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In vivo MR techniques in drug discovery and development by Nicolau Beckman

By Nicolau Beckman

Imaging applied sciences are receiving a lot recognition within the pharmaceutical due to their strength for accelerating drug discovery and improvement. Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging is likely one of the primary modalities because it permits anatomical, useful, metabolic, and to a undeniable quantity even target-related info to be amassed in vivo at excessive answer, favoring the characterization of a ailment kingdom and the corresponding drug intervention. The non-invasiveness of MR strengthens the hyperlink among preclinical and medical pharmaceutical study, contributing to enhance the characterization of compound results in early phases of the invention approach on the way to bring up the possibilities of luck in later stages of drug improvement. Edited by way of a number one researcher in MR know-how, with contributions from most popular specialists in academia and the pharmaceutical undefined, this name illustrates using MR concepts through the drug discovery and improvement technique, from objective id and validation to medical reports. quite a few chapters concentrate on person disorder parts, together with neurological, cardiac, and pulmonary issues, melanoma reviews, diabetes, arthritis, strong organ transplantation, and stem cell-based remedies, displaying that varied imaging ideas are wanted for particular organs.

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Due to its limited sensitivity, MRI is of restricted value for detecting molecular processes in vivo. Nevertheless, its high spatial resolution provides the exquisite anatomical reference for molecular data obtained with high sensitivity, low resolution imaging modalities. This can be achieved by postprocessing of data obtained in different imaging sessions or by simultaneous multimodality small animal imaging, such as PETMRI [112,113] and PET-CT [114]. Combining imaging data requires compatibility of data formats for the various modalities as well as sophisticated software tools for image coregistration (fusion), data visualization, and integration across modalities.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a biomarker is a characteristic that is objectively measured and evaluated as an indicator of normal biological processes, pathogenic processes, or pharmacologic responses to a therapeutic intervention [6]. In our context, a biomarker can be considered a bioanalytical readout with diagnostic and prognostic quality that can be used for the identification of a pathology and for monitoring its progression, and for the evaluation of therapeutic interventions.

The design of MR contrast agents for molecular imaging in vivo is extensively discussed in Chapter 4. 7 CONCLUDING REMARKS The impact that MR techniques may exert on the complex drug discovery process is basically determined by three factors: 1. The multiparameteric contrast is of high diagnostic value increasing the chances to detect pathological transformation of tissue.

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