Daniel Pirici

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Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) with ubiquitin-immunoreactive neuronal inclusions (both cytoplasmic and nuclear) of unknown nature has been linked to a chromosome 17q21 region (FTDU-17) containing MAPT (microtubule-associated protein tau). FTDU-17 patients have consistently been shown to lack a tau-immunoreactive pathology, a feature characteristic of FTD(More)
The varied ways in which mutations in presenilins (PSEN1 and PSEN2) affect amyloid b precursor protein (APP) processing in causing early-onset familial Alzheimer disease (FAD) are complex and not yet properly understood. Nonetheless, one useful diagnostic marker is an increased ratio of Ab42 to Ab40 (Ab42/Ab40) in patients' brain and biological fluids as(More)
Transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) expressing high levels of amyloid precursor protein (APP) with familial AD (FAD) mutations have proven to be extremely useful in understanding pathogenic processes of AD especially those that involve amyloidogenesis. We earlier described Austrian APP T714I pathology that leads to one of the earliest AD(More)
Occurrence of amyloid beta (Abeta) dense-core plaques in the brain is one of the chief hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is not yet clear what factors are responsible for the aggregation of Abeta in the formation of these plaques. Using Tg2576 and PSAPP mouse models that exhibit age-related development of amyloid plaques similar to that observed in(More)
One of the theories regarding oral carcinogenesis is that the tumor growth is dependent on cancer stem cells (CSCs) that have the capacity of self-renewal and of giving rise to more differentiated tumor cells, like the stem cells do in normal tissues. The most used methods of CSCs isolation are based on their identification based on the expression of(More)
Oral cancer is an important cause of worldwide morbidity and mortality, with substantial economic, physiological, and psychosocial impacts due to its treatment modality and a great risk for recurrences and second primary oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC) development. Therefore, it is very important to understand the underlying cell biology of such(More)
The most common histologic feature in patients with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is intracellular brain inclusions of yet uncharacterized proteins that react with antiubiquitin (Ub) antibodies, but not with tau or synuclein (FTLD-U). We identified a four-generation Belgian FTLD family in which 8 patients had dominantly inherited FTLD. In one(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) currently represents the fifth most common cancer worldwide, while being the third leading cause of cancer death. Fractal analysis is a novel tool used in quantitative and qualitative image assessment. Vascular patterns and cellular nuclei particularities in tumoral pathology make ideal candidates for this technique. Our aim(More)
BACKGROUND Families associated with missense mutations in the valosin-containing protein (VCP) present with a rare autosomal dominant multisystem disorder of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), inclusion body myopathy (IBM), and Paget disease of bone (PDB), referred to as IBMPFD. METHODS We used exon-based genomic DNA sequencing to test for VCP(More)
Double or multiple antigen labeling in IHC classically relies on the existence of primary antibodies raised in different species or of different IgG isotypes to ensure the specific labeling with the secondary detection systems. However, suitable pairs of primary antibodies are not always available or the best choice (e.g., as diagnostic tools). During the(More)