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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) express an osteoblastic phenotype when treated with BMP-2, and BMP-2 is used clinically to induce bone formation although high doses are required. Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) also promote osteogenesis in vivo, in part through direct action on osteoblasts. We tested the hypothesis that PEMF enhances osteogenesis of MSCs… (More)
Onychomycosis due to non-dermatophytic fungi is a well-known and increasingly common infection. For the first time ever, we report two cases of onychomycosis caused by Aspergillus persii, a recently described new Aspergillus species. After ten and three years respectively, both patients showed relapsing nail infections, and mycological tests were still… (More)
Granuloma annulare (GA) is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology characterized by the development of plaques preferentially localized to the distal extremities. Spontaneous remission and relapses are quite common and the course of GA is not easy to predict. Moreover, most therapeutic regimens have been used anecdotally and with variable… (More)
A modular system is presented for handling design data, centered around the relational DBMS Ingres, taking advantage of a very careful database schema generation and of the use of software modules to comply with the specific requirements of design data. This work is mainly concerned with one of these modules, called LIPS, which enables the system to handle… (More)
We describe the case of a 70-year-old woman with persistent acantholytic dermatosis. The peculiarity of the case lies in the unusual localization of this dermatosis on the lower lip. A possible relationship with chronic solar damage is discussed.
BACKGROUND Antibodies to stratified epithelia characterize chronic ulcerative stomatitis, an entity that very closely resembles erosive lichen planus both clinically and histologically. These antibodies are directed against a 70-kd antigen. OBJECTIVE Our aim was to verify whether antibodies to stratified epithelia are present in patients with common… (More)