Laura Zaccaro

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The Arabidopsis SUPERMAN (SUP) gene has been shown to be important in maintaining the boundary between stamens and carpels, and is presumed to act by regulating cell proliferation. In this work, we show that the SUP protein, which contains a single Cys2-His2 zinc finger domain including the QALGGH sequence, highly conserved in the plant zinc finger(More)
Zinc finger domains of the classical type represent the most abundant DNA binding domains in eukaryotic transcription factors. Plant proteins contain from one to four zinc finger domains, which are characterized by high conservation of the sequence QALGGH, shown to be critical for DNA-binding activity. The Arabidopsis thaliana SUPERMAN protein, which(More)
Analysis of the structure of nerve growth factor (NGF)-tyrosine kinase receptor A (TrkA) complex, site-directed mutagenesis studies and results from chemical modification of amino acid residues have identified loop 1, loop 4, and the N-terminal region of the NGF molecule as the most relevant for its biological activity. We synthesized several peptides(More)
Administration of high-dose ethinylestradiol to rats decreases bile flow, Na,K-ATPase specific activity, and liver plasma membrane fluidity. By use of highly purified sinusoidal and bile canalicular membrane fractions, the effect of ethinylestradiol administration on the protein and lipid composition and fluidity of plasma membrane fractions was examined.(More)
AIMS The aim of the present study was to determine the function and the role of the scaffold protein AKAP121, tethering cAMP dependent protein kinase A to the outer wall of mitochondria, in neonatal ventricular myocytes and the heart. METHODS AND RESULTS Competitive peptides displacing AKAP121 from mitochondria in the tissue and in the cells were used to(More)
The first putative prokaryotic Cys(2)His(2) zinc-finger domain has been identified in the transcriptional regulator Ros from Agrobacterium tumefaciens, indicating that the Cys(2)His(2) zinc-finger domain, originally thought to be confined to the eukaryotic kingdom, could be widespread throughout the living kingdom from eukaryotic, both animal and plant, to(More)
Membrane proteins of transporting epithelia are often distributed between apical and basolateral surfaces to produce a functionally polarized cell. The distribution of Na+,K+-ATPase [ATP phosphohydrolase (Na+/K+-transporting), EC] between apical and basolateral membranes of hepatocytes has been controversial. Because Na+,K+-ATPase activity is(More)
Reactive gliosis has been implicated in both inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. However, mechanisms by which astrocytic activation affects synaptic efficacy have been poorly elucidated. We have used the spared nerve injury (SNI) of the sciatic nerve to induce reactive astrocytosis in the lumbar spinal cord and investigate its potential role in(More)
Peptidomimetics hold a great promise as therapeutic agents for neurodegenerative disorders. We previously described a Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)-like peptide, now named BB14, which was found to act as a strong TrkA agonist and to be effective in the sciatic nerve injury model of neuropathic pain. In this report we present the effects of BB14 in reducing(More)
The herpes simplex virus large subunit of ribonucleotide reductase differs from its counterparts in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and in other viruses in that it contains a unique domain that codes for a distinct serine-threonine protein kinase that activates the Ras/MEK/MAPK mitogenic pathway and is required for virus growth. Previous studies suggested(More)