Salvatore Sorrenti

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The urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) system (uPAS) consists of the uPA, its cognate receptor (uPAR) and two specific inhibitors, the plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) and 2 (PAI-2). The uPA converts the proenzyme plasminogen in the serine protease plasmin, involved in a number of physiopathological processes requiring basement membrane (BM)(More)
Quantitative ultrasound (US) elastography (Q-USE), able to evaluate tissue stiffness has been indicated as a new diagnostic tool to differentiate benign from malignant thyroid lesions. Aim of this prospective study, conducted at the Department of Surgical Sciences, of the "Sapienza" University of Rome, was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of Q-USE,(More)
Evaluation of the diagnostic efficacy and interobserver agreement of Q-elastography in the differentiation of benign from malignant thyroid nodules. A total of 344 thyroid nodules in 288 patients were examined with grey-scale and colour Doppler ultrasound (CDUS) and Q-elastography by two independent operators. Nodules with hypoechogenicity, poorly defined(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prognosis of papillary microcarcinoma (PMC) of the thyroid. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Teaching hospital, Italy. SUBJECTS 89 patients treated for papillary micro carcinoma of thyroid and followed up for at least 6 years (range 6-12). INTERVENTION Total thyroidectomy and, for lymph node metastases, laterocervical(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of thyroglobulin (Tg) protein in the washout of the needle used for fine needle aspiration biopsy cytology (FNAB-C) has been shown to increase the sensitivity of FNAB-C in identifying cervical lymph node (CLN) metastasis from well-differentiated thyroid cancer (TC). In this study, we evaluated whether routine measurement of Tg protein(More)
Thyroid cancer is not very common, accounting for 1-2% of all cancers, with a population incidence of about 0.004%. Currently, the ability to discriminate between follicular adenoma and carcinoma represents the major challenge in preclinical diagnosis of thyroid proliferative lesions. Better discrimination between the two would help avoid unnecessary(More)
OBJECTIVES Anaplastic thyroid carcinomas (ATC) are highly aggressive tumours unresponsive to any available radio- or chemotherapeutic protocol, with a median survival rate of 4-5 months from the time of diagnosis. We previously demonstrated that ATC are characterized by increased expression of the kinases Aurora-A, -B and -C, involved in the regulation of(More)
CONTEXT It has been suggested that patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) harbouring the BRAF(V600E) mutation have a worse prognosis. We showed in PTC that high levels of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) and its cognate receptor (uPAR) inversely correlate with disease-free interval (DFI). OBJECTIVES To investigate the effects of BRAF(V600E) (More)
Retroperitoneal lipomas are a heterogeneous group of mesenchymal tumors. They are usually large and occur most frequently in the retroperitoneal, perineal and pelvic regions. Lipomas grow slowly surrounding the retroperitoneal and pelvic organs, with a displacement of bowel and vascular axis. A case of a 61-year-old male patient which referred urinary(More)