Novel techniques for imaging biological processes in live animals is changing how cellular activity, effects of drugs, and disease progression are monitored. We offer a range of reagents and kits with Invitrogen near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent dyes and conjugates along with our Qdot probes. Areas of focus include vascular imaging and inflammation as well as optimal antibody labeling.
Non-invasive optical imaging in small animals is best achieved with antibodies or proteins labeled with near-infrared (NIR) fluorophores.
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Optical-based in vivo imaging of vasculature is an emerging modality for studying vascular structure, function and angiogenesis.
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Tracking recruitment to and imaging at the site of inflammation will be important in vivo imaging processes to assess inflammatory diseases and to further study the link between chronic inflammation and cancer.
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T.H. Steinberg, J.K. Nyhus, B. Aggeler, L. Greenfield, and L. Leong
Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Third Annual IN VIVO MOLECULAR IMAGING: Moving from Discovery to Pre-Clinical to Clinical Applications, Nov 2006
We have developed contrast agents with transient vascular imaging properties ranging from a few minutes to a few hours. We show the determination of an optimal degree of labeling (DOL; mole fluorophore/mole probe) for targeted antibodies with an NIR Alexa Fluor dye and demonstrate transient imaging and multiplexed imaging of vascularized tumors in nu/nu mice.
Products used: Alexa Fluor 750 SAIVI Rapid Antibody Labeling Kit, Alexa Fluor 680 SAIVI Rapid Antibody Labeling Kit, Qtracker 655 Vascular Label, and SAIVI Alexa Fluor 750 Injectable Contrast Agent, bovine serum.
Vascular Contrast Agents for Optical in vivo Imaging. J.K. Nyhus, T.H. Steinberg, L. Leong and L. Greenfield. SMI, 2006.
Degree of Labeling (DOL) describes the number of fluorophores per antibody. For in vivo labeling experiments, the DOL is restricted to a narrow range because it has significant consequences for the biodistribution and clearance of the probe. We have determined that the DOL range for the NIR Alexa Fluor dyes is 1.5 to 3 molecules per antibody for optimal optical in vivo imaging.
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