Maria Luisa Carcangiu

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BACKGROUND Upregulation of N-cadherin promotes dysregulated cell growth, motility, invasiveness, plus maintenance of vascular stability and is associated with cancer progression in several human tumour types. N-cadherin is expressed also on tumour cells and the anti-N-cadherin cyclic pentapeptide ADH-1, tested in the present study, can exert a direct(More)
OBJECTIVE Clinical and experimental data have suggested that surgical removal of primary tumours promotes the growth of metastatic lesions. We assessed the effect of surgery on proliferation of breast carcinomas, in particular those overexpressing HER2 oncoprotein. METHODS Proliferation of breast carcinoma cells was assessed by MIB-1 immunohistochemistry(More)
INTRODUCTION Metastasis represents a major adverse step in the progression of breast carcinoma. Lymph node invasion is the most relevant prognostic factor; however little is known on the molecular events associated with lymph node metastasis process. This study is to investigate the status and role of methylation in lymph node metastatic tumors. MATERIALS(More)
Microsatellite instability has been observed in a variety of sporadic malignancies, but its existence in sporadic ovarian cancer has been the subject of conflicting reports. We have performed a polymerase chain reaction-based microsatellite analysis of DNAs extracted from the neoplastic and non-neoplastic tissues of 41 ovarian cancer patients.(More)
We recently showed that differential expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) genes delineates four subgroups of breast carcinomas (ECM1, -2, -3- and -4) with different clinical outcome. To further investigate the characteristics of ECM signature and its impact on tumor progression, we conducted unsupervised clustering analyses in 6 additional independent(More)
Acinic cell carcinoma (ACC) is a rare malignant epithelial neoplasm characterized by the presence of malignant tubular acinar exocrine gland structures. Diagnosis is generally made in salivary glands and in the pancreas. ACC of the breast has been reported in few cases only. Carriers of inherited mutations in the BRCA1 gene are prone to the development of(More)
BACKGROUND The tumor microenvironment participates in the regulation of tumor progression and influences treatment sensitivity. In breast cancer, it also may play a role in determining the fate of non-invasive lesions such as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-obligate precursor of invasive diseases, which is aggressively treated despite its indolent(More)
Upregulation of Translationally Controlled Tumor Protein (TCTP) is associated with poorly differentiated aggressive tumors, including breast cancer, but the underlying mechanism(s) are still debated. Here, we show that in breast cancer cell lines TCTP is primarily localized in the nucleus, mostly in the phosphorylated form.The effects of Dihydroartemisinin(More)
Androgen receptors (AR) are frequently expressed in breast cancers, but their implication in cancer growth is still controversial. In the present study, we further investigated the role of the androgen/AR pathway in breast cancer development. AR expression was evaluated by immunochemistry in a cohort of 528 postmenopausal breast cancer patients previously(More)
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