Daniel Croce

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The effect of the local anesthetics procaine and tetracaine on sarcoplasmic reticulum membranes isolated from two masticatory muscles, masseter and medial pterygoid, was tested and compared to fast-twitch muscles. The effects of the anesthetics on Ca-ATPase activity, calcium binding, uptake, and phosphorylation of the enzyme by inorganic phosphate (Pi) were(More)
Myotoxic effects related to intracellular Ca2+ disturbances have been reported for local anesthetics. Such effects might derive from Ca-ATPase dysfunction. The aim of this work was to describe the effect of lidocaine and bupivacaine on the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca-ATPase from fast-twitch skeletal muscle and to identify the affected steps of the(More)
The effect of the local anesthetic benzocaine on sarcoplasmic reticulum membranes isolated from fast-twitch muscles was tested. The effects on Ca-ATPase activity, calcium binding and uptake, phosphoenzyme accumulation and decomposition were assessed using radioisotopic methods. The calcium binding to the Ca-ATPase was noncompetitively inhibited, and the(More)
Chimaeroid fishes are the only extant Holocephali, a subclass of Chondrichthyes. We describe for the first time a well evidenced structure localized in the palate of the chimaeroid Chimaera monstrosa, here named a palatal organ (PO). Attention has been paid to the holocephalan head morphology, but there has been no mention of this particular organ in the(More)
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