Annalucia Serafino

Learn More
Undifferentiated cells and embryos express high levels of endogenous non-telomerase reverse transcriptase (RT) of retroposon/retroviral origin. We previously found that RT inhibitors modulate cell growth and differentiation in several cell lines. We have now sought to establish whether high levels of RT activity are directly linked to cell transformation.(More)
Melanoma development is a multi-step process arising from a series of genetic and epigenetic events. Although the sequential stages involved in progression from melanocytes to malignant melanoma are clearly defined, our current understanding of the mechanisms leading to melanoma onset is still incomplete. Growing evidence show that the activation of(More)
A key feature of the macrophage-dependent clearance of apoptotic cells is the down-regulation of proinflammatory cytokines. Deficiency in the phagocytosis of apoptotic cells is often associated with the development of inflammatory reactions, resulting in chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The molecular mechanisms that regulate the engulfment(More)
Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF/FGF7) acts specifically on epithelial cells and regulates their proliferation and differentiation. It binds to and activates a receptor tyrosine kinase, the KGF receptor (KGFR), which is a splicing variant of the fibroblast growth factor receptor 2. The endocytic pathway followed by KGF and its receptor was analyzed here(More)
We investigated the effects on human keratinocytes (HaCaT) of exposure to a sinusoidal magnetic field of 2 mT (50 Hz). These cells are a good model for studying interaction of nonionising radiation, because they are not shielded from fields in vivo and also because they are resistant to both mechanical and thermal stimuli. We performed scanning microscopy(More)
The beta-amyloid precursor protein APP and the microtubule-associated protein Tau play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the possible molecular events linking these two proteins are still unknown. Here, we show that Fe65, one of the ligands of the APP cytodomain, is associated with Tau in vivo and in vitro, as(More)
The precursor of the non-amyloid-beta component of Alzheimer's disease amyloid (NACP), also known as alpha-synuclein, is a presynaptic terminal molecule that accumulates in the senile plaques of Alzheimer's disease. Aberrant accumulation of this protein into insoluble aggregates has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of many other neurodegenerative(More)
Methylating triazenes have shown marked antileukemic effects, possibly through generation of a variety of DNA adducts. Cells tolerant to O6-methylguanine due to a defect in the mismatch repair system (MRS), might become sensitive to other methyl adducts, by inhibiting the N-methylpurine repair, which requires base excision repair (BER) and poly(ADP-ribose)(More)
A number of previous studies investigated the in vitro effects of resveratrol on malignant human breast epithelial cell replication. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the activity of resveratrol on human metastatic breast cancer cells. The study was performed on the MCF-7 tumor cell line. Cell growth, cell cycle perturbation and apoptosis were(More)
Great attention has been recently given to a flavonoid of the anthocyanin class, cyanidin-3-O-beta-glucopyranoside (C-3-G), which is widely spread throughout the plant kingdom, and is present in both fruits and vegetables of human diets. In this study, we investigated the effect of C-3-G on proliferation and differentiation of human melanoma cells. Both(More)