Tissue Discs: A 3D Model for Assessing Modulation of Tissue Oxygenation
The presence of hypoxia in solid tumours is correlated with poor treatment outcome. We have developed a 3-D tissue engineered construct to quantitatively monitor oxygen penetration through tumour tissue using the exogenous 2-nitroimidazole bioreductive probe pimonidazole and phosphorescence quenching technologies. Using this in vitro model we were able to examine the influence of the biguanides metformin and phenformin, antimycin A and KCN, on the distribution and kinetics of oxygen delivery as prototypes of modulators of oxygen metabolism.
KeywordsHypoxia Oxygensensing Tumour Metabolism Radiosensitivity