This study aimed at developing a method for administration of 18F-Fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) in the common octopus and micro-positron emission tomography (micro-PET) bio-distribution assay for the characterization of glucose metabolism in body organs and regenerating tissues. Methods: Seven animals (two with one regenerating arm) were anesthetized with 3.7% MgCl2 in artificial seawater. Each octopus was injected with 18-30 MBq of isosmotic 18F-FDG by accessing the branchial heart or the anterior vena cava. After an uptake time of ~50 minutes, the animal was sacrificed, placed on a bed of a micro-PET scanner and submitted to 10 min static 3-4 bed acquisitions to visualize the entire body. To confirm the interpretation of images, internal organs of interest were collected. The level of radioactivity of each organ was counted with a γ-counter. Results: Micro-PET scanning documented a good 18F-FDG full body distribution following vena cava administration. A high mantle mass radioactivity facing a relatively low tracer uptake in the arms was revealed. In particular, the following organs were clearly identified and measured for their uptake: brain (standardized uptake value, SUV max of 6.57±1.86), optic lobes (SUV max of 7.59±1.66) and arms (SUV max of 1.12±0.06). Interestingly, 18F-FDG uptake was up to threefold higher in the regenerating arm stumps at the level of highly proliferating areas. Conclusion: This study represents a stepping-stone over the use of non-invasive functional techniques to address questions relevant to invertebrate neuroscience and regenerative medicine.

18F-FDG micro-PET imaging for research investigations in the Octopus vulgaris: applications and future directions in invertebrate neuroscience and tissue regeneration

Zullo, Letizia;Buschiazzo, Ambra;Massollo, Michela;Riondato, Mattia;Democrito, Alessia;Marini, Cecilia;Benfenati, Fabio;Sambuceti, Gianmario
2018

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This study aimed at developing a method for administration of 18F-Fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) in the common octopus and micro-positron emission tomography (micro-PET) bio-distribution assay for the characterization of glucose metabolism in body organs and regenerating tissues. Methods: Seven animals (two with one regenerating arm) were anesthetized with 3.7% MgCl2 in artificial seawater. Each octopus was injected with 18-30 MBq of isosmotic 18F-FDG by accessing the branchial heart or the anterior vena cava. After an uptake time of ~50 minutes, the animal was sacrificed, placed on a bed of a micro-PET scanner and submitted to 10 min static 3-4 bed acquisitions to visualize the entire body. To confirm the interpretation of images, internal organs of interest were collected. The level of radioactivity of each organ was counted with a γ-counter. Results: Micro-PET scanning documented a good 18F-FDG full body distribution following vena cava administration. A high mantle mass radioactivity facing a relatively low tracer uptake in the arms was revealed. In particular, the following organs were clearly identified and measured for their uptake: brain (standardized uptake value, SUV max of 6.57±1.86), optic lobes (SUV max of 7.59±1.66) and arms (SUV max of 1.12±0.06). Interestingly, 18F-FDG uptake was up to threefold higher in the regenerating arm stumps at the level of highly proliferating areas. Conclusion: This study represents a stepping-stone over the use of non-invasive functional techniques to address questions relevant to invertebrate neuroscience and regenerative medicine.
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