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Findings from University of Toronto Update Understanding of Biological Pigments (Porphysome nanotechnology: A paradigm shift in lipid-based...

August 19, 2014

Findings from University of Toronto Update Understanding of Biological Pigments (Porphysome nanotechnology: A paradigm shift in lipid-based supramolecular structures)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Biological Factors. According to news reporting originating in Toronto, Canada, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The traditional role of lipids in the generation of lipid-based supramolecular structures has predominantly been to serve as building blocks to support the delivery or stabilization of a molecule or structure."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Toronto, "With an introduction to the synthesis of porphyrin-lipid, a porphyrin conjugated to a phospholipid, and the discovery of porphysome nanovesicles, the rote of phospholipids in supramolecular structures has shifted from a simple support to an intrinsic imaging and therapeutic agent. Here we provide an overview of recent developments in the generation of supramolecular structures using porphyrin-lipid and their applications in therapy and imaging, including photothermal therapy, photoacoustic imaging, multimodality imaging and activatable fluorescence imaging and photodynamic therapy."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Furthermore, we introduce several new developments within the field of using organic nanoparticles for thermal-based biomedical applications using other organic nanomaterials."

For more information on this research see: Porphysome nanotechnology: A paradigm shift in lipid-based supramolecular structures. Nano Today, 2014;9(2):212-222. Nano Today can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Nano Today -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Huynh, University of Toronto, Dept. of Med Biophys, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada (see also Biological Factors).

Keywords for this news article include: Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Therapy, Porphyrins, Nanotechnology, Supramolecular, Biological Factors, Biological Pigments, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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