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A woman with typical features of myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers (MERRF) had a novel heteroplasmic mutation (G611A) in the mitochondrial DNA tRNA phenylalanine gene. The mutation was heteroplasmic (91%) in muscle but undetectable in accessible tissues from the patient and her maternal relatives. Single-fiber PCR analysis showed that the proportion(More)
Human telomerase is a structurally complex ribonucleoprotein that is responsible for the maintenance of telomeric DNA at the ends of the chromosomes. The enzyme is proposed as having an important role in cell immortalization and oncogenesis. A limited number of studies have been performed on the telomerase system in brain tumors, and these studies are(More)
BACKGROUND Distal embolization during primary percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) may affect myocardial reperfusion. We evaluated the prevalence and features of embolization during primary PCI and its relationship with clinical and angiographic variables. METHODS Forty-six consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction underwent primary PCI(More)
Much of the morbidity of intracranial meningiomas is related to the degree of tumour vascularity and the extent of peritumoural vasogenic oedema. Several studies have shown that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is up-regulated in meningiomas, although its relationship with tumour vasculature is still unclear. In order to better understand the(More)
BACKGROUND Approximately 60% of meningiomas are associated with perilesional brain oedema. Several aspects have been evaluated in order to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of oedema (age, sex of the patient, size and location of the tumour, histotype, grading), although at present they have yet to be completely clarified. We focused on pial(More)
Telomere length maintenance is essential for tumorigenesis; most human tumors stabilize their chromosome ends via the activity of a specialized reverse transcriptase, telomerase, that uses the template region of the RNA moiety complementary to the TTAGGG repeat to synthesize one strand of telomeric DNA. Meningiomas are estimated to constitute between 13%(More)
BACKGROUND Hereditary inclusion body myopathy (h-IBM) is an autosomal-recessive or autosomal-dominant hereditary disease characterized by peculiar findings in muscle biopsies which resemble those occurring in inclusion body myositis (IBM). The absence of an inflammatory infiltrate in myofibers in h-IBM is a relevant differential criterion between the two(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND The B72.3, MM1.80 and 4.63 monoclonal antibodies directed against tumor-associated antigens react in human breast also with metaplastic, preneoplastic and metastatic cells, whereas they do not react with normal adult mammary tissue. The aim of our study was to point out the expression of these antigens during mammary gland development,(More)
In the present study, the telomerase activity and the putative alterations of genes involved in cell-cycle control (p53, Fas and pRb) were investigated in a radiation-induced meningioma with multiple recurrences and pleural-pulmonary metastases (the patient, a 34-year-old male, had a history of carcinoma of the tongue of testicular lymphocytic lymphoma).(More)