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A brain delivery probe was prepared by covalently conjugating lactoferrin (Lf) to a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-coated Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticle in order to facilitate the transport of the nanoparticles across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) by receptor-mediated transcytosis via the Lf receptor present on cerebral endothelial cells. The efficacy of the(More)
Detection of early malignant tumors remains clinically difficult; developing ultrasensitive imaging agents is therefore highly demanded. Owing to the unusual magnetic and optical properties associated with f-electrons, rare-earth elements are very suitable for creating functional materials potentially useful for tumor imaging. Nanometer-sized particles(More)
The blood–brain barrier (BBB) protects the brain from toxic substances within the bloodstream and keeps the brain’s homeostasis stable. On the other hand, it also represents the main obstacle in the treatment of many CNS diseases. Among different techniques, nanoparticles have emerged as promising tools to enhance brain drug delivery of therapeutic(More)
A novel dual-modality molecular probe composed of biocompatible Fe(3)O(4) nanocrystal, monoclonal antibody and radionuclide was designed and prepared. All functional components in the dual-modality molecular probe, i.e., Fe(3)O(4), PEG, mAb 3H11 and (125)I, were chemically bonded together for forming a stable molecular probe. Systematic in vitro experiments(More)
Biocompatible Fe(3)O(4) nanocrystals were synthesized through the pyrolysis of ferric acetylacetonate (Fe(acac)(3)) in diphenyl oxide, in the presence of α,ω-dicarboxyl-terminated polyethylene glycol (HOOC-PEG-COOH) and oleylamine. Unusual gelification phenomena were observed from the aliquots extracted at different reaction stages after they were cooled to(More)
Differently sized NaGdF(4) nanocrystals with narrow particle size distributions were synthesized by a high temperature approach. Upon ligand exchange, the as-prepared hydrophobic NaGdF(4) nanocrystals were transferred into water by using asymmetric PEGs simultaneously bearing phosphate and maleimide groups. Further investigations demonstrated that the(More)
Biotinylated denatured bovine serum albumin (Bt-dBSA)-coated cadmium telluride (CdTe) quantum dot (QD) conjugates were prepared and used to develop the multiplexed fluoroimmunoassay for the simultaneous determination of five chemical residues. An immune complex was formed using avidin as the bridge to link the Bt-dBSA-QDs with the antibodies. Primarily,(More)
Poly( N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP)-coated Fe3O4 nanocrystals were prepared by a "one-pot" synthesis through the pyrolysis of ferric triacetylacetonate (Fe(acac)3) in N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (NVP). The polymerization of NVP was followed by measuring the shear viscosity of the reaction mixture. The PVP molecules formed in the reaction mixture was investigated(More)
As an alternative choice to CdSe nanocrystals synthesized in organic phase, CdTe nanocrystals synthesized in aqueous solution, have attracted increasing research interests in recent years. This feature article summarizes the aqueous solution-based syntheses, some optoelectronic applications, and bioapplications of CdTe nanocrystals, with emphasis on the(More)