Spectral and 3-dimensional tracking of single gold nanoparticles in living cells studied by rayleigh light scattering microscopy

Guillaume Louit, Tsuyoshi Asahi*, Go Tanaka, Takayuki Uwada, Hiroshi Masuhara

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Abstract

Using a confocal Rayleigh light scattering microspectroscopy and imaging system, we followed and recorded the scattering spectra of single gold nanoparticles interacting with living mouse fibroblast cells, during the scale of 1 h. A white light continuum produced by a femtosecond laser was focused on gold nanoparticles with a diameter of 80 nm, while an incubation system ensured viability of the living cells. After reporting spectral characteristics of gold nanoparticles and their target fibroblasts, separately and in combination, tracking sequences of single nanoparticles in contact with a single cell are described. Through the study of three separate and representative cases, transitory as well as plasmon resonance band shifts, which can be linked to biological events, have been observed and are discussed here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11766-11772
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume113
Issue number27
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Jul 2009

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