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Micron. 2019 Jun;121:21-25. doi: 10.1016/j.micron.2019.03.001. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

Unravelling the nature of the spongy dark material in aged Turkevich gold nanoparticles colloidal solutions by CytoViva® dark-field imaging and HRTEM analysis.

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1
Chemistry Institute, University of São Paulo, 05508-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Electronic address: fernando.menegatti.melo@usp.br.
2
Chemistry Institute, University of São Paulo, 05508-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Electronic address: maklimuk@iq.usp.br.
3
Chemistry Institute, University of São Paulo, 05508-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
4
Biomedical Sciences Institute, University of São Paulo, 05508-900, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Abstract

Turkevich gold nanoparticles colloidal solutions undergo further changes after ageing for several weeks or months, and in most cases a spongy dark material can be observed suspended in the red solution. CytoViva® dark-field microscopy images and high resolution transmission electron micrographys (HRTEM) of the strange body played a central role and revealed a fibrous structure, consistent with cellulose, as commonly found in the cell-walls of many fungi. Surprisingly, the interior of the fibers are filled with gold nanoparticles, responsible for the high contrasting images obtained in this work. The fungi were replicated in the laboratory, characterized by Infrared Microscopy (FTIR) and revealed an ability to grow in gold-citrate media, even in dark and anaerobical conditions.

KEYWORDS:

Ageing; Dark-field imaging; Fungi; Gold nanoparticles; Turkevich

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