Liposome−gold nanorod hybrids for high-resolution visualization deep in tissues

The design of liposome−nanoparticle hybrids offers a rich toolbox for the fabrication of multifunctional modalities. A self-assembled liposome− gold nanorod hybrid vesicular system that consists of lipidbilayer- associated gold nanorods designed to allow deep tissue detection, therapy, and monitoring in living animals using multispectral optoacoustic tomography has been fabricated and characterized in vitro and in vivo.