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Bleomycin (BLM) is a drug used to treat different types of neoplasms. BLM's most severe adverse effect is lung toxicity, which induces remodeling of lung architecture and loss of pulmonary function, rapidly leading to death. While its clinical role as an anticancer agent is limited, its use in experimental settings is widespread since BLM is one of the most(More)
Vascular smooth-muscle cells (VSMCs) are the main component of the artery medial layer. Thanks to their great plasticity, when stimulated by external inputs, VSMCs react by changing morphology and functions and activating new signaling pathways while switching others off. In this way, they are able to increase the cell proliferation, migration, and(More)
Y-box proteins are conserved regulatory factors that play a key role in coordinating gene activity with protein synthesis by influencing both the transcription and translation of specific subsets of genes. We report the identification of a novel Y-box gene, DeY1, whose transcripts are found in the testes of sexual planarians. DeY1 is expressed in(More)
BACKGROUND Ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm (ATAA) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The pathogenesis of medial degeneration of the aorta remains undefined. High-throughput secretome analysis by mass spectrometry may be useful to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in aneurysm formation as well as to identify biomarkers for(More)
Vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cells constitute the main structural components of tunica media. Under physiological conditions, these cells display a contractile phenotype and a low proliferative activity. However, they may also acquire a synthetic phenotype and become predominantly proliferative if stimulated under certain stress conditions. This capacity(More)
Nitric oxide has been extensively studied as an effector molecule of the host immune response against both protozoa and helminths, but parasites can also produce this molecule, through the action of nitric oxide (NO) synthases or NO synthases-like enzymes. The aim of this study was to verify the possible production of NO by Trichinella britovi L(1) larvae(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), if activated by growth factors as a consequence of vessel injuries, acquire the ability to proliferate and migrate thus contributing to the formation of neointima and atherosclerotic plaque. In this study, a gel-free and label-free proteomic approach was proposed to highlight factors modulated during VSMC activation.(More)
BACKGROUND In acute coronary syndrome (ACS), inflammation and redox response are associated with increased residual platelet reactivity (RPR) on clopidogrel therapy. We investigated whether clopidogrel interaction affects platelet function and modulates factors related to inflammation and oxidation in ACS patients differently responding to clopidogrel. (More)
Mitochondria are major determinants of cell fate in ischemia/reperfusion injury (IR) and common effectors of cardio-protective strategies in cardiac ischemic disease. Thyroid hormone homeostasis critically affects mitochondrial function and energy production. Since a low T3 state (LT3S) is frequently observed in the post infarction setting, the study was(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) are mature cells that maintain great plasticity. This distinctive quality is the basis of the migration and proliferation of VSMC in cardiovascular diseases. We have investigated, via a proteomic approach, the molecular changes that promote VSMC switching from a quiescent to an activated-proliferating phenotype. In(More)