Maria Teresa Parodi

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Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is gaining ever-increasing attention in biology as it allows us to achieve very high resolution both in air and in liquid. Recently, this technique has been employed for the observation of dynamic phenomena of cells in their culture medium. We employed this technology for comparing different morphologies, neuronal and(More)
It has been proved that inhibition of protein kinase C by 1-(5-isoquinolinylsulfonyl)-1-methylpiperazine (H7) induces morphological differentiation in murine neuroblastoma (nb) cell. Here we report that H7 is also active on human nb cell lines. The human nb cell had originally neuroblast-like (N) or intermediate (I) morphology. N and I type are thought to(More)
It is known that PKC is differently expressed in brain and the peripheral nervous system and is involved in cellular differentiation. We have analyzed 9 human neuronal-derived crest-cell lines for PKC-alpha mRNA. Seven out of nine expressed 9.0 kb and 4.0 kb PKC-alpha mRNAs, but three had high level of 9.0 kb transcription. The different expression of the(More)
A case has been described of Trisomy 8 mosaicism Syndrome. At onset the child presented with hyporegenerative anemia; the study of colony forming capacity in vitro (CFU) by Bone Marrow (B) and Peripheral Blood (PB) showed an abnormal colony formation by myeloid and erythroid progenitor cells. No immunological defects were discovered. The in vitro colony(More)
Sir, cis-Diamrninedichloroplatinum (II) (cisplatin) is a potent anticancer drug particularly useful in testicular cancer, bladder cancer, neuroblastoma, and other solid tumors [4]. Cisplatin is active as an alkylating agent, being a non-protein-bound platinum probably representihg the biologically active molecule [6]. Very few data related to the(More)
In 1986 we reported on the capacity ofcis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cisplatin, CDDP) to induce erythroid cellular differentiation in the K562 cell [9]. To continue our study of the differentiating activity of cisplatin, we treated two human neuroblastoma cell lines with different doses of the drug in vitro. Both cell lines showed changes in morphology;(More)
The effects of gamma-interferon (gamma-IFN) on the growth, morphology, and phenotypic expression of the human neuroblastoma (NB) cell line, LAN-1, have been extensively tested. Low doses of gamma-IFN allowing more than 90% cell viability induce morphological differentiation and growth inhibition. Cells exposed to gamma-IFN significantly decreased their(More)
The human erythroleukemia cell line K562 can be induced to erythroid terminal differentiation by several chemical agents. The property of inducing cellular differentiation in vitro has also been demonstrated for different antineoplastic agents commonly used in therapeutic protocols. The molecular events involved during erythroid differentiation are wholly(More)
This paper describes computer simulations of the behavior of Hodgkin-Huxley neurons, based on a redefinition of membrane and synaptic connections as time-invariant circuit elements. Examples are given showing that this self-consistent equivalent circuit representation allows very efficient computer simulations and could facilitate the introduction of(More)