Irene C Messana

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Thiourea tasting can be predictive of individual differences in bitter taste responses, general food preferences and eating behavior, and could be correlated with saliva chemical composition. We investigated the possible relationship between PROP bitter taste responsiveness and the salivary proteome in subjects genotyped for TAS2R38 and gustin gene(More)
The acidic soluble fraction of whole saliva of type 1 diabetic children was analyzed by reversed phase (RP)(1)-HPLC-ESI-MS and compared with that of sex- and age-matched control subjects. Salivary acidic proline-rich phosphoproteins (aPRP), histatins, α-defensins, salivary cystatins, statherin, proline-rich peptide P-B (P-B), beta-thymosins, S100A8 and(More)
To elucidate the localization of post-translational modifications of different classes of human salivary proteins and peptides (acidic and basic proline-rich proteins (PRPs), Histatins, Statherin, P-B peptide, and "S type" Cystatins) a comparative reversed phase HPLC-ESI-MS analysis on intact proteins of enriched granule preparations from parotid and(More)
The aim of this review is to focus and discuss several parallel biological functions of hemoglobin besides its basic function of oxygen transport. In light of the information present in the literature the following possible physiological roles of hemoglobin are discussed: (1) hemoglobin as molecular heat transducer through its oxygenation-deoxygenation(More)
Serial urine samples of 33 type II diabetic patients and 20 control subjects were examined by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Metabolites including lactate, citrate, glycine, alanine, hippurate, trimethylamine-N-oxide, and dimethylamine were identified in all subjects although in higher concentrations in diabetic patients. Other analytes, such as(More)
The acidic-soluble protein content of human gingival crevicular fluid was analyzed by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC), and the eluent deriving from the chromatography separation was directly introduced into an ion-trap mass spectrometer through electrospray ionization (ESI-IT MS). By this technique the molecular weight of(More)
BACKGROUND Human RBC metabolism is modulated by the cell oxygenation state. Among other mechanisms, competition of deoxyhemoglobin and some glycolytic enzymes for the cytoplasmic domain of band 3 is probably involved in modulation. This metabolic modulation is connected to variations in intracellular NADPH and ATP levels as a function of the oxygenation(More)
The present study describes the occurrence of two ellagitannins in the ethanolic extract of the leaves and stems of Phyllanthus sellowianus (Euphorbiaceae). Their preliminary antinociceptive properties were also evaluated. The two ellagitannins were identified on the basis of 1H- and 13C-NMR spectra data and by mixed co-TLC and co-HPLC injection with an(More)
The human salivary acidic proline-rich proteins (aPRPs) complex was investigated by different chromatographic and mass spectrometric approaches and the main aPRPs, namely PRP-1, PRP-2 and PIF-s (15,515 amu), Db-s (17,632 amu) and Pa (15,462 amu) proteins, were detected. All these isoforms are phosphorylated at Ser-8 and Ser-22 and have a pyroglutamic moiety(More)
This review briefly depicts several salient points of the current status of knowledge on salivary peptidoma. It outlines the intrinsic difficulties in its characterization connected to different factors of variability, such as: i) the high genetic polymorphisms, complicated by individual insertions/deletions and alternative splicing; ii) complex(More)