Ferruccio Casali

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We read with interest the article of Wong et al. They described the prevalence and distribution among ethnic groups of polyomavirus SV40 antibodies in women in Houston, Texas. Their data were obtained using a plaquereduction neutralization assay, which is a high specific method to detect SV40 antibodies in human serum samples. However, this approach has(More)
The prevalence of anti-HEV was assessed in 2,233 subjects aged 20-79 years in the Republic of San Marino in the years 1990-1991. The sera were tested by ELISA and further confirmed by Western blot (WB) analysis. The overall anti-HEV prevalence was 1.5%. A significant trend by age was observed. Anti-HEV prevalence was 0.6% in subjects <30 years and 3.3% in(More)
Simian virus 40 (SV40), a small DNA tumor virus, was inadvertently administered to human populations with the use of contaminated vaccines. SV40 sequences have mainly been detected in healthy individuals and cancer patients using polymerase chain reaction techniques. However, some studies have failed to reveal the presence of SV40 in human specimens. These(More)
Human malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is considered a rare tumor, but recent estimations indicate that one-quarter million people will die of this neoplasm in Europe in the next three decades. The mineral asbestos is considered the main causative agent of this neoplasm. MPM is largely unresponsive to conventional chemotherapy/radiotherapy. In addition(More)
At present Simian virus 40 (SV40) infection in humans appears to be transmitted independently from early contaminated vaccines. In order to test the spread of SV40 infection in children, an immunologic assay employing specific SV40 synthetic peptides corresponding to its viral protein (VP) antigens was employed to estimate the seroprevalence of this(More)
BACKGROUND Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a rare tumor, which affects 1/100 000 individuals, but it represents 30% of central nervous system malignancies. GBM is a severe tumor responsible for 2% of all cancer-related deaths. Although characterized by genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneities, GBM invariably resists conventional chemo- and radiotherapies.(More)
BACKGROUND The high incidence of various diseases observed in post-menopausal women has been widely associated to the decline of 17β-estradiol (E2) occurring in correspondence of menopausal transition. One of the mechanisms suggested to explain this link takes into account the ability of E2 to counteract oxidative stress (OS) which is believed to play an(More)
Antibiotic misuse is associated with emergence of resistance and high expenditures. Fluoroquinolones (FQ) and carbapenems (CP) are drugs with considerable potential of resistance development and its disseminated use is a concern. We undertook a prospective clinical audit to evaluate prescriptions of FQ and CP in a multistep process. Each prescription was(More)