Aniello Cerrato

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Systematic sequence profiling of the Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) genome has recently led to the identification of somatic mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) gene. Interestingly, only the evolutionarily conserved residue R132 located in the substrate binding site of IDH1 was found mutated in GBM. At present, the occurrence and the relevance(More)
The RET proto-oncogene product is a receptor tyrosine kinase representing the signal-transducing molecule of a multisubunit surface receptor complex for the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), in which a novel glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (PI)-linked protein (termed GDNFR-alpha) acts as the ligand-binding component. We have analyzed(More)
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is an autosomal dominant disease predisposed by heterozygous germline mutations in the MEN1 tumor suppressor gene. Biallelic loss of MEN1 resulting from small mutation and/or loss of heterozygosity occurs in a large tissue spectrum of MEN1 tumors or non-hereditary tumors. Mouse models of MEN1 underexpression or(More)
RET/papillary thyroid carcinoma 1 (PTC1) oncogene is frequently activated in human PTCs. It is characterized by the fusion of the intracellular kinase-encoding domain of RET to the first 101 amino acids of CCDC6. The aim of our work is to characterize the function of the CCDC6 protein to better understand the function of its truncation, that results in the(More)
Menin is a tumor suppressor required to prevent multiple endocrine neoplasia in humans. Mammalian menin protein is associated with chromatin modifying complexes and has been shown to bind a number of nuclear proteins, including the transcription factor JunD. Menin shows bidirectional effects acting positively on c-Jun and negatively on JunD. We have(More)
Cell-cell adhesion is mediated by cadherins (integral membrane proteins) which form a complex with catenins (cytoplasmatic proteins). Down-regulation of cadherins and more recently of catenins has frequently been detected in many types of human carcinomas, in which it has been associated to tumor progression. While E-cadherin expression has been extensively(More)
Although it is well known that RET gene is strongly activated by retinoic acid (RA) in neuroblastoma cells, the mechanisms underlying such activation are still poorly understood. Here we show that a complex series of molecular events, that include modifications of both chromatin and DNA methylation state, accompany RA-mediated RET activation. Our results(More)
The Insulin Receptor (IR) is a potential oncogenefor mammary epithelial cells since its content isincreased in most human breast cancer specimens, andboth ligand-dependent malignant transformation and ligand-dependent enhanced growthoccurs in cultured breast cells overexpressing the IR.To better understand whether the IR plays arole in mammary(More)
H4(D10S170) is a gene which we isolated because of its frequent rearrangement with the RET proto-oncogene in vivo. Its fusion to RET generates the RET/PTC1 oncogene, which has been detected in about 20% of human thyroid papillary carcinomas. We have cloned and sequenced the cDNA corresponding to the H4(D10S170) gene from a human normal thyroid cDNA library.(More)
RET/PTC1 is a chimeric oncogene created by the fusion of the tyrosine kinase domain of RET to the 5'-terminal region of another gene named H4. So far, this oncogene has been found activated only in human papillary thyroid carcinomas. In order to investigate its transforming properties in vivo, we have produced transgenic mice carrying RET/PTC1 under the(More)