Egidio Beretta

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A mathematical model for the marine bacteriophage infection is proposed and its essential mathematical features are analyzed. Since bacteriophage infection induces bacterial lysis which releases into the marine environment, on the average, 'b' viruses per cell, the parameter b epsilon (1, t infinity) or 'virus replication factor' is chosen as the main(More)
An SIR disease transmission model is formulated under the assumption that the force of infection at the present time depends on the number of infectives at the past. It is shown that a disease free equilibrium point is globally stable if no endemic equilibrium point exists. Further the endemic point (if it exists) is globally stable with respect to the(More)
Leptin is secreted by adipocytes and regulates food intake and energy balance through the activation of specific receptors (OB-R). Recent evidence suggests that it is also involved in the control of reproductive processes, by possibly acting on central and peripheral targets. In particular, it has been shown that leptin may indirectly stimulate GnRH release(More)
The growth of a species feeding on a limiting nutrient supplied at a constant rate is modelled by chemostat-type equations with a general nutrient uptake function and delayed nutrient recycling. Conditions for boundedness of the solutions and the existence of non-negative equilibria are given for the integrodifferential equations with distributed time lags.(More)
The present project involved a collective effort agreed by the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the General Thoracic Surgery Club to assemble a joint panel of experts to review the available data and address ambiguous aspects of chest tube definitions and(More)
Retinoids are involved in the regulation of development and differentiation in many tissues, including the nervous system, where they have been associated with some neurotransmitter systems. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of all-trans retinoic acid (RA) on the biosynthesis and secretion of neuropeptide Y (NPY), a widely expressed(More)
We used the Impulse Oscillometric System (IOS) to gain information concerning the distribution of hyper-reactivity along the bronchial tree during methacholine challenge test (MCT). 37 subjects underwent MCT until reaching the provocative dose (PD20). At each dose, we estimated respiratory resistance at 5 and 20Hz (R5, R20), and reactance at 5Hz (X5). In(More)
A new mathematical model is proposed for the spreading of a liquid film on a solid surface. The model is based on the standard lubrication approximation for gently sloping films (with the no-slip condition for the fluid at the solid surface) in the major part of the film where it is not too thin. In the remaining and relatively small regions near the(More)
We studied responses of endothelial and epithelial cells in the thin portion of the air-blood barrier to a rise in interstitial pressure caused by an increase in extravascular water (interstitial edema) obtained in anesthetized rabbits receiving saline infusion (0.5 ml.kg(-1).min(-1) for 3 h). We obtained morphometric analyses of the cells and of their(More)