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Synergistically Enhance Magnetic Resonance/Fluorescence Imaging Performance of Responsive Polymeric Nanoparticles Under Mildly Acidic Biological Milieu

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  • Jinming Hu,

    1. CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
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  • Tao Liu,

    1. CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
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  • Guoying Zhang,

    1. CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
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  • Fan Jin,

    Corresponding author
    1. CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
    • CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China.
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  • Shiyong Liu

    Corresponding author
    1. CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
    • CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China.
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Abstract

Core cross-linked (CCL) polymeric micelles covalently labeled with DOTA(Gd) and green- emitting NBD fluorophores within pH-responsive cores are fabricated, which can serve as a dual-modality MR/fluorescence imaging system and exhibit mildly acidic pH-triggered turn-on or enhancement of signal intensities for both imaging modalities. Compared to non-crosslinked diblock precursor, CCL micelles demonstrate better MR and fluorescence imaging performance due to structural stability and integrity endowed by the core cross-linking procedure. Furthermore, selective enhancement of MR/fluorescence imaging signal intensities of the dual-modality imaging system can also be actuated under specific intracellular microenvironments such as mildly acidic organelles.

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