Giulia Nesi

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Aggressive behavior and diffuse infiltrative growth are the main features of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), together with the high degree of resistance and recurrence. Evidence indicate that GBM-derived stem cells (GSCs), endowed with unlimited proliferative potential, play a critical role in tumor development and maintenance. Among the many signaling(More)
The poor prognosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is due to a high resistance to conventional treatments and to the presence of a subpopulation of glioma stem cells (GSCs). Combination therapies targeting survival/self-renewal signals of GBM and GSCs are emerging as useful tools to improve GBM treatment. In this context, the hyperactivated AKT/mammalian(More)
A small library of arylthioamides 1-12 was easily synthesized, and their H2S-releasing properties were evaluated both in the absence or in the presence of an organic thiol such as l-cysteine. A number of arylthioamides (1-3 and 7) showed a slow and l-cysteine-dependent H2S-releasing mechanism, similar to that exhibited by the reference slow H2S-releasing(More)
Starting from the previously developed P-gp ligands 1a and 1b (EC₅₀ = 0.25 μM and 0.65 μM, respectively), new arylmethyloxyphenyl derivatives have been synthesized as P-gp modulators in order to investigate: (i) the effect of small electron-donor groups (OMe) (5-11), (ii) the effect of the replacement of methoxy groups with an electron-withdrawal(More)
This study was aimed at investigating the antitumor activity of novel 2-oxindole derivatives against a well-characterized human nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell line. Test compounds produced an antiproliferative activity in the low micromolar/submicromolar range of concentrations and significantly induced typical apoptotic morphology with cell(More)
The plasma membrane P-glycoprotein (Pgp) is an efflux transporter involved in multidrug resistance and in the onset of neurodegenerative disease. Its function and most mechanisms of action are still under investigation. We developed a C-11-labeled 2-arylethylphenylamine-([11C]AEPH) derivative for positron emission tomography (PET), as a novel probe to(More)
The trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) is a G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) potently activated by a variety of molecules besides trace amines (TAs), including thyroid hormone-derivatives like 3-iodothyronamine (T1AM), catechol-O-methyltransferase products like 3-methoxytyramine, and amphetamine-related compounds. Accordingly, TAAR1 is considered a(More)