Barbara Bertipaglia

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Recent advances in basic science have shown that atherosclerosis should be considered as a chronic inflammatory process, and that a pivotal role of inflammation is evident from initiation through progression and complication of atherosclerosis. In the past few years many studies have examined the potential for biochemical markers of inflammation to act as(More)
BACKGROUND Heart valve bioprostheses for cardiac valve replacement are fabricated by xeno- or allograft tissues. Decellularization techniques and tissue engineering technologies applied to these tissues might contribute to the reduction in risk of calcification and immune response. Surprisingly, there are few data on the cell phenotypes obtained after(More)
Over the last two decades, several studies have reported a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This population usually presents both the traditional and non-traditional risk factors for atherosclerosis. Inflammation as well as impaired nitric oxide production are pivotal, throughout the whole process of(More)
BACKGROUND The common -514 C-T promoter polymorphism of the hepatic lipase gene (LIPC) and the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene TaqIB polymorphism affect atherogenesis. We investigated the potential relationship between these polymorphisms and the maximum-intima-media thickness (M-IMT) after carotid endarterectomy. METHODS The LIPC and CETP(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the role of smooth muscle cell (SMC) response and platelet activation in peripheral venous catheterization using a model of catheter injury associated with thrombocytopenic treatment. METHODS Silicon elastic catheters were inserted into New Zealand White rabbit external jugular veins from 24 hours to 60 days. Immunocytochemical(More)
Significant structural and functional changes in smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of microvessels (diameter 30 to 300 microm) occur in hypertension. However, in microvessels of hypertensive patients, the differentiation pattern of SMCs underlying such changes remains undefined. To analyze the differentiation pattern of SMCs (adult, postnatal, or fetal), 49 muscle(More)
OBJECTIVES We report a female patient suffering from Takayasu arteritis (TA) who underwent surgical revascularization. METHODS By studying specimens obtained at surgery, we evaluated the cell composition of the arterial wall, along with the maturation pattern of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) during the active phase of TA. Using TUNEL, we detected(More)
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