Gianfrancesco Goracci

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The coumarin derivative AD6 is known to inhibit platelet aggregation and release and it possesses vasodilatory properties on coronary arteries of laboratory animals. Furthermore, the inhibition of the production of TxB2 from endogenous substrates after stimulation of human platelets with collagen has been demonstrated. The present report demonstrates that(More)
Activation of brain mitochondrial phospholipase(s) A(2) (PLA(2)) might contribute to cell damage and be involved in neurodegeneration. Despite the potential importance of the phenomenon, the number, identities, and properties of these enzymes are still unknown. Here, we demonstrate that isolated mitochondria from rat brain cortex, incubated in the absence(More)
Platelet-activating factor (PAF) is a phospholipid mediator of long-term potentiation, synaptic plasticity and memory formation as well as of the development of brain damage. In brain, PAF is synthesized by two distinct pathways but their relative contribution to its productions, in various physiological and pathological conditions, is not established. We(More)
Phospholipases A(2) (PLA(2)) participate in neuronal death signalling pathways because of their ability to release lipid mediators, although the contribution of each isoform and mechanism of neurotoxicity are still elusive. Using a novel fluorogenic method to assess changes in a PLA(2) activity by flow cytometry, here we show that the group IIA secretory(More)
Phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) are involved in neuritogenesis but the identity of the isoforms(s) contributing to this process is still not defined. Several reports have focused on secretory PLA2s (sPLA2) as the administration of exogenous sPLA2s to PC12 neuronal cells stimulates neurite outgrowth. The present study demonstrates that the endogenous group IIA(More)
BACKGROUND Towards the middle of the eighteenth century, Tomes described membranous structures of cellular origin inside the dentinal tubules. Subsequent studies of the terminal segment of the odontoblasts have been controversial. According to Fusayama, this cellular process reaches as far as the junction; others, including Brännström, affirm that this(More)
Two distinct pathways for the synthesis of platelet-activating factor (PAF) have been demonstrated in the nervous tissue. This potent lipid mediator is involved in physiological and pathological processes. The relative contribution of the two pathways to its synthesis during various conditions needs to be defined, thus the activities of the enzymes directly(More)