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Cell viability studies of PEG-thiol treated gold nanorods as optoacoustic contrast agents
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Paper Abstract

Rod shaped gold nanoparticles are synthesized using cetyltriammonium bromide (CTAB) as a major component of growth solutions. This surfactant is toxic to cells, but is at the moment unavoidable when monodisperse and high yield nanorods are to be synthesized. CTAB is found coating side walls of the nanoparticles and plays a role in maintaining colloidal stability. It may be displaced using thiolated PEG which is non-toxic to cells. Here we report on systematic studies of cell viability of such PEGylated nanorods on an SKBR3 cell-line using the MTS assay. These PEGylated particles are characterized using electron microscopy, optical spectroscopy and zeta potential measurements. It is expected that such treatment will be crucial in making nanorods compatible for in vivo biomedical applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7177, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2009, 71772D (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808547
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Srirang Manohar, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Rajagopal Rayavarapu, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Wilma Petersen, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Ton G. van Leeuwen, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7177:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2009
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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