Stefano Sforza

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Many in vitro studies demonstrated significant biological effects of trans-resveratrol. Thus, understanding the rate of intestinal absorption and metabolization in vivo of trans-resveratrol is the prerequisite to evaluate its potential health impact. Bioavailability studies mainly in animals or in humans using the pure compound at very high doses were(More)
BACKGROUND From patients' reports and our preliminary observations, a fully maturated cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano; PR) seems to be well tolerated by a subset of cow's milk (CM) allergic patients. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS To biochemically and immunologically characterize PR samples at different maturation stage and to verify PR tolerability in CM allergic(More)
Sixteen samples of Grana Padano cheese aged from 2 to 33 months were analyzed by HPLC-MS. The extraction process involved the use of diluted HCl, thus avoiding a strong deproteinizing agent (TCA), and allowing to maintain in solution also very lipophilic peptides. The molecular mass of the most abundant peptides were determined by electrospray ionization(More)
Peptide nucleic acids are DNA mimics able to form duplexes with complementary DNA or RNA strands of remarkable affinity and selectivity. Oligopyrimidine PNA can displace one strand of dsDNA by forming PNA(2):DNA triplexes of very high stability. Many PNA analogs have been described in recent years, in particular, chiral PNA analogs. In the present article(More)
In this work a multiresidual LC-ESI-MS/MS method for the simultaneous detection of free and bound fumonisins is described, which allowed for a very low LOD and a very good recovery for all the analytes. The method was applied to the determination of free and bound fumonisins in several gluten-free products from the Italian market. Free fumonisins were found(More)
In this work, we performed a detailed evaluation of the evolution of the oligopeptide fractions in samples of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese from the curd up to 24 mo of aging. The samples were taken from wheels produced the same day, in the same factory, from the same milk, during the same caseification process, thus simplifying the natural variability of a(More)
Mycotoxins are fungal toxins produced by molds, which occur universally in food and feed derivatives, and are produced under certain environmental conditions in the field before harvest, post-harvest, during storage, processing, and feeding. Mycotoxin contamination is one of the most relevant and worrisome problem concerning food and feed safety because it(More)
BACKGROUND Many agricultural and industrial food by-products are rich in cellulose and xylan. Their enzymatic degradation into monosaccharides is seen as a basis for the production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals. Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) constitute a group of recently discovered enzymes, classified as the auxiliary activity subgroups(More)
Chiral PNA monomers (PNA = peptide nucleic acid), in which nucleobases are attached to N-(aminoethyl)-D-lysine, were introduced to PNAs bearing pseudo-complementary nucleobases (2,6-diaminopurine and 2-thiouracil). When these highly cationic PNAs targeted double-stranded DNA, they invaded there much more efficiently than conventional pseudo-complementary(More)
The lipid transfer protein (LTP), Pru p 3, has been identified as the major allergen present in peach, and its sequence obtained by direct amino acid sequencing has been previously reported. However, several sequences, obtained from c-DNA and available in databases, show differences among them and from the originally proposed structure. In this paper, we(More)