Maria Gabriella Giuffrida

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Integrin-mediated cell adhesion cooperates with growth factor receptors in the control of cell proliferation, cell survival, and cell migration. One mechanism to explain these synergistic effects is the ability of integrins to induce phosphorylation of growth factor receptors, for instance the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor. Here we define some(More)
An Acinetobacter radioresistens strain able to grow on phenol or benzoate as sole carbon and energy source through the beta-ketoadipate pathway was isolated in our laboratories. In previous research, we found a different expression of catechol-1,2-dioxygenase isoenzymes (C-1,2-O) depending on the growth substrate (phenol or benzoate). In the present study,(More)
The milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) is the membrane surrounding lipid droplets during their secretion in the alveolar lumen of the lactating mammary gland. MFGM proteins represent only 1-4% of total milk protein content; nevertheless, the MFGM consists of a complex system of integral and peripheral proteins, enzymes, and lipids. Despite their low classical(More)
Two different isozymes (Iso A and Iso B) of catechol 1,2 dioxygenase (C1,2O) were isolated from cultures of A. radioresistens grown in two different media, containing phenol and benzoate respectively. In the phenol medium the bacteria expressed about 90% of Iso A, whereas in the benzoate medium the Iso A/Iso B ratio was 40:60. The two proteins have(More)
Successful therapy in cow's milk protein allergy rests on completely eliminating cow's milk proteins from the child's diet: it is thus necessary to provide a replacement food. This prospective study investigated tolerance of donkey's milk in a population of 46 selected children with cow's milk protein allergy, for whom it was not possible to use any cow's(More)
BACKGROUND Allergy to apple is commonly associated with birch pollinosis because the two share homologous allergens. However, some patients have apple allergy but no birch pollinosis, suggesting that there are allergens that do not cross-react with birch. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to evaluate the IgE reactivity pattern to an apple extract in(More)
Lactating mammary epithelial cells do not adhere to the classical rule of lipid secretion since lipids are secreted enveloped by the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) via a budding process. Historically, biochemical studies of MFGM proteins focused on the analysis of single molecules. Today, thanks to proteomic technologies, it is now possible to(More)
The recent availability of the honey-bee Apis mellifera genome and trascriptome of both the female castes, has stimulated new efforts in investigating the protein composition of royal jelly (RJ), its role in caste differentiation and its quality and typicality by a proteomic approach. This study is aimed both to separate and identify proteins of royal jelly(More)
Viral infections are known to have a detrimental effect on grapevine yield and performance, but there is still a lack of knowledge about their effect on the quality and safety of end products. Vines of Vitis vinifera cv. Nebbiolo clone 308, affected simultaneously by Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 1 (GLRaV-1), Grapevine virus A (GVA), and Rupestris(More)
The actin cytoskeleton is best known for its role during cellular morphogenesis. However, other evidence suggests that actin is also crucial for the organization and dynamics of membrane organelles such as endosomes and the Golgi complex. As in morphogenesis, the Rho family of small GTPases are key mediators of organelle actin-driven events, although it is(More)