Barbara Gagliardi

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We investigated the activation of the IL-1 beta system and markers of adaptive immunity in rat brain during epileptogenesis using models of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). The same inflammatory markers were studied in rat chronic epileptic tissue and in human TLE with hippocampal sclerosis (HS). IL-1 beta was expressed by both activated microglia and(More)
Brain inflammation, angiogenesis and increased blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability occur in adult rodent and human epileptogenic brain tissue. We addressed the role of these events in epileptogenesis using a developmental approach since the propensity to develop spontaneous seizures, therefore the induction of epileptogenesis, is age-dependent and(More)
Endothelin-1, a potent vasoconstrictor peptide with 21 amino acid residues, is released by the vascular endothelium. Plasma immunoreactive endothelin levels were measured in 23 patients with cirrhosis and in 20 healthy subjects. Concentrations were significantly lower in patients with non-uraemic cirrhosis than in normal subjects (19.4 +/- 8.9 pmol/l vs.(More)
We examined the blood-brain barrier (BBB) function in methylazoxymethanol acetate (MAM)-treated rats, a model of human developmental brain malformations. We found aberrant vessels morphology and serum albumin leakage in the heterotopic (malformed) hippocampus; these changes were associated with a significant increase in endothelial P-glycoprotein (P-gp)(More)
The aim of this article is to review a number of variables that may affect the cryopreservation of minimally manipulated products containing allogeneic or autologous hemopoietic progenitor cells (HPC) used for transplantation, with particular reference to processing, type and addition of cryoprotectant, cell concentration, volume, freezing procedure,(More)
BACKGROUND The Center for Transfusion Medicine, Cell Therapy and Cryobiology, Milan, Northern Italy, is the headquarter of the POLI-MI biobank. It co-ordinates the biobank activities of the Fondazione Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan. Such activities require specific safeguarding of donors' rights and protection of sensitive and genetic(More)
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