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CuCo 2 S 4 nanocrystals: a new platform for multimodal imaging guided photothermal therapy

Xiaojuan Huang, Guoying Deng, Lijun Liao, Wenlong Zhang, Guoqiang Guan, Feng Zhou, Zhiyin Xiao, Rujia Zou, Qian Wang, Junqing Hu
Nanoscale 2017 February 16, 9 (7): 2626-2632
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Multifunctional nanomaterials open an avenue for the integration of cancer treatment and diagnosis, trending towards the clinical application of nanomedicines in future. Herein, we synthesized biocompatible CuCo2 S4 nanocrystals (NCs) via a simple reflux method and unitized them as a new theranostic platform, where an intense near-infrared (NIR) absorption offers the CuCo2 S4 NCs a perfect photothermal performance and photoacoustic (PA) imaging ability; the magnetic characteristic of Co allows them to serve as an enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent. The in vitro and in vivo experiments demonstrated their good biocompatibility, non-toxicity and perfect photothermal conversion performance and further confirmed that HeLa tumors could be effectively thermal-ablated upon the assistance of the CuCo2 S4 NCs. This work introduces the first bioapplication of the CuCo2 S4 NCs and promotes theranostics based on other ternary compounds.

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