Tumor-directed drug delivery systems are being tested in mice. The use of fluorescent anti-tumor drugs has permitted evaluation of the effectiveness drug tissue targeting through the use of scanning techniques. Intensity scanning of tissue slices indicated targeting the drugs to tumor tissue but drugs were also found throughout the mouse tissue and in mouse organs. Activation of the drug induces a fluorescence lifetime change which suggested lifetime scanning as a potential method to discriminate between localization of inactive and active drug. In conjunction with ISS (Champaign, IL) a prototype scanning device was made to work with a standard ISS phase and modulation fluorometer. Preserved rat tissue slices were then scanned for intensity and fluorescence lifetime information. Phase contrast clearly indicated differences in tissues and provided preliminary evidence that lifetime imaging would be useful in discriminating drug activation from drug accumulation.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR003155-15
Application #
6348019
Study Section
Project Start
2000-08-01
Project End
2001-07-31
Budget Start
1998-10-01
Budget End
1999-09-30
Support Year
15
Fiscal Year
2000
Total Cost
$31,893
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Department
Type
DUNS #
041544081
City
Champaign
State
IL
Country
United States
Zip Code
61820
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