Federica Prati

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The recent literature signals a growing paradigm shift toward integrating therapeutics and diagnostics rather than developing and deploying them separately. In this gradual move toward more effective and personalized medications, companion diagnostics are an intermediate stage. The next step may be "theranostics", in which single chemical entities are(More)
Some activities performed by healthcare workers may still involve total or partial exposure to ionising radiation exceeding the limit values. In addition to the appearance of crystalline lens opacities which may lead to rays-cataract, recent studies have indicated possible induction of ocular hypertonia in occupationally exposed subjects. The aim of this(More)
INTRODUCTION The importance of microglia in most neurodegenerative pathologies, from Parkinson's disease to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, is increasingly recognized. Until few years ago, microglial activation in pathological conditions was considered dangerous to neurons due to its causing inflammation. Today we know that these(More)
The anti-amyloid properties shared by several quinones inspired the design of a new series of hybrids derived from the multi-target drug candidate memoquin (1). The hybrids consist of a central benzoquinone core and a fragment taken from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, connected through polyamine linkers. The new hybrids retain the potent(More)
One of the main obstacles toward the discovery of effective anti-Alzheimer drugs is the multifactorial nature of its etiopathology. Therefore, the use of multitarget-directed ligands has emerged as particularly suitable. Such ligands, able to modulate different neurodegenerative pathways, for example, amyloid and tau cascades, as well as cognitive and(More)
Multitarget drug discovery is one of the hottest topics and most active fields in the search for new molecules against Alzheimer's disease (AD). Over the last 20 years, many promising multitarget-directed ligands (MTDLs) have been identified and developed at a pre-clinical level. However, how to design them in a rational way remains the most fundamental(More)
Cumulative evidence strongly supports that the amyloid and tau hypotheses are not mutually exclusive, but concomitantly contribute to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, the development of multitarget drugs which are involved in both pathways might represent a promising therapeutic strategy. Accordingly, reported here in is the discovery of(More)
The availability of suitable diverse fragment- and lead-oriented screening compounds is key for the identification of suitable chemical starting points for drug discovery programs. The physicochemical properties of molecules are crucial in determining the success of small molecules in clinical development, yet reports suggest that pharmaceutical and(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY Recently, we reported on a new class of naphthoquinone derivatives showing a promising anti-trypanosomatid profile in cell-based experiments. The lead of this series (B6, 2-phenoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone) showed an ED(50) of 80 nM against Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, and a selectivity index of 74 with respect to mammalian cells. A(More)
The aim of this study was to propose a protocol for assessment of markers of infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in exposed health care professionals and to define criteria for evaluation of fitness for the job of the infected personnel. The study comprised 800 persons involved in operative procedures, including 414 surgeons,(More)