Elisa D Bal de Kier Joffé

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We review the evidence in support of the notion that, upon experimental oncogenic transformation or in spontaneous human cancers, mitogenesis and expression of urokinase (uPA) and its receptor (uPAR) are activated through common signaling complexes and pathways. It is well documented that uPA, uPAR or metalloproteinases (MMPs) are overexpressed in tumor(More)
Protein kinase C (PKC) delta, a member of the novel family of PKC serine-threonine kinases, has been implicated in negative regulation of proliferation and apoptosis in a large number of cell types, including breast cancer cell lines, and postulated as a tumor suppressor gene. In this study we show that in murine NMuMG mammary cells PKCdelta promotes a(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Therapy of malignant glioma tumors is based on histology and clinical factors. However, comparable lesions may correspond with important prognostic differences. Our purpose was to analyze retrospectively the prognostic input of platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGF-R), epidermal growth factor (EGF-R), and bcl-2 expression(More)
Meridianins are brominated 3-(2-aminopyrimidine)-indoles which are purified from Aplidium meridianum, an Ascidian from the South Atlantic (South Georgia Islands). We here show that meridianins inhibit various protein kinases such as cyclin-dependent kinases, glycogen synthase kinase-3, cyclic nucleotide-dependent kinases and casein kinase 1. Meridianins(More)
Overproduction of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and metalloproteases (MMPs) is strongly correlated with tumorigenicity and with invasive and metastatic phenotypes of human and experimental tumors. We demonstrated previously that overproduction of uPA in tumor cells is mediated by a phospholipase D (PLD)- and protein kinase C-dependent(More)
Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is involved in cell growth, migration, and differentiation. Its expression and/or polysialylation appear to be deregulated in many different cancer types. We employed the lung tumor cell line LP07, syngeneic in BALB/c mice to investigate the role of NCAM in malignant progression. LP07 cells express the three main NCAM(More)
LP07 is a new cell line derived from P07 lung tumor, spontaneously arisen in a BALB/c mouse. LP07 is composed of heterogeneous epithelioid polyhedric cells that proliferate at a slow rate, have low plating efficiency and are unable to grow in soft agar. Only some LP07 cells expressed cytokeratins while most of them were positive for vimentin. Ultrastructure(More)
NEW FINDINGS What is the central question of this study? We explored whether experimental cancer-induced cachexia may alter mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) complexes and oxygen uptake in respiratory and peripheral muscles,and whether signalling pathways, proteasome and oxidative stress influence that process. What is the main finding and what is its(More)
Glypicans represent a family of cell surface proteoglycans. Loss-of-function mutations in the human glypican-3 (GPC3) gene results in the Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome, characterized by severe malformations and pre- and postnatal overgrowth. Because the expression of GPC3 during human embryonic and fetal periods remains largely unknown, we investigated by(More)
Mitochondria are major cellular sources of hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)), the production of which is modulated by oxygen availability and the mitochondrial energy state. An increase of steady-state cell H(2)O(2) concentration is able to control the transition from proliferating to quiescent phenotypes and to signal the end of proliferation; in tumor cells(More)