Marco Volante

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BACKGROUND Pivotal studies indicate a role of excision repair cross-complementation 1 (ERCC1) gene and ribonucleotide reductase M1 (RRM1) gene in conferring a differential sensitivity to cytotoxic chemotherapy and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene has been recently extensively investigated in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). DESIGN(More)
Ghrelin is a novel gastrointestinal hormone produced by rat and human gastric X-like neuroendocrine cells, which strongly stimulates GH secretion and influences energy balance, gastric motility, and acid secretion. Ghrelin is expressed in pituitary and gastrointestinal endocrine tumors. It binds to the GH secretagogue receptor (GHS-R), which is present in a(More)
Poorly differentiated (PD) thyroid carcinomas lie both morphologically and behaviorally between well-differentiated and undifferentiated (anaplastic) carcinomas. Following the original description of this entity, different diagnostic criteria have been employed, resulting in wide discrepancies and confusion among pathologists and clinicians worldwide. To(More)
Somatostatin receptors (SSTRs) have been extensively mapped in human tumors by means of autoradiography, reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), in situ hybridization (ISH) and immunohistochemistry (IHC). We analyzed the SSTR type 1-5 expression by means of RT-PCR and/or IHC in a series of 81 functioning and non-functioning(More)
BACKGROUND The management of pulmonary neuroendocrine tumours (NETs), with special reference to clinically aggressive carcinoids and large-cell neuroendocrine carcinomas (LCNECs), is poorly standardised and data about somatostatin receptor (SSTR) expression or therapeutic guidelines for somatostatin analogue administration are still debated. MATERIALS AND(More)
BACKGROUND In the USA, about 30 200 well-differentiated thyroid carcinomas were diagnosed in 2007, but the prevalence of thyroid nodules is much higher (about 5% of the adult population). Unfortunately, the preoperative characterisation of follicular thyroid nodules is still a challenge, and many benign lesions, which remain indeterminate after fine-needle(More)
AIMS The hypothalamic neuropeptide growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) stimulates GH synthesis and release in the pituitary. GHRH also exerts proliferative effects in extrapituitary cells, whereas GHRH antagonists have been shown to suppress cancer cell proliferation. We investigated GHRH effects on cardiac myocyte cell survival and the underlying(More)
Ghrelin is a novel gastrointestinal hormone produced by about 20% of the rat and human gastric neuroendocrine cell population, which possesses strong GH-releasing activity, but also plays other central and peripheral roles, including influence on food intake, gastric motility, and acid secretion. The aim of the present study was to determine whether(More)
The distinction of benign from malignant follicular thyroid neoplasms remains a difficult task in diagnostic fine-needle aspiration cytology, and some discrepant results have been reported for the individual immunocytochemical markers of malignancy proposed so far. The aim of this study was to test if the combined use of a panel of markers could improve the(More)
Oncocytic cell tumors (OCTs) of the thyroid include oncocytic cell adenomas (OCAs) and oncocytic cell carcinomas (OCCs). Oncocytic variant of papillary carcinoma (OVPC) has also been described. These tumors may present similar diagnostic problems as their non-oncocytic counterparts, in both conventional histology and fine-needle aspiration biopsies. Several(More)