In this study, porcine carotid arteries were subjected to balloon overstretch injury followed by local delivery of paramagnetic nanoparticles targeted to alphavbeta3-integrin expressed by smooth muscle cells or collagen III within the extracellular matrix. Carotid T1-weighted angiography and vascular imaging was performed at 1.5T. While MR angiograms were indistinguishable between control and targeted vessel segments, alphavbeta3-integrin-and collagen Ill-targeted nanoparticles spatially delineated patterns and volumes of stretch injury. In conclusion, MR molecular imaging with alphavbeta3-integrin or collagen Ill-targeted nanoparticles enables the non-invasive, three-dimensional characterization of arterial pathology unanticipated from routine angiography.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance : official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance|
|State||Published - 2006|