Tamitake Itoh

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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)
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)
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)
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)
We report on plasmon resonance Rayleigh scattering (PRRS) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) imaging for inhibition assay of yeast cell walls. This assay reveals that the proteins having alkali sensitive linkage bound to β1,3 glucan frameworks in cell walls are involved in SERS activity. The result is further confirmed by comparison of genetically(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)
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)
In the current work, we report on selective detection of HbA1c, a marker for glycemic control in diabetic patients, using surface enhanced resonance raman spectroscopy (SERRS). We found a characteristic band around 770-830 cm(-1) in the SERRS spectrum of HbA1c which was not present in the SERRS spectrum of HbA. To examine the contribution of glucosyl moiety(More)
For surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based protein identification, immunoassay, and drug screening, metal sandwich substrates bridged by proteins have been created in the present study. The sandwich architectures are fabricated based on a layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. The first gold monolayer is prepared by the self-assembling of gold(More)
The current work explores intermolecular interactions involved in the lateral propagation of cell-signaling by epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs). Activation of EGFRs by binding an EGF ligand in the extracellular domain of the EGFR and subsequent dimerization of the EGFR initiates cell-signaling. We investigated interactions between EGFRs in living(More)