Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Receptor Targeted Fluorescent Imaging for Gallbladder Cancer in Orthotopic Mouse Models

Gut Liver. 2022 Jul 15;16(4):606-612. doi: 10.5009/gnl210164. Epub 2021 Sep 1.


Background/aims: Gallbladder cancer is fatal, but fluorescent imaging technology can facilitate timely diagnosis and improve patient outcomes. Fluorophore-conjugated insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) targeted antibodies were used to visualize gallbladder cancer in orthotopic tumor mouse models.

Methods: Western blotting, flow cytometric analysis, and confocal microscopy detected the expression of IGF-1R in SNU-308, SNU-478, and SNU-1196 bile duct cancer cells. In vivo imaging of SNU-478 and SNU-1196 subcutaneous tumors and orthotopic gallbladder tumor models of SNU-478 were performed after injection with DyLight 650-conjugated IGF-1R antibody.

Results: Western blotting and flow cytometric analysis showed that IGF-1R was expressed in bile duct cancer cells, and confocal microscopy demonstrated that IGF-1R antibody was able to bind to IGF-1R on the cell membrane. Fluorescent IGF-1R antibody injected into the mouse tail vein made subcutaneous tumors and orthotopic tumors become fluorescent. The intensity of fluorescence from the tumor was stronger than that from surrounding normal tissues. Histochemical examination confirmed that the tumor was located inside the gallbladder and adjacent liver parenchyma of mice.

Conclusions: Our study showed that a fluorescent IGF-1R-targeted antibody could help detect gallbladder tumors. Tumor-specific imaging technology can be applied to endoscopy, laparoscopy, and robotic surgery for better management of gallbladder cancer.

Keywords: Gallbladder neoplasms; Imaging; Insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Bile Duct Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Gallbladder Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Mice
  • Receptor, IGF Type 1* / metabolism


  • Antibodies
  • Igf1r protein, mouse
  • Receptor, IGF Type 1