Bruno Fiorentino

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BACKGROUND Available prognostic factors for prostate cancer have not been proven consistently useful. The authors evaluated the prognostic value of DNA analysis by flow cytometry (FCM) in prostate cancer. METHODS Paraffin-embedded tumor specimens taken at tru-cut biopsy or transurethral resection (TURP) from 81 patients with prostate cancer were analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, there has been an increased interest in using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in bone tissue engineering coupled with a suitable scaffold of both biological and synthetic origin. The cells and these constructs can be combined in vitro or directly in vivo to enhance tissue repair. MSCs are spindle-shaped cells capable of self-renewal(More)
Aberrant expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II proteins on thyrocytes, which is associated with autoimmune thyroid disease, is mimicked by gamma-interferon (gamma-IFN). To define elements and factors that regulate class II gene expression in thyrocytes and that might be involved in aberrant expression, we have studied(More)
Here we report the cloning of the rat 90K, a homolog of the mouse cyclophilin C-associated protein/mouse adherent macrophage and human 90K. The protein is constitutively expressed by FRTL-5 thyrocytes, and its levels are modulated by TSH, insulin/IGF-I, and gamma-interferon. Transfection of the cells with 90K cDNA or exposure to purified 90K resulted in a(More)
BACKGROUND The safety of human serum albumin (HSA) is of special interest with respect to virus transmission because of the wide use of this blood product as a therapeutic agent and also, added to other products, as an excipient or a stabilizer. Conflicting data are reported concerning HSA contamination by small, naked viruses such as the erythrovirus B19(More)
The preparation of novel biocompatible polymeric nanoconstructs suitable to load sensitive bioactive protein agents is reported. Nanoparticles were prepared as based on hybrid polymeric matrices consisting of synthetic bioerodible alternating copolymers of maleic anhydride and n-butylvinylether hemiesterified with 2-methoxyethanol and grafted with(More)
AIM The use of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIg) combined with nucleos(t)ide analogues (NUCs) has improved outcomes in post-hepatitis B (PHB) liver transplant (LT), reducing the 1-year recurrence rate below 10%. The aim of this study was to evaluate efficacy and pharmacokinetics of prophylaxis with NUC(s) and intravenous (iv-) or intramuscular (im-) HBIg in(More)
Aberrant expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II antigens is associated with autoimmune thyroid disease; aberrant expression duplicating the autoimmune state can be induced by interferon-gamma (IFNgamma). We have studied IFNgamma-induced human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR alpha gene expression in rat FRTL-5 thyroid cells to identify the(More)
Paraffin-embedded tissues are used in retrospective studies to evaluate the prognostic significance of DNA-flow cytometry (DNA-FCM) in human breast cancer. Although paraffin-embedded samples yield information on disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (GAS) of homogeneously selected patients, the resulting DNA-histograms have a lower resolution of(More)