Daniela Castelletti

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Dynamic modulation of the actin cytoskeleton is critical for synaptic plasticity, abnormalities of which are thought to contribute to mental illness and addiction. Here we report that mice lacking Eps8, a regulator of actin dynamics, are resistant to some acute intoxicating effects of ethanol and show increased ethanol consumption. In the brain, the(More)
Hodgkin's lymphoma patients treated with an anti-CD25 Ricin toxin A-chain (RTA)-based Immunotoxin (RFT5.dgA) develop an immune response against the toxic moiety of the immunoconjugate. The anti-RTA antibody response of 15 patients showing different clinical features and receiving different total amounts of RFT5.dgA was therefore studied in detail,(More)
Eps15 is an endocytic adaptor protein involved in clathrin and non-clathrin mediated endocytosis. In Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster lack of Eps15 leads to defects in synaptic vesicle recycling and synapse formation. We generated Eps15-KO mice to investigate its function in mammals. Eps15-KO mice are born at the expected Mendelian ratio(More)
The identification of ricin toxin A-chain (RTA) epitopes and the molecular context in which they are recognized will allow strategies to be devised that prevent/suppress an anti-RTA immune response in patients treated with RTA-based immunotoxins. RTA-specific human T-cell lines and T-cell clones were produced by in vitro priming of PBMC. The T-cell clones(More)
The clinical efficacy of immunotoxins (IT) containing ricin toxin A-chain (RTA) can be drastically reduced by anti-toxin-neutralizing antibodies developed by patients. Strategies aimed at epitope-specific modulation of the immune response must be therefore set up to broaden the clinical applicability of RTA-based IT. Prevention or reduction of humoral(More)
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