Franco Dallegri

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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) establish close interactions with bone marrow sinusoids in a putative perivascular niche. These vessels contain a large storage pool of mature nonproliferating neutrophils. Here, we have investigated the effects of human bone marrow MSC on neutrophil survival and effector functions. MSC from healthy donors, at very low(More)
Leptin is a pleiotropic molecule involved in energy homeostasis, hematopoiesis, inflammation, and immunity. Hypoleptinemia characterizing starvation has been strictly related to increased susceptibility to infection secondary to malnutrition. Nevertheless, ESRD is characterized by high susceptibility to bacterial infection despite hyperleptinemia. Defects(More)
Leptin is involved in energy homeostasis, hematopoiesis, inflammation, and immunity. Although hypoleptinemia characterizing malnutrition has been strictly related to increased susceptibility to infection, other hyperleptinemic conditions, such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD), are highly susceptible to bacterial infections. On the other hand, ESRD is(More)
Human neutrophils activated by phorbol myristate acetate were cytotoxic to ox erythrocytes, as determined by the 51Cr release method. Maximal cytolysis was obtained with a phorbol myristate acetate concentration of 5 ng/ml and with an effector to target cell ratio of 1:4. An intact neutrophil metabolic burst and production of oxygen-derived-free radicals(More)
The definition of ischaemic stroke has been recently updated as an acute episode of neurological dysfunction caused by focal brain, spinal cord, or retinal ischaemia in the presence of a cerebral infarction. This "tissular" definition has highlighted the importance of pathophysiological processes underlying cerebral damage. In particular, post- ischaemic(More)
AIMS Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt) is a key enzyme for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) biosynthesis, and recent evidence indicates its role in inflammatory processes. Here, we investigated the potential effects of pharmacological Nampt inhibition with FK866 in a mouse myocardial ischemia/reperfusion model. In vivo and ex vivo(More)
PURPOSE Few data are available in the literature on chemokine receptor expression and migratory capability of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) B cells. Information on these issues may allow us to identify novel mechanisms of chemokine-driven tumor cell migration. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The research was designed to investigate: (a) expression of CCR1 to CCR7 and(More)
Nimesulide, the prototype of a new class of anti-inflammatory drugs, dose-dependently decreases the production of the superoxide anion (O2-.) in N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP)- and in phorbol myristate acetate (PMA)-stimulated polymorphonuclear leukocytes. The inhibition of O2-. is possibly related to its inhibitory effect on(More)
Lym-1 is a murine IgG2a monoclonal antibody that recognizes a polymorphic variant of HLA-DR antigens on malignant B cells, with minimal cross-reactivity with normal tissues. Because it can be safely administered in vivo, a detailed knowledge of its ability to recruit and trigger the antitumor immune effector systems is required to optimize potential(More)
Murine monoclonal antibody (MoAb) Lym-1 is an IgG2a able to bind HLA-DR variants on malignant B cells and suitable for serotherapeutic approaches in B-lymphoma patients. We have previously shown that Lym-1 can synergize with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) to trigger neutrophil cytolysis towards Raji cells used as a model of(More)