Antonella Castelli

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The direct ghrelin (Ghr) involvement in cardiovascular (CV) system homeostasis has been suggested by the expression of its receptor in CV tissues and by evidence that ghrelin mediates CV activities in animals and in humans. Moreover, low Ghr plasma levels have been reported in pathological conditions characterized by high cardiovascular risk. In the present(More)
The present study was carried out to establish whether the low arginine vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) responses to insulin-induced hypoglycemia observed in obese men was due to alteration of the opioid control of posterior pituitary function. For this purpose, the AVP and OT releasing effect of insulin (0.15 IU/kg bw)--induced hypoglycemia was tested(More)
The present study was carried out in order to determine whether insulin-induced hypoglycemia exerts its stimulatory effect on plasma concentrations of arginine vasopressin (AVP) by interacting with a serotonergic, a GABA-ergic or an opioid pathway. For this purpose, the effect of the serotonergic antagonist metergoline (10 mg/day for 4 days po), the(More)
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