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Facilitated non-invasive visualization of collagen and elastin in blood vessels

: Fritze, O.; Schleicher, M.; König, K.; Schenke-Layland, K.; Stock, U.A.; Harasztosi, C.


Tissue engineering. Part C, Methods 16 (2010), No.4, pp.705-710
ISSN: 1937-3384
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IGB ()
tissue engineering; Collagen; Elastin; cardiovascular; imaging

Multiphoton imaging is a powerful tool for three-dimensional visualization of extracellular matrix components such as collagen and elastin in fresh, nonfixed, and nonembedded tissues. We have previously published data on the induction of the second harmonic generation signal of collagen and autofluorescence of elastin using a tunable multiphoton laser system. Without staining, a second harmonic generation signal was detected for collagen when excited at wavelength lambda(ind ex) = 840 nm. Switching the excitation wavelength to 760 nm enabled visualization of elastic fiber structures. A limitation of this technology is the laser-tuning process that requires calibration of the system in between the studies. Now we have developed a facilitated method for studying tissues and tissue equivalents that enables simultaneous visualization of collagen and elastin structures using only a single excitation wavelength of 840 nm in combination with two different band-pass filters. This facilitated method will expand the range of application by reducing required time and expenses for the laser system without reducing its capability.