Gennaro Citro

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The transcriptional coactivator Yes-associated protein (YAP) has been shown to interact with and to enhance p73-dependent apoptosis in response to DNA damage. Here, we show that YAP requires the promyelocytic leukemia gene (PML) and nuclear body localization to coactivate p73. YAP imparts selectivity to p73 by promoting the activation of a subset of p53(More)
We have produced a polyclonal antibody that specifically recognizes cGMP-binding cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase (PDE5). The antibody was raised in rabbit using as immunogen a fusion protein, in which glutathione S-transferase was coupled to a 171 amino acid polypeptide of the N-terminal region of bovine PDE5. The antibody is able to immunoprecipitate PDE5(More)
Transglutaminase 2 (TGase 2) is a Ca+2-dependent enzyme that catalyzes both intracellular and extracellular cross-linking reactions by transamidation of specific glutamine residues. TGase 2 is known to be involved in the membrane-mediated events required for glucose-stimulated insulin release from the pancreatic beta cells. Here we show that targeted(More)
Diabetic patients treated with metformin have a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer-related mortality. Here we show that metformin affects engraftment and growth of breast cancer tumours in mice. This correlates with the induction of metabolic changes compatible with clear anticancer effects. We demonstrate that microRNA modulation underlies the(More)
In this article we used immunohistochemistry and FACS analyses to show that cells expressing markers typical of human stem cells such as SSEA4, OCT-4, ALP, and CD117 are present within the cytotrophoblastic tissue of human fetal chorionic villus samples (CVSs). After immunoselection of CV cells for SSEA4, FACS analyses showed an increased number of cells(More)
Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) makes it possible to detect losses and gains of DNA sequences along all chromosomes in a tumor specimen based on the hybridization of differentially labeled tumor and normal DNA to normal human metaphase chromosomes. In this study, CGH analysis was applied to the identification of genomic imbalances in 26 bladder(More)
To explore the expression and gain more information on the function of transglutaminase 5 enzyme in normal and defective human epidermis, we generated a rat antihuman transglutaminase 5 antiserum elicited against a purified active recombinant protein expressed in the baculovirus system. By use of Western blotting and immunofluorescence methods, the(More)
Electrochemotherapy associates the local delivery of anticancer drugs with the administration of permeabilizing electric pulses that support the antiblastic action. The basic instrumentation for this therapy is constituted by a pulse generator and various specific electrodes. While many efforts have been profuse by researchers in this field to obtain the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential association between single nucleotide polymorphisms related response to radiotherapy injury, such as genes related to DNA repair or enzymes involved in anti-oxidative activities. The paper aims to identify marker genes able to predict an increased risk of late toxicity studying our group of(More)
The continuing identification and elucidation of the molecular defects involved in mesothelioma pathogenesis and progression should lead to better disease control and greater therapeutic options in the near future. Goal of this review article is to summarize the most recent advances in molecular pathogenesis of mesothelioma and discuss possible therapeutic(More)