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We investigated the role of microRNAs (miRNA) 17-5p, 20a and 106a in monocytic differentiation and maturation. In unilineage monocytic culture generated by haematopoietic progenitor cells these miRNAs are downregulated, whereas the transcription factor acute myeloid leukaemia-1 (AML1; also known as Runt-related transcription factor 1, Runx1) is upregulated(More)
Many nuclear and nucleolar small RNAs are accumulated as nonpolyadenylated species and require 3'-end processing for maturation. Here, we show that several genes coding for box C/D and H/ACA snoRNAs and for the U5 and U2 snRNAs contain sequences in their 3' portions which direct cleavage of primary transcripts without being polyadenylated. Genetic analysis(More)
We report on a previously unrecognized fibro-myofibroblastic tumor in the oral cavity of a 15-year-old girl. Morphologically, the tumor mimicked a rhabdomyosarcoma, botryoid variant. It was composed of mitotically active small- to medium-sized, vimentin+/desmin+, round- to oval- to epithelioid-shaped cells embedded in an alternating fibrous to(More)
Solitary fibrous tumour (SFT) rarely occurs in the kidney, with only one case exhibiting malignant behaviour. We report the case of a typical SFT of the kidney with sarcomatous overgrowth in a 34-year-old woman. This malignant component, grossly apparent as a nodular area arising in the context of the main tumour mass, consisted of CD34+ mitotically active(More)
Background: Recent reports suggest that a distal clearance (DC) of 10 mm at the lower surgical margin may be considered adequate in the surgical treatment of rectal cancer, but there are no data on the possible adequacy of a <10-mm DC in N0 patients in whom a good prognosis can otherwise be expected, that is, those with negative surgical margins and(More)
RNA polymerase II transcribes genes encoding proteins and a large number of small stable RNAs. While pre-mRNA 3'-end formation requires a machinery ensuring tight coupling between cleavage and polyadenylation, small RNAs utilize polyadenylation-independent pathways. In yeast, specific factors required for snRNA and snoRNA 3'-end formation were characterized(More)
The aim of the paper was to establish if the 12 lymph nodes recommended by tumor–node–metastasis (TNM) system are sufficient for a correct staging of rectal cancer. For this purpose, we first compared the mean number of lymph nodes recovered in the same surgical specimen at the routine sampling and at a resampling performed by a second expert(More)
Measurement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) producing leukocytes in semen has been a standard component of the semen analysis, but its true significance remains still unknown. In this study, we have correlated the number of seminal leukocytes to various semen parameters. We found a negative correlation between the leukocyte number and sperm concentration(More)