DAB-Am64-(1B4M-Gd)64 is a newly synthesized macromolecular liver magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent with a polypropylenimine diaminobutane (DAB) dendrimer conjugated with a bifunctional diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) derivative for complexing Gd(III) atoms. The characteristics of DAB-Am64-(1B4M-Gd)64, which quickly accumulated in the liver, have been reported recently. In the present study, the dynamic micro-MRI with DAB-Am64-(1B4M-Gd)64 was obtained in the mouse liver metastasis model using colon carcinoma cells to evaluate the ability to visualize the micrometastatic tumors compared with that using Gd-DTPA. The dynamic micro-MRI with DAB-Am64-(1B4M-Gd)64 was able to homogeneously enhance the normal liver parenchyma and visualize micrometastatic tumors of 0.3-mm diameter in the liver of the mice with better contrast than that with Gd-DTPA. In conclusion, DAB-Am64-(1B4M-Gd)64 is a new liver MRI contrast agent potentially useful for diagnosis of micrometastasis in the liver.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research