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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(3), 449;

Multifunctional Superparamagnetic Stiff Nanoreservoirs for Blood Brain Barrier Applications

NANOMAG Laboratory, Applied Physics Department, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Clinical Neurosciences Research Laboratory, Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela (IDIS), Hospital Clínico Universitario, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15706 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 9 March 2019 / Accepted: 12 March 2019 / Published: 17 March 2019
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Neurological diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke) are becoming a major concern for health systems in developed countries due to the increment of ageing in the population, and many resources are devoted to the development of new therapies and contrast agents for selective imaging. However, the strong isolation of the brain by the brain blood barrier (BBB) prevents not only the crossing of pathogens, but also a large set of beneficial drugs. Therefore, an alternative strategy is arising based on the anchoring to vascular endothelial cells of nanoplatforms working as delivery reservoirs. In this work, novel injectable mesoporous nanorods, wrapped by a fluorescent magnetic nanoparticles envelope, are proposed as biocompatible reservoirs with an extremely high loading capacity, surface versatility, and optimal morphology for enhanced grafting to vessels during their diffusive flow. Wet chemistry techniques allow for the development of mesoporous silica nanostructures with tailored properties, such as a fluorescent response suitable for optical studies, superparamagnetic behavior for magnetic resonance imaging MRI contrast, and large range ordered porosity for controlled delivery. In this work, fluorescent magnetic mesoporous nanorods were physicochemical characterized and tested in preliminary biological in vitro and in vivo experiments, showing a transversal relaxivitiy of 324.68 mM−1 s−1, intense fluorescence, large specific surface area (300 m2 g−1), and biocompatibility for endothelial cells’ uptake up to 100 µg (in a 80% confluent 1.9 cm2 culture well), with no liver and kidney disability. These magnetic fluorescent nanostructures allow for multimodal MRI/optical imaging, the allocation of therapeutic moieties, and targeting of tissues with specific damage. View Full-Text
Keywords: theranostic nanostructure; MRI contrast; neurological diseases theranostic nanostructure; MRI contrast; neurological diseases

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Vargas-Osorio, Z.; Da Silva-Candal, A.; Piñeiro, Y.; Iglesias-Rey, R.; Sobrino, T.; Campos, F.; Castillo, J.; Rivas, J. Multifunctional Superparamagnetic Stiff Nanoreservoirs for Blood Brain Barrier Applications. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 449.

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