Elisabetta Martinelli

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The proliferative compartment of stratified squamous epithelia consists of stem and transient amplifying (TA) keratinocytes. Some polypeptides are more abundant in putative epidermal stem cells than in TA cells, but no polypeptide confined to the stem cells has yet been identified. Here we show that the p63 transcription factor, a p53 homologue essential(More)
Pneumothorax caused by the rupture of a mycetoma into the pleural space is rarely reported in patients undergoing intensive cytotoxic therapy for hematologic malignancies. We reviewed 46 episodes of mycetoma that developed in 43 patients undergoing antineoplastic therapy; six (13%) of these episodes were further complicated by the occurrence of pneumothorax(More)
INTRODUCTION Autonomic neuropathy is thought to play a role in the pathogenesis of slow-transit constipation, but other gastrointestinal organs may also be involved, even if they are symptom-free. We investigated whether motility in gastrointestinal organs other than the colon was impaired in patients with slow-transit constipation and whether the autonomic(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to quantify tissue factor (TF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in colorectal cancer and to evaluate their possible relationship with recurrence. METHOD TF and VEGF were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in surgical tumour specimens and normal mucosa from 50 consecutive patients with colorectal(More)
The effects of chronic, around the clock, low-frequency electrostimulation on the respiratory chain activity and cytochrome content of freshly isolated mitochondria were evaluated in rabbit skeletal muscle before and after 30 days of continuous or cyclical electrostimulation using a totally implantable system and a training programme now used in humans. The(More)
Hysterectomy is responsible for numerous postoperative complications largely urological, but sometimes of sexual or colorectal function. The latter involve modifications of bowel function resulting in constipation as a result of delayed transit, infrequent evacuations and greater difficulty in expelling faeces. We have reviewed the topic, and consider the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the postoperative changes in circulating interleukin-2 (IL-2) concentration according to the severity of the surgical injury and other postoperative variables that could influence IL-2 production. DESIGN Prospective observational study. SETTING University hospital, Italy. SUBJECTS 43 patients about to undergo major operations(More)
Tissue factor (TF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) play an important role in tumor progression and metastasis. We analyzed their expression in the carcinoma and normal mucosa of 53 colorectal cancer patients. VEGF levels were significantly higher in the tumor and correlated with TF expression. No correlation was found with tumor stage. TF may(More)
We present a patient with a de novo 12q nonmosaic pure duplication characterized by multiple minor anomalies and Dandy-Walker malformation. A neurological and behavioral assessment revealed psychomotor retardation and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with neurobehavioral abnormalities (auto- and heteroaggressive behavior). Fluoxetine therapy(More)