Stem cell tracking by nanotechnologies

Chiara Villa, Silvia Erratico, Paola Razini, Fabrizio Fiori, Franco Rustichelli, Yvan Torrente, Marzia Belicchi

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Advances in stem cell research have provided important understanding of the cell biology and offered great promise for developing new strategies for tissue regeneration. The beneficial effects of stem cell therapy depend also by the development of new approachs for the track of stem cells in living subjects over time after transplantation. Recent developments in the use of nanotechnologies have contributed to advance of the high-resolution in vivo imaging methods, including positron emission tomography (PET), single-photon emission tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and X-Ray computed microtomography (microCT). This review examines the use of nanotechnologies for stem cell tracking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1081
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • In vivo imaging
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Spio nanoparticles
  • Stem cells
  • X-ray microct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Molecular Biology
  • Catalysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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