Maria Grazia di Iasio

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Deletions and/or mutations of p53 are relatively rare and late events in the natural history of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL). However, it is unknown whether p53 signaling is functional in B-CLL and if targeted nongenotoxic activation of the p53 pathway by using nutlin-3, a small molecule inhibitor of the p53/MDM2 interaction, is sufficient to(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the potential therapeutic effect of recombinant human tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) treatment in a model of type 1 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Recombinant TRAIL was added in vitro to primary human and mouse peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and isolated human islets to(More)
By analyzing the cDNA obtained from 16 B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) patient samples, we found that Nutlin-3, a small molecule inhibitor of MDM2/p53 interaction, induced a characteristic gene expression profile (GEP) signature in 13 out of 16 B-CLL samples. The lack of Nutlin-3-induced GEP signature in 3 out of 16 B-CLL samples was not due to(More)
To potentiate the response of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) to TRAIL cytotoxicity, we have adopted a strategy of combining nutlin-3, a potent non-genotoxic activator of the p53 pathway, with recombinant TRAIL. The rationale for using such a combination was that deletions and/or mutations of the p53 gene occur in only 5-10% of AML and that TRAIL and nutlin-3(More)
The phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is one of the major cellular serine-threonine phosphatases. It was recently shown that the gene encoding for the beta isoform of its subunit A, PPP2R1B, is altered in human lung and colorectal carcinomas, suggesting a role in human tumorigenesis. Here, we report the detection of mutations in breast, lung carcinomas and melanomas in(More)
Adult multipotent stromal cells (MSCs), also known as mesenchymal stem cells, represent an important source of cells for the repair of a number of damaged tissues. Both bone marrow (BM)-derived and amniotic MSCs expressed detectable surface levels of two (tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand receptor 2 [TRAIL-R2] and TRAIL-R4) of four(More)
BACKGROUND Both the multi-kinase inhibitor sorafenib and the small molecule inhibitor of the MDM2/p53 interaction, nutlin-3, used alone, have shown promising anti-leukemic activity in acute myeloid leukemia cells. Thus, in this study we investigated the effect of the combination of sorafenib plus nutlin-3 in acute myeloid leukemia. DESIGN AND METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The inflammatory properties of vein endothelium in relation to chronic venous disease (CVD) have been poorly investigated. Therefore, new insights on the characteristics of large vein endothelium would increase our knowledge of large vessel physiopathology. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Surgical specimens of veins were obtained from the(More)
PURPOSE To elucidate new molecular mechanisms able to downregulate the mRNA levels of key oncogenes, such as B-Myb and E2F1, in a therapeutic perspective. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN B-Myb and E2F1 mRNA levels were evaluated in primary B chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL, n = 10) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML, n = 5) patient cells, in a variety of(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the first type II protein S (PS) deficiency affecting the epidermal growth factor (EGF)4 domain, a calcium-binding module with a poorly defined functional role. PATIENTS The proband suffered from recurrent deep vein thrombosis and showed reduced PS anticoagulant activity (31%), and total, free PS antigen and C4bBP levels in the(More)