Gustavo D. Colletta

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Evidence of the involvement of cyclin gene alterations in human cancer is growing. In this study, we sought to determine the pattern of expression of cyclin D1 and cyclin E in normal and malignant thyroid cells. Quiescent rat thyroid cells in culture, induced to synthesize DNA by thyrotropin (TSH), expressed cyclin D1 gene after 6 hr and cyclin E gene with(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGFbeta1) enhances human MDA-MB-231 breast tumour cell invasion of reconstituted basement membrane in vitro but does not inhibit proliferation of this cell line. In contrast to basal invasion, which is plasmin-, urokinase (uPA)-, tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA)-, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9- and(More)
Rat FRTL-5 and PC-Cl-3 thyroid cells are continuously cultured, clonal lines which require thyrotropin to grow and function. Both can be efficiently transformed when infected with RNA or DNA viruses carrying oncogenes or when directly transfected with activated oncogenes. Transformation, assayed by the appearance of cell growth in agar and by tumorigenicity(More)
Expression of type II receptor of transforming growth factor beta (TbetaRII) is necessary for this factor to inhibit the growth of thyroid epithelial cells. In rat thyroid transformed cells, the resistance to transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) is associated with a decreased expression of TbetaRII mRNA and protein. Reduced TbetaRII expression has also(More)
The action of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) on the morphology, cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix was investigated in FRTL-5 thyroid epithelial cells. After treatment with TGF-beta, FRTL-5 cells became flat and developed straight and thick bundles of actin microfilaments. This effect of TGF-beta was observed even in the presence of(More)
Two cell lines transformed by the k-ras oncogene (KiKi and KiMol cells) and a temperature sensitive clone (Ts), all originated from a normal rat thyroid line (FRTL5 cells), have been employed to analyse the intracellular mechanisms affected by the ras p21. In k-ras transformed cells two phosphoinositide derivatives, glycerophosphoinositol and inositol(More)
Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is known to be associated with neoplasia of various tissues, including thyroid carcinoma. Germline mutations of the tumour-suppressor gene APC, responsible for the predisposition to FAP, may therefore be involved in the pathogenesis of these tumours. In this report the structure of the APC gene has been investigated in(More)
Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) is a physiological regulator of thyroid epithelial cell growth and differentiation. This factor signals through a heteromeric complex composed of type I (TGF-beta receptor type I) and type II [TGF-beta receptor type II (TbetaRII)] receptors. Loss of TbetaRII expression has been related to resistance to TGF-beta(More)
Heregulin beta 1 was found to stimulate the anchorage-dependent, serum-free growth of nontransformed human MCF-10A mammary epithelial cells. Unlike epidermal growth factor, transforming growth factor alpha, or amphiregulin, heregulin beta 1 was also able to induce the anchorage-independent growth of MCF-10A cells. In contrast, the anchorage-independent,(More)