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Central project for the synthesis, analysis and quality control of imaging probes and for histology

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Low-molecular Gd-containing complexes and electrostatically stabilised iron oxide nanoparticles developed in our own group can be used as imaging probes to visualise inflammatory processes in MRI through semispecific interaction with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) of the pathologically altered extracellular matrix. This project aims to microscopically characterise GAGs and contribute to the elucidation of this interaction by providing imaging probes and using special histological methods, also with the integration of the physical-analytical methods of the network. In addition, by coupling the imaging probes to GAG-affine peptides, a more specific labelling of GAGs is to be achieved, initially for microscopy, and prospectively also for in vivo application in the network.

Our team

Project Lead:
Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Taupitz
Dr. med. vet. Jürgen Schnorr

PhD Candidates (PhD) and Postdoctoral Researchers (PostDoc):
Dr. med. vet. Nicola Stolzenburg (PostDoc)
Dr. rer. nat., chem. Ralf Hauptmann (PostDoc)


  • Kratz H, Mohtashamdolatshahi A, Eberbeck D, Kosch O, Wiekhorst F, Taupitz M, Hamm B, Stolzenburg N, Schnorr J. Tailored Magnetic Multicore Nanoparticles for Use as Blood Pool MPI Tracers. Nanomaterials (Basel). 2021 Jun 10;11(6):1532. doi: 10.3390/nano11061532. PMID: 34200588; PMCID: PMC8228684.

  • Mohtashamdolatshahi A, Kratz H, Kosch O, Hauptmann R, Stolzenburg N, Wiekhorst F, Sack I, Hamm B, Taupitz M, Schnorr J. In vivo magnetic particle imaging: angiography of inferior vena cava and aorta in rats using newly developed multicore particles. Sci Rep. 2020 Oct 14;10(1):17247. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-74151-4. PMID: 33057029; PMCID: PMC7560824.

  • Kratz H, Mohtashamdolatshahi A, Eberbeck D, Kosch O, Hauptmann R, Wiekhorst F, Taupitz M, Hamm B, Schnorr J. MPI Phantom Study with A High-Performing Multicore Tracer Made by Coprecipitation. Nanomaterials (Basel). 2019 Oct 16;9(10):1466. doi: 10.3390/nano9101466. PMID: 31623127; PMCID: PMC6835925.

  • Freise C, Querfeld U, Ludwig A, Hamm B, Schnorr J, Taupitz M. Uraemic extracellular vesicles augment osteogenic transdifferentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells via enhanced AKT signalling and PiT-1 expression. J Cell Mol Med. 2021 Jun;25(12):5602-5614. doi: 10.1111/jcmm.16572. Epub 2021 May 7. PMID: 33960650; PMCID: PMC8184672.

  • Silva RV, Morr AS, Mueller S, Koch SP, Boehm-Sturm P, Rodriguez-Sillke Y, Kunkel D, Tzschätzsch H, Kühl AA, Schnorr J, Taupitz M, Sack I, Infante-Duarte C. Contribution of Tissue Inflammation and Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption to Brain Softening in a Mouse Model of Multiple Sclerosis. Front Neurosci. 2021 Aug 23;15:701308. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2021.701308. PMID: 34497486; PMCID: PMC8419310.

  • Uca YO, Hallmann D, Hesse B, Seim C, Stolzenburg N, Pietsch H, Schnorr J, Taupitz M. Microdistribution of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agents in Atherosclerotic Plaques Determined by LA-ICP-MS and SR-μXRF Imaging. Mol Imaging Biol. 2021 Jun;23(3):382-393. doi: 10.1007/s11307-020-01563-z. Epub 2020 Dec 7. PMID: 33289060; PMCID: PMC8099766.

  • Mangarova DB, Brangsch J, Mohtashamdolatshahi A, Kosch O, Paysen H, Wiekhorst F, Klopfleisch R, Buchholz R, Karst U, Taupitz M, Schnorr J, Hamm B, Makowski MR. Ex vivo magnetic particle imaging of vascular inflammation in abdominal aortic aneurysm in a murine model. Sci Rep. 2020 Jul 24;10(1):12410. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-69299-y. PMID: 32709967; PMCID: PMC7381631.

  • Poller WC, Löwa N, Schleicher M, Münster-Wandowski A, Taupitz M, Stangl V, Ludwig A, Wiekhorst F. Initial interaction of citrate-coated iron oxide nanoparticles with the glycocalyx of THP-1 monocytes assessed by real-time magnetic particle spectroscopy and electron microscopy. Sci Rep. 2020 Feb 27;10(1):3591. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-60162-8. PMID: 32107402; PMCID: PMC7046775.

  • Möckel J, Brangsch J, Reimann C, Kaufmann JO, Sack I, Mangarova DB, Kader A, Taupitz M, Adams LC, Keller S, Ludwig A, Hamm B, Botnar RM, Makowski MR. Assessment of Albumin ECM Accumulation and Inflammation as Novel In Vivo Diagnostic Targets for Multi-Target MR Imaging. Biology (Basel). 2021 Sep 27;10(10):964. doi: 10.3390/biology10100964. PMID: 34681063; PMCID: PMC8533611.

  • Kader A, Brangsch J, Kaufmann JO, Zhao J, Mangarova DB, Moeckel J, Adams LC, Sack I, Taupitz M, Hamm B, Makowski MR. Molecular MR Imaging of Prostate Cancer. Biomedicines. 2020 Dec 22;9(1):1. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines9010001. PMID: 33375045; PMCID: PMC7822017.

  • Lee CH, Taupitz M, Asbach P, Lenk J, Haas M. Clinical utility of combined T2-weighted imaging and T2-mapping in the detection of prostate cancer: a multi-observer study. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2020 Sep;10(9):1811-1822. doi: 10.21037/qims-20-222. PMID: 32879859; PMCID: PMC7417765.

  • Wang S, Hesse B, Roman M, Stier D, Castillo-Michel H, Cotte M, Suuronen JP, Lagrange A, Radbruch H, Paul F, Taupitz M, Schellenberger E, Sack I, Infante-Duarte C. Increased Retention of Gadolinium in the Inflamed Brain After Repeated Administration of Gadopentetate Dimeglumine: A Proof-of-Concept Study in Mice Combining ICP-MS and Micro- and Nano-SR-XRF. Invest Radiol. 2019 Oct;54(10):617-626. doi: 10.1097/RLI.0000000000000571. PMID: 31033673.