Irene Mancini

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BACKGROUND The transcription factor NF-kappaB is a very interesting target molecule for the design on anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and pro-apoptotic drugs. However, the application of the widely-used molecular docking computational method for the virtual screening of chemical libraries on NF-kappaB is not yet reported in literature. Docking studies on a(More)
Chronic lung inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF) is specifically characterized by predominant endobronchial neutrophil infiltrates, colonization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and elevated levels of cytokines and chemokines, first of all IL-8. The extensive inflammatory process in CF lungs is the basis of progressive tissue damage and is largely considered(More)
Lentiviral-mediated beta-globin gene transfer successfully treated beta-thalassemic mice. Based on this result, clinical trials were initiated. To date, however, no study has investigated the efficacy of gene therapy in relation to the nature of the different beta-globin mutations found in patients. Most mutations can be classified as beta(0) or beta(+),(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is characterized by a deep inflammatory process, with production and release of cytokines and chemokines, among which interleukin 8 (IL-8) represents one of the most important. Accordingly, there is a growing interest in developing therapies against IL-8, with the aim of reducing the excessive inflammatory response in the airways of CF(More)
Chronic inflammatory response in the airway tract of patients affected by cystic fibrosis is characterized by an excessive recruitment of neutrophils to the bronchial lumina, driven by the chemokine interleukin (IL)-8. We previously found that 5-methoxypsoralen reduces Pseudomonas aeruginosa-dependent IL-8 transcription in bronchial epithelial cell lines,(More)
Epicarps of Citrus bergamia fruits from organic farming were extracted with the objective of obtaining derived products differently rich in coumarins and psoralens. The extracts were chemically characterized by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gas chromatography-flame ionization detection (GC-FID), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and(More)
We report in this paper a novel thalassemia mutation (insertion of a single A nucleotide within the exon 1, at codon 18, of the beta-globin gene) associated with a deletion of the deltabeta-globin gene region, in a patient exhibiting high persistence of fetal hemoglobin. The novel mutation causes a frameshift with the generation of a UGA stop codon.(More)
Nuclear Factor kappaB (NF-κB) plays a very important role in the control of gene expression and is deeply involved in several human pathologies. Accordingly, molecules targeting NF-κB dependent biological functions are considered of great interest. Virtual screening of furocoumarin libraries against NF-κB p50 allowed to rank compounds in respect to their(More)
Virtual screening against NF-kappaB p50 using docking simulations was applied by starting from a three-dimensional (3D) database containing more than 4.6 million commercially available structures. This database was filtered by specifying a subset of commercially available compounds sharing a (2E,Z)-3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-2-propenoate substructure and relevant(More)
The role of CFTR deficiency in promoting inflammation remains unclear. Perez et al. [A. Perez, A.C. Issler, C.U. Cotton, T.J. Kelley, A.S. Verkman and P.B. Davis, CFTR inhibition mimics the cystic fibrosis inflammatory profile. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 2007; 292:L383-L395.] recently demonstrated that the inhibition of function of w/t CFTR produces(More)