Serena M. Bagnasco

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The 12th Banff Conference on Allograft Pathology was held in Comandatuba, Brazil, from August 19-23, 2013, and was preceded by a 2-day Latin American Symposium on Transplant Immunobiology and Immunopathology. The meeting was highlighted by the presentation of the findings of several working groups formed at the 2009 and 2011 Banff meetings to: (1) establish(More)
Urea transport in the kidney is important for the production of concentrated urine and is mediated by a family of transporter proteins, identified from erythropoietic tissue (UT-B) and from kidney (UT-A). Two isoforms of the renal urea transporter (UT-A) have been cloned so far: UT-A1 and UT-A2. We used rapid amplification of cDNA ends to clone two new(More)
We report the first measurement of charged particle elliptic flow in Pb-Pb collisions at sqrt[S(NN)] =2.76 TeV with the ALICE detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The measurement is performed in the central pseudorapidity region (|η|<0.8) and transverse momentum range 0.2<p t<5.0 GeV/c. The elliptic flow signal v₂, measured using the 4-particle(More)
T lymphocytes modulate early ischemia-reperfusion injury in the kidney; however, their role during repair is unknown. We studied the role of TCRbeta(+)CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs), known to blunt immune responses, in repair after ischemia-reperfusion injury to the kidney. Using a murine model of ischemic acute kidney injury we found that(More)
Dexamethasone treatment increases urea excretion and decreases urea permeability and urea transporter UT-A1 protein abundance in the inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) of adrenalectomized rats. We examined the effect of dexamethasone treatment for 3 days on the abundance of several UT-A mRNA transcripts in rat renal medulla. By Northern blot analysis, a(More)
The rat renal urea transporter UT-A includes four isoforms. UT-A1, UT-A3, and UT-A4 are transcribed from a single initiation site at the 5'-end of the gene; a distinct internal initiation site is used for UT-A2 transcription. We cloned 1.3 kilobases (kb) of the 5'-flanking region upstream of the transcription start site of UT-A1, UT-A3, and UT-A4. This(More)
A new polyclonal antibody to the human erythrocyte urea transporter UT-B detects a broad band between 45 and 65 kDa in human erythrocytes and between 37 and 51 kDa in rat erythrocytes. In human erythrocytes, the UT-B protein is the Kidd (Jk) antigen, and Jk(a+b+) erythrocytes express the 45- to 65-kDa band. However, in Jk null erythrocytes [Jk(a-b-)], only(More)
Mass localization plays a crucial role in computer-aided detection (CAD) systems for the classification of suspicious regions in mammograms. In this article we present a completely automated classification system for the detection of masses in digitized mammographic images. The tool system we discuss consists in three processing levels: (a) Image(More)
Urea plays various roles in the biology of diverse organisms. The past decade has produced new information on the molecular structure of several urea transporters in various species. Availability of DNA probes has revealed that the presence of urea transporters is not confined to the mammalian kidney but is also evident in testis and brain, raising new(More)
We have isolated and characterized the human homolog of the rat largest urea transporter of the UT-A family (hUT-A1). The 4.2-kb hUT-A1 cDNA encodes a 920-amino acid peptide, which is 89% identical to the rat UT-A1 protein. By Northern hybridization, hUT-A1 expression is detected in the human inner medulla as a approximately 4.4-kb mRNA transcript. By(More)