Francesco Vaccaro

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OBJECTIVES The present study aimed at evaluating the marginal bone resorption and the peri-implant tissue conditions around Narrow-Neck ITI implants in the implant-prosthetic treatment of the agenesis of maxillary lateral incisors. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty patients affected by monolateral or bilateral agenesis of the maxillary lateral incisors were(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between inflammation and adhesion molecules in long-term kidney transplantation. We measured serum concentrations of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha) and intercellular and vascular cell adhesion molecules (ICAM-1 and VCAM-1) in 35 renal transplant recipients (mean age of transplantation 5 +/-(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) suffer from a series of complications linked to the atherosclerotic process in which the endothelial dysfunction mediated by the activation of some adhesion molecules plays an important role. This study aims to evaluate circulating levels of intercellular adhesion molecules-1 (ICAM-1) and vascular cell(More)
OBJECTIVE Exercise tolerance is often reduced in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Mechanisms have been proposed but the underlying causes have not yet been elucidated. The study of pulmonary gas exchange during exercise may be helpful in revealing circulatory, ventilatory, and metabolic abnormalities. We hypothesized that in SLE, exercise(More)
BACKGROUND In end-stage renal disease, fetuin-A has been demonstrated to be reduced and inversely related to cardiovascular mortality. This study had 2 distinct aims. The first was to verify if circulating concentration of fetuin-A may depend on renal function in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Furthermore, we analyzed the correlation of(More)
Plasma aldosterone concentrations (PACs) are often increased in the advanced stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD); however, PAC has not been fully investigated in early CKD. Moreover, little is known about the relationship between aldosteronemia and left ventricular (LV) mass in subjects with mild-to-moderate CKD. The study objectives were to analyze PAC,(More)
OBJECTIVE The measurement of serum immunoreactive IGFBP-3 levels has been proposed as a screening test to identify children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD). We tested the sensitivity and specificity of the IGFBP-3 assessment in comparison with the measurement of IGF-I. DESIGN We assessed the IGFBP-3 and IGF-I circulating levels in normal subjects and(More)