Michela Dell'Orco

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The gram negative, microaerophilic bacterium Helicobacter pylori colonizes the human gastric mucosa and establishes a chronic infection that is tightly associated with atrophic gastritis, peptic ulcer, and gastric carcinoma. Cloning of the H. pylori cytotoxin gene shows that the protein is synthesized as a 140-kD precursor that is processed to a 94-kD fully(More)
The complete nucleotide sequence of RNA1 and RNA2 of olive latent virus 2 (OLV-2), a virus with quasi-spherical to bacilliform particles and a non-polyadenylated tripartite ssRNA genome, was determined. RNA1 consists of 3126 nucleotides and contains a single open reading frame (ORF) coding for a polypeptide with a molecular mass of 102689 Da (p1a). RNA2 is(More)
Higher plants use post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS), an RNA-degradation system, as a defence mechanism against viral infections. To counteract this, plant viruses encode and express PTGS suppressor proteins. Four of the five proteins encoded by the Grapevine virus A (GVA) genome were screened using a green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based transient(More)
A panel of 15 recombinant single chain antibodies (scFv) specific to grapevine virus B (GVB) were recovered from a human combinatorial scFv antibody library using the phage display technique against purified virus particles. Two selected scFv-encoding genes were expressed in recombinant Escherichia coli cells as dimeric antibodies. Successful detection of(More)
Increased levels of SOD1 mRNA have been observed in sporadic ALS patients (SALS) compared to controls. Hence, the understanding of the mechanisms by which SOD1 gene expression is modulated may shed new light on SOD1 involvement in ALS. Of interest, some adenine/uracil-rich elements (AREs) in SOD1 3'-untranslated region have been identified. These sequences(More)
BACKGROUND It is still unclear whether oxidative stress (OS) is a disease consequence or is directly involved in the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders (NDs) onset and/or progression; however, many of these conditions are associated with increased levels of oxidation markers and damaged cell components. Previously we demonstrated the accumulation of(More)
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