Maria Teresa Parodi

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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)
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)
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)
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)
One-dimensional polyelectrolytes are proposed as molecular devices based on soliton propagation. The use of such "molecular wires" as delay lines or shift registers raises the problem of their electrical screening, because, when a large number of these wires are densely packed, cross-talking between them might occur. In order to overcome such a drawback, a(More)
In 1986 we reported on the capacity of cis-diaminedichloroplatinum(II) (cisplatin, CDDP) to induce erythroid cellular differentiation in the K562 cell. 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)
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)