Maria Luisa Gelmi

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In vivo incorporation of monofluorinated noncanonical amino acids into recombinant proteins has been well-established for decades. Proteins fluorinated in this way proved to be useful tools for many practical applications. In contrast, trifluorinated amino acids have been incorporated in only a few peptides and relatively small proteins by using expression(More)
AIMS The discovery of a specific prorenin receptor (PRR) suggests a biological function of prorenin that is independent of angiotensin I production. In the present study, we investigated the role of PRR on smooth muscle cell (SMC) migration. METHODS AND RESULTS PRR was expressed in human mammary arteries and in cultured human aortic SMCs. Prorenin induced(More)
The synthesis of a new hexacyclic system was realized starting from tryptamines and exploiting as a key step a sequential Pd-catalyzed N-arylation/acylation reaction. Having topoisomerases as biological target and the campthotecins class as benchmark, the new scaffold was decorated with substituents having different polarity and tested as Topoisomerase I(More)
New 3-O-glycosyl-3-demethylthiocolchicines containing natural and unnatural sugar moieties were prepared and tested on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors present in rat brain and spinal cord. Two different synthetic approaches were used with the readily available 3-O-demethylthiocolchicine (1b) and thiocolchicoside(More)
The synthesis of two new diastereomeric 6-amino-3-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane-6-carboxylic acids exo- and endo-8,9 is reported using exo- and endo-norbornene amino acids as chiral building blocks. This method provides a fast access to optically pure amino acids 8 and 9 which can be considered both alpha,gamma- and alpha,delta-diamino acids containing sterical(More)
The effects on tubulin dynamics of paclitaxel, ortataxel and two recently developed taxol derivatives bearing a five-membered heterocyclic ring fused at the 1,14 position were analysed by means of molecular dynamic simulations and the MM-PBSA approach. Tubulin polymerization kinetics and microtubule morphology assays were also conducted, providing support(More)
A series of isothiazole dioxides was synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of protein farnesyltransferase from the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness (Trypanosoma brucei). The most potent compound in the series inhibited the parasite enzyme with an IC(50) of 2 microM and blocked the growth of the bloodstream parasite in vitro with an ED(50) of(More)
Modulation of smooth muscle cells to a proliferating and migrating phenotype with downregulated alpha-actin expression is observed upon vascular lesion formation. The Id proteins (inhibitors of cell differentiation) play a role in the development of this phenotype. In contrast, synthetic peptides based on a conserved 11-residue Id sequence trigger the(More)
A very efficient synthesis of orthogonally protected 1H-azepine-4-amino-4-carboxylic acid, abbreviated as Azn, a conformationally restricted analogue of ornithine, was realized. It was obtained on a gram scale in good overall yield in five steps, three of which did not require isolation of the intermediates, starting from the readily available(More)
The Maf protein family belongs to the activator protein 1 (AP-1) superfamily of transcription factors that bind specific DNA target sequences through a basic region and exploit a leucine zipper (LZ) motif for protein-protein interactions leading to homo- or hetero-dimerization. Mafs unique DNA-binding domain contains a highly conserved extended homology(More)