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Telomerase is the enzyme responsible for maintenance of the length of telomeres by addition of guanine-rich repetitive sequences. Telomerase activity is exhibited in gametes and stem and tumor cells. In human somatic cells, proliferation potential is strictly limited and senescence follows approximately 50-70 cell(More)
The statins, a family of cholesterol-lowering drugs, are known to block the formation of isoprenoids. They thus affect the small GTPase Rho, which requires attachment to cell membranes for proper signaling activity. Chimaerins are GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs) that accelerate GTP hydrolysis from Rac, another GTPase of the same family. We explored the(More)
Rho GTPases play a key role in the regulation of multiple essential cellular processes, including actin dynamics, gene transcription and cell cycle progression. Aberrant activation of Rac1, a member of Rho family of small GTPases, is associated with tumorigenesis, cancer progression, invasion and metastasis. Particularly, Rac1 is overexpressed and(More)
We have examined the role of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) in tumor-bearing BALB/c mice using the syngeneic F3II mammary carcinoma. In the present model, progression of subcutaneous tumors induced massive myelopoiesis in bone marrow and spleen due to GM-CSF secretion by tumor cells. In vitro, the addition of recombinant mouse(More)
Malignant gliomas are characterized by an intrinsic ability to invade diffusely throughout the normal brain tissue. This feature contributes mainly to the failure of existing therapies. Deregulation of small GTPases signaling, in particular Rac1 activity, plays a key role in the invasive phenotype of gliomas. Here we report the effect of ZINC69391, a(More)
Chimaerins are high affinity receptors for phorbol esters and diacylglycerol (DAG), unrelated to the protein kinase C isozymes. These receptors have deep implications in tumour biology since they regulate the activity of Rac1, a small GTP-binding protein of the Ras superfamily. It has been demonstrated that chimaerins have GTPase activating protein (GAP)(More)
Tamoxifen is a standard endocrine therapy for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer patients. Despite its success, development of resistance mechanisms is still a serious clinical problem. Deregulation of survival signaling pathways play a key role in tamoxifen resistance, being upregulation of Rac1-PAK1 signaling pathway one of the most important. Here,(More)
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