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Biocompatibility and bioimaging potential of fruit-based carbon dots

  • Dias, Cindy; Vasimalai, Nagamalai; P. Sárria, Marisa; Pinheiro, Ivone; Vilas-Boas, Vânia; Peixoto, João M.; Espiña, Begoña
  • Nanomaterials, 9(2), 199, 2019

Publisher: MDPI

Abstract

Photo-luminescent carbon dots (CD) have become promising nanomaterials and their synthesis from natural products has attracted attention by the possibility of making the most of affordable, sustainable and, readily-available carbon sources. Here, we report on the synthesis, characterization and bioimaging potential of CDs produced from diverse extensively produced fruits: kiwi, avocado and pear. The in vitro cytotoxicity and anticancer potential of those CDs were assessed by comparing human epithelial cells from normal adult kidney and colorectal adenocarcinoma cells. In vivo toxicity was eval ...

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