Fausto Quintavalla

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Feline immunodeficiency virus sustains an AIDS-like syndrome in cats, which is considered a relevant model for human AIDS. Under precise enrolment requirements, 30 naturally infected cats showing overt disease were included in a trial of low-dose, oral human interferon-alpha treatment. Twenty-four of them received 10 IU/Kg of human interferon-alpha and 6(More)
Although HIV-1 and other mammalian lentiviruses infect macrophages, they are not cytopathic. Consequently, these infected long-lived cells serve as major virus reservoirs with a key role in the propagation of the virus throughout the body as well as in the pathogenesis of AIDS. Furthermore, well-differentiated macrophages possess low abilities to(More)
In this study we investigated the somatotropic axis in piglets with evident growth delay. Female Suffolk crossbred piglets (30 days old; N = 12) were divided into normal weight (10 +/- 0.9 kg) and poor growing subjects (7 +/- 0.5 kg) and bled for growth hormone (GH), Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), Insulin-like growth factor binding protein 2 and 3(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the adrenocortical response of healthy dogs to a commonly used dose of a nonadsorbed tetracosactide product (tetracosactide) with responses to 2 doses of a depot formulation of tetracosactide (depot tetracosactide). ANIMALS 14 dogs. PROCEDURES Dogs were randomly assigned to receive tetracosactide (5 mg/kg, IV) or depot(More)
BACKGROUND In captive breed turtles and tortoises conjunctival disease is common. Our aim was to investigate the bacterial and fungal flora present in the eyes of healthy and pathological chelonians and to compare findings in turtles with those in tortoises. RESULTS Samples were taken from the conjunctival sacs of 34, diseased and healthy, chelonians (18(More)
This study was conducted to examine the effects of chronic administration of a long-acting dopamine agonist, Cabergoline, on LH and prolactin secretion during lactation in the sow. The effect of the administration of the opioid antagonist naloxone and the agonist morphine in Cabergoline treated animals was also evaluated. In Part I of the experiment, 16(More)
We have evaluated in vitro and in vivo whether it is possible to protect cat macrophages from feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection by the administration of dideoxycytidine 5'-triphosphate (DDCTP). Since cell membranes are impermeable to phosphorylated drugs we have encapsulated DDCTP into autologous erythrocytes and modified erythrocyte membranes(More)
M. Dondi*, E. Bianchi, D. Callegari and F. Quintavalla Animal Health Department, Section of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Parma, V ia del Taglio, 8, 43100 Parma, Italy *Correspondence: Dipartimento di Salute Animale, Sezione di Clinica Medica Veterinaria, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Parma, V(More)
The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of Flash Visual Evoked Potentials (FVEPs) testing in birds of prey in a clinical setting and to describe the protocol and the baseline data for normal vision in this species. FVEP recordings were obtained from 6 normal adult birds of prey: n. 2 Harris's Hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus), n. 1(More)