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Degradation of magnetic nanoparticles mimicking lysosomal conditions followed by AC susceptibility

AuthorsGutiérrez, Lucía ; Romero, Sonia; Silva, Gustavo B. da; Costo, Rocío ; Vargas, María D.; Ronconi, Célia M.; Serna Pereda, Carlos J. ; Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S. ; Morales, M. P.
KeywordsBiomedical applications
Iron oxides
Magnetic characterization
Issue DateOct-2015
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
CitationBiomedical Engineering 60(5): 417–425 (2015)
Abstract[Background] A deeper knowledge on the effects of the degradation of magnetic nanoparticles on their magnetic properties is required to develop tools for the identification and quantification of magnetic nanoparticles in biological media by magnetic means.
[Methods] Citric acid and phosphonoacetic acid-coated magnetic nanoparticles have been degraded in a medium that mimics lysosomal conditions. Magnetic measurements and transmission electron microscopy have been used to follow up the degradation process.
[Results] Particle size is reduced significantly in 24 h at pH 4.5 and body temperature. These transformations affect the magnetic properties of the compounds. A reduction of the interparticle interactions is observed just 4 h after the beginning of the degradation process. A strong paramagnetic contribution coming from the degradation products appears with time.
[Conclusions] A model for the in vivo degradation of magnetic nanoparticles has been followed to gain insight on the changes of the magnetic properties of iron oxides during their degradation. The degradation kinetics is affected by the particle coating, in our case being the phosphonoacetic acid-coated particles degraded faster than the citric acid-coated ones.
Publisher version (URL)http://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2015-0043
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