Isabelle Bassi

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Experimentally renal tissue hypoxia appears to play an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and arterial hypertension (AHT). In this study we measured renal tissue oxygenation and its determinants in humans using blood oxygenation level-dependent magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD-MRI) under standardized hydration conditions.(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess inter-observer variability of renal blood oxygenation level-dependent MRI (BOLD-MRI) using a new method of analysis, called the concentric objects (CO) technique, in comparison with the classical ROI (region of interest)-based technique. METHODS MR imaging (3T) was performed before and after furosemide in 10 chronic kidney disease(More)
UNLABELLED Biodegradable nanoparticles have been employed for vaccine delivery, frequently admixed with adjuvants. Surprisingly, there is little information on their modulation of immune responses, speculated to be negligible. We analyzed the immunomodulatory capacity of alginate-coated chitosan nanogels (Ng), on porcine and human blood dendritic cells(More)
We developed and tested a potent hexameric Fas agonist, termed MegaFasL, for its cytotoxic effects on a panel of human haematopoietic malignant cells and healthy human haematopoietic progenitor cells (CD34+CD38low). Results demonstrated that MegaFasL induced apoptosis in cell lines and primary cells representing multiple myeloma (MM), acute myeloid(More)
OBJECTIVE MegaFas Ligand (MFL) is a recombinant molecule that efficiently triggers apoptosis after binding to the Fas receptor expressed on target cells. The purpose of this study was to determine the potency of MFL in vitro and efficacy in vivo for intraperitoneal treatment of mice implanted with human ovarian carcinoma cells. METHODS The potency of MFL(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) are essential to many aspects of immune defense development and regulation. They provide important targets for prophylactic and therapeutic delivery. While protein delivery has had considerable success, RNA delivery is still expanding. Delivering RNA molecules for RNAi has shown particular success and there are reports on successful(More)
Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is a frequent cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Using blood oxygenation level-dependent magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD-MRI), we measured cortical and medullary oxygenation in children with CKD due to VUR and compared the results to those obtained on healthy controls. The study population comprised 37 children(More)
Self-amplifying replicon RNA (RepRNA) possesses high potential for increasing antigen load within dendritic cells (DCs). The major aim of the present work was to define how RepRNA delivered by biodegradable, chitosan-based nanoparticulate delivery vehicles (nanogel-alginate (NGA)) interacts with DCs, and whether this could lead to translation of the RepRNA(More)
BACKGROUND Previous observations found a high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the hemodialysis population, but the best diagnostic approach remains undefined. We assessed OSA prevalence and performance of available screening tools to propose a specific diagnostic algorithm. METHODS 104 patients from 6 Swiss hemodialysis centers underwent(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with significantly increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Fluid overload may promote obstructive sleep apnea in patients with ESRD through an overnight fluid shift from the legs to the neck soft tissues. Body fluid shift and severity of obstructive sleep apnea before and after(More)
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