Histology and histopathology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Universidad de Murcia

Journal description

Histology and Histopathology is an international journal, the purpose of which is to publish original works in English in histology, histopathology and cell biology; high quality is the overall consideration.

Current impact factor: 2.10

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.096
2013 Impact Factor 2.236
2012 Impact Factor 2.281
2011 Impact Factor 2.48
2010 Impact Factor 2.502
2009 Impact Factor 2.404
2008 Impact Factor 2.194
2007 Impact Factor 2.007
2006 Impact Factor 2.182
2005 Impact Factor 2.023
2004 Impact Factor 1.931
2003 Impact Factor 1.83
2002 Impact Factor 1.881
2001 Impact Factor 1.859
2000 Impact Factor 1.553
1999 Impact Factor 1.601
1998 Impact Factor 1.407
1997 Impact Factor 1.028
1996 Impact Factor 1.005
1995 Impact Factor 0.856
1994 Impact Factor 0.685
1993 Impact Factor 0.276
1992 Impact Factor 0.486

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.15
Cited half-life 7.10
Immediacy index 0.59
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.60
Website Histology & Histopathology website
ISSN 1699-5848

Publisher details

Universidad de Murcia

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    ABSTRACT: The International Prognostic Index (IPI) has been the basis for determining prognosis in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) for the past 20 years. The utility of the IPI must be reassessed in the era of immunochemotherapy. Seven risk factors at diagnosis were identified, and a maximum of 7 points were assigned to each patient. Four risk groups were created: low (0-1), low-intermediate (2-3), high-intermediate (4), and high (5-7). Using MYC and BCL-2 clinical data from the Drum Tower Hospital collected during the rituximab era, we performed a retrospective analysis of patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP and built an biological markers adjusted IPI with the goal of improving risk stratification.Clinical features from 60 adults with de novo DLBCL diagnosed from 2008-2013 were assessed for their prognostic significance. The IPI remains predictive, but it cannot identify the high-risk subgroup. Compared with the IPI, the MYC and BCL-2 adjusted-IPI (A-IPI) better discriminated patients in the high-risk subgroup (4-year overall survival [OS]: 33.3%) than did the IPI (4 year OS: 48.0%). In the era of R-CHOP treatment, MYC and BCL-2 adjusted-IPI is more powerful than the IPI for helping guide treatment planning and interpretation of clinical trials.
    Histology and histopathology 10/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-673
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Napsin A is commonly expressed in pulmonary adenocarcinomas and some renal cell carcinomas. However, napsin A expression in lymphoid neoplasms has never been reported. Methods: Glycoproteomic analyses of lymphoma-derived cell lines revealed napsin A expression in anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) cells. We thus investigated napsin A expression in lymphoid neoplasms. A variety of lymphomas (n=672) and histiocytic tumors (n=55) was immunostained for napsin A using patient tissues. Results: In reactive lymphoid tissues, only a few histiocytes were positive for napsin A. ALK-positive ALCLs most frequently expressed napsin A (34.4%, 11/32 cases) at a rate that was significantly higher compared with ALK-negative ALCL (8.6%, 3/35; P=0.015). Napsin A expression was also observed in 13.4% (20/149) of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL), 11.1% (15/134) of Hodgkin lymphomas, 4.9% (2/41) of follicular lymphomas, 6% (4/67) of peripheral T-cell lymphomas, and 3.8% (1/26) of plasma cell neoplasms. Otherwise, napsin A was not detected in any other types of lymphomas or histiocytic neoplasms. Napsin A expression in systemic ALCL was associated with a higher international prognostic index. ALCL and DLBCL patients with napsin A expression tended to have poor prognosis. Conclusion: These results demonstrated that napsin A is aberrantly expressed in a subset of lymphomas. The biological significance of napsin A in lymphomas warrants further study.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-669
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    ABSTRACT: Background: IDH1/2 mutation, 1p/19q-codeletion and MGMT hypermethylation are well known molecular markers for gliomas. ATRX and p53 alterations are two lineage-specific genetic aberrations in diffuse astrocytic tumors. The aim of the present study is to clarify the significance of ATRX loss and its correlation with p53 overexpression, IDH1/2 mutations, 1p/19q-codeletion and MGMT hypermethylation in supertentorial astrocytoma, and to determine the prognostic value of these factors in Chinese patients. Methods and results: A total of 135 adult supertentorial astrocytomas were evaluated. ATRX loss was detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and was shown to be much less frequent in pGBs (3.5%) than in grade II, III astrocytomas and IV sGBs (31%). Direct sequencing and/or IHC analysis of the IDH1R132H gene mutation and p53 accumulation demonstrated correlation with age. Strong correlations were found between ATRX loss and IDH1R132H mutation, p53 overexpression as well as MGMT hypermethylation. 1p/19q-codeletion detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) showed mutually exclusive with ATRX loss and p53 accumulation. In addition, patients with p53 overexpression combined with ATRX alterations demonstrated substantially longer survival than patients with wild-type ATRX. Conclusions: There may be interactions among these distinct molecules in astrocytoma development. ATRX loss may predict better clinical outcome in astrocytoma patients with p53 overexpression as compared to patients with wild-type ATRX. Tumors with astrocytoma phenotype accompanied by 1p/19q-codeletion and IDH1R132H mutation are mutually exclusive with ATRX and p53 alterations. Routine IHC can be used for evaluation of ATRX loss, p53 protein accumulation and IDH1R132H mutation, which may allow a means of classification of astrocytoma outcome.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-664
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    ABSTRACT: Zinc is an important co-factor for insulin storage in pancreatic β-cells of different species and the uptake of this ion into insulin containing secretory vesicles is managed by the zinc transporter, ZnT8, a member of the slc30A gene family. Recent studies indicate that this protein is a major autoimmune target in human type 1A diabetes and has also been implicated by genome-wide association studies in type 2 diabetes. Since individuals suffering from type 1 diabetes often develop gastrointestinal motility disorders, we investigated the expression of ZnT8 in the porcine gastrointestinal tract. For this purpose, we studied the cell-type specific expression of ZnT8 in the gut and its co-expression with endocrine hormones that are closely linked to intestinal motility regulation. Nested RT-PCR and immunostaining of sequential serial sections, as well as double-immunostaining using antibodies directed against ZnT8, ghrelin, motilin, neurotensin, serotonin and glucagon-like peptide 1, indicated that ZnT8 is co-localized with ghrelin and motilin. Our findings provide important information about the cell-type specific expression of ZnT8 in the porcine gastrointestinal system. The selective and exclusive expression of ZnT8 in two endocrine cell-types that are engaged in motility functions may be of particular interest for further investigations into type I diabetes-associated gastrointestinal dysfunctions.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-663
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimal invasive therapeutic option for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma or liver metastases. We investigated RFA-induced cellular changes in the liver of pigs. Material and methods: Healthy pigs (n=18) were sacrificed between day 0 and 3 months after RFA. The wound healing process was evaluated by computed tomography (CT), chromotrope anilinblue (CAB) staining of large-scale and standard tissue sections. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) for heat shock protein 70, Caspase-3, Ki67, Reelin, Vinculin, Vimentin and α-SMA was perfomed. Results: One day after RFA, CAB staining showed cell damage and massive hyperaemia. All IHC markers were predominantly expressed at the outer borders of the lesion, except Reelin, which was mainly detected in untreated liver regions. By staining for Hsp70, the heat stress during RFA was monitored, which was most distinct 1-2 days after RFA. CT revealed decreased lesion size after one week. Development of a Vimentin and α-SMA positive fibrotic capsule was observed. Conclusion: In the early phase signs of cell damage, apoptosis and proliferation are dominant. Reduced expression of Reelin suggests a minor role of hepatic stellate cells in the RFA zone. After one week myofibroblasts become prominent and contribute to the development of the fibrotic capsule. This elucidates the pathophysiology of RFA and could contribute to the future optimization of RFA procedures.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Cervical carcinogenesis induced by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection represents a stepwise progression from precursors to invasive cervical cancer. Accumulated evidence has shown aberrant expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) in cervical cancer tissues and cells. Further studies reveal that miRNAs play key roles in the initiation and progression of cervical cancer, via specific signaling pathways, including E6-p53, E7-pRb, phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K)-Akt, Notch, Wnt/β-catenin, and Hedgehog pathways. Some studies demonstrate that miRNAs might serve as biomarkers or therapeutic targets, presenting a potential prospect in clinical practice. All results provide new insights into the function of miRNAs and the pathogenesis of cervical cancer induced by viral oncoproteins. New approaches for miRNA-based prevention and management for cervical cancer will be developed in the future.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Embryonic development and differentiation are controlled largely by external stimuli. Mechanical forces, such as those exerted by the surrounding cells and tissues, gravity and substrate rigidity, have been shown to affect cell morphology and spreading, thus triggering signaling pathways that dictate their development. These mechanosignaling pathways play important roles in cellular differentiation and the determination of cell fate. In this review, we discuss the effects of external environmental stimuli on cell differentiation and how this affects pluripotency, as well as the key molecules and pathways involved in mechanosignaling, particularly in relation to embryonic stem cells. Advances in experimental techniques and devices used to study the different aspects of mechanobiology are also examined. Finally, the effects of mechanical stress on the initiation and maintenance of pathological processes such as cancer, as well as their implications for prognosis and possible therapies are discussed.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Clarification of the renal repair process is crucial for developing novel therapeutic strategies for kidney injury. MRL/MpJ mice have a unique repair process characterized by low scar formation. The pathological features of experimentally injured MRL/MpJ and C57BL/6 mouse kidneys were compared to examine the renal repair process. The dilation and atrophy of renal tubules were observed in folic acid (FA)-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in both strains, and the histopathological injury scores and number of interleukin (IL)-1F6-positive damaged distal tubules and kidney injury molecule 1 (KIM-1)-positive damaged proximal tubules drastically increased 1 day after AKI induction. However, KIM-1-positive tubules and the elevation of serum renal function markers were significantly fewer and lower, respectively, in MRL/MpJ mice at days 2 and 7 after AKI. After traumatic kidney injury (TKI) via needle puncture, severe tubular necrotic lesions in the punctured area and fibrosis progressed in both strains. Indices for fibrosis such as aniline blue-positive area, number of alpha small muscle actin-positive myofibroblasts, and messenger RNA expression levels of Tgfb1 and Mmp2 indicated lower fibrotic activity in MRL/MpJ kidneys. Characteristically, only MRL/MpJ kidneys manifested remarkable calcification around the punctured area beginning 7 days after TKI. The pathological features of injured MRL/MpJ and C57BL/6 kidneys differed, especially those of kidneys with mild proximal tubular injuries after FA-induced AKI. Lower fibrotic activity and increased calcification after TKI were observed in MRL/MpJ kidneys. These findings clarified the unique pathological characteristics of MRL/MpJ mouse kidneys and contribute to understanding of the renal repair process after kidney injury.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiac studies on the uptake, storage and intramyocardial transfer of blood-borne substances require detailed information on the geometric ultrastructural dimensions of myocardial compartments and parts thereof, and the membranes separating these compartments. Such a specific ultrastructural set of data of the heart is yet lacking. In the present study, we quantitatively assessed these dimensions in glutaraldehyde-perfusion fixed rabbit hearts by means of histological and tailored mathematical techniques. We showed the true ellipsoid nature of the myocardial capillary cross section and estimated the mean capillary diameter dcap. After correction for the ellipsoid shape, dcap was found to be 5.21±1.41 µm. Effective widths of the endothelial cell and the pericapillary interstitium (is1), dimensions of importance in diffusion, amounted to 18±7 and 16±10 nm, respectively. The fractional volume of the large vessels (arteries and veins larger than 10 µm), capillaries, endothelium, is1, cardiomyocytes, non-pericapillary interstitium is2, t-tubular compartment and interstitial cells amounted on average to 5.92%, 9.36%, 1.83%, 1.94%, 73.07%, 5.97%, 0.95% and 0.96%, respectively, of total myocardial volume, defined as the cardiac tissue volume, the large blood vessels included. Normalized to total myocardial volume, the surface area of the luminal and abluminal endothelial membranes and of the cardiomyocyte membrane opposing the endothelial cells amounted to 75.2±5.5·103, 82.2±6.0·103 and 89.1±6.5·103 m2/m3, respectively. The present study provides quantitative information about ultrastructural dimensions of the adult rabbit heart, among others, of importance for studies on cardiac uptake, and intramyocardial transfer and storage of blood-supplied substances.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the action of radiofrequency (RF) on the healing process after inducing experimental lesions of the Achilles tendon in rats. Wistar rats were surgically subjected to bilateral partial transverse sectioning of the Achilles tendon. The right tendon was treated with radiofrequency (RFT), whereas the left tendon served as a control (CT). On the third postoperative day, the rats were divided into three experimental groups consisting of ten rats each, which were treated with monopolar radiofrequency (Tonederm™) until they were sacrificed on the 7th, 14th or 28th days. The histological specimens were studied for inflammatory cell content, collagen types I and III, immunostaining and morphometry. Total collagen were biochemically analyzed and to evalute fibroblast and myofibroblast proliferation by vimentin and α-actin smooth muscle immunohistochemistry methods. Statistical analysis was performed using the Student's t-test, the sign test and the Kruskal-Wallis test to compare tendons treated with radiofrequency with the non-treated tendons (α=5%; α=10%). Larger amounts of collagen I with hydroxyproline content and myofibroblast cells were clearly evident within 7 days (p<0.05). No difference was observed in the inflammatory cell content between the groups. We found better collagen arrangement with RF administration across the entire time studied. Radiofrequency administration preserves histoarchitecture and enhances collagen synthesis during the initial phases of cicatrization, suggesting that the treatment can provide improved stiffness during the most vulnerable phases of tendon healing. Clinical studies may include RF among the therapeutic tools in tendinous lesion management.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: The molecular landscape of Barrett's esophagus and Barrett-related neoplastic lesions is still far from being completely elucidated. Both in vitro and in vivo studies pinpointed the pathogenetic role of different morphogenic pathways (the para-homeobox, the Notch and the Sonic Hedgehog families in particular) implicated in the acquisition of the metaplastic phenotype of the esophageal mucosa. On the other hand, the most common genetic alterations observed during Barrett's carcinogenesis include disorders of major regulators of the cell cycle, as well as deregulation of the TGF-β/Smad and receptor tyrosine kinases signalling pathways. Recent comprehensive mutational profiling studies identified that the inactivation of the TP53 and of the SMAD4 tumour suppressor genes occurred in a stage-specific manner, confined to (high grade) dysplastic and neoplastic lesions, respectively. The next step will be the correlation of these findings into multidisciplinary diagnostic approaches integrating endoscopy, histology, molecular profiling and liquid biopsies. This will allow the introduction of innovative strategies for secondary prevention of esophageal adenocarcinoma based on biological rationales, and the implementation of potential novel therapeutic targets.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Myofibroblastoma (MFB) is a rare benign mesenchymal tumor which usually occurs in the breast parenchyma of both females and males. Although this tumor is typically composed of bland-looking spindle-shaped cells arranged in short fascicles interrupted by keloidal-like collagen fibers, several variations on this basic morphological theme do exist. With the advent of mammographic screening, an increased number of mammary MFBs are being detected and pathologists should be aware of the wide morphological and immunohistochemical spectrum exhibited by this unusual tumor. This review focuses on the most diagnostically challenging variants of mammary MFB, which could represent potential diagnostic pitfalls of malignancy, especially when evaluating needle core biopsies. In this regard the following variants of MFB, including the most recently recognized, will be presented: myxoid MFB, lipomatous MFB, epithelioid cell MFB, deciduoid cell MFB, epithelioid cell MFB with multinodular growth pattern, palisaded/schwannian-like MFB and MFB with extensive myxo-edematous stromal changes. Histological illustrations along with differential diagnostic problems for each single variant of MFB will be provided to offer helpful suggestions for a correct diagnostic approach in daily practice.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Aging is an inevitable physiological process that leads to the dysfunction of various tissues, and these changes may contribute to certain diseases, and ultimately death. Recent research has discovered biological pathways that promote aging. This review focuses on Wnt signaling, Wnt is a highly conserved secreted signaling molecule that plays an essential role in the development and function of various tissues, and is a notable factor that regulates aging. Although Wnt signaling influences aging in various tissues, its effects are particularly prominent in neuronal tissue and skeletal muscle. In neuronal tissue, neurogenesis is attenuated by the downregulation of Wnt signaling with aging. Skeletal muscle can also become weaker with aging, in a process known as sarcopenia. A notable cause of sarcopenia is the myogenic-to-fibrogenic trans-differentiation of satellite cells by excessive upregulation of Wnt signaling with aging, resulting in the impaired regenerative capacity of aged skeletal muscle. However, exercise is very useful for preventing the age-related alterations in neuronal tissue and skeletal muscle. Upregulation of Wnt signaling is implicated in the positive effects of exercise, resulting in the activation of neurogenesis in adult neuronal tissue and myogenesis in mature skeletal muscle. Although more investigations are required to thoroughly understand age-related changes and their biological mechanisms in a variety of tissues, this review proposes exercise as a useful therapy for the elderly, to prevent the negative effects of aging and maintain their quality of life.
    Histology and histopathology 08/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-657
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    ABSTRACT: Benefiting from the fast development of sequencing technique and bioinformatics methods, more and more new long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are discovered and identified. lncRNAs were firstly thought to be transcription noise that from genome desert without biological function; however, as the discovery of lncRNA XIST and HOTAIR uncovers the emerging roles of lncRNAs in development and tumorigenesis. In the past decades, accumulating evidence have indicated that lncRNAs involve in a wide range of biological functions, such as X-chromosome inactivation, reprogramming stem cell pluripotency, regulation of the immune response and carcinogenesis. Although lots of studies have demonstrated that dysregulation of lncRNAs involve in diverse diseases including cancers, the underlying molecular mechanisms of lncRNAs are not well documented. Interestingly, our previous studies and others' have shown that numerous of lncRNAs expression was misregulated in gastric cancer. In this review, we will focus on the dysregulated lncRNAs and their biological function and underlying pathways or mechanisms in GC. Finally, we will discuss the potential roles of lncRNAs acting as biomarkers or therapeutic targets in GC patients.
    Histology and histopathology 08/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-655
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    ABSTRACT: Primary or secondary disorders in developing skeletal muscles are prevalent in physical therapy practice. Assessment of gait functional changes and morphological aspects of hindlimb muscles of weanling rats have not been reported simultaneously in the literature. Rehabilitation by active (eccentric training) and passive (stretching) exercises after hypomobility needs to be investigated. After ten days of immobilisation in a plantar flexion-shortened position, animals underwent eccentric training on treadmills, intermittent (a single series of ten exercises of 30 seconds each, with a 30-s interval) or continuous stretching protocols for 40 minutes, or had free cage activity for three days. Analysis of gait variables and muscle morphology (immunohistochemical staining of soleus and plantar muscles for fibronectin and types I and III collagen and immunofluorescence staining for dystrophin, laminin, Pax-7, and CD68) were performed. On the third day, the rehabilitated animals touched the ground surface with their toes, except for the group undergoing continuous stretching. The total amount of extracellular macrophages was higher in the rehabilitated animals. The number of satellite cells was not significantly different between groups. Three days of active training (eccentric exercise) showed greater effectiveness compared to the other rehabilitation programs. Weanling rats seem to respond differently to external stimuli such as disuse and remobilisation.
    Histology and histopathology 08/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-653
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of fructose in conjunction with high cholesterol diet in the development of atherosclerotic lesions in coronary arteries is not well established. Microswine were fed high cholesterol (HC) or a high cholesterol-high fructose (HCHF) diet containing 18-20% calories from fructose. All swine had high levels of serum cholesterol and non-HDL, thickened intima and accumulation of collagen in the coronaries. Swine fed with HC diet had less stenosis in coronary arteries, lower serum levels of non-HDL, triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood glucose than HCHF group. Coronary lesions in the HC swine were not as progressed as in HCHF and showed low LDL-expressed lipid-laden foam cells. The M1/M2 macrophage phenotype in the HCHF swine differed with the progression of atherosclerosis, with higher density of M1-phenotype in HCHF swine. There was high expression of CCR7 (M1-phenotype) in more advanced lesions in the fibrous cap-like areas, whereas M2-macrophages were abundant in the foam-cell cores. These findings suggest that the addition of a fructose to high cholesterol diet accelerates atherosclerotic lesions in coronary arteries with an increase in M1-macrophages and the propensity to develop features of metabolic syndrome.
    Histology and histopathology 08/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-652
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    ABSTRACT: To reduce the burden of bone metastases, the pathophysiology of the metastatic niche should be elucidated and targeted. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of tumor cells on osteoclast (OC) recruitment and activity in the presence of altered bone remodelling. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were isolated from healthy and ovariectomized (OVX) rats and co-cultured with MRMT-1 rat breast carcinoma cells or with their conditioned medium for 1 and 2 weeks. Alamar Blue viability test, synthesis of cathepsin K, transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), metalloproteinase (MMP)-7, MMP-9, FITC-conjugate phalloidin staining and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining were evaluated. The results indicate that breast carcinoma cells induced different responses in PBMC derived from rats affected by estrogen deficiency osteoporosis (OP) in comparison with healthy ones, with a significant increase in proliferation rate, OC differentiation, synthesis of TNF-α, MMP-7 and MMP-9. The data support the "proof of concept" that OP due to estrogen deficiency might offer a receptive site for cancer cells to form bone metastases.
    Histology and histopathology 08/2015; DOI:10.14670/HH-11-651