In situ observation of C60(C(COOH)2)2 interacting with living cells using fluorescence microscopy

Chang Ye, Chunying Chen, Zhen Chen, Huan Meng, Li Xing, Yaxin Jiang, Hui Yuan, Gengmei Xing, Feng Zhao, Yuliang Zhao, Zhifang Chai, Xiaohong Fang, Dong Han, Long Chen, Chen Wang, Taotao Wei

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The interactions between nanoparticles and living cells were investigated by an imaging technique of fluorescence microscopy. For this purpose, the C 60 derivative C60(C(COOH)2)2, a therapeutic agent for degeneration diseases of central nervous system, was synthesized, purified and characterized. Its interaction with the living cell and penetration of the cellular membrane were in situ studied using the real time imaging technique, and its potential cytotoxicity was also examined by flow cytometry. The results indicate that C60(C(COOH)2) 2 can easily enter cells, and is mainly located in cytoplasm by fluorescein labeling. Furthermore, C60(C(COOH)2) 2 can carry the molecule that cannot cross cellular membranes into cells, because fluorescein compound itself cannot enter the cell or adhere to membrane. At concentrations ranging from 1 × 10-2 to 1 × 102 mg/L, C60(C(COOH)2)2 does not show any detectable cytotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1064
Number of pages5
JournalChinese Science Bulletin
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Cross cellular membrane
  • Fluorescence labeling
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Fullerene derivative C (C(COOH))
  • Real time imaging

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