Intracellular spatial control of fluorescent magnetic nanoparticles

Jinhao Gao, Wei Zhang, Pingbo Huang, Bei Zhang, Xixiang Zhang, Bing Xu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We report a facile intracellular manipulation of fluorescent magnetic Fe3O4-CdSe nanoparticles using magnetic force. The growth of CdSe quantum dots on Fe3O4 nanoparticles produces Fe3O4-CdSe nanoparticles with two distinct properties, fluorescence and superparamagnetism. After nonspecific surface modification using glutathione (GSH), the hydrophilic Fe3O4-CdSe@GSH nanoparticles can be easily uptaken by an HEK293T cell line. Confocal images indicate that the uptaken nanoparticles can be manipulated using a small magnet. The successful intracellular manipulation of magnetic nanoparticles may offer a new strategy for studying polarized cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3710-3711
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 26 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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