Annalisa Murgo

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Cancer vaccine feasibility would benefit from reducing the number and duration of vaccinations without diminishing efficacy. However, the duration of in vivo studies and the huge number of possible variations in vaccination protocols have discouraged their optimization. In this study, we employed an established mouse model of preventive vaccination using(More)
In vivo studies of the metastatic process are severely hampered by the fact that most human tumor cell lines derived from highly metastatic tumors fail to consistently metastasize in immunodeficient mice like nude mice. We describe a model system based on a highly immunodeficient double knockout mouse, Rag2-/-;Il2rg-/-, which lacks T, B and NK cell(More)
The development of prophylactic cancer vaccines that protect healthy hosts from tumor development leaves open the question whether such vaccines are also effective against established tumors and metastases. We tested the therapeutic activity of a proven prophylactic anti-HER-2/neu vaccine against successive stages of mammary carcinoma progression in(More)
Recently (J Pharmacol Exp Ther 261:580, 1992), we have shown that K562 leukemia cells express a calcium-signaling purinoceptor with characteristics of the P2T receptor subtype for adenosine diphosphate (ADP) previously found only in platelets. Because these results suggested that the P2T receptor may be an early marker for megakaryocytic differentiation, we(More)
Studies were performed to investigate the effects of the endogenous opioid peptide methionine enkephalin on experimental metastasis of the murine B-16 melanoma and on murine splenic natural killer cell activity. Methionine enkephalin was shown to significantly inhibit tumor metastasis and significantly enhance splenic natural killer cell activity. These(More)
Methionine-enkephalin (Met-Enk) and ZnCl2 in combination enhances active T cell rosette formation of human peripheral blood lymphocytes to a greater degree than either of the agents used separately. Enhancement of rosette formation by Met-Enk plus ZnCl2 was not inhibited by the opiate receptor antagonist naloxone but was completely blocked by the zinc(More)
Cancer vaccine feasibility would benefit from reducing the number and duration of vaccinations without diminishing efficacy. However, the duration of in vivo studies and the huge number of possible variations in vaccination protocols have discouraged their optimization. In this study, we employed an established mouse model of preventive vaccination using(More)
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