Positron Emission Tomography is an attractive imaging modality for monitoring the migration of cells to pathological tissue. We evaluated a new method for radiolabelling leukocytes with zirconium-89 (89Zr) using chitosan nanoparticles (CN, Z-average size 343 ± 210 nm and zeta potential +46 ± 4 mV) as the carrier. We propose that cell uptake of 89Zr-loaded CN occurred in a two-step process; cell membrane interaction with 89Zr-loaded CN was followed by a slower cell internalisation step.
- leukocyte trafficking
- inflammation imaging