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Biosens Bioelectron. 2014 Mar 15;53:71-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2013.09.036. Epub 2013 Sep 25.

A highly selective sensor of cysteine with tunable sensitivity and detection window based on dual-emission Ag nanoclusters.

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Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory for the Synthesis and Application of Organic Functional Molecules, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, China.


An effective dual-emission fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (NCs)-based probe have been constructed for rapid and selective detection of cysteine (Cys) with tunable sensitivity. Electrostatically induced reversible phase transfer method is employed to synthesize Ag nanoclusters with tunable emission intensity at 430 nm and 630 nm by controlling molar ratio between Ag and glutathione. The fluorescence of the Ag nanoclusters could be selectively quenched in the presence of Cys with a detection limit as low as 10nM. Good linear correlations are obtained over the concentration range from 0.5 to 55 μM (quenched emission at 630 nm), 55 to 120 μM and 120 to 220 μM (enhanced emission at 555 nm) and 120 to 200 μM (quenched emission at 430 nm), respectively. The long-wavelength emission of the Ag nanoclusters can avoid the interference of the autofluorescence of the biosystems, which facilitated their applications in monitoring Cys in urine.


Ag nanoclusters; Cysteine; Dual-emission; Fluorescence sensor

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