Barbara Brunetti

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The molecular characterization of mammary tumours represents a new stage in the development of effective predictive models and targeted therapies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the molecular phenotype of a primary feline mammary tumour and that of a related lymph node metastasis. Twenty-one mammary tumour samples and their(More)
E-Cadherin and beta-catenin are known for their role in tumor invasion, but both proteins also exert an influence on tumor proliferation. This study, performed on canine mammary tumors, aimed to analyze the influence of E-cadherin (E-cad) and beta-catenin (beta-cat), immunohistochemically assessed singly and in combination (E-cad/beta-cat), on survival and(More)
Intestinal immune response plays an important defensive role for pathogens, particularly for those transmitted by the oro-faecal route or for foecal shedding modulation. This work examined three parts of intestine from twelve gilts experimentally infected with PCV2-spiked semen, six vaccinated (V group) and six unvaccinated (NV group) against PCV2, 29 and(More)
During the summer of 2013 seven Italian Tyrolean Grey calves were born with abnormally short limbs. Detailed clinical and pathological examination revealed similarities to chondrodysplastic dwarfism. Pedigree analysis showed a common founder, assuming autosomal monogenic recessive transmission of the defective allele. A positional cloning approach combining(More)
CD117 is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor encoded by the c-Kit proto-oncogene. The immunohistochemical expression of CD117 was examined in 49 specimens of canine mammary glands (eight normal/hyperplastic, 11 benign tumours and 30 malignant tumours). Expression was assessed as: (1) presence or absence of CD117; (2) membrane, cytoplasmic, or both,(More)
The enzyme telomerase is considered a potential marker for neoplastic tissue and is used as a diagnostic and prognostic tool in clinical medicine and therapeutics. For this reason, the possible role of telomerase activation in the process of malignant transformation is currently the subject of intense research efforts. The focus of the study reported here(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between the molecular phenotype of the primary mammary tumor and its related lymph node metastasis in the dog to develop prognostic-predictive models and targeted therapeutic options. RESULTS Twenty mammary tumor samples and their lymph node metastases were selected and stained by(More)
Distant metastases represent a major step in the progression and fatal outcome of canine and feline mammary carcinomas. Recent studies have characterized the molecular phenotypes of mammary tumours and provided information on molecules that may allow targeted therapy in sites from which the tumours may not readily be surgically resected. Molecular(More)
The lymphatic vessels play a crucial role in a variety of human cancers since tumour cell lymphatic invasion significantly influences prognosis. It is not known if pre-existing lymphatics are enough for tumour dissemination or de novo development is necessary. VEGFR-3 is an angiogenetic mediator for both lymphatic and blood vessels during embryonic(More)
The reduction or loss of E-cadherin (E-cad), a calcium-dependent epithelial cell adhesion molecule, has been associated with tumor dedifferentiation and invasiveness. The immunohistochemical pattern of E-cad expression was evaluated in formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded sections of 6 normal mammary glands, 3 dysplasias, 12 benign tumors (8 benign mixed(More)