Cancer in the spotlight: Using intravital imaging in cancer research

Fein, MR, Wysocki, RW, Egeblad, M (January 2014) Cancer in the spotlight: Using intravital imaging in cancer research. In: Advances in Intravital Microscopy: From Basic to Clinical Research. Springer Netherlands, pp. 105-123. ISBN 9789401793605

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9361-2_5


Intravital imaging can provide unique insights into cancer biology and has been particularly useful for research into therapy responses, metastasis, and immune responses. Here, we discuss the protocols that we routinely use for intravital imaging of mammary tumors to follow drug responses and for imaging of lungs to study metastatic seeding. These methods include: (1) the skin-flap technique used to image mammary tumors in a single, long experiment; (2) the use of an implantable imaging window for long-term serial imaging of mammary glands; and (3) the use of a thoracic window for intravital imaging of lungs to study the processes involved in the metastatic spread to lungs. We discuss common technical issues encountered when using each of these methods and provide our solutions for overcoming them. Finally, we discuss some of the exciting, new techniques on the horizon for intravital imaging in cancer biology.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Investigative techniques and equipment > imaging > intravital imaging
diseases & disorders > cancer > cancer types > lung cancer
diseases & disorders > cancer > drugs and therapies > tumor microenvironment
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Communities: CSHL labs > Beyaz lab
CSHL labs > Egeblad lab
SWORD Depositor: CSHL Elements
Depositing User: CSHL Elements
Date: 1 January 2014
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 18:52
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2021 18:52

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