Laura Cappelletti

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Osteonectin, also termed SPARC, is a noncollagenous protein of bone matrix. Since there are controversial results regarding its role during the process of vascular calcification, we investigated osteonectin expression in our in vitro calcification model. Rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) were challenged with high phosphate (5 mmol/L Pi) and analyzed(More)
An increasing amount of patients affected by advanced chronic kidney disease suffer from vascular calcification (VC) that associates with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. In this study, we created a new experimental in vitro model, trying to better elucidate high phosphate (Pi)-induced VC pathogenic mechanisms. Rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells(More)
Since the optimal incubation period of cultures for diagnosis of bone and joint infections is still a matter of debate, the present study aimed to evaluate the effects of different incubation periods (5 and 15 days) on microbial isolation. Samples from 387 patients with bone and joint infections (including prosthetic ones) were analyzed from March 2012 to(More)
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