Introduction: The identification of a sensitive biomarker to detect the presence and severity of carcinoid heart disease could allow more selective use of clinical and echocardiographic screening. ST2 is a protein belonging to the family of interleukin 1 receptors, present both in the isoform of transmembrane (ST2L) and in the soluble one (sST2). sST2 blocks the anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertrophic, and anti-fibrotic effects of cytokine IL-33 on the myocardium and recent studies have shown that sST2 levels increase in the blood of patients diagnosed with heart failure.
Conference: 17th Annual ENETS Conference 2020 (2020)
Presenting Author: Daniela Maria Cardinale
Introduction: Lung cancer is the main cause of cancer death. Non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cause about 85% of cases and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) represents 15%. Therapy resistance is commonly related with a transformation from adenocarcinoma to SCLC. SCLC shows neuroendocrine (NE) features and exhibits aggressive behavior. In vitro production of vasopressin (AVP) was reported in SCLC. The AVP V1 receptors are associated with mitogenic signaling pathways, while AVP V2 receptor (V2r) is related with an opposite effect. DDAVP is a synthetic analog of AVP that acts as a selective agonist for V2r. DDAVP displays cytostatic and antimetastatic properties in breast and colorectal cancer. In our laboratory a new analog, [V4Q5]dDAVP, showed improved cytostatic activity
Conference: 13th Annual ENETS conference 2016 (2016)
Category: Basic Science - In vitro models, tumor growth, CTCs
Presenting Author: Student PhD Marina Pifano