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 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 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)
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)
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 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)
The S100 protein family is a highly conserved group of Ca(2+)-binding proteins that belong to the EF-hand type and are considered potential drug targets. In the present study we focused our attention on two members of the family: S100A13 and S100B; the former is involved in the nonclassical protein release of two proangiogenic polypeptides FGF-1 and(More)
14-3-3 is a family of highly conserved adapter proteins that is attracting much interest among medicinal chemists. Small-molecule inhibitors of 14-3-3 protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are in high demand, both as tools to increase our understanding of 14-3-3 actions in human diseases and as leads to develop innovative therapeutic agents. Herein we present(More)