M J Ashraf

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shīrāz, Fars, Iran

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    Mohamad Javad Ashraf, Negar Azarpira, Bijan Khademi
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    ABSTRACT: Plasma cell neoplasm is characterized by a monoclonal neoplastic proliferation of plasma cells and solitary plasmocytoma of bone (SPB) is a localized form. It usually occurs in vertebrae and secondarily in long bones. Its presence in mandible is extremely rare event. A 48-year-old man consulted to our clinic with a chief complaint of pain in his mandible. Radiography revealed a destructive lesion in body and ramus. The initial pathologic evaluation revealed a high grade pleomorphic neoplasm. The diagnosis was confirmed by immunohistochemical markers. Overall, plasmacytoma with anaplastic features can be confused with high grade sarcoma clinically and histologically.
    Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Online 05/2013; 29(3):872-3. · 0.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Extramedullary plasmacytoma is a rare neoplasm characterized by monoclonal proliferation of plasma cells. Most lesions occur in the head and neck, primarily in the upper aerodigestive tract. The nasal cavity and nasal septum are the most common sites of occurrence. In this report, three patients admitted in our clinic with history of nasal obstruction and/or epistaxis. Patients were diagnosed with extramedullary plasmacytoma and mass were completely excised. This entity usually occurred in 5th-6th decade of life. One of our patients, a young man, was completely asymptomatic and following a paroxysm of coughing, a polypoid mass was expectorated. The clinical and histopathologic findings of plasmacytoma are discussed. In order to exclude systemic involvement, systematic approach using clinical, laboratory, and radiologic investigations was performed. Extramedullary plasmacytoma of the nasal cavity is rare and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of nasal cavity masses especially in young age group.
    Iranian Red Crescent medical journal. 04/2013; 15(4):363-366.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives Partial-thickness defects evolving in mature articular cartilage do not heal spontaneously. Tissue engineering has long been investigated to repair articular cartilage defects. The current study was designed to observe chondrogenic differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) to repair partial-thickness articular cartilage defects in non-weight bearing area in adult rabbit. Results The results showed that in treatment groups, at 8 weeks post-surgery, the defects were resurfaced with hyaline-like tissue, an ideal interface between the engineered cartilage, the adjacent normal cartilage and the underlying bone was observed. In contrast, at 4 weeks post-implantation was partially filled with repaired tissue, but only half of the repaired tissue was hyaline cartilage. In control groups, defects were only filled with fibrotic tissue. The findings showed significant differences in the quality of cartilage between ASCs-injected groups (both 4 and 8 weeks treatment groups) compared to control groups, particularly at 8 weeks treatment groups (Fig.1, B,D and F). Methods A partial-thickness cartilage defect (without penetration of the subchondral bone) was created by a 4 mm trephine treatment in the medial condyle of femur of 12 adult Dutch rabbits. Autologous mesenchymal stem cells harvested from subcutaneous adipose tissue of the same rabbit were injected intra-articularly. According to the time elapsed post-surgery and ASCs using in the cartilage defects, 4 groups were defined (treatment and control groups; 4 and 8 weeks post-surgery). The rabbits were sacrificed at 4 and 8 weeks after surgery for histological analysis. Healing of the defect was investigated histologically using haematoxylin and eosin, safranin-O staining and toluidine blue. Conclusion These findings suggest that it is feasible to repair articular cartilage defects by seeding autologous ASCs
    Royan International Twin Congress on Reproductive Biomedicine and Stem Cells Biology & Technology, Tehran.Iran; 01/2013
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    ABSTRACT: Hereditary hearing loss is a genetically heterogeneous disorder. Mutations in connexin 26 (CX26), are a major cause in many countries and are largely dependent on ethnic groups. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the prevalence of GJB2 mutations among affected individuals from south of Iran. Fifty patients presenting with autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing loss from Fars, province in south of Iran, were studied for mutations in GJB2 gene and screened by direct sequencing. Mutations were detected in 15 out of 50 patients (30 %). Eight different mutations were identified; six of them were previously identified (35delG, V27I M34V, V153I, A149T, V198M). The remaining two alleles, L28I and N169T, were novel variants. The most common mutations were 35delG followed by V153I with an allele frequency of 7 and 6 %, respectively. In this study, 30 % of our subjects were found to have the causative variants or polymorphisms in GJB2 and the c.35delG mutation was the most common cause in our patients. However, more study with larger sample size as well as in vitro functional study for these new variants in Xenopus oocytes is required.
    Molecular Biology Reports 10/2012; · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Adipose-derived stem cells have been reported as a novel candidate for the repair of cartilage injuries in vivo. In order to assess their differentiation ability, adipose-derived stem cells isolated from rabbit fat tissue were injected into the midportion of a surgically created rabbit ear auricle cartilage defect. After several months, the auricles were resected, histopathologically assessed and compared with a control group. Histopathological examination of auricles removed three, four and five months after injection showed islands of new cartilage formation at the site of the surgically induced defect. Six months after injection, we observed well-formed, mature cartilaginous plates that completely filled the defect in the native cartilage. In the control group, there was no significant growth of new cartilage. The results of this study suggest the great potential of adipose-derived stem cells to repair damaged cartilage tissue in vivo.
    The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 06/2012; 126(8):770-4. · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), the repeated cycle of injury and repair of intestinal mucosa has been reported to increase the risk of colon cancer. So, a safe and efficient therapy is required for the treatment and prophylaxis for the disease.This study aims to investigate the efficacy of Calendula officinalis extract in treatment of experimentally induced ulcerative colitis in dog animal model. During fall 2010, 10 out-bred female German dogs (1-2 years old; weighs of 20-25 kg) were enrolled. Ulcerative colitis was induced with 6% acetic acid as enema and method of treatment was retrograde (via enema) too by C. officinalis. Loose stools, diarrhea, gross bleeding and loss of body weight happened after administration of acetic acid and crypt damage, loss of epithelium, infiltration of inflammatory cells and depletion of goblet cells were noticed histologically. C. officinalis could successfully resolve the damages of UC. Treatment with C. officinalis can broaden the current therapy options for UC.
    Iranian Red Crescent medical journal. 12/2011; 13(12):884-90.
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    N Azarpira, M J Ashraf, B Khademi, N Asadi
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    ABSTRACT: Metastatic tumors to the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses are far less common than primary cancer in this location. Review of the 2004-2010 pathology records of patients with sinonasal malignancy, revealed three cases with distant metastases to this region from primary sites in kidney, prostate and breast. The clinical presentation, histopathological findings and clinical outcome is presented for each patient. Metastases to the nose and paranasal sinuses usually respond poorly to treatment and have a poor prognosis. This report highlights the importance of suspecting metastases in patients with a previous history of malignancy. Therefore, thorough history and clinical evaluation is mandatory in any known/treated case of cancer.
    Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 10/2011; 63(4):349-52.
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    ABSTRACT: Actinomycosis of the tonsils has been reported in a variable percentage of tonsil specimens by other authors. This study determines the incidence of actinomyces in the palatine tonsil and evaluates the clinical diagnoses and histopathological features of tonsillectomy specimens. In a retrospective study, 204 patients who had undergone tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis (group A) and for sleep apnea without a history of recurrent tonsillitis (group B) were enrolled. The prevalence rate was significantly higher in the adult compared with the pediatric population. The prevalence of tonsillar actinomycetes colonization was higher in patients who had undergone tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis (43.9%) than in patients who had undergone tonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnea (26.3%). The prevalence did not differ by sex of patient. Histopathological analysis of resected tonsils did not show active tissue infection. There was a statistically significant relationship between the presence of actinomycosis and age, with a greater occurrence of actinomycosis in adult patients. Although actinomyces colonization is more prevalent in patients with recurrent tonsillitis than sleepdisordered breathing, but the presence of actinomyces does not indicate any active disease.
    Iranian Red Crescent medical journal. 07/2011; 13(7):499-502.
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    Eye (London, England) 06/2011; 25(9):1245-6. · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cancer reflects a complicated network of interactions between genes and environmental factors. Cytochrome P450 (CYP) is a multi-gene superfamily participating in the metabolism of xenobiotics. The aim of our study was to examine whether polymorphisms in the CYP enzyme genes affect the risk of developing larynx squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Polymorphism of CYP3A5 and CYP3A4 genes were investigated in 50 patients with laryngeal SCC and 100 control subjects by polymerase chain reaction- restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP). In patients the CYP3A5 3/3 and 1/3genotypes were detected in 92% and 8% respectively. There was no relation between genotype, allele frequency and grade/stage of tumor. In control group, the frequency of CYP3A5 3/3 and CYP3A5 1/3 genotype were 98% and 2% respectively. There was no significant difference in genotype and allele frequency of this gene between patient and control group. In respect of CYP3A41A/B, people in both patient and control groups had the same genotype of CYP3A41A/1A. In this study, the CYP gene variants were not associated with increased risk of laryngeal SCC. Study on the other genetic factors which are involved in activation/detoxication of procarcinogenes, such as CYP1A1, CYP1B1, CYP2E1 and gluthation S transferase is recommended.
    Molecular Biology Reports 03/2011; 38(8):5443-8. · 2.51 Impact Factor
  • Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology 01/2011; 54(2):415-7. · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tumors of the salivary glands are uncommon head and neck neoplasia. We conducted a retrospective study of 392 cases over the last 6 years in Shiraz, south of Iran, to investigate the clinicopathological features of these tumors in Iranian population. The age of the patients ranged from 8 to 85 years, with the mean age 44.57 ± 14.65 years and male-to-female (M : F) ratio was 1.02 : 1. For benign tumors, there was a propensity towards females, whereas the malignant tumor was more common in males. The ratio of benign tumors to malignancies was 2.19 : 1. Pleomorphic adenoma (PA) was the most common tumor and accounted for 85% of all benign tumors, followed by Warthin's tumor (8.6%). Of the 125 malignancies, adenoid cystic carcinoma (40%), mucoepidermoid carcinoma (24%) and invasive squamous cell carcinoma (16%) were the most common histological types. Most of the salivary gland tumors (75%) originated from major salivary glands and the remained (25%) originated from minor glands. The parotid gland was the most common site both in benign and malignant tumors. Most of our findings were similar to those in the literature, with some variations. The salivary tumors slightly predominated in males. Adenoid cystic carcinoma and mucoepidermoid carcinoma constituted the most common malignancies.
    Pathology research international. 01/2011; 2011:934350.
  • N Azarpira, M J Ashraf, M Shishegar
    Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology 01/2011; 54(2):424-5. · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The variations in nucleolar organizer regions (AgNOR) and the increase in Ki67 expression and correlation with histological findings in 64 specimen squamous epithelium from normal epithelium to overt carcinoma were evaluated. Mean AgNOR counts (mAgNOR), proliferative index (pAgNOR), variation in size and dispersion of AgNOR dots in cells were graded and compared in normal, dysplastic, primary and metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The Ki67 percentage is significantly increased from normal squamous to SCC group, and the reactivity of staining were related to histological differentiation. The mAgNOR counts were high in all 44 cases of primary and metastatic SCC and low in normal squamous tissue and increased in dysplastic lesions. The mAgNOR count in SCC increased from well differentiated to poorly differentiated. PAgNOR counts were gradually increased in different grade of SCC, 1.4% in well differentiated, 6% in moderately differentiated, 19% in poorly differentiated. There was only significant difference between well differentiated versus poorly differentiated cases. Only significant correlation between Ki67 percentage and mAgNOR and between Ki67 percentage and pAgNOR in primary SCC group was noticed. Therefore, Ki67 is gold standard method for evaluation of proliferation activity. AgNOR quantity is proportional to the proliferative activity of the cell but does not necessarily indicate malignancy.
    Basic and Applied Pathology 11/2010; 3(4):121 - 125.
  • Mohamad Javad Ashraf, Maryam Maghbul, Negar Azarpira, Bighan Khademi
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    ABSTRACT: We studied a series of untreated laryngeal carcinomas in an attempt to determine the relationship between Ki67 and p53 expression and clinicopathological findings. The relationship between expression of these markers in non-tumoral tissue was also evaluated in order to investigate the possible role of immunohistochemistry as a diagnostic aid in evaluating laryngeal biopsies. Samples from 54 patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) were analyzed retrospectively. The uninvolved vocal cord was evaluated as a non-tumoral sample. Paraffin sections of tumors were immunohistochemically stained for p53 and Ki67 expression. Overall, p53 expression was found in 35 (64.8%) of the patients. There was a significant correlation among tumoral p53 expression and tumor location, tumor stage and lymph node involvement. Most grade I tumors had a Ki67 labeling index <50% and a labeling index ≥ 50 was found mainly in high-grade tumors. Tumoral Ki67 expression correlated significantly with tumor grade and mitotic count. There was no correlation between Ki67 labeling index and tumor region. In non-tumoral tissue, 95% of high-grade pre-neoplastic lesions revealed a high expression of Ki67. Non-tumoral p53 expression did not correlate with histological findings. p53 and Ki67 expression in tumoral tissue may be a prognostic marker in patients with laryngeal SCC. Evaluation of the proliferative index in biopsy samples of dysplastic laryngeal mucosa is potentially useful for predicting the progression toward carcinoma.
    Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology 01/2010; 53(4):661-5. · 0.68 Impact Factor
  • Mohamad Javad Ashraf, Negar Azarpira, Seyed Basir Hashemi
    Acta cytologica 01/2010; 54(1):117-9. · 0.69 Impact Factor
  • Middle East Journal. 01/2010; 1.
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    Ashraf MJ, Azarpira N, Gandomi M
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    ABSTRACT: Choristoma is a tumor-like mass consisting of tissues foreign to the site at which they are located. We report an18 years old male presenting with persistent tonsillitis. Histological examination demonstrated the unexpectedpresence of a mature island of hyaline cartilage surrounded by lymphoid hyperplasia.
    Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal. 01/2010;
  • Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology 01/2010; 53(4):906-7. · 0.68 Impact Factor