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CV Irene Persiconi
IRENE PERSICONI
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Education:
PhD student Cellular and Developmental Biology PhD School
11/2011 - Present
Sapienza University of Rome, Rome (Italy)
Title of project: Cellular, molecular and functional alterations in the nervous system in mdx mice, an animal
model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
Supervisor: Prof. Maria Egle De Stefano
Master Degree in Biology Applied to Biomedical Research
10/2008 - 6/2011
Sapienza University of Rome, Rome (Italy)
Graduated with Summa cum laude
Title of thesis: "Significance of Cys67 in HLA-B27 molecule’s structure and function"
Supervisor: Prof. Rosa Sorrentino
Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences
10/2005 - 10/2008
Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, (Italy)
Graduated with Summa cum laude
Title of thesis: “Local gene expression in axons and nerve endings: the glia-neuron unit”
Supervisor: Prof. Maria Egle De Stefano
Professional training:
PhD Fellow, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
11/2011 - Present
Laboratory of Neurobiology coordinated by Prof. Maria Egle De Stefano, Sapienza University of Rome, Dept.
of Biology and Biotechnology “C. Darwin”
Master Degree Internship, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
11/2008 - 6/2011
Laboratory of Experimental Pathology coordinated by Prof. Rosa Sorrentino, Sapienza University of Rome,
Dept. of Biology and Biotechnology “C. Darwin”
Skills acquired:
PCR; Separation of DNA fragments by Gel Electrophoresis; RNAi; Immunoprecipitation; Production of recombinant proteins
containing epitopes restricted to specific allelic variants of HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) molecules, in particular HLAB27 and the widespread HLA-A2; Affinity chromatography; Creation of C67S mutants in HLA-B27 subtypes and V67C
mutant in HLA-A2; Transfection; Immunofluorescence; Cell separation by magnetic beads; Facs (fluorescent-activated cell
sorter) analysis; Generation, from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of healthy donors, of CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes and
verifing their specificity by performing cytotoxicity assay and flow cytometric analysis for the production of Interferon gamma
(IFNγ); Immortalization of human B lymphocytes by Epstein-Barr virus.
Manipulation of laboratory animals (mice), Dissection of mouse brain areas (Hippocampus, Cerebellum, Cortex), peripheral
ganglia (Superior Cervical Ganglion - SCG) and retinas at different pre- and post-natal stages; set up of primary neuron cell
cultures from SCG, hippocampus, cerebellum and cortex; Histological sample preparation for Light Microscopy;
Immmunohystochemistry on frozen section; Immmunocytochemisty; use of both conventional fluorescence microscope and
confocal microscope; RNA extraction from tissues and Real Time RT-PCR; Protein extraction from cells and tissue and
Western blotting.
Expert in Microsoft Office Packet, Photoshop and ImageJ usage.
Scholarship, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
1/2012 - Present
Exerciser in Biology, Histology, Comparative Anatomy and Botany and plant diversity laboratories at the Dept. of
Biology and Biotechnology “C. Darwin”
1/2007 - 12/2010
Library assistant (organize library resources and make them available to users) and Guide of tours at the museum of
Comparative Anatomy at the Dept. of Biology and Biotechnology “C. Darwin”
Grants:
Young investigator grant, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Sapienza University Funding, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Young investigator grant, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
2014
2013
2012
Publication:
Magnacca A, Persiconi I, Nurzia E, Caristi S, Meloni F, Barnaba V, Paladini F, Raimondo D, Fiorillo MT and Sorrentino R
(2012) “Characterization of a proteasome and TAP-independent presentation of intracellular epitopes by HLA-B27
molecules”, J Biol Chem 287(36): 30358–30367.
Mannironi C, Camon J, De Vito F, Biundo A, De Stefano ME, Persiconi I, Bozzoni I, Fragapane P, Mele A, Presutti C (2013)
“Acute stress alters amygdala microRNA miR-135a and miR-124 expression: itnferences for corticosteroid dependent stress
response”, PloS ONE 8(9): e73385.
Meeting presentation:
Lombardi L, Lanni I, Persiconi I, Gallo A, Paggi P and De Stefano ME (2012) “Responsiveness to NGF is reduced in
sympathetic neurons of mdx mice, affecting axon outgrowth and regeneration both in vivo and in vitro” 63th SIF (Italian
Physiological Society),Verona (Italy), Abs: P1.31
Lombardi L, Lanni I, Persiconi I, Gallo A, Paggi P and De Stefano ME (2012) “Responsiveness to NGF is reduced in
sympathetic neurons of mdx mice, affecting axon outgrowth and regeneration both in vivo and in vitro” 12th FISV (Italian
Federation of Life Sciences), Rome (Italy), Abs: O13.2
Persiconi I, Lupo G, Licursi V, Guadagno NA, Negri R and De Stefano ME (2013) “Post-natal developmental alterations in
the retina of dystrophic mdx mice” 64th SIF (Italian Physiological Society), Portonovo-AN (Italy), Abs: P1.17
Lombardi L, Gallo A, Persiconi I., De Virgiliis F and De Stefano ME (2013) “Early axonal growth of hippocampal neurons is
reduced and less sensitive to BDNF in dystrophic mdx mice compared to wild-type” 64th SIF (Italian Physiological Society),
Portonovo-AN (Italy), Abs: P1.9
Persiconi I, Lupo G, Licursi V, Guadagno NA, Negri R and De Stefano ME (2013) “Post-natal developmental alterations in
the retina of dystrophic mdx mice” XV SINS (Italian Society of Neuroscience), Rome (Italy), Abs P02.4.
Lombardi L, Gallo A, Persiconi I., De Virgiliis F and De Stefano ME (2013) “Early axonal growth of hippocampal neurons is
reduced and less sensitive to BDNF in dystrophic mdx mice compared to wild-type” XV SINS (Italian Society of
Neuroscience), Rome (Italy), Abs: P02.4.
De Stefano ME, Persiconi I, Lupo G, Licursi V, Guadagno NA, Negri R (2013) “Post-natal developmental alterations in the
retina of dystrophic mdx mice” Society for Neuroscience, San Diego (USA), Abs: 511.29.
Pesriconi I, Guadagno NA, Candelise N, Lupo G, De Stefano ME (2014) “Retina early post-natal differentiation is delayed in
th
dystrophic mdx mice” 9 FENS forum of neuroscience, Milan (Italy), Abs FENS-1201.
References
Maria Egle De Stefano, PhD, Sapienza University of Rome ([email protected])
Rosa Sorrentino, PhD, Sapienza University of Rome ([email protected])
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