Pierluigi di Sebastiano

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BACKGROUND AND AIM Altered expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) hallmarks many cancer types. The study of the associations of miRNA expression profile and cancer phenotype could help identify the links between deregulation of miRNA expression and oncogenic pathways. METHODS Expression profiling of 866 human miRNAs in 19 colorectal and 17 pancreatic cancers(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the parameters that mediate fibrogenesis in chronic pancreatitis (CP). BACKGROUND Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), which is regulated by transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), has recently been implicated in skin fibrosis and atherosclerosis. In the present study, the authors analyzed the concomitant presence of TGF-beta1(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Changes in innervation pattern and neuropeptide content have been shown in chronic pancreatitis (CP), including increased neuronal expression of growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43). We used GAP-43 as an established marker of neuronal plasticity and correlated histological findings with pain scores of patients with CP. METHODS In tissue(More)
Pain is a leading symptom in chronic pancreatitis (CP) and often its management necessitates surgical intervention. Nevertheless the presence of different hypotheses, the pathophysiology of pain is not understood, thus the indications for therapy remain controversial. Increased pressure within the ductal system and/or the parenchyma has been suggested to be(More)
Growth-associated protein-43, an established marker of neuronal plasticity during development and in injury, was used to characterize innervation in the normal human pancreas and changes in chronic alcohol-induced pancreatitis by using light microscopic immunocytochemistry and computer-assisted image analysis. Immunostaining for the pan-neuronal marker(More)
The clock gene machinery controls cellular metabolism, proliferation, and key functions, such as DNA damage recognition and repair. Dysfunction of the circadian clock is involved in tumorigenesis, and altered expression of some clock genes has been found in cancer patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression levels of core clock genes in(More)
AIM To report our experience on implementation and preliminary results of a decision-making model based on the recommendations of an Interdisciplinary Oncological Care Group developed for the management of colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS The multidisciplinary team identified a reference guideline using appraisal of guidelines for research and(More)
The incidence and death rate of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) have increased in recent years, therefore the identification of novel targets for treatment is extremely important. Interactions between cancer and stromal cells are critically involved in tumour formation and development of metastasis. Here we report that PDAC cells secrete BAG3, which(More)
INTRODUCTION Of all the carcinomas, pancreatic carcinoma (PC) has the highest mortality rate, with a 1- and 5-year survival rate of 25% and less than 5% respectively. This is regardless of the stage at diagnosis. AREAS COVERED In this review relevant literature assessing the evidence regarding preoperative and adjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is(More)
BACKGROUND Success of chemotherapy and alleviation of pain are frequently less than optimal in pancreatic cancer patients, leading to increasing interest in new pharmacological substances, such as vanilloids. Our study addressed the question of whether vanilloids influence pancreatic cancer cell growth, and if vanilloids could be used for pain treatment via(More)