Antonella Cavalli

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Agonist-stimulated high affinity GTPase activity of fusion proteins between the alpha(2A)-adrenoreceptor and the alpha subunits of forms of the G proteins G(i1), G(i2), G(i3), and G(o1), modified to render them insensitive to the action of pertussis toxin, was measured following transient expression in COS-7 cells. Addition of a recombinant regulator of G(More)
Fusion proteins were constructed between the delta opioid receptor and forms of the alpha subunit of G(i1) in which cysteine(351) was mutated to a range of amino acids. GDP reduced the binding of the agonist [(3)H]DADLE but not the antagonist [(3)H]naltrindole to both the receptor alone and all the delta opioid receptor-Cys(351)XaaG(i1)alpha fusion(More)
To assess the relative capacity of the human delta opioid receptor to activate closely related G proteins, fusion proteins were constructed in which the alpha-subunits of either G(i1) or G(o1), containing point mutations to render them insensitive to the actions of pertussis toxin, were linked in-frame with the C-terminus of the receptor. Following(More)
Agonists stimulated high-affinity GTPase activity in membranes of HEK293 cells following coexpression of the alpha 2A-adrenoceptor and a pertussis toxin-resistant mutant of Go1 alpha. Enzyme kinetic analysis of Vmax and Km failed to detect regulation of the effect of agonist by a GTPase activating protein. This did occur, however, when cells were also(More)
It is extremely difficult to detect guanine nucleotide exchange or hydrolysis stimulated by receptors which couple to G(s)alpha. Furthermore, G(s)alpha is largely resistant to the GTPase-activating properties of RGS proteins. Coexpression of the vasopressin V(2) receptor with a series of chimeric G protein alpha subunits in which the C-terminal 6-12 amino(More)
Recombinant RGS1, RGS16 and RGS-GAIP, but not RGS2, were able to substantially further stimulate the maximal GTPase activity of G(o1)alpha promoted by agonists at the alpha2A-adrenoreceptor in a concentration-dependent manner. Kinetic analysis of the regulation of an alpha2A-adrenoreceptor-G(o1)alpha fusion protein by all three RGS proteins revealed that(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE When high-dose-rate brachytherapy is used for partial breast irradiation (PBI) precise pre-implant definition of planning target volume (PTV) and implant geometry is required. After implantation, accurate PTV localization, catheter reconstruction and optimization of dose distribution are needed for good PTV coverage and dose(More)
CONTEXT The opioid system is involved in blood pressure regulation in both normal humans and patients with essential hypertension. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to investigate the effects of a high-dose infusion of beta-endorphin, an opioid peptide, on blood pressure and on the hormonal profile in healthy subjects and in hypertensive patients(More)
It was observed previously that the deletion of the open reading frame YNL107w (YAF9) was highly pleiotropic in yeast and caused defective growth phenotypes in the presence of several unrelated inhibitors, including caesium chloride. We have selected multicopy extragenic suppressor genes, revealing that this phenotype can be suppressed by overdosing the(More)