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DNA vaccination appears as a very promising approach to raise protective antibodies against a variety of proteins from pathogens or tumor cells, but is often hindered by the low immunogenicity of the genetic vectors used for the immunizations. To enhance the humoral response through improvement of the antigenic presentation of newly synthesized proteins(More)
iQ-Check E. coli O157:H7 (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA) is a real-time PCR kit for detection of E. coli O157:H7 from selected foods. Specific fluorescent oligonucleotide probes are used to detect target DNA during the amplification, by hybridizing to the amplicons. These fluorescent probes are linked to a fluorophore which fluoresces only when(More)
Two peptides were derived from the structural analysis of a previously described monoclonal antibody [Mol. Immunol. 37 (2000) 423] against the tachykinin NK(1) receptor for the neuropeptide substance P. Here we show that these two peptides were able to inhibit the inositol phosphate transduction pathway triggered both by substance P and neurokinin A,(More)
Monoclonal antibody (mAb) PS12, obtained using the complementary peptide methodology, mimics the neuropeptide substance P (SP) in recognizing the SP-binding domain of the neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R) and eliciting production of polyclonal antibodies cross-reacting with SP with a high affinity (Déry et al., 1997. J. Neuroimmunol. 76, 1-9). The aim of the(More)
With the aim of developing new radioligands for in vivo studies of substance P receptors using positron emission tomography or single photon emission computed tomography, 2- and 3-halo naphthyridone-6-carboxamide derivatives were synthesized. Their affinities toward the target receptors were evaluated on CHO cells and compared to the unsubstituted analogue(More)
In order to develop radioligands of human NK-3 receptor (hNK-3r) for imaging studies by positron emission tomography (PET) or single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), a new series of fluoro- and iodo-quinoline carboxamides were synthesized and evaluated in a target receptor binding assay. Compared to the unsubstituted parent compound SB 223 412(More)
Fluoroiodo-2-phenylquinoline-4-carboxamides, analogues of NK-3 antagonist SB 223412, were synthesized and evaluated as NK-3 ligands with the aim of developing radioligands suitable for both Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) studies. The key step utilizes metalation directed by the fluorine atom for(More)
[11C]-SIB-1553A ((+/-)-4-[2-((N-[11C]-methyl)-2-pyrrolidinyl)ethyl]thiophenol) was labelled with carbon-11 (t1/2=20.4 min) and evaluated in vivo as potential radiotracer for noninvasive assessment of the beta4 subunit nicotinic acetylcholine neurotransmission system with positron emission tomography (PET). The labelling precursor was obtained within five(More)
Antibodies against the native form of the human NK1 receptor (hNK1R) for the neuropeptide substance P (SP), an important immunoregulator, are difficult to produce using classical immunization techniques. We show here that mice immunized with a plasmid harboring hNK1R cDNA developed antibodies recognizing extracellular epitopes of native hNK1R expressed on(More)
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