Functionalized Plasmonic Anisotropic Nanocrystals for Multimodal Imaging of Cancer Cells

Atcha Kopwitthaya, Ken Tye Yong, Andrey Kuzmin, Wing Cheung Law, Artem Pliss, Lisa A. Vathy, Indrajit Roy, Paras N. Prasad

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Nanoparticles internalized by cells are valuable probes for bioimaging. In particular, nanoparticles can be detected in "biological transmission window," i.e., near infrared region. Here, we report a preparation of biotargeting diethylthiatricarbocyanine iodide (DTTC)-functionalized gold nanorods, utilized for detection of malignant cells. These biotargeting DTTC-functionalized gold nanorods are efficiently internalized into cultured cells and can serve as probes for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and dark-field imaging. The robust SERS signal from malignant cells has clearly demonstrated a signature peak of DTTC in the presence of our formulation. A short acquisition time, we used in this experiment, is able to exclude bulk of Raman signal from natural cellular constituents. This signature peak will be a key of identifying cancer due to cancer-specific property of biotargeted molecule. The results are leading to promising real-time cancer detection. In addition, these multimodal probes demonstrated low toxicity in cell viability studies which enables a broad range of multiplex imaging applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Gold nanorods
  • In vitro nanoprobe
  • Multiplex imaging
  • SERS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry

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