Maria Pia Gentileschi

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Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase 2 (HIPK2) is an emerging player in cell response to genotoxic agents that senses damage intensity and contributes to the cell's choice between cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Phosphorylation of p53 at S46, an apoptosis-specific p53 posttranslational modification, is the most characterized HIPK2 function in response to(More)
UNLABELLED Let-7c, an intronic microRNA (miRNA) embedded in the long non-coding gene LINC00478, can act as a tumor suppressor by targeting oncogenes. Previous studies indicated that in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a subtype of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) bearing the leukemia promoting PML/RARα fusion protein, let-7c expression seems to be(More)
Structural and functional analyses of several integrin heterodimers were performed in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cell lines. The expression of beta 1, beta 3, beta 4, and beta 5 heterodimers was evaluated at protein and mRNA levels. By flow cytometry and immunoprecipitation experiments we demonstrate that NSCLC(More)
Homogeneous subpopulations, which are endowed with low or high metastatic potential, were selected from Lewis lung carcinoma (3LL) in an attempt to correlate metastatic phenotype with specific properties of tumor cells. Since the growth of malignant cells at secondary sites could depend on their ability to respond to microenvironments, the growth factor(More)
The TP53 tumor-suppressor gene is frequently mutated in human cancer. Missense mutations can add novel functions (gain-of-function, GOF) that promote tumor malignancy. Here we report that mutant (mut) p53 promotes tumor malignancy by suppressing the expression of a natural occurring anti-inflammatory cytokine, the secreted interleukin-1 receptor antagonist(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the DNA damage response (DDR) factors, breast cancer 1 (BRCA1) and BRCA2, sensitize tumor cells to poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase is a key DDR protein whose heterozygous germline mutation is a moderate-risk factor for developing breast cancer. In this study, we examined(More)
Noninvasive in vivo imaging offers a novel approach to preclinical studies opening the possibility of investigating biological events in the spatiotemporal dimension (eg, in any district of the body in time). Toxicological analysis may benefit from this novel approach through precise identification of the time and the target organs of toxicity(More)
The tumor suppressor p53 is mainly involved in the transcriptional regulation of a large number of growth-arrest- and apoptosis-related genes. However, a clear understanding of which factor/s influences the choice between these two opposing p53-dependent outcomes remains largely elusive. We have previously described that in response to DNA damage, the RNA(More)
The onco-suppressor gene TP53 has potential use in the gene therapy of many human cancers including leukemias. The latter indication derived from numerous experimental reports of p53-mediated suppressing effects on human and murine leukemia cells in vitro. However, few in vivo experiments have been performed, and those that have used a subcutaneous(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM The Mdr2(-/-) mouse develops early chronic cholestatic hepatitis and hepatocellularcarcinoma (HCC) when adult. We tested the effects of a restricted-calorie diet on HCC development in Mdr2(-/-) mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS Mdr2(-/-) mice (n=40, divided into two groups of 20 mice each) were randomized to receive ad libitum diet or(More)
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