Cisplatin-induced self-assembly of graphene oxide sheets into spherical nanoparticles for damaging sub-cellular DNA†
This report describes the hitherto unobserved cisplatin induced self-assembly of 2D-graphene oxide sheets into 3D-spherical nano-scale particles. These nanoparticles can encompass dual DNA damaging drugs simultaneously. A combination of confocal microscopy, gel electrophoresis and flow cytometry studies clearly demonstrated that these novel nanoparticles can internalize into cancer cells by endocytosis, localize into lysosomes, and damage DNA, leading to apoptosis. Cell viability assays indicated that these nanoparticles were more cytotoxic towards cancer cells compared to healthy cells.