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This paper presents a fully automated method for atlas-based whole-body segmentation in non-contrast-enhanced Micro-CT data of mice. The position and posture of mice in such studies may vary to a large extent, complicating data comparison in cross-sectional and follow-up studies. Moreover, Micro-CT typically yields only poor soft-tissue contrast for(More)
In addition to HLA-B27, other genetic factors are thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Because of the location of the TNF gene in the vicinity of the HLA-B locus, and the prominent role in inflammation of its product, we investigated the association between AS and two G to A transition polymorphisms located at position(More)
In cancer surgery, intra-operative assessment of the tumor-free margin, which is critical for the prognosis of the patient, relies on the visual appearance and palpation of the tumor. Optical imaging techniques provide real-time visualization of the tumor, warranting intra-operative image-guided surgery. Within this field, imaging in the near-infrared light(More)
The location of the human TNF genes within the MHC complex has prompted much speculation about the role of TNF alleles in the etiology of MHC-associated autoimmune diseases. On sequencing the 5' regulatory region of the human TNFA gene a G (TNFA-308G) to A (TNFA-308A) transition polymorphism at position -308 was discovered. We have developed a simple PCR(More)
BACKGROUND Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging using indocyanine green (ICG) is a promising technique to obtain real-time assessment of the extent and number of colorectal liver metastases during surgery. The current study aims to optimize dosage and timing of ICG administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS Liver tumors were induced in 18 male WAG/Rij rats(More)
For the successful application of RNA interference in vivo, it is desired to achieve (local) delivery of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and long-term gene silencing. Nonviral electrodelivery is suitable to obtain local and prolonged expression of transgenes. By intramuscular electrodelivery of a plasmid in which two opposing human polymerase III promoters(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the role of polymorphisms of the tumour necrosis factor (TNF) receptors, TNF-RI (p55) and TNF-RII (p75) in the susceptibility to and severity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Dutch patients. METHODS A total of 319 consecutive RA patients, and a cohort of 90 female RA patients with detailed 12-yr follow-up were genotyped for the TNF-RI(More)
AIM Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence optical imaging is a promising technique to assess the extent of colorectal metastases during curative-intended surgery. However, NIR fluorescence imaging of liver metastases is highly challenging due to hepatic uptake and clearance of many fluorescent dyes. In the current study, the biodistribution and the ability to(More)
Using three publicly available small-animal atlases (Sprague–Dawley rat, MOBY, and Digimouse), we built three articulated atlases and present several applications in the scope of molecular imaging. Major bones/bone groups were manually segmented for each atlas skeleton. Then, a kinematic model for each atlas was built: each joint position was identified and(More)
Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) has shown its appeal as a sensitive technique for in vivo whole body optical imaging. However, the development of injectable tumor-specific near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probes makes fluorescence imaging (FLI) a promising alternative to BLI in situations where BLI cannot be used or is unwanted (e.g., spontaneous transgenic(More)