- Nicholas Bernier University of California, Los Angeles ,
- James Teh Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ,
- Derek Reichel Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ,
- Joanne Zahorsky-Reeves David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA ,
- J. Manuel Perez Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ,
- Alexander Spokoyny University of California, Los Angeles
Host-guest interactions represent a growing research area with recent work demonstrating an ability to chemically manipulate both host molecules as well as guest molecules to vary the type and strength of bonding. Much less is known about the interactions of guest molecules and hybrid materials containing similar chemical features to typical macrocyclic hosts. This work uses in vitro and in vivo kinetic analyses to investigate the interaction of closo-dodecahydrododecaborate derivatives with ferumoxytol, an iron oxide nanoparticle with a carboxylated dextran coating. We find that several boron cluster derivatives can become encapsulated into ferumoxytol and the lack of pH dependence in these interactions suggests that ion pairing, hydrophobic/hydrophilic, or hydrogen bonding are not the driving force for encapsulation in this system. Biodistribution experiments in BALB/c mice show that this system is nontoxic at the reported dosage and demonstrate that encapsulation of dodecaborate-based clusters in ferumoxytol can alter the biodistribution of guest molecules.