Magnetic nano/micro-particles based on clinoptilolite-type of natural zeolite (CZ) were fabricated and were expected to act as carriers for controlled drug delivery/release, imaging and local heating in biological systems. Adsorption of rhodamine B, sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanine and hypericin by magnetic CZ nano/micro-particles was investigated, as was the release of hypericin. Using an alternating magnetic field, local temperature increase by 10 °C in animal tissue with injected magnetic CZ particles was demonstrated. In addition, the CZ-based particles have been found to exhibit an anti-amyloidogenic effect on the amyloid aggregation of insulin and lysozyme in a dose- and temperature-dependent manner. Therefore, the mesoporous structure of CZ particles provided a unique platform for preparation of multifunctional magnetic and optical probes suitable for optical imaging, MRI, thermo- and phototherapy and as effective containers for controlled drug delivery. We concluded that magnetic CZ nano/micro-particles could be evaluated for further application in cancer hyperthermia therapy and as anti-amyloidogenic agents.
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