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Curative resection has been shown to be one of the key factors influencing survival of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients. Although general guidelines for the processing of pancreatic specimens have been established, there is currently no widely accepted standardized protocol for pathological examination, especially with respect to resection(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Acute pancreatitis constitutes a life-threatening condition in which pancreatic acinar cells undergo massive cell death. We investigated the incidence of apoptosis, autophagy, and necrosis affecting acinar cells in the early onset of acute pancreatitis induced by chronic alcohol feeding and acute endotoxemia. METHODS Rats were fed either(More)
BACKGROUND Preoperative biopsy of pancreatic lesions suspected of malignancy is controversial. METHODS A systematic Medline literature search was carried out. Diagnostic studies reporting quantitative preoperative pancreatic biopsy data were evaluated. RESULTS The analysis included 53 studies, mostly of a retrospective nature. Despite acceptable rates(More)
BACKGROUND Surgery is the only therapy with potentially curative intention in pancreatic cancer. This analysis aimed to determine prognostic parameters in a patient cohort with resected pancreatic adenocarcinoma with a special focus on the revised R1-definition. METHODS Between October 2001 and August 2009, data from 1071 consecutively resected patients(More)
We investigated the expression pattern and clinical significance of the costimulatory ligands B7-1, B7-2, B7-H1, and B7-DC, and their counter-receptors CTLA-4 and PD-1 in pancreatic cancer. Gene expression of all examined costimulatory molecules was significantly upregulated in pancreatic cancer tissues. B7-1, B7-2, B7-H1, and B7-DC protein was detectable(More)
Pancreatic metastases are uncommon and little is known about the oncologic outcome after resection or prognostic parameters. This study was designed to evaluate perioperative and follow-up results after resection for pancreatic metastases and to define prognostic factors. From a prospective database, all consecutive resections performed at our institution(More)
BACKGROUND Anaplastic pancreatic cancers are rare neoplasms. The available data are focused on pathologic and molecular features, and little is known about the clinical presentation and management. The outcome of operative exploration and resection is unknown. METHODS From a prospective database, all consecutive operations for anaplastic pancreatic cancer(More)
BACKGROUND While cannabinoids have been shown to ameliorate liver fibrosis, their effects in chronic pancreatitis and on pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) are unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The activity of the endocannabinoid system was evaluated in human chronic pancreatitis (CP) tissues. In vitro, effects of blockade and activation of cannabinoid(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to clarify the clinical and pathophysiological characteristics of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) and its subtypes (lymphoplasmacytic sclerosing pancreatitis [LPSP] and idiopathic duct-centric pancreatitis [IDCP]) seen around the world. METHODS An international multicenter survey of AIP was conducted in 15(More)
Tenascin C (TNC) is a component of the provisional extracellular matrix (ECM) that characterizes solid tumours. Cell surface annexin II is a high-affinity receptor for large TNC splice variants. The aim of this study was to analyse whether TNC and annexin II play a role in the development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PDAC is characterized by(More)