Versatile Fluorescent Conjugated Polyelectrolyte-Capped Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Controlled Drug Delivery and Imaging

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  • Dr. Fang Pu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization and Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (P. R. China)
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  • Xia Liu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization and Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (P. R. China)
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  • Xinjian Yang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization and Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (P. R. China)
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100039 (P. R. China)
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  • Zhen Liu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization and Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (P. R. China)
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100039 (P. R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Jinsong Ren,

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization and Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (P. R. China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization and Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (P. R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Shu Wang,

    1. Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Xiaogang Qu

    1. State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization and Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (P. R. China)
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Abstract

Fluorescent conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) with a large extinction coefficient, high quantum efficiency, good photostability, and efficient intramolecular/intermolecular exciton migration have recently received great research attention as a new generation of fluorescent probes. Herein, the unique properties of fluorescent conjugated polyelectrolyte and mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are combined to prepare a pH-sensitive drug delivery and cellular imaging system using a simple and more general method. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first proof-of-concept investigation on the use of fluorescent conjugated polyelectrolyte as both the capping agent of MSNs and the cellular imaging probe in parallel. Moreover, the bifunctional nanomaterial exhibits low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility demonstrated by a cytotoxicity assay against HepG2 cells and a hemolysis assay against human red-blood cells. It is a promising candidate for simultaneous diagnostics and therapeutics and can also provide a general strategy to develop novel multifunctional nanomedical systems.

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