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Folate Receptor Targeted, Rare-earth Oxide Nanocrystals for Bi-modal Fluorescence and Magnetic Imaging of Cancer Cells

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine

Publisher : Biomaterials

Source : Biomaterials, Volume 31, Number 4, p.714-729 (2010)

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Keywords : Air drying, article, binding affinity, Bixbyite, cadmium, cancer cell, Cancer cells, Cancer imaging, Cancer-targeting, carrier protein, Carrier Proteins, Cell Line, Cell Surface, cell surface receptor, Cell Survival, Cells, Cellular uptake, chemical structure, chemistry, Co-doping, Contrast agent, Contrast imaging, controlled study, Crystal impurities, crystal structure, cytotoxicity, diagnostic agent, Doping (additives), Electron, electron microscopy, Enhanced fluorescence, Europium, flow cytometry, Fluorescence, fluorescence microscopy, folate binding protein, Folate receptor, folate-binding protein, folic acid, Folic acids, Fourier Transform Infrared, gadolinium, human, human cell, Humans, In-situ, incubation time, infrared spectroscopy, lead, Lung cancer cells, Magnetic imaging, Magnetic properties, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, magnetism, Medical imaging, Mercury (metal), metabolism, methodology, microscopy, molecular imaging, Monodisperse nanocrystals, nanocrystal, Nanocrystals

Campus : Kochi

School : Center for Nanosciences

Center : Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine Move, Nanosciences

Department : Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine

Year : 2010

Abstract : Targeted cancer imaging using rare-earth oxide nanocrystals, free from heavy metals (Cd, Se, Te, Hg and Pb), showing bright red-fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is presented. Y2O3 nanocrystals (YO NC) doped in situ with fluorescent (Eu3+) and paramagnetic (Gd3+) impurities and conjugated with a potential cancer targeting ligand, folic acid (FA), were prepared using an all-aqueous wet-chemical process. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of these multifunctional nanocrystals were investigated by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, photoluminescence and magnetization studies. Highly monodisperse nanocrystals of size w20 nm with cubic bixbyite crystal structure showed bright red-fluorescence when doped with Eu3{thorn}. Co-doping with Gd3+ and mild air drying resulted significantly enhanced fluorescence quantum efficiency of w60% together with paramagnetic functionality, enabling T1-weighted MR contrast withw5 times higher spin-lattice relaxivity compared to the clinically used Gd3+ contrast agent. Cytotoxicity and reactive oxygen stress studies show no toxicity by YO NC in both normal and cancer cells up to higher doses of 500 mM and longer incubation time, 48 h. Cancer targeting capability of FA conjugated NCs was demonstrated on folate receptor positive (FR+) human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells (KB) with FR depressed KB (FRd) and FR negative (FR-) lung cancer cells A549 as controls. Fluorescence microscopy and flow-cytometry data show highly specific binding and cellular uptake of large concentration of FA conjugated NCs on FR+ve cells compared to the controls. Thus, the present study reveals, unique bi-modal contrast imaging capability, non-toxicity and cancer targeting capability of multiple impurities doped rare-earth oxide nanocrystals that can find promising application in molecular imaging.

Cite this Research Publication : S. Setua, Dr. Deepthy Menon, Asok, A., Nair, S., and Dr. Manzoor K., “Folate Receptor Targeted, Rare-earth Oxide Nanocrystals for Bi-modal Fluorescence and Magnetic Imaging of Cancer Cells”, Biomaterials, vol. 31, pp. 714-729, 2010.

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