Raffaella Cinquetti

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Cytogenetic, molecular and functional analysis has shown that chromosome region 6q27 harbors a senescence inducing gene and a tumor suppressor gene involved in several solid and hematologic malignancies. We have cloned at 6q27 and characterized the RNASE6PL gene which belongs to a family of cytoplasmic RNases highly conserved from plants, to man. Analysis(More)
The region 6q27 from human chromosome 6 has been reported to contain one or more tumor suppressor genes on the basis of cytogenetic, molecular and functional studies. We have recently carried out a detailed analysis of a candidate gene from 6q27 to evaluate its putative role as a tumor suppressor gene involved in ovarian cancer pathogenesis. The RNASET2(More)
Changes in the microenvironment organization within vascular walls are critical events in the pathogenesis of vascular pathologies, including atherosclerosis and restenosis. Hyaluronan (HA) accumulation into artery walls supports vessel thickening and is involved in many cardiocirculatory diseases. Excessive cytosolic glucose can enter the hexosamine(More)
The ANKRD1/CARP gene encodes a muscle-specific protein which has been implicated in transcriptional regulation and myofibrillar assembly. Several features at both the mRNA and protein levels define ANKRD1 as a gene whose expression is tightly regulated, and deregulated expression of this protein has been recently associated to human congenital heart(More)
PURPOSE We used conventional cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, and molecular genetic analyses to study the pattern of allelic loss on chromosome 6q in a cohort of borderline epithelial ovarian tumors. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Fifteen tumor samples were collected from patients undergoing surgery for ovarian tumors. The tumors of borderline malignancy,(More)
The functional properties of an ortholog of the B(0)AT1 (SLC6A19) amino acid transporter, cloned from the intestine of the sea bass Dicentrachus labrax, were investigated. The two-electrode voltage-clamp technique was applied to Xenopus laevis oocytes heterologously expressing the transporter in order to measure the currents associated with the transport(More)
During digestion, dietary proteins cleaved in di and tri-peptides are translocated from the intestinal lumen into the enterocytes via PepT1 (SLC15A1) using an inwardly directed proton electrochemical gradient. The kinetic properties in various PepT1 orthologs (Dicentrarchus labrax, Oryctolagus cuniculus, Danio rerio) have been explored to determine the(More)
Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR) is a congenital heart defect in which the pulmonary veins fail to enter the left atrium and drain instead into the right atrium or one of its venous tributaries. Although a genetic basis for TAPVR has long been recognized, no single gene involved in the pathogenesis of this disease has been identified to date.(More)
A recent body of evidence indicates an active role for stromal (mis)-regulation in the progression of neoplasias. Within this conceptual framework, genes belonging to the growing but still poorly characterized class of tumor antagonizing/malignancy suppressor genes (TAG/MSG) seem to play a crucial role in the regulation of the cross-talk between stromal and(More)
We report the expression of recombinant RNASET2, the only human member of the Rh/T2/S family of acid ribonucleases, in the yeast Pichia pastoris and the baculovirus-insect cell heterologous systems. In both models, the yield of recombinant protein was comparable and ranged between 5 mg/L (for a catalytically impaired mutant version of RNASET2) and 30 mg/L(More)