Gold nanoclusters with enhanced tunable fluorescence as bioimaging probes.


Development of unique bioimaging probes offering essential information's about bio environments are an important step forward in biomedical science. Nanotechnology offers variety of novel imaging nanoprobes having high-photo stability as compared to conventional molecular probes which often experience rapid photo bleaching problem. Although great advances have been made on the development of semiconductor nanocrystals-based fluorescent imaging probes, potential toxicity issue by heavy metal component limits their in vivo therapeutic and clinical application. Recent works show that fluorescent gold clusters (FGCs) can be a promising nontoxic alternative of semiconductor nanocrystals. FGCs derived imaging nanoprobes offer stable and tunable visible emission, small hydrodynamic size, high biocompatibility and have been exploited in variety in vitro and in vivo imaging applications. In this review, we will focus on the synthetic advances and bioimaging application potentials of FGCs. In particular, we will emphasize on functional FGCs that are bright and stable enough to be useful as bioimaging probes.

DOI: 10.1002/wnan.1245

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@article{Palmal2014GoldNW, title={Gold nanoclusters with enhanced tunable fluorescence as bioimaging probes.}, author={Sharbari Palmal and Nikhil R Jana}, journal={Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology}, year={2014}, volume={6 1}, pages={102-10} }