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Playing with nanoparticle shapes and laser powers to decide which route to take during phothermal therapy: apoptosis or necrosis?

Authors: Claudia Tortiglione, Roberta Iachetta

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Due to the high stability and biocompatibility gold nanoparticles (AuNP) are extensively exploited for biomedical purposes. The easy synthesis methods and reproducibility and the possibility to tailor the surface with functional molecules make AuNP excellent candidate for diagnostics and therapeutics (1-3). Moreover, for those biomedical applications that require a considerably deeper penetration of near-infrared (NIR) light, in which both blood and soft tissues are highly penetrable, a different type of gold nanostructure is required, presenting plasmonic properties (4).

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