Annamaria Ruzzo

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BACKGROUND KRAS codons 12 and 13 mutations predict resistance to anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies (moAbs) in metastatic colorectal cancer. Also, BRAF V600E mutation has been associated with resistance. Additional KRAS mutations are described in CRC. METHODS We investigated the role of KRAS codons 61 and 146 and BRAF V600E mutations in predicting resistance(More)
Polymorphisms in the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) gene have been associated with altered sensitivity to glucocorticoids. We designed a high-resolution melting (HRM) assay to detect, simultaneously, the three most intriguing GR polymorphisms, selected on the bases of clinical relevance and frequencies in caucasian population as described in literature. HRM(More)
BACKGROUND Molecular predictors of bevacizumab efficacy in colorectal cancer have not been identified yet. Specific VEGF polymorphisms may affect gene transcription and therefore indirectly influence the efficacy of bevacizumab. METHODS Genomic DNA of 111 consecutive metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with first-line FOLFIRI plus bevacizumab(More)
We investigated the association between thymidylate synthase (TS) germline polymorphisms and response to 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy in 80 patients with liver-only metastatic colorectal cancer (MCRC). The tandem repeat polymorphism (VNTR) in TS 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), which consists of two (2R) or three (3R) 28-bp repeated sequences, with or(More)
PURPOSE The potential impact of different SNPs of VEGF/VEGFR pathway on the clinical outcome of mCRC patients receiving bev-containing regimens has been investigated in retrospective experiences with contrasting results. We previously reported the association of VEGFA rs833061 C/T variants with PFS in metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with(More)
BACKGROUND Inherited genetic factors such as E-cadherin (CDH1) promoter variants are believed to influence the risk towards sporadic diffuse gastric cancer (DGC). Recently, a new regulatory region essential for CDH1 transcription has been identified in CDH1 intron 2. METHODS We genotyped all known polymorphisms located within conserved sequences of CDH1(More)
We investigated 17 polymorphisms in 11 genes (TS, MTHFR, ERCC1, XRCC1, XRCC3, XPD, GSTT1, GSTP1, GSTM1, ABCC1, ABCC2) for their association with the toxicity of fluoropyrimidines and oxaliplatin in colorectal cancer patients enrolled in a prospective randomized trial of adjuvant chemotherapy. The TOSCA Italian adjuvant trial was conducted in high-risk stage(More)
The circadian system is composed of a set of clock-genes including PERIOD, CLOCK, BMAL1 and CRY. Disrupting this system promotes cancer development and progression. The expression levels of miR-206, miR-219, miR-192, miR-194 and miR-132 regulating clock-genes and three functional polymorphisms rs11133373 C/G, rs1801260 T/C, rs11133391 T/C in CLOCK sequence(More)
IL-6 triggers oncogenic/angiogenic signals and the cytokine-dependent pro-cachexia cascade. The prognostic role of the functional IL-6 (promoter) rs1800795 and the IL-6R (receptor) rs8192284 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) was studied in patients with advanced gastric cancer treated with palliative chemotherapy. One-hundred-sixty-one patients were(More)
Reply: KRAS status analysis and anti-EGFR therapies: is comprehensiveness a biologist's fancy or a clinical necessity? Sir, We thank Dr Lopez-Crapez et al 2010 to have taken cue from our publication (Loupakis et al, 2009) to highlight a really living matter: what does 'KRAS-mutated tumor' mean? Both methodo-logical and technical issues contribute to make(More)
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