Gold/Copper@Polydopamine Nanocomposite for Contrast-Enhanced Dual Modal Computed Tomography-Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Or Perlman, Alexander Borodetsky, Yaron Kauffmann, Yosi Shamay, Haim Azhari, Iris Sonia Weitz*

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Bimetallic nanostructures can be attractive contrast-enhancing materials for dual modal imaging, allowing improved diagnosis ability using two different physical phenomena, following administration of a single nanoagent. In this research, the potential of the biocompatible polydopamine (PDA) was explored as a binding matrix to produce CuO NPs embedded in a PDA matrix (CuO@PDA nanocomposite). PDA was then tested as a reducing agent for both CuO NPs and HAuCl4 to yield a PDA composite embedded with gold nanoparticles and copper species, readily available for CT-MRI contrast enhancement. Moreover, in vitro cytotoxicity evaluation implied the low cytotoxicity of Au/Cu@PDA nanocomposite. The procedure, characterization, and imaging experiments focused on a representative Au:Cu atomic ratio of 86:14. The resulting longitudinal magnetic relaxation (T1) and X-ray attenuation properties of the nanocomposite are characterized by using phantom experiments and an ex vivo poultry heart model, demonstrating a consistent contrast improvement with both MRI and CT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6124-6134
Number of pages11
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
Issue number10
StatePublished - 25 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Au/Cu
  • CT
  • MRI
  • contrast agent
  • nanocomposite
  • nanoparticle
  • polydopamine


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