Francesca Falcetta

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We reclassified 720 nonmedullary invasive thyroid carcinomas diagnosed and treated between 1975 and 1993. Twenty-seven cases met the criteria of insular carcinoma and 29 cases those of widely invasive follicular carcinoma. Comparison of these histotypes with respect to pathologic stage and overall, relative, and visceral metastasis-free survival showed a(More)
3610 Background: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non-coding RNA molecules which are emerging as key regulators of numerous cellular processes. MiRNAs may be abnormally down-regulated or up-regulated in colo-rectal cancer. Specific miRNA patterns may be associated to particular behaviour of tumours and could be used as a predictive factor of response to(More)
The milk thistle extract silymarin, alone or in combined chemotherapy, is now under investigation in anticancer research, with particular interest for its possible employ in the treatment of chemoresistant tumours. So far, the consequences of a silymarin pre-treatment have not been thoroughly investigated. We studied whether silymarin pre-treatment(More)
A delivery system based on polymer nanoparticles (NPs) is developed and tested in relevant biological conditions for breast cancer treatment. ɛ-Caprolactone (CL) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) copolymers have been used for the one pot synthesis of surfactant free PEGylated NPs which are monodispersed, stable in physiological conditions and have size in the(More)
The antiproliferative response to anticancer treatment is the result of concurrent responses in all cell cycle phases, extending over several cell generations, whose complexity is not captured by current methods. In the proposed experimental/computational approach, the contemporary use of time-lapse live cell microscopy and flow cytometric data supported(More)
Studies of cellular internalization of nanoparticles (NPs) play a paramount role for the design of efficient drug delivery systems, but so far they lack a robust experimental technique able to quantify the NP uptake in terms of number of NPs internalized in each cell. In this work we propose a novel method which provides a quantitative evaluation of(More)
One of the major drawbacks that limits the clinical application of nanoparticles is the lack of preliminary investigations related to their biocompatibility, biodegradability and biodistribution. In this work, biodegradable PEGylated polymer nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized by using macromonomers based on poly(ε-caprolaconte) oligomers. More in(More)
The combination of erlotinib with gemcitabine is one of the most promising therapies for advanced pancreatic cancer. Aiming at optimizing this combination, we analyzed in detail the response to sequential treatments with erlotinib → gemcitabine and gemcitabine → erlotinib with an 18 h interval, adopting a previously established experimental/computational(More)
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) is receiving increasing attention with regard to the treatment of many genetic diseases, both acquired and hereditary, such as cancer and diabetes. Being a high molecular weight (MW) polyanion, siRNA is not able to cross a cell membrane, and in addition it is unstable in physiological conditions. Accordingly, a biocompatible(More)
The margin for optimizing polychemotherapy is wide, but a quantitative comparison of current and new protocols is rare even in preclinical settings. In silico reconstruction of the proliferation process and the main perturbations induced by treatment provides insight into the complexity of drug response and grounds for a more objective rationale to(More)