Antonio Colonna

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The catabolism of nucleic acids, particularly tRNA, produces a variety of modified nucleosides which are not reutilized by mammalian cells. Investigation of these compounds in body fluids, mainly urine, has recently provided evidence of altered metabolic situations in tumor-bearing patients. The factors involved in the alterations of modified nucleosides(More)
A new method to measure pseudouridine (psi rd) in blood serum has been used to study patients with cancer of breast, lung, colon, and ovaries, and patients with hepatomas, non-Hodgkin lymphomas, and acute lymphoblastic leukemias, at different stages. The results indicate: (1) a significant (p less than 0.01) difference between the psi rd serum level of the(More)
Pseudouridine is a modified nucleoside derived from the degradation of some species of RNA, primarily transfer RNA, the level of which is elevated in biological fluids of tumor-bearing subjects. In order to study the relationship between pseudouridine levels and the development and progression of neoplasia, we have measured pseudouridine levels in the serum(More)
A specific, sensitive, and rapid method to measure pseudouridine in human blood serum is described. The method is based on the following steps: (i) deproteinization of serum samples by filtration on membrane cones or by acetonitrile; (ii) purification of nucleosides and concentration of the sample by affinity chromatography on phenylboronate gel followed by(More)
TMEM16A, also known as Anoctamin-1, is a calcium-activated chloride channel gene overexpressed in many tumors. The role of TMEM16A in cancer is not completely understood and no data are available regarding the potential tumorigenic properties of the multiple isoforms generated by alternative splicing (AS). We evaluated TMEM16A AS pattern, isoforms(More)
We described 2 cases of plasmacytoma presenting with a preponderant involvement of the pleural membranes simulating clinically, radiologically, and on gross pathologic inspection a primary mesothelioma. The patients were an 80-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman. In both cases, the clinical presentation was that of a serosal tumor, including effusions and(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The aim of this study was to demonstrate the effects of selected plant extracts in a cosmetic cream on the dermal network components after a 3-month treatment using an in vivo multiphoton tomographic device. METHODS Twenty-four Caucasian women aged between 45 and 65 applied randomly a cosmetic emulsion B containing active ingredients(More)