Valentina Bevelacqua

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BACKGROUND A growing body of evidence shows an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) among cancer patients. Novel markers are needed to identify patients prone to develop DVT. The aim of the present study was to determine whether IL-6-174 G > C and MMP-9-1562 C > T polymorphisms may influence the development of DVT in cancer patients. METHODS(More)
Mutation of BRAF has been proposed to contribute to melanoma development. However, it remains unclear whether or not BRAF mutation is associated with any particular stage of melanoma progression. Tumor biopsy specimens from patients with melanoma were analyzed to determine whether the frequency of BRAF mutation in metastatic melanoma differed from primary(More)
Psoriasis is a common cutaneous disorder characterized by abnormal epidermal differentiation, proliferation and inflammation mediated by dermal infiltrates, such as T cells, neutrophils, dendritic cells and macrophages. There are renewed interest in the role of components of the innate immune system. Cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)(More)
Neurodegenerative diseases are chronic and progressive disorders characterized by selective destruction of neurons in motor, sensory and cognitive systems. Despite their different origin, free radicals accumulation and consequent tissue damage are importantly concerned for the majority of them. In recent years, research on melatonin revealed a potent(More)
Leishmania/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) coinfection has emerged as an extremely serious and increasingly frequent health problem in the last decades. Considering the insidious and not typical clinical picture in presence of immunosuppressive conditions, the increasing number of people travelling in endemic zones, the ability to survive, within both(More)
BACKGROUND It has been suggested that changes in immune response to infectious agents in patients on haemodialysis might be due to impaired monocyte function; uraemic and haemodialysed patients overproduce proinflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-1 beta (IL-1beta), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). METHODS We(More)
Deregulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) is an important factor contributing to the development of vascular lesions. Plasma levels and zymographic activities of MMP-2 and MMP-9 were investigated in type II diabetics with (n = 51) or without (n = 42) peripheral artery disease (PAD) and in normal volunteers (n = 23). Plasma MMP-2 levels were higher in(More)
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer, and its incidence is increasing. It was proposed that the RAS oncogene significantly contributes to skin cancer development. Numerous BRAF mutations have been detected in melanoma biopsy specimens and cell lines. For the first time, in the present study, tumor biopsy specimens from 78 patients with(More)
AIMS To determine whether the G(-174)C interleukin 6 (IL-6) polymorphism influences the development of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in individuals with type 2 diabetes. This was investigated by comparing the distribution of G(-174)C genotypes between patients with type 2 diabetes and PAD (PAD+) and those with type 2 diabetes but without PAD (PAD-).(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by skin and internal organs fibrosis due to an extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation of type I collagen. The turnover of the ECM is dependent on the balance between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMPs). The disruption of this balance is(More)