Ex Vivo and In Vivo Noninvasive Imaging of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Inhibition on Colon Tumorigenesis Using Activatable Near-Infrared Fluorescent Probes.


Journal Article

Near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging combined with enzyme-activatable NIRF probes has yielded promising results in cancer detection.To test whether 3-dimensional (3-D) noninvasive in vivo NIRF imaging can detect effects of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor on both polypoid and flat tumor load in azoxymethane (AOM)-induced colon tumors or tumors in ApcMin/+ mice.The AOM-injected KK-HIJ mice received EGFR inhibitor diet or chow diet. These and ApcMin/+ mice were given cathepsin-activatable probes (ProSense 680) before imaging. In vivo imaging was performed using quantitative tomographic NIRF imaging. Ex vivo imaging and histologic examination were performed. Dual imaging by micro computed tomography (CT) and 3D NIRF imaging was used to verify tumor location.Tumor load reduction by EGFR inhibition was detected ex vivo using cathepsin B probes. In vivo imaging revealed intense activation of probes only in large tumors. Dual imaging with microCT and 3D NIRF imaging improved tumor detection in vivo.The 3-D NIRF imaging with ProSense 680 can detect and quantify drug effects on colon tumors ex vivo. The NIRF imaging with ProSense 680 probe has limitations as a valid nonendoscopic method for intestinal tumor detection. Combing with other imaging modalities will improve the specificity and sensitivity of intestinal tumor detection in vivo.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ding, S; Blue, RE; Moorefield, E; Yuan, H; Lund, PK

Published Date

  • January 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 /

Start / End Page

  • 1536012117729044 -

PubMed ID

  • 28884622

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28884622

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-0121

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1535-3508

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1536012117729044


  • eng