Jacopo Pizzicannella

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OBJECTIVE We tested the ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to identify very early stages of atherosclerosis in vivo. METHODS Twelve New Zealand white male rabbits (weight 3.5-4.0 kg) underwent perivascular electrical injury of the common carotid arteries, and were then fed a cholesterol-rich diet. At 43+/-16 (range 27-63) days after injury,(More)
Apoptosis is an important cell suicide programme involved in physiological and pathological processes. Apoptosis can be induced in different ways depending on cell type and acquired signal. Melatonin, the major secretory product of the pineal gland, participates in many important physiological functions and displays a remarkable functional versatility(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are self-renewing cells with the ability to differentiate into various mesodermal-derived tissues. Recently, we have identified in adult human periodontal ligament (PDL) a population of stem cells (PDL-MSCs) with the ability to differentiate into osteoblasts and adipocytes. The aim of the present work was to further(More)
We present the case of a 35-year-old patient who was found to be affected by an isolated clinically silent cardiac metastasis despite a negative CT follow-up at one year from abdominal surgery for colorectal cancer. CT/PET and tumor marker GICA were fundamental in suggesting the diagnosis, which was then confirmed by cardiac magnetic resonance and surgical(More)
The present study was aimed at investigating whether human Periodontal Ligament Stem Cells (hPDLSCs) were capable of sensing and reacting to lipopolysaccharide from Porphyromonas gingivalis (LPS-G) which is widely recognized as a major pathogen in the development and progression of periodontitis. At this purpose hPDLCs were stimulated with 5 μg/mL LPS-G(More)
Sclerosing Sertoli cell tumor of the testis is a rare neoplasm; only 12 cases of patients aged from 18 to 80 years (mean age 34,6) are reported in the Literature. No malignant behavior has been observed in any of the repoted cases. The tumors were all unilateral and hormonally inactive. A case of sclerosing Sertoli cell tumor of the right testis identified(More)
We present the case of a 52-year-old man with normal coronary arteries admitted to our department after being resuscitated from ventricular fibrillation. Transthoracic echocardiography raised suspicion of left-ventricular non-compaction. Cardiac magnetic resonance excluded this, but showed several systolic bulgings of the right ventricle and a(More)
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