Fulvio Micali

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Bilitranslocase is a carrier protein localized at the basolateral domain of the hepatocyte plasma membrane. It transports various organic anions, including bromosulfophthalein and anthocyanins. Functional studies in subcellular fractions enriched in plasma membrane revealed a high-affinity binding site for bilirubin, associated with bilitranslocase. The aim(More)
Proline-rich peptides are a unique group of antimicrobial peptides that exert their activity selectively against Gram-negative bacteria through an apparently non-membranolytic mode of action that is not yet well understood. We have investigated the mechanism underlying the antibacterial activity of the proline-rich cathelicidin Bac7 against Salmonella(More)
PURPOSE Retroperitoneal procedures were initiated in 1992 by balloon dissection of the retroperitoneum. More recently a new type of retroperitoneal access has been obtained by directly entering the retroperitoneum using the Visiport visual trocar. We present our initial experience with direct visual access to the retroperitoneum in the pediatric population.(More)
PURPOSE We report our experience with the retroperitoneal laparoscopic approach for treating pediatric patients and when the percutaneous needle approach is not possible due to uncontrolled hypertension, bleeding disorders, anti-clotting medications and anatomical abnormalities. MATERIALS AND METHODS Retroperitoneal laparoscopic renal biopsy was performed(More)
In rat testis nuclei the activity of the selenoenzyme phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase (PHGPx, EC is much higher than in other tissues and subcellular compartments, with the sole exception of mitochondria. In nuclei, the bound enzyme is solubilized by DNase I treatment, thus suggesting a binding to chromatin. Treatment with ionic(More)
With a varied presentation and a difficult preoperative diagnosis, schwannoma accounts for only a small percentage of retroperitoneal tumors. Moreover, malignant schwannoma of the adrenal gland, kidney and renal pelvis has previously been described. We report the first case of benign schwannoma causing obstruction by external compression of the(More)
The hypothesis that the uneven distribution of bilirubin in the organism, which occurs in hyperbilirubinemia, could reflect an uneven distribution of bilirubin-binding proteins was tested by searching for peptides containing the bilirubin-binding motif identified in bilitranslocase (Battiston et al., 1998). In the rat, positive proteins bands were found to(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare advantages and disadvantages of using double-J or external stents to preserve the uretero-ileal anastomosis in patients receiving an orthotopic neobladder. METHODS 77 consecutive patients with bladder cancer who underwent radical cystoprostatectomy and Studer neobladder were evaluated. All patients received a(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to find a correlation between magnetic resonance (MR) appearance and biochemical composition of the normal articular cartilage by comparing the laminar aspects with the distribution of the two principal matrix components: proteoglycans and collagen. DESIGN T2-weighted MR microimages of porcine cartilage-bone(More)