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Resistance to chemotherapy presents a serious challenge in the successful treatment of various cancers and is mainly responsible for mortality associated with disseminated cancers. Here we show that expression of HtrA1, which is frequently downregulated in ovarian cancer, influences tumor response to chemotherapy by modulating chemotherapy-induced(More)
We reviewed the results of transplantation of allogeneic marrow from HLA-identical donors in patients with beta-thalassemia who were less than 16 years old. Among the 222 consecutive patients who had received transplants since 1983, survival and event-free-survival curves leveled off about one year after transplantation, at 82 and 75 percent, respectively.(More)
The usefulness of chemotherapy in patients with stage II disease continues to be debated. Biological prognostic factors may allow further insight into the optimal treatment strategy for patients with node-negative disease. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) seems to be essential for angiogenesis and for the growth of colorectal cancer. Recently, it(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the prognostic role of thymidylate synthase (TS) polymorphisms in gastric cancer patients treated with radical surgery and fluorouracil-based adjuvant chemotherapy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Ninety gastric cancer cases were identified among 187 patients previously enrolled in prospective case-control studies for disease susceptibility.(More)
Available results highlight the lack of good level of evidence studies on the pure prognostic value of histological grade. In the present study, the prognostic relevance of histological grade and of its three components, tubule formation, nuclear pleomorphism and mitotic count, was analyzed in a series of 372 patients with node-negative breast cancer(More)
To identify the role of iron overload in the natural history of liver fibrosis, we reviewed serial hepatic biopsy specimens taken annually from patients cured of thalassemia major by bone marrow transplantation. The patients underwent transplantation between 1983 and 1989 and did not receive any chelation or antiviral therapy. Two hundred eleven patients(More)
BACKGROUND The behaviour of colorectal carcinomas may depend on molecular properties of tumors. In node-positive colon cancer, we assessed the S-phase fraction (SPF) index, the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression and the TS levels. The combined analysis of SPF/VEGF was studied for predictivity of recurrent disease, the TS quantitation was(More)
Published work suggests that cardiac tamponade occurs only occasionally after bone-marrow transplantation (BMT) but the worrying number of cases encountered in the transplant programme in Pesaro, Italy, has led to an analysis of this complication. Cardiac tamponade occurred in 8 (2%) of 400 consecutive thalassaemic patients during conditioning for or within(More)
Tumours of patients with node-positive rectal cancer were studied by immunohistochemistry for p53, BAX and vascular endothelial growth factor expressions. Results were correlated to the relapse rate, the pattern of relapse and the event-free survival after radical surgery and adjuvant chemoradiation. After a median follow-up of 60 months, 39 patients(More)
Fourteen 'carcinoid' tumours of the breast are described. They are separable into five with and nine without intracellular mucin. All the tumours are argyrophil, but none is argentaffin. Four tumours studied ultrastructurally contain dense-core granules. Argyrophil carcinomas represent the endocrine analogues of ductal carcinoma in situ, of invasive ductal(More)