Noble metal gold (Au) and silver (Ag) nanoparticle (NPs) are used to conjugate with M3 peptides. The AuNPs-sGFP andAuNPs-M3 peptide form SERS active hot spot through self-assembly and GFP complementation. The nanoparticles self-assemble into surface-enhanced Raman-scattering (SERS) nanoclusters. The nanocluster can be used as contrast agents for multimodal SERS and photoacoustic microscopy with single-cell sensitivity.
Reference: M3 peptide was purchased from LifeTein.
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