Benjamin Marty1, Franoise Geffroy1, Boucif Djemai1, Benoit Theze2, Aline Perrin1, Caroline Robic3, Marc Port3, Philippe Robert3, Denis Le Bihan1, Franck Lethimonnier1, Sbastien Mriaux1
Molecular magnetic resonance imaging is an increasingly used tool to investigate tumors angiogenic activity. Here we used a high relaxivity Gadolinium based (Gd-based) emulsion grafted with RGD peptides to target αvβ3 protein over-expressed during tumor angiogenesis induced in mice brain. This study proposes to quantify the Gd-based emulsion concentration by acquiring dynamic T1 maps. Thanks to this methodology we are able to detect and quantify the accumulation of contrast agent in the tumor after its intravenous injection. A proof of concept of its binding was obtained in vivo with brain tumors induced in nude mice, and was confirmed by histology.