In Vivo Biofilm Infection Diagnosis and Treatment
The present invention relates to a method for in vivo detection of a biof?lm infection residing in a mammal, the method comprising (i) administering to the mammal a diagnostic-effective amount of a biofilm-specific probe, wherein the probe comprises a bio film-targeting moiety and a paramagnetic nanoparticle core; and (ii) imaging the mammal to detect the presence of the biof?lm infection by observing the mammal using a magnetic resonance diagnostic technique after the biofilm-specific probe has been provided sufficient time to selectively bind to the bio film infection that may be present in the mammal. The invention also relates to methods of treatment of a bio film infection, and compositions and kits useful in the detection and/or treatment of bio film infections.
SHIRTLIFF MARK E [US]; BRADY REBECCA A [US]; LEID JEFFREY G [US]; VAIL TIMOTHY L [US]; KOFONOW JENNIFER A [US]
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