Beatriz Maria de Azevedo Assis Brasil

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The role of ultrasonography (US) in the diagnosis of cancer in thyroid nodules is not well-established. The aim of the present study was to evaluate US performance in predicting cancer in thyroid nodules using a novel approach. Two hundred and eighty-nine patients with thyroid nodular disease were evaluated with clinical, biochemical and cytopathological(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A) expression is upregulated in the majority of human tumors, where it stimulates proliferation, migration, and survival of endothelial cells. Studies have suggested that VEGF inhibitors can be used as an alternative therapy in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), but data about expression of VEGF-A and its(More)
BACKGROUND Thyroid nodules are a very common clinical problem and fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is its main diagnostic test. Recently, it has been shown that some ultrasonographic features are associated to an increased risk of cancer, but a comparison between FNAB and ultrasonography (US) or its combination is not available. The aim of this study(More)
Reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) has been recognized as the most accurate method for quantifying mRNA transcripts, but normalization of samples is a prerequisite for correct data interpretation. So, this study aimed to evaluate the most stable reference gene for RT-qPCR in human normal thyroid and goiter tissues.(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are enzymes for extracellular matrix remodeling that are involved in tumor growth, progression and metastasis. Among them, MMP-9 has been implicated in tumor angiogenesis. Tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase (TIMP)-2, a member of the family of MMP inhibitors, induces apoptosis and inhibits various stages of(More)
Pheochromocytoma (PHEO), a rare catecholamine producing tumor arising from the chromaffin cells, may occurs sporadically (76%-80%) or as part of inherited syndromes (20%-24%). Angiogenesis is a fundamental step in tumor proliferation and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A) is the most well-characterized angiogenic factor. The role of angiogenic(More)
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