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Parathyroid Hormone-Related Protein (PTHrP): A Key Regulator of Life/Death Decisions by Tumor Cells with Potential Clinical Applications
Claudio Luparello
Cancers , 2011, DOI: 10.3390/cancers3010396
Abstract: Parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP), classically regarded as the mediator of the humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy syndrome, is a polyhormone that undergoes proteolytic processing into smaller bioactive forms. These bioactive forms comprise an N-terminal- as well as midregion- and C-terminal peptides, which have been shown to regulate various biological events, such as survival, proliferation and differentiation, in diverse cell model systems, both normal and pathological. A number of experimental data have demonstrated that PTHrP is also able to modulate tumor-relevant phenotypic expressions, thereby playing a role in early and advanced tumorigenesis, and in the response to treatment. In particular, interest has mainly been focused on the effects of PTHrP on cell proliferation/apoptosis, migration and invasion, which are the main roles involved in cancer development in vivo. The objective of this review is to discuss collectively the literature data on the molecular and biochemical basis of the mechanisms underlying the different, and sometimes opposite, effects exerted by PTHrP on various neoplastic cytotypes, with some final comments on both present and potential utilization of PTHrP as a target for anti-cancer therapy.
Midregion PTHrP and Human Breast Cancer Cells
Claudio Luparello
The Scientific World Journal , 2010, DOI: 10.1100/tsw.2010.97
Tumor cell-collagen interactions: Identification and semi-quantitative evaluation of selectively-expressed genes by combination of differential display- and multiplex-PCR
Sirchia Rosalia,Ciacciofera Valentina,Luparello Claudio
Biological Procedures Online , 2003, DOI: 10.1251/bpo65
Abstract: It is widely acknowledged that the presence of extracellular matrix components as substrates can drastically modulate the phenotype and gene expression of cultured cells, including tumor cells. A number of published reports indicated that substrates made from two peculiar collagen species, i.e. type V and OF/LB, which are abnormally deposited in the stroma of primary ductal infiltrating carcinoma (d.i.c.) of the breast “in vivo,” were able to exert marked and opposite effects on “in vitro” viability, growth and invasiveness of the 8701-BC cell line, isolated from d.i.c.-affected breast epithelium. To complement such functional data on the effect of cell-collagen interactions with information at molecular level, we have utilized a combination of differential display- and semi-quantitative multiplex-PCR techniques with the aim of detecting variations in the expression levels of selected genes by cells maintained in either culture condition. Here we report some prototypical data on the identification and semi-quantitation of three of the differentially-amplified PCR products found, i.e. HSP2A and MSF-B which are up-regulated in cells grown onto OF/LB collagen substrate, and SRCAP which is prominently down-regulated in the presence of type V collagen substrate. This protocol represents a powerful tool for evaluating changes in the levels and patterns of gene expression which can be theoretically adapted to any experimental model system.
Measurement of D-meson production in p-Pb collisions with the ALICE detector
Grazia Luparello
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/509/1/012101
Abstract: The ALICE Collaboration has measured the production of prompt D mesons in pPb collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 5.02 TeV in the rapidity range -0.04 < y_{cms} < 0.96 via the exclusive reconstruction of their hadronic decays D0->K-pi+, D+->K- pi+ pi+, D*+->D0 pi+ and Ds->phi pi+. The pT-differential production cross sections and the pT-dependent nuclear modification factors with respect to a proton-proton reference, RpPb, are presented.
Results on Heavy-Flavour Production in pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb Collisions with ALICE at the LHC
Grazia Luparello for the ALICE Collaboration
Physics , 2014,
Abstract: The ALICE Collaboration has measured heavy-flavour production through the reconstruction of hadronic decays of D mesons at mid-rapidity and via semi-electronic (at mid-rapidity) and semi-muonic (at forward rapidity) decays of charm and beauty hadrons in pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions. A summary of the most recent results from p-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}=5.02$ TeV and Pb-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}} = 2.76$ TeV is presented in this paper.
Evaluational Brainstorming  [PDF]
Claudio Bezzi
Sociology Mind (SM) , 2011, DOI: 10.4236/sm.2011.14019
Abstract: Among the evaluation techniques based upon group queries (e.g. focus group), brainstorming does not enjoy particular consideration. This might be the result of its origin and development within organizational and managerial domains, traditionally focused more on “idea production” (and problem solving) than on idea analysis within the context of evaluational and social research. This paper presents a development of classical brainstorming, which is quite useful to evaluation, where the traditional idea-producing step is followed by group analysis and exploration of the shared evaluand-specific semantic space. This evaluational brainstorming is the result of a shared understanding of the evaluand by different stakeholders, who can now ascertain their goals and draw cognitive maps to guide subsequent methodological choices and data gathering requirements.
PC-VAR Estimation of Vector Autoregressive Models  [PDF]
Claudio Morana
Open Journal of Statistics (OJS) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ojs.2012.23030
Abstract: In this paper PC-VAR estimation of vector autoregressive models (VAR) is proposed. The estimation strategy successfully lessens the curse of dimensionality affecting VAR models, when estimated using sample sizes typically available in quarterly studies. The procedure involves a dynamic regression using a subset of principal components extracted from a vector time series, and the recovery of the implied unrestricted VAR parameter estimates by solving a set of linear constraints. PC-VAR and OLS estimation of unrestricted VAR models show the same asymptotic properties. Monte Carlo results strongly support PC-VAR estimation, yielding gains, in terms of both lower bias and higher efficiency, relatively to OLS estimation of high dimensional unrestricted VAR models in small samples. Guidance for the selection of the number of components to be used in empirical studies is provided.
Numeric Solution of the Fokker-Planck-Kolmogorov Equation  [PDF]
Claudio Floris
Engineering (ENG) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/eng.2013.512119

The solution of an n-dimensional stochastic differential equation driven by Gaussian white noises is a Markov vector. In this way, the transition joint probability density function (JPDF) of this vector is given by a deterministic parabolic partial differential equation, the so-called Fokker-Planck-Kolmogorov (FPK) equation. There exist few exact solutions of this equation so that the analyst must resort to approximate or numerical procedures. The finite element method (FE) is among the latter, and is reviewed in this paper. Suitable computer codes are written for the two fundamental versions of the FE method, the Bubnov-Galerkin and the Petrov-Galerkin method. In order to reduce the computational effort, which is to reduce the number of nodal points, the following refinements to the method are proposed: 1) exponential (Gaussian) weighting functions different from the shape functions are tested; 2) quadratic and cubic splines are used to interpolate the nodal values that are known in a limited number of points. In the applications, the transient state is studied for first order systems only, while for second order systems, the steady-state JPDF is determined, and it is compared with exact solutions or with simulative solutions: a very good agreement is found.

Factor Vector Autoregressive Estimation of Heteroskedastic Persistent and Non Persistent Processes Subject to Structural Breaks  [PDF]
Claudio Morana
Open Journal of Statistics (OJS) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojs.2014.44030

In the paper, a general framework for large scale modeling of macroeconomic and financial time series is introduced. The proposed approach is characterized by simplicity of implementation, performing well independently of persistence and heteroskedasticity properties, accounting for common deterministic and stochastic factors. Monte Carlo results strongly support the proposed methodology, validating its use also for relatively small cross-sectional and temporal samples.

A Quantum Field Theory Description of Separate Electric and Magnetic Effects in Elementary Fermion Epigenetics  [PDF]
Claudio Verzegnassi
Journal of Modern Physics (JMP) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/jmp.2015.61011
Abstract: The separate effects that an electric and a magnetic field would have on the total energy and spin of an elementary electron state have been computed in a theoretical quantum field theory framework. It is shown that all the effects in this process, that are defined “fermion epigenetics”, can be expressed in a simple and elegant way in terms of the components of the electron field, called “psinons” in this approach. In the minimal interaction prescription, the electric and the magnetic effects can be separated into the sum of “classical” components reproducing conventional Stark and Zeeman effects, and new components of different type. In the non-relativistic limit, the two residual effects on the energy only depend on the electron intrinsic properties, i.e. its charge and its spin, and on the value of the electric and magnetic potentials. A comparison with the results obtainable in a Pauli formalism approach is discussed and, finally, a very qualitative calculation of the size of possible effects is performed.
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