This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Imaging contrast agents (or contrast media) are a category of diagnostic pharmaceuticals for enhancing the image contrast of organs/tissues and for displaying the organ function in medical imaging. Macromolecular contrast agents have found their important role in the characterization of microvascular permeability/leakiness of tumor vessels, due to their blood-pool characteristics. New polyethyleneglycol (PEG)-core dendrimeric contrast agents with well-defined structure, high degree of size homogeneity, synthetic flexibility, and high effectiveness in imaging, have been synthesized. Their average molecular weights (MW) and MW distribution will be obtained from mass spectrometry, which info will be highly valuable for the study of their structure-property relationship and for the guidance of our synthetic optimization. In addition, those new small molecular intermediates, which are attributed to the image contrast, need the structure characterization by mass spectrometry. For different macromolecular derivatives (MW 3,000 - 90,000), matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry is used for the measurements of their MW and MW distributions. For small molecular compounds (MW 100 - 2000), electron spray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry is applicable. Mass spectra data will be correlated with the data from physical and imaging measurements, the relationship among chemical, physical and imaging properties will be sought for this new class of dendrimeric contrast agents. The mass spectra data are highly important and valuable in the synthesis of our new PEG-core dendrimeric contrast agents for cancer imaging.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR001614-29
Application #
8363734
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-M (40))
Project Start
2011-06-01
Project End
2012-05-31
Budget Start
2011-06-01
Budget End
2012-05-31
Support Year
29
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$17
Indirect Cost
Name
University of California San Francisco
Department
Pharmacology
Type
Schools of Pharmacy
DUNS #
094878337
City
San Francisco
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
94143
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