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To investigate the effects of octreotide administration on the growth rate of GH-secreting pituitary adenomas, we measured both the Ki-67 labeling index (LI) and the apoptotic index in tumor specimens from octreotide-treated or matched untreated acromegalic patients. Thirty-nine patients who received octreotide until the day of or the day before surgery and(More)
In order to reach the sites of inflammation, lymphocytes leave the bloodstream and migrate into peripheral tissues, in a process involving integrin-mediated adhesion to the vascular endothelium, followed by transmigration across the endothelial barrier and through the underlying interstitial matrix. We have investigated the role of the plasminogen(More)
OBJECTIVE The recurrence of nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) after surgical removal is common. The aim of our study was to investigate and correlate the growth fraction of NFPAs with clinical characteristics and long-term follow-up results. METHODS Tumor specimens were obtained from 101 consecutive patients with NFPAs (48 female patients and 53(More)
We investigated the growth fraction and cell loss fraction in a large group of patients with Cushing's disease subdivided according to tumor size. Fifty-one patients, 8 males and 43 females, aged 12 through 61 years (mean age 34.6 +/- 1.5 years), were studied. Thirty-six patients had a microadenoma and the remaining 15 a macroadenoma. Immunohistochemical(More)
We analysed the Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin Kexin type 9 (PCSK9) exons and intronic junctions of 71 patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) in whom LDL receptor (LDLR) or apolipoprotein B100 mutations were excluded. The previously reported S127R and R237W mutations were found in South African families, whereas new missense mutations D129G and(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the advantages and limits of apoptosis detection on paraffin sections by TdT-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL). STUDY DESIGN Two hundred sixty-five paraffin-embedded samples from malignant and benign human tissue were analyzed by TUNEL. Also, biparametric analysis of apoptosis and proliferation index (MIB-1), apoptosis,(More)
Evidence has been presented that oolemmal integrins and their ligands on spermatozoa may play a role in gamete interactions leading to fertilization. We previously demonstrated that vitronectin (Vn) could be extracted from fresh human spermatozoa and detected in Western blots, and Vn was observed on the surface of living, capacitated sperm by indirect(More)