Paola Pisacane

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Genetic redundancy is a problem in gene targeting studies because functionally relevant sister proteins can compensate for the lack of protein product of a targeted gene. A molecular system is chosen in which it is hoped to demonstrate both the lack and presence of compensation after disruption of particular single genes. Mammals may not be able to(More)
IL-13 is a potent down-modulator of macrophage proinflammatory activity in vitro, similar in this context to the anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-4 and IL-10. Since IL-10 effectively confers protection to mice from LPS-induced lethal endotoxemia through inhibition of proinflammatory cytokine production, we investigated whether IL-13 may also be capable of(More)
Interferon-gamma inducing factor (IGIF) is a recently identified cytokine which stimulates the production of interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) by T cells and enhances natural killer (NK) cell cytolytic activity. Protein fold recognition, structure prediction and comparative modeling have revealed that IGIF is a member of the interleukin (IL)-1 cytokine family(More)
RNAi is a conserved mechanism in which small RNAs induce silencing of complementary targets. How Argonaute-bound small RNAs are targeted for degradation is not well understood. We show that the adenyl-transferase Cid14, a member of the TRAMP complex, and the uridyl-transferase Cid16 add non-templated nucleotides to Argonaute-bound small RNAs in fission(More)
To maintain genome stability, cells pack large portions of their genome into silent chromatin or heterochromatin. Histone H3 lysine 9 methylation, a hallmark of heterochromatin, is recognized by conserved readers called chromodomains. But how chromodomains interact with their actual binding partner, the H3K9 methylated nucleosome, remains elusive. We have(More)
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