Chemiluminescence, the generation of light from a chemical reaction, does not require an excitation source and eliminates autofluorescence and light scattering that is endemic to fluorescence imaging. Indeed, bioluminescence, one type of chemiluminescence that uses an enzymatic reaction to produce light, has become a powerful pre-clinical imaging technique, but requires genetically modified animals that express bioluminescent enzymes. In order to circumvent this key obstacle and open up the possibility of high throughput preclinical imaging of wild-type animals, our lab is developing innovative triggered energy transfer chemiluminescence agents for imaging a range of molecular markers. We are working towards next generation imaging agents for quantitative imaging of the tumor microenvironment
Prof. Ralph Mason, Department of Radiology, UTSW
Prof. Li Liu, Department of Radiology, UTSW
Prof. David Son, Department of Chemistry, SMU
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Cao, J.; Campbell, J.; Liu, L.; Mason, R. P.; Lippert, A. R.* "In Vivo Chemiluminescent Imaging Agents for Nitroreductase and Tissue Oxygenation." Anal. Chem. 2016, 88, 4995. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.6b01096