Desmond B. S. Pink

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Delta1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase (P5CDh) catalyzes the conversion of Delta1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate to glutamate in a reaction requiring NADP+ as a cofactor. Delta1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate is formed in liver from proline by proline oxidase (EC number not assigned) or from ornithine via ornithine aminotransferase. A spectrophotometric assay for(More)
The leaky, heterogeneous vasculature of human tumors prevents the even distribution of systemic drugs within cancer tissues. However, techniques for studying vascular delivery systems in vivo often require complex mammalian models and time-consuming, surgical protocols. The developing chicken embryo is a well-established model for human cancer that is(More)
BACKGROUND Diphtheria toxin (DT) has been utilized as a prospective anti-cancer agent for the targeted delivery of cytotoxic therapy to otherwise untreatable neoplasia. DT is an extremely potent toxin for which the entry of a single molecule into a cell can be lethal. DT has been targeted to cancer cells by deleting the cell receptor-binding domain and(More)
BACKGROUND Clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) exhibits suppressed mitochondrial function and preferential use of glycolysis even in normoxia, promoting proliferation and suppressing apoptosis. ccRCC resistance to therapy is driven by constitutive hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) expression due to genetic loss of von Hippel-Lindau factor. In addition to(More)
Bladder cancer has a recurrence rate of up to 80% and many patients require multiple treatments that often fail, eventually leading to disease progression. In particular, standard of care for high-grade disease, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), fails in 30% of patients. We have generated a novel oncolytic vaccinia virus (VACV) by mutating the F4L gene that(More)
The use of rodent models to evaluate efficacy during testing is accompanied by significant economic and regulatory hurdles which compound the costs of screening for promising drug candidates. Vasopermeation Enhancement Agents (VEAs) are a new class of biologics that are designed to increase the uptake of cancer therapeutics at the tumor site by modifying(More)
Necrosis is induced by ischemic conditions within the core of many solid tumors. Using fluorescent fusion proteins, we provide in vivo evidence of histone trafficking among cancer cells in implanted tumors. In particular, the most abundant H1 isoform (H1.2) was found to be transported from necrotic tumor cells into surrounding viable cells where histones(More)
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