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J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Mar 9;133(9):2955-61. doi: 10.1021/ja1084095. Epub 2011 Feb 11.

Mesoporous silica-coated hollow manganese oxide nanoparticles as positive T1 contrast agents for labeling and MRI tracking of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

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Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Division of MR Research, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.


Mesoporous silica-coated hollow manganese oxide (HMnO@mSiO(2)) nanoparticles were developed as a novel T(1) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent. We hypothesized that the mesoporous structure of the nanoparticle shell enables optimal access of water molecules to the magnetic core, and consequently, an effective longitudinal (R(1)) relaxation enhancement of water protons, which value was measured to be 0.99 (mM(-1)s(-1)) at 11.7 T. Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were efficiently labeled using electroporation, with much shorter T(1) values as compared to direct incubation without electroporation, which was also evidenced by signal enhancement on T(1)-weighted MR images in vitro. Intracranial grafting of HMnO@mSiO(2)-labeled MSCs enabled serial MR monitoring of cell transplants over 14 days. These novel nanoparticles may extend the arsenal of currently available nanoparticle MR contrast agents by providing positive contrast on T(1)-weighted images at high magnetic field strengths.

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