IFOM Giannino Del Sal Lab

Giannino Del Sal Lab

Giannino Del Sal

Giannino Del Sal

Giannino Del Sal studied biology at the University of Trieste and had his research training at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in Trieste (Italy), at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg (Germany) working with Claudio Schneider, and at LNCIB in Trieste where since 1996 he has been Head of the Molecular Oncology Unit.

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Signalling, tumor environment and cell metabolism

This research program stems from the long lasting experience of Giannino Del Sal in the field of cancer biology, particularly in the study of the wild-type p53/mutant p53 molecular networks, and from several breakthrough discoveries he made on these pathways. p53 is a tumour suppressor and it regulates almost every facet of cell behaviour.

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Laboratory location: Trieste, Italy

Last publications


  • Caroli J, Sorrentino G, Forcato M, Del Sal G, Bicciato S. (2018)
    GDA, a web-based tool for Genomics and Drugs integrated analysis.
    Nucleic Acids Res.46(W1): W148-W156.doi: 10.1093/nar/gky434.

  • Ingallina E, Sorrentino G, Bertolio R, Lisek K, Zannini A, Azzolin L, Severino LU, Scaini D, Mano M, Mantovani F, Rosato A, Bicciato S, Piccolo S, Del Sal G. (2018)
    Mechanical cues control mutant p53 stability through a mevalonate-RhoA axis.
    Nat Cell Biol. 20(1):28-35. doi: 10.1038/s41556-017-0009-8.
  • Liao P, Zeng SX, Zhou X, Chen T, Zhou F, Cao B, Jung JH, Del Sal G, Luo S, Lu H. (2017)
    Mutant p53 Gains Its Function via c-Myc Activation upon CDK4 Phosphorylation at Serine 249 and Consequent PIN1 Binding.
    Mol Cell. 68(6):1134-1146.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2017.11.006.