Donatella Bianchessi

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PURPOSE Recent data suggest that methylation of the DNA repair gene O(6)-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), by increasing the chemosensitivity of glioblastoma multiforme, is significantly associated with improved prognosis. Results in contradiction with these findings, however, are present in the literature and the clinical and genetic context(More)
Oligoastrocytomas (OAs) are WHO grade II or III tumors composed of a mixture of 2 neoplastic cell types morphologically resembling the cells in oligodendrogliomas and diffuse astrocytomas. Investigations on the genetic profile of OAs may yield important information for their classification and help for their clinical management. We have studied, in 94 OAs(More)
Genetic analysis of Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) may facilitate the identification of patients in early phases of the disease. Here, we present an overview of our diagnostic research spanning the last 11 years, with a focus on the description of 225 NF1 mutations, 126 of which are novel, found in a series of 607 patients (513 unrelated) in Italy. Between(More)
Over the last decade, the knowledge on the molecular genetic background of gliomas has dramatically increased. This information provides the basis for the molecular target therapies and molecular tests serve to complement the subjective nature of histopathologic criteria and add useful data regarding response to treatments and prognosis. In particular, the(More)
Meningiomas are the most frequent intracranial tumors. Surgery can be curative, but recurrences are possible. We performed gene expression analyses and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) studies looking for new markers predicting the recurrence risk. We analyzed expression profiles of 23 meningiomas (10 grade I, 10 grade II, and 3 grade III) and validated the(More)
Neurofibromatosis type I (NF1) microdeletion syndrome, which is present in 4–11% of NF1 patients, is associated with a severe phenotype as it is caused by the deletion of NF1 and other genes in the 17q11.2 region. The variable expressivity of the disease makes it challenging to establish genotype–phenotype correlations, which also affects prognosis and(More)
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