Tamitake Itoh

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We review the syntheses, optical properties, and biological applications of cadmium selenide (CdSe) and cadmium selenide-zinc sulfide (CdSe-ZnS) quantum dots (QDs) and gold (Au) and silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs). Specifically, we selected the syntheses of QDs and Au and Ag NPs in aqueous and organic phases, size- and shape-dependent photoluminescence (PL)(More)
Bioconjugated nanomaterials offer endless opportunities to advance both nanobiotechnology and biomedical technology. In this regard, semiconductor nanoparticles, also called quantum dots, are of particular interest for multimodal, multifunctional and multiplexed imaging of biomolecules, cells, tissues and animals. The unique optical properties, such as(More)
Development of quantum dot (QD) based device components requires controlled integration of QDs into different photonic and electronic materials. In this regard, introduction of methods for regular arrangement of QDs and investigation of properties of QD-based assemblies are important. In the current work we report (1) controlled conjugation of CdSe-ZnS QDs(More)
Efficient intracellular delivery of quantum dots (QDs) and unravelling the mechanism underlying the intracellular delivery are essential for advancing the applications of QDs toward in vivo imaging and therapeutic interventions. Here, we show that clathrin-mediated endocytosis is the most important pathway for the intracellular delivery of(More)
We describe the development of a hyper-spectral imaging (HSI) system composed of thin-film tunable band-pass filters (TF-TBPFs) and its application to inhomogeneous sample surfaces. Compared with existing HSI systems, the system has a simpler optical arrangement and has an optical transmittance of up to 80% owing to polarization independence. The HSI system(More)
We identified an insect neuropeptide, namely, allatostatin 1 from Drosophila melanogaster, that transfects living NIH 3T3 and A431 human epidermoid carcinoma cells and transports quantum dots (QDs) inside the cytoplasm and even the nucleus of the cells. QD-conjugated biomolecules are valuable resources for visualizing the structures and functions of(More)
We investigated the optical properties of isolated single aggregates of Ag nanoparticles (Ag nanoaggregates) on which rhodamine 6G molecules were adsorbed to reveal experimentally a correlation among plasmon resonance Rayleigh scattering, surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS), and its background light emission. From the lack of(More)
Protection of genes against enzymatic degradation and overcoming of cellular barriers are critical for efficient gene delivery. The effectiveness of gene delivery by nonviral vectors depends mostly on the extent of DNA packaging or condensation. We show that Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-mediated photodecomposition of undesired acceptors in(More)
We report laser induced self-assembly of silver nanoparticles via plasmonic interactions. By focusing a near-infrared laser in silver nanoparticle suspension, nanoparticle assembly is formed as a result of optical trapping. The shape of Rayleigh scattering spectra of the nanoassembly strongly depends on the polarization of the laser beam. Particularly, a(More)
Strand breakages and nucleobase damages in plasmid DNA (pDNA) by CdSe-ZnS quantum dots (QDs) are investigated under different conditions of photoactivation. Here, streptavidin functionalized CdSe-ZnS QDs are conjugated to biotinylated pDNA, and photosensitized strand breakages and nucleobase damages in the conjugates are investigated using atomic force(More)