Giovanni Calcagnini

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The changes in between gene expression correlation structure induced in heart tissue by atrial fibrillation are studied by means of a graph theoretical approach. As expected by general statistical mechanics principles, the disease increases the general connectivity of the gene regulation network; the multiscale character of the analysis allows us to get(More)
Recent evidence suggested that muscle degeneration might lead and/or contribute to neurodegeneration, thus it possibly play a key role in the etiopathogenesis and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To test this hypothesis, this study attempted to categorize functionally relevant genes within the genome-wide expression profile of human ALS(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate possible changes in autonomic cardiovascular regulation and cardiopulmonary baroreflex sensitivity in patients with primary cervical dystonia receiving chronic treatment with botulinum toxin type A. METHODS Short-term power spectral analysis of heart rate and systolic blood pressure variability, high-frequency and low-frequency(More)
Aim of this study is to assess whether and to what extent LF and HF rhythms contribute to spontaneous pupil diameter fluctuations at rest and during sympathetic activation by Head-Up Tilt Test 70 degrees. ECG, Finapres and Respiration data from 10 normal subjects were recorded simultaneously to spontaneous pupil diameter fluctuations (SPDF). The respiratory(More)
BACKGROUND MRI induced heating on PM leads is a very complex issue. The widely varying results described in literature suggest that there are many factors that influence the degree of heating and that not always are adequately addressed by existing testing methods. METHODS We present a wide database of experimental measurements of the heating of metallic(More)
Aim of this study was to present a P-wave model, based on a linear combination of Gaussian functions, to quantify morphological aspects of P-wave in patients prone to atrial fibrillation (AF). Five-minute ECG recordings were performed in 25 patients with permanent dual chamber pacemakers. Patients were divided into high-risk and low-risk groups, including(More)
The effect of autonomic perturbation (AP) on the central nervous system functioning is still largely unknown. Using an automated neck suction device to stimulate the carotid mechanoreceptors in the carotid sinus (parasympathetic pathway), operated synchronously with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) acquisition, we investigated the effects of AP(More)
The radio frequency identification (RFID) technology promises to improve several processes in the healthcare scenario, especially those related to the traceability of people and things. Unfortunately, there are still some barriers limiting the large-scale deployment of these innovative technologies in the healthcare field. Among these, the evaluation of(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is associated with extensive structural, contractile, and electrophysiological remodeling. In this manuscript we re-analyzed gene expression data from a microarray experiment on AF patients and control tissues, using a new paradigm based on a posteriori unsupervised strategy in which the(More)
We performed a quantitative study of coupling patterns between respiration and spontaneous rhythms of heart rate and blood pressure variability signals by using the Recurrence Quantification Analysis (RQA). We applied RQA to both simulated and experimental data obtained in control breathing at three different frequencies (0.25, 0.20, and 0.13 Hz) from ten(More)