Marilena Palmisano

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Fast neural conduction requires accumulation of Na(+) channels at nodes of Ranvier. Dedicated adhesion molecules on myelinating cells and axons govern node organization. Among those, specific laminins and dystroglycan complexes contribute to Na(+) channel clustering at peripheral nodes by unknown mechanisms. We show that in addition to facing the basal(More)
Myelination is essential for nervous system function. Schwann cells interact with neurons and the basal lamina to myelinate axons using known receptors, signals and transcription factors. In contrast, the transcriptional control of axonal sorting and the role of mechanotransduction in myelination are largely unknown. Yap and Taz are effectors of the Hippo(More)
X-ray diffraction has provided extensive information about the arrangement of lipids and proteins in multilamellar myelin. This information has been limited to the abundant inter-nodal regions of the sheath because these regions dominate the scattering when x-ray beams of 100 µm diameter or more are used. Here, we used a 1 µm beam, raster-scanned across a(More)
The optical properties of non-functionalized silver nanoparticles in ethanol solution have been analyzed and a progressive shift of localized surface plasmon resonances caused by the adding of increasing quantities of glucose has been observed. To understand this occurrence, the interaction of glucose molecules with the silver nanoparticle surface has been(More)
In Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae, binding of cyclic AMP (cAMP) to surface receptors elicits numerous responses including chemotaxis, cyclic GMP (cGMP) accumulation, and activation of adenylate cyclase. The specificity of the surface cAMP receptor which mediates activation of adenylate cyclase and cAMP secretion was determined by testing the relative(More)
Microtubule-based kinesin motors have many cellular functions, including the transport of a variety of cargos. However, unconventional roles have recently emerged, and kinesins have also been reported to act as scaffolding proteins and signaling molecules. In this work, we further extend the notion of unconventional functions for kinesin motor proteins, and(More)
The Rockefeller University Press $30.00 J. Cell Biol. Vol. 208 No. 3 313–329 JCB 313 *C. Colombelli and M. Palmisano contributed equally to this paper. Correspondence to M.L. Feltri: Abbreviations used in this paper: CNS, central nervous system; DG, Dystroglycan; DRG, dorsal root ganglia; ERM,(More)
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