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Balasundaram, G.* ; Ho, C.J.H.* ; Li, K.* ; Driessen, W.H.P. ; Dinish, U.S.* ; Wong, C.L.* ; Ntziachristos, V. ; Liu, B.* ; Olivo, M.C.D.*

Molecular photoacoustic imaging of breast cancer using an actively targeted conjugated polymer.

Int. J. Nanomed. 10, 387-397 (2015)
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Open Access Gold
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Conjugated polymers (CPs) are upcoming optical contrast agents in view of their unique optical properties and versatile synthetic chemistry. Biofunctionalization of these polymer-based nanoparticles enables molecular imaging of biological processes. In this work, we propose the concept of using a biofunctionalized CP for noninvasive photoacoustic (PA) molecular imaging of breast cancer. In particular, after verifying the PA activity of a CP nano­particle (CP dots) in phantoms and the targeting efficacy of a folate-functionalized version of the same (folate-CP dots) in vitro, we systemically administered the probe into a folate receptor-positive (FR+ve) MCF-7 breast cancer xenograft model to demonstrate the possible application of folate-CP dots for imaging FR+ve breast cancers in comparison to CP dots with no folate moieties. We observed a strong PA signal at the tumor site of folate-CP dots-administered mice as early as 1 hour after administration as a result of the active targeting of the folate-CP dots to the FR+ve tumor cells but a weak PA signal at the tumor site of CP-dots-administered mice as a result of the passive accumulation of the probe by enhanced permeability and retention effect. We also observed that folate-CP dots produced ∼4-fold enhancement in the PA signal in the tumor, when compared to CP dots. These observations demonstrate the great potential of this active-targeting CP to be used as a contrast agent for molecular PA diagnostic imaging in various biomedical applications.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Breast Cancer ; Conjugated Polymers ; Molecular Imaging ; Photoacoustic Tomography; Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography; In-vivo; Gold Nanorods; Living Mice; Contrast Agents; Nanoparticles; Fluorescence; Cells
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1176-9114
e-ISSN 1178-2013
Quellenangaben Band: 10, Heft: , Seiten: 387-397 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Dove Medical Press
Verlagsort Albany, Auckland
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed