Andrea Biagioli

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CONTEXT Endothelial dysfunction seems to be the first step of the atherosclerotic process. In the past few years, it has been demonstrated that injured endothelial monolayer is restored by a premature pool of circulating progenitor cells (PCs) and a more mature one of circulating endothelial PCs (EPCs). Even though there is increasing evidence that(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the levels of circulating progenitor cells (PCs) and the effect of a single dose of vardenafil 20mg on the number of these cells in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) and various degree of vascular injury at the carotid artery level. METHODS Sixty-eight patients with ED and various degree of carotid damage, and 25 controls were(More)
INTRODUCTION AND AIM The relationship between androgen receptor (AR) CAG polymorphism and bone metabolism is highly controversial. We, therefore, aimed to evaluate the independent role of AR CAG repeat polymorphism on bone metabolism improvement induced by testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in male post-surgical hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, a(More)
ObjectiveWe tested the effect of two phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, sildenafil and tadalafil, on ophthalmic artery (OA) blood flow velocity and investigated the presence of the PDE5 enzyme on human retinal tissue in comparison with the PDE6 enzyme localization.MethodsUsing Colour Doppler ultrasonography (CDU) we investigated, in 30 healthy(More)
Osteoporosis is an asymptomatic, systemic bone disease characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, resulting in increased bone fragility. Such condition is often underdiagnosed and undertreated, especially in men, therefore considerably increasing the fracture risk. Of note, fracture-related morbidity and mortality is(More)
OBJECTIVES:Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are essential for endothelial repair and vascular healing. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may suffer from endothelial dysfunction. Reduced EPC number, impaired mobilization, or increased EPC apoptosis may be crucial in this phenomenon. The aim of our study was to investigate the(More)
INTRODUCTION Androgen receptor (AR) CAG polymorphism has been found to influence sexual function. However, no study has evaluated its potential to condition sexual function recovery after testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in a large cohort of hypogonadic subjects. AIM To evaluate the role of this polymorphism in sexual function improvement after TRT(More)
CONTEXT Oestrogens play an important protective role on the vascular system. The endothelial cell layer is a direct target for these hormones, and expresses at least two oestrogen receptors, ER-alpha and ER-beta. Recent studies have shown that vascular healing is significantly modulated by circulating bone marrow-derived cells. A subset of these stem cells,(More)
INTRODUCTION Erectile dysfunction (ED) was shown to be the expression of a systemic vascular disease that can precede coronary artery disease of some years. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are a population of circulating cells with endothelial-regenerative potential that may be reduced in ED and coronary patients. Recently, increased levels of(More)
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