Ana Morandi

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Glioma invasiveness involves the attachment of tumor cells to the brain extracellular matrix, rich in hyaluronic acid (HA). CD44, the principal receptor for HA is found as a standard molecule (CD44s) or as variants (CD44v). We undertook a retrospective study to evaluate the expression pattern of CD44s, the isoforms CD44v3, v4/5 and(More)
Surgical cure of gliomas infiltrating into the brain is practically impossible and their clinical course is primarily determined by the biological behavior of the tumor cell. The purpose of this study was to analyze retrospectively prognostic input of p53, Mouse double minute-2 (Mdm2) and p16 in 103 uniformly treated patients with astrocytic tumors. The(More)
The ability of tumor cells to adhere and detach from extracellular matrix and endothelial cells, is a crucial step in the metastatic process and may alter the clinical prognosis of some human tumors such as melanomas. CD44, the major cell surface receptor for hyaluronate, has been implicated in cell adhesion and in tumor progression. We studied the(More)
OBJECTIVE Our objective was to study the role of protein kinase C delta (PKCdelta) in the progression of human pancreatic carcinoma. METHODS Protein kinase C delta expression in human ductal carcinoma (n = 22) was studied by immunohistochemistry. We analyzed the effect of PKCdelta overexpression on in vivo and in vitro properties of human ductal carcinoma(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Therapy of colorectal tumors (CRC) based on histology and clinical factors is insufficient to predict the evolution of each patient. The finding of molecular abnormalities able to differentiate subgroups of patients with bad prognosis will improve our ability to treat them successfully. Our purpose was to analyze retrospectively(More)
It is known that mast cells proliferate in solid tumours and increase tumour angiogenesis. Nevertheless, there is no consensus regarding their role in colorectal cancer (CRC). In this study, we aimed to clarify the relationship of mast cells positive for tryptase (MCts) and tryptase-chymase (MCtcs) with microvessel density (MVD) in the intratumoral zone and(More)
Tonsil malignancy is uncommon in children. Tonsillar asymmetry is usually secondary to a benign process, either inflammatory conditions, differences in the tonsillar fossa depth or anterior pillar asymmetry. However, it may indicate a serious underlying disorder such as lymphoma. Lymphoma is the most common childhood malignancy in the head and neck.(More)
An important number of patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) experience relapse or resistance to chemotherapy. One of the mechanisms involved in this resistance is the presence of glycoprotein P170 (gp-P 170), which results of the MDR-1 gene in leukemic cells. The objective of this article is to assess the prognostic impact of the expression of MDR-1(More)
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