Mary Johansen

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Erlotinib (Tarceva), an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has clinical activity in advanced lung cancer, but disease that initially responds to erlotinib eventually progresses. The mechanism of this acquired resistance is unclear. We established two erlotinib-resistant pools of A-431 cells, a well-characterized epidermoid(More)
BACKGROUND The laryngeal mask airway (LMA; LMA North America, Inc., San Diego, CA) has a well-established role in the emergency and elective treatment of patients with difficult-to-manage airways (DA). In this study, the authors report their clinical experience with the intubating LMA (LMA-Fastrach; LMA North America, Inc., San Diego, CA) in 254 patients(More)
HER2 overexpression is one of the most recognizable molecular alterations in breast tumors known to be associated with a poor prognosis. In the study described here, we explored the effect of HER2 overexpression on the sensitivity of breast cancer cells to the growth-inhibitory effects of 2-cyano-3,12-dioxooleana-1,9-dien-28-oic acid (CDDO), a synthetic(More)
Microdialysis is a new in vivo sampling technology applied to the study of pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism in the blood and soft tissues of living systems. A small-diameter probe containing a dialysis membrane is implanted into tissue and perfused with a suitable fluid. Low-molecular-weight substances passively diffuse through the semipermeable(More)
3537 Background: PBI-05204 contains oleandrin, a cardiac glycoside, which inhibits the α-3 subunit Na-K ATPase pump. Over-expression of the α-3 subunit in malignant cells correlates with the tumor proliferation. Oleandrin inhibits FGF- 2 export and activation of NF-Kβ and inhibits phosphorylation of Akt. PBI-05204 also inhibits p70S6K, decreasing mTOR(More)
We report the first series demonstrating effective clearance of methotrexate using acute intermittent hemodialysis with a high-flux dialyzer. The study was performed on six patients, two females and four males aged 13 to 72 years. All were patients at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Patients were dialyzed for 4 to 6 hours daily using a Fresenius F-80 membrane(More)
Lipid-soluble cardiac glycosides such as bufalin, oleandrin, and digitoxin have been suggested as potent agents that might be useful as anticancer agents. Past research with oleandrin, a principle cardiac glycoside in Nerium oleander L. (Apocynaceae), has been shown to induce cell death through induction of apoptosis. In PANC-1 cells, a human pancreatic(More)
PURPOSE Vinorelbine (Navelbine) is an orally absorbable Vinca with broad antitumor activity. It differs from other Vinca in that it is structurally modified on the catharanthine nucleus and has differential actions on tubulin that render it less neurotoxic than other compounds in this class. We conducted a phase I study of vinorelbine given the activity of(More)
Dolastatin-10 is a novel pentapeptide agentoriginally isolated from the marine molluskDolabella auricularia with amechanism of antitumor activity thatinvolves the inhibition of microtubuleassembly. We performed a Phase II trial ofDolastatin-10, 400 μg/m2, inpatients with advanced melanoma who hadreceived no prior chemotherapy. Dolastatin-10 pharmokinetics(More)
Microdialysis sampling of blood and extracellular fluid (ECF) of living tissue offers unique advantages for studying anticancer drug distribution, metabolism, and mechanisms of tumor drug resistance. We applied microdialysis sampling in a rat model to describe the pharmacokinetics of cisplatin and carboplatin simultaneously in blood and several peripheral(More)