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2014-04-10 16:15:29

New findings hold promise for expanded use of bioluminescence imaging tools New research from scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark —otherwise known as bioluminescence. The key to activating this latent ability is a novel synthetic analog of D-luciferin developed at UMMS. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that...

2012-06-11 20:46:01

Study shows molecular imaging technique can track stem cell therapy for hair regeneration Finding a way to restore hair growth after substantial hair loss is something of an obsession worldwide. Investigators at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting presented how stem cell research for the development of new hair follicles can be monitored with an optical imaging technique that uses bioluminescence, the same process that allows fireflies to light up. There is a host of...

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2011-02-13 08:51:32

Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab A unique new probe based on luciferase, the enzyme that gives fireflies their glow, enables researchers to monitor  hydrogen peroxide levels in mice and thereby track the progression of infectious diseases or cancerous tumors without harming the animals or even having to shave their fur. Developed by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, this new bioluminescent probe has already...

2011-02-09 14:45:05

The enzyme that makes fireflies glow is lighting up the scientific path toward a long-sought new medical imaging agent to better monitor treatment with heparin, the blood thinner that millions of people take to prevent or treat blood clots, scientists are reporting. Their study appears in the ACS' monthly journal Bioconjugate Chemistry. Bruce Branchini and colleagues describe a need for new medical imaging agents that emit near-infrared light "” the light rays that "night vision"...

2009-10-13 15:32:43

Study shows bioluminescence imaging distinguishes eye tumors in vivo, leading to early treatment of eye cancer At the moment, doctors rely on biopsy analysis to determine the progression of eye cancer. However, researchers now believe that a new technology, bioluminescence imaging (BLI), will allow doctors to detect tumors earlier and quickly choose a method of treatment that doesn't necessarily involve eye surgery. BLI is a new technology that uses the making and giving off of light by an...

2009-09-09 09:14:55

By attaching light-emitting genes to infectious bacteria in an experimental system, researchers at University College, Cork, Ireland, have been able to track where in the body the bacteria go "“ giving an insight into the path of the infection process leading to the development of more targeted treatments. At the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Dr Cormac Gahan described how his research team had manipulated the infectious food-borne...

2008-09-24 03:00:12

By Yeom, Chan Joo Chung, June-Key; Kang, Joo Hyun; Jeon, Yong Hyun; Kim, Kwang Il; Jin, Yong Nan; Lee, You Mie; Jeong, Jae Min; Lee, Dong Soo Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a transcription factor of hypoxic response in cancer cells and is associated with tumor progression, angiogenesis, metastasis, and resistance to therapy. We assessed whether the human sodium iodide symporter (NIS) reporter systems can be used to visualize transcriptional activation of HIF- 1 in C6 glioma. Methods:...


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