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Direct imaging of titania nanotubes located in mouse neural stem cell nuclei

Wang, Yanli and Wang, Jia and Deng, Xiaoyong and Wang, Jiao and Wang, Haifang and Wu, Minghong and Jiao, Zheng and Liu, Yuanfang (2009) Direct imaging of titania nanotubes located in mouse neural stem cell nuclei. Nano Research, 2 (7). pp. 543-552.


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Titania nanotubes (TiO2-NTs) are a potential drug vehicle for use in nanomedicine. To this end, a preliminary study of the interaction of a model cell with TiO2-NTs has been carried out. TiO2-NTs were first conjugated with a fluorescent label, fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC). FITC-conjugated titania nanotubes (FITC-TiO2-NTs) internalized in mouse neural stem cells (NSCs, line C17.2) can be directly imaged by confocal microscopy. The confocal imaging showed that FITC-TiO2-NTs readily entered into the cells. After co-incubation with cells for 24 h, FITC-TiO2-NTs localized around the cell nucleus without crossing the karyotheca. More interestingly, the nanotubes passed through the karyotheca entering the cell nucleus after co-incubation for 48 h. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were also employed in tracking the nanotubes in the cell. These results will be of benefit in future studies of TiO2-NTs for use as a drug vehicle, particularly for DNA-targeting drugs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Titania nanotubes - mouse neural stem cells - nucleus - confocal imaging - atomic force microscopy
Subjects:Biomedical Science > Nanomedicine
ID Code:6542
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:27 Jul 2009 16:17
Last Modified:29 Jul 2009 09:45

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