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Recent Patents on Biotechnology


ISSN (Print): 1872-2083
ISSN (Online): 2212-4012

Recent Patents on Imaging Nanoprobes for Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Therapy

Author(s): Lifeng Qi, Shu Zheng and Biaoyang Lin

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2010

Page: [130 - 135] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/187220810791110697

Price: $65


Multifunctional nanoprobes, such as nanocrystals, nanoshells, and luminescent nanomaterials, have been developed for imaging biological processes, such as cell signaling, neuroimaging, protein conformation probing, DNA conformation probing, gene transcription, virus infection and replication in cells, protein dynamics, tumor diagnosis, and therapy evaluation. With the application of nanotechnology for CNS-active agents delivery, nanostructured materials are emerging as a powerful means for diagnosis of CNS disorders, including brain tumors, because of their unique optical size, and surface properties. This review summarizes the recent patents on imaging nanoprobes for brain tumor diagnosis and therapy. The future development in this active cross-disciplinary field will be discussed as well.

Keywords: Nanoprobes, imaging, brain tumor, diagnosis, therapy

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