Multimodal targeted high relaxivity thermosensitive liposome for in vivo imaging

M.M.P. Kuijten, M. Hannah Degeling, J.W. Chen, G. Wojtkiewicz, P. Waterman, R. Weissleder, J. Azzi, K. Nicolay, B.A. Tannous

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    Liposomes are spherical, self-closed structures formed by lipid bilayers that can encapsulate drugs and/or imaging agents in their hydrophilic core or within their membrane moiety, making them suitable delivery vehicles. We have synthesized a new liposome containing gadolinium-DOTA lipid bilayer, as a targeting multimodal molecular imaging agent for magnetic resonance and optical imaging. We showed that this liposome has a much higher molar relaxivities r1 and r2 compared to a more conventional liposome containing gadolinium-DTPA-BSA lipid. By incorporating both gadolinium and rhodamine in the lipid bilayer as well as biotin on its surface, we used this agent for multimodal imaging and targeting of tumors through the strong biotin-streptavidin interaction. Since this new liposome is thermosensitive, it can be used for ultrasound-mediated drug delivery at specific sites, such as tumors, and can be guided by magnetic resonance imaging.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number17220
    JournalScientific Reports
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2015


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