Giovanni Ceccarini

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The mammalian telomere-binding protein Rap1 was recently found to have additional nontelomeric functions, acting as a transcriptional cofactor and a regulator of the NF-κB pathway. Here, we assess the effect of disrupting mouse Rap1 in vivo and report on its unanticipated role in metabolic regulation and body-weight homeostasis. Rap1 inhibition causes(More)
Several natural or synthetic chemicals have been indicated as potential thyroid disruptors. The development of in vitro assays has been recommended to comprehensively assess the potential thyroid disrupting activity of a substance or a complex mixture. In this study, 12 substances suspected for acting as thyroid disruptors were tested for their ability to(More)
Obese, leptin deficient obob mice have profoundly decreased activity and increased food seeking behavior. The decreased activity has been attributed to obesity. In mice, we tested the hypothesis that leptin increases total locomotor activity but inhibits food anticipatory activity. We also sought to determine if leptin induced increases in total locomotor(More)
UNLABELLED The pattern of circulating iodothyronines in the fetus differs from that in the adult, being characterized by low levels of serum T3. In this study, concentrations of various iodothyronines were measured in sera from neonates of various postconceptional age (PA). Results obtained in cord sera at birth (PA, 24-40 weeks), reflecting the fetal(More)
Total body weight is usually employed to calculate the amount of l-T(4) to be administered in patients with thyroid diseases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of body composition on l-T(4) requirements. Body composition was assessed by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry in 75 patients on TSH-suppressive l-T(4) therapy after conventional(More)
We have determined the systemic biodistribution of the hormone leptin by PET imaging. PET imaging using (18)F- and (68)Ga-labeled leptin revealed that, in mouse, the hormone was rapidly taken up by megalin (gp330/LRP2), a multiligand endocytic receptor localized in renal tubules. In addition, in rhesus monkeys, 15% of labeled leptin localized to red bone(More)
The molecular biology of follicular cell growth in thyroid nodules is still poorly understood. Because gain-of-function (activating) mutations of the thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TShR) and/or Gs alpha genes may confer TSh-independent growth advantage to neoplastic thyroid cells, we searched for somatic mutations of these genes in a series of(More)
OBJECTIVE Thyroid hormone is essential for maintaining normal neurological functions both during development and in adult life. Type III-iodothyronine deiodinase (D3) degrades thyroid hormones by converting thyroxine and 3,5,3'-triiodothyroinine (T3) to inactive metabolites. A regional expression of D3 activity has been observed in the human central nervous(More)
The cellular program responsible for the restoration of adipose tissue mass after weight loss is largely uncharacterized. Leptin mRNA levels are highly correlated with adipose tissue mass, and leptin expression can thus be used as a surrogate for changes in the amount of adipose tissue. To further study the responses of adipocytes to changes in weight, we(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is frequently associated with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), a condition leading to an increased cardiovascular risk. AIM The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of LVH in a cohort of obese women, with a main focus on the anthropometric and clinical parameters that are associated with an increased left(More)