Graphene quantum dots grafted with polyethyleneimine (GQDs-PEI) and Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles blend was demonstrated to be a novel biosensing nanoprobe for the rapid and highly sensitive detection of biothiols such as cysteine (Cys), homocysteine (Hcys) and glutathione (GSH). The fluorescence emission of GQDs-PEI was quenched efficiently upon interaction with Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles. The quenched fluorescence emission of the GQDs-PEI was restored in the presence of the biothiols. The fluorimetric sensing is based on the strong affinity between the mercapto (SH) groups of the biothiols and the Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles by which the interaction between GQDs-PEI and Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles was disrupted with a consequent modulation ('turn-on') of the quenched GQDs-PEI emission. Thus, a new, simple, rapid and highly sensitive fluorescence nanoprobe for detecting biothiols has been developed in this work.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Mar 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa through DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative for Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology (UID 62620 ) as well as Rhodes University/DST Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation, Rhodes University, South Africa.
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