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University of Perugia is a public-owned university based in Perugia, Italy. It was founded in 1308, as attested by the Bull issued by Pope Clement V certifying the birth of the Studium Generale.The official seal of the university portraits Saint Herculan, one of the saint patrons, and the rampant crowned griffin, which is the city symbol: they represent the ecclesiastical and civil powers, respectively, which gave rise to the university in the Middle Ages. Wikipedia.

Cassone A.,University of Perugia
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | Year: 2015

Although a number of fungal species belonging to the genus Candida can cause acute vulvovaginal infection (VVC), Candida albicans is by far the most prevalent etiological agent, particularly for the most severe chronic condition known as recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC). This review focuses on recent advances in pathogenic mechanisms and host immune responses to C. albicans and on the utilisation of this information in the development of a vaccine to prevent and/or treat vaginal candidiasis. Currently, two vaccines with main or sole RVVC as clinical indication have completed a phase 1 clinical trial, and one of them has entered a phase 2 trial. © 2014 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Source

Thrombolytic therapy is the cornerstone of treatment of acute atherothrombotic ischemic stroke but is associated with brain hemorrhage; antiplatelet therapy has limited efficacy and is still associated with intracranial bleeding. Therefore, new antithrombotic approaches with a better efficacy/safety ratio are required. We have assessed the effect of ALX-0081, a Nanobody against the A1 domain of von Willebrand factor (VWF) that blocks VWF binding to GPIb, of the thrombolytic agent recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), and of the GPIIb/IIIa antagonist tirofiban, in a middle cerebral artery (MCA) thrombosis model in guinea pigs. Drugs were administered before, immediately after, or 15 or 60 minutes after the total occlusion of the MCA. ALX-0081 prevented MCA thrombosis and induced reperfusion when given immediately after and 15 minutes after complete occlusion and reduced brain damage without inducing hemorrhage, whereas tirofiban prevented thrombosis but did not induce reperfusion and induced striking brain hemorrhage. rtPA also induced reperfusion when given 60 minutes after occlusion but provoked brain hemorrhage. Skin bleeding time was not modified or was moderately prolonged by ALX-0081, whereas tirofiban and rtPA prolonged it. The inhibition of the GPIb-VWF axis in guinea pigs prevents cerebral artery thrombosis and induces early reperfusion without provoking intracerebral bleeding thus reducing brain infarct area. Source

Brandimarte L.,University of Perugia
Blood | Year: 2013

The MLLT10 gene, located at 10p13, is a known partner of MLL and PICALM in specific leukemic fusions generated from recurrent 11q23 and 11q14 chromosome translocations. Deep sequencing recently identified NAP1L1/12q21 as another MLLT10 partner in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). In pediatric T-ALL, we have identified 2 RNA processing genes, that is, HNRNPH1/5q35 and DDX3X/Xp11.3 as new MLLT10 fusion partners. Gene expression profile signatures of the HNRNPH1- and DDX3X-MLLT10 fusions placed them in the HOXA subgroup. Remarkably, they were highly similar only to PICALM-MLLT10-positive cases. The present study showed MLLT10 promiscuity in pediatric T-ALL and identified a specific MLLT10 signature within the HOXA subgroup. Source

Sportoletti P.,University of Perugia
Blood | Year: 2013

The NPM1 mutation is the most frequent genetic alteration thus far identified in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Despite progress in the clinical and biological characterization of NPM1-mutated AML, the role of NPM1 mutation in leukemogenesis in vivo has not been fully elucidated. We report a novel mouse model that conditionally expresses the most common human NPM1 mutation (type A) in the hematopoietic compartment. In Npm1-TCTG/WT;Cre(+) mice, the NPM1 mutant localized in the cytoplasm (NPMc(+)) of bone marrow (BM) cells. The mutant mice developed no AML after 1.5-year follow-up. However, NPMc(+) expression determined a significant platelet count reduction and an expansion of the megakaryocytic compartment in the BM and spleen. Serum thrombopoietin levels overlapped in mutant vs control mice, and BM cells from Npm1-TCTG/WT;Cre(+) mice formed more megakaryocytic colonies in vitro. Moreover, we demonstrated the up-regulation of microRNAs (miRNAs; miR-10a, miR-10b, and miR-20a) inhibiting megakaryocytic differentiation along with increased expression of HOXB genes. Notably, these findings mimic those of human NPM1-mutated AML, which also exhibits a similar miRNA profile and expansion of the megakaryocytic compartment. Our mouse model provides evidence that the NPM1 mutant affects megakaryocytic development, further expanding our knowledge of the role of NPM1 mutant in leukemogenesis. Source

Gas-phase reactions involving atomic nitrogen in the ground 4S and first excited 2D electronic states with simple hydrocarbons or hydrocarbon radicals lead to the formation of prebiotic N-containing organic molecules. These reactions are now active in the upper atmosphere of Titan (a massive moon of Saturn) and might have played an important role in nitrogen fixation in the primitive upper terrestrial atmosphere, assuming that it is similar to the present atmosphere of Titan. The products of these reactions (nitriles, imines and radicals) are the precursors of larger N-containing molecules, which form the dense haze aerosols that completely cover the moon of Saturn. If anything similar to Titan's haze has ever existed on our planet, it is reasonable to imagine that, once deposited on the surface of the oceans, further chemical evolution might have transformed these molecules into aminoacids and nucleobases, the molecular building blocks of living entities. The experimental techniques necessary to investigate these reactions in detail are presented and the main results reviewed. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Source

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