Pier Luigi Lollini

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The ability of interleukin (IL)-12 to prevent tumors when administered to individuals with a genetic risk of cancer was studied in two lines of transgenic mice expressing rat HER-2/neu oncogene in the mammary gland. Female BALB/c (H-2(d)) mice carrying the activated HER-2/ neu oncogene show no morphological abnormalities of the mammary gland until 3 wk of(More)
PURPOSE Small-molecule insulin-like growth factor-I receptor (IGF-IR)-specific tyrosine kinase inhibitors have been recently proposed as clinically viable approaches to impair IGF-IR functions. NVP-AEW541 seems one of the most promising agents. In this article, we point out its effects against migration, metastasis, vasculogenicity, and angiogenesis of(More)
Mitochondrial DNA mutations are currently investigated as modifying factors impinging on tumor growth and aggressiveness, having been found in virtually all cancer types and most commonly affecting genes encoding mitochondrial complex I (CI) subunits. However, it is still unclear whether they exert a pro- or anti-tumorigenic effect. We here analyzed the(More)
The transforming rat Her-2/neu oncogene embedded into the genome of virgin transgenic BALB/c mice (BALB-neuT) provokes the development of an invasive carcinoma in each of their 10 mammary glands. i.m. vaccination with DNA plasmids coding for the extracellular and transmembrane domains of the protein product of the Her-2/neu oncogene started when mice(More)
While much experimental data shows that vaccination efficiently inhibits a subsequent challenge by a transplantable tumor, its ability to inhibit the progress of autochthonous preneoplastic lesions is virtually unknown. In this article, we show that a combined DNA and cell vaccine persistently inhibits such lesions in a murine HER-2/neu mammary(More)
Recent studies have indicated that targeting glutathione-S-transferase (GST) isoenzymes may be a promising novel strategy to improve the efficacy of conventional chemotherapy in the three most common musculoskeletal tumours: osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, and rhabdomyosarcoma. By using a panel of 15 drug-sensitive and drug-resistant human osteosarcoma,(More)
Double transgenic mice overexpressing the transforming rat HER-2/neu oncogene and the mutated p53, with both dominant-negative and a gain-of-function properties, display early aggressive and metastasizing parotid tumors. Multiple acinar and ductal hyperplasia foci overexpressing the HER-2/neu gene product are evident at wk 5 and progress to poorly(More)
The oncogenic versus suppressor roles of mitochondrial genes have long been debated. Peculiar features of mitochondrial genetics such as hetero/homoplasmy and mutation threshold are seldom taken into account in this debate. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations generally have been claimed to be protumorigenic, but they are also hallmarks of mostly benign(More)
A splice isoform of the HER2 receptor that lacks exon 16 (d16HER2) is expressed in many HER2-positive breast tumors, where it has been linked with resistance to the HER2-targeting antibody trastuzumab, but the impact of d16HER2 on tumor pathobiology and therapeutic response remains uncertain. Here, we provide genetic evidence in transgenic mice that(More)
BACKGROUND The reduction of white cells in blood components before transfusion by filters with at least 3 log10 depletion may prevent adverse transfusion reactions such as HLA alloimmunization, febrile reactions, transmitted infections, and immunomodulation. A new generation of filters with 4 log10 depletion is now available. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The(More)