Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > News > Nanocolloids identify blood clots

May 1st, 2009

Nanocolloids identify blood clots

Abstract:
US and UK scientists have discovered a safer contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The agent is an alternative to commonly used, but potentially harmful, gadolinium-based agents.

MRI uses paramagnetic metals (contrast agents) to produce high resolution, non-invasive images of the body's internal structure. It is particularly useful in cardiovascular research for visualising blood clots in arteries, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Although scientists normally use gadolinium as the contrast agent, its recent association with a serious tissue disorder in patients with kidney failure has prompted the development of new, safer imaging agents.

Dipanjan Pan, at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, US, and colleagues stirred manganese oxide nanoparticles in a vegetable oil and surfactant mixture to form manganese oxide nanocolloids with phospholipid shells. They showed that the nanocolloids are highly sensitive to fibrin, a major component of blood clots, and so are effective contrast agents.

The colloids can be easily metabolised and excreted by the human body, explains Pan, unlike other manganese-based contrast agents, which are difficult to eliminate and create a hazardous tissue residue. 'Bigger metal crystals are not metabolised and they are typically too large to be excreted through the kidney or bile, presenting an issue for long-term safety. We incorporate tiny manganese oxides or organically soluble chelated manganese into a stable nanoparticle, which is constrained within the vasculature [blood vessels]. This inherent difference over non-excretable nanocrystals should greatly improve the prospects of safety and clinical translation.'

Source:
rsc.org

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Imaging

Aspen Aerogels to Present at the Cowen and Company Technology, Media & Telecom Conference May 21st, 2015

Samtec, Global Provider of Interconnect Systems, Joins IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program May 21st, 2015

News and information

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers May 21st, 2015

Nanotherapy effective in mice with multiple myeloma May 21st, 2015

Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries May 21st, 2015

INSIDDE: Uncovering the real history of art using a graphene scanner May 21st, 2015

Nanomedicine

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers May 21st, 2015

Effective Nano-Micelles Designed in Iran to Treat Cancer May 20th, 2015

Nature inspires first artificial molecular pump: Simple design mimics pumping mechanism of life-sustaining proteins found in living cells May 19th, 2015

Studying dynamics of ion channels May 18th, 2015

Discoveries

Simulations predict flat liquid May 21st, 2015

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers May 21st, 2015

Nanotherapy effective in mice with multiple myeloma May 21st, 2015

Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries May 21st, 2015

Announcements

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers May 21st, 2015

Nanotherapy effective in mice with multiple myeloma May 21st, 2015

Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries May 21st, 2015

INSIDDE: Uncovering the real history of art using a graphene scanner May 21st, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project