Molecularly imprinted polymer-coated quantum dots for multiplexed cell targeting and imaging

Maria Panagiotopoulou, Yolanda Salinas, Selim Beyazit, Stephanie Kunath, Luminita Duma, Elise Prost, Andrew G. Mayes, Marina Resmini, Bernadette Tse Sum Bui, Karsten Haupt

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Advanced tools for cell imaging are of great interest to detect, localize and quantify molecular biomarkers of cancer or infection. We describe a novel photopolymerization method to coat quantum dots (QDs) with polymer shells, in particular molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), using the visible light emitted from QDs excited by UV light. Fluorescent core-shell particles specifically recognizing glucuronic acid (GlcA) or N-acetylneuraminic acid (NANA) were prepared. Simultaneous multiplexed labeling of human keratinocytes with green QDs conjugated with MIP-GlcA and red QDs conjugated with MIP-NANA was demonstrated by fluorescence imaging. The specificity of binding was verified with a non-imprinted control polymer and by enzymatically cleaving the terminal GlcA and NANA moieties. The coating strategy is potentially a generic method to functionalize QDs to address a much wider range of biocompatibility and biorecognition issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8244-8248
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number29
Early online date30 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2016


  • Bioimaging
  • Synthetic receptor
  • Quantum dot
  • Molecularly imprinted polymer
  • Nanocomposite

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