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dc.creatorAaron, Jesse Scott, 1979-en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T23:49:18Z
dc.date.available2008-08-28T23:49:18Z
dc.date.created2007en_US
dc.date.issued2008-08-28T23:49:18Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/3462
dc.description.abstractOptical molecular imaging has burgeoned into a major field within biomedicine, and technologies that incorporate surface plasmon resonance effects have become a major focus within this field. Plasmon resonance has been defined as the collective oscillation of the conduction band electrons in certain metals (such as gold) in response to an electric field, such as an impinging wave of light. We show that elastic light scattering due to the plasmon resonance of nanometer-sized gold particles makes them powerful tools for optical imaging of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression -- a major biomarker for carcinogenesis. Optical technologies in general are poised as cheap, flexible ways to aid in diagnosis and treatment of disease. In addition to supplying a bright, stable optical scattering signal and a convenient conjugation platform for targeting molecules, these materials display a unique behavior termed "plasmon coupling". This term refers to the dramatic optical property changes brought about by the presence of other nearby nanoparticles. These changes include a dramatic red-shifting in their peak plasmon resonance wavelength, as well as a non-linear, per-particle increase in the overall scattered power. We show that such conditions exist in cells and are primarily due to intricate protein trafficking mechanisms as part of the EGFR life-cycle. The observed variations in plasmon coupling can give clues as to the nanoscale organization of these important proteins. In addition, the resulting optical property changes result in a large, molecular-specific contrast enhancement due to the shifting of the resonance closer to the near infrared region, where biological tissues tend to be most transparent. Despite this enhancement, however, many tissues contain large endogenous signals, as well as barriers to delivery of both light and the nanoparticles. As such, we also show an example of a multifaceted approach for further increasing the apparent molecular-specific optical signals in imaging of EGFR expression by using an oscillating magnetic field. This serves to encode the signal from magnetically susceptible plasmonic nanoparticles, making their extraction from the background possible. Overall, the studies presented in this dissertation should serve to stimulate further investigations into a wide variety of technologies, techniques, and applications.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSurface plasmon resonanceen_US
dc.subject.lcshCancer--Diagnosisen_US
dc.subject.lcshEpidermal growth factoren_US
dc.titlePlasmon resonance coupling as a tool for detecting epidermal growth factor receptor expression in canceren_US
dc.description.departmentBiomedical Engineeringen_US
dc.identifier.oclc182561422en_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentBiomedical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineBiomedical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US


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