Tiziana de Cristofaro

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In patients with intermittent claudication, exercise is associated with a marked increase in oxidative stress, likely responsible for systemic endothelial perturbation. In 31 claudicant patients, we assessed the effect of vitamin C administration on the acute changes induced by maximal and submaximal exercise in endothelium-dependent, flow-mediated dilation(More)
Pax8 and TTF-1 are transcription factors involved in the morphogenesis of the thyroid gland and in the transcriptional regulation of thyroid-specific genes. Both proteins are expressed in few tissues but their simultaneous presence occurs only in the thyroid where they interact physically and functionally allowing the regulation of genes that are markers of(More)
Here we present the Transcription Factor Encyclopedia (TFe), a new web-based compendium of mini review articles on transcription factors (TFs) that is founded on the principles of open access and collaboration. Our consortium of over 100 researchers has collectively contributed over 130 mini review articles on pertinent human, mouse and rat TFs. Notable(More)
We have developed stable cell lines expressing green fluorescent protein fusion proteins containing polyglutamine repeats of various lengths under tetracycline control. The expression of the expanded (43Q) repeat protein resulted in aggregate formation in a time-dependent fashion. The accumulation of aggregates did not induce apoptosis, although the(More)
In this study, we analysed the expression of the transcriptional coactivator TAZ (transcriptional co-activator with PDZ-binding motif), also named WWTR1, in a panel of papillary thyroid carcinoma samples and we observed a significant deregulation of its expression in such tumours. Specifically, by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) we evaluated TAZ mRNA(More)
A common feature of CAG-expansion neurodegenerative diseases is the presence of intranuclear aggregates in neuronal cells. We have used a synthetic fusion protein containing at the NH2 terminus the influenza hemoagglutinin epitope (HA), a polyglutamine stretch (polyQ) of various size (17, 36, 43 CAG) and a COOH tail encoding the green fluorescent protein(More)
A-kinase anchor proteins (AKAPs) assemble multi-enzyme signaling complexes in proximity to substrate/effector proteins, thus directing and amplifying membrane-generated signals. S-AKAP84 and AKAP121 are alternative splicing products with identical NH(2) termini. These AKAPs bind and target protein kinase A (PKA) to the outer mitochondrial membrane. Tubulin(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction, which is consistently observed in Down syndrome (DS) cells and tissues, might contribute to the severity of the DS phenotype. Our recent studies on DS fetal hearts and fibroblasts have suggested that one of the possible causes of mitochondrial dysfunction is the downregulation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma,(More)
The molecular mechanisms leading to a fully differentiated thyrocite are still object of intense study even if it is well known that thyroglobulin, thyroperoxidase, NIS and TSHr are the marker genes of thyroid differentiation. It is also well known that Pax8, TTF-1, Foxe1 and Hhex are the thyroid-enriched transcription factors responsible for the expression(More)
A-Kinase anchor proteins (AKAPs) immobilize and concentrate protein kinase A (PKA) isoforms at specific subcellular compartments. Intracellular targeting of PKA holoenzyme elicits rapid and efficient phosphorylation of target proteins, thereby increasing sensitivity of downstream effectors to cAMP action. AKAP121 targets PKA to the cytoplasmic surface of(More)