Valentina Adami

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BACKGROUND Transcriptome analysis has been used in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to unravel common pathogenic pathways based on the assumption that distinct rare genetic variants or epigenetic modifications affect common biological pathways. To unravel recurrent ASD-related neuropathological mechanisms, we took advantage of the En2-/- mouse model and(More)
The RNA binding protein HuR/ELAVL1 binds to AU-rich elements (AREs) promoting the stabilization and translation of a number of mRNAs into the cytoplasm, dictating their fate. We applied the AlphaScreen technology using purified human HuR protein, expressed in a mammalian cell-based system, to characterize in vitro its binding performance towards a ssRNA(More)
Neuroblastoma is the most common extracra-nial solid tumor of infancy. Amplification of MYCN oncogene is found in approximately 20 % of all neuro-blastoma patients and correlates with advanced disease stages, rapid tumor progression, and poor prognosis, making this gene an obvious therapeutic target. However, being a transcriptional factor MYCN is difficult(More)
Iron is an essential cellular nutrient, being a critical cofactor of several proteins involved in cell growth and replication. Compared with normal cells, neoplastic cells have been shown to require a greater amount of iron, thus laying the basis for the promising anticancer activity of iron chelators. In this work, we evaluated the effects of molecules(More)
Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid tumor of infancy. Amplification of MYCN oncogene is found in approximately 20 % of all neuroblastoma patients and correlates with advanced disease stages, rapid tumor progression, and poor prognosis, making this gene an obvious therapeutic target. However, being a transcriptional factor MYCN is difficult(More)
The nerve growth factor (NGF) receptor tyrosine-kinase TrkA is a well-known determinant of the melanocytic lineage, through modulation of the MAPK and AKT cascades. While TrkA gene is frequently rearranged in cancers, its involvement in malignant melanoma (MM) development is still unclear. We analyzed a dataset of primary cutaneous MM (n = 31) by array(More)
A wide variety of mammalian cell types is used in gene transfection studies. Establishing transfection methods that enable highly efficient DNA uptake has become increasingly important. PC12 is an established rat pheochromocytoma cell line, which responds to exposure to NGF with cessation of growth, expression of cytoplasmic processes, and differentiation(More)
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