Emilia Ricchio

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Obesity is a chronic and multifactorial disorder that is reaching epidemic proportions. It is characterized by an enlarged mass of adipose tissue caused by a combination of size increase of preexisting adipocytes (hypertrophy) and de novo adipocyte differentiation (hyperplasia). Obesity is related to many metabolic disorders like hypertension, type 2(More)
Adiponectin, the most abundant protein secreted by adipose tissue, exhibits insulin-sensitizing, anti-inflammatory, antiatherogenic, and antiproliferative properties. In addition, it appears to play an important role also in the development and progression of several obesity-related malignancies, including breast cancer.   Here, we demonstrated that(More)
Biological responses to estrogens in normal and malignant tissues are mainly mediated by the estrogen receptors ERα and ERβ, which function as ligand-activated transcription factors. In addition, the G protein-coupled receptor GPR30 (GPER) mediates estrogenic signaling in breast cancer cells and cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) that contribute to cancer(More)
Biological responses to estrogens in normal and malignant tissues are mainly mediated by the estrogen receptors ERa and ERb, which function as ligand-activated transcription factors. In addition, the G protein– coupled receptor GPR30 (GPER) mediates estrogenic signaling in breast cancer cells and cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) that contribute to cancer(More)
Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer, largely due to altered expression of various adipocytokines. As it concerns adiponectin, there are not univocal results regarding its role in breast cancer occurrence and progression. Here, we demonstrate that in animals injected with human estrogen receptor (ER)-α-negative MDA-MB-231 cells pretreated with(More)
AIM The aim of the present study was to prepare a hydrogel, based on ellagic acid and glycine, embedded with folic acid, as a subcutaneous implant for the treatment of breast cancer. The function of folic acid is to selectively and actively target tumor cells which are well-known to overexpress folic acid receptors on their surface. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
Hydrogels have received growing attention as materials for drug delivery systems (DDS) because of their biodegradable and biocompatible properties. DDS were developed to optimize the therapeutic properties of drug products and to render them more safe, effective, and reliable. In the past, drugs were frequently administered orally, as liquids or in powder(More)
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