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Sulfated polysaccharides from Laminaria saccharina (new name: Saccharina latissima) brown seaweed show promising activity for the treatment of inflammation, thrombosis, and cancer; yet the molecular mechanisms underlying these properties remain poorly understood. The aim of this work was to characterize, using in vitro and in vivo strategies, the(More)
Galectins, a family of structurally related carbohydrate-binding proteins, contribute to different events associated with cancer biology, including apoptosis, homotypic cell aggregation, angiogenesis and tumor-immune escape. To interfere with galectin-carbohydrate interactions during tumor progression, a current challenge is the design of specific galectin(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)
Elevated serum or tissue levels of lectin galactoside-binding soluble 3 binding protein (LGALS3BP) have been associated with short survival and development of metastasis in a variety of human cancers. However, the role of LGALS3BP, particularly in the context of tumor–host relationships, is still missing. Here, we show that LGALS3BP knockdown in MDA-MB-231(More)
PURPOSE Whether combination chemotherapy offers an advantage over sequential therapy in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is still an unsettled issue. Polychemotherapy regimens containing taxanes has been shown to increase overall survival (OS), time to tumor progression (TTP), and overall response rate (ORR) when compared with regimens that did not contain a(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study is to evaluate the long-term outcome of patients with locally advanced breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant systemic chemotherapy (NST) in routine clinical practice. METHODS Four hundred and nine patients were identified between January 1999 and December 2011. All patients received NST followed by surgery, adjuvant(More)
We have previously shown that a short course of recombinant interferon-alpha-2b (rIFN-alpha-2b) (3 million units day for 5 days) for patients with primary gynaecologic malignancies was able to increase the circulating levels of a newly discovered tumour associated antigen, termed 90K. In this study, we have investigated the effects of the same modality of(More)
Addition of trastuzumab to adjuvant chemotherapy has dramatically reduced the risk of recurrence and has become the standard of care for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive early breast cancer patients. Since most data on trastuzumab benefits come from clinical trials, conducted in selected patient populations, we performed a(More)
Nectins are Ca(2+)-independent immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecules that compose a family of four members that regulate several cellular activities such as movement, proliferation, survival, differentiation, polarization, and the entry of viruses. Nectin-4 has recently emerged as a metastatis-associated protein in several cancers. Here, we have(More)
BACKGROUND Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are more effective than tamoxifen as neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) for hormone receptor (HR)-positive breast cancer. Here we report the surgical and long-term outcome of elderly postmenopausal patients with locally advanced, HR-positive breast cancer treated with preoperative AIs. METHODS Between January 2003(More)