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Articles by Annemie Van der Linden in JoVE
Multimodal Imaging of Stem Cell Implantation in the Central Nervous System of Mice
Nathalie De Vocht1,2, Kristien Reekmans1, Irene Bergwerf2, Jelle Praet1,2, Chloé Hoornaert1, Debbie Le Blon1, Jasmijn Daans1, Zwi Berneman1, Annemie Van der Linden2, Peter Ponsaerts1
1Laboratory of Experimental Hematology, University of Antwerp, 2Bio Imaging Lab, University of Antwerp
This article describes an optimized sequence of events for multimodal imaging of cellular grafts in rodent brain using: (i) in vivo bioluminescence and magnetic resonance imaging, and (ii) post mortem histological analysis. Combining these imaging modalities on a single animal allows cellular graft evaluation with high resolution, sensitivity and specificity.
Other articles by Annemie Van der Linden on PubMed
Morphologic and Functional Changes in the Unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine Lesion Rat Model for Parkinson's Disease Discerned with MicroSPECT and Quantitative MRI
Magma (New York, N.Y.). Apr, 2010 | Pubmed ID: 20169465
In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of neurodegeneration of the nigrostriatal tract in a rodent model of Parkinson's disease on the different MR contrasts (T(2), T(1), CBF and CBV) measured in the striatum.
Quantitative Evaluation of MRI-based Tracking of Ferritin-labeled Endogenous Neural Stem Cell Progeny in Rodent Brain
NeuroImage. May, 2012 | Pubmed ID: 22677164
Endogenous neural stem cells have the potential to facilitate therapy for various neurodegenerative brain disorders. To increase our understanding of neural stem and progenitor cell biology in healthy and diseased brain, methods to label and visualize stem cells and their progeny in vivo are indispensable. Iron oxide particle based cell-labeling approaches enable cell tracking by MRI with high resolution and good soft tissue contrast in the brain. However, in addition to important concerns about unspecific labeling and low labeling efficiency, the dilution effect upon cell division is a major drawback for longitudinal follow-up of highly proliferating neural progenitor cells with MRI. Stable viral vector-mediated marking of endogenous stem cells and their progeny with a reporter gene for MRI could overcome these limitations. We stably and efficiently labeled endogenous neural stem/progenitor cells in the subventricular zone in situ by injecting a lentiviral vector expressing ferritin, a reporter for MRI. We developed an image analysis pipeline to quantify MRI signal changes at the level of the olfactory bulb as a result of migration of ferritin-labeled neuroblasts along the rostral migratory stream. We were able to detect ferritin-labeled endogenous neural stem cell progeny into the olfactory bulb of individual animals with ex vivo MRI at 30 weeks post injection, but could not demonstrate reliable in vivo detection and longitudinal tracking of neuroblast migration to the OB in individual animals. Therefore, although LV-mediated labeling of endogenous neural stem and progenitor cells resulted in efficient and stable ferritin-labeling of stem cell progeny in the OB, even with quantitative image analysis, sensitivity remains a limitation for in vivo applications.