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28 February 2012 Micro-encapsulated sensors for in vivo assessment of the oxidative stress in aquatic organisms
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Oxidative stress results from an imbalance between the production and detoxification of reactive oxygen spices (ROS). ROS are natural byproducts of normal metabolism of oxygen and have important roles in cell signaling and homeostasis. Many heart related diseases like heart failure and myocardial infarction develop as a result of oxidative stress. Current treatment cannot improve the progressive decline in heart function experienced by all patients. Therefore heart failure is the cause of around 25% of all deaths in the Asia Pacific region. Thus any step taken to address the oxidative stress problem is essential for enhancing human health and improve their quality of life. Current approach is dedicated to develop micron-size oxidation stress-sensor for in-vivo measuring level of ROS in KillerRed expressing transgenic zebrafish larvae. Central to our investigation is the light-inducible heart failure animal model we developed in zebrafish that expressed KillerRed in the heart. By utilizing the photosensitizer properties of KillerRed to produce ROS upon green light illumination, heart failure can be repeatedly induced in a non-invasive manner. Importantly, the use of this biological platform permits the development of physiologically sensitive ROS sensor and identifies efficient antioxidants that improve heart contractility. The biosensor approach is based on utilizing biocompatible polyelectrolyte microcapsules as a carry of fluorescent dyes sensitive to amount of reactive oxygen spices. Microcapsule prevents dye diffusion in tissue that makes use toxic dyes possible. Microcapsule's wall is permeable for environment with size less than 500 Da. The oxidation stress-sensors are injected directly in zebrafish pericardium with further circulation along blood system. Detecting of ROS is obtained by using laser scanning microscopy by illuminating oxidation stress-sensors and detecting changing excitation signal from the fluorescent dye.
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Anton Sadovoy, Cathleen Teh, Marco Escobar, Igor Meglinski, and Vladimir Korzh "Micro-encapsulated sensors for in vivo assessment of the oxidative stress in aquatic organisms", Proc. SPIE 8337, Saratov Fall Meeting 2011: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine XIII, 83370L (28 February 2012);

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