Antonio Sasso

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BACKGROUND A recent clinical trial showed harmful renal effects with the combined use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin-II receptor blockers (ARB) in people with diabetes or vascular disease. We examined the benefits and risks of these agents in people with albuminuria and one or more cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS(More)
Tip-enhanced Raman Scattering (TERS) has recently emerged as a powerful spectroscopic technique capable of providing subdiffraction morphological and chemical information on samples. In this work, we apply TERS spectroscopy for surface analysis of the Bacillus subtilis spore, a very attractive biosystem for a wide range of applications regulated by the(More)
This work reports on the application of Raman spectroscopy for the analysis of Xenopus laevis oocytes (stage-I). A two-color home-made microscope has been used for this investigation. In particular, a 785nm Raman probe has been used to acquire the spontaneous Raman scattering from the oocyte cytoplasm, while a 532nm probe has been employed to detect(More)
Cell mechanical properties play an important role in determining many cellular activities. Passive microrheology techniques, such as Multiple-Particle-Tracking (MPT) give an insight into the structural rearrangements and viscoelastic response of a wide range of materials, in particular soft materials and complex fluids like cell cytoplasm in living cells.(More)
The torque exerted by an astigmatic optical beam on small transparent isotropic particles was dynamically measured observing the angular motion of the particles under a microscope. The data confirmed that torque was originated by the transfer of orbital angular momentum associated with the spatial changes in the phase of the optical field induced by the(More)
In this work we report on the simultaneous measurement of the hydrodynamic coefficient and the electric charge of single Bacillus subtilis spores. The latter has great importance in protein binding to spores and in the adhesion of spores onto surfaces. The charge and the hydrodynamic coefficient were measured by an accurate procedure based on the analysis(More)
In this work, we establish the use of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) as a label-free analytical technique for the direct detection of G-quadruplex formation. In particular, we demonstrate that SERS analysis allows the evaluation of the relative stability of G quadruplexes that differ for the number of G tetrads and investigate several structural(More)
We analyze the equations governing the evolution of distributions of the work and the heat exchanged with the environment by a manipulated stochastic system, by means of a compact and general derivation. We obtain explicit solutions for these equations for the case of a dragged Brownian particle in a harmonic potential. We successfully compare the resulting(More)
In this work, the effects of thalassemia, a blood disease quite diffuse in the Mediterranean sea region, have been investigated at single cell level using a Raman Tweezers system. By resonant excitation of hemoglobin Raman bands, we have examined the oxygenation capability of beta-thalassemic erythrocytes. A reduction of this fundamental erythrocyte(More)
Raman spectroscopy has become a powerful tool for microscopic analysis of organic and biological materials. When combined with optical tweezers (Raman tweezers), it allows investigating single, selected micrometric particles in their natural environment, therefore, reducing unwanted interferences from the cover plate. A general problem affecting both Raman(More)