Alba Migliorato

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Although disorders of thyroid function may cause a wide range of muscle disturbances, an overt myopathy has been rarely reported as an isolated clinical presentation of hypothyroidism. We observed 10 patients (5 males and 5 females) who had been referred to the department of neurology because of muscular fatigability, myalgia, cramps, or proximal weakness.(More)
Several lines of evidence suggest a detrimental role of the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation in the dystrophic process. We showed in previous studies that its inhibition through drugs with antioxidant properties, have beneficial effects in mdx mice. We tested whether genistein, a well-known isoflavone, inhibitor of NF-κB, MAPK and TNF-α and readily(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a major regulator of physiological and pathological angiogenesis. Recently it was reported that the delivery of VEGF using recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors reduces muscle damage and promotes muscle regeneration in different experimental models of muscle necrosis. We demonstrate that intramuscular(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated whether polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) may be efficacious in the treatment of peripheral artery occlusive diseases, which are a major cause of morbidity in Western countries and still lack standardized treatment. METHODS We investigated the effects of PDRN, a mixture of deoxyribonucleotides, in an experimental model of(More)
The time course of the expression of Dp116, talin, vinculin and vimentin in rat sciatic nerve was investigated after experimental transection. Dp116 was still found at 5 days after experiment in some degenerating myelinated fibers of both proximal and distal stumps. The findings are consistent with the known preservation of electrical excitability of the(More)
Statins have different effects beyond cholesterol reduction and stimulate angiogenesis. We investigated the effect of simvastatin in diabetes-related healing defects. An incisional skin wound model produced on the back of female diabetic mice (db(+)/db(+)) and their normoglycemic littermates (db(+)/(+)m) was used. Animals were treated daily either with(More)
Impaired muscle function may be a predominant aspect of hypothyroidism and is virtually present in all patients with overt thyroid failure. Less common is the onset of hypothyroidism with clinical features mimicking a polymyositis. We have observed 3 patients, whose age ranged 63-68 years, presenting with muscle aches, cramps, proximal weakness and(More)
Muscle degeneration in dystrophic muscle is exacerbated by the endogenous inflammatory response and increased oxidative stress. A key role is played by nuclear factor(NF)-kappaB. We showed that NF-kappaB inhibition through compounds with also antioxidant properties has beneficial effects in mdx mice, the murine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD),(More)
We studied the immunolocalization of Dp116 (a 116 kDa protein product of the dystrophin gene), vinculin, talin, vimentin, desmin, spectrin and titin in the sural nerve biopsies of 25 patients with peripheral neuropathies of different origin. 4 patients presented with HMSN type 1, 4 with HMSN type 2, 2 with HNPP, 4 with CIDP, 5 with chronic axonal neuropathy(More)