Alessandro Ruggeri

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This work analyzes the effects of storage by fresh-freezing at −80°C on the histological, structural and biomechanical properties of the human posterior tibial tendon (PTT), used for ACL reconstruction. Twenty-two PTTs were harvested from eleven donors. For each donor one tendon was frozen at −80°C and thawed in physiological solution at 37°C, and the other(More)
Fibrous extracellular matrix of tendon is considered to be an inextensible anatomical structure consisting of type I collagen fibrils arranged in parallel bundles. Under polarized light microscopy the collagen fibre bundles appear crimped with alternating dark and light transverse bands. This study describes the ultrastructure of the collagen fibrils in(More)
Primary implant stability is ensured by a mechanical fixation of implants. However, during implant healing a biological anchorage is necessary to achieve final osseointegration. Aim of this study was to investigate the histological aspects of biological fixation around titanium screws. Forty-eight titanium screws with different surfaces (smooth, plasma(More)
Recent studies have reported collagen cross-linking after exposure to riboflavin followed by ultraviolet-A (UVA) exposure. This study is the first to investigate the effect of a riboflavin-containing primer on adhesive interface stability and dentinal matrix metalloproteinase activity. Human dentin was etched with 35% phosphoric acid, treated with 0.1%(More)
Most studies on the interaction of collagen with proteoglycans, two universal components of connective tissues, use technical approaches which substantially modify the shape and size of the proteoglycans themselves. In the present study unfixed, untreated collagen fibrils from rat tail tendon were dehydrated and observed by tapping-mode atomic force(More)
Collagen fibril ultrastructure and course were examined in different connective tissues by PLM, SEM, TEM, and AFM. In tendons, collagen fibrils were large and heterogeneous with a straight subfibrillar arrangement. They ran densely packed, parallel, and straight changing their direction only in periodic crimps where fibrils showed a local deformation(More)
Partially hepatectomised rats have been exposed immediately after surgery and every 12 hours thereafter to pulsed extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields. Stereological analysis performed on electron micrographs has shown that the treatment limits the depletion of liver glycogen found in control untreated rats within the first post-operative day. The(More)
Decorin is a prototype member of the small leucine-rich proteoglycan family widely distributed in the extracellular matrices of many connective tissues, where it has been shown to play multiple important roles in the matrix assembly process, as well as in some cellular activities. A major interest for decorin function concerns its role in tumorigenesis, as(More)