Barbara de Servi

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A variety of inflammatory proteins have been identified in brains of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, including inflammatory cytokines, acute phase proteins and complement components. In the present paper we have investigated the levels of circulating inflammatory mediators as potential biomarkers of this disease, concentrating mostly on transforming(More)
AIM To evaluate whether Utipro(®), a natural product approved to prevent urinary tract infections, protects intestinal epithelial cells from Escherichia coli adherence/intracellular invasion in vitro. MATERIALS & METHODS Caco-2 and CacoGoblet(TM) cells were treated with Utipro (1.5 to 10 mg/ml) or untreated (controls). E. coli adherence/intracellular(More)
BACKGROUND By using a biologically relevant and sensitive three-dimensional model of human corneal epithelium and multiple endpoint analysis, assessment of the potential for eye irritation and long-term compatibility of four registered ophthalmological preparations, ie, Timolabak(®), Timoptol(®), Nyogel(®), and Timogel(®), was performed. This approach(More)
UNLABELLED The application of PCR to detect monoclonality at the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene locus in FNA cytologic specimens was evaluated. MATERIALS AND METHODS Immunoglobulin heavy chain gene rearrangement analysis was performed by a nested PCR for the VDJ region on 27 lymph nodes FNA paraffin embedded by cell blocking technique specimens (1(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate barrier protective properties of Rhinosectan® spray, a medical device containing xyloglucan, on nasal epithelial cells (MucilAir). METHODS MucilAir-Nasal, a three-dimensional organotypic (with different cell types) airway tissue model, was treated with the medical device Rhinosectan® (30 µL) or with controls (Rhinocort-budesonide-or(More)
PURPOSE The present study was concerned with the development of a new experimental model of dry eye using human reconstructed in vitro corneal epithelium (HCE). The model is based on the use of adapted culture conditions that induce relevant modifications at the cellular and molecular level thus mimicking dry eye. METHODS The HCE model was maintained in a(More)
PURPOSE So far tear substitutes have demonstrated a limited role in restoring ocular surface damage in dry eye syndrome (DES). The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a new ocular surface modulator in an in vitro model of human corneal epithelium (HCE) damaged by severe osmotic stress mirroring the features of dry eye conditions. METHODS A(More)
Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation adversely affects skin health and appearance via multiple molecular pathways. Biologically relevant UVA damage are classified as short-term effects (e.g. formation of reactive oxygen species [ROS], inflammation, photo-oxidation, DNA damage, immunosuppression, photoallergy and cell-mediated contact hypersensitivity) or long-term(More)
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