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Kimura H.,Anti Cancer Inc. | Kimura H.,University of California at San Diego | Kimura H.,Kanazawa University | Momiyama M.,Anti Cancer Inc. | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Biomedical Optics

We demonstrate the development of a long-working-distance fluorescence microscope with high-numerical-aperture objectives for variable-magnification imaging in live mice from macro- to subcellular. To observe cytoplasmic and nuclear dynamics of cancer cells in the living mouse, 143B human osteosarcoma cells are labeled with green fluorescent protein in the nucleus and red fluorescent protein in the cytoplasm. These dual-color cells are injected by a vascular route in an abdominal skin flap in nude mice. The mice are then imaged with the Olympus MVX10 macroview fluorescence microscope. With the MVX10, the nuclear and cytoplasmic behavior of cancer cells trafficking in blood vessels of live mice is observed. We also image lung metastases in live mice from the macro- to the subcellular level by opening the chest wall and imaging the exposed lung in live mice. Injected splenocytes, expressing cyan fluorescent protein, could also be imaged on the lung of live mice. We demonstrate that the MVX10 microscope offers the possibility of full-range in vivo fluorescence imaging from macro- to subcellular and should enable widespread use of powerful imaging technologies enabled by genetic reporters and other fluorophores. © 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Source

Suetsugu A.,Anti Cancer Inc. | Suetsugu A.,University of California at San Diego | Suetsugu A.,Gifu University | Katz M.,The Surgical Center | And 8 more authors.
Anticancer Research

Tumors from pancreatic cancer patients were established in NODISClD mice immediately after surgery and subsequently passaged orthotopically in transgenic nude mice ubiquitously expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP). The primary patient tumors acquired GFP-expressing stroma. Subsequent liver metastases, and disseminated peritoneal metastases maintained the stroma from the primary tumor, and possibly recruited additional GFP-expressing stroma, resulting in their very bright fluorescence. The GFP-expressing stroma included cancer-associated fibroblasts and tumor-associated macrophages in both the primary and metastatic tumors. This imageable model of metastasis from a patient-tumor is an important advance over patient "tumorgraft" models currently in use, which are implanted subcutaneously, do not metastasize and are not imageable. The new imageable model of patient pancreatic cancer metastasis provides unique opportunities to identify current and novel antimetastatic therapeutics for individual patients. Source

Liu F.,Anti Cancer Inc. | Liu F.,University of California at San Diego | Liu F.,Shanghai University | Zhang C.,Shanghai University | And 2 more authors.
Tissue Engineering - Part A

We have previously shown that nestin-expressing hair follicle stem cells from the mouse and human are multipotent and can differentiate into many cell types, including neurons and glial cells. The nestin-expressing hair follicle stem cells can effect nerve and spinal cord repair upon transplantation in mouse models. In the present study, nestin-expressing hair follicle stem cells expressing red fluorescent protein (RFP) were induced by retinoic acid and fetal bovine serum to differentiate and then transplanted together with Matrigel into the transected distal sciatic or tibial nerve stump of transgenic nude mice ubiquitously expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP). Control mice were transplanted with Matrigel only. The transplanted cells appeared neuron like, with large round nuclei and long extensions. Immunofluorescence staining showed that some of the transplanted cells in the distal nerve stump expressed the neuron marker Tuj1 as well as motor neuron markers Isl 1/2 and EN1. These transplanted cells contacted each other as well as host nerve fibers. Two weeks post-transplantation, nerve fibers in the distal sciatic nerve stump of the transplanted mice had greater expression of motor neuron markers and neurotrophic factor-3 than those in the Matrigel-only transplanted mice. Muscle fiber areas in the nestin-expressing stem cell plus Matrigel-transplanted animals were much bigger than that in the Matrigel-only transplanted animals after 4 weeks. The present results suggest that transplanted nestin-expressing hair follicle stem cells can differentiate into motor neurons and reduce muscle atrophy after sciatic nerve transection. This study demonstrates a new and accessible neuron source to reduce muscle atrophy after nerve injury. © 2014 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source

Momiyama M.,Anti Cancer Inc. | Momiyama M.,University of California at San Diego | Kumamoto T.,Yokohama City University | Suetsugu A.,Anti Cancer Inc. | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Surgical Research

Background: The present study examined the effects of types of liver resection on the growth of liver and lung metastases. Methods: Experimental liver metastases were established by spleen injection of the Colon 26 murine adenocarcinoma cell line expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) into transgenic nude mice expressing red fluorescent protein. Experimental lung metastases were established by tail-vein injection with Colon 26-GFP. Three days after cell injection, groups of mice underwent (35% + 35% repeated minor resection versus 70% major resection versus 35% minor resection). Metastatic tumor growth was measured by color-coded fluorescence imaging of the GFP-expressing cancer cells and red fluorescent protein-expressing stroma. Results: Although major and repeated minor resection removed the same total volume of liver parenchyma, the 2 procedures had very different effects on metastatic tumor growth. Major resection stimulated liver and lung metastatic growth and recruitment of host-derived stroma compared with repeated minor resection. Repeated minor resection did not stimulate metastasis or stromal recruitment. No significant difference was found in liver regeneration between the 2 groups. Host-derived stroma density, which was stimulated by major resection compared with repeated minor resection, might stimulate growth in the liver-metastatic tumor. Transforming growth factor-β is also preferentially stimulated by major resection and might play a role in stromal and metastasis stimulation. Conclusions: The results of the present study indicate that when liver resection is necessary, repeated minor liver resection will be superior to major liver resection, because major resection, unlike repeated minor resection, stimulates metastasis. This should be taken into consideration in clinical situations that require liver resection. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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