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Nat Med. 2001 Nov;7(11):1241-4.

Non-invasive detection of apoptosis using magnetic resonance imaging and a targeted contrast agent.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, UK.

Abstract

The C2 domain of synaptotagmin I, which binds to anionic phospholipids in cell membranes, was shown to bind to the plasma membrane of apoptotic cells by both flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Conjugation of the protein to superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles allowed detection of this binding using magnetic resonance imaging. Detection of apoptotic cells, using this novel contrast agent, was demonstrated both in vitro, with isolated apoptotic tumor cells, and in vivo, in a tumor treated with chemotherapeutic drugs.

PMID:
11689890
DOI:
10.1038/nm1101-1241
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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