Micaela Mancini

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Small GTP-binding protein rab8 regulates transport from the TGN to the basolateral plasma membrane in epithelial cells and to the dendritic plasma membrane in cultured hippocampal neurons. In our approach to identify proteins involved in rhodopsin transport and sorting in retinal photoreceptors, we have found, using [32P]GTP overlays of 2D gel blots, that(More)
Recombinant annexin V (rAnV) has been used to identify apoptotic cells based on its ability to bind phosphatidylserine (PS), a lipid normally restricted to the cytoplasmic face of the plasma membrane, but externalized early during apoptosis. However, this association of rAnV binding and apoptosis is not an obligatory one. We demonstrate that rAnV binds to a(More)
In a pilot study, it was established that specific therapy by standard anti-hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination may be effective in reducing HBV replication and canceling the immune tolerance to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) particles in about 50% of persons with chronic active HBV replication. In the present study, the vaccine-induced immune(More)
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) have been cultured from a variety of human tumors, and some melanoma TIL have demonstrated specific, MHC-restricted recognition of autologous tumor in short term lysis assays. The current study investigates cytokine release by TIL as an indicator of specific tumor recognition. We have identified two of four melanoma and(More)
Intramuscular injection of plasmid DNA expression vectors encoding the three envelope proteins of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) induced humoral responses in C57BL/6 mice specific to several antigenic determinants of the viral envelope. The first antibodies appeared within 1-2 weeks after injection of DNA and included antibodies of the IgM isotype. Over the(More)
Direct gene transfer by intramuscular injection of plasmid DNA encoding an antigenic protein may be used for the purpose of immunization. DNA-based immunization may be of value for basic immunological research and vaccine development. Several factors influence the uptake and expression of plasmid DNA in skeletal muscle, which in turn influence the immune(More)
Intramuscular (i.m.) injection of mice with plasmid DNA expression vectors containing all or part of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) gene encoding the envelope proteins induces a strong humoral response to the HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) which is sustained for up to 74 weeks without boost. After a single i.m. injection of 100 micrograms DNA, antibodies to HBsAg(More)
DNA immunization offers a novel means to induce humoral and cellular immunity in inbred or in outbred animals. Here we have tested the efficiency of genetic immunization with hepatitis B virus (HBV) envelope-based vectors. In naive primates, injection of a plasmid DNA encoding HBV envelope proteins induced an HBV-specific cytotoxic response and appearance(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) remains a serious worldwide health problem and the possibility to control it will depend on the availability of safe, effective and affordable vaccines. Recombinant protein or plasma-derived vaccines containing HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) are safe and generally efficacious, however, they are too expensive for widespread use in areas(More)
Although commonly expressed human melanoma-associated antigens recognized by CD8+ cytolytic T cells have been described, little is known about CD4+ T-cell recognition of melanoma-associated antigens. Epstein-Barr virus-transformed B cells were used to present antigens derived from whole cell lysates of autologous and allogeneic melanomas for recognition by(More)