Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 February 2011
In2O3 nanoparticles were fabricated in the cavity of the cage-shaped protein, apoferritin by utilizing a quick chemical reaction of indium oxide. Horse spleen apoferritin in the solution of indium ions buffered at pH 9.5 was incubated for 30 minutes. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation with aurothioglucose staining showed that cores were formed in the apoferritin cavity. The sizes of cores were regulated by the cavity size and their diameters were below 7nm. Energy dispersion X-ray analysis (EDX) indicated that indium was contained in the cores. The high-resolution TEM (HR-TEM) revealed that cores are single or poly crystalline and the lattice space was consistent with that of In2O3. These results confirmed that the In2O3 cores were successfully formed in the apoferritin cavity.
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