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Tiseo M.,University of Parma | Giovannetti E.,VU University Amsterdam | Tibaldi C.,Azienda USL | Camerini A.,Versilia Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Lung Cancer | Year: 2012

Purpose: To correlate candidate polymorphisms affecting pemetrexed and carboplatin activity with clinical outcome of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated in second-line with pemetrexed or pemetrexed plus carboplatin. Methods: Functional polymorphisms in thymidylate synthase (TS), reduced folate carrier (RFC), gamma-glutamyl hydrolase (GGH), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and xeroderma pigmentosum group D (XPD) genes were evaluated in 208 patients either treated within randomized phase II trials NVALT-7 and GOIRC-02.2006, comparing second-line pemetrexed with pemetrexed plus carboplatin, or with the same regimens outside of these trials. Univariate and multivariate analyses correlated genotyping data with response, clinical benefit, toxicity, progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) using Pearson-χ2 test, log-rank test and Cox proportional hazards model. Results: Patients harboring the MTHFR-T667T variant had significantly longer PFS (5.4 versus 3.4 months; p= 0.012) and OS (16.4 versus 8.5 months; p= 0.026) than patients with CC-CT genotypes. No correlation was observed for other polymorphisms, except for XPD-Gln751Gln, which was associated with shorter PFS (p= 0.021) and OS (p= 0.044) in the subgroup of patients treated with pemetrexed plus carboplatin. Multivariate analysis confirmed the independent prognostic significance of MTHFR-C677T both in risk of disease progression (CC-CT genotypes hazard ratio [HR] 1.94, 95%CI 1.15-3.28; p= 0.012) and of death (HR 2.00, 95%CI 1.12-3.54; p= 0.018). Conclusions: MTHFR-C667T polymorphisms appear to predict survival differences in pemetrexed-treated NSCLC. These results should be validated in larger and adequately designed prospective studies using pemetrexed. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Paoletti A.M.,University of Cagliari | Cagnacci A.,Azienda Policlinico di Modena | Di Carlo C.,University of Naples | Orru M.M.,University of Cagliari | And 3 more authors.
Gynecological Endocrinology | Year: 2015

The study was performed to compare the clinical effect of a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with two different progestins. Postmenopausal women (PMW) with climacteric symptoms (CS) randomly received for 12 months orally, either placebo (n = 20), 1 mg estradiol (E) plus 0.5 mg noretisterone acetate (NETA; n = 40), or 2 mg drospirenone (DRSP; n = 40), a testosterone- and spironolactone-derived molecule, respectively. Weight (W) declined only during E/DRSP (p < 0.04 versus placebo). Fat mass (FM) decreased, similarly, during E/NETA and E/DRSP. Intracellular water (ICW) did not change, while extracellular water (ECW) decreased during E/DRSP (p < 0.0001) (p < 0.002 versus E/NETA). During E/NETA and E/DRSP, similar decreases were observed for insulin resistance (IR) by the homeostatic model assessment for IR (HOMA-IR) (p < 0.0001 versus placebo for both), systolic (p < 0.04 versus placebo for both) and diastolic (p < 0.002) blood pressure (BP). Lipids did not change. In comparison to placebo CS, by the Kupperman Index (KI), significantly declined (p < 0.0001) during E/NETA or E/DRSP. Menopause-specific Quality of Life (MENQoL) significantly declined versus placebo (p < 0.04) during both E/NETA and E/DRSP. In conclusion, differences between the two progestins are mainly limited to body composition (BC), where the addition of DRSP decreases ECW and body W (BW). © 2015 Informa UK Ltd. All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

PubMed | Azienda Policlinico di Modena
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Minerva ginecologica | Year: 2014

Aim of the present study was to investigate type of contraception, if any, used by women with induced abortion.Retrospective analysis on the medical records of 1782 women with induced abortion performed at the University Hospital of Modena (Italy) between 2009 and 2011.Some kind of contraception was used by 81.1% of women with induced abortion. At time of conception most of these women (39%) had used withdrawal, 19% natural methods, 15.2% condom, 7% hormonal contraception (95% estrogen plus progestin for any route) and 0.4% copper-IUD. None was using implants or levonorgestrel-IUD. Figures of past use of hormonal contraception were much higher than those present at the time of the unwanted pregnancy (50.3% vs. 7%; P<0.0001). A higher prevalence of condom use (19.7% vs. 10.9%; P<0.0001), and a lower prevalence of natural methods (14.5% vs. 21.6%; P<0.001) were found in single vs. married women. Use of no contraception was more prevalent among low vs. highly educated women with induced abortion (22.2% vs. 14.2%; P<0.02), but was not related to marital status. Prevalence of use of the different contraceptives is different from the one described in the general population, suggesting differences in contraceptive efficacy among the different methods.Women with induced abortion infrequently use long term or hormonal contraception. In half of the cases the latter has been used at least once in life, but then it has been abandoned. Appropriate education and contraceptive counselling, personalization and follow-up may reduce induced abortion.

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