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Attenuation coefficient of the light in skin of BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice
Author(s): C. R. Silva; C. F. M. Camargo; D. P. Aureliano; L. R. De Pretto; A. Z. Freitas; M. S. Ribeiro
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Paper Abstract

Optical properties of the biological tissue play an important role to a correct use of optical techniques for therapy and diagnosis. The mice skin presents morphological differences due to characteristics such as gender, body mass and age. Murine models are frequently used in pre-clinical trials in optical therapy and diagnosis. Therefore, the assessment of the skin tissue in animal models is needed for a proper understanding of how light interacts with skin. Noninvasive techniques such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) have been used to obtain optical information of the tissue, as the attenuation coefficient, with the advantage of obtaining sectional images in real time. In this study, eight female BALB/c albino mice (twenty-four weeks old) and eight male C57BL/6 black mice (eight weeks old) were used to measure the attenuation coefficient of the light in the skin, utilizing the OCT technique, aiming to check for influence of the aging process. Two moments were assessed twenty-two weeks apart from each other. Our data show that the aging process significantly affects the light attenuation coefficient in mice skin. Twenty-two weeks after, statistical significant differences were observed between groups within a same strain. We conclude that light attenuation coefficient of mice skin may be influenced by factors such as disorganization of the dermis. Morphological aspects of skin should be taken into account in studies that involve optical strategies in murine models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9531, Biophotonics South America, 953129 (19 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2181015
Show Author Affiliations
C. R. Silva, IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil)
C. F. M. Camargo, IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil)
D. P. Aureliano, IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil)
L. R. De Pretto, IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil)
A. Z. Freitas, IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil)
M. S. Ribeiro, IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9531:
Biophotonics South America
Cristina Kurachi; Katarina Svanberg; Bruce J. Tromberg; Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato, Editor(s)

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