Aurora Bracale

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Kinase D-interacting substrate of 220 kDa/ankyrin repeat-rich membrane spanning (Kidins220/ARMS) is a conserved membrane protein mainly expressed in brain and neuroendocrine cells, which is a downstream target of the signaling cascades initiated by neurotrophins and ephrins. We identified kinesin light chain 1 (KLC1) as a binding partner for Kidins220/ARMS(More)
Several members of the RNase A superfamily are endowed with antitumor activity, showing selective cytotoxicity toward several tumor cell lines. One of these is onconase, the smallest member of the RNase A superfamily, which is at present undergoing phase III clinical trials. We report here the expression of recombinant onconase in Escherichia coli inclusion(More)
Bovine seminal RNase (BS-RNase) is a dimeric RNase selectively cytotoxic for malignant cells. No information is available on its pathway from the extracellular matrix through the cytosol, where it degrades rRNA. An investigation of this pathway is reported here, carried out by immunofluorescence studies, by assessing the effects on BS-RNase cytotoxicity of(More)
The dimeric structure of seminal ribonuclease (BS-RNase) is maintained by noncovalent interactions and by two intersubunit disulfide bridges. Another unusual feature of this enzyme is its antitumour action, consisting in a cytotoxic activity selective for malignant cells. This cytotoxic action is exerted when the protein reaches the cytosol of the affected(More)
Monomeric bovine pancreatic RNase A has been transformed into a dimeric ribonuclease with antitumor activity (Di Donato, A., Cafaro, V. and D'Alessio, G. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 17394-17396). This was accomplished by replacing the residues located in the RNase chain at positions 19, 28, 31, and 32, with proline, leucine, and two cysteine residues,(More)
It has been previously shown that the antitumor action of bovine seminal ribonuclease (BS-RNase) is dependent on its dimeric structure. However, two distinct quaternary structures, each in equilibrium with the other, have been described for the enzyme: one in which the two subunits exchange their N-terminal ends, the other with no exchange. Antitumor(More)
Natural bovine seminal RNase possesses a potent antitumor action. We have mutagenized monomeric bovine pancreatic RNase A, devoid of any cytotoxic action, to insert residues present at corresponding positions in the subunit of dimeric, antitumor, seminal RNase. Like naturally dimeric seminal RNase, the mutant dimeric RNases display selective toxicity for(More)
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