Tommaso Martelli

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The uptake and elimination of 14C leucine were analysed in controls and in rats irradiated 2 h before injection with 8 Gy whole-body irradiation. Plasma, small intestine, kidney and skin were assayed after homogenization for TCA soluble activity curves. In highly differentiated tissues with poor proliferative activity and low protein turnover, the uptake(More)
METHODS An epidemiological investigation of behavior disorders in a population of 434 students (52.3% males, 47.7% females) ranging from 16 to 19 years of age has been carried out. Possible correlations between eating disturbances, drug addiction related behaviors, suicide attempts and former sexual abuses have been discussed. An anonymous self administered(More)
In three experiments, the effect of additional "contextual" elements on the discrimination of the orientation of linear and curvilinear segments was investigated with 4-month-old infants. In Experiment 1, paired visual matrices (one which contained some irregularity in orientation of internal elements, vs one which contained no irregularities) were(More)
Bioinspired silica coprecipitates of enzymes find a wide range of applications for analysis and catalysis in industrial and academic research. Here we used SSNMR as a proxy for the 3D structure of enzymes trapped in bioinspired silica. We show that it is easy to assess whether the enzymes retain their native conformation in atomic detail. We thus propose(More)
PEGylated proteins are widely used in biomedicine but, in spite of their importance, no atomic-level information is available since they are generally resistant to structural characterization approaches. PEGylated proteins are shown here to yield highly resolved solid-state NMR spectra, which allows assessment of the structural integrity of proteins when(More)
Resolution and sensitivity in solid state NMR (SSNMR) can rival the results achieved by solution NMR, and even outperform them in the case of large systems. However, several factors affect the spectral quality in SSNMR samples, and not all systems turn out to be equally amenable for this methodology. In this review we attempt at analyzing the causes of this(More)
Among protein immobilization strategies, encapsulation in bioinspired silica is increasingly popular. Encapsulation offers high yields and the solid support is created through a protein-catalyzed polycondensation reaction that occurs under mild conditions. An integrated strategy is reported for the characterization of both the protein and bioinspired silica(More)
Enzymes are used as environmentally friendly catalysts in many industrial applications, and are frequently immobilized in a matrix to improve their chemical stability for long-term storage and reusability. Recently, it was shown that an atomic-level description of proteins immobilized in a biosilica matrix can be attained by examining their magic-angle(More)
Proton-detection in solid-state NMR, enabled by high magnetic fields (>18 T) and fast magic angle spinning (>50 kHz), allows for the acquisition of traditional (1)H-(15)N experiments on systems that are too big to be observed in solution. Among those, proteins entrapped in a bioinspired silica matrix are an attractive target that is receiving a large share(More)