Elisabetta Bolli

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Vaccines are one of the main arms of preventive medicine. Recently a large series of experiments with cancer-prone genetically engineered mice have shown that preventive vaccines are also extremely efficacious inhibitors of the progression of carcinogenesis. Early vaccination affords significant and persistent protection, whereas its efficacy fades when(More)
Maternal immunization is successfully applied against some life-threatening infectious diseases as it can protect the mother and her offspring through the passive transfer of maternal antibodies. Here, we sought to evaluate whether the concept of maternal immunization could also be applied to cancer immune-prevention. We have previously shown that(More)
The widely used anticholesterolemic drugs statins decrease the synthesis of cholesterol and the isoprenylation and activity of small G-proteins such as Ras and Rho, the effectors of which are often critical in cell proliferation. Thanks to this property, it has been hypothesized that statins may have anti-tumor activities. We investigated this issue in(More)
The epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2) oncogene is a major target for the immunotherapy of breast cancer. Following up to the therapeutic success achieved with Her-2-targeting monoclonal antibodies, immune-prophylactic approaches directed against Her-2 have also been investigated taking into account, and trying to overcome, Her-2 self-tolerance.(More)
Previous studies have shown that tumor endothelial markers (TEMs 1-9) are up modulated in immunosuppressive, pro-angiogenic dendritic cells (DCs) found in tumor microenvironments. We recently reported that monocyte-derived DCs used for vaccination trials may accumulate high levels of TEM8 gene transcripts. Here, we investigate whether TEM8 expression in DC(More)
the gene vaccination in cancer (gVC) meeting offered the opportunity to continue and strengthen the existing national and international collaborations between basic scientists, clinical researchers and scientists in industry to overcome obstacles in gene vaccination against cancer. the 2013 gVC meeting covered the following topics: (1) new technologies for(More)
Resistance to therapy and lack of curative treatments for metastatic breast cancer suggest that current therapies may be missing the subpopulation of chemoresistant and radioresistant cancer stem cells (CSC). The ultimate success of any treatment may well rest on CSC eradication, but specific anti-CSC therapies are still limited. A comparison of the(More)
Despite spontaneous tumor growth in genetically engineered mice being one of the most recognized tools for the in vivo evaluation of novel diagnostic and therapeutic anticancer compounds, monitoring early stage lesions in live animals is a goal that has yet to be achieved. A large number of targets for the molecular imaging of various diseases have been(More)
Correcting errors and proofreading are crucial in a post-genomic era, when DNA sequences are already part of an effective medical screening and treatments. SNPs genotyping of complex human genes can lead to questionable associations if not properly handled. Here, we report about a spurious (reitered) association between FCGR2B genetic polymorphisms and(More)
Stefania Lanzardo1*, Laura Conti1*, Ronald Rooke2, Roberto Ruiu1, Nathalie Accart3, Elisabetta Bolli1, 3 Maddalena Arigoni1, Marco Macagno1, Giuseppina Barrera4, Stefania Pizzimenti4, Luigi Aurisicchio5, 4 Raffaele Adolfo Calogero1, Federica Cavallo1. 5 Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Molecular Biotechnology Center, University of(More)