Nanostructuring lipophilic dyes in water using stable vesicles, quatsomes, as scaffolds and their use as probes for bioimaging

Antonio Ardizzone, Siarhei Kurhuzenkau, Sílvia Illa-Tuset, Jordi Faraudo, Mykhailo Bondar, David Hagan, Eric W. Van Stryland, Anna Painelli, Cristina Sissa, Natalia Feiner, Lorenzo Albertazzi, Jaume Veciana, Nora Ventosa

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Abstract

A new kind of fluorescent organic nanoparticles (FONs) is obtained using quatsomes (QSs), a family of nanovesicles proposed as scaffolds for the nanostructuration of commercial lipophilic carbocyanines (1,1′-dioctadecyl-3,3,3′,3′-tetramethyl-indocarbocyanine perchlorate (DiI), 1,1′-dioctadecyl-3,3,3′,3′-tetramethyl-indodicarbocyanine perchlorate (DiD), and 1,1′-dioctadecyl-3,3,3′,3′-tetramethyl-indotricarbocyanine iodide (DiR)) in aqueous media. The obtained FONs, prepared by a CO2-based technology, show excellent colloidal- and photostability, outperforming other nanoformulations of the dyes, and improve the optical properties of the fluorophores in water. Molecular dynamics simulations provide an atomistic picture of the disposition of the dyes within the membrane. The potential of QSs for biological imaging is demonstrated by performing superresolution microscopy of the DiI-loaded vesicles in vitro and in cells. Therefore, fluorescent QSs constitute an appealing nanomaterial for bioimaging applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1703851
Number of pages6
JournalSmall
Volume14
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • dyes
  • fluorescent nanoparticles
  • molecular dynamics
  • STORM
  • vesicles
  • Nanostructures/chemistry
  • Nanoparticles/chemistry
  • Water/chemistry
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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