Arianna Vanelli

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Parthenotes have been proposed as a source of embryonic stem cells but they lack the centriole which is inherited through the sperm in all mammalian species, except for rodents. We investigated the centrosome of parthenotes and parthenogenetic embryonic stem cells using parthenogenetic and biparental pig pre-implantation embryos, human and pig(More)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in developed countries and is one of the leading causes of disease burden in developing countries. Therapies have markedly increased survival in several categories of patients, nonetheless mortality still remains high. For this reason high hopes are associated with recent developments in stem cell biology(More)
An oocyte can activate its developmental process without the intervention of the male counterpart. This form of reproduction, known as parthenogenesis, occurs spontaneously in a variety of lower organisms, but not in mammals. However, it must be noted that mammalian oocytes can be activated in vitro, mimicking the intracellular calcium wave induced by the(More)
The generation of porcine embryonic stem cells (pESC) would potentially have great impact in the biomedical field given the long-standing history of the pig as a prime animal model for pre-clinical biomedical applications. These cells would also be beneficial for the agricultural area, allowing efficient genetic engineering of this animal, to improve health(More)
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