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The novel Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase inhibitor (E,Z)-3-((2-aminoethoxy)imino)androstane-6,17-dione hydrochloride (PST2744) was characterized for its inotropic and toxic properties. Inhibition potency on dog kidney Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase was comparable (0.43 microM) to that of digoxin (0.45 microM). PST2744 concentration-dependently increased force of contraction in(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a frequently fatal disease and the impact of available treatments is globally poor. Identification of new prognostic factors would help in the understanding of disease progression and, possibly, patient management. Here, we evaluate the prognostic impact of the neurotensin (NTS) and its cognate receptor (NTSR1) known for(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of vascular and lymphatic emboli in a specimen of resected non-small cell lung cancer is variable according to different authors' experience as well as prognostic significance in patients treated by surgery. We aimed at evaluating these factors in an unselected population of patients with primary pulmonary adenocarcinoma treated by(More)
There is growing interest in the association of radiotherapy and immunotherapy for the treatment of solid tumors. Here, we report an extremely effective combination of local irradiation (IR) and Shiga Toxin B (STxB)-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for the treatment of HPV-associated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The efficacy of(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate disease-free survival (DFS), overall survival and toxicity of patients who underwent preoperative therapy for soft tissue sarcoma. The data of 38 consecutive patients affected by soft tissue sarcoma were retrospectively analysed. Six (15.8 %) patients were treated only with neoadjuvant radiotherapy, and 32 (84.2 %) with(More)
The aim of our study was to retrospectively evaluate the feasibility and clinical benefit of cyberknife stereotactic radiosurgery (CSRS) in patients treated at Florence University for recurrent, pre-irradiated brain lesions. Thirteen patients were retreated with cyberknife. Mean age was 47.1 years (range 33–77 years). Karnofsky performance status ranged(More)
This study was undertaken to evaluate the association of individual parameters and outcome in patients with unresectable locally advanced head and neck cancer treated with radiochemotherapy. We retrospectively reviewed data from 126 patients treated in our Institution between 1998 and 2010 for a locally advanced head and neck cancer. Sixteen individual(More)
BACKGROUND Hormone therapy is the most prescribed systemic therapy for patients with breast cancer (BC). Some patients fail to respond to tamoxifen; one pathway seems to involve human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpression. To better understand this matter, we reviewed our single-center experience of premenopausal patients who were(More)
Despite the increasing adoption of parenchymal-sparing procedures, pneumonectomy is still necessary in several pleural and pulmonary (benign or malignant) diseases. We reviewed clinical data of a large cohort of patients treated by pneumonectomy with the aim of better define its impact on early and long-term results. Clinical and pathological(More)
OBJECTIVE Because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-apoptotic and anti-neoplastic properties, the PPAR-γ agonist rosiglitazone is an interesting drug for investigating for use in the prevention and treatment of radiation-induced intestinal damage. We aimed to evaluate the radioprotective effect of rosiglitazone in a murine model of acute(More)