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Keywords:

  • gold nanoparticles;
  • quantum dots;
  • self-assembly;
  • viruses
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Virus-based nanoparticle scaffolds (VNPs) were used for two-step construction of discrete 3D nanoarchitectures (see picture): 1) loading of quantum dots (QDs) into VNPs formed by cysteine-modified capsid protein VP1 of simian virus 40; 2) attaching controlled numbers of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) to VNP surfaces through Au[BOND]S bond formation.