Germano Guerra

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Stim1 and Orai1 are ubiquitous proteins that have long been known to mediate Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) current (ICRAC) and store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) only in non-excitable cells. SOCE is activated following the depletion of the endogenous Ca(2+) stores, which are mainly located within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), to replete the(More)
We read with interest the article of Wong et al. They described the prevalence and distribution among ethnic groups of polyomavirus SV40 antibodies in women in Houston, Texas. Their data were obtained using a plaquereduction neutralization assay, which is a high specific method to detect SV40 antibodies in human serum samples. However, this approach has(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to assess extracellular matrix protein expression patterns at the convexity (right anterolateral wall) and the concavity of the dilated ascending aorta in patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease. METHODS Aortic wall specimens were retrieved from the convexity and the concavity in 27 bicuspid aortic valve patients (12 with(More)
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) home from the bone marrow to the site of tissue regeneration and sustain neovascularization after acute vascular injury and upon the angiogenic switch in solid tumors. Therefore, they represent a suitable tool for cell-based therapy (CBT) in regenerative medicine and provide a novel promising target in the fight against(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are seven transmembrane-spanning proteins belonging to a large family of cell-surface receptors involved in many intracellular signaling cascades. Despite GPCRs lack intrinsic tyrosine kinase activity, tyrosine phosphorylation of a tyrosine kinase receptor (RTK) occurs in response to binding of specific agonists of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), angiopoietin 1 and 2 (ANGPT1/ANGPT2), and matrix metalloproteinases 1, 2, and 9 (MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-9) in eutopic and ectopic endometrium. DESIGN Experimental retrospective study. SETTING University hospital. PATIENT(S) Eutopic and ectopic endometrium samples from 30(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may be recruited from bone marrow to sustain tumor vascularisation and promote the metastatic switch. Understanding the molecular mechanisms driving EPC proliferation and tubulogenesis could outline novel targets for alternative anti-angiogenic treatments. Store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE), which is activated(More)
The human formyl-peptide receptor (FPR) and its variants FPRL1 and FPRL2 belong to the G-protein coupled seven transmembrane receptor (GPCR) family sensitive to pertussis toxin. FPR and FPRL1 were first detected in phagocytic leukocytes, and FPRL2 was found in monocytes and in dendritic cells. The three receptors were subsequently identified in other cell(More)
Objectives: Adenomatous polyposis of the colon is often secondary to an inherited mutation in adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene, however, approximately one third of patients have no family history of the disease. We studied the phenotype and genotype of adenomatous polyposis in patients without a family history. Methods: A cohort of 57 unrelated(More)