Lorenzo Pacenti

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Beclin 1 is is an autophagy gene, the role of which as a tumour suppressor has recently been recognized in a few studies. We examined the expression of Beclin 1 protein in 212 primary human brain tumours, including 97 high-grade glial tumours, 29 low-grade glial tumours, 4 grade III meningiomas, 19 grade II meningiomas, 52 grade I meningiomas, and 11(More)
Bile may contain a 130-kDa protein endowed withaminopeptidase activity and the ability to promotecholesterol crystallisation. As > 90% of H. pyloristrains have a similar peptidase activity, and half the isolates express a 110- to 140-kDa antigen, theCagA protein, we investigated a possible associationbetween H. pylori infection and gallstones, and(More)
Sixty-five unselected cases of gastric cancer have been analysed for EBV DNA by polymerase chain reaction, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry for CD21 antigen expression. Four cases were found EBV-positive by PCR, while ISH yielded positive results in 3 of these cases, demonstrating EBV in the nuclei of cancerous cells. CD21 antigen was(More)
The role of HPV in the carcinogenesis of intraepithelial and invasive anogenital lesions is currently well established. E6 and E7 oncoproteins of high-risk HPV genotypes are known to inactivate p53 and pRb pathways. Several studies have described an increased prevalence and recurrence of both cervical HPV infection and invasive cervical cancer among HIV-1(More)
We re-appraised the cell renewal pattern in Hodgkin's disease (HD), considering that most, though not all, Hodgkin/Reed-Sternberg (H-RS) cells exhibit abortive mitoses and that a substantial fraction of these exhibits DNA damage suggestive of imminent or actual cell death. Using combined immunohistochemistry and in situ end-labeling to detect strand breaks,(More)
Solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) are infrequent soft tissue neoplasms which are usually benign and surgically curable. However, their behavior is not always predictable, although several clinical and pathological criteria of malignancy have been established. In many cancers, including some soft tissue tumors, telomerase activity (TA) has been shown to be a(More)
The mouse embryonal carcinoma cell line F9 differentiates into parietal endoderm cells after a 3-day exposure to retinoic acid and dibutyryl cyclic AMP. Using the experimental metastases assay, we investigated the organ colonization properties of RA-treated and -untreated populations of F9 cells. The results show that untreated F9 cells colonize the liver(More)
This study was undertaken to better comprehend the reasons for the scarcity of Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg (H-RS) cells in Hodgkin's disease (HD) despite their expression of "proliferation-associated antigens". To this end, we assessed the relative frequency of mitotic phases and nuclear damage (detected by in situ end-labeling of DNA strand breaks) in CD30+(More)
Squamous cell carcinoma of conjunctiva has increased tenfold in the era of HIV/AIDS. The disease pattern has also changed in Africa, affecting young persons, with peak age-specific incidence of 30-39 years, similar to that of Kaposi sarcoma, a well known HIV/AIDS defining neoplasm. In addition, the disease has assumed more aggressive clinical course. The(More)
Sinonasal non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (SNHLs) of B- or T-cell immunophenotype have been associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection of neoplastic lymphoid tissue. Nine SNHLs were investigated using immunohistochemistry, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for EBV genome and in situ hybridization (ISH) for EBV encoded RNAs (EBER), immunoglobulin (CI-gHR)(More)