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Cancer-Testis Antibodies Mediated Superparamagnetic Nanoprobes as Tumor Targeting Contrast Agents for In Vitro Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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The key to molecular imaging is discovery of disease biomarkers and development of highly sensitive and specific probes with strong signal intensity. Sperm protein 17 (Sp17), a novel cancer-testis antigen, can be a candidate target for cancer immunotherapy and molecular diagnosis. In this study, nanoprobes were prepared by linking anti-human Sp17 antibodies (anti-Sp17) on the surface of chitosan (CS) coated suparamagnetic nanoparticles. Results showed that the anti-Sp17 probes were well-grafted to suparamagnetic nanoparticles while keeping high bioactivity. Magnetic resonance (MR) signal intensity of cells was measured in agarose phantoms after labeling the human Sp17 gene transfected ovarian cancer HO-8910 cells with the nanoprobes. The nanoprobes were used to target cells and no obvious non-specific adsorption occurred. Cytotoxicity test demonstrated that the nanoprobes have limited cell toxicity. The prepared nanoprobes can thus potentially be used as MR contrast agents for early tumor diagnosis and immunotherapy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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