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Analyst. 2011 Feb 21;136(4):769-74. doi: 10.1039/c0an00725k. Epub 2010 Dec 13.

Growth-sensitive 3D ordered gold nanoshells precursor composite arrays as SERS nanoprobes for assessing hydrogen peroxide scavenging activity.

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State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, PR China.

Abstract

A novel method based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) was developed to estimate the antioxidant activity of antioxidants by using self-assembled three-dimensionally (3D) ordered gold nanoparticles (GNPs) precursor composite (SiO(2)/GNPs) arrays as nanoprobes. H(2)O(2) could reduce AuCl(4)(-) to Au(0) which deposited onto the surface of the SiO(2)/GNPs arrays and enlarged the GNPs. As the concentration of H(2)O(2) increased, the surface coverage of the resultant gold on the silica cores increased accordingly until continuous gold nanoshells (GNSs) were formed. The change of the intensities of the SERS spectra correlated well with H(2)O(2) concentration which indicated that this SiO(2)/GNPs array was a potential SERS nanoprobe for H(2)O(2). The presence of antioxidant will prevent the growth of GNPs on the surface of the silica arrays from forming the structure which has strongest SERS-activity and the corresponding change in SERS intensity correlated well with the H(2)O(2) scavenging activity of the antioxidants. The H(2)O(2) scavenging activities of four plant-based antioxidants, tannic acid, citric acid, ferulic acid, and tartaric acid were studied. Our results showed the H(2)O(2) scavenging activities (SA(HP) values) of these four compounds were: tannic acid > ferulic acid > citric acid > tartaric acid.

PMID:
21152631
DOI:
10.1039/c0an00725k
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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