorods on morphological indicators of red bone marrow and peripheral blood of rats with diabetes and transplanted liver tumor after intravenous administration of gold nanorods was conducted. We used gold nanorods with length 41 ± 8 nm and diameter of 10.2±2 nm, synthesized in the laboratory of nanobiotechnology IBPPM RAS (Saratov). After intravenous administration of gold nanorods the decrease of leukocytes, platelets and lymphocytes was observed in animals of control group in blood. It was marked the decrease of the number of mature cellular elements of the leukocyte germ in bone marrow - stab neutrophils and segmented leukocytes, and the increase of immature elements- metamyelocytes, indicating the activation of leukocyte germ after nanoparticle administration. The decrease of leukocyte amount was noted in blood and the increase of cellular elements of the leukocyte germ was revealed in bone marrow, indicating the activation of leukocyte germ in rats with alloxan diabetes and transplanted tumors. The changes of morphological indicators of blood and bone marrow testify about stimulation of myelocytic sprouts of hemopoiesis in bone marrow as a result of reduction of mature cells in peripheral blood after gold nanoparticle administration.

  7. Modeling and identification on nonlinear saturable and reverse-saturable absorptions of gold nanorods using femtosecond Z-scan technique

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    Rui Wang; Yingshuai Wang; Dan'ao Han; Chuantao Zheng; Jiyan Leng; Han Yang

    2012-01-01

    An improved Z-scan analysis approach is proposed by establishing and solving the saturable absorption (SA) and reverse-SA (RSA) models,respectively.Near-infrared femtosecond Z-scans are carried out on the synthesized gold nanorods (NRs) possessing the average length of 46 nm using a femtosecond laser operated at the wavelength of 800 nm,which is close to the peak position of longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (SPR) (710 nm) of gold NRs.At lower input intensity of less than 400 GW/cm2,the normalized transmission exhibits only SA phenomenon; however,when it exceeds 400 GW/cm2,both SA and RSA are observed.By using the presented Z-scan modeling and theory,the three-photon absorption (3PA) is identified in the material,and the 3PA cross-section is determined to be 1.58× 10-71 cm6s2.

  8. Selective light-triggered release of DNA from gold nanorods switches blood clotting on and off.

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    Helena de Puig

    Full Text Available Blood clotting is a precise cascade engineered to form a clot with temporal and spatial control. Current control of blood clotting is achieved predominantly by anticoagulants and thus inherently one-sided. Here we use a pair of nanorods (NRs to provide a two-way switch for the blood clotting cascade by utilizing their ability to selectively release species on their surface under two different laser excitations. We selectively trigger release of a thrombin binding aptamer from one nanorod, inhibiting blood clotting and resulting in increased clotting time. We then release the complementary DNA as an antidote from the other NR, reversing the effect of the aptamer and restoring blood clotting. Thus, the nanorod pair acts as an on/off switch. One challenge for nanobiotechnology is the bio-nano interface, where coronas of weakly adsorbed proteins can obscure biomolecular function. We exploit these adsorbed proteins to increase aptamer and antidote loading on the nanorods.

  9. Amplified photoacoustic performance and enhanced photothermal stability of reduced graphene oxide coated gold nanorods for sensitive photoacoustic imaging.

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    Moon, Hyungwon; Kumar, Dinesh; Kim, Haemin; Sim, Changbeom; Chang, Jin-Ho; Kim, Jung-Mu; Kim, Hyuncheol; Lim, Dong-Kwon

    2015-03-24

    We report a strongly amplified photoacoustic (PA) performance of the new functional hybrid material composed of reduced graphene oxide and gold nanorods. Due to the excellent NIR light absorption properties of the reduced graphene oxide coated gold nanorods (r-GO-AuNRs) and highly efficient heat transfer process through the reduced graphene oxide layer, r-GO-AuNRs exhibit excellent photothermal stability and significantly higher photoacoustic amplitudes than those of bare-AuNRs, nonreduced graphene oxide coated AuNRs (GO-AuNRs), or silica-coated AuNR, as demonstrated in both in vitro and in vivo systems. The linear response of PA amplitude from reduced state controlled GO on AuNR indicates the critical role of GO for a strong photothermal effect of r-GO-AuNRs. Theoretical studies with finite-element-method lab-based simulation reveal that a 4 times higher magnitude of the enhanced electromagnetic field around r-GO-AuNRs can be generated compared with bare AuNRs or GO-AuNRs. Furthermore, the r-GO-AuNRs are expected to be a promising deep-tissue imaging probe because of extraordinarily high PA amplitudes in the 4-11 MHz operating frequency of an ultrasound transducer. Therefore, the r-GO-AuNRs can be a useful imaging probe for highly sensitive photoacoustic images and NIR sensitive therapeutics based on a strong photothermal effect.

  10. Recyclable Photo-Thermal Nano-Aggregates of Magnetic Nanoparticle Conjugated Gold Nanorods for Effective Pathogenic Bacteria Lysis.

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    Ramasamy, Mohankandhasamy; Kim, Sanghyo; Lee, Su Seong; Yi, Dong Kee

    2016-01-01

    We describe the nucleophilic hybridization technique for fabricating magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) around gold nanorod (AuNR) for desired photo-thermal lysis on pathogenic bacteria. From the electromagnetic energy conversion into heat to the surrounding medium, a significant and quicker temperature rise was noted after light absorption on nanohybrids, at a controlled laser light output and optimum nanoparticle concentration. We observed a similar photo-thermal pattern for more than three times for the same material up on repeated magnetic separation. Regardless of the cell wall nature, superior pathogenic cell lysis has been observed for the bacteria suspensions of individual and mixed samples of Salmonella typhi (S.typhi) and Bacillus subtilis (B.subtilis) by the photo-heated nanoparticles. The synthesis of short gold nanorod, conjugation with magnetic nanoparticle and its subsequent laser exposure provides a rapid and reiterated photo-thermal effect with enhanced magnetic separation for efficient bactericidal application in water samples. Resultant novel properties of the nano-aggregates makes them a candidate to be used for a rapid, effective, and re-iterated photo-thermal agent against a wide variety of pathogens to attain microbe free water.

  11. Photothermolysis mediated by gold nanorods modified with EGFR monoclonal antibody induces Hep-2 cells apoptosis in vitro and in vivo.

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    Zhang, Shiwen; Li, Yunlong; He, Xiaoguang; Dong, Shouan; Huang, Yunchao; Li, Xiaojiang; Li, Yuxiao; Jin, Congguo; Zhang, Yingying; Wang, Yuanling

    2014-01-01

    Gold nanorods (AuNRs) have been used in plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPTT), which is thought to be more efficient and selective than conventional photothermal therapy. The efficiency and safety of PPTT can be improved by functionally modifying the gold nanorods with proteins or biomolecules. In this study, AuNRs were modified with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody (mAb), and the apoptotic potential of EGFRmAb-AuNR was assessed in Hep-2 cells in vitro and in vivo. The EGFRmAb modification had no obvious influence on the original optical property of the AuNRs, but it significantly increased the entry of AuNRs into Hep-2 cells. EGFRmAb-AuNRs, with appropriate laser irradiation, resulted in higher Hep-2 cells apoptosis than AuNRs did alone, in vitro, and was accompanied by alteration of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, Ca(2+) release, change in mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm), cytochrome c (Cyt-c) release, active caspase-3 expression, and level of B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) and B-cell lymphoma 2 protein-associated X protein (Bax). EGFRmAb-AuNR-mediated apoptosis in Hep-2 cells was also observed in vivo and had an inhibitive effect on growth of Hep-2 tumor xenografts. Our data suggest that the EGFRmAb modification improves AuNR-mediated apoptosis and may have the potential to be used clinically.

  12. Interference of Steroidogenesis by Gold Nanorod Core/Silver Shell Nanostructures: Implications for Reproductive Toxicity of Silver Nanomaterials.

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    Jiang, Xiumei; Wang, Liming; Ji, Yinglu; Tang, Jinglong; Tian, Xin; Cao, Mingjing; Li, Jingxuan; Bi, Shuying; Wu, Xiaochun; Chen, Chunying; Yin, Jun-Jie

    2016-12-23

    As a widely used nanomaterial in daily life, silver nanomaterials may cause great concern to female reproductive system as they are found to penetrate the blood-placental barrier and gain access to the ovary. However, it is largely unknown about how silver nanomaterials influence ovarian physiology and functions such as hormone production. This study performs in vitro toxicology study of silver nanomaterials, focusing especially on cytotoxicity and steroidogenesis and explores their underlying mechanisms. This study exposes primary rat granulosa cells to gold nanorod core/silver shell nanostructures (Au@Ag NRs), and compares outcomes with cells exposed to gold nanorods. The Au@Ag NRs generate more reactive oxygen species and reduce mitochondrial membrane potential and less production of adenosine triphosphate. Au@Ag NRs promote steroidogenesis, including progesterone and estradiol, in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Chemical reactivity and transformation of Au@Ag NRs are then studied by electron spin resonance spectroscopy and X-ray absorption near edge structure, which analyze the generation of free radical and intracellular silver species. Results suggest that both particle-specific activity and intracellular silver ion release of Au@Ag NR contribute to the toxic response of granulosa cells.

  13. Doxorubicin-loaded polypeptide nanorods based on electrostatic interactions for cancer therapy.

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    Zhang, Longlong; Zhang, Pei; Zhao, Qingyun; Zhang, Yongchun; Cao, Longqiao; Luan, Yuxia

    2016-02-15

    An amphiphilic anionic polypeptide, methoxypolyethylene glycol-poly (glutamic acid) (mPEG-PGA), was synthesized, characterized and evaluated as a nanocarrier for the cationic anticancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX·HCl). The complex self-assembled into nanorods in aqueous solutions via electrostatic interactions and exhibited a superior drug loading content (50.8%) and drug loading efficiency (90.2%). The average major axis of the drug-loaded nanorods was approximately 300nm, as determined by transmission electron microscopy. An in vitro release assay showed that drug-loaded nanorods exhibited pH-sensitivity and sustained release. Haemolysis assays demonstrated that the polypeptide was haemocompatible, and the polypeptide drug carrier significantly reduced the haemolysis ratio of DOX·HCl. The pharmacokinetics study showed that DOX-loaded nanorods significantly prolonged the resident time in blood. An in vitro cytotoxicity study and cellular uptake assays demonstrated that the DOX-loaded nanorods resulted in higher cell proliferation inhibition and a higher level of tumour cell uptake in A549 cells than with free DOX·HCl. The prolonged circulation and enhanced antitumor efficacy of DOX-loaded nanorods shows promise for efficient cancer chemotherapy.

  14. Bioinspired Gold Nanorod Functionalization Strategies for MUC1-Targeted Imaging and Photothermal Therapy

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    Zelasko-Leon, Daria Cecylia

    The majority of cancers diagnosed in 2016 are epithelial in origin, constituting 85% of all new cases and predicted to account for 78% of all cancer deaths this year. Given these statistics, improving patient outcomes by providing personalized, multimodal, and minimally invasive medical interventions is critically needed. Mucin 1 (MUC1), a transmembrane glycoprotein, extends over 100 nm from cell membranes and is a key marker promoting epithelial carcinogenesis. Due to its antenna-like manifestation, MUC1 is a unique yet underexplored candidate for targeted cancer therapy, with overexpression in >64% of epithelial cancers. To overcome the limitations of existing treatment strategies for epithelial cancer, this dissertation describes a novel platform for nanomedicine, highlighting bioinspired modifications of gold nanorod (AuNR) surfaces for diagnostic cancer imaging and photothermal therapy. An ongoing challenge in the field of nanomedicine is the need for simple and effective strategies for simple surface modification of nanoparticles to facilitate targeting and enhance efficacy. Here, biofunctionalization of AuNRs was achieved with polydopamine (PD) and tannic acid (TA), polyphenolic compounds found in the marine mussel and throughout the plant kingdom that exhibit promiscuous interfacial binding properties. AuNR stabilization was achieved via PD or TA coatings followed by secondary modification with the serum protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA), or glycoprotein-mimetic polymers. The resultant constructs demonstrated good biocompatibility, enabled diagnostic imaging, and facilitated MUC1-specific photothermal treatment of breast and oral cancer cells. The in vivo performance of BSA and PD modified AuNRs was evaluated in two orthotopic animal models of breast cancer. Clinically relevant hyperthermia and high response rates with MUC1-targeted formulations were found, with significant enhancement of progression-free survival and several complete tumor regressions

  15. Echographic detectability of optoacoustic signals from low-concentration PEG-coated gold nanorods

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Francesco Conversano,1 Giulia Soloperto,1 Antonio Greco,1 Andrea Ragusa,1,2 Ernesto Casciaro,1 Fernanda Chiriacò,1 Christian Demitri,3 Giuseppe Gigli,2–5 Alfonso Maffezzoli,3 Sergio Casciaro11National Research Council, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Lecce, Italy; 2National Nanotechnology Laboratory of CNR-NANO, Lecce, Italy; 3University of Salento, Department of Engineering for Innovation, Lecce, Italy; 4Italian Institute of Technology – Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnology (CBN-IIT, Arnesano, Italy; 5University of Salento, Department of Mathematics and Physics ‘Ennio De Giorgi’, Lecce, ItalyPurpose: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of gold nanorod (GNR-enhanced optoacoustic imaging employing a conventional echographic device and to determine the most effective operative configuration in order to assure optoacoustic effectiveness, nanoparticle stability, and imaging procedure safety.Methods: The most suitable laser parameters were experimentally determined in order to assure nanoparticle stability during the optoacoustic imaging procedures. The selected configuration was then applied to a novel tissue-mimicking phantom, in which GNR solutions covering a wide range of low concentrations (25–200 pM and different sample volumes (50–200 µL were exposed to pulsed laser irradiation. GNR-emitted optoacoustic signals were acquired either by a couple of single-element ultrasound probes or by an echographic transducer. Off-line analysis included: (a quantitative evaluation of the relationships between GNR concentration, sample volume, phantom geometry, and amplitude of optoacoustic signals propagating along different directions; (b echographic detection of “optoacoustic spots,” analyzing their intensity, spatial distribution, and clinical exploitability. MTT measurements performed on two different cell lines were also used to quantify biocompatibility of the synthesized GNRs in the adopted doses.Results: Laser irradiation at

  16. Charge collection enhancement by incorporation of gold-silica core-shell nanoparticles into P3HT : PCBM/ZnO nanorod array hybrid solar cells

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    Wang, Ting-Chung; Su, Yen-Hsun; Hung, Yun-Kai; Yeh, Chen-Sheng; Huang, Li-Wen; Gomulya, Widianta; Lai, Lai-Hung; Loi, Maria A.; Yang, Jih-Sheng; Wu, Jih-Jen

    2015-01-01

    In this work, gold-silica core-shell (Au@silica) nanoparticles (NPs) with various silica-shell thicknesses are incorporated into P3HT:PCBM/ZnO nanorod (NR) hybrid solar cells. Enhancement in the short-circuit current density and the efficiency of the hybrid solar cells is attained with the appropria

  17. Gold Nanorods, DNA Origami, and Porous Silicon Nanoparticle-functionalized Biocompatible Double Emulsion for Versatile Targeted Therapeutics and Antibody Combination Therapy.

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    Kong, Feng; Zhang, Hongbo; Qu, Xiangmeng; Zhang, Xu; Chen, Dong; Ding, Ruihua; Mäkilä, Ermei; Salonen, Jarno; Santos, Hélder A; Hai, Mingtan

    2016-12-01

    Gold nanorods, DNA origami, and porous silicon nanoparticle-functionalized biocompatible double emulsion are developed for versatile molecular targeted therapeutics and antibody combination therapy. This advanced photothermal responsive all-in-one biocompatible platform can be easily formed with great therapeutics loading capacity for different cancer treatments with synergism and multidrug resistance inhibition, which has great potential in advancing biomedical applications.

  18. Polydopamine-enabled surface functionalization of gold nanorods for cancer cell-targeted imaging and photothermal therapy

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    Black, Kvar CL; Yi, Ji; Rivera, José G; Zelasko-Leon, Daria C; Messersmith, Phillip B

    2012-01-01

    Aim A novel biomimetic strategy was employed for presenting antibodies on gold nanorods (NRs) to target growth factor receptors on cancer cells for use in photothermal therapy. Materials & methods Polydopamine (PD) was polymerized onto gold NRs, and EGF receptor antibodies (anti-EGFR) were immobilized onto the layer. Cell-binding affinity and light-activated cell death of cancer cells incubated with anti-EGFR-PD-NRs were quantified by optical imaging. Results PD was deposited onto gold NRs, and antibodies were bound to PD-coated NRs. Anti-EGFR-PD-NRs were stable in media, and were specifically bound to EGFR-overexpressing cells. Illumination of cells targeted with anti-EGFR-PD-NRs enhanced cell death compared with nonirradiated controls and cells treated with antibody-free NRs. Conclusion PD facilitates the surface functionalization of gold NRs with biomolecules, allowing cell targeting and photothermal killing of cancer cells. PD can potentially coat a large variety of nanoparticles with targeting ligands as a strategy for biofunctionalization of diagnostic and therapeutic nanoparticles. PMID:22891865

  19. Interaction of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with gold: toxicity and accumulation.

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    Karamushka, V I; Gadd, G M

    1999-12-01

    This paper examines the effects of ionic gold on Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as determined by long-term (growth in gold-containing media) and short-term interactions (H+ efflux activity). An increasing gold concentration inhibited growth and at gold concentration used. Both Ca and Mg enhanced the inhibitory effect of gold on the yeast cells with Ca showing a stronger inhibitory effect than Mg.

  20. RGD-conjugated gold nanorods induce radiosensitization in melanoma cancer cells by downregulating αvβ3 expression

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    Pang B

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Wencai Xu1, Teng Luo2, Ping Li1, Chuanqing Zhou2, Daxiang Cui3, Bo Pang4, Qiushi Ren4, Shen Fu11Department of Radiation Oncology, Shanghai Sixth People's Hospital, 2School of Biomedical Engineering, and 3National Key Laboratory of Nano/Micro Fabrication Technology, Key Laboratory for Thin Film and Microfabrication of Ministry of Education, Institute of Micro-Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 4Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of ChinaBackground: Melanoma is known to be radioresistant and traditional treatments have been intractable. Therefore, novel approaches are required to improve the therapeutic efficacy of melanoma treatment. In our study, gold nanorods conjugated with Arg-Gly-Asp peptides (RGD-GNRs were used as a sensitizer to enhance the response of melanoma cells to 6 mV radiation.Methods and materials: A375 melanoma cells were treated by gold nanorods or RGD-GNRs with or without irradiation. The antiproliferative impact of the treatments was measured by MTT assay. Radiosensitizing effects were determined by colony formation assay. Apoptosis and cell cycle data were measured by flow cytometry. Integrin αvβ3expression was also investigated by flow cytometry.Results: Addition of RGD-GNRs enhanced the radiosensitivity of A375 cells with a dose-modifying factor of 1.35, and enhanced radiation-induced apoptosis. DNA flow cytometric analysis indicated that RGD-GNRs plus irradiation induced significant G2/M phase arrest in A375 cells. Both spontaneous and radiation-induced expressions of integrin αvβ3 were downregulated by RGD-GNRs.Conclusion: Our study indicated that RGD-GNRs could sensitize melanoma A375 cells to irradiation. It was hypothesized that this was mainly through downregulation of radiation-induced αvβ3, in addition to induction of a higher proportion of cells within the G2/M phase. The combination of RGD-GNRs and

  1. Plasmonic Gold Nanorods Coverage Influence on Enhancement of the Photoluminescence of Two-Dimensional MoS2 Monolayer

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    Lee, Kevin C. J.

    2015-11-17

    The 2-D transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) semiconductors, has received great attention due to its excellent optical and electronic properties and potential applications in field-effect transistors, light emitting and sensing devices. Recently surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of the weak 2-D TMD atomic layers was developed to realize the potential optoelectronic devices. However, we noticed that the enhancement would not increase monotonically with increasing of metal plasmonic objects and the emission drop after the certain coverage. This study presents the optimized PL enhancement of a monolayer MoS2 in the presence of gold (Au) nanorods. A localized surface plasmon wave of Au nanorods that generated around the monolayer MoS2 can provide resonance wavelength overlapping with that of the MoS2 gain spectrum. These spatial and spectral overlapping between the localized surface plasmon polariton waves and that from MoS2 emission drastically enhanced the light emission from the MoS2 monolayer. We gave a simple model and physical interpretations to explain the phenomena. The plasmonic Au nanostructures approach provides a valuable avenue to enhancing the emitting efficiency of the 2-D nano-materials and their devices for the future optoelectronic devices and systems.

  2. Glycans as biofunctional ligands for gold nanorods: stability and targeting in protein-rich media.

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    García, Isabel; Sánchez-Iglesias, Ana; Henriksen-Lacey, Malou; Grzelczak, Marek; Penadés, Soledad; Liz-Marzán, Luis M

    2015-03-18

    Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) has become the gold standard for stabilization of plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) in biofluids, because it prevents aggregation while minimizing unspecific interactions with proteins. Application of Au NPs in biological environments requires the use of ligands that can target selected receptors, even in the presence of protein-rich media. We demonstrate here the stabilizing effect of low-molecular-weight glycans on both spherical and rod-like plasmonic NPs under physiological conditions, as bench-marked against the well-established PEG ligands. Glycan-coated NPs are resistant to adsorption of proteins from serum-containing media and avoid phagocytosis by macrophage-like cells, but retain selectivity toward carbohydrate-binding proteins in protein-rich biological media. These results open the way toward the design of efficient therapeutic/diagnostic glycan-decorated plasmonic nanotools for specific biological applications.

  3. Critical Enhancement of Photothermal Effect by Integrated Nanocomposites of Gold Nanorods and Iron Oxide on Graphene Oxide

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    Yun, Kumhee; Seo, Sunhwa; Kim, Bomi; Joe, Ara; Han, Hyowon; Jang, Euesoon [Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jongyoung [Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Icheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-15

    Irradiation of gold nanorods (GNRs) with laser light corresponding to the longitudinal surface plasmon oscillation results in rapid conversion of electromagnetic energy into heat, a phenomenon commonly known as the photothermal effect of GNRs. Herein, we propose a facile strategy for increasing the photothermal conversion efficiency of GNRs by integration to form graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites. Moreover, conjugation of iron oxide (IO) with the GO-GNR nanohybrid allowed magnetic enrichment at a specific target site and the separated GO-IO-GNR assembly was rapidly heated by laser irradiation. The present GO-IO-GNR nanocomposites hold great promise for application in various biomedical fields, including surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy imaging, photoacoustic tomography imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and photothermal cancer therapy.

  4. Femtosecond mode-locking of an ytterbium-doped fiber laser using self-assembled gold nanorods

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    Lee, J.; Koo, J.; Lee, J. H.

    2017-09-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the use of a saturable absorber (SA) based on self-assembled gold nanorods (GNRs) for femtosecond mode-locking of an ytterbium-doped fiber-based 1 µm laser. A novel type of SA was made by implementation of an end-to-end GNRs self-assembly technique through hot-air induced rapid drying of the GNRs in a deionized water suspension, which enabled us to enhance optical absorption in the 1.06 µm wavelength region. By incorporating this novel SA into an ytterbium-doped fiber-based ring cavity under dispersion-managed conditions, we were able to readily generate mode-locked, soliton pulses having a temporal width of 840 fs at 1063.9 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of the effectiveness of a GNRs-based SA for the generation of femtosecond soliton pulses operating in the 1 µm range.

  5. Intracellular Temperature Imaging in Gold Nanorod-Assisted Photothermal Therapy with Luminescent Eu(III) Chelate Nanoparticles.

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    Ding, He; Yang, Lin; Peng, Hongshang; Wang, Xiaohui; You, Fangtian; Hou, Lingling

    2016-04-01

    Eu-tris(dinaphthoylmethane)-bis-(trioctylphosphine oxide) (Eu-DT) molecules encapsulated by Polystyrene and bis(trimethoxysilyl)decane nanoparticles were prepared via a modified encapsulation-reprecipitation method and show a high sensitivity to sense temperature. After surface modification with poly-L-lysine, the fluorescent nanoparticles obtained a well biocompatibility and low toxicity at a certain concentration. In the physiological temperature range (25-45 °C), the fluorescence of the nanoparticles is rather sensitive to temperature with a sensitivity of -2.6%/°C. The temperature nanosensors and gold nanorods were internalized into living HepG2 cells. The fluorescence intensity of phagocytic nanoparticles decreased with the irradiation of 808-nm laser, which were captured by Epi-fluorescence microscope.

  6. Single Particle Deformation and Analysis of Silica-Coated Gold Nanorods before and after Femtosecond Laser Pulse Excitation.

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    Albrecht, Wiebke; Deng, Tian-Song; Goris, Bart; van Huis, Marijn A; Bals, Sara; van Blaaderen, Alfons

    2016-03-01

    We performed single particle deformation experiments on silica-coated gold nanorods under femtosecond (fs) illumination. Changes in the particle shape were analyzed by electron microscopy and associated changes in the plasmon resonance by electron energy loss spectroscopy. Silica-coated rods were found to be more stable compared to uncoated rods but could still be deformed via an intermediate bullet-like shape for silica shell thicknesses of 14 nm. Changes in the size ratio of the rods after fs-illumination resulted in blue-shifting of the longitudinal plasmon resonances. Two-dimensional spatial mapping of the plasmon resonances revealed that the flat side of the bullet-like particles showed a less pronounced longitudinal plasmonic electric field enhancement. These findings were confirmed by finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. Furthermore, at higher laser fluences size reduction of the particles was found as well as for particles that were not completely deformed yet.

  7. A Facile Strategy to Prepare Dendrimer-stabilized Gold Nanorods with Sub-10-nm Size for Efficient Photothermal Cancer Therapy

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    Wang, Xinyu; Wang, Hanling; Wang, Yitong; Yu, Xiangtong; Zhang, Sanjun; Zhang, Qiang; Cheng, Yiyun

    2016-03-01

    Gold (Au) nanoparticles are promising photothermal agents with the potential of clinical translation. However, the safety concerns of Au photothermal agents including the potential toxic compositions such as silver and copper elements in their structures and the relative large size-caused retention and accumulation in the body post-treatment are still questionable. In this article, we successfully synthesized dendrimer-stabilized Au nanorods (DSAuNRs) with pure Au composition and a sub-10-nm size in length, which represented much higher photothermal effect compared with dendrimer-encapsulated Au nanoparticles due to their significantly enhanced absorption in the near-infrared region. Furthermore, glycidol-modified DSAuNRs exhibited the excellent biocompatibility and further showed the high photothermal efficiency of killing cancer cells in vitro and retarding tumor growth in vivo. The investigation depicted an optimal photothermal agent with the desirable size and safe composition.

  8. Simultaneous tracking of drug molecules and carriers using aptamer-functionalized fluorescent superstable gold nanorod-carbon nanocapsules during thermo-chemotherapy

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    Wang, Xue-Wei; Gao, Wei; Fan, Huanhuan; Ding, Ding; Lai, Xiao-Fang; Zou, Yu-Xiu; Chen, Long; Chen, Zhuo; Tan, Weihong

    2016-04-01

    Controlling and monitoring the drug delivery process is critical to its intended therapeutic function. Many nanocarrier systems for drug delivery have been successfully developed. However, biocompatibility, stability, and simultaneously tracing drugs and nanocarriers present significant limitations. Herein, we have fabricated a multifunctional nanocomposite by coating the gold nanorod (AuNR) with a biocompatible, superstable and fluorescent carbon layer, obtaining the AuNR@carbon core-shell nanocapsule. In this system, the carbon shell, originally obtained in aqueous glucose solutions and, therefore, biocompatible in physiological environments, could be simply loaded with cell-specific aptamers and therapeutic molecules through π-π interactions, a useful tool for cancer-targeted cellular imaging and therapy. Moreover, such a stable and intrinsic fluorescence effect of the AuNR@carbon enabled simultaneous tracking of released therapeutic molecules and nanocarriers under thermo-chemotherapy. The AuNR@carbons had high surface areas and stable shells, as well as unique optical and photothermal properties, making them promising nanostructures for biomedical applications.Controlling and monitoring the drug delivery process is critical to its intended therapeutic function. Many nanocarrier systems for drug delivery have been successfully developed. However, biocompatibility, stability, and simultaneously tracing drugs and nanocarriers present significant limitations. Herein, we have fabricated a multifunctional nanocomposite by coating the gold nanorod (AuNR) with a biocompatible, superstable and fluorescent carbon layer, obtaining the AuNR@carbon core-shell nanocapsule. In this system, the carbon shell, originally obtained in aqueous glucose solutions and, therefore, biocompatible in physiological environments, could be simply loaded with cell-specific aptamers and therapeutic molecules through π-π interactions, a useful tool for cancer-targeted cellular imaging and

  9. Quantum Chemistry Calculations on the Interaction Between Kaolinite and Gold

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    2001-01-01

    The density function and discrete variation method (DFT-DVM) is used to study the interaction between kaolinite and gold. The correlation among the structure, chemical bond and stability is discussed. Several models are selected without gold and with gold in different directions and sites. The results show that the models with gold on the edge of kaolinite basal layer are more stable than those with gold above or under the layer, the models with gold near to [AlO2(OH)4] octahedra are more stable than those with gold near to the vacancy without aluminium. The interaction between gold and the surface ions of kaolinite is strong enough to form the surface complexes.

  10. An easy and sensitive sandwich assay for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Ag85B antigen using quantum dots and gold nanorods.

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    Kim, Eun Ju; Kim, Eun Bee; Lee, Seung Woo; Cheon, Seon Ah; Kim, Hwa-Jung; Lee, Jaebeom; Lee, Mi-Kyung; Ko, Sungho; Park, Tae Jung

    2017-01-15

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a serious global infectious pathogen causing tuberculosis (TB). The development of an easy and sensitive method for the detection of M. tuberculosis is in urgent need due to complex and low specificity of the current assays. Herein, we present a novel method for M. tuberculosis detection based on a sandwich assay via antigen-antibody interaction using silica-coated quantum dots (SiQDs) and gold nanorods (AuNRs). A genetically engineered recombinant antibody (GBP-50B14 and SiBP-8B3) was bound to surfaces of AuNRs and SiQDs respectively, without any surface modification. The antigen-antibody interaction was revealed using M. tuberculosis-specific secretory antigen, Ag85B. Two biocomplexes showed a quenching effect in the presence of the target antigen through a sandwich assay. The assay response was in the range of 1×10(-3)-1×10(-10)μgmL(-1) (R=0.969) and the limit of detection for Ag85B was 13.0pgmL(-1). The Ag85B was selectively detected using three different proteins (CFP10, and BSA), and further specifically confirmed by the use of spiked samples. Compared with existing methods, a highly sensitive and selective method for Ag85B-expressing M. tuberculosis detection has been developed for better diagnosis of TB.

  11. Gold nanorods surface modified with poly(acrylic acid) as a template for the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles

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    Hotchkiss, Jay W.; Mohr, Benjamin G. R.; Boyes, Stephen G., E-mail: sboyes@mines.ed [Colorado School of Mines, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry (United States)

    2010-03-15

    Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) surface-modified gold nanorods, contained in deionized ultra filtered (DIUF) water, served as templates for the formation of gold (Au), palladium (Pd), and platinum (Pt) nanoparticles upon reduction with NaBH{sub 4}. This provided nanoparticles with respective diameters of 7.0 {+-} 0.7, 4.1 {+-} 0.4, and 5.1 {+-} 0.5 nm. Varying amounts of Pt metal salt were used in EG, which acts as both a solvent and a reducing agent, ranging from 0.1, 0.2, and 1.0 mg/mL, to provide control over nanoparticle diameters of 2.0 {+-} 0.5 nm, to 4.0 {+-} 0.5 nm, and 6.2 {+-} 1.9 nm, respectively. Nanoparticle diameter was also controlled in DIUF water by varying the amount of Pt metal salt from 0.1, 0.2, and 1.0 mg/mL, producing Pt particle diameters, respectively, increasing from 2.7 {+-} 0.3 nm to 4.1 {+-} 0.5 nm, and 6.0 {+-} 0.6 nm.

  12. RGD-conjugated mesoporous silica-encapsulated gold nanorods enhance the sensitization of triple-negative breast cancer to megavoltage radiation therapy

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Ning Zhao,1,2,* Zhangru Yang,2,3,* Bingxin Li,2 Jin Meng,2 Zeliang Shi,2 Ping Li,4 Shen Fu4 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Radiation Oncology, 6th People’s Hospital of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 3Med-X Research Institute and School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 4Department of Radiation Oncology, Shanghai Proton and Heavy Ion Center, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Multifunctional nanoprobes have great potential as effective radiosensitizers and drug carriers. RGD-modified gold nanorods could increase the uptake of nanoparticles via receptor-mediated endocytosis in integrin alphaV beta3-overexpressing breast cancer cells, which could enhance the effects of radiation on tumor cells, leading to further radiosensitization. The purpose of our study was to demonstrate that RGD-conjugated mesoporous silica-encapsulated gold nanorods significantly enhanced the sensitization of triple-negative breast cancer to megavoltage energy. The results indicated that RGD-conjugated mesoporous silica-encapsulated gold nanorod multifunctional nanoprobes could achieve radiosensitization in vitro and in vivo, which suggests the potential translation of this nanotechnology to clinical applications in tumor-targeting and selective therapy. Keywords: gold nanorods, triple-negative breast cancer, Arg-Gly-Asp peptides, integrin alphaV beta3, megavoltage radiation therapy

  13. Gold nanorods as surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrates for sensitive and selective detection of ultra-low levels of dithiocarbamate pesticides.

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    Saute, Benjamin; Premasiri, Ranjith; Ziegler, Lawrence; Narayanan, Radha

    2012-11-07

    We report the use of gold nanorods as solution-based SERS substrates for the detection of ultralow-levels of three different dithiocarbamate fungicides: thiram, ferbam and ziram. Gold nanorods are attractive to use as SERS substrates due to the ability to tune the surface plasmon resonance of the nanoparticles to the laser excitation wavelength of the Raman spectrometer equipped with a 785 nm diode laser. The gold nanorods are synthesized using a seed-mediated growth method and characterized using UV-Visible spectroscopy, zeta potential, and TEM. The gold nanorods have an aspect ratio of 2.19 ± 0.21 and have an average length of 37.81 ± 4.83 nm. SERS spectra are acquired at different concentrations of each fungicide and calibration curves are obtained by monitoring the intensity of the band arising from the ν(C-N) stretching mode coupled to the symmetric δ(CH(3)) motion. The limits of detection and limits of quantitation are obtained for each fungicide. The limits of detection are 11.00 ± 0.95 nM, 8.00 ± 1.01 nM, and 4.20 ± 1.22 nM for thiram, ferbam, and ziram respectively. The limits of quantitation are 34.43 ± 0.95 nM, 25.61 ± 1.01 nM, and 12.94 ± 1.22 nM for thiram, ferbam, and ziram respectively. It can be seen that the three different dithiocarbamates can be detected in the low nM range based on the limits of detection that are achieved.

  14. Facile Fabrication of 3D Layer-by-layer Graphene-gold Nanorod Hybrid Architecture for Hydrogen Peroxide Based Electrochemical Biosensor

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    2015-01-01

    Facile fabrication of 3D layer-by-layer graphene-gold nanorod hybrid architecture for hydrogen peroxide based electrochemical biosensor Chenming Xue...the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). 1. Introduction Electrochemical biosensors are highly effective in...measurement techniques such as radioisotope tracing, NMR spectroscopy, and microfluorometry assay [12,25,18]. In recent years, electrochemical biosensors

  15. Fractionation and Characterization of High Aspect Ratio Gold Nanorods Using Asymmetric-Flow Field Flow Fractionation and Single Particle Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Nguyen, Thao M; Jingyu Liu; Vincent A. Hackley

    2015-01-01

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) are of particular interest for biomedical applications due to their unique size-dependent longitudinal surface plasmon resonance band in the visible to near-infrared. Purified GNRs are essential for the advancement of technologies based on these materials. Used in concert, asymmetric-flow field flow fractionation (A4F) and single particle inductively coupled mass spectrometry (spICP-MS) provide unique advantages for fractionating and analyzing the typically complex mixtur...

  16. Gold nanorod-covered kanamycin-loaded hollow SiO2 (HSKAurod) nanocapsules for drug delivery and photothermal therapy on bacteria

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    Hu, Bo; Zhang, Li-Pei; Chen, Xu-Wei; Wang, Jian-Hua

    2012-12-01

    A hybrid bactericidal material, gold nanorod-covered kanamycin-loaded hollow SiO2 (HSKAurod) nanocapsules, is constructed. The hybrid material combines the features of a chemical drug with photothermal physical sterilization which decreases the dosage of broad-spectrum antibiotic and the physical damage of biological systems. Hollow SiO2 nanocapsules are used as carriers for drug delivery. The nanocapsules load a model drug, kanamycin, and are covered with gold nanorods to avoid drug leakage and realize photothermal treatment. The sterilizing effect on the bacterial strain is investigated by incubating E. coli BL21 with the hybrid nanocapsules and irradiating under near-infrared light (NIR) for 20 min. A bactericidal effect, i.e., a sterilizing rate of 53.47%, is achieved for the HSKAurod nanocapsules under NIR irradiation, with respect to a net sum sterilizing rate of 34.49% for the individual components of the HSKAurod nanocapsules, e.g., carrier nanocapsules, chemical sterilization of kanamycin and physical sterilization due to the gold nanorods under NIR irradiation. It is demonstrated that the combination of chemical drug and physical sterilization results in an obvious synergistic effect and makes the sterilization more effective. This novel hybrid has great potential as an adjuvant therapeutic alternative material for sterilization or even for the control of disease.

  17. Measurements of extreme orientation-dependent temperature increase around an irradiated gold nanorod

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    Ma, Haiyan; Bendix, Pól Martin; Oddershede, Lene Broeng

    2012-01-01

    ] We developed a novel assay based on molecular partitioning between two coexisting phases, the gel and fluid phase, within the bilayer. [2, 3] This assay allows for a direct measurement of local temperature gradients, an assay which does not necessitate any pre-assumptions about...... this system and is generally applicable to any irradiated nanoparticle system. The nanorods are irradiated with a tightly focused laser beam at a wavelength of 1064 nm where biological matter exhibits a minimum in absorption. By controlling the polarization of the laser light we show that the absorption...

  18. 金纳米棒在Au(111)表面上的分散与STM表征%Dispersion and STM characterization of gold nanorods on Au( 111 )

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    何伟臻; 高洪营; 耿锋; 廖源; 董振超

    2011-01-01

    Gold nanorods were synthesized in the aqueous solution via a seed-assisted approach with capping agents. Through surface modifications on Au (111) by a self-assembled monolayer, the nanorods were dispersed onto the surface via a dipping technique,making use of the electrostatic attraction of oppositely charged functional groups, and the dispersion density can be controlled by the times of dipping. An argon ion sputtering technique was proposed to clean up the organic contaminants and coating agents on the surface of nanorods, which allowed clean and stable STM characterization for individual gold nanorods. The shape and size of gold nanorods measured hy STM were in good agreement with that from TEM micrographs. This work opens up an opportunity for the investigation of electro-optic and plasmonic properties of individual gold nanorods.%本文报道了金纳米棒的合成、在Au(111)表面上的分散、有机污染物清洗以及STM形貌表征工作.金纳米棒通过金晶种在金生长液中的选择性生长来制备.通过对金纳米棒和Au(111)表面进行修饰,利用涂层外端基团之间的静电相吸作用,把金纳米棒经由点滴法均匀地吸附在Au(111)表面上,且分散密度可通过点滴次数加以控制.本文进一步提出了一种真空氩离子溅射方法,可有效清除金纳米棒表面的有机物,并给出了清晰的金纳米棒的扫描隧道显微镜(STM)扫描图像.研究结果表明,从STM获得的金纳米棒的尺寸信息与TEM测量结果十分吻合.这一工作为今后研究单根金纳米棒的电光性能打下了基础.

  19. Anti-Neuroblastoma Activity of Gold Nanorods Bound with GD2 Monoclonal Antibody under Near-Infrared Laser Irradiation

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    Peng, Ching-An, E-mail: cpeng@mtu.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931 (United States); Wang, Chung-Hao [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2011-01-06

    High-risk neuroblastoma is one of the most common deaths in pediatric oncology. Current treatment of this disease involves a coordinated sequence of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Further advances in therapy will require the targeting of tumor cells in a more selective and efficient way so that survival can be improved without substantially increasing toxicity. To achieve tumor-selective delivery, disialoganglioside (GD2) expressed by almost all neuroblastoma tumors represents a potential molecular target that can be exploited for tumor-selective delivery. In this study, GD2 monoclonal antibody (anti-GD2) was conjugated to gold nanorods (GNRs) which are one of anisotropic nanomaterials that can absorb near-infrared (NIR) laser light and convert it to energy for photothermolysis of tumor cells. Thiolated chitosan, due to its biocompatibility, was used to replace cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) originally used in the synthesis of gold nanorods. In order to specifically target GD2 overexpressed on the surface of neuroblastoma stNB-V1 cells, anti-GD2 was conjugated to chitosan modified GNRs (CGNRs). To examine the fate of CGNRs conjugated with anti-GD2 after incubation with neuroblastoma cells, rhadoamine B was labeled on CGNRs functionalized with anti-GD2. Our results illustrated that anti-GD2-conjugated CGNRs were extensively endocytosed by GD2{sup +} stNB-V1 neuroblastoma cells via antibody-mediated endocytosis. In addition, we showed that anti-GD2 bound CGNRs were not internalized by GD2{sup −} SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. After anti-GD2-linked CGNRs were incubated with neuroblatoma cells for six hours, the treated cells were further irradiated with 808 nm NIR laser. Post-NIR laser exposure, when examined by calcein-AM dye, stNB-V1 cells all underwent necrosis, while non-GD2 expressing SH-SY5Y cells all remained viable. Based on the in vitro study, CGNRs bound with anti-GD2 has the potential to be utilized as a therapeutic thermal coupling agent that

  20. Photothermolysis mediated by gold nanorods modified with EGFR monoclonal antibody induces Hep-2 cells apoptosis in vitro and in vivo

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Shiwen Zhang,1,2,* Yunlong Li,3,4,* Xiaoguang He,2 Shouan Dong,5 Yunchao Huang,6 Xiaojiang Li,1 Yuxiao Li,2 Congguo Jin,7 Yingying Zhang,8 Yuanling Wang91Department of Head and Neck, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University (Tumor Hospital of Yunnan Province, Kunming, 2Department of Head and Neck, The First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, 3Medical Faculty, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, 4The First People's Hospital of Yunnan Province (The Affiliated Hospital of Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, 5Kunming Institute of Precious Metals, Kunming, 6Department of cardiothoracic surgery, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University (Tumor Hospital of Yunnan Province, Kunming, 7Institute of Oncology, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University (Tumor Hospital of Yunnan Province, Kunming, 8Clinical skills training center of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, 9Department of Anesthesiology, Yan An Hospital, Kunming, Yunnan, The People's Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Gold nanorods (AuNRs have been used in plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPTT, which is thought to be more efficient and selective than conventional photothermal therapy. The efficiency and safety of PPTT can be improved by functionally modifying the gold nanorods with proteins or biomolecules. In this study, AuNRs were modified with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR monoclonal antibody (mAb, and the apoptotic potential of EGFRmAb-AuNR was assessed in Hep-2 cells in vitro and in vivo. The EGFRmAb modification had no obvious influence on the original optical property of the AuNRs, but it significantly increased the entry of AuNRs into Hep-2 cells. EGFRmAb-AuNRs, with appropriate laser irradiation, resulted in higher Hep-2 cells apoptosis than AuNRs did alone, in vitro, and was accompanied by alteration of reactive oxygen

  1. Correlation in narrow nanorods: a variational potential-configuration interaction scheme

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    Planelles, J; Climente, J I; Royo, M; Movilla, J L [Departament de Quimica-Fisica i AnalItica, UJI, Box 224, E-12080 Castello (Spain)], E-mail: josep.planelles@qfa.uji.es

    2009-05-27

    Full configuration interaction calculations for two electrons in narrow semiconductor nanorods are carried out employing different orbital basis sets. It is shown that the usual configurations built from single-particle states cannot yield a correct singlet-triplet energetic order regardless of the basis size, as they miss the correlation energy. Mean-field optimized orbitals partially correct this drawback. A new approach is introduced, based on a simple variational procedure, which yields robust results.

  2. Gold Nanoparticle-Biological Molecule Interactions and Catalysis

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    Jonathan G. Heddle

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This review gives a brief summary of the field of gold nanoparticle interactions with biological molecules, particularly those with possible catalytic relevance. Gold nanoparticles are well known as catalysts in organic chemistry but much is unknown regarding their potential as catalysts of reactions involving biological molecules such as protein and nucleic acids. Biological molecules may be the substrate for catalysis or, if they are the ligand coating the gold particle, may be the catalyst itself. In other cases biological molecules may form a template upon which gold nanoparticles can be precisely arrayed. As relatively little is currently known about the catalytic capabilities of gold nanoparticles in this area, this review will consider templating in general (including, but not restricted to, those which result in structures having potential as catalysts before going on to consider firstly catalysis by the gold nanoparticle itself followed by catalysis by ligands attached to gold nanoparticles, all considered with a focus on biological molecules.

  3. The assesment of effectiveness of plasmonic resonance photothermal therapy in tumor-bearing rats after multiple intravenous administration of gold nanorods

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    Bucharskaya, Alla B.; Maslyakova, Galina N.; Navolokin, Nikita A.; Terentyuk, Georgy S.; Khlebtsov, Boris N.; Khlebtsov, Nikolai G.; Bashkatov, Alexey N.; Genina, Elina A.; Tuchin, V. V.

    2017-03-01

    To assess the effectiveness of plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPT) multiple intravenous strategy of gold nanorods (GNRs) administration was used before laser exposure. The model of alveolar liver cancer PC-1 was used in male outbred albino rats, which were intravenously administrated by single and multiple injections of GNRs and then were treated by PPT. The gold dosage was 400 μg (single injection group), 800 μg (double injection group), 1200 μg (triple injection group), and absorption maximum of gold nanorods suspension was at the wavelength of 808 nm. 24 hours after last injection the tumors were irradiated by the 808-nm diode laser during 15 min at power density 2.3 W/cm2. Temperature control of the tumor heating was provided by IR imager. 24 hours after the PPT the half of animals from each group was withdrawn from the experiments and the sampling tumor tissue for morphological study was performed. In survived animals the growth of tumors was evaluated during 21 days after the PPT. The antitumor effects of PPT after triple intravenous injection were comparable with those obtained at direct intratumoral administration of similar total dose of GNRs. The effectiveness of PPT depended on gold accumulation in tumor, probably, due to sufficient vascularization of tumor tissue.

  4. Multiplexed Electrochemical Immunoassay of Phosphorylated Proteins Based on Enzyme-Functionalized Gold Nanorod Labels and Electric Field-Driven Acceleration

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    Du, Dan; Wang, Jun; Lu, Donglai; Dohnalkova, Alice; Lin, Yuehe

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    A multiplexed electrochemical immunoassay integrating enzyme amplification and electric field-driven strategy was developed for fast and sensitive quantification of phosphorylated p53 at Ser392 (phospho-p53 392), Ser15 (phospho-p53 15), Ser46 (phospho-p53 46) and total p53 simultaneously. The disposable sensor array has four spatially separated working electrodes and each of them is modified with different capture antibody, which enables simultaneous immunoassay to be conducted without cross-talk between adjacent electrodes. The enhanced sensitivity was achieved by multi-enzymes amplification strategy using gold nanorods (AuNRs) as nanocarrier for co-immobilization of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and detection antibody (Ab2) at high ratio of HRP/Ab2, which produced an amplified electrocatalytic response by the reduction of HRP oxidized thionine in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. The immunoreaction processes were accelerated by applying +0.4 V for 3 min and then -0.2 V for 1.5 min, thus the whole sandwich immunoreactions could be completed in less than 5 min. The disposable immunosensor array shows excellent promise for clinical screening of phosphorylated proteins and convenient point-of-care diagnostics.

  5. A Near-Infrared Light-Responsive Hybrid Hydrogel Based on UCST Triblock Copolymer and Gold Nanorods

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    Full Text Available We report a near-infrared (NIR light-responsive hydrogel that is capable of undergoing the gel to sol transition upon 785 nm light exposure based on a photothermal effect. The new hydrogel design relies on loading gold nanorods (AuNRs in an ABA-type triblock copolymer, namely P(AAm–co–AN–b–PDMA–b–P(AAm–co–AN, where P(AAm–co–AN stands for a random copolymer of acrylamide and acrylonitrile that exhibits an upper critical solution temperature (UCST in aqueous solution and PDMA is water-soluble polydimethylacrylamide. At solution temperature below UCST, the insoluble P(AAm–co–AN blocks lead to formation of hydrogel of flower-like micelles. When the hydrogel is exposed to 785 nm NIR light, the absorption due to the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance of loaded AuNRs generates heat that raises the hydrogel temperature above UCST and, consequently, the gel-to-sol transition. The NIR light-triggered release of a protein loaded in the hydrogel was found to display a switchable fashion.

  6. Biofilms of chitosan-gold nanorods as a novel composite for the laser welding of biological tissue

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    Matteini, P.; Ratto, F.; Rossi, F.; Pini, R.

    2010-02-01

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) exhibit intense localized plasmon resonances at optical frequencies in the near infrared (NIR), which is the window where the penetration of light into the body is maximal. Upon excitation with a NIR laser, a strong photothermal effect is produced, which can be exploited to develop minimally invasive therapies. Here we prove the use of chitosan-GNRs films as a novel NIR sensitive nanocomposite for the photothermal conversion of NIR laser light during surgical interventions of tissue welding. Chitosan is an attractive biomaterial due to its biodegradability, biocompatibility, hemostatic, antimicrobial and wound healing-promoting activity. Colloidal GNRs were embedded in chitosan based, highly stabilized, flexible and easy-to-handle films, which were stored in water until the time of surgery. The chitosan-GNRs films were first positioned on freshly explanted rabbit tendon samples. Then, by administration of single pulses ranging from 80 to 140 ms duration and 0.5 to 1.5 W power delivered by a 300-μm optic fiber coupled with a 810 nm diode laser, spots of local thermally-induced adhesion characterized by a tensile strength of ~ 10 kPa were obtained. The present results are encouraging toward the development of a novel minimally-invasive technology based on the application of bioderived nanoplasmonic materials to biomedical optics.

  7. Integration of porous coordination polymers and gold nanorods into core-shell mesoscopic composites toward light-induced molecular release.

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    Khaletskaya, Kira; Reboul, Julien; Meilikhov, Mikhail; Nakahama, Masashi; Diring, Stéphane; Tsujimoto, Masahiko; Isoda, Seiji; Kim, Franklin; Kamei, Ken-ichiro; Fischer, Roland A; Kitagawa, Susumu; Furukawa, Shuhei

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    Besides conventional approaches for regulating in-coming molecules for gas storage, separation, or molecular sensing, the control of molecular release from the pores is a prerequisite for extending the range of their application, such as drug delivery. Herein, we report the fabrication of a new porous coordination polymer (PCP)-based composite consisting of a gold nanorod (GNR) used as an optical switch and PCP crystals for controlled molecular release using light irradiation as an external trigger. The delicate core-shell structures of this new platform, composed of an individual GNR core and an aluminum-based PCP shell, were achieved by the selective deposition of an aluminum precursor onto the surface of GNR followed by the replication of the precursor into aluminum-based PCPs. The mesoscopic structure was characterized by electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray elemental mapping, and sorption experiments. Combination at the nanoscale of the high storage capacity of PCPs with the photothermal properties of GNRs resulted in the implementation of unique motion-induced molecular release, triggered by the highly efficient conversion of optical energy into heat that occurs when the GNRs are irradiated into their plasmon band. Temporal control of the molecular release was demonstrated with anthracene as a guest molecule and fluorescent probe by means of fluorescence spectroscopy.

  8. Gold Nanorods Conjugated with Doxorubicin and cRGD for Combined Anticancer Drug Delivery and PET Imaging

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    Yuling Xiao, Hao Hong, Vyara Z. Matson, Alireza Javadi, Wenjin Xu, Yunan Yang, Yin Zhang, Jonathan W. Engle, Robert J. Nickles, Weibo Cai, Douglas A. Steeber, Shaoqin Gong

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    Full Text Available A multifunctional gold nanorod (GNR-based nanoplatform for targeted anticancer drug delivery and positron emission tomography (PET imaging of tumors was developed and characterized. An anti-cancer drug (i.e., doxorubicin (DOX was covalently conjugated onto PEGylated (PEG: polyethylene glycol GNR nanocarriers via a hydrazone bond to achieve pH-sensitive controlled drug release. Tumor-targeting ligands (i.e., the cyclo(Arg-Gly-Asp-D-Phe-Cys peptides, cRGD and 64Cu-chelators (i.e., 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N, N', N''-triacetic acid (NOTA were conjugated onto the distal ends of the PEG arms to achieve active tumor-targeting and PET imaging, respectively. Based on flow cytometry analysis, cRGD-conjugated nanocarriers (i.e., GNR-DOX-cRGD exhibited a higher cellular uptake and cytotoxicity than non-targeted ones (i.e., GNR-DOX in vitro. However, GNR-DOX-cRGD and GNR-DOX nanocarriers had similar in vivo biodistribution according to in vivo PET imaging and biodistribution studies. Due to the unique optical properties of GNRs, this multifunctional GNR-based nanoplatform can potentially be optimized for combined cancer therapies (chemotherapy and photothermal therapy and multimodality imaging (PET, optical, X-ray computed tomography (CT, etc..

  9. A Multifunctional Platform for Tumor Angiogenesis-Targeted Chemo-Thermal Therapy Using Polydopamine-Coated Gold Nanorods.

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    Zhang, Lu; Su, Huilan; Cai, Jiali; Cheng, Dengfeng; Ma, Yongjie; Zhang, Jianping; Zhou, Chuanqing; Liu, Shiyuan; Shi, Hongcheng; Zhang, Yingjian; Zhang, Chunfu

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    Image-guided combined chemo-thermal therapy assists in optimizing treatment time, enhancing therapeutic efficiency, and circumventing side effects. In the present study, we developed a chemo-photothermal theranostic platform based on polydopamine (PDA)-coated gold nanorods (GNRs). The PDA coating was thin; however, it significantly suppressed the cytotoxicity of the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide template and allowed high cisplatin loading efficiency, arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptide (c(RGDyC)) conjugation, and chelator-free iodine-125 labeling (RGD-(125)IPt-PDA@GNRs). While loaded cisplatin was released in a pH-sensitive manner, labeled (125)I was outstandingly stable under biological conditions. RGD-(125)IPt-PDA@GNRs had a high specificity for αvβ3 integrin, and consequently, they could selectively accumulate in tumors, as revealed by single photon emission computed tomography/CT imaging, and in target tumor angiogenic vessels, as shown by high-resolution photoacoustic imaging. As RGD-(125)IPt-PDA@GNRs targets tumor angiogenesis, it is a highly potent tumor therapy. Combined chemo-photothermal therapy with probes could thoroughly ablate tumors and inhibit tumor relapse via a synergistic antitumor effect. Our studies demonstrated that RGD-(125)IPt-PDA@GNRs is a robust platform for image-guided, chemo-thermal tumor therapy with outstanding synergistic tumor killing and relapse inhibition effects.

  10. Preparation and optical scattering characterization of gold nanorods and their application to a dot-immunogold assay

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    Alekseeva, Anna V.; Bogatyrev, Vladimir A.; Dykman, Lev A.; Khlebtsov, Boris N.; Trachuk, Lyubov A.; Melnikov, Andrei G.; Khlebtsov, Nikolai G.

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    We describe optical monitoring of the synthesis of gold nanorods (NRs) based on seed-mediated growth in the presence of the soft surfactant template cetyltrimethyilammonium bromide. To separate NRs from spheres and surfactants we fractionated samples in the density gradient of glycerol. The optical properties of NRs were characterized by extinction and differential light-scattering spectra (at 90°, 450-800 nm) and by the depolarization light-scattering ratio, I_vh/I_vv, measured at 90° with a helium-neon laser. Theoretical spectra and the I_vh/I_vv ratios were calculated by the T-matrix method as applied to randomly oriented NRs, which were modeled by right-circular cylinders with semispherical ends. The simulated data were fitted to experimental observations by use of particle length and width as adjustable parameters, which were close to the data yielded by transmission electron microscopy. The sensitivity of the long-wavelength resonance of NRs to the dielectric surroundings was examined both experimentally and theoretically by comparison of the extinction spectra of NRs in water and in a 25% glycerol solution. Finally, we discuss the application of NR-protein A conjugates to a dot-immunogold assay with the example of biospecific staining of human IgG molecules adsorbed onto small membrane spots.

  11. Activation of oxygen-mediating pathway using copper ions: fine-tuning of growth kinetics in gold nanorod overgrowth.

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    Liu, Wenqi; Zhang, Hui; Wen, Tao; Yan, Jiao; Hou, Shuai; Shi, Xiaowei; Hu, Zhijian; Ji, Yinglu; Wu, Xiaochun

    2014-10-21

    Growth kinetics plays an important role in the shape control of nanocrystals (NCs). Herein, we presented a unique way to fine-tune the growth kinetics via oxidative etching activated by copper ions. For the overgrowth of gold nanorods (Au NRs), competitive adsorption of dissolved oxygen on rod surface was found to slow down the overgrowth rate. Copper ions were able to remove the adsorbed oxygen species from the Au surface via oxidative etching, thus exposing more reaction sites for Au deposition. In this way, copper ions facilitated the overgrowth process. Furthermore, Cu(2+) rather than Cu(+) acted as the catalyst for the oxidative etching. Comparative study with Ag(+) indicated that Cu(2+) cannot regulate NC shapes via an underpotential deposition mechanism. In contrast, Ag(+) led to the formation of Au tetrahexahedra (THH) and a slight decrease of the growth rate at similar growth conditions. Combining the distinct roles of the two ions enabled elongated THH to be produced. Copper ions activating the O2 pathway suggested that dissolved oxygen has a strong affinity for the Au surface. Moreover, the results of NC-sensitized singlet oxygen ((1)O2) indicated that the absorbed oxygen species on the surface of Au NCs bounded with low-index facets mainly existed in the form of molecular O2.

  12. PEGylated gold nanorods as optical trackers for biomedical applications: an in vivo and in vitro comparative study.

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    Abdelrasoul, Gaser N; Magrassi, Raffaella; Dante, Silvia; d'Amora, Marta; d'Abbusco, Marco Scotto; Pellegrino, Teresa; Diaspro, Alberto

    2016-06-24

    Gold nanorods (AuNRs) are eligible for a variety of biological applications including cell imaging, sensing, and photothermal therapy thanks to their optical properties. The aim of this work is to show how AuNRs could be employed as non-photobleachable optical contrast agents for biomedical applications. In order to demonstrate the feasibility of their use as optical trackers, we employed two-photon emission confocal microscopy on cells incubated with PEGylated AuNRs. Remarkably, AuNRs were localized mostly in the perinuclear zone and microscopy characterization showed the presence of a considerable number of rods inside cell nuclei. Furthermore, we estimated the toxicity and the efficiency of cellular uptake of the PEGylated AuNRs as a function of administered dose on HeLa/3T3 cell lines and on zebrafish during development, employed as an in vivo model. Eventually, we observed good agreement between in vivo and in vitro experiments. The employed AuNRs were prepared through a photochemical protocol here improved by tuning the amount of the cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide for the achievement of AuNRs at two different aspect ratios. Furthermore we also investigated if the AuNR aspect ratio influenced the toxicity and the efficiency of cellular uptake of the PEGylated AuNRs in HeLa/3T3 cell lines and in zebrafish embryos.

  13. Efficiency Enhancement in Organic Solar Cells by Incorporating Silica-coated Gold Nanorods at the Buffer/Active interface

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    Zhao, Haoyang; Tong, Peiqian; Cui, Yanxia; Hao, Yuying; Sun, Qinjun; Shi, Fang; Zhan, Qiuqiang; Wang, Hua; Zhu, Furong

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    The performance of organic solar cells (OSCs) can be greatly improved by incorporating silica-coated gold nanorods (Au@SiO2 NRs) at the interface between the hole transporting layer and the active layer due to the plasmonic effect. The silica shell impedes the aggregation effect of the Au NRs in ethanol solution as well as the server charge recombination on the surface of the Au NRs otherwise they would bring forward serious reduction in open circuit voltage when incorporating the Au NRs at the positions in contact with the active materials. As a result, while the high open circuit voltage being maintained, the optimized plasmonic OSCs possess an increased short circuit current, and correspondingly an elevated power conversion efficiency with the enhancement factor of ~11%. The origin of performance improvement in OSCs with the Au@SiO2 NRs was analyzed systematically using morphological, electrical, optical characterizations along with theoretical simulation. It is found that the broadband enhancement in abso...

  14. Formation of Silicon/Carbon Core-Shell Nanowires Using Carbon Nitride Nanorods Template and Gold Catalyst

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    Full Text Available In this experiment, silicon/carbon (Si/C core-shell nanowires (NWs were synthesized using gold nanoparticles (Au NPs coated carbon nitride nanorods (CN NRs as a template. To begin with, the Au NPs coated CN NRs were prepared by using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition assisted with hot-wire evaporation technique. Fourier transform infrared spectrum confirms the C–N bonding of the CN NRs, while X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the crystalline structure of the Au NPs and amorphous structure of the CN NRs. The Au NPs coated CN NRs were thermally annealed at temperature of 800°C in nitrogen ambient for one hour to induce the growth of Si/C core-shell NWs. The growth mechanism for the Si/C core-shell NWs is related to the nitrogen evolution and solid-liquid-solid growth process which is a result of the thermal annealing. The formation of Si/C core-shell NWs is confirmed by electron spectroscopic imaging analysis.

  15. The action of NIR (808nm) laser radiation and gold nanorods labeled with IgA and IgG human antibodies on methicillin-resistant and methicillin sensitive strains of Staphylococcus aureus

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    Tuchina, Elena S.; Petrov, Pavel O.; Ratto, Fulvio; Centi, Sonia; Pini, Roberto; Tuchin, Valery V.

    2015-03-01

    The effect of NIR laser radiation (808 nm) on methicillin-sensitive and methicillin resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus incubated with gold nanorods is studied. Nanorods having length of 44 (± 4) nm and diameter of 10 (± 3) nm with the absorption maximum in the NIR (800 nm), functionalized with human immunoglobulins IgA and IgG, were synthesized and used in the studies. The killing ability up to 97% of the microorganism populations by using this nanotechnology was shown.

  16. Shape-induced separation of nanospheres and aligned nanorods.

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    Ahmad, I; Zandvliet, H J W; Kooij, E S

    2014-07-15

    We studied the phase separation and spatial arrangement of gold nanorods and nanospheres after evaporative self-assembly from aqueous suspension. Depending on the position relative to the contact line of the drying droplet, spheres and rods separate into various liquid-crystalline phases. Nanorods exhibit a strong preference for side-by-side alignment, giving rise to smectic phases; spheres in solution are forced out of these regions and form close-packed arrays. We discuss this self-separation into nanorod- and sphere-rich phases in terms of various interactions, including electrostatic, van der Waals, and deplection interactions forces. The experimental results are compared to quantitative calculations of the colloidal interaction energies. We also describe and discuss the role of the surfactant on the different crystal facets of the nanorods on the assembly process.

  17. Effect of gold nanorods in an MgO protective layer of AC plasma display panels.

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    Cho, Seok Ho; Lee, Seong Min; Kim, Woo Hyun; Choi, Kyung Cheol

    2015-04-15

    We propose a modified MgO protective layer for alternating current plasma display panels. The modified MgO protective layer of the panel tested here has a structure that incorporates silica-coated Au nanorods (NRs), leading to localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the near-infrared (IR) region. The silica-coated Au NRs were synthesized by a simple chemical method and inserted into an MgO protective layer using an air-spray method. The operating voltage of the proposed structure was decreased by 10 V. The luminance and luminous efficacy of the test panel part with the silica-coated Au NRs both increased by about 15%. According to the measured results of the IR response time, the sustain discharge time lag was reduced. In addition, by inserting the silica-coated Au NRs into the MgO protective layer, a decrease of the IR emission proceeding from the plasma discharge was acquired. Finally, we investigated the LSPR effect of the silica-coated Au NRs in a simulation with a finite-difference time domain method.

  18. Small gold nanorods laden macrophages for enhanced tumor coverage in photothermal therapy.

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    Li, Zhibin; Huang, Hao; Tang, Siying; Li, Yong; Yu, Xue-Feng; Wang, Huaiyu; Li, Penghui; Sun, Zhengbo; Zhang, Han; Liu, Chenli; Chu, Paul K

    2016-01-01

    One of the challenges to adopt photothermal ablation clinically is optimization of the agent delivery in vivo. Herein, a cell-mediated delivery and therapy system by employing macrophage vehicles to transport 7 nm diameter Au nanorods (sAuNRs) is described. Owing to the small size, the sAuNRs exhibit much higher macrophage uptake and negligible cytotoxicity in comparison with commonly used 14 nm diameter AuNRs to achieve healthy BSA-coated sAuNRs-laden-macrophages. By delivering BSA-coated sAuNRs to the entire tumor after intratumoral injection, the BSA-coated sAuNRs-laden-macrophages show greatly improved photothermal conversion almost everywhere in the tumor, resulting in minimized tumor recurrence rates compared to free BSA-coated sAuNRs. Our findings not only provide a desirable approach to improve the photothermal therapy efficiency by optimizing the intratumoral distribution of the agents, but also expedite clinical application of nanotechnology to cancer treatment.

  19. Fabrication of silica-coated gold nanorods and investigation of their property of photothermal conversion.

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    Inose, Tomoya; Oikawa, Takahiro; Shibuya, Kyosuke; Tokunaga, Masayuki; Hatoyama, Keiichiro; Nakashima, Kouichi; Kamei, Takashi; Gonda, Kohsuke; Kobayashi, Yoshio

    2017-03-04

    This study described the preparation of silica-coated Au nanorods (AuNR/SiO2) in a colloidal solution, assessed their property of photothermal conversion, and investigated their ability to kill cancer cells using photothermal conversion. Au-seed nanoparticles were produced by reducing hydrogen tetrachloroaurate (HAuCl4) with sodium borohydride (NaBH4) in aqueous n-hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) solution. AuNRs were then fabricated by reducing HAuCl4 and silver nitrate (AgNO3) with l-ascorbic acid in the aqueous CTAB solution in the presence of Au-seed nanoparticles. The as-prepared AuNRs were washed by a process composed mainly of centrifugation to remove the CTAB. The washed AuNRs were coated with silica by mixing the AuNR colloidal solution, an aqueous solution of (3-aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane, and tetraethylorthosilicate/ethanol solution with a water/ethanol solution. We found that the addition of AuNR/SiO2 in water, in mice, and in a culture medium with cancer cells, followed by irradiation with a laser, cause an increase in temperature, demonstrating that AuNR/SiO2 have the ability of photothermal conversion. In addition, the cancer cells in the culture medium were found to be killed due to the increase in temperature caused by the photothermal conversion.

  20. Evaporative gold nanorod assembly on chemically stripe-patterned gradient surfaces.

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    Ahmad, Imtiaz; Jansen, H Patrick; van Swigchem, Jeroen; Ganser, Christian; Teichert, Christian; Zandvliet, Harold J W; Kooij, E Stefan

    2015-07-01

    Experimentally we explore the potential of using pre-defined motion of a receding contact line to control the deposition of nanoparticles from suspension. Stripe-patterned wettability gradients are employed, which consist of alternating hydrophilic and hydrophobic stripes with increasing macroscopic surface energy. Nanoparticle suspensions containing nanorods and nanospheres are deposited onto these substrates and left to dry. After moving over the pattern and evaporation of the solvent, characteristic nanoparticle deposits are found. The liquid dynamics has a pronounced effect on the spatial distribution. Nanoparticles do not deposit on the hydrophobic regions; there is high preference to deposit on the wetting stripes. Moreover, the fact that distributed nanoparticle islands are formed suggests that the receding of the contact line occurs in a stick-slip like fashion. Furthermore, the formation of liquid bridges covering multiple stripes during motion of the droplet over the patterns is modeled. We discuss their origin and show that the residue after drying, containing both nanoparticles and the stabilizing surfactant, also resembles such dynamics. Finally, zooming into individual islands reveals that highly selective phase separation occurs based on size and shape of the nanoparticles.

  1. Interaction of size-selected gold nanoclusters with dopamine

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    Montone, Georgia R.; Hermann, Eric; Kandalam, Anil K.

    2016-12-01

    We present density functional theory based results on the interaction of size-selected gold nanoclusters, Au10 and Au20, with dopamine molecule. The gold clusters interact strongly with the nitrogen site of dopamine, thereby forming stable gold-dopamine complexes. Our calculations further show that there is no site specificity on the planar Au10 cluster with all the edge gold atoms equally preferred. On the other hand, in the pyramidal Au20 cluster, the vertex metal atom is the most active site. As the size increased from Au10 to Au20, the interaction strength has shown a declining trend. The effect of aqueous environment on the interaction strengths were also studied by solvation model. It is found that the presence of solvent water stabilizes the interaction between the metal cluster and dopamine molecule, even though for Au10 cluster the energy ordering of the isomers changed from that of the gas-phase.

  2. Treatment of natural mammary gland tumors in canines and felines using gold nanorods-assisted plasmonic photothermal therapy to induce tumor apoptosis

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    Full Text Available Moustafa R K Ali,1 Ibrahim M Ibrahim,2,† Hala R Ali,2,3 Salah A Selim,2 Mostafa A El-Sayed1,4 1School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Laser Dynamics Laboratory, Atlanta, GA, USA; 2Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Cairo, Egypt; 3Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI, Dokki, Giza, Egypt; 4School of Chemistry, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia †Ibrahim M Ibrahim passed away on August 23, 2015 Abstract: Plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPTT is a cancer therapy in which gold nanorods are injected at the site of a tumor before near-infrared light is transiently applied to the tumor causing localized cell death. Previously, PPTT studies have been carried out on xenograft mice models. Herein, we report a study showing the feasibility of PPTT as applied to natural tumors in the mammary glands of dogs and cats, which more realistically represent their human equivalents at the molecular level. We optimized a regime of three low PPTT doses at 2-week intervals that ablated tumors mainly via apoptosis in 13 natural mammary gland tumors from seven animals. Histopathology, X-ray, blood profiles, and comprehensive examinations were used for both the diagnosis and the evaluation of tumor statuses before and after treatment. Histopathology results showed an obvious reduction in the cancer grade shortly after the first treatment and a complete regression after the third treatment. Blood tests showed no obvious change in liver and kidney functions. Similarly, X-ray diffraction showed no metastasis after 1 year of treatment. In conclusion, our study suggests the feasibility of applying the gold nanorods-PPTT on natural tumors in dogs and cats without any relapse or toxicity effects after 1 year of treatment. Keywords: gold nanorods, natural mammary tumors, plasmonic photothermal therapy, canine, feline

  3. Using Standing Gold Nanorod Arrays as Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Substrates for Detection of Carbaryl Residues in Fruit Juice and Milk.

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    Alsammarraie, Fouad K; Lin, Mengshi

    2017-01-25

    In recent years, there have been increasing concerns about pesticide residues in various foods. On the other hand, there is growing attention in utilizing novel nanomaterials as highly sensitive, low-cost, and reproducible substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) applications. The objective of this study was to develop a SERS method for the rapid detection of pesticides that were extracted from different types of food samples (fruit juice and milk). A new SERS substrate was prepared by assembling gold nanorods into standing arrays on a gold-coated silicon slide. The standing nanorod arrays were neatly arranged and were able to generate a strong electromagnetic field in SERS measurement. The as-prepared SERS substrate was utilized to detect carbaryl in acetonitrile/water solution, fruit juices (orange and grapefruit), and milk. The results show that the concentrations of carbaryl spiked in fruit juice and milk were linearly correlated with the concentrations predicted by the partial least-squares (PLS) models with r values of 0.91, 0.88, and 0.95 for orange juice, grapefruit juice, and milk, respectively. The SERS method was able to detect carbaryl that was extracted from fruit juice and milk samples at a 50 ppb level. The detection limits of carbaryl were 509, 617, and 391 ppb in orange juice, grapefruit juice, and milk, respectively. All detection limits are below the maximum residue limits that were set by the U.S. EPA. Moreover, satisfactory recoveries (82-97.5%) were accomplished for food samples using this method. These results demonstrate that SERS coupled with the standing gold nanorod array substrates is a rapid, reliable, sensitive, and reproducible method for the detection of pesticide residues in foods.

  4. Interaction of aromatic molecules with small gold clusters

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    Molina, Luis M.; López, María. J.; Alonso, Julio A.

    2017-09-01

    Ab initio density functional simulations have been performed to study the adsorption of aromatic molecules (benzene and toluene) on small Aun clusters. The calculations reveal a strong interaction between gold and π electrons of benzene, accompanied by a small electronic charge transfer from benzene to gold. We report a variety of binding conformations, with varying degrees of contact between the carbon atoms in benzene and the cluster. Therefore, the interaction between the aromatic part of molecules involved in the synthesis of fine chemicals catalyzed by gold must not be neglected, and could play an important role during some reaction stages.

  5. Colorimetric and dynamic light scattering detection of DNA sequences by using positively charged gold nanospheres: a comparative study with gold nanorods

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    Pylaev, T. E.; Khanadeev, V. A.; Khlebtsov, B. N.; Dykman, L. A.; Bogatyrev, V. A.; Khlebtsov, N. G.

    2011-07-01

    We introduce a new genosensing approach employing CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide)-coated positively charged colloidal gold nanoparticles (GNPs) to detect target DNA sequences by using absorption spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering. The approach is compared with a previously reported method employing unmodified CTAB-coated gold nanorods (GNRs). Both approaches are based on the observation that whereas the addition of probe and target ssDNA to CTAB-coated particles results in particle aggregation, no aggregation is observed after addition of probe and nontarget DNA sequences. Our goal was to compare the feasibility and sensitivity of both methods. A 21-mer ssDNA from the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 HIV-1 U5 long terminal repeat (LTR) sequence and a 23-mer ssDNA from the Bacillus anthracis cryptic protein and protective antigen precursor (pagA) genes were used as ssDNA models. In the case of GNRs, unexpectedly, the colorimetric test failed with perfect cigar-like particles but could be performed with dumbbell and dog-bone rods. By contrast, our approach with cationic CTAB-coated GNPs is easy to implement and possesses excellent feasibility with retention of comparable sensitivity—a 0.1 nM concentration of target cDNA can be detected with the naked eye and 10 pM by dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The specificity of our method is illustrated by successful DLS detection of one-three base mismatches in cDNA sequences for both DNA models. These results suggest that the cationic GNPs and DLS can be used for genosensing under optimal DNA hybridization conditions without any chemical modifications of the particle surface with ssDNA molecules and signal amplification. Finally, we discuss a more than two-three-order difference in the reported estimations of the detection sensitivity of colorimetric methods (0.1 to 10-100 pM) to show that the existing aggregation models are inconsistent with the detection limits of about 0.1-1 pM DNA and that

  6. Colorimetric and dynamic light scattering detection of DNA sequences by using positively charged gold nanospheres: a comparative study with gold nanorods

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    Pylaev, T E; Khanadeev, V A; Khlebtsov, B N; Dykman, L A; Bogatyrev, V A; Khlebtsov, N G, E-mail: khlebtsov@ibppm.sgu.ru [Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms, RAS, 13 Prospekt Entuziastov, Saratov 410049 (Russian Federation)

    2011-07-15

    We introduce a new genosensing approach employing CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide)-coated positively charged colloidal gold nanoparticles (GNPs) to detect target DNA sequences by using absorption spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering. The approach is compared with a previously reported method employing unmodified CTAB-coated gold nanorods (GNRs). Both approaches are based on the observation that whereas the addition of probe and target ssDNA to CTAB-coated particles results in particle aggregation, no aggregation is observed after addition of probe and nontarget DNA sequences. Our goal was to compare the feasibility and sensitivity of both methods. A 21-mer ssDNA from the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 HIV-1 U5 long terminal repeat (LTR) sequence and a 23-mer ssDNA from the Bacillus anthracis cryptic protein and protective antigen precursor (pagA) genes were used as ssDNA models. In the case of GNRs, unexpectedly, the colorimetric test failed with perfect cigar-like particles but could be performed with dumbbell and dog-bone rods. By contrast, our approach with cationic CTAB-coated GNPs is easy to implement and possesses excellent feasibility with retention of comparable sensitivity-a 0.1 nM concentration of target cDNA can be detected with the naked eye and 10 pM by dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The specificity of our method is illustrated by successful DLS detection of one-three base mismatches in cDNA sequences for both DNA models. These results suggest that the cationic GNPs and DLS can be used for genosensing under optimal DNA hybridization conditions without any chemical modifications of the particle surface with ssDNA molecules and signal amplification. Finally, we discuss a more than two-three-order difference in the reported estimations of the detection sensitivity of colorimetric methods (0.1 to 10-100 pM) to show that the existing aggregation models are inconsistent with the detection limits of about 0.1-1 pM DNA and that

  7. Switching Plasmons: Gold Nanorod-Copper Chalcogenide Core-Shell Nanoparticle Clusters with Selectable Metal/Semiconductor NIR Plasmon Resonances.

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    Muhammed, Madathumpady Abubaker Habeeb; Döblinger, Markus; Rodríguez-Fernández, Jessica

    2015-09-16

    Exerting control over the near-infrared (NIR) plasmonic response of nanosized metals and semiconductors can facilitate access to unexplored phenomena and applications. Here we combine electrostatic self-assembly and Cd(2+)/Cu(+) cation exchange to obtain an anisotropic core-shell nanoparticle cluster (NPC) whose optical properties stem from two dissimilar plasmonic materials: a gold nanorod (AuNR) core and a copper selenide (Cu(2-x)Se, x ≥ 0) supraparticle shell. The spectral response of the AuNR@Cu2Se NPCs is governed by the transverse and longitudinal plasmon bands (LPB) of the anisotropic metallic core, since the Cu2Se shell is nonplasmonic. Under aerobic conditions the shell undergoes vacancy doping (x > 0), leading to the plasmon-rich NIR spectrum of the AuNR@Cu(2-x)Se NPCs. For low vacancy doping levels the NIR optical properties of the dually plasmonic NPCs are determined by the LPBs of the semiconductor shell (along its major longitudinal axis) and of the metal core. Conversely, for high vacancy doping levels their NIR optical response is dominated by the two most intense plasmon modes from the shell: the transverse (along the shortest transversal axis) and longitudinal (along the major longitudinal axis) modes. The optical properties of the NPCs can be reversibly switched back to a purely metallic plasmonic character upon reversible conversion of AuNR@Cu(2-x)Se into AuNR@Cu2Se. Such well-defined nanosized colloidal assemblies feature the unique ability of holding an all-metallic, a metallic/semiconductor, or an all-semiconductor plasmonic response in the NIR. Therefore, they can serve as an ideal platform to evaluate the crosstalk between plasmonic metals and plasmonic semiconductors at the nanoscale. Furthermore, their versatility to display plasmon modes in the first, second, or both NIR windows is particularly advantageous for bioapplications, especially considering their strong absorbing and near-field enhancing properties.

  8. Detection of adenosine triphosphate through polymerization-induced aggregation of actin-conjugated gold/silver nanorods

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    Liao, Yu-Ju; Shiang, Yen-Chun; Chen, Li-Yi; Hsu, Chia-Lun; Huang, Chih-Ching; Chang, Huan-Tsung

    2013-11-01

    We have developed a simple and selective nanosensor for the optical detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) using globular actin-conjugated gold/silver nanorods (G-actin-Au/Ag NRs). By simply mixing G-actin and Au/Ag NRs (length ˜56 nm and diameter ˜12 nm), G-actin-Au/Ag NRs were prepared which were stable in physiological solutions (25 mM Tris-HCl, 150 mM NaCl, 5.0 mM KCl, 3.0 mM MgCl2 and 1.0 mM CaCl2; pH 7.4). Introduction of ATP into the G-actin-Au/Ag NR solutions in the presence of excess G-actin induced the formation of filamentous actin-conjugated Au/Ag NR aggregates through ATP-induced polymerization of G-actin. When compared to G-actin-modified spherical Au nanoparticles having a size of 13 nm or 56 nm, G-actin-Au/Ag NRs provided better sensitivity for ATP, mainly because the longitudinal surface plasmon absorbance of the Au/Ag NR has a more sensitive response to aggregation. This G-actin-Au/Ag NR probe provided high sensitivity (limit of detection 25 nM) for ATP with remarkable selectivity (>10-fold) over other adenine nucleotides (adenosine, adenosine monophosphate and adenosine diphosphate) and nucleoside triphosphates (guanosine triphosphate, cytidine triphosphate and uridine triphosphate). It also allowed the determination of ATP concentrations in plasma samples without conducting tedious sample pretreatments; the only necessary step was simple dilution. Our experimental results are in good agreement with those obtained from a commercial luciferin-luciferase bioluminescence assay. Our simple, sensitive and selective approach appears to have a practical potential for the clinical diagnosis of diseases (e.g. cystic fibrosis) associated with changes in ATP concentrations.

  9. Gold nanorods coupled with upconverting nanophosphors for targeted thermal ablation and imaging of bladder cancer cells (Conference Presentation)

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    Cho, Suehyun K.; Su, Lih-Jen; Flaig, Thomas W.; Park, Wounjhang

    2016-09-01

    NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ upconverting nanophosphors (UCNPs) are robust and stable nanoparticles that absorb near-infrared (NIR) photons and emit green and red visible photons through energy transfer upconversion. This mechanism provides UCNPs several advantages as a bioimaging agent over traditional fluorescence imaging agent in that NIR excitation allows high-contrast imaging without autofluorescence and that they can be used for deep-tissue imaging. However, additional surface modification of UCNPs is necessary for them to be biocompatible. We use an amphiphilic polymer (poly(maleic anhydride-alt-octadecene) (PMAO) and a hetero-functional polyethylene glycol with amine and thiol ends (NH2-PEG-SH)) to make the UCNPs water-soluble. This reaction yields a carboxylic group that allows functionalization with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (aEGFR), which provides specific binding of UCNPs to EGFR-expressing bladder cancer cells. Additionally, the thiol ends of the PEGylated UCNPs are able to bind with gold nanorods (AuNRs) to create UCNP-AuNR complexes. The localized surface plasmon of the AuNR then allow localized heating of HTB9 bladder cancer cells, enabling in situ cell killing upon detection by UCNP fluorescence. Here, we report a successful synthesis, surface modification and conjugation of aEGFR functionalized UCNP-AuNR complexes and in vitro imaging and thermal ablation studies using them. Synthesis and surface modification of UCNP-AuNR complexes are confirmed by electron microscopy. Then, a combination of brightfield, NIR confocal fluorescence, and darkfield microscopy on the UCNP-AuNR treated bladder cancer cells revealed successful cancer targeting and imaging capabilities of the complex. Finally, cell viability assay showed that NIR irradiation of UCNP-AuNR conjugated cells resulted highly selective cell killing.

  10. Oriented Immobilization of Antibodies through Recombinant Protein-G on Assembled Gold Nanorods for Label-Free Biosensing Applications

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    Aguero Villarreal, Victor Efrain

    Conjugation of biomolecules on gold nanorod(GNR) surfaces is the basis for successful biosensing applications. Current functionalization methods are problematic as they are inefficient, they modify the antibody native structure and they do not orient the antibody on the sensor surface. Instead of the intensive surface modification of GNRs and random immobilization approach, a facile oriented immobilization method using recombinant protein-G(RPG) to functionalize any type of antibody on the GNR surface was developed. GNRs synthesized using the bi-surfactant seed-mediated growth method were covalently immobilized to the glass substrate using 10% MPTMS solution. A 21 x 18 x 9.7 mm PLA disposable custom-made chamber was implemented to serve as incubation site for all biomolecular reactions. A layer-by-layer approach was utilized to deposit the protein layers on the GNR surface. Anti-human IgG and anti-rabbit IgG were successfully oriented and immobilized on the GNR surface using a combination of thiol-PEG-biotin, streptavidin and biotinylated RPG molecules. The spectral response of the RPG biochip to 600 nM anti-human IgG was 12 times larger than covalent-modified biosensors. Fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence intensity confirmed antibody binding on the GNR surface. The RPG biochip increased the surface mass density of antibody by 80% in comparison to random immobilized techniques. The RPG biochip decreased the development cost by 307% with a net sensor worth of $3.21 dollars. Concentrations from 20 to 320 nM of human IgG were detected and the sensor surface was successfully regenerated. Developed immobilization technique clearly surpassed the antibody efficiency deposition of random methods.

  11. Cytotoxic response of platinum-coated gold nanorods in human breast cancer cells at very low exposure levels.

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    Ahamed, Maqusood; Akhtar, Mohd Javed; Khan, M A Majeed; Alhadlaq, Hisham A; Alrokayan, Salman A

    2016-11-01

    Because of unique optical behavior gold nanorods (GNRs) have attracted attention for the application in biomedical field such as bio-sensing, bio-imaging and hyperthermia. However, toxicological response of GNRs is controversial due to their different surface coating. Therefore, a comprehensive knowledge about toxicological profile of GNRs is necessary before their biomedical applications. First time, we investigated the toxic response of GNRs coated with platinum (GNRs-Pt) in human breast carcinoma (MCF-7) cells. Platinum coating further improves the optical and catalytic properties of GNRs. Assays such as 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazoliumbromide (MTT), neutral red uptake (NRU) and lactate dehydroganase (LDH) assays have shown that GNRs-Pt induced cytotoxicity at very low exposure levels (0.1-0.8 μg mL(-1) ). Accumulation of cells in SubG1 phase and low mitochondrial membrane potential (JC-1 probe) in treated cells suggest that GNRs-Pt induced cell death via apoptotic pathway. Quantitative real-time PCR data demonstrated that mRNA expression of apoptotic genes (bax, caspase-3 and caspase-9) were up-regulated while anti-apoptotic gene bcl-2 was down-regulated in cells exposed to GNRs-Pt. We further observed the higher activity of caspase-3 and caspase-9 enzymes in GNRs-Pt treated cells supporting mRNA data. Moreover, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) significantly attenuated the ROS generation and cytotoxicity induced by GNRs-Pt in MCF-7 cells suggesting that ROS might plays a crucial role in GNRs-Pt induced toxicity. This study warns of possible toxicity of GNRs even at very low exposure levels. Further investigations needed to explore potential mechanisms of this low dose toxicity phenomenon. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Environ Toxicol 31: 1344-1356, 2016.

  12. Comparison of the photothermal effects of 808nm gold nanorod and indocyanine green solutions using an 805nm diode laser

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    Hasanjee, Aamr M.; Zhou, Feifan; West, Connor; Silk, Kegan; Doughty, Austin; Bahavar, Cody F.; Chen, Wei R.

    2016-03-01

    Non-invasive laser immunotherapy (NLIT) is a treatment method for metastatic cancer which combines noninvasive laser irradiation with immunologically modified nanostructures to ablate a primary tumor and induce a systemic anti-tumor response. To further expand the development of NLIT, two different photosensitizing agents were compared: gold nanorods (GNR) with an optical absorption peak of 808 nm and indocyanine green (ICG) with an optical absorption peak of ~800 nm. Various concentrations of GNR and ICG solutions were irradiated at different power densities using an 805 nm diode laser, and the temperature of the solutions was monitored during irradiation using a thermal camera. For comparison, dye balls made up of a 1:1 volume ratio of gel solution to GNR or ICG solution were placed in phantom gels and were then irradiated using the 805 nm diode laser to imitate the effect of laser irradiation on in vivo tumors. Non-invasive laser irradiation of GNR solution for 2 minutes resulted in a maximum increase in temperature by 31.8 °C. Additionally, similar irradiation of GNR solution dye ball within phantom gel for 10 minutes resulted in a maximum temperature increase of 8.2 °C. Comparatively, non-invasive laser irradiation of ICG solution for 2 minutes resulted in a maximum increase in temperature by 28.0 °C. Similar irradiation of ICG solution dye ball within phantom gel for 10 minutes yielded a maximum temperature increase of only 3.4 °C. Qualitatively, these studies showed that GNR solutions are more effective photosensitizing agents than ICG solution.

  13. Switching the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance of Single Gold Nanorods with a Phase-Change Material and the Implementation of a Cellular Automata Algorithm Using a Plasmon Particle Array

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    Takashi Hira

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the modulation of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR of a gold nanorod (AuNR using a GeSbTe film as an active medium. We demonstrate high-contrast switching of LSPR in an AuNR/GST/Au thin film sandwich structure upon phase change. To go beyond this single-particle switching functionality, we consider a plasmon particle system interacting with a phase-change material (PCM to discuss the possibility of parallel processing devices with memory functionality, exploiting the plasticity and threshold behavior that are inherent characteristics of PCMs. We demonstrate that the temporal and spatial evolution of a plasmon-PCM array system can be equivalent to a cellular automata algorithm.

  14. Gold Ion-Angiotensin Peptide Interaction by Mass Spectrometry

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    Lee, Jenny; Jayathilaka, Lasanthi P.; Gupta, Shalini; Huang, Jin-Sheng; Lee, Bao-Shiang

    2012-05-01

    Stimulated by the interest in developing gold compounds for treating cancer, gold ion-angiotensin peptide interactions are investigated by mass spectrometry. Under the experimental conditions used, the majority of gold ion-angiotensin peptide complexes contain gold in the oxidation states I and III. Both ESI-MS and MALDI-TOF MS detect singly/multiply charged ions for mononuclear/multinuclear gold-attached peptides, which are represented as [peptide + a Au(I) + b Au(III) + (e - a -3b) H]e+, where a,b ≥ 0 and e is charge. ESI-MS data shows singly/multiply charged ions of Au(I)-peptide and Au(III)-peptide complexes. This study reveals that MALDI-TOF MS mainly detects singly charged Au(I)-peptide complexes, presumably due to the ionization process. The electrons in the MALDI plume seem to efficiently reduce Au(III) to Au(I). MALDI also tends to enhance the higher polymeric forms of gold-peptide complexes regardless of the laser power used. Collision-induced dissociation experiments of the mononuclear and dinuclear gold-attached peptide ions for angiotensin peptides show that the gold ion (a soft acid) binding sites are in the vicinity of Cys (a soft ligand), His (a major anchor of peptide for metal ion chelation), and the basic residue Arg. Data also suggests that the abundance of gold-attached peptides increases with higher gold concentration until saturation, after which an increase in gold ion concentration leads to the aggregation and/or precipitation of gold-bound peptides.

  15. Gold nanorods/mesoporous silica-based nanocomposite as theranostic agents for targeting near-infrared imaging and photothermal therapy induced with laser

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    Liu Y; Xu M; Chen Q; Guan G; Hu W; Zhao X; Qiao M; Hu H; Liang Y; Zhu H; Chen D

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    Yang Liu,1,2 Ming Xu,3 Qing Chen,1 Guannan Guan,1 Wen Hu,3 Xiuli Zhao,1 Mingxi Qiao,1 Haiyang Hu,1 Ying Liang,2 Heyun Zhu,1 Dawei Chen1 1School of Pharmacy, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, 2Department of Pharmacy, Bengbu Medical College, Bengbu, 3College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Photothermal therapy (PTT) is widely regarded as a promising technology for cancer treatment. Gold nanorods (GNRs), as exce...

  16. Interaction of β-sheet folds with a gold surface.

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    Martin Hoefling

    Full Text Available The adsorption of proteins on inorganic surfaces is of fundamental biological importance. Further, biomedical and nanotechnological applications increasingly use interfaces between inorganic material and polypeptides. Yet, the underlying adsorption mechanism of polypeptides on surfaces is not well understood and experimentally difficult to analyze. Therefore, we investigate here the interactions of polypeptides with a gold(111 surface using computational molecular dynamics (MD simulations with a polarizable gold model in explicit water. Our focus in this paper is the investigation of the interaction of polypeptides with β-sheet folds. First, we concentrate on a β-sheet forming model peptide. Second, we investigate the interactions of two domains with high β-sheet content of the biologically important extracellular matrix protein fibronectin (FN. We find that adsorption occurs in a stepwise mechanism both for the model peptide and the protein. The positively charged amino acid Arg facilitates the initial contact formation between protein and gold surface. Our results suggest that an effective gold-binding surface patch is overall uncharged, but contains Arg for contact initiation. The polypeptides do not unfold on the gold surface within the simulation time. However, for the two FN domains, the relative domain-domain orientation changes. The observation of a very fast and strong adsorption indicates that in a biological matrix, no bare gold surfaces will be present. Hence, the bioactivity of gold surfaces (like bare gold nanoparticles will critically depend on the history of particle administration and the proteins present during initial contact between gold and biological material. Further, gold particles may act as seeds for protein aggregation. Structural re-organization and protein aggregation are potentially of immunological importance.

  17. Enzymatic reaction modulated gold nanorod end-to-end self-assembly for ultrahigh sensitively colorimetric sensing of cholinesterase and organophosphate pesticides in human blood.

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    Lu, Linlin; Xia, Yunsheng

    2015-08-18

    We present herein the first reported self-assembly modulation of gold nanorods (AuNRs) by enzymatic reaction, which is further employed for colorimetric assays of cholinesterase (ChE) and organophosphate pesticides (OPs) in human blood. ChE catalyzes its substrate (acetylthiocholine) and produces thiocholine and acetate acid. The resulting thiols then react with the tips of the AuNRs by S-Au conjunction and prevent subsequent cysteine-induced AuNR end-to-end (EE) self-assembly. Correspondingly, the AuNR surface plasmon resonance is regulated, which results in a distinctly ratiometric signal output. Under optimal conditions, the linear range is 0.042 to 8.4 μU/mL, and the detection limit is as low as 0.018 μU/mL. As ChE is incubated with OPs, the enzymatic activity is inhibited. So, the cysteine-induced assembly is observed again. On the basis of this principle, OPs can be well determined ranging from 0.12 to 40 pM with a 0.039 pM detection limit. To our knowledge, the present quasi pU/mL level sensitivity for ChE and the quasi femtomolar level sensitivity for OPs are at least 500 and 7000 times lower than those of previous colorimetric methods, respectively. The ultrahigh sensitivity results from (1) the rational choice of anisotropic AuNRs as building blocks and reporters and (2) the specific structure of the enzymatic thiocholine. Because of ultrahigh sensitivity, serum samples are allowed to be extremely diluted in the assay. Accordingly, various nonspecific interactions, even from glutathione/cysteine, are well avoided. So, both ChE and OPs in human blood can be directly assayed without any prepurification, indicating the simplicity and practical promise of the proposed method.

  18. Aptamer biosensor for Salmonella typhimurium detection based on luminescence energy transfer from Mn2 +-doped NaYF4:Yb, Tm upconverting nanoparticles to gold nanorods

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    Cheng, Keyi; Zhang, Jianguo; Zhang, Liping; Wang, Lun; Chen, Hongqi

    2017-01-01

    A highly sensitive luminescent bioassay for the detection of Salmonella typhimurium was fabricated using Mn2 +-doped NaYF4:Yb,Tm upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) as the donor and gold nanorods (Au NRs) as the acceptor and utilizing an energy transfer (LET) system. Mn2 +-doped NaYF4:Yb,Tm UCNPs with a strong emission peak at 807 nm were obtained by changing the doped ion ratio. Carboxyl-terminated Mn2 +-doped NaYF4:Yb,Tm UCNPs were coupled with S. typhimurium aptamers, which were employed to capture and concentrate S. typhimurium. The electrostatic interactions shorten the distance between the negatively charged donor and the positively charged acceptor, which results in luminescence quenching. The added S. typhimurium leads to the restoration of luminescence due to the formation of UCNPs-aptamers-S. typhimurium, which repels the UCNPs-aptamers from the Au NRs. The LET system does not occur because of the nonexistence of the luminescence emission band of Mn2 +-doped NaYF4:Yb,Tm UCNPs, which had large spectral overlap with the absorption band of Au NRs. Under optimal conditions, the linear range of detecting S. typhimurium was 12 to 5 × 105 cfu/mL (R = 0.99). The limit of detection for S. typhimurium was as low as 11 cfu/mL in an aqueous buffer. The measurement of S. typhimurium in milk samples was satisfied in accordance with the plate-counting method, suggesting that the proposed method was of practical value in the application of food security.

  19. Structural and optical properties of dense vertically aligned ZnO nanorods grown onto silver and gold thin films by galvanic effect with iron contamination

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    Scarpellini, D.; Paoloni, S.; Medaglia, P.G. [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome (Italy); Pizzoferrato, R., E-mail: pizzoferrato@uniroma2.it [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome (Italy); Orsini, A.; Falconi, C. [Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome (Italy)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • ZnO nanorods were grown on Au and Ag films in aqueous solution by galvanic effect. • The method is prone to metal contamination which can influence the ZnO properties. • Iron doping improves the lattice matching between ZnO and the substrate. • Energy levels of point defects are lowered and the light emission is red-shifted. • Galvanic-induced nucleation starts and proceeds continuously during the growth. - Abstract: Dense arrays of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods have been grown onto either silver or gold seedless substrates trough a simple hydrothermal method by exploiting the galvanic effect between the substrate and metallic parts. The nanorods exhibit larger bases and more defined hexagonal shapes, in comparison with standard non-galvanic wet-chemistry synthesis. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the iron contamination, associated with the galvanic contact, significantly improves the in-plane compatibility of ZnO with the Au and Ag cubic lattice. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements indicate that the contamination does not affect the number density of localized defects, but lowers their energy levels uniformly; differently, the band-edge emission is not altered appreciably. Finally, we have found that the ZnO hetero-nucleation by galvanic effect initiates at different times in different sites of the substrate area. Our results can be useful for the fabrication of high performance piezonanodevices comprising high-density metal-to-ZnO nanoscaled junctions without intermediate polycrystalline layers.

  20. Synthesis and optical properties of small Au nanorods using a seedless growth technique.

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    Ali, Moustafa R K; Snyder, Brian; El-Sayed, Mostafa A

    2012-06-26

    Gold nanoparticles have shown potential in photothermal cancer therapy and optoelectronic technology. In both applications, a call for small size nanorods is warranted. In the present work, a one-pot seedless synthetic technique has been developed to prepare relatively small monodisperse gold nanorods with average dimensions (length × width) of 18 × 4.5 nm, 25 × 5 nm, 15 × 4.5 nm, and 10 × 2.5 nm. In this method, the pH was found to play a crucial role in the monodispersity of the nanorods when the NaBH(4) concentration of the growth solution was adjusted to control the reduction rate of the gold ions. At the optimized pH and NaBH(4) concentrations, smaller gold nanorods were produced by adjusting the CTAB concentration in the growth solution. In addition, the concentration of silver ions in the growth solution was found to be pivotal in controlling the aspect ratio of the nanorods. The extinction coefficient values for the small gold nanorods synthesized with three different aspect ratios were estimated using the absorption spectra, size distributions, and the atomic spectroscopic analysis data. The previously accepted relationships between the extinction coefficient or the longitudinal band wavelength values and the nanorods' aspect ratios found for the large nanorods do not extend to the small size domain reported in the present work. The failure of extending these relationships over larger sizes is a result of the interaction of light with the large rods giving an extinction band which results mostly from scattering processes while the extinction of the small nanorods results from absorption processes.

  1. A theoretical study on interaction of proline with gold cluster

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    Sandhya Rai; N V Suresh Kumar; Harjinder Singh

    2012-06-01

    Interaction of proline with gold cluster was studied using density functional theory (DFT). Two types of mixed basis sets UB3LYP/6-311++G ∪ LANL2MB and UB3LYP/6-311++G ∪ LANL2DZ were used for optimization of complex structures. Proline interacts with gold cluster either through one anchor bond, N–Au or an anchor bond O–Au associated with a non-conventional O–H…Au hydrogen bond. Among these interactions, higher tendency for interaction is seen with Au cluster through amide terminal. Natural bond orbital analysis (NBO) is used to substantiate the results.

  2. Surface interactions between gold nanoparticles and biochar

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    Engineered nanomaterials are directly applied to agricultural soils as a part of pesticide/fertilize formulations and sludge/manure amendments. Yet, no prior reports are available on the extent and reversibility of gold nanoparticles (nAu) retention by soil components including charcoal black carbo...

  3. RGD-conjugated silica-coated gold nanorods on the surface of carbon nanotubes for targeted photoacoustic imaging of gastric cancer

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    Wang, Can; Bao, Chenchen; Liang, Shujing; Fu, Hualin; Wang, Kan; Deng, Min; Liao, Qiande; Cui, Daxiang

    2014-05-01

    Herein, we reported for the first time that RGD-conjugated silica-coated gold nanorods on the surface of multiwalled carbon nanotubes were successfully used for targeted photoacoustic imaging of in vivo gastric cancer cells. A simple strategy was used to attach covalently silica-coated gold nanorods (sGNRs) onto the surface of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) to fabricate a hybrid nanostructure. The cross-linked reaction occurred through the combination of carboxyl groups on the MWNTs and the amino group on the surface of sGNRs modified with a silane coupling agent. RGD peptides were conjugated with the sGNR/MWNT nanostructure; resultant RGD-conjugated sGNR/MWNT probes were investigated for their influences on viability of MGC803 and GES-1 cells. The nude mice models loaded with gastric cancer cells were prepared, the RGD-conjugated sGNR/MWNT probes were injected into gastric cancer-bearing nude mice models via the tail vein, and the nude mice were observed by an optoacoustic imaging system. Results showed that RGD-conjugated sGNR/MWNT probes showed good water solubility and low cellular toxicity, could target in vivo gastric cancer cells, and obtained strong photoacoustic imaging in the nude model. RGD-conjugated sGNR/MWNT probes will own great potential in applications such as targeted photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy in the near future.

  4. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) imaging-guided real-time photothermal ablation of target cancer cells using polydopamine-encapsulated gold nanorods as multifunctional agents.

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    Sun, Changlong; Gao, Mingxia; Zhang, Xiangmin

    2017-08-01

    In this study, we developed a novel "see-and-treat" theranostic system named "surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) imaging-guided real-time photothermal therapy" for accurate cancer detection and real-time cancer cell ablation using the same Raman laser. Facilely synthesized polydopamine-encapsulated gold nanorods (AuNRs), which possess excellent biocompatibility and enhanced stability, were used as multifunctional agents. Under near-infrared (NIR) laser irradiation, polydopamine-encapsulated AuNRs show strong SERS effect and high photothermal conversion efficiency simultaneously. After immobilization of antibodies (anti-EpCAM), polydopamine-encapsulated gold nanorods show high specificity to target cancer cells. Tumor margins could be distinguished facilely by a quick SERS imaging process, which was confirmed by H&E staining results. By focusing the exciting light on detected cancer cells for a prolonged time, cancer cells could be ablated immediately without the need of other procedure. This "see-and-treat" theranostic strategy combining SERS imaging and real-time photothermal therapy using the same Raman laser is proposed for the first time. Experimental results confirmed the feasibility of our "SERS imaging-guided real-time photothermal therapy system." This novel theranostic strategy can significantly improve the efficiency of cancer therapy in clinical application, allowing the effective ablation of cancer cells with no effects on surrounding healthy tissues. Graphical abstract ᅟ.

  5. Immunosensor Incorporating Anti-His (C-term IgG F(ab’ Fragments Attached to Gold Nanorods for Detection of His-Tagged Proteins in Culture Medium

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    Michal Wąsowicz

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Immunosensors based on gold electrodes (electrochemical or gold discs (optical modified with 1,6-hexanedithiol, gold nanorods and Anti-His (C-term monoclonal antibody F(ab’ fragment are described. The antigen detected by the sensing platform is a recombinant histidine-tagged silk proteinase inhibitor (rSPI2-His6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS and surface plasmon resonance (SPR techniques were used as methods for detection of the antigen. This approach allows to detect the antigen protein in concentration of 10 pg per mL (0.13 pM of culture medium. The immunosensor shows good reproducibility due to covalent immobilization of F(ab’ fragments to gold nanorods layer

  6. Extinction properties of gold nanorod complexes%金纳米棒复合体的消光特性∗

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    黄运欢; 李璞

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonics with subwavelength characteristics can break the diffraction limit of light and be used to produce the sub-wavelength optoelectronic device, thus it has aroused great interest for decades. Local surface plasmon resonance of metal nanoparticles has become one of the research hotspots due to the fact it can produce extinction and near-field enhancement effect. How to achieve controllable plasmon line shape and generate strong electromagnetic field enhancement is of great significance for improving the sensing performance, nonlinear effect and surface enhanced Raman factor of metallic nanostructures. The optical properties of plasmonic oligomer clusters composed of normal and L-shaped nanrod dimers are investigated by using the finite-difference time-domain method in this paper. There are two energy modes for an L-shaped nanorod due to its shaped anisotropy, where plasmons oscillate along the arms of the L-shaped nanorod or oscillate over the whole length of the L-shaped nanorod. Therefore, two bonding resonances appear in the spectrum of an L-shaped nanorod dimer, while only one bonding resonance exists for normal nanorod dimer. When a normal nanorod dimer and an L-shaped nanorod dimer are aligned together to form a quadrumer, the three bonding resonances can be excited simultaneously and radiative damping can be suppressed effectively around the dip spectral positions. It is shown that the optical responses of quadrumer can be strongly tuned by manipulating the geometry parameters. For example, the coupling between the two dimers can be modified by adjusting the separation, and the three resonances shift toward higher energies with the increasing of the separation. In addition, the optical responses of individual nanorod depend on the corresponding arm length. As a result, the three resonances of the quadrumer can also be well tuned by adjusting the arm length. Comparing the variation of resonance peak positions between L-shaped nanorod dimer and normal

  7. Fabrication of novel gold nanorod/polymer nanocomposite fibers and their application in heavy metal ion sensing

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    Tang, Wenqiong

    Metallic nanoparticles (MNPs), which exhibit fascinating optical, electronic and catalytic properties, have been recognized as essential building blocks for the development of advanced nanodevices. Production of MNP assemblies on a pre-designed substrate is a crucial step towards the exploration of their ensemble properties as well as their potential applications. Despite the diverse assembly strategies reported in the literature, the lack of a generic MNP immobilization strategy with applicability to MNPs and substrates with various shapes and chemical compositions remains an unsolved problem. To this end, we proposed an electrostatic attraction-driven assembly strategy and applied it to the fabrication of a novel nanocomposite material composed of gold nanorod (AuNR) assemblies supported on electrospun polycaprolactone (PCL) fibers. In order to utilize electrostatic attraction as the driving force, opposite surface charges on the AuNRs and the PCL fibrous substrate were developed via polyelectrolyte decoration. UV-Vis studies on the AuNR immobilization process revealed that the AuNR density on the fiber surface can be effectively tuned by changing the immersion time. The as-fabricated AuNR/PCL nanocomposite fibers were further employed as substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) measurements and they exhibited high activity as well as excellent reproducibility for both chemisorbed and physisorbed analyte molecules. In addition, a comparison experiment on the SERS performance of the 3D AuNR/PCL fibrous substrate and its 2D counterpart---a AuNR/PCL film, demonstrated that the former provided superior SERS activity due to the enhanced surface area. With the demonstration on the high SERS efficacy, we moved one step further towards the development of a SERS-based environmental sensor targeting the detection of highly toxic heavy metal ions of Hg2+ and Cu 2+. The SERS detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ was achieved through the functionalization of Au

  8. RNAi-based therapeutic nanostrategy: IL-8 gene silencing in pancreatic cancer cells using gold nanorods delivery vehicles.

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    Panwar, Nishtha; Yang, Chengbin; Yin, Feng; Yoon, Ho Sup; Chuan, Tjin Swee; Yong, Ken-Tye

    2015-09-11

    RNA interference (RNAi)-based gene silencing possesses great ability for therapeutic intervention in pancreatic cancer. Among various oncogene mutations, Interleukin-8 (IL-8) gene mutations are found to be overexpressed in many pancreatic cell lines. In this work, we demonstrate IL-8 gene silencing by employing an RNAi-based gene therapy approach and this is achieved by using gold nanorods (AuNRs) for efficient delivery of IL-8 small interfering RNA (siRNA) to the pancreatic cell lines of MiaPaCa-2 and Panc-1. Upon comparing to Panc-1 cells, we found that the dominant expression of the IL-8 gene in MiaPaCa-2 cells resulted in an aggressive behavior towards the processes of cell invasion and metastasis. We have hence investigated the suitability of using AuNRs as novel non-viral nanocarriers for the efficient uptake and delivery of IL-8 siRNA in realizing gene knockdown of both MiaPaCa-2 and Panc-1 cells. Flow cytometry and fluorescence imaging techniques have been applied to confirm transfection and release of IL-8 siRNA. The ratio of AuNRs and siRNA has been optimized and transfection efficiencies as high as 88.40 ± 2.14% have been achieved. Upon successful delivery of IL-8 siRNA into cancer cells, the effects of IL-8 gene knockdown are quantified in terms of gene expression, cell invasion, cell migration and cell apoptosis assays. Statistical comparative studies for both MiaPaCa-2 and Panc-1 cells are presented in this work. IL-8 gene silencing has been demonstrated with knockdown efficiencies of 81.02 ± 10.14% and 75.73 ± 6.41% in MiaPaCa-2 and Panc-1 cells, respectively. Our results are then compared with a commercial transfection reagent, Oligofectamine, serving as positive control. The gene knockdown results illustrate the potential role of AuNRs as non-viral gene delivery vehicles for RNAi-based targeted cancer therapy applications.

  9. Fluorescence Imaging of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells Labeled with Gold Nanorods and Detection by AFM%金纳米棒标记HepG2人肝癌细胞的荧光成像及其AFM探测

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    孙桂敏; 杨培慧; 孙俊环; 蔡继业

    2011-01-01

    金纳米棒具有独特的光学性质,在生物医学领域有着广泛而重要的应用前景.本文制备了长径比为8∶1的金纳米棒,其在480 nm波长激发下,在560 nm和707 nm波长处有两个荧光发射峰.基于金纳米棒的荧光性质,将其标记于HepG2人肝癌细胞表面,利用激光扫描共聚焦显微镜对标记后的细胞进行荧光成像.在488 nm激发下,获得了绿色和红色两种颜色的荧光图像,并进一步用高分辨率的原子力显微镜探测了GNRs标记后细胞形貌及机械性质的变化.%Due to the unique and tunable optical properties, gold nanorods have potential and important applications in the biomedical field. In this paper, gold nanorods with the aspect ratio 8 were prepared, an outstanding fluorescence feature of the gold nanorods excited at 480 ran was observed in terms of a strong fluorescence emission at 707 nm and a relatively weak fluorescence at 560 nm. Based on their fluorescence properties , HepG2 cells were labeled by this type of gold nanorods, and were studied by using laser scanning confocal microscope. Green and red fluorescence images of gold nanorods were collected under the excitation of 488 nm. Furthermore, high-resolution atomic force microscopy was used to obtain the morphology and mechanical properties changes of the HepGz cells.

  10. Increasing the spectral shifts in LSPR biosensing using DNA-functionalized gold nanorods in a competitive assay format for the detection of interferon-γ.

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    Lin, Ding-Zheng; Chuang, Po-Chun; Liao, Pei-Chen; Chen, Jung-Po; Chen, Yih-Fan

    2016-07-15

    We demonstrate an approach that utilizes DNA-functionalized gold nanorods (AuNRs) in an indirect competitive assay format to increase the spectra shift in localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) biosensing. We use interferon gamma (IFN-γ) as a model analyte to demonstrate the feasibility of our detection method. The LSPR chips with periodic gold nanodot arrays are fabricated using a thermal lithography process and are functionalized with IFN-γ aptamers for detection. The DNA-functionalized AuNRs and IFN-γ compete with each other to bind to the aptamers during detection, and the spectra shifts are mainly caused by the AuNRs rather than IFN-γ. When using our approach, the target molecules do not need to be captured by two capture ligands simultaneously during detection and thus do not require multiple binding sites. Both experiments and finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations show that making the AuNRs as close to the chip surface as possible is very critical for increasing LSPR shifts, and the simulated results also show that the orientation of the AuNR affects the plasmon coupling between the gold nanodots on the chip surface and the nearby AuNRs. Although only the detection of IFN-γ is demonstrated in this study, we expect that the LSPR biosensing method can be applied to label-free detection of a variety of molecules as long as suitable aptamers are available.

  11. Study of the Reaction Rate of Gold Nanotube Synthesis from Sacrificial Silver Nanorods through the Galvanic Replacement Method

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    Sunil Kwon; Hyunbae Dong; Sang-Yup Lee

    2010-01-01

    An investigation was carried out about the gold nanotube synthesis via a galvanic replacement reaction. The progress of the gold nanotube synthesis was investigated using electron microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. In addition, the reaction rates of gold nanotube formation in the early stage of the reaction were studied. The chlorine ion concentration linearly increased with the gold precursor concentration but deviated from the stoichiometric amounts. This deviation was probably due to AgCl...

  12. Multi-responsive hybrid particles: thermo-, pH-, photo-, and magneto-responsive magnetic hydrogel cores with gold nanorod optical triggers.

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    Rittikulsittichai, Supparesk; Kolhatkar, Arati G; Sarangi, Subhasis; Vorontsova, Maria A; Vekilov, Peter G; Brazdeikis, Audrius; Randall Lee, T

    2016-06-01

    The research strategy described in this manuscript harnesses the attractive properties of hydrogels, gold nanorods (Aurods), and magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) by synthesizing one unique multi-responsive nanostructure. This novel hybrid structure consists of silica-coated magnetic particles encapsulated within a thermo-responsive P(NIPAM-co-AA) hydrogel network on which Aurods are assembled. Furthermore, this research demonstrates that these composite particles respond to several forms of external stimuli (temperature, pH, light, and/or applied magnetic field) owing to their specific architecture. Exposure of the hybrid particles to external stimuli led to a systematic and reversible variation in the hydrodynamic diameter (swelling-deswelling) and thus in the optical properties of the hybrid particles (red-shifting of the plasmon band). Such stimuli-responsive volume changes can be effectively exploited in drug-delivery applications.

  13. Gold nanorod@silica-carbon dots as multifunctional phototheranostics for fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging-guided synergistic photodynamic/photothermal therapy

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    Jia, Qingyan; Ge, Jiechao; Liu, Weimin; Liu, Sha; Niu, Guangle; Guo, Liang; Zhang, Hongyan; Wang, Pengfei

    2016-06-01

    Phototheranostics, which is the application of light in the diagnostic imaging and therapy of cancer, has shown great promise for multimodal cancer imaging and effective therapy. Herein, we developed multifunctional gold nanorod@silica-carbon dots (GNR@SiO2-CDs) as a phototheranostic agent by incorporating carbon dots (CDs) with gold nanorods (GNRs), using SiO2 as a scaffold. In GNR@SiO2-CDs, the GNRs act as both photoacoustic (PA) imaging and photothermal therapy (PTT) agents, and the CDs serve as fluorescence (FL) imaging and photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents. The introduction of SiO2 not only improves the chemical stability of the GNRs and CDs in the physiological environment but also prevents the absolute quenching of the fluorescence of the CDs by GNRs. These collective properties make GNR@SiO2-CDs a novel phototheranostic agent, in which high sensitivity and good spatial resolution of FL/PA imaging can be achieved to guide PDT/PTT treatments through i.v. administration. The combination of PDT and PTT proved to be more efficient in killing cancer cells compared to PDT or PTT alone under a low dose of laser irradiation (low toxicity of this phototheranostic agent. Our work highlights the potential of using GNRs and CDs as novel phototheranostic agents for multifunctional cancer therapies.Phototheranostics, which is the application of light in the diagnostic imaging and therapy of cancer, has shown great promise for multimodal cancer imaging and effective therapy. Herein, we developed multifunctional gold nanorod@silica-carbon dots (GNR@SiO2-CDs) as a phototheranostic agent by incorporating carbon dots (CDs) with gold nanorods (GNRs), using SiO2 as a scaffold. In GNR@SiO2-CDs, the GNRs act as both photoacoustic (PA) imaging and photothermal therapy (PTT) agents, and the CDs serve as fluorescence (FL) imaging and photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents. The introduction of SiO2 not only improves the chemical stability of the GNRs and CDs in the physiological

  14. The fate of silver ions in the photochemical synthesis of gold nanorods: an extended X-ray absorption fine structure analysis.

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    Giannici, Francesco; Placido, Tiziana; Curri, Maria Lucia; Striccoli, Marinella; Agostiano, Angela; Comparelli, Roberto

    2009-12-14

    Water-soluble gold nanorods (Au NRs) were synthesized using a silver-ion mediated photochemical route under UV irradiation. Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) measurements on the Ag K-edge were performed on samples obtained at different Ag/Au ratios and at increasing irradiation times in order to investigate the fate of silver ions during the growth of Au NRs. EXAFS measurements allowed to probe the chemical state and the local environment of silver in the final product. Experimental data suggest that Ag atoms are placed on top of the Au particles as metallic Ag(0), while no significant contribution to the EXAFS spectra comes from AgBr or other Ag(+) based species. The reported results strongly support the deposition of Ag(0) islands on the (110) surfaces of the Au particles, thus driving the anisotropic growth via the (111) surfaces.

  15. Photoacoustic effect measurement in aqueous suspensions of gold nanorods caused by low-frequency and low-power near-infrared pulsing laser irradiation.

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    López de Pablo, Cristina Sánchez; Ramos Ávila, Julio Alberto; Fernández Cabada, Tamara; del Pozo Guerrero, Francisco; Serrano Olmedo, José Javier

    2013-07-01

    When aqueous suspensions of gold nanorods are irradiated with a pulsing laser (808 nm), pressure waves appear even at low frequencies (pulse repetition rate of 25 kHz). We found that the pressure wave amplitude depends on the dynamics of the phenomenon. For fixed concentration and average laser current intensity, the amplitude of the pressure waves shows a trend of increasing with the pulse slope and the pulse maximum amplitude. We postulate that the detected ultrasonic pressure waves are a sort of shock waves that would be generated at the beginning of each pulse, because the pressure wave amplitude would be the result of the positive interference of all the individual shock waves.

  16. Tumor necrosis factor interaction with gold nanoparticles

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    Tsai, De-Hao; Elzey, Sherrie; Delrio, Frank W.; Keene, Athena M.; Tyner, Katherine M.; Clogston, Jeffrey D.; Maccuspie, Robert I.; Guha, Suvajyoti; Zachariah, Michael R.; Hackley, Vincent A.

    2012-05-01

    We report on a systematic investigation of molecular conjugation of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF) protein onto gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and the subsequent binding behavior to its antibody (anti-TNF). We employ a combination of physical and spectroscopic characterization methods, including electrospray-differential mobility analysis, dynamic light scattering, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence assay, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The native TNF used in this study exists in the active homotrimer configuration prior to conjugation. After binding to AuNPs, the maximum surface density of TNF is (0.09 +/- 0.02) nm-2 with a binding constant of 3 × 106 (mol L-1)-1. Dodecyl sulfate ions induce desorption of monomeric TNF from the AuNP surface, indicating a relatively weak intermolecular binding within the AuNP-bound TNF trimers. Anti-TNF binds to both TNF-conjugated and citrate-stabilized AuNPs, showing that non-specific binding is significant. Based on the number of anti-TNF molecules adsorbed, a substantially higher binding affinity was observed for the TNF-conjugated surface. The inclusion of thiolated polyethylene glycol (SH-PEG) on the AuNPs inhibits the binding of anti-TNF, and the amount of inhibition is related to the number ratio of surface bound SH-PEG to TNF and the way in which the ligands are introduced. This study highlights the challenges in quantitatively characterizing complex hybrid nanoscale conjugates, and provides insight on TNF-AuNP formation and activity.We report on a systematic investigation of molecular conjugation of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF) protein onto gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and the subsequent binding behavior to its antibody (anti-TNF). We employ a combination of physical and spectroscopic characterization methods, including electrospray-differential mobility analysis, dynamic light scattering, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

  17. Templating of self-alignment patterns of anisotropic gold nanoparticles on ordered SWNT macrostructures.

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    Dan, Budhadipta; Wingfield, Tyler B; Evans, Julian S; Mirri, Francesca; Pint, Cary L; Pasquali, Matteo; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2011-09-01

    We report a simple and versatile technique for oriented assembly of gold nanorods on aligned single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) macrostructures, such as thin nanotube films and nanotube fibers. The deposition and assembly is accomplished via drop drying of dilute gold nanorod suspensions on SWNT macrostructures under ambient conditions. Guided by anisotropic interactions, gold nanorods, and polygonal platelets spontaneously align with SWNTs, resulting in macroscopic arrays of locally ordered nanorods supported on aligned SWNT substrates. SEM reveals that the scalar order parameter of rods relative to the local average SWNT alignment is 0.7 for rods on SWNT films and 0.9 for rods on SWNT fibers. This self-alignment is enabled by anisotropic gold nanoparticle-SWNT interactions and is observed for a wide range of nanoparticles, including nanorods with aspect ratios ranging from 2-35, thin gold triangular and other polygonal platelets. The plasmonic properties of aligned gold nanorods together with superior electronic, chemical and mechanical properties of SWNTs make these hybrid nanocomposites valuable for the design of self-assembled multifunctional optoelectronic materials and optical metamaterials.

  18. Multi-responsive hybrid particles: thermo-, pH-, photo-, and magneto-responsive magnetic hydrogel cores with gold nanorod optical triggers

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    Rittikulsittichai, Supparesk; Kolhatkar, Arati G.; Sarangi, Subhasis; Vorontsova, Maria A.; Vekilov, Peter G.; Brazdeikis, Audrius; Randall Lee, T.

    2016-06-01

    The research strategy described in this manuscript harnesses the attractive properties of hydrogels, gold nanorods (Aurods), and magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) by synthesizing one unique multi-responsive nanostructure. This novel hybrid structure consists of silica-coated magnetic particles encapsulated within a thermo-responsive P(NIPAM-co-AA) hydrogel network on which Aurods are assembled. Furthermore, this research demonstrates that these composite particles respond to several forms of external stimuli (temperature, pH, light, and/or applied magnetic field) owing to their specific architecture. Exposure of the hybrid particles to external stimuli led to a systematic and reversible variation in the hydrodynamic diameter (swelling-deswelling) and thus in the optical properties of the hybrid particles (red-shifting of the plasmon band). Such stimuli-responsive volume changes can be effectively exploited in drug-delivery applications.The research strategy described in this manuscript harnesses the attractive properties of hydrogels, gold nanorods (Aurods), and magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) by synthesizing one unique multi-responsive nanostructure. This novel hybrid structure consists of silica-coated magnetic particles encapsulated within a thermo-responsive P(NIPAM-co-AA) hydrogel network on which Aurods are assembled. Furthermore, this research demonstrates that these composite particles respond to several forms of external stimuli (temperature, pH, light, and/or applied magnetic field) owing to their specific architecture. Exposure of the hybrid particles to external stimuli led to a systematic and reversible variation in the hydrodynamic diameter (swelling-deswelling) and thus in the optical properties of the hybrid particles (red-shifting of the plasmon band). Such stimuli-responsive volume changes can be effectively exploited in drug-delivery applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Contains detailed information about the synthesis of

  19. Gold nanorods/mesoporous silica-based nanocomposite as theranostic agents for targeting near-infrared imaging and photothermal therapy induced with laser

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Yang Liu,1,2 Ming Xu,3 Qing Chen,1 Guannan Guan,1 Wen Hu,3 Xiuli Zhao,1 Mingxi Qiao,1 Haiyang Hu,1 Ying Liang,2 Heyun Zhu,1 Dawei Chen1 1School of Pharmacy, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, 2Department of Pharmacy, Bengbu Medical College, Bengbu, 3College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Photothermal therapy (PTT is widely regarded as a promising technology for cancer treatment. Gold nanorods (GNRs, as excellent PTT agent candidates, have shown high-performance photothermal conversion ability under laser irradiation, yet two major obstacles to their clinical application are the lack of selective accumulation in the target site following systemic administration and the greatly reduced photothermal conversion efficiency caused by self-aggregating in aqueous environment. Herein, we demonstrate that tLyp-1 peptide-functionalized, indocyanine green (ICG-containing mesoporous silica-coated GNRs (I-TMSG possessed dual-function as tumor cells-targeting near-infrared (NIR fluorescent probe and PTT agents. The construction of the nanostructure began with synthesis of GNRs by seed-mediated growth method, followed by the coating of mesoporous silica, the chemical conjugation of PEG and tLyp-1 peptide, and the enclosure of ICG as an NIR imaging agent in the mesoporous. The as-prepared nanoparticles could shield the GNRs against their self-aggregation, improve the stability of ICG, and exhibit negligible dark cytotoxicity. More importantly, such a theranostic nanocomposite could realize the combination of GNRs-based photothermal ablation under NIR illumination, ICG-mediated fluorescent imaging, and tLyp-1-enabled more easy endocytosis into breast cancer cells. All in all, I-TMSG nanoparticles, in our opinion, possessed the strong potential to realize the effective diagnosis and PTT treatment of human mammary cancer. Keywords: theranostic nanoagents, photothermal therapy, indocyanine

  20. Functionalized gold nanorod-based labels for amplified electrochemical immunoassay of E. coli as indicator bacteria relevant to the quality of dairy product.

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    Zhang, Xinai; Zhang, Fan; Zhang, Hongyin; Shen, Jianzhong; Han, En; Dong, Xiaoya

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we report an amplified electrochemical immunoassay for Escherichia coli as indicator bacteria relevant to the quality of dairy product using the functionalized gold nanorod-based labels ({dAb-AuNR-FCA}). The {dAb-AuNR-FCA} labels were designed by exploiting silica-functionalized gold nanorods (AuNR@SiO2) as the carriers for immobilization of detection antibody (dAb) and ferrocenecarboxylic acid (FCA), in which dAb was used for recognition of E. coli and FCA tags served as signal-generating molecule. Greatly amplified signal was achieved in the sandwich-type immunoassay when enormous FCA linked to AuNR@SiO2. Compared with the commercially available {dAb-FCA}, the {dAb-AuNR-FCA} labels exhibited a better performance for E. coli assay due to the advantages of AuNR@SiO2 as carriers. Under optimal experimental conditions, it showed a linear relationship between the peak current of FCA and the logarithmic value of E. coli concentration ranging from 1.0×10(2) to 5.0×10(4) cfu mL(-1) with a detection limit of 60 cfu mL(-1) (S/N=3), and the electrochemical detection of E. coli could be achieved in 3h. Moreover, the proposed strategy was used to determine E. coli in dairy product (pure fresh milk, yogurt in shelf-life, and expired yogurt), and the recoveries of standard additions were in the range of 95.1-106%. This proposed strategy exhibited rapid response, high sensitivity and specificity for E. coli assay in dairy product, and could become a promising technique to estimate the quality of dairy product.

  1. Comparison of amino acids interaction with gold nanoparticle.

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    Ramezani, Fatemeh; Amanlou, Massoud; Rafii-Tabar, Hashem

    2014-04-01

    The study of nanomaterial/biomolecule interface is an important emerging field in bionanoscience, and additionally in many biological processes such as hard-tissue growth and cell-surface adhesion. To have a deeper understanding of the amino acids/gold nanoparticle assemblies, the adsorption of these amino acids on the gold nanoparticles (GNPs) has been investigated via molecular dynamics simulation. In these simulations, all the constituent atoms of the nanoparticles were considered to be dynamic. The geometries of amino acids, when adsorbed on the nanoparticle, were studied and their flexibilities were compared with one another. The interaction of each of 20 amino acids was considered with 3 and 8 nm gold GNPs.

  2. 纳米尺度金棒诱导肿瘤细胞凋亡的机制研究%Mechanisms of tumor cell’ s apoptosis triggered by gold nanorods

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    张付雷; 蒋成; 报柯长洪; 余泰; 李素芬; 郭尚敬; 李威

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the mechanism that gold nanorods trigger apoptosis in cancer cells.Methods Gold nanorods was synthesized by gold seed growing method, and its characterization was detected; gold nanorods on cell proliferation-toxicity were evaluated by CCK-8 Kit and apoptosis were detected by flow; mitochondrial membrane potential were tested by JC-1 and activation of Caspase 9 and Caspase 3 were detected by western blot. Results The results found that gold nanorods had nontoxic to normal cells, but highly toxic to tumor cells; and with the increasing of gold nanorods’ working time, the percentage of apoptotic cancer cells was increasing; in addition to, normal cells’ mitochondrial membrane potential did not change, but cancer cells had a significant reduction in mitochondrial membrane potential.Conclusion This study proves that gold nanorods induce apoptosis through the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway.%目的:探究金纳米棒引发癌细胞凋亡的机制。方法利用金种子生长法合成金纳米棒,并对其进行表征;利用CCK-8评价金纳米棒对细胞的增殖抑制-毒性,并通过流式凋亡检测;利用 JC-1对线粒体膜电位检测及 western blot 检测Caspase9和Caspase3的活化程度。结果通过研究发现金纳米棒对正常细胞毒性很小,而对肿瘤细胞毒性很大;并且随着金纳米棒作用时间增加癌细胞的凋亡比例也在增加;另外正常细胞线粒体膜电位没变化而癌细胞线粒体膜电位大幅度降低。结论金纳米棒引发的癌细胞凋亡是通过线粒体凋亡途径。

  3. From gold nanoparticles to luminescent nano-objects: experimental aspects for better gold-chromophore interactions

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    Navarro, Julien R. G.; Lerouge, Frederic

    2017-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles have been the center of interest for scientists since many decades. Within the last 20 years, the research in that field has soared with the possibility to design and study nanoparticles with controlled shapes. From spheres to more complex shapes such as stars, or anisotropic architectures like rods or bipyramids, these new systems feature plasmonic properties making them the tools of choice for studies on light-matter interactions. In that context, fluorescence quenching and enhancement by gold nanostructures is a growing field of research. In this review, we report a non-exhaustive summary of the synthetic modes for various shapes and sizes of isotropic and anisotropic nanoparticles. We then focus on fluorescent studies of these gold nano-objects, either considering "bare" particles (without modifications) or hybrid particles (surface interaction with a chromophore). In the latter case, the well-known metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF) is more particularly developed; the mechanisms of MEF are discussed in terms of the additional radiative and non-radiative decay rates caused by several parameters such as the vicinity of the chromophore to the metal or the size and shape of the nanostructures.

  4. Comparison of Behaviour in Different Liquids and in Cells of Gold Nanorods and Spherical Nanoparticles Modified by Linear Polyethyleneimine and Bovine Serum Albumin

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanorods (GNRs are considered one of the most promising forms of nanoparticles for nanobiotechnology; however, the problem of their toxicity is currently not resolved. We synthesised GNRs, modified with linear polyethyleneimine (PEI-GNRs, and examined their physicochemical and some biological properties in comparison with GNRs modified with BSA and spherical gold nanoparticles (sGNPs modified with the same agents. The influence of the buffer, cell culture media, and serum on hydrodynamic diameter and zeta potential of all GNPs was studied. Simultaneously, the size, shape, and formation of a corona were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. PEI-GNRs and GNPs were nontoxic for BHK-21 and HeLa cells (MTT test. Penetration of all GNPs into BHK-21, melanoma B16, and HeLa cells was examined after 30 min, 3 h, and 24 h of incubation using TEM ultrathin sections. PEI-GNRs and PEI-sGNPs demonstrated fast and active penetration into cells by caveolin-dependent and lipid raft-mediated endocytosis and accumulated in endosomes and lysosomes. BSA-modified GNPs showed prolonged flotation and a significant delay in cell penetration. The results show that the charge of initial NPs determines penetration into cells. Thus, the designed PEI-GNRs were nontoxic and stable in cell culture media and could efficiently penetrate cells.

  5. Contributions from radiation damping and surface scattering to the linewidth of the longitudinal plasmon band of gold nanorods: a single particle study.

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    Novo, Carolina; Gomez, Daniel; Perez-Juste, Jorge; Zhang, Zhenyuan; Petrova, Hristina; Reismann, Maximilian; Mulvaney, Paul; Hartland, Gregory V

    2006-08-14

    The scattering spectra of single gold nanorods with aspect ratios between 2 and 4 have been examined by dark field microscopy. The results show that the longitudinal plasmon resonance (electron oscillation along the long axis of the rod) broadens as the width of the rods decreases from 14 to 8 nm. This is attributed to electron surface scattering. Analysis of the data using gamma = gamma(bulk) + Anu(F)/L(eff), where L(eff) is the effective path length of the electrons and nu(F) is the Fermi velocity, allows us to determine a value for the surface scattering parameter of A = 0.3. Larger rods with widths of 19 and 30 nm were also examined. These samples also show spectral broadening, which is attributed to radiation damping. The relative strengths of the surface scattering and radiation damping effects are in excellent agreement with recent work on spherical gold nanoparticles by Sönnichsen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2002, 88, 077402; and by Berciaud et al., Nano Lett., 2005, 5, 515.

  6. Surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy using interacting gold nanowires

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    Neubrech, Frank; Weber, Daniel; Pucci, Annemarie [Kirchhoff-Institut fuer Physik, Heidelberg (Germany); Shen, Hong [Universite Troyes, Troyes (France); Lamy de la Chapelle, Marc [Universite Paris 13, Bobigny (France)

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    We performed surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy (SEIRS) of molecules adsorbed on gold nanowires using synchrotron light of the ANKA IR-beamline at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany). Arrays of gold nanowires with interparticle spacings down to 30nm were prepared by electron beam lithography. The interparticle distance was reduced further by wet-chemically increasing the size of the gold nanowires. The growth of the wires was proofed using IR spectroscopy as well as scanning electron microscopy. After this preparation step, appropriate arrays of nanowires with an interparticle distance down to a few nanometers were selected to demonstrate the surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy of one monolayer octadecanthiol (ODT). As know from SEIRS studies using single gold nanowires, the spectral position of the antenna-like resonance in relation to the absorption bands of ODT (2850cm-1 and 2919cm-1) is crucial for both, the lineshape of the molecular vibration and the signal enhancement. In contrast to single nanowires studies, a further increase of the enhanced signals is expected due to the interaction of the electromagnetic fields of the close-by nanowires.

  7. Study of the Reaction Rate of Gold Nanotube Synthesis from Sacrificial Silver Nanorods through the Galvanic Replacement Method

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    Sunil Kwon

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available An investigation was carried out about the gold nanotube synthesis via a galvanic replacement reaction. The progress of the gold nanotube synthesis was investigated using electron microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. In addition, the reaction rates of gold nanotube formation in the early stage of the reaction were studied. The chlorine ion concentration linearly increased with the gold precursor concentration but deviated from the stoichiometric amounts. This deviation was probably due to AgCl precipitates formed by the reaction of chlorine ions with dissolved silver ions. The replacement reaction was promoted with increased temperature and was nonlinearly proportional to the gold ion concentration. The outcomes of this research will enhance the current understanding of the galvanic replacement reaction.

  8. Casimir-Lifshitz interaction between ZnO and SiO2 nanorods in bromobenzene: retardation effects turn the interaction repulsive at intermediate separations

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    Boström, Mathias; Baldissera, Gustavo; Persson, Clas; Ninham, Barry W

    2012-01-01

    We consider the interaction between a ZnO nanorod and a SiO2 nanorod in bromobenzene. Using optical data for the interacting objects and ambient we calculate the force - from short-range attractive van der Waals force to intermediate range repulsive Casimir-Lifshitz force to long range entropically driven attraction. The nonretarded van der Waals interaction is attractive at all separations. We demonstrate a retardation driven repulsion at intermediate separations. At short separations (in the nonretarded limit) and at large separations (in the classical limit) the interaction is attractive. These effects can be understood from an analysis of multiple crossings of the dielectric functions of the three media as functions of imaginary frequencies.

  9. Transfer of gold nanoparticles from the water column to the estuarine food web

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    Ferry, John L.; Craig, Preston; Hexel, Cole; Sisco, Patrick; Frey, Rebecca; Pennington, Paul L.; Fulton, Michael H.; Scott, I. Geoff; Decho, Alan W.; Kashiwada, Shosaku; Murphy, Catherine J.; Shaw, Timothy J.

    2009-07-01

    Within the next five years the manufacture of large quantities of nanomaterials may lead to unintended contamination of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The unique physical, chemical and electronic properties of nanomaterials allow new modes of interaction with environmental systems that can have unexpected impacts. Here, we show that gold nanorods can readily pass from the water column to the marine food web in three laboratory-constructed estuarine mesocosms containing sea water, sediment, sea grass, microbes, biofilms, snails, clams, shrimp and fish. A single dose of gold nanorods (65 nm length × 15 nm diameter) was added to each mesocosm and their distribution in the aqueous and sediment phases monitored over 12 days. Nanorods partitioned between biofilms, sediments, plants, animals and sea water with a recovery of 84.4%. Clams and biofilms accumulated the most nanoparticles on a per mass basis, suggesting that gold nanorods can readily pass from the water column to the marine food web.

  10. Study on the Interaction of Colloidal Gold with Taq DNA Polymerase

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    ZHU,Hong-Ping; MI,Li-Juan; CHEN,Shi-Mou; WANG,Wen-Feng; YAO,Si-De

    2007-01-01

    The interaction of colloidal gold with Taq DNA polymerase (Taq) was investigated in this study. Taq-gold conjugate was formed by adding the enzyme to the colloidal gold solution, as evidenced by UV-Vis spectroscopy,X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and photon cross correlation spectroscopy measurements. The conjugate was further characterized by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the Taq-gold conjugate particles were still spherical and well-dispersed. The influence of gold nanoparticles on the bioactivity of Taq was studied by analyzing the yield of the polymerase chain reaction amplification. Results indicated that the enzymatic activity of Taq decreased after interaction with the colloidal gold.

  11. Supramolecular Gold Metallogelators: The Key Role of Metallophilic Interactions

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    João Carlos Lima

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Gold metallogelators is an emerging area of research. The number of results published in the literature is still scarce. The majority of these gels is observed in organic solvents, and the potential applications are still to be explored. In this work, we present an overview about gold metallogelators divided in two different groups depending on the type of solvent used in the gelation process (organogelators and hydrogelators. A careful analysis of the data shows that aurophilic interactions are a common motif directly involved in gelation involving Au(I complexes. There are also some Au(III derivatives able to produce gels but in this case the organic ligands determine the aggregation process. A last section is included about the potential applications that have been reported until now with this new and amazing class of supramolecular assemblies.

  12. Gold nanoparticle-embedded silk protein-ZnO nanorod hybrids for flexible bio-photonic devices

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    Gogurla, Narendar; Kundu, Subhas C.; Ray, Samit K.

    2017-04-01

    Silk protein has been used as a biopolymer substrate for flexible photonic devices. Here, we demonstrate ZnO nanorod array hybrid photodetectors on Au nanoparticle-embedded silk protein for flexible optoelectronics. Hybrid samples exhibit optical absorption at the band edge of ZnO as well as plasmonic energy due to Au nanoparticles, making them attractive for selective UV and visible wavelength detection. The device prepared on Au-silk protein shows a much lower dark current and a higher photo to dark-current ratio of ∼105 as compared to the control sample without Au nanoparticles. The hybrid device also exhibits a higher specific detectivity due to higher responsivity arising from the photo-generated hole trapping by Au nanoparticles. Sharp pulses in the transient photocurrent have been observed in devices prepared on glass and Au-silk protein substrates due to the light induced pyroelectric effect of ZnO, enabling the demonstration of self-powered photodetectors at zero bias. Flexible hybrid detectors have been demonstrated on Au-silk/polyethylene terephthalate substrates, exhibiting characteristics similar to those fabricated on rigid glass substrates. A study of the performance of photodetectors with different bending angles indicates very good mechanical stability of silk protein based flexible devices. This novel concept of ZnO nanorod array photodetectors on a natural silk protein platform provides an opportunity to realize integrated flexible and self-powered bio-photonic devices for medical applications in near future.

  13. Turn-on near-infrared electrochemiluminescence sensing of thrombin based on resonance energy transfer between CdTe/CdS coresmall/shellthick quantum dots and gold nanorods.

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    Wang, Jing; Jiang, Xiaochun; Han, Heyou

    2016-08-15

    Here we designed a near-infrared electrochemiluminescence (NECL) aptasensor for turn-on ultrasensitive determination of thrombin. It was based on the ECL resonance energy transfer (ECL-RET) of CdTe/CdS coresmall/shellthick quantum dots (QDs) to gold nanorods (AuNRs). AuNRs which functioned as ECL acceptors were assembled onto CdTe/CdS film by DNA hybridization between aptamers and their complementary oligonucleotides. In the absence of thrombin, the NECL of QDs was quenched as a result of the ECL-RET of QDs to AuNRs. In the presence of thrombin, the NECL of the system was "turned on" because thrombin can replace the AuNRs onto the QDs film, owing to the specific aptamer-protein affinity interactions. In this way, the increment of ECL intensity and the concentration of thrombin showed a logarithmic linear correlation in the range of 100 aM to 10 fM with a detection limit of 31 aM (S/N=3). Importantly, the developed aptasensor was successfully applied to thrombin sensing in real serum samples.

  14. Effect of gold nanorods and nanocubes on electroluminescent performances in organic light-emitting diodes and its working mechanism

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    Ying Xu

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this manuscript we investigated the influence of Au nanoparticles on electrical and electroluminescent (EL performances in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs via doping as-synthesized Au nanorods (NRs or nanocubes (NCs into hole transport layer (HTL. Through accurately controlling the distance between the Au NRs and the emitting layer, altering the guest emitter’s lifetime, and replacing Au NRs with Au NCs to satisfy a better spectrum overlap with the emission guest, we got a conclusion that doping Au NRs or NCs into HTL has no significant influence on the device’s electrical and EL performances, although we observed an increase in the spontaneous emission rate in a fluorescent material by the exciton-surface plasmon-coupling. Our results suggest that a further research on emission mechanism in surface plasmon-enhanced OLEDs is still in process.

  15. Improve the surface enhanced Raman scattering of gold nanorods decorated graphene oxide: The effect of CTAB on the electronic transition

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    Li, Jian-Jun; An, Hui-Qin; Zhu, Jian; Zhao, Jun-Wu, E-mail: nanoptzhao@163.com

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    Highlights: • The retaining CTAB in the substrates greatly improves the SERS of GO–AuNR hybrids. • The electronic transition efficiency of GO–AuNR substrate has been enhanced by CTAB. • The SERS activity of GO–AuNR substrate depends on the aspect ratio non-monotonously. - Abstract: The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of the graphene oxide (GO) and Au nanorod (AuNR) hybrid (GO–AuNR) has been investigated by using the rhodamine 6G (R6G) as Raman active probe. Because of the existence of CTAB in the GO–AuNR substrate, the electronic transition efficiency has been greatly increased, which results in the significant improvement of SERS activity. A non-monotonous intensity change of SERS as a function of longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (SPR) wavelength has also been observed, which has been attributed to the aspect ratio-dependent competition between SPR and lightning rod effect.

  16. Towards the Development of Phospholipid-Encapsulated Gold Nanorod Chains for Enhanced Raman-Scattering and the Improvement of Student Scientific Communication Skills in Undergraduate Classroom and Laboratory Settings

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    Stewart, Alexander F.

    Depending on functionalization, nanospecies can serve effectively as Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) probes. Their efficacy can be improved by tuning their shape and concentrating their electric field profile into smaller regions. This tuning is seen particularly well in nanorods, which concentrate such fields near the rod tips or ends, in 'hotspots'. These hotspots can be constructively enhanced through the self-assembly of the nanospecies in question, further increasing the enhancement of Raman-active species within. When considering their potential application as SERS probes, both the separation of end-to-end assembled nanorods (gap size), as well as the degree of assembly (chain length), are factors that must be optimized to obtain maximal signal. This thesis reports on the development of robust and variable methods for assembling gold nanorod species in an end-to-end configuration, and for investigating their effectiveness as SERS probes. Using both polymers and short charged ligands with control over their locations of attachment to gold nanorods, nanorod assembly could be initiated in a longitudinal direction either through changing the solvent system or through the introduction of bridging ligands. Exploitation of the inter-rod gap 'hotspot' region allowed for significant Raman enhancement of species located in said gap. Using phospholipids to encapsulate the assembling nanorod allowed for significant control over the proportions of species, in terms of length of the nanorod chain. This control allowed for further optimization of the Raman signals from species of interest. This thesis also details the investigation, over a period of several academic years, of the success of the Writing Instruction and Training (WIT) program, an initiative to iteratively improve student written communication skills as they related to scientific chemical communication. In courses ranging from first to third year, undergraduates were provided with opportunities to

  17. Generation of a Focused Poly(amino ether Library: Polymer-mediated Transgene Delivery and Gold-Nanorod based Theranostic Systems

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    Lucas Vu, James Ramos, Thrimoorthy Potta, Kaushal Rege

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A focused library of twenty-one cationic poly(amino ethers was synthesized following ring-opening polymerization of two diglycidyl ethers by different oligoamines. The polymers were screened in parallel for plasmid DNA (pDNA delivery, and transgene expression efficacies of individual polymers were compared to those of 25 kDa polyethylenimine (PEI, a current standard for polymer-mediated transgene delivery. Seven lead polymers that demonstrated higher transgene expression than PEI in pancreatic and prostate cancer cells lines were identified from the screen. All seven lead polymers showed highest transgene expression at a polymer:pDNA weight ratio of 5:1 in the MIA PaCa-2 pancreatic cancer cell line. Among the conditions studied, transgene expression efficacy correlated with minimal polymer cytotoxicity but not polyplex sizes. In addition, this study indicated that methylene spacing between amine centers in the monomers, amine content, and molecular weight of the polymers are all significant factors and should be considered when designing polymers for transgene delivery. A lead effective polymer was employed for coating gold nanorods, leading to theranostic nanoassemblies that possess combined transgene delivery and optical imaging capabilities, leading to potential theranostic systems.

  18. Three-Photon Luminescence of Gold Nanorods Excited by 1040 nm Femtosecond Laser for High Contrast Tissue and In Vivo Imaging

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    Wang, Shaowei; Zhao, Xinyuan; Zhang, Hequn; Cai, Fuhong; Qian, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Gold Nanorods (GNRs) with tunable aspect ratios can strongly absorb and scatter light in the NIR region due to their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) property, and have been demonstrated to exhibit strong plasmon enhanced multiphoton luminescence (MPL) with brightness many times stronger than the conventional organic chromophores. In this study, we synthesized GNRs with longitudinal LSPR peak at 1036 nm to match our home-built light source 1040 nm femtosecond laser, which locates in the “optical window” where the tissue absorbs relatively little light. PEGylated GNRs with great biocompatibility were intravenously injected through the tail vein into mice. Excited by 1040 nm laser, the GNRs exhibit bright three-photon luminescence (3PL) signals while circulating in the blood vessels. The use of GNRs as bright contrast agents for 3PL imaging of mouse ear blood vessels in vivo was demonstrated. And GNRs targeted in tissues can be excited by 1040 nm laser and could be clearly visualized with no autofluorescence background. These results indicated that 3PL of GNRs is very promising for deep in vivo bioimaging and assessing the distribution of GNRs in tissues with high contrast.

  19. SERS detection of Biomolecules at Physiological pH via aggregation of Gold Nanorods mediated by Optical Forces and Plasmonic Heating

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    Fazio, Barbara; D'Andrea, Cristiano; Foti, Antonino; Messina, Elena; Irrera, Alessia; Donato, Maria Grazia; Villari, Valentina; Micali, Norberto; Maragò, Onofrio M.; Gucciardi, Pietro G.

    2016-06-01

    Strategies for in-liquid molecular detection via Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) are currently based on chemically-driven aggregation or optical trapping of metal nanoparticles in presence of the target molecules. Such strategies allow the formation of SERS-active clusters that efficiently embed the molecule at the “hot spots” of the nanoparticles and enhance its Raman scattering by orders of magnitude. Here we report on a novel scheme that exploits the radiation pressure to locally push gold nanorods and induce their aggregation in buffered solutions of biomolecules, achieving biomolecular SERS detection at almost neutral pH. The sensor is applied to detect non-resonant amino acids and proteins, namely Phenylalanine (Phe), Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) and Lysozyme (Lys), reaching detection limits in the μg/mL range. Being a chemical free and contactless technique, our methodology is easy to implement, fast to operate, needs small sample volumes and has potential for integration in microfluidic circuits for biomarkers detection.

  20. Facile fabrication of 3D layer-by-layer graphene-gold nanorod hybrid architecture for hydrogen peroxide based electrochemical biosensor

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    Chenming Xue

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Three-dimensional (3D layer-by-layer graphene-gold nanorod (GNR architecture has been constructed. The resulting hybrid nanomaterials’ architecture has been tested for detecting hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 through the electrocatalytic reaction on a three electrode disposable biosensor platform. Cyclic voltammetry and amperometry were used to characterize and assess the performance of the biosensor. The 3D layer-by-layer modified electrode exhibited the highest sensitivity compared to the active carbon, graphene-oxide, cysteine-graphene oxide and GNR coated electrodes. This research explored the feasibility of using the 3D hybrid graphene-GNR as a template for biosensor. The 3D hybrid structure exhibited higher sensitivity than GNRs alone. SEM showed the explanation that GNRs had self-aggregates reducing the contact surface area when coated on the active carbon electrode, while there were no such aggregates in the 3D structure, and TEM illustrated that GNRs dispersed well in the 3D structure. This research demonstrated a better way to prepare well-separated metal nanoparticles by using the 3D layer-by-layer structure. Consequently, other single and bi-metallic metal nanoparticles could be incorporated into such structure. As a practical example, 3D layer-by-layer nanomaterials modified active carbon electrode was used for detecting glucose showing very good sensitivity and minimum interference by ascorbic acid and uric acid in test solution, which indicated a good selectivity of the biosensor as well.

  1. Fractionation and Characterization of High Aspect Ratio Gold Nanorods Using Asymmetric-Flow Field Flow Fractionation and Single Particle Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Thao M. Nguyen

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanorods (GNRs are of particular interest for biomedical applications due to their unique size-dependent longitudinal surface plasmon resonance band in the visible to near-infrared. Purified GNRs are essential for the advancement of technologies based on these materials. Used in concert, asymmetric-flow field flow fractionation (A4F and single particle inductively coupled mass spectrometry (spICP-MS provide unique advantages for fractionating and analyzing the typically complex mixtures produced by common synthetic procedures. A4F fractions collected at specific elution times were analyzed off-line by spICP-MS. The individual particle masses were obtained by conversion of the ICP-MS pulse intensity for each detected particle event, using a defined calibration procedure. Size distributions were then derived by transforming particle mass to length assuming a fixed diameter. The resulting particle lengths correlated closely with ex situ transmission electron microscopy. In contrast to our previously reported observations on the fractionation of low-aspect ratio (AR GNRs (AR < 4, under optimal A4F separation conditions the results for high-AR GNRs of fixed diameter (≈20 nm suggest normal, rather than steric, mode elution (i.e., shorter rods with lower AR generally elute first. The relatively narrow populations in late eluting fractions suggest the method can be used to collect and analyze specific length fractions; it is feasible that A4F could be appropriately modified for industrial scale purification of GNRs.

  2. Gold nanorod-based poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) with manganese dioxide core-shell structured multifunctional nanoplatform for cancer theranostic applications.

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    Wang, Lei; Li, Dong; Hao, Yongwei; Niu, Mengya; Hu, Yujie; Zhao, Hongjuan; Chang, Junbiao; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Zhang, Yun

    2017-01-01

    Recently, photothermal therapy has become a promising strategy in tumor treatment. However, the therapeutic effect was seriously hampered by the low tissue penetration of laser. Therefore, in this study, radiofrequency (RF) with better tissue penetration was used for tumor hyperthermia. First, one type of gold nanorods (AuNRs) suitable for RF hyperthermia was selected. Then, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) loaded with AuNRs and docetaxel (DTX) (PLGA/AuNR/DTX) NPs were constructed. Finally, manganese dioxide (MnO2) ultrathin nanofilms were coated on the surfaces of PLGA/AuNR/DTX NPs by the reduction of KMnO4 to construct the PLGA/AuNR/DTX@MnO2 drug delivery system. This drug delivery system can not only be used for the combined therapy of chemotherapy and RF hyperthermia but can also produce Mn(2+) to enable magnetic resonance imaging. Furthermore, the RF hyperthermia and the degradation of MnO2 can significantly promote the controlled drug release in a tumor region. The in vitro and in vivo results suggested that the PLGA/AuNR/DTX@MnO2 multifunctional drug delivery system is a promising nanoplatform for effective cancer theranostic applications.

  3. Photothermal Therapy Using Gold Nanorods and Near-Infrared Light in a Murine Melanoma Model Increases Survival and Decreases Tumor Volume

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    Mary K. Popp

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Photothermal therapy (PTT treatments have shown strong potential in treating tumors through their ability to target destructive heat preferentially to tumor regions. In this paper we demonstrate that PTT in a murine melanoma model using gold nanorods (GNRs and near-infrared (NIR light decreases tumor volume and increases animal survival to an extent that is comparable to the current generation of melanoma drugs. GNRs, in particular, have shown a strong ability to reach ablative temperatures quickly in tumors when exposed to NIR light. The current research tests the efficacy of GNRs PTT in a difficult and fast growing murine melanoma model using a NIR light-emitting diode (LED light source. LED light sources in the NIR spectrum could provide a safer and more practical approach to photothermal therapy than lasers. We also show that the LED light source can effectively and quickly heat in vitro and in vivo models to ablative temperatures when combined with GNRs. We anticipate that this approach could have significant implications for human cancer therapy.

  4. Evaluation of the In Vitro Effect of Gold Nanorod Aspect Ratio, Surface Charge and Chemistry on Cellular Association and Cytotoxicity

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    in RPMI 1640 cell culture media (Life Technologies, Grand Island, NY, USA) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (Hyclone, Logan, UT, USA) and 1...imaging of embryonic stem cells using multiphoton luminescence of gold nanoparticles. Int J Nanomedicine, 2(4), 813-819. Pandey, S., Shah, R., Mewada, A...3 3.5 Cell culture conditions

  5. Single-Crystalline Gold Nanowires Synthesized from Light-Driven Oriented Attachment and Plasmon-Mediated Self-Assembly of Gold Nanorods or Nanoparticles

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    Yu, Shang-Yang; Gunawan, Hariyanto; Tsai, Shiao-Wen; Chen, Yun-Ju; Yen, Tzu-Chen; Liaw, Jiunn-Woei

    2017-01-01

    Through the light-driven geometrically oriented attachment (OA) and self-assembly of Au nanorods (NRs) or nanoparticles (NPs), single-crystalline Au nanowires (NWs) were synthesized by the irradiation of a linearly-polarized (LP) laser. The process was conducted in a droplet of Au colloid on a glass irradiated by LP near-infrared (e.g. 1064 nm and 785 nm) laser beam of low power at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, without any additive. The FE-SEM images show that the cross sections of NWs are various: tetragonal, pentagonal or hexagonal. The EDS spectrum verifies the composition is Au, and the pattern of X-ray diffraction identifies the crystallinity of NWs with the facets of {111}, {200}, {220} and {311}. We proposed a hypothesis for the mechanism that the primary building units are aligned and coalesced by the plasmon-mediated optical torque and force to form the secondary building units. Subsequently, the secondary building units undergo the next self-assembly, and so forth the tertiary ones. The LP light guides the translational and rotational motions of these building units to perform geometrically OA in the side-by-side, end-to-end and T-shaped manners. Consequently, micron-sized ordered mesocrystals are produced. Additionally, the concomitant plasmonic heating causes the annealing for recrystallizing the mesocrystals in water. PMID:28300218

  6. Single-Crystalline Gold Nanowires Synthesized from Light-Driven Oriented Attachment and Plasmon-Mediated Self-Assembly of Gold Nanorods or Nanoparticles

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    Yu, Shang-Yang; Gunawan, Hariyanto; Tsai, Shiao-Wen; Chen, Yun-Ju; Yen, Tzu-Chen; Liaw, Jiunn-Woei

    2017-03-01

    Through the light-driven geometrically oriented attachment (OA) and self-assembly of Au nanorods (NRs) or nanoparticles (NPs), single-crystalline Au nanowires (NWs) were synthesized by the irradiation of a linearly-polarized (LP) laser. The process was conducted in a droplet of Au colloid on a glass irradiated by LP near-infrared (e.g. 1064 nm and 785 nm) laser beam of low power at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, without any additive. The FE-SEM images show that the cross sections of NWs are various: tetragonal, pentagonal or hexagonal. The EDS spectrum verifies the composition is Au, and the pattern of X-ray diffraction identifies the crystallinity of NWs with the facets of {111}, {200}, {220} and {311}. We proposed a hypothesis for the mechanism that the primary building units are aligned and coalesced by the plasmon-mediated optical torque and force to form the secondary building units. Subsequently, the secondary building units undergo the next self-assembly, and so forth the tertiary ones. The LP light guides the translational and rotational motions of these building units to perform geometrically OA in the side-by-side, end-to-end and T-shaped manners. Consequently, micron-sized ordered mesocrystals are produced. Additionally, the concomitant plasmonic heating causes the annealing for recrystallizing the mesocrystals in water.

  7. Nanotechnology combined therapy: tyrosine kinase-bound gold nanorod and laser thermal ablation produce a synergistic higher treatment response of renal cell carcinoma in a murine model.

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    Liu, James; Abshire, Caleb; Carry, Connor; Sholl, Andrew B; Mandava, Sree Harsha; Datta, Amrita; Ranjan, Manish; Callaghan, Cameron; Peralta, Donna V; Williams, Kristen S; Lai, Weil R; Abdel-Mageed, Asim B; Tarr, Matthew; Lee, Benjamin R

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    To investigate tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) and gold nanorods (AuNRs) paired with photothermal ablation in a human metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) mouse model. Nanoparticles have been successful as a platform for targeted drug delivery in the treatment of urological cancers. Likewise, the use of nanoparticles in photothermal tumour ablation, although early in its development, has provided promising results. Our previous in vitro studies of nanoparticles loaded with both TKI and AuNRs and activated with photothermal ablation have shown significant synergistic cell kill greater than each individual arm alone. This study is a translation of our initial findings to an in vivo model. Immunologically naïve nude mice (athymic nude-Foxn1(nu) ) were injected subcutaneously bilaterally in both flanks (n = 36) with 2.5 × 10(6) cells of a human metastatic renal cell carcinoma cell line (RCC 786-O). Subcutaneous xenograft tumours developed into 1-cm palpable nodules. AuNRs encapsulated in human serum albumin protein (HSA) nanoparticles were synthesised with or without a TKI and injected directly into the tumour nodule. Irradiation was administered with an 808-nm light-emitting diode laser for 6 min. Mice were humanely killed 14 days after irradiation; tumours were excised, formalin fixed, paraffin embedded, and evaluated for size and the percentage of necrosis by a genitourinary pathologist. The untreated contralateral flank tumours were used as controls. In mice that did not receive irradiation, TKI alone yielded 4.2% tumour necrosis on the injected side and administration of HSA-AuNR-TKI alone yielded 11.1% necrosis. In the laser-ablation models, laser ablation alone yielded 62% necrosis and when paired with HSA-AuNR there was 63.4% necrosis. The combination of laser irradiation and HSA-AuNR-TKI had cell kill rate of 100%. In the absence of laser irradiation, TKI treatment alone or when delivered via nanoparticles produced moderate necrosis. Irradiation

  8. Self-assembled nanogaps via seed-mediated growth of end-to-end linked gold nanorods

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    Jain, Titoo; Westerlund, Axel Rune Fredrik; Johnson, Erik

    2009-01-01

    on the nanoscale. We here present a new way to end-to-end link AuNRs with a single or few linker molecules. Whereas methods reported in the literature so far rely on modification of the AuNRs after the synthesis, we here dimerize gold nanoparticle seeds with a water-soluble dithiol-functionalized polyethylene....... In essence, our methods hence demonstrate the fabrication of a nanostructure with a molecule connected to two nanoelectrodes by bottom-up chemical assembly....

  9. Interaction of gold nanoparticles with nanosecond laser pulses: Nanoparticle heating

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    Nedyalkov, N.N., E-mail: nnn_1900@yahoo.com [Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Tzarigradsko shousse 72, Sofia 1784 (Bulgaria); Imamova, S.E.; Atanasov, P.A. [Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Tzarigradsko shousse 72, Sofia 1784 (Bulgaria); Toshkova, R.A.; Gardeva, E.G.; Yossifova, L.S.; Alexandrov, M.T. [Institute of Experimental Pathology and Parasitology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, G. Bonchev Street, bl. 25, Sofia 1113 (Bulgaria); Obara, M. [Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan)

    2011-04-01

    Theoretical and experimental results on the heating process of gold nanoparticles irradiated by nanosecond laser pulses are presented. The efficiency of particle heating is demonstrated by in-vitro photothermal therapy of human tumor cells. Gold nanoparticles with diameters of 40 and 100 nm are added as colloid in the cell culture and the samples are irradiated by nanosecond pulses at wavelength of 532 nm delivered by Nd:YAG laser system. The results indicate clear cytotoxic effect of application of nanoparticle as more efficient is the case of using particles with diameter of 100 nm. The theoretical analysis of the heating process of nanoparticle interacting with laser radiation is based on the Mie scattering theory, which is used for calculation of the particle absorption coefficient, and two-dimensional heat diffusion model, which describes the particle and the surrounding medium temperature evolution. Using this model the dependence of the achieved maximal temperature in the particles on the applied laser fluence and time evolution of the particle temperature is obtained.

  10. 不同表面化学修饰金纳米棒的血液相容性%Hemocompatibility of different surface modified gold nanorods

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    李媛; 王小慧; 庄远; 张华欣; 李治宁; 詹林盛

    2013-01-01

    目的 采用化学修饰获得不同表面功能基团、不同电性质金纳米棒(GNR),考察其血液相容性差异.方法 采用“种子调制生长法”制备GNR,对其表面进行化学修饰得到电中性的聚乙二醇(PEG)修饰GNR(PEG-GNR)、带负电的巯基十一烷酸(MUA)修饰GNR(MUA-GNR)及带正电溴化十六烷基三甲基铵(CTAB)修饰GNR(CTAB-GNR).采用透射电镜、表面等离子共振及zeta电位测量对修饰前后的GNR进行表征.通过溶血实验及血浆复钙实验评价3种不同电性质、不同化学修饰GNR的血液相容性.结果 3种不同化学修饰GNR对血液中红细胞的破坏程度依次为:PEG-GNR< CTAB-GNR< MUA-GNR.PEG-GNR在较高剂量1.7 g/L时,溶血率已小于5%.血浆复钙实验结果表明,相同剂量的3种修饰中,CTAB-GNR的复钙时间动力学曲线明显由陡峭趋于平缓,且复钙时间延长最多(33 min),其次为PEG-GNR(21 min).结合产生丝状不溶物的量可知,PEG修饰的GNR具有最佳的抗凝血性能.结论 综合溶血实验及血浆复钙实验结果可认为,表面PEG化能显著改善GNR材料的血液相容性.%Objective To investigate the hemocompatibility of gold nanorods (GNR) with different surface functional groups and electrical properties. Methods First, GNR were prepared using a seed-mediated surfactant-directed method, and the electrically neutral GNR, negatively charged GNR and positively charged GNR were obtained by modification with polyethylene glycol ( PEG) , mercapto undecanoic acid (MUA) and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) , respectively. The prepared GNR were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, surface plasmon resonance and zeta potential measurements. Then, through the hemolysis experiment and the plasma recalcification experiment, the hemocompatibility of the three different surface-modified GNR have been evaluated. Results The results showed that, in blood, the destruction rates of red blood cells for three

  11. Resonance light scattering spectroscopy study of interaction between gold colloid and thiamazole and its analytical application

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    Liu, Xiaoling; Yuan, Hong; Pang, Daiwen; Cai, Ruxiu

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we used resonance light scattering (RLS) spectroscopy to study the interaction between thiol-containing pharmaceutical-thiamazole and gold colloid. At pH 5.2, the resonance light scattering spectrum of gold nanoparticles has a maximum peak at 555 nm and the RLS intensity is enhanced by trace amount of thiamazole due to the interaction between thiamazole and gold colloid. The binding of colloidal gold to thiamazole results in ligand-induced aggregation of colloidal gold, which was characterized by RLS spectrum, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrum, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Based upon the study, we proposed a highly sensitive, gold colloid-based assay using RLS spectrum to detect pharmaceuticals for the first time. The mechanism of binding interaction between Au colloid and thiamazole was also discussed.

  12. Using carbon nanotubes-gold nanocomposites to quench energy from pinnate titanium dioxide nanorods array for signal-on photoelectrochemical aptasensing.

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    Deng, Wenping; Shen, Lei; Wang, Xiu; Yang, Chunlei; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei; Song, Xianrang

    2016-08-15

    On the basis of the absorption and emission spectra overlap, an enhanced resonance energy transfer caused by excition-plasmon resonance between carbon nanotubes-gold nanoparticles (CNTs-Au) and pinnate titanium dioxide nanorods array (P-TiO2 NA) was obtained. Three-dimensional single crystalline P-TiO2 were prepared successfully on fluorine-doped tin oxide conducting glass (FTO glass), and its optical absorption properties and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties were investigated. With the synergy of CNTs-Au as energy acceptor, it resulted in the enhancement of energy transfer between excited P-TiO2 NA and CNTs-Au. Upon the novel sandwichlike structure formed via DNA hybridization, the exciton produced in P-TiO2 NA was annihilated and a damped photocurrent was obtained. With the use of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as a model which bonded to its specific aptamer and destroyed the sandwichlike structure, the energy transfer efficiency was lowered, leading to PEC response augment. Thus a signal-on PEC aptasensor was constructed. Under the optimal conditions, the PEC aptasensor for CEA determination exhibited a linear range from 0.001 to 2.5ngmL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.39pgmL(-1) and was satisfactory for clinical sample detection. Furthermore, the proposed aptasensor shows satisfying performance, such as easy preparation, rapid detection and so on. Moreover, since different aptamer can specifically bind to different target molecules, the designed strategy has an expansive application for the construction of versatile PEC platforms.

  13. One-pot high-yield synthesis of single-crystalline gold nanorods using glycerol as a low-cost and eco-friendly reducing agent

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    Parveen, Rashida; Gomes, Janaina F.; Ullah, Sajjad; Acuña, José J. S.; Tremiliosi-Filho, Germano

    2015-10-01

    The formation of gold nanorods (AuNRs) has recently attracted great attention due to their shape-dependent optical properties that are important for many applications. The development of simpler and safer methods for the high-yield synthesis of AuNRs employing low-cost and easily handled reagents is thus of great importance. Here, we introduce, for the first time, a one-pot seedless method for the preparation of single-crystalline AuNRs in almost 100 % yield based on the use of glycerol in alkaline medium as an eco-friendly, low-cost and pH-tunable reducing agent. The synthesized AuNRs were characterized by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, FEG-SEM and HRTEM. The effect of the presence of capping agent (CTAB) and the concentration of reactants (glycerol, NaOH and AgNO3) on the yield and aspect ratio (AR) of AuNRs is discussed. The AR and yield of AuNRs showed a clear dependence on the pH and temperature of the reaction mixture as well as on the concentration of AgNO3 added as an auxiliary reagent. The longitudinal plasmon resonance band of the resulting AuNRs can be tuned between 620 and 1200 nm by varying the reaction conditions. AuNRs with an aspect ratio (AR) of around 4 were obtained in almost 100 % yield at room temperature and under mild reducing environment. The formation of AuNRs is faster at higher pH (>11) and higher temperature (>30 °C), but the AuNR yield is smaller (fcc structure, free from structural faults or dislocations. The present green method, which introduces glycerol as a tunable reducing agent with a pH-dependent reducing power, can provide a more general strategy for the preparation of a wide range of metallic nanoparticles.

  14. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer between NaYF{sub 4}:Yb,Tm upconversion nanoparticles and gold nanorods: Near-infrared responsive biosensor for streptavidin

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    Zhang, Shuang; Wang, Jing; Xu, Wen; Chen, Boting; Yu, Wei; Xu, Lin; Song, Hongwei, E-mail: songhw@jlu.edu.cn

    2014-03-15

    We represent a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) system using upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) and the gold nanorods (GNRs) as the energy donor–acceptor pair for directly determining streptavidin in near-infrared (NIR) region. NaYF{sub 4}:Yb,Tm UCNPs, which had a strong emission at 800 nm under 980-nm excitation, were adopted as the energy donor. The GNRs, which demonstrated strong surface plasmon absorption around 800 nm, were chosen as acceptor to quench the 800 nm emissions of the UCNPs. There had the spectral overlap between the emission of the donor nanoparticles (UCNPs) and the absorption of the acceptor nanoparticles (GNRs). This UCNP-based FRET system was then used to determine the amount of streptavidin. In this system, NaYF{sub 4}:Yb,Tm UCNPs conjugated with biotin, while GNRs conjugated with streptavidin. When added GNRs into UCNPs, the streptavidin were preferred to bind with biotin and decreased spacing between the donor and acceptor NPs. Consequently, FRET occurred and a linear relationship between the luminescence quenching efficiency and the concentration of streptavidin was obtained. Owing to the aforementioned merits of UCNPs as an energy donor and the strong quenching ability of GNRs, satisfactory analytical performances have been acquired. -- Highlights: • NaYF4:Yb,Tm and GNRs are as NIR energy donor and quenching acceptor for FRET. • Linkage between biotin and streptavidin make the distance between the donors and the acceptors short enough for FRET. • The FRET system in this work was applicable for the detection of streptavidin. • The donor and acceptor NPs can be modified by proper molecules for other biological molecules detection.

  15. Increased electrocatalyzed performance through hairpin oligonucleotide aptamer-functionalized gold nanorods labels and graphene-streptavidin nanomatrix: Highly selective and sensitive electrochemical biosensor of carcinoembryonic antigen.

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    Wen, Wei; Huang, Jing-Yi; Bao, Ting; Zhou, Jun; Xia, Hong-Xing; Zhang, Xiu-Hua; Wang, Sheng-Fu; Zhao, Yuan-Di

    2016-09-15

    We report a triplex signal amplification strategy for sensitive biosensing of cancer biomarker by taking advantage of hairpin-shaped oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanorods (HO-GNRs), graphene and the avidin-biotin reation. The strategy expands electrochemical detection of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) by using an aptamer as biosensor's recognition element and HO-GNRs as signal enhancer. To construct this biosensor, the GNR was used as a carrier of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and HO aptamer with a biotin at the 3'-end and a thiol at the 5'-end, which amplified the electrochemical response because of a large molar ratio of HRP to HO. In the presence of target CEA, the binding reactions of CEA with the loop portions of the HOs caused HOs' loop-stem structure opened and exposed the biotins, and then HRP-GNRs-HO conjugates were captured on graphene and streptavidin modified electrodes via the reaction between the exposed biotins and preimmobilized streptavidins. The accumulation of HRP effectively catalyzed the hydrogen peroxide-mediated oxidation of o-phenylenediamine to generate an electrochemical reduction current for CEA detection. Under optimal conditions, the electrochemical biosensor exhibited a wide dynamic range of 5pgmL(-1) and 50ngmL(-1) toward CEA standards with a low detection limit of 1.5pgmL(-1) (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). The proposed biosensor accurately detected CEA concentration in 8 human serum samples from patients with lung diseases, showing excellent correlations with standard chemiluminescence immunoassay. Furthermore, these results of target DNA detection made it abundantly clear that the proposed strategy can also be extended for detection of other relative biomarkers using different functional DNA structures, which shows great prospects in single-nucleotide polymorphisms analysis, biomedical sensing and application for accurate clinical diseases diagnostic.

  16. A "turn-off" luminescence resonance energy transfer aptamer sensor based on near-infrared upconverting NaYF4∶Yb3+, Tm3+ nanoparticles as donors and gold nanorods as acceptors

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    Hong-Qi Chen; Juan Xu; Fei Yuan; Yong Wu; Yi-Yan Zhang; Lun Wang

    2013-01-01

    Near-infrared upconverting NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ nanophosphors modified with poly(acrylic acid) were prepared and characterized by transmission electron microscopy and luminescence spectroscopy.Based on the observed overlap between the emission spectrum of the NaYF4∶Yb3+,Tm3+ nanophosphors and the absorption spectrum of the gold nanorods,we believe that a new "turn-off" luminescence resonance energy transfer aptamer sensor was constructed for sensing thrombin in near-infrared region.

  17. Effect of Gold Nanorod Surface Chemistry on Cellular Interactions In Vitro

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    2010-09-01

    reagent (phenazine ethosulfate; PES). Metabolically active cells reduce the MTS compound into a colored formazan product that is soluble in tissue...salt into a red formazan product. For both the MTS and LDH assay, the formazan product was measured by 7 Distribution A: Approved for public

  18. Transmission electron microscopy and time resolved optical spectroscopy study of the electronic and structural interactions of ZnO nanorods with bovine serum albumin.

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    Klaumünzer, M; Weichsel, U; Mačković, M; Spiecker, E; Peukert, W; Kryschi, C

    2013-08-22

    The adsorption behavior and electronic interactions of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with ZnO nanorod surfaces were investigated using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy as well as stationary and time-resolved optical spectroscopy techniques. Transmission electron microscopy shows that ZnO nanorod surfaces are surrounded by a homogeneous amorphous BSA film with thicknesses between ~2.5 and 5.0 nm. The electronic structure and adsorption geometry of BSA were examined using high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with electron energy loss spectroscopy. The adsorption process was observed to result into an unfolded conformation of BSA becoming predominantly bound in the side-on orientation at the ZnO surface. This adsorption mode of the BSA molecules allows for a strong interaction with surface states of the ZnO nanorods. This is obvious from its efficient quenching of the defect-center photoluminescence of ZnO. Complementary information of electronic interactions across the ZnO nanorod interface was obtained from femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy experiments. The rise dynamics of the measured transients revealed altered hole trapping dynamics and, thus, indicated to heterogeneous charge transfer as emerging from adsorbed BSA molecules to defect centers of the ZnO interface.

  19. Chelator free gallium-68 radiolabelling of silica coated iron oxide nanorods via surface interactions

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    Burke, Benjamin P.; Baghdadi, Neazar; Kownacka, Alicja E.; Nigam, Shubhanchi; Clemente, Gonçalo S.; Al-Yassiry, Mustafa M.; Domarkas, Juozas; Lorch, Mark; Pickles, Martin; Gibbs, Peter; Tripier, Raphaël; Cawthorne, Christopher; Archibald, Stephen J.

    2015-09-01

    The commercial availability of combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/positron emission tomography (PET) scanners for clinical use has increased demand for easily prepared agents which offer signal or contrast in both modalities. Herein we describe a new class of silica coated iron-oxide nanorods (NRs) coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and/or a tetraazamacrocyclic chelator (DO3A). Studies of the coated NRs validate their composition and confirm their properties as in vivo T2 MRI contrast agents. Radiolabelling studies with the positron emitting radioisotope gallium-68 (t1/2 = 68 min) demonstrate that, in the presence of the silica coating, the macrocyclic chelator was not required for preparation of highly stable radiometal-NR constructs. In vivo PET-CT and MR imaging studies show the expected high liver uptake of gallium-68 radiolabelled nanorods with no significant release of gallium-68 metal ions, validating our innovation to provide a novel simple method for labelling of iron oxide NRs with a radiometal in the absence of a chelating unit that can be used for high sensitivity liver imaging.The commercial availability of combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/positron emission tomography (PET) scanners for clinical use has increased demand for easily prepared agents which offer signal or contrast in both modalities. Herein we describe a new class of silica coated iron-oxide nanorods (NRs) coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and/or a tetraazamacrocyclic chelator (DO3A). Studies of the coated NRs validate their composition and confirm their properties as in vivo T2 MRI contrast agents. Radiolabelling studies with the positron emitting radioisotope gallium-68 (t1/2 = 68 min) demonstrate that, in the presence of the silica coating, the macrocyclic chelator was not required for preparation of highly stable radiometal-NR constructs. In vivo PET-CT and MR imaging studies show the expected high liver uptake of gallium-68 radiolabelled nanorods with no

  20. White-light emission by phonon assisted coherent mixing of excitons in Au8-CdS hybrid nanorods

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    Rath, S.; Halder, O.; Pradhani, A.; Satpati, B.; Maity, A.; Chini, T. K.; Gogurla, N.; Ray, S. K.

    2016-12-01

    Gold cluster (Au8) coated CdS hybrid nanorods (HNRs), synthesized using a sonication assisted assembly route, exhibit phonon assisted coherent mixing of excitons. As observed from optical absorption, Raman scattering, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopic studies, the Au8 modulates the crystal—and electronic—structure of the CdS nanorods, effecting enhancement of exciton-phonon (e-p) interactions. The e-p interaction and entropy effect mediated phase matching of the excitonic transitions, leading—via cooperative and coherent mixing of the excitons’ color—to the emission of white light, has been confirmed from room temperature and time resolved photoluminescence measurements.

  1. Unexpected interactions between gold and N-morpholino-sulfonates

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    Nielsen, Frederick Stappen; Engelbrekt, Christian; Elliot, Samuel Gilbert

    Nanoporous gold (NPG) has a high surface area and excellent conductivity. It is an ideal supporting material for the electrocatalysis, e.g. in fuel cell applications. NPG is traditionally produced by etching a gold/silver alloy. This method has significant drawbacks, such as the introduction of s...

  2. Resonance Light-Scattering Spectroscopy Study on Interaction between Gold Colloid and Thiol Containing Pharmaceutical

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    Liu; Xiao-ling; Cai; Ru-xiu; 等

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we used resonance light-scattering (RLS) spectroscopy to study the interaction betwwen thiolcontaining pharmaceutical and gold colloid. And for the first time, we proposed that this highly sensitive, gold colloidbased assay using RLS technique may have potential application in detecting thoil-containing substances.

  3. Resonance Light-Scattering Spectroscopy Study on Interaction between Gold Colloid and Thiol Containing Pharmaceutical

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    Liu Xiao-ling; Cai Ru-xiu; Yuan Hong

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we used resonance light-scattering (RLS) spectroscopy to study the interaction between thiol-containing pharmaceutical and gold colloid. And for the first time, we proposed that this highly sensitive, gold colloid-based assay using RLS technique may have potential application in detecting thiol-containing substances.

  4. Experiment study on water-rock interaction about gold activation and migration in different solutions

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    2001-01-01

    The interactions on gold active and migratory quantities and rates between tuffaceous slate and solu-tions with different compositions were experimentally studied at 200 ℃, 20 MPa, in a high-pressure apparatus. After reaction, tuffaceous slate became light colored and soft, and its mass density reduced. The amount of gold extracted from tuffaceous slate ranges widely, from 0.027 to 0.234 μg/g. Chlorine solution may activate appreciable amount of gold, and the gold migratory rate is high enough, from 50.70% to 92.30%, which reveals that sulphur and chlorine work together in solutions to accelerate gold activation and migration, and to realize gold mineralization in favorable places.

  5. Low density lipoprotein receptor targeted doxorubicin/DNA-Gold Nanorods as a chemo- and thermo-dual therapy for prostate cancer.

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    Zhang, Nan; Li, Shasha; Hua, Haiying; Liu, Dan; Song, Lili; Sun, Pengchao; Huang, Weiwei; Tang, Yafang; Zhao, Yongxing

    2016-11-20

    As drug vehicles and therapeutics, Gold Nanorods (GNRs) have various merits such as easy preparation and modification, passive accumulation to tumor tissues, effective intracellular delivery of therapeutics, and thermal responses to laser radiation. Doxorubicin (DOX) has been the standard chemotherapy for cancer. To enhance the anti-cancer efficacy, chemotherapy and thermotherapy were combined in the present study. To load sufficient DOX, DOX was first intercalated into DNA double strands and then absorbed to GNRs. PEG (polyethylene glycol) was used to modify DOX/DNA-GNRs to prolong circulation in vivo and to enhance its stability. Low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) targeted peptide-RLT (R) was also bound to DOX/DNA-GNRs to increase their specificity to LDLR over-expressed cancer cells. DNA-GNRs-PEG/R was successfully prepared with high in vitro stability in this study and DOX was loaded sufficiently to obtain DOX/DNA-GNRs-PEG/R. DOX/DNA-GNRs-PEG/R with near infrared (NIR) laser treatment showed higher inhibition to MCF-7 cells and PC-3 cells and both DOX/DNA-GNRs-PEG/R with/without NIR laser treatment were more potent than free DOX. Cell uptake experiment indicated that DOX loaded in DNA-GNRs-PEG/R was taken by PC-3 cells much faster than free DOX. With DOX/DNA-GNRs-PEG/R, the apoptosis rate and necrosis rate of PC-3 cells increased 1.7 and 6.4 folds respectively compared to free DOX. Additional NIR laser treatment caused significantly increases in PC-3 cell necrosis. DOX/DNA-GNRs-PEG/R+laser also enhanced the inhibition of S phase of PC-3 cells by DOX. ROS (reactive oxygen species) assay showed that DOX/DNA-GNRs-PEG/R produced much more ROS than free DOX. With additional laser treatment, further increase in ROS was detected. Prostate cancer model was achieved by injecting PC-3 cells into nude mice and the results showed that more DNA-GNRs-PEG/R was observed in tumor cells and higher tumor inhibition rate was achieved in vivo with R modification. Conclusively

  6. One-pot high-yield synthesis of single-crystalline gold nanorods using glycerol as a low-cost and eco-friendly reducing agent

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    Parveen, Rashida [University of São Paulo, Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (Brazil); Gomes, Janaina F. [Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Departamento de Engenharia Química (Brazil); Ullah, Sajjad [University of São Paulo, Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (Brazil); Acuña, José J. S. [Universidade Federal do ABC, Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (Brazil); Tremiliosi-Filho, Germano, E-mail: germano@iqsc.usp.br [University of São Paulo, Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (Brazil)

    2015-10-15

    The formation of gold nanorods (AuNRs) has recently attracted great attention due to their shape-dependent optical properties that are important for many applications. The development of simpler and safer methods for the high-yield synthesis of AuNRs employing low-cost and easily handled reagents is thus of great importance. Here, we introduce, for the first time, a one-pot seedless method for the preparation of single-crystalline AuNRs in almost 100 % yield based on the use of glycerol in alkaline medium as an eco-friendly, low-cost and pH-tunable reducing agent. The synthesized AuNRs were characterized by UV–Vis–NIR spectroscopy, FEG–SEM and HRTEM. The effect of the presence of capping agent (CTAB) and the concentration of reactants (glycerol, NaOH and AgNO{sub 3}) on the yield and aspect ratio (AR) of AuNRs is discussed. The AR and yield of AuNRs showed a clear dependence on the pH and temperature of the reaction mixture as well as on the concentration of AgNO{sub 3} added as an auxiliary reagent. The longitudinal plasmon resonance band of the resulting AuNRs can be tuned between 620 and 1200 nm by varying the reaction conditions. AuNRs with an aspect ratio (AR) of around 4 were obtained in almost 100 % yield at room temperature and under mild reducing environment. The formation of AuNRs is faster at higher pH (>11) and higher temperature (>30 °C), but the AuNR yield is smaller (<70 %). Variation in the pH of the reaction mixture in the range 12–13.5 results in the formation of AuNRs with different ARs and in different yields (27–99 %). Detailed study of the AuNRs crystallography by HRTEM showed that the AuNRs grow in [001] direction and have a perfect single-crystalline fcc structure, free from structural faults or dislocations. The present green method, which introduces glycerol as a tunable reducing agent with a pH-dependent reducing power, can provide a more general strategy for the preparation of a wide range of metallic nanoparticles.

  7. The role of morphology and coupling of gold nanoparticles in optical breakdown during picosecond pulse exposures

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    Yevgeniy R. Davletshin

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a theoretical study of the interaction of a 6 ps laser pulse with uncoupled and plasmon-coupled gold nanoparticles. We show how the one-dimensional assembly of particles affects the optical breakdown threshold of its surroundings. For this purpose we used a fully coupled electromagnetic, thermodynamic and plasma dynamics model for a laser pulse interaction with gold nanospheres, nanorods and assemblies, which was solved using the finite element method. The thresholds of optical breakdown for off- and on-resonance irradiated gold nanosphere monomers were compared against nanosphere dimers, trimers, and gold nanorods with the same overall size and aspect ratio. The optical breakdown thresholds had a stronger dependence on the optical near-field enhancement than on the mass or absorption cross-section of the nanostructure. These findings can be used to advance the nanoparticle-based nanoscale manipulation of matter.

  8. Study on the interaction between gold nanoparticles and papain by spectroscopic methods

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    Wang, Gongke; Chen, Ye; Yan, Changling; Lu, Yan, E-mail: yanlu2001@sohu.com

    2015-01-15

    The interaction between gold nanoparticles and papain was studied by fluorescence, UV–vis absorption and synchronous fluorescence spectroscopic techniques under the physiological conditions. The results showed that the binding of gold nanoparticles to papain was a spontaneous binding process. The fluorescence of papain was strongly quenched by gold nanoparticles. The quenching mechanism was probably a static quenching type with the formation of a ground state complex. The Stern–Volmer quenching constants, the binding constants and the number of binding sites in different temperatures were calculated. The corresponding thermodynamic parameters ΔH,ΔS and ΔG indicated that hydrogen bonding and Van der Waals forces played a key role in the interaction process. Additionally, the conformational change of papain induced by gold nanoparticles was analyzed by UV–vis absorption and synchronous fluorescence spectra. - Highlights: • Spherical and monodispersed gold nanoparticles are synthesized. • The fluorescence of papain is quenched by gold nanoparticles under physiological conditions. • Hydrogen bonding and Van der Waals forces may play an essential role in the binding of gold nanoparticles with papain. • This binding interaction is predominantly enthalpy driven.

  9. Monomer adsorption of indocyanine green to gold nanoparticles.

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    Guerrini, Luca; Hartsuiker, Liesbeth; Manohar, Srirang; Otto, Cees

    2011-10-05

    NIR-dye encoded gold nanoparticles (GNP) are rapidly emerging as contrast agents in many bio-imaging/sensing applications. The coding process is usually carried out without control or a clear understanding of the metal-liquid interface properties which, in contrast, are critical in determining the type and extension of dye-metal interaction. In this paper, we investigated the effect of gold surface composition on the adsorption of indocyanine green (ICG) on GNP, simulating the surface conditions of gold nanorods on citrate-capped gold nanospheres. These substrates allowed a careful control of the metal-liquid interface composition and, thus, detailed absorption and fluorescence concentration studies of the effects of each individual chemical in the colloidal solution (i.e. bromide anions, cetyl trimethylammonium ions and Ag(+) ions) on the ICG-gold interaction. This study reveals the drastic effect that these experimental parameters can have on the ICG adsorption on GNP.

  10. Shape-induced separation of nanospheres and aligned nanorods

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    Ahmad, I.; Zandvliet, H.J.W.; Kooij, E.S.

    2014-01-01

    We studied the phase separation and spatial arrangement of gold nanorods and nanospheres after evaporative self-assembly from aqueous suspension. Depending on the position relative to the contact line of the drying droplet, spheres and rods separate into various liquid-crystalline phases. Nanorods e

  11. Imaging state of charge and its correlation to interaction variation in an LiMn(0.75)Fe(0.25)PO(4) nanorods-graphene hybrid.

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    Zhou, Jigang; Wang, Jian; Hu, Yongfeng; Regier, Tom; Wang, Hailiang; Yang, Yuan; Cui, Yi; Dai, Hongjie

    2013-02-28

    Visualization of the state of charge (SOC) in an LiMn(0.75)Fe(0.25)PO(4) nanorods-graphene hybrid nanostructure (LMFP-C) is realized by chemical mapping of the Fe valance state using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM). The LMFP-graphene interaction strength variation studied by C K-edge STXM has been correlated to SOC variation, i.e. a stronger interaction was observed for sample regions with a higher SOC in LMFP. Such structure-performance correlation opens new perspectives for a rational design of a better performance olivine cathode for lithium ion batteries.

  12. [The effect of an organic gold compound on porphyrin metabolism, with reference to interaction with lead].

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    Harada, K; Pang, Y F; Miura, H

    1985-07-01

    Inhibition of the activity of delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase by heavy metals such as Cu, Cd and Au has been thought to be related to the inhibition of heme bio-synthesis in the bone marrow. This study investigates the interaction between lead and gold on porphyrin metabolism. Gold thiomalate (Au-T) was injected subcutaneously 10 times into the backs of rabbits in doses of 1, 10 and 100 mg per capita for 30 days. The latter two groups of animals showed mild anemia, but they showed neither reticulocytosis nor increase of free erythrocyte protoporphyrin (FEP). In rabbits administered lead only or lead plus gold thiomalate, however, reticulocytosis and an increase in FEP levels were observed. Therefore, the etiology of anemia may be different between rabbits administered gold thiomalate and rabbits administered lead. Rabbits injected with Au-T showed an increase in urinary coproporphyrin (CP-U) excretion. The maximum concentration of CP-U in the gold groups was about 3 times as high as that in the control group, but the increment was lower than that in the lead group. Rabbits injected with Au-T showed a higher concentration of gold in the kidneys than in other tissues. In those injected lead and Au-T together, concentration of gold in all tissues was higher than in those administered Au-T only. Proteinuria was observed in the rabbits injected Au-T. The increase in CP-U in the gold-injected rabbits was assumed to be related to the increase in gold concentration in the kidneys.

  13. Enhancing diamond color center fluorescence via optimized plasmonic nanorod configuration

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    Szenes, Andras; Szabo, Lorant Zs; Szabo, Gabor; Csendes, Tibor; Csete, Maria

    2016-01-01

    Optimization of nanorod based configurations was realized to enhance fluorescence of NV and SiV color centers in diamond. Comparative study was performed on gold and silver nanorod based configurations optimized to enhance excitation and emission, as well as both phenomena simultaneously. Considerable excitation enhancement is achieved by silver nanorod, while both metals are appropriate to enhance emission. More significant improvement can be realized via silver nanorod at both wavelengths of both color centers. The optimal configuration is determined by preferences corresponding to the emission. Larger emission enhancement is achieved via both metals in case of SiV with respect to the NV center. Gold and silver nanorod based configurations making possible to improve SiV quantum efficiency by factor of 1.18 and 5.25 are proposed.

  14. Absorption, fluorescence and resonance Rayleigh scattering spectral characteristics of interaction of gold nanoparticle with safranine T

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    HE Youqiu; LIU Shaopu; LIU Qin; LIU Zhongfang; HU Xiaoli

    2005-01-01

    The interaction between gold nanoparticle and safranine T (ST) has been studied with resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) spectra, absorption and fluorescence spectra. In the pH 5 solution, citrate [(H2L)2-] self-assembles on the surface of positively-charged gold nanoparticle, which results in the [(Au)n(H2L)m]x- complex. In other words, one of carboxylate oxygens in (H2L)2- moves inward and combines with gold nanoparticle. The other carboxylate oxygens moves outward to form a supermolecular complex anion with x negative charges. Then by virtue of electrostatic attraction, hydrophobic force and charge transfer action, the complex anion binds with ST cation to form a new ion-association complex. Here (H2L)2- acts as a bridge. The formation of the complex results in the significant enhancement of RRS intensity, the appearance of new RRS spectrum, the red shift of plasma absorption band of gold nanoparticle as well as the decrease in the absorbance and fluorescence quenching for safranine T. In this work, the interaction between gold nanoparticle and ST on the RRS, absorption and fluorescence spectra has been investigated. The reason why RRS intensity increases greatly and the reaction mechanism have been inquired. The results show that RRS spectra can not only be used to study nanoparticle and reaction product, but also are a sensitive means to characterize and detect nanoparticles.

  15. Dynamics of Gold Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanostructures Driven by van der Waals and Electrostatic Interactions.

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    La Torre, Alessandro; Gimenez-Lopez, Maria del Carmen; Fay, Michael W; Lucas, Carlos Herreros; Brown, Paul D; Khlobystov, Andrei N

    2015-06-01

    Transmission electron microscopy studies on the assembly and growth of gold nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes supported on few-layer graphene and amorphous carbon reveal a competition between van der Waals forces and electrostatic interactions, enabling controlled positioning and sizing of adsorbed nanoparticles at the nanochannels formed between the carbon nanotube and the few-layer graph-ene surface.

  16. Interaction of Biologically Active Molecules with Sulfur-modified Gold Surface

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    DING Xue-feng; YANG Gui-fu; WANG Xiao; WANG Zi-chen; LIN Hai-bo

    2007-01-01

    The immobilization of cytochrome c or horseradish peroxidase at the sulfur-modified gold electrode exhibits a ra-pid electron transfer behavior because of its specific orientation on the electrode surface and the interaction between cytochrome c or horseradish peroxidase and sulfur-modified on the surface of the Au electrode.

  17. Selenolate gold complexes with aurophilic Au(I)-Au(I) and Au(I)-Au(III) interactions.

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    Canales, Silvia; Crespo, Olga; Gimeno, M Concepción; Jones, Peter G; Laguna, Antonio

    2004-11-01

    The gold(I) selenolate compound [Au(2)(SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)] (dppf = 1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene) has been prepared by reaction of [Au(2)Cl(2)(mu-dppf)] with PhSeSiMe(3) in a molar ratio 1:2. This complex reacts with gold(I) or gold(III) derivatives to give polynuclear gold(I)-gold(I) or gold(I)-gold(III) complexes of the type [Au(4)(mu-SePh)(2)(PPh(3))(2)(mu-dppf)](OTf)(2), [Au(3)(C(6)F(5))(3)(mu-SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)], or [Au(4)(C(6)F(5))(6)(mu-SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)], with bridging selenolate ligands. The reaction of [Au(2)(SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)] with 1 equiv of AgOTf leads to the formation of the insoluble Ag(SePh) and the compound [Au(2)(mu-SePh)(mu-dppf)]OTf. The complexes [Au(4)(C(6)F(5))(6)(mu-SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)] and [Au(2)(mu-SePh)(mu-dppf)]OTf (two different solvates) have been characterized by X-ray diffraction studies and show the presence of weak gold(I)-gold(III) interactions in the former and intra- and intermolecular gold(I)-gold(I) inter-actions in the later.

  18. 用金纳米棒修饰的亚微米光纤定点输送微颗粒的研究%Position Designated Delivery of Microparticles Using a Submicron Fiber Decorated with Gold Nanorods

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    李英; 胡艳军

    2013-01-01

    Abstract The submicron fiber is fabricated by drawing a single-mode optical fiber through a flame-heated treatment.Gold nanorods (length and middle-section diameter are 80 nm and 20 nm,respectively) are deposited on the designated position of the submicro fiber by the positioning function of optical microscope,and the local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of gold nanorods is excited by the evanescent wave around the fiber.When the optical power increases to 30 mW,due to strong plasmon absorption and photothermal conversion,a microbubble forms at the position of the fiber decorated with the gold nanorods.Therefore,the laser light at this position is absorbed by plasmon resonance and scattered by the bubble.Optical transmission is not observed behind the bubble.Polystyrene particles (900 nm in diameter) near the fiber can be trapped by the gradient force,and then delivered along the direction of light propagation due to the scattering force induced by the evanescent wave.Once the particles move to the position of the bubble,they will stop their advancing.This technology can be used for targeted delivery of microparticles.%通过热熔拉法将单模光纤拉制成亚微米尺寸的光纤,并借助光学显微镜的定位作用,在亚微米光纤的特定位置沉积金纳米棒(长度和中截面直径分别为80 nm和20 nm).利用光纤倏逝波激发金纳米棒的局域表面等离波子共振(LSPR).由于强的共振吸收和光热效应,当激光功率增加到30 mW时,亚微米光纤上沉积金纳米棒的位置会产生一个微米尺寸的气泡,激光在该位置将被等离波子共振吸收和气泡散射掉,在气泡后面位置的光纤中观察不到光的传输.靠近光纤的900 nm的聚苯乙烯颗粒被倏逝波所产生的梯度力捕获到光纤表面,并在散射力的作用下沿着光的传播方向运动,当颗粒运动到气泡位置时,将会停止向前运动.该技术可用于微米颗粒的定点输送.

  19. Noble gas, alkali and alkaline atoms interacting with a gold surface

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    Łach, Grzegorz; Jentschura, Ulrich D; 10.1142/S0217751X1004961X

    2013-01-01

    The attractive branch of the interaction potentials with the surface of gold have been computed for a large variety of atomic systems: the hydrogen atom, noble gases (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe), alkali atoms (Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) and alkaline atoms (Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba). The results include highly accurate dynamic polarizabilities for the helium atom calculated using a variational method and explicitly correlated wavefunctions. For other atoms considered we used the data available in the literature. The interaction potentials include both the effects of retardation of the electromagnetic interactions and a realistic representation of the optical response function of gold (beyond the approximation of a perfect conductor). An explicit comparison of our result to the interaction between an atom and a perfect conductor is given.

  20. Nd:YAG laser-induced morphology change and photothermal conversion of gold nanorods with potential application in the treatment of port-wine stain.

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    Xing, Linzhuang; Chen, Bin; Li, Dong; Ma, Jun; Wu, Wenjuan; Wang, Guoxiang

    2017-04-01

    Based on the principle of selective photothermolysis, 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser has great potential for the treatment of deeper and larger PWS. However, the clinical effectiveness is limited because of the weak absorption of blood to Nd:YAG laser. The aim of this study is to obtain the optimal irradiation conditions to effectively destroy vascular lesions with the assistance of PEG-modified gold NRs to enhance blood absorption of Nd:YAG laser. In our study, PEG-modified gold NRs were prepared by the seeded growth method. Gold NRs after exposure to Nd:YAG laser were characterized using absorption spectra and transmission electron microscope images. The tissue-like phantom containing a glass capillary with blood was prepared and exposed to Nd:YAG laser to investigate the laser energy density and pulse number required for blood coagulation before and after the addition of gold NRs in blood. The results show that the millisecond Nd:YAG laser irradiation does not result in the shape change of gold NRs. After injection of gold NRs into the bloodstream (4.60 mg/kg), the absorbance of blood at 1064 nm increased 3.9 times. The threshold energy density for the treatment of PWS decreased by 33% (from 30 to 20 J/cm(2)). Our findings provide an experimental guide for choosing laser parameters and gold NRs concentration for the treatment of deeper and larger PWS with the assistance of PEG-modified gold NRs in vivo in the future.

  1. Lectin-carbohydrate interactions on nanoporous gold monoliths.

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    Tan, Yih Horng; Fujikawa, Kohki; Pornsuriyasak, Papapida; Alla, Allan J; Ganesh, N Vijaya; Demchenko, Alexei V; Stine, Keith J

    2013-07-01

    Monoliths of nanoporous gold (np-Au) were modified with self-assembled monolayers of octadecanethiol (C18-SH), 8-mercaptooctyl α-D-mannopyranoside (αMan-C8-SH), and 8-mercapto-3,6-dioxaoctanol (HO-PEG2-SH), and the loading was assessed using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Modification with mixed SAMs containing αMan-C8-SH (at a 0.20 mole fraction in the SAM forming solution) with either octanethiol or HO-PEG2-SH was also investigated. The np-Au monoliths modified with αMan-C8-SH bind the lectin Concanavalin A (Con A), and the additional mass due to bound protein was assessed using TGA analysis. A comparison of TGA traces measured before and after exposure of HO-PEG2-SH modified np-Au to Con A showed that the non-specific binding of Con A was minimal. In contrast, np-Au modified with octanethiol showed a significant mass loss due to non-specifically adsorbed Con A. A significant mass loss was also attributed to binding of Con A to bare np-Au monoliths. TGA revealed a mass loss due to the binding of Con A to np-Au monoliths modified with pure αMan-C8-SH. The use of mass losses determined by TGA to compare the binding of Con A to np-Au monoliths modified by mixed SAMs of αMan-C8-SH and either octanethiol or HO-PEG2-SH revealed that binding to mixed SAM modified surfaces is specific for the mixed SAMs with HO-PEG2-SH but shows a significant contribution from non-specific adsorption for the mixed SAMs with octanethiol. Minimal adsorption of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and peanut agglutinin (PNA) towards the mannoside modified np-Au monoliths was demonstrated. A greater mass loss was found for Con A bound onto the monolith than for either IgG or PNA, signifying that the mannose presenting SAMs in np-Au retain selectivity for Con A. TGA data also provide evidence that Con A bound to the αMan-C8-SH modified np-Au can be eluted by flowing a solution of methyl α-D-mannopyranoside through the structure. The presence of Con A proteins on the modified np-Au surface was

  2. Tailored Au nanorods: optimizing functionality, controlling the aspect ratio and increasing biocompatibility

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    Cai Xiaoqing; Wang, Cheng-Liang; Chen, Hsiang-Hsin; Chien, Chia-Chi; Lai Shengfeng; Chen Yiyun; Hua, Tzu-En; Kempson, Ivan M; Hwu, Y [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Yang, C S [Center for Nanomedicine, National Health Research Institutes, Miaoli, Taiwan (China); Margaritondo, G, E-mail: phhwu@sinica.edu.tw [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2010-08-20

    Monodisperse gold nanorods with high aspect ratio were synthesized by x-ray irradiation. Irradiation was first used to stimulate the creation of seeds. Afterward, nanorod growth was stimulated either by chemical reduction or again by x-ray irradiation. In the last case, the entire process took place without reducing agents. The shape of the final products could be controlled by modulating the intensity of the x-ray irradiation during the seed synthesis. In turn, the nanorod aspect ratio determines the absorption wavelength of the nanorods that can thus be optimized for different applications. Likewise, the aspect ratio influences the uptake of the nanorods by HeLa cells.

  3. NIR-light-induced surface-enhanced Raman scattering for detection and photothermal/photodynamic therapy of cancer cells using methylene blue-embedded gold nanorod@SiO2 nanocomposites.

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    Seo, Sun-Hwa; Kim, Bo-Mi; Joe, Ara; Han, Hyo-Won; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Cheng, Zhen; Jang, Eue-Soon

    2014-03-01

    Methylene blue-loaded gold nanorod@SiO2 (MB-GNR@SiO2) core@shell nanoparticles are synthesized for use in cancer imaging and photothermal/photodynamic dual therapy. For the preparation of GNR@SiO2 nanoparticles, we found that the silica coating rate of hexadecylcetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-capped GNRs is much slower than that of PEGylated GNRs due to the densely coated CTAB bilayer. Encapsulated MB molecules have both monomer and dimer forms that result in an increase in the photosensitizing effect through different photochemical pathways. As a consequence of the excellent plasmonic properties of GNRs at near-infrared (NIR) light, the embedded MB molecules showed NIR light-induced SERS performance with a Raman enhancement factor of 3.0 × 10(10), which is enough for the detection of a single cancer cell. Moreover, the MB-GNR@SiO2 nanoparticles exhibit a synergistic effect of photodynamic and photothermal therapies of cancer under single-wavelength NIR laser irradiation.

  4. Digging gold: keV He+ ion interaction with Au

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    Vasilisa Veligura

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Helium ion microscopy (HIM was used to investigate the interaction of a focused He+ ion beam with energies of several tens of kiloelectronvolts with metals. HIM is usually applied for the visualization of materials with extreme surface sensitivity and resolution. However, the use of high ion fluences can lead to significant sample modifications. We have characterized the changes caused by a focused He+ ion beam at normal incidence to the Au{111} surface as a function of ion fluence and energy. Under the influence of the beam a periodic surface nanopattern develops. The periodicity of the pattern shows a power-law dependence on the ion fluence. Simultaneously, helium implantation occurs. Depending on the fluence and primary energy, porous nanostructures or large blisters form on the sample surface. The growth of the helium bubbles responsible for this effect is discussed.

  5. A centimeter-scale sub-10 nm gap plasmonic nanorod array film as a versatile platform for enhancing light-matter interactions

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    Zhou, Zhang-Kai; Xue, Jiancai; Zheng, Zebo; Li, Jiahua; Ke, Yanlin; Yu, Ying; Han, Jun-Bo; Xie, Weiguang; Deng, Shaozhi; Chen, Huanjun; Wang, Xuehua

    2015-09-01

    Strongly coupled plasmonic nanostructures with sub-10 nm gaps can enable intense electric field enhancements which greatly benefit the various light-matter interactions. From the point view of practical applications, such nanostructures should be of low-cost, facile fabrication and processing, large-scale with high-yield of the ultrasmall gaps, and easy for integration with other functional components. However, nowadays techniques for reliable fabrication of these nanostructures usually involve complex, time-consuming, and expensive lithography procedures, which are limited either by their low-throughput or the small areas obtained. On the other hand, so far most of the studies on the sub-10 nm gap nanostructures mainly focused on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering and high-harmonic generations, while leaving other nonlinear optical properties unexplored. In this work, using a scalable process without any lithography procedures, we demonstrated a centimeter-scale ordered plasmonic nanorod array film (PNRAF) with well-defined sub-10 nm interparticle gaps as a versatile platform for strongly enhanced light-matter interactions. Specifically, we showed that due to its plasmon-induced localized electromagnetic field enhancements, the Au PNRAF could exhibit extraordinary intrinsic multi-photon avalanche luminescence (MAPL) and nonlinear saturable absorption (SA). Furthermore, the PNRAF can be easily integrated with semiconductor quantum dots (SQDs) as well as wide bandgap semiconductors to strongly enhance their fluorescence and photocurrent response, respectively. Our method can be easily generalized to nanorod array films consisting of other plasmonic metals and even semiconductor materials, which can have multiple functionalities derived from different materials. Overall, the findings in our study have offered a potential strategy for design and fabrication of nanostructures with ultrasmall gaps for future photonic and optoelectronic applications.Strongly coupled

  6. The Interaction between Propranolol and Gold Nanoparticles and its Analytical Application

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    Hong Ying DUAN; Fang CHEN; Xin Ping AI; Zhi Ke HE

    2005-01-01

    The addition of propranolol induced the aggregation of gold nanoparticles, and increased Rayleigh light scattering (RLS) intensity greatly. The interaction between them was studied by RLS spectrum, UV-Vis spectrum and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Based on these results, a novel method was proposed for propranolol assay. With the combination of solid phase microextraction (SPME), the proposed method was successfully applied to determine propranolol in urine.

  7. Interactions of hybrid gold-tannic acid nanoparticles with human serum albumin.

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    Sekowski, Szymon; Tomaszewska, Emilia; Soliwoda, Katarzyna; Celichowski, Grzegorz; Grobelny, Jaroslaw

    2017-01-01

    Nanoparticles present a wide spectrum of chemical, biological, and physical properties which result in their usage in many branches of science. We present an investigation of the interaction between human serum albumin and hybrid gold-tannic acid nanoparticles synthesized via a chemical reduction method. The results obtained demonstrate that tannic acid can be a very effective reducing and stabilizing agent and allows monodisperse hybrid gold nanomaterial to be obtained. The synthesized hybrid gold-tannic acid nanoparticles strongly interact with human serum albumin by formation of protein-corona complexes. The strength of the interaction with albumin depends on the number of tannic acid molecules on the surface of the nanoparticles and the presence of citric acid. Nanoparticles of large size and rich in tannic acid react more strongly with the protein [K SV = (8.00 ± 0.2) × 10(5) M(-1)] compared with smaller ones [K SV = (6.83 ± 0.5) × 10(4) M(-1)] containing citric acid and low concentration of tannic acid.

  8. Fabrication of Anti-human Cardiac Troponin I Immunogold Nanorods for Sensing Acute Myocardial Damage

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    Guo, Z. R.; Gu, C. R.; Fan, X.; Bian, Z. P.; Wu, H. F.; Yang, D.; Gu, N.; Zhang, J. N.

    2009-12-01

    A facile, rapid, solution-phase method of detecting human cardiac troponin I for sensing myocardial damage has been described using gold nanorods-based biosensors. The sensing is demonstrated by the distinct change of the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance wavelength of the gold nanorods to specific antibody-antigen binding events. For a higher sensitivity, the aspect ratio of gold nanorods is increased up to ca 5.5 by simply adding small amount of HCl in seed-mediated growth solution. Experimental results show that the detecting limit of the present method is 10 ng/mL. Contrast tests reveal that these gold nanorods-based plasmonic biosensors hold much higher sensitivity than that of conventionally spherical gold nanoparticles.

  9. Fabrication of Anti-human Cardiac Troponin I Immunogold Nanorods for Sensing Acute Myocardial Damage

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    Fan X

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A facile, rapid, solution-phase method of detecting human cardiac troponin I for sensing myocardial damage has been described using gold nanorods-based biosensors. The sensing is demonstrated by the distinct change of the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance wavelength of the gold nanorods to specific antibody–antigen binding events. For a higher sensitivity, the aspect ratio of gold nanorods is increased up to ca 5.5 by simply adding small amount of HCl in seed-mediated growth solution. Experimental results show that the detecting limit of the present method is 10 ng/mL. Contrast tests reveal that these gold nanorods-based plasmonic biosensors hold much higher sensitivity than that of conventionally spherical gold nanoparticles.

  10. Structural and functional aspects of trypsin–gold nanoparticle interactions: An experimental investigation

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    Nidhin, Marimuthu [Department of Chemistry, Amity School of Applied Sciences, Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Amity University Haryana Amity Education Valley, Gurgaon, Haryana 122413 (India); Ghosh, Debasree [Department of Nanotechnology, Amity School of Applied Sciences, Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Amity University Haryana Amity Education Valley, Gurgaon, Haryana 122413 (India); Yadav, Himanshu; Yadav, Nitu [Department of Chemistry, Amity School of Applied Sciences, Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Amity University Haryana Amity Education Valley, Gurgaon, Haryana 122413 (India); Majumder, Sudip, E-mail: sudip22m@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Amity School of Applied Sciences, Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Amity University Haryana Amity Education Valley, Gurgaon, Haryana 122413 (India)

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Trypsin undergoes activation on incubation with gold nanoparticles. • Enhanced activity depends on the stoichiometry of the mixture. • Higher concentration of nanoparticles damage stability and conformation of trypsin. • Gold nanoparticles undergo morphological change on incubation with trypsin. - Abstract: Trypsin (Trp) is arguably the most important member of the serine proteases. Constructs made up of gold nanoparticles (GNP) with trypsin have been known to exhibit increased efficiency and stability in various experiments. Here we report simple Trp–GNP constructs mixed in different trypsin-to-GNP ratios which exhibit higher efficiencies in biochemical assay, varying resistance to autolysis and higher ability in cell trypsinization. Trp–GNP constructs in different trypsin-to-GNP ratios exhibit prolonged and sustained activity compared to native trypsin in N-α-p-benzoyl-p-nitroanilide (BAPNA) assay as monitored by UV-Visible spectroscopy. The activity was monitored as a function of decreasing rate of linear release of p-nitro aniline (resulting from the cleavage of BAPNA by trypsin) with time during the assay, whose absorbance was measured at 410 nm (λ{sub max} p-nitro aniline). We have done extensive studies to understand structural basis of this trypsin GNP interaction by using atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and circular dichroism (CD) techniques. Our findings suggest that on interaction, the gold nanoparticles probably form an adherent layer on trypsin that effectively changes the morphology and dimensions of the nanoconstructs. However, trypsin-to-GNP ratio is extremely important, as higher concentration of GNP might damage the conformation of protein. Stability studies related to denaturation show that 1:1 Trp–GNP constructs exhibit maximum stability and high efficiency in all assays performed.

  11. Surface Chemistry Manipulation of Gold Nanorods Displays High Cellular Uptake In Vitro While Preserving Optical Properties for Bio-Imaging and Photo-Thermal Applications

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    2016-03-28

    signature of the GNRs were analyzed before use with UV − Vis spectrometry on a Bio TEK Synergy HT (Winooski, VT, USA) instrument. For evaluation of...1.1 nm and a length of 104 ± 1.2 nm on average. UV − Vis analysis confirmed predicted SPR peaks based on calculated AR (Figure 1D & H) (Jun et al...characterization. Representative TEM images of A. MTAB, B. MTAB-TA and C. Silica; D. UV - Vis absorption spectra of MTAB (gold), MTAB-TA (light blue) and

  12. Preparation and Cytotoxicity of High-aspect-ratio Gold Nanorods at Single Cell Level%大长径比金纳米棒的合成及其单细胞毒性研究

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    周海英; 周瑞; 熊斌; 何彦

    2012-01-01

    利用三步晶种生长法合成长径比约为14的大长径比金纳米棒(GNR),利用巯基十一酸(MUDA)对金纳米棒表面进行了生物适应性修饰,并在宏观水平上研究了修饰前后的金纳米棒在对细胞活性的影响.利用单细胞方法分别考察了修饰后的纳米金棒对细胞贴壁过程、增殖速率、细胞内ROS以及骨架排布的影响.虽然MTT细胞活性结果显示内吞后的金纳米棒对细胞无毒,但单细胞毒性分析方法发现,不同浓度纳米金棒对早期贴壁过程有较小的影响,且内吞的纳米金棒在一定程度上促进了细胞的增殖,而高浓度下纳米金棒引起了细胞内ROS含量的升高,并破坏了细胞内骨架纤维排布.本研究建立了用单细胞行为分析纳米颗粒对细胞毒性的方法,证明了以往仅仅利用MTT等宏观手段分析纳米材料生物适应性是不足的.纳米材料在生物医学领域的进一步应用还应考虑单细胞及分子水平上的毒性效应.%We have synthesized high-aspect-ratio gold nanorods (GNR) by using a three-step seed-mediated growth method. The aspect ratio of the GNRs is approximately 14. The modification of the GNRs was achieved by replacing the CTAB molecules on the surface of gold nanorods with the 11-mercaptoundecanoic (MUDA) molecules. The cytotoxicity of the as-prepared GNRs and their effects on endocytosis, adhesion, proliferation, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) level and cytoskeleton of the cells were studied. Interestingly, by using the 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl) 2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, the GNRs did not show a significant toxicity to HeLa cells. However, single cell viability assays showed that GNR uptake could influence the cell adhesion at the early stage, though the effect was not much, and the cell proliferation was promoted to some degree. Moreover, large amounts of GNR uptake will lead to increased intracellular ROS level and impaired the cell skeleton.

  13. Direct Probes of 4 nm Diameter Gold Nanoparticles Interacting with Supported Lipid Bylayers

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    Troiano, Julianne; Olenick, Laura L.; Kuech, Thomas R.; Melby, Eric S.; Hu, Dehong; Lohse, Samuel E.; Mensch, Arielle C.; Dogangun, Merve; Vartanian, Arlane M.; Torelli, Marco; Ehimiaghe, Eseohi; Walter, Stephanie R.; Fu, Li; Anderton, Christopher R.; Zhu, Zihua; Wang, Hongfei; Orr, Galya; Murphy, Catherine; Hamers, Robert J.; Pedersen, Joel A.; Geiger, Franz M.

    2015-01-08

    Interfacial charge densities and potentials are determined for silica-supported phospholipid bilayers formed from lipids having zwitterionic, negatively charged, and positively charged headgroups. Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D), fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), and atomic force microscopy demonstrate the presence of well-formed supported lipid bilayers, which, as probed by vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG), undergo negligible structural changes along their alkyl chains when NaCl concentration is raised from 0.001 to 0.1 M. From second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements we estimate that each zwitterionic headgroup of the bilayer formed from pure DOPC is associated with an apparent charge of -0.028(+0.008/-0.007)×10-¹⁹C, corresponding to 1.8 ± 0.5 % of an elementary negative charge. Moreover, we show that a supported lipid bilayer carrying an apparent negative interfacial potential may interact with not just positively charged 4-nm diameter gold nanoparticles but also negatively charged gold nanoparticles. In this latter case, charge-charge repulsion does not appear to inhibit particle-bilayer interactions and is likely overcome by multivalent interactions that are estimated to involve 3-5 hydrogen-bond equivalents. FRAP, QCM-D, and SFG measurements indicate that the bilayers remain intact under the conditions of the experiments. SHG charge screening experiments are consistent with an apparent zero net charge density associated with the positively charged gold nanoparticles when they are attached to a supported lipid bilayer carrying an apparent negative potential. The results presented here serve to benchmark experimental and computational studies of the nano-bio interface.

  14. Interaction between fullerene-wheeled nanocar and gold substrate: A DFT study

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    Ahangari, M. Ghorbanzadeh; Ganji, M. Darvish; Jalali, A.

    2016-09-01

    Since the successful synthesis of nanocar and its surprising movement on the gold surface, several theoretical investigations have been devoted to explain the interaction properties as well as its movement mechanism on the substrate. All of them failed, however, to gain a clear theoretical insight into the respected challenges because of the weak computational methods implemented for this complex system including heavy metal atoms and giant size of the whole system. In this work, we have investigated the adsorption of fullerene-wheeled nanocar onto a Au (1 1 1) substrate using the comprehensive first-principles density functional theory (DFT) simulations. The binding energy between the nanocar and Au (1 1 1) surface was determined to be -9.43 eV (-217.45 kcal/mol). The net charge transfer from the nanocar to the gold substrate was calculated to be about 9.56 electrons. Furthermore, the equilibrium distances between the Au surface and the C60 molecule and nanocar chassis were estimated to be 2.20 Å and 2.30 Å, respectively. The BSSE correction was also considered in the binding energy estimation and the result show that the BSSE correction significantly affects the calculated binding energy for such systems. Finally, we have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulation for a single C60 fullerene on the gold surface at room temperature. Our first-principles result shows that ambient condition affect remarkably on the adsorption property of fullerene on the gold surface. We also observed that the C60 fullerene wheel slips by approximately 3.90 Å within 5 ps of simulation time at 300 K.

  15. Effect of oxygen on the production of abnormally high heats of interaction with hydrogen chemisorbed on gold

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    Groszek, A.J., E-mail: info@microscal.com [Microscal Limited, 79 Southern Row, London W10 5AL (United Kingdom); Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, ul.Niezapominajek 8, Krakow 30-239 (Poland); Lalik, E. [Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, ul.Niezapominajek 8, Krakow 30-239 (Poland)

    2011-02-01

    Abnormally high heats, exceeding 1600 kJ/mol (16 eV) per molecular oxygen, are generated by interaction of the oxygen with the hydrogen adsorbed on gold surfaces at 125 deg. C. The highest heats were observed during the interactions of fine gold particles supported on titanium oxide, approaching 1700 kJ/mol for three consecutive 100 nmol pulses of O{sub 2} interacting with the adsorbed hydrogen atoms. The heats rapidly decrease after the hydrogen is consumed. It was also observed that the interactions of the gold particles with pure oxygen in the presence of noble gases, such as argon and helium, produced the heats markedly higher than those observed in the absence of noble gases. The abnormally high heats revealed by this work reach values from 3.5 to 6.1 times higher than the heats of formation of gaseous water from molecular hydrogen and oxygen.

  16. Interaction of bombesin and its fragments with gold nanoparticles analyzed using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Tąta, Agnieszka; Szkudlarek, Aleksandra; Kim, Younkyoo; Proniewicz, Edyta

    2017-02-01

    This work demonstrates the application of commercially available stable surface composed of gold nanograins with diameters ranging from 70 to 226 nm deposited onto silicon wafer for surface-enhanced Raman scattering investigations of biologically active compounds, such as bombesin (BN) and its fragments. BN is an important neurotransmitter involved in a complex signaling pathways and biological responses; for instance, hypertensive action, contractive on uterus, colon or ileum, locomotor activity, stimulation of gastric and insulin secretion as well as growth promotion of various tumor cell lines, including: lung, prostate, stomach, colon, and breast. It has also been shown that 8-14 BN C-terminal fragment partially retains the biological activity of BN. The SERS results for BN and its fragment demonstrated that (1) three amino acids from these peptides sequence; i.e., L-histidine, L-methionine, and L-tryptophan, are involved in the interaction with gold coated silicon wafer and (2) the strength of these interactions depends upon the aforementioned amino acids position in the peptide sequence.

  17. Interaction of gold nanoparticles and nickel(II) sulfate affects dendritic cell maturation.

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    Deville, Sarah; Baré, Birgit; Piella, Jordi; Tirez, Kristof; Hoet, Peter; Monopoli, Marco P; Dawson, Kenneth A; Puntes, Victor F; Nelissen, Inge

    2016-12-01

    Despite many investigations have focused on the pristine toxicity of gold nanoparticles (GNPs), little is known about the outcome of co-exposure and interaction of GNPs with heavy metals which can possibly detoxify or potentiate them. Here, the combined exposure of nickel (II) sulfate (NiSO4) and GNPs on the maturation response of dendritic cells (DCs) was explored. Exposure to GNPs or NiSO4 separately induced cell activation. When cells were exposed to a mixture of both, however, the observed cell activation pattern indicated a competitive rather than an additive effect of both inducers with levels similar to those induced by NiSO4 alone. Quantification of the GNP uptake by DCs demonstrated a significant decrease in intracellular gold content during co-incubation with NiSO4. An extensive physiochemical characterization was performed to determine the interaction between GNPs and NiSO4 in the complex physiological media using nanoparticle tracking analyses, disc centrifugation, UV-visible spectroscopy, ICP-MS analyses, zeta potential measurements, electron microscopy, and proteomics. Although GNPs and NiSO4 did not directly interact with each other, the presence of NiSO4 in the physiological media resulted in changes in GNPs' charge and their associated protein corona (content and composition), which may contribute to a decreased cellular uptake of GNPs and sustaining the nickel-induced DC maturation. The presented results provide new insights in the interaction of heavy metals and NPs in complex physiological media. Moreover, this study highlights the necessity of mixture toxicology, since these combined exposures are highly relevant for human subjection to NPs and risk assessment of nanomaterials.

  18. Nanorod optical antennas for dipolar transitions

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    Taminiau, Tim H; van Hulst, Niek F

    2009-01-01

    Optical antennas link objects to light. Here, we analyze metal nanorod antennas as cavities with variable reflection coefficients to derive the interaction of dipolar transitions with radiation through the antenna modes. The presented analytical model accurately describes the complete emission process, and is summarized in a phase-matching equation. We show how antenna modes evolve as they become increasingly more bound, i.e. plasmonic. The results illustrate why efficient antennas should not be too plasmonic, and how subradiant even modes can evolve into weakly-interacting dark modes. Our description is valid for the interaction of nanorods with light in general, and is thus widely applicable.

  19. Formation of supported lipid bilayers containing phase-segregated domains and their interaction with gold nanoparticles

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    Melby, Eric S.; Mensch, Arielle C.; Lohse, Samuel E.; Hu, Dehong; Orr, Galya; Murphy, Catherine J.; Hamers, Robert J.; Pedersen, Joel A.

    2016-01-01

    The cell membrane represents an important biological interface that nanoparticles may encounter after being released into the environment. Interaction of nanoparticles with cellular membranes may alter membrane structure and function, lead to their uptake into cells, and elicit adverse biological responses. Supported lipid bilayers have proven to be valuable ex vivo models for biological membranes, allowing investigation of their mechanisms of interaction with nanoparticles with a degree of control impossible in living cells. To date, the majority of research on nanoparticle interaction with supported lipid bilayers has employed membranes composed of single or binary mixtures of phospholipids. Cellular membranes contain a wide variety of lipids and exhibit lateral organization. Ordered membrane domains enriched in specific membrane components are referred to as lipid rafts and have not been explored with respect to their interaction with nanoparticles. Here we develop model lipid raft-containing membranes amenable to investigation by a variety of surface-sensitive analytical techniques and demonstrate that lipid rafts influence the extent of nanoparticle attachment to model membranes. We determined conditions that allow reliable formation of bilayers containing rafts enriched in sphingomyelin and cholesterol and confirmed their morphology by structured illumination and atomic force microscopies. We demonstrate that lipid rafts increase attachment of cationic gold nanoparticles to model membranes under near physiological ionic strength conditions (0.1 M NaCl) at pH 7.4. We anticipate that these results will serve as the foundation for and motivate further study of nanoparticle interaction with compositionally varied lipid rafts.

  20. Electrochemical evaluation of lectin-sugar interaction on gold electrode modified with colloidal gold and polyvinyl butyral.

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    Oliveira, Maria D L; Correia, Maria T S; Coelho, Luana C B B; Diniz, Flamarion B

    2008-10-01

    In this work, ConA and CramoLL lectins were immobilized on gold nanoparticles (AuNp) with polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and adsorbed on the surface of gold (Au) electrodes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), in the frequency range from 100mHz to 100KHz, and cyclic voltammetry (CV), from -0.2 to 0.7V, were performed on these electrodes, in phosphate buffer (PBS) solution containing 10mM K(3)[Fe(CN)(6)]/K(4)[Fe(CN)(6)] (1:1) mixture as a redox probe. EIS and CV measurements showed that redox probe reactions on the modified Au electrodes were partially blocked due to the adsorption of AuNp-ConA-PVB and AuNp-CramoLL-PVB. SEM images showed the presence of aggregates of AuNp-ConA on PVB spherules in a tridimensional structure on the surface of the Au electrode. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was adsorbed on the AuNp-Lectin-PVB modified electrode in order to block the remaining free gold sites. Both EIS and CV techniques yielded results that confirm positive responses of the lectins to ovalbumin agglutination. These results indicate an improvement of the sensitivity for detection of sugars that can be applicable to construction of a biosensor sensitive to glycoproteins in solution.

  1. Fabrication Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance sensor chip of gold nanoparticles and detection lipase–osmolytes interaction

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    Ghodselahi, T., E-mail: t_ghodselahi@yahoo.com [Nano Mabna Iranian Inc., PO Box 1676664116, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); School of Physics, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, PO Box 19395-5531, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hoornam, S. [Nano Mabna Iranian Inc., PO Box 1676664116, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); School of Physics, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, PO Box 19395-5531, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Science, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Vesaghi, M.A. [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, PO Box 11365-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ranjbar, B.; Azizi, A. [Department of Biophysics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mobasheri, H. [Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Tehran, PO Box 13145-1384, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Biomaterials Research Institute (BRC), University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-30

    Highlights: • We synthesized localized surface plasmon resonance sensor of gold nanoparticles by RF-sputtering and RF-PECVD. • LSPR sensor was characterized by TEM, XPS, AFM. • LSPR sensor was utilized to detect interaction between sorbitol and trehalose, with Pesudomonace Cepacia Lipase (PCL). • Unlike to trehalose, sorbitol interacts with the PCL. • Refractive index of PCL was obtained by Mie theory modeling. - Abstract: Co-deposition of RF-sputtering and RF-PECVD from acetylene gas and Au target were used to prepare sensor chip of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs). Deposition conditions were optimized to reach a Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) sensor chip of Au NPs with particle size less than 10 nm. The RF power was set at 180 W and the initial gas pressure was set at 0.035 mbar. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) data were used to investigate particles size and surface morphology of LSPR sensor chip. The Au and C content of the LSPR sensor chip of Au NPs was obtained from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) thin film was used as intermediate material to immobilize Au NPs on the SiO{sub 2} substrate. The interaction between two types of osmolytes, i.e. sorbitol and trehalose, with Pseudomonas cepacia lipase (PCL) were detected by the prepared LSPR biosensor chip. The detection mechanism is based on LSPR spectroscopy in which the wavelength of absorption peak is sensitive to the refractive index of the environment of the Au NPs. This mechanism eliminates the use of a probe or immobilization of PCL on the Au NPs of LSPR sensor chip. The interaction between PCL and osmolytes can change refractive index of the mixture or solution. We found that unlike to trehalose, sorbitol interacts with the PCL. This interaction increases refractive index of the PCL and sorbitol mixture. Refractive index of PCL in the presence of different concentration of sorbitol was

  2. Fluorescent CdS Quantum Dots: Synthesis, Characterization, Mechanism and Interaction with Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Yao, Jun; Yang, Mei; Liu, Yu; Duan, Yixiang

    2015-05-01

    CdS quantum dot (QD) is a typical kind of II-IV nanoparticles, which plays an important role in the common type of core-shell QDs. It is of great practical significance to synthesize the water-soluble CdS QDs used in multicolor biomarkers and prepare core-shell QDs. In our case, we came up with a novel green method to manufacture CdS QDs with high quality, different size, and adopted UV-vis absorption, fluorescence, FTIR, XPS, HRTEM, SAED and STEM-EDX to discuss their growth mechanism. We successfully constructed fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) system between CdS QDs and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), then comprehensively and systematically studied the interaction between them.

  3. Visualization of gold and platinum nanoparticles interacting with Salmonella Enteritidis and Listeria monocytogenes

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    Ewa Sawosz

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Ewa Sawosz1, André Chwalibog2, Jacek Szeliga3, Filip Sawosz2, Marta Grodzik1, Marlena Rupiewicz1, Tomasz Niemiec1, Katarzyna Kacprzyk11Division of Biotechnology and Biochemistry of Nutrition, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland; 2Department of Basic Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; 3Division of Microbiology of Analytical Centre, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, PolandPurpose: Rapid development of nanotechnology has recently brought significant attention to the extraordinary biological features of nanomaterials. The objective of the present ­investigation was to evaluate morphological characteristics of the assembles of gold and platinum nanoparticles (nano-Au and nano-Pt respectively, with Salmonella Enteritidis (Gram-negative and Listeria monocytogenes (Gram-positive, to reveal possibilities of constructing bacteria-nanoparticle vehicles.Methods: Hydrocolloids of nano-Au or nano-Pt were added to two bacteria suspensions in the following order: nano-Au + Salmonella Enteritidis; nano-Au + Listeria monocytogenes; nano-Pt + Salmonella Enteritidis; nano-Pt + Listeria monocytogenes. Samples were inspected by transmission electron microscope.Results: Visualization of morphological interaction between nano-Au and Salmonella Enteritidis and Listeria monocytogenes, showed that nano-Au were aggregated within flagella or biofilm network and did not penetrate the bacterial cell. The analysis of morphological effects of interaction of nano-Pt with bacteria revealed that nano-Pt entered cells of Listeria monocytogenes and were removed from the cells. In the case of Salmonella Enteritidis, nano-Pt were seen inside bacteria cells, probably bound to DNA and partly left bacterial cells. After washing and centrifugation, some of the nano-Pt-DNA complexes were observed within Salmonella Enteritidis.Conclusion: The results indicate that the bacteria could be used as a vehicle to deliver nano

  4. Glyco-gold nanoparticle shapes enhance carbohydrate-protein interactions in mammalian cells

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    Sangabathuni, Sivakoti; Vasudeva Murthy, Raghavendra; Chaudhary, Preeti Madhukar; Surve, Manalee; Banerjee, Anirban; Kikkeri, Raghavendra

    2016-06-01

    Advances in shape-dependent nanoparticle (NP) research have prompted a close scrutiny of the behaviour of nanostructures in vitro and in vivo. Data pertaining to cellular uptake and site specific sequestration of different shapes of NPs will undoubtedly assist researchers to design better nano-probes for therapeutic and imaging purposes. Herein, we investigated the shape dependent uptake of glyco-gold nanoparticles (G-AuNPs) in different cancer cell lines. Specifically, we have compared the behaviour of spherical, rod and star AuNPs with mannose and galactose conjugations. In vitro experiments showed that the rod-AuNPs exhibited the highest uptake over that of the star and spherical counterparts. Further, an investigation of the mechanism of the uptake clearly demonstrated clathrin mediated endocytosis of the specific G-AuNPs. These results reveal the benefits of different G-AuNP shapes in carbohydrate-mediated interactions.Advances in shape-dependent nanoparticle (NP) research have prompted a close scrutiny of the behaviour of nanostructures in vitro and in vivo. Data pertaining to cellular uptake and site specific sequestration of different shapes of NPs will undoubtedly assist researchers to design better nano-probes for therapeutic and imaging purposes. Herein, we investigated the shape dependent uptake of glyco-gold nanoparticles (G-AuNPs) in different cancer cell lines. Specifically, we have compared the behaviour of spherical, rod and star AuNPs with mannose and galactose conjugations. In vitro experiments showed that the rod-AuNPs exhibited the highest uptake over that of the star and spherical counterparts. Further, an investigation of the mechanism of the uptake clearly demonstrated clathrin mediated endocytosis of the specific G-AuNPs. These results reveal the benefits of different G-AuNP shapes in carbohydrate-mediated interactions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03008d

  5. Graded core/shell semiconductor nanorods and nanorod barcodes

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Scher, Erik C.; Manna, Liberato

    2010-12-14

    Graded core/shell semiconductor nanorods and shaped nanorods are disclosed comprising Group II-VI, Group III-V and Group IV semiconductors and methods of making the same. Also disclosed are nanorod barcodes using core/shell nanorods where the core is a semiconductor or metal material, and with or without a shell. Methods of labeling analytes using the nanorod barcodes are also disclosed.

  6. Gold Nanostructures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Prepared by Electrodeposition in Porous Silicon

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    Yukio H. Ogata

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Electrodeposition of gold into porous silicon was investigated. In the present study, porous silicon with ~100 nm in pore diameter, so-called medium-sized pores, was used as template electrode for gold electrodeposition. The growth behavior of gold deposits was studied by scanning electron microscope observation of the gold deposited porous silicon. Gold nanorod arrays with different rod lengths were prepared, and their surface-enhanced Raman scattering properties were investigated. We found that the absorption peak due to the surface plasmon resonance can be tuned by changing the length of the nanorods. The optimum length of the gold nanorods was ~600 nm for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using a He-Ne laser. The reason why the optimum length of the gold nanorods was 600 nm was discussed by considering the relationship between the absorption peak of surface plasmon resonance and the wavelength of the incident laser for Raman scattering.

  7. Theoretical studies of the interactions of ethylene and formaldehyde with gold clusters.

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    Kang, Guo-Jun; Chen, Zhao-Xu; Li, Zhe

    2009-07-21

    We studied the adsorption of C(2)H(4) and CH(2)O on the gold clusters Au(n) (n = 1-5) in various adsorption modes using density functional theory PW91 functional. We found that the binding energies of pi-C(2)H(4) and pi and O-sigma modes of CH(2)O increase first and then decrease with the cluster size. Natural bonding orbital (NBO) analyses reveal that the donor-acceptor interaction plays an important role in these adsorption complexes and there is a nice linear relationship between the calculated binding energy and the stabilization energy estimated with second-order perturbation theory in the framework of NBO analysis. It is demonstrated that the bonding interaction between adsorbates and clusters follows the di-sigma > pi > O-sigma mode. However, due to adsorption induced structural deformation of adsorbates and clusters, the binding energies of different adsorption modes are comparable. It is shown that C(2)H(4) interacts more strongly with the clusters than CH(2)O does and that the previously assigned adsorption mode of C(2)H(4) on Au/MgO may not be the pi modes, but the C-sigma configuration.

  8. Interactions of small gold clusters, Aun (n=1-3), with graphyne: theoretical investigation.

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    Azizi, Elmira; Tehrani, Zahra Aliakbar; Jamshidi, Zahra

    2014-11-01

    The interactions of gold atom and clusters (Au2 and Au3) with the active sites of graphyne (GY) have been investigated using density functional theory (PBE, PBE-D3, and B3LYP-D3). In order to compare performance of DFT functional (BP86, PBE, TPSSh, B3LYP, PBE-D3, TPSSh-D3, and B3LYP-D3), the interactions of Au2 with various functional groups such as -sp, -sp(2) and aromatic sp(2) carbon atoms, -sp, -sp(2) and aromatic sp(2)-bonds have been investigated and also compared with the ab initio MP2 results. Additionally, the nature of interactions for graphyne-Au2 complexes are interpreted by means of the natural bond orbital (NBO), the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) and energy decomposition analysis (EDA) and compared with those of related graphene-Au2. This study suggests that graphyne shows complex behavior in comparison to those of graphene and could also be useful in modeling of the next generation electronic devices.

  9. Exploring the Stability of Gold Nanoparticles by Experimenting with Adsorption Interactions of Nanomaterials in an Undergraduate Lab

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    Lee, Chi-Feng; You, Pei-Yun; Lin, Ying-Chiao; Hsu, Tsai-Ling; Cheng, Pi-Yun; Wu, Yu-Xuan; Tseng, Chi-Shun; Chen, Sheng-Wen; Chang, Huey-Por; Lin, Yang-Wei

    2015-01-01

    The proposed experiment can help students to understand the factors involved in the stability of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) by exploring the adsorption interaction between Au NPs and various substances. The students in this study found that the surface plasmon resonance band of Au NP solutions underwent a red shift (i.e., from 520 to 650 nm)…

  10. Directed Nanorod Assembly Using Block Copolymer-Based Supramolecules

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    Thorkelsson, Kari; Mastroianni, Alexander; Ercius, Peter; Xu, Ting

    2013-03-01

    Nanorods display many unique electrical, mechanical, and optical properties unavailable in traditional bulk materials, and are attractive building blocks toward functional materials. The collective properties of anisotropic building blocks often depend strongly on their spatial arrangements, interparticle ordering, and macroscopic alignment. We have systematically investigated the phase behavior of nanocomposites composed of nanorods and block copolymer (BCP)-based supramolecules forming spherical, cylindrical and lamellar morphologies. Initial exploration showed that the nanorods can be readily dispersed in polymeric matrix and the overall morphology of nanorod-containing supramolecular nanocomposite depends on the nanorod-polymer interactions, inter-rod interactions and entropy associated with polymer chain deformation. The energetic contributions from the components of the system can be tailored to disperse nanorods with control over inter-rod ordering and the alignment of nanorods within BCP microdomains. By varying the supramolecular morphology and composition, arrays, sheets, and interconnected networks of nanorods are demonstrated that may prove useful for fabrication of optically and electrically active nanodevices.

  11. Inhibitory effect of gold nanoparticles conjugated with interferon gamma and methionine on breast cancer cell line

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    Nastaran Mohseni; Fatemeh Salehi Sarvestani; Mehdi Shafiee Ardestani; Fatemeh Kazemi-Lomedasht; Masoud Ghorbani

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To develop a gold nanoparticles complex conjugated with interferon-gamma(IFN-g) and methionine along with application of hyperthermia using near-infrared laser beams for the treatment of cancer cells.Methods: Gold nanorods(10 nm) were conjugated with IFN-g and methionine using carbodiimide family and characterized after purification by dialysis bags. Breast cancer cells were cultured and incubated with gold nanorods at different concentrations followed by irradiation with near-infrared laser beam. Samples were then evaluated for their viability in order to determine the effect of treatment and variables by MTT assy.Results: Zetasizer results confirmed the conjugation of gold nanorods with methionine and IFN-g. The median percentage of cell viability in 0.30 mg/m L concentration of gold nanorods was 82%. The cell viability reached to 85% at the same concentration of gold nanorods, which existed in the assayed complex. The results of MTT assay showed that the 0.60 mg/m L concentration of gold nanoparticles complex was toxic on tumor cells(P < 0.05). After exposure to hyperthermia, the viability of cells at 6 min decreased to77% in 0.30 mg/m L concentration of gold nanorods complex.Conclusions: The size and concentration of gold nanorods was not cytotoxic. However,their presence during irradiation near-infrared laser increased the number of dead cells during the treatment of cells.

  12. Synthesis of core-shell gold coated magnetic nanoparticles and their interaction with thiolated DNA.

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    Robinson, Ian; Tung, Le D; Maenosono, Shinya; Wälti, Christoph; Thanh, Nguyen T K

    2010-12-01

    Core-shell magnetic nanoparticles have received significant attention recently and are actively investigated owing to their large potential for a variety of applications. Here, the synthesis and characterization of bimetallic nanoparticles containing a magnetic core and a gold shell are discussed. The gold shell facilitates, for example, the conjugation of thiolated biological molecules to the surface of the nanoparticles. The composite nanoparticles were produced by the reduction of a gold salt on the surface of pre-formed cobalt or magnetite nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and super-conducting quantum interference device magnetometry. The spectrographic data revealed the simultaneous presence of cobalt and gold in 5.6±0.8 nm alloy nanoparticles, and demonstrated the presence of distinct magnetite and gold phases in 9.2±1.3 nm core-shell magnetic nanoparticles. The cobalt-gold nanoparticles were of similar size to the cobalt seed, while the magnetite-gold nanoparticles were significantly larger than the magnetic seeds, indicating that different processes are responsible for the addition of the gold shell. The effect on the magnetic properties by adding a layer of gold to the cobalt and magnetite nanoparticles was studied. The functionalization of the magnetic nanoparticles is demonstrated through the conjugation of thiolated DNA to the gold shell.

  13. Electromagnetic field manipulation in planar nanorod antennas metamaterial for slow light application

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    Wang, Junqiao; Zhang, Jia; Fan, Chunzhen; Mu, Kaijun; Liang, Erjun; Ding, Pei

    2017-01-01

    We numerically investigated the optical properties of planar nanorod antennas metamaterial that exhibits plasmon-induced transparency (PIT) effect. The designed metamaterial is made of a silver nanorod dimer antenna surrounded by two parallel silver nanorods. The interaction between two parallel nanorods and middle nanorod dimer antenna leads to a single PIT band in the transmission spectrum. Moreover, the double PIT windows and slow light can be realized by breaking the structure symmetry. The multi-bands PIT effect offers an excellent potential to manipulate the light speed at multi-frequencies.

  14. Facile Preparation of Stable Antibody-Gold Conjugates and Application to Affinity-Capture Self-Interaction Nanoparticle Spectroscopy.

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    Geng, Steven B; Wu, Jiemin; Alam, Magfur E; Schultz, Jason S; Dickinson, Craig D; Seminer, Carly R; Tessier, Peter M

    2016-10-19

    Protein-nanoparticle conjugates are widely used for conventional applications such as immunohistochemistry and biomolecular detection as well as emerging applications such as therapeutics and advanced materials. Nevertheless, it remains challenging to reproducibly prepare stable protein-nanoparticle conjugates with highly similar optical properties. Here we report an improved physisorption method for reproducibly preparing stable antibody-gold conjugates at acidic pH using polyclonal antibodies from a wide range of species (human, goat, rabbit, mouse, and rat). We find that gold particles synthesized using citrate alone or in combination with tannic acid are similar in size but display variable colloidal stability when conjugated to polyclonal antibodies. The variability in conjugate stability is due to differences in the pH and composition of the original gold colloid, which prevents reproducible preparation of stable antibody conjugates without additional purification of the particles prior to conjugation. Sedimentation-based purification of gold particles synthesized using different methods enabled reproducible generation of antibody-gold conjugates with high stability and similar plasmon wavelengths. We also find that antibody conjugates prepared using our improved procedure display excellent performance when applied to a high-throughput immunogold assay (affinity-capture self-interaction nanoparticle spectroscopy, AC-SINS) for identifying monoclonal antibodies with low self-association, high solubility, and low viscosity. The stable antibody conjugates prepared with various types of gold colloid result in robust and reproducible AC-SINS measurements of antibody self-association using extremely dilute (microgram per mL) and unpurified antibody solutions. We expect that this improved methodology will be useful for reproducibly preparing stable antibody-gold conjugates for diverse applications.

  15. Electrochemical analysis of gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles for detecting immunological interaction

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    Pham, Thao Thi-Hien; Sim, Sang Jun

    2010-01-01

    An electrochemical impedance immunosensor was developed for detecting the immunological interaction between human immunoglobulin (IgG) and protein A from Staphylococcus aureus based on the immobilization of human IgG on the surface of modified gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles with an Au shell and Fe oxide cores were functionalized by a self-assembled monolayer of 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid. The electrochemical analysis was conducted on the modified magnetic carbon paste electrodes with the nanoparticles. The magnetic nanoparticles were attached to the surface of the magnetic carbon paste electrodes via magnetic force. The cyclic voltammetry technique and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements of the magnetic carbon paste electrodes coated with magnetic nanoparticles-human IgG complex showed changes in its alternating current (AC) response both after the modification of the surface of the electrode and the addition of protein A. The immunological interaction between human IgG on the surface of the modified magnetic carbon paste electrodes and protein A in the solution could be successfully monitored.

  16. Electrochemical analysis of gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles for detecting immunological interaction

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    Pham, Thao Thi-Hien; Sim, Sang Jun, E-mail: simsj@skku.ed [Sungkyunkwan University, Nano-optics and Biomolecular Engineering National Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-01-15

    An electrochemical impedance immunosensor was developed for detecting the immunological interaction between human immunoglobulin (IgG) and protein A from Staphylococcus aureus based on the immobilization of human IgG on the surface of modified gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles with an Au shell and Fe oxide cores were functionalized by a self-assembled monolayer of 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid. The electrochemical analysis was conducted on the modified magnetic carbon paste electrodes with the nanoparticles. The magnetic nanoparticles were attached to the surface of the magnetic carbon paste electrodes via magnetic force. The cyclic voltammetry technique and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements of the magnetic carbon paste electrodes coated with magnetic nanoparticles-human IgG complex showed changes in its alternating current (AC) response both after the modification of the surface of the electrode and the addition of protein A. The immunological interaction between human IgG on the surface of the modified magnetic carbon paste electrodes and protein A in the solution could be successfully monitored.

  17. Gold-nanoparticle-based assay for instantaneous detection of nuclear hormone receptor-response elements interactions.

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    Tan, Yen Nee; Su, Xiaodi; Liu, Edison T; Thomsen, Jane S

    2010-04-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are widely used as colorimetric probes for biosensing, relying on their unique particle size-dependent and/or interparticle distance-dependent extinction spectrum and solution color. Herein, we describe an AuNP-based colorimetric assay to detect binding interactions between nuclear hormone receptors and their corresponding DNA-binding elements, particularly the human estrogen receptors (ERalpha and ERbeta) and their cognate estrogen response elements (EREs). We found that the protein-DNA (ER-ERE) complexes can stabilize citrate anion-capped AuNPs against salt-induced aggregation to a larger extent than the protein (ER) or the DNA (ERE) alone, due to their unique molecular size and charge properties that provide a strong electrosteric protection. Moreover, our results show that the extent of stabilization is sequence-dependent and can distinguish a single base variation in the ERE associated with minor changes in protein-DNA binding affinity. With this assay, many important parameters of protein-DNA binding events (e.g., sequence selectivity, distinct DNA binding properties of protein subtypes, binding stoichiometry, and sequence-independent transient binding) can be determined instantly without using labels, tedious sample preparations, and sophisticated instrumentation. These benefits, in particular the high-throughput potential, could enable this assay to become the assay of choice to complement conventional techniques for large scale characterization of protein-DNA interactions, a key aspect in biological research.

  18. Non-covalent interactions at bis(pyrazole)silver(i) or -gold(i) cations.

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    García-Pacios, Vanesa; Arroyo, Marta; Antón, Noelia; Miguel, Daniel; Villafañe, Fernando

    2009-03-28

    The reaction of AgBF(4) with two equivalents of pzH (pyrazole) or dmpzH (3,5-dimethylpyrazole) leads to [Ag(pzH)(2)]BF(4) or [Ag(dmpzH)(2)]BF(4). The reaction of [AuCl(tht)] with an equimolar amount of dmpzH in refluxing hexane leads to [Au(dmpzH)(2)][AuCl(2)]. Similar complexes [Au(dmpzH)(2)]A (A = BF(4) or NO(3)) are obtained from [AuCl(tht)], two equivalents of dmpzH, and AgBF(4) or AgNO(3). The complexes [Ag(dmpzH)(2)]BF(4) and [Au(dmpzH)(2)]A (A = [AuCl(2)], BF(4) or NO(3)) crystallize as ionic pairs where the NH groups of the pyrazoles are involved in short cation-anion interactions. The nitrate complex crystallizes as a dimer, where both molecules are supported by pi-stacking interactions between the pyrazole rings. The crystal structure of [Ag(pzH)(2)]BF(4) reveals a three dimensional array of cations and anions. In solution, [Ag(pzH)(2)]BF(4) and [Ag(dmpzH)(2)]BF(4) undergo intermolecular processes involving pyrazole decoordination, and behave as 1/1 electrolytes; whereas dimethylpyrazole gold complexes do not display any dynamic behavior, and show cation-anion association also in solution.

  19. A method for studies on interactions between a gold-based drug and plasma proteins based on capillary electrophoresis with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry detection

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    Nguyen, Tam T T N; Østergaard, Jesper; Gammelgaard, Bente

    2015-01-01

    An analytical method based on capillary electrophoresis (CE) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection was developed for studies on the interaction of gold-containing drugs and plasma proteins using auranofin as example. A detection limit of 18 ng/mL of auranofin...... was the major auranofin-interacting protein in plasma. The CE-ICP-MS method is proposed as a novel approach for kinetic studies of the interactions between gold-based drugs and plasma proteins. Graphical Abstract Development of a CE-ICP-MS based method allows for studies on interaction of the gold containing...

  20. Synthesis and characterization of silicon nanorod on n-type porous silicon.

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    Behzad, Kasra; Mat Yunus, Wan Mahmood; Bahrami, Afarin; Kharazmi, Alireza; Soltani, Nayereh

    2016-03-20

    This work reports a new method for growing semiconductor nanorods on a porous silicon substrate. After preparation of n-type porous silicon samples, a thin layer of gold was deposited on them. Gold deposited samples were annealed at different temperatures. The structural, thermal, and optical properties of the samples were studied using a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), photoacoustic spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. FESEM analysis revealed that silicon nanorods of different sizes grew on the annealed samples. Thermal behavior of the samples was studied using photoacoustic spectroscopy. Photoluminescence spectroscopy showed that the emission peaks were degraded by gold deposition and attenuated for all samples by annealing.

  1. Gold nanorods characterization for nanomedical applications

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    2012-01-01

    In recent years, several groups have investigated the changes of chemical and physical properties of materials with size in the nanometer scale. These studies have highlighted a number of possible applications for nanostructures, which are now employed, for example, in biology and medicine for imaging, disease detection, diagnosis, sensing and therapy. In noble metals, the coherent collective oscillation of electrons in the conduction band (Surface Plasmon Resonance, SPR), induces large su...

  2. Metal-based nanorods as molecule-specific contrast agents for reflectance imaging in 3D tissues

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    Javier, David J.; Nitin, Nitin; Roblyer, Darren M.; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca

    2008-01-01

    Anisotropic metal-based nanomaterials have been proposed as potential contrast agents due to their strong surface plasmon resonance. We evaluated the contrast properties of gold, silver, and gold-silver hybrid nanorods for molecular imaging applications in three-dimensional biological samples. We used diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to predict the contrast properties of different types of nanorods embedded in biological model systems of increasing complexity. The predicted contrast propertie...

  3. Enhanced Light–Matter Interactions in Graphene-Covered Gold Nanovoid Arrays

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    Zhu, Xiaolong; Shi, Lei; Schmidt, Michael Stenbæk

    2013-01-01

    of the graphene. These new perspectives enable us to verify the presence of graphene on gold-void arrays, and the enhancement even allows us to accurately quantify the number of layers. Experimental observations are further supported by numerical simulations and perturbation-theory analysis. The graphene gold...

  4. Origin of selenium-gold interaction in F2CSe⋯AuY (Y = CN, F, Cl, Br, OH, and CH3): Synergistic effects.

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    Guo, Xin; Yang, Yu-Ping; Li, Qing-Zhong; Li, Hai-Bei

    2016-03-21

    Selenium-gold interaction plays an important role in crystal materials, molecular self-assembly, and pharmacochemistry involving gold. In this paper, we unveiled the mechanism and nature of selenium-gold interaction by studying complexes F2CSe⋯AuY (Y = CN, F, Cl, Br, OH, and CH3). The results showed that the formation of selenium-gold interaction is mainly attributed to the charge transfer from the lone pair of Se atom to the Au-Y anti-bonding orbital. Energy decomposition analysis indicated that the polarization energy is nearly equivalent to or exceeds the electrostatic term in the selenium-gold interaction. Interestingly, the chalcogen-gold interaction becomes stronger with the increase of chalcogen atomic mass in F2CX⋯AuCN (X = O, S, Se, and Te). The cyclic ternary complexes are formed with the introduction of NH3 into F2CSe⋯AuY, in which selenium-gold interaction is weakened and selenium-nitrogen interaction is strengthened due to the synergistic effects.

  5. Green synthesis of biocompatible carboxylic curdlan-capped gold nanoparticles and its interaction with protein.

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    Yan, Jing-Kun; Liu, Jin-Lin; Sun, Yu-Jia; Tang, Shuang; Mo, Zheng-Ying; Liu, Yuan-Shuai

    2015-03-06

    This study demonstrates a facile, green strategy for the preparation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) from chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) using carboxylic curdlan (Cc) as both reducing and stabilizing agent. The as-prepared AuNPs are characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results indicated that the particle size of the AuNPs changes with variations in the reaction time and concentrations of Cc and HAuCl4. The spherical AuNPs are well dispersed, exhibiting high stability even after six months storage. The carboxylic groups (COO(-)) in the Cc molecules tend to adsorb and stabilize the surface of the AuNPs. The interaction between BSA and the Cc-capped AuNPs was investigated using fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopies. The results indicated that the BSA molecules adsorb on the surface of the AuNPs, without significant change in its helical structure even after conjugation with the AuNPs.

  6. Distance-dependent interactions between gold nanoparticles and fluorescent molecules with DNA as tunable spacers

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    Chhabra, Rahul; Sharma, Jaswinder; Lin Su; Yan Hao; Lindsay, Stuart; Liu Yan [Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States); Wang Haining; Zou Shengli, E-mail: stuart.lindsay@asu.ed, E-mail: yan_liu@asu.ed [Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)

    2009-12-02

    Using stoichiometrically controlled 1:1 functionalization of gold nanoparticles with fluorescent dye molecules in which the dye molecule is held away from the particle surface by a rigid DNA spacer allows precise determination of the distance-dependent effect of the metal nanoparticles on fluorescence intensity. Two dyes were studied, Cy3 and Cy5, with two sizes of nanoparticles, 5 and 10 nm. The larger the particle, the more quenching of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity, due to increased overlap of the dye's emission spectrum with the Au surface plasmon resonance. Fluorescence is quenched significantly for distances somewhat larger than the particle diameter, in good agreement with the predictions of an electrodynamics model based on interacting dipoles. The distance dependence of surface energy transfer behavior, i.e. quenching efficiency, is proportional to 1/d{sup 4}, which involves no consideration of the size of the particle and the spectral overlap of the dye and AuNp. This surface energy transfer model is found qualitatively and agrees with the electrodynamic model, though the exponent is greater than 4 for the smaller nanoparticles (5 nm), and smaller than 4 for the larger nanoparticles (10 nm).

  7. Specific interactions of functionalised gold surfaces with ammonium perchlorate or starch; towards a chemical cartography of their mixture

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    Mercier, D. [CNRS, UMR CNRS 7609, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, Paris (France); Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - UPMC Paris VI, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Laboratoire de recherche conventionne CEA/UPMC n Degree-Sign 1, Paris (France); Mercader, C.; Quere, S.; Hairault, L. [CEA, DAM, Le Ripault, F-37260 Monts (France); Laboratoire de recherche conventionne CEA/UPMC n Degree-Sign 1, Paris (France); Methivier, C. [CNRS, UMR CNRS 7609, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, Paris (France); Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - UPMC Paris VI, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Laboratoire de recherche conventionne CEA/UPMC n Degree-Sign 1, Paris (France); Pradier, C.M., E-mail: claire-Marie.pradier@upmc.fr [CNRS, UMR CNRS 7609, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, Paris (France); Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - UPMC Paris VI, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Laboratoire de recherche conventionne CEA/UPMC n Degree-Sign 1, Paris (France)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Measurements of interactions by Quartz Crystal Microbalance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AFM and CFM measurements, tip functionalisation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Surface nano-imaging. - Abstract: By functionalising gold samples, planar wafers or AFM tips, with an acid- or an amino acid-terminated thiols, mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) and homocystein (H-Cyst) respectively, we were able to differentiate the interactions with ammonium perchlorate (AP) and starch (S), two components of a nanocomposition mixture. To do so, the interaction between gold functionalized surfaces and the two targeted compounds have been characterized and quantified by several complementary techniques. Polarisation modulation-infrared spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), providing chemical analyses of gold surfaces after contacting S or AP, proved that both compounds were retained on MUA or H-Cyst-modified surfaces, but to various extents. Quartz crystal microbalance on-line measurements enabled to monitor the kinetics of interaction and showed distinct differences in the behaviour of MUA and H-Cyst-surfaces towards the two compounds. Having observed that only H-Cyst-modified surfaces enables to get a contrast on the chemical force microscopy (CFM) images, this new result could be well explained by examining the data obtained by combining the above-mentioned surface characterisation techniques.

  8. Directed Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles

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    Westerlund, Axel Rune Fredrik; Bjørnholm, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    As a complement to common "top-down" lithography techniques, "bottom-up" assembly techniques are emerging as promising tools to build nanoscale structures in a predictable way. Gold nanoparticles that are stable and relatively easy to synthesize are important building blocks in many such structures...... due to their useful optical and electronic properties. Programmed assembly of gold nanoparticles in one, two, and three dimensions is therefore of large interest. This review focuses on the progress from the last three years in the field of directed gold nanoparticle and nanorod assembly using...

  9. Cytotoxicity analysis of gold nanorods conjugated with dual-target inhibitors on humant-riple negative breast cancer cell%偶联双基因靶点的多功能金纳米颗粒对三阴性乳腺癌细胞的毒性分析

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    李冰馨; 赵宁; 傅深

    2015-01-01

    目的::设计并构建偶联双基因靶点的多功能金纳米棒颗粒(TKI-258-pGNRs@mSiO2-RGD),并探讨该多功能金纳米棒颗粒对人三阴性乳腺癌MDA-MB-231细胞的细胞毒性,初步明确该新型多功能金纳米棒颗粒在体外实验中所需的剂量范围。方法:运用种子介导生长法制备金纳米棒,以改良的奥伯法对其表面进行介孔二氧化硅包裹,通过表面修饰偶联整合素αvβ3和表皮生长因子受体( VEGFR )的特异性抑制剂RGD和TKI-258,采用紫外分光光度计和透射电镜对其特征进行检测。以不同浓度(0、12.5、25、50、100、200μg/ml)多功能金纳米棒颗粒孵育人三阴性乳腺癌MDA-MB-231细胞株,采用CCK-8法检测细胞增殖率,并进行细胞毒性评级。结果:多功能金纳米棒颗粒物理状态稳定,吸收峰位于515、860 nm处。偶联的双基因靶点抑制剂TKI-258、RGD分别在360、204 nm 处有特征性吸收峰,药物包封率分别为58.18%±7.13%,57.95%±5.22%,载药率分别为4.26%±0.42%,4.35%±0.79%。不同浓度多功能金纳米棒处理后,细胞增殖率在50%-100%之间,细胞毒性评级为I-II级,0-100μg/ml浓度范围内无细胞毒性。结论:偶联双基因靶点的多功能金纳米棒颗粒( TKI-258-pGNRs@mSiO2-RGD)具有热疗/放疗增敏的特殊光学性质,偶联双基因靶点抑制剂TKI-258、RGD的载药量稳定,生物相容性良好,可作为三阴性乳腺癌细胞特异性靶向的热疗/放疗载药增敏材料。%Objective:Background and objective:The combination of nanotechnology and phototherapy/radiothera-py is a new focus in tumor therapy. Our study design and synthesized multifunctional gold nanoparticles conjugated with dual-target inhibitors( TKI-258-pGNRs@mSiO2-RGD) andanalysis cytotoxicity on human triple negative breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cell lineto preliminary identify the effective dose of multifunctional gold nanoparticles in vitro. Methods:Gold nanorods were synthesized byseed

  10. Gold nanodumbbell-seeded growth of silver nanobars and nanobipyramids

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    Deng, Jin-Pei; Chen, Chih-Wei; Hsieh, Wei-Chi; Wang, Chao-Hsien; Hsu, Cheng-Yung; Lin, Jyun-Hao

    2014-03-01

    Gold nanodumbbells (NDs) are prepared by the reduction of gold ions in the presence of gold nanorods. Gold NDs are then employed for the synthesis of gold-silver core-shell nanoparticles (Au@Ag NPs). The quasi-ellipsoidal NPs could be found at room temperature, but Au@Ag bar and triangular bipyramid (TBP) NPs were obtained at 75 °C. Our results show that the long ends of gold NDs are in the position of the bar center and closely paralleled the shorter edge of TBP. Mechanisms in the growth of silver on gold NDs are proposed for the formations of these Au@Ag NPs.

  11. Self-Assembly of Pyridine-Modified Lipoic Acid Derivatives on Gold and Their Interaction with Thyroxine (T4

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Pyridyl derivatives of lipoic acid were prepared as ligands for the study of the interaction with thyroxine (T4. Thin self-assembled films of the ligands were prepared in 70% ethanol on gold and their interaction with T4 was studied by titration experiments in an aqueous buffer solution using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR. The thickness and refractive index of the ligand layers were calculated from SPR spectra recorded in two media, also allowing for surface coverage and the density of the layers to be estimated. Two ligands, a 4-pyridyl and a bis(2-hydroxyethyl derivative of lipoic acid, were selected to investigate the feasibility for producing molecularly imprinted self-assembled layers on gold for T4. The methodology was to co-assemble T4 and the ligand onto the gold surface, elute the T4 from the layer under alkaline conditions, and study the rebinding of T4 to the layer. Multiple elution/rebinding cycles were conducted in different buffer solutions, and rebinding of T4 could be observed, with a moderate binding affinity that depended greatly on the solvent used. More optimal binding was observed in HBS buffer, and the affinity of the interaction could be slightly increased when the 4-pyridyl and bis(2-hydroxy-ethyl derivatives of lipoic acid were combined in the imprinted layer.

  12. Self-Assembly of Pyridine-Modified Lipoic Acid Derivatives on Gold and Their Interaction with Thyroxine (T4)

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    Albers, Willem M.; Milani, Roberto; Tappura, Kirsi; Munter, Tony; Resnati, Giuseppe; Metrangolo, Pierangelo

    2013-01-01

    Pyridyl derivatives of lipoic acid were prepared as ligands for the study of the interaction with thyroxine (T4). Thin self-assembled films of the ligands were prepared in 70% ethanol on gold and their interaction with T4 was studied by titration experiments in an aqueous buffer solution using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). The thickness and refractive index of the ligand layers were calculated from SPR spectra recorded in two media, also allowing for surface coverage and the density of the layers to be estimated. Two ligands, a 4-pyridyl and a bis(2-hydroxyethyl) derivative of lipoic acid, were selected to investigate the feasibility for producing molecularly imprinted self-assembled layers on gold for T4. The methodology was to co-assemble T4 and the ligand onto the gold surface, elute the T4 from the layer under alkaline conditions, and study the rebinding of T4 to the layer. Multiple elution/rebinding cycles were conducted in different buffer solutions, and rebinding of T4 could be observed, with a moderate binding affinity that depended greatly on the solvent used. More optimal binding was observed in HBS buffer, and the affinity of the interaction could be slightly increased when the 4-pyridyl and bis(2-hydroxy-ethyl) derivatives of lipoic acid were combined in the imprinted layer. PMID:23389045

  13. Spectroscopic insights on energy transfer phenomenon from phthalocyanine to gold nanoparticle and role of phthalocyanine-gold nanoparticle conjugate over supramolecular interaction between fullerene and phthalocyanine in solution

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    Ray, Anamika; Bhattacharya, Sumanta

    2016-05-01

    This letter envisages the photophysical insights on phthalocyanine (Pc)-gold nanoparticle (AuNp) conjugate in solution. Both steady state and time-resolved fluorescence studies evoke remarkable enhancement in energy transfer efficiency from ZnPc to AuNp in comparison to free-base Pc (H2Pc) in toluene. It is observed that in presence of AuNp, selectivity in binding for the non-covalent complex of H2Pc with PC70BM (a fullerene derivative) is found to be ∼3.0 times higher compared to ZnPc-PC70BM system. Dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscope, atomic force microscope and fluorescence microscope measurements provide very good support in favour of the rationale behind Pc-AuNp interaction in solution.

  14. Synthesis and optical properties of colloidal gold nanoparticles

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    Nguyen Ngoc Long; Le Van Vu; Chu Dinh Kiem; Sai Cong Doanh; Cao Thi Nguyet; Pham Thi Hang; Nguyen Duy Thien; Luu Manh Quynh [Faculty of Physics, Hanoi University of Science, 334 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi (Viet Nam)], E-mail: longnn@vnu.edu.vn

    2009-09-01

    Colloidal gold nanoparticles (spheres) have been prepared from HAuCl{sub 4} containing aqueous solution by using X-ray irradiation and by chemical reduction method. Gold nanorods were synthesized according to the seed-mediated growth method. The colloidal gold nanoparticles were characterized by using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy. It was found that the concentration of the precursors affects the size of the nanoparticles. In the chemical reduction approach the size of nanoparticles can be controlled by varying amount of trisodium citrate, but in the photochemical method the size of nanoparticles can been controlled by varying the ratio of HAuCl{sub 4} to TX-100 and X-ray irradiation duration. Gold nanorods have been synthesized according to the seed-mediated growth method with two steps. The effect of silver acetate and CTAB on formation of gold nanorods has been studied.

  15. Surface area-dependent second harmonic generation from silver nanorods.

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    Ngo, Hoang Minh; Luong, Thanh Tuyen; Ledoux-Rak, Isabelle

    2016-08-17

    The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of metallic nanoparticles strongly depend on their size and shape. Metallic gold nanorods have already been widely investigated, but other noble metals could also be used for nanorod fabrication towards applications in photonics. Here we report on the synthesis and NLO characterization of silver nanorods (AgNRs) with controllable localized surface plasmon resonance. We have implemented an original, one-step and seedless synthesis method, based on a spontaneous particle growth technique in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping agent. Colloidal solutions of AgNRs with various aspect ratios (5.0; 6.3; 7.5; 8.2 and 9.7) have been obtained and characterized using Harmonic light scattering (HLS) at 1064 nm, in order to investigate their quadratic NLO properties. From HLS experiments, we demonstrate that hyperpolarizability (β) values of AgNRs display a strong dependence on their surface area.

  16. Optical forces in nanorod metamaterial

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    Bogdanov, Andrey A; Ginzburg, Pavel

    2015-01-01

    Optomechanical manipulation of micro and nano-scale objects with laser beams finds use in a large span of multidisciplinary applications. Auxiliary nanostructuring could substantially improve performances of classical optical tweezers by means of spatial localization of objects and intensity required for trapping. Here we investigate a three-dimensional nanorod metamaterial platform, serving as an auxiliary tool for the optical manipulation, able to support and control near-field interactions and generate both steep and flat optical potential profiles. It was shown that the 'topological transition' from the elliptic to hyperbolic dispersion regime of the metamaterial, usually having a significant impact on various light-matter interaction processes, does not strongly affect the distribution of optical forces in the metamaterial. This effect is explained by the predominant near-fields contributions of the nanostructure to optomechanical interactions. Semi-analytical model, approximating the finite size nanopar...

  17. Interaction of gold and silver nanoparticles with human plasma: Analysis of protein corona reveals specific binding patterns.

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    Lai, Wenjia; Wang, Qingsong; Li, Lumeng; Hu, Zhiyuan; Chen, Jiankui; Fang, Qiaojun

    2017-04-01

    Determining how nanomaterials interact with plasma will assist in understanding their effects on the biological system. This work presents a systematic study of the protein corona formed from human plasma on 20nm silver and gold nanoparticles with three different surface modifications, including positive and negative surface charges. The results show that all nanoparticles, even those with positive surface modifications, acquire negative charges after interacting with plasma. Approximately 300 proteins are identified on the coronas, while 99 are commonly found on each nanomaterial. The 20 most abundant proteins account for over 80% of the total proteins abundance. Remarkably, the surface charge and core of the nanoparticles, as well as the isoelectric point of the plasma proteins, are found to play significant roles in determining the nanoparticle coronas. Albumin and globulins are present at levels of less than 2% on these nanoparticle coronas. Fibrinogen, which presents in the plasma but not in the serum, preferably binds to negatively charged gold nanoparticles. These observations demonstrate the specific plasma protein binding pattern of silver and gold nanoparticles, as well as the importance of the surface charge and core in determining the protein corona compositions. The potential downstream biological impacts of the corona proteins were also investigated.

  18. The electrokinetic characterization of gold nanoparticles, functionalized with cationic functional groups, and its' interaction with DNA.

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    Lazarus, Geraldine Genevive; Revaprasadu, Neerish; López-Viota, Julián; Singh, Moganavelli

    2014-09-01

    Gold nanoparticles have attracted strong biomedical interest for drug delivery due to their low toxic nature, surface plasmon resonance and capability of increasing the stability of the payload. However, gene transfection represents another important biological application. Considering that cellular barriers keep enclosed their secret to deliver genes using nanoparticles, an important step can be achieved by studying the functionalization of nanoparticles with DNA. In the present contribution the synthesis of nanoparticles consisting of a gold core coated with one or more layers of amino acid (l-lysine), and cationic polyelectrolytes (poly-ethyleneimine and poly-l-lysine) is reported. All nanoparticles were subjected to dynamic light scattering, electrophoretic mobility measurements, UV-vis optical spectrophotometry analysis and transmission electron microscopy imaging. In addition, the adsorption of DNA plasmid (pSGS) with linear and supercoiled configurations was studied for those gold nanoparticles under the most suitable surface modifications. Preliminary results showed that the gold nanoparticles functionalized with poly-ethyleneimine and poly-l-lysine, respectively, and bound to linear DNA configurations, present in absolute value a higher electrophoretic mobility irrespective of the pH of the media, compared to the supercoiled and nicked configuration. The findings from this study suggest that poly-ethyleneimine and poly-l-lysine functionalized gold nanoparticles are biocompatible and may be promising in the chemical design and future optimization of nanostructures for biomedical applications such as gene and drug delivery.

  19. Improvements of volume holographic grating in photopolymer doped with nanorods (Conference Presentation)

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    Cao, Liangcai; Wu, Shenghan; Zong, Song; Zhang, Hao; Jin, Guofan

    2016-09-01

    Enhanced volume holographic refractive index grating by employing a strong volume holographic absorption grating induced by the periodic spatial distribution of gold nanoparticles due to the polymerization-driven multicomponent diffusion in a bulk gold nanoparticles doped photopolymer is noticeable. Till now most works are only focused on changing the concentration of nanoparticles and the radius of sphere nanoparticles. We propose an approach to improve the volume holographic grating by changing the size and shape of doped nanoparticles. The difference between nanorods and nanospheres is analyzed by the finite difference time domain(FDTD) method and the holographic kinetic model. The simulation results indicate that the nanorods has stronger localized surface plasmon resonance effect. The size and the aspect ratio of gold nanorods are optimized for the best absorption at a certain wavelength of recording light. The experiment results verify that the nanoparticles can be designed to achieve higher diffraction efficiency in a mixed volume holographic grating.

  20. Preparation and characterization of MgO nanorods coated with SnO2.

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    Kim, Hyunsu; Jin, Changhyun; Kim, Hyoun Woo; Lee, Chongmu

    2012-05-01

    MgO nanorods have been grown by thermal evaporation of Mg3N2 powders on Si (100) substrates coated with gold (Au) thin films. The MgO nanorods grown on Al2O3 (0001) were 0.1-0.2 microm in diameter and up to a few tens of micrometers in length. MgO/SnO2 coaxial nanorods have also been prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of SnO2 onto the nanorods. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results indicate that the MgO-cores and the SnO2 shells of the annealed coaxial nanorods are of a single crystalline nature with cubic and orthorhombic structures, respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy analysis results show that SnO2 coating slightly increases the PL emission intensity of MgO nanorods. The PL emission of the SnO2-coated MgO nanorods is found to be considerably enhanced by thermal annealing and to strongly depend on the annealing atmosphere. The PL emission intensity of the MgO/SnO2 coaxial nanorods has been significantly increased by annealing in a reducing atmosphere. The origin of the PL enhancement by annealing in a reducing atmosphere is discussed on the basis of energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses.

  1. Self-assembled alignment of nanorod by using DNA brush (Conference Presentation)

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    Ijiro, Kuniharu; Nakamura, Satoshi; Mitomo, Hideyuki; Pike, Andrew; Matsuo, Yasutaka; Niikura, Kenichi

    2016-09-01

    Surface modification with polymer is widely applied to various kinds of applications. Recently, polymer brushes, which is a layer of polymers attached with one end to a surface, have attracted much attention as functionalized surfaces. In particular, ionic polymer brushes provide ultra-low friction or anti-fouling because they act as highly hydrated soft film. Almost ionic polymer brushes have been prepared from synthetic polymers. Few biopolymers have been investigated for polymer brush studies. DNA which is one of ionic biopolymers has unique functions and conformations which synthetic polymers don't have. We found that cationic gold nanorods (30 x 10 nm) were adsorbed to DNA bush (148 bp) prepared on a glass surface in an aqueous solution by observation using extinction spectra. When the cationic charge density of gold nanorods were decreased, nanorods were immobilized perpendicularly to the substrate by binding to DNA elongated. This indicates that self-assembled alignment of gold nanorods can be achieved by using DNA brush. Formed aligned gold nanorods can be used for plasmonic color analysis.

  2. Physical properties of nanorods

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    Krahne, Roman; George, Chandramohan [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa (Italy). Nanostructures; Manna, Liberato [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa (Italy). Nanochemistry; Morello, Giovanni [CNR, Lecce (Italy). Nanoscience Institute; Figuerola, Albert [Barcelona Univ. (Spain). Inst. de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia; Deka, Sasanka [Delhi Univ. (India). Dept. of Chemistry

    2013-06-01

    Inorganic nanoparticles are among the most investigated objects nowadays, both in fundamental science and in various technical applications. In this book the physical properties of nanowires formed by nanoparticles with elongated shape, i.e. rod-like or wire-like, are described. The transition in the physical properties is analyzed for nanorods and nanowires consisting of spherical and rod-like nanoparticles. The physical properties of nanowires and elongated inorganic nanoparticles are reviewed too. The optical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical and catalytic properties of nanowires consisting of semiconductors, noble and various other metals, metal oxides properties and metal alloys are presented. The applications of nanorods and nanowires are discussed in the book.

  3. Interaction of gold nanoparticles with free radicals and their role in enhancing the scavenging activity of ascorbic acid.

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    Razzaq, Humaira; Saira, Farhat; Yaqub, Azra; Qureshi, Rumana; Mumtaz, Misbah; Saleemi, Samia

    2016-08-01

    The present study investigates the interaction of citrate stabilized gold nanoparticles (12±1.5nm) (GNPs) with free radicals; 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) stable and electrochemically generated superoxide, O2(-). Different experiments were designed to understand the interaction between GNPs and DPPH by employing cyclic voltammetry, UV-vis spectroscopy and computational chemistry using 6-311G basis set. The increase in heterogeneous rate constant, ksh, of DPPH upon addition of GNPs pointed towards possible complex formation, DPPH-GNPs which were further explained by a model assuming surface adsorption of DPPH on GNPs. Further, the model was validated by studying interaction of GNPs with a biologically important free radical, O2(-). Exciting result in terms of disappearance of anodic peak after GNPs addition confirmed that gold nanoparticles interacted with stable as well as unstable free radicals. Also, the stoichiometry of the most stable complex GNP-DPPH was determined from UV-vis spectroscopy by applying Job's method. The GNP-DPPH complex was found to be active with 46.0% reduction of the IC50 value of standard antioxidant, ascorbic acid (AA), indicating its role in enhancing antioxidant activity. Hence, this study presents a simple and potential approach to enhance the efficiency of natural antioxidants without modifying their structure, or involving the complex functionalization of GNPs with antioxidants.

  4. Binding Interactions of Keratin-Based Hair Fiber Extract to Gold, Keratin, and BMP-2.

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    de Guzman, Roche C; Tsuda, Shanel M; Ton, Minh-Thi N; Zhang, Xiao; Esker, Alan R; Van Dyke, Mark E

    2015-01-01

    Hair-derived keratin biomaterials composed mostly of reduced keratin proteins (kerateines) have demonstrated their utility as carriers of biologics and drugs for tissue engineering. Electrostatic forces between negatively-charged keratins and biologic macromolecules allow for effective drug retention; attraction to positively-charged growth factors like bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) has been used as a strategy for osteoinduction. In this study, the intermolecular surface and bulk interaction properties of kerateines were investigated. Thiol-rich kerateines were chemisorbed onto gold substrates to form an irreversible 2-nm rigid layer for surface plasmon resonance analysis. Kerateine-to-kerateine cohesion was observed in pH-neutral water with an equilibrium dissociation constant (KD) of 1.8 × 10(-4) M, indicating that non-coulombic attractive forces (i.e. hydrophobic and van der Waals) were at work. The association of BMP-2 to kerateine was found to be greater (KD = 1.1 × 10(-7) M), within the range of specific binding. Addition of salts (phosphate-buffered saline; PBS) shortened the Debye length or the electrostatic field influence which weakened the kerateine-BMP-2 binding (KD = 3.2 × 10(-5) M). BMP-2 in bulk kerateine gels provided a limited release in PBS (~ 10% dissociation in 4 weeks), suggesting that electrostatic intermolecular attraction was significant to retain BMP-2 within the keratin matrix. Complete dissociation between kerateine and BMP-2 occurred when the PBS pH was lowered (to 4.5), below the keratin isoelectric point of 5.3. This phenomenon can be attributed to the protonation of keratin at a lower pH, leading to positive-positive repulsion. Therefore, the dynamics of kerateine-BMP-2 binding is highly dependent on pH and salt concentration, as well as on BMP-2 solubility at different pH and molarity. The study findings may contribute to our understanding of the release kinetics of drugs from keratin biomaterials and allow for the

  5. Binding Interactions of Keratin-Based Hair Fiber Extract to Gold, Keratin, and BMP-2.

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    Roche C de Guzman

    Full Text Available Hair-derived keratin biomaterials composed mostly of reduced keratin proteins (kerateines have demonstrated their utility as carriers of biologics and drugs for tissue engineering. Electrostatic forces between negatively-charged keratins and biologic macromolecules allow for effective drug retention; attraction to positively-charged growth factors like bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2 has been used as a strategy for osteoinduction. In this study, the intermolecular surface and bulk interaction properties of kerateines were investigated. Thiol-rich kerateines were chemisorbed onto gold substrates to form an irreversible 2-nm rigid layer for surface plasmon resonance analysis. Kerateine-to-kerateine cohesion was observed in pH-neutral water with an equilibrium dissociation constant (KD of 1.8 × 10(-4 M, indicating that non-coulombic attractive forces (i.e. hydrophobic and van der Waals were at work. The association of BMP-2 to kerateine was found to be greater (KD = 1.1 × 10(-7 M, within the range of specific binding. Addition of salts (phosphate-buffered saline; PBS shortened the Debye length or the electrostatic field influence which weakened the kerateine-BMP-2 binding (KD = 3.2 × 10(-5 M. BMP-2 in bulk kerateine gels provided a limited release in PBS (~ 10% dissociation in 4 weeks, suggesting that electrostatic intermolecular attraction was significant to retain BMP-2 within the keratin matrix. Complete dissociation between kerateine and BMP-2 occurred when the PBS pH was lowered (to 4.5, below the keratin isoelectric point of 5.3. This phenomenon can be attributed to the protonation of keratin at a lower pH, leading to positive-positive repulsion. Therefore, the dynamics of kerateine-BMP-2 binding is highly dependent on pH and salt concentration, as well as on BMP-2 solubility at different pH and molarity. The study findings may contribute to our understanding of the release kinetics of drugs from keratin biomaterials and allow for the

  6. Au nanorods modulated NIR fluorescence and singlet oxygen generation of water soluble dendritic zinc phthalocyanine.

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    Zhou, Xuefei; He, Xiaohong; Wei, Shiliang; Jia, Kun; Liu, Xiaobo

    2016-11-15

    A novel cyano-terminated zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc-CN) exhibiting visible near infrared (vis-NIR) emitting around 690nm in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) solvent has been synthesized. Furthermore, the peripheral cyano groups of newly synthesized zinc phthalocyanine were hydrolyzed in strong basic solution, leading to water soluble carboxylated zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc-COOH) with completely quenched fluorescence in aqueous solution. Interestingly, we found that the NIR fluorescence of aqueous ZnPc-COOH was dramatically recovered in the presence of gold nanorods (Au NR), which was due to the alternation of ZnPc-COOH molecules self-assembling via electrostatic interaction between cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) on the surface of Au NR and peripheral carboxyl of ZnPc-COOH. In addition, ZnPc-COOH/Au NR conjugates demonstrated an improved singlet oxygen generation, which could be served as potential bioimaging probe and photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy.

  7. Plasmon interactions between gold nanoparticles in aqueous solution with controlled spatial separation

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    Sendroiu, I.E.; Mertens, Stijn; Schiffrin, D.J.

    2006-01-01

    The effects of interparticle distance on the UV-visible absorption spectrum of gold nanocrystals aggregates in aqueous solution have been investigated. The aggregates were produced by ion-templated chelation of omega-mercaptocarboxylic acid ligands covalently attached to the nanoparticles surface...

  8. Shape-controlled synthesis of gold nanoplates and their self-assembly by repulsive electrostatic interactions.

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    Bi, Liyan; Rao, Yanying; Sun, Qian; Li, Danyang; Cheng, Yuan; Dong, Jian; Qian, Weiping

    2012-06-01

    This study focuses on understanding the growth and control of the gold nanoplates by seed-mediated growth approach. These monodispersive size-controlled gold nanoplates have the average thickness of 8-10 nm and average size tunable from 70 to 150 nm, exhibiting strong surface plasmon absorption in the near infrared (NIR) region. For the gold nanoplates formation, the seeds serve as nucleation sites, ascorbic acid (AA) serves as a new reductant to reduce hydrogen tetrachloroaurate (HAuCl4), surface activity system cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and potassium iodide (KI) are critical factors. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) analyses reveal that gold nanoplates with the (111) lattice plane as the basal plane are single crystals. CTAB are absorbed on the surface of the (111) lattice plane of the single crystals, accounting for self-assembled monolayer and head-to-head arrays. The two arrays have been shown to serve as effective surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates using Niel blue A (NBA) sulfate as Raman report molecule.

  9. Green Synthesis of Silver Nanorods and Optimization of Its Therapeutic Cum Toxic Dose.

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    Suganya, T R; Devasena, T

    2015-12-01

    Germinated Fenugreek seeds are relatively rich in flavonoids and polyphenols than dry seeds. Therefore, germinated fenugreek seeds possess better pharmacological activities. We have used an aqueous extract of germinated fenugreek seeds to reduce silver nitrate into nanoscale silver rods. The silver nanorods showed Surface Plasmon peak at 450 nm as revealed from UV visible spectrum. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy images revealed the monodispersity and rod morphology. X ray diffraction spectrum revealed the FCC crystal structure of nanorods. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy peaks revealed the interaction between the phytochemicals of germinated fenugreek seeds and the silver nanorods. Characterization studies reveal the validation of the proposed green synthesis protocol to produce monodispersed silver nanorods with phytochemical capping. The phytosynthesized silver nanorods exhibited anticancer activity in skin cancer cell line, which may be due to its nanoscale dimension and the surface functionalization. For the first time, we have optimized the therapeutic cum toxic dose of phytostabilized silver nanorods using skin cancer cell model.

  10. Passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser using evanescent field interaction with gold-nanosphere based saturable absorber.

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    Fan, Dengfeng; Mou, Chengbo; Bai, Xuekun; Wang, Shaofei; Chen, Na; Zeng, Xianglong

    2014-07-28

    We demonstrate an all-fiber passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) using a gold-nanosphere (GNS) based saturable absorber (SA) with evanescent field interaction. Using the interaction of evanescent field for fabricating SAs, long nonlinear interaction length of evanescent wave and GNSs can be achieved. The GNSs are synthesized from mixing solution of chloroauricacid (HAuCl4) and sodium citrate by the heating effects of the microfiber's evanescent field radiation. The proposed passively Q-switched EDFL could give output pulses at 1562 nm with pulse width of 1.78 μs, a repetition rate of 58.1 kHz, a pulse energy of 133 nJ and a output power of 7.7 mW when pumped by a 980 nm laser diode of 237 mW.

  11. Imidazolium ionic liquid induced one-step synthesis of -Fe2O3 nanorods and nanorod assemblies for lithium-ion battery

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    Shuting Xie

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available α-Fe2O3 nanorods and nanorod assemblies are prepared via a facile one-step method with the assistance of imidazolium-based ionic liquid. The aspect ratio of synthesized nanorods is determined by the alkyl chain length of [Cnmim]+. The inter-molecular π−π interaction and intra-molecular dipole-dipole interaction among imidazole rings of [C4mim]+[PhCOO]− play critical roles in both nucleation and assembly processes of α-Fe2O3 nanorods. The α-Fe2O3 nanorod assemblies show an excellent performance in lithium-ion batteries with a reversible capacity of 1007.3 mA h g−1 at the rate of 500 mA g−1 after 150 cycles.

  12. Interactions of gold nanoparticles with freshwater aquatic macrophytes are size and species dependent.

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    Glenn, J Brad; White, Sarah A; Klaine, Stephen J

    2012-01-01

    The partitioning of 4- and 18-nm gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to aquatic macrophytes was investigated in vivo with exposure suspension in well water. Three morphologically distinct aquatic macrophytes were studied. Myriophyllum simulans Orch. and Egeria densa Planch. are submerged aquatic vascular plants, whereas Azolla caroliniana Willd. is a free-floating aquatic fern. Because aquatic plants absorb the majority of their nutrients from the water column, it is logical to hypothesize that they may absorb nanomaterials in suspension, potentially facilitating trophic transfer. Each plant was exposed to two different-sized gold nanospheres at a nominal concentration of 250 µg/L AuNPs for 24 h. Macrophytes were harvested at six time points (1, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 h), dried, and then analyzed for gold concentration via inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. Concentrations were normalized to whole-plant dry tissue mass. The present study shows that absorption of AuNPs through root uptake was size and species dependent. Electron microscopy revealed that 4- and 18-nm AuNPs adsorbed to the roots of each species. Root tissue was sectioned, and transmission electron microscopy indicated that 4-nm and 18-nm AuNPs were absorbed by A. caroliniana, whereas only 4-nm AuNPs were absorbed by M. simulans. Egeria densa did not absorb AuNPs of either size. Gold nanoparticles were confirmed in tissue by using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Absorption of AuNPs by plants may be a function of the salinity tolerance of each species.