Tiziana Servidei

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Neprilysin (NEP, EP24.11), a metallopeptidase originally shown to modulate signalling events by degrading small regulatory peptides, is also an amyloid-beta- (Abeta) degrading enzyme. We investigated a possible role of NEP in inclusion body myositis (IBM) and other acquired and hereditary muscle disorders and found that in all myopathies NEP expression was(More)
Medulloblastoma (MB) is a malignant pediatric brain tumor arising in the cerebellum consisting of four distinct subgroups: WNT, SHH, Group 3 and Group 4, which exhibit different molecular phenotypes. We studied the expression of Dickkopf (DKK) 1-4 family genes, inhibitors of the Wnt signaling cascade, in MB by screening 355 expression profiles derived from(More)
BACKGROUND Ependymoma management remains challenging because of the inherent chemoresistance of this tumor. To determine whether ependymoma stem cells (SCs) might contribute to therapy resistance, we investigated the sensitivity of ependymoma SCs to temozolomide and etoposide. METHODS The efficacies of the two DNA damaging agents were explored in two(More)
Ciliary neurotrophic factor, along with other neuropoietic cytokines, signals through the shared receptor subunit gp130 [1-3], leading to the tyrosine phosphorylation of a number of substrates [4,5], including the transcription factors STAT1 and STAT3 and the protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-2 [6,7] [8]. SHP-2 (also known as PTP1D, SHPTP2, Syp and PTP2C) is(More)
In this study we examined the distribution and developmental profile of the src homology 2 (SH2) domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-2 in the mouse brain. We found that SHP-2 is present in both mitotically active and postmitotic cells in the forebrains of embryonic day 12 (E12) mice. In a developmental study extending from embryonic day 12 to(More)
The effects of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor gefitinib on cell growth and signaling were evaluated in three medulloblastoma (MB) cell lines (D283, D341, Daoy), one supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor cell line (PFSK), and four MB primary cultures. Cell lines showed diverse expression of EGFR and human epidermal receptor 2(More)
We developed an animal model to evaluate the 125-I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (125-I-mIBG) biodistribution in tumor bearing mice. Six weeks old nude-atimic mice were subcutaneously injected with 30 x 10(6) cells of the human neuroblastoma (NB) cell line SH-SY5Y. TE-671, a rhabdomyosarcoma cell line, was used as a control tumor without a specific mIBG uptake(More)
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