Weiran Cheng

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Mn(III) porphyrin (MnP) holds the promise of addressing the emerging challenges associated with Gd-based clinical MRI contrast agents (CAs), namely, Gd-related adverse effect and decreasing sensitivity at high clinical magnetic fields. Two complementary strategies for developing new MnPs as Gd-free CAs with optimized biocompatibility were established to(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate a new class of manganese porphyrins with tunable pharmacokinetics as potential gadolinium (Gd)-free T1 agents for contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS Two new contrast agents, MnTCP and MnP2, were evaluated in four female rats. MRI was performed daily up to 3 days postinjection (0.05 mmol/kg) on a 3(More)
The lung remains one of the most challenging organs to image using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) due to intrinsic rapid signal decay. However, unlike conventional modalities such as computed tomography, MRI does not involve radiation and can provide functional and morphologic information on a regional basis. Here we demonstrate proof of concept for a new(More)
As the first clinically approved gadolinium-based blood-pool MRI contrast agent, gadofosveset was designed to bind to human serum albumin (HSA) reversibly, extending the circulation time in the bloodstream. This valuable pharmacokinetic property required for vasculature imaging, however, raises the risk of release and accumulation of gadolinium in vivo. The(More)
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