Direct synthesis of rev peptide-conjugated gold nanoparticles and their application in cancer therapeutics

Ngoc Thi Thanh Tran, Tzu Hao Wang, Chiao Yun Lin, Yi Chun Tsai, Chyong Huey Lai, Yian Tai, Yat Ming Yung

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We have developed a simple approach for generating peptide-conjugated gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) from the Rev peptide and gold aqueous solution. The peptide functions as both a reducing agent and a capping molecule. AuNPs of various sizes (20 - 300 nm) and shapes (spheres, triangular plates, and polygons) can be obtained upon modulating the ratio of gold ions to the Rev peptide. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV - vis spectroscopy were utilized to characterize these nanoparticles. Fourier-transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements were performed to investigate chemical interactions between the Rev peptide and AuNPs. Lactate dehydrogenase and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5- diphenyltetrazolium bromide assays revealed that the Rev peptide - AuNP nanocomposites exhibited exceptionally high cytotoxic effects toward mouse ovarian surface epithelial cell lines, relative to the effects of equal doses of the free Rev peptide. Our study suggests a new way of utilizing biomolecule-conjugated AuNPs as potentially effective anticancer drugs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1394-1401
Number of pages8
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry

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