Ilenia Bertipaglia

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The SERCA pump, a membrane protein of about 110kDa, transports two Ca(2+) ions per ATP hydrolyzed from the cytoplasm to the lumen of the sarcoplasmic reticulum. In muscle cells, its ability to remove Ca(2+) from the cytosol induces relaxation. The transport mechanism employed by the enzyme from rabbit muscle has been extensively studied, and several crystal(More)
Calpains, particularly conventional dimeric calpains, have claimed to be involved in the cell degeneration processes that characterize numerous disease conditions linked to dysfunctions of cellular Ca2+ homeostasis. The evidence supporting their involvement has traditionally been indirect and circumstantial, but recent work has added more solid evidence(More)
We report on the surface characterization, functionalization, and application of stable water suspensions of novel surface active maghemite nanoparticles (SAMNs), characterized by a diameter of 11 ± 2 nm and possessing peculiar colloidal properties and surface interactions. These features permitted the acquisition of titration curves and aqueous UV-vis(More)
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2A is an autosomal recessive disorder generated by inactivating mutations in the gene coding for the muscle specific protease calpain-3. It is mainly expressed in skeletal muscle as a monomeric multidomain protein characterized by three unique insertion sequences (NS, IS1, IS2). It is unstable, and undergoes very rapid(More)
The plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPases (PMCA pumps) have a long, cytosolic C-terminal regulatory region where a calmodulin-binding domain (CaM-BD) is located. Under basal conditions (low Ca2+), the C-terminal tail of the pump interacts with autoinhibitory sites proximal to the active center of the enzyme. In activating conditions (i.e., high Ca2+), Ca2+-bound CaM(More)
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