Sime Spaventi

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Many hypotheses have been postulated to explain the intricate nature of the metastatic process, but none of them completely accounted for the actual biological and clinical observations. Consequently, metastasis still remains an open issue with only few metastasis-inducing proteins experimentally validated so far. Recently proposed novel metastatic model,(More)
Sixty-three primary lung carcinomas were examined immunohistochemically for the presence of epidermal growth factor receptors (EGF-R). Of these tumors 35 (55.5%) were positive for EGF-R. A positive correlation between overexpression of EGF-R, on the one hand, and high metastatic rate, poor tumor differentiation and high rate of tumor proliferation, on the(More)
Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF 2) appears to be involved in the progression of many tumours. It binds to at least two different types of receptor: IGF type 1 (IGF 1R) and mannose 6-phosphate/IGF type 2 (M6-P/IGF 2R). Ligand binding to IGF 1R provokes mitogenic and anti-apoptotic effects. M6-P/IGF 2R has a tumour suppressor function--it mediates IGF 2(More)
Chromosome banding analysis was performed on an endometrial adenocarcinoma. A minimal variety in the chromosome number and morphology was found. All analyzed pseudodiploid and aneuploid carcinoma cells had two chromosomes 1 of normal morphology and the presence of a marker or markers derived from chromosome 1. Tetrasomy of the long arm of chromosome 1 was(More)
BACKGROUND The discovery that genetic alterations in oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes accompany tumour formation in many human tumours has encouraged the search for genes that promote or suppress tumour spread and metastasis; nm23 is a promising candidate for a metastasis suppressing gene. AIMS To evaluate whether expression of nm23-H1 protein or(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS HER-2/neu oncogene encodes a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor that is amplified and/or overexpressed predominantly in adenocarcinomas. This phenomenon has been most intensively studied in breast carcinoma where its amplification and overexpression correlate with the overall course of disease and poor prognosis. This study was(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The family of erbB receptors includes four transmembrane glycoproteins with tyrosine kinase activity. These receptors are widely expressed in normal tissues, but they also have been implicated in the development of several human adenocarcinomas. c-erbB-3/HER-3 has been detected to a greater or lesser extent in many tissues from the(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the consequences of insulin-like growth factors (IGF) and IGF receptor dysfunction in lung carcinomas. A correlation between increased expression (at mRNA and protein levels) for IGF-1 and IGF-1R and decreased apoptosis were found in large-cell carcinomas and adenocarcinomas. In 40% of informative adenocarcinomas(More)
Hemangiopericytoma is a rare soft tissue tumor originating from contractile pericapillary pericytes. To address the issue of molecular genetic events that participate in genesis and progression of hemangiopericytoma we analyzed insulin-like growth factor (IGF) II and IGF I receptor in 29 tumors collected from a human tumor bank network. Seven of these(More)