Leonardo Scaglioni

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Perilla frutescens is a food plant widely used in Asian cuisine. This plant was investigated for its interesting taste and somatosensory properties. Perillaldehyde and perillaketone are among the components of the aromatic extracts from P. Frutescens. These compounds were shown here to activate the cloned TRPA1 channel when expressed in an heterologous cell(More)
A water soluble derivative (2) of topopyrones was selected for NMR studies directed to elucidate the mode of binding with specific oligonucleotides. Topopyrone 2 can intercalate into the CG base pairs, but the residence time into the double helix is very short and a fast chemical exchange averaging occurs at room temperature between the free and bound(More)
Among the disaccharide derivatives of the antitumor anthracycline doxorubicin, sabarubicin (Men10755) is more active and less cytotoxic than doxorubicin. It showed a strong in vivo antitumor activity in all preclinical models examined, in conjunction with a better tolerability, and is now in phase II clinical trials. The interaction of sabarubicin and(More)
An understanding of the integrated relationships among the principal cellular functions that govern the bioenergetic reactions of an organism is necessary to determine how cells remain viable and optimise their fitness in the environment. Urease is a complex enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea to ammonia and carbonic acid. While the induction of(More)
Ruta graveolens (rue) is a spontaneous plant in the Mediterranean area with a strong aroma and a very intense bitter taste, used in gastronomy and in folk medicine. From the leaves, stems and fruits of rue, we isolated rutin, rutamarin, three furanocoumarins, two quinolinic alkaloids, a dicoumarin and two long chain ketones. Bitter taste and chemesthetic(More)
An unknown signal at 2.93 ppm in 1H-NMR spectra of rice, Oryza sativa, was assigned to the methyl groups of sulphur-methylmethionine (SMM), thereby devising a new method for the determination of this compound. Rice seedlings growing aerobically in the dark and in the light engaged for the synthesis of SMM an amount of Met corresponding to 23 and 8%,(More)
All H,H, H,P and several C,P coupling constants, including those between C-4' and the vicinal phosphorus atom, have been determined for NADP+, NADPH coenzymes and for a 4,4-dimer obtained from one-electron electrochemical reduction of NADP+. From these data the preferred conformation of the ribose, that of the 1,4-dihydronicotinamide rings, and the(More)
A new seco-ring A lupane triterpene derivative (1), along with lupenone, lupeol, beta-sitosterol, ursolic acid, and stigmasterol 3-O-beta-d-glucoside, were isolated from a methanol extract of mature stems of Lasianthus gardneri, a shrub from the family Rubiaceae growing in Sri Lanka. The structure and stereochemistry of the new compound were determined(More)
Two new neoclerodane diterpenoids, 6-deacetyl-teucrolivin A (5) and 8beta-hydroxy-teucrolivin B (6), were isolated from the aerial parts of Teucrium orientale, along with four already known neoclerodane diterpenoids, teucrolivin A (1), teucrolivin B (2), teucrolivin C (3) and teucrolivin H (4), previously isolated from Teucrium oliverianum. Their structures(More)