Giulia Falabella

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Skin rejection remains a major hurdle in skin reconstructive transplantation surgery. In fact, 85% of the grafted patients experience at least one episode of acute skin rejection in the first year. It has been observed that Sertoli cells (SC), when co-transplanted with allo- or xenogeneic cell/tissues, can induce graft acceptance in the absence of systemic(More)
Insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) may be due to a chronic inflammation of the visceral adipose tissue (VAT) leading to local and systemic increases in proinflammatory cytokines. Microencapsulated porcine Sertoli cells (MC-pSC), by provision of immunomodulatory and trophic factors, have been successfully used to reduce such inflammation(More)
Neonatal porcine Sertoli cells (NPSC) are immune privileged cells showing innate phagocytic and antibacterial activities. NPSC have been shown capable of immunoaltering the body's response and possess lung homing capacity. These properties encourage investigation of NPSC as functional components of cell-based therapeutic protocols to treat lung infections(More)
BACKGROUND Porcine Sertoli cells (pSCs) have been employed for cell therapy in pre-clinical studies for several chronic/immune diseases as they deliver molecules associated with trophic and anti-inflammatory effects. To be employed for human xenografts, pSCs products need to comply with safety and stability. To fulfill such requirements, we employed a(More)
Recombinant human IGF-1 currently represents the only available treatment option for the Laron Syndrome, a rare human disorder caused by defects in the gene encoding growth hormone receptor, resulting in irreversibly retarded growth. Unfortunately, this treatment therapy, poorly impacts longitudinal growth (13% in females and 19% in males), while burdening(More)
BACKGROUND Sertoli cells (SCs) provide an immunoprotective environment to pancreatic islet grafts for treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes. Aim of this work was to verify whether intraperitoneal graft of SCs, enveloped in barium alginate-based microcapsules, would reverse overt spontaneous diabetes in nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice by eliciting generation(More)
We report data about the effects of intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of specific pathogen-free (SPF) porcine Sertoli cells (SeC) encapsulated into clinical grade alginate-based microcapsules (SeC-MC) on muscles of chronic and presymptomatic dystrophic, mdx mice. Mdx mouse is the best characterized animal model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), an(More)
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disease characterized by progressive muscle degeneration leading to impaired locomotion, respiratory failure and premature death. In DMD patients, inflammatory events secondary to dystrophin mutation play a major role in the progression of the pathology. Sertoli cells (SeC) have been largely used to protect(More)
Alginate represents one of the most appealing biopolymers for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. Alginate as a biomaterial for clinical use has been established, although not free from issues. Here we provide a critical review on some of the main recent advances in alginate research in drug delivery and its prominent role in cell microencapsulation(More)
INTRODUCTION Immune dysfunction, promoted by pro-inflammatory cytokines, plays a pivotal role in neurodegeneration associated with Huntington's disease. AIMS The aim of this study was to investigate the emerging immunoregulatory and antiinflammatory properties of Sertoli cells in Huntington's disease. METHODS The experimental R6/2 mouse model of(More)