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Thyroid carcinomas comprise a broad spectrum of tumors with different clinical behaviors. On the one side, there are occult papillary carcinomas (PTC), slow growing and clinically silent, and on the other side, rapidly growing anaplastic carcinomas (ATC), which are among the most lethal human neoplasms. We have analysed the microRNA (miR) profile of ATC in(More)
We have recently reported that MicroRNAs (miR)-221 and miR-222 were up-regulated in human thyroid papillary carcinomas in comparison with the normal thyroid tissue. Bioinformatic analysis proposed the p27(Kip1) protein, a key regulator of cell cycle, as a candidate target for the miR-221/222 cluster. Here, we report that the enforced expression of miR-221(More)
The UbcH10 gene codes for a protein that belongs to the ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme family. Previous studies of our group suggest UbcH10 expression as a valid indicator of the proliferative and aggressive status of thyroid carcinomas. Therefore, to better understand the process of ovarian carcinogenesis, and to look for possible tools to be used as(More)
CONTEXT Micro-RNA have emerged as an important class of short endogenous RNA that act as posttranscriptional regulators of gene expression and are constantly deregulated in human cancer. MiR-1 has been found down-regulated in lung, colon, and prostate cancer. OBJECTIVES In this study, we investigated the possible role of miR-1 in thyroid carcinogenesis.(More)
PGE2 plays a critical role in colorectal carcinogenesis. We have previously shown that COX-2 expression and PGE2 synthesis are mediated by IGF-II/IGF-I receptor signaling in the Caco-2 cell line and that the pathway of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt protects the cell from apoptosis. In the present study, we demonstrate that PGE2 has the ability to(More)
Chromobox protein homologue 7 (CBX7) is a chromobox family protein encoding a novel polycomb protein, the expression of which shows a progressive reduction, well related with the malignant grade of the thyroid neoplasias. Indeed, CBX7 protein levels decreased in an increasing percentage of cases going from benign adenomas to papillary, follicular, and(More)
RET/papillary thyroid carcinoma 1 (PTC1) oncogene is frequently activated in human PTCs. It is characterized by the fusion of the intracellular kinase-encoding domain of RET to the first 101 amino acids of CCDC6. The aim of our work is to characterize the function of the CCDC6 protein to better understand the function of its truncation, that results in the(More)
MicroRNA (miRNA) deregulation plays a critical role in tumorigenesis. miR-23b and miR-130b are induced by thyrotropin in thyroid cells in a cAMP-dependent manner. The aim of our work has been to investigate the possible role of miR-23b and miR-130b in pituitary tumorigenesis. We have analyzed their expression in a panel of pituitary adenomas (PAs) including(More)
Using gene expression profiling, we found that the CBX7 gene was drastically down-regulated in six thyroid carcinoma cell lines versus control cells. The aims of this study were to determine whether CBX7 is related to the thyroid cancer phenotype and to try to identify new tools for the diagnosis and prognosis of thyroid cancer. We thus evaluated CBX7(More)
CONTEXT MicroRNA (miRNA or miR) have emerged as an important class of short endogenous RNA that act as post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression and have a critical role in cell proliferation and differentiation. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of miRNA in the proliferation of differentiated thyroid cells that require(More)