Angela Bellini

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In mammals, the polyamines affect cell growth, differentiation, and apoptosis; their levels are increased in malignant and proliferating cells, thus justifying an interest in a chemotherapeutic approach to cancer. The flavoprotein SMO is the most recently characterized catabolic enzyme, preferentially oxidizing SPM to SPD, 3-aminopropanal and H(2)O(2). In(More)
The majority of patients with neuroblastoma have tumors that initially respond to chemotherapy, but a large proportion will experience therapy-resistant relapses. The molecular basis of this aggressive phenotype is unknown. Whole-genome sequencing of 23 paired diagnostic and relapse neuroblastomas showed clonal evolution from the diagnostic tumor, with a(More)
In the aging process and in most degenerative diseases, the oxidant by-products of cellular metabolism lead to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress plays an important role in switching from cell proliferation to its opposite outcome, cell death. The metabolic pathways in charge of the interconversion and degradation of the polyamines are responsible for(More)
New protocols based on ALK-targeted therapy by crizotinib or other ALK-targeting molecules have opened for the treatment of patients with neuroblastoma (NB) if their tumors showed mutation and/or amplification of the ALK gene. However, tumor samples are not always available for analysis of ALK mutational status in particular at relapse. Here, we evaluated(More)
PURPOSE In neuroblastoma, activating ALK receptor tyrosine kinase point mutations play a major role in oncogenesis. We explored the potential occurrence of ALK mutations at a subclonal level using targeted deep sequencing. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN In a clinically representative series of 276 diagnostic neuroblastoma samples, exons 23 and 25 of the ALK gene,(More)
Rad52 is a key player in homologous recombination (HR), a DNA repair pathway that is dedicated to double strand breaks repair and recovery of perturbed replication forks. Here we show that fission yeast Rad52 homologue is phosphorylated when S phase cells are exposed to ROS inducers such as ultraviolet A radiation or hydrogen peroxide, but not to(More)
PURPOSE The tumor genomic copy number profile is of prognostic significance in neuroblastoma patients. We have studied the genomic copy number profile of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and compared this with primary tumor arrayCGH (aCGH) at diagnosis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN In 70 patients, cfDNA genomic copy number profiling was performed using the OncoScan platform.(More)
Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) is a transmembrane receptor kinase that belongs to the insulin receptor superfamily and has previously been shown to play a role in cell proliferation, migration and invasion in neuroblastoma. Activating ALK mutations are reported in both hereditary and sporadic neuroblastoma tumours, and several ALK inhibitors are currently(More)
Rad52 is a key protein in homologous recombination (HR), a DNA repair pathway dedicated to double strand breaks and recovery of blocked or collapsed replication forks. Rad52 allows Rad51 loading on single strand DNA, an event required for strand invasion and D-loop formation. In addition, Rad52 functions also in Rad51 independent pathways because of its(More)
In cancer, clonal evolution is characterized based on single nucleotide variants and copy number alterations. Nonetheless, previous methods failed to combine information from both sources to accurately reconstruct clonal populations in a given tumor sample or in a set of tumor samples coming from the same patient. Moreover, previous methods accepted as(More)