Method for tracking nanogel particles in vivo and in vitro

Brandon L. Seal, Yeong Hau H Lien, Carla Mazar, Mohamad W. Salkini, Tong Cai, Zhibing Hu, Manuel Marquez, Antonio Garcia

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Hydrogels made of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) can be synthesized in the form of highly monodispersed nanoparticles. After synthesis, NIPA hydrogel nanoparticles (nanogels) can be labeled by Alexa Fluor® 488 carboxylic acid, 2,3,5,6-tetrafluorophenyl ester through amine-terminated functional groups. This choice of dye is complementary to other biological labeling methods for in vivo studies. When the nanogel/clye nanoparticles are injected into rabbits, they can be imaged via tissue sectioning and confocal microscopy, while nanoparticle concentration can be determined by fluorescent microplate assays. Time-course persistence of nanoparticles in the circulatory system can be readily tracked by direct assay of plasma and urine samples using 485 nm excitation and 538 emission wavelengths to keep background fluorescence to nearly the same level as that found using an empty well. Depending upon how the nanoparticles are injected, circulatory system concentrations can reach high concentrations and diminish to low levels or gradually increase and gradually decrease over time. Injection in the femoral artery results in a rapid spike in circulating nanogel/dye concentration, while injection into the renal artery results in a more gradual increase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-958
Number of pages5
JournalBiotechnology Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Fluorescence
  • Microplate
  • NIPA
  • Nanogel
  • Nanoparticle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine


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