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The Synthesis And Functional Study Of Multicolor Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Dots For Live Cell Nuclear Imaging

Yanan Zhang, Xingwei Zhang, Yanping Shi, Chao Sun, Nan Zhou, Haixia Wen

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The nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CQDs) were synthesized by citric acid as a raw material and propylene diamine as a passivation agent. Structure, optical properties and biocompatibility of N-CQDs were analyzed. It was found that the N-CQDs possessed concentration-dependent, multicolor photoluminescence and low toxicity. As demonstrated in the imaging of bioluminescence, by adjusting the concentration of N-CQDs, the cell imaging effect can be adjusted. The internalized N-CQDs were concentrated in the nucleus. A novel tool for studying the nuclear changes during the cell cycle was developed.