C57Bl/6 mice underwent ligation of three of four caudal branches of the left common carotid artery (left external carotid, internal carotid, and occipital artery) with the superior thyroid artery left intact under IACUC approved protocol. Vessels were harvested at a variety of timepoints to compare degrees of remodeling, including 4 weeks and 5 months post-surgery. Immediately following harvest, vessels were prepared by longitudinal opening to expose the luminal surface to a 20X objective. A custom inverted microscope (TE-2000, Nikon Instruments) with a Xe arc lamp and thin film tunable filter arrary (Versachrome, Semrock, Inc.) were used to achieve spectral imaging. Excitation scans utilized wavelengths between 340 nm and 550 nm in 5 nm increments. Hyperspectral data were generated and analyzed with custom Matlab scripts and visualized in ENVI. Preliminary data suggest consistent spectral features associated with control and remodeled vessels.
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