Monica Cantile

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The HOX network contains 39 genes that act as transcriptional regulators and control crucial cellular functions during both embryonic development and adult life. Inside the network, this is achieved according to the rules of temporal and spatial co-linearity with 3' HOX genes acting on the anterior part of the body, central HOX genes on the thoracic part(More)
Liver organogenesis and cancerogenesis share common mechanisms. HOX genes control normal development, primary cellular processes and are characterized by a unique genomic network organization. Less is known about the involvement of HOX genes with liver cancerogenesis. The comparison of the HOX gene network expression between nontumorous livers and(More)
Adipogenesis is regulated by the sequential activation of a series of transcription factors: the C/EBP proteins of type beta and delta trigger the process while PPARgamma and C/EBPalpha induce the differentiation from pre-adipocyte to adipocyte, followed by adipo-specific gene expression. A number of observations suggest the involvement of genes controlling(More)
Soft tissue tumors are a heterogeneous group of tumors, traditionally classified according to morphology and histogenesis. Molecular classification divides sarcomas into two main categories: (a) sarcomas with specific genetic alterations and (b) sarcomas showing multiple complex karyotypic abnormalities without any specific pattern. Most chromosomal(More)
Homeobox genes are transcription factors primarily involved in embryonic development. Several homeobox gene families have so far been identified: Hox, EMX, PAX, MSX as well as many isolated divergent homeobox genes. Among these, Hox genes are most intriguing for having a regulatory network structure organization. Recent indications suggest the involvement(More)
Genito-urinary malignancies (prostate, bladder, renal and testicular cancers) rank high among human tumors with an incidence that varies with age and organ involvement. Prostate cancer is the most commonly detected male cancer followed by bladder and kidney cancers, less frequent in women. Testicular cancer, although rare, is the most frequent cancer in(More)
Bladder carcinogenesis remains unclear despite the identification of chemical, environmental and genetic factors. It has recently been reported that the chromosomal region 12q13-q15, containing crucial cancer genes such as MDM2, CDK4 and GLI, is amplified in bladder cancer. In the same region are also located the genes of the locus HOX C, flanked by keratin(More)
Homeobox containing genes are a family of transcription factors regulating normal development and controlling primary cellular processes (cell identity, cell division and differentiation) recently enriched by the discovery of their interaction with miRNAs and ncRNAs. Class I human homeobox genes (HOX genes) are characterized by a unique genomic network(More)
Homeobox-containing genes comprise a gene family coding for transcription factors involved in normal development. Class I human homeobox (HOX) genes display a peculiar chromosomal organization, perhaps directly related to their function. Aberrant expression of homeobox genes has been associated with both morphological abnormalities and oncogenesis. We have(More)
Urinary bladder cancer is a common malignancy in industrialized countries. More than 90% of bladder cancer originates in the transitional cells. Bladder transitional cancer prognosis is, according to the most recent definition related to the level of tumor infiltration, characterized by two main phenotypes, Non Muscle Invasive Bladder Transitional Cancer(More)