Giuseppe de Santis

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The objective of this study was to monitor ovarian function in postpartum primiparous and pluriparous Mediterranean Italian buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) during months of increasing daylength. Ovarian ultrasound monitoring was carried out for a total of 60 days from calving in 10 primiparous and 10 pluriparous buffaloes. Progesterone was determined from(More)
OBJECTIVES Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory response against constituents of the central nervous system. It is known that regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a key role in the autoimmune balance and their improper function may facilitate the expansion of autoaggressive T cell clones. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been involved in autoimmune(More)
IMPORTANCE Recurrent laryngeal nerve dysfunction and hypoparathyroidism are well-recognized, important complications of thyroid surgery. The duration of convalescence after noncomplicated thyroid operation may depend on several factors, of which pain and fatigue are the most important. Nausea and vomiting occur mainly on the day of operation.(More)
BACKGROUND Polymorphisms of the interleukin-1 (IL-1) gene family have been proposed as potential variants for different diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS). With respect to MS, IL-1 beta (-511 C/T; rs16944), IL-1 beta (+3954 C/T; rs1143634), IL-1 alpha (-889 C/T; rs1800587), IL-1 alpha (+4845 G/T; rs17561), and the variable number of tandem repeats(More)
BACKGROUND The ultrasonic dissector (UD) is an instrument that uses vibration to coagulate and cut tissue simultaneously. The main advantage of a UD instrument compared with a standard electrosurgical device is represented by minimal lateral thermic tissue damage allowing a wide application in thyroid surgery. A new UD (NUD), with a tip smaller than 5 mm,(More)
In order to investigate the potential susceptibility of bone marrow stromal myoid cells to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a myoid cell population devoid of all other cellular components of marrow environment was isolated from 3 normal adult bone marrow samples. The bone marrow myoid cells were infected with 3 different strains of HIV-1, 2 strains(More)
Fournier's gangrene is a rapidly progressing necrotizing fasciitis, involving perineal, perianal, or genital regions, and it constitutes a true surgical emergency. Surgical excision of all necrotic tissue is required, and multiple debridements may be necessary to remove all nonviable tissue. After surgical intervention for debridement, reconstruction may be(More)
Serum active matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and -2 levels and their tissue inhibitors TIMP-1 and -2 were measured in 28 patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (SICH) at 24 h, 48 h and 7 days after bleeding. Perihematomal edema volume was calculated on non-enhanced computed tomography scans by using the formula AxBxC/2 at the same time points.(More)
The aim of this observational, prospective, nonrandomized study was to assess long-term psychometric outcomes of surgical treatment of HIV-related facial lipoatrophy. Two hundred ninety-nine participants (70.8% male) consecutively attending the Metabolic Clinic of Modena and Reggio Emilia University from November 2005 to July 2006, undergoing surgical(More)