Barbara Cellini

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The role of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) pathway as regulator of aging and age-related diseases is increasingly recognized. Recent evidence has been provided that neuronal IGF1-R increases during aging leading to activation of a signaling pathway that causes an increased production of amyloid beta-peptide, the principal event in the pathogenesis of(More)
Dopa decarboxylase (DDC), a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) enzyme responsible for the biosynthesis of dopamine and serotonin, is involved in Parkinson's disease (PD). PD is a neurodegenerative disease mainly due to a progressive loss of dopamine-producing cells in the midbrain. Co-administration of L-Dopa with peripheral DDC inhibitors (carbidopa or(More)
Primary Hyperoxaluria Type I (PH1) is a disorder of glyoxylate metabolism caused by mutations in the human AGXT gene encoding liver peroxisomal alanine:glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGT), a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) dependent enzyme. Previous investigations highlighted that, although PH1 is characterized by a significant variability in terms of enzymatic(More)
Dopa decarboxylase (DDC) is a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzyme that by catalyzing the decarboxylation of L-Dopa and L-5-hydroxytryptophan produces the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. The functional properties of pig kidney and human DDC enzymes have been extensively characterized, and the crystal structure of the enzyme in the holo-(More)
Dopa or aromatic amino acid decarboxylase (DDC, AADC) is a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent enzyme that catalyses the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Among the so far identified mutations associated with AADC deficiency, an inherited rare neurometabolic disease, the S250F mutation is the most frequent one. Here, for the first(More)
Primary Hyperoxaluria type I (PH1) is a rare disease due to the deficit of peroxisomal alanine:glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGT), a homodimeric pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP) enzyme present in humans as major (Ma) and minor (Mi) allele. PH1-causing mutations are mostly missense identified in both homozygous and compound heterozygous patients. Until now, the(More)
Human Dopa decarboxylase (hDDC), a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) enzyme, displays maxima at 420 and 335 nm and emits fluorescence at 384 and 504 nm upon excitation at 335 nm and at 504 nm when excited at 420 nm. Absorbance and fluorescence titrations of hDDC-bound coenzyme identify a single pK(spec) of ~7.2. This pK(spec) could not represent the ionization(More)
Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1 (PH1) is a rare autosomal recessive kidney stone disease caused by deficiency of the peroxisomal enzyme alanine: glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGT), which is involved in glyoxylate detoxification. Over 75 different missense mutations in AGT have been found associated with PH1. While some of the mutations have been found to affect(More)
Dopa decarboxylase (DDC), or aromatic amino acid decarboxylase (AADC), is a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate enzyme responsible for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Deficit of this enzyme causes AADC deficiency, an inherited neurometabolic disorder. To date, 18 missense homozygous mutations have been identified through genetic screening(More)