Mohammad Javad Ashraf

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Chimaz, Fārs, Iran

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is a simple, safe, inexpensive, and acceptable method for diagnosing masses, especially at superficial areas. Therefore, we decided to evaluate the accuracy of FNA cytological diagnosis in nonthyroidal, nonsalivary gland neck masses and compare the results with histopathological diagnosis. Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study, all cases with FNA cytological diagnosis of nonthyroidal, nonsalivary gland neck masses from April 2009 to July 2013 were retrieved. The procedure was done by pathologists, and all cytological and histopathological slides of the existing 46 cases were reviewed by 3 pathologists. The values of sensitivity (SN), specificity (SP), positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and diagnostic accuracy were calculated. Results: SN, SP, PPV, NPV, and accuracy in this study were 79, 100, 100, 73, and 86%, respectively. We had 6 false-negative and no false-positive cases. Conclusion: The FNA procedure is a reliable method as the first step for the diagnosis of nonthyroidal, nonsalivary gland neck masses. To increase the diagnostic value of cytology, careful examination of all cytological slides, repetition of the FNA procedure and good history taking are helpful. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Acta cytologica 02/2015; DOI:10.1159/000371412 · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: CD166 is a glycoprotein of immunoglobulin superfamily of adhesion molecules which is overexpressed in many tumors. However, no published literature was found concerning CD166 expression in salivary gland tumor. The purpose of this study was to examine the CD166 expression in the salivary gland tumor by an immunohistochemical approach, to examine the clinical implication of this marker in the prognosis and diagnosis of the salivary gland tumor. In this study, 45 samples of salivary tumors from Khalili Hospital archive including 15 cases of pleomorphic adenoma, 16 cases of mucoepidermoid carcinoma, 14 cases of adenoid cystic carcinoma, and 15 normal salivary glands were selected for immunohistochemistry (IHC) method staining for CD166. CD166 immunoreactivity in malignant tumors (adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) and mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC)) (56.7 ± 14.05) was significantly higher than that of pleomorphic adenoma (PA) (34.3 ± 17.07) (P < 0.000) and higher in the PA than normal salivary gland (13.2 ± 12.1) (P = 0.001). CD166 expression was significantly higher in the high-grade tumors (90.3 ± 11.07) compared to low-grade (65.11 ± 27.08) malignant tumors (P = 0.002). CD166 expression showed a significant association with tumor size and the clinical stage (P < 0.001). In conclusion, an overexpression of CD166 was detected in the benign and malignant salivary gland tumors and its expression in the malignant tumor was associated with the aggressive behavior and tumor progression. For this reason, CD166 may be one of the potential biomarkers for predicting tumor behavior in the prognosis of this disease.
    Tumor Biology 12/2014; 36(4). DOI:10.1007/s13277-014-2905-x · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a potentially reversible spectral neuropsychiatric state that complicates liver disease and negatively affects the prognosis. This study evaluated the effect of Curcuma longa in acute HE in rat and determined the behavioral, biochemical, and histological changes. Forty male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into the control and three experimental groups. Thioacetamide (TAA, 300 mg/kg) was administered intraperitoneally to induce acute HE. Curcumin was administered orally at doses of 200, 300, and 400 mg/kg. The animals’ behavior, levels of ammonia, alkaline phosohatase (ALP), alanine transaminase (ALT), and aspartate transaminase (AST) enzymes were evaluated. The livers were evaluated histologically too. TAA could successfully induce inflammation and necrosis in hepatic tissue. Regarding the behavioral score, an increase in the dose of curcumin was correlated with a significant decrease in behavioral score. Ammonia, ALP, ALT, and AST levels were significantly lower among curcumin-receiving groups when compared with the control group, which was dose dependent. Histologically, curcumin was shown to reduce inflammation and necrosis in hepatic tissue, which was dose dependent too. Our findings revealed that curcumin could successfully prevent acute HE, which may happen due to a reduction in release of free radicals in the liver.
    Comparative Clinical Pathology 11/2014; 23(6). DOI:10.1007/s00580-014-1883-0
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Metastasis-associated protein 1 (MTA1) has been associated with poor prognosis in several carcinomas. Recent investigation has found that in different tumors, MTA1 protein significantly correlates with tumor angiogenesis, suggesting that MTA1 may be a possible angiogenesis-promoting molecule in malignant tumors. Thus, the current study was performed to determine the role of MTA1 protein in the biological behavior of oral squamous cell carcinoma and its relation with tumor angiogenesis. Material and Method: In this study, 44 oral squamous cell carcinomas and 15 normal epitheliums were reviewed by IHC staining for MTA1 and CD105. Results: Frequency of MTA1 expression in SCCs was recorded as 97.7%, which was significantly higher than that of the control group (33.3%). Mean percentage of MTA1 expression in oral squamous cell carcinomas was 76.88 ± 25.33% which was significantly higher than that of the control group (22.81 ±10.83). Our data showed a correlation between MTA1 expression with lymph node metastasis, tumor size and, stage. Evaluation of the correlation between MTA1 protein expression and micro vessel density showed that high micro vessel density was detected more frequently in tumors with MTA1 protein overexpression than in those without overexpression. Conclusion: In the present study, high expression of the MTA1 protein was seen in oral squamous cell carcinoma, and was closely associated with tumor progression and increased tumor angiogenesis. The findings may indicate that MTA1 protein has clinical potentials as a useful indicator of progressive phenotype, a promising prognostic predictor to identify patients with poor prognosis and may be a potential novel therapeutic target of anti-angiogenesis for patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma.
    Turk Patoloji Dergisi 10/2014; DOI:10.5146/tjpath.2014.01277
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    ABSTRACT: Introdução Acredita-se que o fator de crescimento vascular endotelial (FCEV) seja um importante fator angiogênico envolvido no crescimento, na progressão e na metástase tumoral. Objetivo O presente estudo avalia a relação entre a expressão tecidual e os níveis séricos e salivares do FCEV em carcinomas de células escamosas da cabeça e pescoço (CCECPs) e sua correlação com aspectos clinicopatológicos. Método Foram coletadas amostras de 30 pacientes com CCECP e de 24 voluntários saudáveis. Utilizamos análise imuno-histoquímica para a expressão tecidual e ELISA para determinação dos níveis séricos e salivares. Resultados Não foi observada coloração para FCEV nos tecidos normais, enquanto que foi observada expressão de FCEV em seis pacientes (20%). O nível sérico médio de FCEV foi 83,7 ± 104,47 em pacientes e 50,04 ± 32,94 em controles. O nível salivar médio de FCEV foi de 174,41 ± 115,07 em pacientes e 149,58 ± 101,88 em controles. Não foi observada diferença significativa pelo teste de Mann-Whitney entre controles e pacientes (respectivamente, p = 0,411, p = 0,944). Não foi observada relação entre a expressão tecidual de FCEV e seus níveis séricos e salivares. Conclusão A expressão elevada de FCEV foi observada em pacientes com CCECP, e isso sugere seu papel na patogênese de CCECP, mas não foi observada relação entre a expressão tecidual e os níveis séricos e salivares desse marcador.
    Brazilian journal of otorhinolaryngology 08/2014; 80(6). DOI:10.1016/j.bjorl.2014.03.001 · 0.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND Burn is still one of the most devastating injuries in emergency medicine while improvements in wound healing knowledge and technology have resulted into development of new dressings. This study was undertaken to evaluate the healing effect of licorice in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infected burn wounds of experimental rat model. METHODS One hundred and twenty female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly allocated to 4 equal groups. Group A received silver sulfadiazine ointment, Group B received 10% licorice extract and Group C was considered as control group and received gel base as the base of medication. Group D did not receive any medication and just underwent burn injury. A standard 3rd degree burn wound was produced by a hot plate with similar size about 20% of total body surface area (TBSA) and at identical temperature. After 24 h of burn production, 108 colony forming units (CFU) of toxigenic strains of P. aeruginosa (PA 103) were inoculated subcutaneously into the burnt area. After 3, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days of therapy, the animals were sacrificed and burn areas were macroscopically examined and histologically evaluated. RESULTS Decrease in size of the burn wounds, in inflammation and reepithelialization were poor in groups B-D. Infection to P. aeruginosa was still visible in groups B-D but was absent in Group A. The mean histological score, tensile strength, maximum stress, yield strength and stiffness in groups B-D were lower compared with Group A. CONCLUSION Licorice extract in 10% concentration was shown not to be effective in healing of P. aeruginosa infected burn wounds.
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    ABSTRACT: Traditional medicine/complementary alternative medicine may suggest new ideas to modern medicine in order to face new challenges however these concepts should be acknowledged based on experimental studies.
    Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology 05/2014; 7(5):e9678. DOI:10.5812/jjm.9678 · 0.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is a growing tendency toward application of human amniotic membrane (HAM) as a biologic substitute in various tissue injuries where a significant tissue loss is a matter of concern. In gastrointestinal injuries especially duodenal ones, some potential limitations in current surgical techniques contribute to not fully acceptable healing outcomes. Thus, this study was carried out to assess repair with HAM patch for duodenal defect in comparison with simple duodenoraphy in an animal model (dog). A total of 15 male German shepherd dogs weighing 23-27 kg were randomly divided into two groups. Group A with 10 dogs, which were a candidate for duodenal repair by amniotic membrane patch and Group B consisted of 5 dogs perform simple duodenorraphy. A precise control was made to match all conditions except surgical technique. Macroscopic and microscopic features of the healed duodenal lumen in both groups were recorded. Gross evaluation revealed no difference in luminal diameter in both groups. Statistical analysis of duodenal diameter between both groups after operation also showed no significant difference (P v = 0.789). Histological assessment indicated less inflammation with better wound healing in Group A. It seems that repairing duodenal wall defect with HAM would result in better histological outcomes compared with what is seen in simple duodenoraphy in animal models. However, there is no significant difference regarding surgical findings.
    04/2014; 3(1):113. DOI:10.4103/2277-9175.131029
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    ABSTRACT: Oncocytic lipoadenoma is a rare benign neoplastic lesion of salivary gland. To the best of our knowledge, the detailed cytomorphological findings were described only in two cases. We are reporting a 56-year-old woman who presented with 1-year history of right parotid gland mass. Cytologic examination revealed tight clusters of bland looking oncocytic ductal cells with few aggregates of mature adipose tissue in a lipoid background and a benign oncocytic tumor of parotid gland was rendered. Histologically, a tumor with islands of oncocytic epithelial cells admixed with abundant mature adipose tissue was identified. Oncocytic lipoadenoma despite its rarity should be considered in the differential diagnosis of salivary gland fine-needle aspirations containing oncocytes especially those which are accompanied by mature adipose tissue and lipoid background. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Diagnostic Cytopathology 03/2014; DOI:10.1002/dc.23135 · 1.52 Impact Factor
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    Mahmood Shishegar, Mohammad Javad Ashraf
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    ABSTRACT: Objective. This study aimed to identify the microorganisms of surface and depth of tonsils and whether these microorganisms bring the menace of bacteremia during tonsillectomy in the children under surgery. Materials and Methods. The culture specimens were taken from surface and depth of tonsil from the patients suffering from chronic tonsillitis at the time of operation. Also, 10 mL venous blood samples were taken 5 minutes before and after the operation for microbiological study. Results. According to the results, 112 (76.1%) and 117 (79.6%) cultures from surface and depth of tonsils represented multiple microorganisms, respectively. Besides, staphylococci coagulase positive was the most common organism in both surface and depth of tonsils. None of the preoperation blood cultures were positive, while 3 postoperation blood cultures (2.1%) were positive. Staphylococci coagulase negative and alpha hemolytic streptococcus were detected in 2 cases (1.4%) and 1 case (0.7%), respectively. Conclusion. In the present study, the two cultured sites were almost similar regarding the types of isolated microorganisms. Our results suggested that bacteremia might occur after tonsillectomy. Therefore, to avoid the possible dramatic outcomes after tonsillectomy, pre- and postoperation attendances are essential.
    01/2014; 2014:161878. DOI:10.1155/2014/161878
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Proliferation markers widely have been used to diagnose and determine the behaviour and prognosis of benign and malignant tumours. Minichromosome maintenance 3 (MCM3) is a novel proliferation marker. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare MCM3 with Ki-67 in diagnosis of salivary gland tumours. Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study, immunohistochemical expression of MCM3 and Ki-67 was evaluated in 15 pleomorphic adenomas (PA), 17 mucoepidermoid carcinomas (MEC) and 18 adenoid cystic carcinomas (ADCC) . Labeling indices (LIs) for the two markers were calculated and compared. Results: MCM3 and Ki-67 LIs were significantly higher in MEC and ADCC compared to PA. The LI of MCM3 was significantly higher than that of Ki-67 in MEC and PA. There was no significant difference between the two markers in ADCC. A cut-off point of 8% with 74.3% sensitivity and 93.3% specificity for MCM3 was obtained to discern between benign and malignant tumors. Conclusions: These results suggest that MCM3 might be a useful proliferation marker for differential diagnosis and recognition of clinical behavior of salivary gland tumors.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 06/2013; 14(6):3479-82. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2013.14.6.3479 · 1.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Primary Small round blue cell tumors (SRBCT) in sinonasal comprise histogenetically diverse entities with overlapping morphologic features. Because of the limited initial biopsy tissue materials, differential diagnostic difficulties may arise, and as they have different management, exact diagnosis and classification are very important. In this study, we analyzed the immunohistochemical expression of a panel of markers in the classification and diagnosis of sinonasal SRBCTs. This cross sectional study was performed on 36 paraffin embedded tissue samples. Histologic and immunohistochemical slides from 36 patients with SRBCT were analyzed retrospectively. The patients were admitted in Khalili hospital, Shiraz from 1383 to 1388. There were 13 women and 23 men with the mean age of 53 ±12.1. There were 9 malignant melanoma, seven poorly differentiated SCC; six lymphoma (DLBL); 4 SCNEC; three SNUC; two ON; two Ewing/PNET; two embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, and one plasmacytoma. Pan-cytokeratin was strongly expressed poorly differentiated SCC and all cases of SNUC. Coexpression of desmin and nuclear myoD1 was only detected in rhabdomyosarcoma. HMB45 was only expressed in sinonasal melanoma. CD99 expression was identified only in Ewing/PNET. FLI-1 was detected in 50% of PNET. P63 was expressed in poorly differentiated SCC (2/7) and SNUC (1/3). The results of our study indicate that the integration of histopathologic findings with application of limited but highly specific markers led to the separation of carcinomas, lymphoma and melanomas from other small cell tumors. Using a panel of keratin, LCA, desmin, and HMB45 is the most practical and economic approach to accurately classify these tumors.
    06/2013; 15(6):455-461. DOI:10.5812/ircmj.4735
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Head and neck SCC is a common cancer related to various factors. IL-10, a pleiotropic cytokine produced by macrophages, T-helper-2 cells, and B lymphocytes, is thought to play a potential pathogenetic or therapeutic role in a number of human conditions, such as inflammation, autoimmunity and cancer. The present study was designed to evaluate the relation between tissue expression, serum and salivary levels of IL-10 in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) and their correlation with clinicopathologic features. Materials and Methods: Samples were collected from 30 patients with HNSCCs and 24 healthy volunteers. IHC analysis was used to examine the tissue expression and ELISA was employed to measure serum and salivary levels. Results: Our study showed tissue expression of IL-10 to be significantily higher in patients (P: 0.001), but there was no relation between tissue expression , serum and salivary levels of the marker (P>0.05). Also except for a positive correlation between tissue expression of IL-10 and stage (P: 0.044), there was no relation between this marker and clinicopathologic features. There was no correlation between serum and salivary levels in either patients or controls. Conclusions: It seems there is no correlation between level of IL-10 in serum and saliva and this marker in saliva and serum does not reflect tissue expression.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 03/2013; 14(3):1681-5. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2013.14.3.1681 · 1.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) is one of the most common viral infections in human population. EBV has a significant role in pathogenesis of Hodgkin's lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The role of EBV in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, diffuse large B cell (NHL - DLBL) in the head and neck is controversial. The purpose of this study is to find out the difference between the presence of Epstein Barr virus in nodal and extra nodal lymphoma of head and neck. A total of 30 cases of DLBL in two separate groups were collected from pathology department. The first group was consisted of 15 patients with DLBL of neck lymph node and the other was consisted of 15 patients with extra nodal DLBL of head and neck mainly in palatine tonsil. Both immune-histo-chemical (IHC) study and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of late membrane antigen (LMP) were performed on formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue. All 30 cases were negative for EBV in IHC method. But in PCR method, 10% of patients were positive for LMP gene. There were 2 positive cases in nodal lymphoma and 1 positive case in extra nodal lymphoma group. Compare with PCR method, it seems that IHC is not a sensitive method for detection of EBV. Overall, the finding of EBV in NHL depends on site, type of lymphoma and the detection method.
    12/2012; 14(12):764-770. DOI:10.5812/ircmj.1302
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    ABSTRACT: Background: There are several reports of lymphomas arising in the nasal cavity, either T cell/NK cell or B cell type. We studied several cases of lymphoma involving the nasal cavity or paranasal sinuses. Method: In our case series, pathology records of patients from 2003 through 2011 revealed 13 cases. The association between Eptsetin-Barr virus (EBV) and lymphoma was studied by immunohistochemistry and PCR methods. Results: The cohort included 9 males and 4 females, aged 16 to 78 years. Histology revealed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBL) in 7 of the patients, sinonasal extramedullay plasmacytoma, one with follicular lymphoma, one peripheral T-cell lymphoma, one extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, and one Burkitt lymphoma. The latent membrane protein (LMP) of EBV was not expressed, and the PCR results were negative, in all patients. Conclusion: In this study, primary lymphomas arising in the nasal cavity were mostly of B cell origin.
    Laboratory Medicine 11/2012; 43(6):294-299. DOI:10.1309/LMKH083QCXFUUIGS · 0.49 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To investigate the association between CD105 and tumor cell proliferation in salivary gland tumors. Methods: In this study, 59 samples of salivary tumors from Khalili Hospital archive, including 20 cases of pleomorphic adenoma (PA), 20 cases of mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) and 19 cases of adenoid cystic carcinoma, as well as 10 cases of normal salivary gland tissue, were reviewed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) for CD105 and Ki67 staining. Results: CD105 positive vessels were absent in normal salivary gland tissue in the vicinity of tumors (51.6% of all tumors were positive). There was a statistically significant difference in frequency of CD105 staining between PA and malignant tumors and between four groups of different lesions (p<0.000) being highest in MEC. Intratumoral microvessel density was also elevated in malignant neoplasms (2.61∓3.1) as compared to PA (0.46∓0.6). Normal salivary glands did not express Ki67. There was a statistically significant difference in frequency and percentage of Ki67 immunoreactivity in malignant neoplasms (86.5% and 10.7∓10.8 respectively) compared to PA (50% and 0.78∓0.2) and among the four groups values were highest in MEC (p<0.000). Conclusion: n this study, it was observed a higher rate of angiogenesis and cellular proliferation was noted in malignant tumors compared to benign tumors, but no correlation was observed between these two markers.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 10/2012; 13(10):5155-9. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2012.13.10.5155 · 1.50 Impact Factor