Bioluminescence Imaging of Angiogenesis in a Murine Orthotopic Pancreatic Cancer Model

Angst, Eliane ; Chen, Monica ; Mojadidi, Michelle ; Hines, O. ; Reber, Howard ; Eibl, Guido

In: Molecular Imaging and Biology, 2010, vol. 12, no. 6, p. 570-575

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    Purpose: Angiogenesis is essential for physiological processes as well as for carcinogenesis. New approaches to cancer therapy include targeting angiogenesis. One target is VEGF-A and its receptor VEGFR2. In this study, we sought to investigate pancreatic cancer angiogenesis in a genetically modified VEGFR2-luc-KI mouse. Procedures: Live in vivo bioluminescence imaging of angiogenesis was performed continuously until sacrifice in subcutaneous tumors as well as in orthotopically transplanted tumors. Tumor tissue was immunostained for CD-31 and VEGFR2. Results: Peritumoral angiogenesis measured by light emission was detected beginning at week3 following subcutaneous injection. In the orthotopic model, light emission began at day4, which likely corresponds to wound healing, and continued throughout the experimental period during tumor growth. Peritumoral CD-31 vessel- and VEGFR2-staining were positive. Conclusions: The VEGFR2-luc-KI mouse is a valuable tool to demonstrate tumor angiogenesis and seems to be suitable to evaluate anti-angiogenic approaches in pancreatic cancer