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Antitumor activity of miR-34a in peritoneal mesothelioma relies on c-MET and AXL inhibition: persistent activation of ERK and AKT signaling as a possible cytoprotective mechanism

Background The value of microRNAs (miRNAs) as novel targets for cancer therapy is now widely recognized. However, no information is currently available on the expression/functional role of miRNAs in diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (DMPM), a rapidly lethal disease, poorly responsive to conventional treatments, for which the development of new therapeutic strategies is...

CpG-oligodeoxynucleotides exert remarkable antitumor activity against diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma orthotopic xenografts

Background Diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (DMPM) is a rare and locally aggressive disease. DMPM prognosis is dismal, mainly due to the lack of effective treatment options and the development of new therapeutic strategies is urgently needed. In this context, novel immunotherapy approaches can be explored in an attempt to improve DMPM patients’ survival. Methods We...

miR-21: an oncomir on strike in prostate cancer

Background Aberrant expression of microRNAs, small non-coding RNA molecules that post-transcriptionally repress gene expression, seems to be causatively linked to the pathogenesis of cancer. In this context, miR-21 was found to be overexpressed in different human cancers (e.g. glioblastoma, breast cancer). In addition, it is thought to be endowed with oncogenic properties due to...

Inhibition of telomerase activity by geldanamycin and 17-allylamino, 17-demethoxygeldanamycin in human melanoma cells

As it has been demonstrated that the heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) is required for the assembly and activation of telomerase in human cells, we investigated the effect exerted by the ansamycin antibiotics geldanamycin (GA) and 17-allylamino,17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG), two well-known inhibitors of the HSP90 chaperone function, on telomerase activity in JR8 human melanoma...

Ribozyme-mediated down-regulation of survivin expression sensitizes human melanoma cells to topotecan in vitro and in vivo

Project Oncology, FIRBMIUR (RBNE01X3NB), Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia San Paolo. Marzia Pennati was supported by a fellowship by FIRC.