Giulia Ferrari-Toninelli

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Neurogenesis proceeds throughout adulthood in the brain of most mammalian species, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of stem/progenitor cell proliferation, survival, maturation, and differentiation have not been completely unraveled. We have studied hippocampal neurogenesis in NF-kappaB p50-deficient mice. Here we demonstrate that in(More)
We originally suggested that inhibition of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) death pathway could be taken into consideration as a potential therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, because the critical role of TRAIL in immune surveillance, the neutralization of TRAIL protein by an antibody to prevent its(More)
High-risk neuroblastoma is a severe pediatric tumor characterized by poor prognosis. Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in tumor development and progression is strategic for the improvement of pharmacological therapies. Notch was recently proposed as a pharmacological target for the therapy of several cancers and is emerging as a new(More)
The appropriate level of microtubule stability is fundamental in neurons to assure correct polarity, migration, vesicles transport and to prevent axonal degeneration. In the present study, we have identified Notch pathway as an endogenous microtubule stabilizer. Stimulation of Notch receptors by exposure of mouse cortical neurons to the Notch ligand Jagged1(More)
Notch proteins are definitely recognized as key regulators of the neuronal fate during embryo development, but their function in the adult brain is still largely unknown. We have previously demonstrated that Notch pathway stimulation increases microtubules stability followed by the remodeling of neuronal morphology with neurite varicosities loss, thicker(More)
Here we show that human embryonic kidney (HEK) cells stably transfected with amyloid precursor protein (HEK-APP), expressed a conformational mutant-like and transcriptionally inactive p53 isoform, and turned out to be less sensitive to the cytotoxin doxorubicin in comparison with untransfected cells. Treatment of HEK-APP cells with gamma- and beta-secretase(More)
The role of angiogenesis in tumour progression is a major subject in modern oncology and a correlation between angiogenesis and poor outcome has been demonstrated for human neuroblastomas. However, the role of angiogenesis in the maturation phase of neuroblastic tumours has never been considered. Human carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule(More)
In this study, we evaluated whether a cross talk between nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) and Notch may take place and contribute to regulate cell morphology and/or neuronal network in primary cortical neurons. We found that lack of p50, either induced acutely by inhibiting p50 nuclear translocation or genetically in p50(-/-) mice, results in cortical neurons(More)
A neuropathological characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease is the extracellular accumulation of amyloid beta peptide (Aβ) in neuritic plaques. Recent evidences suggested that soluble Aβ oligomers are the predominant neurotoxic species for neurons. Thus, considerable attention has been paid to discriminate the cytotoxic pathways of Aβ pre-fibrillar aggregates(More)
DNA repair is one of the most essential systems for maintaining the inherited nucleotide sequence of genomic DNA over time. Repair of DNA damage would be particularly important in neurons, because these cells are among the longest-living cells in the body. MSH2 is one of the proteins which are involved in the recognition and repair of a specific type of DNA(More)