Luca Costantino

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A large series of beta-carbolines was examined for their ability to bind at [3H]agonist-labeled 5-HT(2A) serotonin receptors. Selected beta-carbolines were also examined at 5-HT(2C) serotonin receptors, 5-HT(1A) serotonin receptors, dopamine D(2) receptors, and benzodiazepine receptors. Indolealkylamines and phenylisopropylamines were also evaluated in some(More)
Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is frequently associated with hippocampal sclerosis, possibly caused by a primary brain injury that occurred a long time before the appearance of neurological symptoms. This type of epilepsy is characterized by refractoriness to drug treatment, so to require surgical resection of mesial temporal regions involved in seizure(More)
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDIs) are valuable drugs in breast cancer where estrogen receptor alpha (ER alpha) can be silenced by epigenetic modifications. We report the effect of the clinically available HDI, valproic acid (VPA), on ER alpha expression and function in ER-negative breast cancer cells, MDA-MB-231. VPA induced ER alpha mRNA and protein,(More)
The pharmaceutical treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders is the second largest area of therapy, following cardiovascular diseases. Nowadays, noninvasive drug delivery systems for CNS are actively studied. The development of these new delivery systems started with the discovery that properly surface-engineered colloidal vectors, and in(More)
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