Cellular Signalling Laboratory

Castel Guelfo di Bologna, Italy

Cellular Signalling Laboratory

Castel Guelfo di Bologna, Italy

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Bulj Z.,Cellular Signalling Laboratory | Duchi S.,Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute | Bevilacqua A.,Advanced Res Center On Electronic Systems For Information And Communication Technologiese Of Castro | Gherardi A.,Advanced Res Center On Electronic Systems For Information And Communication Technologiese Of Castro | And 7 more authors.
International Journal of Oncology | Year: 2013

This study was designed to investigate the migratory behavior of adult human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and the underlying mechanism. Cell migration was assessed by transwell, wound healing and time-lapse in vivo motility assays. Pharmacological inhibitors were used to determine the potential mechanism responsible for cell migration and invasion. The tests that were implemented revealed that MSC were fairly migratory. Protein kinase B (AKT) was strongly activated at the basal level. Through our analyses we demonstrated that pharmacological inactivation of AKT2 but not AKT1 significantly decreased cell migration and invasion. Although preliminary, collectively our results indicate that AKT2 activation plays a critical role in enabling MSC migration.


Maraldi T.,University of Modena and Reggio Emilia | Bertacchini J.,University of Modena and Reggio Emilia | Bertacchini J.,Cellular Signalling Laboratory | Benincasa M.,University of Modena and Reggio Emilia | And 8 more authors.
International Journal of Oncology | Year: 2011

Reverse-phase microarray assays using phospho-specific antibodies (RPPA) can directly measure levels of phosphorylated protein isoforms. In the current study, lysates from parental and multidrug resistant (MDR) CEM leukemia cells were spotted onto reverse-phase protein microarrays and probed with a panel of phospho-antibodies to ERK, PCK and Akt pathways. In particular, the Akt pathway is considered to play significant roles in leukemia and Akt inhibitor therapy has been proposed as a potential tool in the treatment of this disease. The RPPA data prompted us to investigate deeper this pathway. Here, we found that whereas total Akt1 protein level is higher in parental CEM cells, the activated isoform content, p-Akt1, increases in doxorubicin-selected CEM cells (MDR-CEM). This was backed up by Western blot analysis, confirming that Akt1 activity/phosphorylation may be upregulated in MDR-CEM cells. Further exploration of inhibitory therapy in this system was evaluated. The TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand, TRAIL, has been shown to selectively kill tumor cells. Herein, we describe that in MDRCEM cells TRAIL responsiveness correlates with a reduced expression of endogenous Akt1, suggesting that the MDR phenotype associated to P-gp sensitizes cells to TRAIL therapy.


PubMed | Cellular Signalling Laboratory
Type: Journal Article | Journal: International journal of oncology | Year: 2012

This study was designed to investigate the migratory behavior of adult human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and the underlying mechanism. Cell migration was assessed by transwell, wound healing and time-lapse invivo motility assays. Pharmacological inhibitors were used to determine the potential mechanism responsible for cell migration and invasion. The tests that were implemented revealed that MSC were fairly migratory. Protein kinase B (AKT) was strongly activated at the basal level. Through our analyses we demonstrated that pharmacological inactivation of AKT2 but not AKT1 significantly decreased cell migration and invasion. Although preliminary, collectively our results indicate that AKT2 activation plays a critical role in enabling MSC migration.

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