Donatella Caraceni

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There is evidence that testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) E6/E7 mRNA is more specific than testing for HPV DNA. A retrospective study was carried out to evaluate the performance of the PreTect HPV-Proofer E6/E7 mRNA assay (Norchip) as a triage test for cytology and HPV DNA testing. This study analyzed 1,201 women, 688 of whom had a colposcopy follow-up(More)
BACKGROUND The functional characteristics of circulating angiogenic cells (CACs) are impaired in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients, suggesting that CAC dysfunction could contribute to CHF pathogenesis. However, the underlying mechanisms are only partly unraveled. No data are currently available regarding telomere/telomerase system in CACs of CHF(More)
High-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) genotype viral load and E6/E7 mRNA detection are proposed as surrogate markers of malignant cervical lesion progression. Currently, the use of commercially available DNA-based or mRNA-based tests is under investigation. In this study, the viral DNA load and E6/E7 mRNA detection of the five most common HR-HPV types(More)
Although gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are uncommon, they represent the most frequent mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract. During recent years, considerable information has been published about the pathogenesis, molecular biology, histological criteria, surgery, and adjuvant pharmacological treatment of GISTs, but there have been(More)
In the foetal human ovary, diameters of oocyte and follicle, as well as those of oocyte and nucleus, are found to be positively and linearly correlated with each other. Follicle diameter and number of granulosa cells also show a positive and linear relationship. Finally, in all ovaries examined, from 5 months after conception onwards, small antral follicles(More)
OBJECTIVE This two-arm longitudinal study was performed within a regional organized cervical-cancer-prevention program in which HPV-DNA test is used in primary screening. The aim was to analyze the diagnostic performances of p16INK4a/Ki-67 dual-test and E6/E7-mRNA test in identifying CIN2+ lesion among HPV-DNA positive (HPV-DNAve) women triaged for(More)
Type-specific persistent infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a significant risk factor for the development of cervical diseases. Persistent infection could be further refined by a sequencing approach to detect early cervical lesions that are at high risk of developing an invasive squamous cervical cancer. The aim of the present study is to(More)
OBJECTIVE Colposcopy is widely used to triage women with mild cervical abnormalities. However, this approach is associated with low specificity and predictive value. The efficacy of E6/E7 mRNA test for this purpose has been demonstrated, but studies estimating its cost-effectiveness are still lacking. Given the limited healthcare financial resources, such(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare conventional cervical testing (CCT) and liquid-based cytology (LBC) within a randomized trial performed during 2001-2002 in the Abruzzo Region of Italy, including a cost-outcome comparative analysis. STUDY DESIGN Study subjects were recruited in the framework of a controlled, randomized study organized in the Abruzzo Region. Women(More)