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Quanying Liu, Marco Ganzetti, Nicole Wenderoth, Dante Mantini
Resting state networks (RSNs) in the human brain were recently detected using high-density electroencephalography (hdEEG). This was done by using an advanced analysis workflow to estimate neural signals in the cortex and to assess functional connectivity (FC) between distant cortical regions. FC analyses were conducted either using temporal (tICA) or spatial independent component analysis (sICA). Notably, EEG-RSNs obtained with sICA were very similar to RSNs retrieved with sICA from functional magnetic resonance imaging data...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
Sabrina Giammarco, Régis Peffault de Latour, Simona Sica, Carlo Dufour, Gerard Socie, Jakob Passweg, Nicolaus Kröger, Eefke Petersen, Maria Teresa Van Lint, Rosi Oneto, Alessio Signori, Andrea Bacigalupo
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March 16, 2018: Blood
Lucas Primo de Carvalho Alves, Neusa Sica da Rocha
OBJECTIVES: Melancholic depression is a type of depression which is closely related to biological variables than are other types of depression. Its clinical features can be assessed using six items on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D6 ). Previous studies have shown, using item response theory, that the symptom depressed mood is the least severe melancholic feature; work and activities, somatic symptoms and psychic anxiety are of moderate severity; and feelings of guilt and psychomotor retardation are the most severe...
March 8, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
Molinaro Francesco, Cobellis Giovanni, Cerchia Elisa, Ferrara Francesco, Tallarico Rosella, Sica Marina, Noviello Carmine, Martino Ascanio, Angotti Rossella, Messina Mario
Background: The varicocele is the most commonly diagnosed pre-pubertal andrological condition with an incidence of 10%-15% between adolescents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of retroperitoneoscopic varicocelectomy (RV) in two Italian centres with particular attention to post-operative testicular volume and semen analysis after 18 years of life. Materials and Methods: From 1999 to 2010, 286 adolescents underwent retroperitoneoscopic left varicocelectomy...
April 2017: African Journal of Paediatric Surgery: AJPS
Andrea Bianco, Tullio Valente, Maria Luisa De Rimini, Giacomo Sica, Alfonso Fiorelli
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a tumour which, despite progress in diagnostic procedures and biomolecular research, has poor prognosis. Symptoms reflect extension of disease and include shortness of breath and chest pain. Unexplained pleural effusion and pleural pain in patients exposed to asbestos should raise the suspicion of MPM. MPM diagnosis requires imaging procedures X-ray and computed tomography (CT) scans; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) better defines the extension of the tumor while PET scanning provides additional information on metabolic activity, metastases, and response to treatment...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Idanna Innocenti, Davide Rossi, Giulio Trapè, Francesco Autore, Luigi Maria Larocca, Vincenzo Gomes, Michaela Cerri, Paolo Falcucci, Simona Sica, Gianluca Gaidano, Luca Laurenti
Richter syndrome, a transformation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) into a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, is a rare complication of patients treated with chemo-immunotherapy. Richter syndrome might be both clonally related or unrelated to the underlying CLL and often showed mutations of the TP53 and NOTCH1 genes. Recently, ibrutinib was approved for patients with relapsed/refractory CLL or for untreated CLL patients with del 17p or TP53 mutation. The clinical picture, pathology, and genetics of Richter transformation after IBR treatment are largely unknown...
February 27, 2018: Hematological Oncology
George C Roush, Ramy Abdelfattah, Steven Song, John B Kostis, Michael E Ernst, Domenic A Sica
BACKGROUND: Found in 36-41% of hypertension, elevated left ventricular mass (LVM) independently predicts cardiovascular events and total mortality. Conversely, drug-induced regression of LVM predicts improved outcomes. Previous studies have favored renin-angiotensin system inhibitors (RASIs) over other antihypertensives for reducing LVM but ignored differences among thiazide-type diuretics. From evidence regarding potency, cardiovascular events, and electrolytes, we hypothesized a priori that 'CHIP' diuretics [CHlorthalidone, Indapamide and Potassium-sparing Diuretic/hydrochlorothiazide (PSD/HCTZ)] would rival RASIs for reducing LVM...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Eleonora Candi, Manfredi Tesauro, Carmine Cardillo, Anna Maria Lena, Francesca Schinzari, Giuseppe Rodia, Giuseppe Sica, Paolo Gentileschi, Valentina Rovella, Margherita Annicchiarico-Petruzzelli, Nicola Di Daniele, Gerry Melino
Obesity represents one of the most complex public health challenges and has recently reached epidemic proportions.  Obesity is also considered to be primarily responsible for the rising prevalence of metabolic syndrome, defined as the coexistence in the same individual of several risk factors for atherosclerosis, including dyslipidaemia, hypertension and hyperglycaemia, as well as for cancer. Additionally, the presence of three of the five risk factors (abdominal obesity, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high fasting glucose and high blood pressure) characterizes metabolic syndrome, which has serious clinical consequences...
February 8, 2018: Biochemical Journal
Elisabetta Signoriello, Doriana Landi, Fabrizia Monteleone, Francesco Saccà, Nicoletti Gabri Carolina, Fabio Buttari, Francesco Sica, Alessandra Marfia Girolama, Giuseppe Di Iorio, Giacomo Lus, Diego Centonze
BACKGROUND: Fingolimod is a modulator of Central and peripheral sphingosine pathways, which is currently approved for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In animal models it reduces inflammation, but it is also able to potentiate glutamatergic transmission and synaptic plasticity. We aimed to explore whether Fingolimod is able to modify the clinical expression of new demyelinating lesions with respect to IFNβ-1a in relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) patients suboptimal responders to IFNβ-1a...
February 5, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Eleonora Franzè, Vicenzo Dinallo, Angela Rizzo, Martina Di Giovangiulio, Gerolamo Bevivino, Carmine Stolfi, Flavio Caprioli, Alfredo Colantoni, Angela Ortenzi, Antonio Di Grazia, Giuseppe Sica, Pier Paolo Sileri, Piero Rossi, Giovanni Monteleone
Interleukin-34 (IL-34), a cytokine produced by a wide range of cells, binds to the macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor (M-CSFR-1) and receptor-type protein-tyrosine phosphatase zeta (PTP-z) and controls myeloid cell differentiation, proliferation and survival. various types of cancers over-express IL-34 but the role of the cytokine in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unknown. We here investigated the expression and functional role of IL-34 in CRC. A more pronounced expression of IL-34 was seen in CRC samples as compared to matched normal/benign colonic samples and this occurred at both RNA and protein level...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Shaoyi Zhang, Gautier Stoll, José Manuel Bravo San Pedro, Valentina Sica, Allan Sauvat, Florine Obrist, Oliver Kepp, Yousheng Li, Luigi Maiuri, Naoufal Zamzami, Guido Kroemer
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) due to the ΔF508 mutation of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) can be treated with a combination of cysteamine and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Since ECGC is not a clinically approved drug, we attempted to identify other compounds that might favourably interact with cysteamine to induce autophagy and thus rescuing the function of ΔF508 CFTR as a chloride channel in the plasma membrane. For this, we screened a compound library composed by chemically diverse autophagy inducers for their ability to enhance autophagic flux in the presence of cysteamine...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Claudio Solaro, M Cella, Alessio Signori, Vittorio Martinelli, Marta Radaelli, D Centonze, F Sica, M G Grasso, A Clemenzi, S Bonavita, S Esposito, F Patti, E D'Amico, G Cruccu, A Truini
BACKGROUND: Pain is a common and heterogeneous complication of multiple sclerosis (MS). In this multicenter, cross sectional study, we aimed at investigating the prevalence of pain in MS using highly specific criteria for distinguishing the different types of pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After a structured interview, in patients with pain, clinical examination and DN4 questionnaire were used for distinguishing neuropathic and nociceptive pain. In subjects with neuropathic pain, the Neuropathic Pain Symptom Inventory was used for differentiating neuropathic pain symptoms...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Massimo De Filippo, Umberto Russo, Vito Roberto Papapietro, Francesco Ceccarelli, Francesco Pogliacomi, Enrico Vaienti, Claudia Piccolo, Raffaella Capasso, Assunta Sica, Fabrizio Cioce, Mattia Carbone, Federico Bruno, Carlo Masciocchi, Vittorio Miele
Osteoid osteoma is a benign bone neoplasm with a reported incidence of 2-3% among all bone primary tumors. Although it is a small and benign lesion, it is often cause of patient complaint and discomfort. It is generally characterized by a long lasting, unremitting pain that typically exacerbates at night, often leading to sleep deprivation and functional limitation of the skeletal segment involved, with a significant reduction of patient daily life activities and consequent worsening of the overall quality of life...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Alfonso Reginelli, Anna Russo, Fabrizio Turrizziani, Roberto Picascia, Elisa Micheletti, Vittoria Galeazzi, Umberto Russo, Assunta Sica, Fabrizio Cioce, Alberto Aliprandi, Andrea Giovagnoni, Salvatore Cappabianca
Infants and children undergo imaging studies to evaluate a wide variety of congenital and acquired disorders. Imaging protocols have to consider the patient's comfort, level of anxiety, and smaller size. The first imaging study is usually made with plain radiographs. The routine radiographic examination of the foot includes the anteroposterior (AP), lateral, and oblique projections. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RMI) provides excellent anatomic detail of cartilage, vasculature and soft tissue thanks to superior soft tissue contrast and spatial resolution, so is valuable in many cases...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
William C Cushman, George L Bakris, William B White, Michael A Weber, Domenic Sica, Andrew Roberts, Eric Lloyd, Stuart Kupfer
BACKGROUND: Azilsartan medoxomil (AZL-M), an angiotensin II receptor blocker, has been developed in fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) with chlorthalidone (CTD). OBJECTIVE/METHODS: We compared FDCs of AZL-M/CTD 20/12.5 mg once daily titrated to 40/25 mg if needed or AZL-M/CTD 40/12.5 mg once daily titrated to 80/25 mg if needed with an olmesartan medoxomil (OLM)-hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) 20/12.5 mg FDC once daily titrated to 40/25 mg if needed in a randomized, double-blind, 8-week study of 1085 participants with clinic SBP 160-190 mmHg and DBP 119 mmHg or less...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Jacopo Olivieri, Immacolata Attolico, Roberta Nuccorini, Sara Pasquina Pascale, Martina Chiarucci, Monica Poiani, Paolo Corradini, Lucia Farina, Gianluca Gaidano, Luca Nassi, Simona Sica, Nicola Piccirillo, Pietro Enrico Pioltelli, Massimo Martino, Tiziana Moscato, Massimo Pini, Francesco Zallio, Fabio Ciceri, Sarah Marktel, Andrea Mengarelli, Pellegrino Musto, Saveria Capria, Francesco Merli, Katia Codeluppi, Giuseppe Mele, Francesco Lanza, Giorgina Specchia, Domenico Pastore, Giuseppe Milone, Francesco Saraceni, Elvira Di Nardo, Paolo Perseghin, Attilio Olivieri
Predicting mobilization failure before it starts may enable patient-tailored strategies. Although consensus criteria for predicted PM (pPM) are available, their predictive performance has never been measured on real data. We retrospectively collected and analyzed 1318 mobilization procedures performed for MM and lymphoma patients in the plerixafor era. In our sample, 180/1318 (13.7%) were PM. The score resulting from published pPM criteria had sufficient performance for predicting PM, as measured by AUC (0...
January 12, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Elisabetta Metafuni, Patrizia Chiusolo, Luca Laurenti, Federica Sorà, Sabrina Giammarco, Andrea Bacigalupo, Giuseppe Leone, Simona Sica
Background: Therapy related myeloid neoplasms (t-MN) occur due to direct mutational events of chemotherapeutic agents and radiotherapy. Disease latency, mutational events and prognosis vary with drugs categories. Methods: We describe a cohort of 30 patients, 18 females and 12 males, with median age of 52.5 years (range, 20 to 64), submitted to allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in our department between September 1999 and March 2017. Patients had a history of solid tumour in 14 cases, haematological disease in 15 cases and both of them in one case...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Fernanda Lucia Capitanio Baeza, Neusa Sica da Rocha, Marcelo Pio de Almeida Fleck
INTRODUCTION: Readmission into inpatient psychiatric beds is a useful outcome for patients, care providers, and policymakers. This study aims to investigate the role of level of symptoms at discharge and type of post-discharge care in determining readmissions after a year before a psychiatric admission. METHODS: We performed a prospective and observational study in a general hospital psychiatric facility. Patients were assessed at admission, discharge, and one year after discharge...
December 2, 2017: General Hospital Psychiatry
Krisztina Z Hanley, Zachary J Dureau, Cynthia Cohen, Dong M Shin, Taofeek K Owonikoko, Gabriel L Sica
BACKGROUND: Twenty-seven percent of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are associated with distant metastases, and in some patients, the primary site is unknown. Orthopedia homeobox protein (OTP) has been described as a useful marker for lung carcinoids (LCs) and for separating low-grade typical carcinoids (TCs) from intermediate-grade atypical carcinoids (ACs) in resection specimens. This study evaluated OTP, thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1), and Ki-67 expression in fine-needle aspiration (FNA) samples of various NETs...
January 9, 2018: Cancer
Daniela Verzella, Jason Bennett, Mariafausta Fischietti, Anil Kumar Thotakura, Camilla Recordati, Fabio Pasqualini, Daria Capece, Davide Vecchiotti, Daniel D'Andrea, Barbara Di Francesco, Marcella De Maglie, Federica Begalli, Laura Tornatore, Salvatore Papa, Toby Lawrence, Stuart Forbes, Antonio Sica, Edoardo Alesse, Francesca Zazzeroni, Guido Franzoso
T cell exclusion from the tumour microenvironment (TME) is a major barrier to overcoming immune escape. Here we identify a myeloid-intrinsic mechanism governed by the NF-κB effector molecule GADD45β that restricts tumour-associated inflammation and T cell trafficking into tumors. In various models of solid cancers refractory to immunotherapies, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and ovarian adenocarcinoma, Gadd45b inhibition in myeloid cells restored activation of pro-inflammatory tumour-associated macrophages (TAM) and intratumoural immune infiltration, thereby diminishing oncogenesis...
December 26, 2017: Cancer Research
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