Domenico Osella

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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)
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)
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)
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)
The metal–thiolate connectivity of recombinant Cd7-MT10 metallothionein from the sea mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis has been investigated for the first time by means of multinuclear, multidimensional NMR spectroscopy. The internal backbone dynamics of the protein have been assessed by the analysis of 15N T 1 and T 2 relaxation times and steady state(More)
Pt(IV) complexes are usually prepared by oxidation of the corresponding Pt(II) counterparts, typically using hydrogen peroxide or chlorine. A different way to synthesize asymmetrical Pt(IV) compounds is the oxidative chlorination of Pt(II) counterparts with N-chlorosuccinimide. The reaction between cisplatin cis-[PtCl2(NH3)2], carboplatin, cis-[PtCl2(dach)](More)
The imidazolium trans-tetrachloro(dimethylsulfoxide)imidazoleruthenate(III) complex [ImH][Ru(III)Cl(4)(DMSO)(Im)], NAMI-A, has shown an interesting antimetastatic activity. Since Ru(III) complexes are coordinatively more inert than the corresponding Ru(II) derivatives, an "activation by reduction" mechanism has been proposed to explain the biological(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 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)
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)