Electrosprayed synthesis of red-blood-cell-like particles with dual modality for magnetic resonance and fluorescence imaging

Koichiro Hayashi, Kenji Ono, Hiromi Suzuki, Makoto Sawada, Makoto Moriya, Wataru Sakamoto, Toshinobu Yogo

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Abstract

Red blood cells (RBCs) are able to avoid filtration in the spleen to prolong their half-time in the body because of their flexibility and unique shape, or a concave disk with diameter of some 10 μm. In addition, they can flow through capillary blood vessels, which are smaller than the diameter of RBCs, by morphing into a parachute-like shape. In this study, flexible RBC-like polymer particles are synthesized by electrospraying based on electrospinning. Furthermore, magnetite nanoparticles and fluorescent dye are encapsulated in the particles via in situ hydrolysis of an iron-organic compound in the presence of celluloses. The superparamagnetic behavior of the particles is confirmed by low-temperature magnetic measurements. The particles exhibited not only a dark contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but also effective fluorescence. The RBC-like particles with flexibility are demonstrated to have a dual-modality for MRI and fluorescence imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2384-2391
Number of pages8
JournalSmall
Volume6
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 5 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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