Antonella Maisto

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BACKGROUND Given the lack of consensus about the effect of traffic-derived pollutants on male fertility, we evaluated semen quality in men occupationally exposed to traffic. METHODS Semen quality was investigated in 85 men employed at motorway tollgates and in 85 age-matched men living in the same area. Semen, circulating sex hormones, methaemoglobin,(More)
We evaluated liposomal amphotericin B (AmBisome; Vestar, San Dimas, CA) administered to 88 immunocompetent patients (56 children) with visceral leishmaniasis (VL) caused by Leishmania infantum. Thirteen patients received 4 mg/kg on days 1-5 and 10 (total dose, 24 mg/kg), and all were cured; 42 received 3 mg/kg on days 1-5 and 10 (18 mg/kg), and 41 were(More)
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in pregnancy is rare in Mediterranean countries. We report here 2 cases of VL in pregnant women who acquired the infection in Italy. In the first case, the disease was diagnosed and treated with liposomal amphotericin B during the pregnancy. In the second case, diagnosis was established and treatment with meglumine antimoniate(More)
Twelve immunocompetent adults with Mediterranean visceral leishmaniasis (VL) were treated with amphotericin B colloidal dispersion (ABCD; 2 mg/kg/d for 7 d). All patients showed rapid clinical response without significant adverse events. Two weeks after therapy they were parasitologically cured and no relapses occurred during 6 months. ABCD is a valid(More)
The growth characteristics and the antigenic profile of two human melanoma established cell lines in vitro are reported. The growth curves of the two cell lines show some peculiar features which are also detected in their DNA distribution content. In the late stages of growth, in fact, the cell DNA content resumes the initial distribution, suggesting a(More)
The proliferation patterns of bone marrow cells from 16 cases of acute nonlymphatic leukemia (ANLL) and 13 of dysmyelopoietic syndromes were analyzed with DNA-flow cytometry. In order to reduce the contamination by nonproliferating peripheral blood cells, all aspirates were submitted to a density centrifugation step. DNA content measurements were performed(More)
The short and long-term effects of a parent-infant training program for biologically handicapped infants was evaluated in terms of maternal locus of control. Twenty-four infants were evaluated on five developmental scales measuring motor, cognitive, and language functioning over a four-year period. Developmental gains on these indices were regressed against(More)