Francesco L. Brancia

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Physical properties, including amyloid morphology, FTIR and CD spectra, enhancement of Congo red absorbance, polymerization rate, critical monomer concentration, free energy of stabilization, hydrophobicity, and the partition coefficient between soluble and amyloid states, were measured for the tau-related peptide Ac-VQIVYK amide (AcPHF6) and its single(More)
A complete library of mutant Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains, each deleted for a single representative of yeast's 6000 protein-encoding genes, has been constructed. This represents a major biological resource for the study of eukaryotic functional genomics. However, yeast is also being used as a test-bed for the development of functional genomic(More)
Small-angle X-ray scattering is a technique for the characterization and structural analysis of a variety of materials including biological macromolecules and polymers. For the conformational analysis of proteins, the interaction between sample and X-rays is generally performed when the proteins are present in solution. Here a three-dimensional digital ion(More)
A novel matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation quadrupole ion trap time-of-flight (MALDI QIT ToF) mass spectrometer has been used to analyse high mass peptide ions exceeding 2000 Da. Human adrenocorticotropic hormone (fragment 18-39) and oxidised bovine insulin chain B were utilised to evaluate the performance of the instrument both in MS and in MS/MS(More)
We combined high-throughput screening of differential mRNAs with mass spectrometric characterization of proteins obtained from osteocytes untreated and treated with Risedronate. Microarray analysis revealed, upon treatment, a marked upregulation of messengers encoding zinc-proteins. MS analysis identified 84 proteins in the osteocytes proteome map.(More)
It is well established that osteoblasts, the key cells involved in bone formation during development and in adult life, secrete a number of glycoproteins harboring autocrine and paracrine functions. Thus, investigating the osteoblastic secretome could yield important information for the pathophysiology of bone. In the present study, we characterized for the(More)
Analysis of tryptic digests of proteins using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry commonly results in superior detection of arginine-containing peptides compared with lysine-containing counterparts. The effect is attributable in part to the greater stability of the arginine-containing peptide ions associated with the(More)
Glycated peptides arising from in vivo digestion of glycated proteins, usually called advanced glycation end (AGE) product peptides, are biologically relevant compounds due to their reactivity towards circulating and tissue proteins. To investigate their structures, in vitro glycation of human serum albumin (HSA) has been performed and followed by enzymatic(More)
Electron capture dissociation was implemented in a digital ion trap without using any magnetic field to focus the electrons. Since rectangular waveforms are employed in the DIT for both trapping and dipole excitation, electrons can be injected into the trap when the electric field is constant. Following deceleration, electrons reach the precursor ion cloud.(More)
A commercial matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight (MALDI-ToF) instrument equipped with a curved field reflectron (CFR) was modified in order to perform collision-induced dissociation (CID) on a variety of biomolecules. The incorporation of a high-resolution ion gate together with a collision cell within the field-free region allowed(More)