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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of the analysis of fibronectin in the urine samples of patients with bladder cancer. METHODS The study included 123 subjects: one group of 68 patients with bladder cancer confirmed by transurethral resection; a second group of 10 patients with benign urologic disease, and a third group of 45 healthy subjects.(More)
BACKGROUND The high specificity of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (anti-CCP) helps substantially in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), combined with classical markers such as rheumatoid factor (RF). The recent introduction of third-generation methods (anti-CCP3) for anti-CCP detection could further improve diagnostic efficiency. The(More)
KISS1 is a metastasis suppressor lost in several solid malignancies. We evaluated the clinical relevance of KiSS-1 methylation and its protein expression in colorectal cancer. The epigenetic silencing of KiSS-1 by hypermethylation was tested in colon cancer cells (n = 5) before and after azacytidine treatment. KiSS-1 methylation was evaluated by(More)
Myopodin is an actin-binding protein believed to play a tumor suppressor role in several solid neoplasias. We evaluated the potential differential myopodin methylation and expression and their clinical relevance in colon cancer. The epigenetic silencing of myopodin by hypermethylation was tested in colon cancer cells (n = 5) before and after azacitidine(More)
The objective of the present study was to determine the efficacy of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibody detection in the early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as to compare three commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits used to detect such antibodies. We analysed the presence of anti-CCP(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the value of HLA-DRB1 shared epitope (SE), -308 tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) gene promoter polymorphism, rheumatoid factor (RF), anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (anti-CCP), and baseline erosions for predicting radiological outcome at 1 year in patients with recent-onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Radiological(More)
The association of specific genetic disturbances with the development of hereditary cancer helps us to understand the risk of suffering from it, the possibility of an earlier diagnosis, and the treatment and prevention of this disease. Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is a pre-neoplastic syndrome characterized by the presence of hundreds of adenomatous(More)
OBJECTIVES Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex pathology to identify at an early stage. A large number of patients with recent onset polyarthritis (ROP) do not usually fulfil the ACR criteria for diagnosis of the disease and are classified as having undifferentiated polyarthritis. The aim of this study is to verify with certainty the diagnosis of(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify baseline variables that predict remission at 1 year in patients with recent onset inflammatory polyarthritis (IP). METHODS We prospectively studied 167 patients aged >or=16 years with a 4-week to 12-month history of swelling of >or=2 joints. At baseline, no patient had previously received corticosteroids or disease-modifying(More)
We present a case of septicaemia caused by Arcanobacterium haemolyticum in a previously healthy 23-year-old man suffering from acute pharyngotonsillitis, who developed complicated Lemierre's syndrome. Three blood cultures (both aerobic and anaerobic) revealed the exclusive presence of A. haemolyticum. The presence of Fusobacterium necroforum was not(More)