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Editor-in-chief
Maria Stella Graziani

Deputy Director
Martina Zaninotto

Associate Editors
Ferruccio Ceriotti
Davide Giavarina
Bruna Lo Sasso
Giampaolo Merlini
Martina Montagnana
Andrea Mosca
Paola Pezzati
Rossella Tomaiuolo
Matteo Vidali

International Advisory Board Khosrow Adeli Canada
Sergio Bernardini Italy
Marcello Ciaccio Italy
Eleftherios Diamandis Canada
Philippe Gillery France
Kjell Grankvist Sweden
Hans Jacobs The Netherlands
Eric Kilpatrick UK
Magdalena Krintus Poland
Giuseppe Lippi Italy
Mario Plebani Italy
Sverre Sandberg Norway
Ana-Maria Simundic Croatia
Tommaso Trenti Italy
Cas Weykamp The Netherlands
Maria Willrich USA
Paul Yip Canada


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Biomedia srl
Via L. Temolo 4, 20126 Milano

Responsible Editor
Giuseppe Agosta

Editorial Secretary
Andrea di Bello
Biomedia srl
Via L. Temolo 4, 20126 Milano
Tel. 0245498282
email: biochimica.clinica@sibioc.it

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ISSN print: 0393 – 0564
ISSN digital: 0392- 7091



Articoli con TAG: pancreas

I micro-RNA quali potenziali biomarcatori per la diagnosi e la prognosi del cancro del pancreas: scelte metodologiche e criticità
Micro-RNAs as potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in pancreatic cancer: methodological choices and issues
<p>Pancreatic cancer is the fourth cause of the death by cancer worldwide. It remains the only cancer whose survival has not improved in the last 40 years (only 18% of patients are still alive after 1 year, and 5% after 5 years), because of the high metastatic capacity and chemoresistance of the tumour. Complete tumour resection offers a chance to improve prognosis, but only 20% of patients are suitable for surgery. Although carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) are commonly used biomarkers in clinical practice, they are not sufficiently sensitive and specific for early diagnosis neither for predicting response to treatment. The search for biomarkers for early diagnosis, post-operative surveillance and prognosis prediction is therefore fundamental in the context of pancreatic cancer.<br />Circulating micro-RNAs (miRNAs), emerging regulators of gene expression, have been reported by several studies as powerful non-invasive biomarkers in the pancreatic cancer setting, because of their presence and stability in human body fluids. Distinctive miRNAs expression profiles have been associated to pancreatic cancer; furthermore, changes in their expression seems to identify cancer development and response to treatment. Although many papers have been published in this field, the results are still controversial and no consensus has reached about sample type, methodologies and protocols to be adopted thus hampering their introduction into routine practice. This paper aims to summarize the methodological choices in the analysis of circulating miRNAs with particular focus on the critical points of the different phases of the process.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 45(1) 026-034
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