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UNLABELLED The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of PET imaging of oncogene VPAC1 receptors overexpressed in human breast cancer cells. METHODS Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) analog (TP3982) was synthesized to harbor a carboxy-terminus lysine (Lys) residue separated from VIP-asparagine (Asn(28)) by 4-aminobutyric acid (Aba) as a(More)
Vasoactive intestinal peptide and pituitary adenylate cyclase activating peptide have high affinity for VPAC1, VPAC2 and PAC1 receptors overexpressed on human cancer cells. Four potent analogues of these peptides, TP3939, TP3982, TP4200 and TP3805 were labeled with (64)Cu and evaluated ex vivo and in vivo to asses their biological activity and receptor(More)
UNLABELLED Detection of a new or recurrent breast cancer lesion relies on physical examination and imaging studies, primarily mammography, followed by histopathologic evaluation of biopsy tissue for morphologic confirmation. Approximately 66%-85% of detected lesions are not malignant. Therefore, biopsies are unnecessary for at least two thirds of patients.(More)
OBJECTIVES To prepare 99m technetium (99mTc)-labeled neurotensin (NT) peptide and to evaluate the feasibility of imaging oncogene NT receptors overexpressed in human small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) cells. METHODS The NT analogue (Nalpha-His)Ac-NT(8-13) was synthesized such that histidine was attached at the N-terminus. The analogue was labeled with(More)
Imaging oncogene mRNA in tumours would provide a powerful tool for the early detection of occult malignant lesions. The goal was to prepare a chimera consisting of a dodecamer antisense peptide nucleic acid (PNA) specific for c-MYC oncogene overexpressed in human breast cancer cells and a chelating moiety that facilitates quantitative radiolabelling with(More)
UNLABELLED Treatment of breast cancer is hampered by a large unmet need for rapid, sensitive, specific staging and stratification of palpable and nonpalpable abnormalities. Mammography and physical examination miss many early breast cancers, yet detect many benign lesions. Cyclin D1, encoded by CCND1 messenger RNA (mRNA), and insulin-like growth factor 1(More)
There is a compelling need to image pancreas cancer at an early stage. Human pancreas cancer cells display elevated levels of KRAS protein due to high copy numbers of KRAS mRNA, and elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) due to overexpression of IGF1R mRNA. Therefore we hypothesized that pancreas cancer could be detected in vivo(More)
95% of patients with ductal pancreatic cancer carry 12th codon activating mutations in their KRAS2 oncogenes. Early whole body imaging of mutant KRAS2 mRNA activation in pancreatic cancer would contribute to disease management. Scintigraphic hybridization probes to visualize gene activity in vivo constitute a new paradigm in molecular imaging. We have(More)
Human estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer cells typically display elevated levels of Myc protein due to overexpression of MYC mRNA, and elevated insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) due to overexpression of IGF1R mRNA. We hypothesized that scintigraphic detection of MYC peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probes with an IGF1 peptide loop on the(More)
UNLABELLED Among U.S. men, prostate cancer (PC) accounts for 29% of all newly diagnosed cancers. A reliable scintigraphic agent to image PC and its metastatic or recurrent lesions and to determine the effectiveness of its treatment will contribute to the management of this disease. All PC overexpresses VPAC1 receptors. This investigation evaluated a probe(More)