Gaetano Orsini

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Two recombinant Escherichia coli strains expressing different levels of an interferon fusion protein as inclusion bodies have been studied by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) microspectroscopy. A marker band at 1628 cm(-1) allowed monitoring of the protein expression by direct analysis of cell pellets in a rapid, non-invasive and quantitative way. The(More)
We describe the preparation and characterization of a new monoPEGylated derivate of a recombinant form of filgrastim (methionyl human granulocite colony stimulating factor, rh-Met-G-CSF), BK0026, prepared by enzymatic site-specific 20kDa PEG conjugation to glutamine 135 residue by microbial transglutaminase catalyzed reaction. BK0026 was purified to a(More)
In accordance with the anchorage site hypothesis, Daudi beta 2-microglobulin (-) HLA (-) human male Burkitt lymphoma cells are incapable of stably maintaining H-Y antigen on their plasma membrane; instead, they excrete it into the culture medium. The proposed testis-organizing function of Daudi H-Y antigen in solution, previously demonstrated in bovine(More)
A secreted, soluble variant of the Kex-1 endopeptidase from Kluyveromyces lactis has been produced and studied as a novel cleavage enzyme exhibiting high specificity for the Lys-Arg peptide. This highly selective, efficient enzyme is particularly adapted for use in manufacturing when a recombinant therapeutic protein, possessing its native N-terminus, has(More)
Lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) is the enzyme responsible for cholesterol esterification in plasma. Mutations in the LCAT gene leads to two rare disorders, familial LCAT deficiency and fish-eye disease, both characterized by severe hypoalphalipoproteinemia associated with several lipoprotein abnormalities. No specific treatment is presently(More)
Most GastroIntestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs) are characterized by KIT gene overexpression, which in turn is regulated by levels of microRNA 221 and microRNA 222. GISTs can also be distinguished by their miRNAs expression profile in which miRNAs 221/222 result reduced in comparison with GI normal tissues. In this paper, to restore normal miRNAs levels and to(More)
Filgrastim or methionyl-granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (Met-G-CSF), is a recombinant therapeutic protein widely used to treat severe neutropenia caused by myelosuppressive drugs in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies. In addition to its role in the regulation of granulopoiesis, treatment with G-CSF is considered the standard approach to mobilize(More)
The Escherichia coli udp gene encodes uridine phosphorylase (UP), which catalyzes the reversible phosphorolysis of uridine to uracil and ribose-1-phosphate. The X-ray structure of E. coli UP resolved by two different groups produced conflicting results. In order to cast some light on the E. coli UP catalytic site, we mutagenized several residues in UP and(More)
Human glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a physiological gastrointestinal peptide with glucose-dependent insulinotropic effects which is therefore considered an interesting antidiabetic agent. However, after in vivo administration, exogenous GLP-1 does not exert its physiological action due to the combination of rapid proteolytic degradation by ubiquitous(More)
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