Agnese C Pippione

Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Varese, Lombardy, Italy

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    ABSTRACT: The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) is currently based on the clinical evaluation of extrapyramidal signs with a considerable error rate. The identification of specific markers might allow PD diagnosis before the onset of classical motor symptoms. By two-dimensional electrophoresis we identified proteome alterations in T-lymphocytes of 17 control subjects and 15 PD patients. The observed changes were used to build predictive models that were verified by the leave-one-out cross-validation. We further built two functions able to stage the subjects. We chose to verify by Western blotting the identity of spots corresponding to β-fibrinogen and transaldolase, two recurrent proteins in six out of 20 spots. β-Fibrinogen levels are lowered in PD patients, whereas a heavy transaldolase set of isoforms was more abundant. Eventually, we identified a list of seven proteins showing different levels in early-onset with respect to late-onset PD patients.
    Scientific Reports 12/2012; 2:953. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dopamine receptor agonists and L-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) counteract dopamine loss in the striatum and are therefore used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). T-Lymphocytes express some features of the dopaminergic system, and their function or activation might be regulated by dopaminergic treatments. Two-dimensional electrophoresis of total protein extract from T-lymphocytes was performed to identify therapy-induced proteome changes in T-cells of 17 patients with PD. Specific protein level alterations were further validated by Western blotting. Of 17 enrolled patients, 11 were treated with different doses of L-DOPA; in this group, we found that the levels of two spots, corresponding to ATP synthase subunit β and proteasome subunit β type-2, correlated linearly with the L-DOPA daily dose. Moreover, we identified seven proteins (prolidase, actin-related protein 2, F-actin-capping protein subunit β, tropomyosin α-3 chain, proteasome activator complex subunit 1, peroxiredoxin 6, and a glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase isoform) whose levels were significantly different in patients treated with dopamine agonists. These findings demonstrate that dopaminergic stimulation has important effects on T-cell proteome in patients under long-term treatment. Therefore, therapies acting on the dopaminergic system may have additional effects on the immune system. © 2012 IUBMB, IUBMB Life, 64(10):846-852, 2012.
    International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Life 07/2012; 64(10):846-52. · 2.79 Impact Factor