Maurizia Giai

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Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is thought to be produced exclusively by prostatic epithelial cells and is currently used as a tumor marker of l>rosta li e adi: noca rei noma. We recently found that 30% of breast cancers contain PSA immunoreactivity (IR-PSA). To examine the prognostic value of PSA in female breast cancer, we measured IR-PSA in tumor(More)
BACKGROUND KLK5 is a newly discovered human kallikrein gene. Many kallikrein genes have been found to be differentially expressed in various malignancies, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA; encoded by the KLK3 gene) is the best tumor marker for prostate cancer. Like the genes that encode PSA and other kallikreins, the KLK5 gene was found to be regulated by(More)
Using a highly sensitive immunofluorometric procedure, we measured the total prostate-specific antigen (PSA) concentration in 632 sera obtained from female blood donors and women with idiopathic hirsutism, breast cancer or benign breast diseases. A total of 50 sera with total PSA > 15 ng l(-1) were fractionated by high-performance liquid chromatography(More)
Monoclonal antibody SP-2 to the tumour-associated antigen 90K was generated by immunisation with conditioned medium of human breast cancer cells. We investigated whether circulating levels of 90K can influence the prognosis of patients with breast cancer. Serum samples were obtained from 425 patients with histologically proven breast cancer with no clinical(More)
Creatinine kinase BB (CK-BB) is elevated in many tumours including those of the breast. We have recently described a new, highly sensitive and specific method for measuring CK-BB, based on monoclonal antibodies and time-resolved fluorometry. Using this method, we quantitated CK-BB in 172 breast tumour cytosols and examined the associations between CK-BB and(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the concentration and to evaluate the prognostic value of pepsinogen C (PepC) in breast cancer patients. PepC is an aspartic proteinase that is involved in the digestion of proteins in the stomach and is also synthesized by a subset of human breast tumors. PepC concentrations were measured with a highly sensitive(More)
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was recently found in 30% of female breast tumours. In this study we have examined if PSA circulates in the blood of breast cancer patients and if serum PSA has any clinical application. We have compared serum PSA levels between women with and without breast cancer, between women with PSA-positive and PSA-negative breast(More)
Mutations in the BRCA1 gene account for up to 80% of cases of familial breast cancers (1). However, the majority of breast cancers are sporadic and only 10% of cases show a familial basis. No alterations of the BRCA1 gene have been associated with sporadic breast cancer cases, although other cancers, like sporadic ovarian cancers, display somatic(More)
et al, 1999). Androgens play an important role in the development and progression of breast cancer (Secreto et al, 1983; Oriana et al, 1987). Increased serum levels of androgens correlate with an increased likelihood of disease (Grattarola, 1973; Grattarola et al, 1974; Key and Pike, 1988). Nearly 60% of women with breast cancer show some degree of(More)
The prognostic value of p53 protein accumulation in breast cancer, especially as detected by methods other than immunohistochemistry, has not been established unequivocally. A sensitive immunofluorometric assay of p53 protein employing DO-1 and CM-1 antibodies was used in this study to assay extracts of 171 breast carcinomas from northern Italy. p53(More)