Evaluation of the Oxidative Stress Response of Aging Yeast Cells in Response to Internalization of Fluorescent Nanodiamond Biosensors

Kiran J van der Laan, Aryan Morita*, Felipe P Perona-Martinez, Romana Schirhagl

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Fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) are proposed to be used as free radical biosensors, as they function as magnetic sensors, changing their optical properties depending on their magnetic surroundings. Free radicals are produced during natural cell metabolism, but when the natural balance is disturbed, they are also associated with diseases and aging. Sensitive methods to detect free radicals are challenging, due to their high reactivity and transiency, providing the need for new biosensors such as FNDs. Here we have studied in detail the stress response of an aging model system, yeast cells, upon FND internalization to assess whether one can safely use this biosensor in the desired model. This was done by measuring metabolic activity, the activity of genes involved in different steps and the locations of the oxidative stress defense systems and general free radical activity. Only minimal, transient FND-related stress effects were observed, highlighting excellent biocompatibility in the long term. This is a crucial milestone towards the applicability of FNDs as biosensors in free radical research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number372
Number of pages13
JournalNanomaterials (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20-Feb-2020


  • fluorescent nanodiamond
  • nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center
  • biocompatibility
  • oxidative stress
  • aging
  • SPIN

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