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Synthesis of pH stable, blue light-emitting diode-excited, fluorescent silica nanoparticles and effects on cell behavior

Authors Ha SW, Lee JK, Beck GR Jr

Received 13 April 2017

Accepted for publication 19 May 2017

Published 7 December 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 8699—8710


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Israel (Rudi) Rubinstein

Shin-Woo Ha,1 Jin-Kyu Lee,2 George R Beck Jr1,3,4

1Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA; 2Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea; 3The Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Decatur, 4The Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA

Abstract: To date, delivery of light-emitting diode (LED)-activated compounds to cells and tissue remains a challenge. Silica-based materials possess good biocompatibility and have advantages of control of size and shape. Fluorescent silica nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized and used for applications such as cell tracking and tumor identification. Here, we report the synthesis and optimization of fluorescent silica NPs, which incorporate a naphthalimide dye with triethoxysilanes that are excited by the blue LED wavelength (LEDex NPs). The NPs can be imaged in the 420–470 nm wavelength, demonstrate a high quantum yield, are stable in a range of pH, and are taken into the cells. Therefore, these NPs represent a novel imaging technology for biomedical applications.

naphthalimide, imaging, bone marrow stromal cell migration, reduced toxicity

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