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The analysis of the ECG can beneet from the wide availability of computing technology as far as features and performances as well. This paper presents some results achieved by carrying out the classiication tasks of a possible equipment integrating the most common features of the ECG analysis: arrhythmia, myocardial ischemia, chronic alterations. Several(More)
Angiotensin (Ang) II, the main effector of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), is one of the major mediators of vascular remodeling in hypertension. Besides being a potent vasoactive peptide, Ang II exerts proinflammatory effects on the vasculature by inducing integrins, adhesion molecules, cytokines and growth and profibrotic mediators through activation(More)
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is the most common inherited neuromuscular disorder. There have been substantial advances in elucidating the molecular bases of this genetically heterogeneous neuropathy and, in most cases, molecular diagnosis is now possible. The diagnostic approach requires careful assessment of clinical presentation and mode of inheritance,(More)
Prothrombin complex concentrates (PCCs) are recommended as the treatment of choice in warfarin-related coagulopathy. However, the risk of thromboembolic complications associated with their use is not well defined. We performed a meta-analysis to estimate the rate of thromboembolic complications in patients receiving vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) treated with(More)
AIMS Vascular peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) activation improves vascular remodelling and endothelial function in hypertensive rodents. The goal of this study was to determine that vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) PPARγ exerts a vascular protective role beyond its metabolic effects. METHODS AND RESULTS We generated a model of adult(More)
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal X-linked recessive muscle disease due to defect on the gene encoding dystrophin. The lack of a functional dystrophin in muscles results in the fragility of the muscle fiber membrane with progressive muscle weakness and premature death. There is no cure for DMD and current treatment options focus primarily on(More)
Glioblastomas represent an important cause of cancer-related mortality with poor survival. Despite many advances, the mean survival time has not significantly improved in the last decades. New experimental approaches have shown tumor regression after the grafting of neural stem cells and human mesenchymal stem cells into experimental intracranial gliomas of(More)
Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a chronic complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Little is known about prognostic factors that might identify patients at high risk for the development of PTS. Body mass index (BMI) has been previously reported to be associated to the development of PTS. The aim of this study was to assess the association between BMI(More)
Proprotein convertase (PC) 5/6 belongs to a family of secretory proteases involved in proprotein proteolysis. Several studies suggest a role for PC5/6 in cardiovascular disease. Because lethality at birth of mice lacking PC5/6 precluded elucidation of its function in the adult, we generated mice in which the gene of PC5/6 (pcsk5) is specifically inactivated(More)
The regeneration in the peripheral nervous system is often incomplete and the treatment of severe lesions with nerve tissue loss is primarily aimed at recreating nerve continuity. Guide tubes of various types, filled with Schwann cells, stem cells, or nerve growth factors are attractive as an alternative therapy to nerve grafts. In this study, we evaluated(More)