Although gadolinium has been the dominant paramagnetic metal for MR paramagnetic contrast agents, the recent association of this lanthanide with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, an untreatable disease, has spawned renewed interest in alternative metals for MR molecular imaging. We have developed a self-assembled, manganese(III)-labeled nanobialys (1), a toroidal-shaped MR theranostic nanoparticle. In this report, Mn(III) nanobialys are characterized as MR molecular imaging agents for targeted detection of fibrin, a major biochemical feature of thrombus. A complementary ability of nanobialys to incorporate chemotherapeutic compounds with greater than 98% efficiency and to retain more than 80% of these drugs after infinite sink dissolution, point to the theranostic potential of this platform technology.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry