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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Increased abdominal fat and chronic inflammation in the expanded adipose tissue of obesity contribute to the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). The emerging immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of Sertoli cells have prompted their application to experimental models of autoimmune/inflammatory(More)
AIM To restore testicular functional competence after traumatic avulsion of the scrotum, accompanied by penile decortication, by means of ad hoc surgery and post-surgical medical treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS A 26 years old patient underwent a on the job perineal trauma that resulted in loss of one testis while the other one was rescued together with(More)
2 years ago, a number of Chilean and foreign men came together with the common desire to honestly share their feelings with other men. The men were dissatisfied with many professional and personal aspects of their lives, and wanted to know themselves, and their women, better, with the goal of leading more fulfilling lives and becoming more complete, less(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)