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J Appl Toxicol 2017 Nov;37(11):1297-304

In vivo noninvasive analysis of graphene nanomaterial pharmacokinetics using photoacoustic flow cytometry.

Nedosekin DA, Nolan J, Cai C, Bourdo SE, Nima Z, Biris AS, Zharov VP


Graphene-based nanomaterials (GBNs) are quickly revolutionizing modern electronics, energy generation and storage, clothing and biomedical devices. Due to GBN's variety of physical and chemical parameters that define their toxicity and their aggregation in suspension, interpreting its toxicology without accurate information on graphene's distribution and behavior in live organisms is challenging. In this work, we present a laser-based optical detection methodology for noninvasive detection and pharmacokinetics analysis of GBNs directly in blood flow in mice using in vivo photoacoustic (PA) flow cytometry (PAFC). PAFC provides unique insight on how chemical modifications of GBNs affect their distribution in blood circulation and how quickly they are eliminated from the flow. Overall, PAFC provided unique data crucial for understanding GBN toxicity through real-time detection of GBNs using their intrinsic light absorption contrast.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #28524252 DOI: 10.1002/jat.3467
PubMed Central ID: #PMC5610617
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Toxicological Research
Entry Created: 2017-05-23 Entry Last Modified: 2017-10-15