Claudio Domenici

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In the present study we assessed the effect of physical training on Laser Doppler skin flux (LDF) and nitric oxide (NO) release, before and after 3 min of brachial artery occlusion. To this end we performed laser Doppler measurements and the venous plasma assay of nitrite/nitrate (NOx) on 10 sedentary healthy subjects and 10 endurance athletes. The(More)
Blends between chitosan (CS) and gelatin (G) with various compositions (CS/G 0/100 20/80, 40/60, 60/40, 100/0 w/w) were produced as candidate materials for biomedical applications. Dehydro-thermal crosslinking was adopted to promote the formation of amide and ester bonds between the macromolecules ((CS/G)-t). The effect of composition and crosslinking on(More)
After passage through biological barriers, nanomaterials inevitably end up in contact with the vascular endothelium and can induce cardiovascular damage. In this study the toxicity and sub-lethal effects of six types of nanoparticle, including four of industrial and biomedical importance, on human endothelial cells were investigated using different in vitro(More)
Abundant experimental evidence demonstrates that endothelial cells are sensitive to flow; however, the effect of fluid pressure or pressure gradients that are used to drive viscous flow is not well understood. There are two principal physical forces exerted on the blood vessel wall by the passage of intra-luminal blood: pressure and shear. To analyze the(More)
Piezoelectric nerve guidance channels made of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) were evaluated in a transected mouse sciatic nerve model. Poled PVDF channels were compared to unpoled PVDF channels after 4 and 12 weeks of implantation. In all animals, the proximal and distal nerve stumps were bridged by a continuous nerve cable. Nerves regenerated in poled(More)
UNLABELLED Nitric oxide (NO) and cyclooxygenase (COX) derived prostaglandins (PGs) are involved in vascular homeostasis. Contradictory results have been obtained in previous studies on the putative 'cross-talk' between these two pathways. Our aim was to evaluate the interaction between NO and PG release in human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC-1) and(More)
The quantitative determination of specific cellular messenger-RNA is extremely important both in basic and applied research, especially in diagnostic and pharmacological fields. In order to perform a direct and easy quantification of transcripts on cell extracts, the feasibility of an analytical device able to selectively detect a defined target RNA in a(More)
Absolute measurements of a given RNA in a cheap, easy, rapid and reproducible manner using biosensors technology could overcome many of the operative and analytical limits of conventional molecular biology methods. To this end, an integrated approach for the design, synthesis, and connection of RNA probes to the transducing surface of a microgravimetric(More)
In this work we describe the fabrication of a biocompatible hydrophilic scaffold composed of cross-linked gelatin that mimics the porous three-dimensional structure of pulmonary tissue as well as its water content and mechanical properties. The lung replica also reproduces the characteristic sonographic signs of pulmonary interstitial syndrome, the B-lines(More)
In this work, hollow fibers to be used as guides for tissue engineering applications were produced by dry-jet-wet spinning of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PHBHV/PCL) solutions in chloroform with various weight ratios between the components (PHBHV/PCL 100/0; 80/20; 60/40; 50/50; 40/60; 20/80; 0/100 w/w). Fibers(More)