Leticia Labriola

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Metastasis is the main factor responsible for death in breast cancer patients. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors, known as tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs), and the membrane-associated MMP inhibitor (RECK), are essential for the metastatic process. We have previously shown a positive correlation between MMPs and their inhibitors(More)
The present study addressed links between progestin and heregulin (HRG) signaling pathways in mammary tumors. An experimental model of hormonal carcinogenesis, in which the synthetic progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) induced mammary adenocarcinomas in female Balb/c mice, was used. MPA induced an in vivo up-regulation of HRG mRNA expression in(More)
The present study focused on interactions between signaling pathways activated by progestins and by type I and II receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) in mammary tumors. An experimental model in which the synthetic progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) induced mammary adenocarcinomas in Balb/c mice was used. MPA-stimulated proliferation, both in vivo and(More)
Transplantation of pancreatic islets constitutes a promising alternative treatment for type 1 diabetes. However, it is limited by the shortage of organ donors. Previous results from our laboratory have demonstrated beneficial effects of recombinant human prolactin (rhPRL) treatment on beta cell cultures. We therefore investigated the role of rhPRL action in(More)
The present study addresses the capacity of heregulin (HRG), a ligand of type I receptor tyrosine kinases, to transactivate the progesterone receptor (PR). For this purpose, we studied, on the one hand, an experimental model of hormonal carcinogenesis in which the synthetic progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) induced mammary adenocarcinomas in(More)
Heregulin (HRG) and type I receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) expression was investigated in the highly invasive and metastatic LM3 cell line, our previously described model of metastasis for mammary cancer (Bal de Kier Joffe et al. [1986] Invasion Metastasis 6:302-12; Urtreger et al. [1997] Int J Oncol 11:489-96). Although LM3 cells do not express HRG, they(More)
Ex vivo islet cell culture prior to transplantation appears as an attractive alternative for treatment of type 1 diabetes. Previous results from our laboratory have demonstrated beneficial effects of human prolactin (rhPRL) treatment on human islet primary cultures. In order to probe into the molecular events involved in the intracellular action of rhPRL in(More)
Adult mesenchymal stromal cell-based interventions have shown promising results in a broad range of diseases. However, their use has faced limited effectiveness owing to the low survival rates and susceptibility to environmental stress on transplantation. We describe the cellular and molecular characteristics of multilineage-differentiating stress-enduring(More)
During the past few years, Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) has emerged as one of the most hot spots in clinical research. Its existence in human tumors can form the basis for explaining characteristics of cancer progression and metastasis, as well as certain cases of drug resistance and relapses after treatment. These cellular responses are tightly(More)
The problem of pancreas donor shortage could be addressed through in vitro islet-cell proliferation prior to transplantation into diabetic patients. Therefore, we set out to evaluate the effects of prolactin (rhPRL) and laminin on primary cultures of human pancreatic islets. Our results showed that rhPRL induced an increase in islet-cell number and in(More)