Giuseppe Familiari

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The structure of the zona pellucida and the early interactions between human oocytes and spermatozoa were investigated in an in vitro fertilization program. Thirty-five mature (preovulatory) oocytes, 10 immature oocytes lacking a germinal vesicle, and 11 atretic oocytes which had not undergone fertilization at 10-20 hr after insemination were studied by(More)
Atherosclerotic plaques have a high probability of undergoing rapid progression to stenosis, becoming responsible of acute coronary syndrome or stroke. Microcalcifications may act as enhancers of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability. Considering that calcifications with a diameter smaller than 10 mm in paraffin embedded tissue are rather difficult to(More)
Despite recent advances, mineralization site, its microarchitecture, and composition in calcific heart valve remain poorly understood. A multiscale investigation, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), from micrometre up to nanometre, was conducted on human severely(More)
The tubule-like cells (TLC) of the parietal layer of the Bowman's capsule of the renal corpuscle in normal male mice are provided with bundles of thin microfilaments (50-70 A). Moreover, the ultrastructural observations demonstrated that similar thin filaments (50-70 A) are located in the flattened cells of the parietal layer of the Bowman's capsule and in(More)
The exposure of humans to erionite fibres of appropriate morphology and dimension has been unambiguously linked to the occurrence of Malignant Mesothelioma. For this reason, a detailed morpho-structural investigation through Electron Microscopy techniques has been performed on erionite samples collected at two different localities, Durkee (ED) and Rome(More)
BACKGROUND Human mature oocytes are very susceptible to cryodamage. Several reports demonstrated that vitrification might preserve oocyte better than slow freezing. However, this is still controversial. Thus, larger clinical, biological and experimental trials to confirm this concept are necessary. The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare fine(More)
Neuroanatomy is considered to be one of the most difficult anatomical subjects for students. To provide motivation and improve learning outcomes in this area, clinical cases and neurosurgical images from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractographies produced using an intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging apparatus (MRI/DTI) were presented and discussed(More)
Polyspermy is a common problem in bovine in vitro fertilization (IVF) and has a still unclear etiology. In this specie, after IVF, despite the lack of a biochemical post-fertilization hardening, the stiffness of the outer ZP layer is significantly increased. Therefore, polyspermy might be related to an incomplete or insufficient stiffening of the ZP. We(More)
The surface micro-morphology of the zona pellucida (ZP) was investigated in 158 inseminated but unfertilized mature human oocytes derived from assisted reproduction trials (ART) by means of traditional scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques (gold coating and conductive staining methods) and saponin-ruthenium red-osmium tetroxide-thiocarbohydrazide(More)
The ultrastructural features of cumulus-corona cells surrounding maturing oocytes in bovine were studied by means of scanning electron microscope in order to provide a detailed description of their surface changes during oocyte maturation. Cumulus corona cell complexes of immature oocytes showed a compact aspect with narrow intercellular spaces. The spaces(More)
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