Corrado Moretti

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence of 14 viruses in infants with bronchiolitis and to study demographic and clinical differences in those with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), human bocavirus (hBoV) and rhinovirus (RV) infection. METHODS 182 infants aged <12 months hospitalised for bronchiolitis were enrolled. Infants underwent nasal washing for(More)
Detection of a broad number of respiratory viruses is not undertaken currently for the diagnosis of acute respiratory infection due to the large and always increasing list of pathogens involved. A 1-year study was undertaken on children hospitalized consecutively for acute respiratory infection in a Pediatric Department in Rome to characterize the viruses(More)
Several studies indicate that the size of body fat stores and the circulating levels of the adipocyte-derived hormone leptin are able to influence the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. The leptin-hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal interactions have been mainly studied at the level of the central nervous system. In this study, we investigated(More)
BACKGROUND Nasal flow-synchronized intermittent positive pressure ventilation (NFSIPPV) is a new non-invasive ventilatory mode that delivers synchronized mechanical breaths through the nasal prongs. An unmasked, prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted to compare the efficacy of NFSIPPV and conventional nasal continuous positive airway pressure(More)
PROBLEM The aim of this study is to evaluate the role of mild thyroid abnormalities in recurrent spontaneous abortion, and to assess the effects of two different therapeutical protocols. METHOD A prospective study in the population of recurrent aborters with mild thyroid abnormalities, evaluating the obstetric outcome in 42 patients. Sixteen thyroid(More)
Leptin circulates in plasma at concentrations that parallel the amount of fat reserves. In obese males, androgen levels decline in proportion to the degree of obesity. Recently, we have shown that in rodent Leydig cells leptin inhibits hCG-stimulated testosterone (T) production via a functional leptin receptor isoform; others have found that leptin inhibits(More)
The production of endothelin 1 (ET-1) and its receptor-mediated actions on calcium signaling and growth responses were analyzed in human ovarian carcinoma cells. Immuno-reactive ET-1 was released from three of four ovarian tumor cell lines as a function of time in amounts ranging from 56 to 74 fmol/10(6) cells. Reverse-phase HPLC and radioimmuno-assay of(More)
OBJECTIVE A supervised multivariate model to classify the metabolome alterations between autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) patients and controls, siblings of autistic patients, has been realized and used to realize a network model of the ASD patients' metabolome. METHODS In our experiment we propose a quantification of urinary metabolites with the Mass(More)
ACTH and β-endorphin have been evaluated by means of a specific and sensitive radioimmunoassay in athletes reaching a status of physical stress. A concomitant marked increase of these 2 peptides has been recorded. The implications of this finding lead to the conclusion that stress stimulates the synthesis of the common precursor (31 K) in the pituitary.
A large number of very-low-birth weight infants are fed formulas containing medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) to enhance fat and calcium absorption. Studies are available on the intestinal absorption of MCT, which is nearly complete, but uncertainties exist on the metabolic fate of octanoic acid, the major component of MCT. Oxidation accounts for(More)