Francesca Baldracchini

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The present study regards possible changes in the activity of glyoxalase system enzymes (glyoxalase I, GI, and glyoxalase II, GII) in tissues (brain, liver and white muscle) of the mediterranean bony fish Sparus auratus after a 20 days exposure to sublethal concentrations (0.1 or 0.5 ppm) of Cu in the marine water and on control untreated animals. The(More)
The present study looks at possible changes in the activity of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in tissues (brain and white muscle) of the Mediterranean bony fish Sparus auratus after a 20 days exposure to sublethal concentrations (0.1 or 0.5 ppm) of copper in the marine water and on control untreated animals. The trials also included measurements of Cu(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiological evidence indicates that atopic asthma correlates with high serum IgE levels though the contribution of allergen specific IgE to the pathogenesis and the severity of the disease is still unclear. METHODS We developed a microarray immunoassay containing 103 allergens to study the IgE reactivity profiles of 485 asthmatic and 342(More)
The glutathione-dependent glyoxalases system, composed of glyoxalase I (GloI) and glyoxalase II (GloII) enzymes, is involved in the detoxification of methylglyoxal, a by-product of cell metabolism. Aberrations in the expression of glyoxalase genes in several human cancers have been reported. Sometimes, these aberrations seem to differ depending on the(More)
Microarray platforms, enabling simultaneous measurement of many allergens with a small serum sample, are potentially powerful tools in allergy diagnostics. We report here the first study comparing a fully automated microarray system, the Microtest allergy system, with a manual microarray platform, Immuno-Solid phase Allergen Chip (ISAC), and two(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the messenger RNA expression and activity of glyoxalase I and glyoxalase II enzymes in a human renal carcinoma (clear cell adenocarcinoma) and in pair-matched normal tissue. PATIENTS AND METHODS Tumor and nontumor pair-matched specimens from the same organ were collected during radical nephrectomy from(More)
Glyoxalase system, a ubiquitous detoxification pathway protecting against cellular damage caused by potent cytotoxic metabolites, is involved in the regulation of cellular growth. Aberrations in the expression of glyoxalase genes in several human cancers have been reported. Recently, we described a possible regulatory effect by estrogens on glyoxalase genes(More)
The mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) technology still represents a key source of reagents for research and clinical diagnosis, although it is relatively inefficient and expensive and therefore unsuitable for high-throughput production against a vast repertoire of antigens. In this article, we describe a protocol that combines the immunization of individual(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple allergic sensitizations are common in persistent childhood asthma, and thorough assessment of allergy is crucial for optimal care of these children. Microarray testing offers opportunities for improved sIgE characterization, which has been projected to be useful in the management of multisensitized patients. OBJECTIVE The aim of this(More)
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