Fulvio Palma

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The nitrate assimilation pathway represents a useful model system in which to study the contribution of a mycorrhizal fungus to the nitrogen nutrition of its host plant. In the present work we cloned and characterized the nitrate reductase gene (tbnr1) from Tuber borchii. The coding region of tbnr1 is 2787 nt in length, and it encodes a protein of 929 amino(More)
Niemann-Pick disease type A (NP-A) and type B (NP-B) are lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) caused by sphingomyelin accumulation in lysosomes relying on reduced or absent acid sphingomyelinase. A considerable body of evidence suggests that lysosomal storage in many LSD impairs autophagy, resulting in the accumulation of poly-ubiquitinated proteins and(More)
No information is presently available on the molecular mechanisms that control the morphogenesis of the truffle, an ectomycorrhizal ascomycetous fungus of great economic interest not only for forestry and agronomy but also for the organoleptic properties of its hypogeous fruitbodies. A Tilia platyphyllos-Tuber borchii model system was used in order to(More)
In this paper we report the complete separation of amino acids as DABS-derivatives using a 3µm Supelcosil LC-18 (25 cm × 2.1 mm I.D.) narrowbore column. The system described makes it possible to perform the analysis of DABS-amino acids with a sensitivity to the femtomole level. We have also studied the conditions necessary for using the narrow-bore columns(More)
Apoptosis is observed in 'actively' dying cells after the exposure to cell stressors such as ultraviolet light irradiation. Since melatonin has been proposed to act under stressful conditions as cell protection factor, in this study we examined the potential of this molecule when used at pharmacological concentrations to control mitochondrial damage and(More)
This work was undertaken to improve a separation method for preparation of large amounts of erythroid cells of different age with homogeneous and minimal contamination of myeloid cells. Our method was suitably employed in the study of the decay mechanism of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) during the erythroid cell maturation. Twenty fractions of(More)
Studies were carried out on glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6P-DH) during the differentiation of rabbit bone marrow erythroid cells. It was found that G6P-DH, although displaying a 7-fold activity decrease, did not change the relative amounts of its three dimeric forms. Using homogeneous enzyme preparations, we observed that from dividing to(More)
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