T Nastasi

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In looking for genes encoding RNA-binding factors, we prepared an expression library in lambda gt11, by cloning cDNAs corresponding to the polyadenylated fraction of RNA from rat brain at the embryonal day 18. The library was then screened by binding to a radioactive RNA, transcribed in vitro from a cDNA encoding the rat histone variant H3.3. Here we report(More)
During maturation of mammalian brain, variants of both linker (i.e. H1 degrees) and core (i.e. H3.3) histone proteins accumulate in nerve cells. As the concentration of the corresponding transcripts decreases, in postmitotic cells, even if the genes are actively transcribed, it is likely that regulation of variant histone expression has relevant(More)
During brain maturation, histone H1(0) accumulates in both nerve and glial cells. The expression of this "linker" histone, the role of which still remains unclear, is a complex process, having both transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulatory components. In particular, the expression of H1(0) in rat cortical neurons is regulated mainly at the(More)
Two overlapping rat cDNAs, covering a continuous region of 1107 base pairs, have been isolated and sequenced. The clones contain identical open reading frames, encoding a 136 amino acid long polypeptide which exhibits 100% identity to other mammalian H3.3 histone variants. We show that the inserts derive, in particular, from the H3.3B gene. We used these(More)
Accumulation of mRNAs encoding H1 zero and H3.3, two histone replacement variants, was studied in differentiating cortical neurons, cultured in a serum-free medium, with or without triiodothyronine (T3) supplementation. We found that the levels of both H1 (zero) and H3.3B mRNAs decrease in isolated neurons between the 2nd and 5th day of culture to the same(More)
We recently cloned a cDNA encoding an RNA-binding protein, that we called PIPPin, which is highly enriched in the rat brain and contains two putative double stranded RNA-binding domains (PIP1 and PIP2) and a central cold shock domain (CSD). Here we report that PIPPin is specifically enriched in some pyramidal neurons of the cerebral cortex and in the(More)
Synapsin I is a neuron-specific protein which is present in two isoforms, Ia and Ib. In the last few years this protein has been demonstrated to play a central role in the regulation of neurotransmitter release and synaptic plasticity. In this paper the developmental expression of this protein has been investigated in primary neuronal cultures from fetal(More)
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