Giulia De Falco

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The molecular feature of Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is the translocation that places c-Myc under the control of immunoglobulin gene regulatory elements. However, there is accumulating evidence that some cases may lack an identifiable MYC translocation. In addition, during the EUROFISH project, aiming at the standardization of FISH procedures in lymphoma(More)
Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is classified into 3 clinical subsets: endemic, sporadic, and immunodeficiency-associated BL. So far, possible differences in their gene expression profiles (GEPs) have not been investigated. We studied GEPs of BL subtypes, other B-cell lymphomas, and B lymphocytes; first, we found that BL is a unique molecular entity, distinct from(More)
AIMS Germline mutation of the E-cadherin gene (CDH1) accounts for the Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) syndrome. Fourteen pedigrees with Diffuse Gastric Cancer that fulfilled the International Gastric Cancer Linkage Consortium (IGCLC) criteria were selected and screened for CDH1 germline mutations. METHODS The entire coding region of the CDH1 gene(More)
Urocortin (UCN) is a 40-amino acid neuropeptide sharing 45% sequence homology with corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). The human endometrium expresses both UCN and CRF, and CRF/UCN receptors type-1 (CRF-R1) and -2 (CRF-R2). CRF-R1 activation inhibits cell growth and proliferation of a tumor cell line derived from the human endometrium, and the UCN(More)
The World Health Organisation classification reports three subcategories of Burkitt's lymphoma (BL)--endemic, non-endemic, and immunodeficiency associated--proposed to reflect the major clinical and genetic subtypes of this disease. These different types of BL have been reviewed and studied by immunohistochemistry and molecular methods. The results point(More)
Myogenic transcription is repressed in myoblasts by serum-activated cyclin-dependent kinases, such as cdk2 and cdk4. Serum withdrawal promotes muscle-specific gene expression at least in part by down-regulating the activity of these cdks. Unlike the other cdks, cdk9 is not serum- or cell cycle-regulated and is instead involved in the regulation of(More)
IL-6 is a multifunctional cytokine involved in hemopoiesis, immune regulation, inflammation, neural development, and infection. IL-6 belongs to a family of related cytokines that includes leukemia inhibitory factor, oncostatin M, IL-11, ciliary neurotropic factor, and cardiotropin-1, all of which initiate signaling through a receptor-associated gp130. IL-6(More)
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is a γ-herpesvirus that infects >90% of the human population. Although EBV persists in its latent form in healthy carriers, the virus is also associated with several human cancers. EBV is strongly associated with Burkitt lymphoma (BL), even though there is still no satisfactory explanation of how EBV participates in BL pathogenesis.(More)
The protein product of the retinoblastoma (RB) gene is necessary for the completion of the muscle differentiation program and for myogenic basic helix-loop-helix-dependent transcription. In fact, in addition to induction and maintenance of permanent cell cycle withdrawal through negative regulation of E2F-responsive genes involved in proliferation, pRb also(More)
Angiogenesis is a biological process by which new capillaries are formed from pre-existing vessels. It occurs in physiological and pathological conditions, such as tumours, where a specific critical turning point is the transition from the avascular to the vascular phase. Tumour angiogenesis depends mainly on the release by neoplastic cells of growth(More)