Paola Fortugno

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Pathways controlling cell proliferation and cell survival require flexible adaptation to environmental stresses. These mechanisms are frequently exploited in cancer, allowing tumor cells to thrive in unfavorable milieus. Here, we show that Hsp90, a molecular chaperone that is central to the cellular stress response, associates with survivin, an apoptosis(More)
Survivin is a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis gene family that has been implicated in both apoptosis inhibition and regulation of mitosis. However, the subcellular distribution of survivin has been controversial and variously described as a microtubule-associated protein or chromosomal passenger protein. Here, we show that antibodies directed to the(More)
Screening cDNA libraries from solid human tumors with sera of autologous patients (SEREX) has proven to be a powerful approach to identifying tumor antigens recognized by the humoral arm of the immune system. In many cases, application of this methodology has led to the discovery of novel tumor antigens as unknown gene products. We tried to improve the(More)
We screened phage libraries using sera from noninfected individuals and patients infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV). By applying different selection and maturation strategies, we identified a wide collection of efficient phage-borne ligands for HCV-specific antibodies. The selected ligands retained their antigenic properties when expressed as multimeric(More)
Random peptide libraries displayed on phage are used as a source of peptides for epitope mapping, for the identification of critical amino acids responsible for protein-protein interactions and as leads for the discovery of new therapeutics. Efficient and simple procedures have been devised to select peptides binding to purified proteins, to monoclonal and(More)
One of the prerequisites for the development of polysaccharide subunit vaccines is the induction of an efficient immune response to carbohydrate antigens like lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or capsular polysaccharide antigens of pathogens. In an attempt to overcome the problems that arise from the T-independent immune response induced by such antigens, selecting(More)
Entamoeba histolytica is the protozoan parasite responsible for intestinal amoebiasis and amoebic liver abscess, which cause significant morbidity and mortality in many countries of the world. Proteophosphoglycans (PPGs, also known as lipophosphoglycans, LPGs, or lipopeptidophosphoglycans, LPPGs) represent dominant surface components of E. histolytica.(More)
The tumor suppressor p14(ARF) inhibits cell growth in response to oncogenic stress in a p53-dependent and independent manner. However, new physiologic roles for ARF activation have been proposed. We have previously demonstrated that ARF interacts with p63, influencing its transcriptional activity. p63 is a member of the p53 family involved in skin and limb(More)
We have previously screened a phage-displayed random peptide library using sera from patients and identified ligands binding to antibodies specifically associated with the hepatitis C virus infection. The ability of these peptides to detect HCV-specific antibodies was improved through an in vitro procedure which mimics the natural process of antibody(More)