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Real-time photoacoustic flow cytography and photothermolysis of single circulating melanoma cells in vivo
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Paper Abstract

Metastasis is responsible for as many as 90% of cancer-related deaths, and the deadliest skin cancer, melanoma, has a high propensity for metastasis. Since hematogenous spread of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is cancer’s main route of metastasis, detecting and destroying CTCs can impede metastasis and improve patients’ prognoses. Extensive studies employing exogenous agents to detect tumor-specific biomarkers and guide therapeutics to CTCs have achieved promising results, but biosafety remains a critical concern. Taking another approach, physical detection and destruction of CTCs is a safer way to evaluate and reduce metastasis risks. Melanoma cells strongly express melanosomes, providing a striking absorption contrast with the blood background in the red to near-infrared spectrum. Exploiting this intrinsic optical absorption contrast of circulating melanoma cells, we coupled dual-wavelength photoacoustic flow cytography with a nanosecond-pulsed laser killing mechanism that specifically targets melanoma CTCs. We have successfully achieved in vivo label-free imaging of rare single CTCs and CTC clusters in mice. Further, the photoacoustic signal from a CTC immediately hardware-triggers a lethal pinpoint laser irradiation that lyses it on the spot in a thermally confined manner. Our technology can facilitate early inhibition of metastasis by clearing circulating tumor cells from vasculature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10064, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2017, 100641E (23 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2255068
Show Author Affiliations
Yun He, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Lidai Wang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Junhui Shi, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Junjie Yao, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Lei Li, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Ruiying Zhang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Chih-Hsien Huang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Jun Zou, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10064:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2017
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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