Effect of nonenzymatic glycosylation on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent binding to human serum albumin.
ABSTRACT Enhanced nonenzymatic glycosylation (NEG) of human serum albumin (HSA) is observed in diabetic patients. This modifies some of the physiological functions of HSA, as the binding of ligands. Some gadolinium complexes, commonly used as MRI contrast agents, have a high affinity for HSA, which enhances their efficacy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the possible influence of the NEG of HSA on its affinity for some gadolinium chelates.