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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(2), 332;

Visualization and Quantitative 3D Analysis of Intraocular Melanoma and Its Vascularization in a Hamster Eye

Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Prof. Stanisława Łojasiewicza 11 Street, 30-348 Krakow, Poland
Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7 Street, 30-387 Krakow, Poland
Ophthalmology and Ocular Oncology Clinic, University Hospital, Kopernika 38 Street, 31-501 Krakow, Poland
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Received: 31 December 2017 / Revised: 16 January 2018 / Accepted: 18 January 2018 / Published: 24 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Models of Melanoma)
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A tumor vasculature network undergoes intense growth and rebuilding during tumor growth. Traditionally, vascular networks are histologically examined using parameters such as vessel density determined from two-dimensional slices of the tumor. Two-dimensional probing of a complicated three-dimensional (3D) structure only provides partial information. Therefore, we propose the use of microcomputed tomography (micro-CT) imaging to analyze the evolution of a tumor vasculature in an experimental ocular tumor model. A Bomirski Hamster Melanoma was implanted in the anterior chamber of a hamster eye. Ultrasound (US) imaging of the same tumor was performed in vivo, and the vascular results obtained using the two methods were compared. Normal ocular tissues, a tumor, and a tumor vascular structure were revealed with high accuracy using micro-CT. The vessels that grew within the tumor were chaotic, leaky, and contained many convoluted micro-vessels and embolizations. They comprised 20–38% of the tumor mass. The blood flow in the larger functional vessels was in the range from 10 to 25 mm/s, as determined by in vivo Doppler US. The micro-CT imaging of the hamster eyeball enabled both qualitative and quantitative 3D analyses of the globe at a histological level. Although the presented images were obtained ex vivo, micro-CT noninvasive imaging is being developed intensively, and high-resolution in vivo imaging is feasible. View Full-Text
Keywords: imaging; tumor vasculature; ocular tumors; melanoma; hamster; micro-CT; ultrasound imaging; tumor vasculature; ocular tumors; melanoma; hamster; micro-CT; ultrasound

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Leszczyński, B.; Śniegocka, M.; Wróbel, A.; Pędrys, R.; Szczygieł, M.; Romanowska-Dixon, B.; Urbańska, K.; Elas, M. Visualization and Quantitative 3D Analysis of Intraocular Melanoma and Its Vascularization in a Hamster Eye. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 332.

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