Michela Manzotti

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Pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinomas (PSCs) are currently defined as poorly differentiated non-small-cell carcinomas containing a component with sarcoma or sarcoma-like (spindle and/or giant cell) features. They consist of 5 major histological variants, namely pleomorphic carcinoma, spindle cell carcinoma, giant cell carcinoma, carcinosarcoma, and pulmonary(More)
INTRODUCTION Mutations of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) have been proven to predict activity of the EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKI), gefitinib and erlotinib. Although the "common" EGFR mutations, such as the L858R point mutation in exon 21 and the in-frame deletional mutation in exon 19, have been definitively associated with(More)
Previous studies have suggested a "catalytic role" in neoplastic angiogenesis and cancer progression for bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPC). However, preclinical and clinical studies have shown that the quantitative role of marrow-derived EPCs in cancer vascularization is extremely variable. We have found that human and murine white(More)
Integrins are a large family of transmembrane receptors that, in addition to mediating cell adhesion, modulate cell proliferation. The beta1C integrin is an alternatively spliced variant of the beta1 subfamily that contains a unique 48-amino acid sequence in its cytoplasmic domain. We have shown previously that in vitro beta1C inhibits cell proliferation(More)
The identification of specific tumor mRNA markers by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction might be a valuable diagnostic adjunct for the detection of breast cancer metastases in axillary sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs). In this study we have compared the diagnostic accuracy of an extensive histopathologic examination of 146 SLNs from 123 breast(More)
Extranodal follicular dendritic cell sarcoma (FDCS) is an extremely uncommon tumor with only a single case arising in the breast having been reported. We describe the clinico-pathological features of an additional FDCS of the lower outer quadrant of the right breast in a 40-year-old woman. The tumor showed three patterns of growth, i.e., diffuse, myxoid and(More)
We investigated 27 pleomorphic carcinomas of the lung for exon 1 K-ras gene mutations using polymerase chain reaction–single-strand conformation polymophism analysis and direct sequencing. All pleomorphic carcinomas were biphasic, that is, composed of an adeno-, squamous- or large-cell-carcinomatous component associated with a spindle- and/or giant-cell(More)
The expression of the beta1C integrin, an alternatively spliced variant of the beta1 subunit, was investigated in human adult and fetal tissues. In the adult, beta1C immunoreactivity was found in nonproliferative, differentiated simple, and/or pseudostratified epithelia in prostate glands and liver bile ducts. In contrast, beta1C was undetectable in(More)