Indocyanine green (ICG) is a near infrared fluorescent tracer used in image-guided surgery to assist surgeons during resection. Despite appearing as a very promising tool for surgical oncology, its employment in this area is limited to lymph node mapping or to laparoscopic surgery, as it lacks tumor targeting specificity. Recently, a nanoformulation of this dye has been proposed with the aim toward tumor targeting specificity in order to expand its employment in surgical oncology. This nanosystem is constituted by 24 monomers of H-Ferritin (HFn), which self-assemble into a spherical cage structure enclosing the indocyanine green fluorescent tracer. These HFn nanocages were demonstrated to display tumor homing due to the specific interaction between the HFn nanocage and transferrin receptor 1, which is overexpressed in most tumor tissues. Here, we provide an ex vivo detailed comparison between the biodistribution of this nanotracer and free ICG, combining the results obtained with the Karl Storz endoscope that is currently used in clinical practice and the quantification of the ICG signal derived from the fluorescence imaging system IVIS Lumina II. These insights demonstrate the suitability of this novel HFn-based nanosystem in fluorescence-guided oncological surgery.
Tumor Accumulation and Off-Target Biodistribution of an Indocyanine-Green Fluorescent Nanotracer : An Ex Vivo Study on an Orthotopic Murine Model of Breast Cancer / M. Sevieri, L. Sitia, A. Bonizzi, M. Truffi, S. Mazzucchelli, F. Corsi. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES. - ISSN 1422-0067. - 22:4(2021 Feb 05), pp. 1601.1-1601.12.
|Titolo:||Tumor Accumulation and Off-Target Biodistribution of an Indocyanine-Green Fluorescent Nanotracer : An Ex Vivo Study on an Orthotopic Murine Model of Breast Cancer|
MAZZUCCHELLI, SERENA (Corresponding)
CORSI, FABIO RUGGERO MARIA (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||ICG; ex vivo imaging; ferritin nanoparticles; fluorescence; fluorescence-guided surgery; nanomedicine; tumor targeting|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/18 - Chirurgia Generale|
Settore BIO/10 - Biochimica
Settore BIO/13 - Biologia Applicata
|Data di pubblicazione:||5-feb-2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms22041601|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|