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UNLABELLED The coupling of polyethylene glycol (PEG) to proteins (PEGylation) has become a standard method to prolong blood circulation of imaging probes and other proteins, liposomes, and nanoparticles. However, concerns have arisen about the safety of PEG, especially with respect to its poor biodegradability and antibody formation, including new evidence(More)
Annexin A5 (Anx) has been extensively used for imaging apoptosis by single-photon emission computed tomography, positron emission tomography, optical imaging and MRI. Recently we introduced ultrasmall Anx-VSOP (very small iron oxide particles)--the smallest high-relaxivity probe for MRI of apoptosis. Here we present a simplified method for the direct(More)
Superparamagnetic iron oxide particles are used as potent contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging. In histology, these particles are frequently visualized by Prussian blue iron staining of aldehyde-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues. Recently, zinc salt-based fixative was shown to preserve enzyme activity in paraffin-embedded tissues. In this study, we(More)
Increased effectiveness and reduced side effects are general goals in drug research, especially important in cancer therapy. The aim of this study was to design a long-circulating, activatable cytostatic drug that is completely producible in E. coli. Crucial for this goal was the novel unstructured polypeptide XTEN, which acts like polyethylene glycol (PEG)(More)
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