Gaetano Marverti

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The effect of spermine (Sp), a natural polycationic amine, on cisplatin (CDDP) sensitivity and accumulation of a human ovarian CDDP-sensitive cell line (2008) and its resistant variant (C13*) was investigated. Survival was also studied. The C13* cells were approximately 20-fold resistant to CDDP, yet were found to be just as sensitive to Sp as 2008 cells.(More)
New curcumin derivatives are synthesized in order to improve chemical properties of curcumin. The aromatic ring glycosylation of curcumin provides more water-soluble compounds with a greater kinetic stability which is a fundamental feature for drug bioavailability. The glycosylation reaction is quite simple, low cost, with high yield and minimum waste. NMR(More)
We investigated the involvement of natural polyamines in HL-60 cell death triggered by exposure to 2-deoxy-D-ribose (dRib). In contrast to previous studies, exogenous polyamines failed to protect HL-60 cells against apoptosis caused by dRib. Moreover, in our experimental conditions, depletion of intracellular levels of putrescine and spermidine by(More)
Six bipyridyl complexes of platinum(II) with thiourea, with different substituents on thiourea moiety [Pt(bipy)(R,R'NCSNR'',R''')(2)]Cl(2) (bipy=2,2'-bipyridine: R=R'=R''=R''' =H; R=Me, R'=R''=R'''=H; R=n-Bu, R'=R''=R'''=H; R=Et, R'=H, R''=Et, R'''=H; R=p-tolyl, R'=R''=R'''=H; R=phenyl, R'=H, R''=phenyl, R'''=H), rationally designed to intercalate into DNA,(More)
Our previous studies demonstrated that intracellular polyamine depletion blocked HL-60 cell apoptosis triggered by exposure to 2-deoxy-d-ribose (dRib). Here, we have characterized the intracellular events underlying the apoptotic effects of dRib and the involvement of polyamines in these effects. Treatment of HL-60 cells with dRib induces loss of(More)
OBJECTIVE Polyamines have been shown to play a role in the growth and survival of several solid tumors, including ovarian cancer. Intracellular polyamine depletion by the inhibition of biosynthesis enzymes or by the induction of the catabolic pathway leads to antiproliferative effects in many different tumor cell lines. Recent studies showed that the(More)
Acquired resistance to cisplatin (cDDP) is a multifactorial process that represents one of the main problems in ovarian cancer therapy. Distamycin A is a minor groove DNA binder whose toxicity has limited its use and prompted the synthesis of derivatives such as NAX001 and NAX002, which have a carbamoyl moiety and different numbers of pyrrolamidine groups.(More)
The limited induction of spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase (SSAT) activity has been implicated as an important determinant of the reduced response to the spermine analogue N1,N12-bis(ethyl)spermine (BESpm) by the cisplatin or cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cDDP)-resistant human ovarian carcinoma cell line (C13*). We checked whether or not under(More)
The results presented here demonstrate that a cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (DDP)-resistant human ovarian-carcinoma cell line is also cross-resistant to the spermine analogue N1,N12-bis(ethyl)spermine (BESPM). We report that C13* cells, which are approximately 20-fold resistant to DDP, similarly showed 7-fold resistance to BESPM by colony-forming assay(More)
The in vitro mechanism by which polyamines affect protein kinase C (PK C) activation process was investigated in a reconstituted system consisting of purified enzyme and phospholipid vesicles of various phosphatidylserine content. It was found that the addition of spermine greatly interferes with the association of PK C to liposomes. This tetramine, at(More)