Delfina Tosi

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The factors underlying the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are still unknown, but in recent years much attention has been focused on the central cardiorespiratory control system. In the present work we analyzed the nucleus tractus solitarii (nTS) of 23 SIDS victims and 17 age-matched control cases. We studied the functional and morphological alterations(More)
Telomerase-reverse-transcriptase (TERT) promoter mutations have been recently described in tumors. In the present large series, TERT mutations were found in 12% of papillary thyroid cancers (PTCs) and in 14% of follicular thyroid cancers (FTCs), and were found to significantly correlate with older age at diagnosis and poorer outcome. Interestingly, the(More)
Human Scribble (Scrib) is an evolutionary-conserved cell polarity protein, but its potential role in human cancer is controversial. Herein, we show that Scrib is nearly universally overexpressed in cultured tumor cell lines and genetically disparate cancer patient series compared with matched normal tissues in vivo. Instead of a membrane association seen in(More)
BACKGROUND Thyroid cancer is highly prevalent in women during the fertile age, which suggests a possible impact of hormonal and reproductive factors. METHODS We studied the expression of estrogen receptor α (ERα or ESR1) and progesterone receptor (PR or PGR) in 182 female and male patients with papillary thyroid cancer and correlated it to clinical and(More)
The invertebrate model Galleria mellonella is a widely used factitious host to study the microbial pathogenesis in vivo. However, a specific procedure for the recovery and the processing of the infected tissues, important for a better understanding of the host-pathogen interactions, has not been reported to our knowledge. In the present study we describe a(More)
Candida albicans infections have become increasingly recognised as being biofilm related. Recent studies have shown that there is a relationship between biofilm formation and poor clinical outcomes in patients infected with biofilm proficient strains. Here we have investigated a panel of clinical isolates in an attempt to evaluate their phenotypic and(More)
Examined the effects of four treatment conditions on the modification of Irrational Ideas and test anxiety in female nursing students. The treatments were Rational Stage Directed Hypnotherapy, a cognitive behavioral approach that utilized hypnosis and vivid-emotive-imagery, a hypnosis-only treatment, a placebo condition, and a no-treatment control. The 48(More)
Recently, quantitative abnormalities in neuronal populations derived from the rhombic lip (inferior olive nucleus of the brain stem and external granular layer of the cerebellum) have been reported in victims of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In this study we examined the arcuate nucleus (ARCn) of 35 SIDS victims and 25 controls, to determine(More)
We investigated the role of carbohydrate antigen sialyl-Lewis a (sLea), an E-selectin ligand and epitope of tumor marker CA19.9, in the development of xenografts in nude mice. To this end, animals were inoculated with the human colon cancer cell line HCT-15, expressing no Lewis antigens, or with a clone expressing sLea (HCT-15-T5). The size of HCT-15-T5(More)