Julius F. Varano della Vergiliana

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Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) has been implicated in infection-related processes and has been found in body fluids during infection. This study aimed to determine whether pleural mesothelial cells release HSP70 in response to bacterial infection in vitro and in mouse models of serosal infection. In addition, the in vitro cytokine effects of the HSP70(More)
Pleural infection is common. Evacuation of infected pleural fluid is essential for successful treatment, but it is often difficult because of adhesions/loculations within the effusion and the viscosity of the fluid. Intrapleural delivery of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) (to break the adhesions) and deoxyribonuclease (DNase) (to reduce fluid viscosity)(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer with a rising global incidence. Intrapleural delivery of a commercially available compound made up of proteins produced by Staphylococcus aureus has been used clinically to induce pleurodesis. We investigate if this bacterial compound has anti-tumoural activities against pleural malignancies, in(More)
Abstract Pleural inflammation underlies the formation of most exudative pleural effusions and the plasma kallikrein-kinin system (KKS) is known to contribute. Mesothelial cells are the predominant cell type in the pleural cavity, but their potential role in plasma KKS activation and BK production has not been studied. Bradykinin concentrations were higher(More)
A major complication of peritoneal dialysis is the development of peritonitis, which is associated with reduced technique and patient survival. The inflammatory response elicited by infection results in a fibrin and debris-rich environment within the peritoneal cavity, which may reduce the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents and predispose to recurrence(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) affects >90% of mesothelioma patients. Research on MPE has focused on its physical impact on breathlessness; MPE is rich in growth mediators but its contribution to tumour biology has not been investigated. We aimed to examine the potential effects of MPE in promoting growth, migration and(More)
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