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Radiat Res. 1999 May;151(5):580-9.

Comparisons among pimonidazole binding, oxygen electrode measurements, and radiation response in C3H mouse tumors.

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Radiation Oncology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill 27599, USA.


Pimonidazole binding was compared with oxygen electrode measurements and with measurements of the radiobiologically hypoxic fraction in C3H mammary tumors in which oxygenation was manipulated by means of subjecting tumor-bearing CDF1 mice to air breathing, carbogen breathing, oxygen breathing, hydralazine injection or tumor clamping. Hypoxia measured by pimonidazole binding could be correlated with both pO2 (r2 = 0.81) and radiobiologically hypoxic fraction (r2 = 0.85) in this system. The scope and limitation of pimonidazole as an immunohistochemical marker for tumor hypoxia is discussed.

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