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Currently, there is extensive information about circulating tumor cells (CTC) and their prognostic value; however, little is known about other characteristics of these cells. In this prospective study, we assessed the gene transcripts of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition-inducing transcription factors (EMT-TF) and cancer stem cell (CSC) features in(More)
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is the most insidious form of locally advanced breast cancer; about a third of patients have distant metastasis at initial staging. Emerging evidence suggests that host factors in the tumor microenvironment may interact with underlying IBC cells to make them aggressive. It is unknown whether immune cells associated to the(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are an independent prognostic factor in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients treated by conventional dose chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to determine the role of CTCs and CTCs undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in metastatic breast cancer. We used the platform of high-dose chemotherapy(More)
INTRODUCTION Altered serum microRNA (miRNA) levels may be correlated with a dysregulated expression pattern in parental tumor tissue and reflect the clinical evolution of disease. The overexpression of miR-21, miR-10b, and miR-19a is associated with the acquisition of malignant characteristics (increased tumor cell proliferation, migration, invasion,(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are epithelial tumor cells that express CD44(+)CD24(-/lo). CSCs can be further divided into those that have aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity (Aldefluor(+)) and those that do not. We hypothesized that if CSCs are responsible for tumor dissemination, their presence in bone marrow (BM) would be prognostic in early(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the effects of thalidomide and placebo on anorexia-cachexia and its related symptoms, body composition, resting metabolic rate, and serum cytokines and their receptors in patients with advanced cancer. METHODS Included in the study were patients with advanced cancer with weight loss greater than 5% in 6 months and who reported(More)
Currently, there is extensive information about circulating tumor cells (CTC) and their prognostic value; however, little is knownabout other characteristics of these cells. In thisprospective study,weassessed thegene transcripts of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition—inducing transcription factors (EMT-TF) and cancer stem cell (CSC) features in patients(More)
INTRODUCTION Patients with nonketotic hyperglycaemia may present with neurological manifestations, including hemianopia. Thus far, the pathophysiology of such neurological events remains unknown, although the findings on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may help to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. CASE REPORT This report describes a patient who had an(More)
Endemic schistosomiasis due to Schistosoma mansoni has been observed in Richard-Toll (The Senegal River basin) in Senegal since 1990. Because of its high prevalence, schistosomiasis is assumed to be the cause of most cases of diarrhea observed in the region. The purpose of the present study carried out within the framework of the ESPOIR program for control(More)
Cancer is a risk factor for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Elevated plasma D-dimer and fibrinogen levels are also risk factors for VTE. Furthermore, in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the presence of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) is a risk factor for VTE. The relationship between CTCs and D-dimer is unknown. The aim of this study was to(More)