Massimo Lopez

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Nectins are adhesion molecules that participate in the organization of epithelial and endothelial junctions and serve as receptors for herpes simplex virus entry. They belong to the immunoglobulin superfamily, are homologues of the poliovirus receptor (PVR/CD155), and were also named poliovirus receptor-related (PRR) proteins. We identify a new member of(More)
PURPOSE We performed this phase III study to compare the irinotecan, leucovorin (LV), and fluorouracil (FU) regimen (FOLFIRI) versus the oxaliplatin, LV, and FU regimen (FOLFOX4) in previously untreated patients with advanced colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 360 chemotherapy-naive patients were randomly assigned to receive, every 2(More)
Pregnancy and lactation provide excellent models of physiological hyperphagia and hyperprolactinemia. To identify possible factors associated with the increased feeding in these situations, we measured hypothalamic mRNA levels of three orexigenic neuropeptides--NPY, MCH, and orexins--in nonpregnant, pregnant, and lactating rats by in situ hybridization. NPY(More)
This letter shows a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) technique for the early detection of the Alzheimer's disease (AD) based on single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) image feature selection and a statistical learning theory classifier. The challenge of the curse of dimensionality is addressed by reducing the large dimensionality of the input data(More)
In industrialized countries, breast cancer is the most common tumor in women. The tumor expression of estrogen receptors (ERs) is a very important marker for prognosis and a marker that is predictive of response to endocrine therapy. The loss of ER expression portends a poor prognosis and, in a significant fraction of breast cancers, this repression is a(More)
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine kinase that operates as sensor of cellular energy status and effector for its coupling to cell growth and proliferation. At the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus, mTOR signaling has been recently proposed as transducer for leptin effects on energy homeostasis and food intake. However, whether central(More)
BACKGROUND A prospective, randomized Phase III trial was performed to determine whether, compared with gemcitabine (GEM) alone, the addition of cisplatin (CDDP) to GEM was able to improve the time to disease progression and the clinical benefit rate in patients with advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The objective response rate, overall survival rate, and(More)
The human poliovirus (PV) receptor (PVR) is a member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily with unknown cellular function. We have isolated a human PVR-related (PRR) cDNA. The deduced amino acid (aa) sequence of PRR showed, in the extracellular region, 51.7 and 54.3% similarity with human PVR and with the murine PVR homolog, respectively. The cDNA coding(More)
Oligonucleotide primers directed to the minicircle kinetoplast DNA of Leishmania strains supported enzymatic amplification of this DNA by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A single product of 70 basepairs was obtained from parasites belonging exclusively to the L. braziliensis complex. Direct sequencing of the amplified product confirmed its minicircle(More)
The atmospheric Cherenkov gamma-ray telescope MAGIC, designed for a low-energy threshold, has detected very-high-energy gamma rays from a giant flare of the distant Quasi-Stellar Radio Source (in short: radio quasar) 3C 279, at a distance of more than 5 billion light-years (a redshift of 0.536). No quasar has been observed previously in very-high-energy(More)