Targeted complexes of lanthanide(III) ions as therapeutic and diagnostic pharmaceuticals

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The physical, magnetic and nuclear properties of the lanthanide ions have rendered them ideal for use in both diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceuticals. Recent innovations in biotechnology have opened new possibilities for the design of such pharmaceuticals. By conjugating a suitable targeting vector to the metal chelate it may be possible to target tissue type, cell type, individual proteins and even specific nucleic acid sequences. This review describes recent advances in the targeting of these complexes and discusses their potential in the development of new inorganic pharmaceuticals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Supramolecular Chemistry
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2002



  • Bifunctional chelators
  • Lanthanides
  • MRI contrast agents
  • Radiopharmaceuticals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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