João Pinto-de-Sousa

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AIM To compare the natural history and course of acute diverticulitis in a younger age group with an older population and to evaluate whether younger patients should be managed differently. METHODS This study was a retrospective review of 157 patients treated with acute diverticulitis between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2007. Diverticulitis was(More)
The HER-2/neu gene or c-erb B-2, localized on chromosome 17q, belongs to a family of tyrosine kinase receptors and shares extensive homology with the epidermal growth factor receptor. c-erb B-2 gene amplification and protein overexpression have been reported in several human cancers. The prognostic value of this genetic alteration in gastric carcinoma is(More)
Normal gastric mucosa expresses MUC1 and MUC5AC in foveolar epithelium and MUC6 in mucous neck cells of the body and deep glands of the antrum. Several studies have reported aberrant expression of an under-glycosylated form of MUC1, decreased expression of "gastric" mucins and aberrant expression of "non-gastric" mucins in gastric carcinoma. In this study,(More)
BACKGROUND Considerable controversy persists about the biological behavior of gastric stump cancer (GSC). The aim of this study is to clarify if this cancer is just another proximal gastric cancer or if it emerges as a distinctive clinicopathologic entity. METHODS This review of a prospectively collected gastric cancer database identified 73 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND C-reactive protein (CRP) has been used as an indicator of postoperative complications in abdominal surgery. Its short half-life makes it a reliable marker of the systemic inflammatory response secondary to a surgical procedure or to the appearance of complications, rapidly returning to normal values with the recovery of the patient. AIM To(More)
Previous studies have shown that mucin expression can be used to evaluate differentiation patterns of gastric carcinoma: MUC5AC expression is associated with diffuse type and early gastric carcinomas, and MUC2 expression is associated with mucinous gastric carcinomas. The role played by MUC5B in the evaluation of differentiation and biological behaviour of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Intestinal metaplasia (IM) is a gastric preneoplastic lesion that appears following Helicobacter pylori infection and confers an increased risk for development of cancer. It is induced by gastric expression of the intestine-specific transcription factor CDX2. The regulatory mechanisms involved in triggering and maintaining gastric CDX2(More)
AIMS Mutations in the gene coding for p53 protein are among the most frequent genetic alterations observed in human cancers. The relevance and biological significance of p53 expression in gastric carcinoma are far from being fully established. The aim of our study was to evaluate the influence of p53 detected by immunohistochemistry in the(More)
Aberrant mucin O-glycosylation is often observed in cancer and is characterized by the expression of immature simple mucin-type carbohydrate antigens. UDP-N-acetyl-d-galactosamine:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-6 (ppGalNAc-T6) is one of the enzymes responsible for the initial step in O-glycosylation. This study evaluated the expression of(More)
29 Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of early gastric cancer (EGC) in comparison to advanced tumors and its role in patient's prognosis. METHODS This study was related to 1,272 patients admitted with gastric or gastroesophageal junction carcinoma in our department, between January 1988 and December 2008. During this(More)