Laura Fusaro

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The cause of pancreatic cancer remains elusive. The most consistently identified epidemiological risk factor is cigarette smoking. Genetic factors are known to play a significant role in perhaps 5% of the total pancreatic cancer burden. Recent discoveries in molecular biology, particularly germline mutations in inherited conditions which feature pancreatic(More)
The purpose of this study was to validate immunohistochemistry (IHC) as an alternative to telomerase repeat amplification protocol (TRAP) analysis to detect telomerase activity. TRAP-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) reactivity was compared with telomerase reverse transcription (TERT) IHC staining in 22 feline mammary tissues (6 normal mammary(More)
A first-degree relative with pancreatic cancer is found in 5% to 10% of patients with pancreatic carcinomas, suggesting an inherited predisposition for this neoplasm. The recently identified DPC4 tumor suppressor gene is a strong candidate for the gene responsible for the familial form of pancreatic carcinoma. DPC4 was identified in a consensus area of(More)
BACKGROUND Since 1999, field evidence of transplacental infection by porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and reproductive failure has been reported in pigs. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical and pathological consequences of PCV2 infection in conventional PCV2-seropositive gilts by insemination with PCV2b-spiked semen. RESULTS Six PCV2(More)
As part of a search for causative genes of familial pancreatic carcinoma, the p16 genes were sequenced in members of 21 families with a phenotype of familial pancreatic carcinoma (2 or more first degree relatives affected). One family was found in which members carried a novel p16 allele with a G to T transversion at position 451, creating a missense amino(More)
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