A novel fluorescent nanoparticle composed of fluorene copolymer core and silica shell with enhanced photostability

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Title
A novel fluorescent nanoparticle composed of fluorene copolymer core and silica shell with enhanced photostability
Author(s)
Chang-Soo Lee; Jang Hee Hyun; Juyeon Jung; N A Lee; N W Song; Bong Hyun Chung
Bibliographic Citation
Colloids and Surfaces B-Biointerfaces, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 219-225
Publication Year
2012
Abstract
A variety of fluorescent nanoparticles have been developed for demanding applications such as optical biosensing and fluorescence imaging in live cells. Silica-based fluorescent nanoparticles offer diverse advantages for biological applications. For example, they can be used as labeling probes due to their low toxicity, high sensitivity, resolution, and stability. In this research, a new class of highly fluorescent, efficient nanoparticles composed of a newly synthesized poly[di(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy))-2,7-(9,9-dioctyl-9H-fluorene)] (PDDF) core and a silica shell (designated as PDDF@SiO 2) were prepared using a simple reverse micelle method, and their fluorescent properties were evaluated using methods such as single-dot photoluminescence measurements. The enhanced photostability of the particles and their potential applications for bioanalysis are discussed in this article. The morphology, size, and fluorescent properties for prepared PDDF@SiO 2 nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The prepared particles size, which was approximately 60nm, resulted in an excellent colloidal stability in a physiological environment. The photobleaching dynamics, total numbers of emitted photons (TNEP) and statistical measurements of individual nanoparticles were observed using laser scanning fluorescence microscopy to assess the structure and photostability of PDDF@SiO 2 nanoparticles. Additionally, PDDF@SiO 2 nanoparticles were used in cell toxicity and permeation tests for biological analyses, demonstrating a great potential for use as powerful, novel materials within the emerging fields of biosensing and biomedical engineering.
Keyword
BioimagingFluorescent nanoparticleFluorescent polymerPhotostability
ISSN
0927-7765
Publisher
Elsevier
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2011.11.010
Type
Article
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Division of Biomaterials Research > Bionanotechnology Research Center > 1. Journal Articles
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