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      1. Author :
        Cheung, Alison M.; Brown, Allison S.; Shaked, Yuval; Franco, Marcela; Kerbel, Robert S.; Foster, F. S.
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      3. Type :
        Journal Article
      4. Year :
        2006
      5. Publication :
        AACR Meeting Abstracts
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      7. Volume :
        2006
      8. Issue :
        1
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      11. Keywords :
        Bioware; PC-3M-luc; hVEGF-luc-PC3M
      12. Abstract :
        Background: Preclinical cancer studies increasingly utilize non-invasive imaging modalities. In the current study we have monitored tumor growth and vascular changes using two in vivo imaging tools: surface bioluminescence (BLI) and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). BLI permits visualization of tumor location in the context of the whole body, including metastases localization. UBM imaging then permits high resolution 3D volumetric tumor measurements as well as blood flow estimates down to 200 microns/s. Measurements obtained from these complementary modalities were analyzed and compared to conventional, biochemical markers. Methods: Human prostate cancer cells expressing Firefly Luciferase constitutively (PC-3M-luc-C6) or under the control of hVEGF promoter (hVEGF-luc/PC3M) were implanted into male nude mice via an intradermal or subcutaneous injection. Tumor-bearing mice were subsequently imaged every week for nine weeks starting at week 2, by UBM to measure tumor burden using 3D volumetric analysis, or to estimate blood flow using speckle-variance flow processing. Surface bioluminescence was also acquired 10 minutes post i.p. injection of D-luciferin. In a longitudinal drug intervention study anti-hVEGF antibody (Bevacizumab, 200 ug) was injected i.p. into nude mice with subcutaneous xenografts of PC-3M-luc-C6 or hVEGF-luc/PC-3M twice per week for three weeks, starting at 14 days post-xenograft. UBM and surface BLI imaging were conducted every week. In order to study the correlation between VEGF expression in hVEGF-luc/PC3M xenografts (estimated by BLI) to tumor hypoxia level, mice were injected with pimonidazole hydrochloride (60 mg/kg i.v.) after three weeks of treatment and tumors were harvested for immunostaining analysis. Results: Surface BLI outputs (photons/s) from subcutaneous PC-3M-luc-C6 xenografts were highly correlated to tumor volumes measured using 3D UBM for small tumors (<100 mm3, r=0.92, n=8), yet poorly correlated to tumors of large size (>100 mm3, r=0.079, n=8). BLI signals in subcutaneous hVEGF-luc/PC3M xenografts showed an inverse trend to tumor blood flow. PC-3M-luc-C6 tumors treated with Bevacizumab showed growth inhibition by day 28 as demonstrated by 3D UBM (control vs treated = 67.27 vs 48.54 mm3). Moreover, control xenografts showed increased average BLI output over time, whereas treated tumors showed variation in BLI output. Necrosis, hypoxia and blood flow estimates were also investigated. Conclusions: Surface bioluminescence imaging demonstrated high correlations to accurate 3D UBM volumetric measurements of small tumor volumes, suggesting its usefulness in tracking early tumor growth quantitatively in drug intervention studies. A complementary imaging modality, like ultrasound biomicroscopy, is recommended to monitor tumor burden in advanced stages.
      13. URL :
        http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2006/1/646-a
      14. Call Number :
        PKI @ catherine.lautenschlager @
      15. Serial :
        8977
      1. Author :
        Hunter, John J.; Neben, Tamlyn Yee; Purchio, Tony; Jenkins, Darlene
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      3. Type :
        Journal Article
      4. Year :
        2005
      5. Publication :
        AACR Meeting Abstracts
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      7. Volume :
        2005
      8. Issue :
        1
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      11. Keywords :
        Bioware; SKOV3-luc-D3 cells
      12. Abstract :
        Peritoneal dissemination is a common feature of human ovarian carcinoma. While this can be mimicked in preclinical models by intraperitoneal injection of human ovarian tumor cells into immunocompromised mice, the resulting tumor burden is difficult to monitor and quantify. Intraperitoneal tumor growth is typically evaluated indirectly by measured changes in mouse abdominal girth and body weight or, directly, by macroscopic and histological examination at the endpoint of the study. In order to establish a model system that allows continuous and accurate assessment of ovarian cancer growth and spread over time we transfected SKOV-3 cells with the firefly luciferase gene. The resulting cell line, SKOV3-luc-D3, expresses stable levels of luciferase in vitro and emits a strong luminescent signal when exposed to luciferin. Xenograft tumors established with this cell line can be tracked and quantified non-invasively by bioluminescent imaging using a highly sensitive, cooled CCD camera (IVIS(R) Imaging System, Xenogen Corp). In addition to providing a direct measure of primary tumor burden and growth, the SKOV3-luc-D3 cell line also allows for real-time evaluation of tumor response to various therapeutic agents, as well as enhanced detection of distal metastases.
      13. URL :
        http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2005/1/256-b
      14. Call Number :
        PKI @ catherine.lautenschlager @
      15. Serial :
        9014
      1. Author :
        Jenkins, Darlene E.; Hornig, Yvette S.; Oei, Yoko A.; Yu, Shang-Fan; Dusich, Joan M.; Jenkins, Darlene E.; Purchio, Tony; Hornig, Yvette S.; Oei, Yoko A.; Yu, Shang-Fan; Dusich, Joan M.; Purchio, Tony
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      3. Type :
        Journal Article
      4. Year :
        2004
      5. Publication :
        AACR Meeting Abstracts
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      7. Volume :
        2004
      8. Issue :
        1
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      11. Keywords :
        Bioware; MCF-7-luc-F5 cells
      12. Abstract :
        A clonal human tumor cell line expressing firefly luciferase, MCF-7-luc-F5, was developed from parental MCF-7 breast carcinoma cells and characterized for bioluminescence in vitro and in vivo. As few as twenty cells were detectable in vitro and average bioluminescence measured approximately 680 photons/sec/cell. Tumorigenesis of MCF-7-luc-F5 cells was assessed with and without estrogen supplement in vivo following injection of cells into the mammary fat pad of nude-beige mice. Continuous tumor growth was observed by weekly bioluminescent imaging in mice receiving a slow release (60 day) estrogen pellet implant (0.36 mg/pellet), while no tumor growth occurred in mice without estrogen supplement. Caliper measurements of tumor volume indicated similar results. A kinetic analysis of luciferase activity in vivo demonstrated that peak signals were evident approximately 12-15 minutes after injection of luciferin substrate and were maintained at a relatively stable level for at least another 20-25 minutes. Spontaneous metastasis from the primary mammary fat pad tumor to thoracic and axillary regions was observed in vivo in 50% of the animals. Subsequent ex vivo images and histology identified metastatic sites in lung, rib, or lymph nodes depending on the mouse. Standard drug treatment on primary and secondary tumor growth was also monitored by bioluminescent imaging.
      13. URL :
        http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2004/1/1179-c
      14. Call Number :
        PKI @ catherine.lautenschlager @
      15. Serial :
        9011
      1. Author :
        Neben, Tamlyn Yee; Clermont, Anne O.; Esposito, Lin; Oei, Yoko; Neben, Tamlyn Yee; Jenkins, Darlene E.; Clermont, Anne O.; Esposito, Lin; Oei, Yoko; Jenkins, Darlene E.
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      3. Type :
        Journal Article
      4. Year :
        2005
      5. Publication :
        AACR Meeting Abstracts
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      7. Volume :
        2005
      8. Issue :
        1
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      11. Keywords :
        Bioware; Lovo-6-luc-1 cells
      12. Abstract :
        Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States with an estimated 130,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Many cases are asymptomatic and not diagnosed until late stage of disease. Identification of primary tumors at an earlier stage is advantageous in treatment planning and aids in decreasing the morbidity/mortality rate from recurrence. The aim of our studies is to establish a xenograft system for monitoring tumor growth and metastasis in vivo which allows continual evaluation of drug and drug regimen efficacy at all stages of tumor progression. LoVo-6-luc-1, a luciferase expressing cell line derived from LoVo human colorectal adenocarcinoma cells, was injected by various routes (subcutaneous, intraperitoneal and intracecal) into female SCID-bg mice. Tumor growth and metastatic spread was monitored weekly by in vivo imaging using the Xenogen IVISTM imaging platform. Visible bioluminescence signals were detected immediately after injection and high tumor take was seen in all of the models. In the subcutaneous model, we found a high correlation between mean bioluminescence and mean tumor volume. In the intraperitoneal and ceacum injected models, the onset of tumor spread was rapid and ex vivo imaging confirmed metastasis to multiple organs such as liver, lung, kidney, adrenal gland, spleen and ovary.
      13. URL :
        http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2005/1/908-d
      14. Call Number :
        PKI @ catherine.lautenschlager @
      15. Serial :
        9016
      1. Author :
        Dernell, William S.
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      3. Type :
        Journal Article
      4. Year :
        2005
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      11. Keywords :
        *Breast Cancer; *Chemotherapy; *Genes; *Luciferase; Anatomy and Physiology; Biochemistry; Bioware; Cells(Biology); Diseases; Drugs; Efficacy; Gel Polymers; Gels; Growth(Physiology); Humans; Image Processing; In Vitro Analysis.; In Vivo Analysis; Luciferase Genes; Medicine and Medical Research; Metastasis; Mouse Models; Paclitaxel Sensitivity; Poloxamer Polymers; Polymers; Preclinical Evaluations; surgery; Synergism; Toxicity; Tumor Cell Lines
      12. Abstract :
        This project evaluated paclitaxel chemotherapy delivery from a gel polymer system placed into a wound bed following conservative (marginal) surgical removal of human breast cancers grown in nude mice. This delivery method was shown to control local tumor disease as well as assist in control of systemic metastasis. We established 5 human breast cancer cell lines within our laboratory. We elected purchase and implement a unique (luciferase) imaging system which allows in vivo imaging of tumor growth and metastasis (and subsequently decrease animal use). Tumor cell lines were transfected with the luciferase gene. In vitro testing of cell lines established paclitaxel sensitivity and showed a synergistic effect of delivering paclitaxel by the poloxamer polymer, especially for the chemotherapy resistant cell line, MCF-7-ADR. We completed the simultaneous evaluation of local and systemic toxicity, local, regional and systemic distribution and local and systemic efficacy of locally delivered paclitaxel chemotherapy following tumor removal using the MCF-7-ADR cell line in nude mice. Intracavitary administration of taxol in poloxamer was well tolerated (locally and systemically) afld resulted in significantly improved control of local tumor regrowth and comparable control of metastasis following marginal tumor removal as compared to intravenous paclitaxel (parent drug) . Sustained drug levels (from polymer delivery) were seen in plasma and liver tissue at 60 days.
      13. URL :
        http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA437225
      14. Call Number :
        PKI @ catherine.lautenschlager @
      15. Serial :
        8994
      1. Author :
        De Kwaadsteniet, Michele
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        Journal Article
      4. Year :
        2009
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      11. Keywords :
        Antibiotics -- Therapeutic use; Bacteriocins; Bioware; Dissertations -- Microbiology; Drug resistance in microorganisms; Nisin; Respiratory infections -- Treatment; Skin -- Infections -- Treatment; Staphylococcus aureus; Theses -- Microbiology; Xen29
      12. Abstract :
        Multidrug resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus is presenting an increasing threat, especially immune compromised individuals. Many of these strains have developed resistance to newly approved drugs such as quinupristin-dalfopristin, linezolid and daptomycin. The search for alternative treatment, including bacteriocins (ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptides) of lactic acid bacteria is increasing . Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis F10, isolated from freshwater catfish, produced a new nisin variant active against clinical strains of S. aureus. The operon encoding nisin F is located on a plasmid and the structural gene has been sequenced. The lantibiotic is closely related to nisin Z, except at position 30 where valine replaced isoleucine. The antimicrobial activity of nisin F against S. aureus was tested in the respiratory tract of Wistar rats. Non-immunosuppressed and immunosuppressed rats were intranasally infected with S. aureus K and then treated with either nisin F or sterile physiological saline. Nisin F protected immunosuppressed rats against S. aureus, as symptoms of an infection were only detected in the trachea and lungs of immunosuppressed rats treated with saline. The safety of intranasally administered nisin F was also evaluated and proved to have no adverse side effects. The potential of nisin F as an antimicrobial agent to treat subcutaneous skin infections was evaluated by infecting C57BL/6 mice with a bioluminescent strain of S. aureus (Xen 36). Immunosuppressed mice were treated with either nisin F or sterile physiological saline 24 h and 48 h after infection with subcutaneously injected S. aureus Xen 36. Histology and bioluminescence flux measurements revealed that nisin F was ineffective in the treatment of deep dermal staphylococcal infections. Non-infected and infected mice treated with nisin F had an influx of polymorphonuclear cells in the deep stroma of the skin tissue. This suggested that nisin F, when injected subcutaneously, may have modulated the immune system. Nisin F proved an effective antimicrobial agent against S. aureus-related infections in the respiratory tract, but not against subcutaneous infections. The outcome of nisin F treatment thus depends on the route of administration and site of infection.
      13. URL :
        http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/1285
      14. Call Number :
        PKI @ catherine.lautenschlager @
      15. Serial :
        9042