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PURPOSE We investigated the effects of intrathecal application of nerve growth factor (NGF) antibodies (Ab) on bladder hyperreflexia in chronic spinalized rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS In adult female rats an intrathecal catheter was implanted at the level of the L6 to S1 spinal cord, followed by complete transection of the Th8 to 9 spinal cord. At 10 days(More)
PURPOSE We investigated the effects of intrathecal application of nerve growth factor (NGF) antibodies (NGF-Abs) and desensitization of C-fiber afferent pathways by capsaicin treatment on detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia (DSD) after spinal cord injury (SCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS In adult female rats SCI was induced by complete transection of the spinal(More)
In order to clarify the functional role of the isolectin B4 (IB4)-binding afferent pathway in the micturition reflex, we investigated the effects on bladder activity of intrathecal application of the IB4-saporin conjugate, a targeting cytotoxin that destroys neurons binding IB4. In rats, IB4-saporin (2.5 micro m) or vehicle was administered through an(More)
PURPOSE It has been proposed that a deficiency in the axonal transport of nerve growth factor (NGF) may have an important role in inducing diabetic neuropathy, which contributes to diabetic cystopathy. Therefore, in streptozotocin (Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, Missouri) induced diabetic rats we investigated the relationship of bladder function with NGF(More)
In a phase I/IIa study of in situ gene therapy using an adenovirus vector carrying the human REIC/Dkk-3 gene (Ad-REIC), we assessed the inhibitory effects of cancer recurrence after radical prostatectomy (RP), in patients with high risk localized prostate cancer (PCa). After completing the therapeutic interventions with initially planned three escalating(More)
A 63-year-old man with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) was successfully treated for two years with in situ gene therapy using an adenovirus vector carrying the human REIC/Dkk-3 gene (Ad-REIC), following chemotherapy. Ad-REIC mediates simultaneous induction of cancer-selective apoptosis and augmentation of antitumor immunity, and a(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the short and long term safety and efficacy of ureteroscopic evaluation and management of chronic unilateral hematuria. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed patients with chronic unilateral hematuria from 1987 to 2008. The distal to middle ureter was evaluated with a semi-rigid ureteroscope without a guidewire. Subsequently, the(More)