Novel Ferrites for Biomedical Applications

A special issue of Magnetochemistry (ISSN 2312-7481). This special issue belongs to the section "Magnetic Resonances".

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Northeastern University, Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: ferrites; magnetoceramics; medical magnetism; MRI contrast agents; magnetic hyperthermia; thermal management; inductors
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Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: ferrites; magnetoceramics; medical magnetism; MRI contrast agents; magnetic hyperthermia; thermal management; inductors
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Dear Colleagues,

Ferrites, as magnetic materials, are attractive candidates for biomedical applications for diagnosis, therapeutics, control and treatment of diseases, enhanced MRI imaging, magnetic hyperthermia cancer treatment, targeted drug and gene delivery, biolabeling, biosensing, and antimicrobial agents, and enable the development of new medical devices.

Using ferrites as nanoprobes to label biomolecules offers the advantage of robust signal strength, sensitivity, and stability. Ferrite nanoparticles can be functionalized with different ligands to provide affinity for specific biological analytes to bind to the targeted surfaces, e.g., specific tumor types. Since the principle constituents of many ferrites, such as Fe, Mn, and Zn, exist as required metabolic minerals in the body, toxicity is rarely a limiting factor, unlike, for example, gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents.

Ferrite has the ability to alter physical properties in a tunable manner upon interacting with magnetic fields and specific analytes based on their intrinsic properties, morphology, spatial distribution, and conjugation. Such flexibility affords them unique potential as next-generation biomedical materials for such applications as drug delivery, imaging, sensing, diagnosis, and remediation of cancers.

The development of multifunctional ferrites to play more than one of these roles is the foundation of the burgeoning field of theranostics.

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Prof. Vincent G. Harris
Dr. Parisa Andalib
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Keywords

  • theranostics
  • ferrites
  • nanoparticles
  • magnetic hyperthermia
  • MRI contrast agents
  • biosensing
  • medical devices

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Harnessing the Intriguing Properties of Magnetic Nanoparticles to Detect and Treat Bacterial Infections
by Lingchao Xiang, Ozioma Udochukwu Akakuru, Chen Xu and Aiguo Wu
Magnetochemistry 2021, 7(8), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/magnetochemistry7080112 - 4 Aug 2021
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Infections caused by pathogenic bacteria, especially multidrug-resistant bacteria, have become a serious worldwide public health problem. Early diagnosis and treatment can effectively prevent the adverse effects of such infections. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop effective methods for the early detection, [...] Read more.
Infections caused by pathogenic bacteria, especially multidrug-resistant bacteria, have become a serious worldwide public health problem. Early diagnosis and treatment can effectively prevent the adverse effects of such infections. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop effective methods for the early detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases that are caused by bacterial infections. So far, magnetic material nanoparticles (MNPs) have been widely used in the detection and treatment of bacterial infections as detection agents and therapeutics. Therefore, this review describes the recent research on MNPs in bacterial detection and treatment. Finally, a brief discussion of challenges and perspectives in this field is provided, which is expected to guide the further development of MNPs for bacterial detection and treatment. Full article
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