A superfluorinated molecular probe for highly sensitive in vivo 19F-MRI

Ilaria Tirotta, Alfonso Mastropietro, Chiara Cordiglieri, Lara Gazzera, Fulvio Baggi, Giuseppe Baselli, Maria Grazia Bruzzone, Ileana Zucca, Gabriella Cavallo, Giancarlo Terraneo, Francesca Baldelli Bombelli, Pierangelo Metrangolo, Giuseppe Resnati

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19F-MRI offers unique opportunities to image diseases and track cells and therapeutic agents in vivo. Herein we report a superfluorinated molecular probe, herein called PERFECTA, possessing excellent cellular compatibility, and whose spectral properties, relaxation times, and sensitivity are promising for in vivo 19F-MRI applications. The molecule, which bears 36 equivalent 19F atoms and shows a single intense resonance peak, is easily synthesized via a simple one-step reaction and is formulated in water with high stability using trivial reagents and methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8524-8527
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 18 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Medicine(all)


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