Silvia Biocca

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The S-100 is a group of low molecular weight (10-12 kD) calcium-binding proteins highly conserved among vertebrates. It is present in different tissues as dimers of homologous or different subunits (alpha, beta). In the nervous system, the S-100 exists as a mixture composed of beta beta and alpha beta dimers with the monomer beta represented more often. Its(More)
Autosomal recessive mandibuloacral dysplasia [mandibuloacral dysplasia type A (MADA); Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) no. 248370] is caused by a mutation in LMNA encoding lamin A/C. Here we show that this mutation causes accumulation of the lamin A precursor protein, a marked alteration of the nuclear architecture and, hence, chromatin(More)
The human lectin-like oxidized low density lipoprotein receptor 1 LOX-1, encoded by the ORL1 gene, is the major scavenger receptor for oxidized low density lipoprotein in endothelial cells. Here we report on the functional effects of a coding SNP, c.501G>C, which produces a single amino acid change (K>N at codon 167). Our study was aimed at elucidating(More)
This review deals with the mechanism of nerve growth factor action. In view of the many and diversified effects of this growth factor, and since it could utilize different mechanism(s) in distinct types of cells, we have confined our analysis to the best characterized and more extensively studied target, the clonal cell line PC12. When exposed to NGF in(More)
The identification of molecules responsible for apoptotic cell (AC) uptake by dendritic cells (DCs) and induction of T-cell immunity against AC-associated antigens is a challenge in immunology. DCs differentiated in the presence of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha-conditioned DCs) exhibit a marked phagocytic activity and a special attitude in inducing CD8(+)(More)
We present a strategy to study functional and/or developmental processes occurring in the nervous system, as well as in other systems, of mice. This strategy is based on the local expression of specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) by cells of the nervous system. As an application of this strategy, we report the cloning of the anti-substance P rat mAb(More)
The conversion of the normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into the abnormal scrapie isoform (PrP(Sc)) is a key feature of prion diseases. The pathogenic mechanisms and the subcellular sites of the conversion are complex and not completely understood. In particular, little is known on the role of the early compartment of the secretory pathway in the(More)
We report the application of a strategy to inactivate cellular proteins in vertebrate cells based on the intracellular expression of immunoglobulin genes. We have selected, in this instance, the p21 protein, encoded by the ras proto-oncogene, as a target protein. The variable regions of the neutralizing anti-p21ras monoclonal antibody Y13-259 were cloned in(More)
In the preceding article [1] we identified the 34 kD single-stranded DNA-binding (ssb) protein, whose synthesis is inhibited in PC12 cells concomitantly with nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced mitotic arrest, with the enzyme lactic dehydrogenase (LDH-ssb protein). Localization studies performed with antibodies raised against the LDH-ssb protein demonstrate(More)