Alessandra Russo

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Affiliation: University of Catania
Country: Italy

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Improved antioxidant effect of idebenone-loaded polyethyl-2-cyanoacrylate nanocapsules tested on human fibroblasts
    Maddalena Palumbo
    Institute of Biochemistry, University of Catania, Italy
    Pharm Res 19:71-8. 2002
  2. ncbi request reprint Bacopa monniera, a reputed nootropic plant: an overview
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Phytomedicine 12:305-17. 2005
  3. doi request reprint A new jasmonic acid stereoisomeric derivative induces apoptosis via reactive oxygen species in human prostate cancer cells
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Drug Sciences, Biochemistry Section, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Cancer Lett 326:199-205. 2012
  4. doi request reprint Effect of vicanicin and protolichesterinic acid on human prostate cancer cells: role of Hsp70 protein
    A Russo
    Department of Drug Sciences, Section of Biochemistry, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Chem Biol Interact 195:1-10. 2012
  5. ncbi request reprint Nitric oxide-related toxicity in cultured astrocytes: effect of Bacopa monniera
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Life Sci 73:1517-26. 2003
  6. ncbi request reprint Propolis protects human spermatozoa from DNA damage caused by benzo[a]pyrene and exogenous reactive oxygen species
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Life Sci 78:1401-6. 2006
  7. ncbi request reprint Genistin inhibits UV light-induced plasmid DNA damage and cell growth in human melanoma cells
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, 95125 Catania, Italy
    J Nutr Biochem 17:103-8. 2006
  8. ncbi request reprint Chilean propolis: antioxidant activity and antiproliferative action in human tumor cell lines
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania Italy
    Life Sci 76:545-58. 2004
  9. ncbi request reprint Antioxidant activity and antiproliferative action of methanolic extract of Geum quellyon Sweet roots in human tumor cell lines
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, 95125 Catania, Italy
    J Ethnopharmacol 100:323-32. 2005
  10. ncbi request reprint Free radical scavenging capacity and protective effect of Bacopa monniera L. on DNA damage
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biochemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Phytother Res 17:870-5. 2003

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  1. ncbi request reprint Improved antioxidant effect of idebenone-loaded polyethyl-2-cyanoacrylate nanocapsules tested on human fibroblasts
    Maddalena Palumbo
    Institute of Biochemistry, University of Catania, Italy
    Pharm Res 19:71-8. 2002
    ..The relationship between oxidative damage and apoptotic or nonapoptotic cell death is evaluated in vitro...
  2. ncbi request reprint Bacopa monniera, a reputed nootropic plant: an overview
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Phytomedicine 12:305-17. 2005
    ..Moreover, other clinical studies have to be encouraged, also to evidence any side effects and possible interactions between this herbal medicine and synthetic drugs...
  3. doi request reprint A new jasmonic acid stereoisomeric derivative induces apoptosis via reactive oxygen species in human prostate cancer cells
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Drug Sciences, Biochemistry Section, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Cancer Lett 326:199-205. 2012
    ..In addition, our data seem to indicate that the apoptosis evocated by this new molecule, at least in part, appears to be associated with an increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
  4. doi request reprint Effect of vicanicin and protolichesterinic acid on human prostate cancer cells: role of Hsp70 protein
    A Russo
    Department of Drug Sciences, Section of Biochemistry, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Chem Biol Interact 195:1-10. 2012
    ..The combination of vicanicin (4) and protolichesterinic acid (5) with other anti-prostate cancer therapies could be considered a promising strategy that warrants further in vivo evaluation...
  5. ncbi request reprint Nitric oxide-related toxicity in cultured astrocytes: effect of Bacopa monniera
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Life Sci 73:1517-26. 2003
    ..This data supports the traditional use of BM and indicates that this medicinal plant has a therapeutic potential in treatment or prevention of neurological diseases...
  6. ncbi request reprint Propolis protects human spermatozoa from DNA damage caused by benzo[a]pyrene and exogenous reactive oxygen species
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Life Sci 78:1401-6. 2006
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  7. ncbi request reprint Genistin inhibits UV light-induced plasmid DNA damage and cell growth in human melanoma cells
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, 95125 Catania, Italy
    J Nutr Biochem 17:103-8. 2006
    ..These results suggest that also genistin, due to its antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties, contributes to the overall biological activity of soy and could have promising applications in the field of dermatology...
  8. ncbi request reprint Chilean propolis: antioxidant activity and antiproliferative action in human tumor cell lines
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania Italy
    Life Sci 76:545-58. 2004
    ..Results showed that this Chilean propolis sample exhibits interesting biological properties, correlated with its chemical composition and expressed by its capacity to scavenge free radicals and to inhibit tumor cell growth...
  9. ncbi request reprint Antioxidant activity and antiproliferative action of methanolic extract of Geum quellyon Sweet roots in human tumor cell lines
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, 95125 Catania, Italy
    J Ethnopharmacol 100:323-32. 2005
    ..The effect evidenced in Caco-2 cells can be in part correlated to a modulation of redox-sensitive mechanisms...
  10. ncbi request reprint Free radical scavenging capacity and protective effect of Bacopa monniera L. on DNA damage
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biochemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Phytother Res 17:870-5. 2003
    ..Moreover, this experimental evidence suggests that because of its antioxidant activity, this Ayurvedic drug may be useful in the treatment of human pathologies in which free radical production plays a key role...
  11. ncbi request reprint Pannarin inhibits cell growth and induces cell death in human prostate carcinoma DU-145 cells
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Anticancer Drugs 17:1163-9. 2006
    ..The experimental evidence is further confirmed by caspase-3 activity results, evidencing a reduction in the activity of this protease at a higher concentration, 50 micromol/l...
  12. ncbi request reprint Putrescine-1,4-dicinnamide from Pholiota spumosa (Basidiomycetes) inhibits cell growth of human prostate cancer cells
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Phytomedicine 14:185-91. 2007
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  13. ncbi request reprint Rosmarinus officinalis extract inhibits human melanoma cell growth
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Nat Prod Commun 4:1707-10. 2009
    ..No statistically significant increase in LDH release was observed in melanoma cells, correlated to a fragmentation of genomic DNA, determined by COMET assay...
  14. doi request reprint Lichen metabolites prevent UV light and nitric oxide-mediated plasmid DNA damage and induce apoptosis in human melanoma cells
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Life Sci 83:468-74. 2008
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  15. doi request reprint Boldo prevents UV light and nitric oxide-mediated plasmid DNA damage and reduces the expression of Hsp70 protein in melanoma cancer cells
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    J Pharm Pharmacol 63:1219-29. 2011
    ..In addition, we investigated the growth inhibitory activity of this natural product against human melanoma cells (M14)...
  16. doi request reprint Effect of litreol on the viability of human cancer cells
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Chem Biol Interact 179:178-84. 2009
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  17. ncbi request reprint Ethanol-induced oxidative stress in rat astrocytes: role of HSP70
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Catania, Italy
    Cell Biol Toxicol 17:153-68. 2001
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  18. ncbi request reprint Ochratoxin A-induced DNA damage in human fibroblast: protective effect of cyanidin 3-O-beta-d-glucoside
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Biochemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Catania 95100, Italy
    J Nutr Biochem 16:31-7. 2005
    ..C3G (0.125, 0.250 mM) added to the cells treated with 50 microM OTA significantly reduced free radical species production and prevented genomic DNA damage...
  19. ncbi request reprint Resveratrol and propolis as necrosis or apoptosis inducers in human prostate carcinoma cells
    Christian Scifo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Viale Andrea Doria, 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Oncol Res 14:415-26. 2004
    ..The data obtained suggest the possible use of these micronutrients both in alternative to classic chemotherapy, and in combination with very low dosage of vinorelbine (5 microM)...
  20. doi request reprint Essential oils of Salvia bracteata and Salvia rubifolia from Lebanon: Chemical composition, antimicrobial activity and inhibitory effect on human melanoma cells
    Venera Cardile
    Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Catania, 95125 Catania, Italy
    J Ethnopharmacol 126:265-72. 2009
    ..The oils were also tested for their potential antiproliferative effects against M14 human melanoma cells...
  21. ncbi request reprint Involvement of HSP70 in resveratrol-induced apoptosis of human prostate cancer
    Venera Cardile
    Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Anticancer Res 23:4921-6. 2003
    ..Resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene), a polyphenol present in red wine, grapes and other dietary and medicinal plants, has been shown to be active in inhibiting multistage carcinogenesis, inducing apoptotic cell death...
  22. ncbi request reprint Red wine micronutrients as protective agents in Alzheimer-like induced insult
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Life Sci 72:2369-79. 2003
    ..The experimental results suggest that this natural compound may be used to ameliorate the progression of pathology in AD disease therapy...
  23. ncbi request reprint Cyanidin and cyanidin 3-O-beta-D -glucoside as DNA cleavage protectors and antioxidants
    R Acquaviva
    Department of Biochemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Cell Biol Toxicol 19:243-52. 2003
    ..These effects suggest that anthocyanins exhibit interesting antioxidant properties, and could therefore represent a promising class of compounds useful in the treatment of pathologies where free radical production plays a key role...
  24. doi request reprint Chemical composition and anticancer activity of essential oils of Mediterranean sage (Salvia officinalis L.) grown in different environmental conditions
    Alessandra Russo
    Department of Drug Sciences, Section of Biochemistry, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Food Chem Toxicol 55:42-7. 2013
    ..The growth-inhibitory and proapoptotic effects of the eighteen sage essential oils were evaluated in three human melanoma cell lines, A375, M14, and A2058...
  25. ncbi request reprint Effect of propolis on human cartilage and chondrocytes
    Venera Cardile
    Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Life Sci 73:1027-35. 2003
    ..Our data clearly demonstrated the protective action of propolis in cartilage alteration, that appears greater than that elicited by indomethacin, commonly employed in joint diseases...
  26. ncbi request reprint DNA topoisomerase i as a transcription protein and a lethal cellular toxin
    Luca Lotito
    Department of Biochemistry, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
    Ital J Biochem 56:122-9. 2007
    ..Moreover, we will discuss recent findings on the targeting of topoisomerase I to pre-selected sites in transcribed chromatin by fusion to a sequence-specific DNA-binding protein domain...
  27. ncbi request reprint Early clamping of umbilical cord blood and foetal CD34 enrichment
    C Pafumi
    Department of Microbiology, University of Catania, Italy
    Acta Med Austriaca 28:141-4. 2001
    ..This increases the possibility of reducing graft versus host disease in adult patients and produces survival rates similar to the ones we observed in transplantation of bone marrow from unrelated donors...
  28. ncbi request reprint DNA damage in human fibroblasts exposed to fumonisin B(1)
    F Galvano
    Department of Agro Forestry, Environmental Science and Technology, University of Reggio Calabria, P zza S Francesco 7, Reggio Calabria, Italy
    Food Chem Toxicol 40:25-31. 2002
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  29. ncbi request reprint Two enrichment methods to obtain CD34+ stem cells from umbilical cord blood
    C Pafumi
    Microbiological and Gynaecological Science Department, University of Catania, Via G D Annunzio no 125, 95127 Catania, Italy
    Bratisl Lek Listy 102:183-6. 2001
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  30. ncbi request reprint Indian medicinal plants as antiradicals and DNA cleavage protectors
    A Russo
    Department of Biochemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Italy
    Phytomedicine 8:125-32. 2001
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  31. ncbi request reprint Adenomyosis and uterus rupture during labor
    C Pafumi
    Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Catania, Via G D Annunzio no 125, 95127 Catania, Italy
    Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Taipei) 64:244-6. 2001
    ..Our experience suggests that a silent and spontaneous uterine rupture, is possible even in the absence of the principal risk factors...
  32. ncbi request reprint Pregnancy outcome of a transfusion-dependent thalassemic woman
    C Pafumi
    University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, S Bambino Hospital, Catania, Italy
    Ann Hematol 79:571-3. 2000
    ..Therefore, women now affected by Cooley disease may possibly have a normal pregnancy without ovulation induction, intrauterine growth retardation, foetal loss and preterm labour...
  33. ncbi request reprint L -propionyl-carnitine as superoxide scavenger, antioxidant, and DNA cleavage protector
    A Vanella
    Institute of Biochemistry, University of Catania, Italy
    Cell Biol Toxicol 16:99-104. 2000
    ..In fact, it was able to scavenge superoxide anion, to inhibit the lipoperoxidation of linoleic acid, and to protect pBR322 DNA from cleavage induced by H2O2 UV-photolysis...
  34. ncbi request reprint ET-18-OCH(3)-induced cytotoxicity and DNA damage in rat astrocytes
    M Renis
    Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Catania, Viale Andrea Doria, 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Int J Dev Neurosci 18:545-55. 2000
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  35. ncbi request reprint VLA-2 and VLA-5 cell adhesion molecules expression in CD34+ cells from umbilical cord blood and from bone marrow
    C Pafumi
    Department of Microbiological and Gynaecological Sciences, University of Catania, Italy
    Blood Purif 20:174-6. 2002
    ..The aim of this study is to investigate the number of two cell adhesion molecules in cord blood and in bone marrow...
  36. ncbi request reprint Is endoscopic ultrasound clinically useful for follow-up of gastric lymphoma?
    F Di Raimondo
    Divisione Clinicizzata di Ematologia, Universita di Catania, Ospedale Ferrarotto, Catania, Italy
    Ann Oncol 18:351-6. 2007
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  37. ncbi request reprint Antioxidant activity of propolis: role of caffeic acid phenethyl ester and galangin
    A Russo
    Department of Biochemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Fitoterapia 73:S21-9. 2002
    ..CAPE, used alone, exhibited a strong antioxidant activity, higher than galangin. The experimental evidence, therefore, suggests that CAPE plays an important role in the antioxidant activity of propolis...
  38. ncbi request reprint Comparison of dexa and ultrasonometry in the measurement of bone density
    C Pafumi
    Department of Microbiological and Gynaecological Sciences, University of Catania, Italy
    Arch Gynecol Obstet 266:152-3. 2002
    ..Mean height cm 164+/-2.8; mean weight kg 68+/-3.2. The most concordant results were obtained in group B. This suggests that QUS screening for osteoporosis may be suitable for the "younger" perimenopausal patient...
  39. ncbi request reprint Two CD34+ stem cells from umbilical cord blood enrichment methods
    C Pafumi
    Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Catania, Italy
    Pediatr Hematol Oncol 19:239-45. 2002
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  40. ncbi request reprint Influence of the kind of delivery on umbilical cord blood collection
    C Pafumi
    Department of Microbiological and Gynaecological Sciences, University of Catania, Italy
    Haematologia (Budap) 31:341-5. 2002
    ..The higher median volume of blood collected from infants delivered by Caesarean section seems mainly due to the different clamping time, rather than to the kind of delivery...
  41. ncbi request reprint Differences in umbilical cord blood units collected during cesarean section, before or after the delivery of the placenta
    C Pafumi
    Department of Microbiological and Gynecological Sciences, Section of Endocrinology, Andrology and Internal Medicine, University of Catania, Italy
    Gynecol Obstet Invest 54:73-7. 2002
    ..7 +/- 6.0 versus 60.9 +/- 13.7 ml; the cord blood nucleated cell number was 10.1 +/- 1.2 x 10(8) vs. 7.1 +/- 0.8 x 10(8); and the mean cord blood CD34+ cell number was 20.0 +/- 6.0 x 10(5) vs. 16.4 +/- 2.4 x 10(5), respectively...
  42. ncbi request reprint Placing the newborn on the maternal abdomen increases the volume of umbilical cord blood collected
    C Pafumi
    Department of Microbiological and Gynaecological Sciences, University of Catania, Italy
    Clin Lab Haematol 23:397-9. 2001
    ..The simple manoeuvre of placing the newborn on the maternal abdomen after delivery may thus increase the yield of transplantable haematopoietic progenitor cells in cord blood...
  43. ncbi request reprint Glutamine synthetase activity and HSP70 levels in cultured rat astrocytes: effect of 1-octadecyl-2-methyl-rac-glycero-3-phosphocholine
    M Renis
    Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
    Brain Res 783:143-50. 1998
    ..Its analog compound platelet-activating factor (PAF) shares some of these biological aspects...
  44. doi request reprint Biochemical modifications in Pinus pinaster Ait. as a result of environmental pollution
    Rosaria Acquaviva
    Department of Drug Science Biochemistry Section, University of Catania, V le A Doria, 6, 95125, Catania, Italy
    Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 19:3850-8. 2012
    ..pinaster Ait. could represent a useful tool for monitoring environmental contamination of a region and to better understand mechanisms involved in plant defence and stress tolerance...
  45. doi request reprint Pro-apoptotic activity of ergosterol peroxide and (22E)-ergosta-7,22-dien-5alpha-hydroxy-3,6-dione in human prostate cancer cells
    A Russo
    Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, V le A Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
    Chem Biol Interact 184:352-8. 2010
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  46. ncbi request reprint Umbilical cord blood collection in Cesarean section: a comparison before and after placental delivery
    C Pafumi
    Department of Microbiology and Obstetrical Science, Via G D Annunzio, 125 95127, Catania, Italy
    Arch Gynecol Obstet 266:193-4. 2002
    ..The mean volume of fetal blood collected while the placental was still in utero was 74.93+/-7.1 ml as against 35.78+/-3.6 ml for collection of fetal blood after delivery of the placenta...
  47. ncbi request reprint Branching projections of catecholaminergic ventrolateral reticular neurons to the fastigial nucleus and superior colliculus in the rat: triple labelling procedure
    S Stanzani
    Department of Physiological Sciences; University of Catania, Viale A. Doria, 6-95125, Catania, Italy
    Neurosci Lett 307:135-8. 2001
    ..The projections were defined by injections of two retrograde tracers: rhodamine and fluoro gold in the SC and FN, respectively...
  48. doi request reprint Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography versus endoscopic ultrasonography in the diagnosis of extrahepatic biliary pathology
    S Palmucci
    Sezione di Scienze Radiologiche Dipartimento Dogira, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Policlinico Vittorio Emanuele, Via Santa Sofia 78, Catania, Italy
    Radiol Med 115:732-46. 2010
    ..This study compared the diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) in evaluating the cause of extrahepatic bile duct dilatation...
  49. ncbi request reprint Antiproliferative activity of Pteleopsis suberosa leaf extract and its flavonoid components in human prostate carcinoma cells
    Marinella De Leo
    Dipartimento di Chimica Bioorganica e Biofarmacia, Universita di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
    Planta Med 72:604-10. 2006
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  50. ncbi request reprint The role of the phenethyl ester of caffeic acid (CAPE) in the inhibition of rat lung cyclooxygenase activity by propolis
    Antonietta Rossi
    Department of Experimental Pharmacology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
    Fitoterapia 73:S30-7. 2002
    ..001) difference. These results suggest that both CAPE and galangin contribute to the overall activity of propolis, CAPE being more effective...
  51. ncbi request reprint Intracellular distribution of beta-catenin in human medulloblastoma cell lines with different degree of neuronal differentiation
    Roberta Salaroli
    Clinical Department of Radiological and Histopathological Sciences, Bologna, Italy
    Ultrastruct Pathol 31:33-44. 2007
    ..These observations support an important functional role of WNT/beta-catenin pathway in neuronal differentiation in medulloblastoma...