A Bright Future for Fluorescence Imaging of Fungi in Living Hosts

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Authors

  • Ambre F Chapuis
  • Elizabeth R Ballou
  • Donna M MacCallum

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Birmingham

Abstract

Traditional in vivo investigation of fungal infection and new antifungal therapies in mouse models is usually carried out using post mortem methodologies. However, biomedical imaging techniques focusing on non-invasive techniques using bioluminescent and fluorescent proteins have become valuable tools. These new techniques address ethical concerns as they allow reduction in the number of animals required to evaluate new antifungal therapies. They also allow better understanding of the growth and spread of the pathogen during infection. In this review, we concentrate on imaging technologies using different fungal reporter proteins. We discuss the advantages and limitations of these different reporters and compare the efficacy of bioluminescent and fluorescent proteins for fungal research.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
JournalJournal of Fungi
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • 3Rs, Bioluminescence, Fluorescent reporters, IRFP, Infection models, Live imaging