Saverio Alberti

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Transport intermediates (TIs) have a central role in intracellular traffic, and much effort has been directed towards defining their molecular organization. Unfortunately, major uncertainties remain regarding their true structure in living cells. To address this question, we have developed an approach based on the combination of the green fluorescent(More)
PURPOSE Recent small-sized genomic studies on the identification of breast cancer bioprofiles have led to profoundly dishomogenous results. Thus, we sought to identify distinct tumor profiles with possible clinical relevance based on clusters of immunohistochemical molecular markers measured on a large, single institution, case series. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN(More)
Trop-2 is a calcium signal transducer that is associated with transformed cell growth in experimental systems. However, its role in human cancer remains essentially unknown. In this study, we profiled Trop-2 expression in normal human tissues at the mRNA and protein levels. We then systematically compared Trop-2 mRNA and protein levels in tumours with their(More)
We have characterized the 38-kDa transformation-associated membrane glycoprotein MH 99, whose expression is highly elevated in many epithelial malignancies. A spontaneous cleavage of MH 99 into a 32- and a 6-kDa chain in some carcinoma cell lines was recently shown. Sequence homologies to nidogen, a matrix-adhesion molecule, support the suggestion of a(More)
Several alterations in immune function and a concomitant progressive increase in pro-inflammatory status are the major characteristics of ageing process. Cytokines play a key role during ageing acting both in regulatory communication among cells and in effector activity during an immune response. The impact of age on intracellular Type 1 (IFN-gamma and(More)
Trop-2 is a cell surface structure recognized by the 162-46.2 mAb and expressed by most human carcinomas. Since the 162-46.2 mAb works poorly in immunoprecipitation, to characterize the structure of Trop-2 we searched for other mAbs directed against this molecule. Selection of candidates was performed by analyzing the characteristics of mAbs directed(More)
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play a key role in initiation and development of cancer and are attractive targets for therapy. The identification of CSC surface receptors to be used as therapeutic targets in vivo remains a difficult task. In this study, we assessed the expression pattern of three surface receptors: CD133, Trop-2 and alpha2beta1 integrin in human(More)
Trop-2/EGP-1/GA733-1 is a recently identified cell surface glycoprotein highly expressed by human carcinomas. The cytoplasmic tail of Trop-2 possesses potential serine and tyrosine phosphorylation sites and a phosphatidyl-inositol binding consensus sequence. Thus, we investigated whether Trop-2 might be a functional signaling molecule. Using the fluorescent(More)
Brefeldin A (BFA) is a fungal metabolite that disassembles the Golgi apparatus into tubular networks and causes the dissociation of coatomer proteins from Golgi membranes. We have previously shown that an additional effect of BFA is to stimulate the ADP-ribosylation of two cytosolic proteins of 38 and 50 kDa (brefeldin A-ADP-riboslyated substrate (BARS))(More)
Despite decades of investigations, it is not yet clear whether there are rules dictating the specificity of the interaction between amino acids and nucleotide bases. This issue was addressed by determining, in a dataset consisting of 100 high-resolution protein-DNA structures, the frequency and energy of interaction between each amino acid and base, and the(More)