M. Tomasi

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Mediatophore is a protein that translocates acetylcholine (ACh) on calcium action. It is a homopolymer of a 15-kDa proteolipid that is also a constituent of the membrane sector of vacuolar H+-adenosine trisphosphatase (V-ATPase; vacuolar proton pump). Experiments on neuroblastoma cell lines (N18TG-2) that are deficient for ACh release and on cells that are(More)
Treatment of the cholinergic cell line NG108-15 with retinoic acid or cAMP results in an increase of choline acetyltransferase activity (ChAT) whereas none of these agents influences the amount of the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) as judged from vesamicol binding and immunoblot studies. We suggest that immaturity of posttranslational events(More)
Immortalized rat brain endothelial RBE4 cells do not express choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), but they do express an endogenous machinery that enables them to release specifically acetylcholine (ACh) on calcium entry when they have been passively loaded with the neurotransmitter. Indeed, we have previously reported that these cells do not release glutamate(More)
Hepatocarcinogenesis is under polygenic control. We analyzed gene expression patterns of dysplastic liver nodules (DNs) and hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) chemically-induced in F344 and BN rats, respectively susceptible and resistant to hepatocarcinogenesis. Expression profiles were performed by microarray and validated by quantitative RT-PCR and Western(More)
The vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) and choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) are encoded by genes organized in a single gene locus, and coregulation of the transcription of the two genes has been repeatedly reported in cholinergic tissues. In the present study, different stimuli were used to induce the differentiation of the hybridoma cells NG108-15(More)
Mounting evidence underlines the role of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development, but its functional interactions with pathways involved in HCC progression remain uninvestigated. Here, we analyzed in preneoplastic and neoplastic livers from Fisher 344 and Brown Norway rats, possessing different genetic(More)
We report the results of a joint analysis of data from BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck. BICEP2 and Keck Array have observed the same approximately 400  deg^{2} patch of sky centered on RA 0 h, Dec. -57.5°. The combined maps reach a depth of 57 nK deg in Stokes Q and U in a band centered at 150 GHz. Planck has observed the full sky in polarization at seven(More)
Previous studies demonstrated that patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) do not acquire the classically conditioned eyeblink response. These studies, however, were only tested over a single conditioning session and, hence, raise the question of whether AD patients are capable of acquiring the response if sufficient training is given. This question may be(More)
Compelling evidence has documented the anxiolytic and mood-enhancing properties of cannabis. In susceptible users, however, consumption of this drug is conducive to panic, paranoia and dysphoria. We hypothesized that the up-regulation of CB₁ receptors (CB₁Rs) in select brain regions may enhance the vulnerability to cannabinoid-induced anxiety. To test this(More)
Sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major health concern worldwide. Epidemiologic evidence suggests a polygenic predisposition to CRC, but the genes responsible remain unknown. Here, we performed genome-wide scanning of male (ACI/SegHsd x Wistar-Furth)F2 (AWF2) rats to map susceptibility genes influencing the evolution of early colorectal lesions to(More)