Claudia Vincenza Fiumara

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It has been previously shown that in normal women during the periovulatory period, prolactin (PRL) levels increase after the administration of nonspecific stimuli, such as growth hormone-releasing hormone or gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). In order to gain insight into the mechanism of this response, we have tested the effect of a naloxone infusion(More)
The SGK1 kinase is pivotal in signal transduction pathways operating in cell transformation and tumor progression. Here, we characterize in depth a novel potent and selective pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine-based SGK1 inhibitor. This compound, named SI113, active in vitro in the sub-micromolar range, inhibits SGK1-dependent signaling in cell lines in a dose- and(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer (BC) is a leading cause of death among women. Among the major risk factors, an important role is played by familial history of BC. Germ-line mutations in BRCA1/2 genes account for most of the hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancers. Gene expression profiling studies have disclosed specific molecular signatures for BRCA1/2-related(More)
Previous studies have shown that food ingestion is not capable of inhibiting the GHRH-induced GH release in anorexia nervosa, at variance with what is observed in normal subjects. Moreover, a cholinergic alteration has been hypothesized in this disorder. In a group of 24 anorectic patients in a stabilized phase of the illness, we tested, before and after a(More)
Previous studies have indicated different abnormalities of PRL secretion in patients with primary empty sella (PES). Since it is known that endogenous opiates and dopamine interact in modulating PRL secretion, we have studied the effect of an opiate receptor blockade (with Naloxone, NAL, 1.6 mg/h as a continuous infusion) on anterior pituitary hormones and(More)
The alpha-2-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine is able to stimulate GHRH secretion directly or via beta-endorphin and, therefore, induces a GH release in normal subjects. This effect has been shown to be blunted in alcoholism during early abstinence, due to central alterations of adrenergic mechanisms. To evaluate pituitary responsiveness to direct stimulation(More)
In normal subjects several factors are involved in the regulation of the GH response to GHRH, such as nutritional status, metabolic fuels and neurotransmitters. We previously have shown a paradoxical increase in the GH response to GHRH after meals in obese patients, in contrast to the blunted GH response observed after feeding in normal subjects. We have(More)
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is frequently associated with anomalies of growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) secretion. We studied the GH and PRL responses to GHRH1-44 (50 micrograms IV) and the effect of a naloxone infusion (1.6 mg/hr), started 1 hr before GHRH administration, on this response in 12 female patients with AN, aged 15-30 yr, and in seven normal(More)
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