Francesco Sola

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PURPOSE Aurora kinases play critical roles during mitosis in chromosome segregation and cell division. The aim of this study was to determine the preclinical profile of a novel, highly selective Aurora kinase inhibitor, PHA-680632, as a candidate for anticancer therapy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The activity of PHA-680632 was assayed in a biochemical ATP(More)
Cdc7 is an essential kinase that promotes DNA replication by activating origins of replication. Here, we characterized the potent Cdc7 inhibitor PHA-767491 (1) in biochemical and cell-based assays, and we tested its antitumor activity in rodents. We found that the compound blocks DNA synthesis and affects the phosphorylation of the replicative DNA helicase(More)
Cdc7 is an evolutionarily conserved kinase that regulates S phase by promoting replication origin activation. Down-regulation of Cdc7 by small interfering RNA in a variety of tumor cell lines causes an abortive S phase, leading to cell death by either p53-independent apoptosis or aberrant mitosis. Unlike replication fork blockade, Cdc7-depleted tumor cells(More)
MPS1 kinase is a key regulator of the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC), a mitotic mechanism specifically required for proper chromosomal alignment and segregation. It has been found aberrantly overexpressed in a wide range of human tumors and is necessary for tumoral cell proliferation. Here we report the identification and characterization of NMS-P715, a(More)
Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) is the master regulator of mitosis and a target for anticancer therapy. To develop a marker of PLK1 activity in cells and tumour tissues, this study focused on translational controlled tumour protein (TCTP) and identified serine 46 as a site phosphorylated by PLK1 in vitro. Using an antibody raised against phospho-TCTP-Ser46, it(More)
High-throughput cell-based assays are becoming a powerful approach in the drug discovery process. The ArrayScan high-content screening (HCS) reader is a cytometer based on a fully automated fluorescence microscope that is able to obtain quantitative information on the intensity and localization of fluorescence signals within single cells over a wide cell(More)
Methoxymorpholinyl doxorubicin (MMDX; PNU 152243) is a promising doxorubicin derivative currently undergoing clinical evaluation. Previous in vitro studies suggested that the compound undergoes hepatic biotransformation by cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A into a more cytotoxic metabolite(s). The present study examined the role of CYP3A-mediated metabolism in the in(More)
Increased levels of the repressor element 1/neuron restrictive silencer element (RE1/NRSE) silencing activity promoter, and a consequent reduction in the transcription of many RE1/NRSE-bearing neuronal genes, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), have been demonstrated in Huntington disease (HD) and represent one possible effector of its(More)
Formation of pre-replicative complexes at origins is an early cell cycle event essential for DNA duplication. A large body of evidence supports the notion that Cdc6 protein, through its interaction with the origin recognition complex, is required for pre-replicative complex assembly by loading minichromosome maintenance proteins onto DNA. In fission yeast(More)
Inhibition of angiogenesis through blocking of growth factors involved in this process could be a novel therapeutic approach in several important pathologies, neoplasia among them. Suramin has recently been described to possess antineoplastic activity in animals and humans, and it has been proposed that an important role in this activity is played by(More)