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Fluorescence imaging of vascular endothelial growth factor in mice tumors using targeted liposome ICG probe
Author(s): Saeid Zanganeh; Yan Xu; Marina V. Backer; Joseph M. Backer; Quing Zhu
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Paper Abstract

Indocyanine Green encapsulating liposomes (Lip/ICG) and scVEGF-Lip/ICG liposomes, decorated with site-specifically lipidated engineered single-chain vascular endothelial growth factor (scVEGF) for targeting VEGF receptors were tested as potential tracers for fluorescent tomography. Two groups of experiments were conducted with tumor-bearing mice (n=4 to 6 per group) with tumors placed in a scattering medium at the imaging depths of 1.5 and 2.0 cm. Lip/ICG and scVEGF-Lip/ICG were injected intravenously in the amounts corresponding to 5 nmol of ICG/mouse. We detected kinetics of increase and decline in fluorescent signals in tumors for both imaging depths and for both targeted and untargeted Lip/ICG. Maximum fluorescent signals were approximately 2-fold higher at 1.5 cm vs. 2.0 cm imaging. A signal from untargeted Lip/ICG reached maximum at 15 min post-injection and then rapidly declined with t1/2 ~15 min. In contrast, a signal from targeted scVEGF-Lip/ICG reached maximum at 30 min post-injection and then slow declined with t1/2 ~60-90 min. Preferential retention of scVEGF-Lip(ICG) vs. Lip(ICG) was confirmed by the analysis of fluorescence in cryosections of corresponding tumors, harvested at 400 min post-injection. Our results suggest that targeted scVEGF-Lip/ICG can provide for significantly better post-injection time window for detection of relatively deeply seated tumors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8578, Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue X, 85782O (25 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007296
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Saeid Zanganeh, The Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Yan Xu, The Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Marina V. Backer, The Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Joseph M. Backer, The Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Quing Zhu, The Univ. of Connecticut (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8578:
Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue X
Bruce J. Tromberg; Arjun G. Yodh; Eva Marie Sevick-Muraca, Editor(s)

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