Near-Infrared Dye-Conjugated Amphiphilic Hyaluronic Acid Derivatives as a Dual Contrast Agent for In Vivo Optical and Photoacoustic Tumor Imaging
datasetposted on 12.01.2015, 00:00 by Koji Miki, Tatsuhiro Inoue, Yasuhito Kobayashi, Katsuya Nakano, Hideki Matsuoka, Fumio Yamauchi, Tetsuya Yano, Kouichi Ohe
Amphiphilic hyaluronic acid (HA) derivatives bearing hydrophobic indocyanine green dye derivatives and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) were synthesized through the use of condensation and copper-catalyzed click cyclization reactions. The amphiphilic HA derivatives dissolved in water and formed self-assemblies in which the near-infrared dyes were tightly packed and arranged to form dimers or H-aggregates. By irradiating an aqueous solution of HA derivatives with near-infrared light, photoacoustic signals were detected along with fluorescence emission. Self-assemblies consisting of HA derivatives could smoothly accumulate in tumor tissues by passive tumor targeting. By utilizing HA derivatives as a contrast agent, tumor sites were clearly visualized by optical imaging as well as by photoacoustic tomography.