Cristina Ottoboni

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To investigate the relationship between oncogene activation and induction of micronuclei by a new non-peptidic mimetic farnesyltransferase inhibitor, RPR-115135, two isogenic cell lines, human colon cancer line HCT-116, which harbors a K-ras mutation, and spontaneously immortalized human breast epithelial cell line MCF-10A, were utilized. HCT-116 cells were(More)
A new non peptidomimetic farnesyltransferase inhibitor, RPR-115135, was studied in an isogenic cell model system consisting of human colon cancer HCT-116 line. HCT-116 cells were transfected with an empty control pCMV vector or with a dominant-negative mutated p53 transgene to disrupt p53 function. Growth inhibitory effects of RPR-115135 were evaluated on(More)
Paclitaxel-induced cytotoxicity, cell cycle perturbation, and apoptosis were determined in a human ovarian cancer cell line expressing wt p53 (A2780) and in a subclone (A2780/E6) obtained upon transfection with the product of the E6 gene of the human papilloma virus HPV16. The inactivation of wt p53 in A2780/E6 was verified by measuring the inability of the(More)
The effect of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) on VP16 or VM26 cytotoxicity was studied in a human glioblastoma cell line T98G, which expresses TNF-receptors. Although T98G cells did not produce TNF endogenously they were resistant to the cytolytic effect of TNF. T98G cells were also moderately sensitive to the action of VP16 or VM26. TNF given at 1000 U/ml was(More)
Seven ovarian and one cervical human cancer cell lines were examined far their sensitivity or resistance to tumor necrosis factor, to three topoisomerase II inhibitors and to cisplatin. Only one line exhibited the multidrug-resistance phenotype and another one an 'atypical'-MDR phenotype. The combination of TNF and topoisomerase-II inhibitors produced(More)
A cellular isogenic system, in which wt-p53 expression level is challenged through human papilloma virus 16-E6 gene transfection, was previously developed in our laboratory. As an average trend, cancer lines bearing an inactivated p53 have a general tendency toward an increased resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. However, using the above isogenic system,(More)
In this study, we demonstrated that tumor necrosis factor (TNF), secreted endogenously by four human ovarian cancer cell lines (A2774, IGROV-1, OVCAR-8, SW626), is biologically active against L929 cells and its activity is specifically inhibited by anti-TNF antibodies. Its endogenous production is increased by treatment for 24 h with phorbol myristate(More)
A new nonpeptidic farnesyltransferase inhibitor, RPR-115135, in combination with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) was studied in an isogenic cell line model system consisting of human colon cancer HCT-116 cells. HCT-116 cells were transfected with an empty control pCMV vector and with a dominant-negative mutated p53 transgene (248R/W). We found that, relative to(More)
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