Franco O Ranelletti

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We investigated the association of survivin expression with prognosis and other apoptosis-related biological factors in 110 primary ovarian cancer patients admitted to the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Catholic University of Rome. Immunohistochemistry was performed on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections by using polyclonal antibody ab469 for(More)
Conflicting data have been reported on cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2 expression and activity in striated muscles, including skeletal muscles and myocardium, in particular it is still unclear whether muscle cells are able to produce prostaglandins (PGs). We characterized the expression and enzymatic activity of COX-1 and COX-2 in the skeletal muscles and(More)
We investigated the effect of the flavonoid quercetin (Q) on the proliferation of the ovarian cancer cell line OVCA 433. Growth experiments demonstrated that Q exerted a reversible dose-dependent inhibition of cell proliferation in the range of concentrations between 10 nM and 10 microM. Two other flavonoids tested, rutin and hesperidin, were ineffective in(More)
CRH and its receptors are expressed in human normal endometrial cells, where they are associated to anti-proliferative progesterone-like activity. We aimed to investigate CRH, CRH-R1 and CRH-R2 expression and intracellular localization in human endometrial cancers and their relationships with tumor biological parameters. Surgical specimens were obtained(More)
This study aims at investigating the relationship between cyclooxygenase-2 expression in tumour vs stroma inflammatory compartment and its possible clinical role. The study included 99 stage IB-IV cervical cancer patients: immunostaining of tumour tissue sections was performed with rabbit antiserum against cyclooxygenase-2. CD3, CD4, CD8, CD25, Mast Cell(More)
Results from some intervention trials indicated that supplemental beta-carotene enhanced lung cancer incidence and mortality in chronic smokers. The aim of this study was to verify the hypothesis that high concentrations of the carotenoid, under the pO2 present in lung (100-150 mmHg), may exert deleterious effects through a prooxidant mechanism. To test(More)
BACKGROUND Cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2), the key enzyme in the conversion of arachidonic acid to prostaglandins, is involved in critical steps of tumor onset and progression, and is a strong predictor of chemotherapy resistance and poor outcome in advanced ovarian cancer. To our knowledge, no data has been reported until now about the association between COX-2(More)
Human parathyroid hormone-related protein (hPTHrP), identified in patients with paraneoplastic hypercalcemia and expressed by different cell types during development and adult life, plays important roles in many human neoplasms. Immunohistochemical and RT-PCR analyses of hPTHrP and human parathyroid hormone receptor type 1 (PTHR-1) in primary(More)
We assayed methyl-p-hydroxyphenyllactate esterase (MeHPLAase) activity in 63 cases of primary laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma. MeHPLAase activity did not show any correlation with oestrogen, progesterone and epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor levels. No significant relationship was found between MeHPLAase activity and age, sex, tumour site, T(More)
The outer cortex of the human thymus contains a one- to two-cell-thick layer that is immunoreactive with antisera against beta-endorphin, (Leu)- and (Met)-enkephalin, bombesin, and substance P. The epithelial nature of these immunostained cells is revealed by immunoelectron microscopic studies showing the presence of desmosomal junctions. The presence of(More)