Francesca Rizzi

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Over 60% of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies are caused by deletions spanning tens or hundreds of kilobases in the dystrophin gene. The molecular mechanisms underlying the loss of DNA at this genomic locus are not yet understood. By studying the distribution of deletion breakpoints at the genomic level, we have previously shown that intron 49(More)
This article extends the uncertainty quantification analysis introduced in Paper I for molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of concentration driven ionic flow through a silica nanopore. Attention is now focused on characterizing, for a fixed pore diameter of D = 21 Å, the sensitivity of the system to the Lennard-Jones energy parameters, ɛ(Na(+)) and(More)
To enhance today's artificial flow sensing capabilities in aerial and underwater robotics, future robots could be equipped with a large number of miniaturized sensors distributed over the surface to provide high resolution measurement of the surrounding fluid flow. In this work we show a linear array of closely separated bio-inspired(More)
In this article, uncertainty quantification is applied to molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of concentration driven ionic flow through a silica nanopore. We consider a silica pore model connecting two reservoirs containing a solution of sodium (Na(+)) and chloride (Cl(-)) ions in water. An ad hoc concentration control algorithm is developed to simulate a(More)
Human lymphocytes cultured in vitro were used to assess the ability of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), currently used in orthopaedic surgery as bone cement, to induce micronuclei in binucleated cells. The results of the study show a significant increase in the micronucleus frequency in treated cultures and therefore the genotoxic effect of PMMA bone cement(More)
– Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is the most common adult muscular dystrophy, characterized by autosomal dominant progressive myopathy, myotonia and multiorgan involvement. To date two distinct forms caused by similar mutations have been identified. Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1, Steinert’s disease) was described more than 100 years ago and is caused by a (CTG)n(More)
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