Irena Horwacik

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MCPIP is a novel CCCH zinc finger protein described as an RNase engaged in the regulation of immune responses. The regulation of expression of the gene coding for MCPIP - ZC3H12A is poorly explored. Here we report that the proinflammatory cytokine IL-1β rapidly induces the synthesis of MCPIP in primary monocyte-derived macrophages and HepG2 cells. This(More)
The mechanism of the inhibitory effect of anti-GD2 ganglioside (GD2) 14G2a mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) on human neuroblastoma cells survival was studied in vitro. It was recently shown in IMR-32 cells that death induced by this antibody exhibited several characteristics typical of apoptosis. In this study we used cytotoxixity assays, qRT-PCR and(More)
Aberrant glycosylation is a universal feature of cancer cells. There are quantitative and qualitative changes in expression of gangliosides observed in tumors of a neuroectodermal origin such as neuroblastoma, melanoma and astrocytoma. The presence of large amounts of GD2 ganglioside on neuroblastoma cells, as compared to normal cells, opens the(More)
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid tumor of childhood. The majority of children suffers from high risk neuroblastoma and has disseminated disease at the time of diagnosis. Despite recent advances in chemotherapy, the prognoses for children with high risk NB remain poor. Therefore, new treatment modalities are urgently needed. GD2(More)
The GD2 ganglioside expressed on neuroectodermally derived tumors, including neuroblastoma and melanoma, is weakly immunogenic in tumor-bearing patients and induces predominantly immunoglobulin (Ig)-M antibody responses in the immunized host. Here, we investigated whether interconversion of GD2 into a peptide mimetic form would induce GD2 cross-reactive IgG(More)
The recently discovered MCPIP1 (monocyte chemoattractant protein-induced protein 1), a multidomain protein encoded by the MCPIP1 (ZC3H12A) gene, has been described as a new differentiation factor, a ribonuclease, and a deubiquitination-supporting factor. However, its role in cancer is poorly recognized. Our recent analysis of microarrays data showed a lack(More)
The main physiological function of MCPIP1 (regnase-1) is negative regulation of inflammation. Moreover, roles of regnase-1 in apoptosis and differentiation have also been described, but its involvement in cancer is yet to be fully recognized. Earlier, we showed a lack of expression of MCPIP1 in both primary tumors and several neuroblastoma cell lines.(More)
Overexpression of the GD2 ganglioside (GD2) is a hallmark of neuroblastoma. The antigen is used in neuroblastoma diagnosis and to target newly developed therapies to cancer cells. Peptide mimetics are novel approaches in the design of antigens for vaccine development. We previously reported the isolation of five GD2-mimicking peptides from the LX-8 phage(More)
Mechanisms leading to inhibitory effects of an anti-GD2 ganglioside (GD2) 14G2a mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) and PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway inhibitors on human neuroblastoma cell survival were studied in vitro. We have recently shown on IMR-32, CHP‑134, and LA-N-1 neuroblastoma cells that targeting GD2 with the mAb decreases cell viability of the cell lines.(More)
Gangliosides are a diverse group of sialic acid containing glycosphigolipids that are abundantly present in an outer plasma membrane of some cells. Biological roles of gangliosides and other lipids in cell fate regulation are being extensively studied. Gangliosides are well known to be involved in interactions between cells and in signal transduction to(More)