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Bioconjug Chem. 2018 Dec 19;29(12):4119-4126. doi: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.8b00756. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

A Novel Near-Infrared Fluorescent Probe TMTP1-PEG4-ICG for in Vivo Tumor Imaging.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College , Huazhong University of Science and Technology , Wuhan , 430030 , People's Republic of China.


Molecular imaging agents are considered to be promising tracers for tumor imaging and guided therapy. TMTP1 was screened through the FliTrx bacterial peptide display system in our laboratory previously and shown to specifically target to primary tumors and metastatic foci. In this study, small peptide TMTP1 was designed to conjugate to a near-infrared fluorescent agent ICG derivative ICG-OSu through PEG4, forming the novel probe TMTP1-PEG4-ICG. It was successfully synthesized and certified. CCK-8 assay showed that it was nontoxic to normal cells and cancerous cells. Dynamics study indicated that the probe was cleared through the liver-intestine and kidney-bladder pathway. Tumor targeting capability of this probe in vitro was evaluated on 4T1, SiHa, HeLa, S12, and HaCaT cells by flow cytometry. In vivo imaging of 4T1 and HeLa tumor-bearing mice further identified the tumor homing ability. As we had expected, the probe showed excellent affinity to cancer cells not only in vitro but also in vivo, whether in murine tumor or humanized tumor. In conclusion, TMTP1-PEG4-ICG demonstrated ideal imaging effects on tumor-bearing mice model, providing new opportunities for tumor diagnostic or guiding resection.

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