Antonio Battistella

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Degenerative ocular diseases are widespread in the population and represent a major cause of reversible and irreversible blindness. Scientific evidences have been accumulating supporting the role of genotoxic damage and gene environment interactions in the pathogenesis of these diseases mainly including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and(More)
At the age of 41 and 31 months, respectively, a boy and a girl affected by neurofibromatosis-1 were diagnosed with a visual pathway glioma during surveillance contrast-enhanced head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In the first child, the initial MRI showed that the entire optic chiasm, the intracranial tract of the left optic nerve, and hypothalamus were(More)
It has been shown that different receptor components may be involved in the adaptive changes occurring in noradrenergic (NE) neurones after prolonged periods of exposure to antidepressant drugs. In this report the desensitization of NE-coupled adenylate cyclase (NE-AC). beta-adrenergic receptors and [3H]imipramine ([3H]-IMI) or [3H]desipramine ([3H]-DMI)(More)
Modification of membrane composition and enzymatic activities both in total brain homogenate and purified synaptic plasma membrane of 3 and 24 month old rats has been investigated. Protein, cholesterol and phospholipid content and (Na+, K+)ATPase and 2',3' cyclic nucleotide phosphohydrolase activities were determined. The major changes occurred in the whole(More)
OBJECTIVE The main aim of this paper is to review the evidence available from the date of PubMed's inception to May 2011 for a link between cancer and physical activity (PA) in both animal models and humans. METHODS We decided to select studies that comply with the scheme proposed by the American College of Sports Medicine/American Heart Association(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to re-appraise paediatric leptomeningeal disseminated spinal low-grade neoplasms putting forward the hypothesis that these tumours may represent a possible distinctive clinico-pathological entity. CASE REPORT Three children affected by these rare neoplasms are reported, 2 boys and 1 girl aged 40 months, 7 and 12 years(More)
The effect of apomorphine (1-20 microM) on protein kinase activity was studied in extracts from rat peritoneal mast cells and brain tissue. Apomorphine inhibited the cyclic AMP-dependent and the calcium-plus phosphatidylserine-dependent protein kinase activity with an IC50 between 1 and 6 microM, depending on the tissue and on the protein kinase involved.(More)
Phospholipid methyltransferase I and II enzymes methylate phosphatidylethanolamine three times to form phosphatidylcholine. The activity of these two enzymes was determined in synaptosome-enriched fractions from rats 1, 3, 7, 15 and 21 months old. The activity of phospholipid methyltransferase I was significantly greater in 7-, 15- and 21-month-old rats(More)
Unusual phospholipid effects may occur when their distribution in the membrane is altered or when uncontrolled metabolic reactions yield elevated concentrations of their short lived derivatives. Serine phospholipids are normally buried in the internal side of plasma membrane. Upon exposure to the extracellular environment they elicit a response from(More)
Lysophosphatidylserine is a specific inducer of histamine release in isolated mast cells. To determine whether a similar effect is manifest in vivo, the phospholipid was injected (1-5 mg/kg i.v.) into mice and rats. A dose-dependent rise in blood histamine was observed in both animals. The several-fold increase in blood histamine occurred in the first(More)