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Size-dependent lymphatic uptake of nanoscale-tailored particles as tumor mass increases

  • Pontus Kjellman
  • Sarah Fredriksson
  • Christian Kjellman
  • Sven-Erik Strand
  • René In 't Zandt
Publishing year: 2015-11
Language: English
Publication/Series: Future science OA
Volume: 1
Issue: 4
Document type: Journal article

Abstract english

AIM: To investigate the size-dependent lymphatic uptake of nanoparticles in mice with rapidly growing syngeneic tumors.

MATERIALS & METHODS: Mice were inoculated subcutaneously with EL4 lymphoma cells and on day 5 or day 6 of tumor growth, injected peritumorally with either 29 nm or 58 nm of ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles. Twenty-four hours later the animals were imaged using MRI.

RESULTS & CONCLUSION: The larger of the two particles can only be detected in the lymph node when injected in animals with 6-day-old tumors while the 29 nm ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle is observed on both time points. Tumor mass greatly impacts the size of particles that are transported to the lymph nodes.


  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging


  • ISSN: 2056-5623
Sven-Erik Strand
E-mail: sven-erik [dot] strand [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Project manager

Systemic Radiation Therapy Group


Professor emeritus

Medical Radiation Physics, Lund