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One of the most exciting areas of current research in the cannabinoid field is the study of the potential application of these compounds as antitumoral drugs. Here, we describe the signaling pathway that mediates cannabinoid-induced apoptosis of tumor cells. By using a wide array of experimental approaches, we identify the stress-regulated protein p8 (also(More)
Interferon-alpha therapy has been shown to be active in the treatment of mycosis fungoides although the individual response to this therapy is unpredictable and dependent on essentially unknown factors. In an effort to better understand the molecular mechanisms of interferon-alpha resistance we have developed an interferon-alpha resistant variant from a(More)
The retinoblastoma susceptibility gene (Rb) has been characterized as a tumour suppressor gene. Rb protein is involved in cell-cycle control, regulating gene transcription. The absence of Rb protein in inherited retinoblastoma has been proved to be the result of inactivation of both Rb alleles through mutation or deletion, according to the general model for(More)
MDM2 and p53 immunohistochemical protein expression was analysed in lymphocytes and in reactive and neoplastic lymphoid tissue. Phytohaemagglutinin (PHA)-stimulated lymphocytes displayed MDM2 and p53 co-expression. In 8 of 8 tonsils, 24 of 24 Hodgkin's disease (HD), and 10 of 24 high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (HG-NHL) specimens, MDM2 paralleled p53(More)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most frequent form of adult leukemia in Western countries, is characterized by a highly variable clinical course. Expression profiling of a series of 160 CLL patients allowed interrogating the genes presumably playing a role in pathogenesis, relating the expression of functionally relevant signatures with the time to(More)
The assembly of a collection of gene-expression signatures of the major types of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has identified increased T-cell leukemia/lymphoma 1A (TCL1) expression in multiple lymphoma types and cases, and has enabled the investigation of the functional and clinical importance of TCL1 expression. Specifically, Burkitt's lymphoma cases show(More)
The CDKN2A gene located on chromosome region 9p21 encodes the cyclin-dependent kinase-4 inhibitor p16/INK4A, a negative cell cycle regulator. We analyzed p16/INK4A expression in different types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to determine whether the absence of this protein is involved in lymphomagenesis, while also trying to characterize the genetic events(More)
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-1, an enzyme that catalyzes the attachment of ADP ribose to target proteins, acts as a component of enhancer/promoter regulatory complexes. In the present study, we show that pharmacologic inhibition of PARP-1 with 3,4-dihydro-5-[4-(1-piperidinyl)butoxyl]-1(2H)-isoquinolinone (DPQ) results in a strong delay in tumor(More)
Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) is a recently described and distinctive type of splenic lymphoma and is characterized by an indolent clinical course. By analyzing a large series of SMZL cases, we recognized the existence of a subset of 6 cases characterized by an aggressive clinical course that led to death caused by the tumor in 5 of 6 cases, whereas(More)
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assessment of clonal immunoglobulin (Ig) and T-cell receptor (TCR) gene rearrangements is an important diagnostic tool in mature B-cell neoplasms. However, lack of standardized PCR protocols resulting in a high level of false negativity has hampered comparability of data in previous clonality studies. In order to address(More)