Vittoria Fortino

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In the course of a project aimed to clarify the molecular mechanisms by which phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-activated forms of protein kinase C (PKC) promote growth arrest in an MCF-7 cell line, we found that the PKCdelta inhibitor Rottlerin was able by itself to block cell proliferation. In the current study, we investigated further the(More)
The aim of this brief review is to summarize the recent literature on the effect of ozone (O3) on cutaneous tissues. Recently it has been reported that a chronic contact with O3 can be deleterious for the skin. Our group and others have shown a progressive depletion of antioxidant content in the stratum corneum and this can then lead to a cascade of effects(More)
Skin is frequently exposed to pro-oxidative insults such as UV light, ozone (O(3)) and cigarette smoke (CS), which are able to deplete antioxidants and induce oxidation products affecting skin pathophysiology. Skin turnover and regeneration are largely dependent on extracellular matrix metabolism, which is under the control of matrix metalloproteinases,(More)
Various studies on hepatic fibrosis occurring in iron overload suggest that excess of tissue iron may be involved in the stimulation of collagen synthesis. Anyway, up to date, direct evidence on the role of iron in hepatic fibrosis is lacking. Moreover, it is not clear whether iron acts as direct initiator of fibrogenesis or as mediator of hepatocellular(More)
Rottlerin is a natural product isolated from Mallotus philippinensis. This polyphenolic compound, originally described as a selective inhibitor of PKCδ, can inhibit many other PKC-unrelated kinases and has a number of biological actions, including mitochondrial uncoupling effects. We recently found that Rottlerin inhibits the transcription factor nuclear(More)
Rottlerin, a polyphenol isolated from Mallotus Philippinensis, has been recently used as a selective inhibitor of PKC delta, although it can inhibit many kinases and has several biological effects. Among them, we recently found that Rottlerin inhibits the Nuclear Factor kappaB (NFkappaB), activated by either phorbol esters or H(2)O(2). Because of the redox(More)
Although PKCs are assumed to be the main targets of phorbol esters (PMA), additional PMA effectors, such as chimaerins (a family of RacGTPase activating proteins) and RasGRP (exchange factor for Ras/Rap1), can counteract or strengthen the PKC pathways. In this study, we evaluated the proliferative behavior of PMA-treated MCF-7 breast cancer cell and found(More)
In this paper the effect of N-terminal parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrp) and PTHrp-engaged pathways on MCF-7 breast cancer cell migration/invasivity and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) production were investigated. We found that: a) migration is not affected by PTHrp and Forskolin (FK)-activated PKA, while Phorbol Myristate Acetate(More)
Sir, We read with interest the publication by Hoey et al (2003), on MCF-7 cell proliferation promoted by the overexpressed PTH/ PTHrP receptor, since a study on the effects of PTHrP on MCF-7 cell proliferation is currently in progress in our Lab. We knew that the old and new literature reports contradictory findings in this cancer cell line as far as the(More)