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Biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles in the brain

In a study published in Nanoscale, researchers demonstrated that the pathological biochemical process leading to brain hypoxia, and then to stroke, can be redirected, thereby restoring the redox status of the brain.

Scientific Achievement

The pathological biochemical process leading to brain hypoxia, and then to stroke, was redirected to the in situ synthesis of biocompatible Au nanoparticles (NPs) near the hypoxia site, restoring the brain tissue redox status.

Significance and Impact

The proposed approach can be implemented not only in the brain but also in transplant tissues and other organs vulnerable to oxygen deficiency (e.g., heart, liver, kidney). We note the 2019 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine was awarded for discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.

Research Details

  • Synthesis of Au NP control samples and UV-visible spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy of extracted gold (Au) NPs from tissue samples were performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM).
  • X-ray scattering measurements were performed at the Advanced Photon Source (APS).

Work was performed in part at CNM and APS.

DOI10.1039/c9nr05794c

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About the Advanced Photon Source
This research used resources of the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. DOE Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

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