Marco Tomasetti

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BACKGROUND Improved detection methods for diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) are essential for early and reliable detection as well as treatment. Since recent data point to abnormal levels of microRNAs (miRNAs) in tumors, we hypothesized that a profile of deregulated miRNAs may be a marker of MPM and that the levels of specific miRNAs may be(More)
PURPOSE Mesothelin is currently considered the best available serum biomarker of malignant pleural mesothelioma. To examine the diagnostic accuracy and use of serum mesothelin in early diagnosis, we performed an individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis. METHODS The literature search identified 16 diagnostic studies of serum mesothelin, measured with(More)
The search for a selective and efficient anticancer agent for treating all neoplastic disease has yet to deliver a universally suitable compound(s). The majority of established anticancer drugs either are nonselective or lose their efficacy because of the constant mutational changes of malignant cells. Until recently, a largely neglected target for(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between job satisfaction, psychological distress, psychosocial processes and stress-related biological factors, and to evaluate whether over time changes of work satisfaction could affect the immunological-inflammatory status of workers. METHODS One hundred and one nurses were enrolled at the Clinic of Occupational(More)
Tumors have developed several forms of resistance to receptor-induced cell death. Here, we show that malignant mesothelial (MM) cell lines as well as primary MM cells and normal mesothelial (NM) cells express Fas and TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) receptors DR4 and DR5. We found that, although Fas expression levels are comparable, only MM(More)
Total CoQ10 levels were evaluated in whole blood and in plasma obtained from a group of 83 healthy donors. Extraction with light petroleum ether/methanol was more efficient, for whole blood, than the extraction which is often used for plasma and serum, i.e., ethanol hexane. An excellent correlation was present between plasma CoQ10 and whole blood CoQ10.(More)
OBJECTIVES Aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and precision of the detection of individual miRNA as clinical biomarkers in the serum. DESIGN AND METHODS miRNA-126 was quantified in serum using endogenous and exogenous controls for normalization and the accuracy and precision of the method evaluated. The diagnostic value of serum miRNA-126 was(More)
We evaluated the ability of alpha-tocopheryl succinate (alpha-TOS) to sensitise TRAIL-resistant malignant mesothelioma (MM) cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis. We show that alpha-TOS activates expression of DR4/DR5 in a p53-dependent manner and re-establishes sensitivity of resistant MM cells to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis, as documented in p53wt MM cells but(More)
BACKGROUND A strategy to reduce the secondary effects of anti-cancer agents is to potentiate the therapeutic effect by their combination. A combination of vitamin K3 (VK3) and ascorbic acid (AA) exhibited an anti-cancer synergistic effect, associated with extracellular production of H(2)O(2) that promoted cell death. METHODS The redox-silent vitamin E(More)