Cristina Migliore

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MicroRNAs (miRNA) are a recently identified class of noncoding, endogenous, small RNAs that regulate gene expression, mainly at the translational level. These molecules play critical roles in several biological processes, such as cell proliferation and differentiation, development, and aging. It is also known that miRNAs play a role in human cancers where(More)
The anti-proliferative activity of mitotane (o,p'DDD) in adrenocortical cancer is mediated by its metabolites o,p'DDE and o,p'DDA. We previously demonstrated a functional link between ribonucleotide reductase M1(RRM1) expression and o,p'DDD activity, but the mechanism is unknown. In this study we assessed the impact of RRM1 on the bioavailability and(More)
PURPOSE MET, the tyrosine kinase receptor for hepatocyte growth factor, is frequently overexpressed in colon cancers with high metastatic tendency. We aimed to evaluate the role of its negative regulators, miR-1 and miR-199a*, and its transcriptional activator, the metastasis-associated in colon cancer 1 (MACC1), in controlling MET expression in human colon(More)
The discovery of oncogene addiction dramatically changed the therapeutic approach for cancer treatment, and many drugs targeting specific molecular alterations are now in clinics. Despite the big success of these new compounds, the main limit to their efficacy is represented by resistance to therapy. The alteration of the activity or of the expression of(More)
The Yes-associated protein (YAP) is a transcriptional co-activator upregulating genes that promote cell growth and inhibit apoptosis. The main dysregulation of the Hippo pathway in tumors is due to YAP overexpression, promoting epithelial to mesenchymal transition, cell transformation, and increased metastatic ability. Moreover, it has recently been shown(More)
Altered regulation of tyrosine kinase receptors (RTKs) is frequent in solid tumours and it is often associated with the acquisition of an aggressive phenotype. Thus, therapies targeting these receptors have been proposed as molecular approaches to treat human cancers. The MET proto-oncogene, encoding the tyrosine kinase receptor for hepatocyte growth factor(More)
UNLABELLED Studies on gene and/or microRNA (miRNA) dysregulation in the early stages of hepatocarcinogenesis are hampered by the difficulty of diagnosing early lesions in humans. Experimental models recapitulating human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are then used to perform this analysis. We performed miRNA and gene expression profiling to characterize the(More)
Purpose: MET, the tyrosine kinase receptor for hepatocyte growth factor, is frequently overexpressed in colon cancers with highmetastatic tendency. We aimed to evaluate the role of its negative regulators, miR-1 and miR-199a , and its transcriptional activator, the metastasis-associated in colon cancer 1 (MACC1), in controlling MET expression in human colon(More)
The "angiogenic switch" during tumor progression is increasingly recognized as a milestone event in tumorigenesis, although the surprising prometastatic effect of antiangiogenic therapies has recently shaken the scientific community. Tumor hypoxia has been singled out as a possible responsible factor in this prometastatic effect, although the molecular(More)
Gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in the world. The receptor tyrosine kinase MET is constitutively activated in many gastric cancers and its expression is strictly required for survival of some gastric cancer cells. Thus, MET is considered a good candidate for targeted therapeutic intervention in this type of tumor, and MET(More)