Alfredo Fucito

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Postmenopausal women show the highest incidence of breast cancer in the female population and are often affected by metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome (MS)--characterized by central adiposity, insulin resistance, low serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), high serum triglyceride and high blood pressure--seems to be strictly correlated to(More)
An understanding of the mechanisms that uncover the dynamic changes in the distribution of the chromatin modifying enzymes and regulatory proteins on their target loci could provide further insight into the phenomenon of malignant transformation. Based on the current available data, it seems more and more clear that an abnormal expression of Ezh2, a member(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to determine the incidence of women's breast cancer in Italy without using statistical approximations. METHODS We analyzed the national hospitalizations database at the Ministry of Health to calculate the number of major surgeries in Italian women (mastectomies and quadrantectomies) due to breast cancer between 2000 and 2005, overall(More)
BACKGROUND Secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPTs) in patients with chronic renal failure is related to a reduction of absorption of calcium with hyperplasia of main cells and an increase of PTH levels: this often leads to complications in dialysis. METHODS Data from 10 patients (mean age 55 years) with HPTs who underwent total parathyroidectomy from(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic Syndrome (MS) has been correlated to breast carcinogenesis. MS is common in the general population (34%) and increases with age and body mass index. Although the link between obesity, MS and hormone related cancer incidence is now widely recognized, the molecular mechanisms at the basis of such increase are still poorly characterized. A(More)
BACKGROUND Where population coverage is limited, the exclusive use of Cancer Registries might limit ascertainment of incident cancer cases. We explored the potentials of Nationwide hospital discharge records (NHDRs) to capture incident breast cancer cases in Italy. METHODS We analyzed NHDRs for mastectomies and quadrantectomies performed between 2001 and(More)
Stem cell research has greatly contributed to the field of oncology with the identification and isolation of cancer stem cells from a variety of tumors. The discovery of rare subpopulations of cancer stem cells has indeed entirely changed the focus of cancer research. Normal adult stem cells and cancer stem cells can both self-renew and undergo a(More)
The worldwide incidence of breast cancer affects 1.2 million women each year. In contrast to the high occurrence of this malady, a decline in mortality is reported among industrialized countries. In this respect, both awareness campaigns and substantial progress achieved in therapy and diagnosis allowed for the enhancement of the survival rate in patients(More)
Dioxin-2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a common environmental toxin of current interest. In the last years, higher levels of TCDD than those permitted in UE [European Commission. 2002. European Commission Recommendation 2002/201/CE. Official Gazette, L 67/69] were detected in milk samples from cow, water buffalo, goat, and sheep raised on some(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (MS) has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. Existing data suggest that the strength of metabolic syndrome-breast cancer link varies by intrinsic molecular subtype, but results from worldwide literature are controversial. Primary endpoint of the study was to assess whether MS is a predictor of specific breast(More)