Leticia Labriola

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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)
Strategies to differentiate progenitor cells into beta cells in vitro have been considered as an alternative to increase beta cell availability prior to transplantation. It has recently been suggested that nestin-positive cells could be multipotential stem cells capable of expressing endocrine markers upon specific stimulation; however, this issue still(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)
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)
AIMS NADPH oxidase (NOX) is a known source of superoxide anions in phagocytic and non-phagocytic cells. In this study, the presence of this enzyme in human pancreatic islets and the importance of NADPH oxidase in human β-cell function were investigated. MAIN METHODS AND KEY FINDINGS In isolated human pancreatic islets, the expression of NADPH oxidase(More)
BACKGROUND The in vitro culture of insulinomas provides an attractive tool to study cell proliferation and insulin synthesis and secretion. However, only a few human beta cell lines have been described, with long-term passage resulting in loss of insulin secretion. Therefore, we set out to establish and characterize human insulin-releasing cell lines. (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)
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)