Samuel Barbieri

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GABAB receptors are the G protein-coupled receptors for the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Molecular diversity in the GABAB system arises from the GABAB1a and GABAB1b subunit isoforms that solely differ in their ectodomains by a pair of sushi repeats that is unique to GABAB1a. Using a combined genetic,(More)
The presynaptic protein alpha-synuclein is a prime suspect for contributing to Lewy pathology and clinical aspects of diseases, including Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and a Lewy body variant of Alzheimer's disease. alpha-Synuclein accumulates in Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites, and two missense mutations (A53T and A30P) in the(More)
The presynaptic protein a-synuclein is a prime suspect for contributing to Lewy pathology and clinical aspects of diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and a Lewy body variant of Alzheimer’s disease. a-Synuclein accumulates in Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites, and two missense mutations (A53T and A30P) in the a-synuclein gene are(More)
Pavlovian fear conditioning, a simple form of associative learning, is thought to involve the induction of associative, NMDA receptor-dependent long-term potentiation (LTP) in the lateral amygdala. Using a combined genetic and electrophysiological approach, we show here that lack of a specific GABA(B) receptor subtype, GABA(B(1a,2)), unmasks a(More)
Alpha-synuclein (alphaSN) brain pathology is a conspicuous feature of several neurodegenerative diseases. These include prevalent conditions such as Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and the Lewy body variant of Alzheimer's disease (LBVAD), as well as rarer conditions including multiple systems atrophy (MSA), and neurodegeneration(More)
GABAB receptors mediate slow synaptic inhibition in the nervous system. In transfected cells, functional GABAB receptors are usually only observed after coexpression of GABAB(1) and GABAB(2) subunits, which established the concept of heteromerization for G-protein-coupled receptors. In the heteromeric receptor, GABAB(1) is responsible for binding of GABA,(More)
TLQP-21, a peptide derived from VGF (non-acronymic) by proteolytic processing, has been shown to modulate energy metabolism, differentiation, and cellular response to stress. Although extensively investigated, the receptor for this endogenous peptide has not previously been described. This study describes the use of a series of studies that show G(More)
Dyskerin is a nucleolar protein, altered in dyskeratosis congenita, which carries out two separate functions, both fundamental for proliferating cells. One function is the pseudo-uridylation of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) molecules, necessary for their processing, and the other is the stabilization of the telomerase RNA component, necessary for telomerase(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effects of rRNA synthesis inhibition on cell cycle progression and cell population growth according to the RB and p53 status. MATERIAL AND METHODS RB- and p53-proficient U2OS cells and the RB- and p53-deficient SAOS-2 cells were used, rRNA transcription hindered by actinomycin D, and cell cycle analysed by flow cytometry. (More)
The aim of the present study was to ascertain the relationship between the level of RB1 mRNA and the expression of phosphorylated RB protein and the relevance of these two parameters in cancer cell proliferation and clinical outcome in human breast cancer. Sixty-eight primary human breast cancers were considered. The amount of RB1 mRNA was evaluated by(More)