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Metastatic breast cancer is an incurable disease, often characterized by poor response to standard chemotherapy, which is mainly based on anthracyclines and taxanes. Thus, increasing tumor cell sensitivity to these agents is an attractive goal towards improving the clinical management of this disease. The present study investigates the effects of signal(More)
A systematic study on intracellular Pt uptake and Pt accumulation ratio in breast cancer MCF-7 cell line has been performed on a number of Pt(II)-complexes, namely cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin, clinically employed as antitumor drugs, trans- and cis-[Pt(Cl)2(pyridine)2] and cis-[Pt(Cl)2(pyridine)(5-SO3H-isoquinoline)] complexes, previously(More)
The cytotoxicity of some ferrocenium salts and the lack of activity of the corresponding ferrocenes has been already demonstrated. The cytotoxic activity in different conditions of decamethylferrocenium tetrafluoroborate (DEMFc(+)) in comparison with four other ferrocenium derivatives on MCF-7 cell line is reported. The relative stability in aqueous(More)
Metallothioneins (MTs) are cysteine-rich proteins involved in homeostasis of essential metals, detoxification of toxic metals and scavenging of free radicals. Scavenging of the stable 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical was measured by means of ESR spectroscopy for two recombinant MTs from aquatic species: MT-10 from the sea mussel Mytilus(More)
The n-octanol/water partition coefficient, logP(o/w), for a set of 24 Pt(II)-complexes was estimated by means of reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) technique using a C18 (ODS, octadecyl silane) column as a stationary phase and water/methanol mixtures as mobile phases. Based on the known logP(o/w) of several Pt(II)-complexes, we(More)
While several tools are already available for the separate measurement of the oxidant and antioxidant pools, a single, quick and easy method for determining total oxidative stress would be advantageous. In the present study, we compare the plasma of untreated patients with leukemia/solid gynecological tumors (n = 50) and current regular smokers (n = 50)(More)
This paper describes the synthesis and the spectroscopic characterisation of cis-dichloro[N-(4-(17alpha-ethynylestradiolyl)-benzyl)-ethylenediamine]platinum(II) and cis-diamino[2-(4-(17alpha-ethynylestradiolyl)-benzoylamino)-malonato]platinum(II). These complexes were synthesised in good yield according to multi-step procedures based on the classical and(More)
It is generally accepted that metallothioneins (MTs) are devoted to the regulation of the metabolism of essential trace metals and to chelation of toxic metals. Nowadays, there is increasing evidence that MTs also act as free radical scavengers. We employed wild type mouse embryo fibroblast cell line, GKA1, and its MT-null variant, GKA2, in order to(More)
Hazelnut is one of the most important items in high-quality food products from Piedmont, Italy. The 'Tonda Gentile delle Langhe' (TGL) variety is acknowledged all over the world as the best one, and it is particularly appreciated when used to provide flavor in chocolate products. Authentication and/or traceability studies must therefore be developed to(More)
An electrochemical and biological study of interaction between the prototypical antimetastatic drug imidazolium trans-tetrachlorodimethylsulfoxideimidazoleruthenate (III) complex, [ImH][RuCl(4)(DMSO)(Im)] (DMSO = dimethylsulfoxide, Im = imidazole), nicknamed NAMI-A, and several biomolecules, namely DNA, bovine (BSA) and human (HSA) serum albumin, is(More)