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In vivo imaging of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in murine colitis

Asghar, M Nadeem; Emani, Rohini; Alam, Catharina; Helenius, Terhi O; Gr�nroos, Tove J; Sareila, Outi; Din, Mueez U; Holmdahl, Rikard; H�nninen, Arno; Toivola, Diana M


M Nadeem Asghar

Rohini Emani

Terhi O Helenius

Tove J Gr�nroos

Outi Sareila

Mueez U Din

Rikard Holmdahl

Arno H�nninen

Diana M Toivola


Traditional techniques analyzing mouse colitis are invasive, laborious, or indirect. Development of in vivo imaging techniques for specific colitis processes would be useful for monitoring disease progression and/or treatment effectiveness. The aim was to evaluate the applicability of the chemiluminescent probe L-012, which detects reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, for in vivo colitis imaging.Two genetic colitis mouse models were used; K8 knockout (K8(-/-)) mice, which develop early colitis and the nonobese diabetic mice, which develop a transient subclinical colitis. Dextran sulphate sodium was used as a chemical colitis model. Mice were anesthetized, injected intraperitoneally with L-012, imaged, and quantified for chemiluminescent signal in the abdominal region using an IVIS camera system.K8(-/-) and nonobese diabetic mice showed increased L-012-mediated chemiluminescence from the abdominal region compared with control mice. L-012 signals correlated with the colitis phenotype assessed by histology and myeloperoxidase staining. Although L-012 chemiluminescence enabled detection of dextran sulphate sodium-induced colitis at an earlier time point compared with traditional methods, large mouse-to-mouse variations were noted. In situ and ex vivo L-012 imaging as well as [18F]FDG-PET imaging of K8(-/-) mice confirmed that the in vivo signals originated from the distal colon. L-012 in vivo imaging showed a wide variation in reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in young mice, irrespective of K8 genotype. In aging mice L-012 signals were consistently higher in K8(-/-) as compared to K8(+/+) mice.In vivo imaging using L-012 is a useful, simple, and cost-effective tool to study the level and longitudinal progression of genetic and possibly chemical murine colitis.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 16, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2014
Publication Date 2014-08
Deposit Date May 26, 2022
Journal Inflammatory bowel diseases
Print ISSN 1078-0998
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 8
Pages 1435-1447
Keywords colitis, in vivo imaging, L-012, keratin, reactive oxygen species
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