Anti-PSMA antibody-coupled gold nanorods detection by optical and electron microscopies

Schol, Daureen; Fleron, Maximilian; Greisch, Jean-Francois; Jaeger, Michael; Frenz, Martin; Pauw, Edwin De; Pauw-Gillet, Marie C. De (2013). Anti-PSMA antibody-coupled gold nanorods detection by optical and electron microscopies. Micron, 50, pp. 68-74. Elsevier 10.1016/j.micron.2013.05.003

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While cancer is one of the greatest challenges to public health care, prostate cancer was chosen as cancer model to develop a more accurate imaging assessment than those currently available. Indeed, an efficient imaging technique which considerably improves the sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic and predicting the cancer behavior would be extremely valuable. The concept of optoacoustic imaging using home-made functionalized gold nanoparticles coupled to an antibody targeting PSMA (prostate specific membrane antigen) was evaluated on different cancer cell lines to demonstrate the specificity of the designed platform. Two commonly used microscopy techniques (indirect fluorescence and scanning electron microscopy) showed their straightforwardness and versatility for the nanoparticle binding investigations regardless the composition of the investigated nanoobjects. Moreover most of the research laboratories and centers are equipped with fluorescence microscopes, so indirect fluorescence using Quantum dots can be used for any active targeting nanocarriers (polymers, ceramics, metals, etc.). The second technique based on backscattered electron is not only limited to gold nanoparticles but also suits for any study of metallic nanoparticles as the electronic density difference between the nanoparticles and binding surface stays high enough. Optoacoustic imaging was finally performed on a 3D cellular model to assess and prove the concept of the developed platform.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Applied Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Jaeger, Michael, Frenz, Martin


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 620 Engineering








Martin Frenz-Lips

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2014 11:31

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:34

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