In vivo measurements of epidermal thickness by reflectance mode confocal microscopy to assess cellular proliferation induced by topical agents

Kevin G. Phillips, Ravikant Samatham, Philippe Thuillier, Steven L. Jacques

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Abstract

Using a reflectance mode confocal scanning laser microscope (rCSLM), a noninvasive technique to monitor epidermal thickness in vivo is presented. The modality is characterized by the collection of the reflectance profile from cutaneous tissues, resolved in transverse (x, y) directions at each depth (z) increment. Due to the different light scattering properties of the skin layers, each layer can be identified. The depth of each layer can then be inferred from the axial reflectance profile along the z direction. In pilot experiments an agent that induced epidermal proliferation, 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), was applied topically to the ear of a mouse. Peak-to-valley analysis of the rCSLM A-scans showed the epidermal thickness increasing from an initial 5.4 [μm] to 12.4 [μm] after 24 [hr]. Peak-to-peak analysis showed an increase from 9.1 [μm] to 21.2 [μm]. These results suggest that rCSLM imaging provides a means to study morphologic changes in the epithelium arising from inflamatory response and cell proliferation in vivo without recourse to biopsy or sacrifice of animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomedical Applications of Light Scattering III
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 12 2009
EventBiomedical Applications of Light Scattering III - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2009Jan 26 2009

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume7187
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

Other

OtherBiomedical Applications of Light Scattering III
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period1/24/091/26/09

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Epidermal thickness
  • Inflammatory response
  • Optical coherence tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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