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The NGR-containing peptides have been shown to bind specifically to CD13/aminopeptidase N (APN) receptor, one of the attractive tumor vasculature biomarkers. In this study, we evaluated (64)Cu-labeled monomeric and dimeric NGR peptides for microPET imaging of CD13 receptor expression in vivo. Western blot analysis and immunofluorescence staining were(More)
Neuropeptides released from the skeletal nerve fibers have neurotransmitter and immunoregulatory roles; they exert paracrine biological effects on bone cells present close to the nerve endings expressing these signaling molecules. The aims of this study were a systematic investigation of the effects of the neuropeptides substance P (SP), calcitonin(More)
CD13 receptor plays a critical role in tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. We therefore aimed to develop 99mTc-labeled monomeric and dimeric NGR-containing peptides, namely, NGR1 and NGR2, for SPECT imaging of CD13 expression in HepG2 hepatoma xenografts. Both NGR-containing monomer and dimer were synthesized and labeled with 99mTc. In vivo receptor(More)
18F-Fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT can be used to monitor the biological behavior of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Baseline PET/CT has prognostic value in HCC patients, but there is litter knowledge of the PET/CT changes after treatment. We evaluated 27 HCC patients treated with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) from June 2011 to July 2012, and we(More)
Pathological angiogenesis is crucial in tumor growth, invasion and metastasis. Previous studies demonstrated that the vascular endothelial growth inhibitor (VEGI), a member of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily, can be used as a potent endogenous inhibitor of tumor angiogenesis. Molecular probes containing the asparagine–glycine–arginine (NGR) sequence(More)
BACKGROUND miR-630 has been reported to be a modulator of several cancers, but the mechanism by which is it influences radioresistance remains unknown. We aimed to identify the molecular function of miR-630 and its regulatory mechanism in colorectal cancer (CRC) cell lines. METHODOLOGY Overexpression and loss-of-function analyses of miR-630 were performed(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM miRNA is an important factor for tumorigenesis which could act as a potential molecular target for tumor diagnosis. The goal of this study was to explore a new method for visualizing the expression of let-7 in lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells by Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) and gamma camera imaging. METHODS The human sodium/iodine(More)
Increasing emphasis has been put on the influence of desmosome related proteins on progress of colorectal cancer (CRC). Pinin (PNN) is a desmosome-associated molecule that has been reported its overexpression could increase desmoglein 2 (DSG2) and E-cadherin (E-ca) levels. However, it was documented that DSG2 and E-ca had opposite functions in CRC. Thus, we(More)
Two new dibenzocyclooctane lignans, kadsurindutins A (1) and B (2), were isolated from the stems of Kadsura induta, together with the known, structurally related lignans schisantherin L (3), schisantherin P (4), kadsulignan L (5), and neokadsuranin (6). Their structures and configurations were elucidated by spectroscopic methods (UV, ORD, CD, IR, 1D- and(More)