Giuseppe De Placido

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Pelvic endometriosis is an immune-related chronic inflammatory disease, characterized by ectopic implants of endometrium in the peritoneal cavity and associated with increased secretion of proinflammatory cytokines and neoangiogenesis. Leptin, the adipocyte-derived hormone, has been shown to have a role in food intake, basal metabolism, and reproductive(More)
Mitochondria play a vital role in the metabolism of energy-containing compounds in the oocyte cytoplasm to provide adenosine trisphosphate for fertilization and preimplantation embryo development. In this study, ratiometric confocal microscopy with the mitochondrion-specific membrane potential-sensitive fluorescence dye JC-1(More)
Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease, characterized by implantation and growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterine cavity. This disabling condition is considered one of the most frequent diseases in gynecology, affecting 15-20% of women in their reproductive life. Pelvic endometriosis, the most common form of the disease, is associated with(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess fecundity of infertile women after surgical correction of uterine septum. DESIGN Prospective controlled trial. SETTING Three academic infertility clinics. PATIENT(S) Forty-four women affected by septate uterus and otherwise unexplained infertility represented the study group (group A), and 132 women with unexplained infertility(More)
BACKGROUND A scoring system has been developed to determine preimplantation embryo quality, and used to select embryos for transfer into the uterus of patients. METHODS AND RESULTS The system was used to study early embryo development and to test whether these scores alone can accurately predict IVF outcome. Following zygote and embryo scores through(More)
This study was designed to measure leptin concentrations in the peritoneal fluid (PF) of women with different aspects of pelvic endometriosis. Among 36 consecutive women undergoing laparoscopy, nine were diagnosed as having minimal-mild endometriosis (stage I-II). Among nine other subjects with advanced stage (III-IV) disease, six showed one or more ovarian(More)
BACKGROUND Recurrent fetal loss (RPL) is one of the most common cause of sterility. Several studies identified thrombophilia as the principal cause of recurrent pregnancy loss. However, reported studies often do not evaluate other causes of miscarriages in their inclusion and exclusion criteria. So the aim of our study was to investigate the role of(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of adding human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG) during controlled ovarian stimulation in normoovulatory normogonadotrophic patients showing an initial suboptimal response to a standardized long protocol therapy with recombinant FSH (rFSH) (300 IU/day). METHODS A total of 43 such patients were(More)
Various studies have compared the efficacy of GnRH agonists (GnRH-a) and antagonists (GnRH-ant) for controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) in women undergoing IVF. Nevertheless, few data are available about the use of GnRH-ant in poor responders. Here, a flexible protocol providing a gradual increase in the dose of GnRH-ant in association with recombinant LH(More)
During intermediate-late phases of human folliculogenesis, LH plays a key role in promoting steroidogenesis and growth of the leading follicle. Ovarian stimulation for assisted reproduction techniques usually consists of administering exogenous FSH in a low LH environment. Although an impairment in LH-dependent paracrine activities would be expected,(More)