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Inhibition of Notch pathway arrests PTEN-deficient advanced prostate cancer by triggering p27-driven cellular senescence

Revandkar, Ajinkya ; Perciato, Maria Luna ; Toso, Alberto ; Alajati, Abdullah ; Chen, Jingjing ; Gerber, Hermeto ; Dimitrov, Mitko ; Rinaldi, Andrea ; Delaleu, Nicolas ; Pasquini, Emiliano ; D’Antuono, Rocco ; Pinton, Sandra ; Losa, Marco ; Gnetti, Letizia ; Arribas, Alberto ; Fraering, Patrick ; Bertoni, Francesco ; Nepveu, Alain ; Andrea Alimonti

In: Nature communications, 2016, vol. 7, p. 13719

Activation of NOTCH signalling is associated with advanced prostate cancer and treatment resistance in prostate cancer patients. However, the mechanism that drives NOTCH activation in prostate cancer remains still elusive. Moreover, preclinical evidence of the therapeutic efficacy of NOTCH inhibitors in prostate cancer is lacking. Here, we provide evidence that PTEN loss in prostate tumours ...

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Dnmt3a restrains mast cell inflammatory responses

Leoni, Cristina ; Montagner, Sara ; Rinaldi, Andrea ; Bertoni, Francesco ; Polletti, Sara ; Balestrieri, Chiara ; Monticelli, Silvia

In: Proceedings of the national academy of sciences, 2017, vol. 114, no. 8, p. E1490-E1499

DNA methylation and specifically the DNA methyltransferase enzyme DNMT3A are involved in the pathogenesis of a variety of hematological diseases and in regulating the function of immune cells. Although altered DNA methylation patterns and mutations in DNMT3A correlate with mast cell proliferative disorders in humans, the role of DNA methylation in mast cell biology is not understood. By using...

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ACKR3 expression on diffuse large B cell lymphoma is required for tumor spreading and tissue infiltration

Puddinu, Viola ; Casella, Sabrina ; Radice, Egle ; Thelen, Sylvia ; Dirnhofer, Stefan ; Bertoni, Francesco ; Thelen, Marcus

In: Oncotarget, 2017, vol. 8, no. 49, p. 85068-85084

Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most frequent lymphoma accounting for more than the 30% of the cases. Involvement of extranodal sites, such as bone marrow and central nervous system, is associated with poor prognosis. A contribution of the chemokine system in these processes is assumed as it is known as a critical regulator of the metastatic process in cancer. The atypical...

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Chemical stresses fail to mimic the unfolded protein response resulting from luminal load with unfolded polypeptides

Bergmann, Timothy J. ; Fregno, Ilaria ; Fumagalli, Fiorenza ; Rinaldi, Andrea ; Bertoni, Francesco ; Boersema, Paul J. ; Picotti, Paola ; Molinari, Maurizio

In: Journal of biological chemistry, 2018, vol. 293, no. 15, p. 5600-5612

The stress sensors ATF6, IRE1, and PERK monitor deviations from homeostatic conditions in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a protein biogenesis compartment of eukaryotic cells. Their activation elicits unfolded protein responses (UPR) to reestablish proteostasis. UPR have been extensively investigated in cells exposed to chemicals that activate ER stress sensors by perturbing calcium, N-glycans,...