Mattia Mori

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Hedgehog signaling is essential for tissue development and stemness, and its deregulation has been observed in many tumors. Aberrant activation of Hedgehog signaling is the result of genetic mutations of pathway components or other Smo-dependent or independent mechanisms, all triggering the downstream effector Gli1. For this reason, understanding the poorly(More)
Extracellular signal-regulated kinase 8 (ERK8) has been already implicated in cell transformation and in the protection of genomic integrity and, therefore, proposed as a novel potential therapeutic target for cancer. In the absence of a crystal structure, we developed a three-dimensional model for its kinase domain. To validate our model we applied a(More)
The pore site in microtubules has been studied with the use of Hexaflutax, a fluorescent probe derived from paclitaxel. The compound is active in cells with similar effects to paclitaxel, indicating that the pore may be a target to microtubule stabilizing agents. While other taxanes bind microtubules in a monophasic way, thus indicating a single type of(More)
Hedgehog (Hh) signaling has emerged in recent years as an attractive target for anticancer therapy because its aberrant activation is implicated in several cancers. Major progress has been made in the development of SMOOTHENED (SMO) antagonists, although they have shown several limitations due to downstream SMO pathway activation or the occurrence of(More)
The HIV-1 nucleocapsid protein-7 (NCp7) is a highly basic, small zinc-binding protein involved in both deoxyribonucleic (DNA) and ribonucleic (RNA) acids annealing and in viral particle maturation including genome encapsidation, with an additional chaperoning activity toward reverse transcriptase by promoting the two obligatory strand transfers during(More)
The currently available anti-HIV-1 therapeutics is highly beneficial to infected patients. However, clinical failures occur as a result of the ability of HIV-1 to rapidly mutate. One approach to overcome drug resistance is to target HIV-1 proteins that are highly conserved among phylogenetically distant viral strains and currently not targeted by available(More)
The main aim of this study was to enhance the solubility of pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines 1-8 able to strongly inhibit Src and Abl tyrosine kinase phosphorylation in cell-free assays and to significantly reduce leukemic and osteosarcoma cell lines growth, but characterized by very low solubility in aqueous media. Their water solubility was improved between 100(More)
14-3-3 is a family of highly conserved regulatory proteins which is attracting a significant interest due to its potential role as target for pharmacological intervention against cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Although modulating protein-protein interactions (PPI) is still conceived as a challenging task in drug discovery, in past few years peptide(More)
The HIV-1 nucleocapsid protein (NC) is considered as an emerging drug target for the therapy of AIDS. Several studies have highlighted the crucial role of NC within the viral replication cycle. However, although NC inhibition has provided in vitro and in vivo antiretroviral activity, drug-candidates which interfere with NC functions are still missing in the(More)