Bull serum albumin coated Au@Agnanorods as SERS probes for ultrasensitive osteosarcoma cell detection.Talanta. 2016 Apr 01; 150:503-9.T
Surface-Enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been widely used for imaging and sensing. However, limited reports are currently available on SERS-based cancer cell targeting strategy due to the challenge of synthesizing highly sensitive, reproducible and biocompatible SERS probe. Herein, we developed novel SERS probes, based on BSA (Bull Serum Albumin) coated gold-silver core-shell nanorods modified with Raman reporter 5,5-dithiobis 2-nitrobenzoic acid (DTNB) (Au@AgNRs@BSA@Anti-MICA), for in vitro cancer cell detection. Our results demonstrate that the SERS probe is very robust for cancer cell ultrasensitive detection with good biocompatibility and strong SERS signal.