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ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Review Article

Perspectives of In Vivo Bioluminescence Imaging: Application to Basic and Translational Neuroscience

Author(s): Stefanie Vogel, Franziska M. Collmann and Mathias Hoehn*

Volume 23, Issue 13, 2017

Page: [1963 - 1973] Pages: 11

DOI: 10.2174/1381612822666161226151811

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Background: In vivo bioluminescence imaging has been used extensively for screening assays and for qualitative determination of localization of cells, in particular in cancer studies.

Objective: In this review we show the potential of this noninvasive molecular imaging modality to investigate gene activity, dynamic processes, and translational disease processes, all under true in vivo conditions with the specific focus on brain.

Results: We demonstrate a range of applications of bioluminescence imaging in basic and translational neuroscience. Here, emphasis is on the contribution of bioluminescence imaging of the brain to the elucidation of cellular and genetic mechanisms, understanding of dynamic processes, and to the discussion of disease characterization and therapeutic strategies.

Keywords: In vivo bioluminescence imaging, neuroscience, dynamic processes, biological cycles, cerebral disease mechanisms, noninvasive molecular imaging.

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