Maria Ahrén

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Mice are increasingly used in studies where measuring insulin sensitivity (IS) is a common procedure. The glucose clamp is labor intensive, cannot be used in large numbers of animals, cannot be repeated in the same mouse, and has been questioned as a valid tool for IS in mice; thus, the minimal model with 50-min intravenous glucose tolerance test (IVGTT)(More)
Recently, much attention has been given to the development of biofunctionalized nanoparticles with magnetic properties for novel biomedical imaging. Guided, smart, targeting nanoparticulate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents inducing high MRI signal will be valuable tools for future tissue specific imaging and investigation of molecular and(More)
There is a demand for more efficient and tissue-specific MRI contrast agents and recent developments involve the design of substances useful as molecular markers and magnetic tracers. In this study, nanoparticles of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) have been investigated for cell labeling and capacity to generate a positive contrast. THP-1, a monocytic cell line(More)
As the utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) broadens, the importance of having specific and efficient contrast agents increases and in recent time there has been a huge development in the fields of molecular imaging and intracellular markers. Previous studies have shown that gadolinium oxide (Gd(2)O(3)) nanoparticles generate higher relaxivity than(More)
Water-dispersible and luminescent gadolinium oxide (GO) nanoparticles (NPs) were designed and synthesized for potential dual-modal biological imaging. They were obtained by capping gadolinium oxide nanoparticles with a fluorescent glycol-based conjugated carboxylate (HL). The obtained nanoparticles (GO-L) show long-term colloidal stability and intense blue(More)
This study reports ZnO nanoparticles and thin film surface modification using a two-step functionalization strategy. A small silane molecule was used to build up a stabilizing layer and for conjugation of biotin (vitamin B7), as a specific tag. Biotin was chosen because it is a well-studied bioactive molecule with high affinity for avidin. ZnO nanoparticles(More)
We have previously shown that gadolinium oxide (Gd(2)O(3)) nanoparticles are promising candidates to be used as contrast agents in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging applications. In this study, these nanoparticles were investigated in a cellular system, as possible probes for visualization and targeting intended for bioimaging applications. We evaluated the(More)
Maria Ahrén, Linnéa Selegård, Fredrik Söderlind, Mathieu Linares, Joanna Kauczor, Patrick Norman, Per-Olov Käll and Kajsa Uvdal, A simple polyol-free synthesis route to Gd2O3 nanoparticles for MRI applications: an experimental and theoretical study, 2012, Journal of nanoparticle research, (14), 8. Copyright:(More)
We report the self-assembly of stable nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs), which exhibit temperature-controlled guest encapsulation and release, as well as an efficient light-harvesting property. NCPs are obtained by coordination-directed organization of pi-conjugated dicarboxylate (L1) and lanthanide metal ions Gd(III), Eu(III), and Yb(III) in a DMF(More)
Pacini G, Ahrén M, Ahrén B. Reappraisal of the intravenous glucose tolerance index for a simple assessment of insulin sensitivity in mice. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 296: R1316–R1324, 2009. First published February 11, 2009; doi:10.1152/ajpregu.90575.2008.—Mice are increasingly used in studies where measuring insulin sensitivity (IS) is a common(More)