Michela Ceriani

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Ubiquitin-specific peptidase 8 (USP8) is a deubiquitinating enzyme that works as a regulator of endosomal sorting and vesicle morphology in cultured cells. Its function in vivo is, however, unknown as USP8 gene deletion leads to embryonic lethality. Previously, we have shown that USP8 is highly expressed in male germ cells. These cells develop a peculiar(More)
RalGPS2 is a murine guanine nucleotide exchange factor of the RalGPS family; it contains a Cdc25-like GEF domain and does not exhibit a Ras-binding domain. The main characteristic of RalGPS2 is its pleckstrin homology (PH) domain, present at the C terminus, that preferentially binds phosphatidylinositol-4,5-biphosphate and in HEK 293 cells localized in(More)
We used yeast "two-hybrid" screening to isolate cDNA-encoding proteins interacting with the N-terminal domain of the Ras nucleotide exchange factor CDC25(Mm). Three independent overlapping clones were isolated from a mouse embryo cDNA library. The full-length cDNA was cloned by RACE-polymerase chain reaction. It encodes a large protein (1080 amino acids)(More)
In this paper a source apportionment of particulate matter pollution in the urban area of Milan (Italy) is given. Results of PM10 and PM2.5 mass and elemental concentrations from a 1-year monitoring campaign are presented. Mean annual and daily PM10 levels are compared with the limits of the EU Air Quality Directive EC/30/1999 and the results show that the(More)
Recombinant human nerve growth factor (rhNGF) is regarded as the most promising therapy for neurodegeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as for several other pathological conditions involving the immune system. However, rhNGF is not commercially available as a drug. In this work, we provide data about the production on a(More)
The tropomyosin-related kinase (Trk) family of receptor tyrosine kinases controls synaptic function, plasticity and sustains differentiation, morphology, and neuronal cell survival. Understanding Trk receptors down-regulation and recycling is a crucial step to point out sympathetic and sensory neuron function and survival. PC12 cells derived from(More)
Msj-1 (mouse sperm cell-specific DnaJ first homologue) is a gene specifically expressed in germ cells at haploid stages. The protein first appears in round spermatids, accumulates in the periacrosomal region of elongating spermatids, and is maintained in spermatozoa. The msj-1 expression pattern is consistent with a role for this DnaJ protein in the(More)
The guanosine trisphosphatase Rap1 serves as a critical player in signal transduction, somatic cell proliferation and differentiation, and cell-cell adhesion by acting through distinct mechanisms. During mouse spermiogenesis, Rap1 is activated and forms a signaling complex with its effector, the serine-threonine kinase B-Raf. To investigate the functional(More)
RalGPS2 is a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for RalA GTPase characterized by a C-terminal Pleckstrin Homology (PH) domain; this GEF is endogenously expressed in PC12 cells and in rat brain but its role in PC12 cells and in cell differentiation is actually unknown. Here we have shown that transient expression of RalGPS2-PH-PxxP domain in PC12 and(More)