Michele Albertoni

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Human astrocytic brain tumors select for mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene early in malignant progression. p53 is activated upon various kinds of cellular stress leading to apoptosis or cell cycle arrest, but is also implicated in complex biological processes such as inhibition of angiogenesis and metastasis. In an effort to shed light on(More)
Angiogenesis, the sprouting of new capillaries from preexisting blood vessels, results from a disruption of the balance between stimulatory and inhibitory factors. Here, we show that anoxia reduces expression of thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1), a natural inhibitor of angiogenesis, in glioblastoma cells. This suggests that reduced oxygen tension can promote(More)
Little is known about the relationship between genetic recombination mechanisms and loss of tumour suppressor genes in solid tumours. Here, we demonstrate deletion and truncation of both p53 alleles in a primary human glioblastoma and a derived cell line as the combined result of a t(17;20) reciprocal translocation and a 1.1 Mbp genomic deletion on(More)
Malignant gliomas are the main cause of death from primary brain tumors. Despite surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, patients have a median survival of less than a few years; therefore, it is clearly imperative to investigate new ways of treatment. The development of new therapeutic strategies for brain tumors is dependent on a better understanding of the(More)
Malignant gliomas are the main cause of death from primary brain tumors. Despite surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, patients have a median survival of less than a few years; therefore, it is clearly imperative to investigate new ways of treatment. The development of new therapeutic strategies for brain tumors is dependent on a better understanding of the(More)
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