Damiano Castelli

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The principal goal of this study was to determine whether the results from a set of selected currently available alternative methods as used by cosmetics companies are valid for predicting the eye irritation potential of cosmetics formulations and ingredients and, as a consequence, could be valid replacements for the Draize eye irritation test. For the(More)
The stromal vascular fraction (SVF) is a heterogeneous cell population derived from the adipose tissue. There is still a lack of information concerning the characterization of the cell subpopulations constituting the SVF as well as its mesenchymal and haematopoietic potential. Furthermore there are great variations in its phenotypical characterization.(More)
Study of the endocrine status, which is often disturbed during hepatocarcinogenesis, is particularly valuable because gonadal function and hormone production regulate hepatic metabolism of the carcinogen. Sex steroids can even promote carcinogenesis. After aflatoxin B1 induction of liver carcinogenesis in adult female Sprague Dawley rats, livers were(More)
Hematological and serum chemistry values were determined in adult female and pregnant New Zealand rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and their newborn at delivery. No significant difference was found between adult and pregnant hematological profiles. In the newborn, RBC were significantly lower and WBC, MCV and MCH higher than in their mother and adults. A(More)
Thrombocytopenia as a complicating event in human immunodeficiency infection is a rather common hematological disorder and in many aspects resembles idiopathic(immune) thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Consequently, treatment of severe cases is similar to treating ITP, but steroids should be administered with particular caution in patients suffering from(More)
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), an oestrogen-binding protein, has been localized in the ovary and hypophysis of prepuberal rats. In the ovary, AFP was localized in secondary follicles, its distribution being limited to the liquor folliculi and the zona pellucida. In the hypophysis, AFP was only found in blood vessels. The intra-ovarian, localization of the protein(More)
Although the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections today is lower than ever, the supply of safe blood products remains subject to contamination with known and yet to be identified human pathogens. Only continuous improvement and implementation of donor selection, sensitive screening tests and effective inactivation procedures can ensure the(More)
Plasma levels of DPA and CNP and associated antiepileptic drugs were measured in groups of respectively 106 and 30 epileptic patients aged from 3 to 49 years. A poor correlation between daily oral dose and plasma levels of both drug was observed when the whole group of patients was considered. A better correlation was seen in a group of adult patients who(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism(s) underlying the antiadipogenic effect of retinol that we recently reported in primary cultured human preadipocytes. Exposure of human preadipocytes to the potent alcohol dehydrogenase inhibitor, 4-methyl-pyrazole, failed to alter the antiadipogenic effect of retinol (3.5 microm), suggesting that the(More)