Barbara Adinolfi     

Barbara Adinolfi received the master degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology in 2000 and the degree in Control and Quality of the Drug in 2005, both from the University of Pisa, Italy. She received the PhD in Pharmacotoxicological, Pharmacognostical Sciences and Pharmacological Biotechnologies in 2005 from the University of Milan and the Specialization in Pharmacology in 2008 from the University of Pisa, Italy. She has worked from 2000 until July 2013 at the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Pharmacy in Pisa. She also spent a period (July 2009-June 2010) in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, as postdoc. At the university of Pisa (Italy) she collaborated with lessons, seminars and practical laboratory teaching in the field of Molecular and Biomolecular Pharmacology and at the teaching and tutoring activity within the laurea degree courses in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology Chemistry, Control and Quality of the Drug and Pharmacy. She has been reviewer for International Journals of pharmacology. At present she is at the Institute of Applied Physics, Florence, Italy. Her research activity is focused both on the evaluation of anticancer activity of natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic compounds by using human cancer cell lines, on the evaluation of the role of specific proteins as putative prognostic markers in cancer and on the evaluation of the activity of nanoparticles as intracellular delivery tools for oligonucleotide optical switches by confocal microscopy.

Publications List

  • International Journals


Adinolfi B.*, Pellegrino M., Giannetti A., Tombelli S., Trono C., Sotgiu G., Varchi G., Ballestri M., Posati T., Carpi S., Nieri P., Baldini F. Molecular beacon-decorated Polymethylmethacrylate Core-shell Fluorescent Nanoparticles for the Detection of Survivin mRNA in Human Cancer Cells. Biosens Bioelectron., 2016 in press Accepted Manuscript, Available online 1 June 2016. pii: S0956-5663(16)30531-0. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2016.05.102. (IF2016 7.476)

Adinolfi B., Pellegrino M., Baldini F. Human dermal fibroblasts HDFa can be used as an appropriate healthy control for PMMA nanoparticles-survivin molecular beacon cellular uptake studies. Biomed Pharmacother. 2015, 69:228-232.

Yrjölä S., Sarparanta M., Airaksinen A.J., Hytti M., Kauppinen A., Pasonen-Seppänen S., Adinolfi B., Nieri P., Manera C., Keinänen O., Poso A., Nevalainen T.J., Parkkari T. Synthesis, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of 1,3,5-triazines as cannabinoid CB2 receptor agonists. Eur J Pharm Sci. 2015, 67:85-96.

Carpi S., Fogli S., Romanini A., Pellegrino M., Adinolfi B., Podestà A., Costa B., Da Pozzo, E., Martini C., Breschi M.C., Nieri P. AM251 induces apoptosis and G2/M cell cycle arrest in A375 human melanoma cells. Anticancer Drugs, 2015, submitted

Adinolfi B., Carpi S., Romanini A., Da Pozzo E., Castagna M., Costa B., Martini C., Olesen S.P., Schmitt N., Breschi M.C., Nieri P., Fogli S. Analysis of the antitumor activity of clotrimazole on A375 human melanoma cells. Toxicology Research, 2015, submitted.

Carpi S., Fogli S., Giannetti A., Adinolfi B., Tombelli S., Da Pozzo E., Vanni A., Martinotti E., Martini C., Breschi M.C., Pellegrino M., Nieri P., Baldini F. Theranostic properties of a survivin-directed molecular beacon in human melanoma cells. PlosOne, 2014, 9(12):e114588.

Podestà A., Rossi S., Massarelli I., Carpi S., Adinolfi B., Fogli S., Bianucci A.M., Nieri P. Selection of a human butyrylcholinesterase-like antibody single-chain variable fragment resistant to AChE inhibitors from a phage library expressed in E. coli. MAbs. 2014, 6(4):1084-93.

Adinolfi B., Romanini A, Vanni A, Martinotti E, Chicca A, Fogli S, Nieri P. Anticancer activity of anandamide in human cutaneous melanoma cells. Eur J Pharmacol. 2013, 718(1-3):154-9.

Orsini G, Failli A, Legitimo A, Adinolfi B., Romanini A, Consolini R. Zoledronic acid modulates maturation of human monocyte-derived dendritic cells. Exp Biol Med (Maywood), 2011, 236(12):1420-6.

Chicca A, Tebano M, Adinolfi B., Ertugrul K, Flamini G, Nieri P. Anti-proliferative activity of aguerin B and a new rare nor-guaianolide lactone isolated from the aerial parts of Centaurea deflexa. Eur J Med Chem, 2011, 46(7):3066-70.

Fogli S, Pellegrini S, Adinolfi B., Mariotti V, Melissari E, Betti L, Fabbrini L, Giannaccini G, Lucacchini A, Bardelli C, Stefanelli F, Brunelleschi S, Breschi MC. Rosiglitazone reverses salbutamol-induced β2-adrenoceptor tolerance in airway smooth muscle. Br J Pharmacol, 2011, 162(2):378-91.

Chicca A, Adinolfi B., Pellati F, Orlandini G, Benvenuti S, Nieri P. Cytotoxic activity and G1 cell cycle arrest of a Dienynone from Echinacea pallida. Planta Med, 2010, 76(5):444-46.

Nieri P, Donadio E, Rossi S, Adinolfi B., Podestà A. Antibodies for therapeutic uses and the evolution of biotechniques. Curr Med Chem, 2009, 16(6):753-79.

Manera C, Saccomanni G, Adinolfi B., Benetti V, Ligresti A, Cascio MG, Tuccinardi T, Lucchesi V, Martinelli A, Nieri P, Masini E, Di Marzo V, Ferrarini PL. Rational design, synthesis, and pharmacological properties of new 1,8-naphthyridin-2(1H)-on-3-carboxamide derivatives as highly selective cannabinoid-2 receptor agonists. J Med Chem, 2009, 52(12):3644-51.

Morandi S, Pellati F, Ori C, Adinolfi B., Nieri P, Benvenuti S, Prati F. Isolation, structure elucidation and total synthesis of a cytotoxic dienone from Echinacea pallida. Org Biomol Chem, 2008, 6(23):4333-9.

Chicca A, Pellati F, Adinolfi B., Matthias A, Massarelli I, Benvenuti S, Martinotti E, Bianucci AM,Bone K, Lehmann R, Nieri P. Cytotoxic activity of polyacetylenes and polyenes isolated from E. pallida roots. Br J Pharmacol, 2008, 153(5):879-85.

Romiti N, Pellati F, Nieri P, Benvenuti S, Adinolfi B., Chieli E. P-Glycoprotein inhibitory activity of lipophilic constituents of Echinacea pallida roots in a human proximal tubular cell line. Planta Med, 2008,74(3):264-6.

Chicca A., Adinolfi B., Martinotti E., Fogli S., Breschi M.C., Pellati F., Benvenuti S., Nieri P. Cytotoxic effects of Echinacea root hexanic extracts on human cancer lines. J Ethnopharmacol, 2007, 110(1):148-53.

Adinolfi B., Chicca A., Martinotti E., Breschi M.C., Nieri P.. Sequence Characterized Amplified Region (SCAR) analysis on DNA from the three medicinal Echinacea species. Fitoterapia, 2007, 78(1):43-5.

Breschi MC, Blandizzi C, Fogli S, Martinelli C, Adinolfi B., Calderone V, Camici M, Martinotti E, Nieri P. In vivo adenosine A2B receptor desensitization in guinea-pig airway smooth muscle: implications for asthma. Eur J Pharmacol, 2007, 575(1-3):149-57.

Fogli S., Nieri P., Chicca A., Adinolfi B., Mariotti V., Iacopetti P., Breschi MC., Pellegrini S. Cannabinoid derivatives induce cell death in pancreatic MIA PaCa-2 cells via a receptor-independent mechanism: the AM251 paradigm. FEBS Letters, 2006, 580(7):1733-9.

Nieri P., Romiti N., Adinolfi B., Chicca A., Massarelli I., Chieli E. Modulation of P-glycoprotein activity by cannabinoid molecules in HK-2 renal cells. Br J Pharm, 2006, 148(5):682-7.

Pellati F., Calo S., Benvenuti S., Adinolfi B., Nieri P., Melegari M. Isolation and structure elucidation of cytotoxic polyacetylenes and polyenes from Echinacea pallida. Phytochemistry, 2006, 67(13):1359-64.

Saccomanni G., Badawneh M., Adinolfi B., Calderone V., Cavallini T., Ferrarini PL., Greco R., Manera C, Testai L. Synthesis and beta-blocking activity of (R,S)-(E)-oximeethers of 2,3-dihydro-1,8-naphthyridine and 2,3-dihydrothiopyrano [2,3-b] pyridine: identification of beta-3 antagonists. Bioorg Med Chem, 2003, 11(23):4921-31.

Nieri P., Greco R., Adinolfi B., Breschi MC., Martinotti E., Nannetti C., Podestà A. CB1- and CB2-cannabinoid receptor-indipendent lipolysis induced by Win 55, 212-2 in male rat adipocytes. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol, 2003, 368(5): 352-9.

Nieri P., Adinolfi B., Morelli I., Breschi MC., Simoni G., Martinotti E. Genetic characterization of the three medicinal Echinacea species using RAPD analysis. Planta Med, 2003, 69(7):685-6.

Nieri P., Martinotti E., Testai L., Adinolfi B., Calderone V., Breschi MC. R(+)-methanandamide inhibits tracheal response to endogenously released acetylcholine via capsazepine-sensitive receptors. Eur J Pharmacol, 2003, 459(1):75-81.

  • Conference Proceedings

Adinolfi B., Giannetti A., Tombelli S., Trono C., Baldini F., Sotgiu G., Varchi G., Pellegrino M. Polymethylmethacrylate Nanoparticles as Carrier of an Oligodeoxynucleotide Molecular Beacon Specific for Survivin mRNA in A549 Human Lung Adenocarcinoma Epithelial Cells. Proceeding of XVIII AISEM Annual Conference (3-5 February 2015, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy) in press.

Adinolfi B., Baldini F., Giannetti A., Tombelli S., Trono C., Sotgiu G., Varchi G., Pellegrino M., Domenici C. Polymethylmethacrylate nanoparticles as vehicle for a molecular beacon specific for survivin mRNA in A549 Cells. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Proceeding of 1st Workshop on Nanotechnology in Instrumentation and Measurement NANOFIM, (24-25 July 2015, Lecce, Italy), submitted.

Adinolfi B., Baldini F., Berrettoni C, Berneschi S., Giannetti A.,Tombelli S., Trono C., Bernini R., Grimaldi I.A., Persichetti G., Testa G., Cremer K., Gärtner C. Total internal reflection fluorescence-based optical biochip for the detection of immunosuppressants in transplanted patients. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Proceeding of 1st Workshop on Nanotechnology in Instrumentation and Measurement NANOFIM, (24-25 July 2015, Lecce, Italy), submitted

  • Book Chapters

B. Adinolfi, F. Baldini, A. Giannetti, S. Tombelli, C. Trono, M. Ballestri, G. Sotgiu, G. Varchi, S. Carpi, P. Nieri, C. Domenici, M. Pellegrino, Fari molecolari: luce nelle cellule, in Ed. speciale Anno della Luce (IFAC - Book Series, CNR Publisher, Series Editor Daniela Mugnai) (2015). ISBN 9788890685958

B. Adinolfi, S. Berneschi, C. Berrettoni, F. Chiavaioli, A. Giannetti, S. Tombelli, C. Trono, F. Baldini. “La luce al servizio della medicina: i biosensori ottici a fianco del letto del paziente”, in Ed. speciale Anno della Luce, pg 103-113 (IFAC - Book Series, CNR Publisher, Series Editor Daniela Mugnai) (2015). ISBN 9788890685958