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Facile synthesis of β-lactoglobulin capped Ag2S quantum dots for in vivo imaging in the second near-infrared biological window

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Abstract

Effective in vivo fluorescence imaging for cancer screening and diagnostics requires bright and biocompatible fluorophores whose emission can effectively penetrate biological tissues. Recent studies have confirmed that the second near-infrared window (NIR-II, 1000–1400 nm) is the most sensitive spectral range for in vivo imaging due to ultralow tissue absorption and autofluorescence. We report herein a facile synthesis of Ag2S quantum dots (QDs) that emit at ∼1100 nm using β-lactoglobulin (β-LG) as a biological template. The β-LG protein coating improves water-solubility, faciliates rapid biodistribution and reduces in vivo toxicity of the QDs. Compared to other currently used NIR emitters, β-LG capped Ag2S QDs exhibit superior photostability and biocompatibility, making them promising probes for in vivo NIR-II imaging.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of β-lactoglobulin capped Ag2S quantum dots for in vivo imaging in the second near-infrared biological window

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The article was received on 11 May 2016, accepted on 01 Sep 2016 and first published on 01 Sep 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6TB01186A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016,4, 6271-6278
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    Facile synthesis of β-lactoglobulin capped Ag2S quantum dots for in vivo imaging in the second near-infrared biological window

    J. Chen, Y. Kong, Y. Wo, H. Fang, Y. Li, T. Zhang, Y. Dong, Y. Ge, Z. Wu, D. Zhou and S. Chen, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 6271
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TB01186A

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