Adriana Romano

Learn More
Internodes, leaves and tuber slices from potato (Solanum tuberosum), genotype 1024-2, were subjected to particle bombardment. Transient expression was optimized using the uidA and the luc reporter genes that encode β-glucuronidase (GUS) and luciferase, respectively. Stable transformation was achieved using the neomycin phosphotransferase (nptII) gene, which(More)
Three new lipopeptides (1-3) were isolated from the organic extract of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain (BO7). These compounds represented the major constituents (>60%) of the total cell lipids extractable with CHCl(3)/MeOH (2:1). Elucidation of their chemical structure was carried out by spectroscopic analyses, including 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, mass(More)
Three saponins, named ceposide A, ceposide B, and ceposide C were isolated from the bulbs of white onion, Allium cepa L. Elucidation of their structure was carried out by comprehensive spectroscopic analyses, including 2D NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, and chemical evidences. The structures of the compounds were identified as(More)
The new endoperoxyketal polyketides manadoperoxides A-D (2-5) have been isolated from the Indonesian sponge Plakortis cfr. simplex and their stereostructures established by means of spectroscopic data and semisynthetic transformations. Manadoperoxides were assayed in vitro against D10 and W2 strains of Plasmodium falciparum and showed moderate antimalarial(More)
The sesterpene gamma-lactone genepolide (5) has been isolated from a Swiss horticultural variety of mountain wormwood (Artemisia umbelliformis) developed as a thujones-free alternative to native Western Alps wormwoods for the production of liqueurs. Genepolide is the formal Diels-Alder adduct of the exomethylene-gamma-lactone costunolide (2) and the diene(More)
Plakortin (1) is a remarkably simple 1,2-dioxane derivative, extracted from the marine sponge Plakortis simplex, showing a submicromolar activity against chloroquine-resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum. Using plakortin as a novel antimalarial hit, we have prepared a series of semisynthetic derivatives in order to gain insights into the structural(More)
An inverse virtual screening in silico approach has been applied to natural bioactive molecules to screen their efficacy against proteins involved in cancer processes, with the aim of directing future experimental assays. Docking studies were performed on a panel of 126 protein targets extracted from the Protein Data Bank, to analyze their possible(More)
Investigation of roots extracts Pseudrocedrela kotschyi and Trichilia emetica led to identification of 5 limonoid derivatives, Kotschyins D-H, and 11 known compounds. Their structures were elucidated by extensive 1D and 2D NMR experiments in conjunction with mass spectrometry. A surface plasmon resonance (SPR) approach was adopted to screen their Hsp90(More)
A multidisciplinary approach, based on molecular dynamics/mechanics, ab initio calculations, dynamic docking studies, and chemical reactions, has been employed to gain insight into the mechanism of the antimalarial action of plakortin and dihydroplakortin, simple 1,2-dioxanes isolated from the sponge Plakortis simplex. Our results show that these molecules,(More)
A bioassay-guided fractionation of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain BO5A afforded the isolation of two new cyclic lipopeptides (1 and 2) as the major lipid constituents (>60%) of the CHCl3-MeOH (2:1) extract. The chemical structures of the isolated metabolites were elucidated by spectroscopic methods, including 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry(More)