Mariarosa Bani

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Targeting tumor angiogenesis and vasculature is a promising strategy for the inhibition of tumor growth and dissemination. Evidence suggests that tumor vasculature expresses unique markers that distinguish it from normal vasculature. Our efforts focused on the molecular characterization of endothelial cells (EC) in the search for selective markers of tumor(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) performs as an angiogenic and permeability factor in ovarian cancer, and its overexpression has been associated with poor prognosis. However, models to study its role as a marker of tumor progression are lacking. We generated xenograft variants derived from the A2780 human ovarian carcinoma (1A9), stably transfected(More)
New glutaramic acid derivatives were evaluated for anti-cholecystokinin (CCK) activity in vitro on guinea pig gallbladder. The compounds are competitive and specific CCK-antagonists, causing a parallel right shift of the cumulative dose-response curve of the agonist. The affinity for the binding site of the CCK-receptor for some of these compounds was(More)
Derivatives of 5-(dipentylamino)-5-oxo-pentanoic acid are a new class of non-peptide cholecystokinin (CCK) antagonists. The most potent compound, D,L-4-(3,4-dichlorobenzoylamino)-5-(dipentylamino)-5-oxo-pen tanoic acid (lorglumide, CR 1409), has a great affinity for the pancreatic CCK receptors and is a competitive, specific and potent CCK antagonist on the(More)
The anticholecystokinin activities of loxiglumide, (D,L-4-(3,4-dichloro-benzoylamino)-5-(N-3-methoxypropyl-pentylamino++ +)-5-oxo- pentanoic acid, CR 1505) are described. Loxiglumide antagonizes in vivo the contractions of the gall bladder of guinea pig induced or mediated by cholecystokinin-8 (CCK-8) (i.v. ED50 = 0.24 mumol/kg), the emptying of the gall(More)
CR 1409, a glutaramic acid derivative with competitive cholecystokinin-antagonistic activity, was administered IP and evaluated in comparison with proglumide (the model CCK-receptor antagonist), gabexate (protease inhibitor) and PGE2 (cytoprotective) on two different models of experimental pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis was induced in mice by six IP(More)
New glutaramic acid derivatives with cholecystokinin antagonistic activity were evaluated for their capacity to inhibit the satiety effect induced in the rat by intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8). The most active compound, CR 1409, is about 4000 times more potent than proglumide when injected peripherally (i.p.). This(More)
Three glutaramic acid derivatives provided with a potent antagonistic activity on the contractions elicited by the carboxyl terminal octapeptide CCK-8 in the guinea pig gallbladder have been evaluated for their capacity to inhibit the binding of [125I]-(Bolton-Hunter)-CCK-8 to both central and peripheric cholecystokinin (CCK) receptors. The most active(More)
D,L-4-(3,4-Dichloro-benzoylamino)-5-(N-3-methoxypropyl- pentylamino)-5-oxo-pentanoic acid (CR 1505) belongs to a newly discovered class of agents with cholecystokinin (CCK) antagonistic activity. CR 1505 displaces CCK-8 from the central CCK receptors at concentrations of 9.1 mumol/l, and from the peripheral CCK receptors at concentrations of 0.33 mumol/l.(More)
Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a hormonal regulator of the motility of the gallbladder. CCK-8, i.e. the biologically active C-terminal octapeptide of the hormone, elicits contraction and emptying of the gallbladder. Endogenous CCK released by egg yolk or fatty acids in the duodenum gives the same results. CR 1409 (lorglumide), a glutaramic acid derivative with(More)