KIM, G.C. ... et al., 2009. Air plasma coupled with antibody-conjugated nanoparticles: a new weapon against cancer. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 42 (3), 032005, doi:10.1088/0022-3727/42/3/032005
Ambient air plasmas have been known to kill cancer cells. To enhance selectivity we have used antibody-conjugated nanoparticles. We achieved five times enhancement of melanoma cell death over the case of the plasma alone by using an air plasma with gold nanoparticles bound to anti-FAK antibodies. Our results show that this new interdisciplinary technique has enormous potential for use as a complement to conventional therapies.