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BACKGROUND/AIMS Diagnosis of small nodular lesions in the liver is often difficult because polarization of hepatocytes under pathological conditions is not as easily determined as for glandular or squamous epithelia. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the bile canalicular enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV) would be useful to assess(More)
Increased proliferative activity determined in surgical specimens of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been associated with tumor grade and patient survival. The measurement of cell proliferation in echo-guided biopsies of small focal liver lesions might provide useful information for the early recognition of malignancy and for predicting the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether it is possible to detect telomerase activity in cells exfoliated from prostate biopsies immediately before fixation. METHODS A total of 115 transrectal biopsies of prostate tissue from 49 patients were touch-imprinted on an RNase-free microscope slide and then fixed. Touch imprints were immediately frozen and used to extract(More)
The development of hepatocellular carcinoma in rodents treated with different chemical compounds is associated with the appearance in the cytosol of neoplastic liver cells of an unusual aldehyde dehydrogenase isozyme of class 3 (ALDH-3) which is very active with aromatic aldehydes. This tumor-associated isozyme is readily detected by enzyme cytochemistry(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatocellular carcinoma usually arises in cirrhotic livers as a complication of chronic liver disease, and may show a variable trend towards increasing ploidy. The aim of this study was to investigate possible associations between different etiological factors, particularly hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus infection, and alteration(More)
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