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Magnetic control of cellular processes using biofunctional nanoparticles

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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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Submitted
01 Apr 2017
Accepted
07 Aug 2017
First published
09 Aug 2017

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

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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