In vivo selective cancer-tracking gadolinium eradicator as new-generation photodynamic therapy agent

Tao Zhang, Rongfeng Lan, Chi Fai Chan, Ga Lai Law, Wai Kwok Wong, Ka Leung Wong

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In this work, we demonstrate a modality of photodynamic therapy (PDT) through the design of our truly dual-functional - PDT and imaging - gadolinium complex (Gd-N), which can target cancer cells specifically. In the light of our design, the PDT drug can specifically localize on the anionic cell membrane of cancer cells in which its laser-excited photoemission signal can be monitored without triggering the phototoxic generation of reactive oxygen species - singlet oxygen - before due excitation. Comprehensive in vitro and in vivo studies had been conducted for the substantiation of the effectiveness of Gd-N as such a tumor-selective PDT photosensitizer. This treatment modality does initiate a new direction in the development of "precision medicine" in line with stem cell and gene therapies as tools in cancer therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E5492-E5497
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2014


  • Gadolinium
  • Imaging
  • In vivo PDT
  • Survivin
  • Tumor recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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