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Focused ultrasound (FUS) technology is reported to enhance the delivery of 64Cu-integrated ultrasmall gold nanoclusters (64Cu-AuNCs) across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) as measured by positron emission tomography (PET). To better define the optimal physical properties for brain delivery, 64Cu-AuNCs with different surface charges are synthesized and characterized. In vivo biodistribution studies are performed to compare the individual organ uptake of each type of 64Cu-AuNCs. Quantitative PET imaging post-FUS treatment shows site-targeted brain penetration, retention, and diffusion of the negative, neutral, and positive 64Cu-AuNCs. Autoradiography is performed to compare the intrabrain distribution of these nanoclusters. PET Imaging demonstrates the effective BBB opening and successful delivery of 64Cu-AuNCs into the brain. Of the three 64Cu-AuNCs investigated, the neutrally charged nanostructure performs the best and is the candidate platform for future theranostic applications in neuro-oncology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1703115
Issue number30
StatePublished - Jul 26 2018


  • brain
  • focused ultrasound
  • imaging
  • nanoclusters
  • positron emission tomography


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