Massimo D'Amico

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The multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype is characterized by the overexpression of a few transport proteins at the plasma membrane level, one of which is the breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP). These proteins are expressed in excretory organs, in the placenta and blood-brain barrier, and are involved in the transport of drugs and endogenous compounds.(More)
We explored the stem cell compartment of the SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma (NB) clone and its development by a novel approach, integrating clonal and immunocytochemical investigations with patch-clamp measurements of ion currents simultaneously expressed on single cells. The currents selected were the triad IHERG, IKDR, INa, normally expressed at varying mutual(More)
Bone marrow mesenchymal cells (MSCs) can protect leukemic cells from chemotherapy, thus increasing their survival rate. We studied the potential molecular mechanisms underlying this effect in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. Coculture of ALL cells with MSCs induced on the lymphoblast plasma membrane the expression of a signaling complex formed by(More)
From the adrenergic SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma clone, we isolated a subclone (21S) endowed with a glial-oriented phenotype. At difference from the parental clone, 21S cells responded to depolarizing stimuli with overshooting action potentials, whose repolarization phase was composed of an initial rapid episode, followed by a long-lasting plateau and a slow(More)
K+ Channels form the largest family among ion channels. Besides regulating many physiological functions, K+ channels, being aberrantly expressed in different types of tumors, affect several hallmarks of cancer. In cancer cells, K+ channel activity regulates cell proliferation, resistance to apoptotic cell death, tumor angiogenesis, invasiveness and(More)
Angiogenesis is a potential target for cancer therapy. We identified a novel signaling pathway that sustains angiogenesis and progression in colorectal cancer (CRC). This pathway is triggered by β1 integrin-mediated adhesion and leads to VEGF-A secretion. The effect is modulated by the human ether-à-go-go related gene 1 (hERG1) K(+) channel. hERG1 recruits(More)
We worked out an experimental protocol able to purge the stem cell compartment of the SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma clone. This protocol was based on the prolonged treatment of the wild-type cell population with either hypoxia or the antiblastic etoposide. Cell fate was monitored by immunocytochemical and electrophysiologic (patch-clamp) techniques. Both treatments(More)
The HERG potassium channel was incorporated in a mercury-supported tethered bilayer lipid membrane (tBLM) obtained by anchoring a thiolipid monolayer to the mercury surface and by self-assembling a lipid monolayer on top of it from a lipid film spread on the surface of an electrolyte solution. HERG was then incorporated in this tBLM from its micellar(More)
One undisputed milestone of traditional oncology is neoplastic progression, which consists of a progressive selection of dedifferentiated cells driven by a chance sequence of genetic mutations. Recently it has been demonstrated that the overexpression of well-defined transcription factors reprograms somatic cells to the pluripotent stem status. The(More)
We report here that the established anticancer ruthenium(iii) complex NAMI-A induces potent and selective cytotoxic effects in a few leukaemia cell lines. These results sound very surprising after 20 years of intense studies on NAMI-A, commonly considered as a "non-cytotoxic" antimetastatic agent. In addition, evidence is given for selective inhibition of(More)