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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Human brain cancer studied by resonance Raman spectroscopy
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Paper Abstract

The resonance Raman (RR) spectra of six types of human brain tissues are examined using a confocal micro-Raman system with 532-nm excitation in vitro. Forty-three RR spectra from seven subjects are investigated. The spectral peaks from malignant meningioma, stage III (cancer), benign meningioma (benign), normal meningeal tissues (normal), glioblastoma multiforme grade IV (cancer), acoustic neuroma (benign), and pituitary adenoma (benign) are analyzed. Using a 532-nm excitation, the resonance-enhanced peak at 1548cm-1 (amide II) is observed in all of the tissue specimens, but is not observed in the spectra collected using the nonresonance Raman system. An increase in the intensity ratio of 1587 to 1605cm-1 is observed in the RR spectra collected from meningeal cancer tissue as compared with the spectra collected from the benign and normal meningeal tissue. The peak around 1732cm-1 attributed to fatty acids (lipids) are diminished in the spectra collected from the meningeal cancer tumors as compared with the spectra from normal and benign tissues. The characteristic band of spectral peaks observed between 2800 and 3100cm-1 are attributed to the vibrations of methyl (-CH3) and methylene (-CH2-) groups. The ratio of the intensities of the spectral peaks of 2935 to 2880cm-1 from the meningeal cancer tissues is found to be lower in comparison with that of the spectral peaks from normal, and benign tissues, which may be used as a distinct marker for distinguishing cancerous tissues from normal meningeal tissues. The statistical methods of principal component analysis and the support vector machine are used to analyze the RR spectral data collected from meningeal tissues, yielding a diagnostic sensitivity of 90.9% and specificity of 100% when two principal components are used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2012
PDF: 7 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(11) 116021 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.11.116021
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Yan Zhou, The General Hospital of the Air Force, PLA (China)
Cheng-hui Liu, The City College of New York (United States)
Yi Sun, The City College of New York (United States)
Yang Pu, The City College of New York (United States)
Susie Boydston-White, Borough of Manhattan Community College (United States)
Yulong Liu, Institute of Physics (China)
Robert R. Alfano, The City College of New York (United States)


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