Francesca Bozzo

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Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and hypoxia are considered as crucial events favouring invasion and metastasis of many cancer cells. In this study, different human neoplastic cell lines of epithelial origin were exposed to hypoxic conditions in order to investigate whether hypoxia per se may trigger EMT programme as well as to mechanistically(More)
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring fatty acid, which has been shown to exert beneficial effects against breast carcinogenesis. It has been reported that CLA could modulate cellular proliferation and differentiation through the activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs). Among different PPAR isotypes, PPAR gamma is(More)
Both n-6 and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are dietary fats important for cell function, being involved in several physiologic and pathologic processes, such as tumorigenesis. Linoleic acid and conjugated linoleic acid, its geometrical and positional stereoisomer, were tested on several human tumor cell lines originating from different tissues and with(More)
Costunolide is an active sesquiterpene lactone of medicinal herbs with anti-inflammatory and potential anti-cancer activity. Nevertheless, the pharmacological pathways of costunolide have not yet been fully elucidated. In this study we showed that costunolide exerts a dose-dependent antiproliferative activity in the human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. In(More)
We investigated the molecular mechanisms involved in the anti-proliferative activity exerted by conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) on the estrogen unresponsive MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cell line. The effects on cell proliferation, cell cycle progression and induction of apoptosis were examined. CLA caused the reduction of cell proliferation along with the(More)
BACKGROUND Signals from the tumor microenvironment (hypoxia, growth factors) are known to induce an invasive phenotype. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) overexpression, involved in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) progression, is also associated with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) up-regulation. The present study investigated whether inhibition of COX2 may(More)
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a naturally occurring substance in food sources, occurs as mixtures of positional and geometrical isomers of octadecadienoate (18:2), and may inhibit colon tumorigenesis. It has been hypothesized that CLA can modulate cell proliferation and differentiation through the activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors(More)
INTRODUCTION Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is overexpressed in several malignancies and is implicated in breast cancer progression. OBJECTIVES We investigated whether changes in COX-2 expression may affect epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and then invasive potential of human breast cancer cells, in relationship with hypoxia. COX-2-null MCF-7 human(More)
Celecoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) developed as a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Despite the associated cardiovascular toxicity risk, celecoxib has been found to be effective in reducing cancer risk in animal and human studies. In the present study the antiproliferative activity of novel nitro-oxy-methyl(More)
It has been shown previously that a novel nitrooxy derivative of celecoxib exerts antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic effects in human colon cancer cells. The aim of this study was to elucidate whether these biological properties depend on COX-2 inhibition and/or NO release. Therefore, the derivative was decomposed into the parent compound celecoxib and the(More)