Claudia Rossi

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A new rabbit calicivirus related to the rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) was identified. The new virus contains significant differences from the previously characterized RHDV isolates in terms of pathogenicity, viral titer, tropism, and primary sequence of the structural protein. Cross-protection experiments, antigenic data, and sequence comparisons(More)
A panel of anti-rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (anti-RHDV) monoclonal antibodies was produced and characterized. The ability of the MAbs to recognize epitopes present on RHDV capsids, European brown hare syndrome virus capsids and RHDV subunits was determined. Preliminary results on the neutralizing capacity of the MAbs were obtained by in vivo protection(More)
Intramuscular immunization of mice with plasmids encoding two transdominant negative mutants of the HIV-1 Tat protein (Tat22 and Tat22/37) elicited a humoral response to wild-type Tat that is comparable to that induced by inoculation of wild-type tat DNA or Tat protein. The percentage of the responders and the Ab titers continued to increase after three(More)
The detection of a possible genotoxic effect of surface water treated with disinfectants for potabilization is the aim of the present work. The Comet assay and the micronucleus test were applied in circulating erythrocytes of Cyprinus carpio. Young specimens (20-30 g) were exposed in experimental basins, built within the potabilization plant of Castiglione(More)
Flavonoids are a class of polyphenolic compounds widely distributed in the plant kingdom, which display a variety of biological activities, including chemoprevention and tumor growth inhibition. Our aim was to investigate the effects of several polyphenols on the growth and metastatic potential of B16-BL6 melanoma cells in vivo. Intraperitoneal(More)
Etoposide (VP16) pharmacokinetics was investigated in three groups of cancer patients: a control group of 18 patients with renal and hepatic function tests in the normal range; a group of 8 patients with renal insufficiency; and a group of 15 patients with abnormal hepatic function. In the control group plasma clearance (Clp), volume of distribution (Vd),(More)
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus, a positive-stranded RNA virus of the family Caliciviridae, encodes a trypsin-like cysteine protease as part of a large polyprotein. Upon expression in Escherichia coli, the protease releases itself from larger precursors by proteolytic cleavages at its N and C termini. Both cleavage sites were determined by N-terminal(More)
The usefulness of chemotherapy in patients with stage II disease continues to be debated. Biological prognostic factors may allow further insight into the optimal treatment strategy for patients with node-negative disease. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) seems to be essential for angiogenesis and for the growth of colorectal cancer. Recently, it(More)
We investigated functional relationships between microRNA 221/222 (miR-221/222) cluster and p27, a key regulator of cell cycle, in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The enforced expression of miR-221/222 in the CLL cell line MEC1 induced a significant down-regulation of p27 protein and conferred a proliferative advantage to the transduced cells that(More)
Albolabrin, a 7.5-kDa cysteine-rich protein isolated from the venom of Trimeresurus albolabris, contains the arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) cell recognition sequence found in many cell adhesion-promoting extracellular matrix proteins, such as fibronectin and laminin. Albolabrin belongs to a family of RGD-containing peptides, termed disintegrins,(More)