Functional, cross-linked nanostructures for tandem optical imaging and therapy
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The present invention provides optical agents comprising optically functional cross linked supramolecular structures and assemblies useful for tandem optical imaging and therapy. Supramolecular structures and assemblies of the present invention include optically functional shell-cross linked micelles wherein optical functionality is achieved via incorporation of one or more linking groups that include one or more photoactive moieties. The present invention further includes imaging and therapeutic methods using one or more optical agents of the present invention including optically functional shell cross-linked micelles having an associated therapeutic agent.
Neumann, William L.; Dorshow, Richard B.; Freskos, John N.; Wooley, Karen L.; Lee, Nam S.; Lin, Yun; Sun, Guorong (5/30). Functional, cross-linked nanostructures for tandem optical imaging and therapy. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from