Francesco Rapisarda

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Adiponectin (ADPN), which is a secretory protein of adipose tissue, attenuates endothelial inflammatory responses in vitro. Among human subjects, plasma ADPN concentrations are reduced among patients with atherosclerotic complications but are substantially increased among patients with advanced renal failure. The clinical and biochemical correlates of(More)
BACKGROUND Sympathetic tone is consistently raised in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). We therefore tested the hypothesis that sympathetic activation is associated with mortality and cardiovascular events in a cohort of 228 patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis who did not have congestive heart failure at baseline and who had left(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial dysfunction as assessed by asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and inflammation has been consistently linked to atherosclerosis, death, and cardiovascular (CV) events in ESRD patients. Inflammation amplifies the effect of ADMA on the severity of atherosclerosis in ESRD patients, but it is still unknown whether inflammation and ADMA(More)
We introduce a general class of analytically tractable models for the dynamics of an asset price based on the assumption that the asset-price density is given by the mixture of known basic densities. We consider the lognormal-mixture model as a fundamental example, deriving explicit dynamics, closed form formulas for option prices and analytical(More)
OBJECTIVES Vascular endothelial growth factor induces nitric oxide-dependent angiogenic effects and participates in the inflammatory response. This cytokine is over-expressed in the myocardium in experimental models of pressure overload and renal mass ablation, and vascular endothelial growth factor is increased in end-stage renal disease. We investigated(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac troponin T (cTnT) is related to left ventricular (LV) mass in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Furthermore, cTnT reflects the severity of systolic dysfunction in patients with heart diseases. We tested the diagnostic value of cTnT for left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and LV systolic dysfunction in a large group of(More)
Cardiac troponin T (cTnT) predicts death and cardiovascular outcomes in clinically stable patients with end-stage renal disease. Because this protein is synthesized exclusively in myocardial cells, its predictive power for these outcomes may be because it reflects, besides cardiac ischemia, left ventricular (LV) mass, which is a strong predictor of(More)
BACKGROUND It has been suggested that changes in immune response to infectious agents in patients on haemodialysis might be due to impaired monocyte function; uraemic and haemodialysed patients overproduce proinflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-1 beta (IL-1beta), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). METHODS We(More)
Long-term visit-to-visit blood pressure (BP) variability predicts a high risk for cardiovascular events in patients with essential hypertension. Whether long-term visit-to-visit BP variability holds the same predictive power in predialysis patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is unknown. Here we tested the relationship between long-term visit-to-visit(More)
Increased plasma levels of several acute phase proteins, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), have been documented among different patients with chronic renal failure (CRF). The aim of the present study was to determine whether pentraxin-3 (PTX3) is a reliable marker of inflammation in CRF. Plasma samples and monocytes were taken from 43 patients before and(More)