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Loss of PTEN function leads to activation of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling and Akt. Clinical trials are now testing whether mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibition is useful in treating PTEN-null cancers. Here, we report that mTOR inhibition induced apoptosis of epithelial cells and the complete reversal of a neoplastic phenotype in the(More)
A semi-automated solid-phase extraction (SPE) liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) procedure was validated for the simultaneous determination of everolimus (RAD001) and cyclosporin A (CsA) in human blood. Whole blood samples (350microL) were pretreated with acetonitrile/zinc sulfate mixture to precipitate the sample proteins. The samples were(More)
A semi-automated high-throughput liquid/liquid extraction (LLE) assay was developed for RAD001 and cyclosporin A (CsA) in human blood. After addition of internal standard and ammonium hydroxide, samples were extracted twice with methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE). The organic extract was evaporated to dryness and reconstituted in mobile phase. Where possible,(More)
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