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Anderson, United States

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Anderson, United States

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Xu H.N.,Johnson Research Foundation | Tchou J.,University of Pennsylvania | Feng M.,Johnson Research Foundation | Zhao H.,Temple University | And 2 more authors.
Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE | Year: 2015

Abnormal metabolism can be a hallmark of cancer occurring early before detectable histological changes and may serve as an early detection biomarker. The current gold standard to establish breast cancer (BC) diagnosis is histological examination of biopsy. Previously we have found that pre-cancer and cancer tissues in animal models displayed abnormal mitochondrial redox state. Our technique of quantitatively measuring the mitochondrial redox state has the potential to be implemented as an early detection tool for cancer and may provide prognostic value. We therefore in this present study, investigated the feasibility of quantifying the redox state of tumor samples from 16 BC patients. Tumor tissue aliquots were collected from both normal and cancerous tissue from the affected cancer-bearing breasts of 16 female patients (5 TNBC, 9 ER+, 2 ER+/Her2+) shortly after surgical resection. All specimens were snap-frozen with liquid nitrogen on site and scanned later with the Chance redox scanner, i.e., the 3D cryogenic NADH/oxidized flavoprotein (Fp) fluorescence imager. Our preliminary results showed that both NADH and Fp (including FAD, i.e., flavin adenine dinucleotide) signals in the cancerous tissues roughly tripled to quadrupled those in the normal tissues (p<0.05); and the redox ratio Fp/(NADH+Fp) was about 27% higher in the cancerous tissues than in the normal ones (p<0.05). Our findings suggest that the redox state could differentiate between cancer and non-cancer breast tissues in human patients and this novel redox scanning procedure may assist in tissue diagnosis in freshly procured biopsy samples prior to tissue fixation. We are in the process of evaluating the prognostic value of the redox imaging indices for BC.


Xu H.N.,Johnson Research Foundation | Li L.Z.,Johnson Research Foundation | Li L.Z.,Abramson Cancer Center | Li L.Z.,University of Pennsylvania
Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE | Year: 2016

It has been shown that a malignant tumor is akin to a complex organ comprising of various cell populations including tumor cells that are genetically, metabolically and functionally different. Our redox imaging data have demonstrated intra-tumor redox heterogeneity in all mouse xenografts derived from human melanomas, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Based on the signals of NADH and oxidized flavoproteins (Fp, including flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD)) and their ratio, i.e., the redox ratio, which is an indicator of mitochondrial metabolic status, we have discovered several distinct redox subpopulations in xenografts of breast tumors potentially recapitulating functional/metabolic heterogeneity within the tumor. Furthermore, xenografts of breast tumors with higher metastatic potential tend to have a redox subpopulation whose redox ratio is significantly different from that of tumors with lower metastatic potential and usually have a bi-modal distribution of the redox ratio. The redox subpopulations from human breast cancer samples can also be very complex with multiple subpopulations as determined by fitting the redox ratio histograms with multi- Gaussian functions. In this report, we present a new method for identifying the redox subpopulations within individual breast tumor xenografts and human breast tissues, which may be used to differentiate between breast cancer and normal tissue and among breast cancer with different risks of progression. © 2016 SPIE.


Tain R.,University of Illinois at Chicago | Xu H.N.,Johnson Research Foundation | Zhou X.J.,University of Illinois at Chicago | Li L.Z.,University of Pennsylvania | Cai K.,University of Illinois at Chicago
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology | Year: 2016

Developing imaging biomarkers for non-invasive measurement of the tissue redox state is a key research area. Recently, we presented the first non-invasive MR imaging method that demonstrated the correlation between the endogenous chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) contrast and the tissue redox state. It is well known that the broadband magnetization transfer (MT) can occur via chemical exchange (CEST) and/or dipole–dipole interactions. The present study investigated if the broadband MT also correlated with the tissue redox state. The preliminary result for the prostate tumor xenografts indeed showed a significant correlation between the broadband MT contrast and the NADH redox ratio quantified with the optical redox scanning. In vivo MT contrast, once calibrated, may potentially serve as an imaging biomarker for tissue redox state. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


Xu H.N.,University of Pennsylvania | Xu H.N.,Johnson Research Foundation | Feng M.,University of Pennsylvania | Feng M.,Johnson Research Foundation | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences | Year: 2013

The mitochondrial redox state and its heterogeneity of colon cancer at tissue level have not been previously reported. Nor has how p53 regulates mitochondrial respiration been measured at (deep) tissue level, presumably due to the unavailability of the technology that has sufficient spatial resolution and tissue penetration depth. Our prior work demonstrated that the mitochondrial redox state and its intratumor heterogeneity is associated with cancer aggressiveness in human melanoma and breast cancer in mouse models, with the more metastatic tumors exhibiting localized regions of more oxidized redox state. Using the Chance redox scanner with an in-plane spatial resolution of 200 μm, we imaged the mitochondrial redox state of the wild-type p53 colon tumors (HCT116 p53 wt) and the p53-deleted colon tumors (HCT116 p53 -/-) by collecting the fluorescence signals of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and oxidized flavoproteins [Fp, including flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD)] from the mouse xenografts snap-frozen at low temperature. Our results show that: (1) both tumor lines have significant degree of intratumor heterogeneity of the redox state, typically exhibiting a distinct bi-modal distribution that either correlates with the spatial core-rim pattern or the «hot/cold» oxidation-reduction patches; (2) the p53 -/- group is significantly more heterogeneous in the mitochondrial redox state and has a more oxidized tumor core compared to the p53 wt group when the tumor sizes of the two groups are matched; (3) the tumor size dependence of the redox indices (such as Fp and Fp redox ratio) is significant in the p53-/- group with the larger ones being more oxidized and more heterogeneous in their redox state, particularly more oxidized in the tumor central regions; (4) the H&E staining images of tumor sections grossly correlate with the redox images. The present work is the first to reveal at the submillimeter scale the intratumor heterogeneity pattern of the mitochondrial redox state in colon cancer and the first to indicate that at tissue level the mitochondrial redox state is p53 dependent. The findings should assist in our understanding on colon cancer pathology and developing new imaging biomarkers for clinical applications. © 2013 The Authors.

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