Angela M. Amato

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OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR) on the rate of decline in early-onset AD patients. METHODS A 1-year, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial was conducted. Subjects were 45 to 65 years old, with a diagnosis of probable AD according to National Institute of Neurological Communicative(More)
The vinculin-talin-integrin system and the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex (DGC) are two protein systems with structural and signaling functions, allowing interaction between muscle fibers and extracellular matrix. Although numerous studies have been conducted on these systems, their localization and distribution patterns along the nonjunctional sarcolemma(More)
The genetic basis for the hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer syndrome is germ-line inactivating mutation in the gene for the Krebs/tricarboxylic acid cycle enzyme, fumarate hydratase (FH), the enzyme that converts fumarate to malate. These individuals are predisposed to development of leiomyomas of the skin and uterus as well as highly(More)
A major component of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the insulin resistance. Only a few studies have evaluated the IRS-1 polymorphism at codon 972, sometimes in the absence of a control group, and with great variability in frequency (0-23% in PCOS vs. 0-17% in controls), and with no unequivocal relationships between the polymorphism and clinical or(More)
Adipose tissue is a reservoir of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (Adipose-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells, ASCs), endowed with regenerative properties. Fat graft was proposed for breast reconstruction in post-surgery cancer patients achieving good aesthetic results and tissues regeneration. However, recent findings highlight a potential tumorigenic role that ASCs may(More)
This study aimed to show that modifications in intracellular metabolism are implicated in the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus and essential hypertension. In fact, total magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium concentrations, measured in the erythrocytes of normotensive, diabetic and hypertensive patients, have given the following results: a lower(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterized by chronic inflammation and demyelination of the central nervous system (CNS). Accumulating data indicate that oxidative stress, leading to reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and lipid peroxidation, as well as elevated levels of advanced glycation end products (AGE) in CNS neurons, might play a pivotal role in(More)
Owing to the gradual modification of breast tissue in postmenopausal women, there can be differential effects on local oestrogen receptor (ER) expression, with potential impingement on the biological behaviour of cancer cells in the ageing. A series of 45 ductal carcinoma (DC) cases were selected in postmenopausal women who were not being treated with HRT.(More)
There is increasing evidence that p63, and specifically DeltaNp63, plays a central role in both development and tumorigenesis by promoting epithelial cell survival. However, few studies have addressed the molecular mechanisms through which such important function is exerted. Fatty acid synthase (FASN), a key enzyme that synthesizes long-chain fatty acids(More)
Accurate parameter estimation of allometric equations is a question of considerable interest. Various techniques that address this problem exist. In this paper it is assumed that the measured values are normally distributed and a maximum likelihood estimation approach is used. The computations involved in this procedure are reducible to relatively simple(More)