Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Miniaturized bronchoscopy enables unilateral investigation, application, and sampling in mice (2014)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Dames, Claudia
    Akyüz, Levent
    Reppe, Katrin
    Tabeling, Christoph
    Dietert, Kristina
    Kershaw, Olivia (WE 12)
    Gruber, Achim D (WE 12)
    Meisel, Christian
    Meisel, Andreas
    Witzenrath, Martin
    Engel, Odilo
    American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology; 51(6) — S. 730–737
    ISSN: 1535-4989
    DOI: 10.1165/rcmb.2014-0052MA
    Pubmed: 24960575
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Lung diseases, including pneumonia and asthma, are among the most prevalent human disorders, and murine models have been established to investigate their pathobiology and develop novel treatment approaches. Whereas bronchoscopy is valuable for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in patients, no equivalent for small rodents has been established. Here, we introduce a miniaturized video-bronchoscopy system offering new opportunities in experimental lung research. With an outer diameter of 0.75 mm, it is possible to advance the optics into the main bronchi of mice. An irrigation channel allows bronchoalveolar lavage and unilateral application of substances to one lung. Even a unilateral infection is possible, enabling researchers to use the contralateral lung as internal control.