Aurelio Bairati

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The protein ataxin-3 is responsible for Machado-Joseph disease/spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, a neurodegenerative disorder caused by the presence of an expanded polyglutamine tract. A previous investigation [Bevivino, A. E., and Loll, P. J. (2001) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 98, 11955-11960] showed that a nonexpanded ataxin-3 (Q27) was fully soluble,(More)
The ultrastructure of the byssus of Mytilus galloprovincialis was analysed by transmission electron microscopy in thin sections of either embedded or frozen samples. All parts of the byssus (stem core laminae, stem outer laminae, threads proximal and distal parts) appear to be formed by the same basic filamentous components organized in different ways at(More)
The general organization, cellular and extracellular components, and structural variation of perichondrium have been studied in different mammalian cartilages by polarized light and transmission electron microscopy. The overall structure is that of a dense connective tissue composed of variable numbers of thin, stratified, closely-packed lamellae,(More)
The location and the spatial arrangement of smooth muscle cells in aortic valves have been assessed by a systematic analysis of serial semithin sections of plastic embedded porcine and human aortic leaflets, combined with an electron microscope study. The investigation showed that smooth muscle cells, either single and arranged in thin bundles, and other(More)
Ultrastructural and cytochemical studies have been carried out on the proximal part of byssus threads (TPP) in an attempt to localize collagenic and elastic components. The results show that TPP autoclaving followed by hot alkali treatment causes the extraction of about two-thirds of hydroxyproline and the parallel removal of most of the matrix, leaving(More)
Filamentous structures have been described repeatedly in the inner segment of vertebrate retinal In most cases, one or two fibers about 500 A in diameter and with a 650 to 700 A repeating period have been shown; the characteristics of the period are slightly variable in the descriptions of the above authors. The fibers seem to originate from the centrioles(More)
We studied the ultrastructure of the subepidermal connective tissue (SEC) in different zones of the integument in terrestrial, marine and freshwater gastropods (eight species). In all cases, the SEC was a layer of loose connective tissue between the basal membrane (BM) of the epidermis and the connective tissue of the deeper muscle layers. It was of(More)