Conjugation of nano and quantum materials with bovine serum albumin (BSA) to study their biological potential

Singh, Suman and Kaur, Rajnish and Chahal, Jitender and Devi, Pooja and Jain, D.V.S. and Singla, M.L. (2013) Conjugation of nano and quantum materials with bovine serum albumin (BSA) to study their biological potential. Journal of Luminescence, 141. pp. 53-59. ISSN ISSN: 0022-2313

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Conjugates of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and semiconductor quantum dots (CdS/T) have been synthesized with bovine serum albumin (BSA) using wet chemistry. The optical properties of nano and quantum materials and their BSA conjugate have been studied using UV–Visible and Fluorescence spectroscopy. UV–Visible spectrum of pure BSA showed an absorption maximum at 278 nm, which showed blue shift after its conjugation with nano and quantum materials. Increased concentration of AuNPs during conjugation resulted in broadening of BSA peak (278 nm), which can be related to the formation of ground state complex formation, caused by the partial adsorption of BSA on the surface of NPs. However, increased concentrations of BSA resulted in decrease in SPR intensity of gold nanoparticles (528 nm) and absorbance peak of BSA started diminishing. AuNPs acted as quencher for BSA fluorescence intensity, when excited at 280 nm. The binding constant (K) and the number of binding sites (n) between AuNPs and BSA have been found to be 1.97×102 LM−1 and 0.6 respectively. With quantum dots, conjugation resulted in enhancement of fluorescence emission of quantum dots when excited at 300 nm, which might be due to the stabilizing effect of BSA on QDs or due to energy transfer from tryptophan moieties of albumin to quantum dots.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BSA; CdS quantum dots; Gold nanoparticles
Subjects: CSIO > Biochemistry
CSIO > Nano Science and Nano Technology
Divisions: Agri - Instrumentation
Depositing User: Ms. J Shrivastav
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2014 15:19
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2014 15:19

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