Maria Paola Terranova

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We report an efficient, general approach for the construction of protein-overproducing strains of Escherichia coli. The method, expression-cassette polymerase chain reaction (ECPCR), allows the insertion of virtually any contiguous coding sequence between sequences that direct high-level protein biosynthesis in E. coli. The gene expression cassettes(More)
The fine specificity of the cellular immune response to Candida albicans (i.e., recognition of different antigenic components) between normal controls and human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients in various stages of disease was compared. C. albicans-specific T cells, enriched by antigen stimulation and interleukin-2 expansion, were challenged with(More)
The Escherichia coli Ada protein repairs O6-methylguanine residues and methyl phosphotriesters in DNA by direct transfer of the methyl group to a cysteine residue located in its C- or N-terminal domain, respectively. Methyl transfer to the N-terminal domain causes it to acquire a sequence-specific DNA binding activity, which directs binding to the(More)
The Escherichia coli Ada protein repairs methylphosphotriesters in DNA by direct, irreversible methyl transfer to one of its own cysteines. Upon methyl transfer, Ada acquires the ability to bind specific DNA sequences and thereby to induce genes that confer resistance to methylating agents. The amino-terminal domain of Ada, which comprises the(More)
Surrogate markers for monitoring immuno-virological discordant responders, in addition to plasma viral load and CD4 cells, are still lacking. We assessed the diagnostic utility of CD38 expression on CD8 T cell assay, alone or in association with lymphocyte proliferation to mycotic antigens, in evaluating antiretroviral response. 28 vertically HIV-infected(More)
We describe a case of Cryptosporidium infection occurring in a child after allogeneic SCT for acute non-lymphoblastic leukemia. This patient presented an intestinal, biliar, and pancreatic Cryptosporidium disease associated with an intestinal aGvHD. The increase in CD3+/CD4+ cells secondary to the reduction of steroid therapy associated with the improvement(More)
Further to a previous genotoxicity study, we analyzed sister-chromatid exchange (SCE) and DNA-repair induction (V79 and EUE cells in vitro) and DNA damage (rat liver in vivo) with regard to N-acryloyl-N'-phenylpiperazine (AcrNPP), a chemical proposed for biomaterial polymerization which contains an aromatic tertiary amine function in a piperazine cycle.(More)
Antagonism is the ability of a modified antigenic peptide (altered peptide ligand, APL) to prevent CD4 T cell activation by the original peptide. Here we show that antagonistic activity can be conferred to peptides of HIV envelope glycoprotein gp120 and reverse transcriptase p66 by adding flanking polypeptide sequences at the C or at the N terminus by(More)