Roberta Boschetto

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A new restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis has been developed for hepatitis C virus (HCV) typing in the viral 5' non-coding region and contiguous core region. These genomic sequences were chosen for the relative nucleotide homology among different genotypes and for the presence of polymorphic sites. By employing two endonucleases (AccI(More)
The postmortem levels of biogenic amines in cerebrospinal fluid may represent a useful tool in defining some pathological conditions; no information is available concerning the occurrence of trace amines in postmortem cerebrospinal fluid. Thus, the occurrence of octopamine, synephrine and tyramine were evaluated by using a HPLC system in 20 postmortem(More)
Retrovirus-mediated gene therapy is a particularly attractive approach for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), given the poor prognosis of this tumour and its localized proliferation in post-mitotic tissue. In this study we assessed, for the first time in humans, the therapeutic potential of a newly designed bicistronic Moloney vector (pLIL-2-TK), combining the(More)
We have previously reported the presence, in human midbrain, of an enzymatic activity which catalyzes the formation of dopaminochrome from dopamine (DA) and hydrogen peroxide. Here, we report, for the first time, an increased DA peroxidizing activity in the midbrain and basal ganglia of autoptic Parkinsonian brains. The crude activity was determined(More)
BACKGROUND Although human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has been implicated in coronary restenosis, data on the presence of HCMV in the restenosis lesion of the internal carotid artery (ICA) are lacking. SUMMARY OF REPORT We studied endarterectomy tissue from 5 ICA restenosis and 5 primary atherosclerotic lesions and tissue from 5 normal ICAs. The extracted DNA(More)
It has been suggested that hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be associated with beta-lipoprotein in human serum. According to this, the LDL receptor could promote endocytosis of such a virus. In the present study, we evaluated the changes in HCV viremia in a HCV positive patient with familial hypercholesterolemia, undergoing both selective (DALI System,(More)
A method has been developed for determination of thorium isotopes in water and soil samples by alpha-spectrometry. After fusion with Na(2)CO(3) and Na(2)O(2) at 600 degrees C, soil samples were leached with HNO(3) and HCl. Thorium in water sample or in soil leaching solution was coprecipitated together with iron (III) as hydroxides and/or carbonates at pH 9(More)
Gene-based therapeutic strategies for cancer mainly include augmentation of immunotherapeutic and chemotherapeutic approaches. In this study we report the design and functional assay of a novel bicistronic Moloney-based retroviral vector expressing human interleukin-2 (IL-2) and herpesvirus thymidine kinase (tk) through a cap-dependent translation and an(More)
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