CXCR4 peptide-based fluorescence endoscopy in a mouse model of Barrett’s esophagus
Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging has been emerging as a promising strategy to overcome the high number of early esophageal adenocarcinomas missed by white light endoscopy and random biopsy collection. We performed a preclinical assessment of fluorescence imaging and endoscopy using a novel CXCR4-targeted fluorescent peptide ligand in the L2-IL1B mouse model of Barrett’s esophagus.
Six L2-IL1B mice with advanced stage of disease (12–16 months old) were injected with the CXCR4-targeted, Sulfo-Cy5-labeled peptide (MK007), and ex vivo wide-field imaging of the whole stomach was performed 4 h after injection. Before ex vivo imaging, fluorescence endoscopy was performed in three L2-IL1B mice (12–14 months old) by a novel imaging system with two L2-IL1B mice used as negative controls.
Ex vivo imaging and endoscopy in L2-IL1B mice showed that the CXCR4-targeted MK007 accumulated mostly in the dysplastic lesions with a mean target-to-background ratio > 2. The detection of the Sulfo-Cy5 signal in dysplastic lesions and its co-localization with CXCR4 stained cells by confocal microscopy further confirmed the imaging results.
This preliminary preclinical study shows that CXCR4-targeted fluorescence endoscopy using MK007 can detect dysplastic lesions in a mouse model of Barrett’s esophagus. Further investigations are needed to assess its use in the clinical setting.
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- August 10, 2022
Esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, Dysplasia, CXCR4, Peptide, Molecular imaging, Endoscopy, Fluorescence imaging, Animal models