Gianfranco Bolelli

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BACKGROUND High levels of androgens and estrogens have been reported to be associated with breast cancer. However, the multiplicity of factors that influence hormone levels and methodologic issues complicate the study of the relationship between steroid sex hormones and breast cancer. PURPOSE Using an improved study design, we assessed prospectively the(More)
BACKGROUND Endogenous sex hormone levels have been associated with increased breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women in several prospective studies. However, it remains unclear to what extent serum hormone-breast cancer associations differ with receptor status. METHODS Associations between serum sex hormone levels and breast cancer risk were assessed(More)
A sensitive and reproducible method for the determination of lacidipine, a new potent antihypertensive dihydropyridine, is reported. The method involves solid-phase extraction, reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography and radioimmunoassay of the collected fraction. The assay provides a limit of detection of 20 pg/ml of plasma, allowing the(More)
The present paper analyzes the relation between alcohol intake and serum total estradiol in premenopausal women while attempting to control or reduce several sources of variability of serum estradiol. Sixty premenopausal women were recruited, and alcohol intake was estimated by a semiquantitative questionnaire. Interviews, anthropometric measurements, and(More)
The objective was to verify the hypothesis of a 'first uterine pass effect' or direct preferential vagina-to-uterus transport, suggested by the evidence of higher than expected uterine tissue concentrations after vaginal administration of progesterone; we used a human ex-vivo uterine perfusion model. A mixture of tritiated (3H) and unlabelled progesterone(More)
Changes in sexual function and hormone levels are commonly found in subjects addicted to narcotics. In this study we examined 16 male and 3 female addicts who had been taking heroin (H) in the last year in doses higher than 150 mg/day. In these patients, who presented similar clinical problems, we assayed by RIA the plasma levels of heroin, testosterone,(More)
We have developed a two-site immunoassay for human prolactin using two monoclonal antibodies: one of them immobilized on the solid phase and the other labelled with biotin. The serum is incubated simultaneously with the antibody-coated bead, the biotinylated antibody and the tracer (streptavidin-isoluminol or avidin-peroxidase complex). Our experimental(More)
A radioimmunoassay is described for the determination of morphine and morphine-like substances in plasma, serum, biological fluids and tissue homogenates using an antiserum to morphine-6-hemisuccinyl-BSA and 125I-morphine as the labelled tracer. In the B/F separation with ammonium sulphate, calcium sulphate was added to make the precipitate more compact.(More)
Total and virus-specific immunoglobulin (Ig) G oligoclonal bands were studied in paired serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of four patients with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) encephalitis. We used the isoelectric focusing in agarose gel, a sensitive technique for protein separation, followed by passive transfer of proteins on nitrocellulose paper and(More)