Valentino Ricci

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Helicobacter pylori vacuolating toxin (VacA) causes vacuolation in a variety of cultured cell lines, sensitivity to VacA differing greatly, however, among the different cell types. We found that the high sensitivity of HEp-2 cells to VacA was impaired by treating the cells with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) which removes(More)
Helicobacter pylori VacA is a secreted toxin that induces multiple structural and functional alterations in eukaryotic cells. Exposure of VacA to either acidic or alkaline pH ('activation') results in structural changes in the protein and a marked enhancement of its cell-vacuolating activity. However, the mechanism by which activation leads to increased(More)
Helicobacter pylori infection can induce polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMNL) infiltration of the gastric mucosa, which characterizes acute chronic gastritis. The mechanisms underlying this process are poorly documented. The lack of an in vitro model has considerably impaired the study of transepithelial migration of PMNL induced by H. pylori. In the present(More)
Helicobacter pylori has been shown to induce chronic active gastritis and peptic ulcer and may contribute to the development of duodenal ulcer. Previous studies have shown that H. pylori mediates apoptosis of gastric epithelial cells via a Fas-dependent pathway. However, evidence for the induction of such a mechanism in intestinal epithelial cells (IEC) by(More)
Thales Italia has developed an advanced prototype of a CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosives) Threat Detection & Monitoring System that features beacons embedding innovative smart sensors, integrating CMOS chip microsensors and exploiting Wideband Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy technology. Each beacon is in the form of(More)
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