Manuela Maffei

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During skeletal muscle contraction, regular arrays of actin and myosin filaments slide past each other driven by the cyclic ATP-dependent interaction of the motor protein myosin II (the cross-bridge) with actin. The rate of the cross-bridge cycle and its load-dependence, defining shortening velocity and energy consumption at the molecular level, vary widely(More)
The cellular basis of age-related tissue deterioration remains largely obscure. The ability to activate compensatory mechanisms in response to environmental stress is an important factor for survival and maintenance of cellular functions. Autophagy is activated both under short and prolonged stress and is required to clear the cell of dysfunctional(More)
We describe a dual-trap force-clamp configuration that applies constant loads between a binding protein and an intermittently interacting biological polymer. The method has a measurement delay of only ∼10 μs, allows detection of interactions as brief as ∼100 μs and probes sub-nanometer conformational changes with a time resolution of tens of microseconds.(More)
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disease characterized by skeletal muscle wasting and atrophy. Recent evidence suggests that the impaired skeletal muscle performance in DMD is not solely dependent on a loss of contractile muscle mass. In this study the myosin motor function of mdx and control (wildtype, WT) mice was compared using pure myosin(More)
Funaria hygrometrica gametophytes were grown in in vitro controlled systems in the presence and absence of lead. Their nuclear genomes were then analyzed directly in situ with A+T and G+C specific fluorochromes, image analysis and statistical data elaboration by specific software, in order to characterize the different fractions of repetitive DNA. The(More)
The essential myosin light chain (ELC) is involved in modulation of force generation of myosin motors and cardiac contraction, while its mechanism of action remains elusive. We hypothesized that ELC could modulate myosin stiffness which subsequently determines its force production and cardiac contraction. Therefore, we generated heterologous transgenic(More)
An in vitro motility assay approach was used to investigate the mechanisms of the functional differences between myosin isoforms, by studying the effect of MgATP and MgADP on actin sliding velocity (V(f)) of pure slow and fast rat skeletal myosin at different temperatures. The value of V(f) depended on [MgATP] according to Michaelis-Menten kinetics, with an(More)
It was shown that the temperature sensitivity of shortening velocity of skeletal muscles is higher at temperatures below physiological (10-25 degrees C) than at temperatures closer to physiological (25-35 degrees C) and is higher in slow than fast muscles. However, because intact muscles invariably express several myosin isoforms, they are not the ideal(More)
AIM Notwithstanding the widely accepted idea that following disuse skeletal muscles become faster, an increase in shortening velocity was previously observed mostly in fibres containing type 1 myosin, whereas a decrease was generally found in fibres containing type 2B myosin. In this study, unloaded shortening velocity of pure type 1 and 2B fibres from(More)
Morphometry, microfluorimetry and electron microscopy were used to investigate the size, ploidy level, and morphology of the nucleus of the individual cells forming the peltate and capitate glandular trichomes inMentha×piperita L. Nuclear hypertrophy was observed in the secretory cells of both kinds of trichomes. This could be explained by polyploidization(More)