Magnetic nanoparticles created at Nanoprobes are being used to treat cancer with an 80%+ cure rate in mice, using hyperthermia (magnetic heating or heat therapy). Learn how it works from Dr. James F Hainfeld and Hui Huang, two scientists at our Nanoparticle Research Collaborative.
Our latest line of nanoparticles are iron-based, yet carefully engineered for both biocompatibility and superparamagnetic properties- and heating in an alternating magnetic field.
Superparamagnetic iron oxide core
Biocompatible shell of long-chain PEG
Extremely low toxicity: MTD50 ≥ 2g Fe/kg in mice*
Long blood half-life
Sized to use EPR to load angiogenic, cancerous tissue
Excellent heating in an alternating magnetic field
Does this get your imagination going? It sure does for us! The potential here is exciting, including nano-scale electronics, MRI contrast agents, cancer treatments with magnetic heating, and wide industrial applications.
Our biocompatible magnetic nanoparticles are unique in the market-- and a significant breakthrough in the pursuit of medical treatments of the future.
*Tolerance may vary by mouse strain.
Not yet approved for clinical use.
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Magnetic nanoparticles heated by an alternating magnetic field could be used to treat cancers, either alone or in combination with radiotherapy or chemotherapy. However, direct intratumoral injections suffer from tumor incongruence and invasiveness, typically leaving undertreated regions, which lead to cancer regrowth. Intravenous injection more faithfully loads tumors, but, so far, it has been difficult achieving the necessary concentration in tumors before systemic toxicity occurs. Here, we describe use of a magnetic nanoparticle that, with a well-tolerated intravenous dose, achieved a tumor concentration of 1.9 mg Fe/g tumor in a subcutaneous squamous cell carcinoma mouse model, with a tumor to non-tumor ratio > 16. With an applied field of 38 kA/m at 980 kHz, tumors could be heated to 60°C in 2 minutes, durably ablating them with millimeter (mm) precision, leaving surrounding tissue intact.
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