Erika Fiorino

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OBJECTIVE Chlamydia pneumoniae has been linked to atherosclerosis, strictly associated with hyperlipidemia. The liver plays a central role in the regulation of lipid metabolism. Since in animal models C. pneumoniae can be found at hepatic level, this study aims to elucidate whether C. pneumoniae infection accelerates atherosclerosis by affecting lipid(More)
A number of recent studies revealed that epigenetic modifications play a central role in the regulation of lipid and of other metabolic pathways such as cholesterol homeostasis, bile acid synthesis, glucose and energy metabolism. Epigenetics refers to aspects of genome functions regulated in a DNA sequence-independent fashion. Chromatin structure is(More)
After the completion of the human genome sequence and that from many other organisms, last decade has witnessed a spectacular gain of knowledge on gene functions. These studies provided new insights on the roles of genes in physiology and disease. Nonetheless, the availability of genetically modified models and of "omics" technologies such as next(More)
Energy metabolism and mitochondrial function hold a core position in cellular homeostasis. Oxidative metabolism is regulated at multiple levels, ranging from gene transcription to allosteric modulation. To accomplish the fine tuning of these multiple regulatory circuits, the nuclear and mitochondrial compartments are tightly and reciprocally controlled. The(More)
Studying temporal changes in genetic diversity depends upon the availability of comparable time series data. Plant genetic resource collections provide snapshots of the diversity that existed at the time of collecting and provide a baseline against which to compare subsequent observations. The International Board for Plant Genetic Resources conducted(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES In the last decade, a strict link between epigenetics and metabolism has been demonstrated. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) have emerged as key epigenetic regulators involved in metabolic homeostasis in normal and pathologic conditions. Here we investigated the effect of the class I HDAC inhibitor MS-275 in a model of obesity induced by a(More)
White adipose tissue (WAT) can undergo a phenotypic switch, known as browning, in response to environmental stimuli such as cold. Post-translational modifications of histones have been shown to regulate cellular energy metabolism, but their role in white adipose tissue physiology remains incompletely understood. Here we show that histone deacetylase 3(More)
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