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Publications (5)21.8 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM, CD326) is a pleiotropic molecule that potentially offers therapeutic applications in cancer treatment. Initially described as a dominant surface antigen on human colon carcinoma, it is a transmembrane glycoprotein mediating epithelial-specific intercellular cell-adhesion. Recent data suggest that EpCAM is also involved in cell signaling, migration, proliferation and differentiation. Since EpCAM is expressed exclusively in epithelia and epithelial-derived neoplasms, EpCAM can be used as diagnostic marker. Testing for EpCAM is based on morphology and phenotypical staining and can be performed with primary carcinoma tissue and cells harvested from malignant effusions. Stable or highly expressed EpCAM has been detected in most adenocarcinomas and has also been found in metastases, malignant effusions, and cancer stem cells. EpCAM may thus be an ideal tumor antigen candidate to detect circulating and metastasizing cancer cells by microchip technologies. In certain tumor types overexpression was linked to advanced stage of disease and worse overall survival, suggesting EpCAM as a potential prognostic marker. In addition to its diagnostic and prognostic role, EpCAM's broad expression and apparent involvement in tumorigenesis and metastasis point to its potential as a target for immunotherapeutic strategies. The first EpCAM targeting, trifunctional antibody catumaxomab (Removab®) has shown clear clinical benefits in treatment of malignant ascites associated with EpCAM positive carcinomas. Further research and clinical studies should unravel EpCAM's complex role in oncological processes, and expand potential therapeutic applications of EpCAM targeted strategies.
    Cancer Treatment Reviews 05/2011; 38(1):68-75. · 6.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases guidelines recommend the use of all available markers for improving the accuracy of the diagnosis of small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To determine whether clathrin heavy chain (CHC), a novel HCC marker, is effective in combination with glypican 3 (GPC3), heat shock protein 70, and glutamine synthetase, we compared the performances of a three-marker panel (without CHC) and a four-marker panel (with CHC) in a series of small HCCs (≤2 cm) and nonsmall HCCs by core biopsy with a 20- to 21-gauge needle. The series included 39 nonsmall HCCs and 47 small HCCs (86 in all); the latter showed a well-differentiated histology [small grade 1 (G1)] in 30 cases (63.8%). The panel specificity was analyzed with the adjacent/extranodular cirrhotic liver (n = 30) and low-grade (n = 15) and high-grade dysplastic nodules (n = 16) as a control group. Absolute specificity (100%) for HCC was obtained only when at least two of the markers were positive (which two markers were positive did not matter). The addition of CHC to the panel increased the diagnostic accuracy for small HCCs (from 76.9% to 84.3%), and there was an important gain in sensitivity (from 46.8% to 63.8%). The four-marker panel had lower rates of accuracy (67.4%) and sensitivity (50%) for small G1 HCCs versus nonsmall G1 HCCs (93.9% and 88.2%, respectively). In seven cases (including six small G1 HCCs), there was no staining with any of the markers. Cirrhotic control livers were stained for CHC in four cases (13.3%) and for GPC3 in one case (3.3%). CONCLUSION: The addition of CHC to the panel supports the diagnosis of small HCCs in challenging nodules on thin core biopsy samples. Small G1 HCCs include a group of earlier tumors characterized by a more silent phenotype and the progressive acquisition of the markers under study. The search for additional markers for early HCC diagnosis is warranted.
    Hepatology 05/2011; 53(5):1549-57. · 12.00 Impact Factor
  • Analytical and quantitative cytology and histology / the International Academy of Cytology [and] American Society of Cytology 04/2010; 32(2):116-9. · 0.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Urothelial cell carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the bladder is a superficially diffusive and highly discohesive disease. The authors analyzed the expression of some adhesion molecules (e-cadherin and Ep-CAM) and MUC1 in 32 unifocal and multifocal bladder urothelial cell CIS in an attempt to clarify this discohesion. E-cadherin was strongly expressed, in more than 75% of the cases. The presence of methylation of the CDH1 e-cadherin promoter gene was also investigated, but methylation was found in only one case. Ep-CAM was present in all the cases with a heterogeneous staining pattern. Similarly, MUC1/episialin was variously present in 94% of the cases without a polarized staining pattern and was expressed more strongly in cases with multifocal disease. Because loss of MUC1 polarization leads to interference with cell-cell adhesion mechanisms mediated by cadherins, these findings help explain why bladder urothelial cell CIS often shows a discohesive morphology and multifocality despite a strongly expressed adhesion molecule profile. Finally, Ep-CAM expression might provide some support for future target therapy trials.
    International Journal of Surgical Pathology 12/2008; 17(2):99-106. · 0.76 Impact Factor
  • Article: MP14.11
    Urology 01/2006; 68:143-143. · 2.42 Impact Factor