Oliviero Gobbo1, 2, Friedrich Wetterling3, Kieran Crosbie-Staunton2, Peter Vaes4, Stephanie Teughels4, Farouk Markos5, Marek Radomski1, Adriele Prina-Mello2, Yuri Volkov2
1School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; 2School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; 3School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; 4PEPRIC nv, Leuven, Belgium; 5Physiology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
The biodistribution of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIO) was evaluated in a mouse model using MRI measurements and a new analytical technique based on particle electron paramagnetic resonance (pEPR). Additionally, the pEPR results were also compared to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) iron analysis. Our results indicate that both techniques were equally sensitive. The iron measurements by pEPR in the organs were consistent with signal intensity changes recorded by MRI. Overall the data showed that this new technique is suitable for pharmacokinetic and biodistribution studies of SPIO.