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Retigabine (D-2319, 0.5-20 mg/kg i.p.) antagonised dose dependently audiogenic seizures in DBA/2 mice. Retigabine at 0.5 mg/kg i.p., a dose that per se did not affect the occurrence of audiogenic seizures significantly, potentiated the anticonvulsant activity of carbamazepine, diazepam, felbamate, lamotrigine, phenytoin, phenobarbital and valproate against(More)
The possibility of missing the diagnosis of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) has been primarily attributed to the focal distribution of the sclerotic lesions, but this assumption has not been verified by any serial morphometric analysis of renal biopsy specimens. The aim of this study is to assess the size and the distribution of sclerotic lesions(More)
BACKGROUND We set a model of brain death, donor management, and lung transplantation for studies on lung preservation and reconditioning before transplantation. METHODS Ten pigs (39.7 ± 5.9 Kg) were investigated. Five animals underwent brain death and were treated as organ donors; the lungs were then procured and cold stored (Ischemia). Five recipients(More)
BACKGROUND De novo tumors (DNT) after liver transplantation (LT) represent a growing concern. PATIENTS AND METHODS We analyzed the incidence of DNT, type, time of onset, risk factors and mortality (as of 2010) in 494 adult patients transplanted in the last 26 years (1983-2009). RESULTS DNT occurred in 41 (8.3%) of the patients. The Standardized(More)
Previous studies have shown that food ingestion is not capable of inhibiting the GHRH-induced GH release in anorexia nervosa, at variance with what is observed in normal subjects. Moreover, a cholinergic alteration has been hypothesized in this disorder. In a group of 24 anorectic patients in a stabilized phase of the illness, we tested, before and after a(More)
Previous studies have indicated different abnormalities of PRL secretion in patients with primary empty sella (PES). Since it is known that endogenous opiates and dopamine interact in modulating PRL secretion, we have studied the effect of an opiate receptor blockade (with Naloxone, NAL, 1.6 mg/h as a continuous infusion) on anterior pituitary hormones and(More)
The alpha-2-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine is able to stimulate GHRH secretion directly or via beta-endorphin and, therefore, induces a GH release in normal subjects. This effect has been shown to be blunted in alcoholism during early abstinence, due to central alterations of adrenergic mechanisms. To evaluate pituitary responsiveness to direct stimulation(More)
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