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In Vivo image Analysis Using iRFP Transgenic Mice

Mai Thi Nhu Tran, Junko Tanaka, Michito Hamada, Yuka Sugiyama, Shota Sakaguchi, Megumi Nakamura, Satoru Takahashi, Yoshihiro Miwa
1)Department of Anatomy and Embryology, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1, Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8575, Japan 2)Department of Molecular Pharmacology, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1, Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8575, Japan 3)International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (WPI-IIIS), University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1, Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8575, Japan
Abstract :

Fluorescent proteins with light wavelengths within the optical window are one of the improvements in in vivo imaging techniques. Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent protein (iRFP) is a stable, nontoxic protein that emits fluorescence within the NIR optical window without the addition of exogenous substrate. However, studies utilizing an in vivo iRFP model have not yet been published. Here, we report the generation of transgenic iRFP mice with ubiquitous NIR fluorescence expression. iRFP expression was observed in approximately 50% of the offspring from a matings between iRFP transgenic and WT mice. The serum and blood cell indices and body weights of iRFP mice were similar to those of WT mice. Red fluorescence with an excitation wavelength of 690 nm and an emission wavelength of 713 nm was detected in both newborn and adult iRFP mice. We also detected fluorescence emission in whole organs of the iRFP mice, including the brain, heart, liver, kidney, spleen, lung, pancreas, bone, testis, thymus, and adipose tissue. Therefore, iRFP transgenic mice may therefore be a useful tool for various types of in vivo imaging.

Keywords :
fluorescent protein, in vivo imaging, iRFP, optical window

Date Deposited : 07 Apr 2015 10:26

Last Modified : 07 Apr 2015 10:26

Official URL: http://https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/expanim/62/1/_contents

Volume 63, Number 3, - 2014

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