Cecilia Agostini

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PURPOSE To study if prolonged in vitro exposure to 1800MHz radiofrequency (RF) could exert an effect on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from young and elderly donors by affecting apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane potential and heat shock protein (HSP) 70 levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS Endpoints were analysed in the presence or absence of(More)
Antarctic notothenioids radiated over millions of years in subzero waters, evolving peculiar features, such as antifreeze glycoproteins and absence of heat shock response. Icefish, family Channichthyidae, also lack oxygen-binding proteins and display extreme modifications, including high mitochondrial densities in aerobic tissues. A genomic expansion(More)
Previous assays with weak sinusoidal magnetic fields (SMF) have shown that bacteria that had been exposed to a 50 Hz magnetic field (0.1-1 mT) gave colonies with significantly lower transposition activity as compared to sham-exposed bacteria. These experiments have now been extended by using a pulsed-square wave magnetic field (PMF) and, unexpectedly, it(More)
Determining the timing, extent and underlying causes of interspecific gene exchange during or following speciation is central to understanding species' evolution. Antarctic notothenioid fish, thanks to the acquisition of antifreeze glycoproteins during Oligocene transition to polar conditions, experienced a spectacular radiation to >100 species during Late(More)
This article documents the addition of 277 microsatellite marker loci to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database. Loci were developed for the following species: Ascochyta rabiei, Cambarellus chapalanus, Chionodraco hamatus, Coptis omeiensis, Cynoscion nebulosus, Daphnia magna, Gerbillus nigeriae, Isurus oxyrinchus, Lates calcarifer, Metacarcinus magister,(More)
Detailed analysis of proton spin-spin and spin-lattice relaxation behaviors of the bone marrow in the presence of trabecular bone network was performed at low-resolution (B(0) = 0.496T) on rat vertebrae specimens deprived of spinal cord. Two groups of samples, from young and old healthy animals, were investigated before cellular necrosis had started. BMD(More)
The aim of this study was to verify whether extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields (MF) could affect transposition activity like some environmental stress factors such as heat shock or UV irradiation. Using an Escherichia coli Lac Z(-) strain transformed with a plasmid containing a Tn 10 derivative element expressing beta-galactosidase only after(More)
We propose a magnetic field exposure system (tetracoil) for in vitro and in vivo experiments, composed of two couples of circular coils satisfying a spherical constraint, whose characteristics are chosen in order to maximize the uniformity region of the magnetic field. Analytical calculations and computer simulations show that our system, as compared to the(More)
The identification of loci under selection (outliers) is a major challenge in evolutionary biology, being critical to comprehend evolutionary processes leading to population differentiation and speciation, and for conservation purposes, also in light of recent climate change. However, detection of selected loci can be difficult when populations are weakly(More)
We characterized nine polymorphic microsatellites by an enriched library from the Antarctic silverfish Pleuragramma antarcticum, a key species in the high Antarctic zone of the Southern Ocean. The number of alleles scored ranged from 7 to 39, whereas the observed and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.4000 to 0.9750 and from 0.3943 to 0.9782,(More)