Paolo Rodighiero

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Between May 2006 and January 2007, blood samples and ticks were randomly collected from 220 nomadic animals from Filtu and Dollo Odo districts, Libaan zone, in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Overall, 81.5% cattle, 98.2% camels, 53.4% goats and 61.1% sheep were infested by ixodid ticks. Collected ticks (n = 1,036) were identified as Rhipicephalus pulchellus(More)
Furocoumarins are a group of natural and synthetic compounds, some of which are used for the photochemotherapeutic treatment of certain skin diseases. With the aim of decreasing the side-effects of furocoumarin photochemotherapy and possibly increasing the therapeutic effects of these drugs, some new furocoumarin isosters were synthesized. The chemical(More)
The ability of 4-hydroxymethyl-4',5'-benzopsoralen (HMBP) to damage DNA of Chinese hamster ovary cells (CHO) and to inhibit the activity of topoisomerase II in vitro has been studied. This compound is characterized by a fourth ring condensed at the furan-side in the psoralen molecule. Contrary to other known furocoumarin derivatives, HMBP induces(More)
The possible presence of methylpsoralens as undesired inquinants in synthetic methylangelicins has been avoided through a synthetic pathway starting from umbelliferones carrying a methyl group in the 6-position. The new 6-methylangelicins show a high affinity toward DNA, forming in the dark a molecular complex; the complexed angelicins under UV-A(More)
4,6,4'-Trimethylangelicin, a well-known effective photosensitizer described as a pure monofunctional reactant with DNA, can induce interstrand cross-links in mammalian cell DNA in vivo (about 15% relative to 8-methoxypsoralen), as observed using alkaline elution and Chinese hamster ovary cells. Experiments performed using the two-step irradiation method and(More)
With the aim of obtaining new agents for the photochemotherapy of psoriasis, we have prepared monofunctional reagents for DNA by starting from 4,5'-dimethylangelicin (2), an angular furocoumarin, and introducing in a 4'-(hydroxymethyl) (3), 4'-(methoxymethyl) (4), or 4'-(aminomethyl) group (5), in way analogous to what other authors have done previously on(More)
Some photobiological properties of 1'-thieno-4,6,4'-trimethylangelicin (TTMA), a new isoster of 4,6,4'-trimethylangelicin (TMA) were studied in comparison with the parent compound. The TTMA absorbs UVA light and photobinds in vitro to DNA more efficiently than TMA; however, in Ehrlich cells in vivo TTMA linked to DNA to a lesser extent than the parent(More)