Elio Armenise

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Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) concentrations have been reported in L-dopa treated Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, suggesting that L-dopa treatment is an acquired cause of hyperhomocysteinemia. Aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of different antiparkinsonian drugs on Hcy concentrations. We compared Hcy, B(12) and folate levels in 45 PD(More)
Homocysteine (Hcy) is a risk factor for vascular diseases, cognitive impairment and dementia. L-dopa treatment may represent an acquired cause of hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy), as evidenced by studies in rats as well as in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. Folate and cobalamin status also seems to influence the effects of L-dopa on plasma Hcy levels;(More)
Due to increasing land-use pressures, soil-quality assessment is in growing demand, thus a standard set of procedures to assign a soil quality index (SQI) would be beneficial. In this study, the effectiveness of different managements in upholding soil quality (for crop productivity) was compared using soil quality indicators incorporated systematically to(More)
Homocysteine (Hcy) is a risk factor for vascular diseases, cognitive impairment, and dementia. Elevated plasma concentrations of Hcy have been found recently in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients treated with levodopa, suggesting that levodopa is a cause of hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy). The mechanism underlying HHcy in PD is the O-methylation of levodopa(More)
Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) concentrations are associated with Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Several recent reports have indicated that L-dopa treatment is an acquired cause of hyperhomo-cysteinemia. Despite the fact that a large proportion of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients develop cognitive dysfunctions or dementia, particularly in(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) concentrations are associated with increased risk of systemic vascular diseases, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Several cross-sectional reports and two prospective clinical studies have recently reported elevated plasma Hcy levels in L-dopa-treated Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and Hcy has been(More)
Soil extracts usually contain large quantities of dissolved humified organic material, typically reflected by high polyphenolic content. Since polyphenols seriously confound quantification of extracted protein, minimising this interference is important to ensure measurements are representative. Although the Bradford colorimetric assay is used routinely in(More)
This study compares a traditional agricultural approach to minimise N pollution of groundwater (incorporation of crop residues) with applications of small amounts of biodiesel co-product (BCP) to arable soils. Loss of N from soil to the aqueous phase was shown to be greatly reduced in the laboratory, mainly by decreasing concentrations of dissolved(More)
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