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IVISense Tomato Lectin 680 Fluorescent Probe (TLectinSense)

IVISense Tomato Lectin 680 fluorescent probe (TLectinSense) is a NIR labeled macromolecule that targets the vasculature and enables imaging of blood vessels and angiogenesis.

This imaging probe labels endothelial cells and when used in conjunction with optical imaging systems such as PerkinElmer's industry leading IVIS® platform, can be used to non-invasively assess tumor vasculature in response to an anti-angiogenic drug, or to assess vascular burden as another biological consideration.

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The protein tomato (L. esculentum) lectin is widely used for vascular labeling because the protein has a high binding affinity for glycoprotein N-acetylglucosamines on the surface of vascular endothelial cells.

IVISense Tomato Lectin 680 is a near-infrared fluorescent imaging probe that is comprised of the tomato lectin protein and a near-infrared fluorophore. This imaging probe targets the vasculature and enables imaging of blood vessels and angiogenesis. It was designed and optimized for use in living animals for assessing vascularity in vivo and in real-time, without termination of mice, excision and processing of the tissue.

Tumors induce significant blood vessel development in order to support their aggressive growth and progression. The extensive and disordered nature of tumor vasculature impairs drug delivery and efficacy. Therefore, destroying the tumor vasculature and/or inhibiting neo-vascularization have become well-accepted and proven cancer treatment strategies. IVISense Tomato Lectin 680 targets the surface of vascular endothelial cells and can be used for quantitation of vascular burden across different tumor cell lines.


Fluorescent Agent Type Targeted
Optical Imaging Classification Fluorescence Imaging
Product Brand Name IVISense
Quantity in a Package Amount 1.0 Units
Shipping Condition Blue Ice
Therapeutic Area Angiogenesis, Oncology/Cancer
Unit Size 1 Vial (10 doses)
Wave Length 680 nm
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TLectinSense™ 680 (Product Sheet)

The protein Tomato (L. esculentum) lectin is widely used for vascular,labeling, because the protein has high binding affinity for glycoprotein N-acetylglucosamines on the surface of vascular endothelial cells. The TLectinSense agent is a near-infrared fluorescent imaging probe designed and optimized for use in living animals. One of the gold standard,methods for vascular mapping ex vivo, is now enabled for use in vivo.



Targeted in vivo imaging of tumor vasculature using a near infra-red labeled tomato lectin agent

Tumor neo-vasculature, characterized by the development of abnormal, leaky and tortuous blood vessels, represents a key target for cancer imaging and therapy. Among the various recognized tools for measuring microvessel density is tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) lectin, a single polypeptide glycoprotein that binds to sugar-containing proteins present on the endothelium. The aim of this study was to develop a near infra-red tomato lectin imaging agent to non-invasively assess tumor vasculature in vivo. Conjugation of the near infra-red fluorophore VivoTag 680XL (epsilon=210,000/M/cm; abs/em max 665/688 nm) to tomato lectin was carried out by addition of the fluorophore in a DMSO solution to lectin in aqueous sodium bicarbonate. Yields of greater than 95% were achieved, based on absorbance, with a typical loading of 2 dyes per lectin. The resulting agent, TLectinSenseTM 680 (TL680), preferentially labeled primary human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Specificity of the binding was validated by control experiments using free dye and competitive blockade with excess unlabeled tomato lectin. In vivo, non-invasive, real-time imaging and quantification of tumor neo-vasculature was performed in two models: matrigel plugs containing bFGF, VEGF and heparin injected into the flank of SKH-1 mice and nude mice bearing Lewis Lung Carcinoma tumors. Using Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (FMT®) 6 hours after TL680 (4 nmoles) intravenous injection, tumor endothelium-associated fluorescence was detected in matrigel plugs and this...

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TlectinSense 680 (Protocol)

Protocol for TlectinSense 680 Targeted Fluorescent In Vivo Imaging Agent

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