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Luminescent silica mesoparticles for protein transduction

Vorotnikov, Yuri A.; Pozmogova, Tatiana N.; Solovieva, Anastasiya O.; Miroshnichenko, Svetlana M.; Vorontsova, Elena V.; Shestopalova, Lidiya V.; Mironov, Yuri V.; Shestopalov, Michael A.; Efremova, Olga A.


Yuri A. Vorotnikov

Tatiana N. Pozmogova

Anastasiya O. Solovieva

Svetlana M. Miroshnichenko

Elena V. Vorontsova

Lidiya V. Shestopalova

Yuri V. Mironov

Michael A. Shestopalov

Olga A. Efremova


Unlike silica nanoparticles, the potential of silica mesoparticles (SMPs) (i.e. particles of submicron size) for biological applications in particular the in vitro (let alone in vivo) cellular delivery of biological cargo has so far not been sufficiently studied. Here we examine the potential of luminescent (namely, octahedral molybdenum cluster doped) SMPs synthesised by a simple one-pot reaction for the labelling of cells and for protein transduction into larynx carcinoma (Hep-2) cells using GFP as a model protein. Our data demonstrates that the SMPs internalise into the cells within half an hour. This results in cells that detectably luminesce via conventional methods. In addition, the particles are non-toxic both in darkness and upon photo-irradiation. The SMPs were modified to allow their functionalisation by a protein, which then delivered the protein (GFP) efficiently into the cells. Thus, the luminescent SMPs offer a cheap and trackable alternative to existing materials for cellular internalisation of proteins, such as the HIV TAT protein and commercial protein delivery agents (e.g. Pierce™).


Vorotnikov, Y. A., Pozmogova, T. N., Solovieva, A. O., Miroshnichenko, S. M., Vorontsova, E. V., Shestopalova, L. V., …Efremova, O. A. (2019). Luminescent silica mesoparticles for protein transduction. Materials Science and Engineering: C, 96, 530-538.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 27, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2018
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 1, 2019
Journal Materials Science and Engineering: C
Print ISSN 0928-4931
Electronic ISSN 1873-0191
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 96
Pages 530-538
Keywords Octahedral molybdenum cluster; SilicaCytotoxicity; Cellular uptake; Protein transduction
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