Natural fluorescence of normal and neoplastic human colon: A comprehensive 'ex vivo' study

G. Bottiroli, A. C. Croce, D. Locatelli, R. Marchesini, E. Pignoli, S. Tomatis, C. Cuzzoni, S. Di Palma, M. Dalfante, P. Spinelli

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Background and Objective: A microspectrofluorometric analysis on 'ex vivo' samples from normal tissue and adenocarcinoma of the human colon has been performed to characterize the histological, biochemical, and biophysical bases of the autofluorescence. Study Design/Materials and Methods: Differences between normal and tumor tissues are found that concern both the intensity distribution and spectral shape of the autofluorescence emission. The different pattern of the fluorescence intensity can be related to the histological organization of the tissue, and involves mainly the arrangement of the submucosa, the most fluorescent layer. Results: The most evident differences in the spectral shape found in the 480-580 nm range involve the stromal compartment, seem to be due to the presence of different fluorochromes, and are possibly related to the host response to the tumor. Conclusion: The nature and the extent of the autofluorescence modification between normal and tumor tissue in sections explain at least partly the evidence of the 'in vivo' analysis and highlight the importance of excitation for full exploitation of the potentials of autofluorescence in diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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