Gas vesicles as collapsible MRI contrast agents

Microbial gas vesicles have been developed for use as MRI contrast agents whose contrast can be inactivated by applying ultrasound waves to collapse the vesicles.

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Fig. 1: Microbial-derived gas vesicles as contrast agents for MRI.

Courtesy of Mikhail Shapiro (a) and adapted from ref. 2, Macmillan Publishers Ltd (b).


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Bulte, J.W.M. Gas vesicles as collapsible MRI contrast agents. Nature Mater 17, 386–387 (2018).

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