Nanodiscs as a modular platform for multimodal MR-optical imaging

Christiane E. Carney, Ivan L. Lenov, Catherine J. Baker, Keith W. Macrenaris, Amanda L. Eckermann, Stephen G. Sligar, Thomas J. Meade*

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Nanodiscs are monodisperse, self-assembled discoidal particles that consist of a lipid bilayer encircled by membrane scaffold proteins (MSP). Nanodiscs have been used to solubilize membrane proteins for structural and functional studies and deliver therapeutic phospholipids. Herein, we report on tetramethylrhodamine (TMR) tagged nanodiscs that solubilize lipophilic MR contrast agents for generation of multimodal nanoparticles for cellular imaging. We incorporate both multimeric and monomeric Gd(III)-based contrast agents into nanodiscs and show that particles containing the monomeric agent (ND2) label cells with high efficiency and generate significant image contrast at 7 T compared to nanodiscs containing the multimeric agent (ND1) and Prohance, a clinically approved contrast agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-905
Number of pages7
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 20 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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