Actively targeted in vivo multiplex detection of intrinsic cancer biomarkers using biocompatible sers nanotags
Dinish, U. S.
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Dinish, U. S. Balasundaram, Ghayathri; Chang, Young-Tae; Olivo, Malini (2014). Actively targeted in vivo multiplex detection of intrinsic cancer biomarkers using biocompatible sers nanotags. Scientific Reports 4 ,
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technique is becoming highly popular for multiplex biosensing due to the 'fingerprint' Raman spectra from every molecule. As a proof-of-concept, we demonstrated the actively targeted multiplex in vitro and in vivo detection of three intrinsic cancer biomarkers - EGFR, CD44 and TGF beta RII in a breast cancer model using three multiplexing capable, biocompatible SERS nanoparticles/nanotags. Intra-tumorally injected antibody conjugated nanotags specifically targeting the three biomarkers exhibited maximum signal at 6 hours and no detectable signal at 72 hours. However, nanotags without antibodies showed no detectable signal after 6 hours. This difference could be due to the specific binding of the bioconjugated nanotags to the receptors on the cell surface. Thus, this study establishes SERS nanotags as an ultrasensitive nanoprobe for the multiplex detection of biomarkers and opens up its potential application in monitoring tumor progression and therapy and development into a theranostic probe.