Marta Zientkowska

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Ion channels are being associated with a growing number of diseases including cancer. This overview summarizes data on voltage-gated potassium channels (VGKCs) that exhibit oncogenic properties: ether-à-go-go type 1 (Eag1). Normally, Eag1 is expressed almost exclusively in tissue of neural origin, but its ectopic expression leads to uncontrolled(More)
An increasing number of ion channels are being found to be causally involved in diseases, giving rise to the new field of "channelopathies". Cancer is no exception, and several ion channels have been linked to tumour progression. Among them is the potassium channel EAG (Ether-a-go-go). Over 75% of tumours have been tested positive using a monoclonal(More)
The stress-inducible heat shock protein (HSP) 70 is known to function as an endogenous danger signal that can increase the immunogenicity of tumors and induce CTL responses. We show in this study that HSP70 also activates mouse NK cells that recognize stress-inducible NKG2D ligands on tumor cells. Tumor size and the rate of metastases derived from(More)
A hybrid imaging system for simultaneous fluorescence tomography and X-ray computed tomography (XCT) of small animals has been developed and presented. The system capitalizes on the imaging power of a 360 ( degrees )-projection free-space fluorescence tomography system, implemented within a microcomputed tomography scanner. Image acquisition is based on(More)
Skeletal metastasis is an important cause of mortality in patients with breast cancer. Hence, animal models, in combination with various imaging techniques, are in high demand for preclinical assessment of novel therapies. We evaluated the applicability of flat-panel volume computed tomography (fpVCT) to noninvasive detection of osteolytic bone metastases(More)
Noninvasive methods are strongly needed to detect and quantify not only tumor growth in murine tumor models but also the development of vascularization and necrosis within tumors. This study investigates the use of a new imaging technique, flat-panel detector volume computed tomography (fpVCT), to monitor in vivo tumor progression and structural changes(More)
Connecting fluorescence signals with anatomic structures enhances our ability to monitor biologic processes in mice. Here, we present a semiautomated approach to correlate two-dimensional (2D) noninvasive near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging with three-dimensional (3D), high-resolution, flat-panel volume computed tomography (fpVCT). We developed an(More)
The adipocytokine leptin modulates vascular remodeling and neointima formation. Because endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) participate in vascular repair, we analyzed the effects of leptin on human EPC function in vitro and in vivo. After 7 days in culture, EPCs expressed the leptin receptor and responded to leptin stimulation with increased STAT3(More)
The recent development of hybrid imaging scanners that integrate fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT) and x-ray computed tomography (XCT) allows the utilization of x-ray information as image priors for improving optical tomography reconstruction. To fully capitalize on this capacity, we consider a framework for the automatic and fast detection of(More)
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