Deborah Greco

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OPN, a cytokine produced, among others, by DCs, is involved in inflammation and defense against pathogens. Here, we report that the activation of the MyD88 pathway by TLR2, TLR5, and TLR7/8 agonists or IL-1β induces high levels of OPN in human DCs. Conversely, LPS and Poly I:C, two TLR3 and TLR4 agonists that engage the TRIF pathway, were ineffective. TLR2(More)
Hypothyroidism is a common endocrinopathy in dogs but is rare in cats. Lymphocytic thyroiditis and idiopathic thyroid atrophy are common causes of this condition. Specific thyroid function tests, in conjunction with clinical signs and physical examination findings, are used to help confirm a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. This disease can be managed with(More)
We examined the function of the oxysterol receptors (LXRs) in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through studying dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)- and 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in mice and by elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying their anti-inflammatory action. We observed that Lxr-deficient mice are more susceptible to(More)
The influence of caspofungin on polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) phagocytosis and intracellular killing of Candida albicans was investigated. Caspofungin, at all of the concentrations tested (2, 3.2, and 8 microg/ml), significantly increased intracellular killing by PMNs through its direct action on both yeast cells and PMNs, indicating the potential(More)
The classification of benign stenosis of Vater's ampulla is explained and reference is made to 5 years' experience in this field. The preoperative diagnosis of this condition is discussed and an account is given of the results obtained and the postoperative course. Attention is drawn to the very low incidence of postoperative pancreatitis with respect to(More)
A very rare case of carcinoid of the testicle combined with teratoma is illustrated. In fact the literature of the last twenty years reports only eleven cases of carcinoid of the testicle, of which only four combined with teratoma. It is stressed that it is possible that these neoplasias arise on already existing teratomas which may be very small and hence(More)