Gabriella E Bergonzelli

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We have analyzed the role of plasminogen-activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) in the regulation of tumor cell-mediated extracellular matrix degradation. Immunocytochemical analysis revealed PAI-1 associated with microgranular and fibrillar material of the extracellular matrix and demonstrated the presence of PAI-1 as a cell surface-associated antigen.(More)
BACKGROUND Previously we observed in some but not all septic patients a low plasma concentration of plasminogen. OBJECTIVES To investigate prospectively whether plasma levels of plasminogen or the ratio of plasminogen to alpha-2-antiplasmin have a prognostic value for survival from sepsis and to study the variation of other hemostatic parameters during(More)
BACKGROUND Connexin43 (Cx43), a membrane protein involved in the control of cell-to-cell communication, is thought to play a role in the contractility of the vascular wall and in the electrical coupling of cardiac myocytes. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of experimental hypertension on Cx43 expression in rat aorta and heart. METHODS(More)
Over long periods, feeding and metabolism are tightly regulated at the central level. The total amount of nutrients ingested is thought to result from a delicate balance between orexigenic and anorexigenic factors expressed and secreted by specialized hypothalamic neuronal populations. We have developed a system of perifused hypothalamic neurons to(More)
High plasma levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1), the principal inhibitor of the fibrinolytic system, have been associated with thrombotic and arterial disease. To study PAI-1 expression in healthy and atherosclerotic human arteries, a detailed analysis was made by light and electron microscopy immunocytochemistry and by in situ(More)
Gene transcription rates and mRNA levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor type 2 (PAI-2) are markedly induced by the tumor promoting agent phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) in human HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells. To identify promoter elements required for basal-, and phorbol ester-inducible expression, deletion mutants of the PAI-1 promoter fused to the(More)
Hyperthermia is a clinical sign of inflammation and constitutes in itself an adaptive defense mechanism. The fibrinolytic system, a highly regulated proteolytic system, is involved in inflammatory processes. Plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) is the principal inhibitor of the two activators of the fibrinolytic system: tissue- and urokinase-type PAs(More)
The aim of this investigation was to examine the interrelation between renal mRNA levels of renin and angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AT1) in a renin-dependent form of experimental hypertension. Rats were studied 4 weeks after unilateral renal artery clipping. Mean blood pressure and plasma renin activity were significantly higher in the hypertensive rats(More)
We studied the production of PAI-1 by human Hep G2 hepatoma cells. When culturing these cells in fresh medium (FM), PAI-1 accumulation rate was not linear: PAI-1 antigen after 24 h was 200 ng/10(6) cells while in subsequent 24 h periods, it was on average 1,000 ng/10(6) cells. Culture of Hep G2 cells in regular changes of a 12 h conditioned medium (CM)(More)
Background and aims: Maternal stress and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum are risk factors for infant colic and sleep disturbances. L. reuteri DSM17938 (Lr) reduced crying time in colicky infants, whereas B. longum ATCC BAA-999 (Bl) decreased anxiety behaviour in animal models. We aimed at studying the therapeutic effect of both probiotics in an(More)