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BACKGROUND Epiluminescence microscopy (ELM) is a noninvasive clinical tool recently developed for the diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions (PSLs), with the aim of improving melanoma screening strategies. However, the complexity of the ELM grading protocol means that considerable expertise is required for differential diagnosis. In this paper we propose a(More)
In situ hybridization of complementary [H3]DNA ([H3]cDNA) synthetized from purified rat prolactin messenger RNA (rPRL mRNA) was performed to specifically identify on histologic sections of rat hypophysis cells expressing the PRL gene. Radioautographic labelling occurred over weakly acidophilic cells, while other acidophils, with darker cytoplasm did not(More)
Neurotensin (NT) and neurotensin receptors (NTRs) are widely found in the brain, NT may be considered as a mitogen factor in some tissues. However, no NT-mediated effects on glioma cell proliferation have been reported so far. In our present study we investigated the influence of NT on the proliferation of astrocytic tumor cell lines. To this end we used a(More)
Two proteins from rat brain reacting against anti-chick intestinal vitamin D-dependent calcium-binding protein were characterized in terms of their mobility on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and their molecular size. The proteins were present in the isolated cytoplasm and were produced following translation of brain mRNA in the(More)
Whether they are of low or high histopathological grade, human astrocytic tumors are characterized by a marked propensity to diffuse into large areas of normal brain parenchyma. This invasion relates mainly to cell motility, which enables individual cell migration to take place. The present study characterizes in vitro the gastrin-mediated effects on both(More)
Calbindin immunoreactivity was investigated in various vertebrates. Positive labeling was observed in the absorptive cells of the duodenum of all birds and reptiles but not in mammals, amphibia, or fish. Staining was present in the kidney distal convoluted tubule from amphibia and higher vertebrates. Fish kidney was negative. In the central nervous system(More)
Using immunohistochemistry, vitamin D-dependent calcium binding protein (D-CaBP) has been detected in human retina. In the photoreceptor layer the cones are positive but the rods are negative. In the inner nuclear layer, horizontal cells and some bipolar cells are D-CaBP. In the ganglion cell layer both small and large somata are immunoreactive for D-CaBP.(More)
The current WHO classification places glioblastomas in the astrocytoma category. However, whether or not glioblastomas also show oligodendroglial differentiation remains a matter of controversy. This study investigates, at the morphonuclear level, the hypothesis that some glioblastomas (GBMs) may also represent the ultimate level of malignancy in the(More)
The authors investigated whether cytometry-related variables generated by means of computer-assisted microscopic analysis of Feulgen-stained nuclei can contribute significant information toward the characterization of low-grade astrocytic tumor aggressiveness. This investigation was conducted using the nearest-neighbor rule (a traditional classification(More)
High-grade astrocytic tumors constitute the most serious as well as the most common group of primary brain tumors. Although several prognostic factors have been proposed, little is known about the prognostic value of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) ploidy in adult astrocytic tumors. In a series of 146 adult patients, aged 16 to 82 years, the individual(More)