Alessia Gaggero

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To analyze the intracellular trafficking of two IL-15 isoforms bearing 48- or 21-amino acid leader peptides (L), we have generated cDNA encoding the two proteins fused at the C terminus with green fluorescent protein (GFP). Confocal microscopy analyses showed that, when transfected in CHO cells, 48L IL-15/GFP was localized in the Golgi apparatus and in(More)
A subtracted cDNA library was generated to identify cDNAs specific for chondrocyte mRNAs preferentially expressed at the hypertrophic stage with respect to early differentiation stages. The characterization of a cDNA isolated from this library that hybridizes with a 1.8 kb mRNA is described here. This mRNA is expressed at extremely low levels in(More)
IL-15 is an immunostimulatory cytokine with IL-2-like activities. To exploit the potential role of IL-15 in cancer immuno-/gene therapy, we engineered murine TS/A cells with different IL-15 cDNA constructs. Significant IL-15 secretion was achieved only by the use of a modified cDNA encoding for an IL-15 pre-protein bearing the IgK light chain signal(More)
In this study, we have analyzed the possibility of inducing T cell responses against small cell lung cancer (SCLC), a still incurable tumor, by cytokine gene transfer approaches. By RT-PCR analysis most SCLC expressed the CTL-defined tumor antigens MAGE-3 (10/11), MAGE-1 (7/11) and less frequently BAGE (4/11) and GAGE1,2 (4/11). Although the surface(More)
In this study, we have analyzed the possibility of inducing T cell responses against small cell lung cancer (SCLC), a still incurable tumor, by cytokine gene transfer approaches. By RT-PCR analysis most SCLC expressed the CTL-defined tumor antigens MAGE-3 (10/11), MAGE-1 (7/11) and less frequently BAGE (4/11) and GAGE1,2 (4/11). Although the surface(More)
There are two IL-15 isoforms and eight isoforms for the IL-15Ralpha chain whose biological role is poorly understood. Here, we have analysed the intracellular trafficking of IL-15 and IL-15Ralpha and tried to shed some light on their function(s). In IL-15/GFP CHO transfectants both IL-15 isoforms show nuclear localization. Two melanoma cell lines (MELP and(More)
CD25 and CD30 represent suitable target molecules for bispecific antibody (bimAb)-driven toxin delivery to lymphoid tumour cells. We describe two new anti-CD30/anti-saporin bimAbs (termed CD30 x sap1 and CD30 x sap2), produced by hybrid hybridomas, which react against non-cross-reactive epitopes of the saporin molecule, and compared their effect with a(More)
There are two IL-15 isoforms and eight isoforms for the IL-15Rα chain whose biological role is poorly understood. Here, we have analysed the intracellular trafficking of IL-15 and IL-15Rα and tried to shed some light on their function(s). In IL-15/GFP CHO transfectants both IL-15 isoforms show nuclear localization. Two melanoma cell lines (MELP and MELREO)(More)
Interleukin (IL)-15 is a four-helix bundle cytokine sharing several biological properties with IL-2. By reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis, human cancer cell lines of different histotypes are shown to express two IL-15 amplification products: a 524-bp band corresponding to the IL-15 mRNA found in macrophages, and another of 643 bp(More)