Filomena Rossi

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In this work we have investigated the molecular basis of the neuronal damage induced by the prion peptide by searching for a surface receptor whose activation could be the first step of a cascade of events responsible for cell death. By using a human neuroblastoma cell line lacking all the neurotrophin receptors and derived clones expressing the full-length(More)
The 173-195 segment corresponding to the helix 2 of the C-globular prion protein domain could be one of several "spots" of intrinsic conformational flexibility. In fact, it possesses chameleon conformational behaviour and gathers several disease-associated point mutations. We have performed spectroscopic studies on the wild-type fragment 173-195 and on its(More)
Two-stage process based on photofermentation of dark fermentation effluents is widely recognized as the most effective method for biological production of hydrogen from organic substrates. Recently, it was described an alternative mechanism, named capnophilic lactic fermentation, for sugar fermentation by the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga(More)
Astins, a family of cyclopentapeptides, isolated from the roots of a medicinal plant Aster tataricus (Compositae), show antitumour activity. Their chemical structures consist of a 16-membered ring system containing a unique beta,gamma-dichlorinated proline [Pro(Cl2)], other non-coded amino acid residues, and a cis conformation in one of the peptide bonds.(More)
This work reports on the design and the synthesis of two short linear peptides both containing a few amino acids with disorder propensity and an allylic ester group at the C-terminal end. Their structural properties were firstly analyzed by means of experimental techniques in solution such as CD and NMR methods that highlighted peptide flexibility. These(More)
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