Amino-functionalized nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots for efficient enhancement of two-photon-excitation photodynamic therapy: Functionalized nitrogen as a bactericidal and contrast agent

Wen Shuo Kuo, Tien Sung Yeh, Chia Yuan Chang, Jui Chang Liu, Chang Hsin Chen, Edmund Cheung So, Ping Ching Wu

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Abstract

Background: Although graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have received considerable research attention for their applications in various fields, the use of GQDs, such as nitro-gen-doped GQDs (N-GQDs) and amino-functionalized N-GQDs (amino-N-GQDs), as photosensitizers to facilitate photodynamic therapy (PDT) has received limited research intention. To address this research gap, this study prepared novel amino-N-GQDs and investigated their properties. Methods: The amino-N-GQDs subjected to two-photon excitation (TPE) exhibited remarkable bactericidal capability in PDT. The bonding compositions of nitrogen and the amino-functionalized group played a critical role in their antimicrobial effects. Results: Compared with amino-group-free N-GQDs and amino-N-free GQDs, the amino-N-GQDs generated a higher amount of reactive oxygen species, demonstrating their superior efficacy for two-photon PDT. Additionally, the intrinsic luminescence properties and high photostability of the amino-N-GQDs demonstrate their suitability as an effective two-photon contrast agent for tracking bacteria during two-photon biomedical imaging. Conclusion: The amino-N-GQD and their remarkable properties may provide an efficient alternative approach for observing and easily eliminating malignant microbes in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6961-6973
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of nanomedicine
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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