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Noninvasive and real-time monitoring of molecular targeting therapy for lymph node and peritoneal metastasis in nude mice bearing xenografts of human colorectal cancer cells tagged with GFP and DsRed
Author(s): Hayao Nakanishi; Masayasu Hara; Yuzuru Ikehara; Masae Tatematsu
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Paper Abstract

We have developed an in vivo imaging system consisting of GFP- and DsRed-tagged human colonic cancer cell line, which has peritoneal and lymph node metastatic potential and show high sensitivity to EGFR targeting drugs, and convenient detection devices for GFP and DsRed. The latter includes a small handy fluorescence detection device for external monitoring of the therapeutic effect of the drug and a convenient stereo fluorescent microscope for internal visualization of micrometastases. We applied this imaging system to investigate anti-metastatic effects of EGFR targeting drugs such as gefitinib (Iressa). This system allowed sensitive detection of the development of peritoneal and lymph node metastases from the micrometastasis stage at the cellular level and also permited noninvasive, non-anesthetic monitoring of anti-metastatic effect of the drug in an animal facility without any pretreatment. Significant decreases in the intraabdominal metastatic tumor growth and prevention of inguinal lymph node metastasis by gefitinib treatment could be clearly monitored. These results suggest that convenient, low-cost, true real-time monitoring of therapeutic effect using such a fluorescence-mediated whole body imaging system seems to enhance the speed of preclinical study for novel anti-cancer agents and will allow us to understand the action mechanism of molecular targeting drugs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6449, Genetically Engineered and Optical Probes for Biomedical Applications IV, 644910 (3 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.714469
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Hayao Nakanishi, Aichi Cancer Ctr. Research Institute (Japan)
Masayasu Hara, Aichi Cancer Ctr. Research Institute (Japan)
Yuzuru Ikehara, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
Masae Tatematsu, Aichi Cancer Ctr. Research Institute (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6449:
Genetically Engineered and Optical Probes for Biomedical Applications IV
Samuel Achilefu; Alexander Pavlovich Savitsky; Rebekka M. Wachter; Darryl J. Bornhop; Ramesh Raghavachari, Editor(s)

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