Patrizia Morbini

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The binding of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) with its ligands begins a sustained period of cellular activation and inflammatory signal amplification in different tissues and diseases. This binding could represent an as yet uninvestigated pathway of inflammatory reaction in the lung, where the presence of the receptor has been(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of plaque erosion as a substrate for coronary thrombosis. DESIGN Pathological study in patients with acute myocardial infarction not treated with thrombolysis or coronary interventional procedures. PATIENTS 298 consecutive patients (189 men, mean (SD) age 66 (11) years; 109 women, 74 (8) years) dying in hospital(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence of dystrophin defects in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in male patients and to formulate investigation strategies for their identification. BACKGROUND Dystrophin defects presenting with predominant or exclusive cardiac involvement may be clinically indistinguishable from "idiopathic" DCM. Diagnosis may be missed, unless(More)
BACKGROUND Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos related tumour difficult to detect early and treat effectively. Asbestos causes genetic modifications and cell signalling events that favour the resistance of MPM to apoptosis and chemotherapy. Only a small number of patients, approximately 10%, survive more than 3 years. The aim of our study(More)
Mitochondrial (mt)DNA defects, both deletions and tRNA point mutations, have been associated with cardiomyopathies. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of pathological mtDNA mutations and to assess associated defects of mitochondrial enzyme activity in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) patients with ultrastructural abnormalities of cardiac(More)
Synovial sarcoma is a rare mesenchymal neoplasm that is usually located in the limbs. Its occurrence in the head and neck region, and particularly in the larynx, is exceptional, with only 16 cases reported to date. Two histological variants have been described, a biphasic and a monophasic variant. Immunohistochemistry is determinant in the differential(More)
The evidence that human papillomavirus infection is related to head and neck squamous cell carcinoma is supported by molecular and epidemiological data. The definition of a distinct subset of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, independent of the traditional risk factors and with different clinical presentation and outcome, has led to increasing interest(More)
OBJECTIVES We present clinical data and heart and skeletal muscle biopsy findings from a series of patients with ultrastructural accumulations of granulofilamentous material identified as desmin. BACKGROUND Desmin cardiomyopathy is a poorly understood disease characterized by abnormal desmin deposits in cardiac and skeletal muscle. METHODS Clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the possible coexistence of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations in patients with beta myosin heavy chain (beta MHC) linked hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) who develop congestive heart failure. DESIGN Molecular analysis of beta MHC and mtDNA gene defects in patients with HCM. SETTING Cardiovascular molecular diagnostic and(More)
The recently observed low reproducibility of focus score (FS) assessment at different section depths in a series of single minor salivary gland biopsies highlighted the need for a standardized protocol of extensive histopathological examination of such biopsies in Sjogren's syndrome. For this purpose, a cumulative focus score (cFS) was evaluated on three(More)