David G. Phillips

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Aminolaevulinic acid (ALA) is the first committed step in haem synthesis. In the presence of excess ALA the natural regulatory feedback system is disrupted allowing accumulation of protoporphyrin IX (PP IX) the last intermediate product before haem, and an effective sensitiser. This method of endogenous photosensitisation of cells has been exploited for(More)
The effect of combining photodynamic therapy (PDT) and bioreductive drugs has been investigated using the RIF-1 experimental murine tumour. Light was delivered interstially to the tumour at 675 nm using a single optical fibre attached to an argon-ion dye laser. The photosensitizer was disulphonated aluminium phthalocyanine (AlS2Pc) and the bioreductive(More)
The ability to detect photosensitisers in tissue at a microscopical level is important when studying photodynamic therapy (PDT) in both normal and malignant tissue. We have studied the fluorescence distribution of aluminium sulphonated phthalocyanine (A1SPc) in the normal rat bladder using a cooled CCD (charge coupled device) imaging system with(More)
Dysplasia in the upper gastrointestinal tract carries a risk of invasive malignant change. Surgical excision of the affected organ is the only treatment available. Photodynamic therapy has been shown to be promising in the treatment of early and superficial tumours and may be useful for the ablation of dysplastic mucosa. Because of the diffuse nature of the(More)
[1] When kinematic GPS processing software is used to estimate the trajectory of an aircraft, unless the delays imposed on the GPS signals by the atmosphere are either estimated or calibrated via external observations, then vertical height errors of decimeters can occur. This problem is clearly manifested when the aircraft is positioned against multiple(More)
Necrosis of small volumes of tumour tissue with photodynamic therapy (PDT) can be achieved relatively easily. For this to be clinically relevant, it is essential to know what the same treatment parameters do to adjacent normal tissues into which the tumour has spread. For pancreatic cancers, local spread to vital structures is common. We have studied(More)
The uptake, retention and effects of aluminium chloro sulphonated phthalocyanine (AlSPc) were measured in two cell lines, UV-2237 a murine fibrosarcoma and the non-tumorigenic NIH/3T3 fibroblast line. The behaviour of cells treated with AlSPc was compared with that of those treated with haematoporphyrin derivative (HpD), a photosensitizer often used in(More)
This report describes the development of a fluorescence microscope based on a standard inverted optical microscope which incorporates a pulsed picosecond dye laser excitation source and a detector consisting of a gated image intensifier coupled to a CCD camera. Fluorescence images have been obtained using gate durations of 0.5 ns from this apparatus,(More)
Tamoxifen is an effective agent preventing mammary carcinogenesis in rats but causing liver tumours. Idoxifene is a more potent antioestrogen and is effective in patients with advanced breast cancer. We therefore compared the effects of idoxifene with tamoxifen on mammary carcinogenesis and hepatic DNA adduct formation. To do this, we undertook a study(More)