Giovanna Montana

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Fibril deposit formation of amyloid beta-protein (Abeta) in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Increasing evidence suggests that toxicity is linked to diffusible Abeta oligomers, which have been found in soluble brain extracts of AD patients, rather than to insoluble fibers. Here we report a study of the toxicity of two distinct forms of(More)
Oxidative stress and dysfunctional mitochondria are among the earliest events in AD, triggering neurodegeneration. The use of natural antioxidants could be a neuroprotective strategy for blocking cell death. Here, the antioxidant action of ferulic acid (FA) on different paths leading to degeneration of recombinant beta-amyloid peptide (rAbeta42) treated(More)
A distinctive feature of Alzheimer's disease is the deposition of amyloid beta-protein (Abeta) in senile or diffuse plaques. The 42 residue beta-peptide (Abeta42) is the predominant form found in plaques. In the present work we report a high-yield expression and purification method of production of a recombinant Abeta42. The purified recombinant peptide(More)
We have identified and partially characterised two antigens, extracted with 3% butanol, from Paracentrotus lividus embryos dissociated at the blastula stage, and encoded by the cDNA clones previously described as bep1 and bep4 (bep-butanol extracted proteins). The cDNA fragments containing the specific central portions of bep1 and bep4 were expressed as MS2(More)
Bep mRNAs, i.e., maternal messengers coding for cell surface proteins, are localized in the animal part of Paracertrotus lividus egg and embryos. Here we have examined the involvement of the cytoskeleton in asymmetric distribution of bep3 mRNA. Moreover, in order to understand whether and how cis- and trans-acting factors are necessary for bep3 mRNA(More)
The temporal expression of two cell surface proteins, called BEP1 and BEP4, during Paracentrosus lividus embryonic development was studied. These proteins are found in both monomeric and dimeric forms in egg and embryos and we have established that their specific form is related to their being in the cytoplasm or on the cell surface. The spatial(More)
Microsurgery experiments demonstrate that the animal side of the unfertilized sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus egg coincides with the side of the egg pronucleus location. It is demonstrated by means of in situ hybridization and immunostaining of whole mounts of animal or vegetal halves that the previously identified bep 1 and bep4 RNAs and their proteins(More)
In sea urchin embryos, the initial animal-vegetal (AV) axis is specified during oogenesis but the mechanism is largely unknown. By using chemical reagents such as lithium, it is possible to shift the principal embryonic territories toward a vegetal fate. We have investigated the possibility of obtaining the same morphological effect as with lithium by(More)
The CAP superfamily is a group of proteins that have been linked to several biological functions such as reproduction, cancer, and immune defense. A differential screening between lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-challenged and naive Ciona intestinalis has been performed to identify LPS-induced genes. This strategy has allowed the isolation of a full-length 1471-bp(More)
Gene transfer represents an important advance in the treatment of both genetic and acquired diseases. In this article, the suitability of cationically modified solid-lipid nanoparticles (SLN) as a nonviral vector for gene delivery was investigated, in order to obtain stable materials able to condense RNA. Cationic SLN were produced by microemulsion using(More)