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)
Several peptides, including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), activate the release of arachidonic acid (AA) and nitric oxide (NO) in endothelial cells (ECs). Both messengers are involved in EC proliferation and vascular permeability and control calcium homeostasis in different ways. Interestingly, it has(More)
Oxytocin receptors (OTRs) are expressed in numerous tissues, including human normal endothelium. Here we investigated the expression and biological significance of OTRs in Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), an intensely angioproliferative disease of possible vascular origin with a prominent inflammatory component. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridiza-tion studies(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)
Solid tumors must recruit and form new blood vessels for maintenance, growth and detachments of metastases. Discovering drugs that block malignant angiogenesis is thus an important approach in cancer treatment and has given rise to multiple in vitro and in silico models. The present hybrid individual cell-based model incorporates some underlying biochemical(More)
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)
Transient Receptor Potential Canonical (TRPC) proteins have been identified in mammals as a family of plasma membrane calcium-permeable channels activated by different kinds of stimuli in several cell types. We have studied TRPC subunit expression in bovine aortic endothelial (BAE-1) cells, where stimulation with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), a(More)
1. We have investigated the ionic events elicited in Balb-c 3T3 fibroblasts by basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), a peptide that binds to membrane receptors with tyrosine kinase activity and has a mitogenic action on many cell types. The peptide (0.2-100 ng ml-1) caused the appearance of an inward current, as observed in whole-cell patch-clamp(More)
In order to investigate the action of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in the nervous system, we have studied the ionic signals elicited by this peptide in cultured quail mesencephalic neural crest neurons using patch-clamp and cytofluorimetric techniques. In this preparation stimulation with bFGF induced, with a delay of some tens of seconds, an(More)