Molecular Imaging and Biology

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 463–467 | Cite as

AuNP-DG: Deoxyglucose-Labeled Gold Nanoparticles as X-ray Computed Tomography Contrast Agents for Cancer Imaging

  • Bulent Aydogan
  • Ji Li
  • Tijana Rajh
  • Ahmed Chaudhary
  • Steven J. Chmura
  • Charles Pelizzari
  • Christian Wietholt
  • Metin Kurtoglu
  • Peter Redmond
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To study the feasibility of using 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2-DG)-labeled gold nanoparticle (AuNP-DG) as a computed tomography (CT) contrast agent with tumor targeting capability through in vitro experiments.


Gold nanoparticles (AuNP) were fabricated and were conjugated with 2-deoxy-d-glucose. The human alveolar epithelial cancer cell line, A-549, was chosen for the in vitro cellular uptake assay. Two groups of cell samples were incubated with the AuNP-DG and the unlabeled AuNP, respectively. Following the incubation, the cells were washed with sterile PBS to remove the excess gold nanoparticles and spun to cell pellets using a centrifuge. The cell pellets were imaged using a microCT scanner immediately after the centrifugation. The reconstructed CT images were analyzed using a commercial software package.


Significant contrast enhancement in the cell samples incubated with the AuNP-DG with respect to the cell samples incubated with the unlabeled AuNP was observed in multiple CT slices.


Results from this study demonstrate enhanced uptake of 2-DG-labeled gold nanoparticle by cancer cells in vitro and warrant further experiments to study the exact molecular mechanism by which the AuNP-DG is internalized and retained in the tumor cells.

Key words

Gold nanoparticle Contrast-enhanced CT 2-Deoxy-d-glucose Cancer imaging Tumor targeting 



This work was partially supported by Research Training in Medical Physics 5 T32-EB002103-19. Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Science, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bulent Aydogan
    • 1
  • Ji Li
    • 1
  • Tijana Rajh
    • 2
  • Ahmed Chaudhary
    • 1
  • Steven J. Chmura
    • 1
  • Charles Pelizzari
    • 1
  • Christian Wietholt
    • 3
    • 4
  • Metin Kurtoglu
    • 5
  • Peter Redmond
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiation and Cellular OncologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nanoscale MaterialsArgonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Department of Medicine/CardiologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Department of Hematology and Medical OncologyEmory University Winship Cancer InstituteAtlantaUSA

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