Ischemic brain imaging using fluorescent gold nanoprobes sensitive to reactive oxygen species

Hyesun Hyun, Kyuri Lee, Kyung Hyun Min, Pureum Jeon, Kwangmeyung Kim, Seo Young Jeong, Ick Chan Kwon, Tae Gwan Park, Minhyung Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

30 Scopus citations


Fluorescein-labeled hyaluronic acids (HA) were immobilized on gold nanoparticles for reactive oxygen species (ROS) detection. The efficacy of HA immobilized gold nanoparticles (HHAuNPs) was evaluatedin a stroke animal model. The stroke rat model was producedbytransient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), which induced transient ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) in the brain. The increase of ROS in the I/R brain was confirmed by TBARS assay with the brain extracts. For brain imaging, HHAuNPs were injected into the rat brain1 h before transient MCAO. Five hours after the injection, the rats were sacrificed and the brains were subjected toimaging analysis. The results showed that stronger signals were detected in the I/R brains than in the normal brains. To identify the time window for effective detection of ROS, HHAuNPs were injected into the post-ischemic rat brains at various time points. The results showed that ROS level reached a maximum at 24 h after the transient MCAO. Also, a live imaging study was performed with HHAuNPs in the normal and I/R animals. The results confirmed that ROS level increased in the I/R animal group with time, while the signal was decreased in the normal animal group. Together, our results suggest that HHAuNPs may be useful to monitor ROS level in the ischemic brain and to identify the infarct areas in ischemic brains for the treatment of stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-357
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2012K001394 ).


  • Ischemia-reperfusion
  • Live imaging
  • Nanoparticles
  • Reactive oxygen species
  • Stroke


Dive into the research topics of 'Ischemic brain imaging using fluorescent gold nanoprobes sensitive to reactive oxygen species'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this