Giuseppe Pagnini

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The activity of 2-bromo-alpha-ergokryptine (bromocriptine) (5 mg kg-1, i.p.) on adenylate cyclase and on phosphodiesterase (PDE-PDE II) of rat striatum, has been examined both in vitro and in vivo. In vitro and in vivo bromocriptine stimulated adenylate cyclase activity, but reduced the stimulating effect of dopamine on adenylate cyclase activity.(More)
One of the major problems in cancer treatment is the progressive desensitization of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic drugs. Several hypotheses have been advanced to explain this property of cancer cells. In recent years different calcium channel blockers and other chemosensitizing agents like synthetic progestins have been used to revert drug resistance. In(More)
The binding of 125I-labeled ovine prolactin (125I-oPRL) to membranes from different brain regions of pigeon, rabbit, rat, pig, calf, horse, and ewe was studied. The hypothalamus from rabbit, pig, horse, and pigeon showed a low but specific binding for 125I-oPRL clearly different from the other brain regions examined (cortex and cerebellum), whereas in the(More)
Anthracyclines are one of the most used drugs in the therapy of several malignant tumors. Unfortunately, its use is still limited by their cardio-toxicity and by the presence of cancer cells resistant to these drugs. In the present study we evaluated the ability of a chemo-sensitizer agent, MPA (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate), to modify anthracyclines(More)
Failure of chemotherapy with anthracyclines as a result of drug resistance and toxicity is a major problem in the clinical management of neoplasia. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the activity of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) as a chemosensitiser on anthracycline cytotoxicity. The study investigated whether such an effect could be related(More)