Alessandra Trencia

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Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) preferentially triggers apoptosis in tumor cells versus normal cells, thus providing a therapeutic potential. In this study, we examined a large panel of human malignant glioma cell lines and primary cultures of normal human astrocytes for their sensitivity to TRAIL. Of 13 glioma cell lines, 3(More)
PED/PEA-15 is a recently cloned 15 kDa protein possessing a death effector domain (DED). In MCF-7 and HeLa cells, a fivefold overexpression of PED/PEA-15 blocked FasL and TNFα apoptotic effects. This effect of PED overexpression was blocked by inhibition of PKC activity. In MCF-7 and HeLa cell lysates, PED/PEA-15 co-precipitated with both FADD and FLICE.(More)
Overexpression of the PED/PEA-15 protein in muscle and adipose cells increases glucose transport and impairs further insulin induction. Like glucose transport, protein kinase C (PKC)-alpha and -beta are also constitutively activated and are not further stimulatable by insulin in L6 skeletal muscle cells overexpressing PED (L6(PED)). PKC-zeta features no(More)
ped/pea-15 is a ubiquitously expressed 15-kDa protein featuring a broad anti-apoptotic function. In a yeast two-hybrid screen, the pro-apoptotic Omi/HtrA2 mitochondrial serine protease was identified as a specific interactor of the ped/pea-15 death effector domain. Omi/HtrA2 also bound recombinant ped/pea-15 in vitro and co-precipitated with ped/pea-15 in(More)
The antiapoptotic protein PED/PEA-15 features an Akt phosphorylation motif upstream from Ser(116). In vitro, recombinant PED/PEA-15 was phosphorylated by Akt with a stoichiometry close to 1. Based on Western blotting with specific phospho-Ser(116) PED/PEA-15 antibodies, Akt phosphorylation of PED/PEA-15 occurred mainly at Ser(116). In addition, a mutant of(More)
Overexpression of the ped/pea-15 gene is a common feature of type 2 diabetes. In the present work, we show that transgenic mice ubiquitously overexpressing ped/pea-15 exhibited mildly elevated random-fed blood glucose levels and decreased glucose tolerance. Treatment with a 60% fat diet led ped/pea-15 transgenic mice to develop diabetes. Consistent with(More)
We have investigated the molecular mechanisms regulating insulin internalization and intracellular sorting. Insulin internalization was decreased by 50% upon incubation of the cells with the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors wortmannin and LY294002. PI3K inhibition also reduced insulin degradation and intact insulin release by 50 and 75%,(More)
We have investigated glycogen synthase (GS) activation in L6hIR cells expressing a peptide corresponding to the kinase regulatory loop binding domain of insulin receptor substrate-2 (IRS-2) (KRLB). In several clones of these cells (B2, F4), insulin-dependent binding of the KRLB to insulin receptors was accompanied by a block of IRS-2, but not IRS-1,(More)
Leptin and glucose effect on cell growth has been investigated in the JAr human choriocarcinoma cells. When JAr cells were cultured in the presence of 6m M glucose (LG), proliferation and thymidine incorporation were induced by serum but not by leptin. At variance, at 25m M glucose (HG), proliferation and thymidine incorporation were stimulated by leptin(More)