Biocompatible Nanoplatform Based on Mussel Adhesive Chemistry: Effective Assembly, Dual Mode Sensing, and Cellular Imaging Performance

Nengtao Wu, Aiwen Yu, Lingbo Zhang, Wanqiang Liu, Jinwei Gao, Chengcheng Zhang, Yuhui Zheng

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The condensation reaction between methyldopa sesquihydrate and ethylenediamine is reported and the assembled nanoplatform possesses green luminescence at 520 nm with excitation-independent feature. The employment of sodium borohydride during synthesis has stabilized the nanoparticle (NP) size and suppressed uncontrolled autoxidation processes. It is appealing to observe that the fluorescence as well as colorimetric titration demonstrates trace level monitoring of silver ions, and the detection limits are determined to be 68 × 10−9 m (fluorometric) and 71 × 10−9 m (colorimetric), respectively. The optical response to Ag+ ions is assigned to a static quenching process and the corresponding redox reaction including particle aggregation may cause the “on-off” change. During in vitro studies, two living cell lines (HeLa cells and T-cells) are used and the negligible cytotoxicity of such NP is verified via flow cytometry and 3-(4,5-dimethythiazol-. 2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide assays. More importantly, the visualization of silver recognition in two cells is realized and the availability of polydopamine-type NPs for the purpose of bio-medical evaluation can generate considerable interests in future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1900732
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • cell images
  • colorimetric
  • methyldopa
  • nanoparticles
  • photoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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