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BACKGROUND Angiogenesis is a critical feature of plaque development in atherosclerosis and might play a key role in both the initiation and later rupture of plaques that lead to myocardial infarction and stroke. The precursory molecular or cellular events that initiate plaque growth and that ultimately contribute to plaque instability, however, cannot be(More)
OBJECTIVES Studies were performed to develop a prolonged antiangiogenesis therapy regimen based on theranostic alpha(nu)beta(3)-targeted nanoparticles. BACKGROUND Antiangiogenesis therapy may normalize atherosclerotic plaque vasculature and promote plaque stabilization. alpha(nu)beta(3)-targeted paramagnetic nanoparticles can quantify atherosclerotic(More)
Fumagillin suppresses angiogenesis in cancer models and clinical trials, but it is associated with neurotoxicity at systemic doses. In this study, alpha(nu)beta(3)-targeted fumagillin nanoparticles were used to suppress the neovasculature and inhibit Vx-2 adenocarcinoma development using minute drug doses. Tumor-bearing rabbits were treated on days 6, 9,(More)
Neovascularization is a critical component in the progression of malignant melanoma. The objective of this study was to determine whether alpha(nu)beta(3)-targeted paramagnetic nanoparticles can detect and characterize sparse alpha(nu)beta integrin expression on neovasculature induced by nascent melanoma xenografts ( approximately 30 mm(3)) at 1.5T. Athymic(More)
Our objectives were 1) to characterize angiogenesis in the MDA-MB-435 xenograft mouse model with three-dimensional (3D) MR molecular imaging using alpha(5)beta(1)(RGD)- or irrelevant RGS-targeted paramagnetic nanoparticles and 2) to use MR molecular imaging to assess the antiangiogenic effectiveness of alpha(5)beta(1)(alpha(nu)beta(3))- vs.(More)
Dynamic changes of myocardial fiber and sheet structure are key determinants of regional ventricular function. However, quantitative characterization of the contraction-related changes in fiber and sheet structure has not been reported. The objective of this study was to quantify cardiac fiber and sheet structure at selected phases of the cardiac cycle.(More)
Real-time detection of targeted contrast agent binding is challenging due to background signal from unbound agent. (19)F diffusion weighted MR spectroscopy (DWS) could selectively detect binding of angiogenesis-targeted perfluorocarbon nanoparticles in vivo. Transgenic K14-HPV16 mice with epidermal squamous carcinomas exhibiting up-regulated neovasculature(More)
MRI has recently been used for noninvasive examination of retinal structure and function in rats and cats. However, the advantages of quantitative high-resolution MRI of retina from mice have not yet been explored. In the present study, T(1) and T(2) relaxation time constants and the directional apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in the retina of C57/BL6(More)
Previous work from this laboratory has shown that amiodarone induces alveolar epithelial cell apoptosis that was abrogated by antagonists of angiotensin II. In this study, amiodarone up-regulated angiotensinogen mRNA and protein in primary cultures of rat type II pneumocytes and in the human A549 cell line. The mechanism of amiodarone-induced(More)
Environmental exposure to cadmium is known to cause damage to alveolar epithelial cells of the lung, impair their capacity to repair, and result in permanent structural alterations. Cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) can modulate cell responses to injury through their interactions with soluble effector molecules. These interactions are often(More)