Silvia Maria Doglia

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Fourier transform infrared and Raman microspectroscopy are currently being developed as new methods for the rapid identification of clinically relevant microorganisms. These methods involve measuring spectra from microcolonies which have been cultured for as little as 6 h, followed by the nonsubjective identification of microorganisms through the use of(More)
The expression of recombinant proteins is known to induce a metabolic rearrangement in the host cell. We used aggregation-sensitive model systems to study the effects elicited in Escherichia coli cells by the aggregation of recombinant glutathione-S-transferase and its fusion with the green fluorescent protein that, according to the expression conditions,(More)
We propose, here, an FT-IR method to monitor the spontaneous differentiation of murine embryonic stem (ES) cells in their early development. Principal component analysis and subsequent linear discriminant analysis enabled us to segregate stem cell spectra into separate clusters - corresponding to different differentiation times - and to identify the most(More)
Rapid and accurate identification of enterococci at the species level is an essential task in clinical microbiology since these organisms have emerged as one of the leading causes of nosocomial infections worldwide. Vibrational spectroscopic techniques (infrared [IR] and Raman) could provide potential alternatives to conventional typing methods, because(More)
The understanding of phenomena involved in the self-assembling of bio-inspired biomaterials acting as three-dimensional scaffolds for regenerative medicine applications is a necessary step to develop effective therapies in neural tissue engineering. We investigated the self-assembled nanostructures of functionalized peptides featuring four, two or no(More)
Doxorubicin-DNA association has been studied by quantitative microspectrofluorometry. Fluorescence emission spectra from a microvolume of single living cell nuclei treated with doxorubicin have been analyzed in terms of difference in spectral shape and fluorescence yield between free and DNA-bound drug. Contribution of each spectral component to the total(More)
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is frequently associated with the overexpression of P-glycoprotein (Pgp) and/or multidrug resistance associated protein (MRP1), both members of the ABC superfamily of transporters. Pgp and MRP1 function as ATP-dependent efflux pumps that extrude cytotoxic drugs from tumour cells. Glutathione (GSH) has been considered to play an(More)
A nondestructive protocol for preparing specimens of Monogenoidea for both alpha-taxonomic studies and reconstruction of 3-dimensional structure is presented. Gomori's trichrome, a stain commonly used to prepare whole-mount specimens of monogenoids for taxonomic purposes, is used to provide fluorescence of genital spines, the copulatory organ, accessory(More)
Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy was used to explore structural changes in bacteria under different incubation conditions. In particular, differences between Bradyrhizobium japonicum (BRJ) grown in liquid and on solid media were investigated, as well as the rearrangement of BRJ after transfer from one medium to the other. The FT-IR absorption bands(More)
In this work the effect of betaine on the structure and aggregation of the GST-GFP fluorescent fusion protein was studied by different complementary techniques, including electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, circular dichroism, and FTIR spectroscopy. Although osmolytes are known to be protein stabilizers in vivo, the effect of betaine on the(More)