Luciano Galantini

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Polygalacturonases (PGs) are secreted by phytopathogenic fungi to degrade the plant cell wall homogalacturonan during plant infection. To counteract Pgs, plants have evolved polygalacturonase-inhibiting proteins (PGIPs) that slow down fungal infection and defend cell wall integrity. PGIPs favour the accumulation of oligogalacturonides, which are(More)
A structural comparison between the Normal and the Expanded isomers of the human serum albumin has been carried out by using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and light scattering (LS) techniques. Geometrical bodies, recovered structures (GA_STRUCT code) and rigid body modeling (CRYSOL and BUNCH software) were used to obtain low-resolution 3D structures(More)
The condensation of calf thymus DNA into the cholesteric-like psi-phase was observed by circular dichroism in liposome suspensions formulated with specific cationic gemini surfactants. The stereochemistry of the gemini spacer, the presence of specific functional groups, and the covalent link between the headgroups are fundamental issues in the condensation(More)
Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) technique, supported by light scattering measurements and spectroscopic data (circular dichroism and fluorescence) allowed us to restore the 3D structure at low resolution of defatted human serum albumin (HSA) in interaction with ibuprofen. The data were carried out on a set of HSA solutions with urea concentrations(More)
We report a study on the unfolding behavior of the most abundant protein contained in plasma, human serum albumin. The unfolding mechanisms in denaturing conditions induced by urea are studied for the defatted form (HSA) and for the palmitic acid:albumin (HSAPalm) complex. We employed the singular value decomposition method to determine the minimum number(More)
The self-aggregation of the sodium salt of a new adamantyl amide of the 3beta-amino derivative of cholic acid (Na-AdC) in aqueous solution has been investigated by surface tension, dynamic light scattering, fluorescence, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements. These last two techniques suggest that a(More)
We report a study on the unfolding behavior of the most abundant protein contained in plasma, the fatted and defatted human serum albumin, in denaturing conditions induced by guanidine hydrochloride. Low-resolution three-dimensional structures are reconstructed from the one-dimensional (1D) small-angle X-ray scattering patterns, and they are correlated with(More)
1 Department of Chemistry, Sapienza University of Rome, P.le A. Moro 5, 00185, Rome, Italy 2 Department of Physical Chemistry,University of Santiago de Compostela, Avda. Alfonso X El Sabio s/n, 27002 Lugo, Spain 3 Department of Chemistry, University of Costa Rica, San Josè, Costa Rica 4 Department of Physics, University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci 33C,(More)
The specificity of carbohydrate-lectin interaction has been reported as an attractive strategy for drug delivery in cancer therapy because of the high levels of lectins in several human malignancies. A novel cationic glucosylated amphiphile was therefore synthesized, as a model system, to attribute specificity toward d-glucose receptors to liposome(More)
Two diastereomeric cationic surfactants derived from L-proline, in which the second chiral center is a quaternary nitrogen, have been separated and fully characterized. The recognition properties of the aggregates formed by the two diastereomeric surfactants have been investigated by circular dichroism and (1)H NMR through deracemization of racemic(More)