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Nano Lett. 2007 Apr;7(4):941-5. Epub 2007 Mar 3.

Two-photon luminescence imaging of cancer cells using molecularly targeted gold nanorods.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA.

Abstract

We demonstrate the use of gold nanorods as bright contrast agents for two-photon luminescence (TPL) imaging of cancer cells in a three-dimensional tissue phantom down to 75 mum deep. The TPL intensity from gold-nanorod-labeled cancer cells is 3 orders of magnitude brighter than the two-photon autofluorescence (TPAF) emission intensity from unlabeled cancer cells at 760 nm excitation light. Their strong signal, resistance to photobleaching, chemical stability, ease of synthesis, simplicity of conjugation chemistry, and biocompatibility make gold nanorods an attractive contrast agent for two-photon imaging of epithelial cancer.

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