Rapid detection and profiling of cancer cells in fine-needle aspirates
Swirski, Filip K.
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CitationLee, H., T.-J. Yoon, J.-L. Figueiredo, F. K. Swirski, and R. Weissleder. 2009. “Rapid Detection and Profiling of Cancer Cells in Fine-Needle Aspirates.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (30): 12459–64. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0902365106.
AbstractThere is a growing need for fast, highly sensitive and quantitative technologies to detect and profile unaltered cells in biological samples. Technologies in current clinical use are often time consuming, expensive, or require considerable sample sizes. Here, we report a diagnostic magnetic resonance (DMR) sensor that combines a miniaturized NMR probe with targeted magnetic nanoparticles for detection and molecular profiling of cancer cells. The sensor measures the transverse relaxation rate of water molecules in biological samples in which target cells of interest are labeled with magnetic nanoparticles. We achieved remarkable sensitivity improvements over our prior DMR prototypes by synthesizing new nanoparticles with higher transverse relaxivity and by optimizing assay protocols. Wedetected as few as 2 cancer cells in 1-mu L sample volumes of unprocessed fine-needle aspirates of tumors and profiled the expression of several cellular markers in <15 min.
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