24 March 2014 Combining ligand design and photo-ligation to provide optimal quantum dot-bioconjugates for sensing and imaging
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We describe the design and synthesis of two metal-coordinating zwitterion ligands to promote the transfer of hydrophobic QDs to buffer media over broad range of conditions. The ligands are prepared by appending either one or two lipoic acid anchoring groups onto a zwitterion, LA-TEG200-ZW and bis(LA)- ZW. Combining these ligands with a photochemical reduction of the lipoic acid group in the presence of UV irradiation, provides an easy to implement method to transfer luminescent QDs to buffer media, while preserving their optical and spectroscopic properties intact. The resulting zwitterion-QDs have very thin capping shell, which allows their self-assembly with full size proteins via metal-to-histidine coordination. These conjugates have great potential for use in various bio-motivated applications.
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Naiqian Zhan, Goutam Palui, Malak Safi, Hedi Mattoussi, "Combining ligand design and photo-ligation to provide optimal quantum dot-bioconjugates for sensing and imaging", Proc. SPIE 8955, Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications IX, 89550O (24 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2038308; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2038308
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