Norma Maria Ferrero

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Germline mutations in the tyrosine-kinase domain of the MET proto-oncogene were found in patients suffering from the hereditary predisposition to develop multiple papillary renal-cell carcinomas (hereditary PRCC, HPRCC). PRCCs are often multiple and bilateral even in patients without a family history. We analyzed the germline of patients carrying multiple(More)
The hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) receptor, encoded by the MET oncogene, is expressed in approximately 70% of human ovarian carcinomas and overexpressed in 30% of cases. Because HGF is known to protect cells from apoptosis, we investigated whether receptor expression modifies ovarian cancer cell response to chemotherapy. The apoptotic effect of the(More)
The high-resolution (HR) allele and haplotype frequencies of class I and II human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system were determined in the Italian population from a sample of donors recruited in the Italian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (IBMDR). This study analyzed the HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, and -DQB1 loci. Two different samples were used: donors HR typed at least(More)
OBJECTIVE Patient-specific (unique) tumour antigens, encoded by somatically mutated cancer genes, generate neoepitopes that are implicated in the induction of tumour-controlling T cell responses. Recent advancements in massive DNA sequencing combined with robust T cell epitope predictions have allowed their systematic identification in several malignancies.(More)
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