Silvio Flati

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Brefeldin A, a toxin inhibitor of vesicular traffic, induces the selective mono-ADP-ribosylation of two cytosolic proteins, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and the novel GTP-binding protein BARS-50. Here, we have used a new quantitative assay for the characterization of this reaction and the development of specific pharmacological inhibitors.(More)
Tumor cell ganglioside shedding has been implicated in the process of tumor formation. Previously, we identified three forms of tumor ganglioside shedding: micelles, monomers and membrane vesicles. Here, we have explored the membrane vesicle form of ganglioside shedding, using a newly identified human ovarian carcinoma cell line, CABA I. These cells(More)
The human chemokine CCL2 gene was expressed in the yeast P.pastoris and gave rise to a mixture of differently glycosylated recombinant proteins. In comparison to non-glycosylated E.coli-derived CCL2, glycosylated yeast CCL2L was 4-20 times less active in a chemotactic assay in vitro. However, CCL2L could maintain full activity upon prolonged incubation at(More)
Brefeldin A (BFA) is a fungal metabolite that exerts generally inhibitory actions on membrane transport and induces the disappearance of the Golgi complex. Previously we have shown that BFA stimulates the ADP-ribosylation of two cytosolic proteins of 38 and 50 KD. The BFA-binding components mediating the BFA-sensitive ADP-ribosylation (BAR) and the effect(More)
Although it has been shown that the cross-talk between osteoblasts and tumor cells stimulates proliferation and invasion of prostate carcinoma (PCa) cells, the molecular mechanisms underlying this event are largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that the PCa cells, PC3, derived from bone metastasis, undergo changes of their invasive capability if(More)
We have investigated the role of the ADP- ribosylation induced by brefeldin A (BFA) in the mechanisms controlling the architecture of the Golgi complex. BFA causes the rapid disassembly of this organelle into a network of tubules, prevents the association of coatomer and other proteins to Golgi membranes, and stimulates the ADP-ribosylation of two cytosolic(More)
1. Caveolins are integral proteins of glycolipid/cholesterol-rich plasmalemmal caveolae domains, where, they may function as a plasma membrane scaffold onto which many classes of signalling molecules, including receptors and heterotrimeric G proteins, can assemble. To ascertain whether caveolins influence G protein-mediated signal transduction, we stably(More)
Caveolin (cav-1) and the GPI-anchored alpha-folate receptor (alphaFR) are membrane proteins both found associated to caveolar structures. Several studies in tumor cells independently reported cav-1 downregulation and alphaFR overexpression. Here we analysed the expression of the two molecules in normal and tumor ovarian samples derived from fresh specimens(More)
Dynamic changes of glycolipid domains within the plasma membranes of cultured rat cerebellar granule cells have been investigated. For this purpose, a pyrene-labelled derivative of G(M1) ganglioside has been incorporated in the cell plasma membrane, and the rate of excimer formation, directly related to the formation of domains, has been studied by a(More)
Although it has been shown that the cross-talk between osteoblasts and tumor cells stimulates proliferation and invasion of prostate carcinoma (PCa) cells, the molecular mechanisms underlying this event are largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that the PCa cells, PC3, derived from bone metastasis, undergo changes of their invasive capability if(More)