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Schwartzman M.L.,New York Medical College | Iserovich P.,SUNY Optometry | Gotlinger K.,New York Medical College | Bellner L.,New York Medical College | And 8 more authors.
Diabetes | Year: 2010

OBJECTIVE - This study was aimed at obtaining a profile of lipids and proteins with a paracrine function in normal and diabetic vitreous and exploring whether the profile correlates with retinal pathology. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - Vitreous was recovered from 47 individuals undergoing vitreoretinal surgery: 16 had nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), 15 had proliferative diabetic retinopathy, 7 had retinal detachments, and 9 had epiretinal membranes. Protein and lipid autacoid profiles were determined by protein arrays and mass spectrometry-based lipidomics. RESULTS - Vitreous lipids included lipoxygenase (LO)- and cytochrome P450 epoxygenase (CYP)-derived eicosanoids. The most prominent LO-derived eicosanoid was 5-hydroxyeicosate traenoic acid (HETE), which demonstrated a diabetes-specific increase (P = 0.027) with the highest increase in NPDR vitreous. Vitreous also contained CYP-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids; their levels were higher in nondiabetic than diabetic vitreous (P < 0.05). Among inflammatory, angiogenic, and angiostatic cytokines and chemokines, only vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) showed a significant diabetes-specific profile (P < 0.05), although a similar trend was noted for tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. Soluble VEGF receptors R1 and R2 were detected in all samples with lowest VEGF-R2 levels (P < 0.05) and higher ratio of VEGF to its receptors in NPDR and PDR vitreous. CONCLUSIONS - This study is the first to demonstrate diabetes-specific changes in vitreous lipid autacoids including arachidonate and docosahexanoate-derived metabolites indicating an increase in inflammatory versus anti-inflammatory lipid mediators that correlated with increased levels of inflammatory and angiogenic proteins, further supporting the notion that inflammation plays a role the pathogenesis of this disease. © 2010 by the American Diabetes Association.


Giannelli S.G.,San Raffaele Scientific Institute | Demontis G.C.,University of Pisa | Pertile G.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Rama P.,San Raffaele Scientific Institute | And 2 more authors.
Stem Cells | Year: 2011

There is growing evidence that Müller glia cells (MGCs) might act as regenerative elements in injured retinas of fishes and amniotes. However, their differentiation potential in humans is yet unknown. We isolated Müller glia from adult human retinas and propagated them in vitro revealing for the first time their ability to differentiate into rod photoreceptors. These results were also confirmed with mice retinas. Here, we describe conditions by which human MGCs adopt a rod photoreceptor commitment with a surprising efficiency as high as 54%. Functional characterization of Müller glia-derived photoreceptors by patch-clamp recordings revealed that their electrical properties are comparable to those of adult rods. Interestingly, our procedure allowed efficient derivation of MGC cultures starting from both injured and degenerating and postmortem human retinas. Human transplanted Müller glia-derived photoreceptors integrate and survive within immunodeficient mouse retinas. These data provide evidence that Müller glia retains an unpredicted plasticity and multipotent potential into adulthood, and it is therefore a promising source of novel therapeutic applications in retinal repair. © AlphaMed Press.


Palminteri E.,Center for Reconstructive Urethral and Genitalia Surgery | Gacci M.,University of Florence | Berdondini E.,Center for Reconstructive Urethral and Genitalia Surgery | Poluzzi M.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | And 2 more authors.
European Urology | Year: 2010

Background: Urethral stent placement for recurrent anterior urethral strictures may cause restenosis and complications. Objective: To describe our experience with patients who had restenoses and complications following urethral stent placement for the treatment of recurrent anterior urethral strictures. Design, setting, and participants: We evaluated retrospectively the records of 13 men with anterior urethral stricture who experienced restenosis and complications after stent insertion. We recorded stent position, prestent and poststent urethral procedures, restenosis location, stent-related complications, and management of stent failures. Surgical procedure: The stent was removed en bloc with the whole strictured urethral segment or wire by wire after a ventral or a double-ventral plus dorsal-sagittal urethrotomy and stent section. Measurements: Successful outcome was defined as standard voiding, without need of any postoperative procedure, and full recovery from complications. Results and limitations: Four patients did not undergo surgery and the stent was left in situ. Of these patients, two required permanent suprapubic cystostomy. Nine patients underwent challenging surgical stent removal and salvage urethrostomy: After the first stage, three patients are waiting for further reconstructive steps, five elected the urethrostomy as a permanent diversion, and one completed the staged reconstruction using a buccal mucosa graft at the second stage. After surgery, seven of the nine patients (77.8%) were free of strictures and stent-related complications, while a restenosis occurred in two of the nine (22.2%) cases. Conclusions: The management of urethral stent failure represents a therapeutic challenge. The stent risks converting a simple stenosis into a complex stenosis requiring a staged urethroplasty, a definitive urethrostomy, or a permanent suprapubic diversion. © 2009 European Association of Urology.


Amato E.,University of Verona | Molin M.D.,Sol Goldman Pancreatic Research Center | Molin M.D.,University of Verona | Mafficini A.,University of Verona | And 16 more authors.
Journal of Pathology | Year: 2014

Intraductal neoplasms are important precursors to invasive pancreatic cancer and provide an opportunity to detect and treat pancreatic neoplasia before an invasive carcinoma develops. The diagnostic evaluation of these lesions is challenging, as diagnostic imaging and cytological sampling do not provide accurate information on lesion classification, the grade of dysplasia or the presence of invasion. Moreover, the molecular driver gene mutations of these precursor lesions have yet to be fully characterized. Fifty-two intraductal papillary neoplasms, including 48 intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) and four intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasms (ITPNs), were subjected to the mutation assessment in 51 cancer-associated genes, using ion torrent semiconductor-based next-generation sequencing. P16 and Smad4 immunohistochemistry was performed on 34 IPMNs and 17 IPMN-associated carcinomas. At least one somatic mutation was observed in 46/48 (96%) IPMNs; 29 (60%) had multiple gene alterations. GNAS and/or KRAS mutations were found in 44/48 (92%) of IPMNs. GNAS was mutated in 38/48 (79%) IPMNs, KRAS in 24/48 (50%) and these mutations coexisted in 18/48 (37.5%) of IPMNs. RNF43 was the third most commonly mutated gene and was always associated with GNAS and/or KRAS mutations, as were virtually all the low-frequency mutations found in other genes. Mutations in TP53 and BRAF genes (10% and 6%) were only observed in high-grade IPMNs. P16 was lost in 7/34 IPMNs and 9/17 IPMN-associated carcinomas; Smad4 was lost in 1/34 IPMNs and 5/17 IPMN-associated carcinomas. In contrast to IPMNs, only one of four ITPNs had detectable driver gene (GNAS and NRAS) mutations. Deep sequencing DNA from seven cyst fluid aspirates identified 10 of the 13 mutations detected in their associated IPMN. Using next-generation sequencing to detect cyst fluid mutations has the potential to improve the diagnostic and prognostic stratification of pancreatic cystic neoplasms. © 2014 The Authors. The Journal of Pathology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.


Stepniewska A.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Pomini P.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Guerriero M.,University of Verona | Scioscia M.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | And 2 more authors.
Fertility and Sterility | Year: 2010

In this retrospective cohort study, three groups of patients were included: 60 women who underwent endometriosis surgery with colorectal segmental resection, 40 women with surgical evidence of bowel endometriosis who underwent endometriosis removal without bowel resection, and 55 women affected by moderate or severe endometriosis with at least one endometrioma and deep infiltrating endometriosis but without bowel involvement. The results of a long-term ambulatory follow-up showed that if colorectal endometriosis was present, postoperative pain regression was more frequent, and among patients with bowel endometriosis the rate of recurrence was lower if segmental resection was performed. © 2010 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


Capurso G.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Bettini R.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Rinzivillo M.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Boninsegna L.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | And 3 more authors.
Neuroendocrinology | Year: 2011

Background: Surgery remains the only curative option for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNETs), but its indication is limited by metastatic disease in most patients. Indication for removing the primary lesion only in the setting of unresectable liver disease is controversial. The present systematic review aims at determining the potential benefits (survival, progression-free survival) or harms (morbidity, mortality) of surgical resection of the primary lesion only in patients with PNETs and unresectable metastases. Methods: Medline was queried for studies reporting the outcome of PNET patients with unresectable liver metastases whenever there was an explicit comparison between resection of the primary lesion only ('active treatment') and no resection ('non-active treatment'). The primary outcome was survival; possible secondary outcomes were progression-free survival, treatment-related mortality and morbidity, and relief of symptoms. Results: Only 3 cohort studies found were eligible and analysed; no meta-analysis could be performed. The number of patients undergoing 'active treatment' varied from 16 to 20, with a percentage ranging from 17 to 39% of cohorts. Survival was longer in patients who received 'active treatment' in 2 studies, and the 5-year survival rate also seemed higher, without significant complications. Discussion: Available data suggest a possible benefit of resection of the primary lesion only in this setting. However, a bias towards a more aggressive surgical approach in patients with a better performance status or less advanced disease seems likely, and no conclusion can be drawn except for the need of randomised trials. We calculated that such a trial would require at least 118 patients per arm. © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.


van Zeeburg E.J.T.,The Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute | van Zeeburg E.J.T.,The Rotterdam Eye Hospital | Cereda M.G.,The Rotterdam Eye Hospital | van der Schoot J.,The Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute | And 4 more authors.
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science | Year: 2011

PURPOSE. To study early flow and revascularization in a free, autologous, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)-choroid graft. METHODS. This prospective cohort study used spectral domain- optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) after RPE-choroid graft surgery in 12 patients. This SD-OCT was combined with fluorescein angiography (FA) and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) in 5 patients. RESULTS. SD-OCT revealed that vessel diameter, number of vessels, and graft thickness increased in 10 of 12 patients, starting between 3 and 10 days after surgery. A subsequent decrease in thickness was found in all 10 patients, beginning as early as 8 days after surgery. Initially, the graft vessels were optically clearer than the underlying choroidal recipient vessels. Between 8 and 30 days after surgery, the optically clear vessels became gray, similar to the recipient choroid. FA and ICGA revealed perfusion in 4 of 5 patients between postoperative days 6 and 15. Between postoperative days 12 and 60, the entire choroidal structure of the graft was visible on ICGA. CONCLUSIONS. These data suggest that enlargement of vessel diameter, increase in the number of choroidal vessels, and graft thickening visualized by SD-OCT correspond with the ingrowth of afferent vessels, as demonstrated by ICGA. The subsequent establishment of efferent vessels results in flow, imaged as a change in color of the graft's vessels from optically clear to gray, graft thinning on SD-OCT, and complete revascularization on ICGA. SD-OCT, a noninvasive examination, can be used to demonstrate early graft perfusion in patients (trialregister. nl/trialreg/admin/rctview.asp number, NTR1768). © 2011 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.


Stepniewska A.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Grosso G.,Pederzoli Hospital | Molon A.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Caleffi G.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | And 4 more authors.
Human Reproduction | Year: 2011

Background Ureteral endometriosis is a rare entity that may lead to progressive hydroureteronephrosis and renal loss. When the localization of ureteral stenosis is close to the ureterovesical junction, ureterocystoneostomy may be required. The aim of the present study was to evaluate post-operative complication rates and clinical outcomes at 1- and 6-month follow-up after laparoscopic ureterocystoneostomy. Methodt wenty patients who underwent ureterocystoneostomy for pelvic endometriosis in our tertiary referral centre for endoscopic surgery during 1 year were studied. A cystography was performed on Day 7 after surgery to verify the integrity of anastomosis and a satisfactory bladder capacity. Follow-up consisted of gynaecological examination and transvaginal ultrasound at 1 and 6 months after surgery. At 6 months, urography and cystography were also performed. Measurements included results of a pre-operative clinical and instrumental assessment, intra- and post-operative complications, post-operative bladder capacity at cystography and improvement of pain, using a visual analogue scale for the main symptoms related to endometriosis and uro-specific pain. Results Neither a case of ureteral fistula nor other complications requiring re-intervention were reported. Post-operative transient deficit of bladder voiding occurred in five cases (25), urinary infection in one and post-operative pyrexia in four (20) patients. The median time to resuming voiding function was 3 days (range 120 days). In six cases, a mild vesico-ureteral reflux at the operated side was observed at 7-day cystography. Post-operative symptomatology was improved significantly (P<0.05) for all symptoms. Urography and cystography performed at 6 months confirmed good post-operative reconstructions in all cases. Conclusions The objective of surgical treatment of ureteral endometriosis is to remove the stenotic tract and to preserve renal function. In cases of intrinsic ureteral endometriosis, the procedure of laparoscopic ureterocystoneostomy is feasible and has good outcomes at short- and medium-termfollow-up. © 2010 The Author.


Stepniewska A.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Pomini P.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Scioscia M.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Mereu L.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | And 2 more authors.
Reproductive BioMedicine Online | Year: 2010

Bowel resection for endometriosis improves pain symptoms and quality of life in symptomatic women. However, little is known about fertility after surgery, particularly after such treatment in women suffering from infertility. The aim of the present study was to evaluate post-operative fertility and long-term clinical outcome after laparoscopic colorectal resection for endometriosis in infertile women. This study reports clinical outcomes in 62 infertile women who underwent laparoscopic excision of endometriosis with segmental bowel resection performed for severe intestinal symptoms. Among women younger than 30 years trying to conceive spontaneously, the cumulative pregnancy rate was 58% and the cumulative pregnancy rate was 45% in those aged 30-34 years. The total pain recurrence was 9.7% (six cases) and endometriosis recurrence was diagnosed by ultrasound in 14.5% (nine cases) during the follow-up period. Four of these patients needed further surgery because of severe symptoms. The surgical treatment of bowel endometriosis seems to improve pain symptoms and patients' satisfaction rates, and it could also be indicated in infertile women. © 2010, Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Cereda M.G.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Parolini B.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Bellesini E.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore | Pertile G.,Ospedale Sacro Cuore
Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology | Year: 2010

Background: To evaluate the feasibility of transplanting a full-thickness patch of choroid, choriocapillaries, Bruch's membrane and RPE (RPE-choroid FTAP) from the peripheral to the subfoveal area of the same eye, after performing a 180° peripheral retinotomy and removing subfoveal choroidal neovascularization. Thereafter, to study the surgical complications, anatomical outcome and patch perfusion during follow-up. Methods: A retrospective case series of 13 eyes of 13 consecutive patients with a follow-up of 4 to 20 months. All patients suffered from advanced subfoveal choroidal neovascularization and were non-responders to standard care. After performing a complete vitrectomy, a 180° peripheral temporal retinotomy and the removal of subfoveal neovascularization, a FTAP of choroid, choriocapillaris, Bruch's membrane and the RPE were isolated from the mid periphery of the uveal bed, transpositioned under the fovea and covered with the retina. Patients received a complete ophthalmic examination, fluorescein angiography (FA), indocyanin green angiography (ICGA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) during follow-up. Results: An FTAP could be harvested in every eye and transplanted under the fovea. No intraoperative complications occurred. The FTAP was recognizable at FA, ICGA and OCT at each time point, up to 20 months postoperatively. Perfusion of the choroidal bed were observed into the FTAP during follow-up, from one week after surgery. Conclusion: The creation of an FTAP through a 180° peripheral retinotomy is feasible and safe. The FTAP is vital and perfused. Further studies are needed to collect more data. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

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