Eleonora Carboni

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Parkinson’s disease is the most common α-synucleinopathy, and increased levels of iron are found in the substantia nigra of Parkinson’s disease patients, but the potential interlink between both molecular changes has not been fully understood. Metal to protein binding assays have shown that α-synuclein can bind iron in vitro; therefore, we hypothesized that(More)
In primary cultures of cerebellar granule cells, [3H]nitrendipine binds with high affinity to a single site (KD 1 nM and Bmax 20 fmol/mg protein). The 1,4-dihydropyridine (DHP) class of compounds such as nitrendipine, nifedipine, and BAY K 8644 displace [3H]nitrendipine binding at nanomolar concentrations. Verapamil partially inhibits whereas diltiazem(More)
Manganese (Mn) may foster aggregation of alpha-synuclein (αSyn) contributing to the pathogenesis of PD. Here, we examined the influence of αSyn overexpression on distribution and oxidation states of Mn in frozen-hydrated primary midbrain neurons (PMNs) by synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy(More)
The uptake of calcium (Ca++) into cerebellar granule cells in primary culture was increased by depolarizing the cells with either 60 mM KC1 or veratridine. Nitrendipine, at concentrations of 100 nM or greater, antagonized approximately 40 percent of the depolarization induced Ca++ uptake. The half maximal concentration of nitrendipine was 7nM. Furthermore,(More)
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