Georgia Williams

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BACKGROUND Fetal beta cells are a potential form of cell therapy for type 1 diabetes. To protect transplanted cells from cellular immune attack, microencapsulation using barium alginate can be employed. Whether microencapsulated fetal pancreatic cells will differentiate as occurs with nonencapsulated fetal pancreatic cells is presently unknown. It is(More)
Although multiple bony metastases from carcinoma of the prostate are common, widespread pain is a much less frequent complication but one which nevertheless presents considerable difficulties in management. Pain may be severe requiring large doses of narcotic analgesics and may render the patient virtually immobile. A total of 53 treatments with radioactive(More)
BACKGROUND Embryonic stem cells (ESC) when transplanted into recipients with different major histocompatibility antigens may be rejected, especially as cells differentiate and expression of these antigens increases. One method to prevent rejection is to place the developing ESC in microcapsules. It is currently unknown what effect encapsulation has on the(More)
AIMS Two contrasting approaches of a prophylactic gastrostomy or a nasogastric tube as needed are widely used to support patients receiving chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer. The influence of the type and timing of enteral feeding tube support upon long-term swallowing is uncertain. This study analysed the patients' perspective on long-term(More)
BACKGROUND Caveolae are specialized invaginations in the cell membrane involved in the regulation of cell transport and signal transduction. The aims of this study were to investigate the number of caveolae and expression of caveolae-associated proteins, caveolin-1 and -2, and polymerase 1 and transcript release factor (PTRF) with development of prostate(More)
AIM To generate complex surrogate tissue by transplanting 3D scaffolds seeded with human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) between the liver lobules of severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice and to assess the teratoma-forming potential. MATERIALS & METHODS 3D poly-(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffolds coated with laminin were seeded with hESCs and(More)
Surgical specimens from 9 normal human gallbladders and from 9 lithiasic gallbladders were incubated in vitro with [3H]thymidine. Autoradiography was used to observe the cells in DNA synthesis in the mucosal epithelium. The percentages of labeled cells (labeling index) and of mitotic figures (mitotic index) were estimated. In the normal gallbladder, the(More)