Giovanni Antico

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Publications (12)54.44 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Serum amyloid A (SAA) production is increased by inflamed arthritic synovial tissue, where it acts as a cytokine/chemoattractant for inflammatory and immune cells and as an inducer of matrix degrading enzymes. SAA has been shown to bind lipoxin A 4 receptor, a member of the formyl-peptide related 2 G-protein coupled receptor family (ALX) and elicit proinflammatory activities in human primary fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). We report on the identification of uteroglobin, a small globular protein with potent anti-inflammatory activities, as a possible ligand of ALX. Uteroglobin-specific association with ALX was demonstrated by an enzyme immunoassay experiment employing a cell line engineered to express the human ALX receptor. Uteroglobin’s interaction with ALX resulted in the inhibition of SAA responses, such as attenuation of phospholipase A 2 activation and cellular chemotaxis. In FLS, uteroglobin showed an antagonism against SAA-induced interleukin-8 release and decreased cell migration. These novel roles described for uteroglobin via ALX may help elucidate genetic and clinical observations indicating that a polymorphism in the uteroglobin promoter is linked to disease outcome, specifically prediction of bone erosion in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or severity of IgA glomerulonephritis and sarcoidosis.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2014 · Mediators of Inflammation
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    ABSTRACT: There is emerging evidence that, beyond their cholesterol-lowering properties, statins exhibit important antileukemic effects in vitro and in vivo, but the precise mechanisms by which they generate such responses remain to be determined. We have previously shown that statins promote differentiation of acute promyelocytic leukemia cells and enhance generation of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA)-dependent antileukemic responses. We now provide evidence that statin-dependent leukemic cell differentiation requires engagement and activation of the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase kinase pathway. In addition, in experiments, to define the molecular targets and mediators of statin-induced differentiation, we found a remarkable effect of statins on ATRA-dependent gene transcription, evidenced by the selective induction of over 400 genes by the combination of atorvastatin and ATRA. Altogether, our studies identify novel statin molecular targets linked to differentiation, establish that statins modulate ATRA-dependent transcription, and suggest that combined use of statins with retinoids may provide a novel approach to enhance antileukemic responses in acute promyelocytic leukemia and possibly other leukemias.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2009 · Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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    ABSTRACT: Lipoxin A4 (LXA4) and serum amyloid A (SAA) are endogenous negative and positive modulators of inflammation, respectively. Both molecules bind the shared lipoxin A4 receptor (ALX) and elicit opposing effects on the production of inflammatory cytokines and matrix metalloproteinases. The aim of these studies is to examine the divergence of the intracellular signaling pathways triggered by lipid LXA4 (1 nM) and protein SAA (200 nM) ligands of ALX. Phospholipase D (PLD) is a phosphohydrolase enzyme that catalyzes the generation of phosphatidic acid (PA) from membrane phospholipids. Our results showed that in fibroblast-like synoviocytes, activation of PLD occurred only in response to LXA4, and not SAA. PA (30 μM) mimicked LXA4 and demonstrated inhibition of IL-8 production induced by SAA or interleukin-1β. In sharp contrast to LXA4, SAA confirmed the stimulation of IL-8 release as determined previously. Taken together, these findings suggest that two physiologic ligands sharing the common ALX receptor, LXA4 and SAA, differentially regulate the level of PLD activation and differentially modulate IL-8. These results may have important implications for understanding the regulation of inflammatory responses under physiologic and pathological conditions.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2009 · European Journal of Inflammation
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    ABSTRACT: High expression of Notch-1 and Jagged-1 mRNA correlates with poor prognosis in breast cancer. Elucidating the cross-talk between Notch and other major breast cancer pathways is necessary to determine which patients may benefit from Notch inhibitors, which agents should be combined with them, and which biomarkers indicate Notch activity in vivo. We explored expression of Notch receptors and ligands in clinical specimens, as well as activity, regulation, and effectors of Notch signaling using cell lines and xenografts. Ductal and lobular carcinomas commonly expressed Notch-1, Notch-4, and Jagged-1 at variable levels. However, in breast cancer cell lines, Notch-induced transcriptional activity did not correlate with Notch receptor levels and was highest in estrogen receptor alpha-negative (ERalpha(-)), Her2/Neu nonoverexpressing cells. In ERalpha(+) cells, estradiol inhibited Notch activity and Notch-1(IC) nuclear levels and affected Notch-1 cellular distribution. Tamoxifen and raloxifene blocked this effect, reactivating Notch. Notch-1 induced Notch-4. Notch-4 expression in clinical specimens correlated with proliferation (Ki67). In MDA-MB231 (ERalpha(-)) cells, Notch-1 knockdown or gamma-secretase inhibition decreased cyclins A and B1, causing G(2) arrest, p53-independent induction of NOXA, and death. In T47D:A18 (ERalpha(+)) cells, the same targets were affected, and Notch inhibition potentiated the effects of tamoxifen. In vivo, gamma-secretase inhibitor treatment arrested the growth of MDA-MB231 tumors and, in combination with tamoxifen, caused regression of T47D:A18 tumors. Our data indicate that combinations of antiestrogens and Notch inhibitors may be effective in ERalpha(+) breast cancers and that Notch signaling is a potential therapeutic target in ERalpha(-) breast cancers.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2008 · Cancer Research
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    Feng Fang · Giovanni Antico · Jiamao Zheng · Charles V Clevenger
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    ABSTRACT: Elevations of serum prolactin (PRL) are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. PRL signaling through its prolactin receptor (PRLr) involves the Jak2/Stat5 pathway. Luciferase-based reporter assays have been widely used to evaluate the activity of this pathway. However, the existing reporters are often not sensitive enough to monitor the effect of PRL in this pathway. In this study, a new biologically relevant reporter, pGL4-CISH, was generated to study the PRL/Jak2/Stat5 signaling pathway. The sensitivity of pGL4-CISH to detect PRL was superior to that of several other commonly utilized Stat5-responsive reporters. Interestingly, the enhanced function pGL4-CISH was restricted to the estrogen receptor positive (ER+) human breast cancer cell lines T47D and MCF7, but not in the ER-MDA-231, BT-474, or MCF10A cell lines. Overexpression of Stat5 further enhanced the effect of PRL on pGL4-CISH. These studies demonstrate that pGL4-CISH is a novel and sensitive reporter for assessing the activity of the PRL/Stat5 signaling pathway in the ER+ human breast cancer cells.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2008 · BMC Biotechnology
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    ABSTRACT: Prolactin (PRL) stimulates the cytoskeletal re-organization and motility of breast cancer cells. During PRL receptor signaling, Vav2 becomes phosphorylated and activated, an event regulated by the serine/threonine kinase Nek3. Given the regulatory role of Vav2, the function of Nek3 in PRL-mediated motility and invasion was examined. Overexpression of Nek3 in Chinese hamster ovary transfectants potentiated cytoskeletal re-organization in response to PRL. In contrast, downregulation of Nek3 expression by small-interfering RNA (siRNA) attenuated PRL-mediated cytoskeletal reorganization, activation of GTPase Rac1, cell migration and invasion of T47D cells. In addition, PRL stimulation induced an interaction between Nek3 and paxillin and significantly increased paxillin serine phosphorylation, whereas Nek3 siRNA-transfected cells showed a marked reduction in paxillin phosphorylation. Analysis of breast tissue microarrays also demonstrated a significant up-regulation of Nek3 expression in malignant versus normal specimens. These data suggest that Nek3 contributes to PRL-mediated breast cancer motility through mechanisms involving Rac1 activation and paxillin phosphorylation.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2007 · Oncogene
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    ABSTRACT: The family of statins includes pharmacologic inhibitors of the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase that are potent regulators of cholesterol biosynthesis. In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, statins inhibit cell proliferation and promote apoptosis of malignant cells in vitro, but their potential therapeutic roles in the treatment of malignancies remain to be defined. We examined the effects of statins on the growth and differentiation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. Atorvastatin and fluvastatin were found to be potent inducers of cell differentiation and apoptosis of the NB4 acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) cell line. Such effects correlated with activation of the small G-proteins Rac1/Cdc42 and downstream engagement of the c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase kinase pathway, whose function was found to be essential for the generation of proapoptotic responses. Importantly, different statins were found to enhance all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA)-dependent differentiation of APL blasts and reverse resistance to the antileukemic effects of ATRA. In addition, fluvastatin exhibited growth-inhibitory properties on primary bone marrow-derived leukemic progenitors from patients with AML and enhanced the suppressive effects of ATRA on leukemic progenitor colony formation. Altogether, these studies establish that statins exhibit potent antileukemic properties in vitro and raise the possibility that combinations of statins with ATRA may be an effective approach to overcome the development of ATRA resistance by the leukemic cells.
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    ABSTRACT: Uteroglobin (UG) or Clara Cell 10 kDa protein (CC10) is a small, stable, epithelial secretory anti-inflammatory protein. Uteroglobin has been shown to inhibit neointimal formation in vivo after balloon angioplasty through an unknown mechanism. An interaction between UG and plasma fibronectin (Fn) has been demonstrated in mice. Since Fn plays a key role in endothelial cell (EC) migration and angiogenesis, we investigated whether recombinant human UG (rhUG) affects EC migration via Fn binding. In this report, we show a saturable binding of rhUG to Fn depending on Fn conformation and that rhUG is covalently cross-linked to Fn by transglutaminase (TGase). Additionally, our study highlights that rhUG can also bind to exogenously added or self-secreted Fn on the membrane of human primary microvascular endothelial cells (HMVEC), although these complexes are weakly associated with the plasmalemma. Upon the interaction with Fn in solid phase, rhUG strongly inhibits HMVEC attachment on Fn, but not on other ECM proteins. Consequently, rhUG also inhibits cell migration in a dose dependent fashion (I.C.50 = 65 nM) and hinders the "wound healing" in vitro. The small size, stability and human tolerability of rhUG suggest that rhUG in slow-release form or genetically delivered could be used in humans to modulate cell/Fn interactions in the context of tumor microenvironment or in the context of inflammation and fibrosis.
    No preview · Article · May 2006 · Journal of Cellular Physiology
  • S Sodin-Semrl · M Aloman · L Miele · G Antico · S Fiore

    No preview · Conference Paper · Mar 2006
  • S Fiore · G Antico · M Aloman · S Sodin-Semrl

    No preview · Article · Sep 2005 · Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
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    G Antico · S Sodin-Semrl · J Varga · L Miele · S Fiore

    Preview · Article · Sep 2004 · Arthritis Research & Therapy
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    Preview · Article · Sep 2003 · Arthritis Research & Therapy

Publication Stats

361 Citations
54.44 Total Impact Points


  • 2009
    • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 2007-2009
    • Northwestern University
      • Department of Pathology
      Evanston, Illinois, United States
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 2008
    • Loyola University Chicago
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 2006
    • Loyola University Medical Center
      Maywood, Illinois, United States
  • 2003-2006
    • University of Illinois at Chicago
      • • Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
      • • Section of Rheumatology
      Chicago, Illinois, United States