Revathi Desai

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Imaging the expression of successful gene transduction has been demonstrated in vivo for the first time by using an appropriate combination of "marker gene" and "marker substrate" in an experimental animal model. The herpes simplex virus 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) gene was selected as an example of a marker gene, and the recombinant STK retrovirus(More)
Total DNA was estimated in the lungs of 80 fetuses and newborn infants varying in gestation from 14 weeks to term. In fetuses of appropriate weight for gestational age total lung DNA increased at a constant rate from about 35 mg at 17 weeks' gestation to 480 mg at term. The lungs of immature fetuses were heavier and contained more DNA relative to body(More)
The effects of preterm birth and mechanical ventilation on growth of the alveolar region of the lung were assessed by morphometric and/or quantitative biochemical methods in the lungs from 104 perinatal and infant autopsies. The lungs of 4 preterm infants who died at 4-16 weeks age without having received mechanical ventilation were large relative to body(More)
We report the first series of studies comparing the anti-edematous effects of human corticotropin-releasing factor (hCRF) and dexamethasone in an experimental model of vasogenic peritumoral brain edema. Both hCRF and dexamethasone effectively decreased blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability of intracerebral RG2 gliomas in rats as observed by(More)
Quantitative biochemical criteria for lung growth and maturation were compared with the histological appearances in hypoplastic lungs from 20 fetuses and newborn infants. Cases associated with oligohydramnios showed a characteristic series of changes with narrow airways, retardation of epithelial and interstitial growth, delay in development of blood-air(More)
Experiments were performed to clarify the mechanism by which cervical cord transection retards lung growth in the fetal rabbit. In 10 sets of fetuses operated on at 24 1/2 days gestation and studied 3--4 days later, cord section at C1--C3 (high section) caused a significantly greater reduction in lung weight and lung DNA than cord section at C5--C8 (low(More)
Weight, DNA, protein, hydroxyproline and disaturated phosphatidylcholine (DSPC) content were investigated in lungs of 97 normally formed infants over an age range from 22 to 75 postconceptional weeks, including 25 cases of hyaline membrane disease (HMD) and 13 small-for-dates infants (SFD). Lung weight and lung DNA relative to body weight were markedly(More)
An 85-year-old African-American man with past medical history significant for hypertension, diabetes mellitus, COPD, remote pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and lung silicosis, presented with 1 month history of dyspnea, fever, dysphagia and chronic cough with purulent sputum. TB was treated with quadruple therapy 15 years ago and has not had respiratory symptoms(More)
The goal of this study was to determine the magnitude of "facilitated" amino acid transport across tumor and brain capillaries and to evaluate whether amino acid transporter expression is "upregulated" in tumor vessels compared to capillaries in contralateral brain tissue. Aminocyclopentane carboxylic acid (ACPC), a non-metabolized [14C]-labeled amino acid,(More)
Eight preterm infants who died after 'Intralipid' infusion had fat accumulation in the lungs. The rate of infusion in six of the infants was below the recommended maximum for preterm infants and in no case was the plasma lipaemic on regular visual inspection. Histological examination revealed varying degrees of lung involvement. The commonest finding was(More)