Franco Turrini

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Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and granulocyte-macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) belong to a family of glycoprotidic growth factors required for the survival, growth and differentiation of haematopoietic precursors and which affect the function of circulating mature cells. They are produced by resting or stimulated stromal cells(More)
In earlier studies we presented evidence that the clustering of the integral membrane protein, band 3, can serve as a signal for immune recognition and clearance of senescent or abnormal erythrocytes from circulation. In this study, we have exploited the capacity of 1 mmol/L Zn+2 to mildly and reversibly cluster band 3 in situ to characterize the nature of(More)
Neuroblastoma (NB) and Ewing's sarcoma (ES) represent the most common extracranial solid tumors of childhood. Heat shock proteins (HSP) are elevated in cancer cells and their over-expression was correlated to drug-resistance. In this work we identified the HSP by a sensitive proteomic analysis of NB and ES cell lines, then, we studied the HSP response to(More)
Expression of mutant SOD1 typical of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) induces the expression of Bcl2-A1, a member of the Bcl2 family of proteins, specifically in motor neurons of transgenic mice. In this work, we have used immortalized motor neurons (NSC-34) and transgenic mice expressing mutant SOD1 to unravel the molecular mechanisms and the(More)
BACKGROUND Neuroblastic tumors account for 9-10% of pediatric tumors and neuroblastoma (NB) is the first cause of death in pre-school age children. NB is classified in four stages, depending on the extent of spreading. A fifth type of NB, so-called stage 4S (S for special), includes patients with metastatic tumors but with an overall survival that(More)
β-thalassemia is a worldwide distributed monogenic red cell disorder, characterized by the absence or reduced β -globin chain synthesis. Despite the extensive knowledge of the molecular defects causing β-thalassemia, less is known about the mechanisms responsible for the associated ineffective erythropoiesis and reduced red cell survival, which sustain(More)
BACKGROUND A noninvasive, highly sensitive and specific urine test is needed for bladder cancer (BC) diagnosis and surveillance in addition to the invasive cystoscopy. We previously described the diagnostic effectiveness of urinary tyrosine-phosphorylated proteins (UPY) and a new assay (UPY-A) for their measurement in a pilot study. The aim of this work was(More)
Human monocyte-derived macrophages ingest diamide-treated red blood cells (RBC), anti-D immunoglobulin (Ig)G-opsonized RBC, or Plasmodium fakiparum ring-stage parasitized RBC (RPRBC), degrade ingested hemoglobin rapidly, and can repeat the phagocytic cycle. Monocytes fed with trophozoite-parasitized RBC (TPRBC), which contain malarial pigment, or fed with(More)
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