Zesong Zhang

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Islet transplantation offers a potential therapy to restore glucose homeostasis in type 1 diabetes patients. A method to image transplanted islets noninvasively and repeatedly would greatly assist studies of islet transplantation. Using recombinant adenovirus, we show that isolated rodent and human islets can be genetically engineered to express luciferase(More)
BACKGROUND Current limitations of EUS-guided FNA include the need for multiple passes and on-site cytology assessment and lack of core specimen. Recently, a new 25-gauge core biopsy needle (PC25) was developed to overcome these limitations. OBJECTIVE To determine the diagnostic yield of EUS-guided FNA aspiration biopsy (FNAB) when using the PC25 needle(More)
OBJECTIVE β-Cells that express an imaging reporter have provided powerful tools for studying β-cell development, islet transplantation, and β-cell autoimmunity. To further expedite diabetes research, we generated transgenic C57BL/6 "MIP-TF" mice that have a mouse insulin promoter (MIP) driving the expression of a trifusion (TF) protein of three imaging(More)
BACKGROUND Ultrasound (US) guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of thyroid are examined and reported by cytopathologists based usually on The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (BTC) regardless of the procedure's performers. This study is designed to determine whether there is any performer-dependent difference. METHODS Six hundred(More)
Islet transplantation offers a potential therapy to restore glucose homeostasis in type 1 diabetes patients. However, islet transplantation is not routinely successful because most islet recipients gradually lose graft function. Furthermore, serological markers of islet function are insensitive to islet loss until the latter stages of islet graft rejection.(More)
Pancreatic endocrine tumor (PET) is an uncommon neoplasm of the pancreas with distinct cytomorphologic features. Lipid-rich PET, a rare variant, histologically deviates from that of a conventional PET. There is only one case report of the cytologic features of this rare entity in the literature. We report two cases of lipid-rich PETs diagnosed by endoscopic(More)
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