Mario Cotta-Ramusino

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In a previous study, the relationships between the chemical structure and the ability of 35 chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons to induce aneuploidy and toxicity in Aspergillus nidulans were analyzed. Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) were defined for each of the biological activities under study: ARR (the dose able to block mitotic(More)
In a previous article, we demonstrated that the structure-activity relationship model for the mutagenic potency of aromatic amines is different from that for discriminating between mutagens and nonmutagens. In this work, we present further analyses on the molecular determinants of the mutagenicity of aromatic amines. Based on the use of various(More)
The induction of mitotic chromosome malsegregation, mitotic arrest and lethality by a set of 55 halogenated hydrocarbons was investigated. To this aim, genetic assays in the mould Aspergillus nidulans, able to provide precise quantitative information on the end-points studied, were used throughout the work. The experimental data obtained were used to(More)
This paper analyzes electrophilicity data as measured by the Ke system for 205 chemicals including both rodent carcinogens and non-carcinogens. Multivariate statistical methods were used. The analysis identified atoms and substructures contributing to electrophilicity, and permitted to establish a theoretical method by which the Ke value (electrophilicity)(More)
Recently, statistical analysis of molecular similarity matrices has been applied to the quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) analysis of a number of molecular series. This paper addresses a number of methodological issues relative to the similarity matrices. A series of halogenated aliphatic hydrocarbons, for which the mutation (aneuploidy)(More)
A versatile new method has been developed as a continuous symmetry measure for chiral compounds. The application of principal component analysis (PCA) to the complete N x N pairwise similarity matrices (electrostatic potential and shape indices) of a series of dihydropyridine calcium channel antagonists allowed to single out a chirality component and to(More)
An examination was made of the integration of local biological variation within the longitudinal profile of a stream due to patchy hydraulic patterns. Invertebrates were collected monthly in pool, run and riffle biotopes at five sites on a 20-km mountain stream in Northern Italy, running from 1050 to 235 m a.s.l., and showing a good biological status. About(More)
This paper is a quantitative analysis of the relationship between the chemical structure and the Salmonella mutagenicity of a number of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). The molecules were characterized by both molecular orbital and physical chemical parameters. The results of the analysis indicated that the CFC mutagenicity is correlated with two parameters: the(More)
A biological ricefield in northern Italy, without periodic dry spells in its growing cycle and therefore more familiar to naturally humid zones, was studied for its heleoplankton community. The biocoenosis reached a greater level of complexity than reported in literature. In particular, the seasonal succession of Cladocerans, the dominant group throughout(More)
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