Alberto Ricci

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Clinical and pathological evidence points to an involvement of dopamine in Alzheimer's disease (AD). The present study was designed to assay dopamine D1-like and D2-like receptors on peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) in 20 patients with AD and in 25 healthy controls by radioligand binding assay techniques with [3H][R]-(+)-(-)chloro-2,3,4,5(More)
The expression of dopamine D5 receptor was investigated in peripheral blood lymphocytes of 11 migraine patients and of ten healthy control subjects using a radioligand binding technique with [3H]SCH 23390 as a ligand. [3H]SCH 23390 is a benzazepine derivative with potent antagonist properties at the dopamine D1-like receptors. [3H]SCH 23390 was specifically(More)
Hippocampus is a brain region involved in learning and memory and is particularly sensitive to ageing. It is supplied with a dopaminergic innervation arising from the midbrain, which is part of the mesolimbic dopaminergic pathway. Dysfunction of the dopaminergic mesolimbic system is probably involved in the pathophysiology of psychosis and behavioural(More)
Dopamine (DA) receptor subtype localization was investigated in rat cerebellar cortex using immunohistochemical techniques with antibodies raised against D1-D5 receptor protein. A faint D1 receptor protein immunoreactivity was developed in molecular and Purkinje neurons layers. D2 receptor protein immunoreactivity was found primarily in cerebellar white(More)
Dopamine D1-like and D2-like receptors on peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) were assayed in 50 de novo patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), in 36 neurologic control subjects (multiple-system atrophy, n = 16; essential tremor, n = 10; other neurodegenerative diseases, n = 10), and in 26 healthy control subjects by radioligand binding assay(More)
Dihydropyridine (DHP)-type Ca2+ antagonists block primarily L-type Ca2+ channels and are used in the therapy of hypertension. They were also proposed for the treatment of several central nervous system disorders. In brain, these compounds bind both neuronal and vascular Ca2+ channels, but no studies have evaluated comparatively their density at neuronal and(More)
Chronic treatment with L-deprenyl increases both mean and maximum life span and improves cognitive functions in the aged rat. The present study was designed to evaluate whether long-term treatment with L-deprenyl at a dosage not inhibiting the monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) (1.25 mg/kg/day) or inhibiting the enzyme activity (5 mg/kg/day) had any effect on the(More)
Cholinergic markers and the expression of M(2)-M(5) muscarinic cholinergic receptor subtypes were investigated in human peripheral blood lymphocytes by Western blot analysis and immunocytochemistry. The totality of peripheral blood lymphocytes express acetylcholine (ACh) immunoreactivity, choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), acetylcholinesterase (AChE),(More)
Age-dependent changes in the innervation of the pigeon (Columba livia, L.) bursa of Fabricius, from hatching to 120 days of age, were studied by fluorescence-histochemical and neurochemical methods for demonstrating noradrenergic and acetylcholinesterase (AChE)-reactive nerve fibres respectively. The distribution of both nerve fibre types was largely(More)
The pharmacological properties and the anatomical localisation of dopamine D3 receptor were assessed in the rat cerebellar cortex using radioligand binding techniques associated with light microscope autoradiography and 7-[3H]hydroxy-N,N-di-n-propyl-2-aminotetralin (7-[3H]OH-DPAT) as a ligand. 7-[3H]OH-DPAT was specifically bound to sections of rat(More)