Christian Zach

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This study investigates the effects of 111In-oxine incorporation on human mesenchymal stem cells’ (hMSC) biology and viability, and the applicability of 111In-oxine for single-photon emission computed tomography/X-ray computed tomography (SPECT/CT) monitoring of hMSC in vivo. HMSC were labelled with 10 Bq/cell. Cellular retention of radioactivity, cell(More)
The effect of cognitive intervention on brain metabolism in Alzheimer's disease (AD) is largely unexplored. Therefore, we aimed to investigate clinical cognitive parameters and 18FDG PET to test for effects of a cognitive intervention in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) or mild AD. Patients with aMCI (n = 24) or mild AD (n = 15) were(More)
In this study, we determined the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of sodium iodide symporter (NIS) gene transfer and the therapeutic potential of oncolytic virotherapy combined with radioiodine therapy using a conditionally replicating oncolytic adenovirus. For this purpose, we used a replication-selective adenovirus in which the E1a gene is driven by the(More)
The tumor-homing property of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) has lead to their use as delivery vehicles for therapeutic genes. The application of the sodium iodide symporter (NIS) as therapy gene allows noninvasive imaging of functional transgene expression by (123)I-scintigraphy or PET-imaging, as well as therapeutic application of (131)I or (188)Re. Based on(More)
The aim of this study is to evaluate a non-invasive method for measuring myocardial perfusion defect size in mice using a clinical single-photon emission computed tomography system equipped with pinhole collimators (pinhole SPECT). Thirty days after ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, 13 mice (C57BL/6J) were imaged following(More)
Due to its dual role as reporter and therapy gene, the sodium iodide symporter (NIS) allows noninvasive imaging of functional NIS expression by (123)I-scintigraphy or (124)I-PET imaging before the application of a therapeutic dose of (131)I. NIS expression provides a novel mechanism for the evaluation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as gene delivery(More)
Altered SERT and DAT availabilities during treatment with escitalopram were investigated with [(123)I]2β-carbomethoxy-3β-(4-iodophenyl)tropane (β-CIT) SPECT in a series of patients fulfilling the criteria for unipolar major depressive disorder (MDD). 27 patients (10m, 42±16y) with diagnosis of MDD were recruited for the study. All patients underwent(More)
PURPOSE We recently reported the significant therapeutic efficacy of radioiodine therapy in various tumor mouse models following transcriptionally targeted sodium iodide symporter (NIS) gene transfer. These studies showed the high potential of NIS as a novel diagnostic and therapeutic gene for the treatment of extrathyroidal tumors. As a next crucial step(More)
The anatomical basis of visuo-constructive impairment in AD is widely unexplored. FDG-PET can be used to determine functional neuronal networks underlying specific cognitive performance in the human brain. In the present study, we determined the pattern of cortical metabolism that was associated with visuo-constructive performance in AD. We employed two(More)