Andreas Wunder

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We reported recently that albumin is a suitable drug carrier for targeted delivery of methotrexate (MTX) to tumors. Due to pathophysiological conditions in neoplastic tissue, high amounts of albumin accumulate in tumors and are metabolized by malignant cells. MTX, covalently coupled to human serum albumin (MTX-HSA) for cancer treatment, is currently being(More)
OBJECTIVE Sensitive noninvasive strategies for monitoring treatment response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) would be valuable for facilitating appropriate therapy and dosing, evaluating clinical outcome, and developing more effective drugs. Because different proteases are highly up-regulated in RA and contribute significantly to joint destruction, in the(More)
Tumors have been thought to initiate as avascular aggregates of malignant cells that only later induce vascularization. Recently, this classic concept of tumor angiogenesis has been challenged by the suggestion that tumor cells grow by co-opting preexisting host vessels and thus initiate as well-vascularized tumors without triggering angiogenesis. To(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the anti-arthritic effects of the new inflammation-targeted drug MTX-HSA and to investigate whether peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) are potential target cells for albumin-mediated drug delivery. METHODS The murine model of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) was used to measure the anti-arthritic effect of MTX, MTX-HSA or a(More)
Albumin dominates the plasma proteins in man. Following our observation that albumin turnover in rodent tumors is markedly increased, we will present evidence that albumin can be employed as an efficient carrier for targeting cytostatic agents like methotrexate (MTX) into tumors. The considerable discrepancy in the molecular weight of MTX (454 Da) and(More)
Methotrexate-albumin conjugate (MTX-HSA) is a novel human albumin-based prodrug conjugate of methotrexate (MTX). A low MTX loading rate provided optimal tumor targeting and therapeutic efficacy during preclinical testing. The objectives of this first Phase I study of MTX-HSA were to determine dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) in(More)
Impairment of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) after cerebral ischemia leads to extravasation of plasma constituents into the brain parenchyma. We describe a novel method using non-invasive near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging and bovine serum albumin labeled with a NIRF dye (NIRF-BSA) to detect BBB impairment after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)(More)
Light in the near-infrared (NIR) region between 700–900 nm can penetrate deep into living tissue, thereby offering a unique opportunity to use near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging techniques to detect and visualize fluorescent probes in-vivo. In the past few years, many novel NIR fluorescent probes have been designed, synthesized and studied in a(More)
Inflammation is a pathophysiological hallmark of many diseases of the brain. Specific imaging of cells and molecules that contribute to cerebral inflammation is therefore highly desirable, both for research and in clinical application. The 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) has been established as a suitable target for the detection of activated(More)