Eugenio Donato di Paola

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The aim of this study was to assess the antitumour response and time to progression (TTP) of patients treated with imatinib mesylate (Glivec, Gleevec, formerly STI-571) who had advanced and/or metastatic gastrointestinal stroma tumours (GIST) or other soft tissue sarcomas (STS). Patients with measurable lesions and adequate organ function were entered. They(More)
Microinjection of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA; 1 and 2.5 nmol) or kainate (KA; 50 pmol) into the deep prepiriform cortex elicited behavioral signs of seizure activity. No epileptiform activity was observed after deep prepiriform cortex microinjection of either L-arginine (L-Arg, 5 and 10 nmol) or its D-enantiomer, D-arginine (D-Arg, 2.5-10 nmol). However,(More)
We have studied the effects of selective and non-selective adenosine receptor agonists and antagonists in audiogenic-seizure-sensitive DBA/2 mice, an animal model of generalized reflex epilepsy. With the exception of the adenosine A3 receptor agonist, N6-(3-iodobenzyl)-5'-N-methylcarboxamidoadenosine (IB-MECA), all the agonists studied prevented the(More)
PURPOSE To assess antitumor response and time to progression (TTP) with docetaxel compared with doxorubicin in first-line treatment of advanced and/or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with measurable soft tissue sarcoma lesions and adequate bone marrow, liver, and renal function were entered onto the study. They were(More)
PURPOSE Depression is most commonly associated with epilepsy. Recent reports have suggested a putative relationship between seizure development and onset of depressive behavior, whereas others proposed that two clinical entities might represent different neuropathologic aspects of the same neurologic disorder. The WAG/Rij rat absence epilepsy model has also(More)
PURPOSE Epilepsy is a heterogeneous syndrome characterized by recurrent, spontaneous seizures; continuous medication is, therefore, necessary, even after the seizures have long been suppressed with antiepileptic drug (AED) treatments. The most disturbing issue is the inability of AEDs to provide a persistent cure, because these compounds generally suppress(More)
Aripiprazole (APZ) is regarded as a first-line atypical antipsychotic used for the treatment of first and multiple episodes of schizophrenia to improve positive- and negative-symptoms. Its therapeutic indications were extended to acute manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder. In addition, APZ was approved as an adjunct therapy for major(More)
In the present study, the susceptibility of knockout interleukin-6 (IL-6(-/-)) mice to various convulsant stimuli has been evaluated and compared with other three related mice strains. Animals were treated with chemical convulsants impairing the gamma-aminobutyric acid neurotransmission [pentylenetetrazole (PTZ), picrotoxin, bicuculline,(More)
Inducible nitric oxide synthase knock-out (iNOS(-/-)) mice are valid models of investigation for the role of iNOS in patho-physiological conditions. There are no available data concerning neuroactive amino acid levels of iNOS(-/-) mice and their behaviour in response to pentylenetetrazole (PTZ). We found no significant differences in the convulsive dose 50(More)
CFM-2 [1-(4-aminophenyl)-3,5-dihydro-7,8-dimethoxy-4H-2,3-benzodiazepin-4-one] and THIQ-10c [N-acetyl-1-(4-chlorophenyl)-6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline], are two non-competitive 2-amino-3-(3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazol-4-yl) propionic acid (AMPA) receptor antagonists, which demonstrated to antagonize generalized tonic-clonic seizures in different(More)