1. Articles in category: Developmental Biology

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    1. The University of Houston Receives NIH Grant for Optical Coherence Tomography to Study Effect of Poly-Drug Exposure on Fetal Brain Development

      The University of Houston Receives NIH Grant for Optical Coherence Tomography to Study Effect of Poly-Drug Exposure on Fetal Brain Development

      The University of Houston Receives a 2017 NIH Grant for $311,241 for Optical Coherence Tomography to Study Effect of Poly-Drug Exposure on Fetal Brain Development. The principal investigator is Kirll Larin. The program began in 2016 and ends in 2020. Below is a summary of the proposed work. The overall objective of this study is to develop an optical coherence tomography (OCT) based high- resolution mouse embryonic brain imaging and analysis approach, and to use this method in correlation with molecular analysis to understand the interplay between ethanol (EtOH) and nicotine (NIC) effects on embryonic brain development. Maternal exposures ...

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    2. Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography: An In Vivo Imaging Protocol for Assessing Retinal Morphology in Adult Zebrafish

      Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography: An In Vivo Imaging Protocol for Assessing Retinal Morphology in Adult Zebrafish

      The present study outlines a protocol for examining retinal structure in zebrafish, a popular model organism for ocular studies, using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). We demonstrate how this live imaging modality can be used to obtain high quality images of several retinal features, including the optic nerve, retinal vasculature, and the cone photoreceptor mosaic. Retinal histology sections were obtained from imaged fish for comparison with SD-OCT cross-sectional B-scans. Voronoi domain analysis was used to assess cone photoreceptor packing regularity at 3, 6, and 12 months. SD-OCT is an effective in vivo technique for studying the adult zebrafish retina ...

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    3. Phase variance optical coherence microscopy for label-free imaging of the developing vasculature in zebrafish embryos

      Phase variance optical coherence microscopy for label-free imaging of the developing vasculature in zebrafish embryos

      A phase variance optical coherence microscope (pvOCM) has been created to image blood flow in the microvasculature of zebrafish embryos, without the use of exogenous labels. The pvOCM imaging system has axial and lateral resolutions of 2.8    μ m 2.8  μm in tissue and imaging depth of more than 100    μ m 100  μm . Images of 2 to 5 days postfertilization zebrafish embryos identified the detailed anatomical structure based on OCM intensity contrast. Phase variance contrast offered visualization of blood flow in the arteries, veins, and capillaries. The pvOCM images of the vasculature were confirmed by direct comparisons with fluorescence ...

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    4. Dynamic imaging and quantitative analysis of cranial neural tube closure in the mouse embryo using optical coherence tomography

      Dynamic imaging and quantitative analysis of cranial neural tube closure in the mouse embryo using optical coherence tomography

      Neural tube closure is a critical feature of central nervous system morphogenesis during embryonic development. Failure of this process leads to neural tube defects, one of the most common forms of human congenital defects. Although molecular and genetic studies in model organisms have provided insights into the genes and proteins that are required for normal neural tube development, complications associated with live imaging of neural tube closure in mammals limit efficient morphological analyses. Here, we report the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for dynamic imaging and quantitative assessment of cranial neural tube closure in live mouse embryos in culture ...

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    5. In Vivo Detection of the Effect of Electroacupuncture on “Zusanli” Acupoint in Rats with Adjuvant-Induced Arthritis through Optical Coherence Tomography

      In Vivo Detection of the Effect of Electroacupuncture on “Zusanli” Acupoint in Rats with Adjuvant-Induced Arthritis through Optical Coherence Tomography

      This study aimed to investigate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment through optical coherence tomography (OCT) in vivo on rats with adjuvant-induced arthritis. OCT images were obtained from the ankle of the right hind paws of the rats in control, model, and EA groups before modelling and 1 day, 8 days, 15 days, 22 days, and 29 days after modelling. Results demonstrated that the OCT signal of the ankle of the right hind paws of the rats was indistinct compared to 1 day after modelling and before modelling in the EA group. In the EA group, the light averaged attenuation ...

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    6. Optical Modalities for Embryonic Imaging

      Optical Modalities for Embryonic Imaging

      tudies of disease etiology often rely on the murine (mouse) model, which provides valuable genotypic information. Yet associated phenotypic information from murine embryos is often lacking. Of the various techniques that have been proposed for imaging such embryos, optical modalities may provide the best compromise among speed, penetration depth and resolution. This year, we developed approaches to improve embryonic imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT), 1 and also provided a detailed comparison of OCT and another modality, optical projection tomography (OPT), in murine-embryo studies. 2 Most commonly used for ophthalmological imaging, 3 OCT has proved a powerful embryonic-imaging modality as ...

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    7. A method to study the hemodynamics of chicken embryo's aortic arches using optical coherence tomography

      A method to study the hemodynamics of chicken embryo's aortic arches using optical coherence tomography

      Congenital cardiovascular defects are the leading cause of birth defect related death. It has been hypothesized that fluid mechanical forces of embryonic blood flow affect cardiovascular development and play a role in congenital malformations. Studies in small animal embryos can improve our understanding of congenital malformations and can lead to better treatment. We present a feasibility study in which high-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) are combined to provide quantitative analysis of the embryonic flow mechanics and the associated anatomy in a small animal model.

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    8. Imaging the adult zebrafish cone mosaic using optical coherence tomography

      Imaging the adult zebrafish cone mosaic using optical coherence tomography

      Zebrafish ( Danio rerio ) provide many advantages as a model organism for studying ocular disease and development, and there is great interest in the ability to non-invasively assess their photoreceptor mosaic. Despite recent applications of scanning light ophthalmoscopy, fundus photography, and gonioscopy to in vivo imaging of the adult zebrafish eye, current techniques either lack accurate scaling information (limiting quantitative analyses) or require euthanizing the fish (precluding longitudinal analyses). Here we describe improved methods for imaging the adult zebrafish retina using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). Transgenic fli1:eGFP zebrafish were imaged using the Bioptigen Envisu R2200 broadband source OCT ...

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    9. Extended-focus optical coherence microscopy for high-resolution imaging of the murine brain

      Extended-focus optical coherence microscopy for high-resolution imaging of the murine brain

      We propose a new method and optical instrumentation for mouse brain imaging based on extended-focus optical coherence microscopy. This in vivo imaging technique allows the evaluation of the cytoarchitecture at cellular level and the circulation system dynamics in three dimensions. This minimally invasive and non-contact approach is performed without the application of contrasting agents. The optical design achieved a resolution of 2.2 μm over a distance of 800 μm, which was sufficient to obtain a detailed three-dimensional image of a wild-type mouse’s brain down to the layer III of the cortex. Intrinsically contrasted microvessels and structures similar to ...

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    10. The adult zebrafish retina: In vivo optical sectioning with Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy and Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography

      The adult zebrafish retina: In vivo optical sectioning with Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy and Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography

      Non-invasive imaging is an invaluable diagnostic tool in ophthalmology. Two imaging devices, the scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT), emerged from the clinical realm to provide research scientists with a real-time view of ocular morphology in living animals. We utilized these two independent imaging modalities in a complementary manner to perform in vivo optical sectioning of the adult zebrafish retina. Due to the very high optical power of the zebrafish lens, the confocal depth of field is narrow, allowing for detailed en face views of specific retinal layers, including the cone mosaic. Moreover, we demonstrate ...

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    11. Optical Coherence Tomography for Brain Imaging and Developmental Biology

      Optical Coherence Tomography for Brain Imaging and Developmental Biology

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a promising research tool for brain imaging and developmental biology. Serving as a three-dimensional optical biopsy technique, OCT provides volumetric reconstruction of brain tissues and embryonic structures with micrometer resolution and video rate imaging speed. Functional OCT enables label-free monitoring of hemodynamic and metabolic changes in the brain in vitro and in vivo in animal models. Due to its noninvasiveness nature, OCT enables longitudinal imaging of developing specimens in vivo without potential damage from surgical operation, tissue fixation and processing, and staining with exogenous contrast agents. In this paper, various OCT applications in brain imaging ...

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    12. Time-Series Interactions of Gene Expression, Vascular Growth and Hemodynamics during Early Embryonic Arterial Development

      Time-Series Interactions of Gene Expression, Vascular Growth and Hemodynamics during Early Embryonic Arterial Development

      The role of hemodynamic forces within the embryo as biomechanical regulators for cardiovascular morphogenesis, growth, and remodeling is well supported through the experimental studies. Furthermore, clinical experience suggests that perturbed flow disrupts the normal vascular growth process as one etiology for congenital heart diseases (CHD) and for fetal adaptation to CHD. However, the relationships between hemodynamics, gene expression and embryonic vascular growth are poorly defined due to the lack of concurrent, sequential in vivo data. In this study, a long-term, time-lapse optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging campaign was conducted to acquire simultaneous blood velocity, pulsatile micro-pressure and morphometric data for ...

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    13. Multi-modality Optical Imaging of Rat Kidney Dysfunction: In Vivo Response to Various Ischemia Times

      Multi-modality Optical Imaging of Rat Kidney Dysfunction: In Vivo Response to Various Ischemia Times

      We observed in vivo kidney dysfunction with various ischemia times at 30, 75, 90, and 120 min using multi-modality optical imaging: optical coherence tomography (OCT), Doppler OCT (DOCT), and two-photon microscopy (TPM). We imaged the renal tubule lumens and glomerulus at several areas of each kidney before, during, and after ischemia of 5-month-old female Munich-Wistar rats. For animals with 30 and 75 min ischemia times, we observed that all areas were recovered after ischemia, that tubule lumens were re-opened and the blood flow of the glomerulus was re-established. For animals with 90 and 120 min ischemia times, we observed unrecovered ...

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    14. The University of California at Davis Receives NIH Grant for the Rodent Eye as a Non-Invasive Window for Understanding Cancer Nanotheraputics

      The University of California at Davis Receives NIH Grant for the Rodent Eye as a Non-Invasive Window for Understanding Cancer Nanotheraputics

      The University of California at Davis Receives a 2016 NIH Grant for $586,386 for The Rodent Eye as a Non-Invasive Window for Understanding Cancer Nanotheraputics. The principal investigator is Kit Lam. The program began in 2015 and ends in 2020. Below is a summary of the proposed work. The rodent eye as a non-invasive window for understanding cancer nanotherapeutics Abstract: We propose to use the mouse eye as a non-surgical window for highly efficient, optical investigation of subretinal xenograft models and nanodelivery, using a state-of-the-art ocular imager, "EyePod". The EyePod employs single-cell resolution intravital confocal microscopy and optical coherence ...

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    15. Long-term in vivo monitoring of injury induced brain regeneration of the adult zebrafish by using spectral domain optical coherence tomography

      Long-term in vivo monitoring of injury induced brain regeneration of the adult zebrafish by using spectral domain optical coherence tomography

      Brain regenerative studies require precise visualization of the morphological structures. However, few imaging methods can effectively detect the adult zebrafish brain in real time with high resolution and good penetration depth. Long-term in vivo monitoring of brain injuries and brain regeneration on adult zebrafish is achieved in this study by using 1325 nm spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). The SD-OCT is able to noninvasively visualize the skull injury and brain lesion of adult zebrafish. Valuable phenomenon such as the fractured skull, swollen brain tissues, and part of the brain regeneration process can be conducted based on the SD-OCT images at ...

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    16. Case Western Reserve University Receives NIH Grant for Integrated Imaging of the Form and Function of the Beating Embryonic Heart

      Case Western Reserve University Receives NIH Grant for Integrated Imaging of the Form and Function of the Beating Embryonic Heart

      Case Western Reserve University Receives a 2016 NIH Grant for $356,784 for Integrated Imaging of the Form and Function of the Beating Embryonic Heart. The principal investigator is Andrew Rollins. The program began in 2006 and ends in 2017. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Congenital heart defects (CHDs) afflict 36,000 babies born in the US each year and survivors often require several surgical interventions in their shortened lifetime. Despite continuous efforts, the mechanisms leading to CHDs remain largely unclear. In part, this is because most developmental cardiology studies fail to address the influential role of ...

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    17. Live four-dimensional optical coherence tomography reveals embryonic cardiac phenotype in mouse mutant

      Live four-dimensional optical coherence tomography reveals embryonic cardiac phenotype in mouse mutant

      Efficient phenotyping of developmental defects in model organisms is critical for understanding the genetic specification of normal development and congenital abnormalities in humans. We previously reported that optical coherence tomography (OCT) combined with live embryo culture is a valuable tool for mouse embryo imaging and four-dimensional (4-D) cardiodynamic analysis; however, its capability for analysis of mouse mutants with cardiac phenotypes has not been previously explored. Here, we report 4-D (three-dimensional+time) OCT imaging and analysis of the embryonic heart in a Wdr19 mouse mutant, revealing a heart looping defect. Quantitative analysis of cardiac looping revealed a statistically significant difference between ...

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    18. Characterization of zebrafish larvae suction feeding flow using μPIV and optical coherence tomography

      Characterization of zebrafish larvae suction feeding flow using μPIV and optical coherence tomography

      The hydrodynamics of suction feeding is critical for the survival of fish larvae; failure to capture food during the onset of autonomous feeding can rapidly lead to starvation and mortality. Fluid mechanics experiments that investigate the suction feeding of suspended particles are limited to adult fishes, which operate at large Reynolds numbers. This manuscript presents the first literature results in which the external velocity fields generated during suction feeding of early zebrafish larvae (2500–20,000 μm total length) are reported using time-resolved microscopic particle image velocimetry. For the larval stages studied, the maximum peak suction velocity of the inflow ...

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    19. High-resolution contrast-enhanced optical coherence tomography in mice retinae

      High-resolution contrast-enhanced optical coherence tomography in mice retinae

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive interferometric imaging modality providing anatomical information at depths of millimeters and a resolution of micrometers. Conventional OCT images limit our knowledge to anatomical structures alone, without any contrast enhancement. Therefore, here we have, for the first time, optimized an OCT-based contrast-enhanced imaging system for imaging single cells and blood vessels in vivo inside the living mouse retina at subnanomolar sensitivity. We used bioconjugated gold nanorods (GNRs) as exogenous OCT contrast agents. Specifically, we used anti-mouse CD45 coated GNRs to label mouse leukocytes and mPEG-coated GNRs to determine sensitivity of GNR detection in vivo ...

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    20. Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for Cardiac MRI-Tractography In Vivo: Integrated Imaging of Structure and Function

      Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for Cardiac MRI-Tractography In Vivo: Integrated Imaging of Structure and Function

      Massachusetts General Hospital Receives a 2016 NIH Grant for $742,986 for Cardiac MRI-Tractography In Vivo: Integrated Imaging of Structure and Function. The principal investigator is David Sosnovik. The program began in 2013 and ends in 2017. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Pressure overload of the left and right ventricles initially leads to adaptive hypertrophy. This, however, is frequently followed by maladaptive hypertrophy, heart failure and death. We hypothesize here that changes in 3D myocardial fiber architecture play a significant role in the deleterious transition from adaptive to maladaptive hypertrophy and heart failure. We further hypothesize that ...

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    21. Optical coherence tomography for embryonic imaging: a review

      Optical coherence tomography for embryonic imaging: a review

      Embryogenesis is a highly complex and dynamic process, and its visualization is crucial for understanding basic physiological processes during development and for identifying and assessing possible defects, malformations, and diseases. While traditional imaging modalities, such as ultrasound biomicroscopy, micro-magnetic resonance imaging, and micro-computed tomography, have long been adapted for embryonic imaging, these techniques generally have limitations in their speed, spatial resolution, and contrast to capture processes such as cardiodynamics during embryogenesis. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive imaging modality with micrometer-scale spatial resolution and imaging depth up to a few millimeters in tissue. OCT has bridged the gap between ...

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    22. Retroreflective-type Janus microspheres as a novel contrast agent for enhanced optical coherence tomography

      Retroreflective-type Janus microspheres as a novel contrast agent for enhanced optical coherence tomography

      Working principle and SEM image of Janus microsphere (top). Enhanced OCT imaging (bottom) of Janus microspheres in zebrafish stomach (blue dash line) and sinusoids (green arrows) of nude liver. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a well-developed technology that utilizes near-infrared light to reconstruct three-dimensional images of biological tissues with micrometer resolution. Improvements of the imaging contrast of the OCT technique are able to further widen its extensive biomedical applications. In this study, Janus microspheres were developed and used as a positive contrast agent for enhanced OCT imaging. Phantom and ex vivo liver tissue experiments as well as in vivo animal ...

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    23. Applicability, usability, and limitations of murine embryonic imaging with optical coherence tomography and optical projection tomography

      Applicability, usability, and limitations of murine embryonic imaging with optical coherence tomography and optical projection tomography

      We present an analysis of imaging murine embryos at various embryonic developmental stages (embryonic day 9.5, 11.5, and 13.5) by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and optical projection tomography (OPT). We demonstrate that while OCT was capable of rapid high-resolution live 3D imaging, its limited penetration depth prevented visualization of deeper structures, particularly in later stage embryos. In contrast, OPT was able to image the whole embryos, but could not be used in vivo because the embryos must be fixed and cleared. Moreover, the fixation process significantly altered the embryo morphology, which was quantified by the volume of ...

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    24. Bright-Field Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography of the Mouse Posterior Eye

      Bright-Field Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography of the Mouse Posterior Eye

      Noninvasive live imaging has been used extensively for ocular phenotyping in mouse vision research. Bright-field imaging and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are two methods that are particularly useful for assessing the posterior mouse eye (fundus), including the retina, retinal pigment epithelium, and choroid, and are widely applied due to the commercial availability of sophisticated instruments and software. Here, we provide a guide to using these approaches with an emphasis on post-acquisition image processing using Fiji, a bundled version of the Java-based public domain software ImageJ. A bright-field fundus imaging protocol is described for acquisition of multi-frame videos, followed by image ...

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