Anne B. Giordani

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We describe the purification and first biochemical characterization of an enzymatic activity in venom from the marine snail Conus magus. This enzyme, named conodipine-M, is a novel phospholipase A2 with a molecular mass of 13.6 kDa and is comprised of two polypeptide chains linked by one or more disulfide bonds. The amino acid sequence of conodipine-M shows(More)
Measurements of plasma homovanillic acid (pHVA) concentrations appear to be a valid research strategy in psychiatric disorders in which a central dopamine (DA) abnormality has been implicated. This study provides guidance about the control of some of the exogenous factors affecting pHVA concentrations. Fasting for 14 hours eliminates the dietary effects on(More)
A new approach to the direct sequencing of oligopeptides in complex mixtures is described. Mixtures of [2Ho]/[2H3]-N-acetylated and N,O-permethylated peptides are analyzed by collision activate dissociation on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer using isobutane chemical ionization. Analysis of the collision activated dissociation spectra enables peptide(More)
Human epidermal growth factor 1-48 (hEGF 1-48, Des(49-53)hEGF) is a single chain polypeptide (48 amino acids; 3 disulfide bonds; 5445 Da) possessing a broad spectrum of biologic activity including the stimulation of cell proliferation and tissue growth. In this study, three primary aqueous degradation products of hEGF 1-48 were isolated using isocratic,(More)
The 365-nm irradiation of 4.6 microM (approximately equal to 1.1 mg/ml) catalase solutions in pH 7.4 phosphate buffer induces spectral modifications. Difference spectra show maxima at 434, 555, 584 nm at the beginning of the irradiation, then a final spectrum with a maximum at 568 nm and a shoulder at 530 nm is observed. These results suggest the formation(More)
Analysis of peptide mixtures by reversed-phase capillary HPLC with gradient elution using three detectors in series: UV (214 nm), fluorescence (lambda exc. = 280 nm, lambda emiss. = 356 nm), and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ES-MS) is reported. The chromatographic integrity of the system and the detection limits were evaluated. The effect of(More)
In this new method for profiling urinary carboxylic acids, lyophilized urine samples are analyzed directly with a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer. Extraction, derivatization, and lengthy gas-chromatographic separation procedures are obviated by this approach. Total sample-preparation, instrument, and data-analysis time per sample is about 15 min. More(More)
Iron and/or ferritin accumulation are known to occur under pathological conditions in many inflammatory skin diseases or in human skin chronically exposed to UV light. Under such conditions, ferritin is believed to play an effective protective role in accommodating and 'deactivating' excess 'free' iron produced by the inflammatory process or the UV(More)
The compound CI-1007 (R-(+)-1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-4-phenyl-1 [(3-phenyl-3-cyclohexen-1-yl)methyl]pyridine maleate) has been identified as a partial dopamine agonist and putative antipsychotic in in-vitro and in-vivo neurochemical, neurophysiological and behavioural tests. By use of microdialysis in conjunction with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)(More)