Laser induced fluorescence studies of the biodistribution of carotenoporphyrins in mice

H. Nilsson, J. Johansson, K. Svanberg, S. Svanberg, G. Jori, E. Reddi, A. Segalla, D. Gust, Ana Moore, Thomas Moore

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The biodistribution of two recently developed tumour markers, trimethylated (CP(Me)3) and trimethoxylated (CP(OMe)3) carotenoporphyrin, was investigated by means of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) after i.v. injection into 38 tumour-bearing (MS-2 fibrosarcoma) female Balb/c mice. At 3, 24, 48 or 96 h after administration, the carotenoporphyrin fluorescence was measured in tumoral and peritumoral tissue, as well as in the abdominal, thoracic and cranial cavities. The fluorescence was induced by a nitrogen laser-pumped dye laser, emitting light at 425 nm, and analysed by a polychromator equipped with an image-intensified CCD camera. The fluorescence was evaluated at 490, 655 and 720 nm: the second and third wavelengths represent the carotenoporphyrin (CP)-related peaks, whereas the first one is close to the peak of the tissue autofluorescence. The tumour and the liver were the two tissue types showing the strongest carotenoporphyrin-related fluorescence, whereas the cerebral cortex and muscle consistently exhibited weak substance-related fluorescence. In most tissue types, the fluorescence intensities decreased over time. A few exceptions were observed, notably the liver, in which the intensity remained remarkably constant over the time period investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-364
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997


  • Biodistribution
  • Carotenoporphyrin
  • Laser-induced fluorescence
  • Tumour detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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