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We have recently reported that human melanoma cells express a variety of voltage-gated calcium (Ca(2+) ) channel types, including low-voltage-activated T-type channels that play a significant role in melanoma cell cycle progression. Here, we challenged melanoma metastatic cells with T-type channel blockers of clinical use and found a dual effect on cell(More)
Axon morphogenesis is a complex process regulated by a variety of secreted molecules, including morphogens and growth factors, resulting in the establishment of the neuronal circuitry. Our previous work demonstrated that growth factors [Neurotrophins (NT) and Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)] signal through β-catenin during axon morphogenesis. HGF signaling(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a fast growing brain tumor characterized by extensive infiltration into the surrounding tissue and one of the most aggressive cancers. GBM is the most common glioma (originating from glial-derived cells) that either evolves from a low grade astrocytoma or appears de novo. Wnt/β-catenin and Hepatocyte Growth Factor(More)
Voltage-gated calcium channel blockers are widely used for the management of cardiovascular diseases, however little is known about their effects on cardiac cells in vitro. We challenged neonatal ventricular cardiomyocytes (CMs) with therapeutic L-type and T-type Ca(2+) channel blockers (nifedipine and mibefradil, respectively), and measured their effects(More)
β-catenin is a central component of adherent junctions and a key effector of canonical Wnt signalling, in which dephosphorylated Ser/Thr β-catenin regulates gene transcription. β-catenin phosphorylation at Tyr142 (PTyr142 β-catenin), which is induced by receptor and Src family Tyr kinases, represents a previously described β-catenin switch from adhesive to(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a commonly occurring brain tumor with a poor prognosis. GBM can develop both "de novo" or evolve from a previous astrocytoma and is characterized by high proliferation and infiltration into the surrounding tissue. Following treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy), tumors often reappear. Glioma-initiating cells(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme is resistant to conventional anti-tumoral treatments due to its infiltrative nature and capability of relapse; therefore, research efforts focus on characterizing gliomagenesis and identifying molecular targets useful on therapy. New therapeutic strategies are being tested in patients, such as Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi)(More)
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