Ferumoxytol-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of donor-matched and mismatched stem cell transplants demonstrated decreased signal intensity not only for a xenogeneic mismatch in species but, surprisingly, also for a syngeneic mismatch in sex. MR imaging findings were corroborated with intravital fluorescence microscopy (IVM), where nearly 90% of all ferumoxytol-containing cells were found to be macrophages. Hence, MR imaging cell tracking of infiltrating macrophages may have predictive value in determining whether transplanted stem cell rejection will occur.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging