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BACKGROUND The present study is aimed to identify genetic pathways correlated with chemoresistance in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). METHODS We compared the molecular profiles of 23 tumour biopsies of stage III-IV (training set) at primary surgery, before chemotherapy, to the profile from the same patients at second surgery, after several lines of(More)
The beneficial effects of statins on the reduction of cardiovascular events has been partly attributed to their anti-inflammatory properties. In the complex of the different pathogenetic events leading to atherosclerosis, recent data suggest a central role of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), because mice knock-out for MCP-1 or its receptor(More)
PURPOSE Epithelial ovarian tumors (EOT) are among the most lethal of malignancies in women. We have previously identified ZIC2 as expressed at a higher level in samples of a malignant form (MAL) of EOT than in samples of a form with low malignant potential (LMP). We have now investigated the role of ZIC2 in driving tumor growth and its association with(More)
IL-6-/- mice showed impaired leukocyte accumulation in subcutaneous air pouches. Defective leukocyte accumulation was not due to a reduced migratory capacity of IL-6-/- leukocytes and was associated with a reduced in situ production of chemokines. These observations led to a reexamination of the interaction of IL-6 with endothelial cells (EC). EC express(More)
Paraquat (PQ) is a widely used herbicide that causes acute adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and chronic lung damage (diffuse fibrosis). One of the earliest biochemical effects induced by PQ is damage to type II pneumocytes with consequent depletion of surfactant. With the aim of counteracting the toxic effects of PQ, a series of investigations(More)
The 1,4- and the 1,5-benzodiazepines (BDZ) are commonly used as anxiolytic and anticonvulsive drugs. It has been suggested that they influence, particularly through stimulation of peripheral BDZ receptors, some immune cell properties such as pro-inflammatory cytokine production. The availability of a new class of [1,2,4]triazolo[4,3-a][1,5]benzodiazepine(More)
The mutagenic effect of epichlorohydrin (ECH) on the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe was studied in vitro in the presence of mouse-liver S9 mix and microsomal and cytosolic fractions. The incubations were always performed in the absence of NADPH-generating systems. S9 mix and microsomes from phenobarbital-pretreated mice significantly reduced ECH(More)
To identify the minimal structures that may be important for the creation of a synthetic and/or recombinant vaccine against whooping cough, human T cell clones were obtained against Bordetella antigens. Cloned peripheral blood T lymphocytes from an immune donor were grown in IL-2 and tested for proliferation in response to inactivated Bordetella species (B.(More)
This study: (i) investigated the in vitro cytotoxicity and mode of action of lurbinectedin (PM01183) and Zalypsis® (PM00104) compared with trabectedin in cell lines deficient in specific mechanisms of repair, (ii) evaluated their in vivo antitumor activity against a series of murine tumors and human xenografts. The antiproliferative activity, the DNA damage(More)
Human T lymphocyte clones specific for pertussis toxin (PT) were used to analyze the fine specificity of the response to PT, the basic component of new acellular vaccines against whooping cough. The majority (83%) of the clones specific for PT recognized S1, the subunit that in animal models has been shown to be highly immunogenic. To map T cell epitopes on(More)