Rita Falcioni

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The interaction of integrins with extracellular matrix is known to promote cell survival by inhibiting apoptotic signaling. In contrast, we demonstrate here that the alpha6beta4 integrin induces apoptosis in carcinoma cells by stimulating p53 function. Specifically, we show that expression of alpha6beta4 in carcinoma cells that lack this integrin stimulates(More)
We previously demonstrated that b4 integrin subunit overexpression increases in vitro invasiveness of NIH3T3 cells that have been transformed by ErbB-2 oncogene. We used this model to identify domains within the large b4 cytoplasmic domain that are involved in the interaction of a6b4 with ErbB-2, invasion, and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)(More)
Proper regulation of white and brown adipogenic differentiation is important for maintaining an organism's metabolic profile in a homeostatic state. The recent observations showing that the p53 tumor suppressor plays a role in metabolism raise the question of whether it is involved in the regulation of white and brown adipocyte differentiation. By using(More)
Although the interaction of matrix proteins with integrins is known to initiate signaling pathways that are essential for cell survival, a role for tumor suppressors in the regulation of these pathways has not been established. We demonstrate here that p53 can inhibit the survival function of integrins by inducing the caspase-dependent cleavage and(More)
The tumor-associated antigen complex, TSP-180, was previously defined in carcinoma cell lines and found to be expressed in higher amounts in tumor than in normal tissue. Here, the mouse TSP-180 complex is shown to consist of three related proteins (bands 1, 2, and 3) associated with a distinct protein (band 5) that is probably derived from a precursor(More)
Although the interaction of matrix proteins with integrins is known to initiate signaling pathways that are essential for cell survival, a role for tumor suppressors in the regulation of these pathways has not been established. We demonstrate here that p53 can inhibit the survival function of integrins by inducing the caspase-dependent cleavage and(More)
We previously demonstrated that beta(4) integrin subunit overexpression increases in vitro invasiveness of NIH3T3 cells that have been transformed by ErbB-2 oncogene. We used this model to identify domains within the large beta(4) cytoplasmic domain that are involved in the interaction of alpha(6)beta(4) with ErbB-2, invasion, and phosphatidylinositol(More)
The alpha 6/beta 4 complex is a member of the integrin family of adhesion receptors. It is found on a variety of epithelial cell types, but is most strongly expressed on stratified squamous epithelia. Fluorescent antibody staining of human epidermis suggests that the beta 4 subunit is strongly localized to the basal region showing a similar distribution to(More)
Growth factors modulate integrin-mediated cell adhesion and motility, and their receptors are thought to share proteins that mediate intracellular signaling with integrin receptors. The crosstalk between these receptors is thought to play a relevant role in transformation and tumor progression. To highlight possible interactions between growth factors and(More)
α6β4 integrin is an adhesion molecule for laminin receptors involved in tumor progression. We present a link between β4 integrin expression and miR-221/222 in the most prevalent human mammary tumor: luminal invasive carcinomas (Lum-ICs). Using human primary tumors that display different β4 integrin expression and grade, we show that miR-221/222 expression(More)