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Selective detection of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid via fluorescence quenching of InP/ZnS quantum dots

Authors Ankireddy SR, Kim J, An SSA

Received 11 May 2015

Accepted for publication 23 July 2015

Published 25 August 2015 Volume 2015:10(Special Issue on diverse applications in Nano-Theranostics) Pages 113—119


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Webster

Seshadri Reddy Ankireddy, Jongsung Kim

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Gachon University, Seongnam, South Korea

Abstract: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter of the catecholamine family and has many important roles, especially in human brain. Several diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, restless legs syndrome, are believed to be related to deficiency of dopamine. Several studies have been performed to detect dopamine by using electrochemical analysis. In this study, quantum dots (QDs) were used as sensing media for the detection of dopamine. The surface of the QDs was modified with L-cysteine by coupling reaction to increase the selectivity of dopamine. The fluorescence of cysteine-capped indium phosphide/zinc sulfide QDs was quenched by dopamine with various concentrations in the presence of ascorbic acid. This method shows good selectivity for dopamine detection, and the detection limit was 5 nM.

Keywords: InP/ZnS QDs, Parkinson’s disease, L-dopamine, ascorbic acid, neurotransmitter, photoluminescence

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