Cristina Adamo

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We have studied the effects of exogenous human recombinant Vasostatin-1 (VS-1), Vasostatin-2 (VS-2) and the human Chromogranin A (CGA) 7-57 synthetic peptides on the mechanical performance of the isolated and perfused working eel (Anguilla anguilla) heart. Under basal conditions, the three peptides decreased stroke volume (SV) and stroke work (SW), thus(More)
Vasostatins (VSs), i.e. the main biologically active peptides generated by the proteolytic processing of chromogranin A (CGA) N-terminus, exert negative inotropism in vertebrate hearts. Here, using isolated working eel (Anguilla anguilla) and frog (Rana esculenta) heart preparations, we have studied the role of the cytoskeleton in the VSs-mediated inotropic(More)
This study describes the work carried out at the Burn Unit of the Neves Bendinha Hospital, Luanuda, Angola, during the 3-year period July 1991 to June 1994. During this period we admitted 2569 burned patients to our burn unit, and 4661 were treated on an outpatient basis. The data from the patients were analysed to indicate the distribution according to(More)
Neuroendocrine regulation of cardiac function involves a population of three types of beta-adrenoceptors (ARs). In various mammalian species, beta1- and beta2-AR stimulation produces an increase in contractility; whereas beta3-AR activation mediates negative inotropic effects. At the moment, nothing is known about the physiological role of beta3-AR in fish.(More)
INTRODUCTION The cerebellum has been traditionally associated with motor control learning and performance. However, since 1970 a growing body of clinical and experimental evidences has suggested that the cerebellum may be involved in nonmotor cognitive functions as well. OBJECTIVE To explore the presence of eventual cognitive impairment in non-demented(More)
The ultrasonic liposculpturing technique is currently gaining increasing popularity. Although ultrasound is an accepted part of our diagnostic medical practice, the way in which it interacts with solid living tissue is still a complex and unsolved biophysical problem. Very few studies, if any, have followed the effects of diffusion of this intriguing(More)
Madelung's disease was first described in 1846. Since then, approximately 200 patients have been reported in the literature. Its three main characteristics-typical location of the lesions, symmetry, and the diffusive nature of the fat-are more often found in men of Mediterranean descent. A clear association with alcohol abuse is reported, but the etiology(More)
The authors describe their experience in rigid fixation of maxillo-facial fractures with resorbable plates made from poly-L-lactic acid. Seven cases are presented, with a one-year follow-up or longer. Plate resorption was evaluated by means of echographic examination, repeated every three months. All fractures healed well, with no complications. Finally,(More)
A 22-year-old female patient with a swelling in the right forearm near the elbow underwent a 67Ga-citrate scan because of paraesthesia on the ulnar side of the right hand. The 67Ga total body scan showed intense focal uptake on the forearm in the same position as the swelling. At surgery a histological diagnosis of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma was made. Five(More)
Since plastic surgeons are continually looking for new possibilities for the clinical transfer of tissue, they are very interested in investigating capillary blood flow. Recently, several authors have investigated the role of veins in experimental island venous flaps. In the present study, the authors attempt to clarify the importance of plasmatic(More)