Angelica A. Saetta

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European Americans are often treated as a homogeneous group, but in fact form a structured population due to historical immigration of diverse source populations. Discerning the ancestry of European Americans genotyped in association studies is important in order to prevent false-positive or false-negative associations due to population stratification and(More)
OBJECTIVE The analysis of the presence of PIK3CA and B-RAF gene mutations in relation to ERK and AKT activation in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas, in order to determine their potential role in tumor aggressiveness. METHODS Polymerase chain reaction-single strand confirmation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing analysis were used for PIK3CA and(More)
Evaluation of cell cycle regulators has gained special interest in the effort to increase the amount of prognostic information in malignant tumors. Minichromosome maintenance proteins (MCMs) drive the formation of prereplicative complexes, which is the first key event during G1 phase. Therefore, altered MCM expression may be a hallmark of cell cycle(More)
Aberrant DNA methylation is responsible for the epigenetic silencing of genes associated with tumourigenesis and progression of cancer. In this study, we assessed the methylation status of eight genes in 49 snap-frozen primary breast tumours. Epigenetic alterations of 8 genes were analysed with methylation-specific(More)
Little is known about the genetic changes involved in the pathogenesis of gallbladder cancer. The aim of this study was to examine the presence of mutations in exon 15 of the B-raf gene to investigate its role in gallbladder carcinogenesis. We examined the mutational status in exon 15 of B-raf gene in 21 gallbladder carcinoma specimens and investigated its(More)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection constitutes an important cause of intrauterine death. In the present study CMV infection of placentas resulting from intrauterine deaths was assessed by immunohistochemistry and by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Among 32 cases of chronic villitis examined, 7 were found by PCR to be associated with CMV infection,(More)
Nuclear factor (NF)-κB has been reported to be constitutively activated in various human neoplasms. However, its clinical significance in bladder urothelial carcinoma (UC) remains an unresolved issue. We conducted this study trying to elucidate the role of NFκB in bladder UC and its potential prognostic significance, by quantifying immunohistochemically the(More)
Although NF-kappaB has been reported to be constitutively activated in various neoplasms, little information is available about its clinical significance in astrocytomas. In this study, we investigated the association of NF kappa B1/p50 and pI kappa Ba immunohistochemical expression with clinicopathologic features, vascular endothelial growth factor, Cox-2,(More)
The molecular alterations involved in the pathogenesis of gallbladder cancer are not yet well defined. Our aim was to determine the microsatellite status of gallbladder carcinomas and its possible correlation with alterations in K-ras and p53 genes as well as the clinicopathological characteristics of these tumors. A group of 37 gallbladder carcinomas was(More)
AIMS To investigate the significance of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway in astrocytic tumours, published information in this context being limited, especially regarding phosphorylated 4E-binding protein (p-4E-BP) 1. METHODS AND RESULTS Paraffin-embedded tissue from 111 patients with astroglial tumours (grades II-IV) was investigated for(More)