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PURPOSE The aim of the study was to define the frequency of hereditary forms and the genotype/phenotype correlations in a large cohort of Italian patients with pheochromocytomas and/or functional or nonfunctional paragangliomas. DESIGN We examined 501 consecutive patients with pheochromocytomas and/or paragangliomas (secreting or nonsecreting). Complete(More)
PGL3 syndrome is caused by mutations in the SDHC gene. At present, only a few families affected by SDHC mutations have been reported in the literature and in each of them the clinical presentation was characterised by paragangliomas located only in the head and neck regions. No evidence of thoracic or abdominal catecholamine-secreting chromaffin tumours has(More)
Quantitative analysis of DNA content represents a critical step when only very small amounts of nucleic acids are available. The DNA content of a small RNA-free sample can be measured in a simple and precise way using a two-dimensional approach. DNA samples are spotted on the surface of an agarose gel containing ethidium bromide (EtBr) and the(More)
Mutations of succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) subunits B, C and D are associated to pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma (PGL) development. The mechanisms linking SDH mutations to tumorigenesis are currently unknown. We report a novel germline missense SDHB mutation (C191Y) in a patient affected by a glomus tumor. The missense mutation hits an amino acid residue(More)
Malignant pheochromocytomas/paragangliomas are rare tumors with a poor prognosis. Malignancy is diagnosed by the development of metastases as evidenced by recurrences in sites normally devoid of chromaffin tissue. Histopathological, biochemical, molecular and genetic markers offer only information on potential risk of metastatic spread. Large size,(More)
Head and neck paragangliomas (HNPGLs) are neural crest-derived tumors. In comparison with paragangliomas located in the abdomen and the chest, which are generally catecholamine secreting (sPGLs) and sympathetic in origin, HNPGLs are, in fact, parasympathetic in origin and are generally nonsecreting. Overall, 79 consecutive patients with HNPGL were examined(More)
  • L Pirami, V Giachè, A Becciolini
  • 1997
AIMS To analyse the physical state of different human papillomavirus (HPV) DNAs in 55 intraepithelial and invasive HPV associated cervical neoplasms. METHODS Restriction analysis, using a panel of five HPV type specific enzymes, was carried out for each sample; this was followed by Southern blot analysis. RESULTS Six (25%) of 24 cervical intraepithelial(More)
Many studies have shown a strong correlation between CIN and HPV infection. Molecular biology has allowed identification of types of HPV which seem to be connected, more frequently than others, to dysplastic lesions. Physical state of HPV-genome seems to play an important role in the development of cervical cancer. In this study the HPV-genome has been(More)
Thirty-four randomized, partially gastrectomized subjects (12 with a Billroth II, 11 with a Billroth I, and 11 with a total biliary diversion reconstruction) were studied in order to assess the relationships between bile reflux, gastric histology, and cell proliferation kinetics. Bile acid quantity and concentration in the gastric aspirates progressively(More)
To date, the consequences of succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) impairment on overall mitochondrial functions are still obscure. In this study, we evaluated SDH activity and expression and mitochondrial homeostasis in 57 tissue samples of pheochromocytoma (PHEO)/paraganglioma (PGL) obtained from patients genotyped for PHEO/PGL susceptibility genes. The resulted(More)