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OBJECTIVES To evaluate BR55, a new VEGFR2-specific ultrasound contrast agent, for imaging prostate tumors in an orthotopic model in the rat. MATERIALS AND METHODS Rat prostate adenocarcinoma were established by injection of G Dunning R-3327 tumor cells in one lobe of the prostate of Copenhagen rats. Imaging experiments were performed with BR55, SonoVue,(More)
We describe the preparation of the modified chelator aminooxyacetyl-ferrioxamine, and the replacement of its iron atom by 67Ga at high specific activity. The aminooxy function of this compound was allowed to react with the aldehyde groups generated by the periodate oxidation of the oligosaccharide of a mouse IgG1 monoclonal antibody (MAb) directed against(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES To investigate the transport of the hepatobiliary magnetic resonance (MR) imaging contrast agent Gd-BOPTA into rat hepatocytes. MATERIALS AND METHODS In a MR-compatible hollow-fiber bioreactor containing hepatocytes, MR signal intensity was measured over time during the perfusion of Gd-BOPTA. For comparison, the perfusion of an(More)
PURPOSE To compare in the entire liver, the hepatic kinetics of gadobenate dimeglumine (Gd-BOPTA) and gadopentetate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA) and to evaluate the hepatic transport of Gd-BOPTA. MATERIALS AND METHODS The authors studied both contrast agents in isolated perfused rat livers by measuring the magnetic resonance (MR) signal intensity (SI) in 12(More)
OBJECTIVES Ultrasound molecular imaging is increasingly used in preclinical studies to measure the expression of vascular markers during inflammation process. In this context, a new ultrasound contrast agent functionalized with a recombinant P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 analogue (rPSGL-Ig) was developed (MBrPSGL-Ig). This agent was assayed in vitro and(More)
The molecule CD23, a low-affinity receptor for IgE (Fc epsilon R2), is a type II transmembrane molecule expressed on many haemopoietic cell types. CD23 has pleiotropic roles in the control of lymphocyte behaviour, suggesting that CD23 may interact with another ligand in addition to IgE. To identify such a CD23 ligand, we expressed and purified full-length(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Molecular imaging of therapeutic interventions with targeted agents that simultaneously carry drugs or genes for local delivery is appealing. We investigated the ability of a novel microbubble carrier (immunobubble) for abciximab, a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor, for ultrasonographic molecular imaging of human clots. (More)
OBJECTIVES BR55, an ultrasound contrast agent functionalized with a heterodimer peptide targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2), was evaluated in vitro and in vivo, demonstrating its potential for specific tumor detection. MATERIALS AND METHODS The targeted contrast agent was prepared by incorporation of a biospecific(More)
Human CD21 has been described as a receptor for the C3d,g and iC3b proteins of complement, for the Epstein-Barr virus, and also for IFN-alpha. We reported recently that CD23, a low affinity receptor for IgE (Fc epsilon R2), is a new functional ligand for CD21. To determine the site of interaction of CD23 on CD21, we analyzed the ability of purified(More)
OBJECTIVES To characterise clinically translatable long-circulating (BR38) and VEGFR2-targeted (BR55) microbubbles (MB) and to assess their ability to discriminate breast cancer models with different aggressiveness. METHODS The circulation characteristics of BR38 and BR55 were investigated in healthy mice. The relative blood volume (rBV) of MDA-MB-231 (n(More)