Gold Nanoparticles Inducing Osteogenic Differentiation of Stem Cells: A Review

Zhang Xiang, Kaijun Wang, Weizhi Zhang, Seoh Wei Teh, Amira Peli, Pooi Ling Mok, Akon Higuchi, S. Suresh Kumar

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations


Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been extensively studied for applications in biomedical sciences. AuNPs have exceptional advantages in cells studies include good biocompatibility and very low cytotoxicity. The eco-friendly synthesis of AuNPs with various physical characteristics is simple, and led to the fabrication of nanomaterials showing different biological functions routing cellular physiology. A growing number of recent studies focused on the promoting effect of AuNPs on stem cells osteogenic differentiation. This includes the ability of the AuNP to activate Wnt/β-catenin pathway, ERK/MAPK pathway and p38 MAPK pathway, resulting in the activation of the transcription factors for the osteogenic differentiation. This technology represents a promising therapeutic strategy to heal patients with bone injury, by regenerating bone cells using stem cells therapy. In this review, recent applications of AuNPs in stem cells osteogenic differentiation, along with the related inducing mechanism are discussed. We also provide recent updates on the AuNP synthesis methods.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cluster Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Cytotoxicity
  • ERK/MAPK pathway
  • Green synthesis
  • p38 MAPK pathway
  • Wnt/β-catenin pathway


Dive into the research topics of 'Gold Nanoparticles Inducing Osteogenic Differentiation of Stem Cells: A Review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this