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A new strain, exhibiting an intriguing pink-colored cell phenotype, was obtained after an encoding alpha-glucosidase gene from an archaebacteria Thermococcus hydrothermalis was cloned by functional complementation of a mal11 Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant TCY70. The possible implications of the alpha-glucosidase on the cell wall were evaluated by infrared(More)
Fourier transform infrared and Raman microspectroscopy are currently being developed as new methods for the rapid identification of clinically relevant microorganisms. These methods involve measuring spectra from microcolonies which have been cultured for as little as 6 h, followed by the nonsubjective identification of microorganisms through the use of(More)
The multidrug-resistance (MR) status of camptothecin (CPT) was investigated in colon adenocarcinoma HT29 cells, leukemia K562, and breast carcinoma MCF7 cells expressing P-glycoprotein (Pgp) and/or MR-associated protein (MRP1). The concentration that induced 50% growth inhibition (IC(50)) against CPT was 0.14 and 0.20 microM in parental K562/WT and MCF7/WT(More)
Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer among women worldwide, and mortality rates from this cancer are higher than for other gynecological cancers. This is attributed to a lack of reliable screening methods and the inadequacy of treatment modalities for the advanced stages of the disease. FTIR and Raman spectroscopic studies of formalin-fixed(More)
Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy was used to explore structural changes in bacteria under different incubation conditions. In particular, differences between Bradyrhizobium japonicum (BRJ) grown in liquid and on solid media were investigated, as well as the rearrangement of BRJ after transfer from one medium to the other. The FT-IR absorption bands(More)
The interaction of calf-thymus DNA with aspirin is investigated in aqueous solution at pH 7-6 with drug/DNA (phosphate) molar ratios of r = 1/40, 1/20, 1/10, 1/5, 1/2, 1 and 2. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and laser Raman difference spectroscopy are used to determine drug binding sites, sequence preference and DNA secondary structure, as well as the(More)
Some multidrug-resistant cell lines efflux anticancer drugs but do not overexpress the well-known P-glycoprotein pump or Pgp. A 190 kDa or multidrug-resistant associated protein (MRP) has been identified and described as an MDR mediator. Many studies on cells overexpressing MRP and Pgp, show a concentration of the drug inside cytoplasmic vesicles followed(More)
Assessment of liver fibrosis is of paramount importance to guide the therapeutic strategy in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). In this pilot study, we investigated the potential of serum Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy for differentiating CHC patients with extensive hepatic fibrosis from those without fibrosis. Twenty-three serum(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS To follow the local tissue delivery of doxorubicin in HCC explants from patients embolized with drug-eluting beads and to compare it with histologic modifications. METHODS Six patients with HCC underwent chemoembolization with doxorubicin-eluting beads (caliber 100-300 μm, dose 75-150 mg) followed by liver transplantation at different(More)
Raman spectra are classically modeled as a linear mixing of spectra of molecular constituents of the analyzed sample. Source separation methods are thus well suited to estimate these constituent spectra. However, physical distortions due to the instrumentation and biological nature of samples add nonlinearities to the Raman spectra model. These distortions(More)