Alessandra S Galetto

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Here we have studied the effects of apoptotic cell death induced by chemotherapic agents on tumor phagocytosis by dendritic cells (DC) and presentation of the relevant antigen to T lymphocytes. Annexin-V-FITC (Ann-V) and propidium iodide (PI) staining was used to assess early apoptotic (Ann-V(+)/PI(-)) vs. late apoptotic/secondary necrotic (Ann-V(+)/PI(+))(More)
Monocyte derived macrophages (Mphi) and dendritic cells (DC) play critical roles at the interface between innate and adaptive immunity. Both types of cells can effectively phagocytose exogenous antigens, whereas only DC can process and present them efficiently to antigen-specific T lymphocytes. The hormone PRL is also produced by immune cells and is(More)
Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer of the endocrine system and is responsible for the majority of deaths from endocrine malignancies. Although a large proportion of thyroid cancers belong to well differentiated histologic subtypes, which in general show a good prognosis after surgery and radioiodine ablation, the treatment of radio-resistant(More)
The way a tumor cell dies is believed to influence both its engulfment by dendritic cells (DC) and access of the relevant antigen(s) to the cross-presentation pathway. Here we have studied the effect of lymphokine activated killer (LAK) cells, gamma-radiation and the antimetabolite drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) on tumor uptake by HLA-matched DC, and DC(More)
BACKGROUND Dendritic cells (DCs) capture apoptotic tumors and cross-present their antigens in the MHC class I and class II pathways for recognition by CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes. Here we have tested the ability of fresh surgically resected colon and gastric cancer tumors to specifically activate host T lymphocytes when presented by autologous DCs. (More)
Prolactin (PRL) shares structural and functional features with haemopoietic factors and cytokine peptides. Dendritic cells (DC) are involved in both initiating the primary and boosting the secondary host immune response and can be differentiated in vitro from precursors under the effect of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) plus other(More)
Glucose represents an important source of energy for the cells. Proliferating cancer cells consume elevated quantity of glucose, which is converted into lactate regardless of the presence of oxygen. This phenomenon, known as the Warburg effect, has been proven to be useful for imaging metabolically active tumours in cancer patients by(More)
Proliferating cancer cells oxidize glucose through the glycolytic pathway. Since this metabolism is less profitable in terms of ATP production, cancer cells consume large quantity of glucose, and those that experience insufficient blood supply become glucose-addicted. We have analyzed the response to glucose depletion in WRO and FTC133 follicular thyroid(More)
Besides being the effectors of native anti-tumor cytotoxicity, NK cells participate in T-lymphocyte responses by promoting the maturation of dendritic cells (DC). Adherent NK (A-NK) cells constitute a subset of IL-2-stimulated NK cells which show increased expression of integrins and the ability to adhere to solid surface and to migrate, infiltrate, and(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the concordance of procalcitonin values at 3 cut-off ranges in a cohort of pediatric samples presenting with fever without source, using two different automated immunoassays. DESIGN AND METHODS 65 frozen samples from children presenting with fever without source were thawed, tested on both Kryptor and VIDAS systems, and compared using(More)