Quantum Dots Interaction with Prokaryotes Involved in the Marine Bioremediation Process

Semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots QDs) are known to show desirable optical characteristics like photostability, fluorescence properties, broad absorption spectra and size-dependent narrow emission spectra, leading to major advances in medical diagnostics, targeted therapeutics, microbiology, molecular and cell biology. In this paper the authors present results concerning the interaction of CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots (490 nm; 520 nm; 560 nm and 600 nm) with long chain amine capping agent with hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria. The biological samples used are natural populations of cyanobacteria and heterotrophic bacteria from the Black Sea. Quantum dots that emit at 520 nm and 600 nm allow the visualization of the microorganisms, but the experimental values obtained are close to the number of dead cells (PI positive) and not the total number of cells (DAPI), suggesting that QD label almost exclusively dead cells.


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  • Accession Number: 01576438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 17 2015 10:25AM