Luca Molinaro

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UNLABELLED Only a fraction of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer receive clinical benefit from therapy with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibodies, which calls for the identification of novel biomarkers for better personalized medicine. We produced large xenograft cohorts from 85 patient-derived, genetically characterized metastatic(More)
PURPOSE The relationship between thymidylate synthase (TS) expression and outcome in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) treated with pemetrexed (P) was retrospectively evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty histologically confirmed patients with MPM previously treated with P and platinum (45 of 60) or as single agent (15 of 60) were(More)
This study was performed to analyse the variables affecting the diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography (CT)-guided transthoracic needle biopsy of pulmonary lesions. A retrospective study of 612 consecutive procedures with confirmed final diagnoses was undertaken. Benign and malignant needle biopsy results were compared with final outcomes to determine(More)
MammaPrint, a prognostic 70-gene profile for early-stage breast cancer, has been available for fresh tissue. Improvements in RNA processing have enabled microarray diagnostics for formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. Here, we describe method optimization, validation, and performance of MammaPrint using analyte from FFPE tissue. Laboratory(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The HER2 status of small endoscopic biopsies is important for predicting the eligibility of patients with metastatic HER2-positive gastric cancer or gastro-esophageal junction (GEJ) cancer for anti-HER2 therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The aim of this study was to identify the minimum biopsy set required(More)
Caveolin 1 (cav-1) is the basic component of the flask-shaped membrane microdomains known as caveolae that are involved in various cell functions. Caveolin 1 can be overexpressed in tumors,suggesting a proneoplastic role, or it can be downregulated. We previously reported that cav-1 expression increases with tumor grade in astrocytomas. Here, we studied(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) represents highly aggressive neoplasms with a mean survival of approximately 10 months. Osteopontin, a glycoprotein involved in cell-matrix interactions correlated with invasion and metastatic spread in several tumors, has recently been proposed as a serum marker of MPM in asbestos-exposed subjects. The aim of this study(More)
Mitotic count on hematoxylin and eosin slides is a fundamental morphological criterion in the diagnosis and grading of adrenocortical carcinoma in any scoring system employed. Moreover, it is the unique term strongly associated with patient's prognosis. Phospho-histone H3 is a mitosis-specific antibody, which was already proven to facilitate mitotic count(More)
We report a 66-year-old man with a spinal, extradural solitary fibrous tumor showing unique retiform and papillary architecture. The patient presented in May 2008 with worsening right-sided lower back pain and urinary frequency. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine documented a heterogeneously enhancing dumbbell-shaped extradural lesion causing cord(More)
Angiogenesis plays a key role in tumour progression, and undergoes structural changes associated to tumour biology itself. Although vessel density can be easily evaluated in brain tumours using a traditional immuno-histochemical approach, other parameters of conceptual/biological interest, such as the complex patterns of vascular growth, cannot be fully(More)