Antonella Maffe

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A metastatic cancer develops by accumulation of mutations in genes that control growth, survival and spreading. The latter genes have not yet been identified. In lymph node metastases of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC), we found mutations in the MET oncogene, which encodes the tyrosine kinase receptor for Scatter Factor, a cytokine that(More)
Diacylglycerol kinases are involved in cell signaling, either as regulators of diacylglycerol levels or as intracellular signal-generating enzymes. However, neither their role in signal transduction nor their biochemical regulation has been elucidated. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), upon binding to its tyrosine kinase receptor, activates multiple signaling(More)
Mutations in the genes encoding for Met, Ret and Kit receptor tyrosine kinases invariably result in increased kinase activity and in the acquisition of transforming potential. However, the requirement of receptor ligands for the transformation process is still unclear. We have investigated the role of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), the high-affinity ligand(More)
The hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) receptor, encoded by the MET oncogene, is expressed in approximately 70% of human ovarian carcinomas and overexpressed in 30% of cases. Because HGF is known to protect cells from apoptosis, we investigated whether receptor expression modifies ovarian cancer cell response to chemotherapy. The apoptotic effect of the(More)
The MET proto-oncogene, encoding the tyrosine kinase receptor for HGF, controls genetic programs leading to cell growth, invasiveness, and protection from apoptosis. Recently, MET mutations have been identified in hereditary and sporadic forms of papillary renal carcinoma (PRC). Introduction of different naturally occurring mutations into the MET cDNA(More)
The c-MET gene encodes the tyrosine kinase p190MET, the receptor for a molecule known as Scatter Factor (SF) or Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF). This molecule has biological activities on epithelial sheets, including mitogenesis, cell-cell dissociation, stimulation of migration into the extracellular matrix, induction of cell polarization and branched(More)
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is the most frequent malignant lesion in patients with AIDS and is characterized by spindle cell proliferation, inflammatory cell infiltration, angiogenesis, edema, and invasiveness. KS origin is still debated. The complex aspect of this disease is probably supported by multiple concomitant pathogenetic factors, among which growth(More)
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