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Magnetic control of cellular processes using biofunctional nanoparticles

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Abstract

Remote control of cellular functions is a key challenge in biomedical research. Only a few tools are currently capable of manipulating cellular events at distance, at spatial and temporal scales matching their naturally active range. A promising approach, often referred to as ‘magnetogenetics’, is based on the use of magnetic fields, in conjunction with targeted biofunctional magnetic nanoparticles. By triggering molecular stimuli via mechanical, thermal or biochemical perturbations, magnetic actuation constitutes a highly versatile tool with numerous applications in fundamental research as well as exciting prospects in nano- and regenerative medicine. Here, we highlight recent studies, comment on the advancement of magnetic manipulation, and discuss remaining challenges.

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The article was received on 01 Apr 2017, accepted on 07 Aug 2017 and first published on 09 Aug 2017


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C7SC01462G
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2017,8, 7330-7338
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    Magnetic control of cellular processes using biofunctional nanoparticles

    C. Monzel, C. Vicario, J. Piehler, M. Coppey and M. Dahan, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 7330
    DOI: 10.1039/C7SC01462G

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