Nonspecific Colloidal-Type Interaction Explains Size-Dependent Specific Binding of Membrane-Targeted Nanoparticles
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

Emerging biomedical applications such as molecular imaging and drug delivery often require directed binding of nanoparticles to cell-membrane receptors. The specific apparent affinity of such ligand-functionalized particles is size-dependent, an observation so far solely attributed to multivalent receptor ligand interaction. We question the universality of this explanation by demonstrating that the binding kinetics also depends on weak, attractive colloidal-type interaction between nanoparticles and a lipid membrane. Applying label-free single-particle imaging, we correlate binding of nanoparticles targeted to a cell-mimetic lipid membrane with the distribution of nontargeted particles freely diffusing close to the membrane interface. This analysis shows that already a weak, k(B) T-scale attraction present between 50 nm gold nanoparticles and the membrane renders these particles an order of magnitude higher avidity compared to 20 nm particles. A stronger emphasis on nonspecific particle membrane interaction might thus be required to accurately predict nanoparticle targeting and other similar processes such as cellular uptake of exosomes and viruses.

lipid-membrane interaction

targeted nanoparticles

DLVO interaction


quartz crystal microbalance

single-particle imaging


Anders Lundgren

Chalmers, Fysik, Biologisk fysik

Björn Agnarsson

Chalmers, Fysik, Biologisk fysik

R. Zirbs

Universität für Bodenkultur

Vladimir Zhdanov

Chalmers, Fysik, Biologisk fysik

E. Reimhult

Universität für Bodenkultur

Fredrik Höök

Chalmers, Fysik, Biologisk fysik

ACS Nano

1936-0851 (ISSN) 1936-086X (eISSN)

Vol. 10 11 9974-9982


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