Antonella Geraci

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To define the natural history of aortic arch plaque, we used B-mode ultrasonography to perform sequential study of the aortic arch. Eighty-nine patients were studied for up to 18 months. There was no change in 67% of total plaques; 77% of simple plaque (<4 mm) and 48% of complex plaque (> or =4 mm) did not progress. Atherosclerosis of the aortic arch can be(More)
Rat adrenal chromaffin cells attached to either collagen-coated dextran (Cytodex 3) or glass bead microcarriers, both of 90-200 microns diameter, were used as dopamine-secreting implants in the caudate-putamen of rats with 6-hydroxydopamine-induced unilateral lesions of the substantia nigra. As controls, beads without cells and cells in suspension alone(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the effects of nickel chloride on human and rainbow trout erythrocytes in vitro. The cells were incubated with 0, 0.5 and 1 mM nickel chloride for 1 h at pH 7.40 and 25 degrees C, then K(+) efflux, SO (4) (2-) uptake and GSH and GSSG concentrations were measured. In both kind of cells, "high concentration" nickel(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Erythrocytes, continuously exposed to oxygen pressure and toxic compounds, are sensitive to oxidative stress, namely acting on integral Band 3 protein, with consequences on cell membranes deformability and anion transport efficiency. The aim of the present investigation, conducted on human erythrocytes, is to verify whether curcumin (1 or(More)
The effects of neurotensin on mechanical activity of rat duodenum were investigated using an isometric-isovolumic preparation. Neurotensin (1 pM to 10 nM) induced a concentration-dependent, tetrodotoxin (TTX)-insensitive fall in both endoluminal pressure and isometric tension. At higher concentrations of neurotensin (1 nM to 1 microM) the relaxation was(More)
1. The nature of the non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic (NANC) transmitter was studied in vitro in the rat duodenum, by use of an isometric-isovolumic preparation. 2. Electrical field stimulation (EFS) induced a tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive fall both in luminal pressure and in isometric tension. 3. Neurotensin (NT) induced TTX-insensitive inhibitory responses(More)
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