Luana Borzì

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The androgen receptor (AR) plays a central role in the development and progression of prostate cancer (PCa) and anti-androgen therapy is a standard treatment. Unfortunately, after a few years, the majority of patients progress, developing androgen-independent PCa. AR-driven gene transcription recruits a large number of co-activator/co-repressor complexes;(More)
We summarize recent findings linking inflammatory hypoxia to chromatin modifications, in particular to repressive histone signatures. We focus on the role of Hypoxia-Induced Factor-1 in promoting the activity of specific histone demethylases thus deeply modifying chromatin configuration. The consequences of these changes are depicted in terms of gene(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine whether specific HOXA epigenetic signatures could differentiate glioma with distinct biological, pathological, and clinical characteristics. METHODS We evaluated HOXA3, 7, 9, and 10 methylation in 63 glioma samples by MassARRAY and pyrosequencing. RESULTS We demonstrated the direct statistical(More)
Meningioma is one of the most common intracranial tumors and is graded according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Although these tumors are often surgically curable, a malignant behavior also may occur in meningiomas with benign histologic profiles (WHO I). Thus, it is mandatory to identify biomolecular parameters useful to(More)
The aim of our study was to identify threshold levels of DNA methylation predictive of the outcome to better define the risk group of stage 4 neuroblastic tumor patients. Quantitative pyrosequencing analysis was applied to a training set of 50 stage 4, high risk patients and to a validation cohort of 72 consecutive patients. Stage 4 patients at lower risk(More)
Epigenetic alterations are hallmarks of cancer and powerful biomarkers, whose clinical utilization is made difficult by the absence of standardization and of common methods of data interpretation. The coordinate methylation of many loci in cancer is defined as 'CpG island methylator phenotype' (CIMP) and identifies clinically distinct groups of patients. In(More)
To analyze 67 clinical methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated from pediatric hospital infections, we used multilocus variable-number tandem-repeat DNA sequence-based techniques, targeting the protein A polymorphic X region and the clumping factor B complete R domain. We define a "clfB similarity score" and then compare the double loci(More)
We are transient beings, in a world of constantly changing culture. At home in the fields of Art and Science, seemingly capable of magnificent abstractions, humans have an intense need to externalize their insights. Music is an art and a highly transmissible cultural product, but we still have an incomplete understanding of how our musical experience shapes(More)
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