Claudio Ceconi

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Authors/Task Force Members: Don Poldermans (Chairperson) (The Netherlands), Jeroen J. Bax (The Netherlands), Eric Boersma (The Netherlands), Stefan De Hert (The Netherlands), Erik Eeckhout (Switzerland), Gerry Fowkes (UK), Bulent Gorenek (Turkey), Michael G. Hennerici (Germany), Bernard Iung (France), Malte Kelm (Germany), Keld Per Kjeldsen (Denmark), Steen(More)
BACKGROUND In chronic heart failure, several hormonal systems are activated with diagnostic and prognostic implications. We tested the hypotheses that serum Chromogranin-A (CgA) -- a 49 kDa acid protein present in the secretor granules of neuroendocrine cells -- is increased in chronic heart failure and that CgA levels are a predictive factor for mortality.(More)
The possibility that myocardial ischaemia alters the defence mechanisms against oxygen toxicity has been investigated. Ischaemia was induced in isolated, perfused rabbit hearts by reducing coronary flow from 25 ml/min to 1 ml/min for 90 min. Two different degrees of ischaemic damage have been achieved using either spontaneously beating or electrically(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the contribution of apoptosis in the development of the skeletal myopathy in chronic heart failure. DESIGN The electrophoretic pattern of myosin heavy chains (MHC), fibre cross sectional area, number of in situ nick end labelling (TUNEL) positive apoptotic myocyte nuclei, and the tissue levels of caspase-3, Bcl-2, and ubiquitin(More)
Authors/Task Force Members: Yehuda Adler* (Chairperson) (Israel), Philippe Charron* (Chairperson) (France), Massimo Imazio† (Italy), Luigi Badano (Italy), Gonzalo Barón-Esquivias (Spain), Jan Bogaert (Belgium), Antonio Brucato (Italy), Pascal Gueret (France), Karin Klingel (Germany), Christos Lionis (Greece), Bernhard Maisch (Germany), Bongani Mayosi (South(More)
Several experimental studies have shown that levocarnitine reduces myocardial injury after ischemia and reperfusion by counteracting the toxic effect of high levels of free fatty acids, which occur in ischemia, and by improving carbohydrate metabolism. In addition to increasing the rate of fatty acid transport into mitochondria, levocarnitine reduces the(More)
UNLABELLED Congestive heart failure (CHF) is characterized by a limb skeletal muscle myopathy with shift from the slow aerobic, fatigue resistant fibers, to the fast, anaerobic ones, and muscle bulk loss. Apoptosis (A) has been recently demonstrated to play a role in several cardiovascular diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY we have investigated the role of A in(More)
BACKGROUND In congestive heart failure (CHF) the skeletal muscle of the lower limbs develops a myopathy characterised by atrophy and shift from the slow to the fast type fibres. The mechanisms responsible for these changes are not clear yet. OBJECTIVES We investigated the influence of blood flow and degree of muscle atrophy on the myosin heavy chains(More)
It has been suggested that the sudden presence of oxygen during reperfusion after a period of ischemia may be toxic for the myocardial cell. The oxygen molecule is capable of producing reactions in the cell, forming highly reactive free radicals, and inducing lipid peroxidation of membranes, altering their integrity and increasing their fluidity and(More)