Franco Cuccurullo

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PURPOSE It has been reported that EGFR mutations in lung carcinomas make the disease more responsive to treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. We decided to evaluate the prevalence of EGFR mutations in a large series of non-small-cell lung carcinomas (NSCLCs) and to develop a rapid and sensitive screening method. PATIENTS AND METHODS We examined 860(More)
Mutations in the PIK3CA gene have recently been reported in different human neoplasms, including breast cancer. This paper reports the results of a systematic analysis of PIK3CA mutations in different histological types of breast carcinoma. One hundred and eighty invasive breast carcinomas, comprising 74 ductal, 56 lobular, 22 mucinous, 20 medullary, and(More)
1. We have evaluated the selectivity of ketoprofen and two novel nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, N-[2-(cyclohexyloxy)-4-nitrophenyl]methanesulphonamide (NS-398) and 5-methanesulphonamido-6-(2,4-difluorothiophenyl)-1-indano ne (L-745,337), in inhibiting the cyclo-oxygenase activity of prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase-2 (PGHS-2) vs PGHS-1 in human(More)
Inflammation plays a pathogenic role in the development of restenosis after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a potent chemoattractant of monocytes; however, its role in the pathophysiology of restenosis is still unclear. We set out to investigate the role of MCP-1 in restenosis after PTCA.(More)
AIMS To evaluate serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in a large group of children, adolescents and young adults with Type 1 diabetes mellitus to investigate whether increased VEGF concentrations are associated with long-term glycaemic control and microvascular complications. METHODS The study involved 196 patients with Type 1(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously reported aspirin failure in suppressing enhanced thromboxane (TX) biosynthesis in a subset of episodes of platelet activation during the acute phase of unstable angina. The recent discovery of a second prostaglandin H synthase (PGHS-2), inducible in response to inflammatory or mitogenic stimuli, prompted us to reexamine TXA2(More)
There is evidence that copper and zinc have pro-oxidant and antioxidant properties, respectively, so that their imbalance may be expected to condition oxidative stress status. Oxidative stress is relevant in aging and in age-related degenerative diseases. In this study, blood content of copper, zinc, and ceruloplasmin as well as of lipid peroxides were(More)
BACKGROUND RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation end products [AGEs]) plays a role in diabetic atherosclerosis. Recently, we have demonstrated enhanced expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and PGE synthase-1 (COX-2/mPGES-1) in human symptomatic plaques, and provided evidence that it is associated with metalloproteinase (MMP)-induced plaque rupture. However, the(More)
BACKGROUND Studies have implicated a role for prostaglandin (PG) E(2)-dependent matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) biosynthesis in the rupture of atherosclerotic plaque. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and PGE synthase (PGES) are coregulated in nucleated cells by inflammatory stimuli. The aim of this study was to characterize the expression of COX-2 and PGES in(More)
BACKGROUND Hypercholesterolemia is associated with inflammation and the prothrombotic state. CD40-CD40 ligand (CD40L) interactions promote a prothrombotic response in nucleated cells. The aim of this study was to characterize the in vivo expression of soluble CD40L (sCD40L) in hypercholesterolemia, to correlate it with the extent of the prothrombotic state,(More)