Thiolated dextran-coated gold nanorods for photothermal ablation of inflammatory macrophages

  • Choi R
  • Yang J
  • Choi J
 et al. 
  • 38


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 41


    Citations of this article.


Thiolated dextran-coated gold nanorods (DEX-GNRs) were synthesized for targeted delivery to inflammatory macrophages and their photothermal ablation under near-infrared (NIR) light irradiation. Successful synthesis of DEX-GNRs was achieved using thiolated dextran, generated by applying mercaptopropionic acid to transform a hydroxyl group of dextran into a thiol group which has strong binding affinity with surfaces of GNRs. We confirmed both the existence of a thiol group in the functionalized dextran using Ellman's reagent in a thiol group assay and the characteristic band of DEX-GNRs using FT-IR spectrum. Furthermore, a cellular uptake study revealed that dextran showed a superior ability to bind the GNRs surface against macrophages compared to those of PEGylated GNRs with various molecular weights of polyethyleneglycol (PEG). Consequently, an in vitro photothermal irradiation experiment using NIR light indicated that DEX-GNRs exhibited a significant cell-killing efficacy, even with a lower concentration of Au and a low-power light source.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free