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Pharmaceuticals, Vol. 16, Pages 833: Carbon Dots–Biomembrane Interactions and Their Implications for Cellular Drug Delivery (Pharmaceuticals)
 


The effect of carbon dots (CDs) on a model blayer membrane was studied as a means of comprehending their ability to affect cell membranes. Initially, the interaction of N-doped carbon dots with a biophysical liposomal cell membrane model was investigated by dynamic light scattering, z-potential, temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry, and membrane permeability. CDs with a slightly positive charge interacted with the surface of the negative-charged liposomes and evidence indicated that the association of CDs with the membrane affects the structural and thermodynamic properties of the bilayer; most importantly, it enhances the bilayer’s permeability against doxorubicin, a well-known anticancer drug. The results, like those of similar studies that surveyed the interaction of proteins with lipid membranes, suggest that carbon dots are partially embedded in the bilayer. In vitro experiments employing breast cancer cell lines and human healthy dermal cells corroborated the findings, as it was shown that the presence of CDs in the culture medium selectively enhanced cell internalization of doxorubicin and, subsequently, increased its cytotoxicity, acting as a drug sensitizer.


 
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