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The Neuregulins and their receptors, the ErbB/HER subfamily of receptor tyrosine kinases, have critical roles in animal physiology, and their deregulation is frequent in cancer. Here we report the identification of the guanine nucleotide exchange factor, phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-triphosphate-dependent Rac exchanger 1 (P-Rex1), as a novel mediator in(More)
Pituitary transcription factor-1 (Pit-1) plays a key role in cell differentiation during organogenesis of the anterior pituitary, and as a transcriptional activator for the pituitary GH and prolactin genes. However, Pit-1 is also expressed in nonpituitary cell types and tissues. In breast tumors, Pit-1 mRNA and protein levels are increased with respect to(More)
Dasatinib is a small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets a wide variety of tyrosine kinases implicated in the pathophysiology of several neoplasias. Among the most sensitive dasatinib targets are ABL, the SRC family kinases (SRC, LCK, HCK, FYN, YES, FGR, BLK, LYN, and FRK), and the receptor tyrosine kinases c-KIT, platelet-derived growth factor(More)
β-Lapachone (β-Lap) is a 1,2-orthonaphthoquinone that selectively induces cell death in human cancer cells through NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase-1 (NQO1). NQO1 is overexpressed in a variety of tumors, as compared to normal adjacent tissue. However, the low solubility and non-specific distribution of β-Lap limit its suitability for clinical assays. We(More)
The transcription factor Pit-1/Pou1f1 regulates GH and prolactin (PRL) secretion in the pituitary gland. Pit-1 expression and GH regulation by Pit-1 have also been demonstrated in mammary gland. However, no data are available on the role of Pit-1 on breast PRL. To evaluate this role, several human breast cancer cell lines were transfected with either the(More)
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive form of breast cancer. Despite response to chemotherapy, relapses are frequent and resistance to available treatments is often seen in the metastatic setting. Therefore, identification of new therapeutic targets is required. With this aim, we have profiled the activation status of 44 receptor tyrosine(More)
BACKGROUND The transcription factor pituitary-1 (Pit-1) is mainly expressed in the pituitary gland, where it has critical roles in cell differentiation and as a transcriptional factor for GH and prolactin (PRL). It is also expressed in human extrapituitary tissues (placenta, lymphoid and haematopoietic tissues) and cell lines (human breast adenocarcinoma(More)
Former reports demonstrated that P-Rex, a Rac guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF), participated in signaling upon activation of the ErbB receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). Activation of ErbB receptors turned on a phosphorylation/dephosphorylation cycle of P-Rex in which stimulation of serine(1169) phosphorylation played a critical role in the activation(More)
1alpha,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D(3) [1,25-(OH)(2)D(3)], the most active metabolite of vitamin D, exerts its biological effects by binding to a specific intracellular receptor (the vitamin D receptor, VDR) present in target cells. 1,25-(OH)(2)D(3) is involved in a host of cell processes, including calcium homeostasis, cell growth and differentiation, and(More)
BACKGROUND The receptor tyrosine kinase, HER2, is overexpressed in approximately 25% of patients with breast cancer and is implicated in the aggressiveness of cancer. Targeting of HER2 signaling with trastuzumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits HER2 activity, has demonstrated clinical benefits. METHODS We investigated whether the antitumor activity of(More)