Giacomo Ragni

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Some immune cellular components have been recently demonstrated to play a critical role in ovarian physiology. Resident ovarian white blood cells are known to produce cytokines that modulate granulosa cell (GC) functions and differentiation. Moreover, it has been postulated that, during the formation of the corpus luteum and luteolysis, human luteal cells(More)
The olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae (Diptera: Tephritidae), is a worldwide pest of olive fruits. To date, the mating behavior of this tephritid has not been fully clarified. Little has been reported regarding the characteristics and behavioral role of B. oleae male wing vibration. This study provides a detailed description of male wing vibration, recorded(More)
Previous studies demonstrated that GHRP-6 has modest GH-releasing activity in primary pituitary cell monolayer cultures. However, the effects of this peptide have always been tested on cells very sensitive to GHRH. We have previously reported that GHRH is unable to stimulate GH secretion in the GH1 rat tumor cell line. The aim of the study was to assess for(More)
The aim of the present study was to characterize in a large series (N = 12) of cultured somatotrope adenomas the in vitro effects of the neuropeptide galanin on growth hormone (GH) secretion. This was contrasted with two peptides known to be GH secretagogues (GH-releasing hormone [GHRH] and thyrotropin-releasing hormone [TRH]) and a peptide with a known(More)
Variations in male body size are known to affect inter- and intrasexual selection outcomes in a wide range of animals. In mating systems involving sexual signaling before mating, body size often acts as a key factor affecting signal strength and mate choice. We evaluated the effect of male size on courtship displays and mating success of the olive fruit(More)