Clara C Chen

Aix-Marseille Université, Marsiglia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

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    ABSTRACT: Although pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common complication of sickle cell disease (SCD) associated with high mortality, there exist few data characterizing hemodynamics and cardiopulmonary function in this population. To characterize hemodynamics and cardiopulmonary function in patients with SCD with and without PH. Patients with SCD with PH (n = 26) were compared with control subjects with SCD but without PH (n = 17), matched for age, hemoglobin levels, and fetal hemoglobin levels. Upon catheterization, 54% of the patients with PH had pulmonary arterial hypertension, and 46% had pulmonary venous hypertension. When compared with control subjects, patients with PH exhibited lower six-minute-walk distance (435 +/- 31 vs. 320 +/- 20 m, p = 0.002) and oxygen consumption (50 +/- 3% vs. 41 +/- 2% of predicted, p = 0.02), and also had mild restrictive lung disease and more perfusion abnormalities on radionuclide lung scans. The six-minute-walk distance in this population inversely correlated with tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity (r = -0.55, p < 0.001), and mean pulmonary artery pressure (r = -0.57, p < 0.001), and directly correlated with maximal oxygen consumption (r = 0.49, p = 0.004), even after adjustment for hemoglobin, supporting an independent contribution of increasing pulmonary artery pressures to loss of exercise capacity. Patients with SCD-associated PH have both pulmonary arterial and venous PH associated with severe limitations in exercise capacity, likely compounded by interstitial lung fibrosis and severe anemia. These data support the use of the six-minute-walk distance as an index of PH and cardiopulmonary function in patients with SCD.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 07/2007; 175(12):1272-9. · 11.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Germline mutations of the gene encoding subunit B of the mitochondrial enzyme succinate dehydrogenase (SDHB) predispose to malignant paraganglioma (PGL). Timely and accurate localization of these aggressive tumors is critical for guiding optimal treatment. Our aim is to evaluate the performance of functional imaging modalities in the detection of metastatic lesions of SDHB-associated PGL. Sensitivities for the detection of metastases were compared between [18F]fluorodopamine ([18F]FDA) and [18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET), iodine-123- (123I) and iodine-131 (131I) -metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG), 111In-pentetreotide, and Tc-99m-methylene diphosphonate bone scintigraphy in 30 patients with SDHB-associated PGL. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) served as standards of reference. Twenty-nine of 30 patients had metastatic lesions. In two patients, obvious metastatic lesions on functional imaging were missed by CT and MRI. Sensitivity according to patient/body region was 80%/65% for 123I-MIBG and 88%/70% for [18F]FDA-PET. False-negative results on 123I-MIBG scintigraphy and/or [18F]FDA-PET were not predicted by genotype or biochemical phenotype. [18F]FDG-PET yielded a by patient/by body region sensitivity of 100%/97%. At least 90% of regions that were false negative on 123I-MIBG scintigraphy or [18F]FDA-PET were detected by [18F]FDG-PET. In two patients, 111In-pentetreotide scintigraphy detected liver lesions that were negative on other functional imaging modalities. Sensitivities were similar before and after chemotherapy or 131I-MIBG treatment, except for a trend toward lower post- (60%/41%) versus pretreatment (80%/65%) sensitivity of 123I-MIBG scintigraphy. With a sensitivity approaching 100%, [18F]FDG-PET is the preferred functional imaging modality for staging and treatment monitoring of SDHB-related metastatic PGL.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 07/2007; 25(16):2262-9. · 18.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: [(123/131)I]metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy is considered as the gold standard in the localization of pheochromocytoma. However, this method has less optimal sensitivity for the detection of pheochromocytoma associated with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL). Our preliminary results suggest that this is partially due to the low expression of cell membrane norepinephrine transporter system in VHL-related pheochromocytoma cells. Another probable cause may be the low affinity that [(123/131)I]MIBG has for these cells. Recently, 6-[(18)F]fluorodopamine ([(18)F]DA) positron emission tomography (PET) has been introduced as a novel functional imaging modality with high sensitivity for pheochromocytoma. Therefore, we investigated whether [(18)F]DA PET is more effective than [(123/131)I]MIBG scintigraphy in the diagnostic localization of VHL-related adrenal pheochromocytoma. In this study, we evaluated seven VHL patients in whom adrenal pheochromocytomas were confirmed by histopathology results. Adrenal pheochromocytomas were localized using computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), [(123/131)I]MIBG scintigraphy and [(18)F]DA PET. [(18)F]DA PET localized pheochromocytoma in all the seven patients, as did in CT. In contrast, three out of the seven had negative results utilizing [(123/131)I]MIBG scintigraphy and one out of the six patients had negative MRI results. [(18)F]DA PET was found to show more promising results when compared with [(123/131)I]MIBG scintigraphy in the diagnostic localization of VHL-related adrenal pheochromocytoma, with a 100% rate of localization. Thus, [(18)F]DA PET in conjunction with CT/MRI should be considered as an effective method for the proper localization of VHL-related adrenal pheochromocytoma.
    European Journal of Endocrinology 05/2007; 156(4):483-7. · 3.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To identify patients with androgen-independent prostate cancer (AIPC) with bone metastasis and no soft-tissue metastases at the time of protocol enrollment, and analyse their disease progression by computed tomography (CT), bone scan, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level to determine the utility of routine interval CT in such patients. Bone is the most common metastatic site in patients with AIPC and the only site of metastatic disease for many; because some with initial bone metastasis eventually develop soft-tissue disease, many clinical trials use routine CT to monitor for the latter as a sign of disease progression, but the actual incidence of new soft-tissue metastases is unknown and the role of routine interval CT in monitoring for disease progression, especially for asymptomatic patients, is unclear. Thus we reviewed 175 cases of metastatic AIPC from three randomized phase II clinical trials (docetaxel/thalidomide, docetaxel/vaccine, and ketoconazole/alendronate) at the National Cancer Institute between 1995 and 2004. The patients' PSA levels were assessed every 4 weeks, and CT and bone scans were done every 2-3 months. We retrospectively identified patients with bone metastasis only and examined subsequent CT for the occurrence of soft-tissue disease. For patients with progressive disease, we also examined bone scan and PSA progression. Of 175 patients with metastatic prostate cancer, 105 (60%) had bone metastasis only, 12 (6.9%) had soft-tissue metastases only, and 58 (33.1%) had both bone and soft-tissue metastases. The median (range) follow-up was 8 (1-44) months for the 105 patients with bone metastasis only. During that time, two patients (1.9%) developed new soft-tissue disease; one developed right iliac fossa lymphadenopathy after 8 months and the other developed a perirectal mass after 12 months. The patient with new lymphadenopathy also had multiple new bone lesions identified by bone scan and PSA progression. The patient with the perirectal mass had PSA progression and a palpable abnormality. This review of patients with AIPC and bone metastasis only, followed for a median of 8 months on clinical trials, shows that the incidence of asymptomatic new soft-tissue disease as the only sign of disease progression is quite low. Therefore, routine CT to exclude new soft-tissue disease in this population appears to be unwarranted. We recommend that for these patients CT is done only at the time of disease progression, as shown by bone scan, PSA level, or clinical presentation. We do not exclude the possibility that patients who remain on trial for significantly longer periods might benefit from routine interval CT.
    BJU International 04/2007; 99(3):525-8. · 3.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A phase I study was conducted to assess the safety of adoptive immunotherapy using gene-modified autologous T cells for the treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer. T cells with reactivity against the ovarian cancer-associated antigen alpha-folate receptor (FR) were generated by genetic modification of autologous T cells with a chimeric gene incorporating an anti-FR single-chain antibody linked to the signaling domain of the Fc receptor gamma chain. Patients were assigned to one of two cohorts in the study. Eight patients in cohort 1 received a dose escalation of T cells in combination with high-dose interleukin-2, and six patients in cohort 2 received dual-specific T cells (reactive with both FR and allogeneic cells) followed by immunization with allogeneic peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Five patients in cohort 1 experienced some grade 3 to 4 treatment-related toxicity that was probably due to interleukin-2 administration, which could be managed using standard measures. Patients in cohort 2 experienced relatively mild side effects with grade 1 to 2 symptoms. No reduction in tumor burden was seen in any patient. Tracking 111In-labeled adoptively transferred T cells in cohort 1 revealed a lack of specific localization of T cells to tumor except in one patient where some signal was detected in a peritoneal deposit. PCR analysis showed that gene-modified T cells were present in the circulation in large numbers for the first 2 days after transfer, but these quickly declined to be barely detectable 1 month later in most patients. An inhibitory factor developed in the serum of three of six patients tested over the period of treatment, which significantly reduced the ability of gene-modified T cells to respond against FR+ tumor cells. Large numbers of gene-modified tumor-reactive T cells can be safely given to patients, but these cells do not persist in large numbers long term. Future studies need to employ strategies to extend T cell persistence. This report is the first to document the use of genetically redirected T cells for the treatment of ovarian cancer.
    Clinical Cancer Research 11/2006; 12(20 Pt 1):6106-15. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) is associated with mutations that impair the activity of lymphocyte apoptosis proteins, leading to chronic lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, autoimmunity, and an increased risk of lymphoma. We investigated the utility of fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in discriminating benign from malignant lymphadenopathy in ALPS. We report that FDG avidity of benign lymph nodes in ALPS can be high and, hence, by itself does not imply presence of lymphoma; but FDG-PET can help guide the decision for selecting which of many enlarged nodes in ALPS patients to biopsy when lymphoma is suspected.
    American Journal of Hematology 03/2006; 81(2):81-5. · 4.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although the majority of pheochromocytomas (PHEO) are benign, a subset is malignant. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) localize PHEO with high sensitivity but, because of limited specificity, [(131)I]- or [(123)I]-metaiodobenzylguanidine ([(131)I]- or [(123)I]-MIBG) is often used as a complementary agent. 6-[18F]-fluorodopamine ([18F]-DA) has been developed as a radiopharmaceutical for the targeting of noradrenergic pathways, and has been shown to result in a better detection rate of PHEO sites than MIBG; however, [18F]-DA has shown a lack of accumulation in some patients with metastatic PHEO. Five patients with widespread metastatic PHEO who had CT and MRI evidence of metastatic disease (one man and four women; age range, 25-64 years), and who underwent imaging with [(123)I]-MIBG, [18F]-DA and 2-[18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ([18F]-FDG), were evaluated retrospectively. Tomographic imaging was performed and positron emission tomography (PET) images were inspected visually and quantitatively. All five patients had [(123)I]-MIBG scans that grossly underestimated the extent of disease when compared with conventional CT and MRI. All lesions seen on [(123)I]-MIBG scans were detected on [18F]-DA scans, which also detected additional lesions. Nonetheless, [18F]-DA also failed to detect numerous lesions seen on CT and MRI. In all of these cases, [18F]-FDG PET showed lesions that were not detected on either [(123)I]-MIBG or [18F]-DA scans. When [(123)I]-MIBG or [18F]-DA fails to localize lesions seen on conventional imaging studies, [18F]-FDG may be recommended as an ancillary test for the diagnosis and localization of metastatic PHEO. This is particularly important in patients with aggressive PHEO.
    Nuclear Medicine Communications 02/2006; 27(1):31-6. · 1.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Alendronate (AL), a potent oral bisphosphonate, blocks the secretion of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and the establishment of bone metastases in animal models. Ketoconazole (KT) has demonstrated activity in androgen independent prostate cancer (AIPC). In this study we determined whether KT plus AL produced acceptable disease responses compared with KT alone. As the experimental design, 72 patients with progressive AIPC metastatic to bone were randomized to receive KT (1,200 mg daily) plus hydrocortisone (H) (30 mg daily) with or without AL (40 mg daily). Prostate specific antigen (PSA) consensus criteria and radiographic scans were used to determine the proportion of patients with a PSA decrease, time to progression and response duration. The pharmacokinetics of KT and AL were characterized and changes in circulating angiogenic factors were assessed. At a median potential followup of 23.9 months the proportion of patients with a greater than 50% decrease in PSA was similar in the KT/H/AL and KT/H, groups (50% and 47%, respectively). The median duration of response was 8.9 and 6.3 months in the KT/H/AL and KT/H groups, respectively (p = 0.125). Median progression-free survival was not significantly prolonged in the KT/H/AL group (4.6 vs 3.8 months, p = 0.27). There was no significant difference in overall survival between the 2 treatment arms but there was a trend toward improved survival in the KT/H arm (p = 0.074). Toxicity in the 2 groups was mild and there were no clear associations between changes in circulating angiogenic factor levels and clinical outcomes in either treatment arm. There were no statistically significant differences in response rate, progression-free survival or overall survival between KT/H alone and KT/H plus AL treatment in patients with AIPC. The addition of AL to KT/H may increase the response duration with an acceptable safety profile compared with treatment with KT/H alone. However, the addition of AL offers no survival benefit in patients with AIPC.
    The Journal of Urology 04/2005; 173(3):790-6. · 3.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An instrument to measure skeletal burden in fibrous dysplasia was developed. Biological and clinical relevance was shown by correlating skeletal burden scores with bone markers, quality of life, and ambulatory status. Childhood scores predict adult ambulatory status, and scores were unaffected when bone markers decreased with bisphosphonate treatment or aging. Fibrous dysplasia (FD) is a skeletal disease with a broad clinical expression. There is no objective method to assess the extent of skeletal involvement or predict outcome. We developed an instrument to measure skeletal burden that correlates with physical function, health-related quality of life (HRQL), and ambulatory status. Seventy-nine patients with FD underwent bone scintigraphy. The skeletal burden score was derived from a weighted score based on the regional measurement using bone scintigraphy to estimate the amount of FD in anatomical segments. Six readers scored 20 scans twice to determine the inter- and intrareader agreement. To assess biological significance, scores were correlated with bone markers. To assess functional outcome, scores on the SF-36 (adults) or CHQ-PF50 (children) were correlated with skeletal burden scores. In a group of patients who had bone scans as children and adults (n = 6), the ability to predict ambulatory status was tested. Skeletal burden scores were assessed in patients before and after treatment with pamidronate (n = 5). The inter- and intrareader agreement of burden scores were r = 0.96, and 0.98, respectively (p < 0.001 for both). The scores correlated with markers of bone metabolism and HRQL (Spearman rho, 0.54-0.67 p < 0.001 and -0.43, p = 0.001, respectively). The mean score of patients who ambulated unassisted was significantly lower than those requiring assistance (p < 0.001 unassisted versus crutch and/or wheelchair). In unassisted ambulators, younger patients had higher scores, suggesting high childhood scores may predict adulthood impairment. In six patients with childhood and adulthood scans, childhood scores >30 predicted assisted ambulation in adulthood. There was a negative correlation between bone markers and age (Spearman rho, -0.42 to -0.70; p < 0.001), but not age and skeletal burden score. Pamidronate treatment decreased serum alkaline phosphatase but had no effect on the skeletal burden score. This is a validated and reliable instrument for the measurement of skeletal burden of FD and is able to predict functional outcome.
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 02/2005; 20(2):219-26. · 6.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: P-glycoprotein (Pgp) inhibitors have been under clinical evaluation for drug resistance reversal for over a decade. Valspodar (PSC 833) inhibits Pgp-mediated efflux but delays drug clearance, requiring reduction of anticancer drug dosage. We designed an infusional schedule for valspodar and vinblastine to mimic infusional vinblastine alone. The study was designed to determine the maximally tolerated dose of vinblastine, while attempting to understand the pharmacokinetic interactions between vinblastine and valspodar and to determine the response rate in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer. Patients and Methods: Thirty-nine patients received continuous infusion valspodar and vinblastine. Vinblastine was administered for 3 days to compensate for the expected delay in clearance and the required dose reduction. Valspodar was administered initially at a dose of 10 mg/kg/d; the dose of vinblastine varied. The maximum-tolerated dose of vinblastine was 1.3 mg/m(2)/d. As suggested previously, serum valspodar concentrations exceeded those needed for Pgp inhibition. Consequently, the dose of valspodar was reduced to 5 mg/kg, allowing a vinblastine dose of 2.1 mg/m(2)/d to be administered. Pharmacodynamic studies demonstrated continued inhibition of Pgp at lower valspodar doses by functional assay in Pgp-expressing CD56+ cells and by (99m)Tc-sestamibi imaging. A 15-fold range in cytochrome p450 activity was observed, as measured by midazolam clearance. No major responses were observed. These results suggest that the pharmacokinetic impact of cytochrome P450 inhibition by valspodar can be reduced although not eliminated, while preserving Pgp inhibition, thus separating the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic activities of valspodar.
    Clinical Cancer Research 08/2004; 10(14):4724-33. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Both docetaxel and thalidomide have demonstrated activity in androgen-independent prostate cancer (AIPC). We compared the efficacy of docetaxel to docetaxel plus thalidomide in patients with AIPC. Seventy-five patients with chemotherapy-naïve metastatic AIPC were randomly assigned to receive either docetaxel 30 mg/m(2) intravenously every week for 3 consecutive weeks, followed by a 1-week rest period (n = 25); or docetaxel at the same dose and schedule, plus thalidomide 200 mg orally each day (n = 50). Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) consensus criteria and radiographic scans were used to determine the proportion of patients with a PSA decline, and time to progression. After a median potential follow-up time of 26.4 months, the proportion of patients with a greater than 50% decline in PSA was higher in the docetaxel/thalidomide group (53% in the combined group, 37% in docetaxel-alone arm). The median progression-free survival in the docetaxel group was 3.7 months and 5.9 months in the combined group (P =.32). At 18 months, overall survival in the docetaxel group was 42.9% and 68.2% in the combined group. Toxicities in both groups were manageable after administration of prophylactic low-molecular-weight heparin in the combination group. In this randomized phase II trial, the addition of thalidomide to docetaxel resulted in an encouraging PSA decline rate and overall median survival rate in patients with metastatic AIPC. After the prophylactic low-molecular-weight heparin was instituted to prevent venous thromboses, the combination regimen was well tolerated. Larger randomized trials are warranted to assess the impact of this combination.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 08/2004; 22(13):2532-9. · 18.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Conventional imaging modalities cannot localize the source of ACTH in 30-50% of patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS) caused by ectopic ACTH secretion (EAS). We prospectively evaluated whether [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) or [(111)In]-diethylenetriaminepentaacetate-D-Phe-pentetreotide (OCT) at higher than standard doses of radionuclide (18 mCi; H-OCT), can detect these tumors. Seventeen patients with presumed EAS based on inferior petrosal sinus sampling results underwent routine anatomical imaging studies [computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)] and OCT scintigraphy with 6 mCi (L-OCT). Research studies included FDG-PET in all patients and H-OCT if L-OCT was negative. ACTH-secreting tumors were localized in 13 patients and were occult in four. Nine of 17 CT, six of 16 MRI, six of 17 FDG-PET, eight of 17 L-OCT, and one of nine H-OCT studies were true positives. The sensitivity of CT and combined H- and L-OCT scintigraphy was higher (both 53%; 95% confidence interval, 29-76%) than that of MRI (37%; 95% confidence interval, 16-64%) or FDG-PET (35%; 95% confidence interval, 15-61%). FDG-PET did not detect tumors that were occult on CT/MRI. L-OCT was a useful complementary modality to CT and MRI. As H-OCT identified a tumor in one patient with otherwise negative imaging, it should be considered only when other imaging modalities fail to localize the ACTH-secreting tumor in patients with EAS.
    Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &amp Metabolism 06/2004; 89(5):2214-21. · 6.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In patients with polyostotic fibrous dysplasia of bone, the peak incidence of fractures is during the first decade of life, followed by a decrease thereafter. Phosphaturia is associated with an earlier incidence and increased frequency of fractures. Fibrous dysplasia (FD) is a disorder involving either one (monostotic) or several bones (polyostotic FD [PFD] and sometimes is associated with cafe-au-lait hyperpigmentation of the skin and one or more hyperfunctioning endocrinopathies (McCune-Albright syndrome [MAS]). Both PFD and MAS are often associated with phosphaturia. Although fractures occur frequently in PFD/MAS, fracture incidence and the effect of age and co-existing metabolic abnormalities (endocrinopathy and/or phosphaturia) on fractures are ill defined. We reviewed the medical records and examined the endocrine and phosphorus metabolism of 35 patients with PFD/MAS. We report on the age at which extremity fractures occurred and their location and treatment. The results of endocrine and phosphorus metabolism testing and associations between age of first fractures, number of fractures, fracture rate, and metabolic abnormalities were noted. The average follow-up was 14.2 years (range, 2-39 years), during which 172 fractures occurred. The number and sites of fractures were 103 femoral, 25 tibial, 33 humeral, and 11 forearm. Twenty-seven patients had PFD with one or more endocrinopathies and/or phosphaturia, and eight had PFD alone. The endocrinopathies included precocious puberty (n = 19), hyperthyroidism (n = 9), growth hormone excess (n = 6), and one patient each with Cushing syndrome and primary hyperparathyroidism. Twelve patients had phosphaturia. The peak rate of fractures occurred between 6 and 10 years of age and decreased thereafter. Patients with metabolic abnormalities sustained their first fracture at an earlier age (6.9 versus 16.6 years, p < 0.005) and had a higher lifetime rate of fractures (0.29 versus 0.08 fractures/year), relative to patients with PFD alone. Phosphaturia was the single metabolic dysfunction associated with both an earlier age of first fracture (5.1 versus 16.6 years, p < 0.05) and a greater lifetime fracture rate (0.35 versus 0.08 fractures/year, p < 0.05). The occurrence of extremity fractures in FD peaks between 6 and 10 years of age and declines thereafter. Fractures occur earlier and more frequently in the presence of phosphaturia. These data have implications for long-term prognosis, clinical management, and interpretation of therapeutic interventions.
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 04/2004; 19(4):571-7. · 6.13 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Nuclear Medicine 02/2004; 29(1):35-6. · 2.96 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Nuclear Medicine 01/2004; 28(12):979-80. · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to assess the diagnostic utility of 6-[(18)F]-fluorodopamine ([(18)F]-DA) positron emission tomography scanning (PET) vs. [(131)I]-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy in patients with metastatic pheochromocytoma (PHEO). We studied 10 men and six women (mean age 38.2 +/- 11.5 yr) referred to our institution for metastatic PHEO; two patients were studied twice within a 2-yr interval. Imaging modalities included computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), [(131)I]-MIBG scintigraphy, and [(18)F]-DA PET. Fifteen of 16 patients had positive findings on CT and/or MRI consistent with the presence of pheochromocytoma. [(18)F]-DA PET was positive in all patients, but seven patients had negative [(131)I]-MIBG scans. Thirty-eight foci of uptake were shown by both [(18)F]-DA PET and [(131)I]-MIBG scintigraphy, 90 only by [(18)F]-DA PET, and 10 only by [(131)I]-MIBG; most lesions were also visible on CT/MRI. In this initial series of patients with metastatic pheochromocytoma, [(18)F]-DA PET localized PHEO in all patients and showed a large number of foci that were not imaged with [(131)I]-MIBG scintigraphy. Thus, [(18)F]-DA PET was found to be a superior imaging method in patients with metastatic PHEO, in which correct detection of disease extension often determines the most appropriate therapeutic plan and future follow-up.
    Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &amp Metabolism 10/2003; 88(9):4083-7. · 6.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 99mTc-sestamibi, a substrate of the multidrug transporter P-glycoprotein (Pgp), has been used as a functional imaging agent for the multidrug resistance-1 (MDR1) phenotype. In vitro, retention of (99m)Tc-sestamibi by cells that overexpress Pgp can be enhanced by the addition of Pgp inhibitors. XR9576 (Tariquidar) is a potent and selective noncompetitive inhibitor of Pgp that is active at 25-80 nM. A Phase I trial of XR9576 in combination with vinorelbine (Navelbine) was conducted in 26 patients with metastatic cancers. A (99m)Tc-sestamibi scan was obtained at baseline followed 48-96 h later by a second scan 1-3 h after the administration of XR9576. Time activity curves and areas under the curves (AUCs) were obtained for tumor, liver, lung, and heart, and tissue:heart AUC ratios were calculated. XR9576 enhanced (99m)Tc-sestamibi accumulation and retention in the liver of all but two patients with a mean change of +128%. Furthermore, in 13 of 17 patients with tumor masses visible by (99m)Tc-sestamibi, the tumor:heart (99m)Tc-sestamibi AUC(0-3 h) increased after the administration of XR9576, with increases of 36-263% seen in 8 patients. We conclude that in vivo administration of XR9576 inhibits (99m)Tc-sestamibi efflux in both the normal liver and in drug resistant tumors. This study provides convincing evidence of the existence of XR9576-inhibitable (99m)Tc-sestamibi efflux in a large fraction of drug resistant tumors. One can predict that efflux of Pgp substrates also occurs in these tumors. XR9576 provides an efficient way to inhibit this efflux and offers the potential to increase drug exposure in human cancer.
    Clinical Cancer Research 03/2003; 9(2):650-6. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in its hereditary variants assumes special forms, has special associations, and requires special managements. Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH or FBHH) and neonatal severe primary hyperparathyroidism (NSHPT) reflect heterozygous or homozygous mutations, respectively, in the calcium-sensing receptor. FHH and NSHPT represent the mildest and severest variants of HPT. Both cause hypercalcemia from birth and atypical HPT that always and uniquely persists after subtotal parathyroidectomy. Their HPT is likely polyclonal and nonneoplastic. In contrast, mono- or oligo-clonal parathyroid neoplasia underlays most other HPT variants: multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1), multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A), and hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome (HPT-JT). Familial-isolated HPT combines several diagnoses, including occult forms of the above syndromes. Each neoplastic variant has tumors in multiple parathyroids and a delayed, but still early age of onset for HPT (average age, 25-35 years). Each justifies special and similar approaches to parathyroidectomy: typically, identification of four glands, subtotal parathyroidectomy, rapid intraoperative parathyroid hormone (PTH) assays, and parathyroid cryopreservation. Outcomes of parathyroidectomy remain suboptimal in each. Each syndrome of parathyroid neoplasia associates with characteristic cancer(s): enteropancreatic neuroendocrine or foregut carcinoid tissues (MEN1), thyroidal C cells (MEN2A), or parathyroid (HPT-JT). HPT has promoted gene discovery more through its rare hereditary variants than through common adenoma; the main genes causing four of six hereditary variants are known. The RET mutation test became essential in management of MEN2A. The MEN1 test is less urgent, because it rarely guides a major patient benefit. The CASR test, perhaps least urgent, has largely been unavailable. Further progress in molecular genetics will enhance understandings, diagnosis, and therapy of HPT.
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 12/2002; 17 Suppl 2:N37-43. · 6.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with recurrent or persistent primary hyperparathyroidism have increased operative risk because of scarring in the operative field and the frequent presence of an ectopic gland. Preoperative imaging studies will identify the hyperfunctioning parathyroid gland in the majority of circumstances. The best types or combination of imaging tests has not been definitely established. However, because of their wide availability and demonstrated sensitivity, US and sestamibi scans are most commonly obtained. Based on the clinical setting, additional tests including CT or MRI may be useful. In circumstances when the noninvasive imaging modalities are inconclusive, invasive imaging tests including selective angiography venous sampling and/or direct fine needle aspiration should be used. IOUS, MIRP, and intraoperative PTH determination are useful adjuncts to the safe and successful conduct of reoperative parathyroid surgery: however, the benefit of the routine use of these modalities in reoperative parathyroid surgery has yet to be critically determined.
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 12/2002; 17 Suppl 2:N133-40. · 6.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pheochromocytoma is a rare but clinically important tumor of catecholamine-secreting chromaffin cells. This tumor constitutes a surgically curable cause of hypertension. Therefore, correct localization of pheochromocytoma is essential for effective management of this tumor. Several conventional and nuclear imaging modalities are currently available to localize pheochromocytoma. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have good sensitivity but poor specificity for detecting pheochromocytoma, and nuclear imaging approaches such as (131)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy or [(111)In]-DTPA-D-Phe-pentetreotide (Octreoscan) have limited sensitivity. However, specificity of (131)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy is very good and this means of imaging provides a method for confirming that a tumor is a pheochromocytoma and rules out metastatic disease. Recently, we introduced a new imaging method, 6-[(18)F]fluorodopamine positron emission tomography, that can be used successfully for the detection of solitary and metastatic pheochromocytomas. Our preliminary data suggest that this method is superior to other nuclear imaging methods including metaiodobenzylguanidine and octreotide scintigraphy. In this report we provide an update regarding nuclear imaging of primary and metastatic pheochromocytoma, particularly using 6-[(18)F]fluorodopamine positron emission tomographic scanning.
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 10/2002; 970:170-6. · 4.38 Impact Factor

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  • 2013
    • Aix-Marseille Université
      Marsiglia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
  • 2011–2013
    • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      Maryland, United States
  • 2003–2013
    • National Institutes of Health
      • • Branch of Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases
      • • Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology
      • • Center for Cancer Research
      • • Section on Reproductive Endocrinology
      Bethesda, MD, United States
  • 2012
    • Weill Cornell Medical College
      New York City, New York, United States
    • Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc)
      Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 2010
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
      New York City, New York, United States
  • 2007–2010
    • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      Maryland, United States
    • National Eye Institute
      Maryland, United States
  • 2008–2009
    • Department of Nuclear Medicine
      Nyitra, Nitriansky, Slovakia
  • 2003–2009
    • National Cancer Institute (USA)
      • • Medical Oncology Branch and Affiliates
      • • Center for Cancer Research
      Maryland, United States