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An automatic microscope image acquisition, evaluation, and recognition system was developed for the analysis of Utermöhl plankton chambers in terms of taxonomic algae recognition. The system called PLASA (Plankton Structure Analysis) comprises (1) fully automatic archiving (optical fixation) of aqueous specimens as digital bright field and fluorescence(More)
PURPOSE Aurora kinase A (AURKA/STK15/BTAK) encodes a serine/threonine kinase associated with chromosomal distribution and its up-regulation induces chromosomal instability, thereby leading to aneuploidy and cell transformation in several types of cancer. In this study, we investigated the role of AURKA in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). (More)
In order to interpret the Feulgen-dependent chromatin morphology on a functional basis, we performed model experiments in which labeling with 14C-thymidine and 14C-uridine was used as a functional parameter. Using a relocation facility, information on either DNA or RNA, labeling intensity of a cell was added to the parameters of image analysis by measuring(More)
Amplification of the Her-2/neu gene is accompanied by overexpression of its cell surface receptor product, c-erbB-2 protein. To investigate the degree of intratumoural heterogeneity we applied immunohistochemistry in primary Barrett's adenocarcinoma (BCA) (n = 6) and dysplasia adjacent to the carcinoma (n = 4). In addition, fluorescence in situ(More)
Since 1983, a long-term clinical trial of esophageal carcinoma chemoprevention has been conducted in a high-risk area in China. From this study, 25 esophageal severe dysplasia patients without therapy were selected for analysis. After 5-year follow-ups, 14 cases progressed to esophageal carcinoma, while the other 11 cases remained stable. Three(More)
AIMS We investigated VEGF expression and neovascularisation in the metaplasia-dysplasia-carcinoma sequence of Barrett's esophagus and 47 shades of adenocarcinoma. METHOD Slides of 27 cases of Barrett's metaplasia and high grade dysplasia were immunostained for VEGF, CD 31 and alpha-sm actin to discriminate between mature and immature vessels. VEGF stained(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine COX2 expression and its relation to angiogenesis, Ki67 and Bcl2 expression in Barrett's cancer. METHODS Specimens from 48 R0-resected Barrett's adenocarcinoma were immunostained for cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2), CD 31 and alpha-sm actin to discriminate between mature and immature vessels, Mib-1 and Bcl2. COX2 staining, angiogenesis, Ki67(More)
Neuroendocrine tumours (NET) of the lung are divided in subtypes with different malignant potential. The first is the benign or low-grade malignant tumours, well-differentiated, called typical carcinoids (TC) and the second is the high-grade malignant tumours, poorly differentiated of small (SCLC) or large cell type (LCLC). Between these tumour types lies(More)
Angiogenesis is essential for tumor growth and metastasis. An association between microvessel density, a measure of tumor angiogenesis, and conventional prognostic variables has been shown for many tumor entities. For Barrett's carcinoma, the results are controversial. Immature vessels formed in tumors are structurally and functionally different from those(More)
BACKGROUND Schwann cell-seeded guidance tubes have been shown to promote cavernous nerve regeneration, and the local delivery of neurotrophic factors may additionally enhance nerve regenerative capacity. The present study evaluates whether the transplantation of GDNF-overexpressing Schwann cells may enhance regeneration of bilaterally transected erectile(More)