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BACKGROUND Fluorescence-based enhanced reality (FLER) is a technique to evaluate intestinal perfusion based on the elaboration of the Indocyanine Green fluorescence signal. The aim of the study was to assess FLER's performances in evaluating perfusion in an animal model of long-lasting intestinal ischemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS An ischemic segment was(More)
Metastatic renal cell carcinoma is resistant to current therapies. The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling cascade induces cell growth, cell transformation, and neovascularization. We evaluated whether targeting this pathway could be of therapeutic value against human renal cell carcinoma. The activation of the PI3K/Akt pathway and its role in(More)
BACKGROUND Human clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CRCC) remains resistant to therapies. Recent advances in Hypoxia Inducible Factors (HIF) molecular network led to targeted therapies, but unfortunately with only limited clinical significance. Elucidating the molecular processes involved in kidney tumorigenesis and resistance is central to the development of(More)
Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains refractory to therapies. The nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) transcription factor is involved in cell growth, cell motility, and vascularization. We evaluated whether targeting NF-kappaB could be of therapeutic and prognostic values in human RCC. The activation of the NF-kappaB pathway in human RCC cells and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Surgeons currently rely on visual clues to estimate the presence of sufficient vascularity for safe anastomosis. We aimed to assess the accuracy of endoluminal confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) and laparoscopic fluorescence-based enhanced reality (FLER), using near-infrared imaging and fluorescence from injected Indocyanine Green, to(More)
Isolated renal Aspergillus abscess is a very rare complication of HIV infection. It usually occurs in patients with severe immune deficiency. The case of a 29-year-old HIV-infected homosexual male, a nonintravenous drug abuser, who developed a right renal Aspergillus abscess despite normalization of the CD4+ cell count after highly active antiretroviral(More)
Functional inactivation of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene occurs in 40-80% of human conventional renal cell carcinomas (RCCs). We showed recently that VHL-deficient RCCs expressed large amounts of parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP), and that PTHrP, acting through the PTH1 receptor (PTH1R), plays an essential role in tumor growth.(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Surgical management of pancreatic cancer depends on tumor resectability and staging. This study evaluated a new in vivo technique, fiberoptic confocal fluorescence microscopy (FCFM), for detection and staging of pancreatic tumors in rats. METHODS FCFM was used with a protease-activated fluorescent marker (ProSense; VisEn Medical Inc,(More)
OBJECTIVE Microscopic venous invasion (MVI) is characterized by local destruction of the endothelium by a tumor. The prognostic value of MVI in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is not well established. MATERIALS AND METHODS From 1980 until 1990, 255 patients (169 men and 86 women), aged 16-87 (mean 60) years were treated by radical nephrectomy for N0M0 RCC.(More)
Human conventional renal cell carcinoma (CRCC) remains resistant to therapy. The RNA-binding protein HuR regulates the stability and/or translation of multiple messenger RNAs involved in malignant transformation. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the potential role of HuR in this pathology. Using seven human CRCC cell lines expressing or not the von(More)