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Francisco G La Rosa

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
DepartmentSOM-Pathology
Phone303/724-3782

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    1. Richmond AM, La Rosa FG, Said S. Granular cell tumor presenting in the scrotum of a pediatric patient: a case report and review of the literature. J Med Case Rep. 2016 Jun 04; 10(1):161.
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    2. Kessler ER, Amini A, Wilson SS, Breaker K, Raben D, La Rosa FG. Lymphoepithelioma-Like Carcinoma of the Urinary Bladder. Oncology (Williston Park). 2015 Jun; 29(6):462, C3.
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    3. Alese OB, El-Rayes BF, Sica G, Zhang G, Alexis D, La Rosa FG, Varella-Garcia M, Chen Z, Rossi MR, Adsay NV, Khuri FR, Owonikoko TK. Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene alteration in signet ring cell carcinoma of the gastrointestinal tract. Ther Adv Med Oncol. 2015 Mar; 7(2):56-62.
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    4. Pokharel SS, Patel NU, Garg K, La Rosa FG, Arangua P, Jones C, Crawford ED. Multi-parametric MRI findings of transitional zone prostate cancers: correlation with 3-dimensional transperineal mapping biopsy. Abdom Imaging. 2015 Jan; 40(1):143-50.
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    5. Lambert JR, Whitson RJ, Iczkowski KA, La Rosa FG, Smith ML, Wilson RS, Smith EE, Torkko KC, Gari HH, Lucia MS. Reduced expression of GDF-15 is associated with atrophic inflammatory lesions of the prostate. Prostate. 2015 Feb 15; 75(3):255-65.
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    6. La Rosa F, Liso A, Bianconi F, Duca E, Stracci F. Seasonal variation in the month of birth in patients with skin cancer. Br J Cancer. 2014 Oct 28; 111(9):1810-3.
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    7. Iczkowski KA, Egevad L, Ma J, Harding-Jackson N, Algaba F, Billis A, Camparo P, Cheng L, Clouston D, Comperat EM, Datta MW, Evans AG, Griffiths DF, Guo CC, Hailemariam S, Huang W, Humphrey PA, Jiang Z, Kahane H, Kristiansen G, La Rosa FG, Lopez-Beltran A, MacLennan GT, Magi-Galluzzi C, Merrimen J, Montironi R, Osunkoya AO, Picken MM, Rao N, Shah RB, Shanks JH, Shen SS, Tawfik OW, True LD, Van der Kwast T, Varma M, Wheeler TM, Zynger DL, Sahr N, Bostwick DG. Intraductal carcinoma of the prostate: interobserver reproducibility survey of 39 urologic pathologists. Ann Diagn Pathol. 2014 Dec; 18(6):333-42.
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    8. Knez VM, Barrow W, Lucia MS, Wilson S, La Rosa FG. Clear cell urothelial carcinoma of the urinary bladder: a case report and review of the literature. J Med Case Rep. 2014 Aug 14; 8:275.
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    9. Da Silva RD, Molina WR, Gustafson D, Nogueira L, Tayal S, La Rosa FG, Kim FJ. Large renal mass: a challenge for the urologist. Oncology (Williston Park). 2014 Apr; 28(4):320, 324.
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    10. Iczkowski KA, La Rosa FG. Gleason 6 cancer is still cancer. Oncology (Williston Park). 2014 Jan; 28(1):22, 24, 29.
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    11. Rezaeilouyeh H, Mahoor MH, Zhang JJ, La Rosa FG, Chang S, Werahera PN. Diagnosis of prostatic carcinoma on multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging using shearlet transform. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014; 2014:6442-5.
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    12. Werahera PN, Jasion EA, Crawford ED, La Rosa FG, Lucia MS, van Bokhoven A, Sullivan HT, Port JD, Maroni PD, Daily JW. Systematic diagnosis of prostate cancer using an optical biopsy needle adjunct with fluorescence spectroscopy. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014; 2014:2165-8.
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    13. Werahera PN, Crawford ED, La Rosa FG, Torkko KC, Schulte B, Sullivan HT, van Bokhoven A, Lucia MS, Kim FJ. Anterior tumors of the prostate: diagnosis and significance. Can J Urol. 2013 Oct; 20(5):6897-906.
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    14. Yang X, La Rosa FG, Genova EE, Huber K, Schaack J, Degregori J, Serkova NJ, Li Y, Su LJ, Kessler E, Flaig TW. Simultaneous activation of Kras and inactivation of p53 induces soft tissue sarcoma and bladder urothelial hyperplasia. PLoS One. 2013; 8(9):e74809.
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    15. Lam ET, Kessler ER, Flaig TW, La Rosa FG. Collision renal cell papillary and medullary carcinoma in a 66-year-old man. Oncology (Williston Park). 2013 Sep; 27(9):893, 896, 898.
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    16. Hohensee SE, La Rosa FG, Homer P, Suby-Long T, Wilson S, Lucia SM, Iczkowski KA. Renal epithelioid angiomyolipoma with a negative premelanosome marker immunoprofile: a case report and review of the literature. J Med Case Rep. 2013 Apr 29; 7:118.
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    17. Breaker K, Naam M, La Rosa FG, Flaig IP, Flaig TW. Skin cancer associated with the use of sorafenib and sunitinib for renal cell carcinoma. Dermatol Surg. 2013 Jul; 39(7):981-7.
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    18. Yang X, Kessler E, Su LJ, Thorburn A, Frankel AE, Li Y, La Rosa FG, Shen J, Li CY, Varella-Garcia M, Glodé LM, Flaig TW. Diphtheria toxin-epidermal growth factor fusion protein DAB389EGF for the treatment of bladder cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Jan 01; 19(1):148-57.
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    19. Crawford ED, Rove KO, Barqawi AB, Maroni PD, Werahera PN, Baer CA, Koul HK, Rove CA, Lucia MS, La Rosa FG. Clinical-pathologic correlation between transperineal mapping biopsies of the prostate and three-dimensional reconstruction of prostatectomy specimens. Prostate. 2013 May; 73(7):778-87.
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    20. Werahera PN, Sullivan K, La Rosa FG, Kim FJ, Lucia MS, O'Donnell C, Sidhu RS, Sullivan HT, Schulte B, Crawford ED. Optimization of prostate cancer diagnosis by increasing the number of core biopsies based on gland volume. Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2012; 5(9):892-9.
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    21. Werahera PN, Glode LM, La Rosa FG, Lucia MS, Crawford ED, Easterday K, Sullivan HT, Sidhu RS, Genova E, Hedlund T. Proliferative tumor doubling times of prostatic carcinoma. Prostate Cancer. 2011; 2011:301850.
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    22. Lam ET, La Rosa FG, Suby-Long TD, Kondo KL, Wilson S, Glodé LM, Flaig TW. A rare case of metastatic renal epithelioid angiomyolipoma. Oncology (Williston Park). 2011 Aug; 25(9):832-8.
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    23. Iczkowski KA, Torkko KC, Kotnis GR, Wilson RS, Huang W, Wheeler TM, Abeyta AM, La Rosa FG, Cook S, Werahera PN, Lucia MS. Digital quantification of five high-grade prostate cancer patterns, including the cribriform pattern, and their association with adverse outcome. Am J Clin Pathol. 2011 Jul; 136(1):98-107.
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    24. Barqawi AB, Turcanu R, Gamito EJ, Lucia SM, O'Donnell CI, Crawford ED, La Rosa DD, La Rosa FG. The value of second-opinion pathology diagnoses on prostate biopsies from patients referred for management of prostate cancer. Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2011 Jun 20; 4(5):468-75.
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    25. Howard D, La Rosa FG, Huang S, Salvatore D, Mulcahey M, Sang-Lee J, Wachs M, Klopper JP. Consumptive hypothyroidism resulting from hepatic vascular tumors in an athyreotic adult. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul; 96(7):1966-70.
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    26. Flaig TW, Kondo KL, La Rosa FG, Kavanagh B, Crawford ED. A young woman with multiple kidney lesions. Oncology (Williston Park). 2010 Mar; 24(3):282-6.
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    27. Smith M, Lucia MS, Werahera PN, La Rosa FG. Carcinoid tumor of the verumontanum (colliculus seminalis) of the prostatic urethra with a coexisting prostatic adenocarcinoma: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2010 Jan 20; 4:16.
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    28. Siomos VJ, La Rosa FG, Flaig TW, Kondo KL, Mitchell JD, Wilson S, Barqawi AB. Recurrent urothelial carcinoma with pulmonary metastasis. Oncology (Williston Park). 2009 Dec; 23(14):1301-4.
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    29. Flaig TW, La Rosa FG, McKinney K, Maroni P, Wilson S. A man with changes in the urinary bladder: benign metaplasia or adenocarcinoma? Oncology (Williston Park). 2009 Feb; 23(2):177-80.
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    30. Flaig TW, Kim FJ, La Rosa FG, Breaker K, Schoen J, Russ PD. Colonic pneumatosis and intestinal perforations with sunitinib treatment for renal cell carcinoma. Invest New Drugs. 2009 Feb; 27(1):83-7.
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    31. Lucia MS, Darke AK, Goodman PJ, La Rosa FG, Parnes HL, Ford LG, Coltman CA, Thompson IM. Pathologic characteristics of cancers detected in The Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial: implications for prostate cancer detection and chemoprevention. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2008 Aug; 1(3):167-73.
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    32. La Rosa FG, Flaig TW, Wilson S, Crawford ED, Kim FJ. Sarcoidosis in a man with renal carcinoid tumor. Oncology (Williston Park). 2007 Nov; 21(13):1593-6.
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    33. Lucia MS, Epstein JI, Goodman PJ, Darke AK, Reuter VE, Civantos F, Tangen CM, Parnes HL, Lippman SM, La Rosa FG, Kattan MW, Crawford ED, Ford LG, Coltman CA, Thompson IM. Finasteride and high-grade prostate cancer in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 Sep 19; 99(18):1375-83.
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    34. Thompson IM, Lucia MS, Redman MW, Darke A, La Rosa FG, Parnes HL, Lippman SM, Coltman CA. Finasteride decreases the risk of prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia. J Urol. 2007 Jul; 178(1):107-9; discussion 110.
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    35. Flaig T, Crawford ED, Kavanagh B, Lucia S, La Rosa F, Barqawi A, Crighton F, Glodé LM. Prostate cancer in a man with multiple previous cancers. Oncology (Williston Park). 2007 Apr; 21(5):611-4.
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    36. Xavier AC, Marshall C, La Rosa FG, Costa LJ, Drabkin H, Crawford ED. Woman with a papillary pulmonary lesion and a complex renal cyst. Oncology (Williston Park). 2006 Oct; 20(11):1437-9, 1443.
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    37. Stracci F, La Rosa F, Falsettini E, Ricci E, Aristei C, Bellezza G, Bolis GB, Fenocchio D, Gori S, Rulli A, Mastrandrea V. A population survival model for breast cancer. Breast. 2005 Apr; 14(2):94-102.
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    38. La Rosa F, Stracci F, Petrinelli AM, Casucci P, Mastrandrea V. Incidence, mortality and long-term survival from prostate cancer in Umbria, Italy, 1978-1994. Eur Urol. 2000 Oct; 38(4):388-92.
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    39. Campbell A, Kumar A, La Rosa FG, Prasad KN, Bondy SC. Aluminum increases levels of beta-amyloid and ubiquitin in neuroblastoma but not in glioma cells. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 2000 Apr; 223(4):397-402.
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    40. Kumar A, Hovland AR, La Rosa FG, Cole WC, Prasad JE, Prasad KN. Relative sensitivity of undifferentiated and cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate-induced differentiated neuroblastoma cells to cyclosporin A: potential role of beta-amyloid and ubiquitin in neurotoxicity. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2000 Feb; 36(2):81-7.
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    41. Kumar A, La Rosa FG, Hovland AR, Cole WC, Edwards-Prasad J, Prasad KN. Adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate increases processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) to beta-amyloid in neuroblastoma cells without changing APP levels or expression of APP mRNA. Neurochem Res. 1999 Oct; 24(10):1209-15.
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    42. Hovland AR, La Rosa FG, Hovland PG, Cole WC, Kumar A, Prasad JE, Prasad KN. Cyclosporin A regulates the levels of cyclophilin A in neuroblastoma cells in culture. Neurochem Int. 1999 Sep; 35(3):229-35.
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    43. Prasad KN, Hovland AR, La Rosa FG, Hovland PG. Prostaglandins as putative neurotoxins in Alzheimer's disease. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1998 Nov; 219(2):120-5.
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    44. Prasad KN, Clarkson ED, La Rosa FG, Edwards-Prasad J, Freed CR. Efficacy of grafted immortalized dopamine neurons in an animal model of parkinsonism: a review. Mol Genet Metab. 1998 Sep; 65(1):1-9.
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    45. Prasad KN, La Rosa FG, Prasad JE. Prostaglandins act as neurotoxin for differentiated neuroblastoma cells in culture and increase levels of ubiquitin and beta-amyloid. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 1998 Mar; 34(3):265-74.
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    46. Clarkson ED, La Rosa FG, Edwards-Prasad J, Kumar S, Kumar A, Cole W, Freed CR, Prasad KN. Brain contains inhibiting factors specific to the large T-antigen gene. Cancer Lett. 1998 Jan 09; 122(1-2):31-6.
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    47. La Rosa F, Petrinelli AM, Stracci F, Ammetto C, Mastrandrea V. Urinary organ cancer survival in the Umbria region (Italy): follow-up at ten years. Eur Urol. 1998; 34(1):63-6.
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    48. Franklin WA, Gazdar AF, Haney J, Wistuba II, La Rosa FG, Kennedy T, Ritchey DM, Miller YE. Widely dispersed p53 mutation in respiratory epithelium. A novel mechanism for field carcinogenesis. J Clin Invest. 1997 Oct 15; 100(8):2133-7.
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    49. La Rosa FG, Nawaz S. Fine needle aspiration cytology of intramammary lymph nodes in an HIV-1-positive patient. A case report. Acta Cytol. 1997 May-Jun; 41(3):849-51.
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    50. La Rosa FG, Adams FS, Krause GE, Meyers AD, Edwards-Prasad J, Kumar R, Freed CR, Prasad KN. Inhibition of proliferation and expression of T-antigen in SV40 large T-antigen gene-induced immortalized cells following transplantations. Cancer Lett. 1997 Feb 26; 113(1-2):55-60.
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    51. Davidson SA, Gottesfeld J, La Rosa FG. Molar pregnancy in a 60-year-old woman. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 1997 Jan; 56(1):53-5.
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    52. La Rosa FG, Clarke SH, Lefkowitz JB. Brodifacoum intoxication with marijuana smoking. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1997 Jan; 121(1):67-9.
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    53. Krause GE, La Rosa FG, Meyers AD, Kumar R, Prasad KN. Transplantation of immortalized, nontumorigenic parotid acinar cells into the allogeneic rat parotid gland and oral submucosa. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1996 Jun; 212(2):160-4.
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    54. La Rosa FG, Kumar S, Prasad KN. Increased expression of ubiquitin during adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate-induced differentiation of neuroblastoma cells in culture. J Neurochem. 1996 May; 66(5):1845-50.
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    55. Adams FS, La Rosa FG, Kumar S, Edwards-Prasad J, Kentroti S, Vernadakis A, Freed CR, Prasad KN. Characterization and transplantation of two neuronal cell lines with dopaminergic properties. Neurochem Res. 1996 May; 21(5):619-27.
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    56. Prasad KN, Kumar S, Carvalho E, Edwards-Prasad J, Kumar R, La Rosa FG, Larsen BB, Ann D. Characterization of human and rat immortalized clones parotid acinar cells with respect to specific proteins and their mRNAs, and receptor-linked adenylate cyclase. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 1995 Nov; 31(10):767-72.
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    57. Prasad KN, Carvalho E, Edwards-Prasad J, La Rosa FG, Kumar R, Kumar S. Establishment and characterization of immortalized cell lines from rat parotid glands. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 1994 May; 30A(5):321-8.
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    58. Prasad KN, Carvalho E, Edwards-Prasad J, La Rosa FG, Kumar S, Kim JH, Meyers A, Kentroti S. Establishment of human parotid pleomorphic adenoma cells in culture: morphological and biochemical characterization. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 1994 May; 30A(5):312-20.
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    59. Prasad KN, Carvalho E, Kentroti S, Edwards-Prasad J, La Rosa FG, Kumar S, Freed CR, Vernadakis A. Production of terminally differentiated neuroblastoma cells in culture. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 1994 Jan 01; 7(1):13-9.
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    60. Prasad KN, Carvalho E, Kumar S, Edwards-Prasad J, La Rosa FG. Relationship between adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate level, cell proliferation, and alpha-amylase in rat parotid. Biochem Cell Biol. 1993 Jul-Aug; 71(7-8):355-60.
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    61. Bradley BJ, Haskins K, La Rosa FG, Lafferty KJ. CD8 T cells are not required for islet destruction induced by a CD4+ islet-specific T-cell clone. Diabetes. 1992 Dec; 41(12):1603-8.
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    62. Lopez LR, Santos ME, Espinoza LR, La Rosa FG. Clinical significance of immunoglobulin A versus immunoglobulins G and M anti-cardiolipin antibodies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Correlation with thrombosis, thrombocytopenia, and recurrent abortion. Am J Clin Pathol. 1992 Oct; 98(4):449-54.
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    63. Prasad KN, Edwards-Prasad J, Carvalho E, La Rosa FG, Balbinder E, Meyers A, Quissell D. Establishment of primary cultures of rat and human parotid epithelial cells for transfection experiments. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol. 1992 Jul-Aug; 28A(7-8):493-9.
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    64. La Rosa FG, Smilek D, Talmage DW, Lafferty KJ, Bauling P, Ammons TJ. Evidence that tolerance to cultured thyroid allografts is an active immunological process. Protection of third-party grafts bearing new antigens when associated with tolerogenic antigens. Transplantation. 1992 Apr; 53(4):903-13.
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    65. Wang Y, Pontesilli O, Gill RG, La Rosa FG, Lafferty KJ. The role of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in the destruction of islet grafts by spontaneously diabetic mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1991 Jan 15; 88(2):527-31.
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    66. Hao LM, Wang Y, Gill RG, La Rosa FG, Talmage DW, Lafferty KJ. Role of lymphokine in islet allograft rejection. Transplantation. 1990 Mar; 49(3):609-14.
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    67. La Rosa FG, Talmage DW. Major histocompatibility complex antigen expression of parenchymal cells of thyroid allografts is not by itself sufficient to induce rejection. Transplantation. 1990 Mar; 49(3):605-9.
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    68. Hao LM, Wang Y, Gill RG, La Rosa FG, Talmage DW, Lafferty KJ. Role of gamma-interferon in islet allograft rejection: class I MHC antigen induction. Transplant Proc. 1989 Feb; 21(1 Pt 3):2697-9.
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    69. La Rosa FG. Abrogation of mouse pancreatic islet allograft rejection by a four-day culture. Transplantation. 1988 Aug; 46(2):330-3.
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    70. La Rosa FG, Talmage DW, Zlotnik A, Duke RC. Cellular and molecular immunology of tissue transplantation. Revis Biol Celular. 1988; 17:1-114.
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    71. La Rosa FG, Talmage DW. The abrogation of thyroid allograft rejection by culture in acid medium. Transplantation. 1987 Oct; 44(4):592.
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    72. La Rosa FG, Talmage DW. Tolerance to cultured allografts protects third-party grafts containing new MHC and common minor antigens. Transplantation. 1987 Feb; 43(2):314-6.
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    73. Talmage DW, La Rosa FG, Smilek D, Ammons TJ. The tolerance that develops in recipients of cultured allografts is an active process that affects both the activation and effector function of cytotoxic T cells. Prog Clin Biol Res. 1986; 224:187-94.
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    74. La Rosa FG, Talmage DW. Synergism between minor and major histocompatibility antigens in the rejection of cultured allografts. Transplantation. 1985 May; 39(5):480-5.
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    75. Mastrandrea V, La Rosa F, Cresci A. Trends of lung cancer mortality in Italy in relation to consumption of tobacco products. Am J Epidemiol. 1984 Aug; 120(2):257-64.
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    76. La Rosa FG, Talmage DW. The failure of a major histocompatibility antigen to stimulate a thyroid allograft reaction after culture in oxygen. J Exp Med. 1983 Mar 01; 157(3):898-906.
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