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Nanomaterials 2015, 5(2), 874-884; doi:10.3390/nano5020874

Targeting of Apoptotic Cells Using Functionalized Fe2O3 Nanoparticles

Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University, 2-1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8575, Japan
Center of Materials Science, Zewail City of Science and Technology, Sheikh Zayed District, 12588, 6th of October City, Giza, Egypt
Department of Neurosurgery, Aomori Prefecture Central Hospital, 2 1 1 Higashitsukurimichi, Aomori 0308553, Japan
Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Akita University, 1-1-1 Hondo, Akita 010-8543, Japan
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Academic Editor: Pablo del Pino
Received: 29 March 2015 / Accepted: 20 May 2015 / Published: 26 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanoparticles in Theranostics)
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Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized and functionalized with SiO2 and -NH2 group, respectively. Conjugation to fluorescently-labeled poly-caspase inhibitor (SR-FLIVO) has been carried out for better cellular uptake studies of apoptosis arising from brain focal cerebral ischemia. Highest conjugation affinity to SR-FLIVO was found to be ca. 80% for Fe2O3-SiO-NH2 functionalized nanoparticles (FNPs). Tracking of SR-FLIVO conjugated functionalized nanoparticles (SR-FLIVO-FNPs) in vivo and in vitro has been carried out and detected using microscopic techniques after histochemical staining methods. Experimental results revealed that SR-FLIVO-FNPs probe could passively cross the blood brain barrier (BBB) and accumulated within the apoptotic cell. Optimization of SR-FLIVO-FNPs probe can effectively promise to open a new era for intracellular drug delivery and brain diagnosis. View Full-Text
Keywords: functionalized nanoparticles (FNPs); fluorescently-labeled poly-caspase inhibitor (SR-FLIVO); apoptosis; brain diagnosis functionalized nanoparticles (FNPs); fluorescently-labeled poly-caspase inhibitor (SR-FLIVO); apoptosis; brain diagnosis

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Mekawy, M.; Saito, A.; Shimizu, H.; Tominaga, T. Targeting of Apoptotic Cells Using Functionalized Fe2O3 Nanoparticles. Nanomaterials 2015, 5, 874-884.

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