Nanotechnology meets plant biotechnology: Carbon nanotubes deliver DNA and incorporate into the plant cell structure

Maged Fouad, Noritada Kaji, Mohammad Jabasini, Manabu Tokeshi, Yoshinobu Baba

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Abstract

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) can intracellulary traffic through different cellular barriers and deliver biomolecules into living cells. However, their use in plants is limited by the cellulosic wall surrounding the plant cell. Here we show that CNT with immobilized cellulase can serve as an efficient DNA delivery system for plant cells. Tracking the cellular fate of nanotubes revealed two novel phenomena: (1)A possible nuclear localization and (2)When the transfected cell decides to differentiate into tracheary cell (water conducting cell), nanotubes were observed to incorporate into cellular structure. Our work aims at methodological development that paves the way toward on-chip-nanoscale-gene delivery applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages227-229
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2008 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2008Oct 16 2008

Other

Other12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2008
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/12/0810/16/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Bioengineering

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