Valentina Morandi

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The presence of macrophages in the developing or lesioned central nervous system (CNS) led us to study the influence of these cells on neuronal growth. Macrophages were isolated from embryonic rat brain and we observed that factors released in vitro by these cells stimulate neurite growth and regeneration of cultured CNS neurons. This effect was inhibited(More)
Thrombospondin (TSP), a M(r) 450,000 cytoadhesive glycoprotein, has been shown to potentiate tumor cell metastasis in mice by a mechanism that involves the hemostatic system of the host. In this study, the potential involvement of TSP in the interaction of human mammary adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in(More)
We examined the effects of proinflammatory cytokines on the expression of two extracellular matrix proteins, e.g., thrombospondin (TSP) and fibronectin (FN) b cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Treatment of HUVECs with human recombinant interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) or human tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) caused a time-and(More)
Thrombospondin (TSP) is a platelet alpha-granule adhesive protein that plays a critical role in the stabilization of thrombus by promoting the formation of platelet macroaggregates. We have recently shown that a monoclonal antibody (mAb) to the NH2-terminal heparin-binding domain of TSP, MAII, inhibits platelet aggregation induced by thrombin in a(More)
The role of thrombospondin on the adhesion of endothelial cells in primary culture was studied using a serum-free defined medium or thrombospondin-depleted fetal bovine serum. Under these conditions, only 6% of the cells adhered to gelatin-coated dishes, whereas cells adhering to gelatin in the presence of normal fetal bovine serum were considered as 100%(More)
Ring the changes: Experimental Raman spectra of fluorinated and non-fluorinated polyphenylenevinylenes are assigned according to quantum chemical calculations for oligomer model systems [picture: see text]. Characteristic differences in the spectra can be traced back to strong inter-ring distortion of the fluorinated compounds.The Raman spectrum of(More)
We report herein the characterization of a mouse monoclonal antibody (Mab) raised against the recombinant NH2-terminal heparin-binding domain (rHBD) of human endothelial cell thrombospondin (TSP). The antibody, a IgG1 (kappa), hereafter referred to as V58A4, reacted with two rHBD, TSPN18 and TSPN28 (i.e. 18 kDa and 28 kDa, respectively) with an affinity(More)
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