Giuseppina Pichiri

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Centromeric alphoid DNAs of human chromosomes 6, 9, 16 and Y were employed to obtain information on the molecular mechanism(s) determining cytological effects produced by digestion in situ with AluI and TaqI restriction enzymes, possibly related to the structure of the above-cited areas. The following cytological and biochemical experiments were carried out(More)
Brains affected by Alzheimer's disease (AD) show a large spectrum of mitochondrial alterations at both morphological and genetic level. The causal link between amyloid beta peptides (AP) and mitochondrial dysfunction has been established in cellular models of AD using Abeta concentrations capable of triggering massive neuronal death. However, mitochondrial(More)
To investigate the genome of the anguilliform fish Muraena helena at the molecular level we characterized total DNA by agarose gel electrophoresis after cleavage with AluI, HaeIII, MboI, and DdeI restriction endonucleases. Subsequently, we isolated the DNA from two specific electrophoretic fractions to be used as probes for Southern and in situ(More)
Human and Chinese hamster chromosomes were obtained from cells grown in the presence of 5-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) for (a) one replicative round, (b) two replicative rounds, (c) one replicative round followed by another round in thymidine and (d) the last period of synthetic phase. Untreated chromosomes and chromosomes treated with UV radiation after(More)
An emerging hypothesis from the recent literature explain how specific adverse factors related with growth retardation as well as of low birth weight (LBW) might influence renal development during fetal life and then the insurgence of hypertension and renal disease in adulthood. In this article, after introducing a brief overview of human nephrogenesis, the(More)
Due to its actin-sequestering properties, thymosin beta-4 (Tβ4) is considered to play a significant role in the cellular metabolism. Several physiological properties of Tβ4 have been reported;, however, many questions concerning its cellular function remain to be ascertained. To better understand the role of this small peptide we have analyzed by means of(More)
G. Pichiri1, P. Coni2, A. M. Deiana3, M. Nieddu1 & R. Mezzanotte1* 1 Dipartimento di Scienze Applicate ai Biosistemi, Sez. di Biologia e Genetica, Universita© di Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, 09042 Monserrato, Cagliari, Italy; Fax: ‡ 39-70-675-4100; E-mail:; 2 Dipartimento di Citomorfologia, Sez. di Anatomia(More)
The present study was undertaken to determine the kinetics of DNA synthesis and expression of cell cycle dependent proto-oncogenes in response to two types of cell proliferative stimuli in male Wistar rat liver. The peak of DNA synthesis was approximately 24 h after a compensatory cell proliferative stimulus induced by 2/3 partial hepatectomy and(More)
Thymosin beta-4 (Tβ4) is an ubiquitous multi-functional regenerative peptide, related to many critical biological processes, with a dynamic and flexible conformation which may influence its functions and its subcellular distribution. For these reasons, the intracellular localization and trafficking of Tβ4 is still not completely defined and is still under(More)
Muraenidae is a species-rich family, with relationships among genera and species and taxonomy that have not been completely clarified. Few cytogenetic studies have been conducted on this family, and all of them showed the same diploid chromosome number (2n=42) but with conspicuous karyotypic variation among species. The Mediterranean moray eel Gymnothorax(More)