Francesco Montesi

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Viral encephalopathy and retinopathy, otherwise known as fish encephalitis or viral nervous necrosis (VNN), is an emerging problem in several farmed marine fish species in various geographic areas all over the world. Since summer 1995, heavy losses affecting mainly juvenile and adult sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) have been observed in several on-growing(More)
The in vitro antiproliferative activity and in vivo phototoxicity of some methyl derivatives of 5-methoxypsoralen and 5-methoxyangelicin, i.e. 4,4'-dimethyl-5-methoxyangelicin (compound I), 3,4'-dimethyl-5-methoxyangelicin (compound II), 4,4'-dimethyl-5-methoxypsoralen (compound III); and 3,4'-dimethyl-5-methoxypsoralen (compound IV), have been(More)
The microsporidiosis of the endangered white-clawed crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes complex has generally been attributed to only one species, Thelohania contejeani, the agent of porcelain disease. Species identification was mostly assessed by macroscopic examination or microscopic evaluation of muscle samples rather than by molecular or ultrastructural(More)
Total cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL-, HDL2-, HDL3-cholesterol were evaluated in 81 subjects, 49 of them practised moderate physical activity, 32 were controls. Total cholesterol and triglycerides were evaluated enzymatically. The Abell method was applied to analyse HDL-cholesterol and the HDL3 subclass. A significant difference was observed between the(More)
The effect of 4-hydroxymethyl-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-2H-benzofuro-[3,2-g]-1-benzo piran-2-one (compound 1) and 4-hydroxymethyl-2H-benzofuro-[3,2g]-1-benzopiran-2-one (compound 2), two new benzopsoralen derivatives, was tested on HL60 and HeLa cell lines in the dark and by UVA irradiation; 8-methoxypsoralen was used as a reference compound. The action of the(More)
Consumption of raw or insufficiently cooked mussels contaminated with hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a major cause of infection to humans. The origin of mussels commonly used for the preparation of marinated seafood salads is often unknown, since different producers worldwide undergo a precooking treatment at the original collection site with methods and(More)
In recent years in vitro models have been developed to avoid the use of animals in cutaneous toxicological studies. Submerged human keratinocyte cultures in vitro could be so far employed as an alternative to animal testing and a good correlation between skin irritation and cytotoxicity has been demonstrated. Nevertheless, these submerged cultures are(More)
BACKGROUND Hikui disease is a well known disfiguring disease of koi carp (Cyprinus carpio) primarily affecting fish with red pigmentation. It causes light orange to golden yellow, multifocal to coalescing raised patches, starting from the red cutaneous areas. Some cases respond to surgery or topical treatment, but recurrence is common. OBJECTIVES To(More)
In order to define safety profiles and proper handling procedures for new industrial products, it is essential to determine their potential for ocular irritation. The Draize test is normally employed but it involves using rabbits. There is today a great need for all researchers to limit the use of animals for laboratory experiments and to encourage the(More)