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A novel fluorescent retrograde neural tracer: cholera toxin B conjugated carbon dots

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Abstract

The retrograde neuroanatomical tracing method is a key technique to study the complex interconnections of the nervous system. Traditional tracers have several drawbacks, including time-consuming immunohistochemical or immunofluorescent staining procedures, rapid fluorescence quenching and low fluorescence intensity. Carbon dots (CDs) have been widely used as a fluorescent bio-probe due to their ultrasmall size, excellent optical properties, chemical stability, biocompatibility and low toxicity. Herein, we develop a novel fluorescent neural tracer: cholera toxin B–carbon dot conjugates (CTB–CDs). It can be taken up and retrogradely transported by neurons in the peripheral nervous system of rats. Our results show that CTB–CDs possess high photoluminescence intensity, good optical stability, a long shelf-life and non-toxicity. Tracing with CTB–CDs is a direct and more economical way of performing retrograde labelling experiments. Therefore, CTB–CDs are reliable fluorescent retrograde tracers.

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The article was received on 30 Jun 2015, accepted on 28 Jul 2015 and first published on 04 Aug 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR04361A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2015,7, 15635-15642
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    A novel fluorescent retrograde neural tracer: cholera toxin B conjugated carbon dots

    N. Zhou, Z. Hao, X. Zhao, S. Maharjan, S. Zhu, Y. Song, B. Yang and L. Lu, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 15635
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR04361A

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