Marta Ines Gallego

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Overexpression of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), also called scatter factor (SF), and its receptor c-Met are associated with poor prognosis for cancer patients. In particular, breast cancer cells can produce HGF that acts in a paracrine as well as in an autocrine manner. Therefore, HGF and c-Met are putative targets for cancer therapy. To explore HGF/c-Met(More)
Prolactin (Prl)-induced phosphorylation of Stat (signal transducer and activator of transcription) 5 is considered a key event in functional mammary development and differentiation. We now demonstrate that not only Prl, but also growth hormone (GH) and epidermal growth factor (EGF), can activate Stat5 in mammary tissue. We investigated the roles of these(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) has previously been reported to act as a hemangiogenic factor, as well as a mitogenic factor for a variety of tumor cells. Here, we demonstrate that HGF is a lymphangiogenic factor, which may contribute to lymphatic metastasis when overexpressed in tumors. In a mouse corneal lymphangiogenesis model, implantation of HGF induces(More)
Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) is a secreted morphogen that directs patterning and cellular differentiation through binding to its receptor Patched (Ptc). It is required for the development of skin-derived organs, such as hair, whiskers, and teeth. The mammary gland is a skin-derived organ that develops mainly during adult life in which Shh is expressed from puberty(More)
The Hedgehog signaling pathway regulates embryo patterning and progenitor cell homeostasis in adult tissues, including epidermal appendages. A role for the Hh pathway in mammary biology and breast cancer has also been suggested. The aim of this study was to analyze Hh signaling in the mouse mammary gland through the generation of transgenic mice that(More)
Prolactin induces mammopoiesis and lactogenesis through the Janus kinase-signal transducers and activators of transcription pathway, with Stat5a being a principal and obligate cytoplasmic and nuclear signaling molecule. Mice from which the Stat5a gene has been deleted fail to develop functional mammary tissue during their first pregnancy. Lobuloalveolar(More)
Of 4,144 serum samples collected from cows on 113 farms from eight areas of Colombia 3.3% had positive and 8.8% inconclusive titres toBrucella abortus, 21.7, 6.3, 1.6, 0.6 and 0.7% of cows had positive titres toLeptospira serovarshardjo, pomona, canicola, icterohaemorrhagiae andgrippotyphosa respectively. Questionnaires completed on 110 farms revealed that(More)
Receptor Activator of NF-kappa B (RANK) pathway controls mammary gland development in mice but its role in mammary stem cell fate remains undefined. We show that constitutive RANK signaling expands luminal and basal mammary compartments including mammary stem and luminal progenitor cell pools and interferes with the generation of CD61+ and Sca1+ luminal(More)
Spanish dry-cured ham is a high quality product whose economic value is mainly given by its curing time. An intense proteolysis takes place throughout the dry-cured processing, which results in the generation of a high amount of peptides and free amino acids responsible for the final quality of dry-cured hams. In this work, a peptidomics approach has been(More)
PROBLEM The questions of whether production of mixed lymphocyte reaction-blocking factors (MLR-BFs) after immunotherapy with lymphocytes for recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) has prognostic value and whether cytotoxic antibodies are also involved were tested. METHOD OF STUDY A prospective study with 33 patients who had a history of two or more(More)