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Dual-modality NIRF-MRI cubosomes and hexosomes: High throughput formulation and in vivo biodistribution


Nhiem Tran, N and Bye, N and Moffat, BA and Wright, DK and Cuddihy, A and Hinton, TM and Hawley, AM and Reynolds, NP and Waddington, LJ and Mulet, X and Turnley, AM and Morganti-Kossmann, MC and Muir, BW, Dual-modality NIRF-MRI cubosomes and hexosomes: High throughput formulation and in vivo biodistribution, Materials Science & Engineering C-Materials for Biological Applications, 71 pp. 584-593. ISSN 0928-4931 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.msec.2016.10.028


Engineered nanoparticles with multiple complementary imaging modalities are of great benefit to the rapid treatment and diagnosis of disease in various organs. Herein, we report the formulation of cubosomes and hexosomes that carry multiple amphiphilic imaging contrast agents in their self-assembled lipid bilayers. This is the first report of the use of both near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) imaging and gadolinium lipid based magnetic resonance (MR) imaging modalities in cubosomes and hexosomes. High-throughput screening was used to rapidly optimize formulations with desirable nano-architectures and low in vitro cytotoxicity. The dual-modal imaging nanoparticles in vivo biodistribution and organ specific contrast enhancement were then studied. The NIRF in vivo imaging results indicated accumulation of both cubosomes and hexosomes in the liver and spleen of mice up to 20 h post-injection. Remarkably, the biodistribution of the nanoparticle formulations was affected by the mesophase (i.e. cubic or hexagonal), a finding of significant importance for the future use of these compounds, with hexosomes showing higher accumulation in the spleen than the liver compared to cubosomes. Furthermore, in vivo MRI data of animals injected with either type of lyotropic liquid crystal nanoparticle displayed enhanced contrast in the liver and spleen.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Lipid; Nanoparticles; Cubosome; Hexosome; Multifunctional; Imaging; MRI; Biodistribution
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Industrial biotechnology
Research Field:Nanobiotechnology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bye, N (Dr Nicole Bye)
ID Code:121828
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2017-10-17
Last Modified:2017-12-21

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