Annamaria Sandomenico

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Nodal is highly expressed in various human malignancies, thus supporting the rationale for exploring Nodal as a therapeutic target. Here, we describe the effects of a novel monoclonal antibody (mAb), 3D1, raised against human Nodal. In vitro treatment of C8161 human melanoma cells with 3D1 mAb shows reductions in anchorage-independent growth and(More)
FcvarepsilonRIalpha found on the surface of mast cells and basophiles mediates allergic diseases, anaphylaxis and asthma through binding of IgE. Disrupting this interaction with anti-IgE mAbs has proven an efficient approach to control these diseases. The crystallographic structure of the complex formed between the IgE-Fc and FcvarepsilonRIalpha(More)
Human carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC VII is a cytosolic enzyme with high carbon dioxide hydration activity. Here we report an unexpected S-glutathionylation of hCA VII which has also been observed earlier in vivo for hCA III, another cytosolic isoform. Cys183 and Cys217 were found to be the residues involved in reaction with glutathione for hCA VII.(More)
We have recently reported on a class of IgE-binding peptides designed based on the crystallographic structure of the high affinity FcεRI. Peptides contain receptor key residues located within the two distinct binding sites for IgE and selectively bind IgE with an affinity ranging between 6 and 60 µM. We have here designed and characterized a new molecule(More)
Cellular senescence is the permanent arrest of cell cycle, physiologically related to aging and aging-associated diseases. Senescence is also recognized as a mechanism for limiting the regenerative potential of stem cells and to protect cells from cancer development. The senescence program is realized through autocrine/paracrine pathways based on the(More)
Synthetic models of receptors that have relevant biological roles are valuable tools for studying receptors itself and the corresponding ligands. Their properties can be validated at first by their capacity to fold in solution under native-like conditions and to assume conformations structurally and functionally equivalent to those in the native receptor.(More)
Fluorescence titrations allowed us to study the interaction process between Herceptin (Fab)-derived peptides and a synthetic peptide mimicking a subdomain IV of the receptor HER2 (HER2-DIVMP). For some of the investigated peptide/HER2-DIVMP complexes a nanomolar dissociation constant was found. The performed interaction studies were completely immune from(More)
Cripto-1 (CR-1) is a multifunctional embryonic protein that is re-expressed during inflammation, wound repair, and malignant transformation. CR-1 can function either as a tethered co-receptor or shed as a free ligand underpinning its flexible role in cell physiology. CR-1 has been shown to mediate cell growth, migration, invasion, and induce epithelial to(More)
Carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX) is a transmembrane protein affecting pH regulation, cell migration/invasion, and survival in hypoxic tumors. Although the pathways related to CA IX have begun to emerge, molecular partners mediating its functions remain largely unknown. Here we characterize the CA IX interactome in hypoxic HEK-293 cells. Most of the identified(More)
Crosslinking of receptor-bound Immunoglobulin E (IgE) triggers immediate hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis. Blocking the interaction of IgE with its high-affinity receptor, FcεRI, on mast cells and basophils is an attractive strategy for the treatment of allergies. This approach has seen clinical success using the anti-IgE monoclonal(More)