Francesco Massari

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Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) selectively infects cells expressing the CD4 molecule, resulting in substantial quantitative and qualitative defects in CD4+ T lymphocyte function in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, only a very small number of cells in the peripheral blood of HIV-1-infected individuals are(More)
OBJECTIVES The value of interventricular and intraventricular echocardiographic asynchrony parameters in predicting reverse remodeling after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) was investigated. BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy has been suggested as a promising strategy in patients with severe heart failure and left bundle branch block(More)
Surgery remains the mainstay of therapy for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but even for stage IA, disease relapse rates remain as high as 30%. Patients with completely resected (R0) N1 disease have about a 50% chance of relapse. In the past 5 years, the benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy has finally been demonstrated for patients with lung(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to study key signalling proteins involved in angiogenesis and proliferation on the response to inhibitors of tyrosine kinases and mammalian target of rapamycin in first- and in second-line treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). METHODS In a panel of human RCC tumours, in vitro and in nude mice, we evaluated the effect of sunitinib,(More)
PURPOSE Aim of this study was to investigate for the presence of existing prognostic factors in patients with bone metastases (BMs) from RCC since bone represents an unfavorable site of metastasis for renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Data of patients with BMs from RCC were retrospectively collected. Age, sex, ECOG-Performance Status(More)
BACKGROUND Dissecting aneurysms located along the distal segments of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) are extremely rare, accounting for only 0.5-0.7% of all intracranial aneurysms. Treatment of these aneurysms is challenging, both surgically and endovascularly. We present our preliminary experience and clinical data utilizing Onyx as an(More)
BACKGROUND Lobular breast carcinoma usually shows poor responsiveness to chemotherapies and often lacks targeted therapies. Since FGFR1 expression has been shown to play pivotal roles in primary breast cancer tumorigenesis, we sought to analyze the status of FGFR1 gene in a metastatic setting of lobular breast carcinoma, since promising FGFR1 inhibitors has(More)
Chemokines are a superfamily of structurally homologous heparin-binding proteins that includes potent inducers and inhibitors of angiogenesis. The imbalance between angiogenic and angiostatic chemokine activities can lead to abnormalities, such as chronic inflammation, dysplastic transformation, and even tumor development and spreading. In this review, we(More)
The outcome of patients with prostate cancer (PCa) is mainly dependent on the presence or absence of distant metastases. Although several advances have been made in understanding the biological basis of this tumor, the mechanisms underlying PCa metastatic spread are not fully clear. The lack of a clear origin for PCa metastasis may be partially due to the(More)
Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/cachectin (TNF-alpha/cachectin), Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), ACTH, beta-Endorphin (beta-EPH), and Cortisol (F) levels were determined in 33 Headache patients: 22 patients were affected with Migraine (M) and 11 patients with Chronic Type Tension Headache (CTTH). TNF-alpha/cachectin serum level was detected in 15 out of 22 migraneous(More)