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The gold standard procedure for the evaluation of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is the radiographic voiding cystourethrography (VCUG); direct radionuclide voiding cystography (DRVC) is an alternative method for detecting VUR. A new imaging procedure, voiding urosonography (VUS) with contrast medium, has recently been introduced. We have carried out a(More)
Cationic lipodepsipeptides from Pseudomonas spp. have been characterized for their structural and antimicrobial properties. In the present study, the structure of a novel lipodepsipeptide, cormycin A, produced in culture by the tomato pathogen Pseudomonas corrugata was elucidated by combined protein chemistry, mass spectrometry and two-dimensional NMR(More)
Luteinizing Hormone Releasing Hormone analogues (LHRHa) are considered the treatment of choice in central precocious puberty (CPP). Final height after therapy is usually higher than the predicted one before treatment, but about 60% of patients do not reach their genetic target. The association of Growth Hormone (GH) with LHRHa could be useful in a subgroup(More)
The X-ray crystal structure of the fluorescent antitumor sulfonamide carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC, 4.2.1.1) inhibitor (4-sulfamoylphenylethyl)thioureido fluorescein (1) in complex with the cytosolic isoform hCA II is reported, together with a modeling study of the adduct of 1 with the tumor-associated isoform hCA IX. Its binding to hCA II is similar to that(More)
Regular physical activity plays a key role in the management of children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes mellitus but it is not considered as a treatment for diabetes. Aim of this study was to investigate time spent exercising, adherence to the programme for a safe exercise and ability of young people with diabetes to take appropriate measures to(More)
Gadd45 alpha, beta, and gamma proteins, also known as growth arrest and DNA damage-inducible factors, have a number of cellular functions, including cell-cycle regulation and propagation of signals produced by a variety of cellular stimuli, maintaining genomic stability and apoptosis. Furthermore, Gadd45 beta has been indicated as a major player in the(More)
The antimicrobial peptide distinctin consists of two peptide chains linked by a disulfide bridge; it presents a peculiar fold in water resulting from noncovalent dimerization of two heterodimeric molecules. To investigate the contribution of each peptide chain and the S-S bond to distinctin biochemical properties, different monomeric and homodimeric peptide(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the disease outcomes of a cross-sectional sample of children with longstanding juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) seen between September 2002 and December 2006, and to provide a benchmarking of outcomes obtained with current treatment. METHODS All consecutive patients were included if they met the following criteria: diagnosis of(More)
Aminoacylase 1 is a zinc-binding metalloprotease catalyzing the hydrolysis of N(alpha)-acylated l-amino acids; it presents altered expression levels in different renal and small cell lung carcinomas. A description of its redox and oligomerization state was achieved by combined biochemical and mass spectrometric procedures. A topological analysis of the(More)
The discovery of pharmaceutical agents is a complex, lengthy and costly process, critically depending on the availability of rapid and efficient screening methods. In particular, when targets are large, multidomain proteins, their complexity may affect unfavorably technical feasibility, costs and unambiguity of binding test interpretation. A possible(More)