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Synthesis and characterization of gold nanostructured Chorin e6 for Photodynamic Therapy

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Vieira, L. ; Castilho, M. L. ; Ferreira, I. ; Ferreira-Strixino, J. ; Hewitt, K. C. ; Raniero, L.
Total Authors: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy; v. 18, p. 6-11, JUN 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 11

Photodynamic therapy is an alternative treatment for cancer based on cellular uptake of a photosensitizer, illuminated with an appropriate wavelength in the presence of oxygen. A cascade of reactions generates reactive oxygen species leading to cell death. Using carbodiimide chemistry, chlorin e6 (Ce6) was covalently bonded to thiourea, and (via the sulphur end group) to gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), forming the Ce6-AuNP complex. Ce6 absorbs in the range 650-680 nm, where the coefficient of biological tissue absorption is low (part of the therapeutic window), which is ideal for biological application. Transmission Electron Microscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Zeta potential measurements were completed to characterize the Ce6-AuNP complex. The bare AuNPs have an average diameter of 18 +/- 4 nm. A line of human breast carcinoma cells (MDA-MB-468) was used to determine whether Ce6 functionalization to AuNPs potentiate its activity. Trypan blue assays were used to assess cell viability. In the absence of light, Ce6 either alone or bounded to AuNPs was not cytotoxic. When irradiated at 660 nm, the cytotoxicity of Ce6-AuNP was higher than Ce6 alone for MDA-MB-468 cells using 4 h incubation. AuNPs without Ce6 showed no cytotoxic. (c) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/17404-7 - Photodynamic therapy associated with nanoprobes for treating cancer
Grantee:Leandro José Raniero
Support type: Regular Research Grants