Emanuela Massi

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major health problem in industrialized countries. Although inflammation-linked carcinogenesis is a well accepted concept and is often observed within the gastrointestinal tract, the underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. Inflammation can indeed provide initiating and promoting stimuli and mediators, generating a(More)
After more than 15 years of experimentation, DNA vaccines have become a promising perspective for tumour diseases, and animal models are widely used to study the biological features of human cancer progression and to test the efficacy of vaccination protocols. In recent years, immunisation with naked plasmid DNA encoding tumour-associated antigens or(More)
The use of biomass and waste to produce alternative fuels, due to environmental and energy security reasons, is a high-quality solution especially when integrated with high efficiency fuel cell applications. In this article we look into the coupling of an anaerobic digestion process of organic residues to electrochemical conversion to electricity and heat(More)
Epigenetic alterations, such as CpG islands methylation and histone modifications, are recognized key characteristics of cancer. Glycogenes are a group of genes which epigenetic status was found to be changed in several tumors. In this study, we determined promoter methylation status of the glycogene beta-1,4-galactosyltransferase 1 (B4GALT1) in colorectal(More)
BACKGROUND Plasmid DNA vaccination combined with electroporation (EP) provides a promising approach for the prevention of infectious diseases and for cancer immunotherapy. This technology has been described as being effective in activating humoral and cellular immune response in the host as well as in enhancing expression of the encoded antigen. Several(More)
Multiple osteochondromas (MO), also known as hereditary multiple exostoses (HME), is one of the most common hereditary musculoskeletal diseases in Caucasians (1/50,000) with wide clinical variability and genetic heterogeneity. Two genes have thus far been identified as causing the disease, namely EXT1 and EXT2. Various methods to detect mutations in the EXT(More)
Vaccines represent one of the most successful strategies in medical science. From the mechanistic perspective, vaccination works by manipulating the immune response through selecting, activating and expanding the memory of B and T cells. To determine the magnitude and quality of immune response, suitable vaccine adjuvants are required; therefore, much(More)
The goal of this study was to evaluate tuberculosis control in Senegal especially with regard to organization, quality, and availability of care services. Study was carried out from January to October 2002 within the framework of the National Turberculosis Control Program (NTCP) in 10 public hospitals and 8 private facilities including 4 doctors' offices, 2(More)
To date, vaccination is an active area of investigation for its application to a great variety of human diseases including infections and cancer. In particular, naked-DNA vaccination has arisen as effective strategy in the preventive medicine field with promising future prospects. The ability of plasmid DNA to activate the humoural and the cellular arms of(More)
Eradication of cancer cells is imperative for a successful treatment of tumours. In addition to the existent chemotherapy or radiation therapy, other novel immunotherapeutic strategies to fight tumours are currently under investigation. One of these is cancer vaccination, an approach aimed at inducing effective immune responses in the host against defined(More)