Transport and release of colloidal 3-mercaptopropionic acid-coated CdSe-CdS/ZnS core-multishell quantum dots in human umbilical vein endothelial cells.

Fontana JM, Yin H, Chen Y, Florez R, Brismar H, Fu Y

Int J Nanomedicine 12 (-) 8615-8629 [2017-12-04; online 2017-12-04]

Colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have been extensively researched and developed for biomedical applications, including drug delivery and biosensing assays. Hence, it is pivotal to understand their behavior in terms of intracellular transport and toxicological effects. In this study, we focused on 3-mercaptopropionic acid-coated CdSe-CdS/ZnS core-multishell quantum dots (3MPA-QDs) converted from the as-grown octadecylamine-coated quantum dots (ODA-QDs) and their direct and dynamic interactions with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Live cell imaging using confocal fluorescence microscopy showed that 3MPA-QDs first attached to and subsequently aggregated on HUVEC plasma membrane ~25 min after QD deposition. The aggregated QDs started being internalized at ~2 h and reached their highest internalization degree at ~24 h. They were released from HUVECs after ~48 h. During the 48 h period, the HUVECs responded normally to external stimulations, grew, proliferated and wound healed without any perceptible apoptosis. Furthermore, 1) 3MPA-QDs were internalized in newly formed LysoTracker-stained early endosomes; 2) adenosine 5'-triphosphate-induced [Ca

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PubMed 29270011

DOI 10.2147/IJN.S145608

Crossref 10.2147/IJN.S145608

pii: ijn-12-8615
pmc: PMC5720035

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