Luca Munaron

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Changes in intracellular calcium [Ca(2+)](i) levels control critical cytosolic and nuclear events that are involved in the initiation and progression of tumor angiogenesis in endothelial cells (ECs). Therefore, the mechanism(s) involved in agonist-induced Ca(2+)(i) signaling is a potentially important molecular target for controlling angiogenesis and tumor(More)
Ca(2+) signalling is involved in virtually all cellular processes: among the others, it controls cell survival, proliferation and death regulating a plethora of intracellular enzymes located in the cytoplasm, nucleus and organelles. Changes in the cytosolic free Ca(2+) concentration may be due either to release from the intracellular Ca(2+) stores or to(More)
The progression through the cell cycle in non-transformed cells is under the strict control of extracellular signals called mitogens, that act by eliciting complex cascades of intracellular messengers. Among them, increases in cytosolic free calcium concentration have been long realized to play a crucial role; however, the mechanisms coupling membrane(More)
  • Luca Munaron
  • Recent patents on anti-cancer drug discovery
  • 2006
The proliferation and motility of vascular endothelial cells (ECs) are critical steps in angiogenesis and are strictly controlled by different extracellular signals. Among mitogens, peptides binding to tyrosine kinase receptors (i.e. VEGFs and FGFs) are well known and are released by several cell types, including ECs and tumor cells. The binding of mitogens(More)
Most peptidic growth factors (GFs) that act as mitogens for different cell types bind to tyrosine kinase receptors (RTKs) and trigger complex intracellular signal transduction pathways finally leading to cell proliferation. Among the early events induced by GFs, cytosolic calcium increase plays a key role, and in particular calcium entry from extracellular(More)
Growth factor-induced intracellular calcium signals in endothelial cells regulate cytosolic and nuclear events involved in the angiogenic process. Among the intracellular messengers released after proangiogenic stimulation, arachidonic acid (AA) plays a key role and its effects are strictly related to calcium homeostasis and cell proliferation. Here, we(More)
We studied the ionic currents activated by basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) in cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAE-1) by using patch-clamp and single-cell fluorimetric calcium measurements. In whole-cell, voltage-clamp experiments at V(h) = -50 mV, the addition of either bFGF (20 ng/ml) or IGF-I (50(More)
Rather being an inert barrier between vessel lumen and surrounding tissues, vascular endothelium plays a key role in the maintenance of cardiovascular homeostasis. The de-endothelialization of blood vessels is regarded as the early event that results in the onset of severe vascular disorders, including atherosclerosis, acute myocardial infarction, brain(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF/FGF2) exhibits widespread biological activities in the nervous system. However, little is known about the cascade of intracellular events that links the activation of its tyrosine kinase receptors to these effects. Here we report that, in ciliary ganglion neurons from chick embryo, this trophic factor significantly(More)
Endothelial cells (ECs) play a pivotal role in physiological and altered tissue neovascularization. They face multiple morphological, biochemical and functional changes during the different phases of angiogenesis, under the regulation of a great number of proangiogenic and antiangiogenic signals, including soluble and insoluble factors, cell-cell and(More)