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BACKGROUND As a key regulator of serotonergic activity and target of many antidepressant treatments, the serotonin transporter (SERT) represents a potential mediator of anxiety- and depression-related behaviors. Using mice lacking the SERT (SERT KO), we examined the role of SERT function in anxiety- and depression-related behaviors and serotonergic neuron(More)
OBJECTIVE Report on the 7-year experience with bilateral ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC-Tandem therapy) for bilateral retinoblastoma. DESIGN Retrospective, single institution study. SUBJECTS 120 eyes of 60 children with bilateral retinoblastoma treated since March 2008. METHODS Retrospective review of all children treated at Memorial Sloan(More)
PURPOSE Carboplatin administered systemically or periocularly can result in dramatic and prompt regression of retinoblastoma. However, both routes are rarely curative alone and have undesirable side effects. We aimed to assess the efficacy and toxicity of carboplatin +/- topotecan delivered by ophthalmic artery chemosurgery whereby chemotherapy is infused(More)
BACKGROUND Intra-arterial (i.a.) chemotherapy has more risks of procedural complications in neonates and young infants. For these reasons, we have developed a strategy of bridge intravenous single agent chemotherapy to postpone i.a. chemotherapy in these children PROCEDURE Neonates and young infants with retinoblastoma who required chemotherapy were(More)
PURPOSE We have monitored retinal function in patients treated for retinoblastoma (primarily, but not exclusively by intra-arterial chemotherapy infusion) by electroretinography (ERG) recordings for the past 7 years. We here present data from 599 ERG studies of 108 patients, in which a complete ERG protocol including both photopic and scotopic recordings(More)
PURPOSE To report electroretinogram responses of retinoblastoma children under anesthesia before and after treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs (melphalan, topotecan, carboplatin) delivery by ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC). METHODS A cohort study of 81 patients with retinoblastoma treated with OAC. All patients treated with OAC at our center(More)
Even though less than 1% of uveal melanoma patients are found to have radiographic or clinical evidence of distant disease at the time of treatment for their intraocular disease, they carry a lifetime risk of disease recurrence, with approximately 50% of patients ultimately developing fatal metastases. Despite this significant risk, there is no consensus(More)
Maturation of the oocyte involves nuclear and cytoplasmic changes that include post-translational processing of proteins. The objective was to investigate whether inhibition of proteasomes during maturation would alter competence of the bovine oocyte for fertilization and subsequent development. Cumulus-oocyte complexes were cultured in the presence or(More)
PURPOSE To assess in vitro cytotoxic activity and antiangiogenic effect, ocular and systemic disposition, and toxicity of digoxin in rabbits after intravitreal injection as a potential candidate for retinoblastoma treatment. METHODS A panel of two retinoblastoma and three endothelial cell types were exposed to increasing concentrations of digoxin in a(More)
PURPOSE To report globe salvage rates, patient survival and adverse events of ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC) for International Classification of Retinoblastoma (ICRB) group D retinoblastoma (naive and after prior failures). METHODS Single institution retrospective review of all Group D eyes treated with OAC from 5/2006-12/2012. Patients were treated(More)