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Sensitive and selective tumor imaging with novel and highly activatable fluorescence strategies
Author(s): Yasuteru Urano
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Paper Abstract

Nowadays, several tumor imaging modalities such as MRI, PET and fluorescence imaging techniques have been extensively investigated. One of the central problems associated with these conventional tumor-targeted imaging methods, however, is the fact that the signal contrast between tumor and surrounding tissues relies on the efficient targeting to the tumor and the rapid sequestration or excretion of unbound agent. Among these modalities, only fluorescence imaging technique has a significant feature, in that great signal activation could be achieved which potentially leads to the selective imaging of cancer with higher tumor-to-background ratio. In this symposium, I will present some examples of fluorescence cancer imaging based on highly activatable strategies with using precisely designed novel fluorescence probes. Recently, we developed highly sensitive fluorescence probes for β-galactosidase which is applicable for living cell system. By utilizing these probes, we could establish a novel and highly activatable strategy for sensitive and selective optical imaging of imbedded tumor in the peritoneum. We took a two step procedure in that a lectin is used to localize β-galactosidase to cancer cells as an activating enzyme, and subsequent administration of a highly-sensitive fluorescence probe for the enzyme have afforded remarkable fluorescence activation selectively in tumor mass. Since the tumor-targeted enzyme can catalyze numerous substrate turnovers, a great number of fluorescent molecules could be produced and hence the rapid and sensitive detection of tumor in vivo with high tumor-to-background ratio could be achieved. Moreover, the consequent close-up investigation using fluorescence microscopy revealed that cancer microfoci as small as 200 μm could be successfully visualized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6867, Molecular Probes for Biomedical Applications II, 686704 (22 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.764343
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Yasuteru Urano, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6867:
Molecular Probes for Biomedical Applications II
Samuel Achilefu; Darryl J. Bornhop; Ramesh Raghavachari, Editor(s)

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