Chiara Camillo

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During developmental and tumor angiogenesis, semaphorins regulate blood vessel navigation by signaling through plexin receptors that inhibit the R-Ras subfamily of small GTPases. R-Ras is mainly expressed in vascular cells, where it induces adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM) through unknown mechanisms. We identify the Ras and Rab5 interacting(More)
Endothelial cell adhesion and migration are critical steps of the angiogenic process, whose dysfunction is associated with tumor growth and metastasis. The TRPM8 channel has recently been proposed to play a protective role in prostate cancer by impairing cell motility. However, the mechanisms by which it could influence vascular behavior are unknown. Here,(More)
Semaphorins (SEMA) are chemorepulsive guidance cues that, acting through plexin receptors, inhibit integrin-mediated cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix. The ensuing cell retraction and collapse is a key biological event downstream of SEMA/plexin signaling that is however hard to precisely quantify. Here, we describe a quantitative approach that(More)
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