Federica Francesca Masieri

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Synovial fibroblasts (SFs) contribute to the development of osteoarthritis (OA) by the secretion of a wide range of pro-inflammatory mediators, including cytokines and lipid mediators of inflammation. Previous studies suggest that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) may represent a potential therapeutic approach to limit cartilage degradation and control(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of adenosine analogs and electromagnetic field (EMF) stimulation on prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) release and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression in bovine synovial fibroblasts (SFs). METHODS SFs isolated from synovia were cultured in monolayer. Saturation and binding experiments were performed by using typical adenosine(More)
BACKGROUND The antifolate agent methotrexate is an important component of maintenance therapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia, although methotrexate-related toxicity is often a reason for interruption of chemotherapy. Prediction of toxicity is difficult because of inter-individual variability susceptibility to antileukemic agents. Methotrexate interferes(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Adenosine is an endogenous modulator, interacting with four G-protein coupled receptors (A(1), A(2A), A(2B) and A(3)) and acts as a potent inhibitor of inflammatory processes in several tissues. So far, the functional effects modulated by adenosine receptors on human synoviocytes have not been investigated in detail. We evaluated(More)
In this study we analyzed whether the polymorphisms 676T>G in the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) II gene and −308G>A in the TNFα promoter gene may influence the response grading to anti-TNFα therapy in rheumatoid arthritis. We enrolled and genotyped 105 RA patients treated with etanercept (n = 55), infliximab (n = 40) and adalimumab (n = 10) for 1(More)
This study investigated the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) on proteoglycan (PG) metabolism of human articular cartilage explants from patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Human cartilage explants, recovered from lateral and medial femoral condyles, were classified according to the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) and graded(More)
BACKGROUND Wound healing is a biologic process that is altered in patients affected by chronic venous ulcers. The wound microenvironment is reflected in the chronic wound fluid (CWF), an exudate containing serum components and tissue-derived proteins. OBJECTIVES We investigated the effects of increasing doses of CWF collected from patients suffering from(More)
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint disease associated with articular cartilage degeneration. To improve the therapeutic options of OA, tissue engineering based on the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has emerged. However, the presence of inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β), during chondrogenesis reduces the efficacy of cartilage(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS P2X receptors are membrane ion channels activated by extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) which contribute to various physiological processes. The present study describes in synovial fibroblasts (SFs) obtained from osteoarthritis (OA) patients and in SW 982 cells derived from human synovial sarcoma a pharmacological characterization(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study is that of characterizing, for the first time in a quantitative way, from a biochemical, physico chemical and functional point of view P2X(1) and P2X(3) purinergic receptors in bovine chondrocytes. The affinity and the potency of typical purinergic ligands were studied through competition binding experiments and their(More)
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