Dual Modality Imaging of Promoter Activity as a Surrogate for Gene Expression and Function

  • Ajit Dhadve
  • Bhushan Thakur
  • Pritha RayEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1790)


Molecular functional imaging with optical reporter genes (both bioluminescence and fluorescence) is a rapidly evolving method that allows noninvasive, sensitive, real-time monitoring of many cellular events in live cells and whole organisms. These reporter genes with optical signatures when expressed from gene-specific promoters or Cis/Trans elements mimic the endogenous expression pattern without perturbing cellular physiology. With advanced recombinant molecular biology techniques, several strategies for optimal expression from constitutive or inducible, tissue-specific and weak promoters have been developed and used for dynamic and functional imaging. In this chapter, we provide an overview of the applications of this powerful technology for imaging gene expression in living cells and rodent models.

Key words

Noninvasive imaging Dual modality Luciferase Fluorescence Gene expression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Imaging Cell Signaling & Therapeutics Lab, Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC)Navi MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Homi Bhabha National InstituteMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.Homi Bhabha National InstituteMumbaiIndia

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