Luca Paoluzzi

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Overexpression of antiapoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family is observed in approximately 80% of B-cell lymphomas, contributing to intrinsic and acquired drug resistance. Nullifying the antiapoptotic influence of these proteins can potentially overcome this resistance, and may complement conventional chemotherapy. ABT-737 is a BH3-only mimetic and potent(More)
PURPOSE Romidepsin and belinostat are inhibitors of histone deacetylases (HDACI). HDACIs are known to induce cell death in malignant cells through multiple mechanisms, including upregulation of death receptors and induction of cell cycle arrest. They are also known to be prodifferentiating. Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive subtype of non-Hodgkin(More)
Overexpression of antiapoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family are observed in approximately 80% of B-cell lymphomas, contributing to intrinsic and acquired drug resistance. Nullifying antiapoptotic function can potentially overcome this in-trinsic and acquired drug resistance. AT-101 is a BH3 mimetic known to be a potent inhibitor of antiapoptotic Bcl-2(More)
Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL) is an aggressive lymphoma classified by the World Health Organization as a subtype of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma that shares many morphologic and immunophenotypic features with multiple myeloma. It is extremely rare in immunocompetent patients. Because of the small number of patients reported, this rare lymphoma remains a(More)
PURPOSE Pralatrexate (10-propargyl-10-deazaaminopterin) is an antifolate with improved cellular uptake and retention due to greater affinity for the reduced folate carrier (RFC-1) and folyl-polyglutamyl synthase. Based on the PROPEL data, pralatrexate was the first drug approved for patients with relapsed and refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma.(More)
Recent advances in understanding the complex biology of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway have led to the identification of many potentially ‘drugable’ targets within this pathway. One such inhibitor, bortezomib (formerly known as PS341), has proven to be an effective reversible inhibitor of the chymotryptic protease in the 26S proteasome. Proteasome(More)
Cyproheptadine, an inhibitor of the H1 histamine receptors, has recently shown activity in models of leukaemia and myeloma, presumably through inhibition of cyclin-D expression. Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma characterized by overexpression of cyclin-D1. We investigated the effect of cyproheptadine alone and in(More)
Targeting cellular death pathways including apoptosis is a promising strategy for cancer drug discovery. To date at least three major types of cell death have been distinguished, including: apoptosis, autophagy, and necrosis. Increasing evidence has begun to support a role of Bcl-2-family members in the cellular pathways involved in each of these processes.(More)
Historically, most drugs developed for treatment of leukemias, lymphomas, and myeloma had already been studied in the solid tumor setting. Nearly 10 years ago, chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) forever changed this paradigm. Imatinib showed that it was possible to nullify the pathognomic genetic lesion in a hematologic malignancy. Since the approval of(More)
Purpose: To generate a transgenic mouse that when crossed with spontaneous mouse models of lymphoma will allow for quantitative in vivo measurement of tumor burden over the entire spectrum of the disease and or response to therapy in a "disease" or lymphoma subtype-specific manner. Experimental Design: We developed a novel genetically engineered transgenic(More)