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Prostate cancer, the most frequent non-cutaneous malignancy in men from industrialized countries, is a growing medical problem, representing the second leading cause of male cancer deaths. In the last decade, converging evidence from epidemiological and biological studies suggests that the Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF) axis is involved in the(More)
which is present in the normal, hyperplastic and dysplastic prostate. NE cells are located in all regions of the human prostate at birth, but rapidly decrease in the peripheral prostate after birth and then reappear at puberty [4]. After puberty, the number of NE cells seems to increase until an apparently optimum level is reached, which persists from 25 to(More)
OBJECTIVE It is well known that a high number of celiac patients may develop autoantibodies against endocrine glands, but it has not yet been clarified if this increased autoimmune response and the impaired organ function that can develop may be related to the presence or absence of gluten in the diet. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect(More)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an androgen-dependent disease; it originates exclusively in the inner prostate, which includes tissue surrounding the urethra. Stromal-epithelial interaction has a pivotal role in the regulation of the development and growth of the prostate, and locally produced peptide growth factors are considered important mediators(More)
The photobehavior of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, one of the most successful classes of drugs in therapeutic applications, has recently been the object of increasing interest due to the finding of their phototoxic and photocarcinogenic properties. The main results obtained for a series of structurally related, representative fluoroquinolone drugs is(More)
To evaluate the incidence of either evident anemia or a subclinical status of iron deficiency in celiac disease (CD), we studied 80 celiac children aged 6 months to 18 years. They were subdivided into various groups according to morphology of gut mucosa and diet. Only eight of 47 celiac children had an evident anemia at the time of the first peroral bowel(More)
The metastatic lymph node 64 (MLN64), which is localized in the human chromosome 17, encodes a protein with strong homology with steroidogenic acute regulatory protein. Its overexpression in human breast carcinomas and MLNs led to the hypothesis that this protein could be involved in intraneoplastic steroidogenesis. In the present study, we investigated the(More)
The aim of the present investigation is to verify whether treatment with Finasteride or Flutamide influences the regional distribution of testosterone (T), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and epidermal growth factor (EGF) in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) tissue. Thirty seven BPH patients were studied: 15 untreated, 9 treated with Flutamide (750 mg/day for 2(More)
Circular dichroism (CD) spectra of non-covalent ligand : biomolecule couples contain information on the equilibrium geometries of the associated structures that can be retrieved upon comparison of the sign and intensity of the experimental CD bands with the quantum mechanically calculated rotational strengths of low energy supramolecular complexes, obtained(More)