Cecilia A. Brunello

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The global incidence of metabolic and age-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, is on the rise. In addition to traditional pharmacotherapy, drug candidates from complementary and alternative medicine are actively being pursued for further drug development. Berberine, a nutraceutical traditionally used as an antibiotic, has(More)
One of the defining pathological features of Alzheimer's disease is the intraneuronal accumulation of tau (also known as MAPT) protein. Tau is also secreted from neurons in response to various stimuli and accumulates in the cerebrospinal fluid of Alzheimer's disease patients. Tau pathology might spread from cell to cell through a mechanism involving(More)
The interface between engineering and molecular life sciences has been fertile ground for advancing our understanding of complex biological systems. Engineered microstructures offer a diverse toolbox for cellular and molecular biologists to direct the placement of cells and small organisms, and to recreate biological functions in vitro: cells can be(More)
Synaptic adhesion molecules are key components in development of the brain, and in the formation of neuronal circuits, as they are central in the assembly and maturation of chemical synapses. Several families of neuronal adhesion molecules have been identified such as the neuronal cell adhesion molecules, neurexins and neuroligins, and in particular(More)
Stress granules are membrane-less RNA- and RNA-binding protein-containing complexes that are transiently assembled in stressful conditions to promote cell survival. Several stress granule-associated RNA-binding proteins have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, a close link was recently identified between the stress granule(More)
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