Navigation Links
Cellular laser microsurgery illuminates research in vertebrate biology
Date:8/17/2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17--Using an ultrafast femtosecond laser, researchers at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., were able to label, draw patterns on, and remove individual melanocytes cells from a species of frog tadpole (Xenopus) without damaging surrounding cells and tissues. Melanocytes are the cells responsible for skin pigment; they also are descendants of a specific type of stem cell that has regenerative potential and other characteristics similar to some cancer cells.

By precisely marking and ablating these cells, the researchers were able to track how melanocytes migrated and regenerated within a live organism. The researchers hope this technique will enable new avenues of research in wound repair, regenerative medicine, and cancer studies. The new method could also be used to study how certain organisms respond to spinal cord damage and how they are able to regenerate portions of their spinal cords.

According to the researchers, femtosecond lasers have already become important tools in biological studies because of the ability to affect highly localized tissues. The laser in their research, described in the August issue of the Optical Society's (OSA) open access journal Biomedical Optics Express, operated at a wavelength of 800 nm, which more readily affected melanocytes while protecting surrounding tissues. This highly selective characteristic enabled the study of cells both on the surface of the skin and in deeper tissue.


'/>"/>

Contact: Angela Stark
astark@osa.org
202-416-1443
Optical Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Cellular stress can induce yeast to promote prion formation
2. Researchers provide means of monitoring cellular interactions
3. Development of a FRET sensor for real-time imaging of intracellular redox dynamics
4. How muscle develops: A dance of cellular skeletons
5. Harvard scientists see the early cellular cause of dry eye disease for the first time
6. Thalidomide shows efficacy as adjuvant therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma patients
7. WSU proves extracellular matrix tugging creates come hither stimulus for cancer migration
8. Extracting cellular engines may aid in understanding mitochondrial diseases
9. New book highlights the cellular and molecular determinants of brain wiring
10. Some cancer drugs may block cellular cross talk but not kill cancer cells
11. BUSM researchers uncover cellular mechanism responsible for chronic inflammation, Type 2 diabetes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/1/2016)... Rising sales of consumer electronics ... intuitive gesture control market size ... consumer electronics coupled with new technological advancements to drive ... through 2020   --> ... advancements to drive global touchfree intuitive gesture control market ...
(Date:1/27/2016)... CHESTER, Ohio , Jan. 27, 2016  Rite ... supplier based in West Chester, Ohio ... their award winning service staff, based in ... technical capacity and ability to provide modifications, installations and ... John Dovalina , CEO of PLUS, commented, "PLUS has ...
(Date:1/22/2016)... , Jan. 22, 2016 ... addition of the "Global Biometrics Market ... their offering. --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/p74whf/global_biometrics ... "Global Biometrics Market in Retail Sector ... --> Research and Markets ( ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... Germany and GERMANTOWN, Maryland ... QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced the ... Panels for gene expression profiling, expanding QIAGEN,s portfolio of ... panels enable researchers to select from over 20,000 human ... discover interactions between genes, cellular phenotypes and disease processes. ...
(Date:2/11/2016)...  Dovetail Genomics™ LLC today announced that it has ... planned metagenomic genome assembly service. Richard Green , ... method in a talk on Friday, February 12 at ... in Orlando, Fla. ... difficult. Using its proprietary Chicago ™ ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Global Stem Cells Group, ... Quito, Ecuador. The new facility will provide advanced protocols and state-of-the-art techniques in ... world. , The new GSCG clinic is headed by four prominent Ecuadorian ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , Feb.10, 2016 ASAE is introducing ... Association Management Companies (AMC) the option of joining or ... annual fee determined by staff size, every employee in ... join ASAE and reap all available member benefits.   ... "Our new organizational membership options will allow organizations of ...
Breaking Biology Technology: