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Thursday, 15 September 2011 00:00

CREST Researchers Demonstrate Capacity of Targeted Magnetic Nanoparticles to Destroy Cancer Cells Through Heat Delivered at the Nanoscale

CREST IRG1 researchers have recently demonstrated that magnetic nanoparticles conjugated to the protein epidermal growth factor receptor target breast cancer cells that over-express the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and can lead to significant (>99%) reductions in cell survival upon the application of an alternating magnetic field. An important feature of this demonstration is that significant reductions in cell viability are achieved using only internalized nanoparticles and without a macroscopic perceptible temperature rise. The study was conducted by visiting student Mar Creixell Turon, of the University of Barcelona, who conducted her doctoral dissertation research under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Rinaldi. Graduate student Ana C. Bohórquez and Prof. Madeline Torres-Lugo also contributed to the study.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2011 13:39
 
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