Silvia Scaramuzza

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Gene therapy has been proposed as a potential treatment for Wiskott–Aldrich syndrome (WAS), a severe primary immune deficiency characterized by multiple hematopoietic-specific cellular defects. In order to develop an optimal lentiviral gene transfer cassette for this application, we compared the performance of several internal promoters in a variety of cell(More)
We describe the preparation and characterization of a new monoPEGylated derivate of a recombinant form of filgrastim (methionyl human granulocite colony stimulating factor, rh-Met-G-CSF), BK0026, prepared by enzymatic site-specific 20kDa PEG conjugation to glutamine 135 residue by microbial transglutaminase catalyzed reaction. BK0026 was purified to a(More)
A new PEGylating agent, PEG-betaAla-NHCO-OSu, has been studied for protein amino conjugation using human growth hormone (hGH) and granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) as model therapeutic proteins. This new activated PEG possesses a convenient property for protein modification when compared to other activated carboxylate PEGs, namely, lower(More)
BACKGROUND Bacterial transglutaminases are increasingly required as industrial reagents for in vitro modification of proteins in different fields such as in food processing as well as for enzymatic site-specific covalent conjugation of therapeutic proteins to polyethylene glycol to get derivatives with improved clinical performances. In this work we studied(More)
PEGylation of biomolecules is a major approach to increase blood stream half-life, stability and solubility of biotherapeutics and to reduce their immunogenicity, aggregation potential and unspecific interactions with other proteins and tissues. Antibodies have generally long half-lives due to high molecular mass and stability toward proteases, however(More)
RATIONALE Because of the large molecular weight, the structural complexity and the similarity with endogenous immunoglobulins present in high concentrations, in vivo quantitative studies with therapeutic monoclonal antibodies are particularly challenging. In this work, an UPLC/MRM MS-based methodology is described for the quantification of trastuzumab in(More)
The limited stability of proteins in vitro and in vivo reduces their conversion into effective biopharmaceuticals. To overcome this problem several strategies can be exploited, as the conjugation of the protein of interest with polyethylene glycol, in most cases, improves its stability and pharmacokinetics. In this work, we report a biophysical(More)
Human glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a physiological gastrointestinal peptide with glucose-dependent insulinotropic effects which is therefore considered an interesting antidiabetic agent. However, after in vivo administration, exogenous GLP-1 does not exert its physiological action due to the combination of rapid proteolytic degradation by ubiquitous(More)
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