Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor

Muldoon, Timothy

Reader

Kim, Michelle

Second Reader

Quinn, Kyle

Abstract

Every year 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Of the cases diagnosed, 10% -15% are classified as triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) due to the absence of estrogen, progesterone, and HER-2/Neu receptors. This breast cancer sub-type is markedly more aggressive and twice as likely to develop in premenopausal women. TNBC is resistant to endocrine therapies and current targeted agents, making clinical need for the development of validated therapeutics for TNBC a pressing matter. To initiate drug development, the internalization of directly immunolabeled epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) in SK-BR-3 human breast adenocarcinoma cells was quantitated using live-cell multiphoton microscopy for 30 minutes over 5 minute intervals. EGFR targeting is of interest because its internalization triggers the signaling pathway that disrupts cell-cell adhesion and induces cell motility. The images acquired were processed using ImageJ and analyzed through line profiles. After measuring the full width half max at each time point of the 30-minute time series, it was determined that significant EGFR internalization did not occur.

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