This study reports morphological and functional alterations observed in respiring isolated mitochondria when they are exposed to nonpenetrating, positive electrostatically charged synthetic undecagold clusters. Modification of the undecagold clusters positive charges change or prevent the functional effects and the binding to the outside surface of the mitochondria. The mitochondrial functional alterations are dependent on the oxidative phosphorylation capacity of the isolated organelles. The results of these experiments indicate that artificial undecagold may be useful to explore the molecular mechanisms of biological energy transducers which require electric charges separation, ionic fluxes, and electric surface properties.
Valdivia, E.; Gabel, C.; Reardon, J. E.; CaJacob, C. A.; Yang, H.; Wehbi, R. S.; Scott, G. L.; Frey, P. A.; and Fahien, L. A.
"Functional and Morphological Studies of Mitochondria Exposed to Undecagold Clusters: Biologic Surfaces Labeling with Gold Clusters,"
Scanning Microscopy: Vol. 6
, Article 15.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/microscopy/vol6/iss3/15