Federica I Wolf

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HL-60 leukemia cells, Rat-1 fibroblasts and WI-38 diploid fibroblasts were exposed for 24-72 h to 0.5-1.0-mT 50-Hz extremely low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF-EMF). This treatment induced a dose-dependent increase in the proliferation rate of all cell types, namely about 30% increase of cell proliferation after 72-h exposure to 1.0 mT. This was(More)
Resveratrol (3,4',5-trihydroxystilbene) is a naturally occurring phenolic compound which is present at high levels in wine and has been recently proposed as a potential cancer chemopreventive and chemoterapeutic agent. In this study, we evaluated the antiproliferative activity of resveratrol on a panel of cell lines of various histogenetic origin, including(More)
There is an unsettled debate about the role of magnesium as a 'chronic regulator' of biological functions, as opposed to the well-known role for calcium as an 'acute regulator'. New and old findings appear to delineate an increasingly complex and important role for magnesium in many cellular functions. This review summarizes the available evidence for a(More)
8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine adducts (8-OHdG), indices of oxidative DNA damage, were measured by immunohystochemistry with diaminobenzidine detection in the brain, skeletal muscle, heart, liver, tenuum mucosa and lymphocytes from young (4 months) and aged (24 months) Sprague-Dawley rats fed ad libitum or held on two different caloric restriction diets(More)
Magnesium plays a crucial role in many cell functions such as energy metabolism, protein and DNA syntheses, and cytoskeleton activation. Proliferating cells have long been known to contain more magnesium than quiescent cells, and experimental conditions that decreased magnesium availability affected cell proliferation rate. There is little information about(More)
Rat spleen lymphocytes (RSL) incubated at 37 degrees C in Mg-free medium (O-trans conditions) exibited Mg2+ efflux with apparent velocity of 0.2 nmol/mg protein/min. After 30 min, this process accounted for the mobilization of about 15% of cell total Mg2+. Half of the Mg2+ efflux depended on extracellular Na+ and was stimulated by cAMP. IFN-alpha(More)
Possible correlation between the effects of electromagnetic fields (EFs) on voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels, cell proliferation and apoptosis was investigated in neural and neuroendocrine cells. Exposure to 50 Hz EFs significantly enhanced proliferation in human neuroblastoma IMR32 (+40%) and rat pituitary GH3 cells (+38%). In IMR32 cells EF stimulation also(More)
Low magnesium (Mg) has been associated with oxidative stress, an important player in aging, atherosclerosis and other vascular diseases. In vivo, low Mg and immune system activation seem to cooperate to promote endothelial dysfunction. We therefore evaluated whether exposure of human endothelial cells to low Mg in vitro determines oxidative stress features.(More)