Amazia Zimber

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The mechanisms involved in the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) are integrated in concert with master developmental and oncogenic pathways regulating in tumor growth, angiogenesis, metastasis, as well as the reprogrammation of specific gene repertoires ascribed to both epithelial and mesenchymal cells. Consequently, it is not unexpected that EMT(More)
Bile acids play a role in colorectal carcinogenesis as evidenced by epidemiological and experimental studies. Some bile acids stimulate growth of normal colonic and adenoma cells, but not of colorectal cancer cells. Moreover, bile acids stimulate invasion of colorectal cancer cells, at least in vitro. One possible mechanism of action is bile acid-induced(More)
There is much interest in recent years in the possible role of different nuclear compartments and subnuclear domains in the regulation of gene expression, signalling, and cellular functions. The nucleus contains inositol phosphates, actin and actin-binding proteins and myosin isoforms, multiple protein kinases and phosphatases targeting Cdk-1 and Cdk-2,(More)
In the present study, the possible involvement of homeobox-containing genes in colorectal cancer (CRC) development was investigated. Using a stepwise screening approach and RT-PCR, we have demonstrated that the human HOXB6, B8, C8 and C9 are overexpressed at various stages of CRC. In contrast, all CRC cases exhibited a marked decrease in the(More)
Spontaneous and all-trans-retinoic acid (RA)-induced differentiation of normal human monocytes and of leukemic THP-1 monocytes into macrophages resulted in a progressive loss of adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate production induced by histamine via typical H2 receptors (H2R). In THP-1 cells and in HL-60 human acute myelocytic leukemia cells, RA treatment(More)
Previously we have demonstrated a reciprocal deregulation of various homeobox genes (HOXB6, B8, C8 and C9 vs Cdx-1) in human colorectal cancer (CRC). In the present study, using RT-PCR, we have investigated the expression pattern of these homeobox genes in various human colon cell lines, representing various stages of colon cancer progression and(More)
Bile acids are implicated in colorectal carcinogenesis as evidenced by epidemiological and experimental studies. We examined whether bile acids stimulate cellular invasion of human colorectal and dog kidney epithelial cells at different stages of tumor progression. Colon PC/AA/C1, PCmsrc, and HCT-8/E11 cells and kidney MDCKT23 cells were seeded on top of(More)
Aberrant crypt foci (ACF) are microscopic lesions which have been postulated to precede the development of adenomas, precursors of colon cancer. The gastric M1/MUC5AC mucin has also been described as an early marker of colon carcinogenesis in the human and in the rat. To study changes in mucin expression associated with the genesis of tumors, Wistar rats(More)
Colorectal cancer is a major cause of death in Europe and the USA, and much effort is therefore devoted to improve its early detection. In this article, we report the abnormal expression of gastric mucin in aberrant crypt foci (ACF) that appear in the colon mucosae removed from colorectal cancer patients and rats treated with(More)