Maria Visalli

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More than 20 members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily of growth and differentiation factors have been implicated in development. One member of the TGF-beta family has been previously reported from Drosophila, the decapentaplegic (dpp) gene which is involved in embryonic dorsal/ventral polarity, embryonic gut formation, and(More)
FOXE1 mutations cause the Bamforth-Lazarus syndrome characterized by thyroid and craniofacial defects. Although a pioneer activity of FOXE1 in thyroid development has been reported, FOXE1 regulation in other contexts remains unexplored. We pointed to: (i) a role of FOXE1 in controlling the expression of MSX1 and TGF-β3 relevant in craniofacial development(More)
The aliphatic polyamines, putrescine, spermidine and spermine, are normal cell constituents that play important roles in cell proliferation and differentiation. The equilibrium between cellular uptake and release and the balanced activities of biosynthetic and catabolic enzymes of polyamines are essential for normal homeostasis in the proliferation and(More)
Here, we explored the effects of the novel class II-specific histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) MC1568 and MC1575 on interleukin-8 (IL-8) expression and cell proliferation in cutaneous melanoma cell line GR-M and uveal melanoma cell line OCM-3 upon stimulation with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA). We found that PMA upregulated IL-8 transcription(More)
 The antitumor activity of S 16020-2, a new olivacine derivative, was investigated in vivo and compared with that of Adriamycin and elliptinium acetate in a panel of murine (P388 leukemia, M5076 sarcoma, Lewis lung carcinoma, and B16 melanoma) and human (NCI-H460 non-small-cell lung and MCF7 breast carcinomas) tumor models. S 16020-2 given i.v. was active(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetes and periodontal diseases are often associated. Both have highly inflammatory components, but the role played by distinct phlogistic mediators in their pathogenesis is not fully understood and remains controversial. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether type 2 diabetes alters the expression of inflammatory mediators in sites(More)
DSS1 and p53 are required for homologous recombination, but, although p53 inactivation has a key function in skin tumorigenesis, there is no clear evidence supporting a function of DSS1. We screened the entire DSS1 coding sequence and p53 exons 5-8 in a series of 60 cases of skin squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Mutational analysis of p53 revealed(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Many cytokines are involved in the pathogenesis of retinal proliferative diseases, but none has been shown to be related to a specific disorder. The aim of this study was to provide a selective marker of diabetes induced proliferative retinopathies. METHODS 10 vitreous samples from 10 subjects affected by quiescent proliferative diabetic(More)
A high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of polyamines (spermine, spermidine and putrescine) in human saliva was developed. This method is based on pre-column derivatization with o-phthaldialdehyde (OPA). The derivatives were separated on a Nucleosil ODS column (250x4.6 mm I.D.; 5 microm). The gradient elution was performed(More)
Inactivation of p14ARF and p16INK4A by epigenetic changes in cutaneous and uveal melanoma has been here investigated. Compared with melanocytes, p14ARF mRNA reduction and p16INK4A inactivation were frequently noticed. No association between p14ARF promoter methylation and mRNA levels was found, whereas aberrant p16INK4A methylation was associated with gene(More)