We explored the feasibility of magnetite (Fe3O4)-gold (Au) core-shell nanocrystals as a useful vehicle for biomedical application such as cell separation. Streptavidin-fluorescein isothiocyanate (STA-FITC) was conjugated to the surface of the Fe3O4-Au core-shell nanocrystals using a carbodimide activation protocol. These nanocrystals were further tested for their ability to bind CD4+ T lymphocytes, bound to biotin-labeled anti-CD4 mAbs, isolated from the spleen of C57BL/6 mice. Our data show that the Fe3O4-Au nanocrystals successfully pulled down CD4+ T lymphocytes from the whole splenocytes with high specificity. Therefore, our nanocrystals provide an efficient tool for the cell separation process and further present the dramatic potential to be applied to other areas of biomedical application including diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of human diseases.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Oct|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation through the Pioneer Program funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Korea Health 21 R&D Project grant A050750, and the Seoul R&BD Program No. 10920. K. M. Lee is supported by the Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science and Technology grants K20704000007-07A0500-00710 and K20601000002-07E0100-00240, and the Innovative Research Institute for Cell Therapy grant A062260. C. H. Sonn is supported by the National Nuclear R&D program grant BAERI.
- Core-shell nanocrystals
- Fluorescence-activated cell sorting
- Magnetic activated cell separation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Mechanics of Materials