Marianna Nuti

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The type of interaction between tumor-associated antigens and specialized antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells (DCs) is critical for the type of immunity that will be generated. MUC1, a highly O-glycosylated mucin, is overexpressed and aberrantly glycosylated in several tumor histotypes. This results in the expression of tumor-associated(More)
PURPOSE Cancer stem cells represent an attractive therapeutic target for tumor eradication. The present study aimed to determine whether CD133 expression may identify cells with characteristics of cancer stem/progenitor cells in human endometrial tumors. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We analyzed 113 tumor samples for CD133/1 expression by flow cytometry,(More)
Supplements to support clinical-grade cultures of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are required to promote growth and expansion of these cells. Platelet lysate (PL) is a human blood component which may replace animal serum in MSC cultures being rich in various growth factors. Here, we describe a plasma poor pathogen-free platelet lysate obtained by pooling 12(More)
Splenic lymphocytes of mice, immunized with membrane-enriched fractions of metastatic human mammary carcinoma tissues, were fused with the NS-1 non-immunoglobulin-secreting murine myeloma cell line. This resulted in the generation of hybridoma cultures secreting immunoglobulins reactive in solid-phase radioimmunoassays with extracts of metastatic mammary(More)
Surgery is the primary therapeutic strategy for most solid tumours; however, modern oncology has established that neoplasms are frequently systemic diseases. Being however a local treatment, the mechanisms through which surgery plays its systemic role remain unknown. We have investigated the influence of cytoreduction on the immune system of primary and(More)
Human antibodies generated by Epstein-Barr virus immortalized B-cells from tumor-draining lymph nodes of an ovarian cancer patient were screened for reactivity in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with a synthetic peptide corresponding to the protein core of the polymorphic epithelial mucin. Epitopes within this region are in fact considered tumor specific(More)
We report here both the range and patterns of reactivity of an IgG1 monoclonal antibody, B72.3, prepared against human, metastatic mammary carcinoma cells. When the avidin-biotin complex (ABC) immunoperoxidase technique was used on tissue sections, monoclonal B72.3 reacted with 19 of 41 (46%) primary mammary carcinomas and 13 of 21 (62%) metastatic lesions,(More)
Tumors exploit several strategies to evade immune recognition, including the production of a large number of immunosuppressive factors, which leads to reduced numbers and impaired functions of dendritic cells (DCs) in the vicinity of tumors. We have investigated whether a mucin released by tumor cells could be involved in causing these immunomodulating(More)
Splenic lymphocytes of mice immunized with membrane enriched fractions of human mammary carcinomas were fused with the NS-1 nonsecretory++ myeloma cell line. The resulting hybridomas were screened for the synthesis of immunoglobulins reactive with human mammary tumor associated antigens, and two IgG monoclonal antibodies (B1.1 and F5.5) were identified as(More)