Mirko Volpato

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Autoantibodies (Abs) to steroid 21-hydroxylase (21-OH) are a major component of adrenal cortex Abs and are characteristic of autoimmune Addison's disease. We have developed a new method for measuring Abs to 21-OH based on 125I-labeled recombinant human 21-OH produced in yeast. With this assay, 21-OH Abs were detected in 43 of 60 (72%) sera from patients(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have recently emerged as important regulators of gene expression in plants. Many miRNA families and their targets have been extensively studied in model species and major crops. We have characterized mature miRNAs along with their precursors and potential targets in Hypericum to generate a comprehensive list of conserved miRNA families(More)
A panel of five mouse monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) to human recombinant steroid 21-hydroxylase (21-OH) were produced, characterized, and used to study the interaction of 21-OH autoantibodies (AAbs) with different epitopes on human 21-OH. AAbs in patients with isolated autoimmune Addison's disease, autoimmune polyglandular syndromes types I and II, and 21-OH(More)
The conservation of landraces in Europe is challenging because very often they have already disappeared or cannot be properly identified, which in turn prevents any possibility for their utilization. This work deals with the collection of molecular and historical data to identify and study the original landraces of common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum(More)
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