Giovanni De Pergola

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Recent studies suggest that wingless-type MMTV integration site family, member 10B (WNT10B) may play a role in the negative regulation of adipocyte differentiation in vitro and in vivo. In order to determine whether mutations in WNT10B contribute to human obesity, we screened two independent populations of obese subjects for mutations in this gene. We(More)
This study examined whether the AR-CAG repeat length might affect clinical characteristics (testis volume) seminal parameters (sperm count and its mobility) along with hormonal serum profile [FSH, LH, Testosterone (T) and Inhibin B (InhB)] both in idiopathic male infertility (IM) and in infertility due to a previous condition of cryptorchidism (CryM) or to(More)
Beta-adrenergic receptors were characterized in human fat cell membranes using 1251-labeled cyanopindolol ('251-labeled CUP) and highly selective beta 1-antagonists. The iodinated radioligand bound saturably and specifically to a single class of high affinity binding sites. The number of binding sites determined with 'Z51-labeled CYP closely agreed with(More)
OBJECTIVE Several obese subjects show a wide array of respiratory disturbances during sleep due to an increased upper-airway resistance. The aim of the present study was to evaluate diurnal PaCO(2) tension in nonsmoking obese women and the possible relationship of this parameter with the presence of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). DESIGN Cross-sectional(More)
Leptin plays a key role in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Leptin production in human airways has been previously evaluated by measuring leptin concentration in the exhaled breath condensate and in the induced sputum. The aim was to study leptin expression in the cells of induced sputum and in exhaled breath condensate of subjects with OSAS.(More)
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